Clarke To Auction Bernard Buffet Oil, Faberge, Antique French Furniture & Silver onJune 3

On Monday, June 3rd at 5 pm, Clarke Auction will present what might be one of its best auctions to date. Normally a press release is written about one or two rare and important items and it is easy to highlight them. This time there is so much wonderful and rare stuff in each and every category that it is suggested that you view the catalog thoroughly at www.ClarkeNY.com as not everything can be mentioned.

In our art section we have a freshly discovered large and important oil on canvas by German surrealist artist, Richard Oelze, $60,000 – 80,000. This magnificent painting is well supported by works from other artists including an oil still life by Bernard Buffet, $35,000 – $45,000, an ink and pastel of Nice by Raoul Dufy, $5,000-$7,000, an oil by Nicola Simbari, $2,000 – 3,000, and a beautiful oil on canvas by American artist, Elmer MacRae, of a young girl, $8,000 – 12,000.

In the last year, Clarke Auction has started to feature prints more often and this sale is no exception with a rare Picasso etching and aquatint, Garcon et Dormeuse a la Chandelle, $15,000 – 20,000, two lithographs by Joan Miro and woodcuts by Georges Braque, Jean Arp and Kathe Kollwitz.

In addition to 100 lots of art is some magnificent silver to be featured in this sale. From various local estates and fresh to market we have a set of four Russian enamel and plique à jour silver sherbet sets, two Fabergé sterling and glass centerpieces, Cartier silver and ruby glass bird decanters, as well as a rare and important collection of Shreve & Co. sterling. The 30 or so lots of sterling is well buoyed up with a good selection of gold and diamond jewelry with a Russian gold and stone cut diamond necklace to be the highlight at $6,000 – 9,000.

This sale features several estate groupings. One collection from a physician collector’s estate in Old Westbury, Long Island, dominates this wonderful sale with some of the finest examples of French objects and furniture ever sold at Clarke.

A few highlights are a Dore bronze surtout de table by preeminent Parisian artist Pierre-Philippe Thomire, 59” long, $15,000 – 25,000, a Linke quality 2 piece bronze mounted vitrine, $10,000 – 15,000, and a pair of possibly Thomire bronze urns, $4,000 – 6,000. Amongst a wide variety of bronze clocks, two of note are a very large one by C.H. Boye, $4,000 – 6,000, and an Empire ormolu mounted green marble pedestal clock ($6,000 – 9,000. This estate was loaded with magnificent and important objects furniture. You can see the Clarke team in action on site in Old Westbury at http://youtu.be/wn7eT2muHf0.

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