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Variety of antiques and advertising on tap at June 6 Morphy sale

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Thursday, 28 May 2015 15:40


Hopalong Cassidy radio. Estimate $200-$400. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – No one will be left empty-handed at Morphy’s June 6th General Antiques & Advertising Auction, no matter what they collect. The huge variety of popular categories runs the gamut from Coca-Cola and soda pop signs to coins, postcards, jewelry, toys and much more. Over 750 lots will be offered during the sale, which begins at 9 a.m. Eastern Time, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

The auction will open with with advertising, beer trays, and 146 lots pertaining to the world’s favorite beverage: Coca-Cola. There are calendar and ephemera; bottles, signs, soda fountain glasses, coolers, a round thermometer, pocketknives and several serving trays, including Lot 105, a 1932 example depicting a bathing beauty in a yellow swimsuit. Estimate: $400-$600.





A fleet of Coca-Cola toy trucks will be standing by to deliver their fizzy cargo to winning bidders. Lot 142, a 1950s Buddy ‘L’ Coke truck, is bright yellow with original red and white Coca-Cola labels. The 15-inch-long vehicle is expected to make $300-$600.





Other brands of soda pop represented in the sale include Hires, Whistle, Pepsi and others. Lot 167, an attractive, round 23¼ inch (dia.) Hires Root Beer sign touts the products origin – “Since 1876” – and is estimated at $200-$400.





More than two dozen straw holders will cross the auction block. They exhibit many styles, some with colored or cut glass, and are offered both in individual and group lots.

Next up will be sterling silver and figural match safes and ornately embossed Vestas, some decorated with Art Nouveau-style nudes. An unusual design is seen in Lot 395, a figural match safe created by Simon Zinn in the likeness of America’s ninth President, William Henry Harrison (1773-1841). It is estimated at $150-$250.





A few figural cast-iron doorstops and banks will lead the way for a broad selection of tin, character, Corgi die-cast, Japanese and transportation toys; as well as an assortment of dolls and GI Joes, some boxed. Additionally, there are toy guns, marbles and trains. Within the sports memorabilia section, Morphy’s will offer three dozen Hartland plastic statues of baseball and football players. Also included are several boxed Hartland gunfighter figures and a variety of sports cards.

A Hopalong Cassidy radio, shown below and at the top of this preview, shows the early cowboy star with his horse Tony in a rearing pose. The radio is in working order and is estimated at $200-$400.





Early coins will be auctioned alongside large group lots of vintage jewelry. Both costume and sterling silver jewelry is included. Rounding out the auction lineup is a selection of beautiful paperweights, postcards produced by such companies as Raphael Tuck, Borleau, Brundage and Clapsaddle; and many types of general antiques, which are interspersed throughout the sale. Shown here is Lot 609, a 1912 Halloween-theme postcard by John Winsom.





For additional information on any item in the sale, call 717-335-3435 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Morphy’s June 6 General Antiques & Advertising Auction will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2015 15:55
 

I.M. Chait presents best of Asian arts in 500-lot sale May 31

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Thursday, 28 May 2015 10:46


This heavily carved Chinese spinach jade rosewood tablescreen stands 32 inches high. It is estimated at $20,000-$25,000. I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers images

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers will present 500 lots of Asian and international fine arts on Sunday, May 31 – at an earlier 11 a.m. Pacific start time.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Highly anticipated is a rare and important Chinese early Yaozhou celadon glazed and carved ewer, which is estimated at $50,000-$70,000.





A pair of tall Tang Dynasty sancai glazed pottery lokapalas could sell for $15,000-$20,000.





A finely carved and polished, antique Chinese carved rock crystal quartz covered urn, 12 inches high, carries an $8,0900-$10,000 estimate.





An important and large Chinese huanghuali wood canopy bed measures 96 inches high. It is estimated at $50,000-$60,000.





Also offered will be an East Coast collection of Chinese ceramics including Ming and Qing Dynasty; antique Tibetan items including Mandalas and furniture and shrines from an Orange County, Calif., collection; together with Sino Tibetan bronzes from a Virginia collection; aelection of fine Chinese snuff bottles in jade, agate, porcelain and glass from a seasoned Oregonian collector; important rock crystal covered urn from a Japanese collection; together with scholar's objects in carved jade and wood; and much more.

For details contact I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers by phone at 310-285-0182 or via email at 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.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2015 11:00
 

Eminent collections grace Kaminski estates auction June 7

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Thursday, 28 May 2015 09:07


Kaminski Auctions' estates auction June 7 will feature a collection of Art Deco figures including pieces by Chiparus. Kaminski Auctions images

BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions will present the personal life-long collection of Mrs. Jackie Pearson of San Diego, California, featuring 18th and 19th century religious artifacts, as well as additions from the estate of Mary Alchian of Palm Springs, and the estate of a prominent Hollywood Hills attorney at their June 7 estates sale.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Three distinctly different collections feature prominently in this unreserved estate auction. The first features significant European and Mexican religious artifacts, the second features a Napoleonic collection, and the third is a collection of Art Deco figures including pieces by Chiparus.

The star lot of the Art Deco collection is a bronze by Demetre Chiparus (French-Romanian, 1886-1947), circa 1930 titled Les Amis Toujours, depicting an Art Deco figure of a with with two coursers, on a marble plinth, signed "Chiparus" and valued at $10,000-$20,000, (above, center).

Important religious entries include an 18th century Italian carved wood, polychrome painted Santos figure estimated at $3,000-$5,000 and a silver gilt Austrian reliquary encrusted with jewels and estimated at $2,000-$4,000. Numbering over 100 lots, the collection also contains many important Russian and Polish icons, Italian religious sculptures, putti and paintings, Mexican and Spanish school paintings and crucifixes, and a variety of religious candelabra and furniture.





A special collection of Napoleonic sculptures, paintings and decorative items is also on offer from another California estate. Highlights of this collection include a 19th century bronze of Napoleon Bonaparte in uniform, signed Barre, standing 39 inches high estimated at $2,0000-$4,000.





Other highlights in the sale include Chinese art, George Jensen silver, Mary Cassatt pencil drawings and a pair of spectacular signed Charles Krypell, gold and diamond earrings designed as interlocking circles with 26 channel-set baguette diamonds and 56 pave-set round brilliants estimaated at $5,000-$10,000.

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.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2015 09:24
 

Fu Baoshi, Lin Fengmian’s ladies in Michaan’s Asian auction June 22

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 12:58


A three-piece huanghuali furniture set, late 20th century, is estimated at $20,000-$30,000. Michaan's images

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s Fine Asian Works of Art auction presents vibrant and exceptional property in the forms of porcelains, jades, furniture, corals, artworks, decorative objects, scrolls, bronzes and textiles in an approximate 230-lot auction on June 22.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Of particular note are fine paintings from definitive modern Chinese masters at auction. Revolutionary Chinese painter Fu Baoshi’s (1904-1965) hanging scroll Lady by the Bamboo is a star lot, which is estimated at $150,000-$200,000. Baoshi is regarded as the most original figure painter and landscape artist of China’s modern period and, on the whole, one of the most important Chinese artists of the 20th century.





Lin Fengmian’s (1900-1991) watercolor Lady with Flute is yet another exemplary work of art in the sale ($20,000-$30,000).





A yellow jade pendant, Qing Dynasty, is estimated at $2,000 to $3,000.





Two enameled porcelain plaques signed Wang Yunquan (1916-1998) measure 29 1/4 inches high. The pair is estimated at $6,000-$8,000.





For more information on Michaan’s June 22 Fine Asian Works of Art auction, as well as the aforementioned selections, call Asian art specialist Harry Huang at 510-227-2535 or e-mail at 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.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:03
 

Steinway player piano, French bronze highlight Capo auction May 30

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 10:55


French Art Deco school (20th century) 'Flapper Girl' patinated bronze on marble base. Estimate $1,500-$2,000. Capo Auction image

NEW YORK – Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques in Long Island City will host their final auction of the spring season on Saturday, May 30, at 11 a.m. Eastern, with a select group of items taking the spotlight.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

An outstanding piece in this auction is the French Art Deco School (20th century) Flapper Girl. Pictured above, the patinated bronze figure stands 10 inches high, not counting its marble base. The estimated value is $1,500-$2,000.

Already generating a lot of interest is an exquisite Steinway player grand piano, circa 1897, Model A, featuring a Vernis Martin painted case with an allegorical scene. The piano is 6 feet long and estimated at $15,000-$20,000.





Capo Auction is also offering an Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (French, 1824-1887) Printemps, a patinated bronze sculpture on a rouge marble base. This 33-inch-tall piece is signed and stamped bears the Pinedo Foundry mark. It is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.





Unusual furniture pieces will include a Joeson Dynasty red lacquer folding chair with two gold dragons motif and a leather seat, possibly used as a hunting chair by the royal family. It has an estimated value of $3,000-$5,000.





An Anglo-Indian davenport desk featuring a heavily pierce-carved leafy vine case carries an estimate of $2,500-$3,500.





There will also be an impressive assortment of fine art, decorative items, jewelry, silver and other furniture, all from multiple estates.

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.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 11:17
 

Wright reprises 20th Century Carpets auction June 12

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015 15:54


This Barbro Nilsson Salerno flatweave carpet of hand-woven wool, Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom AB, Sweden, 1948, measures 86 by 108 inches. It is estimated at $20,000-$30,000. Wright images

CHICAGO – On Friday, June 12, Wright will present 20th Century Carpets, the company’s second auction dedicated to woven masterpieces from around the world. The auction places special emphasis on Western and modern designs including Art Deco, Moroccan and Scandinavian carpets. Composed of approximately 100 lots, this auction is an alluring follow-up to last year’s $1 million sale.

 

Live Auctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Works from the Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom workshop stand out among the offerings in this exclusive auction. Founded in 1919 by Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom, the MMF workshop has been producing carpets, textiles and weavings of the highest quality and craftsmanship for nearly a century.

Highlights include a monumental blue Salerno carpet, estimated at $20,000-$30,000, by Marianne Richter, pictured below. It is 177 inches by 242 inches.





Also from MMF is this Barbro Nilsson Bankarbatten pile carpet of hand-knotted wool, 1966, which measures 82 1/2 inches by 106 1/2 inches. It carries a $10,000-$15,000 estimate.





For details phone Wright at 312-235-4181 or email wright20.com.

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.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 16:24
 

Little lamps get chance to shine at Jeffrey S. Evans sale May 30

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015 14:30


A sample of the more than 300 miniature lamps to be sold from the Rick Hornwood collection. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates images

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – The Rick Hornwood collection of Camarillo, Calif., forms the backbone of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ auction of kerosene-period lighting on Saturday, May 30.

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Hornwood amassed over 375 miniature lamps, appealing to collectors, both advanced and beginner. Among the highlights are many figural ceramic lamps, including the group pictured below.





The auction will also have a fine selection of Victorian opalescent lighting from the Robert H. Hefner Jr. collection of Rosharon, Texas (below).





Frank and Karen McWright of Bethel, Conn., collected fairy lamps. Pictured below is a group of their Burmese glass examples.





Early kerosene lamps from a Connecticut private collection are included in the auction.





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

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.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 14:45
 

Upstate NY collection forms heart of Nye & Co. sale June 2-3

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Sunday, 24 May 2015 14:10


Watercolor of a house, Christopher Wood (English, 1901-1930). Appears to be unsigned; bears label verso. Nye & Company images.

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye and Company’s auction June 2 and 3 contains over 800 lots and features large offering of fine art, English and Continental furniture and decorations. The sale is composed primarily of a single-owner collection from upstate New York.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The private collection – years in the making – was formerly housed in a Federal house along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River.

The fine art is diverse and includes American works, such as the oil on canvas mountain landscape by Daniel Garber (American, 1880-1958), which has an attached plaque reading "Gift of Miss Lois Whitney."





The furniture features two Victorian bent metal sling-back rocking chairs, attributed to R.W. Winfied & Co. of England, one of which is pictured below.





Some of the sterling silver includes a three-piece vintage Jensen coffee service and an elaborate Martele for Gorham Art Nouveau period four-piece coffee service and tray (below), early 20th century.





For details contact Nye and Company Auctioneers/Appraisers by phone at 973-984-6900 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.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 08:37
 

Art, fine estate goods in spotlight May 31 at Charleston Estate Auctions

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Friday, 22 May 2015 13:39


Shown at left, one of several Tiffany sterling silver 4-piece place settings in the 1911 Flemish pattern, and at right, a 2.01 carat old European-cut diamond solitaire pendant, VS2 clarity, J color. Charleston Estate Auctions image

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charming Charleston, the favorite of many a visitor to America’s Southeastern coast, is the setting for a May 31 auction of sterling silver, fine art, jewelry and Native-American art and artifacts. Hosting the sale is South Carolina’s revered Charleston Estate Auctions. As their name implies, they specialize in fresh to the market estate goods from some of the region’s finest homes.

The May 31 auction, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers, includes property from the Estate of Brigadier General Henry M. Robert (1837–1923), author of Robert’s Rules of Order; the Estate of R. John Holmgren (1897-1963), who was a well-listed American illustrator and artist; the Estate of U. Agostino Donati, a listed professional photographer who maintained a studio in Santa Fe, N.M., and specialized in Native-American studies; and the Estate of Edward N. Costikyan (1924-2012, a prominent New York City attorney, author and political advisor.

This auction is loaded with highlights, including: Tiffany and other antique sterling silver, original late-19th and early 20th-century Native-American photographs; and a very rare dark amber Venetian glass engraved miniature of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, artist-signed by Francesco Puttinati and dated 1816. Also, there are original 1910-1940 oils and illustrations by R. John Holmgren, fine jewelry, books, museum-deaccessioned Native-American artifacts, and much, much more.

The Puttinati Venetian glass miniature of The Last Supper is 3 inches long and 1¼-inches wide. It is accompanied by a letter from The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, which was instrumental in identifying the glass in 1970. The glass is believed to have been commissioned to commemorate a special anniversary or important Holy Day. It was acquired in New York around 1930 by Richard D. Schultze, a jeweler who was employed at the time by Tiffany’s in Manhattan. Schultze went on to open his own jewelry store called "Richard’s" in East Orange, N.J., and then "Richard’s" on Wentworth Street in Charleston. Provenance: the Estate of Richard D. Schultze, Charleston.





There are several Tiffany sterling silver 4-piece place settings in the 1911 Flemish pattern. Each place setting includes a dinner fork, salad fork, teaspoon and French hollow knife, with a total weight of 236 grams.





An incredible oil-on-canvas by R. John Holmgren is a quintessential representation of the golden age of illustration. Titled Just a Minute There!, this was reworked as an illustration for an article by Eleanor Roosevelt in Redbook magazine April, 1934. The female model in this painting was Holmgren’s wife, Emilie Pope. Frame included, the oil measures 32 by 25½ inches; sight: 28 by 22 inches. The May 31 auction marks the first time Holmgren’s family will have offered any of their private collection at auction.





Leading the jewelry lots is a 2.01-carat old European-cut diamond solitaire pendant. The diamond was weighed loose and set in a classic four-prong basket-style 14K yellow gold mounting with a split bail. The diamond has the following specifications: approx. 8.05 x 8.25 x 4.58mm, 2.01 carats, VS2 clarity J color.





An eye-catching artwork from the Native-American offerings is an American buffalo skull decorated with Native beadwork. The skull is complete with teeth. The glass beadwork forms two stars with concentric circles on buffalo hide. Turquoise, black onyx, coral and yellow beads comprise the ornamentation on the piece, which has a width of 20½ inches from tip to tip.





The May 31 auction will commence at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. For additional information on any item in the auction, call 843-696-3335 or email. Bid absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.

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.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 13:48
 

Czerny's June 6 auction showcases the best in antique arms and armor



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Friday, 22 May 2015 11:47


Highly important Japanese armor to be auctioned by Czerny on June 6, estimate €90,000 to €120,000. Courtesy Czerny International Auction House

SARZANA, Italy – The internationally renowned auction house Czerny's, based in Sarzana in Liguria, Italy, is the only auction house in the world dedicated exclusively to fine antique arms and armor. On June 6, Czerny’s will present a major sale specifically focused on their specialty. Buyers from around the world will be able to bid absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.com.

Among the top highlights is Lot 665 (shown above in full and below in closeup), a magnificent and highly important Japanese suit of armor which is estimated at €90,000 to €120,000.





Lot 293 is an Oriental dagger, entirely glazed, estimated at €5,000 to €6,500.





Lot 550, a German crossbow, dates to circa 1550 A.D. It is expected to make €14,000 to €16,000 in Czerny’s June 6 auction.





This outstanding Chinese rifle is entered in the auction with a €7,000 to €9,000 estimate.





Not only are Czerny’s auctions a trusted source for top-quality antique arms and armor, they’re also a place where collectors can educate themselves by reading the catalog descriptions and studying the images. But there’s no education that can trump speaking with the masters of the collecting category itself, so Auction Central News interviewed Czerny’s founder, German-born Michael G. Czerny. Here is the transcript of the conversation between Mr. Czerny and ACN’s Italy-based reporter Silvia-Anna Barrila:

Which regions of the world are most active in the market for ancient arms?

Great Britain, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. Other auction houses that deal in this sector are Christie's, Sotheby's, Bonhams, and Fischer in Lucerne. Besides being the only auction house dedicated exclusively to antique arms and armor, we also conduct the most auctions per year.

How many?

Each year we hold four regular auctions and two to four silent auctions dedicated to less-important pieces. Before, we used to hold only two auctions per year, but we increased the number to meet the collectors’ needs.

Who is the typical collector of ancient arms?

There are three types: First, there are the museums. For example, we have sold to the Metropolitan in New York, to The Royal Armories in London, and other museums in Asia and South America. Then, there are the traditional private collectors who have always loved and bought antique arms, either in general, or focusing on specific segments. For example, in Lucca there is a major collector specializing in Florentine guns and rifles ranging from the 17th century to the 19th century. Others collect only armor or helmets, or defensive arms, or antique arms, etc. Over the last 10-15 years, a new type of buyer has emerged: the investor. It is an interesting novelty that did not exist in 1980s-90s and up to 2000. For many years I have argued that antique arms are undervalued compared to other antiques.

Could you elaborate?

There are high-quality guns of the 17th century which are engraved and gilded but do not exceed €100,000, despite the skill and time required to create them. If you were to buy a painting of comparable quality, €100,000 would get you nothing. Yet the arms market has retained value and been far more resilient than other categories since the economic crisis [that begin in 2008]. When prices fell in all sectors of antiques, the prices for antique arms instead remained stable.

But it is a genre that appeals to a more conservative or traditional taste, isn’t it?

Not necessarily. Three or four years ago a major American interior architect bought arms from us for a total value of €400,000 to decorate the wall of a very modern apartment for one of his clients. The ancient and the modern combine very well. Also, the new wing of our headquarters is modern, with glass and gray and white colors and the ancient arms fit very well in it.

What is the average age of the collectors of ancient arms?

For a long time it was a hobby for people already of an advanced age. Now this is changing. I see so many young people and also women who advise their husbands. Thirty years ago, it would have never happened. This is because arms have two meanings: on the one hand, they are an expression of art and of the ability of a human to create a mechanism; on the other hand, they represent a war instrument, or a tool to kill, but we do not focus on this type of arms. We focus on antique arms that had symbolic or ceremonial meaning, or which were used as a tool to get food. Today this concept is more clear to the public, and this is why there is a revival of the antique arm.

Are you starting to see interest from countries where arms were not ordinarily being collected?

Yes, the Indians are starting to collect, and even the Chinese are beginning to get interested in the European arms. Before, they used to buy only Asian arms.

Conversely, Asian arms attract an international clientele, don’t they?

Absolutely. Among the Asian arms there is particular interest in Japanese productions, the ones of the samurai, which are of great quality. The Chinese arms are poorer than Japanese ones. Another interesting segment of this market is the arms from Indonesia, but the bulk is Japanese. In this auction, we have an armor of the last daimyō, a feudal chief of the mid-19th century. The estimate is €90,000 to €120,000, which is a high price for armor, but this is extremely important. Two years ago at Christie's a similar but not so important armor changed hands for £103,000.

What are the most popular specialty categories?

There is demand for all specialty categories, but especially for Oriental arms: Turkish, Indian, Persian, and Indian-Persians. The Arabs themselves often buy them, even the royal families of Dubai and Doha. Among our customers there are many princes from that region. But also the Russians are interested in the Oriental arms. Prices range from €100 up to €70,000-80,000.

And what else?

Europeans like guns and rifles from the 17th-18th century. In this genre, the Italian arms are among the most beautiful of all -- carved in a very elaborate way, with figures and animals. The prices for the arms of this type from the 17th to 19th century range from a few hundred euro to €200,000.

And armor?

Also in the field of armor, the Italian ones from the 16th to the early 17th century are among the most important in the world. Prices range from €5,000 for a very simple armor, for example those of the Thirty Years War, up to several million.

How do you define quality?

First of all, from the material and the degree of difficulty in working it. For example, iron is more difficult to carve than silver, brass, copper or bronze. Then, from the quality of the engraving and the artist's ability to work the material. For example, a Japanese blade is composed of hundreds of small layers, one above the other, that make it much stronger and able to cut other simple blades, like the Chinese ones. Arms are an expression of the culture that created it: through arms we can understand the degree of evolution of a culture at a given point in time, their skills, and their ability to develop specific mechanisms. The arms from Africa, for example, are rather simple and functional; they are sometimes decorated, but are not sophisticated.

How important are factors like conditions and rarity?

As in all areas of collecting, they are both important factors, but they vary depending on the genre. For example, the state of conservation is very important for American arms. Given the United Statesi s a young nation, it is expected that their burnishing be perfect ("mint condition" in technical jargon), which would not be expected from the European arms, which can be three times older than the American ones.

What are the most important lots at auction on June 6?

Besides the already mentioned Japanese armor (lot 665), we have two fantastic crossbows from 1550 from Germany, which at the time were very advanced weapons (lots 550 and 551); and a very rare, engraved and gilded charger for a crossbow (lot 553). Then, we have two armors which are rare to find in such a complete state (lots 732 and 733). There’s a complete collection of Oriental arms (lot 1-103), followed by a collection of hunting arms (Lot 104-121). There is a very special dagger (lot 154) and two other Eastern daggers, one ow which is entirely glazed (lot 293), and one which has a jade handle decorated with gold and rubies (lot 295). Finally there is a Russian shasqua, a very coveted type of sword (lot 277), and an exceptional Chinese rifle that I had never seen before (lot 656).

What would you suggest to buy on a budget?

I would look for a specific area such as the gunpowder flasks, which also women like very much because they are not actually arms. They are usually very elaborate and etched (for example, lots from 586 up to 609).

How did you come to open an auction house in Italy?

From 1981 to 1988 I worked as an auctioneer in Munich, then I moved to Italy where I worked as a consultant for museums and private collectors. In 1995, I opened my first auction house in Trento; in 1999 I moved to Sarzana.

Are there galleries devoted to ancient arms or one can only buy at auction?

There are also galleries or shops dedicated to arms, but not in Italy because here the law on antique arms is very restrictive.

 Everywhere in the world, antique arms are part of the antique market, while here the law has not been changed since Fascism. Also, for antique arms one needs a shooting or hunting license, or a collector’s license. We fight a lot with bureaucracy, which is a shame because Italy was one of the most important producers of arms from the 15th to the 17th century, but many people are afraid to collect this part of our culture because even a sword of the 15th century must be reported to the police.

Even foreigners must obtain a gun license to buy in Italy?

No, but they have to get an export permit from the police and the Ministry of Culture because the export of all art objects more than 50 years old is limited. Also other countries have restrictions, but they are based on value. For example, in Germany the export limit applies to objects above €50,000 in value. Below this value it cannot be deemed a national treasure.

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Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 12:08
 

King of Tourmalines to sell mineral cache at Heritage auction June 7

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Thursday, 21 May 2015 13:37


The amazing ‘Blue on Blue’ tourmaline on tourmaline with quartz from the Porcupine Pocket of the Pederneira Mine, Brazil has an estimate of $500,000-$700,000. Heritage Auctions images

DALLAS – When the Gerhard Wagner Collection of extraordinary tourmalines crosses the block on June 7 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, it will be – for hardcore collectors in the world of fine minerals – as if a vast cave of treasures, carefully cultivated and perfectly kept for decades, is opening for the first time.

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Wagner has collected since he was a child. Now, with an estimated value of $10 million, he’s ready to release his world-famous collection of tourmalines – more than 400 artistic specimens, including some of the most significant ever mined.

The collection, besides the tourmalines, includes elbaites, schorls, aquamarines, liddicoatite and other magnificent specimens from around the world.

Top examples from the collection include “Blastoff,” the tourmaline on cleavelandite from the Grandon Pocket of the Pederneira Mine, Brazil (estimate: $450,000+).





“Flower of Pederneira,” is an impressive find of emerald and burgundy tourmaline on quartz, with lepidolite and cleavelandite, from the Proud Pocket of the Pederneira Mine, Brazil (estimate: $450,000+).





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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 13:53
 

Affordable photography at Bloomsbury Auctions, June 4

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 13:55


Marilyn Minter (b. 1948), ‘Wet Kiss,’ 2014 (est. £13,000-£15,000). Minter is known for her large, often sexually provocative images. Despite their scale and vibrant colors, her images are never manipulated digitally and are made in the darkroom.

LONDON – The latest Photo Opportunities auction at Bloomsbury Auctions on Thursday, June 4, coincides with the relaunch of Photo London and features big names of fashion photography including Irving Penn and Norman Parkinson.

Estimates range from £100, in the no reserve section, to £15,000 for Marilyn Minter’s Wet Kiss, 2014. Appealing to a wide range of photography lovers from veteran collectors to first time buyers looking for bold and beautiful works, the London sale pleases all tastes and pockets.

Elliott Erwitt (b. 1928), Wyoming, 1954 (est. £2,000-£3,000). Erwott wrote: “I was traveling across the country from New York to Los Angeles and taking a lot of pictures, while driving, out of the windshield … today it’s an image of a bygone era, but at the time seemed ordinary.”





Irving Penn (1917-2009), Woman in Balenciaga Coat (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), Paris, 1950 (est. £10,000-15,000). American photographer Penn was most widely known for his fashion photography and portraits. This image is of his wife Lisa Fonssagrives, who is widely recognized as the first supermodel.





Norman Parkinson (1913-1990) Dog Friday, Praslin Island, Seychelles for British Vogue, 1971 (est. £1,500-£2,000). Grace Coddington, former model and the creative director of American Vogue magazine, wrote: “Parks taught me such a lot … he and I were on a shoot in the Seychelles in 1971 with the model Apollonia van Ravenstein, standing on miles and miles of virgin white sand. Suddenly a dog appeared out of nowhere. Apollonia stretched out her arms to call it, and at that moment, the picture sprang to life.”





Horst P. Horst (1906-1999), Round the Clock I, NY, 1987 (est. £5,000-£7,000). Dubbed the King of Fashion Photography, Horst was one of the leading fashion and portrait photographers of the 20th century. “Horst tamed the avant-garde to serve fashion” – The New York Times, April 19, 1996.





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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:08
 

Slot car sets, farm toys to be featured at M&M Auctions, May 30

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 10:21


M&M Auctions' sale of more than 460 lots May 30 includes many premium construction replicas. M&M Auctions images

HOLBEACH, UK – M&M Auctions’ sale on May 30 is dedicated to specialist farm toys, diecast models and collectibles. The 464-lot catalog features an eclectic mix of items for many hobbyists.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The auction will begin with an extensive collection of agricultural replicas – many boxed and some rare – in various scales.





The lineup then moves on to a single-owner Scalextric (slot car) collection featuring the rare James Bond 007 set.





Next comes a selection of boxed and unboxed die-cast toys from Corgi, Dinky, Matchbox and others. Construction models follow with many boxed items from Conrad and NZG.

The sale sees a new partnership with LiveAuctioneers.com and with M&M’s specialist worldwide shipping department.

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.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 10:34
 

Santa Monica Auctions mounts contemporary art sale May 31

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Marc Karzen, ‘Morty’s Pool,’ 1987, unique c-print ‘bumper’ mounted to illustration board, produced for ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ (estimated gallery price: $2,000-$3,000). Santa Monica Auctions images

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Santa Monica Auctions will present their Last Day of May Sale, an auction of modern and contemporary artwork of all mediums, on Sunday May 31 beginning at noon Pacific Time at Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The Last Day of May Sale presents secondary market works by mid-career and established artists of all mediums including paintings, photography, sculpture, multiples and prints.

This auction will feature an assortment of the original unique “bumpers” – the artwork used for NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman. From 1982-1992, Marc Karzen photographed a series of slice-of-life-moments that punctuated segments, introduced guests and branded this groundbreaking show. These unique artworks were all created by Karzen and have been stored in his archives and never displayed nor viewed by the public until now. Each one is a unique chromigenic print, some with hand collage and signed on verso by the artist with the Late Night nomenclature included in the imagery. These beautiful, funny and creative original artworks were used multiple times throughout the 11 years that the Letterman show was at NBC.

The auction lineup has works by David Hockney, Ed Ruscha, Raymond Pettibon, Robert Motherwell, Sam Francis and Andy Warhol, including a Campbell’s Soup II (New England Clam Chowder), 1969 color screenprint from the numbered edition of 250 (estimated gallery price: $25,000-$30,000).





A lot of 23 works – original posters and invitations published by Ferus Gallery from 1957 to 1965 – by various artists is estimated at $6,000-$8,000. Included is a Pepper Pot Soup original offset exhibition poster, 1962, after Andy Warhol.





A Raymond Pettibon ink, watercolor and gouache on paper, No Title, 2013, from Regen Projects, Los Angeles, is estimated at $15,000-$20,000.





A lot of 18 original posters by Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles, is estimated at $5,000-$6,000. Including are artists Ed Kienholz, James Rosenquist, Larry Rivers, Robert Waldren, Arakawa, Kanemitsu, Jean Tinguely, John Chamberlain, Kenneth Snelson, Robert Grosvenor, Claes Oldenberg, Larry Rivers, Mark Di Suvero, Robert Rauschenberg and Niki De St. Phalle.





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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 09:56
 

Significant collections contribute to Clars auction May 30-31

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This important oil on canvas by Gordon Onslow Ford (American/British, 1912-2003), 'Untitled' (1945), is estimated at $65,000-$85,000. Clars Auction Gallery images 

OAKLAND, Calif. – On Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31, Clars will host their Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry/Timepieces and Asian Art Auction. Property from significant collections will be offered including the Hirschhorn Museum (Washington D.C.), the Richard Mellon Scaife Estate, the Lillian Kornbluth Estate and 18th and 19th century antiques from legendary Trotter’s Antiques of Pacific Grove, Calif. Overall, the importance of the offerings will attract worldwide attention and is anticipated to be one the firm’s largest sales in their history.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Clars’ auction on May 31 will have some of the finest paintings, prints and sculpture ever offered in the company’s history.

For well over 40 years, Lillian Kornbluth had been an established art dealer in the New York metropolitan area. Clars will offering the Lillian Kornbluth Estate at the May 31 auction. Several important works by Wolf Kahn will be featured, but the most vibrant painting of the group is In Praise of Revelyne Red (1993). Estimated at $25,000-30,000, this painting is a quintessential example of Kahn’s ability to synthesize the spontaneity of color with the realistic qualities of formal landscape painting.





Clars will feature important sculpture by an array of artists on May 31. One of which is a monumental work (standing 50 inches in height) by Richard MacDonald (American, b. 1946) titled, Joie de Vivre, will be offered at $30,000-50,000.





The highlight furniture lot comes from the Richard Mellon Scaife Estate of Ligonier, Pa., an early 19th century museum-quality Regency ormolu mounted rosewood, and parcel gilt side cabinet, attributed to Gillows of Lancaster, was purchased by Scaife from the world famous Jeremy Ltd. Antiques, London.  The cabinet will be offered for $30,000-$40,000.





Important Trotter Antiques offerings include a rare Bent Glass Novelty Co. New York, oil lamp estimated at $10,000-$15,000.





This yellow diamond and near-colorless diamond ring features a rectangular brilliant cut diamond weighing 7.52 cts and is being offered for $80,000 to $100,000.





The sales will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Pacific time on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 16:47
 

Old Toy Soldier May 29-31 auction features Mike Endres collection

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King and Country 12-piece Scots Highlanders boxed set, estimate $250-$350. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

PITTSBURGH – Bidders are on their marks, and battle lines have been drawn for Old Toy Soldier Auctions’ (OTSA) May 29-31 sale of military and civilian figures and sets. Over the three-day period, OTSA will offer more than 1,650 lots from several advanced collectors, including Mike Endres, whose collection is the centerpiece of the sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.

The auction lineup is highlighted by “connoisseur pieces – primarily military figures and miniature military models – that were detailed to perfection by some of the great master painters of our time,” said OTSA owner Ray Haradin. Among the brands represented are Stadden, Lasset, Courtenay, Courtenay Greenhill, and Greenwood & Ball, manufacturers of one of the sale’s featured pieces – a hand-painted figure of Brigadier Sir Pratap Singh Bahadun in ceremonial attire, complete with Sikh turban, medals and sheathed sword.





A fine selection of Britains includes an extremely rare circa-1890 “Horse Race” toy, the only known example retaining its original factory box. Exhibiting beautiful original paint, the gyroscopic toy includes two competing horses in full stride, each mounted by a jockey in colorful “silks.” As the label on the box attests, “The Winner Is Positively Uncertain,” owing to a random-action feature that would have kept youngsters amused for hours.





There are many other rare Britains waiting in the wings for their moment in the auction spotlight. Among them are an iconic circa-1902 Set #72, Life Guards Past and Present (shown below left), featuring saber-wielding British Life Guards with plumed helmets on high-stepping black horses; and a Set #1903, “Indian Mountain Artillery,” with figures and pack animals still tied to the box backing (shown below right).





An exceptionally rare three-dimensional painted figure of Disney favorite Minnie Mouse is “dressed” in a red skirt with yellow polka dots, with red shoes, yellow gloves and a jaunty green hat as accessories. Figures of her friends Mickey, Goofy, Donald, and Clarabelle Cow are up for bid, as well.





A broad variety of civilian figures includes many interesting pieces by Austrian manufacturer Wollner and premier German brand Heyde. The latter company also produced the boxed Spanish-American War battle set that is entered in the sale with its original box. Each figure in this particular set is well crafted and fastidiously hand painted. Some of the men aim rifles or bayonets, while others hoist flags or hold a bugle. The set even comes with skillfully molded and painted lead trees and shrubbery.





Two lots from the manufacturer Ping warrant special mention. They include a seldom-seen circa-1952 figure of King Edward I (shown below left) that was commissioned expressly for the world-famous Hamley’s toy store in London, and a superbly detailed figure of Sir Thomas Wyat (shown below right), which is presented on a wood plinth with metal identification tag that notes the nobleman’s 1529-1554 dates of birth and death.





Novelty boxed sets include two sizes of “Britains Zoo,” a Britains “Model Farm,” an Oak Apple railway set, Johillco’s “Farm” and “Railroad” sets; and a very rare English-made Cherilea baseball set (shown below). The team consists of 10 uniformed players in batting, fielding, throwing and catching poses, plus an umpire with arms outspread to indicate the ruling of “safe.”





Day three of the sale will focus primarily on figures and sets that are of undeniably high quality but of more contemporary manufacture, by such popular makers as Steadfast, Mignot, Ducal, and King and Country. It’s a broad-based offering aimed at all collector levels, with estimates that range from $20 to $5,000. Highlights include boxed examples of the Royal Marine Light Infantry from the “Regiments of the British Army” series by All The Queen’s Men, and King and Country’s colorful “Scots Highlanders” set.





OTSA’s May 29, 30 and 31 absentee and online auction will begin each day at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. View the entire catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

To contact OTSA about any item in the sale, call Ray Haradin at 412-343-8733 (tollfree: 800-349-8009) or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 16:27
 
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