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Rare painting of Davy Crockett’s wife to sell at A-OK Auction, March 7

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Monday, 02 March 2015 17:47
Elizabeth Crockett, wife of American frontiersman Davy Crockett. A-OK Auction Co. image. DAMASCUS, Va. – A 19th century portrait of Elizabeth Patton-Crockett, Davy Crockett’s second wife, is creating a stir among historians in the days before it will be sold at a rural Virginia auction house.

The oil on canvas portrait of the widow Crockett, wearing all-black mourning clothes, will be sold Saturday, March 7, in an auction held by A-OK Auction Co. in Damascus.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding for the auction, which will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern time.

Auctioneer Alan Shope said the portrait came from the Patton family home on Tunnel Road in Asheville, N.C., which was razed a few years ago.

The consignor, who wishes to remain anonymous, provided provenance stating the portrait hung in the library of the Patton home for many years before it was relegated to the attic. The painting, done by an unknown artist, was passed down through the Patton family until being sold to the consignor three years ago.

“The Pattons were a prominent family in the area. They built Asheville,” said Shope.

“There is only one other image of Elizabeth known, and that’s a daguerreotype,” said Shope, noting the subjects’ features are similar.

Davy Crockett, a legendary frontiersman and native of eastern Tennessee, married Elizabeth in 1815, after the death of her husband James Patton. Crockett’s first wife, Polly, had died earlier that year.

Crockett, who served one term in Congress, fought for Texas independence and died at the Alamo on March 6, 1836.

Elizabeth died in Acton, Texas, on Jan. 31, 1860 at the ago of 71.

Shope said that several institutions – including the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas –have contacted him about the portrait.

“It’s a significant painting but it’s difficult to estimate what it will bring. I just don’t know,” said Shope.

The painting, which measures 29 inches high by 24 inches wide, is described as being in “as found, unrestored condition” in what appears to be its original, frame.

For details contact A-OK Auction Co. at 877-963-0176 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 IMAGE OF NOTE
Elizabeth Crockett, wife of American frontiersman Davy Crockett. A-OK Auction Co. image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 09:05
 

15th C. Bodhisattva could reach $500K-$600K at I.M. Chait, March 22

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Monday, 02 March 2015 14:13

Tang Dynasty painted pottery Lokapala in fine armor atop recumbent lamb, 55½ inches tall, accompanied by Oxford TL Report. Est. $15,000-$20,000. I.M. Chait image

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Asia Week in New York attracts a global contingent of art buyers who travel many thousands of miles – primarily from China – to immerse themselves in a frenzied schedule of specialty shows, exhibitions and other activities around Manhattan. But a new West Coast tradition embraced by Asian art connoisseurs over the past few years literally saves the best for last on their itineraries: I.M. Chait’s post-Asia Week auction. This year’s event, slated for Sunday, March 22, is timed so collectors can break up their long trip home from New York and bid on superb Asian antiques at the Chait family’s comfortable Beverly Hills gallery. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available from anywhere in the world through LiveAuctioneers.

The post-Asia Week auction has become a big hit with international visitors, who enjoy the gracious, red carpet treatment they receive from the Chait family and staff. This year’s auction will follow the same winning formula as in the past. The 488-lot auction includes an exceptional selection of Asian art, jade, ceramics, and bronzes, crowned by Lot 234, a highly important early Chinese Ming Dynasty gilt-bronze figure of a seated Bodhisattva.

A supremely beautiful work of art that was previously held in a Japanese private collection, the Bodhisattva figure measures 9 7/8 inches (25.8 cm) high and is incised with a six-character Xuande mark of the period (1426-1435). The artist’s fastidious attention to detail is evident in every tiny bead, fold of “cloth” and minute adornment to the deity’s crown. I.M. Chait Director of Operations Josh Chait said the figure is expected to reach $500,000-$600,000 at auction, if not more. “It’s just that special. It’s one of the finest pieces we’ve ever had the privilege of handling,” he said.

The array of exquisite Chinese porcelains is led by Lot 200, a Ming Dynasty Wanli blue and white box of circular form. Its domed cover and sides are profusely decorated with dragons, qilin and other fantastical animals in a continuous pine-tree-dotted landscape. A ruyi-headed cloud motif encircles both the vessel and lid. With a Wanli mark and of the period, the 10¾-inch (dia.) box is entered in the auction with a $50,000-$60,000 estimate.

Lot 264, an antique Chinese jadeite Buddha’s hand, is carved to reveal many symbolic details in addition to the main form, including a pomegranate, peaches, lingzhi fungus, and five bats in flight. This very special 19th-century artwork stands 8 1/8 inches tall on an elaborately openwork carved stand. Estimate: $30,000-$35,000.

Measuring 55½ inches tall, a Chinese Tang Dynasty painted pottery Lokapala in fierce stance is dressed in fine warrior’s armor with three-dimensional qilin adornments on the shoulders. The figure stands atop a recumbent lamb that, in turn, lies on a realistic pottery replication of stone. One of several outstanding Tang pottery artworks in the sale, the Lokapala is cataloged as Lot 232 and comes with an Oxford TL report. Its pre-auction estimate is $15,000-$20,000.

Also from the Tang Dynasty, Lot 233 is a masterfully carved 10-inch white marble model of a guardian lion pinning down and ferociously biting a demon. Presented on a wood pedestal stand, it comes to auction with expectations of reaching $38,000-$42,000.

Lot 471, a stately nine-post Chinese huanghuali canopy bed with geometrical railings and storage space below is approximately 8ft high. Raised on low feet, this masterpiece of perfectly balanced design and understated sophistication is “for the connoisseur,” said Josh Chait. Its presale estimate is $60,000-$80,000.

In addition to Chinese art and antiques, the auction will include Japanese and Southeast Asian art, and an elite selection of Western estate jewelry. Lot 415 is a magnificent Harry Winston diamond and platinum combination necklace/bracelet with maker’s marks for Francois Tavernier. Of graduated floral design with old European-cut centers and marquise-shape “foliage” accented by small-bezel-set rounds, it contains approximately 50.35 carats of diamonds. Its versatile design allows the piece to be worn either as a 16¾-inch necklace or a 6¾-inch bracelet. Its prior sale at Sotheby’s (Dec. 5, 2012, Lot #305) adds provenance to the already considerable cachet imparted by the uncompromising Harry Winston name. Estimate: $180,000-$200,000.

The March 22, 2015 auction will begin at 1 p.m. Pacific Time (4 p.m. Eastern), and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

For information on any item in the auction, contact Joey Chait, tel. 310-285-0182, ext. 115, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Tang Dynasty painted pottery Lokapala in fine armor atop recumbent lamb, 55½ inches tall, accompanied by Oxford TL Report. Est. $15,000-$20,000. I.M. Chait image

Ming Dynasty Wanli blue and white porcelain box with domed cover, motif with dragons and fantasy animals amid pine tree landscape. Est. $50,000-$60,000. I.M. Chait image

Fine Tang Dynasty carved white marble model of a guardian lion quelling a demon, 10 inches tall. Est. $38,000-$42,000. I.M. Chait image

Highly important Chinese early Ming Dynasty gilt-bronze figure of a seated Bodhisattva; incised six-character Xuande mark of the period (1426-1435), 9 7/8 inches (25.8 cm) high. Est. $500,000-$600,000. I.M. Chait image

19th-century Chinese carved jadeite Buddha’s hand with three-dimensional bats, lingzhi fungus, pomegranate and peaches, 8 1/8 inches tall. Est. $30,000-$35,000. I.M. Chait image

Harry Winston platinum and diamond convertible necklace-bracelet, maker’s mark for Francois Tavernier, 50.35ct total diamond weight. Est. $180,000-$200,000. I.M. Chait image

Chinese huanghuali nine-post canopy bed with railings of interlocking geometric pattern, storage space below, height 96 inches. Est. $60,000-$80,000. I.M. Chait image

Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 14:55
 

Rare pearl a real find in Kaminski auction March 15

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Monday, 02 March 2015 09:52

Natural quahog lavender pearl. Kaminski Auctions image

BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions’ March 15 Spring Estate sale will feature a range of fine jewelry, decorative arts, Asian antiques and several impressive works of fine art.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Pearls are the highlights of the jewelry section this March, with a rare single lavender quahog pearl found by a local police officer in his seafood soup as the star of the show. The six-carat pearl is a rare non-nacreous pearl from the mollusk Mercenaria mercenaria. The pearl is accompanied with a detailed GIA pearl report.

The occurrence of a gem quality quahog pearl is estimated to be one in two million. Rare quahog pearls are found mostly by accident during home processing or consumption. Covered by numerous local and national media outlets including the London Daily Mail, Good Morning America, CBS television and ABC.com, his story has taken on a life of its own.

The many sterling lots in the sale includes an extensive set of Buccellati sterling flatware, service for 12 in the Anacapri pattern estimated at $9,000-$12,000 and a Theodore Starr fancy, sterling floral punch bowl approximately 41.1 troy ounces, which is estimated at $2,000-$3,000. Collectors will also be interested in an exquisite 18K gold Mikimoto Akoya pearl and diamond collar necklace and earring set. Housed in its original box, the pearls range in size from 3.5 to 7.2 mm and are interspersed with 14 diamonds as well as three diamonds on the clasp. The set includes matching earrings with pearls and five diamonds and the original Mikimoto receipt. It is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

A recently discovered folk art painting of twin boys from a Maine estate valued at $10,00-$20,000 is the highlight of the fine art portion of the sale, as well as a still life with apples, signed "Joseph Decker" and dated 1896 valued at $4,000-$6,000. Other art in the sale includes offerings by A.J. Munnings, John Caggiano, Alfred Hart and John Campbell Phillips.

From a Florida estate comes a rare Polyphon cylinder music box and tall clock combination. Coin operated, with original finish and having 38 disks in the original case it is valued at $10,000-$20,000.

Sevres, Meissen and 50 lots of Wedgwood, important Persian carpets and a selection of Asian items including a Ming Dynasty gilt bronze Buddha and a Japanese Meiji bronze statue make this an auction for every collector.

For more information 978-927-2223 or go to www.kaminskiauctions.com and sign up to bid with KaminskiLIVE.

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

Natural quahog lavender pearl. Kaminski Auctions image 

Mikimoto 18K Akoya pearl necklace and earrings. Kaminski Auctions image 

 Rare Polyphon cylinder music box and tall clock combination. Kaminski Auctions image

Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 09:52
 

Upscale decorative arts offered by Roland Auctions NY, March 7

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Friday, 27 February 2015 16:43

Lot 408 – Pablo Picasso ‘Service Visage Noir’ Madoura charger. Roland Auctions NY image

NEW YORK – On March 7 Roland Auctions NY presents its Magnificent March Auction featuring over 600 lots of fine and decorative arts selected from choice estates throughout New York City including the contents of a five-story townhouse at 339 E. 87th St. and a collection from 150 E. 59th St.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Roland’s reputation for discovering and reintroducing significant works of fine art is further earned as bidders vie for paintings, prints, and other media not available in the marketplace for decades. This month’s estate pieces span European old master works through modern vanguards and contemporary emerging artists. Sought after artists include A. Parton, W. DeForest, Erte, C. Timner, P.Picasso, among many more.

In addition to 20th century modern art, mid-century design is strongly represented at Roland Auctions NY this month. Standouts include Muller Freres art glass, Tiffany Studios “Grapevine” and “Venetian” desk set articles, and furniture by Ico Parisi, Herman Miller, Milo Baughman and others.

Already generating excitement is a group of vintage Pablo Picasso Madoura ceramic chargers and platters with designs dating to the late 1940s and early 1950s.

In tandem with this auction’s exposition of modernism are dozens of traditional 18th and 19th century American, French, Italian and English tables, chairs, desks and commodes. Among these fine period pieces are Georgian, Queen Anne, Hepplewhite, Chippendale and Louis Philippe specimens. A featured lot in this category is a white marble tabletop with exquisite inset micromosaic, signed Luchini, depicting the assassination of Julius Caesar. Also of note is a pair of 17th-18th century carved and gilt wood sculptural angel candelabras.

A star of this auction is an early 20th Century Tiffany & Co. tall-case [grandfather] clock with an eight-day movement and tubular bell chimes in a monumental transitional style case with glazed waist.

Grand tour marble and bronze sculptures are sure to capture the attention the connoisseur with works signed by: H. Muller, H. Ple, J. Cortot, and G. Roth.

A cornucopia of international vintage and modern silver comprises a notable section of Saturday’s offerings with all manner of flatware and serving articles. Makers include Georg Jensen, Allan Adler, Wallace & Sons, Tiffany & Co. Makers, Hans Hansen and Carl Steyl.

Estate jewelry in gold and silver settings is also available at every bidding level. These vintage and modern items include diamond, coral, pearl, amber, jade, agate and other precious and semi-precious stones in a wide variety of styles.

Fresh-to-market Asian and Chinese art is represented by objects accomplished in silver, bronze, enamel, jade, hardstone and ceramics. Featured among these objects is a pair of nearly life-size 18th century Chinese cloisonné rams on exotic wood bases.

Royal watchers will be pleased to bid upon a black patent leather handbag from the estate of Wallace Simpson, Duchess of Windsor. Celebrity memorabilia enthusiasts will take notice of a chic evening sweater owned by Gloria Swanson.

Roland Auctions NY continues its walk-in valuation day on Thursday, March 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. William and Robert Roland invite customers to stop in for a free evaluation from one of their appraisers.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Lot 408 – Pablo Picasso ‘Service Visage Noir’ Madoura charger. Roland Auctions NY image

Lot 245 – Pair of important 18th century Chinese cloisonne rams. Roland Auctions NY image

Lot 400 – Grand Tour marble group ‘The Wrestlers.’ Roland Auctions NY image

Lot 401 – Antique micromosaic ‘Assassination of Julius Caesar’ in marble tabletop. Roland Auctions NY image

Lot 406 – Pablo Picasso ‘Wood Owl’ Madoura platter. Roland Auctions NY image

Lot 411 – Tiffany & Co. tall-case clock. Roland Auctions NY image

Lot 412 – Pair of 17th-18th century angel candelabra. Roland Auctions NY image

Lot 434 – Sterling silver repousse covered casserole. Roland Auctions NY image

Lot 500 – Wallis Simpson, The Duchess of Windsor’s handbag. Roland Auctions NY image

Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 17:14
 

Stevens Auction to sell famed Ala. dealers' collection March 7

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Friday, 27 February 2015 14:25

What would a Stevens Auction sale be without a gorgeous walnut Victorian half tester bed? This one in the March 7 auction is full-size and heavily carved. Stevens Auction Co. image

ABERDEEN, Miss. – The living estate of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hudson of Birmingham, Ala. – a couple who was renowned nationwide for having operated as Hudson’s Antiques & Auctions for over 33 in the building next to their mansion-style home – will headline an auction planned for March 7 at Stevens Auction Co.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The Hudsons’ home and adjacent business was in Limestone County, Alabama – between Athens and Decatur. Their auctions were huge productions, and they became larger than life figures, conducting sales in a facility alongside their palatial Greek Revival residence. Only now, after having retired and moved to a smaller home, have they decided to sell their massive collection.

Offered will be hundreds of rare items, such as antique furniture by names such as Wooton, Mallard and Schott; old clocks, including a magnificent grandfather calendar clock made by the Herschede Clock Co.; many handmade Persian rugs; original works of art; hand-painted porcelain; early lamps and lighting; brilliant cut glass; cloisonné; sterling silver; china and more.

Also in the auction will be hand-selected items from a prominent estate in Vicksburg, Miss., full of beautiful Victorian furniture and other Americana pieces. The action will kick off on Friday, March 6, at 5 p.m. Central time, with a session dedicated mainly to rare coins and Confederate money, plus books, silver and other items. Friday’s session will be live only; no Internet bidding.

The Saturday session, starting at 10 a.m. Central time, will feature live bidding, via LiveAuctioneers.com. The offerings that day will span many categories. Lots will include a 140-piece set of blue and white Wedgwood china; a monumental, palace-size Persian rug with Sarouk design in pink, blue and navy, 24 feet 2 inches by 11 feet 11 ½ inches; and several antique German porcelain dolls, signed, in original dresses.

In addition to the Herschede grandfather clock, other fine clocks will include a heavily carved American Victorian oak wall clock with north wind face, a Victorian marble clock set with Egyptian Sphinx on bronze cups with claw feet and urn, and a cast-iron figural clock, probably Ansonia. Also selling will be a matched pair of opposing Federal argand lamps, signed Messenger.

Furniture highlights include a walnut Victorian cylinder-roll Wooton desk, signed and stenciled with swing-out doors; and a rosewood rococo marble-top base étagère, signed N. (Nicholas) Schott, the famed Philadelphia cabinetmaker, crafted circa 1865, stenciled and in the original finish, 91 inches tall.

Other furniture will include a French or Italian slant-front desk with hidden compartments, circa 1790-1820; a fine mahogany 19th century bookcase with pierce-carved gallery, attributed to Mallard; and a beautiful 19th century porcelain Meissen mirror with applied roses and figurals, with a cut beveled and scalloped original mirror, impressive at 4 feet tall by 4 feet 4 inches wide.

It seems Stevens Auction manages to feature at least one, usually more than one, monumental bed or bedroom suite in its auctions, and this one will be no exception. Offered will be a walnut Victorian half tester bed, heavily carved and full size; and a walnut Victorian two-piece bedroom set with ladies’ heads, in the great original finish, with bed and dresser both 7 feet 8 inches tall.

The art category will be highlighted by a large oil on canvas depiction of a Roman scene, circa 1900-1920, measuring 6 feet 1 inch by 10 feet.

To request a full color brochure or for details, call 662-369-2200, or send an email request to 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

What would a Stevens Auction sale be without a gorgeous walnut Victorian half tester bed? This one in the March 7 auction is full-size and heavily carved. Stevens Auction Co. image 

 Walnut Wooton desk, signed, with swing-out doors. Stevens Auction Co. image

Magnificent grandfather calendar clock made by Herschede Clock Co. Stevens Auction Co. image 

Rosewood rococo marble-top base étagère, signed ‘N. Schott,’ Philadelphia, circa 1865. Stevens Auction Co. image 

Beautiful 19th century porcelain Meissen mirror with applied roses and figurals. Stevens Auction Co. image 

Palace-size Persian rug with Sarouk design in pink, blue and navy, 24 feet 2 inches x 11 feet 11 ½ inches. Stevens Auction Co. image 

Matched pair of opposing Federal argand lamps, signed Messenger, 21 inches tall. Stevens Auction Co. image 

Fine mahogany 19th century bookcase with pierce carved gallery, attributed to Mallard. Stevens Auction Co. image

 

Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 17:02
 

Sworders toasts Orpen portrait of scandalized countess March 10

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Friday, 27 February 2015 09:33

Sir William Orpen, ‘Portrait of Gertrude, Countess of Dudley,’ Estimate: £30,000-£40,000. Sworders image.

ESSEX COUNTY, UK – She looks the image of the refined Edwardian lady, but this portrait by Ireland’s pre-eminent portrait painter of the era hides a rags-to-riches tale of scandal. On Tuesday, March 10, Sir William Orpen’s portrait of Gertrude, Countess of Dudley, is coming up for sale at auctioneers Sworders of Stansted Mountfichet in Essex, with a price tag of £30,000-£40,000.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The portrait’s emergence in the saleroom has cast the spotlight on an extraordinary life which, just before World War I, threatened to throw the upper echelons of British Society into turmoil – so much so that it reportedly took the intervention of King George V and Queen Mary to prevent the scandal.

Gertie Millar was born in 1879 in Bradford and started her career at the age of 13 at the St. James's Theatre in Manchester. Later she moved to London, and by 1897 she was well established as a stage favorite. In 1902, she married Lionel Monckton, a talented composer of musical comedies, who subsequently wrote a number of hit songs for her. Despite great success together in the theater Gertie’s marriage to Lionel Monckton was not a happy one.

The gossip columns carried many stories about the popular showgirl and in 1913 there were rumors of a liaison with the Duke of Westminster, with both reportedly about to divorce their respective spouses so that they could marry each other. How true these stories were is open to debate, as even though they were estranged for many years, Monckton always refused to grant his wife a divorce. The tale is given added piquancy by the rumor that George V and Queen Mary personally intervened in the scandal to persuade the Duke of Westminster not to divorce his wife.

Monckton died in 1924 and, two months later, Gertie married the Earl of Dudley, William Humble Ward (1867-1932), who succeeded to the earldom in 1885 and with it the great wealth of his family’s mines and ironworks. He had been Lord Lieutenant of Ireland from 1902-05 before becoming governor general of Australia from 1908-11.

The couple spent most of their married life in Le Touquet, where P.G. Wodehouse was a neighbor and friend.

The earl died in 1932.

Gertie Millar, the working-class girl from Yorkshire who grew up to be one of the best-loved stars and most photographed women of the Edwardian era, had become Lady Dudley. Gertrude, Countess of Dudley, died at her home in Chiddingfold in 1952 aged 73. She left an estate valued at £52,354.

In 2012 the National Portrait Gallery held an exhibition: “Gertie Millar, Countess of Dudley: From Stage to Society” and they hold an extensive collection of photographs of her.

Sir William Orpen met the earl when he stayed with him at Screeb House, Camus, County Galway, Ireland. This friendship almost certainly led to the commissioning of this portrait in the mid to late 1920s.

In oil on canvas, it measures 30 x 24 inches (76 x 61cm).

Auctioneer Guy Schooling, who will be offering the picture for sale on March 10, said: “As well as being an intriguing picture of one of the most fascinating and photographed women of the age, it is a fine portrait by one of the most talented artists ever to come out of Ireland – and this is a rare opportunity to acquire such a work.”

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

Sir William Orpen, ‘Portrait of Gertrude, Countess of Dudley,’ Estimate: £30,000-£40,000. Sworders image. 

 Henri Jean Guillaume Martin (French, 1860-1943), ‘Saint-Cirq-Lapopie,’ oil on canvas. Provenance: Sotheby's New York, Nov. 12, 1988, lot 399 (sold for $137,500). Estimate: £80,000-£100,000. Sworders image.

 Thomas Hudson (1701-1779), ‘Portrait of Mary, Daughter of Sir William Browne, Wife of William Ffolkes,’ oil on canvas. Estimate: £8,000-£12,000. This is one of three portraits by Thomas Hudson in the sale. Sworders image.

An extraordinary Black Forest carved walnut center table, the circular top carved in low relief with a central panel of chamois in a forest landscape within a border of fruiting vines and birds, 40.4in. diameter. Estimate: £3,000-£5,000. Sworders image.

Sworders will also offer 20 lots of tribal art in the March 10 auction. Sworders image.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 09:50
 

Mid-century modern at forefront of Kamelot auction Feb. 28

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Thursday, 26 February 2015 17:17

Kamelot Auction House image

PHILA., Pa. – Kamelot Auction House will host their annual mid-century furniture and design sale on Saturday, Feb. 28. This design-focused sale will feature a breadth of 20th century furnishings including mid-century modern, Art Deco, Jansen, French, Italian and English designs. Prominent artisans are well represented with pieces by Paul McCobb, Hans Olsen, Aldo Tura, Aalvo Alto, Karl Springer, Milo Baughman, Edward Wormley, Andre Arbus and many others.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The sale will open with an unusual upholstered settee attributed to Edward Wormley for Dunbar having flared arms supported by a walnut and bronze stretcher, circa 1970. The lot has an estimate of $800-$1,200 and is among two other Dunbar lots from a prominent Delaware estate in the sale, lot 587, an upholstered and button back tailored Dunbar sofa, Model 5407, design by Edward Wormley, circa 1970, (est. $500-$700), and lot 606A, a labeled Dunbar travertine top table along with a rosewood pedestal and a Karl Springer- style occasional table marked “Made in Columbia” (est. $200-$400). A large Saarinen dining table having oval marble top supported on painted cast-iron base, circa 1970, (lot 496) is predicted to sell for $2,000-$3,000, while a Brazilian patchwork dining table is estimated at $1,000-$1,800 (lot 89). Lot 237 is a very good Jansen-attributed blued steel and bronze dining table having inset black glass top over bronze trimmed apron. Estimated at $3,000-$5,000, the table has three leaves, two of the leaves being skirted. Likely to pique strong interest is lot 438, a pair of Teruaki Ohashi aluminum lounge chairs having wing-form backs and rolled-front seat, circa 1985, estimated at 2,000-$3,000, accompanied by lot 439, a Tervak Ohashi aluminum coffee table having a pierced oval top, circa 1985, estimated at $1,500-$2,500. Another top contender for design enthusiasts is lot 282, a rare Arne Jacobsen Sevener office chair, model 3117, early 1950s design ($1,000-$1,500), as well as lot 309, an unusual mid-century modern faux bois decorated refrigerator having abattant-style painted front and turned wood handles ($700-$900).

A selection of more than 40 period Art Deco offerings is highlighted by a sophisticated pair of Art Deco-style macassar banded two-tier end tables in the manner of Rhulman (lot 128, $1,000-$1,800), along with a serpentine front Art Deco ebonized sideboard having two central diamond etched pink mirrored doors flanked by two fluted doors, circa 1930, (lot 138, est. $2,000-$3,000). Lot 134 is a French Art Deco gilt wood carved and painted settee having stylized floral crest rail over rolled arms and upholstered seat, circa 1930, (est. $1,200-$1,800), and is accompanied by a pair of matching side chairs (lot 135, est. $500-$700) and a pair of matching bergere chairs (lot 136, est. $2,000-$3,000).

A scope of lighting fixtures, comprising over 100 lots, will indeed bring further enthusiasm to the sale. Among the mid-century modern offerings is a Fontana Arte glass and nickeled bronze five-arm chandelier, circa 1960, which is estimated to sell for $1,000-$1,800 (lot 400). Expected to spur sizable competition among buyers is a Bakalowits & Sohne sputnik chandelier, Austria, circa 1960, estimated at $4,000-$6,000 (lot 16). Also featured in the sale are several sputnik-style chandeliers including lot 500, an interesting chrome fixture having floral-shaped glass shades around a central chrome sphere, circa 1970, (est. $600-$900), along with lot 397, a sputnik-style brass and glass disk decorated chandelier (est. $800-$1,200).

A small but select group of mirrors will be showcased. Choice highlights include a matched pair of bone framed octagonal mirrors set into silvered metal frames with embossed horse shoes (lot 100, est. $1,000-$1,800), and an Art Deco silvered gilt gesso carved mirror having stylized floral decorated panel over beveled mirror, circa 1930, (lot 170, est. $800-$1,200). A pair of gold painted and gesso sunburst form mirrors, circa 1960, (lot 68, est. $1,000-$1,500), as well as a good Italian giltwood starburst mirror having a central convex mirror, circa 1950, (lot 69, est. $700-$900), are among the several decorative sunburst mirrors on offer in this auction.

A selection of fine and decorative art lots will also be available in Kamelot’s sale. Highlighted fine art lots include two original Roy Lichtenstein lithographs (lot 223, est. $500-$700 and lot 224, est. $500-$1,000), two original Marc Chagall lithographs (lot 225, est. $400-$600 and lot 226, est. $500-$1,000), and an original Henri Matisse lithograph estimated at $500-$1,000 (lot 227). The decorative arts category is led by lot 177, an Ernest Trova "Falling Man" stainless steel sculpture dated 1985 with foundry mark and edition 5/8, circa 1985, estimated at $1,000-$2,000, and lot 181, a 149-piece sterling silver Georg Jensen Acanthus flatware set along with an assortment of Tiffany sterling, Marthinsen Norway silver plate silver, and Frigast sterling pieces estimated at $5,000-$8,000.

The auction will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. For details contact Kamelot by calling 215-438-6990.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 18:11
 

LBJ's condolence letter to Coretta Scott King in Quinn's March 12 auction

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April 5, 1968 letter from President Lyndon Baines Johnson to Coretta Scott King, offering condolences after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The letter will be auctioned on March 12, 2015 at Quinn's Auction Galleries, with a $120,000-$180,000 estimate.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Thursday, March 12, Quinn’s Auction Galleries will offer to the highest bidder one of the most significant documents in US history – the letter President Lyndon Baines Johnson wrote to Coretta Scott King on April 5, 1968, the day after the assassination of her husband, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This auction was originally scheduled for March 5 but was postponed because of a winter storm.

In the hand-signed, typewritten letter on White House stationery, Johnson begins by saying: “My thoughts have been with you and your children throughout this long and anguished day. Tonight Mrs. Johnson and I pray again that God gives you the solace of His strength.”

Johnson goes on to say that he has been devoting himself to “honoring [Dr. King] in the manner he would most approve…by word, deed and official act – to unite this sorrowing and troubled nation against further and wider violence…We will overcome this calamity and continue the work of justice and love that is Martin Luther King’s legacy and trust to us.”

The six-paragraph letter concludes: “All of us ask God to comfort you now and restore your compassionate influence to us.”

The Presidential letter was kept by Mrs. King until 2003, when she gave it to singer Harry Belafonte, who had been active in the civil rights movement throughout his life and was a close confidante of the slain leader.

Belafonte later gifted the letter to his half-sister, Shirley, and her husband Stoney Cooks, who are the consignors to Quinn’s March 5 auction.

“It’s not at all surprising that Harry Belafonte, who is now 87 years of age, felt Shirley and Stoney Cooks were the right stewards for the letter,” said Matthew Quinn, vice president of Quinn’s Auction Galleries. “Both Shirley and Stoney have been lifelong civil rights activists. Shirley is an ex-chief of staff to three members of Congress and was a deputy assistant secretary in the State Department. Stoney, who was a staff member with Dr. King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was at the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march. After the assassination, he was asked by Reverend A.D. King [MLK’s brother] to stay by the coffin and guard it during the public viewing and wake at Sisters Chapel at Spelman College. Stoney was definitely part of Dr. King’s trusted inner circle.” A newspaper photo shows Stoney Cooks dusting off the glass-covered casket during the service.

Cooks is a longtime collector of objects pertaining to the civil rights movement and has had a 20-year association with Quinn’s Auction Galleries, both as a buyer and seller.

“But we never expected to be given the privilege of selling such an important historical document,” said Quinn. “It’s an honor and a privilege just to be in the presence of this letter ... it could very well end up in a museum or other institution where it might forever remain behind glass. That is what Shirley and Stoney Cooks hope will happen – that it will end up in a place where the public will be able to see it.”

The letter is accompanied by three relevant press releases: a Presidential Declaration ordering April 7, 1968 as a national day of mourning, a “Statement by the President,” and a “Statement of the President on the Death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [in] The Fish Room.”

Entered in the auction as Lot 125, the letter and accompanying press releases are expected to sell as a group for $120,000-$180,000. “But there’s no way of knowing what its value is to historians, collectors or museums,” Quinn said. “The letter can't be compared to anything else that has sold in the past. It’s unique.”

To contact Quinn’s, call 703-532-5632 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
April 5, 1968 letter from President Lyndon Baines Johnson to Coretta Scott King, offering condolences after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The letter will be auctioned on March 12, 2015 at Quinn's Auction Galleries, with a $120,000-$180,000 estimate.

Guestbook from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s wake held at Sisters Chapel, Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga., April 9, 1968. Accompanied by photocopied list of politicians, foreign dignitaries, clergy and celebrities who were in attendance. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2015 09:30
 

Native American items star in Allard’s Big Spring Phoenix, March 7-8

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Large prehistoric Anasazi back-on-white pottery olla found in Tularosa, New Mexico. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000. Allard Auctions Inc. image.

MESA, Ariz. – A large, beautiful and prehistoric Anasazi pottery jar and a circa 1900 Sioux dentalium and tradecloth dress are expected top lots at this year’s Big Spring Phoenix auction, March 7-8, an annual event held by Allard Auctions.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

This year’s Big Spring Phoenix will feature more than 900 lots of Native American and Western artifacts, art and related collectibles. “This sale will have everything imaginable, from beadwork to pottery, artwork to jewelry, some very nice baskets and much, much more,” said Steve Allard of Allard Auctions Inc, which is based on the Flathead Indian Reservation in St. Ignatius, Montana.

Offered will be a fantastic collection of Anasazi pottery, a private collection of Zuni bolo ties and concho belts, a private katsina doll collection, and fine baskets from California, the Southwest and the Northwest Coast. In addition to baskets, pottery, beadwork and jewelry, lots will feature Navajo rugs, original art, bronzes, many prehistoric items, antiques and other items.

The Anasazi pottery jar, with an estimate of $10,000-$20,000, is a black-on-white olla, or water jar, being offered in rare, as-found condition in Tularosa, a village in Otero Cty., New Mexico. The jar, 11 ¾ inches tall, has some stress cracks, but is intact and sturdy, in very good condition. Anasazi pottery is highly collectible and the jar in the sale is considered to be a superb example.

The Sioux dentalium (tooth shell) and trade cloth dress and yoke are in very good condition. Like the Anasazi jar, it carries an estimate of $10,000-$20,000. It is a rare old 12-row, fully covered and removable dentalium shell yoke with canvas, and the original selvedge tradecloth dress with ribbon and metallic sequin accents. A few shells are missing on the extra large outfit.

A Santa Clara pottery jar made in the mid-1900s by Margaret Tafoya (1904-2001), who was active in Mexico and New Mexico, should change hands for $6,000-$12,000. The gorgeous and large (13 inches by 14 inches) deep-carved blackware storage jar with an Avanyu-style band is in very good condition. Just one small abrasion area on one side is its only blemish.

A Navajo necklace, made around 1974 by Ben Nighthorse Campbell, is a rare early work done in sterling, with sea foam turquoise nuggets and bench-made beads. It was done in the Navajo style, despite the fact that Campbell was actually Northern Cheyenne. It is also the first piece he signed “Nighthorse.” The necklace, 44 inches in length, should fetch $5,000-$10,000.

A Navajo pottery jar, turned in the late 1900s by the award-winning, high-end potter Lucy Leuppe McKelvey, is estimated to bring $2,500-$5,000. The original design jar, titled Whirling Rainbow Goddess of the Windway Chant, shows amazing painted polychrome designs done on mottled clay. It measures 10 ¾ inches in height and 16 ½ inches in width and is in very good condition.

A pair of Navajo rugs or weavings done in the 1940s, are expected to sell for $2,000-$5,000 each. One is a large, vintage Ganado rug with elongated central lozenge and precise details. It is in very good condition and measures 48 inches by 88 inches. The other is a Crystal rug, nearly room-size at 75 inches by 128 inches. It boasts a striking geometric design in still vivid colors.

A gorgeous oil on canvas painting by Fred Fellows (b. 1934), titled A Working Mother, 12 inches by 18 inches (23 inches by 29 inches framed) has an estimate of $2,500-$5,000. The signed work was rendered around the 1980s. Fellows was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma, and now lives and works in Sonoita, Arizona. He is a painter and sculptor who works in the realist style.

Rounding out just a handful of the auction’s expected top lots are a matted and framed collection of original historic artworks pertaining to Asa Battles (b. 1923), including a rare first-edition copy of Fodor’s 1975 book Indian America, plus over 40 pen-and-ink illustrations (est. $2,500-$5,000); and a Shoshone woman’s outfit made circa the 1960s, a sinew sewn flat and lazy stitch beaded white buckskin outfit in very good condition, sized small/medium (est. $3,000-$6,000).

Lots 1-440 will be sold on Saturday, March 7; lots 501-850 will be sold on Sunday, March 8.

Allard Auctions, Inc. has been selling exclusively American Indian artifacts and art at auction since 1968. The firm is always accepting quality merchandise for future auctions. To inquire about consigning call them at 406-745-0500 or toll-free 888-314-0343 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Large prehistoric Anasazi back-on-white pottery olla found in Tularosa, New Mexico. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000. Allard Auctions Inc. image. 

 Navajo Ganado rug or weaving, circa 1940s, 48 x 88 in. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Allard Auctions Inc. image.

Santa Clara blackware storage pottery jar by Margaret Tafoya (Ariz./N.M., 1904-2001), with Avanyu-style band. Estimate: $6,000-$12,000. Allard Auctions Inc. image. 

Late 1900s Navajo original design pottery jar by Lucy Leuppe McKelvey with painted designs on mottled clay. Estimate: $2,500-$5,000. Allard Auctions Inc. image. 

Circa 1974 Navajo necklace by Ben Nighthorse Campbell with sea foam turquoise nuggets and bench-made beads. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000. Allard Auctions Inc. image. 

Original oil on canvas painting by Fred Fellows (b. 1934), titled ‘A Working Mother,’ artist signed. Estimate: $2,500-$5,000. Allard Auctions Inc. image. 

Outstanding Shoshone woman's sinew sewn flat and lazy stitch beaded white buckskin outfit, circa 1960s, small/medium. Estimate: $3,000-$6,000. Allard Auctions Inc. image. 

Rare Sioux 12-row fully covered, removable shell yoke with canvas; a dentalium and trade cloth dress, circa 1900. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000. Allard Auctions Inc. image. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 17:42
 

Bertoia's gears up for Mar. 27-28 auction of Max Berry toys, banks

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015 16:38

Mickey Mouse tin mechanical bank, Saalheimer & Strauss, Germany, circa 1930s, lithographed tin, one of four in the rare series, est. $18,000-$22,000. Bertoia Auctions imagen

VINELAND, N.J. – In describing what awaits bidders on March 27-28 when Bertoia Auctions presents Part II of Washington attorney Max N. Berry’s antique toy and bank collection, gallery associate and auction coordinator Rich Bertoia offered an analogy from the motion-picture world.

“When they do a sequel in Hollywood, it’s never as good as the original, but the follow-up to Part I of Max’s collection, which we auctioned last November, will be a blockbuster,” he said.

The auction of just over 500 lots, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers, is devoted exclusively to selections from Berry’s extraordinary lifetime assemblage of rare mechanical banks, early American tin and horse-drawn toys, as well as bell toys and penny toys. Additionally, the lineup will be peppered with other toys that captured Berry’s fancy over the years, like hand-painted German tin toys, a Mickey Mouse Hurdy Gurdy and other comic character rarities. “If it appealed to Max, he bought it – but it had to be something really special for that to happen,” Bertoia said.

Almost 200 mechanical banks are entered in the March event, many come with provenance from legendary bank collections. Some are of a caliber so high, they don’t show up at auction more than once in a 20-year stretch, Bertoia said. “This will be one of those very unusual sales where even advanced collectors can find some of those near-apocryphal banks that have eluded them for so long,” he said.

A top highlight is a Stevens “Darky Kicking Watermelon” bank, one of only three known to either Bertoia’s or the experts who were called in to assess and catalog the collection (Oliver Clark, Russ Harrington and Mike Caffarella). The bank was formerly held in the Stan Sax collection and will be auctioned with a $200,000-$300,000 estimate.

Another high-profile bank is Berry’s Jerome Secor Freedman’s Bank, which has a rich trail of provenance, starting with its purchase in 1939 from dealers in Mexico. The buyer, who paid $8 for it, was a pioneer collector and banker from Fostoria, Ohio, named Andrew Emerine. From Emerine, the African-American-themed bank passed to another legendary collector, Mosler Safe Company president and CEO Edwin H. Mosler Jr. After Mosler, the bank’s next owner was Stanley P. Sax, whose collection was auctioned by Bertoia’s in 1998. It was at that auction that Max Berry acquired the bank, and it instantly became one of his most treasured possessions. It is cataloged in the March 27-28 auction with a presale estimate of $150,000-$200,000. All existing receipts and other written provenance will convey with the bank.

Other top-notch cast-iron banks set to cross the auction block include a Santa-themed Zig-Zag bank – a possibly unique survivor of cast-iron, tin and cloth that Bertoia described as having “a very clever action. You put a penny on top of Santa’s head, the coin zig-zags down, and a jack-in-the-box springs up. There should be hands up in the air all over the auction room for this bank. It’s a favorite with collectors.” Zig-Zag is estimated at $125,000-$175,000.

A red-version Mikado bank is expected to sell for upward of $75,000, while an Organ Grinder and Bear, possibly the only extant example with a movable arm on the grinder, is estimated at $10,000-$12,000.

Three extremely desirable banks made of lead are found in the Berry collection, including two designed by Charles A. Bailey: A Chinaman in Rowboat, estimate $80,000-$90,000; and a Cat and Mouse in beautiful condition. A third lead rarity, patented in 1905 but of unknown manufacture, is the Blacksmith bank. It will be offered together with a 1940 photo of its designer, Ohioan Fred Plattner, then age 80, seated and holding the bank.

An array of wonderful tin banks includes an Empire Cinema, $15,000-$20,000; a colorful, hand-painted William Weeden Ding Dong Bell, $60,000-$75,000; and two more Saalheimer & Strauss Mickey Mouse banks that complete the coveted four-bank series that was introduced during last November’s sale.

Horse-drawn cast-iron toys include several variations of Spyder Phaetons, by Hubley and Kenton, respectively, that typify luxury auto travel of the early 20th century. The selection also includes an elegant Pratt & Letchworth Barouche, $10,000-$12,000; a fleet of Hubley Circus wagons and bandwagons; a Kyser & Rex Cage Wagon with a bear, lion and other animal figures, $8,000-$10,000; and a very rare Kenton Uncle Sam nodder horse-drawn toy, $6,000-$8,000. A 28-inch-long Pratt & Letchworth Caisson drawn by four horses is the only example known to Bertoia’s. “It’s in jaw-dropping condition,” Rich Bertoia said. “We expect it to sell above $50,000.”

Max Berry’s fondness for American cast-iron bell toys was always common knowledge amongst collectors, said Bertoia. “His is one of the most complete collections of its type, and it includes a number of toys with amusing themes.” The collection’s early American hand-painted tin “pull” bell toys create a virtual menagerie of animals – horses, dogs, sheep, goats, elephants and more. Also, there are many that depict ladies riding horses.

American hybrid toys of hand-painted tin with cast-iron wheels include J & E Stevens velocipedes, Althof Bergmann goat-drawn wagons, and an especially nice figure of a girl pushing a suffragette on wire wheels. The latter toy could reach the $15,000 range.

Many years ago, Max Berry purchased a major collection of penny toys. He continued to build on to it, increasing not only its volume but also the breadth of subject matter depicted by the miniature tin artworks. Part II of Berry’s penny toy lineup includes two different styles of Bavarian Dancers, Girl in a Swing, Girl in a Gondola, Boy Catching Butterfly, a rare Rabbit Pushing a Basket, and a Roundabout amusement park ride.

In summarizing what lies in store on March 27-28 when Bertoia’s hosts the second exciting sale of Max Berry’s collection, auction company owner Jeanne Bertoia commented: “If you liked Part I, you’ll love Part II. And just as before, we’re making sure the auction is a fitting tribute to Max, who has done so much for the toy and bank-collecting hobby. Our gallery will be a hospitable setting where everyone can enjoy good food and conversation as they browse and preview one of the all-time great collections, which we are so honored to present at auction.”

To contact Bertoia's about any item in the March 27-28, 2015 auction of the Max N. Berry collection, Part II, call 856-692-1881 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

Mickey Mouse tin mechanical bank, Saalheimer & Strauss, Germany, circa 1930s, lithographed tin, one of four in the rare series, est. $18,000-$22,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Mary and Her Little Lamb bell toy, Gong Bell Mfg. Co., considered the finest known example, provenance: Covert Hegarty collection, est. $3,000-$3,500. Bertoia Auctions image

Zig-Zag mechanical bank, manufacturer unknown, patent applied for in 1889, extremely rare, provenance: Seaman’s Savings Bank, NY, Al Davidson and Stan Sax collections, est. $125,000-$175,000. Bertoia Auctions image

‘Darky Kicking Watermelon’ mechanical bank, J. & E. Stevens Co., designed by Charles A. Bailey, patented 1888, one of four known examples, provenance: Wally Tudor, F. H. Griffith, Leon Perelman and Stan Sax collections; est. $225,000-$300,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Cast-iron Woman at Sewing Machine, attributed to Sandt, rear lever activates head and hand motions when turned, provenance: Donal Markey Collection, est. $8,000-$12,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Pratt & Letchworth horse-drawn Flying Artillery, polychrome-painted cast iron, two mounted soldiers and four seated figures, 33½ inches long, provenance: Bill Bertoia collection, est. $30,000-$40,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Welker Crosby barouche with driver, drawn by two black horses sporting blue blankets, 17 inches long, provenance: Paul Dunigan collection, est. $12,000-$15,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Girl Pushing Hoop toy, manufactured by George Brown, circa 1890s, depicts William Goodwin girl in cloth dress ‘pushing’ a tin hoop toy, with Suffragette figure holding American Flag at center, est. $10,000-$12,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Clockwork hoop toy with cloth-cressed boy holding American Flag, George Brown, circa 1880, est. $8,000-$10,000. Bertoia Auctions imagen

Freedman’s Bank, mechanical, manufactured by Jerome B. Secor, Bridgeport, Conn., circa 1880, one of fewer than 10 known examples, inspired by the emancipation of slaves, provenance: Emerine, Mosler, and Stan Sax collections; est. $150,000-$200,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 17:23
 

Tibetan bronze figure stands out in I.M. Chait auction March 8

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Heavy Tibetan polychrome bronze standing Lokeshwor, 27 1/4 in. high. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers image

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – A Tibetan bronze standing Lokeshwor is one of the top items in an Asian art, antiques and estates auction that I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers will conduct on Sunday, March 8.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The heavy polychrome bronze deity stands 27 1/4 inches high atop a lotus base with removable flaming mandorla behind. It has a $5,000-$7,000 estimate.

Also featured in the 557-lot auction are:

  • A collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelains from a Midwest collection, including blue and white and colored wares;
  • Numerous old and antique Chinese snuff bottles from a Chicago collection;
  • Sino-Tibetan gild bronzes together with Chinese blue and white porcelains from a Pasadena collection estate;
  • Numerous Chinese carved jades including nephrite and jadeite together with agates from a Midwest collection;
  • A collection of Sino Tibetan thankas together with antique furniture from a Beverly Hills estate;
  • A pair of antique Chinese famille rose porcelains together with antique Southeast Asian bronzes and Pre-Colombian from a Laguna Nigel, California collection;
  • Antique Chinese and Japanese bronzes together with antique porcelains from a La Habra, California estate;
  • A group of early Chinese ceramics including Ming, Tang and Han from a Beverly Hills estate.

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. Pacific Time. For details contact I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers by phone at 310-285-0182 or via email at 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

Heavy Tibetan polychrome bronze standing Lokeshwor, 27 1/4 in. high. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers image

Four antique Southeast Asian carved wood Buddhas; all seated in half-lotus position with hands in ‘Earth Witness’ and serene expression. The tallest is 8 in. Estimate: $400-$600. I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers image

Three Chinese paper scrolls: two ink and color, one depicting a falcon upon a perch, another a vulture on a ledge; together with ink and wash on paper depicting grazing donkeys, inscription and seal marks to each; 40 in. x 22 in. (largest). Estimate: $300-$400. I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers image

Old Chinese saddlebag rug, depicting a deer looking at a bird, wear and flaws noted, 59 in. long. Estimate: $150-$200. I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers image

Pre-Columbian ceramic figural vessel, 15 1/4 in. high. Estimate: $750-$1,000. I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:46
 

Regal sarcophagus will hold court in Ancient Resource’s March 8 auction

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Friday, 20 February 2015 17:32

Greco-Roman marble head of satyr with attributes of Zeus-Ammon, circa 1st-2nd century AD, 9 inches, book example. Provenance: Charles Callahan Perkins collection (1823-1886). Ancient Resource image

MONTROSE, Calif. (LAPRS) – Among antiquities connoisseurs, there are two non-negotiables when considering a new acquisition: authenticity and the assurance that a dealer will stand behind their merchandise. It was those two principles that served as the foundation for Gabriel Vandervort’s Ancient Resource auction house. A former writer and producer of ancient-history documentaries for History Channel, Discovery Channel and other respected TV networks, Vandervort built Ancient Resource into a globally respected brand by committing to research, authentication and uncompromising adherence to laws governing the sale of cultural artifacts.

Ancient Resource unequivocally guarantees every item it sells, including the 375 lots entered in its March 8 Fine Ancient Artifacts Auction. Absentee and live online bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

As is the tradition with Ancient Resource auction events, the first 25 lots are interesting pieces whose estimates make them especially attractive to beginners. They are followed by logically organized groupings of premium-quality artifacts to please even the most discerning collector.

Sitting regally at the center of auction activity is Lot 35B, a superb circa 664-332 BC Egyptian polychrome wood sarcophagus from the Late Dynastic Period. The sarcophagus is anthropomorphically formed and painted with a haunting expression on a white face, black eye and eyebrow detailing, and red lips. The male figure is depicted wearing a black tripartite wig and short, ribbed faux beard. An elaborate painted collar displays bands of geometric shapes, rosettes, lotus palms and flowers. Near the bottom are five columns of hieroglyphic text – a formula for an offering to Osiris “who resides in Ipu,” which is modern-day Akhmin.

The 66½inch sarcophagus, previously held in a New York private collection, was purchased from Samuel Haddad Works of Art in 1983. The latter dealer acquired the historical treasure from the government of Anwar Sadat in the 1970s. It is accompanied by a copy of a certificate of authenticity from Samuel Haddad Works of Art, as well as a copy of a 1983 payment docket pertaining to its purchase. Its auction estimate is $80,000-$100,000.

Lot 91, an exceptionally fine Roman bronze ewer with provenance from the Ernest Freemark collection (active 1913-1915), dates to around the 1st century AD. The 9½-inch vessel has an unusual handle whose top is formed as a woman’s torso, with depictions of two animal heads on the terminal and a draped female torso at the base. A stellar example, the heavily green-patinated ewer has remained in the Freemark and related Knickerbocker family for over a century. Estimate: $5,000-$6,000.

An impressive Greco-Roman marble head of a satyr, Lot 109C, exhibits attributes of Zeus-Ammon with its mustache, short beard, hair in tight curls, and semicircular ram’s horn around each ear. Published in M.B. Comstock/C.C. Vermeule’s 1976 reference Sculpture in Stone – The Greek, Roman and Etruscan Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the work is said to represent “The mythological triumph of Dionysus in India and the real or legendary achievements of Alexander the Great in Egypt and the East.” Once held in the Charles Callahan Perkins collection (1823-1886), the 9-inch marble head could reach $40,000-$50,000 at auction.

A circa 1st century AD Roman marble statue of a goddess, probably Laetitia, stands 34½ inches high and is considered quite rare. “Most images of Laetitia, who was a minor goddess, are seen on coins, but very seldom in three-dimensional form,” said Vandervort, adding, “Originally, the figure’s right hand would have been aloft, perhaps holding a wreath.” With provenance from the Noble collection of New Jersey, the statue is estimated at $30,000-$40,000.

From the same period but of Egyptian origin, a blue composition head of a man is adorned with a tight-fitting headdress with uraeus (upright cobra) and possibly depicts a pharaoh or emperor. A small but very select artwork with handsome, well-proportioned features, the mounted 2½-inch head was formerly part of the Ligabue collection, Venice. Bidding on this piece, cataloged as Lot 73B, could reach $5,000-$6,000.

Two fascinating examples of how to walk like an Egyptian are offered consecutively in the March 8 sale. Lot 82 is a Byzantine (4th-7th century Egypt) soft leather slipper with medallion – remarkable in that it might be regarded as fashionable even today. Intact, with provenance from a noted Orange County, Calif., private collection, it is estimated at $2,000-$2,500. From the same collection and time period comes Lot 81, a rare Byzantine leather sandal with a thick sole formed from tightly woven leather straps, and a loop for the big toe. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500.

Those who collect Etruscan pottery would surely appreciate Lot 168, an imaginatively decorated Bucchero oinochoe, circa 6th century BC. The entire 10-2/5 inch vessel is trimmed with concentric lines and zigzag bands and incised with decorations of animals, rosettes and shield devices. Tremendously appealing, this piece came from the private collection of a German artist and art collector who purchased it in the third quarter of the 20th century. It is estimated at $4,500-$6,000.

Other top highlights include Lot 284, a heavy Tairona gold pendant of a menacing, sharp-toothed shaman in transition (Colombia, circa 1000-1500 AD), estimate $15,000-$18,000; and Lot 118, a wonderfully dressed and accessorized 20.3-inch terracotta figure of Aphrodite (Eastern Mediterranean, circa 4th-2nd century BC), $10,000-$12,000.

Many other categories appear in the auction catalog, including Egyptian textiles, early weapons, oil lamps, Bactrian seals and weights; Roman glass, beaded jewelry, Indus Valley and Asian utilitarian art; and Native-American and Pre-Columbian art from various cultures. Also, there are four Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets. “Well-provenanced cuneiform artifacts like these are in high demand,” Vandervort noted.

Bidders can feel completely confident about the antiquities offered in the sale, Vandervort said. “I turn down 95 percent of what’s offered to me because I’m not convinced about the items’ authenticity or provenance. We represent only authentic pieces that are legal to sell and which were obtained from carefully screened consignors.”

Ancient Resource’s March 8, 2015 auction will commence at 11 a.m. Pacific Time / 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Please note: In the USA, clocks will move forward by one hour on March 8 due to Daylight Saving Time. For additional information about any item in the auction, call 805-427-4432 or 818-425-9633; or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit www.AncientResourceAuctions.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Greco-Roman marble head of satyr with attributes of Zeus-Ammon, circa 1st-2nd century AD, 9 inches, book example. Provenance: Charles Callahan Perkins collection (1823-1886). Ancient Resource image

Circa 664-332 BC Egyptian polychrome-painted wood sarcophagus from Late Dynastic Period, displays hieroglyphic text, COA from Samuel Haddad Works of Art, NY; acquired from government of Anwar Sadat in 1970s. Est. $80,000-$100,000. Ancient Resource image

Roman bronze ewer, circa 1st century AD, 9½ inches, ex Ernest Freemark collection formed 1913-1915, ex Knickerbocker family collection, New York. Est. $5,000-$6,000. Ancient Resource image

Roman marble statue of a goddess, probably Laetitia, circa 1st century AD, ex Noble collection, New Jersey. Est. $30,000-$40,000. Ancient Resource image

Egyptian blue composition head of a man wearing a headdress with uraeus, possibly a pharaoh or emperor, Roman Period, circa 1st century AD. Ex Ligabue collection, Venice. Est. $5,000-$6,000. Ancient Resource image

Rare Byzantine embroidered leather shoe, Egypt, 4th-7th century AD, ex Orange County, Calif., private collection. Est. $2,000-$2,500. Ancient Resource image

Etruscan decorated Bucchero oinochoe, Italic, circa 6th century BC, ex German private collection. Est. 4,500-$6,000. Ancient Resource image

Tairona pendant of shaman in transition, Colombia, circa 1000-1500 AD, high carat gold weighing 1½ oz / 42.60 grams. Ex HD Enterprises, ex Midwest private collection. Est. $15,000-$18,000. Ancient Resource image

Eastern Mediterranean terracotta figure of Aphrodite, circa 4th-2nd century BC, 20-1/3 inches. Ex Connecticut private collection. Est. $10,000-$12,000. Ancient Resource image

Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 18:20
 

Material Culture casts Eileen Ford estate items in auction March 1

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Friday, 20 February 2015 16:16

Peter Max (American, b. 1937), 'Portrait of Eileen and Jerry Ford,' original mixed media work on paper, 29in x 22in. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Material Culture image

PHILA., Pa. – Material Culture will offer at auction a fine selection of several hundred items from the Eileen Ford estate on Sunday, March 1, beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding

Called the grand dame, doyenne and mother of the modern modeling industry, Eileen Ford shaped our standard of beauty for decades as a co-founder of Ford Models, one of the most important and influential modeling agencies of the 20th century. Not only was Ford Models the No. 1 modeling agency in the world, Eileen enforced fair pay and practices in an industry that had long exploited models, transforming modeling from a hobby to one of the world’s most glamorous careers. She was also known for a strict but motherly approach, compelling her models to their own standards of professional behavior and healthy practices.

Born in Manhattan in 1922, Eileen was a model herself during her years at Barnard College, working with one of the first modeling agencies in the U.S. She met the man who was to become her husband, Gerard “Jerry” Ford, in 1944 and they eloped the same year. Jerry, who was in the Navy, was shipped abroad to fight in World War II, and a pregnant Eileen began working as an informal secretary for several models. In 1947, they founded Ford Models, working at first out of Eileen’s parents’ home, and eventually selling their car to afford the move to a third-floor walk-up office.

From these humble beginnings, Ford Models continued to grow through Eileen’s relentless work ethic. By the 1960s, Ford Models had branches in Paris, London and Hamburg. Its dominance was threatened in the late 1970s by Elite Model Management, leading to what was dubbed the “model wars,” but Ford Models continued to expand and flourish, with revenues reaching $40 million per year in the 1990s.

The list of famous models represented by Ford across the decades is truly staggering; to name only a few, Eileen Ford can be credited with launching the careers of Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Jerry Hall, Suzy Parker, Elle Macpherson, Jane Fonda, Ali MacGraw, Candice Bergen, Rene Russo, Kim Basinger, Lauren Hutton, Sharon Stone, Melanie Griffith and Brooke Shields.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Peter Max (American, b. 1937), 'Portrait of Eileen and Jerry Ford,' original mixed media work on paper, 29in x 22in. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Material Culture image

Fine Chryselephantine Hanau silver group. A Teutonic knight and his maiden, German, attributed to B. Neresheimer & Sohne, late 19th to early 20th century, 8.5in tall.  Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Material Culture image

Minton Pate-Sur-Pate porcelain plates, circa 1900. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000. Material Culture image

Antique Chinese brass and jade or hardstone oval box, 5in x 9in x 5.5in. Estimate: $300-$500. Material Culture image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 10:52
 

Jeffrey S. Evans stocks up on country store items for Feb. 28 sale

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Friday, 20 February 2015 15:17

From a fine collection of signs and other advertising memorabilia. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will offer a large group of desirable collectible and historical objects in a country store and variety auction on Feb. 28. One of the main focuses of the sale is the offering of approximately 15,000 postcards comprising the Dorothy R. Daniel Estate collection. Highlighting the collection are the extensive Halloween cards, with many examples by John Winsch and Sam Gabriel.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

This auction also includes an extensive collection of over 220 photographs and other ephemera from the archives of the late Joseph Imburgio Bulger, lawyer and prominent Chicagoan of the 1920s and ’30s, primarily concerning the building and operations of the Italian Village at the Century of Progress 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, of which Bulger was a principal organizer and driving force. Highlights include letters and photographs of burlesque actress and dancer Sally Rand, mostly relating to her substantial role in the Italian Village entertainment, ephemera and photographs related to Italo Balbo’s transatlantic flight, and a program from a banquet held in honor of Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of the radio, signed by the Nobel Prize winner.

Additional highlights include a Virginia collection of rare advertising and country store material, vintage toys and dolls, country furniture and accessories, stoneware, kitchen items including rare blue and white salt-glaze, large collections of carnival glass and beer steins, additional collections of figural cats and elephants, corkscrews and wall match safes, doorstops and a wide range of other collectibles of all types.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

From a fine collection of signs and other advertising memorabilia. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

Country store material including a fine collection of syrup dispensers. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

Rare signed Sally Rand photos and letters from the Bulger archives of Century of Progress Chicago World’s Fair material. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

A sample of over 15,000 post cards from the Daniel estate collection. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

Blue and white salt-glazed kitchenware. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 15:55
 

Myers offers fine art from Borghese Palace, European nobility, March 8

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Friday, 20 February 2015 10:24

Rare Chinese 18th-century Kangxi Period yen yen porcelain vase, 18½in plus stand, provenance: Dr. J. Ward Hall, Shanghai; Mrs. Clifford Hall Jordan, Chicago. Myers Fine Art image

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (LAPRS) – Imagine the grandeur of an auction held onsite at Palazzo Borghese, home to the noble and Vatican-connected Borghese clan. Take it a step further and pretend the auction offerings include actual artworks and other family treasures from the stately Roman palace and library. Just such a thing happened in 1892, after the Bank of Italy crashed and a turn in their fortunes compelled the Borghese family to liquidate many of their elegant holdings.

Myers Fine Art will revisit the fabled 19th-century event when it presents three paintings and 11 vellum books and manuscripts from the celebrated Borghese sale as the highlight of their Sunday, March 8 auction, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. All 14 items can be traced directly to their American purchaser of 123 years ago, Bradford DeWolf, an ancestor of the prominent DeWolf family of Rhode Island. The consignment comes from the Estate of Dorothy DeWolf (1930-2006) of Washington, D.C.

The Borghese lots add a gilt edge and historical cachet to Myers’ 560-lot European & Asian Antiques Auction, said co-owner Mary Dowd. “The Borghese auction was attended by a number of wealthy Americans who had the money to buy the incredible works of art in the sale. They were names you would know, even today,” she said.

Lot 150 is a large 1756 folio book, with a bookplate from the Borghese family library, titled Tibaldi E’Abbiti. It includes Giampietro Zanotti illustrations of original paintings by Pellegrino Tibaldi and Niccolo Abbati held in the collection of the Instituto di Bologna. A 1478 incunabula has provenance from Prince Camillo Borghese (1775-1832), 6th Prince of Sulmona and husband of Pauline Bonaparte. Lot 151, an oil-on-canvas portrait of a 17th-century Italian knight in armor and with a sash bearing the Maltese Cross, is inscribed with Latin text. When translated, the writing indicates the knight fought bravely in Malta and died in a naval battle in 1625. The 28.7 by 23.2in painting is estimated at $5,000-$10,000. Other artworks include Lot 152 and 153, both of which are referenced in the 1892 Borghese sale catalog.

The auction presents an extraordinary opportunity to acquire Chinese antiques from the Dr. J. Ward Hall collection, which originated in Shanghai in the 1870s. An American dentist whose patients included the Emperor of China, Dr. Hall “had a connoisseur’s eye,” said Dowd. “We also believe, based on the quality and remarkable workmanship, that some of his pieces may have been gifts from the Chinese Imperial Family.”

In a 1913 book titled Letters Written While on a Collecting Trip in the East Indies, co-authors Thomas Barbour of Harvard University and his wife Rosamond retrospectively described the interior of Hall’s Shanghai residence as “filled to overflowing with attractive things.” Among the objects mentioned are a “magnificently carved” 15ft screen from an Imperial palace, embroideries that are “simply beyond words,” old china and porcelain, bronze incense burners, oil vessels, and the “piece de resistance,” a 12 by 6ft heavy silk brocade embroidered with the central image of a huge dragon.

Upon Dr. Hall’s death in 1908, his estate passed to his sister, Mrs. Clifford Hall Jordan, who lived in one of the grand Gilded Age mansions on Chicago’s North Shore. The Chinese collection remained in family hands through several successive generations. Myers will auction many early, very rare Chinese porcelains, furniture and fine textiles from the Hall-Jordan collection, including Lot 103, an 18½-inch Chinese Kangxi Period blue and white yen yen porcelain vase. Dating from the 18th century or earlier, it is hand-decorated with rich blue and white depictions of people and domestic scenes, and is estimated conservatively at $2,000-$4,000.

A collection of Chinese jewelry includes a jade, amethyst and coral graduated necklace of carved, openwork beads with a suspended pendant. It is entered with a $600-$800 estimate.

From the estate of Countess Consuelo Crespi (1928-2010), a trendsetting American-born model and former Vogue editor who married into Italian nobility, comes an 18th or 19th-century serpentine four-drawer mahogany chest. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000. The aristocratic connection continues with antiques from the estate of Countess Mara (Russian, 1915-2010), whose ancestors included members of both the Tchernycheff-Bezobrasoff and Romanov families. Among the prized pieces from this estate are four beautifully detailed miniature paintings of Russian nobles, including a Romanov lady in velvet and pearls. Estimates range from $2,000-$4,000 per portrait.

Two impressive sterling silver trays will cross the auction block. Lot 224, a Persian hand-chased example, boasts .90 silver content and weighs 62.7 ozt. It is hallmarked in Farsi, as it was part of the estate of Fakhri Nemazee (1923-2004), one of Iran’s first female entrepreneurs. Nemazee married into an influential, philanthropic family that has been likened to the Rockefellers and Carnegies. The tray is estimated at $800-$1,200. The other silver tray, Lot 172, dates to 1862. With finely cast handles and a deep rim, it sits on four scrolled shell-form feet and is engraved with the elaborate family crest of Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, an orphan born in Bombay who later made a fortune in the cotton and opium trade. In recognition of his many charitable acts, Jejeebhoy was knighted in 1842 and subsequently was dubbed a baronet by Queen Victoria. A large and substantial production, the tray weighs 217 ozt and is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

Lot 195 consists of a pair of German sterling silver jousting knights on horseback, with reticulated, jewel-set foliate bases cast in a naturalistic form with frogs and lizards. The figures have a total weight of 114.7 ozt and are estimated at $4,000-$6,000 for the pair.

Also featured in the sale are items from the Hamptons estate of novelist Peter Matthiessen (American, 1927-2014), including a Buddhist Red Tara painting on fine hand-woven fabric; a pair of 7ft-tall Oscar Bach lamps, a French Napoleonic Era portrait of military officer Jacques Darnaud (1758-1830) – whose pegleg suggests a war injury – plus several exceptional Oriental and Persian knotted-silk rugs; and a wine collection (including Chateau Lafite) from the estate of a Manhattan cardiologist. All of the wine has been carefully stored in a climate-controlled environment.

Myers Fine Art’s Sunday, March 8, 2015 auction of European and Asian antiques will commence at 12 noon Eastern Time (please note: clocks move forward one hour for Daylight Saving Time in the early hours of March 8). For additional information on any item in the auction, call 727-823-3249 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

(Left) Rare Chinese 18th-century Kangxi Period yen yen porcelain vase, 18½in plus stand, and (right) Chinese 19th-century Hawthorne porcelain ginger jar, classic Qing Dynasty style with carved rosewood lid, 9½in plus stand. The ginger jar is documented in the 1880s interior photo (top right) of Dr. J. Ward Hall's Shanghai residence. Provenance for both: Dr. J. Ward Hall, Shanghai; Mrs. Clifford Hall Jordan, Chicago. Myers Fine Art image

Buddhist Red Tara painting on fine hand-woven silk, Chinese or Tibetan, ex collection of novelist Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014). Myers Fine Art image

18th/19th-century English mahogany serpentine four-drawer chest. Provenance: estate of Countess Consuelo Crespi (1928-2010). Myers Fine Art image

German 19th-century gilt blackamoor clock with ‘Franz Heitman HOHENSTADT’ on enameled dial, 27in, after 1803 French clock titled ‘The Black Porter.’ Myers Fine Art image

Antique finely knotted silk pictorial Heriz Persian rug, depicted in ‘Rugs and Carpets of the World’ by Ian Bennett, 6.25 x 4ft. Provenance: Andrew Dole collection, sold 1978 at Eldred’s. Myers Fine Art image

Unsigned portrait of French military officer Jacques Darnaud (1758-1830), 16 x 13in (sight). Myers Fine Art image

Large 1756 folio book, with a bookplate from the Borghese family library, titled ‘Tibaldi E’Abbiti,’ includes Giampietro Zanotti illustrations of original paintings by Pellegrino Tibaldi and Niccolo Abbati that are held in the collection of the Instituto di Bologna; (at right) oil portrait of 17th-century Italian knight in armor and with sash Maltese Cross, 28.7 by 23.2in. Myers Fine Art image

Selection of Chinese jewelry including (at center) jade, amethyst and coral graduated bead necklace with openwork beads having decorative, raised Chinese symbols. Myers Fine Art image

Pair of German sterling silver jousting knights on horseback with reticulated, jewel-set foliate bases cast in a naturalistic form with frogs and lizards. Total weight 114.7 ozt. Myers Fine Art image

(Top) Lot 224, Persian hand-chased sterling silver tray, .90 silver content, 62.7ozt, hallmarked in Farsi, provenance: estate of Fakhri Nemazee (1923-2004); (bottom) Lot 172, English sterling silver tray, 1862, 217ozt, engraved with family crest of Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, an Indian-born baronet. Myers Fine Art image

From the estate of Countess Mara (Russian, 1915-2010), four beautifully detailed miniature paintings of her ancestors, all Russian nobles. Myers Fine Art image

Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 13:35
 

Stephenson’s to host Feb. 27 estate-quality Firearms & Militaria Auction

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Thursday, 19 February 2015 16:44

From a broad selection of edged weapons and swords, a Middle Eastern knife with 11-5/8in Damascus blade and silver niello fittings, est. $300-$500. Stephenson’s image

PHILA., Pa. – In today’s auction marketplace, few collecting categories can match the firepower of antique, vintage and collectible modern guns. To answer the demand, Stephenson’s in suburban Philadelphia is planning a Friday, February 27 auction that includes a broad variety of sought-after firearms, as well as edged weapons and militaria. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The core collection of handguns offered in the 300-lot auction comes from a single Philadelphia-area estate.

“We have dealt with this estate consignor before. It is the same source from which we received many of the long guns that were so popular in our last firearms auction,” said Cindy Stephenson, owner of Bucks County-based Stephenson’s Auctioneers.

Lot 908, an American Firearms .38 caliber pistol, is one of three personal defense weapons that belonged to a legendary Philadelphian, Frank L. Rizzo (1920-1991). Rizzo rose through the ranks of Philadelphia’s police force and ultimately became the city’s no-nonsense police commissioner. He later served two terms as mayor of the City of Brotherly Love. Throughout his career, Rizzo was known for his tough and unwavering stance against crime. His personal .38 pistol will be auctioned together with a letter of authenticity signed by Frank Rizzo Jr. It is entered in the sale with a $300-$500 estimate, but “might go much higher because of its provenance,” Stephenson said.

Another semi-automatic pistol of note is Lot 932, a Stoeger American Eagle 9mm Luger. The 7-shot stainless steel gun has walnut grips and comes with a spare magazine and instructions manual. It is estimated at $600-$800. Also featured is Lot 925, a Fabrique Nationale Herstal Liege (Browning patent) semi-automatic .32 caliber pistol that might reach the $600-$1,000 range.

One of the sale’s top-estimated items is Lot 959, a richly decorated 19th-century Ottoman Empire flintlock pistol. This 15¾-inch-long black-powder weapon, which is inlaid with silver-wire, brass and copper adornments, would make an attractive addition to any antique gun collection. It is expected to make $2,000-$3,000 on auction day.

Lot 962 is a Navy Arms Co., .45 caliber single-shot black-powder rifle. It is stamped “Bennet” on the forestock and is also marked “Made in Italy, Pedersoli.” Its presale estimate is $200-$300.

The second part of the auction is devoted to militaria, led by a single-owner collection of Nazi relics, with additional pieces sourced from several other consignors. The Nazi items include flags, helmets, uniforms and caps; daggers, rings, and several assault, combat and service medals. A $500-$800 estimate has been applied to Lot 1027, a World War II Nazi NCO master sergeant’s uniform. It consists of wool pants and a wool tunic with epaulets, collar boards, a Nazi eagle breast patch and both EKII (2nd Iron Cross) and Ostemaille (Eastern Front) ribbons in the second buttonhole. The uniform also includes a field cap whose interior is marked “Otto-Schlientz-Uniformmotzen-Straubing, 1944.” Estimate: $500-$800.

Two Nazi cigarette cases will be offered in consecutive order. Lot 973 is a 1942 German Third Reich Kriegsmarine case with applied Nazi eagle and swastika logos, $200-$400; while Lot 974 is a Third Reich Luftwaffe cigarette case with applied eagle, swastika and paratrooper adornments, $250-$500. Lot 980 comprises a set of six forks, each monogrammed Waffen-SS and is group-estimated at $100-$200. The auction also includes World War II accessories and equipment, such as compasses, holsters, epaulets, a sextant and spyglass.

A wealth of swords, daggers, bayonets and other edged weapons follows a timeline that begins in the Civil War and runs through to the Iraqi Freedom campaign. Among the many quality choices in this category are Lot 1055, a Russian-made Shashka sword made for the Asian market, complete with scabbard, estimate $500-$800; and Lot 1047, a daunting Middle Eastern knife with an 11-5/8 inch Damascus blade and silver niello fittings, estimate $300-$500.

Stephenson’s Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 Firearms & Militaria Auction will commence at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. Stephenson’s is a fully authorized and licensed seller of firearms, and in each of their Feb. 27 auction’s catalog descriptions, prospective bidders may view clear and specific details regarding shipment of guns and any special restrictions that may apply.

For additional information on any lot in the sale, call 215-322-6182 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

From a broad selection of edged weapons and swords, a Middle Eastern knife with 11-5/8in Damascus blade and silver niello fittings, est. $300-$500. Stephenson’s image

American Firearms .38 caliber pistol that belonged to Philadelphia Police Commissioner and later Mayor Frank L. Rizzo (1920-1991), accompanied by family LOA, est. $300-$500. Stephenson’s image

Fabrique Nationale Herstal Liege (Browning patent) semi-automatic .32 caliber pistol, est. $600-$1,000. Stephenson’s image

Stoeger American Eagle 9mm semi-automatic 9mm Luger with spare magazine and instructions manual, est. $600-$800. Stephenson’s image

Highly decorated 19th-century Ottoman Empire flintlock pistol, black powder, single shot style, est. $2,000-$3,000. Stephenson’s image

U.S. Arms Co., non-firing Wells Fargo 12 gauge shotgun, left side of butt stock is impressed ‘Wells Fargo & Co’s S.F. Cal. Express,’ six-pointed star embossed ‘W.F. & Co’s Express Guard 56,’ est. $1,000-$3,000. Stephenson’s image

U.S. Arms Co., non-firing Wells Fargo 12 gauge shotgun, left side of butt stock is impressed ‘Wells Fargo & Co’s S.F. Cal. Express,’ six-pointed star embossed ‘W.F. & Co’s Express Guard 56,’ est. $1,000-$3,000. Stephenson’s image

Navy Arms Co. Inc., .45 caliber rifle, cap and ball, black powder, single shot, est. $200-$300. Stephenson’s image

German Third Reich Luftwaffe cigarette case, est. $250-$500. Stephenson’s image

WWII German Nazi NCO master sergeant uniform, Nazi eagle breast patch, field cap dated 1944, est. $500-$800. Stephenson’s image

Russian-made Shashka sword with scabbard, impressed marks, made for Asian market, est. $500-$800. Stephenson’s image

Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 10:37
 
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