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Midwest Auction Galleries goes from West to East, Nov. 1-2

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:30

Li Huanmin and Li Shaoyan monochrome woodblock prints. Midwest Auction Galleries image

OXFORD, Mich. – Midwest Auction Galleries will conduct its Fine and Decorative Arts Auction on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m. Eastern time, followed by its Chinese Antiques and Works of Art Auction on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m., featuring exceptional works in various media.

Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Saturday’s sale includes works from a prominent Grosse Pointe, Mich., family composed of exquisite paintings by Eugene Meeks and Alex de Andreis, a massive hand-painted and embroidered silk World War I regimental flag, and an unusual mixed media astronaut doll, purportedly a prop from an Elton John “Rocket Man” performance.

Also for sale are various gold and silver pocket watches including an early Hirschauer Dresden fusee with a rare enameled case. A 19th century German cuckoo clock, finely carved of black forest wood to depict pheasants, deer and pine trees. These are just few of the antiques available in Saturday’s auction.

Sunday’s sale will cover a vast selection of Asian antiques including a large collection of Chinese Archaic bronze from an American collector. Part of this man’s collection sold recently at Christie’s New York for a large but undisclosed sum. Also included are a fine ivory inlaid zitan wood snuff box, porcelains and jades.

For more information about these auctions call Midwest Auction Galleries at 248-236-8100 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Li Huanmin and Li Shaoyan monochrome woodblock prints. Midwest Auction Galleries image 

Fine and massive 19th century German black forest Cuckoo clock. Midwest Auction Galleries image 

William Glackens oil painting on board. Midwest Auction Galleries image 

Attributed Thomas Moran oil painting on canvas. Midwest Auction Galleries image

Zheng Wei monochrome woodblock prints. Midwest Auction Galleries image

Fine Chinese ivory inlaid zitan snuff box. Midwest Auction Galleries image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:52
 

Morphy's to auction contents of Wild West Museum, Oct 31-Nov 2

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 15:21

Handmade tooled leather cowboy boots made for cowboy film star Tom Mix, 1930s-40s, possibly made by Blucher, exhibited at the Museum of the Horse in New Mexico, est. $400-$600. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – One of the important collections ever to visually document the characters and rough-and-tumble lifestyles of the Old West will cross the auction block at Morphy Auctions, October 31 through Nov. 2. Over the three-day period, Morphy Auctions will host the 3,000-lot event that features the contents of Dan Hardesty’s Wild West Museum of Franklin, Pennsylvania. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

“We are deeply honored that Dan Hardesty chose our company to auction his one of a kind collection,” said Dan Morphy, president of Morphy Auctions. “Mr. Hardesty made it his lifelong mission to track down and acquire many of the Old West’s most significant and recognizable historical pieces so they could be viewed by the public as a whole in his museum. Had he not done so, American history probably would have missed out on some of its most colorful details.”

Hardesty said he first recognized antiques as important historical objects at the tender age of six. Three years later, he purchased his first collectible – a cowboy holster. It was a milestone moment for the youngster – one that unwittingly would set him on the path to becoming the indomitable force he is today in the field of Old West material.

There are few categories of antiques, in general, with which Hardesty has not had some experience. His early interests, Hardesty recalled, included “good lamps and music boxes – the type Morphy’s sells.” In time, he added antique guns and Western and Civil War memorabilia to the list of objects that filled his house, wall to wall and floor to ceiling.

When his collections outgrew the available space in which to display them at his home, Hardesty purchased a three-story brick building in Franklin, Pennsylvania that previously had been used as an armory. Investing substantial amounts of time and money, Hardesty set about achieving his vision of creating a museum where he could showcase and share his collections. In 1984, he opened the doors to a wonderland of Americana, his now-legendary Wild West Museum.

The warren-like rooms in Dan’s fascinating museum took the visitor on a visual journey through the wild and woolly landscape of how the West was won. Nowhere else could one see such a comprehensive array of relics, including saddles, firearms, military uniforms and Native-American artifacts. Additionally, there were sub-collections that focused on Buffalo Bill and other 19th-century personalities; 101 Ranch and similar 19th-century frontier entertainment troupes.

“This auction is full of genuine rarities,” said Morphy, “some of which may only become available for purchase once in a collector’s lifetime.”

The Sunday session (Day 3) will be devoted entirely to a remarkable 800-lot selection of antique guns, rifles and other weapons, some owned by famous figures of the American West. Special highlights include two factory-engraved ’66 Winchester .44 caliber rifles, Buffalo Bill’s handgun, Geronimo’s knife, and a pistol that belonged to Doc Holliday’s companion “Big Nose Kate.”

The lineup also includes hundreds of Indian artifacts, beaded objects, baskets, pipes, arrowheads; Buffalo Bill’s original jacket, and posters, banners, photos and mementos from the showman’s Wild West Show. Outfits and memorabilia pertaining to performers in the 101 Ranch and other famous frontier shows will be auctioned, as well.

A superb array of saddles includes four that were used by Civil War officers, a signed Tom Mix saddle, and a dazzling example covered with 1920s silver dollars. Many military uniforms have been cataloged, with a timeline that runs from the Civil War through the Spanish-American War.

The fine art category features Western bronzes, including originals by Charles S. Remington (American, 1861-1909), and several beautifully executed portraits of Indian chiefs.

Morphy’s Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014 auction of the contents of Dan Hardesty’s Wild West Museum will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern time.

For additional information on any item in the sale, call Morphy’s 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 and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Handmade tooled leather cowboy boots made for cowboy film star Tom Mix, 1930s-40s, possibly made by Blucher, exhibited at the Museum of the Horse in New Mexico, est. $400-$600. Morphy Auctions image 

Cyrus Edwim Dallin (American, 1861-1909, ‘Appeal to the Spirit,’ sculpture, 3/100, $800-$1,200. Morphy Auctions image

Sterling silver bracelet with five large turquoise stones, marked ‘ENCBIERRS,’ est. $250-$350. Morphy Auctions image

Winchester shell board with original cartridges, 40 x 52½ in, est. $10,000-$15,000. Morphy Auctions image

Buffalo Bill's personal show jacket, worn by the Western showman during a visit to Cornwall, England; presented in inlaid case measuring 36 x 30in, est. $15,000-$20,000. Morphy Auctions image

Nickel-silver mounted saddle made by Newell Saddle Shop, St. Louis, Mo., circa 1920-30s, silver dollars mounted in pommel, some sterling mounts, decorations in skirting, est. $6,000-$8,000. Morphy Auctions image

Beautifully tooled leather Western saddle that belonged to cowboy film star Tom Mix, fancy hand-tooled ‘M’ on tapaderos, est. $6,000-$8,000. Morphy Auctions image

Colt 3rd Model Dragoon .44 caliber revolver and shoulder stock, manufactured in 1858, est. $7,000-$9,000. Morphy Auctions image

Early pre-Winchester Volcanic lever-action repeating Navy pistol, Serial No. 140, one of approx. 1,500 manufactured in 1856-1857, est. $12,000-$15,000. Morphy Auctions image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 15:43
 

Quinn & Farmer to auction early Cy Twombly self-portrait, Oct. 25

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 13:44

Judith Lieber minaudiere. Quinn & Farmer image

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Quinn & Farmer’s beautifully varied Oct. 25 auction of furniture, art and decorative art is led by an early self-portrait by one of Virginia’s most accomplished native sons, Cy Twombly (1928-2011). The story behind the artwork, which is estimated at $30,000-$50,000, reveals Twombly’s very Southern trait of building and nurturing long-term friendships.

“Before he moved to Rome and became an artist of international acclaim, Twombly was just another one of the friendly folks in Lexington, Virginia,” said Ken Farmer of Quinn & Farmer. “His best friends in the area were the Hess family. When the Hess’s son, Skip, was born in 1950, Cy created cartoon studies of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Fiddler Pig to hang on the nursery wall. As Skip grew up, he and Cy spent time together fishing and hiking around Cy’s cabin on the Maury River. On his ninth birthday, Cy gave Skip a signed 1947 self-portrait and inscribed it ‘To Skipper from Cy 1959.’ They maintained their close friendship until Cy’s death three years ago.”

The cartoon studies join the self-portrait in Quinn & Farmer’s Oct. 25 auction, which offers Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. Each study is estimated at $1,000-$2,000.

Emilia Penney, Furniture & Design Specialist for Quinn & Farmer said, “This early self-portrait of Twombly captures a simple and abstract depiction of the artist before the evolution of his famous text and line compositions. We are honored to have been chosen to sell this piece and elated to see it sell in Virginia, not far from where Cy grew up.” The work is executed on paper in graphite, ink and gouache.

Additional items of notable quality in this auction include an all-original 1956 Les Paul Goldtop electric guitar estimated at $10,000-$15,000; two Jesus Rafael de Soto (Venezuelan, 1923-2005) modernist sculptures (estimated at $10,000-$15,000 and $8,000-$12,000, respectively), a 1971 Ford Mustang convertible estimated at $10,000-$15,000, a fine Sioux dress from the 1870s, $6,500-$8,000; and a lovely 19th-century Southern huntboard estimated at $1,000-$2,000.

The October 25, 2014 auction will commence at 10:00 a.m. EST. For additional details on any lot in the sale or to organize a phone or absentee bid, call 434-293-2904 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

Judith Lieber minaudiere. Quinn & Farmer image

Self-portrait by Cy Twombly (American, 1928-2011), graphite, ink and gouache on paper; executed in 1947 and inscribed and gifted to a friend in 1959, est. $30,000-$50,000

Robert E. Lee signed carte de visite. Quinn & Farmer image

Donald Duck character cartoon study by Cy Twombly, 1950, est. $1,000-$2,000. Quinn & Farmer image

Mickey Mouse character cartoon study by Cy Twombly, 1950, est. $1,000-$2,000. Quinn & Farmer image

Fiddler pig character cartoon study by Cy Twombly, 1950, est. $1,000-$2,000. Quinn & Farmer image

Jesus Rafael de Soto (Venezuelan, 1923-2005) modernist sculpture. Quinn & Farmer image

Jesus Rafael de Soto (Venezuelan, 1923-2005) modernist sculpture. Quinn & Farmer image

19th-century Southern huntboard estimated at $1,000-$2,000

Les Paul 1956 Goldtop electric guitar, est. $10,000-$15,000. Quinn & Farmer image

1971 Ford Mustang convertible, est. $10,000-$15,000. Quinn & Farmer image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:32
 

Material Culture embraces outsider art at auction Oct. 26

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 13:06

Justin McCarthy (American, 1891-1977), 'Miss America 1946,' ink and watercolor on paper, 17 1/2 in. x 11 3/4 in., 44 x 30 cm (sight). Estimate: $500-$700. Material Culture image

PHILA., Pa. – In its sale "Folk, Self-Taught and Outsider Art," Material Culture will bring together a rich compendium of artistic works across these categories. A leader in self-taught art, the auction house once again showcases some of the top names in this increasingly popular field, offering excellent opportunities for both established and new collectors. Presenting works by American artists such as Purvis Young, Victor Joseph Gatto, Howard Finster, Justin McCarthy and Rex Clawson, and international stars such as Prince Twins Seven Seven, Jacques-Enguerrand Gourgue and Georges Liautaud, along with many others, this auction is a testament to the vitality of individual vision. The over 320 lots in the sale also offer a wealth of ethnographic and folk art and artifacts.

The auction commences at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26, with LiveAuctioneers.com facilitating live Internet bidding.

Leading self-taught art is a spectacular painting by American artist Purvis Young (1943-2010), Blues Man (lot 56). Dating to 1973, the painting on wood portrays a haloed musician with a harmonica and saxophone. The artist’s common themes of the African-American experience and urban life are seen in many of the 14 lots at auction. An untitled mixed media painting on wood panel (lot 53) marries many of Young’s pictorial subjects: jostling city buildings, white horses, and lines of human figures reminiscent of slaves.

American self-taught artist Justin McCarthy (1891-1977) is also well-represented at auction, with 16 lots of his brightly colored expressionistic paintings. McCarthy often took inspiration from pop culture subjects, as with his Miss America 1946 (lot 20), which comes to auction through the collection of Patricia L. and Maurice C. Thompson. Also from the Thompson collection is a painting on board by Mose Tolliver (1925-2006), a self-taught artist from Alabama, depicting one of his smiling round-headed figures (lot 200).

Another top lot in American self-taught art is Landscape with Wildlife (lot 39) by Victor Joseph Gatto (1893-1965). Gatto’s work gains some if its potent energy through its focus on the push and pull of opposing forces, and in this beautiful oil painting, the stunning river valley landscape is juxtaposed with the pack of wolves attacking the deer at the bottom of the frame. A total of 10 paintings by the New York City artist Gatto enrich the auction. A fascinating drawing by Frank Jones (American, 1900-1969), identifies the prickly contoured building as a Chinese Stormproof House (lot 52), with provenance that includes the Janet Fleisher Gallery. Two paintings by American artist, poet and actor Tony Fitzpatrick (b. 1958) include a mixed media drawing of colored pencil and acrylic on slate board with the words "Holy Owl with Dead Saint Goin Back to God" painted on the board’s frame (lot 85). American artist Rex Clawson (1929-2007) is shown in 10 lots of his boldly outlined and prismatically colored paintings, influenced by both Cubism and Central American art, such as his Mermaid and Octopus (lot 147).

Six lots by Howard Finster (1916-2001) appear in the sale; originally a Baptist minister from Alabama, Finster may be one of the best known American self-taught artists, his distinct style recognizable for its use in popular culture in the late 20th century. A pale blue giraffe on cutout board (lot 156) bears many of the hallmarks of Finsterʼs art, incorporating inspirational text and fine detail. American self-taught artist Eddy Mumma (1908-1986), known as "Mr. Eddy," is represented at auction in seven different lots (162-168), largely his characteristic portraits of men rendered in thick, nonnaturalistic colors. Six mixed-media portraits by Shields Landon Jones (1901-1997), or S.L. Jones, show the West Virginia artist’s stylized portraiture, for which he is best known (lots 169-172).

Leroy Almon’s (1938-1997) Devil Fishing (lot 224) exhibits the Georgia folk artist’s intersection between sculpture and painting in this carved and painted wood relief panel, showing Satan dangling items of temptation to the upstretched arms of mortals. The act of fishing also appears in one of five paintings by Iowan artist Charles W. "Uncle" Howe (1892-1982), aptly titled Just Fishing (lot 135), in which a man and woman, entirely nude, strike the same pose fishing from a riverbank. Contemporary self-taught American art includes five lots by Jim Bloom (b. 1968), led by his mixed media panel One Day in Homeroom (lot 175) and four of Barbara Strawser’s festive naive-style paintings, including an untitled oil painting on wood panel depicting a girl in the midst of flowers (lot 205). Other featured artists in this category are David Tinsley (b. 1951) whose two paintings at auction include the acrylic on panel Girl and Deer (lot 225) and Lonnie Holley (b. 1950), with a mixed media assemblage titled Mask for My Sister’s Baby (lot 223).

Some of the finest lots in the sale are the works of Haitian artists. Jacques-Enguerrand Gourgue (1930-1996), one of Haiti’s most renowned artists of the 20th century, is shown at auction in a surrealist Still Life of oil on canvas (lot 89). The painting comes to auction from the Estate of Edwina Hilton Marks, along with an oil painting on Masonite by Seneque Obin (1893-1977), Capois La Mort a Vertieres depicting a scene from the battle of Vertieres, a major victory in the Second War of Haitian Independence (lot 95), and an untitled oil on board painting by Wilson Bigaud (1931-2010) of a wedding recessional on horseback (lot 90). Haitian-born artist Max Romain (b. 1930), active in New York City, brings to auction seven paintings, opening with King and Queen, (lot 139), a mixed media drawing dating to 1991. Two steel sculptures by famed metalworker Georges Liautaud, one of a pig (lot 91) and one of a smiling pregnant woman with earrings (lot 92), appear in the sale from the collection of Patricia L. and Maurice C. Thompson. Liautaud is largely credited as the source of an important movement in metal art in 20th century Haiti and the inspiration to subsequent generations of artists. Other international artists of note include Prince Twins Seven Seven (Nigerian, 1944-2011), whose seven lots at auction include a piece of ink on unstretched fabric titled Ogum ... of Power (lot 78), and Kwame Akoto or Almighty God, (Ghanaian, b. 1950), with 10 lots including the oil on board portrait Covered by the Blood of His Majesty Lord Jesus Christ (lot 69).

Other offerings in sculpture are no less diverse in spirit and tone. The most well-represented in this category is folk art legend Gregory Warmack (1948-2012), or "Mr. Imagination," with 13 lots of his mixed media creations. Warmack used found objects to create jocular animals and lively faces, often of imagined African kings, as in his Mixed Media Brush Heads (lot 180), in which recycled materials such as buttons and bottle caps make figures out of discarded paintbrushes. These sculptures come directly to the current owner from the artist. Meanwhile, the fanciful vision of American artist Sulton Rogers (1922-2003) can be seen in his phantasmagoric Two Headed Man with Cigar in carved and painted wood (lot 173), where one three-eyed face seems to sprout upwards from another, above an otherwise normal body. Other sculptures in the auction include The Sister, a mask made of found metal and wood on a stand (lot 192) by Jerry Coker (American, b. 1938), a mixed media sculpture of a head, its face painted in a tribal manner, that protrudes from its frame (lot 239) by Gina Gruenberg (American, 20th century), and the equally surreal Bust of a Man in glazed ceramic (lot 240), with birds roosting in the man’s horizontal coiffure, by Thaddeus Erdahl (American, 20th century).

A small collection of Native American artifacts has a provenance that includes early 20th century collector Joseph Grimm, coming to the current owner Robert Panchison through descent. A Northwest Coast Tlingit steel, copper and abalone shell dagger from the 19th century opens the auction (lot 1). Other exceptional items include an early 20th century Plains vest, its front entirely patterned with glass beads (lot 2) that is pictured in an early photo of Grimm’s collection, a turquoise pawn bracelet inscribed to Grimm from the silent film star Edythe Sterling (lot 11) and a beaded necklace owned by Chief Two Guns White Calf (lot 3), a leader of the Blackfoot tribe who may have been a model for the "Buffalo" nickel, and was undoubtedly one of the most famous Native Americans of the 20th century. The necklace, in a frame with descendant hair locks and necklaces, is also grouped with a period chromolithograph of Chief Two Guns White Calf wearing the necklace.

Additionally, the auction presents a true variety of traditional folk art. Eight lots of antique Russian Orthodox icons are led by a 19th century icon depicting the Mother of God with the Christ child, with hand-painted egg tempera and gesso on wood panel, in a gilt wood and kiot frame (lot 306). Other devotional images include five 19th century Mexican retablos on painted tin (lots 296-301), and allegorical earthenware figures from Mexico, with sculptures by Josefina and Demetrio Garcia Aguilar, as in the latter’s painted earthenware plaque, Tree of Life (lot 259). An exceptional Huichol yarn painting, framed, renders a vibrant intersection of animal forms and figures in brightly colored wool in beeswax (lot 253). Other lots include a vintage American bungalow-style birdhouse of painted wood (257), hand-painted folk art crosses, and masks from Tibet, Guatemala, Mexico and Native American tribes. The auction closes with 10 lots of art books, grouped by subject such as outsider art, American folk art, African art, pottery and more.

For details phone 215-438-4700.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Justin McCarthy (American, 1891-1977), 'Miss America 1946,' ink and watercolor on paper, 17 1/2 in. x 11 3/4 in., 44 x 30 cm (sight). Estimate: $500-$700. Material Culture image

Northwest Coast Tlingit steel and copper dagger, 19th century approx. 16 1/4 inches long, includes a sheath. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Material Culture image

Victor Joseph Gatto (American, 1893-1965), 'Landscape with Wildlife,' oil painting on canvas, 24 in. x 28 1/2 in., 61 x 72 cm (stretcher). Estimate: $3,000-$4,000. Material Culture image

Purvis Young (American, 1943-2010), 'Blues Man,' 1973, painting on wood, 42 1/2 in. x 22 in., 108 x 56 cm (board). Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Material Culture image

Georges Liautaud (Haiti/Croix-des-Bouquets, 1899-1992), 'Pig,' steel sculpture, size: 11 1/2 in. x 20 in., (29 x 51 cm). Estimate: $500-$700.Material Culture image

Seneque Obin (Haitian/Cap-Haitien, 1893-1977), 'Capois La Mort a Vertieres,' oil on Masonite, 16 in. x 20 in., 41 x 51 cm (board). Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Material Culture image

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 14:08
 

Tim’s Inc. lines up major auction in historic town Nov. 1

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Monday, 20 October 2014 16:02

Shelf clock made by Eli and Samuel Terry, the first clock makers in the United States, with woodworks made in Goshen. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

GOSHEN, Conn. – An important on-site auction of three historic properties and the hundreds of treasures they hold is slated for Saturday, Nov. 1. The auction has just gotten better with the addition of estate items from prominent homes in Watertown and Old Greenwich, plus many new items that have only recently come to light after being unpacked and inventoried over the last month in Goshen.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The auction, set to start at 11 a.m. Eastern time, already included an eight-acre farm with historic 1812 farmhouse and outbuildings located at 227 Old Middle St. in Goshen – where the auction will take place – an 1831 country store located at 10 Old Middle St (at Routes 63 and 4) in Goshen, and a circa-1900 home in Southbury known as “The Little Red Schoolhouse.”

Now add to that an 1870 home near the Green in charming Watertown that has been in the same family since 1900, plus its contents; and the contents of an upscale estate home in tony Old Greenwich, in Fairfield County. The Watertown home is on an acre of land at the corner of Route 63 and Woolson Street.

The cornucopia of items inside the buildings will be sold by Tim’s Inc. Auctions of Bristol and Litchfield. They are so numerous and wide-ranging, many will be offered in multiple lots, often many boxes comprising one lot. Additional treasures from prominent estates in Watertown and Old Greenwich have also been added, showcasing an already packed and exciting auction.

The four historic properties will be offered at 11 a.m. by Litchfield Real Estate Auctions LLC, brokers. The contents and treasures will be sold immediately afterward, at noon, by Tim’s Inc. Auctions. Offered will be a trove of Westmoreland Glass pieces, stunning estate jewelry items, wonderful period furniture, vintage lamps and lighting, gold and silver coins and more.

Discovered in the Old Greenwich estate, among the items that have been in the same family for decades, is a shelf clock made by Eli and Samuel Terry, the first clock makers in the United States, with woodworks made right in Goshen, where it will be sold, fittingly enough. A Goshen label on the clock is proof. The early 19th century shelf clock features beautiful sailing ships in the lower glass, outstanding Hitchcock-style stenciling throughout and other unique features.

One of the highlight items from the Watertown home is a highly collectible circa 1920s General Electric refrigerator – an older model, with the motor (or compressor) mounted on top. The refrigerator is even stocked with unopened vintage beer bottles, with beer, from the era.

Collectors of sports memorabilia will be astounded by an album containing dozens of signed photographs of baseball stars from years gone by, including Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle, plus some hockey and football autographs. The collector was a former decorated veteran of the Vietnam war, who used guile and determination to gather the autographs into one massive book. He died recently, and the entire proceeds of this lot will go toward paying for his burial expenses.

There are so many boxes of Westmoreland glass – easily 1,000 boxes or more – that some will be sold in multiple lots, as many as 50-60 boxes in a single offering. They were collected by the late Wilfred Reil of Litchfield, whose heirs are offering them now. The attic of the general store building is filled with china cabinets, bookcases and corner cabinets that are themselves filled with glass objects and other collectibles. Each cabinet will be sold, one by one, as a single lot.

Recently unpacked are huge leather-bound ledgers from Westmoreland Glass Co., a stack waist-high from the 1920s. Handwritten ledger entries document the firm’s business dealings with companies like Woolworth’s. Also just discovered are historical photos of the company that probably hung in the company’s main building and show some actual glass pieces that will be in the auction, plus a 1930s-era photo that was used as a window display at a Philadelphia bank.

Even fine art will be in the sale, highlighted by a bronze bust of a woman by the noted French artist Emmanuel Villanis (1858-1914). The sculpture, titled Lucrece, was rendered in the 19th century.

Period furniture will feature laminated rosewood carved chairs attributed to John H. Belter of New York; a rosewood carved rococo marble-top table with magnificent three-dimensional carvings, attributed to either Belter or J. & J.W. Meeks; and a monumental 72-inch-tall by 60-inch-wide mirrored-back sideboard, heavily carved with original finish, by Belter or Meeks.

A pair of very different lots both carry an eagle theme. One is a “Don’t Give Up the Ship” 28-inch-long by 9-inch-tall carved eagle made around the turn of the century by William Shephard of Mystic, Conn., with stars, stripes and shield in a nautical motif. The other is a Black Forest humidor, 22 inches tall, with a full spread eagle at the top, monumental and beautifully carved.

Lamps and lighting will include a Pairpoint Puffy table lamp with hummingbirds and flowers and a Pairpoint cut glass table lamp with dome shade (both made in Meriden, Conn.); Gone With the Wind lamps, to include one with a cut jewel shade by Bradley & Hubbard and one with a deep red etched satin shade with ram’s heads at the base, signed Bradley & Hubbard; hall lamps with opalescent shades; and several nice library lamps in various shapes and sizes.

Estate jewelry promises to be an exciting category in the auction, with new and dazzling pieces being uncovered by the day. Sold will be a Victorian bow pin with diamonds and sapphires, set in 18K gold and platinum; a women’s one-carat diamond ring; a pair of ancient Roman earrings; and a pair of David Webb (N.Y.) screw-back earrings complete with the original box.

Also sold will be 14K and 18K gold pocket watches; a circa-1790 century mid-Georgian pin with over one carat of diamonds and rubies; an Art Deco platinum diamond pin with sapphires, boasting over 3.5 carats of diamonds; and an early Victorian necklace with diamonds and sapphires, with one carat of diamonds and white sapphires with natural golden pearls.

Still more jewelry will feature a stunning 18K diamond necklace with over one carat of diamonds; an 18K women’s diamond and platinum ring with diamonds totaling just under three carats; a women’s single-stone 1.05-carat diamond ring; and a women’s diamond ring with two large diamonds totaling over two carats total weight. Also sold will be a lovely Cartier cigarette box.

The coins in the sale – and there will be many gold and silver coins – were still being inventoried at press time.

Even classic and vintage automobiles will cross the auction block. These will include a 1949 Buick Special, black, in absolute like-new condition, with just 15,000 miles on the odometer; a 1957 Buick Special, turquoise in color inside and out, also in showroom condition, with lots of chrome; a 1951 Buick sedan; and a 1926 Ford Model T two-door sedan, in running condition. All of the vintage cars are currently on view at the Goshen General Store (10 Old Middle St.).

Decorative items and collectibles will feature bride’s baskets, pickle casters, Flow Blue china, perfume bottles, Wave Crest, mesh purses a Nantucket sewing basket with swinging handle, a Rookwood vase, Roseville pottery and more. At press time, boxes were being opened and yet more treasures were being discovered. This will probably go on right up to the date of auction.

“The Little Red Schoolhouse” building features high ceilings, two bedrooms and a large kitchen. For more information on any of the four historic properties, call Mary Helen Levine at 203-525-4753; e-mail is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Goshen is a pretty town located 10 minutes north of Litchfield, in northwest Connecticut. It is celebrating its 275th anniversary.

A buyer’s premium of 23% will be applied to all purchases.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Shelf clock made by Eli and Samuel Terry, the first clock makers in the United States, with woodworks made in Goshen. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

‘Don’t Give Up the Ship’ 28-inch-long by 9-inch-tall carved eagle made around the turn of the century by William Shephard of Mystic, Conn. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

Monumental 72 inch tall by 60 inch wide mirrored-back sideboard, heavily carved with original finish, by Belter or Meeks. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

Stunning ladies' diamond ring with two large diamonds totaling over two carats total weight. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

Autograph book containing signed photos of dozens of greats such as Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

This 1926 Ford Model T two-door sedan, in running condition, is one of several vintage and classic cars in the auction. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

Nantucket sewing basket with swinging handle. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

Early Victorian necklace with diamonds and sapphires, with one carat of diamonds and white sapphires with natural gold pearls. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

Pairpoint Puffy table lamp with hummingbirds and flowers, made in Meriden, Conn. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 16:43
 

Bertoia's presents Max Berry antique bank & toy collection, Nov. 14-15

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Althof Bergmann suffragette drummer with horse bell toy, hand-painted tin, cast-iron wheels, 10in long, est. $1,800-$2,250. Bertoia Auctions image

VINELAND, N.J. – At this point in the evolution of antique toy and bank collecting, it could be argued that there are two basic groups of collectors: those who have had the privilege of viewing the Max N. Berry collection, and those who will see it for the first time on November 14-15, 2014 at Bertoia’s. Over those two days in mid-November, the family-owned New Jersey company will auction a total of 479 lots of early toys and mechanical banks from the distinguished Berry collection, with nearly 100 lots planned for the Friday evening session, and the balance to follow on the Saturday. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

“I don’t know where you would go to top the Max Berry collection for ‘wow factor.’ Max has been astonishing his fellow collectors for decades, with one impossibly rare toy after another,” said Bertoia Auctions associate Rich Bertoia. “Max set his sights on buying primarily from pedigreed collections whose name value gave the toys and banks automatic provenance.”

Of the nearly 200 mechanical banks to be offered in Bertoia’s November sale, many are so rare, they fall under the heading of “less than a handful known.”

A prime example would be Berry’s 1880s “Darky Fisherman” mechanical bank, designed by Charles A. Bailey of Cobalt, Connecticut. Formerly in the Steven and Marilyn Steckbeck collection, it is one of only two known examples designed with an original fish dangling at the end of the fisherman’s line. Bertoia’s estimate is $225,000-$250,000.

Another extraordinarily rare bank in the Berry collection is a J. & E. Stevens Preacher at the Pulpit. Patented in 1876 and one of three known, it comes to auction with a long and storied line of provenance that goes back to pioneer collector Dr. Arthur E. Corby. Estimate: $150,000-$175,000.

The only known original example of a circa-1890s Target in Vestibule mechanical bank, ex Steckbeck and L.C. Hegarty collections, is of unknown American manufacture. In near-mint condition, it is estimated at $30,000-$40,000. A rather obscure circa-1878 Rival mechanical bank with a “springing” monkey figure could reach $30,000-$45,000; while a circa-1880 C.G. Bush Clown on Bar bank, ex Hegarty collection, it is estimated at $60,000-$80,000.

A horse-theme “Trotter” mechanical bank purported to be the only surviving example was made around 1890 by an unknown manufacturer. When a coin is dropped into the saddle, the horse’s front leg paws the ground. “There is a mold for a still bank that has a similar appearance, but being non-mechanical, it does not have a moving leg,” Bertoia noted. The Horse bank is entered with an $18,000-$25,000 estimate.

Other prizes include an 1882-patented Shoot That Hat mechanical bank, $40,000-$60,000; an American Mechanical Sewing Machine bank, $18,000-$22,000; and an 1884-patented Presto Penny Changes to Quarter bank that “magically” converts a deposited penny to a quarter. It will take much more than 25 cents to own this intriguing bank, which is estimated at $40,000-$55,000.

At the top tier of mechanical banks in the Max Berry collection are two original models, both made of lead, formerly in the Hegarty collection. One is a Wishbone bank in which two figures “pull” on a wishbone that comes apart; the other is a circa-1881 Charles A. Bailey-designed Old Aunt Dinah and the Fairy. Both of these patterns will be auctioned with an $80,000-$100,000 estimate.

Collectors of tin banks will find many exciting rarities in the Berry collection, as well. The only known example of a Weeden clockwork Chinese Ball Tosser, with its original box, is expected to make $70,000-$90,000. Also featured are two Saalheimer & Strauss Mickey Mouse money boxes in very fine condition, est. $15,000-$30,000 each; and an extremely rare, German-made Automatic Savings Bank depicting a circus strongman punching a sailor character, est. $10,000+.

A prominent Washington attorney and trusted high-level political adviser, Max Berry purchased his first mechanical bank in 1967, but his toy buying didn’t begin until 1970.

“In the beginning, the only reason I purchased toys was because I knew the big bank collectors wouldn’t sell their duplicates, but they would trade them if you had a rare toy to offer to them,” said Berry. “Before long, I was buying and collecting both toys and mechanical banks, and I ended up with a couple of thousand pieces in my collection.”

Berry’s wise bartering strategy resulted in an enviable sub-collection of early American horse-drawn cast-iron toys. Few would argue that the piece de resistance is an exquisite Ives Cutter Sleigh, the only one known that retains its original seated figure. Estimate: $125,000-$150,000. A Hubley Revolving Monkey Cage Wagon, one of possibly three known, could reach $75,000-$100,000. Additionally, many early cast-iron firefighting toys will be offered.

A Who’s Who of bell toys includes many scarce pieces. A circa-1885 Woman Drummer is a quintessential American patriotic toy, depicting a seated woman in an open cart with eagle finial. As though in a parade, the center bell rings as the toy is pulled along. Estimate: $22,000-$25,000. Additionally, the auction offers a three-dimensional brass pattern for a bell toy called “Christmas Morning,” an endearing depiction of children with toys and a cat. It was formerly in the collection of financier Edwin H. Mosler Jr (1919-1982) and reportedly was one of his favorite toys.

Early American tin was another of Max Berry’s favorite categories, and he had his share of great examples from the finest makers, including George Brown, Althof Bergmann, Merriam, and Hall & Stafford. There are platform toys with suffragette figures and a menagerie of animals that includes elephants, goats, and horses with trainers.

Jeanne Bertoia, owner of Bertoia Auctions, said anyone wishing to learn about antique toys will have the perfect opportunity to do so at the preview and auction.

“What makes Max so special as a collector is that his personal satisfaction has never been tied to the idea of amassing a large quantity of toys. His greatest pleasure has always come from sharing his lifetime of knowledge in hopes of inspiring others to collect,” she said. “Having him in the room is like having access to a graduate course in antique toys, with the most fascinating professor imaginable in charge. Our preview and auction are going to be welcoming, hospitable events to honor Max, whom we have no doubt will be the center of attention.”

To contact Bertoia's about any item in the auction, call 856-692-1881 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Althof Bergmann suffragette drummer with horse bell toy, hand-painted tin, cast-iron wheels, 10in long, est. $1,800-$2,250. Bertoia Auctions image

Cast-iron mechanical bank of unknown manufacture and reportedly given away by the American Sewing Machine Co., circa 1880s, est. $12,000-$15,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Saalheimer & Strauss Mickey Mouse mechanical tin bank, circa 1930s, est. $15,000-$18,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Ives Flying Artillery, circa 1890, a classic American firefighting toy, 21in long, est. $2,500-$3,500. Bertoia Auctions image

Ives Cutter Sleigh, circa 1893, 19½in long, considered by many the finest American toy ever produced, illustrious line of provenance, est. $100,000-$150,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Christmas Morning bell toy brass pattern of unknown manufacture. Provenance: collections of Edwin H. Mosler Jr., Al Davidson. Est. $8,000-$10,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Hubley clockwork amusement ride toy, circa 1885, 19in long, est. $25,000-$30,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Boy on clockwork tricycle, cast-iron frame with tin open card, hand-painted all-wood figure, 16in long, est. $6,000-$7,500. Bertoia Auctions image

Marklin (Germany) oversize hansom cab, 28in long, est. $15,000-$18,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Father Christmas penny toy, Meier (Germany), lithographed tin with removable lid on basket for access to candy, est. $4,000-$5,000. Bertoia Auctions image

J. & E. Stevens Preacher in the Pulpit cast-iron mechanical bank, circa 1876, superb provenance including Dr. Arthur Corby, L.C. Hegarty, Stanley Sax. Est. $150,000-$200,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 14:16
 

Sterling Associates to host creepy ‘Danse Macabre’ auction, Oct. 22

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Selection of four African throwing knives with engraved blades and wrapped handles. Sterling Associates image

CLOSTER, N.J. – “It will creep you out,” warned Sterling Associates’ owner, Stephen D’Atri, describing the vast contents of the estate to be auctioned on Wednesday, October 22, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. “By day, Mark Falk was a high-level government employee who went to church regularly and played music as a hobby. All of his friends say he was a wonderful, interesting guy. But what made him different was that he also had a fascination with death.”

Falk’s harmless but unusual obsession led to his amassing an extraordinary collection of sheet music, books, photographs, artwork and other objects – even human bones – that had a connection to death.

“Because of his interest in music, Mr. Falk collected hundreds of thousands of pieces of sheet music and music journals, some of them hand-published, from the 18th century to contemporary times. The music covers all sorts of themes, but we named our auction ‘Danse Macabre’ because, in one particular section of his sheet music collection, he had many renditions of the song titled ‘Danse Macabre,’ by various composers and arrangers,” D’Atri said.

D’Atri and his team spent well over two months sorting through and lotting the sheet music, which D’Atri said would appeal to individual collectors as well as online and brick-and-mortar sheet music dealers. A specialty section of the sale is geared especially toward retailers and buyers of 18th, 19th and 20th-century music.

“All of it is original material,” said D’Atri. “You can tell that, over the years, Mr. Falk bought sheet music from sources in many different countries. Many items were priced in lira, franks, Deutschmarks, or later on, in euros.”

The “macabre” section of the sale contains 50 to 60 lots of books and other literary works, many published prior to 1920. Examples include: “The Ultimate Jack the Ripper Companion,” “The Quacks of Old London,” and “Devils, Drugs and Doctors.” Some are more scientific in their approach, such as “Post Mortem – Essays, Historical and Medical,” “Mistakes and Accidents of Surgery,” and the 1866 publication “What to Observe at the Bedside and After Death in Medical Cases.” Additional subjects covered include mass murderers, poisoners, the devil, pirates, and American Indian “horrors and massacres.” Books will be offered in lots by category.

A number of large edged weapons will be auctioned, including crude African tribal daggers and Nepalese “kukris.” Among the voodoo and vampire-related items are two vampire-killing sets – one of which is housed in a large coffin – and a 24- by 12-inch voodoo priestess box that contains effigy dolls, brushes, mystical herbs and other paraphernalia. “So far, the vampire and voodoo items have been the most visited lots in our online catalog,” said D’Atri.

The macabre selection also includes taxidermied insects (tarantulas, spiders, beetles, etc.), 1850s-1870s post-mortem daguerreotypes, and several human bones. “In the bone grouping there’s a foot, hand, pelvis and a partial skull. We already have multiple absentee bids on all of them,” D’Atri said.

“Aside from the morbid aspects of Mark Falk’s estate, it contains many of the types of things you’d expect to find in a nice home,” D’Atri observed. “There are clocks, sculptures, paintings and other decorative objects.”

The auction also includes two baby grand pianos – a 2005 Vogel V 180 Royal (by Schimmel), of lacquered mahogany; and a Chickering. Both will be auctioned at the beginning of the sale, together with 150 lots of sheet music. The music section will be followed by books, then all other categories.

There are many ways to participate in Sterling Associates’ October 22, 2014 Danse Macabre Auction, but the company conducts its auctions a bit differently than most.

“All bidding is conducted remotely, but we’re very much a permanent brick-and-mortar company where anyone can come in to inspect the goods,” said D’Atri. “It will be run exactly like a live auction, but without a live audience.”

The Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 auction will commence at 3 p.m. Eastern Time, two hours earlier than usual. The live gallery preview is from 10-3 on Oct. 20, 21 and 22; or by appointment. The gallery is located at 70 Herbert Ave., Closter, NJ 07624. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

Click to view a narrated video tour of highlights from the auction. Caution -- it's not for the faint of heart!

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For additional information on any item in the auction or to reserve a phone line, call 201-768-1140 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Online: www.antiquenj.com. View the fully illustrated catalog online at www.LiveAuctioneers.com



ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Selection of four African throwing knives with engraved blades and wrapped handles. Sterling Associates image 

Vogel V 180 Royal (by Schimmel) baby grand piano, German, lacquered mahogany. Sterling Associates image

Collection of six antique music journals containing sheet music from various composers. Sterling Associates image

Bound album of handwritten sheet music, possibly by Mozart, 19th century. Sterling Associates image

Victorian post-mortem ambrotype / daguerreotype of an infant. Sterling Associates image

Regimental silver mounted Gurkha kukri with Royal Cypher of Queen Elizabeth II; rear pouch contains two horn-handle knives. Sterling Associates image

Vampire-killing kit with wood stakes, silver crucifixes and other accouterments in coffin-shape box. Sterling Associates image

Nineteenth-century voodoo priestess box with various hexing paraphernalia, including wax doll, skull, claw, mystical herbs, etc. Sterling Associates image

From a grouping of human bones, a portion of a skull. Sterling Associates image

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 12:49
 

Breker to tally early computer in tech auction Nov. 14-15

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Capable of solving a range of complex equations, this 1958 Mechanical Analogue Computer, or M.A.C., was an early flight simulator. Auction Team Breker image

COLOGNE, Germany – In May 2013 Auction Team Breker set a new world record for selling a 1976 Apple I computer for $671,400 (516,500 euros). The Apple I is the iconic first product of today's most successful technology company, yet its inventor Steve Wozniak might be surprised to discover that a MAC computer that existed 18 years before Apple Inc. was founded is being offered by Auction Team Breker at its Nov. 14-15 auction of science and technology which will also include fine toys and automata.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

M.A.C. is the acronym for a Mechanical Analogue Computer built by the English firm Air Trainers Link Ltd. of Aylesbury in 1958. Capable of solving a range of complex equations, this early flight simulator was the first tape-controlled computer system in the world. Input and output data was presented on a moving paper recorder. Although kits were also offered for the technically ambitious, a glance at the complex machinery of shafts, levers and pulleys explains why its case was the size of a large wardrobe (64 x 77 x 24 inches) – a far cry from today's compact Mac products. This example was discovered on the British Isle of Wight and is believed to be one of only two still in existence. The other is one at the Science Museum London. Auction Team Breker estimates the early computer at $13,500-$27,000 (10,000-20,000 euros).

Another important piece of historic technology on offer is a combined radio detector and Morse receiver of circa 1910, a unique laboratory prototype of early wireless technology (estimate: $6,500-$10,000 / 5,000-8,000 euros). Also included in Breker's auction is a rare Marconi Magnetic Detector, or “Maggie,” of the sort that once outfitted R.M.S. Titanic's radio room. The device is credited with saving some 700 lives on board the ill-fated passenger ship (estimate: $10,000-$15,000 / 8,000-12,000 euros).

A more recent historic event is the subject of a satirical automaton of Russian President Vladimir Putin signing the agreement of Accession of the Crimea to Russia on March 18, 2014. The work of well-known author and automata-maker Christian Bailly, Paris, this automaton was modeled on a late 19th century automaton “Pierrot Writer” by Gustave Vichy. Bailly portrays the Putin at a desk; as the light of the old-fashioned lamp dims, the president grows weary, his head drops and his hand pauses. Then, waking again, he turns up the lamp and continues writing (estimate: $33,000-$46,000 / 25,000-35,000 euros).

An imposing forte piano grand format musical box by Nicole Frères carries an interesting history. The property of J.A. Guichard, a merchant in Manila during the 1860s, it was discovered in a farmhouse in rural Maine in 1959, carefully restored and then enjoyed by summer visitors in one of the oldest privately owned mechanical music museums on the East Coast (estimate: $13,000-$20.000 / 10,000-15,000 euros).

Two rare developments in recorded sound from the turn of the century feature in Breker's auction. The first, a Polygraphon by Polyphonwerk of Leipzig, combines a traditional disc music box with a 78 rpm record player (estimate: $10,000-$15,000 / 8,000-12,000 eurs). The second, a Bébé Lioretgraphe, combines a beautiful bisque-headed doll by Jumeau with an ingenious celluloid-cylinder phonograph patented by the French clockmaker and sound pioneer Henri Lioret in 1893 (estimate: $6,500-$10,000 / 5,000-8,000 euros).

Among the traditional tin toys is an elegant open motor coach with passengers by Gebr. Bing – the first model automobile by this maker – from circa 1900 (estimate: $6,500-$10,000 / 5,000-8,000 euros) and a fresh-to-the-market collection of over 70 tin toy motorcycles.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Capable of solving a range of complex equations, this 1958 Mechanical Analogue Computer, or M.A.C., was an early flight simulator. Auction Team Breker image

Rare Marconi magnetic detector, or ‘Maggie,’ of the type that was installed in the R.M.S. Titanic's radio room, estimate: $10,000-$15,000 (8,000-12,000 euros). Auction Team Breker image

This musical cathedral clock was likely created as an exhibition piece by B.A. Bremond of Geneva around 1870, estimate: $5,500-$8,000 (4,000-6,000 euros). Auction Team Breker image

'Sur-plateau’ musical repeater gold pocket watch, circa 1820, estimate: $10,000-$15,000 (8,000-12,000 euros). Auction Team Breker image

This Polygraphon combines a traditional disc music box with a 78 rpm record player, estimate: $10,000-$15,000 (8,000-12,000 euros). Auction Team Breker image

Bébé Lioretgraphe combines a bisque-headed doll by Jumeau with an ingenious celluloid-cylinder phonograph patented by the French clockmaker and recorded sound pioneer Henri Lioret, estimate: $6,500-$10,000 (5,000-8,000 euros). Auction Team Breker image

Bing open motor coach with passengers, circa 1900, estimate: $6,500-$10,000 (5,000-8,000 euros). Auction Team Breker image

One of more than 70 tin toy motorcycles that will be sold by Auction Team Breker on Nov. 14-15. Auction Team Breker image

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 11:22
 

Stefek’s auction Oct. 23 features fine art, modern design

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Enrico Donati (American, 1909-2008), 'Atlantis II,' mixed media on canvas. Stefek's image

GROSSE POINTE FARMS, Mich. – Stefek’s Auctioneers and Appraisers will conduct its Fine Art and Modern Design Auction on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. Eastern and will feature numerous noteworthy items across all categories.

Internet bidding will be provided by Auction Central News.

The 300-lot sale is anchored in its diverse array of fine art, and notable pieces from this category include two paintings by British artist Montague Dawson (1890-1973). Dawson was born in Chiswick, London, and although he did not attended art school, he developed an interest in painting at a young age. The artist joined the Royal Navy at the beginning of World War I, during which time he befriended British marine painter Charles Napier Hemy (1841-1917), an important artistic mentor to Dawson. Dawson served as an official artist for the navy during the war, and many of his depictions of naval battles were published to provide readers with a better understanding of such encounters. Dawson combined his penchant for technical accuracy with his knowledge of the ships themselves, and became one of the most highly regarded marine painters of his time.

Another standout item is a painting by Italian-born American artist Enrico Donati (1909-2008). Donati was born in Milan, and later studied economics at the Università degli Studi di Pavia. The artist left Europe for New York City with the onset of hostilities surrounding World War II, and later joined the ranks of the European Surrealist painters working in New York. Donati befriended artists such as André Breton and Marcel Duchamp, and helped to organize the 1947 Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme in Paris. His work has been exhibited in numerous institutions around the world, such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Stefek’s is confident that the important art featured in its October auction will garner significant interest from local and international buyers alike.

Stefek’s continues to move toward a specialization in modern design, and the upcoming October auction will feature several mid-century pieces of note. One such piece is a pair of interlocking tables designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar (model 5404). Other featured Edward Wormley designs include a pair of upholstered ottomans from Dunbar’s Janus collection, an armchair (model 5700-A), and a wood occasional table (model 6326). A pair of Bruno Mathsson “Eva” chairs, a pair of George Nelson for Herman Miller steel frame dressers, and an Achille & Pierre Castiglioni Arco floor lamp for Flos complement each other well in the mid-century category.

The auction will also feature a wide variety of items such as lighting, sculpture, silver, jewelry, rugs and other decorative objects.

For more information about the Oct. 23 auction, call Stefek’s Auctioneers & Appraisers at 313-881-1800 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Enrico Donati (American, 1909-2008), 'Atlantis II,' mixed media on canvas. Stefek's image

Edward Wormley interlocking tables. Stefek's image

Montague Dawson (British, 1890-1973), 'Summer Skies: Six Metres Rounding the East Lepe Buoy in the Solent,' oil on canvas. Stefek's image

Montague Dawson's 'West Solents: Yachtsman's Wind,' oil on canvas. Stefek's image

Carlo Alfano (Italian, 1932-1990), 'Ripresenza 3,' oil on canvas. Stefek's image

Francis (Ferenc) De Erdelyi (Hungarian, 1904-1959), 'Man with Violin,' oil on Masonite. Stefek's image

Patrick Hughes (British, born 1939), 'Venezia 2006,' hand-painted 3D multiple with lithography. Stefek's image

Thalia N. Schunk (American, 20th century), abstract bronze sculpture, 60 1/2in overall. Stefek's image

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 10:52
 

Premier sculptures in Palm Beach Modern Auctions' Nov. 1 sale

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Sam Francis (American, 1923-1994), original acrylic on paper, est. $25,000-$35,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A top-notch selection of nearly 300 lots of modern and decorative art will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Palm Beach Modern Auctions’ exhibition center. Some of the most sought-after names in 20th-century art and design are represented in the lineup – Frank Stella, David Hockney, Robert Motherwell and Willem de Kooning, to name but a few. Throughout, the imagination factor goes far beyond what one might expect to see at auction. For example, there’s an amusing Barbini “Aquarium” blown-glass lamp base with faux fish, and an actual U.S. $1 bill boldly signed in black marker by Andy Warhol.

Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com

Headlining the sale is Lot 73, a Fernando Botero (Colombian, b. 1932-) original bronze titled Venus. The 30-inch-tall female nude is artist-signed and was cast in 1977-1978. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Galeria El Museo of Bogota, it carries a presale estimate of $400,000-$600,000.

Lot 133 is an important original Jesus Rafael Soto (Venezuelan, 1923-2005) wall sculpture of metal, wood and filament. Soto was an acclaimed op/kinetic artist, sculptor and painter whose work was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum in New York; and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. The 1970 artwork to be auctioned has a French gallery stamp on verso from Galerie Denise Rene and is estimated at $75,000-$150,000.

A trifecta of marvelous Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) sculptures – entered as Lots 124, 125 and 126 – showcases the artist’s inventive mind and boundless creativity. The first of the three sculptures, titled Bush, is a complex 12- by 12-inch copper and bronze sculpture that comes with a Bertoia-signed photo of the work in an envelope from the artist. Most recently, it was included in a Sotheby’s cataloged exhibition (Feb. 11-March 9, 2014), “Bertoia: A Celebration of Sound and Motion.” Its estimate is $60,000-$80,000. Immediately following is a 43-inch-tall “spill cast” organic-shape bronze replicating a coral formation, estimated at $40,000-$60,000. Last among the three successive Bertoia auction lots is Split Gong, a bronze form with applied patina that was one of a trio of gongs created as a single work for the 1976 Norwegian exhibition “Harry Bertoia: Musikk A Sepa.” It is estimated at $60,000-$80,000.

The Nov. 1 auction also includes superior examples of midcentury modern glass, with a special inclusion being Lot 98, a 19-inch-tall “Fasce Orizzontali” blown-glass vase by Fulvio Bianconi for Venini. A stunning work of azure, turquoise, cerise and black irregular bands on clear glass, it is described by Palm Beach Modern Auctions partner and auctioneer Rico Baca as “… the largest Bianconi vase we have ever seen. On top of that, it was created by one of the masters of Murano glass design.” The vase, which is acid-etched “Venini Murano Italia” on its base, is referenced on Page 161 of the Venini catalogue raisonne by Anna Venini Diaz de Santillana. It is expected to reach $15,000-$25,000 on auction day.

A large and varied offering of Danish pottery includes an interesting collection of Arne Bang (1901-1983) glazed stoneware vessels. Entered as Lot 27, the grouping is a sampler of forms and finishes by one of Scandinavia’s most accomplished 20th-century potters. There are three vases, a bowl and a lidded container with sculptural finial. The lot estimate is $2,000-$3,000.

The distinctive stoneware and metal designs of Gunnar Nyland for Rorstrand and Numolle come together as a 14-piece collection in Lot 29. Vases, vessels, an avian figurine, and a deeply edged decorative plate with pinwheel pattern comprise the assortment, which is collectively estimated at $3,000-$4,500.

Other highlights include Lot 53, a massive 98- by 93-inch Red Grooms (American, b. 1937-) painting titled Franz Kline, estimate $20,000-$30,000; Lot 115, an original 1966 Sam Francis (American, 1923-1994) acrylic on paper, $25,000-$35,000; three Motherwell signed editions, and drawings by Warhol and Picasso.

The sale is nicely rounded out with colorful abstract woven-wool tapestries, two surrealist paintings by Robert Lincoln Springfels (American, 1911-1984), and photos by Diane Arbus, Jan Groover, Frank Worth and Dennis Stock, including Lot 198, a Stock-signed 1955 gelatin silver print (15/125) of James Dean smoking a cigarette and walking along a rainy street at New York’s Times Square. The iconic photo with Palm Beach provenance is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

Palm Beach Modern Auctions’ Modern Art, Decorative Arts & Sculptures sale will commence at noon Eastern time on Sat., Nov. 1. For additional information, call 561-586-5500, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Sam Francis (American, 1923-1994), original acrylic on paper, est. $25,000-$35,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

Group lot of five stoneware vessels by Arne Bang (Danish, 1901-1983), est. $2,000-$3,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

Red Grooms (American, b. 1937-), ‘Franz Kline,’ pastel and wash on paper with artist-hand-painted oil-on-wood frame, 98 x 93in., est. $20,000-$30,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

David Hockney (English, b. 1937-), chromogenic print collage titled ‘George, Blanche, Celia, Albert and Percy,’ signed, 12/20, 1983 edition, est. $25,000-$35,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

Fernando Botero (Colombian, b. 1932-) original bronze titled ‘Venus,’ 30in., 1977-78, est. $400,000-$600,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

One of three important Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) sculptures included in Nov. 1 auction, ‘Split Gong,’ bronze with applied patina, 1976, est. $60,000-$80,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

Jesus Rafael de Soto (Venezuela, 1923-2005), original wall sculpture, signed, 1970, est. $75,000-$150,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

Robert Burns Motherwell (American, 1915-1991), ‘Untitled’ color silkscreen, Plate 4 from ‘The African Suite,’ signed, ed. 96/150, 41 1/2 x 28 1/2in, est. $2,500-$3,500. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

Willem de Kooning (Dutch/American, 1904-1997), lithograph, signed 1979 artist proof, 24 x 30in sight / 32 x 38in framed, est. $6,000-$8,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:43
 

Roland Auctions delves into massive upstate NY collection Oct. 18

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014 08:32

Cast composition statue of 'Standing Lincoln' after Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s bronze unveiled in 1881 at Chicago’s Lincoln Park. This sculpture stands nearly 7 1/2 feet high. Roland Auctions image.

NEW YORK – Roland Auctions NY will hold a big Anniversary Auction on Saturday, Oct. 18. Celebrating its fourth year as Manhattan’s fastest growing regional—and only downtown—auction house, Roland is offering over 1,200 fresh-to-market lots.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding during the sale.

Roland Auctions NY recently acquired the entire holdings of Martin Parker’s Spencertown Arts & Antiques, an immense and encyclopedic collection built over 50 years in New York state’s Capitol District. As a demonstration of gratitude to Roland Auctions’ loyal customers over the past four years, half of the Oct. 18 Anniversary Auction consists of part one of the Spencertown Arts & Antiques hoard. Giving a sense of size and scope to the contents of this colossus, principal William J. Roland said, “If a picture is worth a thousand words, well imagine what you can say about a collection that contains 3,000 art works and over 15,000 individual objects.”

Among the featured selections in this auction is lot 410, a larger-than-life-size cast composition statue of Standing Lincoln after Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s bronze unveiled in 1881 at Chicago’s Lincoln Park. This sculpture, measuring nearly 7-1/2 feet high, was produced by the Boston Sculpture Co. circa 1909 and is situated on its original oak paneled plinth base for an impressive overall height of 9 feet.

Assembled from both the Spencertown Arts & Antiques holdings and some of the finest estates in Manhattan, Roland Auctions NY offers a spectrum of fine art that promises an exciting and well-attended auction day. Lots in this sale offer an art historical compendium spanning European old masters through modern vanguards and contemporary emerging artists. Sought after art includes works by: E.Shinn, M. Kahn, Loehman, Reginier, attr. A. Phillips, G. Rossi, M. Soyer, J. Lembeck, A.H. Bakhuyzen, A. Handel, A.D. Johansen, John F. Murphy and many more.

Twentieth century design is strongly represented at Roland Auctions NY this month. Vintage pieces in this category desired by collectors and enthusiasts alike feature works by designers Philip and Kelvin Laverne, John Stuart, Curtis Jere, Paul Frankl, Daum and a set of chairs after Andre Groualt. Prominent among these iconic objects is lot 401, a Tiffany Studios stamped and numbered counterbalance floor lamp with five-leg base and Tiffany Favrile art glass shade. Fueling excitement for the modernist are dozens of lighting pieces from acclaimed New York City collector Arthur Hindin, proprietor of Downtown Manhattan’s Retro Modern 20th Century Lighting.

Continuing to make a comeback, fine English 18th and 19th century furniture comprises several lots in this auction, among them a Victorian game table, a black chinoiserie tall case clock, a serpentine bachelor chest and a Georgian double-arch pediment secretary.

Always cultivating new areas of collecting, Roland Auctions NY will be offering a large assortment of high-end women’s fashions including many Chanel and Gucci handbags and apparel. Accompanying these pieces is a group of Louis Vuitton luggage and Hermes scarves.

Asian Arts and Orientalia include finely carved mineral specimens featuring a group of jadite articles. Other coveted items are pair of large yellow Peking glass bowls and an antique Chinese bronze and porcelain censor.

Saturday, Oct. 18, is certain to be a busy day at Roland. This mammoth sale begins at 10 a.m. Eastern.

For details phone Roland Auctions NY at 212-260-2000.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Cast composition statue of 'Standing Lincoln' after Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s bronze unveiled in 1881 at Chicago’s Lincoln Park. This sculpture stands nearly 7 1/2 feet high. Roland Auctions image.

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Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 09:42
 

20th century German artists have role in PBA Galleries sale Oct. 23

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Hermann Hesse letter with original watercolor. PBA Galleries image

SAN FRANCISCO – Important works, letters and original art by Hermann Hesse from a private collection will be highlighted at the Oct. 23 PBA Galleries Literature, Illustrated & Children’s Books, Oz and Books in All Fields sale. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Also offered are significant German Expressionist publications from between the world wars, including a number of works illustrated by George Grosz. The sale concludes with fine bindings and sets, striking illustrated books, literary highspots, imaginative children’s books and the wonderland of Oz.

Hesse, the German-born, Swiss writer, poet and painter, began painting in his 40s, particularly after he moved to the picturesque town of Montagnola, Switzerland, close to the Italian border. Many of his early watercolors are of the places he lived and loved. He wrote, “I have shown my appreciation to the old houses and stone roofs, the garden wall, the chestnut trees, the near and far away mountains, by painting, using hundreds of good sheets of drawing paper, many tubes of water paints and drawing pencils.” This sentiment can be seen in the nine lots of 11 original watercolor works by Hesse being offered. Two original watercolors from 1922 and 1925 on either side of a single sheet of paper depict a home and the surrounding landscape (estimate: $10,000-$15,000).

A typed poem with a small watercolor sketch by Hesse is affixed to the front free endpaper of an expanded second edition of Unterwegs and is initialed by Hesse at the bottom (estimate: $2,000-$3,000). Also offered at the sale is a signed autograph letter with an original watercolor scene of a few buildings overlooking a lake with mountains in the distance (estimate: $2,000-$3,000). A first printing of perhaps his best-known and most important work, Siddhartha, is also for sale. This copy is inscribed, signed and dated January 1923 (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Georg Heym’s Umbra vitae nachgelassene Gedichte was originally published in 1912. The 1924 limited edition is illustrated with 47 original and striking woodcuts by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (estimate: $5,000-$8,000). Kirchner was a German expressionist painter and printmaker and one of the founders of the artists group Die Brücke or "The Bridge," a key group leading to the foundation of Expressionism in 20th-century art. In 1933, his work was branded as "degenerate" by the Nazis and in 1937 over 600 of his works were sold or destroyed.

George Grosz and Wilhelm Heinrich Otto Dix were widely considered the most important artists of the Neue Sachlichkeit or "New Objectivity" German art movement. Grosz captured the resignation and cynicism of post-World War I Germany with his caustic caricatures. Richard Huelsenbeck’s Phantastische Gebete (Berlin: 1920), is the scarce second edition of poetry and other writings by the Socialist founder of the Berlin Dada group. Illustrated by Grosz, it is one of a number of works with drawings by him in the auction (estimate: $1,000-$1,500). Der Krieg: 24 Offsetdrucke nach Originalen aus dem Radierwerk gives stark depictions of the Great War and life in the trenches through etchings by Dix (estimate: $300-$500).

Other notable highlights of the sale include the rare Illustrations of Indian Zoology, 1833-4, by John Edward Gray, the second volume of a two-volume set, with 102 striking hand-colored lithographed plates (estimate: $10,000-$15,000); a set of 14 Oz books specially bound for Patricia Taurog, daughter of Hollywood director Norman Taurog, who directed the test scenes of the Wizard of Oz (estimate: $4,000-$5,000); the first Russian language printing of Henry Ford’s anti-Semitic The International Jew (estimate: $3,000-$5,000); and an original seven-page carbon typescript for a radio play by John Steinbeck, The Raid (estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

The sale will begin at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

For more information, please contact the galleries at 415-989-2665 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Hermann Hesse letter with original watercolor. PBA Galleries image

Original watercolor by Hermann Hesse, side 1 (1922). PBA Galleries image

Original watercolor by Hermann Hesse, side 2 (1925). PBA Galleries image

‘Illustrations of Indian Zoology, Volume 2.’ PBA Galleries image

Georg Heym’s ‘Umbra vitae nachgelassene Gedichte’ with illustrations by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. PBA Galleries image

Richard Huelsenbeck’s ‘Phantastische Gebete’ with illustrations by George Grosz. PBA Galleries image

Richard Huelsenbeck’ ‘Phantastische Gebete’ with illustrations by George Grosz. PBA Galleries image

Finely bound set of ‘The Writings of Bret Harte.’ PBA Galleries image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 14:10
 

Teapot extravaganza toast of Jeffrey Evans ceramics sale Oct. 21

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Royal Bonn monumental pedestal vase, painted with irises, from a family collection acquired in the 1920s and 1930s. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – There’s a teapot for every taste in Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ second annual Teapot Extravaganza, the first section of the offering of the 19th and 20th century ceramics auction Oct. 21. From novelty to Worcester, from 18th century Chinese Export porcelain to 1970s stoneware featured on Star Trek, there are teapots small, large, serious and humorous.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The auction kicks off with a selection of 18th century English teapots from an Ohio private collection. From there goes into an extensive collection of British novelty, unused stacking teapots and mugs, contemporary Chinese pottery and porcelain teapots.

This auction also features a strong 19th century component, including Berlin, Meissen, KPM, majolica, Palissy ware, Staffordshire figures, Flow Blue, Prattware and ironstones, Aesthetic-period wares, R.S. Prussia and Royal Bonn, including a monumental pedestal vase.

The 20th century section of the sale includes Shelley china, a collection of mostly Continental condensed milk holders, Arts & Crafts pottery and porcelain, and British, Continental and American art pottery

The auction is preceded by a forum with distinguished teapot collectors discussing their collections, followed by a tea, to be held Oct. 20 from 3 to 5 p.m.

For further information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 540-434-3939.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Royal Bonn monumental pedestal vase, painted with irises, from a family collection acquired in the 1920s and 1930s. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Berlin plaques and a jewel-encrusted miniature vase, part of the strong Continental porcelain section of the auction. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Items from the second part of the ‘Lil’ and Bud Marchant Shelley collection. This section of the auction also offers the Shelley collection of Lowell Wiggins of Sun City, Ariz., including vases and miniatures. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Pallisyware majolica dishes, from a Pennsylvania collection. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Eighteenth century English teapots from a private collection include these examples, part of the second annual Teapot Extravaganza. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:47
 

35-year postcard collection in Morphy ephemera action Oct. 25-26

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Wiener Werkstatte / Oskar Kokoschka postcard, ‘The Woman in the Gazebo,’ est. $1,000-$1,500. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Postcards have captivated American collectors since 1893, when series depicting scenes from the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition were made available to fairgoers who attended the landmark event. Examples of those early souvenir cards are among the thousands of rarities to be offered Oct. 25-26 in Morphy Auctions’ sale of the Danny and Kathy Danielsen collection.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The important 35-year collection, which is regarded as one of the most refined of its type, crosses all of the most popular subcategories within the postcard-collecting hobby. The classifications include rare hold-to-light and real-photo cards; Uncle Sam Santas, political, Art Nouveau, baseball and other sports; and a broad range of social history themes. Additionally, there are 39 lots of coveted postcards designed by Samuel L. Schmucker for John Winsch, mostly with a Halloween theme. Some are signed.

“The Danielsen collection is right at the top in terms of quality and rarity. It’s such a unique collection that I knew immediately it should be the solo featured collection of our Oct. 25-26 Postcard & Ephemera sale,” said Dan Morphy, president of Morphy Auctions.

Danny Danielsen became a postcard collector in 1979 during a Christmas visit to his mother, who was an antique dealer in Kansas City.

“She showed me some of her postcards and I ended up with three Santas, two Halloween cards and a postcard book. Ever since then, I’ve been a collector, and so has my wife, Kathy,” Danielsen said. The couple’s collections were merged to create the October auction consignment, although Kathy continues to collect modern postcards.

Throughout his career as a grain inspector in the Midwest, Danny Danielsen took advantage of his out-of-town travels by visiting dealers, shops and postcard shows. “That was the best education of all. You can read 100 books on postcards, but nothing can educate a collector like visiting a show, where the variety is massive. I was able to spot gems in many dealers’ stock, and if I found something rare, I would buy it.” Later, Danielsen expanded his search to Europe, shopping the Bloomsbury show in London, as well as shows and shops in Germany and France.

Danielsen said he was initially drawn to historical view cards. “They show early pictures of small towns in America and the people who lived there. Some of those towns are not even in existence anymore.”

His collection of Santa Claus cards includes desirable hold-to-light cards made around 1905 to 1912, which reveal different-colored lights within the postcard scene. Some of his most colorful cards are Halloween and holiday depictions drawn by Samuel L. Schmucker and Ellen H. Clapsaddle. Other favorites are images of horse-drawn delivery or RFD mail wagons, real-photo cards depicting motorcycles and motorcycle storefronts; and advertising cards. The latter category includes some rare, early 20th-century Coca-Cola cards featuring paintings of models by Hamilton King, beer cards, Keen Kutter tool cards, and black Americana cards.

Fine-art representations include many Art Nouveau postcards, highlighted by an Oskar Kokoschka / Wiener Werkstatte card titled The Woman in the Gazebo, estimate $1,000-$1,500. There are also examples by Raphael Kirchner and several by Alphonse Mucha, including a card that lists Sarah Bernhardt’s performance repertoire, estimated at $750-$1,000.

In the extensive sports category, standouts include three real-photo cards of legendary African-American boxer Jack Johnson. Two of the cards are unusual in that they depict Johnson with his wife, in Nevada. Estimate: $300-$500. For baseball fans, the collection offers four circa-1908 foldouts that include team photos of the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees and St. Louis Browns (2 cards). Each is estimated at $800-$1,200.

A section of the sale is devoted to real-photo postcards of studios and photographers. Most date to the 1905-1914 period, and some were taken by noted postcard photographers of the day, such as J.V. Dedrick, known for his images of Indians; and Solomon Butcher, whose Western scenes include a series of frontier sod house photos.

Many rare cards from expos, with a timeframe that runs from the 1800s through about 1933, are included in the collection. These mega-events were of particular interest to Danny Danielsen, who started collecting World’s Fair cards when he moved to St. Louis. The top entry in this category may be the oversize postcard from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. “It’s the only one I’ve ever seen,” said Danielsen. “Oversize cards tended to come in sets, so this one, which depicts the fair’s Liberal Arts Building, may have been part of a set. But I’ve never seen any others that were similar, so maybe it was printed as a single card. That remains a mystery.”

Other noteworthy subcategories include linen cards made before, during and just after World War II; the Titanic and Carpathia, including depictions of the rescue of Titanic passengers; and political postcards, which have their own following among political memorabilia collectors. There are two variations of a desirable mechanical card that has wheels on its bottom. When rolled along, an illusion is created of presidential candidates Taft and Bryan running toward the White House.

The auction will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern time. For additional information on any item in the sale or to reserve a phone line for bidding on auction day, call Morphy’s gallery at 717-335-3435 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Wiener Werkstatte / Oskar Kokoschka postcard, ‘The Woman in the Gazebo,’ est. $1,000-$1,500. Morphy Auctions image

Curt Teich ‘Mammy From Miami’ linen postcard from Florida, est. $300-$600. Morphy Auctions image

1908 Ty Cobb baseball postcard, est. $300-$600. Morphy Auctions image

Uncle Sam Santa hold-to-light postcard, est. $3,000-$6,000. Morphy Auctions image

1910 Yale Motorcycle real-photo postcard, est. $100-$200. Morphy Auctions image

Rare Winsch Halloween postcard with artwork by Schmucker (unsigned), est. $400-$600. Morphy Auctions image

Coca Cola Girl postcard with art by Hamilton King, mailed in 1911, est. $800-$1,200. Morphy Auctions image

William J. Lemp Falstaff Beer mechanical Santa postcard with rotating calendar, 1931, est. $400-$500. Morphy Auctions image

Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 13:27
 

Jeffrey Evans auction will turn out famous lamp collection Oct. 18

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Many outstanding early kerosene period lamps including a fine Sandwich Onion and a good selection of Sandwich and other cut overlays. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

MOUNT CRAWFORD – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will conduct the third and final auction of the renowned miniature lamp collection of the late Marge Hulsebus of Redlands, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 18, as part of a large auction of Victorian and Kerosene Lighting. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Many of the Hulsebus lamps were featured in the couple's two reference volumes, Miniature Victorian Lamps published in 1994 and Miniature Lamps of the Victorian Era published in 2004.

This section of the auction includes rare art glass lamps, desirable figural lamps and enamel-decorated lamps.

The auction will also offer the lighting collections of Vincent Columbo of Newark, N.J., and Suzanne Richie of Woodstock, N.Y. Both collections contain great rarities including early kerosene cut overlays, Victorian-period opalescent stand- and finger-lamps, fine hanging lamps, as well as a large selection of good parts of all types.

The October meeting of the Night Light collector’s club will be held in conjunction with the auction on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 16-17. The club is for miniature lamp enthusiasts.

For further information regarding this auction, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 540-434-3939.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Many outstanding early kerosene period lamps including a fine Sandwich Onion and a good selection of Sandwich and other cut overlays. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Sample of rare art glass miniature lamps including Cameo, Burmese and satin glass. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

From a fine selection of desirable figural miniature lamps. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Fine Henry Hooper, Boston gilt-brass four-arm chandelier with early kerosene setups, circa 1860. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:45
 

Orig. Picasso art, Bellows lithos headline Oct. 27 auction in Florida

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Chinese Qing Dynasty-style archaic bird-form wine vessel, 19th century, 14 7/8in high. Image: Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – An original Picasso artwork from the collection of a French-born resident of Palm Beach, Florida, will headline Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches’ (AGOPB) October 27 Fine & Decorative Art and Antiques Auction, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. Titled “Bouquet de Provence,” the vibrant crayon-on-paper drawing is artist-signed and expected to realize $200,000-$300,000.

Another top highlight of the 315-lot evening sale is an estate collection of five rare George Bellows lithographs. The auction is further enhanced by European paintings and fine clocks from a Boca Raton (Fla.) estate, important Chinese jades and objects from a second Palm Beach collection, and exquisite Royal Worcester and European porcelains from other South Florida estates and private collections.

“The owner of the Picasso drawing sold most of her valuables at a 2013 auction in Paris,” explained AGOPB president Brian Kogan, “but she retained a few special pieces, including a Yaacov Agam painting, which we auctioned on her behalf for $60,000, and the Picasso that leads our October sale.”

“Bouquet de Provence” is not only signed, but also inscribed “Cannes” and dated “8.4.58.” The 14½ by 10½-inch work reveals Picasso’s whimsical side and fondness for primary colors, as well as his genius for rendering dynamic, spontaneous images. The drawing comes with a certificate signed by Picasso and a complete record of provenance that documents its line of ownership prior to the 45 years it resided in the Palm Beach collection.

Brian Kogan commented: “The opportunity to offer an original work of art by such an important artist is truly an event for us. In conducting our research, we were only able to find two comparables resembling this type of still life. One was slightly larger and sold for $435,000. The other was slightly smaller and brought an auction price of $275,000. We felt quite comfortable placing a pre-auction estimate of $200,000 to $300,000 on ‘Bouquet de Provence.’”

This auction will also feature an Ocala, Florida estate collection of more than 60 prints by revered American and European artists. The grouping includes five fresh-to-the-market lithographs by American realist George Wesley Bellows (1882-1925), who was described by the Columbus Museum of Art as “the most acclaimed American artist of his generation.” Between the years of 1921 and 1924, while summering in Woodstock, N.Y., Bellows and his printer, Bolton Brown, collaborated on the printing of 103 iconic images of American life. Because of the low numbers of their well-documented editions, and the fact that artist only lived to age 42, Bellows/Brown lithographs are among the most desired of all 20th-century American prints.

The five Bellows lithographs entered in AGOPB’s auction have been held privately since the collector purchased them in the 1950s from the artist’s authorized representative, H.V. Allison & Co., New York. They include the circa-1921 print “Pool Player,” whose subject matter was no doubt influenced by Bellows’ familiarity with the billiards rooms at the Players Club on Gramercy Park, The National Arts Club, and the Salmagundi Club. The other four lithographs are studies of American life in the Roaring Twenties. The titles include “The Street” (circa 1917), “Billy Sunday” (circa 1923), “Business Man Bath” (circa 1923) and “Emma and Marjorie on the Sofa” (circa 1921). Additional prints in the collection range from Old Masters by Rembrandt and Adrien van Ostade to works by modern masters such as Renoir, Matisse, Chagall, Toulouse-Lautrec, Laurencin, Redon and Villon.

Nineteenth-century European genre paintings from a Boca Raton estate include a depiction of a young gypsy girl by Charles Zacharie Landelle (French, 1821-1908). Signed and dated 1871, and measuring 40½ by 31¾ inches, it is estimated at $15,000-$20,000. Another large and important work is an oil-on-canvas by Fabio Fabbi (1861-1946), an Italian artist known for his Orientalist harem and slave girl paintings. The Fabbi in AGOPB’s auction has been assigned a $35,000-$45,000 estimate. An Angel Botello (Spanish/Puerto Rican, 1913-1986) portrait of his daughter sitting on a chair with hands clasped is estimated at $40,000-$60,000, while an 1882 Jean Aubert (French, 1824-1906) allegorical scene, “Cupid Entertaining Maidens in Diaphanous Gowns on a Hillside Landscape,” measures 47¾ by 70 3/8 inches and is estimated at $20,000-$30,000. Other art highlights include two paintings by Paul-Emile Pissarro (1884-1972), two wall constructions by Abe Ajay (American, 1919-1998), and a large oil by Gaston Sebire (French, 1920-2001).

A rich array of decorative art and accessories ranges from a collection of Lalique to fine porcelain dinner services and service plates from Minton, Wedgwood, Spode, Coalport, Limoges made for Puiforcat, and a set of eight Flora Danica soup plates. The list continues with mantel and desk clocks, including a Louis XVI 22-inch lyre clock and several from Tiffany & Co.; plus silver items, bronzes, three silver Persian carpets, chandeliers, fine stemware and contemporary art glass. Asian art of particularly high quality includes Chinese jades, cloisonné, and bronze objects, some with distinguished provenance from Spink & Co., London.

Highly select French, Italian and English period furniture came from two collectors of similar background. Both are originally from France but now live in the United States. Offerings include painted beechwood furniture, some gilded and inlaid; very nice English consoles, and an 18th-century looking glass.

Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches’ Monday Oct. 27, 2014 Fine & Decorative Art & Antiques sale will be held at the company’s gallery located at 1609 S. Dixie Hwy., #5, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. The start time is 6 p.m. EDT, and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. Preview Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting Thursday, Oct. 23. Closed Sundays.

For information on any item in the auction, call 561-805-7115 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet through www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Chinese Qing Dynasty-style archaic bird-form wine vessel, 19th century, 14 7/8in high. Image: Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches

Chinese white jade boulder with figures in a grotto, 4 1/8 x 8¾in. Image: Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches

Chinese white jade foo shi shi, 5 3/8in. Image: Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), ‘Bouquet de Provence,’ crayon paper, artist-signed and inscribed ‘Cannes le 8.4.58,’ crayon on paper, 14½ x 10½ inches, offered with full provenance and Picasso-signed photo certificate. Est. $200,000-$300,000. Image: Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches

George Wesley Bellows (American, 1882-1925), ‘Pool Player,’ lithograph, circa 1921, signed by Bellows and Bolton Brown, 5 1/8 x 10in, one of five. Image: Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches

Fabio Fabbi (Italian, 1861-1946), ‘Harem Girls,’ signed, oil on canvas, 28 x 36in. Est. $35,000-$45,000. Image: Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches

Charles Zacharie Landelle (French, 1821-1908), ‘Gypsy girl,’ signed and dated 1871, oil on canvas, 40½ by 31¾in. Est. $15,000-$20,000. Image: Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches

Angel Botello (Spanish/Puerto Rican, 1913-1986), ‘Silla No. 1,’ signed, 48 x 36in. Est. $40,000-$60,000. Image: Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 13:51
 
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