News-Antique.com - Oct 14,2015 - WEST PALM BEACH, FL – On Monday, October 19, Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches (AGOPB) will present rare and fascinating items from a Palm Beach private collection in their Fall Art and Antiques Auction. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet.
The featured collection includes 18th-century Russian Imperial porcelain, Chinese antiques, early Russian and Greek icons, and some of the most interesting objects the gallery’s specialists have ever seen.
The Russian Imperial porcelain was made by the Gardner Factory between 1778 and 1780 for the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky. The service will be offered in three consecutive lots: Lot 106 with eight plates, Lot 107 with eight bowls, and Lot 108 with a pair of reticulated fruit bowls. Additionally, there is Lot 105, a group of three Gardner cups and covers, one set being from the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky service. Gardner porcelain is highly desirable and always of great interest to Russian collectors.
“The porcelain is of exquisite quality,” said AGOPB partner Leslie Baker. “Catherine the Great was so impressed by the Gardner factory, she commissioned three large services in 1777. The factory’s owner, an Englishman named Francis Gardner, had expert knowledge of the different techniques for decorating porcelain. In addition to underglazed and overglazed designs, the factory also added transfer prints, colored lusters, and relief compositions to their wares.”
There are several early Greek icons in the featured collection, as well. Lot 156 is a 17th/18th-century triptych painted with the Virgin and Child and flanked by St. George and St. Demetrius, while Lot 157, is a 17th-century icon depicting a trinity of angels seated around a table with holy figures making offerings. The latter work is large, measuring 42¼ by 32½ inches.
Lot 204 is an 11th- to 12th-century Byzantine religious chalice made of enamel, silver, sardonyx and semiprecious stones. There are inscriptions around the foot of the chalice, and four round enameled panels with depictions of saints adorn the cup itself. Some of the stones are missing and the cup understandably shows some wear from age, but overall it is a wonderful example of Byzantine religious art. For comparable examples of Byzantine chalices, one needs to look no further than the Treasury of San Marco in Venice, where some of the most valuable examples of Byzantine art are held. “With the recent visit by the Pope and the heightened collectors’ market for these types of pieces, the chalice’s up-to-date market value will be established at auction,” Baker said.
Another beautiful item is Lot 206, a contemporary 18K yellow gold and lapis lazuli automated musical mantel clock with precious stones. It is a scaled-down version of the famous Delacorte clock on the triple archway near the children’s zoo in New York’s Central Park. The Delacorte clock is one of the park’s most amusing attractions, with its revolving animals, musical nursery rhymes and monkeys striking the bell. All of the gold on the clock offered by AGOPB is stamped “750 Italy.”