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Heritage July 30 auction a highlight of political items convention

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Monday, 21 July 2014 12:22

Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin campaign flag, 13 by 8. 1/4 inches, glazed cotton. Estimate: $20,000 - up. Heritage Auctions image.

DENVER – An 1860 campaign flag for Abraham Lincoln and his running mate Hannibal Hamlin (est. $20,000+) highlights Heritage Auctions’ American Political Item Collectors National Convention Auction, July 30-Aug. 2 in Denver.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding at the July 30 auction.

The American Political Items Collectors is a nonprofit membership organization, dedicated to promoting the collecting, preservation and study of materials relating to political campaigns and the U.S. presidency. The convention and auction will be held at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Hotel & Convention Center.

“This auction and convention form the perfect event not only for seasoned political item collectors, but for anyone who likes history,” said Tom Slater, director of Americana Auctions at Heritage. “The auction holds some truly great finds suitable for advanced hobbyists, but offers many colorful and evocative items for novice collectors as well.”

A rare and colorful 1912 jugate celluloid (est. $4,000+) makes a rare appearance at auction highlights an extensive selection of badges. The rare jugate – one of just a handful known to exist – features photographs of both Teddy Roosevelt and Hiram Johnson, the running mates for the Progressive, or Bull Moose, ticket. “Denied nomination for an unprecedented third term by the regular Republicans, TR bolted the party to run as an independent candidate, splitting the vote and handing the election to Democrat Woodrow Wilson,” Slater said.

Leading a strong selection of rare three-dimensional objects honoring our early presidents, a Liverpool creamware tankard celebrating George Washington (est. $3,500+) is universally considered to be the most desirable piece of Washington transferware in the hobby. The tankard’s applied decoration clearly states “Long Live the President of the United States” and possesses terrific display appeal according to Slater. “Most folks would never imagine that it is possible to own a relic like this, dating from the lifetime of our first president,” he observed.

A rare “hopeful” pinback button designed to encourage American industrialist Henry Ford to run for president (est. $1,500+) dates to the 1920s. “Ford never achieved traction as a would-be candidate, and all his political items are scarce,” notes Slater. “But the variety offered here is particularly elusive, and early presale bidding has already moved up to nearly three times the $1,500 minimum opening bid.”

A brightly-colored pinback from the 1936 opposition to candidate Alf Landon’s failed presidential campaign states “We Can’t Eat Sunflowers,” – a clear dig at the candidate’s sunflower-themed campaign items as well as his perceived lack of creative solutions to the nation’s woes (est. $800+).

A rare 1932 jugate featuring crisp portraits of Franklin Roosevelt and John Nance Garner unveils the Democratic ticket’s signature slogan “For Repeal and Prosperity” (est. $1,500+). With those simple words the candidates took command of the most compelling causes of the election, ending Prohibition and the economic depression, and cruised to an easy victory over unpopular incumbent Herbert Hoover.

Founded in 1945, the APIC is the heart of a growing hobby which has surged in popularity the Internet Age. Membership includes collectors and enthusiasts from all walks of life and every occupation such as educators, students, archivists, historians, elected officials, political junkies, campaign staffers, journalists from print, broadcast and cable, museum curators and even a handful of past presidents.

“Our 2014 convention should be one of the best conventions ever with record-breaking attendance,” said Ron Puechner, convention chairman. “Members from all over the globe have put together an amazing selection of events, presentations, and meetings over the four-day event.”

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

Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin campaign flag, 13 by 8. 1/4 inches, glazed cotton. Estimate: $20,000 - up. Heritage Auctions image.

Theodore Roosevelt and Johnson rare and colorful 1912 celluloid jugate, 1 1/4 inches. Estimate: $4,000 - up. Heritage Auctions image.

George Washington 'Long Live the President of the United States,' Liverpool creamware tankard. Height 6 inches. Estimate: $3,500 - up. Heritage Auctions image.

Henry Ford rare 1920s presidential hopeful pinback. Estimate: $1,500 - up. Heritage Auctions image.

Rare 1936 Anti-Alf Landon Button, over 2 inches diameter. Estimate: $800 - up. Heritage Auctions image.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Garner jugate. Rare 1932

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 14:49
 

Morphy's to auction 1,200 toys, trains, cast-iron novelties July 26-27

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Monday, 21 July 2014 09:20

Bradley & Hubbard cast-iron ‘Whistling Jim’ doorstop, 16¼ inches tall, est. $10,000-$15,000. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – The trains will be rolling at Morphy’s over the weekend of July 26-27. More than 700 railroad-related lots are entered in the big 1,294-lot Premier Toy Auction featuring all types of toys, trains, wind-ups and vehicles, as well as figural cast-iron doorstops and more. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Topping the train group is Lot 226, a 5-piece Elektoy passenger set consisting of a complete and original brass steam locomotive with tender marked “PENN. R.R.” Likewise, the combo car is complete and original. The set’s passenger cars are lettered for “PRR” and New York, New Haven and New Hartford.” In overall very good condition, this desirable set is estimated at $2,500-$3,500. Other eye-catching lots in this section include two rare, early trolleys – one by Howard and one by Lionel – and a Delker train store display.

Leading the early American toys, a beautiful Jerome Secor clockwork Banjo Player, Lot 998, is in working order and came straight from the house of the original owner’s family. The African-American musician figure is seated on its original wood base decorated with unusual stenciling. A paper label on the back of the iron chair shows how to wind up and handle the toy. The wonderfully sculpted musician’s head is in fine condition, and its clothing and banjo are original. In very good to excellent condition, this classic American automaton is expected to strum up a winning bid of $12,000-$18,000.

Exhibiting pristine condition, a 7-inch Arcade cast-iron Andy Gump toy auto retains its original crank and back license plate. Being the “Deluxe” version, the toy also includes a blue-painted figure and white-painted wheels. Possibly the nicest known example of a comic character classic, this near-mint beauty offered as Lot 961 could reach $8,000-$12,000 on auction day.

Speaking of classics, the Bradley & Hubbard cast-iron doorstop known as “Whistling Jim” qualifies for that category. Standing 16¼ inches tall, this solid-cast figure of a barefooted boy in casual rolled-up pants, a striped shirt and cap, has a wonderful patina. Described in Morphy’s catalog as “the best example [they] have seen,” it is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

Those who appreciate the quality and ingenuity of early German toys – and that would be nearly every antique toy collector – won’t want to overlook Lot 1312, a Fisher 20-inch tin-litho airplane with wings that flap. The toy aircraft is also equipped with a pilot figure and original celluloid propellers that turn when the toy is activated. A most unusual prewar toy with European charm to spare, it could sell in the vicinity of $4,000-$6,000.

In the postwar category, Lot 1094, a Yonezawa tin-litho and painted-tin crank-wind Astro-Scout is the sale’s top robot. In working order and accompanied by its original box with inserts, the excellent to near-mint spaceman has expectations of achieving $4,000-$8,000.

For additional information on any item in the sale, call 717-335-3435 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

Bradley & Hubbard cast-iron ‘Whistling Jim’ doorstop, 16¼ inches tall, est. $10,000-$15,000. Morphy Auctions image 

5-piece Elektoy passenger train set, est. $2,500-$3,500. Morphy Auctions image 

Arcade Deluxe Andy Gump cast-iron toy auto, 7 inches long, near mint, possibly best known example, est. $8,000-$12,000. Morphy Auctions image 

Early American Jerome Secor clockwork African-American Banjo Player from original owner’s family, est. $12,000-$18,000. Morphy Auctions image

Yonezawa tin-litho and painted-tin crank-wind Astro-Scout robot with original box, est. $4,000-$8,000. Morphy Auctions image 

 Fisher (German) tin-litho airplane with celluloid propellers and wings that flap, est. $4,000-$6,000. Morphy Auctions image

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 10:07
 

Mumbling Muse to auction fine Asian, European & Canadian art, July 27

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Thursday, 17 July 2014 15:27

Lot 66 - Canadian oil on canvas by B.C. Cariboo artist Sonia Cornwall (1919-2006) 'Tigerlilies in Woods.' Start: $830 - estimate: $1,150. Mumbling Muse image.

BOWEN ISLAND, British Columbia – As unique as their name may suggest, The Mumbling Muse remains one of Western Canada’s best-kept secret sources for hand-selected and vetted antiques, collectibles and works of art from local West Coast estates. The Mumbling Muse will again be presenting an eclectic offering of genuine estate items on Sunday, July 27, in an Internet-only style auction hosted by LiveAuctioneers.com.

For over 100 years and across four generations the Pappas family name has been synonymous with trading posts and auctions in North America. The first generation (Theodore Pappas I) arrived from Greece to New York in 1913 with only a pocketful of change. Working along the railroad line as a shoeshine and water boy, he eventually settling along a trade route in Prince George British Columbia.

Now fourth generation, The Mumbling Muse strives to be as unique as the items they sell and is definitely not the regular bricks-and-mortar auction house. Built on a strong foundation of family values and decades of combined experience in the trade, The Mumbling Muse has taken a 21st-century approach to the traditional auction house model.

“Even after 100 years in the trade, we are still very much a family affair," says Alethea Pappas, founder and owner. “By abandoning the traditional auction model we have been able to maintain exceptional customer service, 0 percent buyer’s buyers premium, no ‘hidden reserves’ and low opening bids (usually at or below estate probate value) while still maintaining in-house insurance, packing and shipping services (at cost).”

The Mumbling Muse currently holds sales six times per year in an Internet-only style auction. Bidders can register at LiveAuctioneers.com to either leave an absentee/proxy bid with the system or participate live during the automated Internet-only sale.

Some of the upcoming auction highlights include:

Lot 4 - circa 1800 engraved Persian Qajar Dynasty steel war mace. Starting bid: $225.00 - estimate: $350.

Lot 46 - antique Chinese Sung Dynasty (960-1279) glazed ceramic bowl. Start: $74 - estimate $195.

Lot 61 - Japanese Meiji Period cast bronze quail sculptures. Start: $150 - estimate: $550.

Lot 68 - signed and dated 1839 William Moore Sr. oil on copper panel, The Merry Widow. Start: $375 – estimate: $1,475.

Lot 73 - antique 14K gold seed pearl and carved hard stone cameo brooch/pendant, stamped 14K. Start: $375 - estimate: $825.

Lots 89-90 - to be sold individually, two Alfred Leyman (British 1856-1933) signed watercolors - city street scene and country lane. Start: $435 - estimate: $1,095 each.

Lot 93 - large antique tripod Chinese dragon motif censer bowl, Silvered on yellow base metal. Start: $350 - estimate: $550.

Lot 96 - antique Hispano Moresque handled amphora with cobalt inscription. Start: $375 - estimate: $800.

Lot 97 - 1735-1736 ornate silver cup holder, Augsburg, Germany. Start: $80 - estimate: $175.

Lot 119 - antique patinated cast bronze lizard, circa 1900, Viennese or possibly Japanese. Start: $375 - estimate $650.

Lot 58 - Japanese Export tapestry with Continental motif, possibly Edo Period. Start: $550 - estimate: $1,500.

Lot 63 - 17th century German silver cup, Nuremburg, for the Ferrn family, circa 1650-1675. Start: $550 - estimate: $800.

Lot 66 - Canadian oil on canvas by B.C. Cariboo artist Sonia Cornwall (1919-2006) Tiger Lilies in Woods. Start: $830 - estimate: $1,150.

Lot 83 - carved cinnabar lacquer dish, Qianlong, 1736-95. Start: $950 - estimate: $1,500.

Lot 87-88 - to be sold individually, a pair of Walter J. Phillips signed woodcuts from the “Dreams of Fort Garry Series.” Starting bid: $635 - estimate: $895 each.

Lot 91 - Ottoman silver-gilt belt and buckle, period of Abdulhamid II. Starting bid: $450 - estimate: $650.

Lot 95 - Famille Bleu phoenix tureen with elephant head lugs, Guangxu Period, 1875-1908. Start: $550 - estimate: $1,200.

Lot 118 - Fantoni Firenze, Italy, metal sculpture, signed on base. Start: $450 - estimate: $750. Mumbling Muse image.

For details contact The Mumbling Muse at 604-716-9059.

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 66 - Canadian oil on canvas by B.C. Cariboo artist Sonia Cornwall (1919-2006) 'Tigerlilies in Woods.' Start: $830 - estimate: $1,150. Mumbling Muse image.

Lot 58 - Japanese Export tapestry with Continental motif, possibly Edo Period. Start: $550 - estimate: $1,500. Mumbling Muse image.

Lot 63 - 17th century German silver cup, Nuremburg, for the Ferrn family, circa 1650-1675. Start: $550 - estimate: $800. Mumbling Muse image.

Lot 83 - Qianlong 1736-95 carved cinnabar lacquer dish. Start: $950 - estimate: $1,500. Mumbling Muse image.

Lot 87-88 - to be sold individually a pair of Walter J. Phillips signed woodcuts from the 'Dreams of Fort Garry' series. Garden Sundal and Metis Assemble. Starting bid: $635 - estimate: $895 each. Mumbling Muse image.

Lot 91 - Ottoman silver-gilt belt and buckle, period of Abdulhamid II. Starting bid: $450 - estimate: $650. Mumbling Muse image.

Lot 95 - Guangxu Period, 1875-1908, Famille Bleu phoenix tureen with elephant head lugs. Start: $550 - estimate: $1,200. Mumbling Muse image.

Lot 118 - Fantoni Firenze, Italy, metal sculpture, signed on Base. Start: $450 - estimate: $750. Mumbling Muse image.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 12:31
 

Ewbank’s militaria sale coincides with anniversary of WWI

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Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:50

William Hallam's autograph book with (left) a photograph of him with ‘Monty.’ Estimate: £2,000-3,000. Ewbank’s image.

SURREY, UK – Surrey’s premier auctioneer of fine art and antiques, Ewbank’s will mark the 100 years since the start of World War I with a stand alone collectors’ sale of medals, militaria, arms and armor on July 30. Early entries include a number of significant pieces. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Not only will the auction mark this important milestone in world history, it will also be the inaugural sale of its kind at the Burnt Common, Send saleroom. With it comes boys’ own tales of derring-do alongside touchingly poignant reminders of the futility of conflict. The Wednesday sale is expected to attract interest from collectors worldwide. The auctioneers will make a donation from their commission from the sale to Help For Heroes. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Among the early entries is a unique and important archive of autographs and dedications of world statesmen, politicians and military leaders from the estate of William Hallam, collected by him during the period he acted as driver to Gen. Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein.

A note in Hallam’s hand in the front of the book reads: “My Autograph book of famous people I have drove (sic) through the great historic events of 1944-45 as General Montgomery's driver. They were the most exciting and saddest years of my life.”

A dedication by wartime leader Winston Churchill reads: “As it was in the beginning so it must continue to the end Winston Churchill June 1944,” while another dated 1945 reads: “Victory At last the goal is reached, Winston Churchill.”

Other autographs are by New Zealand Prime Minister Peter Fraser; Adm. Bertram Ramsay; Field Marshall Jan Smuts; U.S. Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe, later president, Dwight D. Eisenhower; U.S. Gen. George S. Patton; Air Marshall Sir Arthur Coningham; Air Chief Marshall Trafford Leigh-Mallory; Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King; U.S. Army Gen. Omar Bradley and President of Free France Charles de Gaulle.

The album also contains the autographs of the three German officers who surrendered to Montgomery at his headquarters at Lüneberg on May 3, 1945. They were Adm. Hans-Georg von Friedeburg, commander in chief of the German navy; Gen. Kinsel, chief of staff for Field Marshal Busch’s Wehrmacht command in the north; Rear Adm. Gerhard Wagner and Maj. Friede, one of Kinsel’s staff officers.

Many of the earlier signatures were obtained at the Conference of Army Commanders for the D-Day Invasion, held in Portsmouth on June 1, 1944. The archive is sold with a note pad holder believed to have been used by Gen. Montgomery during the conference, together with photocopied images of Hallam and Montgomery posing with the staff car. The archive is estimated at £2,000-3,000.

From another consignor is a collection of World War II and RAF related autographs including those of dambusters Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the famous bouncing bomb; Leonard Cheshire, commander of the elite 617 Squadron and Ralph Cochrane, later Air Chef Marshal Sir Alex Cochrane, who commanded the Dambuster raid. Others are by fighter ace Douglas Bader, who lost both legs in a crash; Earl Mountbatten of Burma and Field Marshall Montgomery. The collection is estimated at £150-250.

Dutch artist Nico Wilhelm Jungmann (1872-1935) was a survivor of the World War I, which he saw out in the German internment camp at Ruhleben near Berlin. The sale includes a rare drawing done by Jungmann in a wooden frame probably carved by the artist while he was imprisoned.

Ruhleben detainees included men of the Allied countries who were living, studying, working or on holiday in Germany at the outbreak of the war. They included the crews of several civilian ships stranded in German harbors, a number of fishermen and various academics. The German authorities adhered to the Geneva Convention and allowed the camp detainees to administer their own internal affairs. Gradually many societies evolved and letters, books, sports equipment and a printing press being allowed entry. The detainees organized their own police force, magazine, library and postal service. They also arranged their own entertainment, the Ruhleben Musical Society performing The Mikado and the pantomime Cinderella, while the Drama Society staged Othello, Twelfth Night and The Importance of Being Ernest. Sport also played a major role in the life of the camp and numerous matches and tournaments were arranged for cricket, rugby, tennis and golf.

Jungmann was born in Amsterdam. He was apprenticed to a church painter and studied at the Rijksakademie, visitng London in about 1893 on a scholarship before becoming a naturalised British subject. He returned frequently to paint in Holland and in 1900 married his wife, Beatrix Mackay, by whom he had three children. However, his internment led eventually to the breakup of his marriage and the couple divorced in 1918, Beatrix later married into the banking branch of the Guinness brewing family. Jungmann died in London, aged 63.

The pencil drawing is a study of five naked men pulling a rope. It is signed “Nico,” dated 1917, and inscribed "Ruhleben." It also bears official censor's mark for "The Ruhleben Prisoner of War Camp" and is estimated at £200-300.

The prolific French artist Eugène Galien-Laloue (1854-1941) is best known for his atmospheric paintings of fin-de siècle Paris. What is less well known is his work as one of France’s official war artists, both during the Franco Prussian War and World War I.

The sale includes a previously unknown watercolor which recalls bloody, hand-to-hand combat between French and German infantry in the village of Mesnil-les-Hurlus in September and October 1915. Measuring 12.5 x 15.75 inches, the picture shows a ruined church and soldiers fighting in the churchyard. It is estimated at £5,000-10,000.

The first edition of the catalogue raisonné of the Galien-Laloue’s work by Noë Willer, published in 1999, contains only three military subjects, interestingly one of which is of the same subject as the present picture but from a different angle. The author has confirmed to Ewbank’s that the present picture has been accepted and will be included in the second volume of the catalogue raisonné, which is in the process of compilation.

Elsewhere and already consigned to the sale are a number of pieces of so-called trench art – objects made from spent brass shell cases and other detritus of war; weapons, including a 19th century flintlock long-barrel rifle; an Elizabethan cabasset helmet of a type used in the English Civil War (1640-1648) which came from More Place in Betchwork (estimate £400-600); medals; uniforms; books; and poignant letters and photographs. Among the latter is an archive consisting of a memorial plaque, World War I medal, letters and other ephemera relating to Lt. Reginald William Kennedy Oakley of Guildford, who had worked in the editorial department for the Surrey Advertiser.

For further information contact the auctioneer on 01483 223101 or 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

William Hallam's autograph book with (left) a photograph of him with ‘Monty.’ Estimate: £2,000-3,000. Ewbank’s image.

Early Tower flintlock rifle. Estimate: £600-1,000. Ewbank’s image.

Elizabethan cabasset helmet. Estimate: £400-600. Ewbank’s image.

Galiene-Laloue watercolor of combat at Mesnil les Hurlus. Estimate: £5,000-10,000. Ewbank’s image.

Group of nine Royal Navy World War I and World War II medals including George V Naval long service medal. Estimate: £300-500. Ewbank’s image.

John Rennie cartoon of Hitler titled 'Get off the Bank you Dirty Poacher.' Estimate: £200-300. Ewbank’s image.

Leonard Cheshire and Barnes Wallis autographs with picture of a bouncing bomb. Estimate: £150-250. Ewbank’s image.

Memorial plaque, Great War medal, letters and photograph of Reginald Oakley, who worked for the Surrey Advertiser. Estimate: £150-250. Ewbank’s image.

Nico Wilhelm Jungmann drawing in hand-carved fram donein Ruhleben internment camp. Estimate: £200-300. Ewbank’s image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 15:14
 

Find the unexpected at Artemis Gallery’s July 23 Discovery Auction

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 16:12

Chinese Warring States Period bronze ge, circa 5th century BCE. Est. $3,000-$4,000. Artemis Gallery image

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. – It doesn’t have to cost an Etruscan king’s ransom or an Egyptian pharoah’s arm and a leg to collect ancient art and antiquities. There’s an entry level that nearly any aspiring collector can afford, says Teresa Dodge, executive director of Artemis Gallery, whose Summer Discovery Auction is slated for July 23rd. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

“We’ve planned our upcoming auction of predominantly ancient and ethnographic art specifically so that anyone who has ever had the desire to get into this fascinating field of collecting could do so without price being a hindrance,” Dodge said. “However, the quality of the more than 300 lots we’ve chosen for the sale is so high, even seasoned collectors are going to want to check over the catalog very carefully. There are going to be some outstanding bargains that will fit right into many advanced collections.”

At least 10 lots in the sale have Hollywood provenance, as they’ve come directly from the superb collection of Emmy Award winner Donick Cary, who is currently co-executive producer of the hit TV show Parks and Recreation.

Every Artemis Gallery auction features desirable, solidly provenance classical antiquities, and the July 23rd event is no exception. Lot 2 is an attractive Egyptian granite fragment incised with the image of a striding king. If it were complete and 8 inches high, it would sell in the range of $15,000-$20,000, but being a 2½-inch section, its bidding will open at $2,000. The piece shows the figure from mid chest level to just above the knees, with hands against the thighs. It is from Egypt’s premier New Kingdom period, 18th to 20th dynasties.

Lot 14B, an Anatolian (western Turkey) gold sheet decorated with a repousse figure of a standing goat, exhibits wonderful presence and coloration. It measures 2½ inches wide by 2¼ inches tall and dates to around 1000 BCE. It is entered in the sale with a $2,000-$3,000 estimate.

Drinking vessels are found in every culture. Their styles and the materials from which they are made reflect the status of their original owners and the types of beverages they were meant to contain.

Lot 39 is a 2nd to 3rd century CE Roman glass cup probably designed for wine. Standing 3½ inch high, it quite likely came from a Roman villa whose wealthy occupants used it as an everyday glass. Intact and perfect, with a slightly greenish iridescence, it will open for bidding at $400. “You could pay more than that for a 50-year-old piece of Steuben,” Dodge noted. “This item might end up being a very good buy for someone.”

A second vessel of note is Lot 14D, a Mycenaean pottery cup approximately the size of a shot glass. Dating to 1300 BCE, it has a starting bid of only $200.

Ancient coin collectors won’t want to miss the rare coinage included in the sale, which will be priced at 50% of the lowest retail price that Artemis Gallery could confirm. An example from the selection is Lot 62, a “solidas,” or eastern Roman coin made of solid gold. A typical starting price on such a coin might be $1,200; the coin in the July 23rd auction will open at a wallet-pleasing $600.

A fine collection of bronze weaponry includes forms from almost every ancient Asian culture, dating from 1000 BCE to 1200 CE. A highlight is Lot 118, a Chinese Warring States bronze openwork dagger known as a “ge.” A handsome design, its intricate decoration includes ancient Chinese symbols. Estimate: $3,000-$4,000. Additionally, several Dong Son Vietnamese and Cambodian daggers dating to 800-400 BCE will be offered.

The Pre-Columbian section includes 10 pieces of ancient Peruvian pottery from the Chancay culture, 1000-1300 CE. All of the pieces are nice examples, absolutely authentic and intact. They will open for bidding as low as $200. Also Pre-Columbian, a lambayeque – or goblet used in rituals – originated in northern coastal Peru, circa 800 CE. Decorated with bands adorned with warrior figures and birds, it has a starting bid of $1,200.

A very special piece, Lot 239 is a 200 BCE-200 CE model of a temple with a large portico and terrace and mother-of-pearl steps from Western Mexico. It would have been placed in the shaft tomb of an important individual. The highly detailed piece is offered together with an artist’s conception of what the real-life temple on which it was based might have looked like. The required opening bid is $500.

Two extraordinary pieces from the US Arkansas/Mississippi River Valley have been cataloged. Lot 239A is a Quapaw figural jar, while Lot 239B is a large dipper with an emerging human face. Both are rare 17th-century pieces with substantial red and white pigment intact. Each is entered with a $3,500 opening bid.

For additional information about any item in the auction, call Teresa Dodge at 720-502-5289 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 LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Chinese Warring States Period bronze ge, circa 5th century BCE. Est. $3,000-$4,000. Artemis Gallery image

Egyptian granite striding king, circa 1550-1070 BCE. Est. $4,000-$6,000. Artemis Gallery image

Anatolian gold sheet, circa 1200-1000 BCE. Est. $2,000-$3,000. Artemis Gallery image

Roman glass goblet, circa 2nd to 3rd centuries CE. Est. $1,000-$1,500; reserve $400. Artemis Gallery image

Eastern Roman Empire gold solidas, Theodosus II, circa 402 to 450 CE. Est. $1,200 to $1,500. Artemis Gallery image

Chinese Warring States Period bronze ge, circa 5th century BCE. Est. $3,000-$4,000. Artemis Gallery image

One of a group of pottery vessels from Chancay culture, circa 1000-1300 CE. Starts at $200. Artemis Gallery image

Large polychrome Quapaw figural jar, circa 17th century CE. Est. $6,000-$9,000. Artemis Gallery image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 17:02
 

Jeffrey S. Evans to auction 19th/20th century glass, July 26

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:21

Sample of European art glass. Jeffrey S. Evans image

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. - Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will auction a large selection of art glass, Victorian glass and other 19th and 20th century glass on July 26th, including part three of the opalescent glass collection of Larry & Diana Nellans, of Fort Myers, Florida; selections from the Fenton Museum of Glass, the Vaseline glass collection of Barbara H. Friedell of Chicago, Illinois; Victorian glass from a New England collection, and a wide variety of other consignments. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Highlights of this sale include a fine and deep selection of primarily cranberry opalescent glass including Polka Dot, Seaweed, various Lattice and Stripe patterns; Daffodil, Poinsettia, Swastika, Swirling Maze, Daisy in Cross-Cross, Opaline Brocade and Spanish Lace glass.

Another important section of the auction is a fine, 100-item collection of Leaf Umbrella tableware, in all colors and in a wide variety of shapes, including cracker jars, shakers, syrup pitchers, cruets, toothpick holders and water pitchers.

The Vaseline glass collection comprises a wide variety of shapes and styles including a rare Radium Emanator water cooler, epergnes, opalescent patterns, EAPG, novelties, etc.

The sale includes a deep selection of other Victorian glass including a large number of sugar, salt and pepper shakers; water pitchers, tumblers, a 100-piece collection of colored Jeweled Heart/Victor and Leaf Mold pattern articles; rare Phoenix and Hobbs products; bride’s baskets; etc.

A selection of art glass includes examples of Tiffany, Quezal, Loetz-type and Steuben. Other categories represented in the auction include carnival and custard glass; a selection of Early American Pattern glass, Fenton and other 20th century glass; and many other items.

A highlight of the week of the auction is a free appraisal day on Wednesday, July 23 from 1-4 p.m. (three items per person limit). For further information, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 540-434-3939.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Sample of European art glass. Jeffrey S. Evans image

From a large selection of Victorian opalescent glass. Jeffrey S. Evans image

Rare Polka Dot pattern cranberry opalescent glass from the Nellans collection. Jeffrey S. Evans image

Sugar shakers from a large collection of Northwood Leaf Mold pattern. Jeffrey S. Evans image

From a selection of American art glass including Tiffany and Quezal. Jeffrey S. Evans image

Over 200 pieces of Vaseline glass including pressed-glass novelties. Jeffrey S. Evans image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:29
 

Sworders to hold their largest ever art and design sale July 29-30

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Monday, 14 July 2014 10:39

Dame Barbara Hepworth RA (1903-1975), ‘Argos,’ 1969, lithograph printed in colors, on handmade Barcham green paper, signed and numbered 6/60 in pencil, printed and published by Curwen Studio, with their blindstamp, 81 x 59cm. Estimate: £800-£1,200. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

ESSEX COUNTY, UK – A brand of desk, designed in 1959 and which shot to fame when it appeared in two James Bond films, is being sold at the largest ever decorative art and design sale held by Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers on July 29-30. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The rosewood and chrome desk, by Danish designer Bodil Kjaer, is one of the 20th century’s most desirable pieces of furniture. Widely promoted in the press when it was launched, the desk went on to feature in two Bond films, You Only Live Twice and From Russia With Love. Early editions of the piece are said to have been bought by the actor Michael Caine and the Duke of Edinburgh. The Model 901 desk is expected to make £6,000 to £8,000 ($10,263-$13,684).

The desk is one of a range of Scandinavian lots in the sale, which will be held on Tuesday, July 29, and Wednesday, July 30, at Sworders’ sale rooms in Stansted Mountfitchet.

“With a total of 1,000 lots, this is the largest decorative art and design sale we have ever held,” said Sworders Director John Black.

“It’s so exciting to be able to offer a real ‘lifestyle’ sale. Alongside some stunning modern pieces, there are more than 300 lots of Arts and Crafts and Art Deco furniture and furnishings. We’ve had huge interest from people looking for key pieces for their own homes – something with a contemporary feel but with a foot in the past. And with many lots in the £400 to £1,000 ($685-$1,710) price bracket it’s a chance to buy a unique piece that’s beautiful, useful and has real investment potential.”

The furniture collections also include a dining suite designed in 1975 by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Maxalto. The suite is in walnut and the table features the original cement ballast. The lot has a guide price of £3,000 to £5,000 ($5,131-$8,552).

Also featured in the auction is a bronze sculpture by John W. Mills, which is now available to view at Sworders.

The work, titled Embrace, is by the local sculptor who created the Women of World War II Memorial in Horse Guards Parade and the Blitz Firefighters memorial at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Embrace is based on a scene from Frederick Ashton’s choreography of the ballet Romeo and Juliet. It was cast at the Meridian Foundry in London in 1992. The foundry has now closed, but its previous works include the statue of Winston Churchill, which stands in Parliament Square.

Mills lives and works in Hinxworth, near Baldock in Hertfordshire. His other works include the design marking the 50th anniversary of D-Day and the VE Day commemorative coin.

Embrace is 153cm (61.2 inches) high, but stands on a reconstituted stone plinth and is, in total, 228 cm (91.2 inches) high.

“This is a stunning piece and it is now in pride of place in our main reception. John Mills is an exceptionally renowned sculptor and it’s a privilege to be selling one of his pieces which come up for sale very rarely,” said Black.

Its sale guide price is £20,000 to £30,000 ($34,210-$51,315).

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

Dame Barbara Hepworth RA (1903-1975), ‘Argos,’ 1969, lithograph printed in colors, on handmade Barcham green paper, signed and numbered 6/60 in pencil, printed and published by Curwen Studio, with their blindstamp, 81 x 59cm. Estimate: £800-£1,200. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

William de Morgan luster twin-handle vase, early Fulham Period, decorated each side with a peacock among flowering foliage, impressed Sand's End Pottery, crack filled, firing crack, 37cm high. Estimate: £7,000-£10,000. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

Lalique 'Bulbes No. 2' assiette, molded with a blue opalescence, etched stencil mark 'R. Lalique, France,’ 28cm diameter. Estimate: £400-£600. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

Danish rosewood and chrome Model 901 desk, designed by Bodil Kjaer in 1959 for E. Pedersen & Son, 200cm wide x 100cm deep x 72cm high. Estimate: £6,000-£8,000. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

Artona dining suite, designed in 1975 for Maxalto by Afra and Tobia Scarpa, in walnut with ebonised details, table labeled 'Contrappeso Cemento Tavolo Tondo Noce, Liberty & Co., 145cm diameter x 70cm high, and a set of six 'Africa' chairs, with black leather seats. Estimate: £3,000-£5,000. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:14
 

John Moran presents Euro. art, Continental furnishings, July 22

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Friday, 11 July 2014 11:36

Estimated to bring $7000 to $10,000, this Continental armoire is richly veneered with oak, elm, and burl walnut, among other woods. John Moran image

PASADENA, Calif. - In stark contrast to Moran’s modern-leaning June 17th Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction, attendees at the Southern California house’s July 22nd sale will find the saleroom floor resplendent with the gilt detailing of Continental antiques, including a large selection of Louis XV and XVI furniture, urns, clocks, and wall mirrors, displayed beside Edwardian and Renaissance Revival-style furniture, European porcelain, bronzes, art glass, Continental and British paintings and sculpture, and American midcentury modern pottery and furniture. The majority of the July offerings were culled from just five important Southern California private collections, and as always the catalog boasts the fresh to the market pieces of the highest quality.

Internet live bidding during the sale will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.

Fine art consignments include works covering a variety of price points, highlighted by a number of very collectible works by noted European artists. The first, by Fernand Pelez (1843 – 1913 French), is a study for a larger work titled “Petit Misere ou Mendiant au Chapeau,” which recently sold at Sotheby’s Paris for an impressive price of $80,120, well over its pre-auction estimate. The study offered at Moran’s is conservatively estimates at $6000 - $8000.

A moody composition titled “Le Reveil du Coeur” (The Awakening of the Heart) by Anatole Vely (1838 – 18812 French) is one of the largest and most exquisitely detailed of the artist’s works to be offered at auction in recent history. The stunning oil is estimated to find a buyer for $10,000 - $20,000. Known for his maritime compositions, Jules Noel’s representative oil on canvas depicting figures by a group of docked boats is estimated to earn $3000 - $5000. A selection of Erté gouaches hailing from a private Southern California collection will also be offered, including “Midsummer Fair, Le Tir Les Tireurs,” “Venus et les Trois Graces,” and a work featuring an alluring gypsy dancer, all offered for estimates under $1000.

Fantastic selections from an impressive Montecito Estate offer up a number of highlights, including a selection of striking carved giltwood wall mirrors in varying sizes. A monumental carved gilt wood four-panel screen, covered with an antique Flemish tapestry, demands a grand space for display, not only for its size but its visually arresting quality and craftsmanship. The screen is estimated to find a new home for $20,000 to $30,000. An exquisitely decorated gilt bronze-mounted “boulle” marquetry and ebonized bureau plat, with a serpentine rectangular top inset with a gilt-tooled maroon leather writing surface is estimated to bring $5000 - $8000. A robust Continental marquetry armoire, veneered with oak, elm, burl walnut and other woods with scrolled motifs and columnar supports carries an estimate of $7000 - $10,000.

On a different note, select lots of modern American pottery are also to be featured, including work by Ojai, CA potters Otto & Vivika Heino and Claremont, CA potters Rupert Deese and Harrison McIntosh. One lot, a shallow Heino pottery bowl in mottled brown and black with blue and yellow-green splashes, is expected to bring $600 - $800. Carrying the same estimate and injecting a splash of clean-lined modern sensibility into the catalog is a striking pair of stoneware covered jars in dark brown with vertical cream stripes by Deese.

China and porcelain are among the highlighted categories of the July 22nd sale. A pair of Royal Worcester porcelain candlesticks, dated to 1881 and each molded as seated Mandarin figures juggling spheres, carry a conservative estimate of $800 to $1200 for the pair. A figural group titled “Lessons in Love” by famed maker Meissen should earn a price realized between $2500 and $3500. A sensuous Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel Amphora porcelain bust depicting a maiden in a yellow bonnet and dress with delicate gilt highlights is sure to charm bidders with the conservative $1000 - $1500 estimate.

Additional highlights include:

A carved marble statue of a boy and his dog by Samuel James Kitson, just over five feet tall (estimate: $7000 - $10,000).

Among a number of fine French clocks, a Napoleon III gilt bronze and marble mantle clock features a reclining classical female figure and children with various attributes representing the arts (estimate: $2000 - $3000).

A French patinated bronze figural group, cast from a model by French artist Alfred Boucher depicting three elegantly balanced male figures reaching into the distance, carries the title “Au But,” which translates to “Purpose” (estimate: $2000 - $3000)

For additional information on any item in the auction, call 626-793-1833 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

 Estimated to bring $7000 to $10,000, this Continental armoire is richly veneered with oak, elm, and burl walnut, among other woods. John Moran image

 A study for a larger portrait recently sold at Sotheby’s Paris, this naturalist composition is expected to earn between $6000 and $8000 at auction. John Moran image

 A monumentally sized composition, 'Le Reveil du Coeur' by French painter Anatole Vely is offered with a pre-auction estimate of $10,000 to $20,000. John Moran image

 These late-19th-century Royal Worcester candlesticks depicting whimsical Mandarin jugglers are in excellent condition and may reach $800-$1200 at auction. John Moran image

This marble sculpture, created in 1873 during noted American artist Samuel Kitson’s sojourn in Rome, could fetch $7000-$10,000. John Moran image  

 One of a number of quality consignments handpicked from an important Montecito estate, this Napoleon III gilt bronze and marble mantel clock is surmounted by children representing the arts, and a reclining female figure. Estimate: $2000-$3000. John Moran image

 

Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 15:54
 

Jewelry, silver and objets d’art offered at Stephenson’s, July 18

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Thursday, 10 July 2014 16:20

Three sterling silver Georg Jensen brooches, each estimated at $200-$400. Stephenson’s Auction image

PHILA., Pa. – Stephenson’s in suburban Philadelphia is known as the region’s premier estate auction house. The family-owned company specializes in gallery and online sales of fine and decorative art, antiques, furniture and fine-quality jewelry. The next such sale will take place on Friday, July 18, and will feature silver, jewelry and objets d’art from area residences and private consignors. All of the 400+ lots have been cataloged with reasonable estimates and opening bids. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The demand for fine silver continues, and one of the many prized entries in the sale is Lot 54, a 5-piece sterling silver tea and coffee service. The elegant set consists of a coffee pot and teapot – both with bone insulators – sugar bowl with lid, creamer and waste bowl. Marked “Sterling,” the service has a total weight of 72.555ozt. Its presale estimate is $1,500-$1,800.

A stately design, Lot 92 is a hallmarked Weinranck & Schmidt Hanau sterling silver swing kettle on marked stand. Richly decorated with repousee figural and foliate reserves, the joined pieces stand 16 inches high. Having a total weight of 53.415ozt, the kettle/stand unit is expected to make $1,600-$3,000. The sterling silver selection also contains a pleasing array of flatware, serving bowls, trays and baskets; goblets and cordials; sets of teaspoons, candlesticks and various small objects.

A great variety of decorative art is included in the sale. Among the top examples is a stunning antique jeweled and gilt-enameled French porcelain dresser box with matching lid. When opened, the box reveals three perfume bottles with enameled and gilt-decorated tops that match the cobalt-blue outer container. This exquisite work of art is estimated at $600-$1,000.

Many great names in Continental and British decorative art are represented, such as Lalique, Meissen, Coalport and KPM. Lot 3, a KPM porcelain double-cherub figurine, exhibits the superior quality for which the great German manufactory is so well known. Its estimate is a modest $160-$300.

Those who love jewelry – both silver and gold – will be well pleased with the choices in Stephenson’s July 18 auction. Starting with sterling silver, three outstanding and well-marked designs by Danish master silversmith Georg Jensen are offered as consecutive lots. Lot 255 is a circa-1940 tulip brooch whose finely hammered silver is embellished with a dark green stone. Lot 256 is a stylized star-shape brooch designed by Jensen’s Henning Koppel. It, too, is a mid-century piece. Another Henning Koppel for Jensen brooch, Lot 257, is a sophisticated solid freeform triangle with beveled edge on two sides. Each of the Jensen brooches carries a presale estimate of $200-$400.

A wealth of stylish gold jewelry will leave bidders spoiled for choice. Lot 172, a 24K two-tone white and yellow gold panther bracelet features a linked and braided bracelet with two facing, bas-relief panther heads, each with diamond eyes and clasping opposite sides of a gold ring. With a motif that pays homage to the now-classic Panthere design by Cartier, this bracelet is estimated at $800-$1,200.

Lot 173 combines 14K white gold with 15 champagne-color diamonds, each surrounded by 10 white diamonds, in a stylish bracelet whose total diamond weight is 5.0 carats. A versatile contemporary design that could easily travel from brunch to an afternoon business meeting and then to the most formal of dinners, the bracelet is cataloged with a $1,000-$2,000 estimate.

Several charm bracelets will be auctioned, including Lot 264, a triple-strand 14K gold bracelet heavily laden with 22 gold charms. Some of the charms are travel related, depicting such items as a trolley car, cruise ship, and cupcake with “I Love N.Y.” spelled out on the “icing.” All of the charms are either marked 14K or test as gold. Estimate: $2,500-$4,000.

There’s plenty in the sale to appeal to gentlemen, as well. For instance, Lot 121 is a hefty 14K gold ring that contains a 1925 2-1/2 dollar Indian-head gold coin. The centrally positioned coin is surrounded by 12 prong-set round diamonds, with each stone weighing approximately 4 points. This distinctive, chunky (18.2 drams/11.7dwt) ring comes to auction with a $700-$1,200 estimate.

Stephenson’s Friday, July 18 Jewelry, Silver & Objets d’Art Summer Auction will commence at 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

For additional information on any lot in the sale, call Cindy Stephenson at 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

 

Three sterling silver Georg Jensen brooches, each estimated at $200-$400. Stephenson’s Auction image

KPM porcelain double-cherub figurine, est. $160-$300. Stephenson’s Auction image

Five-piece sterling silver coffee and tea service, total weight 72.555ozt, est. $1,500-$1,800. Stephenson’s Auction image

Weinranck & Schmidt Hanau sterling silver swing kettle on marked stand, total weight: 53.415ozt, est. $1,600-$3,000. Stephenson’s Auction image

Men’s 14K gold ring featuring a 1925 2-1/2 dollar Indian-head gold coin surrounded by 12 prong-set round diamonds, est. $700-$1,200. Stephenson’s Auction image

14K white and yellow gold bracelet, facing panthers with diamond eyes, est. 72.555ozt., est. $800-$1,200. Stephenson’s Auction image

14K white gold bracelet with 15 champagne-color diamonds, each surrounded by 10 white diamonds. Total diamond weight: 5.0 carats, est. $1,000-$2,000. Stephenson’s Auction image

Gilt and enamel on cobalt blue French porcelain dresser box containing three perfume bottles with matching lids, est. $600-$1,000. Stephenson’s Auction image

14K gold triple-strand charm bracelet with 22 gold charms, est. $2,500-$4,000. Stephenson’s Auction image

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 16:36
 

Important pottery discovery leads Case’s July 19 auction

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This rare Tennessee ring jug is the most elaborately decorated Southern example of the form found to date, and was made by Civil War era potter Christopher Haun. Est. $16,000-$18,000. Case Antiques image

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— An exceptionally rare Southern pottery ring bottle discovered at a local appraisal fair leads a lineup of more than 800 lots of fine art and antiques at the Summer Case Antiques Auction, set for July 19 at the company’s gallery in Knoxville. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The copper oxide and lead glazed earthenware bottle was made in the shape of a ring, which allowed it to hang easily from a saddle. Although a utilitarian form, company president John Case said it is the most elaborately decorated Southern ring bottle discovered to date, and the only such known form by Tennessee potter Christopher Haun. Haun is remembered not only as an excellent potter, but also for his role in Civil War history: he was part of a group of Union sympathizers executed for burning the Confederate-controlled Lick Creek Bridge in Greene County, Tennessee, in 1861. Haun’s pottery is highly sought after by collectors, and this ring jug is estimated at $16,000-$18,000. Pottery is a specialty at Case, so auction-goers can expect to find other examples of antique Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Midwestern pottery in the sale.

Fine Art constitutes the largest category in the auction. American paintings include an oil on canvas marine scene by influential artist Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847-1917), originally owned by sculptor Henry Augustus Lukeman (1872-1935); it is accompanied by extensive provenance documentation and a radiography report and estimated at $30,0000-$40,000. A bronze sculpture, “The Star,” by American female sculptor Harriet Frishmuth (1880-1980), fresh from a Tennessee estate, is expected to be another key lot, along with a sharecropping scene by William Aiken Walker (1839-1921), and an original drawing by French Impressionist master Camille Pisarro (1830-1903), depicting the artist’s mother. A still life by Ralph Wormeley Curtis (1854-1922), harbor scene by Hayley Lever (1876-1958), landscape by Carroll Thayer Berry (1886-1978), 3 pencil drawings by Alfred Hutty (1877-1954), and duck hunting scene by Aiden L. Ripley (1896-1969) are also featured. Western art includes a Harry Jackson (1924-1911) bronze figure of John Wayne, works by Howard Rogers (b. 1932), Lowell Ellsworth Smith (b. 1924) and Gerald Farm (b. 1935), and 2 cowboy paintings by Carl Hantman (b. 1935), one of which was used as the cover illustration for a Western novel. Art and Military collectors alike are expected to compete for a 19th century portrait of Confederate General Robert E. Lee by Cornelius Hankins (1863-1946) and a William Cary (1840-1922) painting of Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders storming San Juan Hill.

The sale also features a larger-than-usual selection of 20th century art from the Nashville collection of Stephen and Lisa Steiner Small, many of it by Southern artists: a trompe l’oeil “Punch and Judy” scene and a “Humpty Dumpty” scene by Werner Wildner (1925-2004), a Circus Parade scene by Kentucky memory painter Helen LaFrance (b. 1919), an abstract by Kentucky artist Henry Faulkner (1924-1981), and two works by Noel Rockmore (1928-1995; an urban landscape and a portrait of two New Orleans Preservation Hall jazz musicians). The collection also includes a folk art landscape by Charles Wysocki (1929-2002), and surrealist works by Carlo Canevari (1922-1996), John Foote (1921-1968) and Aaron Bohrod (1907-1992).

European paintings in the auction include Paris views by Jules Rene Herve (1887-1981) and Antoine Blanchard (1910-1988), a large oil of a little girl with her doll by Edmund Adler Rode (1876-1965), a 16th century Italian portrait after Antonio Maria Crespi (Il Bustino), a large Battle of Waterloo scene by Charles Hoffbauer (1875-1957) and a pair of 19th century “nature morte” game still lifes by English painter George Morland (1763-1804). A collection of Salvador Dali works including a gold sculpture “Christ of St. John on the Cross,” 2 bas relief silver plaques “Lincoln in Dalivision” and “Last Supper”, and a tapestry, “Battle Round a Dandelion”, all with authentication, plus serigraphs by Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol and 2 lithographs by Joan Miro, round out the art highlights.

“This is Case’s largest offering to date of mid-century modern material, not just art but also furniture and accessories,” pointed out Sarah Drury, Case’s Vice President for Fine and Decorative Arts, adding that demand for 20th century items is increasing as well. Among the expected highlights is a “Frenchman’s Cove” cherry dining table made by George Nakashima in1968 for NASA research pilot Philip Brown of Atlanta. There are also 3 tables by Philip and Kelvin Laverne, Knoll and Eames chairs, midcentury posters, a collection of Bjorn Wiinblad ceramics (including a life size figural sculpture) and 20th century art glass by Lalique, David Hutchthausen, and Charles Lotton.

Adding sparkle to the sale is a 5.06 carat diamond ring with full GIA report, estimated at $30,000-$40,000. The oldest piece of jewelry in the sale is an 18K gold ring by William Fearn of London, dating from 1835, but other periods are represented as well. There are several Art Deco brooches and a 1.65 carat diamond and sapphire ring, a 3-stone mine cut diamond ring, and even a rare 19th century jeweler’s lathe. A vintage Patek Philippe pocketwatch and other vintage wristwatches, groups of jewelry by John Hardy and David Yurman, Southwestern and sterling jewelry, and a good selection of vintage costume and bakelite jewelry, are also for sale.

Civil War material and historic documents are an increasingly important category at Case. This auction includes an archive of letters related to the Tennessee 8th Infantry with graphic descriptions of the war’s toll, photographs including a half-plate tintype showing a cannon and several soldiers from the Keystone Battery of Pennsylvania, along with a collection of Civil War battle maps issued in the 1870s, and an 1809 map of Virginia by Samuel Lewis. Other interesting ephemera includes documents signed by Patrick Henry, Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, John F. Kennedy, John Sevier, and Mark Twain, and a land grant signed by Sam Houston two days before he officially became Tennessee’s governor. There are also about two dozen historic firearms in the sale, including a Civil War brass frame revolver (possibly Griswold), 9 Colt Army, Navy and pocket revolvers, and a Sharps Model 1859 Carbine.

Furniture offerings include a Sheraton carved work table attributed to Salem, Massachusetts, a Windsor settee attributed to Pennsylvania, an Edwardian floral marquetry desk and painted Satinwood breakfront and ladies’ desk. There also are two Southern sugar chests in the sale, plus an East Tennessee cherry Jackson Press and walnut corner cupboard,

A stunning 6-piece coin silver tea service made by Charles Burnett, a leading silversmith of Alexandria, Virginia, is one of nine silver tea services in the auction. There is also a New York coin silver tea service by John and James Cox, an 18th century Boston tankard by William Simpkins, and coin silver from Tennessee, Kentucky and South Carolina (mulberry pattern). A large collection of sterling hollowware by S. Kirk and Sons and Steiff in the Repousse and Baltimore rose pattern includes a tea service, candlesticks, and various bowls, plus 3 flatware services in those popular patterns. Also offered are flatware and hollowware from other American makers such as Gorham and Wallace, and a large Kirk Castle pattern centerpiece.

Porcelain collectors will find much to love in this sale, including an outstanding Meissen figural centerpiece with candelabra, a French Sevres-style tea service decorated with battle scenes and several pairs of Sevres style urns, a pair of Worcester Barr Flight Barr urns, Paris Porcelain, Staffordshire, Herend items, and Austrian portrait plates.

Tennessee’s Milligan College selected Case to sell several Chinese items they are deaccessioning, among them a Qing Civil Officer’s Surcoat and leggings and a silk robe with undergarments and a rare Manchu official’s winter hat. Other Asian arts items in the sale include a rare large Chinese export Hawthorne bowl, Famille Rose jars, plaques and bowls, a collection of Imari and Canton porcelain, and white and green jade carved objects.

Early folk art and advertising includes a life sized cigar store Indian princess and a pair of black folk art carved ventriloquist dolls used for a traveling Tennessee minstrel show, along with trade signs, a painted barber pole and copper doll molds. Toys include a large collection of Lionel trains, an award-winning 1933 scale model Dewitt Clinton Model Passenger Locomotive, a group of cast iron toys and banks, and various German and French dolls (including a possible Bru).

Other notable offerings are a rare Tennessee needlework house sampler, a pair of hand carved black ventriloquist’s dummies once used in a Tennessee traveling minstrel show, a collection of Bohemian/Moser glass, a Federal carved work table attributed to Salem, Mass., a brass ship’s wheel from the USS Yosemite, ship lanterns and other nautical collectibles, and oriental rugs.

The auction takes place on Saturday, July 19, starting at 9 a.m. EST. For additional information on any item in the sale, call the Knoxville gallery at 865-558-3033 or the company’s Nashville office at 615-812-6096 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

 This rare Tennessee ring jug is the most elaborately decorated Southern example of the form found to date, and was made by Civil War era potter Christopher Haun. Est. $16,000-$18,000. Case Antiques image

A desolate marine painting by American romantic visionary painter Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847-1917) is estimated at $30,000-$40,000, and accompanied by documented provenance and radiography report. Case Antiques image 

A George Nakashima 'Frenchman’s Cove #2' cherry dining table leads a selection of midcentury modern furniture and accessories. Est. $8,000-$10,000. Case Antiques image 

 'The Artist’s Mother,' original drawing by Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903), with exhibition history. Est. $4,500-$5,500. Case Antiques image 

 An oil on canvas painting of Teddy Roosevelt storming San Juan Hill by American illustrator and Roosevelt friend William de la Montagne Cary (American, 1840-1922), one of several military-themed artworks in the auction, is estimated at $2,000-$2,500. Case Antiques image

Federal coin silver tea and coffee service by Charles Burnett  (1769-1849, Alexandria, Va./Georgetown, DC), one of several silver tea services in the auction. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000. Case Antiques image 

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:13
 

Material Culture offers fine, self-taught and outsider art, July 18

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Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:25

March Avery (American, b. 1932) Kitchen Window, 1966, oil on canvas. Est. $1,000-2,000. Material Culture image

PHILA., Pa. - Material Culture’s July 18 auction, “Fine, Self-Taught & Outsider Art,” provides a stage for many categories of art across its 564 lots. The auction house, a leader in folk and self-taught art, brings forward the work of many such artists in this sale, from the United States and around the world. Fine art consists primarily of American and European paintings, prints, and works on paper from the 19th century through the present day.

The sale commences at 10 a.m., EST, on Friday, July 18, with LiveAuctioneers providing Internet live-bidding services. This diversity of art will be exhibited, free and open to the public, in Material Culture’s gallery space July 16-17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

One of the leading artists in fine art is American painter March Avery (b. 1932), daughter of Milton Avery. Trained by her father, March’s work displays the focus on color relation, rendering the representational also abstract, that made Milton’s work so important amongst his colleagues Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman and Marsden Hartley. The younger Avery’s finest works at auction are the 1966 oil on canvas painting “Hadrian’s Olives” (lot 414) and the 1975-77 oil on canvas board “Catnap” or “Caleb and Friend” (lot 418). Another 20th century female American painter shown at auction is Dorothy Heller (1917-2003), represented by a work of oil on canvas, a portrait of a woman in long, abstract expressionist brushstrokes (lot 419).

Material Culture’s sale also showcases the work of Hans Christoph Drexel (1886-1979), a German artist whose successful early career was quashed by the Nazis. Denouncing his dark work as degenerate, the Nazi censors forbade him to paint. Like many German artists of this period, Drexel’s art has remained largely hidden from view. The present works were discovered in the estate of Drexel’s godson, Dr. Christof Heinicke, and include a range of works from pre WWI to post WWII. His nine works at auction highlight his mastery of watercolor and his expressionistic use of pastel. Perhaps most striking is his untitled work of watercolor, gouache and pastel on paper, depicting a black bird in flight under an equally dark sky, separated by folk buildings and a watchtower in bright yellow and blue (lot 126). In addition to landscapes, several portraits by Drexel come to auction, the faces in them at once familiar and unsettling (lots 124, 130, 131). Another German-born artist featured at auction is Albert Urban (1909-1959), with six lots of his abstract compositions dating to 1945. Nearly-recognizable forms leap and recede from the geometrical webs of these ink on paper drawings, both colored and black and white (lots 386-391).

Exceptional works by self-taught artists will be on offer. Eleven lots by Purvis Young (1943-2010), a native of Miami, displays the artist’s marriage of assemblage and painting, as in the untitled piece that unites masonite, cardboard, fabric and wood as surfaces for painted figures and buildings (lot 36). The artist’s common themes of the African-American experience and urban life are seen in many of the paintings at auction. American self-taught artist Justin McCarthy (1891-1977) is shown in three paintings that exemplify his variety of subjects. “Christ Carrying the Cross” (lot 27), a strolling couple in “University Campus” (lot 28), and a landscape of “Lake Wallenpaupackke” (lot 29) are all rendered in McCarthy’s bright color and exuberant line. A portrait of McCarthy (lot 31) by another notable self-taught American artist, Jack Savitsky (1910-1991), shares the provenance of the McCarthy figural paintings, coming to auction through the collection of Patricia L. and Morris C. Thompson.

Displayed first among self-taught artists is Ghanian painter Kwame Akoto or “Almighty God,” born in 1950. The eight lots (17-24) by this famous street artist exhibit a number of the subjects for which he has become known, including depictions of animals with a moral theme or anti-smoking message, spiritual or political allegories, and portraits, from his daughters to African Kings. The auction also features a wealth of self-taught art, comprising forty-five lots, from the Living Museum, which fosters the creative talents of the patients of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Institute. Several of the Museum’s star artists, including Issa Ibrahim (b. 1965), Richard A. Smith (b. 1947) and John Tursi (b. 1961) are highlighted in this auction. Ibrahim blends pop culture such as cartoons and action heroes with political messages or erotic situations; his leading pieces at auction are “Justice League” (lot 84), a large canvas depicting President Obama, Michelle Obama and Joe Biden as Superman, Wonder Woman and the Green Lantern, and a painting of Michael Jackson with mixed-media collage (lot 85). Smith’s erotic drawings play with proportion and are often colored with food products, such as mustard. Eight lots by Tursi exhibit the artist’s use of prismatic color and vibrating contrast in the geometrical construction of his surreal faces. Other American self-taught artists shown at auction include Mose Tolliver (1925-2006), Richard Burnside (b. 1940), Barbara Strawser (20th century), Missionary Mary Proctor (20th century) and R.A. Miller (1912-2006).

Other leading lots in fine art painting include a portrait of Saint Sebastian in the manner of Guido Reni (Italian, 1575-1642), oil on canvas in a gilt frame (lot 232), and a still life with flowers by Jeanne de Kock (European, 19th-20th century), also oil on canvas (lot 234). Another still life, by Russian-American artist Joseph Solman (1909-2008) depicts a group of items alongside large windows suggestive of an artist’s studio (lot 405). An oil painting of the Schuylkill Bridge (lot 381) by Giovanni Martino (American, 1908-1997), a still life by Margaret E. Short (American, 20th c.) and two paintings by John Van Dreal (American, 20th c.) round out the category. Featured watercolors include paintings by Christian Ernst Bernhard Morgenstern (German, 1805-1867), Aaron Draper Shattuck (American, 1832-1928), Colin Campbell Cooper (American, 1856-1937), Ignat Bednarik (Romanian, 1882-1963), Ben Benn (Russian/American, 1884-1983) and Adolf Arthur Dehn (American, 1895-1968).

Fine art is also highlighted in works on paper by well-known painters, such as three etchings (lots 243-245) by James Abbott McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903), and six lots of drawings (lots 205-210) by Henri Lebasque (French, 1865-1937). Drawing includes “Market Scene at Piazza di SanMarco Venice” (lot 154) by Andre Maire (French, 1898-1984), a portrait, possibly of painter Jacob Lawrence (lot 457), by Raphael Soyer (American, 1899-1987) and an abstract composition (lot 400) by Taro Yamamoto (American, 1919-1994). Many lithographs and etchings by significant artists are featured in the sale, including pieces by Frank Weston Benson (American, 1862-1951), Ellison Hoover (American, 1888-1955), Reginald Marsh (American 1898-1954), Louis Lozowick (American, 1892-1973), Harold Altman (American, 1924-2003) and Henry Moore (British, 1898-1986). Illustration art from the turn of the 20th century is showcased in work by Leon Guipon (American, 1872-1910), Edwin Megargee (American, 1883-1958) and Grace Gebbie Wiederseim Drayton (American, 1877-1936).

A strong collection of Haitian art at the sale is led by three pieces by Georges Liautaud, frequently regarded as the artistic father of all subsequent metalwork in the country. The steel sculptures at auction are two-dimensional renderings of sprightly people, goats, or the two together (lots 63-65), and their provenance includes the Thompson collection, as above. Among Haitian painting and prints, “The Massacre,” by William Jean Louis (20th century) stands out (lot 66). The savagery of the title’s action, at bottom center, is offset by the breathtaking beauty of the landscape that surrounds.

Other highlights of the auction include over thirty lots of Japanese woodblock prints, with pieces by Utagawa Hiroshige (also known as Ando Hiroshige), Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Utagawa Toyohiro and Utagawa Kunisada. A group of eight Asian painted panels, tree-filled landscapes populated with animals such as cranes and deer, will be auctioned together (lot 342). The auction also opens with a series of vintage posters, led by a linen-backed lithograph of a Brigitte Bardot film (lot 1). Made for distribution in Italy, the poster bears the title “Piace a Troppi,” for the 1956 French film “Et Dieu…crea la femme” (“And God Created Woman”).

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

March Avery (American, b. 1932) Kitchen Window, 1966, oil on canvas. Est. $1,000-2,000. Material Culture image 

Justin McCarthy (American, 1891-1977) Christ Carrying the Cross, 1960s. Provenance: The Collection of Patricia L. and Maurice C. Thompson. Est. $1,000-1,500. Material Culture image

Hans Christoph Drexel (German, 1886- 1979) Untitled (Chickens), watercolor and gouache on paper. Est. $1,000-1,500. Material Culture image

Frank Weston Benson (American, 1862-1951) Old Tom (246, Paff), 1926, drypoint etching from an edition of 150. Est. $1,000-2,000. Material Culture image

Joseph Solman (Russian/American 1909-2008) Still Life, oil on board. Est. $2,000-3,000. Material Culture image

Dorothy Heller (American/New York, 1917-2003) Abstract Expressionist Portrait of a Woman, oil on canvas, old repairs. Est. $1,000-2,000. Material Culture image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:42
 

Heritage to auction Ali's gloves from 1971 Fight of the Century

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Image courtesy of Heritage CLEVELAND – The gloves that Muhammad Ali wore in his 1971 Championship bout against Joe Frazier – the first of three fights between the two giants of pugilism, which would culminate in the legendary “Thrilla in Manila” – will cross the auction block on Thursday night, July 31, 2014, in Heritage Auctions’ Sports Collectibles Platinum Night Auction at The House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio.

“This match was billed as ‘The Fight of the Century,’ and, despite the fact that Ali lost, it more than lived up to its billing,” said Heritage spokesman Chris Ivy. “It was a controversial fight at a controversial time in America and the bout took on distinctly political and cultural overtones. These gloves are more than sports memorabilia; they’re artifacts of early-1970s American Pop Culture.”

At the time, both fighters owned a legitimate claim to the Heavyweight Championship of the World, though only Frazier held the title officially. Ali's reign, which had begun in 1964 when he had beaten Sonny Liston, ended because of his refusal to enter the Vietnam draft. He became the most polarizing figure in American sports, fueling an antipathy within a segment of the American populace unseen since the reign of Jack Johnson. The country was polarized around the match: those who supported the Vietnam War and the failing cause of racial segregation vs. the anti-war crowd and those who favored the Civil Rights movement.

“To top it off, each combatant was guaranteed $2.5 million for the bout, a record purse that lent perspective to the enormity of the contest,” added Ivy. “The fight sold out a month before the event with ringside seats commanding a record $150, with even Frank Sinatra unable to get his hands on one. He ended up with a press credential, taking photos ringside for Life Magazine. The bout was quite literally the most star-studded event in Big Apple sports history.”

Ali dominated the early rounds with deft footwork and a pumping jab. Frazier stalked the elusive former Champ, looking to uncork the devastating left hook that had spelled doom for many of his earlier victims. Slowly the tide began to turn as the fight wore on, Frazier's sledgehammer blows exposing the ring rust on the former Champion.

Ali continued to paw at Frazier's face but the answers came with far more punishing authority and, in the late rounds, it was evident that only a knockout could salvage the night for the Louisville Lip.

“It was Ali that nearly ended up getting knocked out in the fifteenth round at 2:34,” said Ivy. “It was the exclamation point to Frazier's dominating victory. All three judges declared Frazier the victor, setting the stage for the 1974 rematch at MSG and the historic finale to the trilogy at Manila in 1975.”

These gloves, according to Heritage specialists, are the most significant boxing gloves to reach the auction block since those worn by Ali to claim his first World Championship from Sonny Liston in 1964 drew a final bid of $836,500 in a Heritage auction in New York City. Like those gloves, these derive from the personal collection of Ali's renowned trainer Angelo Dundee.

This first professional loss for Muhammad Ali gave birth to the narrative that the former Champion was now a "has-been" who should have remained in exile from the sport, setting the stage for what may be his most celebrated victory against the heavily favored George Foreman in Zaire. Though Ali would publicly decry the loss, he privately acknowledged the legitimacy of Frazier's victory, setting a course for his own redefinition from an arrogant invincible to resilient three-time Champion of the World.

“In order to be a three-time World Champion, Ali had to lose twice,” said Ivy. “This was the fight that steeled his resolve and set him firmly on the path to becoming the Greatest of All Time and one of the most beloved athletes of any sport, or any nation, in history.”

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 08:48
 

Morphy's July 19 auction targets rare antique & contemporary firearms

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Pair of 1857 Colt Walker Type 3 Dragoons, consecutive numbers, purchased by a Pennsylvania man who later served in an Ohio regiment in the Civil War, est. $45,000-$60,000. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – A premium-quality selection of antique through contemporary firearms will be offered at Morphy’s July 19, 2014 auction in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Well over 1,000 lots of rare and desirable guns, boxed ammunition, swords and militaria await collectors, who can participate in the sale online through LiveAuctioneers.

Bidders will have to aim high to claim Lot 83, a pair of 1857 Colt Walker Type 3 Dragoons. The guns have consecutive serial numbers and were acquired from Colt Manufacturing by Lambert B. Wolfe. Family history shows Wolfe lived near Hanover, Pa., at the time of the guns’ purchase, but he later relocated to Ohio. He achieved the rank of captain during the Civil War, serving in the 142nd Ohio Infantry Regiment. A long and fascinating history accompanies the pistols to auction at Morphy’s, where they are expected to make $45,000-$60,000.

Other Colt highlights include Lot 201, an 1873 SAA US-marked .45 caliber revolver with an excellent bore, walnut grips and sharp metal stampings, est. $8,000-$12,000; and Lot 304, comprising two Colt Snake Eyes .357 caliber pistols. Both are new and unfired, and come with their original boxes. One is stainless and the other is blued. In near-mint condition, they are entered with a $10,000-$15,000 estimate.

One of the most unusual guns ever to appear in a Morphy sale is Lot 29, a “punt” or “market” gun. This type of firearm was widely used for commercial hunting of waterfowl in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially on the Chesapeake Bay and Susquehanna River. These oversize guns, each weighing 60 pounds, were literally small cannons and could be mounted to the gunwales of a punt boat. Federal legislation outlawed such guns around a century ago, making them especially desirable to today’s collectors. The example coming up at Morphy’s is estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

Among the shotguns to be auctioned are Lot 627, a Browning Superposed Grade III Belgian model with engravings by master engraver Felix Funken, est. $3,000-$5,000; and Lot 584, a Linder Charles Daly Diamond 12-gauge with no import marks, meaning it was a pre-1892 production. It is estimated at $3,000-$4,000. Lot 159, a Winchester 1894 Deluxe Takedown .25-.35-caliber rifle with Lyman receiver sight is in fine condition and potentially could sell for $6,000-$8,000.

A wide array of militaria includes Lot 931, a tunic for a Nazi lieutenant colonel, with an Adolph Hitler woven band around the left cuff and SS tag inside the left pocket. Together with a pair of trousers, the lot is estimated at $5,000-$10,000.

There’s never a shortage of bidders for antique and vintage boxes of ammunition. The graphics on early American ammo boxes were among the most beautiful examples of advertising art in their day. An example is Lot 736, a profusely decorated Winchester “Christmas Box” containing 80 original shells. It is estimated at $2,000-$4,000.

Questions about any item in the sale may be emailed to Kris Lee at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Chase Johnson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Pair of 1857 Colt Walker Type 3 Dragoons, consecutive numbers, purchased by a Pennsylvania man who later served in an Ohio regiment in the Civil War, est. $45,000-$60,000. Morphy Auctions image

‘Punt’ or ‘market’ gun popular in late 19th/early 20th century for commercial hunting of waterfowl on the Chesapeake Bay and Susquehanna River, est. $8,000-$12,000. Morphy Auctions image

Winchester 1894 Deluxe Takedown .25-.35-caliber rifle in fine condition, est. $6,000-$8,000. Morphy Auctions image

Lot consisting of two Colt Snake Eyes .357-caliber pistols; one stainless, the other blued, near mint, est. $10,000-$15,000. Morphy Auctions image

Winchester ‘Christmas Box’ containing 80 original No. 10 shells, est. $2,000-$4,000. Morphy Auctions image

Tunic for Nazi SS lieutenant colonel, with SS tag in left pocket and cuff tag bearing the name ‘Adolph Hitler,’ paired with trousers that appear to be original, est. $5,000-$10,000. Morphy Auctions image

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 12:30
 

Auction Zero offers 100+ lots of signed designer jewelry, July 17

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Wednesday, 02 July 2014 11:55

Chantecler (Island of Capri) diamond, pink sapphire and green gemstone dragonfly ring. Total diamond weight 1.50cts. Auction Zero image

LONDON – Auction Zero, London’s newest and most exclusive boutique auction house specializing in fine jewels, estate and designer jewelry, watches, gold bullion and coins, has chosen a name that quite succinctly describes its business model. They charge no commission whatsoever to consignors – zero. And there are no additional charges for photography, marketing, online exposure or unsold lots, either.

“We are taking a different approach in the marketplace. Whatever an item sells for on the hammer in our sales, that is exactly what the vendor receives. Our commission comes from the buyer’s premium,” explained Keith MacRae, the specialist consultant who is cataloging the firm’s July 17 auction of all-signed designer jewelry. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Each and every piece of jewelry accepted for Auction Zero’s “Signed, Special and Affordable” sale is a genuine article, signed by its designer. The dizzying array of names represented includes literally all of the most desired luxury brands: Bulgari, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Gucci, Dior, Hermes and Rene Boivin. The list goes on to include Buccellati, De Vroomen, Boucheron, Stephen Webster, Georg Jensen, Patek Philippe, David Webb and so many more.

“Collectors love the superior quality and imaginative designs from these distinguished design houses, and they love them even more when the pieces are signed,” said MacRae. “The items we’ve chosen for the July 17th auction are the ultimate in good taste and reflect the jewelry styles that people want today.”

A top lot in the sale is a pair of exquisite ruby and diamond earrings by David Morris. Designed as tapered hoops with two rows of alternately set gems, the earrings have a total ruby weight of 10.35 carats and a diamond weight of 7.11 carats. Originally purchased in 1986 from David Morris’ New Bond Street atelier in London, the earrings are accompanied by a copy of the store invoice.

Crescent-shape 18-carat gold earrings covered overall in round, brilliant-cut diamonds bespeak heirloom quality and are presented in a Garrard and Co., velvet-lined box. Known for their superb craftsmanship and utmost attention to detail, Garrard is a favorite of royalty the world over.

Several pieces by Bulgari have been consigned, including a pair of 1989 multi-gem Gancio ear hoops, a gold Tubogas band-style bracelet with pave-set diamonds in a double-heart shape, and a pair of ruby and diamond ear clips.

No woman can resist the allure of long, embellished chains, especially when they are adorned with gems like those used in Marina B’s design interspersing polished spheres between chalcedony and onyx beads. For decades, Marina B’s distinctive style attracted a client list that included Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco and film stars Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor and Julia Roberts.

Another name favored by style icons for well over a century is Van Cleef and Arpels. A spectacular platinum ring from the revered French firm features a 13.4mm South Sea pearl at the center, surrounded by two rows of undulating pave-set diamond petals. “In terms of eye appeal and quality, it’s a 10-plus,” said MacRae.

From the island of Capri comes a stunning ladies’ ring by Chantecler, a design house whose loyal admirers included Jacqueline Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn and numerous other trendsetters. Its brilliantly hued pink sapphires, diamonds and emerald-green stones form a wonderful dragonfly with wings opened as though in flight.

Another Italian name synonymous with creativity and originality is that of the noble Milanese design house Buccellati. Auction Zero will offer a beautiful Buccellati necklace with a heart-shape jadeite drop, textured palmette spacers and diminutive cabochon-ruby accents. Measuring 41.5cm in length, it is a refined choice that combines a European aesthetic with gems long favored by Chinese jewelry buyers. Another auction lot suggestive of China’s rich and ancient culture is an 18K yellow gold, diamond and red-enamel lion’s-head bangle by Kutchinsky.

Entered as two consecutive lots are an 18K gold ring and pair of matching earrings by De Vroomen. Each piece is set with an oval Burmese cabochon ruby. Ultra chic in its simplicity, the suite displays all of the fine qualities and trademark look that result from De Vroomen’s painstaking hand-hammered technique.

An especially fine selection of jewelry by Tiffany and Co., is led by an unusual platinum and diamond necklace. Its design consists of a series of articulated geometric and floral-motif links set with circular- and square-cut diamonds. Fit for a princess, it is marked T&Co. PT 950, for “platinum” and its gross weight of 50 grams.

“Truly, our online catalog is meant to be browsed through and enjoyed, as each piece is, as the auction title states, signed, special and affordable when compared to the prices one might see elsewhere,” said MacRae.

Bidders will be in good company buying from Auction Zero. The firm is located in Hatton Garden, London’s prestigious fine-jewelry hub, but their clientele is a global one, with bidders participating in their sales from as far afield as China and Australia. Those wishing to preview auction items in person may do so by appointment during the four days leading up to the sale.

Absentee and live-online bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. For information on any piece in the July 17 sale, or to discuss consigning an item to Auction Zero’s planned August sale, tel. 011 44 207 9938368 (from USA) or 0207 9938368 (within UK); 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

Chantecler (Island of Capri) diamond, pink sapphire and green gemstone dragonfly ring. Total diamond weight 1.50cts. Auction Zero image

David Morris ruby and diamond hoop earrings. Total ruby weight 10.35cts., diamond weight 7.11cts. Purchased directly from David Morris. Auction Zero image

Front/back views of Patek Philippe gold, enamel and diamond-set fob watch with dark green guilloche enamel back. Provenance: Lord Curzon of Kedelston, Viceroy of India. Auction Zero image

Chanel ‘Camellia’ 18K white gold earclips, each with a brilliant-cut central diamond and diamond-studded openwork ‘petal’ surround. Total diamond weight: 1.60cts. Auction Zero image

Bulgari diamond bracelet, Tubogas band with center double-heart motif of pave-set diamonds. Auction Zero image

Marina B chalcedony and onyx long chain, 87.5cm (34.4in) long. Auction Zero image

Van Cleef & Arpels platinum ring with 13.4mm South Sea pearl and two rows of undulating, pave-set diamond petals. Total diamond weight 4.30cts. Auction Zero image

Platinum and diamond necklace by Tiffany and Co., articulated geometric and floral-motif links set with circular- and square-cut diamonds (as shown in closeup), gross weight 50 grams. Auction Zero image

Circa-1920 Cartier New York necklace comprising a circular jadeite pendant suspended beneath an oval cabochon ruby, with suspended ruby drop and 36 old, brilliant-cut diamond millegrain-set collets on 51cm (20in) chain. Auction Zero image

Cartier platinum Tutti Frutti 2.12-carat cushion-shape diamond, carved sapphire and emerald leaves accented by baguette- and circular-cut diamonds. Gross weight 11.7 grams. Auction Zero image

David Webb 18K yellow cold cuff bracelet of bombe design, decorated with turquoise cabochons and round diamonds. Auction Zero image

Cartier Belle Epoque gold and diamond parasol handle with white and blue guilloche enamelwork and carved gold swag detail. Auction Zero image

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 14:17
 

Rare 13th century Knights Templar archive to be auctioned July 17

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Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:50

From an archive to be auctioned on July 17 in London, 28 charters pertaining to the Knights Templar and Knights Hospitallers. Est. £40,000-60,000

LONDON - A significant archive of 28 charters and deeds granting gifts of land and property in West Yorkshire to the Knights Templar and Knights Hospitallers is being auctioned at Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions' Antiquarian Books sale on Thursday, July 17, 2014. LiveAuctioneers will provide the Internet live-bidding services for the event.

Simon Luterbacher, Director of Manuscripts & English Literature at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions said: “Documents relating to the Knights Templar are extremely rare and highly sought after; an archive of this size and quality has not been seen in auction for over 50 years, and likely won’t be again.”

The Knights Templar was a Christian military order founded after the first crusade by Hugo de Payens and Bernard of Clairvaulx to defend pilgrims travelling between Europe and the Holy Land. The order was established in England during the reign of Henry II and quickly gained a large estate throughout several counties, and Yorkshire in particular.

They enjoyed patronage under several kings, especially Richard I, King John and Henry III and were noted for their financial dealings. The order became a favored charity throughout Christendom when they were officially endorsed by the Catholic Church around 1129; they grew in membership and power.

With their distinctive white mantles with a red cross, Templar Knights were the most skilled and feared fighting units of the Crusades. Once the Holy Land was lost and rumours of the secret initiation ceremony began to circulate and created mistrust, the order was suppressed by order of Philip IV of France in 1307, and later, in England in 1308.

The Knights Hospitallers, or the Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem, now the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, was a parallel organization founded in 1099 by The Blessed Gerard Thom to help sick pilgrims travelling to the Holy Land.

As with the Knights Templar, the Knights Hospitallers had a military function and gained large estates in the twelfth century. In the 1140s the Order was granted ten acres of land in Clerkenwell, which became their headquarters and of which the gateway still remains and is now the museum of the Order in England. After the fall of the kingdom of Jerusalem, the order moved its headquarters, briefly to Cyprus, then until 1522 to Rhodes, and finally, Malta.

Ten of the 28 are charters and deeds of gifts to the Knights Templar of Temple Newsam comprising:

Richard de Rihil [Ryhill], of c. 20 acres in South Crossland, land in Waderode (land on the river Calder), one and a half acres by the moor near Adam le Venur with rights of burning, building and fencing (3 deeds); Lady Alina, widow, of Crossland, daughter of Philip de Rihill, of half a house or toft, which Elias, son of Adam le Venur held and the right to take wood for building and burning within the boundaries of Crossland, as well as pannage for their pigs within the boundaries of the donors woods and others.

Seventeen of the 28 are charters and deeds of gifts to the Knights Hospitallers of the preceptory of Newland comprising:

Alan, son of Simon de Wately, of all Hardinge Rode and land in Colresle; Robert de Weteley [Whitley or Wheatley], of a third part of the land his uncle gave in Whitley; Matilda of Stanforham of 3s which Jordan, son of Matthew pays from the rent of Flackton [Flockton]; Elias, son of Haswi of Heton [Kirkheaton], of land in Heton; William, son of Michael of Brethwisel, of land in Brethwisel; Adam, son of Robert de Notton, of land between the stream and castle of Almanbira [Almondbury]and others.

The final deed is by Adam, son of Adam de Byrkeg de Cumberward to Peter of Colriselay, granting the land and messuage of the Hospital of Jerusalem in Crossland.

The sale will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2014. View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

From an archive to be auctioned on July 17 in London, 28 charters pertaining to the Knights Templar and Knights Hospitallers. Est. £40,000-60,000

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 15:17
 

Saber-tooth cats cut to the chase in I.M. Chait's July 26 auction

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Ice Age Mammuthus primigenius (Mammoth) tusk, 93¼ in long as measured around the curve. Origin: Alaska. Estimate: $60,000-$70,000. I.M. Chait image

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Many of the world’s premier natural history collections, both private and institutional, contain prized specimens that previously passed through the doors of I.M. Chait’s Beverly Hills auction gallery. Twice a year, the family-owned company conducts a sale of fossils, minerals, gemstones and prehistoric animal skeletons. Chait’s next natural history auction, slated for Saturday, July 26, 2014, will feature select pieces from all of those categories and more. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Several private collections are represented in the July offering, including the Estate Collection of Marina Louise Schreyer of Switzerland, which features minerals, spheres and other lapidary works; and a private East Coast collection of fossils and lapidary works that includes a complete dinosaur head, ammonites and a large amethyst geode mounted as a table.

The star of the show, which is featured on cover of the auction catalog, is a display of two fully articulated Dinictis feline (saber-toothed cats), locking in mortal combat with their fearsome jaws agape. The two skeletons were recovered in 1998 and 1999 from separate private ranches in South Dakota’s White River Badlands regions.

“No comparable display specimens of the same quality and originality exist in either private or museum collections,” said Jake Chait, director of I.M. Chait’s Natural History department.

The Dinictis is one of the earliest saber-toothed cats to appear in the fossil record, 38-34 million years ago. It was a member of the Nimravidae family – the “false” saber-toothed cats – which were similar but not related to the later Felidae (true cats).

Their hyper-developed canine teeth were essentially finely serrated knives, specialized for killing or feeding. Scientists believe that elongate sabers were specialized for severing either the windpipe or jugular of a prey animal after they were brought down, allowing the cat to administer a swift ‘coup de grace’ to immobilize its prey, Chait said.

The skeletons in the display are in outstanding condition, preserved and mounted to the very highest standards. By bone count, they are 50-60% and 70-80% complete, respectively. As top lot of the sale, the three-dimensional depiction of a prehistoric catfight is expected to make $200,000-$250,000.

Other fascinating zoological entries include a very large and well-preserved Mammuthus primigenius (“Mammoth”) tusk found in Alaska and dating to the Ice Age, estimate $60,000-$70,000; a superbly mounted “flying dinosaur” posed as though in flight, estimate $110,000-$140,000; and what may be the world’s longest known example of dinosaur coprolite (fossilized dung). Measuring 3 feet 4 inches long, it could sell for $8,000-$10,000. Additionally, the sale features lapidary works of art, various investment-grade fossils, minerals and gemstones; and petrified wood from multiple American estates.

Mummy parts are intriguing and extremely hard to come by. The July 26 auction offers collectors a rare opportunity in the form of an Egyptian mummified female hand. “The hand was purchased from a museum many years ago and has since remained in a private collection,” Chait noted. Estimate: $3,000-$4,000.

Now that the United States has terminated its manned space shuttle program, auction prices on geological specimens from the moon and beyond have shot through the stratosphere. I.M. Chait’s sale includes a vial of Martian dust – not from a NASA Mars mission, since astronauts have yet to set foot on the Red Planet, but from a Martian meteorite that hit the earth millions of years ago. The meteorite was discovered in the Sahara Desert in 2009. The 1¼-inch vial is expected to reach $550-$700 at auction.

Recovered in southern Morocco in early 2012, a meteorite believed to be from the planet Mercury – the first of its kind to be identified as such – has an approximate age of 4.56 billion years. Its composition is consistent with Mercury data obtained by the Messenger spacecraft, which has been orbiting the planet closest to the sun since early 2011. “This is the type of specimen that ends up in a connoisseur’s collection,” said Chait. “It’s rare and historically very significant.” Estimate: $42,500-$46,000.

An exciting selection of meteorites and other extraterrestrial material (from the moon and Mars); and quality space memorabilia from a private Los Angeles collector add to the variety available to bidders in the 360-lot sale.

I.M. Chait’s Important Natural History Auction will take place at the Chait gallery on Saturday, July 26, 2014, commencing at 1 p.m. Pacific Time (4 p.m. Eastern). The gallery is located at 9330 Civic Center Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. For additional information on any item in the auction, call 1-800-775-5020 or 310-285-0182; or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Ice Age Mammuthus primigenius (Mammoth) tusk, 93¼ in long as measured around the curve. Origin: Alaska. Estimate: $60,000-$70,000. I.M. Chait image

Mounted display of two fully articulated Dinictis felina, or saber-toothed cats, engaged in combat. Origin: White River Badlands, South Dakota. Estimate: $200,000-$250,000. I.M. Chait image

Mummified female hand, Ptolemaic period. Origin: Valley of the Queens, Thebes, Egypt. Estimate: $3,000-$4,000. I.M. Chait image

Measuring 40 inches, possibly the longest known example of fossilized dinosaur dung, also known as a coprolite. Origin: Wilkes Formation, Toledo, Lewis County, Washington. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000. I.M. Chait image

Vial containing particles of the Martian meteorite NWA 5790, discovered in 2009 in Mauritania, in the Sahara Desert. Estimate: $550-$700. I.M. Chait image

First meteorite believed to be from the planet Mercury, found in 2012 in southern Morocco. Estimate: $42,500-$46,000. I.M. Chait image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 15:04
 
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