Russian works, Asian objects, more to be sold April 28 by Elite Decorative Arts Around 400 lots of rare Russian works, collectible Asian objects, wonderful estate jewelry and fine decorative arts will cross the block on Saturday, April 28, at Elite Decorative Arts in Florida.
News-Antique.com - Apr 10,2012 - (BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.) – Around 400 lots of rare Russian works, collectible Asian objects, wonderful estate jewelry and fine decorative arts will cross the block on Saturday, April 28, at Elite Decorative Arts, in the firm’s spacious gallery located in the Quantum Town Center at 1034 Gateway Boulevard in Boynton Beach. The auction will start promptly at 1 p.m. (EST).
A preview will be held on Friday, April 27, from 11-5, and on Saturday, the day of sale, from 11 a.m. until the first gavel comes down at 1 p.m. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Auctionzip.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Boynton Beach is located on Florida’s Gold Coast, between Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.
The auction’s expected top lot is a late 19th century Russian red enameled medal from the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky by Albert Keibel (St. Petersburg). Constructed of 14kt yellow gold with red enamel, the medal measures 3 ¼ inches tall by 2 ½ inches wide, holds an “AK” mark under the enamel and has a total weight of 33 grams. It should gavel for $50,000-$75,000.
The expected star lot of the Asian category is a pair of 19th century Chinese fully relief carved jadeite sculptures depicting phoenix birds perched on rock formations with depictions of flowers and lingzhi sprouting from the rocks (est. $40,000-$60,000). The pieces are masterfully crafted, with glowing mottled translucent white jadeite, apple green and lavender jadeite colors.
One item that doesn’t carry a very high pre-sale estimate but has already garnered keen attention through online hits is a 19th century German hand-crafted wooden Black Forest mantel clock (est. $4,000-$6,000). The 28-inch-tall clock has intricate raised scrolled floral designs throughout. The cuckoo is standing to recess at the top of the clock. Overall, an intriguing item.
A late 19th century imperial Russian silver kovsh, holding a Cyrillic Pavel Sazikov workmaster mark (1889, St. Petersburg) should realize $30,000-$40,000. The kovsh boasts a multi-color enameled design throughout, with overlay filigree strands and raised beaded designs. The piece, over 5 ½ inches tall and 12 ½ inches long, has a total weight of 28.46 troy ounces.
Two lots carry identical pre-sale estimates of $20,000-$30,000. The first is a pair of large Chinese cloisonné bulbous bottle vases with raised peaches with branches, leaves, flowers and bats. The 19th century vases are each 25 inches tall and have a turquoise ground color. The rims feature an Etruscan and stylized lingzhi border and the bottom holds red enameled calligraphy.
The other is a set of three Soviet army Medals of Honor (the highest award given to an enlisted man) given to Master Sgt. Vassily Grigorievich Taranenko, a highly decorated soldier who fought in the Finnish War (1939-1940) and World War II (1941-1945). Each medal is set together on a copper pin and has a ribbon. The medals are 4 inches tall and almost 2 inches long. 0
An early 20th century Russian hand-carved agate baboon figure, made by the Denisoff-Ouralsky &