TAMPA, FLA. — A signed brooch depicting a blackamoor was the marquee lot at an estate auction conducted September 12 by Burns White Galleries. The jewelry piece was designed by Giulio Nardi (Italian, mid-Twentieth Century), a Venetian jeweler who started his studio there in 1924. The brooch brought $9,200 and was the “star of the show,” according to Frances White, the firm’s president.
A good example of Nardi’s work, the blackamoor’s head and turban were finely sculpted from coral and onyx, the diamond stud drop earrings were articulated and the chest was encrusted with 48 graduated sized round brilliant cut diamonds totaling more than 4 carats. Set in 18K yellow gold, the brooch measured 2¼ inches high by 1¼ inches wide.
A Duncan McClellan art glass vase, 18 inches high and with an overlay carved glass floral motif, was signed on the bottom by artist and sold for $1,150. A Lloyd Jones mangrove table with “D”-form glass top, the base fashioned after mangroves of copper with green patina, took $575. Jones was a well-known craftsman in the Florida area. The table measured 29 by 48 by 16 inches.
From the Huntington Hartford estate (founders of the A&P supermarket chain) came a Handel lamp with “some condition issues,” according to White, but a savvy bidder took it home for $575.
Conversely, condition was described as “mint” for a Lalique “Igor” caviar bowl with dolphin form base, the inner liner with dolphin finial lid set into a chrome frame and with a mother-of-pearl spoon. Signed Lalique, France, the 10-inch-high bowl finished at $863.
Prices reported include the buyer’s premium.
Burns White Galleries’ upcoming sales include one on October 17 featuring fine art, paintings and sculptures, which will offer a Zuniga sculpture and a Willard Metcalf painting. On October 23, the firm will offer contents of the Tampa Club, onsite at 100 E. Kennedy Boulevard, 41st floor. For information, www.burnswhitegalleries.com or 813-288-0022.