Asian collectibles and Lalique glassware star in Florida multi-estate sale

The property of a prominent South Florida collector, plus the antique and modern furnishings from a Ritz-Carlton penthouse in Sarasota, will be sold Saturday, November 26, at 11 a.m. (EST), by Matheson's AA Auctions, in conjunction with United Appraisal Group, Inc., of Miami. Other consignments from prominent local estates will also be offered.

The event will be held in Matheson's AA Auctions' spacious gallery facility, at 600 East New Haven Avenue in Melbourne, located on Florida's east coast, about halfway between Fort Pierce and Daytona Beach. Internet bidding will also be available. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Hundreds of quality lots will cross the block that day.

Offered will be a wonderful assortment of Chinese and other Asian artifacts, bronze sculptures, fine estate jewellery and costume jewellery, ivories, mercury glass, ceramics, Lalique crystal and other glassware, Japanese Tokoname ware, oil paintings and works on paper by listed artists, antique Oriental carpets and rugs, and decorative accessories in an array of categories.

"The South Florida collector will be the undisputed headliner of this sale, and it would have been a great auction if that's all we were offering," said Lloyd Matheson of Matheson's AA Auctions. "But when you add to that the marvelous furnishings from the Ritz-Carlton penthouse, and eight or nine great other consignors on top of that, you've got the makings of a banner sale."

The art category will feature 37 paintings by listed American illustrators, most of them bought through the Illustration House in the 1990s. Included will be an oil on canvas rendering of a lady in a horse-drawn carriage with male onlookers by Benton Henderson Clark, a painting of a horse and car by Virgil Pyles, a great figural work by Arthur Ernst Becher, an oil on canvas marine scene of men and boats at sea by Anton Otto Fischer, and a work by Joseph A. Maturo.

Carved Chinese jades root carvings

Several carved Chinese jades and root carvings will feature in the
auction, later this month

Asian artifacts will include a nice selection of Chinese cloisonné and Japanese Satsuma vases, several carved Chinese jades, root carvings, Chinese watercolours and oil on canvas works, Chinese porcelains, carved Japanese ivories (including Netsukes and Okimonos) and much more.

Some example Oriental lots include a small jade Buddha and Kuan Yu figure, a pair of iron and terracotta Chinese candelabra, an antique carved stone censor and a fine jade carved censor, a Chinese bronze and enamel pitcher, a 19th century Asian carved ivory plaque, Chinese brass and champlevé (etched enamel) vases, and an early embroidery silk with gold thread.

Other items from the Asian category will include an early Japanese bronze censer, a Japanese carved ivory "doctor's doll," a rare hardstone miniature screen, a 19th century Chinese carved ivory lamp, a fine Asian carved ivory pipe (5 ½ inches long), Chinese watercolours, an unusual Japanese Imari plate, a large pair of Royal Satsuma palace vases and more.

Decorative accessories will include a Steuben apple with 18kt gold embellishments, French faïence bowls by Verages, a pair of Dutch Delftware cows, a pair of two-arm sconces, a lovely Wedgwood tea set, and a KPM blanc de chine (white glazed porcelain) figural group.

Other decorative accessories will include a Roman glass antiquity vase, two Doulton Lambeth lamps, a carved walrus ivory letter opener, several R.S. Prussia hair receivers, a signed Italian Murano glass bull, a nice pair of French bronze lamps, a French enameled Longwy vegetable bowl and candlesticks, a Eugene Marcus silver jardinière and scarce African trade "Venetian" bead necklaces.

Previews will be held on Friday, November 25, from 10-5, and Saturday, November 26, the day of sale, from 9 a.m. until the start of the auction, at 11am.

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