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American folk art and diamond rings on offer at Leland Little Auctions

23 February 2016 12:00

Jewelry and gemstones, fine paintings and silverware are amongst the standout pieces on offer at Leland Little Auctions’ latest sale.
The company’s Spring Auction on March 11 includes 630 lots, covering categories such as Asian works of art, English and continental decorative arts, estate jewelry and watches, American fine art and modern design.

The auction’s most valuable lot will be a platinum and diamond ring, set with a 5.01 carat emerald cut diamond and accented with trapezoid and bullet-shaped diamonds, valued at $80,000-$120,000.

Additional jewelry and watch highlights will include a pair of Platinum and 18KT gold emerald and diamond earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels, estimated at $25,000-$35,000, an unmounted 4.21 carat emerald cut diamond priced at $7,000-$10,000, and a Patek Philippe lady’s 18KT white gold and diamond set Twenty-4 Watch, valued at $8,000-$12,000.

Leading the artworks on offer is a family portrait by the renowned American folk artist Sheldon Peck (1797-1868), who was also a social activist and served as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. The painting, Portrait of William Botts Benjamin, Mrs. Benjamin & Daughter, is dated circa 1830 and is estimated at $20,000-$40,000.

Further notable works will include Petition to Richelieu, painted in 1887 by American artist Walter Gay, estimated at $20,000-$30,000; a landscape by Hudson River School associate Levi Prentice, valued at $8,000-$12,000; and Steel Mill at Night by Aaron Harry Gorson, estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

Further highlights from the eclectic auction include a Johann Strauss Edition Grand Piano, made in 2004 and estimated at $20,000-$40,000; an Irish George II shell carved triple back settee, made circa 1740 and valued at $6,000-$9,000; and a Georg Jensen ‘Blossom’ sterling silver tea & coffee service, dated circa 1925-1932 and estimated at $6,000-$9,000.