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September 2011

OVER 400 LOTS OF ORIGINAL ARTWORK, ESTATE JEWELRY, CUT GLASS, SILVER, PORCELAIN, BRONZE & FURNITURE WILL BE SOLD BY ELITE DECORATIVE ARTS

The auction will be conducted Sept. 24 in the firm’s gallery facility in Boynton Beach, Florida.

(BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.) – Over 400 lots of original artwork, porcelain, fine estate jewelry, cut glass, silver, bronze and furniture will be sold at a multi-estate sale planned for Saturday, Sept. 24, by Elite Decorative Arts. The auction will be held in the firm’s showroom facility, located in the Quantum Town Center at 1034 Gateway Boulevard in Boynton Beach.

The first gavel will come down promptly at 1 p.m. (EST), with a healthy live turnout expected and online bidding facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Previews will be held on Friday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday, the day of sale, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bidding should be brisk both live and online.

One lot carries a pre-sale estimate of $80,000-$100,000. It is an original Paris street scene, done in oil on canvas in the open air style of French artist Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955). The stunning work is signed on the front lower right corner “Maurice Utrillo” and depicts the subtle shades, shadowed streets and sunlit sky that are characteristic of the artist in the 1940s.

Other original oil on canvas paintings expected to do well will include a waterway scene with buildings, boats and trees visible by Jacques Buoyssou (Fr., 1926-1997), signed lower right (est. $6,000-$8,000); and a figural nude rendering (from the waist up) by Pal Fried (Hungarian, 1893-1976). The signed and numbered work, titled Sandra, should hammer for $4,000-$5,000.

Antique clocks will feature a massive 9-tube grandfather hall clock manufactured in London, England by J.J. Elliot, Ltd. The massive example of a transitional rococo Neoclassical period time piece, 103 inches tall, should bring $15,000-$20,000. Also sold will be a circa-1900 French champlevé and brass regulator clock by Samuel Marti of Paris (est. $2,000-$2,500).

A pair of serving sets is expected to excite the crowd. The first is a Grande Baroque sterling dinner service for 12, along with four serving pieces, representing the unmatched composition and unique appearance of Wallace Silversmiths (est. $5,000-$6,000). The other is a 60-piece Royal Crown Derby English porcelain set in the Old Imari pattern (est. $3,000-$5,000).

Fine estate jewelry is a surefire crowd pleaser that always commands high dollars, and this sale’s got plenty, to include a 3.46-carat round brilliant cut diamond ring, boasting SI-2 in clarity and H in color (est. $20,000-$25,000); and a gentleman’s 18kt yellow gold Rolex Daytona Oyster perpetual wristwatch, with original box and paperwork (est. $10,000-$13,000).

A gorgeous Lalique French crystal Three Lionesses table, with four frosted and etched panels, each depicting lionesses drinking at a lake and held together by a chrome tone frame, should realize $8,000-$12,000; while a 19th century French ebonized leather-top writing desk with raised arched pediment and porcelain panels of angelic beings should make $4,000-$6,000.

A pair of novel, antique German silver pheasant bird vessels (circa 1830), representing the unmatched craftsmanship of early 19th century German ability, with masterfully designed crowns, beaks and bodies, should breeze to $4,000-$6,000; and a Tiffany & Company sterling three-piece centerpiece bowl shell (circa 1907-1928) is expected to command $2,500-$3,500.

Two sculptures of note include a beautiful Murano Italian-cast, blown and sculpted art glass work by Livio Seguso (It., b. 1930), titled Embryo and depicting a human embryo in a stunning iridescent design (est. $4,000-$6,000); and a bronze and ivory sculpture by Antoine Bofill (Span., 1895-1921), of a male youth wrangling a bull by the horns (est. $4,000-$6,000).

Rare and unusual collectibles will feature a Bruce Springsteen-signed Fender Squire Bullet Strat guitar with red lacquer body, signed by “The Boss” in black on the white pick guard (est. $2,000-$3,000); and an antique, original Christian Sharps 1848 model .52 caliber buffalo rifle with a breech loading falling block design, measuring 52 inches long (est. $1,500-$2,500).

Elite Decorative Arts has two more great sales planned for the balance of the fall season. The first is a general decorative arts and antiques auction slated for Saturday, Oct. 22. The second will be dedicated mainly to Oriental art and objects and will be held Saturday, Nov. 19. Both will be held in the Elite Decorative Arts showroom in Boynton Beach, starting at 1 p.m.

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 fall auctions, log on to www.eliteauction.com.