Archive for January, 2011

Highly important 19th-century Italian micromosaic is centerpiece of Myers Auction Gallery’s Jan. 30 European & Asian sale

January 18th, 2011 by

Artwork attributed to Vatican artist Roccheggiani remained in Tampa home for 90 years

Attrib. to Vatican master micromosaicist Cesare Roccheggiani, circa-1870s micromosaic depicting the Roman Forum, 59 inches wide by 32 inches long, estimate $100,000-$200,000. Myers Auction Gallery image.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A remarkable Italian micromosaic artwork depicting the Roman Forum and attributed to Vatican artist Cesare Roccheggiani has emerged from a Florida residence after nearly 90 years of unobtrusive display and will be auctioned on Jan. 30, 2011. The important estate discovery will be offered at Myers Auction Gallery in St. Petersburg as the star attraction in a 500-lot sale of fine European and Asian antiques.

Measuring 59 inches wide by 32 inches long and weighing over 100 lbs., the circa-1870s panoramic depiction of Rome was composed from hundreds of thousands of minute pieces of non-reflective glass. It is believed to be the work of master mosaicist Cesare Roccheggiani, who was active at the Vatican workshops from 1856 to 1864.

“While unsigned, we believe it is almost certainly the work of Roccheggiani,” said Michael Myers, founder and co-owner of Myers Auction Gallery. “An 1879 micromosaic nearly identical in size and subject matter, artist-signed by Rocchegiani, was auctioned in December at Christie’s London gallery for more than half a million dollars.”

Quite likely, the glass mosaic to be auctioned by Myers was a commissioned work created for a wealthy nobleman or aristocrat visiting Italy during a Grand Tour of Europe. “Many Italian artists capitalized on the opportunity to sell mosaic jewelry and miniatures to the influx of well-heeled visitors of that period, but few possessed Roccheggiani’s ability to produce a monumental micromosaic of such superior quality,” Myers said.

“It’s so luminous, it almost looks like a photograph. It even fooled a visitor who walked into our gallery and thought they were looking at a picture on a flat-screen TV,” added Mary Dowd, Michael’s wife and business partner.

Since the 1920s, the artwork attributed to Roccheggiani had rested above a mantel in the residence of a prominent Tampa businessman. When the home was sold in the 1980s, the buyer was given the option of purchasing some of the existing furnishings. The micromosaic was among the pieces selected. Now, through descent, the estate artwork is headed to auction with a conservative $100,000-$200,000 estimate.

Jean Ferdinand Monchablon (French, 1855-1904) oil-on-canvas wildflower landscape, estimate $8,000-$12,000. Myers Auction Gallery image.

Among the paintings on the auction roster are a Jean Ferdinand Monchablon (French, 1855-1904) oil-on-canvas wildflower landscape estimated at $8,000-$12,000; and a pre-1920 Edouard Leon Cortes (French, 1882-1969) gouache on board street scene of Paris in wintertime, from the estate of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Douglas Moore (1893-1969). Its estimate is $8,000-$10,000. The fine art section also includes a pair of handsome equine paintings by British artist Harry Hall (1814-1882), each estimated at $1,500-$2,500.

Approximately 30 lots of Asian and European carved ivory works are scheduled to sell. Within the grouping are fans, figures and four extremely desirable 19th-century miniature portraits, each depicting a member of Russia’s Romanov family.

Albert-Ernest Carrier-Beleuse, bronze sculpture titled Allegory of Friendship, 22 inches high, estimate $4,000-$6,000. Myers Auction Gallery image.

A selection of period European bronzes is led by two Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (French, 1824-1875) sculptures, including the 22-inch-high Allegory of Friendship, $4,000-$6,000; and Jean Baptiste Carpeaux’s (French, 1827-1875) Winkle Gather, 28 3/8 inches high and estimated at $4,000-$6,000. The category also features a 31-inch bronze rooster by Jules Moigniez (French, 1835-1894), $2,000-$3,000; and a collection of 19th-century Austrian cold-painted bronzes of Arabs, animals and other figures.

An extensive array of excellent-quality 18th- and 19th-century European sterling silver will be offered, with highlights including a 1797 George III sterling tea caddy by Daniel Pontifax, London; an 1819 Rebecca Emes, London, sterling decanter set; and a variety of ornate hollowware and flatware by various Continental makers. Four hallmarked sterling serving platters by Jean Emile Puiforcat (French, 1897-1945) will cross the auction block, as well. Three will be auctioned as one lot with an estimate of $3,000-$5,000; while a fourth platter will stand on its own with an estimate of $1,500-$2,000.

A featured attraction in the sale is the selection of antique Japanese cloisonné by master makers, a category that Mary Dowd said “has really been bringing premium prices lately.” A Namikawa Sosuke (1847-1910) artist-signed tray to be auctioned is similar to one that sold for $33,000 in 2008. Other Japanese highlights include samurai swords, sterling silver, scrolls, and silk embroidered with monkey and tiger motifs.

Other Asian antiques include an exquisitely carved rosewood Chinese throne chair with possibly original silk damask upholstery; Chinese carved stands, and an altar table. A beautiful assortment of Asian porcelain reveals designs by Imari, Satsuma, Canton and Rose Medallion. Estimated at $3,000-$5,000, a pair of 19th-century Chinese blue and white double-gourd vases stands 29 inches tall.

European ceramics by Meissen, Royal Vienna, KPM, Sevres, Dresden and Delft will go under the hammer. Several sets of ornate service plates are included in the grouping, as is a George Jones majolica doves centerpiece, estimated at $1,000-$2,000.

Circa-1825 bracelet by Austrian Crown Jeweler Piote et Kochert, enameled 18K gold set with stones and bearing an Islamic inscription, estimate $4,000-$6,000. Myers Auction Gallery image.

A top lot within the selection of 19th- and early 20th-century gold gemstone jewelry is a circa-1825 bracelet by Austrian Crown Jeweler Piote et Kochert. The enameled 18K gold bracelet is set with stones and bears an Islamic inscription. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000.

The auction offering is completed with a lineup of fine 18th/19th-century European clocks and more than 25 fresh to the market 19th- and early 20th-century Oriental rugs, all from estates. Among them are Tabriz, Kashan and room-size Chinese and Persian carpets. A noteworthy addition to this portion of the sale is an early Kai-tag Daghestan Persian textile.

Myers Auction Gallery conducts only two sales per year. “We’re very particular about what we sell,” Mary Dowd explained. “We would rather take our time and present only top-quality estate material. It takes a commitment to do this properly, but it’s the reason we have such a faithful following of buyers.”

All forms of bidding will be available for the Sunday, Jan. 30 auction, including live in the gallery, absentee, phone and live via the Internet through For additional information, call 727-823-3248 or 727-823-3249, or email Visit Myers online at

Sotheby’s – Important Jewels

January 18th, 2011 by

From delicate period jewels to bold contemporary designs, the first jewelry auction of 2011 comprises a wide selection of styles to ensure therei s something for every taste and occasion. Amongst the important diamond highlights is a classic Harry Winston ring set with a 16 carat emerald cut diamond and a Oscar Heyman 9 carat heart shaped diamond and ruby ring. There will be unique jewels by David Webb, Tony Duquette and Michele della Valle as well as timeless jewels from Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers – Marketplace Auction

January 18th, 2011 by

Auction January 19th-20th, 2011

Over 1000 lots featuring Antique Furniture, Decorative Arts,Antique Porcelain, Fine Art, and more.

Sotheby’s – Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

January 18th, 2011 by

The Impressionist & Modern Art Evening sale this Feb will feature an iconic painting by Pablo Picasso of his muse Marie-Therese, La Lecture, painted 1932. Another exceptional work is Marino Marini’s L’Idea dal cavaliere, a monumental bronze sculpture in the theme of horse and rider. Alberto Giacometti is represented by two remarkable depictions of his brother Diego, one in bronze and one in oil. Plus, a strong group of surrealist works by Magritte, Miro, and Tanguy.

London February 8th, 2011

Rago Arts and Auction Center – Consignments Invited for May 14th Auction

January 18th, 2011 by

Post War & Contemporary Art

19th/20th C. American & European Art

Deadline for consignments March 23rd, 2011

Sotheby’s – Modern and Contemporary European Art Auction

January 13th, 2011 by

Looking Closely – A private collection

Auction: Feb 10th 2011  7:00 pm London

Highlights Exhibition in New York Jan 11th-13th 2011

Sotheby’s – Old Masters Week – New York

January 12th, 2011 by

Important Old Master and 19th Century Paintings from the Collection of J.E. Safra

January 26th, 2011

The Sale of Works from the collection of J.E. Safra is sure to be one of the highlights of the Old Masters calendar this year. Mr Safra’s collection – put together with a keen eye and insatiable intellectual curiosity – spans a wide range of periods and schools.

Old Master Drawings

January 26th, 2011

A highlight of this sale is Rembrandt’s immensely powerful study for hi early masterpiece, Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver (1629), and is one of only a tiny handful of the artist’s drawings  that can be clearly related to a painting, and is the most important Rembrandt drawing to come on the market in a generation.

Important Old Master Paintings & Sculpture

January 27th, 2011

The Important Old Master Paintings & Sculpture auction in New York features significant works by artists from across Europe.

Philips de Pury & Company – Tectonic Shift

January 11th, 2011 by

The exhibition, drawn from the Juan Yarur collection, celebrates the most
compelling contemporary artists working in Chile today. This new generation of
artists emerged, buoyant, through the fabric of the new Chilean democracy in the
late 90s, causing the art scene in Chile to stop, look up, and make room for some
clear new voices.

Phillips de Pury & Company – Private Selling Exhibition

January 11th, 2011 by

Unique exhibition featuring works from Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat and George Condo. On View through February 12th, 2011

New York

Rago Arts And Auction Center

January 10th, 2011 by

Fine Art in Rago’s Discovery Auction

Auction: Jan 14th 2011  9:00 am