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Picasso plate heads scrumptious Crescent City sale March 2-3

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Thursday, 14 February 2013 17:45

Fine gilt bronze and white marble three-piece French clock set by Japy Freres, 19th century. Crescent City Auction Gallery.

NEW ORLEANS – A silver plate showing an image of a bull’s head by the renowned artist Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), cast by Francois and Peter Hugo of Paris in the mid-1950s, is the anticipated top lot of a massive estates sale planned for March 2-3 by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s new gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Ave. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The plate, numbered 6 of 20 and titled Tete de Taureau (“Head of Bull”), is expected to bring $30,000-$50,000. It is verso stamped “Picasso” and the rim carries the Hugo mark. It is 16 1/2 inches in diameter. In all nearly 1,500 quality lots will change hands in a variety of categories: fine art, Asian objects, silver, jewelry, furniture, gold coins, clocks, chandeliers, rugs and more.

Start times for both days of the weekend sale will be 9 a.m. CST.

Included in the sale will be items from the collection of Bobby Hebert, the retired New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons football player, numerous local and Southern estates and a major Spanish art collection, featuring works such as an oil on board by Manuel Marola (Spanish, 1905-1986), titled Abstract Composition, impressive at 40 1/2 inches by 75 1/2 inches (est. $2,000-$3,000).

Antique Asian objects are a hot category, and this auction has several high-end pieces. They include a pair of mid-20th century uncarved elephant ivory tusks, 49 inches from tip-to-tip (est. $6,000-$9,000); a late 19th century Chinese Export gilded filigree silver and enamel tea caddy decorated in colored enamel, with turquoise and coral stone accents (est. $600-$900); and exciting examples of Chinese ivory, porcelains and antiquities.

Just as popular, in light of the skyrocketing value of precious metals, are gold coins, and this sale features an astounding collection of 75 American gold pieces. An example is an 1889-CC Double Eagle gold coin, estimated to fetch $4,000-$6,000. Also, estate jewelry items will feature a dazzling array of tanzanites, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, pearls and more.

The fine art category will be dotted with offerings by noted regional artists. Examples will include a 1923 oil on board by William Woodward (Louisiana, 1859-1939), titled Adirondack Mountains, artist signed and in the original frame (est. $1,500-$2,500); and an oil on board by Rolland Golden (Louisiana, b. 1931), titled French Quarter Rooftops, signed (est. $1,000-$2,000).

Regulars at Crescent City Auction Gallery, and art aficionados in general, will recognize the name George Rodrigue (Louisiana, b. 1944), famous for his Blue-Dog series (inspired by his long-deceased childhood pet, Tiffany). This auction will feature a pre-Blue-Dog work – a circa-1970 oil on canvas titled Drawn Wagon Mule, from Rodrigue's Acadians and Oaks series (est. $10,000-$15,000).

Three works by the Georgia-born Louisiana painter Alexander Drysdale (1870-1934) will come under the gavel. They include an oil wash on paper work (a rare vertical example by the artist) titled Moss Draped Cypress Trees and Oaks (est. $4,500-$5,500); and an oil wash on paper titled Moss Draped Oaks at Sunset (est. $3,500-$4,500). Both were done early 20th century.

One other noteworthy local artist is Colette Pope Heldner (Minnesota/Louisiana, 1902-1990). Her signed oil on canvas work titled Old Creole Patio, New Orleans, measuring 24 inches by 48 inches, should bring $1,000-$2,000. Also, a patinated bronze sculpture by French artist Jules Moigniez (1835-1894), titled A Pheasant and a Weasel, is expected to realize $3,500-$5,000.

The furniture category will feature around 30 pieces of Mid-Century Danish Modern, to include a set of 10 Hans Wegner carved teak arm chairs from “The Chair” series (circa 1950), with caned seats, each one 30 1/4 inches tall (est. $7,000-$10,000). Also sold will be a circa-1700 Louis XIII-style carved walnut homme debout, or two-door men’s garment cupboard (est. $2,000-$3,000).

Other star furniture lots will include an early 19th century Louis XV-style carved cherry sideboard, 50 1/4 inches tall by 64 3/4 inches wide (est. $2,000-$3,000); and a circa-1800 French provincial carved cherry armoire, 105 1/2 inches tall by 74 1/2 inches wide (est. $1,800-$2,500).

The auction will also feature a selection of Russian icons, to include a 19th century icon of the Virgin of Kazan with silvered metal riza, mounted with fresh water pearls and rhinestones and measuring 12 1/4 inches tall by 10 1/2 inches wide by 1 3/4 inches deep (est. $3,500-$5,000).

Clocks will feature a 19th century fine gilt bronze and white marble three-piece clock set by Japy Freres, retailed by Black, Starr & Frost (est. $5,000-$8,000); a bronze and verde Antico marble three-piece clock set (circa 1870), with works marked P. Bonnet and P. Pottier, with a green bronze lion surmount (est. $1,500-$2,500); and a 19th century Louis XV-style bronze and alabaster three-piece clock set by A.D. Mougin, with clock and candelabra (est. $1,200-$1,800).

A large selection of sterling silver will include a large handled serving tray by Fisher, 27 3/4 inches wide and weighing 120.1 troy ounces (est. $5,000-$7,000); a 19th century French First Standard Louis XVI four-piece coffee service, 58.49 troy ounces (est. $2,000-$3,000); and an 87-piece flatware set by Gorham in the Strasbourg pattern, 92.51 troy ounces ($2,500-$4,500).

For details call Crescent City Auction Gallery LLC at 504-529-5057 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

Fine gilt bronze and white marble three-piece French clock set by Japy Freres, 19th century. Crescent City Auction Gallery.

Silver plate with image of a bull's head by Pablo Picasso, cast by Francois and Peter Hugo. Crescent City Auction Gallery.

Pair of large mid-20th century elephant ivory tusks, uncarved, 49 inches from tip-to-tip. Crescent City Auction Gallery.

Pre-Blue-Dog oil on canvas by Louisiana artist George Rodrigue, titled ‘Mule Drawn Wagon.’ Crescent City Auction Gallery.

1889-CC gold coin, one of 75 American gold coins in an outstanding collection. Crescent City Auction Gallery.

Set of 10 Hans Wegner carved teak Mid-Century Danish Modern arm chairs, with caned seats. Crescent City Auction Gallery.

Oil on board by Manuel Marola titled ‘Abstract Composition,’ part of a Spanish art collection. Crescent City Auction Gallery.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 17:20
 

Premiere Props celebrates the Oscars with sale March 2-3

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Thursday, 14 February 2013 16:08

Jeff Bridges’ cowboy hat from ‘True Grit.’ Premiere Props image.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – On March 23, Premiere Props will auction off over 1,000 Hollywood costumes and props including several from films that have been nominated for Academy Awards including Silver Linings Playbook, Django Unchained, The Godfather, Inglourious Basterds, Mary Poppins, True Grit and Cast Away at their Hollywood Extravaganza IX. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

In addition, there are items from Academy Award winners and nominees including Russell Crowe, Brad Pitt, Hilary Swank and Kathy Bates.

The Hollywood Extravaganza IX will take place on Saturday, March 2, and Sunday, March 3, beginning at 11 a.m. PST.

Items include:

  • Silver Linings Playbook – items including Bradley Cooper’s running costume; costumes from Jennifer Lawrence and the copy of A Farewell to Arms that Bradley Cooper throws out his parent’s window.
  • Django Unchained – items include several of the pistols used by Jamie Foxx.
  • The Godfather – screen used accordion in the Las Vegas scene.
  • Inglorious Basterds – screen used playing card.
  • Mary Poppins – original production drawings.
  • Cast Away – Tom Hanks’ sweater when he is washed ashore after the plane crash.
  • True Grit – Jeff Bridges screen worn hat including his one-of-a-kind custom hat block signed by the Master Hatter
  • 3:10 to Yuma – Russell Crowe’s “Hand of God” Colt Single Action Army 4 3/4 inches live-fire .45
  • A River Runs Through It – Brad Pitt’s khaki pants
  • P.S. I Love You – Hilary Swank’s and Kathy Bates’ costumes
  • National Treasure – Nicolas Cage’s screen-worn Luros watch.

“With the 85th Annual Academy Awards quickly approaching, we are thrilled when we can give movie fans around the world the opportunity to own items that are a part of cinematic history,” said Dan Levin, vice president of marketing for Premiere Props.

For details call 310-322-PROP or 888-761-PROP.

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

Jeff Bridges’ cowboy hat from ‘True Grit.’ Premiere Props image.

An accordion from ‘The Godfather.’ Premiere Props image.

Brad Pitts’ khaki pants from ‘A River Runs Through It.’ Premiere Props image.

Revolvers used by Jamie Foxx in ‘Django Unchained.’ Premiere Props image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 February 2013 16:44
 

Three Rivers Auction to sell high-flying autographs Feb. 23

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Thursday, 14 February 2013 15:00

Portrait of Daniel Webster, oil on canvas. Three Rivers Auction Co. image.

WASHINGTON, Pa. – An autograph, book and art auction will be conducted by the Three Rivers Auction Co. on Saturday, Feb. 23, beginning at noon EST. This important sale features part of a significant lifetime collection and includes one of the most desirable signatures of the 20th century, that of astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon. Many have called Armstrong the Columbus of our time. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

This historic sale also includes autographs of Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Calvin Coolidge and other presidents and political figures. Autographs of many important military leaders of the twentieth century, such as Eddie Rickenbacker, Gen. Jimmy Doolittle and Gen. Omar Bradley, will be featured in this sale. Signatures of stars of the theater and the silver screen include Elizabeth Taylor, Al Pacino, Audrey and Kathryn Hepburn, Henry Fonda, and dozens more. Sports autographs are represented by one of baseball's greatest stars, Honus Wagner.

Fine art and prints are also a highlight. A significant portrait of Daniel Webster attributed to artist Chester Harding is being offered. Works by western Pennsylvania artists A. F. King, Malcolm Parcell and others round out this auction.

"Autograph collecting is a fantastic way to preserve world history. Imagine holding in your hands a letter written and signed by the first man in history to walk on the moon," says auctioneer Tripp Kline.

For details email auctioneer William M. Kline III at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 412-916- 0187.

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Portrait of Daniel Webster, oil on canvas. Three Rivers Auction Co. image. 

Neil Armstrong autograph.  Three Rivers Auction Co. image. 

Elizabeth Taylor autograph. Three Rivers Auction Co. image. 

 Honus Wagner autograph. Three Rivers Auction Co. image.

Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker autograph. Three Rivers Auction Co. image. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 February 2013 15:30
 

Designer’s collection featured in Kamelot auction Feb. 22-23

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Thursday, 14 February 2013 14:10

French time-and-strike mantel clock circa 1890. Kamelot Auctions image.

PHILADELPHIA – Kamelot Auctions brings a bold start to 2013, opening the year with a lavish two-day sale to be held on Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23. In its entirety, the sale will showcase over 1,100 lots over the course of two days. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Friday’s sale will be composed of more than 500 lots of bronzes, antique mantel clocks, satsuma, antique boxes and caddies, listed oil paintings, porcelain, glass and silver, all of which will be offered with no reserves. Saturday’s auction includes a fine selection of antique and mid-century furniture items as well as a large grouping of chandeliers, sconces and estate rugs. A large majority of this two-day sale constitutes the lifetime collection of esteemed Philadelphia interior designer Gregory Tofini as well as the bronze collection from the former chairman of Cybis porcelain of Trenton, N.J.

Prospective buyers will be tempted by the smorgasbord of decorative arts items that Kamelot has compiled, just some of which will include 43 lots of fine Japanese Satsuma pottery, 36 clocks, antique boxes and caddies, fans, and an impressive collection of Austrian bronze statuary. Lot number 108, a spectacular white marble and two-tone bronze French mantel clock displays an Egyptian motif and will be offered with estimates of $600 to $800. Other gems include lot number 151, an antique bronze sculpture of a griffin circa 1897, and lot number 129, a bronze sculpture of a heron by French sculptor Jules Moigniez with estimates of $1,000 to $2,000.

A select group of fine art, comprising 76 lots, will indeed bring further enthusiasm to this sale. Already receiving a great deal of attention is lot number 508, a signed oil painting by California artist Edgar Alwin Payne, which will be offered with estimates of $3,000 to $5,000. Other noteworthy pieces include lot 496, a signed oil painting by Spanish artist Jose Rico Y Cejudo, and lot 497, an oil painting by New York artist Ivan Gregorewitch Olinsky titled Before the Mirror.

Furniture buyers can anticipate a collage of antique and mid-century furniture and lighting including consoles, end tables, desks, chairs, vitrines, servers, commodes, sideboards and much more. Also to be featured are over 100 lots of lighting fixtures including a beautiful collection of chandeliers, sconces, and candelabrum. Expected to spur considerable competition amongst buyers is a collection of furniture from acclaimed furniture maker and New Hope, Pa., native Phillip Lloyd Powell. Other likely crowd pleasers include lot number 647, a Jansen regency-style ebonized and gilt decorated server with estimates of $4,000 to $6,000, and lot number 934, a 19th century French empire-style mahogany bronze mounted two-part vitrine with estimates of $1,000 to $1,800.

Kamelot has unearthed beautiful artistry and incredible ingenuity amid the sale’s 1,100-plus lots and by all appearances, this sale promises great success. The auction will begin at 11 a.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 22, and at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23.

For details contact Kamelot Auctions at 215-438-6990.

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

French time-and-strike mantel clock circa 1890. Kamelot Auctions image.

Signed Jansen bronze mounted server. Kamelot Auctions image.

Nineteenth century bronze mounted vitrine. Kamelot Auctions image.

Bronze sculpture of a griffin, circa 1897. Kamelot Auctions image.

Selection of boxes, tea caddies and lap desks. Kamelot Auctions image.

Collection of satsuma. Kamelot Auctions image.

Edgar Alwin Payne painting. Kamelot Auctions image.

Ivan Gregorewitch Olinsky 'Before the Mirror,' oil on canvas, lot 497. Kamelot Auctions image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 February 2013 16:45
 

Rare volumes to set off PBA Galleries’ 500th auction Feb. 18

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013 17:26

Image courtesy of PBA Galleries.

SAN FRANCISCO – PBA Galleries invites the public to join them in commemorating their 500th auction to be held on Monday, Feb. 18, at their our San Francisco Gallery. Customers can preview the 225 lots in PBA Galleries’ Fine and Rare auction prior to the start of the sale and mingle with exhibitors and visitors following the 46th California International Antiquarian Book Fair. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Coffee and pastries will be available during the preview beginning at 9 a.m. PST. The auction begins at 11 a.m.

The rare and desirable material on view includes works of literary, historical, cultural and scientific import, ranging from a 14th century manuscript reconciling Christianity with Platonism, to a set of the 16 printings of the first edition of the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, each in the original dust jacket. The variety of printed and manuscript material includes important editions of the Bible, rare works on China, early alchemy, natural history, cosmology, cartography, travel and exploration, Americana, fine printing, illustrated books, photography, literature, art and architecture, rare manuscript material on Cuba, an important typescript on spiritualism by Harry Houdini, and much more.

Among the treasures to be found:

– A set of the 16 printings of the first edition of the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, each in the original dust jacket, including the rare first printing, and the even more elusive seventh printing. Estimate: $200,000-$300,000.

– The first edition, first issue of the King James Bible, 1611, the legendary "He Bible," so called because of the phrase in Ruth iii: 15, "and he went into the city," later corrected to "and she went into the city." Estimate: $100,000-$150,000.

– A Magician Among the Spirits, the original typescript by Harry Houdini for a new edition of his exposé of the fraud and deception endemic amongst spiritualists, psychics and other paranormal practitioners. Estimate: $70,000-$100,000.

– First edition of Thomas Mann's Death in Venice. This copy reserved for the publisher, with a specially printed colophon and in a unique binding. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000.

– John Webb's historical essay on the language of China. The first book on the Chinese language to be published in Europe, and possibly the first book in English on China. With the rare map. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000.

– An early black letter printing, and perhaps the earliest obtainable edition of Sir Thomas Malory's History of the Renowned Prince Arthur, King of Britayne. Estimate $12,000-$8,000.

– George Dixon's Remarks on the Voyage of John Meares. The opening salvo in the famed "Dixon-Meares Controversy." Estimate $8,000-$12,000.

– Album of 105 original albumen photographs of Egypt, circa 1887. Includes images by noted photographers Antonio Beato, Pascal Sebah, Felix Bonfils and others. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000.

– First edition of Sir Walter Raleigh's The History of the World, written while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000.

For more information, contact Shannon Kennedy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 415-989-2665. PBA Galleries is locatred at 133 Kearny St. – fourth floor.

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Image courtesy of PBA Galleries.

Image courtesy of PBA Galleries.

Image courtesy of PBA Galleries.

Image courtesy of PBA Galleries.

Image courtesy of PBA Galleries.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 February 2013 14:10
 

Asian art from Ky. museum to star at Neal auction Feb. 23-24

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Rare Indian highly carved ivory tusk, 18th/19th century, 41 inches high. Provenance: Graham Ponte Ltd., London; George W. Headley III, 1968; Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, Ky. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Neal Auction Co. image.

NEW ORLEANS – Neal Auction Co. will include a selection of Asian art and antiques deaccessioned by the Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, Ky., in its Feb. 23 and 24 Important Winter Estates Auction. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

“The Headley-Whitney consignment represents one of the finest single-owner consignments of Asian objects we have ever seen in New Orleans. The auction represents a rare opportunity to acquire objects with such impeccable provenance,” said Neal Alford, president of Neal Auction Co.

Highlights from the Headley-Whitney Museum consignment include six Chinese carved rhinoceros horn libation cups dated to the 17th and 18th centuries (lots 104, 105, 624, 625, 626, and 627); a rare and exceptional “eccentric” carved hardwood libation cup (lot 106), formerly in the de Menasce collection, London; a pair of carved bamboo libation cups (lot 623); and a buffalo horn cup (lot 107).

Chinese fine art from the Headley-Whitney Museum includes two hanging scrolls, which were acquired in 1967 at Parke-Bernet where they were attributed to Ma Lin (lot 100) and Emperor Song Huizong (lot 101), as well as a massive painting of a “Court Gathering” (lot 99).

Chinese porcelain and pottery from the collection runs the gamut, dating from the 13th century to the 1930s. Highlights include a Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) junyao bowl, formerly in the Mottahedeh collection (lot 133); a pair of anhua decorated white glazed “eggshell” porcelain conical bowls with Yongle marks (lot 644); a ko-sometsuke fish-form dish (lot 645); a rare, 17th century blue and white porcelain covered jar (lot 646); and extensive collections of blue and white porcelain vases, dishes, bowls, saucers, teacups, wine cups and chargers.

Chinese textiles from the Headley-Whitney Museum collection are highlighted by a rare kesi robe decorated en grisaille with numerous orchid sprays on a yellow ground (lot 604); a blue silk nine-dragon robe (lot 118); and a monumental red silk hall hanging with Shoulao and the Eight Immortals (lot 652).

Chinese furniture includes a pair of gilt decorated, black lacquer armchairs (lot 649) which George W. Headley III, the founder of the Headley-Whitney Museum, used in his jewelry and bibelot boutique at the Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles during the 1930s, and a pair of brown lacquer barrel stools (lot 650).

Other objects being offered from the Headley-Whitney Museum include a spectacularly carved 18th/19th century Indian ivory tusk (lot 95); an 18th century Turkish Ottoman embroidered red silk wall hanging (lot 94); and an illuminated Quran, dated 1780 (lot 93).

The Headley-Whitney Museum’s chief administrator and curator of collections, Amy Greene, wrote: “the Headley-Whitney Museum is currently working to concentrate its holdings, in order to preserve the museum and its treasures for the benefit of future generations.”

The Headley Museum was founded by George W. Headley III, on his family estate, La Belle Farm, near Lexington, Ky., in 1968. The name Whitney was added in the 1970s when Mrs. Headley’s brother, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, became a patron. George W. Headley III was best known for his jewelry creations and bibelots, which comprise the museum’s core collection.

For details email Bettine Carroll at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 504-899-5329.

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

Rare Indian highly carved ivory tusk, 18th/19th century, 41 inches high. Provenance: Graham Ponte Ltd., London; George W. Headley III, 1968; Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, Ky. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Neal Auction Co. image.

Chinese carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, 18th century, 4 1/8 inches high Provenance: George W. Headley III, circa 1970; to the Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, Ky. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Neal Auction Co. image.

Chinese carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th/18th century, 2 1/2 inches high. Provenance: George W. Headley III, circa 1970; the Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, Ky. Estimate: $7,000-$9,000. Neal Auction Co. image.

Rare Chinese ‘Eccentric’ carved hardwood libation cup, 17th/18th century, 4 1/4 inches high. Provenance: George W. Headley III, 1971; the Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, Ky. Exhibited: George de Menasce Collection, Spink & Son, London, May 10-26, 1971. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500. Neal Auction Co. image.

Chinese School, ‘Court Gathering,’ ink, color and gilt on silk, bearing signature of Qiu Ying, 60 inches x 117 1/4 inches. Provenance: George W. Headley III; Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, Ky. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Neal Auction Co. image.

Rare ‘Ko-Sometsuke’ blue and white porcelain fish form dish, 2 1/8 inches high. Provenance: Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, KY. Estimate: $600-$800. Neal Auction Co. image.

Chinese yellow silk Kesi robe, 54 inches long. Provenance: Alma Headley de Waal, circa 1931; Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, Ky. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Neal Auction Co. image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 15:52
 

Paintings, Native American arts accent Roland sale Feb. 16

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013 15:35

Fritz Thaulow encaustic on board. Roland Auction image.

NEW YORK - Roland Auction of New York City will hold its next auction on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. EST. With well over 500 lots of impressive fine art, furniture and decorations, the auction promises to offer many choice lots for both the collector and dealer. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding

The emphasis of the sale is its formidable collection of paintings, which includes examples by such notable artists as David Burliuk, Henriette Ronner Knip, John Costigan, Andre Marchand, Emil Carlsen, Fritz Thaulow, Isaac Soyer, Leroy Neiman, Arbit Blatas, Hilda B. Kayn, Charles Fazzino, and many other luminaries. Most of these sought after works were removed from a single collection and were acquired over many decades.

Another interesting feature of the sale is a large and significant collection of Native American ceramics and blankets. The ceramics, which are Hopi and Navaho in origin, offer a variety of form and decoration. Among the array of woven blankets are many examples labeled with the name of the weaver.

As always, there is a good selection of American, English and French period-style tables, sets of chairs, sideboards, occasional tables and more. Fine bronze and crystal chandeliers, sconces and lamps are included.

One of the areas of collecting for which Roland has become well known is that of modern design. This auction includes a healthy mix of Art Deco and mid-century modern furniture and decorations but perhaps the most notable inclusion is a serpentine sofa and love seat by legendary designer Vladimir Kagan. The pristine pieces (lots 221 and 222) are iconic examples of modern design by a true master.

No estate sale would be complete without an offering of estate silver and jewelry, and Roland has all bases covered.

"We're have a good sale coming together and we're looking forward to seeing old and new faces at the exhibition, said co-owner Robert Roland. "We're proud to maintain long-term relationships with our clients."

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Fritz Thaulow encaustic on board. Roland Auction image.

Leroy Neiman lithograph ‘Crap Players.’ Roland Auction image.

Hopi, Navajo pottery. Roland Auction image.

Native American wool blankets. Roland Auction image.

Vladimir Kagen sofa. Roland Auction image.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 17:29
 

Skinner auction featuring books, manuscripts Feb. 14

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013 13:27

Andrew Newell Wyeth (American, 1917-2009), ‘Sea Running,’ 1978, edition of 300, printed in 1981 by Triton Press. Estimate: $800-$1,000. Skinner Inc. image.

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – Skinner, Inc. will host a Discovery auction on Thursday, Feb. 14, beginning at 10 a.m. EST, which will present a variety of prints, rugs, furniture and other decorative objects, as well as an excellent selection of books and manuscripts. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

From modern firsts to early printing, the February auction features ephemera, which will appeal to a wide range of collectors. Maps, atlases, natural history books, and reference books among others, will be offered. Highlights include a print of a Lapland Long-spur by John James Audubon (lot 8, estimated between $250 to $350), a signed carte de visite depicting a standing Florence Nightingale (lot 111, $200 to $300), an 1870 Beers atlas of Worcester County, Mass. (lot 7, $200 to $300), and a 1960 letter signed by Eleanor Roosevelt (lot 142, $200 to $300).

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck (lot 152, $200 to $300), Visions of Gerard (lot 75, $100 to $200) and The Dharma Bums (lot 74, $100 to $200) by Jack Kerouac are examples of modern first editions on offer.

From traditional antiques to more contemporary furnishings, the February Discovery auction will present a breadth of interesting prints, furniture and decorative arts. A selection of prints includes an Andrew Newell Wyeth titled Sea Running (lot 511, $800 to $1,000), Sun's End and Flurry (lot 289, $600 to $800) after Neil Welliver, and a pair of framed French hand-colored lithograph posters (lot 212, $150 to $250).

A set of four mid-century modern upholstered walnut arrow-back armchairs (lot 415, $300 to $500), a Louis Vuitton cabin trunk (lot 470, $400 to $600), and a Spanish embossed, polychrome-painted, leather four-panel floor screen (lot 242, $200 to $400) highlight the furniture offerings.

Decorative objects of note include a set of four French hand-painted faience plates (lot 491, $300 to $500), a rococo giltwood carved mirror (lot 244, $300 to $500) and a Hamadan rug (lot 326, $400 to $600).

For details email Cara Elmslie, director of Skinner Inc.’s Discovery auctions at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 508-970-3290.

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

Andrew Newell Wyeth (American, 1917-2009), ‘Sea Running,’ 1978, edition of 300, printed in 1981 by Triton Press. Estimate: $800-$1,000. Skinner Inc. image.

Pair of framed French hand-colored lithograph posters, ‘Les Animaux De La Ferme,’ editeurs les Fils D'Emile Deyrolle, Paris, tableau no. 4 and 5, sight size 32 x 23 1/4 inches. Estimate: $150-$250. Skinner Inc. image.

Set of four mid-century modern upholstered walnut arrow-back armchairs. Estimate: $300-$500. Skinner Inc. image.

Set of four French hand-painted faience plates, inscribed ‘Rouen,’ 9 3/4 inches. Estimate: $300-$500. Skinner Inc. image.

Hamadan rug, northwest Persia, 20th century, 7 feet 2 inches x 5 feet. Estimate: $400-$600. Skinner Inc. image.

Steinbeck, John (1902-1968) ‘Cannery Row,’ New York: Viking, 1945. First edition, in second state binding. Estimate: $200-$300. Skinner Inc. image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2013 15:38
 

3 estates form backbone of Jeffrey Evans auction Feb. 16

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Monday, 11 February 2013 16:24

Samuel Yellin (1885-1940) Arts & Crafts wrought iron candlestick. Estimate: $800-$1,200. Courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Inc.

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – Coming quickly off of the heels of their record-breaking 19th and 20th Century Glass Auction in January, Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will be selling a wide selection of goods in their Feb. 16 variety auction. LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding.

Saturday’s sale, comprising more than 750 lots has an unusually deep and large selection of sterling silver souvenir spoons collected for decades; as well as a fun selection of advertising materials including Coca-Cola and tobacco memorabilia. In addition, there is a good collection of antique dolls and a wide panoply of objects and accessories for sale. As with most of Evans’s sales this auction is 100 percent unreserved.

The backbone of this auction is formed by material from the collections of the late Richard “Dick” and Mary Ann Krauss of Clyde, Ohio; the late Betty Jane Renn of Sunbury, Pa.; and the Veronica “Ronnie” Riefler Strathmann estate of Pittsburgh, Pa., as well as selections from a Connecticut private collector.

Metalware makes up a large section of the auction, including a massive collection of sterling silver souvenir spoons, as well as sterling hollow and flatware and Victorian figural napkin rings. Among the fine silver offerings are a Boston Arts & Crafts sterling silver serving plate with a wide, ornately pierced and punched border, hallmarked with knight on horseback and “K” within a shield for Mary C. Knight of Boston. The serving plate dates to the first quarter of the 20th Century, measures 10 3/4 inches and weighs 14.35 ounces. Its estimate is $800-$1,200.

The auction also includes a rare Samuel Yellin (1885-1940) Arts & Crafts wrought iron candlestick and other Arts & Crafts objects, Victorian and Chinese furniture and country accessories. The Yellin candlestick has an open-spiral shaft raised on a circular pan-like base and three five-toed pad feet. Stamped "SAMUEL YELLIN" under the base; it was made in Philadelphia and is estimated to sell for between $800-$1,200.

The Evans auction also includes vintage toys and dolls, marbles, fine Christmas and Easter decorations, collections of tobacciana, a collection of Maxfield Parrish prints, lady’s accoutrements and vintage clothing, fine and costume jewelry, collections of Royal Doulton Royal Doulton ceramics, art pottery, and Tiffin figural glass lamps. In the doll section of the sale, a, J.D. Kestner German bisque-head “Hilda” character doll, incised "Made in / Germany / 245 / J.D.K. Jr. / 1914 / Hilda," with brown sleeping eyes, painted eyebrows and eyelashes, open mouth with upper teeth and tongue, and original fully-jointed composition body, in a vintage christening dress and cap, dating to the first quarter of the 20th century, 16 inches high is estimate to realize $500-$800.

There are a number of interesting ephemeral items and books of local interest in the auction, too, including an important Virginia confederate veterans manuscript records for the Stonewall Jackson Camp #25 of the Confederate Veterans, U.C.V. #469, Staunton, Va. The lot includes Camp Ledger #1 and #2, 1894-1934, and Treasure's book 1908-1921. The ledgers contain 870 pages filled with extensive notes and records of member's war services, resolutions, newspaper clippings, signed letters from Mrs. Jefferson Davis and Gen. Eppa Hunton, other letters and notes, membership rolls, etc. It is estimate at $500-$800.

In the advertising and tobacciana collection from a private Connecticut collection, a rare Bill Durham Smoking Tobacco advertising clock attributed to W.T. Blackwell and dating to the last quarter of the 19th century is a highlight. The clock has a windup mechanism, and takes the form of a tobacco pouch, made up of a wooden frame covered with printed muslin, with labels and a card-stock front panel, with dial and advertising, top drawstring and even has its original key. It is 12 1/4 inches high. The clock is estimated to realize $300-$500.

In addition to the Bull Durham clock, the auction includes several other vintage clocks, including a circa 1916 Chelsea Constitution model clock housed in a brass case with outstanding patina and a silvered dial lettered "Chelsea Clock Co./Boston, U.S.A." and "Ship's Bell," serial #103469. It has its original key and certificate from Chelsea Clock Co. It is 7 1/4 high, 5 1/2 deep and is estimated at $500-$800.

For details 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 register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Samuel Yellin (1885-1940) Arts & Crafts wrought iron candlestick. Estimate: $800-$1,200. Courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Inc.

Courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Inc.

Courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Inc.

Courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Inc.

Courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Inc.

Courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Inc.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 February 2013 11:21
 

Clars features European, American paintings Feb. 17

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Thursday, 07 February 2013 09:19

These two rare bronzes by Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (French, 1824-1887), titled ‘Oliver Cromwell’ and ‘King Charles I,’ carry an estimate of $12,000 to $16,000 each. Clars Auction Gallery image.

OAKLAND, Calif. – On Sunday, Feb. 17, Clars Auction Gallery’s Fine Art Sale will offer a number of important European and American paintings, prints, sculpture and photography. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

At the top of the impressive European offerings will be an oil on canvas by British artist Edward Seago (1910-1974) titled Cottage by the Sea followed by The Return of the Calvary, an oil on canvas by Dutch artist George Hendrik Breitner (1857-1923).

Both of these works are being offered at $20,000 to $40,000. Autumn in Drome, an oil on canvas by Bernard Cathelin (French, 1919-2004), is being offered for $8,000 to $12,000.

And an oil on canvas by Jaroslav Setelik (Czechoslovakian, 1881-1955) titled Prague, is being offered for $6,000 to $8,000.

For those interested in Old Masters, A Capriccio View with Ruins, Figures in the Foreground and the Sea Beyond by Leonardo Coccarante (Italian, 1680-1750) will headline this category and is estimated at $15,000 to $25,000.

In European prints, a spectacular color woodcut print titled Modderplas (Puddle), 1952, by Dutch artist Mauritus Cornelius “MC” Escher (1898-1972) will be offered with an estimate of $20,000 to $40,000. Salvador Dali will also be represented in this category with his ink on paper from his 1945-46 film Destino for Walt Disney Studios. This offering, estimated at $10,000 to $15,000, comes from the collection of Dali’s personal secretary while storyboarding the film.

Coming from a Dallas, Texas, collection will be two rare bronzes by Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (French, 1824-1887). Each of the bronzes, titled respectively, Oliver Cromwell and King Charles I, come to the sale with an estimate of $12,000 to $16,000.

California artist Arthur Frank Mathews (1860-1945) will headline the offerings in this category with his oil on board titled Afterglow at the Seashore, which is being offered for $20,000 to $40,000.

A spectacular etching by Wayne Thiebaud (California b. 1920) titled Black Suckers (1971), will further headline the American offerings (estimate: $25,000 to $35,000) as will Summit Lake by Jack Wilkinson Smith (1873-1949) which is estimated to achieve $15,000 to $20,000.

And in the American category, a striking work by the artist regarded as the “father of the Taos Colony,” Joseph Henry Sharp (American, 1859-1953), will be represented by his oil on canvas portrait titled Does Everything, Cow Chief, 1905. This important painting will be offered with an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.

Clars will also sell art deaccessioned from the Art, Design & Architecture Museum – University of California, Santa Barbara. Among these offerings will be an impressive, gilded bronze titled Immortalite by French sculptor Mathurin Moreau (1822-1912), which is estimated at $8,000 to $12,000. In addition, an impressive California art collection from the Estate of the late David C. Hershkopf. Hershkopf (or ‘Hersh’ as he was called by his students) will also be offered. Hershkopf was a beloved art teacher at the prominent Bentley School in Oakland. His collection features works by many well-known 19th and 20th century California painters such as Charles Dormon Robinson, Gottardo Piazzoni, Karl Neuhaus, William Posey Silva, William Keith, Lorenzo Lattimer, Colin Campbell Cooper, Carl Jonnevold and Bertha Stringer Lee.

Important contemporary and modern prints will be highlighted by the 1896s Sutro Bath Poster that is estimated to achieve $7,000 to $9,000. The Sutro Baths was an extravagant public bathhouse developed by the eccentric one-time mayor of San Francisco, Adolph Sutro, for the price tag of $1 million and opened March 14, 1896.

And for collectors and lovers of a true American gem, Clars will be offering two original Peanuts Sunday comic strips (United Features Syndicate) by Charles Schulz (1922-2000). Clars has offered several of Schulz’s original works, and these will have estimates of $10,000 to $15,000 each.

Clars’ February 2013 Fine Art sale will be held Sunday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. Pacific in conjunction with their two-day Fine Antiques and Estate Sale. A complete catalog of all lots to be offered will be available online one week prior to the sale.

For details call 510-428-0100 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.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

These two rare bronzes by Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (French, 1824-1887), titled ‘Oliver Cromwell’ and ‘King Charles I,’ carry an estimate of $12,000 to $16,000 each. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This oil on canvas by British artist Edward Seago (1910-1974) titled ‘Cottage by the Sea has a $20,000 to $40,000 estimate. Clars Auction Gallery image.

‘The Return of the Calvary,’ this oil on canvas by Dutch artist George Hendrik Breitner (1857-1923) is being offered at $20,000 to $40,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This spectacular color woodcut print titled ‘Modderplas’ (Puddle), 1952, by Dutch artist Mauritus Cornelius “MC” Escher (1898-1972) will be offered with an estimate of $20,000 to $40,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

From Salvador Dali will be his ink on paper from his 1945-46 film ‘Destino’ for Walt Disney Studios. This offering, estimated at $10,000 to $15,000, comes from the collection of Dali’s personal secretary. Clars Auction Gallery image.

From California artist Arthur Frank Mathews (1860-1945) will be his oil on board titled ‘Afterglow at the Seashore,’ which is being offered for $20,000 to $40,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

‘Summit Lake’ by Jack Wilkinson Smith (1873-1949) will further the prominent California offerings and is estimated to achieve $15,000 to $20,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This 1896 Sutro Bath poster is estimated to achieve $7,000 to $9,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 February 2013 09:19
 

Clocks, furniture, fixtures reign at Stevens sale Feb. 15-16

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Wednesday, 06 February 2013 17:50

Rare 19th century Sevres clock in urn form, hand-painted and artist-signed, 26 inches tall. Stevens Auction Co. image.

ABERDEEN, Miss. – A mammoth estates sale consisting of around 800 quality lots of merchandise will be held the weekend of Feb. 15-16 by Stevens Auction Co. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Headlining the event will be two major estates. They are the lifetime clock collection of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Johnson of Bloomington, Ill., and merchandise pulled from a 12,000-square-foot mansion in Montclair, N.J., known as “Daybreak.” Select items from three other prominent estates will also be sold. Start times will be 4 p.m. CST on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.

“This promises to be the highest concentration of quality items we have sold in years,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Co. “The merchandise ranges from nearly 100 vintage clocks, all in good working order, to a museum-quality Anthony Quervelle sideboard to a marble-top rococo center table by Alexander Roux to a genuine 19th century vampire killing kit.”

The Friday, Feb. 15, session will be dedicated mostly to clocks, from the Johnson collection. Mr. Johnson collected, repaired and restored clocks, and he owned examples by many of the world’s most prominent makers, such as Eli Terry, Seth Thomas and Ansonia. In all, about 90 clocks will change hands. Porcelains and smalls, also from the Johnsons, will be sold as well.

Stevens Auction Co. is no stranger to vampire killing kits, the curious late 19th and early 20th century kits needed to dispatch unwanted vampires. The firm has sold several of the kits at previous auctions, attracting nationwide attention in the process. The kit being offered includes a cross, wood mallet, candles, mirror, rosary, black gun powder, Bible and wood stakes.

The period Empire sideboard attributed to Anthony Quervelle (1789-1865), the renowned French-born Philadelphia furniture maker, features original gold stenciling, cut glass doors and acanthus carving on the sides. The piece measures 6 feet long, 42 inches tall and 24 inches in diameter. It was made circa 1830.

“This sideboard truly belongs in a museum,” Stevens said.

The monumental rosewood rococo marble center table with detailed carved fruit basket, attributed to Alexander Roux, was made circa 1855 and is one of several Roux lots in the sale. Also offered will be a rare set of six walnut Victorian dining chairs in mint condition, heavily carved; and a rococo banquet dining table with claw feet that will stretch to 14 feet 6 inches.

Pieces by other superior 19th century American furniture makers will also cross the block. These will include a scarce rosewood recamier by John H. Belter in the Fountain Elms pattern and in mint condition, laminated, 6 feet long by 4 feet tall, circa 1850, and a rosewood marble-top dresser with pierced carved mirror frame and crown, signed Thomas Brooks, circa 1870.

The makers J. & J.W. Meeks will be represented, with a rosewood rococo rolltop desk with round front drawers and gallery top, 53 inches tall; a rosewood rococo secretary desk with pierced carved crown and carving on the doors, 9 feet 2 inches tall; and a rosewood laminated rococo arm parlor chair and recamier, both in the Stanton Hall pattern and both made circa 1855.

Also by Meeks is a marvelous four-piece laminated rosewood rococo parlor suite in the Hawkins pattern, consisting of a sofa, 66 inches long by 49 inches tall, armchair and two side chairs, circa 1855. Also selling will be a lovely four-piece mahogany acanthus carved bedroom suite, featuring a tall poster bed, large dresser, dressing table and highboy, circa 1880.

Antique lighting items will include a metal Art Nouveau landing light of a lady with grapes, 1920, with black marble base, rare for its size, 64 inches tall; a 19th century astral gasolier with original gold gilding, made by Caldwell for the Daybreak mansion; and a set of six 19th century astral gas wall sconces, made to match the aforementioned gasolier.

Decorative accessories will feature a pair of 16-inch-tall Louis Philippe cobalt blue porcelain urn-form vases, mounted on elaborate dore bronze bases and with bronze mounting; a rare 19th century Sevres clock in urn form, hand painted and artist signed, 26 inches tall; and a fine Louis XIV-style silver plate and carved trestle base trolley, 42 inches tall, made circa 1890.

A 15 percent buyer’s premium will be charged on the total purchase price with a 2 percent discount for cash, business or personal checks and wire transfers.

Stevens Auction Co. is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, call them directly, at 662-369-2200 or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Rare 19th century Sevres clock in urn form, hand-painted and artist-signed, 26 inches tall. Stevens Auction Co. image. 

Museum-quality period Empire sideboard attributed to Anthony Quervelle, made circa 1830. Stevens Auction Co. image. 

Monumental rosewood rococo marble center table attributed to Alexander Roux, circa 1855. Stevens Auction Co. image. 

Nineteenth century vampire killing kit, with cross, rosary, Bible, gun powder and wood stakes. Stevens Auction Co. image. 

19th century astral gasolier made by Caldwell for the historic Daybreak mansion, New Jersey. Stevens Auction Co. image. 

Dore bronze centerpiece with cupids climbing a tree base and glass stands, made circa 1880. Stevens Auction Co. image. 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 February 2013 17:50
 

Unique pieces ready for Revolving Vault auction Feb. 10

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Tuesday, 05 February 2013 17:10

Breitling Bentley Flying B men's watch. The Revolving Vault image.

HOUSTON – Revolving Vault Auction & Estate Services will be holding their third auction, “Exceptional February Finds from The Vault,” on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. CST, 2 p.m. Pacific. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The Revolving Vault welcomes bidders to view and bid on an eclectic array of inventory from around the world. Almost all of the items are one of a kind, which are sure to tempt those searching for both the unique and the beautiful. This auction’s offerings will include more than 350 lots including fine art, jewelry, accessories, as well as a vast assortment of collectibles featuring militaria, sports memorabilia and pop culture sure to inspire and delight buyers.

The “Exceptional February Finds” auction will include an array of Fine Art including Abstract, Expressionism, Pop Art, Native-American, Realism, photography and animation from artists including Marianne Levy, Blake Ballard, Brody Neuenschwander and Bev Doolittle, and Jim Hudek, just to name a few. Hudek is an emerging mixed-media artist out of Houston who creates abstract compositions through the use of latex paint and mixed-media material like magazines and print material. Much of his work is inspired by jazz music. His piece Ebb and Flow (est. $4,000-$6,000) will be one of his pieces up for auction.

An expansive collection of Brody Neuenschwander work will also be present. He is an artist originally from Houston, who currently resides in Bruges, Belgium. A graduate of Princeton his background is in medieval manuscript lllumination, calligraphy, text art and installation art. One of his pieces The Eyes Have It has been featured in Le Jardin des Mots, an artist book printed in Paris featuring the works of calligraphy artists. This piece is a collage of rice paper with antique documents on Rives BFK printmaking paper, Chinese ink, gouache and applied doll’s eyes (est. $2,500-$3,500).

“We’re really excited for this auction as we’ve got a lot of unique pieces that have great stories behind them. We’ve got a lot of military items including war medals, weapons and trench art,” said Whitney Taylor from The Revolving Vault. “Many of these items have a mass appeal to bidders that have been collecting for years and those that are new to bidding and want to purchase something unique.”

The “Exceptional February Finds” session will include many military items. One of the highlights will be the Winchester Model 600-A signal cannon constructed out of cast iron (est. $1,000-$2,000). The cannon comes complete with ammunition box as well. In addition we also have a plethora of trench art including ashtrays, airplane sculptures and vases. Many knives will also be up for bid as well including Mongolian swords, Indian knives and Sheffield knives just to name a few. One of the featured items will be a Joan of Arc World War I propaganda poster (est. $1,500-$2,000).

Out of the vault will also be a stunning array of Asian artwork. Detailed bone carvings, high-quality jade, ivory and stone figures will be available for bidding. Among these items is a jade horse measuring a stunning 16 inches high (est. $1,250-$1,500).

Bidders doing some late Valentine’s Day shopping might want to take a look at the collection of jewelry, including a 89.10 carat weight genuine ruby and sapphire necklace, which includes platinum plating over silver mounting, measuring 14 1/2 inches long. The necklace includes full GLA appraisal at $42,358 (est. $7,500-$10,000). A vintage Chanel handbag with tassel and long strap is a fashion statement piece as well. (est. $1,750-$3,500). Men are not to be left out either with an assortment of timepieces and glasses including a Breitling Bentley Flying B watch (est. $12,000-$15,000) and Tag Heuer Kirium watch (est. $1,000-$1,500). Some of the most unique pieces are the collection of brass fishing reels that date back to the early 1900s from the United Kingdom. Among those are a P.D. Malloch Maker Perth 1 Model (est. $500-$1,000) and W. Garden Aberdeen brass fishing reel from Scotland (est. $500-$1,000).

The Revolving Vault accepts high-quality consignments and purchases estates year-round. For any questions or inquiries call at 731-636-9730 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Breitling Bentley Flying B men's watch. The Revolving Vault image.

Brody Neuenschwander artwork, ‘The Eyes Have It.’ The Revolving Vault image.

Winchester Model 600-A signal cannon. The Revolving Vault image.

Jim Hudek painting, ‘Ebb and Flow.’ The Revolving Vault image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 February 2013 10:48
 

Rare items at Heritage will give bidders a lift Feb. 23-24

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Tuesday, 05 February 2013 14:00

Top: Montblanc Soulmakers yellow gold limited edition 100 36685 Anniversary pen. Estimate: $16,000-$22,000. Middle: Montblanc Fourth of Julty limited edition Skeleton fountain pen Estimate: $25,000-$35,000. Bottom: Montblanc Stars & Stripes limited edition 50 fountain pen. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Heritage Auctions images.

DALLAS – More than 1,600 eclectic lots – from a limited edition Dunhill-Namiki Motorities Maki-E fountain pen (estimate $35,000-plus) to a motorized Bugatti model car (estimate $2,000-plus) to a collection dedicated to the history of ballooning – come together Feb. 23-24 in Heritage Auctions’ annual Estate Signature® Auction. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The two-day treasure hunt event offers art and antiques across three sessions and all budgets, including Heritage’s second annual Gentleman Collector Auction and Part II of the Elton Hyder III Jr. Collection, which formerly decorated the University of Texas School of Law Library.

“Our annual estate auction is often the most fun auction we hold all year,” said Ed Beardsley, vice president for Fine and Decorative Arts at Heritage. “You never know what’s going to show up in it, which makes for a special opportunity for collectors and decorators to find unique pieces of all kinds offered together in one weekend.”

Session I kicks off Saturday, Feb. 23, with the estate auction, 1,700 lots of fine furniture, art and porcelains offered without reserve. This session will be led by a French walnut and gilt bronze porcelain coffee table, circa 1870, expected to bring $6,000-plus, in addition to an important selection of KPM porcelain plaques, Meissen and fine Continental porcelain. A circa 1700 German silvered metal tortoiseshell pewter and gilt bronze clock is expected to bring $3,000-plus.

Additional lots include a Richardson George II-style mahogany long-case clock expected to bring $3,000-plus and two large illustrated volumes of playing cards, expected to bring $800-plus.

More than 20 diverse lots of Tiffany Studio objects include a set of four, weighted silver candlesticks from 1907, a three piece French gilt bronze, onyx and enameled clock garniture set, a six-piece patinated bronze and slag glass desk set in the desirable pine needle pattern.

Session II starts at 5 p.m. the same day as Heritage hosts its second annual Gentleman Collector Auction, a collection specially curated for a gentleman’s library, den or the classic gentleman’s smoking room. The auction is led by a one of the finest single-owner collections of Montblanc fountain pens ever offered at auction.

More than 70 lots of art, antiques and collectibles dedicated to the history of hot air ballooning – from an important 1912 Gorham silver trophy celebrating a race in Colorado Springs, Colo., expected to bring $8,000-plus, to two important ballooning paintings attributed to Victor Philippe Lemoine-Benoit, expected to bring $6,000-plus each – take flight as part of the two-day event. A unique and historic silhouette commemorating Jean Pierre Blanchard’s first balloon ascent on Paris in 1784, expected to bring $3,000-plus, and a verre églomisé, or glass gilded painting, of a crowd enjoying a balloon ascent, expected to bring $2,000-plus. Perhaps the most unusual item is a rare French Empire gilt wood mirror with a balloon crest, which is expected to bring $5,000-plus.

An assortment of decorative desk objects, medals and ornaments round out the collection, a highlight of which is an exceedingly rare French Napoleonic-era ivory snuff box, expected to bring $2,000-plus.

“It’s no surprise L. Frank Baum immortalized a hot air balloon to bring Oz its Wizard,” said Nicholas Dawes, vice president of Special Collections at Heritage. “From its first appearance in 1872, hot air ballooning has captured the public’s imagination and this collection celebrates its history like none other.”

A number of works of art are included in the collection, including two paintings attributed to Victor Philippe Francois Lemoine-Benoit, the first being Hot Air Balloon and the second being Bidding Farewell in a Hot Air Balloon. Each is expected to bring $6,000-plus.

A French School oil on canvas, Peasants Admiring Hot Air Balloon in Ascent, is also expected to bring $6,000-plus. Sydney A. Court’s 1939 watercolor The Re-Opening of the Alexandra Palace, Easter Monday, is expected to bring $2,000-plus and a miniature painting of a mid-air ballooning accident is expected to bring $1,000. A selection of reverse-painted glass works, or verre églomisés, is led by a crowd enjoying a balloon ascent, expected to bring $2,000-plus, while a pair celebrating a balloon trip to the moon, is expected to bring $500.

Among the balloon-inspired decorative arts crossing the block are a circa 1880 French brass and wood pendulum clock, expected to bring $2,000-plus; an German ballooning alarm clock is expected to bring $500; and a rare American walnut shelf clock depicting a balloon in celebratory flight is expected to bring $300.

A lot of three Continental silver-cased pocket watches, all sporting ballooning motifs, is expected to bring $1,200 and an oversize French pocket watch with a painted ballooning dial may bring $800-plus.

A dramatic pair of French bronzed metal ballooning trophy ornaments on green marble bases and a number of steins, glass decanters and even a German bronze art deco cigar box round out the collection.

Likely to capture strong collector interest is a signed and inscribed photograph of a Maharaja Sayajirao Baroda in an Indian silver presentation frame, expected to bring $7,000-plus.

The auction features an important group of ship models including an English silver model of the historic clipper Cutty Sark from an East Coast collection, estimated to bring $8,000-plus.

A stunning array of automobilia and petroliana includes a motorized scale model of a 1933-36 Bugatti Type 59 race car, expected to bring $2,000-plus, an authentic motorized scale replica of a BMW 328 Roadster, expected to bring $1,500-plus, a scale model MG pedal car, and a set of two vintage enameled metal pedal cars featuring a tow car with a pedal racer on a custom trailer

Session III takes place Sunday, Feb. 24, and will feature Part II of the the Elton Hyder III Jr. Collection. It includes a captivating group of objets d’art, including a portrait of Philip IV, King of Spain, expected to bring $6,000-plus.

Meticulously assembled for the library to give students there a sense of history within the law, the Hyder family canvassed the United States and Great Britain seeking objects to document the evolution of law.

Part II features additional rarities, such as an extensive collection of fine English oak furniture dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries, including a mammoth English oak dining table, expected to bring $4,000, an exhaustive collection of 18th century legal engravings, Kilim tapestry-woven rugs and a fine collection of World War I propaganda posters, led by T. Paul Verrees’ 1917 lithograph.

Montblanc’s Sir Winston Churchill Limited Edition 53 fountain pen – featuring 18K pink gold, tortoiseshell bands and 53 diamonds – is expected to bring $25,000-plus as part of a special offering of fine writing instruments in Heritage’s Gentleman Collector Auction event, Feb. 23-24.

“Limited edition luxury pens are rapidly gaining a following, especially among modern coin and wine collectors, and rare examples are extremely hard to find,” said Dawes. “My favorite is the Churchill, but there’s something for all tastes and budgets. What makes many of these especially interesting is their edition numbers, carefully chosen by the original collector. Many have edition number 1, and others have number 8, which is hard to find.”

Virtually unheard of in a single auction, two of Montblanc’s most coveted patriotic limited edition fountain pens – honoring the Star Spangled Banner and America’s independence – will cross the block during the event. A Montblanc Limited Edition 56 Fourth of July fountain pen is expected to bring $25,000-plus and a Montblanc Stars-and Stripes Skeleton fountain pen – one of 50 handcrafted in white gold, diamonds and rubies – is expected to bring $20,000-plus.

The collection features 30 Montblanc pens and small issue rarities, such as a Montblanc Limited Edition 100 Yellow Soulmakers Number 88 fountain pen, expected to bring $16,000-plus.

“All of these superb instruments are in pristine, original condition,” added Dawes, “complete with presentation boxes and paperwork.”

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

Top: Montblanc Soulmakers yellow gold limited edition 100 36685 Anniversary pen. Estimate: $16,000-$22,000. Middle: Montblanc Fourth of July limited edition 56 Skeleton fountain pen. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000. Bottom: Stars & Stripes limited edition 50 fountain pen. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Heritage Auctions images.

Attributed to Victor Philippe Lemoine-Benoit (French, 1831-1850), ‘Bidding Farewell in a Hot Air Balloon,’ oil on canvas. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Motorized scale model of a 1933-1936 Bugatti Type 59. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Rare Gorham sterling silver ballooning trophy, 1911, 16 inches high, 82.12 troy ounces. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Rare French Empire gilt wood mirror with hot air balloon crest, early 19th century, 41 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Unique and historic ballooning silhouette miniature of Jean Pierre Blanchard, 1784, 3-1/2 by 2-3/4 inches, miniature painting on ivory commemorating his first balloon ascent in Paris on March 2, 1784. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Heritage Auctions image.

German silvered metal, tortoiseshell, pewter and gilt bronze clock, Teller Uhr form, circa 1700, 22 1/8 inches high. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Heritage Auctions image.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 February 2013 18:50
 

E-Art Auctions sale Feb. 7 focuses on 'Made in Italy'

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Osvaldo Borsani Tecno P-40 adjustable lounge, textile covering. Estimate: 2,000-2,500 euros. E-Art Auctions image.

ASTI, Italy – An interesting design collection of Modern Italian Art of the 20th century will be presented by E-Art Auctions on Feb. 7. The auction will feature many ceramics, furniture and glass works, with many objects made in Italy, from Ponti to Mangiarotti, Sottsass, Colombo and many others. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding. The 90-lot sale will begin at 9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, 6 p.m. Italian time.

E-Art Auctions specializes in Contemporary Art, Modernism and Design Made in Italy of 20th Century.

It is also a destination for those who seek to learn and share knowledge about art, design and collecting, offering valuations for personal property, appraisals and auction exhibitions online. Attention to consignors is of paramount importance and clients enjoy direct access to partners and experts throughout the valuation, consignment and auction process, say the owners.

Highlight pieces in the Feb. 7 auction include:

Lot 61 – "Cheerio" chandelier having six thick glass bicolor blots, Venini. Presale estimate: 3,000-4,000 euros;

Lot 13 – Floor lamp with three adjustable arms and aluminum reflectors, by Giuseppe Ostuni, O-Luce, about 175 cm. Estimates: 1,500-1,800 euros;

Lot 22 – Osvaldo Borsani ORS Tecno P-40 adjustable lounge extended, textile covering. Estimate: 2,000-2,500 euros.

Lot 30 – Cantalever standard lamp, adonised steel suppoert on rectangular marble base, signed with manufacturer's mark, by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Flos. Estimate: 1,300-1,500 euros;

Lot 51 – Eleven Modular vases. Model M9-M10. Signed with manufacturer's mark, by Angelo Mangiarotti, Fratelli Brambilla. 1968. Estimate: 700-800 euros.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Osvaldo Borsani Tecno P-40 adjustable lounge, textile covering. Estimate: 2,000-2,500 euros. E-Art Auctions image. 

‘Cheerio’ chandelier by Venini. Estimate: 3,000-4,000 euros. E-Art Auctions image. 

 Giuseppe Ostuni, O-Luce floor lamp with three adjustable arms and aluminum reflectors. Estimate: 1,500-1,800 euros. E-Art Auctions image.

 Cantalever standard lamp, adonized steel support on rectangular marble base. Signed with manufacturer's mark by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Flos. Estimate: 1,300-1,500 euros. E-Art Auctions image.

Eleven Modular vases, Model M9-M10, signed with manufacturer's mark, by Angelo Mangiarotti, Fratelli Brambilla, 1968. Estimate: 700-800 euros. E-Art Auctions image. 

Last Updated on Friday, 01 February 2013 13:53
 

Kimball Sterling invites crossovers to Feb. 16 cane auction

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Thursday, 31 January 2013 16:31

Gold mounted hardstone dress cane, circa 1880, snakewood shaft and a horn ferrule. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Kimball M. Sterling Inc. image.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – LiveAuctioneers and Kimball M. Sterling Inc. team up again for a presentation of 249 lots of antique canes and walking sticks for the Winter Cane Auction on Saturday, Feb. 16, beginning at 11 a.m. EST.

Sterling is the largest canes auction house in the world presenting over six auctions per year live on the Internet and in various locations including Tennessee and Las Vegas. New Orleans is coming soon.

This auction will have canes from a European collection including many Tiffany silver canes, carved ivory erotic and hardstone “objects of virtue.” The erotic ivories consist of a group of some interesting nudes from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. A collection of sword canes is also included in this consignment. A full tortoise cane from the Andrew K. “AK” Forthmann, the King of California soap, estate is a prime example of a shell presentation with his monogram appearing in gold. There are 30 canes from this estate including full whalebone and defensive canes. There will be four other collections and consignments in this auction from three countries.

Nautical canes are also strong in this auction including full whalebone shafts and carved tooth handles. All nautical canes presented in this auction are over 125 years old. Kimball M. Sterling does not accept modern whale canes for consignment.

Sterling advises collectors to take some time to look at the catalog. He says antique canes have many crossover categories for other fields of collecting including dogs, horses, historical, fraternal and much more. Many canes represent occupations from dentist to undertakers.

Offered in this auction is a Hemès Cannes et Pommeaux scarf from the 1980s. Side selections other than canes also include cane stands and cases.

The auction will be held in-house and live on liveauctioneers.com. Additional information and printed full-color catalogs are available from by calling the Winter Cane Auction at 423-773-4073.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Gold mounted hardstone dress cane, circa 1880, snakewood shaft and a horn ferrule. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Kimball M. Sterling Inc. image.

Erotic nude cane, circa 1890, large ivory seated Venus handle on a malacca shaft with a brass ferrule and a richly chased and gilt collar with engraved initials. Estimate: $3,000-$4,000. Kimball M. Sterling Inc. image.

Nautical whalebone cane, circa 1870, carved whale’s tooth for a handle with an inlaid tortoise disc atop, ribbed and other architectural carvings on the shaft. Estimate: $1,400-$1,600. Kimball M. Sterling Inc. image.

Asian ivory cane, circa 1890, upscale carving of a mountain of rats with beaded eyes, a hallmarked silver Brig, London collar, thick snakewood shaft and a metal ferrule. Estimate: $1,000-$1,400. Kimball M. Sterling Inc. image.

Tiffany sterling dress cane, dated 1891, removable sterling handle that has ‘Virginia Christmas 1891’ cast into the handle, thick malacca shaft and a horn ferrule. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000. Kimball M. Sterling Inc. image.

Hemès Cannes et Pommeaux scarf, 100 percent silk, canes motif, like new, 1980s. Estimate: $400-$600. Kimball M. Sterling Inc. image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2013 10:40
 

Dixie Cup inventor's fine art is centerpiece of Myers’ Feb. 10 auction

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Thursday, 31 January 2013 09:07

Pair of Bacchanalian 2-piece marble garden herms (boundary markers), 19th century, depicting horned satyr and nude maiden, each having a total height of 62 in., est. $6,000-$9,000. Myers Fine Art image.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (LAPRS) – It was an elegantly simple but universally embraced paper container – the cone-shape Dixie Cup – that enabled millionaire inventor and philanthropist Cesare Barbieri to amass the spectacular collection of European paintings, bronzes, Asian art and Oriental rugs featured in Myers Fine Art’s Feb. 10 auction.

The Italian-born Barbieri (1878-1956) held more than 100 patents, including one issued in 1926 for conical Dixie Cups and the machinery that manufactured them. He also possessed a finely tuned eye for classical art and design.

“He bought the best of everything for his multiple residences, but he was also very generous toward others,” said Myers co-owner Mary Dowd. “His will provided for the establishment of a Dixie employee pension fund, and his Dixie Cup royalties funded an endowment for Italian cultural studies at Trinity College that continues to this day. He also helped to finance the post-World War II reconstruction effort in his hometown of Bologna, Italy.”

Barbieri’s largesse extended to those who cared for him in his declining years, in particular his nurse and companion Anita De Paulis. Barbieri bequeathed to De Paulis the entire contents of both his lavish Manhattan apartment and Villa Barbieri, his estate in Tuxedo Park, N.Y. De Paulis retired to a town near Sarasota, Fla., and after her death in 2011, Myers acquired the Barbieri collection directly from the De Paulis Estate.

Myers has a policy of only conducting a European & Asian Art auction when a collection of exceptional quality is available to headline such a sale. The 480-lot Feb. 10 event is the first of its type to be scheduled in two years and consists of fresh goods acquired almost exclusively from estates.

The featured Barbieri collection includes magnificent paintings, bronzes, antique clocks, Oriental rugs, furniture and carved ivories. Among the top pieces is a graceful marble nude titled “The Flower of the Alps,” by Attilio Piccirilli (Italian, 1886-1945). A similar Piccirilli sold a few years ago at Sotheby’s for $19,000. Myers Fine Art has placed an estimate of $10,000-$15,000 on the signed Piccirilli in their sale. A signed Giuseppe Gambogi (Italian, 1891-1965) statue of Shakespeare’s “Ophelia” carries an estimate of $8,000-$10,000.

An extraordinary artwork from Villa Barbieri, “Portrait of Gabrielle de Bourbon,” depicts the 26-year-old daughter of Louis I, Count of Montpensier, a direct descendant of Saint Louis (1214-1270). The richly detailed portrait, created possibly as early as the 15th century, exhibits an extremely high standard of artistry, evident by the level of detail in the sitter’s ornately embroidered silk dress and ermine-trimmed robe. A gold figural pendant adorns her pearl-trimmed bodice, and pearls embellish her Renaissance cap. The 17 by 12½-inch painting is presented in an elaborate gilt tabernacle frame from the late-18th or early 19th century. It is expected to make $4,000-$6,000.

Other Continental artworks in the sale include an 18th/19th-century French portrait of a lady holding a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, a Charles Cousin (French, 1904-1972) Venetian canal scene, and a J. Eisenhut oil painting of a Venetian doge. Additional enticements include an Italian pietra dura specimen table and micromosaic pieces; French cameo glass, majolica, silver, Louis XV bronze candelabra, and Austrian ivory and wood figures. There will also be fine European porcelain, an inlaid Italian marquetry chest and antique Italian walnut cupboard; and a pair of French Empire bronze table lamps. A Continental relief-carved ivory plaque depicts a frenzied battle scene of warriors on horseback. Dating to the mid-19th century and possibly from Dieppe, France, it is estimated at $3,000-$5,000. Another standout is a signed Tommaso Gentile (Italian, 1853-?) bronze mirror adorned by two nude women. It bears the Kunst-Erzgieserei Vienna foundry mark and is estimated at $6,000-$8,000.

Timepieces include European mantel clocks, a miniature tall-case clock with chinoiserie artwork, and a highly desirable tall-case clock with Joshua Wilson (London) 17th/18th-century movement in a Philadelphia Chippendale walnut case. The musical moon phase clock stands 95 inches tall and, although missing some of its mechanical parts, is likely to achieve $4,000-$6,000.

An interesting estate collection contains antique Japanese samurai swords of various lengths. The edged weapons are in good company with the auction’s grouping of early Persian armor and trio of 18th-century Japanese Edo Period matchlock rifles.

The sale’s extensive Asian section covers all imaginable forms and media. Ceramics include Japanese Imari, antique Chinese hand-painted plates and a pleasing selection of Chinese export porcelain. Among the carved figural pieces are a 77-inch oxblood Buddha, an ivory Siddhartha bust, jade and hardstone objects, and numerous Chinese and Japanese ivories. Other highlights include a Japanese inlaid and carved screen, a set of four Chinese Qing silk paintings, 19th-century Chinese reverse paintings, a pair of yoke-back armchairs, an early 19th-century Kano school 4-panel screen painting, and an array of Asian bronze and mixed-metal vessels and other items.

Not to be missed if one is considering the renovation of a special room is the lot containing more than 25 rolls of Zuber et Cie. (French) panoramic wallpaper in the “Views of North America” pattern. The rolls were printed from Zuber’s original 19th-century woodblocks.

“In the 1970s, Jacqueline Kennedy chose the very same wallpaper for the White House Reception Room,” said Mary Dowd. “It depicts American scenes such as Boston Harbor, Niagara Falls, and Natural Bridge in Virginia. The rolls we are auctioning are in perfect condition. They were ordered from Zuber in the 1970s but were never installed.”

The garden and architectural category is led by a 19th-century marble bench side support depicting a winged mythological creature, and an impressive pair of 19th-century marble Bacchanalian garden herms topped by carved busts of a satyr and nude maiden. Each herm stands 62 inches tall, and together they tip the scales at 1,000+ lbs. Formerly ensconced at a Southampton, N.Y., estate, the pair is estimated at $6,000-$9,000.

Other items of note include a John Wallace (1841-1905) landscape of a hilltop castle, a carved R.J. Horner partner’s desk with carved griffin legs ($3,000-$5,000), 18th-century ecclesiastical vestments, and a chic F.V. Manti (Italian) 18K yellow gold openwork bracelet adorned with women’s faces ($2,000-$4,000). Last but certainly not least, the sale includes a sporty red 2007 Ferrari F430 with less than 3,000 miles on its odometer – a stylish vehicle in which to transport one’s purchases home on auction day.

Myers Fine Art’s Sunday, Feb. 10 auction of European & Asian Antiques & Fine Art featuring the Cesare Barbieri collection will commence at 12 noon Eastern Time. A preview will be held from 10-6 on Saturday, Feb. 9, and from 10 a.m. till noon on auction day. The gallery is located at 1600 4th St. North in St. Petersburg, FL 33704. For information on any lot in the sale, call 727-823-3249 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

Pair of Bacchanalian 2-piece marble garden herms (boundary markers), 19th century, depicting horned satyr and nude maiden, each having a total height of 62 in., est. $6,000-$9,000. Myers Fine Art image.

Tommaso Gentile (Italian, 1853-?), circa-1900 bronze mirror, mark of Kunst-Erzgiersserei Vienna foundry, 33¾ in., est. $6,000-$8,000. Myers Fine Art image.

Giuseppe Gambogi (Italian), ‘Ophelia,’ 19th-century carved marble sculpture, signed, 23½ in., est. $8,000-$10,000. Myers Fine Art image.

Joshua Wilson (London, 17th/18th centuries), musical moon phase tall-case clock in American carved Chippendale walnut case, 95 in., est. $4,000-$6,000. Myers Fine Art image.

Attilio Piccirilli (Italian, 1866-1945), ‘The Flower of the Alps,’ carved marble sculpture, signed, 25 ¼ in., est. $10,000-$15,000. Myers Fine Art image.

‘Portrait of Gabrielle de Bourbon,’ depicting the daughter (b. 1460 of Louis I, Count of Montpensier, a direct descendant of Saint Louis (1214-1270), framed size 35¼ x 24 5/8 in., est. $4,000-$6,000. Myers Fine Art image.

Closeup of high-relief ivory carving on mid-19th-century Continental battle scene plaque, full framed size 11¼ x 25 in. wide, est. $3,000-$5,000. Myers Fine Art image.

18th/19th-century French portrait of lady holding Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Myers Fine Art image.

Charles Z. Landelle (French, 1821-1908), ‘Flower Offering,’ oil on canvas, signed, 36 x 28 framed, est. $6,000-$8,000. Myers Fine Art image.

F.V. Manti 18K yellow gold openwork bracelet with faces of women, 28.3 dwt., est. $2,000-$4,000. Myers Fine Art image.

Carved mahogany R.J. Horner partner’s desk with carved griffin legs and lion’s-head pulls, est. $3,000-$5,000. Myers Fine Art image.

One Christmas during the 1940s, Cesare Barbieri chose a photo of one of the rooms in his Tuxedo Park, N.Y., villa as the main image on his holiday card. The 'Portrait of Gabrielle de Bourbon,' in its distinctive tabernacle frame, is displayed above the mantel. Myers Fine Art image.

Zuber et Cie. panoramic wallpaper in the 'Views of North America' pattern has decorated the White House Diplomatic Reception Room since the Kennedy era. On Feb. 10, Myers will auction more than 25 unused rolls of wallpaper in this very pattern. Myers Fine Art image.

Cesare Barbieri (Italian/American, 1878-1956), philanthropist, owner of more than 100 patents and inventor of the conical Dixie Cup and dispenser. Myers Fine Art image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 January 2013 09:34
 
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