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.
Kentucky rifle made around 1835 with lock by Joseph Golcher, boasting a tiger maple full stock profusely inlaid with engraved silver depicting an Indian with tomahawk, hunting dog and eagle on the check plate and a 41-inch octagonal barrel (est. $8,000-$12,000); and an 18th century Dutch East India Company Javanese steel sword with carved and hand-checkered rhinoceros horn, with a blade measuring 24 ¾ inches in length (est. $1,000-$2,000).
Also offered will be an 18th century leather and silver mounted Dutch East India Company notebook (or diary) with blank pages, measuring 5 ¼ inches by 3 inches, with the binding and cover original and the leather dry (est. $1,000-$2,000); and an 18th century, hand-hammered silver and carved coconut chalice, depicting Britannia on her chariot with multiple ships behind the figure and another scene depicting an anchor and a rope (est. $500-$1,000).
Historical photos will feature a circa-1900 hand-colored photo of the Native American Standing Elk, by the photographer Carl Moon, showing the subject dressed in Northern Plains attire, probably props from Moon’s studio (est. $500-$1,000); and a collection of 46 United Press International photographs pertaining to the assassination of President Kennedy, including JFK’s assassination, the funeral, Jack Ruby, Lyndon Johnson and Lee Harvey Oswald (est. $200-$400).
An oil on canvas portrait painting of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, done in 1872 by James Kimball Harley (Am., 1828-1889), showing Lee in his Confederate uniform, housed in the original frame with grape leaf and vine decorations (est. $2,000-$4,000). Also sold will be an engraved ivory sperm whale’s tooth (or scrimshaw), circa 1810-1830, depicting a whale hunt in progress, with a harpooner, whale and longboat, about seven inches long and weighing in at 1 pound 12 ounces (est. $2,000-$4,000).
World War II posters will also be featured in the Feb. 16 session, to include an example by the famed illustrator N.C. Wyeth (Am., 1882-1945), showing the American flag, Uncle Sam and a phalanx of advancing infantrymen, 30 inches by 40 inches (est. $500-$1,500); and a 7th War Loan (bond) poster by Cecil Calvert Beall (Am., 1892-1967), with a graphic based on the iconic World War II photo of the Marines on Iwo Jima, 26 inches by 37 inches (est. $500-$600).
A few items from the Feb. 17 session include a hand-woven 18kt gold necklace by A. A. G. Correa & Son, 16 inches long, from the Turk’s Head Collection, with no noticeable flaws (est. $3,000-$4,000); a bronze sculpture of a winged male holding a female on his shoulder, by Mathurin Moreau (Fr., 1822-1912), cast circa 1900 and standing 39 inches tall (est. $2,000-$3,000); and a hand-blown glass bud vase, made and signed by Marvin B. Lipofsky, 9 inches in height (est. $500-$1,000).
The fine art category on Feb. 17 will be led by an original oil on canvas by David D. Burliuk (Russ., 1882-1967), titled Travelers Stop, one of two Burliuks in the sale and depicting multiple figures in a townscape with chickens and a horse and carriage, 22 inches by 27 inches