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Palm Beach Modern’s Mar. 30 auction offers top-tier modern design

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Friday, 15 March 2013 15:20

Ado Chale (Belgian, b. 1928-) bronze-top cocktail table with simulated wood-grain pattern, metal legs. Est. $50,000-$70,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Modern’s January auction of the Steve Rubell Studio 54 archive made headlines worldwide, but after the excitement of the million-dollar sale had subsided, there came an unexpected bonus – inquiries from potential consignors on both sides of the Atlantic. The Rubell collection had been paired with a superb selection of modern design and furnishings that ultimately accounted for one-third of the sale’s gross.

“Collectors, dealers and estate executors liked what they saw at the January sale and wanted the Palm Beach Modern treatment, too. They came forward with a stunning array of modern furniture whose overall quality is unprecedented in the history of our auction house,” said auctioneer Rico Baca. Those consignments form the core of a March 30 auction of 400 vetted lots of rare, iconic pieces by premier names in Italian, French and American modern design. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

“Sophisticated – chic – those are the words that come to mind,” Baca said. “As each shipment of merchandise arrived to us – from Belgium, France, Italy and several states – we became increasingly challenged to come up with catalog descriptions that adequately conveyed the wow factor.”

The ultimate in minimalist expression, a circa-1970 Ado Chale (Belgian, b. 1928-) bronze and metal cocktail table is estimated at $50,000-$70,000. Chale’s designs evolved from his passion for minerals, and often his inventive hybrids combine form with natural elements. The bronze top of the cocktail table offered by Palm Beach Modern was crafted to simulate a spiral-pattern wood grain. “Ado Chale designs are found in royal palaces and French museums. Everything he makes is elegant, original and perfectly proportioned. Many of his pieces are one offs,” said Baca.

Relatively few furniture designs by French sculptor Jacques Duval-Brasseur have appeared at auction in the past. His rare circa-1970 dining/center hall table of brass and glass with splay-foot pedestal incorporates a chunky natural amethyst quartz specimen into its design. Baca describes the table as “very Palm Beach in style.” It is entered with a $20,000-$25,000 estimate.

Known for his imaginative methods of blending architecture and art, sculptor Albert Paley (American, b. 1944-) was the first metal sculptor to receive the coveted Institute Honors, the highest award the American Institute of Architects bestows on a non-architect. Paley is represented in the sale by a forged and fabricated steel and wood console/sofa table. In quintessential Paley style, the wood top is fluted in the same manner as the metal legs, whose exteriors feature eccentrically pleated and mashed metal adornments. Estimate: $25,000-$45,000.

Midcentury design visionaries applied their ingenious ideas in unexpected ways. An example is the Arnold Wolf for JBL walnut stereo speaker cabinet known as the Paragon D44000. Manufactured in 1961, the symmetrically flawless furnishing is an achievement in aesthetics with an underlying utilitarian purpose. The example to be sold by Palm Beach Modern boasts Hollywood provenance, having come from the Beverly Hills estate of actor Glenn Ford (1916-2006). Estimate: $25,000-$45,000.

Another highlight of the furniture section is a quirky “Traccia” occasional table designed by Meret Oppenheim (German/Swiss, 1913-1985) for Simon Gavina (Italy). Its gold leaf over wood top is suspended by supports shaped as tall, realistically formed bird (possibly ostrich) legs. Estimate: $4,500-$6,500.

Other significant pieces include an iconic 1958 Arne Jacobsen (Danish, 1902-1971) leather and aluminum armchair with ottoman, $7,000-$10,000; a circa-1946 pea-green Eero Saarinen for Knoll “Grasshopper” chair with ottoman, $2,500-$3,500; and a circa-1950 Jacques Adnet (French, 1984-1984) desk of prescient design and superior quality.

“Jacques Adnet was in partnership with Hermes and designed for them. His ability to seam leather together was unrivaled,” said Baca. “The drawer fronts of the desk in our sale are wrapped in leather, with studs and ring pulls. This desk is a testament to Adnet’s reputation as one of the best of the French modernists.” Estimate: $25,000-$45,000.

A fine selection of modern glass is led by a circa-1998 Lino Tagliapietra (Italian, b. 1934-) Mogambo vase in seafoam green. Its African name suits the compelling pattern of black zebra stripes that follow the U-shape curvature of the vessel. “This design is consistent with all of Tagliapietra’s work, in that it is highly intricate and would require tremendous skill to accomplish. How Tagliapietra is able to space his canes so accurately within such an extreme curvature of glass is a mystery to me. Obviously, he is a truly great artist, and that’s why he is so collected,” said Baca. Estimate: $4,000-$5,000.

Also to be auctioned is a grouping of Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) posters, including one from an important 1956 exhibition in Vallauris, France; edition of 1,000 (est. $500-$600). All of the posters came from a “very particular” collector, Baca said, and have been vetted for authenticity.

Palm Beach Modern’s Fine Art, Decorative Arts & Modern Design auction will commence at 12 noon Eastern Time on Saturday, March 30, 2013. For additional information on any lot in the sale, call 561-586-5500, 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

Ado Chale (Belgian, b. 1928-) bronze-top cocktail table with simulated wood-grain pattern, metal legs. Est. $50,000-$70,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Arnold Wolf for JBL walnut stereo speaker cabinet, Paragon D44000, 1961. Provenance: Estate of Glenn Ford. Est. $25,000-$45,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Jacques Duval-Brasseur (French), circa-1970 dining/center hall table of brass and glass with natural amethyst quartz specimen. Est. $20,000-$25,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Circa-1950 Jacques Adnet (French, 1984-1984) desk with leather-wrapped drawers, metal studs, ring pulls. Est. $25,000-$45,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Meret Oppenheim (German/Swiss, 1913-1985) for Simon Gavina (Italy) “Traccia” table, gold leaf over wood top, “bird” legs. Est. $4,500-$6,500. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

One of several posters by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), this one from the artist’s 1956 exhibition in Vallauris, France; edition of 1,000. Est. $500-$600. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Albert Paley (American, b. 1944-) forged and fabricated steel and wood console/sofa table with eccentrically pleated and mashed metal adornments. Est. $25,000-$45,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Arne Jacobsen (Danish, 1902-1971) leather and aluminum armchair with ottoman, 1958. Est. $7,000-$10,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Eero Saarinen for Knoll pea-green “Grasshopper” chair with ottoman, circa 1946. Est. $2,500-$3,500. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Lino Tagliapietra (Italian, b. 1934-) Mogambo vase in seafoam green, circa 1998, 14.5in tall. Est. $4,000-$5,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 March 2013 14:57
 

Ewbank's to auction Francis Bacon canvases March 21

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Thursday, 14 March 2013 16:19

Canvas fragments cut from Francis Bacon's (1909-1992) 'Screaming Pope' paintings. Five of the six have been authenticated. Courtesy Ewbank's.

GUILDFORD, England – Canvases cut from "Screaming Pope" paintings by Francis Bacon have emerged and will be sold on March 21 by the Surrey auctioneer who sold other but unidentified fragments of Bacon works for more than £1 million. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Five canvases, all of which have been authenticated by the Francis Bacon Authentication Committee, will be sold by Surrey fine art auctioneers Ewbank's on Thursday, March 21. They are estimated conservatively to fetch around £100,000. A sixth canvas from the same source as the others, having recently returned from America so not examined by the committee, is estimated at £5,000-10,000.

All six canvases originated from the studio of Lewis Todd from Cambridge, who as an aspiring painter, had cut them up and used them for his own paintings, which he later sold to visitors and collectors on the All Saints Craft Market and art exhibitions.

Francis Bacon (1909-1992) is known to have painted mainly on the unprimed reverse of canvases and was a ruthless critic and editor of his own work. Anything he was not satisfied with or thought too perfect he mutilated.

Lewis Todd, who died in 2006 aged 81, was well known as a caricature artist for the Cambridge Daily News, now the Cambridge Evening News. After World War II and short of funds, he was encouraged to take up painting in oils by John Kesterton, manager of the Heffer Gallery who gave him his first canvases free because they had only been used on the reverse by Bacon, whom the gallery also supplied with materials, and perfectly suitable for painting on the front side,

The gifts were conditional upon Todd agreeing to cut up the canvases before making use of them for himself. It is not known how Bacon's used canvases came to be at the Heffer Gallery in the first place.

Said auctioneer Chris Ewbank: "Todd did as he was required and cut the canvases so he could practice on them. At the time Bacon was making his name and his significance as a one of the world's most outstanding contemporary artists had yet to be widely recognized. It is fantastic to think that these pictures were once part of a much larger painting of historical importance.

Astonishingly, among them and on the reverse of at least one of the original uncut canvases was one of Bacon's most celebrated and graphic Screaming Pope images. This series of paintings was inspired by Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X, and said to be Bacon's way of expressing the horror of war and its aftermath.

Comparing the fragments to the famous Bacon painting hanging in the Des Moines Art Center in Iowa – Study after Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X – the similarities are self-evident. Last November, Francis Bacon's Untitled (Pope) 1954, depicting a shrieking pontiff, sold in a New York auction for a record £18.7 million.

Chris Ewbank added: "The discovery of these fragments of Bacon-painted canvases represent an important moment in art history. It was no secret that Lewis Todd once used discarded canvases from Francis Bacon's studio, it was even mentioned in Todd's obituaries, but to have identified authenticated Bacon pieces which feature one of Bacon's haunting pope portraits is incredible.

“It also leads to the intriguing speculation that there are more examples of Bacon's paintings in existence used by Todd for his own purposes, while someone, somewhere might even have a painting by Todd with a pope's head on the back of it. Anyone who owns a painting by Todd should take it off the wall and check the back of the canvas. Those seemingly random daubs of paint could indicate a work of far greater significance.”

Most valuable of the six oils shows the yellow, white and black edge and leg of a chair, and some of the white papal clothing, on a black and blue ground. It measures 36 by 24 inches, with an additional 3 by 4 inches obscured where the canvas is wrapped and nailed to stretchers. The "right" side shows a still life painted by Todd in 1958, and is signed and inscribed verso, "The Studio at Orchard Avenue." It is estimated at £25,000-30,000, as is another showing what appears to be the fleshy hand and arm of a Bacon pope. Also visible is the white and green arm of the chair on a black and blue ground. The painting measures 21 by 26 inches and has been removed from its stretchers. On the front is a painting of a house and tree by Lewis Todd.

Estimated at £15,000-25,000 is a canvas measuring 34.5 by 30 inches overall. It shows a set of curtain rings on a black background with three lines of a cube. The use of black as a background and apparent cube structures around figures was frequently employed by Bacon. Similar rings appear in Untitled (Pope) illustrated in Francis Bacon The violence of the real by Armin Zweite plate 10 page 116. Lewis Todd's painting on the front shows a boy reading a book.

Two other canvases are each estimated at £10,000-20,000. One shows a typical yellow and white edge of a chair from a pope portrait, on a striped purple, black, and blue ground. Bearing similarities to Bacon's Study after Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X (1953), it measures 29 by 24 1/2 inches overall and bears Todd's portrait of a man wearing a hat on the front.

The other shows typical vertical black stripes in a style used frequently by Bacon as the background for his 1953-54 pope portraits. Written in pencil by Todd is the title of one of his paintings and the words "A Francis Bacon Screaming Pope" inscribed verso. It measures 27 by 21 inches overall and is painted with a still life by Todd.

This and the other four authenticated pieces were included in a PhD research project at Northumbria University sponsored by the Bacon Trust. As part of the research, paint samples from the paintings were collected and analyzed. Preliminary results confirm that all pigments and binding medium used were typical of Francis Bacon works of the 1950s and 1960s.

The sixth canvas from the same source as the others, only recently returned from America and not examined by the Authentication Committee, has deep blue and black vertical lines and is inscribed verso in pen "Apples - by Lewis Todd" and "Francis Bacon - cast off! in 1950's." The canvas measures 22 by 18 1/2 inches and is estimated a £5,000-10,000.

Lewis Todd (1925-2006) lived in Over, near Cambridge. He was educated at the Perse School in Cambridge and served in the Home Guard based in Histon. After the war he worked as a graphic artist for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAF) eastern region, and was awarded the British Empire Medal for his work.

He retired in the 1980s, becoming a "Sunday painter," describing himself as a "late Impressionist," while his style was likened to that of L.S. Lowry. He and his wife ran a stall at Cambridge's craft markets for many years.

One of his oil paintings, a scene of people punting on the River Cam behind Kings College Chapel, was purchased on behalf of the Queen Mother and believed to be in the Royal collection, while Prince Charles and Prince Philip were said to enjoy his cartoons done at the East of England Show MAF tent.

Ewbank's is Surrey's leading auctioneers of fine art and antiques. They are credited in having established the market for previously unseen and mutilated Francis Bacon canvases. In 2007, they sold a collection rescued from a skip outside the artist's London studio by electrician Mac Robertson who became Bacon's drinking partner. Estimated at around £50,000, the collection sold for £1.13 million.

Next came a further six works which were sold by Ewbank's on behalf of Ron Thomas, a porter at Bacon's dealers, Marlborough Fine Art. One of Thomas' duties was to ferry paintings between the gallery and Bacon's studio and the mutilated canvases were given to him, either to keep or to have the stretchers for his own use. They sold for a total of £32,000.

In 2008, a man who worked in the shop where Bacon purchased his art materials consigned part of one of Bacon's destroyed canvases dating from about 1985, which showed what appeared to be a "pool of flesh" spread across a black background. It sold for £12,000.

For further information, please contact Chris Ewbank FRICS ASFAV on 01483 223101 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Canvas fragments cut from Francis Bacon's (1909-1992) 'Screaming Pope' paintings. Five of the six have been authenticated. Courtesy Ewbank's.

Artist Lewis Todd. Courtesy Ewbank's.

Group of canvas 'fronts' painted by Lewis Todd. Courtesy Ewbank's.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:17
 

Auction Gallery of Palm Beaches to sell Belle Epoque items March 18-19

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Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:08

Sevres, painted by ‘C. Labarre,’ 54 5/8 inches high. Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. image.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. will conduct an important two-session auction on Monday, March 18, and Tuesday, March 19, beginning at 6 p.m. EDT. The auction features the largest offering from a single-owner collection of Belle Epoque antiques. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The collection was assembled over the years by a Miami antiquarian who amassed a collector’s trove of antiques. Now in his mid-70s, the antiquarian has made the decision to look toward retirement and sell off the part of the collection. Each session begins at 6 p.m. EDT.

Accordingly, Brian Kogan, president of the gallery said, “this collection is easily the largest single offering of French and Continental porcelain in one auction to date.” The tremendous offering with over 200 lots of European porcelains includes Sevres, Royal Vienna, Meissen, Jacob Petit, Old Paris, Dresden, Saxony, Hocht, and has all kinds of pieces to include covered urns, vases, plaques, boxes, cache pots, candelabras, tazzas and dishes. Highlighting the auction is the largest group of palatial porcelain hand-painted lidded urns seen by the gallery to be sold in session two on March 19.

Each urn is a testament to the exquisite legacy of 19th and early 20th century French and Continental porcelain painters who painted beautiful allegorical scenes in the reserves. Each having a naturalistic setting with courting figures in elegant period clothing enjoying nature and her bounty and each being mounted in incredible bronze dore handle mountings in masks, tendrils and scrolls. The urn is a revered form and is coveted for embodying the bounty of life and inevitably the ashes of death. The quality and execution of the urns is the best of French porcelain.

Deserving attention are Lot 427, an important Sevres urn, and lot 487, an Important Royal Vienna urn.

Each is noted for the combination of painting, form and overall execution and design, and quite possibly done for an exhibition or palace. The Sevres urn in the traditional cobalt blue backround glaze stands a 54 inches high and the Royal Vienna urn, in a seldom-seen mustard glaze, is 40 inches high. Both have dore mounts and exuberant floral decoration. Both are prized and should bring attention from buyers around the globe. Additionally, there are Lots 445, 387 and 350, all Sevres late 19th century urns that exemplify the best in porcelain from the period.

The collection has a vast array of Asian objects including a wide selection of vintage carved pink and green quartz lamps, several French bronze candleabras and a selection of ivories including lot 365, an 18th century carving of a monk holding a shrine. There are many Vernis Martin furniture pieces with dore bronze mountings, including lots 122 and 172, each Louis XV late 19th century cabinets with marble tops. Lot 42, a Sevres 31-inch-diameter porcelain plaque depicting French kings in small reserves mounted in a giltwood carved stand.

For condition reports, assistance and information contact Mr.Leslie Baker or Kogan by calling the gallery at 561-805-7115.

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

 Sevres, painted by ‘C. Labarre,’ 54 5/8 inches high. Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. image.

Royal Vienna, painted by ‘K. Rabler,’ 41 1/2 inches high. Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. image. 

French three-piece bronze cock set, bronze by Paul Dubois (1829-1905). Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. image. 

Chinese 18th century ivory monk. Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. image. 

Sevres porcelain ‘French Kings’ plaque in giltwood stand. Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. image.  

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:59
 

Converse presents Asian, antiques auction online March 23

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Thursday, 14 March 2013 12:42

Gold toned and glass-cased LeCoultre Atmos clock dating to the early 1960s (est. $400-$700). Gordon S. Converse & Co. image.

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – A 950 lots in an array of categories – antique clocks, estate jewelry, Asian objects and furniture, sterling silver, fine art, decorative accessories, tribal art and African objects – will be sold in an Internet-only auction Saturday, Mar. 23, beginning at 10 a.m. EDT, 7 a.m. Pacific, by Gordon S. Converse & Co. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

“This is an ambitious auction, for sure,” said Todd Converse of Gordon S. Converse & Co. “At nearly 1,000 lots, it’s way bigger than most of our previous sales. But we’re excited about it because there is so much great merchandise in so many categories. There really is something for everyone. Also, shipping will be available on all but about 100 larger items.”

The lots are eclectic and freewheeling, ranging from a box of about 12 sailing-related tools, engraved scrimshawed hangings and a damaged octant (est. $60-$120) to original Little Archie comic book art (est. $100-$200). An expected star of the vintage clocks category is a gold-toned and glass-cased LeCoultre Atmos clock dating to the early 1960s (est. $400-$700).

Fine art will feature an oil on canvas painting by Earnest Townsend (N.Y., 1893-1944), titled Bermuda Waters, 27 inches by 31 inches, housed in a later gilt wood frame and signed lower right (est. $2,000-$3,000); and an oil on canvas by Christopher Shearer (American, 1846-1926), depicting a village scene, 33 1/2 inches by 40 1/2 inches and signed lower left (est. $1,200-$1,500).

Asian (mostly Chinese) antiques, objects and furniture will be plentiful. Star lots will include a finely carved Chinese 19th century wood-carved immortal, about 15 inches tall (est. $10,000-$15,000); and a fine and impressive 19th century gilt bronze Buddha casting on a conforming attached base, 15 inches by 12 inches, showing some wear (est. $4,500-$8,500).

Also offered will be a Chinese huanghuali altar table, about 32 inches tall by 67 inches wide (est. $5,000-$10,000); Chinese scrolls attributed to Fu Baoshi and Feng Zikai (both est. $8,000-$12,000); and a pair of Chinese zitan horseshoe chairs in black lacquer (or dark finish) of dense, heavy zitan hardwood and with elaborate carved splat in bas relief (est. $5,000-$7,000).

More items from Asia include a Chinese zitan stand, 31 inches tall (est. $3,000-$5,000); a Qing Imperial jade seal in a zitan box about 7 1/4 inches tall (est. $1,000-$2,000); a Chinese zitan and jade ruyi, or curved ceremonial scepter (est. $1,250-$2,000); a stack of old Chinese currency (est. $300-$500); a set of four Tianhuang seals in a 4 1/2 inch square huanghuali box (est. $400-$600); and a Chinese blue and white Qianlong vase, 14 1/2 inches tall (est. $400-$600).

Estate jewelry items will feature a platinum Swiss-made ladies’ dress wristwatch made by the Glycine Watch Co., including a special clasp and set with sapphires and diamonds (est. $2,500-$5,000); and a hunting cased ladies’ pendant watch in “Warranted Assay 14K” gold, with a fully running stem-wind nickel-plated jeweled duplex escapement movement (est. $80-$120).

Sterling silver will include an assembled five-piece tea set, Philadelphia, with a 1 1/2 pint teapot by Gorham and sold by Bailey Banks and Biddle, a 1 3/4 pint chocolate pot, a 2-pint teapot and warmer, sold by J.F. Caldwell, and a creamer and sugar, all with combined weights of over 81 troy oz. (est. $1,000-$1,250); and a fine and multi-sided Tiffany & Co. silver bowl, 2 1/2 inches by 8 inches, marked 18165 and 5169 and weighing 16.85 troy ounces (est. $4,000-$1,000).

African objects will include a carved wooden statue, 10 1/2 inches tall (est. $100-$200).

Gordon S. Converse & Co. is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, call them at 610-722-9004 or send an email to either This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Gold toned and glass-cased LeCoultre Atmos clock dating to the early 1960s (est. $400-$700). Gordon S. Converse & Co. image. 

Swiss platinum ladies' dress wristwatch, set with sapphires and diamonds (est. $2,500-$5,000). Gordon S. Converse & Co. image. 

Oil on canvas painting by Earnest Townsend (N.Y., 1893-1944), titled ‘Bermuda Waters’ (est. $2,000-$3,000). Gordon S. Converse & Co. image. 

 Sterling tea set, Philadelphia, with Gorham teapot, chocolate pot, two-pint teapot and warmer, sugar and creamer (est. $1,000-$2,500). Gordon S. Converse & Co. image.

 The auction will feature tribal are and African objects, such as this carved wooden statue, 10 1/2 inches tall (est. $100-$200). Gordon S. Converse & Co. image.

Finely carved 19th century Chinese zitan wood carved immortal, about 15 inches tall (est. $10,000-$15,000). Gordon S. Converse & Co. image. 

 Chinese scroll attributed to Feng Zikai (est. $8,000-$12,000). Gordon S. Converse & Co. image.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 14:06
 

Auction Team Breker to revisit photo milestones March 23

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013 17:05

Photo Magie wet-plate camera by A. Giroux, circa 1855-60. Estimate: $6,700-$13,500. Auction Team Breker image.

COLOGNE, Germany – In November 2012 Auction Team Breker made world news for selling an original Apple I computer for the record price of almost 500,000 euros. On Saturday, March 23, the specialist auctioneer will be offering a selection of historic milestones from the earliest days of photography and the cinema. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

One of the most intriguing highlights is a wet-plate “Photo Magie” camera outfit (lot 368, estimate €5,000-10,000) by Alphonse Giroux. The brother-in-law of Louis Daguerre, Giroux played a pivotal role in the development of photography when he constructed the famous cameras that his relative had designed. He was also a successful businessman, art restorer and ébéniste in his own right, who sold luxury goods, magical items and automata from his shop, Maison A. Giroux.

The “Photo Magie” outfit, comprising ebonised box camera with elegantly lettered paper label, brass-bound lens, three bottles of developing fluid and a selection of unexposed glass plates still in their paper wrappers, is beautifully preserved in its original maker’s box. This item is a rare document of the history of magic as well as of photography.

Another 19th century piece with practical as well as historical interest is a beautifully engineered projecting microscope by Marion & Co. Ltd. of London, circa 1860 (lot 227, estimate €1,200-1,600). The device features a lacquered brass pillar supporting a monorail, on which ride the paraffin illuminant, mahogany projection box, stage, tube and lenses used to reveal the wonders of microscopy for study and diversion.

From America comes the colorful 1890s “Sciopticon,” (or “Peacock,”) magic lantern by the Pettibone Brothers of Ohio (lot 455, estimate €2,500– 4,000) and the scarce Art-Deco “Selector Mutoscope” by the International Mutoscope Reel Co. of New York (lot 504, estimate €9,000-12,000), with its five selectable picture reels whose tempting titles, such as “Flitting Butterflies” and “Soaked to the Skin,” promise the user “snappy, comic, thrilling and timely” viewing experiences.

A different kind of viewer is the rare patented French “Grimatoscope” c. 1870 (lot 403, estimate €7,000-10,000) by Jules Duboscq of Paris: a hand-held optical device with clockwork motor that transforms a normal photographic portrait via a distorting glass disc, so that the face assumes alternately humorous and grotesque expressions. The viewer had a more serious purpose as well, in that it was a precursor to the “photographic transformation” theory of Louis Ducos du Hauron, who pioneered color photography.

“Le Diocinescope” (lot 505, estimate €8,000-12,000) by Huet & Daubresse of Paris was subject to patents (in France in 1899 and Britain in 1900 and 1901) for an ingenious prism aimed at reducing the “blinking” effect experienced in early motion picture films. Other examples of motion picture equipment in the auction include the iconic Bell & Howell “35” of around 1912 (lot 495, estimate €3,500-5,000) and 10 multiple lots of the increasingly popular and useable German lenses (Carl Zeiss, Schneider, Kilfitt) for motion picture cameras (lots 483-492).

In addition to motion picture cameras, magic lanterns and optical toys, the sale also showcases a comprehensive selection of classic film cameras, from 35mm “black and chrome” to Rollei, Linhof and Hasselblad. Among the over 70 lots of Leica cameras, lenses and scarce accessories, many in their original factory boxes, is a desirable olive M3 with “Bundeseigentum” engraving from 1958 (lot 137, estimate €2,800-3,800) and a superb presentation M6 Jaguar XK in mint condition (lot 151, estimate €6,000-8,000): one of a series of 50 luxury models with green leather body covering and company logo, made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the legendary English sports car in 1998.

An exclusively English attempt to compete with Leitz was Peto Scott’s “Witness” camera of 1952 (lot 196, estimate €5,000-10,000). Styled after a Leica M-series camera, the stylish chrome body sports a Dallmeyer 2-inch lens and was distributed by the Essex film-manufacturer, Ilford. The design, however, did not prove successful, and only around 350 units were ever produced – now considered a significant rarity among 35 mm cameras.

Other highlights include one of the few surviving examples of Christian Adrian Michel’s hand-built Swiss panoramic pigeon camera (lot 366, estimate €15,000-20,000) and an ever-stylish “Compass” camera outfit, combining engineering precision with perfect design, by Le Coultre & Cie (lot 308, estimate €5,000-7,000).

The auction is rounded off with a series of historic images, from Antoine Claudet (lot 376, estimate €4,000-6,000) to Ansel Adams (Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 1942, lot 387, estimate €5,000-10,000).

The auction takes place on Saturday, March 23.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Photo Magie wet-plate camera by A. Giroux, circa 1855-60. Estimate: $6,700-$13,500. Auction Team Breker image.

Swiss-made Michel Pigeon Camera, A-Model No. A901, circa, 1936, without mounting plate. Estimate: $20,000-$34,000. Auction Team Beker image.

Original Projecting Microscope by Marion & Co. Ltd., London, circa 1860. Estimate: $1,600-$2,150. Auction Team Breker image.

Sciopticon magic lantern, Pettibone Brothers Mfg. Co., Cincinnati, circa 1890. Estimate: $3,350-$5,350. Auction Team Breker image.

The Selector Mutoscope, International Mutoscope Reel Co., New York, circa 1931, coin-operated with five picture (movie) reels. Estimate: $12,000-$16,000. Auction Team Breker image.

Rare Grimatiscope, patented French viewer for creating distorted images from normal photographs, by Jules Duboscq, Paris, circa 1870. Estimate: $9,500-$13,500. Auction Team Breker image.

Rare Le Diocinescope film viewer, Huet & Daubresse, France, circa 1900. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Auction Team Breker image.

Witness 35 mm camera, designed by Peto Scott, distributed by Ilford, 1952, only 350 were produced. Estimate: $6,700-$13,500. Auction Team Breker image.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 12:48
 

Bloomsbury poster auction March 19 has cure for cabin fever

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013 14:24

Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, ‘Chat Noir,’ lithograph in colors, 1896. Estimate: £3,200-3,800. Bloomsbury image.

LONDON – With spring just round the corner there is still time to ski. In the Bloomsbury poster sale on Tuesday, March 19, are some fine examples of places to go: St. Moritz and Davos (lots 80, 82) in Switzerland as well as jetting off to Canada (78, 79) or the U.S. such as Lake Placid (81), Dartmouth (76, 77), New Hampshire (85) and New England (83). All have estimates in the £400-600 range up to £2000-3000 each.

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Travel was becoming increasingly accessible in the 1920s and ’30s; the advent of air travel meant that airlines posters will always make you dream. In the aviation section (lots 86 to 113) you will find the pioneers of flying: Air France, BOAC, Pan Am, American Airlines, United, TWA, Baltic Air and others The posters will get you to go to Hawaii (lot 106), San Francisco, (lot 108), Las Vegas, (lot 104), the Caribbean (lots 93, 94) Bermuda (lots 87, 95, 98) as well as far flung destinations as Hawaii, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji and Pago-Pago; those are for more modern ways of flying. There is a rare and early 1914 Zeppelin poster, pre Graf and Hindenburg airships, the precursor of luxury air travel, lot 107, and it has an estimate of £5,000-7,000. Lot 102 promotes ELTA, the first European aviation exhibition in 1919. It has an estimate of £800-1,200.

Film posters are present with such films as the Misfits (lot 55) estimate £200-300; The Graduate (lot 62) est. £150-250; 2001 A Space Odyssey (lot 63) est. £150-250; The Godfather (lot 64) est. £150-250. James Bond is there, Lawrence of Arabia, Steve Mcqueen as well as the Fab Four with A Hard Day’s Night (lot 56) est. £300-400; and Let it Be (lot 57) est. £200-300; not to forget the British “Carry-on” classic Carry on Camping, which is signed by Barbara Windsor (lot 52) est. £3000-500.

French posters are always in demand and the Father of Posters Jules Cheret (1839-1932) is no exception with lot 9, Vin Mariani, estimate £900-1,100 as well as lot 10, Palais de Glace, estimate £900-1,100. Toulouse-Lautrec, who created 31 posters in his short life, was commissioned to do a poster for Simpson, a British bicycle company, and he depicts Jimmy Michael, a famous and race-winning British cyclist (lot 45) estimate £6,000-9,000. Steinlen is famous for his cats with (lot 41) est. £3,200-3,800. Posters were also used to advertise a wide variety of products such as early car tire posters (lot 39) est. £1,200-1,400 with an interest.ing use of a pretty woman to promote tires, Stock cubes (lot 40), Secession exhibitions (lot 43), Perrier water (lot 46) and Cacoa (lot 49).

British travel with London Underground or the railway companies have some stunning and interesting things. London Underground and the Post Office, GPO are lots 119-138. There is a group of GPO with important British artists such as Tom Eckersley, Pat Keely, James Fitton and others all from the same school. The London Underground has always been renowned for the quality of its artists and posters, with the consequence that all LU posters are sought after. The selection in the sale show the diverse way LU advertised its mode of transportation.

Most of the railway posters come from two American clients having been collected over the years and had been found in the UK. A rarity is Jersey (lot 151), apart from the boat service to the island there was Jersey Airways and before World War II the planes landed on the beach and had to depart before the tide came in. The railway companies exploited the British country side (148, 150, 156) but also industry (143), towns (141, 144, 147, 149, 152, 157) and pure travel (146).

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, ‘Chat Noir,’ lithograph in colors, 1896. Estimate: £3,200-3,800. Bloomsbury image.

Leslie Arthur Wilcox, ‘Glorious Devon, British Railways,’ lithograph in colors. Estimate: £500-800. Bloomsbury image.

Pierre Monnerat, ‘Switzerland, the Skiers Wonderland,’ lithograph in colors. Estimate: £600-800. Bloomsbury image.

Gilbert Allard, ‘Le Mepris,’ Estimate: £300-400. Bloomsbury image.

Anonymous, ‘The Graduate,’ 1967. Estimate: £150-250. Bloomsbury image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 13:34
 

Antique textiles, Asian cultural art in Wovensouls’ Apr. 6 auction debut

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013 11:37

Painted pabuji-ki-phad mural textile, hand drawn and hand painted folk art from Bhilwara Rajasthan, 15.3ft x 5ft. Estimate $5,000-$8,000. Wovensouls image.

SINGAPORE (LAPRS) – Discovering and learning about remote Asian cultures has long been a passion of Jaina Mishra’s. An award-winning photographer and travelogue writer, Mishra has spent the past 10 years reverently documenting what she describes as “vanishing cultures.” While immersing herself in the decade-long odyssey that took her to faraway mountains and valleys that few tourists visit, Mishra also collected tribal textiles, jewelry and folk art objects she felt were special. And although she never previously attempted to make her living from the sale of Asian cultural art, Mishra, an MBA whose fascination with distant places and people dates back to her childhood in India, is now taking that logical next step. She will share her remarkable finds with the rest of the world in an April 6 online-only auction conducted through LiveAuctioneers.com.

Mishra chose the business name Wovensouls because her collection began with textiles and later expanded to include other artforms. “Textiles are the woven expression of the soul of a tribe, so the name appealed to me,” she explained.

Before formally launching her business, Mishra tested the commercial waters by selling a few pieces privately. Then, at the end of 2012, came an important breakthrough. Mishra sold a piece to one of the world’s most prestigious museums. That particular sale was a validation to Mishra that she had achieved the level of sophistication required to identify and deal in top-quality Asian cultural art.

“It made me think, ‘If a top-class museum is buying from me, then the only thing standing in the way of Wovensouls becoming a successful venture is my own lack of effort.’ Up until that time, I wasn’t really sure if my eye was good enough. I had always bought using my eye and instinct, and only once had I bought an item solely because of its provenance or because someone else said it was good,” Mishra said.

All of the pieces offered in the April 6 auction are from Mishra’s 10-year personal collection and nearly all were obtained firsthand during her travels. The carefully assembled auction selection includes jewelry, hand-painted art objects, manuscripts and, of course, textiles. The cultures represented are largely Tibetan and Ladakh (an Indian culture influenced by Tibet), with the addition of pieces from Borneo (Dayak), India and the Golden Triangle of northern Thailand, South Vietnam and Laos. The latter region is home to the Yao and Attapeu Hilltribe peoples.

The collection also includes art from the Indian Gujarat culture. “Gujarat art is very beautiful and, I believe, undervalued,” said Mishra. “Some of the Gujarat people are descended from Romany gypsies. Their art is unique and deserves further research.”

Among the most impressive items in the sale are three decorative antique peraks, or headdresses, from the Himalayas. Peraks – which can weigh as much as 29 lbs. each – are usually passed down from mother to daughter until there is a generation with no female child. In such cases, the perak is donated to a monastery after a ceremony and subsequently auctioned. Lot 102 is from the Zanskaar Valley and is embellished with old turquoise stones, coral, silver and lapis. Its two side panels are adorned with rows of pearls, which are rarely seen in peraks. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Another fine Zanskaar Valley perak has similar decorative elements, but with highly prized coral rather than pearls on its side panels. Its estimate is $8,000-$12,000. The third example is from the Changthang region and has pearl borders along the hood and small, suspended coral chains that serve as a veil. This particular perak could make $9,000-$12,000.

Lots 113 and 115 are 19th-century Tibetan noblewomen’s headdresses known as pat’h. “These pat’h are very rare. Once they are gone, I doubt I’ll ever be able to find any others,” Mishra noted.

Photos of Tibetan pat’h are seen in the Pitt Rivers Museum at the University of Oxford and in the Schuyler Jones book “Tibetan Nomads.” Status symbols in their culture, pat’h were used to support elaborate hairstyles and typically were enhanced with coral, turquoise and pearls. The two examples in Wovensouls’ auction are estimated at $12,000-$16,000 and $10,000-$15,000, respectively.

Presale interest has been shown in many lots containing woven Tibetan garments and accessories. They include bags and pouches, yak-wool pants, a bridal coat, kaabo cummerbund, and a costume set consisting of a coarse wool chooba and baku.

Pabuji-ki-phad are large, beautifully hand-drawn and hand-painted folk art textiles used as a backdrop mural for devotional performances by “bhopas.” Each narrates a story about the lok deva, or folk gods. Ancestral phads are passed from father to son and used over three or four generations. Lot 131, executed in stunning rose, green and blue shades, was acquired from one of the few surviving phad artists and is estimated at $5,000-$8,000. Lot 132 was created by the renowned phad master artist the late Shri Jadau Chand Shrilal, who work is displayed at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Its estimate is $4,000-$8,000.

There are seven palm leaf etchings in the collection, all from Odisha, India. Several of these fascinating hand-inscribed works narrate legends or folk tales. Others relate the story of a journey to Java Sumatra, are etched with writings about medicine, or, in one case, display content from the Kama Sutra, therefore classifying the etching as erotica.

Wovensouls’ April 6 online-only auction through LiveAuctioneers.com featuring the personal collection of Jaina Mishra will commence at 10 a.m. Pacific Time (1 p.m. Eastern). For questions about any item in the sale, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Singapore 011 659 824 2864. Note: prompt international shipping.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Painted pabuji-ki-phad mural textile, hand drawn and hand painted folk art from Bhilwara Rajasthan, 15.3ft x 5ft. Estimate $5,000-$8,000. Wovensouls image.

Tibetan nomadic pangden, late 19th century garment, yak wool. Estimate $1,500-$2,500. Wovensouls image.

Himalayan perak with old turquoise stones, silver, lapis and coral; Zanskaar Valley. Estimate $8,000-$12,000. Wovensouls image.

Extremely rare Tibetan pat’h (noblewoman’s headdress) with large pieces of coral and turquoise; smaller pearls, 19th century. Estimate $12,000-$16,000. Wovensouls image.

Very fine and rare Himalayan perak with coral veil, Changthang region. Estimate $9,000-$12,000. Wovensouls image.

Pre-1800 Patan Patola woven heirloom fragment from one of two surviving Patola weaving families, passed down through 10+ generations, 130 x 125cm. Estimate $1,500-$2,500. Wovensouls image.

Museum-quality pattachitra (folk painting) of Lord Jagannath, 19th or early 20th century, 75 x 62cm. Estimate $2,500-$3,000. Wovensouls image.

Fine-quality Indonesian batak calendar with inscriptions of extinct language previously known only to priests. Estimate $1,500-$2,000. Wovensouls image.

Ceremonial 18th-century Persian Qajar or Indo-Persian shield paint-decorated to render three-dimensional effect. Made of hide, 55cm diameter. Estimate $1,500-$3,000. Wovensouls image.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 March 2013 15:05
 

Gianguan opens spring Asia Week with auction March 17

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Monday, 11 March 2013 15:58

‘Mandarin Ducks in Lotus Pond’ by Xu Chongsi, Northern Song Dynasty. Estimate upon request. Image courtesy of Gianguan Auctions.

NEW YORK – Now celebrating its 10th year, Gianguan Auctions will open New York’s Spring Asia Week on Sunday, March 17, with a bi-lingual sale of fine Chinese paintings, ceramics, bronzes and works of art. LiveAucitoneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

This auction comes on the heels of high-profile publicity in the international media regarding the opening of the Kwong Lam Museum in Guangdong Province and Kwong Lam’s gift of the Sai Yang Tang Collection of antiquities to the museum’s permanent collection. Kwong Lam is proprietor of Gianguan Auctions, a noted collector and respected authority on Chinese antiquities.

Opening the auction is a superb collection of Chinese paintings, with the highlight being Lot 19, Mandarin Ducks in Lotus Pond by Northern Song Dynasty painter Xu Chogsi. The ink-and color on paper bears one artist seal, Ten Emperors’ Seals and Twelve Collectors Seals. The exquisite painting carries the provenance of the Sai Yang Tang Collection. The estimate is by request.

Lot 32 is another exceptional hanging scroll from the Northern Song Dynasty. It is a landscape titled Rain on Mountains by Mi Fu. The monochromatic ink on paper is reminiscent of the 10th century landscapes currently on view at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City. It is inscribed and signed, with one artist seal, Nine Emperors’ Seals and Eleven Collectors’ Seals. The provenance is the Sai Yang Tan Collection and, again, the estimate is on request.

Also at the top of the market is Chen Rong’s Dragon and Phoenix, Lot 24. The fiercely dramatic scene, an ink-on-paper, is inscribed and signed Suo Weng and Chen Heng. It bears one artist seal and Nine Collectors Seals and is estimated at $300,000-$400,000.

More accessible to younger collectors is a collection of contemporary scroll paintings. Contemporary Ink, as the category is known, is currently receiving widespread acclaim. It is characterized by new-wave artists working in the traditional manner, with brush, ink and paper.

Typical of the offerings in the upcoming sale is Lot 3, a colorful offering by Huang Yongu entitled Toasting. Its estimate is $4,000-$5,000.

From the afternoon session of Chinese ceramics, bronzes, carvings and works of art comes the day’s marquee item. It is an elaborate Qing Dynasty FamilleRose Butterfly vase of globular form. Its opulent purple ground is ornamented with colorful foliage and large butterflies. Gilt dragon-form handles and a gilt bud finial atop the cover add to its overall appeal. Of the period and bearing six Qianlong Character Marks, the 13 1/2-inch vase is lot 200. Its estimate is available on request.

Equally desirable is a rare copper-red Buddhist Prayer Tibetan Lanca character bowl. Encircling the center Lanca is a frieze of eight other Lancas. Also on the interior and the exterior are continuous bands of Lanca script while at the foot of the bowl there is a frieze of 10 more. Dating to the Ming Dynasty, the bowl carries the Xuande six-character double circle mark. It is Lot 205, estimated at $150,000-$200,000.

The collection of porcelains features properties for every taste and at every level from $1,000 upwards. Among the mid-range items is a pair of rare Yaozhou Celadon Chrysanthemum molded conical bowls, of the Northern Song dynasty. Carved with a central flower surrounded by stylized chrysanthemum scrolls beneath a wave band, the pair has a deep olive green glaze. The pair is Lot 253, estimated at $40,000 or better.

Meanwhile, the popularity of carved jades is highly visible in the Gianguan Auctions sale. From the Warring States Period is a white jade Tripod Ding with Mythical Beast Head spout. Of compressed globular form, the ding is supported on three tubular legs and has squared, upright handles. The form terminates in a beast head with open mouth. About 4 1/2 inches tall and 6 inches long, it is positioned at Lot 173 and carries a presale estimate of $15,000-$20,000. Also from the Warring States Period are three jade plaques and a classic bi.

Antique and decorative carved jades include Lot 273, an intricately carved white jadeite figure of Hehe Exrian with a child by his side. In one hand the figure holds a lotus stalk and there is a box releasing a Lingzhi supporting a bat. The exceptionally white jade has even white tone throughout and carries an estimate of $20,000-$30,000.

Meanwhile, Lot 274, an auspicious figural group of Shoulao, the god of longevity, with children and goat, is carved from greenish-white jade softly polished. Shoulao carries a ruyi stalk and holds a dragon staff as the children clamor with peach and sprigs of lingzhi. The catalog estimate is $20,000-$30,000.

A Qing Dynasty Hetian Jade Lion and Cub figural group is both dramatic and intricate. The lion holds the long tassel of a pierced ball between his clenched teeth as the cub clamors by his side. Detailing includes the prominent main, spiral eyebrows and curled fur. Of the period, it is Lot 281, estimated at $30,000-$50,000.

A collection of carved jade Guanyins hold exceptional appeal. Lot 282 is a finely carved jadeite Guanyin in a rock grotto with an acolyte boy seated on a lotus pad. The Guanyin figure holds a lingzhi sprig. Carved of white jade, the group should fetch between $15,000-$20,000.

Another Guanyin, Lot 262, of exceptionally white stone with even tone, features the figure reading a book and holding a whisk while a child acolyte is by her side. The reticulated carving portrays a flame halo that conveys the illusion of divine light. The commanding jade sculpture is estimated at $6,000-$8,000.

Lot 263 provides a stylized depiction of Guanyin with halo. Spare in its form, the carving portrays the figure seated with one knee drawn up and stepping on a lotus pad. She holds a ruyi stalk and has downcast eyes. With some inclusions, the estimate on the modernistic jade interpretation is $6,000-$8,000.

An outstanding cloisonné Meiping with windows of flaming dragons takes the podium at Lot 308. Of baluster form, it is flanked by ruyi heads with intricately enameled dragons and scrolls set against a yellow ground. Of the Qing Dynasty, it bears the Qianlong six character impressed mark and is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

The live auction is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. EDT.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

‘Mandarin Ducks in Lotus Pond’ by Xu Chongsi, Northern Song Dynasty. Estimate upon request. Image courtesy of Gianguan Auctions.

Shoulao, the god of Longevity, is shown on rockwork with children and a goat. The grouping is carved of pale-greenish white jade. Height 9 3/4 inches Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Image courtesy of Gianguan Auctions.

The prize porcelain in Gianguan Auctions Spring Asia Week sale is this Famille Rose enameled gilt painted butterfly vase. It is of the Qing Dynasty period and bears the six-character Qianlong mark. Image courtesy of Gianguan Auctions.

This archaistic jade tripod Ding is of the Warring States period. Height 4 1/2 inches. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Image courtesy of Gianguan Auctions.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 March 2013 13:05
 

Country store collection headlines Showtime sale April 13-14

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Monday, 11 March 2013 13:47

Circa 1880s wooden cigar store Indian, 83 inches tall, possibly carved by Thomas Brooks (est. $50,000-$75,000). Showtime Auctions image.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Over 2,400 lots from three major collections of country store, pedal cars, toys and firefighting memorabilia will be offered the weekend of April 12-14 by Showtime Auction Services at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding on Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14.

Headlining the event will be the outstanding lifetime collection of Bill and Kathie Gasperino. The couple is well known in antique circles as having one of the finest country store and advertising collections in the United States. Also sold will be Part 2 of the Robert and Harriett Potter firefighting collection and Part 3 of the Ed and Christy Ramsey collection of pedal cars and toys.

“This is shaping up as our best spring auction ever,” said Mike Eckles of Showtime Auction Services, based in Woodhaven, Mich. “Country store and advertising collectors will be astounded by what the Gasperinos have gathered over the years, the Potters have a vast accumulation of firefighting equipment, apparatus and memorabilia spanning 50-plus years, and the Ramsey collection covers 35 years.”

In addition, bidders will be treated to the usual lengthy list of categories that have come to typify a Showtime Auction sale: country store, advertising signs, store tins, soda fountain, Coca-Cola, Western, Native American, farm signs, whiskey, breweriana, match safes, drug store, barber shop, general store, saloon, post office, coin-op, arcade, scales, gambling, cigar and tobacco tins, cash registers, petroliana, showcases, store fixtures, millinery and more.

One of the expected star lots is an 1880s cigar store Indian with forged iron wheels, with attributes suggesting it was carved by Thomas Brooks (est. $50,000-$75,000). The figure is 83 inches tall, including the base, in very good condition and with most of the original paint intact. Also selling will be an excellent 1870s zinc cigar store Indian by William Demuth of New York.

Just two of the many rare and desirable automobilia and petroliana items being offered will include a Kelly Tire tin sign in good original condition, 24 inches in diameter (est. $15,000-$25,000), and a Hudson neon outdoor dealer sign in near-mint condition (est. $12,000-$15,000).

Bidders will be impressed by the rare Mills Silver Cup trade stimulator slot machine, one of only four known and in excellent, restored working order (est. $30,000-$50,000); and a full set of War Eagle slot machines with various denominations represented (est. $10,000-$15,000).

West Coast breweriana collectors will doubtless do battle over the Bellingham Bay Beer reverse glass sign, housed in its original frame, 19 1/2 inches in diameter (est. $20,000-$30,000); and a rare Buffalo Brewery reverse glass corner sign with factory scene (est. $30,000-$45,000).

Certain to garner attention is a spectacular saloon back bar with four fancy columns with cast-iron embellishments, impressive at 12 1/2 feet by 9 1/2 feet (est. $25,000-$50,000). The back bar boats high relief applied trim, beveled mirrors, marble top, slag glass cameos and original lights. Also selling will be a bank wall with teller window, post office, hardware wall unit, soda fountain front and back bar, plus many other desirable turn-of-the-century store fixtures.

Vintage cars will roar off with new owners at the wheel. These include a fresh-to-the-market 1948 Pontiac “Woody” eight-cylinder station wagon with four-speed Hydramatic transmission, mechanically sound and ready for a road trip (est. $30,000-$40,000); and an eye-catching 1947 Fleet Mfg. “cabin car” wood teardrop travel trailer, 14 feet in length (est. $3,000-$5,000).

If cash registers are your collectible of choice, this auction features more than 15 rare National Cash Registers, ranging from $1,000 to $7,000 in value. One is sure to stand out, though. It's a National Cash Register Model 6, commonly known as “the barber shop model,” and it has been fully restored to its original condition, with an extended oak base (est. $3,000-$4,500).

Native American items will include an 1890 Sioux beaded horse saddle blanket in excellent condition (est. $2,500-$4,500). The early saddle blankets are some of the rare beaded pieces available for collectors. Also being sold will be many other beaded Native American artifacts, to include moccasins, gauntlets, pipe bag, a complete suit and a baby's cradle.

Many rare store displays and products will come under the gavel, such as a Munsingwear tin die-cut store display in excellent condition, with 9 1/2 inch square base and 45 inches tall (est. $2,000-$4,000). It is one of four Munsingwear tin displays to be sold, along with other makers.

The first day of the auction, Friday, April 12, will be for the live audience only – no phone or Internet bidding. The hours will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. EDT. Auction hours are Saturday are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (with uncataloged items for floor bidding only from 8-10 a.m.).

To order a full-color 208-page printed catalog, call Amy at 734-675-6265.

To consign an item, an estate or a collection, call Michael Eckles at 951-453-2415 or email him 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

Circa 1880s wooden cigar store Indian, 83 inches tall, possibly carved by Thomas Brooks (est. $50,000-$75,000). Showtime Auctions image.

Extremely rare Mills Silver Cup trade stimulator slot machine, one of only four known (est. $30,000-$50,000). Showtime Auctions image.

Spectacular saloon back bar boasting four fancy columns with cast-iron embellishments (est. $25,000-$50,000). Showtime Auctions image.

Bellingham Bay Beer reverse glass sign in the original frame, 19 1/2 inches in diameter (est. $30,000-$45,000). Showtime Auctions image.

Native American Sioux beaded horse saddle blanket, rare and in excellent condition. (est. $2,500-$4,500). Showtime Auctions image.

National Cash Register Model no. 6, commonly known as 'the barbershop model' (est. $3,000-$4,500). Showtime Auctions image.

Scarce Kelly Tires tin sign in good original condition, 24 inches in diameter (est. $15,000-$25,000). Showtime Auctions image.

Munsingwear tin die-cut store display, complete with three boxes of product, excellent condition (est. $2,000-$4,000). Showtime Auctions image.

1948 Pontiac 'Woody' station wagon ready for the road (est. $30,000-$40,000). Showtime Auctions image.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 March 2013 16:15
 

Carved ivories, Old Masters highlight Carstens sale March 14

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Friday, 08 March 2013 17:18

Image courtesy of Carstens Galleries.

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Carstens Galleries will present its Old Masters, Ivories and Antiques Auction on Thursday, March 14, commencing at 5 p.m. Eastern. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

This event will present a special collection of 18th and 19th century paintings from Clarence Roe, Francis Wheatley, Jean Capeinick, James Burrell Smith, Gertrude Cutts, Ignacio Gil y Sala, Francisco Ribera Gomez, Johan Zoffany, Cornelis Petrus T’Hoen, and oils on canvas from the Hudson River School and the Reynolds School among others.

For collectors of Oriental ivory sculptures, there will be excellent examples of old carvings and some very nice netsukes. Lot 371 is a unique and authentic mammoth tusk carved and signed by the Chinese master with about 70 individual figures of the young celebrating the company of the elders. This lot is a world rarity for its size and quality.

Other offerings among some 300 lots in this auction include a Bruno Zach sculpture, Johan Loetz vases, a Javier Marin sculpture and Famille Rose plates. Also present, a choice selection of old pocket watches and wristwatches by Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet and Longines. To complement the auction, offerings of sterling objects, Murano glass, Sevres porcelains and original Limoges hand-painted miniatures will surely be of interest to bidders.

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 sale, call Claudio Calderon at Carstens Galleries 561-393-6067 or e-mail the auction company 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

Image courtesy of Carstens Galleries.

Image courtesy of Carstens Galleries.

Image courtesy of Carstens Galleries.

Image courtesy of Carstens Galleries.

Image courtesy of Carstens Galleries.

Image courtesy of Carstens Galleries.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 March 2013 16:16
 

Skinner to auction 'Metropolitan' textiles March 13-14

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Friday, 08 March 2013 17:18

Yves Saint Laurent ‘Mondrian’ scarf, France, c. 1990s. Provenance: formerly property of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Estimate: $200-300. Skinner Inc. image.

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – Skinner Inc. will conduct a two-day Discovery auction March 13 and 14. The first day of the sale will feature a diverse collection of textiles that once belonged to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The sale also presents a fine selection of silver, estate jewelry and country Americana-style furnishings and decorative objects for the home. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Skinner will offer textiles that formerly belonged to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The collection features printed, embroidered and woven garments from the 18th through 20th centuries including shawls, scarves, head coverings, wraps, and veils from cultures and regions around the world.

Multiple paisley and piano shawls will be offered, as well as a large assortment of lace. Highlights include an early embroidered silk apron panel (lot 590, estimated between $300 and $500), a 19th century polychrome pieced and appliquéd Kashmir shawl with allover embroidery (lot 575, $800 to $1,200), three multicolored woven silk sashes (lot 576, $300 to $500), and a 19th century American printed silk and wool scarf (lot 600, $200 to $300).

Rare designer pieces from the collection include a multicolored Sonia Delaunay-Terk shawl titled A Damiers, France, c. 1977 (lot 556, $600 to $800) and a multicolored Mondrian-style printed silk chiffon scarf by Yves Saint Laurent (lot 553, $200 to $300).

Estate silver includes a pair of Wallace sterling silver candlesticks (lot 74, $300 to $500), a George Gebelein Arts & Crafts hammered silver and copper footed center bowl (lot 66, $100 to $200), a Gorham sterling silver gold-washed pail (lot 61, $200 to $300), a Victorian sterling silver eggcup holder by George Fox (lot 111, $200 to $400), and an International "Wedgwood" sterling silver partial flatware service for 12 (lot 101, $2,000 to $3,000).

Notable jewelry lots include a blackened 14K gold, diamond, emerald, ruby, and seed pearl pin (lot 312, $200 to $300), a four-strand onyx and 14K gold bead necklace (lot 398, $200 to $400), and a pair of Georg Jensen sterling silver cufflinks (lot 381, $100 to $150). A pair of 14K gold and reverse-painted intaglio game bird earrings (lot 205, $250 to $350) and a sterling silver and bone bracelet and earclips (lot 348, $400 to $600) will also be offered.

From furniture to paintings and home décor, the March auction offers a fine assortment of antiques for Americana collectors. Highlights include a classical tiger maple wardrobe cabinet (lot 985, $800 to $1,200), a 19th century American school portrait of Angelina Pattison Kirkham and her baby (lot 610, $400 to $500), a late 19th century pieced and appliquéd cotton quilt with a floral wreath design (lot 645, $600 to $800), a carved and painted wooden duck drake decoy (lot 766, $600 to $800), and a white-painted rococo-style cast iron garden settee (lot 835, $400 to $600).

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Yves Saint Laurent ‘Mondrian’ scarf, France, c. 1990s. Provenance: formerly property of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Estimate: $200-300. Skinner Inc. image.

Early embroidered silk apron/panel, America, probably 18th century. Provenance: formerly property of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Estimate:$300-500. Skinner Inc. image.

Blackened 14K gold, diamond, emerald, ruby, and seed pearl pin. Estimate: $200-300. Skinner Inc. image.

Victorian sterling silver eggcup holder, London, marks possibly for 1872, by George Fox, Estimate: $200-400. Skinner Inc. image.

International ‘Wedgwood’ sterling silver partial flatware service for 12. Estimate: $2,000-3,000. Skinner Inc. image.

Pair of Georg Jensen sterling silver cuff links. Estimate: $100-150. Skinner Inc. image.

Classical tiger maple wardrobe cabinet with two paneled doors. Estimate: $800-1,200. Skinner Inc. image.

Nineteenth century American school oil on canvas portrait of Angelina Pattison Kirkham and baby. Estimate: $400-500. Skinner Inc. image.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 March 2013 17:48
 

Palace-worthy furnishings pack John Moran auction March 12

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Thursday, 28 February 2013 23:40

A set of exquisitely executed Russian enamel tea accessories (dated 1899-1908) should bring $3,000 to $5,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

PASADENA, Calif. – Hot on the heels of a successful sale Feb. 5, John Moran Auctioneers is preparing for a highly anticipated Antiques and Fine Art Auction on March 12. The sale is packed to the brim with Continental decorative arts, furniture, silver and fine European paintings. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Many of the 200 cataloged lots were carefully culled from a fabulous private estate in Las Vegas, and are fit for a palace large or small.

In the category of fine furniture a number of standout pieces promise to turn out the bidders in full force. A stunning 18th century North Italian walnut cassone, ornately carved overall in foliate and floral designs and peppered with putti, is estimated to realize $2,000-$3,000 at the auction block. Also estimated to bring $2,000-$3,000 is a handsome rosewood and ebony-inlaid late 19th century Renaissance Revival library table featuring carved griffins and Corinthian column-form legs. In the Louis XVI-style is a pair of ormolu chenets, each cast as ewers with dolphin-form handles (estimate: $3,000 to $5,000), and a wonderful marble-top, ormolu-mounted cabinet by the renowned Parisian ébéniste Joseph-Emanuel Zweiner, bearing his stamp and also the stamp of the retailer Jansen. Moran’s is offering this marvelous example of the German/ French maker’s fine craftsmanship consigned from a private Southern California collection, for $3,000-$5,000.

Two Italian marble sculptures are alluring 19th century works of art. The first, a seated maiden in a flowing, sheer sheath, poses with an open book to her side. Signed “A. Fulli,” the sculpture carries an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000. The second work, by Vittorio Caradossi (1861–1909), is offered at $10,000 to $15,000, and portrays a classical maiden inquisitively inspecting two doves that have alighted nearby.

Smaller decorative pieces are also sure to turn heads. An enchanting boxed set of cloisonné enamel tea pieces by noted Moscow maker Maria Semenova, composed of a sugar bowl, tongs, and creamer jug, exhibit an attention to detail (estimate: $3,000 to $5,000). A gorgeous Edwardian Boulle-style bronze-inlaid rosewood desk set will most likely find a buyer for a price of $2,000 to $3,000, and a Naploeon III ormolu-mounted, lapis-inlaid table casket from the Parisian firm of Tahan is expected to realize $2,500-$3,500.

Perhaps one of the most show-stopping pieces slated for sale is a monumental silvered bronze figural centerpiece, with ship’s prow-form handles at each end, and female allegorical figures perched atop each of the piece’s four corners. Measuring more than 3 feet across at its widest point, the centerpiece is estimated at $20,000 to $30,000.

High quality Continental porcelain will also be well represented at the auction. A pair of Sevres-style white ground porcelain urns, decorated overall with polychrome floral garlands within cobalt and gilt borders and topped with foliate finials, is estimated at $4,000 to $6,000. A silvered and gilt bronze-mounted porcelain casket with a cherub-headed scroll handle and painted with vignettes of courting couples in the manner of Watteau, is expected to achieve $7,000 to $9,000 at the block. Also included is a fantastic ormolu-mounted bisque porcelain centerpiece, depicting a goddess attended by three maidens and two cherubim (estimate: $7,000 to $9,000), and a very large and ornate Berlin / KPM covered vase depicting soldiers in various uniforms ($5,000 to $7,000).

Additional highlights include:

– An intriguing photographic print of Abraham Lincoln, taken by Moses P. Rice, showing the president at three-quarters view, looking directly into the camera lens (estimate: $800 to $1,200).

– A Victorian library globe by W. & A.K. Johnson, circa 1893, featuring a wood and paper equatorial rim carved with calendar and zodiac, a brass meridian ring, and a compass, centered at the base (estimate: $5,000 to $7,000).

– An Austrian cold-painted bronze lamp by Anton Chotka and modeled as a Bedouin and his musically inclined monkey (estimate: $1,500 to $2,000).

– A fine Parisian Street Scene by Edouard Cortes, titled Place Republicque, hailing from a private estate in San Diego (estimate: $7,000 to $9,000).

– An owl-form polychrome-glazed ceramic vase by Pablo Picasso (estimate: $5,000 to $7,000).

The cataloged session of this sale will begin at 3 p.m. PDT, with the uncatalogued Discovery Session to follow.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

A set of exquisitely executed Russian enamel tea accessories (dated 1899-1908) should bring $3,000 to $5,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

This richly carved 18th century Italian cassone is offered at an estimate of $2,000 to $3,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

This charming work in marble by Vittorio Caradossi is expected to find a buyer for $10,000 to $15,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

This fantastical 19th century monumental centerpiece in silvered bronze is a gorgeous statement piece, carrying an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

John Moran Auctioneers will offer this arresting photographic portrait of America’s 16th president at the March 12 auction (estimate: $800 to $1,200). John Moran Auctioneers image.

A charming street scene in oil by Edouard Cortes titled ‘Place Republique’ is offered at $7,000 to $9,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 08 March 2013 14:57
 

Fairhead Fine Art to present Salvador Dali auction March 12

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013 16:26

Clot Collection, ‘Persee,’ edition of 350. Fairhead Fine Art image.

LONDON – Fairhead Fine Art Ltd. will be holding its second online auction on March 12 at 8:30 p.m. GMT, 12.30 p.m. PDT, titled “Salvador Dali: Surreal Views.” All works listed are by Salvador Dali and will include a certified drawing, original signed etchings and lithographs, bronze sculptures and photographs. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Five of the sculptures featured – Homage to Marcel Duchamp, Carmen Castanets, Le Triton Aile, La Madonne de Port Lligat and Persee – belong to a collection accumulated in the 1960s and ’70s and known as the Clot Collection after Isidro Clot, a Spanish art lover and friend of the artist who commissioned them from Dali in that period.

Dali modeled each of these sculptures directly in wax at his house in Port Lligat in Spain. Molds of the original works that had sprung from his fingertips were then produced using the lost-wax process. This process is widely acknowledged to produce the very finest casts. There is no better way of obtaining a better bronze, and Dali, like the Greeks before him, was well aware of this. Perfectionist that he was, he requested that, in accordance with his wishes, these sculptures always be cast in this manner, and then polished by the best foundry's in Italy, France and Spain, with whom he had worked for many years.

The most extraordinary one in the auction, however, is undoubtedly Mother Earth, or Cybele. She has 18 breasts and a drawer in her forehead. This bronze tour de force stands 15 inches tall on a marble base. The bizarre and beautiful lady is imbued with all the traditional Dali mysticism. She does indeed have 18 breasts and a drawer in her forehead. And melting on her right shoulder is the famed Dali clock. Signed in the bronze, the limited edition of 100 is offered to serious collectors at a starting price of $6,000.

All bronze sculptures come with publisher’s certificate of authenticity and are fully guaranteed and documented.

SONG of SONGS of SOLOMON

Two of the copper plates that were used to produce the etchings for the portfolio Song of Songs are featured in this sale. The suite was published in 1971 and consisted of 12 etchings with stencil and gilding, limited to 320 numbered examples, all signed by Dali. It was published by Amiel. Both plates have been authenticated by Frank Hunter and are sold framed alongside the signed etchings.

AFTER 50 YEARS OF SURREALISM: PRESTEL 665-676

In 1974 Salvador Dali created a portfolio of 12 drypoints entitled After 50 Years of Surrealism” to celebrate the opening of the Gala-Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueras. All but one are included in this sale.

This portfolio serves as a documentation of important moments and events in the artist’s life, and can furthermore be seen as homage to Andre Bretón’s Surrealist Manifesto, written 50 years earlier in 1924. Bretón’s manifesto proposed a radical and systematic revision of received values, and a revaluation of the unconscious as a source of all artistic inspiration. In 1924, Dali had already dedicated his attention to Italian artists Giorgio De Chirico and Carlo Carra’s Metaphysical School, which rejected Futurism and Cubism and proposed a return to the world of dreams and inner life. Thus, embracement of Bretón’s manifesto was a natural extension of ideas that Dali had already begun to explore. The 12 hand-colored etchings that compose After 50 Years of Surrealism display personal events in Dali’s own life, and at the same time acknowledge his reverence for the ideals made popular by Bretón, and are appropriately illustrated in the surrealist style that Dali’s work so famously exemplifies.

All works are guaranteed as described and fully documented with catalogue raisoné references and authenticity certificates.

For additional information about the auction, call Niall Fairhead at +442084552700 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Clot Collection, ‘Persee,’ edition of 350. Fairhead Fine Art image. 

 ‘Cybele’ (Mother Earth), edition of 100. Fairhead Fine Art image.

‘The Voice of My Beloved,’ Galvano etching plate, 1971. Fairhead Fine Art image. 

‘Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth,’ Galvano etching plate, 1971. Fairhead Fine Art image. 

‘After 50 Years of Surrealism,’ The Museum of Genius & Fancy, Prestel 676. Fairhead Fine Art image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 16:51
 

Leroy Neiman art among favorites at Michaan’s sale March 3

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013 14:29

Gemstone-embellished silver filigree tea caddy. Estimate: $1,200-$1,800. Michaan’s Auctions image.

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s fine art department presents works from American and European artists from the 15th to 21st centuries on Sunday, March 3. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

A wide range of art is available in the sale, including oil paintings, works on paper, engravings, watercolors, lithographs, bronze sculpture, etching and serigraphs. Featured in the March offerings is an original work of art by Leroy Neiman titled Rick in the Pit, 1987 (lot 032, $6,000-9,000). Penske racer Rick Meers was captured at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway by the artist, who created the sketch from the pit. The mixed media on paper artwork comes with a certificate of authenticity and measures approximately 28 by 33 inches. Neiman became wildly popular the world over for his vibrantly colored and energetic images of sporting events. His international praise led him to be commissioned as the official artist of five Olympiads.

The jewelry department highlights a varied selection of offerings, including two exceptional diamond and platinum lots. Lot 231 is a pair of double clips featuring an asymmetric swirl motif mounting and approximately 7.50 carats of fine diamonds ($3,000-5,000). An Art Deco brooch in a buckle-style mounting featuring 87 diamonds will also be auctioned at an estimate of $1,000-1,500 (lot 212).

Beautiful and unique pieces are also seen in a Victorian necklace of diamonds and seed pearls set in a floral motif lavaliere style (lot 167, $800-1,000) and a pearl and diamond bangle bracelet (lot 169, $1,000-1,200). Also quite lovely is a whimsical brooch of amethyst, turquoise and diamonds set in 14K yellow gold. The piece, fashioned as a potted bouquet, will be offered as lot 139 at an estimate of $600-700.

Highlighting the timepiece selection is a unique Fritz Piquet & Buchmann pocket watch (lot 245, $2,000-3,000). The 18K yellow gold chronograph repeater is in working condition as it still audibly chimes. The Fritz Piquet firm was known for their superb work with adjusted watches and for supplying watch movements to makers such as Patek Philippe during the mid-19th century. Fritz Piquet and the Buchmann firm joined forces as expert adjusters specializing in complicated watches, becoming a top contender in their field. Fritz Piquet & Buchmann also won multiple awards, including first place in complicated watches in Geneva Timing Competitions as well as in the 1888 Geneva Observatory Timing Contest.

Over 90 lots including porcelains, Japanese works of art, religious statues, furniture, scrolls and paintings will be a part of the Asian Department’s March offerings. A highly collectible tea caddy leads the decorative selection, to be offered as lot 272 ($1,200-1,800). Small in stature, the container measures approximately 3 3/4 inches in height by 3 inches in width, but with markedly elaborate ornamentation. The piece is beautifully decorated by 31 natural cabochons of tourmaline, jadeite, rose quartz and rock crystal quartz. Two natural jadeite bangles then encircle the silver-gilt tea caddy, nicely complementing the look of its segmented body. The piece is further adorned with filigree and enamel work, fashioned in floral and foliage motifs set upon a fine mesh overlay.

Furniture and decorations features a selection of period décor, collectibles, ceramics, glass, silver and Persian rugs and carpets. This month, a desirable collection of English furniture will be offered at auction. Available pieces include a flip-top breakfast table (lot 051, $800-1,200), a set of 12 mahogany chairs (lot 050, $800-1,200) and a pair of Queen Anne-style mahogany night stands (lot 046, $500-700).

Highlighting the English furniture selection is a Francis Elkins mahogany rolling cart offered as lot 052 ($500-700). The cart is simply done in clean lines letting the design and beauty of the wood take precedence. The open work cart is sectioned by thin wood dividers that measure approximately 1 1/2 or 1 1/4 inches in width. Understated metal brackets are fashioned on each corner, complementing the long lines of the piece. This Elkins cart is a timeless example of the legendary style of the decorator. Her esteemed career brought her to work as an interior designer for Hollywood moguls as well as prominent Midwestern industrialists. This particular cart originated from an estate in Pebble Beach, Calif., where Francis Elkins personally executed the interior design work.

For general information call 510-740-0220 ext. 0 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

Gemstone-embellished silver filigree tea caddy. Estimate: $1,200-$1,800. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Leroy Neiman (American 1921-2012), ‘Rick in the Pit, 1987,’ mixed media on paper, 16 x 21 1/2 inches, signed, titled and dated in pencil lower right. Estimate: $6,000-$9,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Pair of Queen Anne-style mahogany night stands with fall fronts, provenance: Elizabeth F. Crocker Estate. Estimate: $500-$700. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Set of 12 English mahogany chairs. Estimate: $800-$1,200. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Pair of diamond, platinum double clips. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Eighteen-karat yellow gold repeater chronograph pocket watch. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 February 2013 18:03
 

Cottone selling 900 lots of fine arts, antiques March 22-23

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013 17:05

1905 Gustav Stickley oak corner cupboard with original finish and copper strap hardware. Cottone Auctions image.

GENESEO, N.Y. – Approximately 900 quality lots of fine arts and antiques in an array of categories will be sold on Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, at Cottone Auctions. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

The auction will feature original oil paintings – many by noted, listed artists – bronzes, sterling silver, estate jewelry pieces, period furniture, Native American objects and more. Asian objects will include jade, ivory and an outstanding collection of over 250 snuff bottles, most of them from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, from the collection of William L Tait.

“It never ceases to amaze me the quality of merchandise that comes to us and that the market has a demand for,” said Matt Cottone of Cottone Auctions. “To be able to offer these exceptional pieces at auction is truly an honor. The fact that we amassed close to 1,000 lots I think speaks volumes as to the anticipated success of this sale.”

The Friday, March 22, session, starting at noon EDT will be dedicated to Asian arts, sterling silver, fine jewelry and other items. Some of the sterling items were deaccessioned from the Strong Museum, to shore up that institution’s benefit fund. Included will be makers such as Tiffany, Gorham, Kirk, and Dominick & Haff. Flatware and hollowware will be featured.

The more than 100 pieces of fine jewelry items comes mostly from the estate of George and Angie Shaheen, collectors of fine antiques since the 1950s. George recently decided to sell the couple’s lifelong collection following Angie’s passing. Included will be a Tiffany sapphire ring and bracelet, a Tiffany dragon pin with pearl, Patek Philippe and Rolex watches and more.

The Saturday, March 23, session, starting at 11 a.m., will be highlighted by fine original artworks, Native American objects, decorative accessories, examples of Americana, and some fine furniture, such as a 1905 Gustav Stickley oak corner cupboard with original copper strap hardware and original finish, consigned by a family in upstate New York.

“This corner cupboard has descended in the family of the original owners,” said Cottone. “The matching sideboard from the same family was appraised on the Antiques Roadshow in Charlotte in 2002. Though not in the original finish, and with polished hardware, it appraised at $75,000-$110,000. The corner cupboard, however, has the original finish and hardware patina.”

Many beautiful oil paintings will be offered on Saturday. These will include Patriarchs of the Grove, a 40-inch by 50-inch oil on canvas by William Wendt (California-Illinois, 1865-1946), one of the best-known landscape painters of the late 19th and early 20th century. A copy of the book William Wendt and His Work, with jacket art displaying this painting, will be included in the lot.

Also selling will be a luminous and impressionist rendering of New York City, by the Norwegian-born New York painter Jonas Lie (1880-1940). The painting spent most of its life in the home of Emily Sibley Watson, founder of the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, N.Y. It is an evocative painting, influenced by the French master Claude Monet’s use of color and light.

Another fine painting that will come up for bid is The Milliners, an oil on board by Victor Gilbert (French, 1847-1933). The work is being sold for the Landmark Society of Western New York. Gilbert lived in France his entire life and, despite having had little formal training, did carve out a reputation as a genre painter, specializing in market scenes and portrait paintings.

Original works by Charles and Emile Gruppe will also be offered. Charles (1880-1940), the father of Emile, was born in Canada and lived in Massachusetts, New York and Holland, earning a reputation as a fine – and largely self-taught – landscape and marine painter. Emile (Massachusetts-New York, 1896-1978) became a renowned New England landscape and marine painter.

Additional works will also be sold by such noted artists as Alson Clark (Illinois-California, 1876-1949), a landscape painter strongly influenced by the French Impressionists; Carl Peters (N.Y., 1897-1980), an American Scene painter and regionalist; Emile Munier (N.Y.-French, 1840-1895), known for his portrait, genre and landscape paintings; and Andrew Melrose (N.J./Calif., 1836-1901), a Scottish-born artist whose travels through Europe inspired his atmospheric landscapes.

Several bronzes will also be sold. These will be led by a bronze group of a Bogatyr (a Russian warlord, or heroic standard bearer) by Evgeni Alexandrovich Lanceray (1848-1886), the talented Russian sculptor, painter and illustrator. The work stands 31 inches tall, with great attention to detail in the chair armor, the head-trappings of the horse and the stamped leather.

An outstanding collection of Native American items, also from the estate of George and Angie Shaheen, will range from Iroquois to Northwest Coast. These will include rare, collectible Germantown weavings, carved totem poles, beaded items and more. Rounding out the Saturday session will be many fine decorative accessories and Americana.

A 17 percent buyer’s premium will be added to the hammer price of each lot. There is a 2 percent discount for payments made by cash or pre-approved check. All purchases are subject to an 8 percent New York State sales tax, except for those with a valid New York State resale certificate.

Cottone Auctions is always seeking quality consignments for future sales. The firm is especially interested in fine art, Oriental rugs, silver, Tiffany, Art glass, Art pottery, folk art, Native American, clocks and stoneware. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, call them at 585-243-3100 or send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

1905 Gustav Stickley oak corner cupboard with original finish and copper strap hardware. Cottone Auctions image.

Tiffany dragon pin with pearl, one of more that 100 pieces of fine estate jewelry to be sold. Cottone Auctions image.

Original oil painting by William Wendt (Calif./Ill., 1865-1946), titled ‘Patriarchs of the Grove.’ Cottone Auctions image.

Luminous and impressionist rendering of New York City by Norwegian-born artist Jonas Lie. Cottone Auctions image.

Original oil on board figural painting by Victor Gilbert (French, 1847-1933) titled ‘The Milliners.’ Cottone Auctions image.

Bronze group by Russian artist Evgeni Lanceray (1848-1886). Cottone Auctions image.

An outstanding collection of Native American objects, from Iroquois to Northwest Coast, will be sold. Cottone Auctions image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 16:32
 

Little Nemo reaches illustrious milestone March 9

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013 14:01

Milo Manara, mixed technique on drawing cardboard, 36 x 48 cm, about 14 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches, scroll-signed, excellent condition. Estimate: 2,900/6,500 euros. Little Nemo image.

TURIN, Italy – On Saturday, March 9, Little Nemo will hold its 20th auction. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

A pioneer in the Italian scene Little Nemo evolved from being a well established antiquarian bookshop to the only Italian auction house entirely devoted to comic art and the related collectibles, advertisement art, cels and memorabilia. Little Nemo auction house was born in 2006 and is still unique for its scope and the quality it offers.

Little Nemo holds four to six auctions a year. Some are thematic, as in 2012 when the major event was in October with a Hugo Pratt auction consisting of 350 lots.

On March 9 the four sessions will include:

• Lots 1-169: illustrated books, artist books, advertisement art (mainly from the Italian Carosello), cels and animation memorabilia;

• Lots 170-314: Disney book, objects, games and toys; Pinocchio; Miliaria and Fascism; James Bond 007, The Beatles memorabilia and toys;

• Lots 315-388: original illustrations (cinema advertisement, cover art and much more);

• Lots 389-521: original art from the masters of comic art;

The bidding will start live at 2:30 p.m. CET, 5:30 a.m. Pacific, at the Little Nemo Art Gallery (Spazio Art&Co.Mix) in Torino

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(1 euro = $1.31)

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Milo Manara, mixed technique on drawing cardboard, 36 x 48 cm, about 14 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches, scroll-signed, excellent condition. Estimate: 2,900/6,500 euros. Little Nemo image.

Bill Sienkiewicz, ‘Voodoo child: the illustrated legend of Jimmy Hendrix,’ Big full-panel art cm 33x43, mixed technique on cardboard, 33 x 43 cm, about 13 1/4 x 17 1/4 inches, graphic docudrama, an account in comic-strip format of the life of rock star Jimi Hendrix. Estimate: 1,600/3,500 euros. Little Nemo image.

Paul Iribe (1883-1935), ‘Les Robes de Paul Poiret Paris,’ 1908, published privately, limited edition of 250, containing 10 engraved illustrations picturing women’s dresses by the French fashion designer. Estimate: 2,600-4,500 euros. Little Nemo image.

‘Le Avventure di Topolino N° 1, near-mint copy, complete of his scarce tissue jacket. Estimate: 2,900/4,500 euros. Little Nemo image.

Sean Connery as James Bond. Autographed photo in frame, 19 x 24 cm, about 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches, the autograph slightly faded. Estimate: 475-1,000 euros. Little Nemo image.

Philippe Druillet, ‘Sloane 11,’ Mixed technique illustration on cardboard, signed and dated 2009. 35 x 52,5 cm, 14 x 21 inches. Estimate: 2,500-5000 euros. Little Nemo image.

 

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