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Important works by regional artists in Cowan’s July 13-14 auction

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Friday, 28 June 2013 14:00

Charles Tinges inlaid Baltimore Federal tall-case clock, estimate $20,000/40,000. Cowan's image.

CINCINNATI – Cowan's Auctions Summer Fine and Decorative Art Auction will take place on July 13-14, 2013, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com. The auction will feature a diverse and eclectic array of American and Continental furniture, fine art, works on paper, glass, silver, sculptures, portraiture and more.

Day one will feature American fine and decorative art, including works by such artists as Paul Sawyier and Elizabeth Nourse. Day two of the sale will highlight English and Continental fine and decorative art. Also included in the auction will be a large single owner collection of A.E. Crowell miniature decoys, the Gwen P. Whalen collection of antique fans, and a collection of antique toys and Civil War folk art carved soldiers’ pipes from the Estate of Jan Sorgenfrei of Findlay, Ohio.

In addition to the July 13-14 Auction, Cowan’s will host an exhibition of over 20 paintings from the work of renowned Lexington artist, Henry Faulkner. Faulkner, known as an eccentric, would bring his bourbon-drinking goat, Alice, to parties and exhibitions. His oil paintings are characterized by their bright and rich tones, curvilinear brushstrokes and his distinctive and quirky subject matter. Five Faulkner paintings will be in the auction, including “Staircase in Taormina” and an Italian landscape, both estimated to bring $5,000/8,000.

Paintings by other well-known artists will also be featured in the auction. An oil on canvas by Ivan Federovitch Choultse, titled “Coucher de Soleil Sur la Mer,” is estimated to sell anywhere between $30,000/40,000. A Kentucky river scene by Paul Sawyier is expected to fetch $20,000/30,000. Cowan’s consistently realizes high prices for Sawyier’s work, such as “The Kentucky Arsenal,” bringing $84,000 in 2013. Additionally, a “Portrait of a Woman” by Frank Duveneck, and a painting by Huldah Mae Cherry titled “Breakfast in the Garden” are both estimated at $10,000/15,000 and expected to attract strong bidding.

American furniture is expected to garner attention in the sale. A Charles Tinges Inlaid Baltimore Federal tall-case clock is estimated to sell anywhere between $20,000/40,000. A pair of Philadelphia Federal card tables are estimated to bring $5,000/7,000, and a mahogany game table with John Needles label is estimated at $3,000/5,000.

Continental sculpture will hit the block in day two of the July auction. A work titled “Friends Forever” by Demetre Chiparus is expected to bring anywhere between $30,000/40,000. A piece by Anna Hyatt Huntington, titled “Stretching Panther,” is estimated to sell for $3,000/5,000; and “Archer” by Ferdinand Preiss is also expected to bring $3,000/5,000.

Other notable lots include an Andrew Clemens sand bottle estimated at $8,000/10,000, a sailor’s valentine is expected to bring anywhere between $3,000/5,000, and a Kerman Lavar Tree of Life area rug is estimated at $3,000/5,000.

For more information on any lot in the sale, call Cowan’s at 513-871-1670.

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

Charles Tinges inlaid Baltimore Federal tall-case clock, estimate $20,000/40,000. Cowan's image.

Ivan Federovitch Choultse, 'Coucher de Soleil Sur la Mer,' oil on canvas, estimate $30,000/40,000. Cowan's image.

Andrew Clemens sand bottle, estimate $8,000/10,000. Cowan's image.

'Friends Forever' by Demetre Chiparus, estimate $30,000/40,000. Cowan's image.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 09:21
 

Toulouse-Lautrec, Chinese royalty star in July 13 Elite sale

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Thursday, 27 June 2013 13:38

Large and heavy solid red coral sculpture depicting a maiden with children, 10 1/4 in tall. Elite Decorative Arts image.

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A color lithograph depicting the French leader Napoleon on horseback with two other men by renowned Post-Impressionist painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901) is the expected top lot in an auction slated for Saturday, July 13, at Elite Decorative Arts. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide the Internet live bidding services for the sale, which starts at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

Also offered in the auction – dedicated mostly to fine decorative arts and Chinese works – are a large and impressive Chinese carved African ivory emperor and empress, a palace-sized Chinese carved African ivory village, a Chinese carved African ivory relief bird’s vase and a heavy Chinese carved red coral maiden figural grouping.

In all, over 300 quality lots will be sold, most of them fresh to the market. Featured will be a broad and impressive array of estate jewelry, fine art, bronzes, silver and Chinese works, to include ivory, jade, red coral carvings, stone carvings, fine porcelain pieces and more. The Quantum Town Center is located at 1034 Gateway Boulevard in Boynton Beach (Ste. 106-108).

“We are quite pleased to be offering two large and very impressive collections of Chinese antiques in our July 13 sale,” said Scott Cieckiewicz of Elite Decorative Arts. “We expect Asian works to dominate the day's action, but the Toulouse-Lautrec lithograph could well end up being the top lot of the auction. Regardless, it will be a well-rounded sale, with many great pieces.”

The color lithograph by Toulouse-Lautrec, titled simply Napoleon, is #20 in a limited-edition series of 100. In April 2012, litho #48 from the same series sold at Sotheby’s for $146,500, against a pre-sale estimate of $75,000-$125,000. The example being sold is pencil signed to the lower left, measures 22 ¾ inches by 19 1/8 inches and has been matted and framed.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec became one of France’s most popular and famous painters. He brilliantly captured the Paris night life in his flashy illustrations for the magazine Le Rire in the 1890s, earning him a reputation as “the soul of Montmartre.” The diminutive artist was known for his demi-monde paintings, prints and illustrations. All are highly sought after today.

The Chinese carved African ivory tusks depicting a standing emperor and empress are remarkable for their sheer size (41 inches tall, on a 3 ¼ inch base) as well as their beauty. The figures, carrying the Qing Dynasty reign mark, both have a slightly raised dragon and phoenix design to layered robes and bases. Please note: ivory pieces may not be shipped internationally.

A companion lot to the one just described is a massive Chinese carved and reticulated village scene carved from African ivory tusks. The longest tusk width exceeds 66 inches, and the height is 16 inches (on a 3 ¼ inch base). The scene depicts a city wall guarded by warriors and a horseman at the gate, riverside boatmen, villagers moving about, pagodas, temples and bridges.

Another ivory offering is a Chinese carved African ivory covered vase with delicate and detailed relief scenes of birds of paradise amongst trees and flowers. The vase, measuring 12 ½ inches in height, includes a fitted wooden silver inlay base and a fitted silk-lined presentation box. The base is 1 ¼ inches tall. The piece boasts a total ivory weight of about 1,971 grams.

Red coral sculptures, so popular at previous Elite Decorative Arts auctions, will be on display in this sale, too. A large and heavy solid red figural group depicting a maiden with her children, and a bird holding a piece of draping cloth from the maiden’s layered robe, would make a fine addition to any collection. The piece is 10 ¼ inches tall and comes with a presentation box.

Returning to fine art, a 20th century oil painting by the Dutch artist Anton Karssen (b. 1945), depicting women traversing a coastal terrain with a boat visible, should get considerable bidder attention. The work, signed lower right, measures 16 inches in height by 22 inches tall.

An outstanding pair of garniture clock sets is sure to get paddles wagging. One is a 19th century three-piece gilded French bronze and malachite Egyptian Revival set by F. Pelissier. The clock depicts two recumbent sphinx figures with candle holders to the tops of their heads, with extended wings suspending a barrel form clock case. The two urns each stand 10 ½ inches tall.

The other is a stunning early 20th century Tiffany & Company clock garniture set having a cut crystal case, with the case and candlesticks each showing a matching scrolled floral design. The crystal is presumably French and of the quality of Baccarat or Webb. The silvered metal face has appliqué Arabic numerals and the outside of the case is marked “Patent Pending 1909.”

Also sold will be a large hand-carved Chinese white and apple green jadeite Guan Yin sculpture shown in a standing position with a crane to her right holding stalks with lotus blossoms, standing 22 ¼ inches tall; and a pair of large spinach jade form reticulated lantern urns with each having relief palace scenes throughout the body, 16 ½ inches tall, with a wooden base.

A preview will be held on Friday, July 12, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and on Saturday, the date of sale, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

For additional information on any item in the auction, call 561-200-0893 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 sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Large and heavy solid red coral sculpture depicting a maiden with children, 10 1/4 in tall. Elite Decorative Arts image. 

 Color lithograph of Napoleon and his men by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901). Elite Decorative Arts image.

 3-piece F. Pelissier gilded French bronze and malachite Egyptian Revival garniture clock set. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Large pair of Chinese carved African ivory tusks of a standing emperor and empress, 41in tall. Elite Decorative Arts image. 

Massive Chinese carved and reticulated village scene carved from an African ivory tusk. Elite Decorative Arts image. 

Chinese carved African ivory covered vase depicting scenes of birds of paradise, trees, flowers. Elite Decorative Arts image. 

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 14:09
 

Italy's Nova Ars plans 20th century design auction for July 11

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Thursday, 27 June 2013 12:51

Piero Fornasetti three-tier tray of varnished and silkscreen-printed metal, circa 1950, manufacturer's mark. Est. €3,500-5,000. Nova Ars image.

ASTI, Italy - Nova Ars, the Italian auction house that trades as E-Art Auctions, is planning an outstanding 20th Century Italian Design and Decorative Arts sale for July 11th. The auction will begin at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time / 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com.

An interesting design collection of modern Italian art in its many forms includes ceramics, furniture, lamps, chandeliers and glass works. Virtually a 'made in Italy' sale, it presents many of the greatest names from the midcentury period -- from Munari to Mangiarotti, from Maartinelli to Colombo. Warren Platner is a distinguished American designer of the postwar era whose work fits in nicely with the rest.

Nova Ars is a specialist auction house known for its sales of top-quality Italian contemporary art and modern design. Its gallery in Asti is also a destination for those who seek to learn and share knowledge about art, design and collecting. The firm also provides valuations of personal property and appraisals. They are known for their expert team and for the personal attention they give to all Nova Ars clients throughout the valuation, consignment and auction process.

For additional information on any item in the July 11 auction, contact Valeria Vallese by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling 011 39 328 9667353.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Piero Fornasetti three-tier tray of varnished and silkscreen-printed metal, circa 1950, manufacturer's mark. Est. €3,500-5,000. Nova Ars image.

Alessandro Mazzucotelli wrought-iron candleholders, 1925, signed 'AM' in the iron. Est. €5,000-6,000. Nova Ars image.

Pietro Chiesa coffee table, 1930, ebonized wood structure, thick crystal pink glass top. Est. €6,000-8,000. Nova Ars image.

Warren Platner for Knoll '1725A' armchairs, 1966, metal frame and basketwork. Est. €3,000-5,000. Nova Ars image.

Sergio Asti for Martinelli Luce Model 640 fiberglass lamp, 1968. Est. €2,000-2,500. Nova Ars image.

Oscar Niemeyer for Rio Fasem chaise lounge in black-stained ash wood. Soft-leather-upholstered cushion and headrest. Est. €6,000-7,000. Nova Ars image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 13:31
 

Qianlong jade censer leads Crescent City estate offerings July 13-14

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Thursday, 27 June 2013 12:22

The auction's expected top lot is this Chinese Qianlong jade censer, executed circa 1736-1795, est. $15,000-$25,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

NEW ORLEANS – An 18th century Chinese Qianlong celadon jade censer with a pre-sale estimate of $15,000-$25,000, items from the living estate of iconic New Orleans artist and photographer George Valentine Dureau (b. 1930) and an untitled glazed ceramic sculpture by Lynda Benglis (Am., b. 1941) are all part of a huge weekend auction planned for July 13-14.

The auction will be conducted by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com. Start times both days will be 10 a.m. (CST). Over 1,200 lots will be offered, to include fine art, antique clocks, Chinese objects, Persian rugs, period American and European furniture, antique lamps and lighting and decorative accessories.

The Chinese censer is the expected top lot of the auction. Executed circa 1736-1795, the piece features a central band across the bowl, with the lip carved with a bat. The other side shows relief tassels, framing Chinese characters within. The censer is two inches tall and 6 ¼ inches in diameter. Similar ones have sold at Sotheby’s and elsewhere for much more than the estimate.

George Dureau has been called the quintessential New Orleans artist. The 83-year-old artist-photographer was a French Quarter fixture for years, but now Alzheimer’s Disease has forced him into a local nursing home. The auction of his estate items, in fact, will help defray some of his medical costs. A group called “Friends of George” has spearheaded this effort.

The auction will contain items that Dureau used professionally and personally. These include an American Southern walnut tester bed, a cypress refractory table, a pair of Mid-Century Modern Bertoia diamond chairs, a large carved wooden statue of a winged horse, Bentwood dining chairs, pottery pieces and photo props that Dureau used in his picture-taking.

In the auction's fine art category is a piece by Lynda Benglis, a Louisiana-born sculptor who now lives and works in New York. She is best known for her wax paintings, poured latex sculptures, knot-shaped “environments,” fountains and graphics. The work being sold is a glazed ceramic with gray and purple luster. It is a signed artist’s proof, 17 inches tall (est. $10,000-$15,000).

Other artworks to be sold include a 1992 oil on canvas by James Michalopoulos (La., b. 1951), titled Lumus, signed and framed (est. $2,500-$3,500); an early 20th century patinated bronze sculpture by Pierre Henri Leon Varnier (Fr., 1826-1890), titled The Stalking Indian, 14 ½ inches tall, signed (est. $2,500-$3,500); and a 1973 watercolor on Masonite by Noel Rockmore (NY/La., 1928-1995), signed, titled Man Beneath Coney Island Boardwalk (est. $1,500-$3,000).

Antique clocks worth noting will include a late 19th century three-piece Louis XV-style bronze clock set, with the clock face and movement marked Tiffany & Co. (N.Y.), with a pair of matching five-light candelabra on relief support urns (est. $900-$1,500); and a French Empire gilt bronze mantel clock, made circa 1820 by Hunziker (Rue Debussy, Paris), with the right side showing a figure of a winged Eros, the left his swan form bow and arrows (est. $1,500-$2,500).

Additional clocks will feature a three-piece marble and patinated spelter clock set made circa 1900 of The Eagle Seller by Samuel Marti, with urn garnitures (est. $1,200-$1,800); a fine French gilt bronze mantel clock (circa 1830), with the movement signed “Pons” with a large relief figure of a saint in prayer (est. $1,200-$1,800) and a 19th century French three-piece bronze and black marble clock set by Japy Freres of Paris, with matching coupes (est. $1,400-$1,800).

The American furniture category will be led by a gorgeous circa-1860 carved rosewood marble-top center table attributed to Alexander Roux, with white ogee-edged tortoise-top marble on a base with a shaped deep relief floral carved skirt (est. $5,000-$8,000); and a carved laminated rosewood settee (circa 1860), attributed to John H. Belter, in the Rosalie With Grapes pattern, having an arched back with fruit and flower carved crest (est. $1,000-$2,000).

French furniture pieces will feature a handsome 19th century elaborately inlaid satinwood and rosewood Louis XV-style cylinder desk with a cantilevered front that opens when the tooled leather writing surface is pulled forward (est. $3,500-$5,500); a 19th century Louis XV-style carved oak marble-top sideboard, signed Gouffe of Paris (est. $2,000-$3,000); and a circa-1790 Louis XV-style inlaid cherry sideboard with three parquetry inlaid drawers (est. $1,200-$1,800).

Also offered will be a 19th century French Empire carved mahogany ormolu-mounted marble top server, with gray marble over a frieze drawer with a relief bronze ormolu mount of Zeus, flanked by other figures (est. $1,500-$3,000); and a Georgian-style carved mahogany breakfast bookcase (circa 1900) on a plinth and massive at 88 ½ inches tall (est. $1,500-$2,500).

Rounding out the list of expected top lots are a pair of early 19th century French Empire patinated and gilt bronze four-light candelabra (est. $2,000-$4,000); a mid-20th century Persian silk Tabriz carpet, with silver thread, 2 feet 4 inches by 4 feet 4 inches (est. $3,000-$5,000); a 19th century French bronze and mother-of-pearl inlaid burled walnut gilt bronze mounted cave de liqueur, or lockable liquor box having 4 decanters and 16 glasses (est. $2,500-$3,500); and a pair of 19th century Louis XV-style gilt bronze mounted marble-covered urns (est. $2,200-$3,200).

Previews will be held from Friday, July 5, through Friday, July 12, from 10-5 (except on Sunday, July 7, when the gallery is closed). A late evening preview, lasting until 8 p.m., will be held on Wednesday, July 10. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

For additional information on any item in the auction, call 504-529-5057 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

The auction's expected top lot is this Chinese Qianlong jade censer, executed circa 1736-1795, est. $15,000-$25,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image. 

Untitled glazed ceramic sculpture by American artist Lynda Benglis (b. 1941), artist's proof, est. $10,000-$15,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image. 

French Empire gilt bronze mantel clock, made circa 1820 by Hunziker of Paris, est. $1,500-$2,500. Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

American carved rosewood marble-top center table (circa 1860), attributed to Alexander Roux, est. $5,000-$8,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

Pair of early 19th century French Empire patinated and gilt bronze four-light candelabra, est. $2,000-$4,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

Mid-20th century Persian silk Tabriz carpet woven with silver thread, 2 feet 4 inches by 4 feet 4 inches, est. $3,000-$5,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

Three-piece Louis XV-style bronze clock set, with face and movement marked Tiffany & Co., est. $900-$1,500. Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 12:41
 

All'asta la Collezione Angelini di Chieti

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Monday, 24 June 2013 14:13

GIORGIO DE CHIRICO (1888-1978), Cavalli presso un golfo dell’Egeo, 1930 ca., Olio su tela, 68x116 cm. Stima: €150.000-200.000, Courtesy Gioielli di Carta

VICENZE, Italia - Un'importante collezione che spazia dalla pittura napoletana del Seicento a Morandi e Fontana, dalle incisioni di Rembrandt e Dürer agli arredi Ancien Régime e Impero, fino ad un raro sarcofago romano. Perfino Federico Zeri - come attestato oggi dalla fototeca dell’omonima Fondazione - teneva traccia di alcuni dipinti della Collezione Angelini di Chieti, attualmente in asta presso Gioielli di Carta per incarico della Autorità Giudiziaria. L’importanza di questo patrimonio – che non ha eguali per dimensione e prestigio nelle vendite fallimentari d’arte degli ultimi 30 anni, dai tempi della prima dismissione delle raccolte di Achille Lauro – ha persuaso la Curatela Fallimentare a realizzare, nonostante notevoli difficoltà logistiche, diverse perizie, una vasta ricognizione fotografica ed una schedatura tecnica presentata attraverso due poderosi cataloghi. Un lavoro che vuole offrirsi anche come modello rispetto ai criteri di trasparenza, così importanti nel diritto fallimentare. Quest’asta sta scatenando l’interesse dei mercanti italiani e internazionali e a maggior ragione quindi si ritiene importante renderla disponibile al pubblico dei privati.

Gli oggetti sono molto diversi per natura e per valore, ma possono essere suddivisi nelle seguenti categorie: dipinti e disegni, incisioni et alia, sculture, mobili, altri arredi e, infine, marmi. A tale elenco vanno aggiunti lotti individuati al termine della procedura di catalogazione ed indicati con la dizione “lotti non catalogati.”

Gli oggetti sono stati sequestrati in più  momenti e inventariati dalla Guardia di Finanza. Su questi inventari sono state svolte una prima stima da parte del consulente tecnico del tribunale; una seconda da parte della casa d’aste internazionale Dorotheum; ed infine una revisione delle precedenti stime a cura di Gioielli di Carta, seguita ad una ampia campagna fotografica e alla ricognizione dei beni. La vendita si svolge sulla base delle valutazioni revisionate. È comunque possibile visionare le stime precedenti. L'attuale schedatura si è svolta in tre fasi: campagna fotografica, assunzione dei dati tecnici (materiali, dimensioni) e, infine, studio dei materiali. Le pubblicazioni realizzate per l’occasione contano, nel loro complesso, quasi 2.000 pagine con circa 1.800 illustrazioni.

Nonostante in data 22 aprile i curatori abbiano scoperto un furto di parte dei lotti dalla collezione, in particolare argenti, tappeti e orologi, tali lotti restano attualmente ancora catalogati sul sito www.gioiellidicarta.it allo scopo di facilitarne l’identificazione in caso di circolazione illecita.

Fra i lotti in asta segnaliamo alcuni highlights: per la sezione “Dipinti e disegni”, un San Pietro attribuito a Jusepe De Ribera (1588-1652), olio su tela, 125,5x95,5 cm, stimato €40.000-50.000; un ritratto di gentiluomo della bottega di Tiziano Vecellio (1480/1485-1576), olio su tela, 93,5x73,4 cm, con una stima di €80.000-120.000; il dipinto di Franco Gentilini (1909-1981) "Ragazze nello studio", 1937, olio su tela, 140,3x100 cm, stimato €50.000-70.000; e poi di Marc Chagall (1887-1985) "Deux personnages", 1960, olio e gouache su carta intelata, 60x50 cm, stima €400.000-600.000; di Giorgio De Chirico (1888-1978) "Cavalli presso un golfo dell’Egeo", circa 1930, olio su tela, 68x116 cm, stima € 150.000-200.000 e il disegno "Manichino", 1917-1918 circa. Di Mario Sironi (1885-1961), una matita grassa su carta vergellata, 20,7x27,4 cm, con stima pari a €1.500-2.500; di Gino Severini (1883 1966) una "Natura morta in bleu", olio su tavola multistrato, 50,4x61,2 cm. stima €20.000-40.000; di Lucio Fontana (1899-1968) un "Concetto Spaziale Teatrino", 1965, olio su tela forata e legno laccato, 72,6x56 cm, con stima €100.000-150.000.

Nella sezione “Incisioni” troviamo "La battaglia degli dei marini (parte destra)", 1485-1488, di Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506), bulino su carta, 26,2x39,4 cm, stima €3.000-5.000; di Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) Adamo ed Eva, 1504, bulino su carta, 24,4x18,8 cm, stima €30.000-50.000; di Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn (1606-1669), "Paesaggio con casa contadina e grande albero", 1641, acquaforte su carta, 12,4x31,6 cm, stima €10.000-20.000.

Per la sezione “Mobili” spicca un tavolo placcato "boulle" in stile Luigi XV di Produzione francese, XIX secolo, legno ebanizzato, placcato in bronzo e tartaruga alla maniera di André Charles Boulle (1642–1732), 70x69x52 cm. Stima €3.000-5.000; un letto barocco a due piazze con importante apparato decorativo, proveniente dall’Italia centrale (Bologna?), XVII secolo, legno di noce, 164x158x229 cm, stima €5.000-8.000.

Infine nella sezione “Marmi” è presente un sarcofago romano di ipotizzabile produzione siciliana, III-IV secolo, marmo, piombo, 80x210x60 cm circa, con stima di €30.000-40.000.

Calendario d'asta
Dal 4 maggio 2013 è aperta la procedura di Vendita al doppio della stima minima
13 settembre 2013 inizio ricezione delle offerte per l'asta ordinaria
18 ottobre 2013 Asta di dipinti e disegni, incisioni et alia, sculture
25 ottobre 2013 Asta mobili, tappeti, altri arredi, marmi, beni non catalogati

Esposizione
dal 29 giugno 2013 a Vicenza, Centro Orafo Voice of Gold
Via Vecchia Ferriera, 70. Accesso su appuntamento

www.gioiellidicarta.it

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ADDITIONAL IMAGES OF NOTE

GIORGIO DE CHIRICO (1888-1978), Cavalli presso un golfo dell’Egeo, 1930 ca., Olio su tela, 68x116 cm. Stima: €150.000-200.000, Courtesy Gioielli di Carta

MARC CHAGALL (1887-1985), Deux personnages, 1960, Olio e gouache su carta intelata, 60x50 cm. Stima: €400.000-600.000. Courtesy Gioielli di Carta

LUCIO FONTANA (1899-1968), Concetto Spaziale Teatrino, 1965, Olio su tela forata e legno laccato, 72,6x56 cm. Stima: €100.000-150.000, Courtesy Gioielli di Carta

JUSEPE DE RIBERA (1588-1652) ATTRIBUITO A, San Pietro, Olio su tela, 125,5x95,5 cm. Stima: €40.000-50.000. Courtesy Gioielli di Carta

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 11:16
 

Angelini from Chieti pre-auction exhibition opens June 29 in Italy

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Monday, 24 June 2013 14:03

GIORGIO DE CHIRICO (1888-1978), Cavalli presso un golfo dell’Egeo, circa 1930, Oil on canvas, 68x116 cm. Estimate: €150,000-200,000. Courtesy Gioielli di Carta

VICENZE, Italy – On June 29 in Vicenze, Italy, an important collection will go on view that includes 17th-century Neapolitan paintings, contemporary art by Morandi and Fontana, etchings by Rembrandt and Dürer; Ancien Régime and Empire furniture, and even a rare Roman sarcophagus. The art is to be auctioned by Gioielli di Carta on Oct. 18 and 25 as part of a high-profile bankruptcy, but an extended preview will run throughout the summer months and into October due to the international attention it is expected to attract. LiveAuctioneers will provide the Internet live bidding for the sale

Famous art historian Federico Zeri documented some of the paintings in the collection Angelini from Chieti, which will be sold on behalf of the Judicial Authority. The importance of the collection’s provenance is immense. In the last 30 years, there has not been a collection to rival it at any bankruptcy sale. The last to come to mind were the collections of the Achille Lauro. Because of the Angelini from Chieti’s significance, bankruptcy trustees were persuaded to invest the time, expense and effort required to create two beautiful auction catalogs.

The objects are very different in nature and value, but they can be divided into the following categories: paintings and drawings, engravings et al., sculptures, furniture, other decoratives, and marbles. To this list one must add other lots listed as "non-cataloged lots."

The objects were seized on subsequent occasions and inventoried by the Guardia di Finanza. A preliminary appraisal has been carried out by the technical adviser of the court, a second by the international auction house Dorotheum, and a final revision of the previous estimates which was carried out by Gioielli di Carta.

The sale is based on the reviewed evaluations, but bidders can still view the previous estimates. The publications produced on this occasion comprise almost 2,000 pages with 1,800 illustrations.

On April 22, curators discovered the theft of lots from the collection, in particular silver, rugs and clocks. These lots remain on the site www.gioiellidicarta so that anyone with information regarding their whereabouts can identify them.

Among the lots at auction there are a few highlights: in the section "Paintings and Drawings" there is a San Pietro attributed to Jusepe de Ribera (1588-1652), oil on canvas, 125.5 x95.5 cm, estimated €40,000-50,000; a portrait of a gentleman from the atelier of Titian (1480/1485-1576), oil on canvas, 93.5 x73.4 cm, with an estimated of €80,000-120,000; the painting by Franco Gentilini (1909-1981) "Girl in the study," 1937, oil on canvas, 140.3 x 100 cm, estimated € 50,000-70,000; and then by Marc Chagall (1887-1985) "Deux personnages," 1960, oil and gouache on paper mounted on canvas, 60x50 cm, estimated €400,000 to 600,000; by Giorgio De Chirico (1888-1978) "Horses at a gulf of the Aegean," circa 1930, oil on canvas, 68x116 cm, with an estimate of €150,000-200,000; and the drawing "Mannequin," circa 1917-1918. By Mario Sironi (1885-1961) there is a work with pencil on paper, 20.7 x27.4 cm, with an estimate of €1,500-2,500; by Gino Severini (1883, 1966) "Still Life in blue," an oil on panel, 50.4 x61.2 cm, estimated €20,000-40,000; by Lucio Fontana (1899-1968) "Spatial Concept Teatrino," 1965, oil on canvas on perforated and lacquered wood, 72.6 x56 cm, estimate of €100,000-150,000.

In the "Engravings" section we find "The Battle of the Sea (right)," 1485-1488, by Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506), engraving on paper, 26.2x39.4 cm, estimated €3,000-5,000; by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) "Adam and Eve," from 1504, engraving on paper, 24.4 x18.8 cm, estimate of €30,000-50,000; by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669), "Landscape with farm house and large tree," 1641, etching on paper, 12.4x31.6 cm, estimated €10,000-20,000.

In the section "Furniture," the most important lots include a 19th-century Louis XV-style boulle table of bronze-plated ebonized wood and tortoise shell in the manner of André Charles Boulle (1642-1732), 70x69x52 cm, estimated €3.000-5.000. Also, there is a 17th-century central Italian (possibly Bologna) baroque walnut bed with exquisite decorations from central Italy (maybe from Bologna), 164x158x229 cm, with an estimate of €5,000-8,000.

Finally, in the section "Marbles," there is a Roman sarcophagus, probably of Sicilian production, from the 3rd/4th century, in marble and lead, 80x210x60 cm, with an estimate of €30,000-40,000.

Auction Calendar for 2013:

September 13, 2013: bidding opens for the general auction

October 18, 2013: Auction of paintings and drawings, engravings et al,, sculptures

October 25, 2013: Auction of furniture, carpets, other decoratives, marble, uncataloged lots

Exhibition:

Starting June 29, 2013 in Vicenza, Centro Orafo Voice of Gold, Via Vecchia Ferriera, 70. By appointment only.

For additional information, log on to http://www.gioiellidicarta.it.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

GIORGIO DE CHIRICO (1888-1978), Cavalli presso un golfo dell’Egeo, circa 1930, Oil on canvas, 68x116 cm. Estimate: €150,000-200,000. Courtesy Gioielli di Carta

MARC CHAGALL (1887-1985), Deux personnages, 1960, Oil and gouache on paper, 60x50 cm. Estimate: €400,000-600,000. Courtesy Gioielli di Carta

LUCIO FONTANA (1899-1968), Concetto Spaziale Teatrino, 1965, Oil on perforated canvas and lacquer wood, 72.6x56 cm. Estimate: €100,000-150,000. Courtesy Gioielli di Carta

Attributed to JUSEPE DE RIBERA (1588-1652), San Pietro, Oil on canvas, 125.5x95.5 cm. Estimate: €40,000-50,000, Courtesy Gioielli di Carta

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 10:56
 

William Jenack June 30 sale a rich array of art, antiques, watches

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Friday, 21 June 2013 16:15

Tiffany & Co. candlestick lamp. William Jenack image.

CHESTER, N.Y. - William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers will conduct a Fine Art, Antique & Ethnographic auction on June 30 at their gallery, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com. The event will commence at 11 a.m.

The sale is set to include collection of gold jewelry, watches, pocket watches, silver flatware and accessories, Lladro figures, art glass, Chinese art and porcelain, antique carpets, rugs, 19/20th century artwork, 19th century furniture, bronzes, loose gemstones, vintage designer clothing.

The category of watches will include vintage Patek Phillippe 18K gold wristwatch, Cartier Paris 18K tank watch, vintage Hamilton 14K gold Duo-Dial doctor’s wristwatch, Hamilton 14K thin line wristwatch, Waltham 21 jewel railroad pocket watch, Hamilton 14K gold dress pocket watch, among others.

Heading the silver will be a service for 12 of Wallace Grande Baroque gilt sterling flatware and serving pieces, Sanchez Easterling sterling Revere bowl, Sheffield Plate tray and tea caddies, punch bowl. Gold lots include a collection of heavy weight bracelets, necklaces, pins and rings, a highlight will be 2 pairs of Michael Good 18K sculptural earrings, pair of 18K gold and gemstone mounted peacock form clip earrings.

Art glass will include a Tiffany & Co. Favrile glass candlestick lamp with the original Tiffany chimney, pair of Tiffany Studio’s pulled feather trumpet vase on bronze bases, signed set of 6 Quezal iridescent pulled feather sherbets, Legras cameo glass vase with oak leaf design, Daum Nancy cameo glass vase, Galle free blown cameo glass ewer.

Rounding out the sale will be a collection of 19th century furniture including a Anglo-Indian carved rosewood cabinet with sunburst doors, bench made burl wood table with natural trunk form legs, Hepplewhite style mahogany inlaid sideboard, Sheraton side chairs and much more.

Vintage ball and evening gowns by designers such as Hattie Carnegie, Balenciaga, Molly Parnis for Bonwit Teller, and Oscar De La Renta.

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

Tiffany & Co. candlestick lamp. William Jenack image.

Albert Nemethy, oil on canvas, Hudson River Dayliner. William Jenack image.

Quezal sherbets. William Jenack image.

Tuan Nguyen, bronze, 'Rapture.' William Jenack image.

Tiffany & Co. sterling frame. William Jenack image.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 09:21
 

Heritage to auction John Brown's leg irons

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Friday, 21 June 2013 12:32

Circa-1858 carte de visite photograph of abolitionist and Harper's Ferry insurrection leader John Brown. Est. $400-500 in Heritage June 29, 2013 auction.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The leg irons that restrained abolitionist John Brown after his failed 1859 raid on a federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry are being sold Saturday in Texas, but two historical parks dedicated to his legacy can't afford to bid on them.

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions estimates the shackles are worth at least $10,000, but some Brown memorabilia has fetched much more. In 2007, a rare daguerreotype sold for $97,750 at a Cincinnati auction.

John Boling of Buhl, Idaho, whose family has long owned them, said his family hopes that whoever buys the shackles will display them publicly. "We believe that history should be learned and understood," said Boling, whose great-great-great-grandfather, Hezekiah Atwood Jr., apparently obtained them shortly after Brown's execution on Dec. 2, 1859, in what is today West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle.

History long regarded Brown as a domestic terrorist, and some Southerners still do. Many scholars consider Brown and his raid to be flash points, hastening the start of the Civil War. But many now see him as a martyr, ahead of his time in trying to end slavery. The Connecticut native spent months plotting to seize 100,000 weapons from the arsenal and use them to launch a guerrilla war with the slaves he believed would join him.

Yet the first casualty in the Harpers Ferry raid was a free black man, a baggage handler who bled to death while Brown's raiders grabbed hostages and holed up at a fire engine house. Within 48 hours, the rebellion was dead, along with at least four civilians, 10 raiders and a U.S. Marine.

Brown was tried for treason, murder and inciting a rebellion. He was hanged in Charles Town, and is buried on his former farmstead in North Elba, N.Y., now home to the John Brown Farm State Historic Site.

An official with New York's parks system said the state has no plans to bid. "The raid didn't happen here, and we don't have the resources at this time," said Brendan Mills, manager of the site near Lake Placid. "If they were donated, we would take them."

Much of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is devoted to the story of John Brown, but Superintendent Rebecca Harriett said Monday that she was unaware of the auction. Funding would also be an issue, she said, "especially on such short notice."

Don Ackerman, consignment director for the auction house, said historians had to sift through a lot of "murky family lore" to verify the shackles are authentic. Among the stampings are the initials ER, for a well-known Shepherdstown locksmith, Elijah Rickard.

Boling's ancestor served with the First Maine Volunteers in the Civil War and was in Charles Town at some point, perhaps to put down the rebellion, Ackerman said. At least four newspaper articles published between 1889 and 1893 reported that Atwood obtained Brown's leg irons from an elderly black woman, providing her a substitute pair that he bought for $8.

The shackles were briefly exhibited at the Portland Historical Society in Maine after Atwood returned home. When he died, his widow gave them to his brother, James N. Atwood. They later ended up at Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., where the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher stomped on them during sermons about slavery. Beecher was the brother of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" author Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Hezekiah Atwood Sr. had been a Congregationalist minister.

"When you're talking about historical objects like this ... it's not always possible to say with absolute certainty that it is what is," Ackerman said. But "deductive reasoning" and the evidence he's reviewed provide 99 percent certainty. Nor has there ever been a contradictory claim of ownership.

"I'm satisfied that everything matches and makes sense," Ackerman said, starting with the fact that the same family has had the artifact for generations and that family was connected to Charles Town. The maker's marks appear genuine, linked to a well-known family of local locksmiths the jail would likely have used — and the jail acknowledged the shackles had been "liberated" after Brown's execution.

"All of those taken in totality," he said, "it's fairly convincing to me that these are the ones."

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Associated Press writer Chris Carola contributed from Albany, N.Y.

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ADDITIONAL IMAGES OF NOTE

Circa-1858 carte de visite photograph of abolitionist and Harper's Ferry insurrection leader John Brown. Est. $400-500 in Heritage June 29, 2013 auction.

Leg irons or shackles believed to have been used on John Brown during his incarceration at the Charleston, Va., jail following his arrest during the raid at Harper's Ferry, Oct. 17, 1859. Est. $10,000-$15,000 in Heritage June 22, 2013 auction.

Maker's stamp on leg irons. The initials ER stand for Elijah Rickard, a well-known locksmith who operated out of Shepherdstown, Virginia. Heritage Auctions image.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 June 2013 13:32
 

Linwoods' inaugural Fine & Decorative Arts Auction set for June 29

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Thursday, 20 June 2013 10:38

Ladies 14K white gold and diamond necklace with pear-shape emerald stone. Estimate $10,000-$15,000. Linwoods image.

ALHAMBRA, Calif. – Linwoods Art Appraisal and Auction House will conduct its inaugural sale of decorative arts, collectibles and fine art masterpieces on Saturday June 29 at its showroom gallery in Alhambra, California. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

This inaugural auction brings together the positive collaboration of seasoned art appraiser and dealer Thomas Lin with the multigenerational Woods auction house of Florida. The auction house will offer a variety of Chinese arts and antiquities, stamp collections, precious stones and rare furnishings at the one-day event. Auction items include a wide variety of porcelain works, jade and soapstone carvings, precious gemstones, scroll paintings, sculptures and museum-worthy furniture pieces.

“We will strive to put forward an array of strong and unique pieces,” said curator Lisal Ong. The seasoned collector will no doubt recognize the tremendous value of the starting bids on a number of lots. It's an excellent opportunity to acquire a few meaningful pieces at unprecedented price points.”

One such example from the June 29 auction is Lot 2024, an exceptionally rare porcelain plaque painting with the seal mark and calligraphy of Wang Qi from the Republic period, featuring an innocent young maiden led through the forest by an earth demon.

Also noteworthy, is a sumptuous collection of Chinese silk embroidered female courtier robes from the Qing dynasty in resplendent colors with elaborate detailing. This wardrobe assembly has been amassed by a well-known lifetime collector from San Francisco. (Lots 2146-2156)

Another cornerstone of the day’s offerings (Lots 2241-2290) comprises a vast array of scroll paintings assembled over three generations by a family of collectors. Many of the scrolls are signed by famous artists and feature landscapes, wildlife, and floral displays.

Prominent among the offerings of museum-worthy Asian furnishings is Lot 2116, a pair of huanghuali horseshoe-back chairs, with exquisite carved detailing in the back slats, and silk cushions. The chairs are complemented by a huanghuali tea table.

The proprietors of Linwoods have married their mutually held passion for collectibles with decades of expert sales and acquisitions for their growing network of international clients. With promising first year preparations in Southern California, they have plans in place for monthly in-house auctions. Many new clients have come to know the burgeoning auction house through online catalogs posted on LiveAuctioneers.com.

The Saturday June 29 auction event will begin at 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Pre-auction viewing days are scheduled for: Wednesday, June 26; Thursday, June 27; and Friday, June 28. Preview hours are from 1-5 p.m. The gallery is located at 1215 E. Main Street, Alhambra CA 91801. For additional information regarding lots or in-person bidding, call Lisal Ong at 626-457-8818.

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

Ladies 14K white gold and diamond necklace with pear-shape emerald stone. Estimate $10,000-$15,000. Linwoods image.

Chinese porcelain painting plaque mark Wang Qi, 15.25 inches tall. Estimate $4,000-$6,000. Linwoods image.

Framed Chinese embroidery depicting flowers and birds, 30.5 inches tall. Estimate $400-$600. Linwoods image.

Large Famille Rose porcelain dish with longevity peach motif, 20 inches diameter. Estimate $1,200-$1,800. Linwoods image.

Pair of ornately carved huanghuali wood armchairs with horseshoe-shape backs, pierced conforming splats, box stretchers and satin cushions. Estimate $16,000-$24,000. Linwoods image.

Exquisite openwork carved Zitan dresser, 28.5 inches tall. Estimate $6,000-$9,000. Linwoods image.

19th-century Chinese silk robe. Multicolor embroidered decoration with dragons and cranes flying amongst the clouds with gold thread detail and gold buttons, 85 inches long. Estimate $4,000-$6,000. Linwoods image.

Coral figure of a boy, 2.75 inches tall. Estimate $1,000-$1,500. Linwoods image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:44
 

Fine Chinese works of art headline Gianguan's June 30 auction

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Wednesday, 19 June 2013 14:25

An antique Chinese landscape by Shi Tao’s titled 'Fishing in Mount Baipinzhou.' Estimate on request. Gianguan Auctions image.

NEW YORK - Chinese fine art and antiques specialist Gianguan Auctions will offer more than 300 items in two sessions on Sunday, June 30th. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

Two unusual Fu and Shou character-from sancai ceramic ewers of the Qing Dynasty typify the cultural rarities in the auction of fine Chinese paintings and works of art. Entered as Lots 224 and 225, the unusual wine pots are of flattened form, embellished with floral patterns and geometrics surrounding a center medallion depicting sages. Modestly estimated, the ewers are each expected to fetch between $1,500 to $2,000.

Lot 247 is a doucai floral ritual ewer known as a Benbahu. Classically formed, the bulbous body raised on spreading pedestal and surmounted by a canopy-shaped mouth has a curved spout distinguished by an iron red dragon head with open jaws. The overall floral pattern of lotus blossoms and vines is punctuated by gilt borders. Of the Qing Dynasty and bearing the Qianlong six-character mark, this ewer is being offered with a presale estimate of $150,000 and $200,000.

Also positioned for the high end of the market is a rare Imperial Famille Rose vase with brocade ground similar to two Qing Court vases currently on view in Beijing Palace’s Museum. The Imperial Famille-Rose vase of globular form with a tall waisted neck is decorated with leafy floral blooms and foliate scrolls set between concentric gilt bands. It bears the reign mark on red on gold of the Qing Dynasty and the Qianlong six-character double-squares mark of the period. It stands 8¾in tall. The estimate on the vase may be obtained by calling the gallery.

Coming on the heels of these offerings and highlighting the collection of carved jades is Lot 254, a remarkable Han Dynasty white jade ritual dagger with high-relief carvings of entwined Qilins on one side and archaistic motifs on the back. The long handle bears the carving of a figure. Thirteen inches in length, the dagger is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

A rare carved Han Dynasty lapis lazuli Bixie is positioned at Lot 269. The Bixie, indicative of the Han fascination with the supernatural, is portrayed in a crouching position as if ready to spring. It is crowned with two horns, curled wings and bifurcated tail. The carved mythical "averter of evil" practically bursts with energy. It is set to go off at between $6,000-$8,000.

A lapis lazuli mountain bolder carved with scholars amidst pine trees and a pavilion is another excellent value at $3,000-$5,000.

A remarkable set of rectangular white jade seals surmounted by a carved elephant from the Emperor Kangxi makes its entrance as Lot 143. Comprised of six seals, each one is carved in positive text bearing political thoughts and moral concepts. They are complete in a fitted box and will likely fetch between $80,000-$100,000.

Among the many other carvings is a translucent white jade tripod censer raised on three mask-head supports with twin upright handles. Of the Qing Dynasty, it is Lot 277, bearing a $20,000-$30,000 estimate.

Cinnabar items scattered throughout the auction provide ample opportunity to acquire fine examples. For instance, Lot 170 is a well-carved cinnabar lacquer dish with two flaming dragons on cresting waves in chase of a pearl. It is an excellent acquisition at $1,500-$2,000. Lot 162 is a large square cinnabar vase with a tall neck and carved with panels of scrolling flowers and continuous landscape finished with graphic borders and splayed feet incised with a key fret border. Its estimated value is $3,000-$4,000. At the top end of the cinnabar offerings is Lot 223, a dish carved with a landscape of the Jade Belt Bridge in a palace set among willow trees. It is bordered with ruyi heads. Of the Qing Dynasty Period and with the Jiaping six-character mark incised, the dish is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

Small personal and decorative items abound. Among them is Lot 222, a rare and fine lacquer painted collar-shaped wood box with dragons and bats. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. A collection of teapots is entered in a series covering Lots 312 through 317. Lot 312 is a teapot carved in relief of the God of Wealth Delivering an Ingot; while Lot 316, is a pumpkin-shape pot stenciled with figures and floral Shou characters. They range in value from $500 to $800.

The paintings, for which Gianguan Auctions is becoming known, lead the sale in a morning session that begins at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time. With works by the finest painters of the centuries, paintings on the block reflect many centuries of Chinese history. They range from antique Imperial ink on paper or silk scrolls to contemporary offerings.

Among the modern scrolls is Huang Zhou’s Uyghur Maiden, 1984. Burdened with a basket on her head and in concert with a dog, the painting portrays the nomadic lifestyle of people who create and maintain living shrines like those recently featured in a photography exhibition at the Rubin Museum. The ink-on-paper is of muted palette. It is Lot 30, estimated at $40,000 to $60,000.

Qi Baishi’s modernistic Squirrels and Grapes, rendered in nearly abstract graphics combined with representational figures, and colored in browns, blues and purples, is but one example of the master’s oeuvre. It is Lot 35, expected to bring between $80,000-$100,000.

Wu Guanzhong’s Pine in the Wind, a colorful abstraction of line and form, is Lot 40. Its estimate is $100,000-$150,000.

The antique scrolls, those dominated by landscapes, are museum quality. For instance Dong Qichang’s Snow Mountains, dated 1615 is a masterpiece of tonality. With a small house protected by a gate and set in a mountain crevice, the artist’s interpretation of the massive mountain is clear. Lot 24, Dong Qichan’s pen on paper has one artist seal, four emperors’ seals and two collectors’ seals. It is valued at $250, 000 to $300,000.

Another masterpiece is Lot 63. It depicts a stark mountainous landscape with a lonely scholar floating on a boat beneath the ridges. With innovative use of white space depicting distance and a poem reflecting the thoughts of its artist, the painting captures man’s place in nature. Its estimate is available on request.

For condition reports, please call the gallery at 212-226-2660. Gianguan Auctions, now celebrating its 11th anniversary, is located at 295 Madison Avenue. For more, please visit www.gianguanauctions.com.

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

 

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

An antique Chinese landscape by Shi Tao’s titled 'Fishing in Mount Baipinzhou.' Estimate on request. Gianguan Auctions image.

This Shou character-from sancai ceramic ewer comes from the Qing Dynasty. Estimate: $2,000. Gianguan Auctions image.

An exceptional Famille Rose brocade-ground vase similar to two in the Beijing Palace Museum. Estimate on request.

Han Dynasty white jade ritual dagger with high-relief carvings of entwined Qilins on one side and archaistic motifs on the back. The long handle bears the carving of a figure. Gianguan Auctions image.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 08:19
 

Grosvenor School artists in spotlight at Bloomsbury’s, June 27

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Tuesday, 18 June 2013 16:21

Cyril Edward Power (1874-1951), The Tube Train, (C.C.E.P. 41), linocut printed in colors, circa 1934. Est. £50,000-£70,000. Bloomsbury image.

LONDON – On June 27th, Bloomsbury will auction high-quality works by major masters of 20th-century print making, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. Sourced mainly from private collections, most of the artworks in the Modern & Contemporary Print sale have either “never been at auction or have not been offered in recent memory,” said Alexander Hayter, International Head of Contemporary Art at Bloomsbury Auctions.

Interest in the groundbreaking Grosvenor School of Modern Art has increased rapidly over the last 10 years. Founded by Cyril Power, Claude Flight, Iain McNab and Sybil Andrews in 1925, it was a leading force in the creation and promotion of modernist print making. Bloomsbury Auctions has long been the “home” of the Grosvenor School, and their June 27 sale offers some stellar pieces.

Cyril Power (1874-1951) was an award-winning architect before he became an artist. He is best known for his modernist linocuts. His work was clearly influenced by German Expressionism, the Italian Futurists and the Vorticists. He encapsulated the spirit of the avant-garde movement, capturing the restlessness and dynamism of modern life.

Lot 44, Appy Ampstead, embodies two favorite elements that appear regularly in his art, energy and vitality, which in this case were inspired by the August Bank Holiday fair rides on Hampstead Heath. This piece is probably the most dynamic Vorticist linocut by Cyril Power, and although a very popular print at the time, it is now extremely scarce. Signed, titled and numbered 17/60 this richly inked impression datable to around 1933 is in exceptionally fine condition and is expected to fetch £30,000-£50,000.

The lot that follows, The Tube Train, is more concerned with man’s addiction to the new rat race. Based on Power's studies of rush hour commuters on London's District Line, the present work is amongst the largest of his linocuts. This, too, is titled, richly inked and printed in bright colors. Although numbered 17/60, only one has appeared on the market in the last 20 years. The one in Bloomsbury’s sale is expected to fetch in the region of £50,000-£70,000.

Another leading light of the Grosvenor House School was Ursula Fookes (1906-1991). Bloomsbury Auctions is offering Liner (Lot 34), a very rare linocut printed in colors and signed in pencil on the back. While this work is numbered from an edition of 50, there are only three known impressions, and of those, this is the only one which is signed by the artist.

It has been suggested that the linocut represents the RMS Titanic. While it is impossible to state that definitively, one of the key features of that ill-fated liner gives credence to the theory – the Titanic was one of only 15 4-funnel ocean liners ever built, and of these 15, seven were of a design that does not fit with that of the present work. Of the remaining eight, the Titanic was undoubtedly the most famous, not only amongst this small number of four stackers, but also of all time. This powerful image of a huge liner cutting through waves is estimated £25,000-£30,000.

No sale of Modern and Contemporary prints would be complete without works by Richard Hamilton. Self-Portrait (Lot 167) is a very rare soft-ground etching, with engraving, drypoint and punching; the date1951 and the inscription “Happy Anniversary Bill and Nora, Love from Richard: in black ink. There was no edition of this artwork, it was never published, and very few impressions were printed. This is an important piece, as it is not only one of the artist's earliest graphic works and his first self-portrait, but it was also produced while he was still a student at the Slade School of Art. Bloomsbury Auctions has found only one other (unsigned) example of this work at auction in the past 10 years. The work to be auctioned is estimated at £10,000-£15,000.

Hamilton's art often tested the boundaries between industrial design and creative art. His fascination with product design, the everyday object, and art all form the crux of pop art theory. Of all pieces by Hamilton in the sale, Sign, Carafe and Ashtray (Lot 169) will likely arouse the most interest. Estimated at £60,000-£80,000), the trio is in pristine condition. Bloomsbury has found no record of these works ever coming to auction and the number still in private hands is extremely low.

A witty item in the sale is Lot 189, David Hockney’s signed, dated (1962) and numbered Diploma (estimate £12,000-£18,000). While in his last year at the Royal College of Art, David Hockney refused to write a final year essay, saying that his performance should be judged on his artwork alone. The principals at the school took exception to this defiance and refused to award Hockney a passing grade or diploma for his years of study. His response was to produce his own diploma, poking fun at the teachers who had denied him a degree. The figures in lower left represent his fellow downtrodden students; the monstrous figures above are two of his more unpleasant teachers, and the central figure represents Hockney himself, dangling precariously in a pose reminiscent of Harold Lloyd hanging from the face of a clock in the 1923 film Safety Last.

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

Cyril Edward Power (1874-1951), The Tube Train, (C.C.E.P. 41), linocut printed in colors, circa 1934. Est. £50,000-£70,000. Bloomsbury image. 

Ursula Fookes (1906-1991), Liner, rare linocut printed in colors. Est. £25,000-£35,000. Bloomsbury image. 

 Cyril Edward Power (1874-1951), Appy Ampstead (C.C.E.P. 36), linocut printed in colors, circa 1933. Est. £30,000-£50,000. Bloomsbury image.

Richard Hamilton (1922-2011), Self-Portrait, rare soft-ground etching, 1951. Est. £10,000-£15,000. Bloomsbury image. 

Richard Hamilton (1922-2011), Sign, Carafe and Ashtray, (L.M.10, 11 and 12), Est. £60,000-£80,000. Bloomsbury image. 

David Hockney (b. 1937-), Diploma (T.28), etching with aquatint, 1962. Est. £12,000-£18,000. Bloomsbury image. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 08:10
 

Jeffrey S. Evans sale rich in Southern treasures June 22

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Unpublished CDV photograph of Robert E. Lee, verso with a revenue stamp bearing an inscribed ‘White & Kelley, Lexington, Va., circa 1865. Estimate $10,000-$15,000. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ June Americana, Fine & Decorative Arts sale on June 22 includes some of the strongest material the auction house has offered in years. The sale includes furniture, objects and fine art from the entire Southern Region and many great examples of Virginia decorative arts, and boasts many objects that are either new to the market entirely or offered for the first time in decades. Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Among the private collectors whose items are on offer are Shenandoah Valley material from the Rudolph Evers estate, of Bridgewater, Va., the first half of the 40-year collection of the late Richard and Betty Robertson of Waynesboro, Va.; material descended in the Dooley family of Richmond, Va.; and property from a number of other Virginia families; property from the estate of former curator Mary Black of New York, as well as property from the estate of Nicholas de Belleville Katzenbach of Princeton, N.J.

A rare object in the auction is an important, previously unpublished autographed carte-de-visite photograph of Robert E. Lee, the verso with an inscribed “White & Kelley,” Lexington, Va., cancellation, circa 1865. The vignette full-facial depiction of Lee shows him wearing his coat and vest, but without the general’s stars and military buttons. The image descended in the Alexander family of Riverside, the family homestead in Stuarts Draft near Staunton, Va. Since Confederate soldiers were forbidden by federal law from wearing garments that indicated their former military status after the end of the Civil War, Lee lacks his stars and buttons. His civilian attire dates the image as probably one of the earliest taken immediately after the Civil War. (Estimate $10,000-$15,000).

Three other important Virginia artifacts are also included in the auction: a Wythe County, Va., paint-decorated poplar blanket chest with astragal and rectangular panels, dated 1802 (Estimate: $20,000-30,000); an outstanding Shenandoah Valley of Virginia Federal inlaid and banded mahogany chest of drawers, circa 1800, from the private collection of Dr. Charles and Elizabeth Umstott of Newport News, VA (Estimate: $15,000-$20,000); and a pair of Southside Virginia Chippendale black walnut side chairs, circa 1765-1785, in original condition (Estimate: $8,000-$12,000).

Items from the Estate of Nicholas de Belleville Katzenbach include a graphic 19th century folk art hooked rug with a rooster above two baskets with potted flowers (estimate: $1,000-$2,000), and a vibrant, nearly life-size carousel figure of a leaping donkey (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

The complete detailed catalogue may be viewed on the www.jeffreysevans.com website.

For further details please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 540-434-3939.

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



ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Unpublished CDV photograph of Robert E. Lee, verso with a revenue stamp bearing an inscribed ‘White & Kelley, Lexington, Va., circa 1865. Estimate $10,000-$15,000. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image. 

Important Wythe Co., Virginia paint-decorated poplar blanket chest dated 1802 in excellent original condition. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.   

 Outstanding Shenandoah Valley of Virginia Federal inlaid and banded mahogany chest of drawers, yellow pine secondary wood, circa 1800. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Important pair of Southside Virginia Chippendale black walnut side chairs, probably Southampton or Greensville Co., circa 1765-1785, in outstanding original condition. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image. 

Graphic 19th century American folk art hooked rug, 36 x 64 inches, in as-found condition. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image. 

Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 16:37
 

Cleveland stalwarts' works featured in Gray’s sale June 26

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Carl Frederick Gaertner (1898-1952) seated nude, oil on canvas. Gray’s Auctioneers image.

CLEVELAND – Gray’s Auctioneers starts summer off in style with the Fine Art, Furniture and Decorations Auction on June 26. The auction features a collection of paintings, drawings and fine art prints, as well as furniture, jewelry and decorative arts objects. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Highlights of the sale include paintings by two of Cleveland’s most noteworthy and beloved artists, Carl Gaertner and Viktor Schreckengost. Both men, accomplished graduates of the Cleveland Institute of Art in the 1920s, went on to achieve national acclaim in the fine art market. Lot 19 is a dynamic still life watercolor by Schreckengost composed in vivid blues and greens, while lots 20 and 21, two nude studies by Gaertner, present a softer take on the female form. At the time of their professional advent, “the city experienced its greatest period of art activity, reflected in the emergence of the Art Museum, the May Show, a resurgence in art and artists' organizations, and a number of exhibitions of current art from Europe” (Encyclopedia of Cleveland History). Influenced by Cleveland’s cultural renaissance, both artists achieve color balance and aesthetic harmony in these paintings at Gray’s upcoming sale.

In addition to these superb Cleveland School pictures, Gray’s June 26 auction spotlights a number of traditional oil paintings. Among them is Lot 11, an elegant portrait of a lady by the French artist François-Bruno DeShays de Colleville (b. 1732). A treasure in its own right, the canvas sits within a stunning gilt frame also of the 18th century. Several landscapes also stand out among the paintings included in the sale. Fine examples are Lot 12, a lovely twilight harbor scene by Amelie Burdin, and Lots 14 and 15, Maine coastal images by well-known American painter, Andrew Winter.

Other notable objects in Gray’s June auction include a large collection of color etchings and lithographs depicting major American and European cities such as Cleveland, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Vienna and London. An equally large selection of period and period-style furniture ranging from breakfronts and sideboards to library tables and wingback chairs is featured in this auction. Outstanding pieces include Lot 376, a gorgeous Federal-style sofa with delicate inlay patterning and floral upholstery, Lot 328, a George III painted satinwood Carlton house desk with a tooled leather writing surface and painted decoration, and Lot 333, a Chinese carved rosewood display cabinet from the turn of the 20th century.

Gray’s Auctioneers will be open for preview of the Fine Art, Furniture and Decorations Auction at our Cleveland showroom Wednesday, June 19, through Tuesday, June 25, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Saturday, June 22, from noon – 4 p.m.

The complete illustrated catalog for this auction can be found at GraysAuctioneers.com or LiveAuctioneers.com. Live, telephone, absentee, and internet bidding is available for this and every sale at Gray’s. Condition reports and shipping estimates are available upon request.

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

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



ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Carl Frederick Gaertner (1898-1952) seated nude, oil on canvas. Gray’s Auctioneers image. 

François-Bruno DeShays de Colleville (b. 1732) portrait of a lady, oil on canvas. Gray’s Auctioneers image. 

 Viktor Schreckengost (1906-2008) still life, 1961, watercolor on artist's board. Gray’s Auctioneers image.

Amelie Burdin (French, b. 1834) French harbor scene, oil on canvas. Gray’s Auctioneers image. 

Hickory Federal-style mahogany upholstered sofa, 20th century. Gray’s Auctioneers image. 

 Chinese rosewood display cabinet, 19th/20th century. Gray’s Auctoneers image.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 15:11
 

Carstens Galleries presents museum-quality fare June 25

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BOCA RATON, Fla. – On June 25, commencing at 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Carstens Galleries will present its Museum Quality Antique Treasures Auction, with over 580 lots that include the finest and largest offering to date of over 100 sculptures of old European and Oriental ivory and netsuke. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The event will also present a very special collection of 18th and 19th century European paintings, provided in consignment from a private collector. Other offerings in this auction, include a rare Emile Galle tray with subject World War I marqueterie, bronze sculptures, original Sevres lamps and vases, classic Carrara marble sculptures, and a unique group of 18th century European seals in amber, bronze, silver, ivory and gold. Also present, is a choice selection of Art Deco by Schneider, Varnier, Bertetti, and Art Nouveau by Charpentier, Larche and Wisinger among others.

The many treasures in the catalog also include masterpieces from Lalique, Daum Nancy, Charder, Limoges, and a choice selection of Murano glass.

As usual, Carstens Galleries as a service to its bidders, specifies in its catalogs the estimated shipping cost of almost all its lots, and for very heavy or large items, requests information about possible destination of a lot to provide the buyer with correct information and coordination of shipping by Carstens Galleries.

For additional information about any lot in this auction, call Claudio Calderon at Carstens Galleries 561-393 6067 or email the auctioneers any inquiry at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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

 



ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 09:22
 

Kimball Sterling to auction canes from fine collections on June 22

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Jeweled gold and silver owl French dress cane, est. $3,500-$4,500. Kimball M. Sterling image.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Kimball M Sterling will present its late spring antique cane auction on June 22nd, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com. The selection of more than 250 canes includes rarities from both European and American collections. Estimates range from $200 to $10,000, allowing collectors from all levels to participate.

There will be a large selection of ivory examples from a New York collection, including erotic and nude canes. Nautical canes are strong with a whalebone selection. A very rare Remington .22-caliber gun cane is another highlight.

Many carved animals will be offered, including cats, African animals and horses. Gold and silver canes are nicely represented in the selection. Also, a very rare Mike Orion folk-art cane will also be auctioned, along with a group of other folk items from an Indiana collection.

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern time. For information on any lot in the sale, call Kimball Sterling at 423-928-1471.

Kimball M Sterling, Inc is the world's largest auction house specializing in canes. It is a family-owned business with more than 30 years' experience and has sold over 4,800 canes through LiveAuctioneers.

Sterling conducts five to six auctions per year. Consignments are accepted on an ongoing basis.

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

 Jeweled gold and silver owl French dress cane, est. $3,500-$4,500. Kimball M. Sterling image.

Hawaiian historical whalebone cane, est. $5,000-$7,000. Kimball M. Sterling image. 

 Remington gun cane, est. $7,500-$8,500. Kimball M. Sterling image.

 Museum-quality erotic ivory cane, est. $5,000-$7,000. Kimball M. Sterling image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 June 2013 16:46
 

Stunning variety marks Kaminski’s Asian art sale June 22

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Eighteenth century Qing Dynasty cloisonné plaque. Kaminski Auctions image.

BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auction’s upcoming Fine Asian Arts and Antiques Auction on Saturday, June 22, will feature a stunning variety of objects from China, including robes, cloisonne plaques, pearls and huanghuali furniture. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The 600-lot auction will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

A Chinese kesi robe is positioned to be the top lot of the sale. This particular blue silk robe is an excellent example of the traditional kesi, or “cut silk,” technique, in which the method of weaving leaves what appear to be sharp slices in the fabric where two colors meet. Kesi silk designs are famed for their intricacy, and the example to be offered at Kaminski is no different. It features elaborate roundels of auspicious motifs surrounded by a wave border. The beautiful blue robe lined with yellow imperial silk is estimated at $4,000 to $6,000.

An embroidered dragon robe will also be offered alongside the Kesi robe at the same estimated price. The yellow silk of the robe brilliantly offsets the multiple embroidered dragons emblazoned above a wave border hem.

A rare cloisonné plaque from the 18th century Qing Dynasty is sure to be one of the most interesting items of the sale. The incredible plaque depicts a landscape picked out in the delicately detailed lines of cloisonne. Rippling lines form mountains that back a tranquil scene of lush trees and a river that flows past a small house with a single occupant. The high quality artistry of this piece is obvious, and is sure to attract many bidders with a starting estimate of only $3,000 to $5,000.

Also sure to attract bidding attention is an elaborate pearl necklace from later 19th century China. The necklace contains 108 pearls in total, strung alongside carved purple quartz, turquoise, lapis and red coral beads. At the center is a gilt silver pendant with carved agate bats. The 60-inch-long necklace is predicted to sell for between $3,000 to $5,000.

Kaminski’s sale will also feature a selection of fine porcelain. Among the ceramic highlights are a red glazed vase estimated at $3,000 to $5,000 with a bamboo shaped neck and bulbous body that carries a Qing Qianlong mark on its base, as well as a pair of export famille rose jars, detailed with family scenes on an orange ground and estimated at $2,000 to $3,000. Also included in the top lots are a plaque signed Wang Xiliang depicting a female flutist with an estimate of $2,000 to $3,000, and a blue and white vase from the later Ming Dynasty or early Qing Dynasty, estimated at $1,500 to $2,500.

The sale will additionally include a number of bronze pieces, one of the most interesting of which is a seated Buddha. The Buddha, offered as lot 2048, sits on a double lotus vase and holds a jar. This approximately 8 1/2-inch-tall figure is estimated at $2,000 to $3,000.

In addition to these fine silk, pearl, ceramic and bronze pieces, Kaminski’s June Asian Art and Antiques Auction will offer a selection of fine Chinese furniture. Among the excellent furniture lots up for sale is a pair of huanghuali wood rose chairs, estimated at $1,000 to $2,000. The chairs are decorated with a carved gourd and vine pattern and have the characteristic straight spindle arms and backs that define the rose chair form.

The furniture selection will also include a large huanghuali bed frame with dragon and cloud carvings, estimated at $2,000 to $3,000, as well as a zitan wood eight-panel screen. The screen features a different bird and botanical motif in the center of each panel and inscribed characters, archaic scroll patterns and small dragons on the reverse. It stands an impressive 69 inches tall and is predicted to fetch between $3,000 and $5,000.

View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the auction is in progress at LiveAuctioneers.com.



ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Eighteenth century Qing Dynasty cloisonné plaque. Kaminski Auctions image. 

Kesi silk robe. Kaminski Auctions image. 

Zitan wood panel screen. Kaminski Auctions image.

Chinese pearl necklace. Kaminski Auctions image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:43
 
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