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The auction, starting at 11 a.m., will be held at Matheson’s gallery, located in Melbourne, Fla

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Original works of art by renowned painters such as Edouard Leon Cortes, Jules Moigniez, Paul Fischer, Robert Lebron and Eugene Galien-Lalou (and an unsigned work from the School of Rubens), plus estate jewelry and decorative items will be sold Saturday, April 25, by Matheson’s Auctions, in the firm’s gallery at 600 East New Haven Avenue in Melbourne.

Unusually large and beautiful archaic Chinese vessel, measuring 17 ½ inches by 28 inches by 40 inches.
Unusually large and beautiful archaic Chinese vessel, measuring 17 ½ inches by 28 inches by 40 inches.
Matheson’s is billing the event as a Spring Estates Auction. The first gavel will fall promptly at 11 a.m. Eastern time, with a preview from 9-11 a.m. (or by appointment). For those unable to attend the auction live, internet bidding will be provided by Phone and absentee bids will also be taken. Over 250 lots, many of them fresh to the market, will be sold.

While the lineup of original artwork is the undeniable headliner of the sale, many other desirable objects will also be sold. These will include a rare coral, jade and sterling inkwell by Edward Farmer, a tortoise shell and sterling box by William Spratling, Chinese boxed porcelains, English and European porcelains, sterling Eskimo carvings, Native American basketry and fine bronzes.

Also offered will be Flora Danica Royal Copenhagen cabinet plates, including an eight-piece set by the French maker Jean Lurcat (1892-1966), Tiffany glass, early glass, a patinated gilt bronze lamp by French sculptor Jean Ferrat (1822-1882), a lovely Chinese three-piece silver and enamel garniture set, a 19th century gilt bronze clock by Maison Marnyhac (of Paris, France), and more.

The many lots of dazzling estate jewelry items will feature a collection of Asprey 18kt yellow gold pieces, an Asprey crocodile handbag, a trove of 22kt yellow gold pieces, diamond bracelets, Victorian and Art Deco jewelry, and assorted pieces of white gold, yellow gold and platinum jewelry. Sterling silver will also appear in the sale, highlighted by creations by David Yurman.

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) is well known as the Flemish Baroque painter who utilized an extravagant style to create Counter-Reformation altar pieces, portraits, landscapes and historical paintings. The painting in the sale is an unsigned oil on canvas figural landscape from the School of Rubens, 29 ½ inches by 47 inches. It is rich in mythology and allegory – typical of Rubens.

Edouard Leon Cortes (Fr., 1882-1969) is probably as well known as Rubens, but mainly for his Parisian street scenes. The work in the auction is exactly that, and a brilliant example, an oil on canvas measuring 24 inches by 30 inches and housed in an ornate frame. Cortes was a French post-impressionist who became known as “the Parisian Poet of Painting” for his Paris cityscapes.

Another French artist famous for his impressionist street scenes and landscapes was Eugene Galien-Laloue (1854-1941), who was born in Paris and lived and painted there his entire life. The gouache on paper for sale is vintage Galien-Laloue – a depiction of a happy, bustling Paris, during la Belle Epoque, with people and trolleys. It’s diminutive, at just 7 ½ inches by 12 inches.

New York-born artist Robert Lebron (1928-2013) was an American impressionist who preferred the palette knife over the paint brush. He painted in the U.S., London, Paris, Italy, Spain, Canada and Mexico. He’s best known for his cityscapes and architectural renderings. The 36 inch by 48 inch oil on canvas combines the two. It is the largest of four paintings by Lebron in the auction.

The Danish-born painter Paul Fischer (1860-1934) was another artist who gained fame by doing city views and landscapes. But unlike Cortes and Galien-Laloue, who limited their work just to Paris, Fischer benefited from his many travels to paint scenes of his native Copenhagen, but also Scandinavia, Italy and Germany. His oil on canvas in the auction is a street scene with figures.

The French sculptor Jules Moigniez (1835-1894) was known for his bronze bird depictions, and the one in the auction is typical of his work. It stands 21 ½ inches tall, on a circular base. Also in the sale are two oil on canvas paintings by the French artist Yolande Ardissone (b. 1927). Both are vibrant, colorful landscapes (one 19 inches by 23 inches, the other 23 inches by 35 ½ inches).

Dealers and collectors are more than welcome to attend this and all Matheson’s Auctions events. In addition to live and internet bidding (via, absentee (left) bids may also be submitted, via fax, to (321) 768-6664, up until the start of auction. A buyer’s premium of 20 percent will be applied to all internet purchases; for all other winning bids, it will be 17 percent.

Matheson’s Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To inquire about consigning an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (321) 768-6668; or, you can e-mail them at [email protected]. To learn more about Mathesons’s Auctions and the upcoming April 25 auction, visit or