Fornari Roma Sterling Tea Set and Vintage Hermes crocodile Kelly bag lead the top lots at Kaminski’s April 26th Estate Sale

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A Fornari Roma tea set, a vintage Hermes crocodile Kelly bag, fine art entries by notable French and American artists, a selection of Russian icons, estate jewelry including an outstanding 18K white gold and bracelet with 30 diamonds valued at $3,600-$4,000, an early 20th century Art Deco style Egyptian revival floor lamp estimated at $3,000-$4,000, as well a refined collection of Italian gilt wood decorative cathedral candlesticks and other decorative items round out the top lots of the sale.

Fornari Roma Sterling Tea Set

In 1896 Alberto Fornari started his silver business steps away from the famous Roman square, Campo de Fiori. Due to the extremely large silver objects he made and sold, he was often referred to by the nickname "Massive." One of Rome’s earliest silversmiths, the Fornari name was synonymous with quality silver flatware, trays and sizeable Italian silver decorative objects.

Up until World War II, the Fornari business was booming. Hardships of the war and the German occupation forced the family to spend a brief time in exile in the United States. Upon returning to Italy, the Fornari family reopened their shop at several different locations but finally settled at the prestigious Via Frattina 133, where it still stands today.

The Fornari Roma tea set offered at Kaminski lives up to its “Massive“ nickname, weighing approximately 407.6 troy ounces total weight. The sterling silver service includes a tray, water pitcher, chocolate pot, teapot and warmer, cup, sugar, covered creamer, and tea strainer, all marked Fornari, Roma.

With the popularity today of the Hermes Kelly bag, a vintage Hermes porosus crocodile Kelly handbag in gloss black is sure to draw considerable interest. Purchased in 1955-1960, the bag measures 13 3/4" high and is estimated at $20,000-$25,000.

An interesting 18th century French carved limestone bust, with original patina will also be included. It was purchased in 1984 from a Parisian manor and is estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

The fine art entries include several works by notable French artists: two paintings by French artist Henri Manguin (1874-1949) both depicting lovely views of Saint Tropez, a still life by Maurice Brianchon ( 1899-1979) and a scene of figures outside a building, by Eugene Feyen (1815-1908). American artists in the sale include works by Arthur Beecher Carles (1882-1952), Andrea Dasha Reich (born 1946), Leon Dabo (1864-1960), Robert Phillip (1895-1981) and Nicholas Alden Brooks (1840-1904).

A selection of Russian icons, estate jewelry including an outstanding 18K white gold and bracelet, with 30 diamonds valued at $3,600-$4,000, an early 20th century Art Deco style Egyptian revival floor lamp, estimated at $3,000-$4,000, as well a refined collection of Italian gilt wood decorative cathedral candlesticks and other decorative items round out the top lots of the sale.

Preview for this auction takes place Thursday through Saturday, April, 23-25th 10:00am-5:00pm and at 8:00am day of sale on Sunday, April 26th, at the Kaminski Auction gallery at 117 Elliott Street, Rt.62, Beverly, Massachusetts. For more information go to http://www.kaminskiauctions.com and sign up to bid with KaminskiLIVE.

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