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Jade gets the green light at Sworders auction Nov. 11-12

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Friday, 31 October 2014 16:48

Blue and white rouleau vase, Kangxi, c.1690, 48.7cm. Estimate: £8,000-£12,000. Sworders image

LONDON – More than 100 lots of jade, many with rare and intricate carvings, are among the 900 lots being sold at the Asian Art Sale by Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers on Tuesday, Nov. 11, and Wednesday, Nov. 12. The auction will begin at 10 a.m. local time.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The lots are expected to attract fierce bidding from the Far East as jade is currently highly sought after by Chinese buyers. Demand for the precious stone has continued to soar in Asia and the pieces for sale include small carved brush washers, scroll weights and pendants.

The works of art are being sold as part of Sworders’ specialist Asian Art Sale. Richard Harrison, Sworders’ director, said: “This is the highest number of exceptional quality jade we have ever seen in one auction. There is an insatiable appetite for the precious stone in China and the carving on items in this sale is exquisite, especially in the small pieces.

“Chinese jade pieces often contain auspicious symbols and animals such as bats which hold great significance and hidden meanings. A bat in such a context means continued good fortune or happiness to the owner, five bats ‘wu fu’ or five blessings, meaning may you have longevity, health, wealth, peace and a good death.”

The guide prices for the jade range from £200 to £6,000, although Sworders’ experts suggest prices could go significantly higher. One highlights of the auction includes a small brush washer with a carving of a wasp in the bowl dating from the 19th/20th century. This has a guide price of £3,000 to £5,000.

Harrison added, “The majority of jade is being sold from two private collections, which is why it has raised so much attention in the Asian art world.”

The sale also includes a number of ceramics and other Asian works of art. A 19th century Daoguang vase, with five dragons is also set to attract international interest. Standing at 41cm (16.4 inches) tall, the red and white vase is estimated at £10,000-£15,000.

Sworders is one of a group of leading UK regional auctioneers, AAA (Association of Accredited Auctioneers) which is also exhibiting a number of high profile Chinese works of art at a special event on Nov. 2, timed to coincide with the annual Asian Art in London show. The group is dedicated to building good relationships with Chinese buyers.

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

Blue and white rouleau vase, Kangxi, c.1690, 48.7cm. Estimate: £8,000-£12,000. Sworders image 

Pair of jade dragons, possibly 18th century, 9.2cm and 8.9cm. Estimate: £4,000-£6,000. Sworders image 

Fine cloisonné incense burner and cover, 18th century, 17.5cm. Estimate: £5,000-£7,000. Sworders image 

Thangka of a seated Buddha holding a begging bowl, early 19th century, 36.5 x 40cm. Estimate: £1,200-£1,500. Sworders image 

Rosewood and elm canopy bed, 19th century. Estimate: £400-£600. Sworders image 

Vase, Daoguang mark and period (1821-1850), six character seal mark in red, 41cm. Estimate: £10,000-£15,000. Sworder image 

Amusing jade brush washer, 20th century, carved with a wasp on a curled lotus leaf, 9.8cm. Sworder image

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 16:48
 

Contemporary, tribal art comprise Gray’s auction Nov. 5-6

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Friday, 31 October 2014 12:31

Baga D'Mba tribe carved wood fertility headdress, Guinea - Niger River region, 20th century, carved wood with metal studs. Estimate $5,000-$7,000. Gray's Auctioneers image

CLEVELAND – Artworks from Ann and Norman Roulet’s extraordinary collection of contemporary, African, Oceanic and ethnographic art are coming up for auction at Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers.

Divided into two consecutive days of auctions, the Postwar and Contemporary Art auction will take place on Nov. 5, and the African, Oceanic and ethnographic artifacts auction on Nov. 6. The auctions will start at 11 a.m. both days, with online live bidding offered by LiveAuctioneers.com

The Roulets’ collection of contemporary art at auction on Nov. 5 features Andy Warhol’s iconic screen print Moonwalk (lot 79). The work, one of the last prints made by Warhol before his death on Feb. 22, 1987 and the first of a planned Warhol series on great moments in television, depicts Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. standing on the moon next to the American flag. Buzz Aldrin was a crew member on the 1969 Apollo XI flight to the moon, which was televised live around the world. An article from the Washington Post in 1988 quotes Aldrin’s reaction to Warhol’s piece, saying “When you’re the second man on the moon, you might not expect to be as remembered as the first.” Aldrin followed Neil Armstrong down the ladder from the moon lander to become the second man on the moon. This print is also signed by Aldrin on the reverse side.

The postwar and contemporary catalog spotlights Stanley Yulish’s collection, which includes among other notable highlights, Zhao Gang’s large early abstract Black Dream (lot 4), an oil on canvas exhibited at Vorpal Gallery in "Selected Abstract Work 1983–88," and featured in the exhibition’s published catalog. The enduring success of the artist’s early abstract work is reflected in current auction results in Hong Kong on Oct. 6, 2014 where two smaller, early pieces sold for HKD $509,760 ($76,170 US) and HKD $339,840 ($43,820 U.S.) respectively.

A private collector from New York has commissioned Gray’s to sell several fine works including two Francis Bacon lithograph triptychs. One is Untitled from 1983, the second from the August Series is from 1972. This collection also includes Gerhardt Richter’s Guildenstern, from 1998 on cibachrome between plexiglass and aluminum board; a rare Brice Marden ink on paper, untitled drawing from 1986; and a David Hockney lithograph, Rain, from the Weather Series, 1973.

Boake and Marian Sells are collectors of contemporary art in Ohio. Artworks from their collection at Gray’s on Nov 5 include Steven Campbell’s monumental Young Camper Discovering Grotto in the Ground. Exhibited at the Barbara Toll Gallery in 1983, Campbell created this work after arriving from his native Glasgow to study in Brooklyn at the Pratt Institute, the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship. Within days of the show, the doyen of the New York art critics, John Russell, fully endorsed the painterly qualities of a young, unknown Scottish artist in his New York Times review. Campbell died at only 54 in 2007. Sandy Moffat writes in his obituary for The Guardian, “His monumental paintings – vivid in imagery, complex in detail and rich in formal invention, depicting intriguing narratives inspired by the novels of PG Wodehouse and Bram Stoker – stunned Scottish audiences and artists alike. Never apologetic about his identity – "I'm the only one doing Scottish Painting" – he proceeded to explore and confront the varied extremes of the national psyche.”

Proceeds from the sale of the collection on Ann and Norma Roulet’s African and Oceanic Artifacts, which takes place at Gray’s on Nov. 6 at 11 a.m., will benefit the Cleveland Institute of Art’s new Ann & Norman Roulet Student and Alumni Gallery. Highlights include lot 58, a magnificent Baga D'Mba carved wood fertility headdress from the Niger River Region in Guinea. Exhibited in 1992 at the "African Sculptural Traditions," exhibition in the John J. McDonough Museum of Art, in Youngstown, Ohio, the piece was also photographed for African Masks: The Barbier-Mueller Collection by Iris Hahner-Herzog, Maria Kecskesi and Lazlo Vajda (plate #22).

Gray’s Auctioneers welcomes bidders in person to preview both auctions in person weekdays, Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 1, noon-4pm. Condition reports will be provided upon request.

For more contact Serena Harragin at 216-458-7695 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Baga D'Mba tribe carved wood fertility headdress, Guinea - Niger River region, 20th century, carved wood with metal studs. Estimate $5,000-$7,000. Gray's Auctioneers image

Gerhard Richter (German, b. 1932), 'Guildenstern,' 1998, Cibachrome between plexiglass and aluminum board, signed and numbered 9/35 on verso. Estimate $30,000-$40,000. Gray's Auctioneers image 

Zhao Gang (b. 1961), 'Black Dream,' oil on canvas, marked with inventory number Gang017 on verso. Estimate $40,000-$60,000. Gray's Auctioneers image 

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 13:12
 

Antiques, decorative arts on tap at Don Presley auction Nov. 30

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Friday, 31 October 2014 11:08

Meissen potpourri vase, 15½ inches tall, est. $500-$800. Don Presley Auctions image

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Antiques, decorative arts, collectibles and memorabilia, jewelry, timepieces, porcelains, bronzes, furniture and coins will go to the highest bidders at a Don Presley auction slated for Sunday, Nov. 30. Fine American, Chinese, Russian and European items – many coming from prestigious Southern California estates – will be included in the 103-lot auction.

The auction will begin at noon Pacific Time. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

A fine selection of European decorative art is at the forefront of the auction. A Demetre Chiparus (Romanian, 1886-1947) enameled bronze titled “Phoenician Dancer” stands 21½ inches tall and is estimated at $6,000-$8,000.

European ceramics include a 15½-inch-tall Meissen potpourri vase and a hand-painted Limoges plate, 12¼ inches in diameter. A pair of 42½-inch-tall urns, after Jean Antoine Houdon, will be offered with an estimate of $800-$1,000. There’s also an outstanding Art Nouveau portrait plate with the profile of a dark-haired beauty framed within a circular border of poppies. Its presale estimate is $300-$400.

A pair of graceful cloisonné birds on stands consists of an example measuring 9 inches high, and a stylized 6½-inch jade bird with carved detailing.

The image of a horse-drawn troika gliding across the snow is a popular one with collectors of Russian art. A framed 14- by 10-inch depiction of a trio of horses at full gallop, signed “A. Schel,” is presented in an old and ornate, probably original frame. Along for the ride are a standing driver and bundled-up passenger. The painting is expected to make $1,500-$2,000.

From the late 19th century, a fine French gilt bronze mantel clock is estimated at $1,000-$1,500, while a wooden fireplace screen with an Art Nouveau floral motif could be a good buy at $200-$400.

For additional information on any item in the sale, call 714-633-2437 or email Don Presley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Meissen potpourri vase, 15½ inches tall, est. $500-$800. Don Presley Auctions image

Art Nouveau porcelain portrait plate, 13¾ inches in diameter, est. $300-$400. Don Presley Auctions image

Pair of cloisonné birds on stands, the larger measuring 9 inches tall, est. $50-$100. Don Presley Auctions image

Stylized jade bird with carved detailing, 6½ inches tall, est. $50-$100. Don Presley Auctions image

Hand-painted Limoges plate, 12¼ inches in diameter, est. $50-$100. Don Presley Auctions image

Pair of urns, after Houdon, 42½ inches tall, est. $800-$1,500. Don Presley Auctions image

Chinese covered jar, 13 inches tall, est. $300-$400. Don Presley Auctions image

Late-19th-century fireplace screen with Art Nouveau floral motif, est. $200-$400. Don Presley Auctions image

Late 19th-century French gilt bronze mantel clock, est. $1,000-$1,500. Don Presley Auctions image

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 12:25
 

Earth’s natural wonders on display in Morphy’s Nov. 8 Mineral Auction

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 13:40

Gold specimen, Belshazzar Mine, Boise County, Idaho; 24.56 oz total weight / 19.35 oz pure gold content, ex Farnham collection. Est. $80,000-$110,000. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Geological treasures of every imaginable color and origin will take the spotlight on Saturday, November 8th as Morphy’s presents an eye-filling 116-lot auction of rare minerals. Bidders will be able to participate online through LiveAuctioneers.

The anticipated top lot of the sale is Lot 10, a spectacular 257-gram Tanzanite crystal. Found in the Merelani Hills region near Arusha, Umba Valley, Tanzania, the intense blue-purple specimen is a true rarity with perfect proportions culminating in a sharp, chiseled determination. Previously in a private collection assembled by a gem broker in Arusha, this crystal was sold to an investor a few years ago.

“Tanzanite crystals only come from one place in the world, a mine complex that is already past the 1.5-kilometer depth mark,” said Morphy Auctions president, Dan Morphy. “The mine is still going, but there’s a limit, and access to Tanzanite crystals like the one in our sale will eventually end.” Measuring 10.9 by 4.7 by 3.5cm, the crystal is estimated at $100,000-$125,000.

Another geological beauty that’s expected to land in the money is Lot 102, an important, 100-percent natural gold specimen from Boise County, Idaho. It was found with a metal detector in 2008 at the old dumps of Belshazzar Mine. “Crystallized gold from this locality was barely known until this find,” Morphy noted. After this particular specimen’s discovery, the Belshazzar Mine area became known as one of the top US locales for gold in crystal form. The piece has been assayed by specific gravity at 19.35 ounces of pure gold content out of 24.56 ounces of total weight, including the matrix rock. Of investment grade and measuring 10.8 by 7.7 by 6.7cm, it is expected to sell for $80,000-$110,000.

Lot 9, a large, chrome-green emerald sourced at the Muzo Mine in Colombia, exhibits a radiant, intense color and is described in Morphy’s catalog as “translucent and brilliantly sparkling…great cabochon material for the jewelry trade.” Most emeralds of its size and weight (crystal: 3 by 2.7 by 2cm; overall 6.8 by 6.1 by 4.3cm, 174 grams) would have been cut, but this particular gem was saved and became part of the Dr. Marvin Rausch collection. Its estimate is $30,000-$40,000.

From the Shigar Valley of Gilgit, Pakistan, comes Lot 101, a fine-quality aquamarine with an intensity, clarity, brilliance and transparency that puts it among the top percentile of specimens ever found at that locale. “This is truly a special piece. It’s so sharp and clean that, at first glance, it looks faceted rather than natural,” Morphy said. Weighing 98 grams and presented on a custom display base, it is entered in the sale with a $25,000-$30,000 estimate.

One of the finest gems in the sale is Lot 44, an amethyst found in Las Vigas de Ramirez, Veracruz, Mexico. A major specimen for that locality, it weighs 1,890 grams and features glassy, intensely colored purple crystals up to 4.5cm in length. Undoubtedly older and with provenance from the Schertz collection assembled in the 1980s-1990s, the 17 by 15.7 by 14.5cm amethyst is estimated at $20,000-$25,000.

Other highlights include Lot 98, a massive 25-lb quartz crystal from Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil, ex Schertz collection and estimated at $12,000-$15,000; and Lot 3, a 106-gram tourmaline, ex Bill Larson collection and Farnham collection, sourced at the Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, California, and estimated at $6,000-$9,000.

Morphy’s Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 Mineral Auction will commence 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

Gold specimen, Belshazzar Mine, Boise County, Idaho; 24.56 oz total weight / 19.35 oz pure gold content, ex Farnham collection. Est. $80,000-$110,000. Morphy Auctions image

Tourmaline, Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, California; 106 grams, ex Larson and Farnham collections. Est. $6,000-$9,000. Morphy Auctions image

Emerald, Muzo Mine, Boyaca Dept, Colombia; 174 grams, ex Dr. Marvin Rausch collection. Est. $30,000-$40,000. Morphy Auctions image

Tanzanite crystal, Merelani Hills near Arusha, Umba Valley, Tanzania; 257 grams, from a private collection. Est. $100,000-$125,000. Morphy Auctions image

Matrix Tanzanite, Merelani Hills near Arusha, Umba Valley, Tanzania. Est. $50,000-$60,000.

Amethyst, Las Vigas de Ramirez, Veracruz, Mexico; 1,890 grams, ex Schertz collection. Est. $20,000-$25,000. Morphy Auctions image

Quartz crystal, Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil; 25 lbs. Est. $12,000-$15,000. Morphy Auctions image

Aquamarine, Shigar Valley, Gilgit, Pakistan; 98 grams, ex Schertz collection. Est. $25,000-$30,000. Morphy Auctions image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:20
 

PBA Galleries to auction rare antiquarian children’s books Nov. 6

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014 14:13

‘The Nursery Alice.’ PBA Galleries image.

SAN FRANCISCO – PBA Galleries will offer the rare and antiquarian children’s book collection of Pamela Harer on Thursday, Nov. 6. The sale will feature a select group of 187 lots of children’s books and juvenile literature from the 17th through 20th centuries, from Tom Thumb and Goody Two-Shoes to Dr. Seuss and Maurice Sendak.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

Included are seven original hornbooks, for early training in the alphabet; miniature books; abécédaires; alphabet books; almanacs; and much more. In addition, there are nearly 30 lots of Pamela Harer’s reference books for children’s literature, a key resource in forming her collection. A second sale of the collection is scheduled for sale on Feb. 19, 2015.

Pamela Harer was a passionate bibliophile who collected, preserved, researched and shared both her books and her knowledge. She started over 50 years ago when she sought to find a few favorite books from her childhood to share with her four children. That soon progressed into intense study of the history of books with emphasis on illustrated children’s literature. Over the years, her collection became quite large and she sought appropriate new homes for her books. She has donated material to Florida International University, the University of Washington, California State University Fresno and Princeton University. She also wanted her books to go passionate collectors such as herself.

Among the highlights of the sale is Lewis Carroll’s The Nursery Alice with illustrations after the originals by John Tenniel. One of only 12 copies bound as samples for the American market in 1889 (estimate: $7,000/10,000). The first edition of Beatrix Potter’s The Tailor of Gloucester was privately printed for the author a year before the Frederick Warne edition. It includes 15 color plates by Potter and is one of only 500 copies (estimate: $7,000/10,000). Also on the block is a clean first edition in dust jacket of Maurice Sendak’s most beloved book, Where the Wild Things Are (estimate: $5,000/8,000).

The 1824 edition of Curiöser Spiegel … contains an illustrated title leaf and 41 full-page hand-colored woodcut plates, printed on both sides of the leaf. The original 17th century blocks were used for the printing and are scenes depicting events from birth to death (estimate: $7,000/10,000). A complete set of the 24 illustrated cards, Cris de St. Petersbourg, depicting the tradesmen and women of St. Petersburg is also offered. It is rarely found in a complete set (estimate: $5,000/8,000). The earliest obtainable edition of The History of Little Goody Twoshoes is the Worcester Edition published by Isaiah Thomas in 1787. Although preceded by three earlier printings, these are known only in a small number of copies and most are incomplete (estimate: $3,000/5,000).

Also featured in the sale is a First English Edition of A Primer for the Use of the Mohawk Children by Daniel Claus was published in 1786. Preceded only by the exceedingly rare 1781 Montreal edition of which fewer than 10 copies are known. Possibly co-authored by a Mohawk clerk and schoolmaster, Paul Sahonwadi (Claus’s collaborator on the Mohawk Book of Common Prayer in 1780), the primer was used to teach Mohawk children the alphabet to read Christian doctrine (estimate: $15,000/$20,000). An early hornbook with a printed sheet containing the alphabet and more is stamped with the effigy of Charles II on horseback. It is one of six lots of hornbooks in the sale (estimate: $1,500/2,000).

The sale will begin at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

For more information, please contact PBA Galleries at (415) 989-2665 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

‘The Nursery Alice.’ PBA Galleries image.

‘Cris de St. Petersbourg,’ 24 illustrated cards depicting the tradesmen and women of St. Petersburg. PBA Galleries image.

‘Curioser Spiegel … ’ 1824 edition, contains an illustrated title leaf and 41 full-page hand-colored woodcut plates. PBA Galleries image.

Hornbook stamped with the effigy of Charles II on horseback. PBA Galleries image.

The sale will contain six lots of hornbooks. PBA Galleries image.

‘Primer for the Use of Mohawk Children.’ PBA Galleries image.

Sendak's ‘Where the Wild Things Are.’ PBA Galleries image.

‘The History of Little Goody Twoshoes.’ PBA Galleries image.

An illustration in ‘The Tailor of Gloucester.’ PBA Galleries image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 08:22
 

Slotin Auction recognizes self-taught masters in Nov. 8-9 sale

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Monday, 27 October 2014 15:12

Lanier Meaders, ‘Runny Eyes and Teeth Face Jug,’ c. early 1980s. One of approximately 80 from a kiln of mistakes. This group is famous for the melted effect and beautiful deep rich dark tobacco-spit glaze, 10 1/2 in. high. Est. $1,500-2,500. Slotin Auction image.

BUFORD, Ga. – Slotin Auction, specializing in self-taught, is also the premier auction house for bringing the strange, the unusual and the vanishing America to the block. This Nov. 8-9 edition is sure to pique the interest in any collector looking for the rarest of examples by important artists as well as fantastic new discoveries. LiveAuctioneers.com will host Internet live bidding.

Slotin Auction has scoured the country to bring the rare and unique items out for this sale. More than 1,100 lots will feature everything from Southern folk pottery, religious banners, trade signs, flash art, self-taught and outsider art, vernacular photography, African-American paintings and sculpture, Native American ledger drawings, important decoys, circus and carnival items, folk carvings, whirligigs, gorgeous memory paintings, weather vanes, cigar band creations, Navajo Folk art, contemporary Chicago art collection, tramp art, European folk art, art brut, erotica, collection of Southwestern ollas, illustration art, Odd Fellows, new discoveries and much more.

Watch for a museum-quality masterpiece by Adolf Wolfli, Lot 123, (est. $15,000-20,000); an Adam & Eve in the Garden wood carving by Edgar Tolson, Lot 134 (est. $8,000-12,000); Lot 131, and the iconic Soda Fountain carving from the Chuck and Jan Rosenak Collection featured as the front cover of Contemporary American Folk Art A Collector’s Guide and Contemporary American Folk Art The Balsley Collection (est. $3,000-5,000). Other treats include the rare, Winter Fun On Third Street, lot 129, by Ruth Perkins (est. $4,000-8,000); Lot 124, a singular Scottie Wilson work (est. 4,000-6,000); three soot and spit creations by outsider artist James Castle including two double-sided masterworks, Lots 125 & 126, provenance J. Crist Gallery (est. $4,000-8,000); and four drawings by Joseph Yoakum, including a large and rare vertical image, Lot 143, Mt. Parnasses In Pindas Mountain Range, Provenance Fleisher-Ollman Gallery (est. 8,000-12,000).

Decoy collectors will enjoy 60 lots of duck, geese and ice fishing decoys from the Linda and Gene Kangas Collection, including a rare back preening elder hen by Augustus “Gus” Aaron Wilson, c. 1900-20s, Lot 112 (est. $8,000-12,000) and lot 674 an early turned head pintail drake by Charles Perdew of Henry, Ill., (est. $1,000-1,500).

Other rare and important items include an Edouard Louis Dubufe (1820-1883) portrait of A Man With Daughter and Hunting Spoils from the Charles Alvey Estate, which was acquired from Bert Hemphill, Lot 110 (est. $2,000-4,000); a carved rooster by Wilhelm Schimmel (1817-1890, Pa.) Lot 111 (est. 4,000-6,000); and a grouping of original Native American ledger drawings from the early 1900s, Lots 105-108 (est. $2,000-3,000 each).

Other highlights are a fantastic mid-century oil by Paul Lauterbach, which exhibited at the Haggerty Museum of Art illustrated in the catalog pg. 55 (Lot 148 est. $1,000-3,000); an ex. Robert Bishop Collection work by Albert Webster Davies, Surrender At Nashville, Lot 149 (est. $2,000-3,000); lot 192, Seated Woman by Ralph Fasanella (est. 2,000-3,000), Lot 193; and a solarized photo of Marie by Eugene Von Brenchenhein (est. 1,000-3,000). Gorgeous works by memory painters, Tella Kitchen, Linda Anderson, Mattie Lou O’Kelley, Antonio Esteves and Nan Phelps will also be offered. There will also be stunning examples by Thornton Dial, Sam Doyle, Sister Gertrude Morgan and Clementine Hunter, early numbered originals by Howard Finster, deeply carved strong examples by Herbert Singleton, masterpieces by Georges Liautaud, St. EOM, Bessie Harvey, Aldo Piacenza, Sulton Rogers, Archie Byron, Felipe Archuleta, Mose Tolliver and unique examples by North Georgia’s king of Southern folk pottery, Lanier Meaders.

As always, Slotin will feature several new discoveries of note: Lots 477-499, including a gun cut out of Rush Limbaugh’s The Ways Things Ought To Be, five works c. 1940 by New York artist John W. Johnson, including Lot 600, Nude by Mountain Lake; and Lot 398, The Modern Inferno: Ten Steps To Hell, a grouping of 11 erotic works by Jamestown, N.Y., artist Walter Reinsch, featured in Milton Simpson’s Folk Erotica.

Slotin Auction is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign a single piece or an entire collection, call them, at 770-532-1115, or 404-403-4244. Or, e-mail them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Lanier Meaders, ‘Runny Eyes and Teeth Face Jug,’ c. early 1980s. One of approximately 80 from a kiln of mistakes. This group is famous for the melted effect and beautiful deep rich dark tobacco-spit glaze, 10 1/2 in. high. Est. $1,500-2,500. Slotin Auction image.

S.L. Jones, ‘Soda Fountain,’ c. 1980s. Carved and painted wood with glass and other mixed media, 20in. x 15in. x 5in. Est. $3,000-5,000. Slotin Auction image.

Adolf Wolfli, ‘Monmooria, Indien: Und, Martin=Nacht, imgrossen, ost=meer.’ 1919. Colored pencil on paper, 20in. x 16in. Est. $15,000-20,000. Slotin Auction image.

Augustus ‘Gus’ Aaron Wilson, ‘Rare Sculpture Back Preening Elder’ c. 1900-1920s. Early wide body with inletted neck and original paint. Carved and painted wood, 16in. x 9in. x 7 1/2in. Est. $8,000-12,000. Slotin Auction image.

Native American, ‘Wedding Ceremony Ledger Drawing,’ c. early 1900s. Watercolor and graphite on ledger paper. Image is 12in. wide x 7 1/2in. high. Est. $2,000-3000. Slotin Auction image.

Howard Fiunster, ‘The Big Hopper Has Jumped The Fence, #1,579,’ 1980. Signed, numbered and titled. Tractor enamel on wooden panel with artist decorated wood-burned frame, 37in. x 18in. Est. $3,000-6,000. Slotin Auction image.

Daniel Gordon Watson, ‘Green Thread ... Portrait Of Fred Hicks,’ c. 1995. Prismacolor on arches black cover stock. Size with frame is 25in x 25in. Est. $1,000-1,500. Slotin Auction image.

John W. Johnson, ‘Female Nude By Mountain Lake,’ 1941. Signed and dated. Oil on board, size with frame is 18in. wide x 23in. high. Est. $500-800. Slotin Auction image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 14:19
 

Midwest Auction Galleries goes from West to East, Nov. 1-2

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:30

Li Huanmin and Li Shaoyan monochrome woodblock prints. Midwest Auction Galleries image

OXFORD, Mich. – Midwest Auction Galleries will conduct its Fine and Decorative Arts Auction on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m. Eastern time, followed by its Chinese Antiques and Works of Art Auction on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m., featuring exceptional works in various media.

Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Saturday’s sale includes works from a prominent Grosse Pointe, Mich., family composed of exquisite paintings by Eugene Meeks and Alex de Andreis, a massive hand-painted and embroidered silk World War I regimental flag, and an unusual mixed media astronaut doll, purportedly a prop from an Elton John “Rocket Man” performance.

Also for sale are various gold and silver pocket watches including an early Hirschauer Dresden fusee with a rare enameled case. A 19th century German cuckoo clock, finely carved of black forest wood to depict pheasants, deer and pine trees. These are just few of the antiques available in Saturday’s auction.

Sunday’s sale will cover a vast selection of Asian antiques including a large collection of Chinese Archaic bronze from an American collector. Part of this man’s collection sold recently at Christie’s New York for a large but undisclosed sum. Also included are a fine ivory inlaid zitan wood snuff box, porcelains and jades.

For more information about these auctions call Midwest Auction Galleries at 248-236-8100 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

Li Huanmin and Li Shaoyan monochrome woodblock prints. Midwest Auction Galleries image

Fine and massive 19th century German black forest Cuckoo clock. Midwest Auction Galleries image

William Glackens oil painting on board. Midwest Auction Galleries image

Attributed Thomas Moran oil painting on canvas. Midwest Auction Galleries image

Zheng Wei monochrome woodblock prints. Midwest Auction Galleries image

Fine Chinese ivory inlaid zitan snuff box. Midwest Auction Galleries image

Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 15:23
 

Morphy's to auction contents of Wild West Museum, Oct 31-Nov 2

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Handmade tooled leather cowboy boots made for cowboy film star Tom Mix, 1930s-40s, possibly made by Blucher, exhibited at the Museum of the Horse in New Mexico, est. $400-$600. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – One of the most important collections ever to document the characters and rough-and-tumble lifestyles of the Old West will cross the auction block at Morphy Auctions, October 31 through Nov. 2. The 3,000-lot event features the contents of Dan Hardesty’s Wild West Museum of Franklin, Pennsylvania. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

“We are deeply honored that Dan Hardesty chose our company to auction his one of a kind collection,” said Dan Morphy, president of Morphy Auctions. “Mr. Hardesty made it his lifelong mission to track down and acquire many of the Old West’s most significant and recognizable historical pieces so they could be viewed by the public as a whole in his museum. Had he not done so, American history probably would have missed out on some of its most colorful details.”

Hardesty said he first recognized antiques as important historical objects at the tender age of six. Three years later, he purchased his first collectible – a cowboy holster. It was a milestone moment for the youngster – one that unwittingly would set him on the path to becoming the indomitable force he is today in the field of Old West material.

There are few categories of antiques, in general, with which Hardesty has not had some experience. His early interests, Hardesty recalled, included “good lamps and music boxes – the type Morphy’s sells.” In time, he added antique guns and Western and Civil War memorabilia to the list of objects that filled his house, wall to wall and floor to ceiling.

When his collections outgrew the available space in which to display them at his home, Hardesty purchased a three-story brick building in Franklin, Pennsylvania that previously had been used as an armory. Investing substantial amounts of time and money, Hardesty set about achieving his vision of creating a museum where he could showcase and share his collections. In 1984, he opened the doors to a wonderland of Americana, his now-legendary Wild West Museum.

The warren-like rooms in Dan’s fascinating museum took the visitor on a visual journey through the wild and woolly landscape of how the West was won. Nowhere else could one see such a comprehensive array of relics, including saddles, firearms, military uniforms and Native-American artifacts. Additionally, there were sub-collections that focused on Buffalo Bill and other 19th-century personalities; 101 Ranch and similar 19th-century frontier entertainment troupes.

“This auction is full of genuine rarities,” said Morphy, “some of which may only become available for purchase once in a collector’s lifetime.”

The Sunday session (Day 3) will be devoted entirely to a remarkable 800-lot selection of antique guns, rifles and other weapons, some owned by famous figures of the American West. Special highlights include two factory-engraved ’66 Winchester .44 caliber rifles, Buffalo Bill’s handgun, Geronimo’s knife, and a pistol that belonged to Doc Holliday’s companion “Big Nose Kate.”

The lineup also includes hundreds of Indian artifacts, beaded objects, baskets, pipes, arrowheads; Buffalo Bill’s original jacket, and posters, banners, photos and mementos from the showman’s Wild West Show. Outfits and memorabilia pertaining to performers in the 101 Ranch and other famous frontier shows will be auctioned, as well.

A superb array of saddles includes four that were used by Civil War officers, a signed Tom Mix saddle, and a dazzling example covered with 1920s silver dollars. Many military uniforms have been cataloged, with a timeline that runs from the Civil War through the Spanish-American War.

The fine art category features Western bronzes, including originals by Charles S. Remington (American, 1861-1909), and several beautifully executed portraits of Indian chiefs.

Morphy’s Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014 auction of the contents of Dan Hardesty’s Wild West Museum will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern time.

For additional information on any item in the sale, call Morphy’s gallery at 717-335-3435 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Handmade tooled leather cowboy boots made for cowboy film star Tom Mix, 1930s-40s, possibly made by Blucher, exhibited at the Museum of the Horse in New Mexico, est. $400-$600. Morphy Auctions image

Cyrus Edwim Dallin (American, 1861-1909, ‘Appeal to the Spirit,’ sculpture, 3/100, $800-$1,200. Morphy Auctions image

Sterling silver bracelet with five large turquoise stones, marked ‘ENCBIERRS,’ est. $250-$350. Morphy Auctions image

Winchester shell board with original cartridges, 40 x 52½ in, est. $10,000-$15,000. Morphy Auctions image

Buffalo Bill's personal show jacket, worn by the Western showman during a visit to Cornwall, England; presented in inlaid case measuring 36 x 30in, est. $15,000-$20,000. Morphy Auctions image

Nickel-silver mounted saddle made by Newell Saddle Shop, St. Louis, Mo., circa 1920-30s, silver dollars mounted in pommel, some sterling mounts, decorations in skirting, est. $6,000-$8,000. Morphy Auctions image

Beautifully tooled leather Western saddle that belonged to cowboy film star Tom Mix, fancy hand-tooled ‘M’ on tapaderos, est. $6,000-$8,000. Morphy Auctions image

Colt 3rd Model Dragoon .44 caliber revolver and shoulder stock, manufactured in 1858, est. $7,000-$9,000. Morphy Auctions image

Early pre-Winchester Volcanic lever-action repeating Navy pistol, Serial No. 140, one of approx. 1,500 manufactured in 1856-1857, est. $12,000-$15,000. Morphy Auctions image

Last Updated on Friday, 24 October 2014 14:49
 

Quinn & Farmer to auction early Cy Twombly self-portrait, Oct. 25

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 13:44

Judith Lieber minaudiere. Quinn & Farmer image

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Quinn & Farmer’s beautifully varied Oct. 25 auction of furniture, art and decorative art is led by an early self-portrait by one of Virginia’s most accomplished native sons, Cy Twombly (1928-2011). The story behind the artwork, which is estimated at $30,000-$50,000, reveals Twombly’s very Southern trait of building and nurturing long-term friendships.

“Before he moved to Rome and became an artist of international acclaim, Twombly was just another one of the friendly folks in Lexington, Virginia,” said Ken Farmer of Quinn & Farmer. “His best friends in the area were the Hess family. When the Hess’s son, Skip, was born in 1950, Cy created cartoon studies of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Fiddler Pig to hang on the nursery wall. As Skip grew up, he and Cy spent time together fishing and hiking around Cy’s cabin on the Maury River. On his ninth birthday, Cy gave Skip a signed 1947 self-portrait and inscribed it ‘To Skipper from Cy 1959.’ They maintained their close friendship until Cy’s death three years ago.”

The cartoon studies join the self-portrait in Quinn & Farmer’s Oct. 25 auction, which offers Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. Each study is estimated at $1,000-$2,000.

Emilia Penney, Furniture & Design Specialist for Quinn & Farmer said, “This early self-portrait of Twombly captures a simple and abstract depiction of the artist before the evolution of his famous text and line compositions. We are honored to have been chosen to sell this piece and elated to see it sell in Virginia, not far from where Cy grew up.” The work is executed on paper in graphite, ink and gouache.

Additional items of notable quality in this auction include an all-original 1956 Les Paul Goldtop electric guitar estimated at $10,000-$15,000; two Jesus Rafael de Soto (Venezuelan, 1923-2005) modernist sculptures (estimated at $10,000-$15,000 and $8,000-$12,000, respectively), a 1971 Ford Mustang convertible estimated at $10,000-$15,000, a fine Sioux dress from the 1870s, $6,500-$8,000; and a lovely 19th-century Southern huntboard estimated at $1,000-$2,000.

The October 25, 2014 auction will commence at 10:00 a.m. EST. For additional details on any lot in the sale or to organize a phone or absentee bid, 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

Judith Lieber minaudiere. Quinn & Farmer image

Self-portrait by Cy Twombly (American, 1928-2011), graphite, ink and gouache on paper; executed in 1947 and inscribed and gifted to a friend in 1959, est. $30,000-$50,000

Robert E. Lee signed carte de visite. Quinn & Farmer image

Donald Duck character cartoon study by Cy Twombly, 1950, est. $1,000-$2,000. Quinn & Farmer image

Mickey Mouse character cartoon study by Cy Twombly, 1950, est. $1,000-$2,000. Quinn & Farmer image

Fiddler pig character cartoon study by Cy Twombly, 1950, est. $1,000-$2,000. Quinn & Farmer image

Jesus Rafael de Soto (Venezuelan, 1923-2005) modernist sculpture. Quinn & Farmer image

Jesus Rafael de Soto (Venezuelan, 1923-2005) modernist sculpture. Quinn & Farmer image

19th-century Southern huntboard estimated at $1,000-$2,000

Les Paul 1956 Goldtop electric guitar, est. $10,000-$15,000. Quinn & Farmer image

1971 Ford Mustang convertible, est. $10,000-$15,000. Quinn & Farmer image

Last Updated on Friday, 24 October 2014 16:01
 

Material Culture embraces outsider art at auction Oct. 26

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Justin McCarthy (American, 1891-1977), 'Miss America 1946,' ink and watercolor on paper, 17 1/2 in. x 11 3/4 in., 44 x 30 cm (sight). Estimate: $500-$700. Material Culture image

PHILA., Pa. – In its sale "Folk, Self-Taught and Outsider Art," Material Culture will bring together a rich compendium of artistic works across these categories. A leader in self-taught art, the auction house once again showcases some of the top names in this increasingly popular field, offering excellent opportunities for both established and new collectors. Presenting works by American artists such as Purvis Young, Victor Joseph Gatto, Howard Finster, Justin McCarthy and Rex Clawson, and international stars such as Prince Twins Seven Seven, Jacques-Enguerrand Gourgue and Georges Liautaud, along with many others, this auction is a testament to the vitality of individual vision. The over 320 lots in the sale also offer a wealth of ethnographic and folk art and artifacts.

The auction commences at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26, with LiveAuctioneers.com facilitating live Internet bidding.

Leading self-taught art is a spectacular painting by American artist Purvis Young (1943-2010), Blues Man (lot 56). Dating to 1973, the painting on wood portrays a haloed musician with a harmonica and saxophone. The artist’s common themes of the African-American experience and urban life are seen in many of the 14 lots at auction. An untitled mixed media painting on wood panel (lot 53) marries many of Young’s pictorial subjects: jostling city buildings, white horses, and lines of human figures reminiscent of slaves.

American self-taught artist Justin McCarthy (1891-1977) is also well-represented at auction, with 16 lots of his brightly colored expressionistic paintings. McCarthy often took inspiration from pop culture subjects, as with his Miss America 1946 (lot 20), which comes to auction through the collection of Patricia L. and Maurice C. Thompson. Also from the Thompson collection is a painting on board by Mose Tolliver (1925-2006), a self-taught artist from Alabama, depicting one of his smiling round-headed figures (lot 200).

Another top lot in American self-taught art is Landscape with Wildlife (lot 39) by Victor Joseph Gatto (1893-1965). Gatto’s work gains some if its potent energy through its focus on the push and pull of opposing forces, and in this beautiful oil painting, the stunning river valley landscape is juxtaposed with the pack of wolves attacking the deer at the bottom of the frame. A total of 10 paintings by the New York City artist Gatto enrich the auction. A fascinating drawing by Frank Jones (American, 1900-1969), identifies the prickly contoured building as a Chinese Stormproof House (lot 52), with provenance that includes the Janet Fleisher Gallery. Two paintings by American artist, poet and actor Tony Fitzpatrick (b. 1958) include a mixed media drawing of colored pencil and acrylic on slate board with the words "Holy Owl with Dead Saint Goin Back to God" painted on the board’s frame (lot 85). American artist Rex Clawson (1929-2007) is shown in 10 lots of his boldly outlined and prismatically colored paintings, influenced by both Cubism and Central American art, such as his Mermaid and Octopus (lot 147).

Six lots by Howard Finster (1916-2001) appear in the sale; originally a Baptist minister from Alabama, Finster may be one of the best known American self-taught artists, his distinct style recognizable for its use in popular culture in the late 20th century. A pale blue giraffe on cutout board (lot 156) bears many of the hallmarks of Finsterʼs art, incorporating inspirational text and fine detail. American self-taught artist Eddy Mumma (1908-1986), known as "Mr. Eddy," is represented at auction in seven different lots (162-168), largely his characteristic portraits of men rendered in thick, nonnaturalistic colors. Six mixed-media portraits by Shields Landon Jones (1901-1997), or S.L. Jones, show the West Virginia artist’s stylized portraiture, for which he is best known (lots 169-172).

Leroy Almon’s (1938-1997) Devil Fishing (lot 224) exhibits the Georgia folk artist’s intersection between sculpture and painting in this carved and painted wood relief panel, showing Satan dangling items of temptation to the upstretched arms of mortals. The act of fishing also appears in one of five paintings by Iowan artist Charles W. "Uncle" Howe (1892-1982), aptly titled Just Fishing (lot 135), in which a man and woman, entirely nude, strike the same pose fishing from a riverbank. Contemporary self-taught American art includes five lots by Jim Bloom (b. 1968), led by his mixed media panel One Day in Homeroom (lot 175) and four of Barbara Strawser’s festive naive-style paintings, including an untitled oil painting on wood panel depicting a girl in the midst of flowers (lot 205). Other featured artists in this category are David Tinsley (b. 1951) whose two paintings at auction include the acrylic on panel Girl and Deer (lot 225) and Lonnie Holley (b. 1950), with a mixed media assemblage titled Mask for My Sister’s Baby (lot 223).

Some of the finest lots in the sale are the works of Haitian artists. Jacques-Enguerrand Gourgue (1930-1996), one of Haiti’s most renowned artists of the 20th century, is shown at auction in a surrealist Still Life of oil on canvas (lot 89). The painting comes to auction from the Estate of Edwina Hilton Marks, along with an oil painting on Masonite by Seneque Obin (1893-1977), Capois La Mort a Vertieres depicting a scene from the battle of Vertieres, a major victory in the Second War of Haitian Independence (lot 95), and an untitled oil on board painting by Wilson Bigaud (1931-2010) of a wedding recessional on horseback (lot 90). Haitian-born artist Max Romain (b. 1930), active in New York City, brings to auction seven paintings, opening with King and Queen, (lot 139), a mixed media drawing dating to 1991. Two steel sculptures by famed metalworker Georges Liautaud, one of a pig (lot 91) and one of a smiling pregnant woman with earrings (lot 92), appear in the sale from the collection of Patricia L. and Maurice C. Thompson. Liautaud is largely credited as the source of an important movement in metal art in 20th century Haiti and the inspiration to subsequent generations of artists. Other international artists of note include Prince Twins Seven Seven (Nigerian, 1944-2011), whose seven lots at auction include a piece of ink on unstretched fabric titled Ogum ... of Power (lot 78), and Kwame Akoto or Almighty God, (Ghanaian, b. 1950), with 10 lots including the oil on board portrait Covered by the Blood of His Majesty Lord Jesus Christ (lot 69).

Other offerings in sculpture are no less diverse in spirit and tone. The most well-represented in this category is folk art legend Gregory Warmack (1948-2012), or "Mr. Imagination," with 13 lots of his mixed media creations. Warmack used found objects to create jocular animals and lively faces, often of imagined African kings, as in his Mixed Media Brush Heads (lot 180), in which recycled materials such as buttons and bottle caps make figures out of discarded paintbrushes. These sculptures come directly to the current owner from the artist. Meanwhile, the fanciful vision of American artist Sulton Rogers (1922-2003) can be seen in his phantasmagoric Two Headed Man with Cigar in carved and painted wood (lot 173), where one three-eyed face seems to sprout upwards from another, above an otherwise normal body. Other sculptures in the auction include The Sister, a mask made of found metal and wood on a stand (lot 192) by Jerry Coker (American, b. 1938), a mixed media sculpture of a head, its face painted in a tribal manner, that protrudes from its frame (lot 239) by Gina Gruenberg (American, 20th century), and the equally surreal Bust of a Man in glazed ceramic (lot 240), with birds roosting in the man’s horizontal coiffure, by Thaddeus Erdahl (American, 20th century).

A small collection of Native American artifacts has a provenance that includes early 20th century collector Joseph Grimm, coming to the current owner Robert Panchison through descent. A Northwest Coast Tlingit steel, copper and abalone shell dagger from the 19th century opens the auction (lot 1). Other exceptional items include an early 20th century Plains vest, its front entirely patterned with glass beads (lot 2) that is pictured in an early photo of Grimm’s collection, a turquoise pawn bracelet inscribed to Grimm from the silent film star Edythe Sterling (lot 11) and a beaded necklace owned by Chief Two Guns White Calf (lot 3), a leader of the Blackfoot tribe who may have been a model for the "Buffalo" nickel, and was undoubtedly one of the most famous Native Americans of the 20th century. The necklace, in a frame with descendant hair locks and necklaces, is also grouped with a period chromolithograph of Chief Two Guns White Calf wearing the necklace.

Additionally, the auction presents a true variety of traditional folk art. Eight lots of antique Russian Orthodox icons are led by a 19th century icon depicting the Mother of God with the Christ child, with hand-painted egg tempera and gesso on wood panel, in a gilt wood and kiot frame (lot 306). Other devotional images include five 19th century Mexican retablos on painted tin (lots 296-301), and allegorical earthenware figures from Mexico, with sculptures by Josefina and Demetrio Garcia Aguilar, as in the latter’s painted earthenware plaque, Tree of Life (lot 259). An exceptional Huichol yarn painting, framed, renders a vibrant intersection of animal forms and figures in brightly colored wool in beeswax (lot 253). Other lots include a vintage American bungalow-style birdhouse of painted wood (257), hand-painted folk art crosses, and masks from Tibet, Guatemala, Mexico and Native American tribes. The auction closes with 10 lots of art books, grouped by subject such as outsider art, American folk art, African art, pottery and more.

For details phone 215-438-4700.

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

Justin McCarthy (American, 1891-1977), 'Miss America 1946,' ink and watercolor on paper, 17 1/2 in. x 11 3/4 in., 44 x 30 cm (sight). Estimate: $500-$700. Material Culture image

Northwest Coast Tlingit steel and copper dagger, 19th century approx. 16 1/4 inches long, includes a sheath. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Material Culture image

Victor Joseph Gatto (American, 1893-1965), 'Landscape with Wildlife,' oil painting on canvas, 24 in. x 28 1/2 in., 61 x 72 cm (stretcher). Estimate: $3,000-$4,000. Material Culture image

Purvis Young (American, 1943-2010), 'Blues Man,' 1973, painting on wood, 42 1/2 in. x 22 in., 108 x 56 cm (board). Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Material Culture image

Georges Liautaud (Haiti/Croix-des-Bouquets, 1899-1992), 'Pig,' steel sculpture, size: 11 1/2 in. x 20 in., (29 x 51 cm). Estimate: $500-$700.Material Culture image

Seneque Obin (Haitian/Cap-Haitien, 1893-1977), 'Capois La Mort a Vertieres,' oil on Masonite, 16 in. x 20 in., 41 x 51 cm (board). Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Material Culture image

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 14:08
 

Tim’s Inc. lines up major auction in historic town Nov. 1

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Monday, 20 October 2014 16:02

Shelf clock made by Eli and Samuel Terry, the first clock makers in the United States, with woodworks made in Goshen. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

GOSHEN, Conn. – An important on-site auction of three historic properties and the hundreds of treasures they hold is slated for Saturday, Nov. 1. The auction has just gotten better with the addition of estate items from prominent homes in Watertown and Old Greenwich, plus many new items that have only recently come to light after being unpacked and inventoried over the last month in Goshen.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The auction, set to start at 11 a.m. Eastern time, already included an eight-acre farm with historic 1812 farmhouse and outbuildings located at 227 Old Middle St. in Goshen – where the auction will take place – an 1831 country store located at 10 Old Middle St (at Routes 63 and 4) in Goshen, and a circa-1900 home in Southbury known as “The Little Red Schoolhouse.”

Now add to that an 1870 home near the Green in charming Watertown that has been in the same family since 1900, plus its contents; and the contents of an upscale estate home in tony Old Greenwich, in Fairfield County. The Watertown home is on an acre of land at the corner of Route 63 and Woolson Street.

The cornucopia of items inside the buildings will be sold by Tim’s Inc. Auctions of Bristol and Litchfield. They are so numerous and wide-ranging, many will be offered in multiple lots, often many boxes comprising one lot. Additional treasures from prominent estates in Watertown and Old Greenwich have also been added, showcasing an already packed and exciting auction.

The four historic properties will be offered at 11 a.m. by Litchfield Real Estate Auctions LLC, brokers. The contents and treasures will be sold immediately afterward, at noon, by Tim’s Inc. Auctions. Offered will be a trove of Westmoreland Glass pieces, stunning estate jewelry items, wonderful period furniture, vintage lamps and lighting, gold and silver coins and more.

Discovered in the Old Greenwich estate, among the items that have been in the same family for decades, is a shelf clock made by Eli and Samuel Terry, the first clock makers in the United States, with woodworks made right in Goshen, where it will be sold, fittingly enough. A Goshen label on the clock is proof. The early 19th century shelf clock features beautiful sailing ships in the lower glass, outstanding Hitchcock-style stenciling throughout and other unique features.

One of the highlight items from the Watertown home is a highly collectible circa 1920s General Electric refrigerator – an older model, with the motor (or compressor) mounted on top. The refrigerator is even stocked with unopened vintage beer bottles, with beer, from the era.

Collectors of sports memorabilia will be astounded by an album containing dozens of signed photographs of baseball stars from years gone by, including Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle, plus some hockey and football autographs. The collector was a former decorated veteran of the Vietnam war, who used guile and determination to gather the autographs into one massive book. He died recently, and the entire proceeds of this lot will go toward paying for his burial expenses.

There are so many boxes of Westmoreland glass – easily 1,000 boxes or more – that some will be sold in multiple lots, as many as 50-60 boxes in a single offering. They were collected by the late Wilfred Reil of Litchfield, whose heirs are offering them now. The attic of the general store building is filled with china cabinets, bookcases and corner cabinets that are themselves filled with glass objects and other collectibles. Each cabinet will be sold, one by one, as a single lot.

Recently unpacked are huge leather-bound ledgers from Westmoreland Glass Co., a stack waist-high from the 1920s. Handwritten ledger entries document the firm’s business dealings with companies like Woolworth’s. Also just discovered are historical photos of the company that probably hung in the company’s main building and show some actual glass pieces that will be in the auction, plus a 1930s-era photo that was used as a window display at a Philadelphia bank.

Even fine art will be in the sale, highlighted by a bronze bust of a woman by the noted French artist Emmanuel Villanis (1858-1914). The sculpture, titled Lucrece, was rendered in the 19th century.

Period furniture will feature laminated rosewood carved chairs attributed to John H. Belter of New York; a rosewood carved rococo marble-top table with magnificent three-dimensional carvings, attributed to either Belter or J. & J.W. Meeks; and a monumental 72-inch-tall by 60-inch-wide mirrored-back sideboard, heavily carved with original finish, by Belter or Meeks.

A pair of very different lots both carry an eagle theme. One is a “Don’t Give Up the Ship” 28-inch-long by 9-inch-tall carved eagle made around the turn of the century by William Shephard of Mystic, Conn., with stars, stripes and shield in a nautical motif. The other is a Black Forest humidor, 22 inches tall, with a full spread eagle at the top, monumental and beautifully carved.

Lamps and lighting will include a Pairpoint Puffy table lamp with hummingbirds and flowers and a Pairpoint cut glass table lamp with dome shade (both made in Meriden, Conn.); Gone With the Wind lamps, to include one with a cut jewel shade by Bradley & Hubbard and one with a deep red etched satin shade with ram’s heads at the base, signed Bradley & Hubbard; hall lamps with opalescent shades; and several nice library lamps in various shapes and sizes.

Estate jewelry promises to be an exciting category in the auction, with new and dazzling pieces being uncovered by the day. Sold will be a Victorian bow pin with diamonds and sapphires, set in 18K gold and platinum; a women’s one-carat diamond ring; a pair of ancient Roman earrings; and a pair of David Webb (N.Y.) screw-back earrings complete with the original box.

Also sold will be 14K and 18K gold pocket watches; a circa-1790 century mid-Georgian pin with over one carat of diamonds and rubies; an Art Deco platinum diamond pin with sapphires, boasting over 3.5 carats of diamonds; and an early Victorian necklace with diamonds and sapphires, with one carat of diamonds and white sapphires with natural golden pearls.

Still more jewelry will feature a stunning 18K diamond necklace with over one carat of diamonds; an 18K women’s diamond and platinum ring with diamonds totaling just under three carats; a women’s single-stone 1.05-carat diamond ring; and a women’s diamond ring with two large diamonds totaling over two carats total weight. Also sold will be a lovely Cartier cigarette box.

The coins in the sale – and there will be many gold and silver coins – were still being inventoried at press time.

Even classic and vintage automobiles will cross the auction block. These will include a 1949 Buick Special, black, in absolute like-new condition, with just 15,000 miles on the odometer; a 1957 Buick Special, turquoise in color inside and out, also in showroom condition, with lots of chrome; a 1951 Buick sedan; and a 1926 Ford Model T two-door sedan, in running condition. All of the vintage cars are currently on view at the Goshen General Store (10 Old Middle St.).

Decorative items and collectibles will feature bride’s baskets, pickle casters, Flow Blue china, perfume bottles, Wave Crest, mesh purses a Nantucket sewing basket with swinging handle, a Rookwood vase, Roseville pottery and more. At press time, boxes were being opened and yet more treasures were being discovered. This will probably go on right up to the date of auction.

“The Little Red Schoolhouse” building features high ceilings, two bedrooms and a large kitchen. For more information on any of the four historic properties, call Mary Helen Levine at 203-525-4753; e-mail is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Goshen is a pretty town located 10 minutes north of Litchfield, in northwest Connecticut. It is celebrating its 275th anniversary.

A buyer’s premium of 23% will be applied to all purchases.

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

Shelf clock made by Eli and Samuel Terry, the first clock makers in the United States, with woodworks made in Goshen. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

‘Don’t Give Up the Ship’ 28-inch-long by 9-inch-tall carved eagle made around the turn of the century by William Shephard of Mystic, Conn. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

Monumental 72 inch tall by 60 inch wide mirrored-back sideboard, heavily carved with original finish, by Belter or Meeks. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

Stunning ladies' diamond ring with two large diamonds totaling over two carats total weight. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

Autograph book containing signed photos of dozens of greats such as Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

This 1926 Ford Model T two-door sedan, in running condition, is one of several vintage and classic cars in the auction. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

Nantucket sewing basket with swinging handle. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

Early Victorian necklace with diamonds and sapphires, with one carat of diamonds and white sapphires with natural gold pearls. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

Pairpoint Puffy table lamp with hummingbirds and flowers, made in Meriden, Conn. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 16:43
 

Bertoia's presents Max Berry antique bank & toy collection, Nov. 14-15

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Althof Bergmann suffragette drummer with horse bell toy, hand-painted tin, cast-iron wheels, 10in long, est. $1,800-$2,250. Bertoia Auctions image

VINELAND, N.J. – At this point in the evolution of antique toy and bank collecting, it could be argued that there are two basic groups of collectors: those who have had the privilege of viewing the Max N. Berry collection, and those who will see it for the first time on November 14-15, 2014 at Bertoia’s. Over those two days in mid-November, the family-owned New Jersey company will auction a total of 479 lots of early toys and mechanical banks from the distinguished Berry collection, with nearly 100 lots planned for the Friday evening session, and the balance to follow on the Saturday. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

“I don’t know where you would go to top the Max Berry collection for ‘wow factor.’ Max has been astonishing his fellow collectors for decades, with one impossibly rare toy after another,” said Bertoia Auctions associate Rich Bertoia. “Max set his sights on buying primarily from pedigreed collections whose name value gave the toys and banks automatic provenance.”

Of the nearly 200 mechanical banks to be offered in Bertoia’s November sale, many are so rare, they fall under the heading of “less than a handful known.”

A prime example would be Berry’s 1880s “Darky Fisherman” mechanical bank, designed by Charles A. Bailey of Cobalt, Connecticut. Formerly in the Steven and Marilyn Steckbeck collection, it is one of only two known examples designed with an original fish dangling at the end of the fisherman’s line. Bertoia’s estimate is $225,000-$250,000.

Another extraordinarily rare bank in the Berry collection is a J. & E. Stevens Preacher at the Pulpit. Patented in 1876 and one of three known, it comes to auction with a long and storied line of provenance that goes back to pioneer collector Dr. Arthur E. Corby. Estimate: $150,000-$175,000.

The only known original example of a circa-1890s Target in Vestibule mechanical bank, ex Steckbeck and L.C. Hegarty collections, is of unknown American manufacture. In near-mint condition, it is estimated at $30,000-$40,000. A rather obscure circa-1878 Rival mechanical bank with a “springing” monkey figure could reach $30,000-$45,000; while a circa-1880 C.G. Bush Clown on Bar bank, ex Hegarty collection, it is estimated at $60,000-$80,000.

A horse-theme “Trotter” mechanical bank purported to be the only surviving example was made around 1890 by an unknown manufacturer. When a coin is dropped into the saddle, the horse’s front leg paws the ground. “There is a mold for a still bank that has a similar appearance, but being non-mechanical, it does not have a moving leg,” Bertoia noted. The Horse bank is entered with an $18,000-$25,000 estimate.

Other prizes include an 1882-patented Shoot That Hat mechanical bank, $40,000-$60,000; an American Mechanical Sewing Machine bank, $18,000-$22,000; and an 1884-patented Presto Penny Changes to Quarter bank that “magically” converts a deposited penny to a quarter. It will take much more than 25 cents to own this intriguing bank, which is estimated at $40,000-$55,000.

At the top tier of mechanical banks in the Max Berry collection are two original models, both made of lead, formerly in the Hegarty collection. One is a Wishbone bank in which two figures “pull” on a wishbone that comes apart; the other is a circa-1881 Charles A. Bailey-designed Old Aunt Dinah and the Fairy. Both of these patterns will be auctioned with an $80,000-$100,000 estimate.

Collectors of tin banks will find many exciting rarities in the Berry collection, as well. The only known example of a Weeden clockwork Chinese Ball Tosser, with its original box, is expected to make $70,000-$90,000. Also featured are two Saalheimer & Strauss Mickey Mouse money boxes in very fine condition, est. $15,000-$30,000 each; and an extremely rare, German-made Automatic Savings Bank depicting a circus strongman punching a sailor character, est. $10,000+.

A prominent Washington attorney and trusted high-level political adviser, Max Berry purchased his first mechanical bank in 1967, but his toy buying didn’t begin until 1970.

“In the beginning, the only reason I purchased toys was because I knew the big bank collectors wouldn’t sell their duplicates, but they would trade them if you had a rare toy to offer to them,” said Berry. “Before long, I was buying and collecting both toys and mechanical banks, and I ended up with a couple of thousand pieces in my collection.”

Berry’s wise bartering strategy resulted in an enviable sub-collection of early American horse-drawn cast-iron toys. Few would argue that the piece de resistance is an exquisite Ives Cutter Sleigh, the only one known that retains its original seated figure. Estimate: $125,000-$150,000. A Hubley Revolving Monkey Cage Wagon, one of possibly three known, could reach $75,000-$100,000. Additionally, many early cast-iron firefighting toys will be offered.

A Who’s Who of bell toys includes many scarce pieces. A circa-1885 Woman Drummer is a quintessential American patriotic toy, depicting a seated woman in an open cart with eagle finial. As though in a parade, the center bell rings as the toy is pulled along. Estimate: $22,000-$25,000. Additionally, the auction offers a three-dimensional brass pattern for a bell toy called “Christmas Morning,” an endearing depiction of children with toys and a cat. It was formerly in the collection of financier Edwin H. Mosler Jr (1919-1982) and reportedly was one of his favorite toys.

Early American tin was another of Max Berry’s favorite categories, and he had his share of great examples from the finest makers, including George Brown, Althof Bergmann, Merriam, and Hall & Stafford. There are platform toys with suffragette figures and a menagerie of animals that includes elephants, goats, and horses with trainers.

Jeanne Bertoia, owner of Bertoia Auctions, said anyone wishing to learn about antique toys will have the perfect opportunity to do so at the preview and auction.

“What makes Max so special as a collector is that his personal satisfaction has never been tied to the idea of amassing a large quantity of toys. His greatest pleasure has always come from sharing his lifetime of knowledge in hopes of inspiring others to collect,” she said. “Having him in the room is like having access to a graduate course in antique toys, with the most fascinating professor imaginable in charge. Our preview and auction are going to be welcoming, hospitable events to honor Max, whom we have no doubt will be the center of attention.”

To contact Bertoia's about any item in the auction, call 856-692-1881 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

Althof Bergmann suffragette drummer with horse bell toy, hand-painted tin, cast-iron wheels, 10in long, est. $1,800-$2,250. Bertoia Auctions image

Cast-iron mechanical bank of unknown manufacture and reportedly given away by the American Sewing Machine Co., circa 1880s, est. $12,000-$15,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Saalheimer & Strauss Mickey Mouse mechanical tin bank, circa 1930s, est. $15,000-$18,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Ives Flying Artillery, circa 1890, a classic American firefighting toy, 21in long, est. $2,500-$3,500. Bertoia Auctions image

Ives Cutter Sleigh, circa 1893, 19½in long, considered by many the finest American toy ever produced, illustrious line of provenance, est. $100,000-$150,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Christmas Morning bell toy brass pattern of unknown manufacture. Provenance: collections of Edwin H. Mosler Jr., Al Davidson. Est. $8,000-$10,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Hubley clockwork amusement ride toy, circa 1885, 19in long, est. $25,000-$30,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Boy on clockwork tricycle, cast-iron frame with tin open card, hand-painted all-wood figure, 16in long, est. $6,000-$7,500. Bertoia Auctions image

Marklin (Germany) oversize hansom cab, 28in long, est. $15,000-$18,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Father Christmas penny toy, Meier (Germany), lithographed tin with removable lid on basket for access to candy, est. $4,000-$5,000. Bertoia Auctions image

J. & E. Stevens Preacher in the Pulpit cast-iron mechanical bank, circa 1876, superb provenance including Dr. Arthur Corby, L.C. Hegarty, Stanley Sax. Est. $150,000-$200,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 14:16
 

Sterling Associates to host creepy ‘Danse Macabre’ auction, Oct. 22

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Selection of four African throwing knives with engraved blades and wrapped handles. Sterling Associates image

CLOSTER, N.J. – “It will creep you out,” warned Sterling Associates’ owner, Stephen D’Atri, describing the vast contents of the estate to be auctioned on Wednesday, October 22, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. “By day, Mark Falk was a high-level government employee who went to church regularly and played music as a hobby. All of his friends say he was a wonderful, interesting guy. But what made him different was that he also had a fascination with death.”

Falk’s harmless but unusual obsession led to his amassing an extraordinary collection of sheet music, books, photographs, artwork and other objects – even human bones – that had a connection to death.

“Because of his interest in music, Mr. Falk collected hundreds of thousands of pieces of sheet music and music journals, some of them hand-published, from the 18th century to contemporary times. The music covers all sorts of themes, but we named our auction ‘Danse Macabre’ because, in one particular section of his sheet music collection, he had many renditions of the song titled ‘Danse Macabre,’ by various composers and arrangers,” D’Atri said.

D’Atri and his team spent well over two months sorting through and lotting the sheet music, which D’Atri said would appeal to individual collectors as well as online and brick-and-mortar sheet music dealers. A specialty section of the sale is geared especially toward retailers and buyers of 18th, 19th and 20th-century music.

“All of it is original material,” said D’Atri. “You can tell that, over the years, Mr. Falk bought sheet music from sources in many different countries. Many items were priced in lira, franks, Deutschmarks, or later on, in euros.”

The “macabre” section of the sale contains 50 to 60 lots of books and other literary works, many published prior to 1920. Examples include: “The Ultimate Jack the Ripper Companion,” “The Quacks of Old London,” and “Devils, Drugs and Doctors.” Some are more scientific in their approach, such as “Post Mortem – Essays, Historical and Medical,” “Mistakes and Accidents of Surgery,” and the 1866 publication “What to Observe at the Bedside and After Death in Medical Cases.” Additional subjects covered include mass murderers, poisoners, the devil, pirates, and American Indian “horrors and massacres.” Books will be offered in lots by category.

A number of large edged weapons will be auctioned, including crude African tribal daggers and Nepalese “kukris.” Among the voodoo and vampire-related items are two vampire-killing sets – one of which is housed in a large coffin – and a 24- by 12-inch voodoo priestess box that contains effigy dolls, brushes, mystical herbs and other paraphernalia. “So far, the vampire and voodoo items have been the most visited lots in our online catalog,” said D’Atri.

The macabre selection also includes taxidermied insects (tarantulas, spiders, beetles, etc.), 1850s-1870s post-mortem daguerreotypes, and several human bones. “In the bone grouping there’s a foot, hand, pelvis and a partial skull. We already have multiple absentee bids on all of them,” D’Atri said.

“Aside from the morbid aspects of Mark Falk’s estate, it contains many of the types of things you’d expect to find in a nice home,” D’Atri observed. “There are clocks, sculptures, paintings and other decorative objects.”

The auction also includes two baby grand pianos – a 2005 Vogel V 180 Royal (by Schimmel), of lacquered mahogany; and a Chickering. Both will be auctioned at the beginning of the sale, together with 150 lots of sheet music. The music section will be followed by books, then all other categories.

There are many ways to participate in Sterling Associates’ October 22, 2014 Danse Macabre Auction, but the company conducts its auctions a bit differently than most.

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

The Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 auction will commence at 3 p.m. Eastern Time, two hours earlier than usual. The live gallery preview is from 10-3 on Oct. 20, 21 and 22; or by appointment. The gallery is located at 70 Herbert Ave., Closter, NJ 07624. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

Click to view a narrated video tour of highlights from the auction. Caution -- it's not for the faint of heart!

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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. View the fully illustrated catalog online at www.LiveAuctioneers.com



ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Selection of four African throwing knives with engraved blades and wrapped handles. Sterling Associates image 

Vogel V 180 Royal (by Schimmel) baby grand piano, German, lacquered mahogany. Sterling Associates image

Collection of six antique music journals containing sheet music from various composers. Sterling Associates image

Bound album of handwritten sheet music, possibly by Mozart, 19th century. Sterling Associates image

Victorian post-mortem ambrotype / daguerreotype of an infant. Sterling Associates image

Regimental silver mounted Gurkha kukri with Royal Cypher of Queen Elizabeth II; rear pouch contains two horn-handle knives. Sterling Associates image

Vampire-killing kit with wood stakes, silver crucifixes and other accouterments in coffin-shape box. Sterling Associates image

Nineteenth-century voodoo priestess box with various hexing paraphernalia, including wax doll, skull, claw, mystical herbs, etc. Sterling Associates image

From a grouping of human bones, a portion of a skull. Sterling Associates image

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 12:49
 

Breker to tally early computer in tech auction Nov. 14-15

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Capable of solving a range of complex equations, this 1958 Mechanical Analogue Computer, or M.A.C., was an early flight simulator. Auction Team Breker image

COLOGNE, Germany – In May 2013 Auction Team Breker set a new world record for selling a 1976 Apple I computer for $671,400 (516,500 euros). The Apple I is the iconic first product of today's most successful technology company, yet its inventor Steve Wozniak might be surprised to discover that a MAC computer that existed 18 years before Apple Inc. was founded is being offered by Auction Team Breker at its Nov. 14-15 auction of science and technology which will also include fine toys and automata.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

M.A.C. is the acronym for a Mechanical Analogue Computer built by the English firm Air Trainers Link Ltd. of Aylesbury in 1958. Capable of solving a range of complex equations, this early flight simulator was the first tape-controlled computer system in the world. Input and output data was presented on a moving paper recorder. Although kits were also offered for the technically ambitious, a glance at the complex machinery of shafts, levers and pulleys explains why its case was the size of a large wardrobe (64 x 77 x 24 inches) – a far cry from today's compact Mac products. This example was discovered on the British Isle of Wight and is believed to be one of only two still in existence. The other is one at the Science Museum London. Auction Team Breker estimates the early computer at $13,500-$27,000 (10,000-20,000 euros).

Another important piece of historic technology on offer is a combined radio detector and Morse receiver of circa 1910, a unique laboratory prototype of early wireless technology (estimate: $6,500-$10,000 / 5,000-8,000 euros). Also included in Breker's auction is a rare Marconi Magnetic Detector, or “Maggie,” of the sort that once outfitted R.M.S. Titanic's radio room. The device is credited with saving some 700 lives on board the ill-fated passenger ship (estimate: $10,000-$15,000 / 8,000-12,000 euros).

A more recent historic event is the subject of a satirical automaton of Russian President Vladimir Putin signing the agreement of Accession of the Crimea to Russia on March 18, 2014. The work of well-known author and automata-maker Christian Bailly, Paris, this automaton was modeled on a late 19th century automaton “Pierrot Writer” by Gustave Vichy. Bailly portrays the Putin at a desk; as the light of the old-fashioned lamp dims, the president grows weary, his head drops and his hand pauses. Then, waking again, he turns up the lamp and continues writing (estimate: $33,000-$46,000 / 25,000-35,000 euros).

An imposing forte piano grand format musical box by Nicole Frères carries an interesting history. The property of J.A. Guichard, a merchant in Manila during the 1860s, it was discovered in a farmhouse in rural Maine in 1959, carefully restored and then enjoyed by summer visitors in one of the oldest privately owned mechanical music museums on the East Coast (estimate: $13,000-$20.000 / 10,000-15,000 euros).

Two rare developments in recorded sound from the turn of the century feature in Breker's auction. The first, a Polygraphon by Polyphonwerk of Leipzig, combines a traditional disc music box with a 78 rpm record player (estimate: $10,000-$15,000 / 8,000-12,000 eurs). The second, a Bébé Lioretgraphe, combines a beautiful bisque-headed doll by Jumeau with an ingenious celluloid-cylinder phonograph patented by the French clockmaker and sound pioneer Henri Lioret in 1893 (estimate: $6,500-$10,000 / 5,000-8,000 euros).

Among the traditional tin toys is an elegant open motor coach with passengers by Gebr. Bing – the first model automobile by this maker – from circa 1900 (estimate: $6,500-$10,000 / 5,000-8,000 euros) and a fresh-to-the-market collection of over 70 tin toy motorcycles.

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

Capable of solving a range of complex equations, this 1958 Mechanical Analogue Computer, or M.A.C., was an early flight simulator. Auction Team Breker image

Rare Marconi magnetic detector, or ‘Maggie,’ of the type that was installed in the R.M.S. Titanic's radio room, estimate: $10,000-$15,000 (8,000-12,000 euros). Auction Team Breker image

This musical cathedral clock was likely created as an exhibition piece by B.A. Bremond of Geneva around 1870, estimate: $5,500-$8,000 (4,000-6,000 euros). Auction Team Breker image

'Sur-plateau’ musical repeater gold pocket watch, circa 1820, estimate: $10,000-$15,000 (8,000-12,000 euros). Auction Team Breker image

This Polygraphon combines a traditional disc music box with a 78 rpm record player, estimate: $10,000-$15,000 (8,000-12,000 euros). Auction Team Breker image

Bébé Lioretgraphe combines a bisque-headed doll by Jumeau with an ingenious celluloid-cylinder phonograph patented by the French clockmaker and recorded sound pioneer Henri Lioret, estimate: $6,500-$10,000 (5,000-8,000 euros). Auction Team Breker image

Bing open motor coach with passengers, circa 1900, estimate: $6,500-$10,000 (5,000-8,000 euros). Auction Team Breker image

One of more than 70 tin toy motorcycles that will be sold by Auction Team Breker on Nov. 14-15. Auction Team Breker image

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 11:22
 

Stefek’s auction Oct. 23 features fine art, modern design

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Enrico Donati (American, 1909-2008), 'Atlantis II,' mixed media on canvas. Stefek's image

GROSSE POINTE FARMS, Mich. – Stefek’s Auctioneers and Appraisers will conduct its Fine Art and Modern Design Auction on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. Eastern and will feature numerous noteworthy items across all categories.

Internet bidding will be provided by Auction Central News.

The 300-lot sale is anchored in its diverse array of fine art, and notable pieces from this category include two paintings by British artist Montague Dawson (1890-1973). Dawson was born in Chiswick, London, and although he did not attended art school, he developed an interest in painting at a young age. The artist joined the Royal Navy at the beginning of World War I, during which time he befriended British marine painter Charles Napier Hemy (1841-1917), an important artistic mentor to Dawson. Dawson served as an official artist for the navy during the war, and many of his depictions of naval battles were published to provide readers with a better understanding of such encounters. Dawson combined his penchant for technical accuracy with his knowledge of the ships themselves, and became one of the most highly regarded marine painters of his time.

Another standout item is a painting by Italian-born American artist Enrico Donati (1909-2008). Donati was born in Milan, and later studied economics at the Università degli Studi di Pavia. The artist left Europe for New York City with the onset of hostilities surrounding World War II, and later joined the ranks of the European Surrealist painters working in New York. Donati befriended artists such as André Breton and Marcel Duchamp, and helped to organize the 1947 Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme in Paris. His work has been exhibited in numerous institutions around the world, such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Stefek’s is confident that the important art featured in its October auction will garner significant interest from local and international buyers alike.

Stefek’s continues to move toward a specialization in modern design, and the upcoming October auction will feature several mid-century pieces of note. One such piece is a pair of interlocking tables designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar (model 5404). Other featured Edward Wormley designs include a pair of upholstered ottomans from Dunbar’s Janus collection, an armchair (model 5700-A), and a wood occasional table (model 6326). A pair of Bruno Mathsson “Eva” chairs, a pair of George Nelson for Herman Miller steel frame dressers, and an Achille & Pierre Castiglioni Arco floor lamp for Flos complement each other well in the mid-century category.

The auction will also feature a wide variety of items such as lighting, sculpture, silver, jewelry, rugs and other decorative objects.

For more information about the Oct. 23 auction, call Stefek’s Auctioneers & Appraisers at 313-881-1800 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

Enrico Donati (American, 1909-2008), 'Atlantis II,' mixed media on canvas. Stefek's image

Edward Wormley interlocking tables. Stefek's image

Montague Dawson (British, 1890-1973), 'Summer Skies: Six Metres Rounding the East Lepe Buoy in the Solent,' oil on canvas. Stefek's image

Montague Dawson's 'West Solents: Yachtsman's Wind,' oil on canvas. Stefek's image

Carlo Alfano (Italian, 1932-1990), 'Ripresenza 3,' oil on canvas. Stefek's image

Francis (Ferenc) De Erdelyi (Hungarian, 1904-1959), 'Man with Violin,' oil on Masonite. Stefek's image

Patrick Hughes (British, born 1939), 'Venezia 2006,' hand-painted 3D multiple with lithography. Stefek's image

Thalia N. Schunk (American, 20th century), abstract bronze sculpture, 60 1/2in overall. Stefek's image

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 10:52
 

Premier sculptures in Palm Beach Modern Auctions' Nov. 1 sale

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Sam Francis (American, 1923-1994), original acrylic on paper, est. $25,000-$35,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A top-notch selection of nearly 300 lots of modern and decorative art will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Palm Beach Modern Auctions’ exhibition center. Some of the most sought-after names in 20th-century art and design are represented in the lineup – Frank Stella, David Hockney, Robert Motherwell and Willem de Kooning, to name but a few. Throughout, the imagination factor goes far beyond what one might expect to see at auction. For example, there’s an amusing Barbini “Aquarium” blown-glass lamp base with faux fish, and an actual U.S. $1 bill boldly signed in black marker by Andy Warhol.

Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com

Headlining the sale is Lot 73, a Fernando Botero (Colombian, b. 1932-) original bronze titled Venus. The 30-inch-tall female nude is artist-signed and was cast in 1977-1978. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Galeria El Museo of Bogota, it carries a presale estimate of $400,000-$600,000.

Lot 133 is an important original Jesus Rafael Soto (Venezuelan, 1923-2005) wall sculpture of metal, wood and filament. Soto was an acclaimed op/kinetic artist, sculptor and painter whose work was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum in New York; and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. The 1970 artwork to be auctioned has a French gallery stamp on verso from Galerie Denise Rene and is estimated at $75,000-$150,000.

A trifecta of marvelous Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) sculptures – entered as Lots 124, 125 and 126 – showcases the artist’s inventive mind and boundless creativity. The first of the three sculptures, titled Bush, is a complex 12- by 12-inch copper and bronze sculpture that comes with a Bertoia-signed photo of the work in an envelope from the artist. Most recently, it was included in a Sotheby’s cataloged exhibition (Feb. 11-March 9, 2014), “Bertoia: A Celebration of Sound and Motion.” Its estimate is $60,000-$80,000. Immediately following is a 43-inch-tall “spill cast” organic-shape bronze replicating a coral formation, estimated at $40,000-$60,000. Last among the three successive Bertoia auction lots is Split Gong, a bronze form with applied patina that was one of a trio of gongs created as a single work for the 1976 Norwegian exhibition “Harry Bertoia: Musikk A Sepa.” It is estimated at $60,000-$80,000.

The Nov. 1 auction also includes superior examples of midcentury modern glass, with a special inclusion being Lot 98, a 19-inch-tall “Fasce Orizzontali” blown-glass vase by Fulvio Bianconi for Venini. A stunning work of azure, turquoise, cerise and black irregular bands on clear glass, it is described by Palm Beach Modern Auctions partner and auctioneer Rico Baca as “… the largest Bianconi vase we have ever seen. On top of that, it was created by one of the masters of Murano glass design.” The vase, which is acid-etched “Venini Murano Italia” on its base, is referenced on Page 161 of the Venini catalogue raisonne by Anna Venini Diaz de Santillana. It is expected to reach $15,000-$25,000 on auction day.

A large and varied offering of Danish pottery includes an interesting collection of Arne Bang (1901-1983) glazed stoneware vessels. Entered as Lot 27, the grouping is a sampler of forms and finishes by one of Scandinavia’s most accomplished 20th-century potters. There are three vases, a bowl and a lidded container with sculptural finial. The lot estimate is $2,000-$3,000.

The distinctive stoneware and metal designs of Gunnar Nyland for Rorstrand and Numolle come together as a 14-piece collection in Lot 29. Vases, vessels, an avian figurine, and a deeply edged decorative plate with pinwheel pattern comprise the assortment, which is collectively estimated at $3,000-$4,500.

Other highlights include Lot 53, a massive 98- by 93-inch Red Grooms (American, b. 1937-) painting titled Franz Kline, estimate $20,000-$30,000; Lot 115, an original 1966 Sam Francis (American, 1923-1994) acrylic on paper, $25,000-$35,000; three Motherwell signed editions, and drawings by Warhol and Picasso.

The sale is nicely rounded out with colorful abstract woven-wool tapestries, two surrealist paintings by Robert Lincoln Springfels (American, 1911-1984), and photos by Diane Arbus, Jan Groover, Frank Worth and Dennis Stock, including Lot 198, a Stock-signed 1955 gelatin silver print (15/125) of James Dean smoking a cigarette and walking along a rainy street at New York’s Times Square. The iconic photo with Palm Beach provenance is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

Palm Beach Modern Auctions’ Modern Art, Decorative Arts & Sculptures sale will commence at noon Eastern time on Sat., Nov. 1. For additional information, call 561-586-5500, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Sam Francis (American, 1923-1994), original acrylic on paper, est. $25,000-$35,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

Group lot of five stoneware vessels by Arne Bang (Danish, 1901-1983), est. $2,000-$3,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

Red Grooms (American, b. 1937-), ‘Franz Kline,’ pastel and wash on paper with artist-hand-painted oil-on-wood frame, 98 x 93in., est. $20,000-$30,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

David Hockney (English, b. 1937-), chromogenic print collage titled ‘George, Blanche, Celia, Albert and Percy,’ signed, 12/20, 1983 edition, est. $25,000-$35,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

Fernando Botero (Colombian, b. 1932-) original bronze titled ‘Venus,’ 30in., 1977-78, est. $400,000-$600,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

One of three important Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) sculptures included in Nov. 1 auction, ‘Split Gong,’ bronze with applied patina, 1976, est. $60,000-$80,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

Jesus Rafael de Soto (Venezuela, 1923-2005), original wall sculpture, signed, 1970, est. $75,000-$150,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

Robert Burns Motherwell (American, 1915-1991), ‘Untitled’ color silkscreen, Plate 4 from ‘The African Suite,’ signed, ed. 96/150, 41 1/2 x 28 1/2in, est. $2,500-$3,500. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

Willem de Kooning (Dutch/American, 1904-1997), lithograph, signed 1979 artist proof, 24 x 30in sight / 32 x 38in framed, est. $6,000-$8,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

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