. November 11, 2014

The auction will be held in Elite’s gallery, at 1034 Gateway Boulevard in Boynton Beach, Fla.

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – They say good things come in pairs, and that is especially true of Elite Decorative Arts’ next auction, slated for Saturday, Nov. 22. Included in the lineup of lots are a pair of antique Chinese cloisonné cranes, a pair of Asian silver vases etched with birds and floral designs, and a pair of large Chinese hand-painted covered urns with foo dog finials.

19th century Majolica Austrian cigarette set featuring a well-dressed black gentleman (est. $400-$600).

19th century Majolica Austrian cigarette set featuring a well-dressed black gentleman (est. $400-$600).

The auction, totaling around 400 lots, will be held at Elite Decorative Arts’ gallery, located in the Quantum Town Center at 1034 Gateway Blvd. (Ste. 106) in Boynton Beach, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern time. Previews will be held on Friday, Nov. 21, from 11-5, and on Saturday, the day of sale, from 11-1. Internet bidding will be facilitated by and

The auction is being billed as a Fine Decorative Arts & Asian Works of Art Auction. It will be packed with fine artwork, porcelain pieces, fine estate jewelry items, silver and bronze objects, art glass and Asian works (these will include porcelain, jade, coral, cloisonné, silver, bronze and more). Capping the outstanding lineup will be a wonderful collection of antique Majolica pieces.

The pair of antique Chinese cloisonné cranes is an expected top lot of the auction, with a pre-sale estimate of $18,000-$20,000. They come with an amazing provenance. They are from the estate of Count Adrian Toati de Suiza de Borbon, great-grandson of Queen Isabella of Spain. He was the Spanish ambassador to France and he was given the cranes as a gift while on a visit to Asia.

The cranes were made in the mid-19th century and each one stands an impressive 36 inches tall. The detail work is incredible, with each bird fashioned with vines in its mouth while standing on a pomegranate. Both cranes are perched on fitted wooden bases. The total weight is over 60 lbs.

The pair of Oriental silver vases and the pair of extraordinary Chinese hand-painted covered urns with foo dog finials carry identical pre-sale estimates of $8,000-$10,000. The latter, dating to the mid-19th century, has a total weight of just under 22 lbs. The urns are large, at 17 ½ inches tall.

The former – the pair of silver vases etched with birds and floral design – is truly magnificent. Not only are the vases beautifully rendered, each one is inscribed to baseball Hall of Fame legend Connie Mack, on his 72nd birthday in 1934 and in recognition of his team’s Asian tour that year. The vases are 15 ¼ inches in height and have a combined weight of 74 troy ounces.

A dazzling Deco necklace in a bow-shaped diamond pendant with approximately two carats of diamonds accented with emeralds, sapphires and seed pearls is expected to realize $3,500-$4,500. The top of the pendant is platinum, with a platinum chain. The back of the pendant is 18kt yellow gold. This jewelry item, from the 1930s, came from a prominent Palm Beach estate.

A Chinese enameled hand mirror with a large, white jade dragon chih lung scepter garment hook handle should rise to $4,000-$6,000. The mirror boasts a beautiful enameled cloisonné flower and pot to verso. The handle is four inches long, while the mirror measures 13 inches in length. This lot, like the cloisonné cranes, is from the estate of Count Adrian Toati de Suiza de Borbon.

An example from the Majolica collection is a 19th century Austrian cigarette set, featuring a well-dressed black gentleman seated among a group, titled Colorado Fine. The circa-1890s set has incised numbers to the base and comes with a match strike with a holder for cigarette and matches. It has a modest pre-sale estimate of $400-$600, an attractive price point for collectors.

Elite Decorative Arts is currently accepting quality consignments for its December 6 Decorative Arts Auction. To inquire about consigning a single item, an estate or collection, you may call them at (561) 200-0893; or, you can send an e-mail to Elite Decorative Arts will be relocating to a new gallery facility in early 2015. Watch their website for details.

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