Tuesday, February 20, 2007


August 1, 2007
Clearwater, FL
Sale August 27, 2006

CLEARWATER, FL - Aberdeen-Auctions of Clearwater, FL has announced the first in a series of "Castle" sales beginning on August 27. Auction owner Alex Turchek has arranged to present 150 to 200 selected artifacts from the first of the castles, the Trooz castle in Spa, a town in the French section of Belgium in the province of Leiges.

The inventory will include items from the family estate of the castle and run the gamut from works of art to sculpture to Art Deco clocks. There are even two pre Columbian pieces of pottery from South America.

Turchek said while most of the items will be European there will be the occasional American antique thrown in for good measure.

Important works of art in the sale include a portrait of a 17th century director of the East India Company, Pieter de Fremery born 1613, from the studio of Dutch artist Bartholomeus van der Helst (1613-1670). The painting has a provenance in the de Fremery family. Presale estimate is $15,000/20,000. An oil on canvas entitled "Hannan Restored to Health" by Scottish artist Robert Gavin (1827-1883) will also be on the block. This painting was formerly sold at Sotheby’s and is estimated at $9,000/12,000.

Sculpture will include a bust of a noble woman signed by Jean-Antoine Houdon, a French neoclassical sculptor (1741-1828), estimated at $6,000/8,000 and an unsigned marble bust of a young peasant girl, 21½in high, estimated at $4,500/6,500.

Other items from around Europe will include a selection of mostly French oak and walnut cabinets and court cupboards, a 17th century French or Italian soldier’s lobster tail helmet with adjustable nose piece, $3,000/4,000, a 19th century French marble and gilt bronze clock, $3,000/4,500, a French Art Nouveau Nautilus table lamp, circa 1920, with bronze mermaid and original nautilus shell, 18 1/4in high, $2,000/3,000 and a bronze and marble clock garniture with a porcelain dial, stamped H. Luppens & Co, Bruxelles. The clock is 29in high and the candlesticks 32½in. The set is estimated at $5,000/7,500.

The 6,000 square foot auction facility in Clearwater has seating for around 200 bidders and reserved seating is available by phone. The sale will begin at 12:05PM, Sunday August 27. For more information or reservations call Alex Turchek at (727) 656-2974 or visit the website at http://www.aberdeen-auctions.com/.
written by:
Fred & Gail Taylor

Photo Caption Sale August 27, 2006

This French Art Nouveau table lamp, circa 1920, has the original nautilus shell.

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