A major fine estate out of Baltimore will be sold March 31-April 2 at Great Gatsby's in Atlanta, Ga. An exceptional estate from Baltimore, Maryland featuring an extensive collection of S. Kirk & Son sterling silver, French furniture, 19th century Wedgwood basalt and more will be auctioned in Atlanta.
eleven cordial glasses. Rare lots of 19th century Wedgwood basalt are sure to pique the interest of devoted collectors, including a bust of the Roman goddess Minerva and a bust of the celebrated English poet Alfred Lord Tennyson, both measuring 19 inches tall and marked to the underside.
Also on offer is a set of eleven cream and gilt Minton porcelain dinner plates retailed by Tiffany & Co., each 10 ½ inches in diameter; an unusual and striking 19th century Victorian taxidermy bird vitrine measuring 20 inches in height; a 15-piece Herend porcelain demitasse service; a 15-piece cobalt and blue Art Deco porcelain hot beverage service by Shelly, executed in the Queen Anne form; and a number of Shelly porcelain tea sets, including a 17-piece Rosebud service.
Fine lighting will also command pre-sale interest, including a Dresden-style six-arm porcelain chandelier with foliate ornamentation, 42 inches tall by 27 inches wide; a rare 19th century Continental bronze and rock crystal chandelier, 43 inches tall by 28 inches wide; a Venetian Murano parcel gilt six-arm crystal chandelier, 43 inches tall by 29 inches wide; and a 19th century patinated bronze hexagonal chandelier with inset art glass panels, measuring 29 inches tall by 40 inches wide.
Five 20th century ship models, including four contemporary models from a private Southern collection, are also set to hit the auction block, bringing with them a classic nautical charm and craft. The models include a three-masted Chinese Junk in a 31 inch by 37 inch case; a model of the HMS Speedy, a Nightingale-class British naval cutter launched in 1828, in a 34 inch by 35 inch case; a three-masted ship of the line in a 47 inch by 52 inch case; and a Spanish galleon built by the late Dale Suttle of San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Suttle was a research scientist who acquired a passion for building historically accurate ships’ models, making this lot of particular interest to those looking to acquire a piece by a known builder. Rounding out the category is a monumental carved and hand-painted early 20th century model of the famous three-masted clipper ship Thermopylae, launched in 1868, housed in a custom-built case on a stand, overall dimensions 145 ½ inches tall by 121 inches long by 38 inches deep.
Speaking of monumental, a number of garden and outdoor accents will go under the hammer as well, to include a pair of Neoclassical-style cast iron garden urns on pedestals, each measuring an impressive 12 feet in height; a pair of carved marble architectural pillars in the form of Atlas figures, each 113 inches tall by 26 inches wide; a pair of bronze figural jardinières with majestic elk heads, each 49 inches tall by 30 inches wide; a pair of limestone seated lion sculptures, each 28 inches tall; and a patinated bronze and limestone fountain depicting an Italian boar, known as Il Porcellino after the Baroque master sculptor Pietro Tacca (It., 1577-1640), 67 inches tall and 101 inches in diameter. Tacca’s original bronze,