Monday, January 30, 2012


January 30, 2012

Contact:  Jeff Burchard                                                
Tel. 727-821-1167
Cell phone: 727-560-533

The February 19th sale at Burchard Galleries, Inc in St Petersburg will also feature hundreds of artworks, fabulous gold, platinum and diamond jewelry.

A magnificent bronze elephant, 10.8" h. x 15" w. x 4.8" d, walked into a local appraisal fair where a representative of Burchard Galleries was working.  The gentleman had no idea of the importance or value but a Burchard representative certainly did.  As told, the piece was gifted from several wealthy ladies who were world travelers, to their caretaker over 45 years ago then to his nephew approximately 10 years ago.   It was that nephew who brought the Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916) Bronze Elephant to the fair.

Rare and highly prized, Bugatti's animal bronzes have commanded in excess of 2 million dollars at auction and are found in many museum and gallery collections all over the world. Bugatti battled depression.  During World War I, the Antwerp Zoo was forced to kill most of its animals, many of which were Bugatti’s beloved subjects and as a result, he took his own life at a very young age of 31.  He is of the same family as Carlo, a furniture craftsman, and the most famous, Ettore, automotive engineer and design legend.

The impressive Elephant figure has an incised signature, stamped Cire Perdue, AA Hebrard and incised "2", circa 1912.  An example of this bronze can be found page 329 of Veronique Fromanger’s “Rembrandt Bugatti Repertoire Monograhique”.  Burchard Galleries is proud to offer this important Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916, Italian) Bronze Elephant in their February 19th Antiques & Fine art Auction with a pre-sale estimate of $300,000 - $ 500,000.

Also included in this fine sale are two Johann Berthelsen (1883 – 1972, American) oil paintings of Central Park with a pre-sale estimate of $10,000 - $20,000 each and a large Adolf Kaufman (1848/58? – 1916, Austrian) oil on board of the Argonnes in Autumn, along with many other fine works of art among them, a very rare 1922 Erte’ gouache, Also, a plethora of estate fresh antiques, fine furnishings, and stunning gold, platinum and diamond jewelry will be sold as well as many other outstanding lots which include vintage lighting in the form of a nice Quezal five light chandelier, art glass by Tiffany and many lots of fine sterling silver.  A large collection of carved African wood figures from the Adkins collection will be offered. The collection is from the estate of James E. Adkins, a physicist, musician and major African art collector from the St. Petersburg, FL area.

The sale will be conducted beginning at Noon on Sunday, February 19th at the Burchard Galleries facility located at 2528 30th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33713 and also will be carried live online.  Preview for the sale will be at the Gallery from 1:00 PM- 6PM Saturday, February 19. Advance seating arrangements are suggested. 
For more information call Chris Ball at (727) 821-1167 or email or visit the website at


Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916) Bronze Elephant (pre-sale estimate of $300,000 - $ 500,000)

Johann Berthelsen Central Park painting (pre-sale estimate of $10,000 - $20,000)


Thursday, June 16, 2011



June 16, 2011

                 (561) 805-7115

Sale June 27, 2011
West Palm Beach, FL

A collection of six Einstein letters will cross the block in West Palm Beach, Florida on June 27.

(West Palm Beach, FL) A great thinker like Albert Einstein comes along very rarely and almost as rare is the opportunity to own a handwritten letter penned by the master mind. A collection of six Einstein letters, including two handwritten examples, headline the sale scheduled for June 27 in West Palm Beach, FL at Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches. Auction president Brian Kogan said, “Einstein’s autograph is desirable enough but having two letters written completely in the hand of this genius is incredible.”

The collection of letters descended in the family of Dr. Hans Maurice Cassel, an Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Berlin Institute of Technology in the 1920s. Cassel worked with Einstein on a number of scientific theories and formulae. The letters were found by the granddaughter of Cassel in a file box left to her by her mother. The letters were written between 1936 and 1937 when Einstein was at Princeton University. Cassel’s correspondence with Einstein is documented in the Einstein Archives at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The handwritten letters, written to Cassel in German, discuss theories they were working on.

The auction will feature over 325 lots from several estates. The inventory includes antiques, carpets and fine art from a prestigious property at St. Andrews in Boca Raton. Antique furniture, chandeliers, 19th century giltwood mirrors, antiques and lamps from a Wellington equestrian estate, Part III of the continuing Asian Collection sale from a Boca Raton collector featuring jade objects d’art and snuff bottles and fine art from the estate of a Palm Beach gentleman as well as additional consignments from around South Florida and the Palm Beaches.

Items of special note in the sale include a pair of 19th century French ormolu mounted Old Paris porcelain vases with double scroll handles ending in female mask terminals, painted with flowers on a green ground, raised on a fluted base with bead and wreath collar, a spectacular 19th century Italian carved giltwood mirror within pierced shell, scroll and flower border carved with swans, putti heads, masks and dragons and a magnificent Chinese celadon jade bangle with solid inner ring and foliate and bats pierced outer ring.

For more information and images of this outstanding collection please see the Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches website at or call 561-805-7115 and ask for Mr. Leslie Baker or Mr. Brian Kogan. Live bidding with and, absentee and phone bidding available.  Preview will begin in the Gallery on Thursday June 23. The auction starts Monday June 27 at 6:00PM. The Gallery is located at 1609 South Dixie Hwy, Suite 5, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401.


Hand written letter in 1936 to Dr. Hans Cassel by Einstein.


Hand written letter in 1937 to Dr. Hans Cassel by Einstein.




Pablo Picasso (Spanish. 1881-1973) "Tete de Chevre de Profil". (A.R. 145) Terre de Faience Platter. 1952. From the Edition of 250. 












19th century Italian carved giltwood mirror.

Superb pale celadon jade bangle, Chinese, with solid inner ring and foliate and bats pierced outer ring. 


Tuesday, April 26, 2011



April 26, 2011

                     (561) 805-7115

Sale May 23, 2011
West Palm Beach, FL

Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches will offer an unseen collection of Cuban art rescued from a soon to be gutted apartment on May 23 and 24.

(West Palm Beach, FL) The market for Cuban art is very strong, competitive, and definitely mysterious in South Florida. On Monday, May 23 and Tuesday May 24         Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches will offer to collectors both locally and internationally a group of Cuban artworks that according to Gallery president Brian Kogan, “is as far as I know is totally new and unseen to the auction market.”

The problems in establishing authenticity are well known in the Cuban art market. With the political issues surrounding Cuban art and the some of the scandals that have ensued in Cuba and in Miami over the past twenty five years, getting a Cuban work of art authenticated in writing is next to impossible.  Aware of these difficulties the consignor decided to offer the works without any guarantee of authenticity and let the buyers establish how desirable and valuable the works are.

The collection is an array of Cuban artists including paintings and watercolors by Rene Portocarrero, Mario Carreno, Segundo Cabrera Moreno, Leopold Romanach, and two bronze sculptures by Manuel Carbonell. There are two paintings by Rene Portocarrero, one an oil on canvas of the façade of the Cathedral de Madrid at Night in his characteristic colorful palette and heavy impasoto, and a watercolor of a Harlequin Musician dated 1960. The paintings by Segundo Cabrera Moreno are visually exciting with the imagery of farm workers wrangling horses. Both are signed and dated for 1964. There are two paintings by Leopold Romanch y Guillen of beach scenes and two figurative bronzes by Manuel Carbonell.

The May 23rd auction will also feature an oil on canvas still life by French artist Suzanne Valadon dated 1926 from a Boca Raton private collection with provenance. Valadon is the mother of Maurice Utrillo (French 1883-1955) and there is a large and very beautiful Le Pho oil on silk painting from a Fort Lauderdale collection with many other paintings and prints coming from a Boca Raton estate plus additional fine art by James Coignard, Franklin De Haven, Erte, Salvador Dali, Eugene Lami, Fritz Bultman, Robert Motherwell and many others.

The auction will also have a wonderful array of Orientalia. As the market for Chinese and Oriental items is still ascending, the consignments from South Florida and the Palm Beaches continues to unearth some fabulous objects. Including an important collection of jades to include a set of ten 19th century green nephrite book tablets with Imperial marks and a celadon nephrite archaistic Fang Ding censor with Elephant Handles. Also featured is a Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze boddhistva with a Yung Lo (15th century) mark and an exotic 50 lot snuff bottle collection with some  excellent examples in jade, enamel, and ivory.

From the Boca Raton estate there is a Lalique “Cactus” table, a pair of 5ft. uncarved ivory tusks, a 19th century Chinese four panel screen, Paul Storr silver, Meissen ten piece monkey band, R. Lalique, and a Russian five piece silver and enamel tea service along with English, Italian, and French furniture, carpets, lighting and much more.

For more information and images of this outstanding collection please see our website at or call 561-805-7115 and ask for Mr. Leslie Baker or Mr. Brian Kogan. Live bidding with and absentee and phone bidding available.  Preview will be online and in our gallery 10:00 – 5:00 Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sunday 12:00-5:00 and Monday 10:00 to auction. The auction starts each day at 6:00 PM EST. The Gallery is located at 1609 South Dixie Hwy, Suite 5, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401.  


Faberge Silver and Enamel Tea Service (1908-1917) With Imperial Warrant

Rene Portocarrero (1912-1986), o/c, signed and dated '63, 39 1/2" x 29 1/2".


Manuel Carbonell (b. 1918), bronze, signed, marked # 3/8, dated 91, 36" h.


Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938), o/c, signed and dated 1926, 18 1/4" x 15"


Sino-Tibetan Gilt Bronze Bodhisattva. Ming Dynasty. Yung-Lo mark, 1403-1424


Saturday, December 18, 2010


December 18, 2010

(561) 805-7115

Sale January 10,11, 2011
West Palm Beach, FL

Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches will offer the personal property of the Rubenstein’s, owners of the Madison Galleries.

(West Palm Beach, FL) Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches will conduct a single owner, two session auction on January 10th and 11th, 2011 offering the personal property of Mrs. Florence Rubinstein and the late Mr. Irving Rubinstein. The Rubinstein’s were the owners of the renowned Madison Galleries in New York City before retiring to Delray Beach. The auction will feature over 600 lots of antiques, fine art, and objects d’art that were previously in their home at 20 Sutton Place South in Manhattan.

This collection was amassed over seventy years of dealing and collecting by the Rubinstein’s. Their eye for antiques is clearly evident in the fine selection of items offered. Each object has a quality in execution and detail that is a testament to the Rubinstein’s’ discerning taste.

Some of the highlights are a group of Russian bronzes including a very large group by Lanceray, a collection of Russian enamels, over 75 lots of silver, a collection of very fine Japanese and Chinese ivories and bronzes, 19th century figural bronze and Baccarat crystal vases, a Satsuma collection, a fine collection of 17 Pietra Dura plaques, three paintings by Johann Berthelsen (1873-1972 American), a 19th century Pietra Dura inlaid cabinet on stand, a collection of fine English porcelain service plates, a fabulously large Meissen dog, 273 piecss of Tiffany sterling flatware set in the “Castilian” pattern and an amazing Tiffany glass vase 14” high, pair of Royal Sevres vases, 18th and 19th century Chinese porcelain and jade objects including an impressive 18th century covered vase, coral carvings, a collection of European bronzes, European paintings and much more.

This auction will be an excellent opportunity for collectors and dealers to bid on an array of fine quality antiques and art that are fresh to the market, after seventy years of collecting.

Madison Galleries was founded by Florence’s father Mr. Abe Ash in the 1930’s and its first location was on Madison Avenue in mid-town. As the gallery became more successful in the 1950‘s, Ash branched out and opened two locations in Atlantic City and expanded the Manhattan gallery to 45th and 5th Avenue. As Madison Galleries continued to grow with new connections in Europe, the gallery became too small and re-located to 56th Street and 2nd Avenue.

By the time Irving and Florence Rubinstein took over the running of Madison Galleries from Abe Ash, Madison Galleries had become recognized as one of the major retailers in the antique industry. Their business was expanding and their reputation as a leading supplier of antiques to the retail and antique auction trade was flourishing. Madison Galleries became a recognized destination for collectors, designers, and decorators. In the 1980’s, the gallery re-located to 840 Broadway and operated there until 1995 when the Rubinstein’s retired to South Florida. Mr. Rubinstein passed away in 2004 and Mrs. Rubinstein now in her 90’s has chosen to auction her extensive collection with Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc.

For more information, condition reports, and images of this outstanding collection please see our website at or call 561-805-7115 and ask for Mr. Leslie Baker or Mr. Brian Kogan. Preview will begin on-line on December 18th and in our gallery starting on January 6th. The Gallery is located at 1609 South Dixie Hwy, Suite 5, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401. Absentee, phone Bids, and internet bidding is available on

Captions for Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches January 10, 11, 2011 auction

Evgeni Lanceray “The Capture” Bronze Group, F. Chopin Mark, 16 ¾” h. , 25 1/8” L

 Russian Silver Gilt & Enamel Pedestal Bowl by Kuzmichev, 1899, 5 ¾” h., 9 7/8” L

English Silver Monteith Bowl, London 1891, (75 oz.), 8 ¾” h., 12 ½” dia

French 19th C. Gilt Bronze & Cut Glass Vase, 29 7/8” h

Massive Chinese 18th C. Famille Rose Vase & Cover, 32” h

Northern Italian 19th C. Pietra Dura & Gilt Bronze Cabinet on Stand

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


September 7, 2010

Sale September 25, 2010

(828) 884-7889

Civil War and World War II items mix with antique furniture and medical history in Brevard, NC September 25.

(Brevard, NC) Veterans’ memories and memorabilia of the Civil War and World War II from members of the same family will be the highlights of the Jack Eubanks Auction scheduled for September 25 in Brevard, NC. The sale will feature items belonging to Civil War soldier George Sharp (1844-1930) and his grandson, China-Burma Theater World War II field artillery veteran Col. Paul Sharp Brown (1912-1984) as well as other items from the estate of Liesel Brown, Col. Brown’s wife.

Several pieces of antique furniture passed down through the estate of Dr. John Peters will also cross the block. Dr. Peters was a Professor of Medicine at Yale University and chief of the Metabolism Section of the Internal Medicine Department from 1922 to his death in 1955. He was considered to be the originator of the specialty of nephrology. The John P. Peters Award is awarded annually by the American Society of Nephrology, to an
individual for outstanding work in the field of nephrology. Items from his family include a walnut Pennsylvania Chippendale tall chest circa 1750-1780, a Federal butler desk circa 1800, a mahogany Empire drop leaf table and a mahogany Empire chair. These were used by Dr. John Peters as his workstation where he wrote "Body Water" and "Quantitative Clinical Chemistry". He also wrote the first half of Volume II of the revised edition of “Quantitative Clinical Chemistry” at this station and was writing the last half when he died.

George Sharp enlisted in the 155th Volunteer Pennsylvania Infantry in 1862 serving at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg (Little Round Top), Wilderness, Cold Harbor and Spottsylvania where he was wounded. Upon recovery he was assigned to the 9th Regiment Veteran Reserve Corp in Washington D.C. where he served as one of Lincoln’s last bodyguards. Included in the sale will be his photo, his U.S. belt buckle, a Pennsylvania 155th medal, his discharge papers and his service history as certified by the Soldiers and Sailors Historical and Benevolent Society.

Items from his grandson Col. Paul Sharp Brown will include his campaign hat, photos, documents, medals, patches, Japanese soldier armbands and a Japanese flag called a hinomaru yosegaki. This is an autographed Japanese good luck flag given to a soldier by his family and friends to be carried into battle. A coin collection belonging to Brown’s wife Liesel Brown, which includes two 1909s VDB Lincoln cents, gold coins and foreign silver will be included in the sale as will a Ransom & Randolph Co. Model #40 quartersawn oak dental cabinet, circa 1900, from her estate. The net proceeds of the sale of items from the Brown estate will be divided equally and donated to the National Parkinson Foundation, the City of Hope Medical Center in Los Angeles and the Shriner’s Hospital for Children Burn Unit.

Other items in the sale include a custom made cherry sofa with buffalo hide upholstery made circa 1860-1870 by Severin & Andreas Jensen of Denmark and shipped to this country in the 1970s, an unusual mahogany and yellow pine desk with a slanted top, foot rail and cockbeaded drawers, late 19th/20th century, found in New Orleans and a 300+ piece collection of carnival glass from a Tennessee collector who worked on it for over 40 years.

Preview for the 650+ lot sale is scheduled for Friday September 24 from 11:00AM – 6:00PM and Saturday September 25 beginning at 8:00AM, earlier by appointment. The sale is Saturday September 25 beginning at 9:00AM in the Eubanks Auction facility at 210 S. Broad St, Brevard, NC, 28712. Reserved seating for 160 is available by phone or email. For more information contact Jack Eubanks at (828) 884-7889, email, visit the website at or


A three over five walnut Pennsylvania tall chest, circa 1750-1780. 

A unit medal from the 155th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and a U.S. belt buckle belonging to George Sharp.

Sharp in his Union uniform.

A Federal butler desk, circa 1800 from the Peters family.

This custom made sofa was fabricated in Denmark circa 1860-1870 by Severin & Andreas Jensen.

A striking quartersawn oak dental cabinet by Ransom & Randolph, circa 1900.

 The drop leaf table used by Dr. John Peters as his workstation for writing his books. 

A mahogany desk with slanted top and foot rail. 

Friday, July 2, 2010


July 2, 2010

CONTACT: Martin Shape
(847) 412-1802

Sale to feature two original Renoirs, a Manassier and a Rizzi plus twenty signed Leroy Neimans.

(Northbrook, IL) A signed lithograph of his son by Pierre-August Renoir (French 1841-1919) is one of two Renoirs that will cross the block when Universal Live Auctioneers hosts an online high end fine art auction on Friday July 9 at 3:00PM Central Time. The sale will include 275 lots of original paintings, signed lithographs, sculptures and statues representing some of the best known names in the art world. Also to be offered is an extensive selection of antique and vintage posters.

Martin Shape, President of Universal Live, described the auction as, “Far and away one of Universal’s most prestigious in its fifteen year history of conducting thousands of auctions. Opening bids have been kept competitive and there is the potential for outstanding value in this sale.”

Included in the inventory is a second Renoir signed lithograph, an oil on canvas by Alfred Manessier (French 1911-1993), five Peter Max renderings (one original), signed Warhols, a signed nude and others by Wessleman and works by Rashenburg, Jim Dine, Chagall, Miro and Dali as well as Rockwell sculptures and Pescara statues.

Shape said he believes that less than 50 final full-color renderings of Renoir’s “L'Enfant au Biscuit” Child with Biscuit were produced in 1899. Renoir outdid himself and produced what is unquestionably the artist's finest print. The colors have a pastel tonality and a delightful mat finish. Many trials must have been made before Renoir was satisfied. Some proofs exist of the drawing alone in grey-black; others have a light pink for the face. Unfinished versions were also produced in varying degrees of color. We know of only three final color stone lithographs, and this is one of those few,” Shape said. The other Renoir is “Le petit garcon au porte-plume” Little Boy with Quill Pen. In it Renoir skillfully used background shading in order to centralize the focus and the impact of his son within the composition. This intriguing portrait study of Renoir’s young son, Claude, is shown here, deep in childish thought, as he writes (or draws) with his quill pen. His gaze is that of a child's. The overall portrait is a study in concentration, beautifully rendered with thoughtful lines and form.

Just as important is the Alfred Manessier original rare early oil on canvas Sea. The scene portrays rough waters at sea, with seagulls catching the wind above. The artist also later worked in stained glass, and a hint of that can be seen in the pattern of the waves catching the light. His last work for auction was sold for $54,000 in 2007. Manessier's art today is found in some of the most prestigious private collections and museums.

Representing a “Pop Art” rendering is one of the better known artists, James Rizzi, in It's Time to Buy a New TV. He captures the excitement of shopping for a new television in this fantastic three dimensional artwork. It consists of many individual cut out pieces that were pasted on the background at varying heights, making the vibrant scene really “pop out”. The Artist deviated from his usual small renderings and produced a 26 by 36 inch image size. According to Shape it is rare to find a large Rizzi.

The fully illustrated catalog and registration for absentee or live bidding are available through at

For additional information on any lot in the sale, call Martin Shape at 847-412-1802 or email

written by:
Fred Taylor


Renoir original stone lithograph “Child With Biscuit”

Alfred Manessier original rare early oil paining of the sea

James Rizzi framed large 3-d art print “time to buy a TV”

Renoir original lithograph “Little Boy with Quill Pen”

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


September 17, 2009

Sale October 3, 2009

(727) 656-2974

Online bidding will be available for over 300 lots of art, silver and international coins on October 3 through

(LUTZ, FL) - This auction will feature over 300 lots of Russian, European, American and Oriental paintings and drawings, icons, sculptures, bronze works, porcelain, coins and fine silver including selected silver and Russian works of art by K.Faberge, I. Khlebnikov, A.Kuzmichev, P.Ovchinnikov, G.Klingert, Grachevs.

The auction will be conducted in two sessions, Fine Art and Numismatics. The Fine Art Session of the sale will include oil paintings, watercolors and drawings of the following artists:

American artists: Johann Berthelsen (1883-1972), Nick Eggenhofer (1897-1985), Warren W. Sheppard (1858 - 1937), Fritz Precht (X1X), Alexander Charles Stuart (1831-1898), Paul Bernard King (1867-1947).

European artists: Wilfrid Constant Beauquesne (French, 1840-1913) Honoré Daumier (French, 1808-1879), Heinrich Stohl (Stahl) (Austrian, 1826-1889), Louis Reinhardt (German, 1849-1870), Pal Fried (Hungarian, 1893-1976) , Herbert Alker Tripp (British, 1883-1954), Tito Corbella (Italian, 1885-1966), Jean Louis Forain (French, 1852-1931), Giuseppe Salvati (Italian, XX).

Russian artists: Rufin Gavrilovich Sudkovski (1850-1885) , David Davidovich Burliuk (1882-1967), Pavel Tchelitchew (1898-1957), Konstantin Alexandrovitch Weschtschiloff (1877-1945), Nahum Tschacbasov (1899-1994), Alexis Matthew Podchernikoff (1886 - 1933), Vladimir Vishnevsky (1938 - ), Elena Krylenko (1895-1956), Liubov Sergeevna Popova (1889-1924), Gavril Pavlovic Kondratenko (1854-1924), Vera Rockline (1896-1934), Zinaida Jewgenewna Serebriakova (1884-1967), Vladimir Georgievich Behteiev (187-1971) , Johann Walter-Kurau (Latvian, 1869-1932), Domashnikov Boris Fedorovich (1924 – 2003), Ilia Glazunov(1930).

The Numismatics Session will include an important collection of Russian and World Coins and World Paper Money from the 1300s to the 1900s. Many of the coins are NGC and Paper Money PMG graded.

The sale begins at 10:00AM Saturday October 3. Bidding will be available by phone, absentee or online through and Proxibid. To see the complete catalog visit the website at For more information contact Gallery owner Alex Turchak via email at or by phone at (727) 656-2974.


Lot#25 Pal Fried (Hungarian, 1893-1976) Honthy Hanna. O/C. (estimate $2,000 - $2,500)

Lot#59 David Davidovich Burliuk (Russian, 1882-1967) Fisherman's House. O/C (estimate $15,000-$20,000)

Lots #106-123 Russian Silver and Enamel Items 19c. by famous Russian Makers

Lot#72 Gavril Pavlovic Kondratenko (Russian, 1854-1924) Seascape. O/C (estimate $10,000 - $14,000)

Lots #44 1 of 10 Continental School Paintings 19c. Stations of the Cross O/C
(estimate $2,000 - $3,000 each)