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

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Thursday, 06 December 2012 18:12

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

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

The sale summary includes:

Fine Antiques

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

Fine Art

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

The Unusual

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

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

Luxury

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

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

Last Updated on Friday, 07 December 2012 09:11
 

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

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Thursday, 06 December 2012 17:38

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

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

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

Highlights:

• Fabulous Baroque-style arm chair with cherubs

• Oak easels

• Fireplace screens

• Pair of jade lamps

• Chinese ivory boat carving

• Bronze candelabra

• Cloisonne bronze floor lamp

• Empire French planter

• Fancy old marble pedestals

• Early tilt-top parlor table

• French marble-top console tables

• French Verne Martin vitrine

• English grandmother clock

• Stacking oak bookcases

• Early game table

• Library tables

• Marble-top dressers

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

For additional information on any lot in the sale, call 303-744-6505 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 December 2012 17:45
 

Skinner toasts 20th century design at Dec. 15 auction

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Thursday, 06 December 2012 17:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 December 2012 17:37
 

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

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Thursday, 06 December 2012 14:52

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 December 2012 16:03
 

Jenack loads annual military auction Dec. 16 with war relics

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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 16:55

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 17:20
 

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

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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 15:18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Internet live bidding will be available throught LiveAuctioneer.com.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 15:49
 

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

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Tuesday, 04 December 2012 18:37

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Monday, 10 December 2012 09:13
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Monday, 03 December 2012 14:51
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pinnacle of Italian design shines in Wright auction Dec. 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information on any item in the sale, call 212-260-2000 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Last Updated on Friday, 30 November 2012 10:41
 

Hess Fine Auctions to sell animation cel collection Dec. 7-8

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Snow White sitting up in bed in Walt Disney Productions 1937 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.' Hess Fine Auctions image.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Hess Fine Auctions will sell property of the University of South Florida Libraries Museum Collection, the Charles Mahan Collection of original animation cels, on Dec. 7-8. Friday’s session, consisting of 114 lots, will begin at 6 p.m. EST. Saturday’s auction will consist of 139 lots and will begin at noon Eastern.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Original production cels from the following films will be auctioned: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Ferdinand the Bull, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Goofy’s How to Ride a Horse, segment from The Reluctant Dragon, Dumbo, Bambi, The Three Caballeros, Make Mine Music, Song of the South, Fun and Fancy Free, Melody Time, So Dear to My Heart, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Rescuers, The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective, Hercules, Mickey’s Gala Premiere, Water Babies, Good Scouts, Mother Goose Goes Hollywood, Silly Symphony, Beach Picnic, Fire Chief/ Fire Brigade, and Nifty Nineties.

Additional production cels include examples from: Slide Donald Slide, Trick or Treat, Ben and Me, The Simple, Animal Farm, An American Tail, BC, possibly Betty Boop as Little Red Riding Hood, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Dennis the Menace, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Heavy Metal, Heavy Traffic, Inky and the Lion Short, It's Tough to be a Bird, Jack Frost, The Land Before Time, Lord of the Rings, Mutt and Jeff, The Night Watchman, The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat, Out of the Inkwell Series, The Peanuts Gang, Pink Panther, Porky’s Café, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Raid TV commercial, The Scarlet Pumpernickel, The Secret of N.I.M.H., Tom and Jerry, Via Alegre, Watership Down, Wizards, possibly The Woody Woodpecker Show, Xanadu, The Yellow Submarine, The Yogi Bear Show, Terrytoons, possibly from Who’s Who in the Jungle, Mr. Magoo, Bugs Bunny/ Road Runner Hour, Brawl in the Family, possibly Porky Pig’s Feat, Loony Tunes, Merrie Melodies, possibly from Bugs Bunny’s Bustin’ Out All Over, possibly Too Hop To Handle and Saturday Morning TV Bridge.

For details about any lot contact Hess Fine Auctions at 727-896-0622. Internet live bidding will be provided by Auction Central News.

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

Snow White sitting up in bed in Walt Disney Productions 1937 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.' Hess Fine Auctions image.

Pinocchio with marionettes in Walt Disney Productions 1940 'Pinocchio.' Hess Fine Auctions image.

Bambi in a Landscape with Bunnies in Walt Disney Productions 1942 'Bambi.' Hess Fine Auctions image.

Pinocchio Jiminy Cricket 1940 original production cel art illustration painting with/ printed background. Hess Fine Auctions image.

'Alice in Wonderland,' Dinah the cat in landscape, Walt Disney Productions 1951. Hess Fine Auctions image.

'101 Dalmatians,' Cruella de Vil, Walt Disney Productions 1961, hand-painted animation cel. Hess Fine Auctions image.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 November 2012 17:58
 

Top dolls and more at Specialists of the South sale Dec. 8

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Thursday, 29 November 2012 13:46

French Jumeau bisque fashion lady doll. The Specialists of the South Inc. image.

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – The St. Petersburg, Fla., estate of Yvonne Hoffman, an avid collector of dolls, will be sold on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 8 a.m. CST by The Specialists of the South Inc., in Panama City. LiveAuctoneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Over 100 lots of quality dolls and accessory items will cross the block. Among these items will also be collections from several other estates.

Named for one of the Dionne Quintuplets, as was her sister, Yvonne Hoffman’s collection would not be complete without one of her favorites, the Dionne Quintuplet dolls in a basket. One of seven children, she grew up in Detroit. Hoffman’s fondness for dolls began when she received travel dolls as a child from her aunts, uncles and grandparents. This fondness grew into serious collecting in the early 1980s a few years after moving to St. Petersburg. She and her husband, Lewis Hoffman, would travel all over attending auctions and estate sales for the choice dolls to add to her collection.

With a place in her heart for each doll in her collection, among her beloved favorites were her Shirley Temple dolls having grown up watching her, her Sonja Henie doll, her Jumeau dolls for their detail, and of course her Dionne Quintuplets. Other lots include a doll reference library and Hummel and Kewpie dolls.

Hoffman spent many hours working on each individual doll taking it apart, cleaning the doll, cleaning the clothes and fixing or having anything repaired to bring the dolls up to the standard she wanted for each doll in her collection. This was evidenced by the extreme care she took in displaying her collection, most housed in glass cabinets. Among her dolls were Jumeau, Kestner, Steiner, Simon & Halbig, Handwerck, Armand Marseille, Reinecke, Schultz, Schoenhut, Horsman, Effanbee, Arranbee, Betty Boop, Shirley Temple, Skookums and much, much more. Every level of collecting is represented in this collection.

Among the auction’s consignments are several, beautiful Meissen-style figurines from the collection of Edith Weise Miller, a professional dancer touring Europe and Asia during World War II. Her collections were both handed down to her and purchased new, allowing for a wide taste in porcelain and other collectibles. Edith’s treasures include sterling flatware and gold pocket watches. Of particular interest is a 14K, 65-inch watch fob chain with a cameo slide.

This auction has a large range of collectibles: clocks, costume jewelry, mirrors, silver tea service (with water urn), lamps, a beautiful Karastan rug, an ornate diminutive Gulbransen organ and even a slot machine. The quality furniture of note includes a hunt board, a grandmother clock, Duncan Phyfe-style sofa (from the Baltimore estate of Agnes Mullin), an ornate four-poster bed, Victorian drop-front dresser and mirror, oak Hoosier cabinet and a fall-front desk with inlaid shell. Decorative pieces include an oak accent table, a wicker rocker, a wall mounted lighted display advertising Huebler’s Custom Cues and a beautiful brass piano electrified oil lamp. Primitives include coffee grinders, saws, planes, wooden boxes, ship blocks and other vintage tools.

“To try and capture all if this auction in one story really doesn’t do the estates justice. I would strongly recommend that interested parties go to one or more of the previews then arrive ready to buy on auction day,” said Logan Adams of The Specialists of the South Inc.

The Specialists of the South, Inc. is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, estate or collection, call them at 850-785-2577, or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Internet live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

French Jumeau bisque fashion lady doll. The Specialists of the South Inc. image. 

 Madame Alexander composition Dionne Quints in basket. The Specialists of the South Inc. image.

Meissen-style figurine on platform depicting two ladies at the dressing table. The Specialists of the South Inc. image. 

Gorgeous fall-front desk with shell inlay front and beading. The Specialists of the South Inc. image. 

Ornate brass oil floor lamp with red globe. The Specialists of the South Inc. image. 

Elgin and American Waltham 14K gold pocket watches. The Specialists of the South Inc. image. 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 November 2012 14:08
 

Leland Little pops the cork on a festive Nov. 29-Dec. 1 auction

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012 11:19

Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1986 vintage. Leland Little image.

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. - Impressive collections of fine and decorative arts alongside rare and fine wines will be offered at Leland Little's Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Winter Estate Auction. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide the Internet live bidding for the sale, which features estate jewelry, silver, Asian jade, fine art, furniture and other fine and decorative arts.

Highly anticipated objects in the fine and decorative arts session include a rare Chinese carved jade lidded urn, a still life by Peter (Pierre) Nilouss (1869-1943), a stunning 4.16ct Edwardian diamond solitaire, two works by Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864-1946), and two works by Edward Steichen (American, 1879-1973).

A strong representation of North Carolina objects is led by an important late 18th-century china press, a circa-1800 Hepplewhite cellaret, a Chester Webster stoneware jug, and original Benny Carter folk art.

The rare and fine wine session offers more than 300 lots, including six lots of Chateau d'Yquem, a case of 2002 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, and 30 lots from Pride Mountain Vineyards.

Leland Little commented, "We are privileged to continue our positive momentum from the 2012 auction year with this outstanding sale that represents an exciting range of inventory from prominent local and regional collections."

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

Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1986 vintage. Leland Little image. 

 Exceptional Chinese mutton fat jade carving. Leland Little image.

Platinum, emerald and diamond pendant necklace. Leland Little image. 

James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903), 'Nocturne.' Leland Little image. 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 11:37
 

Michaan’s wraps up 2012 with stellar estates auction Dec. 2

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012 15:57

Edward August Bell (American 1862-1953), ‘Still Live with Oranges & Cherries,’ oil on canvas, signed lower right ‘E.A. Bell.’ Estimate: $3,000/5,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s final estate auction of the year, on Sunday, Dec. 2, holds a variety of treasures. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding. The auction will begin at 10 a.m. PST.

The fine art department features American artist Edward August Bell’s (1862-1953) Still Life with Oranges & Cherries. Bell is most readily known for his elegant and idealized portraits of women, but is also recognized for his genre, interior and still life works. Bell was a celebrated artist and an influential figure in the Peconic Art Colony, located on the North Fork of Long Island. The oil painting for auction is a vibrant and rich depiction of groupings of lush fruits surrounding the base of a graceful turquoise vase with a trellising floral design. The painting measures 20 x 16 inches and is signed in the lower right corner "E. A. Bell” (lot 116, estimate: $3,000-5,000).

Other noteworthy American art works available in the sale include Ray Strong’s San Miguel Hills, 1965 which was acquired directly from the artist (lot 088, $2,000-2,500), Theodore Morrow Criley’s Tabletop Still Life (lot 091, $2,000-3,000) and Michael David Ward’s Second Star to the Right, 1992 (lot 166, $3,500-4,500). Highlights from the European selection include Louis Justin Laurent Icart’s Coursing III, 1930 (lot 052, $1,500-2,500), Thomas Maillard’s Belgian Electric (lot 017, $1,500-3,000) and Franz Rederer’s tribute to his wife in Portrait of Margaritte, 1944 (lot 005, $2,000-4,000).

The jewelry department presents a 260-lot sale featuring a myriad of gemstone pieces, numerous certified jades and over 30 lots each of coral and pearl offerings. Impressive diamond pieces in the auction are seen in a diamond and platinum ring featuring a lovely old European-cut stone set in a platinum mounting (lot 421, $900-1,200) and a diamond and 14K white gold covered ladies wristwatch (lot 431, $800-1,200). Reflecting the breadth of property available from the department is a handsome 14K yellow gold and wood presentation cane (lot 449, $400-600) as well as a beautifully carved meerschaum cameo that doubles as a brooch or pendant (lot 219, $350-550).

A standout piece found in the sale lies in a jade, diamond, 18K white gold and platinum necklace (lot 392, $800-1,200). The jade plaque measures approximately 30 x 20 x 2 millimeters and bears a delicate green hue. Stylized carvings of a perched bird among flora and fauna decorate both sides of the piece. The plaque is then set in a diamond accented, 18K white gold linked bail of geometric form. The pendant hangs from a delicate platinum, open-link 16-inch chain, subtlety complementing the overall look. The necklace is accompanied by an original, leather bound box, denoting “Pentington & Batty, Diamond Merchants, Liverpool & Manchester” on its interior.

Pieces of Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Tibetan origins will be a part of the Asian department’s offerings. Scholars’ objects, scrolls, furniture, statuettes, jade carvings and porcelains will be among the represented works of art in the 130-plus-lot sale. Notable are decorative vases of various forms, including a creamy turquoise-blue crackle-glazed stoneware vase of moon flask form (lot 574, $700-900), a landscape gilt painted porcelain vase bearing a Qianlong six-character mark (lot 552, $450-650), an enamel painted porcelain vase depicting village fishermen (lot 564, $700-900) and a pear-shape vase featuring a dragon and phoenix upon a bed of peony blossoms in an iron red hue (lot 548, $1,200-1,800).

Highlighting the sale’s Asian decorative objects is a hardwood table screen with a hardstone embellished serpentine plaque (lot 507, $1,000-1,500). Detailed carving workmanship is clearly seen throughout the piece, in both wood and stone alike. A delicate woodwork pattern borders the serpentine stone inset nature scene, complementing it beautifully. The plaque’s three-dimensional carvings center a long tail bird perched on a blossoming peony tree. Rock formations, additional foliage and a soaring butterfly complete the scene, wonderfully bringing it to life.

Period furniture and decorations features over 270 lots primarily composed of 19th and 20th century European and American pieces. However, a fine selection of international carpets and rugs is highlighted by substantial Persian carpets. Pieces include a Kashan carpet of dense weave bearing an intricate design in lovely tones of red and blue (lot 747, $3,000-5,000), a Kerman carpet measuring an approximate 14 x 21 feet (lot 746, $2,000-3,000) and a vibrant floral motif Sarouk corridor carpet, also offered at an estimate of $2,000-3,000 (lot 815).

Categorically, silver is often a top performer at auction and this month’s selection also appears to be quite promising. Available in the sale are lots from Tiffany & Co. (lot 658, lot 648, lot 662), Gorham lot 653, lot 660, lot 644) and Georg Jensen (lot 696). A collection of seven silver lots of Scandinavian origins from flatware to cups will also be sold, with estimates ranging from $200 to $800.

Unique is a mid-19th century suite of Schulz & Fisher sterling flatware in the Cleopatra pattern (lot 643, $6,000-8,000). The set is in excellent condition, originally given as a wedding present. The pieces are presented in a custom-made retail box with Aesthetic Movement silver embellishments to the exterior. The interior is lined, complete with a decorative chenille flower. A lower drawer pulls out to reveal spoon sets. The entire collection’s silver weight measures 92.8 troy ounces.

For details call the front desk at 510-740-0220.

Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Edward August Bell (American 1862-1953), ‘Still Live with Oranges & Cherries,’ oil on canvas, signed lower right ‘E.A. Bell.’ Estimate: $3,000/5,000. Michaan’s Auctions image. 

 Ray Strong (American 1905-2006), ‘San Miguel Hills, 1965,’ oil on Masonite, signed lower left ‘Ray Strong.’ Estimate: $2,000/2,500. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Michael David Ward (American 20th Century), ‘Second Star to the Right,’ 1992, Cibachrome. Estimate: $3,500/4,500. Michaan’s Auctions image. 

Diamond, platinum ring. Estimate: $900/1,200. Michaan’s Auctions image. 

Ladies diamond, 14K white gold covered wristwatch. Estimate: $800/1,000. Michaan’s Auctions image. 

 Crackle-glaze stoneware vase. Estimate: $700/900. Michaan’s Auctions image.

 Hardstone-embellished serpentine table screen. Estimate: $1,000/1,500. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Schulz & Fisher sterling flatware. Estimate  $6,000/8,000. Michaan’s Auctions image. 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 16:38
 
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