Visit Our Galleries at The Asia Art Fair New York, Sept 17-21, 2014

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"The Expected 2010," Zhao Kailin, oil on canvas. On view at The Asia Art Fair New York, Sept. 17-21, 2014

Following the resounding success of the inaugural Asia Art Fair in March, the Bohemian National Hall has beautifully remounted The Asia Art Fair this week, September 17-21, 2014 with an expanded roster of international galleries and dealers. The Fair features 30 distinguished dealers in Fine Art, Antiques, and Contemporary Asian works of art, including our galleries, Anavian Gallery, Niki Art, and Flying Cranes Antiques.

Antiquity from Anavian Gallery

Antiquity from Anavian Gallery, The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center. [Gallery #81/212.319.5030

Specializing in Ancient Near Eastern and Islamic Works of Art from the 4th millennium BC through the 19th century AD, Anavian Gallery has been at the forefront of the Middle Eastern art/antiquity market since it was established 50 years ago. Their long list of clients includes many of the top museums, institutions and private collectors worldwide. Anavian deal in fine ceramics, glass, metalwork and rare objects spanning the millennia.

Contemporary Japanese work, Niki Art

Contemporary Japanese work from Niki Art, Manhattan Art & Antiques Center [Gallery #81/212.319.5030

Niki Art features contemporary Japanese Works of Art, specializing in the works of the artist Ko Kono “Leather Sculpture”. The artist of the extraordinary piece above, Ko Kono is an extremely rare and talented individual who seems uniquely tuned into the natural and even the supernatural worlds. His sculptures, works in leather, create a reflection, an instance of time, captured in a manner that inspires the imagination.

Objet d'art from Flying Cranes Antiques

Objet d'art from Flying Cranes Antiques, The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center. [Gallery #55&58/212.223.4600

Based in New York City since the 1970’s, Flying Cranes Antiques, Ltd. has long been regarded worldwide as a leading specialist in the field of Japanese art from the Meiji Period. The firm offers an extensive selection of museum-quality material to sophisticated collectors, royalty, museum curators and serious beginning collectors, and is known for the finest and the unusual in metalwork, cloisonné, Satsuma, netsuke, studio ceramics, Imari ware, lacquer, ikebana basketry and samurai weaponry.

"3-Dimensional Calligraphy" by contemporary artist Cui Fe. On display at The Asia Art Fair, Sept. 17-21, 2014

"3-Dimensional Calligraphy" by contemporary artist Cui Fe. On display at The Asia Art Fair, Sept. 17-21, 2014

The September edition of the Fair also presents a contemporary art exhibition, curated by Dr. Zhijian Qian, and featuring some of the finest emerging artists in the field today. The exhibition, which beautifully showcases the breadth and depth in the contemporary Asian arts, is displayed on the third floor. All artists will be in attendance to discuss their work so don’t miss the rare opportunity to speak with this fascinating group.

Mohan Samant.

Work by Mohan Samant. On display at The Asia Art Fair, Sept. 17-21, 2014

Lastly, the Asia Art Fair presents a Special Exhibition of Mohan Samant (1924-2004), one of the earliest post-Independence modern Indian artists to train in India and settle as a successful mature artist in the West. He has been called ‘one of the few artists who has successfully made the bridge between Eastern and Western traditions.’

Tickets for The Asia Art Fair can be purchased HERE. The Bohemian National Hall is located at 321 E 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021. You can reach the Fair for more information at info@theasiaartfair.com or (212) 988-1733.

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15 First Edition & Vintage Books for #FridayReads

First edition of Ian Fleming"s "You Only Live Twice" the 12th James Bond novel, original cloth, original dust jacket, United Kingdom, 1964First edition of Ian Fleming’s “You Only Live Twice” the 12th James Bond novel, original cloth, original dust jacket, United Kingdom, 1964. Gallery #90: Manhattan Rare Books/212.326.8907

With the first-ever Brooklyn Antiques & Book Fair headed our way this weekend, we thought we’d share 15 of our favorite tomes from our first editions, antique books, autographs gallery, Manhattan Rare Books. Happy Friday, and happy #FridayReads!

First Edition of Lyrical Ballads, by William Wordsworth & Samuel Taylor Coleridge, contemporary full leather, UK, 1800.First Edition of Lyrical Ballads, by William Wordsworth & Samuel Taylor Coleridge, contemporary full leather, UK, 1800.

First edition of Winston Churchill "Speech in the House of Commons" paper, United Kingdom, 1940.First edition of Winston Churchill “Speech in the House of Commons” paper, United Kingdom, 1940.

First Edition of Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison, original cloth, original dust jacket, USA, 1952.First Edition of Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison, original cloth, original dust jacket, USA, 1952.

First Edition of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, original cloth and original dust jacket, American, 1957.

First Edition of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, original cloth and original dust jacket, American, 1957.

The Complete Poems of Robert Frost, signed limited edition, one of only 1500 copies signed by Frost, 1950.The Complete Poems of Robert Frost, signed limited edition, one of only 1500 copies signed by Frost, 1950.

First edition of "The Rough Riders" by Theodore Roosevelt, original cloth, American, 1899.First edition of “The Rough Riders” by Theodore Roosevelt, original cloth, American, 1899.

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, full morocco leather gilt, UK, 1902.The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, full morocco leather gilt, UK, 1902.

Thomas Pynchon, First Edition, Gravity"s Rainbow, original cloth, original dust jacket, USA, 1973.Thomas Pynchon, First Edition, Gravity”s Rainbow, original cloth, original dust jacket, USA, 1973.

Vintage The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. LewisVintage The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

Signed limited edition of the Poems of Oscar Wilde, one of 220 copies signed by Wilde, original cloth gilt cover, UK: 1892.Signed limited edition of the Poems of Oscar Wilde, one of 220 copies signed by Wilde, original cloth gilt cover, UK: 1892.

First Edition of Looking Forward, by Franklin D Roosevelt, full morocco leather, USA, 1933.First Edition of Looking Forward, by Franklin D Roosevelt, full morocco leather, USA, 1933.

vintage Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne Vintage Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

First edition in original cloth of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850.First edition in original cloth of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850.

The Second World War, 6 volume set, morocco leather, cloth boards, UK, 1948-1954.The Second World War, 6 volume set, morocco leather, cloth boards, UK, 1948-1954.

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The First-Ever Brooklyn Antiques & Book Fair

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Joining the New York antique fairs world this fall, the first-ever Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair (Sept. 13-14, 2014) aims at book lovers and a younger set of New Yorkers than the crowds that gather annually at the Manhattan-based Pier Antique Show and Armory Antique Show. The show will be held at the brand new Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, with a preview Opening Night on September 12, 7:30-9:30 PM, at the beautiful Greenpoint branch of the Public Library.

The show features “110 dealers from all over the eastern seabord selling their best antiques with an emphasis on mid-century, decorative arts, fine art, jewelry , art deco, folk art, Americana, arts and crafts, and some of the best book and ephemera dealers in the business presenting vintage and antiquarian books on every subject matter, manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, prints, autographs, posters, and so much more.”

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NEW Vintage & Antique Finds: Japanese Sculpture – See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil

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Bronze Okimono Sculpture, Japan, Meiji Period. L: 15-1/4". Gallery #55 & 58: Flying Cranes Antiques/212.223.4600

This week’s featured NEW Vintage & Antique Find is this wonderfully dynamic bronze “okimono” (the Japanese term for objet d’art) from the artistically prolific Meiji period (1868-1912). The sculpture depicts two macaques performing the maxim embodied by sanbiki no saru (three monkeys): see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil. This playful realization has two monkeys illustrate all three roles of the proverb, which was originally depicted on one section of an eight-panel 17th century Japenese door carving illustrating Confucius’s Code of Conduct. While in the West, the proverb has come to have the negative connotation of willful ignorance in the face of injustice, the original Buddhist meaning of the proverb was likely simply to avoid dwelling on evil thoughts. To learn more about this piece, contact Flying Cranes Antiques here.

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Three Vintage NYC Museum Exhibits You Shouldn’t Miss This Summer

Madeline at the Paris Flower Market. TM and © Ludwig Bemelmans, LLC.

"Madeline at the Paris Flower Market. TM and © Ludwig Bemelmans, LLC." Source: nyhistory.org

As is always the case in New York City, there are more “must-see” art exhibits this year than there is time to view them. It’s hard to choose but given our predilection for the past, we recommend these three exhibitions that highlight the past of our own storied city.

Madeline in New York, New-York Historical Society

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the beloved classic, Madeline, New-York Historical Society is honoring the stalwart little heroine with an exhibition of over 90 original artworks from her creator, Ludwig Bemelmans. Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwing Bemelmans is on view July 02, 2014 – October 19, 2014.

Garry Winogrand, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Garry Winogrand (American, 1928–1984). El Morocco, New York, 1955. Gelatin silver print. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, 1992 (1992.5107) © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco" Source: metmuseum.org

One of the most highly anticipated photography exhibitions of the year, Gary Winogrand at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (on view June 27–September 21, 2014) is the first retrospective of this major chronicler of New York City life from the 1950s through the 1980s. Considered one of the most influential street photographers of the century, Winogrand truly captured life as it was.

Mac Conner: A New York Life, Museum of the City of New York

Illustration for "Let's Take a Trip Up the Nile" in This Week Magazine, November 5, 1950 • Gouache and graphite on illustration board • © Mac Conner. Courtesy of the artist

"Illustration for "Let's Take a Trip Up the Nile" in This Week Magazine, November 5, 1950 • Gouache and graphite on illustration board • © Mac Conner. Courtesy of the artist" Source: mcny.org

While this exhibition doesn’t technically open in the fall, it’s hard to think of a show this year more illustrative of a certain New York past than McCauley (“Mac”) Conner’s energetic hand-painted illustrations of ads from the 1950s. Mac Conner: A New York Life is on view at the wonderful Museum of the City of New York Sept 10, 2014 – Jan 11, 2015.

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NEW Vintage & Antique Finds: Baga Nimba Headdress

Baga Nimba, wood, Guinea, old.  36" x 12"

Baga Nimba, Guinea, H: 36" W:12". Gallery #96 Hemingway African Gallery/212.838.3650

“Nimba is the joy of living” for the Baga peoples of Guinea, Africa. The most vital of the Baga arts, the headdress known as Nimba or D’mba represents the “universal mother” in Baga society; a figure of fertility and protection who presides over important events like agricultural ceremonies, weddings, and funerals. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, unlike many other African masked representations, Nimba is not a “spirit” but an “idea”–”the vision of woman at the zenith of her power, beauty, and affective presence.”

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Front view, Baga Nimba

Worn with a raffia skirt at ceremonial dances, Nimba’s defining characteristics include her flat, pendant breasts symbolizing a full motherhood spent nursing children, and her hairstyle crested and braided down the center of her head. Interestingly, according to the Met Museum, Nimba’s hairstyle is actually characteristic of another peoples, the Fulbe, from whom the Baga are descended, and so Nimba serves as a connection to their past. The short line under Nimba’s eye (not very pronounced on this mask) represent Baga ethnicity, and some masks, as this one, are beautifully ornamented with pops of color at the mask’s features. For details on this mask, reach out to Hemingway African Gallery.

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Modern Design & Twentieth Century September Sale, Kaminski Auctions

Lot#-3135-Hans Wegner "Peacock" chair, with blue wool upholstery and leather arm and headrests

Lot#-3135-Hans Wegner "Peacock" chair, with blue wool upholstery and leather arm and headrests. September 7 Sale, Kaminski Auctions

On September 7, the flagship Massachusetts branch of Kaminski Auctions will be holding a modern design and 20th century sale. See below for more information. The New York branch of Kaminski Auctions is located on the main floor of The Manhattan Art & Antique Center, Gallery #28, 917.701.8162. Kaminski offers free expert appraisal service at the Center every Tuesday from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm.

The upcoming Twentieth Century and Modern Design auction at Kaminski will offer a myriad of collectable pieces for serious buyers. Important artists and designers include Diego Giacometti,and Gino Vistosi.

Lot#3124-Giacommetti, Console aux Oiseaux, Bronze and Glass

Lot#3124-Giacommetti, Console aux Oiseaux, Bronze and Glass. September 7 Sale, Kaminski Auctions

Featured prominently in this Twentieth Century sale is a stunning console table by renowned sculptor, Diego Giacometti. The Console Aux Oiseaux is signed “Diego,” once on the underside of a horizontal support. This home furnishing exemplifies Giacometti’s common use of animals as design elements.  While the subject matter is common, this particular design is a rare discovery for twentieth century art collectors.  This stunning sculptural object is descendant from the Orosco Family Trust Art Collection in Danville, CA and carries an estimate of $150,000 to $250,000.

Interior designers should also note a set of four glass pendant lamps in a range of primary colors, created in the 1970s by Gino Vistosi.  One of the four boasts an intact foil label.  The set promises to be a striking addition to any modern-themed living space, along with a Ball Chair attributed to Eero Aarnio, with original wool upholstery.  This piece of iconic industrial design was created with the idea of simulating privacy within public spaces – or as it was best put by Aarnio, “A room within a room.”

Expected to raise a large amount of excitement among decorators is an extremely rare Hans Wegner Peacock chair, upholstered in original blue wool with leather accents over an oak frame. This piece of mid-century Danish design dates to 1955 and has been closeted in a local Massachusetts estate since its creation.

Lot#-31281960 Gibson Guitar

Lot#-31281960 Gibson Guitar. September 7 Sale, Kaminski Auctions

Also available for purchase is an original hollow-body electric Gibson Brydland guitar, circa 1960, with original label complete with serial number A34663. The guitar, was previously owned by Ken Raymond.  An autographed promotional photo of Chet Atkins, whom Ken Raymond met on tour, accompanies this lot.  Experts at Kaminski have applied a sale estimate of $5,000 to $7,000 to the piece.

Lot#-3013-Lichtenstein, "As I Opened Fire," Lithographs

Lot#-3013-Lichtenstein, "As I Opened Fire," Lithographs. September 7 Sale, Kaminski Auctions

Art collectors will be excited to find the triptych, As I Opened Fire, by Roy Lichtenstein and published by the Stedelijk Museum, among other works by Andy Warhol, Chuck Close and Shepard Fairey.  Representatives at Kaminski are anticipating the performance of five original Bicentennial tapestries designed by Alexander Calder and hand woven by the Pinton Freres atelier in Aubusson, France.  Circa 1975, these rare examples are from a limited edition of 200.  All five possess a low edition of either #36 or #37 and are signed accordingly by Calder.  Calder died the same year, shortly after these tapestries were created. The last works of Calder’s lifetime offered collectors a final chance to revel in his profound impact on the world of Modern Art.

Lot#-3126-Original "Bozo The Clown" suit and memorabilia collection

Lot#-3126-Original "Bozo The Clown" suit and memorabilia collection. September 7 Sale, Kaminski Auctions

Boston natives will enjoy the “Bozo the Clown Collection”, which was retrieved from a Newton, MA estate and is expected to attract strong media attention.  The collection features the full suit, travel case decorated by Carol Spinney, wig, a photo journal made by Unicef documenting Bozo’s seven week Asian trip and a framed original photo of the entire Bozo cast, as well as many other interesting items.

Lot#-3126-Original "Bozo The Clown" suit and memorabilia collection

Lot#-3126-Original "Bozo The Clown" suit and memorabilia collection. September 7 Sale, Kaminski Auctions

Among other obscure objects offered in the sale is a Leica M-3 camera in the original hard-shell case.  In strikingly good condition, the camera is of a low serial number – 873291 and includes an eyepiece, tripod mount and a Ernst Leitz GmbH lens with extendable bellows and shutter release.

A full online catalog for the sale will be available Friday, August 22nd by 8:00 pm ET, at www.kaminskiauctions.com. Preview for the sale will be held Tuesday through Saturday, September 2nd through 6th at the Kaminski auction gallery, from 10:00 am to 5:00pm daily. The auction will take place Sunday September 7th, beginning at 10:00 am, with preview to precede the sale beginning at 8:00am. Online bidding will be available through the Kaminski LIVE bidding platform.

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French Aubusson Salon Suite for #TapestryTuesday

A carved giltwood three-piece salon suite, upholstered with Aubusson tapestry, French, circa 1880.  Comprising of a settee and two chairs.  Settee Height: 53"    Length: 77"
A carved giltwood three-piece salon suite upholstered with Aubusson tapestry, French, circa 1880.  Comprising of a settee and two chairs. Settee Height: 53″    Length: 77″. Gallery #39 & 63: F&P Associates/212.644.5885

Introduced earlier this year by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, #tapestrytuesday has proliferated across the particular corner of the internet devoted to old treasures and lost arts. As we’d be remiss if we tried to talk tapestries without talking about Aubusson tapestry, today we focus on this beautiful Aubusson piece. The gold standard of the art (and as of 2009, on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity), French Aubusson tapestry represents one of the great flowerings of the Renaissance arts.

French Aubusson Salon Suite

Detail view; French Aubusson Salon Suite

The history of tapestries at large is as rich as it is long (The Met has an interesting summary on the topic). The first looms for Aubusson tapestry were set up in the town of Aubusson (located in the Creuse Valley, France) likely by Flemish refugees in the 1300s. Tapestry production, however, didn’t commence there until the 1600s. As the arts began to flourish once more in the Renaissance period, Aubusson makers based their designs on the prestigious Savonnerie rugs, which at the time were only available to the King.

French Aubusson Salon Suite

Detail view; French Aubusson Salon Suite

In 1665, Aubusson was given the status of Royal Manufacture, athough anyone who could afford them (typically sophisticated aristocracy and the upper class) could buy them. The stunningly detailed Aubusson designs drew inspiration from verdure scenery, religious themes, animals, and beyond. The richly expressive tapestry featured here is rife with symbolic meaning as well as dramatic scenes that can be interpreted at length. After the French Revolution, machine-made tapestries began to replace thoughtful creations such as these, and just around the time this piece was made (1870-1880), tapestry production ceased in the town of Aubusson. While such works are replicated at length today, the intimate pleasures of original French Aubusson are hard to come by now.


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Nautical and Americana at Kaminski Auctions Summer Estate Sale, August 24

Brian Coole, view of Boston from Chelsea shore, circa 1850, oil on board

Lot# 2109 -Brian Coole, view of Boston from Chelsea shore, circa 1850, oil on board, Summer 2014 Estate Sale; Kaminski Auctions

On August 24, the flagship Massachusetts branch of Kaminski Auctions will be holding an exceptional summer estate sale. See below for more information. The New York branch of Kaminski Auctions is located on the main floor of The Manhattan Art & Antique Center, Gallery #28, 917.701.8162. Kaminski offers free expert appraisal service at the Center every Tuesday from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Kaminski Auctions Annual Nautical and Americana auction this year will held August 24th, 2014, starting at 10:00am at their Beverly auction gallery, 117 Elliot Street, Rt. 62, Beverly, Massachusetts.  The sale features a fantastic selection of nautical paintings from several important marine artists including Brian Coole, as well as American artists James Fulton Pringle, Thaddeus Bannister, Charles Woodbury, A.T. Hibbard, Emile Gruppe, Chester Hardin, and Anthony Cirino.  There is also a pair of America’s Cup paintings of the Royal Yacht Squadron racing off Cowes, thought to be from the circle of Nicholas Matthew Condy (1815-1851).

Lot# 2107 -A.T. Hibbard (American 1886-1972), Provincetown, 1920, oil on artist board

Lot# 2107 -A.T. Hibbard (American 1886-1972), Provincetown, 1920, oil on artist board. Summer 2014 Estate Sale; Kaminski Auctions

A wonderful engraving by C. Mottram depicting Boston Harbor circa 1857 is estimated at $1,500-$2,500 and a second important engraving by Martins After Garneray, titled “Preche De La Baline – The Whale Fishery”, is estimated at  $1000-$1500.

Also included is an important portrait of John Appleton, merchant of Salem, circa 1800, from a Massachusetts estate. He is depicted seated before a table with a ledger and packet of letters.  The work is oil on canvas, and is signed, dated and inscribed on the reverse by the American colonial era painter Michele Felice Corne (American 1752-1845).  There is also a portrait of Warren Hastings, oil on canvas, labeled “Sir Joshua Reynolds.”

Lot# 2135 -Charles H. Woodbury (American 1864-1940), seascape, oil on canvas

Lot# 2135 -Charles H. Woodbury (American 1864-1940), seascape, oil on canvas. Summer 2014 Estate Sale; Kaminski Auctions

Ship model collectors will be interested in a builder’s model of the Santo Paulo for Grace Line Inc., produced by Boucher Lewis Precision Models. The piece is an exact replica and measures eighty five and three quarters inches long by twenty one inches high. It is estimated at $5,000- $7,000 while a Windsor Castle ship model circa 1950s is estimated at $200-$3000.

Important American furniture in the sale includes an 18th century block front Chippendale mahogany desk, with fancy interior, descended from the Governor Winthrop’s family. An early Queen Anne carved black walnut highboy by Samuel Sewall of York, Maine, circa 1755, will also feature in the auction. It is embellished with a cupid’s bow apron and forward facing rear legs, and is estimated at  $5,000-$7,000.

Lot# 2126 -Early Queen Anne carved black walnut highboy with cupid's bow apron and forward facing rear legs, intact wooden pins and sycamore secondary wood, circa 1755, Samuel Sewall, York, ME

Lot# 2126 -Early Queen Anne carved black walnut highboy with cupid's bow apron and forward facing rear legs, intact wooden pins and sycamore secondary wood, circa 1755, Samuel Sewall, York, ME. Summer 2014 Estate Sale; Kaminski Auctions

There is also a carved cherry wood Chippendale serpentine front four drawer chest with bracket feet, circa 1770-90, estimated at  $5,000-$8,000, and a circa 1840, Colchester, CT mahogany block front slant lid desk with original brasses on magnificent double ogee feet and curlicue base with heavy brass handles on the sides.  It is estimated at $3,000-$5,000. Also in the sale is a nicely carved Salem, MA secretary with elaborate finials and reed legs, including all original finish and hardware, circa 1800-10, and estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

English furniture and antiques are also well represented, as well as a large selection of Asian items including a Ming dynasty bronze buddha,a Chinese bronze censor, an 18th Century matched pair of Qing Dynasty carved ancestral arm chairs, and a carved Zitan screen with jade insets.

Lot# 2108-18th century, block front Chippendale Governor Winthrop desk, mahogany with fancy interior, with provenance to the Governor Winthrop family

Lot# 2108-18th century, block front Chippendale Governor Winthrop desk, mahogany with fancy interior, with provenance to the Governor Winthrop family. Summer 2014 Estate Sale; Kaminski Auctions

Preview for this exciting sale will be held Thursday August 21st through Friday August 23rd, 10:00am-5:00pm and 8:00 am on Saturday, August 24th, day of sale.  For more information or to sign up to bid go to our website www.kaminskiauctions.com or call 978-927-2223.

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NEW Vintage & Antique Finds: Buccellati Mermaid Fantasy Silver Centerpiece

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Magnificent Sterling Silver Centerpiece by Buccellati, Sterling silver, Milan, Italy, 20th century. Gallery #65: Estate Silver/212.758.4858

Today in our NEW Vintage & Antique Finds series, we present a nautical fever dream from the incomparable high-end designer Buccellati. Easily Italy’s most renowned luxury jewelry brand, Buccellati brings an equally impressive stamp of “timeless eccentricity” to their one-of-a-kind silverware. It’s hard to imagine a more stunning example of their unique vision than this sterling silver centerpiece of a mermaid-driven sea chariot.

Fancifully ensconced on a nautilus shell, with a lobster holding her flowing locks aloft and flying fish pulling her chariot, the commanding mermaid drives her chariot through a sea teaming with marine life: clam shells, mussels, dolphin, coral, sea urchin, fish, sharks, swordfish, sea otters, starfish, an octopus, and a turtle. All we can say is: wow.

Buccellati has been “wowing” the world since the 18th century, when the founding family first established its design presence. To this day, the items in the company’s catalog are designed by members of the Buccellati family, and handmade by a select group of artisans. Many of their pieces hark back to Italy’s rich design history, borrowing elements from the Roman through Renaissance eras, including the plant and sea life found in Italian frescoes. To see detailed views and to learn more about this piece, click here.

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