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”