At this years fall edition of their popular Collectors Delight auction, Auctions Neapolitan
will offer 640 lots of excellent-quality fine and decorative art from several local consignors. The Oct. 20 auction features two headliners: the personal art collection of the late Margaret Peg Longstreath-Goldberg, who owned a respected contemporary art gallery in Naples; and hand-picked selections from a local residence in elite Port Royal.
An overview of the auction reveals an abundance of 19th- and 20th-century fine and decorative art, contemporary paintings, American, English and Continental silver; Tiffany glass, Meissen and Sevres; Asian ivories, French clocks and furniture.
An oil-on-canvas forest scene with figures regarded as one of the top paintings in the sale was a collaboration between two accomplished Continental painters: Hendrick Pieter Koekkoek (Dutch, 1843-circa 1890) and Belgian artist Albert Roosenboom (1845-1873). Roosenboom was a student of Constantin Meunier, while Koekkoek, known for his Dutch and English landscapes, was a member of the four-generation Koekkoek family dynasty of artists. The beautifully framed Koekkoek/Roosenboom oil in Auctions Neapolitans sale is expected to make $3,000-$5,000.
Thirteen etchings by James A.M. Whistler (American, 1834-1903) will cross the auction block. All appear to be depictions of landmarks and scenes in England, where Whistler lived for several years. Among the titles of the Whistler artworks to be sold are: Old Westminster Bridge, Chelsea Bridge and Church, and Early Morning Battersea. The average estimate is $1,400-$1,500 per etching.
Art highlights from the Longstreith-Goldberg contemporary collection include works by Mark Chatterly and Kurt Larisch; a large, colorful acrylic on canvas by David Meyers, est. $1,200-$1,400; and an outsider-style work by Sontina Reid, est. $400-$600.
The art lineup continues with a G.H. Rothe (American, 1935-2007) mezzotint engraving of Bolshoi ballerinas, $300-$500; an array of French posters including an automotive-theme advertisement for Phares Ducellier headlights by Phillippe Chapellier, $1,100-$1,300; and a Russian wartime propaganda painting that translates, Want Peace? Go to War. The latter is estimated at $400-$600.
The soft sheen of old sterling silver filled Auctions Neapolitans gallery with the arrival of numerous flatware sets and pattern pieces by Tiffany, Wallace (including Grand Baroque), Gorham (including Chantilly) and many other top names. There are both decorative and utilitarian pieces in the silver category, from salvers and fish sets to elegant candelabra. Silver teapots include an 18th-century pot by John Eames.
A teapot is never far from a tea caddy, and there is a wide variety from which to choose in Auctions Neapolitans sale. A particularly attractive example is the Lac Burgaute painted and lacquered caddy with mother-of-pearl embellishment.
Additionally, there is a collection of approximately 20 Russian silver spoons, each enameled and hallmarked. Fashioned from another precious metal and exhibiting timeless chic, a vintage 14K yellow gold mesh purse weighs in at 154.2 dwt and is expected to make $6,000-$8,000.
A wonderful 25-piece L.C. Tiffany set consisting of a decanter with stemmed cordial and wine glasses will be offered as one lot with an estimate of $6,000-$8,000. This is an exceptionally beautiful set, commented Auctions Neapolitans owner, Kathleen Pica. The glass is gold Favrile with strong pink and blue highlights its quintessential Tiffany and quite special.
Pica believes there will be strong interest in three 19th-century Meissen figurines of children by the German designer Konrad Hentschel (1872-1907). Unfortunately, Hentschel did not live a long life, so he did not leave an extensive legacy of his work. The juvenile subjects in his painted porcelain figurines are very endearing and always in demand with collectors, Pica said. Hentschels Girl with Doll Stroller produced by Meissen carries a presale estimate of $800-$1,200.
Other porcelain and china lots in the auction include productions by Sevres, Herend, Royal Copenhagen and Bing & Grondahl, as well as Chinese export, Old Paris, Meissen Blue Onion and other blue and white wares. An early Daum Nancy floral cameo glass bowl could realize $1,500-$2,000.
The Asian selection includes Satsuma pottery, famille rose, Chinese and Japanese carved ivories; and a handsome rhinoceros-shape incense burner carved from jade.
Also listed among the sales noteworthy lots are a Black Forest humidor carved as a dog, a particularly nice18th-century Chippendale walnut slant-front desk, and a lavishly carved Victorian wall mirror with fan-shape glass and putti in high relief.
Auctions Neapolitans Saturday, Oct. 20 auction will commence at 12 noon Eastern Time. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.com.