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Art, Americana stand out in Thomaston Place sale Aug. 23-24

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:31

‘Bronco Buster’ bronze sculpture by Frederic S. Remington, signed and stamped by Roman Bronze Works and marked #75. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image.

THOMASTON, Maine – Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Summer Auction of Fine Art & Antiques on Aug. 23 and 24 will present a vast selection of important American and International art, including pieces by works by contemporary Maine artists. The sale will also include a diverse array of estate jewelry, rare documents, marine items, folk art, silver, antique furniture and carpets.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

An important bronze sculpture by Frederic S. Remington (1861-1909), The Bronco Buster, signed and stamped by Roman Bronze Works and marked #75, will headline the sale (est. $75,000-125,000). The sale will offer six oil on canvas paintings by renowned Virginia artist William Garl Browne Jr. (New York/Virginia, 1823-1894), including a large work depicting merchants and browsers at a Southern fair (est. $45,000-55,000), and a Southern hunting scene (est. $7,500-10,000).

Two English paintings featuring images of dogs from the Maine estate of Brooke Astor are additional highlights. These include The Courting of a Hound, an 1824 work by John Frederick Herring Sr. depicting two dogs meeting at a formal portico (UK, 1795-1865) (est. $40,000-60,000) and Heywood Hardy’s (UK, 1843-1933) 1904 painting, Guardian Through the Forest (est. $6,000-8,000).

From the large selection of marine paintings will be a monumental oil on canvas work by Dutch artist Adolf Johannes Petrus Levolger (1869-1952) titled Rescue at Sea (est. $20,000-25,000), A Story of the Sea, a painting by Alfred Wordsworth Thompson (New York/Maryland/New Jersey, 1840-1896) that was included in “The American Scene” exhibition at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco (est. $8,000-12,000); an 1858 portrait of the Ship Charles Cooper of New York, Capt. R. Coffin Passing Flushing, unsigned but identified as by artist Carolus Ludovicus Weyts (Belgium/Netherlands, 1828-1875) on a Childs Gallery of Boston label on the reverse (est. $8,000-12,000); plus paintings by S.F.M. Badger (Massachusetts, 1873-1919), Clement Drew (Massachusetts, 1806-1889), Richard Barnett Spencer (UK, fl. 1840-1874), Clement Nye Swift (Massachusetts, 1846-1913), and others.

The sale will present works by other noted artists, including Jack Lorimer Gray (New York/Canada, 1927-1981), Jonas Lie (New York/Norway, 1880-1940), George Henry Smillie (New York/California, 1840-1921), George Harvey (New York/Massachusetts/UK/CAN, 1800-1878), Aiden L. Ripley (Massachusetts/New York, 1896-1969), Beulah Stevenson (New York, 1890-1965), and photographer Baron Adolph de Meyer (New York, 1868-1946).

Highlighted among the collection of Maine art will be paintings by William Zorach (1887-1966), Marguerite Robichaux (1950- ), Jay Hall Connaway (1893-1970), Andrew George Winter (1893-1958), Marguerite Zorach (1887-1968), Carroll Thayer Berry (1886-1978), John W. McCoy (1910-1989), William B. Hoyt (1945- ), Tom Hall (1954- ), Stephen Etnier (1903-1984), Charles Morris Young (1869-1964), Howard Clifford, Jr. (1950-2003), Hank Tyler (1944- ), Daniel F. Wentworth (1850-1934), Judd Hartmann (1948- ), and Roger Prince (20th century).

Eagles continue to be a popular and important American design motif, and this sale will include eight sculptural depictions of this bird. A late 19th century, verdigris copper architectural spreadwing eagle, 75 inches wide, purportedly removed from a New York City building during demolition, will lead this group (est. $15,000-20,000). Also offered will be a magnificent carved and gilded spreadwing eagle plaque by contemporary Maine artist Gregory Luke Rollins (est. $10,000-15,000), a circa 1950 polychrome mahogany, 56-inch-wide eagle plaque with American flags and shield (est. $5,000-10,000), and a mid-20th century carved oak eagle on integral perch (est. $3,000-4,000).

An important Native American document, the Canajoharie Patent Treaty dated May 27, 1766, will be presented (est. $50,000-100,000). This rare 18th century document on vellum outlines an historic 9,900-year lease agreement between Upstate New York colonists and the Mohawks. Another fine Native American item to be sold is a circa 1890-1910 Sioux beaded deer hide pictorial vest featuring images of marching soldiers bearing American flags, warriors and chiefs (est. $5,000-10,000).

The folk art category will offer a rare circa 1880s Nantucket basket sewing stand (est. $5,000-8,000), a molded copper Black Hawk running horse weather vane attributed to A.J. Harris & Co., an early to mid-20th century copper verdigris boat-form weather vane (est. $3,000-4,000), a 19th century sailor’s valentine in octagonal mahogany case (est. $1,500-2,000), plus selections of decoys, ship models and dioramas.

Among the large selection of estate jewelry, there will be a limited edition Master of Complications wristwatch by Franck Muller of Geneva (est. $6,000-8,000), a gold Jaipur enameled Indian Moghul headdress ornament set with cut diamonds and cabochon emeralds (est. $5,000-7,000), plus eight pieces of important Art Deco gem set jewelry from a Kennebunk, Maine, estate.

Featured period furniture in the sale will include: a Frederick Wingate, Augusta tall-case clock (est. $10,000-15,000), a New England Federal period serpentine front cherry chest with tiger maple drawer fronts (est. $4,000-6,000); and a circa 1830 Anglo-Indian ornately carved and reticulated rosewood work stand with one board top (est. $2,000-4,000).

In addition to the antique furniture collection, a large group of mid-century and contemporary hand crafted furnishings will be presented, such as a circa 1965 Danish modern Sejer Keramik tile-top round coffee table with chromed steel base (est. $3,000-5,000); a pair of 20th century cow horn frame and cowhide upholstered armchairs from an Austin, Texas, boardroom set (est. $3,000-5,000); and an Italian Modernist Riflessione floor lamp by Claudio Salocchi (1934-2012), circa 1973 (est. $6,000-8,000). There will also be nine pieces of handcrafted Thomas Moser furniture, including: a Sabina Moserform desk and chair in black walnut and buff leather upholstery (est. $3,000-4,000), a 2007 Moserform black walnut credenza (est. $3,000-4,000); and a Wing solid cherry sofa with buff leather cushions (est. $3,000-4,000).

There will be a selection of Medieval and Renaissance period sculpture, including a late Gothic period French or Northern Italian limestone sculpture depicting Mother Mary holding the Bible (est. $6,000-8,000), a pair of 18th century or earlier Eastern Orthodox painted wood icon doors depicting the four Evangelists (est. $4,000-6,000), and a 12th century Islamic bronze sculpture of a lion, possibly Spanish-Moorish (est. $2,000-3,000).

Finally, the sale will present a variety of fine decorative items such as a 129-piece set of sterling silver flatware by Georg Jensen (est. 12,000-15,000), a Tiffany Studios nine-piece Grapevine pattern desk set (est. $2,000-3,000), cast-iron garden statue depicting a stag from Brooke Astor’s Northeast Harbor, Maine estate (est. $2,000-3,000), a fine pair of 18th century Chinese porcelain blanc de chine rabbit figures on stands (est. $5,000-8,000); and a 19th century Chinese silver gilt filigree box with hinged cover (est. $5,000-7,000).

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. on both sale days.

The buyer’s premium is 15 percent. Please call 1-207-354-8141 for more information, or to reserve seats in the auction hall.

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

‘Bronco Buster’ bronze sculpture by Frederic S. Remington, signed and stamped by Roman Bronze Works and marked #75. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image. 

 Oil on canvas painting by William Garl Browne Jr. depicting a Southern fair with sign that reads ‘Beware of Thieves, Pickpockets & Gamblers.’ Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image.

 ‘The Courting of a Hound,’ an 1824 oil on canvas painting by John Frederick Herring Sr. (UK, 1795-1865). Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image.

 ‘Rescue at Sea,’ oil on canvas painting by Adolf Johannes Petrus Levolger (Netherlands, 1869-1952). Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image.

 Carved and gilded spread wing eagle plaque by carver Gregory Luke Rollins of Monhegan, Maine Rollins. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image.

Sioux beaded deer hide pictorial vest, circa 1890-1910. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image. 

Nantucket basket folk art sewing table. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image. 

Cast-iron garden statue depicting a stag from Brooke Astor’s Northeast Harbor, Maine estate. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:56
 

Tim’s Auctions to sell contents of large Conn. home Aug. 3

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 14:59

Tim's Auctions Inc. image.

NEWTOWN, Conn. – The contents of a gorgeous 4,000-square-foot home on Silver City Road in Newtown valued at over $500,000 – 10 rooms, all of them beautifully decorated with quality items purchased four to five years ago and ready for immediate use – will be sold at an on-site auction on Sunday, Aug. 3, starting at 1 p.m. Eastern, by Tim’s Auctions Inc., based in Bristol, Conn.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

“This is an exceptional opportunity for people to bid on items they need and can use right away,” said Tim Chapulis of Tim’s Auctions Inc. of Bristol, Conn. “It’s a blend of old and new, but just about everything was purchased recently and incorporated into a truly beautiful home. This auction is only taking place because the home’s owner has accepted a position overseas and she can’t take it with her.”

The homeowner, Maria DelRoser Calvoverges, does research work into cancers of the blood, such as leukemia. Her new position will be in Spain, where she has roots. Calvoverges has a keen eye for fashion and décor, and the items being sold reflect her good taste. All five bedrooms and the other rooms in the house are marvelously appointed, in styles that are popular right now.

One item certain to get attention is a 2009 Cadillac SRX all-wheel drive SUV in immaculate condition and showing 68,405 miles on the odometer. Also being sold are gold and silver coins, fine estate jewelry, indoor and outdoor furnishings, game room items, artwork, handmade Persian carpets, household items, electronics equipment, children's toys and games and more.

The estate jewelry pieces will feature a Bvlgari gold and diamond bracelet with an ancient coin at the center (Sicily Syracuse, circa 310-304 B.C.) appraised in 2005 for $11,500, an heirloom-quality 18K gold lady’s pin from Tiffany in the original box, a collection of gold pins with precious stones fashioned into the shape of insects, 14K and 18K gold bracelets and necklaces, diamond dinner and engagement rings, precious stone rings (rubies, emeralds, etc.) and more.

Coins and currency will include a genuine $500 bill from the 1930s, approximately 11 gold coins (some of them British sovereigns, circa 1800-1830), a 1978 1-ounce gold Krugerrand coin set in a large ornate gold holder for neckware, U.S. silver dollars and half dollars and other examples.

“When I say there is $10,000 worth of LEGO building blocks and sets in this sale, you can bet the actual figure is closer to $20,000,” Chapulis remarked. Other children’s items will include a basketball hoop, air hockey and ping pong tables, wooden train sets and a model train table, a Wii system with a charger for the controllers, bike helmets, sleds, Erector sets, games and more.

Electronics will feature Sony and Bose docking stations, a Beamz laser-based music learning device, a laptop computer and flat screen TVs. Also sold will be a crystal chandelier that was once owned by a member of the Rockettes of Radio City Music Hall fame, highly decorative lighting and floor lamps, Art Modern hanging light fixtures and fine decorative accessories.

Furniture will include a beautiful leather love seat with ottoman, a roll-top bamboo desk, an Art Modern-style dining room set with 12 chairs, Art Modern-style living room furniture in superb condition, a two-door one-drawer curio, matching bedroom sets, sofas that expand into beds, and a fabulous painted bedroom set with dresser and matching mirror, twin sleigh-style bed and desk.

Items for the home include a Craftsman LT2000 riding lawnmower in excellent running shape, a home back-up generator, teakwood and patio furniture, a Samsung front-load matching washer and dryer set, a pull-down wall map and projection screen, a dehumidifier, some state-of-the-art kitchen counter appliances, a Sodastream system, glassware, pots and pans and baking utensils.

“Tell your friends,” Tim Chapulis urged. “Bring them along with your family, your truck, some packing materials and be ready to take it home. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to own beautiful, ready-to-use merchandise that is only available due to a relocation.”

Every participating bidder is asked to make a donation of $10 (suggested, never mandatory) to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in memory of Peter W. Chapulis, Tim’s late father and himself a onetime successful auctioneer. “We've raised more than $67,265 to date so far this year for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in memory of my father,” Tim said.

Tim’s Auctions Inc., which is celebrating 35 years in the auction business, is always accepting quality consignments for future sales, especially lifetime personal collectors built over the years by baby boomers and seniors. To consign an item, an estate or collection, call Chapulis at 860-459-0964, or you can e-mail him 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.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

2009 Cadillac SRX all-wheel drive SUV in immaculate condition and having just 68,405 miles on the odometer. Tim’s Auctions Inc. image.

The auction will be loaded with dazzling estate jewelry items, such as those shown here. Tim’s Auctions Inc. image.

Bvlgari gold and diamond bracelet with ancient coin at the center, appraised in 2005 for $11,500. Tim’s Auctions Inc. image.

These shots showing one of the home's five bedrooms reflect the homeowner's impeccable good taste and keen eye for décor. Tim’s Auctions Inc. image.

Tim's Auctions Inc. image.

Living room furniture to be sold Aug. 3. Tim’s Auctions Inc. image.

Tim's Auctions Inc. image.

The 11 gold coins in the auction will include early British sovereigns from the early 1800s and a 1978 Krugerrand. Tim’s Auctions Inc. image.

The entire contents of this gorgeous and marvelously appointed home in Newtown, Conn., will be sold at auction Aug. 3. Tim’s Auctions Inc. image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 16:01
 

Vintage guitars to take center stage at Capo Auction July 26

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Monday, 21 July 2014 15:54

Martin 1926 00-28 Natural Acoustic Guitar, serial number 25243, with Brazilian rosewood back and sides. Estimate: $10,000-15,000. Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques image.

NEW YORK – The current “Instruments of C.F. Martin” guitar exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art isn’t the only place you’ll find some of these rare instruments. Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques in Long Island City will present their mid-summer auction on Saturday, July 26, at 11 a.m., with the spotlight on select vintage Martin and Gibson guitars from an acclaimed Long Island-based collector.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Guitar aficionados are sure to bid high on the Martin 1926 00-28 Natural acoustic guitar, serial number 25243, having Brazilian rosewood back and sides, refinished spruce top, a factory replaced bridge and a custom-made case (estimated value $10,000-15,000). Capo Auction will also feature a 1965 Gibson Country Western Southern Jumbo Guitar, serial number 344575, with original frets and Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, including a soft case (estimated value $3,000-3,500); a Fender Jazz Bass Sunburst electric guitar, serial number 315632, which includes its original hard shell case (estimated value $3,000-5,000); and a Gibson Style A mandolin, circa 1910, serial number 23926, also with its original hard shell case (estimated value $1,000-1,500).

In keeping with the musical theme, Capo Auction is also offering a stunning Steinway piano Model A having a 6-foot-long ebonized case (estimated value $12,000-15,000).

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.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Martin 1926 00-28 Natural Acoustic Guitar, serial number 25243, with Brazilian rosewood back and sides. Estimate: $10,000-15,000. Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques image.

Gibson 1965 Country Western Southern Jumbo Guitar. Estimate: $3,000-3,500. Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques image. 

Jazz Bass Sunburst Electric Guitar, serial number 315632, 1970-71. Estimate: $3,000-5,000. Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques image. 

Gibson Style A mandolin, circa 1910, serial number 23926. Estimate: value $1,000-1,500. Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques image. 

Steinway piano Model A, ebonized case, 6 feet long. Estimate: $12,000-15,000. Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques image.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 16:28
 

Bruhns has 1,000 high-end lots lined up for auction July 27

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Monday, 21 July 2014 13:40

French Louis XV-style figural mantel clock, circa 1875. Bruhns Auction Gallery image.

DENVER – Antique collectors need look no further than the Mile High City for fine antiques this summer. On Sunday, July 27, Bruhns Auction Gallery will be conducting their Summer Estates Auction featuring immaculate goods from five spectacular Denver estates and private collections.

Live bidding will be provided on LiveAuctioneers.com. Collectors should not miss this high-quality sale featuring over 1,000 pieces including antique clocks, German steins, windup toys, Steiff animals, Oriental carvings and netsukes, rare antique guns, art glass, silver, furniture and fine lamps.

Highlights include:

  • French Louis XV-style bronze clocks;
  • antique gun collection including a World War I DWM P 08 luger;
  • antique photo album collections circa 1880-1900.

For over 30 years Bruhns Auction Gallery has brought the finest European and American antiques to the Western United States, making Denver an antiques destination. Local collectors can find Bruhns at 50 W. Arizona Ave. in Denver along Antiques Row.

For details contact Tom Bruhns by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phoning 303-744-6505.

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

French Louis XV-style figural mantel clock, circa 1875. Bruhns Auction Gallery image. 

 World War I DWM P 08 luger and holster. Bruhns Auction Gallery image.

Great Victorian photo album, circa 1900. Bruhns Auction Gallery image.

'Admiring Her Treasures' photo album, circa 1900. Bruhns Auction Gallery image. 

French Louis XV-style bronze mystery clock, circa 1880. Bruhns Auction Gallery image. 

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 14:11
 

Heritage July 30 auction a highlight of political items convention

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Monday, 21 July 2014 12:22

Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin campaign flag, 13 by 8. 1/4 inches, glazed cotton. Estimate: $20,000 - up. Heritage Auctions image.

DALLAS – An 1860 campaign flag for Abraham Lincoln and his running mate Hannibal Hamlin (est. $20,000+) highlights Heritage Auctions’ American Political Item Collectors National Convention Auction, July 30-Aug. 2 in Denver.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding at the July 30 auction.

The American Political Items Collectors is a nonprofit membership organization, dedicated to promoting the collecting, preservation and study of materials relating to political campaigns and the U.S. presidency. The convention and auction will be held at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Hotel & Convention Center.

“This auction and convention form the perfect event not only for seasoned political item collectors, but for anyone who likes history,” said Tom Slater, director of Americana Auctions at Heritage. “The auction holds some truly great finds suitable for advanced hobbyists, but offers many colorful and evocative items for novice collectors as well.”

A rare and colorful 1912 jugate celluloid (est. $4,000+) makes a rare appearance at auction highlights an extensive selection of badges. The rare jugate – one of just a handful known to exist – features photographs of both Teddy Roosevelt and Hiram Johnson, the running mates for the Progressive, or Bull Moose, ticket. “Denied nomination for an unprecedented third term by the regular Republicans, TR bolted the party to run as an independent candidate, splitting the vote and handing the election to Democrat Woodrow Wilson,” Slater said.

Leading a strong selection of rare three-dimensional objects honoring our early presidents, a Liverpool creamware tankard celebrating George Washington (est. $3,500+) is universally considered to be the most desirable piece of Washington transferware in the hobby. The tankard’s applied decoration clearly states “Long Live the President of the United States” and possesses terrific display appeal according to Slater. “Most folks would never imagine that it is possible to own a relic like this, dating from the lifetime of our first president,” he observed.

A rare “hopeful” pinback button designed to encourage American industrialist Henry Ford to run for president (est. $1,500+) dates to the 1920s. “Ford never achieved traction as a would-be candidate, and all his political items are scarce,” notes Slater. “But the variety offered here is particularly elusive, and early presale bidding has already moved up to nearly three times the $1,500 minimum opening bid.”

A brightly-colored pinback from the 1936 opposition to candidate Alf Landon’s failed presidential campaign states “We Can’t Eat Sunflowers,” – a clear dig at the candidate’s sunflower-themed campaign items as well as his perceived lack of creative solutions to the nation’s woes (est. $800+).

A rare 1932 jugate featuring crisp portraits of Franklin Roosevelt and John Nance Garner unveils the Democratic ticket’s signature slogan “For Repeal and Prosperity” (est. $1,500+). With those simple words the candidates took command of the most compelling causes of the election, ending Prohibition and the economic depression, and cruised to an easy victory over unpopular incumbent Herbert Hoover.

Founded in 1945, the APIC is the heart of a growing hobby which has surged in popularity the Internet Age. Membership includes collectors and enthusiasts from all walks of life and every occupation such as educators, students, archivists, historians, elected officials, political junkies, campaign staffers, journalists from print, broadcast and cable, museum curators and even a handful of past presidents.

“Our 2014 convention should be one of the best conventions ever with record-breaking attendance,” said Ron Puechner, convention chairman. “Members from all over the globe have put together an amazing selection of events, presentations, and meetings over the four-day event.”

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

Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin campaign flag, 13 by 8. 1/4 inches, glazed cotton. Estimate: $20,000 - up. Heritage Auctions image.

Theodore Roosevelt and Johnson rare and colorful 1912 celluloid jugate, 1 1/4 inches. Estimate: $4,000 - up. Heritage Auctions image.

George Washington 'Long Live the President of the United States,' Liverpool creamware tankard. Height 6 inches. Estimate: $3,500 - up. Heritage Auctions image.

Henry Ford rare 1920s presidential hopeful pinback. Estimate: $1,500 - up. Heritage Auctions image.

Rare 1936 Anti-Alf Landon Button, over 2 inches diameter. Estimate: $800 - up. Heritage Auctions image.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Garner jugate. Rare 1932

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 13:46
 

Morphy's to auction 1,200 toys, trains, cast-iron novelties July 26-27

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Monday, 21 July 2014 09:20

Bradley & Hubbard cast-iron ‘Whistling Jim’ doorstop, 16¼ inches tall, est. $10,000-$15,000. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – The trains will be rolling at Morphy’s over the weekend of July 26-27. More than 700 railroad-related lots are entered in the big 1,294-lot Premier Toy Auction featuring all types of toys, trains, wind-ups and vehicles, as well as figural cast-iron doorstops and more. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Topping the train group is Lot 226, a 5-piece Elektoy passenger set consisting of a complete and original brass steam locomotive with tender marked “PENN. R.R.” Likewise, the combo car is complete and original. The set’s passenger cars are lettered for “PRR” and New York, New Haven and New Hartford.” In overall very good condition, this desirable set is estimated at $2,500-$3,500. Other eye-catching lots in this section include two rare, early trolleys – one by Howard and one by Lionel – and a Delker train store display.

Leading the early American toys, a beautiful Jerome Secor clockwork Banjo Player, Lot 998, is in working order and came straight from the house of the original owner’s family. The African-American musician figure is seated on its original wood base decorated with unusual stenciling. A paper label on the back of the iron chair shows how to wind up and handle the toy. The wonderfully sculpted musician’s head is in fine condition, and its clothing and banjo are original. In very good to excellent condition, this classic American automaton is expected to strum up a winning bid of $12,000-$18,000.

Exhibiting pristine condition, a 7-inch Arcade cast-iron Andy Gump toy auto retains its original crank and back license plate. Being the “Deluxe” version, the toy also includes a blue-painted figure and white-painted wheels. Possibly the nicest known example of a comic character classic, this near-mint beauty offered as Lot 961 could reach $8,000-$12,000 on auction day.

Speaking of classics, the Bradley & Hubbard cast-iron doorstop known as “Whistling Jim” qualifies for that category. Standing 16¼ inches tall, this solid-cast figure of a barefooted boy in casual rolled-up pants, a striped shirt and cap, has a wonderful patina. Described in Morphy’s catalog as “the best example [they] have seen,” it is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

Those who appreciate the quality and ingenuity of early German toys – and that would be nearly every antique toy collector – won’t want to overlook Lot 1312, a Fisher 20-inch tin-litho airplane with wings that flap. The toy aircraft is also equipped with a pilot figure and original celluloid propellers that turn when the toy is activated. A most unusual prewar toy with European charm to spare, it could sell in the vicinity of $4,000-$6,000.

In the postwar category, Lot 1094, a Yonezawa tin-litho and painted-tin crank-wind Astro-Scout is the sale’s top robot. In working order and accompanied by its original box with inserts, the excellent to near-mint spaceman has expectations of achieving $4,000-$8,000.

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 .

View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live online at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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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

Bradley & Hubbard cast-iron ‘Whistling Jim’ doorstop, 16¼ inches tall, est. $10,000-$15,000. Morphy Auctions image 

5-piece Elektoy passenger train set, est. $2,500-$3,500. Morphy Auctions image 

Arcade Deluxe Andy Gump cast-iron toy auto, 7 inches long, near mint, possibly best known example, est. $8,000-$12,000. Morphy Auctions image 

Early American Jerome Secor clockwork African-American Banjo Player from original owner’s family, est. $12,000-$18,000. Morphy Auctions image

Yonezawa tin-litho and painted-tin crank-wind Astro-Scout robot with original box, est. $4,000-$8,000. Morphy Auctions image 

 Fisher (German) tin-litho airplane with celluloid propellers and wings that flap, est. $4,000-$6,000. Morphy Auctions image

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 10:07
 

Mumbling Muse to auction fine Asian, European & Canadian art, July 27

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Thursday, 17 July 2014 15:27

Lot 66 - Canadian oil on canvas by B.C. Cariboo artist Sonia Cornwall (1919-2006) 'Tigerlilies in Woods.' Start: $830 - estimate: $1,150. Mumbling Muse image.

BOWEN ISLAND, British Columbia – As unique as their name may suggest, The Mumbling Muse remains one of Western Canada’s best-kept secret sources for hand-selected and vetted antiques, collectibles and works of art from local West Coast estates. The Mumbling Muse will again be presenting an eclectic offering of genuine estate items on Sunday, July 27, in an Internet-only style auction hosted by LiveAuctioneers.com.

For over 100 years and across four generations the Pappas family name has been synonymous with trading posts and auctions in North America. The first generation (Theodore Pappas I) arrived from Greece to New York in 1913 with only a pocketful of change. Working along the railroad line as a shoeshine and water boy, he eventually settling along a trade route in Prince George British Columbia.

Now fourth generation, The Mumbling Muse strives to be as unique as the items they sell and is definitely not the regular bricks-and-mortar auction house. Built on a strong foundation of family values and decades of combined experience in the trade, The Mumbling Muse has taken a 21st-century approach to the traditional auction house model.

“Even after 100 years in the trade, we are still very much a family affair," says Alethea Pappas, founder and owner. “By abandoning the traditional auction model we have been able to maintain exceptional customer service, 0 percent buyer’s buyers premium, no ‘hidden reserves’ and low opening bids (usually at or below estate probate value) while still maintaining in-house insurance, packing and shipping services (at cost).”

The Mumbling Muse currently holds sales six times per year in an Internet-only style auction. Bidders can register at LiveAuctioneers.com to either leave an absentee/proxy bid with the system or participate live during the automated Internet-only sale.

Some of the upcoming auction highlights include:

Lot 4 - circa 1800 engraved Persian Qajar Dynasty steel war mace. Starting bid: $225.00 - estimate: $350.

Lot 46 - antique Chinese Sung Dynasty (960-1279) glazed ceramic bowl. Start: $74 - estimate $195.

Lot 61 - Japanese Meiji Period cast bronze quail sculptures. Start: $150 - estimate: $550.

Lot 68 - signed and dated 1839 William Moore Sr. oil on copper panel, The Merry Widow. Start: $375 – estimate: $1,475.

Lot 73 - antique 14K gold seed pearl and carved hard stone cameo brooch/pendant, stamped 14K. Start: $375 - estimate: $825.

Lots 89-90 - to be sold individually, two Alfred Leyman (British 1856-1933) signed watercolors - city street scene and country lane. Start: $435 - estimate: $1,095 each.

Lot 93 - large antique tripod Chinese dragon motif censer bowl, Silvered on yellow base metal. Start: $350 - estimate: $550.

Lot 96 - antique Hispano Moresque handled amphora with cobalt inscription. Start: $375 - estimate: $800.

Lot 97 - 1735-1736 ornate silver cup holder, Augsburg, Germany. Start: $80 - estimate: $175.

Lot 119 - antique patinated cast bronze lizard, circa 1900, Viennese or possibly Japanese. Start: $375 - estimate $650.

Lot 58 - Japanese Export tapestry with Continental motif, possibly Edo Period. Start: $550 - estimate: $1,500.

Lot 63 - 17th century German silver cup, Nuremburg, for the Ferrn family, circa 1650-1675. Start: $550 - estimate: $800.

Lot 66 - Canadian oil on canvas by B.C. Cariboo artist Sonia Cornwall (1919-2006) Tiger Lilies in Woods. Start: $830 - estimate: $1,150.

Lot 83 - carved cinnabar lacquer dish, Qianlong, 1736-95. Start: $950 - estimate: $1,500.

Lot 87-88 - to be sold individually, a pair of Walter J. Phillips signed woodcuts from the “Dreams of Fort Garry Series.” Starting bid: $635 - estimate: $895 each.

Lot 91 - Ottoman silver-gilt belt and buckle, period of Abdulhamid II. Starting bid: $450 - estimate: $650.

Lot 95 - Famille Bleu phoenix tureen with elephant head lugs, Guangxu Period, 1875-1908. Start: $550 - estimate: $1,200.

Lot 118 - Fantoni Firenze, Italy, metal sculpture, signed on base. Start: $450 - estimate: $750. Mumbling Muse image.

For details contact The Mumbling Muse at 604-716-9059.

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

Lot 66 - Canadian oil on canvas by B.C. Cariboo artist Sonia Cornwall (1919-2006) 'Tigerlilies in Woods.' Start: $830 - estimate: $1,150. Mumbling Muse image.

Lot 58 - Japanese Export tapestry with Continental motif, possibly Edo Period. Start: $550 - estimate: $1,500. Mumbling Muse image.

Lot 63 - 17th century German silver cup, Nuremburg, for the Ferrn family, circa 1650-1675. Start: $550 - estimate: $800. Mumbling Muse image.

Lot 83 - Qianlong 1736-95 carved cinnabar lacquer dish. Start: $950 - estimate: $1,500. Mumbling Muse image.

Lot 87-88 - to be sold individually a pair of Walter J. Phillips signed woodcuts from the 'Dreams of Fort Garry' series. Garden Sundal and Metis Assemble. Starting bid: $635 - estimate: $895 each. Mumbling Muse image.

Lot 91 - Ottoman silver-gilt belt and buckle, period of Abdulhamid II. Starting bid: $450 - estimate: $650. Mumbling Muse image.

Lot 95 - Guangxu Period, 1875-1908, Famille Bleu phoenix tureen with elephant head lugs. Start: $550 - estimate: $1,200. Mumbling Muse image.

Lot 118 - Fantoni Firenze, Italy, metal sculpture, signed on Base. Start: $450 - estimate: $750. Mumbling Muse image.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 12:31
 

Ewbank’s militaria sale coincides with anniversary of WWI

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Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:50

William Hallam's autograph book with (left) a photograph of him with ‘Monty.’ Estimate: £2,000-3,000. Ewbank’s image.

SURREY, UK – Surrey’s premier auctioneer of fine art and antiques, Ewbank’s will mark the 100 years since the start of World War I with a stand alone collectors’ sale of medals, militaria, arms and armor on July 30. Early entries include a number of significant pieces. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Not only will the auction mark this important milestone in world history, it will also be the inaugural sale of its kind at the Burnt Common, Send saleroom. With it comes boys’ own tales of derring-do alongside touchingly poignant reminders of the futility of conflict. The Wednesday sale is expected to attract interest from collectors worldwide. The auctioneers will make a donation from their commission from the sale to Help For Heroes. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Among the early entries is a unique and important archive of autographs and dedications of world statesmen, politicians and military leaders from the estate of William Hallam, collected by him during the period he acted as driver to Gen. Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein.

A note in Hallam’s hand in the front of the book reads: “My Autograph book of famous people I have drove (sic) through the great historic events of 1944-45 as General Montgomery's driver. They were the most exciting and saddest years of my life.”

A dedication by wartime leader Winston Churchill reads: “As it was in the beginning so it must continue to the end Winston Churchill June 1944,” while another dated 1945 reads: “Victory At last the goal is reached, Winston Churchill.”

Other autographs are by New Zealand Prime Minister Peter Fraser; Adm. Bertram Ramsay; Field Marshall Jan Smuts; U.S. Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe, later president, Dwight D. Eisenhower; U.S. Gen. George S. Patton; Air Marshall Sir Arthur Coningham; Air Chief Marshall Trafford Leigh-Mallory; Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King; U.S. Army Gen. Omar Bradley and President of Free France Charles de Gaulle.

The album also contains the autographs of the three German officers who surrendered to Montgomery at his headquarters at Lüneberg on May 3, 1945. They were Adm. Hans-Georg von Friedeburg, commander in chief of the German navy; Gen. Kinsel, chief of staff for Field Marshal Busch’s Wehrmacht command in the north; Rear Adm. Gerhard Wagner and Maj. Friede, one of Kinsel’s staff officers.

Many of the earlier signatures were obtained at the Conference of Army Commanders for the D-Day Invasion, held in Portsmouth on June 1, 1944. The archive is sold with a note pad holder believed to have been used by Gen. Montgomery during the conference, together with photocopied images of Hallam and Montgomery posing with the staff car. The archive is estimated at £2,000-3,000.

From another consignor is a collection of World War II and RAF related autographs including those of dambusters Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the famous bouncing bomb; Leonard Cheshire, commander of the elite 617 Squadron and Ralph Cochrane, later Air Chef Marshal Sir Alex Cochrane, who commanded the Dambuster raid. Others are by fighter ace Douglas Bader, who lost both legs in a crash; Earl Mountbatten of Burma and Field Marshall Montgomery. The collection is estimated at £150-250.

Dutch artist Nico Wilhelm Jungmann (1872-1935) was a survivor of the World War I, which he saw out in the German internment camp at Ruhleben near Berlin. The sale includes a rare drawing done by Jungmann in a wooden frame probably carved by the artist while he was imprisoned.

Ruhleben detainees included men of the Allied countries who were living, studying, working or on holiday in Germany at the outbreak of the war. They included the crews of several civilian ships stranded in German harbors, a number of fishermen and various academics. The German authorities adhered to the Geneva Convention and allowed the camp detainees to administer their own internal affairs. Gradually many societies evolved and letters, books, sports equipment and a printing press being allowed entry. The detainees organized their own police force, magazine, library and postal service. They also arranged their own entertainment, the Ruhleben Musical Society performing The Mikado and the pantomime Cinderella, while the Drama Society staged Othello, Twelfth Night and The Importance of Being Ernest. Sport also played a major role in the life of the camp and numerous matches and tournaments were arranged for cricket, rugby, tennis and golf.

Jungmann was born in Amsterdam. He was apprenticed to a church painter and studied at the Rijksakademie, visitng London in about 1893 on a scholarship before becoming a naturalised British subject. He returned frequently to paint in Holland and in 1900 married his wife, Beatrix Mackay, by whom he had three children. However, his internment led eventually to the breakup of his marriage and the couple divorced in 1918, Beatrix later married into the banking branch of the Guinness brewing family. Jungmann died in London, aged 63.

The pencil drawing is a study of five naked men pulling a rope. It is signed “Nico,” dated 1917, and inscribed "Ruhleben." It also bears official censor's mark for "The Ruhleben Prisoner of War Camp" and is estimated at £200-300.

The prolific French artist Eugène Galien-Laloue (1854-1941) is best known for his atmospheric paintings of fin-de siècle Paris. What is less well known is his work as one of France’s official war artists, both during the Franco Prussian War and World War I.

The sale includes a previously unknown watercolor which recalls bloody, hand-to-hand combat between French and German infantry in the village of Mesnil-les-Hurlus in September and October 1915. Measuring 12.5 x 15.75 inches, the picture shows a ruined church and soldiers fighting in the churchyard. It is estimated at £5,000-10,000.

The first edition of the catalogue raisonné of the Galien-Laloue’s work by Noë Willer, published in 1999, contains only three military subjects, interestingly one of which is of the same subject as the present picture but from a different angle. The author has confirmed to Ewbank’s that the present picture has been accepted and will be included in the second volume of the catalogue raisonné, which is in the process of compilation.

Elsewhere and already consigned to the sale are a number of pieces of so-called trench art – objects made from spent brass shell cases and other detritus of war; weapons, including a 19th century flintlock long-barrel rifle; an Elizabethan cabasset helmet of a type used in the English Civil War (1640-1648) which came from More Place in Betchwork (estimate £400-600); medals; uniforms; books; and poignant letters and photographs. Among the latter is an archive consisting of a memorial plaque, World War I medal, letters and other ephemera relating to Lt. Reginald William Kennedy Oakley of Guildford, who had worked in the editorial department for the Surrey Advertiser.

For further information contact the auctioneer on 01483 223101 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

William Hallam's autograph book with (left) a photograph of him with ‘Monty.’ Estimate: £2,000-3,000. Ewbank’s image.

Early Tower flintlock rifle. Estimate: £600-1,000. Ewbank’s image.

Elizabethan cabasset helmet. Estimate: £400-600. Ewbank’s image.

Galiene-Laloue watercolor of combat at Mesnil les Hurlus. Estimate: £5,000-10,000. Ewbank’s image.

Group of nine Royal Navy World War I and World War II medals including George V Naval long service medal. Estimate: £300-500. Ewbank’s image.

John Rennie cartoon of Hitler titled 'Get off the Bank you Dirty Poacher.' Estimate: £200-300. Ewbank’s image.

Leonard Cheshire and Barnes Wallis autographs with picture of a bouncing bomb. Estimate: £150-250. Ewbank’s image.

Memorial plaque, Great War medal, letters and photograph of Reginald Oakley, who worked for the Surrey Advertiser. Estimate: £150-250. Ewbank’s image.

Nico Wilhelm Jungmann drawing in hand-carved fram donein Ruhleben internment camp. Estimate: £200-300. Ewbank’s image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 15:14
 

Find the unexpected at Artemis Gallery’s July 23 Discovery Auction

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 16:12

Chinese Warring States Period bronze ge, circa 5th century BCE. Est. $3,000-$4,000. Artemis Gallery image

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. – It doesn’t have to cost an Etruscan king’s ransom or an Egyptian pharoah’s arm and a leg to collect ancient art and antiquities. There’s an entry level that nearly any aspiring collector can afford, says Teresa Dodge, executive director of Artemis Gallery, whose Summer Discovery Auction is slated for July 23rd. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

“We’ve planned our upcoming auction of predominantly ancient and ethnographic art specifically so that anyone who has ever had the desire to get into this fascinating field of collecting could do so without price being a hindrance,” Dodge said. “However, the quality of the more than 300 lots we’ve chosen for the sale is so high, even seasoned collectors are going to want to check over the catalog very carefully. There are going to be some outstanding bargains that will fit right into many advanced collections.”

At least 10 lots in the sale have Hollywood provenance, as they’ve come directly from the superb collection of Emmy Award winner Donick Cary, who is currently co-executive producer of the hit TV show Parks and Recreation.

Every Artemis Gallery auction features desirable, solidly provenance classical antiquities, and the July 23rd event is no exception. Lot 2 is an attractive Egyptian granite fragment incised with the image of a striding king. If it were complete and 8 inches high, it would sell in the range of $15,000-$20,000, but being a 2½-inch section, its bidding will open at $2,000. The piece shows the figure from mid chest level to just above the knees, with hands against the thighs. It is from Egypt’s premier New Kingdom period, 18th to 20th dynasties.

Lot 14B, an Anatolian (western Turkey) gold sheet decorated with a repousse figure of a standing goat, exhibits wonderful presence and coloration. It measures 2½ inches wide by 2¼ inches tall and dates to around 1000 BCE. It is entered in the sale with a $2,000-$3,000 estimate.

Drinking vessels are found in every culture. Their styles and the materials from which they are made reflect the status of their original owners and the types of beverages they were meant to contain.

Lot 39 is a 2nd to 3rd century CE Roman glass cup probably designed for wine. Standing 3½ inch high, it quite likely came from a Roman villa whose wealthy occupants used it as an everyday glass. Intact and perfect, with a slightly greenish iridescence, it will open for bidding at $400. “You could pay more than that for a 50-year-old piece of Steuben,” Dodge noted. “This item might end up being a very good buy for someone.”

A second vessel of note is Lot 14D, a Mycenaean pottery cup approximately the size of a shot glass. Dating to 1300 BCE, it has a starting bid of only $200.

Ancient coin collectors won’t want to miss the rare coinage included in the sale, which will be priced at 50% of the lowest retail price that Artemis Gallery could confirm. An example from the selection is Lot 62, a “solidas,” or eastern Roman coin made of solid gold. A typical starting price on such a coin might be $1,200; the coin in the July 23rd auction will open at a wallet-pleasing $600.

A fine collection of bronze weaponry includes forms from almost every ancient Asian culture, dating from 1000 BCE to 1200 CE. A highlight is Lot 118, a Chinese Warring States bronze openwork dagger known as a “ge.” A handsome design, its intricate decoration includes ancient Chinese symbols. Estimate: $3,000-$4,000. Additionally, several Dong Son Vietnamese and Cambodian daggers dating to 800-400 BCE will be offered.

The Pre-Columbian section includes 10 pieces of ancient Peruvian pottery from the Chancay culture, 1000-1300 CE. All of the pieces are nice examples, absolutely authentic and intact. They will open for bidding as low as $200. Also Pre-Columbian, a lambayeque – or goblet used in rituals – originated in northern coastal Peru, circa 800 CE. Decorated with bands adorned with warrior figures and birds, it has a starting bid of $1,200.

A very special piece, Lot 239 is a 200 BCE-200 CE model of a temple with a large portico and terrace and mother-of-pearl steps from Western Mexico. It would have been placed in the shaft tomb of an important individual. The highly detailed piece is offered together with an artist’s conception of what the real-life temple on which it was based might have looked like. The required opening bid is $500.

Two extraordinary pieces from the US Arkansas/Mississippi River Valley have been cataloged. Lot 239A is a Quapaw figural jar, while Lot 239B is a large dipper with an emerging human face. Both are rare 17th-century pieces with substantial red and white pigment intact. Each is entered with a $3,500 opening bid.

For additional information about any item in the auction, call Teresa Dodge at 720-502-5289 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

Chinese Warring States Period bronze ge, circa 5th century BCE. Est. $3,000-$4,000. Artemis Gallery image

Egyptian granite striding king, circa 1550-1070 BCE. Est. $4,000-$6,000. Artemis Gallery image

Anatolian gold sheet, circa 1200-1000 BCE. Est. $2,000-$3,000. Artemis Gallery image

Roman glass goblet, circa 2nd to 3rd centuries CE. Est. $1,000-$1,500; reserve $400. Artemis Gallery image

Eastern Roman Empire gold solidas, Theodosus II, circa 402 to 450 CE. Est. $1,200 to $1,500. Artemis Gallery image

Chinese Warring States Period bronze ge, circa 5th century BCE. Est. $3,000-$4,000. Artemis Gallery image

One of a group of pottery vessels from Chancay culture, circa 1000-1300 CE. Starts at $200. Artemis Gallery image

Large polychrome Quapaw figural jar, circa 17th century CE. Est. $6,000-$9,000. Artemis Gallery image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 17:02
 

Jeffrey S. Evans to auction 19th/20th century glass, July 26

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:21

Sample of European art glass. Jeffrey S. Evans image

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. - Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will auction a large selection of art glass, Victorian glass and other 19th and 20th century glass on July 26th, including part three of the opalescent glass collection of Larry & Diana Nellans, of Fort Myers, Florida; selections from the Fenton Museum of Glass, the Vaseline glass collection of Barbara H. Friedell of Chicago, Illinois; Victorian glass from a New England collection, and a wide variety of other consignments. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Highlights of this sale include a fine and deep selection of primarily cranberry opalescent glass including Polka Dot, Seaweed, various Lattice and Stripe patterns; Daffodil, Poinsettia, Swastika, Swirling Maze, Daisy in Cross-Cross, Opaline Brocade and Spanish Lace glass.

Another important section of the auction is a fine, 100-item collection of Leaf Umbrella tableware, in all colors and in a wide variety of shapes, including cracker jars, shakers, syrup pitchers, cruets, toothpick holders and water pitchers.

The Vaseline glass collection comprises a wide variety of shapes and styles including a rare Radium Emanator water cooler, epergnes, opalescent patterns, EAPG, novelties, etc.

The sale includes a deep selection of other Victorian glass including a large number of sugar, salt and pepper shakers; water pitchers, tumblers, a 100-piece collection of colored Jeweled Heart/Victor and Leaf Mold pattern articles; rare Phoenix and Hobbs products; bride’s baskets; etc.

A selection of art glass includes examples of Tiffany, Quezal, Loetz-type and Steuben. Other categories represented in the auction include carnival and custard glass; a selection of Early American Pattern glass, Fenton and other 20th century glass; and many other items.

A highlight of the week of the auction is a free appraisal day on Wednesday, July 23 from 1-4 p.m. (three items per person limit). For further information, e-mail 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

Sample of European art glass. Jeffrey S. Evans image

From a large selection of Victorian opalescent glass. Jeffrey S. Evans image

Rare Polka Dot pattern cranberry opalescent glass from the Nellans collection. Jeffrey S. Evans image

Sugar shakers from a large collection of Northwood Leaf Mold pattern. Jeffrey S. Evans image

From a selection of American art glass including Tiffany and Quezal. Jeffrey S. Evans image

Over 200 pieces of Vaseline glass including pressed-glass novelties. Jeffrey S. Evans image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:29
 

Sworders to hold their largest ever art and design sale July 29-30

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Monday, 14 July 2014 10:39

Dame Barbara Hepworth RA (1903-1975), ‘Argos,’ 1969, lithograph printed in colors, on handmade Barcham green paper, signed and numbered 6/60 in pencil, printed and published by Curwen Studio, with their blindstamp, 81 x 59cm. Estimate: £800-£1,200. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

ESSEX COUNTY, UK – A brand of desk, designed in 1959 and which shot to fame when it appeared in two James Bond films, is being sold at the largest ever decorative art and design sale held by Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers on July 29-30. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The rosewood and chrome desk, by Danish designer Bodil Kjaer, is one of the 20th century’s most desirable pieces of furniture. Widely promoted in the press when it was launched, the desk went on to feature in two Bond films, You Only Live Twice and From Russia With Love. Early editions of the piece are said to have been bought by the actor Michael Caine and the Duke of Edinburgh. The Model 901 desk is expected to make £6,000 to £8,000 ($10,263-$13,684).

The desk is one of a range of Scandinavian lots in the sale, which will be held on Tuesday, July 29, and Wednesday, July 30, at Sworders’ sale rooms in Stansted Mountfitchet.

“With a total of 1,000 lots, this is the largest decorative art and design sale we have ever held,” said Sworders Director John Black.

“It’s so exciting to be able to offer a real ‘lifestyle’ sale. Alongside some stunning modern pieces, there are more than 300 lots of Arts and Crafts and Art Deco furniture and furnishings. We’ve had huge interest from people looking for key pieces for their own homes – something with a contemporary feel but with a foot in the past. And with many lots in the £400 to £1,000 ($685-$1,710) price bracket it’s a chance to buy a unique piece that’s beautiful, useful and has real investment potential.”

The furniture collections also include a dining suite designed in 1975 by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Maxalto. The suite is in walnut and the table features the original cement ballast. The lot has a guide price of £3,000 to £5,000 ($5,131-$8,552).

Also featured in the auction is a bronze sculpture by John W. Mills, which is now available to view at Sworders.

The work, titled Embrace, is by the local sculptor who created the Women of World War II Memorial in Horse Guards Parade and the Blitz Firefighters memorial at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Embrace is based on a scene from Frederick Ashton’s choreography of the ballet Romeo and Juliet. It was cast at the Meridian Foundry in London in 1992. The foundry has now closed, but its previous works include the statue of Winston Churchill, which stands in Parliament Square.

Mills lives and works in Hinxworth, near Baldock in Hertfordshire. His other works include the design marking the 50th anniversary of D-Day and the VE Day commemorative coin.

Embrace is 153cm (61.2 inches) high, but stands on a reconstituted stone plinth and is, in total, 228 cm (91.2 inches) high.

“This is a stunning piece and it is now in pride of place in our main reception. John Mills is an exceptionally renowned sculptor and it’s a privilege to be selling one of his pieces which come up for sale very rarely,” said Black.

Its sale guide price is £20,000 to £30,000 ($34,210-$51,315).

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

Dame Barbara Hepworth RA (1903-1975), ‘Argos,’ 1969, lithograph printed in colors, on handmade Barcham green paper, signed and numbered 6/60 in pencil, printed and published by Curwen Studio, with their blindstamp, 81 x 59cm. Estimate: £800-£1,200. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

William de Morgan luster twin-handle vase, early Fulham Period, decorated each side with a peacock among flowering foliage, impressed Sand's End Pottery, crack filled, firing crack, 37cm high. Estimate: £7,000-£10,000. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

Lalique 'Bulbes No. 2' assiette, molded with a blue opalescence, etched stencil mark 'R. Lalique, France,’ 28cm diameter. Estimate: £400-£600. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

Danish rosewood and chrome Model 901 desk, designed by Bodil Kjaer in 1959 for E. Pedersen & Son, 200cm wide x 100cm deep x 72cm high. Estimate: £6,000-£8,000. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

Artona dining suite, designed in 1975 for Maxalto by Afra and Tobia Scarpa, in walnut with ebonised details, table labeled 'Contrappeso Cemento Tavolo Tondo Noce, Liberty & Co., 145cm diameter x 70cm high, and a set of six 'Africa' chairs, with black leather seats. Estimate: £3,000-£5,000. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:14
 

John Moran presents Euro. art, Continental furnishings, July 22

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Estimated to bring $7000 to $10,000, this Continental armoire is richly veneered with oak, elm, and burl walnut, among other woods. John Moran image

PASADENA, Calif. - In stark contrast to Moran’s modern-leaning June 17th Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction, attendees at the Southern California house’s July 22nd sale will find the saleroom floor resplendent with the gilt detailing of Continental antiques, including a large selection of Louis XV and XVI furniture, urns, clocks, and wall mirrors, displayed beside Edwardian and Renaissance Revival-style furniture, European porcelain, bronzes, art glass, Continental and British paintings and sculpture, and American midcentury modern pottery and furniture. The majority of the July offerings were culled from just five important Southern California private collections, and as always the catalog boasts the fresh to the market pieces of the highest quality.

Internet live bidding during the sale will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.

Fine art consignments include works covering a variety of price points, highlighted by a number of very collectible works by noted European artists. The first, by Fernand Pelez (1843 – 1913 French), is a study for a larger work titled “Petit Misere ou Mendiant au Chapeau,” which recently sold at Sotheby’s Paris for an impressive price of $80,120, well over its pre-auction estimate. The study offered at Moran’s is conservatively estimates at $6000 - $8000.

A moody composition titled “Le Reveil du Coeur” (The Awakening of the Heart) by Anatole Vely (1838 – 18812 French) is one of the largest and most exquisitely detailed of the artist’s works to be offered at auction in recent history. The stunning oil is estimated to find a buyer for $10,000 - $20,000. Known for his maritime compositions, Jules Noel’s representative oil on canvas depicting figures by a group of docked boats is estimated to earn $3000 - $5000. A selection of Erté gouaches hailing from a private Southern California collection will also be offered, including “Midsummer Fair, Le Tir Les Tireurs,” “Venus et les Trois Graces,” and a work featuring an alluring gypsy dancer, all offered for estimates under $1000.

Fantastic selections from an impressive Montecito Estate offer up a number of highlights, including a selection of striking carved giltwood wall mirrors in varying sizes. A monumental carved gilt wood four-panel screen, covered with an antique Flemish tapestry, demands a grand space for display, not only for its size but its visually arresting quality and craftsmanship. The screen is estimated to find a new home for $20,000 to $30,000. An exquisitely decorated gilt bronze-mounted “boulle” marquetry and ebonized bureau plat, with a serpentine rectangular top inset with a gilt-tooled maroon leather writing surface is estimated to bring $5000 - $8000. A robust Continental marquetry armoire, veneered with oak, elm, burl walnut and other woods with scrolled motifs and columnar supports carries an estimate of $7000 - $10,000.

On a different note, select lots of modern American pottery are also to be featured, including work by Ojai, CA potters Otto & Vivika Heino and Claremont, CA potters Rupert Deese and Harrison McIntosh. One lot, a shallow Heino pottery bowl in mottled brown and black with blue and yellow-green splashes, is expected to bring $600 - $800. Carrying the same estimate and injecting a splash of clean-lined modern sensibility into the catalog is a striking pair of stoneware covered jars in dark brown with vertical cream stripes by Deese.

China and porcelain are among the highlighted categories of the July 22nd sale. A pair of Royal Worcester porcelain candlesticks, dated to 1881 and each molded as seated Mandarin figures juggling spheres, carry a conservative estimate of $800 to $1200 for the pair. A figural group titled “Lessons in Love” by famed maker Meissen should earn a price realized between $2500 and $3500. A sensuous Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel Amphora porcelain bust depicting a maiden in a yellow bonnet and dress with delicate gilt highlights is sure to charm bidders with the conservative $1000 - $1500 estimate.

Additional highlights include:

A carved marble statue of a boy and his dog by Samuel James Kitson, just over five feet tall (estimate: $7000 - $10,000).

Among a number of fine French clocks, a Napoleon III gilt bronze and marble mantle clock features a reclining classical female figure and children with various attributes representing the arts (estimate: $2000 - $3000).

A French patinated bronze figural group, cast from a model by French artist Alfred Boucher depicting three elegantly balanced male figures reaching into the distance, carries the title “Au But,” which translates to “Purpose” (estimate: $2000 - $3000)

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Estimated to bring $7000 to $10,000, this Continental armoire is richly veneered with oak, elm, and burl walnut, among other woods. John Moran image

 A study for a larger portrait recently sold at Sotheby’s Paris, this naturalist composition is expected to earn between $6000 and $8000 at auction. John Moran image

 A monumentally sized composition, 'Le Reveil du Coeur' by French painter Anatole Vely is offered with a pre-auction estimate of $10,000 to $20,000. John Moran image

 These late-19th-century Royal Worcester candlesticks depicting whimsical Mandarin jugglers are in excellent condition and may reach $800-$1200 at auction. John Moran image

This marble sculpture, created in 1873 during noted American artist Samuel Kitson’s sojourn in Rome, could fetch $7000-$10,000. John Moran image  

 One of a number of quality consignments handpicked from an important Montecito estate, this Napoleon III gilt bronze and marble mantel clock is surmounted by children representing the arts, and a reclining female figure. Estimate: $2000-$3000. John Moran image

 

Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 15:54
 

Jewelry, silver and objets d’art offered at Stephenson’s, July 18

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Thursday, 10 July 2014 16:20

Three sterling silver Georg Jensen brooches, each estimated at $200-$400. Stephenson’s Auction image

PHILA., Pa. – Stephenson’s in suburban Philadelphia is known as the region’s premier estate auction house. The family-owned company specializes in gallery and online sales of fine and decorative art, antiques, furniture and fine-quality jewelry. The next such sale will take place on Friday, July 18, and will feature silver, jewelry and objets d’art from area residences and private consignors. All of the 400+ lots have been cataloged with reasonable estimates and opening bids. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The demand for fine silver continues, and one of the many prized entries in the sale is Lot 54, a 5-piece sterling silver tea and coffee service. The elegant set consists of a coffee pot and teapot – both with bone insulators – sugar bowl with lid, creamer and waste bowl. Marked “Sterling,” the service has a total weight of 72.555ozt. Its presale estimate is $1,500-$1,800.

A stately design, Lot 92 is a hallmarked Weinranck & Schmidt Hanau sterling silver swing kettle on marked stand. Richly decorated with repousee figural and foliate reserves, the joined pieces stand 16 inches high. Having a total weight of 53.415ozt, the kettle/stand unit is expected to make $1,600-$3,000. The sterling silver selection also contains a pleasing array of flatware, serving bowls, trays and baskets; goblets and cordials; sets of teaspoons, candlesticks and various small objects.

A great variety of decorative art is included in the sale. Among the top examples is a stunning antique jeweled and gilt-enameled French porcelain dresser box with matching lid. When opened, the box reveals three perfume bottles with enameled and gilt-decorated tops that match the cobalt-blue outer container. This exquisite work of art is estimated at $600-$1,000.

Many great names in Continental and British decorative art are represented, such as Lalique, Meissen, Coalport and KPM. Lot 3, a KPM porcelain double-cherub figurine, exhibits the superior quality for which the great German manufactory is so well known. Its estimate is a modest $160-$300.

Those who love jewelry – both silver and gold – will be well pleased with the choices in Stephenson’s July 18 auction. Starting with sterling silver, three outstanding and well-marked designs by Danish master silversmith Georg Jensen are offered as consecutive lots. Lot 255 is a circa-1940 tulip brooch whose finely hammered silver is embellished with a dark green stone. Lot 256 is a stylized star-shape brooch designed by Jensen’s Henning Koppel. It, too, is a mid-century piece. Another Henning Koppel for Jensen brooch, Lot 257, is a sophisticated solid freeform triangle with beveled edge on two sides. Each of the Jensen brooches carries a presale estimate of $200-$400.

A wealth of stylish gold jewelry will leave bidders spoiled for choice. Lot 172, a 24K two-tone white and yellow gold panther bracelet features a linked and braided bracelet with two facing, bas-relief panther heads, each with diamond eyes and clasping opposite sides of a gold ring. With a motif that pays homage to the now-classic Panthere design by Cartier, this bracelet is estimated at $800-$1,200.

Lot 173 combines 14K white gold with 15 champagne-color diamonds, each surrounded by 10 white diamonds, in a stylish bracelet whose total diamond weight is 5.0 carats. A versatile contemporary design that could easily travel from brunch to an afternoon business meeting and then to the most formal of dinners, the bracelet is cataloged with a $1,000-$2,000 estimate.

Several charm bracelets will be auctioned, including Lot 264, a triple-strand 14K gold bracelet heavily laden with 22 gold charms. Some of the charms are travel related, depicting such items as a trolley car, cruise ship, and cupcake with “I Love N.Y.” spelled out on the “icing.” All of the charms are either marked 14K or test as gold. Estimate: $2,500-$4,000.

There’s plenty in the sale to appeal to gentlemen, as well. For instance, Lot 121 is a hefty 14K gold ring that contains a 1925 2-1/2 dollar Indian-head gold coin. The centrally positioned coin is surrounded by 12 prong-set round diamonds, with each stone weighing approximately 4 points. This distinctive, chunky (18.2 drams/11.7dwt) ring comes to auction with a $700-$1,200 estimate.

Stephenson’s Friday, July 18 Jewelry, Silver & Objets d’Art Summer Auction will commence at 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

For additional information on any lot in the sale, call Cindy Stephenson at 215-322-6182 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

 

Three sterling silver Georg Jensen brooches, each estimated at $200-$400. Stephenson’s Auction image

KPM porcelain double-cherub figurine, est. $160-$300. Stephenson’s Auction image

Five-piece sterling silver coffee and tea service, total weight 72.555ozt, est. $1,500-$1,800. Stephenson’s Auction image

Weinranck & Schmidt Hanau sterling silver swing kettle on marked stand, total weight: 53.415ozt, est. $1,600-$3,000. Stephenson’s Auction image

Men’s 14K gold ring featuring a 1925 2-1/2 dollar Indian-head gold coin surrounded by 12 prong-set round diamonds, est. $700-$1,200. Stephenson’s Auction image

14K white and yellow gold bracelet, facing panthers with diamond eyes, est. 72.555ozt., est. $800-$1,200. Stephenson’s Auction image

14K white gold bracelet with 15 champagne-color diamonds, each surrounded by 10 white diamonds. Total diamond weight: 5.0 carats, est. $1,000-$2,000. Stephenson’s Auction image

Gilt and enamel on cobalt blue French porcelain dresser box containing three perfume bottles with matching lids, est. $600-$1,000. Stephenson’s Auction image

14K gold triple-strand charm bracelet with 22 gold charms, est. $2,500-$4,000. Stephenson’s Auction image

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 16:36
 

Important pottery discovery leads Case’s July 19 auction

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This rare Tennessee ring jug is the most elaborately decorated Southern example of the form found to date, and was made by Civil War era potter Christopher Haun. Est. $16,000-$18,000. Case Antiques image

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— An exceptionally rare Southern pottery ring bottle discovered at a local appraisal fair leads a lineup of more than 800 lots of fine art and antiques at the Summer Case Antiques Auction, set for July 19 at the company’s gallery in Knoxville. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The copper oxide and lead glazed earthenware bottle was made in the shape of a ring, which allowed it to hang easily from a saddle. Although a utilitarian form, company president John Case said it is the most elaborately decorated Southern ring bottle discovered to date, and the only such known form by Tennessee potter Christopher Haun. Haun is remembered not only as an excellent potter, but also for his role in Civil War history: he was part of a group of Union sympathizers executed for burning the Confederate-controlled Lick Creek Bridge in Greene County, Tennessee, in 1861. Haun’s pottery is highly sought after by collectors, and this ring jug is estimated at $16,000-$18,000. Pottery is a specialty at Case, so auction-goers can expect to find other examples of antique Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Midwestern pottery in the sale.

Fine Art constitutes the largest category in the auction. American paintings include an oil on canvas marine scene by influential artist Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847-1917), originally owned by sculptor Henry Augustus Lukeman (1872-1935); it is accompanied by extensive provenance documentation and a radiography report and estimated at $30,0000-$40,000. A bronze sculpture, “The Star,” by American female sculptor Harriet Frishmuth (1880-1980), fresh from a Tennessee estate, is expected to be another key lot, along with a sharecropping scene by William Aiken Walker (1839-1921), and an original drawing by French Impressionist master Camille Pisarro (1830-1903), depicting the artist’s mother. A still life by Ralph Wormeley Curtis (1854-1922), harbor scene by Hayley Lever (1876-1958), landscape by Carroll Thayer Berry (1886-1978), 3 pencil drawings by Alfred Hutty (1877-1954), and duck hunting scene by Aiden L. Ripley (1896-1969) are also featured. Western art includes a Harry Jackson (1924-1911) bronze figure of John Wayne, works by Howard Rogers (b. 1932), Lowell Ellsworth Smith (b. 1924) and Gerald Farm (b. 1935), and 2 cowboy paintings by Carl Hantman (b. 1935), one of which was used as the cover illustration for a Western novel. Art and Military collectors alike are expected to compete for a 19th century portrait of Confederate General Robert E. Lee by Cornelius Hankins (1863-1946) and a William Cary (1840-1922) painting of Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders storming San Juan Hill.

The sale also features a larger-than-usual selection of 20th century art from the Nashville collection of Stephen and Lisa Steiner Small, many of it by Southern artists: a trompe l’oeil “Punch and Judy” scene and a “Humpty Dumpty” scene by Werner Wildner (1925-2004), a Circus Parade scene by Kentucky memory painter Helen LaFrance (b. 1919), an abstract by Kentucky artist Henry Faulkner (1924-1981), and two works by Noel Rockmore (1928-1995; an urban landscape and a portrait of two New Orleans Preservation Hall jazz musicians). The collection also includes a folk art landscape by Charles Wysocki (1929-2002), and surrealist works by Carlo Canevari (1922-1996), John Foote (1921-1968) and Aaron Bohrod (1907-1992).

European paintings in the auction include Paris views by Jules Rene Herve (1887-1981) and Antoine Blanchard (1910-1988), a large oil of a little girl with her doll by Edmund Adler Rode (1876-1965), a 16th century Italian portrait after Antonio Maria Crespi (Il Bustino), a large Battle of Waterloo scene by Charles Hoffbauer (1875-1957) and a pair of 19th century “nature morte” game still lifes by English painter George Morland (1763-1804). A collection of Salvador Dali works including a gold sculpture “Christ of St. John on the Cross,” 2 bas relief silver plaques “Lincoln in Dalivision” and “Last Supper”, and a tapestry, “Battle Round a Dandelion”, all with authentication, plus serigraphs by Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol and 2 lithographs by Joan Miro, round out the art highlights.

“This is Case’s largest offering to date of mid-century modern material, not just art but also furniture and accessories,” pointed out Sarah Drury, Case’s Vice President for Fine and Decorative Arts, adding that demand for 20th century items is increasing as well. Among the expected highlights is a “Frenchman’s Cove” cherry dining table made by George Nakashima in1968 for NASA research pilot Philip Brown of Atlanta. There are also 3 tables by Philip and Kelvin Laverne, Knoll and Eames chairs, midcentury posters, a collection of Bjorn Wiinblad ceramics (including a life size figural sculpture) and 20th century art glass by Lalique, David Hutchthausen, and Charles Lotton.

Adding sparkle to the sale is a 5.06 carat diamond ring with full GIA report, estimated at $30,000-$40,000. The oldest piece of jewelry in the sale is an 18K gold ring by William Fearn of London, dating from 1835, but other periods are represented as well. There are several Art Deco brooches and a 1.65 carat diamond and sapphire ring, a 3-stone mine cut diamond ring, and even a rare 19th century jeweler’s lathe. A vintage Patek Philippe pocketwatch and other vintage wristwatches, groups of jewelry by John Hardy and David Yurman, Southwestern and sterling jewelry, and a good selection of vintage costume and bakelite jewelry, are also for sale.

Civil War material and historic documents are an increasingly important category at Case. This auction includes an archive of letters related to the Tennessee 8th Infantry with graphic descriptions of the war’s toll, photographs including a half-plate tintype showing a cannon and several soldiers from the Keystone Battery of Pennsylvania, along with a collection of Civil War battle maps issued in the 1870s, and an 1809 map of Virginia by Samuel Lewis. Other interesting ephemera includes documents signed by Patrick Henry, Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, John F. Kennedy, John Sevier, and Mark Twain, and a land grant signed by Sam Houston two days before he officially became Tennessee’s governor. There are also about two dozen historic firearms in the sale, including a Civil War brass frame revolver (possibly Griswold), 9 Colt Army, Navy and pocket revolvers, and a Sharps Model 1859 Carbine.

Furniture offerings include a Sheraton carved work table attributed to Salem, Massachusetts, a Windsor settee attributed to Pennsylvania, an Edwardian floral marquetry desk and painted Satinwood breakfront and ladies’ desk. There also are two Southern sugar chests in the sale, plus an East Tennessee cherry Jackson Press and walnut corner cupboard,

A stunning 6-piece coin silver tea service made by Charles Burnett, a leading silversmith of Alexandria, Virginia, is one of nine silver tea services in the auction. There is also a New York coin silver tea service by John and James Cox, an 18th century Boston tankard by William Simpkins, and coin silver from Tennessee, Kentucky and South Carolina (mulberry pattern). A large collection of sterling hollowware by S. Kirk and Sons and Steiff in the Repousse and Baltimore rose pattern includes a tea service, candlesticks, and various bowls, plus 3 flatware services in those popular patterns. Also offered are flatware and hollowware from other American makers such as Gorham and Wallace, and a large Kirk Castle pattern centerpiece.

Porcelain collectors will find much to love in this sale, including an outstanding Meissen figural centerpiece with candelabra, a French Sevres-style tea service decorated with battle scenes and several pairs of Sevres style urns, a pair of Worcester Barr Flight Barr urns, Paris Porcelain, Staffordshire, Herend items, and Austrian portrait plates.

Tennessee’s Milligan College selected Case to sell several Chinese items they are deaccessioning, among them a Qing Civil Officer’s Surcoat and leggings and a silk robe with undergarments and a rare Manchu official’s winter hat. Other Asian arts items in the sale include a rare large Chinese export Hawthorne bowl, Famille Rose jars, plaques and bowls, a collection of Imari and Canton porcelain, and white and green jade carved objects.

Early folk art and advertising includes a life sized cigar store Indian princess and a pair of black folk art carved ventriloquist dolls used for a traveling Tennessee minstrel show, along with trade signs, a painted barber pole and copper doll molds. Toys include a large collection of Lionel trains, an award-winning 1933 scale model Dewitt Clinton Model Passenger Locomotive, a group of cast iron toys and banks, and various German and French dolls (including a possible Bru).

Other notable offerings are a rare Tennessee needlework house sampler, a pair of hand carved black ventriloquist’s dummies once used in a Tennessee traveling minstrel show, a collection of Bohemian/Moser glass, a Federal carved work table attributed to Salem, Mass., a brass ship’s wheel from the USS Yosemite, ship lanterns and other nautical collectibles, and oriental rugs.

The auction takes place on Saturday, July 19, starting at 9 a.m. EST. For additional information on any item in the sale, call the Knoxville gallery at 865-558-3033 or the company’s Nashville office at 615-812-6096 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 This rare Tennessee ring jug is the most elaborately decorated Southern example of the form found to date, and was made by Civil War era potter Christopher Haun. Est. $16,000-$18,000. Case Antiques image

A desolate marine painting by American romantic visionary painter Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847-1917) is estimated at $30,000-$40,000, and accompanied by documented provenance and radiography report. Case Antiques image 

A George Nakashima 'Frenchman’s Cove #2' cherry dining table leads a selection of midcentury modern furniture and accessories. Est. $8,000-$10,000. Case Antiques image 

 'The Artist’s Mother,' original drawing by Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903), with exhibition history. Est. $4,500-$5,500. Case Antiques image 

 An oil on canvas painting of Teddy Roosevelt storming San Juan Hill by American illustrator and Roosevelt friend William de la Montagne Cary (American, 1840-1922), one of several military-themed artworks in the auction, is estimated at $2,000-$2,500. Case Antiques image

Federal coin silver tea and coffee service by Charles Burnett  (1769-1849, Alexandria, Va./Georgetown, DC), one of several silver tea services in the auction. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000. Case Antiques image 

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:13
 

Material Culture offers fine, self-taught and outsider art, July 18

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March Avery (American, b. 1932) Kitchen Window, 1966, oil on canvas. Est. $1,000-2,000. Material Culture image

PHILA., Pa. - Material Culture’s July 18 auction, “Fine, Self-Taught & Outsider Art,” provides a stage for many categories of art across its 564 lots. The auction house, a leader in folk and self-taught art, brings forward the work of many such artists in this sale, from the United States and around the world. Fine art consists primarily of American and European paintings, prints, and works on paper from the 19th century through the present day.

The sale commences at 10 a.m., EST, on Friday, July 18, with LiveAuctioneers providing Internet live-bidding services. This diversity of art will be exhibited, free and open to the public, in Material Culture’s gallery space July 16-17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

One of the leading artists in fine art is American painter March Avery (b. 1932), daughter of Milton Avery. Trained by her father, March’s work displays the focus on color relation, rendering the representational also abstract, that made Milton’s work so important amongst his colleagues Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman and Marsden Hartley. The younger Avery’s finest works at auction are the 1966 oil on canvas painting “Hadrian’s Olives” (lot 414) and the 1975-77 oil on canvas board “Catnap” or “Caleb and Friend” (lot 418). Another 20th century female American painter shown at auction is Dorothy Heller (1917-2003), represented by a work of oil on canvas, a portrait of a woman in long, abstract expressionist brushstrokes (lot 419).

Material Culture’s sale also showcases the work of Hans Christoph Drexel (1886-1979), a German artist whose successful early career was quashed by the Nazis. Denouncing his dark work as degenerate, the Nazi censors forbade him to paint. Like many German artists of this period, Drexel’s art has remained largely hidden from view. The present works were discovered in the estate of Drexel’s godson, Dr. Christof Heinicke, and include a range of works from pre WWI to post WWII. His nine works at auction highlight his mastery of watercolor and his expressionistic use of pastel. Perhaps most striking is his untitled work of watercolor, gouache and pastel on paper, depicting a black bird in flight under an equally dark sky, separated by folk buildings and a watchtower in bright yellow and blue (lot 126). In addition to landscapes, several portraits by Drexel come to auction, the faces in them at once familiar and unsettling (lots 124, 130, 131). Another German-born artist featured at auction is Albert Urban (1909-1959), with six lots of his abstract compositions dating to 1945. Nearly-recognizable forms leap and recede from the geometrical webs of these ink on paper drawings, both colored and black and white (lots 386-391).

Exceptional works by self-taught artists will be on offer. Eleven lots by Purvis Young (1943-2010), a native of Miami, displays the artist’s marriage of assemblage and painting, as in the untitled piece that unites masonite, cardboard, fabric and wood as surfaces for painted figures and buildings (lot 36). The artist’s common themes of the African-American experience and urban life are seen in many of the paintings at auction. American self-taught artist Justin McCarthy (1891-1977) is shown in three paintings that exemplify his variety of subjects. “Christ Carrying the Cross” (lot 27), a strolling couple in “University Campus” (lot 28), and a landscape of “Lake Wallenpaupackke” (lot 29) are all rendered in McCarthy’s bright color and exuberant line. A portrait of McCarthy (lot 31) by another notable self-taught American artist, Jack Savitsky (1910-1991), shares the provenance of the McCarthy figural paintings, coming to auction through the collection of Patricia L. and Morris C. Thompson.

Displayed first among self-taught artists is Ghanian painter Kwame Akoto or “Almighty God,” born in 1950. The eight lots (17-24) by this famous street artist exhibit a number of the subjects for which he has become known, including depictions of animals with a moral theme or anti-smoking message, spiritual or political allegories, and portraits, from his daughters to African Kings. The auction also features a wealth of self-taught art, comprising forty-five lots, from the Living Museum, which fosters the creative talents of the patients of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Institute. Several of the Museum’s star artists, including Issa Ibrahim (b. 1965), Richard A. Smith (b. 1947) and John Tursi (b. 1961) are highlighted in this auction. Ibrahim blends pop culture such as cartoons and action heroes with political messages or erotic situations; his leading pieces at auction are “Justice League” (lot 84), a large canvas depicting President Obama, Michelle Obama and Joe Biden as Superman, Wonder Woman and the Green Lantern, and a painting of Michael Jackson with mixed-media collage (lot 85). Smith’s erotic drawings play with proportion and are often colored with food products, such as mustard. Eight lots by Tursi exhibit the artist’s use of prismatic color and vibrating contrast in the geometrical construction of his surreal faces. Other American self-taught artists shown at auction include Mose Tolliver (1925-2006), Richard Burnside (b. 1940), Barbara Strawser (20th century), Missionary Mary Proctor (20th century) and R.A. Miller (1912-2006).

Other leading lots in fine art painting include a portrait of Saint Sebastian in the manner of Guido Reni (Italian, 1575-1642), oil on canvas in a gilt frame (lot 232), and a still life with flowers by Jeanne de Kock (European, 19th-20th century), also oil on canvas (lot 234). Another still life, by Russian-American artist Joseph Solman (1909-2008) depicts a group of items alongside large windows suggestive of an artist’s studio (lot 405). An oil painting of the Schuylkill Bridge (lot 381) by Giovanni Martino (American, 1908-1997), a still life by Margaret E. Short (American, 20th c.) and two paintings by John Van Dreal (American, 20th c.) round out the category. Featured watercolors include paintings by Christian Ernst Bernhard Morgenstern (German, 1805-1867), Aaron Draper Shattuck (American, 1832-1928), Colin Campbell Cooper (American, 1856-1937), Ignat Bednarik (Romanian, 1882-1963), Ben Benn (Russian/American, 1884-1983) and Adolf Arthur Dehn (American, 1895-1968).

Fine art is also highlighted in works on paper by well-known painters, such as three etchings (lots 243-245) by James Abbott McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903), and six lots of drawings (lots 205-210) by Henri Lebasque (French, 1865-1937). Drawing includes “Market Scene at Piazza di SanMarco Venice” (lot 154) by Andre Maire (French, 1898-1984), a portrait, possibly of painter Jacob Lawrence (lot 457), by Raphael Soyer (American, 1899-1987) and an abstract composition (lot 400) by Taro Yamamoto (American, 1919-1994). Many lithographs and etchings by significant artists are featured in the sale, including pieces by Frank Weston Benson (American, 1862-1951), Ellison Hoover (American, 1888-1955), Reginald Marsh (American 1898-1954), Louis Lozowick (American, 1892-1973), Harold Altman (American, 1924-2003) and Henry Moore (British, 1898-1986). Illustration art from the turn of the 20th century is showcased in work by Leon Guipon (American, 1872-1910), Edwin Megargee (American, 1883-1958) and Grace Gebbie Wiederseim Drayton (American, 1877-1936).

A strong collection of Haitian art at the sale is led by three pieces by Georges Liautaud, frequently regarded as the artistic father of all subsequent metalwork in the country. The steel sculptures at auction are two-dimensional renderings of sprightly people, goats, or the two together (lots 63-65), and their provenance includes the Thompson collection, as above. Among Haitian painting and prints, “The Massacre,” by William Jean Louis (20th century) stands out (lot 66). The savagery of the title’s action, at bottom center, is offset by the breathtaking beauty of the landscape that surrounds.

Other highlights of the auction include over thirty lots of Japanese woodblock prints, with pieces by Utagawa Hiroshige (also known as Ando Hiroshige), Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Utagawa Toyohiro and Utagawa Kunisada. A group of eight Asian painted panels, tree-filled landscapes populated with animals such as cranes and deer, will be auctioned together (lot 342). The auction also opens with a series of vintage posters, led by a linen-backed lithograph of a Brigitte Bardot film (lot 1). Made for distribution in Italy, the poster bears the title “Piace a Troppi,” for the 1956 French film “Et Dieu…crea la femme” (“And God Created Woman”).

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

March Avery (American, b. 1932) Kitchen Window, 1966, oil on canvas. Est. $1,000-2,000. Material Culture image 

Justin McCarthy (American, 1891-1977) Christ Carrying the Cross, 1960s. Provenance: The Collection of Patricia L. and Maurice C. Thompson. Est. $1,000-1,500. Material Culture image

Hans Christoph Drexel (German, 1886- 1979) Untitled (Chickens), watercolor and gouache on paper. Est. $1,000-1,500. Material Culture image

Frank Weston Benson (American, 1862-1951) Old Tom (246, Paff), 1926, drypoint etching from an edition of 150. Est. $1,000-2,000. Material Culture image

Joseph Solman (Russian/American 1909-2008) Still Life, oil on board. Est. $2,000-3,000. Material Culture image

Dorothy Heller (American/New York, 1917-2003) Abstract Expressionist Portrait of a Woman, oil on canvas, old repairs. Est. $1,000-2,000. Material Culture image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:42
 

Heritage to auction Ali's gloves from 1971 Fight of the Century

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Image courtesy of Heritage CLEVELAND – The gloves that Muhammad Ali wore in his 1971 Championship bout against Joe Frazier – the first of three fights between the two giants of pugilism, which would culminate in the legendary “Thrilla in Manila” – will cross the auction block on Thursday night, July 31, 2014, in Heritage Auctions’ Sports Collectibles Platinum Night Auction at The House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio.

“This match was billed as ‘The Fight of the Century,’ and, despite the fact that Ali lost, it more than lived up to its billing,” said Heritage spokesman Chris Ivy. “It was a controversial fight at a controversial time in America and the bout took on distinctly political and cultural overtones. These gloves are more than sports memorabilia; they’re artifacts of early-1970s American Pop Culture.”

At the time, both fighters owned a legitimate claim to the Heavyweight Championship of the World, though only Frazier held the title officially. Ali's reign, which had begun in 1964 when he had beaten Sonny Liston, ended because of his refusal to enter the Vietnam draft. He became the most polarizing figure in American sports, fueling an antipathy within a segment of the American populace unseen since the reign of Jack Johnson. The country was polarized around the match: those who supported the Vietnam War and the failing cause of racial segregation vs. the anti-war crowd and those who favored the Civil Rights movement.

“To top it off, each combatant was guaranteed $2.5 million for the bout, a record purse that lent perspective to the enormity of the contest,” added Ivy. “The fight sold out a month before the event with ringside seats commanding a record $150, with even Frank Sinatra unable to get his hands on one. He ended up with a press credential, taking photos ringside for Life Magazine. The bout was quite literally the most star-studded event in Big Apple sports history.”

Ali dominated the early rounds with deft footwork and a pumping jab. Frazier stalked the elusive former Champ, looking to uncork the devastating left hook that had spelled doom for many of his earlier victims. Slowly the tide began to turn as the fight wore on, Frazier's sledgehammer blows exposing the ring rust on the former Champion.

Ali continued to paw at Frazier's face but the answers came with far more punishing authority and, in the late rounds, it was evident that only a knockout could salvage the night for the Louisville Lip.

“It was Ali that nearly ended up getting knocked out in the fifteenth round at 2:34,” said Ivy. “It was the exclamation point to Frazier's dominating victory. All three judges declared Frazier the victor, setting the stage for the 1974 rematch at MSG and the historic finale to the trilogy at Manila in 1975.”

These gloves, according to Heritage specialists, are the most significant boxing gloves to reach the auction block since those worn by Ali to claim his first World Championship from Sonny Liston in 1964 drew a final bid of $836,500 in a Heritage auction in New York City. Like those gloves, these derive from the personal collection of Ali's renowned trainer Angelo Dundee.

This first professional loss for Muhammad Ali gave birth to the narrative that the former Champion was now a "has-been" who should have remained in exile from the sport, setting the stage for what may be his most celebrated victory against the heavily favored George Foreman in Zaire. Though Ali would publicly decry the loss, he privately acknowledged the legitimacy of Frazier's victory, setting a course for his own redefinition from an arrogant invincible to resilient three-time Champion of the World.

“In order to be a three-time World Champion, Ali had to lose twice,” said Ivy. “This was the fight that steeled his resolve and set him firmly on the path to becoming the Greatest of All Time and one of the most beloved athletes of any sport, or any nation, in history.”

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