Continental ivory, Francois Linke furniture, Galle vases, more to be auctioned Mar. 30 by A.B. Levy A concise and important auction comprising just 175 lots of estate jewelry, fine art and antiques is scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 30, by A. B. Levy’s, in the firm’s West Palm Beach, Fla., facility.
News-Antique.com - Mar 15,2013 - (WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) – A concise and important auction comprising just 175 lots of estate jewelry, fine art and antiques is scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 30, by A. B. Levy’s, in the firm’s West Palm Beach facility located at 5001 South Dixie Highway. A. B. Levy’s is based in nearby Palm Beach, on fashionable Worth Avenue, where the auction’s previews are being held.
It is a tightly packed auction, one that will include an exclusive collection of 40 pieces of art glass, an outstanding 13-piece collection of European ivory that will be sold as a single lot, French furniture (to include stunning pieces by Francois Linke), spectacular men’s and ladies’ watches and other jewelry items, and fine art prints by names such as Picasso, Miro and Chagall.
Previews will be held at the 211 Worth Avenue gallery in Palm Beach, Monday through Saturday from 9:30-6, right up until auction day, Mar. 30.No merchandise will be on view at the West Palm Beach facility. All lots can be viewed online, at www.ablevys.com, where bidders are encouraged to register. The first gavel will come down promptly at 11 a.m. (EST), on Mar. 30.
In addition to Levy’s website, online bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com, Artfact.com and TheSaleroom.com.
“We are very excited about the merchandise in this auction,” said Albert Levy of A. B. Levy’s. “The pieces in the art glass collection are very exclusive and quite striking, the French furniture – headlined by Francois Linke – is remarkable in its condition and attention to detail, the watches are gorgeous and the European ivory collection could easily fetch the most money.”
Indeed, the continental ivory collection has a pre-sale estimate of $250,000-$350,000. The 13 pieces, all 19th century, include a pair of allegorical female figures of “Night and Day” with putti (31inches in height), a hinged cover tankard depicting a battle scene (15 inches tall), Perseus rescuing Andromeda on a turned ebony plinth base (22 ¼ inches tall), and a ewer (or narrow-necked jug) with a stylized handle depicting mythological stories (21 ¾ inches tall).
Other pieces in the group include a vase and cover depicting the Birth of Venus (21 ½ inches tall), a Bacchic putto (cherub) within grape vines on a circular stepped base and ebonized plinth (17 ¼ inches tall), a water nymph standing on a scallop shell on four dolphin feet (22 ¼ inches tall) and a pair of troubadours mounted on carved ebonized wood plinths (21 inches tall).
Francois Linke (1855-1946) was a renowned French furniture designer and maker, as well as a bronzier and ebeniste (or cabinet maker, the term originating from the use of ebony as veneer by 17th century French furniture makers). Linke’s circa-1900 signed gilt bronze mounted kingwood and satine regulateur de parquet clock, 106 inches tall, should hit $200,000-$400,000.
Three other lots by Linke are also expected to generate intense bidder interest. One is a late 19th or early 20th century gilt-bronze mounted mahogany dining room table of oval form, with