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Cast-iron banks dominated at Morphy’s June 22 Toy Auction

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Wednesday, 10 July 2013 15:17

Atlas cast-iron mechanical bank, $12,000. Morphy Auctions image.

DENVER, Pa. – There were no bank “bailouts” required at Morphy’s June 22 antique toy auction, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. Collectors eagerly stepped up to the plate to stake their claims on an excellent assortment of cast-iron mechanical and still banks – a category that ended up leading all others in the $502,000 event. Prices quoted in this report are inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium.

Seven of the top 10 lots were banks made during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among them was a figural cast-iron bank depicting the muscular Greek god Atlas with the world hoisted onto his back. Complete and in near-mint condition, the coveted moneybox swept past its $6,000-$8,000 estimate to settle at $12,000.

Another strong entry within the mechanicals was a Lighthouse bank with realistically detailed red brick tower. The 10½-inch cast-iron piece surpassed expectations, garnering a winning bid of $10,800.

Other mechanical banks in the top 10 included three J. & E. Stevens productions. They included a Magic bank, pistachio green with red version, with a front door that opens to reveal a smartly dressed cashier, $8,400; and a near-mint-plus Owl Turns Head bank, which more than doubled its high estimate at $4,500. A Stevens Perfection registering mechanical bank pocketed $10,800.

A beautiful, all-original example of a beady-eyed Pelican still bank was a crowd favorite. The near-mint-plus sea bird flew past its $6,000-$8,000 estimate to land at $11,400. Another popular non-mechanical bank was a Stevens circa-1880 “General Butler,” which was offered together with a framed picture of its namesake, Civil War general Benjamin Franklin Butler. Estimated at $3,000-$4,000, it took in a tidy $8,400.

The 595-lot sale had opened with more than 140 antique occupational shaving mugs from the Ray and Theresa Jones collection. Each mug from the barber-shop era of more than a century ago was an individual expression of its owner, typically emblazoned with a depiction of the person’s occupation and his name in gold. A colorful mug with an eye-catching image of a red and white lighthouse by the sea sailed past its $800-$1,200 estimate to close at $3,900.

Not far behind was a mug depicting a very different type of lighting source. The well-detailed image was of a worker, with rolled-up shirtsleeves, seated at a workbench and handcrafting light bulbs. With expectations of making $700-$900, it illuminated the auction gallery as it hammered $3,000.

“Shaving mug collectors really go for the unusual occupations,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy. “We knew this mug was rare, but when it comes right down to it, it’s always the collectors who call the shots on value. Obviously there were at least two bidders who were determined to take this particular mug home – that’s all it takes for an estimate to be left in the dust.”

Three early barber poles were included alongside the selection of shaving mugs. An aggressive bid of $5,700 clinched a handsome 44-inch red and gold striped pole with a three dimensional eagle on its finial.

Other auction highlights included a boxed Linemar Disney friction fire engine toy, $3,300; and an extremely rare “Moving Pictures” kaleidoscope candy container made by West Bros. & Co. of Grapeville, Pa. Constructed of metal with an applied red paper label, the candy container even retained its original box. It was bid to the upper reaches of its presale estimate, realizing a very sweet $7,200.

To discuss consigning to a future toy and bank sale at Morphy’s, call 717-335-3435 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To view the entire online catalog from Morphy’s June 22 Toy Auction, complete with prices realized, log on to www.liveauctioneers.com.

 

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Atlas cast-iron mechanical bank, $12,000. Morphy Auctions image.

Antique occupational shaving mug depicting a lighthouse, $3,900. Morphy Auctions image.

Early 44-inch red and gold striped pole with a three dimensional eagle on finial, $5,700. Morphy Auctions image.

J. & E. Stevens Magic cast-iron mechanical bank, pistachio green with red version, $8,400. Morphy Auctions image.

Lighthouse cast-iron mechanical bank with realistically detailed red brick tower, $10,800. Morphy Auctions image.

Pelican cast-iron still bank, $11,400. Morphy Auctions image.

Linemar lithographed-tin friction fire engine with Disney characters, accompanied by original box, $3,300. Morphy Auctions image.

Moving Pictures kaleidoscope candy container made by West Bros. & Co. of Grapeville, Pa., accompanied by original box, $7,200. Morphy Auctions image.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 14:14
 

Jeffrey S. Evans sells Va. stoneware pot for record $86,250

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Tuesday, 09 July 2013 16:33

Signed ‘Emanuel Suter,’ Rockingham Co., Shenandoah Valley of Virginia salt-glazed stoneware honey or sugar pot, circa 1851. The 5-inch pot sold for $86,250, a new record price for Virginia pottery. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – A rare stoneware honey or sugar pot by Emanuel Suter sold for a record-breaking price of $ 86,250 at Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ auction of Americana & Fine Antiques on June 22.

Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

The pot, from the collection of Rudolph Evers, is important because it bears a stenciled mark, “Emanuel Suter,” which is known on this and only two other examples. Emanuel Suter (1833-1902) is widely recognized as the preeminent Mennonite potter of the American South during the second half of the 19th century.

For more information on Suter see A Great Deal of Stone & Earthen Ware – The Rockingham County, Virginia School of Folk Pottery by Jeffrey S. Evans and Scott Hamilton Suter. The pot broke the previous record of $82,250 for Virginia pottery, held by an Anthony Bacher earthenware figure of a goat sold in 1995 as part of the Dr. Henry Deyerle collection. The Suter pot was purchased by private collectors from Maryland who have ties to the Shenandoah Valley.

There were many other strong prices achieved during the auction. An important Wythe County, Valley of Virginia paint-decorated blanket chest, sold for $34,500 to private collectors in the area. The blanket chest, lot 603, had a presale estimate of $20,000-$30,000.

A rare coin silver covered fruit bowl with elaborate Rococo Revival repousse decoration, marked for retailers Mitchell & Tyler of Richmond, Va., and maker Peter L. Krider of Philadelphia, that descended in the Dooley family of Richmond, sold to a Virginia institution for $31,050 against an estimate of $5,000-$8,000. [Lot 880].

Purchases by the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley included an extremely rare Frederick County, Va., fraktur, one of only six known by the same hand. This example featured a spread-wing eagle and two heart-form leaves above "MARY E. / JONES / Died July 29th 1849 Aged 49.y 4m. 20d." executed in gold leaf, watercolor and ink. Estimated at $10,000-15,000, the fraktur sold for $29,900, against strong bidding. [Lot 527]. The catalog entry for the lot included a possible identification of the artist of this group based on research conducted by Jeffrey S. Evans and William McGuffin.

A rare pair of circa 1775 Southside Virginia Chippendale black walnut side chairs [Lot 607] was also hotly contested, realizing $26,450 against an estimate of $8,000-12,000. They are identical to an example in the Colonial Williamsburg collection that is illustrated on p. 108, fig. 24.1 of Southern Furniture 1680-1830 by Ron Hurst and Jonathan Prown and carried a Milly McGehee provenance.

Among the fine art sold at the auction, a Southern genre painting by William Aiken Walker, also from the Evers estate, sold for $17,250 against an estimate of $10,000-15,000. The estate collection of Betty and Richard Robertson of Waynesboro, Va., yielded two miniature portraits signed by members of the famous Peale family of artists. A Raphaelle Peale portrait of a gentleman, realized $9,200, while a James Peale portrait of a woman, realized $8,625.00. [Lots 815 and 816]. Both had estimates of $2,000-4,000.

The mammoth 1,010-lot auction realized slightly more than $870,000. All prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium. Bidders from over 23 countries participated in the sale and the auction house received thousands of online and left bids.

“The demand for well documented, fresh Southern material continues to be strong,” said Jeffrey S. Evans. “Institutional interest in this auction was tremendous with several museums successfully adding important objects to their collections of Southern decorative arts.

“As for the antiques market as a whole, we are seeing a significant increase in the number of bidders and bids, which is resulting in an uptick in prices. Buyers are recognizing the great values available in the current market and are taking advantage of some great deals,” added Evans

For further details email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call 917-302-1757, or call Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates, 540-434-3939.

 

View the fully illustrated catalog of Jeffrey S. Evans’ June 22 Americana & Fine Antiques Auction, complete with prices realized, at LiveAuctioneers.com.

 



ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Signed ‘Emanuel Suter,’ Rockingham Co., Shenandoah Valley of Virginia salt-glazed stoneware honey or sugar pot, circa 1851. The 5-inch pot sold for $86,250, a new record price for Virginia pottery. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Extremely rare Frederick Co., Shenandoah Valley of Virginia fraktur, watercolor, ink and gold leaf on paper, a death record for Mary E. Jones, circa 1849. 9 3/4 inches x 7 3/4 inches sight. Price: $29,990. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Important Wythe Co., Va., paint-decorated poplar blanket chest dated 1802. Price: $34,500. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

An important pair of Southside Virginia Chippendale black walnut side chairs, probably Southampton or Greensville Co., circa 1765-1785. Price: $26,450. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Rare Richmond, Va., retailed coin silver fruit bowl with cover, stamped for the firm of Samuel P. Mitchell and John H. Tyler Sr. (1845-1866) of Richmond and Peter L. Krider (1845-1860) of Philadelphia, circa 1845. Price: $31,050. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 14:10
 

Imperial embroidery sews up $12,000 bid at Kaminski

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Tuesday, 02 July 2013 11:29

Imperial yellow embroidery, China, embroidered with five-clawed dragons among clouds and waves, 92 inches x 44 inches. Price realized: $11,000. Kaminski image.

BEVERLY, Mass. – With over 600 lots, the Fine Asian Arts and Antiques Auction at Kaminski on June 22 saw the successful sale of a wide variety of Chinese objects, including ivory, jade, bronze, porcelain, silk and hardwood pieces—all selling with an 81 percent pass rate.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

While a few high selling lots became the clear stars of the auction, the sale performed very well overall. The majority of lots sold within or above estimate, indicating the high quality and desirability of the items selected for the sale by Kaminski’s Asian appraiser Bob Yang, with the aid of Asian department assistant Helen Eagles. Yang joined the Kaminski team in November 2012 and has since brought a deep knowledge of Chinese antiques as well as a wide variety of truly intriguing and valuable objects to each auction.

Of the standout lots of this sale, the highest grossing was a large carved hardwood screen that stood 73 inches tall. The screen featured figurative carving to both sides, broken into multiple panels. An online bidder purchased the piece for $14,000.

A large huanghuali armchair also commanded a high price for its beautiful carvings. Raised on a huanghuali platform, the chair featured carved dragons on the headrest, seat back and skirt. This impressive piece of furniture sold for $11,000, far above the $5,000 original high estimate.

A rare cloisonne plaque from the collection of a former Boston College professor also displayed impressive artistry as well as veritable age. The 18th century Chinese Qing Dynasty plaque depicted a range of azure mountains against a sky of the same color, and in the lower portion, elegantly bent trees shading a small building with a lone inhabitant. The scene also included an inscription in the top right hand corner. Many bidders competed to own the plaque, which ultimately sold for $12,000.

The sale additionally included a number of silk and embroidered pieces, the most impressive of which was a yellow Chinese imperial embroidery. The length of fabric, 92 inches by 44 inches, was filled with detailed and multicolored embroidery outlining the sinuous curves of five clawed dragons among billowing clouds and waves. Originally estimated at $4,000 to $6,000, the embroidery was hammered down at $11,000.

A decisive absentee bid outperformed a number of eager buyers on the floor and online for a bronze figure of Yama, 7 inches in height. The 18th or 19th century Tibetan figure of the wrathful god also sold for far above its estimate, fetching $9,000.

One of the most highly anticipated lots of auction was a red glazed vase from the Chinese Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty (1736-1795). The vase featured a bamboo shaped neck that opened into a wide bulbous body, and had been preserved in excellent condition. After intense bidding on the floor and online, the final hammer price of the vase came to $8,000. Other high selling porcelain lots included a pair of famille rose boy figures from the Qing Dynasty, also in very good condition, which sold for $4,250, and a pair of finely painted landscape plaques in rosewood frames for $4,750.

The smaller jewelry items included in the sale were equally impressive. Many bidders were especially drawn to a Chinese pearl necklace of the later 19th century. Sold for $11,000, the stately necklace consisted of a string of 106 large pearls rich with iridescent pinks and purples and accented by carved coral beads, turquoise, lapis, agate and cloisonne elements.

Equally impressive in quality was a white jade brush holder, carved in the form of a mountain range. The high quality piece of jade carried a carved Shiru mark, and rested upon a zitan wood stand. The lot sold for $5,500.

With the conclusion of this summer auction, the Asian Arts and Antiques Department at Kaminski looks forward to their fall Asian auction, to be held on Sept. 21.

 

View the fully illustrated catalog of the June Fine Asian Arts and Antiques Auction at Kaminski, complete with prices realized, at LiveAuctioneers.com.

 



ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Imperial yellow embroidery, China, embroidered with five-clawed dragons among clouds and waves, 92 inches x 44 inches. Price realized: $11,000. Kaminski image.

Rare cloisonne plaque, China, Qing Dynasty, 18th century, depicting a landscape scene, 19 1/2 inches x 26 3/4 inches. Price realized: $12,000. Kaminski image.

Pearl necklace, China, later 19th century, with carved turquoise, lapis, and red coral beads, carved purple quartz and cloisonne hanging accent pendants, 60 inches long. Price realized: $11,000. Kaminski image.

White jade brush holder, China, with carved Shiru mark, carved in the form of a mountain range, on a zitan wood stand, 1 5/8 inches x 4 3/4 inches. Price realized: $5,000. Kaminski image.

Bronze figure of Yama, Tibet, 18th/19th century, 7 inches x 7 inches. Price realized: $9,000. Kaminski image.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 July 2013 16:03
 

1844 campaign flag raises $49,350 at Cowan's auction

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Monday, 01 July 2013 15:39

Clay and Frelinghuysen ‘The Same Old Coon’ 1844 presidential campaign flag. Price realized: $49,350. Cowan’s Auctions Inc. image.

CINCINNATI – Cowan’s Auctions Inc.'s American History: Live Salesroom Auction realized just over $750,000 on June 21. Over 350 bidders on the floor, phone and Internet participated in the auction. The sale featured rare political campaign ephemera, photographs, daguerreotypes, books, manuscripts, Lincoln items, maps, Civil War collectibles, and folk art carved Civil War soldiers pipes from the collection of the late Jan Sorgenfrei, who owned and operated Old Barn Auction in Findlay, Ohio, for many years. Strong bidding from the phones and Internet drove many of the lots well past their estimates.

LiveAucitoneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

“From the never-before-seen Clay and Frelinghuysen 1844 campaign flag, which brought $49,350, to the Alexander Gardner photograph of President Lincoln at Antietam and the Mathew Brady portrait of Robert E. Lee and staff, we were elated with the strong prices realized in Friday’s American History Auction.” said Katie Horstman, director, American history department.

The highest selling lot in the auction was a Clay and Frelinghuysen “The Same Old Coon” 1844 presidential campaign flag, which quadrupled its original estimate of $10,000-$15,000 and sold for $49,350. Two bidders on the phone and Internet battled for minutes over the item, which eventually sold to the phone bidder. This previously unknown red, white and blue silk flag banner depicts the Henry Clay coon in the act of skinning a fox, meant to symbolize Martin Van Buren, in the center.

Rare and exceptional daguerreotypes also garnered high prices in the auction. A remarkable sixth plate stereo daguerreotype by Southworth and Hawes of Samuel Gilman Brown, president of Hamilton College, sold for $17,625. A half plate daguerreotype of a ’49ers mining scene hammered down at $16,450, and a half plate daguerreotype of the gold rush also realized $16,450.

Other photography also had a strong showing and exceeded their estimates in the sale. A History of the Northern Pacific Railroad, featuring F. Jay Hayes tipped-in photographs and a letter from the author, E.V. Smalley, trounced its estimate of $2,500-$4,500 and sold to a phone bidder for $29,375. A rare Gen. Robert E. Lee and staff photograph by Mathew Brady realized $19,975, a photograph by Alexander Gardner of President Lincoln at the Battlefield of Antietam sold for $15,275, and a Lewis half plate daguerreotype camera with a Jamin/Darlot lens sold for $10,575.

Manuscripts and archives also brought competitive bidding. A rare 1844 Southern illustrated stagecoach broadside sold for $10,575, another rare 1791 Kentucky statehood broadside realized $9,400, a Benedict Arnold letter to J. Thompson, dated to 1780, sold to a phone bidder for $5,581.50, and a Civil War diary of CSA Col. George K. Griggs, Virginia 38th Infantry, hammered down at $12,925.

Other featured items in the sale that realized high prices included Blind Tom, the African American musical prodigy’s flute, which hammered down at $14,100. An exceptional collection of over 18,000 cigar labels sold for $18,800, a rare 1863 Gettysburg battlefield map by T. Ditterline realized $5,400, and a Civil War folk art carved pipe depicting the Battle of New Bern from the collection of Jan Sorgenfrei realized $4,500.

For more information about the auction or to consign for an upcoming sale, visit cowans.com or call Katie Horstman at 513-871-1670 ext. 46.

 

View the fully illustrated catalog of Cowan's Auctions' American History sale June 21, complete with prices realized, at LiveAuctioneers.com.

 



ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Clay and Frelinghuysen ‘The Same Old Coon’ 1844 presidential campaign flag. Price realized: $49,350. Cowan’s Auctions Inc. image.

‘History of the Northern Pacific Railroad,’ featuring F. Jay Haynes tipped-in photographs and letter from the author, E.V. Smalley. Price realized: $29,375. Cowan’s Auctions Inc. image.

Exceptional collection of cigar labels. Price realized: $18,800. Cowan’s Auctions Inc. image.

Rare Gen. Robert E. Lee and staff photograph by Matthew Brady. Price realized: $19,975. Cowan’s Auctions Inc. image.

Rare Southern illustrated stagecoach broadside, 1855. Price realized: $10,575. Cowan’s Auctions Inc. image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 11:16
 

Kamelot Auctions cites many standouts in June 14-15 sale

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Monday, 01 July 2013 13:38

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PHILADELPHIA – Buyers at Kamelot Auctions’ two-day Town & Country Estate Sale on June 14 and 15 competed for treasures of 20th century and antique designer furniture, lighting, garden antiques, Orientalia, and quality fine art and decorative art. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

Friday’s portion of the sale included decorative arts, fine art and Orientalia and saw a strong opening with a carved Asian antique ivory goddess, circa 1900, that brought $3,600 (lot 1) and a set of four signed watercolors of koi that brought $11,000 (lot 17). Other highlight’s of Friday’s sale include a collection of Herend porcelain Rothschild Bird dinner service that grossed over $14,000 (lots 230, 231, 232, 234), a Rene-Paul Marquet ivory and gilt bronze figure that earned $6,000 (lot 141) and an oil painting by Guatemalan-born artist Rodolfo Mishaan titled La Bandera Serie Quetzel that brought $3,800 (lot 299).

Saturday continued with strong sales with a diverse array of antique and mid-century furniture, lighting and garden antiques. Lot 501, a Pedro Friedeberg carved hand-form chair, circa 1970, grossed an impressive $9,000 along with a rare pair of Murano teardrop floor lamps circa 1940 that brought $7,500 (lot 633). Other highlights include a pair of Syrian mother of pearl settees that earned $6,000 (lot 750), a pair of Napoleon III Turkish style club chairs circa 1880 that brought $7,200 (lot 726) and a labeled J.W. Fiske cast-iron fountain with three tiers that grossed $6,300 (lot 937).

The June sale at Philadelphia’s Kamelot Auctions exhibited many such successful results throughout the two-day run of over 1,000 lots. The next three sales at Kamelot Auctions will take place in September, October and November. For more information, visit kamelotauctions.com or call 215-438-6990.

View the fully illustrated catalog of Kamelot Auctions’ sale held June 14-15, complete with prices realized, at LiveAuctioneers.com.



ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 14:06
 

Asian soapstone carving sells for record $2.3M at Michaan’s

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013 14:09

An exceedingly rare and important soapstone figural carving,18th century, dated by inscription to 1750. Sold for $2,235,000. Record price for soapstone carving sold in a US Auction house. Michaan's image.

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s Fine Asian Works of Art Auction held on Sunday, June 23, 2013 realized over $4,670,000, making it the San Francisco Bay Area company’s highest grossing event ever. LiveAuctioneers.com provided the Internet live bidding services for the sale.

Half of the day's gross was attributable to another phenomenon: lot 3080. An exceedingly rare and important soapstone figural carving centering Qing dynasty imperial porcelain kiln supervisor Tang Ying was far and away the star of the auction.

Expectations ran high for the work of art, with a presale estimate of $100,000-150,000. As bidding commenced for the piece, people rose from their seats amongst a standing room floor audience of well over 100 attendees, while all phone banks were busy with calls. Two online bidding stations managed the activity as calls poured in from around the world. Heavy floor and phone bids pushed the selling price to $2 million, closing with a victorious phone bid and a round of applause. The carving broke auction records as it captured a final price of $2,360,000, making it the highest-selling Asian soapstone carving ever auctioned in the United States, as well as Michaan’s highest-single selling lot to date.

Asian Art Specialist Harry Huang remarked that the sale “...greatly exceeded my expectations. I believe that this work of Tang Ying will continue to be a powerful force in the world marketplace. I also think that this auction speaks volumes on the explosive state of the current Asian antiquities marketplace; what appears to be its very bright future is a thrilling prospect for Michaan’s Auctions.”

Categorically, fine jade carvings dazzled at auction, with a substantial list of successes. Two jade double-gourd-form pendants performed amazingly well, as they sold for over 53 times their high estimate (lot 3027, $1,500-2,000). The pendants closed at $106,200, garnering expressions of elation and awe. The pair of pendants topped a lengthy list of 15 additional carved jade lots to sell from over 5 times to over 33 times projected high values.

Additional honorable mentions from the astounding jade sales included two phoenix plaques at $64,900 (lot 3014, $2,000-3,000) and two figures of pigs at $50,150 (lot 3074, $1,000-1,500). Three jade lots also managed to realize a price of $44,250 each, greatly exceeding their estimates. The shared figure was seen in groupings of two rectangular white jade pendants (lot 3008, $2,000-3,000), four animal carvings (lot 3020, $1,500-2,000) and three white jade bird carvings (lot 3033, $4,000-6,000).

Chinese paintings were another section of the auction to hold top performers. A new international record was established by a hanging scroll titled “Mountainous Dwellings” by Li Yin (lot 3217, $25,000-35,000). The piece realized $112,100, the highest figure ever achieved at auction by a Li Yin work. Rounding out the impressive lots in the category was a collection of fan paintings and calligraphy by various artists that sold for $76,700 (lot 3218, $30,000-50,000), a hand scroll after Li Tang depicting figures on horseback for $56,050 (lot 3206, $3,000-5,000) and an anonymous album of three paintings realizing a price of $50,150 (lot 3209, $2,000-3,000).

A 14th century album of 12 paintings attributed to Wang Yuan (lot 3210, $6,000-8,000) and a landscape hand scroll in the style of Wen Boren (lot 3212, $4,000-6,000) each brought $47,200. In addition to the substantial figures that these painting selections brought, the section proved to be a formidable platform in obtaining solid numbers for lesser-known artists. Examples are found in an ink and color on paper hand scroll after Xu Longjiu (lot 3208, $5,000-7,000, sold for $10,620) and Zhong Hui’s album of 10 paintings sold as lot 3225 ($1,200-1,800, sold for $5,900).

Handsome figures were also seen across other Asian art disciplines. A Tibetan cloisonné enamel ewer and cover from the Qianlong period surpassed its $20,000-30,000 estimate at $53,100 (lot 3150). Multiple ceramic offerings saw fruitful numbers, as evidenced in a pair of famille rose porcelain plaques (lot 3310, $5,000-7,000, sold for $32,450), a famille rose vase of the Guanxu mark and period that sold for over 13 times its high estimate (lot 3292, $1,500-2,000, sold for $26,550), yet another famille rose offering in a pair of 19th century vases (lot 3294, $3,000-5,000, sold for $26,550) and a pair of enameled-porcelain plaques signed “Zou Guojun” (lot 3311, $4,000-6,000, sold for $26,550). A pair of hardwood armchairs with marble insets was another lot to realize $26,550. It sold for over eight times the projected high value (lot 3178, $2,000-3,000).

Numerous private collection offerings in the auction produced excellent sell-through numbers, as did the entire sale, which had a more-than-84% sell-through. A largely jade-based, private San Francisco collection saw a 100% sell-through of its 44 lots, as did a prominent collection once owned by Senator Theodore Francis Green. A collection of Chinese silk fan paintings from the Reynold Tom Collection sold out as well, as did the entire painting collection of Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Tom.

Michaan’s Auctions Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Scott Bradley acknowledged the impact and scope of the sale. “This Asian auction has established itself as the largest and most significant event in our company’s history thus far. The sale of the Tang Ying carving was the largest single sale I have presided over in my career. It has been a thrilling and exciting time to say the least.”

View the fully illustrated catalog, complete with prices realized, online at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

 

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

An exceedingly rare and important soapstone figural carving,18th century, dated by inscription to 1750. Sold for $2,235,000. Record price for soapstone carving sold in a US Auction house. Michaan's image.

Li Yin (Early Qing Dynasty),Mountainous Dwellings.Sold for $112,100. World record price the artist. Michaan's image.

Two jade double-gourd-form pendants. Sold for $106,200. Michaan's image.

Two jade figures of pigs, Han Dynasty.Sold for $50,150. Michaan's image.

After Li Tang (1066-1150), Figures on Horseback, Qing Dynasty. Sold for $56,050. Michaan's image.

Tibetan cloisonne enamel ewer and cover, Qianlong mark and mark of the period.Sold for $53,100. Michaan's image.

Pair of hardwood armchairs with marble insets. Sold for $26,550. Michaan's image.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 13:29
 

Ky. museum gets historical papers linked to 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'

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Monday, 24 June 2013 10:58
Amos Riley Archive with manuscript pass used by Josiah Henson, Harriet Beecher Stowe's model for 'Uncle Tom' in the novel 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.' Sold for $6,500 + buyer's premium on June 21, 2013 at Cowan's Auctions in Cincinnati. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Cowan's Auctions. OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - A western Kentucky museum has placed the winning bid on the personal papers of two community pioneers linked to a famous novel.

The main interest in the papers of Amos Riley and his son, Camden Riley, was their connection to Josiah Henson, who was a slave on the Riley plantation in Daviess County from 1825 to 1830. Henson went on to become an abolitionist in Canada, and the title character in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin'' was modeled after him.

Owensboro Museum of Science and History Director Kathy Olson told the Messenger-Inquirer the museum paid $6,500 for 75 items including a "slave pass'' for Henson.

The items went up for auction Friday at Cowan's Auctions Inc. in Cincinnati.

View the catalog lot online at http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/17996108_amos-riley-archive-w-pass-used-by-josiah-henson.

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Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, http://www.messenger-inquirer.com.

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Amos Riley Archive with manuscript pass used by Josiah Henson, Harriet Beecher Stowe's model for 'Uncle Tom' in the novel 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.' Sold for $6,500 + buyer's premium on June 21, 2013 at Cowan's Auctions in Cincinnati. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Cowan's Auctions.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 June 2013 11:12
 

Nakashima, Margolies and Warhol top Kaminski’s June 9 sale

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Friday, 21 June 2013 15:24

Andy Warhol, 'Flowers, silkscreen. Kaminski's image.

BEVERLY, Mass. - The 20th Century Decorative Arts and Modern Design Auction held June 9 at Kaminski saw the successful sale of pieces from a number of well-known artists, including Nakashima, Margolies, Warhol and others.

The top-selling lot of the sale was a beautiful walnut coffee table from George Nakashima. The remarkable table was made as part of Nakashima’s Conoid Collection and features a solid walnut plank supported on an angular leg and board. The elegant and streamlined design emphasizes the natural and unique beauty of the wood – a concept central to the “free-edge” style Nakashima’s work popularized. Many expressed interest in the table, which sold for $10,000.

Furniture from designer and architect Henry Glass also performed well in the auction. Kaminski presented both a table and a hutch from the visionary designer, which reflected in their designs Glass’s interest in economy of space and material that is so relevant today. The hutch, estimated at $300 to $500, and the table, estimated at $500 to $700, both sold for $1,600.

Of the works of art presented in the sale, the most popular was Samuel L. Margolies’ etching and aquatint, “Man’s Canyons.” The image is one of the New York WPA artist’s better-known works, and has been reproduced in a number of publications and exhibitions. The masterful composition of angular shadows and rays of light commanded significant bidding competition, driving the price of the etching and aquatint to $9,000, far above the original $3,000 to $5,000.

Other notable artworks in the sale included a large-scale work by minimalist pioneer Tadaaki Kuwayama. The 60-inch by 52-inch work was comprised of six green oil0on canvas panels, and sold for $5,000. Two mixed-media works by 1960s artist Peter Max also finished in the money. Both “Liberty and Justice for All,” and “God Bless America III” sold for individual above-estimate prices of $3,000.

Both Warhol prints offered in the sale garnered much attention from bidders and visitors to the gallery. The two hand-colored silkscreen prints were part of the artist’s 1974 “Flowers” series and were hand signed by the artist. The first print, carrying a personally inscribed message from Warhol, sold for $3,750, while the second fetched $3,500.

The Twentieth Century sale also included a number of notable glass lots. The first lot of the sale, a Chihuly bowl from 1983, realized a $4,000 hammer price, exceeding its $2,000 to $3,000 estimate. A monumental Sven Palmquist for Orrefors bowl also sold above estimate, for $2,600.

View the fully illustrated catalog from Kaminski’s June 9 sale, complete with prices realized, at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Andy Warhol, 'Flowers, silkscreen. Kaminski's image. 

George Nakashima, Conoid Collection walnut coffee table. Kaminski's image. 

 Dale Chihuly glass bowl. Kaminski's image.

Samuel Margolies,'Man's Canyons,' etching and aquatint. Kaminski's image. 

 Tadaaki Kuwayama, untitled, oil on canvas. Kaminski's image.

Peter Max, 'God Bless America III,' mixed media on paper. Kaminski's image. 

Last Updated on Friday, 21 June 2013 15:37
 

$64,900 Marklin battleship encounters friendly waters at Bertoia’s

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Monday, 17 June 2013 13:45

Marklin Battleship Maine, series 1, ‘unplayed-with’ condition, 30½ in long, $64,900. Bertoia Auctions image.

VINELAND, N.J. – An enthusiastic gallery of bidders brought their A-game to Bertoia’s May 3-4 Toy Picks auction, bidding actively against a formidable contingent of phone and LiveAuctioneers bidders from throughout the United States and abroad. The attraction was a gleaming array of toys, trains, dollhouses and banks presented alongside the sale’s special highlight: Part I of the late Bill Bertoia’s personal collection of antique occupational shaving mugs.

The auction totaled $1.5 million, led by Lot 318, a circa-1902 first-series Marklin Battleship Maine that realized $64,900 (all prices quoted are inclusive of 15% buyer’s premium). The 30½inch-long tinplate clockwork ship was an “attic find in virtually unplayed-with condition,” said Bertoia Auctions associate Rich Bertoia. More than a century after its production, the hand-painted beauty still had its original masts, rails, two lifeboats and multiple guns. “Collectors want originality and condition right along with rarity. This boat covered all three bases, which is why it easily reached the high end of its estimate range,” Bertoia said.

The presale estimates on the selection of Lehmann and Martin wind-ups ran true to form, with buoyant prices noted all across the European tin category. “There was a lot of interest in the Lehmanns, especially the Primus roller skater (Lot 388), which sold for $14,160. Before the auction, collectors were very curious as to what that particular toy might sell for,” Bertoia said. “There was always a very healthy competition between Lehmann and Martin to see who could come up with the most cleverly designed toys, and today’s collectors benefit from that competition, which produced excellence in design.” The Lehmanns in the May 3-4 sale came primarily from the same collection; Part II will be offered by Bertoia’s later this year.

A possible prototype that garnered ringside attention at the preview was Lot 307, an early mechanical toy with movable metal boxers. The toy consisted of a well-constructed metal on wood boxing ring with side levers to activate the figures and prompt punching motions. Unmarked and of unknown origin, it was the first toy of its type ever to pass through Bertoia’s doors. It sold for $2,360.

Competition was keen for early American trains. Lot 446, a rare 19-inch Carlisle & Finch Electric Railway Interurban with a brass body, embossed sides and a motor at its front wheels commanded a $12,980 fare on auction day. It had been entered in the sale with a $3,500-$4,500 estimate. Another Carlisle & Finch rarity followed as Lot 447 – a cast-iron suspension bridge with wood planking and metal slat tracks. Estimated at $3,000-$3,500, it chugged to $11,200. Lot 448, a robust Voltamp live steam ‘2’ gauge 4-6-2 locomotive with 8-wheel tender, sold within estimate for $10,600.

Train buffs also paid a premium for railway cars with colorful advertising on their sides. Gauge 1 advertising cars, which are larger, are especially desirable. Two such examples – one of them advertising Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer; the other promoting Schlitz – earned individual auction prices of $21,240.

Sturditoy was the brand of the day with pressed steel collectors. Lot 1044, a bright red 1930 “Oil Company” tractor and trailer tanker, came from the Tom Palumbo collection with earlier provenance from the Donald Kaufman collection. Estimated at $8,000-$10,000, the impressive 25-inch-long delivery truck applied the brakes at $15,340. A 24-inch Sturditoy oil tanker, circa 1927 and finished in green with red disc wheels, surpassed its $4,000-$4,500 estimate to settle at $7,670.

Comic character toys received a well-earned share of attention, and the prices paid did not go unnoticed on those in attendance. “Everyone remarked afterwards on how well the comic character did in the sale. It was reassuring to see those prices,” said Bertoia. Lot 65, a Linemar Mickey the Magician wind-up with original box conjured a winning bid of $4,100; while Lot 42, a 1923 Powerful Katrinka with Jimmy in a wheelbarrow, made by Nifty, was bid to $2,650.

Jeanne Bertoia, owner of Bertoia Auctions and an acknowledged expert on figural cast-iron doorstops, confirmed that Lot 1131, Girl with Umbrella, was the only known example of its particular form. The depiction of a little girl holding a parasol and dressed in a 1920s red two-piece swimsuit was described in Bertoia’s catalog as “lovely and quaint” and a “book example.” It sold for an impressive $8,850 against an estimate of $1,000-$1,500. Another doorstop highlight was Lot 1301, a Clown with Arms Apart, which secured a bid of $3,250, nearly three times its high estimate.

The centerpiece of the sale was Part I of the premier collection of antique occupational shaving mugs amassed over a 15-year period by the late Bill Bertoia, co-founder (with wife Jeanne) of Bertoia Auctions. Many exquisitely rare mugs were contained in the collection, which Jeanne recalled as being a source of great enjoyment to her late husband. “It fascinated him that these mugs represented so many careers that ultimately were replaced by either machinery or a better idea,” Jeanne said.

Rich Bertoia remarked that his brother Bill’s attraction to occupational shaving mugs had been “instant…He really enjoyed all the images. We both started out by collecting bottles, and he developed an eye for beautiful designs and figurals. Once he found his first few mugs, that was it. He was hooked.”

Many serious collectors were present to bid on the Bill Bertoia collection, which had been graded and cataloged by Keith Estep, author of the reference titled The Best of Shaving Mugs. Outstanding prices were achieved across the board, including $15,300 for one of Bill’s favorites, Lot 787, depicting a stockbroker beside a ticker tape machine (est. $2,500-$4,000). Lot 796, a mug with the image of a rent collector in the doorway of a red brick house, achieved $14,600 (est. $1,500-$3,000); and Lot 777, with its nicely detailed color illustration of an old-fashioned “Quick Lunch” wagon, took in $7,000 (est. $3,500-$5,000). One of the most asked-about mugs was Lot 862, which pictured a well-dressed gentleman with two Boston bulldogs. Offered with an estimate of $2,000-$3,000, it sold for $8,200.

Jeanne Bertoia commented after the sale: “Bill would have been thrilled to see the attention and prices his shaving mugs received, and he would have been very proud that our son Michael was at the podium auctioning them.”

Rich Bertoia agreed, adding that his nephew Michael has “turned into a well-rounded in-residence auctioneer for us, following in the footsteps of our principal auctioneer, Tim Luke, who sets the gold standard for his profession.”

Bertoia Auctions will conduct a major antique toy, bank and holiday auction in November. Complete details will be available soon on Bertoia’s website. To contact Bertoia Auctions call 856-692-1881 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Online: BertoiaAuctions.com.

View the fully illustrated catalog from Bertoia's May 3-4 auction, complete with prices realized, at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Marklin Battleship Maine, series 1, ‘unplayed-with’ condition, 30½ in long, $64,900. Bertoia Auctions image. 

Linemar tinplate wind-up Mickey the Magician with original box, $4,100. Bertoia Auctions image.

Marklin gauge 1 Pabst Beer boxcar, German, $21,240. Bertoia Auctions image.

Lehmann ‘Primus’ tinplate clockwork roller skater, German, circa 1915, est. $14,160. Bertoia Auctions image.

Carlisle & Finch Electric Railway Interurban, 19 inches long, brass body with embossed sides, $12,980.

Occupational shaving mug with lunch wagon motif, ex Bill Bertoia collection, est. $7,000. Bertoia Auctions image.

Occupational shaving mug with stockbroker motif, ex Bill Bertoia collection, $15,300. Bertoia Auctions image.

Occupational shaving mug with depiction of gentleman with two Boston bulldogs, dated 1917, ex Bill Bertoia collection, $8,200. Bertoia Auctions image.

Sturditoy oil truck, pressed steel, circa 1929, 25in long, ex Palumbo and Kaufman collections, $15,340. Bertoia Auctions image.

Girl with Umbrella figural cast-iron doorstop, only known example, $8,850. Bertoia Auctions image.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 14:45
 
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