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Top-class paintings in Elite Decorative Arts' June 8 sale

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Thursday, 30 May 2013 14:48

Oil on canvas painting by Mihail Chemiakin (Russian, b. 1943), dated 1997 (est. $18,000-$22,000). Elite Decorative Arts image.

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – High-quality works of art with impeccable provenance—to include oil paintings by Russian artists Mihail Chemiakin and M.V. Brusilovsky—will headline a Fine Artwork & Decorative Arts Auction on Saturday, June 8, at Elite Decorative Arts. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The auction will begin promptly at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Over 300 lots will come up for bid. In addition to fine art, items will include porcelain, bronzes, silver, estate jewelry, art glass, Chinese objects and more.

“Our more recent auctions have seen Asian antiques commanding center stage, but in this instance great artwork will prevail,” said Scott Cieckiewicz of Elite Decorative Arts.

Works by a pair of noted Russian artists are expected to do particularly well. A 42-inch by 42-inch oil on canvas depiction of men with beast-like characteristics and a dragon in the background by Mihail Chemiakin (b. 1943) should fetch $18,000-$22,000. The signed work, titled Carnaval de St. Petersbourg (1997) sold for $25,041 at Christie’s London gallery in 2009.

The other is a monumental (77 1/2 inches by 64 inches) oil painting by M.V. Brusilovsky (b. 1932), titled Ekaterinburg-New York, Romantic Subject (Aggression). Signed and dated 1992, the work is a depiction of people with animals and carries a presale estimate of $7,000-$10,000. Interest in works by emerging Russian artists—like Chemiakin and Brusilovsky—is on the rise.

An oil on canvas painting by Japanese artist Kumi Sugai (1919-1996), titled Soleil (Sun) and executed in 1968, should find a new owner for $8,000-$12,000. The work is a rendition of the iconic Japanese “Rising Sun” set against a black and white checkered border. It is signed and dated “Sugai 68” to the lower right, and to verso, and measures 39 1/4 inches by 39 1/4 inches.

A framed three-page autographed letter signed by the renowned American artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910), with drawings, is expected to hit $6,000-$8,000. The letter, penned in black ink on three separate leaves, was written May 17, 1909, and addressed to his sister, Laura. In it, he describes the condition of his cottage, with detailed illustrations on all three of the pages.

Homer writes, “The cottage is in good order. Dining room varnished—all the place rain proof—a marked garden planted with mint” and “I think next year if I live I shall keep away from here until June 1st.” The drawings show three plants in pots, titled Three Primroses, and the grounds showing a ship’s rudder, fences and a “game reservation,” with a dog chasing rabbits.

An oil on board street scene depiction by the French artist Elisee Maclet (1881-1962), signed lower right and mounted in a gilt frame, measuring 15 inches by 22 inches, carries a presale estimate of $3,000-$5,000. Maclet began his career as something of a dabbler—a “Sunday painter” —but following World War II his views of Paris earned him recognition and success.

A German expressionist oil on canvas painting by an unknown artist, showing a farm house near a stream, mounted in a wooden frame and measuring 19 inches by 24 inches, should realize $4,000-$6,000. Also, a pair of early 20th century photos by Charlotte Fairchild, depicting silent screen legend Mary Pickford, each signed in pen by Fairchild, should make $2,000-$3,000.

Chinese objects will include a pair of relief carved ivory scholar’s desk wrist rest plaques from the late Qing Dynasty, showing courtyard scenes with maidens under pine trees and having an etched calligraphy poem to the top center (est. $4,000-$6,000); and a hand-carved African ivory tusk depicting a standing Guan Yin holding lotus blossoms on branches, wearing a flowing layered robe, 22 inches tall, on a fitted base and with a presentation box (est. $3,000-$5,000).

A stunning and large antique Sevres hand-painted cobalt French porcelain urn depicting landscape scenes and with bronze-mounted handles and foot, 42 inches tall, is expected to breeze to $6,000-$8,000; and a 19th century Samuel Marti & Co. bronze and wood mantel clock clad with bronze women and cherubs and domed glass screen should hammer for $2,000-$3,000.

Elite Decorative Arts is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To inquire about consigning an item, an estate or an entire collection, call 561-200-0893 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To learn more about Elite Decorative Arts and the upcoming June 8 auction, on to www.eliteauction.com. Updates are posted frequently.

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Oil on canvas painting by Mihail Chemiakin (Russian, b. 1943), dated 1997 (est. $18,000-$22,000). Elite Decorative Arts image.

Oil painting by Russian artist M.V. Brussilovsky, signed and dated 1992 (est. $7,000-$10,000). Elite Decorative Arts image.

Chinese relief carved ivory scholar's desk wrist rest plaques, 9 inches high (est. $4,000-$6,000). Elite Decorative Arts image.

Nineteenth century Samuel Marti & Co. bronze and wood mantel clock (est. $2,000-$3,000). Elite Decorative Arts image.

Two photographs of Mary Pickford by Charlotte Fairchild, photographer signed (est. $2,000-$3,000). Elite Decorative Arts image.

Rare autographed letter signed by iconic American painter Winslow Homer from 1909, with drawings (est. $6,000-$8,000). Elite Decorative Arts image.

Stunning antique Sevres hand-painted cobalt French porcelain urn, 42 inches high (est. $6,000-$8,000). Elite Decorative Arts image.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 June 2013 09:08
 

Roland Auction celebrates summer in the city June 1

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Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:42

Early Arredoluce ‘Triennale’ floor lamp. Roland Auction image.

NEW YORK – Roland Auction announces its June 1 estate sale and will be celebrating the start of the summer season with a phenomenal selection of modern and antique art, design and furniture. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding. The auction will begin Saturday at 11 a.m. EDT.

"This sale has come together beautifully," said founder Bill Roland. "We have a great collection of modern art and design, which always draws a crowd, but also some exceptional antiques and many other crowd pleasers."

One of the other crowd pleasers Roland mentioned may be the exceptional collection of vintage and new—never used—high end designer handbags. There is a Marc Jacobs and Murakami collaboration for Louis Vuitton, in the form of a classic LV tote superimposed with anime style cherries. This is one of many Vuitton pieces, which includes luggage as well as handbags. A selection of new and old Hermes bags will also be available, as will exceptional examples by Fendi and Badgley Mischka. Some rare vintage finds include a 1920s ivory evening bag, chic French crocodile purse and Judith Lieber clutches in snake and lizard.

A not-to-be-missed collection of costume jewelry from longtime collectors includes Schiaparelli, Chanel, Kenneth Jay Lane and Sorelli, along with two Gatsby-era Venetian glass sautoir necklaces. A small but excellent estate wardrobe included in the auction features Pauline Trigere evening gowns.

Of course, there will be a substantial offering of fine estate jewelry including gold watches, diamond and colored stone necklaces, pins, rings and bracelets and a few surprises.

Modern art is well represented by such luminaries as Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse and more. Many outstanding prints from collectors and estates have come together to create an impressive collection for the sale. There is also a tremendous selection of more modestly priced but, nevertheless, strong painting, sculpture and graphics, along with a small but worthwhile group of Old Msaster paintings and drawings.

Modern ceramics and other collectible objects feature works by George Ohr, Louis Wain, Jason Berg and many others.

An impressive Paul Evans hanging sideboard is only one of the examples of great 20th century design on offer by this sought after designer. Many other examples of modern furniture and decorations are part of this exciting auction. An early Arredoluce "triennale" floor lamp is just one of a great modern group of lighting available in Saturday's sale.

With hundreds of pieces of fine antique and traditional furniture featured, there is something for every collector. A rare English Victorian corner cabinet, mounted with Minton tiles will appeal to many, as will a fine Georgian chest. Estate silver ranging from Georgian through 20th century Tiffany and Georg Jensen only enhance this already strong sale.

All items are available to be viewed online or in person. For details email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 212-260-2000.

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

 Early Arredoluce ‘Triennale’ floor lamp. Roland Auction image.

Paul Evans wall-mounted cabinet. Roland Auction image. 

Roy Lichtenstein offset lithograph ‘Sunset.’ Roland Auction image. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:11
 

TAC Estate Auctions presents interesting lineup May 29

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Tuesday, 28 May 2013 16:15

Rolex wristwatches. TAC Estate Auctions Inc. image.

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – TAC Estate Auctions Inc. will conduct an auction Wednesday, May 29, titled “Antiques, Decorative Arts, Interesting & Unusual Things.” The auction will begin at 6 p.m. EDT, 3 p.m. Pacific. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Auctioneer Tonya A. Cameron indicates that items are drawn from Wellesley and Wakefield, Mass., estates as well as Maine.

Other choice selections include a one-owner collection of more than 40 antique bisque dolls and vintage toys. Also featured will be original Woody Woodpecker oil paintings, drawings, cels and posters signed by the cartoon character’s creator, Walter Lantz. There are also two life-size Woody Woodpecker theme park costumes.

The more than 250 lots include a huge dinner service of American Marine by Ashworth. There are many lots of Inuit carved whalebone sculptures and a fine collection of arrowheads in shadowboxes. A Native American feather headdress will also be sold.

There are assorted lots of fine jewelry and a man’s and a woman’s vintage Rolex wristwatch.

Antique weapons include Civil War-era guns and swords.

Additional toys include tin windup and friction toys, vintage Hubley and cast-iron fire truck and wagons.

Wayne Morrell and Bertha Perrie are among the listed artists represented. Many Sawyers and Nuttings will be sold in one lot.

Furniture highlights are a mahogany dining room set, several occasional and side tables, bookcases and wrought iron garden sets.

Rounding out this full auction are a collection of War World II books and scrapbook albums, sterling silver, huge coin lots, stamp albums, mantel clocks, shorebirds, Venetian glassware and a large Della Robbia plaque.

For details contact TAC Estate Auctions Inc. at 781-233-0006 (office) or 781-632-2112 (cellphone) or log onto www.tacauctioneers.com.

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

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

Rolex wristwatches. TAC Estate Auctions Inc. image.

Large Joe Lincoln slat goose, purchased in 1927, original paint. TAC Estate Auctions Inc. image.

One-owner collection of vintage bisque dolls. TAC Estate Auctions Inc. image.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 May 2013 12:16
 

Best of lost civilizations reaches Antiquities Saleroom’s June 13-14 event

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Tuesday, 28 May 2013 14:38

Greek Corinthian bronze helmet, est. $30,000-$45,000. Antiquities Saleroom image.

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. – Two premier collections of art and artifacts from ancient civilizations combine to form the core of Antiquities Saleroom’s June 13-14 auction, which also includes an outstanding selection of natural history and mineral specimens. Many of the 400 lots entered in the absentee, phone and Internet auction come from the meticulously documented, investment-grade collections of two Hollywood insiders – an Emmy Award-winning executive producer/writer, and a producer/director who specializes in movie trailers. Part I of both these collections anchored Antiquities Saleroom’s extremely successful Feb. 1 auction.

Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com

“This is our largest auction ever and contains some of the finest classical antiquities we’ve ever had the pleasure of offering,” said Antiquities Saleroom co-owner and acquisitions director Bob Dodge. “Every category contains pieces that collectors dream of owning but never see at auction or anywhere else.”

The session will open with gems and minerals, led by a beautiful pallasite meteorite, 4.5 billion years old, which quite literally is the remnant of an early planet in our solar system. The iron-based meteorite is infused with amber-hued olivine gem crystals and was discovered in Russia in 1967. The consignor is a well-known dealer who has conducted business with Antiquities Saleroom for many years. The specimen is estimated at $1,000-$2,000 – a very affordable price range, Dodge noted. “In all of our sales we make an effort to include nice pieces for every level of collector. In our June auction there are things that will sell for well under a thousand dollars, and for the advanced collector, there are highly important pieces valued in the tens of thousands of dollars.”

The sale will then move into human cultures, with the highlight being a fantastic Egyptian rarity – a pottery seal mold from “The Boy King,” Tutankhamun (1332-1323 B.C). The pottery mold from Tut’s royal workshop is deeply impressed with four elements: ra (sun), kheper (beetle), men (upward rake) and neb (bowl).

These four symbols and their specific arrangement uniquely represent Tutankhamum, Bob Dodge explained. “Pottery molds were used to create scarabs, seals or anything with the pharaoh’s cartouche or name on it. This particular mold probably would have been used to create faience amulets that were passed out as souvenirs to commemorate the reign of a pharaoh, in this case King Tut. In the 25 years I’ve been in this business, this is the first time I’ve seen a genuine King Tut artifact come to auction. It’s from the most important period in terms of Egyptian art, and it’s insanely rare,” Dodge said.

The mold comes directly from the family of the late Philip Mitry, who was an antiquities dealer in Cairo during the 1950s. At that time, the sale of Egyptian antiquities was legal and, in fact, state sponsored. When Mitry moved to the United States in the 1950s, he brought his massive collection with him. The King Tut mold, which became part of Mitry’s collection in 1953, will be auctioned with documentation from Mitry’s family and a lifetime certificate of authenticity from Antiquities Saleroom. The estimate on the piece is $10,000-$20,000, but as Dodge explained, “We think of this as being priceless. It could go far in excess of expectations.”

Another Egyptian rarity is a large scarab impressed with the very clear cartouche of Thutmose III – who, like Tut, was an 18th Dynasty pharaoh. It retains a narrow band of gold on its exterior, and at the bottom is a scene of a monkey in adoration of a horse, symbolizing Thutmose’s much-admired military prowess. A book example, it is expected to make $3,000-$5,000.

The Greek section contains two impressive battle helmets, each exhibiting a different style. One is a Corinthian helmet with a distinctive long nose bridge, sixth to fifth century B.C. “It would have been worn by a Hoplite soldier. They would walk in unison in a group of 20 to 100 men, each carrying a 16-foot-long spear. Then they would hunker down and, at the right moment, attack. In their day they were invincible,” Dodge said. The helmet’s estimate is $30,000-$50,000.

The second helmet is Illyrian and made during the same time period as the Corinthian helmet, but of bronze. It features a squared-off style with interior leather padding. Its estimate is $20,000-$30,000. Another helmet of note is French, of hand-hammered steel with handmade rivets and a retractable visor. Although a much later production that the other two helmets, dating to the 14th-15th century, it is a rarity, as few French or British helmets of that period have survived. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000.

Approximately nine rare and desirable pieces of Greek pottery will be auctioned, including three Athenian (Attic) vessels. One is a slender jar known as a lekythos, which was designed to hold precious oils. Considering how Attic art can run into the millions of dollars, it presents a rare buying opportunity with a presale estimate of $9,000-$14,000. A particularly fine kylix wine cup, fourth-sixth century B.C., features black images on red, against a black ground. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. The third example is an oinochoe, from which wine was poured at the dinner table. Its estimate is $11,000-$16,000.

The Roman category contains one of the most exciting museum-quality artifacts ever to cross the auction block at Antiquities Saleroom. From the first century B.C., Lot 89 consists of a pair of large, highly detailed bronze fittings that would have adorned either side of a chariot’s hub. The decorative fittings depict the mighty Pericles (Hercules). “The Greeks were superb with pottery,” Dodge said, “but the Romans may have outdone them with bronze work. This pair of fittings is truly gorgeous. It came from a New York City dealer who obtained them from a private collection on the East Coast.” The estimate for the pair is $40,000-$60,000.

The auction also includes three Roman marbles. A second century marble head of Eros is estimated at $14,000-$20,000, while a smaller marble head of Jupiter from the same century is expected to make $5,000-$7,500. A double-faced marble head of the god Janus could easily surpass its estimate of $3,600-$5,400.

The next portion of the sale is devoted to selections from the “Hollywood” pre-Columbian art collections mentioned above, with additional choice consignments. Virtually every pre-Columbian culture is represented, in silver, copper, gold, stone, pottery, textiles and wood. There are 3000 B.C. artworks of the Valdivian (Ecuador) culture and Peruvian artwork and pottery dating from 1200-1500 B.C. A wonderful collection of pre-Columbian gold includes earrings, a crown, and an exceptional three-dimensional bird inside a gold ring, with dangling objects beneath it. Dodge believes it may have been an earring or perhaps a temple ornament. The beautifully detailed bird appears in the book Oro del Antiguo Peru and is estimated at $15,000-$30,000.

Of the Mayan pieces in the sale, Dodge is most enamored of a set of four circa 500 B.C. carved stone monkeys from Mezcala, Mexico. “They’re incredibly well detailed, with very thin tails and openwork. Even modern carvers with sophisticated tools would have difficulty creating pieces like this. To think that carvers with such rudimentary tools did this work is remarkable,” Dodge said. The lot is estimated at $15,000-$25,000.

A prominent politician’s collection of West Mexico pottery is also featured in the sale. The collection includes Colima figural dogs and a rare, 14-inch-long standing duck vessel with a spout in its mouth for pouring fermented beverages. “I’ve seen small ducks and double or triple ducks, but this large duck standing on legs is very unusual. I could see it blowing through its $5,000-$7,000 estimate,” Dodge said. Another important pottery work, a seated shaman is entered with hopes of reaching $6,000-$9,000.

Antiquities Saleroom’s June 13-14 auction will commence at noon Eastern Time on both days. Bids may be placed absentee (including absentee online), by phone or live via the Internet on auction day through www.LiveAuctioneers.com. The entire auction catalog may be viewed online at www.LiveAuctioneers.com. Tel. 720-890-7700 or 720-502-5289. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Web: www.antiquities-saleroom.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

Greek Corinthian bronze helmet, est. $30,000-$45,000. Antiquities Saleroom image. 

Egyptian seal mold of King Tutankhamun, est. $10,000-$20,000. Antiquities Saleroom image. 

Greek Attic black figure kylix, owl eyes, est. $20,000-$30,000. Antiquities Saleroom image.

Pair Roman bronze chariot fittings of Pericles (Hercules), est. $40,000-$60,000. Antiquities Saleroom image.

Roman marble head of Eros, Antonine Period, est. $15,000-$20,000. Antiquities Saleroom image.

Incredible Nazca/Huari golden miniature head, est. $30,000-$50,000. Antiquities Saleroom image.

Large Veraguas gold amphibian, est. $8,000-$12,000. Antiquities Saleroom image.

Olmec standing hunchback figure, est. $16,000-$20,000. Antiquities Saleroom image.

Mezcala monkey group, ex Sotheby's, est. $15,000-$25,000. Antiquities Saleroom image.

Important Mayan polychrome cylinder, est. $5,000-$10,000. Antiquities Saleroom image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 15:30
 

Aircraft insignia ready for take off at Mohawk Arms, June 8-9

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Friday, 24 May 2013 07:47

World War I 1914 Iron Cross with portrait badge of Field Marshal August von Mackensen. Mohawk Arms Inc. image.

BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – A World War I squadron insignia and archive pertaining to American pilot Lt. Paul E. Green is expected to sell for $10,000 or more in a live and Internet auction slated for June 8-9 by Mohawk Arms. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Green was assigned to the French Escardille 131, Bomber Group 4. His bomber bore the insignia of a gargoyle clutching a bomb. Originally printed and hand-colored, the 26 1/2-inch by 41-inch insignia, with background and border painted in red, was applied to the fabric of Lt. Green’s plane. It is signed by the printer, “L. Braun, Paris,” and the artist, “Gudin Faucher.”

The artwork is in remarkable condition, considering it has some bullet hole damage from when Green was forced to crash-land his airplane. The archive contains 50 documents, to include Green’s flight log for missions flown, the 1919 published history of all the members of Green’s squadron, and a framed portrait of Green in uniform, with gargoyle insignia.

The sale is being billed as Militaria Auction #69 for Mohawk Arms, which conducts only two auctions per year, but they are generally packed with a wide array of items spanning multiple conflicts and generations. This sale will be no exception; hundreds of lots that collectors will find desirable will change hands.

Items will include a Mexican War-period German-imported musket along with the rare 1835 Horstmann sword bayonet; German 1848 and Prussian 1889 presentation swords; an Italian “Arditi” siege helmet; U.S. buttons from 1800-1830; Civil War items; and Japanese uniforms, medals and headgear—including the rare World War I-period Adrian style with a medic’s cover.

A World War II automobile flag with two large white stars sewn onto a red field from the staff car of U.S. Gen. A.C. McAuliffe, acting divisional commander of the 101s Airborne Division at the Battle of the Bulge, will be offered to the highest bidder. The flag measures 20 inches by 30 inches and comes with a 1951 dated photo of the general, signed “A.C. McAuliffe.”

Also selling will be a lot of three Western Union telegrams, dated June 6, 1944, to announce the invasion of Europe by Allied Forces and sent to radio station WIBX in Utica, N.Y. One says, “The German Overseas News Agency announced over the radio that the invasion has begun … the landing of allied paratroopers at the mouth of the Seine River and Normandy."

A second one reads, “Supreme Allied Headquarters announced this morning that the Allied Expeditionary Force has begun the invasion of the European continent. The invasion report … was confirmed by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s headquarters … Allied troops storming along the French coast.” All three telegrams contain pencil notes from the radio station manager.

The auction will feature many items pertaining to the Third Reich, Nazi items, Adolf Hitler and even Hitler’s mistress, Eva Braun. The Braun items will include three silvered tea spoons; a silvered cake server; five pastry forks and a soup spoon, all designed by Albert Speer and with “EB” engraved butterfly pattern initials; a monogrammed linen handkerchief, 11 inches by 11 1/2 inches; and a white cotton hand towel with “EB” blue cross-stitched initials.

The Hitler items will include books from the German leader’s personal library, obtained by an American major in Berlin, in May 1945, during the Allied occupation. Heading the 713th Battalion, he and French counterpart Capt. V. Ziegelmeyer had access to the Reichs Chancellory and were able to acquire some books with Adolf Hitler bookplates, stationery and other material.

The books include a copy of Ich Kampfe, a paperback pictorial volume on the history and the accomplishments of the Nazi party, with original Hitler penciled notations on pages 19, 57, 64 and 75; and Ja Sagen Zum Judentum (“Say Yes to Judaism”), a rare 1933 publication by a Berlin Jewish radio station and containing 15 Hitler penciled notations, comments and initials.

Other Hitler items will feature a 1937 Christmas card with a relief embossed political type eagle/swastika and, written in ink, “Sent to you in highest regards, Adolf Hitler”; a white porcelain butter dish from Hitler’s table service, with a gold leaf eagle/swastika and “AH” on the top front side; and a Berghoff pattern silver-handled dinner fork with “AH” in block letters.

Also from the Third Reich is a 1933 political pennant from the Nuremberg Reichs Party Day, a rare item from the 1st Reichsparteitag measuring 15 inches by 8 1/4 inches. The pennant has a 5-inch-wide center white panel with an early political-type eagle/swastika and the words “Heil Hitler!” There is also a paper portrait of Hitler with an overpainted green oak leaf wreath.

Items signed by Nazi figures Hitler, Goring, Himmler and Goebbels will also cross the auction block, as will peaked caps (Allgemeine SS, Army, etc.), M43 (SS-Panzer Army), helmets (M35 Army double decal, Eastern Front Medic, etc.), medals and badges (gold and silver German crosses), General Assault and Panzer Assault badges, and SS daggers and swords.

The auction will also feature a helmet collection (Slovak, Hungarian, Greek, etc.), British 1900-1918 and Latin American medals, U.S. World War II CBI uniforms and shoulder patches (Red Cross Flying Nurse, etc.), fighting knives, a “Red Ball Express” Purple Heart, 713th Tank Flame Thrower uniforms, antique guns, books, and WWI German/Austrian uniforms and medals.

The auction will begin both days at 9 a.m. EDT. A buyer’s premium, which can range from 10 percent to 17.5 percent depending on the final price, will be applied to all purchases.

Mohawk Arms Inc. is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, a collection or an entire estate, phone 315-893-7888; or, e-mail the the company at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To learn more about Mohawk Arms Inc., and the June 8-9 Auction #69, log on to www.MilitaryRelics.com. Updates are posted frequently.

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

World War I 1914 Iron Cross with portrait badge of Field Marshal August von Mackensen. Mohawk Arms Inc. image.

World War I aircraft insignia of Lt Paul E. Green of the French Escardille 131-Bomber Group 4. Mohawk Arms Inc. image.

U.S. Gen. A.C. McAuliffe—of Bastone fame—World War II auto flag. Mohawk Arms Inc. image.

World War I Italian ‘Arditi’ siege helmet. Mohawk Arms Inc. image.

Mexican War-period German-imported musket with rare M1835 Horstmann sword bayonet. Mohawk Arms Inc. image.

World War I 1917 U.S. Army recruiter's lithograph tin Parrot wall calendar. Mohawk Arms Inc. image.

German Nuremberg Reichs Party Day pennant, 1933. Mohawk Arms Inc. image.

CBI Red Cross Flying Nurse shoulder patch. Mohawk Arms Inc. image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 16:37
 

Wright offers 20th century's top designs at auction June 6

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Thursday, 23 May 2013 15:28

Isamu Noguchi, ‘Ceremonial Object for Marcel Duchamp.’ Estimate: $200,000-300,000. Wright image.

CHICAGO – Wright's Important Design auction on June 6 celebrates the most significant designs of the 20th century. As the company's most exclusive auction of the year, Important Design features exquisite furniture and sculptures of unparalleled quality. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Prominent among the lots offered is an important and rare chair by German-born designer Walter von Nessen (estimate: $200,000-300,000). This superb design is among the most visually arresting, memorable works of the 20th century. A lost masterpiece of the Art Deco era, this chair is the only known example of the two originally created for the 1928 International Exposition of Art in Industry in Macy’s in New York. Von Nessen’s tour-de-force design, created at the end of the 1920s, is a confluence of the decade’s myriad iconographies from ancient Egypt to Bauhaus. Held in a private collection for the past 40 years, Von Nessen’s throne-like design epitomizes the glamour of the Art Deco era.

Superb sculptural works in the auction include Ceremonial Object for Marcel Duchamp, a monumental sculpture by Isamu Noguchi (estimate: $200,000-300,000). Standing nearly 6 feet tall, this impressive sculpture embodies the pure poetry of Noguchi’s forms, whether sculptural or functional in design. Sculptures by Harry Bertoia, including a Dandelion form (estimate: $150,000-200,000), a silver-plated steel and granite Balancing Form (estimate: $70,000-90,000), and a Bundled Wire Form (estimate: $50,000-70,000) also figure among the impressive selection of sculptures offered in the auction.

Other sale highlights include a rare and important Rudder dining suite including a table and four stools (estimate: $150,000-200,000) that was used by the original owner for nearly 60 years, a unique ovoid coffee table by Gio Ponti (estimate $50,000-70,000) and a one-of-a-kind chandelier by Frank Lloyd Wright from the Adelman House in Phoenix, Ariz., (estimate: $30,000-50,000). Also outstanding is a chair designed by Carlo Mollino for Casa del Sole (estimate: $30,000-50,000), a rustic yet modern chalet designed by the Italian architect in the mountains of Cervinia. The elegant spirit of Casa del Sole is echoed in the warm oak and distinctive form of this chair.

Highly anticipated among the lots is a binder of blueprints for the Dymaxion car, a three-wheeled, teardrop shaped vehicle designed by visionary architect and designer, R. Buckminster Fuller (estimate: $20,000-30,000). Shown publically for the first time in a 1932 issue of Shelter Magazine, accompanied by illustrations by Fuller’s close friend, Isamu Noguchi, the Dymaxion Car was conceived as a revolutionary “flying machine.”

Wright’s Important Design auction begins at noon CDT on June 6. All lots will be illustrated in Wright’s catalog and online at www.wright20.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Isamu Noguchi, ‘Ceremonial Object for Marcel Duchamp.’ Estimate: $200,000-300,000. Wright image.

Walter von Nessen, important and rare chair from the International Exposition of Art in Industry. Estimate: $200,000-300,000. Wright image.

Gio Ponti, rare coffee table. Estimate: $50,000-70,000. Wright image.

Martin Olsen, rare curved sofa. Estimate: $20,000-30,000. Wright image.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 07:46
 

Rago’s auction features works by Nakashima, Evans, June 8-9

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 16:49

Fulper Vasekraft lamp, circa 1908. Estimate: $12,500-$17,500. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – On Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9, the Rago Arts and Auction Center will hold its auctions of Early 20th Century Decorative Arts and Modern Design. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet Live Bidding.

"The June action Saturday session features 30 works by George Ohr from the Ellison collection plus some extraordinary Martin ware from the same source," said David Rago. "Additionally, there are strong examples of American decorative ceramics by Rhead, Redlands, Newcomb College and Grueby. There is also a selection of contemporary ceramics by Voulkos, Mason, Toshiko, Natzler and Scheier. The Sunday Modern auction includes a landmark collection of New Hope School contemporary by Paul Evans and George Nakashima including an Evans Sculpture-Front credenza and a second Sculpture Front vertical cabinet, as well as a Nakashima French olive burl scissor leg desk."

Early 20th Century Decorative Arts: Saturday, June 8, noon EDT

Art pottery, furniture, art glass, metalwork and prints in 300 lots: ceramics by Teco, Saturday Evening Girls and Rookwood, as well as some fine examples of grotesques by the Martin Brothers, an extensive collection of vessels and novelties by the Mad Potter of Biloxi, George Ohr, from author Robert Ellison, and a large collection of Fulper wares, including two rare Vasekraft lamps. There are also exceptional examples by Grueby, Zsolnay, Newcomb College, Redlands and Frederick H. Rhead.

Furniture by Gustav Stickley, Rose Valley, L. & J.G. Stickley, Roycroft, Limbert, includes a few rare and early pieces by the firm of Gustav Stickley: a wide double-door bookcase with mitered mullions, a leather-top desk, and a knockdown settle. Art glass by Tiffany Studios, Lalique, Daum and Galle among others. Hammered copper by Dirk Van Erp, Roycroft, Heinrichs and Harry Dixon, silver by Kalo and Lebolt. Color woodblock prints by Gustave Baumann, Edna Hopkins and William Rice and a fine watercolor painting by Louis C. Tiffany.

Studio Ceramics: Saturday, June 8 (immediately following early 20th century)

Featured will be 100 lots consisting of 100 works from Otto and Gertrud Natzler, Mary and Edwin Scheier ceramics, tapestries and sand paintings. This session will also have  a collection of fine postwar Alfred, N.Y., ceramics by Peter Voulkos, Robert Turner, Wayne Higby, Don Reitz, Ted Randall, Val Cushing and William Parry.

Modern Design: Sunday, June 9, noon EDT

Furniture, ceramics, glass, metalwork from the 20th and 21st century, 600 lots: Spectacular furniture and sculpture by New Hope craftspeople George and Mira Nakashima, Paul Evans and Phil Powell. Also fine examples by American makers Vladimir Kagan, Sam Maloof, Wendell Castle, Judy McKie and Silas Kopf. Designers Kelvin and Phillip LaVerne, Tommi Parzinger, James Mont, Edward Wormley, Paul Frankl, and T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings. Lighting by Cedric Hartman, Hansen, Von Nessen, Mont, Felix Agostini, Paavo Tynell and Adnet. Scandinavian wares designed by Ejvind Johansson, Preben Fabricius, Poul Kjaerholm, Finn Juhl, Hans Wegner, Greta Grossman, Alvar Aalto and Borge Mogensen. Ceramics by Pablo Picasso at Madoura, sets of plates by Piero Fornasetti and Gio Ponti. Studio glass by Jon Kuhn, Dante Marioni, Klaus Moje, Dale Chihuly, Linda MacNeil, Lino Tagliapietra, Tomas Hlavicka and Vladimir Prochazka, Barovier and Venini.

View a complete catalog with color images at ragoarts.com online. For details email Rago Arts and Auction Center at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 609-397-9374.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Fulper Vasekraft lamp, circa 1908. Estimate: $12,500-$17,500. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Newcomb College portrait charger by H. Joor, circa 1902. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

George Ohr, fine vase from the Ellison collection, 1897-1900. Estimate: $20,000- $30,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Edna B. Hopkins, ca. 1915-17. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Gustav Stickley rare and early leather-top desk, circa 1901. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Paul Evans, faceted wall-mounting cabinet, 1970s. Estimate: $30,000-$40,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

George Nakashima, Conoid bench, 1983. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Picasso/Madoura, ‘Flower Women’ pitcher, 1922, $18,500-$22,500. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 May 2013 12:16
 

Stephenson’s May 31 sale boasts 800 lots of fine estate antiques

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 15:35

Silver squash blossom necklace. Stephenson’s image.

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – Laden with heavy silver, fine timepieces and a regal array of jewelry, Stephenson’s May 31st auction blends a 35-year single-owner collection with additional estate and individual consignments of exceptional quality. The 800-lot Spring Antiques & Decorative Arts Auction also incorporates primitives, art, furniture and clocks. With that much to sell in one day, Stephenson’s usual auction start time has been adjusted to an earlier 10 a.m. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.com.

The Friday sale opens with a fine selection of smalls. Several collections are featured, with the contents including many fine porcelain Boehm figurines and birds; Royal Worcester productions and desirable, larger-size Lladros and Swarovskis.

The centerpiece of the day is the single-owner jewelry collection, which incorporates designs from the turn of the 20th century through modern day. Many of the pieces in the collection are Native American and exhibit a level of skillful hand detailing that only highly accomplished artisans could execute.

A large and heavy circa-1920 sterling silver squash blossom necklace is unusual in its styling, said Stephenson’s fine jewelry expert, Theresa Zaengle, because it does not contain turquoise, coral or other stones, as would be typical of most squash blossom necklaces. “It is all handmade and quintessentially Native American in its appearance, but it is a simpler design with all handmade fluted silver beads, squash blossoms and a central Naja pendant. It’s a heavy piece. The silver content is very high,” Zaengle said. The necklace retains its original patina and has not been cleaned. It is expected to sell in the vicinity of $800.

Many artist-signed Native-American jewelry items will cross the auction block at Stephenson’s, including sand-cast pieces from the 1920s. “These designs stand out because they’re very weighty, and you can almost see where each piece was molded in the sand,” Zaengle said. All of the stones are natural, as opposed to having been dyed or treated.

From a different consignor comes a mini collection of superior-quality Mexican silver jewelry. A highlight is a desirable Hector Aguilar bracelet that has a presciently modern look. A similar example is shown in a leading Mexican jewelry reference book.

Jewelry buyers will have an abundance of choice in this sale. An impressive sapphire and diamond necklace is valued at approximately $1,800; while a “very modern and understated” Italian mesh necklace of white and yellow gold with diamonds is entered with an estimate of $1,000.

A 1920s platinum and diamond bracelet estimated at $2,500 is delicately detailed, which would suggest it is from the period bridging the Edwardian and Art Deco eras. “Some very pretty jewelry was produced during this time of transition. The linear look had not yet come into its own,” Zaengle noted.

Those who enjoy classic timepieces will find an abundance of quality in this auction. A top lot is an 18K gold-cased Vacheron & Constantin man’s wristwatch estimated at $1,500.

Stephenson’s is well established in the Philadelphia area as an estates specialist. Without exception, each of their sales includes at least one exciting discovery, like the Tiffany clock in the May 31 offering that came from a residence in the Philadelphia-area borough of Jenkintown. Standing 43 inches high, the ornate, baroque-style brass clock has an enameled face and dates to the last decade of the 19th century. Its works are marked “Tiffany & Co.”

Stephenson’s owner, Cindy Stephenson, described the beautiful timekeeper as “the largest, most ornate table clock I’ve ever seen.” Among the visuals incorporated in its motif are dolphins, a woman riding Pegasus, and caryatids as the supports. Its finial is a three-dimensional figure of Father Time, seated on a sphere and holding a scythe.

“The woman who owned it is in her 90s and had childhood memories of watching her father wind the clock, but in our research we have not been able to find a comparable example. We’ve estimated it at $3,000 to $5,000, but collectors could prove us wrong and bid well above that range,” said Stephenson.

Three fine English oil-on-canvas portraits were consigned from the same Jenkintown home that produced the clock. The paintings – one of which is dated 1776 – are unsigned, English-school artworks with an interesting backstory.

“The consignor had seen a picture of a small antique shop in a magazine and was attracted to a portrait appearing in the shop’s window. She actually traveled all the way to England to try to find the shop, but knew only the name of the village where it was located,” Stephenson said. “She had to ask many people before she finally bumped into a couple in a tavern who actually knew the shop. Not only did they take her there, where she bought the three portraits in our sale, but she also became lifelong friends with the couple.”

As a further testament to the consignor’s refined taste in antiques, Stephenson’s will offer an 8ft wide breakfront from the Jenkintown home. It was custom made in the 1940s of Georgian-style flame mahogany and would add elegance to any traditional home.

Other furniture in the sale includes mid-century modern designs, such as the Peter Hvidt & O. Molgaard-Nielsen for John Stuart teakwood armchair with loose cushion and cane back. It is entered with a $1,000 estimate.

The selection of stoneware is led by a pair of cobalt-decorated chicken feeders, decorated with a botanical motif and clearly incised with the name “Thos. Haig” and the address “975 N. 2nd St. Phila.” The estimate for the pair is $2,000.

Stephenson’s Friday, May 31 Antiques & Decorative Arts Auction will begin at the earlier-than-usual time of 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The company’s gallery is located at 1005 Industrial Blvd., Southampton, PA 18966. Inspection is on Thursday, May 30, from 1-6 p.m., and on auction day from 9-10 a.m. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.com.

For additional information on any auction lot, call Cindy Stephenson at 215-322-6182 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Online: www.stephensonsauction.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Silver squash blossom necklace. Stephenson’s image.

Custom-designed Georgian-style flame mahogany breakfront. Stephenson’s image.

English school oil-on-canvas portrait dated 1776. Stephenson’s image.

Pair of stoneware chicken feeders, Thos. Haig, Philadelphia. Stephenson’s image.

Platinum and diamond bracelet. Stephenson’s image.

John Stuart teak chair designed by Hvidt and Molgaard-Nielsen. Stephenson’s image.

Tiffany & Co. brass-cased clock. Stephenson’s image.

Soft wood trestle dining table. Stephenson’s image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 May 2013 14:47
 

Arthaz gathers modern masters' works for auction June 1

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013 14:04

Fernand Leger, ‘King of Hearts with Flowers,’ lithograph, 29 x 21inches. Arthaz Inc. image.

NEW YORK – Arthaz Inc. will present an online sale of 19th and 20th century fine art works on paper on Saturday, June 1, titled “Modern Masters from a Scarsdale Private Home.” LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

This collection offered for auction consisting largely of 20th century original artworks from various American and European artists, has until this moment been undisclosed for public viewing. Among the artists contained in this collection includes, Calder, Léger, Miró, Taro Yamamoto, Albert Urban and other gems on paper.

This is to be Arthaz Inc’s first comprehensive online auction, consisting of an assortment of works from historical Edward Lear ink drawings to Ellison Hoover lithographs of Washington Square Park, to Jane Peterson, Leonard Baskin, Raphael Soyer and Leo Steinberg.

In the preauction sale offered in mid- May, eight artists were exclusively selected to feature their work in a presale offering. Among these works was Alexander Calder’s, McGovern, a colored lithograph printed in colors, of 1972, signed and numbered in pencil, receiving a number of inquiries and online hits. Another work selected was Russian artist Mikhail Larinov’s Le Paon.

Manufactured in 1919, this geometric abstraction depicting a peacock, provides a modern outlet for such a historically rich allegorical icon. Another popular featured work is Leger’s King of Hearts with Flowers, a lithograph illuminated by bold primary colors that are misleadingly simple. Other gems include Taro Yamamoto, a Japanese-American expressionist, and lithographs by Shagra Weil—adorned with gold-laden floral patterns juxtaposed with segments from the Old Testament.

Aside from the starkly modern masters incorporated into the sale, we are also offering a rare work by Milton Avery, alongside a beautiful hand drawing by Isabel Bishop. Arthaz will also include a special lithograph by the legendary Odilon Redon (1840-1916), demonstrating The Fall from the Chariot: The Temptation of St. Anthony, from an important ex-collector, and, an uncommon yet stoic lithograph by Giorgio de Chirico, to name a few.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Fernand Leger, ‘King of Hearts with Flowers,’ lithograph, 29 x 21inches. Arthaz Inc. image.

Mikhail Larinow (1881-1964) ‘Le Paon,’ 1919, silkscreen 20 1/4 inches x 12.3/4 inches. Arthaz Inc. image.

Alexander Calder, ‘McGovern,’ lithograph, 29.5 x 22 inches. Arthaz Inc. image.

Shagra Weil, ‘Hebrew Lithograph,’ 25 x 16 inches. Arthaz Inc. image.

Odilon Redon, ‘Fall from the Chariot: Temptation of St. Anthony,’ lithograph. Arthaz Inc. image.

Milton Avery, ‘Young Mother,’ print, artist’s collection, 1947, 24 x 18 inches. Arthaz Inc. image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 May 2013 14:37
 

VCA has huge toy, coin-op auction May 30-June 2

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013 09:26

Image courtesy of Victorian Casino Antiques.

LAS VEGAS – A collection of over 1,000 antique toys, including rare tin windups, Japanese race cars from the 1950s and ’60s, comic characters, robots, and other space-related items will be the main attraction of this spectacular four-day auction event on May 30 - June 2 held by Victorian Casino Antiques (VCA). LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

In addition to this unprecedented toy collection, the event will showcase a stunning collection of antique sewing accessories such as brass and ceramic figural measuring tapes, needle cases and pincushions. Among the diverse offerings over the four days will include over 150 figural cookie jars, including hard to find items such as Champ and Blinkies jars, and an impressive selection of antique slot machines, coin-operated machines, jukeboxes and advertising collectibles gathered from select collections from around the country available for sale.

“Because of the variety of categories we’re showcasing during this event, we expect all manner of bidder,” says Peter Sidlow, president of VCA. “From the new collector to the veteran, both online and in person, this is by far the single biggest auction event we’ve been involved with and will attract the largest number of buyers we’ve ever dealt with.”

Day one of the auction, May 30, will focus on some of the rarest cookie jars available nationally. Some noteworthy lots include the rare Champ jars, designed by Don Winton for DeForest. Others include a series of Blinkies, and prototype Popeye and Olive Oyl jars, distinguished by their thick-neck bottoms. According to VCA’s in-house cookie jar specialist, the prototypes stand out because the subsequent mass-produced jars featured slim necks, making these initial originals must-haves for any rare jar collector. Day one will also feature 250 lots of antique sewing accessories. Among the many standouts among these offerings, the detail of the brass needle cases attract immediate attention, as well as do a number of rare Asian pincushions and some excellent examples of complete old-time sewing kits. That these kits are in mint condition only add to the allure of their timeless craftsmanship.

“The uniqueness of the sewing items speaks to a specific section of the collecting community that recognizes what a significant opportunity we are offering,” says Sidlow.

Day two, on May 31, will be devoted exclusively to the toys. Featuring dozens of lots either “new in box” or “with box,” bidders will find cast-iron and battery-operated toys, aircraft, racecars, as well as celluloid figures. Space-related items, such as the Tom Corbett Space Cadet tin rocket are sure to spark a fond memory and are a notable addition to any toy collection. Japanese racecars, such as the Atom and Diamond racers, make up just some of the collection, as does a “smoking” Popeye toy. Dozens of Disney and Santa-related lots are also of interest. “This is by far the best, and certainly the biggest, toy auction we’ve ever presented,” says Sidlow. “We’re excited to have the first event of this kind centered around such an impressive collection in Las Vegas.”

Days three and four, on June 1 and 2, will highlight what VCA auction events have become synonymous with in the industry: an extensive and high-quality selection of rare coin-operated machines, trade stimulators and jukeboxes. During these days, buyers will have a chance to purchase rare coin operated machines like the Electric Defense Gun. For the slot machine collector, the addition of a Triplex Slot Machine to the auction is noteworthy. And more than one Climax 10 gum ball machines will attract the attention of knowledgeable collectors. As is common to VCA auction events, a number of valuable antique cash registers will be available for sale.

Auctions on all four days will begin at 9 a.m. PDT.

For more information or to learn about consignment, call Dan Sidlow at 702-382-2466, or email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To learn more about VCA and upcoming auctions, go to www.vcaauctions.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Image courtesy of Victorian Casino Antiques.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 14:18
 

Design classics with Gatsby flair in Palm Beach Modern's May 25 auction

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Monday, 20 May 2013 13:51

Palm Beach Modern’s auctioneer, Rico Baca, gets into the Gatsby mood as he inspects premier items in the company’s May 25 auction, including (clockwise from left) one of a pair of Jules Leleu French Art Deco period chairs with ottomans, a large Jeff Compertz abstract painting, one of a pair of circa-1930 French Art Deco Egyptian Revival candelabra, and an Alfred Porteneuve French Art Deco rosewood with silver-plated bronze sideboard/dresser made in 1939 for the SS Pasteur ocean liner. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Great Gatsby would feel quite at home at Palm Beach Modern’s May 25 auction. A free-spending millionaire bootlegger, the fictional Jay Gatsby was the quintessential literary embodiment of Jazz Age extravagance. Living a life of unbridled excess, Gatsby decorated his spectacular Long Island mansion with the finest Art Deco furnishings money could buy – the type that have endured to this day as icons of classic design. Palm Beach Modern’s May 25 auction -- with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers -- pays homage to the Gatsby era, with 357 lots of furniture and art objects that perpetuate or complement the Art Deco aesthetic.

“Without Art Deco to serve as its inspiration, mid-century modern might never have happened. There is an evolution from Art Deco to Moderne to mid-century design that cannot be denied, and that’s the focus of our next auction,” said Rico Baca, auctioneer at Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

Three outstanding French Art Deco period pieces represent the “Gatsby era” in Palm Beach Modern’s sale. The first of these items is a fine and rare 1939 rosewood sideboard/dresser designed by Alfred Porteneuve (1896-1949) specifically for the SS Pasteur ocean liner. It features six drawers and a single center door that smartly conceals two shelves. It is expected to make $15,000-$20,000 at auction.

Art Deco elegance is expressed to perfection by a pair of important circa-1923 Jules Leleu (French, 1883-1961) chairs with matching cushioned ottomans of rosewood with ivory upholstery. The chairs are illustrated on Pages 28 and 29 of Viviane Jutheau’s reference Jules et Andre Leleu, as well as on Page 133 of The House of Leleu by Francoise Siriex. Effortlessly chic and of impeccable quality, the pair is estimated at $50,000-$70,000.

A substantial matched pair of Egyptian Revival candelabra reflects the frenzy for Egyptian design in the decade following the 1922 discovery of King Tut’s Tomb. The motif on each silvered-bronze candelabrum includes bas-relief pharaohs’ heads and mythological imagery on fluted columns. Made in France around 1930, the pair is entered in the sale with a $6,000-$8,000 estimate.

Art Deco or mid-century modern? One would be hard pressed to tell the difference in quite a few of the 1950s-1970s pieces featured in the May 25 sale. A convincing case could be made either way for Lot 71, a circa-1975 Jacques Duval-Brasseur dining table with a whimsical dragon-sculpture base, est. $30,000-$35,000; or Lot 81, a circa-1950 Andre Arbus (French, 1903-1969) bronze-mounted cabinet of ebonized wood with Greek-key motif, ex Christie’s London, est. $20,000-$30,000.

Another mid-century interpretation of the Art Deco taste is seen in Lot 143, a rare and important Gio Ponti (Italian, 1891-1979) walnut desk with asymmetrical cutout drawers and brass sabots. Ponti said of this desk: “…this is my masterpiece, it is a piece of furniture that is very simple but not formally inert.” It is illustrated on Pages 8 and 166 in Lisa Licitra Ponti’s 1953 reference Gio Ponti The Complete Work 1923-1978. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000.

A pair of timeless 1970s Karl Springer (American, 1931-1991) torchieres/floor lamps (Ref: Karl Springer Ltd. Catalog 1977-1994) was made from mixed metals with acrylic columns and artful inverted shades. The lamps will cross the auction block together with a presale estimate of $2,500-$3,500.

Many other premier designers add cachet to the auction lineup, like Paul Evans (American, 1931-1987), whose elusive set of 10 sleekly tufted camel-colored leather and wood dining chairs – two of them having arms – date to around 1970. The set would pair up nicely with nearly any type of glass or wood contemporary table and is expected to command an auction price of $20,000-$30,000.

Several designs by Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988, respectively) will be offered, including a Model 671 rosewood, leather and metal lounge chair and ottoman manufactured by Herman Miller. A classic of the mid-century modern design realm, the chair/ottoman could make $3,000-$4,000. Another innovative design concept is reflected in Lot 218, the pair of 1972 Warren Platner (American, 1919-2006) for Knoll International padded lounge chairs with desirable bronze wire-effect frames. Estimate $5,000-$7,000.

Murano glass vases, decanters, lamp bases, sconces and candlesticks of exceptional quality are entered in the decorative art section of the sale. Several designs are by Murano master Anzolo Fuga, including three monumental vases. One of them, Fuga’s “Murrine Incantante” gourd-form vase, is a 1950 production similar to an example in Rosa Barovier Mentasti’s book Anzolo Fuga: Murano Glass Artist, Works for A.V.E.M. It carries an estimate of $4,000-$6,000.

Art Deco or mid-century interiors would be equally suitable settings for any of three Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) etchings to be auctioned. All three are of nudes and have 1938 dates (etched into plates). Each is estimated at $5,000-$7,000.

Palm Beach Modern’s “Tribute to Great Gatsby” auction of Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern Design will commence at 12 noon Eastern Time on Saturday, May 25, 2013. The exhibition center and auction venue is located at 417 Bunker Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33405. Preview Mon.-Fri. May 20-24 from 10-5; and from 9 a.m. on auction day.

For additional information, call 561-586-5500, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Website: www.modernauctions.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Palm Beach Modern’s auctioneer, Rico Baca, gets into the Gatsby mood as he inspects premier items in the company’s May 25 auction, including (clockwise from left) one of a pair of Jules Leleu French Art Deco period chairs with ottomans, a large Jeff Compertz abstract painting, one of a pair of circa-1930 French Art Deco Egyptian Revival candelabra, and an Alfred Porteneuve French Art Deco rosewood with silver-plated bronze sideboard/dresser made in 1939 for the SS Pasteur ocean liner. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Jacques Duval-Brasseur (French) rare and large dining table with dragon-sculpture base, probably circa 1975. Estimate $30,000-$35,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Large pair of circa-1930 Art Deco Egyptian Revival candelabra, French, silvered bronze. Estimate $6,000-$8,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Alfred Porteneuve (French, 1896-1949) fine and rare Art Deco rosewood with silver-blated bronze sideboard/dresser made for SS Pasteur ocean liner, 1939. Estimate $15,000-$20,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Jules Leleu (French, 1883-1961) rare pair of rosewood and ivory Art Deco chairs with matching ottomans, circa 1923. Estimate $50,000-$70,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Andre Arbus (French, 1903-1969) ebonized wood, bronze and marble cabinet with Greek-key design, circa 1950, ex Christie’s London. Estimate $20,000-$30,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Gio Ponti (Italian, 1891-1979) important walnut and brass desk with asymmetrical cutout drawers, regarded by Ponti to be his ‘masterpiece.’ Estimate $50,000-$70,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

One of three etchings of nudes by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). This image is from the 1940 book ‘Afat’ (edition of 64) by Ilia Zdanevith. Estimate $5,000-$7,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Warren Platner (American, 1919-2006) for Knoll International (American) pair of upholstered lounge chairs with bronze frames, 1972. Estimate $5,000-$7,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Paul Evans (American, 1931-1987) rare set of 10 tufted leather and wood dining chairs, two with arms, circa 1970. Estimate $20,000-$30,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Anzolo Fuga (Italian) A.V.E.M monumental ‘Murrine Incantante’ gourd-form vase, circa 1950. Est. $4,000-$6,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 14:37
 

Kimball Sterling to auction Van Craig unique designer dolls May 26

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Feathered Angel. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500. Kimball M. Sterling Inc. image.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Kimball M Sterling Inc. will offer a fine collection of unique designer dolls by Van Craig in the May 26 Deakins Estate Auction, which will begin at 1 p.m. EDT, 10 a.m. Pacific. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The collection of 10 dolls has been added to the auction that will disperse a local physician’s estate.

Designer, artist, sculptor and entrepreneur Van Craig is one of the best known in his field and the offerings are spectacular, said auctioneer Kimball Sterling. Craig created and designed for many companies including Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Marshall Field and Nordstrom.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Feathered Angel. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500. Kimball M. Sterling Inc. image.

Vera Maxwell. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Kimball M. Sterling Inc. image.

 Miss Liberty. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000. Kimball M. Sterling Inc. image.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 14:54
 

Dreweatts & Baldwin's present June 5 Inaugural Military Sale

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Friday, 17 May 2013 12:51

Rare South Africa 1879 Casualty Medal awarded to Trooper Francis ‘Louis’ Secretan. Dreweatts London / Baldwin’s image.

LONDON - Last year three major players in the UK fine art and collectibles industry (Apex, Baldwin’s and Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions) combined to create the UK’s newest "top 5" generalist auctioneer under the banner of Noble Investments (UK) PLC. This year will see Baldwin’s and Dreweatts holding their first joint auction of Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria on June 5 at Dreweatts London, 24 Maddox Street. LiveAuctioneers will provide the Internet live-bidding services for the sale.

Noble Investments (UK) PLC Managing Director, Ian Goldbart, commented: "The collective efforts of, and expertise within Baldwin’s and Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions, will enable us to provide a much broader presence in this fascinating market sector. We are delighted to be holding this inaugural joint auction and look forward to offering our vendors and buyers an enlarged platform through which to buy and sell a much broader range of collectibles."

This first auction will contain 217 lots, including the highlight of the sale, lot 6, the superb and extremely rare WWII Pathfinder’s CGM & DFM "Group of 5" awarded to Warrant Officer S J H Andrew, No 35 Squadron, No 8 (Pathfinder Force) Group, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Warrant Officer Solomon Joseph Harold Andrew was the veteran of a staggering 89 operational sorties and 315 hours of operational flying over France and Germany between November 1943 and April 1945. He was awarded the CGM and DFM for his role as an Air Gunner "of outstanding ability," and considered to have skill "second to none" in the Halifax and Lancaster bombers of No. 8 Group -- one of only 11 suchgallantry combinations awarded, comprising: Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying), G VI R (1715306 F/Sgt. S. J. H. Andrew. R.A.F.), Distinguished FlyingMedal, G VI R (1715306. F/Sgt. S. J. H. Andrew. R.A.F.), 1939-1945 Star, Air Crew Europe Star with copy "France and Germany" clasp, War Medal 1939-45; the first two officially engraved, the remainder unnamed as issued, group court-mounted on board, with reverse pin for wear. This is an extremely rare and desirable group and is estimated to sell for £12,000 – £15,000.

In addition, lot 37, a Herbert Morton Stoops (1888-1948) oil on canvas, titled Strange Meeting, Argonne 1918 is included in the sale. The picture portrays a British WWI soldier encountering a group of soldiers in a trench, only to discover they are skeletons. Previously exhibited at the King Street Galleries in 1991 as part of a third exhibition of Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, presented by David Cohen Fine Art, this extraordinary painting is estimated at £2000 - £3000. The painting was used as the image on the cover of the exhibition catalogue as a representation of one of the most fertile periods in the history of British art. In the introduction to the catalog, Jenny Spencer-Smith (Head of the Department of Fine and Decorative Art – The National Army Museum, London) describes the painting as inspiring "disturbing emotions."

Also included in the sale are a number of fascinating items including, lot 37, a rare and emotive South Africa 1879 Casualty Medal, estimated at £10,000 – £12,000; lot 153, a pair of silver-mounted flintlock pistols for presentation to a potentate, estimated at £2,000 - £3,000; and lot 175, An 1878 pattern Home Service officer’s blue cloth helmet belonging to Henry Singleton Pennel VC Derbyshire & Sherwood Foresters (1874 - 1907), estimated at £1,200 – £1,500.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Rare South Africa 1879 Casualty Medal awarded to Trooper Francis ‘Louis’ Secretan. Dreweatts London / Baldwin’s image.

Superb and rare World War II Pathfinder’s CGM & DFM group of five awarded to Warrant Officer Solomon Joseph Harold Andrew, No.35 Squadron, No.8 (Pathfinder Force) Group, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Dreweatts London / Baldwin’s image.

Naval General Service Medal, 1793-1840, single clasp. Dreweatts London / Baldwin’s image.

Waterloo Medal, 1815, with replacement steel clip and ring suspension (Lieut. A. E. Glynne, 1st Batt. 40th Reg. Foot). Dreweatts London / Baldwin’s image.

Pair of silver-mounted flintlock pistols for presentation to a potentate. Dreweatts London / Baldwin’s image.

Sir George Prevost 1st Baronet (19 May 1767 -  5 Jan. 1816), fine Georgian officer’s saber by Hawkes Mosely & Co., Piccadilly, London. Dreweatts London / Baldwin’s image.

Henry Singleton Pennel VC Derbyshire & Sherwood Foresters (1874 - 1907) 1878 Pattern Home Service officer’s blue cloth helmet. Dreweatts London / Baldwin’s image.

Herbert Morton Stoops (American, 1887-1948) ‘Strange Meeting,’ Argonne 1918, oil on canvas. Dreweatts London / Baldwin’s image.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 14:52
 

Material Culture celebrates folk art extravaganza May 26

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Purvis Young (1943-2010), untitled (Leader of the Peoples), 1991, 52 x 100 inches. Medium: house paint on wood assemblage. Provenance: Grumbacher-Viener collection. Estimate: $50,000 - $75,000. Material Culture image.

PHILADELPHIA – Material Culture is celebrating the spirit, animation and theatricality of folk, self-taught and ethnographic arts in its May 26 auction, “Folk Out Loud.” Featuring over 300 lots, the sale will provide an exciting mix of art and artifacts from around the world, from paintings by important self-taught artists, to African tribal art, to American cigar store Indians. Objects at the auction nearly encompass the history of folk art, with pre-historic to 12th century to 21st century artifacts being presented for sale. The auction will begin promptly at 11 a.m. EDT, on Sunday, May 26. Liveauctioneers provides an online catalog and Internet live bidding at the time of the sale.

One of the highlights in self-taught art is a masterpiece by American artist Purvis Young (1943-2010). The large untitled piece known as Father of the Peoples, an assemblage with house paint on wood, dates to 1991, and is estimated to sell for $50,000 to $75,000. Measuring 52 inches by 100 inches, the painting centers on a haloed figure robed in shades of white and cream, arms stretching upwards. Expressive faces touched with hues of red, brown and white, some of them also haloed, appear around the frame. From the Overtown section of Miami, Fla., Young is famous for blending the African American experience in the south with his private study of the masters of art history in his paintings, collages and found media artwork. He began drawing as a teenager during a period spent in prison, and his move to painting was initially inspired by the mural movements of other large cities. His work, which shows the influence of Youngʼs private study of Rembrandt, El Greco, van Gogh, Gaugin and Picasso, attracted the attention of Bernard Davis, owner of the Miami Art Museum, and eventually the praise of collectors and institutions around the country. Today, his pieces appear in many museums, including the High Museum in Atlanta, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Corcoran Gallery of Arts in Washington, D.C., the American Folk Art Museum in Atlanta, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, amongst others.

The auction also showcases a number of other pieces by Purvis Young, including two early dated portraits (1973), which show, from the shoulders up, a haloed figure. In one, measuring 18.75 inches by 22 inches by 2 inches with the frame, the haloed figure is additionally distinguished by a beret. The other measures 19.5 inches by 21.5 inches by 2 inches, including its frame. Both are estimated to bring $8,000-$12,000. The third piece, a portrayal of five figures titled Chain gang, dates to 2000. This work of paint on found bonded industrial fabric measures 33.25 inches by 35.5 by 1.5 inches, and is estimated to sell for $1,000-$2,000.

Another highlight of the sale includes an important work by Sister Gertrude Morgan (1900-1980), titled New Jerusalem. A preacher, missionary, musician and poet who worked in New Orleans, Sister Gertrude is now known primarily for her folk art. Brightly colored and joyous, her paintings and drawings depict religious scenes, inspired by the Book of Revelations, illustrations of her sermons, or other conceptualizations of a Biblical idea. According to the American Museum of Folk Art, which holds some of her work, her vision of a New Jerusalem is her most important theme. This painting, measuring 22 inches by 14 inches, bears many of the hallmarks of Morganʼs representation of the New Jerusalem, including multi-storied houses, flowering trees and a sky arrayed with angels of many ethnicities. Sister Morgan frequently appeared within her own work, and the figure dressed in white standing in front of the building, just to the left of center, is likely a depiction of the artist. Around 1957, Sister Morgan received a revelation that she was to become the “bride of Christ,” and thereafter she dressed only in white. Her many revelations throughout her life included one in 1974 that instructed her to move away from painting and devote herself to poetry, and in later life she produced text-only pieces. Text is frequently an integral part of her work in the decades prior, however; this painting bears an inscription in the blue and white of the sky above the building, reading “that great ship is landing,” “paradise” and “get on board.” The piece is estimated to sell for $20,000-$30,000.

Other art at the auction includes a serigraph by American artist Shepard Fairey (born 1970). A portrait of Woody Guthrie, the serigraph is dated 2010 and in a signed and numbered edition of 450, estimated to sell for $500-700. Fairey is an influential street artist, most famous for his Barack Obama “Hope” poster of the 2008 election, and his “Obey” posters featuring the face of Andre the Giant. His work appears in the collections of the Smithsonian and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, among others. A rare cameo glass vase designed by Louisiana artist George Rodrigue (born 1944) bears the artistʼs signature “Blue Dog,” a large-eared spaniel with yellow eyes. Produced by the Pilgrim Glass Co. in a limited edition—the underside is etched “XX/35”—the vase is estimated to sell for $7,000-10,000.

Sculpture at the auction includes a mixedmedia duck figure made by Leo Sewell (born 1945), an American found object artist. Sewell describes himself as a “junk sculptor,” creating representational sculpture using an assemblage of recycled materials, such as, in the case of this Duck Sculpture, scissors, belt buckles, and a toy car, among hundreds of other pieces. The sculpture is estimated to sell for $1,000-2,000.

Ethnographic art at the sale includes several pieces from the Bill Liske Collection of Antique Tibetan and Chinese Textiles and Artifacts, the harvest of three decades of Liskeʼs travel and work in the Himalayan region. Originally a mountaineer and guide, Liskeʼs natural eye for textiles was honed by textile dealers in the area. In 1998, he curated an exhibition of his work titled “From the Heart of a Continent: Carpets and Textiles of the Tibetan Realm,” in his home state of Colorado, at the History Museum in Denver. Pieces from his collection have also been shown at the Krimsa Gallery in San Francisco, the Shaver-Ramsey Gallery in Denver, and in Hali magazine. One of the most remarkable pieces from his collection to appear in this sale is a Buddhist manuscript cover dating to the 12th-13th centuries. Made of wood and bearing traces of paint, the cover features Amoghasiddhi, the last of the Five Wisdom Buddhas of the Vajrayana tradition of Buddhism, flanked by scrolling vines. The name “Amoghasiddhi” means “unfailing success,” and, as the Buddha of accomplishing wisdom, he is identified by the hand gesture symbolizing fearlessness. What is unique about this particular portrayal is the altered “fear not” hand position of Amoghassidhi, with the left hand, and not right hand, lifted, while the right hand is draped across the knees, not placed in the lap. This Tibetan piece is strikingly similar in size, style and composition to the Metropolitan Museum’s Budhhist Manuscript cover with Buddha Shakyamuni flanked by Manjushri and Vajrapani (accession # 1987.407.6), dated as early 12th century. It is estimated to sell for $3,000-$5,000.

A Tibetan thangka scroll painting, also depicting Amoghasiddhi, likely dates to the late 16th century, and shows the Buddha in the more commonly seen mudra, with the right hand in the “fear not” position. Backed by a field of miniature Buddhas with its original hand-loomed cotton and linen border, this 43 inch by 21 inch thangka is estimated to bring $1,500-$2,500. Leading Tibetan carpets at the sale is a temple rug or Khagangma meditation square dating to the 19th century. A red quadrant design marches across a blue-green field, with blue plied wool fringe. The rug is estimated to sell for $1,500-2,500.

Items from the Max Garb Collection of Ethnographic Arts, subject of its own auction at Material Culture on April 28, include an eccentric African power or fetish figure complete with real pelts, bones and skulls. Made by the Songye people of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the figure measures 43 inches by 15 inches by 12 inches, and is estimated to bring $1,000-$2,000. African tribal art is well-represented at sale, with another outstanding collection of top-rate artifacts coming to auction from a Main Line Philadelphia estate. Of particular note is a fine helmet mask made by the Mende people of Sierra Leone. This dark, polished mask of carved wood likely dates to the early 20th century and is estimated to sell for $1,000-$2,000. Fine carving is particularly apparent below the faceʼs eyes and ornamenting the base of its crest. Another helmet mask, made by the Dogon people of Mali, employs a more raw state of its carved wood in giving the mask its character. Also dating to the early 20th century, this 16-inch by 8-inch by 8-inch mask is estimated to sell for $600-900. A wooden staff made by the Yoruba people, who predominantly live in Nigeria, represents the god Shango or Sango, known as the god of lightning, thunder and fire. Shangoʼs weapon is double-headed ax, seen at the top of the staff, and the figure below it may be a devotee of Shango struggling to maintain self-control, one possible purpose of religious rituals for the god. The staff was probably carved in the early 20th century, and, measuring 22 inches by 8 inches by 4 inches, is estimated to sell for $1,000-1,500. Other notable pieces from this collection include a wood figure carved by the Lobi people of Ghana, and, from the lower Sepik River area of New Guinea, a carved wood figure sporting cowrie shell eyes.

A significant portion of the sale consists of folk art from the United States and around the globe. Leading this category are two fine cigar store Indian statues. One is attributed to John L. Cromwell (1805-1873), who is credited as being one of the first carvers of these kinds of figures to arrive from England. Standing an impressive 87 inches tall, the statue dates to circa 1850 and shows the male figure with a hatchet raised in his right hand. Though these hand-carved statues were once frequent sights in front of 19th century cigar stores, original examples are now rare and highly collectible due to the resurgent popularity of cigars and related memorabilia. The John L. Cromwell cigar store statue is estimated to sell for $75,000-125,000. The second statue presents a variation on this form, with a cigar store Indian maiden by Thomas by Thomas V. Brooks (1826-1895), estimated to bring $50,000-80,000 at auction. Measuring 85 inches by 25 inches 25.5 inches, this brightly attired maiden holds up a set of cigars. Brooks was a student of John Cromwell; along with Samuel Anderson Robb and the Skillin family, Cromwell and Brooks are considered the most prominent cigar store Indian craftsmen of the 19th century. The folklore about cigar store Indians in the late 18th century suggests that they provided a visual marker, much like a barberʼs striped pole, for customers who were illiterate, or, in the following century, for the swelling population of immigrants that spoke different languages.

Another highlight of American folk art at the auction is a weather vane made by the Boston manufacturer Harris and Co., dating to circa 1890. A horse depicting the trotter Black Hawk made of copper with zinc ears, the weather vane has a patina of green verdigris on the surface, consistent with its age. It measures 25.5 inches by 19 inches by 1.5 inches and is valued at $3,000-5,000. Also from the George and Sue Viener collection are two face jugs by Lanier Meaders (1917-1998), both made of glazed ceramic. The face jugs at auction are each valued at $1,000-1,500.

The auction also features a panoply of folk and popular art surprises from roadsides around the world, including folk signage and hand-painted advertisements, found objects and African folk art coffins. A mid-century palmist sign made of painted wood, reading “Ora-Lee” at top, stands 96 inches high. Electrified and in full working condition, it is estimated to sell for $2,000-3,000. Another American sign advertises a “Snake Preview” of a carnival act involving “Hugh and Sue,” and is estimated to bring $400-600. An Arabic sign in the shape of a bottle-cap advertises Pepsi, likely to sell for $300-500. An African medical stand from a roadside, complete with its accoutrements, is estimated at a $400-800 value. Fantasy coffins from Ghana include those in the shape of a hammer and a beer bottle. Folk sculptures such as a mid-20th century painted wood carving of a hand holding aloft a Bible from West Africa demonstrate much of the spirit and originality of the assembly.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Purvis Young (1943-2010), untitled (Leader of the Peoples), 1991, 52 x 100 inches. Medium: house paint on wood assemblage. Provenance: Grumbacher-Viener collection. Estimate: $50,000 - $75,000. Material Culture image.

Outstanding 12th/13th century Buddhist manuscript cover with Amoghasiddhi Buddha flanked by scrolling vines. Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000. Material Culture image.

John Cromwell (1805-1873), cigar store Indian, circa 1850, 87 inches high. Provenance: George and Sue Viener collection. Estimate: $75,000 - $125,000. Material Culture image.

Felipe Jesus Consalvos (Cuban-American, 1891-1960), 'Built - Not Stuffed,' circa 1920-1950, mixed media collage. Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500. Material Culture image.

Sister Gertrude Morgan (American, 1900-1980), 'New Jerusalem,' Mixed media on paper. Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000. Material Culture image.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 16:50
 

Cavalcade of stars in Solid Ground autograph auction May 19

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Michael Jackson signed fedora. Solid Ground image.

LOS ANGELES – Solid Ground auction house is offering up over 150 rare autographed items from music, stage and screen on Sunday, May 19, at 7 p.m. PDT. Beatles collectors should take note in the three separate signature cards signed by the entire band in addition to the many individual signed Beatles items.

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There are boots signed by Madonna (her size 8). There are a Michael Jackson signed fedora, belt and photo.

A postcard advertising pop singer Connie Francis is signed by both Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. All the above have letters of authenticity posted with the photos.

There are over 100 other items either signed or with actual signature cards from top Hollywood icons to famous authors and screenwriters—from Fellini and Beckett to Richard Burton and Liz Taylor.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Michael Jackson signed fedora. Solid Ground image.

All four Beatles signed this card in pencil. Solid Ground image.

Madonna signed boots. Solid Ground image.

Postcard signed by Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. Solid Ground image.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 12:20
 

Five collections unite in Mosby's June 8 Toy & Advert. Auction

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1930's Bartlett Miami ‘digger’ used by traveling carnival, in working order. Mosby & Co. image.

FREDERICK, Md. – Elements of five outstanding but very different collections add diversity and fun to the 700-lot lineup in Mosby & Co.’s June 8 Toy & Advertising Auction. The event will commence at 10 a.m. Eastern time, and those who cannot attend are encouraged to leave an absentee bid, sign up for a phone line, or bid live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.

“Collectors like a good mix. It heightens the curiosity factor and often leads to the discovery of great cross-over items,” said Mosby & Co.’s owner, Keith Spurgeon. “This is probably one of the most widely varied auctions we’ve produced to date. There are lots of toys and a tremendous selection of antique advertising, from early Coca-Cola to seven very desirable Stan Lee comic book signs made to display at Comic Con.”

The auction will open with country store and advertising, led by a fine collection of approximately 30 early Coca-Cola items. Among the Coke highlights are a beautiful 1903 serving tray, a 1901 calendar, and two rarities from the 1930s: a double-sided porcelain fountain service sign and a new/old stock embossed tin sign with in its original Coca-Cola shipping crate.

Two very rare promotional items issued by the Pure Oil Company (USA) date to the 1930s. “One is a figural radio shaped like an English cottage, which is what the Pure Oil gas stations looked like during that period. The other item is a figural cottage-shape birdhouse, wood with an enameled tin roof,” Spurgeon said.

Next up will be five Buddy Lee advertising dolls, which the manufacturer customized with advertising for the companies that commissioned them. The dolls are all original and complete. The rarest dolls in the group are the one advertising Coca-Cola and the doll dressed in Lee coveralls with a railroad conductor’s cap, made for Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Railroad.

Several European tin and porcelain signs are among the fascinating items in a steamship collection to be offered by Mosby & Co. Also included in the grouping are two circa-1900 reverse-on-glass promotional items for North German Lloyd steamship line – a thermometer and a barometer.

One of the finest signs in the sale is a colorful and profusely detailed tin sign advertising Thomas’ Inks and Mucilage. Its busy embossed image depicts a cat tipping over a jar of red ink. “These signs, for some reason, usually have extensive flaking, and most that I’ve seen were in very poor condition,” said Spurgeon. “This is the nicest one I’ve come across personally.”

A lineup of early gumball machines includes a number of book examples from Bill Enes’ respected reference titled “Silent Salesmen Too.” Among the rarities are a very nice Rex machine and a Digesto vendor. The same collection was the source for a Watling Twin Jackpot penny slot machine, which is entered in the sale, as well.

A wealth of desirable advertising smalls will be offered within the country store section of the sale. There are numerous peanut butter tins, cooking range-related items and several toys and other pieces pertaining to C.D. Kenny grocery store chain.

Toy buyers can bid to their hearts’ content in this auction, as the choices will be varied and plentiful. The headliner is a single-owner collection of 12 gas-powered tether or rail cars from California, including several types very seldom encountered at auction. The cars are from the acknowledged “golden age” of the 1930s-1950s, by manufacturers such as Dooling, McCoy, C&R and others. Some measure 17-20 inches long, and their estimates are generally in the $1,000-$4,000 range.

Several pressed steel automotive toys will be offered, as will a rare 1934 Buddy ‘L’ pressed-steel Golfer. Ex Dick Keats/Buddy ‘L’ Archive collection, it is the only known Golfer that retains its original box.

The toy parade continues with celluloid toys, scores of tin wind-ups including a mint-boxed Eberl Topsy Turvy Tom toy, and an appealing TootsieToy Speedway set. Additional toy highlights include a Converse private-label horse-drawn wagon produced for a dairy in the Charlottesville, Va., area; 5-6 rocking horses, and a Eureka Bugatti tourist model pedal car with fenders and opening door and trunk.

A mixed selection of bisque- and china-head dolls is joined by children’s crockery and ABC plates. Also featured in the nursery section are four lithographed-tin high chair trays, American and dating to the 1870s. Each tray is decorated with a charming scene typical of its period of production. One of the trays depicts elegantly gowned young girls dancing around a maypole. Another has a vibrant scene of children playing animatedly, with steamships and ocean liners on the water in the background.

“Within the scene, children are firing off a toy cannon and cap gun, and a boy has slipped firecrackers under a gentleman’s formal jacket as a prank. The artwork includes an American Flag and quite likely represents a holiday, perhaps the Fourth of July. This is an item that firecracker and holiday collectors might really like,” said Spurgeon.

The auction also includes part two of a ceramic bank collection, plus a few cast-iron mechanical banks. The top lot amongst the mechanicals is a superb short-sleeve version of the “Dinah” bank.

Pop culture fans will immediately appreciate the desirability of a set of seven different 5-by-3ft foam core signs made specifically to display at Comic Con 2010. The main sign, which includes Stan Lee’s face within the artwork, is flat, while the other six were created in relief. All promote “Stan Lee’s Super Seven” comic book, which never saw the light of day. “The comic book project was shelved because of a copyright issue. The idea may be revived at some point in time, but if it is, it will be released under the title ‘Mighty Seven’ and not ‘Super Seven,’” Spurgeon explained.

Mosby & Co.’s Saturday, June 8, 2013 Toy & Advertising auction will commence at 10 a.m. Eastern Time at the company’s gallery at 5714-A Industry Lane, Frederick, MD 21704. Preview hours are 4-7 p.m. on Friday, June 7; 8-10 a.m. on auction day, and by appointment during the week prior to the sale. Catered food service will be available.

For additional information on any item in the auction, call 240-629-8139 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit Mosby & Co. online at www.mosbyauctions.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

1930's Bartlett Miami ‘digger’ used by traveling carnival, in working order. Mosby & Co. image.

Embossed and chromolithographed 1901 Coca-Cola calendar featuring model Hilda Clark. Mosby & Co. image.

Extraordinarily rare radio and birdhouse replicating Pure Oil gas stations of the 1930s. Mosby & Co. image.

Scarce Thomas' Inks embossed tin sign. Mosby & Co. image.

Large ‘Stan Lee's Super Seven’ comic book display made for Comic Con 2010, one of seven different displays, each unique, to be auctioned. Mosby & Co. image.

1947 P3 gas rail car by Al Papina, 17in long, one of more than a dozen gas-powered cars in the sale. Mosby & Co. image.

Rare Digesto Gum vendor, book example Bill Enes’ reference book ‘Silent Salesmen Too.’ Mosby & Co. image.

Converse private-label milk wagon manufactured for Orange County Dairy in the Charlottesville, Va., area. Mosby & Co. image.

Original Terrance Lindall (American, b. 1944-) sci-fi painting used as cover art for Rod Serling’s ‘Best from the Twilight Zone’ magazine and the novel ‘Watchstar.’ Mosby & Co. image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 09:01
 
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