Cataloged auction to be held Dec. 3-4 by Leland Little Nearly 650 mostly fresh-to-the-market lots in a dizzying array of categories will be offered at a two-session weekend sale slated for Dec. 3-4 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd.
Southeast Asian standing Buddha likely made in the 18th century, and a late 19th century Burmese gilt lacquered Buddha from the Sakyamuni Mandalay period.
Other Asian lots worthy of mention include a group of three late 19th century Chinese Export famille rose plaques, a Japanese ivory female Samurai warrior, a pair of 19th century ivory cane handles, a Japanese ivory and wood figural group from the Meiji period (circa 1870), an antique Asian carved ivory hand fan of fourteen overlapping panels, a signed Japanese ivory skeleton Okimono, and a pair of early 20th century Japanese polychrome Samurai figures.
Continental works of fine art are certain to get paddles wagging. These include an oil on canvas by Albert Dawant (Fr., 1852-1923), signed lower right and depicting a stoic Napoleon addressing his troops before battle (and housed in a period frame of excellent quality), a shipwreck oil on canvas in the style of Joseph Vernet (Fr., 1714-1789), a signed and dated oil on canvas of birds in a landscape by Abraham Bisschop (1660-1731), and a pair of pictures by Abraham Hulk I (Br., 1813-1897), signed lower left and housed in fine period gilt wood frames.
Works by American artists will also be very much in evidence. Offerings include an oil on board lake scene by John Ross Key (Md./D.C., 1837-1920, the grandson of Francis Scott Key, who wrote The Star Spangled Banner), two lots comprising five North Carolina-themed etchings on wove paper by Louis Orr (Conn./Fr., 1879-1961), a pencil-signed Jugtown etching by Antoinette Rhett (S.C., 1884-1964), a numbered, titled and signed woodcut by Anna Heyward Taylor (S.C., 1879-1956), a Raritan sketchbook filled with 48 mostly pencil and ink sketches by Francis Speight (N.C., 1896-1989), a signed oil on board rendering of a meandering stream by Robert E. Owen (N.Y., 1878-1957), and works of note by David B. Walkley (Oh./Conn., 1849-1934), William Lester Stevens (Mass., 1888-1969) and Samuel Dyke (Pa., 1834-1870), who will have two paintings in the auction.
Statuary and bronzes will feature a large antique Italian blackamoor carving with polychrome decoration (circa 18th century or earlier), a patinated terracotta sculptural group titled La Source, signed and dated by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (Fr., 1824-1877), an Art Deco figural depiction of a serenade by Roland Paris (Ger., 1894-1915), a bronze statue titled Student Athlete by R. Tait McKenzie (Pa., 1867-1938), and a realistic lost wax method cast bronze rendering of three pigs reveling in a mud puddle by Andre Harvey (Del., b. 1941).
Fine estate jewelry is always a crowd-pleaser, and this sale’s got a lot of it. Examples include a Victorian diamond and pearl portrait bangle bracelet with a wide-hinge oval shape showing two detailed painted female portraits on ivory under a clear glass frame, a custom-made diamond bypass solitaire ring signed by Thibodeau and centering on a round brilliant partial bezel set in the center, an 18kt gold gentleman’s Rolex perpetual date watch with 54 round and baguette diamonds, a very rare (only 100 made) Breitling SuperOcean Heritages chronograph watch (numbered 95/100),