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.
Co. (St. Petersburg) and contained in the original silk-lined fitted leather-bound presentation box, should breeze to $12,000-$15,000. The monkey, 3 inches in height, has cabochon cut ruby stones set to eyes, with 18kt white gold mounts. It weighs 186 grams.
An imperial Russian silver tankard mug with figural intertwined snake handles and holding the Cyrillic Fabergé mark with double-headed eagles has a pre-sale estimate of $10,000-$15,000. The tankard shows the workmaster marks of Julius Rappaport (1883-1916) and holds round cabochon cut enameled jewel over crest to the front of the cup and a gold wash interior.
A pair of 18th century Chinese Qianlong turquoise porcelain bottle vases having an impressive relief floral design throughout, each vase standing about 16 inches tall, should hit $10,000-$14,000. Each holds the Qing Dynasty Qianlong (1736-1795) six-character archaic reign mark to the bottom and is perched on its own wooden base. Each weighs about 16 lbs.
A pair of lots is each expected to garner $8,000-$12,000. The first is an Old Pavel Bure Russian 14kt yellow gold pilot (or aviator) pocket watch with a wristwatch option. The early 20th century watch has a brick and bar link bracelet for attachment as a wristwatch. These watches were custom-made for pilots of the day, since pocket watches were impractical during flight.
The second is an antique pair of 14th century Chinese porcelain vases in elongated bottle form with a flared lip. Each 17-inch-tall late-late Yuan or early Ming Dynasty vase is painted with Sumail cobalt blue and copper red colors, depicting a dragon with phoenix and calligraphy to the body. These vases were excavated in the Qing Hai Province in Western China in 2002.
Rounding out some of the day’s expected top lots is an imperial Russian silver tankard having a chased floral design to the exterior, with monogram and dedication dates (1921-1923). The mug holds the workmaster marks of Antip Kusmichev, known for his gold and silver crafts. It also holds Moscow kokshnik marks. The 7 ¼ inch tall tankard weighs in at 12.19 troy ounces.
Elite Decorative Arts’ next big sale after this one is a decorative arts auction planned for Saturday, May 19, at 1 p.m., also in the firm’s Boynton Beach showroom. Quality consignments are still being accepted. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (561) 200-0893, or toll-free at (800) 991-3340; or, you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Elite Decorative Arts and the April 28 and May 19 auctions, please log on to www.eliteauction.com. Updates are posted frequently.