Tuesday, February 20, 2007


August 8, 2006

Melbourne, FL
Sale September 30 – October 1

MELBOURNE, FL - If you have ever wanted the opportunity to acquire what discerning collector’s collect, your opportunity is coming on September 30 – October 1 at Matheson’s AA Auctions in Melbourne. Matheson will present 900 lots from the estates of philanthropist Phoebe Morse of Miami, artist Hanna Hale of Woodstock, NY and Ft. Lauderdale and designer Bob Bugnand of Miami Beach and Long Island.

Phoebe Morse, the grand dame of charity balls who raised millions for causes ranging from cast-off pets to children with AIDS, died in April 2006 of natural causes. She was 102. Morse was born Aug. 26, 1903, in Philadelphia into a family with a real estate fortune. As a young woman she traveled all over the world acquiring things of interest to her. Over 200 lots from her estate will cross the block including a number of 18th century European antiques such as a marble top bombe commode and a large Belgian tapestry. Morse also collected European and American works of art from the 18th, 19th and 20th century which will be presented.

Hanna Hale was a sculptor and artist who had eclectic tastes. Over 400 of her treasures will be on the block including a large Native American collection of pottery, baskets, rugs and artifacts, examples of Hale’s jewelry and sculpture work, over 100 pieces of oriental pottery and a collection of rare stamps and coins.

Bob Bugnand was a fashion designer for major New York and Paris clients including Elizabeth Parke Firestone and Jacqueline Kennedy. From his estate comes a 19th century Venetian mirror, 6ft high by 4½ft wide, that was featured on the cover of Home & Garden Magazine, an antique water gilded corner settee and a gilded corner chair.

Works of art will include a large maritime O/C scene by Anthony Thieme (1888-1954), two works by Henry Faulkner (1928-1981), two works by David Burliuk (1882-1967) and works by Belgian artist Cornelius Van Leeputten (1841-1902), Americans Abraham Rattner (1893-1978) and Abraham Walkowitz (1880-1965) and many more.

Matheson’s AA Auctions has been in Melbourne since 1997 and holds four or five important events each year. There will be no online bidding for this sale but phone and absentee bids are welcomed. The Matheson facility has seating for 175 and reserved seating is available by phone or email. For more information call Lloyd or Jan Matheson at (321) 768-6264, email them at mailto:aaauctions@earthlink.net or visit the website at http://www.mathesonsaaauctions.com/. Previews are Friday September 29, 10:00AM-5:00PM, Saturday September 30, 9:AM-11:00Am and Sunday October 1, 10:00Am-12:00PM. The sale starts at 11:00AM Saturday September 30 and 12:00PM Sunday October 1.
written by:
Fred & Gail Taylor

PHOTO CAPTIONS September 30 and October 1, 2006

Thieme.jpg – Oil on canvas by American artist Anthony Thieme (1888-1954) 30in x 36in

Tapestry.jpg – Beautiful 18th C Belgian tapestry. 7ft6in X 9ft

Mirror.jpg – Large early 18th C Venetian mirror in extraordinary condition, 66in X 47in.

Commode.jpg – 18th C Continental marble top commode, 33in H X 50in W X 27in D.

Zuni Pot.jpg – Zuni polychrome pottery olla w/frieze of deer 7in high. Provenance Sotheby’s sale 5354 June 1985

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