Auction starts at 9:00 AM View Online Catalog for pre-bidding Click here to view digital catalog Morphy Auctions’ Late November Sales Event To Present An Important Palm Beach Collection of 17th to 20th Century Fine Art, Antiques, and Estate Jewelry. This two day, $3 million auction is the first of three upcoming sales events featuring selections from this comprehensive and exceedingly well-curated Florida collection.
Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collections, is excited to announce this exciting sale to be held on November 21-22, 2015. The event features almost 1,500 lots and includes many examples from well-known artists and top-tier luxury brands. This auction offers discerning collectors a plethora of quality merchandise and temptations at a full range of price points.
The sale hits the ground running with over 200 lots of fine oil paintings, watercolors, lithographs, mosaics, illustrations, and cut paper collages, among other fine art categories. Over 40 artists are represented, including Harry Leith-Ross, Charles Ramsey, John Philip Falter, Martha Walter, and William Glackens. Collectors will get chills over John F. Carlson’s “Amundson Polar Expedition of 1914” (estimated at $50,000-75,000), Walter Baum’s “First Snow” (estimated at $25,000-35,000), and John Falter’s “No More Mr. Nice Guy, estimated at $30,000-50,000. Other museum-quality fine art selections include Max Weber’s “Music” (estimated at $60,000-90,000), Kenneth Noland’s “Peri Plum 1985” (estimated at $100,000-200,000), and a 17th century oil on canvas entitled “Christ Among the Doctors,” estimated at $40,000-80,000.
Enthusiasts desiring the finest and fullest range of decorative items need look no further than this remarkable sale. With over 500 spectacular lots on offer, buyers with tastes from classical to contemporary will undoubtedly find many selections that call to them. Items spanning almost 300 years – including sculptures, miniature paintings and portraits, carvings, vases and pottery, ambrotypes, snuff and perfume bottles – will be on offer, with featured manufacturers including Steuben, Stevens & Williams, Tiffany, Royal Copenhagen, Wedgewood, Fulper, Royal Copenhagen, Louis Vuitton, and Handel, among many others.
Buyers looking to feather their nests with the most beautiful and unusual objets d’art as well as decorative antiques may want to consider a 19th century KPM porcelain painted plaque (estimated at $1,000-2,000), a Majolica cat umbrella stand (estimated at $1,200-2,400), and a 1930 Rolls Royce Child’s Pedal Car, estimated at $10,000-20,000. Two Sonambient Sound Sculptures by artist Val Bertoia, estimated at $5,000-10,000 and $4,000-5,000 respectively, will be music to collector’s ears. And all eyes will be on a c. 1870 carved fruit-wood stand of boys climbing (estimated at $8,000-15,000), a Black Forest bear music box seat (estimated at $5,000-8,000), and an amazing two-piece majolica jardinière and pedestal, estimated at $4,000-6,000.
Antique lighting and art glass are always popular collector’s categories, and this sale offers spectacular selections of both. Enthusiasts can color their world with selections from fine makers including Stuben, Tiffany, Handel, and Bradley & Hubbard. A Loetz Austrian art glass vase (estimated at $600-1,200) and a French Art Deco boudoir lamp with a Bayel sticker, estimated at $800-1,200, would cast a wonderful glow in any fine collection. And this auction’s Tiffany art glass lamp “L.C.T. Favrile K6836J” (estimated $4,000-8,000), pair of antique hand wrought torches (estimated at $4,000-8,000) and pair of American neo-classical bronze sconces, estimated at $1,000-2,000, should electrify the bidding audience.
This sales event offers a fantastic array of Asian and ethnic art. Buyers will have the world at their fingertips with the selections of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Native American, and Eskimo items on offer. Featured forms include vases, boxes, incense burners, and other functional and decorative items. Collectors will have their choice among about 50 netsukes, 30 snuff bottles, and 12 cloisonné rarities, among other specialty categories. Cutting edge highlights include a Chinese carving of a man and child (estimated at $1,500-4,000), a Chinese carving of a man with a fish (estimated at $1,000-3,000), and a Native American carved stool with baculum legs, estimated at $6,000-10,000.
This auction wastes no time in offering collectors a fine selection of vintage and antique clocks, with great examples from Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Le Coulter deserving close watch. A circa 1880 Viennese enamel clock depicting a young couple in love (estimated at $1,000-2,000) and a late 19th century Viennese enamel folding screen with clock, estimated at $800-1,500, are simply delightful. Other horology highlights include a Cartier brass table clock (estimated $2,000-4,000), a circa 1940’s Hamilton Watch ship’s chronometer (estimated at $1,000-3,000), and a late 1880’s Mayo’s tobacco baird clock, estimated at $2,000-3,000.
Fantastic furniture and textiles for every space in the house are key categories in this two-day sales event. Selections include handsome tapestries, rugs, love seats, cabinets, desks, chairs, highboys, and other important statement pieces. A monumental Black Forest bear hall tree (estimated at $8,000-12,000), large glass cabinet with cherubs (estimated at $8,000-12,000), and an English mahogany bottle shaped liquor cabinet, estimated at $5,000-10,000, undoubtedly would be the focal point in any room. Additional highlights include a 17th or 18th century Flemish hanging tapestry (estimated at $10,000-20,000), a two-piece possibly Russian gilt love seat and armchair (estimated at $10,000-$15,000), and an unusual inlaid cylinder top desk, estimated at $6,000-10,000.
Collectors who have a thing for bling will take a sparkle to this auction’s almost 200 lots of jewelry. Marvelous selections of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, pins, and watches for men and women are on offer, with many from famous makers including Ebel, Cartier, Tiffany, Chopard, and others. Key picks include a strand of South Sea pearls (estimated at $3,000-5,000), an Art Nouveau Plique Au Jour enameled dragonfly pin (estimated $2,000-4,000), and a pair of Art Deco style black onyx and diamond earrings, estimated at $1,500-2,500. A men’s black limited edition watch on a rubber band, estimated at $1,000-1,500, makes quite the statement. Additional jewelry highlights include a diamond dinner ring, a ruby and diamond necklace, and a gold and diamond bracelet; each of these outstanding selections is estimated at $4,000-6,000. Any of these precious items would make a truly memorable holiday gift.
Last but hardly least, this auction offers a medal-winning array of fine and vintage silver. Collectors will take a shine to 100 lots from well-known makers such as Kirk, Buccellati, Birks, Gorham, and Tiffany, as well as selections from Germany, Russia, France, and London. Functional items include bowls, flatware, dishes, vases, pitchers, candlesticks, decanters, cups, trays, and servers. Decorative accessories include centerpieces, vases, baskets, boxes, cigarette cases, ceremonial items and figures. Sterling highlights among all these amazing silver offerings include a Kirk tea and coffee service (estimated at $5,000-8,000), a Dutch silver Bowl (estimated at $4,000-6,000), and a Birks flatware service, estimated at $2,000-4,000.
Artists Include: John F. Carlson
S. George Phillips
John George Brown
Paul de Longpré
Nancy M. Ferguson
Sir Stanley Spencer
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