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  • November 17, 2017

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Sam Francis Painting, Original Work, Estimate $70,000-90,000

A wealth of modern design, fresh to market artworks and a highly select offering of fine jewelry are ready for bidding on Bidsquare in Palm Beach Modern Auctions' Modern Art, Design and Luxury Goods sale November 25. Highlights include a distinguished Miami collection of early, exotic Murano glass purchased directly from artists; prized Pablo Picasso pottery; sought-after Mid-century furniture and more.

Three extremely desirable Sam Francis original works on paper are backed by scholarship from the Sam Francis Foundation. Each is signed and bears a Sam Francis Estate stamp. The highest-valued painting, estimated at $70,000-90,000, comes with a 1998 LOA and copy of the book Sam Francis: Elements and Archetypes, in which the work is depicted. The line of provenance includes the artist’s estate and several prestigious galleries and collections.

“This is a sale that modern design collectors will want to take their time browsing through,” said Rico Baca, co-owner of Palm Beach Modern Auctions. “There’s something wonderful at every turn. Even our regular buyers who’ve come in for a sneak preview say the same thing – ‘I have just the perfect place for that in my house.’ Then they move on and say the same thing about another artwork or piece of furniture. Very occasionally a sale will fall into place like this one, where there’s strength in every category and scores of exciting artworks that haven’t appeared in the auction marketplace before.”


That description would certainly apply to Sergio & Yoli Gnesin's Murano glass collection. Raised in Milan among glassblowers and designers, Sergio Gnesin is not only a knowledgeable collector, but also a noted author who published the 2003 Murano reference book Vetri di Ermanno Nason. Together with his wife Yoli, whom he met after moving to Miami, Sergio has made many trips back to Italy to source connoisseur-level Murano glass.  

“Palm Beach Modern is one of the leading auction houses for mid-century modern auctions. With their expansion into jewelry, this sale is a perfect mix of what you'll find on Bidsquare year-round," Allis Ghim, CEO of Bidsquare commented. "Rare furniture and design finds, fresh-to-market fine art and beautiful fine jewelry - it's all here for collectors to discover.”

4 of 8 works, Sergio Asti Murano Sixties Collection, Estimate $40,000-50,000

Taking the spotlight in fine jewelry is an 18K white gold ring with a 3.70 emerald-cut center diamond, color I, clarity VS2, surrounded by 39 round-cut diamonds having a total weight of 1.10 carats.

Among the sought-after Mid-century furniture in the sale are ten lots of George Nakashima furniture including: bedroom pieces, a large mirror, a turned-leg walnut table and matching set of six grass-seated chairs, which will be offered in two consecutive lots, each estimated at $7,000-9,000. The table and four of the chairs were purchased by the consignor’s parents directly from the Nakashima studio in 1952. The two additional chairs were purchased later and are identical matches.

18k White Gold & Diamond Ring, Estimate $40,000-60,000

The auction is stacked with well known designer and artist names: sculptures by Harry Bertoia; prized Pablo Picasso pottery; rare and monumental Paul Evans furniture and more. Additional information and the full digital catalog for the sale is online now at

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