Auctions Neapolitan presents Collectors’ Delight fine and decorative art auction, Oct. 20 The personal art collection of a noted Naples, Fla., art gallery owner, plus selections from a residence in Naples’ exclusive Port Royal community headline Auctions Neapolitan's Oct. 20 auction event.
News-Antique.com - Oct 19,2012 - NAPLES, Fla. – At this year’s fall edition of their popular Collectors’ Delight auction, Auctions Neapolitan will offer 640 lots of excellent-quality fine and decorative art from several local consignors. The Oct. 20 auction features two headliners: the personal art collection of the late Margaret “Peg” Longstreath-Goldberg, who owned a respected contemporary art gallery in Naples; and hand-picked selections from a local residence in elite Port Royal.
An overview of the auction reveals an abundance of 19th- and 20th-century fine and decorative art, contemporary paintings, American, English and Continental silver; Tiffany glass, Meissen and Sevres; Asian ivories, French clocks and furniture.
An oil-on-canvas forest scene with figures – regarded as one of the top paintings in the sale – was a collaboration between two accomplished Continental painters: Hendrick Pieter Koekkoek (Dutch, 1843-circa 1890) and Belgian artist Albert Roosenboom (1845-1873). Roosenboom was a student of Constantin Meunier, while Koekkoek, known for his Dutch and English landscapes, was a member of the four-generation Koekkoek family dynasty of artists. The beautifully framed Koekkoek/Roosenboom oil in Auctions Neapolitan’s sale is expected to make $3,000-$5,000.
Thirteen etchings by James A.M. Whistler (American, 1834-1903) will cross the auction block. All appear to be depictions of landmarks and scenes in England, where Whistler lived for several years. Among the titles of the Whistler artworks to be sold are: “Old Westminster Bridge,” “Chelsea Bridge and Church,” and “Early Morning Battersea.” The average estimate is $1,400-$1,500 per etching.
Art highlights from the Longstreith-Goldberg contemporary collection include works by Mark Chatterly and Kurt Larisch; a large, colorful acrylic on canvas by David Meyers, est. $1,200-$1,400; and an “outsider”-style work by Sontina Reid, est. $400-$600.
The art lineup continues with a G.H. Rothe (American, 1935-2007) mezzotint engraving of Bolshoi ballerinas, $300-$500; an array of French posters including an automotive-theme advertisement for Phares Ducellier headlights by Phillippe Chapellier, $1,100-$1,300; and a Russian wartime propaganda painting that translates, “Want Peace? Go to War.” The latter is estimated at $400-$600.
The soft sheen of old sterling silver filled Auctions Neapolitan’s gallery with the arrival of numerous flatware sets and pattern pieces by Tiffany, Wallace (including Grand Baroque), Gorham (including Chantilly) and many other top names. There are both decorative and utilitarian pieces in the silver category, from salvers and fish sets to elegant candelabra. Silver teapots include an 18th-century pot by John Eames.
A teapot is never far from a tea caddy, and there is a wide variety from which to choose in Auctions Neapolitan’s sale. A particularly attractive example is the Lac Burgaute painted and lacquered caddy with mother-of-pearl embellishment.
Additionally, there is a collection of approximately 20 Russian silver spoons, each enameled and hallmarked. Fashioned from another precious metal and exhibiting timeless chic, a vintage 14K yellow gold mesh purse weighs in at 154.2 dwt and is expected to make $6,000-$8,000.
A wonderful 25-piece L.C. Tiffany set consisting of a decanter with stemmed cordial and wine glasses will be offered as one lot with an estimate of $6,000-$8,000. “This is an exceptionally