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Busy preview foretells success for Morphy’s July 19 Firearms sale

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Monday, 28 July 2014 11:16
Top lot of the sale, a pair of 1857 Colt Walker Type 3 Dragoons with consecutive serial numbers, $54,000. Morphy Auctions image DENVER, Pa. – Staff members assisting previewers the day before Morphy’s July 19 Firearms Auction were all in agreement – they had never before seen the gallery so full or so continuously busy throughout the day. There was strong interest in the rare antique weapons entered in the sale, and a queue of eager gun collectors was waiting outside even before the doors opened at 9 a.m.

The Saturday auction session, which was available to online bidders through LiveAuctioneers, contained 1,038 lots. As the hammer fell on the final item offered, the sale’s total was confirmed at $744,000. All prices quoted in this report include a 20% buyer’s premium.

“We had every expectation that there would be a great response. There were some very desirable Colts in the sale, especially the 1857 Colt Walker Type 3 Dragoons, which sold within estimate for $54,000,” said Dan Morphy, president and founder of Morphy Auctions. “The guns were special because they had consecutive serial numbers and were purchased in the same order directly from Colt. It’s very unusual to encounter guns of that type that were bought together and remained that way over such a long period of time.” The original owner was a Pennsylvania man named Lambert Wolfe, who went on to serve in the Union Army during the Civil War.

Another Colt lot consisted of two .357 caliber “Snake Eyes” pistols that were new and unfired. One of the guns was stainless, while the other was blued. Both retained their original boxes and were in near-mint condition. They sold for $13,200, around the midpoint of their estimate.

Many rifles were offered in the sale, including a Winchester Model 1886 .50 Express. Manufactured in 1906, it swept past its $1,500-$3,000 estimate to settle at $11,400. Another Winchester production, a Model 1886 Takedown .45-.90 caliber rifle, more than tripled its high estimate in realizing $7,800. A rare Smith & Wesson 320 Revolving Rifle manufactured in 1871 also had a good day at auction, ringing the register at $7,200 against a $3,500-$4,500 estimate.

Among the shotguns, the top-finishing lot was a Beretta Model S687EELL 16 gauge designed for pigeon shooting. Together with an extra barrel and its box, case and accessories, the gun reached $4,800 against an estimate of $2,000-$3,000. Finishing closely behind the Beretta was a Winchester Model 42 .410 gauge shotgun, which nearly tripled its high estimate at $4,500.

The top pistol in the sale was a Colt Model 1902 .38 caliber Standard Military Automatic in fine condition. Together with its original box, it was bid to $5,100, surpassing its high estimate by 60 percent. Another Colt, a .22 caliber revolver made in 1931 and known as a “Banker’s Special,” was offered together with a Colt factory letter and sold for $4,200.

“The Firearms department is growing very rapidly, and there’s a logical reason for that,” said Morphy. “Some of the finest antique and vintage guns in today’s marketplace are sourced right here in south-central Pennsylvania. On top of that, many of the leading collectors live in this region and know they can trust our operation. Especially now that Dave Bushing – a nationally renowned expert on firearms – has joined our team, we’re well positioned to serve both gun consignors and buyers. I see tremendous growth ahead for us in this category.”

Morphy Auctions’ next Firearms auction is slated for December 20, 2014. Consignments will be accepted until October 13th. To contact Morphy’s about consigning a firearm, call Dave Bushing at 630-235-3345 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To contact the gallery, call 717-335-3435.

View the fully illustrated catalog from Morphy's July 19 sale, complete with prices realized, at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Top lot of the sale, a pair of 1857 Colt Walker Type 3 Dragoons with consecutive serial numbers, $54,000. Morphy Auctions image Pair of Colt .357 caliber pistols known as ‘Snake Eyes, new with original boxes, $13,200. Morphy Auctions image Winchester Model 1886 .50 Express Rifle, $11,400. Morphy Auctions image Winchester Model 1886 Takedown .45-.90 caliber rifle, $7,800. Morphy Auctions image 1871 Smith & Wesson 320 Revolving Rifle, $7,200. Morphy Auctions image
Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 11:51
 

Internet bidding credited for strong results at Kodner Galleries

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Thursday, 24 July 2014 13:00

Auctioneer Russ Kodner standing beside the highlighted item of the auction, David Davidovich Burliuk’s ‘Paris Rue St. Rock,’ oil on canvas, which sold for $53,100. Kodner Galleries image.

DANIA BEACH, Fla. – Mid-Summer in south Florida is hot and steamy but it was a large selection of 20th century art that created the heat at Kodner Galleries’ July 16 auction. The highlighted offering of the evening was a large and vibrant David Davidovich Burliuk, American/Ukrainian (1882-1967) oil on canvas Paris Rue St. Rock selling strong at $53,100. LiveAucionteers.com provided Internet live bidding.

The auction featured works from several large prominent collections representing well-recognized 20th century artists including a John Koch Still Life with Cat, whcih hammered down at $11,800.

Additional highlights were a Chaim Gross bronze selling for $5,664, two Vicente Viudes oils bringing a total of $10,266, a Moses Soyer Ballerinas for $10,620 and several works by Jorge Sanchez totaling $8,024.

The sale also included works by Henry Moore, Karel Appel , Leonardo Nierman and others.

Also sold was Portrait of a Lady attributed to John Michael Wright, Scottish (born circa 1617-1694) for $11,800.

The auction also included a fine Russian Grachev Bros. champleve enamel and crystal cordial set selling for $21,240, an Edouard Ernie silver and horn fish set at $1,550, a Karl Greisbaum enamel singing bird box hammered down at $7,670 and a Faberge letter opener for $2,140.

As with every Kodner Galleries sale the auction included a selection of fine jewelry including a Mughal style 10.30-carat emerald ring that sold for $16,520, a 3.5-carat emerald and diamond ring for $5,425, a Ulysse Nardin chronograph for $4,484 among other quality items.

Thanks to very strong Internet activity, summer is not the slow season for Kodner Galleries’ auctions.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Auctioneer Russ Kodner standing beside the highlighted item of the auction, David Davidovich Burliuk’s ‘Paris Rue St. Rock,’ oil on canvas, which sold for $53,100. Kodner Galleries image.

Early 20th century Russian Grachev Bros. silver, champlevé enamel and etched and cut crystal eight-piece cordial set. Price realized: $21,240. Kodner Galleries image.

Antique enamel singing bird box automaton by Karl Greisbaum. Price realized: $7,670. Kodner Galleries image.

Moses Soyer (American, 1899-1974, ‘Ballerinas,’ oil on canvas. Price realized: $10,620. Kodner Galleries image.

Chaim Gross (American, 1904-1991) ‘Two on a Unicycle,’ bronze sculpture on onyx base. Price realized: $5,664. Kodner Galleries image.

John Koch (American, 1909-1978) ‘Still Life with Cat,’ oil on canvas. Price realized: $11,800. Kodner Galleries image.

Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Chronograph, Model: 353-66/314. Price realized: $4,484. Kodner Galleries image.

Mughal-style bezel set, approximately 10.30-carat emerald with carved Arabic inscription set in 22K yellow gold ring. Price realized: $16,520. Kodner Galleries image.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 15:02
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury manuscripts auction strong from the start

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:38

Gino Servini’s ‘Fleurs et Masques’ sold for £9,920. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – Top prices were achieved across a number of specialist disciplines in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Printed Books, Maps and Manuscripts auction on July 17-18, including manuscripts, art and mathematics.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

Bidding soared for the opening lot of the sale with an almost complete collection of the books issued by Bird & Bull Press from the property of the late Mel Kavin of Kater-Craft Bookbinders which sold for £12,400 [Lot 1].

Doubling its presale estimate and selling for £9,920 was Gino Severini’s Fleurs et Masques, featuring 17 superb pochoir color plates highlighted with gold that depict Cubist still lives, harlequins musicians, and the masks and theatrics of the Commedia dell’Arte [Lot 144a].

Also attracting attention under the art topic was a fine series of classic racing prints from John Frederick Herring’s two series of St. Leger and derby winners that sold for £8,060 [Lot 569].

The first edition of the “Geneva version” English Bible, the earliest printed in roman type and with verse divisions, led the English Literature and history section, selling for £9,920 [Lot 317].

Another Bible in the sale to achieve an exceptional price was Jenson’s second edition of the Vulgate Bible, initialled in red and with decorations in blue and white, it sold for £6,200 [Lot 283].

English and Continental manuscripts attracted attention with a detailed and elaborately decorated collection of notes and pedigrees on Lincolnshire selling for £7,440 [Lot 210].

An unusual collection of mathematical books were in high demand with many achieving prices on or above top estimate. Bernoulli’s foundation work on the science of probability, Ars Conjectandi, Opus Posthumum sold for £9,300 [Lot 430] and a collection of 12 mathematical papers by Carl Fridrich Gauss achieved £8,680 [Lot 458]. An excellent copy of Lagrange’s masterpiece, Mechanique Analitique, one of the most important mechanical treatise ever published, also sold over estimate for £7,440 [Lot 467].

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Gino Servini’s ‘Fleurs et Masques’ sold for £9,920. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

 John Frederick Herring, ‘Portraits of the Winning Horses of the Great St. Leger Stakes, at Doncaster.’ Sold for £8,060. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Jenson’s second edition of the Vulgate Bible sold for £6,200. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.   

The first edition of the 'Geneva version' English Bible. Sold for £9,920. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

An antiquary’s collection of notes and pedigrees on Lincolnshire families. Sold for £7,440. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

Jakob Bernoulli ‘Ars Conjectandi, Opus Posthumum.’ Sold for £9,300. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

Carl Friedrich Gauss collection of 12 mathematical papers. Sold for £8,680. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.   

Joseph-Louis Lagrange, ‘Mechanique Analitique.’ Sold for £7,440. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.   

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:10
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury achieves high prices for silver, jewelry

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Friday, 18 July 2014 15:06

Court pattern silver table service by Gerald Benney. Price realized: £10,540. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

LONDON – Jewelry and silver from the second half of the 20th century stole the hearts of bidders at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions on July 9, proving the huge international demand for works of this type in the current market. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

A comprehensive collection of Gerald Benney, silver led the fine silver auction that opened the bidding in a day of luxury sales. The whole collection, which included wine coolers, mustard dishes and candleholders, among other items, was commissioned by the owner after he moved back to the UK to settle in a Georgian village house in Berkshire, from which he and his wife wanted to entertain guests with a modern, yet elegant dining room service. The classically stylish pieces appealed to a wide range of collectors, with the opening lot of a silver Court pattern table service for 12 achieving £10,540 [Lot 22].

Pieces by the contemporary gold and silversmith, Stuart Devlin, continued to demonstrate their lasting value. He was renowned for the limited edition works he produced in the ’70s and ’80s after moving to his workshop in London. All such pieces in the auction exceeded their presale estimates with a Churchill centenary cigar box, dated London 1974, selling for £3,472 [Lot 39] and a silver parcel gilt Royal Silver Wedding anniversary surprise sphere achieving £496 [Lot 42].

Collectors of 20th century artists’ jewelry fought for pieces by revolutionary Italian jeweler Mario Masenza and Anglo-Italian designer Andrew Grima. The international markets were particularly receptive and drove prices beyond estimate for a gem set clip brooch by Italian painter Afro Basadella for Masenza, which sold for £5,580 [Lot 600] and another by Sicilian sculptor Franco Cannilla, also for Masenza, that achieved £4,340 [Lot 599].

A highly desirable and stylish 1960s amethyst ring by Andrew Grima doubled its estimate selling for £2,356 [Lot 589].

Bidding soared for the 1913 Ascot gold vase, a silver gilt trophy cup and cover by R. & S. Garrard & Co., which sold for £22,320, far exceeding its top estimate. The trophy was purchased on behalf of a private client. [Lot 64]

The sale also saw the demand for Russian silver continue on an upward trend with all pieces selling above estimate to Russian buyers. Of particular note was a Russian silver and enamel spoon by Ivan Petrovich Khlebnikov, which sold for £4,960 [Lot 128]

Prices for works by the doyen of Arts and Crafts silverware, Omar Ramsden, were also in high demand, with a hammered silver shaped oval tray selling for £8,060 [Lot 52] and a silver long navette twin-handled dish selling for £3,472 [Lot 53]. Both were engraved with his trademark “Omar Ramsden Me Fecit,” Latin for “Omar Ramsden made me,” reminiscent of the signatures on classical vases and pottery from Ancient Greece.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Court pattern silver table service by Gerald Benney. Price realized: £10,540. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image. 

 Amethyst ring by Andrew Grima, 1960s. Price realized: £2,356. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

 Gem set brooch by Afro Basadella for Masenza. Price realized: £5,580. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Russian silver and enamel spoon by Ivan Petrovich Khlebnikov. Price realized: £4,960. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image. 

Arts & Crafts hammered silver tray by Omar Ramsden. Price realized: £8,060. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Ascot gold vase, 1931. Price realized: £22,320. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 15:47
 

Famille rose plaques achieve $463,000 at Michaan’s

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Monday, 14 July 2014 15:45

Two famille rose porcelain plaques sold for $463,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s Fine Asian Works of Art auction on June 23 was a resounding success, raking in over $2.4 million. Over 400 lots of fine Asian antiquities were presented to the world market with a variety of Chinese ceramic plaques doing exceedingly well.

LiveAuctioneers.com facilitated Internet live bidding.

The star of the day was lot 7435 consisting of two famille rose porcelain plaques. The Republic period pieces by Wang Qi (1884-1937) were a rare find, resulting in a rapid succession of phone and live bids that pushed the final sale to an amazing result: $463,000. The pair was estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

The plaques reflected the overall success of the ceramics offered.

Some noteworthy ceramic lots included a folding screen inset with porcelain plaques that sold for $59,000 (lot 7431, est. $20,000-$30,000), four miniature Republic period plaques (lot 7430, $2,000-3,000) that sold for $35,400, and a highly anticipated Yixing molded dragon bowl that realized $38,350 (lot 7395, $30,000-$50,000).

Huanghuali furniture also dazzled bidders, with multiple sales pushing past the $50,000 mark. A pair of horseshoe back armchairs accompanied by a side table sold for $100,300 (lot 7291, $50,000-$70,000), along with a comparable furniture grouping that realized $64,900 (lot 7290, $50,000-$70,000). Yet another pair of huanghuali horseshoe back chairs sped past estimates, selling for $64,900 (lot 7289, $5,000-$7,000). Also of note was an armchair that attained $53,100 (lot 7292, $30,000-$40,000).

Works of art performed well. A prestigious landscape hanging scroll by Shanghai artist and scholar Wu Hufan (1894-1968) also carried a provenance from the Thunig Collection (lot 7342, $50,000-$70,000). The painting sold for $59,000, as did another landscape scroll attributed to artist Tang Yin (1470-1523) listed as lot 7317 at an estimate of $50,000-$70,000. Rounding out sales from the section was an album of 12 fan paintings by Dai Xi (1801-1860) that sold for $26,550 (lot 7328, $6,000-$8,000), an album of 40 albumen silver prints that sold for $26,550 (lot 7354, $8,000-$12,000) and an imperial edict of the Daoguang period (1821-1850) that for $17,700 (lot 7353, $3,000-$5,000).

Categorically, Asian works of art saw a wide variety of top sellers at auction. The top five of the section included a cinnabar lacquer scroll form box (lot 7277, $3,000-$5,000) that sold for $38,350, a pair of cloisonné enamel gourd motif vases (lot 7250, $10,000-$15,000) that sold for $38,350, a gilt splashed bronze vase (lot 7220, $15,000-$20,000) that sold for $35,400, a similar gilt splashed bronze censer (lot 7221, $20,000-$30,000) that sold for $32,450, and a collection of three amber carvings (lot 7253, $5,000-$7,000) that sold for $26,550.

Three lots of carved jades more than tripled estimates. In their order of performance a rare spinach jade double gourd-form wall vase sold for $23,600 (lot 7082, $4,000-$6,000), four Qing dynasty carved pendants made $21,240 (lot 7050, $5,000-$7,000), and a group of three carvings realized $16,520 (lot 7041, $3,000-$5,000).

For information call Michaan’s Auctions at 510-740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog for this sale, complete with prices realized.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Two famille rose porcelain plaques sold for $463,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Four small famille rose porcelain plaques sold for $35,400. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Set of 16 famille rose porcelain plaques sold for $59,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Pair of huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs and a side table sold for $100,300. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Wu Hufan (1894-1968) landscape sold for $59,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Cinnabar lacquer scroll-form box, Qing Dynasty, sold for $38,350. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Four jade pendants sold for $21,240. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:38
 

Bronzes among top lots in Capo's June 28 auction

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Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:41

Emile Louis Picault (French, 1833-1915) patinated bronze figure 'The Whaler,' $13,200. Capo Auction image

LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y. - Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques’ first summer auction in New York on Saturday, June 28th featured exquisite bronze figures, along with a contemporary sculpture and a traditional Steinway. LiveAuctioneers provided Internet live-bidding services for the sale.

A beautiful Emile Louis Picault (French, 1833-1915) patinated bronze figure The Whaler, which is 23 inches high, with signature incised and numbered 8901 (on plinth), sold for $13,200.

Along with that, a Romain de Tirtoff (Erté, Russian/French, 1892-1990) bronze figure La Femme a la Panthere (L from the alphabet series) was dated 1980. Signed on the base "Erté," it was also impressed "206/250 RKP INT. CORP 1980" with a JM foundry stamp. It stands 14 3/4 inches tall and sold for $5,400.

Another highly anticipated piece was the very unusual Carole A. Feuerman (American, b. 1945) sculpture called Waterskier, which is painted resin and stands 36 inches high (without base). This sold for $15,600. And, on the more traditional side, Capo Auction sold a magnificent Steinway piano, serial no. 236473, 1932, in mahogany case with an associated bench. Length 64 inches. It sold for $7,800.

To contact Capo Auction, call 718-433-3710.

View the fully illustrated catalog for Capo's June 28 auction, complete with prices realized, at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Emile Louis Picault (French, 1833-1915) patinated bronze figure 'The Whaler,' $13,200. Capo Auction image

Romain de Tirtoff (Erté, Russian/French, 1892-1990), 'La Femme a la Panthere' (L from The Alphabet series), 1980. Sold for $5,400. Capo Auction image

Carole A. Feuerman (American, b. 1945), sculpture, 'Waterskier,' $15,600. Capo Auction image

Steinway piano, serial no. 236473, 1932, mahogany case with an associated bench, $7,800. Capo Auction image

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 14:59
 

Moran’s June 17 sale heats up summer auction season

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Tuesday, 08 July 2014 13:09

A visually arresting Berlin KPM plaque featuring the Three Fates set the record for this plaque image and size, realizing $36,000. John Moran image

PASADENA, Calif. - John Moran Auctioneers’ June 17th Decorative Art Auction offered an eclectic mix of mid century modern furniture, Arts and Crafts furniture and decorative arts, Continental porcelain, bronzes, European paintings, silver, Native American artifacts, works on paper by celebrated 20th century modernists, and more. The diverse selection particularly appealed to online buyers using LiveAuctioneers, who responded in larger than usual numbers. Online bidders snapped up a quarter of the lots offered and, in so doing, helped establish a number of records.

Arts and Crafts furniture and decorative arts proved its continued relevance in the Southern California market, finding buyers willing to pay strong prices. A Gustav Stickley chest of drawers (model no. 906) shot past its initial estimate of $6000 - $8000, earning a final price realized of $12,000 (all prices include 20% buyer’s premium). A quintessential Dirk Van Erp copper and mica table lamp incited a bidding war among prospective buyers via telephone, ultimately going for $14,400, well over the estimated $5000 to $8000. Directly following, a gorgeous leaded glass and patinated metal table lamp with a daffodil-adorned shade earned a very respectable $1845 at the block (estimate: $800 to $1000).

Antique Continental and British decorative arts were certainly in high demand. A finely painted Berlin / KPM plaque depicting the Three Fates brought a record price for that subject, realizing $36,000 (estimate: $10,000 - $15,000). A French provincial gilt bronze-mounted walnut commode with an inscription chiseled to the top of the case caused quite a stir leading up to the auction. Prospective online bidders were all abuzz with queries prior to the sale, however, the commode ended up earning a handsome price of $22,050 after a determined bidder cast the winning bid via telephone (estimate: $8000 to $12,000). A giltwood over-mantel mirror, elaborately carved in George II style, was given a conservative pre-auction estimate of $3000 - $5000 but easily doubled the high estimate, fetching a final price of $11,922.50.

Smaller pieces across all genres and time periods of decorative arts achieved hearty prices, as well. A fun collection of exuberantly modeled sterling silver circus clowns was a hit, finding a buyer for $2280 (estimate: $800 to $1200). Late in the sale, a Russian icon of St. Nicholas drew attention from international buyers, tying up a number of phone lines with interested parties. Estimated to bring between $1500 and $2500, the icon found a buyer for $3900. A pair of Meissen porcelain figural candelabra, each adorned with roses, birds, and butterflies, thoroughly charmed online buyers, selling for $3997.50 (estimate: $1000 - $1500.)

It was the category of modern art, however, that stirred up the most excitement in the weeks preceding the June 17th auction, and the final results did not disappoint, particularly for an impeccably documented group of prints from a local collection. Just eighteen lots into the sale, a record was set for Marc Chagall’s lithograph “Le Prophète” when number 42 from an edition of 50 sold for $9000 (estimate: $2500 - $3500). “Boomerang”, a color lithograph by iconic New York modernist Alexander Calder, earned $3900, well over the estimated $800 - $1200. Works by Spanish artists Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso also brought impressive prices. “La Femme des Sables” by Miró brought $24,000 (estimate: $8000 - $10,000), while Picasso’s “Femme Couchee et Homme à la Guitare” realized $19,200 (estimate: $5000 - $7000). Expected to realize between $800 and $1200, an original mixed media collage on fabric titled “The Bird Party”, by modern San Francisco artist Jean Varda, set the record for the artist’s work when was purchased for $2384.50 by an online bidder.

Additional sale highlights include:

• Henry Chapman Ford’s etching of the Santa Barbara Mission, which realized $1592.50 (estimate: $600 - $800).

• A pair of 1930s Japanese cloisonné vases, both from an Altadena, CA estate and each assigned a pre-auction estimate of $300 - $500, brought $1080 and $1200, respectively.

• A gorgeous, tightly woven Teec Nos Pas Navajo rug, circa 1930, handily outstripped the conservative $1500 - $2000 estimate and realized $3382.50.

• A charming oil on panel painting of a woman in profile by British artist Edwin Harris, measuring a mere 8” high by 6” wide, found an enthusiastic buyer for $3600 (estimate: $1500 - $2000).

Moran’s next Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction is scheduled for Tuesday, July 22, 2014, with another to follow on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. LiveAuctioneers will provide the Internet live-bidding services for both sales.

For more information on Moran’s sales, both past and upcoming, please contact John Moran Auctioneers directly at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 626-793-1833. Consignment inquiries are always welcome.

View the fully illustrated catalog for John Moran's June 17 auction, complete with prices realized, at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

A visually arresting Berlin KPM plaque featuring the Three Fates set the record for this plaque image and size, realizing $36,000. John Moran image

Fresh to the market from a private Las Vegas, Nev., collection, this late 18th-century French provincial gilt bronze-mounted walnut commode found a new home for $22,050 (estimate: $8,000 - $12,000). John Moran image

Carrying a presale estimate of $1,500-$2,500, this early 20th-century Russian icon featuring a painted portrait of St. Nicholas on panel surrounded by silver-gilt and enamel oklad earned a $3,900 price tag. John Moran image

Setting the record for this image at auction, Marc Chagall’s 'Le Prophete' sold for $9,000 (estimate: $2,500-$3,500). John Moran image

This Navajo woven Teec Nos Pos rug, executed in typically complex design and coloration, was sold to an online bidder to the tune of $3,382.50 (estimate: $1,500-$2,000). John Moran image

This diminutive oil portrait by British artist Edwin Harris realized $3,600, well over its estimated $1,500-$2,000 selling price. John Moran image

Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 14:31
 

Mohawk Arms auctions Civil War cannonball, other relics

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Monday, 07 July 2014 16:42

Civil War ordnance sergeant’s cavalry 'shell' jacket with correct belt and colt-type black leather holster ($3,510). Mohawk Arms image

BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – A Confederate cannonball from the Battle of Gettysburg, mounted on three brass leg finials and engraved in script “Rebel shell – Gettysburg 1863,” sold for $5,850 at Mohawk Arms’ Auction #71, held June 13th-14th online through LiveAuctioneers and at the firm’s gallery in Bouckville. The “plugs” had been removed from the seven-pound shell, exposing two threaded openings.

The auction featured hundreds of military items from multiple wars and generations. Headlining the sale was a single-owner lifetime collection of items from the Civil War through World Wars I and II. These included swords, combat gear, headgear, belts, buckles, uniforms and guns. Also sold were 300 lots of helmets and hats, over 100 uniforms, edged weapons and mannequin sets.

“We were very pleased with the results of this, our 71st auction,” said Ray Zyla, the owner of Mohawk Arms, Inc. “Interest in the Americana items (which included the Rebel cannonball and took into account items from the colonial era to the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World Wars I and II) is what really put us over the top. Those items did well across the board.”

Zyla added, “American World War II items and groupings are gaining in popularity, especially when they can be connected to specific individuals. That personalizes them and makes them more desirable. It used to be that a helmet or a uniform with no provenance or anything to link it to a soldier or unit would be enough. Today, people want to know the history behind the item.”

Other categories that fared well were mannequins (all sold except one), American helmets from World Wars I and II, and firearms (especially Civil War carbines). Bids poured in from around the world – Canada, Russia, Italy, England, Germany and even Asia.

By the time that last of the nearly 1,800 lots had crossed the block, the auction grossed a total of around $480,000. Zyla estimated between 75 and 80 people attended the auction in person, while another 800 registered to bid online. Phone and absentee bids were also recorded. Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.

A Civil War felt fez hat worn by a member of the 11th New York Fire Zouaves (a unit that saw action in the battles of Bull Run and Manassas), with original full blue yarn, knot and tassel, with multiple strands, brought $5,850. Also, a Union Army M1858 “Hardee Hat” (also known as the “Jeff Davis hat”), worn by a member of Company I, 4th U.S. Cavalry, very rare, brought $3,627.

Also from the Civil War, a Confederate state of Louisiana Bowie knife, made circa 1860 with a 7 ¾ inch blade and showing the Louisiana state seal with a mother pelican feeding her young made $3,393. Also, an Ordnance Sergeant’s Cavalry “shell” jacket, with a period-correct Cavalry belt, a Colt-type black leather holster, cap box, pistol box and leather shoulder strap, went for $3,510.

The top lot of the auction was a uniform worn by SS officer Karl Franz, the last Kommandant of the Nazi concentration camp at Treblinka, a custom four-pocket white linen summer tunic with silk lined sleeves and other features ($10,238). Also, a 33-inch wood cross bar and cords for the “Deutschland Erwache” standard, with turned “acorn” ends and matching tassels, made $5,967.

From the firearms category, a Sharps new model 1859-1863 percussion saddle ring carbine, with a receiver marked “C. Sharps Pat. Oct. 5th, 1852” and “R. S. Lawrence, Patented Feb. 15th, 1859” with clean stock and forearm, rang out at $4,329. Also, a Civil War Green Breech loading rifle with unusual .53 caliber percussion underhammer bolt action mechanism hit the mark for $3,276.

A Civil War Spencer repeating carbine, with the top of the frame marked “Spencer Repeating Rifle Co., Boston, Mass, Pat’d March 6, 1860,” with light patina on the blued 20-inch barrel marked “M. 1865,” breezed to $3,042. Also, a German World War II “Panzer Faust,” designed to be a portable one-man anti-tank weapon (very effective against Soviet tanks) fetched $2,691.

Tops in the edged swords category was a Japanese Yasukuni shrine sword, with a tang signed “Yasunori” and dated “A Lucky Day in March 1941,” with handmade 26 ¾ inch curved blade ($5,265). And from headgear, a German Army General’s World War II peaked cap made of fine quality doeskin, with gold metal eagle with swastika and gold wire cord piping, rose to $4,212.

A complete United States Marine World War I uniform on a mannequin, worn by a K. H. Becker, with an M1912 wool olive drab tunic, matching trousers and peaked cap, ankle-high boots and field-worn helmet, garnered $4,212. Also, a German Third Reich SA Oberfuhrer (for Westfallen) field service, four-pocket gold-brown wool uniform with breeches brought $2,925.

Mohawk Arms’ next big auction (#72) is planned for November, probably in the second or third weekend. Already consigned is a large collection of military medals, plus antique guns and swords. Consignments for this and all future auctions are being sought. Tel. 315-893-7888, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

View the fully illustrated catalog for Mohawk Arms' June auction, complete with prices realized, at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Civil War ordnance sergeant’s cavalry 'shell' jacket with correct belt and colt-type black leather holster ($3,510). Mohawk Arms image

Confederate cannonball from the Battle of Gettysburg (1863), mounted on three brass leg finials ($5,850). Mohawk Arms image

Very rare Civil War blue felt fez hat worn by a member of the 11th New York Fire Zouaves ($5,850). Mohawk Arms image

Sharps new model 1859-1863 percussion saddle ring carbine rifle with clean stock and forearm ($4,329). Mohawk Arms image

Third Reich wood cross bar and cords for the 'Deutschland Erwache' standard, 33 inches long ($5,967). Mohawk Arms image

SS uniform worn by Karl Franz, last Kommandant of the Nazi concentration camp at Treblinka ($10,238). Mohawk Arms image

Japanese Yasukuni shrine sword with tang signed 'Yasunori' and inscribed 'A Lucky Day in March 1941' ($5,625). Mohawk Arms image

From left: John Tkachuk (a dealer and researcher of colonial-era documents), Ray Zyla (owner of Mohawk Arms, Inc.), Igor Folomeyev (a dealer-collector from Moscow) and Mark Zyla (Ray's son). Mohawk Arms image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 08:06
 

Rare English clock rings up $109,250 at Jeffrey Evans auction

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014 16:12

The Samuel Betts (London, active 1645-1673) ebonized bracket clock, circa 1660-1665, realized $109,250. The winning Australian buyer won the clock through LiveAuctioneers in a heated battle against seven phone bidders and numerous other Internet bidders. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – A rare 17th century English clock made by Samuel Betts of London sold for a record price of $109,250 during the firm’s 26th semiannual cataloged auction of Americana, antiques, and fine and decorative arts, held June 21. The winning Australian buyer won the clock through LiveAuctioneers.com in a heated battle against seven phone bidders and numerous other Internet bidders.

The circa 1650-1665 ebonized-case bracket clock, with engraved brass dial signed “Samuel Betts London” in script, featured a double-fusee movement. It carried a pristine provenance, coming from the collection of Kenneth Henry Leach, who purchased the clock circa 1911-1912 from an antique shop in rural England; thence by descent to the consignor Maurice Derby Leach Jr. and Virginia Baskett Leach, of Lexington, Va. The clock also came with an extensive examination report prepared for the Leach family in 1991 by W. David Todd of the Smithsonian Institution.

Samuel Betts (active 1645-1673) was an important early English clockmaker who made both watches and bracket clocks. Betts is often associated with Edward East (1610-1693), who is generally regarded as one of the finest clockmakers of the period and served as clockmaker to Charles I and Charles II.

As always, Evans and his staff offered a fine selection of important Virginia furniture and decorative arts, which drew strong interest and heated bidding. Leading the way was a rare mahogany Chippendale side chair attributed to the shop of Robert Walker in Fredericksburg, circa 1745-1760, with a lovely shaped crest and heavily scrolled ears. It sold for $28,750 against a $3,000-$5,000 presale estimate to an advanced Virginia collector (Lot 434). Several other early Virginia chairs were offered including a circa 1785-1795 mahogany transitional Chippendale corner or smoking chair from the Petersburg, Va., area. It had descended in the prominent Sydnor family of Richmond and Petersburg and sold for $16,100 against the $5,000-$8,000 estimate (Lot 433). Case furniture included a fine figured walnut Chippendale desk with a slightly later bookcase top, made in the Tidewater area circa 1760-1780, that survived in fine condition. The condition, combined with its direct descent through 10 generations of the Woodhouse and Davis families of Virginia, pushed its final selling price to more than 10 times its low estimate ending at $23,000 (Lot 443).

The auction offered an array of fine art including a Porfirio Salinas landscape painting measuring only 8 1/2 by 11 1/2 inches, depicting a lush field of bluebonnets. Salinas’ work is much admired in Texas and attracted strong attention from bidders in that part of the country, selling for $8,050, far over the estimate of $1,000-$2,000 (Lot 636).

Among the decorative objects offered, a Limoges dinner plate from the Lincoln White House sold to a descendant of Mary Todd Lincoln for a strong result, realizing $9,200, even though the rim had sustained significant damage in one area. Its estimate was reasonable, $300-$500, and its final price proves the adage that rarity sells well even if condition moderates the price paid (Lot 659). The plate had recently surfaced and was formerly in the collection of Dorothy Fowler Cooper of Washington, D.C.

After the auction company president and head auctioneer Jeffrey S. Evans commented, “Outstanding fresh-to-the market merchandise with no reserves and conservative estimates continues to excite bidders. This is especially true for Southern material that retains its provenance. Buyers are looking for pieces that tell a story that they can relate to.” He went on to add, “One of our main objectives when cataloging is to bring out these stories, place the material within an historical context, and research and record as much of the history/provenance of the piece as possible. That is what brings these objects to life and engages collectors.”

The 679-lot auction realized $544,000 including the 15 percent buyer’s premium. More than 2,500 bidders from 31 different countries registered for the sale.

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Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog for this sale, complete with prices realized.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

The Samuel Betts (London, active 1645-1673) ebonized bracket clock, circa 1660-1665, realized $109,250. The winning Australian buyer won the clock through LiveAuctioneers in a heated battle against seven phone bidders and numerous other Internet bidders. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

The circa 1785-1795 mahogany transitional Chippendale corner or smoking chair from the Petersburg, Va., area, sold for $16,100 against the $5,000-$8,000 estimate. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

A rare mahogany Chippendale side chair attributed to the shop of Robert Walker in Fredericksburg, Va. circa 1745-1760 sold for $28,750 against a $3,000-$5,000 estimate. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

A fine Virginia figured walnut Chippendale desk with a slightly later bookcase top, realized $23,000. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

A Limoges dinner plate from the Lincoln White House sold to a descendant of Mary Todd Lincoln for $9,200, even though the rim had sustained significant damage in one area. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

A fine Porfirio Salinas landscape painting measuring only 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches sold for $8,050. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

A diminutive painted-decorated pine blanket chest from Pennsylvania, circa 1830, sold for $7,475. Its unusual design, condition and size brought lots of attention and it sold for three times the estimate. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 16:33
 
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