Musical Instruments, Art, Silver To Hit Right Note At Clarke Auction Gallery April 7

  • LARCHMONT, New York
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  • March 25, 2019

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This Steinway & Sons Model D Concert Grand piano ($15/25,000) will cross the block.

Ranging from a fine piece of carved antique jade and two concert pianos to choice paintings and ornate silver serving pieces, Clarke Auction Gallery’s sale on Sunday, April 7, at 10 am will be especially diverse while encompassing quality offerings. 

The auction will comprise important works of art, sterling and jewelry, Asian arts, midcentury, decorative arts and much more. The fine art selection will feature paintings from Old Masters to contemporary artists while highlighting antiques and decorative arts offerings will be Oriental carpets, bronzes, Continental and American furniture, and lighting. A typically strong performer here is the sterling and jewelry category, which will include flatware, tea sets, sterling accessories, diamond jewelry, gold jewelry, and designer jewelry. A compact but fine selection of Midcentury Modern presents American and Italian designers from the 1950s to contemporary manufacturers.

“Our monthly auctions are quite eclectic in nature. Buyers can always look forward to exceptional pieces as well as interesting surprises,” said owner and auctioneer Ronan Clarke. “This sale will appeal to a wide variety of collecting interests with a focus on unusual pieces and fine craftsmanship.”

Expected to make sweet music at the auction are a Steinway & Sons Model D Concert Grand piano ($15/25,000) and a Lyon and Healy Concert Grand harp ($10/15,000), circa 1915, having provenance to the Philadelphia Orchestra and one of its noted harpists, Flora Greenwood McCurdy. The above piano and a Steinway & Sons Model M ($4/6,000) come from the estate of a well known pianist who has played for the pope on numerous occasions.

Asian art routinely performs well at auctions and a standout here will be a finely carved celadon and russet jade double brushwasher ($12/15,000), 18th/19th Century, having two lotus leaves curling around a dragonfly flanked by blossoms and a seed pod. The piece, which rests atop a carved rosewood stand, measures 1 ¾ by 5 ¾ by 3 ¾ inches.

Leading Asian art is a carved celadon and russet jade double brushwasher ($12/15,000), 18th/19th Century, having two lotus leaves curling around a dragonfly, 1 ¾ by 5 ¾ by 3 ¾ inches.

A quality selection of furniture will run the gamut from a highly carved R.J. Horner mahogany dining set ($10/15,000) to a grouping of pieces by Raul Carrasco such as a shagreen and lacquered cabinet and several desks.

Paintings are perennial favorites here and the offerings this month run toward fine portraits and classical motifs. Among the expected standouts are an Edward Cucuel (American, 1875-1954) oil on canvas portrait of Mrs. J. Whitney Baker ($8/12,000) from 1929, 40 by 30 inches; an Emil Carlsen (Danish, active in America, 1848/53-1932) still life oil on canvas ($4/6,000) having a label stating painting was in the collection of Roman Bronze Works; and three oils on canvas by noted animal painter Comte Bernard De Claviere (French, 1934-2016), including “Dogs and Sheep” ($3/5,000), 1994, a portrait of a tiger ($3/5,000) and a striking painting of a tree ($1,5/2,500).

The silver category is expected to be especially robust, led by a George III Thomas Pitts I silver epergne ($6/9,000), mid to late 18th century English, having six foliate arms, a foliate, ribbon, and urn vignette apron and an elongated stem with floral swags and floral vignettes; accompanied by six later Watson Company sterling reticulated bowls.

Expected to lead the silver category is this Thomas Pitts English silver epergne with six foliate form arms, mid-to-late 18th century ($6/9,000).

Another silver standout will be a Thorvald Marthinsen .830 silver Kvarberg lidded tureen featuring elaborate repousse work ($4/6,000) with ball and claw feet, finely detailed eagle’s head handles and repousse work allover, depicting flowers, birds, and scrolling foliage amid a textured ground. This particular form is modeled after an early 18th century design referred to as a lid bowl.

The jewelry and watches category will include a man’s Audemars Piguet 18K watch gold automatic wristwatch ($4/6,000) with round champagne dial and 36 jewels and a 14K gold, diamond, and sapphire ring ($2/3,000) centered with an Old Mine cut diamond.

Rounding out the auction will be a palace size Manchester Kashan carpet, circa 1910 ($4/6,000) and a Louis XV style carved marble fireplace mantel ($3/5,000).

Clarke Auction Gallery is at 2372 Boston Post Road. For more information, or 914-833-8336.

Andrea Valluzzo
AV Communications

Clarke Auction Gallery
2372 Boston Post Road
Larchmont, New York
About Clarke Auction Gallery

Clarke Auction Gallery was started in Westchester, N.Y., in 1998. It is owned and operated by Ronan Clarke, an Irishman who started his career in Ireland and came to New York in 1988 via London. Since his arrival, Clarke has moved from being a picker to owning two retail Antique Stores and All Boro Estate Liquidators (As featured in NY Times, NewYorker, Cranes and Fox 5 News) to opening his own Clarke Auction Gallery which fast became Westchester's Premier Auction. Clarke Auction Gallery runs monthly to a packed house and is situated in the center of Larchmont, N.Y., just five minutes from the Metro North Station (30 mins from N.Y.C, 20 mins from Connecticut) and also on I-95 @ exit 17. Clarke Auction Gallery also serves a worldwide audience with its online gallery. For any information or personal help don’t hesitate to call us at (914) 833-8336 or you can email

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