Rare British Thomas Martyn 1784 two-volume set appears at Roland Auctions NY
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Rare British Thomas Martyn 1784 two-volume set appears at Roland Auctions NY
Thomas Martyn, Two Volumes, London 1784. The Universal Conchologist. Estimate: $12,000-$15,000.

GLEN COVE, NY.- An extremely rare two volume set of books by Thomas Martyn (1760-1816) titled "The Universal Conchologist” is making an appearance at Roland Auctions NY Saturday, February 4th Multi-Estates Auction.

Begun in 1784, “The Universal Conchologist” the book took several years to produce and after one failed attempt a second edition was published to wide acclaim, mainly composed of hand-coloured engravings, it was intended to be a guide to all known shells. The book is rumored to have been in the possession of the legendary Captain Cook himself at one time.

Also at Roland, pieces by Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Faberge are being offered. At their February 4th sale, Roland Auctions NY in Glen Cove, NY will additionally feature hundreds of lots of Fine Art, Decorative Arts, 20th Century Modern, Antique & Vintage Furniture, Textiles, Silver, Gold and Silver Jewelry, Rugs, Collectibles, Asian Art and Decorative Arts, and Lighting. Previews will be held on Thursday, February 2nd and Friday, February 3rd from 10am - 6pm.

Roland is offering this superb set of two volumes by Thomas Martyn (1760-1816), Two Volumes, London 1784 "The Universal Conchologist” London 1784, with Greek key gilt border. We are offering Volume one and two, which comprise 40 plates each - Thus plates 1-80. Estimate $12,000-$15,000. Also offered is a 1923 Steinway Black Lacquer Model B Piano, 1923 Steinway black lacquer model B piano; serial # 219604. [39" H x 83" W x 55 3/4" D]. Estimate $15,000-$25,000.

Decorative items and jewelry already getting pre-auction attention include the vintage Cartier 14K Ladies Compact, with rubies inlaid into the clasp, in a leather Tiffany cover; engraved "Lois". (62.5 dwt.). [2 3/4" H x 2" W x 3/8" D]. Estimate $4,000-$6,000, a Russian 14K Cigarette Box, with blue sapphire cabochon stone on clasp, side flip file; stamped "A.H.". (120.8 dwt.). [3/4" H x 3 3/4" W x 2 1/2" D]. Estimate $6,500 - $8,500, a Van Cleef & Arpels 18K Gold & Diamond oval Compact, with basket weave pattern and inset mirror; stamped "VCA". (53.6 dwt.). [1/2" H x 3" W x 2 3/8" D]. Estimate $4,500-$6,500 and Faberge 14K Egg Pendant with Jeweled Frog, Miniature a Faberge egg pendant, the hardstone pendant with a jeweled gold open-work surround in the form of intertwined water lily stems supporting a resting frog, the flower leaves set with diamonds; stamped 56 for 14k gold, mark of Faberge workmaster Johan Victor Aarne (Finnish, 1863-1934), St. Petersburg, 1899-1904. (8.1 grams). [1" H x 3/4" W]. Estimate $2,800-$3,800.

In the Asian arena, Roland will present an exquisite Kyohei Fujita (Japanese, 1921-2004): Japanese Art Glass Box in a Case, "maitre verrier" covered box in a case, 1990's, signed "Green Glass Mountain" with Perspex display box. Provenance: From the Estate of Nina Moinester. Both contemporary yet deeply rooted in Japanese decorative arts tradition, Kyohei Fujita was without doubt the most renowned contemporary glass artist in Japan. Estimate $2,500-$3,500, along with a Chinese Blanc De Chine Porcelain Figural Group, centered with an immortal figure holding a Ruyi scepter, surrounded by attendant figures and a phoenix, an arched branch with peaches provides shelter over swirling clouds. [12" H x 10 3/4" W x 5 1/4" D]. Estimate $2,000-$3,000. In addition, Roland has a pair of Carved Stone Dvarapala Guardians, similar to a pair in the Sidoarjo Museum in Java. These statues are widely seen in Hindo, Buddhist, and Jain cultures. [58 1/2" H x 30" W x 26" D].Approximately 1000 lbs. each. Estimate $4,000-$6,000.

A selection of antique carousel horses will include an Antique Carousel Horse, hand carved and painted wood. [55" H x 55" W x 18 1/2" D]. Estimate $1,000-$1,500, another Antique Carousel Horse, Antique carousel horse, also hand carved and painted wood. [49 1/2" H x 45" W x 9 1/2" D]. Estimate $1,200-$1,500 and a third hand carved and painted wood Antique Carousel Horse, [63" H x 61" W x 11" D]. Estimated at $1,500-$2,500.

Contemporary Art will also be prominent, with a Ruben Berland (Cuban, b. 1955) Landscape - Acrylic on Canvas, framed acrylic on canvas, signed lower right, circa 2000. Provenance: Opera Gallery, Bal Harbour, F.L.. [Art: 36" H x 24" W; Frame: 43" H x 37" W]. Estimated at $3,000-$5,000 and a Samson Pollen (American, 1931-2018) "Noir" – mixed media work depicting a man with a woman in lingerie, titled "Noir". Estate of Samson Pollen. [Art: 16" H x 13 1/2" W; Frame: 28" H x 26" W]. Estimate$2,500-$3,500.

A Roland auction wouldn’t be complete without a great selection of Mid-Century Modern furnishings including an Eames for Herman Miller "Zenith" RAR Rocking Chair, the shell chair on wire legs with curved wood rocking bars; with labels to underside. [27" H x 24 1/2" W x 28" D]. Estimate $4,000-$5,000, a Giorgetti Italian Modern "Progetti" Armchair, designed by Umberto Asnago, the curved back and seat with black leather around the Pau Ferro wood arms; label to base. [35" H x 25 1/2" W x 24 1/2" D]. Estimate $1,000-$1,500 and a pair of Greta Grossman "Grasshopper" Table Lamps, mid-century modern design each with conical fiberglass shades on brass tripod bases. [19 1/2" H x 10" Diam.]. Estimate $1,500-$2,000.

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