On April 12th Kaminski Auctions
presents an Unreserved Estate Auction that includes an outstanding selection of antiques and fine art. Offerings range from a large collection of Asian bronze Buddha figures, to an extensive collection of Lalique glass from a California collector, and important items from the estate of Alexander M. Haig, former Secretary of State.
A decorated four star general, Alexander M. Haig had an illustrious military career serving on the staff of General Douglas MacArthur in the Korean War, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in the Vietnam War. He served as NATO Supreme Commander from 1974-1979, as Secretary of State under Ronald Regan, and as Chief of Staff under President Nixon and President Gerald Ford.
Highlights of his estate include his midnight blue metallic 1995 Mercedes cabriolet coupe convertible, gifts from important dignitaries from diplomatic missions, as well as furnishing from his homes in Palm Beach, Florida and Virginia.
The highlight of the jewelry section of the sale comes from the Alexander Haig collection: a Chaument Paris tuxedo set, 18K yellow gold and diamond, all marked 750, signed, eighteen pieces in total, in its original fitted Chaumet case.
Other jewelry highlights in the sale include an 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe wristwatch with gold link bracelet band; a platinum, jade, and diamond jewelry suite, comprised of a brooch, ring and earrings, from a California collection and an exceptional 14K yellow gold, jade and pearl five-piece suite, to include: a bracelet designed as jade disks with seed pearl and delicate gold leaf decoration, pendant, marquis cut jade ring, and earrings, approximately 43 grams TW from a Massachusetts estate as well as several lots of South Sea pearls.
A late 18th/early 19th century Renaissance Revival cabinet, made of ebonized wood, with inlay and decorated with grotesques and classical figures, is the star furniture lot valued at $4,000-$6,000 from an important Massachusetts estate.
The Lalique on offer includes pieces from the Bacchantes, Marguerites, Eroica, and Antilles collections. Other important glass entries include a Tiffany vase, of opalescent glass with enameled gilt bronze base, marked Louis C. Tiffany Furnaces, Inc. The beautiful vase is valued at $3,000-$5,000. A Rene Lalique "Albert" blue vase, c. 1925, with handles is estimated at $1,200-$1,500.
From a Kiev, Ukraine estate come two Jeanne Selmersheim-Desgrange (French, 1877-1958) oil paintings. The first is a view of the sea from a balcony, while the second depicts a still life with tea set, flowers and apple. Both are valued in the $2,000-$5,000 range and there is also a cabaret scene from Ukrainian artist, Elie Anatole Pavil (Ukrainian, 1873-1948).
A Navajo carpet, a Russian silver egg, with turquoise and amethyst cabochons, and a World War I regimental flag dated 1926 are some of the more the eclectic lots that round out the sale. Preview times for this sale are Thursday - Saturday, April 9th - 11th, 10AM - 5PM and day of sale beginning at 8AM at the Kaminski Auctions gallery, 117 Elliott Street, Rt.62, Beverly, Massachusetts.