Clarke's 2011 Inaugural Auction - Sunday, January 9th, 2:00 pm Eastern

  • LARCHMONT, New York
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  • January 07, 2011

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18th C. Continental Commode - 1 of 2
Tom Curran - Clarke Auction

Four Hundred and Seventy-Five lots to include Avni Arbas collection, 19th C oils including JV Bertin; 1914 African-American; Gilt Bronze and Champleve candelabra; Tiffany and Settepass candelabra; 18th C. commodes; midcentury modern,  American antiques; antique maps; Sevres urns...

LARCHMONT, NY, January 07, 2011 -- On Sunday, January 9th at 2:00 pm, Clarke Auction's First Sale of the New Year will feature 475+ lots drawn from estates in Pelham, East and West Sides, Park Avenue, Forest Hills, Greenwich, Scarsdale, Larchmont and Riverdale.

Fine Art includes a collection of nine oil paintings and a portfolio by the Turkish Avni Arbas with full provenance, 19th French paintings by J.V. Bertin, Gabriel Hippolyte LeBas, and Ferdinand Heilbuth; Italian paintings by Armodio, Alfredo Serri, Giovanni Madonini, and Carlos Ciappa; a 1914 exhibited oil by the African-American Ferdinand Ellington, a color aquatint of the Brooklyn Bridge by T.F. Simon; an older oil of Washington after Stuart, a oil of an evening bridge by Johannes Schiefer, a rare abstract oil by Malcom Edgar Case; Old Masters including a still life attributed to the school of Baldassare de Caro and a classical ink and wash drawing, and other 19th and 20th Century paintings being catalogued at this time. Clarke is also auctioning a signed Ansel Adams silver gelatin photograph, "Fern Spring, Dusk...", estimated $1000-1500, in this auction.

Antique highlights include antique furniture: two 18th Century Continental commodes, a c.1800 French Provincial fruitwood armoire, twelve 19th C. French Louis XVI style mahogany side chairs with bronze borders and caned seats and backs; a 19th C. Italian cabinet and a ladies' walnut desk, a set of twelve Regency rosewood dining chairs, an English mahogany double shield settee, an American bowfront and inlaid chest and a mahogany stepback chest.

Two Exceptional Collections
A Pelham estate provided an exceptional collection of fifty signed antique and decorative miniatures including an early example potraying a French aristocrat signed Belin (Claude Alexandre Belin).
In addition, a large Inuit folk art stone sculpture collection as found in a commercial facility was consigned to Clarke for sale this auction.

Chandeliers and lighting examples are pairs of Sevres urn-form laps; bronze, gilt bronze, and crystal table lamps, older heavily-carved alabaster lamps, a Murano lamp, a pair of decorated Chinese porcelain lamps, a gilt bronze and glass figural lamp, and an Egyptian motif bronze lamp. Chandeliers include a monumental stained glass and ornate bronze example, a pair of crystal Modernist chandeliers, gilt-bronze chandeliers, and a midcentury modern tiered starlight pendant light.

Spectacular Silver such as a pair of Tiffany and Co Sterling candelabra, a pair of Settepass Sterling fluted candelabra, a .950 French Cardellhac Paris tray, a large collection of .800 Continental silver including a sauceboat with eagle handle and a footed centerpiece with putti handles, a collection of .830 Swedish silver, and early French silver flatware are also to be auctioned on January 9th. Of special interest is a possibly Chinese Export silver tray, heavily engraved with bamboo-form handles.

Decorative Arts are strong in this auction with an immense KPM china service, and full and partial porcelain and china services by Minton, Sevres, Wedgwood, and Rosenthal; French hand-painted fish and bird plates; a pair of spectacular 19th C. French gilt bronze and champleve candelabra, and several pairs of bronze, gilt bronze and crystal candelabra.

Previews onsite are Friday and Saturday, January 7th and 8th, 12 Noon to 6:00 pm. The auction will take place on Sunday, January 9th, at 2:00 pm. Full catalogue at


Tom Curran
Clarke Auction

Clarke Auction
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Larchmont, New York
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Established fourteen years ago in Larchmont by Ronan Clarke, a Dubliner transported to New York, and as of September 1, moved into a new building on Larchmont's Boston Post Road.

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