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Skinner Inc. presents full palette in fine arts auction Feb. 1

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013 14:59

Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928-2011), ‘Drawing on Woodblock Proof I,’ 1977. Skinner Inc. image.

BOSTON – Skinner Inc. will auction prints, photographs, paintings, and sculpture on Friday, Feb. 1 at its Boston gallery. The auction, presented in two sessions, will feature prints and photography starting at noon EST and painting and sculpture beginning at 4 p.m LiveAuctionceers.com will provide Internet live bidding

Fine Prints and Photography

The February prints and photography auction offers more than 250 works, and covers a range of styles, countries and periods. Artists include Albers, Appel, William Blake, Braque, Calder, Chagall, Corot, Dali, Dine, Dürer, Frankenthaler, Hirst, Katz, Ellsworth Kelly, Miró, Moore, Picasso, Rembrandt, Renoir, Rouault, Stieglitz, Uelsmann, Vasarely, Villon, Warhol, Whistler, and others.

A highlight of the Fine Prints auction is Helen Frankenthaler’s Drawing on Woodblock Proof I (lot 79, estimated between $50,000 and $60,000), which uses one block from Frankenthaler’s four-block Essence Mulberry. The Essence Mulberry series was inspired by the observation of a mulberry tree, laden with fruit, growing outside the studio of Frankenthaler’s publisher, Kenneth Tyler. The resplendent tree reminded her of an exhibition of 15th century woodcuts shown at the Metropolitan Museum. The faded palette of those much older works proved an enduring source of inspiration.

Several works by Andy Warhol will be offered including Liz from an edition of 300 published by the Leo Castelli Gallery, New York in 1964 (lot 201, $7,000 to $9,000), and Northwest Coast Mask from an edition of 250 published by Gaultney, Klineman Art in 1986 (lot 204, $10,000 to $15,000). The iconic “Campbell’s Soup Can” makes an appearance on a shopping bag in Campbell’s Soup Can on Shopping Bag (Tomato soup) printed by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston in 1966 (lot 202, $3,000 to $4,000).

Chagall lithographs include Le bouquet de l’artiste from an edition of 75 (Mourlot, 410) from 1964 (lot 57, $7,000 to $9,000), Le couple devant l’arbre from an edition of 40 (Mourlot, 292) from 1960 (lot 56, $4,000 to $6,000), and four others. Rembrandt’s etching entitled The White Negress circa 1630 (lot 162, $1,000 to $1,500), Dürer’s The Virgin Surrounded by Many Angels from 1518 (lot 74, $1,500 to $2,000), and William Blake’s illustration from The Book of Job: There Were not Found Women Fair as the Daughters of Job (lot 29, $1,200 to $1,800) will also be offered.

Photographs include works by Adams, Edgerton, Siskind, Winogrand and others. Aaron Siskind’s suite of 10 photographs from the series Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation will be offered (lot 248, $10,000 to $15,000), along with classic images from Ansel Adams (lots 222 & 223), and a collection of six Garry Winogrand photographs, including Central Park Zoo (1967), Coney Island, New York (1952), and others (lot 261, $3,000 to $5,000).

Fine Paintings

Alexander Max Koester’s Children and Geese in a Lakeside Meadow (lot 538, $50,000 to $70,000) presents a charming and beautifully rendered pastoral scene. Works by John Joseph Enneking include Peaches Spilling from an Overturned Basket (lot 383, $10,000 to $15,000) and Storm in the Adirondacks (lot 397, $4,000 to $6,000). Two A.T. Hibbard works, Maple Sugaring (lot 448, $5,000 to $7,000) and Docked in Rockport (lot 485, $10,000 to $15,000), and a charming landscape by Charles Daubigny, Untitled (La vallée de l’Oise) (lot 335, $7,000 to $9,000) will also be offered.

Featured modern and contemporary works include St. Tropez by Francis Picabia (lot 601, $50,000 to $70,000), Untitled (Red Nucleus) by Alexander Calder (lot 646, $25,000 to $35,000), Phenomena Broken Prism Finder by gestural artist Paul Jenkins (lot 648, $20,000 to $30,000), and a group of works by Lynda Benglis (lots 652 to 654; 662 & 665).

The enigmatic St. Tropez, circa 1937-1939, was created while Picabia was working in Southern France. It demonstrates the artist’s ever-changing approach to various painting techniques and materials. In the rolling surf and broad sky of the image, observers will notice a strong crackle-pattern that displays a multicolor ground: a prime example of the type of reworking and overpainting for which Picabia was known, and, indeed an earlier composition, probably from the late 1920s lies underneath the visible work.

A group of works by Lynda Benglis include 19th Century Blush (lot 652, $4,000 to $6,000), executed in pigmented encaustic wax on ceramic, and Left and Right Hands #4 (lot 662, $3,000 to $5,000), executed in egg tempera and gold leaf. Sculptural pieces by Benglis include an untitled work of pigmented translucent abaca paper laminate and steel wire (lot 653, $800 to $1,200), and a colorful glazed ceramic work (lot 654, $800 to $1,200).

Fine Sculpture

An impressive pair of bronze Great Danes by Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington (lot 551, $125,000 to $175,000) will be offered. These magnificent sculptures portray two Great Danes in very different attitudes and demeanors. Huntington was known for her sculpture of animals, and she created a number of Great Danes throughout her career, both in stone and in bronze.

For details about this auction contact Robin Starr, director of American and European Works of Art, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 508-970-3206.

Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928-2011), ‘Drawing on Woodblock Proof I,’ 1977. Skinner Inc. image. 

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), ‘Liz,’ 1964, edition c. 300, published by Leo Castelli Gallery, New York (Feldman & Schellmann, II.7). Skinner Inc. image. 

Aaron Siskind (American, 1903-1991), Suite of 10 photographs from the series ‘Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation’: #37, 1953; #474, 1954; #477, 1954; #482, 1954; #484, 1954; #491, 1954; #58, 1956; #63, 1956; #99, 1961; #121, 1961; and P. and T. of L., 1961. Skinner Inc. image. 

Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington (American, 1876-1973), ‘Pair of Great Danes.’ Skinner Inc. image. 

Francis Picabia (French, 1879-1953), ‘St. Tropez,’ c. 1937-1939. Skinner Inc. image. 

Paul Jenkins (American, 1923-2012), ‘Phenomena Broken Prism Finder,’ 1984. Skinner Inc. image.

Lynda Benglis (American, b. 1941), ‘19th Century Blush,’ 1994. Skinner Inc. image.

Lynda Benglis (American, b. 1941), ‘Left and Right Hands #4,’ 1990. Skinner Inc. image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 15:46
 

Sworders to auction rare Alvar Aalto chair, Jan. 29

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Monday, 21 January 2013 11:25

Iconic bentwood armchair designed by Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976), manufactured in 1932. To be offered at auction Jan. 29 by Sworders in England with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com. Estimate: £5,000 to £7,000. Sworders image.

ESSEX, England - A classic chair by one of the leading modernist designers of the 20th century will soon be offered for sale at auction. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers based in Stansted Mountfitchet, England, are selling a chair by the Finnish designer Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976) at their Decorative Art and Design Sale on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide the Internet live bidding.

The bentwood-frame chair called "Paimio" is named after the town in southwestern Finland for which Aalto designed a tuberculosis sanatorium and all its furnishings. The angle of the back of this armchair, which was used in the patients’ lounge, was intended to help sitters breathe more easily.

The chair is thought to be one of the first examples of this design and dates back to 1932. Although this is now a familiar style of chair, this particular example is likely to attract the attention of collectors and museums as being a prime example of design from the vanguard era of 20th-century modernism.

Sworders' director, John Black, said: "What’s exceptional about this piece is that even today it looks incredibly modern, but is in fact 80 years old. Back in 1932, this would have been an absolute statement piece of furniture, and that’s what makes it so attractive even today.'

"Aalto’s iconic style continues to influence mass-made production items that are still very popular – a sure sign of a good quality design,” Black continued.

The consignor of the Alvar Aalto chair purchased the iconic furnishing through eBay. He suspected it to be one of Aalto’s classic pieces, and his find was confirmed by experts at Sworders. It’s now being auctioned with a presale estimate of £5,000 to £7,000.

The sale also includes designs by Dame Lucie Rie, arguably the greatest British female potter of the 20th century. Rie was one of the leading post-World War II potters who looked to Japan for inspiration and revolutionized British studio pottery. Her iconic studio has been recreated as an exhibit in the Ceramics Gallery of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Three Rie-designed bowls and a vase are being sold with guide prices between £200 and £1,000.

The Decorative Art and Design Sale will be held at Sworders on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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Iconic bentwood armchair designed by Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976), manufactured in 1932. To be offered at auction Jan. 29 by Sworders in England with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com. Estimate: £5,000 to £7,000. Sworders image.

Closeup view of Alvar Aalto bentwood armchair. Sworders image.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 January 2013 11:49
 

Roland to conduct distinctly different auctions Jan. 26 & 29

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Friday, 18 January 2013 14:39

Lot 400 on Jan. 26: Gloria Kisch, 'Gloria's Music Stand II.' Roland New York image.

NEW YORK - Roland New York has announced two exciting auctions to close out the month of January. The first is their popular monthly estate sale titled "The Winter Sale," commencing at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. It includes, once again, a varied selection of antiques, silver, fine art, jewelry and modern design. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Among the many intriguing lots in the auction, a respectable selection of modern glass and other decorations can be found. Included are examples by Baccarat, Lalique, Handel, Cenedese and other Murano makers, as well as Hagenauer, Rosenthal (studio line) and much more.

There is a good selection of period-style Georgian, Victorian, Louis XV, XVI and French Empire chairs, lamp, cocktail, console and occasional tables, and other examples of fine furniture. Chandeliers, sconces, lamps in a variety of styles and materials accompany the offering of furniture.

Perhaps the most sought after pieces, however, are to be found within the collection of fine art. While there is a quite varied selection of paintings, drawings and graphic works in the sale, two Erte bronzes, The Wave and Fantasia seem to be getting a tremendous amount of interest.

With all that is to be offered in the Winter Sale, one can be sure to find a good investment or two.

In the "Vintage Collectibles" auction of Jan. 29, Roland presents a single-owner collection of tobacciana and related tins as well as a collection of rare antique razors. With rarities such as the Dixie Queen "Satisfied Customer" roly-poly tin, and the wide selection of razors with Americana and western theme decorated scales, this is a must-not-miss auction for the collector.

"We're excited to handle this collection," said proprietor Bill Roland. "We try to offer a wide selection of objects for our clients, and we hope this brings some new faces to our downtown family owned and operated gallery. Please note that this special sale will be held on Tuesday evening, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m. Once again, online bidding will be available through www.liveauctioneers.com.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Lot 400 on Jan. 26: Gloria Kisch, 'Gloria's Music Stand II.' Roland New York image. 

Lot 48 on Jan. 29: Mayo's 'Singing Waiter' roly-poly tin. Roland New York image.

Lot 55 on Jan. 29: Two German straight razors with western theme. Roland New York image.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 January 2013 15:01
 

Gray's Auctioneers to sell rare Köllwitz drawing Jan. 30

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Thursday, 17 January 2013 16:04

Kathe Köllwitz (1867-1945) ‘Abschied’ (Farewell), charcoal on gray-blue laid paper. Gray’s Auctioneers image.

CLEVELAND – Gray’s begins the year with their 64th auction on Jan. 30 featuring fine works of art by Rodin, Picasso and Miró, and a rare Kathe Köllwitz drawing. The sale will begin at 11 a.m. EST. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The large-scale original charcoal drawing by German Expressionist Kathe Köllwitz titled Abschied (Farewell) was discovered by auctioneer Deba Gray to the delight of the consignor who was unaware of its rarity. Gray recognized the work as a study for Köllwitz’s etching Tod, Frau und Kind (Death Woman and Child), circa 1910.

The auction also features a whimsical watercolor by the Catalan artist Joan Miró titled Man, Moon and Tree (Lot 45). This watercolor is a wonderful example of Miró’s oft quoted philosophy “The spectacle of the sky overwhelms me. I’m overwhelmed when I see, in an immense sky, the crescent of the moon, or the sun. There, in my pictures, tiny forms in huge empty spaces. Empty spaces, empty horizons, empty plains – everything which is bare has always greatly impressed me” (from Twentieth-Century Artists on Art, 1958).

Lot 54 is a diminutive yet athletic bronze titled Mouvement de Danse C, from an edition of 12 by Auguste Rodin. It is signed “A. Rodin No. 9©” on the bottom of the sculpture’s left foot. Gray believes this to be a version cast by the Georges Rudier Foundry in 1956. It was purchased from a gallery in London in December 1956 by its current owner.

Gray’s first auction of 2013 features an extraordinarily strong selection of fine works of art. The list continues with Degas’ iconic bronze Le Tub. Cast shortly after 1919, this bronze was examined by Clare Vincent, Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, who determined it was an authentic cast made by the Hébrard Foundry. Charles Millard called Le Tub “the most original, not only of his own pieces, but of all 19th century sculptures.” (C.W. Millard, op, cit., page 107).

In May 1942, Martin Fabian published the Historie Naturelle by Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, illustrated by Picasso. This auction features La Langouste, a full-sheet artist’s proof on Vidalon wove paper with Ambroise Vollard watermark. It is signed and number II/V in pencil, together with an original cover page.

Other notable works in this well-rounded auction include a stunning life-size marble by William Calder Marshall titled Country Girl, signed and dated 1882 on the base, a muscular bronze by Alfred Boucher titled Le Terrassier signed on the base, and a captivating Hans Erni tempera on paper titled Boy Leaning on Table #75, signed and dated "Erni 53" on the lower left. Lot 41 is a drawing by Marc Chagall, depicting a head in profile that is signed with a personal dedication.

Furniture includes a late 19th/early 20th century English heavily carved walnut buffet. The decorative arts portion of the auction is highlighted by a pair of Louis Comfort Tiffany Favrile glass shades with a gold damascene pattern.

Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers conducts live auctions every month and offers complimentary valuations every day.

Condition reports and shipping quotes are provided on request. For more information please contact Serena Harragin at 216-458-7695 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Online Live bidding for this auction is offered by liveauctioneers.com.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Kathe Köllwitz (1867-1945) ‘Abschied’ (Farewell), charcoal on gray-blue laid paper. Gray’s Auctioneers image. 

Hans Erni (b. 1909) ‘Boy Leaning on Table #75,’ tempera on paper. Gray’s Auctioneers image. 

 Joan Miró (1893-1983) ‘Man, Moon and Tree,’ watercolor on paper. Gray’s Auctioneers image.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) ‘La Langouste,’ aquatint and drypoint. Gray’s Auctioneers image. 

Edgar Degas (1834-1917) ‘Le Tub,’ bronze. Gray’s Auctioneers image. 

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) ‘Mouvement de Danse C,’ bronze. Gray’s Auctioneers image. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 January 2013 16:43
 

Paintings, jade top Kaminski Asian art lineup Jan. 26

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Thursday, 17 January 2013 14:41

Chinese famille rose vase. Kaminski Auctions image.

BEVERLY, Mass. – On Jan. 26, Kaminski Auctions will offer an array of beautiful Asian antiques and works of art. Including everything from fine bronze, ivory, and jade, to 20th century oil paintings, the 460-lot auction will surely have items of interest for all Asian collectors. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Among the top lots of the auction are two jade pieces. The first is a Chinese jade brush washer, estimated to sell for between $1,000 and $1,500. A lotus flower forms the main body of the sculpted jade piece, which is further decorated with a pair of bats and a pair of peaches. The 1 1/2-inches by 5 3/4-inches piece rests on a wooden stand carved in the shape of roots. The second jade piece is similarly well sculpted. This white jade has been carefully crafted into the form of a crouching foo lion holding a coin.

In addition to the jade pieces, the auction will also offer a fine collection of 20 ivory and polychrome birds. The birds are Japanese in origin and most bear the signature of their maker. These impressive birds are estimated at $1,200 to $1,800.

A fine bronze Japanese urn of the Meiji period will also be offered for sale estimated at $2,500 to $3,000. The urn is signed on the base of the vessel. The body of the urn features a pair of dragons and a woman playing a musical instrument. Inlaid gold highlights the eyes of both dragons, as well as the surrounding flower petals. On the reverse is a phoenix amid a landscape, topped by an eagle-form cover that completes the urn.

The auction will also present another remarkable signed famille rose vase. Beautifully painted, the vessel is in the characteristic warm color palette, depicting figures in a landscape. This distinctive signed piece is estimated to sell for $2,000- $3,000. There is also a pair of 19th century Chinese famille verte vases, also estimated at $2,000-$3,000. The square baluster-form is decorated with a pair of ribbon-tailed birds and a pair of cranes, while the rest is similarly decorated with birds, flowers and insects, from a New York collector. Also beautifully decorated is a cloisonné Chinese clock from the early 20th century. This intricately enameled metal clock is estimated at $800-$1,200.

Paintings will hold an important place in the sale as well. A 20th century Chinese painting by Gao Yan, oil canvas, portrays a young woman swathed in a white dress. Perhaps the most striking aspect of the work is the inspired knife work with which Gao Yan subtly mottled the ambiguous background. This skillfully rendered painting is titled The White Dew. A Brian Coole work titled Ships in the Hong Kong Harbor, looking toward Macao” is another noteworthy oil painting in the auction. The British painter’s work is estimated to fetch between $4,000 and $6,000.

These featured items will be joined by many other noteworthy pieces, including more famille rose works, fine chests, and ivory in Kaminski Auctions’ Asian Art and Antiques auction on Saturday, Jan. 26, starting at 10 a.m. EST.

Bid online through Live Auctioneers.com. For more information call 978-927-2223.

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

Chinese famille rose vase. Kaminski Auctions image. 

 Brian Coole (b. 1939), ‘Ships in Hong Kong harbor, looking towards Macao,’ oil on board, signed lower right, 19 1/2 inches x 29 3/4 inches. Kaminski Auctions image.

 White jade foo lion, China, carved in the form of a mythical lion in a crouching pose holding a coin, 4 inches long. Kaminski Auctions image.

Chinese jade brush washer carved in the form of a lotus flower. Kaminski Auctions image.

Japanese fine bronze urn Meiji Period. Kaminski Auctions image.

Chinese 20th century oil painting by Gao Yan, ‘The White Dew.’ Kaminski Auctions image.

Collection of 20 ivory birds, Japan, polychrome and signed. Kaminski Auctions image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 January 2013 15:06
 

Jeffrey Evans & Associates to auction rare glassware Jan. 26

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Thursday, 17 January 2013 11:44

Rare Phoenix Glass Co. pitchers from a large collection of Phoenix wares. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

MOUNT CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ Jan. 26 auction of 19th and 20th century glass includes the first installment from a selection of over 4,000 pieces from the late Richard “Dick” and Mary Ann Krauss of Clyde, Ohio. LiveAucitoneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The Krauss collection, assembled over several decades, includes includes American art glass rarities by the Mount Washington Glass Co., Imperial Glass Co. and Dalzell, Gilmore & Leighton Co. of Findlay, Ohio.

The Mount Washington Glass Co. introduced its glass in 1878, when company agent Frederick Shirley was granted three patents for the production and design of so-called Sicilian ware. The patent specifically called for lava or volcanic ash to be added to the glass batch as a flux. This glass was produced in small quantities only from 1878-1880. Modern collectors refer to this Sicilian ware as Lava glass. Most examples of Lava ware feature a black ground; however, an extremely rare vase of a rose-color ground is included in this auction.

Additionally, the Krauss collection boasts a collection of Findlay (Ohio) Floradine and Onyx glass in various colors as well as 50 pieces of Amberette/Klondike.

The Krauss collection also includes an outstanding 60-piece collection of the Imperial Glass Co.’s Free Hand and Lead Luster lines of art glass, produced during the 1920s. Imperial employed five Swedish immigrant glassmakers to produce this glass. Imperial’s ads boasted “Why go to Europe, to by your fancy glassware, when a short trip to our factory will enable you to secure a better variety with a smaller investment?” The company was located in Bellaire, Ohio, and flourished during the heyday of the pre-Depression flapper.

The Evans auction also includes a few great examples of Phoenix glass from the Priscilla McBride collection. McBride lives in New York State and had assembled a collection of rare Phoenix pitchers.

A group of European and American art glass from a variety of consignors includes two rare examples of Loetz Federzeichung “Octupus” glass. This type of glassware typically includes large, organic flowing pearly white satin-textured lines in abstract patterns on a background of opaline soft reds, oranges; browns or burnt-yellows with gilt vermicelli highlights.

The sale rounds out with collections of Victorian opalescent glass; celery vases of all types; early American pattern glass; children’s toy glass; American cut glass and studio glass.

The auction starts at 9:30 a.m. EST Jan. 26 and goes until each lot has been sold.

For further information about this auction, call 540-434-3939. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Rare Phoenix Glass Co. pitchers from a large collection of Phoenix wares. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image. 

 From a collection of Mount Washington Lava/Sicilian art glass. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Fine Loetz Federzeichung ‘Octopus’ ewer and vase. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image. 

From a fine selection of Findlay Floradine and Onyx in various colors. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image. 

From an extensive collection of Imperial Free Hand and Lead Luster art glass. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 January 2013 12:08
 

Imperial Auctioneers presents long-held Asian art Jan. 24

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Thursday, 17 January 2013 09:21

Chinese scroll painting attributed to Qian Weicheng (1720-1772). Ink and color on silk, inscribed and signed by artist with one seal. Painting size 30 x 18 in. Est. $10,000-$20,000. Imperial Auctioneers image.

CHICAGO – Imperial Auctioneers will host a fine Asian art auction on Thursday, Jan. 24, featuring many items that have been in private collections for more than a half century. The auction will start at 7 p.m. CST. Liveauctioneers.com will provide the live Internet bidding.

Property in the auction comes from several sources including the family of a gentleman and scholar of Asian art, who acquired the collection in the early to mid-20th century in China. Additional items are from a prominent Canadian philanthropist and from a distinguished collector and scholar of Southeast Asian art, who acquired them in Southeast Asia in the 1970s. There will also be items from private collections from Chicago, San Francisco and Ontario, Canada.

"We are very pleased with the offering in the auction," said Mr. Hao Ji, the director of Asian Art for Imperial Auctioneers. "There is a broad selection of quality items with good provenance that have been off the market for a number of years."

Topping the list is a monumental cloisonné enamel charger circa 1900 (estimate: $10,000-$20,000). Measuring 30 inches in diameter with a beautiful mille-fleur design, this striking presentation piece is an example of the high level of cloisonné craftsmanship in Japan during the Meiji period. It is the property of a man who received it as a gift from a government delegate in the 1970s.

Another rare item is a porcelain vase that depicts birds and flowers with an en verso lithophane of Chairman Mao Zedong. The 15-inch vase bears calligraphy on the back and is imprinted with the national emblem of the People's Republic of China on the inside. Marked and dated, Jiangxi Company of Ceramic Industry, 1962, it carries an estimate of $10,000-$12,000. Vases of this type were made by order of the Chinese government and presented as gifts to dignitaries, however, examples of this quality are quite rare. It is the property of a man who received it as a gift directly from the Chinese consulate in the 1970s.

A fine piece purchased in Hong Kong in the 1980s is a 13-inch ruyi scepter made in the 18th/19th century. Exquisitely carved in high relief, the wooden scepter depicts scholars and attendants amid pine, bamboo and plum: "The Three Friends of Winter" (estimate: $4,000-$6,000).

A fine painting on silk is attributed to Qian Weicheng (1720-1772). A painter during the reign of Qianlong, Weicheng is known for his landscape paintings as well as calligraphy. This painting, 30 inches by 18 inches, is estimated at $10,000-$20,000.

Fine older paintings in the auction are from the collection of a scholar of Asian art. Purchased in China in the early to mid-20th century, the paintings have been in the possession of the family for over 50 years. From this same family collection are a couple of rare Zhou Dynasty "Warring States" bronze vessels. Well cast and elaborately decorated both items are fine examples of the bronze work from this period.

Three paintings by Lian Xue Ming (b. 1969) are in the auction. With an excellent artistic sense and great technical skill Lian Xue Ming is an important talent and an artist to watch in the current crop of fine contemporary Chinese painters, said the auctioneers.

A rare and large amber scholar's rock standing 8 inches tall and weighing more than 650 grams is estimated at $5,000-$10,000. It displays hues of golden yellow to darker brown natural colors with excellent translucency.

A collection of fine bronze Buddhas, acquired in Southeast Asia in the 1970s by a scholar of Southeast Asian art, will be in the auction. This collection features three Thai Buddhas in the "Touching the Earth" mudra, all over 24 inches in height and ranging from the 16th century onwards; a rare pair of Sino-Tibetan bronze oil lamps, 18th century; and a large (33 inches) 19th century parcel-gilt bronze Kuan Yin.

Another highlight is a fine and interesting selection of jade bangles including two jade bangles from the 18th/19th century of even, white colored stone, finely polished and carved in the form of two facing dragons with a pearl at the center (estimate: $3,000-$5,000); a couple of rare 19th century rhinoceros horn bangles (estimate: $1,500-$2,500); a finely carved jade bangle with a translucent white and blue tone (estimate $1,000-$2,000); a Ming Dynasty celadon jade bangle (estimate: $700-$1,000); and a green hardstone bangle, Han Dynasty or later (estimate: $500-$800).

Rounding out the auction will be a number of jade pieces, scholar items, ivory statues, rhino horn cups and porcelain.

Based in Chicago, Imperial Auctioneers is dedicated to the research, acquisition and sale of Chinese paintings and Chinese fine arts. The company was founded on the promise of high-quality expertise. Specialists Hao Ji and Aaron Liu are well-respected experts in the field of Asian Art. They are sought after as consultants and lecturers for private and institutional clients. With a focus on Asian Art, coupled with a serious scholarly interest in the subject and exacting professional standards, Imperial Auctioneers pledges a level of service and expertise beyond what is usually found in traditional auction houses.

For more information phone 866-886-7912 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Chinese scroll painting attributed to Qian Weicheng (1720-1772). Ink and color on silk, inscribed and signed by artist with one seal. Painting size 30 x 18 in. Est. $10,000-$20,000. Imperial Auctioneers image.

Fine and rare Chinese porcelain vase of ovoid form depicting birds and flowers on front and lithopane of Chairman Mao Zedong with calligraphy on verso. 15 inches tall. Est. $10,000-$12,000. Imperial Auctioneers image.

Monumental cloisonné presentation charger will mille-fleur design and Imperial chrysanthemums, Meiji Period, 30.3 in. diameter. Provenance: property of a distinguished gentleman, received as gift from government delegate in 1970s. Est. $10,000-$20,000. Imperial Auctioneers image.

Chinese painting by Lian Xueming (1969-), oil and acrylic on canvas, part of the artist’s critically acclaimed ‘Forest’ series. 120 x 100 in. Purchased directly from artist. Est. $10,000-$15,000. Imperial Auctioneers image.

Gilt bronze figure of the Medicine Buddha, 18th century. Est. $8,000-$10,000. Imperial Auctioneers image.

One of a pair of rare Sino-Tibetan bronze oil lamps, 18th century, depicting Ganesh and Kartikeya. Provenance: property of a distinguished collector and scholar of Southeast Asian art, acquired in the 1970s. Est. $10,000-$15,000. Imperial Auctioneers image.

Rare and large amber scholar’s rock, 3331.5 carats. Est. $5,000-$10,000. Imperial Auctioneers image.

Large spinach-green jade ox, Qing Dynasty, 11.33 in. Weight: 9 lbs. Est. $3,000-$5,000. Imperial Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 10:40
 

Luxe estate jewelry, Queen Anne secretary at Quinn & Farmer, Jan. 19

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 15:01

18K yellow gold cigarette case, clasp adorned with cabochon sapphire stone, marked '750' on interior rim. Estimate $10,000-$15,000. Quinn & Farmer image.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Quinn & Farmer’s catalog auction featuring exquisite fine jewelry and other estate treasures will be held at the company’s Charlottesville gallery on Saturday, Jan. 19. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

The 377-lot auction will open with a wonderful selection of antique, vintage and custom-designed jewelry valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars. A star lot is the pair of signed Cartier platinum, diamond and sapphire drop earrings. The focal point of the design is the two natural, unheated, matched blue Ceylon sapphire briolettes, weighing 9.20 carats and 10.42 carats, respectively. They are enhanced by two square diamonds, each weighing approximately .12 carats, and 109 single-cut diamonds, each with a .80 carat weight. The superbly designed earrings may realize $20,000-$30,000 at auction.

An example of graceful 18th-century American furniture at its best is the rare circa 1760-1780 three-piece Connecticut Queen Anne cherry secretary/bookcase on frame. It features a bonnet top with three finials, cabinet doors that open to a five-compartment interior, and a fall-front desk that opens to envelope slots and small drawers. The piece also has four graduated drawers with brass pulls, a carved shell skirt and claw-and-ball feet. It stands 50 5/8 inches tall and is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

18K yellow gold cigarette case, clasp adorned with cabochon sapphire stone, marked '750' on interior rim. Estimate $10,000-$15,000. Quinn & Farmer image.

Circa 1760-1780 three-piece Connecticut Queen Anne cherry secretary/bookcase on frame. Estimate $10,000-$15,000. Quinn & Farmer image.

Signed Cartier platinum, diamond and Ceylon sapphire drop earrings. Estimate $20,000-$30,000. Quinn & Farmer image.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 January 2013 16:42
 

Love at First Bid expands its offerings for Jan. 23 sale

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 10:50

Marius Sabino, Art Deco whimsical world globe lamp. Love at First Bid image.

NEW YORK - Fine Art and Asian treasures are getting considerable attention in Love at First Bid's next auction on Wednesday, Jan. 23, which gets under way at 11 a.m. EST. A few extraordinary estates have yielded many exceptional offerings in the latest of Love at First Bid's intriguing auction, Objects of Desire 3. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Since their first sale, barely a year ago, the auction house has expanded from a couture and jewelry specialty house to become a recognized source for exceptional art and decorations, Asian decorative arts, as well as continuing as a consistent source for estate jewelry and designer accessories and clothing.

This sale brings to the market a fine collection of designer and artisan jewelry, featuring such makers as Spratling, Miriam Haskell, Kenneth Jay Lane, Theodor Fahrner, and Lalique. Fine gold and diamond jewelry by Tiffany and other makers, as well as a selection of gold and silver enameled cases, comes just in time for Valentine's Day.

Among the fashion accessories is a memorable collection of whimsical handbags in forms ranging from Chihuahua and pug to a Maud Frizon flowerpot bag. A classic selection in crocodile, leather and lizard is also included in the mix.

Fine table wares from a venerable New York City estate include a Buccellati modernist sterling flatware service, a Wallace sterling tea and coffee service, a set of imposing Mexican sterling goblets, a set of Waterford stemware, an Art Deco painted porcelain coffee urn and more. Other examples are as varies as a large bouquet of hard-to-find Czechoslovakian glass tulips to an important menorah by Aharon Bezalel.

Some Asian objects culled from another formidable New York City estate have garnered a great deal of attention from bidders in the U.S. and abroad. Highlights include pairs of porcelain urns, rock crystal foo dog and other fine carvings, and  an extraordinary Ming Dynasty altar table. Also, a framed collection of Japanese gold and silver coins has generated interest among collectors.

Still, it is the art collection that is, perhaps, causing the biggest buzz. "After the tremendous response to a collection of drawings from the estate of Jack Tanzer in our last sale, we were concerned that we wouldn't be able to top that," said director and founder Annegret von Winterfeld. Her concerns were unfounded, however, as collections of noteworthy art came pouring in. With paintings, drawings and prints by such luminaries as Edouard-Leon Cortes, Walt Kuhn, Hunt Slonem, Paul Emile Lecomte, Frederick Judd Waugh, John Chamberlain, Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti, Salvador Dali, Marcel Vertes, and circles of Abraham Brueghel and Jacques Callot, it is sure to be an exciting day at the auction.

Online live bidding is available through www.liveauctioneers.com.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Marius Sabino, Art Deco whimsical world globe lamp. Love at First Bid image.

Chanel group of nine sterling rIngs, marked. Love at First Bid image. 

Edouard-Leon Cortés 'Moulin Rouge.' Love at First Bid image. 

Aharon Bezalel menorah. Love at First Bid image. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 January 2013 11:18
 

Montecito Auction to sell Asian antiques, estate jewelry Jan. 19

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 10:04

Early Victorian buckle bracelet. Montecito Auction Co. image.

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. – There’s no lack of diversity in Montecito Auction Co.’s 140-lot auction on Saturday Jan. 19. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

From lavender jadeite to a 19th century officer chair to an early Victorian four-piece jewelry suite well preserved in the original box and from a Hoinam jade flowerpot to an Edwardian 1920s diamond pendent, there is no shortage of variety.

Carved using traditional methods such as carborundum sand and soft tools, the lavender jadeite piece resembles a dragon on top of fruit, blooming flowers and a frog on a scepter. The heavy piece rests on a carved rosewood base. “The naturally occurring green veins make the piece so much more interesting as the fruits are carved over those green layers inside the lavender stone,” said auctioneer Cyrus L. Santoriello.

The authoritative design of Victorian period is evident in the gorgeous early Victorian buckle bracelet with seven rose-cut diamonds. Four folded golden leafs and four rings are supporting a center diamond surrounded by six smaller rose-cut diamonds. The buckle type band is adjustable to fit almost any wrist.

Carving a hard stone such as jade to hollow out shape of plants, requires delicate and meticulous workmanship and it is revealed in the 18-inch-tall Hoinam jade flower urn filled with birds on flowered stems and filled leafs. The master who carved this piece used the different colors of the jade to place most of the birds and the blooming flowers in the spot where the veins occur naturally, making it as if someone painted the piece to look real. It is carved in two separate pieces. The top flower fits inside the urn and the piece is supported by a carved wooden base.

Today’s trend in jewelry is judged more on how big the stone is or the weight of the gold, and the workmanship has taken the back seat. The antique Victorian four-piece suite, still in the original box, is filled with precious stones such as diamonds and rubies. It also presents its prized craftsmanship in gold and silver, diamond and garnet. It includes pair of pierced earrings with safety clip backs, ring with single oval ruby in the center and diamonds around, and broach in medallion diamond cluster floral design with ruby teardrops in the middle. All the diamonds are rose cut, in a fitted original box.

The 19th century officer chair in original condition is one of the highlights of this auction. The name “officer chair” is given to it because of the unusual brace on the front legs serves as a footrest as well. “We believe it is made of rosewood but we are not certain because of the age and variety of the wood species,” said Santoriello. The simple construction and carving is another suggestion it has been used in an office. The catalog listing on Liveauctioneers.com pictures the bottom and views from different angles.

“Again, this is a small auction but there is no shortage of variety,” said Santoriello. “We even have some recent calligraphy by Master Zhuang Li-Wai with Chinese government honorary certificates. There are three pieces by this calligraphy artist listed at the end of our catalog for this auction, as it was given to us in the last minutes.”

For details contact the Montecito Auction Co. auctioneer Cyrus L. Santoriello via email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 805-630-0970.

View the complete catalog at Liveauctioneers.com – using this link: www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog_gallery/36204 .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Early Victorian buckle bracelet. Montecito Auction Co. image.

Early Victorian buckle bracelet. Montecito Auction Co. image.

Victorian four-piece suite. Montecito Auction Co. image.

Shoushan stone eight horses. Montecito Auction Co. image.

Hoinam jade flower. Montecito Auction Co. image.

Antique officer chair. Montecito Auction Co. image.

Lavender jadite carving. Montecito Auction Co. image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 January 2013 15:58
 

Ethnographic items important part of Jenack auction Jan. 27

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013 16:45

Group of African masks. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.

CHESTER, N.Y. – William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers will conduct a Fine Art, Antique & Ethnographic auction to be held at the Jenack gallery, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com. The Sunday, Jan. 27, event will commence at 11 a.m. EST.

The auction will open with items from our ethnographic portion with items from several African cultures, Inuit, Aboriginal, New Guinea and others. Lots of interest are a Cameroon/Grass Lands bronze ceremonial sword and scabbard, estimate $500-800; Mambila, Cameroon carved and painted initiation mask with stand, estimate $200-300; Yoruba beaded throne chair, estimate $300-500; Asmat carved and painted shield, estimate $200-300; Makonde carved hardwood portable chair, estimate $300-500; Kuba culture Congo carved grain grinding vessel, estimate $200-300; vintage Sepik River (New Guinea) turtle shell, shell inlaid polychromed mask, estimate $160-250; vintage Warega carved wood mask, estimate $200-300, along with many others.

Artwork will include a large canvas by Chinese-American artist Zhang Hong Nian. The canvas measures 40 by 70 inches and depicts Union Square Park in New York City with people enjoying the area, estimate $8,000-12,000; abstract pastel by Woodstock, N.Y., artist Charles Rosen, signed and dated 1948, estimate $300-500; a coastal landscape by George Luks, estimate $1,000-1,500; an oil on canvas, zinnias, by Ellen Robbins, estimate $600-800; oil on canvas, Catskill landscape by John Edward Costigan, estimate $2,000-3,000; and an oil on canvas, Le Lapin Agile Paris by Josep Maria Vayreda Canadell, estimate $800-1,200.

Furniture will include a mix of period and revival pieces from the early 20th century including Pennsylvania pine Chippendale-style cupboard, estimate $600-900; country pine corner cupboard, estimate $500-800; country Hepplewhite hunt-console table in red wash, estimate $200-300; Elizabethan-style carved oak sideboard, estimate $160-250; Arts & Crafts-style Howard Miller tall-case clock; Victorian carved walnut marble-top stand, estimate $200-300; Renaissance Revival-style carved oak court cupboard, estimate $300-500.

As with most of Jenack’s sales there will be Chinese porcelain and artwork, Oriental carpets, bronzes and decorative accessories.

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

 Group of African masks. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.

Makonde hardwood chair. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image. 

Zhang Hong Nian painting on canvas, 40 x 70 inches. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image. 

George Luks coastal landscape. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.

Glass vase in the manner of Moser. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 16:49
 

Case auction spans paintings to wanted posters Jan. 26

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013 14:42

Oil on canvas still life by Sonia Lewitska (Ukranian/Polish, 1882-1937). Estimate: $6,000-$9,000. Case Antiques Auction image.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – From paintings that once hung in a museum to a Butch Cassidy “wanted” poster that once hung in a sheriff’s office, diversity is the theme at the Winter Case Antiques Auction, set for Saturday, Jan. 26, at the company’s gallery in Knoxville. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding services during the sale.

The auction features art and antiques being sold by three Tennessee institutions, along with Americana, English ceramics, toys and holiday items from two large estate collections. Historic and Civil War material, samplers and other textiles, silver, jewelry, folk art, Southern regional items, and Asian antiques from other consignors are also represented in the 750-lot sale. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Leading the fine art is an oil on canvas Paris streetscape by French painter Edouard Cortes (1882-1969), being deaccessioned by the Knoxville Museum of Art to benefit the acquisitions fund. The museum is also selling a large early 20th century Eugene Buccini painting titled Aurora, after the original by Baroque master Guido Reni. And Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville is selling an early 20th century portrait of a woman attributed to the school of Charles Hawthorne (Provincetown, Mass.). Two other highly anticipated artworks are a still life by Sonia Lewitska (Ukranian/Polish, 1882-1937), and the only known self-portrait in oil by Joseph Delaney (Tennessee/New York 1904-1991).

A pastoral landscape with sheep by James Wiley Wallace (Tennessee, 1852-1921) is the first painting by that artist to ever come up at auction – although he is well regarded, having exhibited no fewer than 16 works at the seminal 1910 Appalachian Exposition of Fine Arts – and a painting by George David Coulon (Louisiana,1822-1904) gives a rare 19th century glimpse of Fort Macomb, built to defend New Orleans following the War of 1812.

Other painters represented in the sale include Bernard de Hoog (Dutch, 1866-1943), Zacharias Notermann (Belgian/French, 1820-1890), Henry Inman (American, 1801-1846), Nicola Marschall (Alabama/Kentucky, 1829-1917), Charles Krutch (Tennessee, 1849-1934) , Louis Jones (Tennessee, 1878-1958), Philip Perkins (American, 1907-1970), Frederick Schafer (American, 1839-1927), George A. Newman (Pennsylvania, 1875-1965), Ramon Kelley (American, b. 1939), and illustration artist Hy Hintermeister (American, 1897-1972).

There is also a fine Russian icon depicting the Resurrection and 12 cardinal feast days, a good collection of sporting art depicting fox hunt and fly fishing scenes, eight white line woodcuts by Beulah Tomlinson (Provincetown, Mass., 20th century), a signed Magic Garden etching by Louise Nevelson (American, 1899-1998), a signed lithograph Dance in a Madhouse by George Bellows (American, 1882-1925) and an abstract bronze sculpture by Leonardo Neirman (New York/Mexico, b. 1932),

Two large estates, one from Oklahoma, the other from Mississippi, yielded longtime collections of cast-iron toys and banks, (such as Uncle Sam and William Tell), French and German dolls, early American lighting and hearth items, cobalt decorated stoneware, mochaware, spatterware, and holiday items including rare colored glass Christmas lanterns and Kugels. A highlight of the Mississippi estate was a collection of Meissen porcelain and English ceramics; more than two dozen lots of early toby jugs, pearlware and Staffordshire figures, ranging from common dogs to rare groups such as The Pugilists and Samson and the Lion, will cross the block.

A 4.90-carat oval diamond and platinum ring with baguettes on each side carries the highest estimate of any object in the sale, $35,000-$45,000. The ring was custom wrought and comes with GIA report. The four dozen jewelry lots also include an 18K-white gold necklace with 134 graduated diamonds, an Art Deco diamond and sapphire pendant, a fine 14K yellow gold Victorian tassel bracelet with black enamel decorated faux buckle clasp, and numerous other lots of gold and silver jewelry. An estate collection of signed costume jewelry that includes Miriam Haskell, Hattie Carnegie, Whiting and Davis and other desirable names will be sold as well.

The Historical and Civil War category in the Jan. 26 auction is especially strong. Featured is a rare “wanted” flier for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, offering a $2,000 reward for their part in a 1900 Nevada bank robbery, as well as a collection of other wanted posters from a Tennessee sheriff’s scrapbook. There is also a cache of 270 ballots from the 1864 presidential election from Civil War soldiers voting in the field. A variety of ballot designs are represented, the majority for the Lincoln-Johnson ticket as well as the McClellan-Pendleton ticket.

A scarce model 1855 Harper’s Ferry rifle with Maynard priming device and 1860 lockplate will be sold, along with Ames staff swords, one of which descended through the family of Capt. William Geary of Pennsylvania. Two Civil War ambrotypes of Confederate soldier F.M. Sconyers of the 59th Alabama Infantry Regiment plus a note with folk art drawing by him are being offered, as are a Confederate surgeon’s uniform star insignia, Mississippi infantry uniform buttons and a rare Confederate Bible published in Nashville and found in Kentucky at the Mill Springs battle site. An 1862 gilded copper Confederate seal medallion belonging to a lieutenant colonel who later became mayor of Chattanooga is expected to draw attention, along with several Kurz and Allison battle prints and two images of Robert E. Lee – one supposedly painted on tent canvas during the war, the other a rare 1870 print sold to help raise money for Lee’s memorial monument.

There are two outstanding examples of Schoolgirl needlework: a circa 1800 sampler from an important but as-yet unidentified Philadelphia school, distinguished by its figures wearing plumed hats, and a circa 1820 theorem painted on velvet, depicting a landscape with bell tower, river and figures in a boat. It was painted by Minerva French Boyd, the future mother of the founder of Louisiana State University, while a student at the Moravian College in Winston-Salem, N.C. There is also a linsey-woolsey sampler by Martha Peck, who was a ship captain’s daughter from Connecticut, and an archive relating to her family, and a sampler stitched by Elizabeth Fay Blake, the niece of cotton gin inventor Eli Whitney. The textile category also includes six other samplers, including a house sampler and one from New Baltimore, along with Southern quilts, and Oriental rugs including a semi-antique Manchester Kashan and a Serapi-style Isparta, deaccessioned by the Historic Belmont Mansion Association of Nashville, and a fine antique Tabriz.

The furniture category is led by two corner cupboards: one, a walnut broken-arch pediment example with ivory inlay that descended in the Nickels family of Scott County, Va., and the other a rare turkey-breast style corner cupboard. There are also some pieces from the personal collection of Nathan Harsh, co-author of The Art and Mystery of Tennessee Furniture, including a Tennessee cherry wardrobe and a pair of Kentucky banquet table ends in original surface. Two sugar chests, an Ohio or Kentucky tall-case clock, a Classical mahogany secretary and dressing table, and a blanket chest with original paint decoration will also cross the block, along with a Limbert rocker and some mid-century modern furniture including a Czech game table.

The catalog includes numerous lots of silver, including a coin silver water pitcher by Grosjean & Woodward, retailed in Charleston, S.C., and a Kentucky coin silver cup made by Garner and Winchester of Lexington. Also featured are English pieces by female silversmiths including Hester Bateman and Elizabeth Morley, as well as a set of 12 sterling knives made by Mary Chawner for Queen Adelaide of England in 1837, bearing her royal monogram. There are numerous American flatware sets by Tiffany, Reed & Barton, Gorham and Whiting. Sterling goblets, a George III sterling cake basket, and a 130-ounce Peruvian silver tea/coffee set will also be sold.

Pottery highlights include a late 19th century Zia redware pottery olla with polychrome geometric, floral and bird decoration, and a San Ildefonso blackware bowl by Maria Martinez. There is also an East Tennessee stoneware jar with cobalt flower decoration attributed to Charles Decker of the Keystone Pottery; North Carolina salt-glazed jugs by M.W. Owen and W.W. Ballard, and a Michael and Melvin Crocker rattlesnake jug.

More than 75 lots of Asian material will cross the block including a large Chinese classical scroll in the style of Chen Juzhong, formerly from the Krystal’s Restaurants corporate headquarters in Chattanooga, Chinese snuff bottles, a painting of horses signed Xu Beihong, Qianlong period Chinese Export porcelain, Rose Medallion porcelain, and several lots of jade, wood carvings, antique netsuke and okimono figures.

Other interesting lots in the sale include a collection of perfume bottles, figural glass animals by Lalique, and glass by Tiffany, Orrefors and Waterford, along with clocks, a French giltwood barometer, a firehouse presentation cane, garden antiques including a large cast-iron whippet, possibly by Fiske, and a “Souper Dress” after Andy Warhol (1928-1987).

The auction will begin at 9:30 a.m. EST. For more information, call the gallery in Knoxville at 865-558-3033 or the company’s Nashville office at 615-812-6096 or email info@caseantiquescom .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Oil on canvas still life by Sonia Lewitska (Ukranian/Polish, 1882-1937). Estimate: $6,000-$9,000. Case Antiques Auction image.

One of the paintings being deaccessioned by the Knoxville Museum of Art is this Paris streetscape by Edouard Cortes (French, 1882-1969). It is estimated at $20,000-$25,000.

This circa 1800 sampler with figures in plumed hats, attributed to an unknown Philadelphia school, is one of nine samplers in the auction. Estimate: $5,000-$6,000. Case Antiques Auction image.

Russian icon depicting the Resurrection and twelve cardinal feast days. Estimate: $3,500-$4,500. Case Antiques Auction image.

Among the many Civil War and historical related lots is this one containing two ambrotyes of Confederate soldier F.M. Sconyers of Alabama and a folk art drawing and partial letter by him. Estimate: $3,000-$4,000. Case Antiques Auction image.

 Late 19th to early 20th century Zia olla in very good condition. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500. Case Antiques Auction image.

Reward flier for the capture of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Case Antiques Auction image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 09:14
 

TAC Auctions offers upscale Boston-area antiques, Jan. 16

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Monday, 14 January 2013 17:40

Ice fish decoy, possibly late 19th century, carved wood body with metal fins and tail. Est. $200-$250. Photo: TAC Estate Auctions Inc.

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – On Wednesday, Jan. 16, TAC Auctions will sell property from a well-known Newburyport attorney as well as from residences in the Boston suburbs of Wakefield and Lynn. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide the Internet live bidding for the diverse auction commencing at 6 p.m. Eastern Time.

A total of 213 lots will be auctioned. The long list of categories represented include Americana, French and Continental furniture and accessories; fine and costume jewelry, Orientalia and glass, china, sterling silver (some Continental) and antique and vintage toys.

Additionally, the lineup includes a collection of paperweights, a Stickley bedroom set, French side tables, crystal lamps and chandeliers; and a collection of antique guns and rifles.

Many interesting artworks will be auctioned. Two highlights are a birch bark work by Edward W. Merrill titled “The Deacon’s Prayer,” and an abstract oil on canvas by Allan Davidson.

The sale is rounded out by vintage clothing and accessories, clocks and old photographs.

For additional information on any lot in the Wednesday, Jan. 16 sale, call Tonya Cameron at 781-233-0006 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

Ice fish decoy, possibly late 19th century, carved wood body with metal fins and tail. Est. $200-$250. Photo: TAC Estate Auctions Inc. 

Last Updated on Monday, 14 January 2013 17:52
 

Sino-Tibetan statues to star at Zanaba Auctions, Jan. 19

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Sunday, 13 January 2013 23:19

Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze Manjushri. Zanaba Auctions image.

SINGAPORE – Zanaba Auctions will host its Fine Chinese & Asian Works of Art Sale on Saturday, Jan. 19. The auction will commence at 9 p.m. Pacific Time (Jan. 20, 1 p.m. Singapore Time). LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

In its entirety, this sale will present 70 lots of quality antiques and fine artworks that include Sino-Tibetan gilt bronzes; Chinese jade, horn and bamboo carvings; and several Southeast Asian works of art that include fine Indian and Khmer pieces.

Leading the sale are five major Sino-Tibetan statues. They are:

  • Large Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze seated Buddha (Lot 56);
  • Large Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze Bodhisattva (Lot 55);
  • Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze Tara (Lot 54);
  • Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze Manjushri (Lot 53); and
  • Sino-Tibetan Silver Amitayus (Lot 52).

Other featured lots include a unique horn beak carved bead bracelet (Lot 4) and two Chinese horn carved libation cups (Lot 15 and Lot 16).

From the Indian works section, there is a rare Indo-Tibetan bronze figure of Tara or Gaja-Lakshimi (Lot 57), an Indian bronze Kashmiri seated Buddha (Lot 60), and a rare Indian Pala bronze Three Goddess Trinity (Lot 62).

A Khmer bronze five-headed and multiarmed deity (Lot 66) stands out with its very beautiful patina together with the presence of purplish blue azurite encrustations.

For more information contact Tien by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze Manjushri. Zanaba Auctions image.

Large Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze seated Buddha. Zanaba Auctions image.

Large Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze Bodhisattva. Zanaba Auctions image.

Horn beak carved bead bracelet. Zanaba Auctions image.

Chinese horn carved libation cup. Zanaba Auctions image.

Khmer bronze five-headed and multiarmed deity. Zanaba Auctions image.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 January 2013 10:54
 

Antiquities Saleroom to auction Pre-Columbian art treasures Feb. 1

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Friday, 11 January 2013 17:03

Moche mythological beast jar, ex-Platt Friedenberg collection, North Coast Peru, circa 400-500 CE. Estimate $6,000-$10,000. Antiquities Saleroom image.

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. – Provenance and pedigree combine to form a compelling reason to bid in Antiquities Saleroom’s Feb. 1 sale of premier Pre-Columbian art. The 110-piece selection offered in the absentee and Internet (through LiveAuctioneers.com) auction comes from the carefully curated collections of two Hollywood notables – an Emmy Award-winning executive producer/writer, and a producer/director who specializes in movie trailers.

Together, the collections provide an unbroken timeline that traces the fascinating and mysterious ancient civilizations of Central and South America. The auction showcases all of the better-known cultures, such as Aztec, Incan and Mayan; as well as the Pre-Columbian Moche, Salinar, Chancay and Chinesco cultures. Together, the collections are valued at no less than $900,000.

“We are accustomed to handling very fine pieces, but the examples in these two collections are genuinely investment grade and would be welcomed with open arms at any major museum in the world,” said Bob Dodge, co-owner of Antiquities Saleroom. “The first collector – the TV producer – specialized in Mayan and Southeast Mexican artifacts, including pieces from Veracruz and Olmec. The second collection is very wide ranging and includes articles from far south Peru and Chile to Northern Mexico and the West Coast cultures. The owner immersed himself in the antiquities trade so he could become a well-educated buyer. He attended all of the major shows and bought from every prominent dealer.”

Most pieces in the auction boast provenance from distinguished sources, including Sotheby’s, Christie’s, the Denver Art Museum and even Andy Warhol, who reportedly had a discerning eye for antiquities. In addition, several artworks are of monumental height, exceeding 30 inches. “That is almost unheard of in this business and is always exciting to collectors,” Dodge noted.

Some of the finest Moche art to reach the auction market in a decade will be featured in the Feb. 1 sale. According to Dodge, Moche artisans (Peru, circa 400-500 CE) were among the earliest to incorporate portraiture and humor into their pottery production. A prime example is the erotic drinking vessel of a male with well-defined facial features and a disproportionately large, erect phallus that serves as a spout. It is expected to make $12,000-$15,000.

Other Moche highlights include a terracotta stirrup vessel shaped as a stern-faced warrior with a diminutive prisoner of war hoisted onto his shoulder, est. $8,000-$12,000; and a beautifully patterned pottery jar modeled as a mythological creature, part serpent and part jaguar with deer antlers. Formerly in the Platt Friedenberg and University of Virginia Art Museum collections, it is estimated at $6,000-$10,000.

Very rare and desirable, a Colima (West Mexico, circa 200 BCE – 200 CE) terracotta redware vessel is formed as a row of three finely detailed ducks with a spout emerging from one side. It measures 11 inches wide and could reach $5,000-$7,000 at auction.

From the Central Mexico Mixtec culture comes a carved redstone stele carved with the image of a fierce running warrior in full battle dress, holding a feather shield and war club. “This object would have been used as a boundary marker to warn intruders to stay away or their warriors would come after them,” said Dodge. Formerly in a Zurich museum, the lot is expected to sell for $20,000-$30,000.

A two-tone janiform Jalisco (Mexico, circa 0-200 CE) pottery jar depicts a pair of dogs conjoined on four feet. Acquired many years ago from the Ron Messick Gallery, the Pre-Columbian rarity is entered in the sale with a $5,000-$7,000 estimate.

From the Mayan Territories, a circa 500-900 CE carved volcanic stone skull exhibits deep eye sockets and applied shells to replicate teeth. A large-beaked bird is carved into the top of the skull and points its beak into the center of the skull’s forehead. Macabre and alluring at the same time, it is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

Formerly in the personal collection of pop art genius Andy Warhol, a three-tiered Pre-Columbian Mayan polychrome jar from Honduras, circa 500-900 CE, features dancing stick figures, glyphoids and lotus blossoms on its bands. It commands an auction estimate of $3,000-$4,000.

Many high-carat gold antiquities are included in the sale. A Pre-Columbian Moche (Peru, circa 100-400 CE) royal ceremonial scepter or “atl atl” is decorated with a standing lord carved from bone on a turquoise mosaic platform. Highly important, it carries a pre-sale estimate of $30,000-$40,000. There are several bas-relief gold masks in the auction, as well as a Sican (Chimu Culture, Peru, circa 800-1,000 CE) beaker with the face of the god Naylamp crafted in relief on its surface. The deity wears gold earrings with turquoise beads and has repousse “hair.” The piece formerly belonged to Ian Arundel, proprietor of The Curiosity Shop on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. In the 1950s and ’60s, Arundel’s shop was a magnet for collectors of the day, including Vincent Price and John Wayne. The beaker is estimated at $15,000-$20,000.

Bob Dodge stressed that all items offered for sale in the Feb. 1 auction have been legally acquired, are legal to resell and are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and as described in the catalog. “We do not sell replicas or anything ‘in the style of’ any ancient culture. Also, no sale is ever final. We want only satisfied customers,” Dodge said.

Antiquities Saleroom’s Exceptional Pre-Columbian Art from Hollywood Auction will commence at 12 noon Eastern Time on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Bid absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.com.

For additional information on any item in the auction call Managing Director Teresa Dodge at 720-890-7700. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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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

Moche mythological beast jar, ex-Platt Friedenberg collection, North Coast Peru, circa 400-500 CE. Estimate $6,000-$10,000. Antiquities Saleroom image.

Fine Nayarit standing warrior, West Mexico, circa 200 CE. Estimate $7,500-$10,000. Antiquities Saleroom image.

Humorous Moche erotic drinking vessel, North Coast Peru, circa 400 CE.  Estimate $12,000-$15,000. Antiquities Saleroom image.

Moche stirrup vessel warrior and captive, North Coast Peru, circa 400-500 CE. Estimate $8,000-$12,000. Antiquities Saleroom image.

Extremely rare Colima triple-duck vessel, West Mexico, circa 200 BCE-200 CE. Estimate $5,000-$7,000. Antiquities Saleroom image.

Mixtec stone stele depicting a running warrior, ex-museum collection, Mexico, 1200-1300 CE. Estimate $20,000-$30,000. Antiquities Saleroom image.

A Jalisco janiform dog vessel, rare form, Mexico, circa 0-200 CE. Estimate $5,000 - $7,000. Antiquities Saleroom image.

Mayan volcanic stone skull, Mayan Territories, circa 500-900 CE. Estimate $4,000-$6,000. Antiquities Saleroom image.

Rare and important Moche royal gold atl atl, North Coast Peru, circa 100-400 CE. Estimate $30,000-$40,000. Antiquities Saleroom image.

Sican gold beaker with depiction of the god Naylamp, North Coast Peru, circa 800-1,000 CE. Estimate $15,000-$20,000. Antiquities Saleroom image.

Mayan Ulua Valley banded vessel, ex-Andy Warhol collection, Honduras, circa 500-900 CE. Estimate $3,000-$4,000. Antiquities Saleroom image.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 January 2013 17:32
 

Baer & Bosch sale Jan. 19 boasts top names in timekeeping

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Friday, 11 January 2013 15:38

Patek Philippe cuff links. Baer & Bosch Auctioneers Inc. image.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Baer & Bosch Auctioneers will present a large selection of important wristwatches, pocket watches and clocks at auction from various collectors on Saturday, Jan. 19, beginning at 10 a.m. MST. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live biddings.

There will be fine and usual pieces from Patek Philippe, Rolex, Breguet, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger LeCoultre, Audemars Piguet, Panerai, Le Roy, Piaget, De Beers, and many more.

This nearly 250-lot auction features several interesting Patek Philippe items such as cuff links, original lithographs and ephemera. Included is an extraordinary fine yellow gold Henry Dunay belt with diamonds. Dunay is best known for his Sabi technique and has created important pieces for Elizabeth Taylor and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Also included will be a rare yellow gold Vacheron & Constantin coin watch, Cartier travel clocks, and a collection of horology books from a library of an East Coast collector about Antide Janvier, Lepine, Audemars Piguet, Cartier, Breguet, Patek Philippe, and Van Cleef and Arpels.

For details contact Baer & Bosch Auctioneers at 307-200-8880. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Patek Philippe cuff links. Baer & Bosch Auctioneers Inc. image.

Henry Dunay belt. Baer & Bosch Auctioneers Inc. image. 

Vacheron coin watch. Baer & Bosch Auctioneers Inc. image. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 12:11
 
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