Published: April 10, 2007
For some time Beverly, Mass., auctioneer Frank Kaminski has been testing the antique waters in the San Diego area, and the success of his February 17 and 18 inaugural West Coast auction has established the firm as a bicoastal entity. The two-day sale comprised a single-owner collection, that of longtime La Jolla antiques dealer and collector Javid Nazarian, who began collecting in the mid-1980s.
An Eighteenth Century Belgian tapestry in wool and silk, with figures in a landscape, was the highlight of the event when it sold for $19,550. Another tapestry, a Seventeenth Century Flemish one in wool and gold, depicting a landscape with a chateau in the background, was also of interest, and sold for $7,475.
A pair of Nineteenth Century Chinese panels, embroidered with flowers and fabulous birds in gold, sold for $2,530, and a Nineteenth Century Chinese handwoven tapestry, embroidered with silk birds in flight, brought $1,840.
A late Eighteenth Century English oil on canvas, portrait of a woman in an elaborate blue silk satin gown, sold for $12,363. A Pacific coast view by New Mexico-born artist Curt Walters drew $4,025.
Nazarian’s collection was replete with desirable Continental material that bidders snatched up. The range was wide, to say the least. A Nineteenth Century classical French Empire secretaire with flame mahogany panels and glazed doors sold for $8,050. An Eighteenth or Nineteenth Century French carved, two-part cupboard sold for $6,900.
A pair of Nineteenth Century French gilt bronze sconces realized $6,900, and a pair of Nineteenth Century French gilt bronze and crystal girandoles elicited $4,025. An early Twentieth Century pair of French crystal candelabra, by Baccarat, sold for $1,840. A striking, late Nineteenth Century pair of lamps, in red marble with ormolu mounts and red tole shades, drew $3,105.
An early Nineteenth Century Continental oak linen press with carving elicited $6,900, and a set of eight early to mid-Nineteenth Century Directoire fruitwood chairs brought $3,910.
A 78-inch, Eighteenth Century, Welsh cupboard, which was made in England, sold for $4,213, and an Eighteenth Century English William and Mary or Queen Anne walnut chest-on-chest brought $4,025. An English, Nineteenth Century, pair of walnut luggage racks went for $1,150.
A Nineteenth Century Chinese chinoiserie cabinet, on a stand with five interior drawers, which were decorated with images of temples and other structures and figures in landscapes, fetched $3,163. A Twentieth Century William and Mary-style chinoiserie secretary, in red paint, and decorated by Frank Davidhazy for the Georgian Furnishings Company, realized $2,825.
An early Nineteenth Century Regency burlwood sewing table, with rosewood and ebony inlaid chess and checker boards, and retaining the silk work bag, sold for $4,600.
A Nineteenth Century Victorian fretwork birdcage that resembled a Parisian townhouse was estimated at $600․1,000, but brought a robust $4,370, despite one broken leg.
A pair of Nineteenth Century French armchairs, in gold paint with round blue and white Jasperware medallions set in the crests, went for $2,760, while a fancy, Nineteenth Century French gilt bronze mantel clock signed “Denier a Paris” had enamel numbers and mythological figures, and sold for $6,325.
A Nineteenth Century English pine tall clock with an unusual swan neck, and a prettily painted dial, realized $3,450, while a Nineteenth Century French country clock that was grain painted and stenciled, with an enameled face, brass punchwork and signed “Bertoli Fils, a Moutier,” was a modest $748.
An Eighteenth Century pair of Foo dogs with a blue green glaze sold for $2,530. Two Nineteenth or Twentieth Century Chinese blue and white covered jars realized $2,825 against the estimated $600/900.
A Nineteenth Century pair of 24-inch Rose Medallion porcelain vases, with elephant head handles, was $4,213, and a pair of mid-Nineteenth Century Chinese famille rose porcelain urns garnered $2,185.
Another pair, this time of Nineteenth or Twentieth Century Chinese teakwood display cabinets, with extensive mother of pearl inlay, sold for $3,738.
A 93-by-46-inch Nineteenth Century Chinese wallpaper, painted by hand with birds in a flowering tree, sold for $1,955.
A 42½-inch Nineteenth Century Venetian majolica Blackamoor figure was desirable, and sold for $5,175. A handsome Nineteenth Century Venetian gilt and paint decorated bookcase went for $2,760.
An Eighteenth Century Italian walnut desk brought $4,888, and an Eighteenth Century Italian rococo carved walnut settee was $3,163. A set of six Italian high back gilt dining chairs drew $2,645. A late Nineteenth Century Italian dining table that was 48 inches in diameter had marquetry inlay of satinwood, birch, walnut and other woods. It realized $4,140.
A Twentieth Century Italian neoclassical giltwood settee that was upholstered in Fortuny fabric was snapped up for $2,415, while a Nineteenth Century Boulle work, single-drawer cabinet, with tortoise shell and brass inlay, ormolu mounts and a marble top, fetched $3,738.
A Twentieth Century dining table in Japanese lacquer sold for $1,840, while the eight, related, carved and lacquered dining chairs brought $1,265.
A Nineteenth Century German, fall-front desk, in rosewood veneer with ivory inlay, brought $3,450. A pair of Continental style, Nineteenth Century, carved wood console tables with gold leaf and paint had faux marble tops and exhibited some wear, but they flew past the estimated $800․1,200 to $3,438.
Among the rugs to cross the block, a 13 feet 11 inches, by 9 feet 9 inches, late Nineteenth Century Persian serapi, found favor at $9,775. An example that measured 11 feet 4 inches by 13 feet 5 inches drew $5,750. A Heriz that was 10 feet 8 inches by 17 feet 6 inches fetched $9,775.
A Twentieth Century sunburst mirror with gold decoration and beveled glass realized an impressive $3,163, and a Nineteenth Century Italian giltwood mirror in the gothic style sold for $1,725.
All prices quoted reflect the 15 percent buyer’s premium. For information, 978-927-2223 or www.kaminskiauctions.com .
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