Estate of Miami collector to be sold in Lakeland, Fla.

The major estate of a lady from Miami whose collection of fine antiques and art was so massive it couldn’t all be sold over the course of a weekend in May, will be continued on Saturday, October 13, at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Fla., beginning at 10 a.m. The auction will be conducted by Albritton Auctioneers of Lakeland. Albritton held part one of the sale on May 18-19.

“This outstanding estate belonged to a lady whose collections were so huge they probably couldn’t even be assembled today,” remarked Kale Albritton of Albritton Auctioneers. “We sold literally thousands of pieces in May, and we’ll be selling thousands more in October. Many of the lots will be in multiples.” Most of the items can be viewed on Albritton’s website: www.albritton.net.

Most of the top items are from the 18th and 19th centuries, but the offerings are an eclectic mix of quality merchandise drawn from a broad range of categories. A few of the expected top lots include a signed Galle table; a Tiffany bull-handled tureen with full bull finial; an early pewter tankard, dated 1721; and a rare mahogany Chippendale chair bought by the Governor of Massachusetts in 1727.

But there is so much more. “We could do an entire auction just on Heisey pieces alone,” said Sue Albritton, Kale’s wife. Over 300 pieces will be sold, many in multiple lots, and will include candle stands (some with prisms); animals; punch bowls; cups; vases; bowls; plates; powder jars; etched pieces; items with silver rims; and more, all in a dazzling variety of Heisey colors and patterns.

An outstanding collection of silver features many Tiffany items; a large 4-piece sterling server/warmer, marked Spritzer, Fuhrmann, Curacao #209; five large Gorham bowls and an 88-oz. Gorham oval tray; Francis I ladles and forks; an 1885 “Chantilly” cracker scoop; 1895 “Mythologique” forks; a 5-piece 1874 Meriden tea service; plus some Black, Starr, Frost; Kirk; Alvin; and International.

“The Oriental items are our best selection ever,” Kale commented. They include a large selection of early blue/white Canton; Imari; Rose Medallion; Famille Verte; several large chargers (one mark is 1662-1764); four large Celadon urns/vases; five hand-painted porcelain plaques; three coromandel screens; two porcelain garden seats; and five bronze urns with fish and animal designs.

The furniture selection is extensive and impressive. Just a few examples include a pair of Regency design open arm chairs; a pair of rosewood Bombe bureau chests with bronze and silver decorations; six mahogany Chippendale design chairs; a set of eight Chinese Chippendale design dining chairs; six Queen Anne design dining chairs; and some nice antique mirrors.

Also from the furniture category: a large mahogany Chippendale design corner chair; a 19th century pine corner cabinet; a wheeled music cabinet stool with inlaid panels and needlepoint seat; a mahogany 4-drawer inlaid chest with bracket feet; a mahogany dining table with eight leaves; a burl walnut 7-drawer dresser; and two wooden wine coolers.

The exquisite collection of about 20 stained glass pieces include large windows; panels; and a door. All feature intricate designs and all are quite rare. There will also be over 20 wonderful bronzes, including Bayre; Brierre; Drouot; Fratin; P.J. Mene; F. Pautrot; Parmantier; J. Moigniez; and Heizler; plus a large elk bronze, marked Paris; and a pair of bronze urns with mythological bird finials.

The selection of about 30 hand-painted Meissen, Dresden and Parian figures is stunning. Likewise the Majolica, which features two large bird pitchers with monkey handles; a vase with monkey; a carriage; a pair of large vases; a strawberry server; eight plates; a 7-piece tea set; and two large plaques with fruit. Early pewter pieces include a tankard dated 1721 and a 17th-century tea caddy.

The porcelain dinner sets are large, with many serving pieces. Sold will be Shelley bone china in the “Regency” pattern; Haviland Limoges in the “Bonneval” pattern; and Royal Worcester, to include the “Valentine” pattern.

Cut glass will feature a pair of pitchers with 800 silver tops; a wine pitcher with grape clusters; a cut glass jar with sterling top, marked Jacobi & Jenkins; a large selection of St. Louis glass stems; a large collection of colored glass stems; signed pieces by Libbey, Tuthill, Lobmeyer and Hawkes; several powder jars; atomizers; candle stands; decanters; baskets; bowls; plates; and more.

The glassware will include a large selection of Cambridge “Statuesque” (nude) stems, in assorted sizes and colors, many of them rare; about 200 pieces of “Miss America” (1933-1938) dishes; a nice assortment of St. Louis crystal from France; cut glass stems in many colors; Venetian crystal; art glass stems and bowls; and a set of green Jadeite unsigned Steuben dishes.

Works of art will be served up in abundance. Featured pieces include a framed steel engraving of Andrew Jackson painted on ivory by John Dodge and engraved on steel by M. J. Danforthe, recorded 1843, Congress. Other works include a watercolor by Hendricks A. Hallet (Boston, Mass., 1847-1921); two dry point etchings by Emile A. Roure (1938); and a vintage map.

Also slated to be sold are three large framed Audubon prints; a nice selection of Oriental rugs; an impressive collection of Caithness paperweights; about 15 brass, leather and copper early powder horns and flasks; a 1-1/2 gallon crock by F.B. Norton & Co., Worcester, Mass., with deep blue finials; Royal Bayreuth; a Degas art glass hanging light, reverse painted; and a signed Legras vase.

A preview will be held on Friday, October 12, from 1-8 p.m., at the Lakeland Center, located at 701 West Lime Street in Lakeland, not far off Interstate 4 at exit 33. The Center may charge a $5 parking fee for the day, but off-premises parking is available. The buyer’s premium is 15%, with a 3% discount for cash or checks.

Albritton Auctioneers is a family owned and operated business, founded in Lakeland in 1977 by Kale and Sue Albritton. To learn more about the upcoming sale, you may visit the website at www.albritton.net. The e-mail address is [email protected] The catalog for this auction will be posted on the website by mid-September.

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