Estate antiques, art, garden statuary form a luxurious lineup for Auctions Neapolitan's Feb. 26 sale A carefully hand-picked selection of estate antiques, fine & decorative art, garden statuary and furniture is waiting in the wings for Auctions Neapolitan’s Feb. 26 sale in Naples, Florida.
News-Antique.com - Feb 20,2011 - NAPLES, Fla. – A carefully hand-picked selection of estate antiques, fine and decorative art, garden statuary and furniture is waiting in the wings for Auctions Neapolitan’s Feb. 26 Collectors Delight sale. The 425-lot auction offers a quality array of fresh to the market items from some of Naples’ most tastefully appointed residences.
Auctions Neapolitan’s owner, Kathleen Pica, describes the auction’s contents as being “a wide mix with reasonable estimates,” adding, “I think bidders are going to be surprised and very pleased at the abundance of particularly nice items we’ve chosen for this sale. It was actually quite difficult to narrow down the choices for this sale, which we wanted to keep to around 400 lots. So many beautiful pieces have come in to the gallery lately, we’ve found it pleasantly challenging to create the ideal auction inventory.”
The garden art portion of the Saturday afternoon event is led by a rare pair of latter-19th century Venetian parcel gilt and polychrome-painted wood putti on stands. Masterfully carved and detailed, each of the cherubs supports on its “cushioned” head a reticulated, carved-wood cachepot with original tole liner. The figures stand 57 inches tall and came from a Naples residence. They will be auctioned as a pair with an estimate of $7,000-$9,000.
A quartet of life-size Italian marble cherubs in various endearing poses is a figural representation of the four seasons. Each 36-inch-tall cherub holds, or is draped with, a seasonal form of vegetation, such as a cherries and apples; grapes, pinecones, or a floral garland. The charming garden foursome is expected to fetch $4,000-$6,000.
Another garden entry in the sale – a mustard-yellow painted metal, bamboo and leather dining set – serves both a practical and aesthetic purpose, and retains its four sturdy matching chairs with leather details. Estimate $400-$600.
Several 19th-century Russian icons are to be auctioned, including a depiction of The Kazan Mother of God and The Christ Child receiving a blessing; and a second example that depicts Christ Pantocrator, measuring 14 inches by 12 inches. Each of the icons is estimated at $1,200-$1,800.
An elegant and profusely detailed Russian enameled-silver cigarette case is hallmarked and displays the number “84” and initials “NC” in an oval. The enamelwork, which is executed in an appealing palette of turquoise, cobalt blue, burgundy and white, is all intact. The case is estimated at $1,200-$1,500.
A Russian abstract floral still life signed “Babur” measures 61 inches by 48 inches, framed. It carries a presale estimate of $1,400-$1,800.
In the Asian art category, bidders will have the opportunity to pursue a painted-leather three-panel Chinese screen decorated with a landscape scene featuring figures, cranes and temple and other images. Each panel measures 16˝ inches by 68 inches, with a signature and “chop” at lower left. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000.
Published around 1934 by The Limited Editions Club, New York, a complete set of six signed Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) etchings – Aristophanes, Lysistrata – includes: Serment des Femmes, Deux Veillards et Voilier, Cinesias et Myrrhine, Couple et Enfant,