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Schulz, Cortes tie for top honors at Cordier auction Aug. 23-24

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Friday, 26 September 2014 16:23
E.L. Cortes (French, 1882-1969) painting. Price realized: $24,000. Cordier Auctions & Appraisals image.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – An oil painting by Edouard Leon Cortes and a comic strip by Charles Schulz each sold for $27,000, and a 5.13 CTW brooch in an unusual form brought $7,000 at Cordier Auction & Appraisals’ Summer Two Day Firearm and Militaria and Antique and Fine Art Auction on Aug. 23 and 24. The 1,048-lot auction was held at the company’s auction house located at 1500 Paxton St. in Harrisburg.

Internet live bidding was provided by LiveAucitoneers.com. More than 45 percent of the gross was attributable to LiveAuctioneers bidders, on both days.

The sale featured items from more than 150 consigners. Almost 200 people were in attendance over the two days in addition to phone and absentee bidders, while more than 3,500 bidders were preregistered to bid over the Internet. Prices quoted are hammer prices; they do not include the buyer's premium.

Saturday’s sale offered firearms, militaria and collectibles, coins, silver and jewelry. Online bidding for the firearms was enthusiastic. A German DWM 1916 dated Luger hammered at $1,200, and a Colt 1860 Army revolver sold for $1,600 on an estimate of $800-1,200. In long guns, a W.L. Evans Model 1816 flintlock musket sold for $1,200, while a Colt 1878 SxS 12-gauge shotgun with side hammers hammered down at $1,400, within the estimate of $1,000-2,000. A John Moll signed Kentucky rifle sold for $4,100 to an online bidder after spirited bidding. Moll was one on the very early gunsmiths in America. A Parker Brothers “D” grade SxS shot gun with an extra barrel set with matching serial numbers sold for $4,000 after heavy competition to an out-of-state bidder in the room. In militaria and collectibles, an early 19th century A.W. Spies marked saber sold for the low estimate of $800. A large scale model of a Colt 1911 pistol standing 33 inches tall with a moving slide and hammer and removable magazine sold online for $6,500.

Coins featured an 1854 Liberty Head gold piece graded very fine that sold for $1,500, and a 1924 Saint-Gaudens $20 gold piece in choice brilliant uncirculated condition that sold for $1,400. Collectibles offered several notable items including a Continental sterling owl form vessel with articulated wings that sold for $1,800. The athletic medal archive of Clara M. Schroth (born in Philadelphia), which included medals for gymnastics as well as track and field, sold for $900 after heavy bidding. A Baily, Banks & Biddle sterling water pitcher in a floral and scroll motif sold for the high estimate of $750.

In jewelry, diamonds stole the show. A 5.13 CTW diamond and 18K white gold brooch in the unusual form of a compote of fruit sold to a phone bidder for $7,000. A dazzling 2.49 CTW diamond and platinum three-stone ring also sold to a phone bidder for $6,500, just above the estimate of $3,500-5,500. An unusual Joseph Johnson Liverpool 18K fusee pocket watch hammered down at $1,700.

Sunday's session featured furniture, ethnographic and Asian arts, collectibles and textiles, decorative arts, art, clocks and lighting. The day opened with furniture, a highlight of which was a Pennsylvania walnut Chippendale high chest that sold to an online bidder for $3,400. A stunning oak side-by-side desk and bookcase sold to the room for $900, exceeding the estimate of $500-750. Two antique Persian Serapi room-size rugs sold for $3,400 each. In Asian Arts, a Chinese scholar’s stone hammered down at $1,100 and a Chinese Qianlong cloisonné candlestick sold for $4,900 after heavy bidding.

The star among collectibles was an original hand-drawn comic strip by Charles M. Schulz (American 1922-2000) that sold after enthusiastic bidding for $27,000. Another lot that drew aggressive bidding was a Leica M3 35mm camera outfit that sold to a floor bidder for $2,400. There were a number of lots from the family of Robert Fleming (Pa. senator 1836-1839) including the Pennsylvania Senate chair of Robert P. Allen (Robert Fleming’s son-in-law, Pa. senator 1875-1878) that sold to an online bidder for $450. Another outstanding lot was an applique album quilt top that finally hammered down to the Internet for $1,200.

Among porcelain, pottery and glass, 10 pieces of Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica sold for $2,300 on an estimate of $1,500-3,000. An art glass vase in the King Tut pattern attributed to Durand saw spirited bidding before selling to the Internet for $800, just over the $400-600 estimate.

Art buyers had an eclectic mix to choose from. A mixed media by Edna Hibel (American, 1917- ) depicting a mother and two children sold to an online bidder for $850. The Ned Smith (American, 1919-1985) print Dutch Country Bluebirds sold to the floor for $1,200. An art archive of Henry A. Wright that included etchings, crayon drawings and poems, and the artist’s personal notebook, sold after enthusiastic bidding for $600. The star of the art category was a Parisian street scene by Edouard Leon Cortes (French, 1992-1969), which hammered down to a phone bidder for $27,000 after enthusiastic bidding.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
E.L. Cortes (French, 1882-1969) painting. Price realized: $24,000. Cordier Auctions & Appraisals image. Diamond basket of fruit brooch, 5.13 total carats. Price realized: $7,000. Cordier Auctions & Appraisals image. 1924 Saint-Gaudens $20 gold coin. Price realized: $1,400. Cordier Auctions & Appraisals image. Antique Persian serapi rug. Price realized: $3,400. Cordier Auctions & Appraisals image. Applique album quilt top. Price realized: $1,200. Cordier Auctions & Appraisals image. Charles Shultz comic strip. Price realized: $27,000. Cordier Auctions & Appraisals image. Continental sterling owl vessel. Price realized: $1,800. Cordier Auctions & Appraisals image. Joseph Johnson Liverpool 18K fusee pocket watch. Price realized: $1,700. Cordier Auctions & Appraisals image. Qianlong cloisonné candlestick. Price realized: $4,900. Cordier Auctions & Appraisals image.
Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 16:39
 

Clars concludes banner year with record-setting sale Sept. 13-15

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Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:31
Clars set a new world for American sculptor and designer Silas Seandel (b. 1937) with this large patinated in metal abstract tree trunk table which achieved $26,000. Clars image. OAKLAND, Calif. – On Sept. 13, 14, and 15, Clars Auction Gallery completed their 2013/2014 fiscal year with their three-day fine art, decoratives and jewelry auction earning just over $2.1 million, the fourth strongest sale in Clars’ history.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

Overall, this fiscal year realized sales of almost $21 million, an amazing 57 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, which had been the strongest in the company’s history. This also represents the biggest year-over-year increase the company has ever had.

After the auction, Redge Martin, president of Clars, said, “Sales for this auction were strong across all categories – fine art, furniture, decoratives, jewelry and Asian art. Over 45,000 viewed the online catalog and people from over 60 countries signed up to bid online. In the gallery, over 4,000 people attended in person over the course of the three days. I, and my staff, attribute the big gains to expanded name recognition from an increasingly larger Internet presence. We have an outstanding group of specialists who know how to secure top property and aggressively market it worldwide. The numbers for our 2013/2014 fiscal year clearly indicate their track record for success for the firm and our consignors.”

Decorative Arts and Furnishings

Clars announced that a new world record was set for American sculptor and designer Silas Seandel (b. 1937). Seandel is regarded as one of the finest contemporary American sculptors and New York’s premier metal furniture designer. He is also renowned for his design of the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. Offered at Clars were three tables (cocktail and occasional, circa 1980). Each table was executed in patinated metal in abstract tree trunk form and had script signature. The largest of the tables, the cocktail table, was estimated at $5,000 to $7,000. Extremely aggressive bidding quickly escalated the final selling price to over $26,000, a new record for Silas Seandel. The following two occasional tables also performed over high estimate going for $9,000 and $5,400. In all, the Seandel lots achieved an impressive $40,400.

The furniture and decorative arts offered continued throughout the sale to perform with impressive strength. The category’s highest selling lot was a Tiffany Studios, New York, “Venetian” desk lamp, circa 1910, that fetched $56,500. The second highest selling lot for the department was a pair of French urns in the Neo-Classical taste, attributed to Henry Dasson, Paris, 19th century, which earned $32,000.

A highlight of the Lalique offerings was the Deux Figurines clock, which realized $14,300. An antique palace size Faraghan Sarouk carpet circa 1880, 14 feet x 25 feet 3 inches, sold for just under $18,000. Pianos are an auction staple, especially a Steinway and Sons, New York, Model M Grand Piano, circa 1923, which realized $9,500.

Outstanding timepieces accented the sale with a Dutch cloisonné mantel clock, by A.D. Overstrijd, Rotterdam selling for $18,000 and a Chinese Export inlaid double fuse bracket clock earning $16,500. The market also showed appreciation for a Moorcroft for Shreve, San Francisco, sterling silver overlaid tea service, 1912, that sold for $10,700. A gold quartz presentation walking stick, 1874, achieved $9,000 and a Hawaiian koa wood poi bowl (calabash), 18th century, sold for $6,000.

The mid-century section offered a Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller model 670 and 671 lounge chair and ottoman, circa 1969, which sold for $6,000, as well as a Charles and Ray Eames ESU 200 storage unit for Herman Miller, circa 1950, which brought $5,500. From Frank Lloyd Wright (American 1867-1959) a low table/bench, attributed to the Usonia commission, brought $6,000.

Fine Art

Postwar, modern and contemporary works led the field with a painting by Leonor Fini (French, 1908-1996) titled Dialogue Impossible achieving an impressive $56,500 followed by a charming ink, pencil and colored pencil on paper by Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997) titled Study for Still Life with Dossier (1976) coming in at $43,600. Numerous telephone bidders from all over the country contributed to an outstanding outcome for Daisies (1949) by Pacific Northwest artist, Morris Graves (American, 1910-2001). This delicate work on paper went well beyond its estimate of $12,000 to $16,000 to settle at $26,000. Not far behind was a rare, gouache and ink from 1968, Untitled (from the War Series: Bombs and Helicopters), by New York artist, Nancy Spero (American, 1926-2009), which also soared past its estimate of $12,000 to $16,000 to land at $21,400.

Modern and contemporary prints continued the upward price climb with an astounding performance from a woodcut print by Wayne Thiebaud (American, b. 1920) titled Pie Cut (1964), which started with an estimate of $3,000 to $5,000 but ended at an incredible $19,000 Next to outperform was a lithograph in colors by Ed Ruscha (American, b. 1937) titled Lisp (1970) achieving $11,300 – well within the $8,000 to $12,000 estimate.

Winter snow scenes were in demand as well with two exceptional examples leading the way. One magnificent painting by Robert Daughters (American, b. 1929) titled Winter Lane nearly doubled its estimate at $8,000-12,000 fetching $20,200. A classic oil on canvas by Charles Wysocki (American, 1928-2002) titled Uncle Jack's Tree Farm also performed well at $11,900.

Always a favorite, as well as an outperformer at Clars, was an exemplary oil on canvas by California artist John Marshall Gamble (American, 1863-1957) titled Poppies, Santa Barbara. Estimated at $15,000-20,000, this lush painting of bright orange wildflower fields set against the majestic purple mountain vista of Santa Barbara climbed to $20,200.

The outright winner in European art was a beautifully executed painting titled A Walk Into Town by 19th century Dutch master Bernardus Johannes Blommers (1845-1914) – one of the most collected artists of the Hague school of painters. The exceptional provenance of this work combined with the balanced composition made this a must have for global collectors of this genre. With that being said, the conservative estimate of $5,000 to $7,000 was briefly noted, but soon just a faint memory, as it tripled to $20,200 due to anxious phone bidders from around the world competing for this gem.

Asian Art

Chinese haunghuali, once again, achieved top prices for this category. A Chinese haunghuali altar table and a hardwood folding chair, each sold for $17,800. A pair of Chinese Republic period pink sgraffito ground planters sold well at $7,700. Of particular note, the selection of seven Himalayan thangka together brought $39,900.

Jewelry

The jewelry offered resulted in prominent performance at this sale. Taking top spot in this category was a stunning fine jadite, diamond and white gold ring, which sold for $22,700. Taking second place was a gentlemen’s Rolex GMT stainless steel wristwatch, Ref. 6542, circa 1956, that came in close to high estimate at $14,300 and finally, a fine black crystal opal, Paraiba blue tourmaline and diamond ring sold for within estimate at $12,000.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Clars set a new world for American sculptor and designer Silas Seandel (b. 1937) with this large patinated in metal abstract tree trunk table which achieved $26,000. Clars image. This Tiffany Studios 'Venetian' desk lamp, circa 1910, fetched $56,500. Clars image. The second highest selling lot for the decorative arts category was this pair of French urns in the Neo-Classical taste, attributed to Henry Dasson, Paris, 19th century, which earned $32,000. Clars image. ‘Dialogue Impossible’ by Leonor Fini (French, 1908-1996) achieved an impressive $56,500. Clars image. ‘Daisies (1949)’ by Morris Graves (American, 1910-2001) sold for $26,000. Clars image. This woodcut print by Wayne Thiebaud (American, b. 1920) titled ‘Pie Cut (1964)’ achieved $19,000, soaring past its high estimate of $5,000. Clars image. The winner in European art was this painting titled ‘A Walk Into Town’ by Bernardus Johannes Blommers (Dutch, 1845-1914). It sold for $20,200. Clars image. This Chinese haunghuali altar table tied for top lot in Asian art selling for $17,800. Clars image. This stunning jadite, diamond and white gold ring sold for $22,700. Clars image.
Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 16:26
 

Contemporary art, modern furnishings soar at Kaminski sale Sept. 7

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:48
This rare Hans Wegner upholstered Peacock Chair set a new U.S. record for the Danish designer at $42,000. Kaminski image. BEVERLY, Mass. – On Sept. 7, Kaminski held its most successful modern and contemporary sale to date. Headed by 20th Century Department Specialist Kate Wilkins, the sale presented 382 carefully curated lots that together garnered over half a million dollars in sales.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

A portion of that success was due to a rare Hans Wegner upholstered Peacock Chair that came up for bids midway through the auction. Bids for the piece flooded in from domestic and international buyers alike over the phone and Internet. The final price set a new U.S. record for the Danish designer at $42,000 with buyer’s premium.

The auction also included Kaminski’s second sale of a Diego Giacometti piece within the past year, and the auction house is quickly building a reputation for successful sales. This month’s “Console Aux Oiseaux” sold within estimate for $204,000. The birds that appear on the table are among Diego Giacometti’s most characteristic motifs, making the table a desirable representation of his work.

Bidders on the phone and in house competed energetically for an exceptional set of Alexander Calder tapestries also presented in the auction. The striking tapestries were designed by Calder and woven in 1975 by Les Atelier Pinton in Aubusson, France to celebrate the American Bicentennial. The series included six works in an edition of 200. Five of the six crossed the auction block at Kaminski, including Le Sphere et les Spirales, Les Palmiers, Le Tache Bleue, Les Spirales, and Les Vagues. All were in remarkable condition and editioned 36 or 37 of 200. Offered at a conservative estimate of $2,000 to $3,000, the price for each soared to more than double the high estimates, with the highest achieving tapestry, Trois Spirales, fetching $11,400.

Furniture at the auction included an impressive collection by Dunbar from a single estate, which offered with many of the original advertisements and bills of sale. A large sectional couch upholstered in an eye-catching orange and yellow geometric print was the highest priced piece of the collection, reaching $3,900.

A lithograph by Henri Matisse also caught the eye of many collectors. Editioned 24/50 and signed in the plate, the print depicted a reclining nude stretched out on a chaise longue and surrounded by floral shapes and patterns. After much competition, it finally sold for $6,765, including buyer’s premium.

A painting by French artist Raoul Dufy also sold well. Presented as lot 3284, the small watercolor depicts the countryside of Provence and bears Dufy’s signature along with the Atelier Raoul Dufy stamp. The piece was bolstered by good provenance with a label from the Gerald Norman Gallery affixed to the back, and a certificate issued by Arthur Tooth and Sons, London. Including buyer’s premium, the work fetched $19,680.

With the conclusion of this successful sale, Kaminski looks forward to its next modern and contemporary auction to be held Jan. 4.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
This rare Hans Wegner upholstered Peacock Chair set a new U.S. record for the Danish designer at $42,000. Kaminski image. Diego Giacometti's 'Console Aux Oiseaux' sold within estimate for $204,000. Kaminski image
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:46
 

Pomo basket delivers $23,000 top bid at Allard’s Santa Fe sale

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 13:44

The top lot of the auction was this exceptional and large traditional-shaped Pomo burden basket, which sold for $23,000. Allard Auctions Inc. image.

SANTA FE, N.M. – A large, museum-quality Pomo burden basket with beautiful fine geometric designs done in red fern sold for $23,000 at the Best of Santa Fe auction, an event held each year by Allard Auctions Inc. This year’s auction, held Aug. 16-17, featured 900 lots of Western and Native art, American Indian artifacts and related collectibles.

The twined, conical-shape traditional Pomo burden basket was in remarkable condition and was a huge example – 21 1/4 inches by 25 1/2 inches. It was made circa 1890 and was easily the top lot of the auction, one that grossed $464,000 including the buyer’s premium. The sale was packed with baskets, prehistoric pottery, dazzling hand-crafted jewelry and wonderful artworks.

“Overall we were very pleased with the auction,” said Steve Allard of Allard Auctions Inc., based in St. Ignatius, Mont. “Baskets, pottery, rugs and especially jewelry items all either met or exceeded our expectations, which were high to begin with. The only downside was that so many events were happening in Santa Fe at the same time. I hope this won't be an issue next year.”

Between 150 and 200 people attended the auction live over the course of the two days, many of whom wer repeat customers from past sales. Absentee and phone bidding was so brisk it combined for about half the gross, said Allard. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

A beautiful hand-wrought Hopi belt buckle by Charles Loloma (circa 1980s), with raised and carved stones and a silver back, was the auction’s second top lot, fetching $6,325. A finer weave earth-tone storm-pattern Navajo rug, or weaving, with many feathers in the traditional design, 48 inches by 79 inches, circa mid-20th century, sold for $3,738.

A finely woven Karuk “catch basket,” or flour tray, made from bear grass, maidendhair fern and woodwardia fern, circa 1925, by Florence Jacobs Harrie, and considered her life’s masterpiece, garnered $5,750. A historical Yokuts basket made by Waysheemlet in the early 1900s, featuring a deep bowl with a beautiful arched black arrow points design, rose to $4,312.

A finer weave ceremonial Yokuts serving basket – large at 8 1/4 inches by 26 3/4 inches – with elaborate polychrome designs, including cornstalk and rattlesnake bands, circa late 1800s, went for $3,738, and an important Wasco tall lidded soft weave Sally bag, loaded with traditional figures including condors, deer or elk and sturgeon, circa 1880, commanded $4,312.

In the pottery category a scarce Hopi jar by the renowned maker Fannie Nampeyo, a larger size, low-profile polychrome example done with her famous “migration” pattern, hammered for $4,888; and 12 1/2-inch-tall prehistoric Anasazi pottery jar – a Soccoro black-on-white water olla with checkered medallions, partially restored and in good condition – brought $3,738.

Artwork wowed the crowd, led by a signed original gouache work by Helen Hardin, a.k.a. Tsa-Sah-Wee-Eh, 1943-1984, depicting stylized tortoise and hare figures in the desert, which finished at $3,738, while a signed sand and paint on board work by Hardin’s father, Pablita Velarde (1918-2007), depicting desert roadrunners, sailed past its $300-$600 estimate to command $2,588.

Many other lots went roaring past their estimates. A fantastic and large finer weave ceremonial Yokuts serving basket, circa late 1800s, expected to bring $500-$1,000 realized $3,738; and a classic strand of dark blue, Dutch-made faceted “Russian” trade beads in very good condition, 22 inches long, made in the 19th century, expected to reach $75-$150, ended up selling for $431.

Jars outperformed expectations, too. A rare, prehistoric Anasazi Tularosa black-on-white pottery jar with inward curved rim and elaborate encompassing design (est. $600-$1,200) topped out at $3,163; and a Cochiti early globular pottery jar with short neck and interesting floral design, in very good condition, 8 3/4 inches tall, circa early 1900s (est. $400-$800), ended strong at $1,955.

Returning to artwork, two pieces expected to bring $500 each realized $1,380. One was a signed sand texture painting by Pablita Velarde, done in the late 1900s and measuring 10 1/2 inches by 11 3/4 inches minus the frame. The other was a signed limited edition (#3/50) bronze free-form sculpture by Bill Worrell (b. 1936), titled The Eternal Guardian, 21 1/2 inches tall, circa 1995.

A signed, original acrylic on canvas by David P. Bradley (b. 1954), depicting an encampment with a tepee, apple trees, cattails and a dog, rendered circa 1979 (est. $200-$400), achieved $920. Also, a rare, hand-wrought silver Navajo necklace with fylfot crosses and adorned with miniature conchos and round turquoise stones, 27 inches long (est. $500-$1,000), hit $2,588.

Allard Auctions Inc. has been selling exclusively American Indian artifacts and art at auction since 1968. The firm is always in the market for quality merchandise. To inquire about consigning call toll-free: 888-314-0343, or email the company at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

The top lot of the auction was this exceptional and large traditional-shaped Pomo burden basket, which sold for $23,000. Allard Auctions Inc. image.

Beautiful hand-wrought Hopi buckle by Charles Loloma, with raised and carved stones. Price realized: $6,325. Allard Auctions Inc. image.

Low-profile Hopi polychrome pottery jar by Fannie Nampeyo, done in her famous ‘migration’ pattern. Price realized: $4,888. Allard Auctions Inc. image.

Wasco tall lidded, soft weave Sally bag, loaded with traditional figures such as condors, deer and sturgeon. Price realized: $4,312. Allard Auctions Inc. image.

Fantastic finer weave Navajo rug in an earth-tone storm pattern with feathers, circa mid-1900s. Price realized: $3,738. Allard Auctions Inc. image.

Signed original gouache painting by Helen Hardin, a.k.a. Tsa-Sah-Wee-Eh (1943-1984), circa 1980s. Price realized: $3,738. Allard Auctions Inc. image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:54
 

Morphy’s $1.38M Aug. 30-31 sale yields $284K for Pa. Treasury

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Thursday, 11 September 2014 17:20

Ladies ring with cabochon-cut jadeite center stone surrounded by 46 tapered baguette diamonds totaling 5.08 carats, $31,200. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – The citizens of Pennsylvania will profit handsomely from Morphy Auctions’ Aug. 30-31, 2014 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction, which brought in $1,380,000, inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium. Forty percent of the 1,366-lot sale consisted of hand-selected fine jewelry, rare coins and other valuables from the Commonwealth’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property vault. Outperforming presale expectations by $40,000, the Treasury items as a whole generated $284,000 for the Keystone State’s coffers. LiveAuctioneers provided the Internet live-bidding services on both days.

“It was a great sale, strong in every category,” said Morphy Auctions’ founder and president Dan Morphy. “This was our third auction in which we partnered with Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord and his team, and it couldn’t have gone better. So far, our ongoing joint venture has raised almost $750,000 for programs benefiting Pennsylvanians.”

One of the weekend’s top sellers was a ladies cocktail ring designed with 46 tapered baguette diamonds, total weight 5.08 carats, surrounding a superb cabochon-cut natural jadeite center stone. It finished within estimate at $31,200. A platinum ladies ring, whose two main diamonds totaled 4.0 carats, tripled its high estimate in reaching $18,000. Another jewelry highlight was an 18K white gold aquamarine and diamond brooch of versatile design that also could be used as a pendant. It sold for $10,200.

A modern classic, a 14K white gold tennis bracelet with 46 matched, emerald-cut diamonds of outstanding color and clarity had many suitors. The winning bidder paid $32,400 to own the elegant, 20-carat piece, which was the highest-selling item in the auction.

Antique mechanical music boxes performed in a diva-like manner, sweeping three of the top five slots on the list of prices realized. A circa 1885-1890 Swiss orchestral music box by Ami Rivenc was accompanied by six cylinders capable of playing 48 songs. Beautifully presented and retaining a tone as rich and stirring as the day it was created, the machine took a bow at $25,200. A 24-inch Lochmann’s coin-op duplex-disc music box with tubular bells, from the collection of Coulson Conn, M.D., past president of the Music Box Society International, ended its bidding run at $22,800. Right behind it at $21,600 was a George Baker (Switzerland) music box capable of playing several intricate melodies. It achieved $22,800.

A quirky 6½-inch R.W. Martin (England) figural “Wally Bird” tobacco jar, exhibiting superior color and detail, attracted attention from both sides of the Atlantic. The coveted avian had been entered in the sale with a $13,000-$15,000 estimate but soared effortlessly to $25,200.

The timeless artistry and impeccable quality of Galle art glass stole the spotlight in the form of a diminutive vase etched with the image of a mermaid riding a dolphin on convoluted ocean waves. Signed “E. Galle Nancy,” the 3½-inch-tall vessel rose to $18,000 against a presale estimate of $1,000-$2,000. Another piece that defied expectations was a Tiffany No. 1885P vase in a deep rose shade with mottled accents. Standing 8 inches tall, it was in excellent condition and retained a partial Tiffany paper label. It was bid to $9,000 against a $1,000-$2,000 estimate.

A signed Abbott Fuller Graves (American, 1859-1935) oil-on-canvas garden scene led the selection of paintings offered in the auction, selling for $16,200; while a quintessential depiction of a mother hen with chicks by revered regional artist Ben Austrian (Reading, Pa., 1870-1921) found favor at $10,200. Although undeniably an accomplished fine artist, Austrian became more widely known as the result of a commercial commission – his illustration of a newly hatched chick that became the mascot for Bon Ami cleanser.

Several bidders pursued a 3-gallon stoneware jug with a cobalt blue painted image of a deer surrounded by vegetation. It bore an impressed mark for a variety store, “Giles & Co.” of “Cherry Valley,” and listed a number of wares offered by the establishment. Against an estimate of $5,000-$8,000, it sold for $15,600.

Morphy’s will conduct its first auction in association with newly acquired Victorian Casino Auctions on Sept. 19-20 in Las Vegas, Nevada, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. The sale will feature antique advertising and coin-op machines, including antique and vintage gambling machines from the renowned collection of the late William F. Harrah (1911-1978), founder of Harrah’s Hotel and Casinos.

For a confidential consultation with Morphy’s about consigning to a future auction, call the Pennsylvania gallery at 717-335-3435 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Ladies ring with cabochon-cut jadeite center stone surrounded by 46 tapered baguette diamonds totaling 5.08 carats, $31,200. Morphy Auctions image

14K white gold tennis bracelet with 46 emerald-cut diamonds, $32,400. Morphy Auctions image

18K white gold aquamarine and diamond brooch that doubles as a pendant, $10,200. Morphy Auctions image

Georg Jensen sterling flatware service in Acorn pattern, approx. 309 pieces in chest, $11,400. Morphy Auctions image

R.W. Martin & Brothers Wally Bird tobacco jar, signed, 6½ inches tall, $25,200. Morphy Auctions image

Stoneware 3-gallon jug with deer, heavy cobalt blue decoration, impressed for variety store Giles & Co., Cherry Valley, $15,600. Morphy Auctions

Art glass vase etched with image of mermaid riding a dolphin, signed ‘E. Galle Nancy,’ $18,000. Morphy Auctions image

Ben Austrian (Reading, Pa., 1870-1921), signed oil on canvas depicting mother hen with chicks, 33in x 25½ in, $10,200. Morphy Auctions image

Ami Rivenc (Swiss) 6-cylinder orchestral music box, circa 1885-1890, $25,200. Morphy Auctions image

Abbott Fuller Graves (American, 1859-1936), oil on canvas garden scene with kittens, 18 in x 24in, SLL ‘Abbot Graves/Boston,’ $16,200. Morphy Auctions image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 16:01
 

Brian Coole nautical painting sets record at Kaminski Auctions

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Thursday, 04 September 2014 16:05

Brian Coole, ‘View of Boston from Chelsea Shore,’ circa 1850, oil on board. Price realized: $19,800. Kaminski Auctions image.

BEVERLY, Mass. – Fine art was the highlight of the day at Kaminski Auctions’ Aug. 24 Nautical and Americana sale, with all nautical paintings in the sale performing well.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

The top lot was a Brian Coole oil on board, titled Boston from the Chelsea Shore. The painting brought $19,800 after spirited bidding from the Internet and in the audience. It was a Kaminski Auctions record for a Brian Coole painting, as well a record price for the artist at auction. A second Coole painting titled America’s Cup Race sold for $8,400.

American artists A.T. Hibbard, James Fulton Pringle, Thaddeus Bannister and Charles Woodbury also performed extremely well, with an outstanding Hibbard seascape of Provincetown, circa 1920, oil on board, selling for $10,800.

A selection of Americana furniture and decorative items brought respectable prices with a restored 18th century Governor Winthrop desk descended from the Winthrop family bringing $6,900, and a wooden gilt carved eagle from the Charleston Navy Shipyard bringing $6,300.

Asian items, especially Chinese gilt bronze Buddhas continued to attract strong interest. A 25-inch-high Ming dynasty Buddha in this sale, sold for $8,400.

All prices quoted include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Brian Coole, ‘View of Boston from Chelsea Shore,’ circa 1850, oil on board. Price realized: $19,800. Kaminski Auctions image.

Block front Chippendale Governor Winthrop desk, 18th century, mahogany with fancy interior, with provenance to the Winthrop family. Estimate: $6,900. Kaminski Auctions image.

A.T. Hibbard (American 1886-1972), ‘Provincetown,’ 1920, oil on artist board. Price realized: $10,800. Kaminski Auctions image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 16:20
 

$210K Coca-Cola calendar sets record at Morphy’s Aug. 22-24 auction

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:33

Top lot of the sale, the only known near-mint-plus 1900 Coca-Cola calendar featuring image of model and actress Hilda Clark, the first beauty to appear in the soft drink company’s ads; $210,000. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Motivated bidders and an unprecedented selection of antique advertising and coin-op machines found common ground at Morphy’s gallery over the weekend of Aug. 22-24, with the result being a $3,120,000 total for the rapidly growing Pennsylvania auction house.

The event marked a dual milestone for Morphy’s. It was their most successful antique advertising/coin-op sale to date, and the second-highest-achieving auction of any type in the company’s history. Morphy’s continues to hold the record for highest-grossing one-day auction of a single-owner toy collection, the $7.7 million sale of Stephen and Marilyn Steckbeck’s antique bank collection, held Oct. 27, 2007. All prices quoted in this report include a 20% buyer’s premium.

LiveAuctioneers provided Internet live-bidding services for the sale and played a major role in its success. The 436 items sold through LiveAuctioneers added $683,550 to the three-day total, bolstered by 3,901 live bids and 1,639 absentee bids. The online catalog posted to LiveAuctioneers attracted 110,959 page views.

“There was interest in virtually every category we offered, both before and during the auction,” said Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions. “World auction records were set in many categories, but the real scene stealer was the Gordon Breslow calendar collection, which included an example of every calendar issued by Coca-Cola since 1896. Many of the calendars were the finest known examples and the very ones pictured in Petretti’s Coca-Cola Collectibles Price Guide. You can’t beat that level of provenance.”

In fact, each and every one of the top five Coca-Cola calendars sold at Morphy’s three-day sale broke the previous world auction record for Coca-Cola (paper) ephemera of any type.

Most refreshing of all the Coca-Cola items offered was Lot 719, which Morphy’s experts believe to be the only existing near-mint-plus Coke calendar from the year 1900. It featured an image of model and actress Hilda Clark, the first beauty to appear in the soft drink company’s ads. Entered in the sale with a $50,000-$100,000 estimate, it spurred a saleroom battle that ended with a winning bid of $210,000.

Another high-flier from the Breslow collection was Lot 711, an 1896 Coca-Cola calendar that, like the aforementioned 1900 calendar, is believed to be the only known survivor of its condition and type. Retaining a partial calendar pad, it was presented in a deep shadow box with an ornate gilt frame. Against an estimate of $30,000-$60,000, it was bid aggressively to $105,000.

Coke was not the only beverage in demand at Morphy’s. Record-setting prices were paid for soda fountain memorabilia touting other brands, as well. Lot 1034, a petite 1900 Hires “Munimaker” salesman’s sample, replicated a type of full-size root beer dispenser in use around the turn of the 20th century. Against a $40,000-$60,000 estimate, it served up an $84,000 winning bid – the most ever paid at auction for this particular type of item.

Lot 1090, a Pepsi-Cola Art Nouveau china syrup urn, swept past its $30,000-$40,000 estimate to settle at $69,000; while Lot 996, a 1909 Pepsi-Cola tin straw holder estimated at $4,000-$8,000, retired at $18,000.

Uncommonly seen, Lot 1145, a circa-1918 Montelaise Cheriola ceramic syrup dispenser, pumped up a winning bid of $46,800 against a presale estimate of $12,000-$18,000. But even higher prices would follow in the soda-fountain category. As the name suggests, a Grapefruitola ceramic syrup dispenser, cataloged as Lot 1163, was shaped in the form of a plump, leaf-embellished grapefruit. In near-mint condition and estimated at $15,000-$25,000, it squeezed a much healthier $66,000 from one of the many competitors hoping to add it to their collections. Each of the dispensers mentioned here set new world auction records for their respective forms.

King among the 80+ coin-op and gambling items was Lot 1649, a Mills Double Dewey 5-cent/25-cent upright slot machine with original music. It finished comfortably in the money at $114,000 against an estimate of $100,000-$125,000.

More than 100 tobacco-related lots were offered. In a field of premium-quality entries, the surprise of the day was Lot 83, an Empire State vertical pocket tin issued by Peet Bros. Tobacco Manufacturers. The cobalt blue and yellow container with a striking image of the Empire State Building had been expected to reach the $300-$600 level, but collectors had a different idea and bid it all the way to $24,000. It was, by far, the most money ever paid at auction for an Empire State pocket tin.

A host of early advertising signs included Lot 320, a 1956 Merita Bread embossed-tin depiction of a Lone Ranger-type Western character on horseback, near flawless and in 9.7 condition, which sold for $24,000 against an estimate of $10,000-$15,000. Also popular, Lot 316, a circa 1905-1910 Sleepy Eye Flour tin sign with the image of a proud Native American, “Old Sleepy Eye,” surpassed expectations at $10,800. Lot 417, a rare, two-sided illuminating porcelain sidewalk sign advertising “Candy,” also dashed its estimate, reaching $18,000.

Morphy’s upcoming sales include a Sept. 19-21 Fall 2014 Coin-op and Antique Advertising Auction at Victorian Casino Antiques in Las Vegas, the first event to be held under the Morphy’s banner since their acquisition of the revered Nevada firm. The 1,700-lot auction will feature approximately 100 antique and vintage gambling machines from the storied collection of the late William F. Harrah (1911-1978), founder of Harrah’s Hotel and Casinos.

For additional information on any upcoming auction, or to discuss consigning to Morphy’s, contact the gallery by calling toll-free 877-968-8880 or 717-335-3435; or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Top lot of the sale, the only known near-mint-plus 1900 Coca-Cola calendar featuring image of model and actress Hilda Clark, the first beauty to appear in the soft drink company’s ads; $210,000. Morphy Auctions image

1896 Coca-Cola calendar in shadow box with gilt frame, $105,000. Morphy Auctions image

1900 Coca-Cola embossed-cardboard calendar, $45,000. Morphy Auctions image

1900 Hires ‘Munimaker’ salesman’s sample replicating a full-size root beer dispenser of the period, $84,000. Morphy Auctions image

Pepsi-Cola Art Nouveau china soda fountain syrup urn, $69,000. Morphy Auctions image

Circa-1918 Montelaise Cheriola ceramic syrup dispenser, $46,800. Morphy Auctions image

Grapefruitola ceramic syrup dispenser, $66,000. Morphy Auctions image

Circa-1900 ‘jeweled’ leaded-glass Drug Store street sign, $31,200. Morphy Auctions image

Mills Double Dewey upright slot machine, 5/25 cents, with original music, $114,000. Morphy Auctions image

Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 07:38
 

Internet bidding buoys Kodner Galleries auction Aug. 6

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Suzanne Valadon, oil on canvas ‘Vase de Fleurs.’ Price realized: $44,840. Photo by Royce Bonta, Kodner Galleries.

DANIA BEACH, Fla. – Kodner Galleries’ Aug. 6 auction was dominated by strong Internet bidding. On-line bidders battled phone and gallery bidders over treasures from two large Palm Beach, Florida collections.

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The first, a lovely old guard Palm Beach estate of fine 20th century artwork by well recognized French artists including the auction’s featured lot by Suzanne Valadon (French, 1865-1938), a circa 1920 oil on canvas titled Vase de Fleurs, which was quickly snapped up for $44,840.

The collection also contained a charming Louis Valtat (French, 1869-1952) oil on panel Pommes a la Draperie Bleu selling at $22,420, and Edouard Vuillard, (French, 1868-1940) pastel Portrait de jeune fille bringing $7,080. Treasures from this estate also included an early 19th century George III English silver covered tureen selling at $5,900, an 18th century George III English silver coffeepot at $1,880 and a large and good collection of English tea caddies and Continental boxes all finding ready buyers.

The second Palm Beach collection was composed of a large and varied selection of 20th century mostly American works. Included were John Ferren (American, 1905-1970) with a 1954 oil on canvas titled Mojave #1, which was  estimated at $3,000-$5,000 and hammered down at $9,440; numerous works by Mary Spain (American, 1934-1983) including Lot 127, her oil on canvas titled First Prize Levitation Piece at $5,192 (a new auction record for this artist); and a collection of Karen Karnes (American, b. 1925) ceramics bringing a total of $6,800.

The auction’s largely fine art selection also featured a François Gall (French 1912-1987) oil on canvas, Au Café Flore, at $4,248, a Dietz Edzard (German 1893-1963) oil on canvas, Concert aux Sablettes, for $11,800; and a Suzanne Eisendieck, (French, 1908-1998) oil on canvas, Fete au Port, fetching $7,080. Also sold at the auction were an Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917) watercolor bringing $6,490, an Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984) mounted gelatin silver print at $7,080, and a Lang Shining (Giuseppe Castiglione) (Italian 1688-1766) trompe l'oeil on paper for $11,800.

Sculpture included a large Emile Louis Picault (French, 1833-1915) early 20th century bronze Egyptian Figure selling at $10,600 and two Erté (French, 1892-1990) bronzes totaling $7,552.

Estate and fine jewelry featured a pair of 4.47-carat fancy intense yellow diamond earrings selling for $13,570, an important 9.0-carat emerald and diamond ring at $30,680, a 15.0-carat diamond and sapphire necklace bringing $10,600, and a diamond, sapphire and white gold bracelet selling for $7,965.

(All prices quoted above include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.)

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Suzanne Valadon, oil on canvas ‘Vase de Fleurs.’ Price realized: $44,840. Photo by Royce Bonta, Kodner Galleries.

Louis Valtat, ‘Pommes a la Draperie Bleu.’ Price realized: $22,420. Photo by Royce Bonta, Kodner Galleries.

George III silver tureen. Price realized: $5,900. Photo by Royce Bonta, Kodner Galleries.

John Ferren, ‘Mojave #1.’ Price realized: $9,440. Photo by Royce Bonta, Kodner Galleries.

Mary Spain, ‘First Prize Levitation Piece.’ Price realized: $5,192. Photo by Royce Bonta, Kodner Galleries.

Dietz Edzard, ‘Concert aux Sablettes.’ Price realized: $11,800. Photo by Royce Bonta, Kodner Galleries.

Emile Louis Picault bronze, ‘Egyptian figure.’ Price realized: $10,600. Photo by Royce Bonta, Kodner Galleries.

Yellow diamond earrings, 4.47 carats. Price realized: $13,570. Photo by Royce Bonta, Kodner Galleries.

Important 9.0-carat emerald and diamond ring. Price realized: $30,680. Photo by Royce Bonta, Kodner Galleries.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 15:52
 

Lincoln flag tops Heritage political auction at $20,000

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Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:46

This 1860 campaign flag for Abraham Lincoln and his running mate Hannibal Hamlin brought $20,000. Heritage Auctions image.

DALLAS – An 1860 campaign flag for Abraham Lincoln and his running mate Hannibal Hamlin brought $20,000 during Heritage Auctions’ American Political Item Collectors national convention auction July 30 in Denver. The auction saw intense demand for rare pinback buttons, which claimed six of the top 10 auction lots as multiple bidders competed to own presidential memorabilia and fresh-to-market discoveries.

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“The auction was a rousing success with just three lots left unsold,” said Tom Slater, director of Americana at Heritage Auctions. “The material was particularly strong for this auction, which is a testament to the political collecting hobby and the motivated membership of the APIC.”

The APIC is a nonprofit membership organization, dedicated to promoting the collecting, preservation and study of materials relating to political campaigns and the U.S. presidency.

“The [auction] attendance was very impressive,” said Ron Puechner, co-chair of the Denver convention and newly elected APIC President. “The selection and quality of items was amazing, but since we agreed to do the single session with the limited number of items, it did not negatively affect the buying on the convention floor or in the members’ auction. I think this would be a good template for future conventions.”

Among the auction’s highlights, a possibly unique variant of a sought-after Coolidge and Dawes 6-inch jugate surprised bidders as it sold for $12,188, more than three times its preauction estimate. Possibly a manufacturer’s test piece or even a salesman’s sample, the pinback’s portraits are in blue rather than the customary black and white.

A full-color William Jennings Bryan 1 1/4-inch pinback in excellent condition ended at $9,375 following interest from six bidders. The button championed the Bryan campaign’s strong outreach to American labor in an ultimately futile appeal to combat opponent William McKinley’s considerable ties to the movement.

A rare “hopeful” pinback button designed to encourage American industrialist Henry Ford to run for president sold for $7,812. The circa 1920s pinback sparked a bidding war among three collectors who quickly surpassed the rarity’s $1,500 estimate.

A New Deal button depicting the GOP elephant crushing the Democratic donkey, issued in support of Republican Alf Landon in his campaign against Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s second re-election effort, hammered for $6,875. A rare and colorful 1912 jugate celluloid – one of just a handful known to exist to feature photographs of both Teddy Roosevelt and Hiram Johnson – sold for $4,687.

Additional highlights include:

– A rare stogie or glasses case depicting Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott sold for $4,062.

– A Liverpool creamware tankard celebrating George Washington sold for $4,062.

– An 1840 campaign “pewter rim” featuring William Henry Harrison brought $3,906.

– A unique 1900-dated silver ingot for William Jennings Bryan’s campaign ended at $3,250.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

This 1860 campaign flag for Abraham Lincoln and his running mate Hannibal Hamlin brought $20,000. Heritage Auctions image.

A rare 1920s 'hopeful' pinback button designed to encourage American industrialist Henry Ford to run for president sold for $7,812. Heritage Auctions image.

A rare and colorful 1912 jugate celluloid – one of just a handful known to exist to feature photographs of both Teddy Roosevelt and Hiram Johnson – sold for $4,687. Heritage Auctions image.

Liverpool creamware tankard celebrating George Washington. Price realized: $4,062. Heritage Auctions image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 14:46
 
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