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Asian treasures abound in London Antique Buddha’s May 16 sale

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Thursday, 02 May 2013 14:02

Sino Thai bronze 16th-century Buddha. Image courtesy London Antique Buddha.

LONDON – London Antique Buddha brings together the best of Portobello Market’s distinguished Asian art dealers in an auction to be held May 16 with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com. The sale starts at 9 a.m. Pacific/12 p.m. Eastern US time and includes consignments from London’s most prestigious addresses, such as Mayfair, Kensington and Knightsbridge.

A collective venture, London Antique Buddha presents treasured artworks at auction that previously graced temples, homes and offices. Each piece is an artwork with provenance.

“We get expert advice on our collection and take specific care to look at the heritage of our antique Buddhas,” said Shira Bassi of London Antique Buddha. “In our current collection we have pieces to suit every budget, from the Shakayamuni Buddha, a Ming Dynasty bronze estimated at £5,000-£7,000, to more modestly priced antique bronzes of similar type.” Examples would be Lots number 26, 28, 5 and 12.

The auction features other art pieces that one would see in temples. A fine example is an ivory pagoda shrine with intricate carvings of monks, and a Kuan Yin statue.

There are pieces from the Qing Dynasty in Chinese blanc de chine and a Guanyin seated statue holding a ruyi scepter. The latter piece has some restoration, “but the tranquility emanating from this Bodhisattva invites us to find our own inner peace,” Bassi said.

Of Dehua porcelain, a Guanyin of Japanese origin dates to the late 16th century. There are also other Kuan Yin pieces in soapstone, boxwood, ivory and jade; as well as several Sino Thai Buddhas, one of them (Lot 89) dating from the 16th century. Lot 22, a Japanese wood Kuan Yin, is adorned with a separately carved necklace and reveals attractive blue paint beneath its gilt surface.

In addition to scholars, monks and Buddhas, the sale offers other spiritual pieces representing Islam, Hinduism and Christianity. The artifacts are of jade, ivory, bronze and agate; and there are rosary beads and some pieces of jewelry. Jade daggers and other objects used in spiritual ceremonies are entered in the sale, as well.

For additional information on any item in the auction, call 011 44 207 1830067 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

Sino Thai bronze 16th-century Buddha. Image courtesy London Antique Buddha.

Shakayamuni buddha in gilt bronze. Image courtesy London Antique Buddha.

Japanese kuan yin in wood. Image courtesy London Antique Buddha.

Dehua Chinese guan yin. Image courtesy London Antique Buddha.

Bronze medicine Buddha. Image courtesy London Antique Buddha.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 14:21
 

Intriguing paintings highlight Roland auction May 4

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Wednesday, 01 May 2013 08:47

A. Carrier, cherub sculpture. Roland Auction image.

NEW YORK – Roland Auction of New York City will conduct their May Estate Auction on Saturday, May 4, at 11 a.m. EDT, (8 a.m. Pacific). LiveAuctioneer.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The sale features a fine selection of fine and decorative arts from many New York City as well as surrounding area estates. "We've seen a wide variety of antiques and modern design come in for this sale," said co-owner Robert Roland, "and we're particularly excited about the exceptional art we'll be selling on the fourth."

Some highlights from the outstanding fine art collection include a large Isador Verheyden oil on canvas, lot 301, titled Lisiere de Foret (Automne), painted in a particularly lovely and serene palette. In contrast, a bold and colorful Lawrence Lebduska painting, lot 491, of horses at a watering hole panicking at the sight of a coiled snake offers a very different experience to the viewer. Another intriguing scene is the oil on board composition by Louis Elshemius, lot 411, which depicts a group of mystical nudes floating in a surreal landscape. In addition to these interesting works is a collection of Old Master oil paintings signed or attributed to David Teniers, Koekkoek, Jan Brueghel the Elder and other noteworthy artists. Fine sculpture will also be highlighted and the A. Carrier cherubic figural group, lot 516, is already getting lots of attention.

Several pieces of stylish mid-century modern furniture are in the highly anticipated sale along with fine antique offerings, such as the G. Durand ormolu mounted tulipwood parquetry table, lot 401.

There is a host of fine and costume jewelry, silver and wonderful decorations to choose from and it looks like another memorable auction at the popular family owned Roland Auction.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

A. Carrier, cherub sculpture. Roland Auction image.

Isidoor Verheyden, oil on canvas, 'Lisiere de Foret (Automne).' Roland Auction image.

G. Durand ormolu mounted writing table. Roland Auction image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 09:05
 

Bloomsbury Auctions to sell botanical library May 9

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Tuesday, 30 April 2013 14:55

Sievert (August, 1820-1840), ‘Florilegium,’ collection of over 1,100 fine original watercolor botanical drawings, c. 1840. Estimate: £20,000-25,000. Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – On Thursday, May 9, Bloomsbury Auctions will sell the private botanical library of a Continental gentleman. This fine collection of botanical texts is strong on dendrology, mainly fruit trees and conifers, and includes works on horticulture with a focus on orchids, rhododendrons and camellias. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Of the many works on fruit and fruit trees, Joseph Antoine Risso's Histoire Naturelle des Orangers (1818-20) is an especially notable work. With 109 stipple-engraved plates, printed in color and finished by hand, this magnificent monograph of citrus fruits contains drawings of every known variety of orange, lemon and grape-fruit in the style of Redouté and is given an estimate of £6,000-£8,000 [lot 219]. Another prominent work on fruit is Johann Prokop Mayer's Pomona Franconica (1776-79), which is a study of the fruit gardens of the Palace of Würzburg. With 99 finely hand-colored plates of fruits and flowers, and 11 plain plates of tree pruning, this rare work is estimated at £8,000-£10,000 [lot 170].

Delineations of Exotick Plants Cultivated in the Royal Gardens at Kew (1796-97) by Franz Andreas Bauer is one of the horticultural highlights of the sale. Including parts 1 & 2 of the first edition, which was limited to 90 and 80 copies respectively, this beautifully illustrated flower book is estimated at £4,000-£5,000 [lot 12]. Peter Simon Pallas' Flora Rossica (1784-88), is a glorious copy of the first great illustrated Russian flora in a fine contemporary French red straight-grain gilt morocco by Bozerian. With 101 hand-colored engraved plates, this work carries an estimate of £6,000-£8,000 [lot 191].

Lutheran minister August Sievert's early 19th century German florilegium contains over 1,100 original watercolours illustrating both wild and cultivated flowers as well as fruits, mushrooms and herbs. Appearing loose in 26 numbered and labeled wrappers together in a contemporary box, this unique work is estimated at £20,000-£25,000 [lot 248]. In addition there is a number of lots by the Japanese School that showcase the beauty of horticultural illustration—one of which is a collection of 50 watercolors on flowers and plants inscribed in Japanese, estimated at £4,000-£5,000 [lot 130].

Another of the many highlights of the sale is Nikolaus Thomas Host's Salix (1828-30). This is a magnificent and exceedingly rare monograph of the willow and includes 105 finely hand-colored engraved plates. This work carries an estimate of £12,000-£16,000 [lot 119]. A rare book on dendrology is André Michaux's Geschichte der Amerikanischen Eichen, (1802-04). With only two copies appearing at auction in the last 30 years, Histoire des Chênes de L'Amerique is scarce found in German and is given an estimate of £4,000-£5,000 [lot 172]. There is also a collection of Woburn catalogs published for John Russell, Duke of Bedford, in the 1820s and ’30s including Salictum Woburnense (1829), which is one of 50 copies, a signed presentation copy from the Duke of Bedford to William Wilkinson, and which is expected to fetch £4,000-£5,000 [lot 230].

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Sievert (August, 1820-1840), ‘Florilegium,’ collection of over 1,100 fine original watercolor botanical drawings, c. 1840. Estimate: £20,000-25,000. Bloomsbury Auctions image.

 Pallas (Peter Simon),  ‘Flora Rossica …, ’ two parts in one volume, first edition, the first great illustrated Russian flora, St. Petersburg, 1784-88. Estimate: £6,000-8,000. Bloomsbury Auctions image.

 Risso (Joseph Antoine) ‘Histoire Naturelle des Orangers,’ first edition, color-printed stipple-engraved plates after P.A. Poiteau, Paris, 1818-[20]. Estimate: £6,000-8,000. Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Mayer (Johann Prokop), ‘Pomona Franconica,’ volume 1 & 2 only (of 3), first edition, rare work on the fruit gardens of the Palace of Würzburg, Nuremberg, 1776-79. Estimate: £8,000-10,000. Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

Michaux (André), ‘Geschichte der Amerikanischen Eichen,’ Parts 1 & 2 [all published] bound in 1 vol., rare first German edition, Stuttgart & Hanover, 1802-04. Estimate: £4,000-5,000. Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

 [Forbes (James)] ‘Pinetum Woburnense: or, a Catalogue of Coniferous Plants, in the collection of the Duke of Bedford, at Woburn Abbey,’ first edition, one of 100 copies, signed presentation copy from the Duke of Bedford, 1829. Estimate: £3,000-4,000. Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Host (Nikolaus Thomas), ‘Salix,’ volume 1 [all published], first edition, rare monograph on the willow, Vienna, 1828-[30]. Estimate: £12,000-16,000. Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

Bauer (Franz Andreas), ‘Delineations of Exotick Plants cultivated in the Royal Garden at Kew, Parts 1 & 2 only (of 3), first edition, limited to 90 and 80 copies respectively, 1796-[97]. Estimate. £4,000-5,000. Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

Italian School, 18 botanical watercolors, early 17th century, Estimate. £5,000-7,000. Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 15:58
 

Traditional Home, LiveAuctioneers host May 3 Adamsleigh ShowHouse sale

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Tuesday, 30 April 2013 13:58

Mercer Chair was designed by Lillian August for Hickory White. It has an Aiken Black fabric and a dry antique finish. Overall dimensions: W 30 inches, D 32 inches, H 35 inches. Estimate: $1,995-$2,535. Adamsleigh ShowHouse image.

NEW YORK – Traditional Home magazine and LiveAuctioneers have announced an exclusive auction of select items featured in the 2013 Adamsleigh Estate ShowHouse in Greensboro, N.C. The auction will be hosted on Liveauctioneers.com on Friday, May 3, beginning at noon EDT Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAucitoneers.com.

The historic Adamsleigh Estate was designed in 1928 for textile magnet John Hampton “Hamp” Adams, co-founder of Adams-Millis Corp., which was the first High Point-based company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The home boasts 33 rooms across 15,000 square feet, including 10 bedrooms. It sits on 13.5 acres that include pools, a lake, tennis courts, a gazebo and stone garage.

Traditional Home and the Junior League of Greensboro secured top national and local designers to design spaces throughout the residence to celebrate the history and grandeur of the property.

“We are thrilled to help restore the Adamsleigh Estate to its former glory and enable design lovers to enjoy a glimpse inside this magnificent home,” says Ann Maine, editor-in-chief of Traditional Home.

The home is open to the public for two weeks from April 20-May 5, and for the first time, design enthusiasts around the world will have the opportunity to bid on ShowHouse items through an association with LiveAuctioneers.

“We are delighted to be a part of this amazing showhouse and to help support the Junior League’s educational initiatives,” says Julian Ellison, LiveAuctioneers’ founder. “By hosting this exclusive auction, we can connect our customers with a new source of great design products chosen by top interior designers.”

A percentage of the auction proceeds will benefit the Junior League of Greensboro and its mission of promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Mercer Chair was designed by Lillian August for Hickory White. It has an Aiken Black fabric and a dry antique finish. Overall dimensions: W 30 inches, D 32 inches, H 35 inches. Estimate: $1,995-$2,535. Adamsleigh ShowHouse image.

Clayton Chair by Lillian August for Hickory White. It has an Umbria finish and Martin Blue fabric. Overall dimensions: W 32 inches, D 38 inches, H 47 inches. Estimate: $2,065-$2,585. Adamsleigh ShowHouse image.

Orleans wall sconce, five-light. Estimate: $530-$750. Adamsleigh ShowHouse image.

Moss ball, cast-iron urn black. Dimensions: W 8 inches, D 8 inches, H 15 inches. Estimate: $89-$222. Adamsleigh ShowHouse image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 14:34
 

California Auctioneers to sell outlaw Bill Dalton's rifle May 5

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Tuesday, 30 April 2013 09:59

1873 Colt 'Pinch Frame' revolver. California Auctions image.

VENTURA, Calif. – Outlaw Bill Dalton's rifle, confiscated in September 1891 by Tulare County Sheriff E.W. Kay, goes up on the auction block Sunday, May 5. A new documentary about the incident accompanies the firearm.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The 1876 Winchester rifle was confiscated from Dalton when Kay arrested him after the Ceres Train robbery attempt in California in 1891.

A new documentary produced by the auction house California Auctioneers LLC and Red Sky Production is available on their website www.calauctioneers.com or http://youtu.be/32gchqkmxKI

The chain of custody passed from Kay to California historian and author of The Dalton Gang Days, Frank S. Latta, to the current owner.

This one of a historic firearm is a true Wild West relic and a part of California history. The auction is titled “East Meets West” and includes collections of fine Asian objects, antique firearms such as a scarce Colt 1873 SAA Pinch frame SN #154, Native American, Western, ethnographic, American antiques and collectables, jewelry and more.

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

For details contact California Auctioneers at 805-649-2686.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

1873 Colt 'Pinch Frame' revolver. California Auctions image.

The 1876 Winchester rifle that once belonged to outlaw Bill Dalton of the notorious Dalton brothers gang. California Auctions image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 14:27
 

Palm Beach estate part of A.B. Levy's auction May 5

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Monday, 29 April 2013 15:43

Lovely Cartier-certified 6.01-carat fancy intense yellow diamond ring. Estimate: $100,000-$200,000. A.B. Levy’s image.

PALM BEACH, Fla. – The partial contents of a prominent Palm Beach oceanfront estate, fine Asian works of art and Persian carpets from a private Delray Beach collection and many other quality consignments will be sold in a two-session auction slated for Sunday, May 5, by A.B. Levy’s. In all, over 450 lots will come up for bid. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Session one will begin promptly at 11 a.m. EDT and feature lots 1-135. After a brief break, starting at around 2 p.m., session two will see lots 136-449 cross the auction block.

“The entire sale is loaded with fabulous jewelry, art and antiques, but we’re especially excited about the items from the Palm Beach oceanfront estate,” said Albert Levy of A.B. Levy’s. “We also have a wonderful selection of estate jewelry, including a twice-signed Patek Philippe men’s wristwatch that was offered by Tiffany (est. $10,000-$20,000) and outstanding period furniture.”

Two lots are expected to sell for $100,000-$200,000 each. One is a Cartier certified 6.01-carat fancy intense yellow diamond ring. The other is an original gouache painting—not a lithograph—by Alexander Calder (American 1898-1976), signed in the artist’s hand and executed in 1969. Calder was renowned as a sculptor and probably became best known for his kinetic abstract mobiles. But he also did floor pieces and was proficient as a painter in watercolor, oil and gouache (opaque watercolor paints).

Another estate jewelry lot is expected to draw serious bidder attention. It is an important GIA-certified 1.14-carat pink diamond. It should command $50,000-$70,000.

From the Palm Beach mansion, a pair of 18th century carved, painted and gilt female figures standing just over 5 feet tall, should fetch $20,000; and a pair of Italian carved marble blackamoors, a man and woman, each on a raised circular pedestal, should hit $10,000-$20,000.

A Francois Linke Louis XVI-style bureau a cylinder (roll-top desk) carries a presale estimate of $30,000-$50,000. Also, a pair of 19th century French Louis XV/XVI-style carved, painted and gilt-wood consoles, is expected to sell for $2,000-$4,000.

Other period furniture pieces will feature an English chinoiserie secretary bookcase (est. $4,000-$6,000); a Louis XVI-style painted dressing mirror and console (est. $800-$1,200); and a French provincial carved and painted side cabinet (est. $800-$1,200).

Asian lots will include Chinese ink on silk paintings, ivory, jade, snuff bottles and porcelain. Several KPM porcelain plaques will be offered, one showing a young girl holding flowers. It’s expected to bring $9,000-$12,000. Also, a sculpture by French artist Henry E. Dumaige (1830-1888) should realize $1,000-$2,000.

Other creations by artists such as Dale Chihuly and Pablo Picasso will also change hands. Additional recognizable names to be chanted that day will include Lalique, Baccarat, Bergman, Louis Vuitton, DuPont, Montague Dawson, Yabu Meizan and Kinkozan (the last two Satsuma). From estate jewelry the roster will include Rolex, Piaget, Chopard, Cartier and Patek Philippe.

A Tiffany Studios glass and bronze lamp in the Pomegranate pattern is expected to light up the room for $8,000-$12,000. A pair of Karl Springer lamps is estimated at $7,000-$10,000 for the pair. A fine Victrola mahogany music cabinet should play a sweet tune for $1,000-$3,000. Two large patinated white metal figural candelabra should make $4,000-$6,000. A pair of Continental gilt-bronze and ivory mounted candelabra are estimated to realize $3,000-$5,000.

The auction will also feature Persian carpets, certified $500 and $1,000 bills, a Hermes Kelly bag, English and European silver and boxed flatware and tableware.

A buyer’s premium will apply to all purchases.

A.B. Levy’s is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single piece, an estate or an entire collection, call A.B. Leavy’s at 561-835-9139, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Lovely Cartier-certified 6.01-carat fancy intense yellow diamond ring. Estimate: $100,000-$200,000. A.B. Levy’s image.

Original gouache painting by Alexander Calder. Estimate: $100,000-$200,000. A.B. Levy’s image.

Brilliant cut pear-shape 1.14-carat GIA-certified pink colored diamond. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000. A.B. Levy’s image.

Pair of Italian carved marble blackamoors, man and woman on pedestals. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000. A.B. Levy’s image.

Pair of 19th century French Louis XV/XVI-style carved gilt-wood consoles. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. A.B. Levy’s image.

Pair of 18th century Italian carved, painted gilt-female figures, 61 inches. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. A.B. Levy’s image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 14:04
 

Campari starring at Automobilia Auktion Ladenburg, May 10-11

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Friday, 26 April 2013 13:27
Newly rebuilt, this Porsche 911 S/ST has a July 1970 registration date. Estimate: 100,000-200,000 euros. Automobilia Auktion Ladenburg image. LADENBURG, Germany – Having done a special feature on Rudolf Caracciola at the auction in November, Automobilia Auktion Ladenburg will dedicate a separate section to exceptional Italian driver Giuseppe Campari at this year’s spring auction, which will take place May 10-11.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding. The auctions will begin at 10 a.m. Central European Time, 1 a.m. Pacific, both days.

Campari, who died in an accident at Monza in 1933, was the lead driver for the Alfa Romeo team in the early 1920s, along with Antonio Ascari. Campari took out the Coppa Acerbo three times, in 1927, 1928 and 1931, and also won the Mille Miglia in Brescia in two consecutive years: 1928 and 1929. He joined the Scuderia Ferrari team in 1929, along with Achille Varzi and Tazio Nuvolari.

In 1933, Campari moved to Maserati, where he became the teammate of Borzacchini and Fagioli. His career, and that of Borzacchini, ended on Sept. 10, 1933 at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza. While leading the race, his Maserati skidded and crashed into a side wall. Borzacchini, who was close behind him, could not avoid Campari’s car, and crashed into it. Both drivers died instantly at the scene.

During his time as a race-car driver, Campari recorded 14 first places, 16 second places and 11 third places at all international race tracks. He was twice crowned Italian champion—in 1928 and 1931. He came in second in the European championship in 1931.

Another highlight will undoubtedly be the over 600 Porsche lots, which include rarities such as the original bodywork of a Porsche 917/10, the gear box of a Porsche 917, a rare 2-L 356 Carrera engine, and many parts for the Porsche 904. As always, there will additionally be a wide range of documents and catalogs.

The large number of Alfa Romeo sales catalogs and brochures from the prewar era is remarkable.

Automobilia Auktion Ladenburg’s automotive products generated great interest at the Techno Classica, namely the Porsche 356 Poroto Special, of which there are only four models, built by Otto Daetwyler between 1965 and 1969. The last of these vehicles, displayed here, bears chassis number 159830, delivered as a Porsche 356 SC, and was registered in Switzerland on May 1, 1969 as a Poroto Special. Daetwyler built the vehicle in the mid-1960s, based on the Porsche 904. The car features four disc brakes, and has only just been reconditioned.

This year’s spring auction covers more than 3,000 lots, and, for the first time, will also include a large number of spare parts.

The catalogue contains over 30,000 spare parts, which are illustrated in both the print and online catalogue.

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(1.00 euro = $1.30US)


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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Newly rebuilt, this Porsche 911 S/ST has a July 1970 registration date. Estimate: 100,000-200,000 euros. Automobilia Auktion Ladenburg image. Swiss racing driver Peter Daetwyler constructed this Porsche based on the 904 model. With the chassis number 159830, it is a Poroto special type 1600 with a 1963 registration date. Estimate: 180,000-360,000 euros. Automobilia Auktion Ladenburg image. Considered rare, this 1935 Alfa-Romeo six-page folder is in English. It features the Alfa-Romeo 8 C 2900 S and includes the Racing Model, Le Mans Model and Grand Sport Model; Estimate: 2,900-5,800 euros. Automobilia Auktion Ladenburg image. Jack MacAfee and Danny Ongais of the Porsche/Polak Racing Team are listed as drivers on this original Porsche 917-10 car body. It consists of a front part, rear part and two doors. Estimate: 10,000-20,000 euros. Automobilia Auktion Ladenburg image. This original 2-liter Carrera engine is designed to power a type 356 Porsche. Estimate: 135,000-270,000 euros. Automobilia Auktion Ladenburg image. Racing champion Giuseppe Campari autographed this large black and white photograph of himself on the occasion of the Gran Premio d’Italia, 1925. Estimate: 700-1,400 euros. Giuseppe Campari’s 18K gold Longines pockete watch, 1928/1929, is engraved 'Complimenti per la Vittoria alla Mille Miglia Alfa Romeo.’ Estimate: 2,900-5,800 euros. Automobilia Auktion Ladenburg image. Dated Feb. 10, 1935, this poster for Titisee-Eisrennen is in good condition. Estimate: 1,200-2,400 euros. Automobilia Auktion Ladenburg image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 12:03
 

Gut Bernstorf marks milestone with 30th auction Apr. 27

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Thursday, 25 April 2013 15:45

Setting, Graf Zeppelin in 1928. consisting of cup, saucer and plate, Ätzgoldrand, with monogram‚ 'LZ,’ erklassig receive, marked on the bottom side, Heinrich Bavaria Selb ‚'Graf Zeppelin’ dated  1928. Gut Bernstorf image.

KRANZBERG, Germany – Gut Bernstorf is is celebrating a milestone with their 30th Art and Antiques auction Saturday, April 27, which starts at 1 p.m. Central European Time, 4 a.m. Pacific. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Among the highlights of this auction are a rare bracket clock from the 18th century and a highly collectible 14K pocket watch made by Paul Prüfer in Görlitz. High-quality and exclusive men's and women's wristwatches as well as an extensive range of valuable and elegant jewelry in mint condition will be offered for sale on behalf of a well-known jeweler, who is closing down his business.

Gut Bernstorf will offer paintings from famous names such as Heinrich von Zügel, the horse painter Hienl-Marre, Paul Hey, Julius Huether and Johann von Marées. There are many other interesting paintings representing all genres.

Lovers of good porcelain will also have ample objects to choose from. Porcelain manufactories such as Nymphenburg, Meissen, KPM and Herend are represented with a wide selection of affordable objects.

Bidding on zeppelin memorabilia will probably keep many collectors in suspense, especially when a three-piece coffee set with the monogram of Count Zeppelin from 1928 is called.

Also noteworthy is Gut Bernstorf’s selection of silver and various other categories in the sale—beautiful items and collectibles.

For details contact Michael Lehrberger; email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone +49-8166-993214.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Setting, Graf Zeppelin in 1928. consisting of cup, saucer and plate, Ätzgoldrand, with monogram‚ 'LZ,’ erklassig receive, marked on the bottom side, Heinrich Bavaria Selb ‚'Graf Zeppelin’ dated  1928. Gut Bernstorf image.

German bracket clock, fine finish, wood with brass applications, late 17th or early 18th century. Gut Bernstorf image.

Bizer, Emil (Pforzheim 1881-1957 Badenweiler), 'Sitting, Female Nude,’ oil on paper, unsigned. Gut Bernstorf image.

Old Masters, 'Anna and Mary with Jesus,’ oil on wood, probably Italy, early 18th century. Gut Bernstorf image.

Coffee service for 10, Meissen, neuzeitilich (after 1934). Gut Bernstorf image.

Dorner II, Johann Jakob (1775-1852) 'Romantic Riverside,' oil on wood. Gut Bernstorf image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 10:03
 

Hess Fine Auctions spring sale online event May 4

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Thursday, 25 April 2013 14:09

Selection of fine art glass including Tiffany, Quezal, Mueller, Baccarat and Schneider. Hess Fine Auctions image.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Hess Fine Auctions, the estate services division of Hess Fine Art Inc., has announced their Spring 2013 Estate Fine Arts & Design Auction will be held live online as a real time bidding event on LiveAuctioneers.com on Saturday, May 4, beginning at noon EDT, 9 a.m. Pacific.

The sale features noted collections of European Impressionist paintings, modern and contemporary works on paper by various artists from the estate of American artist and USF Professor Bradley Nickels, American and European Art Glass from an important New Jersey collection, original cartoon strip comic art from the estate of illustrator Bob Cordray sold on behalf of the Shasta Wildlife Rescue Foundation of California, Asian works of art and Orientalia, American antiques, Continental decorative arts and much more.

Highlights include a 19th century French salon portrait of a young woman with roses by Etienne-Aldolphe Piot and a pair of doré bronze cabinet sculptures from the Barbedienne foundry by Jean-Baptiste Auguste Clésinger. There are several Carder-era large examples of Steuben art glass as well as Tiffany, Baccarat, Imperial, Quezal, Schneider, Muller Freres, Legras, Salviati and Mary Gregory.

Among the Arts and Crafts Movement offerings are art pottery selections by Fulper and Rookwood together with a number of plein air oils by California artists. European Impressionism is represented by over 40 Scandinavian canvases from a central Florida collection.

Hot on the heels of their marathon two-session January Orientalia auctions, the gallery has been continually receiving additional Chinese and Japanese consignments including jade, ivory and ceramics that will be included in the auction.

The sale opens with an avant garde acrylic on paper by Wade Chandler from the collection of late American painter, printmaker and USF professor Bradley Nickels, one of many postwar examples from his private collection.

Hess Fine Auctions garnered considerable attention with their sale of animation art from the USF Mahan collection in December and the auction house’s relationship with the USF university community continues with the privately held Nickels Collection.

The gallery will be adding lots until sale time. View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 

French salon oil painting by Adolphe Piot (French, 1850-1910). Hess Fine Auctions image.

Wade Chandler original, part of USF professor Bradley Nickels collection. Hess Fine Auctions image.

Large Hugo Wilfred Pedersen beach seascape. Hess Fine Auctions image.

Original cartoon comic art from the estate of Bob Cordray sold to benefit Shasta Wildlife Rescue of California. Hess Fine Auctions image.

Hand-carved jadeite Buddha relief amulet pendant from a selection of a selection of estate Orientalia. Hess Fine Auctions image.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 13:22
 

Emeralds, gold coins reign at Government Auction, Apr. 28

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Man’s Rolex Oyster watch. Government Auction image.

TEHACHAPI, Calif. – Government Auction's auction on Sunday, April 28, will feature emerald jewelry, antique gold coins, designer handbags and Rolex watches worthy of an ancient Egyptian ruler or modern-day trendsetter. The auction will begin at 5:45 a.m. Pacific time, and Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Cleopatra was perhaps the first celebrity ruler associated with the enigmatic emerald. The Egyptian queen had a fascination bordering on obsession with the brilliant green stone and even owned an emerald mine. To those in ancient Egypt, the stone represented wealth and power, and was the symbol of fertility. Cleopatra's hoard of gemstones has never been found, but her association with the rare gemstone endures. A piece that the last pharaoh surely would have coveted is a 14.97-carat emerald with 10.25-carat diamond necklace. This stunning piece is composed of 14K yellow gold. It is a drape motif that is sure to be the crowning touch of elegant evening wear. The 18-inch necklace features 20 graduating emerald and diamond bezel pendants supported by an emerald and diamond lattice with numerous prong- and bead-set round brilliant-cut diamonds. The piece is topped off with matching yellow gold links and a concealed box clasp with twin safeties.

Another piece Cleopatra would have been proud to add to her collection is a 12-carat emerald and diamond ring. The ring is composed of 14K white gold, with the featured large emerald set within a diamond lattice gallery supported by diamond set shoulders and completed with a 2 1/2-millimeter wide band. There are approximately 28 prong- and bead-set diamonds in the ring weighing 1.70 carats.

In keeping with our theme of powerful and sophisticated women, a designer bag reported to have been owned by Chris Jenner of Keeping with the Kardashians is also featured in this auction. The Louis Stewart line is fast becoming the latest trend and is popular with the celebrity set due to the company’s product quality and style. Louis Stewart is a designer who worked for Louis Vuitton before launching his own brand. This brand has not made it to the stores yet, but is receiving high visibility from celebs such as Rhianna and Nicki Minaj. The Louis Stewart handbag featured on April 28 is black patent leather with a small crystal bling lock and the Louis Stewart logo is displayed on a front silver badge.

Also offered for auction in the coin category is a highly sought-after piece—an 1894-S $20 U.S. Liberty Head gold coin. The Double Eagle, as the coin is also known, was minted from 1850 during the height of the California gold rush until 1907. Of all the U.S. gold coins minted before 1907, the Double Eagle had the highest gold content, almost one full ounce of pure gold. Designed by James B. Longacre, the coin weighs 33.43 grams and is composed of 90 percent gold and 10 percent copper.

Another collectible coin for auction is the 1925-D $2.5 U.S Indian Head type gold coin. The Indian Quarter Eagle, as the coin is also known, was minted in Denver. Designed by Bela Lyon Pratt the coin features an incuse, or sunken, design of an American Indian with full feather war headdress on the obverse and the American eagle on the reverse. The piece is 18mm in diameter, weighs 4.18 grams, and is comprised of .900 fine gold and .100 copper.

An exceptional Rolex Oyster Perpetual wristwatch is an auction highlight in the elite timepiece category. This man’s watch is crafted in stainless steel with silver sunray finish dial, steel hour posts and band.

Additional auction highlights include a 5.00-carat princess-cut diamond, Chanel sunglasses, Louis Vuitton leather bag, Formula 1 Hublot Watch and much more.

For additional information on any lot in the sale, call Debbie at 661-823-1543 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

Man’s Rolex Oyster watch. Government Auction image.

14.97-carat emerald and 10.25-carat diamond necklace. Government Auction image.

12-carat emerald and diamond ring. Government Auction image.

1894-S $20 U.S. Liberty gold coin. Government Auction image.

1925-D $2.5 U.S Indian Head type gold coin. Government Auction image.

Louis Stewart handbag. Government Auction image.

 

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 13:27
 

Fairhead Fine Art presents '20th Century Masters' Apr. 29

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Marc Chagall – ‘The Butcher,’ brush and ink drawing, circa 1930. Fairhead Fine Art image.

Fairhead Fine Art will be holding its next auction on April 29 at 12:30 p.m. PDT. The sale titled “20th Century Masters: Mixed Media,” features original works on paper as well as ceramics by leading School of Paris artists.

Among the drawings of particular interest are four wash, brush and ink / pencil and watercolor on paper works, 1908–1930, by Marc Chagall. All are signed by the artist and each one of them is sold with a photo-certificate from David McNiel, the artist’s son.

Another work that has caught our attention is a mutiple by Salvador Dali, titled Tristan & Isolde. It is a lithograph, 1972, in black on white-surface Rowlux with color added, covered with transparent and with blue, gold and red opaque Rowlux. Never before has anyone created a mixed media limited edition in this format. Dali was so pleased with the results that he designed a certificate with a melting clock and signed 500—one for each in the edition. It is the only time Dali signed a certificate for each numbered work of art. The work depicts a surrealistic golden chalice against an unusual landscape, made all the more unique by use of unconventional Rowlux material. The background is composed of a dimpled surface, similar in appearance to mother of pearl. The chalice itself appears to be of shimmering satin-like gold iridescence. The liquid shimmers with hues of violet. Dali's signature is at lower right, and the lithograph is printed on the inner surface of a clear, ribbed plexi cover.

Pablo Picasso is featured heavily in the sale with a number of signed works, including an ink on paper drawing of a Mr. B. Cymermann, dated 1954. A certificate by Maya Picasso, daughter of the artist, accompanies this work and is dated Jan. 4, 2010.

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Marc Chagall – ‘The Butcher,’ brush and ink drawing, circa 1930. Fairhead Fine Art image. 

Marc Chagall – ‘Nude with bouquet,’ watercolor, ink and pencil, 1926. Fairhead Fine Art image. 

Salvador Dali – ‘Tristan & Isolde,’ multiple, 1972. Fairhead Fine Art image. 

Pablo Picasso – ‘Portrait of B. Cymermann,’ ink on paper, 1954. Fairhead Fine Art image. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 14:03
 

ATM Antiques & Auctions to hold inaugural sale Apr. 27

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Nineteenth century Simon Halbig doll. ATM Antiques & Auctions image.

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. – ATM Antiques & Auctions holds its inaugural auction on Wednesday, April 27, beginning at 6 p.m. EDT. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Charles Fudge, former owner of Professional Appraisers & Liquidators, has passed the gavel to his eldest daughter, Amy Stalker, owner of ATM. She will hold her first auction consisting of antiques, collectibles, bronzes, art glass and jewelry.

Some items of note are Remington bronzes, (lots 145, 146, 278, 280 & 282) such as The Mountain Man, Rattlesnake and Scalp.

A large selection of art glass is represented in the inaugural sale including rare colors of Cambridge such as Azurite and Helio as well as hard-to-find pieces of artist-signed Fenton art glass.

Antiques include a Simon & Halbig doll in a glass dome display case, antique furniture and a folk art horse. Collectibles include several pedal tractors. Many of the collectibles are by ERTL. A cast-zinc fountain by J.W. Fiske as well as cast-iron garden furniture will be offered, along with cast-iron doorstops and pantry stops, one by Hubley. Jewelry is included as well and includes vintage and antique items including gold, diamonds and gemstones.

New owner and auctioneer Amy Stalker, says “I am so excited to have this opportunity to keep an antique auction going in the family. My father, Charlie Fudge, has been an amazing teacher over the last six years and I hope to build to his level of expertise under his guidance and make him proud.”

For details about the auction, phone 800-542-3877.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Nineteenth century Simon Halbig doll. ATM Antiques & Auctions image. 

 Vintage Western Flyer pedal tractor. ATM Antiques & Auctions image.

Antique signed Hubley cast-iron doorstop. ATM Antiques & Auctions image. 

Fenton art glass Burmese epergne. ATM Antiques & Auctions image. 

Remington bronze statue, ‘Rattlesnake.’ ATM Antiques & Auctions image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 13:18
 

Best of Euro. & US toys in Bertoia's May 3-4 Toy Picks auction

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:47

Toy automaton of boxers, lever controls activate figures, possibly a prototype, est. $3,500-$4,500. Bertoia Auctions image.

VINELAND, N.J. – Bertoia Auctions’ May 3-4 ‘Toy Picks’ auction features the pick of the crop in dozens of popular collecting categories. In addition to a vast array of vehicles, European clockwork toys and comic character favorites, the sale lineup also includes dollhouses and miniatures; trains, steam engines, banks and Part I of the late Bill Bertoia’s superb collection of occupational shaving mugs, which will be auctioned during the second session. LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live-bidding services for the sale.

The late Bill Bertoia (1950-2003) was a leading light and indisputable expert in the field of antique toys and cast-iron banks, but few realized he was an advanced collector of occupational shaving mugs.

Although Bill’s mug collection would have been welcomed at any major American art museum, it was never publicly exhibited. A very personal collection amassed over a 15-year period, it was displayed with pride in the antique-filled home Bill shared with his wife, Jeanne, and children Michael and Lauren.

On Saturday, May 4, Bertoia’s will auction Part I of Bill’s shaving mug collection. Approximately 50 mugs will be offered, ranging from pristine examples of more-common mugs – conservatively estimated at $100-$200 – to rare, highly desirable mugs in the $5,000 range.

Bertoia Auctions co-founder and owner Jeanne Bertoia said her late husband regarded shaving mugs as “one of the greatest forms of Americana…He was fascinated by the hand-painted images of various occupations, many of which no longer existed.”

Jeanne recalled that no matter what he collected, Bill was a stickler for quality, condition and originality. “He was very particular when buying toys and banks, and he took the same approach with his mugs. He especially liked mugs with images of people engaged in their work, and hand-applied details, like gilt trim and a person’s name,” Jeanne said.

Every mug in Bill’s collection was a source of enjoyment to Bill, but he had a few special favorites, Jeanne said. “He was very proud of his mug that showed a stockbroker with ticker tape (est. $2,500-$4,000), but I think he was most excited with the mug he bought at an auction in South Jersey that has an image of a distinguished man in a derby hat, walking two very grand Boston terriers ($2,000-$3,000).”

Bill Bertoia’s occupational shaving mug collection covers a broad variety of themes: automotive, horse-drawn, nautical, storefronts, sports. Some of the more unusual mugs include: lunch wagon, $3,500-$5,000; clothing store, $800-$1,200; barrel stake truck, $1,000-$2,000; chefs at work in a busy kitchen, $1,000-$1,500; marble arch cutter, $1,000-$1,500; dump truck, $1,000-$2,000; delivery wagon builder, $800-$1,200; and horse-drawn hearse with open curtain. $800-$1,200.

German and French wind-up toys will keep the keys busy during Bertoia’s preview. An outstanding collection of Lehmanns, many of them boxed, has been consigned by a longtime Bertoia Auctions customer. “Quality and condition are evident throughout this collection,” said Bertoia’s auctioneer, Michael Bertoia. “The owner always stepped up to the plate to pay the price for the best examples.”

The Lehmann collection includes many autos, including a rare, yellow 12-inch Baldur; two motorcycles – a boxed Echo and a Halloh with litho’d box lid – a Heavy Swell, Ski Rolf and Ikarus. A boxed Masuyama and an equally desirable Man-Da-Rin with its rare and beautifully lithographed original box also occupy top slots in the collection.

Alongside the Lehmanns are several scarce French-made Martins, including a Gendarme and a Parisian gentleman in top hat with cane and cigar. “This is only the second time we’ve seen this particular toy,” said Michael Bertoia, referring to the wind-up gentleman.

Forty European penny toys are entered in the sale, with themes that cross several categories, including transportation and people. Among the colorful tin novelties to be auctioned are a double Irish mail cart, sledding boy, skier and Chinese man with parasol.

Several impressive toy boats will sail toward new harbors on auction day. Among the coveted Marklins are a restored 46-inch first-series Battleship Maine, a second smaller-size (32-inch) first-series Battleship Maine in all-original condition, and an especially attractive 20-inch first-series Battleship Sperber. Additionally, Bertoia’s fleet includes several other battleships, cruisers and boats by Carette and Fleishmann.

Early hand-painted cars include an all-original red Alfa-Romeo No. 2 racer by CIJ, a yellow 4-door Marklin Torpedo open car, and a Bing steam-driven Spyder. Around 10 other French automobiles by Citroen and JEP also join the auction selection. Other European toys include two exquisite Ferris wheels attributed to Doll et Cie.

The auction also features the Tom Palumbo pressed steel collection, comprising 40 to 50 vehicles primarily by Sturditoy. “What makes this collection so attractive is the fact that the toys are 100 percent original,” Michael Bertoia noted.

The large assortment of European and American trains and accessories includes both live steam and clockwork examples. Leading the group are a very early Volt-Amp loco and tender; a gauge 1 Marklin 1021 steam-outline loco and tender with cast-iron frame, a Carlisle & Finch suspension bridge, and many Marklin trains and cars. Of special note are Marklin’s gauge 1 Pabst Blue Ribbon and Schlitz advertising cars, and a well-detailed chicken transport car with functional cage doors. Rounding out the railroad bounty are productions by Bing, Schonner, Carette and Knapp; as well as a train station by Marklin.

Between 80 and 100 cast-iron banks will be waiting to show off their tricks. Standouts include a circa-1889 Kyser & Rex mechanical Globe Savings Fund bank, a Lighthouse and Girl in Victorian Chair (both semi-mechanicals); and several excellent still banks – a small Boston Statehouse, Ives Palace and rare Arcade Eggman.

Bertoia’s is known for offering fine figural cast-iron doorstops, all personally vetted by Jeanne Bertoia, a renowned doorstop authority. The selection Jeanne has prepared for the May auction incorporates florals, people, animals, houses and whimsical shapes. A few Fish designs are included, e.g., a Deco Messenger and Rhumba Dancer. Also in the mix are clowns, a Rabbit Pushing a Wheelbarrow, and a Lobster.

Cast-iron automotive collectors will find many excellent racers, motorcycles, taxis and work vehicles waiting to exit Bertoia’s garage. Around 40 horse-drawn cast-iron toys have been consigned, as well. Three Dent productions – a fire engine, horse carriage and hook & ladder – exhibit near-mint condition and are believed to have been originally purchased at the Dent toy factory by legendary collector the late Covert Hegarty.

Just in time for spring cleaning and redecorating, Bertoia’s sale features 65 lots of miniature furniture, including designs from Gottschalk and Rock & Graner; plus 20 upscale dollhouses and room boxes, most by top German makers.

Approximately 150 country store and advertising items add early American charm to the auction list. There are several salesmen’s samples, around 20 glass showcases, advertising signs, apothecary jars, and tea and coffee bins.

Bertoia’s Toy Picks Auction will begin at 12 noon Eastern time on Friday, May 3; and 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2013. To contact Bertoia Auctions regarding any item in the sale call 856-692-1881 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

Toy automaton of boxers, lever controls activate figures, possibly a prototype, est. $3,500-$4,500. Bertoia Auctions image. 

Marklin Battleship Maine, series 1, ‘unplayed-with’ condition, 30½ in long, est. $50,000-$60,000. Bertoia Auctions image.

Marklin gauge 1 Pabst Beer boxcar, German, est. $3,500-$4,500. Bertoia Auctions image.

Lehmann ‘Primus’ tinplate clockwork roller skater, German, circa 1915, est. $7,000-$9,000. Bertoia Auctions image.

Gottschalk blue-roof dollhouse in Victorian style, 40in to top of weathervane, est. $8,000-$10,000. Bertoia Auctions image.

Occupational shaving mug with lunch wagon motif, ex Bill Bertoia collection, est. $3,500-$5,000. Bertoia Auctions image.

Occupational shaving mug with stockbroker motif, ex Bill Bertoia collection, est. $2,500-$4,000. Bertoia Auctions image.

Occupational shaving mug with depiction of gentleman with two Boston terriers, dated 1917, ex Bill Bertoia collection, est. $2,000-$3,000. Bertoia Auctions image.

Buddy ‘L’ oil truck, pressed steel, circa 1929, 25in long, est. $1,200-$1,500. Bertoia Auctions image.

Arcade Bullet Racer #7, cast iron with nickel figures, 1932, 10½ in long, est. $2,500-$3,500. Bertoia Auctions image.

Littco Rabbit Pushing Wheelbarrow cast-iron doorstop, 11 5/8in tall, est. $1,000-$1,500. Bertoia Auctions image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 13:05
 

Lewis & Maese sale toasts modern/contemporary art Apr. 24

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Marc Chagall (1887-1985), ‘Title Page From the Bible Verve,’ original lithograph in colors, 1956. Morurlot Freres: Paris, signed in the plate in  mint condition. Height: 27 and 14 inches by width: 23 and 10 inches. Lewis & Maese image.

HOUSTON – Lewis & Maese auction house is celebrating the clean lines, daring design and functionality of 20th century art and home furnishings during the month of April, culminating with a Modern and Contemporary auction Wednesday, April 24. On the block are two art modern art collections, mid-century leather and chrome furniture, wood, chrome and metal sculptures, lighting fixtures and rugs, as well as Asian porcelain and jade, African art, art books, collections, Baccarat crystal and decorative art.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

One of the highlights of the auction is an art chair created by the late Bert Long, a beloved Houston artist who died earlier this year. The auction proceeds from the chair will benefit local nonprofit art organizations. A sample of the artists to be sold April 24: Salvador Dali lithographs, Reuben Nakian sculptures, Picasso lithographs, David A. Haberman paintings, Jerry K. Deasy sculptures, Bill Keating’s wood sculpture, an Erté intaglio collagraph and a piece by Belgian sculptor Loet Vanderveen.

Examples of the modern and contemporary home furnishings are: mid-century style rosewood tables from the Keno Brothers’ studios, an exquisite Julian & Co. Gray Works Lucite and glass-top dining table (original price $20,000), three Baccarat crystal vases, table lamps, an Art Deco chandelier, glass and chrome occasional tables, leather ottomans, leather and chrome chairs and end tables, mid-century sectional sofa/chaise, Julia Cheshire occasional tables, Val St. Lambert crystal candlesticks, Asian porcelain and jade decorative art, a collection of rock and crystal skulls and a number of mirrors.

For more information, call 713-869-1335.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Marc Chagall (1887-1985), ‘Title Page From the Bible Verve,’ original lithograph in colors, 1956. Morurlot Freres: Paris, signed in the plate in  mint condition. Height: 27 and 14 inches by width: 23 and 10 inches. Lewis & Maese image.

Joan Miro ‘Pligrafa Xv Years,’ color lithograph on  guarro paper, 1979, signed in the plate. height: 26 and 14 inches by width: 22 1/2 and 10 1/2 inches. Lewis & Maese image.

Bert Long (1940-2013), ‘Get Up and Get Moving,’ chair of plaster, found objects, mixed media. Lewis & Maese image.

Steve Penley, (b. 1964), ‘Three Liberty Heads,’ acrylic paint and marker. Signed ‘Penley’ lower  right. mounted behind glass, matted and framed, height: 48 and 50 inches by width: 62 and 50 inches. Lewis & Maese image.

Salvador Dali (1904-1989), ‘The Twelve Apostles,’ color lithograph, edition number 240/350. After the ‘Knights of the Round Table,’ original gouache, pencil signed. Lewis & Maese image.

David Haberman, ‘Cancun Surf VI,’ acrylic on canvas, Cancun Series, 2001/2007. Height: 39 inches by width: 90 inches and numbered. Height: 37 and 19 inches by width: 31 and 18 in. Lewis & Maese image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 15:31
 

Fresh paintings bound for Barridoff auction Apr. 24

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Monday, 22 April 2013 15:21

Anthony Thieme, ‘Dockside, o
il on canvas, 25 × 30 inches. Estimate: $30,000–$50,000. Barridoff Galleries image.

PORTLAND, Maine – Consignments received for the fine art auction at Barridoff Galleries on Wednesday, April 24, began with a large pastel 20 by 30 in. (50.8 × 76.2 cm) of the U.S. Capitol in the evening with figures in period dress out front, and the arrival of what appears to be a Model T Ford. It was painted by Colin Campbell Cooper in 1908, the same year the Model T was introduced to the public. It had been purchased by the consignors, a Connecticut couple, in the mid-’60s from Sloan-Roman Gallery in New York.

The Cooper was followed by a consignment from a friend of a friend of the artist John Grabach. She had been gifted three excellent examples of the artist by her and the artist’s mutual friend, Jan Stone, who had been a part of a tight-knit group that included the artist, Helena Rubinstein and Rosa Halpern, who is believed to have been Grabach's student. The three oils are stunning views of New York and its harbor—an untouched canvas, framed simply for the auction, and in excellent condition, perhaps in need of a light surface cleaning.

According to gallery owner Annette Elowitch, a "terrific auction moment" came from a consignor from Southern Californian who wanted to consign three abstract images of mixed media by Consuelo Cloos. Who? “We loved the three paintings. The made us want to know more about the artist.”

Research found that Cloos had often painted in Maine and had been photographed photographer George Daniell, two images of whose work are also in the sale. (Daniell was known for his photographs of Hollywood movie stars Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren and the artist Georgia O’Keeffe as well as Cloos, whose portrait alone is enough want to know much more about her.

Two early works by Henry Ferguson, The Blacksmith Shop and Frontier Log Cabin, descended first to the artist’s nephew George Frederick Ferguson, who, in 1931, gave them to his friend Joseph Gokey, who ultimately left both to his wife, the current owner. These canvasses aren’t romanticized memories of what was still very much a frontier. Despite bright light outside the windows, the interior image is painted as Henry Ferguson undoubtedly saw it it—that is, without electricity—and it is all the more meaningful for that. He was there. This is documented history, albeit not of the gorgeous vistas of sunsets on the Hudson River. The artist was 22 when he painted these images that seem so close to his heart. He would later travel the world and develop a strong reputation for his detailed and romantic subject matter. But these two early canvasses are a treasure – fresh, personal and touching.

Equally intriguing are two oils in the sale by Anthony Thieme. When the galleries was approached by a Minneapolis family to handle an estate painting by Anthony Thieme, it seemed appropriate for an oil by the North Shore of Boston artist to come east. But it was one of the artist's rare Bahamas subjects and, although one image very similar sold by the galleries once produced the second-highest auction record ever for a Thieme, this one is, perhaps, better, though estimated at half the sold price of the previous one at $96,000. But in some even more more intriguing, another Thieme faces the Nassau image in the catalog. From the image, it appears to be handsome, if a typical Thieme view of a fishing boat at dockside.

But it isn't at all typical. The paint is applied with great but controlled skill. It is as though Thieme was a Modernist with the paint as his subject more so than the fishing boat. It is not merely surprising, but something much more.

An important drawing by George Grosz, circa 1920, adds to the mix of newly discov- ered or recently rediscovered works of art in the auction. It was consigned by a Maine gentleman, Carl Schmalz, a professor of art at Harvard, Amherst and Bowdoin College prior to retirement. Schmalz consigned the Grosz drawing and a beautiful watercolor he had purchased by Fairfield Porter when both were at Amherst College where Porter was in residence.

Schmalz also consigned an Old Master oil from the School of Bassano and several fine small Old Master drawings, all purchased during the mid 20th century, and now to be offered on April 24 by his wife. Schmalz recently.

Among the many other features of the auction are a stunning Dutch 17th centu
ry canvas, a very fine view in oil of one of Fairfeld Porter’s favored views near the artist’s home in Maine, a stunning, probably long-lost watercolor of The Pirate by Howard Pyle, and two truly extraordinary and surprising oils by Grau Sala, both of which come from private sources with no known previous history.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Anthony Thieme, ‘Dockside, o
il on canvas, 25 × 30 inches. Estimate: $30,000–$50,000. Barridoff Galleries image.

Colin Campbell Cooper, ‘The Capitol at Washington (Night),’ pastel
, 20 × 30 inches. Estimate: $30,000–$50,000. Barridoff Galleries image.

John Grabach
, ‘View from Under the Brooklyn Bridge,’ oil on canvas, 18 × 24 inches. Estimate: $ 9,000–$12,000. Barridoff Galleries image.

Dutch School
, ‘The Farmyard
,’ oil on canvas mounted on board 25 × 21 1⁄2 inches. Estiomate: $6,000–$9,000. Barridoff Galleries image.

Anthony Thieme, ‘In the Bahamas
,’ oil on canvas, 30 x 36 inches. Estimate: $30,000–$50,000. Barridoff Galleries image.

Henry A. Ferguson, ‘Frontier Log Cabin, oil on canvas 8 3/4 × 12 inches. Estimate: $1,500–$2,500. Barridoff Galleries image.

George Grosz, ‘Street Scene,’ ink on paper, 22 3/4 × 17 1/4 inches. Estimate: $9,000– $12,000. Barridoff Galleries image.

Emilio Grau Sala, ‘Champs Elysee,’ oil on canvas, 38 × 29 inches. Estimate: $25,000–$35,000. Barridoff Galleries image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 09:10
 

Scientific discoveries abound in Grogan auction Apr. 25-28

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Sunday, 21 April 2013 15:46

Wide assortment of medical models, doctors’ instruments and teaching aids are featured as part of the Buk Collection. Grogan & Co. image.

DEDHAM, Mass. – Grogan & Co. Fine Art Auctioneers will present the Elli Buk Collection, one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of scientific instruments and technological achievements ever assembled. This important collection will be auctioned in four sessions beginning Thursday, April 25, and concluding Sunday, April 28. The auction will begin at 10 a.m. EDT (7 a.m. Pacific) each day. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Elli Buk (1949-2012) was legendary in the world of collectors who knew him as a self-made, prolific collector, curator and expert on scientific instruments and the history of technology. Over a period of 40 years, Elli exercised his passion for acquiring objects from every possible collecting genre, including, but not limited to, microscopes and telescopes; medical devices and quackery; patent models and salesman's samples; early projectors, still and movie cameras; motors, electrical devices and machinery; globes and surveying instruments; telegraphy and telephones; televisions and radios; as well as objects from our industrial past and household items such as typewriters and sewing machines.

"There are many individual items in this auction which are show stoppers, such as Marconi’s own experimental model magnetic detector, an early Riker motor or an 8-foot Henry Fitz telescope, but the real essence of the collection is the sheer diversity and quantity of items Buk amassed over his 40-year career," said Michael Grogan, president of Grogan & Co. "We have over 2,000 lots displayed in 15,000 square feet of gallery space. This exhibit is truly a sight to behold. The list of collections within the collection is almost endless."

Elli grew up in Brooklyn, where he was exposed to opera, music and art, however, it was his love of biology, chemistry and physics that inspired him to begin collecting. In 1978, Elli opened E. Buk Art and Antiques at 151 Spring St. in SoHo, where his store window become a highlight for passersby. Science fiction writer William Gibson included a reference to Elli's window in a blog he wrote in 2001 for the National Post. Titled Mr. Buk's Window, Gibson's article describes Elli as "a marvelously idiosyncratic antiques dealer in SoHo. ... Gazing into E. Buk's window, for me, has been like gazing into the back reaches of some cave where Manhattan stores its dreams." Elli rented objects from his collection to television shows, Hollywood movies, advertising agencies, fashion shoots, and store windows. He loaned his prized objects to various exhibitions that wanted to celebrate the artifacts that built their industry and the collection has been written up in numerous publications including The New Yorker and Architectural Digest.

One of Elli's prized possessions was an 8-foot telescope on stand made by Henry Fitz of New York (1808-1863). The large telescope, created by the first American telescope maker, is estimated to sell for $8,000-$12,000. Another impressive 19th century innovator, Edward Howard, created a fine American gold bullion scale, which is stamped E. Howard & Co. of Boston, and also bears a presale estimate of $8,000-$15,000.

One of the most important items in the auction is Guglielmo Marconi’s own experimental model of his magnetic detector, known as the Rutherford-Marconi detector, circa 1900. This unique wireless apparatus was fashioned by Marconi from the winding spring mechanism of a telegraph inker. He used the apparatus in his early tests for what became his patented model in 1902. The wireless detector, with impressive provenance, bears a presale estimate of $20,000-30,000. The history of communication is further explored through an extensive collection of televisions and radios, including a 1939 General Electric Model HM171, estimated at $3,000-$5,000 and an early Atwater Kent breadboard radio receiver, estimated at $2,000-$3,000. A rare sound device created by 19th century German inventory Max Kohl consists of a collection of Helmholtz brass resonators mounted on a 39-x-29-inch mahogany board and is estimated at $25,000-$35,000.

The history of photography and cinema is explored through the vast selection of box cameras, lantern projectors and movie cameras. A Victorian zoetrope with a collection of animated strips and five mounted photographs of Muybridge's print, animal locomotion, are purported to have been in the collection of American artist Thomas Eakins at one time. Another highlight is a rare set of Eadweard Muybridge zoetrope strips, titled Attitudes of Animals in Motion, copyright 1882, in their original cylinder. The set, which was illustrated in Eadward Muybridge, the Father of the Motion Picture, by Gordon Hendriks is estimated at $5,000-$15,000. Muybridge's photographic study of animals in motion is what led to the motion picture industry. Thomas Eakins was teaching at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art while Muybridge was at the University of Pennsylvania. Eakins was so taken with Muybridge's work, that he is said to have created his own zoetrope and used it in his lectures. In addition to painting, Eakins was well known for his photography as well.

Highlights from the large selection of 19th century microscopes include a W.H. Bulloch brass double pillar microscope, estimated at $4,000-$8,000 and a large Hugh Powell microscope, circa 1841, bears a $5,000-15,000 estimate. One of the most curious devices in the collection is a violin vibrophone, considered a rare medical quack device used to cure tinnitus, a disorder manifested by the perception of sound within the ear that is not heard externally. The violin-shape mechanism manufactured in Brooklyn, N.Y., at the turn of the century is estimated at $5,000-$10,000. Many laboratory teaching devices, medical instruments, x-ray tubes and light bulbs are sprinkled throughout the collection.

A large selection of patent models and salesman's samples include a rare firefighter's aerial ladder apparatus, created by John A. Lee of Chattanooga in the mid 19th century, estimated to fetch $5,000-$10,000; and a Daisy Wheel Reaper, with a parquetry basket, made by M. Clifton of Ithaca, N.Y., estimated at $3,000-$5,000 and a brass model of a Wolfe and Yarian printing press with eagle decoration, bears an estimate of $5,000-$10,000.

One of the mainstays of the collection is a large assortment of early motors, machinery and electrical devices. Two Riker motors, manufactured by the Riker Electric Motor Co. of Brooklyn, N.Y., under an 1891 patent, will be featured along side examples by important early examples by Frank Perret and the Crocker-Wheeler Electronic Co. Riker pioneered the use of electrical motors in transportation. A large assortment of cast-iron stamps, seals and presses, as well as typewriters, sewing machines and globes will also be featured in the first two sessions.

Ephemera offerings include an important assemblage of the original Morris & O’Connor architectural drawings, blueprints and plans for the R.M.S. Queen Mary, estimated at $5,000-$20,000, while Anglophiles may be interested in acquiring the brass and wood toilet with a blue and white porcelain basin, salvaged from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's yacht, the Victoria and Albert II, launched in 1855 and scraped in 1904.

Another feature of the collection is an impressive assortment of industrial items that lend itself to the growing "steampunk" design movement. Steampunk designers refurbish items from the Victorian and industrial past, such as brass, iron, wood and leather, to create new designs that balance form and function. Early machinery with gears and levers abound throughout the collection and will surely inspire Steampunk enthusiasts.

Elli's art collection was diverse and included many SoHo artists, including Martin Wong, Ernest Rosenberg, Mike Leaf and David Hare. Four 18-by-24-inch sign language paintings by venerated Realist Martin Wong, titled Silence, Voices, Money and Danger, bear a presale estimate of $12,000-$15,000; while Underdog, an oil on plastic by street artist Ernest Rosenberg is estimated at $500-$700. A collection of sculptures, paintings and drawings that Elli acquired directly from the studio of well-known Surrealist artist, David Hare includes Naked Sing Clarity, a 36-by-48 oil on canvas, estimated at $3,000-$5,000 and Seated Female, a 82 1/2-inch-tall metal and plaster sculpture, estimated at $5,000-$7,000. One of the more unusual items is Dean, an 8-foot scrap metal folk art tin man created in the 1950s by George Dean, a tinsmith from Terre Haute, Ind. Dean bears a presale estimate of $5,000-$10,000 and is included in Archie Green's book Tin Men published by the University of Illinois Press in 2002.

"Anyone interested in the history of science and technology, the Industrial Revolution and manufacturing history should not miss this opportunity," said Grogan, "It is unlikely that we will see another comprehensive collection like this in our lifetime."

For more information contact the gallery at 781-461-9500.

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

 Wide assortment of medical models, doctors’ instruments and teaching aids are featured as part of the Buk Collection. Grogan & Co. image.

 Rare set of Eadweard Muybridge's ‘Attitudes of Animals in Motion’ Zoetrope strips. Grogan & Co. image.

 Collection of the original architectural renderings and ephemera from the RMS Queen Mary. Grogan & Co. image.

 Selection of early motors includes rare Perret models, Crocker-Wheeler and Riker examples. Grogan & Co. image.

Large collection of 19th century microscopes include makers R. & J. Beck, Powell & Lealand and Hugh Powell. Grogan & Co. image.

Magic lanterns, projectors and cameras abound throughout all four sessions. Grogan & Co. image.

The history of telegraphy and communication is explored through many important lots, including trans-Atlantic cables and Marconi's wireless magnetic detector. Grogan & Co. image.

Assortment of items from America's industrial past, perfect for repurposing and steampunk enthusiasts. Grogan & Co. image.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 April 2013 13:18
 
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