Property from the late Mrs. Nat King Cole will be sold by Matheson's Auctions, May 18-19 in Florida “Unforgettable, that’s what you are” is a line from a song by Nat King Cole, and unforgettable is what Matheson’s Auctions’ upcoming two-day sale of property from the late Mrs. Nat King Cole may be.
News-Antique.com - May 03,2013 - (MELBOURNE, Fla.) – “Unforgettable, that’s what you are…” is a line from a classic song by Nat King Cole, and unforgettable is what Matheson’s Auctions’ upcoming two-day sale of property from the late Mrs. Nat King Cole is shaping up to be. The event will be held the weekend of May 18-19 in Matheson’s gallery, at 600 East New Haven Avenue in Melbourne.
Lloyd and Jan Matheson have been working closely with Casey and Timolin, the twin daughters of Nat King Cole and Maria Cole, after being introduced to them by Maria’s friend, Ron Bourgeault of Northeast Auctions. The cataloging and transportation of Mrs. Cole’s vast collections to Matheson’s Auctions’ facilities in Melbourne were just recently completed.
“This promises to be an amazing and eclectic two-day sale,” said Lloyd Matheson of Matheson’s Auctions. “The range of antiques and art to be offered is truly grand.” To make the sale even better, Matheson’s, in conjunction with United Appraisal Group of Miami, will also offer select property from four prominent South Florida estates. Start times both days are 11 a.m.
Heading up a wonderful selection of European, American and Asian furniture will be a monumental 9 ½ foot tall 18th century inlaid secretary, which was the focal point of the living room in the Coles’ Florida estate. It is expected to realize $10,000-$15,000. Also sold will be a lovely period Georgian mahogany breakfront measuring 7 feet by 8 feet (est. $15,000-$20,000).
Continental furniture pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries are heavily carved or ormolu mounted. The 18th century pieces will feature a shoe foot table, a banister back arm chair and a set of six Hepplewhite dining room chairs. Asian furniture will include a carved zitan wood 19th century Chinese settee inset with six painted porcelain panels (est. $3,000-$4,000).
Many other pieces of Asian furniture are profusely carved and inlaid with mother of pearl. Decorative pieces will feature a pair of palace-sized 19th century rose medallion vases, 24 inches tall each (est. $3,000-$5,000). Bidders will also be treated to numerous examples of fine antique china and glassware, estate jewelry, sterling silver, estate carpets, fine art and sculptures.
The fine art category is dotted with some of the foremost names in the industry, starting with Pablo Picasso. His 1950 Madoura ceramic plate, titled Goat’s Head in Profile, measures 10 ¼ inches in diameter, is hand numbered in black glaze (96/200). The original round/square plate of white earthenware clay shows decorations under a partial glaze (est. $6,000-$8,000).
Also sold will be an original oil on board by the renowned French artist Henri Baptiste Lebasque (1865-1937). The 10 ½ inch by 14 inch painting depicts a young girl outdoors, wearing a hat in a colorful garden setting with flowers. It is signed lower right and is expected to fetch $25,000-$35,000. Lebasque was famous as a painter who spread “joy and light” in his works.
Perhaps the top lot of the sale will go to an oil on canvas portrait of Eleanor Slater, the granddaughter