More than 1,600 lots will cross the block at Louis J. Dianni's annual Palm Beach Auction, Feb. 15-17 Around 1,600 quality lots in a wide range of collecting categories will be sold at the fifth annual Palm Beach Auction slated for Feb. 15-17 by Louis J. Dianni, LLC in West Palm Beach, Florida.
News-Antique.com - Jan 10,2014 - (WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) – Around 1,600 quality lots in a wide range of collecting categories will be sold at the fifth annual Palm Beach Auction slated for Feb. 15-17 by Louis J. Dianni, LLC. The three-day event will be held at the Hilton Hotel & Conference Center, located at 150 Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach. Start times all three days will be 12 noon (EST).
The Saturday, Feb. 15 session will be dedicated mainly to period furniture and decorative accessories; Feb. 16 to militaria and weaponry; and Feb. 17 to artwork and art glass. A crowd of between 120 and 150 people is expected over the course of the three days, and internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com (the new name for Artfact.com).
“At our last auction we fielded more than 1,500 left bids, so absentee bidding and phone bidding will be more than welcome, too,” said Louis Dianni, owner of Louis J. Dianni, LLC, a firm with locations in Sunrise, Fla., and Hopewell Junction, N.Y. He added, “We feel the quality of merchandise in this, our fifth Palm Beach Auction, matches or exceeds that of any prior sale.”
An expected star of the Feb. 15 session is a circa-1770 English bracket clock in a faux tortoise case, with four gilt pineapple finials (est. $2,000-$4,000). The case has hand-painted decoration to appear as brass inlays, and the brass back plate is engraved with scroll decoration. The face of the 15-pound, 22-inch-tall clock reads, “Strike Silent Robert Swannell – London.”
Period furniture will include a set of four late-19th century oak chairs by Michael Thonet of Poland, each chair having an alligator seat and back pattern (est. $300-$500); an early 20th century Napoleon III-style ebonized wood buffet with ormolu mounts and stone decorations and red velvet interior (est. $400-$800); and an early 20th century Italian carved oak cassone (storage chest for linens) with a center coat of arms and two painted panels on each side (est. $400-$800).
Decorative accessories will feature a circa-1750 Chinese export pitcher, made in Sweden, with the coat of arms of Major, Count Carl Johan Morner (1698-1782), with winged griffins and a dragon form handle (est. $500-$1,000); a pair of lidded urns from around 1890, armorial with a coat of arms by Samson, hand-painted with enameled decoration (est. $200-$400); and a pair of Chinese export Canton serving dishes,
decorated in the Blue Willow pattern (est. $200-$300).
World War I posters will also be sold Feb. 15, to include a 1918 poster by Albert Herter (Am., 1871-1950), titled His Home Over There, 27 inches by 41 inches (est. $400-$600); a 1918 poster by Alonzo E. Foringer (Am., 1878-1948), made for the Red Cross and titled The Greatest Mother in the World, 28 inches by 42 ˝ inches (est. $300-$500); and a 1919 poster by Howard C. Christy (Am., 1872-1952), titled Americans All, 26 ˝ inches by 40 inches (est. $200-$400).
The Feb. 16 session will feature militaria items, to include a .45 caliber