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Chuck Close mural a big find at Sanford & Son May 3 design auction

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 16:17

Chuck Close mural. Sanford & Son Auction image.

TACOMA, Wash. – An early example of the work of legendary 20th century artist Chuck Close has been discovered in the home he once lived in and is going to auction. The assembled Chuck Close work, 88 inches by 60 inches, is featured in an auction on May 3 at Sanford & Son Auction.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Artist and filmmaker Jack Gunter recalled the occasion. “A woman walked into my gallery in Stanwood and asked me if I knew who Chuck Close was.” he said. “I told her, of course. That I’d had a conversation with him in the 1970s, when I was a New England painter in egg tempera and he was already a NYC superstar.”

The woman told Gunter that her family had purchased the home designed by NW architect Robert Riechert years ago – complete with a kitchen painted by Chuck Close when he was at the University of Washington.

“He painted everything, she told me,” Gunter recalls. “Including the appliances and the cabinets, in particular some huge cabinet doors.” The family had kept all the doors – four thick panels with white knobs.

Acting on an inspired whim, Gunter asked the family to place the painted doors together on the floor – like puzzle pieces – and wallah! They fit together perfectly in an abstract design, like Close had made an 88-inch-high by 60-inch-wide painting and cut the finished work into sections to decorate the doors like a book-matched 19th century veneered cabinet face.

“None of us expected the four door faces would form a complete image,” Gunter said. “This is when I realized that we were looking at a complete painting, not a fanciful painting exercise on a kitchen wall.”

“The assembled work reminds me of the color-field paintings of the artist Morris Lewis in the ’50s.” Gunter said. “I know that Chuck Close was enamored by the Seattle artist Alden Mason in his early works, but I have no clue to what really inspired this design.”

Five years ago, when the Antiques Roadshow came to Seattle, a Chuck Close abstract painting, traded to an Everett, Wash., man for $8, was appraised at from $100,000 to $150,000.

Is this cabinet door assemblage a painting or a kitchen wall decoration?

“That’s not for me to make that determination,” Gunter says. “I have done some research and I know that Close and the architect Robert Riechert collaborated on the design and construction of a home that was part of an exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. They built it together. The published real estate listing that the family responded to stated that the house was designed by Robert Riechert with murals by Chuck Close. That sounds to me that Chuck Close took the cabinet doors seriously as a work of art.”

The assembled Chuck Close work, 88 inches by 60 inches, complete with original white painted knobs is featured in the May 3 auction, in which Gunter is selling off his collection of 20th century objects. Included will be original furniture from a Frank Lloyd Wright residence; a rare never before seen Tiffany lamp from Paris; Gustav Stickley furniture; artworks by Andrew Wyeth and Roy Lichtenstein; rare, early, hot-sculptured figures from glass artist William Morris; and a dream list of 20th century design innovators.

Proceeds from the sale will help fund a feature-length film titled The Search for the Lost Paintings of Siberia, a documentary based on a 2013 excursion into the Russian Federation in an attempt to locate and bring back 17 Jack Gunter original paintings – trapped near the Mongolian border after a 1990 Russian museum tour by a bureaucracy fractured by the collapse of the Soviet Union. Crowd-funding page: http://www.gofundme.com/6zuyho

Twentieth century designers and artists offered in the sale include Charles Rennie MacIntosh, Gilbert Rohde, Tiffany & Co., Louis Comfort Tiffany, Stow & Davis, Elton Bennett, Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly, Kenneth Noland, Albert Stickley, L. & J.G. Stickley, Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters, J. Michelle Franc, Warren MacArthur, Walter Dorwin Teague, Charles Limbert, Faries Lamp Co., OC White Co., William Morris (19th century designer), William Morris (29th century glass artist), Joseph Hoffmann, Le Corbusier, Marcel Breuer, Paul Frankl, Mies Van der Rohe, Florence Knoll, Bauhaus Design, Jack Gunter, Frank Lloyd Wright, Memphis Design, I.P. Frink and Proctor Silex.

Also selling will be works by Native American artists, African artists, and Timor Island and Marquesas Island artists.

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

Chuck Close mural. Sanford & Son Auction image.

Frank Lloyd Wright bed from Walter Ruden residence, 1958. Sanford & Son Auction image.

Tiffany & Co student lamp 1865-1870. Sanford & Son Auction image.

William Morris 'Ryton' blown & sculpted glass, 1997. Sanford & Son Auction image.

Archer & Warner gasolier, 1855. Sanford & Son Auction image.

I.P. Frink mirrored table lamp. Sanford & Son Auction image.

Tubular steel desk, Walter Dorwin Teague, 1935. Sanford & Son Auction image.

Alvar Aalto tank chair. Sanford & Son Auction image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 17:09
 

Sterling to offer diamonds, gold, silver & antique armor in May 8 sale

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:47

14K white gold cocktail ring with large opal and 18 marquise-cut diamonds. Sterling Auctions image

CLOSTER, N.J. – Sparkling diamonds and a stunning array of American and Continental silver will set the tone for quality at Sterling Associates’ May 8 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. The 600-lot offering features the cream of estate antiques from the New York tri-state region and includes an unusual highlight – a remarkable 40-piece collection of period armor.

“The fine jewelry selection has tremendous eye appeal,” said Sterling Associates owner, Stephen D’Atri. “There are several one- to two-carat loose diamonds and solitaire rings, many accompanied by GIA certificates; as well as a fantastic cocktail ring with a giant fire opal surrounded by three carats of diamonds in a starburst pattern.”

A wealth of gold jewelry and a single-owner collection of silver Native-American jewelry – some of it marked – will cross the auction block. Ten premier timepieces will be up for bid, as well, including two handsome Rolex men’s watches: a two-tone gold and stainless silver model with Rolex box and papers, est. $6,000-$8,000; and a 1980s gold and stainless steel day/date watch, also boxed with papers.

With winter now a memory, many are thinking about sumptuous buffets and dinners for eight. As any gracious host will attest, a stylish dining table must be dressed with elegant silver – a category that has become a staple in Sterling’s sales. Their May 8 auction includes a rich and varied selection of fine silver flatware, candelabra, trays and other serving pieces from American, English and Continental makers. Additionally, there will be a large grouping of silverplate from which to choose.

Sterling Associates will break new ground in offering a lifetime collection of period armor from a private estate in Manhattan. “You never know what you’ll find in an estate. A collection of armor is not what I would have expected to see in a New York City residence, but it’s endlessly fascinating material, and our team had a lot of fun examining and researching each piece,” said D’Atri.

“The contents of the armor collection span three centuries and are extremely diverse – the collector liked many different types of things and focused on building a comprehensive collection,” D’Atri continued. “Some of it is very early. There’s a full samurai suit and an Indo-Persian kulah-khud (helmet) that both date to the 17th century, and another of the dozen or so helmets to be sold is a 16th-century production.”

Other highlights include a German jousting half-suit, a pikeman suit of armor, and numerous edged weapons, including rapiers and Japanese katanas. A sub-collection of halberds – 6 to 7ft-long pole weapons whose shafts are topped with spear points, spikes or axes – contains examples estimated as modestly as $800-$1,200.

The breadth of items cataloged in the May 8 sale runs the gamut of collecting interests, from a vintage go-kart that resembles a scaled-down 1930s/40s racer, complete with roll bar and colorful stickers; to vintage wine, including bottles of Chateau Lafite Rothschild Grand Cru 1982 and Chateau Latour Grand Cru 1949. Both are from the first growth of their respective years.

The auction is further brightened by a large assortment of high-quality chandeliers, wall sconces and decorative accessories; including sculptures.

There are many ways to participate in Sterling Associates’ May 8 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction, but the company conducts its auctions a bit differently than most.

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

Sterling Associates’ Thursday, May 8 auction will commence at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. The live gallery preview is from 10-4 on Saturday, May 3 and Monday, May 5; 10-7 on Tuesday, May 6; 10-4 on Wednesday, May 7; and 10-3 on auction day. The gallery is located at 70 Herbert Ave., Closter, NJ 07624. Online bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

For additional information on any item in the auction, call 201-768-1140 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit Sterling Associates online at www.antiquenj.com.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

14K white gold cocktail ring with large opal and 18 marquise-cut diamonds. Sterling Auctions image

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust gentleman’s watch, two-tone steel with 18K yellow gold, diamond dials. New and never worn. Accompanied by original box and papers. Sterling Auctions image

Eugene Marioton (French, 1854-1925), pair of bronze figural sculptures on marble bases, signed and with foundry marks, 36in high. Sterling Auctions image

Persian devil’s head Kulha Khud period helmet, circa 1750-1800. Sterling Auctions image

5-piece jousting suit of armor, helmet and shield circa 1580; backplate dated to 1560. Sterling Auctions image

Lot comprising more than 20 pieces of Japanese Samurai armor with classic Edo-period lightweight wood storage case and framed rare Samurai Sashimono banner flag. Sterling Auctions image

Vintage go-kart resembling a scaled-down 1930s/40s racer with colorful stickers and single roll bar, 78in long by 34in high. Sterling Auctions image

Pieces from the large selection of sterling silver to be auctioned. Sterling Auctions image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 15:56
 

Rare gems sparkle throughout Heritage jewelry sale April 29

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:16

Diamond, platinum, gold ring set composed of a ring featuring a pear-shaped diamond weighing 11.30 carats, enhanced by tapered baguette-cut diamonds, set in platinum; together with a removable 18K gold hinged jacket, marked A. Clunn. Estimate: $150,000-$200,000. Heritage Auctions image.

NEW YORK – A Tiffany & Co. Kashmir sapphire diamond platinum-topped gold ring could sell for $175,000 or more to lead Heritage Auctions’ Fine Jewelry Signature® Auction on Tuesday, April 29. The auction is a mosaic of unique creations spanning the Georgian era to the present day.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

Jill Burgum, Heritage’s senior director of fine jewelry, said experienced jewelry connoisseurs can expect a robust selection of estate jewelry, rare colored gemstones, and name brand designs both contemporary and vintage.

“White and fancy colored diamonds from 2.00 to 11.00 carats also play an impressive role in the upcoming auction,” she said. “A highlighted lot is an 11.03 carat pear-shaped diamond accompanied by a GIA certificate stating I color, VS2 clarity and carries a presale estimate of $150,000-plus.”

Colored gemstones captivate the eye with vibrant bursts of color and leading the auction’s extensive selection is a Columbian emerald and diamond ring by Kurt Wayne, accompanied by GIA and AGL certificates, valued at $150,000. A rare emerald white gold necklace – featuring the 3.40-carat Heart of Carolina Emerald – is estimated to sell for $25,000-plus. The heart-shaped emerald is incredibly rare as North America is not known for producing emeralds – outside of one area, Hiddenite, N.C. The Heart of Carolina Emerald was discovered in 1998 and ranks as no. 13 on the list of largest emeralds ever mined in North America.

A fancy yellow diamond, diamond, gold ring, from the private collection of Toni Tennille of American recording artists Captain & Tennille and set with two yellow diamonds weighing a total of approximately 4.73 carats and enhanced by full-cut diamonds, could sell for more than $60,000.

A rare Archaeological Revival “Cave Pearl” necklace by legendary goldsmith Carlo Giuliano, in its original fitted box, could sell for $40,000-plus. Fashioned from diminutive limestone deposits subjected to millennia of water dripping deep inside a cave, the 100-year-old necklace is the oldest piece in the auction. Another Victorian find, an exceptional natural pearl, diamond, ruby, silver-topped gold brooch, features a natural baroque pearl notable for its exceptional size, fine condition and natural origin. The brooch is enhanced by a second natural baroque pearl, which increases the pieces’ gross weight to 18.90 grams. It is expected to sell for $40,000 or more.

“Name brand designs by firms such as Cartier, Tiffany and Van Cleef & Arpels remain popular purchases among our clients and we expect some recent additions will bring added attention and increased bidding,” Burgum said. “I am excited to offer a single owner collection of Angela Cummings designs for Tiffany & Co., including an opal, black onyx, gold bracelet, estimated at $9,000-plus; an iconic jadeite jade, gold ‘lotus root’ bracelet, estimated at $7,000-plus; and a coral, jasper, gold bracelet, which could sell for $9,000-plus.”

Heritage’s April 29 Fine Jewelry Signature® Auction takes place at the Fletcher Sinclair Mansion in New York, following previews in Beverly Hills and Dallas.

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

Diamond, platinum, gold ring set composed of a ring featuring a pear-shaped diamond weighing 11.30 carats, enhanced by tapered baguette-cut diamonds, set in platinum; together with a removable 18K gold hinged jacket, marked A. Clunn. Estimate: $150,000-$200,000. Heritage Auctions image. 

Kashmir sapphire, diamond, platinum-topped gold ring, Tiffany & Co., featuring a cushion-shaped Kashmir sapphire measuring weighing approximately 3.50 carats Estimate: $175,000-$200,000. Heritage Auctions image. 

Colombian emerald, diamond, gold ring, Kurt Wayne, 16.70 carats, enhanced by triangle-shaped diamonds weighing a total of approximately 2.50 carats. Estimate: $150,000-$200,000. Heritage Auctions image. 

Emerald, white gold necklace with heart-shape emerald measuring 9.88 x 11.05 x 6.60 mm and weighing 3.40 carats, set in 18k white gold, suspended from a 14K white gold chain. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Fancy yellow diamonds gold ring, approximately 4.73 carats and enhanced by full-cut diamonds. Estimate: $60,000-$80,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Victorian natural baroque pearl, diamond, ruby, silver-topped gold brooch. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Victorian Archeological Revival cave pearl, gold necklace, accompanied by its original signed Carlo Giuliano fitted leather box. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:37
 

Sworders expects brush pot to lead Asian Art sale April 29

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Monday, 14 April 2014 15:38

Exceptional zitan 'Hundred Boys' large brush pot, late 18th/early 19th century, deeply carved with numerous small figures at various pursuits on a rocky mountainside below clouds. Estimate: £20,000-£30,000. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

LONDON – Intensive research, marketing and contact-building in China and Hong Kong has resulted in a surge of interest in a rare Chinese wooden brush pot. With an original guide price of £20,000-£30,000, the Sworder team now expects it to exceed those expectations at an Asian Art Sale on Tuesday, April 29.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The late 18th or early 19th century brush pot has been owned by the same family for nearly 40 years. They were unaware of its true value until they took the item to Sworders for expert assessment. The auctioneers recognized the rarity and quality of the item and gave it a conservative guide price of £20,000 to £30,000.

“As soon as we were able to share the details of this pot with our network in China it became clear that interest in this piece was going to be phenomenal," said Richard Harrison, Sworders’ head of Asian Art. "We expect our phone bidding lines to be fully booked and we know many Chinese specialists are traveling to our auction room to be able to bid in person. With that level of interest, we may well see it realise six figures.”

The pot is a rare example of Zitan artwork and is intricately carved from a single piece of wood. The images show dozens of figures in a popular Chinese subject known as “The Hundred Boys” around the outside. Originally the pot would have been used to store calligraphers’ brushes.

The sale also includes a garniture of five large blue and white 19th century vases – the tallest measuring just over 64 centimetres (25.6 inches) – being sold as a single lot, with a guide price of £5,000-£8,000. Another highlight is a rare set of four Daoist Immortals – a group of legendary saints from Chinese mythology – dating back to the second half of the 18th century, with a guide price of £3,000-£5,000.

Along with the usual pre-19th Century Asian works of art, this particular sale includes some highly sought after examples of contemporary Chinese works. One of the highlights is the Muban Portfolio of 60 woodblock prints, each print commissioned by the Muban Foundation, from distinguished printmakers including Xu Bing. The lot comes with a companion volume, The Arts of Contemporary Chinese Woodcuts, 2003 and is estimated at £25,000-£30,000.

Another leading name from the contemporary art scene in the Far East is Chen Wen Hsi (Wenxi) (1906-1992). The Singaporean artist is in demand around the world and a painting titled Chickens is expected to fetch between £5000-£10,000.

For details phone +44 (0)1279 817778 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Exceptional zitan 'Hundred Boys' large brush pot, late 18th/early 19th century, deeply carved with numerous small figures at various pursuits on a rocky mountainside below clouds. Estimate: £20,000-£30,000. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

 'The Muban Portfolio,' first published in 2003, is a unique collection of original woodblock prints by 60 distinguished printmakers in China, presented in a portfolio together with a hardback copy of the companion volume 'The Arts of Contemporary Chinese Woodcuts.’ Estimate: £25,000-£30,000. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

 Chen Wenxi / Chen Wen Hsi (1906-1992), ‘Chicken,’ 1966, with artist's seal, ink and color on paper, 44.2 x 59.3 cm, with the original gallery label verso. Estimate: £5,000-£10,000. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

 Set of three panels in the manner of Liu Yucen, inscription dated 1941, pierced wood frames, 73.5 x 21cm. Estimate: £2,000-£3,000. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

 Rare set of four Daoist Immortals, probably second half of the 18th century, Han Zhongli, LanCaihe, Han Xiangzi and Cao Guojiu, each well modeled, 17 cm. Estimate: £3,000-£5,000. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

Thangka of a seated Shakyamuni, 18th century, probably central Tibet, accompanied by monks and deities, 72 x 54 cm. Estimate: £1,800-£2,000. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image. 

Rare ivory and lacquer Okimono, circa 1870, in the form of a red-headed Shojo woman on all fours, grasping a gold lacquered bowl 3.6cm. £2,500-£3,500. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image. 

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 16:01
 

Ray Frost Fleming estate key component of Heritage auction April 23

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Monday, 14 April 2014 12:45

Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) ‘Spray,’ circa 1970, stainless steel base, collar, and rods with brass beads, 61 1/2 high and an overall diameter of 68 inches. Property from the estate of Ray F. Fleming, Birmingham, Mich. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000. Heritage Auctions image.

DALLAS – Selections from the estate of Ray Frost Fleming, a Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate, notable studio artist and owner of the Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham, Mich., will be offered in Dallas on April 23 at Heritage’s 20th & 21st Century Design auction. Fleming’s estate offers a survey of the great names in mid-century modern design and modern fine art that exemplify the definitive styles that emerged from Cranbrook.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

“Ray F. Fleming’s impeccable eye for 20th century design brought national distinction to Birmingham’s Robert Kidd Gallery,” said Caroline Ashleigh, Heritage’s Michigan-based consultant on the Fleming Estate. “The selection Heritage is offering represents the best of the best and speaks to the heart of his education at Cranbrook Academy. We think collectors will be delighted to experience the more unique items in this special estate.”

The first selection of important 20th century sculptural design from the estate will be offered April 23 and offers rare works by well-known artists, such as Spray, circa 1970, by Harry Bertoia (estimate: $50,000+). Standing over 5 feet tall with stainless steel rods terminating in melted brass beads, Spray is a remarkable example of the sculptor’s inimitable style. The auction also features Untitled (Tower), 1985, by Julius Schmidt, the critically acclaimed sculptor and fellow Cranbrook graduate (estimate: $5,000+).

Furniture by blue-chip designers such as Mies Van Der Rohe, Eero Saarinen, and Charles and Ray Eames will likely attract intense bidding. Van Der Rohe’s leather and chrome-plated steel Barcelona chairs, 1929 (estimate $4,000+); Saarinen’s oval dining table (Model 174), 1956 (estimate $3,000+); and a classic example of Charles & Ray Eames’ landmark lounge chair and ottoman, 1956, (estimate $2,500+), are among the most sought after pieces.

The estate’s fine art works will be offered in Heritage’s Modern & Contemporary Auction, May 31 in Dallas.

For more information on the estate of Ray Frost Fleming, please contact Caroline Ashleigh: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 800-872-6467, ext. 1934.

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

Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) ‘Spray,’ circa 1970, stainless steel base, collar, and rods with brass beads, 61 1/2 high and an overall diameter of 68 inches. Property from the estate of Ray F. Fleming, Birmingham, Mich. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Mies Van Der Rohe (German, 1886-1969), pair of Barcelona chairs, 1929, Knoll International ed., circa 1960s. Property from the Estate of Ray F. Fleming, Birmingham, Mich. Estimate: $4,000-$5,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Charles Eames (American, 1907-1978) and Ray Kaiser Eames (1912-1988), lounge chair and ottoman, 1956, rosewood veneer, plywood, leather, steel, aluminum, 32 x 32 3/4 x 32 3/4 inches – chair; 17 1/4 x 26 x 21 1/2 inches – ottoman. Produced by Herman Miller circa 1970s. Property from the estate of Ray F. Fleming, Birmingham, Mich. Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500.

Julius Schmidt (American, b. 1923), ‘Untitled (Tower),’ 1985, bronze, 122 3/4 inches tall, total of three components, cast signature and date on top and side: ‘Schmidt 1985.’ Property from the estate of Ray F. Fleming, Birmingham, Mich. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Minale-Maeda: Mario Minale (Italian/German, b. 1973) and Kuniko Maeda (Japanese, b. 1976). LEGO® buffet, 2010, LEGO® bricks, aluminum frame, 40 7/8 x 77 7/8 x 17 3/4 inches, edition 1/5. Produced for Droog design, Netherlands. Property from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Tejo Remy (Dutch, b. 1960), Chest of drawers, 1991, used drawers, maple, jute strap 43 1/4 x 47 1/4 x 23 5/8 inches, signed and numbered on verso of one drawer. Produced by Droog design, Netherlands. Property from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.  Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Chung-Tang Ho (Taiwanese, b. 1972), Push and store cabinet, 2006, wood and paint, 86 1/2 x 101 x 47 inches, from the edition of 12, produced by Droog design, Netherlands. Property from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Heritage Auctions image.

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 15:02
 

Artemis Gallery Live offers artifacts at no-reserve auction April 16

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Friday, 11 April 2014 14:20

Lot 199:  Chancay/Huari figure, ex-Arthur Sackler, circa 1000 CE.  Est. $800-$1,200, start $350. Artemis Gallery Live image.

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. – Out with the old … to make room for the new. Artemis Gallery Live is cleaning house this April with a fun specialty sale guaranteed to please collectors and dealers alike. Their Ancient/Ethnographic Spring Variety Auction, slated for Wednesday, April 16, offers a wide array of guaranteed ancient and ethnographic art from all over the world, all at unreserved prices.

Internet live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

“This is a great opportunity to really bulk up your collection, and maybe to nab a few pieces you typically wouldn’t spring for at auction. Almost every lot starts below $400, with many group lots perfect for collectors and dealers alike,” said Teresa Dodge, co-owner of Artemis Gallery Live.

The auction offers a peek into prehistory with stunning megalodon fossil teeth, dating between 28 million and 1.5 million years old (Lot 1-2), as well as stone and obsidian tools used by early humans (Lots 3-5). Lots of note include an especially fine Greek Istros coin, depicting a pair of male faces on the obverse and an eagle grasping a dolphin in its talons on the reverse (Lot 43), an alabaster alabastron, which beautifully displays the elegance of Hellenistic Greece (Lot 46), and a striking Parthian terracotta amphora (Lot 81).

Lovers of pre-Columbian art will delight in this auction’s offerings, which include a sweet Chancay olla with monkeys (Lot 130), and an adorable Chancay penguin (Lot 128). An impressive Costa Rican stone metate with birds (Lot 203) would make a magnificent addition to any collection.

Those bidders hoping to score a unique gift for Mother’s Day will not be disappointed. A range of ancient necklaces from a variety of cultures offer a unique and exciting alternative to traditional jewelry. Pre-Columbian amulets and beads carved from shell and stone showcase the artistry of the ancient people of Peru, Ecuador, Columbia and surrounding regions (Lots 102, 117, 124, 139, 142). Fine Roman glass and carnelian beaded necklaces pique the imagination and carry the wearer back in time to that illustrious empire (Lots 228, 240, 241). Finally, Egyptian scarabs, faience beads, and amulets, vividly colored and wonderfully crafted, are sure to delight any history buff (Lots 257, 258, 259, 260, 268, 269, 303, 311).

The art of Asia is represented in part by a series of gorgeous Han Dynasty ceramics (Lot 64-69), as well as a lot of delicate Vietnamese pottery from the famous Hoi An Hoard (Lot 177). Ancient Inuit seal hunting tools, handsomely carved from walrus bone (Lot 148), colorful Mexican retables (Lots 165-174), a German World War I iron bayonet (Lot 163), and a series of impressive African art (Lots 155-162) round out an exciting exploration of time and place.

“We’re cleaning out our inventory to make room for new pieces, plus we invited many of our dealer colleagues to do the same, so this auction really has a little of everything,” said Dodge.

As with all of Artemis Gallery Live’s auctions, all items are legal to buy/sell under U.S. statute covering cultural patrimony per United States Code 2600, Chapter 14 – Convention on Cultural Property, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

Ancient/Ethnographic Spring Variety Sale will start at 11 a.m. Eastern, 9 a.m. Mountain, on Wednesday, April 16. For additional information about the auction, call Teresa Dodge directly at 720-890-7700, ext. 1103, or send her an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Lot 199:  Chancay/Huari figure, ex-Arthur Sackler, circa 1000 CE.  Est. $800-$1,200, start $350. Artemis Gallery Live image.

Lot 96: Roman Redware Lamp, circa 400 CE. Est. $500-$750, start $250. Artemis Gallery Live image.

Lot 104: Pre-Columbian Peten bowl, circa 850 CE. Est. $800-$1,200, start $400. Artemis Gallery Live image.

Lot 131:  Casas Grande polychrome bowl, circa 1300 CE. Est. $1000-$1500, start $400. Artemis Gallery Live image.

Lot 151:  PNG stone celt, ex-Sotheby’s, pre-1950 CE. Est. $900-$1200, start $400. Artemis Gallery Live image.

Lot 226: Chinese Han Dynasty bronze dagger hilt, ca. 206 BCE.  Est. $600-$1,200, start $250. Artemis Gallery Live image.

Lot 289: Maori greenstone Hei Tiki amulet, mid-20th century. Est. 400-$600, start $200. Artemis Gallery Live image.

Lot 309: Roman bronze Togatus figure, circa first century BCE/CE. Est. 800-$1,200, start $450. Artemis Gallery Live image.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 16:46
 

Join the fun at Bertoia's Spring Toy Break Auction, May 9-10

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Friday, 11 April 2014 08:44

Marklin Grand Central Train Station, est. $6,000-$7,000. Bertoia Auctions image

VINELAND, N.J. – The sun is out and it’s time to head for the Jersey shore and Spring Toy Break at Bertoia Auctions. The company’s May 9-10, 2014 auction numbers 1,400 lots and is brimming with toys from dozens of popular categories. LiveAuctioneers will provide the Internet live-bidding services for the sale.

A special highlight is Part II of the renowned Frank Loveland train collection, which will be offered during the Saturday session. Also featured is Harvey Funderwhite’s exceptional collection of horse-drawn cast-iron bell toys.

The Loveland trains should create quite a flurry of bidding activity, said Bertoia Auctions associate Rich Bertoia, since the grouping contains more than 100 of the earliest American trains made by Carlisle & Finch and Voltamp. “It’s unusual to have the chance to purchase 2-inch gauge American electric trains,” Bertoia said. “Even at a large toy show, a collector would be lucky to find even a couple of them.”

In addition to being a long-time member of the Antique Toy Collectors of America, former college professor Frank Loveland is an antique train scholar. Both he and his collection are well respected in the train hobby. Loveland’s collection spans the history of American train production and also includes very rare United Electric trolleys, a few Howard sets, and early Ives trains and stations. Several of the Ives “inboard” examples in the Loveland grouping had only a one-year run, Bertoia said.

Sharing the railway yard at Bertoia’s on auction day will be a number of outstanding German train lots, both from Loveland and other collectors. Among the desirable Marklin advertising train cars are several perennial favorites: the Pabst Blue Ribbon car with oyster-platter motif, Budweiser, and Heinz 57 Varieties. Additionally, there are several Marklin Midland Railway cars, including a fruit car and chicken coop car.

Comic character toys were strong in Bertoia’s March 28-29 auction, so another 200 lots of top-notch examples have been rolled out for the Spring Toy Break crowd. In addition to toys based on classic characters of radio, TV and comic strips, the offering includes an array of timeless Disney and Popeye characters. There will be many wind-up dancing toys, as well, like Dapper Dan, Jazzbo Jim, Tombo and Spic & Span; plus Amos & Andy and other whimsical tin cars such as Whoopee, Snoopy Gus, Coo Coo Car and Joy Rider.

The American tin section of Bertoia’s gallery displays such a panoramic variety, it looks like a toy showroom. The Marx vehicles include an ambulance, boxed G-Man Pursuit Car and a fleet of vans and dump trucks. They’re accompanied by a nice single-owner collection of racers, including a Champions Racer and at least 20 others.

Frank Loveland’s collection makes an encore appearance in the sale in the form of paper-on-wood toys. A diverse selection, it incorporates menageries, arks, building, trains and panoramas from Reed, Bliss and Milton Bradley. Also included are several Crandall’s sets, which are especially favored by collectors, and a number of early games.

The European toy category ranges from a Marklin torpedo boat to a JEP Talbot auto to a fabulous Schoenner live-steam pumper named “The Boston.” Forty penny toys will be auctioned, as well as elaborate table games with penny toy player tokens. Additionally, there is a small grouping of attic-fresh Heyde soldiers.

More than 200 cast-iron transportation lots reflect the thread of diversity woven throughout the sale. The motor pool includes taxis, buses, sedans, racers, panel vans and airplanes. Alongside them are farm vehicles and cast-iron floor trains.

The Harvey Funderwhite horse-drawn cast-iron toy collection contains many superior examples, including a Tally-Ho, a very rare Kyser & Rex Circus Wagon with articulated animals, and one of fewer than 10 Ives horse-drawn Bandwagons known to exist. They are joined by a Wilkens Chemical wagon and scarce bell toys.

The cast-iron lineup then moves into a fine assortment of more than 60 mechanical banks and 40 safe banks from a single-owner collection. Around 75 figural cast-iron doorstops represent people, flowers, cottages and whimsical themes. Several Fish Art Deco doorstops and Bradley & Hubbard designs are included.

Sixty lots of pressed steel will be offered, with many favorites from Buddy L – including pieces from their popular Outdoor Railroad line – as well as Sturditoy, Keystone, Kingsbury and other brands.

Although not a category regularly seen at Bertoia sales, country store items will be showcased alongside the parade of antique toys. Literally anything that one would see inside a well-outfitted turn of the 20th century general store will be available, including dye and spool cabinets, glass candy jars, tobacco-related items and colorful, profusely graphic paper and tin litho signs with great themes and quaint wording. Handsome oak upright display cases, some with curved glass, will be auctioned, as well.

In keeping with the Spring Break theme, there will be a selection of Atlantic City souvenirs and memorabilia from carefree holidays of long ago by the boardwalk. The lots include photos, dinner menus, magazines, decorative objects, saltwater taffy items, and numerous mementos of paper, tin, glass and ceramic materials.

Bertoia’s May 9-10, 2014 Spring Toy Break Auction will begin at 9 a.m. ET on both days. For additional information on any item in the sale, contact: 856-692-1881, 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

Marklin Grand Central Train Station, est. $6,000-$7,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Arcade cast-iron panel van, 8in long, ex Gottschalk collection, est. $4,000-$5,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Circa-1890 Kyser & Rex circus cage wagon with articulated action, 13in long, est. $4,000-$5,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Wheel of Fortune bank, cast iron with japanned-type finish, est. $2,000-$3,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Cast-iron and white metal doorstop depicting man on bale of cotton preparing to strike a match, est. $2,000-$2,500. Bertoia Auctions image

Buddy ‘L’ pressed steel trencher on treads, est. $3,500-$4,500. Bertoia Auctions image

Circa 1904-1908 Carlisle & Finch No. 45 locomotive, tender and passenger cars, est. $17,000-$20,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Circa 1890-1900 Heyde United States Army Set No. 1003, est. $8,000-$10,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Mason & Converse station, lithographed paper on wood, roof marked ‘Grand Central Depot,’ $2,000-$2,500. Bertoia Auctions image

Framed ‘Frog in your throat’ display dated 1897, Hance Bros. & White, est. $1,500-$1,700. Bertoia Auctions image

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 12:44
 

Slotin Folk Art sale stacked with iconic works April 26-27

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Thursday, 10 April 2014 16:26

Lot 135 – Sam Doyle, ‘St. Helena’s First Blak Midwife Trane By Dr. White,’ circa 1980s, signed and titled, house paint on found roofing tin, 28in x 50in. Est. $25,000-$35,000. Slotin Folk Art image.

BUFORD, Ga. – The highly anticipated weekend sale featuring 1,151 lots of self-taught art, outsider art, Southern folk pottery, antique and anonymous folk art, as well as blues, jazz and rock memorabilia and will be held April 26-27, 2014 by Slotin Auction.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

This sale will feature premiere examples from the collection of Dr. Robert Bishop, author and former director of the Museum of American Folk Art, the collection of Jay Johnson, authority in 20th century folk art and owner of American’s Folk Heritage Gallery, New York, and the Gitter Family Folk Art Collection. Also, featured in this sale is the entire blues, jazz and rock estate of prominent Atlanta collector Walter Glenn. A fully illustrated auction catalog is available, live phone and absentee bidding will be executed and LiveAuctioneers.com will host Internet bidding.

And this auction will feature and exciting mix of offerings: Southern folk pottery, self-taught art masters, Southern furniture, historical and political items, religious items, quilts, African American carvings and paintings, international paintings, Native American art, portraits, trade signs, weather vanes, vernacular photography, erotica, canes, new discoveries and more. And for the first time, Slotin Auction will offer vintage rock posters, autographs, photos and memorabilia of jazz and blues greats, period sheet music, primitive instruments, and an original 1937 Robert Johnson Record.

“We have a stunning catalog, with some of the best examples by each artist and art form we have every put together in one auction. There is much to choose from,” said Steve Slotin of Slotin Auction. Whether you are looking for a museum-quality masterpiece or a starter piece for your collection, this sale will definitely have something for everyone.

The April 26 session will kick off at 10 a.m. Eastern with more 125 lots of face jugs, the crowd-pleasing expressions of Southern folk pottery, crafted by some of the most famous artisans in the field: 12 fantastic early face jugs by Lanier Meaders, including lot 74, a black-eyed rock tooth devil jug (est. $3,000-$5,000), and Lot 75, devil jack-o’-lantern (est. $3,000-$5,000); 10 fantastic jugs and pots by Arie and Cheever Meaders including Lot 58, a rare Evan Javan brown devil face jug (est. $1,000-$2,000); three gorgeous Edwin Meaders Roosters and two rare W.J. Gordy works.

A nice selection of antique and anonymous items will also hit the auction block including Lot 126, “a sugar chest in the shape of a desk,” circa 1825-50 (est. $10,000-$20,000), and Lot 128, an 1863 35-star American flag (est. $1,000-$2,000).

The list of top-tier artists is extensive in this sale. Six works by Sam Doyle kick off the Masterpiece section, including Lot 135, the iconic St. Helena’s First Blak Midwife Trane By Dr. White (sic), which is from the private collection of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and illustrated on page 110 in the Museum of America Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century American Folk Art & Artists (est. $25,000-$35,000). Three works by William Hawkins will be sold. Of special note is Lot 141, Rider On Horseback (est. $20,000-$30,000). Lot 144, a rare Melrose Plantation quilt by Clementine Hunter from an important California estate, (est. $10,000-$15,000) will hit the auction block, along with stunning masterworks by Minnie Evans, Myrtice West, Chris Hipkiss, Mattie Lou O’Kelley, Vestie Davis, Ulysses Davis and Gustav Klumpp. A large Thornton Dial assemblage, Lot 165, is titled Fourth Of July Tiger (est. 20,000-25,000). Four works by Sister Gertrude Morgan are led by Lot 195, Seven-Headed Monster With Ten Horns, which was exhibited at the American Folk Art Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and illustrated on page 36 of William A. Fagaly’s The Art of Sister Gertrude (est. 6,000-9,000). A rare construction by Herman Bridgers, Lot 164, Two Churchmens, illustrated on page 37 of American Primitive by Roger Ricco and Frank Maresca, is sure to stir up excitement (est. $5,000-$10,000). An amazing grouping of large, early numbered works by crowd favorite and folk art master Howard Finster, will hit the block, including Lot 168, Henry Ford Had a Vision, #4,865 (est. $8,000-$12,000) and Lot 175, According To The Bible We Can Bridle The Tongue, #353 (est. $2,000-$4,000

Other prominent artists featured in this sale round out a virtual who’s who in self-taught art with examples by Nellie Mae Rowe, Victor Joseph Gatto, Jon Serl, Lawrence Lebduska, Israel Litwak, Antonio Esteves, Uncle Jack Dey, Nan Phelps, Abraham Levin, John Roeder, Frank Jones, Clarence Woolsey, Raymond Coins, Justin McCarthy, Jack Savitsky, Chelo Gonzalez, Johnnie Swearingen, Herbert Singleton, Kathy Jakobsen, Bettye Williams, Charlie Willeto, Lee Godie, Uncle Pete Drgac, Purvis Young, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Sulton Rogers, and an incredible new discovery, Oscar T. Nelson, who depicted scenes from the Euclid Beach (Ohio) Amusement Park on Lake Erie in the 1950s.

The Sunday sale will kick off with the estate of Walter Glenn beginning with Lot 739 and a collection of vintage first-run concert posters including a Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley design for Howlin Wolf At the Avalon, a concert that was canceled (Lot 741, est. $2,000-$3,000). The highly anticipated, Lot 766. Robert Johnson Walkin’ Blues and Sweet Home Chicago, full-range recording Vocalion, #03601, dated 1937, is estimated at $4,000-$6,000. Glenn’s world-famous autograph collection follows with rarities such as John Coltrane, Charlie Parker Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Miles Davis, Ray Charles Little Walter, B.B. King, T. Bone Walker, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and of special note, Lot 778, a seminude photo of Pearl Bailey and signature card, (est. $800-$1,200). Sunday’s lots will also include a collection of primitive instruments, erotica including nudes of Betty Page and original Paul “Kurt Schnurr” Kirchner illustration art for Screw Magazine, native baskets, Haitian paintings, Native American folk art and even some prison art.

Slotin Auction specializes in bringing the strange, the unusual and the vanishing America to auction.

For details contact Slotin Auction by calling 770-532-1115 or 404-403-4244, or email them 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

Lot 135 – Sam Doyle, ‘St. Helena’s First Blak Midwife Trane By Dr. White,’ circa 1980s, signed and titled, house paint on found roofing tin, 28in x 50in. Est. $25,000-$35,000. Slotin Folk Art image.

Lot 778 – Pearl Bailey,‘seminude photograph with signature card.’ Photo is 7.5in x 10in. Signature card is 4.5in x 3.5in. Est. $800-$1,200. Slotin Folk Art image.

Lot 75 – Lanier Meaders, devil jack-o’-lantern face jug. c. 1970s, signed, opening in back for candle, 10in high. Est. $3,000-$5,000. Slotin Folk Art image.

Lot 141 – William Hawkins, ‘Rider On Horseback,’ 1988, Signed and dated with Hawkins’ birthdate, enamel on Masonite, image 48in x 36in. Est. $20,000-$30,000. Slotin Folk Art image.

Lot 766 – Robert Johnson, ‘Walkin’ Blues' and 'Sweet Home Chicago,' full-range recording, Vocalion #03601, dated, 1937. Est. $4,000-$6,000. Slotin Folk Art image.

Lot 168 – Howard Finster, ‘Henry Ford Had a Vision, #4,865.’ 1985, signed, titled, numbered and dated, tractor enamel on board, size with frame 50in x 27in. Est. $8,000-$12,000. Slotin Folk Art image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 16:51
 

Grogan to host A Room with a Vieux retirement auction Apr. 26

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Thursday, 10 April 2014 15:40

Louis XVI-style fruitwood marquetry-inlaid and ormolu-mounted marble-top cylinder desk. Est. $2,000-$4,000. Grogan & Co. image

DEDHAM, Mass. – After more than 30 years as high-end French antique importers and dealers, Jeff Diamond and Ellen Nadler of A Room with a Vieux Antiques of Boston and Brookline, have decided that it's time to retire. The inventory from both their retail locations will be sold in a one-day unreserved auction conducted by Grogan and Company, Fine Art Auctioneers and Appraisers on Saturday, April 26. Over 700 lots of French furniture and decorative works of art have been moved to Grogan and Company’s 7,000-square-foot gallery located at 22 Harris Street in Dedham, Mass., where the auction will be held. LiveAuctioneers will provide the Internet live bidding services for the sale.

Diamond opened A Room with a Vieux Antiques in the 1980s, making bi-monthly buying trips to France to seek out 18th- and 19th-century French furnishings and decorative works of art for his clients throughout the United States.

“I have never stopped feeding my addiction for the very best in French decorative objects and furniture,” said Diamond. “Interestingly, my French dealer friends who have visited me in Boston over the years have marveled at the collection that was assembled.”

Despite closing their two retail locations, Diamond will continue to operate Restorers without Borders, a furniture restoration business located in Brookline that specializes in the repair and restoration of all styles of new, vintage and antique furniture.

Diamond's 30 years of passionate collecting has resulted in an impressive collection of French furnishings in the taste of all French styles: Henry II, Napoleon III, Empire, Louis XV, Louis XVI, and French provincial. The inventory boasts over 30 armoires, 20 marble top commodes, 40 cabinets, 70 tables, 30 carved giltwood mirrors, 50 chandeliers and sconces, 50 beds, and a selection of seating including settees, canapés, bergeres and fauteuils. A large assortment of decorative works of art includes ormolu-mounted marble cassolettes, desk accessories, floor lamps and lamp bases, fireplace accessories, cast-iron hall trees, garden sculptures and porcelain-inset stoves.

Highlights include an impressive French Louis XVI-style finely carved walnut dome-top armoire with a mirrored center door, bronze candelabra and side cabinets. The massive 114 by 82-inch armoire is estimated at $10,000-$20,000 and features a figural and putti carved motif with bird and flame finials and painted cartouche. Included, as well, is an 84-inch-tall Louis XVI-style fruitwood marquetry inlaid and ormolu-mounted 2-part vitrine-top cabinet, estimated at $5,000-$10,000; and a Louis XVI-style fruitwood marquetry-inlaid and ormolu-mounted marble-top cylinder desk estimated at $2,000-$4,000. One of the finer cabinets in the auction is a Napoleon III-style marquetry-inlaid and ormolu-mounted meuble d’appui, estimated at $5,000-$10,000 and measuring 45 x 39 x 17 inches.

A selection of more than 40 period Art Deco offerings is highlighted by a burled walnut dining room set, $3,000-$6,000, comprised of an impressive sideboard, table with leaves, and six dining chairs. A Pierre Cardin Art Deco burled walnut demilune desk, estimated at $8,000 to $10,000, has two pedestals with three drawers each and a leather inset writing area; while a 3-piece, circa-1930 Art Deco figural bronze and rouge marble clock garniture is estimated at $800-$1,200.

Highlights among the decorative works of art include a Barbedienne bronze and rouge marble clock garniture featuring a reduced version of Psyche by Eugene Aizelin mounted on a rouge marble clock base with figural bronze reliefs, accompanied by a pair of two-handled chalices on rouge marble bases. The three-piece set is estimated at $2,000-$4,000. Ceramic offerings include a selection of majolica and faience items, as well as two large, glazed-earthenware urns. A collection of prints by Louis Icart and two oils on canvas, one after 18th-century French artist Francois Boucher, appear late in the sale.

For enthusiasts of unusual objects, a very large and fanciful iron birdcage on stand, over 8 feet tall, has an estimate of $1,000-$2,000. A winged figural lamp used as a prop in a 20th-century French opera is estimated $200-$300, and a midcentury Italian chrome and plastic mushroom-shape lamp, $400-$600, was used in the recent film American Hustle.

The auction will start at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. All items will be offered without reserve. Everything must go. For more information on any item in the sale, call 781-461-9500.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Louis XVI-style fruitwood marquetry-inlaid and ormolu-mounted marble-top cylinder desk. Est. $2,000-$4,000. Grogan & Co. image

Barbedienne bronze and rouge marble 3-piece clock garniture with a reduced version of Eugene Aiuzelin’s famous Psyche. Est. $2,000-$4,000. Grogan & Co. image

This midcentury Italian chrome mushroom-form plastic-shade lamp was recently used as a prop in the 2013 film ‘American Hustle.’ Est. $400-$600. Grogan & Co. image

Art Deco 3-piece figural bronze-mounted rouge marble clock garniture. Est. $800-$1,200. Grogan & Co. image

Napoleon III-style marquetry-inlaid and ormolu-mounted meuble d’appui. Est. $5,000-$10,000. Grogan & Co. image

Pierre Cardin Art Deco burled walnut 2-pedestal demilune desk, 20th century, with leather inset writing surface. Est. $5,000-$10,000. Grogan & Co. image

Impressive Louis XVI-style finely carved walnut dome-top armoire with bronze candelabra, 114 x 82 inches. Est. $10,000-$20,000. Grogan & Co. image

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 16:29
 

I.M. Chait offers 500+ lots of Asian arts, antiques April 13

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:25

I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – I.M. Chait Gallery’s auction on Sunday, April 13, will combine Japanese and Chinese antiques together with Asian decorations. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Included will be:

  • Ceramics and furnishings from West Hollywood and Midwest collections;
  • Chinese carved jades, ivories, snuff bottles and wood pieces from a Northern California estate;
  • Early Chinese ceramics including Han and Tang pottery, together with Song stonewares and Ming and Qing porcelains from two Southwest Collections;
  • Numerous old and antique Japanese netsuke, together with various Sino-Tibetan artifacts and snuff bottles from a Beverly Hills Estate;
  • Numerous Chinese scroll paintings from several collections;
  • Chinese furnishings and decorations from a Redondo Beach residence, together with various primitive art including African, Native American and Pre-Columbian.

The auction will begin Sunday at 11 a.m. Pacific. For additional information on any lot in the sale call 1-800-775-5020 or 310-285-0182; or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:26
 

Beatles’ items to rock Ewbank’s entertainment sale April 16-17

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Tuesday, 08 April 2014 13:30

'Hard Day's Night' poster. Ewbank's image.

LONDON – A suit worn by John Lennon and a shirt by George Harrison, both from the defining ’60s era when the Beatles took the world by storm are the clear headliners in a sale of rock and pop memorabilia at Ewbank’s, Surrey’s premier auctioneer of fine art and antiques. The two-day Entertainments Sale is next Wednesday and Thursday, April 16-17.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Lennon’s dinner jacket and trousers are expected to sell for £10,000-15,000. They were donated to a church in California and acquired by the present owner through a private sale when he brought them to the UK. Each garment bears labels for renowned Beatles tailor D. A. Millings & Son and another with Lennon’s name.

Dougie Millings and his son Gordon produced around 500 garments for the group. Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ manager visited their shop in London in 1963 as part of a move to change the group’s image from black leather jackets and jeans to smart stage suits.

Millings charged £31 per garment and became great friends with group members who called him “Dad.” He played a cameo role as “A Tailor” in the film A Hard Day’s Night.

George Harrison’s pink cotton shirt, worn on stage at the Cavern Club in around 1961-63, is estimated at £7,000-10,000. It was won as a prize in a “Beatle Raffle” organized by Bredbury and Romiley Oxfam Committee – tickets price 6d (2½ pence) – and is accompanied by the winning ticket. Four prizes were offered, the winners being able to choose an item from the Beatles’ personal belongings.

Black and white photographs show the winner holding the shirt and Harrison’s mother, Louise, in his bedroom.

Other rare Beatles and John Lennon-related memorabilia is set to create worldwide interest in the sale of entertainment memorabilia at Ewbank’s. A single A4 sheet of lined paper with sketches of figures in black ink by Lennon, similar to those seen in his 1965 nonsense book A Spaniard in the Works, the reverse with Cynthia Lennon's name repeated in blue ballpoint, is estimated at £1,500-2,500. It was given to Liverpool comedian Peter Robinson by Lennon during their friendship in the 1960s and has been sent for sale by the executors of his estate.

A motorway service center napkin, signed “Peace John Lennon” with a sketch in typical Lennon style, acquired in the 1990s by a man who had once met Lennon at a motorway service station, is estimated at £500-800.

A British quad poster for the Beatles’ iconic first film A Hard Day's Night (1964) a “mockumentary” of the Fab Four as they make their way to a London television program, is estimated at £700-1,000. The poster has 31 various portrait photographs by Robert Freeman of John, Paul, George and Ringo and one of Wilfred Brambell, who played Paul’s “clean old man” grandfather.

A U.S. one-sheet poster for Yellow Submarine, the group’s 1968 animated musical fantasy is estimated at £400-600.

Among other highlights, a page from Rolling Stone magazine dated Oct. 26, 1968, autographed in ballpoint by Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix Experience is framed in a presentation display with a photograph and offered with a certificate of authenticity and is estimated at £1,800-2,200.

A group of signed LP covers include David Bowie’s signed Pinups LP; Cream Live signed by Eric Clapton Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker; Combat Rock, signed by the Clash lineup of Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Headon and the late Joe Strummer; “Zenyatta Mondatta signed by Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland of The Police and the Jam’s Setting Sons, signed by Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler are each estimated at £150-250.

The Who’s Tommy LP signed by Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and the late John Entwistle is estimated at £200-400, as is the late Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black and both the U2’s Boy and The Unforgettable Fire, signed by Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen.

Carrying the same estimate are covers signed by AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd on For Those About to Rock” and Super Trouper, signed by ABAA'S Agnetha Ase Fältskog, Benny Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

Top estimates of £300-500 are reserved for Led Zeppelin II signed by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones; Still Life by The Rolling Stones, signed by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts; Queen Greatest Hits LP signed by the late Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor; and Michael Jackson’s Thriller signed by the King of Pop.

Film posters continue to enjoy a strong following among collectors prepared to bid strongly for rarities to add to their collections. Offerings this time include quads (30 x 40 inches) of the 1970 Hammer Horror Taste The Blood Of Dracula starring Christopher Lee with artwork by Tom Chantrell (estimate £300-500); United Artists’ You Only Live Twice starring Sean Connery as James Bond (£400-600), and A Fistful Of Dollars, the first so-called spaghetti Western directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, released by United Artists (£400-600).

A rare Star Wars quad poster produced prior to the Academy Awards in 1977 with artwork by Tom Chantrell is estimated at £800-1,200.

An American one sheet poster, for the 1960 Paramount horror movie Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh and Vera Miles is estimated at £500-800, while a U.S. half sheet for Died With Their Boots On, the 1941 film  starring Errol Flynn is estimated at £200-400.

The most valuable movie-related lot in the sale is an imposing, Italian four folio poster for the 1960 film La Dolce Vita with artwork by Georgio Olivetti, which is estimated at £10,000-15,000. It measures more than 6 feet by 4 feet. La Dolce Vita broke box office records when it was released and achieved worldwide acclaim, making the movie one of Frederico Fellini’s many masterpieces. Filmed mainly at the Cinecitta studios, the movie follows stars Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni as they escape the paparazzi through the streets of Rome.

A rare cinema window card promoting the 1939 20th Century Fox movie The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes starring Basil Rathbone, measures just 22 by 14 inches, but is estimated at £700-1,000.

Autographs from out of this world appear on a “First Man On The Moon” first day cover signed by the Apollo XI astronauts Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) Buzz Aldrin (b. 1930-) and Mike Collins (b. 1930) the NASA crew member who piloted the command spacecraft alone in lunar orbit until his comrades returned. It is estimated at £500-800.

A ballot sheet signed by Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) alongside where voters would have put their X to elect the African National Congress in the 1994 general election is estimated at £800-1,200. Mandela’s ANC were the runaway victors, polling more than 12 million of the 16 million votes cast in the elections, the first in which all races were allowed to take part.

For further information, contact the auctioneer on 01483 223101 or email antiques@ewbankauctions.

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

'Hard Day's Night' poster. Ewbank's image. 

 Autographed Jimi Hendrix Experience framed display. Ewbank's image.

 Autographed Clash jacket. Ewbank's image.

 John Lennon drawing. Ewbank's image.

 'Willie Wonka' movie poster. Ewbank's image.

'Psych' movie poster. Ewbank's image. 

'La Dolce Vita' movie poster. Ewbank's image. 

 'Yellow Submarine' movie poster. Ewbank's image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 14:05
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury map sale tinged with satire April 25

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Monday, 07 April 2014 14:22

Earliest inflatable balloon globe invented by George Pocock, circa 1830. Estimate: at £1,000-1,500. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

LONDON – With the World War I centenary in the news, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions presents a snapshot of political satire, produced as war waged across Europe. A series of serio-comic maps that visualized the geographical and political difficulties of war will be offered in a sale of Maps and Atlases on Friday, April 25, at the auctioneer’s saleroom in London’s Mayfair. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Although satirical maps have a long history that stretches back to the medieval period and Munster’s Geographica, 1540, it was with the outbreak of World War I that the genre became a media sensation. Illustrators utilized the genre as an innovative outlet for their political satire that played on the geo-political situation. Readily accessible, humorous and affordable, the maps became increasingly popular and collectible.

Drawn by Anglo-Russian artist, John Henry Amshewitz, the highlight of the section is a World War I serio-comic map of Europe titled Kill That Eagle, dated 1914. Later reproductions, produced in Germany, mocked the slogan “Business as Usual” written on Britain. This highly collectible English example, published by Geographica Limited is estimated at £800-1,200 [Lot 378].

During the war the symbolic imagery developed to include animal metaphors to humorous effect. One particularly successful example is, Hark! Hark! The Dogs Do Bark! Visualising the countries of Europe as a mass of warring dog breeds, the map includes an explanatory note by Walter Emanuel; “The Dogs of War are loose in Europe, and a nice noise they are making! It was started by a Dachshund that is thought to have gone mad—though there was so much method in his madness that this is doubtful.” Offering a fascinating insight into the political commentary of World War I, this map is estimated at £600-800 [Lot 381].

A prominent example of the work that influenced the serio-comic map illustrators of the time is a set of 12 caricature maps of European countries. Geographical Fun, 1868, is a posthumous work by Irish wood-engraver, illustrator, writer and botanist, William Henry Harvey, aka Aleph. It is estimated at £1,000-1,500 [Lot 377].

A small group of war maps, including Stanford’s War Map of Russia, 1854, The Daily Mail War Map, 1914 and The Daily Telegraph War Map of Europe, 1918, present a more sobering insight into the maps of the First World War, showing the “War strength of the Great Powers” among other military topics. The collection is estimated to achieve £150-200 [Lot 428].

A beautifully preserved example of the earliest inflatable balloon globe was invented by schoolmaster George Pocock and drawn by Ebenezer Pocock, circa 1830. This impressive example is the largest of three sizes, measuring approximately 120cm (42.2 inches) in diameter. It is estimated at £1,000-1,500 [Lot 34].

Other unusual globes in the sale include a late 18th century manuscript terrestrial globe charting the first second and third voyages of the famous British explorer, James Cook, between 1768 and 1779. The globe shows the routes, dates of progress, and arrival at certain locations in black ink, and also includes dates for Capt. Tobias Furneaux’s companion ship, HMS Adventure, when it separated from Cook during the second voyage in 1773. It is estimated at £500-700 [Lot 1].

Topping the opening single-owner collection of 460 lots of cartographic curiosities is a 19th century set of 40 map cards, 1828. The New Geographical cards are issued without court cards or suit signs and instead offer four “suits” of Africa, America, Asia and Europe. The complete set comes with an instruction booklet, “A Brief Explanation of the Counties & Represented by the New Geographical Game” and is estimated at £800-1,200 [Lot 175].

Other curiosities include a brass patent Empire Clock globe timepiece with an eight-day movement enclosed within the pedestal. An example of this unusual clock is on display at the Institute and Museum of the History of Science, Florence. It is estimated to sell for £800-1,200 [Lot 46]. From the same collection is another eight-day globe timepiece. Made in the late 19th century, circa 1890, the French enamel, gilt-brass and rogue marble example is estimated at £3,000-5,000 [Lot 45].

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

Earliest inflatable balloon globe invented by George Pocock, circa 1830. Estimate: at £1,000-1,500. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Serio-comic map of Europe titled ‘Kill That Eagle, dated 1914, published by Geographica Ltd. Estimate: £800-1,200. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Offering insight into the political commentary of the First World War, ‘Hark! Hark! The Dogs Do Bark’ is estimated at £600-800. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Set of 40 map cards, ‘A Brief Explanation of the Counties & Represented by the New Geographical Game,’ 1928. Estimated at £800-1,200. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 16:20
 

Iconic American signage leads Morphy's Apr. 26-27 auction

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Friday, 04 April 2014 15:48

Three-dimensional sign advertising Snow Boy Washing Powder, est. $7,000-$10,000. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Riding on the wake of a buoyant million-dollar advertising sale in February, Morphy’s is gearing up for another wide-ranging advertising auction, with the added bonus of Part II of the David Silverman pinball collection. The April 26-27 event will feature 1,660 choice lots of antique advertising, coin-ops and figural cast-iron pieces. Internet live bidding will be available thrugh LiveAuctioneers.

Day one will open with a selection of more than 600 lots of soda pop signs and related items. Both an extremely rare 1930s Dr. Pepper porcelain triangle truck sign and a 1936 Orange Crush embossed tin sign are entered with individual estimates of $2,500-$3,500. Another scarce Orange Crush sign, made of tin over cardboard, is expected to make $3,000-$4,000. Although sampling the contents is not advisable, an extremely rare, unopened 6-pack of Dr. Pepper cone-top cans could rise to the $3,500-$5,000 range.

A 40-year single-owner collection of more than 100 early syrup dispensers features many seldom-seen types – among them, one of very few known examples of a Fan-Taz 5-cent “DRINK of the FANS” dispenser in the form of a realistically “stitched” baseball with bat motif. Made around 1900 and retaining its original pump, it carries a $30,000-$60,000 estimate.

Other top syrup dispensers include: Chero Crush, $20,000-$30,000; Cherry Chic, $12,000-$18,000; and World Liquid Force, which is shaped as a globe of the world with bas-relief continents, $14,000-$25,000. Morphy Auctions’ founder and president, Dan Morphy, noted that there are many other dispensers whose estimates are well within reach of beginning and intermediate collectors. “It’s a really beautiful collection with impressive examples at every price point. They’ve been on display here at the gallery and the compliments have been constant,” Morphy said.

Moving into the Coca-Cola category, the highest-estimated lot at $10,000-$15,000 is a large, 1930s stainless steel and neon outdoor sign made by Flexlume Electrical Advertising Co., of Buffalo, New York. Other desirable Coke signage includes a 1931 cardboard cutout easel sign with the image of a bathing beauty with sunburst parasol, $3,000-$5,000; and a 1935 shield-shape porcelain Fountain Service sign, $2,500-$3,500. From the late 19th century, an extremely rare “Hutchinson-style” bottle, with a straight-sided as opposed to cabriole shape, will be offered with a $2,500-$4,500 estimate.

The Saturday session will wrap with more than 150 lots of tobacciana. One of few known examples of a Sweet Violet Tobacco vertical pocket tin is estimated at $1,000-$2,000. A Mayo’s Plug “Cock o’ the Walk” porcelain sign features an appealing image of a crowing cockerel, while a Buster Brown cigar tin displays an amusing image of comic strip character Buster Brown and his trusty bull terrier Tighe. Each of the two lots is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.

Day two of Morphy’s April 26-27 auction will open with the company’s second offering of pinball machines from the 35-year David Silverman collection, previously displayed at the National Pinball Museum. Film-related machines lead the grouping, with a 1993 Williams “Indiana Jones” pinball estimated at $6,500-$7,500; and a 1992 “Creature from the Black Lagoon” with fantastic artwork by Kevin O’Connor, expected to reach $4,500-$6,000. Other notable lots include two Gottlieb pinball machines: a rare, low-production 1950s “Buffalo Bill,” $2,000-$2,500; and a 1952 “All-Star Basketball,” $1,500-$2,000.

Bidders will want to reserve as much pocket change as possible for the 200+ lots of gambling machines and coin-ops that follow. The highest-estimated item in the auction, at $100,000-$120,000, is a superb Caille double-upright floor model slot machine that combines a 5-cent Centaur and 25-cent Big Six in its gold-plated oak casing. Another handsome upright model, a Mills “Two Bits Dewey Jackpot” upright slot machine, is estimated at $25,000-$30,000. Among the most desirable snack-vending machines are a Ryede Gum, Peanut and Candy dispenser, $12,000-$15,000; and a circa-1899 Wrigley’s Gum slot machine/trade stimulator that was given to retailers if they ordered ten cases of gum, $2,500-$4,000.

More than 300 lots of automotive-related advertising will be auctioned, led by an array of early to mid-19th-century signs. Highlights include: a 1920s Texaco Filling Station porcelain sign, $2,500-$4,500; a near-mint double-sided Cadillac Authorized Service porcelain sign, $3,000-$4,000; and an Armstrong Rhino-Flex Tires flange sign, $1,500-$2,000. A near-mint Oil Creek Ethyl gas globe is entered with a $3,000-$5,000 estimate.

Closing out the sale is a selection of more than 100 pieces of figural cast iron. Animal forms include a 15-inch doorstop depicting a bear holding a honey pot, $4,000-$6,000; an all-original, excellent-plus Hubley giraffe doorstop, $6,000-$9,000; and a lawn sprinkler replicating a wood duck, $1,500-$2,000. “Human” shapes include a cast-iron black butler string holder, $2,000-$3,000; and a French soldier doorstop, $1,800-$2,500.

Morphy’s April 26-27 Antique Advertising, Coin-op & Figural Cast Iron Auction will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. 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 .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Three-dimensional sign advertising Snow Boy Washing Powder, est. $7,000-$10,000. Morphy Auctions image

Fan-Taz syrup dispenser, circa 1900, ceramic, baseball shape and theme, est. $30,000-$60,000. Morphy Auctions image

1908 Coca Cola calendar, est. $2,500-45,000. Morphy Auctions image

1931 Coca-Cola cardboard cutout easel sign, est. $3,000-$5,000. Morphy Auctions image

1955 Gottlieb Southern Belle pinball machine, est. $1,200-$1,500. Morphy Auctions image

Caille double-upright floor model slot machine combining 5-Cent Centaur and 25-Cent Big Six models, est. 100,000-$120,000. Morphy Auctions image

Cadillac Authorized Service double-sided porcelain sign, est. $3,000-$4,000. Morphy Auctions image

Hubley cast-iron giraffe doorstop, 13in tall, est. $6,000-$9,000. Morphy Auctions image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 13:02
 

Flowers, vampires populate Dreweatts & Bloomsbury sale April 10

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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:41

'Studies of Flowers from Nature' (1818) by Miss J. Smith is an attractive volume of 20 hand-colored aquatint plates. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – An outstanding selection of books on offer at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ monthly bibliophile sale includes works by the great Romantic writers William Wordsworth and Lord Byron, as well as a small but perfectly formed section of books on flora. The sale will be held on Thursday, April 10, in their Godalming saleroom. LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

A small selection of botanical works includes some rare and beautifully preserved books. A copy of Studies of Flowers from Nature (1818) by Miss J. Smith is an attractive volume of 20 hand-colored aquatint plates, each in two states (hand-colored and uncolored). It was issued to educate the leisured classes in the art of flower and watercolor painting from nature.

These books intended to educate in painting from nature were produced in large quantities in the late 18th and early 19th century, but few have survived. The uncolored duplicate plates were intended for beginners to practice on, and full instructions are provided on which paints should be used in order to achieve a naturalistic image of the original. The book is estimated to sell for £3,000–£4,000 [Lot 78].

A further book of instruction for gardeners, Ten Lithographic Coloured Flowers with Botanical Descriptions (1826) is a rare and early example of lithography and is described as being drawn and colored by a Lady. Though the title calls for only 10 plates, 40 were actually issued, the decision to extend the work presumably being made after the title was printed. The artist/author includes rarer specimens along with some more common flowers, and also provides the botanical bi-nomials along with the common names for each. This beautifully illustrated book, with commentary, is estimated at £1,000–£1,500 [Lot 80].

A rare first edition of Wordsworth’s The Excursion (1814), one of his most interesting books, was planned as the second part of The Recluse, a three-part philosophical poem which was never completed. Having been planned by Wordsworth during his 20s it is clear that the three-part poem was also meant to include The Prelude (1850), which was eventually published posthumously by his wife. It was his intent to write The Recluse with Samuel Taylor Coleridge and for it to supersede John Milton’s Paradise Lost in length. In the introduction to the 1850 edition of The Prelude Wordsworth describes his and Coleridge’s intention for The Recluse: "to compose a philosophical poem, containing views of Man, Nature, and Society, and to be entitled the Recluse; as having for its principal subject, the sensations and opinions of a poet living in retirement." This fascinating book is estimated to sell for £600-£800 [Lot 255].

An adaptation of the French play by Charles Nodier, The Bride of the Isles, A Tale of the Vampire (1820) is itself an adaptation of the 1819 short story by Dr. Polidori, Lord Byron's traveling doctor. The English adaptation was undertaken by James Robinson Planché (1796–1880), playwright and herald. Widely regarded as the exception to Planché's earlier unexceptional writing, The Vampire, or, The Bride of the Isles, created a stir at the Lyceum in August 1820, in particular for its use of the innovative “Vampire trap.” The book is estimated at £180-£220 [Lot 252].

With text in both French and English, a first illustrated edition of A Description of the Library at Merly in the County of Dorset (1785), offers a fascinating insight into the collection of books and pictures belonging to the 18th century gentleman, Ralph Willett. Ralph Willett (1719-95) inherited a fortune from the family estates in the West Indies, and built a house at Merly in Dorset to accommodate his extensive collection of books and pictures.

He later extended the house with two wings, one housing a magnificent library with elaborate bookcases and plasterwork, designed by Willett and executed by William Collins. The library, particularly rich in incunabula and early printed books, as well as architecture, botany, travel and topography, was dispersed at auction following his death in a 17-day sale in 1813, and the botanical drawings in 1814 over 19 days. The library was then demolished by his nephew who inherited the estate. The book is estimated to sell for £800-£1,000 [Lot 139].

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

'Studies of Flowers from Nature' (1818) by Miss J. Smith is an attractive volume of 20 hand-colored aquatint plates. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

'The Bride of the Isles, A Tale of the Vampire' (1820) is an adaptation of the 1819 short story by Dr. Polidori, Lord Byron's doctor. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 16:04
 

Dealers' estates enhance Cowan’s Americana auction April 10-12

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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:25

Sharecropper portraits by William Aiken Walker. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc.

CINCINNATI – Cowan's Auctions Inc.'s live salesroom Americana Auction will take place from April 10-12. The auction will feature the Americana collections of the late Jane Murphy of Shandon, Ohio, and Kenneth Erwin, of Portland, Mich., two longtime antique dealers. The auction will offer important Midwestern furniture, folk art, weather vanes, stoneware and other Americana assembled over the years by Murphy and Erwin, both of whom died in 2013. Day one (April 10) of the auction will feature a portion of the Jane Murphy Estate, and will include 500 uncataloged lots. Days two and three of the sale (April 11-12) will feature the catalogued portion of the sale, consisting of over 900 lots from these two great collections, as well as other offerings. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding for the cataloged portion of the sale.

Murphy was a collector and dealer for over 60 years, and a fixture on the southwestern Ohio and southeastern Indiana antique scene. More than 20 pieces of Western Shaker furniture including case pieces and a rare Ohio Shaker tall case clock are included in the sale.

“Jane’s Shaker collection was assembled in the 1960s, when the Southwestern Ohio Shaker settlements were being disbanded,” noted Wes Cowan, president and principal Auctioneer, Cowan’s Auctions. “This represents the largest single group of Shaker material to come to the market in many, many years.”

Some of the items offered from Jane Murphy’s collection of Shaker furniture include a Union Village Shaker curly maple chest of drawers, estimated at $3,000-$5,000, a rare Union Village Shaker tall case clock is expected to sell for $3,000-$5,000, a Whitewater Shaker walnut linen press is estimated at $2,000-$3,000 and a fine Union Village Shaker one-drawer work table is expected to bring anywhere between $2,000-$3,000.

Kenneth Erwin was widely recognized in the antiques world for more than 40 years, and his diverse collection was put together with a curator’s eye. Erwin’s collection focused on “smalls” and great examples of Shaker pantry boxes, early glass, stoneware, redware, folk art, paintings, carvings, decoys, scrimshaw and whales teeth are included in both days of the sale.

The Erwin Estate offerings include a diverse array of fine decorative pieces. Highlighted in the Erwin portion of the auction is a monumental double-handled stoneware merchant’s jug from Pewamo, Mich. The jug features an incised and cobalt painted inscription reading “WH Triphugen Esq / Pewamo, Mich” above a 26-star American flag, and is estimated to sell anywhere between $8,000-$12,000.

“The Pewamo presentation jug is simply spectacular,” noted Cowan. “Many collectors have known about the piece for years, and we expect there to be fierce competition in bidding. It’s a Midwestern stoneware trophy.” Dozens of other pieces of stoneware and redware will also be offered.

Erwin was especially fond of Shaker boxes, treenware and burl objects. Dozens will be offered, with a prime chromium yellow Shaker box expected to fetch between $2,000-$3,000. Many of the boxes are painted and in untouched condition.

“Ken was simply a great collector, with a great eye for quality,” said Cowan. “We were astounded by the variety of his collections.” Historical china, scrimshaw, canes, early glass, baskets, folk art paintings, lighting, advertising, and fishing and hunting decoys will be sold. “Literally, this sale will offer something for everyone – and I don’t say that often,” added Cowan.

Additional notable lots that will be featured in the Americana Auction are two sets of portraits of sharecroppers by William Aiken Walker, both estimated to sell between $10,000-$15,000, a J.W. Fiske Morgan stallion weather vane is expected to bring $8,000-$10,000, two watercolor portraits by Jacob Maentel are estimated at $5,000-$7,000, and a rare New York folk art family record is expected to sell between $8,000-$10,000. Additionally, to round out the sale, Cowan’s will be selling more than 40 quilts owned by a longtime Cincinnati collector.

For more information about the auction or to consign for future auctions, please visit cowans.com or call Kirstie Craven at 513-871-1670 ext. 231.

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

Sharecropper portraits by William Aiken Walker. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc.  

Monumental W.H. Triphugen (Triphagen) Pewamo, Mich., double-handle stoneware merchant's jug. Estimate $8,000-$12,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc. 

J.W. Fiske Morgan stallion weather vane. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc. 

Union Village Shaker curly maple chest of drawers. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:49
 

Americana, historical & ethnographic featured at Mosby's, Apr. 18

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Thursday, 27 March 2014 15:12

Pillar-and-scroll shelf clock by Elisha Hotchkiss with original woodworks and image of Andrew Jackson on horseback. Mosby & Co. image

FREDERICK, Md. – A mid-19th century Sharps Model 1855 carbine (or short-barrel rifle), a Civil War-era inscribed and dated presentation grade sword, and a pair of circa-1800 four-barrel “duck’s foot” pistols are expected headliners at an auction slated for Friday, April 18 at Mosby & Co.’s Frederick, Md., gallery. The start time is 4 p.m. (EST), and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Militaria and weaponry are just one component of the auction, which will feature nearly 300 lots of historical items, Americana, ethnographic antiques (mostly African, Oceanic, pre-Columbian and American Indian) and quality decorative arts.

“This will be a solid, diverse sale, one with strengths across every category,” said Keith Spurgeon, owner of Mosby & Co. “There is something for every taste and budget, from a few dollars to several thousand dollars.” Spurgeon had high praise for the large and fine selection of ethnographic arts and artifacts, most of which came from prominent collections in Maryland and New York.

The Civil War-era Sharps Model 1855 short-barrel carbine is exceedingly rare because it is one of only 600 U.S. martially marked carbines made by Sharps. The carbine was issued to the 1st California Dragoons and the 2nd Texas Dragoons. The example being sold has remained in the same collection dating since the 1960s.

The pair of “duck’s foot” pistols – so-named because of their four splayed barrels – are English made and were used by British Naval personnel during the Napoleonic Wars. They, too, are quite rare, and are considered high grade and in superb condition. A similar pistol, but in lesser condition, was recently auctioned for approximately $12,000.

The Civil War presentation grade officer’s sword is inscribed, “Presented to Edward Lounsbery First Lt. Company B, 179th Regiment, New York Volunteers by the members of his company Petersburgh, Virginia, February 10, 1865.” The sword was presented in battlefield conditions. Petersburg was still under siege at the time, but it finally fell to Union forces in April of 1865.

Other antique firearms that will cross the auction block on April 18th include a Civil War-era Tower Enfield musket – a British import that was used by both the North and the South – with a lockplate dated 1860, and a superb-condition Eli Whitney pistol, also from the Civil War era, that has remained in the same family since the 1890s.

Oceanic art, mainly from New Guinea and other Indonesian islands, will feature ancestor and fertility figures, including a scarce ancestral carved wood figure from Raja Island, located off Indonesia. It depicts a man wearing a headdress with outstretched arms. The selection also includes early 20th-century war clubs from Fiji and the Solomon Islands, one having a carved notch in it, indicating a kill mark.

Other top Oceanic lots include: a 19th-century Indonesian Dayak interior door panel (for use in a long house) with a carved image of the Indonesian spirit guide a pair of early 20th-century Sepik River, Papua New Guinea, carved wood suspension hooks – one of them a rare double hook), an uncommon and nicely carved 19th-century New Zealand Maori canoe bailer with excellent provenance dating to the 1890s, and a 19th-century swing with figures.

African objects include masks from various tribes and the Democratic Republic of Congo. A Senufo mask from Mali is especially appealing, with a chameleon figure carved onto the forehead area. Additionally, the grouping includes a mid-20th-century Nigerian polychromed wood Ibibio headdress, and a late-19th or early 20th-century Dogan carved-wood figure from Mali depicting a warrior on horseback.

Pre-Columbian art includes a Chimu-Inca woven mantle (900-1300 A.D.), an exceptional Mayan Arawak Caribbean Indian tribe Palma celt (or carved stone tool), a desirable carved-stone Chontal mask from Mexico, and many other rare objects.

From the Americas comes a pot signed by the well-known Hopi potter Sylvia Naha (a k a Feather Woman, 1951-1999), decorated with a traditional geometric design; and a fine Haida bowl in the form of a seal, made in the Pacific Northwest or southern Canada. Also, prehistoric pottery pieces and Woodlands Indians items will be auctioned.

The Americana and decorative arts category is led by a circa-1825 walnut with fruitwood veneer Baltimore secretary, an 1883 marble relief sculpture depicting a nymph with cherubs, signed P.J. Seymour; and 19th-century beer steins, including Mettlachs. Also to be sold are a pillar-and-scroll shelf clock by Elisha Hotchkiss, with original woodworks and reverse-on-glass image of Andrew Jackson on horseback, a folk art painted chest, and parlor stove with Minton tiles.

Rounding out the day’s offerings will be original souvenir programs and press photos from Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston’s first fight in Miami Beach (February 1964), and an original English program and poster for the 1975 Ali-Joe Frazier “Thrilla in Manila” fight, with artwork by LeRoy Neiman.

For additional information on any item in the auction, call 240-629-8139 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

Pillar-and-scroll shelf clock by Elisha Hotchkiss with original woodworks and image of Andrew Jackson on horseback. Mosby & Co. image

Mid-19th-century M1855 Sharps carbine and one of two “duck's foot” pistols in the auction. Mosby & Co. image

Civil War-era presentation grade sword, inscribed to First Lt. Edward Lounsbery of New York. Mosby & Co. image

Rare 19th-century Maori canoe bailer, collected by Rev. Alfred Fairbrother, Baptist minister to the Maoris (1882-1885). Mosby & Co. image

Chimu-Inca mantle depicting warriors holding severed heads, made circa 900-1300 A.D. Mosby & Co. image

Circa-1825 American secretary from Baltimore, walnut with fruitwood-veneer drawers, 90 inches tall, fine condition. Mosby & Co. image

19th-century Indonesian ‘swing’ with figures. Mosby & Co. image

Hopi pot crafted by the noted artisan Sylvia Naha, a k a Feather Woman (1951-1999), 4¾ inches tall. Mosby & Co. image

A Baule mask from the Ivory Coast and a Bamana hyena mask from Mali. Mosby & Co. image

Pre-Columbian carved stone bowl (Argentina, circa 200 BC) and a carved stone Chontal mask from Mexico. Mosby & Co. image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:25
 
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