An exceptional estate from Baltimore, Maryland featuring an extensive collection of S. Kirk & Son sterling silver, French furniture, 19th century Wedgwood basalt, Persian rugs, Continental bronzes and 19th century paintings, along with fine antique Asian porcelains and tapestries, are part of a three-day auction planned for March 31st-April 2nd by Great Gatsby’s Auction Gallery, in the firm’s Atlanta gallery.

Monumental clipper ship model of ‘Thermopylae’, 145.5?h x 121?l

Start times will be 11 am Eastern time each day, with onsite previews beginning on Monday, March 27th. The gallery, located at 5180 Peachtree Boulevard, is open Monday through Friday from 10-4 during the preview, or by appointment. Online preview, auction registration and live online bidding will be available on LiveAuctioneers.com, Bidsquare.com and Invaluable.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be taken.
Over 1,400 lots will come up for bid. The estate from Baltimore is that of the late Dr. Morris Sumner and his life-partner, the late Dr. Richard Robbins. Both Dr. Sumner and Dr. Robbins were Southern natives who met while serving as naval officers during the 1940s. Dr. Sumner went on to receive his PhD and become a professor of psychology at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Robbins, who taught mathematics at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins and served as Dean of the Evening College.

After purchasing a stately Baltimore townhouse together in 1957, Dr. Sumner and Dr. Robbins spent the next 40 years acquiring high-quality Continental and English furniture and decorative arts, 19th century paintings, S. Kirk & Son repoussé sterling silver, Wedgwood basalt, Rose Medallion porcelain, Persian rugs, fine crystal and an extensive library of leather-bound books from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Continental and English works of art will include a jewel-toned oil on canvas depicting the Christ Child and John the Baptist after Carlo Cignani (It., 1628-1719), measuring 47 inches by 37 inches; a 19th century oil portrait of a stately gentleman in a dove grey coat after George Henry Harlow (Br., 1787-1819); and an early 18th century oil on canvas portrait of Sir John Rogers, 2nd Baronet (Br., 1676-1744), later appointed Recorder of Plymouth in 1717, measuring 40 inches by 35 inches.

Fine furniture will include an impressive Louis XVI-style marble top commode a vantaux with gilt bronze mounts, measuring 70 inches wide; a 19th century French marquetry inlaid marble-top demi-lune commode, 43 inches wide; a 19th century French Empire-style mahogany breakfront bookcase measuring 89 inches tall by 57 inches wide; and a pair of handsome 19th century giltwood fauteuils with Aubusson style upholstery, each 43 inches by 26 inches.

Also crossing the auction block in this category will be a carved mahogany Renaissance Revival Herschede 9-tube tall case clock in the style of R.J. Horner, 116 inches tall by 31 inches wide; a 19th century American Rococo Revival half-tester bed by C. Lee, maker marked, 113 inches tall by 74 ½ inches long by 84 ½ inches wide; a monumental Neoclassical style breakfront bookcase/vitrine measuring 81 inches tall by 122 inches wide; and a finely carved 67 ½ inch tall eagle-form oak lectern dating from the 19th century – the perfect addition to any gentleman’s library.

In the category of decorative arts, a number of lots of elegant emerald and gilt Moser crystal are to be sold, including a set of twelve wine glasses; eleven brandy snifters; twelve champagne glasses or dessert cups; twelve sherry glasses; and eleven cordial glasses. Rare lots of 19th century Wedgwood basalt are sure to pique the interest of devoted collectors, including a bust of the Roman goddess Minerva and a bust of the celebrated English poet Alfred Lord Tennyson, both measuring 19 inches tall and marked to the underside.

Also on offer is a set of eleven cream and gilt Minton porcelain dinner plates retailed by Tiffany & Co., each 10 ½ inches in diameter; an unusual and striking 19th century Victorian taxidermy bird vitrine measuring 20 inches in height; a 15-piece Herend porcelain demitasse service; a 15-piece cobalt and blue Art Deco porcelain hot beverage service by Shelly, executed in the Queen Anne form; and a number of Shelly porcelain tea sets, including a 17-piece Rosebud service.

Fine lighting will also command pre-sale interest, including a Dresden-style six-arm porcelain chandelier with foliate ornamentation, 42 inches tall by 27 inches wide; a rare 19th century Continental bronze and rock crystal chandelier, 43 inches tall by 28 inches wide; a Venetian Murano parcel gilt six-arm crystal chandelier, 43 inches tall by 29 inches wide; and a 19th century patinated bronze hexagonal chandelier with inset art glass panels, measuring 29 inches tall by 40 inches wide.

Five 20th century ship models, including four contemporary models from a private Southern collection, are also set to hit the auction block, bringing with them a classic nautical charm and craft. The models include a three-masted Chinese Junk in a 31 inch by 37 inch case; a model of the HMS Speedy, a Nightingale-class British naval cutter launched in 1828, in a 34 inch by 35 inch case; a three-masted ship of the line in a 47 inch by 52 inch case; and a Spanish galleon built by the late Dale Suttle of San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Suttle was a research scientist who acquired a passion for building historically accurate ships’ models, making this lot of particular interest to those looking to acquire a piece by a known builder. Rounding out the category is a monumental carved and hand-painted early 20th century model of the famous three-masted clipper ship Thermopylae, launched in 1868, housed in a custom-built case on a stand, overall dimensions 145 ½ inches tall by 121 inches long by 38 inches deep.

A handsome selection of fine Asian art and decorative objects is sure to spark global bidding interest, including two rare Qing dynasty tapestries – the first, a striking Yunjin embroidered brocade panel depicting a writhing five-clawed dragon executed in ‘forbidden’ (or Peking) knots, 85 inches long by 30 ½ inches wide; the second, a devotional moxiu (or hair embroidery panel) depicting the goddess Guanyin seated on an elephant, 75 inches long by 50 inches wide. Also crossing the auction block will be an exceptional pair of Chinese famille rose Ming-style porcelain figures of beauties, each 16 inches tall; a marked Chinese cloisonné vase with lotus pods and blossoms, also 16 inches in height; a Chinese Zhou Dynasty carved jade cong at 8 inches tall; a large Chinese porcelain bottle vase with prunus and rockwork, marked with the artist’s seal, 16 inches tall; a Chinese bronze dragon vase with a Qianlong mark, 26 inches tall; and a Chinese carved hualimu wood altar table measuring 48 inches in length.

To learn more about the March 30th-April 2nd auction, please visit www.GreatGatsbys.com