Quality antiques, dazzling jewelry and fine art will all be on display at Matheson's Nov. 21 auction An important Tyrolean carved ivory sculpture of Cain and Abel by Simon Troger (Austrian, 1694-1768), and a mid-1980s oil on paper work by noted Malaysian artist Eng Tay (b. 1947) will be sold Nov. 21.
News-Antique.com - Nov 10,2015 - MELBOURNE, Fla. – An important Tyrolean carved ivory sculpture of Cain and Abel by Simon Troger (Austrian, 1694-1768), a mid-1980s oil on paper work by noted Malaysian artist Eng Tay (b. 1947), and an oil on board portrait by Cornelis Janssens van Ceulen (Dutch/U.K., 1593-1661) are a few of the expected top lots at Matheson’s Auction Gallery’s Saturday, Nov. 21st auction.
The 250-lot event is being billed as a Florida Holiday Season Sale. It will be held in Matheson’s gallery at 600 East New Haven Avenue in Melbourne, starting at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Several prominent Florida estates will headline the auction, which will consist mostly of quality antiques, dazzling jewelry pieces and fine art. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.
The Troger carved ivory sculpture could well end up being the top lot of the sale. Showing Cain and Abel engaged in a fight to the death alongside a lamb and on a fruitwood base, the sculpture has a pre-sale estimate of $50,000-$75,000. Works by Troger have routinely well exceeded the high estimates at auctions held by Sotheby’s and Christie’s, where his sculptures have been sold.
Cornelis Janssens van Ceulen was an English painter who specialized in portraits of Dutch (or Flemish) parentage. He was active in England from 1618 to 1643, but moved to the Netherlands in 1643 and he died there in 1661. He was a precise painter who was especially accurate when it came to clothing. The portrait in the sale, 29 inches by 23 inches, should garner $3,000-$4,000.
Eng Tay was born in Malaysia in 1947 and moved to New York City in 1968 to study art at The Art Students League and The School of Visual Arts. He maintains a studio in Manhattan today, where he paints colorful, vibrant depictions of people singing, playing music and interacting in harmony. The work in the sale is a stylized rendering of four people singing (est. $4,000-$6,000).
Other artworks in the sale will include a landscape oil on canvas by the California artist William Wendt (1865-1946), 20 inches by 30 inches (est. $18,000-$25,000); an oil on canvas of a Florida landscape by regional artist Manuel Hernandez (b. 1969, est. $4,000-$6,000); and a landscape watercolor with fishermen by Tony Offermans (Dutch, 1854-1911), signed (est. $1,500-$2,000).
An Old Master oil on canvas depiction of a nude woman standing in a pond in a garden, dated 1762 and signed “J. B. 1762” (12 ¾ inches by 8 ¾ inches) is estimated to go for $2,000-$2,500. Also sold will be a boxwood and ivory carved automaton of a whistling man leaning against a lamppost for support, unsigned, measuring 18 inches tall by 5 inches wide (est. $3,000-$4,000).
Collectors of Tiffany will be attracted to a gorgeous Tiffany Acorn pattern 14-inch lampshade (est. $6,000-$8,000); a Tiffany boudoir lamp with a gold Tiffany shade (est. $3,500-$4,500); a Tiffany Studios bronze lamp base, 10 ½ inches tall (est. $1,000-$1,500); and a snazzy pair of 18kt yellow gold cuff links by Tiffany & Company,