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.
a set of 12 matching cane-back dining chairs (two arm chairs and ten side chairs). The table, which is signed “F. Linke,” plus three extension leaves and chairs, should hit $80,000-$120,000.
The other two lots are a late 19th or early 20th century Louis XVI-style gilt-bronze mounted mahogany marquetry and parquetry bureau a cylinder (a type of desk, the front of curved quarter-circle form), stamped and numbered 100 (est. $40,000-$60,000); and a late 19th century Louis XV-style gilt-bronze mounted marquetry display cabinet (est. $40,000-$60,000).
Headlining the art glass category is a circa-1900 Emile Galle (Fr., 1846-1904) marqueterie de verre (glass-making technique in which colored pieces of semi-molten glass are set into the body of a glass vessel before it hardens) vase. It is 17 ½ inches tall, with applied and carved foot detail and gilt foil inclusions (est. $50,000-$80,000). It also has the Galle signature.
All of the men’s and ladies’ estate wristwatches are gorgeous examples, but one watch in particular promises to be a standout. It’s a Swiss Chopard L.U.C. Tourbillon Titan SL wristwatch with dial, case and buckle all signed (est. $75,000-$100,000). The watch is water-resistant up to 30 meters, and it is a limited edition timepiece (24/100). It is boxed in a handsome titanium case.
Other show-stoppers include a Swiss-made Harry Winston 18kt white gold and zalium automatic chronograph calendar wristwatch, the “Ocean Diver,” No. 24, with fitted presentation box and papers (est. $40,000-$60,000); and a ladies’ diamond, sapphire and platinum hidden dial bracelet watch composed of 118 round cut diamonds weighing 6 carats (est. $8,000-$12,000).
Also in the fine watches group: a Swiss signed Cartier 18kt yellow gold wristwatch on a solid woven 18kt yellow gold bracelet (est. $5,000-$7,000); a Patek Philippe 18kt yellow gold open face keyless lever pocket watch, signed Tiffany & Co. (est. $3,000-$5,000); an IWC Swiss Portuguese stainless steel chronograph automatic wristwatch (est. 3,000-$5,000); and a Corum 18kt yellow gold and diamond wristwatch with 32 round-cut diamonds (est. $2,000-$4,000).
Fine art prints will feature two Picassos, a Miro and a Chagall. The Picassos include a signed lower right and numbered (46/50) lithograph, titled The Knight and the Page, 20 ½ inches by 15 inches (est. $8,000-$12,000); and a signed lower right, numbered (9/50) etching with aquatint and drypoint, titled Dans L’Atelier, 9 ¾ inches by 15 inches (est. $15,000-$20,000).
The print by Joan Miro (Sp., 1893-1983) is a color etching and aquatint on paper, titled Grans Rupestre IV (1979), signed lower right, 35 ½ inches by 26 ¾ inches (est. $10,000-$15,000). The print by Marc Chagall (Fr./Russ., 1887-1985) is a lithograph printed in color titled Les Mimosas (1968), signed and numbered, 29 ¾ inches by 21 inches (est. $15,000-$20,000).
In addition to the auction house, A.B. Levy’s also maintains an exclusive retail gallery on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach that it has operated for more than 20 years. The firm’s inaugural auction, held in March 2012 in West Palm Beach, was a huge success, the top lot being a Rene Lalique Cire