Typically Kaminski’s largest sale of year, this year’s auction will again include a number of outstanding pieces among the top lots of the auction. One of the most highly anticipated items in the sale is Alexander Brook’s famous “Brothel Bed.” Residing and working in New York and Savannah, Brook was one of the most popular figurative painters of the 1930s. His work has been exhibited in many major museums, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, and the Cleveland Art Museum.
The bed features nine oil painted panels by the artist, all depicting nude and partially undressed women. The turned wood spindles of the head and footboard frame the panels and give the bed a light bamboo like structure. Valued at $60,000 to $70,000, the bed comes from the artist’s own private collection. Although it has never before been exhibited in public, it once appeared in a Victoria’s Secret photo shoot, and was photographed by Guild Museum Artist Hans Namuth.
The auction will also offer a pair of Egyptian Revival bronzes produced by Tiffany and Company, and signed “Picault.” Each about 20 inches high, they model the forms of two traditional male figures holding canopic jars and a figure of the Apis bull. As a pair, these rare sculptures are valued at between $20,000 and $40,000.
In addition to these impressive sculptural pieces, the auction will also offer a number of notable paintings and two dimensional works. The most highly valued of these is John George Brown’s painting, “Girl on Seesaw.” Born in Britain, Brown originally immigrated to New York as a glass maker, but instead made his name as an artist. His skill and the popularity of the subject matter made him one of the most successful artists of his time. He is most famous for his portraits of street children, but produced other images of childhood as well. This example of his work is expected to sell for between $20,000 and $40,000.
Other important works in the sale include a painting by American artist Ralph Albert Blakelock, an Audubon print, as well as works from Dutch artist Koekkoek, Max Friedrich Rabes, Wilhelm Von Gegerfelt, and Louis Jaurer. There is also a winter scene landscape by the revered North Shore artist Frederick J. Mulhaupt that has everything one looks for in an American Impressionist painting.
The sale will also present a number of important decorative items, highlighted by an American silver dish, and a Mid 19th century Austrian 14K gold snuff box. The dish is signed John Waite New York and valued at $10,000 to $15,000, while the snuff box is decorated with four cabochon sapphires and a diamond monogram over enamel and worth between $6,500 and $7,500.
A Samuel Field McIntyre Salem chest will also appear in the sale. The chest features rope turned columns and decorative carvings of eagles, shields and cornucopia baskets on the posts. This chest is expected to fetch between $7,000 and $12,000. In addition to this chest, Kaminski Auctions is also pleased to offer a 20th century Queen Anne style flat top highboy from the estate of Joan Bennett Kennedy.
Many collectors will also be interested in a 1969 Fender Stratocaster guitar. The guitar retains all original parts, and the neck has never been removed. It is expected to reach between $10,000 and $20,000.
A selection of fine jewelry will also accompany these exciting collections and appear throughout the sale. Day 1 will feature a 18K white gold diamond and Ceylon sapphire ring, in addition to the larger collection of 18K gold and diamond jewelry that will appear in the second day.
Day 2 of the Thanksgiving auction will also feature a variety of personal items from the collection of Marla Maples and Tiffany Trump. Ms. Maples has pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of her items to The Brain Cancer Research Institute, to support the development of treatments for brain cancer.
Among the items offered are a number of fine glass pieces, including two Lalique vases, one a Nymphale vase in sapphire blue, and the other embellished with figures of nude women. The two are valued at around $2,000 each. A bronze Erte sculpture also stands out in the collection. Marked “C1987 Chalk & Vermillion and Sevenarts 111/375” the piece stands eighteen inches high on a marble vase and is valued at $2,000 to $3,000.
The Marla Maples collection also includes a bottle of 1945 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, given to Marla and Donald Trump at their wedding. This unique bottle of wine is valued at between $3,000 and $5,000. The collection of wine from a Salem, MA estate also includes bottles of 1967 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, as well as wines from Opus One and Margaux.
Kaminski Auctions is proud to offer online bidding for this auction through their new online bidding platform KaminskiLIVE. To register to bid online, click “Become a Member” at the top of this page to get started. Preview for this exciting sale will be held Monday, November 25th, from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Tuesday, November 26th, from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Wednesday, November 27th, from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Thursday, November 28th, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm, Friday, November 29th, from 10:00 to 5:00pm, and on the days of sale, November 29th and 30th beginning at 8:00am.