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Tradewinds Antiques to hold trademark cane auction Apr. 27

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Tuesday, 16 April 2013 12:55

Beautifully carved cane of Bacchus, the Greek god of wine, merrymaking, theater and ecstasy. Tradewinds Antiques image.

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, Mass. – Tradewinds Antiques, the world’s leading auction house of fine antique walking sticks, will host its annual Spring Antique Cane Auction on Saturday, April 27, at the Boston Marriot Peabody in Peabody, Mass. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The sale will feature a large 239-lot offering of carefully selected examples from all categories of the field of antique walking sticks including carved ivory, nautical, decorative, gadget, folk art and historical canes. Included in event are items from the collections of Dr. Lawrence Pinkner, Leo Delluchi, Dr. Byron Evans, and the esteemed Vertical Art Collection, with many other additions from around the world.

“We are very excited to present the offering we have assembled,” said Henry Taron, Tradewinds’ co-founder and owner. “There are wonderful examples in every cane category and there is something for every level of collector.”

The sale’s many highlights include an array of lovely carved ivory canes. A noted example is a superb ivory cane depicting Bacchus, the Greek god of wine and merriment ($4,000-$5,000). Other exquisite carved ivory canes include a great ivory memento mori cane of Jesus Christ ($3,500-$4,500), fine ivory American Indian ($2,500-$3,500), a breathtaking full-bodied ivory horse ($3,500-$4,500), a fine ivory erotic woman cane ($4,500-$6,500).

The sale also features many gadget or systems cane examples. Star lots include a fine painter’s gadget cane ($2,000-$3,000), a wonderful Masonic folding ball ($3,000-$4,000), an elegant pink gold watch cane ($2,500-$3,500), a historical beheading cane depicting a black man ($3,500-$4,500), and a scarce Ronson lighter cane ($3,000-$4,000). In the area of weapons curios, highlights include a great cased English air-gun curio ($2,500-$3,500), a rare “La Diabolique” weapon curio ($4,500-$6,500) that features barbs that emerge from the shaft upon pulling the handle, and many other gun, sword and “flick-stick” curios.

Other noted lots include a great narwhal and silver cane ($4,500-$6,500), a splendid turkshead knot on carved whalebone ($2,500-$3,500), a great all whalebone cane with inlay ($3,000-$4,000) a superb 1696 ivory pique ($5,000-$7,000), a wonderful famous midget’s gold cane with a related book ($2,500-$3,500), a wood anti-Semitic Dreyfus cane ($2,500-$3,500) and two gold quartz canes ($4,000-$6,000).

“There are many exciting and important pieces in this sale,” said Taron. “There will be opportunities for collectors to add significant new pieces to their collections, and we are always proud to be a trusted part of that process.”

Tradewinds Antiques, based in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., is in its 21st year of conducting all-cane auctions, with this sale being their 42st offering in this specialty area. In 1993, Tradewinds conducted the first all-cane auction ever to be held in America at the first International Cane Collectors Conference in Rockport, Maine. The company holds two auctions dedicated to this field in April and September of each year.

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A fully illustrated printed catalog may be purchased by calling 978-526-4085.

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

Beautifully carved cane of Bacchus, the Greek god of wine, merrymaking, theater and ecstasy. Tradewinds Antiques image.

Elegant gold watch cane. Tradewinds Antiques image.

Breathtaking carved ivory horse cane. Tradewinds Antiques image.

Beheading gadget cane depicting a black man. Tradewinds Antiques image.

Wonderful folding Masonic ball cane. Tradewinds Antiques image.

Scarce and important Ronson lighter cane. Tradewinds Antiques image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 16:21
 

Saber-tooth tiger skeleton, massive gold nugget at Chait, May 4

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Monday, 15 April 2013 11:52

Finest and most-complete extant example of a saber-tooth tiger skeleton, 67 inches long, origin White River Badlands, South Dakota. Estimate $250,000-$300,000. I.M. Chait image.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The finest known example of a saber-tooth tiger skeleton and a massive Australian gold nugget are expected to reign over an imposing lineup of ancient fossils, meteorites and mineral specimens in I.M. Chait’s May 4 Important Natural History Auction in Beverly Hills. All forms of bidding will be available, including live online through LiveAuctioneers.

The 67-inch-long tiger skeleton (Lot 326) represents a fearsome predator that once menaced the animal kingdom of South Dakota’s White River Badlands. It heads the zoological portion of the sale with a $250,000-$300,000 estimate.

“The saber-tooth tiger’s reputation precedes him,” said Jake Chait, director of I.M. Chait’s Natural History department. “With one swipe, he could sever the arteries or windpipe of another animal, making it easy prey.”

The tiger skeleton is superbly preserved and 70-80% complete, rendering it in a class of its own. “There isn’t a more complete specimen of this type, either in a museum or private collection, anywhere in the world,” said Chait. “Not only does this skeleton present an extremely rare opportunity for scientific research, it is aesthetically second to none, with incredible 4-inch-long sabers and a beautiful patination that only comes as a result of the natural ageing process.”

An outstanding skeleton from a massive woolly rhinoceros (Lot 325) dates to the Pleistocene Epoch of the Quaternary Period. It is believed that giant woolly rhinos roamed the wilds of Siberia during the last Ice Age and developed their thick coats as a defense against the brutal climate. The impressive skeleton in Chait’s sale measures 177 inches long and 72 inches high, and is, in the truest sense of the word a “museum-class” specimen, having previously been part of the Kashiwagi Museum Collection in Japan. It carries a pre-sale estimate of $90,000-$120,000.

Another exciting auction highlight is the skull of an extremely rare giant dire wolf (Lot 324) from the Rancho La Brea Formation, ex George Lee Collection. Scientifically classified as Canis dirus, the now-extinct dire wolf once inhabited Kern County, California, where tar pits similar to those at the La Brea site in Los Angeles proved a fatal attraction to indigenous beasts. “The tar pits were covered in water and would trap unsuspecting animals who mistook them for benign ponds,” said Chait. “Skeletons of mastodons, mammoths, horses and bison have been found at California’s tar pits, but a dire wolf is an especially rare and desirable find.” The skull offered in the May 4 sale represents the largest end of the spectrum, size wise, for a dire wolf. It measures 12 inches long by 7 inches wide by 5¼ inches high, and is estimated at $60,000-$80,000.

Posed as though navigating the waters near its native Morocco, the skeleton of a marine reptile known as a Mosasaur (Lot 295), Late Cretaceous Period, exhibits an elongated, streamlined body and broad, flexible tail. Considered the closest ancient relative to today’s snakes, it grew to lengths of 10 to 60 feet. The skeleton is a first-class example that measures 59 inches long by 43 inches high. Estimate: $50,000-$60,000.

Lot 296 is a toothy tableau consisting of a Mosasaurus skull with a vividly colored 13¼-inch ammonite positioned in its jaws. The gaping mouth, with its array of spiky upper and lower teeth, provides a stark reminder of why the Mosasaurus species was so widely feared 65 million years ago. The 32-inch-long skull of a reptilian creature many times the size of a modern-day great white shark was “wired for intimidation,” Chait said. The double-fossil display of skull with ammonite could make $30,000-$38,000 at auction.

Other fascinating animal fossils include the rare skull of an ancient South American penguin (Lot 281), est. $2,500-$3,500; a baby Triceratops skull (Lot 311), est. $25,000-$35,000; and the large, powerful-looking tail of a Hadrosaur (Lot 303) in whip-like pose, est. $20,000-$25,000. An extraordinary fossilized Rhamphorhynchus muensteri, or pterodactyl (Lot 312), documents one of the first vertebrates to make the transformation to flight. Wings are clearly present on the form of its hollow-boned, lightweight body captured within a limestone slab. Estimate: $70,000-$80,000.

Many collectors jump at the chance to acquire distinctive parts from prehistoric animals. Several outstanding entries in the upcoming sale would fit the bill nicely, starting with the brow horn of a Triceratops horridus (Lot 306) from the Hell Creek Formation in South Dakota. An immense 33 inches in length on an ebonized metal display stand, it is expected to attract a top bid of $10,000-$12,000. A well-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex tooth (Lot 307) is estimated at $10,000-$12,000; while a nicely delineated Raptor claw (Lot 310), 65-68 million years old, could scratch up $2,000-$2,500.

The precious gems section could not have a more regal centerpiece than the exquisite marine-life chess set (Lot 97) designed by gemologist and jewelry designer Sylvia Quispe, Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Truly the crème de la crème of chess sets, its 32 playing pieces replicate sea creatures crafted from rich purple Tanzanian rubies and royal blue Afghan lapis with solid 18K gold. The ruby pieces are mounted on Peruvian pink opal seashell and starfish bases, while those of lapis are raised on quartz. The playing board is, itself, a work of art, with alternating squares of quartz and black obsidian. The set is housed in a handsome mahogany box. Fit for a king – or modern-day kingmaker – this masterpiece of uncompromising quality is estimated at $150,000-$170,000.

Mineral specimens are led by a sensational gold nugget with natural quartz (Lot 23) that was discovered in the Australian state of Victoria. The intense yellow color of the metal denotes an exceptionally high carat content, and its gold content, alone, weighs in at a robust 3100g (99.67 ozt). Exceptional by any standards, it could realize an auction price of $275,000-$325,000.

A premier example of a Canadian iridescent ammonite (Lot 271) from the Bearpaw Formation, Southern Alberta, Canada is a biogenic gemstone that would top many a collector’s wish list, this 17in ammonite gleams with electrifying colors and could fetch $38,000-$45,000 at auction. Another mineral highlight is a large, complete meteorite (Lot 220) from the famous fall at Campo del Cielo, Argentina. Weighing approximately 78.4kg, it is estimated at $18,000-$22,000.

Among the more curious items on offer are an ancient mummified foot from Middle Egypt (Lot 200), est. $5,000-$7,000; and a collection of naturally colored and fossilized dung (Lot 300) from the Wilkes Formation in Washington state. Consisting of five excellent dung specimens ranging in color from gray and woody brown to burnt umber, deep purple and red, the group lot is entered with expectations of making $2,500-$3,500.

From big cats to woolly rhinos, I.M. Chait’s 326-lot May 4 auction has the prehistoric category amply covered with an expertly cataloged selection of fossilized skeletons and skulls. With the addition of pulse-quickening minerals, gems and several natural oddities for good measure, it’s shaping up to be an event that will fascinate connoisseurs and evolving collectors, alike.

I.M. Chait’s Important Natural History Auction will take place at the Chait gallery on Saturday, May 4, commencing at 1 p.m. Pacific Time.

For additional information, call 1-800-775-5020 or 310-285-0182; 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

Woolly rhinoceros skeleton, 177 inches long, origin Siberia, ex Kashiwagi Museum collection. Estimate $90,000-$120,000. I.M. Chait image.

Finest and most-complete extant example of a saber-tooth tiger skeleton, 67 inches long, origin White River Badlands, South Dakota. Estimate $250,000-$300,000. I.M. Chait image.

Gold nugget with natural quartz containing 3100g (99.67 ozt) of gold, origin central Victoria, Australia. Estimate $275,000-325,000. I.M. Chait image.

Extremely rare giant dire wolf skull from Rancho La Brea Formation, Kern County, California, ex George Lee Collection. Estimate $60,000-$80,000. I.M. Chait image.

Pterodactyl fossilized in limestone slab, origin Solnhofen, Bavaria, Germany. Estimate $70,000-$80,000. I.M. Chait image.

Precious gem and solid 18K gold chess set designed by gemologist and jewelry designer Sylvia Quispe, Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Estimate $150,000-$170,000. I.M. Chait image.

Mosasaurus skull, origin Morocco from Bearpaw Formation in southern Canada with brilliantly colored ammonite. Estimate $30,000-$38,000.

Collection of naturally colored fossil dung, origin Lewis County, Washington. Estimate $2,500-$5,000. I.M. Chait image.

Tyrannosaurs rex tooth, origin Hell Creek Formation, Wibaux County, Montana. Estimate $6,000-$8,000. I.M. Chait image.

Ancient mummified foot from Middle Egypt. Estimate $5,000-$7,000. I.M. Chait image.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 April 2013 14:16
 

Sterling Assoc. to auction prewar trains, estate art & antiques, Apr. 24

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Friday, 12 April 2013 15:55

American Renaissance Revival bronze-mounted walnut cabinet, attributed to Herter. Sterling Associates image.

CLOSTER, N.J. – Since the beginning of commercial American railroading, trains have had a significant presence in New Jersey. Since the 1830s, hundreds of now-defunct companies operated on rail lines within the Garden State, although their landmark terminals are now long gone or, in some fortunate cases, protected as historic places.

However, few in New Jersey knew of the existence of one bustling railway hub located in the city of Maywood in the 1930s and ’40s. It operated behind closed doors in the home of the late Ray Hoelz, whose “railway yard” was built to accommodate a superb collection of oversize scale-model trains.

On Wednesday, April 24, Ray Hoelz’s remarkable assemblage of antique and pre-World War II trains, which he began collecting in 1936, will make its public debut as the headliner in Sterling Associates’ Spring Auction. LiveAuctioneers will provide the Internet live bidding.

“This is an exceptional estate collection, unlike anything we’ve seen before,” said Sterling Associates’ owner, Steven D’Atri. “Although Ray Hoelz was an accountant and auditor by profession, he came from a family with close ties to the railroad. His father worked for the Erie Railroad, so that early exposure to trains undoubtedly inspired his interest in collecting toy versions of them. His emphasis seems to have been on acquiring very large, extremely well-detailed trains, which is what collectors love.” All pieces from the collection will be auctioned individually.

The collection consists of more than 60 “third rail” train engines and cars that were either commissioned, purchased, or hand-built by Ray Hoelz. All are extremely realistic, with even greater detail than one would see on expensive antique trains, D’Atri said.

“These are big trains. The Pullman cars are almost two feet long, and some have wooden floors. Even the seats and people in the cars are minutely detailed. The freight cars have the same sort of writing and brand logos you’d see on real trains,” D’Atri continued.

Most of the manufactured or custom-made trains were produced in the 1930s by such firms as Icken, Lobaugh, Westbrook and Miniature Locomotive Company. The majority are of metal, while a few were crafted of wood. The engines, chemical cars and many of the components were expertly machined from brass and steel.

Fine, decorative and Asian art, as well as estate jewelry and other antiques comprise the greater portion of the 500-lot auction. The 50-lot jewelry section is led by a sparkling 2-3/4 carat GIA-certified diamond and platinum engagement ring with matching wedding band. It is followed by various other jewelry designs and forms, mostly gold.

A wonderful array of bronzes includes 19th-century through contemporary works. Highlighting the group are a silvered Russian bronze after Lanceray titled “Don Cossacks Crossing the Balkans,” and a large hunting dog bronze by Auguste-Nicolas Cain (French, 1821-1894). The names of the dogs – Caron and Pompier – are branded in the ground. Also on offer is a well-executed life-size bronze torso by Greg Wyatt.

Among the paintings chosen for the sale are a George Morland (British, 1762-1804) oil-on-canvas winter landscape with horses, and an Italian masterpiece depicting the interior of a church with people. Both artworks are of “exceptional quality,” D’Atri said.

Sterling Associates is known for its ability to source fresh-to-market Asian art and antiques. The April 24 auction includes a varied selection of fresh works from an Asian collector in New Jersey who trusted his well-cultivated eye and always bought wisely. The consignment includes porcelains, including a pair of circa-1750 Chinese Qianlong famille rose vases, and a Chinese painting of a foggy mountain scape with calligraphy and seals on woven paper laid to silk.

An eclectic grouping of 19th- and 20th-century lighting and accessories will cross the auction block, as will a nicely blended offering of furniture from multiple sources. A top furniture piece is an American Renaissance Revival walnut cabinet attributed to Herter.

Diversity is evident in the assortment of items Stephen D’Atri has selected for his Spring Auction. At the fine-art end of the collecting spectrum there is an 1870s connoisseur’s book, French, with exquisitely engraved images and titled “Le Tresor Artistique de la Musee National de Louvre et Galerie d’Apollon,” Volume I. “A few years ago, Sotheby’s sold a similar book for $7,000-$8,000,” said D’Atri. “What makes this book especially unusual is its size – it’s two feet by 18 inches and probably 4 inches thick.”

On the vintage collectibles side, there are two Wurlitzer 1050 “bubbler” jukeboxes, and for the scientifically inclined, there’s an 1850s daguerreotype lens made by C.C. Harrison. It has a large brass cylinder encasing the lens and is marked with a serial number and the manufacturer’s name. “Photographic antiques are hot at the moment, and we already have multiple absentee bids on it. I think this lens is going to fly,” D’Atri said.

Sterling Associates’ Spring Auction will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, starting at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. It is structured as a hybrid auction in which previewing is available at the physical gallery, but all bidding is exclusively absentee, by phone or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers. The sale will be run exactly like a live auction, but without a live audience.

Gallery preview times are 10-5 on April 19 and 20; 10-7 on April 23, and 10-3 on auction day. The gallery is located at 70 Herbert Ave., Closter, NJ 07624. Inquiries: call 201-768-1140 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

American Renaissance Revival bronze-mounted walnut cabinet, attributed to Herter. Sterling Associates image.

George Morland, (British, 1762-1804), ‘A Winter Landscape,’ signed G Morland Pinxt. Sterling Associates image.

2.74 carat diamond and platinum engagement ring with side baguettes. Diamond is GIA certified. Sterling Associates image.

Auguste-Nicolas Cain, (French, 1821-1894), large bronze of hunting dogs. Artist’s signature and names of dogs (Caron, Pompier) signed in ground. Sterling Associates image.

After Evgeny Alexandrovich Lanceray, Russian (1848-1886), ‘Don Cossacks Crossing The Balkans,’ silver over bronze. Sterling Associates image.

Greg Wyatt, ‘Bathsheba,’ sculpted bronze nude, signed Greg Wyatt 1980 1/9. Sterling Associates image.

GE model train locomotive and tender manufactured by Icken. Ray Hoelz estate collection. Sterling Associates image.

Steuben glass sculpture designed by Paul Schulze, titled ‘Totem.’ Sterling Associates image.

Pair of Chinese famille rose covered vases, Qianlong, circa 1750, Mandarin pattern. Sterling Associates image.

Highly realistic pre-WWII depiction of a Santa Fe Railroad boxcar, ‘third rail’ gauge. Ray Hoelz estate collection. Sterling Associates image.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 April 2013 16:45
 

Slotin folk art auction concludes with new discoveries Apr. 21

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Josh Steinbauer, ‘Small Tipper,’ 1997. Two of 10. Signed, dated and titled. Print on paper. Excellent condition. Image is 29 by 41 inches. Estimate: $500-800. Slotin Auction image.

BUFORD, Ga. – A weekend sale featuring 1,187 lots of self-taught art, outsider art, Southern folk pottery and antique and anonymous folk art will be held April 20-21 by Slotin Auction. LiveAucitoneers.com will provide internet live bidding.

In addition to the heavy-hitters folk art buyers have become accustomed to seeing at Slotin’s Auctions, this Spring Masterpiece Sale will feature some of the most exciting, raw, inventive new discoveries to ever hit the auction block.

Slotin Auction, famous for its new discoveries, will pull out all the stops for this Spring Masterpiece event. Prominently featured will be the entire eccentric collection of artworks by master whittler, Philip Chabot (1899-1982). Chabot’s works have been relatively hidden away but for half a century. Chabot was first exposed to whittling near the Penobscot Indian Reservation in Canada. His grandmother was a Penobscot who traveled with Buffalo Bill Cody in his Wild West Shows. He made his own knives for whittling. During World War he was an airplane photographer, later a successful inventor and trained and accomplished taxidermist who later worked for the American Museum of Natural History and the New York Zoological Society, traveling the world on research exhibitions. Slotin Auction has Chabot’s entire body of work with accompanying newspaper articles, original photos & award ribbons. Each carved piece is placed in a handmade wooden hinged box and is estimated to realize between $2,000-5,000 per lot.

Intricate sexually and violently charged works of Jan Scott Boyer, who created his own religion of “Allism,” will also debut at Slotin Auction. In the ’70s-’80s Boyer traveled throughout the U.S. trading his oil portraits and landscapes for food and shelter. Boyer painted local scenery as well as figure paintings of exotic dancers. Later he began creating works featuring women in abstract landscapes. But, it was his growing fixation with forbidden portrayals of sex and violence that finally led him to an entirely new aesthetic: a sexually charged, mutilation motif that he called “Allism.” Throughout the 1990s, Boyer was consumed with Allism, painting canvas after canvas, selling what he could in bars and through a local secondhand shop. His detailed and disturbing images were often rejected by the mainstream art world but are making a big splash at Slotin Auction.

And the lifetime collection of David Secon, outsider artist, approximately 1,500 works created mostly while in prison, will be sold as one lot, (est. $5,000-10,000). Secon was a pharmacist by trade. In 1960, he was charged with illegal handling of drugs. After years of stressful legal cases, he eventually lost his store and license. In prison he really began to immerse himself in very detailed artwork. He also developed serious medical conditions, including cancer for which he was operated on upon his release. He suffered emotionally and physically after his release from prison and continued to paint, sometimes working in almost completely darkness. His artistic alter ego went by the name of DeSeco, and it was the art that seem to save him.

Other rare and unusual items include a lifetime collection of hand carved whimsies, chains and early cigar label decoupage art, a wonderfully touching New York State Orphanage sign, a tramp art throne, a rare pair of Cantral Valdez urns, a life-size skeleton by Clayton Graham, a Mexican Day of the Dead costume, Texas Chicano prison panos, Navajo folk art, African American quilts and hilarious erotic prints by Josh Steinbauer.

Slotin Auction is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign a single piece or an entire collection call them at 770-532-1115 or 404-403-4244. Or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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

 Josh Steinbauer, ‘Small Tipper,’ 1997. Two of 10. Signed, dated and titled. Print on paper. Excellent condition. Image is 29 by 41 inches. Estimate: $500-800. Slotin Auction image.

 Philip Chabot, signed and dated, 1947, Babylon, N.Y. Homemade-hinged wooden box with masterpiece whittled wooden figures of dragon; bear, lion, Pegasus and Lady Liberty. Slotin Auction image.

Anonymous New York State Orphanage sign. Carved with some original paint. Well-weathered, otherwise great condition, 30 inches by 42 inches. Estimate: $800-1,200. Slotin Auction image. 

Clayton Graham, ‘Skeleton,’ 1939. Prayersburg, Ohio. Signed and dated. Homemade with wire, mesh, tin carved wood, metal joints, spring-loaded mouth, cloth over head, in handmade cardboard box coffin, 63 by 12 inches. Estimate:  $1,000-3,000. Slotin Auction image. 

 Jan Scott Boyer, ‘Satanic City Of Allism,’ 1990. Signed, dated and titled, oil on canvas. Excellent condition. 42 by 35inches. Estimate: $800-1,200. Slotin Auction image.

 David Secon, lifetime collection of artworks, signed and dated. Approximately 1,500 works on paper, canvas board and other mixed media. This lot also includes scrapbooks, unframed pieces of shrink-wrapped art, his Bible of Interpretation to his art. The collection is being sold as one lot. Estimate:  $5,000-10,000. Slotin Auction image.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 April 2013 15:53
 

Material Culture to disperse GlaxoSmithKline art April 14

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Thursday, 11 April 2013 14:45

Joseph Sweeney (American, 20th c.), 'Afternoon at Undine' (Boat House Row, Philadelphia), 1982, oil on canvas, 49.5 x 57.5 inches. Estimate: $500-700. Material Culture image.

PHILA. - Material Culture will auction the GlaxoSmithKline LLC art collection on Sunday, April 14, beginning at 11 a.m. EDT. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide the Internet live bidding.

The global health care company’s Philadelphia branch is one of its two large corporate headquarters in the United States, and pieces from its substantial collection have already sold in previous auctions at Material Culture. Many of the artists represented in this collection are from the Philadelphia area or studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, rendering it particularly compelling to local art collectors, though the quality of the artwork and the inclusion of nationally known artists bring universal interest to the auction. The collection was amassed during the 1980s through the early 2000s. This sale features more than 350 works of art, nearly all of them framed, and ranging widely in size. All of the pieces are sold without reserve, and provide opportunities for any budget and for a broad variety of collectors and connoisseurs.

One of the leading paintings at this auction is a large piece by Robert Natkin (1930-2010), considered by some to be one of the most important abstract painters of his generation. Born in Chicago and trained in the same city at the Art Institute, Natkin engages, in his work, the power of post-Impressionist color, playful texture and lyrical shape. He has exhibited his work in major galleries across the United States, Europe and Japan, and his pieces have a home in the permanent collections of dozens of museums around the world, including the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Natkin’s painting at auction, Bath Apollo, represents a merging of two of the artist’s important series of work, the Apollo paintings, and the Bath series. The Apollo paintings, featuring tangential vertical planes or stripes, were named after the Greek god of the sun and poetry to emphasize the counterpoint of light and color. These bands of color, a precise universe in which Natkin could explore what he called the “visual vibrato” of contrasting shades, also call to mind Nietzsche’s definition of Apollonian aesthetic as one of order. Natkin’s Bath series was inspired by an exhibit at the Holburne of Menstrie Museum in Bath, England in 1974 that was to be accompanied by a catalog of only black and white plates. Natkin took on the challenge this presented by creating an exhibition using only tones of black, white and gray and expanding his textural vocabulary. Applying paint to sponges and rags, Natkin would press these vessels against the canvas, creating a personalized take on pointillism. After the exhibit, Natkin continued to play with this process, but introduced color. The marriage of the Color Bath series and the Apollo paintings are Bath Apollo paintings such as this one. Dated 1980, this Bath Apollo (78 x 168 inches) uses Natkin’s characteristic acrylic paint to create a rippling rainbow of purples, blues, yellows and light reds.

Another abstract work is an extremely large painting, measuring a colossal 6 feet by 20 feet 8 inches, by Douglas Dean Ohlson. A contemporary of Natkin, Ohlson (1936-2010) also employed vivid color, fusing Abstract Expressionism and color field painting in compositions that were often more rigidly geometrical. He frequently worked on the very large scale of the abstract oil shown in this sale. In this piece, his classic vertical bars interlock with horizontal ones around squares of glowing pink and purple. Ohlson was raised on a farm in Cherokee, Iowa, and one imagines the open sky and flat fields as a source of inspiration for his vast landscapes of color. Determined to become a painter, he studied at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minn., and then served three years in the Marines before finishing his degree in studio art at the University of Minnesota. When he moved to New York, he studied at Hunter College until he ran out of money; he began teaching at Hunter four years later, where he remained for 35 years. His works appear in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He also received numerous solo gallery exhibitions, including many at the Susan Caldwell Gallery, from which this painting was obtained.

Other abstract works of particular note at the auction include a painting by Murray Dessner (1934-2012) titled Light Bridges. This large scale painting, measuring 90 inches by 72 inches, evokes the moody swirl of water in tones more subdued, but still light-driven, than Dessner’s typical palette. Dessner studied at the Fleisher Art memorial and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he later taught for many years, and his work is in the permanent collection of the PAFA and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among other museums and public installations. Another 20th century Philadelphian artist who works in the abstract is Moe Brooker, represented at auction by his mixed media piece Let Me Tell You How It… Brooker trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Tyler School of Art, and he serves as chair of the Foundation Department at Moore College of Art, where he teaches, and the City of Philadelphia’s Art Commission. His 57-inch by 45-inch piece at auction demonstrates the exuberance that is characteristic of his work; the strokes of his oil pastel convey joy, and the heavily layered pigment creates vibrancy and depth. In this work, the backdrop of swooping lines and loose, shaded rectangles is speckled with scraps of paper, postage stamps, and envelope fragments. Brooker’s work is in the permanent collections of several Philadelphian museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the African American Museum, as well as other institutions around the country.

Though featuring many fine abstract works, the auction contains a higher number of fine representational pieces. The Brazilian artist known as Ferjo, born Fernando de Jesus Oliveira in 1946, is showcased at auction in a relatively early piece entitled The Window, (66.5 x 49.5 inches) of 1978. The surrealist touches that have come to typify the artist’s work, such as floating objects and metallic bubbles, do not appear in this painting, though the prismatic shafts of sunlight that zip through the window, distorting space, endow this quotidian scene with Ferjo’s signature magic. The windowsill bears an assortment of four eggs, which become a trademark of Ferjo’s surreal rooms, with a halved eggshell hovering above the floor. While he was studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Ferjo began to be increasingly drawn to Cubism, and this painting, from near the end of his time at the PAFA, shows these influences as well as his life-long devotion to interesting use of perspective and technical specificity.

The auction includes many fine landscapes in a variety of genres. A triptych of three drawings by painter and photographer Diane Burko (American, born 1945), depicts the gradiated geological layers of a canyon cast in light. Canyon Wall Triptcyh, dating to 1978, is an excellent example of the kinds of landscapes for which the artist has become known throughout her career. Burko has had more than 30 solo exhibitions at various museums and galleries, and enjoys a place in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Delaware Art Museum, among others. The Grand Canyon series that Burko worked on in the 1970s were chiefly, as this triptych is, works of colored pencil on paper. Each of the pieces in this triptych, titled Canyon Wall Triptych A, B and C, respectively, measure 24 inches by 31.5 inches. Less sweeping but no less intricate in its depiction of nature is the photo realist landscape painting Late Summer Afternoon, by American artist William Nichols. Born in 1942 in Chicago, Nichols projects slides of his own photographs, frequently from parks and botanical gardens, directly onto his canvas. His brushwork is reminiscent of Impressionism’s spontaneity, but the delicate precision of the botanical forms of trees and leaves is unmistakably photographic. Late Summer Afternoon is a lush procession of foliage, the acrylic that Nichols typically employs giving the painting the luminous, fresh feel of natural surroundings. The painting measures 59.5 inches by 87 inches. With over 25 solo shows and appearances in more than twice the number of group shows, Nichols’ work appears in the collections of the Ringling Museum of Art, in Sarasota, Fla., the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, among others.

Other landscapes at the auction include an oil painting by Kurt Solmssen (American, b. 1958), Stephen Woodburn’s (American, b. 1939) Pioneer Morning, a pastel drawing titled “Connecticut Dawn” by Rosemary Bothwell (American, 20th century), and “Sunset Through Mist & Rainshowers,” an oil painting by John Andre Gundelfinger (American, 1937-1991).

Interesting seascapes at auction include a two-connected-canvases work by Joseph DiGiorgio (1931-2000), titled Blake’s Beach. Measuring together at 59.25 inches by 71.5 inches, this oil-on-canvas panorama, with the sweep of the tide only interrupted by rocks in the upper right, is a good example of the monumental landscapes for which he was best known. Born in Brooklyn and trained at the Cooper Union, DiGiorgio painted landscapes around the country in addition to many near his native New York. A shoreline of greater drama can be seen in the Maine coast of Late Afternoon, by marine painter Alphonse Joseph Shelton (American, 1905-1976). Shelton was born in Liverpool, England, but his family moved to the United States while he was still a child. Though trained at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, much of his artistic life was spent in Maine, where he spent several seasons at Winslow Homer’s studio in Prout’s Neck, and was active in the artistic community for 25 years, including teaching at colleges and serving as the chairman for the Maine Art Commission.

Several compelling Philadelphian scenes are the fruit of an auction containing so many artists with local ties. A painting of Boathouse Row entitled Afternoon at Undine (49.5 x 57.5 inches) comes to sale from American artist Joseph Sweeney. Born in Philadelphia, Sweeney trained at Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) and Penn State University, and continues to live in the area, teaching at a variety of local institutions including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His paintings more frequently depict vistas wider than the single building at the heart of the Undine painting, but his excellent capturing of summer sunlight, seen in many of his landscapes, beautifully shows off the architecture of the boathouse and its halo of greenery. Sweeney has done a series of pastels of rowing scenes on the Schuylkill River, many of them later than this 1982 painting of oil on canvas, which may have been an early move towards the subject matter. Another painting by David Robert Brumbach (American, 1948 – 1992) depicts Philadelphia’s famous South Street. This photo realist painting of acrylic on paper dates to 1982, and measures 21 inches by 27 inches. Brumbach was born in Lancaster County, Pa., where he ultimately returned after studying at the Rhode Island School of Design. He was considered Lancaster’s finest realist painter, though he also produced abstract pieces, and occasionally worked in collage. In addition to many gallery shows during his lifetime, his work appears in the Phillips Museum of Art, among others.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Joseph Sweeney (American, 20th c.), 'Afternoon at Undine' (Boat House Row, Philadelphia), 1982, oil on canvas, 49.5 x 57.5 inches. Estimate: $500-700. Material Culture image.

Michael and Magdalena Frimkess (born 1937; born 1929), 'Dizzy Gillespie Tagamet Vase,' 1989, earthenware, hand painted & gilded, 18inches. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Material Culture image.

Benton Spruance (American, 1904-1967), 'Touchdown Play,' 1933, ed. 24/40, lithograph, 20 x 25.5 inches. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Material Culture image.

Lance Richbourg (American, b. 1938), 'Sliding In,' 1973, oil on canvas, 82 x 98.75 inches. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Material Culture image.

Diane Burko (American, b. 1945), 'Canyon Wall Triptych,' 1978, colored pencil on paper drawing, 24 x 31.5 inches each. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Material Culture image.

Robert Natkin (American, 1930-2010), 'Bath Apollo,' 1980, acrylic on canvas, 78 x 168 inches. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Material Culture image.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 April 2013 14:12
 

Kimball Sterling to sell single-owner cane collection Apr. 13

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Masonic silver system cane. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500. Kimball M. Sterling Inc. image.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Kimball M. Sterling auctioneers will sell the lifetime collection of antique canes of a 91-year-old Santa Monica, Calif., collector on Saturday, April 13. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Estimates for the canes range from $200 to $7,000 each. The collection is strong on gun and sword canes. A massive Heidelberg ivory cane is the star of the auction with a 12-inch handle. The collection boasts one of the rarest Masonic canes known. Regional specialties including a gold quartz presentation and a full narwhal with a horn handle.

Many gold and silver dress canes will be included from the Victorian era to Art Deco. The collector has amassed a nice group of system canes that deal with many occupations from physicians to scientists. A nice presentation of a Civil War general's GAR banner is within the shaft a rare cane. Included also is a large collection of different dog breeds.

Kimball M. Sterling bills himself as the world’s largest canes auction house conducting over six canes-only auctions a year. This presentation will have over 300 canes for the novice and the expert.

For details phone Kimball M. Sterling at 423-928-1471.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Masonic silver system cane. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500. Kimball M. Sterling Inc. image.

Gold quartz cane. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500. Kimball M. Sterling Inc. image.

Blow gun cane. Estimate: $1,200-$1,800. Kimball M. Sterling Inc. image.

Fabrege-style silver and jewel cane. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Kimball M. Sterling Inc. image.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 April 2013 08:22
 

Asian art abounds in I.M. Chait auction Apr. 14

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Wednesday, 10 April 2013 13:16

Antique Chinese carved ivory Guanyin, 10 inches. I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers image.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – I.M. Chait Gallery & Auctioneers will conduct an Asian art, antiques and estates auction on Sunday, April 14, beginning at 11 a.m. PDT. LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding.

Sale highlights include:

– Chinese, Japanese and Korean furniture, decorations and furnishings from Laguna Beach and New York City collections

– Numerous Chinese and Japanese scrolls from various Southern California collections

– The contents of a West Hollywood estate containing antique Asian, art glass, snuff bottles, etc.

– Antique and early 20th century ivories and jades collected in the 1950s and 1960s

– Southeast Asian antiques including: wood, marble and bronze; together with pre-Columbian pottery from several California collections

For details phone I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers at 310-285-0182 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Antique Chinese carved ivory Guanyin, 10 inches. I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers image.

Large Chinese enamel vase, 15 inches. I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers image.

Pair Chinese carved ivory lions, each with turquoise and coral cabochon ‘jewels,’ 5 inches. I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers image.

African carved ivory tusk-form horn, 22 inches on metal stand. I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers image.

Antique Southeast Asian bronze figure, 27 inches. I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 08:58
 

Cowan’s Auctions to host fine jewelry, timepieces sale Apr. 14

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Tuesday, 09 April 2013 16:54

A 28-carat platinum and diamond necklace made for Marge Schott, former owner of the Cincinnati Reds, estimated to bring $65,000-$85,000. Cowan’s Auctions Inc. image.

CINCINNATI – Cowan’s Auctions Inc. will host their spring Fine Jewelry and Timepieces: Live Salesroom Auction on April 14. The auction will include over 200 lots of modern and vintage fine jewelry and timepieces by renowned designers and makers such as Tiffany & Co., Patek Philippe, Cartier, Vacheron & Constantin and others. Cowan’s is also pleased to present thee unique pieces from the estate of Marge Schott, Cincinnati native, philanthropist and Cincinnati Reds owner for 15 years. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Featured in the auction on April 14 is a 28-carat platinum and diamond necklace made for Marge Schott of the Cincinnati Reds, estimated to bring $65,000-$85,000. Schott was the president and CEO of the Cincinnati Reds from 1984 to 1999. Two other pieces from the Schott estate will hit the auction block in this sale. A platinum and diamond 18-carat brooch is estimated at $35,000-$50,000, and a platinum Hamilton wristwatch with 8 carats of diamonds is expected to bring $14,000-$20,000.

Bracelets will also be highlighted in the sale. A ladies 31-carat platinum and diamond bracelet is estimated to bring anywhere between $30,000-$45,000. A ladies platinum Art Deco emerald and diamond bracelet is estimated at $20,000-$30,000, and a ladies 14K white gold baguette and round diamond bracelet is estimated at $5,000-$6,500.

Cowan’s will be selling a number of rings and earrings in the April auction. An 18K white gold emerald and diamond ring is expected to bring $8,000-$12,000, a pair of platinum fancy yellow diamond earrings is estimated at $9,000-$12,000, and a Tiffany and Co. platinum three-stone ring with an additional band is estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

Cowan’s will be offer exceptional items in the timepieces portion of the sale. A Vacheron and Constantin 18K gold pocket watch is expected to bring $8,000-$12,000. A Patek Philippe 18K 20-jewel open-face pocket watch is estimated at $6,000-$8,000. A men’s Rolex Cellini Cestello 18K rose gold wristwatch is estimated to bring anywhere between $4,500-$6,500, and an E. Mathey 14K yellow gold hunter case repeater pocket watch is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

Cowan’s April 14 Fine Jewelry and Timepieces: Live Salesroom Auction will begin on April 12 at noon EDT.

For more information about the auction or to consign for future auctions, call Brad Wanstrath at 513-871-1670.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

A 28-carat platinum and diamond necklace made for Marge Schott, former owner of the Cincinnati Reds, estimated to bring $65,000-$85,000. Cowan’s Auctions Inc. image.

An 18K white gold emerald and diamond ring is expected to bring $8,000-$12,000. Cowan’s Auctions Inc. image.

Vacheron and Constantin 18K gold pocket watch is estimated at $8,000-$12,000. Cowan’s Auctions Inc. image.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 April 2013 16:00
 

Judaica, fine art, jewelry highlight Leighton’s Apr. 18 sale

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Tuesday, 09 April 2013 14:17

KPM Porcelain plaque 'The Expulsion of Hagar,' estimated at $4,000-$6,000. Leighton Galleries Inc. image.

ALLENDALE, N.J. – Leighton Galleries’ April 18 auction will feature a fine estate collection of Judaica silver, artwork, jewelry, mid-century modern furniture, Asian arts, gold and silver coins, decorative arts and other objects of value. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Judaica silver to be offered includes a Hanukkah oil menorah, a large Sabbath challah plate, a Torah breast plate, a seder tray and matzoh holder, a megillah case, a two-handled washing cup, a wine decanter, a well-form washing bowl, Torah finials, a four-piece havdalah set, seder plates and more. Other fine silver includes tea and coffee services by Reed & Barton and International, and several flatware sets by Towle, International, Reed & Barton, Tiffany, Gorham and Stieff.

Highlighting fine art in the sale includes a KPM Porcelain plaque The Expulsion of Hagar, a dore bronze figural group after Lanzirotti Le Printemps de la Vie, an Old Master portrait on wood The Virgin Mary, and a painted four-panel screen by Gustavo Novoa Strolling Panthers amidst Flowers. Paintings include a 19th century canvas La Malaria by or follower of Ernest Hebert, Jian Wu Child on Donkey Cart, J. Alsina Wash Day on a River, Suzanne Eisendieck Clown, and Vincent Clare Fruit Still Life. Leighton will also offer works on paper by G. Rodo Boulanger, Joan Miro, Marc Chagall, Bernard Buffet and Leroy Neiman.

Fine jewelry being offered includes a diamond starburst brooch (6.80 carats), an antique diamond and ruby tiara-style collar necklace (10.0 carats), a Rolex stainless steel oyster perpetual watch, a Cartier 18K ladies’ watch, a platinum and diamond solitaire ring (1.00 carat), an Art Deco platinum and diamond bracelet (1.10 carats), a gold mechanical Pesag bracelet watch, a Tiffany sapphire and diamond ring, an 18K men’s Ebel “In God we Trust” watch, a platinum, emerald and diamond ring (2.00 carats), a gold Fences bracelet by Vicki Thaler, an Art Deco diamond and sapphire bracelet, a ruby and diamond tri-color retro clip, diamond bar pins, gold lots and more.

Mid-century modern furniture will also be presented for sale including a set of six Finn Juhl for Niels Vodder teak Egyptian chairs, a Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen valet chair, a Worts Mobler teak expansion table and pair of buffet credenzas. Other fine items of interest include an extensive 216-piece Royal Crown Derby china service in Blue Aves pattern, a Bull Durham tobacco bronzed bull store display, an 18th century Italian walnut inlaid desk, a 13-piece Royal Doulton Soldiers of the Revolution bicentennial set no. 217, a 19-inch Samuel Yellin wrought iron candlestand, a Tiffany Studios Zodiac desk set, and a large estate collection of gold and silver coins.

The auction is scheduled for Thursday, April 18, at 5 p.m. For information call 201-327-8800 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOT OF NOTE

KPM Porcelain plaque 'The Expulsion of Hagar,' estimated at $4,000-$6,000. Leighton Galleries Inc. image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 April 2013 14:52
 

Spring marks return of Kamelot garden auction Apr. 13

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Tuesday, 09 April 2013 13:21

Fiske aquarium. Kamelot image.

PHILADELPHIA – On Saturday, April 13, Kamelot Auction House will host its premier annual Garden and Architectural Antiques Auction, now in its eighth year running. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Founded in 2003, Kamelot remains one of the few auction houses to showcase architectural antiques on a regular basis, and in only eight short years the annual garden and architectural auction has grown in stature to become one of the most anticipated and exclusive events in the garden antiques sector, firmly establishing the auction house as a trusted source for distinctive garden and architectural antiques of the finest quality.

Traditionally, the annual garden sale beckons a spectrum of bidders from seasoned collectors, dealers and design professionals to garden enthusiasts and novice buyers. The upcoming sale will showcase over 600 lots, including wrought and cast-iron pieces, garden furniture, industrial objects, planters, urns, statuary, fountains, lighting, mantels and a variety architectural elements. The auction will feature four lots of rare Victorian era-aquariums, one of which was made by prominent 19th century American manufacturer J.W. Fiske circa 1870, estimated at $3,000 - $5,000 (lot 273). Also featured in the sale are several other J.W. Fiske pieces including urns, statuary, fountains, a rare life-size cast-iron statue of a deer with estimates of $1,000 - $2,000 (lot 287) as well as a cast zinc statue of a recumbent dog, also life-size with estimates of $3,000 - $5,000 (lot 295).

The sale will feature an array of beautiful statuary including a number of life-size figural statues. Lot 24 and lot 25, two monumental bronze figural statues of Roman soldiers holding shields and signed “Arturo D. Modica” are sure to draw great interest, both with estimates of $3,000 - $5,000. Other exceptional pieces include lot 280, a monumental classic female cast zinc standing fountain figure, circa 1900 estimated at $1,000 - $1,500, and lot 267, a very good signed Wheeler Williams “Hercules” lead garden figure, circa 1930 estimated at $1,500 - $2,500. Fountains will also be well represented, highlights include lot 14, a three-piece marble carved figural fountain circa 1910 with estimates of $2,500 - $4,500, and lot 169, and a large bronze figural fountain with two putti estimated at $2,200 - $2,800. Also significant to this sale is lot 65, a very early large carved marble sarcophagus form trough having a figural frieze, which is estimated at $1,000 -$1,500, as well as lot 13, a fine and rare late 19th century museum-quality ornate bronze sarcophagus, which is estimated at $7,000 - $9,000.

Architectural elements include several grandiose carved stone mantels such as lot 572, a large carved white marble mantel with full standing figure and cherubs over the top which is estimated at $2,000 - $3,000. Other architectural lots include antique store counters, columns, pedestal pieces, building fragments, and a selection of antique doors and windows. Also featured will be a variety of antique lighting and lampposts, wrought iron gate pieces, and a selection of industrial objects and furniture.

The Spring Garden and Architectural Auction will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 13. For more information, call 215-438-6990.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Fiske aquarium. Kamelot image. 

Fiske deer. Kamelot image. 

 Fisk zinc dog. Kamelot image.

Ornate bronze sarcophagus. Kamelot image. 

Lot 14: three-piece marble fountain. Kamelot image. 

 Lot 24: Roman figure. Kamelot image.

Wheeler Williams 'Hercules' figure. Kamelot image. 

White marble mantel. Kamelot image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 April 2013 14:38
 

Potential for good buys at Antiquities-Saleroom auction Apr. 19

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Tuesday, 09 April 2013 07:53

Pre-Columbian Maya Copador monkey bowl, El Salvador, ca. A.D. 500 – 900. Estimate: $500 to $750. Antiquities-Saleroom image.

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. – For their upcoming April 19 Antiquities and Ancient Ancient Art Discovery Auction, Antiquities-Saleroom thought the idea of a spring cleaning-type sale would be an excellent way to help clear out affiliated Artemis Gallery’s warehouse, plus have a few other dealers to join in on the fun.

LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding.

With all lots priced under $350, this special sale features authentic examples of ancient and ethnographic art, as well as prehistoric artifacts – most priced below dealer cost. Examples include classical antiquities from Egypt, Greece and Rome, the Near East, the Far East, plus pre-Columbian art from over a dozen ancient American cultures. Bidders will also find really fine and fun examples of ethnographic art, as well as out-of-this-world items like meteorites.

According to Teresa Dodge, executive director and co-founder of Antiquities-Saleroom, the April 19 auction includes more than 300 lots of ancient and ethnographic art from cultures all over the world, as well as several interesting fossil and mineral specimens. “All lots in this auction are priced to move, so this is a sale for collectors and dealers alike.” Dodge points out that the April auction showcases more than three dozen published examples from the private collection of Byron Farwell, as featured in the book, The Farwell Collection published in 1953 by Franklin P. Johnson, University of Chicago art historian and archaeologist. Byron Farwell was a young Army captain stationed in Italy during World War II, and pieces presented in this book were personally excavated by him in 1944-1945 in Ordonia, Italy, with the Italian government’s blessing.

Aside from the published Greek pieces from Farwell, there are also a large number of Egyptian and Roman antiquities, including examples in stone, bronze, pottery and glass, many examples from the Middle East and Far East, especially India, Tibet and China, as well as more than 75 lots of pre-Columbian artifacts.

And to keep things interesting, and just a little bit different from what Antiquities-Saleroom usually offers at auction, bidders will also find several fine Inuit Eskimo stone carvings, 18th century Delft tiles, early Spanish Colonial silver spurs and carved wooden Santos, and many Native American paleo points / arrowheads lots. With six lots of JFK memorabilia, this auction truly has something for everyone, said Dodge.

And like everything offered for sale by Antiquities-Saleroom, all auction lots have been legally acquired, are legal to resell and are guaranteed to be as described. “We do not sell replicas or anything ‘in the style of’ any ancient culture. What’s more, no sale is ever final if the buyer isn’t happy. We want satisfied customers who are happy with what they buy… so they will come back and buy more,” Dodge said.

Antiquities-Saleroom’s Ancient and Ethnographic Art Discovery Sale auction will start at 10 a.m. MDT (noon Eastern) on Friday, April 19.

For additional information about the auction, call Teresa Dodge directly at 720-502-5289, or send her an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Pre-Columbian Maya Copador monkey bowl, El Salvador, ca. A.D. 500 – 900. Estimate: $500 to $750. Antiquities-Saleroom image.

Set of three Egyptian Faience ushabtis, Third Intermediate Period, ca. 1090 to 663 B.C. Estimate: $600 to $900. Antiquities-Saleroom image.

Roman bronze bull votive, ca. first-second century.  Estimate: $600 to $900. Antiquities-Saleroom image.

Dong Son bronze ladle, Vietnam, Dongson Culture, ca. 300 B.C – A.D. 300. Estimate: $300 to $450. Antiquities-Saleroom image.

 

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 09:24
 

Rustic to retro – affordable items at Gray’s auction Apr. 13

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Monday, 08 April 2013 12:36

Hy T. Snell (b. 1919) 'Meltdown,' oil on canvas. Gray's Auctioneers image.

CLEVELAND – An eclectic mix of affordable furniture, fine art, decorative arts and rugs highlights Gray’s Warehouse Auction on Saturday, April 13. LiveAutioneers.com will provide Internet Live bidding.

The warehouse-style auction was a much-loved Cleveland tradition and Gray’s aims to bring it back to life this spring. Every lot in the auction has a reserve at or under $500, with the majority of items starting well below $100. First-time auctiongoers, young professionals, students with new digs to decorate – this is the audience Gray’s aims to attract with this fun, affordable auction.

For fans of vintage clothing Lots 209 and 211 feature designer neckties and pocket squares, Burberry mackintoshes to gorgeous designer wedding gowns. Sommeliers and dining enthusiasts will be interested in Lots 181 and 182, full sets of crystal and glass stemware. From pictures to pillows, the Warehouse Auction is chock-full of box lots, great for creating instant collections.

Gray’s Warehouse Auction is a truly unique sale that is sure to have something for every kind of interest. For the world traveler there’s Lot 238, the vintage Wheary steamer trunk, and Lots 106–114, a series of Pan Am travel posters featuring exotic locales. Cycling enthusiasts will be interested in Lot 347, a bicycle built for two – the bright blue vintage Columbia tandem. From the obscure to the practical, the Gray’s Spring Warehouse Auction features objects with character and charm.

A huge collection of furniture is a major highlight of the sale. Full dining room, bedroom and garden sets are available with bidding starting at a fraction of their retail price. The same is true of the beautiful collection of rugs featured in this auction. Rugs and paintings are the perfect accent for every kind of décor. The Warehouse Auction includes a number of large-scale, eye-popping, unique paintings by artists such as Hy Snell (Lot 1), James Lawrence (Lot 3) and the Rev. Albert Wagner (Lot 128).

Condition reports and shipping estimates will be provided upon request.

Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, the premier auction house in northern Ohio, holds live auctions every month and offers complimentary valuations for the community every Friday by appointment. For more information please contact Serena Harragin at 216-458-7695, or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Hy T. Snell (b. 1919) 'Meltdown,' oil on canvas. Gray's Auctioneers image. 

Pan Am Hawaii travel poster, 20th century. Gray's Auctioneers image. 

Vintage Wheary Wardrola steamer trunk, early 20th century. Gray's Auctioneers image. 

French Provincial-style bergere and slipper chair, 20th century. Gray's Auctioneers image. 

Vintage Columbia tandem bicycle, 20th century. Gray's Auctioneers image. 

Heriz wool rug, 20th century. Gray's Auctioneers image. 

Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 13:32
 

Slotin offers self-taught, outsider art & folk pottery Apr. 20

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Friday, 05 April 2013 16:12
Clarence and Grace Woolsey, 'Bottlecap Bunny,' undated/unsigned. Est. $3,000-$5,000. Slotin's image.

BUFORD, Ga. – A weekend sale featuring 1,187 lots of self-taught art, outsider art, Southern folk pottery, and antique and anonymous folk art will be held April 20-21 by Slotin Auction in Buford, Ga. LiveAuctioneers will provide the Internet live bidding.

The auction will provide bidders with an eclectic and exciting mix of offerings: Southern folk pottery, the Phillip Chabot collection of intricate whittled items, tramp art, whimsies, religious and fraternal items, quilts, African American carvings and paintings, self-taught artworks, masterpieces, international paintings, Navajo folk art, canes, contemporary art, art brut, prison art, folk erotica, new discoveries, and more. Slotin Auction specializes in bringing the strange, the unusual and the vanishing America to auction.

“We have a stunning catalog, with some of the best examples by each artist and art form we have ever put together in one auction. There is much to choose from,” said Steve Slotin of Slotin Auction. He added, “Many of these extraordinary pieces are documented and illustrated in The Encyclopedia of American Folk Art.”

The April 20th session will kick off promptly at 10 a.m. (EST), with more than 100 lots of face jugs, the crowd-pleasing expressions of Southern folk pottery crafted by some of the most famous artisans in the field: the Meaders family, including fantastic face jugs by Lanier and grape decorated pots by Arie and Cheever Meaders; Billy Ray Hussey, members of the Hewell family, B.B. Craig, Charles Lisk and the Brown Family.

A large collection of intricately carved whimsies and chains, as well as early cigar label decoupage items, will follow. Decoys, a Tramp throne and an amazing New York State Orphanage sign (est. $800-$1,200), round out the morning.

Slotin Auction, famous for its new discoveries, will feature entire eccentric collection of artworks by Master Whittler and Philip Chabot (1899-1982). Subjects include China, Russia, Dragons, Pegasus, Lady Liberty, Dueling Eagles, President Eisenhower, Bill Cody and Sitting Bull. Each carved piece is placed in a handmade wooden hinged box and is estimated to realize between $2,000-$5,000 per lot.

The self-taught art masterpieces start off strong with an amazing work by Mattie Lou O’Kelley, “Picking Blackberries By The Roadside,” 1978, oil on canvas, 42” x 31” with frame, ($15,000-$20,000). Sam Doyle is another auction favorite. A paint on roofing tin with applied seashell artwork is initialed and titled “Dr. Buz Halo.” Estimate is $10,000-$15,000). A paint on roofing tin work titled “Dixie Syrup” and “Backus” also carry individual estimates of $10,000-$15,000. A fantastic self-portrait, “UNK,” circa 1980s, 17” x 23” from the Red Piano Gallery, is expected to make $8,000-$12,000.

The list of top-tier artist is extensive in this sale, with three works by Sister Gertrude Morgan, including “Revelations 1-5,” large at 32” x 17” (est. $4,000-$6,000); impressive works by Minnie Evans and Clementine Hunter, several very early and well-documented and exhibited works by the Rev. Howard Finster. Among other inclusions are a unique work by William Hawkins, some of the best S.L. Jones full-figures and busts to hit the auction block from the Rosenak Collection, three bottle-cap figures by Clarence and Grace Woolsey (est. $3,000-$5,000 each), and rare works by Savannah Barber and Ulysses Davis.

Also prominent in this sale are works of Navajo Folk Art by Felipe Archuleta and Charlie Willeto as well as some rare garden urns by Texas artist Cantral Valdez, masterworks by Thornton Dial, William Dawson figures, and 19 of the best Purvis Young works to hit the auction block. The auction catalog’s cover lot, Young’s “Horse and Riders With Blue Sky,” paint on heavy board, 30” square, is estimated at $1,000-$2,000.

Art Brut collectors will enjoy works by Michel Nedjar, Laura Craig McNellis, Johann Korec and Jack Bilbo. A Kentucky menagerie of possums, foxes, skunks and horses by Minnie and Garland Adkins will bring a smile to every bidder’s face. Alabama mud artist, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, is well represented with 21 works, as are other auction favorites James Harold Jennings, Mose Tolliver, Inez Walker, and Lonnie Holley.

For additional information on any lot in the auction, call 770-532-1115 or 404-403-4244; 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
Clarence and Grace Woolsey, 'Bottlecap Bunny,' undated/unsigned. Est. $3,000-$5,000. Slotin's image.
S.L. Jones, 'Bust Of  Black Man With A Red Bow Tie,' provenance:  The Chuck and Jan Rosenak Private Collection.  Est. $5,000-7,000. Slotin's image.
Thornton Dial, 'Lady Holding A Beautiful Rooster,' 1993. Est. $3,000-$5,000. Slotin's image.
Mattie Lou O’Kelley, 'Picking Blackberries By The Roadside,' 1978. Est. $15,000-$20,000. Slotin's image.
Philip Chabot, 'China, Russia, England, America,' 1947. Est. $3,000-$5,000. Slotin's image.Sam Doyle, 'Dixie Syrup,' undated. Est. $10,000-15,000. Slotin's image.
Howard Finster, 'Great Speckle Bird,' 1976. Exhibited in The Philadelphia Art Alliance, 1984, Howard Finster Man of Visions The Garden And Other Creations. Est. $4,000-$6,000. Slotin's image.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 12:36
 

Treasures abound in Michaan's auction April 7

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Friday, 05 April 2013 15:17
Group of five Chinese decorations including two washers, a jade plaque of boy and dragon, and two snuff bottles. Estimate: $400-$600. Michaan’s Auction image. ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Fine Art Department at Michaan’s Auctions will present a collectible range of works from American and European artists at their auction Sunday, April 7, which begins at 10 a.m. PDT. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Pieces include oil paintings, etchings, watercolors, lithographs, ink drawings and serigraphs. Featured in the April offerings is a serigraph on paper by Leroy Neiman titled McRory’s Whiskey Bar (lot 047, $2,000-3,000). The scene depicts a packed bar full of revelers, merrily taking delight in the festivities of the pub. Neiman’s signature style is apparent as the use of bold, saturated colors further bring a palpable energy to the image. Popular the world over for his lively and vibrant paintings of sporting events and leisure activities, his work has been revered by millions. Before his passing in 2012, Neiman was bestowed with over 20 significant awards and citations, including the Victor Award and the ASAMA’s Sport Artist of the Year in 2006.

The Jewelry Department’s April lots comprise a spectrum of gemstones, including ruby, sapphire, opal, blue topaz, peridot and emerald. A variety of jade pieces will make an appearance as well, with bangles, a brooch, rings, a pendant, necklaces and a suite of a bracelet and drop necklace. Diamond offerings are highlighted by a special collection from a private Danville estate. This exciting jewelry grouping consists of eleven lots to be auctioned in April, eight of which are quality diamond pieces. One of the grandest is a diamond and platinum ring centering an emerald cut diamond weighing approximately 4.25 carats. The center stone is then surrounded by 12 full-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 1.40 carats. The stones are all set in platinum (lot 246, $10,000-15,000).

A unique custom-made necklace is another noteworthy piece from the estate collection. The piece contains authentic gold samples recovered from the Atocha, a now- famous Spanish ship that met its demise in 1622. Gold particles that were recovered from the Atocha’s treasure trove were melted down and blended to create the necklace, which is a replica of an original wedding chain found on the ship. The 18K gold neck chain is fashioned with 106 continuous, interlocking links, forming a symbol of the bonds of marriage. A certificate of authentication dated Jan. 2, 1992 from Shreve & Co. jewelers accompanies the piece (lot 143, $3,500-4,000).

Asian works of art will hold many categories of decorative and collectible objects in April. Jades, blanc-de-chines, paintings, woodcuts, furniture, export porcelains, jewelry and scrolls are a few of the offered items. Japanese items are also handsomely represented with a folding screen, collectible metal works, bone decorations and Imari objects as some of the available lots. A featured Asian highlight is found in a collection of five jade and hardstone archers’ rings, to be offered as lot 305 at an auction estimate of $400-600. Three rings do not bear any decorative carvings and display a variation of stone qualities. Examples are found in a delicately veined jade, a semi-opaque jade and a mottled hardstone ring. Of the carved pieces are a richly toned, coffee brown jade ring that displays continuous studio marks and an agate piece of a dragon among swirling clouds.

Interesting offerings are seen in many different categories from the Furniture and Decorations Department. Notable service pieces are found in a Victorian sterling four-piece coffee and tea service (lot 453, $3,000-4,000) and a Towle Old Lace sterling flatware service for 12 (lot 456, $1,200-1,500). International selections are seen in a Chinese Art Deco carpet (lot 792, $800-1,200), a Perepedil Shirvan rug (lot 790, $500-700) and a Persian kilim (lot 789, $300-500)

From a Bay Area estate collection are 14 portrait miniatures in the April sale. Depictions are varied and include collectible images such as a military serviceman (lot 494, $600-800), a gentleman at his writing desk and a lady at her tea table (lot 493, $600-800), a man of period styling (lot 495, $500-700) and a folk oil on board portrait of a lady (lot 502, $500-700). These miniatures were used to express sentiments and keep memories of loved ones near. For example, they often served as a snapshot of the time, as soldiers and sailors kept portraits close by while they were on duty

For general information call 510-740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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
Group of five Chinese decorations including two washers, a jade plaque of boy and dragon, and two snuff bottles. Estimate: $400-$600. Michaan’s Auction image.
Leroy Neiman, (American 1921-2012), ‘McRory's Whiskey Bar,’ serigraph on paper. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Michaan’s Auction image.
Diamond, platinum ring. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Michaan’s Auction image.
Yellow 18K gold neck chain. Estimate: $3,500-$4,000. Michaan’s Auction image.
Victorian Sterling four-piece coffee and tea service, Goldsmith Alliance Ltd., Cornhill, London, circa 1877. Estimate: $3,000-$4,000. Michaan’s Auction image.
Suite of Towle sterling flatware in the Old Lace pattern. Estimate: $1,200-$1,500. Michaan’s Auction image.
Chinese Art Deco carpet. Estimate: $800-$1,200. Michaan’s Auction image.
Perepedil Shirvan rug. Estimate: $500-$700. Michaan’s Auction image.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 08:05
 

Dallas Auction Gallery to sell Russian Imperial vases April 17

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Chopard 18K gold and diamond wristwatch. Estimate: $125,000-$175,000. Dallas Auction Gallery image. DALLAS – On April 17, the Dallas Auction Gallery in Texas will sell a pair of rare and exquisite 19th century vases made by the Imperial Porcelain Factory for the Russian czar. The vases will sell as a pair, and their estimate is $1 million to $1.5 million. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The precious vases mysteriously disappeared after the communists seized power in 1917 and plunged Russia into civil war, but a decade later they found their way to an American collection. In circumstances not fully clear, the 1.3-meter high vases probably left Russia during the sell-off of Imperial treasures that was the policy of the new Soviet government. In the mid 1920s the vases appeared for sale at the famous Bernheimer Gallery in Munich, Germany, and were subsequently purchased by American oil magnate, Frank Buttram, and his wife, who were touring Europe. The couple’s travel diary clearly lists their purchase of the Russian vases.

Mr. Buttram (1886-1966) was born into a family of native American famers from the Chickasaw Nation. He eventually became one of Oklahoma’s famous “oil kings,” creating Buttram Petroleum Co., one of America’s largest oil companies before World War II. His heirs, who also reside in Oklahoma, are selling the vases.

Russian Imperial vases are some of the most valuable porcelain items ever made, selling for as much as $5 million for a pair. Their great value owes to the fact that they were made for the Czar and the empire’s most powerful aristocrats. The vases are large and difficult to produce, and they were made by the leading porcelain artists and craftsmen of the period.

"The rediscovery of these two Imperial vases is very exciting, first and foremost because they are of extremely high quality and date from the reign of Nicholas I, the golden era of Russian porcelain production" said Ekaterina Khmelnitskaya, curator of Russian porcelain at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the former Imperial capital where the vases were made. "In addition, it’s an incredible surprise to find Russian Imperial vases in the heart of the American ‘Wild’ West, which Soviet propaganda told us was a brutal and lawless place."

In September, Khmelnitskaya studied the vases in an independent private capacity, and confirmed their authenticity.

The bodies of both bandeau shaped vases have a rich plum colored ground, and are decorated with handles shaped as acanthus scrolls. The superb execution of the raised ornamentation creates an illusion of gilded chased metal or bronze. One vase is decorated with a copy of a painting from the collection of the Hermitage Museum – The Concert by Dutch painter, A. Palamedes (1600-1673).

"Based on archival records, we know that this painting was sent from the Hermitage to the Imperial Porcelain Factory in 1832 in order to make a copy on a vase," said Khmelnitskaya. "The painting on this vase was created by Semyon Golov (1783-1849), who was one of the best copyists, specializing in historical paintings and painting figures."

The painting that was copied on the second vase cannot be identified. According to Hermitage experts, we know that this 17th century Dutch painting is no longer in the Hermitage. It probably was sold abroad with other artworks in the 1920s. But we do know that Vasily Meshcheriakov (1781-?) was the author of the porcelain copy of this painting. He was one of the factory’s best copyists, who frequently reproduced pictures on vases, many of which can still be seen in the Hermitage porcelain collection, and in other major Russian museums.

Experts are very excited by the fact that the Imperial vases in Dallas are close relatives of a pair that is still in the Hermitage Museum.

"The Hermitage has a pair of the same bandeau-shaped vases with a blue background and with the same gilded décor," said Khmelnitskaya. "They were created in 1831 and based on our archival research they were presented to Emperor Nicholas I as an Easter gift. The paintings on these vases were also made by the artists Golov and Meshcheriakov. Most likely after they finished the pair still in the Hermitage they began to paint the pair of vases at the Dallas Auction Gallery."

 

Russian Imperial porcelain – a brief history

The Imperial Porcelain Factory was founded in 1744 by Empress Elizabeth I, the daughter of Peter the Great. It is one of oldest porcelain factories in the West, and was the personal property of the Russian royal family, primarily working to outfit imperial palaces with the finest tableware and items for interior decoration.

During the reign of Nicholas I (1796 - 1855, emperor since 1825), the Imperial Porcelain Factory achieved an unprecedented level of production. Professional masters, benefitting from an improved production cycle, perfected the artistic quality of the factory’s output. Large porcelain vases were the most prized items, and they were given the best spots in palace interiors: placed above fireplaces, rested on special pedestals in the center or corners of rooms, and flanked grand staircases.

The IPF has survived revolution, nationalization, and war, and today it still produces porcelain, owned by Moscow businessman, Nikolai Tsvetkov and his wife, Galina. The factory’s museum, however, is owned by the State Hermitage Museum, and thus we have a near complete history of Russian Imperial porcelain.

For more information about the auction, contact Dallas Auction Gallery at 214-688-5808.

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 Russian Imperial Porcelain palace vases. Estimate: $1 million-$1.5 million. Dallas Auction Gallery image.
Platinum and 5.03-carat (GIA) diamond ring. Estimate: $125,000-$175,000. Dallas Auction Gallery image.
Lui Liu, ‘Untitled’ four-panel oil on canvas, 2002. Estimate: $200,000-$250,000. Dallas Auction Gallery image.
Newell Convers Wyeth, ‘Maine Landscape,’ oil on canvas. Estimate: $100,000-$150,000. Dallas Auction Gallery image.
NRolex Masterpiece platinum and diamond wristwatch. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Dallas Auction Gallery image.

Paul Sormani Louis XVI-style vitrine. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Dallas Auction Gallery image.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2013 16:22
 

Bettie Page stars in Guernsey’s auction April 6-7

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Wednesday, 03 April 2013 15:29

Bettie Page negatives (19). Guernsey’s image.

NEW YORK – Guernsey’s has announced that an incredible collection of Bettie Page memorabilia will be sold at auction as part of the Movie Star News Collection sale. Bettie Page is considered by many to be the first pin-up model. The Movie Star News collection, which is believed to be the largest and most comprehensive collection of Hollywood photography, will be sold in a series of auctions on April 6 and 7 at the Arader Galleries. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The Movie Star News collection began in 1939 when photographer Irving Klaw struck a deal with the movie studios, then operating in New York City, to collect movie photography that was in great demand by Hollywood fans. Klaw eventually began to represent the Hollywood studios and received the original negatives from which prints were made for the media and adoring fans. This is the first time in 75 years that this archive has been open to the public. Since 1980, and until recently, the collection was housed at West 18th Street and had become a treasured New York City site.

Irving Klaw is credited for creating the world of pin-up photography. He discovered and extensively photographed Bettie Page, who came to be known as the “Queen of Pinups.” The Bettie Page Collection includes over 5,000 negatives, photographs, articles of clothing and other props, that will complement the Movie Star News collection of approximately 3 million photographs, in addition to hundreds of thousands of negatives, chronicling the history of Hollywood through its most famous stars and films.

In addition to the Bettie Page material, the collection has been divided into different categories, such as by film genre and actor, for the purposes of the auctions. Fans from around the world will have the chance to own photography of legends including Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn and Charlie Chaplin, as well as from classic films such as King Kong, Citizen Kane, Gone With the Wind, Frankenstein and The Wizard of Oz.

The Marilyn Monroe file alone contains over 600 photographs, many of which are one-of-a-kind images.

Additional highlights from the auction include:

– Hundreds of thousands of photography negatives;

– Original Movie Star News sign;

– Irving Klaw’s Speed Graphic camera;

– Props and clothing including original Bettie Page high heels and vintage tambourine.

For additional information, interested collectors and fans should contact Guernsey’s in New York City 914-882-7356.

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

Bettie Page negatives (19). Guernsey’s image.

Vintage Bettie Page high heels. Guernsey’s image.

Irving Klaw's Graflex Speed Graphic camera. Guernsey’s image.

Original ‘The Wizard of Oz’ negative. Guernsey’s image.

James Dean original negatives (5). Guernsey’s image.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2013 09:31
 
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