17th century painting from the estate of a Holocaust survivor will be sold by Auction Life, Jan. 22 A 17th century oil on canvas painting attributed to Italian painter Francisco Albani (1578-1660) with provenance, from the estate of Holocaust survivor Edith Alexander will be sold Jan. 22 in Florida.
News-Antique.com - Jan 06,2017 - BOCA RATON, Fla. – A 17th century oil on canvas figural rendering, attributed to the Italian painter Francisco Albani (1578-1660) with provenance, from the estate of Holocaust survivor Edith Alexander (1922-2016), is estimated to sell for $4,000-$12,000 at an auction planned for Sunday, Jan. 22, by Auction Life, online and at the Ramada Suites Boca hotel, 701 NW 53rd St.
The 34 inch by 26 inch painting shows Lucretia, a legendary figure from ancient Rome. She is depicted as a semi-recumbent person in armor, flanked by bathing women, another woman behind her, a group of five angels plus three other angels in the heavens. There’s also an obelisk and two less visible figures. The background is a landscape with a dropped dagger in the center.
Mrs. Alexander was born Edith Reich in Czechoslovakia, the daughter of a Jewish crystal and glass merchant. She was living the carefree life of a beautiful young 21-year-old dental assistant when the Hungarians invaded during World War II. She was separated from her mother, who she never saw again, and spent the rest of the war in forced labor at three Nazi concentration camps.
“As an auctioneer and estate buyer, it isn’t often I get the chance to get to know the collector of the items I’m auctioning, but it was a true pleasure getting to know Mrs. Alexander before she left us, to hear her life stories and her survival of such a horrific event,” said Tarek Jabaly, the owner of Auction Life, based in Palm Beach County. “I’m honored to feature her collection from around the world, and now offer it to the world.” Mrs. Alexander had been living in Boca Raton.
The auction has been dubbed “Third Time’s a Charm” because this will be Auction Life’s third auction and will feature a wide assortment of jewelry items, many from Mrs. Alexander’s estate. The auction will start right at 1 pm, Eastern time. For those unable to attend live and in person, internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Auctionzip.com.
One of Mrs. Alexander’s estate items with an interesting back-story is the beautiful matching pair of bronze candelabras, each one 34 inches in height and exhibiting remarkable detail and quality. Mrs. Alexander purchased them from none other than Mohammad Reza Pahlavi – the deposed Shah of Iran – at his Manhattan apartment. The pair are estimated to command $1,000-$10,000.
A gorgeous white jade beaded necklace and pendant and an equally stunning 14kt gold jade beaded necklace and carved pendant were purchased by Mrs. Alexander in China about 50 years ago and will be sold to the highest bidder. The former boasts 40 white jade beads and four pierced gold beads, connected by gold linkage (est. $500-$1,500). The latter depicts two beasts in a friendly fight with a 14kt gold bail and mount and a green beaded necklace (est. $250-$750).
Also acquired 50 years ago by Mrs. Alexander, but in Egypt, are a large 18kt gold Egyptian King Tutankhamun ring and pendant,