Picasso, Lalique, Cartier, Tiffany, Chihuly will all be part of A. B. Levy's October 29th auction A pair of bronze statues by the world-renowned British sculptor Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003) and two gorgeous Tiffany Studios leaded bronze and glass lamps will headline A. B. Levy's October 29 auction.
News-Antique.com - Oct 13,2015 - PALM BEACH, Fla. – A pair of bronze statues by the world-renowned British sculptor Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003), two gorgeous Tiffany Studios leaded bronze and glass lamps (one floor, one table), two rare and highly collectible glass vases by Rene Lalique, and a stunning platinum, diamond and sapphire bracelet made by Cartier will all be sold at auction on Thursday, Oct. 29.
They are just a few of the expected stars of a 324-lot auction planned by A. B. Levy’s, in the firm’s gallery at 211 Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, starting at 2 p.m. Eastern time. The sale will consist mostly of Modern, antiques, fine art, silver, jewelry and glass. Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Phone and left bids will also be accepted.
Headlining the sale will be property from a private Florida university, with the proceeds going to benefit their library acquisition fund. Lots will include the Lynn Chadwick sculptures, a blown glass creation by Dale Chihuly, photographs by Mary Peck and paintings by James Brooks and Robert Goodnough. Also sold will be a single-owner biscuit tin collection, featuring over 60 tins.
The rest of the sale will comprise quality, fresh to the market items, pulled from prominent area estates and collections. The Lynn Chadwick sculptures, both signed patinated bronzes, include a pair of figures titled Walking Cloaked Figures II, 11 ¼ inches tall, #4 of 8 made (est. $50,000-$70,000); and one titled Beast XXI (1959), 13 inches tall, #4 of 6 made (est. $70,000-$100,000).
Lynn Chadwick became world renowned for his semi-abstract bronze and steel sculptures, most of which were inspired by the human form and natural world. He never attended art school, but his career, spanning 50 years, began in sculpture through exhibition design. He never worked in clay, only iron and bronze. He gave male figures rectangular heads and females triangular heads.
The Tiffany Studios (N.Y., 1899-1920) “Curtain Border” leaded glass and bronze floor lamp, produced circa 1910, stands 70 inches tall and features a hemispheric shade of brickwork tiles in mottled shades of amber over a geometric border (est. $70,000-$100,000). The “Bell Flowers” table lamp, also made circa 1910, is 20 ½ inches tall and has a hemispheric shade with a band of deep red bell flowers below mottled yellow and green stylized foliage (est. $20,000-$30,000).
The important and monumental grey glass vase by Rene Lalique, titled Palestre, 16 inches tall, was first introduced in 1928 and is the largest Lalique production model ever produced. It carries a pre-sale estimate of $30,000-$50,000, but an identical example sold at Christie’s in New York for $362,500 in Dec. 2012. The other Lalique vase up for bid, a rare and fine opalescent glass vase titled Terpischore, introduced in 1937, 8 ¼ inches tall, should hammer for $20,000-$30,000.
The dazzling Cartier platinum, diamond and sapphire bracelet, crafted in 1979, has intertwined rows of sapphires (64 in all, weighing 6.96 carats) and diamonds (56 in all, weighing 3.76 carats) mounted in platinum, 7 inches in length.