Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. to Hold Two-Day Winter Catalogue Auction on December 2nd and 3rd.

  • HILLSBOROUGH, North Carolina
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  • December 01, 2011

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Impressive 9.90 carat Platinum and Diamond Ring, centering on one emerald cut diamond (est. $80,000-$100,000)

Over 1000 lots of fine art, silver, estate jewelry, furniture and fine wine to be offered at LLAES, Ltd.’s Two-Day Winter Catalogue Auction.  Fine Wine to be sold Friday December 2nd at 5:30 PM, The Personal Collection of Joseph D. Rowand to be sold Friday, December 2nd at 7 PM, and Fine & Decorative Arts to be sold Saturday, December 3rd at 9 AM.


Following on the heels of two consecutive million dollar sales, LLAES, Ltd. is proud to announce their last catalogue sale of the year.  Leland Little states, “This sale promises to maintain the momentum that has been generated at our previous two catalogue auctions.”  The sale will feature the personal collection of Joseph D. Rowand, founder of Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC, the largest collection of rare and fine wine to date, and a quality collection of fine and decorative arts.  This event will be held at the firm’s newly expanded state-of-the-art auction gallery in Hillsborough, NC.  Little elaborates, “We are pleased to announce the completion and use of our 5,500 square foot extension which offers an additional 2,000 square feet of gallery display combined with the largest walk in wine cooler in the Southeast.”  Floor, absentee, telephone, and live online bidding through Live Auctioneers will be available both days. 


The two day schedule will begin on Friday, December 2nd with an Hors D’oeuvre and Wine Reception for floor bidders.  The Rare and Fine Wine Auction will begin promptly at 5:30 PM.  Particular lots of note include:  nine bottles of vintage 1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild (est. $21,000-$26,000), twelve bottles of vintage 1986 Chateau Lafite Rothschild (est. $27,500-$32,000), and two bottles of vintage 1985 Montrachet (est. $4,500-$6,500).  These lots have all been removed from the subterranean wine cellar of an avid collector. 


Following the same evening at 7PM, LLAES, Ltd. will offer the personal collection of Joseph D. Rowand, founder of Somerhill Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC.  164 lots will be offered at this second session.  There are no pre-sale estimates for this session as it constitutes an estate collection with all items to be sold to the highest bidder.  Lots of interest include the Catalogue cover lot, an oil on canvas by Maud Gatewood, entitled, “Green Shade,” which is one of twelve works offered by the famed Gatewood.  Other lots of note include an oil on canvas by Claude Howell (NC, 1915-1977) entitled, “Boy with Watermelon,” a ceramic sculpture entitled, “Two Figures,” by Mark Chatterley, a Saarinan “Tulip” Table and a pair of chairs, and an oil on canvas by John Beerman (NC) entitled, “Seven Lombardi Poplars...”


On Saturday, December 3rd at 9AM, over 700 lots of fine and decorative arts will be offered.  This session features multi-estate national and international level collections, beginning with 106 fresh to the market Asian Art offerings.  Lots to watch include a pair of Chinese Famille Rose Lidded Bowls with a mark for Qianlong (est. $800-$1,200), a Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Pear Form Vase with a six character mark for Tongzhi reign (est. $800-$1,200), and a Chinese Carved Rose Quartz Elephant (est. $2,000-$4,000). 


American Art offerings will be a highlight of the sale.  An acrylic on canvas by Rafael Cauduro, who is considered to be among the finest muralists and artists currently living and working in Mexico, entitled, “My Grandfather” (est. $6,000-$9,000) will generate excitement.  Other strong lots include an oil on canvas by Anthony Thieme (MA, 1888-1954), entitled, “Pigeon Cove” (est. $6,000-$8,000), a mixed media on board signed and dated “Dale Nichols 1947,” entitled “Red Barn in Snow” (est. $2,000-$4,000), a drypoint on heavy wove paper by Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) signed and entitled “Kleine Welten XII” (est. $8,000-$12,000), and a still life oil on canvas by Thomas Wightman, Charleston, SC (est. $3,000-$5,000).


American Furniture will be led by a New York Renaissance Revival Bedroom Suite, circa 1870s with elaborate relief carving as well as incised and pierced details (est. $10,000-$20,000), a Philadelphia Tall Post Tester Bed, circa 1820-30 (est. $8,000-$12,000), and a Pennsylvania Paint Decorated Dower Chest, 18th century (est. $4,000-$8,000).  Other fine lots include an American Classical Breakfront, second quarter 19th century (est. $4,000-$8,000) and a New York Federal Drop Leaf Parlor Table, circa 1810-30 (est. $3,000-$5,000).  A Continental offering of note is a Pair of Regency Inlaid Card Tables, circa 1810 (est. $3,000-$5,000).


Fine Jewelry offerings include 71 extremely strong lots that are sure to generate animated bidding.  An Impressive 9.90 carat Platinum and Diamond ring centering on one emerald cut diamond (est. $80,000-$100,000) will certainly be a lot to watch.  Other one of a kind pieces include a Diamond Line Bracelet comprised of 33 round brilliant cut diamonds (est. $10,000-$20,000), an Art Deco Platinum and Diamond Bracelet (est. $2,500-$5,500), an 18KT Diamond, Sapphire, Turquoise Toucan Brooch (est. $1,500-$2,500), an 18KT Gold and Diamond Cartier Brooch (est. $1,000-$3,000), and an 18KT Diamond En Tremblant Brooch, Hammerman Bros. (est. $1,000-$2,000).


Fine Silver offerings, both American and Continental, will excite and satisfy silver buyers.  American offerings will be led by a Gorham “Maintenon” Sterling Tea & Coffee Service (est. $10,000-$12,000) and Hector Aguilar “Aztec” Silver & Rosewood Flatware, circa 1940-1950 (est. $6,000-$9,000).  Continental Silver lots of note include a Georg Jensen “Pyramid” Sterling Flatware Service for eight (est. $5,000-$7,000), a Pair of Georgian Silver Salvers bearing the date letter for 1798 (est. $1,000-$3,000), and a Russian Silver Vodka Bucket, circa 1908 (est. $800-$1,200).


Rounding out the sale will be ten lots of fine musical instruments from an Eastern North Carolina Private Collection, led by a 1958 Gibson Les Paul Jr. Electric Guitar, 3/4 Size (est. $3,000-$5,000), sixteen lots of sculpture in various mediums, led by a cold painted gilt bronze by Pierre Le Faguays (est. $1,000-$3,000), and a 1977 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith III four door sedan (est. $10,000-$15,000).


Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd.’s Spring Catalogue Auction will be held in March of 2012.  LLAES, Ltd. is always seeking quality consignments, whether it be an entire estate or a significant item. If you would like to discuss selling please call at 919-644-1243 or email at info@LLAuctions.com.  To learn more about Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. please visit their new website at www.LLAUCTIONS.com.

Emily Casey
Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd.

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd.
620 Cornerstone Court
Hillsborough, North Carolina
About Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd.

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. specializes in consigning and auctioning estates and collections of various assets including but not limited to: furniture, fine wine, collectible cars, military paraphernalia, silver, fine art, pottery, porcelain, jewelry, and coins. Our fine offerings represent various styles, cultures, and histories.

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