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Dirk Soulis to auction superb paintings, decorative arts Dec. 5-6

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 14:57
Unmarked RS Prussia porcelain epergne rounded bowl with a single matching lily trumpet, 17½  inches high overall. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000. Dirk Soulis Auctions image LONE JACK, Mo. (LAPRS) – A hauntingly beautiful oil painting by Henry Koerner (Austrian-American, 1915-1991) is expected to be the top lot at Dirk Soulis Auctions’ 16th annual Fine Arts Auction to be held on Friday, Dec. 5. The 1943 painting titled Tailor’s Dummies, a prime example of the artist’s work in Magic Realism, carries an estimate of $80,000-$120,000.

“He’s a highly regarded painter. Some of his works have sold for around $300,000,” said auctioneer Dirk Soulis, who hopes to attract the attention of Internet bidders to his auction house about 30 miles southeast of Kansas City.

It will be Lot No. 1 of a 190-lot catalog. Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

The painting is a winter scene of two children sledding on tailor’s dummies, or mannequins, while another tailor’s dummy appears to have been set alight in a controlled campfire.

Soulis noted that the artist, who was Jewish, fled his native Austria at the onset of World War II. While serving in the U.S. Army, Koerner created posters for the Graphics Division of the Office of Strategic Services in Washington, DC. After the war he learned his parents and adult brother had been murdered in the Holocaust. Soulis suggested the woman painted on a brick wall in the background of the picture, which Koerner created during the war, may represent the artist’s mother. The 30-by-40-inch painting was included in Koerner’s first US solo exhibition, which was at New York’s Midtown Galleries in 1949.

During session two on Saturday, Dec. 6, Soulis will offer “Three Centuries of Decorative Arts” in a 264-lot auction. The first item of the day will be a rare piece of RS Prussia porcelain known as the “Bailey Epergne” – one of only two known to exist. The 17½-inch-tall epergne consists of a floral-decorated bowl and a single lily trumpet of the same mold and decoration mounted in the center on a silver-plated stand. In 2006 when Mary McCaslin chose the epergne for the cover of her book RS Prussia and More, it was the only one known to exist. It is estimated at $5,000-$10,000.

Beyond Koener’s Magic Realism masterpiece, several other paintings stand out in Soulis’ art auction, which is strong in American regionalism.

One is an oil-on-panel of a black sharecropper by German-born artist Joseph Paul Vorst (1897-1947). Vorst immigrated to the United States, first settling in St. Louis and later making his way to the Ste. Genevieve Artist Colony in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, where he became both a friend and student of Thomas Hart Benton. Vorst exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Corcoran Biennial and even the New York World’s Fair. He also created several post office murals in Missouri and Arkansas for the Works Progress Administration. The painting of the sharecropper at work, one of his common themes, measures 37½ by 25 inches and has an $18,000-$25,000 estimate.

Another major work is an oil-on-canvas painting titled Tobacco Barns by Buell Whitehead (Florida, 1919-1933), which was the basis for a subsequent color lithograph.

“He’s best known for color lithography, and only of few of his oil paintings are known,” said Soulis. The work has a $6,000-$8,000 estimate.

Several Western-theme paintings are offered in the auction, led by a signed and dated 1989 oil on canvas by James Reynolds (1926-2010) of cowboys herding cattle. The Straggler, 30 by 40 inches, presented in its original 40-by-50-inch frame, has an $18,000-$22,000 estimate. Reynolds, who lived and worked in Scottsdale, Ariz., was a prolific and highly respected Western artist.

Friday’s art auction will also feature three glass creations by Dale Chilhuly (b. 1941-): Goldenrod Macchia Olympic, 9¼ by 10 ½ inches (est. $35,000-$45,000); the two-piece Imperial Iris Persian, 7 by 2-2/5 inches (est. $3,000-$4,000); and a two-piece Bonfire Basket (est. $2,000-$3,000).

The auction will also contain about 10 pieces of studio pottery.

On Saturday, sterling silver items will likely be among the top performers, starting with a pair of 18th-century Irish salvers. The identical 18½-inch footed trays bear the hallmarks of Dublin silversmith John Craig and are dated 1747 and 1848. The ornate pair is estimated at $7,000-$9,000.

For formal holiday dining there’s a 247-piece sterling silver flatware service for twelve in the Watson Lily pattern, plus numerous serving pieces. The Art Nouveau flatware dates to the early 1900s and is estimated to fetch $6,000-$10,000.

“It’s notable to find a sterling flatware set that large these days,” said Soulis.

A unique collection of 19th-century European glass sulphide plaques, each featuring the bust of a historic figure, ranging from William Shakespeare to America’s Founding Fathers, will cross the auction block. They will be offered in more than 50 consecutive lots immediately following the RS Prussia epergne.

Rare 18th-century books, a vintage Louis Vuitton steamer trunk with original interior, and a Smith's 3¾-inch terrestrial pocket globe dated 1810 are just a few of the other fine and unusual items in the auction.

Both auction sessions will begin at 12:00 noon Central Time, 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

For additional information on any item in the auction, contact Dirk Soulis Auctions, phone 816-697-3830 or 1-800-252-1501, 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
Unmarked RS Prussia porcelain epergne rounded bowl with a single matching lily trumpet, 17½  inches high overall. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000. Dirk Soulis Auctions image Henry Koerner (1915-1991) 'Tailor's Dummies,' 1943 oil on panel, oil on Masonite, 30 x 40 inches. Estimate: $80,000-$120,000. Dirk Soulis Auctions image Joseph Paul Vorst (1897-1947) oil on panel, 37½ x 25 inches, frame measures 45 x 32¾ inches.  Estimate: $18,000-$25,000. Dirk Soulis Auctions image Buell Whitehead (1919-1993), ‘Tobacco Barns,’ oil on canvas, 24 by 30 inches. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Dirk Soulis Auctions image James Reynolds (1926-2010), 'The Straggler,' oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches sight, original frame measures 40 x 50 inches. Estimate: $18,000-$22,000. Dirk Soulis Auctions image Pair of John Craig, Dublin, sterling salvers, 1748, 18 inches, weighs 115.7 and 122 ounces. Estimate: $7,000-$9,000. Dirk Soulis Auctions image 247-pc sterling silver flatware service for 12 plus service pieces, Watson Lily pattern. Estimate: $6,000-$10,000. Dirk Soulis Auctions image European sulphide glass cameo plaque, profile of Benjamin Franklin, 19th century, 3½  inches. Estimate: $500-$1,000. Dirk Soulis Auctions image Classic Louis Vuitton canvas and leather steamer trunk, 23¼ x 35½ x 21 inches. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Dirk Soulis Auctions image
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 15:17
 

Estate spanning 3 centuries selling at Nova Ars Auction Dec. 4

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 13:52
Byeri Fang reliquary, Gabon, circa 1920, 20 1/2 inches high, estimate: €10,000-€12.000. Nova Ars Auction image ASTI, Italy – An important Italian estate with many ceramics, lamps, chandeliers, glassworks and furniture of the last three centuries will be sold by Nova Ars Auction on Thursday, Dec. 4. The diverse collection not only presents Italian items but also international items, from France to England, from China to India and Japan.

LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding.

Further, some rare pieces of African art, namely spears, arrows and fetishes will be sold.

Highlights include:

  • Lot 86 – Byeri Fang reliquary, Gabon, circa 1920, 20 1/2 inches high, estimate: €10,000-€12.000;
  • Lot 82 – Italian wooden angels statue, 1500, 26 inches high, estimate: €5,000-€6,000;
  • Lot 87 – Boshongo, female figure with hair, 23 1/3 inches, estimate: €4,000-€5,000;
  • Lot 44 – Renzo Zavanella, beige armchair, circa 1940, estimate: €3,000-€4,000;
  • Lot 53 – Pierre Cardin, four walnut chairs, circa 1980, €2,000-€3,000.

For details contact Nova Ars Auction by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone +39 328 9667353.

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.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Byeri Fang reliquary, Gabon, circa 1920, 20 1/2 inches high, estimate: €10,000-€12.000. Nova Ars Auction image Italian wooden angels statue, 1500, 26 inches high, estimate: €5,000-€6,000. Nova Ars Auction image Boshongo, female figure with hair, 23 1/3 inches, estimate: €4,000-€5,000. Nova Ars Auction image Renzo Zavanella, beige armchair, circa 1940, estimate: €3,000-€4,000. Nova Ars Auction image Pierre Cardin, four walnut chairs, circa 1980, €2,000-€3,000. Nova Ars Auction image
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 14:20
 

Quinn's Dec. 6 antiques & art auction a virtual Grand Tour of Italy

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Monday, 24 November 2014 17:11

Felix-Francois Georges Philibert Ziem (French, 1821-1922), oil on canvas of Doge’s Barge Bucentaur, 32 x 47in, est. $30,000-$50,000. Quinn’s Auction Gallery image

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – For centuries, Venice has been a glittering jewel with the ability to capture the hearts, minds and brushes of artists from all corners of the world. Its stunning waterways, architecture and landscapes have been interpreted on canvas in countless ways, a few of which will take the spotlight in a Dec. 6 Fine Antiques & Decorative Arts Auction to be held by Quinn’s Auction Galleries of Falls Church, Virginia. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Leading off is a Felix-Francois Ziem (French, 1821-1911) seascape of the Grand Canal and the Doge’s barge on Ascension Day during the Marriage of the Sea ceremony. This revered Venetian tradition that celebrates Italy’s dominance of the sea has been the subject of numerous paintings over the centuries, the most famous being those by 18th-century masters Francesco Lazzaro Guardi and Giovanni Antonio Canaletto. The 32- by 46-inch painting by Ziem is entered in Quinn’s auction with a conservative $30,000-$50,000 estimate.

Another fine-art highlight with Italian subject matter is the lakeside view of the island of Isola Bella and Palazzo Borromeo on Lago Maggiore, by British artist James Webb (1825-1895). It took 400 years and hundreds of workers to transform Isola Bella from a barren rock to a spectacular island-garden of delights. In 1632, construction began on the isle’s incomparable Palazzo Borromeo, which is now a popular tourist attraction. Housing French Marshal Louis Alexandre Berthier’s Gallery, the palazzo shelters priceless artworks which are displayed amid baroque splendor of an unimaginable level.

James Webb’s impression of Isola Bella and Palazzo Borromeo is entered with a $5,000-$7,000 estimate, but Quinn’s vice president Matthew Quinn said he feels “certain the painting will exceed that price range,” adding, “It’s an accomplished work of art, and the subject matter is timeless. Anyone with an eye for art would immediately connect with it and identify its quality as being something quite exceptional.”

It’s no surprise that Quinn’s, with its close proximity to the Nation’s Capital and long-held reputation for working with local consignors, would be chosen to auction the estate of Dorothy Wurz, widow of renowned White House interior designer Nelson Wurz, of Nelson Beck & Associates.

From the Wurz estate comes Washington DC-area artist Lucien Whiting Powell’s (1846-1930) oil-on-canvas interpretation of the Grand Canal. With its sparkling waterway, bathed in sunlight and dotted with crimson gondolas, it is sure to be of interest to both aficionados of impressionistic art and those who collect the work of local artists, said Quinn. The “Turneresque” landscape, masterfully executed in shades of gold, orange and eau de Nil, is estimated at $2,500-$3,500.

Also from the Nelson Wurz collection are two midcentury modern roundelay hanging screens created by the Michael and Frances Higgins Glass Studio. The larger of the two is 42 by 24 inches. Each is estimated at $800-$1,200.

The remainder of the sale features modern design, European furniture and a large collection of Japanese artwork, including netsuke and woodblock prints.

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern Time and will be held at Quinn’s Auction Galleries located at 360 South Washington Street in Falls Church, Virginia.

For information on any lot in the auction, call 703-532-5632 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

Felix-Francois Georges Philibert Ziem (French, 1821-1922), oil on canvas of Doge’s Barge Bucentaur, 32 x 47in, est. $30,000-$50,000. Quinn’s Auction Gallery image 

James Webb (British, 1825-1895), oil on canvas of Palazzo Borromeo, Isola Bella, Lago Maggiore, 26 x 45in, est. $5,000-$7,000. Quinn’s Auction Gallery image 

Lucien Powell (Virginia, 1846-1930), oil on canvas of Grand Canal 20 x 30in, est. $2,500-$3,500. Quinn’s Auction Gallery image 

Closeup of Michael and Frances Higgins Studio 25-piece glass hanging screen, one of two to be auctioned, est. $800-$1,200 each. Quinn’s Auction Gallery image 

 Snuff bottle to be auctioned on December 6. Quinn’s Auction Gallery image

Three examples from a selection of netsukes to be auctioned on Dec. 6. Quinn’s Auction Gallery image

 

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 17:11
 

Artemis Gallery's Dec. 5 auction shines spotlight on Old World cultures

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Monday, 24 November 2014 15:34
Exceptionally fine Greek Boeotian aryballos, circa 560 BCE. Est. $8,000-$12,000. Artemis Gallery image BOULDER, Colo. – Artemis Gallery, which has been selling antiquities and ancient art online to collectors and institutions for more than 20 years, was co-founded by Teresa and Bob Dodge. Not only are the Dodges trusted implicitly for what they sell, they’re also called upon by fellow market leaders to provide their unique expertise in authenticating and evaluating objects.

“It takes many years to build a great reputation and only minutes to ruin it. We have no interest in handling anything in our auctions that isn’t absolutely authentic and legal, and of very fine quality,” said Bob Dodge. All items auctioned by Artemis Gallery -- and whose sales are carried on LiveAuctioneers -- are guaranteed to be as described and legal to buy/sell under the United States statute covering cultural patrimony (Code 1600, Chapter 14).

Each of Artemis Gallery’s auctions reflects a deep respect for ancient cultures of all geographic regions. That’s why the template for all of the company’s sales is so intentionally multicultural, Dodge said. The 500+ lots in their December 5 Ancient Ethnographic Art Holiday Auction includes Classical Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities, as well as art and relics of Pre-Columbian, Native American and Oceanic peoples. Additionally, the auction includes Part II of the collection of William Norris Dale, an American diplomat who was stationed in Turkey in the early 1960s. During his tenure with the US State Department in Turkey, Dale amassed a premier collection of Classical Greek, Roman and Anatolian art.

Roman offerings are led by Lot 77E, a 1st-2nd century CE bronze figure of a satyr carrying a wineskin. Presented on a custom stand, the 3¾-inch tall satyr is beautifully detailed, with long pointed ears, a short tail, well-defined pectoral and abdominal muscles; and parted, wavy hair. Formerly in a New York City private collection, it comes to auction with a $12,000-$15,000 estimate.

Lot 23d, an exceptional circa-560 BCE Greek Boeotian aryballos, is one of the finest vessels of its type ever to have been offered by Artemis Gallery. “It was designed to hold perfume for athletes or for use in the bath. It was made in Boeotia, northeast of the Gulf of Corinth, but its decoration is attributed to an Attic painter who emigrated north from Athens,” said Dodge. The art depicts two sphinxes in a confrontational position with paws extended and wings outstretched above their arching backs, tails curled behind them. Its archaic style of art may have influenced some of Picasso’s mid-20th-century pottery designs. A Greek masterpiece with provenance from Millennium Antiquities, London, it is expected to make $8,000-$12,000.

Another irresistible Greek object, Lot 23A, is an Attic red-figure owl lekythos or handled oil vessel. Standing 4.13 inches high, it is adorned with hand-painted images a large owl staring forward and standing between two laurel sprigs. With distinguished provenance, the lekythos was exhibited at the New York 5th International Antiquarian Fine Art Fair in November 2001. Its presale estimate is $4,500-$6,000.

Anyone interested in gifting their special someone with a regal holiday bauble that isn’t available in any jewelry store need look no further than Lot 135A – an exquisite circa-17th/early 18th century Spanish gold pendant cross set with 34 table-cut emeralds. The old Spanish gold in this piece is of a high-karat content and carries the mark on verso of the pillars of Hercules. A near-identical example was sold at Sotheby’s on July 9, 2009. Artemis Gallery’s pre-auction estimate on the cross in their sale, which comes from a British private collection, is $10,000-$14,000. Also in the auction treasure chest are more than 20 other pieces of stunning gold and gemstone jewelry from Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and the Near East.

The face of Ancient Egypt is captured quite strikingly in Lot 2A, a circa-21st to 26th Dynasty (circa 1075-600 BCE) wood mummy mask. Carved from a fine-grained hardwood, the visage has finely delineated features, darkly outlines almond-shape eyes and finely arched, tapering eyebrows the follow the contour of the forehead. Retaining its original paint and gesso, it has original peg holes on verso for attachment to a sarcophagus. Ex-Adeon Gallery in Chicago, it is entered with a presale estimate of $2,000-$4,000.

Several Pre-Columbian treasures from Panama are expected to make the top 10. Lot 176 consists of a matching pair of Panamanian Cocle figural portrait vases – one depicting a male; the other, a female. Each stands about 6 inches tall and displays both painted and bas-relief features. With provenance from Splendors of the World, Los Angeles, the lot of two is expected to reach $8,000-$10,000 on auction day.

Also from Panama, Lot 216 is a circa-500 to 1000 CE Diquis carved-stone trophy head. Some anthropologists, including Professor John W. Hoopes, an expert on headhunters of Central America, are of the opinion that such stone effigies were created to consecrate or commemorate the taking of a human head. Measuring just under 10 inches in height, the example offered by Artemis Gallery is larger and finer than most others that have come to the marketplace in recent times. Its estimate is $6,000-$9,000.

Other Pre-Columbian highlights include Lot 173E, a circa 300-600 CE Mochica (northern coastal Peru) hollow high-karat encasement-style gold ring formed as a finger with knuckles and a nail, estimate $1,500-$2,000; and Lot 209, a spectacular Teotihuacan (central Mexico, circa 200-800 CE) tripodal vessel carved with old Aztec deities. Made of terracotta, it stands 5¼ inches tall by 8½ inches wide. It was formerly in the collection of the late Anthony M Kurland Jr, PhD, an archaeologist who earned degrees from Yale and Harvard. Estimate: $1,200-$1,500.

Lot 249 is a mid-20th-century Navajo rug from the Crystal Area (Arizona/New Mexico) and features an eagle feather design in complementary shades of cardinal red, charcoal, light grey and white. In excellent condition with no significant damage or signs of wear, the 114- by 57-inch rug is an outstanding work of art and is estimated at $5,500-$7,700.

For additional information about any item in the auction, call Teresa Dodge at 720-502-5289 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Exceptionally fine Greek Boeotian aryballos, circa 560 BCE. Est. $8,000-$12,000. Artemis Gallery image Oversized Egyptian wood mummy mask, 21st/26th Dynasty, circa 1075-600 BCE.  Pre-1970 provenance. Est. $2,000-$4,000. Artemis Gallery image Greek Attic red-figure owl lekythos, Athens, mid-5th century BCE. Ex-Sotheby’s. Est. $4,500-$6,000. Artemis Gallery image Roman bronze satyr carrying wineskin, circa 1st/2nd century CE. Est. $12,000-$15,000. Artemis Gallery image Spanish gold emerald pendant cross, circa 17th/18th Century CE. Est. $10,000-$14,000. Artemis Gallery image Pre-Columbian finger-shape gold ring, northern-coastal Peru, Moche culture, circa 300–600 CE. Est. $1,500-$2,000. Artemis Gallery image Pair of Panamanian Cocle portrait vases, male and female, Pre-Columbian, circa 1000 CE. Est. $8,000-$10,000. Artemis Gallery image Teotihuacan ‘old god’ tripodal vessel, Pre-Columbian, Central Mexico, circa 200-800 CE. Est. $1,200-$1,500. Artemis Gallery image Important Panamanian stone trophy head, Pre-Columbian, Diquis, circa 500 to 1000 CE.  Est. $6,000-$9,000. Artemis Gallery image Navajo rug with eagle feather design, Crystal Area, Arizona/New Mexico, circa mid-10th century CE. Est. $5,500-$7,500. Artemis Gallery image
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 13:46
 

Kodner Galleries to auction exquisite porcelain plaques Dec. 10

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Friday, 21 November 2014 14:58

Monumental Royal Vienna porcelain plaque depicting Christopher Columbus. Kodner Galleries image

DANIA, Fla. – Following two years of negotiations Kodner Galleries recently acquired possibly the largest collection of 19th and 20th century Continental painted porcelain plaques in private hands. This extraordinary collection will be auctioned Dec. 10. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The lifetime collection from central Florida includes important examples of KPM, Royal Vienna, Sevres and others. The highlights of the collection are numerous and include a monumental Royal Vienna charger depicting Christopher Columbus, a monumental circa 1870 KPM painted porcelain plaque titled “St. Jerome in Prayer,” a large 19th/20th century KPM plaque of “Hagar and Ishmael Banished from the House of Abraham,” a fine late 19th century German carved and giltwood cabinet mounted with Vienna enamels and Meissen porcelain, numerous plaques signed J. Wagner, and a fine French gilt bronze and onyx gueridon mounted with Sevres portrait plaques of Louis XV and the ladies of his court. In excess of 150 plaques and plates will be offered.

The collection also includes many quality examples of 19 and 20th century continental paintings.

The auction, which is composed or more than 350 lots, will begin at 6 p.m. Eastern, 3 p.m. Pacific.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Monumental Royal Vienna porcelain plaque depicting Christopher Columbus. Kodner Galleries image

Monumental circa 1870 KPM painted porcelain plaque, 'St. Jerome in Prayer.' Kodner Galleries image

Fine French bronze and onyx gueridon mounted with Sevres porcelains of Louis XV and his court. Kodner Galleries image

Sevres porcelain mounted giltwood pedestal table. Kodner Galleries image

Very fine 19th century German giltwood cabinet mounted with Vienna enamels and Meissen porcelain. Kodner Galleries image

Large 19th/20th century KPM plaque, ’Hagar & Ishmael banished from the House of Abraham’. Kodner Galleries image

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 15:04
 

Ancient Resource taps into major collections for Dec 7 Artifacts Auction

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Friday, 21 November 2014 09:22

Cast-bronze statue of Osiris, 10in, retains early 1900s sales tag from Blanchard’s Egyptian Museum in Cairo, est. $10,000-$15,000. Ancient Resource image

MONTROSE, Calif. (LAPRS) – In 2003, after years of producing and writing ancient-history documentaries for History Channel, Discovery Channel and other respected networks, Gabriel Vandervort took his considerable knowledge and love of antiquities down a different path. He founded Ancient Resource – a small specialty business that evolved into a big business with a staunchly supportive clientele. The final link that made Ancient Resource a globally recognized brand in its space was the establishment of an auction division, which has grown to a position of respect and acknowledged integrity in the marketplace.

Ancient Resource painstakingly authenticates and guarantees every item it sells, and that includes the 400 superior-quality lots to be offered in its December 7th Fine Ancient Artifacts Auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

As is the tradition with Ancient Resource auction events, the first 20 to 25 lots contain pieces from various cultures, some at a price point suitable for beginners. They are followed by logically organized groupings of premier artifacts from specific cultures, chosen to please even the most discerning collector.

Lot 97, a marble Janiform bust of the Roman twin gods Hypnos and Thanatos, is particularly rare because there are so few, if any, other known portrait depictions of Thanatos as an adult. “A Janiform sculpture of the two brothers together puts this piece in a league of its own,” said Vandervort. The presale estimate is $40,000-$50,000.

Mosaics were a common feature in private homes and public buildings throughout the Roman Empire, from Africa to Antioch. “Not only are Roman mosaics of the 3rd to 5th century BC beautiful works of art, they also document the styles, weapons, food, flora and fauna of the period. Historically, they provide an accurate snapshot of what life was like,” said Vandervort. The December 7 sale includes Lot 102, a 33¼ by 21½ inch Roman mosaic depicting a woman in a toga, reclining on a chaise. One of the finer examples of its type, it is entered in the auction with a $25,000-$35,000 estimate.

Other Roman highlights include Lot 94, a marble torso of Eros estimated at $16,000-$20,000; and Lot 96, a marble ram carved out of a human-bone matrix, which is expected to make $16,000-$20,000.

The selection is rich with Ancient Egyptian rarities, including Lot 45A, a 10-inch cast-bronze statue of Osiris, god of the afterlife. In nuanced colors ranging from chocolate brown to ivy green, the well-sculpted and chased figure retains a previous (early 1900s) sales tag from Blanchard’s Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000.

Also noteworthy in the Egyptian category is Lot 28A, a New Kingdom (circa 1570-1075 BC) limestone relief with hieroglyphic characters that include an owl, a reed, and a second bird. Ex Lipinsky collection, it is estimated at $6,000-$7,000. Lot 65, a large, carved basalt heart scarab, Late Period (circa 664-343 BC), is of a type that might have been placed within the wrappings of a mummy. Estimate: $2,500-$3,000.

The Ancient Greek section is led by Lot 97A, a stunning marble sfumato of Aphrodite from the island of Rhodes. The 18-inch-tall nude dates to the Late Hellenistic Period (circa 100-100 BC) and displays pleasing facial features, hair arranged in a coiled bun at the nape of the neck, and a body described in the auction catalog as “almost Rubenesque.” A marvelous work of Ancient Roman sculpture with provenance from a New York City private collection, Aphrodite is the anticipated top lot of the sale with an estimate of $150,000-$200,000.

Lot 183 is an Attic red-figured amphora with painting attributed to the Ethiop painter, who worked in the Early Free Style period (475-450 BC). The obverse depicts a man in a highly detailed robe, with a walking stick, while the reverse shows a warrior with a shield over one shoulder and a lance or javelin over the other. Estimate: $20,000-$25,000.

Lot 182, a large (16 2/5in tall) and impressive Etrusco-Corinthian black-figure olpe dates to the early 6th century BC. Its body is decorated with four registers of lions, bulls, ibex, owls and other birds separated by rosettes and floral elements. Formerly in the possession of a well-known Italian private collector beginning in the late 1940s, this important piece could reach $40,000-$50,000 at auction.

Although the vessel known as a rhyton is of Greek origin, many other cultures adopted the form, including the Almash, who occupied much of what is now northern Iran. Lot 153 is an Almash rhyton in the form of a stag. “We hesitate to use the term ‘museum worthy,’ but this stag is in a remarkable state of preservation and deserves that description,” said Vandervort. Its pre-auction estimate is $10,000-$15,000.

A sizable selection of fine Pre-Columbian art includes Lot 279, a large Amalito stone mask from Argentina. Dating to the 14th century, its well-preserved visage displays desirable evidence of mineral deposits gained over several centuries. With provenance that includes a previous Sotheby’s sale, it is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

The rich variety in Ancient Resource’s December 7 auction includes many other in-demand categories: Roman and other early glass; oil lamps, seals and intaglios, Native Americana, and African, tribal and ethnographic art.

Bidders can feel completely confident about the antiquities offered in the sale, said Vandervort. “I turn down 95 percent of what’s offered to me because I’m not convinced about the items’ authenticity or provenance. We represent only authentic pieces that are legal to sell and which were obtained from carefully screened consignors.”

For additional information about any item in Ancient Resource’s December 7 auction, contact Gabriel Vandervort by calling 805-427-4432 or 818-425-9633; or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit www.AncientResourceAuctions.com. View the online auction catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet on auction day at www.LiveAuctioneers.com

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Cast-bronze statue of Osiris, 10in, retains early 1900s sales tag from Blanchard’s Egyptian Museum in Cairo, est. $10,000-$15,000. Ancient Resource image 

New Kingdom (circa 1570-1075 BC) limestone relief with hieroglyphic characters, ex Lipinsky collection, est. $6,000-$7,000. Ancient Resource image 

Roman marble torso of Eros, est. $16,000-$20,000. Ancient Resource image 

Roman marble ram carved from human-bone matrix, est. $16,000-$20,000. Ancient Resource image 

Marble Janiform bust of Roman twin gods Hypnos and Thanatos, est. $40,000-$50,000. Ancient Resource image 

Greek marble sfumato of Aphrodite from the island of Rhodes, 18in, Late Hellenistic Period (circa 100-100 BC), est. $150,000-$200,000. Ancient Resource image 

Roman mosaic of woman reclining on chaise, 33¼ by 21½ inch, 3rd to 5th century BC, est. $25,000-$35,000. Ancient Resource image 

Almash rhyton in the form of a stag, beautifully preserved, est. $10,000-$15,000. Ancient Resource image 

Etrusco-Corinthian black-figure olpe, early 6th century BC, 16 2/5in tall, est. $40,000-$50,000. Ancient Resource image 

Attic red-figured amphora with painting attributed to the Ethiop painter, Early Free Style period (475-450 BC), est. $20,000-$25,000. Ancient Resource image 

From an extensive selection of Pre-Columbian art, a large 14th-centuryAmalito stone mask, Argentina, est. $4,000-$6,000. Ancient Reso 

Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 09:44
 

Mosby & Co. brings toys, off-the-wall circus items to Nov. 29 auction

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Thursday, 20 November 2014 10:58

1940 Fred Johnson banner of Howard Smith, plus an original Victorian water harp, or water harmonica. Mosby & Co image

FREDERICK, Md. – Around 400 lots from an unusual and tantalizing group of collections – mostly toys, dolls, advertising and circus memorabilia – will come up for bid on Saturday, Nov. 29, at Mosby & Company, in the firm’s gallery located at 5714-A Industry Lane in Frederick. Start time will be 10 a.m. Eastern time, with internet bidding provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

“This auction features a good, solid lineup of items, with opportunities for beginners as well as advanced collectors,” said Keith Spurgeon, owner of Mosby & Co. “The Homer Tate circus gaffs and sideshow banners come from different sources, but combine very nicely as one theme. Toys will be a mixed offering, with German and Japanese toys and some ceramic banks.”

Spurgeon added, “We also have some very nice motorcycle toys, a category that’s unbelievably hot right now. Motorcycles that used to sell for $2,000 are now bringing $6,000. But for novices on a budget, there will be many items to bid on, at attractive price points. And they can be sure what they’re buying at our sale is ‘right.’ That kind of peace of mind is important.”

The auction will open with toys. Expected top lots include a Roullet & Descamps musical rabbit-in-stump automaton (a scarcer variation than the one that shows a rabbit inside a cabbage) and a very nice and all-original Bing ocean liner from the 1930s, 16½ inches in length and in super condition, with no touch-up work or repainting at all.

A visually arresting Erzgebirge scenic toy shows a train moving through a mountain, with dancing women and a spinning windmill as additional attractions. At the other end of the toy spectrum is an unusual child’s high-wheel bicycle, made of iron and dating to the late 19th or early 20th century.

Next up is dolls. Headlining the category is a collection of sets of Dionne quintuplets, made in the image of the world-famous real-life quints who captivated the world during the Great Depression. There are Quints dolls ranging in size from standard 7 inches tall (common) to 23½ inches tall (very rare). All the dolls are circa 1937-38. Additionally, there are three versions of Quints radios by Stewart-Warner.

Certain to capture attention (if not disapproving stares) are a few German-made novelty dolls known as Tetonna or brothel dolls. The dolls were used as tokens to be exchanged for woman in Buenos Aires bordellos sometime in the second or third decade of the 20th century. The bisque jointed dolls haveexaggerated breasts and are dressed in provocative attire.

The advertising items will be plentiful, and include several West German driving school models, such as a hard-to-find truck and several traffic lights. All were made during the 1950s. Other automotive-related lots will include a chassis model and a body model from a showroom, both counter-top size and circa 1930s; a Mido Watch figure and other advertising figures.

Also up for bid will be a French Bakelite artist’s mannequin made by the U.S. company Atsco; coin-ops and gumball dispensers, to include a Mills Ben Franklin trade stimulator that had been sitting on a shelf in a home in California for decades; and another trade stimulator in the form of an electrified figure of a man who taps at a store window, in perfect working order and made in the 1930s.

Rounding out the category are a 5-cent Hot Nuts dispenser, a penguin porcelain sign that may end up being one of the sleeper lots of the auction, a Sherwin-William paints sign (“Covers the Earth”), and a fairly rare Red Goose Shoes clock sign. Outside of the category but certainly worth noting is an authentic Western Union stock ticker tape machine that dates to about 1918.

Circus and carnival items will start out with carney games (such as ball toss), then proceed to banners, to include a Lady Snake Handler banner by the artist Fred Johnson, a Sigler Monkey Speedway banner (20 feet long), a Music From Glasses banner, and a banner showing Harold Smith playing a Victorian glass harp – followed by the sale of an actual Victorian glass harp.

Gaffs were gimmick items used by circuses to spoof and encourage people pay to enter a sideshow. The most famous of these gaffs were made by Homer Tate, who worked in Arizona from the 1940s to early ‘60s. They were not built to last, so many did not stand the test of time and were lost forever. But some did survive, like the rarities entered in the sale.

Remarkably, the Homer Tate gaffs being offered Nov. 29 are just about perfect and include three shrunken heads, a female mummy, a Wolf Boy mummy and a Fiji mermaid. The rarest ones are The Hand (showing what a hand would look like if bitten by a rattlesnake) and Necklace No. 1 (with hand, fingers and ears as necklace decorations). Circus posters will also be sold, to include Barnum & Bailey posters made from 1895-1900. All are beautiful, colorful renderings.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

1940 Fred Johnson banner of Howard Smith, plus an original Victorian water harp, or water harmonica. Mosby & Co image 

Original circa-1918 Western Union stock ticker tape machine from New York Stock Exchange, est. $8,000-$10,000. Mosby & Co image

Dionne Quintuplets lots will range from standard 7-inch dolls to hard-to-find 22-inch examples, plus all three versions of the Stewart-Warner radio and more. Mosby & Co image

All-original 1902 Mills Ben Franklin trade stimulator, est. $2,500-$3,500. Mosby & Co image

Automaton trade stimulator of man meant to tap on inside of store window, all original and in working order, est. $2,500-$3,500. Mosby & Co image

Examples from a selection of sideshow gaffs and banners. Mosby & Co image

Toys include an all-original 16½-inch-long Bing ocean liner and a Roullet & Decamps musical rabbit automaton. Mosby & Co image

Advertising items will be offered in abundance, at a wide range of price points. Mosby & Co image

Three provocative Tetonna dolls, made in Germany and used in Argentina as brothel tokens in brothels. Mosby & Co image

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:23
 

Surrealist Stanley Hayter featured in Bloomsbury auction Nov. 26

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:30

Stanley William Hayter (1901-1988) ‘Maternite,’ engraving with soft-ground etching and screenprint in colors, 1940, signed, titled and inscribed. Est. £700-£900. Bloomsbury Auctions image

LONDON – With works spanning all media, Bloomsbury Auctions will be celebrating the career of pioneering British surrealist Stanley William Hayter (1901-1988), with the collection, “Stanley William Hayter Painter-Printmaker” on Wednesday, Nov. 26, during the sale of modern and contemporary British art. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

In one the largest and most extensive assemblages of Stanley William Hayter works to date, Bloomsbury Auctions is offering for sale 92 of his pieces, spanning paintings, drawings and prints. The auction comes after “Conscience and Conflict: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War” opened at Pallant House Gallery. The exhibition delves into the relationship between the Spanish Civil War and British Surrealist artists. It demonstrates how Hayter’s Parisian studio, Atelier 17, was the epicentre of the European Surrealist movement, from which artists created works imbued with the political and social impact of war. Bloomsbury Auctions’ Stanley William Hayter Painter-Printmaker auction builds on these themes by exploring Hayter’s artistic output throughout his life. The pieces show an artist molded by conflict and trace his technical development from an untrained science graduate to one of the greatest and most influential printmaker’s of the 20th century.

“Hayter’s interest in Jungian psychology and the concepts of the personal unconscious and automatism became vital to his creative output – allowing images from his subconscious to develop without conscious direction in front of him, be it on paper, canvas or copper plate. To him, whatever medium was to hand was the vehicle onto which he could project this stream of consciousness … it was all one work, one life-long artistic endeavour,” said Angus Maguire, head of modern and contemporary at Bloomsbury Auctions.

After graduating from King’s College in Chemistry and Geology, Hayter joined Anglo-Persian Oil, working in Iran from 1922-25. Although removed from the artistic world, Hayter painted and drew portraits of his colleagues, and in 1925, while recovering from malaria, he exhibited a collection of these works at the company’s headquarters. It was the commercial success of this exhibition that saw Hayter turn his back on the oil industry and move to Paris to study and pursue a career in art.

This collection offered for auction tracks Hayter’s artistic career through a natural evolution of his style. It opens with prints from his early years in Paris, that include Planche d’Etude, 1928-32, produced around the time he opened Atelier 17, a studio that would become a powerhouse of innovatory color printing and attract the most famous of avant-garde artists working in Paris.

The horrors of the Spanish Civil War drove artists such as Kandinsky, Miro and Picasso to join Hayter at Atelier 17 to work on prints for two collaborative portfolios Fraternité and Solidarité. Prints from both of which can be found in the sale. Both portfolios were created to raise funds to support the Republican cause in the Spanish Civil War [Lot 11 and 20].

With the outbreak of World War II, Hayter moved to New York and undertook the role of teaching printmaking at the New School where he acted as an artistic catalyst, nurturing the next generation of artists. Works from Hayter’s early days in New York include a rare group of three state proofs for Persistence of Life, that explore Hayter’s artistic process [Lot 32] and his celebrated print Flight recognizable as the image used for the catalog cover of the seminal Hayter and Studio 17 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1944 [Lot 38].

Hayter’s studio became known for its highly experimental approach to print making. Influenced in part by Hayter’s petro-chemical knowledge, it was here that the process of viscosity printing was developed.

This revolutionary technique produced works such as Maternite, Hayter’s first color print, which depicts his then wife, Helen Phillips, cradling their newborn son Augy [Lot 21].

Hayter returned to Paris in 1950 where he continued to develop his viscosity technique until his death in 1988. His studio was a hub of activity and experimentation, filled with students from all over world, who had come to learn the skills that had been developed in collaboration with the most famous artists of the 20th century.

Hayter’s ground-breaking prints, offered in the sale, are interspersed with larger paintings spanning a variety of media. Highlights include Untitled, 1946, [Lot 49] and Ceres, 1948 [Lot 53].

The collection explores the diverse and experimental career of the most complex printmaker of the 20th century, an innovator who developed ground-breaking techniques and who is often overlooked.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Stanley William Hayter (1901-1988) ‘Maternite,’ engraving with soft-ground etching and screenprint in colors, 1940, signed, titled and inscribed. Est. £700-£900. Bloomsbury Auctions image 

‘Archer, 1948,’ oil on canvas, signed and dated at lower right, [Lot 52]. Est. £10,000-15,000. Bloomsbury Auctions image 

‘L’Apocalypse,’ 1931, complete set of six engravings four with drypoint, each signed in pencil, [Lot 4]. Est. £3,000-5,000. Bloomsbury Auctions image

‘Planche d'Etude, rare engraving, 1928-32, signed, titled, and dated in pencil, numbered 14/30. Est. £800-£1,200. Bloomsbury Auctions image

‘Flight (B.&M.159),’ engraving with soft-ground etching and scorper, 1944, signed, titled and dated in pencil, numbered 28/30. Est. £700-£900. Bloomsbury Auctions image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:28
 

Thomas Del Mar to sell antique arms from princely castle Dec. 3

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014 20:26

Rare two-shot superimposed-load wheel-lock pistol, Nuremberg, circa 1585. Each charge is ignited separately by a single lock mechanism – an early example of innovative repeating firearms technology. Estimate: £12,000-14,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image

LONDON – Schloss Langenburg is the ancestral seat of the Princes Hohenlohe-Langenburg in southern Germany and is today the family home of Princess Saskia and Prince Philipp zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg. The historical arms and armor from the Schloss Langenburg armory will be offered for sale in Thomas Del Mar Ltd.’s auction of antique arms, armor and militaria, which will be held at 25 Blythe Road, London W14 on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

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“The decision to sell a portion of the armory from Schloss Langenburg has been taken with sole intention of raising funds for the ongoing conservation of the historic architecture of this impressive castle and to expand the public display of the interior of Schloss Langenburg and the castle museum,” said Thomas Del Mar. “The majority of the pieces included in this auction have never been on public display and after consideration it has been decided to make these pieces available to those who would best appreciate them and be in a position to have them correctly restored.”

A notable historical characteristic of the Hohenlohe-Langenburg line is the families’ close links with Europe’s Protestant ruling dynasties, especially their close relationship with the British Royal Family. This began in 1828, with the marriage at Kensington Palace of Prince Ernst zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg to Princess Anna Feodora zu Leiningen, the half-sister of the future Queen Victoria.

In 1896 Princess Feodora’s grandson, Ernst II zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg, married Queen Victoria’s granddaughter Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Princess Alexandra was the third daughter of H.R.H. Prince Alfred, son of Queen Victoria and H.R.H. The Prince Albert, she was also the granddaughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia.

An English cased percussion sporting gun made for Prince Alfred as a small boy in about 1850 – by Westley Richards of London and Birmingham, Gunmaker to H.R.H. Prince Albert, possibly the gift of his father – is included in this sale, having descended from Alfred to Princess Alexandra at Schloss Langenburg. H.R.H. The Prince Alfred was born on April 6, 1844, the second son and fourth child of H.M. Queen Victoria and H.R.H. The Prince Albert. Prince Alfred Ernst Albert was second in line to the throne, and as such from 1866 he was entitled The Duke of Edinburgh. The gun descended from him to his third daughter, H.R.H. The Princess Alexandra (1878-1942), the wife of Ernst II, Prince zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg. The gun has remained at Schloss Langenburg. The gun and its case each bear an escutcheon engraved with a coronet of the British Blood Royal. The proportions of the gun are in keeping with those of a young boy (84.5cm; 33 1⁄4 inches overall) and carry an estimate of £5,000-7,000.

The family link between the Windsors and the Hohenlohe-Langenburgs remains a strong one. H.M. The Queen visited Schloss Langenburg during her German state visit in 1965, together with H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh and his sister, H.R.H. Princess Margarita. The original Mercedes 600 in which they toured is today preserved in the car museum at the castle.

The collection is composed of 158 lots, of which 89 are antique firearms ranging in date from 1525-1860. The core of the firearms collection is formed of wheel-lock and flintlock firearms, including 19 pairs of holster pistols such as an exceptional pair of Bohemian silver-mounted examples by Paul Poser in Prague, circa 1725, which carries an estimate of £18,000-20,000.

A fine and rare Nuremberg wheel-lock sporting carbine stocked by the so-called “Master of the Castles,” dating from circa 1600, is estimated at £25,000-30,000. The barrel and the lock are etched with scrollwork, while the stock is veneered in ebony and profusely inlaid with finely engraved contrasting plaques of white horn and mother-of-pearl in the style characteristic of this unidentified but highly celebrated stock maker. A rare two-shot superimposed-load wheel-lock pistol that was also made in Nuremberg, circa 1585 carries an estimate of £12,000-14,000.

Many of these pistols and sporting guns are of luxurious quality in keeping with a princely Gewehrkammer (chamber) and others combine technological systems rarely seen on the international market. A French bronze mountain howitzer and its carriage captured in the war of 1870 would be a striking addition to any setting and is estimated at £6,000-8,000.

Also included are a broad historical range of swords, notably a group of 17th century dress-and hunting-swords with carved ivory hilts. A German town sword with a finely carved ivory memento mori hilt, dated 1656 is estimated at £6,000-8,000. The entire hilt is carved in relief as a series of serpents entwined with toads and human bones and the pommel formed as skulls. 1656 was the year in which the plague epidemic killed 145,000 in Rome and 300,000 in the Kingdom of Naples.

The balance of the Langenburg selection is made up of elements of armor, a further tangible link with the history of the castle.

A rare and exceptional South German heavy bronze wallgun (doppelhaken), dated 1525, with a barrel measuring 57 1/4 inches is expected to fetch £6,000-7,000. Hand-ignited guns of this large size were intended to be fired from a stand or tripod carriage and served by two men as a piece of light artillery.

The castle is situated on a spur overlooking the spectacular Jagst river-valley in the Hohenlohe region of Northern Baden-Württemberg. First recorded in 1226, the castle was given in 1235 to Count Gottfried von Hohenlohe-Hohenlohe by his cousin, Walther von Langenburg, each supporters of the Emperor Friedrich II. From this period onward the history of the castle is inexorably entwined with that of the Hohenlohe-Langenburg line. Each has undergone the inevitable and significant developmental changes which history brings, and in the case of the dynastic line of statesmen, military commanders and patrons of the arts this fascinating complexity is well worth a separate study.

The Hohenlohe family ruled as Imperial Counts (Reichsgrafen) from 1450 and its two early principal branches were created Princes of the Holy Roman Empire in 1744 and 1764 respectively. In 1551 Count Georg I divided the various Hohenlohe estates and castles between his sons, creating the branches Hohenlohe-Neuenstein and Hohenlohe-Waldenburg, the first of the numerous and complex cadet branches of the Hohenlohe family line. The Hohenlohe-Langenburg branch is descended from the Protestant Hohenlohe-Neuenstein line, the key to its historical development from the 16th century to the present day. In 1806 the Hohenlohe principalities lost their independence upon their mediatisation to the Kingdoms of Württemberg and Bavaria.

The fabric of the castle is a chequerboard of changing function and architectural style. The four large round towers at each corner of the original Staufer weir date from the early 13th century but the castle as a whole underwent two substantial refurbishments, the first in 1610 as a Residence in the High Renaissance fashion under the direction of Count Philipp Ernst (1584- 1628); the existing inner courtyard and some stucco ceilings originate from that time. The castle next underwent significant Baroque modifications under Count Ludwig (1696-1765), matched by his own elevation to Riechsfürst in 1764. The castle has remained in Hohenlohe ownership since the 13th century, uninterrupted except for a brief period of occupation in 1634 by opposing Imperial forces during the Thirty Years’ War.

For details of the sale call 0207 602 4805

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Rare two-shot superimposed-load wheel-lock pistol, Nuremberg, circa 1585. Each charge is ignited separately by a single lock mechanism – an early example of innovative repeating firearms technology. Estimate: £12,000-14,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image

Rare south German heavy bronze wall gun (doppelhaken), dated 1525. Hand-ignited guns of this large size were intended to be fired from a stand or tripod carriage and served by two men as a piece of light artillery. Estimate: £6,000-7,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image 

 Cased small percussion shotgun by Westley Richards of London and Birmingham, gunmaker To H.R.H. Prince Albert, made for H.R.H. The Prince Alfred, circa 1850, 33 1/4 inches overall. Estimate: £5,000-7,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image

Fine and rare Nuremberg wheel-lock sporting carbine stocked by the so-called ‘Master of the Castles,’ circa 1600, 22 1/2-inch barrel. £25,000-30,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image 

German town sword with finely carved ivory ‘memento mori’ hilt, dated 1656, the year the plague killed hundreds of thousands people in Europe. The entire hilt carved in relief as a series of serpents entwined with toads and human bones, the guard terminals and the pommel formed as skulls. Estimate: £6,000-8,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image 

Exceptional pair of Bohemian silver-mounted flintlock holster pistols by Paul Poser in Prague, circa 1725, 21 1/4-inch barrels. Estimate: £18,000-20,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image 

Langenburg castle, the residence of the royal Hohenlohe - Langenburg family. Image courtesy of Thomas Del Mar Ltd.  

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 09:54
 

Extraordinary Jaeger-LeCoultre watch up for grabs at Sworders sale Nov. 25

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Detail of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Minute Repeater watch. Estimate: £30,000 and £40,000 ($47,000-$62,660). Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image. ESSEX COUNTY, UK – A rare wristwatch, is up for sale through Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers at Stansted Mountfitchet on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

The modern man’s timepiece is one of a limited edition of only 200 ever made by the leading high-end watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre in 2008. It is expected to fetch between £30,000 and £40,000 and is the type of watch normally sold by top London jewelers. It was consigned by a client with long-term links with the Essex auction house.

Guy Schooling, Sworders’ managing director, said, “This beautifully made item is absolutely extraordinary. It has a very complicated mechanism, is minute repeating and is made out of titanium. We have never seen this type of watch at auction before, so it’s an exciting piece for us to sell.

“We have the highest number of top quality watches we have ever listed in this sale – ranging from vintage to modern, and including another rare timepiece from the exclusive watchmaker, Patek Philippe. This 18K gold watch is expected to sell for between £4,000 and £5,000.”

Another highlight of the silver and jewelry sale is an unusual ceremonial silver tankard from Norway, made at the time when the country was under Danish rule.

The peg tankard, which has been in a Norfolk family for a number of decades, dates back to the 17th century. It stands about 20cm high and depicts a bear hunting scene involving men on horseback and the bear attacking a fallen victim.

Peg tankards were designed for ceremonial toasts where a number of people would drink from the same cup. Inside the vessel is a series of spaced pegs marking the amount of liquid to be taken by each participant and is thought to be the origin of the saying, “to take down a peg or two.” The tankard is expected to fetch between £6,000 and £10,000.

Schooling said, “We are seeing some impressive pieces at this silver and jewelry sale, including an early spoon dating back to 1713. The rare Queen Anne trefid spoon was made in Honiton, Devon. This is unusual because at that time spoons of this type were more commonly made in London and bear that mark, rather than from a more obscure regional center.”

Sworders’ silver and jewelry sale will take place at the company’s Stansted Mountfitchet auction rooms on Tuesday, Nov. 25, starting at 10 a.m.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Detail of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Minute Repeater watch. Estimate: £30,000 and £40,000 ($47,000-$62,660). Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image. Titanium Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Minute Repeater, 2008, one of only 200 made.  Estimate:  £30,000 and £40,000 ($47,000-$62,660). Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image. Ceremonial silver tankard from Norway. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image. Rare Queen Anne silver spoon was made in Honiton, Devon, 1713. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 18:50
 

Waverly's Dec. 4 sale features ephemera from colonial America, Nuremberg trials

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Red leather-bound volume, ‘Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies,’ 1664, est. $4,000-$6,000. Waverly Rare Books image.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – More than 100 issues of the colonial magazine Gazette of the United States published from 1789-1790, a 1684 volume containing two plays by William Shakespeare, and 10 cases of original manuscripts from the post-World War II Nuremberg trials are just a few of the highlights in Waverly’s Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 Catalog Auction #262. Hundreds of lots of antique and rare maps, atlases, books and autographed items will cross the auction block.

The auction will start at 6 p.m. Eastern Time, and Internet live and absentee bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

“This promises to be one of the strongest Waverly auctions ever,” said Monika Schiavo, director of Waverly Rare Books. “The emphasis will be on Americana, but the offerings are chronologically broad and exciting and include a land grant signed by Gov. Patrick Henry, a signed FDR photo, some lovely and rare Gastaldi maps, signed books by Dashiell Hammett and books from the 1600s.”

The trove of 121 issues of the bi-weekly Gazette of the United States published from 1789-1790 (four pages per issue) is expected to bring $8,000-$12,000. Printed by John Fenno on Wednesdays and Saturdays in New York City, the issues include news of Congress submitting the Bill of Rights to the states for ratification and the very first Presidential proclamation of Thanksgiving. One of the issues in the auction was personally signed by Fenno.

The red leather-bound volume of Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies from 1664, containing the plays The Tempest and Two Gentlemen of Verona, has a presale estimate of $4,000-$6,000. It is Shakespeare’s 3rd folio and is rare because many folios were lost during the Great Fire of London and London’s Great Plague. The volume is 38 pages long.

The 10 volumes (representing 10 cases) of official trial transcripts from the post-World War II Nuremburg trials are expected to sail past the modest $500-$800 estimate. The volumes include the case against Hermann Goering and nine of the other 24 major political and military leaders of Nazi Germany, plus 185 other defendants, all of whom were charged with “War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity.”

A 1776 chart of the entrance of the Hudson River (then known as Hudson’s River) from Sandy Hook, N.J., to New York, by the London cartographers Robert Sayer and John Bennett could realize $3,000-$5,000. The 27¾-inch by 20½-inch chart gives detailed descriptions of the area’s coastline, with soundings, bank depths of water and sailing marks. It was later hand-colored.

A 1684 second-edition copy of Bucaniers (sic) of America (or, A True Account of the Most Remarkable Assaults Committed of the Late Years Upon the Coasts of the West-Indies by the Bucaniers of Jamaica and Tortuga), rendered into English and printed in London for William Crooke, should fetch $2,000-$3,000. It has 10 engravings, including one of Captain Morgan.

A first American edition copy of the John Adams book A Defence (sic) of the Constitutions of Government of the United States, from 1787, is estimated at $1,500-$2,000. Printed in Philadelphia not long after an earlier version came out in London, the book was intended to influence deliberators at the Constitutional Convention who were mulling over the concept of a separation of powers.

A historic colonial-era letter, written and signed by Horatio Gates – a retired British soldier who served as an American general during the Revolutionary War – to Artemus Ward – an American major general in the Revolutionary War and a Congressman from Massachusetts – was penned on April 17, 1779 in Providence, Rhode Island. The letter, which involves military matters of the day, is expected to make $1,000-$2,000.

An 1823 ship’s passport contains the signatures of then-President James Monroe and a future US president, John Quincy Adams, who was Secretary of State at the time. It is expected to reach $800-$1,200. Another ship’s passport, signed by then-President Andrew Jackson, will also be auctioned, with an estimate of $600-$900.

Other predicted top lots include a letter typewritten and hand-signed by Winston Churchill to Mr. Eric Stokkebye of Stokkebye Tobacco, thanking him for his gift of “excellent cigars,” estimate $600-$900; and a first US edition of the Jules Verne classic novel Around the World in Eighty Days, published in 1873. It is expected to make $2,000-$2,500.

Waverly Rare Books is a division of Quinn’s Auction Galleries. The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, call 703-532-5632 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 leather-bound volume, ‘Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies,’ 1664, est. $4,000-$6,000. Waverly Rare Books image.

Trove of 121 issues of the bi-weekly ‘Gazette of the United States’ from 1789-1790, est. $8,000-$12,000. Waverly Rare Books image.

A 1684 second-edition copy of ‘Bucaniers (sic) of America’ containing one of only two known engravings of Captain Morgan (shown), est. $2,000-$3,000. Waverly Rare Books image.

Ten volumes representing 10 cases of official trial transcripts from post-World War II Nuremburg trials, est. $500-$800. Waverly Rare Books image.

1776 chart of the entrance of the Hudson River, then known as Hudson’s River, est. $3,000-$5,000. Waverly Rare Books image.

Letter typewritten and hand-signed by Winston Churchill to Mr. Eric Stokkebye of Stokkebye Tobacco, est. $600-$900. Waverly Rare Books image.

Ship’s passport from 1823 containing signatures of then-President James Monroe and future President John Quincy Adams, est. $800-$1,200. Waverly Rare Books image.

An 1873 US first edition of Jules Verne’s classic novel ‘Around the World in Eighty Days,’ est. $2,000-$2,500. Waverly Rare Books image.

US first edition of John Adams’ 1787 book ‘A Defence (sic) of the Constitutions of Government of the United States,’ est. $1,500-$2,000. Waverly Rare Books image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 13:24
 

Tibetan, Chinese masterpieces in Gianguan auction Dec. 7

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Ming Dynasty painter Dong Qichang created ‘Poetic Landscape,’ ink and color on paper, in 1621. It has nine emperors’ seals, 10 collectors’ seals, a frontispiece by Dong Gao, and colophons by Huang Li and Li Enqing. Estimate: $150,000-$200,000. Gianguan Auctions image NEW YORK – Following the success of their inaugural auction in Singapore that saw more than 20 Buddhist items of worship go under the hammer along with Chinese paintings and works of art, Gianguan Auctions New York presents an equally impressive sale on Dec. 7. The upcoming auction resonates with historic Tibetan and Chinese items of devotion, scroll paintings by traditional and modern masters, Yuan, Qing and Ming porcelains and rare archaic vessels. The two-session auction begins at 10 a.m. at Gianguan Auctions, 295 Madison Ave. LiveAuctionereers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Highlighting the sale are two magnificent gleaming Tibetan gilt bronze friezes created in the 13th-14th century to honor the god Avalokiteshvara. That they survived the destruction of tumultuous times is nothing short of amazing. Lot 260, featured on the catalog cover, depicts Avalokiteshvara in dhyanasana seated on a tiered base of mountains and waves. Lot 261 portrays Avalokiteshvara seated in dharmachakra mudra bearing a vase. Both are intricately and heavily cast. The figures and symbolic foliage in their environments are superbly molded. Coral and turquoise embellishments on each enrich their appeal. Each frieze measures about 22 inches high by 17 inches wide. They retain their original rings. Each has a presale estimate of $30,000-$50,000.

These are supported by a collection of carvings of Buddhist deities of which the top lot is a Northern Wei jade portrayal of Sakyamuni Maitreya. He is seen in abaya mudra, right hand in varda mudra, with robes falling loosely. At 17 inches tall, Lot 185 is valued at $30,000 - $50,000.

Further personal reflections of thought and faith include Lot 147, a rare Shoushan stone seal carved as an elephant standing foursquare. Atop are two Buddhist arhats holding a covered box. The seal is an excellent value at $4,000 - $8,000. Grouped at Lots 161 - 165, other Shoushan stone statuettes represent Jambhala, a Lohan taming a lion, the Guanyin, and a Taoist sage. They range in value from $4,000 - $6,000.

An ink-and-color on paper scroll painting by Gu Jianlong is yet another expression of Buddhism. Entitled Venerable Buddha, it captures the Buddha and a traveler, each with a halo, in a swirl of color. As the journeyer restrains a tiger, a cherubic figure looks on. The Qing Dynasty painting is Lot 17. It bears two artist seals and is valued at $15,000 - $20,000.

Completing the collection of devotional items is an unusual aloeswood sculpture of the Liuhai parade of toad bringing forth coin. Pungent and treasured, aloeswood is rarely found in pieces large enough to carve. Lot 160, 2 1/2 inches tall, is valued at $3,000 - $4,000.

Defying the vagaries of centuries, a small collection of archaic rarities makes an appearance at Lot 264 with a Western Zhou three-lobed bronze Ding (food vessel) on cabriole supports. Decorated with dragon and boss pattern, the body is completed by three dragon head handles with a headpiece and hook. The mottled patina with malachite encrustation is appropriate for its age. It stands 14 1/2 inches tall and carries a value of $200,000 - $300,000. The sale also includes several shang gongs (wine vessels), including Lot 259, a highly creative interpretation of a bovine figure with tongue sticking out the back. It is expected to bring $60,000 - $80,000.

Outstanding porcelains include a pair of Ming copper-red dragon bowls incised with dragons chasing pearl among clouds. Of the period, each bears the Chengua six-character mark within double squares. Lot 252 is valued at $30,000 - $50,000. A rare blue-green incised dragon plate is a masterwork of hued glazing during the Ming era. It is Lot 238, $60,000-$80,000.

The Yuan dynasty delivers a massive 20-inch-tall blue and white rouleau (rolled) vase that also defines the glazer’s art. Tones of underglaze blue give life to the figures in a landscape on the body. Phoenix handles complete the design. Lot 247 goes under the hammer at $30,000 - $50,000.

Of the Qing Dynasty, a Doucai lantern vase features a landscape populated by foreigners bringing offerings by boat, on horseback and on foot. Lot 235, it is valued at $25,000 - $40,000. Meanwhile, a fine blue and white peony vase sets two lions in white against a cobalt ground. Lot 226, of the period, is $50,000 - $80,000.

Exquisite stone carvings make up a large part of the auction. Highlights include a fine Hetian carving of Lingzhi with dragon and peacock that forms a complicated, nearly abstract presentation. The translucent stone of even white tone is perfect medium for the lingzhi, a fungus believed to promote longevity. More than a foot long, Lot 195 goes off at $40,000 - $50,000.

Session one, Paintings, is a festival of masterful works by noted artists of the Qing and Ming courts as well as such modern favorites as Li Keran, Qi Baishi, Fu Baoshi and Zhang Daqain.

Ming-era landscapes lead with Dong Qichan’s Poetic Landscape. Dated 1621, the hand scroll is inscribed Xuanzai, with two artist seals, nine emperor’s seals and ten collectors’ seals. It has a frontispiece by Dong Gao, colophons by Huang Yi and Li Enqing. Lot 24 carries a presale estimate of $150,000 - $200,000.

Xu Wei’s Pine, Bamboo and Plum Blossoms, an ink-on-silk, also Ming, with frontispiece by Zhang Wentao, colophons by Xu Weiren and Wu Yuanhui, is valued at $200,000 - $250,000.

More accessible are works of calligraphy and contemporary ink. Among the highlights is Lot 21, Fu Baoshi’s distinctive cursive calligraphy. Dated 1960, bearing two artists seals, the ink on paper scroll will command between $3,000 - $4,000. Modern ink will be found at Lot 10, Mei Lafang’s Calligraphy of a Poem, inked on gold flecked paper. It is $6,000 - $8,000. Lot 15, Hua Shikui’s Calligraphy of a Poem, also executed on gold flecked paper is an excellent buy at $800 - $1,500.

An exuberant abstraction by Wu Guanzhong at Lot 16, Orioles Amidst Willow, dated 1997, is a tour de force of the ink splash technique, peppered with bold color set in the form of a traditional scroll. At $30,000 - $40,000 it could be the cornerstone of a vibrant collection.

A collection of figurative works by the self-taught Qi Baishi include the 1928 ink and color on paper Snow Travelers. A pictorial essay of two people trudging through the elements set against mountainous outcroppings, its value is $200,000 - $300,000. Lot 46, Brewing Tea, by the same artist, is a warmer depiction of a bearded elder fanning cooking flames with a palm leaf. Ink and color, again inscribed Qi Huang, it has two artist seals that add to its value of $60,000 - $80,000.

Works by the perennially popular Li Keran, whose early childhood experiences as a water buffalo shepherd informed his art, are peppered throughout the session. Lot 11, Autumn Leaves in Color, is classic in its portrayal of a laughing boy atop a running water buffalo. It is expected to fetch $40,000 - $50,000.

The sale also contains excellent holiday gift items, such as a large collection of amber and jade jewelry slated for the opening hour of session two,

For additional information on any auction item, call the gallery at 212-867-7288.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Ming Dynasty painter Dong Qichang created ‘Poetic Landscape,’ ink and color on paper, in 1621. It has nine emperors’ seals, 10 collectors’ seals, a frontispiece by Dong Gao, and colophons by Huang Li and Li Enqing. Estimate: $150,000-$200,000. Gianguan Auctions image Designed in the 13th/14th century as a decoration for a large stupa, this Tibetan frieze of Avalokiteshvara in Dhyanasana is backed by a manorial and flanked by symbolic foliage, 22 7/8in. x 17in. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Gianguan Auctions image This Tibetan gilt bronze frieze with Avalokiteshvara in Dharmachakra Mudra is a 13th/14th century icon that has survived tumultuous times, 22in. x 17in. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Gianguan Auctions image This archaic bovine form gong (wine vessel) with bulging eyes, horns and tongue emanating from the rear is of the Late Shang Dynasty and similar to one in the Shanghai Museum. Estimate: $60,000-$80,000. Gianguan Auctions image A Hetian jade carving of lingzhi with Dragon and Peach is composed of symbols of longevity. The translucent stone is of an even white tone, 15 1/2 inches long. Estimate: $40,000-$50,000. Gianguan Auctions image Wu Guanzhong, 'Orioles Amidst Willow,' hanging scroll, ink and color on paper, dated 1997, signed Wu Guanzhong, with one artist seal, 26 3/4 x 25 1/8 in. Estimate: $30,000-$40,000. Gianguan Auctions image.
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Material Culture prepares full-course auction for Nov 23

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Antique Ersari Guli Gul rug, 7 feet 7 inches x 9 feet 8 inches (231 x 295 cm). Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Material Culture image.

PHILA., Pa. – Material Culture’s Nov. 23 auction brings together an enticing variety of art and artifacts. This classic estates sale boasts more than 850 lots of fresh-to-the market items from local Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York and New England estates. In addition to the fine, folk and ethnographic arts, carpets and antiques mentioned in the title, the sale includes jewelry, silver, antique firearms, furnishings and toys, providing something of interest for every collector. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

One of the leading lots in fine art is a lithograph titled Summer (lot 5) by Philip Guston (American, 1913-1980), whose provenance includes ownership by Philadelphia-based artist Paul Cava. Two other leading lots come from Russian artists, an untitled oil on board (lot 22) dating to 1973 by Dmitry Krasnopevtsev (1925-1995), and another oil on board painting (lot 23) by Vasili D. Polenov (1844-1927). Art opens with a piece by Nelson Boren (American, b. 1952), a watercolor on paper titled Look’n for My Horse (lot 2), and a lithograph in colors by Mel Ramos (American, b. 1935) called Ocelot (lot 3), showing the wild cat biting one of Ramos’ classic female nudes. Swedish artist Eric H. Olson (1909-1996), an innovator in optical compostions, is shown at auction in one of his polarized glass sculptures (lot 4) dating to 1967.

Three lots by Waylande Gregory (American, 1905-1971) showcase a small piece in ceramics, the medium that the artist pioneered on a large scale, with an Art Deco fawn (lot 34), as well as two oil on wood paintings, with his surrealist 21st Century Landscape (lot 31) and cubist Man of La Mancha (lot 32). William McKendree Snyder (American, 1848-1930) is also shown in three lots of detailed oil paintings of forests in autumn, (lots 40, 41 and 42), the Indiana landscapes for which he was known. Of particular interest is an early 20th century painting by Seneca Chief Leonard A. Lee, a portrait of Chief Cornplanter (b. 1732), who was the last War Chief of the Seneca in New York (lot 35).

International folk art at the auction includes 12 lots of fine Russian religious icons from the 19th century, depicting the Mother of God with Christ, St. Panteleimon, St. Nicholas, Tikhon, Bishop of Voroneg, and others (lots 152-163). Eleven lots of antique Japanese prints come to auction from an estate in Rhode Island (lots 167-177), including ukiyo-e prints by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861) Utagawa Kunisada, Toyokuni III (1786-1865) and Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889). The auction also features prints by Sadanobu Hasegawa (lot 166) and Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950), with a framed print called Kagurazaka Dori dating to 1929 (lot 165). Another highlight in traditional Asian art are 17 lots of antique Chinese jade, led by a delicately carved mountain scene in white jade (lot 185) and a pastoral landscape carving, translucent and finely detailed (lot 186), both in excellent condition.

Over 90 lots of carpets and textiles are arguably led by an antique central Anatolian rug dating to the 17th/18th century (lot 243), with an archaic border design and an exceptional palette of yellow and aubergine. Fifteen lots of rare antique Turkmen rugs come to the auction from the collection of Simon Crosby, including a large Ersari guli gul rug, with 18 cloverleaf medallions in a rust-crimson (lot 235). Also notable are two large Persian Serapi rugs from circa 1900 (lot 223 and 224) and a monumental palace-size Turkish Oushak rug dating to the 19th century (lot 226).

The more than 50 lots of jewelry at auction open with a gold and jade bead necklace, with nine round green jade beads and a green jade pendant (lot 313) from a New Jersey estate. A wealth of sterling silver jewelry encompasses necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pins and brooches, including pieces from artisan silversmiths such as Georg Jensen, Alphonse LaPaglia, Bent Erikson, Hans Myrhe, Bent Knudsen and Esther Lewittes. Jensen is also represented in the approximately 60 lots of service silver, in a deep silver center bowl with a lobed pattern and scroll feet (lot 402), among other items. The auction includes a range of flatware, service spoons, tea service items, cups, compotes, bowls, plates and more. Notable among the selection of silver serving trays are a Reed & Barton silver try in the Francis I pattern (lot 368), a Woodside silver tray with sprouting floral handles (lot 395), and a large and heavy handmade square Los Castillo silver tray from Mexico, with rounded corners bordering the circular, impressed interior (lot 370).

Furnishings are led by a Louis XV-style dining room set, custom made in Italy in the 1950s (lot 14). A marble-top dining table with two extensions features inset bronze in a ribbon motif. A wide variety of chairs, tables, desks, chests and cabinets include a pair of LGJ Stickley chairs (lot 512) and several distinctive items, such as an Empire-style Cuban mahogany chiffonier (lot 447), an antique Leonard’s Polar King oak ice box (lot 444) and a vintage Paidar barber chair (lot 465). Decorative arts include a bronze Art Nouveau tray by Raoul Larche (French, 1860-1912) in the shape of a lily pad, with a naiad-like young woman holding the central lily (lot 15).

Antique and collectible firearms includes a Civil War Robbins and Lawrence Mississippi rifle, Model 1841 (lot 6). The walnut stock rifle, dated 1850 on the tang, was altered to .58 caliber, the 33-inch barrel secured by two bands, with brass mounts and the original brass-tipped ramrod present. Another highlight is a replica 1918A3 Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) by Ohio Ordnance Works (lot 584); the M1918 was developed in 1917 but used most commonly in WWII and the Korean War.

The auction presents several unique pieces of antique Americana. An early American powder horn, dated 1804, is inscribed with the name “John Rude,” along with incisions of folk art hex signs, a dagger, and a bird (lot 7). A velvet Jonathan coat for a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows bears an Andrew Jackson Peace Medallion on the presentation collar, dated to 1829, along with the stitched gold thread, fabric and applied glass jewels (lot 8). From the late 18th or early 19th century, a fascinating wooden maidenhead carving of a woman in a cauldron most likely depicts a witch, though the young woman’s hands appear to be clasped in prayer (lot 11).

Ethnographic and tribal art encompasses over 50 lots of masks, from Mexico, Tibet, Indonesia, Oceania, and many different African tribes. Exemplary lots include a fine ceremonial mask of carved wood, raffia, fiber and pigment, made by the Yaka people of southwestern Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola (lot 747), dating to the early 20th century, and an ancestral figure post of carved wood and polychrome made by the nearby Pende people (lot 757). Another mask from the early 20th century is a carved and painted wood mask (lot 749) from Papua New Guinea’s Sepik River.

An Allentown, Pennsylvania, estate brings to auction several lots of nude art and naughty collectibles. Nude paintings from this collection may be exemplified in Bob Browne’s (American, b. 1926) oil on canvas Bath Down the Hall (Nude) (lot 709). Many lots include an assortment of small nude figures, from bathing beauties to humorously naughty trinkets, while lot 697 groups two German nude porcelain sculptures, the first by Wallendorfer and the second by Shaubach Kunst. A collection of 14 mid-century pin up album sets, numbered, were created for the purpose of providing pin up airbrush artists with photographic models (lot 713).

The auction opens with a 2000 Volkswagen Beetle in pale green (lot 1). A selection of antique and vintage toys are on offer, opening with an antique tabletop coin-operated penny baseball game (lot 615). Other lots in this category include a unique art tin windup kid riding a tricycle (lot 617), an antique wheel of fortune (lot 618) and a toy Spark Plug from the comic strip Barney Google and Snuffy Smith (lot 616), made by Schoenhut. Additionally, two lots of vintage Coca-Cola serving trays, with two trays apiece, are included in the sale (lots 655 and 656). Fourteen lots of antique stereographic items contain both stereoscopes (lots 677, 681) and large groupings of stereographic viewing cards, with up to 800 cards on a variety of subjects in a single lot (lot 678).

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Antique Ersari Guli Gul rug, 7 feet 7 inches x 9 feet 8 inches (231 x 295 cm). Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Material Culture image.

Philip Guston (American, 1913-1980) 'Summer,' 1980, lithograph on paper, from an edition of 50, 20in. x 30.5in., 51 x 77 cm (sheet); 23.5in. x 34in., 60 x 86 cm (frame). Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Material Culture image.

Civil War Mississippi rifle, Model 1841, Robbins & Lawrence, altered to .58 caliber. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500. Material Culture image.

Raoul Larche Art Nouveau bronze, 4in. x 13.5 in. x 12in., incised signature 'Raoul Larche. Estimate: $500-$700. Material Culture image.

Antique tabletop coin-operated penny baseball game. Estimate: $200-$400. Material Culture image.

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Couture, memorabilia, antiques in Sterling Associates' Nov. 19 sale

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James Borden 69in tall abstract carved wood clock, book example and prize winner, est. $1,000-$3,000. Sterling Associates image

CLOSTER, N.J. – “The more I delved into the consignments for our November 19th Fall Antique Auction, the more obvious it became that this would be a very interesting, well-rounded sale,” said Stephen D’Atri, owner of Sterling Associates in Bergen County, N.J. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The key categories defined themselves as the merchandise was being cataloged, D’Atri said. A single-owner collection of designer and other vintage clothing was a perfect fit alongside costume jewelry, hats and accessories from other private sources. With a timeline that starts in the Art Deco era and runs through the 1980s, all of the items have been attracting bidders to the online auction catalog.

Some of the most desirable names of 1960s-’80s fashion may be found in the fashion section. Lot 12, a Christian Dior houndstooth-check skirt with matching jacket, is estimated at $75-$150. Lot 38, a Jacques Tiffeau pink and white polka-dotted jacket with ruffled trim, is expected to make $100-$300; while Lot 14, a Valentino Miss V quilted blazer and skirt ensemble is estimated at $75-$150.

A dressier choice is Lot 7, a vintage Bob Mackie Boutique dress in scarlet with a heavily jeweled and beaded collar and sleeves. Estimate: $200-$300. Two cocktail dresses – one a sheer black rouched and sequined design; the other a heavily sequined royal blue number with spaghetti straps – are offered together as Lot 32 with a $100-$300 estimate.

In the 1960s, every young woman wanted a pop art plastic-disc shift dress, and one of the most exciting examples to come to the auction market in quite some time is cataloged as Lot 27. Designed by Italy’s exalted couturier Emanuel Ungaro, its undulating rows of stitched-on discs create bands of rainbow colors – lavender, purple, red yellow, pink and green. A mod classic, it is estimated at $100-$300.

Many unusual designer creations for after-five wear will be offered. A spotlight grabber, Lot 4 is a vintage beaded cocktail dress decorated with hundreds of peacock feathers. The sleeveless, Empire-style dress is adorned with bugle beads and faux jewels, and is accompanied by a matching bolero jacket. Estimate: $200-$300.

The clothes will be followed by group lots of vintage hats, accessories, masses of costume, sterling, amber and vintage pearl jewelry; and purses. Lot 75, a colorful Lulu Guinness “House” tote bag is embellished with painted shells and embroidered images of a door, windows and garden. Estimate: $75-$150. Among the fur and faux-fur coats and stoles to be auctioned is Lot 64, a full-length coat, possibly mink, with a label from Gianfranco Ferre Fourrures for Saks Fifth Avenue. Estimate: $200-$400. Menswear includes suits, blazers, sportswear, Burberry trench coats, a Saks Fifth Avenue wool coat, and a tuxedo with shirts and shoes.

Of the many autographed photos of entertainers and other celebrities in the sale, most came from a wealthy collector who purchased the items at charity auctions. Lot 408 is a 1960s photograph of the Beatles, autographed by all four members of the band. It is accompanied by a note from the national secretary of the Official Beatles Fan Club and shows a Liverpool address and phone number. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000.

Lot 412 is a framed photo of the “Rat Pack,” autographed by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Other signed lots include photos autographed by the Doors (Lot 413), Janis Joplin (Lot 411), Al Pacino (Lot 417), the stars of the film “Good Fellas” (Lot 416), the Rolling Stones (Lot 414), and Led Zeppelin (Lot 415), and others. Additionally, there are record albums autographed by Madonna, Guns & Roses, Prince, the Stones and the Doors.

Four lots of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia will be offered, including Lot 479, a framed grouping of two photos together with the star’s autograph, est. $800-$1,200; Lot 482, a framed and autographed photo of Monroe in a full-length pose, $500-$1,000; and Lot 481, a color photo advertisement for “The Prince and the Showgirl,” $800-$1,000.

An extraordinary storage-locker find produced an archive of memorabilia pertaining to trailblazing Russian wrestler, weightlifter and fitness proponent George Hackenschmidt (1877-1968). “Hackenschmidt was a Mr Universe and was known as ‘The Russian Lion.’ As an athlete, he was as famous in his day as Muhammad Ali or Tiger Woods. His wrestling matches drew many thousands of spectators,” said D’Atri.

The Hackenschmidt archive, which is apportioned into four lots (332 through 335), incudes photos, passports, a college graduation diploma, and a silver NABBA medallion presented to the wrestling superstar when he judged the 1950 Mr Universe competition.

An outstanding selection of fine art is led by Lot 237, a signed oil-on-canvas painting titled “Arabian Horsemen,” by Christian Adolf Schreyer (German, 1828-1899). Presented in an ornate gilt frame, the 22½ by 30½ inch artwork could reach $8,000-$12,000.

Lot 226, a Dewitt Clinton Peters (American, 1865-1948) signed portrait of an elegant woman in riding attire, with a Great Dane by her side, is evocative of the Great Gatsby era. Peters studied and exhibited in Paris and was a medal winner at the 1889 Exposition Universelle. His accomplished 40 by 50in (sight) portrait is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.

Lot 366 is an extremely rare Leroy Neiman (American, 1921-2012) original mixed-media drawing created for a Playboy magazine insertion. It is annotated “Femlin and Thinker #2” and “Party Jokes,” and is artist-signed, copyright-noted, and dated 1982. Measuring 30 by 34in (framed), this unique artwork is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

Works by two of today’s most-after Latin-American artists, Raul Uribe and Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1912-), are included in the sale. Lot 223 is a 1986 Uribe abstract-figural watercolor measuring 22½ by 15 5/8in (framed). Signed and dated, it is estimated at $800-$1,200. Lot 231 is a Tamayo (Mexican, 1899-1991) color lithograph titled “Mujer con Vestido Verde” (Woman with Green Dress). Measuring 39 by 31in (framed), it is signed twice and expected to make $800-$1,200.

A fine selection of 18th/19th-century furniture includes chest of drawers, secretaries, linen presses and much more. Lot 172, a 103-inch-tall carved and decorated Dutch marquetry china cabinet is estimated at $1,200-$1,500; while Lot 182, a set of eight Thomas Moser “Eastward” dining chairs could fetch $2,500-$3,500.

An extraordinary 69-inch-tall abstract carved wood clock by James Borden is a book example and was a first-prize winner in an exhibition focusing on artistry in clocks. Entered as Lot 423, it carries a presale estimate of $1,000-$3,000. Two J.C. Brown steeple clocks follow closely behind as Lots 428 and 429.

All bidding will be conducted remotely for Sterling Associates’ Nov. 19 auction, and all goods may be viewed online at LiveAuctioneers. The auction will commence at 3 p.m. Eastern Time, two hours earlier than usual.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 James Borden 69in tall abstract carved wood clock, book example and prize winner, est. $1,000-$3,000. Sterling Associates image

(Left to right) Lot 4: Sleeveless peacock-feather dress with matching bolero jacket and belt of bugle beads; Lot 27: circa-1960s Emanuel Ungaro pop art plastic disc dress; Lot 9: vintage fringed dress with embellishments and beads believed to be coral. Sterling Associates image

Leroy Neiman original mixed-media drawing created for Playboy Magazine, artist-signed, dated 1982, framed size 30 x 34in, est. $20,000-$30,000. Sterling Associates image

Dewitt Clinton Peters, signed oil-on-canvas portrait of woman in riding attire, with Great Dane by her side, 40 x 50in (sight), est. $2,000-$3,000

Adolf Schreyer, ‘Arabian Horsemen,’ oil on canvas, 22½ by 30½in, signed, est. $8,000-$12,000. Sterling Associates image

Monumental Imari palace vase with lid, handpainted with gilt, foo lion/dog finial, 39½ in, est. $5,000-$7,000. Sterling Associates image

Photograph of the Beatles, autographed by all four members of the band, accompanied by note from fan club in Liverpool, England, est. $5,000-$10,000. Sterling Associates image

Set of eight Thomas Moser ‘Eastward’ dining chairs, est. $2,500-$3,500. Sterling Associates image

Passport and rare judge’s medal from large personal archive of legendary Russian wrestler, weightlifter and fitness proponent George Hackenschmidt (1877-1968). Sterling Associates image

Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 09:27
 

Finest jewelers represented in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury sale Nov. 27

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Thursday, 13 November 2014 13:25

Renowned French jeweler Jean Schlumberger created this 30-carat sapphire and diamond ring. Estimate: £20,000-30,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image

LONDON – Stunning stones and iconic jewels from the master jewelers and high jewelry ateliers of the 20th century will be offered, fresh to the market, in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ fine jewelry sale on Thursday, Nov. 27. LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

A turquoise and white enamel Serpenti watch from the celebrated jewelry house Bulgari leads the show-stopping investment quality jewels in the fine Jewelry sale. Bulgari introduced their snake watches in the 1940s and later enlivened the ‘Serpenti’ watch by offering it in many differing color enamel versions, such as the version to be offered in this sale.

Actress Elizabeth Taylor owned a Bulgari Serpenti watch and in 1962 was famously photographed wearing it on the set of Cleopatra. The Bulgari Serpenti watch has become one of the iconic jewels of the 20th century and a symbol of Bulgari’s classical brand and indulgent creativity [est. £20,000-30,000].

Weighing in at 30 carats, a sapphire and diamond ring by French Jeweler Jean Schlumberger is another luxurious creation in the sale [est. £20,000-30,000]. Schlumberger’s jewels are regarded as some of the finest postwar jewelry design and continue to be immensely popular with collectors.

Designing jewelry for leading socialites and fashionistas such as the Duchess of Kent, Daisy Fellowes, Diana Vreeland and Elsa Schiaparelli before World War II, Schlumberger was later invited to become chief jewelry designer at Tiffany in 1956.

From across the Atlantic and for collectors looking for gems with an excellent provenance is a vibrant 71-carat aquamarine ring, designed by the New York jeweler Seaman Schepps. The retro style ring is accompanied with the original bill of sale from Seaman Schepps in New York, dated 1949.

One of the most revered American jewelry designers of the 20th Century, Schepps became known as “America’s Court Jeweler.” He served some of the most influential and renowned personalities of the period, with a client list that included the Duchess of Windsor, Coco Chanel, alongside members of the Du Pont, Mellon and Rockefeller families.

The aquamarine ring, which is estimated at £5,000-8,000, is accompanied by earclips also purchased from Seaman Schepps and the original receipt dated 1949 from Seaman Schepps in New York.

The fine jewelry sale will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ saleroom in London’s Mayfair during a day of luxury sales on Friday, Nov. 27, which will also include watches, silver and luxury accessories.

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

Renowned French jeweler Jean Schlumberger created this 30-carat sapphire and diamond ring. Estimate: £20,000-30,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image

The Bulgari Serpenti watch has an estimate of £20,000-30,000 ($32,360-48,390). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image

Aquamarine ring by New York jeweler Seaman Schepps, 1949. Estimate: £5,000-8,000 ($8,065-12,900). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 15:03
 

Palm Beach Modern's Nov. 22 auction a Who's Who of design luminaries

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 17:23
Paul Evans 80in mixed-metal cabinet and dry bar with double doors and interior drawers, shelves and storage. Pictured ‘Paul Evans Designer & Sculptor’ by Jeffrey Head. Est. $20,000-$30,000. PBMA image

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The team at Palm Beach Modern Auctions (PBMA) – south Florida’s leading specialists in modern and contemporary art and design – will welcome bidders and other interested guests to a Nov. 22 Modern Design auction of more than 400 carefully chosen lots. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Auctioneer and co-owner Rico Baca, who follows the market for modern very closely, described the selection of uber-chic furniture and art as “the finest gathering of modern design we have offered at auction to date.”

“Modern design is so cool, but at the same time, it’s so hot. It’s what people want for their homes nowadays,” said Baca. “The same designs that were considered avant-garde in the mid-20th century are now acknowledged classics, and over the decades they’ve inspired many other design movements. We have found that our buyers want both – the best of the collectible early designs and the most interesting and cutting-edge designs of the past 25 years.”

The beauty of modern furniture, aside from its obvious aesthetic attributes, is that only a few well-chosen pieces can add instant personality to a room, Baca said, even if the backdrop is just four white walls, begging for attention.

“When you add an investment piece to a room, like a pair of Gio Ponti lounge chairs (Lot 665, estimate $20,000-$30,000) or a George Nakashima walnut and rosewood Minguren I coffee table (Lot 730, est. $25,000-$35,000), you immediately have your centerpiece, and in so doing, you’ve set the bar very high. Furniture with this type of pedigree will never go out of style.”

When it comes to seating, nothing can perk up a plain room as quickly as Lot 616, an Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti upholstered “Aladdin” sofa made in France. Hands down, it’s a design “wow” with its irregularly black-spotted gold upholstery and turned-out brass feet, with a shape reminiscent of Aladdin’s slippers. The eye-catching sofa is expected to make $25,000-$35,000 at auction.

Lot 734, a pair of Sergio Rodrigues leather and chrome-plated steel “Vronka” lounge chairs resided in a private home in Rio de Janeiro before being acquired by the consignor. Rodrigues (1927-2014) was a pioneer in Brazilian modern design and founded the company Oca in 1956. “His designs were uncompromising, always of the very finest materials,” Baca said. “Sergio Rodrigues became world famous after Oscar Neimeyer and Lucio Costa chose his furniture for the décor in buildings they designed in the then-new capital city of Brasilia. The lounge chairs in our sale are for connoisseurs.” Estimate for the pair: $12,000-$15,000.

Offered consecutively as Lots 533 and 534 are two pairs of fabric and brass slipper chairs by William (Billy) Haines, a former actor turned interior designer whose clients included movie stars and the crème de la crème of American society. His slipper chairs were a modern interpretation of the Ancient Greek klismos chairs seen in bas-relief artworks from as early as the mid-5th century BC. Each pair of chairs is offered with a $4,000-$6,000 estimate.

Fancy a cocktail? PBMA has you covered with Lot 726, a quintessential Paul Evans mixed-metal cabinet and dry bar with two doors that open to reveal drawers, shelves and storage. The 80-inch-tall cabinet of brass, copper, bronze, aluminum and wood is pictured in the Jeffrey Head reference titled Paul Evans Designer & Sculptor. The cabinet is entered in the Nov. 22 auction with a presale estimate of $20,000-$30,000.

Sam Maloof meant business when he designed a 119-inch-wide conference/dining table of South American rosewood, which is cataloged as Lot 757. Boasting a beautiful, naturally patinated surface and flawlessly symmetrical base, the table comes with provenance from a Tampa, Florida private collection. A commanding statement piece, it has auction expectations of $50,000-$70,000. The wide selection of decorative accessories includes Lot 655, a pair of large Stilnovo brass and enameled-metal 5-arm sconces or ceiling lights with an “atomic” motif. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000.

A perfect choice for indoor or outdoor dining is Lot 670, a Rudi Bonzanini round, glass-top dining table with six lacquered fiberglass chairs in a pastel pistachio shade. The estimate for this stylish suite is $15,000-$25,000.

To light up the modern residence, one could not go wrong in choosing Lot 571, a pair of rare Tommi Parzinger floor lamps with pierced brass shades, estimate $6,000-$8,000. But for maximum impact, the chandelier of choice would be Lot 542A, a monumental Italian Sputnik/Starburst design with glass spikes on a brass sphere. Its estimate is $20,000-$25,000.

Other auction highlights include Lots 711 and 712, consecutive pairs of Erwine and Estelle Laverne “Daffodil” lounge chairs from the Invisible Group, est. $3,000-$5,000 per pair; Lot 779, a Walter Lamb chaise lounge, est. $2,500-$5,000; and Lot 843, a Warren Platner for Knoll suite consisting of a pair of bronze-framed, upholstered lounge chairs with matching occasional table, est. $5,000-$6,000. Additionally, there are a number of quality prints by such artists as Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Banksy, and Aya Takano.

PBMA’s Nov. 22, 2014 Modern Design Auction will commence at 12 noon Eastern Time at the company’s exhibition center and auction venue located at 417 Bunker Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33405. Preview: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on auction day starting at 9 a.m.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Paul Evans 80in mixed-metal cabinet and dry bar with double doors and interior drawers, shelves and storage. Pictured ‘Paul Evans Designer & Sculptor’ by Jeffrey Head. Est. $20,000-$30,000. PBMA image One of two pairs of Billy Haines slipper chairs to be auctioned in consecutive lots, design inspired by Ancient Greek klismos chairs. Estimate for pair: $4,000-$6,000. PBMA image Pair of Tommi Parzinger floor lamps with pierced brass shades, est. $6,000-$8,000. PBMA image Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti upholstered “Aladdin” sofa with turned-out brass feet, French, est. $25,000-$35,000. PBMA image Pair of large Stilnovo brass and enameled-metal 5-arm sconces or ceiling lights with ‘atomic’ motif. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. PBMA image Pair of deep crimson Gio Ponti Model 12690 upholstered lounge chairs with brass feet, est. $20,000-$30,000. PBMA image Rudi Bonzanini glass-top dining table with six lacquered fiberglass chairs, est. $15,000-$25,000. PBMA image George Nakashima walnut and rosewood Minguren I coffee table, est. $25,000-$35,000. PBMA image Pair of Sergio Rodrigues leather and chrome-plated steel “Vronka” lounge chairs, originally in Rio de Janeiro residence, then a Palm Beach private collection. Est. $12,000-$15,000. PBMA image Sam Maloof conference/dining table, South American rosewood, 119in wide, formerly in Tampa, Florida private collection. Est. $50,000-$70,000. PBMA image Warren Platner for Knoll suite consisting of pair of bronze-framed, upholstered lounge chairs with matching occasional table, est. $5,000-$6,000. PBMA image
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 11:24
 
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