Patek Philippe men’s chronograph watch expected to soar at Bruneau’s July 22nd sale

There are many fine items in Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ upcoming Fine Art & Jewelry Auction, slated for Saturday, July 22nd, but by far the lot with the highest estimate is the dazzling men’s Patek Philippe platinum perpetual calendar chronograph watch pictured here, made in Switzerland around 2000. It features 24-hour and leap-year indications with moon phases crafted by Patek Philippe and is powered by a 24-jewel movement. Included is the original presentation box and a black leather band. The chronograph has a starting bid of $35,000 and Bruneau & Co. has assigned it a pre-sale estimate of $70,000-$100,000.

The fine art category will be headlined by two works: a large neoclassical bronze sundial sculpture by Anna Coleman Ladd (Am., 1878-1939), dated 1910 (est. $10,000-$15,000); and an Expressionist rendition of the Pieta by modern artist Jurij Solovij (Am./Ukraine, 1921-2007), 74 inches by 54 inches in the frame, artist signed and dated 1964 (est. $2,000-$3,000). The auction will also feature decorative art, Asian art, sterling silver, cars and motorcycles – a broad mix of merchandise, 352 lots in all. Start time for the sale will be 12 noon Eastern time. It will be held online and at Bruneau & Co.’s gallery in Cranston, R.I.

This Patek Philippe men’s watch came out of the same estate that consigned fine art pieces to a Bruneau & Co. sale held in March. (photo courtesy Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers)

This Patek Philippe men’s watch came out of the same estate that consigned fine art pieces to a Bruneau & Co. sale held in March. (Photo courtesy Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers)

 

 

Works by Erte, Dali, Renoir, Pasmore, others all at KC Auction Co., July 17th 

The sale will feature two signed and numbered serigraphs from Erte, including this work titled Fringe Cape, from Erte’s Millionaire Suite. (photo courtesy KC Auction Co.) The sale will feature two signed and numbered serigraphs from Erte, including this work titled Fringe Cape, from Erte’s Millionaire Suite. (Photo courtesy KC Auction Co.)

KC Auction & Appraisal Company’s online-only auction ending Monday, July 17th will feature merchandise from fine estates and collections, including items pulled from a home in Mission Hills, the tony suburb of Kansas City. Paintings and prints will include works by Dali, Pasmore, Haku Maki, Mildrexer, Kipniss and Altman, plus an early Paterson Ewen painting and original cover art by Getz for the Aug. 30, 1969 issue of The New Yorker magazine. A collection of engravings and etchings will include architectural images, etchings by Pierre-August Renoir and four David Roberts lithographs of The Holy Land.

Certain to spark intense bidder interest are the pair of serigraphs by Erte, from the artist’s Millionaire Suite. Both are large works (34 ¼ inches by 46 ¾ inches framed) in superb condition, signed lower right and numbered (13/200). Each one comes with documentation from Chalk and Vermillion Fine Arts, Ltd. The work shown here is titled Fringe Cape. The other serigraph is titled Tassel Gown. The auction also contains a large collection of American primitives, country pieces, a nice Welsh cupboard, French buffets, Royal Danish sterling flatware, a Reed & Barton silver coffee service and a Tiffany & Co. majolica tea set.

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Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry’s July 14-15 auction – more than just coins and jewelry

True to its name, Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry in Fort Myers, Florida is already renowned throughout the Southeast for its auctions featuring gold and silver coins, currency and fine estate jewelry. And those things will certainly be on display Friday evening, July 14th, at 5 pm Eastern time, online and in the Fort Myers gallery, in an auction packed with 415 lots of rare coins, paper money and stamps. Top lots will include an 1877-S trade silver dollar in top condition, graded NGC MS65 (est. $7,600-$8,500); and a 1929 Type 1 First National Bank of Fort Myers (Fla.) banknote in near-new condition (est. $6,000-$8,000).

This fully restored 1956 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria has low mileage and is in superb running condition (est. $100,000-$125,000). (photo courtesy Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry) This fully restored 1956 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria has low mileage and is in superb running condition (est. $100,000-$125,000). (Photo courtesy Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry)

But Day 2, July 15th, will be a bit of a departure for Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry. On that Saturday, beginning at 12 noon, the firm will conduct a 489-lot Summer Multi-Estate Auction, featuring jewelry and diamonds (no surprise there), but also collectibles and fine art. The fully restored 1956 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria you see here (lot #50A) is a two-door hardtop with low mileage, in excellent running condition (est. $100,000-$125,000, MB: $65,000). Six other vintage cars could also be in the auction, but at press time they hadn’t yet been secured. The auction will also feature a huge selection of U.S. gold.

 

Bronze sculpture by Bessie Potter Vonnoh, Loetz vase up for bid at Ripley’s, July 22nd 

Ripley Auctions’ upcoming Art & Antiques Auction on Saturday, July 22nd, will be a multi-category monster loaded with quality merchandise, to include pottery and porcelain, period furniture, fine art and sculptures, silver, decorative arts and Asian objects. In short, something for nearly every taste and budget. The sale will start at 11 am Central time, online and at the firm’s gallery in Indianapolis, Indiana. Items of note will include a lovely Loetz (Austria) iridescent art vase with pulled feather design, standing nearly seven inches tall and engraved “Loetz Austria.” The vase has a reasonable estimate of $600-$800.

This patinated bronze sculpture by Bessie Potter Vonnoh (Am., 1872-1955), is titled Mother and Child. It’s expected to bring $3,000-$8,000. (Photo courtesy Ripley Auctions) This patinated bronze sculpture by Bessie Potter Vonnoh (Am., 1872-1955), is titled Mother and Child. It’s expected to bring $3,000-$8,000. (Photo courtesy Ripley Auctions)

Fans of patinated bronze sculptures will be intrigued by the work shown here, by Bessie Potter Vonnoh (Am., 1872-1955). The work, titled Mother and Child (est. $3,000-$8,000), is 10 ¼ inch tall, signed and numbered, and dated 1902. It is significant because Ms. Vonnoh was one of the earliest female artists creating bronze sculptures. Mothers and children were a common theme throughout her work. Other sculptures in the auction were produced by Louis- Philippe Hébert (1850-1917), one of Canada’s earliest world-class artists; and Joseph d’Aste (1881-1945), who was born in Italy but worked mainly in Paris.

 

 
Artwork by John Thomas Biggers will headline New Orleans Auction Galleries’ estates auction

An expected top lot in New Orleans Auction Galleries’ planned two-day estates auction, July 22-23, is the crayon on paper artwork pictured here, by John Thomas Biggers (Am., 1924-2001), one of the most significant African-American artists of the 20th century. Titled Blessing the People, the work utilizes naturalistic, slightly exaggerated figures to emphasize the inner spirituality and struggle that was so integral to mid-20th-century black American life. A century of African-American experience is deftly conveyed in a drawing of eight figures. The framed piece (22 inches by 56 inches, sight) has an estimate of $50,000-$80,000.

This conte crayon on paper work by noted African-American artist John Thomas Biggers (1924-2001) will be sold July 22nd-23rd. (Photo courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries) This conte crayon on paper work by noted African-American artist John Thomas Biggers (1924-2001) will be sold July 22nd-23rd. (Photo courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries)

In a 1988 interview in Texas Trends in Art Education, John Biggers said, “I think we have to show the human condition and what happens to it. To me that is what art is all about – showing the spirit of man struggling above the mundane, above the material, above suffering. This is the whole story of art.” Biggers was born the youngest of seven children in Gastonia, N.C., into a family that stressed the importance of education, creativity and spirituality. He produced art and taught art at the college level (at Texas Southern University) for most of his adult life. The auction will be held online and live in New Orleans, La.

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