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Flying Spaceman motorcycle toy lands in top slot at Morphy’s Feb. 15 sale

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 15:24

Top lot of the sale: Bandai Flying Spaceman, tin litho, friction, original box, $55,200. Morphy Auctions image.

DENVER, Pa. – An exceptional boxed example of a Bandai 12-inch “Flying Spaceman” took a wild ride on February 15th at Morphy’s before settling at $55,200 – more than three times its high estimate. Described in the Toy Auction catalog as being “possibly the best known example,” the crisp and colorful Japanese tin-litho motorcycle toy features a vinyl-caped hard-rubber “Superman” rider with a large tin “S” insignia on its chest.

“This particular toy was new/old stock with its original box and was found in a toy store in Japan. It’s very uncommon to find a Flying Spaceman in such nice condition, especially with the Superman shield still intact,” said Morphy Auctions’ owner, Dan Morphy. “There was a lot of interest in the toy prior to our sale, and it didn’t surprise me that it went for as much money as it did.”

Robots and space toys were strong across the board, Morphy said, with interest from around the world. “I’ve never seen online bidding as active as it was for this sale. From start to finish, there were at least 300 bidders on the Internet at any given time.” The auction grossed $996,000 (all prices quoted in this report are inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium). LiveAuctioneers provided the Internet live-bidding services for the sale.

Although only 8 inches in height, a beautiful Kanto tin wind-up “Television Robot” was the object of fierce bidding competition and commanded a price that one might expect of a rare and imposing Gang of Five robot. Together with its richly illustrated factory box, the near-mint extraterrestrial had been entered in the sale with a $15,000-$25,000 estimate. Collectors chased the fine example to $32,400.

Other robot highlights included a boxed tin-litho “Inter Planet Space Captain,” $19,800 against an estimate of $2,000-$4,000; and two boxed robots that each made $8,400: a Masudaya “Mighty 8 Robot,” and a Yonezawa tin-litho and painted-tin crank-wind “Astro Scout.” Space guns, which have their own dedicated following amongst sci fi collectors, were led by a boxed Hiller “Atomic Ray Gun,” $3,000 (est. $400-$600) and a boxed Yonezawa battery-operated “Electro Ray-Gun,” $2,280 (est. $100-$300).

A 6-inch Ohio Art sand pail charmed bidders with its early, colorful lithographed image of Minnie Mouse paddling a canoe, along with companions Mickey Mouse and Pluto. Estimated at a modest $200-$400, it outperformed all other Disney toys in reaching a final bid of $4,200.

Cast-iron mechanical banks were in high demand, with a near-mint-plus example of an Artillery Target bank, complete with cannonballs, at the forefront. Although the manufacturer of this particular bank is not known, its designer was Samuel Clark of Brooklyn, New York, and its patent dates to 1877. Against an estimate of $18,000-$25,000, it hit the bull’s-eye at $51,600.

Following closely behind was an 1878 J. & E. Stevens Patronize the Blind Man and His Dog bank. One of the nicest of all known examples, it more than doubled its high estimate to realize $50,400.

Other banks in the day’s top 10 included: an 1891 J. & E. Stevens Cat and Mouse, $26,400; an 1884 Kyser & Rex Mammy & Child (rare color variation), $19,200; and an 1878 Pelican with Rabbit made by Trenton Lock and Hardware Co., $15,600.

“I was very pleased with the results,” said Morphy’s owner, Dan Morphy. “There was an atmosphere of enthusiasm throughout the sale, and many new bidders took part from around the world. Ask any auctioneer and they’ll tell you there’s nothing like new blood to liven up a market. If this sale is any indication of what’s to come, 2014 is going to be a very exciting year for us and for the toy hobby.”

To contact Morphy Auctions, tel. 717-335-3435 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Online: www.morphyauctions.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Top lot of the sale: Bandai Flying Spaceman, tin litho, friction, original box, $55,200. Morphy Auctions image.

 Yonezawa Astro Scout, tin litho and painted tin, crank-wind action, original box, $8,400. Morphy Auctions image.

Kanto Television Robot, tin litho, wind-up, original box, $32,400. Morphy Auctions image. 

Aoshin Shoten Inter Planet Space Captain, tin litho, wind-up, original box, $19,800. Morphy Auctions image. 

Hiller Atomic Ray Gun, original box, $3,000. Morphy Auctions image. 

J. & E. Stevens cast-iron mechanical bank ‘Cat and Mouse,’ patented 1891, $26,400. Morphy Auctions image. 

Cast-iron mechanical bank ‘Artillery Target,’ with cannonballs, manufacturer unknown, patented 1877, $51,600. Morphy Auctions image. 

J. & E. Stevens cast-iron mechanical bank ‘Patronize the Blind Man and His Dog,’ patented 1878, $50,400. Morphy Auctions image. 

Trenton Lock and Hardware Company cast-iron mechanical bank ‘Pelican with Rabbit,’ patented 1878, $15,600. Morphy Auctions image. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 15:57
 

Decorative and fine arts had their day at $811,000 Cowan’s auction

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 13:54

One of the top items in the auction was this Andrew Clemens sand bottle that sold for $19,800. Cowan's Auctions Inc. image.

CINCINNATI – Cowan's Auctions’ live salesroom two-day Winter Fine and Decorative Art Auction on Feb. 14-15 totaled $811,000 in sales. The auction featured a diverse and eclectic array of American and Continental furniture, fine art, works on paper, glass, silver, sculptures, portraiture and more. Many fine collections were offered in the sale, including the Clarence and Mildred Long Collection of Indiana artists, property from the Collections of St. Ann Convent in Melbourne, Ky., and property of the Convergys Corp. in Cincinnati, Ohio.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

Paintings by well-known artists exceeded expectations in the auction. An oil on canvas depicting a match race at Newmarket by Francis Sartorius I realized $22,800, a painting by Paul Sawyier, titled Off the Rocks at Camp Nelson, sold for $14,400, a work titled Apple Pickers in Pennsylvania by Charles Wysocki realized $10,800, and portraits of George and Martha Washington attributed to Gilbert Stuart hammered down at $9,000.

Fine furniture did well in the sale, as the market for this material seems to be on the rise. A Bembe and Kimbel U.S. House of Representatives chair, circa 1857, sold for $18,000; a secretary bookcase with an Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts label brought five times its low estimate of $2,500-$5,000 and sold for $12,000; a Georgian-style secretary bookcase realized $7,200, and a walnut marble-top console table estimated at $200-$300 sold to a bidder on the phone for $4,800.

A number of silver pieces also sold well above their estimates. A Samuel Kirk coin silver pitcher, estimated at $600-$800 ended up selling to a bidder on the phone for $10,455, a Gorham silver presentation pitcher from miles greenwood realized $9,000 and a Tiffany & Co. sterling chased cocktail shaker brought $4,612.50.

Fine bronzes brought competitive bidding in the auction. An Austrian bronze Indian camp scene by Bergman realized $5,227.50, a Russian bronze troika scene after Vassily Gratchev hammered down at $4,800 and a bronze nude by P. Braecke dated to 1914 and sold for $2,706.

Additional notable items in the sale included an Andrew Clemens sand bottle that brought $19,800, a paint-decorated Noah’s ark toy with animals estimated at $800-$1,000 sold for $9,225, a set of Louis C. Tiffany pastel Favrile glass tablewares brought $7,200, and a set of salesman’s samples of sterling cane and parasol handles realized $3,997.50.

For more information about the Feb. 14-15 Fine and Decorative Art Auction, contact us at Cowan’s at 513-871-1670.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

One of the top items in the auction was this Andrew Clemens sand bottle that sold for $19,800. Cowan's Auctions Inc. image.

Charles Wysocki, 'Apple Pickers in Pennsylvania.' Price realized: $10,800. Cowan's Auctions Inc. image.

Secretary bookcase with MESD label. Price realized: $12,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc. image.

Francis Sartorius I, oil on canvas. Price realized: $22,800. Cowan's Auctions Inc. image.

Samuel Kirk coin silver pitcher. Price realized: $10,455. Cowan's Auctions Inc. image.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 14:17
 

Pan Am to Bermuda was hot ticket at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury sale

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Monday, 17 February 2014 16:55

Pan Am Bermuda poster Raymond Ameijide (1924-2000) sold for £2,480. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

LONDON – A 1950s Pan Am airline poster was among a number of vintage posters offered at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions on Wednesday, Feb. 12. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

The famous American illustrator and graphic designer Raymond Ameijide (1924-2000) created the piece for Pan Am airline to promote Bermuda as the holiday destination of choice. The original offset lithograph, which was created in the 1950s, helped Bermuda’s tourism reach its peak in the ’60s and ’70s. It sold for £2,480 ($4,145) (Lot 13).

A Peter Pan map of South Kensington by early 20th century graphic designer Gill MacDonald, sold to a UK buyer online for £2,232 ($3,730). MacDonald found fame for his 1914 “Wonderground Map,” a humorous but accurate representation of the London Underground map. It hung at every underground station and was sold commercially to the public (Lot 88).

Elsewhere in the sale a 1939 lithograph poster, by the Scottish-born artist Gordon Mitchell Forsyth achieved £1,736 ($2,901). Better known as a ceramic designer, Mitchell had an exceptionally successful career as the art director of the Staffordshire tileworks Minton Hollins & Co. and later as art director of Pilkington Tile and Pottery Co., near Manchester. His career spanned 40 years and left a lasting legacy on the British ceramic industry. Having fought in the World War I, he became superintendent of art instruction at Stoke and Burslem Schools of Art where he tutored a number of prominent students including Susie Cooper, Glyn Colledge, Clarice Cliff, Charlotte Rhead and Mabel Leigh. He later became an adviser to the British Pottery Manufacturers Association (Lot 79).

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Pan Am Bermuda poster Raymond Ameijide (1924-2000) sold for £2,480. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Peter Pan map of South Kensington by graphic designer Gill MacDonald sold to a UK buyer online for £2,232.  Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 14:01
 

Sale of Bonnie Parker’s pistol topped record day at Case Antiques

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 13:47

Outlaw Bonnie Parker’s Colt .38 pistol, retrieved from her dead body at a Louisiana funeral home, sold to an anonymous buyer for $99,450. The lot included six bullets still in the chamber and a photo archive. Case Antiques image.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A historic pistol, pulled from the bloody skirt of outlaw Bonnie Parker, commanded $99,450 at the Case Antiques Auction, held Jan. 25 at the company’s gallery in Knoxville (all prices include the buyer’s premium).

Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

An embalmer at the Conger Funeral Home in Arcadia, La., discovered the weapon enfolded in Parker’s skirt after law enforcement officers ambushed and killed Parker and her partnert, Clyde Barrow, in 1934. According to the affidavit that accompanied the gun, the embalmer, Charles “Boots” Bailey, gave the Model 1902 Colt .38 as a souvenir to the son of fellow funeral home employee Vern Hightower. It descended directly in his family to the consignor, who lives in Tennessee. Six bullets found in the gun’s magazine clip and an archive of photographs from the infamous duo’s violent end were also included with the lot. The buyer, who was present but left the auction gallery immediately afterward, would not comment on future plans for the pistol, and wished to remain anonymous.

The single-day, 930-lot auction drew over 3,200 registered bidders participating in person, by telephone, by written absentee bid and online. Company president John Case said it was the largest and most profitable sale in the 7-year old company’s history.

Art was one of the leading categories. A large-scale oil landscape by Hudson River School artist William Louis Sonntag (1822-1900), accompanied by a copy of a letter from the artist to its original owner, realized $40,590. The painting was formerly exhibited at the Knoxville Museum of Art and its predecessor, the Dulin Art Gallery. The Columbus Museum acquired a still life by Kansas painter John Steuart Curry (1897-1946), depicting pheasants and a shotgun, for $31,590. It was exhibited at the Whitney Museum in 1941 and referenced in Patricia Junker’s book, John Steuart Curry: Inventing the Middle West.

The Historic New Orleans Collection was the successful bidder on a painting of a Vieux Carre courtyard by Boston Impressionist Abbott Fuller Graves (1859-1936), at $23,400 and on a 19th century oil on canvas portrait of Civil War Gen.P.G.T. Beauregard at $2,925. A battle between phone bidders in the U.S. and Europe ended at $36,270 for an oil on canvas moonlit canal scene by important Norweigan painter Frits Thaulow (1847-1906). A pastel/gouache duck-hunting scene by Aiden Lassell Ripley (American, 1896-1969), flew to $7,020 (est. $1,500-$2,000). A small landscape with haystacks by Tennessee’s most important female artist, Catherine Wiley (1879-1958), sold for $12,870, the same price as an oil and gouache study of a pirate by American illustrator Norman Rockwell. An Art Nouveau painting of a woman in a garden by Tennessee-born Fred Carpenter (1882-1965, active Missouri) more than doubled its estimate at $25,830, as did a Manhattan snow scene by Johann Berthelsen at $8,424.

The sale featured a large selection of bronze sculpture, much of it from a single owner. Highlights included Young Sophocles Leading the Chorus of Victory After the Battle of Salamis after John Talbott Donoghue by the Modern Art Foundry, $6,396 (est. $1,500-$1,800); Man O’War by Marilyn Newmark (1928-2013), $2,460; and two cold-painted bronze depictions of Cleopatra attributed to Franz Bergman, $5,166 and $3,936.

A pair of silver sauceboats, made circa 1770 by New York silversmith Lewis Fueter, delivered one of the day’s first surprises. Purchased by the consignor in a box lot of silver-plated dinnerware at a Tennessee country auction for less than $50, they skyrocketed to $43,290 – 10 times their low estimate. Silver buyers also pursued an Elkington sterling pitcher on stand with repousse hunting scene to $4,920, and a coin silver cup bearing the mark of W.H. Calhoun of Nashville to $1,404.

One of the hottest areas of the sale was the book/map/document category. A cache of 730 ballots from the 1864 presidential election, won by Abraham Lincoln, hammered down for $12,870. A first edition Byron book, Hours of Idleness, in jeweled leather binding by the London firm Sangorski and Sutcliffe was one of the most bid-upon items in the sale. It had a happy ending at $22,230. A scrapbook of letters and clippings related to Byron and his family, including one Byron signed note, brought $5,382. An 1835 pocket map showing Indian lands in Mississippi climbed to $4,920 (est. $500-$800), while an 1835 edition of Bradford’s Atlas, including an early Texas map, reaped $4,446. A two-volume set of David Ramsay’s History of South Carolina, also with maps, published 1809, closed at $3,198. An 1873 Tennessee railroad map opened at $150 but quickly steamed to $2,457.

A charter creating the Shelby County Agricultural Society, signed by its then-president Andrew Johnson (later U.S. president) won $2,457, while an address to the Tennessee General Assembly by then-Gov. James K. Polk, autographed by the future president, earned $1,230.

Civil War material was also popular, with several images and CDVs bringing at or above top estimate. A half-plate tintype of a seated Confederate officer in uniform soared to $2,706 (est. $350-$450), while a sixth-plate tintype of a Confederate soldier with Mississippi star belt buckle visible commanded $2,091.

Asian items continued to attract sizeable numbers of Internet bidders, and there were more bidders participating in the auction from China than from any other country except the United States. A pair of hardwood armchairs with carved dragon backs brought $20,295 against a $700-$900 estimate. A Japanese Meiji period silk embroidered landscape screen sold for $7,722. A pair of Chinese porcelain hat stands with figural and poem decoration brought $7,626. A small Chinese hardwood tabletop screen with white jade inset earned $7,020. A pair of Mille Fleur decorated porcelain vases with Qianlong marks sold for $3,075.

The sale featured a large collection of Tennessee furniture, much of it from the estate of antiquarian William Selden of Athens, Tenn. Selden’s cherry glazed-door corner cupboard, made circa 1825 in east Tennessee, competed to $13,455 (est. $3,500-$4,500). There were four furniture lots from the Fisher cabinetmaking family of Athens, all of which outperformed their estimates: a set of eight cherry Empire period side chairs, $4,446; a cherry candlestand, $2,691; a blanket chest on splayed feet, $6,084; and an Empire cherry sideboard, $2,223. A circa 1825 Knoxville-made chest of drawers with reeded quarter columns and inlaid escutcheons brought a hearty $9,594, while a Middle Tennessee Sheraton sugar chest and a Kentucky Jackson press, both cherry and dating from around the same period, sold for $8,658 apiece. A circa 1889 San Antonio, Texas, horn chair, attributed to Charles Puppe, rounded up $5,904, while an early 20th century Carlo Bugatti ebonized and inlaid plant stand realized $9,102. A 1970s Milo Baughman/Thayer Coggin credenza with bookmatched rosewood veneers served up $5,148 (est. $1,000-$1,500).

Southern Pottery is a staple at Case, and several lots in the auction exceeded estimates. They included an ovoid Tennessee stoneware jar, with incised mark “Sarah Price, 1827” formerly exhibited at the East Tennessee Historical Society, $4,212; a Staunton, Va., stoneware jar with cobalt tulip/Federal shield decoration, $3,510; a rare urn form jar attributed to the Hedgecough Pottery of Putnam County, Tenn., $2,808; and a North Carolina N.H. Dixon 3 1/4-gallon stoneware jar, $2,574. A cobalt decorated stoneware jar stoneware jar with floral decoration and signature of Henry Lowndes of Petersburg, Va., realized $2,706 and a stoneware jar by C.J. Becham of Georgia brought $2,340. A Kentucky 10-gallon stoneware jar by George W. Doane made $1,230, and an Alabama sine wave alkaline glazed jar closed at $936. There was Southwestern pottery, too: an early Tonita Roybal (San Ildefonso, 1892-1945) black on red design pottery jar, 5 inches high, brought $2,460; and an 8 1/2-inch Zia Pueblo olla with polychrome decoration doubled its estimate at $1,968.

Other Southern regional highlights included two decorative mid-19th century Middle Tennessee samplers, which brought $7,020 and $4,446. A quilt that won first place at the Tennessee state fair in 1909 proved a winner again, selling for $3,198, while a Tennessee autograph quilt with 450 names tallied $1,353. A pair of late 19th century black folk art handmade rag dolls delivered $3,042.

The estate of a descendant of Charles Link, one of the glassmakers in Victor Durand’s studio, yielded several art glass rarities including five King Tut pattern iridescent sherbets, $4,212; two pairs of King Tut goblets, $2,106 and $1,989; seven peacock feather goblets, $3,042; and a 7-inch hanging heart vase, $1,170. A rare Dresden Secession marked porcelain demitasse set with hand-painted decoration of children making music paraded to $5,166 despite a missing sugar lid. A rare pearlware glazed horse led a collection of British ceramics, galloping to $2,829, while an Obadiah Sherratt-type figural table base group titled “Tee Total” served up $1,404 despite some chips and restoration. An associated set of small Meissen figures representing the four elements brought $2,460.

Other highlights included a 1.93-carat pear shaped D-color diamond ring, $12,870; a Victorian Paillard Swiss music box on stand, $14,760; a pair of French dolls, one likely an unmarked Jumeau, $12,300; and a powder horn dated 1841 with engraved decoration of William Henry Harrison and the other presidents up to that date, $4,212.

Case is currently accepting consignments for upcoming auctions. For more information, call the gallery in Knoxville at 865-558-3033 or the company’s Nashville office at 615-812-6096 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

Outlaw Bonnie Parker’s Colt .38 pistol, retrieved from her dead body at a Louisiana funeral home, sold to an anonymous buyer for $99,450. The lot included six bullets still in the chamber and a photo archive. Case Antiques image.

Measuring 76 inches by 64 inches framed, this large scale landscape by Hudson River painter William Louis Sonntag (Ohio/New York, 1822-1900) had an exhibition history and was accompanied by a copy of a letter from the artist to its original owner. It brought $40,590. Case Antiques image.

A pair of circa 1770 sauce or butter boats by Lewis Fueter of New York served up $43,290. Case Antiques image.

There were six phone lines and multiple internet bidders on this 1807 edition of Lord Byron’s 'Hours of Idleness,' clad in a jeweled binding by Sangorski and Sutcliffe and inset with miniature portraits of the author and his ancestral home. It had a happy ending at $22,230. Case Antiques image.

A Midwestern museum purchased 'Wisconsin Still Life,' an oil on canvas by John Steuart Curry (American, 1897-1946), for $31,590. Case Antiques image.

Southern furniture showed strength. This cherry corner cupboard, illustrated in 'The Art and Mystery of Tennessee Furniture,' tripled its estimate at $13,455. Case Antiques image.

A Southern institution was the successful bidder on this Vieux Carre courtyard scene by Boston Impressionist Abbott Fuller Graves at $23,400. Case Antiques image.

A circa 1889 San Antonio, Texas-made horn chair, attributed to Charles Puppe, won a top bid of $5,904. Case Antiques image.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 16:54
 

Fairy-tale ending at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Bibliophile sale

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Friday, 31 January 2014 14:58
William Morris’ 'The Wood Beyond the World,' sold for £2,196 ($3,609). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – William Morris’ The Wood Beyond the World, one of the earliest fantasy novels, sold for £2,196 ($3,609) alongside other printed books and works on paper at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Bibliophile Sale on Jan. 23.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided the Internet live bidding services.

William Morris was a writer, artist and textile designer who was heavily involved in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the Arts and Crafts movement, of which he was the leader. The movement was developed during the 1850s by a group of friends who supported traditional artistic processes and, later, supported social and economic reform. As a designer, William Morris was a passionate believer that the design and manufacture of a product should not be separated and he insisted on learning the techniques and understanding the materials used in anything produced in his workshop. He said, "without dignified, creative human occupation people became disconnected from life."

In 1891 he founded the Kelmscott Press in Hammersmith, London, where he produced limited edition books in the elegant and classic style of the 15th century. It was at Kelmscott Press in 1894 that this copy was printed by Morris and the frontispiece designed by Edward Burne-Jones, a friend and artist also closely associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. This rare survivor was one of only 350 that were made on paper at the press [Lot 264].

Considered by many as the father of modern fantasy novels, William Morris was the first writer to create a completely imaginary and supernatural world. The Wood Beyond the World is believed to have heavily influenced C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series and other postwar authors including J.R.R. Tolkien.

In turn, their influence can be seen in more modern fantasy novels, some of which reached top prices elsewhere in the auction. A first edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince with signed presentation inscription from the author "To Harry" on the title page sold for £1,037 ($1,704) [Lot 328]. Another signed copy of Rowling’s work, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was sold with related ephemera achieving £1,159 ($1,905) [Lot 329].

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
William Morris’ 'The Wood Beyond the World,' sold for £2,196 ($3,609). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. J.K. Rowling’s 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' with signed presentation inscription from the author 'To Harry' on the title page sold for £1,037 ($1,704). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 13:31
 

Colored glass rarities excel at Jeffrey S. Evans auction

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Friday, 31 January 2014 14:15

Lot 11: pressed Eye and Scale hand candlestick/chamberstick, brilliant deep peacock-blue, circa 1830-1850, Boston & Sandwich Glass Co. Price realized: $9,775. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – The market for 19th and 20th century colored glass is on the uptick, if Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ mammoth 1,167-lot Jan. 18 auction is any indication.The auction demonstrated that fine objects of great rarity will get bidders excited and that attractive and unusual examples are equally enticing to the market. Results were strong across the historical American section of the sale, as well as the Victorian opalescent and the art glass sections.

Internet live bidding was provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Two examples of mid-19th century Boston & Sandwich glass sold for $9,775 each at the auction, sharing the spotlight for the highest price of the day. The first item, a probably unique deep peacock-blue pressed Eye-and-Scale pattern hand candlestick/chamber stick (lot 11), was no less attractive than the pair of deep peacock-green pressed Loop/Leaf stand lamps (lot 37). Both lots had illustrious histories, having previously been in the Donald and Pamela Levine collection, and now being sold from the Greg and Joyce Prus collection. Brilliant amethyst, brilliant deep cobalt blue, and forest green glass objects also did very well in the auction, with a variety of vases, candlesticks and lamps realizing strong prices.

Another strong section of the auction was composed of Victorian opalescent glass. Virtually all of the lots offered sold above estimate, including those within the cranberry glass area. Two Swastika pattern cranberry opalescent items realized the highest prices for this section of the auction, with a water pitcher selling for $6,900 against a $2,000-$4,000 estimate (lot 453), and an Indiana mold syrup pitcher selling for $5,750 (lot 684). Both were made at Dugan Glass Co., circa 1904. Dugan also made a Swastika pattern nine-panel mold syrup pitcher, in green opalescent glass, which realized $3,737.50, over the $1,000-$1,500 estimate (lot 685).

The auction saw equally strong bidding for American art glass, European art glass, modern studio glass and cut glass. A set of eight Steuben engraved goblets, in shape 6596, sold for $2,990, estimated originally at $1,000-$1,500 (lot 905); a Charles Lotton “Multi Flora” studio art vase sold for $977.50, over the $400-$600 (lot 259); and a Thomas Webb & Sons English cameo cabinet vase, depicting scrolling foliage and flowers, sold for $3,450 against the original $400-$600 estimate (lot 999).

“This was our best performing glass auction since the recession started, grossing nearly $400,000. We saw many past buyers and numerous new buyers who were enticed by the high quality of merchandise and the conservative estimates, which combined to push some lots to near prerecession levels. Only three lots carried a reserve and all sold,” said auctioneer Jeffrey S. Evans.

Commenting on the antiques market in general, Evans added, “Things are really looking up. Collectors are beginning to recognize and take advantage of the great values presented by the current economy. We had a sizable in-house crowd throughout the day. The Internet accounted for 47 percent of lots sold and included buyers from 15 different countries. We have several very significant collections of glass lined up for the remainder of the year and anticipate a record breaking 2014.”

For details contact Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 540-434-3939

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Lot 11: pressed Eye and Scale hand candlestick/chamberstick, brilliant deep peacock-blue, circa 1830-1850, Boston & Sandwich Glass Co. Price realized: $9,775. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Lot 37: pair of pressed Loop/Leaf stand lamps, brilliant deep peacock-green, circa 1840-1860, Boston & Sandwich Glass Co. Price realized: $9,775. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Lot 453: Swastika pattern water pitcher of cranberry opalescent glass, Dugan Glass Co., circa 1904, 9 inches high. Price realized: $6,900. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Lot 684: Swastika Indiana mold syrup pitcher, also in cranberry opalescent glass, Dugan Glass Co., circa 1904, 5 3/4 inches. Price realized: $3,737.50. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Lot 999: Thomas Webb & Sons, English cameo cabinet vase, white to deep red, fourth quarter 19th century, 4 inches high. Price realized: $3,450. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 16:54
 

Richard Nevinson city etchings show strength at Sworders

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Friday, 31 January 2014 13:40
Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson ARA (1889-1946), 'Metropolis or 2 a.m., New York' (from the American set, 1921), drypoint, signed in pencil, plate 25.3 x 17.7cm. Sworders image. ESSEX COUNTY, UK – Three etchings by Christopher R.W. Nevinson unexpectedly sold for more than £19,000 ($31,269) at a sale Jan. 28 held by Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers. LiveAuctioneers.com facilitated Internet live bidding.

The artwork, featuring scenes of Paris and New York, is from the 1920s and by the British artist. Best known as Richard Nevinson, he was a famous World War I artist and many of his works are featured in the Imperial War Museum. After the war, he traveled to the United States creating art that captured his fascination with the architecture of New York. He is also credited with hosting the first-ever cocktail party in London in 1924.

At the auction at Sworders’ Stansted Mountfitchet saleroom, an etching of Paris sold for £2,500 ($4,114), four times the starting guide price of £600. A second image of Paris, which had a starting guide price of £1,000, sold for £4,000 ($6,583), and a drypoint picture of New York made £12,600, more than six times its guide price of £2,000 ($3,292).

Auctioneer John Black, said: “It’s great to see work like this reach recognition and become popular among buyers. There’s been quite a sudden increase in interest in Nevinson’s work and particularly his New York pictures. They were commissioned by Frederick Keppel, the American print dealer and publisher, who gave Nevinson his first exhibition in 1919.”

The Decorative Art and Design Sale also featured a selection of artwork by local artist, Edward Bawden. His watercolors of local scenes including Audley End were particularly popular among local buyers, but some pieces also sold to London galleries. The Edward Bawden collection sold for a total of £28,000 ($46,091).

An unusual Arts & Crafts-style piano, designed by Charles Robert Ashbee and thought to be the last of just five pianos of its type, sold for £10,600 ($17,448).

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson ARA (1889-1946), 'Metropolis or 2 a.m., New York' (from the American set, 1921), drypoint, signed in pencil, plate 25.3 x 17.7cm. Sworders image. An unusual Arts & Crafts-style piano designed by Charles Robert Ashbee sold within estimate for £10,600 ($17,448). Sworders image.
Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 10:35
 

Silver spurs top High Noon Western Americana auction

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Thursday, 30 January 2014 16:26
Lady Yule Visalia Saddle sold for $141,600. Annual High Noon Western Americana image. MESA, Ariz. – Thousands of collectors and lovers of the American West gathered from across the country at the Mesa Convention Center on Jan. 25-26 for the 24th annual High Noon Western Americana Show and Auction.

The High Noon Antiques and Western Americana Show was filled to capacity from start to finish with robust buying reported from the over 200 dealers who exhibited.

The centerpiece of the weekend, as always, was the High Noon Western Americana Auction that was held Saturday evening.

There was barely an empty seat in the house with over 1,000 floor bidders waiting to raise their bid cards for the chance to win one of the 329 exceptional lots of Western Americana art, artifacts, cowboy and memorabilia from the silver screen. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

A top prize was the Lady Yule Visalia saddle from Gleannloch Farms (Lot 231). A triumph in functional art, this 1930s masterpiece in tooled leather from the Visalia Stock Saddle Co. also featured exquisitely engraved sterling silver by Schaezlein of San Francisco. The saddle ensemble included a fully matching bridle and dazzling breast collar. The provenance was equally rich as this saddle was made for Lady Ann Yule, considered to be the wealthiest woman in the world at the time.

This saddle came to the sale with an estimate of $60,000-$90,000. It opened at $30,000 but furious bidding from the floor, phones and Internet quickly escalated the final sale price to $141,600.

The evening was filled with “over-estimate” surprises. A pair of Jesus Tapia spurs (lot 279) got off to a quick start. Considered to be the Holy Grail of California spurs, this circa 1920 pair came to auction with an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000. Bidding opened at $25,000 but finished at an astounding $153,400.

Proving again that cowboys of the silver screen of years past are still worth their weight in gold, Lot 179, the Colt .45 used by James Arness in his iconic role as Marshal Matt Dillon on TV’s Gunsmoke, sold for $59,000, over five times its high estimate. Larry Hagman’s legacy to the sale (Lot 8) was his personal custom-made Edward H. Bohlin hand-tooled briefcase, toppled its high estimate of $11,000 selling for $20,060. And an important pair of Tom Mix’s personal California batwing chaps, (Lot 237) estimated to sell for up to $16,000, achieved $29,500.

In fine art, Frank McCarthy’s oil on board titled Where the Rocks Meet, (Lot 214) sold for $29,500, well over estimate.

Native American items commanded significant results with Lot 205, a Northern Plains pipe tomahawk achieving $26,050 against its $12,000 high estimate, and Lot 211, a stunning Navajo sand painting rug, sold for $22,420, well over its $15,000 high estimate.

For complete information call the offices of High Noon at 310-202-9010.

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Lady Yule Visalia Saddle sold for $141,600. Annual High Noon Western Americana image. Colt .45/James Arness sold for $59,000. High Noon Western Americana image. Jesus Tapia Spurs, circa 1920, sold for $153,400. Annual High Noon Western Americana image. Larry Hagman Bohlin briefcase sold for $20,060. High Noon Western Americana image. Tom Mix chaps sold for $29,500. High Noon Western Americana image. Frank McCarthy, ‘Where the Rocks Meet,’ oil on board, sold for $29,500. High Noon Western Americana image. Northern Plains pipe tomahawk sold for $26,550. High Noon Western Americana image. Navajo sand painting sold for $22,420. High Noon Western Americana image.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 17:46
 

Table attributed to Meeks earns $33,350 at Stevens sale

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Friday, 24 January 2014 17:18

Rosewood rococo marble turtle-top parlor center table attributed to J. & J. W. Meeks. Price realized: $33,350. Stevens Auction Co. image.

ABERDEEN, Miss. – A rosewood rococo marble turtle-top parlor center table with cluster carved finial, attributed to the renowned American furniture maker J. & J.W. Meeks, sold for $33,350 at an estates auction held Jan. 17-18 by Stevens Auction Co. The table was the top lot of the sale. Internet bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

The auction featured more than 550 lots of select and rare antiques from prominent Southern estates, plus items from the estate of the late Paul Dobbs of West Plains, Mo. It was packed with period furniture items by prolific craftsmen, large Persian rugs, 19th century lighting, brilliant cut glass pieces, decorative accessories, home furnishings, early porcelains and art glass.

“It was a cold weekend, but it was warm inside the building and we may have generated some extra heat with all the spirited bidding going on,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Co. “We were very pleased with the outcome. The merchandise spoke for itself, and the bidding in the room and online was brisk both days. The phones and left bids were active, too.”

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

Additional lots attributed to Meeks included a pair of mirror image laminated rosewood recamiers in the Stanton Hall pattern, upholstered in silk with gilt Napoleonic bees ($11,500 the pair), a rosewood laminated parlor cabinet with original mirrors and finish ($4,025), and a rosewood rococo center parlor game table with drawers on both sides ($2,990).

Monumental beds featured a rosewood half tester bed in mint condition, attributed to Mitchell & Rammelsberg, with original mosquito net hardware ($12,650), a mahogany Empire full tester plantation bed that was made around 1840 but has had just three owners ($8,625), and an ornate mahogany rococo oversized bed with pierce-carved and rounded footboard ($3,220).

Pairs of chairs did extremely well. Two rosewood laminated parlor side chairs in the Cornucopia pattern, crafted circa 1855 by John H. Belter, changed hands for $10,350, and an identical selling price was realized for a pair of J. & J.W. Meeks laminated rosewood armchairs in the Stanton Hall pattern. The chairs were beautifully upholstered in silk with Napoleonic bees.

Also from the prolific workshop of Meeks was a pair of laminated rosewood parlor chairs in the Henry Ford pattern, upholstered in silk with Napoleonic bees. They sold as a single lot for $4,600. Two rococo revival pierce-carved parlor chairs – duplicates of a pair pictured in an 1849 advertisement for George Henkels, as shown in a March 1933 magazine – hammered for $4,600.

A Victorian crystal chandelier featuring eight tiers of crystal with silver rings and 30-35 strands of roping went for $3,910. Also, a monumental banquet lamp with marble columns, claw feet and winged cherubs, with a huge antique 11-inch amber shade with lily decor, made $2,070.

American Brilliant Cut Glass is still popular with collectors, and this sale had a wide selection. A console bowl that was heavily cut and extremely fine, in mint condition, 15 inches across, fetched $3,910; a stunning plate, 13 inches in diameter, went for $3,910; and a square bowl, extremely heavy, signed Hawks, was a bargain at $288.

Returning to furniture, a Victorian walnut breakfront bookcase with butler’s desk and an unusual crest, 8 feet 9 inches tall, gaveled for $3,450; a large mahogany Empire three-door breakfront, 9 feet 3 inches tall, realized $2,875; a solid mahogany heavily carved French rococo sofa with brown leather, in mint condition, circa 1890, went for $2,070; and a mahogany Empire revival breakfront with mirror back and acanthus columns, circa 1870, went for $1,955.

From the clocks category, an early grandfather clock by David Elias Bangor, 97 inches tall, sold for $2,875, and a rosewood beehive clock with Baltimore cemetery scene, 19 inches by 10 inches, made $1,035. Also, a National Cash Register candy store-size cash register in good working condition, with all original parts and key, found a new owner for $863.

Two French porcelain plaques in gesso frames, hand-painted and measuring 32 inches by 21 inches, circa 1870-1880, sold for $4,600 the pair; a 67-piece set of sterling silver flatware in the Grand Baroque pattern by Wallace (a service for eight, with extra serving pieces) breezed to $4,370; an outstanding rococo bronze dore mirror, 26 inches tall, commanded $2,250; and a Victorian rococo over-the-mantel mirror with ornate details, 55 inches by 60 inches, hit $1,035.

Other top lots included a bronze Victorian floor vase with the original amber glass insert, 55 inches tall, which sold for $1,265; a pair of Majolica figures in Arabian dress with musical instruments, sitting on an attached base, 19 inches tall, $863 the pair; and a diminutive 5-inch-tall Austrian gilt silver doll house bench with hand-painted enamel panels on back and seat, $518.

For more information call Stevens Auction Co. at 662-369-2200 send an e-mail to 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

Rosewood rococo marble turtle-top parlor center table attributed to J. & J. W. Meeks. Price realized: $33,350. Stevens Auction Co. image.

Rosewood half tester bed attributed to Mitchell & Rammelsberg in like-new condition. Price realized: $12,650. Stevens Auction Co. image.

American Brilliant Cut Glass console bowl, very heavily cut and 15 inches in diameter. Price realized: $4,140. Stevens Auction Co. image.

Beautiful early grandfather clock made by David Elias Bangor, 97 inches in height. Price realized: $2,875. Stevens Auction Co. image.

One of a pair of French hand-painted oval porcelain plaques in gesso frames. Price realized: $4,600 the pair. Stevens Auction Co. image.

Sterling flatware service for eight, 67 pieces, in the Grand Baroque pattern by Wallace. Price realized: $4,370. Stevens Auction Co. image.

Victorian eight-tiered crystal chandelier with silver rings and 30-35 strands of roping. Price realized: $3,910. Stevens Auction Co. image.

Pair of  laminated rosewood recamiers by J. & J.W. Meeks. Price realized: $11,500 the pair. Stevens Auction Co. image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 17:46
 
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