Auctions: Something for everyone

By MEIR RONNEN
September 7, 2006 09:23

There are over 1,300 lots on offer in the latest Tiroche of Herzliya jumbo auction of paintings, antiques and objets d'art, to take place on September 15, 16 and 17.

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Auctions: Something for everyone

meisler piece 88. (photo credit: )

There are over 1,300 lots on offer in the latest Tiroche of Herzliya jumbo auction of paintings, antiques and objets d'art, to take place on September 15, 16 and 17. The preview opens today. The catalog is filled with furniture, silverware, porcelain, carpets, Judaica, jewelry, clocks and fine watches, art deco knick-knacks, carvings and African, Asian and pre-Columbian lots. There are several 19th-century Japanese paintings on silk and much Japanese netsuke, some of it humorously erotic. And some great boxes of French wines, including several worthwhile types of Margaux, all of which "must be sold." All these Tiroche auctions are fun, filled with both kitsch and a number of gems; and a good place to bid for oriental carpets. The source of this mixed bag is anything but funny, however. All auction houses depend on the death of collectors major and minor. Heirs are often thankful for anything they can get. At this auction the lots of paintings, wines, and Frank Meisler figurines have to sell because of the claims of various heirs. The most striking oil is a mid-19th-century canvas of a young Jew praying at the Western Wall by Theodore Jacques Ralli, which was sold at Sotheby's Tel Aviv in 1997 for $24,000. From a slightly earlier date is a brooding panorama of Jerusalem and its wild environs painted by Johannes Hilverdink. This work also sold at Sotheby's Tel Aviv, in 1996, for the healthy sum of nearly $53,000. As these canvases must sell, they may fall cheaply. I have always had a weakness for grandfather clocks (there was one in my childhood home) and there is a good German one in this sale that might be had for less than $1,000.


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