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Gift-worthy items available at Revolving Vault auction Dec. 16

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012 10:53

‘King Kong’ by Michael Meazell. The Revolving Vault image.

HOUSTON – Revolving Vault Auction & Estate Services will hold their second auction, titled “Truly Unique Holiday Gifts,” on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. CST (2 p.m. Pacific). The Revolving Vault has chosen this unconventional start time to introduce new auction buyers to their eclectic array of items from around the world. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Almost all of their pieces are one of a kind and are sure to tempt those searching for the unique, the collectible and the beautiful. This auction’s offerings will include more than 450 lots, including fine art, jewelry, crystal, accessories, as well as a vast assortment of collectibles featuring militaria, sports memorabilia and pop culture.

The “Truly Unique Holiday Gifts” auction will include an array of fine art including abstract, expressionism, pop culture art, Native-American, realism, photography and animation from artists including Michael Macedo Meazell, Jim Hudek, Juan Carlos Breceda, Blake Ballard and Brody Neuenschwander, to name a few.

Michael Macedo Meazell is a prominent Houston artist that creates work, which combines elements of assemblage and collage with digital technologies. His techniques are changing the art world’s idea of mixed media. Using found objects, the artist creates digital collages by layering manipulated computer scans, then outputting onto aluminium panels to which he later adds paint by hand. This auction features both King Kong and Spaceship (estimate: $7,000-$9,000).

Jim Hudek is a Houston artist who is quickly gaining a devoted following to his abstract expressionist art. He is passionate about his work and feels it is representational of his other obsession, jazz music. The free style of jazz is an inspiration art form that he transcribes into a visual image. His abstract paintings and mixed-media are both included in the auction (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Juan Carlos Breceda was born in Rosario, Sinaloa, Mexico and studied at La Exmeralda, the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Carving, as well as the famous San Carlos Art School. Women and animals are the central theme in his work, which demonstrates intense color schemes and rough, brush strokes, discarding depth or perspective. The Revolving Vault features several items from its collection, including mixed media, watercolor and drawings (estimate: $900-$4,000).

Blake Ballard is an emerging mixed-media artist out of Atlanta who creates portraits of pop-culture icons and brings them to life through his crystal glitter technique. He has studied under the likes of Richard Rowley, a famous Hollywood abstract artist in the early 1980s. Ballard has been stunning audiences with his life-size icons including his work Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson (estimate: $2,500-$5,000), which will be up for bid Sunday. Marianne Levy’s work Monkey and Bite Me (est. $500-$750) will also be among the ranks of Blake Ballard. Her sculptures are an amazingly vivid mix of human, nature and animal imagery, which focus on gender, sexuality and re-appropriation of symbols and myths.

An expansive collection of Brody Neuenschwander work will also be present. He is an artist originally from Houston who currently resides in Bruges, Belgium. A graduate and scholar of Princeton, his background is in medieval manuscript illumination, calligraphy, text art and installation art. Neuenschwander began teaching calligraphy in Bruges in 1993 and has had an influence on calligraphers in the country ever since.

One of his pieces The Eyes Have It original has been featured in Le Jardin des Mots an artist book printed in Paris featuring the works of calligraphy artists. This piece is a collage of rice paper with antique documents on Rives BFK printmaking paper, Chinese ink, gouache and applied doll’s eyes. A signed print of this piece will be up for auction (estimate: $2,500-$3,500).

“We pride ourselves in carrying items that are distinctive, superior quality and collectible. It’s amazing to think of the journey that many of our pieces have experienced to get to our gallery. It’s difficult to select only a few items to feature,” said Tracie Martin, owner of The Revolving Vault.

The “Truly Unique Holiday Gifts” session will also host a large amount of militaria, including: Civil War-era black powder flasks and rare gunpowder tins, World War I and World War II trench art and authentic military helmets and uniforms, among others. These decorative sculptures are directly linked to historical battles and consist of materials such as artillery shells, casings and other materials. Included in this auction are sculptures, vases and candlesticks, which are sure to please any military collector. Also up for auction will also be an antique Winchester Model 600A 10-gauge signal/salute cannon (estimate: $1,500-$2,000) with ammunition included.

The auction will host many glass and pottery items. Among these items are famous names that include works by Fenton, Hull, Wedgwood, McCoy, Murano Glass, JW Fite, Indiana Heirloom, Waterford and Lalique. Carnival, hand-blown and Depression glass, as well as fine cut-crystal, antique stoneware, and hand-made pottery will also be sold. A highlight will be the antique weather vanes/lightning rods showcasing both glass and ceramic balls. These obscure articles of early Americana are one of the fastest growing collectibles in the country today. The release of Rod Krupka’s book, The Complete Book of Lightning Rod Balls in 1995 captured the decorative imagination of collectors and the hobby has spread – like lightning. Among the elite pottery world, it’s worthy to note that two stunning items of Teco, the American Terra Cotta Tile and Ceramic Co., will be featured in the auction: a matte green glaze buttressed bowl and rectangular lidded box (estimate: $2,000-$4,000).

Touch any woman’s heart with the array of discounted jewelry, watches and handbags, including a stunning 10.51-carat black and white diamond 14K gold ring (full GLA appraisal $13,000), a 26.13-carat sapphire and 1.66-carat diamond bracelet (full GLA Appraisal $25,000) and an Omega Constellation watch with mother of pearl face and diamondb (estimate: $2,000-$3,000). A vintage Chanel handbag with tassel and long strap is featured as well (estimate: $1,750-$3,500).

Men are not to be left out, however, as an assortment of timepieces and sports memorabilia are included. The auction features a Breitling Bentley Flying B watch (estimate: $12,000-$15,000) and 1940s man’s Rolex Oyster watch (est. $1,500- $3,000). The sports memorabilia collection is what legends are made of and include Jim Spence authenticated signatures from professional baseball players, golfers, U.S. presidents, and dignitaries such as Babe Ruth, Joe Dimaggio, Yogi Berra, President Dwight Eisenhower, President Gerald Ford, Duke of Windsor, Payne Stewart, Arnold Palmer and Lou Brock, among others.

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

Internet live bidding for Sunday’s auction 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

‘King Kong’ by Michael Meazell. The Revolving Vault image. 

 Breitling Bentley Flying B wristwatch. The Revolving Vault image.

Black and white diamond ring. The Revolving Vault image. 

‘Elements of Before and After’ by Jim Hudek. The Revolving Vault image. 

Lightning rod and balls. The Revolving Vault image. 

Original work by Juan Carlos Breceda. The Revolving Vault image. 

Teco bowl by the American Terra Cotta and Ceramic Co. The Revolving Vault image. 

Winchester Model 98 10-gauge signal salute cannon. The Revolving Vault image. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 11:53
 

Ravenswick to auction lifetime Chinese collection Dec. 15

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Monday, 10 December 2012 15:54

Pair of Chinese Qing elm and yellow wood side cabinets. Ravenswick image.

SYDNEY – Ravenswick will sell the Zonnevijille Collection in Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning at 5 p.m. Pacific (Sunday, Dec. 16, at noon local time). LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Ann Zonevijille dedicated her life from the age of 11 to collecting beautiful objects from all over the world. But she especially loved all things Chinese.

“This is regarded by many Chinese collectors as a lucky collection and we are honored to be intrusted with its safe keeping,” says Ravenswick principal Alex Renwick.

The sale will consist of more than 325 lots including:

  • An excellent group of 50 Qing and later black and white jade, Peking glass and porcelain snuff bottles;
  • Major jade, incuding Qing figure group, libation cup, three-color boulder, plaques, and jewelry;
  • Good Qing and Republic ivory figures, including three rare Qing Dynasty ivory vase and flowers, a pair of Kylins, and a Qing figure of a dog;
  • Chinese porcelain, Qing vases, Republic vase, erotic figures, water dropper and shallow dishes;
  • African ivories, Chinese paintings, malachite figure of a horse, and some Chinese paintings;
  • Chinese coral figures, bronze and white metal sensors and figures, bamboo figures and brush pots;
  • Qing, Republic and later Chinese furniture, including a pair of Qing Dynasty side cabinets, scholar’s table, chest of drawers, a pair and single side tables.
  • Remarkable Japanese silk textiles, cased sterling silver scale model of the Taj Mahal, arm chairs and rugs.

The Christine A. Anthony Collection includes a John Clinch FRBS bronze, early scrimshaw, possibly a Republic Famille Rose porcelain vase, a circa 1850 Louis XVI-Style ormolu clock, European School paintings, a selection of Bukka woven baskets (The Buin of South Bougainville), and a good collection of North American silver turquoise and coral cuffs.

Contact Alex Renwick 0411 308 888 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Internet live bidding will be available through 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

Pair of Chinese Qing elm and yellow wood side cabinets. Ravenswick image. 

Chinese Famille Rose bowl. Ravenswick image. 

Italian Pietra Dura panel, circa 1920. Ravenswick image. 

 Chinese white jade figure in the form of a carp. Ravenswick image.

Chinese hardwood scholar’s table. Ravenswick image. 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 10 December 2012 16:50
 

Manship statues highlight Midwest Auction Galleries sale Dec. 15

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Monday, 10 December 2012 14:14

Al Loving oil painting on canvas, ‘Cube # Two,’ 1975. Midwest Auction Galleries images.

OXFORD, Mich. – On Saturday, Dec. 15, Midwest Auction Galleries will host a fine and decorative art auction with over 700 lots. This noteworthy sale features an array of items from paintings and sculptures to jewelry and furniture. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

A pair of Paul Manship bronze statues estimated at $50,000-$75,000 will be drawing attention. The first is titled Settlers of the East and the second titled Pioneers of the West. Both are signed “P. Manship, 1962.” A limited number is known to exist. Paul Howard Manship (1885-1966) was a New York artist known for Art Deco figural sculpture. A pair of these models molded life-size in plaster can be found in the White House Collection and a much smaller pair in bronze are also listed as inventory in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

In addition, an Al Loving painting titled Cube # Two, dated 1975, which carries an estimate of $15,000-$20,000, will also be featured. Alvin Demar Jr. (1935-2005) was a New York and Michigan artist known for geometric abstract painting and collage reliefs. It was purchased from the Harry Winston estate in 1978 and was formerly in the Lydia Kahn Winston collection.

A rare Tiffany Cypriot lava glass and sterling vase will be available, which carries an estimate of $8,000-$10,000. This gourd-shape vase exhibits iridescent thread-like applied glass decoration with a sterling silver rim and foot with scroll decoration.

An array of Americana and Native American art will be offered including a Lewis B. DeTurk chip carved box and a Sampson Towgood Roche miniature painting on Ivory. The Lewis B. DeTurk chip carved box ($1,000- $1,500), which is signed and dated 1931, is elaborately carved on all five sides with images depicting tulips, pinwheels and stars. The Sampson Towgood Roche miniature portrait on ivory ($1,000- $2,500) is in a 9K gold frame with the back of the frame displaying braided hair.

Another fine decorative item featured is a 20th century pair of Chinese highly carved and polychromed veneer bone tusks with images depicting warriors. This lot is detailed with Greek key borders and raised on tapering bases signed with a carved red seal mark to base is estimated at $1,500-$2,000.

Jewelry highlights include a Colombian emerald and diamond 18K gold ring with an estimate of $8,000-$10,000. This unique 5.70-carat ring is composed of a genuine Columbian emerald surrounded by 24 brilliant diamonds. Also featured is a 2.06-carat round brilliant cut diamond GIA certified ($5,000- $7,000).

For more information on lots in this auction, contact 248-236-8100, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

Al Loving oil painting on canvas, ‘Cube # Two,’ 1975. Midwest Auction Galleries images. 

Important pair of Paul Manship bronze statues. Midwest Auction Galleries images. 

Sampson Towgood Roche miniature portrait. Midwest Auction Galleries images.

2.06-carat round brilliant cut diamond, GIA certified. Midwest Auction Galleries images.

Rare Tiffany Cypriot lava glass and sterling vase. Midwest Auction Galleries images.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 December 2012 14:52
 

Onslows poster auction Dec. 19 offers holiday ideas

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Friday, 07 December 2012 12:20

Lot 108A Jan Wijga (1902-1978) Royal Dutch Air Lines, 1926. Estimate: £700-1,000. Onslows Auctioneers image.

STOURPAINE, England – Onslows has put together a fine and varied collection to suit all pockets and tastes for the auctioneer’s 28th Anniversary Winter Vintage Posters sale on Wednesday, Dec. 19. The auction of more than 320 lots will begin at 2 p.m. GMT (6 a.m. Pacific). LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Onslows has a good collection of World War II home front posters coming recently from a London Council archive. They include a group of three simple but very effective designs encouraging the public to use “Less Light, Water and Gas.” Dating from 1940 they are estimated at £200-250 apiece. Another is for “Keep a Pig” and "Join a Pig Club." This rare poster from 1940 promoted the only legal way in wartime to fatten a pig without the worries of the ration book. It is expected to make £200-300, certainly more than the cost of a pig in wartime.

An early and rare poster for Royal Dutch Airlines dating from 1926 and showing the Fokker Airliner is expected to sell for around £700. A classic 1950s poster for Quantas, advertising the route to Australia by Frank McNamara and showing a relaxing couple, is estimated at £250-300.

Onslows is well known for selling British Railways posters. Notable among the 200 examples are Tom Purvis’s Bridlington, £1,200-1,600; A.R. Thomson’s art deco design for the Flying Scotsman, £1,000-1,500; and a beautiful set of 12 posters by Pierre Fix-Masseau for the Venice Simplon Orient Express, £500-700. A set of six posters by Frank H Mason for East Coast fishing are estimated at £500-700 each. One of the finest golf posters for Cruden Bay on the LNER by H.G. Gawthorn dates from 1924 and bids of around £3,000 are sought to secure it. Rare original artwork by P.M. Hill for the Great Western Railway poster of Polperro, carries an estimate in excess of £800.

We also offer posters from London Transport, for Continental travel including skiing and many others.

For details telephone 01258 488838 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

(1 British pound = $1.60.)

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 108A Jan Wijga (1902-1978) Royal Dutch Air Lines, 1926. Estimate: £700-1,000. Onslows Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 December 2012 12:41
 

Lewis & Maese to auction antiques, art from Texas estates, Dec. 12

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Thursday, 06 December 2012 18:12

Russian icon on copper, est. $5,500-$6,500. Lewis & Maese image.

HOUSTON – Nearly 300 lots of fascinating items from four family estates will cross the auction block Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Lewis & Maese gallery, starting at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide the Internet live bidding.

The sale summary includes:

Fine Antiques

Eclectic is the best description for the fine antique furniture and accessories. More than 30 Persian rugs, two Boulle-style commodes, an 18th-century round burled yew drop leaf table, a pair of rather large table lamps with Campagna-style terra cotta urn bases, and a satinwood Sheraton bow front demilune buffet, will be sold. A pair of Chippendale-style gilt wood mirrored wall sconces will be offered, as well as a circa-1880 Bremond music box. In the Orient style are a nest of three English tea tables, a monumental Chinese porcelain punch bowl, a red lacquer Chinese cabinet and a red lacquer Chinese trunk. A pair of 9ft 19th-century French giltwood mirrors will also be sold. There is also a wide assortment of lamps, chandeliers, candelabra and sconces.

Fine Art

More than 40 original works of art are on the block. A 19th century Russian icon on copper depicting Madonna and Child mounted with precious stones in the crown is a collector’s delight. Highlights of paintings include Washington Landscape School artist Max Weyl’s 1898 “Virginia Landscape”; George Armfield’s (1808-1893) “Terriers Ratting” and six Impressionist Ruth Greer oils featuring her Parisian cityscapes. Three oil paintings by Western artist G. Harvey will be auctioned as well as a Raya Sorkine oil painting “Vie Tou Jours.” Also, two large allegorical paintings in the classical taste are available.

The Unusual

Famous Houstonian Howard Hughes’ 18ft-long corporate dining table and 20 chairs from Hughes Tool Company in Houston is one of the more historically interesting lots on the block. When Hughes Sr. died in 1924, 75% of the company was left to Howard Jr., who at the time was a student at Rice University in Houston. Under Howard Jr.'s ownership, Hughes Tool ventured into the motion picture business via Hughes Productions during the 1920s, and into the airline business in 1939 with the acquisition of a controlling interest in Transcontinental and Western Air (later renamed Trans World Airlines). To say this dining table and chairs has a tremendous history is an understatement.

Other unusual items include a collection of 10 antique slot machines from the golden age of slot machines of the 1930s and two roulette wheels by H.C. Evans & Company. A fascinating collection of antique and vintage nautical items including compasses, sextants, ship portals, and other items. A 1973 Wurlitzer jukebox, a reissue of Model 1050, which stores up to 100 45 RPMs, is one of the last jukeboxes that play records, and was a tribute to the flashy bubbling machines designed by Paul Fuller in the 1940s. A contemporary jukebox that plays CDs is also on the auction list.

Luxury

A Franck Muller diamond-encrusted watch is waiting to be slipped beneath some lucky lady's Christmas tree. Other potential gifts include fine jewelry and furs.

For additional information on any lot in the auction, call 713-869-1335.

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

Russian icon on copper, est. $5,500-$6,500. Lewis & Maese image. 

Last Updated on Friday, 07 December 2012 09:11
 

Superb Euro. art glass, furniture, decoratives in Bruhns’ Dec. 9 sale

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Thursday, 06 December 2012 17:38

Emile Galle French cameo art glass vase, signed, leaf and floral design, 6 inches tall. Est. $350-$525. Bruhns Auction Gallery image.

DENVER – Discriminating collectors who may have overlooked the Mile High City of Denver as a source for premium-quality European antiques in the past may have to rethink their buying strategy on Sunday, Dec. 9th. Bruhns Auction Gallery will be hosting an Antique Estates Auction whose contents rival anything to be found in the finest Continental salerooms. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

The auction features more than 30 pieces of rare French Galle, Quezal and Daum Nancy art glass, Sevres porcelain, antique clocks and elegant mirrors and beautiful French bronzes. Additionally, the auction includes antique furniture, great original artworks, jewelry, sterling silver, and American entries: paintings, bronzes and much more.

Highlights:

• Fabulous Baroque-style arm chair with cherubs

• Oak easels

• Fireplace screens

• Pair of jade lamps

• Chinese ivory boat carving

• Bronze candelabra

• Cloisonne bronze floor lamp

• Empire French planter

• Fancy old marble pedestals

• Early tilt-top parlor table

• French marble-top console tables

• French Verne Martin vitrine

• English grandmother clock

• Stacking oak bookcases

• Early game table

• Library tables

• Marble-top dressers

Original paintings to be sold are by such noted artists as: August Lohr, Freiberr Bechloshiem, Edwin Roberts, E. Simms, E. Cadorin, Kerrman Bimtten, Harry Linder, Alma Knauber and others.

For additional information on any lot in the sale, call 303-744-6505 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

Emile Galle French cameo art glass vase, signed, leaf and floral design, 6 inches tall. Est. $350-$525. Bruhns Auction Gallery image. 

August Lohr (German, 1843-1919), Mexican landscape, signed and dated 'August Lohr Mexico 1903.' Est. $14,000-$22,000. Bruhns Auction Gallery image.

Pair of French Sevres Louis XV vases, floral and ribbon decoration, circa 1900, 14 1/2 inches tall. Est. $800-$1,200. Bruhns Auction Gallery image.

French circa-1820 Sevres Louis XV-style porcelain and bronze ewer with ram's head at base of handle, cherubs and birds at top. Cobalt blue vessel with Romantic scenes. Artist signed. Est. $8,000-$12,000. Bruhns Auction Gallery image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 December 2012 17:45
 

Skinner toasts 20th century design at Dec. 15 auction

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Thursday, 06 December 2012 17:00

Henry Petzal silversmith (1906-2002) covered box, handwrought sterling silver and carnelian. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Skinner Inc. image.

BOSTON – Skinner Inc. will host an auction of 20th century design in its Boston gallery on Saturday, Dec. 15. The extensive sale offers a variety of material from each decade of the 20th century, including furniture, pottery, glasswork, jewelry, art and sculpture. LiveAuctioners.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Just in time for the holidays, this sale has something for collectors and design aficionados alike.

A collection of silver holloware by Henry Petzal will be offered, including a handwrought sterling silver and carnelian box decorated with tropical fish among undulating sea grasses (lot 15, estimated $1,000-$1,500). This box, along with the other Petzal material in the sale, was included in a solo exhibition of his work at the Currier Gallery in Manchester, N.H., in 1987.

Studio pottery highlights include works by the husband and wife team of Vivika and Otto Heino. A large Otto Heino stoneware bowl (lot 501, $250 to $350) and a Vivika and Otto Heino pottery drip design vase (lot 505, $200 to $300) are two of the nearly 20 lots of Heino pottery to be offered. The Heinos met in New Hampshire while studying at the New Hampshire League of Arts and Crafts. They achieved consistently superb glaze results through continuous experimentation and the use of the demanding wood firing technique. Their works are held in private and public collections around the world.

Pieces from another notable husband and wife team, Edwin and Mary Scheier, will also be on offer and include two redware serving bowls and a large center bowl (lot 531, $300 to $500).

Other important works of studio pottery include a gray-green crackle glazed pottery vessel by Richard DeVore (lot 558, $1,000 to $1,500) and a large Peter Voulkos charger (lot 587, $5,000 to $7,000).

A collection of early 20th century French art pottery, including a large Primavera stoneware vase by Louis Lourioux (lot 199, $1,000 to $1,500) rounds out the sale’s diverse pottery selection.

A collection of Italian art glass that includes pieces such as a Barovier Tessere Ambra bowl (lot 429, $3,000 to $5,000) and two Pulcino bird sculptures by Alessandro Pianon for Vistosi (lots 450 and 451, both $1,200 to $1,600) will be offered. In addition there are excellent examples of art glass from Orrefors and Steuben. A Steven Weinberg Glass cube sculpture (lot 650, $1,500 to $2,500), a Paul Stankard paperweight, and an Oiva Toikka block sculpture (lot 691, $300 to $500) complete the diverse offerings.

An impressive marble sculpture (lot 344, $6,000 to $8,000) depicting a hooded face surrounded by writhing nude bodies suggests allegorical influences of Dante. This sculpture was found on the property where Frank Wigglesworth (1893-1951) had his studio in the early part of the 20th century. The family recalls this work serving as the centerpiece for a pond on the property. The sculpture is being sold to benefit a Land Conservation Fund.

A "Red Dot" painted steel garden sculpture (lot 654, $800 to $1,200) by the accomplished artist and author of Six Maryland Artists, Alton P. "Jim" Balder is just one of many unique pieces of garden sculpture that will be offered.

A pair of whimsical painted fiberglass figural sculptures by Anna Lou "Louie" Rhoades depicts Mr. Senior Ball, a man drinking a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer while watching a baseball game on television and Etta Lott, a full-figured woman sitting and touching her toes, motivated by a just-finished plate of cake (lot 658 and 659, both $3,000 to $5,000.)

In addition to an array of Arts & Crafts and Danish Modern pieces, notable furniture offerings include a pair of Mira Nakashima conoid cushion chairs (lot 562, $4,000 to $5,000) and a walnut Wohls end table by George Nakashima (lot 566, $2,500 to $3,500).

Several Warren Platner for Knoll International designs will be offered, including a set of four armchairs (lot 546, $4,000 to $6,000) and a low table (lot 545, $700 to $900).

A collection of Edward Wormley for Dunbar furniture will also be sold, most notably a beautiful sideboard with a marble top from the Hemisphere Collection (lot 452, $3,000 to $5,000).

From the early 20th century come works such as Alphonse Marie Mucha’s Les Saisons suite, which decorates a four-panel Art Nouveau screen (lot 110, $20,000 to $25,000) and studies by Harold Edgerton (lots 358-360, from $1,000 to $2,000). More contemporary works include Cletus Johnson’s ethereal Moon sculpture (lot 549, $800 to $1,000) and various abstract works by Taro Yamomoto. A first edition of Andy Warhol’s Index Book (lot 653, $400 to $600) and Roy Lichtenstein’s As I Opened Fire… a triptych (lot 634, $700 to $900) add a touch of pop to the sale’s accessible art selection.

For more information on lots in this auction, contact Jane Prentiss, director of Skinner Inc.’s 20th century design: 508-970-3253, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

Henry Petzal silversmith (1906-2002) covered box, handwrought sterling silver and carnelian. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Skinner Inc. image. 

Alphonse Marie Mucha (Czechoslovakian, 1860-1939) Art Nouveau four-panel screen: ‘Printemps, Ete, Automne and Hiver from Les Saisons,’ 1896. Estimate: $20,000-$25,000. Skinner Inc. image. 

Outdoor sculpture, carved marble, Harvard, Mass., late 19th/early 20th century. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Skinner Inc. image. 

Barovier Tessere ambra bowl. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Skinner Inc. image. 

Edward Wormley for Dunbar sideboard. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Skinner Inc. image. 

Large Otto Heino bowl. Estimate: $250-$350. Skinner Inc. image. 

Anna Lou ‘Louie’ Rhoades figural sculpture of a man watching television. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Skinner Inc. image. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 December 2012 17:37
 

Rhino horn cup expected to top Michaan’s Asian sale Dec. 11

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Thursday, 06 December 2012 14:52

Rhinoceros horn magnolia-form libation cup, 17th-18th century. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s Auctions has acquired an exceptionally carved rhinoceros horn libation cup for their Fine Asian Works of Art Auction, which will be Tuesday, Dec. 11. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

 

A larger rhinoceros horn cup was offered in the Fine Asian Works of Art Auction in June, drawing international attention when it sold for $70,200. The cup for sale is estimated at $20,000-$30,000, as it is a fine testament to the traditional art form. The cup is carved as an open magnolia blossom with carved chilong dragons, fruiting lychee branches and floral petals utilized as decorative motifs. The horn is dated to the 17th century and displays a beautifully rich, dark coffee brown hue. Comparable examples are held in the Durham University Oriental Museum collection as well as in the Beijing Palace Museum collection.

 

Quality furniture pieces have consistently been a top performer in the current Asian art market. The category has a following among Asian art and furniture enthusiasts as well as decorators and antique collectors, providing a multidimensional buyer base. Highlighting the range of furniture pieces for sale are a large Ming-style rosewood altar coffer and a zitan side table. The coffer was acquired in Beijing in the 1920s, remaining in the family through multiple generations. The piece is quite ornate, as intricately detailed carvings are crafted throughout the entire front. The concentrated carvings cover most of the space, as swirling dragons navigate their way through a continuous pattern of ruyi clouds. Brass hardware finishes the piece, which comes complete with working locks and a key. It has a $20,000-$30,000 estimate.

 

A more compact piece of furniture is offered in a zitan side table, which also carries a $20,000-$30,000 estimate. The streamlined design of this table lets the true beauty of the zitan wood shine through. The piece displays coveted deep purple undertones characteristic of the prized hardwood. Zitan is presently on the verge of extinction and has been in short supply for thousands of years. As a result, only the imperial household was allowed to use zitan in China from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Zitan furniture’s rarity has lead most marketable pieces to museums or private collections, with the ability to command premium prices.

 

A jade carving of a water buffalo ($8,000-$12,000) is not only a collectible piece of artistry, but it’s also offered to benefit the needy in San Mateo County. The recumbent animal is simply carved and bears an attentive gaze. The natural qualities of the stone are immediately evident, complementing the overall look of the piece. The jade displays an even, milky, pale celadon color. Patches of russet inclusions are then scattered primarily among the lower portion of the body of the animal. The piece is being sold to benefit HIP Housing in San Mateo, Calif. For 40 years, HIP Housing has helped those in need find stable living accommodations through the various programs it provides. On average, HIP Housing aids over 4,500 people each year in San Mateo County.

 

A repousse gilt bronze figure of Amitayus is another fine decorative item for auction in the sale. Amitayus is a celestial Buddha, principle to a branch of Buddhism practiced primarily in East Asia. According to scripture, Amitayus’ merits are infinite as they have resulted from his good deeds over past lives as a bodhisattva named Dharmakara. Amitayus’ alias “Amitabha” is translatable as “Infinite Light,” therefore he is often revered as “The Buddha of Infinite Light.” The figure is dated to the 18th century and features a serene Amitayus seated in dhyanasana upon a double lotus base. He appears quite royal, furnishing a tiered crown and layers of beaded jewelry upon his flowing dhoti and draping sash. The excellent craftsmanship of the period is clear in the detailed work evident on the figure ($15,000-20,000).

 

For more information on Michaan’s winter fine auctions, including the Asian offerings on Dec. 11 call the front desk at 510-740-0220.

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

Rhinoceros horn magnolia-form libation cup, 17th-18th century. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Michaan’s Auctions image. 

Fifteen jade and stone carvings, Neolithic Period. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Michaan’s Auctions image. 

Large jade model of a water buffalo. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Michaan’s Auctions image. 

Three white jade animal carvings, 18th century. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Michaan’s Auctions image. 

Zitan painting table. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Large Ming-style rosewood altar coffer, circa 1900. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 December 2012 16:03
 

Jenack loads annual military auction Dec. 16 with war relics

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Winchester Model 92 lever-auction rifle. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.

CHESTER, N.Y. – William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers will conduct its annual military auction at the Jenack gallery, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com, on Sunday, Dec. 16, starting at 11 a.m. EST.

The sale will include many lots of shotguns, rifles, revolvers, pistols, knives, swords, World War I and World War II medals, cameras, and firemen helmets and badges.

One of the more interesting and rare items in the sale is a water-cooled machine gun that had the ominous nickname of “The Devil’s Paint Brush,” also known as a Maxim 08/15 8 mm, #5409.

Also in the offering will be a small collection of classic Winchester guns including a Model 42 hammerless .410-gauge pump-action shotgun; a Model 1894 saddle ring carbine, .30 WCF-caliber lever-action; a Model 94 30 WCF-caliber lever-action with scope; a Model 92 .44 WFC-caliber lever-action with antique octagonal barrel; and a Model 1873, 38 WFC-caliber lever-action with octagonal barrel.

Shotguns to be sold will be a fine Webley and Scott AG model 702 12-gauge double-barrel shotgun, a fine Parker Brothers double-barrel 12-gauge shotgun, a Colt model 1883 hammerless 12-gauge double-barrel shotgun, a Winchester model 1912 20-gauge pump-action shotgun and fine Beretta model 687EELL Diamond Pigeon 20-gauge over/under shotgun.

For the knife collector there will be some interesting finds including a Jim Minnick custom-made Bowie knife with bone handle signed by the maker, a signed Ron Frazier custom knife, a German Luftwaffe officer’s dagger and scabbard, a vintage signed Joh. Engstrom Eskilstuna 1874 folding barrel knife with burl handle, a Japanese military wakizashi and an Indonesian kris with scabbard.

In the area of World War collectables there will be a Nazi SS Swiss Agassiz 17-jewel pocket watch engraved “SS Tragerdes Ritterkreuzes Ruzhuser, SS Sturmbannfuher 15-8-1944;” a Nazi naval Iron Cross first class with spange; Imperial German 1870 Iron Cross, first class; Nazi General Assault Badge, maker “JFS;” Nazi Luftwaffe Flack Badge, maker “Weiderhoff.”

A set of 24 Kurz & Allison chromolithographs depicting the major battles of the American Civil War includes the “Battle of Cole Harbor,” “Battle of Chattanooga,” and “The Fort Pillow Massacre.”

Optics will also have some space in the sale. Leading that section will be a vintage Eastman Kodak Century studio camera Model 8A with Taylor Hobson 15-inch Cook portrait lens with its stand and accessories; a professional 35 mm camera outfit including two Olympus OM-2 camera bodies, 21-150 mm lenses, filters, sights, remote shutter release, all in a metal case; two vintage field lenses including John Scheidig & Co., New York; and a Cannon EOS Elan 7E 35 mm automatic camera with Tamron Aspherical XR 28-300 mm f3.5-6.3 macro zoom lens.

This show should be exciting not only due to the lots included but also because it will be the first time the auction company has offered firearms worldwide with Internet live bidding though Live Auctioneers.com.

For details on any lot callWilliam Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers at 845-469-9095 ext. 24

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

 Winchester Model 92 lever-auction rifle. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.

Jim Minnick custom-made Bowie Knife. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image. 

Webley and Scott Model 702 12-gauge shotgun. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.

Maxim 08/15 8 mm water-cooled machine gun, aka ‘The Devil’s Paint Brush.’ William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.

Colt single-action Army .45-caliber revolver. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 17:20
 

Skinner sale Dec. 12-13 features unique gifts of the season

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Signed Mariano Fortuny silk pleated ‘Delphos’ gown with Venetian glass beadwork, circa 1910, Venice, Italy, length approximately 64 inches. Estimate: $4,000-$5,000. Skinner Inc. image.

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – Skinner Inc. will host its annual Holiday Auction on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at noon EST and on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. The two-day sale of 1,500 lots presents an assortment of beautiful antique and one-of-a-kind gift items for the holidays, including sterling silver tableware, jewelry, designer clothing and accessories, textiles, furniture, rugs, and decorative arts. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Sterling silver include a Tiffany & Co. sterling silver trumpet vase (lot 1, estimated between $400 and $600), a four-piece international Wedgwood sterling silver tea service (lot 72, $800 to $1,200), and an 1890 English silver bowl with a James Wakely & Frank Clarke Wheeler maker's mark (lot 91, $400 to $600).

The smallest boxes often contain the best gifts. Skinner’s Holiday Auction of estate jewelry offers exquisite antique and artist-made jewelry and watches, highlighted by a Jensen sterling silver and garnet bird brooch (lot 226, $200 to $300); a 14K gold, ruby, enamel and diamond hinged bangle (lot 283, $800 to $1,200); and a "Riviera" stainless steel woman's wristwatch by Baume & Mercier for Tiffany & Co. (lot 365, $300 to $500). A 14K gold, coral and jade necklace (lot 395, $300 to $400) and a 14kt gold, onyx, and diamond cocktail ring (lot 374, $400 to $600) will also be sold.

Vintage designer clothing is a perfect way to make a splash at any holiday gathering. Following the successful sale of a Mariano Fortuny gown for $9,480 in September, Skinner is will offer two Fortuny silk pleated "Delphos" gowns with Venetian glass beadwork. One is available in tea pink and the other in olive green (lots 650 & 700, both lots $4,000 to $5,000). A triangular Brussels lace wedding veil in ivory, circa 1820, (lot 631, $600 to $800), and a Revillon Paris adjustable length dark brown fur coat with belt (lot 715, $300 to $500) will also be offered.

Day two of Skinner Inc.’s Holiday Auction includes a large selection of gift items such as Austrian bronzes, Steiff teddy bears, hold-to-light Santa Claus postcards, formal tableware and mid-century modern furnishings.

Notable examples of furniture include a Louis XV-style marble-top, gilt-metal-mounted, inlaid, and veneered side cabinet (lot 928, $400 to $600); an Alvar Aalto black leather bentwood armchair and a pair of black leather upholstered blondewood fan-leg stools (lot 970, $700 to $800); and a pair of Victorian Renaissance Revival upholstered carved walnut parlor armchairs (lot 1115, $700 to $900).

A 19th century American oil painting depicting a lake view in the mountains (lot 1149, $300 to $500), an 83 piece Villeroy & Boch ceramic Watteau pattern ceramic partial dinner service (lot 1158, $400 to $600), and two Korean iron-mounted pine tansu chests (lot 1192, $400 to $600) will also be offered.

Skinner will also be offering over 50 lots from the collection of Penny Marshall, American actor, director and author. Lots 801 to 852 in the sale reflect her well-known collecting aesthetic that brings together folk art, Arts & Crafts, and modern design.

A collection of over 115 late 19th and early 20th century Austrian cold-painted bronze miniature figures will be sold. These figures have remained in the collection of a middle-class German banking family since they were purchased. The grandmother of the consignors collected the figures during vacations and visits to Austria and the Black Forest in the period up to 1930. This collection encompasses a range of subjects that were available at the time, from life-like figures of insects to Black Americana to whimsical miniatures of animals dressed up or engaged in human-like activity. The condition of the pieces is exceptional, with original paint and details.

Bergmann, the most well-known maker of the day, is represented by a miniature group of chickens at a water pump (lot 1151, $150 to $200), a “gold” pig (lot 1167, $275 to $350), and a squirrel with nut figure (lot 1102, $125 to $150).

For more information on this auction contact Cara Elmslie, director of Skinner Discovery Auctions at 508-970-3290 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Internet live bidding will be available throught LiveAuctioneer.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

Signed Mariano Fortuny silk pleated ‘Delphos’ gown with Venetian glass beadwork, circa 1910, Venice, Italy, length approximately 64 inches. Estimate: $4,000-$5,000. Skinner Inc. image. 

Four-piece 'Wedgwood' sterling silver tea service by Internatrional. Estimate: $800-$1,200. Skinner Inc. image. 

 Tiffany & Co. sterling silver trumpet vase, New York, circa 1902-07, 11 1/2 inches high, 11 troy ounces. Estimate:$400-$600. Skinner Inc. image.

Georg Jensen sterling silver and garnet bird brooch, Copenhagen, Denmark, post-1945, set with five graduated cabochon garnets, 1 1/2 inches wide. Estimate: $200-$300. Skinner Inc. image. 

American School, 19th century, lake view in the mountains with figures. Unsigned oil on canvas, sight size 15 5/8 x 26 1/2 inches. Estimate: $300-500. Skinner Inc. image. 

Two Korean iron-mounted pine tansu chests, each in two parts. Estimate: $400-$600. Skinner Inc. image. 

Baume & Mercier for Tiffany & Co. ‘Riviera’ woman’s stainless steel wristwatch, Swiss quartz movement. Estimate: $300-$500. Skinner Inc. image. 

Part of a collection of more than 115 Austrian cold-painted bronze figures, late 19th, early 20th century. Skinner Inc. image.   

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 15:49
 

London’s Chiswick Auctions plans festive Dec. 11 toy and doll sale

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English, French, German and American dolls, circa 1790-1930, estimate range: £200-£5,000. Chiswick Auctions image.

LONDON – Most British antique dealers are very well acquainted with Chiswick Auctions, the West London firm whose sales bring to the market a myriad of exciting discoveries from their popular valuation days. Chiswick’s Dec. 11 auction presents an especially appealing opportunity for buyers in the run-up to Chrismas – a 300-lot selection of wonderful toys, dolls and textiles. Online bidding will be possible from anywhere in the world via LiveAuctioneers.com.

It was precisely from one of Chiswick’s valuation days that a rare and important Grodner Tal wooden doll, known more commonly as a Tuck comb doll, emerged from a neatly boxed bundle. The appealing carved and painted doll had been hidden away in an attic for many years and, obviously having been kept away from damp and light, is none the worse for wear. Its decorative yoke is highly colored and very bright, making it an exceptional find.

The doll was lathe turned and has tenon joints at her shoulders, elbows, hips and knees, allowing full circular movement. Its face is finely carved and delicately painted, with soft blue eyes and a rose tint to the ears and chin. The doll’s ears have tiny metal loops made to accommodate earrings. Made in the Groden Valley, Groden Tal and South Tyrol, Germany, this doll dates to 1810-1830. It has a slim, elongated body and measures 27½ inches. Its clothing includes two pairs of split knickers, two chemises, one full-length petticoat with puffed sleeves and a white open-backed drawstrung white dress with extremely long arms; a velvet and silk bonnet, and a old dimity printed scarf.

Also to be auctioned is a magnificent George III wooden doll, often called a “Queen Anne,” and also standing 27½ inches tall. Made in England circa 1790–1820, this doll is a later Queen Anne but also a very early George III with blue enamel eyes, carved ears, gesso and painted features including fine dot eyebrows and lashes. It has wooden fork-like hands with individually carved fingers. The sought-after doll wears a boned blue silk bodice that ties at the back, and a pale blue silk skirt in delicate condition. this has held together well but her skirt in pale blue silk is in delicate condition.

Chiswick Auctions’ Toy, Doll and Textile Specialist Tracie Vallis remarked, “The art of doll holds significant resonance with me. Through my interest, I begin to understand the social history of childhood, fashion, art and particularly the importance of cottage industry. While men mostly carved these dolls, it was women who sat, often by candlelight, sewing these dresses – an important role for women ‘without substance’ who certainly could never have afforded to own one such as the ones for whom they created clothing.”

Tracie Vallis is available to assist collectors with further information, advice and condition reports prior to the Dec. 11 sale. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Tel. (from USA) 011 44 20 8992 4442.

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

English, French, German and American dolls, circa 1790-1930, estimate range: £200-£5,000. Chiswick Auctions image.

Automaton and mechanical toys,  American, French and German, circa 1870–1880, estimate range: £250 - £2,500. Chiswick Auctions image.

George III wooden doll, English, circa 1790-1820, est. £3,500-£5,500. Chiswick Auctions image.

Grodner Tal wooden doll, German, circa 1810-1830, est. £2,000-£3,000. Chiswick Auctions image.

Poured wax bride doll, English, circa 1870, est. £700-£900. Chiswick Auctions image.

Four Schoenhut (Philadelphia) Humpty Dumpty circus animals, circa 1930, estimage range £150-£250. Chiswick Auctions image.

(Foreground) Marklin TWE 700 diesel rail car, German, circa 1900, est. £200 - £300. Chiswick Auctions image.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 December 2012 09:13
 

Rachel Davis to auction decorative, fine arts Dec. 8-9

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Unusual Dominick Labino glass sculpture, green and orange, 1970, signed Labino 1970 on bottom. 8 1/2 inches. Estimate: $3.500-$4,500. Rachel Davis Fine Arts image.

CLEVELAND – Rachel Davis Fine Arts will conduct a two-day fine and decorative arts auction on Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9. LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding.

Saturday’s session will consist of works on paper and books, and will feature 18th, 19th and 20th century American, European, Japanese and contemporary works on paper and a collection of catalog raisonnes. The auction will begin at 9:30 a.m. Eastern.

The auction will resume Sunday at 10 a.m. with fine and decorative arts.

Contemporary and art glass will feature pieces by Galle, Labino, Steuben, Lalique, D. Perkins, B.K. Young, Lotton, I. Slotchiver, B. Lonsway, P. Manners, B. Davis, R. Eickholt, R. Stephen, H. P. Summa, C. Murray, H. Boyer, H.D. Berger, G. Bolin, Orrefors, Victorian, Argental and Daum.

Porcelain and pottery: Cowan, Roseville, Lietzke, Meissen, Hampshire, Gouda, Rookwood, Moorcroft, Rosenthal, Weller, Quimper, Royal Copenhagen, Royal Doulton, Hutschenreuther, Dane Burr, Cabat, S. Kemenyffy, J. Edwards, I. Ullman, Uston. Hammel, Deal, G. Roby and early raku,.

Outsider art: D. Tinsley, S. Zoratti, L. Barker, L. Jones, S.L. Jones, R.A. Miller, R. Robertson, B. Borges, R. McGowan, B. Sims, M. Black, E. Armistead, B. Keaton, B. Kosh and J. McCall.

Vintage posters: L. Dupin, A. Mueller, J. Colin, G. Fayre, C. Villot, H. de Laurencin.

Furniture: Bertoia bird chair and ottoman, Limbert rocker, L. Stickley chairs, Spanish chest on stand, custom-made dining table and, Swedish design furniture.

Artwork: H.D. Murphy oil with Carrie-Rohane frame, A.G. Warshawsky, K. and R. Woods, G. Sether, A. Blanchard, L.M. Cox, W. Schuler, W. Bauer, H. Cohn, and 19th century primitive and portrait paintings.

Books: Limited editions club editions, art books, rare and children’s books, and a retired antique dealer’s reference library.

Miscellaneous: J.F.T. Gechter bronze, Carpeaux bronze, Inuit woodcuts, 19th century gilt frames, Anri, Pre-Columbian, mechanical bird cage, maps, historical, sporting and decorative prints, bottles, fountain pens, Marjorelle tray, Marilyn Monroe autographed photograph, perfume bottles, model ships, and a Regina music box.

For details email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 216-939-1190.

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
Unusual Dominick Labino glass sculpture, green and orange, 1970, signed Labino 1970 on bottom. 8 1/2 inches. Estimate: $3.500-$4,500. Rachel Davis Fine Arts image. Gene Kloss, 'Processional - New Mexican Church' (Sanchez 351), drypoint, soft ground and roulette, 1937, signed in pencil, edition of 50, 10 7/8 x 14 inches. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Rachel Davis Fine Arts image.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 December 2012 17:35
 

Art pottery adds luster to Clars’ decorative arts auction Dec. 9

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After an illustrious career in the eastern half of the U.S., Frederick Rhead started a pottery in Santa Barbara, Calif., where he created this mottled blue to violet drip glaze vase. It carries a $1,500 to $2,500 estimate. Clars Auction Gallery image.

OAKLAND, Calif. – Coming to the auction block on Sunday, Dec. 9, from two private California collections, will be over 50 examples of rare and exceptional pottery spanning Arts & Crafts through to contemporary studio works. The collection will be offered as part of Clars Decorative Arts and Furnishings Sale and incorporates a very creative range of potters and examples,” said Deric Torres, vice president and director of decorative arts and furnishings. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

From the Arts & Crafts period, will be a Teco Art Pottery vase designed by Fritz Albert estimated to sell for $1,500 to $2,500. A mottled blue to violet drip glaze vase by Frederick Rhead from hia pottery in Santa Barbara carries the same estimate. Exceptional works by Overbeck Pottery will be offered as well.

Turning to the highlights of contemporary studio examples to be offered is an early and rare work from Gertrude and Otto Natzler, an earthenware bowl covered in a brown and turquoise “crater” glaze. This piece is being offered for $3,000 to $5,000.

One of Robert Arneson’s earliest works, a studio earthenware “moon vase” is being offered for $2,000 to $4,000. Regarded as one of the most visionary figures in American pottery and glass, Glen Lukens will be represented with an organic turquoise crackle glaze studio bowl, which is estimated at $2,000 to $4,000. In addition, six glass lots from Lukens will also be offered.

From James Lovera will be the largest example of his work ever to be offered at auction. Measuring over 18 1/2 inches tall, this vase is done in volcanic and iridescent glazes. This work is being offered for $1,500 to $2,500.

Several works from Beatrice Wood will be offered. Among them is a group of four ceramic pieces purchased directly from the artist by Elizabeth Wilbur Stewart, a lifelong friend of the artist. These ceramic pieces include a blue tumbler, raspberry tumbler, striped straight walled pot and a crackle glaze lidded vessel.

Among the other notable makers in the collection include Harrison McIntosh, Myrton Purkiss, Marquerite Wildenhain, Richard Fairbanks, Roy Walker, Laura Andreson, Jack Windsor and Manuel Jalanivich.

In addition to the important pottery to be offered is a circa 1889-1908 Faberge fine silver tray with exotic floral repousse. This exceptional piece is being offered for $4,000 to $6,000.

Clars December Decorative Arts and Furnishings Auction will be held Sunday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. PST in conjunction with their antiques and fine art sale.

For complete information on any lot call 510-428-0100 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

After an illustrious career in the eastern half of the U.S., Frederick Rhead started a pottery in Santa Barbara, Calif., where he created this mottled blue to violet drip glaze vase. It carries a $1,500 to $2,500 estimate. Clars Auction Gallery image. 

This early and rare earthenware bowl from Gertrude and Otto Natzler is being offered for $3,000 to $5,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Glen Lukens will be represented with this organic turquoise crackle glaze studio bowl that is estimated to achieve $2,000 to $4,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This vase represents the largest by James Lovera ever offered at auction. Measuring over 18 1/2 inches, this vase is done in volcanic and iridescent glazes. It has a $1,500 to $2,500 estimate. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This circa 1889-1908 Faberge fine silver tray with exotic floral repousse is being offered for $4,000 to $6,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 December 2012 14:51
 

Antiques, artifacts, self-taught art at Material Culture, Dec. 8

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Jon Serl (American, 1894-1993), 'Mexican Pot Maker,' oil on canvas, signed 'JON.' Size: 30 x 24 inches (stretcher), 32 x 26 x 1-1/2 inches (frame). Provenance: Cavin-Morris, New York. Estimate: $3,000-$4,000. Material Culture image.

PHILA., Pa. - Material Culture's December Estates Auction on Dec. 8 presents an exciting array of fresh-to-the-market art and artifacts from Pennsylvania and regional estates. The auction features more than 90 lots of museum-quality modern, self-taught and animation art, providing extremely fine opportunity for collectors looking to expand current collections, or start new ones. Over 200 lots of 20th century art glass, 100 lots of antique and vintage Navajo jewelry, and 40 lots of antique and decorative Oriental textiles and carpets contribute to the auction's wealth of more than 600 lots. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide the Internet live bidding for the event.

Additional highlights include selections of Lalique crystal sculptures, 19th century Sevres porcelain vases, 19th century Japanese ivory, and over 30 lots of 18th and 19th century Asian and continental snuff boxes. From painting and sculpture to decorative art and jewelry, the auction offers items valued in varying price ranges for collectors of all ages.

With this auction, Material Culture continues to take a leadership position in the field of self-taught art, featuring a wide selection of sculptures as well as paintings, drawings, and mixed-media pieces. The sale opens with three sculptures by Polish-American artist Ted Ludwiczak (born 1927), whose work is in the permanent collections of the prestigious American Folk Art Museum in New York, the Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, and INTUIT: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago, in addition to many smaller galleries in New York and around the country. Ludwiczak draws his inspiration for his distinctive stone faces from the natural rock formation, exemplified well in the sculptures up for auction, including the piece “Moon,” a benign face carved in a crescent-shaped stone, expected to sell for $800-$1,200.

Other sculptures at the sale include two lots by American folk art icon Mr. Imagination, born in 1948 as Gregory Warmack, who passed away earlier this year. His works continue to be held in the permanent collections of The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, The American Visionary Museum in Baltimore, the Museum of American Folk Art, New York, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, and other institutions. His “Totem Sculpture,” valued at $1,000-$1,500, features his signature bottlecaps, and is topped with the head of an African king, a quintessential figure for Mr. Imagination.

Self-taught American artist Terry Turrell works in both sculpture and painting, and the auction features both of his artistic media. He frequently incorporates recycled materials as sculptural elements or as canvases. His painting “Dog,” oil on wood, embodies the dreamlike, sometimes wistful feel and compelling texture of many of his works, and is expected to fetch $2,000-$3,000. Turrell’s art has been shown most often on the west coast, surrounding his birthplace and current residence of Washington state. but his dozens of solo and group appearances include exhibitions at the American Visionary Museum in Baltimore, the American Primitive Gallery in New York, the Vancouver Museum of Art, and the Modern Primitive Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia.

Painting at the auction is led by several remarkable pieces by one of Africa’s most famous contemporary artists, Prince Twins Seven-Seven (1944-2011). Born in Nigeria, Prince’s international fame has garnered him exhibitions on every continent, and a place in the permanent collections of major museums around the world, including the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2005, he was designated UNESCO Artist for Peace. Five paintings and one mixed-media piece are featured, including the spectacular “Rainbow Wealth Goddess,” a large ink, pastel and oil depiction of the goddess Osun with a mermaid-tail of fish, dated 1989. Valued at $6,000-$9,000, the painting is featured in-depth in Henry Glassie’s book “Prince Twins Seven-Seven: His Art, His Life in Nigeria, His Exile in America.”

Another African artist showcased in the auction is Kwame Akoto from Ghana (born 1950), creating under the name “Almighty God.” Of his nine paintings in the sale, several portray famous figures, including Ray Charles and Barack Obama. His blue-dominated oil-on-board painting of President Obama is expected to sell for $1,000-$1,500. Currently, his work may be seen locally in the exhibition “African Visions of Obama” at Lehigh University, but has also appeared in “Contemporary Art of Africa,” by Andre Magnin, Susan Vogel's contemporary African art exhibition “Africa Explores,” and in solo shows in Ghana.

American self-taught artist Jon Serl (1894-1993) is represented at auction by his painting entitled “Mexican Pot Maker,” once held by the Cavin-Morris gallery of New York. Exemplary of Serl's lively, bold, and other-worldly renderings, this painting is expected to fetch $3,000-$4,000. Some of his works are held in the folk art collection of the Smithsonian Institution, the Leguna Art Museum of Leguna Beach, California, and the Anthony Pelutto Collection of Self-Taught and Outsider Art, amongst many others. Serl is the subject of several books, including Susan C. Larsen’s “Jon Serl,” “Psycholgical Paintings: The Personal Vision of Jon Serl,” by Jessica Jacobs, and “One Man by Himself: Portraits of Jon Serl,” by Sam Messer, with essays by Denis Johnson.

Nine lots by Serbian artist Vojislav Jakic (1932-2003) are excellent representations of the artist’s dark, raw drawings, some of which are held in the important Collection de l’art brut in Lausanne, Switzerland. Several of the lots consist of a group of artworks; one collection of seven pen and ink drawings from 1988 includes pieces titled “People don't be happy why don't you stay inside the sperm” and “Joining the Devil if he exists, and "Woman if she is there, it will create the most dangerous living creature, whose evil will surpass crimes of Herona, Hitler, Stalin, and the rest of the criminals.” The group has an estimated value of $3,000-$4,000.

Other pieces from self-taught artists include an untitled work of colored pencil on paper by American artist Frank Jones (1900-1969), valued at $1,000-$2,000, two paintings on found metal by Canadian artist Scott Griffin (born 1970), including “Infield,” valued at $800-$1,200.

The auction also features the work of German Expressionist Hans Christoph Drexel (1886-1979), part of the movement’s second wave, according to Peter Selz’s discussion of the artist in his seminal 1957 book “German Expressionist Painting.” Paintings by Drexel are included in the collections of the Lehnbachhaus, Munich, Folkwang Museum, Hagen, National Galerie, Berlin, and Yale Art Gallery, amongst others. The painting up for sale, dated 1950, is representative of the lyrical landscapes Drexel painted between 1948 and 1959, which he entitled simple chords. This work of gouache and oil paint on paper is expected to sell for $3,000-$4,000.

Animation art also receives a significant showing at this auction, with approximately 35 lots of hand-painted animation art cels, drawings, production artwork, and limited edition prints and tiles of Disney, Looney Tunes, Pixar characters, and more. Especially notable is a Walt Disney original hand-painted animation art cel of Jessica Rabbit, valued at $1,000-$1,500, a Walt Disney hand-painted and hand-inked limited edition animation art cel of Sleeping Beauty’s “Dance in the Clouds,” valued at $2,000-$3,000, and a Quincy Jones “We Are the Tunes” hand-painted limited edition animation art cel, valued at $800-$1,200. Characters pictured in other artworks include Mickey Mouse, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tweety and Sylvester, Betty Boop, Casper the Friendly Ghost, the Flintstones, Rugrats, Maleficent, Cruella de Vil, Buzz Lightyear and Woody.

A strong portion of the sale consists of more than 200 lots of 20th century art glass, acquired from a Philadelphia Main Line estate. An impressive selection of  Millefiori, Tiffany style and Czech art glass are shown in these vases, pitchers, cups, bowls, centerpieces, lamps, perfume bottles, figures, globes, and other pieces. Approximately 15 lots of Art Deco Nude Figurative lamps of metal as well as glass are valued at $100-$250.  Notable lots include a Victorian-style metal peacock lamp glass beaded peacock feathers, valued at $800-$1,200, a rare glass vase expected to sell for $100-200, and a large Millefiori urn of stunning craftsmanship worth $1,200-$1,800.

Other highlights include five lots of Lalique crystal, led by a “Deux Poissons” crystal sculpture in excellent condition expected to sell for $800-$1,200. A tall 19th century finely-carved Japanese ivory figure, valued at $800-$1,200 is one of four lots of Japanese ivory from the 19th century acquired from a Philadelphia Main Line estate. The same estate brings to auction a fine 19th century Chinese agate carving, expected to sell for $600-$800.

The auction concludes with more than 100 lots of vintage Navajo jewelry. Assembled by a local Pennsylvanian connoisseur in the 1970s, this spectacular collection includes hand-crafted rings, bracelets, pendants, necklaces, bolo ties, belts, hat bands, pins, earrings, and animal fetish figures. These expressive pieces, predominantly in silver, vary in treatment from engraving to inlay, with turquoise, charoite, coral, shell, and other stones. Exemplary lots include a sterling silver royston stone belt, valued at $300-500, a Tom Jim sterling silver bracelet with a gorgeous blue stone, worth $200-$300, and a squash blossom necklace, expected to sell for $250-300, that dates to 1935-1945.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Jon Serl (American, 1894-1993), 'Mexican Pot Maker,' oil on canvas, signed 'JON.' Size: 30 x 24 inches (stretcher), 32 x 26 x 1-1/2 inches (frame). Provenance: Cavin-Morris, New York. Estimate: $3,000-$4,000. Material Culture image. Ted Ludwiczak (b. 1927, Polish/American), 'Moon,' carved stone with stone stand. Size: 13.5 x 6 x 9 inches (overall). Estimate: $800-$1,200. Material Culture image. Kwame Akoto aka Almighty God (Ghanaian, b. 1950), 'Barack Obama,' oil on board. Size: 48 x 32 x 1.5 inches (frame). Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Material Culture image. Hans Christoph Drexel (German, 1886-1979), gouache and oil paint on paper, 1950, signed lower left. Size: 31.5 x 21.5 inches (sheet), 37.5 x 26 x 1.5 inches (frame). Estimate: $3,000-$4,000. Material Culture image. Walt Disney Company, Jessica Rabbit, original hand-painted animation art cel. Provenance: Barker Animation Art Gallery. Size: 15 x 19 inches (frame), 9.75 x 14 inches (sight). Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Material Culture image. Large 19th-century Sevres Vase, France, with Sevres markings and signed 'F. Bellanger.' excellent condition. Size: 29 x 10 x 8 inches, with lamp: 44 inches tall. Property of a Philadelphia estate. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Material Culture image.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 November 2012 17:46
 

Pinnacle of Italian design shines in Wright auction Dec. 13

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Friday, 30 November 2012 15:16

Fontana Arte table lamp. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Wright image.

CHICAGO – Wright will sell Italian masterworks, including the collection
 of Loris Manna, on Thursday, Dec. 13, beginning at 2 p.m. CST. This auction will celebrate the most historically significant Italian designs of the 20th century. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Among the offerings is one of the most impressive and important modern designs ever presented
at auction: a one-of-a-kind cabinet from the Villa Nemazee. The Villa Nemazee is a gesamtkunstwerk designed by Gio Ponti in Tehran, Iran in 1960, and is one of three residential masterpieces by Ponti for which he was given carte blanche for the architecture and interiors. The cabinet defines Ponti’s rigorous approach to geometry. It features two doors on each side, which reveal or conceal drawers, creating different compositions of color and form. In a single piece, Ponti’s high style and architectural language are captured.

An important and monumental chandelier designed in 1954 by Flavio Poli for the Hotel Bristol
in Merano, Italy is also among the significant pieces offered in the Italian Masterworks sale. Gorgeously detailed to a nearly unimaginable degree, this chandelier is one of only two examples; the other resides in a private collection. These chandeliers represent the absolute pinnacle of Italian glasswork. Hundreds of individual hand-formed glass flowers contrast with the overall monumental scale of the piece, creating an effect so visually dazzling that it amounts to no less than pure spectacle. Spanning over 8 feet in diameter and encircled by a wreath of pale gold and green leaves, the Hotel Bristol chandelier is truly a design of epic splendor.

Within the Italian Masterworks auction is the Collection of Loris Manna, a selection of historically important, outstanding designs from the private collection of a preeminent authority on Italian design. Loris Manna has spent a lifetime devoted to the study of Italian modernists, and is the author
 of the book Gio Ponti: Le Maioliche. Each piece selected by Manna for his collection is of uncompromising quality provenance.

Manna first encountered the work of Gio Ponti at a flea market in the 1970s and fell in love. From that point forward, he sought to create a home for himself that would “have the soul of Ponti.” Although not everything in Manna’s home and collection is designed by Ponti, all of it was selected with Ponti’s rigorous architectural ideals in mind. Manna endeavored to capture and recreate the same vision of an environment that enriches, delights and offers retreat. Winding through the collection is a narrative that speaks not only to the story of Italian modernism but to a lifetime of passion, a continuous and endless enthusiasm dedicated to the pursuit of important, significant design.

Rare and beautiful designs in the Manna Collection include an exceptional library designed by both Gio Ponti and Piero Fornasetti. Ponti builds a rigorous architectural framework to which Fornasetti applies decorations in a library motif. The beveled edges of the shelves are classic Ponti while the library motif is a signature of Fornasetti’s oeuvre. A frequent collaborator with designers and manufacturers, Ponti’s talents are at their best when combined with Fornasetti’s. Their partnership resulted invariably in masterpieces of 20th century design.

Highlights also include a Max Ingrand floor lamp for Fontana Arte with an organic floral motif.
 It is among the most superb examples of the Ingrand’s designs for Fontana Arte. A remarkably detailed beveled base of opaque glass supports brass stems which surge upward toward blossoms made of colored glass. Sculptural and refined, this important lamp is a masterpiece of lighting design and extremely rare; this example is one of approximately three produced.

Also outstanding among the extraordinary works in the Manna Collection is the Gio Ponti chandelier made by Venini, which was installed in Ponti’s own residence. Hand-blown of Murano glass, this exquisite 12-bulb chandelier is iconic among both Ponti’s oeuvre and 20th century Italian design. Other highly anticipated works include a Franco Albini dining table, two important majolica bowls and an early set of drawers by Gio Ponti and a rare Fontana Arte coffee table.

By working closely with academics and prestigious dealers and galleries in Milan, Manna acquired extraordinary one-of-a-kind pieces and special production examples by designers such as Gio Ponti, Max Ingrand and Franco Albini. The result of his passion for the highest caliber
 of Italian modernism is an academically rigorous collection that is largely regarded as the finest private collection of Italian design ever presented at auction.

Each piece offered within Italian Masterworks has been vetted to meet the highest standards of condition, pedigree and rarity.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Fontana Arte table lamp. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Wright image.

Gio Ponti, important and early chandelier from the Ponti residence, Liguria, 1946. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000. Wright image.

Gio Ponti, rare and early chair from the Conti Contini Bonasccossi, Florence, 1931. Estimate: $7,000-$9,000. Wright image.

Gio Ponti and Piero Pornasetti, important bookcase, 1955. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000. Wright image.

Ico Parisi, unique dining table, 1950. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Wright image.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 16:32
 

Luxe estate pieces in Roland New York's Dec. 8 Holiday Sale

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Friday, 30 November 2012 10:07

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NEW YORK - As a memorable year of estate auctions comes to a close, Roland New York announces details of its Dec. 8 Holiday Sale. With Roland's previous 2012 auctions as diverse as the estate of legendary playwright Arthur Laurents to that of Palm Beach socialite Dame Celia Lipton Farris (whose palatial home and many of the collection sold was once owned by the Duchess of Marlborough, Consuelo Vanderbilt), many unique and worthwhile purchases were made by savvy collectors, designers and dealers. The Dec. 8 event proves to be no less exciting, containing property from several interesting estates. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide the Internet live bidding.

With over 100 lots of jewelry, ample silver, fine art and objects of virtue, buyers will have an excellent opportunity to find that ever elusive perfect gift. Many investment pieces will also be offered. One such item is lot 401, an impressive bronze figure of a classical woman by Paul Moreau Vauthier. This fine parcel gilt and patinated bronze figure stands over 4ft tall and is signed and dated "1878." It is expected to fetch between $25,000 to $35,000.

The sleeper of the sale may be found, however, just a few lots away at number 405. A large and imposing Tiffany sterling vanity mirror, replete with putti and other Rococo decoration, was removed from the direct descendent of a prominent industrialist family of the gilded age. While the family's identity must remain protected, the glorious mirror speaks of the age and wealth of its possessor. With potential to far surpass it's conservative estimate of $5,000-6,000, this unreserved treasure may prove to be the star of the sale and a lovely way to end the year at Roland.

For further information on any item in the sale, call 212-260-2000 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

Image courtesy of Roland New York.

Image courtesy of Roland New York.

Image courtesy of Roland New York.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 November 2012 10:41
 
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