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Miniature lamps spark big bids at Jeffrey S. Evans auction

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014 14:41

A rare English cameo floral and leaf pattern art glass miniature lamp sold for $11,500 at Jeffrey S. Evans’ auction of Part II of Marjorie Hulsebus’ miniature lighting collection. This was the top seller of the day. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – A rare English cameo floral and leaf pattern art glass miniature lamp, white to citron yellow, with a satin finish, white floral leaf and butterfly décor, and period burner, sold for the top price at Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates' second auction of the Marjorie Hulsebus estate collection of miniature lighting on May 31. Dating to the end of the 19th century, the lamp sold for $11,500, nearly twice the presale estimate.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

This and the other items offered in the auction came from Hulsebus’ personal collection, and many had been published in her reference works on miniature lighting.

An equally rare cameo fuchsia glory and leaf pattern art glass miniature lamp, white to midnight blue, with a satin finish, decorated with vine and butterfly to the squatty base, attributed to Thomas Webb and Sons, sold within the $6,000-$9,000 estimate for $8,625.

Another highly sought-after rarity, a hanging cast-iron miniature triple-arm chandelier lamp, the frame being only 10 1/4 inches high, fitted with three colorless glass tapered fonts, each embossed “FIRE FLY” and with the correct opaque glass chimney-shade, also sold for $8,625. A rare figural Santa Claus lamp brought the fourth-highest price of the sale, $6,900. It was of white glass, with a fired yellow and brown body. Produced circa 1892 by the Consolidated Lamp & Glass Co., the lamp appealed to collectors partly because of its unusual coloration.

The Hulsebus Collection auction of 317 lots was 100 percent sold, realizing over $219,000, with registered bidders from over 30 countries. The third and last installment of this legendary collection will be sold by Jeffrey S. Evans on Oct. 18, followed by two collections of early kerosene and Victorian period lighting.

For further information call 540-534-3939, or email 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

A rare English cameo floral and leaf pattern art glass miniature lamp sold for $11,500 at Jeffrey S. Evans’ auction of Part II of Marjorie Hulsebus’ miniature lighting collection. This was the top seller of the day. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Estimated at $6,000-$9,000, the rare cameo Fuchsia Glory and Leaf pattern art glass miniature lamp sold for $8,625. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Just over 10 inches tall, this rare hanging cast-iron miniature triple-arm chandelier lamp, with the correct opaque glass chimney-shades, sold for $8,625. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

The Santa figural miniature lamp, having a rare yellow and brown coloration, sold for $6,900, easily topping the $3,000-$5,000 estimate. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 13:54
 

Fresh-to-market jewelry in demand at John Moran Auctioneers

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 16:22

This assembled set of amethyst and 18K gold jewelry – the brooch by Jean Schlumberger’ and the ear clips by David Webb – went home with a floor bidder for $19,200 (estimate: $8,000-$1,200). John Moran Auctioneers image.

ALTADENA, Calif. – On May 20 John Moran Auctioneers conducted their semiannual HQ Fine Jewelry and Luxury Auction at their headquarters in Altadena. Buyers, one third of whom bid online, were evidently thrilled by the wide array of offerings, buying 98 percent of the 324 lots.

LiveAuctioneers.com facilitated Internet live bidding.

Among the selections of fine jewelry filling the majority of the catalog, buyers found practical, wearable pieces with character.

Fun rings with character and style certainly drew a lot of attention during the preview. One such piece, a curious carved shell cameo ring dating to circa 1890, featured a male mask depicted in frontal and left and right profile views simultaneously. Initially estimated to realize $600-$800, it incited some friendly competition, ultimately going home with a floor bidder for $1,680. (All prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.) Another late 19th century ring, designed in the coveted Renaissance Revival style with a central baroque pearl flanked by two female ship’s mastheads, wooed bidders with its siren’s song to a $9,000 price tag, well over the $1,500-$2,500 estimate.

A number of gorgeous diamond rings tempted those looking to make a statement with sparkle. One offered midway through the sale featured an impressive central 8.54-carat diamond, graded G color and SI1 clarity and set in platinum. Conservatively estimated to sell for $90,000-$110,000, it realized $204,000.

Jade and coral certainly made a splash at the May 20 auction. A coral, diamond and gold necklace centered by an 18K-gold dragon’s head set with diamonds and colored gemstone eyes earned a formidable $15,600 (estimate: $6,000-$8,000). A collection of jewelry featuring gold bracelets, earrings, and pendants set with jade and coral incited a bidding war among absentee and floor buyers, ending only when a floor buyer raised his paddle at the $3,000 mark (estimate: $600-$800).

Big names were also well represented and much appreciated. Possibly the most anticipated lot was an assembled set of hexagonal-cut amethyst and circular-cut diamond jewelry, composed of a brooch by Jean Schlumberger and a matched pair of ear clips by David Webb. These spectacular pieces found a new home with a floor bidder for $19,200, comfortably surpassing the estimate of $8,000-$12,000.

Always a crowd favorite, animals also performed well. A Van Cleef and Arpels lion brooch fetched $3,600 (estimate: $1,500-$2,500). A set of Cartier jewelry consisting of a gold “LOVE” bangle, complete with gold-toned screwdriver, and a classic "rolling" ring, inspired a number of bidders to leave absentee bids, however the victor was a determined online buyer who paid $4,612.50 (estimate: $1,000-$1,500).

Decidedly, the most anticipated luxury accessory offered was the ostrich skin Hermes Kelly bag in the desirable camel hue with gold tone hardware. A lucky floor bidder snatched it up for a fair price within estimate, $6,600 (estimate: $5,000-$7,000).

Additional Highlights include:

• An Art Deco enamel and jadeite compact, circa 1925, of 14K gold and black, white, ivory, and green enamel centering a jadeite plaque, realized $5,206.25 (estimate $1,200-$1,800).

• One of a number of quality watches offered, an IWC Portuguese 7-day Automatic wristwatch, found a new owner with a telephone bidder for $7,200, just over the estimated price range of $4,000-$6,000.

• A breathtaking pair of 18K white gold and natural Burmese ruby earrings, estimated to sell for $8,000-$12,000, earned $14,700 due to the efforts of an enthusiastic phone bidder.

John Moran Auctioneers’ next HQ Fine Jewelry and Luxury Auction is set for Dec. 9, and consignment inquiries are currently invited.

For information on any of John Moran Auctioneers’ auctions, call their offices: 626-793-1833.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 This assembled set of amethyst and 18K gold jewelry – the brooch by Jean Schlumberger’ and the ear clips by David Webb – went home with a floor bidder for $19,200 (estimate: $8,000-$1,200). John Moran Auctioneers image.

This antique cameo ring, carved as an intriguing triple-faced mask, exceeded expectations, selling for $1,680, well over the estimated $600-$800. John Moran Auctioneers image. 

Realizing an impressive $9,000, this 18K gold, enamel and pearl ring is a gorgeous example of the Renaissance Revival style (estimate: $1,500-$2,500). John Moran Auctioneers image. 

This circa 1925 Art Deco enamel and jadeite compact incited some fierce competition among floor bidders, finally finding a buyer for $5,206.25 (estimate: $1,200-$1,800). John Moran Auctioneers image. 

Estimated to realize $4,000-$6,000, this handsome IWC Portuguese 7-day Automatic wristwatch earned a price of $7,200 at Moran’s May 20 auction. John Moran Auctioneers image. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 16:57
 

Max Ernst, Rosetta works leave impression at Capo Auction

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Monday, 16 June 2014 14:33

Max Ernst (German, 1891-1976), 'Homme,' silver cast sculpture, conceived in 1960, cast by 1970. Price realized: $60,000. Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques image.

NEW YORK – Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques’ final spring auction on Saturday, May 31, featured two sculptures that generated a lot of attention leading up to the sale.

All items were available via Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

The impressive 5-foot-high Rosetta (Jan Schockner) (American, 20th century) bronze Vigilance, also known as the MGM Lion, on a marble base, which was signed, dated 1996 and numbered 1/10, sold for $9,000.

The much sought after Max Ernst (German, 1891-1976) silver cast sculpture titled Homme that was conceived in 1960 and cast by 1970 sold for $60,000. It’s from an edition of 1/6 with two artist's proofs, was stamped with signature and numbered exemplaire d' auteur 2/2. It carries the serial number 1523/1848 (on underside) and is stamped with silversmith's mark on the back of the base. This sculpture stands 11 1/4 inches high and includes a custom fitted box and certificate of authenticity issued by Pierre Hugo.

Capo Auction’s other Max Ernst sculpture, this one in bronze with black patina, sold for $18,000, much higher than its $ 8,000-$10,000 estimate. Cheri Bibi was conceived in 1964 and cast before 1973, having been cast by Valsuani Paris. It’s signed, numbered 62/175 and stamped by foundry (on plinth), standing 13 1/4 inches.

Both Max Ernst pieces came from come from a prominent Manhattan collector and was acquired from Galerie Frederic Gollong, St. Paul-de-Vence by the family of the present owner in 1992.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Max Ernst (German, 1891-1976), 'Homme,' silver cast sculpture, conceived in 1960, cast by 1970. Price realized: $60,000. Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques image.

Rosetta (Jan Schockner) (American, 20th century), 'Vigilance (MGM Lion),' bronze with marble base, 1996, signed, dated and numbered 1/10, height 60 inches. Price realized: $9,000. Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques image.

Max Ernst (German, 1891-1976),  sculpture 'Cheri Bibi,' bronze with black patina, conceived in 1964 and cast before 1973, cast by Valsuani, Paris. Price realized: $18,000. Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 14:44
 

Chinese bronze vessel sells for $722,500 at Hindman auction

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Monday, 16 June 2014 09:36
Chinese bronze ritual gong vessel having a fitted cover depicting a horned beast. Price realized: $722,500. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image. CHICAGO – A Chinese bronze ritual gong vessel sold for $722,500 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Wednesday, June 11 sale of Asian Works of Art from the Collection of Phillip and Kay Cha.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers followed up on Thursday, June 12 with an “Asian Marketplace” auction, again with impressive results bolstered by online bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com. On that day a LiveAuctioneers.com bidder created excitement by buying a Chinese polychrome decorated ceramic figure of a lama estimated at $400-$600 for $266,200.

LiveAuctioneers.com facilitated Internet bidding for both auctions.

Online bidders utilizing LiveAuctioneers.com made their presence known in Hindman’s “Asian Marketplace” session, adding $407,255 to the gross. The sell-through rate by number of lots purchased by LiveAuctioneers bidders was a substantial 44.24 percent. Just over 3,400 visitors viewed the online catalog for Thursday's event. More than 380 absentee bids were placed through LiveAuctioneers for Hindman's Asian Marketplace sale, and there were 982 underbids from online bidders.

Wednesday's session featured Chinese works of art assembled by Phillip and Kay Cha over a period of more than 30 years. The sale included paintings, ceramics and furniture from both their private collection and Asian House, their Chicago gallery.

The auction’s top three lots on Wednesday alone grossed more than a million dollars. The gong vessel attracted numerous buyers who flew into Chicago to view it firsthand, and had been in the Chas’ personal collection for several years after having been purchased decades ago from the storied Gurie Gallery in Montreal.

A gui vessel, also with Gurie Gallery provenance, sold for $266,500; and a yu, an unusual ritual vessel covered with pointed "bosses," each brought $182,500. Both bronzes bear archaic inscriptions and were part of the Chas’ personal collection, kept and admired in their Chicago home for several years.

“Mr. and Mrs. Cha are two of the warmest, most generous, and intelligent people that anyone could meet. The success of this auction reflects their discerning taste and intuition in this field,” said Phyllis Kao, director of Asian works of art at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

Another highlight of the sale was an important Chinese painting on silk, which sold for $55,440 after a long struggle between telephone and online bidders. The painting depicted Vanavasa meditating in a grotto, and once hung in the Chas’ sitting room.

Click here to view the fully illustrated catalogs for these sales, complete with prices realized, on LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Chinese bronze ritual gong vessel having a fitted cover depicting a horned beast. Price realized: $722,500. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

Chinese polychrome decorated ceramic figure of a lama, 13 3/4 inches. Price realized: $266.200. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

Chinese bronze ritual gui vessel, early Western Zhou style. Price realized: $266,500. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

Bronze yu ritual food vessel. Price realized: $182,500. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

Chinese painting on silk of Vanavasa meditating, anonymous, late Song Dynasty or later. Price realized: $55,440. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 16:06
 

Webb cameo glass vase brings $260K at Woody Auction

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Thursday, 12 June 2014 13:23

This signed Thomas Webb & Sons finely carved English cameo art glass vase soared to $260,000. Woody Auction image.

WICHITA, Kan. – A finely carved English cameo art glass vase by Thomas Webb, 9 1/2 inches tall and boasting a figural rendering signed “G. Woodall 1887,” soared to $260,000 at Part 2 of the sale of the lifetime collection of porcelain and fine art glass gathered by the late Dr. Ernest Rieger and his wife Karin, held May 29.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

The auction was conducted by Woody Auction of Douglass, Kan. It was the highest price ever paid for a single item at a Woody Auction sale – no small feat considering the firm has been conducting auctions in the Midwest for decades. The firm also conducted the Part 1 auction, which grossed $1.3 million.

Part 2 did even better, grossing $1.8 million, helped along, of course, by the museum-quality Webb vase, which carried an estimate of $50,000-$100,000. “We knew we had something special, and we fully expected it to reach and surpass $100,000, but when it climbed as high as it did, we were just astounded,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction. “But it truly is a remarkable vase.”

Thomas Webb & Sons was founded in England in 1842. It was known for the high quality of its cameo glass. The example in the auction had been pictured in the book English Cameo Glass by Grover. Woodall’s figural depiction was titled The Origin of Painting. The vase was signed by both Webb and Woodall. The buyer was a collector from West Virginia.

“Even though the top lot was a piece by Thomas Webb, it was the Tiffany people who really drove this sale,” Woody said. “They hadn’t seen such high quality glass come available in a long time. And the audience was literally worldwide. We had a Japanese man and his secretary fly in just for the auction, and he ended up spending $50,000. Many bids poured in from the UK, too.”

By day’s end, 432 lots had come up for bid and found new owners (it was an absolute auction; everything sold, regardless of price). About 150 people attended the event in person; around 95 of those held bidder numbers. Another 850 registered to bid online via LiveAuctioneers.com. Bids were fielded from as many as 45 countries, and many absentee (or left) bids were recorded.

Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted are hammer. There is no buyer’s premium at a Woody Auction.

Two lots tied for runnerup honors, at $45,000 each. One was another Thomas Webb & Sons English cameo art glass vase, signed “G. Woodall.” The 8 1/2 inch vase had a blue background with carved white opal overlay featuring a young lady and a bird. The other lot was a 17 1/4-inch-tall signed Tiffany art glass vase with a beautiful red body and green iridescent decorated neck.

Right behind, at $44,000, was an outstanding 13 3/4-inch signed Tiffany Favrile decorated vase with a superior red iridescent body having a Tel-El-Amarna Egyptian decorated foot and neck. One other lot cracked the $40,000 mark – yet again, a Thomas Webb unmarked 8 1/4-inch gem cameo art glass English cameo vase, with a Woodall scene titled Mischief. It went for $41,000.

A 37 1/2-inch signed Moser two-part pedestal vase – the finest piece of Moser that Woody Auction has ever offered – featuring a yellow opaque background with extensive multi-color leaf and applied acorn décor, climbed to $38,000. Also, a 25 1/2-inch by 20-inch marked KPM porcelain plaque – the largest KPM porcelain plaque Woody Auction has ever offered – with an outstanding scene featuring The Sacrifice of Jephthah’s Daughter, set in a gilt wooden frame, gaveled for $15,000.

A rare 4-inch signed Tiffany Favrile red paperweight vase, bulbous in shape and identical to the example featured in Art Glass Nouveau by Grover, breezed to $36,000; and a 14 1/4-inch signed Tiffany Favrile paperweight art glass vase having a clear background with an orange blossom and green floral stem décor (also as seen in Art Glass Nouveau) rose to $25,000.

A signed Tiffany Favrile art glass footed vase with a beautiful red body and foot with decorative iridescent band around the neck made $31,000; and a 9 3/4-inch-tall signed Tiffany art glass vase having a yellow-green background with iridescent gold and green leaf and vine décor, earned $32,000. Also, a cranberry opalescent art glass oval footed vase, 8 1/4-inches tall and having a fantastic enameled and beaded tapestry coralene decoration of a peacock, commanded $3,000.

A magnificent 21-inch signed “Thomas Webb & Sons Gem Cameo” English cameo vase (also signed “Tiffany & Company” and “Paris Exposition 1889”), with a lovely cranberry background, hammered for $31,000. Also, an exceptional 18-inch signed Galle French cameo art glass vase, deep green with a brown cameo carved overlay and forest and insect décor, coasted to $6,000.

Two lots achieved identical selling prices of $18,000. One was a rare 12 1/2-inch Mount Washington decorated Burmese “Monkey” vase with a hard-to-find monkey and ape décor with bamboo background, in excellent quality and condition. The other lot was a must-see 9 3/4-inch signed Daum Nancy French cameo art glass vase boasting an outstanding autumn season décor.

“Part 2 was about equal to Part 1 in terms of quality of merchandise,” Jason Woody said. “We literally pulled items for Part 1 from the left side of the Riegers’ many display cabinets, and the items for Part 2 came from the right side of the cabinets. Part 3 will feature what’s still in the cabinets, plus the cabinets.” Part 3 will be held Aug. 1-2.

For details phone Woody Auction at 316-747-2694 or email 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.

 

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

This signed Thomas Webb & Sons finely carved English cameo art glass vase soared to $260,000. Woody Auction image.

Rare 17 1/4-inch-tall Tiffany Favrile art glass body with beautiful fed body and decorated neck. Price realized: $45,000. Woody Auction image.

Signed Tiffany Favrile red paperweight vase, bulbous in shape and standing 4 inches tall. Price realized: $36,000. Woody Auction image.

Unmarked Thomas Webb & Sons English cameo art glass vase with carved white opal overlay Price realized: $45,000. Woody Auction image.

Mount Washington decorated Burmese ‘Monkeyvase' with monkey and ape decor, bamboo background. Price realized: $18,000. Woody Auction image.

Magnificent and large KPM porcelain plaque depicting ‘The Sacrifice of Jephthah’s Daughter.’ Price realized: $15,000. Woody Auction image.

Signed Moser two-part pedestal vase with yellow opaque background and leaf and applied acorn décor. Price realized: $38,000. Woody Auction image.

Signed Daum Nancy French cameo art glass vase with outstanding fall season decor, 9 3/4 inches tall. Price realized $18,000. Woody Auction image.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 15:04
 

Longines watch the surprise of Cottone auction at $50,600

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014 16:33

The top lot of the auction was this rare and handsome men’s Longines wristwatch from the 1940s, which sold for $50,600, inclusive of the buyer’s premium. Cottone Auctions image.

GENESEO, N.Y. – A rare, handsome men’s Longines wristwatch, originally purchased around the time of World War II and descended in the same Buffalo, N.Y., family ever since, sold for $50,600 at an Advertising, Scientific and Art Auction held May 31 by Cottone Auctions. The watch was easily the auction’s top lot.

LiveAuctioneers.com proived Internet live bidding.

“I’m not sure if this was a new auction record for a men’s Longines watch, but if not I’m sure it came close,” said Matt Cottone of Cottone Auctions. The watch, a Model 13 ZN, was a stainless steel chronograph having a two-tone silver dial. Features included a concentric stopwatch, second and minute counter, two-button start-and-stop reset and a stainless steel case.

“This auction was wedged in between two fine art sales, which are typically bigger events, but we were thrilled with the interest in what was a wide variety of merchandise in the many diverse categories,” Cottone said. “The Longines watch, especially, came as a real pleasant surprise. We assigned it a presale estimate of $3,000-$5,000, but I guess we forgot to add another zero there.”

Cottone estimated, and he said of the nearly 450 lots that came up for bid, “98 or 99 percent changed hands. That’s a real successful sell-through, I’d say.”

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

The second top lot of the auction was a Chelsea Wardroom clock in good running order, made by the American Ship Building Co. of Cleveland, Ohio, 12 inches tall with a 2-inch dial. It went for $15,000. Also, a mid-20th century figural bronze clock on a marble base depicting Napoleon on horseback, 38 inches tall and 22 inches wide, changed hands for $3,450.

A set of 12 Royal Doulton hand-painted and relief gold leafed plates, each one 10 1/2 inches in diameter and showing roses and vignettes, very visually striking, found a new owner for $8,050, while a German porcelain stein, made in the 19th century and depicting a wild boar with a pipe and hat, marked “Musterschutz” and standing 7 1/2 inches high, attracted a top bid of $2,875.

Lithographs, posters and broadsides all came up for bid. A Merchants Union Express Co. lithograph by Major & Knapp, Broadway, N.Y., measuring 25 inches by 19 inches, wowed the crowd for $6,500. Also, a large Calhoun print lithograph titled Peck’s Bad Boy and showing people and a dog outside Schultz Grocery, Hartford, Conn., 6 feet 10 inches by 10 feet, brought $3,738.

A U.S. Department of the Treasury currency broadside, 23 1/2 inches by 19 1/2 inches, went for $4,700, while a vintage Soviet Union poster with the (translated) message, “We stand for peace and work for the cause of peace and we’re not afraid of danger and are ready to answer a blow for a blow to the starters of war” (etc.), 27 1/4 inches by 40 1/4 inches, knocked down at $4,000.

Original oil paintings proved to be a hit with bidders. A 24-inch by 24-inch oil on canvas by Alexander Levy (American, 1881-1947), signed lower left and titled Bringing Home the Logs, fetched $6,000; and an autumnal landscape painting by another American artist, Chauncey Foster Ryder (1868-1949), an oil on paperboard measuring 12 inches by 16 inches, artist-signed, made $4,025.

An oil on canvas painting of two women by the British artist Walter Bonner Gash (1869-1928), signed lower right and dated 1909, measuring 18 inches by 24 inches, breezed to $3,450; and an oil on paperboard work by the American painter Thomas John Mitchell (New York, 1875-1940), titled Sunset and Stream, signed lower left and dated 1927 on the reverse side, rose to $2,990.

A 19th century brass telescope with a mahogany tripod by T. Cook & Sons (York and London, England), 5 feet 7 inches in length and 4 1/2 inches in diameter, finished at $4,140; and a Victor V phonograph with a fluted oak horn and the original finish, patented September 1904, brought $3,335.

Rounding out just some of the day’s top lots, a complete set of gold Indian quarter eagles, graded and raw and including the rare 1911-D example, soared to $7,130; and a set of 13 sterling silver agricultural medals from the 19th century, totaling 21.1 troy ounces of silver, gaveled for $4,198.

For details on this and upcoming Cottone auctions, phone 585-243-3100 or email them an 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

The top lot of the auction was this rare and handsome men’s Longines wristwatch from the 1940s, which sold for $50,600, inclusive of the buyer’s premium. Cottone Auctions image.

Set of 12 Royal Doulton hand-painted and relief gold leafed plates, showing roses and vignettes. Price realized: $8,050. Cottone Auctions image.

Chelsea ‘Wardroom’ clock with 12-inch dial, made by the American Ship Building Co. Price realized: $15,000. Cottone Auctions image.

Oil on canvas painting by Alexander Levy (American, 1881-1947), titled ‘Bringing Home the Logs.’ Price realized: $6,000. Cottone Auctions image.

U.S. Department of the Treasury currency broadside, measuring 23 1/2 inches by 19 1/2 inches. Price realized: $4,700. Cottone Auctions image.

Vintage Soviet Union poster with patriotic message in Russian, 27 1/4 inches by 40 1/4. Price realized: $4,000. Cottone Auctions image.

Merchants Union Express Co. lithograph by Major & Knapp, Broadway, N.Y., 25 inches by 19 inches. Price realized: $6,500. Cottone Auctions image.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 08:36
 

Sun and moon were stars of Breker technology auction

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Tuesday, 10 June 2014 14:11
Early sea quadrant by royal instrument-maker George Adams the elder dated 1751. Price realized: 17,700 euros ($24,250). Auction Team Breker image.

COLOGNE, Germany – Auction Team Breker of Cologne held its Spring extravaganza on May 24, a 750-lot sale that ranged from typewriters to telegraphs and automata to chronometers, all under the heading of antique toys and technology. Each area attracted its own set of specialist collectors, with the instruments of surveying and navigation garnering especial interest.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

The top lot in this section was an early sea quadrant by royal instrument-maker George Adams the elder dated 1751 (lot 118). Built for taking the altitude of the sun and the latitude at sea, the rosewood instrument had a signed boxwood scale, original box with maker’s label, retailer’s card and, most unusual of all, a telescope to align with the mica viewing window. The instrument’s rarity and fine original condition caused the bidding to sail to twice its presale estimate at 17,700 euros ($24,250).

Another early instrument that awoke interest was a brass octant by Jan Cornelius von Voer from the Frisian Island, Föhr, of circa 1760 (lot 124). The A-form frame, supporting pinhole sight and two shades, featured an unusual acanthus leaf decoration and central strut modelled as a flower girl. The instrument fetched 4,300 euros (US$ 5,900).

An unusually large tellurium by Jan Fekl of Prague (lot 167) was designed to demonstrate the orbit of the earth and moon around the sun (represented by a candle) in schools and universities of the 1890s. Measuring over 60 inches, bidding for this impressive piece rocketed to 8,600 euros ($12,000).

For land surveying were two complex late 19th century theodolites with their original lacquer, accessories and outfit cases (lots 192 and 195) by Hildebrand of Freiburg and Starke & Kammerer of Vienna that fetched 12,300 ($17,000) and 5,900 euros ($8,000) respectively.

Thomas Edison is most famous for being the first to record sound and developing the electric light bulb commercially, however he was also part of the race to patent a telephone. The result was the 1877 “Electromotograph” telephone receiver (lot 42), which contained a hand-cranked rotating chalk drum and, according to contemporary accounts, produced enough sound to fill a small hall. Playwright George Bernard Shaw wrote that Edison’s “much too ingenious invention ... bellowed your most private communications all over the house instead of whispering them with some sort of discretion.” Despite its original shortcomings, this rare machine reached 29,500 euros ($40,000) at auction.

Anything but discrete was Edison’s invention. Not so the “Discret” typewriter of 1899 (lot 94) by Friedrich Rehmann of Karlsruhe, which fetched 8,100 euros ($11,000). The elegantly designed World model (the company produced a second version for “Geheimschrift” – cipher) incorporated a type-wheel and scale for regular writing. Another popular office antique was a well-preserved example of the 1892 North’s Typewriter (lot 92) for 9,200 euros ($13,000).

The almost 300 lots of self-playing musical instruments included musical boxes from an historic privately owned collection in America. Among them was the highest-selling lot of the day, a magnificent interchangeable orchestral musical desk by Heller (lot 435) for 30,360 euros ($42,000). With a repertoire of 72 titles transcribed onto 26-inch pinned brass cylinders and a reed organ, bells, snare drum and castanets as percussion, the instrument must have represented the very finest of “entertainment systems” of its era.

Equally impressive was a rare Swiss “station” musical box attributed to Henri Vidoudez of St. Croix from circa 1890 (lot 476). Such large coin-activated musical boxes, built as attractions in public places such as hotels, restaurants and station waiting rooms, incorporated eye-catching novelties such as dancing dolls and Mandarin bell-ringers. This example boasted an additional candy-dispenser (with candy) and fetched 27,800 euros ($38,000).

A third audio-visual musical box worth mentioning is the splendid “Pièce à Oiseaux” by Ami Rivenc (lot 421) for 17,200 euros ($24,000). Perched in his glazed bower to the fore of the musical box was a miniature automaton bird that accompanied the six operatic airs with a realistic trill. From one of the largest to the smallest, a fine early 19th century musical snuff box with micro-mosaic lid (lot 467) made 17,200 Euros ($24,000).

After mechanicallyoperated music came early devices for playing recorded sound. One of the most advanced of its day was the 1927 H.M.V. Model 203 gramophone (lot 403). With its mathematically exact exponential “re-entrant” horn and luxurious gold-plated fittings, the machine represented a then state-of-the art sound reproduction. The machine, still a joy to hear today, almost ninety years later, fetched 8,000 euros ($11,000).

Related to clocks and musical boxes by way of their spring-driven mechanisms are automata. One of the most famous in the 18th century was Wolfgang von Kempelen’s “Turk” that appeared able to play a human opponent at chess. Not an automaton in the true sense, but a mechanical illusion operated by a hidden chess master, its performances were documented by a spectator in a rare pamphlet published in 1783 (lot 241) that sold at the auction for 3,400 euros ($4,700).

Automata in the auction dated mainly from the late 19th and early 20th centuries and included a menagerie of mechanical animals, musicians, magicians and smokers. Top dog in the first category was a humorous “Cochon en Promenade,” a rare entry in the catalog of Parisian firm Decamps from circa 1912 (lot 547). Depicting a gentlemanly pig-person, the elegant figure in his original checked velvet jacket waved a courteous trotter, sniffed the air and twirled his umbrella in an unmistakably French fashion for 11,400 euros ($16,000). Another animal on parade was Decamps’ “Paon Marchant” (lot 567), whose ponderous progress propelled bidding to 5,600 euros ($7.700).

From the German toy-makers came a colorful clockwork airship carousel by Müller & Kadeder of Nuremberg (lot 663) for 5,400 euros ($7,400) while a full-size dappled carousel horse by Friedrich Heyn of Neustadt (lot 291) brought 12,300 euros ($17,000) and a trio of carved organ figures (lot 289) almost 7,400 euros ($10,000). Rounding off the sale, a selection of land transportation toys included a large Packard convertible by Japanese firm Alps (lot 696) for 8,200 euros ($11,000).

Auction Team Breker’s next sales are scheduled for Sept. 20 (Photographica & Film) and Nov. 15 (Science, Technology & Toys). Enquiries: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone. + 49 (0) 2236 38 43 40.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Early sea quadrant by royal instrument-maker George Adams the elder dated 1751. Price realized: 17,700 euros ($24,250). Auction Team Breker image. Large tellurium by Jan Fekl of Prague, circa 1890s. Price realized: 8,600 euros ($12,000). Auction Team Breker image. Complex late 19th century theodolite with accessories and outfit case by Hildebrand of Freiburg. Price realized: 12,300 euros ($17,000). Auction Team Breker image. Well-preserved example of the 1892 North’s Typewriter. Price realized: 9,200 euros ($13,000). Auction Team Breker image. H.M.V. Model 203 gramophone, 1927. Price realized: 8,000 euros ($11,000). Auction Team Breker image. Interchangeable orchestral musical desk by Heller. Price realized: 30,360 euros ($42,000). Auction Team Breker image. Clockwork airship carousel by Müller & Kadeder of Nuremberg. Price realized: 5,400 euros ($7,400). Auction Team Breker image. Full-size dappled carousel horse by Friedrich Heyn of Neustadt. Price realized: 12,300 euros ($17,000). Auction Team Breker image.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 15:17
 

Toy collectors grabbed ‘many brass rings’ at Bertoia’s $1.95M sale

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Monday, 09 June 2014 17:26

M & K tinplate clockwork motorcycle with sidecar and woman passenger, sold for $10,620. Bertoia Auctions image

VINELAND, N.J. – There were smiles on many bidders’ faces as they departed Bertoia Auctions’ Spring Toy Break Auction on May 9th and 10th. “It was a terrific sale, and there was a great camaraderie throughout,” said Bertoia Auctions associate Rich Bertoia. “As they headed out the door with their purchases, everybody was chattering about the toys and the prices they had sold for. They were saying, ‘You have to have another sale like that.’”

It would be easier said than done to re-create a lineup rivaling Frank Loveland’s trains and trolleys; horse-drawn and bell toys from the late Harvey Funderwhite’s collection, and the numerous high-end European, automotive and early American toys from other consignors that bolstered the $1.95 million sale (all prices quoted include 18% buyer’s premium). LiveAuctioneers provided the Internet live-bidding services.

“Some of the prices were eye-opening – approaching what some would call investment level,” Bertoia said. “The gross for the sale surpassed the total high estimate by 25 percent, which is remarkable.”

The train category roared, with a circa 1904-1908 Carlisle & Finch No. 45 locomotive with tender and passenger cars set claiming top-lot status at $46,020. A boxed freight set by the same revered American manufacturer achieved $23,600. Fans of European trains joined the fray, competing with conviction over Marklin advertising boxcars, like the Heinz 57 Varieties Tomato Ketchup car, $17,700; and a beautiful 1 gauge Budweiser Beer car, $23,600. A Central Train Station was bid to $23,600; and the magical Marklin name even pushed the bidding on a small group of trackside accessories to $8,850. A Smith & White 2-inch-gauge Electric Trolley from the Loveland collection required a hefty “fare” of $7,080.

“I was not surprised about the trains’ strong performance because we had had so many phone calls prior to the sale,” said Bertoia. “The 2-inch trains were the earliest ones made in America, and in that realm, demand definitely exceeds supply. There were many ‘brass rings’ in the Loveland collection, and there were people bidding on those trains who weren’t even train collectors; they were people who like to own rare things.”

The Harvey Funderwhite horse-drawn cast-iron toy collection was the source of many superior examples entered in the sale, including a very rare Kyser & Rex Circus Wagon with articulated animals, $6,490; and a Wilkens Fire Chief Wagon, $5,605. A Gong Bell “Tramp” bell toy rolled off to a new owner for $2,142.

A very scarce early American horse-drawn tin toy attributed to Althof Bergman had a revolving action and two figures that “walked” around an American Flag. It more than doubled its high estimate to sell for $8,850.

The perennial appeal of motorcycle toys was evidenced by the M & K (Germany) tinplate ’cycle with well-dressed lady passenger in its sidecar, which sped across the auction block to a $10,620 finish. Far more diminutive, but no less charming, a 3½-inch penny toy motorcycle with a rider in a long, hooded coat commanded $2,242 against an estimate of $300-$400.

The largest parade set manufactured by Heyde, dating to around 1890-1900, was presented in its original box with three trays. In exceptional condition and missing only two pieces, the United States Army Set No. 1003 included 66 mounted horses, 29 parade figures, 42 soldiers, two caissons and cannons drawn by four horse teams. It rose to the occasion and exceeded its high estimate with a winning bid of $10,620.

Notable among the paper litho on wood toys, a German flat-bottom Noah’s Ark with River Belle ferry boat, “Horace” locomotive and several carved animals combined to achieve $4,130 – more than five times the lot’s high estimate.

American automotive toys were led by a Buddy ‘L’ pressed-steel Trencher on treads, $6,490; an Arcade cast-iron Yellow Cab panel van, $7,080; and a Seven Brothers delivery truck, $2,655. A boxed Louis Marx G-Man Pursuit Car in bright primary colors put the pedal to the metal and didn’t skid to a halt till it had reached $2,006.

A fine selection of cast-iron mechanical banks included three popular J. & E. Stevens productions: a Speaking Dog (red dress version), $4,130; a Darktown Battery, $5,310; and a Bad Accident, $7,080. A Wheel of Fortune still bank, cast iron with a japanned finish, was a fresh find that enticed bidders to a $2,655 finish.

Other auction highlights included a dated 1865 presentation fire trumpet given to the Perseverance Hose Co. No. 5, $3,245 against an estimate of $500-$700; a Bradley & Hubbard Three Kittens on Books cast-iron figural doorstop, $1,888; and a 1920 Rice’s Seeds advertising poster measuring 20 by 30 inches, $3,245.

While Bertoia’s had been keeping it a secret, somehow the word got out about the premier Max Berry collection of mechanical banks, penny toys, horse-drawn and bell toys that the company will be auctioning in November.

“We had recently started to receive phone calls from people asking if the rumors were true and congratulating us on winning the right to sell the greatest toy collection to come to the marketplace since the Donald Kaufman collection,” said Jeanne Bertoia, owner of Bertoia Auctions. “We realized it was no longer a secret and decided just to acknowledge it with pride. It’s a magnificent collection and one that collectors are sure to be talking about all summer long.”

Watch for updates on all 2014 Bertoia auction events at www.bertoiaauctions.com. To contact Bertoia Auctions, call 856-692-1881 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

View the fully illustrated catalog from Bertoia's May 9-10 Spring Toy Break Auction, complete with prices realized, at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

M & K tinplate clockwork motorcycle with sidecar and woman passenger, sold for $10,620. Bertoia Auctions image

Arcade cast-iron Yellow Cab panel van, sold for $7,080. Bertoia Auctions image

J. & E. Stevens ‘Bad Accident’ cast-iron mechanical bank, sold for $7,080. Bertoia Auctions image

Painted tinplate with cast-iron revolving horse clockwork toy with American Flag, sold for $8,850. Bertoia Auctions image

Kyser & Rex cast-iron horse-drawn circus cage with animal figures, sold for $6,490. Bertoia Auctions image

Bradley & Hubbard ‘Three Little Kittens’ figural cast-iron doorstop, sold for $1,888. Bertoia Auctions image

Carlisle & Finch No. 45 locomotive, tender and passenger cars, sold for $46,020. Bertoia Auctions image

Marklin Central Station in yellow, orange and green motif, sold for $23,600. Bertoia Auctions image

Railroad boxcar advertising Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, sold for $23,600 . Bertoia Auctions image

Advertisement for Jerome B. Rice Seed Co., Cambridge, New York; sold for $3,245. Bertoia Auctions image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 09:08
 

Jeweled fire screen attributed to Tiffany tops $60,000 at S & S Auction

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Thursday, 05 June 2014 16:06

The top lot of the auction was this beautiful Moorish bronze jeweled fire screen attributed to Tiffany Studios. Price realized: $60,000. S & S Auction Inc. image.

REPAUPO, N.J. – A beautiful Moorish bronze jeweled fire screen, attributed to Tiffany Studios and featuring rope twisted brass with insert art glass and stones, sold for $60,000 at an estates sale held May 18-19 by S & S Auction Inc. The fire screen, 27 1/2 inches tall by 35 1/2 inches wide, was the top lot of the sale.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

The May 18 session consisted of 430 lots of antiques, artwork and decorative accessories. May 19 featured 460 lots of 19th and 20th century modern and design pieces. The Tiffany fire screen sold on May 18, to a Baltimore collector, who was perhaps impressed with the lot’s provenance. It was descended from a Baltimore family with ties to Hecht’s, the Baltimore department store.

Overall, the auction grossed a little more than $800,000, which pleased Glenn Sweeney of S & S Auction Inc. “We expected the Saturday session to do well because of the quality that had been consigned,” he said. “Sunday was a nice surprise and showed me that better examples of antique furniture are still in demand. We had a wide variety of pieces, in many of the styles and periods.”

About 400 people attended the event live over the course of the two days – no small feat in this Internet age. About 2,500 uncataloged lots also came up for bid.

Following are additional highlights from the May 18 session. All prices quoted include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

A pair of lots posted identical selling prices of $15,600. The first was a monumental pair of 19th century gilt French mirrors, fashioned from carved wood and gesso and standing 97 inches tall by 53 inches wide. The second was an 18th century Dutch burl walnut tall case clock marked Gerrit Knip & Zoon of Amsterdam and in very good condition, impressive at 102 inches tall.

A Jansen French commode, ebonized with bronze boulle and gilt bronze mounts, in very good condition and an example of the finest quality, rose to $8,400; while an unsigned and unframed but visually arresting oil on board painting of a woman seated at a piano with a child, titled The Piano Lesson, 16 1/2 inches tall by 12 inches wide, went for $8,100.

A patinated and gilt bronze French figural clock, signed “A. Calmels” by the French sculptor Celestin Anatole Calmels (1822-1906), went for $6,900, and a gorgeous French gilt wood panel featuring a 12-inch Sevres porcelain plaque with a hand-painted portrait of the Duchess of Devonshire, signed “Ullman,” with 12 surrounding 3-inch Sevres porcelains, made $4,800.

Following are additional highlights from the May 19 session. All prices quoted include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

A Danish rosewood tambour door sideboard, 31 3/4 inches tall by 78 3/4 inches wide and in good condition, commanded $4,500 despite the fact that it was missing two interior drawers. A modern queen-size Lucite canopy bed, crystal clear and in good shape save for some crazing in the Lucite, measuring 84 inches tall by 85 inches wide, topped out at $2,400.

An oval Arne Vodder Danish rosewood dining table, missing some mounting screws for the legs but still in overall very good condition, 28 1/2 inches tall by 78 inches wide, and having a pair of 19 1/2-inch-wide boards, made $2,760. A Johannes Andersen Smile teakwood coffee table, showing some wear to the finish on top but in otherwise good condition, rose to $2,160.

A set of six Hans Wegner teakwood sawbuck chairs exhibiting some light wear to the finish but in overall good shape went for $3,000. A pair of Eames for Herman Miller black leather aluminum chairs, in very good condition, hammered for $2,280. A two-piece Borg Mogensen leather parlor set, in only fair condition, with wear to the leather and finish, still made $2,400.

S&S Auction, Inc., is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, call them at 856-467-3778, or e-mail them at 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

The top lot of the auction was this beautiful Moorish bronze jeweled fire screen attributed to Tiffany Studios. Price realized: $60,000. S & S Auction Inc. image.

Monumental pair of 19th century gilt French mirrors made from carved wood and gesso, 97 inches tall. Price realized: $15,600. S & S Auction Inc. image.

Eighteenth century Dutch burl walnut tall case clock, marked Gerrit Knip & Zoon of Amsterdam, 102 inches tall. Price realized: $15,600. S & S Auction Inc. image.

Unsigned and unframed 19th century oil on board painting, titled ‘The Piano Lesson.’ Price realized: $8,100. S & S Auction Inc. image.

Set of six Hans Wegner teakwood sawbuck chairs in good condition, showing only light wear to the finish. Price realized: $3,000. S & S Auction Inc. image.

Arne Vodder Danish rosewood oval dining table, missing a few mounting screws but still in good shape. Price realized: $2,760. S & S Auction Inc. image.

Two-piece Borg Mogensen leather parlor set in fair condition, with wear to the leather and finish. Price realized: $2,400. S & S Auction Inc. image.

Danish rosewood sideboard, 31 3/4 inches tall by 78 3/4 inches wide. Price realized: $4,500. S & S Auction Inc. image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 16:43
 
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