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Tiffany window, lighting to lead Fontaine's auction Jan. 11

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Thursday, 19 December 2013 11:53
Tiffany Studios leaded stained glass window, 53 inches x 35 inches signed ‘L. C. Tiffany’ (est. $60,000-$80,000). Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image. PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Exactly 300 lots of quality fresh-to-the-market items will be sold in a cataloged auction on Saturday, Jan. 11, by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. Headlining the auction will be items from the home, shop and personal collection of Randy Gottesfeld of Gaslight Time in Brooklyn, N.Y., at 11 a.m. (EST). LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding

After acquiring and restoring his historic Brooklyn brownstone in the 1970s, Gottesfeld’s interest turned to 19th century lighting and continued with clocks thus giving his store the well-known name Gaslight Time. After 40 years Randy has decided to retire and Fontaine’s Auction Gallery has been commissioned to sell the unreserved collection he has amassed over four decades.

This diversified auction will include 19th century furniture by John H. Belter, J & J.W. Meeks, Alexander Roux, R.J. Horner and Herter Brothers, exceptional 19th century lighting and chandeliers, marble and bronze statuary, porcelains, art glass, cameo glass, sterling silver, jewelry and watches, leaded windows, paintings, pottery and hundreds of decorative accessories.

A subsequent Feb. 22 auction will feature Gottesfeld’s the lamp (Part 2). This will include dozens of 19th century lighting fixtures, as well as matching sets of hundreds of etched glass and cut glass gas shades of all descriptions.

In the Jan. 11 auction, three lots figure to slug it out for top achiever of the sale. The first is a Tiffany Studios leaded stained glass window titled The Resurrection and the Life. The window measures about 53 inches by 35 inches and depicts Jesus standing before a kneeling woman holding a goblet in her lap. The window, signed “L.C. Tiffany” is expected to change hands for $60,000-$80,000.

The second is a massive, 16-foot leaded wisteria architectural dome, containing 24,000 pieces of leaded glass in eight large arched panels with iron framework along the edges. Each panel contains 3,000 individual pieces and depicts beautiful purple wisteria, with leaves and stems on an opaque and blue background. The dome, structurally sound and ready to install, should hit $40,000-$60,000.

The third is a five-piece parlor set by the renowned 19th century American furniture maker John H. Belter, in the Fountain Elms pattern. The pierced carved and laminated mahogany set features a sofa (51 inches tall by 68 inches wide), two armchairs and two side chairs. The set, having a carved crest with overflowing cornucopia is expected to hammer for $40,000-$60,000.

Another lot that could reach or even exceed the $20,000 mark is an International Watch Co. perpetual calendar 18K rose gold men’s wristwatch (est. $10,000-$20,000). The spring-drive, 64-jewel, seven-day automatic winding movement has a lever escapement, with balance wheel exposed through a clear sapphire glass back. The original leather alligator skin band is included.

Two lots from the lamps and lighting category have identical estimates of $10,000-$15,000. One is a magnificent 16-arm bronze and onyx gas and electric chandelier, 5 feet high by 3 feet in diameter, with beautiful spiral and leaf decorated center post. The other is a four-arm Cornelius & Baker figural gasolier, electrified, showing maidens holding floral bouquets.

Decorative accessories will include a porcelain and bronze casket, attributed to Sevres, 16 1/2 inches tall by 16 inches wide, the body having four large painted panels showing playful winged putti (est. $10,000-$15,000); and a Royal Vienna porcelain-top serving stand, 14 1/2 inches tall, with a beehive mark and panels depicting Cupid and Venus (est. $6,000-$8,000).

A pair of furniture lots is expected to command $6,000-$8,000 each. The first is a pair of French rosewood marble-top credenzas, 45 inches tall by 47 inches wide, with the original finish. The second is a pair of J.H. Belter laminated rosewood side chairs having pierced carved backs with acorns and leaves, a floral cluster and a cornucopia.

The fine art category will feature a late 19th century oil on canvas painting, signed lower left “J. Alsina” (Spaniard), depicting a man standing in the shade with a camel, watching over a woman and child (est. $5,000-$7,500); and a Madonna Della Arpie porcelain plaque – KPM quality, but unsigned – depicting madonna and child with two winged putti (est. $5,000-$7,500).

Bronzes will include a figural bronze grouping by Michel C. Clodion (French, 1738-1814), of a satyr family, with a nude mother satyr figure with hoofed feet, a child in her lap and an infant at her feet (est. $6,000-$8,000); and a primitive bronze figure of a hunter with his dog, rendered by Marcel Debut (French, 1865-1933), with a nice rich patina, 31 inches tall (est. $5,000-$7,500).

Also slated to be sold Jan. 11 will be a large and vibrant Tiffany blue iridescent leaf and vine art glass vase, with a silvered iridescent surface and purple highlights, signed L.C. Tiffany, 8 1/2 high x 9 3/4 wide (est. $6,000-$8,000); and a standard grade, two-hinge Wooton desk (est. $5,000-$7,000). The fine two-door cabinet secretary has a Renaissance Revival carved gallery.

For details phone 413-448-8922 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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
Tiffany Studios leaded stained glass window, 53 inches x 35 inches signed ‘L. C. Tiffany’ (est. $60,000-$80,000). Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image. Sixteen-arm bronze and onyx gas and electric chandelier, 5 feet tall by 3 feet wide (est. $10,000-$15,000). Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image. Porcelain and bronze casket attributed to Sevres, with four large painted porcelain panels (est. $10,000-$15,000). Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image. Stunning International Watch Co. perpetual calendar 18K rose gold man's wristwatch (est. $15,000-$20,000). Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image. Pierce carved and laminated mahogany five-piece parlor set by J.H. Belter in the Fountain Elms pattern (est. $40,000-$60,000). Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image. Monumental 16-foot leaded wisteria dome, with eight large arched leaded glass panels and iron framework (est. $40,000-$60,000). Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:16
 

Antique firearms added to Victorian Casino’s forte Jan. 18-19

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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 17:11

Winchester Model 1873 rifle circa 1888, bearing a 20-inch barrel but retaining the 1873 configuration. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

LAS VEGAS – Victorian Casino Antiques, one of America’s preeminent, family-owned auction houses, will kick off 2014 with a multiday auction at its Las Vegas showroom Jan. 18 and 19, beginning at 9 a.m. Pacific each day. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

In addition to a wide variety of vintage toys, rare coin-operated machines, retro gas and oil memorabilia, classic cash registers and fine art, VCA will also put a selection of antique pistols and rifles on the auction block for the first time in its history. In total, more than 1,200 lots will be up for bid during the two-day event.

The collection of vintage firearms up for bid includes a W.R. Pape English .22-caliber single-shot rook rifle from the late 1800s, featuring an octagon barrel and checkered grip design, in terrific condition. Another fine rifle that will be available is “the gun that won the West,” a Winchester Model 1873 circa 1888, bearing a 20-inch barrel but retaining the 1873 configuration, plus a leather carrying sling case. There are also several rare pistols in the auction, including a Spanish copy of a .38-caliber, six-shot, single-action Colt revolver with a 5 1/2-inch barrel.

Of course, the hallmark of VCA’s legendary auctions is the great selection of antique coin-operated machines, and the January event is no slouch in that area. One such find is an extremely rare – only two known to exist – 1-cent Fey “Finger Striker” cast aluminum countertop strength tester from 1932. Another amazing item is a 5-cent Mills Novelty Co. double Violano Virtuoso, with self-playing piano and dual violins from the early 20th century. And enthusiasts of retro style will go gaga over a beautiful, mint-green Dr. Pepper “Roulette” bottle vending machine from the 1940s, in working order with key.

For details phone 702-382-2466.

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 1873 rifle circa 1888, bearing a 20-inch barrel but retaining the 1873 configuration. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

W.R. Pape English .22-caliber single-shot rook rifle from the late 1800s. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

Extremely rare one-cent Fey Finger Striker cast aluminum countertop strength tester from 1932. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

Five-cent Mills Novelty Co. double Violano Virtuoso, with self-playing piano and dual violins from the early 20th century. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

Dr. Pepper ‘Roulette’ bottle vending machine from the 1940s. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

Colt single-action Army .45 LC caliber New Jersey tercentenary commemorative revolver in original case, circa 1964. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013 11:51
 

Jenack presents all-around antiques, fine art auction Jan. 5

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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:41
Gorham Cinderella coffee and tea service. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.

CHESTER, N.Y. – William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers will conduct a fine art and antiques auction at the Jenack gallery with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com on Sunday, Jan. 5. The event will commence at 11 a.m.

The sale is set to include a selection of 17th, 18th and 19th century furniture, jewelry, fine art, Chinese art and ceramics, Bohemian glass including Moser, pottery, porcelain, carpets, silver and accessories.

Period furniture that will be offered includes a carved oak paneled chest dated 1691, a Hadley chest with carved floral panels, a James II oak Bible box, a country Sheraton pine buffet, a diminutive grain-painted blanket box on turned legs, an English Regency fruitwood campaign chest, a French Provincial table a’encrier, a country pine step-back cupboard and a Charles II carved oak paneled settle with drawers.

Fine art offerings are usually a strong part of Jenack sales and this one is no exception. Artwork will include an oil on canvas The Awakening by Solomon Alexander Hart 1863, an oil on canvas Ladies of the Night attributed to William James Glackens, an oil on artist’s board by David Davidovich Burliuk, two canvases by Walter Emerson Baum including a view of Easton, Pa., and a village, an oil on canvas of Connecticut Harbor by Simkha Simkhovitch and several other notable works.

The selection of glass items will be more extensive in this sale and in our future winter sales. This sale will include several examples of Czechoslovakian Art Deco perfume bottles. Perhaps the best example in the sale is a Czech Ingrid bottle featuring a beautifully executed female nude with an open cut rectangular stopper with the dauber still intact. Bohemian examples will include an amber cut, gilt and enameled crystal vase, a pair of white gilt decorated vases, a pair of ruby etched and cut to clear crystal vases, and a large white cased crystal cut to cobalt, gilt and enameled vase. Lalique will also be present in the sale including a set of four Femmes crystal whiskey tumblers, a Sylvie doves entwined vase, a Bagetelle vase and a frosted crystal apple.

Precious metals in the offering will include a complete Gorham Cinderella tea and coffee service including tray, hot water, coffeepot, teapot, covered sugar, waste bowl, creamer and a pair of weighted candlesticks weighing 244 troy ounces. Also in the sale is an International sterling platter, a Spanish 900 silver scalloped tray, a Continental silver oval platter and fluted basin, and a Wilkins (German) 800 silver flatware service for 12.

Leading the pottery and porcelain area will be a rare Austrian polychrome pottery figural group of two children, modeled by Petri and manufactured by Fredrich Goldscheider, circa 1885-1897, standing 18 inches high. Royal Dux will have a strong showing with examples such as a girl in a bikini, a Blanc de Chine kneeling nude, hunting dogs, a crane, and a boy on a donkey. Fine porcelain will include a Russian Lomonosov tea service, German nodder figures, a Haviland Limoges dinnerware and a Rosenthal dinnerware service.

Decorative accessories will include an impressive Federal Girondle with eagle and candle arms, a pair of Art Deco wrought iron and brass garden gates, a carved alabaster figure of Salome attributed to Adolfo Cipriani, a French gilt and silvered bronze clock garniture retailed by Tiffany & Co., 19th century, lot of Thai or Chinese carved and gilt wood lotus blossoms and leaves and much more.

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
Gorham Cinderella coffee and tea service. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image. Vintage Enterprise no. 212 coffee grinder. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image. Walter Emerson Baum. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image. Pottery group, Freidrich Goldscheider 19th century. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image. Attributed William James Glackens. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 16:43
 

Ahlers & Ogletree to sell collection that filled 3 homes, Jan 4-5

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 09:39

Gorgeous eight-light crystal chandelier, pulled from a prominent Atlanta estate home. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

ATLANTA – About 1,200 quality lots from prominent local estates and collections will come up for bid in a two-day New Year’s Extravaganza Auction slated for the weekend of Jan. 4-5 by Ahlers & Ogletree. The event will begin 11 a.m. (EST) both days of the sale. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Sold will be European paintings, bronze sculptures, architectural fragments, wall sconces, Asian decorative arts and porcelain, advertising pieces, period furniture, lighting, Persian rugs, art glass, estate jewelry, sterling silver, Native American pottery, marble-top consoles, decorative columns and pedestals, hand-decorated paneled screens, prints, drawings, coins, ivory and more.

Headlining the auction will be the collection of Thomas and Marie Patton of Atlanta, who filled their three homes with carefully selected and tasteful objects.

“We’ve got a lot of high-end decorative merchandise in this auction,” said Robert Ahlers of Ahlers & Ogletree. “As a whole, the items are from expensive interiors. Collectively, they’ll make for a great sale.”

The offerings will be many and varied, to include a gorgeous eight-light crystal chandelier, a dazzling 5 1/2-carat diamond ring, a 1921 Steinway grand piano beautifully restored, a handsome apothecary cabinet with a clock at the top, a neoclassical hand-painted four-panel folding screen, a Continental Grisaille figural tapestry panel and a Chinese porcelain seated Guan Yin figure.

Some of the items are so visually arresting they’re certain to spark interest. Two examples are an 18th century clockworks converted table, constructed from hand blacksmithing, likely taken from an Italian church and later converted into the base for a rectangular glass-top table; and a late 19th or early 20th century Southern French shoemaker advertisement, hand-painted on canvas, depicting a boy carrying an oversize shoe, monumental at over 12 feet tall.

Fine art will be served up in abundance. Works by French painters will include a 19th century oil on tin by Charles Durand (1837-1917), titled Homme en Armure (Man in Armor), depicting a man in a suit of armor in an outdoor setting; and an oil on canvas by Alfred de Dreux (1810-1860), titled Kissing Couple on Horseback, depicting a romantic kiss between an elegant beauty and a gentleman with a mustache and cap, both on galloping horses.

Other French works will feature a monumental oil on canvas by Jules Victor Verdier (1861-1926), titled Nymphs, depicting three nude female beauties in the form of mythological nymphs emerging out of shallow water on a rocky waterline; and an oil on canvas still life attributed to Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer the Elder (1636-1699), showing a large urn with a snake at the left, slithering down a cascading garland of various fruit, to include apples, grapes and plums.

Italian renderings will include an exceptional 19th century oil on canvas from an Italian School painter in the manner of Tiepolo, depicting an active Venetian festival street scene, to include numerous figures celebrating in masquerade masks in an outdoor courtyard; and an oil on canvas attributed to Bartolomeo Manfredi (1580-1622), titled Boy Playing Mandolin and showing a bust of a boy musician wearing a red scarf and shirt and playing a stringed mandolin.

British painters will be represented by Gerald Cooper (1899-1974), whose Still Life With Pears, Apples and Sunflower is an oil on canvas depiction of a table covered with a white tablecloth and a large spread of fruit. Also, an oil on canvas rendering of Female Nude With Three Attendants, attributed to William Etty (British, 1787-1849), shows a young nude female beauty standing with her back to the viewer, admiring herself in a mirror held by an attendant.

Bronzes will also be sold, including a 19th century patinated figural sculpture of the 17th century Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn, by Louis Royer (Netherlands, 1793-1868). The work shows Rembrandt standing at full length, in typical dress and holding an artist’s tool in one hand. Also offered will be a finely rendered Orientalist themed patinated bronze figure of a large camel carrying roped baskets and being tended to by a semi-nude blackamoor, by an unknown artist.

From camels it’s a short leap to tigers and dogs, first with a large pair of papier-mâché and polychromed striped orange tigers in an elongated crouch, rendered in the early 20th century for Learbury Clothiers of Syracuse, N.Y., and with “Learbury Tiger” in all capitals at the bottom of the display platform; and then with a pair of large 18th century antique stone dogs, 38 inches in height, showing two dogs seated on their hind legs, with pleasant expressions and mouths open.

Returning to fine art, works by American painters will feature an oil, acrylic and lacquer on Kashmir gold granite by Gary Kaelon (1944-2002), titled Marsh Lions, large at 67 1/2 inches by 82 inches and showing a lion and lioness by the water’s edge (she in an alert crouch); and an oil on canvas still life by the American-Canadian artist Hal Morrison (1848-1927), depicting a footed glass bowl with a large stack of fresh peaches at the center, probably painted in Georgia.

Other noteworthy artworks will include an oval oil on canvas titled Allegorical Painting, attributed to the Portuguese painter Jose Malhoa (1853-1933), apparently unsigned and said to have originally hung on the ceiling of a parlor room in a private castle in Lisbon; and an oil on wood panel by Toon Kelder (Dutch, 1894-1973), titled Musicians and Figures in Landscape, with figures to include female nudes, a seated dog, a minstrel musician and a rider on horseback.

Also to be sold will be a Watson Brothers 12-gauge double-barrel shotgun (English, circa early 20th century, with the marking “Made of Sir Joseph Whitworth 3”) with a walnut stock, detailed metal engraving with scrolled foliate decoration, cleaning rod and accessories and with the original brown leather rectangular fitted case bearing a paper label in the interior reading, “By appointment to him the Sultan of Turkey, Watson Bros.”; a Chinese carved ivory puzzle ball on a stand; and a gorgeous 19th century hand-painted dresser.

For details call Ahlers & Ogletree at 404-869-247 or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

View the fully illustrated catalog and 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

 Gorgeous eight-light crystal chandelier, pulled from a prominent Atlanta estate home. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Table constructed of 18th century clockworks. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Nineteenth century oil on tin by Charles Durand (French, 1837-1917) titled ‘Homme en Armure.’ Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Monumental oil on canvas by Jules Victor Verdier (French, 1861-1926), titled ‘Nymphs.’ Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Life-size 19th century bronze sculpture of the artist Rembrandt by Louis Royer (Netherlands, 1793-1868). Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Large pair of papier-maché  and polychromed striped orange tigers, made for Learbury Clothes, Syracuse, N.Y. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

This gorgeous 19th century hand-painted dresser is just one of many period furniture pieces in the auction. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Late 19th/early 20th century French shoemaker advertisement, hand-painted on canvas, over 12 feet tall. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 10:24
 

Alex Cooper Auctioneers stages major sale Dec. 14-16

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Thursday, 12 December 2013 13:29

Andy Warhol ‘Saint Apollonia’ screenprint. Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc. image.

TOWSON, Md. – Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc. will sell more than 1,300 lots of outstanding antiques, decorative and fine art in their auction Dec. 14-16. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The sale bill includes antique and reproduction furniture and decorations; extraordinary collection of Oriental ivory, hardstone and art; paintings and prints; contemporary art; porcelain; glass; a Tiffany lamp; jewelry; sterling silver; Oriental rugs; two Steinway grand pianos; books; stamps; and collectibles.

The auction Saturday, which will begin at 12:30 p.m. Eastern, includes Oriental rugs, stamps, books, toys and military collectibles.

Sunday’s big session – 724 lots – will begin at 10 a.m. In the lineup are antique and reproduction furniture and decorations; an extraordinary collection of Oriental carved items; paintings and prints; contemporary art; porcelain; glass; the Tiffany lamp; the Steinway grand pianos; and collectibles.

Monday’s sale, also beginning at 10 a.m. will be devoted to silver, jewelry a fur coats.

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

Andy Warhol ‘Saint Apollonia’ screenprint. Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc. image. 

Federal inlaid mahogany Pembroke table. Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc. image. 

English Britannia silver coffee and tea service. Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc. image. 

Pair of Victorian gold, diamond and emerald earrings. Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc. image.

M. Maignan, French bronze figure, ‘LaVague.’ Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc. image.

Chinese ivory mounted Quan-Yin pair. Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc. image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 14:20
 

Roland to auction 1,000 lots of fine estate holdings Dec. 14

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Wednesday, 11 December 2013 16:36

Tiffany & Co. vase. Roland Auctioneers and Valuers image.

NEW YORK – Roland Auction will hold their final auction of 2013 on Saturday, Dec. 14. This outstanding sale ends an exceptional year of auctions in great style. With over 1,000 lots, it offers a dazzling array of silver, jewelry, furniture, fine art and collectible objects. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

"This is a wonderful gift-buying opportunity" say Robert Roland. "There are so many outstanding opportunities to acquire great pieces of jewelry, silver trinkets and other unique holiday gifts. We think our clients will be very happy with this month's estate selections."

Featured in the auction is the estate of Irwin and Rita Margolis, highly regarded as antique dealers for many decades. Their collection includes over 300 Victorian through Art Deco silver articles such as scent bottles, dresser sets, nutmeg graters, cigarette and other cases, minaudieres and much more. Stylish porcelain pieces, vintage fashion accessories including crocodile handbags, Judith Lieber items, vintage sunglasses, as well as a large collection of 1920s/30s Italian glass grapevine lamps round out the collection.

Another noteworthy estate included in the auction is that of legendary impresario Paul Szilard. Known for his work with the American Ballet Theater, Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey and many other New York City dance companies, Szilard's collection offers lots of dance related memorabilia as well as traditional and modern furniture and decorations.

From yet a third estate is a tremendous collection of Japanese and Chinese antiques. This outstanding collection of jades, Meiji bronze vases, fine lacquer work, silver and other rare objects was assembled in the 1930s and not since been offered in the marketplace. With over 100 choice lots, collectors are sure to compete for many of these Asian treasures.

Modern art and design continues to be an important feature at Roland. Some highlights from the Dec. 14 sale include a Tommi Parzinger dining table and chairs, stylish American and Scandinavian examples, Andy Warhol and Lichtenstein prints, and a host of other worthy pieces.

The auction begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

For details phone 212-260-2000.

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

Tiffany & Co. vase. Roland Auctioneers and Valuers image.

Komei inlaid iron miniature chest of drawers. Roland Auctioneers and Valuers image.

Renaissance portrait. Roland Auctioneers and Valuers image.

Tommi Parzinger dining table. Roland Auctioneers and Valuers image.

Set of eight Tommi Parzinger dining chairs. Roland Auctioneers and Valuers image.

Japanese Meiji bronze vase. Roland Auctioneers and Valuers image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 09:57
 

7.5-carat diamond ring in A.B. Levy’s jewelry auction Dec. 15

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013 14:43

 Very fine diamond and platinum necklace set with 300 round and brilliant cut diamonds weighing about 8.45 carats. Estimate: $100,000-$150,000. A.B. Levy’s image.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – More than 200 lots of dazzling diamonds, jewelry and fine timepieces – pulled from prominent local estates and collections and spanning a broad range of price points, from a few hundred dollars to $100,000 or more – will be sold at auction Sunday, Dec. 15, at A.B. Levy’s. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The auction is packed with jewelry by makers such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Dior, Patek Philippe, Rolex, Tiffany, Cartier, Corum, Chopard and Hermes. One item is an 18K gold with ruby eye cuff bracelet from the Elizabeth Taylor Collection.

A.B. Levy’s said it is offering free overnight shipping on any item sold within the continental U.S., as an added holiday incentive.

The auction will get underway promptly at 1 p.m. Eastern. “There really is something for just about every taste and budget in this auction, just in time for holiday gift-giving,” said Albert Levy of A.B. Levy’s. “At the high end, we’ve got a fine selection of at least 10 certified diamonds. But bargain hunters will be able to participate, too.”

Around 75 pieces in the sale were given as collateral in a settlement, and the seller has set very modest minimums in the interest of a quick sale. These will include 14K and 18K gold jewelry pieces, diamond necklaces and earrings, sapphire necklaces and earrings and other items. Most will carry reserves as low as $200 and none will exceed $1,000.

The certified diamonds range in size from about four to 10 carats, although there is one Tiffany one-carat stone and a 7 1/2-carat colossus that should command tens of thousands of dollars. All are set in rings, many of them platinum, although there is one 3-carat diamond being sold as a loose stone. Ruby and diamond earrings and multistone diamond rings will also be sold.

A buyer’s premium of 20percent will be applied to all purchases up to $100,000, 15 percent after that.

For details contact A.B. Levy’s at 561-835-9139 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Very fine diamond and platinum necklace set with 300 round and brilliant cut diamonds weighing about 8.45 carats. Estimate: $100,000-$150,000. A.B. Levy’s image. 

 Size 6 18K yellow gold with ruby eye cuff bracelet, signed J. Rossi, from the Elizabeth Taylor Collection. Estimate: $16,000-$20,000. A.B. Levy’s image.

 Platinum and diamond ring centered by a pear-shape diamond weighing a staggering 7.50 carats. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. A.B. Levy’s image.

Eighteen-karat diamond and enamel ‘Bee’ brooch, centered by one oval cabochon sapphire. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. A.B. Levy’s image. 

‘Gypsy’ gold and diamond ring with 18K yellow gold mounting, set with a 5.50-carat round diamond. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. A.B. Levy’s image. 

Van Cleef & Arpels three-piece suite, comprising a pair of ear clips and matching ring, numbered 25444. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. A.B. Levy’s image. 

Tiffany & Co. platinum and diamond ring, stamped and numbered, centered by an emerald-cut diamond weighing 2.05 carats. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000. A.B. Levy’s image. 

Cartier ‘Pasha’ 18K gold Swiss chronograph wristwatch with case, dial and buckle all signed Cartier. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. A.B. Levy’s image. 

Hermes diamond and 18K yellow gold wristwatch with champagne dial and diamonds set in bezel and bracelet. Estimate: $12,000-$18,000. A.B. Levy’s image. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 15:30
 

Elite Decorative Arts eyes successful 2013 finale Dec. 21

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013 13:22

Russian enameled silver Povchinikov figural sailboat sculpture, weighing 47.19 troy ounces. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Elite Decorative Arts image.

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – About 300 lots of fine decorative arts and Chinese works will be sold at an auction on Saturday, Dec. 21, by Elite Decorative Arts. The will begin promptly at 1 p.m. Eastern. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Original artworks, fine estate jewelry, beautiful antique clocks and a wide assortment of fine decorative accessories should all command center stage.

“We want to end the year on a high note, and this sale will definitely get us there,” said Scott Cieckiewicz of Elite Decorative Arts. “The merchandise is top-shelf, and many items would make fabulous holiday presents.”

A perfect example is an exquisite Cartier platinum ring, featuring a large South Seas pearl and surrounded by sprays with marquise and brilliant round cut diamonds (2.70 ctw). The inside of the size 6 1/2 ring is marked “Cartier” and “Plat” and included is a Cartier red suede presentation pouch. The ring, with a total weight of 9.1dwt, should sell for $20,000-$30,000.

Two decorative accessories would look great under any tree. The first is a Russian enameled silver Povchinikov figural sailboat sculpture, with sides having an enameled shield crest design. The base has a scrolled column design. Overall, the boat is 18 inches tall and 10 inches in length and weighs in at 47.19 troy silver ounces. It should garner $15,000-$20,000.

The second is an antique Sevres French porcelain box made circa 1754 depicting cherubs in forest scenes with flowers to the exterior over a light blue ground (est. $5,000-$7,000). The box is signed “G.A. Shulz” to the lower right of the scene on the cover. The interior is lined with silk. The box’s dimensions are 6 inches tall by10 inches long and it weighs 2,264 total grams.

The fine art category will feature a pair of works by Dox Thrash (American, 1893-1965), two paper mixographs by Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899-1991), an oil painting by Roberto Marquez (Mexican, b. 1959), and a wood and paper collage mixed media work by Louise Nevelson (American, 1899-1988). The Nevelson is signed and measures 16 inches by 20 inches (est. $8,000-$12,000).

Dox Thrash was an African-American artist and printer with a back story as compelling as his artistic creations. Born in Griffin, Ga., he left home at age 15 in search of work up north. He worked in vaudeville and a circus before landing in Chicago as an elevator operator. At night he attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he began to develop a unique style.

The Dox Thrash works being sold include an original watercolor titled Cats Under Tree (1941), artist signed and measuring 13 inches by 9 3/4 inches (est. $7,000-$9,000); and an original pastel painting titled Banjo Player, measuring 9 3/4 inches by 9 inches (est. $4,000-$5,000). Thrash fought in World War I as a member of the black brigade known as the Buffalo Soldiers.

Rufino Tamayo was born in Mexico to a shoemaker father and a seamstress mother, but when both his parents died when he was 11 he went to live with his aunt in Mexico City. She enrolled him in art school and he immediately took to his lessons. Tamayo was influenced by cubism, impressionism and fauvism, but he gave his artistic creations a unique Mexican feel.

The two paper mixograph works by Tamayo in the auction are titled Nino Con Sombrero, or Boy With Hat, executed in 1980; and Hombre Con Coraje, or Man With Courage. Both have presale estimates of $3,000-$5,000 and both are signed, numbered and mounted in wooden shadowboxes with glass screens. And both are large, measuring about 36 inches by 28 inches.

Roberto Marquez also has ties to Mexico City. He was born there, but moved with his family to Guadalajara in 1972. There, he studied sculpture at the School of Fine Arts, as well as poetry and architecture at other schools. His degree is in architecture, but his heart is in art. His paintings incorporate dreamlike images from literature, Mexican history and his life experiences.

The Marquez work in the auction is an oil on canvas, depicting a man standing by a tiled wall with the words, “Bailo Hasta Caer Con Mi Sombra En La Pared” (“Falling to Dance with my Shadow on the Wall”). It’s titled Dancing with My Shadow and was executed in 1989. The large, 72 inch by 60 inch work is mounted in a silver tone wooden frame (est. $7,000-$9,000).

Three clocks are expected to do well. The first is a French Japy Freres bronze mantel clock with a figural design depicting mythological beasts. Griffins with balls monitor the bottom of the case, while flying dragons protect the cupid finial. The late 19th century clock, with scrolled raised designs throughout, should hammer for $7,000-$9,000.

The other two have identical estimates of $4,000-$6,000. One is a Pavel Buhre Russian silver pocket watch clock with white enamel face and black enamel Arabic numerals. The 11 3/4-inch- tall clock has a total weight of 18.72 troy ounces. The other is a Louis XV-style wooden tall-case clock clad in gilt bronze, displaying three winged cherubs with flower garlands.

Two names known to everyone are Pablo Picasso and Louis Vuitton. This auction has both. A Pablo Picasso Madoura original round ceramic plate, titled Nature Morte a la Cuiller (Still Life With a Spoon) is 13 1/4 inches tall by 12 3/4 inches wide, with a verso holding impressed marks and numbered. The plate, weighing 1,403 grams, is expected to sell for $3,000-$5,000.

A high-end Louis Vuitton trunk having a brown leather monogram design and original Louis Vuitton black fitted over cover, complete with keys, should breeze to $4,000-$6,000. Also, a women’s 18K yellow gold ring set with rectangular cut natural emerald green gem quality jadeite cabochon, surrounded by about 50 accent diamonds, should bring $3,000-$4,000.

For details phone 561-200-0893 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Russian enameled silver Povchinikov figural sailboat sculpture, weighing 47.19 troy ounces. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Paper mixograph work by Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899-1991), titled ‘Nino Con Sombrero.’ Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Original pastel painting by Dox Thrash (American, 1893-1965), titled ‘Banjo Player.’ (est. $4,000-$5,000). Elite Decorative Arts image.

French Japy Freres bronze mantel clock with figural design depicting mythological beasts. Estimate: $7,000-$9,000. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Exquisite Cartier platinum ring featuring a large South Seas pearl, size 6 1/2. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Antique Sevres French porcelain box depicting cherubs in forest scenes with flowers. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 14:46
 

Quinn & Farmer to auction Jefferson hand-drawn survey, Dec. 14

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013 11:55

Survey or plat of ‘Indian Camp’ in Albermarle County, Virginia, in the hand of Thomas Jefferson. Survey shows a 1,334-acre parcel adjoining the land owned by William Carter and James Monroe, which Jefferson purchased in 1796 on behalf of his protégé William Short (1759-1849). Today the land is known as ‘Morven’ and is owned and operated by the University of Virginia Foundation. Photo: Quinn & Farmer.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A survey map, hand-drawn by Thomas Jefferson in 1800, has been discovered at Brandon Plantation, a US National Historic Landmark located outside Richmond, Virginia. The map will be auctioned by Quinn & Farmer on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the company’s gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. It is believed to be the first original, hand-drawn Thomas Jefferson survey ever to come to auction.

The document was discovered during the removal of personal property from Brandon, a working agricultural plantation south of Richmond, Va., that has been in continuous operation since 1619. Two Quinn & Farmer colleagues, Emilia Lanwehr and Skip Usry, were in charge of the removal, and as they were inspecting the home’s contents, one particular piece stood out: a framed survey of a 1,334-acre farm near Monticello that appeared to be hand-drawn by Thomas Jefferson himself.

Usry explained, “I spotted the map on the wall of a back staircase, nudged Emilia, and asked ‘Do you think it could be real?’”

Brandon Plantation was outfitted with high-end antique furnishings from the estate of the last owner of the historic farm, the late US Congressman Robert W. Daniel, Jr. (R-VA) who served five terms in the United States House of Representatives. Many of the pieces in the home were 18th- and 19th-century century English antiques, however the appraiser hired to evaluate the items had referred to the survey as a likely reproduction. Ken Farmer and Matthew Quinn, partners in Quinn & Farmer and appraisers for PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, were unconvinced. Investigating their hunch, they removed the item from its frame and discovered a 1798 watermark on the paper. Further research revealed an April 13, 1800 letter from Jefferson to William Short (for whom he had purchased the tract of land known as Indian Camp) in which he writes “I enclose you also a copy of the original survey.” Discussions with multiple Jefferson experts in Charlottesville determined that the document is both authentic and extremely rare, since Thomas Jefferson, unlike his father Peter, and, more famously, his contemporary George Washington, was not a surveyor by trade.

“Never before has an original hand-drawn Thomas Jefferson survey crossed the auction block,” said Ken Farmer. “We’re especially excited to offer this work here in Jefferson’s hometown of Charlottesville.”

BACKGROUND ON THE PROPERTY IN THE SURVEY:

William Short and Thomas Jefferson served together while Jefferson represented the United States as Minister to France in the 1780s. Upon Jefferson’s return to America, Short took a leading role with the embassy in Paris and went on to serve as Minister to both Holland and Spain in the 1790s, becoming America’s first career diplomat. During his tenure in Europe, he became an outspoken proponent for the abolition of slavery.

While the two friends shared a moral quandary with slavery, only Short proposed free African-American labor as the economically better alternative. He envisioned Indian Camp as an agricultural test site for the advantages of freed-African-American sharecropping over slavery. In a letter to Jefferson on February 27, 1798, Short wrote, “Whatever may be the result of the first essays, time & repetition will I think infallibly shew the advantage of free, above forced, labor.”

Although a believer, Short’s ideas would remain untested, and Indian Camp would never become a proving ground for abolitionist beliefs. The property remained in the hands of white tenant farmers and eventually was sold to another local farmer. Today, Indian Camp and its additions are known as “Morven,” which is owned and operated by the University of Virginia Foundation.

The Saturday, December 14, 2013 auction will be held at 10 a.m. EST at the Quinn & Farmer gallery located at 2109 India Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901. All forms of bidding will be available, including live online via LiveAuctioneers.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Survey or plat of ‘Indian Camp’ in Albermarle County, Virginia, in the hand of Thomas Jefferson. Survey shows a 1,334-acre parcel adjoining the land owned by William Carter and James Monroe, which Jefferson purchased in 1796 on behalf of his protégé William Short (1759-1849). Today the land is known as ‘Morven’ and is owned and operated by the University of Virginia Foundation. Photo: Quinn & Farmer. 

The Thomas Jefferson survey of ‘Indian Camp’ in situ at Brandon Plantation, a US National Historic Landmark near Richmond Virginia. Photo: Quinn & Farmer.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 12:07
 

Rare Shell Oil poster a favorite in Onslows auction Dec. 20

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Monday, 09 December 2013 15:12

Jean D'Ylen (1886-1938), Shell Oil and Petrol, The Quick Starting Pair, printed by Vercasson 1926, 75 x 114cm. Estimate: £3,000-£4,000 ($4,928-$6,570). Onslows image.

STOURPAINE, England – A rare and beautiful Shell Oil and Petrol poster by Jean d’Ylen, a French master of poster design, is one of the great items that Onslows will be offering in a Winter Vintage Posters auction on Friday, Dec. 20. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The poster was discovered among a collection of vintage movie posters. Few Shell posters from this early period have survived, and the example in Onslows' sale is in near-perfect condition with the lithograph colors as fresh and vibrant as the day the poster was printed. The artist is known to have designed a number of posters for Shell and this example is the first time the Shell slogan “The Quick Starting Pair” was used on what became a successful and varied series of posters from 1926 to 1931. D’Ylen worked exclusively for the Paris Agents and Printers Etablissements Vercasson, whose quality of stone lithography has rarely been bettered.

A classic 1940s British beach poster is one of an amazing collection recently discovered under the linoleum floor covering of a house in Edinburgh. The finder had bought the house to renovate and while tearing up the floor luckily realized what the paper lining the floor covering actually was. This is not the first time Onslows have sold poster collections that have been discovered in this situation. The poster depicts a happy family scene at the famous seaside and night spot of the north Blackpool. The artist Septimus Edwin Scott worked mainly for the London Midland and Scottish Railway specializing particularly in striking bathing scenes.

The auction will also offer a single-owner collection of World War II posters by the designer Fougasse (Kenneth Cyril Bird 1887-1965) who designed the most famous posters of the war “Careless Talk Cost Livves."

The 329-lot auction has a wide variety of posters to all tastes and pockets.

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

 Jean D'Ylen (1886-1938), Shell Oil and Petrol, The Quick Starting Pair, printed by Vercasson 1926, 75 x 114cm. Estimate: £3,000-£4,000 ($4,928-$6,570). Onslows image.

Sep E. Scott (1879-1962), Blackpool, printed for LMS by London Lithographic Co., 1949, 102 x 127 cm. Estimate: £1,500-£2,000 ($2,464-$3,285). Onslows image.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 15:31
 

Houdini props will appear at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury sale Dec. 12

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Friday, 06 December 2013 15:48

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LONDON – Handcuffs and other props belonging to illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini are among a selection of 260 lots of conjuring books, prints, memorabilia, decorative objects and apparatus in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions Bibliophile sale on Thursday, Dec. 12. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Known at the beginning of his career as "Harry Handcuff Houdini,” the Hungarian-American escape artist prepared the handcuffs specially to ensure a foolproof escape. Houdini normally used unprepared apparatus, so the rare pair was probably for use in his particularly risky Chinese Water Torture, or other underwater acts. They are accompanied by a typed letter from magician Billy McComb, detailing how he acquired them.

McComb explains how he found them among a large collection of rusty props purchased from the widow of Houdini’s brother, Theo Hardeen. Better known as “Dash,” Houdini’s brother was his stage partner before his wife, Wilhelmina Beatrice “Bess” Rahner, replaced him in the 1890s. While restoring the cuffs, McComb discovered they had been modified by Houdini. Such examples are rare survivors from the escape artist’s acts. This pair and letter are together estimated at £2,000-£3,000 [Lot 47].

Other props used by Houdini include a pair of leg irons estimated at £2,000-£3,000 [Lot 45] and a round barrel screw key padlock, estimated at £1,000-£1,500 [Lot 46].

Both were left by Houdini to his friend, and one of the world’s most talented mentalists, Joseph Dunninger. Previous owners include mentalist and escapologist Richard John Silmser; handcuff collector Joseph Tanner of Wheeler-Tanner, and John Fisher, gold star member of the Inner Magic Circle. Included with the irons are signed letters by Silsmer and Tanner along with a photocopy of an autograph letter signed by the widow of Dunninger, providing identifying features and provenance.

Houdini’s personal copy of Hudson Tuttle’s Arcana of Spiritualism is among the rare magic-related books in the auction. With engraved portrait bookplate and a few pencil underlinings and markings, it is estimated at £250-£350 [Lot 20].

Houdini developed his stage name and was heavily influenced by his idol, the French magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin. In his book Confidences et Revelations, Robert Houdin identifies Recueil des Planches du Dictonnair Encyclopédique des Amusemens des Sciences Mathématique et Physique by Jacques Lacombe as his inspiration to take up conjuring. Made up of 86 engraved plates and divided into various sections, including physical, mechanical and optical amusements; fireworks; magic numbers; and conjuring, this rare example of Houdin’s muse is estimated at £2,000-£3,000 [Lot 209].

Tricks and props from the collection of the actor and stage magician, John “Klox” Forrest, include several early pieces produced by Bland’s and Hamley’s. Forrest first worked as a child actor, appearing in the films Great Expectations in 1946 and Tom Brown’s School Days in 1951. He also had a lead role on stage in A Streetcar Named Desire opposite Vivien Leigh in 1949. As a child, while living in Cookham, Berkshire, he was taught conjuring by Horace the brother of Stanley Spencer, eventually turning to magic as a profession and appearing as a cabaret performer in Paris and Monte Carlo as John Klox.

Illusionist Ralph Chart’s "Artist’s Palette" was invented, and probably constructed by Chart, who performed under the name Raoul. It is not clear whether the stand was made for this or another illusion, but obviously formed part of Ralph Chart's act. With Raoul labels attached and in its original wooden traveling case it is estimated at £350-£500. [Lot 77]

Another highlight is a 19th century conjurer’s table made from ebonized wood with carved and partly gilt detachable cabriole legs. The table has four traps, similar to those described by Professor Hoffmann in Modern Magic. [Lot 89].

The auction will be held by Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions at the Godalming saleroom in Surrey.

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

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Leg irons used by Harry Houdini. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Harry Houdini's handcuffs. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

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Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 11:05
 

Roseberys to host their largest sale ever, Dec. 11-12

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Friday, 06 December 2013 15:44
Gandharan grey schist figure of seated Buddha, 2nd/3rd century. Estimate £2,500-£3,000.  Image courtesy of Roseberys. LONDON - Roseberys’ December Quarterly Fine Art auction is the largest sale ever to be staged by the company. It features a huge selection of lots from ceramics and glass to silver and jewelry, pictures to works of art and furniture. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Every Roseberys Quarterly Fine Art auction also includes one specialist section and this time, the event includes almost 600 lots of Islamic, Indian and Asian Arts. Highlights include:

Lot 1118 - A Gujarati mother of pearl powder flask, made for the Portuguese Market, 17th century and later. Estimate £1,500-£2,000

Lot 1249 - An Islamic silk fragment, possibly Spanish. Estimate £6,000-£10,000

Lot 1141 - A Gandharan grey schist figure of seated Buddha, 2nd/3rd century. Estimate £2,500-£3,000

The auction will take place over two days beginning at 10 a.m. London time (5 a.m. US Eastern time) and finishing at approximately 6 p.m. local time each evening. Roseberys auctions, on average, 100 lots per hour, and the auction timings are as follows:

Tuesday, Dec. 10:

10 a.m. Ceramics and Glass

11 a.m. Silver

12:30 p.m. Jewelry

2:15 p.m.  Frames, Pictures and Modern Sculpture

Wednesday, Dec. 11:

10 a.m. Islamic, Indian and Asian Arts

4 p.m. Works of Art, Furniture and Rugs

For additional information on any item in the sale, call 011 44 208 761 2522 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
Gandharan grey schist figure of seated Buddha, 2nd/3rd century. Estimate £2,500-£3,000.  Image courtesy of Roseberys. Gujarati mother of pearl powder flask, made for the Portuguese Market, 17th century and later. Estimate £1,500-£2,000. Image courtesy of Roseberys. Islamic silk fragment, possibly Spanish. Estimate £6,000-£10,000.  Image courtesy of Roseberys.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 16:22
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury to auction famous furnishings Dec. 11

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Friday, 06 December 2013 14:41

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NEWBURY, England – Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Interiors Sale on Wednesday, Dec. 11, will feature furniture from Nunney Court, which was the home of the Formula One Rob Walker Racing Team in the 1960s and ’70s. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Rob Walker, a Johnnie Walker heir, had a passion for fast cars, and using his family fortune bought Nunney Court from which he built the Rob Walker Racing Team, the most successful private team in Formula One history, winning nine grand prix.

Employing the top racers of the day, Sir Stirling Moss, Tony Brooks and Graham Hill, the team enjoyed spending downtime at Nunney Court, a grade II, Georgian manor built in the 1760s.

Walker’s daughter Dauvergne Morgan said: “There were only eight grand prix a year in those days and drivers had no duties with sponsors, so there was plenty of time to visit, stay several days and completely unwind.”

Among the furniture from the motor racing base is a George III mahogany dining table, circa 1790 estimated at £800-£1,200 [Lot 380] and a walnut chest on stand, circa 1740, estimated £500-£800 [Lot 22]. The collection comprises a further 26 lots from the famed setting.

Of particular interest is a Swiss inlaid rosewood key-wound musical box, stamped “NICOLE FRERES, A GENEVE.” Described by the guardian as “the Rolls Royce of musical boxes,” Nicole Freres was credited with never having made a bad machine. This example plays eight works from Verdi’s operas and is estimated at £400-£600 [Lot 372].

From a separate collection and taking inspiration from the Italian sculptor Raphaelle Monti’s Veiled Vestal, is a 19th century Copeland Parian porcelain bust of The Veiled Bride made for the Ceramic and Crystal Palace Art Union. This highly collectable piece is estimated at £1,800-£2,200 [Lot 252].

In Continental marble a 19th century sculpture of Venus de’Medici, was modeled on a life-size Hellenistic marble of the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, which in turn was inspired by a now lost, original Greek bronze sculpture. It is estimated at £800-£1,000 [Lot 1], while a bust of Venus dating from the last quarter of the 19th century is estimated at £400-£600 [Lot 204]. A painted plaster bust of the water nymph Clytie is estimated at £500-£800 [Lot 135].

The auction will take place at Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions’ Donnington Priory saleroom in Berkshire on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

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

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Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 15:19
 

Unique Hermès bag leads Heritage luxury sale Dec. 10-11

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Friday, 06 December 2013 11:36

Hermes one-of-a-kind 32cm Matte Geranium Porosus Crocodile and Black Togo Leather Sellier Kelly Bag with feet. Estimate $50,000-$100,000. Heritage Auctions image.

DALLAS – A one-of-a-kind Hermès 32cm Matte Geranium Porosus Crocodile and Black Togo Leather Sellier Kelly bag with feet, quite possibly the rarest and most-sought after Kelly bag in existence, is expected to bring more than $50,000 as the lead lot of Heritage Auctions’ Dec. 10-11 Holiday Luxury Accessories Signature® Auction. It’s a unique, special-edition piece that carried an original retail price of nearly $60,000.

“All Hermès lovers have to hear is that this bag is one-of-one and they will know that it is an extraordinary piece,” said Matt Rubinger, director of luxury accessories at Heritage. “It was created as part of the whimsical and exclusive Petit H Exhibition and could be the most collectible bag in the world.”

The auction is one of the largest and most important sales that the luxury accessories market has ever seen. It will take place in Dallas, Texas, after a three-city tour and preview of the pieces.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The serious Hermès collector is sure to be drawn to the most impressive selection of ultraexclusive and popular bags from the fashion house that sets the bar for leather goods. Examples are a special order horseshoe 35cm Orange H, Vert Anis & Jaune Togo Leather Birkin Bag with palladium hardware, opening for bidding at $7,500 and a stunning limited edition Barenia & Shearling Kelly Muff Clutch Bag, opening for bidding at $2,000.

There will also be highlights of the most important creations from designer Marc Jacobs during his soon-to-be-ending tenure at the helm of Louis Vuitton.

“This is a major moment in the fashion world as Jacobs is stepping aside at Vuitton,” said Rubinger. “He’s done radical and amazing things with the brand and has everyone wondering what his legacy will be. To celebrate the groundbreaking work Jacobs did, we’ve put together a selection of his most famous pieces for Vuitton.”

The auction features the rare Louis Vuitton 2003 limited edition Eye Love Monogram by Takashi Murakami White Eye Dare You Overnight Bag. It is the most significant piece from his 2003 Eye Love Monogram Collection, with Takashi Murakami, and is opening for bidding at $2,000. The most sought-after piece from his Graffiti Collection in 2001, for which Jacobs collaborated with Stephen Sprouse, the Louis Vuitton 2001 limited edition Monogram Graffiti Speedy, is opening for bidding at $500. In addition, the 2012 Louis Vuitton Prune Ostrich Alma PM Bag with gold hardware is opening for bidding at $2,000 and represents another peak of Jacobs' time with Vuitton.

For the client looking for a special gift for a loved one this holiday season, Rubinger and his team have curated a group of the ultimate gifts featuring several stunning pieces for the discriminating collector.

An electrifying Hermès 30cm Shiny Braise Porosus Crocodile Birkin Bag with palladium hardware could be the top gift under the Christmas tree, opening for bidding at $20,000, while a Chanel Shiny Dark Green Crocodile Timeless Clutch with silver hardware provides the cool counterpoint to the bright red birkin, and will look very attractive to the right collector with an opening bid of $1,500. A charming Judith Leiber Millennium limited edition Crystal New Year's Eve Minaudiere Evening Bag is also included in the offerings, and comes with an opening bid of $1,000.

For newly identified collectors clamoring to enter the market, but who may not be ready to jump into a five-figure bag, there are examples at a wide range of price points.

“One of the best parts of taking this category to a wider audience has been the incredible response of people who have loved and bought handbags for years but never self-identified as collectors,” said Rubinger. “Now many of them are seeing that their love for handbags is justified – this is a viable, vibrant place to put investment level money right now. To that end, and for those collectors, we’ve put together a grouping of very nice bags that can possibly be gotten at more entry level prices, ranging from several hundred dollars to a few thousand, depending on where they are looking.”

One of the most hotly anticipated offerings in the section will be an Hermès 35cm Chocolate Epsom Leather Birkin Bag, with a starting bid of only $3,000. If the Birkin is not where a value collector is aiming, then the incredibly popular Chanel Stingray and Black Lambskin Leather Boy Bag, opening at $1,000, may be the right place to look, or possibly the Celine limited edition Large Gray Phantom Luggage Tote Bag with neon fluo orange trim, with an opening bid of $750.

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

Hermes one-of-a-kind 32cm Matte Geranium Porosus Crocodile and Black Togo Leather Sellier Kelly Bag with feet. Estimate $50,000-$100,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Hermes special order Horseshoe 35cm Shiny Amethyst & Graphite Porosus Crocodile Birkin Bag with gold hardware. Estimate: $60,000-$70,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Louis Vuitton rare 2003 limited edition Eye Love Monogram by Takashi Murakami White Eye Dare You Overnight Bag. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Chanel Shiny Red Crocodile Classic Rigid Medium Single Flap Bag with gold hardware. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 11:53
 

Pook & Pook touts Dec. 10-11 auction to holiday shoppers

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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 17:57

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DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. – Why suffer through the crowds shopping for holiday gifts when you don’t have to? Pook & Pook Inc. is holding their annual Decorative Arts Sale on the Dec. 10-11. The auction house offers ample parking, comfortable seating, fewer lines and a free meal. They even offer free wrapping materials – just not the kind decorated with Santas and snowmen. Best of all, the auction doesn’t begin until 10 a.m. Eastern. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Pook & Pook Inc. has lots of fun items for everyone.

The auction includes Pook & Pook’s usual broad range of material including American and Continental furniture, Asian objects, Native American material, paperweights, music boxes, carpets, redware, stoneware, ceramics, porcelain, metalware, decoys, woodenware, fine art, textiles, toys, advertising signs, silver and other decorative accessories.

A number of winter and holiday items are included in the sale. A sled decorated with a running horse on the seat is estimated to go for $250-$450. A large collection of toys will be sold including carved wooden toys, pull toys, cast-iron toys, steam-powered boats, over 30 antique dolls, teddy bears, still and mechanical banks, music boxes, children’s books and game boards. A beautifully made Star of Bethlehem quilt would add a distinctive ornamentation to anyone’s wall, estimate $300-$500. Other fun holiday décor items include German Christmas feather trees, kugel ornaments, a painted Santa Claus on a printer’s tray and dozens of tin cookie cutters.

Dozens of books will cross the auction block at the sale. There are several copies of Martyrs Mirror from Lancaster, Pa., as well as books on natural history, science, American history, European history and more. Fiction and nonfiction spanning three centuries will be sure to attract the attention of bookworms everywhere.

A plethora of furniture will come up at the auction. Get creative with your holiday party displays. Imagine using a painted pine store counter, which measures over 89 inches long as a server for any holiday meal. What better way to store and show off all the tasty treats of the season than in a beautiful painted Pennsylvania pine pie safe with elaborate punched tin panels ($400-$600) or a French wrought iron and nickel baker’s rack ($1,000-$2,000). Hundreds of other pieces would make great gifts including tea tables, desks, dining chairs, mule chests, cupboards, dining tables, beds, dower chests, hanging cupboards, dressing tables, a cabinetmaker’s workbench, secretaries, tavern tables, cabinets, a breakfront, an armoire, Pembroke tables, a Nutting table, a Biedermeier-style sideboard, a feed bin, jelly cupboards, stands, corner cupboards, step-back cupboards and an apothecary.

The art in the upcoming sale is an outstanding mix of realism and the abstract. Several works by Elias Friedensohn, whose career spanned most of the 20th century, are sure to catch the eye of those who appreciate modern art. Especially appealing is his oil on canvas cubist piece of an interior scene and five figures. Drawing inspiration from the historical events going on around him, Friedensohn painted in a range of styles and subjects. A piece by Itzchak Tarkay, an Israeli artist who survived the concentration camps during the Holocaust, is beautiful and unique in its use of black, white and shades of gray. An oil on canvas portrait of a woman attributed to Maria Verelst (1680-1744) is estimated to bring $1,000-$1,500. Born in Vienna to a family of artists, Verelst is most known for her portraits.

Impressive in size and composition is the 96-inch-long landscape by Franklin Eshelman. Little is known about this Berks County, Pa., artist whose works have a distinctive attention to detail and somewhat caricature appearance that collectors find whimsical and charming. Hundreds of other artists will cross the auction block along with several unsigned pieces. The scope of the art includes landscapes, snowscapes, cityscapes, still lifes, coastal scenes, charcoal sketches and woodblocks.

A huge selection of estate jewelry includes diamonds, gold, silver, pearls, and other precious metals and stones. A fantastic Tiffany & Co. gold graduated maple leaf necklace, 66.2 dwt., is expected to bring $3,000-$5,000. A heavy yellow gold bracelet with curb links and a thatched finish is also expected to bring $3,000-$5,000. A white gold double-strand bezel set diamond necklace is estimated at a conservative $10,000-$15,000, considering one strand contains 83 diamonds and the other 85 diamonds. Pook & Pook is also selling several engagement rings including a diamond ring set in platinum with a center old European cut diamond flanked by two tapered baguette cut diamonds (est. $8,000-$12,000). There is also a collection of Navajo jewelry including belts, rings and necklaces, and several lots of costume jewelry.

For more information call 610-269-4040.

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

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Moran's auction Dec. 10 to end year in brilliant fashion

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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 15:02

Amethyst, ruby and emerald cabochons make a colorful statement on this large Lola Demner bangle that Moran’s is offering for $6,000-$8,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

ALTADENA, Calif.—John Moran Auctioneers will conclude their 2013 auction schedule in brilliant fashion, presenting a fully cataloged sale of fine jewelry and luxury accessories on Tuesday, Dec. 10. The 480 lots include antique, vintage and retro jewels of all descriptions from the Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and modern eras, along with high-end watches and luxury accessories by Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel, Judith Leiber, Ferragamo and others. Mexican silver and signed costume jewelry will also appeal to collectors looking for quality pieces by top makers. Price points range from $300 up to $70,000 and all items hail from private collections and estates.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The highest lot by value is a Harry Winston platinum tourbillon wristwatch accompanied by the original box and papers and estimated at $50,000-$70,000. Watch enthusiasts will find other big names to bid on, including Girard Perregaux, Rolex, Omega and Cartier, the latter represented by multiple examples, such as a circa 1925 moss agate pocket watch with a gold and cobalt enamel bezel (estimate: $8,000-$12,000). An 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse wristwatch, expected to bring $6,000-$8,000, is one of three watches by that maker in this sale.

Art Deco jewels, always the height of style, are offered in abundance, highlighted by a diamond and platinum brooch, circa 1925, centering a modified rectangular step-cut diamond measuring 1.98 carats (estimate: $18,000-$22,000). Dating from the same decade are a platinum ring mounted with a 3.8 ct old mine cut diamond, and a French-cut diamond bracelet set with 50 French-cut diamonds totaling approximately 15.00 carats, and graded F-G color and VS clarity. The former is estimated at $10,000-$15,000 and the latter is expected to realize $7,000-$9,000. A design by one of the preeminent masters of Art Deco, Erté, is offered with a conservative estimate of $1,000-$1,500. The exquisite ''Fireflies'' necklace is composed of a flat gold chain suspending an octagonal black onyx pendant with a profile of a female head in mother-of-pearl wearing a headdress of silver, gold, diamonds and rubies. A perfectly stunning but easily wearable platinum bracelet, also made circa 1925, is composed of 128 square-cut sapphires and 66 full-cut old European-cut diamonds (estimate: $5,000-$7,000).

A gemstone that is sure to set hearts racing is a 6.80-carat oval-shaped Burmese sapphire set in a platinum ring within a two-tiered surround of 62 circular-cut diamonds. Although Burma, now called Myanmar, is better known for its rubies, it also produces superb sapphires, most notably in the Mogok area, unrivalled by all but the sapphires from Kashmir. Many Burmese sapphires are prized for a deeply saturated midnight blue color found nowhere else in the world. The ring in Moran’s December sale is accompanied by an AGL report stating that the sapphire shows no indications of heat or clarity enhancement and is estimated at $6,000-$8,000.

One among several diamond and platinum rings in the sale is a delicate example from the Edwardian era, set throughout with full-cut diamonds centering a round brilliant graded G color and measuring 2.12 carats. It is accompanied by a GIA report and estimated to realize $15,000-$20,000. A ring of more recent vintage centers a 3.06-carat round brilliant-cut diamond flanked by 26 full-cut round diamonds and two baguette-cut diamonds totaling 1.20 carats. Estimated at $30,000-$40,000, it too is accompanied by a GIA report.

Signed pieces include a large and splashy 18K gold bangle by the Viennese designer Lola Demner. It centers a large aquamarine cabochon with two rows of pyramid sugarloaf-cut cabochon amethysts and smaller sugarloaf-cut rubies, accented with emerald cabochons and fancy-cut diamond slices throughout (estimate: $6,000-$8,000). Another Demner bangle, made of mammoth ivory accented by gold studs, is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.

Other jewelry highlights include:

  • An Italian floral micro-mosaic bracelet with matching brooch (estimate: $600-$800);
  • An irresistible Victorian gem-set brooch of silver-topped gold with two monkeys: one of rose-cut diamond seated on a bar with seed pearl terminals, and one of emerald and silver, both with ruby eyes (estimate: $1,500-$2,000);
  • Twenty-seven lots of signed silver pieces by top Mexican makers, including William Spratling, Margot de Taxco, Matl, M. Martinez, Sigi Pineda and Hector Aguilar (estimates range from $400-$2,000).

Moran’s will also present several lots of signed costume jewelry, including pieces by Ciner, Weiss, Trifari and Yves Saint Laurent. A collection of costume jewelry by Chanel is expected to sell for $500-$800.

In the category of luxury accessories, coveted items from Louis Vuitton include two monogram canvas items: an Abbesses bag and a garment bag (estimates: $500-800 each). Additional highlights include two Hermes silk scarves in the Ferronerie pattern ($150-$300 each) and a Judith Leiber dog minaudière with pillbox ($500-$700).

The two-session auction will be conducted on Tuesday, Dec. 10, beginning at noon Pacific.

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

Amethyst, ruby and emerald cabochons make a colorful statement on this large Lola Demner bangle that Moran’s is offering for $6,000-$8,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

The diamond centering this Edwardian platinum ring is a round brilliant graded G color and measuring 2.12 carats. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

This Art Deco diamond and platinum brooch mounted with a 1.98-carat diamond is one of many Art Deco jewels that John Moran Auctioneers will offer in their Dec. 10 Jewelry and Luxury Auction. John Moran Auctioneers image.

The height of Art Deco elegance, this signed Erté ‘Fireflies’ pendant necklace is offered with a conservative estimate of $1,000-$1,500. John Moran Auctioneers image.

Estimated at $6,000-$8,000 is this platinum ring mounted with diamonds and a 6.80-carat oval-shape Burmese sapphire that is certified to show no signs of heat or clarity enhancement. John Moran Auctioneers image.

This playful Victorian monkey brooch, estimated at $1,500-$2,000, will be offered at Moran’s Dec. 10 auction. John Moran Auctioneers image.

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