Alexander Calder original gouache painting from 1969 brings $114,000 at A.B. Levy's May 5th auction An original gouache painting by Alexander Calder,titled Red and Blue Egg, artist signed and dated 1969, sold for $114,000 at a two-session auction held May 5th by A. B. Levy's in Palm Beach, Fla.
Meizan Satsuma vases, both signed and made in the Meiji Period (late 19th century) were sold as separate lots for $21,600 and $11,070. The costlier vase was taller (7 inches, vs. 5 inches) and was of globular form (vs. rectangular tapered form).
In the antique clocks category, a fine Louis XV-style gilt-bronze and champlevé enamel mounted onyx and marble tall case clock, circa 1900-1925, rose to $14,400.
Fine watches included a Cartier 18kt yellow gold Tank Americaine ladies’ wristwatch with rectangular silvered dial and Roman numeral indicators on an 18kt yellow gold link bracelet with a deployment buckle ($10,200); and a Swiss Piaget 18kt white gold “Dancer” automatic wristwatch with 38mm silver brush dial and applied markers, on a Piaget bracelet ($10,800).
Noteworthy carved creations included a pair of Italian carved, painted and gilt female figures made in the 18th century and each showing a semi-nude maiden holding floral and fruit bouquets on a torch base, 61 inches tall ($24,000); and a pair of Italian carved marble black figures (blackamoor) depicting a man and woman, each on a raised circular pedestal ($12,000).
Jumping to jewelry, a size 9 ľ platinum and diamond gentleman’s ring with one bezel set round brilliant cut diamond, weighing 3.45 carats, with VS1 clarity and 23.3 dwt, hit $24,000; a Versace 18kt yellow gold, diamond and emerald necklace set with 135 round cut diamonds and weighing 4.46 carats, breezed to $22,800; and a Verscae 18kt gold diamond and emerald bracelet with three “Mask of Medusa” emblems set with 117 round cut diamonds slipped on a new wrist.
A fine diamond and sapphire necklace set with diamonds weighing approximately 14.50 carats, having G color and VS1 clarity and 25 sapphires weighing around 14.39 carats, went for $15,600; and a signed Lambert 14kt yellow gold and diamond ring, set with three fine European cut round diamonds and a center stone weighing 1.50 carats, with a 5 dwt, commanded $12,000.
Rounding out the day’s top lots, a fine pair of circa-1840 French Le Page (Paris) cased percussion pistols, engraved “Deismas D’Acier” and with a complete accessory set and fine presentation box, rang out at $30,000; a Hermes black crocodile 32cm “Kelly” bag (Paris), with gold hardware, reached $30,000; and a 19th century continental carved ivory tusk made $18,000.
A.B. Levy’s next big auction will also be a two-session event, slated for Sunday, Oct. 27, again at the Worth Avenue showroom in Palm Beach, starting at 1 p.m. (EST). Featured will be estate jewelry, artwork, fine china, antique clocks and other antiques in many categories. Already consigned is a great collection of 19th century Chinese red coral that is certain to garner attention.
A.B. Levy’s is actively accepting quality consignments for the Oct. 27 auction and all future sales. To consign a single piece, an estate or an entire collection, you may call them at (561) 835-9139, or you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about A.B. Levy’s and the Oct. 27 auction, log on to www.ablevys.com. Updates