Recently discovered painting by Nicolas de Stael will headline Kaminski’s estates sale, Dec. 29-30

KA image 1 Nicolas de Stael (French, 1914-1955), reclining figure (blue nude), oil on paper, signed Stael L/R, circa 1955, 8" x 10 1/2", framed 12" x 14 1/2".

Kaminski Auctions’ annual New Year’s estates sale will be held Friday, December 29th at 4 pm and Saturday, December 30th at 10 am (both times Eastern), online and at the firm’s gallery in Beverly, Mass. Featured will be decorative and eclectic furnishings from the Bill Cornfield gallery of Santa Barbara, Calif.; outstanding fine art, including a recently discovered Nicolas de Stael, circa 1955 modern painting; a New York furniture collection of Empire and French pieces; a collection of Georg Jensen silver; a Brookline, Massachusetts Asian collection, and over 50 rugs. Previews will be held all week long.

KA image 2 19thC. French Louis XV-style clock with shelf having ornate bronze ormolu mounts, clock measures 36"h. x 20" w. x 9 1/2"d. overall, shelf is 14" h. x 22 3/4" w. x 11 1/2" d.

Recently discovered in the Palm Beach area, the Nicolas de Stael (French, 1914-1955) painting of a reclining figure measures 12 inches by 14 ½ inches (framed) and carries a pre-sale estimate of $30,000-$50,000. The blue nude, oil on paper, is artist-signed lower right. Nicolas de Stael was a Russian-born painter who studied in Brussels at the Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts. He spent most of his career painting in France. His work gained wide recognition during the 1940”s and 1950’s and his early abstracts were tied to Abstract Expressionism while his later creations were much more in the realm of Realism. Click here to find out more.

KA image 3 Emilio Santarelli (Italian, 1801-1886), "Hypnos", carved Italian marble sculpture on base, signed on back Santarelli Emilio, 25 1/4"h. (overall) x 17 1/2"w.



PAGODA RED, online and in Chicago, sells storied, handcrafted objects gathered from across the globe

PR image 1 The rich orange, red, green, and blue hues are still incredibly vibrant in this sacred Tibetan thangka painting, beautifully framed in hand-stitched, antique fabric panels. ($5,280)

For two decades, PAGODA RED has been a design destination for art, history, style and spirit. The gallery sells storied, handcrafted objects gathered from around the world, online and in two Chicago area galleries. “We love introducing people to meaningful objects,” said founder Betsy Nathan. “They speak to us about the world and ourselves, and carry lifetimes of stories within them. We shine a light on undiscovered artists and artifacts. Our gallery celebrates the handmade in all its beautiful imperfection. We take pride in bringing the past into the present, honoring history and integrating it into the way we live now.”

PR image 2 Pair of silver inlaid iron stirrups, made in Japan over 200 years ago, inlaid with silver, bronze and iron and nicely decorated with gold dragons grasping flaming pearls. ($7,880)

Betsy’s mother, Ann, a renowned Chicago gallerist, surrounded her family with an eclectic mix of fine art and folk, handcrafted and iconic furniture and other extraordinary objects found worldwide. In the early 1990s, Betsy moved to Beijing to study Mandarin. There, she met her mentors, a group of legendary Chinese furniture connoisseurs. She became an expert in provenance, craftsmanship, joinery and history. She moved back to the U.S. and established her first showroom in Chicago in 1997. Since then, PAGODA RED has grown into a vital resource for designers, collectors and aficionados from around the world. For more info, click here.

PR image 3 19th century Chinese belt buckle featuring an exceptional specimen of rock crystal flanked by two jade cabochons, exhibiting both Eastern and Western design influences. ($2,480)




Zatista, launched in 2009, has become a leading curated original online art gallery

ZA image 1 Acrylic on canvas painting by Lauren Adams, titled Autumnal Rotation, 43 inches by 55 inches ($1,860). was launched in 2009 and has fast become a leading curated original online art gallery, representing established and emerging artists worldwide. Experienced collectors, trade professionals and those just starting a collection can easily browse Zatista’s ever-evolving collection of curated contemporary and fine art, photography and sculpture. They specialize in one-of-a-kind original artwork, but the site also features limited edition hand-pulled prints and photographs (signed and numbered, in print runs of 100 or fewer). Currently, the total inventory stands at over 15,000 pieces – something for everyone.

ZA image 2 Oil on canvas painting by Paulo Jimenez, titled Still Life with Horse and Bottles, 10 ½ inches by 14 inches ($915).

The search experience is one way in which Zatista stands out from other online original art galleries. The site was recently re-designed in a way that allows buyers to easily discover the perfect piece by searching serendipitously, pinpointing via filters, browsing visually using Art Explorer, or even commissioning a custom piece. Zatista also provides opportunities for buyers to ''favorite'', get updates from and engage with their artists. For collectors looking for guidance, Zatista offers complimentary Art Advisory services. The focus is on giving buyers personal attention, and the formula seems to be working. Original artwork was one of the later products to migrate online, but with Zatista, buyers feel very comfortable buying art online. To see more, click here.

ZA image 3 Acrylic on canvas painting by Stephen Mitchell, titled Looking, Looking West from the Shard, 31 ½ inches by 31 ½ inches ($2,714).