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Stephenson’s to launch New Year with sparkling Jan. 1 auction

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Wednesday, 24 December 2014 10:48

22K gold ring with lapis lazuli and turquoise stones, possibly Egyptian, 15.3 grams. Est. $400-$600. Stephenson's Auctioneers image

PHILA., Pa. – Philadelphia is a city of decorum and tradition, and to those in the region who collect and sell antiques, the first tradition of each year is attending Stephenson’s New Year’s Day Auction. Family owned since 1962, Stephenson’s, in suburban Bucks County, specializes in fresh to the market estate goods and collections from the Mid-Atlantic states. Throughout the year, the company’s specialists carefully curate and set aside rare, beautiful and interesting objects specifically to offer in their New Year’s auction. Their Jan. 1, 2015 sale selection is characterized by the soft glow of silver, gold and platinum; the mystery and serenity of a rare 15th-century Tibetan Buddha, and a variety of important art with a Philadelphia connection.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

During the opening hour of the sale, Stephenson’s auctioneer and owner, Cindy Stephenson, will present fine glass, crystal and porcelain, including oyster plate collections from two gracious Philadelphia-area homes. Some of the plates have a turkey depiction on them and are less commonly seen than standard oyster plates. Lot 60 consists of nine Haviland & Co., Limoges turkey oyster plates. Wonderfully decorated, the set is expected to make $500-$800.

Also included in the porcelain section are several fish service plates and sets. Lot 58, a 15-piece Limoges porcelain fish set, contains 12 plates, a sauceboat, under tray and platter. Each piece is hand painted and has fancy gilt edges. The set is entered in the sale with a $500-$800 estimate.

An Asian treasure attributed to 15th-century Tibet, Lot 90B is a bronze-dore statue of Amitayus (Sanskrit), the Buddha of Infinite Light and Infinite Life. The 4¾-inch-high depiction of the ancient deity was cast using the lost wax method. It comes to auction from a Philadelphia estate and, according to its provenance, it was purchased in 1989 from Jaipaul Gallery in Philadelphia. The statue’s estimate is $500-$800, and according to auctioneer Stephenson, it is already attracting “a lot of interest.”

Close to 90 lots of outstanding American, Continental and Russian silver will follow. Flatware offerings include two sets by Stieff (Williamsburg Queen Anne and Princess patterns) and two sets by Gorham (Chantilly and Lyric). Whether the preference is for tea or coffee, there will be many services available to do double duty. Among them are tea and coffee sets by J.E. Caldwell, C.M. Cohr, David Andersen, Gorham and other premier names.

Estimated at $800-$1,200, Lot 116 is a silver tankard of .830 silver hand-crafted by J. Tolstrup of Oslo, Norway. Masterfully engraved and decorated with floral and foliate repousse embellishments, it stands on three ball-and-claw feet and has a three-dimensional lion “tipper” on its lid. The estimate is set at $800-$1,200.

A prime example of Russian excellence in cloisonné enamel artistry, Lot 153 is a silver kovsh with jeweled cabochons and floral decorations. Beneath its base is the mark for Kokoshnik Moscow. Measuring 4 inches by 2 inches and having a total weight of 2.61 ozt, the kovsh displays all of the aesthetic features that appeal to collectors of Russian fine metalwork. Its estimate is $300-$600.

Lot 342, a bronze plaque with figures by Stella Elkins Tyler, has a strong connection to Philadelphia. In 1964, Bucks County Community College was founded on the estate formerly belonging to Tyler – heiress to a Gilded Age fortune – and her husband, George. With its grand architecture and sumptuous formal gardens, the suburban Newtown property was the perfect setting for many of Stella Tyler’s bronze sculptures. Decades earlier, in 1935, her first home, located in Philadelphia’s exclusive Elkins Park, became the Stella Elkins Tyler School of Fine Arts of Temple University.

The signed 20th-century bronze plaque in Stephenson’s New Year’s Day auction measures 16 by 21 inches and is estimated at $1,200-$3,000.

The City of Brotherly Love was also the setting in 1838 for the printing of a series of hand-colored folio lithographs for McKenney & Hall’s History of the Native American Tribes of North America. Lot 355 consists of four lithographs from the publication, each measuring 18 by 12½ inches (sight). At one point in their trail of ownership, they were acquired from the Philadelphia Print Shop in the city’s historic Chestnut Hill neighborhood. Accompanied by a letter and brochure from the print shop, they will be offered as one lot with a pre-auction estimate of $1,200-$3,000.

Lots 362 and 363 are watercolors on paper by Philadelphia artist John B. Lear Jr. (1910-2008). Each is a quintessential example of Lear’s style – which focused on figures and human anatomy – and carries a $500-$1,000 estimate.

Almost every Stephenson’s event includes an extensive selection of estate jewelry, and the Jan. 1 sale is no exception. Among the top highlights is Lot 282, an unusual 18K white gold eternity band designed with alternating single and stacked double diamonds. In total, there are 18 marquise-cut diamonds with a total carat weight of 3.42 carats. Stylish and very different from traditional eternity bands, it is expected to reach $3,000-$4,000 on auction day.

Also poised for the spotlight is Lot 180, a 22K gold ring, possibly of Egyptian origin, with lapis lazuli and turquoise artfully arranged around a center lapis cabochon stone. A true statement piece, the circa-1980 ring is estimated at $400-$600.

Stephenson’s Thursday, Jan. 1 New Year’s Day Auction will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. For additional information on any lot in the sale, call Cindy Stephenson at 215-322-6182 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

View the fully illustrated online catalog and sign up 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

Limoges porcelain fish service. Stephenson's Auctioneers image

Limoges porcelain fish service. Stephenson's Auctioneers image

Nine Haviland & Co. Limoges turkey oyster plates. Stephenson's Auctioneers image

Dore bronze statue of Amitayus, Buddha of infinite life and infinite light, attrib. 15th century, Tibet. Est. $500-$800. Stephenson's Auctioneers image

Stieff Williamsburg Queen Anne sterling silver flatware set, one of many silver services to be offered. Stephenson's Auctioneers image

J. Tolstrup, Oslo, .830 silver tankard with ball and claw feet. Est. $800-$1,200. Stephenson's Auctioneers image

Russian kovsh, enameled silver, cloisonne and jewels, Moscow Kokoshnik mark on bottom, 2.61ozt. Est. $300-$600. Stephenson's Auctioneers image

Set of 4 folio lithographs from 'History of the Native American Tribes of North America, printed in Philadelphia in 1838 for McKenney & Hall. Lot estimate $1,200-$3,000. Stephenson's Auctioneers image

18K diamond eternity band. Est. $3,000-$4,000. Stephenson's Auctioneers image

Closeup of detail on Stella Elkins Tyler bronze plaque. Est. $1,200-$3,000. Stephenson's Auctioneers image

Last Updated on Friday, 26 December 2014 14:21
 

Presley to sell priest’s decorative arts to benefit church, Jan. 1

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Friday, 19 December 2014 13:41
Francis Picabia (French, 1879-1953), watercolor portrait of woman, est. $35,000-$45,000. Don Presley Auction image SANTA ANA, Calif. – In 1989, Father Alfred Baca, a priest at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Tustin, Calif., vowed that on the 25th anniversary of his priesthood, he would divest himself of his tangible assets to benefit his parish financially. On New Year’s Day, with the help of auctioneer Don Presley and art and antiques buyers everywhere, “Father Al’s” pledge will be fulfilled.

Presley will feature 350 of Father Al’s artworks and Teplitz, Pickard and Amphora ceramics as the special highlight of his New Year’s Day auction of fine art and antiques from upscale Southern California estates and residences. LiveAuctioneers will provide the absentee and Internet live bidding for the sale.

“Father Al has been an admirer of art and antiques since childhood. His mother was, and still is, a collector of decorative ceramics – in particular Pickard – and provided expert guidance to her son when he decided to start his own collection,” said auctioneer Presley. “She also gave him many exquisite pieces as gifts. Most of the collection is in mint condition and of museum quality.”

In addition to the porcelain, china and pottery, Father Al’s collection includes fine artworks. Most notable among the American paintings is a picturesque waterscape by New Hope School artist Fern Isobel Coppedge (1883-1951). The framed 16½ by 21½-inch oil-on-canvas laid to board depicts multiple two-story residences and a boat shed amid towering trees, overlooking a large body of water with sailboats. It is a quintessential expression of the factors that Coppedge considered so important: light, color and time of day. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000.

Another important painting from the Baca collection is an 18th-century Cuzco school oil-on-canvas titled Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Pomata (Our Lady of the Rosary of Pomata). This accomplished work measures 41 by 31¼ inches and is estimated at $20,000-$25,000.

Presley said the sale of Father Al’s collection should provide “a significant financial blessing” for St. Cecilia Church because the objects and artworks are a reflection of “many years of astute collecting.”

“Father Al doesn’t need to buy insurance for the afterlife,” Presley said with a chuckle. “I think he already has that well covered. He’s a beloved priest who continues to be a devoted servant to God and his parish. Over and above everything else, he’s making good on a personal vow. He is very humble, and we had to talk him into letting us publicly reveal what he is doing.”

The remainder of the 700-lot New Year’s Day Auction consists of superior-quality estate items and private consignments. Among the categories represented are Russian enamelwork, Baccarat, pietra dura, sterling silver, Tiffany, bronzes, jewelry, fine clock and watches. A late entry was a sizable and choice collection of art glass.

Estate paintings include a Paul Emanuel Peraire (French, 1829-1893) oil-on-canvas landscape titled Paysage, estimate $2,000-$3,000; and a watercolor portrait of a woman by Dada pioneer and modernist Francis Picabia (French, 1879-1953), estimate $35,000-$40,000.

The furniture section is led by a pair of matching 19th-century Napoleon III ormolu mounted black-and-cream lacquered cabinets on winged dragon feet. Each cabinet stands 5ft 6in tall by 4ft 2in wide. In 2000, the elegant duo was appraised by Sotheby’s for $100,000-$120,000. Its estimate in the New Year’s Day Auction is $100,000-$150,000.

Of an entirely different but equally sophisticated taste is the pair of heavily carved 19th-century chinoiserie cabinets. The double doors on each cabinet are hand-painted and open to reveal 12 hand-decorated drawers and other receptacles. The pair is expected to make $50,000-$75,000.

Don Presley’s annual New Year’s Day Auction is always a popular affair. Many consider it his most exciting event of the year.

“In addition to the most exceptional estate antiques and art available anywhere, this sale includes many items that will be offered with no minimum and no reserve. If there is a reserve, it will be the opening bid. We try to be as transparent and up front as possible so our customers can bid in confidence,” Presley said.

The Jan. 1 auction will start at noon Pacific Time / 3 p.m. Eastern Time. The auction gallery is located at 2202 S. Main St. in Santa Ana, CA 92707. For additional information on any item in the auction, call 714-633-2437 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Francis Picabia (French, 1879-1953), watercolor portrait of woman, est. $35,000-$45,000. Don Presley Auction image Pickard selections from the collection of Father Alfred Baca, to be auctioned by Don Presley on Jan. 1, 2014. Don Presley Auction image Examples of Teplitz and Amphora pottery from the collection of Father Alfred Baca, to be auctioned by Don Presley on Jan. 1, 2014. Don Presley Auction image Pickard selections from the collection of Father Alfred Baca, to be auctioned by Don Presley on Jan. 1, 2014. Don Presley Auction image Pair of matching 19th-century Napoleon III ormolu mounted black-and-cream lacquered cabinets on winged dragon feet, each cabinet 5ft 6in tall by 4ft 2in wide, est. $100,000-$150,000. Don Presley Auction image Fern Isobel Coppedge (American, New Hope school, 1883-1951), waterscape, framed, 16½ by 21½in oil-on-canvas laid to board, est. $15,000-$20,000. Don Presley Auction image ‘Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Pomata’ (Our Lady of the Rosary of Pomata), 18th century, Cuzco school, oil-on-canvas, est. $20,000-$25,000. Don Presley Auction image Heavily carved 19th-century chinoiserie cabinets with hand-painted double doors opening to reveal 12 hand-decorated drawers and other receptacles, est. $50,000-$75,000. Don Presley Auction image
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 10:48
 

Anticvarium selling masterpieces of Russian typography Dec. 21

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:18

Lot 15 – ‘Bildnisse viler zum theyle von vralten …’ by M. Beuther, parchment binding, 1579. Anticvarium image

MOSCOW – Auction house Anticvarium offers for its Dec. 21 auction almost 400 lots, representing the history of typographic culture from rarities of the 16th through 18th centuries and unique books of 19th century to the editions of the first quarter of the 20th century and Russian emigration. The organizers have formed a versatile collection that can satisfy exigent bibliophiles and awaken a beginner collector’s interest.

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Slavic-Russian books and manuscripts of the 16th and 17th centuries include Lenten Triodion (Contribution book of Tsar Mikhail Fedorovich) (1630) and a Patrimonial patent certificate (Votchinnaya zhalovannaya gramota) of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich (1668-1670). Moscovia by Antonio Possevini (1587) and Bildnisse viler zum theyle von vralten, zum theyle von Newlichern zeiten her... by M. Beuther – are the earliest titles in the catalog.

Publications related to Peter I, as well as books printed in his epoch, present special interest for collectors. The jewel of this collection is Introduction to European History by Samuel von Pufendorf (1718) in excellent condition. One of the most notable books related to the great Tsar and reformer is Discourse concerning the causes of the war between Sweden and Russia written on Peter’s behalf by P.P. Shafirov (1722). The letters of Peter the Great written to ... Сount B.P. Sheremetev... (1774) – with an excellent image of emperor on the frontispiece by famous Russian engraver Argunov – is another excellent example of fine Russian typography and a monument to Peter the Great's era.

Later editions are no less important for understanding of this time. History of Peter the Great by V. Bergman in six volumes (1833), Acts of Peter the Great by I.I. Goligov in 15 volumes (1837-1843) is one of the most important sources for researches on the history of Russia of the late 17th and early 18th centuries, as well as History of the reign of Peter the Great by N. Ustryalov in six volumes with two atlases (1858-1863).

Successors of Peter the Great are also immortalized in splendid works of book art. The description of the coronation of her Majesty and the autocratic Empress of all Russia Anna Ioannovna and A thorough description of the solemn orders of coronation autocratic Empress of all Russia Elizaveta Petrovna are classic bibliophilic rarities offered in the auction.

The section "Ukrainian olden time" offers lots of rare books in fine condition. Among them Virgil's Aeneid: in Little Russian by I. Kotlyarevsky (1842), Little Russian and Red Ruthenia folk ballads and songs by P. Lukaschevich (1836), Charms or several Ukrainian scenes from folk tales and stories by K. Topolinsky (1837), and Lily-of-the-valleys of Kiev Ukraine by G. Karpenko.

The collection of rare masonic books of the late 18th to early 20th centuries occupies a special place. Among them there is survived copy of program The spirit of Freemasonry by W. Hutchinson (1783), which was printed in Novikov's typography and then was confiscated and destroyed by order of Catherine II in 1793. Interesting to bibliophiles are the illustrated editions Some features of the internal church, and about a common path of truth by I. Lopuhin (1816), and the small masonic edition Table of the Grand Lodge Astrea, intended "only for visitors and brothers" lodges, which existed in St. Petersburg from 1815 until the ban on Freemasonry in 1822.

Traditional for the auction house are anticvarium sections of geography, natural science and albums, include very interesting editions. Among luxuriously published albums are Memories of St. Petersburg by A. Plushar (1824), Travel to England and Russia in 1821, 1822 and 1823 by E. Montule (1825) and Russian Imperial Army uniforms by D. Monten and G. Ekkert (1840). There are some editions devoted to the southern regions including a rare atlas for Sumarokov's writing Leisure of Crimean judge, album Costumes Ruthenians, atlas A collection of maps and drawings to the 'Research on the antiquities of southern Russia and the Black Sea' by Count A. Uvarov.

Classic Russian literature is presented in collectible copies of lifetime editions of Kapnist, Batushkov, Bulgarin, Dostoevsky, Pisemsky and Saltykov-Shchedrin. For those who interested in the autographs, the auction we offer two poetic collections of Great Prince Konstantin Konstantinovich (K.R.), which were published in 1889, with his own inscriptions to Foreign Minister N. Shishkin, and a 1900 autographed photograph of prima ballerina M. Kshesinskaia.

For classic gentleman's interests – yachts, horses, cars – are the books Guide for sailing enthusiasts (1895), Stable vices and bad habits of the horse (1913) and Catechism of the motorist: 368 questions and answers on the device, care, maintenance, adjustment, assembly and disassembly of cars (1929).

A section on graphics includes sheets from the album Scenes of Russian folk life by I.S. Schedrovsky (1855), Landscape painting by J. Tcherkesov and G. Lapshin, the Paris pastel of S. Fotinsky and two lithographs of Marc Chagall from series Through the Looking-Glass (1964).

For all questions, please contact us: tel. +7 (495) 374-5090, +7 (499) 678-2274, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , site www.anticvarium.ru.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Lot 15 – ‘Bildnisse viler zum theyle von vralten …’ by M. Beuther, parchment binding, 1579. Anticvarium image 

Lot 32 – The Letters of Peter the Great, Moscow, 1774. Engraved frontispiece (portrait). Possessory cardboard binding. Text in Russian. Anticvarium image 

Lot 8 – 'A thorough description of the solemn orders of coronation autocratic Empress of all Russia Elizaveta Petrovna,' St. Petersburg, 1744. Half leather binding. Engraved title page. Text in Russian. Anticvarium image 

 Lot 64 – Small masonic edition, ‘Table of the Grand Lodge Astrea,’ which existed in St. Petersburg from 1815 to 1822. Text in French, Deutch and Russian. Anticvarium image

 Lot 187 – ‘Memories of St. Petersburg’ by A. Plushar, 1824. Anticvarium image

 Lot 266 - Russian prima ballerina Mathilde Kshesinskaia photo with autograph, 1900. Anticvarium image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:55
 

Morphy's Dec. 20 Firearms auction features 1863 Colt .44 Army revolver

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Winchester 10 gauge signal cannon, all metal, with original wood crate marked ‘Winchester,’ est. $700-$900. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Since Morphy’s first opened its Firearms division, the company’s specialty sales of antique, vintage and modern guns have drawn strong interest and very active bidding. The next offering of firearms is set for Saturday, December 20th, with a cataloged auction that contains 980 lots of handguns, rifles, swords and knives. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Topping the list of anticipated highlights is Lot 104, a Colt Model 1860 Army .44 caliber percussion revolver, cased with accessories. The gun is in spectacular condition and retains virtually all of its finish and as much of its profuse engraving as any collector could ever hope for. This exact gun was the subject of an article written by noted expert Herbert Houze in his book titled Colt Factory Engravers of the Nineteenth Century. The gun was one of a shipment of 1,000 Model 1860s that were sent to the US Government on May 22, 1863. A Civil-War-era treasure, it is estimated at $25,000-$40,000.

Another important revolver is Lot 483, a Smith & Wesson 1st Model Schofield, with matching numbers on the frame and cylinder. Fewer than 3,050 such revolvers were manufactured, and only in 1875. “Most of these guns saw hard use, and it will probably be a long time before you see another First Model in such fine, all-original, untouched condition, let alone with a complete and rare military cavalry rig,” said Dave Bushing, who heads Morphy’s Firearms division. The estimate on Lot 483 is $12,000-$15,000.

Also worthy of note among the handguns is Lot 418, a Mauser C96 flatside broomhandle pistol manufactured in 1900. In fine condition, this unusual German-made firearm is expected to make $3,500-$4,500.

A fine array of rifles and shotguns will be available to bidders. Lot 185 is a Parker SA trap single-shot shotgun that was manufactured in 1929. A clean gun with a tight working action, it is entered in the auction with a $10,000-$15,000 estimate.

Lot 518, an Underwood M1 carbine has an M3 sniper infrared scope. It is one of about 3,000 such guns produced in 1943. A very nice example, it retains its original army green storage case with stenciled identification. Estimate: $3,500-$4,500.

Manufactured in 1909, a Winchester 1897 trench-pump 12-gauge shotgun is outfitted with a bayonet and sling. Affordable to almost any collector, Lot 619 is estimated at $250-$400.

Lot 535 is a scarce 1882 Winchester Model 1876 full-stock carbine. The action works perfectly on this gun, which is estimated at $1,800-$2,500.

An item not seen every day is Lot 970, an all-metal Winchester signal cannon, which would have been used to fire the starting signal at yacht races or other events. The cannon uses 10-gauge blank shells and comes complete with its original Winchester-marked wood crate. Its auction estimate is $700-$900.

All items in Morphy’s December 20 Firearms Auction are expertly described in both the hardcover and online catalogs by Dave Bushing, a renowned authority in his field.

The auction will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. For additional information on any item in the sale, call 717-335-3435 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Winchester 10 gauge signal cannon, all metal, with original wood crate marked ‘Winchester,’ est. $700-$900. Morphy Auctions image 

Colt Model 1860 Army .44 caliber percussion revolver, cased with accessories est. $25,000-$40,000. Morphy Auctions image 

Parker SA trap single-shot shotgun manufactured 1929, est. $10,000-$15,000. Morphy Auctions image

Mauser C96 flatside broomhandle pistol, manufactured in 1900, est. $3,500-$4,500. Morphy Auctions image

Smith & Wesson 1st Model Schofield revolver with rig, est. $12,000-$15,000. Morphy Auctions image

Underwood M1 carbine with M3 sniper infrared scope, est. $3,500-$4,500. Morphy Auctions image

1882 Winchester Model 1876 carbine, est. $1,800-$2,500. Morphy Auctions image

Winchester 1897 trench pump shotgun 12 gauge, manufactured in 1909, est. $250-$400. Morphy Auctions image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 11:05
 

Material Culture staging expansive auction Dec. 20

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Friday, 12 December 2014 15:19

Luigi Rist (American, 1888-1959) ‘Corsage’ (Still Life with Radishes), color woodcut. Size: 10.5 x 8in., 27 x 20 cm (sight); 20.5 x 15.5in., 52 x 39 cm (frame). Estimate: $400-$600. Material culture image

PHILA., Pa. – In the middle of the holiday season, Material Culture will host a winter estates sale subtitled “Art, Antiques, Decorative and Ethnographic Arts.” Over 700 lots come fresh to the market in this Dec. 20 sale, including fine art, Oriental rugs, Asian decorative arts, and American advertising, ephemera and decorative arts. With a broad range of collectibles, a fine selection of vintage postcards, antique Continental ceramics, art books, and more, the auction promises to have tempting lots for almost every type of collector.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding for the sale of more than 750 lots.

Fine art at the auction presents pieces in many different genres. Oil paintings on canvas, such as Bathing Boys (lot 29) by Indonesian painter I.W.J. Munut (b. 1941) are on offer in the sale. A color woodcut by Luigi Rist (American, 1888-1959), titled We Repeat (Still life with Radishes) (lot 400) is charming with a hint of the surreal. Sculpture is led by a Curtis Jere tabletop sculpture of birds, rendered in bronze, flying upward from a marble base (lot 37). A selection of photography includes two works by Jeanneatte Montgomery Barron (American, b. 1954) – Los Angeles (Still Life), dated 1987, and Francesco Clemente’s Studio N.Y.C., dated 1988 (lot 457).

Over 50 lots of Oriental carpets are led by a large antique Bakhshaish rug from late 19th century Persia (lot 51) and another sizeable Persian Serapi carpet from circa 1900 (lot 52). Smaller, though of extremely fine quality, is an Eagle rug from the Caucasus (lot 45), also dating to circa 1900. Asian decorative arts are well-represented in a rich variety of ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, panels, embroideries, prints and more. Two Japanese censers made of bronze (lot 15) date to the Meiji period (1868-1912), a gorgeous Chinese balustrade form vase shines with the deep blood-red of sang de boeuf or flambe glaze (lot 151), and a Chinese gilded bronze Buddha (lot 200) is just one of many graceful and finely detailed figural pieces.

One highlight of the auction is a true wealth of antique and 20th century European ceramics, led by several pieces of majolica ceramics. The Italian variety of this tin-glazed pottery, called maiolica, is represented by three fine antique pieces. A molded dish on a raised foot is an excellent example of an “istoriato,” or history plate, featuring a depiction of Apollo and the Muses after a Raphael painting (lot 13). Portraits of a young man and a young woman with a crown adorn a large albarello drug jar, probably made in Venice or Caltagirone (lot 289). A pair of similar tin-glazed apothecary jars, but from 18th century France, bear a reserve panel with the intended contents written in Latin (lot 290). Dozens of ceramic figures from France, Italy, Germany and Czechoslovakia are brought forward in this sale, including several for the Italian Capidomonte porcelain company, by Carmelo Ganci (lot 364) and Tiziano Galli (lot 370).

American decorative arts at the sale also feature notable ceramics, including a beautiful early 20th century stoneware vase made by the Pewabic Pottery studio of Detroit (lot 14). A Reed and Barton vermeil tea service, marked 1872 and crafted in the Aesthetic Movement style of that time period, contains a teapot, a creamer, a lidded canister and a samovar (lot 304).

Nearly 1,000 vintage and antique postcards are grouped into approximately 30 lots. An estate from Allentown, Pa., provides a museum-sized collection of French, European and American risqué cards, from a group of 10 French Victorian-era silver gelatin emulsion photographic postcards of a model undressing in her boudoir (lot 10), to a lot of 160 American mid-century pinups and bathing beauties (lot 536).

A variety of vintage items featuring pinup girls are also brought forward, including a lot of Marilyn Monroe / Norma Jean artifacts, with three calendars from 1955 and a silver gelatin photograph of the nude Monroe (lot 24). A 1948 “Nifty Numbers” calendar (lot 525) features the artwork of Earl Moran (1893-1984), an American pinup and glamour artist. Fourteen vintage “Tijuana Bibles” are grouped in a single lot (565); these small pornographic comic books often put a licentious twist on characters from popular culture and newspaper strips. Titles in this lot include “Laurel and Hardy in The Girlfriend,” “Tyrone Power in The Rescue,” “Henry,” and “The Adventures of a Fuller Brush Man.” In other ephemera, seven lots of vintage American advertising fans include a Shirley Temple Royal Crown Soda fan (lot 514) and a group of 12 from the early 20th century (lot 515) with artistic, patriotic and political images, such as a portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

The auction offers a wide field of collectibles, opening with an antique cast-iron grave marker for a member of the Odd Fellows fraternal society (lot 1). A commemorative John Wayne Winchester Model 94 rifle remains in its original box (lot 7). Ten lots of antique daggers include a Caucasian dagger with a silver repousse and leather-decorated sheath (lot 6) and an Ottoman or Persian dagger measuring 27 inches long (lot 121). A pre-Columbian chieftan figure made of Tumbaga gold is rendered holding a scepter and a chicken, with detailed finery and a flame-shaped crown (lot 131). An impressive calcite crystal geode measures 14 by 15 by 8 inches (lot 34).

Closing the sale are 20 lots of quality art reference books, but one item is of particular interest as a publication and work of art in its own right. Jasper Johns’ Target 1970 was produced in conjunction with the MOMA’s exhibition “Technics and Creativity: Gemini G.E.L.” The exhibition was a selection of prints and multiples such as Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella and others, and each catalog for the show was accompanied by a specially commissioned multiple by Jasper Johns. The offset lithograph is accompanied by three watercolor disks and a paintbrush, inviting the owner to collaborate with Johns by painting a version of his Target (lot 700).

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

Luigi Rist (American, 1888-1959) ‘Corsage’ (Still Life with Radishes), color woodcut. Size: 10.5 x 8in., 27 x 20 cm (sight); 20.5 x 15.5in., 52 x 39 cm (frame). Estimate: $400-$600. Material culture image

Antique cast-iron Odd Fellows grave marker, remnant part, 11.5 x 4.5 x .5in. (29 x 11 x 1 cm). Estimate: $50-$100. Material culture image

Rare Rosenthal pan and goose birdbath or bud bowl, possibly a prototype. Unfinished repairs to base. Associated with unrelated column form pedestal. Size: 14 x 12.5 x 14in. (36 x 32 x 36 cm). Estimate: $600-$900. Material culture image

Commemorative John Wayne Winchester Model 94 rifle, new in box, serial number JW 30701. Estimate: $800-$1,200. Material culture image

Twenty-three-piece vintage French and European risque nude postcard lot, including hand-colored photographic postcards. Estimate: $50-$100. Material culture image

Antique Ottoman or Persian dagger. Length inserted into sheath: 28in. (71 cm). Estimate: $800-$1,200. Material culture image

 

Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 11:48
 

Asian art treasures abound in I.M. Chait auction Dec. 13-14

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Large Chinese Ming-style gilt bronze Guanyin, 22in. I.M Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers’s will conduct a two-day auction of Asian art, antiques and estate items on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13-14. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Day One, which will start at 11 a.m. Pacific, consists of Lots 1 through 400. Day Two will begin Sunday, also at 11 a.m. Pacific, and consists of Lots 401 through 913.

Featured will be:

– a large group of Export Chinese blue and white porcelain from a Wilshire Corridor estate;

– a collection of Chinese snuff bottles from a Beverly Hills estate;

– an East Coast collection of antique Korean Choson ceramics including celadons and blue and white;

– antique Chinese porcelains from a Huntington Beach, Calif., collection;

– antique Chinese jades from a Montebello, Calif., collection;

– fine antique Chinese bronzes from a Midwestern estate.

For details phone I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers at 310-285-0182 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Large Chinese Ming-style gilt bronze Guanyin, 22in. I.M Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image

Chinese ‘100 Deer’ porcelain vase, 18 1/4in. I.M Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image

Pair of Japanese carved cinnabar lacquered wood beauties, 16in. I.M Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image

Chinese carved white marble scholar's rock, 8in. I.M Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image

Chinese parcel gilt bronze hu-form vase, 11 1/4in. I.M Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image

Han Dynasty green glazed ‘hill’ censer. I.M Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image

Chinese carved hardwood dragon box, 15 1/2in. tall. I.M Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image

Antique Tibetan embroidered silk thangka. I.M Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 17:42
 

WWI posters on the front line of Onslows auction Dec. 18

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Clive Uptton (1911-2006) ‘Save Fuel for Battle!’ original WWII poster issued by the Ministry of Fuel & Power, printed for HMSO by J. Weiner, circa 1944, 152 x 100 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

STOURPAINE, UK – Onslows’ winter offering of vintage posters on Thursday, Dec. 18, will include Part Two of the Maxted collection of World War I posters.

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The collection of nearly 100 posters was discovered in a house in Kent. The owners who had inherited the collection some years before had not fully appreciated what was in their possession. Their interest in finding more about the posters was sparked with the centenary of the outbreak of the World War I. When they looked more closely they realized they had a nearly complete collection of posters published by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee between 1914 and 1916. The second part of the collection includes some famous posters with patriotic slogans including “Your King and Country Need You,” estimate £200-£250; “If the Cap Fits You,” estimate £200-£250; “The Empire Needs Men,” estimate £200-£300; and “The Recruiting Sergeant,” estimate £350-£400.

One of the top lots from the World War II propaganda section of the auction is the poster with now world famous slogan “Keep Calm and Carry On.” The poster is extremely rare due to it not being officially released, as Hitler’s invasion plans in 1940 were aborted. Only a handful of the posters in the larger 30-by-20-inches format have appeared on the market. The example in the auction is estimated to sell for £5,000-£7,000.

The auction contains a strong entry from this category with eye-catching designs by Fougasse for salvage campaigns and a marvelous large poster by Clive Uptton showing the D-day landings titled “Save Fuel for Battle.” On the home front is a memorable poster “Dig For Victory,” the photographic design of the boot on the spade became one of the most loved relating to the Women’s Land Army efforts to turn land over for food production in 1940. It could sell for in excess of £1,000

A rare group of posters issued by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in the 1930s is expected to attract interest of from animal lovers. The posters mainly deal with issues of canine welfare. The posters were discovered in a house clearance in Weymouth in Dorset. One showing the risk of motorcars is estimated at £150-£200.

Lastly, and definitely worth a mention, is a collection of posters published by the General Post Office. The posters were discovered after the closure of a large central London oost office. The collection includes some rare examples dating from 1935 to the 1950s. A futuristic poster designed by Pat Keely in 1943 titled “Wireless War” is expected to sell for between £700-£1,000. The posters smacks of espionage and Bletchley Park.

Onslows specializes in auctioning vintage posters and is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Clive Uptton (1911-2006) ‘Save Fuel for Battle!’ original WWII poster issued by the Ministry of Fuel & Power, printed for HMSO by J. Weiner, circa 1944, 152 x 100 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

Bernard Partridge (1861-1945) ‘Take up the Sword of Justice,’ original Parliamentary Recruiting Committee poster No. 111 printed by David Allen, June 1915,  76 x 51 cm.  This famous recruiting poster was published two months after the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. Onslows Auctioneers image

‘Keep Calm and Carry On,’ original WWII poster red background with white lettering and crown, printed 1939, 74.8 x 50.5 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

Pat Keely (died 1970) ‘Wireless War,’ original GPO poster PRD 323 printed by Haycock Press, 1943, 74 x 92 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

E.P. Kinsella (Edward Patrick born 1874) ‘Look well ahead for dogs near the road - and slow down,’ original poster No 226 printed for the RSPCA, circa 1930, 76 x 51 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

‘Dig For Victory,’ original photogravure WWII poster printed for HMSO by J Weiner, 1941, 51 x 34 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

‘Your King and Country Need You,’ original Parliamentary Recruiting Committee poster Nos 5, red and blue letterpress printed by L.S. & Co and Hazell Watson, October 1914, 76 x 50 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

Arthur Wardle (1864-1949) ‘The Empire Needs Men!’ original Parliamentary Recruiting Committee poster No. 58 printed by Straker Bros., January 1915, 76 x 51 cm. Onslows Auctioneers image

Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 15:19
 

Paul Evans sculptural cabinet headlines Quinn & Farmer Dec. 13 auction

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Circa-1800 Aaron Willard tall-case clock, est. $3,000-$5,000. Quinn & Farmer image

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – When Skip Usry of Quinn & Farmer Auctions received a phone call from a client who wanted to sell what was described as a “funny-looking metal desk thingy,” he was curious. As the client went into greater detail about the designs on its doors, Skip’s acted on a hunch and sent Emilia Penney, Quinn & Farmer’s Modern Design Specialist, to get a closer look. Her visit yielded good news: the client had an original sculpture-front cabinet designed and created by Paul Evans.

The cabinet is now the centerpiece of Quinn & Farmer’s December 13, 2014 auction to be held at the company’s gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Ken Farmer, President of Quinn & Farmer Auctions, commented on the Paul Evans cabinet: “It’s exciting to have this great opportunity to showcase the work of an acknowledged master of modern American design.”

Welded and torch-cut of polychromed steel and bronze, and topped with slate, the cabinet is typical of Evans’ well-known body of work. It carries an estimate of $60,000-$80,000.

Some additional items of notable quality in this auction include an untitled “Sonambient” sculpture by Harry Bertoia, estimated at $8,000-$12,000; a Henry Dutton Morse untitled Nature Morte oil-on-canvas that is expected to bring $3,000-$5,000; and a redwood root coffee table by Mira Nakashima, which carries an estimate of $4,000-$6,000. A fine Aaron Willard tall-case clock is entered with a $3,000-$5,000 estimate, while and an early American shrank expected to achieve $2,000-$3,000.

The December 13, 2014 auction will begin at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.

For additional details on any lot in the sale, call 434-293-2904 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Circa-1800 Aaron Willard tall-case clock, est. $3,000-$5,000. Quinn & Farmer image

Paul Evans sculpture-front cabinet, est. $60,000-$80,000. Quinn & Farmer image

Harry Bertoia untitled Sonambient sculpture, est. $8,000-$12,000. Quinn & Farmer image

Henry Dutton Morse untitled nature morte, est. $3,000-$5,000. Quinn & Farmer image

Mira Nakashima redwood root coffee table, est. $4,000-$6,000. Quinn & Farmer image

Early American painted shrank, est. $2,000-$3,000. Quinn & Farmer image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:33
 

Christmas wishes granted early at Morphy’s Dec. 13-14 Toy & Doll Auction

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Spencer 11-1/8 inch double-sided cast-iron rooster doorstop with intricately detailed feathers and comb, est. $5,000-$7,000. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy’s last toy auction of the year traditionally includes a broad mix of categories to please every collector. That winning formula is once again in place as Morphy’s team prepares for a December 13-14 auction of 1,781 quality lots, starting with more than 300 lots of rare marbles and finishing with original comic strip art and dozens of classic comic books. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Swirls, onionskins, lutzes and sulphide marbles are waiting to be picked up, held against the light and admired by collectors. The trove of little glass wonders spans the production range that began with handmades, moved through the transitional period and culminated with brilliantly hued machine-made Akro Agates. Lot 117, a fabulous orange and yellow shrunken core onionskin marble with floating mica, 1-1/8 inches in diameter, is estimated at $2,000-$3,000. Lot 214, a rare 3-lobed onionskin with mica panels, 1-15/32 inches in diameter, is described in the auction catalog as the “the first we have seen in this style.” It has two opposing panels of red and white, and two opposing panels of yellow and red. In 9.5 condition, it could command a $4,000-$6,000 price on auction day.

There’s a United Nations of toys from which to choose, which great pieces from many of the top German, Japanese and American manufacturers. Lehmann toys, which have been on the rise lately, are well represented by a Tut-Tut, Echo (blue motorcycle with rider), Autobus, Dancing Sailor, Ajax the Strongman, and Anxious Bride – a marvelous depiction of a well-dressed woman being transported to her wedding by a livered driver on a three-wheeled motorbike.

Also German made, Lot 769, an early, hand-painted Carette clockwork limousine has beveled-glass windows and opening doors. Its estimate is $3,000-$6,000.

Two Tippco clockwork Graf Zeppelins are tethered in back-to-back lots, 762 and 763. The former, at 26 inches long, is expected to make $3,000-$6,000, while the 14½-inch example could land at $1,200-$1,600.

Many comic character toys are ready to entertain, from jiggers to Marx Merry Maker bands and Disney toys. Lot 1526, a boxed Marx wind-up Blondie’s Jalopy toy is in excellent condition and estimated at $2,000-$3,000.

Three Japanese robot stars will cross the auction block in consecutive order, each with a $4,000-$8,000 estimate. They are: Lot 1413, a friction-powered Space Man with rare, colorful box; Lot 1414, a boxed Astro-Scout; and Lot 1415, A friction X-27 Explorer with original box.

Among the top trains and accessories are several Marklin productions: Lot 694, a hand-painted Central Station, est. $1,800-$2,000; Lot 695, a 1 gauge passenger train set, $600-$1,200; and a lot of two 1 gauge passenger cars – a Schlafwagon and Speisewagon, $300-$600. Many American-made Lionel train lots are included. Lot 1477, a Lionel Walt Disney Mickey Mouse Circus Train No. 1536 with colorful original box, is estimated at $800-$1,200.

The figural cast iron section offers dozens of desirable doorstops and bookends replicating animals, buildings, floral presentations, and human figures. All of the top brands and designers may be found in the selection, including Hubley, Fish, Bradley & Hubbard, Albany Foundry, Littco and Judd. Leading the group is Lot 436, a Spencer 11-1/8 inch double-sided cast-iron rooster doorstop with intricately detailed feathers and comb. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. The cast-iron grouping also includes several figural sprinklers. Lot 417, a handsome wood duck sprinkler, 13 inches tall, has a $1,500-$2,000 estimate.

Also crossing the auction block will be a mixed selection of cast-iron still and mechanical banks. Leading the lineup is Lot 529, a J. & E. Stevens Bank Teller estimated at $20,000-$30,000. Three other popular Stevens mechanical banks are entered with individual estimates of $4,000-$6,000. They include: Lot 519, a fully functional Boy Scout Camp in beautiful condition; Lot 522, a Professor Pug Frog; and Lot 525, a Lion & Hunter. Lot 528, a Stevens Horse Race bank is entered with a $6,000-$9,000 estimate.

All 500+ dolls will be auctioned during the Sunday session, and what a parade of beauties they form. Lot 1157 is a remarkable French Bru poupee that has remained in its original Philadelphia Quaker family for generations. The 21-inch bisque-head doll comes with an extensive wardrobe of clothing, shoes, accessories and even furniture and a valise. It is estimated at $3,000-$5,000. A second French poupee with Bru characteristics is 35 inches tall and has a heavy French white kid lady body. Entered as Lot 1155, it also has an estimate of $3,000-$5,000.

Lot 1073, a 14-inch Jumeau bebe, is an early 2nd-series portrait doll and is estimated at $3,500-$5,000. Another Jumeau highlight is Lot 1071, a large and lovely 27-inch bebe with original French composition and wood body and French bisque socket head. It could potentially charm a winning bid of $2,500-$4,000.

Morphy’s Dec. 13-14 Toy & Doll auction will begin on both days at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. For additional information on any item in the sale, call 717-335-3435 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Spencer 11-1/8 inch double-sided cast-iron rooster doorstop with intricately detailed feathers and comb, est. $5,000-$7,000. Morphy Auctions image 

Rare 3-lobed onionskin with mica panels, 1-15/32 inches in diameter, 9.5 condition, est. $4,000-$6,000. Morphy Auctions image 

J. & E. Stevens Bank Teller cast-iron mechanical bank, est. $20,000-$30,000. Morphy Auctions image 

Marklin hand-painted Central Station, est. $1,800-$2,000. Morphy Auctions image

Early, hand-painted Carette clockwork limousine with beveled-glass windows and opening doors, est. $3,000-$6,000. Morphy Auctions image

Jumeau 14-inch bebe, early 2nd-series portrait doll, est. $3,500-$5,000. Morphy Auctions image

French Bru 21-inch bisque-head poupee with extensive wardrobe of clothing, shoes and accessories; plus doll furniture and valise, est. $3,000-$5,000. Morphy Auctions image

Japanese tin litho friction Space Man toy with colorful original box, est. $4,000-$8,000. Morphy Auctions image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 11:40
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury to sell garden designer's books Dec. 17

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'The True Lovers’ Knot' from Stephen Blake’s 'The Compleat Gardeners Practice, Directing the exact way of Gardening,' 1664. Estimate: £3,500–£4,500 ($5,458–$7,018). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

LONDON – The working library of one of the most distinguished and influential garden designers of the 20th century, the late Rosemary Verey (1918-2001) opens the sale of printed books and manuscripts to be held at Bloomsbury Auctions on Wednesday, Dec, 17. The stunning 84-lot collection of gardening and horticultural books carries her personal annotations and offers an illustrative insight to the historical works that drove her creative process.

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During her prolific career as a writer, lecturer and garden designer Rosemary Verey designed the famous garden at Barnsley House in the Cotswolds, for which her extensive library proved a vital source of inspiration and technical reference. Visitors to Barnsley house will recognize “The True Lovers’ Knot” from Stephen Blake’s The Compleat Gardeners Practice, Directing the exact way of Gardening, 1664, which she recreated for her own knot-garden [Lot 11].

Her client list spanned the rich and famous from Sir Elton John to the Marquess of Bute, and she had a long association with the Prince of Wales and his celebrated garden at Highgrove. The collection includes a presentation copy of Highgrove Portrait of an Estate signed from Prince Charles; “Rosemary – With much love and gratitude, Charles, 1993,” given as a token of thanks for her advice in formulating his garden [Lot 13].

Another group of works that express the reach of her influence and esteem is a collection of books written by Sir Roy Strong with presentation copies signed by the author, one reads: “For Rosemary – who inspired me to become a garden writer… ” [Lot 69].

Rupert Powell, deputy chairman at Bloomsbury Auctions, commented about her library: “It has been a joy to catalog Mrs Verey’s Library for auction and it is with great pleasure that we offer it to the market. She brought books to read and use; many have notes or post-it stickers at relevant passages. Some of the books have faults, but from 16th century herbals to 20th century influences such as Gertrude Jekyll, it is clear that she utilised her books to assist her creativity.”

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

'The True Lovers’ Knot' from Stephen Blake’s 'The Compleat Gardeners Practice, Directing the exact way of Gardening,' 1664. Estimate: £3,500–£4,500 ($5,458–$7,018). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 13:15
 

Nova Ars Auction celebrates Italian design Dec. 16

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Athos, sculpted furniture, walnut and fiber, Rivadossi Prod., 2004. Dimensions: 49.2in. x 64in. x 16in. Estimate: €20,000–€25,000. Nova Ars image

ASTI, Italy – An outstanding collection of 20th century Italian design will be sold Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Nova Ars Auction. The 160-lot auction presents ceramics, furniture, lamps, chandeliers, glassworks and many objects made in Italy – from Angelo Mangiarotti to Bruno Munari, from Ettore Sottsass to Paolo Venini, as well as works from other countries.

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Nova Ars specializes in contemporary art, modernism and design made in Italy during the 20th century.

Highlights of the Dec. 16 auction will be:

  • a 64-inch-tall Athos sculpted furniture (cabinet) of walnut and fiber by Rivardossi, 2004;
  • two Safra Milano bookcases from Enrico Crespi house, circa 1940;
  • an Osvaldo Borsani adjustable sofa by Tecno, circa 1954;
  • an Ignazio Gardella blown glass ceiling lamp by Azucena, 1950;
  • a Paolo Tilche floor lamp by Sirrah, 1962.

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.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Athos, sculpted furniture, walnut and fiber, Rivadossi Prod., 2004. Dimensions: 49.2in. x 64in. x 16in. Estimate: €20,000–€25,000. Nova Ars image

 Safra Milano, two bookshelves from Enrico Crespi house, circa 1940. Estimate: €15,000–€16,000. Nova Ars image

Osvaldo Borsani, Tecno, sofa, adjustable, violet fabric, circa 1954. Estimate: €9,000–€10,000. Nova Ars image

Ignazio Gardella, Azucena, blown glass ceiling lamp, circa 1950, 12 inches. Estimate: €1,000–€1,500. Nova Ars image

Paolo Tilche, Sirrah, floor lamp, chromed metal, 1962. Estimate: €6,000–€6,500. Nova Ars image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 15:13
 

Plessel photos, Warhol print headline Capo auction Dec. 13

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Andre Plessel (German-American) ‘Taste,’ Karolina Kurkova, New York City, 1998. Silver gelatin print, New York Series, 2014. Estimate $3,000-$4,000. Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques image

NEW YORK – New York’s highly acclaimed Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques in Long Island City will present their annual Holiday Auction on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. Eastern. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Taking the spotlight at the auction will be just recently made public nude art photographs of actress and Dancing with the Stars host Brooke Burke, taken by German art photographer Andre Plessel. These art photographs caused much controversy when they were first made public just six weeks ago, and were originally taken in 1996 for a German auto parts catalog. Capo Auction is expanding more and more into the contemporary art and modern photography markets, also offering an early Andre Plessel photograph of supermodel Karolina Kurkova and one of his unique color processed pieces.

Capo Auction will also feature a selection of other contemporary art including the Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) screen print called Lamentation, on Lenox museum board, 1986. It is signed and numbered 4/100 (verso). The sheet size 36 is 36 inches. Its estimated value is $30,000-$35,000. The Andre Plessel (German/American, 20th/21st century) silver gelatin photographs are all 24 inches by 20 inches in sheet size.

The two black and white nude images of Brooke Burke are Desert Woman No. 2, Route 66, LA 1996, silver gelatin print, New York Series, 2014, which is signed, dated and numbered 1/2 (verso), matted and framed, and Tire Nude, Route 66, LA 1996 silver gelatin print, New York Series, 2014, which is signed, dated and numbered 1/2 (verso). Both are estimated at $4,000-$5,000.

Capo will also sell the Andre Plessel black and white photograph of Karolina Kurkova, called Taste, Karolina Kurkova, NYC 1998, silver gelatin print, New York Series, 2014, which is signed, dated and numbered 1/1 (verso), estimated at $3,000-$4,000, and one of Plessel’s unique color processed works called She, Paris 1995, pigment print on archival rag paper, New York Series, 2014, which is also signed, dated, numbered 1/1 (verso), matted and framed. This is also estimated at $3,000-$4,000. The provenance on all the Plessel photographs is Lilac Gallery, New York, NY.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Andre Plessel (German-American) ‘Taste,’ Karolina Kurkova, New York City, 1998. Silver gelatin print, New York Series, 2014. Estimate $3,000-$4,000. Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques image 

 Andre Plessel (German-American) ‘Tire Nude, Route 66, LA 1996’ (Brooke Burke). Silver gelatin print, New York Series, 2014. Estimate $4,000-$5,000. Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques image

 Andre Plessel (German-American) ‘Desert Woman No. 2, Route 66, LA 1996’ (Brooke Burke). Silver gelatin print, New York Series, 2014. Estimate $4,000-$5,000. Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques image

 Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) ‘Lamentation.’ Screenprint on Lenox museum board, 1986. Signed and numbered 4100 (verso). Estimate: $30,000-35,000. Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques image

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 17:54
 

Sterling Assoc. presents Asian porcelain collection, silver, jewelry Dec. 10

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Tiffany & Co. man’s 14K gold wristwatch with original case. Approx. total weight 537 grams. Est. $2,000-$2,500. Sterling Associates image

CLOSTER, N.J. – A sizable selection of Asian decorative porcelain, primarily Japanese Kutani and Satsuma, headlines Sterling Associates’ Wednesday, Dec. 10 Holiday 2014 Online Auction. More than 75 figurines, vessels and other beautifully crafted objects are contained in the grouping, which comes entirely from a New York City private collector.

Among the highlights is Lot 142, a striking Japanese Kutani hand-painted double vase with well-sculpted figures. Standing 12½ in high, it is estimated at $2,000-$3,000. Executed in a medley of pleasing colors favored in Asian wares, an antique hand-painted and gilt Japanese Kutani porcelain bowl with dragon handles measures 14½in high by 18in wide and is expected to make $600-$800.

Additionally, the Asian porcelain section includes Chinese and Japanese blanc de chine. There are several figures of deities, such as Lot 146, a 22-inch-tall Chinese Quan Yin estimated at $200-$400. Some are being offered individually, while others have been lotted in small groups.

European decorative art is enhanced by Lot 321, a circa-1930 Otto Poertzel (German 1876-1963) dore bronze figure known as ‘Bat Dancer’ or ‘Butterfly Dancer.’ Signed on its base and standing 14 inches tall, it is entered in the auction with a $2,000-$3,000 estimate.

Just in time for holiday gift giving, the auction is brimming with fine and costume jewelry. Any gentleman would be delighted to find Lot 267 under the Christmas tree. Retaining its original box, the 14K gold wristwatch was made by the premier 5th Avenue name, Tiffany & Co. With an approximate weight of 537 grams, this estate watch is expected to make $2,000-$2,500.

A wide selection of fine and costume jewelry encompasses a range of forms, including pins, pendants, pearls, necklaces, earrings and cufflinks. Lot 317, a chic 14K gold brooch with rubies has a total weight of 12.9 grams and is estimated at $400-$600. On the costume side, collectors are sure to be dazzled by the immense trove of jewelry with colored stones.

Many fine pieces of silver have come to Sterling’s Dec. 10 auction from estates in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tri-state area. An example is Lot 298, a heavily chased, repousse bun warmer with three hinged compartments. It is stamped “Sterling, J.V.H., G.E.S.G., Germany” and estimated at $1,200-$1,500.

A completely unique entry, Lot 268 is a signed Edgar Palmer plaster casting of Princeton University’s tiger mascot, which is offered together with Thomas Stapleton’s annotated circa-1937 architectural rendering for the tiger pedestal at Princeton’s Palmer Square. With impeccable provenance (direct descent through the Stapleton family), the lot is estimated at $1,000-$1,500.

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

The Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 auction will commence at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Tiffany & Co. man’s 14K gold wristwatch with original case. Approx. total weight 537 grams. Est. $2,000-$2,500. Sterling Associates image

Pair of hand-painted gilt Japanese Satsuma vases, 8in high, est. $200-$300. Sterling Associates image

Antique hand-painted and gilt Japanese Kutani porcelain bowl with dragon handles, 14½in high by 18in wide, est. $600-$800. Sterling Associates image

Collection of worldwide auto club enameled medals, emblems and medallions displayed under glass on red velvet. Clubs include Milano, De Nice et Cote d’Azur, Firenze, etc. Est. $2,000-$3,000. Sterling Associates image

Antique Japanese Kutani hand-painted double vase with sculpted figures, 12½ in high, est. $2,000-$3,000. Sterling Associates image

Chinese blanc de chine porcelain statue of Quan Yin, 22in high, est. $400-$600. Sterling Associates image

Collection of very nice costume jewelry with colored stones, comprising pins, pendants, necklaces, earrings and other forms; est. $100-$200. Sterling Associates image

Signed Edgar Palmer plaster casting of Princeton tiger mascot together with Thomas Stapleton’s annotated circa-1937 architectural rendering for pedestal erected at Palmer Square in Princeton, N.J. Descent through Stapleton family. Est. $1,000-$1,500. Sterling Associates image

From an extensive selection of sterling silver, a heavily chased repousse bun warmer with three hinged compartments, stamped: Sterling, J.V.H., G.E.S.G., Germany. Est. $1,200-$1,500. Sterling Associates image

14K gold brooch with rubies, approx.. total weight 12.9 grams, est. $400-$600. Sterling Associates image

Otto Poertzel (German 1876-1963), dore bronze figure known as ‘Bat Dancer’ or ‘Butterfly Dancer,’ circa 1930, signed on base, 14in high, est. $2,000-$3,000. Sterling Associates image

Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 19:10
 

Paintings, cloisonné, jewelry highlight Roseberys sales Dec. 9-10

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Oil on canvas titled 'Home from the Market, Venice' by the Austrian-born artist, Eugen Alfons von Blaas. Estimate: £50,000-£70,000  ($78,300-$109,600). Roseberys image

LONDON – An eclectic selection of artwork will comprise Roseberys latest auction of paintings, pictures and prints, to be held at their London saleroom on Tuesday, Dec. 9, and Wednesday, Dec. 10. The auction will also showcase some of the most exceptional pieces of Asian art ever to be offered for sale by Roseberys, and will include what is believed to be a rare 18th century Imperial cloisonné enamel hatbox. An array of fine diamond jewelry will also go under the hammer as part of the auction.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The auction features a magnificent oil on canvas entitled Home from the Market, Venice, by the Austrian-born artist Eugen Alfons von Blaas. Also known as Eugene von Blaas, Eugen de Blaas, Eugene de Blaas and Eugenio de Blaas, Von Blaas was born in 1843, the son and student of the Austrian painter and scholar Karl von Blaas. He and his family moved to Italy from Austria when his father accepted a post as professor at the Academy of Venice. As a young man von Blaas aligned himself with the academic classic school, establishing himself as a leading painter of the Venetian genre and gaining acclaim for his colorful and theatrical scenes of daily life in his hometown of Venice.

Painting in the realist and romantic styles his work has had a particular appeal to collectors throughout the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Von Blaas is known to have exhibited widely with 12 works shown at the Royal Academy between 1875 and 1891.

Thought to be part of the permanent exhibition titled “Largest Collection of Modern Works in Painting and Sculpture in the National Association of Artists, Florence” in 1928, this stunning artwork is estimated to sell for £50,000–£70,000 [Lot 588].

Elsewhere in the sale, a selection of 16 large-scale paintings and studies, created exclusively for a corporate collection by the contemporary artist Andrew Hewkin M.A., draw inspiration from the artist’s extensive world travel.

Over the 40 years Hewkin has been painting he has encapsulated the people and landscapes of nearly 70 countries in his works. His ability to capture a moment, and the vibrancy of his artwork, has ensured he is collected widely by private buyers and public institutions alike. Commissions by international companies include Cartier, British Airways and Baring Securities, and his work hangs in the private collections of celebrities such as David Bowie, Brian May, Jack Nicolson, Sir Michael Caine and the Royal Family.

His unique style draws on the principles of pop culture and abstraction to create modern, surreal and captivating paintings. In the suite of works featured in the sale he draws on influences from the East, predominantly experienced on his travels in Japan and the Far East, and infuses elements of Western art from the last century.

The fusion is illustrated in the painting, Osaka Serendipity, Japan, where influences of the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian are noticeable both in elements of composition and color. A modern twist on the traditional European still life and landscape, the painting is estimated to sell for £1,000–£1,500 [Lot 758].

Operating at the forefront of the contemporary pop art scene contemporary British artist Stuart Semple adds a dynamic touch to the sale with the mixed technique artwork Stars Under Your Feet. Semple draws on popular culture as well as the techniques of pop art and layered abstraction to produce thought provoking art that communicates clear social, cultural and political messages about the fears of the current generation.

Best known for his 2009 installation Happy Clouds, which saw the artist release smiley-faced clouds into the sky over Tate Modern, Semple also has works in some of the world’s largest and most influential collections including the Getty, David Roberts, Niarchos and Langen Foundations. In addition his paintings hang in the private collections of some of the UK’s most interesting celebrities, such as Debbie Harry, Sienna Miller, Uri Geller and Noel Gallagher.

Signed and dated ’05 by the artist, this painting is estimated to sell for £4,000–£6,000 [Lot 608].

The aforementioned 18th century Imperial cloisonné enamel hatbox comes to auction from a Dorset manor house. The item has been in a family with strong diplomatic connections since the 1920s. The box was originally made during the 18th century, known as being the most prolific period for cloisonné production in China. Crafted through a process of firing glass to create vitreous enamel, which is placed within a wire framework, the object is then fired again in a kiln to produce the finished cloisonné piece.

This opulent example is decorated with a central flower enclosed within bands of stylised scrolling foliage, bats and clouds. As with many other examples of Chinese artwork from the period, bats are included to symbolize happiness, joy and good fortune, and the clouds are an auspicious symbol meaning longevity and good fortune. The wooden frame for the box is thought to be constructed from zitan, a rare red sandalwood derived from a slow-growing tree, which makes it a sought-after commodity for furniture.

A highly desirable piece, this stunning box carries an estimate of £15,000–£20,000 [Lot 1578].

From the same private UK collection is an equally rare Chinese red cinnabar lacquer quatrefoil music box and cover, from the same private UK collection, and also from the 18th century. The common ore of mercury, Cinnabar is most popularly known for its use in Chinese lacquerware, the process of carving art from layered lacquer. Made popular during the Song dynasty, it was used widely throughout Asian countries including Japan and Korea.

The lacquer is produced from the resin of the rhus verniciflua trees found in southern China.

Recognized by its striking red color, which intensifies during the layering process, this deeply carved box is decorated with figures in a landscape and animals including deer and herons. Inside is a gold four-character Chinese mark which translates to “Precious Music Box.” A rare and interesting piece, the box is estimated to sell for £10,000–£15,000 [Lot 1577].

From a private London collection, a large-scale Ming Dynasty archaistic ritual vessel has remained unseen for the past 100 years. Originally created as depositories for grave goods to be buried in the graves of Chinese dignitaries and royalty, these vessels were later used in ritual offerings of food and drink to ancestors. They were typically designed to be larger than normal vessels for eating and drinking to exemplify the scale of the offering to their ancient relatives. This particular example stands 42cm high, and is estimated at £3,000–£5,000 [Lot 1441].

Perfect for that unique last-minute present, the auction has a fine selection of brooches, watches and single and multiple stone rings to add a touch of sparkle to Christmas morning.

One of the most popular and enduring periods of jewelry design Art Deco pieces capture the vibrancy and playfulness of an era on the cusp of social and economic turbulence. Throughout the Art Deco period jewelry design continued to be both innovative and glamorous, encompassing geometric forms and bold colors that influenced designers throughout the 1940s and ’50s, to the present day. Diamonds were extremely popular, and the double clip brooch being sold by Roseberys is a stunning example of the fine artistry that brings life and movement to Art Deco jewelry. This stunning item is estimated to sell for £6,000–£9,000 [Lot 213].

Being sold alongside the brooch is an impressive 1950s platinum and diamond set ladies cocktail watch by the iconic Swiss watchmaker, Jaeger LeCoultre. The brand synonymous with luxury is known for pioneering the emergence of ladies wristwatches during the early 19th century, bringing together the Jaeger LeCoultre caliber with embellishments from the finest engravers, enamelers and gem-setters.

This beautiful example of fine craftsmanship comprises a circular face and bracelet strap set with brilliant cut diamonds and is estimated to sell for £3,000–£5,000 [Lot 206].

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

Oil on canvas titled 'Home from the Market, Venice' by the Austrian-born artist, Eugen Alfons von Blaas. Estimate: £50,000-£70,000  ($78,300-$109,600). Roseberys image 

Spectacular platinum and diamond set Art Deco double clip brooch, circa 1940s. The brooch splits so form two separate clips. Estimate: £6,000-£9,000 ($9,396-$14,094). Roseberys image 

Imperial cloisonné enamel hatbox, 18th century. Estimate:  £15,000–£20,000 ($23,490-$31,320). Roseberys image 

Rare Chinese red cinnabar lacquer quatrefoil music box and cover, 18th century. Estimate:  £10,000- £15,000 ($15,660-$23,4900). Roseberys image 

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 16:22
 

Tonya A. Cameron Auctions selling diverse collection Dec. 9

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Tuesday, 02 December 2014 16:39

Persian enamel and silver plate, 7.75in. diameter. Estimate: $300-$500. Tonya A. Cameron Auctions image

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – An eclectic collection of an antiques enthusiast will be dispersed by Tonya A. Cameron Auctions in a one-owner sale on Tuesday, Dec. 9. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding for the nearly 200-lot auction.

Featured lots include a circa 1797 mezzotint published by John Singleton Copley, a Thomas Miles Richardson Jr. (English, 1813-1890) watercolor, a pair of George II sterling silver casters and a copy of Mitchell's New National Map of the U.S. with British Provinces dated 1858.

There’s even a half dozen postwar flying balsa wood aircraft models by Testor and Cox.

“Who know’s what he was collecting,” said auctioneer Tonya A. Cameron. “He was an executive and he enjoyed buying antiques when he traveled,” adding that some of the items were purchased abroad and carefully carried or shipped back to the United States.

The collection also features Staffordshire figures, Continental silver, a group of 18th and 19th century Russian icons, Persian and Middle Eastern items, and estate Oriental and Indian rugs and carpets. Asian antiques include a bronze Buddha head having four faces, Satsuma ginger jars and cloisonné urn and vases, and Chinese Export porcelain.

A military lot includes a World War II PT boat flag and insignia.

Collectibles include vintage gambling items, Beatrix Potter items, Raphael Tuck & Sons postcards, political campaign signs, duck decoys, cast-iron doorstops, glass paperweights, a Three Bears hooked rug and several musical instruments.

For details contact Cameron at 781-233-0006.

The auction will begin Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. Eastern.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Persian enamel and silver plate, 7.75in. diameter. Estimate: $300-$500. Tonya A. Cameron Auctions image

Pair Chinese carved black jade horses on stands, 4.25in x 6.5in. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Tonya A. Cameron Auctions image

‘Mitchell's New National Map of the U.S. 1858, with British Provinces,’ engraved by W. Williams, published by S. Augustus Mitchell, Philadelphia, 62in. x 62in. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Tonya A. Cameron Auctions image

Landscape watercolor by Thomas Miles Richardson Jr., signed and dated 1856 lower right, 16in. x 21in. overall frame. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Tonya A. Cameron Auctions image

Russian icon with ornate frame, 18th / 19th century, Jesus Christ Pantocrator, in gilt tin frame, painted on wood, 9in. x 7in. Estimate: $700-$1,000. Tonya A. Cameron Auctions image

Pair of George II sterling silver casters, London, 1730, hallmarked, 5.25in. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Tonya A. Cameron Auctions image

Copley mezzotint, ‘Abraham Offering Up His Son,’ circa 1797, publisher John Singleton Copley, printmaker Robert Dunkarton, 39.5in. x 32in. Estimate: $3,000-$4,000. Tonya A. Cameron Auctions image

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 17:45
 

Former TV exec’s antique telephones star in Dec. 7 auction at Morphy’s

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American Bell No. 2 speaking tube desk set with swirl base, earliest original Bell desk stand known to exist in a private collection, est. $30,000-$40,000. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Peter D’Acosta, whose 25-year collection of antique candlestick phones is featured on day two of Morphy’s Dec. 6-7 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction, says it was a classic American TV show that inspired him to “dial in” to the quaint early devices.

“In the late 1980s and early 1990s, I was running a TV station in Wichita Falls, Texas. I wanted to start a hobby that had something to do with the business of communications,” D’Acosta said. “Then one day while on a conference call, I glanced over at the TV that was always on in my office, and there was Andy Griffith [Sheriff Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show], talking on his candlestick phone. I thought, ‘How cool is that!’”

Before long, D’Acosta was scouring antique shops around Texas in pursuit of old phones. “This was in the days before eBay. You had to really look to find them,” D’Acosta said.

While hunting for new acquisitions, D’Acosta also became a knowledgeable historian on the subject of telephones. He briefly explained the timeframe surrounding his collection. “In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was granted a 17-year patent on his telephone – the most valuable patent of all time. When the patent expired, so did his fundamental protections,” D’Acosta explained. “In 1892, Bell introduced the first upright tabletop telephones, replacing wall-mounted crank phones that were in common use, and in the 15 years following the expiration of Bell’s patent, more than 12,000 independent telephone companies sprang up around the United States.”

Hundreds of manufacturers began making new telephones for Bell’s competitors, but one by one, the smaller telephone companies folded because of the mammoth Bell AT&T monopoly. As Bell either acquired the local carriers or crushed them with their competitive muscle, the smaller companies’ telephones became obsolete and were destroyed. And that is why so many of the phones in Peter D’Acosta’s well-refined collection are so rare and desirable.

“The phones I specifically wanted for my collection were the beautiful upright candlestick phones. For each of them, I would seek out documentation to learn about their history,” D’Acosta said. Scans of the documentation are freely accessible on D’Acosta’s website (www.oldtelephones.com).

Every phone in D’Acosta’s collection has a special story, like Lot 801, a Western Electric No. 1 speaking tube desk telephone, which was Alexander Graham Bell’s first upright desktop model; and Lot 802, an American Bell No. 2 speaking tube desk set. Model No. 1, a Potbelly design, was probably introduced between 1893 and 1894. In fantastic original condition, it is one of the rarest telephones in the collection and is estimated at $20,000-$25,000. Model No. 2 was designed with an attractive swirl base. D’Acosta’s example is the earliest original American Bell desk stand known to exist in a private collection. It is the most valuable phone in the auction, estimated at $30,000-$40,000.

Other rarities in the D’Acosta offering include Lot 749, a 1903 Automatic Electric Company “Strowger” set, referring to Almon Brown Strowger’s innovative sunburst dial; and Lot 801, an 1897 Western Electric No. 9 Potbelly long distance desk phone. Each of the two phones is entered in the auction with an $8,000-$10,000 estimate. Yet another rarity is Lot 803, an 1897 N. 88-C “San Francisco Potbelly,” which was designed by California Electrical Works – a joint venture between Western Electric and Pacific Telephone. Of an unusual bronze-alloy construction in which the base and shaft are one piece, this phone could ring up a winning bid of $7,000-$9,000.

D’Acosta estimates that approximately 30 of the telephones in his collection are sole survivors. His hope is that they, and all of his other phones consigned to Morphy’s Dec. 7 auction session, will pique the interest of new collectors who will appreciate their historical importance.

Lots 926 through 932, inclusive, are from a different consignor but add very nicely to the historical timeline covered by D’Acosta telephones. The seven additional lots are museum-quality experimental phones attributed to visionary tinkerer and inventor Daniel Drawbaugh (1827-1911), who waged an eight-year battle against Bell Telephone Co., over the invention of the telephone. In 1888, the case was heard by the US Supreme Court, which found in Bell’s favor by a one-vote margin.

Dan Morphy, president of Morphy Auctions, noted that Drawbaugh lived in Harrisburg, Pa., and that his experimental phones previously had been purchased at the Bowman family estate sale. The Bowmans owned a prominent department store that opened in Harrisburg in 1871.

The Peter D’Acosta Antique Telephone Collection plus the additional selection of Daniel Drawbaugh experimental telephones will be auctioned on Sunday, December 7, 2014 (day two of Morphy’s Dec. 6-7 Fine & Decorative Arts) sale. The event will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

For additional information on any item in the sale or to reserve a phone line for live bidding on auction day, call 717-335-3435 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

American Bell No. 2 speaking tube desk set with swirl base, earliest original Bell desk stand known to exist in a private collection, est. $30,000-$40,000. Morphy Auctions image

1897 No. 88-C San Francisco Potbelly long-distance desk telephone made by California Electrical Works, est. $7,000-$9,000. Morphy Auctions image

1903 Automatic Electric Co. Strowger set, est. $8,000-$10,000. Morphy Auctions image

1897 No. 9 Potbelly long-distance desk telephone made by Western Electric, est. $8,000-$10,000. Morphy Auctions image

1894 No. 1 speaking tube desk telephone, Alexander Graham Bell’s first upright desktop telephone model, est. $20,000-$25,000. Morphy Auctions image

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