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

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 13:44

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 exceptional and large traditional-shaped Pomo burden basket, which sold for $23,000. Allard Auctions Inc. image.

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:54
 

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

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Thursday, 11 September 2014 17:20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

View the fully illustrated catalog from Morphy's Aug. 30-31 auction, complete with prices realized, at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 16:01
 

Brian Coole nautical painting sets record at Kaminski Auctions

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Thursday, 04 September 2014 16:05

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

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

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

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

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

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

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

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 16:20
 

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

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:33

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

View the fully illustrated catalog from Morphy's Aug. 22-24 sale, complete with prices realized, at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 07:38
 

Internet bidding buoys Kodner Galleries auction Aug. 6

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Monday, 18 August 2014 17:04

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

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

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 15:52
 

Lincoln flag tops Heritage political auction at $20,000

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Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:46

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

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

LiveAuctioneers.com facilitated Internet live bidding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional highlights include:

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

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

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

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 14:46
 

Calligraphy scrolls keep Asian items on a roll at Michaan’s

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Monday, 11 August 2014 14:29

Two famille rose vases. Price realized: $4,130. Michaan's Auctions image.

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Chinese arts and antiquities continued to prove their worth as a hot commodity in Michaan’s estate auction Aug. 3. A runaway sales success was found in lot 179, a set of six hanging scrolls of calligraphy brushwork attributed to Yu Youren, which was estimated to sell for $2,000-3,000. The set provided a formidable as well as collectible group of works to a worldwide bidding audience. Competition was strong for the calligraphy suite, ending with an impressive winning bid placed by a Chinese American floor bidder. The sale of the calligraphies came to surpass the high estimate well over eight times, with a final price realized of $25,960.

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Asian Art Specialist Harry Huang believed what struck bidders was “the comprehensiveness of the grouping. Having these artworks as a complete body of work in a collection of six scrolls is a wonderful way to not only present them, but also to display them.”

Desirable performance was achieved by many other Asian lots, found in an impressive list of top performers at auction. Of note was a painted Buddhist scripture upon silk (lot 180, $800-1,200, sold for $7,080) as well as two famille rose vases depicting beauties and birds (lot 232, $300-500, sold for $4,130).

Among Michaan’s jewelry offerings, certified stones carried their weight at auction. A pair of jade, diamond and white gold earrings accompanied by a Mason Kay Report sold for a handsome $6,490 (lot 093, $2,000-2,500). Also on the auction block was a GIA-certified diamond and platinum ring of a marquise cut that realized a price of $4,425 (lot 089, $1,700-2,000). Select pocket watches also sold well, as evidenced by a Spaulding & Co. 18K yellow gold piece (lot 123, $800-1,000, sold for $2,950) and a group of 10 gold-filled timepieces listed as lot 118 ($400-600, sold for $2,655).

Top selling lots were seen across department lines as well. An authentic, mid-century modern classic Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair was sold alongside its original ottoman for $7,670 (lot 425, $3,500-4,500). Also noteworthy was a standout lot from the furniture and decorative arts portion of the sale in a stately Kindel Winterthur mahogany inlaid sideboard that more than quadrupled estimates (lot 389, $500-700, sold for $3,245).

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Two famille rose vases. Price realized: $4,130. Michaan's Auctions image.

Set of six hanging scrolls of calligraphy brushwork attributed to Yu Youren, (1870-1964). Sold for $25,960. Michaan's Auctions image.

Painted Buddhist scripture silk hanging. Price realized: $7,080. Michaan's Auctions image.

Pair of jade, diamond, 14K white gold earrings. Price realized: $6,490. Michaan's Auctions image.

The Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair with ottoman sold for $7,670. Michaan's Auctions image.

Kindel Winterthur mahogany inlaid sideboard. Price realized: $3,245. Michaan's Auctions image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:50
 

Anatole Vély painting leads bidding at John Moran auction

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Thursday, 07 August 2014 13:03

A monumental composition by French artist Anatole Vely, titled ‘Le Reveil du Coeur’ (The Awakening of the Heart), sold for $22,800, over the estimated $10,000 - $20,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

PASADENA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers’ July 22 Antiques and Fine Arts Auction, featuring a carefully curated group of 176 lots in the cataloged session and 175 in the uncatalogued Discovery Sale, the majority of which were gathered from a few important estates and private collections, attracted a large crowd of eager bidders despite the heat and humidity of a typical Southern California summer. While more than 150 bidders battled the weather to attend the sale in person at the Pasadena Convention Center, a record number of bidders (1,129 to be exact) chose to bid from the comfort of their own homes via online auction platforms.

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The auction was notable in part for the prices achieved for 19th and early 20th century European paintings, a category comprising a substantial portion of the catalog and one in which Moran’s continues to expand its successes. One of the most notable of these was a monumental composition by French artist Anatole Vély (1838 – 1882 French) titled Le Reveil du Coeur (The Awakening of the Heart). At an impressive 97 inches high by 57.5 inches wide, and estimated to bring $10,000 - $20,000, the haunting work brought $22,800 (all prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium). A small oil-on-canvas by French painter Fernand Pelez (1843 – 1913), a study for his larger Petit Misere ou Mendiant au Chapeau which realized $80,120 at Sotheby’s Paris, was offered with an estimate of $6,000 - $8,000 and brought a respectable $7,800. Featured on the cover of Moran’s auction catalog, an early 20th century French School oil on canvas depicting St. Mark’s Square in Venice exceeded its estimate of $600 - $800, finding a buyer for $1,560. A romantic oil-on-canvas depicting a fisherman in a coastal scene by Italian artist Guido Odierna (1913 – 1999), known for his seascapes and seaside vignettes, realized $1,066.75 (estimate: $400 - $600).

Predominant in the sale, however, was the array of Continental furnishings, glistening with gilt finishes and richly colored marbles. An impressive pair of Napoleon III ormolu-mounted gray marble urns by Maison Millet were won by a telephone bidder who was compelled to battle a large group of spirited online bidders. Estimated to bring $3,000 - $5,000, the urns topped out at $14,400. A finely crafted gilt bronze-mounted Louis XV- style bureau plat exceeded expectations when it sold for a hefty $13,200 (estimate: $3,000 - $5,000).

A handful of modern and contemporary furnishings and works of art were offered across all categories, earning prices above and beyond their estimates. A stoneware covered jar by Claremont, Calif., potter Harrison McIntosh (b. 1914), exhibiting one of the artist’s typical forms (squat and acorn-like), was offered for $1,000 - $1,500. Ombre-glazed in green over cream, the vessel realized an impressive $4,200 after a bidding war between telephone and online buyers. A handsome set of rosewood tables (one coffee table and two end tables) designed circa 1960 by Ole Wanscher for Poul Jeppesen, realized $878.50, within the $600 to $900 estimate. A prismatic crystal sculpture by Paul Schulze for Steuben certainly turned a number of heads, eventually selling to an enthusiastic online bidder. Titled New York, New York, and dating to 1984, the piece was estimated to earn $3,000 - $5,000, and earned a $7,530 price tag.

As a class, antique clocks did quite well at the July 22 auction. A Napoleon III gilt bronze and marble mantel clock dated to the third quarter of the 19th century was expected to bring $2,000 - $3,000 at the auction block. Surmounted by a classically modeled bronze woman and putti, each carrying an attribute representing the arts, the piece brought $2,700. Later in the sale, a large, elaborately carved oak grande sonnerie bracket clock made waves with collectors, realizing a respectable $3,000 (estimate: $2,500 - $3,500)

Antique decorative glass was also in demand. A circa 1900 Gallé cameo glass cabinet vase featuring an alpine landscape in violet, green, and blue on a yellow ground, assigned an estimate of $600 - $800, found a buyer for $,1200. A stunning silver-plate and green glass punch service made circa 1900 by WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) was purchased by a floor bidder for $1,680, within the estimate of $1,200 - $1,800.

Additional highlights include:

– A carved Longquan celadon vase, possibly dating to the Ming Dynasty and estimated to find a buyer for between $1,000 and $1,500, sold for $3,382.50

– An exquisitely modeled marble sculpture of a boy with a dog by American artist Samuel James Kitson (1848 – 1906), executed during his sojourn in Rome, brought $12,000 (estimate: $7,000 – $10,000)

Early Morning, an oil on board composition depicting cows watering by a lake by Brooklyn, N.Y., landscape painter J. Carleton Wiggins incited competition between online and telephone buyers, the final selling price coming to $4,392.50 (estimate: $2,000 - $3,000).

For consignment inquiries contact John Moran Auctioneers directly, either via email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or telephone 626-793-1833.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

A monumental composition by French artist Anatole Vely, titled ‘Le Reveil du Coeur’ (The Awakening of the Heart), sold for $22,800, over the estimated $10,000 - $20,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

Selling for $14,400, these Maison Millet Napoleon III ormolu-mounted marble urns (estimate: $3,000 - $5,000) were among the most anticipated lots of Moran’s July catalog. John Moran Auctioneers image.

This gilt bronze-mounted Louis XV-style bureau plat incited competition among floor and telephone bidders, finally going to a local buyer for $13,200 (estimate: $3,000 - $5,000). John Moran Auctioneers image.

American pottery has been doing well at Moran’s auctions lately, and this example by Harrison McIntosh earned a $4,200 (estimate: $1,000 - $1,500). John Moran Auctioneers image.

This handsome carved oak grande sonnerie bracket clock was estimated to earn $2,500 - $3,500 at the July 22 auction; it realized $3,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

This strikingly elegant silver-plated and green glass punch service, complete with ladle and seven goblets, found a buyer for $1,680. John Moran Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 16:50
 

Victorian, art glass excel at Jeffrey Evans auction July 26

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Wednesday, 06 August 2014 12:44

This Scottish Moor-pattern amethyst opalescent glass water pitcher, possibly by the West Virginia Glass Co., circa 1890, was the leading item in the sale. It realized: $4,887.50. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – An unusual Scottish Moor-pattern amethyst opalescent glass water pitcher, possibly by the West Virginia Glass Co., circa 1890, sold for $4,887.50 at the Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates auction of Art & Victorian Glass on July 26. Estimated to sell for $300-500, the pitcher (Lot 297) led the day’s results.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

Seven Continental two-color cut overlay Rhine wine glasses, rose color to Vaseline (uranium) bowls, each with Strawberry Diamond and Ellipse design, on tall, cut-facet stems and star-cut feet, possibly by Baccarat or St. Luis, France, also did very well. The set of glasses (Lot 49) sold for $2,300, nearly 10 times the high estimate.

 

Two circa 1900 Opaline Brocade/Spanish Lace green water pitchers made by the Northwood Glass Co. realized the same $1,495 price. One example had a squat body, with a seven-point star rim (Lot 249). The other had a ribbon-tie mold to the waist, and a circular, crimped rim (Lot 260). Both came from the collection of Larry and Diana Nellans.

Among the art glass sold, an Art Deco-period French Schneider/La Verre Francais vase in the Pavot pattern sold above estimate for $1,380 (Lot 551). The vase came from the estate of Jane K. Neal of Huntington, W.Va.

For more information email www.jeffreyevans.com or call 540-434-3939.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

This Scottish Moor-pattern amethyst opalescent glass water pitcher, possibly by the West Virginia Glass Co., circa 1890, was the leading item in the sale. It realized: $4,887.50. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Seven Continental two-color cut overlay Rhine wine glasses sold for $2,300. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Art Deco-period French Schneider/La Verre Francais vase in the Pavot pattern. Price realized: $1,380. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Opaline Brocade/Spanish Lace green water pitcher by Northwood Glass Co., circa 1900. Price realized: $1,495. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 10:12
 
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