Eclectic Collection of Estates Worldwide
León Ferrari’s work caused numerous controversies in his time, a result of his direct critiques of the Pinochet regime in Argentina. He began his career as an engineer, eventually coming to sculpture and drawing as a medium for critiquing political and religious authority. “Art is not beauty or novelty,” he famously said, “art is effectiveness and disruption.” Ferrari was eventually exiled from his home country, but he continued making art that drew upon Abstract Expressionism, Fluxus, Minimalism, and appropriation. The upcoming Eclectic Collection of Estates Worldwide sale, offered by Akiba Antiques, will feature two of Ferrari’s steel sculptures. Both untitled works were made in the early 1980s. They are composed of thin steel rods arranged in linear patterns.
This auction, which includes over 400 lots, also presents several notable pieces of jewelry. Highlighted is an 18-karat gold and diamond Panthère de Cartier bracelet. Made in the 1930s or 40s, this cuff bracelet shows a diamond-set panther’s head resting on a multifaceted black onyx cabochon. Accenting the piece are patterned clusters of yellow diamonds. Several luxury watches are also available, including a Submariner Rolex with a diamond bezel, a Patek Philippe Calatrava watch with a leather band, and an Omega Speedmaster Day-Date watch.
Featured among the decorative art and collectibles is a 19th-century gilt bronze mantel clock. Children playing in a garden are shown in relief along the bottom, while a Native American hunter with a bow and quiver sits above the clock face. Those interested in sterling silver flatware, antique Chinese decorative art, and oil paintings can also find examples in this event. Visit Bidsquare to explore the full listings and register to bid.