Lalique glass, Netsuke carvings, signed estate jewelry to lead A. B. Levy's Oct. 27 auction in Fla. Three fantastic collections – of 1920s Rene Lalique glass, Netsuke carvings and signed estate jewelry – will headline a 500-lot estate auction planned for Sunday, Oct. 27, by A. B. Levy’s in Florida.
News-Antique.com - Sep 24,2013 - (PALM BEACH, Fla.) – Three fantastic collections – of 1920s Rene Lalique glass, Netsuke carvings and signed estate jewelry – will headline a 500-lot estate auction planned for Sunday, Oct. 27, by A. B. Levy’s, in the firm’s main gallery located at 211 Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. The action will get underway at 1 p.m. (EST), with previews lasting one week.
Officially dubbed Magnificent Jewels, Art, Antiques and Asian Works of Art, the auction is packed with quality merchandise from prominent area estates and collections. In addition to the abovementioned collections, it also features highly collectible timepieces by Patek Philippe, 19th and 20th century furniture, sterling silver and impressive works of fine art.
“I’ve never seen a collection of Netsuke quite as exciting as the one we have in this sale,” said Albert Levy of A.B. Levy’s. “Every carving is just outstanding.” An example lot is a Meiji period (1868-1912) Japanese carved wood and lacquer Netsuke of a suit of armor atop a storage trunk. Measuring just two inches in height, the piece carries a pre-sale estimate of $500-$800.
Nearly 75 lots of Rene Lalique glass, all from circa 1920s, will be offered in consecutive lots, one right after the other. “It’s a great collection,” Levy remarked, pointing to a molded opalescent glass statuette titled Suzanne, signed Rene Lalique and standing nine inches tall. The model, first introduced in 1925, is expected to command between $20,000 and $30,000.
“Many pieces in the jewelry collection are signed, and each one is better than the next,” Levy observed. One is an important sapphire and diamond ring, centered by an octagonal-shaped brilliant cut sapphire certified to be from Sri Lanka (where some of the world’s best sapphires originate) weighing 15.02 carats, flanked by triangle-shaped diamonds (est. $12,000-$18,000).
Many jewelry lots signed by David Webb will be offered. One is an 18kt platinum and diamond rock crystal ring, centered by an emerald cut diamond weighing approximately 3.25 carats (est. $20,000-$30,000). There are additional diamonds on each side weighing about one carat. The other is a fine 18kt yellow gold rope bracelet with a hidden clasp (est. $4,000-$6,000).
Certain to attract keen bidder interest is a fine collection of Patek Philippe timepieces. An example is an 18kt white gold perpetual calendar chronograph, with a mechanical movement with moon phases, AM/PM indicator and leap year indicator (est. $70,000-$100,000). The watch comes with a sapphire case back, the original box and all the original paperwork dating to 2006.
From the same group is a Patek Philippe 18kt yellow gold keyless pocket watch designed in the style of Louis XV and made circa 1890 (est. $15,000-$30,000). The domed back cover is decorated with a scene of St. George and the Dragon and the interior of the case has a scene of Christ on a ship in a rough sea. It has radial blue Roman numerals on oval white enamel reserves.
In addition to Netsuke, the Asian category will feature jade, coral, snuff bottles, ivory, lapis, tiger’s eye