Kaminski Auctions Annual Thanksgiving Auction November 24 and 25, 2018

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Kaminski Auctions presents its’ Annual Thanksgiving Auction on Saturday and Sunday, November 24th and 25th, starting at 10:00 AM at their auction gallery, at 117 Elliott Street, Beverly, Massachusetts. The sale features two fabulous collections of jewelry from a Palm Beach and a Martha’s Vineyard estate with such iconic names as David Webb, Buccellati, Bulgari, Chopard, Henry Dunay, Judith Ripka, and David Yurman.

Emile Gruppe (USA 1896-1978), The Old Timer, oil on canvas, 50" x 40", dated 1977


Kaminski Auctions presents its’ Annual Thanksgiving Auction on Saturday and Sunday, November 24th and 25th, starting at 10:00 AM at their auction gallery, at 117 Elliott Street, Beverly, Massachusetts.

This exciting two-day auction features fine jewelry from a New York City and Palm Beach, Florida socialite; a jewelry collection from Mrs. Joan Potter of Martha’s Vineyard, MA; the contents of a Malibu and Los Angeles, California estate; and a collection of rare Charlie Chaplin movie posters from the Montecito Inn, Santa Barbara, California.

Auction highlights begin with a rare Steuben glass cathedral spire designed by the artist George Thompson.  The crystal spire is studded with eighteen-carat gold, sterling, and diamonds and is from an edition of five. It is signed 'Steuben' and measures eighteen and a quarter inches in height together with a black marble base. Originally purchased through the Christie’s auction of the 'Leona Helmsley Estate' in NYC, New York, the piece is referenced in chapter 11 of 'The Art of Steuben', published in a limited edition by Steuben Glass, New York, 1972.

Collectors will also take note of a René Lalique circa 1930 Art Deco clear and frosted glass 'Deux Figurines' clock. Beautifully decorated with two females in diaphanous gowns draping a floral garland around the clock face, it sits on an illuminated base, signed 'R. Lalique and measures twenty-one inches high overall. It is referenced on page 371, figure 726 of the 'Rene Lalique Catalogue Raisonné de l'Oeuvre de Verre' by Felix Marcilhac.

Glass highlights continue with several pieces by the contemporary glass blower Dale Chihuly. The top lot is an outstanding piece exhibited at the New York Museum in Woodstock, New York, and The New York City World Trade Center. The giant hand-blown glass macchia bowl stands forty-two inches high and sixteen inches square and is presented on a lighted Lucite revolving pedestal.  It is signed and dated 1987 and is estimated at $12,000-$16,000.  Additionally, there is a Dale Chihuly hand-blown sea form macchia basket executed in iridescent pink, signed and dated 1998 and a Chihuly hand-blown red Persian sea form sculpture, signed and dated 1999, both are nine inches in height by eleven inches diameter and are valued at $3,000-$5,000.

Fine art in the sale abounds starting with a Salvador Dali watercolor on paper of a rose headed woman estimated at $15,000-$20,00, and an Andy Warhol (1928-1987), 'Campbell's Beef Consommé Soup', screen-print in colors on paper, rubber stamp numbered 43/250, ink signed and published by the Factory Additions and printed by the Salvatore Silkscreen Company from The Martin Lawrence Gallery New York. Referenced in the Andy Warhol Prints, 4th edition by Feldman/Schellmann, Figure 11.52, it is estimated to bring $12,000-$16,000.

Among the other notable entries is a Picasso print in pencil signed, dated 10/8/55, and numbered 37/500 from a Boca Raton, Florida collection.

A recently discovered work by Emile Gruppe (1896-1978) may be one of the most significant paintings of his career.  Measuring fifty by forty inches the marine view of Gloucester, Massachusetts is titled ‘The Old Timer,” and is dated 1977. This work solidifies Gruppe ‘s mastery of painting ships in the fog and is conservatively estimated at $40,000-$60,000

A selection of Russian art on offer includes a Lanskoy (Russian) portrait of an old man in contemplation in the countryside. An oil on canvas from an NYC, New York collection it is estimated at $30,000-$40,000. There is a view of St. Petersburg across the Neva River, done in watercolor and gouache on board by Mstislav Dobuzhinsky (Russian,1875-1957.)  The Impressionist style painting is titled 'White Night, St. Petersburg', bears the artist's monogram and is valued at $30,000-$40,000.  A winter landscape by Mikhail Marianovich Guermacheff (1868-1930); a portrait of a girl, by Vladimir Borovikovsky; and a Leon Bakst (Russian, 1866-1924), watercolor on paper titled 'Cleopatra - Costume Study', signed lower right with provenance from The Fine Art Society, London, November 1960 rounds out the Russian painting on offer in the sale.

Additional fine art of interest includes a Barbizon School painting of a boat on a pond signed Corot, an oil on canvas titled ‘Oyster Gatherers', a Julius Klever still life of poppies, and a Brian Coole, depicting the 'Constitution, Constellation, and the Atlantic Squadron off the Battery, New York, 1825’ from a New Hampshire estate.

Just in time for the holidays, Kaminski presents two fabulous collections of jewelry from a Palm Beach and a Martha’s Vineyard estate with such iconic names as David Webb, Buccellati, Henry Dunay, Judith Ripka, and David Yurman.

Two outstanding signed David Webb brooches include an eighteen-carat yellow gold and platinum brooch with two cabochon emeralds surrounded by seventeen cabochon rubies, and eighty-one round diamonds, along with a second brooch of eighteen-carat gold and platinum having cabochon rubies surrounded by diamonds.  A signed Henry Dunay eighteen-carat yellow gold brooch with a very large center opal surrounded by round diamonds, marquise and pear-shaped sapphires, and pear-shaped emeralds, with twenty-six grams of troy weight, is valued at $3,000-$5,000.

A stunning eighteen-carat white gold, diamond, and ruby necklace, with seventy-eight straight baguette diamonds in groups of six, and approximately G-I color, VS-SI, and a hundred and eighty-nine straight baguette rubies in groups of four, with appraisal report value of $35,000 is sure to garner considerable interest.

Other standout lots include a pair of signed Canturi eighteen carat gold earrings with emerald cut diamonds, and emerald cut precious stones; a Ladies sapphire and diamond white gold necklace; a circa 1950’s eighteen carat  gold coiled snake bracelet with round diamond; a Chopard gold ladies' watch having diamond bezel and lugs, case numbered 197177 5171, and a large selection of gold and silver jewelry from Judith Ripka, David Yurman, as well as a  Buccellati "Blossoms Daisy" suite necklace and earrings with brown diamonds.

Additional highlights across all genres feature an important Tiffany & Co. Makers custom-designed sterling trophy with a detailed horse-jumping motif.  It is marked 'The International Challenge Trophy' and the 'National Horse Show Association of America'.  The trophy hails from the AHSA annual horse show formerly held at Madison Square Garden which started in 1934.

 The trophy is also marked 'Presented by J. Spencer Weed 1934,’ and is mounted on a mahogany base with sterling plaques engraved with the various winners from 1934 through 1957. Also included with the trophy is a framed Cartier, Inc. New York presentation scroll was given to J. Spencer Weed on the occasion of his retirement, November 6, 1962, and signed by the directors, officers, and the committee of the National Horse show. The trophy hails from a descendant of J. Spencer Weed and is expected to bring 15,000-$25,000.

 'A Natural History of British Birds' by William Hayes, 1775, dedicated to the Duchess of Northumberland by William Hayes, is an elephant folio with thirty-six hand-colored engravings including two double pages.  It has been rebound in fine leather with gilt titles (original boards present) and is housed in a presentation box along with the original covers. Complete restoration details are inside the case.  The book was commissioned by George III for the Duchess of Northumberland (Elizabeth Percy).  Her husband, the first Duke of Northumberland, fathered James Smithson illegitimately.  James was the founding donor of the Smithsonian Institute.  Her son Lord Percy, James Smithson's half-brother, led the British at the battles of Concord/Lexington.

 Frederic Burrow, a slave who was indentured to the Duke, escaped at age 16 and carried the book to the US in 1861, at the request of Bagwell Scruggs, who was also indentured.  The book descended through the Clark family of New Jersey as Frederic's daughter married a Clark.  Also included in this lot is 'The Diaries of a Duchess' by Boran. 

A selection of 19th century or earlier carved Italian marble statues from a Rome, Italy estate including Faun depicting Zeus on a newer stand, and a vintage Antonio Borsato nativity set to include eleven figurines and a stable, each piece signed and numbered recaps the outstanding variety of quality items in the Kaminski Thanksgiving auction.

Celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Montecito Inn and honoring the current owners, the D. Copus family of Montecito, California, Kaminski Auctions was honored to be part of a gala preview event to view the historic collection of Charlie Chaplin original theatrical poster art that has hung in the Montecito Inn since the early 1900’s. These rare images of Hollywood's golden era are on offer in the Kaminski Thanksgiving Auction.

The famous hotel, originally built by Charlie Chaplin, who fell in love with the area.  He and a group of investors built the Montecito Inn in 1928 as an upscale getaway. It soon became one of the most desirable destinations along the California coast. In 1943, Mr. Chaplin returned to Montecito to marry the love of his life, Oona O'Neill at the hotel.

An invitation-only, 1920's inspired gala, featuring an exhibition of the original Charlie Chaplin theatrical poster art was held on February 9th, 2018 at the Montecito Inn. Joining the fete was the Hollywood Rhythm Kings, a 1920's band commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts and Theresa Novak of La Boheme, delighting the guests with 1920's era dances.  1920's - 1930's vintage cars graced the front entrance.  The poster art collection includes rare one of a kind movie posters and movie lithographs.

Auction preview times are Monday through Friday, November 19th-23rd, from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. The gallery is closed on Thanksgiving Day, and preview begins at 8:00 AM on the days of the sale. The auction preview will also be open all day while the auction is live.  For more information and to sign up to bid with KaminskiLIVE go to http://www.kaminskiauctions.com.

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