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Botero 'Ballerina' bronze, 2 original Picassos lead Beaux May 27 auction

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014 09:30

Fernando Botero (Colombian, b. 1932-), ‘Ballerina,’ bronze, #5 of 6. Est. $250,000-$350,000. Beaux Auctions image

MIAMI (LAPRS) – Two choice, original Picasso drawings and one of Francisco Botero’s most sought-after sculptures are among the 95 prized artworks featured in Beaux Auctions’ May 27 absentee and online-only sale, with Internet bidding through LiveAuctioneers. Every piece included in the fine art and antiques auction has been personally chosen and carefully curated by Beaux Auctions, and most will be offered without reserve. Additionally, each of the sale’s headliners is accompanied by a written study prepared during the authentication process.

The sculptural creations of Francisco Botero (Colombian, b. 1932-) are visually unmistakable and can be seen in museums, plazas and parks throughout the world, from New York’s Park Avenue to the Champs Elysees in Paris. One of the forms collectors covet but seldom have the opportunity to acquire is Botero’s 2006 bronze Ballerina, which was cast at Fonderia Artistica Mariani in Italy in an edition of six. Beaux Auction will present Ballerina #5 of 6 – signed, numbered and stamped within the casting – at their May 27 auction. The 17-inch patinated bronze sculpture is expected to achieve $250,000-$350,000.

“Any Botero collector is going to want this piece,” said Beaux Auctions partner Ynoluz Bacalao. “It’s very desirable, and I think it has a chance of even exceeding its auction estimate.” Those who purchase top-tier art from Beaux do so with confidence, Bacalao added. “As we state in each catalog description, the lot is ‘as described, or your money back.’”

Will they end up in a museum or a private collection? – that is the question being asked about two original pen and ink and inkwash drawings by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). Cataloged as consecutive auction lots, both of the 1930s artworks reflect an important recurring theme in Picasso’s body of work from that period – that of the bull and the Minotaur. Each is estimated at $250,000-$350,000. (Provenance upon request)

“The composition in both of the drawings is reminiscent of some of the lithograph prints in the Vollard Suite,” said Bacalao. “The bull and Minotaur appear in Picasso prints, but rarely in his original drawings. Experts who have viewed the two artworks in our sale say they are 100% authentic. Everything about them is right, down to the type of paper. We invite anyone with an interest to come to our gallery to conduct their own personal inspection.”

The Picassos are titled Minoature et la Dormeuse, measuring 11.5 by 15.1 inches; and Minotaure s’approche de la Dormeuse, whose vertical orientation is 15.1 x 11.5 inches. It is presumed that the model who posed for the drawings was Picasso’s muse, Marie-Therese Walter.

Highlighting the 18th/19th-century European paintings is a Francois Pascal Simon Gerard (attr.) (Rome 1779-Paris 1837) oil on board inspired by Daphnis and Chloe, characters in a 2nd century A.D. Greek novel by Longus. Superbly executed, the 27 by 20-inch work is framed and in excellent condition. Its estimate is $30,000-$40,000.

“When Gerard paintings appear at auction, they tend to exceed their estimates by quite a wide margin – sometimes doubling expectations,” said Bacalao. “The painting in our auction is an outstanding example and pleasing to the eye. The anatomies and sky are exceptional.” The lot is accompanied by a complete study that eliminates the possibility of its having been painted by any of Gerard’s contemporaries, Bacalao noted.

An Ancient Roman reconstituted mosaic panel from Dougga, Tunisia, 150 B.C., depicts a lion attacking an antelope. Its dimensions are 26.5 by 18.5 inches, and it is estimated at $1,500-$2,500. “Dougga is almost certainly the best-preserved Roman town in North Africa and is acclaimed for its period mosaics,” said Bacalao. “This panel is a fine representation.”

Beaux Auctions has a large and loyal following of buyers who collect Latin-American art – and they’re not all based in the Americas. “Brazil has a growing, very wealthy base of art collectors, but worldwide the ‘new rich’ are investing in art as an alternative to the stock market. The Chinese don’t always bid, but when they see a masterpiece they want, they’ll bid as high as they have to go to get it. They’re very hard to beat,” Bacalao said.

Latin-American selections in the May 27 auction range from classical to contemporary. From the Cuzco school, a circa-1740 Salamiel Dei oil depicting an archangel with arquebus measures 48½ by 40 inches and is estimated at $16,000-$20,000. A late-19th-century Cuzco school painting, Birthday of the Virgin, is by an anonymous artist and is a richly gold-embellished interior scene depicting The Holy Family, angels and other attendants. It measures 35 by 27.5 inches, is exquisitely framed, and is estimated at $10,000-$12,000.

The sale also features colonial art of the Americas, including antique oil-on-copper paintings; and Cuban art. The best of the latter category is an original drawing by Wifredo Lam (1902-1982). The untitled ink-on-paper drawing, 13 by 19.5 inches, is an intricately detailed, high-quality drawing with a personal inscription from 1958. It comes with a COA from Lou Laurin Lam and is offered with a $15,000-$20,000 estimate. Also of note is a striking Elmar Rojas (Guatemalan, b. 1938-) oil on canvas. Estimate: $40,000-$50,000.

Beaux Auction makes every effort to be flexible and considerate of its customers, no matter where they live. “Although our auctions are online and absentee only, purchases do not have to be shipped immediately. We are happy to hold purchases for buyers who know they will be coming to Miami – for instance, to attend Art Basel or Art Miami – and who wish to collect their purchases at that time,” said Bacalao. “And, we like to make it simple on the other end of the transaction, as well. Most of what we sell comes to us through referrals from art appraisers and dealers who handle high-end estates. Working with us is a much faster process than working with large auction houses. There’s much less paperwork and far less lead time till the next sale. As a result, our consignors receive payment much faster, and that has made a big difference to our business.”

Beaux Auctions’ Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Fine Art & Antiques Auction is an absentee and online event accessible through LiveAuctioneers.com. The start time is 6 p.m. Eastern Time. All lots may be previewed via the online catalog, although interested parties are welcome to preview in person if they are in the Miami area. Contact Beaux Auctions to schedule a viewing time. For information on any item, call tollfree 1-877-572-1708 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All enquiries will be answered promptly.

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

Fernando Botero (Colombian, b. 1932-), ‘Ballerina,’ bronze, #5 of 6. Est. $250,000-$350,000. Beaux Auctions image 

 Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), ‘Minotaure et la Dormeuse,’ original pen and ink and inkwash drawing, 11.5 x 15.1 inches. Est. $250,000-$350,000. Beaux Auctions image

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), ‘Minotaure s’approche de la Dormeuse,’ original pen and ink and inkwash drawing, 15.1 x 11.5 inches. Est. $250,000-$350,000. Beaux Auctions image 

Francois Pascal Simon Gerard (attr.)(Rome 1779-Paris 1837), oil on board, 27 x 20 inches. Est. $30,000-$40,000. Beaux Auctions image 

 Salamiel Dei (Cuzco school), La Paz, Bolivia; archangel with arquebus, circa 1740, oil on canvas, 48½ x 40 3/8 inches. Est. $16,000-$20,000. Beaux Auctions image

Anonymous artist (Cuzco school), ‘Birthday of the Virgin,’ 19th century, 35 x 27.5 inches. Est. $10,000-$12,000. Beaux Auctions image 

 Elmar Rojas (Guatemalan, b. 1938 -), oil on canvas, 61 x 51 inches. Est. $40,000-$50,000. Beaux Auctions image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 09:45
 

High quality key to John Moran jewelry auction May 20

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014 12:35

This platinum and diamond ring, with a central 8.54-carat brilliant-cut diamond, is expected to go home with one lucky buyer for between $90,000 and $110,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

PASADENA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers’ jewelry specialists have been busy culling private estates and collections for fresh, high quality pieces for their May 20 HQ Jewelry and Luxury Auction. Offering over 300 lots of both fine and costume jewelry spanning many styles and eras, including signed pieces by legendary designers, the sale promises to excite serious collectors as well as those simply looking to add a little sparkle to their summer ensembles.

Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

The large number of statement jewels set with colored stones is sure to dazzle. A set of amethyst and 18K gold jewelry by two design greats has already piqued the interest of a few collectors. The brooch by Jean Schlumberger is centered with seven gorgeous hexagonal-cut stones, and paired with the later-made matching ear clips by David Webb makes an irresistible ensemble. The set should easily fetch a price within its $8,000-$12,000 estimate, and possibly more.

Echoing some of Schlumberger’s more whimsical designs, an 18K gold brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels is modeled as a lion with green gem-set eyes, an onyx nose, and a muzzle made of 14 full-cut diamonds. The friendly looking cat is estimated to find a new caretaker for $1,500-$2,500.

Striking a classic note is a green jadeite and 14K white gold ring. Accompanied by a GIA report, the translucent cabochon is certified to be of natural color with no indications of treatment, and is surrounded by 24 full-cut diamonds, totaling approximately 0.95 carats. The stunning ring is expected to sell in the realm of $1,500-$2,000.

The supply of diamonds, both colored and colorless, will be plentiful at Moran’s May HQ auction, with a wide range of prices and styles to suit every taste and every budget. An Art Deco diamond and platinum ring featuring rubies and an old European-cut diamond weighing approximately 2.35 carats is estimated at $9,000-$11,000.

A gold and platinum ring set with a 2.85-carat cushion-shaped light yellow diamond flanked by brilliant-cut yellow diamond shoulders carries a $12,000-$15,000 estimate.

On the upper end of the price spectrum is a true showstopper, a platinum ring set with an 8.54-carat G-color round, brilliant-cut diamond flanked by two tapered baguettes, estimated at $90,000-$110,000.

Buyers should also be on the lookout for delicate Victorian and Edwardian pieces, which continue their ascent in popularity begun several years ago, as well as for the many modern design classics that will make an appearance. Among the latter is an iteration of designer Aldo Cipullo’s iconic Love bracelet for Cartier in 18K yellow gold and styled all over with the locking mechanism motif. It is paired with a Cartier 18K tri-color rolling ring. The two pieces together carry an estimate of $1,000-$1,500.

A number of impressive timepieces by Swiss makers will make their star turns. Among the expected performers is an IWC Schaffhausen Portuguese automatic watch with seven-day power reserve, modeled with a white dial and polished stainless steel case, and offered for $4,000-$6,000. A Baume & Mercier watch with an 18K rose gold case and black dial, hailing from the sleek, thin-cased Classima collection, would make a chic addition to any collection. It is expected to earn $2,000-$4,000. Another tempting choice is a Rolex Danaos from the Cellini collection, so-called in homage to Renaissance sculptor and goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini, featuring a black dial and a polished 18K yellow gold case (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Luxury buyers will be delighted with the opportunity to purchase an iconic Hermes Kelly bag in much sought-after cognac-colored ostrich leather. This handmade fashion icon is expected to go home on the arm of a lucky buyer for $5,000-$7,000.

The sale will be conducted at the John Moran Headquarters. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the John Moran Offices directly via phone: 626-793-1833 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional information regarding consignment.

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

 This platinum and diamond ring, with a central 8.54-carat brilliant-cut diamond, is expected to go home with one lucky buyer for between $90,000 and $110,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

 A stunning Schlumberger brooch in 18K gold and amethyst, paired with matching earrings by David Webb, is expected to earn between $8,000 and $12,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

Dating to about 1920 and featuring a 2.35-carat diamond, this platinum and ruby ring is expected to hammer for $9,000 - $11,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.  

A platinum and yellow cushion-cut diamond ring, 2.85 carats, with brilliant-cut yellow diamond shoulders, has been assigned an estimate of $12,000 - $15,000. John Moran Auctioneers image. 

This impressive IWC Schaffhausen Portuguese Automatic is a classically styled statement piece fit for any Swiss watch connoisseur. Estimate: $4,000 to $6,000. John Moran Auctioneers image. 

 This Hermes Kelly bag, in cognac-colored ostrich leather, is in excellent condition. Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000). John Moran Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 12:52
 

Clars Auction Gallery packs it all into huge sale May 18-20

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:56

Ray Parker’s (American, 1922-1990) 'Untitled, Brown, Blue, Orange,' from 1960, is a quintessential example of the artist’s work in the late 1950s through early 1960s. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

OAKLAND, Calif. – For three days, May 18, 19, 20, Clars Auction Gallery will host what is truly an extraordinary auction. Composed of important fine art, rare cars, jewelry that almost defies description, world-class sterling silver, and Asian furniture and art and fine art that will slam the gavel to new levels, this sale will likely go down in Clars history as their most important and successful to date.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Fine Art

Clars will once again feature another monumental work by Clifford “Possum” Tjapaltjarri titled, Honey Ants Dreaming, with an estimate of $100,000-$200,000. This is another important example of the artist’s richly colorful, as well as visually powerful, acrylic “dot” paintings. The result is both visually spectacular, as well as mesmerizing.

Several important mid-century paintings by pioneers in the field will be offered, one of which will be Ray Parker’s (American, 1922-1990) Untitled, Brown, Blue, Orange from 1960, which carries an estimate of $15,000-$20,000 and is a quintessential example of the artist’s work in the late 1950s through early 1960s. Following will be the monumental work, Dark Barrier, 1983, by Friedel Dzubas (German/American, 1915-1994), which will be offered for $40,000-$60,000.

In postwar offerings will be the painting titled Quedado, circa 1958, by Elaine de Kooning (American 1918-1989), which depicts an abstracted bull juxtaposed against a colorful background (estimate: $10,000-$15,000). Another significant highlight will be a set of three hand-painted polychrome porcelain enamel on steel tiles by Sargent Johnson (American, 1888-1967) titled Two Women, The Bulls and  Dogwhich, which will be offered for $25,000-$35,000 for the set. This will be the first time these tiles will be coming to auction. An exciting monotype by Sam Francis, untitled, will be presented to the market after 30 years in a private collection in San Francisco. It carries an estimate of $20,000-$40,000.

Several important sculptures will be offered including one by Pietro Consagra (Italian, 1920-2005), untitled, 1957, which carries an estimate of $15,000-$20,000 and comes from the collection of David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Collection, Chicago. Another will be a dramatic bronze titled Tribal Woman by Elizabeth Catlett (American, 1915-2012), which will be offered at $10,000-$15,000.

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) will be represented with his screenprint Geronimo (from the “Cowboy and Indians” series), which will be offered for $15,000-$20,000. Adding to the already impressive Warhol print selection will be Electric Chair #79, 1971, a silkscreen, in dim purple hues. Although dark in subject matter, this print will be sure to light up the bidding room with an estimate of $8,000-$12,000. Another offering by an artist whose work was formed by abstract expressionism is LeRoy Neiman’s (American, 1921-2012) At the Racetrack, 1964, which carries an estimate of $25,000-$35,000.

In the 19th century, American fine art category, a portrait of Senator Barbour by Charles Willson Peale (American, 1741-1827) will be offered at auction for the first time since 1854. Also from this era, will be the largest painting to come to auction by Harrison Bird Brown (American, 1831-1915) titled Picnic by the Falls (White Mountains, Maine), which will be offered for $10,000-$15,000.

Spectacular watercolors top the list in the category of early 20th century American art. One highlight will be A Mexican Smuggler, 1914, by Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939) will be offered for $30,000-$50,000. Two beautiful works by Percy Gray (American, 1869-1952) will also be offered. One of these is a rare portrait of Chief Gall that captures the facial intensity of this renowned Native American figure. The other Gray watercolor is a rich green and indigo blue landscape of the Carmel Valley in California. Twentieth century Western art continues to shine with two richly painted oils: Taos Valley, New Mexico, 1937 by Howard Schleeter (American, 1903-1976) estimated at $12,000-$16,000 and Lindsburg, Kansas, 1945 by Birger Sandzen (American/Sweden, 1871-1954) at $10,000-$15,000. Up to the north, a beautiful and luminescent oil on canvas by Alaska’s pre-eminent painter, Sydney Mortimer Laurence (American, 1865-1940), titled Mount McKinley, Alaska Height 20,300 Ft” will be offered with an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.

Decorative Arts & Furnishings

This category for May finds exceptionally rich offerings in historical ephemera, furniture, sterling and some very cool cars.

In history, an important American historical archive relating to Madison E. Hollister of Illinois (1808-1896), includes his Supreme Court appointment signed by President Ulysses S. Grant, his diplomatic appointment to the Consul of the United States at Buenos Aires signed by both President Andrew Johnson and William H. Seward, and a ship’s passage awarded to Robert Murray signed by President Thomas Jefferson plus other significant historical documents. Descended through his family, this collection is being offered for $10,000-$15,000.

A furniture highlight is a Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair that is estimated at $6,000-$8,000. In lighting, a pair of John Dickinson table lamps will be offered for $5,000-$7,000 and an important 18th century Hawaiian koa wood poi bowl is expected to achieve $4,000-$6,000.

The sterling to be offered at this sale is exceptional. There will several early British examples including a George III sterling silver tankard, London 1784, weighing 30.36 troy ounces and an Irish sterling silver covered server, by James Le Bas, Dublin, 1812, weighing 60.37. Both are expected to fetch $5,000-$7,000. Also included in this collection are Georgian salvers dated 1751 and 1762 and tea caddy dated 1788.

The highlight of the Continental offerings will be an impressive Italian sterling silver centerpiece mounted with lapis cabochons, by Buccellati, Milan, weighing 74.62 troy ounces, which is expected to fetch $15,000-$20,000. Continuing with the Continental theme, a collection of Georg Jensen includes two flatware services in the Acorn and Antik patterns, both of which are expected to sell for $5,000-$7,000. There will also be six hand-hammered service plates, designed by Johan Rhode, weighing 121.09 troy ounces, with a $5,000-$7,000 estimate and a Cosmos pattern five-piece hot beverage service estimated at $6,000-$8,000.

From Tiffany will be four Chrysanthemum pattern candleholders, 1907-1947, estimated to achieve $22,000-$24,000. A monumental Tiffany & Co. sterling silver-mounted Hawkes cut crystal gallon decanter in the Basket Weave pattern will be offered for $8,000-$12,000.

Chinese Export sterling offerings include a silver-mounted five-piece vanity set by Luen Wo, Shanghai, late 19th/early 20th century. Each piece is elegantly handcrafted and carries a $6,000-$8,000 estimate. A Chinese Export silver tea service, Woshing, Shanghai, circa 1870-1910, is estimated at $4,000-$6,000. Also featured will be a Burmese .900 silver wine/champagne cooler and a Thai bowl.

Now for fast cars and music to help move them, a scarce C.F. Martin guitar model 00-42 serial number 15607, is one of only 14 produced in November-December 1920. In unrestored condition, this gem will be offered at $6,000-$8,000.

As for the cars, behind door number one is a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette in original condition, estimated at $65,000-$75,000. Behind door number two is a 1952 MG Model TDC (Mark II) competition example carrying an estimate of $16,000-$18,000 and behind door number three is a 1905 Surrey replica built in 1957 by Oldsmobile with a Cushman engine (estimate: $5,000-$7,000).

For the two-wheeled muscle machines, a 2009 FLHTC Harley-Davidson has only 3,624 miles; a 2001 Harley-Davidson Soft Tail Heritage edition, comes with 18,786 original miles; a Simms Custom Cycle with a Thug 140 ci engine3 has only 322 original miles and 2007 Simms blue Custom Cycle has even less with 290 original miles. Each of these is being offered for $10,000- $15,000.

And finally there’s the real thing: California gold. Two natural California gold nuggets will be offered – one weighing in at 9.9 ounces, the other 11.2 ounces. These carry estimates of $12,000- $15,000 and $15,000-$20,000 respectively.

Antique and Estate Jewelry

Headlining the amazing offerings will be a fancy brownish pink diamond, near colorless diamond and platinum ring. The pink diamond weighs 3.04 carats with VVS1 clarity. This stunning ring is estimated at $100,000- $150,000.

Emeralds dazzle in the next offering which is a fine 3.90-carat emerald, diamond, platinum and 18K yellow gold ring that is expected to fetch $25,000-$45,000. With the same estimate is a fine jadeite, sapphire, diamond and 18K white gold ring. The jadeite cabochon measures 17.5 by 13.9X.

Asian

The highlight of the Asian offerings will be the continuation of offerings of Chinese huanghuali furniture from the estate of Edward Gerber, Reno, Nev. The initial offering huanghuali furniture from this important estate realized $1.3 million at Clars’ March sale. For sale in May will be a huanghuali three-section desk, a five-drawer coffer and a square table, each estimated at $15,000- $25,000. Along with the different tables are huanghuali chairs of various styles including official’s hat, Southern official’s hat and lamp hanger chairs. In addition to the furniture, this sale includes a four-panel screen inset with 16 enameled porcelain plaques from the Republic period, depicting narrative scenes of a scholar and a beauty, (estimate: $8,000-$12,000). There will also be a good selection of Chinese porcelain, including a collection of Chinese 18th/19th century export armorial porcelain featuring various crest of arms.

The sales will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Pacific.

For more information, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 510-480-0100.

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

 Ray Parker’s (American, 1922-1990) 'Untitled, Brown, Blue, Orange,' from 1960, is a quintessential example of the artist’s work in the late 1950s through early 1960s. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This important work by Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (Australian, 1932-2002) titled 'Honey Ants Dreaming' will be offered at Clars Auction Gallery on Sunday, May 18. The estimate on this work is $100,000-$200,000. Clars Auction Gallery image. 

 This important and monumental work by Friedel Dzubas (American/German, 1915-1994) titled 'Dark Barrier' will be offered for $40,000-$60,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

'A Mexican Smuggler,' 1914, by Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939) will be offered for $30,000-$50,000. Clars Auction Gallery image. 

 This important American historical archive relating to Madison E. Hollister, Illinois (1808-1896), is being offered for $10,000-$15,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

 The highlight of the Continental offerings will be this impressive Italian sterling silver centerpiece by Buccellati, Milan. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This 1954 Chevrolet Corvette in original condition is estimated at $65,000-$75,000. Clars Auction Gallery image. 

This astounding fancy brownish pink diamond, near colorless diamond and platinum ring will be offered for $100,000-$150,000. Clars Auction Gallery image. 

This Chinese huanghuali three-section desk will be among the highlights of the Asian antiques and art offerings. Clars Auction Gallery image. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 12:32
 

WestLicht’s May 23 auction focuses on 100 Years of Leica

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Monday, 12 May 2014 12:12

Leica MP black paint, no. MP-99, 1957, in almost mint and original, never restored condition, with matching Leicavit MP and black paint Summicron 2/5cm no.1468952. Estimate: 250,000 - 300,000 euros. Westlicht image.

VIENNA – To mark the 100th anniversary of the Leica camera, WestLicht, the world’s leading auction house for cameras, will present, in association with the Leica Camera AG, a special auction of iconic of cameras and photography on May 23.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding for the 200-lot sale.

“Lilliput camera with cine film finished.” With this entry by Oskar Barnack in the workshop logbook of the famous Leitz factory’s optical plant in Wetzlar, dated March 1914, the history of Leica began 100 years ago.

In 2014 the company Leica Camera AG celebrates this anniversary by inaugurating the new Leitz Park in Wetzlar, the location where everything began.

WestLicht will present 100 rare treasures from every epoch of technical development of the Leitz history, impressively demonstrating the entire innovative potential of Leica. Beginning with a telescope built by Carl Kellner, the precursor company of Leitz, in 1852, to rarities like the Leica I A with Anastigmat lens, the Luxus Leica, the Leica 250 with electric motor drive, the black Leica MP, to cameras owned by famous Magnum photographers.

Additionally, 100 photography lots throw an impressive light on the oeuvre of famous Leica photographers. Many of these images have long become part of our collective memory and visual landmarks of history. Rare vintage prints by Oskar Barnack, Lothar Rübelt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Marc Riboud, René Burri, David Douglas Duncan, Thomas Hoepker, Inge Morath, Chris Steele Perkins, F.C. Gundlach, Elliott Erwitt, Ulrich Mack, Josef Koudelka and many others have been assembled for the catalog by curator Michael Koetzle.

The exclusive catalog (432 pages, hardcover, with texts by renowned authors and experts) has also been published in a special edition of 100 numbered and signed copies and can be ordered from WestLicht.

For questions about any item in the sale, 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

Leica MP black paint, no. MP-99, 1957, in almost mint and original, never restored condition, with matching Leicavit MP and black paint Summicron 2/5cm no.1468952. Estimate: 250,000 - 300,000 euros. Westlicht image.

Carl Kellner, Wetzlar telescope, circa 1852, with original stand. The earliest known example of a product of the workshop which turned into the Leitz Co. in 1869. Estimate: 50,000 - 60,000 euros. Westlicht image.

Leica I Model A Anastigmat, no. 239, 1925. The earliest version of the first serial production Leica, in rare original condition, complete with the first case, rangefinder and accessories. Estimate: 70,000 - 80,000 euros. Westlicht image.

Leica II Model D Luxus, no. 98248, 1933, rare gold-plated Luxus Leica with reptile leather covering. Estimate: 250,000 - 300,000 euros. Westlicht image.

F.C. Gundlach (* 1926), 'Nino – Harbour Hamburg,' 1958, vintage silver print, 39.7 x 29.7 cm, signed and annotated by the photographer in pencil on the reverse. Estimate:  5,000 - 6,000 euros. Westlicht image.

Thomas Hoepker (* 1936), 'Muhammad Ali,' Chicago, 1966, vintage silver print, comes with two signed and stamped iris prints,  27.5 x 20.8 cm, signed by the photographer in pencil on the reverse. Estimate: 15,000 - 18,000 euros. Westlicht image.

Ara Güler (* 1928), 'Henri Cartier-Bresson with Leica M3,' 1964, gelatin silver print, printed 2013, 55 x 44 cm. Unique print, signed by the photographer in pencil in the margin. Estimate: 10,000 - 12,000 euros. Westlicht image.

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) ‘Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare,’ Paris, 1932, gelatin silver print, printed 1990s, 35.7 x 24.1 cm, signed by the photographer in ink in the margin, his copyright blindstamp in the margin lower left. Estimate:  8,000 - 10,000 euros. Westlicht image.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 May 2014 16:47
 

Blyton-owned painting in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury sale May 20-21

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Thursday, 08 May 2014 16:49

Marion L. Broom (1878-1962), ‘Anenomes,’ watercolor, 16 x 22 inches. Estimate: £300-£500. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions.

LONDON – A painting belonging to children’s author Enid Blyton will go under the hammer in an interiors sale at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Donnington Priory saleroom on May 20-21 alongside a diverse and eclectic mix of furniture and works of art. Day One will include Asian and European ceramics, clocks and paintings with Day 2 focusing on furniture, rugs and works of art.

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Anemones, by Marion L. Bloom (1878-1962), was owned by Blyton, whose bestsellers include the Famous Five, Secret Seven and Malory Towers series.

The painting is accompanied by A Childhood at Green Hedges, an autobiography by Blyton’s daughter, Imogen Smallwood, which describes Bloom’s work; “ … above the cases of flowers, were flower paintings. My mother particularly liked Marion Broom, and her anemones … ”

The current owner, who inherited the work, has a letter from Blyton’s daughter to say that it was owned by her mother. It is estimated at £300-500 [lot 253].

Quirky, collectible and sure to attract attention on day two are a collection of Black Forest carved and stained wood works of art, including a stereoscopic viewer, circa 1900. Black Forest wares were produced in Switzerland in the late 19th and early 20th century as luxury and novelty items aimed primarily at wealthy tourists, typically depicting bears and other majestic wild animals. This unusual carved stereoscopic viewer is accompanied by viewing cards detailing grand tour views of Rome, Venice, Pompeii and other Italian sites as well as a guide manual for the cards, Italy Through the Stereoscope, 1903, by D.J. Ellison D.D. It is estimated at £500-£800 [Lot 505].

Additional auction highlights:

– Pair of 19th century blue and white beaker vases each of cylindrical form with splayed base and everted mouth, loosely decorated with trailing vines,  23.6cm, (9.44 inches) [lot 35]. Estimate: £2,500-£3,500.

– Pair of Chinese famille rose Canton enamel vases of baluster shape, decorated with panels depicting figures engaging in leisurely pursuits, 37.3cm (14.92 inches) [lot 60]. Estimate: £1,200-£1,800.

– A cream painted 20th century parcel gilt and marble mounted side cabinet in early 19th century style [lot 350]. Estimate: £700-£1,000.

– A French patinated bronze and marble mounted Bacchic group of a maiden and a putto, after Claude Michel, last quarter 19th century. The maiden is portrayed as seated on a rocky outcrop and scantily draped. The nude putto is standing to her left and leaning across her lap to watch a pair of doves. The naturalistically cast base with a tambourine overflowing with grapes is inscribed “CLODION” on the reverse, 34cm (13.6 inches) high overall [lot 586]. Estimate: £800-£1,200.

– An oak extending dining table, late 19th-early 20th century, in the manner of Sir Robert Lorimer, with an additional leaf insertion, the circular top above a dentil-decorated frieze and downswept square section supports and stretchers, the central pedestal dividing when the table is extended. Reputed to have belonged to Ivor Novello [lot 687]. Estimate: £400-£600.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Marion L. Broom (1878-1962), ‘Anenomes,’ watercolor, 16 x 22 inches. Estimate: £300-£500. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions.

 Black Forest carved stereoscopic viewer, circa 1900. Estimate: £500-£800. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions.

 Pair of 19th century blue and white beaker vases. Estimate: £2,500-£3,500. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions.

 Pair of Chinese famille rose Canton enamel vases. Estimate: £1,200-£1,800. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions.

 Painted, 20th century parcel gilt and marble mounted side cabinet in early 19th century style. Estimate: £700-£1,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 13:17
 

Large diamond ring has spotlight in Sworders auction May 20

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Thursday, 08 May 2014 15:34

Estimated to sell for £65,000 to £75,000 is this 3.41-carat diamond in a platinum ring setting. Sworders image.

LONDON – Sworders is about to auction the finest diamond the company has ever sold in its 200-year history. The 3.41-carat stone is in a four-claw platinum ring setting, and will go under the hammer at the silver and jewelry sale on Tuesday, May 20, with an estimated selling price of £65,000 to £75,000 ($110,000-$127,000).

Internet live bidding will be provided in LiveAuctioneers.com.

Helen Jonas from Sworders silver and jewelry department said, “When it comes to evaluating the quality of diamonds, we work with what we call the Four C’s: carat, cut, clarity and color. This particular stone excels in every category and is accompanied by a GIA grading report – one of the most respected organizations in the diamond industry.

“To have a weight of nearly three and a half carats is exceptional; it’s one of the largest diamonds we have ever sold. In fact, it’s almost the size of the little fingernail of the model wearing it!”

The oval brilliant cut means that the diamond can refract light internally from one facet to another, before reflecting it back up through the center to give the stone its characteristic sparkle.

“Most diamonds contain tiny natural imperfections called inclusions, which interfere with the passage of light through the stone and affect their clarity, but this example is internally flawless. There is also no yellowish or brownish tint to the stone, meaning that it’s colorless – which is the best color for a diamond to have. In short, we rarely see examples as fine as this one,” added Jones.

Other highlights in the sale include some highly collectible provincial Irish silver, a 1907 silver serving dish and cover by Guild of Handicraft with a guide price of £300 to £500, and a pair of natural pearl and diamond drop earrings that Sworders found loose in a large cardboard box among mixed costume jewelry, and surprised the owner with an estimated selling price of £3,000 to £5,000.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Estimated to sell for £65,000 to £75,000 is this 3.41-carat diamond in a platinum ring setting. Sworders image.

Serving dish and cover by Guild of Handicraft, 1907. Estimate: £300 to £500. Sworders image.

Pair of natural pearl and diamond drop earrings. Estimate: £3,000 to £5,000. Sworders image.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 08:57
 

Nazmiyal Collection to hold auction of fine carpets May 22

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Antique Judiaca silk Kashan Persian rug, 4 feet 4 inches x 6 feet 9 inches, circa 1910. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000. Nazmiyal Collection image.

NEW YORK –The Nazmiyal Collection will conduct a special auction of fine and decorative antique rugs on Thursday, May 22, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern. A collection of more than 80 exceptional pieces will be featured, including rugs on consignment from a variety of estates, beautiful rugs from dealers, and a special selection of fine antique rugs from the Nazmiyal Collection.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet lived bidding.

“This auction represents a rare opportunity for dealers, customers and interior designers to acquire extraordinary antique rugs at unprecedentedly low prices,” said owner Jason Nazmiyal.

The Nazmiyal Collection encourages interested parties to be in contact with the gallery in order to place absentee bids or phone bids, to obtain condition reports, to arrange a private viewing, or to request any other information that they may require.

One of the top items in the auction is an antique Judiaca silk Kashan Persian rug. This exceptionally rare silk rug is an outstanding example of Judaic carpet weaving traditions in Persia. This piece, 4 feet 4 inches x 6 feet 9 inches, features an impressive number of people and animals placed in a natural setting based on Biblical locations and events. It carries a $50,000-$70,000 estimate.

Additional highlights include:

  • Decorative Turkish Oushak carpet, 9 feet x 12 feet, early 20th century;
  • Geometric Persian Heriz Serapi carpet, 9 feet 5 inches x 12 feet 3 inches, circa 1910
  • Moroccan rug primitive Beni Urain Berber carpet, 4 feet 3 inches x 6 feet 7 inches, mid-20th century;
  • Mughal Dynasty Indian rug, 4 feet 7 inches x 6 feet 6 inches, 17th century;
  • Uzbekistan Suzani embroidery Uzbek textile, 3 feet 8 inches x 5 feet, circa 1880.

The collection will be available for viewing at Nazmiyal’s Midtown Manhattan gallery, located on the second floor at 31 E. 32nd St., on May 20 through May 22 at the following times: Tuesday, May 20, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Wednesday, May 21, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Thursday, May 22, 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

For details contact Omri Schwartz by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 212-545-8029.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Antique decorative Turkish Oushak carpet, 9 feet x 12 feet, early 20th century. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Nazmiyal Collection image.

Antique geometric Persian Heriz Serapi carpet, 9 feet 5 inches x 12 feet 3 inches, circa 1910. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000. Nazmiyal Collection image.

Antique Uzbekistan Suzani embroidery Uzbek textile, 3 feet 8 inches x 5 feet, circa 1880. Estimate: $3,000-$6,000. Nazmiyal Collection image.

Vintage Moroccan rug primitive Beni Urain Berber carpet, 4 feet 3 inches x 6 feet 7 inches, mid-20th century. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Nazmiyal Collection image.

Antique Judiaca silk Kashan Persian rug, 4 feet 4 inches x 6 feet 9 inches, circa 1910. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000. Nazmiyal Collection image.

Antique Mughal Dynasty Indian rug, 4 feet 7 inches x 6 feet 6 inches (1.4 m x 1.98 m), 17th century. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Nazmiyal Collection image.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 May 2014 14:57
 

Celebrated birdstone artifact to star in Morphy's May 17 Prehistoric sale

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The celebrated Parks Birdstone, featured in Cameron Parks’ 1959 book ‘Birdstones of the North American Indian,’ found on a farm in DeKalb County, Indiana, in October 1950. Never before offered for public sale. Est. $500,000-$750,000. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – One of the world’s five finest prehistoric birdstones occupies the top roost in Morphy’s May 17 auction of superior-quality, vetted and fully warranted prehistoric American artifacts. LiveAuctioneers will provide the Internet live bidding for the sale.

Known as the Parks Birdstone, the celebrated artifact estimated to be around 2,500 years old has remained in the same family since 1951, when it was discovered in a plowed field in DeKalb County, Indiana. It ended up in the collection of renowned collector Cameron Parks, hence the name “Parks Birdstone.”

“Top birdstones have sold privately for $800,000 to $900,000. Because of its mystical and unique blue halo, the Parks Birdstone should set a world record price on May 17th – not only for a birdstone, but also for any North American prehistoric art object,” said John Mark Clark, the department head and specialist who is supervising the auction.

Another premier entry is an 8-inch-long translucent orange kaolin flint Ross blade from the Hopewell culture that flourished along rivers in the northeastern and Midwestern United States from 200 BC to 500 AD. An exalted ceremonial piece, the blade is described by Clark as “exotic ceremonial regalia so rare it would have been reserved for only the most elite. Now, many centuries later, it is still a prize suitable for only the most select, high-end collection.” The Ross blade is expected to make in excess of $200,000.

Trophy game stones or, “discoidals,” are well represented in the auction. An exquisite, double-cupped example displays impeccable balance and form, while other highly desirable discoidals include one of red and white "flint" with highly polished cups, three exquisite Jersey Bluff-style quartz discs and several of Cahokia style.

What is considered to be the finest cache of Dover flint Copena points yet discovered will add excitement to the auction, along with Earl Townshend's monumental 7-inch Corner Notch Blade. An incredible translucent “white-tipped" sugar-quartz Clovis point is also included in the sale, along with a tremendous Agate Basin spear and coveted projectile points from all cultural time periods.

Prehistoric Caddo and Mississippian-Era pottery will be available, including a solid, unrestored Caddo effigy duck bowl and several pottery bottles and bowls engraved with rare Caddo motifs. A huge human "rattle-head" Mississippian bowl (restored) with a fantastic hairstyle will also be auctioned.

A fine selection of bannerstones includes a ferruginous-quartz hourglass, a speckled-granite rectangular barrel, and a saddleback-style banner of colorful speckle-chunk granite. Perhaps the rarest of the group is an exquisitely made wiry-granite butterfly banner with an engraved barrel, one of only two known.

Another auction highlight is a pair of museum-grade Southern “Dallas” culture limestone ear spools. The prehistoric wearable artworks retain remnants of their original copper-foil covering.

In addition to the satisfaction prehistoric artifact collectors derive from owning remarkable pieces of history such as those to be sold on May 17th, Clark says many in the hobby regard the objects as solid investments.

“From a worldwide perspective, current prices in the North American marketplace are a fraction of what is being paid for comparable examples throughout the rest of the world,” Clark said. “In part, this is attributable to the fact that often such artifacts are not backed by any sort of warranty. Some of the pieces in our upcoming sale have been tucked away quietly in family collections for more than 60 years, and this will be the first time they have ever been offered publicly. But on top of that, Morphy’s stands behind the authenticity of every artifact they sell. This makes a tremendous difference to collectors. They want that comfort factor in place when they bid.”

Morphy’s Saturday, May 17 Prehistoric American Artifacts Auction will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. 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

The celebrated Parks Birdstone, featured in Cameron Parks’ 1959 book ‘Birdstones of the North American Indian,’ found on a farm in DeKalb County, Indiana, in October 1950. Never before offered for public sale. Est. $500,000-$750,000. Morphy Auctions image

Ross blade, Woodland period, Hopewell phase, 8 1/8 inches long. Est. $200,000-$300,000. Morphy Auctions image

Translucent sugar quartz Clovis point, early Paleolithic, Fulton County, Illinois. Est. $45,000-$60,000. Morphy Auctions image

Earl Townsend’s monumental 7in Corner Notch Blade, Archaic, 7500-4000 B.P., Missouri origin. Est. $40,000-$60,000. Morphy Auctions image

Copena Cache, Woodland period, 3000-1300 B.P., Decatur County, Tennessee. Est. $60,000-$80,000. Morphy Auctions image

Butterfly bannerstone, Archaic Period, 6000-4000 B.P., Montgomery County, Tennessee. One of only two known butterly bannerstones made of wiry granite. Est. $25,000-$35,000. Morphy Auctions image

Flint discoidal, Mississippian period, 1000-5000 B.P., Dickson County Tennessee. Est. $20,000-$30,000. Morphy Auctions image

Grayware headpot, Late Mississippian, 600 B.P., Golden Lake Site, Mississippi County, Arkansas. Est. $60,000-$80,000. Morphy Auctions image

Double-cupped discoidal, Mississippian period, 1100-600 B.P., Hamilton County (Chattanooga), Tennessee. Est. $30,000-$40,000. Morphy Auctions image

 Caddo pottery effigy bowl in shape of duck, 800-600 B.P. Est. $2,500-$4,500. Morphy Auctions image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 09:32
 

Waverly to auction rare maps, atlases and ephemera, May 15

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One of a pair of mid-19th-century 'memento mori' (or mourning) daguerreotypes, showing deceased children (est. $200-$400). Waverly Rare Books image

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Waverly Rare Books will auction nearly 375 lots of antique and rare maps, atlases, books, photographs and autographed items on Thursday, May 15 at the firm’s northern Virginia gallery. Waverly’ Catalog Auction #261 will start at 6 p.m. Eastern time, with Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

“This auction has a very strong map category, with three top lots – one topographical map and two atlases – estimated in the low thousands,” said Monika Schiavo, director of Waverly Rare Books. “There is also a very strong bindings section containing many good-looking books that collectors may be able to snap up at attractive prices. The photography section is solid, as well.”

An expected top lot is J. C. Fremont’s Topographical Map of the Road from Missouri to Oregon (est. $4,000-$6,000). Printed in 1846, the seven pages of maps outline the Platte Valley South Pass route that traced Fremont’s 1842 journey and were used by emigrants bound for California and Oregon. They are based on Fremont’s journal and sketches from topographer Charles Preuss.

Also expected to do well are a pair of atlases by Mathew Carey of Philadelphia (1760-1839), the first major American publisher of maps and atlases. The first, titled Carey’s General Atlas (circa 1796), contains 42 maps, some of primarily American interest, along with maps of other parts of the world. The atlas is expected to bring $3,000-$5,000.

The second is Carey’s American Atlas, printed in 1809 (est. $800-$1,200). The 25 maps include the United States, British possessions in North America, the New England states, many Southern states, South America, the West Indies, the discoveries of Captain Charles Clerke (who sailed with Capt. James Cook), and that portion of the United States northwest of the River Ohio that a late act of Congress directed to be sold.

Fans of rare books will surely take note of the “Vinegar Bible” – the Holy Bible published in 1717 by John Baskett in Oxford, England, and so-named because of a misprint – the heading of Luke 20 reads “Parable of the vinegar” instead of “vineyard.” The two-volume set – one for the Old Testament and one for the New Testament – is estimated at $2,000-$3,500.

A copy of the book Poems Chosen Out of the Works of the Late Robert Herrick, printed in 1895 by Kelmscott Press (London), will be desirable to collectors mainly because it was published by William Morris, the English artist, writer, textile designer and socialist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and English Arts & Crafts movement. It should realize $800-$1,200.

An autographed letter signed by Samuel Huntington (1731-1796), a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a member of the Continental Congress from 1776-1783 (where he served as the Congress’s president from 1779-1781), is expected to make $600-$900. Huntington was also Governor of Connecticut (1786-1796) and a Justice of the State’s Supreme Court (1774-1784).

The 10-volume set, Works of Victor Hugo, with an autographed note signed by Hugo and dated “27 mars 1874,” is expected to change hands for $300-$500. The note (or letter) is addressed to “Mr. Michael Levy” and contains two lines of text on 5¼- by 8-inch paper. The set was published in Philadelphia by John D. Morris & Company. No publication date is shown.

A first edition copy of the Dr. Seuss children’s classic The Cat in the Hat, with a first-state dust jacket, is expected to command $400-$700. The book – published by Random House in New York in 1957 – is in very good condition, save for some foxing mostly limited to the edges of the covers.

One of the more intriguing items in the auction is a scrapbook from a Rutgers University student Herman R. Terhume, who graduated in 1922. The scrapbook contains an archive of memorabilia including photos, sports programs, tickets and schedules, report cards, banquet menus, junior and senior prom programs and much more (est. $200-$400).

Antique photographs will feature a silver gelatin print signed by Edward S. Curtis and titled Signal to the Mountain God, measuring 7¾ inches by 5¾ inches and signed by Curtis, in the original “batwing” frame (est. $800-$1,000); and two memento mori (mourning) daguerreotypes (circa mid 1800s) of deceased children, in a hinged gilt frame (est. $200-$400).

Other noteworthy lots will include a 45-volume set of The British Essayists by James Ferguson, published in London in 1819 (est. $500-$800); a limited-edition (1/350) two-volume set of Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl, published in 1985 by Goldyne/Pennyroyal Press (est. $400-$700); and a copy of Poems of Shelley that features a colorful fore-edge painting of the English countryside, published in 1908 by Macmillan & Company (est. $200-$300).

The auction will take place at Waverly’s gallery at 360 South Washington Street in Falls Church, Va. For information on any item in the sale, call 703-532-5632 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

One of a pair of mid-19th-century 'memento mori' (or mourning) daguerreotypes, showing deceased children (est. $200-$400). Waverly Rare Books image

J. C. Fremont’s Topographical Map of the Road from Missouri to Oregon printed in 1846 (est. $4,000-$6,000). Waverly Rare Books image 

General Atlas by Mathew Carey, printed in Philadelphia circa 1796 and featuring more than 40 maps (est. $3,000-$5,000). Waverly Rare Books image 

American Atlas by Mathew Carey, printed in Philadelphia in 1809 and featuring 25 maps (est. $800-$1,200). Waverly Rare Books image

Two-volume set of the “Vinegar Bible” (1717), so-named because of a misprint in Luke 20 (est. $2,000-$3,500). Waverly Rare Books image

This 1895 collection of poems by Robert Herrick is desirable because it was published by William Morris (est. $800-$1,200). Waverly Rare Books image

Ten-volume set, Works of Victor Hugo, with an autographed note signed by Hugo and dated 1874 (est. $300-$500). Waverly Rare Books image

First edition copy of the Dr. Seuss children’s classic The Cat in the Hat (1957) with first-state dust jacket (est. $400-$700). Waverly Rare Books image

Autographed letter signed by Samuel Huntington (1731-1796), a signer of the Declaration of Independence (est. $600-$900). Waverly Rare Books image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 08:56
 

Decorative arts abound at Don Presley auction May 18

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Pair of bronze candelabras, 21 1/2 inches high. Estimate: $400-$500. Don Presley Auction image. SANTA ANA, Calif. – Don Presley Auctions will present more than 300 lots of antiques, fine art and decorative arts on Sunday, May 18, beginning at noon Pacific time. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Featured items include a 19th century bronze and tortoiseshell shelf clock, a fine handwoven Oriental rug from the 1920s-’30s, a 19th century Flemish tapestry, and a Sevres porcelain box with silver overlay.

Other categories represented in this eclectic sale are cold painted bronze figures, many 19th century Chinese items, oil paintings, antique Russian enamel, Baccarat and Lalique crystal, Galle, marble, alabaster, 19th century bronzes, ivory, sterling silver, Tiffany & Co., Meissen, KPM, Royal Vienna, Sevres, Limoges, Dresden, Judaica, pottery, china, coins, jewelry, clocks and watches, sconces, lamps and chandeliers.

For details phone 714-633-2437.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Pair of bronze candelabras, 21 1/2 inches high. Estimate: $400-$500. Don Presley Auction image. Nineteenth century bronze and tortoiseshell clock, 29 1/2 inches tall. Estimate: $1,200-$1,500. Don Presley Auction image. Sevres box with silver overlay, hand painted, 7 1/2 inches by 5 inches. Estimate: $700-$900. Don Presley Auction image. Fourteen pieces of sterling silverware. Estimate: $600-$700. Don Presley Auction image. Three mechanical birdcages, tallest measures 10 inches. Estimate: $400-$500. Don Presley Auction image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 16:36
 

PBA Galleries offers scholarly library of Dr. Elmer Belt, May 22

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‘The History of Reyard the Foxe,’ Kelmscott Press. PBA Galleries image. SAN FRANCISCO – PBA Galleries will offer the Library of Dr. Elmer Belt in Sale 533 to be held on Thursday, May 22. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Belt (1893-1980) was a renowned surgeon and noted bibliophile. An early member of Southern California's bibliophile society, the Zamorano Club, and the fifth recipient of the Sir Thomas More Medal for Book Collecting, Belt was passionate book collector. The fruits of this passion can still be evidenced today in the Elmer Belt Florence Nightingale Collection and the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana (a special collection of books and materials concerning Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian Renaissance), both donated to UCLA, and the Upton Sinclair Collection: From the Library of Dr. and Mrs. Elmer Belt, which was donated to Occidental College.

The volumes being offered by PBA Galleries have remained in the Belt family since the doctor's death in 1980 and reflect his wide range of interests. From the first significant scientific work printed in England to the fine printing of the Kelmscott, Ashendene and Grabhorn Presses, to the works of Sir Winston Churchill and William Faulkner, Belt's refined collecting taste is evident throughout. Also to be included are a small group of California paintings from Belt's home.

Among the highlights of the Belt collection is the account of the voyages of the HMS Beagle, which introduced Charles Darwin to the marvelous and varied botanical and zoological life of the Pacific Ocean, Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of his Majesty’s Ships Adventure and Beagle. The three volumes plus an appendix to volume 2 is inscribed by the captain of the Beagle, Robert Fitzroy, to Dr. John Lee, the English philanthropist, astronomer, mathematician, antiquarian and barrister. This is a first edition, first issue set and includes Volume III which is Darwin’s own account of the voyage (estimate: $30,000-$50,000).

A fine illuminated manuscript of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's The Blessed Damozel from the pen of the calligraphic master Alberto Sangorski with a magnificent miniature painting after Rossetti. The manuscript is superbly bound by master bookbinders Riviere & Son of London (estimate: $20,000-$30,000).

Reflecting Belt's scientific interests is a fine copy of the first edition of the William Gilbert's groundbreaking work on magnetism De magnete, magneticisque corporibus, et de magno magnete tellure... Published in London in 1600, Gilbert's treatise represents the first major English scientific work based on experimental methods of research (estimate: $25,000-$35,000).

Belt's love of the finely printed book is shown in books from the fine presses of the Kelmscott, Ashendene and Grabhorn Presses including a fine copy of Caxton's translation of The History of Reynard the Foxe printed at William Morris' Kelmscott Press (estimate: $4,000-$6,000) and a number of volumes from the Ashendene press of Charles Henry St John Hornby including Thucydide's History of the Peloponnesian War printed in an edition of only 280 copies (estimate $3,000-$5,000).

Bringing together Belt's love of the beautiful and finely printed book and his interest in the scientific is the 1973 Lion and Unicorn Press edition of Captain Cook's Florilegium with 30 stunning full-page engraved plates printed from the original 18th century copper plates made from drawings taken during Cook's first voyage. Limited to only 100 copies, this being copy number 3, subscribed from the press by Belt (estimate $15,000-$20,000).

The sale will begin at 11 a.m. Pacific Time. For more information, please contact PBA Galleries at 415-989-2665 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.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
‘The History of Reyard the Foxe,’ Kelmscott Press. PBA Galleries image. Thucydid's ‘History of the Peloponnesian War,’ Ashendene Press. PBA Galleries image. Illustration from Captain Cook's ‘Florilegium.’ PBA Galleries image. Rosetti's ‘The Blessed DAmozel.’ PBA Galleries image. The Rosetti manuscript is superbly bound by master bookbinders Riviere & Son of London. PBA Galleries image. William Gilbert's ‘De magnete.’ PBA Galleries image. Charles Darwin narrative, three volumes, first edition. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. PBA Galleries image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 14:28
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury in step with Asian arts sale May 17

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Tuesday, 06 May 2014 12:24
Large 17th century wall hanging from a Buddhist Tibetan temple, 88.8 inches x 146.4 inches. Estimate: £12,000-£18,000 ($20,377-$30,565). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. LONDON – As London prepares for a week of Asian art auctions in May, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions plans to offer a rare 17th century transitional hanging from the Ming/Qing dynasty, which will headline the company’s spectacular sale of Chinese ceramics and Asian works of art on Saturday, May 17. Also included will be an extensive selection of Tibetan art and Asian textiles.

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At 222cm wide and 366cm high (88.6 x 146.4 inches) the exceptional, and imposing, wall hanging includes a central velvet Imperial panel, and would originally have been hung in a Buddhist Tibetan temple, having been joined with panels of luxurious Imperial Chinese silk garments and other articles, sent as diplomatic gifts from China, to form the assembled hanging.

Aristocrats at the time would donate textiles to Tibetan monasteries as acts of devotion, and it was the Buddhist monks who would have created the patchwork hanging, which includes rare examples of bed hangings and bed covers produced in the 17th century for a Western market fueled by the expansion of European trade with China. The assemblage of the hangings was done with a ritual solemnity, signifying the monks’ vow of poverty and acceptance of an ascetic life modeled after the Buddha.

Framed with a fine brocade, the outer borders are made from further dragon panels woven using the Kesi (cut silk) technique, and parts of a late Ming period costume (Chaofu) in the Imperial colour of incense, (jin huang). This unique and rare piece of Chinese-Tibetan history is estimated to sell for £12,000-£18,000 ($20,377-$30,565) (Lot 100).

A 14th-15th century gilt bronze figure of the Shakyamuni Buddha in the bhumisparsamudra, or “enlightenment,” pose is the first of two rare Tibetan figures sure to attract a great deal of interest. The Shakyamuni Buddha is the Buddha on whose teachings the Buddhist religion is founded and the bhumisparsamudra is said to be his hand gesture when he reached enlightenment. The figure is estimated at £4,000-£6,000 (Lot 117).

The second is an unusual Sino-Tibetan 18th century cast silver and repousse metalwork figure of Jambhala the Tibetan wealth deity, and an emanation of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva (enlightened being) of Compassion. There are five Jambhala manifestations, each with their own way of helping to relieve poverty and promote financial stability. Crafted here in his white manifestation, he is removing the suffering of poverty and sicknesses through compassion. Originally seated atop a lion, and holding the Wealth banner in his right arm, the statue is estimated to sell for £4,000-£6,000 (Lot 118).

A series of scroll paintings on cotton or silk, known as Thangkas, are highlighted by an extremely rare Sino-Tibetan example from the 19th century, which includes the distinguished hand impressions and seal of the Lama on the reverse. The scene depicts the multi-armed and 11- headed Avalokiteśvara flanked by Manjusri, the bodhisattva associated with transcendent wisdom, and Vajrapani, one of the first bodhisattvas of Mahayana Buddhism, and protector and guide of the Buddha. They are surrounded, on either side, by musicians and above are the chief of the Four Heavenly Kings, Vajshravana, and deities Mahakala and Yama, protective guardians of the dharma. They all set within the celestial realm of the Buddha.

Unusual in format, the thangka is a brilliant adaptation of Indian, Chinese and Tibetan elements, and provides a powerful visualization of the blissful state of enlightenment achieved through the cult of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. It is estimated at £8,000-£12,000 (Lot 133).

An extensive selection of Asian textiles, from official garments to a rare collection of children’s shoes and hats, are an unusual addition to the sale. Clothing children in auspicious garments has historically been part of Chinese traditional costumes, with children wearing several different styles of shoes and hats from infancy through adolescence that mimicked the features of especially powerful animals. The purpose was to protect children against evil spirits, or bestow good wishes of success and moral teaching.

The charming specimens included in this section, are a wonderful visual representation of the basics of the Chinese decorative system, which involves the use of auspicious images, intended to act and become alive for the benefit of the wearer. These colorful garments, therefore, are an important resource to record popular contemporary beliefs and preoccupations, which official historical records often failed to document.

Notable among the collection are a collection of four 19th century Chinese silk embroidered shoes, shaped as fish, dragons, cats and Buddhist dogs, (Lot 86) and a collection of five festive hats for children from the late 19th and early 20th century, shaped as dragons, symbolizing potent and auspicious powers, and butterflies, symbolizing beauty, elegance and long life (Lot 91). Both lots are estimated at £200-£300.

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.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Large 17th century wall hanging from a Buddhist Tibetan temple, 88.8 inches x 146.4 inches. Estimate: £12,000-£18,000 ($20,377-$30,565). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. Four pairs of 19th century Chinese silk embroidered shoes shaped as fish, dragons, cats and Buddhist dogs, along with a pair of bound shoes. Estimate: £200-£300. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.  Sino-Tibetan 18th century cast silver and repousse metalwork figure of Jambhala the Tibetan wealth deity. Estimate: £4,000-£6,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 13:11
 

Apollo 12 artifacts ready for takeoff at Heritage auction May 14

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Apollo 12 lunar module flown and surface-used PLSS strap directly from the personal collection of mission lunar module pilot Alan Bean, certified and signed. Estimate: $60,000-$75,000. Heritage Auctions image.

DALLAS – Selections from the personal collection of Apollo-era astronaut Alan Bean, the Apollo 12 Mission lunar module pilot, form the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions’ May 14 Space Signature® Auction. The Collection features Bean’s own lunar surface-used personal life support system (PLSS) strap, which he wore for nearly eight hours on the moon in 1969, and still bears traces of moon dust.

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Also offered from Bean’s collection are two more key artifacts that were with him on the moon’s surface for several hours during his moon walk: his Apollo 12 lunar module flown and surface-used scissors with lanyard and snap and his Apollo 12 lunar module flown and surface-used Fisher AG-7 space pen.

“All three of these lots are simply stellar exemples of the rarest, most desirable and most evocative types of space memorabilia available,” said Howard Weinberger, consultant on space exploration memorabilia at Heritage Auctions. “When it comes to collecting this material, pieces that have been on the lunar surface, with an astronaut, are by far the most highly sought after and significant. Most importantly, it absolutely has to come straight from an astronaut, with a full letter of provenance, and this has all of that and more.”

The property in Bean’s collection to be sold on May 14 has never before appeared at public auction, all of it having resided with him and his family since 1969.

“Beyond the trio of lunar-surface material that tops this auction,” said Weinberger, “there are several other very key artifacts being offered that were either in the lunar module on the moon’s surface or that flew in the command module from the earth to the moon. At every level of this material there is something spectacular and notable in terms of America’s lunar program.”

Among the most sought-after pieces will be Bean’s Apollo 12 flown command module to lunar module electrical power “umbilical” cable, which was connected while on the way to the moon to supply power to the lunar module Intrepid from the command module and was disconnected from and stowed aboard the command module Yankee Clipper when it was time to undock the lunar module and begin descent toward the Ocean of Storms.

Another prized lot: an Apollo 12 flown stainless steel interval timer, a rare and important piece of equipment used in the command module to and from the moon. Bean used this timer “when (he) stirred the cryogenic tanks, performed urine dumps, and other on-board procedures where accurate time intervals were needed.”

“This is a six-minute mechanical timer with a switch that, when in the "X 10" mode, makes it a one-hour timer,” said Weinberger. “This is the first such piece that Heritage has offered and an extraordinary piece of space memorabilia.”

An Apollo 12 lunar module flown Beta Cloth temporary stowage bag, a uniquely designed storage bag that was used in the lunar module, is also going to be hotly contested in the auction. According to Bean’s writing on the bag itself, “This stowage bag, serial number 0015, was mounted in front of me at waist height and I used it to stow, temporarily, my check lists, food items and other articles I used in our Lunar Module Intrepid during landing, our stay on the lunar surface, and our ascent from the moon.”

Bean’s personal Apollo 12 flown custom-fitted and molded orange communications earpiece, which was attached to the internal communications system on the command module is a special lot that figured in many of the most important moments of the mission, and was specially made for extra comfort on the long journey, while an Apollo 12 flown mirror, with rounded corners, with a swivel mounting post on the back with printed Part Numbers should prove equally as interesting to collectors. The Apollo 12 stowage list shows a mirror with this part number as being stowed in the right-hand side storage compartment of the lunar module, both at Earth launch and lunar launch (pages 49 and 75), and possibly flown in the lunar module.

Further highlights of Bean’s collection include:

– Spacecraft ID plate from Apollo 12's command module Yankee Clipper engraved as follows: APOLLO XII/SPACECRAFT -108/PART NO. V36-000002-21/CDR. CHARLES CONRAD USN/CDR. RICHARD F. GORDON Jr. USN/CDR. ALAN L BEAN USN/LAUNCH DATE 11-14-69. This is the flown Rockwell ID plate removed from the Apollo 12 Command Module Yankee Clipper (Spacecraft #8) and presented to Bean.

– Apollo 12 lunar module flown spacecraft identification plate, signed by Bean in black felt tip, as follows: “This ID plate was flown aboard our Lunar Module (LM-6) Intrepid to the lunar surface on the Ocean of Storms November 19, 1969. It remained on the moon until Pete Conrad and I lifted off on November 20th to rendezvous with Dick Gordon 60 miles above. Alan Bean Apollo 12 LMP.”

– Apollo 12 lunar module flown right angle 16mm camera bracket, which was flown to the Ocean of Storms on the mission and held the camera that took many of the most distinct and memorable lunar surface photos of the entire mission.

– Apollo 12 lunar module flown LM "charm" on unflown tie clasp, a diminutive but highly detailed metal representation of the lunar module, which actually flew in the second LM to land on the moon, mounted to a silver-colored tie clasp with an engraved “APOLLO XII” across its length.

– Apollo 12 lunar module flown pair of sterling cross cufflinks.

– Apollo 12 flown largest-size American flag flown in the command module.

– Apollo 12 flown large-size American flag flown in the command module.

– Apollo 12 Flown embroidered American flag with a gold border around it, flown in the Command Module.

– Apollo 12 flown silver Robbins medallion, serial number 113, one of 262 flown to the moon aboard the mission.

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.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Apollo 12 lunar module flown and surface-used PLSS strap directly from the personal collection of mission lunar module pilot Alan Bean, certified and signed. Estimate: $60,000-$75,000. Heritage Auctions image. Apollo 12 lunar module flown and surface-used scissors with lanyard and snap directly from the personal collection of mission lunar module pilot Alan Bean. Estimate: $35,000-$50,000. Heritage Auctions image. Apollo 12 lunar module flown and surface-used Fisher AG-7 space pen directly from the personal collection of mission lunar module pilot Alan Bean. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Heritage Auctions image. Apollo 12 lunar module flown Beta Cloth temporary stowage bag directly from the personal collection of mission lunar module pilot Alan Bean, certified and signed. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Heritage Auctions image. Apollo 12 flown CM to LM electrical power 'umbilical' cable directly from the personal collection of mission lunar module pilot Alan Bean, 37 inches long. Estimate: $15,000-$30,000. Heritage Auctions image. Apollo 12 flown stainless steel interval timer directly from the personal collection of mission lunar module pilot Alan Bean, certified and signed. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Heritage Auctions image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 10:44
 

Milton Avery masterpiece featured in Heritage sale May 10

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Milton Avery (American, 1885-1965), ‘From the Studio,’ 1954, oil on canvas, 58 x 42 inches, signed and dated. Estimate: $800,000-$1.2 million. Heritage Auctions image.

DALLAS – Milton Avery’s From the Studio, 1954, a tour-de-force from the artist’s most sophisticated and modern period, could sell for $800,000 or more in Heritage Auctions’ American Art Including Western, California and Golden Age Illustration auction May 10 in Dallas. LiveAucitoneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

The genre-bridging auction celebrates the finest American artists of the last 200 years with works by Norman Rockwell, Andrew Wyeth, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Leroy Neiman and Millard Sheets, among others.

Avery’s From the Studio, 1954, has been in the same private collection since 1959, and has been featured in numerous exhibitions across the country, including the artist’s 1960 retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. “This particular piece is a reflection of Avery coming into the fullness of his career,” said Brian Roughton, managing director of fine art at Heritage. “It’s arguably the best and most important 1950s Avery to come to market.”

Andrew Wyeth’s Wash Bucket, 1962, estimated at $120,000-plus, and Jamie Wyeth’s Patridge House, Monhegan Island, Maine, 1969, estimated at $70,000-plus, embody the most exceptional hallmarks of the father’s and son’s accomplishments in the arena of American Realism. With brilliant use of light and mastery of the watercolor medium, both works elevate everyday objects into complex narratives that represent the universal intricacy of the human experience. Partridge House, Monhegan Island and Wash Bucket are being offered by a private collector to benefit a charitable foundation.

Fulfilling its goal to represent the very best of American art across all collecting categories, the auction will feature Pierrot and Columbine, a Vanity Fair magazine cover from June 1915 by Frank Xavier Leyendecker, estimated at $20,000-plus, and Norman Rockwell’s 1940 advertising illustration for Schenley’s Cream of Kentucky bourbon whiskey, estimated at $30,000-plus. “Heritage has a long history of offering works by these artists, and in an auction honoring important American art they should be,” Roughton added.

A collection of four works by Leroy Neiman is led by Roulette II, 1970, which was recently discovered hanging in an Italian restaurant in North Carolina. The work was published as a print by Knoedler in 1975 and depicts a diverse group of vibrant figures, exemplifying the artist’s fascination with social class and human behavior. Roulette II is expected to fetch more than $100,000.

“This auction truly is a who’s who of collectible American art, and you only have to look at the diversity to see why,” Roughton said. “Sanford Robinson Gifford’s A Sketch at the Camp on the La Bonté, Wyoming Territory, 1870, is a well-documented work executed in appreciation of the new terrain the artist encountered after joining an expedition into the Rocky Mountains.” The painting appears with a $40,000-plus estimate.

Among the selection of California art on offer is Millard Sheets’ Desert Spring Textures, 1967, executed a year prior to the artist’s conception of murals designed for Los Angeles City Hall. “Sheets brilliantly transfers his abilities as a muralist onto paper with his mosaic-like brushwork and grand landscape,” said Alissa Ford, director of California art at Heritage. “The sky is grand and luminous and looks as though as if it were constructed of numerous pieces of light-infused glass. It is truly a premier example of Sheets’ abilities.” The work is estimated to sell for $20,000-plus.

Leading the works by Western artists are Henry Balink’s Indians on Horseback, estimated at $15,000-plus, and Appeal to the Great Spirit, by Cyrus Edwin Dallin, estimated to sell for $30,000-plus. “Appeal to the Great Spirit is the most iconic image of the American west that Dallin crafted in bronze,” Ford said. “His treatment of this cast displays a sensitivity and empathy for the displaced Sioux tribes that was quite progressive for its day.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Milton Avery (American, 1885-1965), ‘From the Studio,’ 1954, oil on canvas, 58 x 42 inches, signed and dated. Estimate: $800,000-$1.2 million. Heritage Auctions image.

Jamie Wyeth (American, b. 1946), ‘Partridge House, Monhegan Island, Maine,’ 1969, watercolor on paper laid on board. Estimate: $70,000-$100,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Frank Xavier Leyendecker (American, 1877-1924), ‘Pierrot and Columbine,’ ‘Vanity Fair’ magazine cover, June 1915, oil on board. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Leroy Neiman, (American, 1921-2012), ‘Roulette II,’ 1970, oil on Masonite, 48 x 60 inches, signed and dated. Estimate: $100,000-$150,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978), ‘Have You Knowing Eyes?,’ Schenley Cream of Kentucky whiskey advertisement, 1937, charcoal on paper. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Andrew Newell Wyeth (American, 1917-2009), ‘Wash Bucket,’ 1962, watercolor on paper, 21-3/4 x 29-1/8 inches. Estimate: $120,000-$180,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Millard Sheets (American, 1907-1989), ‘Desert Spring Textures,’ 1967, watercolor on board, 22 x 30 inches. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Heritage Auctions image.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 09:13
 

Quinn's to auction fresh, authenticated Rodin on May 17

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Ammi Phillips (American, 1788-1865), ‘Portrait of a Woman,’ oil on canvas, 33½ x 27in. Provenance: The Abby Aldridge Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, Colonial Williamsburg. Est. $8,000-$12,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – A lifetime cast of Auguste Rodin’s (1840-1917) Le Desespoir is the distinguished headliner in Quinn’s Auction Galleries’ May 17 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction of select items from DC-area estates, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

“Rodin is considered by many to be the father of modern sculpture, and his attention to detail was unrivaled – so much so, that early in his career, he was accused of creating castings from a human body, rather than actually carving,” said Matthew Quinn of Quinn’s Auction Galleries. “His superlative eye for detail is quite apparent in ‘Le Desespoir.’”

An all-important confirmation of authenticity was received recently from the Comite Rodin in Paris, Quinn said. “We were very anxious to hear the verdict from the Comite Rodin, as they are the ultimate authority on Rodin artworks and do not issue authentications unless they are convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt. The piece we are auctioning is an authentic Rodin.”

Le Desespoir will be available for preview by appointment at Quinn’s gallery until its public preview period that runs from May 10-17. The work is estimated at $60,000 to $80,000.

“It’s not often that a Rodin lifetime cast bronze comes to the market, I was certainly taken back when we were told by the Comite Rodin that it was, indeed, cast during the artist’s life,” Quinn said.

It is believed that Rodin only created a few copies of the original Le Desespoir sculpture. Even fewer of those copies incorporate carved marble rock, as is the case with the example Quinn’s will be auctioning. “The marble rock is, in fact, part of the sculpture. That’s what made me suspect it might actually be an authentic Rodin,” Quinn said. “Later, when I met with the expert who is compiling the Rodin catalogue raisonne, he commented that it was one of the most beautiful Rodins he had seen in some time.”

A broad selection of fine paintings is entered in the May 17 auction, as well. A George W. Waters (New York, 1832-1912) painting featuring a sunset view at Morse Lake in the Adirondack Mountains is conservatively estimated at $7,000-$9,000. A similar work was auctioned recently for more than $20,000. Acclaimed artist Walter MacEwen’s classic interior scene of a woman in a red coat will be offered at $4,000-$6,000.

An Ammi Phillips (American, 1788-1865) folk portrait comes from the current estate of Winzola P. McLendon, who acquired the work in 1960 from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, Colonial Williamsburg. It will be offered at auction with an $8,000-$12,000 estimate.

The sale also features furnishings from around the world and dating from the late 18th century through the 1960s. Ready to illuminate a modern space, an Erik Hoglund Boda Nova Glassworks & Iron chandelier will entice bidders with its opening bid of $1,500 (est. $3,000-$5,000).

The Asian arts section of the sale will include a nice selection of Japanese netsuke, including a plump Fukura Suzume, or boxwood sparrow. The 5.5cm bird is estimated at $1,400-$1,800.

Quinn’s galleries are always brimming with activity. On Wednesday, May 14th, the company will offer 150+ decorative paintings and prints whose timeline spans more than 300 years. Each work is nicely framed.

On May 15th, Quinn’s subsidiary, Waverly Rare Books, will auction hundreds of linear feet of leather-bound volumes and top-notch 18th- and 19th-century American atlases. An exceedingly rare copy of Carey’s 1796 General Atlas is conservatively estimated at $3,000-$5,000; and a seldom-seen mid-19th-century topographical map of the road from Missouri to Oregon by Charles Preuss will open for bidding at $2,000 (est. $4,000-$6,000).

The May 17, 2014 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction featuring an authenticated Rodin will be held at 11 a.m. EST at Quinn’s Auction Galleries, located at 360 South Washington Street, Falls Church, VA 22046. All forms of bidding will be available, including live online via LiveAuctioneers.

For additional information on any lot in the sale, call 703-532-5632 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

Ammi Phillips (American, 1788-1865), ‘Portrait of a Woman,’ oil on canvas, 33½ x 27in. Provenance: The Abby Aldridge Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, Colonial Williamsburg. Est. $8,000-$12,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image 

Erik Hoglund chandelier, circa 1960s, Boda Nova Glassworks, cast glass with Alex Stromberg Ironworks black wrought iton, est. $2,000-$3,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image 

Japanese carved boxwood netsuke of Fukura Suzume (plump sparrow), mid-18th century. Provenance: The Humphrey Collection; Houston, Texas. Est. $1,400-$1,800. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image 

Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917), circa 1905 lifetime casting ‘Le Desespoir’ (Despair), green-patinated bronze and carved marble, signed ‘A. Rodin’ on top of base with raised ‘A. Rodin’ on underside of bronze, 13¾in high x 12in wide x 11in long. Authenticated by Comite Rodin, Paris. Est. $60,000-$80,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image 

Walter MacEwen (NY/Illinois/France, 1860-1943), interior scene of pensive woman with man smoking in background, 18½in x 22in, est. $4,000-$6,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image 

George W. Waters (New York, 1832-1912), ‘Sunset Morse Lake, Adirondacks,’ circa 1882, 28½ x 40¾ in, est. $7,000-$9,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image 

Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 14:52
 

Made in Italy furnishings to be featured at Nova Ars sale May 6

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Enzo Mari, pottery centerpiece, produced by Danese, 1973, 11.6 x 11.6 inches, 1.8 inches high. Estimate: 3,000-3,500 euros. Nova Ars image.

ASTI, Italy – An important collection of modern Italian design and decorative arts of 20th century will be sold by Nova Ars Auction on Tuesday, May 6. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The auction will consist of 104 lots of ceramics, furniture, lamps, chandeliers and glass works. Many Italian designers will be represented, from Mari to Mangiarotti, from Munari to Colombo, from Gio Ponti to Sarfatti, as well as other talents from different countries.

Highlight pieces include a Geo Ponti and Richard Ginori china tea set by Pittoria di Doccia, circa 1925; four 12-inch-square appliques of Murano glass by Venini, circa 1960; a Carlo Nason ceiling lamp of chromed metal and blown glass produced by Mazzega, 1969; an Enzo Mari plastic centerpiece produced by Danese, 1968; and an Enzo Mari pottery centerpiece produced by Danese in 1973.

Nova Arts Auction specializes in contemporary art, modernism and design made in Italy in the 20th century. The auction will begin at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time.

For details contact Valeria Vallese by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone +39 328 9667353.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Enzo Mari, pottery centerpiece, produced by Danese, 1973, 11.6 x 11.6 inches, 1.8 inches high. Estimate: 3,000-3,500 euros. Nova Ars image. 

Gio Ponti, Richard Ginori china tea set by Pittoria di Doccia consisting of six cups, six small plates, teapot, sugar bowl and milk jug, circa 1925. Estimate: 1,300-1,500 euros. Nova Ars image. 

Venini, four appliques model Patchwork. Varnished metal structure with Murano blown glass, brass, circa 1960, 12 x 12 inches. Estimate: 2,000-3,000 euros. Nova Ars image. 

Enzo Mari, plastic centerpiece, model Adal, Danese, 1968. Estimate: 1,200-1,500 euros. Nova Ars image.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 10:10
 
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