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Palm Beach Modern's Apr. 11 auction showcases midcentury masters

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Monday, 30 March 2015 09:38
Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), original, signed photograph/silkscreen art used on invitations to designer Halston’s ‘dress drag’ party, circa late 1970s, 9.75 by 6.25-inch. Est. $10,000-$15,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Captivated followers of AMC’s Mad Men knew the time would come that they’d have to bid farewell to moody Don Draper and the rest of the dysfunctional crew at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. In recognition of the smash-hit TV series’ last season, Palm Beach Modern Auctions (PBMA) is hosting an April 11 auction that embodies the sophisticated interior-design style favored by "mad men" of the 1960s. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

In toasting the spirit of postwar modernity for their 550-lot auction, PBMA co-owners Rico Baca and Wade Terwilliger have chosen a selection of classic midcentury art and furniture by the most sought-after designers of Italy, France, Denmark and the United States.

A pair of matched Philip & Kelvin Laverne Etruscan tables that combine to form a dining table will be offered with an estimate of $30,000-$40,000. Illustrating a synthesis of surreal imagery and minimalist forms, a John Dickinson Model 57 galvanized steel console is expected to reach $20,000-$30,000. And from a collection of Jacques Duval-Brasseur furniture comes a sculptural center hall table with a flower insert that rises from the center. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000.

The list of powerhouse names represented in the sale is a long and illustrious one, and includes such furniture-design giants as: Paul Evans, Wendell Castle, Arne Jacobsen, Charles & Ray Eames, George Nelson, Barovier & Toso, Karl Springer, Eero Saarinen, Wormley/Dunbar, Vladimir Kagan, Charlotte Perriand and dozens of others.

A superb selection of art features original works and editions, as well as sculptures by noted artists. Leading the group is an acrylic on panel by Richard Anuszkiewics titled Soft Turquoise. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000. Other artists whose works will be auctioned include Tom Wesselman, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein and Red Grooms. Also, there are original works by Angel Botello, Donald Sultan, Gino Severini, Georg Kolbe and Paul Jenkins.

Harkening the anything-goes era of Studio 54, Lot 365A is the original late-1970s artwork Andy Warhol created for invitations to fashion designer Halston’s “dress drag” party at the fabled New York disco. The 9.75 by 6.25-inch photograph/silkscreen art depicts as its subject a Venezuelan window dresser named Victor Hugo, who became Halston’s lover in 1972 and later worked as Warhol’s assistant. The work is clearly hand-signed by Warhol. Its line of provenance starts with Warhol, who gifted it to Hugo, who, in turn, gave it to the consignor. Its estimate is $10,000-$15,000.

Included in the same late 1970s/early 1980s circle of glamorous party people was model Yelitza Károlyi. Lot 77 in the April 11 auction is a 1974 screenprint, titled Mao, which Warhol created for an exhibition at Musee Galliera in Paris and hand-signed/inscribed to Károlyi. The 40.25 by 29.5-inch screenprint is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

Another of Károlyi’s friends was photographer Peter Beard, renowned for his stunning images of African wildlife and landscapes. Seven of Beard’s early silver gelatin prints from Károlyi’s collection are entered in the auction. A compelling Beard-inscribed and dated (1964) gelatin silver print of young Africans in native attire bears a rare King Edward VIII Tanganyika stamp. Its presale estimate is $10,000-$15,000.

Hands should go up all over the room for a large and intriguing Harry Bertoia organic-form sculpture from a collection of Bertoia works consigned to the auction. The sculpture passed from the artist to his son, Val Bertoia, then to Richard Thomas, who was Head of Metalsmithing at Cranbrook Academy of Art. After that, the sculpture was acquired by a private collector in Boynton Beach, Fla., and passed by descent through the same family. It is estimated at $15,000-$25,000.

Baca remarked that he and Terwilliger are “obsessive” about tracking trends in the midcentury and contemporary art market, and that they stay on the lookout for new categories that are gaining momentum. “We watch and listen, and of course, the results of each of our sales steer us toward the type of art and design we should offer the next time around,” said Baca.

A fast-growing category for PBMA is luxury goods, Baca said. A selection of quality items will be offered in the upcoming sale, with representation from such designers and brands such as Tiffany & Co., Chanel, Bulgari, Louis Vuitton, Yves St. Laurent, Judith Leiber and many more.

Palm Beach Modern Auctions’ Saturday, April 11, 2015 auction will commence at 12 noon Eastern Time at the company’s exhibition center located at 417 Bunker Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33405. Guests will be treated to a complimentary lunch, as well as valet parking. Preview: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 9 a.m. onward on auction day.

For additional information, call 561-586-5500 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
Richard Anuszkiewics, ‘Soft Turquoise,’ acrylic on panel. Est. $25,000-$35,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image John Dickinson galvanized steel console, Model 57. Est. $20,000-$30,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image Jacques Duval-Brasseur sculptural center hall table. Est. $8,000-$12,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image Early Peter Beard inscribed and dated gelatin silver print with rare King Edward VIII Tanganyika stamp. Est. $10,000-$15,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image Large Harry Bertoia sculpture. Provenance: Harry Bertoia / Val Bertoia / Richard Thomas (Head of Metalsmithing at Cranbrook Academy of Art) / private collection, Boynton Beach, Fla., thence by descent. Est. $15,000-$25,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image Closeup of Andy Warhol’s signature.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 15:45
 

Wifredo Lam artwork, silver, decorative art featured Apr. 4 at Morphy's

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Friday, 27 March 2015 11:10
Figural cast-iron ‘Honey Bear’ doorstop, 15½ inches tall, est. $2,500-$3,500. Morphy Auctions image DENVER, Pa. – The soft shine of old silver and the stunning artistry of stained and leaded-glass windows will greet bidders at Morphy’s Saturday, April 4 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction. More than 600 lots will be offered, with all forms of bidding available, including absentee and live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers. Start time is 9 a.m. Eastern.

Dozens of categories are listed in the catalog, including fine jewelry, pottery, silver, inkwells, coins, paintings, art glass, canes, clocks and historical ephemera. Additionally, there are antique telephones and a cast-iron selection that includes figural doorstops.

“This is just the type of event that attracts collectors who like to buy ‘off the grid,’ and by that I mean auctions that aren’t focused on just a single, specific category. You never know what you’ll find in an auction with this much variety, and as is the case with all Morphy events, the level of quality across the board is very high,” said Dan Morphy, president and founder of Morphy Auctions.

Highlights within the decorative arts section start with Lot 495, a beautiful silver-overlay art glass vase executed primarily in peacock blue. Its estimate is $1,500-$2,500. Lot 417, a 9½-inch Rookwood vase with foliate theme was designed by Rose Fechheimer and is estimated at $1,000-$2,000. An impressive 33-inch, squeezebag-decorated Roseville jardinière with pedestal has an Art Nouveau landscape motif and is artist-initialed “H.S.” (Helen Smith) and “E.D.” Entered as Lot 457, it is expected to make $1,000-$1,500.

Sixteen leaded and stained-glass windows will be offered consecutively from Lots 522-537. Many are large, measuring 47 by 51 inches. Some have cathedral-shape designs; others are rounded or profusely decorated with floral images. All display a high standard of artistry. Estimates range from $100 at the low end to $800 at the top.

An extensive selection of American, English and Continental silver includes every imaginable vessel, as well as flatware, serving pieces and candlesticks. An outstanding example of ornate, repousse artistry, Lot 254 is a Stieff sterling silver flower vase shaped as a spray-form basket with upright handle. Standing 18 inches tall and weighing 46.3 ozt, it is cataloged with a $6,000-$8,000 estimate.

Several music boxes will cross the auction block. Among them is Lot 374, a rare enameled box with a feathered “singing” bird. It plays well and could reach $3,000-$6,000.

The highest-estimated artwork in the sale is Lot 548, a signed Wifredo Lam (Cuban, 1902-1982) pastel-on-paper of abstract animals, measuring 27½ by 18¼ inches. It is unframed and estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

In the fine jewelry section, an eye-catching platinum filigree diamond ring weighing approximately 1.03 carats is entered with a $6,000-$8,000 estimate. It’s in prestigious company alongside Lot 345, a signed (J.E.C. & Co.) platinum line bracelet set with 46 French-cut rubies. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000.

An array of whimsical cast-iron figural doorstops includes many types of animals, buildings, and people. A standout within the group is Lot 42, a 15¼-inch Honey Bear holding a honey pot in his hands and licking his lips. A perennial charmer in excellent condition, this example is estimated at $2,500-$3,500.

A broad selection of antique coins and currency is included from Lots 83 through 173. One of the monetary highlights is Lot 168, a Parker and Burke 1901 US $10 large note with red seal. In extra-fine condition, it bears the image of a buffalo and explorers Lewis and Clark. Estimate: $2,200-$2,800.

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 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
Stieff sterling silver flower vase, 18 inches tall, 46.3 ozt, est. $6,000-$8,000. Morphy Auctions image Platinum filigree diamond ring, approximately 1.03 carats, $6,000-$8,000. Morphy Auctions image Rare enameled music box with a feathered ‘singing’ bird, est. $3,000-$6,000. Morphy Auctions image Rookwood vase with foliate theme, designed by Rose Fechheimer, 9½ inches tall, est. $1,000-$2,000. Morphy Auctions image Roseville jardinière with pedestal, artist-initialed ‘H.S.’ (Helen Smith) and ‘E.D.,’ 33 inches tall, est. $1,000-$1,500. Morphy Auctions image Silver-overlay art glass vase primarily in peacock blue, est. $1,500-$2,500. Morphy Auctions image Wifredo Lam (Cuban, 1902-1982) pastel-on-paper, 27½ x 18¼ inches, est. $10,000-$15,000. Morphy Auctions image
Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 11:19
 

Nakashima chairs starring at B. Langston auction March 29

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Thursday, 26 March 2015 08:28
One of the six Nakashima conoid walnut chairs. B. Langston’s LLC image JAX, Fla. – An exquisite set of George Nakashima chairs heads a list of more than 200 lots of fine antiques to be sold by Auctions by B. Langston’s LLC in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday, March 29, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The set of six Nakashima conoid walnut chairs comes with provenance provided by the family, including personal correspondence between them and the maker.

Fine antiques including a Tiffany & Co. shelf clock, a collection of silver overlay art glass, a nice piece of Galle, bronzes and more.

For additional information on any item in the sale, call B. Langston’s at 904-642-1003 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
Set of six Nakashima conoid walnut chairs. B. Langston’s LLC image Lotus Galle bowl. B. Langston’s LLC image Tiffany & Co. shelf clock. B. Langston’s LLC image Loetz silver overlay art glass vase, 4 5/8in tall. B. Langston’s LLC image
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 11:35
 

Continental Hobby House welcomes spring with Mar. 29 toy auction

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:28
'Lithographed tin airplane hangar with high-wing monoplane, German. Continental Hobby House image SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – When it comes to toys, the expert team at Continental Hobby House is hard to beat. Since 1964, they’ve been bringing to the marketplace the top brands and rarest examples of all types of antique and vintage collectibles from Europe, Japan and the United States. On Sunday, March 29th, Continental Hobby House will auction a fabulous collection of toys, with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers. Start time is 2 p.m. Eastern / 1 p.m. Central / 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

There’s a huge selection of toy cars, from manufacturers like Schuco, Bandai, Alps and Nomura; as well as race cars by Daiya, Yonezawa, Tri-Ang Minic, etc. Toy planes from Cragstan, Yoshiya, Rosko and many others will line up alongside toy boats by Schuco, Arnold, Fleetline, Sutcliffe, etc.

Look for wind-up figures that include Tom Tom Jungle Boy, Little Monkey Artist, Happy the Violinist, etc., HO trains by Narklin, Roco, and Fleischmann); and games from the Edwardian and Victorian eras – many of them quite rare.

Also in the sale are playsets, including Captain Power and Hot Wheels; Star Wars toys, cap guns, automata and even paintings. The list is endless, and the online catalog deserves a thorough search.

For questions about any item in the sale, call 920-693-3371.

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

Extremely rare lithographed tin, friction-powered Japanese Great Mazinger Z race car made by Masudaya, Japan. Continental Hobby House image

 Post-WWII lithographed tin wind-up Uberholende Rennautos (Overtaking Race Cars) #21 double racers, made by Philipp Niedermeier (PN), West Germany. Continental Hobby House image

 1950s lithographed tin, friction-powered #S-1309 Mercury convertible car with house trailer, camper and lawn furniture, made by Shioji/Shoten (SSS), Japan. Continental Hobby House image

Rare 1960s Marilyn Monroe ‘Ugly Days Are Here Again’ Help Fight MS tin advertising pin 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:49
 

Hudson Valley Auctioneers to offer contents of upscale NY estates, Mar. 30

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:13

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BEACON, N.Y. - Hudson Valley Auctioneers will conduct a multi-estate auction of 500 fresh-to-the-market estate lots on Monday, March 30, starting at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The sale includes a complete Bedford. New York estate along with partial contents from several other estates in Dutchess and Westchester Counties. The Bedford estate had been owned by a German lapidary who collected Oriental carpets, paintings and other interesting objects. One of his relatives was an architect, artist and furniture designer in Germany, and the auction will offer several exceptional inlaid chests, cabinets, carvings, book covers, plaques and other items by this master craftsman, Hans Reul.

Approximately 30 estate rugs will begin the sale, followed by several groups of paintings, including works by Morgan Colt, Augusto Diani, Frederick Waugh and others. A collection of Chinese porcelains, scrolls and bronzes, Japanese Satsuma, paintings and other Asian lots will follow by several blocks of silver. Leading the silver offerings is a rare Southern sterling tea set signed 'H' for Adolph Himmel and stamped Hyde and Goodrich New Orleans. A very large and heavy English sterling reticulated basket by Edward Barnard and Sons, some Judaica, a few Russian pieces, several flatware sets, including an exceptionally large and fine hand hammered 800 set, a Royal Danish Acorn set and other silver lots, will be sold.

A selection of signed art glass including small cabinet pieces by Durand, Galle, Tiffany as well as a Tiffany linenfold bronze floor lamp, several signed 19th and 20th-century bronzes and a collection of antique gilt picture frames will follow a lot of ten Len Prince and other original photographic prints. Traditional Kittinger mahogany, French Provincial and other Continental furniture will find competition from an interesting offering of midcentury pieces by such noted makers and designers as Vladimir Kagan, George Tanier, Willy Rizzo for Pierre Cardin, T.H Robsjons-Gibbons for Widdicomb, G. Nakashima and others.

A fine polychrome Northwest Coast totem with some age, several carved stone Canadian figures and two exceptionally long scrimmed walrus tusks will be offered and followed by an excellent collection of antique hand-colored maps. Mixed in will be lots of fine china, signed crystal, a large collection of 15-cent comic books, a rare 19th-century cast-iron Senatorial desk with eagles, lamps and lighting; and much more.

This large and interesting sale of about 400 lots is 95% unreserved auction.

For additional information on any item in the auction, call Neil Vaughn at 914-489-2399 or Theo DeHaas at 845-480-2381.

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

Image courtesy of Hudson Valley Auctioneers.

Image courtesy of Hudson Valley Auctioneers.

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Image courtesy of Hudson Valley Auctioneers.

Image courtesy of Hudson Valley Auctioneers.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:43
 

Art from estate of dealer Dorothy Blau in W. Palm Beach auction, Mar. 30

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015 13:40
Keith Haring Night Light screenprint on glass. Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches image WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (LAPRS) – Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. will conduct its March Estates Auction on Monday, March 30, starting at 6 p.m. Eastern Time at their gallery facilities in West Palm Beach. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Featured in the auction is the Estate of Dorothy Berenson Blau, the longtime Miami contemporary art dealer who, from the 1950s onward, was a driving force in the development of the South Florida art scene. Ms. Blau was instrumental in the careers of many artists through the decades. She opened her first gallery in 1953, and after opening a gallery with the Burdine family – of the Burdine's department stores in Coconut Grove – she went on to establish an iconic main art gallery in Bay Harbor Islands and a later, associated gallery in Boca Raton. The auction will contain more than 325 lots featuring a fine selection of fine art and antiques from South Florida and the Palm Beaches.

Andy Warhol credited Dorothy Blau as being critical to his international rise to fame and subsequent stature as one of the premier artists of the 20th century. He painted Blau’s portrait on two occasions during her life, which is something he never did for any other person. Dorothy was also instrumental to the successes of Keith Haring, John CRASH Matos, and the husband-and-wife team of Cristo and Jeanne Claude. The rest of her stable of more than 50 internationally known artists included Robert Indiana, Larry Rivers, Alex Katz, Jim Dine, Roy Lichtenstein, Ernest Trova, Jean Dubuffet and a host of others, many of whom were her personal friends.

Highlights from Blau’s contemporary art collection include Lot 35, Three Brillo Boxes, circa 1980, one of which was signed by Andy Warhol; and Lot 205 a foam, cord, and paint assemblage by English abstract artist John Chamberlain. Lot 59, an ink painting by John “Crash” Matos, is dedicated to Dorothy. Keith Haring was a good friend of Blau’s. Two noteworthy Haring works in the auction are Lot 39, an etching from an edition of 20; and Lot 203, an unusual screenprint-on-glass night light. Lot 2 is a circa-1991, 22-piece set of Haring-designed porcelain from Villeroy & Boch. Additionally there are sculptural works by Gloria Kisch, William Dickey, and Lynton Wells. The art was displayed in Blau’s Collins Avenue (Miami) oceanfront apartment for years.

A beautiful selection of fine art includes Lot 176, an oil-on-canvas by French impressionist Gustave Loiseau (1865-1935) of "Le Quai Saint-Martin, Auxerre," measuring 20 by 24 inches. The painting is in the artist’s catalogue raisonee and comes with impeccable provenance. Its presale estimate is $30,000-$40,000.

Lot 229 is a circa-1958 Pablo Picasso crayon drawing consigned with full provenance and a photo certificate signed by artist. It is estimated at $100,000-$150,000. Both of these works are consigned from the property of Jacqueline Goldman of Palm Beach/Paris. Lot 248 is an oil-on-canvas of a grand Parisian boulevard, by Edouard Cortes. Lot 228 is an acrylic-on-canvas painting by Peter Max titled “Angel with Heart” and comes with a certificate of authenticity. This varied selection of fine art should appeal to many tastes and styles.

This sale will also feature fine Chinese jade and cloisonne pieces, a collection of Ming blue and white porcelains, a rare Sino-Tibetan “Makahala” Buddha, American 18th century furniture, European porcelains, bronzes, and clocks; Italian 18th century furniture and much more.

The March 30 auction will begin at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Bid absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.

For additional information, call 561-805-7115 or email company partners Leslie Baker at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Brian Kogan at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Keith Haring Night Light screenprint on glass. Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches image Andy Warhol signed Brillo boxes. Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches image Larry Rivers cigar box. Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches image Gustave Loiseau 'Le Quai Saint-Martin, Auxerre' oil on canvas. Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches image Pablo Picasso 'Bouquet de Provence' crayon on paper. Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches image
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:09
 

Linwoods Auction presents Chinese art, estate sale April 8

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015 13:27

Large green jadeite seated Goddess of Mercy with carved hardwood base. Length: 10in x width: 7in x height: 2.5in. Linwoods Auction image

LOS ANGELES – Linwoods Auction of Los Angeles will offer a fresh Chinese art and estate sale on Wednesday, April 8. The 385 lots that comprise the auction are from exclusive homes and estates and include luxury cars, fine jewelry, Chinese seals, collectible snuff bottles, bronze sculptures, Chinese fine painting and albums, white jade, Chinese jade and jadeite, fine porcelain, zisha clay teapots, imperial court embroideries, as well as a selection of huanghuali and rosewood furniture.

Participation is expected to occur in Linwoods’ showroom gallery in Alhambra, as well as with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com. The auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time.

“This auction features on a variety of ‘west meets the east’ fine Chinese-Western antiques and decorative arts. It is a great opportunity to showcase what our discerning buyers are looking for,” said curator Lisal Ong.

Highlighting the Chinese art category will be a selection of Chinese jadeite and white jades carved with auspicious characters, reticulated with various auspicious motifs including peach, bats and flowers. Lot 6663 is a large green jadeite seated Goddess of Mercy on a hardwood base, finely carved with intricate details and with icy green dignified suffusion. The figure is seated on waves and leaning on a stack of scrolls at her side, wearing a flowing long robe, her contemplative face framed by cascading braids and a topknot, and holding a lotus.

Another cornerstone of the auction is lot 6583, a Chinese scroll painting by Pu Ru (also known as Pu Xinyu), themed as Song Xia Wen Tong Zi. The calligraphy has two red seals and the work has provenance from Sotheby’s in New York.

Lots 6482 to 6582 are worth perusal and include some of the most treasured painting and calligraphy from their periods in China, with prominent famous artists Huang Junbi, Zhao Shao’ang, Zhang Daqian and Qi Baishi.

Other standouts among the offerings of museum-worthy embroideries are lots 6665 and 6666: a fine Chinese blue silk embroidered imperial dragon robe, the front with the design of dragons defined in couched gilt-wrapped threads surrounded by clouds, all above waves, and a classic lishui border embroidered on navy blue background.

Not to be missed is Lot 6788 a large gilt bronze Buddha, portrayed with eight-arm and four-face, each with three eyes, seated in dhyanasana on a double-lotus base, one hand in varadamudra, another in karanamudra, the remaining hands posed to hold various attributes with only the integral figure of Amitabha remaining, dressed in dhoti, scarf and adorned with jewelry, crowned by a jeweled tiara surrounding the tall chignon.

More popular petite collections are listed from lots 6646 to 6660. They included amber beads in yellow, brown and orange color variations, size differences, with silver and strand string settings. Last but not least is a hand-picked estate connoisseur collection of jadeite and jade pieces listed from lots 6597 to 6619.

There is a selection of huanghuali furniture that includes lot 6835, a pair of Southern official’s hat armchairs, simple rectangular pieces with beautiful natural wood texture. In addition, there is an interesting huanghuali chair with two drawers, an unusual piece of this design.

For additional information regarding lots and consigning/bidding inquiries, call Lisal Ong at 626-457-8818.

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

Large green jadeite seated Goddess of Mercy with carved hardwood base. Length: 10in x width: 7in x height: 2.5in. Linwoods Auction image

Large crystal fruit plate with gilt bracket of classic European-style carving with flowers trumpeted opening holding the plateau, diameter: 11in x height: 10.5in. Linwoods Auction image 

Chinese scroll painting by Pu Ru (also known as Pu Xinyu), ink and color on paper, themed as ‘Song Xia Wen Tong Zi.’ Length: 27in x width: 12.75in. Linwoods Auction image 

Highly translucent jadeite pendant, gourd-shaped, embedded in white gold setting with numerous diamond bezels. Length: 1.25in x width: 0.75in. Linwoods Auction image 

A strand of amber beads, comprised of button-like beads of yellow-orange caramel tone, naturally blended into. Length: 18.5in. Weight approximately 14.5 oz. Linwoods Auction image 

Fine Chinese blue silk embroidered imperial dragon robe. Length: 80in x width: 52.5in. Linwoods Auction image

Large gilt bronze Buddha, seated in dhyanasana on a double-lotus base and crowned by a jeweled tiara surrounding the tall chignon. Length: 25in x width: 15in x height: 31in. Linwoods Auction image 

Ben Shan green zisha teapot in a pear shape, with exquisite plum relief on the pot body and plum tree knots on the spout and handle. Length: 5.25in x width: 3.25in x height: 5in. Linwoods Auction image 

Pair of southern official’s hat huanghuali chairs. Linwoods Auction image 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 13:52
 

Variety of art, antiques marks Michaan’s auction April 11

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Monday, 23 March 2015 14:10

Chinese Export mother-of-pearl inlaid rosewood automaton bracket clock. Estimate: $7,000-$9,000. Michaan's Auctions image

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s will conduct an auction April 11 that features a broad spectrum of fine art, jewelry, antiques and decorative art – nearly 600 lots in all.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Shining brilliantly among April’s gemstone jewelry offerings is a classic
 Tiffany & Co. solitaire diamond ring at an estimate of $7,000-$9,000 (lot 126). The round brilliant-cut diamond of an approximate weight of 1.40 carats is simply set in a polished platinum band mounting. The original Tiffany & Co. box, certification and folder accompany the ring.

Tiffany’s storied legacy is closely tied to its exceptional diamonds. Founder Charles Lewis Tiffany’s passion for the most beautiful diamonds in the world lead to his moniker of “The King of Diamonds.”

The Asian Department will present over 80 lots at this auction, highlighted by a 20th century decorative grouping perfect for ushering spring in (lot 216, $2,000-$3,000). Of the two gilt-silver containers is a cylindrical tea caddy of a fine mesh overlay with numerous applied decorative motifs. Curling filigree tendrils and Chinese characters surround dainty enamelwork of a largely blue and green color scheme. An encircling jadeite bangle as well as coral and turquoise cabochons completes the piece. Also in the lot is a wonderfully decorated lidded, globular form container. This vessel is also of a fine metal mesh body, but this time flourishing with applied decorations of canaries perched upon blooming cherry blossom branches. Similarly hued flowering branches surround the scene, with coral and turquoise cabochons dotting the lid. The enamelwork on this piece is exceptionally painted, with the flowers and foliage in softly graduating colors, juxtaposed by the vibrant yellow and green tones of the birds.

Many substantial artists from a range of genres will be represented in the April sale. Offerings are seen from the likes of Paul Cezanne, Alexandre Renoir, Toulose Lautrec, Victor Vasarely and Carl Sammons. However, Mary Louise Snowden (b. 1952) highlights the sale with a bronze titled Meteorite (lot 321, $2,000-$3,000). The sculpture and black marble base measures approximately 50 inches high by12 inches in depth, as well as in width at the widest point. The original sculpture holds an artist signature and stamp denoting “4/100” upon the back of the scene.

Snowden’s artistic roots run deep, as she is the daughter of renowned sculptor George Holburn Snowden,
 N.A. When her father won the Prix de Rome of 1926, he received 38 sculpting tools that once belonged to none other than Auguste Rodin. She inherited them upon her father’s death.

She once said, “I’m not the product of an art school, but of a life immersed in art.” At the age of four she would watch her father sculpt and by the age of nine, she began working in clay alongside him. She has received both national and international awards and acclaim, with her work seen publically in the main altar of Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles as well as in a group of sculpted angels on display at the cathedral’s visitors center.

The most prestigious clock in the auction is a Chinese export mother-of-pearl inlaid double fusee bracket timepiece with charming automaton figure (lot 568, $7,000-$9,000). Sitting on bulbous brass feet, this beautifully handcrafted clock bears many ornate design schemes. Five pinecone finials top a darkly finished hardwood body, generously inlaid with branching mother-of-pearl vines. Also quite lovely is a carved crest of a fanning peacock motif that bears inlay fashioned as likeminded feathers. The clock face is housed behind a windowed door, whose look is kept simple in classic black Roman numerals. The clock face is then surrounded by four applied brass floral appliqués, topped by a delightful hand-painted scene of various birds in a natural environment. A small figurine of an Asian scholar, who comes to life when the clock strikes 12, cleverly parts this scene. The clock is accompanied by a revolving mother-of-pearl inlaid stand as well as an original key. It stands approximately 28 1⁄2 inches high by14 inches wide.

For general information call 510-740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.

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

Chinese Export mother-of-pearl inlaid rosewood automaton bracket clock. Estimate: $7,000-$9,000. Michaan's Auctions image 

Tiffany & Co. diamond, platinum ring. Estimate: $7,000-$9,000. Michaan's Auctions image 

 Two gilt-silver containers with enameled decoration, 20th century. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Michaan's Auctions image

Mary Louise Snowden 'Meteorite' sculpture. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Michaan's Auctions image 

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 14:30
 

Antique advertising abounds in Showtime auction April 10-12

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Rare Scott’s Emulsion reverse glass sign, in excellent condition and the only example known. Showtime Auction Services image ANN ARBOR, Mich. – An outstanding pair of single-owner lifetime collections – one from Hal and Terri Boggess, the other from Mart and Kitty James – will be auctioned without reserve the weekend of April 10-12 by Showtime Auction Services at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor/Saline Road. Other collections will also be sold in an auction that will total over 2,100 lots.

Internet bidding – available all three auction days – will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Hal and Terri Boggess put together a wonderful collection of items relating to firearms and gunpowder, mainly posters and calendars. Mart and Kitty James put together an equally impressive collection of drugstore and apothecary items. Mart James was a pharmacist, so the collection was born out of his profession.

Items from the more than 50 other advanced collections in the auction will include toys, banks, Coca-Cola, soda fountain, candy, gum, peanuts, perfume, millinery, breweriana, distillery, petroliana, automobilia, rare advertising signs, country store, farm, veterinary, hardware, insurance and cowboy.

Additional categories will include Native American, salesman’s samples, match safes, cigar lighters, crockery, scales, fans, safes, cash registers, gambling, coin-op, military, political, Art Deco, Black Forest, music, telephone, stoves, leaded glass windows and doors, watches, clocks, lamps, fire, store fixtures and furniture and an entire collection of over 200 tobacco tins.

The hundreds of rare and collectible signs in the auction will feature a Scott’s Emulsion reverse glass sign, in excellent condition and the only example known (est. $20,000-$30,000); an Ithaca tin sign advertising the Church Street Garage in Liberty, N.Y., impressive at 48 inches by 73 inches (est. $5,000-$10,000); and a Mercury Outboard Motors neon sign with reverse glass front ($1,000-$3,000).

A strong candidate for top lot of the auction is a 1959 Porsche convertible “D” car, model #356A/1600, in excellent running condition (est. $90,000-$125,000). Also sold will be a salesman’s sampler road grader (est. $10,000-$15,000), one of 15 salesman’s samples in the auction; and a rare cast-iron Happy Grandpa toy in all-original condition (est. 1,000-$3,000).

A hard-to-find Coca-Cola cardboard poster depicting a cowboy, one of over 40 Coke signs in the auction, is expected to realize $2,000-$5,000. Also in the lineup will be an Exhibit Supply Co. five-cent coin-op claw machine filled with vintage toy prizes, in excellent condition (est. $2,500-$5,000); and a circa 1880s Black Forest bench in superb condition (est. $2,000-$5,000).

A Cameron & Cameron dome-top smoking tobacco tin, the rare tri-color version, one of more than 200 cigar and tobacco tins being sold, should hit $1,000-$2,000. An Arrowroot Apothecary reverse glass painted display jar, 21 ½ inches tall and in excellent condition, is expected to sell for $3,000-$6,000. A 1909 Winchester firearms poster should hammer for $2,000-$5,000.

One of several early gambling items in the auction is an 1880s Poker Buck “You Deal” with silver crescent moons on the front and “Jack” on the back (est. $3,000-$5,000). Also offered will be an S. Cushman leather fire bucket with original paint and stenciling (est. $1,000-$3,000) and an Art Nouveau white metal lamp with a fine beaded glass shade, 25 inches tall (est. $1,000-$2,000).

Showtime Auction Services is based in Woodhaven, Mich. The firm is always accepting quality items for future sales. To consign an item or an entire collection, you may call Michael Eckles at 951-453-2415 or email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Rare Scott’s Emulsion reverse glass sign, in excellent condition and the only example known. Showtime Auction Services image Rare Coca-Cola cardboard poster with cowboy image, one of over 50 Coke posters in the sale. Showtime Auction Services image Mercury Outboard Motors neon sign with reverse glass front, one of over 25 boat signs being sold. Showtime Auction Services image Rare Ithaca tin sign advertising the Church Street Garage in Liberty, N.Y., impressive at 48 inches by 73 inches. Showtime Auction Services image Rare 1909 Winchester poster, one of the most desirable firearms posters for collectors. One of over 40 firearms and gun powder posters and calendars. Showtime Auction Services image Salesman’s sample road grader in excellent condition, one of more than 15 salesman’s samples in the sale. Showtime Auction Services image Scarce cast-iron Happy Grandpa toy, all original, one of over 30 rare toys in the auction. Showtime Auction Services image 1959 356A/1600 Porsche convertible ‘D’ roadster in excellent running condition. Showtime Auction Services image 1880s poker buck, ‘You Deal’ with silver crescent moons on the front and ‘Jack’ on the back. Showtime Auction Services image
Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 16:26
 

Sterling Associates' Apr. 1 auction in NJ offers fresh estate art, antiques

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Patek Philippe men’s yellow gold wristwatch, 1980, est. $5,000-$6,000. Sterling Associates image

CLOSTER, N.J. – Only a fool would miss Sterling Associates’ April 1st Spring Art & Antiques Auction. The Wednesday evening sale of 450 quality lots, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers, includes beautiful 19th-century American, European and Asian fine and decorative art, as well as furniture, fine jewelry and watches. Most of the items were hand-selected from MidAtlantic and New York-area estates by Sterling Associates’ owner Stephen D’Atri and his team. Other pieces came primarily from two well-curated private collections.

“We’re offering very fresh estate art and antiques from exclusive homes and estates,” D’Atri stressed. “No one would be branded an April fool if they bid in this sale. Quite the opposite.”

A tasteful selection of bronzes is entered in the auction, most coming from a single-owner private collection. One of the highlights is Lot 320, a Charles Octave Levy (French, 1820-1899) silver and dore bronze figural sculpture of a draped woman on a craggy rock, pouring water from a vessel. It stands 51¾ inches tall, inclusive of its hexagonal plinth, and is signed “CH Levy.” Additionally, it is impressed with a Tiffany & Co. foundry mark. Estimate: $7,000-$9,000. Lot 355 is an Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (French, 1824-1887) patinated dore bronze of a woman in a dramatic pose, holding a lyre in one hand. The 25½-inch figure, also bearing a Tiffany & Co. foundry mark, could make $3,000-$4,000 at auction.

A period Art Deco bronze sculpture of a dancing couple – with the female figure arched backward on one leg in a “dip” – was created by Peter Tereszczuk (Austrian, 1875-1963). The 14-inch duo, surmounted on a green onyx base, stands 14 inches tall (inclusive) and carries a pre-sale estimate of $8,000-$10,000.

To add a touch of elegance to any mantel, one needs look no further than Lot 206, an antique garniture clock set of patinated bronze and Belgian red marble. The central clock is surmounted by a figure of a woman holding a bow and quiver. Flanking the clock is a pair of candelabra, each replicating a nude woman – one in a chariot, the other riding an owl. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000.

A spectacular antique dore bronze chandelier features swagged ropes of crystal beads as well as prism and teardrop-shape crystals. Each of its six arms is decorated with crystal drops and supports a vertical interior light. “This is the type of chandelier that stops people in their tracks when they walk into a room and see it,” said D’Atri. Entered as Lot 358, the chandelier’s opening bid is $3,000, and its estimate is $5,000-$7,000.

Presented in an ornate frame, Lot 408 is an oil-on-board portrait of a beautiful young woman with a faraway look in her eye. It was painted by Luca Postiglione (Italian, 1876-1936), who came from a family of noted Neapolitan painters. Postiglione exhibited works at both the 1904 Italian Exhibition in London and the 1906 International Exposition in Rome. The 22 by 16¾-inch (framed) portrait in Sterling Associates’ auction is expected to sell in the $2,000-$3,000 range.

Two Chinese calligraphy hanging scrolls are signed with two seals, possibly those of Lin Tze-Hsu. Loosely translated, the writing says, in part: “On the jade tripod wherein the incense is burned, there stays the sleeping duck.” Sixty-four inches long, the ink-on-paper scrolls are offered as one lot with an estimate of $300-$400. The auction also includes many other pieces of excellent Chinese porcelain and art.

Highlighting the furniture section is Lot 364, an antique marble-topped and black-lacquered vitrine or pedestal cabinet with hand-painted porcelain plaques and dore bronze mounts. Its estimate is $3,000-$3,500.

Several luxury-brand men’s wristwatches enhance the jewelry section of the sale. Lot 282, a Patek Philippe platinum and diamond watch is estimated at $2,500-$4,000, while Lot 283, a handsome 18K yellow gold, round-face watch made by the same Geneva company in 1980, is expected to reach $5,000-$6,000. Lot 281, a Vacheron Constantin watch with 14K gold casing and a lizard-leather band is cataloged with a $1,500-$2,000 estimate, and Lot 281A, a perennially popular Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King watch with blue dial, carries an $1,800-$2,500 estimate.

All bidding in Sterling Associates’ auctions is conducted remotely, but the company is a brick-and-mortar establishment where anyone can inspect the goods. Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

The Wednesday, April 1, 2015 auction will commence at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. The live gallery preview is from 10-3 on March 25-27 (inclusive) and March 30-31 or by appointment. The gallery is located at 70 Herbert Ave., Closter, NJ 07624.

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 . Online: www.antiquenj.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Patek Philippe men’s yellow gold wristwatch, 1980, est. $5,000-$6,000. Sterling Associates image

Antique patinated bronze and Belgian marble figural garniture mantel clock and candelabra set, est. $5,000-$7,000. Sterling Associates image

Peter Tereszczuk (Austrian, 1875-1963), patinated bronze dancers on green onyx base, made in Austria, 14in tall, est. $8,000-$10,000. Sterling Associates image

Charles Octave Levy (French, 1820-1899), 19th-century silver and dore bronze figural sculpture, artist-signed on rock with Tiffany & Co. foundry mark, 51¾ tall, est. $7,000-$9,000. Sterling Associates image

Zsolnay Hungarian iridescent porcelain bowl, face-to-face panthers, 18¼ in wide, est. $800-$1,200. Sterling Associates image

Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (French, 1824-1887), patinated and dore bronze sculpture titled ‘Melodie,’ artist-signed and with Tiffany & Co. foundry mark, 25½ in tall, est. $3,000-$4,000. Sterling Associates image

Antique gilt 6-arm electrified chandelier with swagged ropes of crystal beads and additional prism and teardrop crystals, est. $5,000-$7,000. Sterling Associates image

Antique marble-top, black lacquer vitrine/pedestal cabinet with hand-painted porcelain plaques, est. $3,000-$3,500. Sterling Associates image

Luca Postiglione (Italian, 1876-1936), portrait of young woman, oil on board, signed lower left, 11 x 16¾ in (framed), est. $2,000-$3,000. Sterling Associates image

Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 16:01
 

Rare soda fountain syrup dispensers lead Morphy’s Mar. 28 Advertising sale

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Red-Top Flour curved porcelain sign, est. $10,000-$20,000. Morphy Auctions image DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions, a company known for its emphasis on fresh to the market collections of superior-quality antiques, will present 839 lots of antique advertising in its March 28th specialty auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Among the main categories are Coca-Cola and soda pop signs and other advertising, rare tobacco tins and petroliana. A featured highlight is the selection of high-end soda fountain syrup dispensers, led by Lot 451, an Earl Hires platter with matching bowl that supports a nicely decorated globe-shape dispenser. The suite is marked “Mettlach,” referring to a city in Germany where Villeroy & Boch porcelain was produced. Offered together with three early, tall mugs with an identical motif, the set is believed to be the only known example. “We think the set originally might have been loaned to a successful soda fountain operator. We don’t think it’s a type of item that was ever produced commercially,” said Dan Morphy, president and founder of Morphy Auctions. The lot estimate is $75,000-$125,000.

Another stunning antique syrup dispenser is Lot 493, produced for Wool’s Cherrie Smash. Decorated with appealing graphics in bold colors, this may also be a sole survivor. In excellent-plus to near-mint condition, it is expected to reach $40,000-$60,000 on auction day. Lot 515, a circa-1900 Pepsi-Cola ceramic syrup urn with gorgeous Art Nouveau decoration, stands 18 inches high and is estimated at $30,000-$50,000.

No soda pop collection would be complete without representation of the king of soft drinks, Coca-Cola. Morphy’s is known for its record-setting prices achieved from the sale of Coke advertising, but collectors can find beautiful examples at all price points. An especially nice choice for the mid-range collector is Lot 278, a 1909 Coca-Cola cardboard poster. Featuring a model holding a glass of Coke, the rare and impressively sized poster is 55½ inches long and is estimated at $6,000-$12,000.

A classic in the soda-pop collecting world is Lot 376, a 1910 Allens Red Tame Cherry Red cut-out sign with metal easel support. Heavily embossed to render depth, this great-looking sign depicts a young girl and boy enjoying their beverages at a table emblazoned: “Drink Allens Red Tame Cherry and you’ll smile too.” Estimate: $800-$1,400.

Vibrant and appealing, a curved porcelain sign advertising Red-Top Flour shows a young boy dressed in knickerbockers, jacket and cap, climbing over a fence. In excellent-plus condition, it measures 22 by 16 inches and is estimated at $10,000-$20,000.

Morphy’s Saturday, March 28, 2015 auction will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern. For additional information on any item 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
Red-Top Flour curved porcelain sign, est. $10,000-$20,000. Morphy Auctions image Earl Hires syrup dispensing bowl with platter and three additional tall mugs, est. $75,000-$125,000. Morphy Auctions image Wool’s Cherrie Smash syrup dispenser, est. $40,000-$60,000. Morphy Auctions image Circa-1900 Pepsi-Cola ceramic syrup urn, est. $30,000-$50,000. Morphy Auctions image 1910 Allens Red Tame Cherry Red cut-out sign, est. $800-$1,400. Morphy Auctions image Rare, large 1909 Coca-Cola cardboard poster, est. $6,000-$12,000. Morphy Auctions image
Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 14:39
 

Touch of old South in Charleston Estate Auctions event March 29

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Chinese terra-cotta archer warrior. Charleston Estate Auctions

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – Charleston Estate Auctions’ March 29 auction is another one of the company’s signature events featuring antiques, fine art, sterling silver, jewelry, china, crystal, furniture and other consignments from the historic Charleston area.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Fine jewelry lots include platinum, 14K and 18K gold, and sterling silver rings, earrings, bracelets, brooches and necklaces. A few of the signature pieces include a stunning 32-inch strand of 9.50mm cultured pearls, a 2.00-carat Old European cut diamond pendant, an 18K yellow gold solid signed necklace and a handmade 1940s opal ring.

Some of the fine art, all by listed artists, is from an Amsterdam estate that was hidden from the Nazis during the German Occupation. It includes original drawings from Samuel Schellink. Other works include an original oil on board Landscape with Cottage and Boat by George Burrell Willcock (English: 1811-1852) and two original watercolors by George Wright (1860-1942).

The sterling silver includes a complete flatware service for 12 plus extra serving pieces by Dominick & Haff in the classic 1895 Pointed Antique pattern. This set is in the beautiful original mahogany flatware presentation chest. There’s also an exceptional Omani large Arabic sterling silver khanjar with elaborately engraved silver mounts and ornate silver filigree and coil work, circa late 19th century. The piece has a matching scabbard with belt.

China includes a collection of 19th century early Chinese Export Rose Medallion. In addition, Charleston Estate Auctions has a large collection of antique Qing Dynasty cloisonne vases, boxes and trinkets, as well as, a large collection of antique Chinese sang de bouf oxblood vases most from Jingdezhen – all signed.

Some other notable pieces include a rare and early parlor kaleidoscope manufactured by C.G. Bush & Co, Providence, RI, 1873; antique Charleston, S.C. coin silver; Persian rugs, carved jade; signed Hawkes American Brilliant Period glass, silver coins, first editions including Charles Dickens and much more.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 

Chinese terra-cotta archer warrior. Charleston Estate Auctions 

 Pearl and diamond choker necklace with 18K white gold diamond enhancer. Charleston Estate Auctions

George Burrell Willcock (1811-1852) original oil on board. Charleston Estate Auctions 

Antique large ABP Russian ambassador crystal bowl. Charleston Estate Auctions

 Omani Khanjar Arabic sterling silver dagger (framed). Charleston Estate Auctions

Italian designer 18K gold heavy necklace (115 grams) . Charleston Estate Auctions 

 Service for 12 Dominic & Haff ‘Pointed’ pattern. Charleston Estate Auctions

Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 13:23
 

Specialists of the South to sell Depression glass trove March 28

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Cobalt cut to clear cruet set. Specialists of the South Inc. image

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – A single-owner lifetime collection of Depression glassware – one of the largest collections in the Southeastern United States, consisting of around 175 boxes and in all the major patterns and colors – will headline an auction slated for Saturday, March 28, by The Specialists of the South Inc., in the firm’s gallery located at 544 E. Sixth St.

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It is the total dispersal sale of the Ralph and Alphoretta Holbrook collection of glassware, china and pottery items, gathered over 40 years. Also featured at the auction will be items from the estate of Albert Cantu, a former Air Force master sergeant who accumulated many fine interesting furniture pieces in his world travels. In all, nearly 600 lots will come up for bid.

The auction will get underway promptly at 8 a.m. Central time.

“The Holbrooks’ extensive collection was assembled from many auctions and private sources throughout the Southeast, and it must be seen to be fully appreciated,” said Logan Adams of The Specialist of the South Inc. “They traveled the Eastern United States and carefully acquired many rare and unusual pieces.”

The mammoth elegant Depression and kitchen glassware collection will feature over 40 covered butter dishes, blue and red cut to clear, vaseline, Carnival, opalescent, iridescent and pressed and cut glass in many known patterns. Art pottery – primarily Roseville, McCoy, Weller and Hull – will also come up for bid, along with cased glass, epergnes, baskets, punch bowl and cup sets, perfume bottles and more.

Also featured will be large collections of Fostoria American, Fenton, American Sweetheart-Monax, Fire-King sapphire blue bubble with creamers, Forest Green and Royal Ruby, Floragold “Louisa,” Button & Bows, Open Rose, Miss America, Sandwich (Hocking and Indiana), Cape Cod, and pieces in nearly 100 other patterns that have been positively identified.

The selection of Fostoria American is particularly nice, and features an uncommon Nappy (flared) 10 ½ inch-by-3 ¾-inch bowl. Other highly desirable patterns in Fostoria include Meadow Rose and Willowmere (example: an owner-identified oyster stemware in Willowmere).

“I’m not going to say that every single Depression glass color and pattern are represented in this auction, but most are, and certainly the 11 most collected patterns are,” Logan Adams said.

Mid-20th century kitchen glassware will include a covered sanitary cheese preserver, mixing and refrigerator bowls, Tom and Jerry bowl and mugs, snack sets, salt and pepper shakers (to include green and cobalt blue), wet and dry measuring cups, a Miracle Maize glass corn stick pan, Mason jars and insulators, covered hens, flower frogs, sherbet sets and custard cups.

Frosted glass pieces will include vases, covered candies and sandwich trays. Also offered will be a cider or toddy set having a metal tray with center section for a cobalt blue jar (with lid and ladle) and nine small round glasses; a cylinder cocktail shaker with a ground stopper and a second rooster stopper, with rooster finial; and '50s-'70s-era Moderntone pieces, fired in many different colors, similar to Fiestaware.

The list continues, with milk glass pieces, mayonnaise sets, a lovely Crocheted Crystal single-horn epergne, beautiful amethyst glass (including a Moroccan vase), a wonderful china selection (including Haviland in the Springtime pattern, Vogue in the Susanna pattern and Noritake in the Reina pattern), Bavaria china and examples of cobalt green and blue pitchers, vases and glasses.

The Cantu collection is also intriguing, as much for its variety and scope as for its quality and diversity. Albert Cantu was in the Air Force for 30 years. He fully retired in 1997. Along the way he gathered antique items from England, Japan, Thailand and the United States.

From the Cantu estate are some wonderful furniture items, with most of the larger Victorian pieces bought in England, including a coal hod, a Victorian table and chairs, an inlaid music cabinet and an interesting inlaid magazine stand, a camel saddle, two nice English washstands with marble tops and tile backsplashes, and a bow-front English buffet, nicely carved and with backsplash. From Many Ann’s side of the family (in Indiana) is a handsome Hoosier cabinet with spice rack.

Previews will be held by appointment and on auction day, March 28, from 7-8 a.m. To schedule an appointment, call 850-785-257. A buyer’s premium will be applied to all purchases. All sales are final.

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

Cobalt cut to clear cruet set. Specialists of the South Inc. image

Red Carnival glass punchbowl, stand and cups. Specialists of the South Inc. image

Opalescent blue hobnail three-horn epergne. Specialists of the South Inc. image

Fostoria American cake stand. Specialists of the South Inc. image

Green glass footed covered dish with doves. Specialists of the South Inc. image

Crocheted crystal clear one-horn epergne. Specialists of the South Inc. image

Opalescent hobnail pinched pedestal vase. Specialists of the South Inc. image

Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 08:15
 

Victorian glass reigns over Jeffrey S. Evans auction March 28

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Thursday, 19 March 2015 14:27
Wiggins collection of more than 1,000 toothpick holders including Tiffany and other art glass and opalescent examples. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ March 28 Victorian glass auction will include the toothpick holder collection of Lowell Wiggins, of Sun City, Arizona; part II of the Victorian glass collection of Robert E. Hefner Jr., of Rosharon, Texas; and Part I of the collection of the late Jerry Volkmer of Bucyrus, Ohio.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Of the over 1,000 toothpick holders, examples will include Tiffany and other art glass; opalescent; early American pattern glass; Royal Doulton and other ceramic examples; and silver-plated figural examples. In addition to these, other examples of Victorian glass such as salt and pepper shakers; cruets; a large selection of pressed opalescent items; collections of pink slag and custard glass; and Findlay Onyx glass.

“It’s rare that auctions include such a deep group of objects from more than one or two distinguished collections. This Victorian Glass sale is special because many of the items being sold were part of collections started decades ago,” said Jeffrey S. Evans.

For further information send an email to 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
Wiggins collection of more than 1,000 toothpick holders including Tiffany and other art glass and opalescent examples. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image Sample of large collections of Victorian opalescent glass, salt and pepper shakers, cruets, pink slag, etc. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image Many good Victorian quadruple-plate toothpick holders. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 16:55
 

William Bunch auction will have rich Continental look March 31

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Pair of Empire-style gilt bronze bergères, 20th century, in the manner of Francois-Honore-Georges Jacob-Desmalter, French, 1770-1841, silk upholstered with gilt bronze mounts. Bunch Auctions image

CHADDS FORD, Pa. – William Bunch Auctions will present an early spring fine estate sale to include over 500 lots of Continental-style furnishings, decorative and fine art pieces on March 31.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Much of the French and Italian inspired furniture is with ormolu mounts and marquetry inlay, as well as seating including silk upholstered sets of chairs and sofas.

Ornamental lighting fixtures include crystal chandeliers, wall sconce sets, lamps and candelabra. There is a rich selection of decorative accent pieces spanning metal, porcelain and terra-cotta sculptures, marble pedestals and carved gilt mirrors.

Continental porcelain and glass is highlighted by Dresden Lamm, Lalique and Venetian glass. Over 80 works of 19th and 20th century Continental art, Spanish Colonial canvases, and contemporary pieces including portraits, genre scenes and religious-themed paintings will be sold throughout the sale. In addition, there are 54 ornate, framed needlework panels of Renaissance Fair, Baroque and Impressionist scenes. Also featured are two fine Swiss cylinder music boxes in good playing condition. A portion of the sale will offer over 60 pieces of unique estate jewelry, including two Rolex watches.

The majority of the sale is comprosed of pieces from the estate of Henry D. and Gloria Paul, former owners of Henry Paul Cadillac and Rolls Royce. The elegant collection was displayed in their apartment in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. The proceeds of the sale will fund a specially created trust established for qualified charitable dog foundations.

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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.

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

Pair of Empire-style gilt bronze bergères, 20th century, in the manner of Francois-Honore-Georges Jacob-Desmalter, French, 1770-1841, silk upholstered with gilt bronze mounts. Bunch Auctions image 

12 Lamm Dresden sherbets with saucers, 1887-1915. William Bunch Auctions image 

French Empire gilt metal mantel clock, 19th century, 12in high x 16 1/2in wide, lacking numerals 12, 5, 7. William Bunch Auctions image 

 J.H. Heller Expression Zither Swiss interchangeable cylinder music box, No. 11093, burl walnut case, on stand with storage drawer, good playing condition. Bunch Auctions image

 Continental School, 19th century, ‘View of Port With Ships,’ oil on canvas, 40in x 66 3/4in sight. Bunch Auctions image

Crystal chandelier with gilt metal arm supports, 20th century, 33in high x 26in in diameter. Bunch Auctions image

Pair of gray fluted marble columns, 20th century, with white carved capitals and plinth bases, 83in high. Bunch Auctions image

The sale will offer over 60 pieces of estate jewelry. Bunch Auctions image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 13:15
 

Edward VIII love letter lends intrigue to Fellows auction March 30

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015 10:14

Handwritten love letter from former Prince of Wales and King of England Edward VIII, to his mistress, Mrs. Freda Dudley Ward. Fellows image

BIRMINGHAM, UK – Fellows’ auction of antiques and fine art on Monday, March 30, will offer the rare opportunity to own a “secret gem,” giving the buyer insight into the private life of a former king of England – featuring a scandalous affair.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Lot 411 features a handwritten love letter from former Prince of Wales and King Edward VIII to his mistress, Freda Dudley Ward, estranged wife of a Liberal member of parliament. This letter, dated Dec. 23, 1919, portrays a man frustrated to abandon his lover over Christmas for work commitments. Writing only hours after their parting, he passionately describes his hatred for leaving her on the train platform that morning, and his longing for her reply. The prince describes his Royal duties as “tedious chores,” tearing him away from his love and one person in the world he feels at home with.

A similar letter, consigned by a different vendor, was sold by Fellows for £5,100 in November 2013.

Fellows expects great interest in this next, four-page, instalment, addressed to his “vewy vewy own precious darling beloved little Fredie.” The present letter has been consigned by a different private vendor, and if anything is even more explosive.

Edward wrote to his mistress frequently throughout their relationship, each letter filled with as much passion and infatuation as the last. A collection were kept and preserved by Freda’s family, of which now single letters occasionally appear on the open market.

Wearing the crown for less than a year, Edward VIII famously abdicated to marry the American divorcee, Wallace Simpson. However, it is his previous affair, with Freda, which has been revealed to the world through secret handwritten love letters to his mistress. Now etched into the gossip pages of royal history, the love letters give a rare glimpse of the innermost private lives of the British monarchy, and furthermore of a man completely besotted with his lover.

From secrets of the British monarchy to items of fine porcelain from the Orient, another highlight from the auction is a selection of Chinese porcelain including a stunning Chinese Ming-style bottle vase. Featuring elegant blue and white foliate decoration to the whole, this vase is sure to attract some international attention.

A collection of clocks to be offered will be of interest to all collectors and horologists, but furthermore, even magicians and illusionists will find something to catch their eye; a rare mid-19th century French “mystery clock” by clock maker and illusionist Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin. Houdin’s mystery clocks amazed and astounded spectators upon their first release with their seemingly invisible movements. These illusions captivated young Hungarian-American illusionist Ehrich Weiss and even provided the inspiration behind his stage name Harry Houdini.

For the collectors and engineers out there, a good live steam scale model “Showman’s” type Ransomes Sims & Jefferies traction engine is definitely a lot consider. Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies was founded in Ipswich in 1789 by Robert Ransome. His patents for cast-iron plough shares, chilled cast-iron and interchangeable plough parts formed the foundations for the firm’s success.

The auction will also offer an interesting assortment of curios and beautiful works of art, including an African carved wooden tribal mask, an impressive bronze eagle by Mark Rudolf Coreth, a fine selection of microscopes such as a good 19th century example by Henry Crouch of London, and superb pair of Royal Worcester porcelain vases painted by Harry Davis.

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

 Handwritten love letter from former Prince of Wales and King of England Edward VIII, to his mistress, Mrs. Freda Dudley Ward. Fellows image

Rare mid-19th century French glass and ormolu mystery clock. Fellows image 

Imposing Chinese Ming-style porcelain bottle vase. Fellows image

Impressive bronze eagle by Mark Rudolf Coreth. Fellows image 

 Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ltd. of Ipswich Showman’s-type traction engine. Fellows image

Painting in the manner of Fred Yates (1922-2008). Fellows image 

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 10:43
 
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