Any collector looking for a good excuse to escape the sudden spell of freezing north-eastern weather should circle Friday, February 19 in their calendars, then get busy booking flights to Florida. That very day, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers stage their Palm Beach Winter sale - 276 lots go under the hammer, including furniture, silverware, paintings, sculpture, porcelain, glassware and more.
Lot 242 - a tropical scene titled "Monstera and Lorries," shoud set the sunnier tone nicely. By American Hunt Slonem, the painting is set in the artists personal aviary, a sanctuary in which he keeps over 100 species of live birds. A definite improvement on skies filled with smog covered pigeons...
Now youre in a better climate youre sure to be in a better mood, which means its time to see friends. Dont lower the tone of the encounter by using sub-standard silverware; instead, make a winning bid on Lot 188, a classic Edwardian silver tea and coffee service sure to impress even the most critical eye.
Tea and coffee means cake, and what better way to serve it up than by snaring Lot 119, a Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica porcelain tureen. The Dutch company has been producing quality goods since 1775, when it was founded as a response to European fascination with porcelain imported from China.
Kicking back in Florida doesnt neccesarily mean having to brave a hammock - instead, find yourself a seating arrangement with a little more dignity. Lot 63, a pair of Louis XV style Fauteuil chairs, exude immense amounts of style without sacrificing an inch of comfort.
Those looking for something a little more exotic should check out Lot 10 - a panoramic wallpaper panel floor screen designed by Theodore Treyer. Travel back to 19th Century India gazing out at this harbor scene from Hindustan, complete with assorted figures, architecture, boats and more.