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After Auction - August 2011

19th CENTURY MEISSEN RETICULATED PORCELAIN DRESSER BOX BRINGS $14,375 AT AN ESTATE AUCTION HELD AUG. 27 BY ELITE DECORATIVE ARTS IN FLORIDA

The dresser box was the top lot of the 345 or so items that changed hands in Boynton Beach.

(BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.) – An antique Meissen hand-painted oval-covered dresser box with incredible reticulated design throughout sold for $14,375 at a multi-estate sale held Aug. 27 by Elite Decorative Arts. The 19th century box was the top lot of the estimated 345 items that changed hands. The auction was held at Elite Decorative Arts’ gallery facility in Boynton Beach.

“We had a great sale, an amazing sale,” said Scott Cieckiewicz of Elite Decorative Arts. “We actually saw higher prices realized for some Meissen pieces than what similar lots brought at Christie’s recently.” Meissen, the colorful German-made antique porcelain, is highly coveted among collectors. There were many Meissen pieces offered in the Elite Decorative Arts auction.

A little over 400 lots came up for bid; 60 failed to meet the reserve. About 100 people attended the event live, while online bidding (through LiveAuctioneers.com) attracted over 700 registered bidders and more than 1,000 bids. Around 180 phone bids were also posted. About one-third of the offerings were consigned by a prominent psychiatrist from Deerfield Beach, Fla.

The Meissen dresser box exhibited stunning workmanship, with female busts and figural cherubs throughout the sides and cover. It also boasted finely detailed floral garlands, with scrolled reticulated designs throughout. The interior was a gilded bowl, with a flat floral design to the bottom of the cover. Standing 7 inches tall, the box had undergone some minor repairs.

Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a buyer’s premium (15 percent for in-house and phone, 18 percent for Internet bidders).

The second top lot of the sale was a rare Tiffany & Company sterling silver Revival urn with figural snake handles ($8,555). One side of the urn showed a depiction of Asclepius, the Greek god of healing, with Greek words. Another Tiffany piece also did well – a sterling silver and cut crystal pitcher with sterling silver stirring spoon in the Chrysanthemum pattern ($5,750). Without question, Meissen dominated the day’s list of top achievers. Two pieces topped the $3,000 mark. One was a figural group depicting a woman sitting in a seat with three children playing cards ($3,894). It stood 8 ¾ inches tall. The other was a cherubic figure depicting two women in dresses standing near a column and urn and bows and arrows, 10 inches tall ($3,304).

A Meissen figural group depicting five cherubs dancing, playing instruments, eating fruit, looking through a telescope and holding a bird, measuring 5 ½ inches in height, rose to $2,832; and a Meissen figural group depicting two women with cherubs, in a scene with flowers and eggs, brought $2,760. The 9 ½ inch tall piece showed detailed lace work to the women’s dresses.

Two Meissen lots fetched identical prices of $2,530. The first was a pair of antique hand-painted figural candlesticks, each on depicting cherubs with fish fin legs holding figural flowers, into which the candles were inserted. The second was a figural depiction of a cherub holding a torch and flower, as an allegory of day. The antique hand-painted piece measured 7 ¼ inches tall.

Another pair of Meissen pieces also garnered identical prices ($2,478). One was a hand-painted figure of a fortune teller adorned in a pink and blue dress fitted with a bonnet and standing at a pedestal table, shuffling a deck of cards. The other was a figure of a boy in a flamboyant garb, with badminton racket and shuttlecock. The piece stood 6 ¼ inches in height. A Meissen figurine depiction of night, showing a cherub with navy drape and star hallow accompanied by an owl at its feet and mounted on gilt and rocaille shell design plinth, breezed to $2,415. The top selling Royal Vienna lot was a beautiful pair of antique Austrian vases, each one showing hand-painted nymph scenes ($5,074). The circa-1880 vases were artist-signed (Feier).

Two other Royal Vienna pieces worth noting were a magnificent hand-painted portrait charger with a hand-painted scene of a woman with wheat in a long black dress, titled “Ruth” ($2,530); and a portrait plate depicting a young girl in a pink dress with leaved crown, signed “Wagner” to the lower right and having stunning gilt work with enameled beading ($2,478).

A hand-painted KPM porcelain plaque, executed circa 1900 in the classical elegance form, depicting the bust of a young woman distinguished with clear outlines and cool colors, framed, made $6,195. Also, a Teplitz amphora portrait vase (Reissner, Stellmacher & Kessel), hand-painted, depicting a woman with a tiara, with beautiful purples and turquoise, hit $5,865. An enchanting Jaeger LeCoultre white caravelle Atmos mantel clock with honeybee design and fitted white leather presentation box, in full working condition, chimed on time for $3,776; and an oil on canvas Cubist presentation of two pierrots (musicians as harlequins), by the Argentine painter Emilio Pettoruti (1892-1971), 30 inches by 24 inches, commanded $3,186. Elite Decorative Arts has a full slate of auctions planned for the remainder of the fall season. The firm will conduct a pair of decorative arts auctions on Sept. 24 and Oct. 22, at which hundreds of lots of porcelains, fine art, art glass, silver, bronze, period furniture and estate jewelry will be sold. Then, on Nov. 19, an auction dedicated to Oriental objects will be held.

Elite Decorative Arts is an established, third-generation, full-service antique and auction gallery, specializing in fine decorative arts, paintings, estate jewelry and more. The gallery is located in the Quantum Town Center, located at 1034 Gateway Boulevard (Suite 106) in Boynton Beach, Fla. A full-time, knowledgeable staff is on hand Monday-Friday, from 10-6.

Elite Decorative Arts is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single piece, an entire estate or a collection, you may call them at either (561) 200-0893, or toll-free, at (800) 991-3340; or, you can e-mail them at info@eliteauction.com. To learn more about Elite Decorative Arts and their upcoming auctions, log on to www.eliteauction.com.