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Stephenson’s to auction the cream of Philadelphia estates, May 2

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Thursday, 24 April 2014 11:02

Fritz Hansen Denmark for Knoll Studio wicker and stainless steel lounge chair. Stephenson’s image

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – Springtime comes to Philadelphia on Friday, May 2nd as Stephenson’s of suburban Bucks County welcomes the new season with a 500-lot Antiques & Decorative Arts Auction. Quality estate pieces and collections from the Greater Philadelphia area have been gathered and curated throughout the winter months in preparation for the sale, said Stephenson’s owner and auctioneer Cindy Stephenson.

“We are continually called upon to assess estates, and we set aside the best of each category for our larger sales. There’s always an interesting mix,” Stephenson said.

There are many regular buyers for the fine jewelry offered by Stephenson’s. The May 2nd lineup includes an exquisite 14K gold enameled bracelet watch from an upscale Elkins Park (Philadelphia) estate. Marked “Jules,” the mid-century timepiece features a hand-painted portrait of a lady in an ornate oval cartouche surrounded by seed pearls. It weighs in at 83.8 grams or 53.8 pennyweight and is estimated at $2,000-$4,000.

Another jewelry highlight – sourced from a Yardley, Pa., estate – is a silver necklace by Antonio Pineda (Mexican, b. 1919-), one of the finest designers and silver craftsmen to emerge from Taxco’s 20th century silver renaissance. It is in equally prestigious company with a large opal and diamond cocktail ring from a different Yardley estate.

Many outstanding items in the sale came from Bucks County, Stephenson said, including elegant Lalique, a mesh bag collection, a gleaming array of silver – including Philadelphia coin silver – and a collection of soapstone. Much of the fine art to be offered came from neighboring Montgomery County and comes with a Freeman’s appraisal from the 1990s.

Two different collections of Roseville will join forces on auction day. “There are many different patterns and forms, and collectors have already discovered them,” said Stephenson. “There’s already a lot of interest from potential bidders.”

A collection of period cupboards originated in Michigan but was shipped to the Philadelphia area after the consignor inherited them from his mother. There are country cupboards and a few corner cupboards, plus a few other types. Woods include cherry, poplar and other types.

Stephenson’s has a commercial division, and sometimes discoveries made by its team during office clear-outs are re-routed to the company’s fine art and auction branch. Such was the case with a number of modern office chairs entered in the May 2nd sale, including three wicker and stainless steel lounge chairs by Fritz Hansen (Denmark) for Knoll Studio.

“The chairs are new, but industrial design is extremely hot in the marketplace right now. There have been quite a few enquiries about the Knoll chairs and other Danish furniture entered in the auction,” said Stephenson. “A man in Finland even contacted us to ask how much it would cost to ship the Hansen chairs to him, if he were the winning bidder.”

Stephenson’s Friday, May 2, 2014 auction will commence at 2 p.m. Eastern Time at the company’s gallery located at 1005 Industrial Blvd., Southampton, PA 18966. Inspection is on Thursday, May 1 from 2-6 p.m., and on auction day from 12-2 p.m.

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

Fritz Hansen Denmark for Knoll Studio wicker and stainless steel lounge chair. Stephenson’s image

General Washington porcelain plaque in stand. Stephenson’s image

Historic blue Staffordshire platter, Stephenson’s image

Antonio Pineda handmade Mexican sterling silver and black onyx necklace. Stephenson’s image

14K gold enameled bracelet watch with hand painted portrait and seed pearls. Stephenson’s image

Opal and diamond cocktail ring in 18K white gold mounting. Stephenson’s image

Continental school oil-on-canvas painting. Stephenson’s image

American school oil-on-canvas genre painting. Stephenson’s image

American School oil-on-canvas pastoral painting with bovines, a dog, and human figures in the background.  Stephenson’s image

Cherry corner cupboard. Stephenson’s image

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 14:53
 

Jeffrey S. Evans to auction Deike ceramics collection May 6

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Thursday, 24 April 2014 10:45

Ralph Wood family creamware doe and stag figures. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will auction English pottery from the private collection of George and Mickey Deike of West Virginia over two years, beginning with the May 6 sale of 18th and 19th century English and Continental ceramics. LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

The Deikes have collected since the 1960s and specialized in peafowl-decorated wares. In 2005 they published Feathers and Foliage – The Life and Times of the Pearlware Peafowl. This auction includes pieces illustrated in their book.

The collection also includes creamware, pearlware and prattware decoration on shell- and feather-molded articles, engine-turned stonewares and mochawares.

Among the most important items being auctioned is a large harvest jug, finely painted with a stylized rural landscape, dated 1800. Many other jugs of similar form, and either inscribed, initialed and/or painted with peafowl in branches are being offered. In addition to the useful wares being auctioned, the Deike collection includes a selection of 18th century and early 19th century creamware animal figures including a Ralph Wood stag and a doe; a squirrel; and several Bovey pottery animals and others with swirling agate glazes.

This auction also includes a large array of Flow Blue ironstone wares from the collection of Joyce and the late Greg Prus of Connecticut. The Pruses collected many unusual forms from the Davenport factory in the Amoy pattern; as well as items made at the J. & G. Alcock factory in the Scinde pattern. Another private collection is more wide-ranging, offering items in La Belle Chine pattern made in Wheeling, W.Va., and others.

Two large dinner services round out the select offerings, one, a pottery service in Spode’s Blue Tower pattern, from the late 19th century; the other, an English porcelain service in a Famille Rose palette Chinoiserie pattern. There is a small and select offering of English porcelain and Asian ceramics as well.

Prior to the auction, Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will hold its first ceramics seminar May 4-5, 2014. Attendees will hear speakers George and Mickey Deike discussing their collection in “Searching for Peafowl”; independent scholar Jonathan Rickard, on “British Pottery & American Tastes in the 18th and 19th Centuries”; Angelika Kuettner, assistant curator of ceramics, Colonial Williamsburg, on “Asian Fusion: Chinese Style with an English Flair”; and Ronald Fuchs of the Reeves Center, Washington & Lee University, presenting “An Introduction to Chinese Export Porcelain.”

Seminar attendees will participate in a hands-on discovery session. May 5, attendees visit the rich ceramics collection at the Reeves Center on private tours, and then return to the Evans’ auction house for a series of object discussions with ceramics specialist Jill Fenichell, accompanied by light appetizers and drink.

The auction start time is 9:30 am Eastern. For further information call 540-434 3939 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Ralph Wood family creamware doe and stag figures. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Commemorative wares being offered from The Deike collection. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image. 

 Spode Chinese Export-style porcelain plates. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

 Flow Blue wares from a variety of factories. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 11:00
 

20th century paintings dominate Gray’s lineup April 30

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:45

Lot 48: Bernard M. Keyes (1898-1973), 'The Coral Necklace,' oil on canvas, signed lower left. Gray's Auctioneers image.

CLEVELAND – Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers will host their next auction April 30 at 11 a.m. Eastern. An extensive collection of modern and contemporary art, Chinese porcelain pieces, and a diverse collection of furniture and decorative items from a single estate are on offer. Internet live bidding is facilitated by Live Auctioneers.

Contemporary highlights include lot 74, King of the Birds, a massive, four-panel, mixed media piece by Todd Murphy, which measures 12 feet high by 16 feet wide. The work depicts a woman grasping a model airplane, posed above a gaggle of geese. Through the combination of media forms, the work is a brooding interplay of light and texture. Murphy was born in Chicago and began his career in Atlanta. Quickly rising to international acclaim, his work is described as having “underlying artistic themes of metamorphosis, allusion, and life-in-the-moment.” Murphy’s work is in many private, corporate and museum collections.

Helen Beling’s bronze sculpture, Business is Bad, lot 186, is another contemporary highlight. Beling’s work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and is in the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington and the Butler Institute of American Art among many others. Several of her sculptures were commissioned by synagogues, including a 26-foot-long Exodus for Temple Emanu-El in Yonkers, N.Y.

Collectors will be also be excited to find lot 175, an antique map over 200 years old dating from 1775, detailing North and South Carolina and their Indian frontiers by Henry Mouzon. Mouzon’s map became an important military asset for those fighting in the Southern theater of operations during the American Revolutionary War. The copy of the Mouzon map carried by George Washington is preserved at the American Geographical Society Library in Milwaukee. The copy of the Mouzon map carried by Sir Henry Clinton, the British commander, is preserved at the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The Mouzon map remained the chief map of the region until the 1808 map of North Carolina by Price & Strother, and the 1822 map of South Carolina by John Wilson.

Also in the upcoming auction Guillermo Castano Ramirez shows off his skills in lost wax technique in his work titled Geronimo, The Price in Blood too High – The Surrender, lot 185. The sinuous figures, along with the opulent rending of fabric, make the sculpture a dynamic rendering of texture and motion. Moving around the object, the work reveals new shapes, and forms from each angle, revealing a true mastery in the sculptor’s compositional awareness.

A large collection of paintings and decorative pieces from a single estate are also included in the sale. Notable artists include Tressa Benson’s Portrait of a Lady, lot 51, and Bernard Keyes, The Coral Necklace, lot 48. Keyes, an artist of the Boston School, depicts a well-dressed woman resting in a chair and gracefully playing with the coral necklace around her neck.

Condition reports will be provided upon request.

For more information contact Serena Harragin at 216-458-7695, or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Lot 48: Bernard M. Keyes (1898-1973), 'The Coral Necklace,' oil on canvas, signed lower left. Gray's Auctioneers image.

 Lot 74: Todd Murphy (b.1962), 'King of Birds' (1990), mixed media on board. Gray's Auctioneers image.

Lot 175: Henry Mouzon (1741-1807), 'An Accurate Map of North and South Carolina and their Indian Frontiers,' copper engraving on laid paper with hand-colored outlines. Gray's Auctioneers image.   

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 15:14
 

Tonya Cameron to sell decorative arts from East, West, April 28

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:49

Smoky quartz and rose quartz rock sculpture, 23 inches x 16 inches.  T.A.C. Estate Auctions Inc. image.

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – T.A.C. Estate Auctions Inc. will auction American and European decorative arts as well as Asian decorative arts on Monday, April 28. The 247-lot auction will begin at 6 p.m. Eastern, 3 p.m. Pacific.

LiveAuctoneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

Auctioneer Tonya Cameron lists huanghuali wood furniture, Oriental rugs and carpets, Continental and sterling silver, paintings, sculpture, bronzes, polychrome figures, a Louis Vuitton trunk and an amazing rock collection with semiprecious gems on the sale bill.

For details phone Cameron at 781-233-0006








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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Smoky quartz and rose quartz rock sculpture, 23 inches x 16 inches.  T.A.C. Estate Auctions Inc. image.

Renda bronze sculpture ‘Ecstasy.’ T.A.C. Estate Auctions Inc. image.

Abstract form sculpture, arms and legs, mixed metal, 15 inches x 10 inches, repairs to parts. T.A.C. Estate Auctions Inc. image.

Famille rose Buddha figure, 9 inches. T.A.C. Estate Auctions Inc. image.

Three carved horn cups, largest 9 inches. T.A.C. Estate Auctions Inc. image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:23
 

Austin Auction to offer property of sports icons Mathewson, Royal

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:13

French ormolu mounted cylinder roll-top desk from the office of Justice Leroy Gilbert Denman. Est. $4,000-$6,000. Austin Auction Gallery image

AUSTIN, Texas – Austin Auction Gallery will present a bountiful May 3, 2014 Estates Auction boasting over 650 lots of antique furniture, fine art, porcelain glassware and silver. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Among the top offerings are two highly important lots – one that originally came from the private estate collection of Baseball Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson (1880-1925), and the other having direct provenance from the estate of Darrell K Royal (1924-2012), the University of Texas Longhorns’ winningest coach of all time.

A Reed and Barton sterling silver tea and coffee service in the “Plymouth” pattern, with an inscription to Christy Mathewson, was discovered among a collection of silver from the estate of Michael Frary (1918-2005), an American painter who was related to Mathewson by marriage. Mathewson is remembered as one of the greatest major league pitchers of all time. He played 17 seasons with the New York Giants and was later player/manager of the Cincinnati Reds. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936 as one of its “first five” inaugural members and later was named to the Major League Baseball All-Century team. The handled service tray is engraved ''Presented to Christy Matthewson by his New York Friends, May 12th 1917." Note: The engraver misspelled Mathewson’s surname in the inscription.

On the date that is engraved on the silver tray, the Cincinnati Reds played the New York Giants in New York. Less than a year earlier, the Giants had traded Mathewson to Cincinnati. Once a star pitcher for New York, he was now player-manager of the Reds and was opposed on that day by his former New York Giants manager, John McGraw. The set weighs in at 188.24ozt and carries a presale estimate of $12,000-$18,000.

A custom ceremonial sword with a high-gold-content scabbard is the hidden gem of the auction. It was presented in the early 1980s to Mr. and Mrs. Darrell K. Royal. Coach Royal won three national championships with the Longhorns in 1963, 1969 and 1970. He is regarded as one of the giants in the game and a Texas legend. The sword was a gift from Dr. Nasser Al-Rashid (Saudi Arabia, b. 1939-) a close friend whose titled and accomplishments include: Ph.D., University of Texas, Distinguished Graduate award from the College of Engineering in 1980, Order of the National Legion of Honor France, founder Rashid Engineering, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and advisor to the Royal Family.

The opulent gold scabbard is engraved with the emblem of Saudi and inscribed with the signature of Ahmad Bader Malika (Makkah, Saudi Arabia, 1920-2009). The noted Arabian goldsmith was commissioned by the King of Saudi Arabia to recreate the solid gold doors to the Kaaba in Mecca. The steel blade is marked on the spine "Made in England 1782," the guard made of gold with wire wrapping forward of the bone handle. Saudi Arabian one-guinea coins are suspended from gold chains on both scabbard and hilt. The ensemble is fitted in a custom presentation case and accompanied by a handwritten letter from Dr. Al-Rashid. The sword has been stored in a museum vault at the University of Texas at Austin campus for 27 years and has never been publicly displayed. It carries a conservative estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.

Additional lots of note include an unusual French ormolu mounted cylinder roll desk from the office of Justice Leroy Gilbert Denman. It is estimated to bring $4,000-$6,000; and a scarce George III repousse sterling silver tea and coffee service, Joseph Angel, London, Regency period, hallmarked 1818, which opens at $1,500. A collection of Lalique is highlighted by a large “Luxembourg” bowl that will open for bidding at $1,000.

For additional information on any item in the auction, call 512-258-5479 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 

French ormolu mounted cylinder roll-top desk from the office of Justice Leroy Gilbert Denman. Est. $4,000-$6,000. Austin Auction Gallery image

Reed and Barton sterling silver tea and coffee service whose tray is inscribed to baseball legend Christy Mathewson and dated May 12th, 1917. Family provenance. Est. $12,000-$18,000. Austin Auction Gallery image

Tray from sterling silver tea and coffee service inscribed to Christy Mathewson. Set estimate: $12,000-$18,000. Austin Auction Gallery image

Views of various parts of the customer ceremonial sword with high-gold-content scabbard, presented to Coach Darrell K Royal and Mrs. Royal in the early 1980s by Dr. Nasser Al-Rashid. Est. $25,000-$35,000. Austin Auction Gallery image

Scarce George III repousse sterling silver tea and coffee service, Joseph Angel, London, Regency period, hallmarked 1818. Opens for bidding at $1,500. Austin Auction Gallery image

From a collection of Lalique to be auctioned on May 3, a ‘Luxembourg’ bowl that will open for bidding at $1,000. Austin Auction Gallery image

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 12:17
 

Material Culture to auction noted folk art collection May 4

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:43

Exquisite 19th century French cast-iron fountain figure labeled 'Bertrand Forest LYON,' 48 inches high. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Material Culture image.

PHILA., Pa. – On May 4, Material Culture will present the Kristina Barbara Johnson Estate in a special auction dedicated to this eclectic collection of fine, folk and decorative art, antiques and collectibles from the United States and around the world. This estate auction is a testament to the wide-ranging collecting interests of the remarkable Ms. Johnson, and presents a comprehensive look at her artistic taste. The auction will commence at 10 a.m. Eastern, with Internet live bidding provided by Liveauctioneers.

Kristina Barbara Johnson was named one of America’s Top 100 Collectors in Art and Antiques from 1986 to 1996, and her truly notable collection comprises over 1,000 lots in this sale. She spent 40 years as a trustee of the American Folk Art Museum, curating several exhibitions and introducing a yearly lecture series. Her eye for folk and self-taught or outsider art was both intuitive and informed. Her daughter Jeniah describes the pieces in her mother’s collection as “items that will not only enhance, or even launch, a folk art collection, but will also lend depth, warmth and humanity to an abstract collection or lightness of being and historical relevance to a traditional academic collection.”

The variety of art and artifacts in the auction also represents a life lived as a “voyage of discovery,” in Jeniah’s words. “Like any good explorer,” Jeniah says, “she kept a watchful eye for the new, the unusual, the exotic, the beautiful and the alluring. … She discerned good and bad; and the good came into her home.” The breadth of art – sculpture, illustration art, photography, pop art, pottery, textiles, and couture in addition to painting and drawing – along with antiques, vintage mid-century collectibles and Americana are a testament to Johnson’s inexhaustible energy for collecting.

The auction opens with work by several notable self-taught artists. A human figure in river stone by Virginian carver Raymond Coins (1904-1994) starts the day. Sister Gertrude Morgan (1900-1980), a preacher, missionary, musician and poet who worked primarily in New Orleans, is represented in an oil, watercolor and ballpoint pen painting on paper that bears many of the hallmarks of her work. Text often appears in her paintings, and the figures here appear against a backdrop of cursive words. The seated woman to the left is likely a depiction of the artist, who frequently placed herself within her own work, identified by the all-white attire Sister Morgan wore in life.

An oil painting on board by Pennsylvanian self-taught artist Justin McCarthy (1892-1977) demonstrates both his bright, expressionistic colors and his love of fashion plates. Hat Fashions, dating to 1961, shows the head and shoulders of five women in varying styles of hats in a long, horizontal frame. A double-sided mixed media collage by Felipe Jesus Consalvos (1891-1960) bears provenance including the Fleisher-Ollman Gallery of Philadelphia. The piece, titled White Eagle, is a superb example of the artist’s usage of the cigar-band collage tradition of his Cuban heritage to achieve playful political satire.

Self-taught and folk sculpture at the auction includes a statue by Vernon Burwell (1916-1990), an artist from North Carolina. He worked in concrete, painting his human and animal figures brightly, as with this painted cement statue of a preacher, with an inscription that reads “I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD / JESUS CARES.” Two other painted concrete statues of a hunter and his dog come to auction from American artist Henry Marques. The hunter, measuring 37 1/2 inches high, is signed “Henry/1942;” the dog, titled Caego, measures 15 1/2 inches high. With provenance through Robert Anderson of Upper Black Eddy, Pa., this duo of figures also appears in Animals in American Folk Art by Wendy Lavitt. Seven lots of sculpture by Cuban artist Saturnino Portuonda “Pucho” Odio (1928-1997) are led by his spectacular Black Angel. This carved statue of painted wood, signed and dated “10-08-82,” depicts an angel in what could be either flight or repose. Originally owned by Trinidadian actor Geoffrey Holder, this sculpture was exhibited at the Katonah Museum of Art, in the exhibition “Spirits: Selections from the Collection of Geoffrey Holder and Carmen de Lavallade,” and appears in the catalog for the same.

Johnson curated or consulted for numerous shows at the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum, and others, but was most proud of her exhibition of hooked rugs, “American Classics.” Her love for this medium can be seen in the selection of hooked rugs, comprising over 60 lots in the auction. Pictorial and abstract designs are both on offer, in an array of shapes and sizes. A particularly outstanding antique pictorial rug, inscribed “I LOVE MY MAN WITH A TENDER DEVOTOIN (sic)/BUT I CANNOT GO HIS KIN!,” shows a married couple surrounded by apparently unsympathetic in-laws. The piece, mounted on a stretcher, measures 32 by 53 inches, with provenance that includes Dorothy Schlesinger, of New York, and Olde Hope Antiques, of New Hope, Pa. Like many artifacts and art in Johnson’s collection, this rug appeared in several exhibitions and publications, including Labors of Love: America’s Textiles and Needlework, 1650-1930 (New York, 1987), by Judith Reiter Weissman and Wendy Lavitt, American Classics: Hooked Rugs from the Barbara Johnson Collection (Princeton, N.J., 1988), by Barbara Johnson and Wendy Lavitt, and Hooked Rugs: An American Folk Art (New York, 1992), by Lesley Linsley.

Other exceptional pieces of American folk art coming to auction from Johnson’s collection include a carved and painted panel of Washington at Mount Vernon. The reverse is incised with the words, “Carved by J.W. Montgomery Dalton, Pa,” likely Jacob W. Montgomery, born in 1867, verified by genealogical and first-hand accounts. The carving shows George and Martha Washington at a table, accompanied by an African-American house servant, a dog and a cat, and is a variant of the famous painting by Edward Savage (1761-1817), known widely by engravings. The carving measures 16 by 30 inches, with provenance through Freeman’s Auctions of Philadelphia. A delightful paint-decorated tole weather vane, showing a farmer digging a spade into the earth, dates to the late 19th century. This piece from Pennsylvania appears in several publications, including Folk Art in America (Exton, Pa., 1984), by Adele Earnest, A Gallery of American Weather Vanes and Whirligigs (New York, 1984), by Robert Bishop and Patricia Coblentz, and Folk Art: Imaginative Works from American Hands (Alexandria, Va., 1990).

As a young woman, Johnson was an artist’s agent in the advertising industry, representing Raymond Savignac (French, 1907-2002) and becoming acquainted with Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) in his early days of fashion illustration, and her taste for both pop art and her connections to these artists are also in evidence in the sale. An original line drawing by Warhol titled Happy, depicts two young girls laughing. Hand-colored and drawn with blotted ink, this delicate work on paper dates to circa 1954. Other pop art includes a selection of Savignac commercial posters, and a screenprint in color by Peter Phillips (English, b. 1939), titled Custom Print No. 1. Signed, dated and numbered 46/200 in pencil, the piece was part of 11 Pop Artists, Volume I (1965).

Other items are also the fruit of Johnson’s connection to Warhol, including several lots that were previously in Warhol’s collection. One such artifact is a fine Native American squash blossom necklace of silver and turquoise, signed “M.A.W.” and dating to the early 20th century. The most exceptional piece of jewelry in the auction, however, is a large gold pendant with two balancing monkeys that is possibly pre-Columbian, dating to A.D. 600-1600.

Johnson’s Asian art is led by nearly 70 lots of Japanese woodblock prints. Particularly notable are works by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), considered the last great master of the ukiyo-e tradition. A complete set of his famous series The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road comprises 55 polychrome woodblock prints. Single prints are also available, as with Hiroshige’s instantly recognizable Evening Shower at Atake and the Great Bridge, number 52 in his series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo. Other woodblock print artists represented in the sale include Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) and Katsukawa Shunko (1743-1812). Arguably the finest lot of Chinese art at the auction is a pair of jeweled gilt bronze foo dogs. In vessel form, these spectacular beasts measure 15 by 9 by 10 inches each, and are covered in a variety of jewels and stones.

Photography is highlighted in a silver gelatin emulsion photograph by Manuel Alverez Bravo (Mexican, 1902-2002), titled Ventana A Los Magueyes. Dating to 1976, this striking image of the leaves of maguey plants appearing to reach towards the window of a house, bears provenance that includes the Witkin Gallery of New York. Copies of this photograph appear in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Over 25 lots of original illustration art are led by a painting of ink and watercolor on paper by George Carlson (American, 1887-1962), a cover for Drawing Funnies.

Johnson’s remarkable collection of antiques offers many gems. One of many lots of silver is an exquisite tea set, which includes three sterling silver pieces made in circa 1814 by Gerardus Boyce of New York City, along with two sterling silver pieces and two silver-plated pieces made to match by Tiffany.

Among the selection of fine antique furniture, a handsome early 18th century pine cupboard from Hudson Valley, New York stands out. A pair of cast-iron whippets may well have been made by J.W. Fiske & Co., the leading American manufacturer of decorative cast-iron in the second half of the 19th century. Over 30 lots of French Jaspe pottery, many dating to the late 19th or early 20th century, include plates, bowls, teapots, jars, pitchers, creamers and jugs.

Also at auction is a vintage automobile owned by Johnson, a 1950 Pontiac Chieftain convertible. Other vintage items include a selection of hats and several bags by Louis Vuitton and Hermes. Johnson’s diverse enthusiasm can be seen in her collections of fish decoys, comprising 25 lots, whaling-era artifacts, canes, metal cars and airplanes, coins and more.

Nearly 100 lots of art and fixtures suitable for outdoor decorating come to auction from Johnson’s garden. The finest in garden sculpture is an exquisite 19th century French cast-iron fountain figure of a woman in Grecian clothing. Labeled “Bertrand Forest, LYON,” the statue measures 48 by 16 by 12 inches. A fine pair of Adams and Storrie, Philadelphia Victorian cast-iron urns remain in excellent condition. Also of interest is an artisan-made cast stone figure of a policeman. This large piece, measuring 69 inches high, comes with his own shelter in the style of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi.

An exhibition party to celebrate Kristina Johnson and the legacy of her diverse collection will be held on Friday, May 2, from 7 to 11 p.m., with live music, a DJ, and refreshments. Material Culture’s new restaurant, Baba Olga’s Café & Supper Club, which serves lunch daily, will additionally be open for dinner that evening, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Both the exhibition and the party are free and open to the public.

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

Exquisite 19th century French cast-iron fountain figure labeled 'Bertrand Forest LYON,' 48 inches high. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Material Culture image.

1950 Pontiac Chieftain convertible, in original condition, serial #W8TH9008, automatic transmission, running, overall fair condition. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Material Culture image.

Henry Marques (American): 'Caego and Hunter,' titled 'Caego' of dog and twice signed and dated 'Henry/1942' on figure, painted concrete. Hunter 37.5 inches high; dog 15.5 inches high.  Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Material Culture image.

Justin McCarthy (American, 1891-1977), 'Hatted Beauty,' 1962, oil on board. Size: 18.5 inches x 15 inches. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000. Material Culture image.

Antique Flemish wing chair, upholstered in Aubusson tapestry. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Material Culture image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:41
 

Peacocks featured in 2 top lots at John Moran auction April 29

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Monday, 21 April 2014 15:29

This 1910 masterwork by Frederick Hurten and Agnes Rhead, made at the University City Pottery, is conservatively estimated to hammer for between $70,000 and $90,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

PASADENA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers will present a large and exceptionally high quality selection of early 20th century design, silver, Continental furnishings and fine art from important Southern California estates and private collections at their 200-lot Antiques and Fine Art Auction scheduled for April 29. Additionally, collectors of American art pottery will be thrilled to find a masterwork by one of the leading artists in his field, Frederick Hurten Rhead (1880-1942).

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The large vase, standing nearly 18 inches tall, is signed to the underside with Rhead’s monogram and that of his wife and collaborator, Agnes (b.1877), along with marks for the University City Pottery in Missouri and the American Women’s League, and dated 1910. Magnificently incised and polychrome-enameled with the sweeping figure of a peacock, its highly detailed tail feathers fanning across the buff-colored ground interlaced with stylized tree branches, it possesses the immense authority lent by a striking design and outstanding execution.

Though Rhead’s most ubiquitous contribution to 20th century design is as the designer of Fiestaware, the brightly colored dinnerware manufactured by the Homer Laughlin Co., it was during his short time teaching at the People’s University in University City, Mo., alongside several other notable artists, including Adelaide Alsop Robineau and Taxile Doat, that the British-born artist produced the tiles and vases that today rank among his most highly valued works. A four-tile panel, also from University City and dating from 1910 and also featuring a peacock, realized $510,000 at auction in October 2012, and another 1910 piece, a vase decorated with mushrooms, fetched $120,000 at auction in June 2012. Another vase, dating from 1911 and also decorated with mushrooms, is held in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The vase offered at Moran’s is expected to equal or surpass those examples, though it has been assigned a conservative estimate of $70,000-$90,000. With its arguably more compelling design, it also arrives on the market with excellent provenance, having not once been offered for sale since its purchase from the pottery in 1910. That purchase was by a couple residing in St. Louis, who subsequently presented it as a wedding anniversary and baby gift to the Meyers Family of Iowa City, Iowa. It has since passed through several generations of the same family, and was only recently rediscovered in the home of the current owner in Southern California.

Other early 20th century design highlights on offer at Moran’s include two Rookwood ‘’Standard’’ glaze vases, offered at $500-$700 and $400-$600, and a Rookwood floor vase or umbrella stand with applied decorations (estimate: $1,000-$2,000). A stunning Art Nouveau bronze lamp base by Swedish designer Emy Wahlstrom carries an estimate of $3,000-$5,000, while a Dirk Van Erp hammered copper and mica lamp is estimated to sell for $10,000-$15,000. A Stickley Brothers / Quaint oak bookcase (no. 4770) with glazed double doors is offered at $1,500-$2,500.

Fans of European porcelain will not be disappointed. A Meissen porcelain figural group depicting Harlequin and Columbine, modeled by Paul Scheurich on characters in the Russian ballet Le Carnival, is expected to bring $3,000-$5,000 at the auction block. A charming Berlin / KPM plaque of a pale blonde beauty in profile, and another of a Bacchante, are estimated to bring $3,000-$5,000 and $7,000-$9,000 respectively. Expected to earn $800-$1,200 is a Samson porcelain armorial vase, decorated in imitation of Chinese Export famille rose porcelain, that would make an intriguing addition to any collection.

Consignments from a private Malibu collection have ensured that this catalog will also be flush with a number of impressive pieces of Continental furniture. A Louis XV-style gilt-bronze mounted vitrine cabinet, measuring just over 9 feet tall, is expected to find a new home for $40,000-$60,000. A breathtaking Beckstein Empire-style grand piano (estimate: $50,000-$70,000) will also be offered. Made in 1882, it features an impressive gilt bronze-mounted case decorated with lyres, scrolling foliage, rosettes, and laurel sprays. Buyers seeking dramatic lighting options will be pleased to see the large Louis XV-style gilt bronze 24-light chandelier in this catalog (estimate: $30,000-$50,000).

Competitive prices are also expected for decorative silver. Offerings from American makers include pieces by S. Kirk & Son, Tiffany, Samuel Bell, Gorham, and Shreve & Co. among others. A six-piece S. Kirk & Son silver tea and coffee service, repousse-decorated with mixed flowers and foliage and featuring charming floriform finials, includes a kettle on a stand, and is expected to find a new owner for $6,000-$9,000.

Those seeking a tea set in a more muted aesthetic might be more drawn to a stately three-piece hand-hammered sterling silver coffee service by Shreve & Co. (estimate: $1,000-$2,000). Four pieces of rare flatware by much sought-after San Antonio, Texas, maker Samuel Bell, are conservatively estimated to hammer between $300 and $500. Silver by British and Continental makers is also slated for sale. A Danish modern sterling silver pitcher by Kay Fisker for A. Michelsen, Copenhagen, carries a $4,000- $6,000 estimate, while a Regency sterling silver teapot by Matthew Boulton is priced at $800-$1,000. A pair of very large Old Sheffield Plate four-light candelabra carrying the maker’s mark of W. Garnett should realize $800-$1,200.

Additional highlights across decorative arts categories include:

• A rare pair of terra-cotta relief sculptures by British sculptor Robert Wallace Martin (1843-1923), each depicting a classical youth playing a pipe and a classical maiden in a landscape, respectively, is anticipated to earn $6,000-$9,000.

• A number of French bronzes by varying makers are up for grabs, including a figure of a dog by French artist Pierre Jules Mene (estimate: $700-$1,000).

• An exquisite and delicate Swiss Juvenia enameled silver and gilt metal mystery clock carries an estimate of $4,000-$6,000.

The fine art offerings in this catalog also promise a number of standout highlights. Perhaps most anticipated of the group is View of the Roman Campana, 1796, by Russian painter Feodor Matveef. An impressively proportioned canvas (measuring 58in x 72.25in), this work is expected to hammer for $70,000-$90,000. Now Reigns Here a Very, Very Peacock by English artist George Lance is a monumental still life tableau bordering on trompe l’oeil, featuring a peacock flanked by flowers and a mountain of fruit. Exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1885 as well as the American Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia (1876), this work is estimated to bring $50,000-$70,000. A charming composition by Austrian artist Theodor von Hormann, depicting children playing on an outdoor patio, is expected to realize $12,000-$18,000.

Consignment inquiries are always welcomed – 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.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

This 1910 masterwork by Frederick Hurten and Agnes Rhead, made at the University City Pottery, is conservatively estimated to hammer for between $70,000 and $90,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

Designed by Emy Wahlstrom, this striking Swedish Art Nouveau or Jugendstil bronze table lamp is expected to fetch $3,000-$5,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

This highly decorated Samson porcelain Chinese export style vase is only one of many Continental porcelain pieces up grabs in the April 29 catalog. Estimate: $800-$1,200. John Moran Auctioneers image.

Estimated to earn $6,000-$9,000, this repousse-decorated sterling silver coffee and tea service is by Baltimore maker S. Kirk & Son. John Moran Auctioneers image.

A pair of terra-cotta relief sculptures by Robert Wallace Martin (British, 1843-1923), carries an estimate of $6,000-$9,000.  John Moran Auctioneers image.

A hyper-detailed composition by English artist George Lance (1802-1864), titled ‘Now Reigns Here a Very, Very Peacock,’ is estimated to hammer for $50,000 - $70,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 13:47
 

1595 astrolabe aims for the stars in Charles Miller's Apr. 30 auction

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Large and rare geodetic theodolite by Troughton & Simms, London, 1829. Charles Miller Ltd. image

LONDON - A Portuguese astrolabe bought for £450 in a junk shop over a half-century ago is expected to fetch £40,000-£50,000 in Charles Miller’s April 30 auction. LiveAuctioneers will provide the Internet live bidding.

The story of how the astrolabe was discovered dates back to 1956, when the father of the astrolabe's consignor dates was on vacation in Madeira. He spotted the astrolabe through the window of a shop, but the establishment was closed. On the last day of his vacation, the shop was open, but having spent all of his money, he had to borrow from his friends in order to buy it. It hung in his kitchen ever since.

There are only 100 known astrolabes in the world, and it is exceptionally rare to find one in such good condition that had been signed and dated (1595) and not recovered from a shipwreck.

Another surprise find -- a very rare mariner’s compass that was bought for £5 in Scotland last year is estimated at £600-£800. The compass, encased in a wooden bowl with its original wax features, was standard at the time, but few survived. It is still magnetized and is unlikely to have been used since 1805.

The auction comprises more than 300 lots, and many are significant items of maritime history that have been found again after hundreds of years.

Rare lots from the Napoleonic Era that have been rediscovered after almost two centuries will be highly sought after in this sale. For Hornblower fans, a lost model of the Lively Class 38-gun frigate (circa 1800) is expected to fetch £8,000-£12,000 A set of three telescopes made for Nelson’s comrade Captain Preston when he commanded the "Sea Fencibles" (a crack naval militia which, in conjunction with the network of Martello Towers, provided the second line of defense against invasion by the French, should they break through the first line) is estimated at £1,500-£2,500. A graphic depicting General Sir Thomas Graham's expeditionary force coming ashore near Algeciras, across the bay from Gibraltar, in February 1811 is estimated at £200-£300.

Exactly 100 years after it was made for the Imperial Russian government, a rare builder’s model of stationary suction dredgers Alexander Konstantinov and St. Petersburg delivered to the Tsar in April 1914 carries an estimate of £6,000-8,000. Similarly a model made for the Italian government of the Venezia is estimated at £7,000-9,000. Other models include the Cutty Sark in sterling silver (£6,000-£8,000) made by a retired silversmith in 2012.

World War 2 artefacts include a seaman’s photo album of live action shots of direct hits of warships, German paratroops, crew preparing ammunition and air attacks on Malta (£250-£400); a German chart of England that shows the location of all the minefields running up the North Sea (£150-£250); a collection of signals and papers connected to Operation "Pedestal," the British operation to re-supply Malta in 1942, and a wartime copy of The Times of Malta (£200-400); a wartime submariner’s sword presented to C.A. Dawe (£700-£900). In addition, a rare, possibly unique 18th-century mahogany and brass 6ft telescope (£1,500-£2,000) and a ship’s badge from the submarine Wastwater (£600-£800) will also be offered for sale. Wastwater is the only German submarine that was taken on by the British Navy rather than sunk.

Two lots relating to the sinking of the Titanic will also be included in the auction. The first comprises three signals sent from the Olympic the day after Titanic hit the iceberg (£3,500-£5,000). They include “YAMSI on CARPATHIA ” – Yamsi being a code word to indicate that Bruce Ismay, chairman of the White Star Line had saved himself aboard the Carpathia ahead of the some of the most vulnerable passengers on board. It also includes the message relayed from the Carpathia saying that any further rescue attempts were "futile." A poster for one of the liners caught up in the dramatic sinking of Titanic, the S.S. Virginian (circa 1905) will be offered for £400-£600.

A selection of lotus-pattern bowls and saucers (£150-£200) recovered from the wreck of the Tek Sing, nicknamed "The Oriental Titanic," on which 1600 passengers died in 1822, will also be included in the sale. Salvor Michael Hatcher discovered the Tek Sing, and he and his crew subsequently raised an astonishing 350,000 pieces, making it the largest haul of Chinese porcelain ever recovered from a wreck.

A fascinating insight into the building of the Royal Yacht Britannia will be offered in the form of an official photo album issued by John Brown & Co. Ltd (circa 1953). The dated photographs include pictures of His Royal Highness Prince Philip’s study, Her Majesty The Queen’s private study, and the State Dining Rooms (£1,200-£1,800).

Rare pictures from the forgotten Arctic expedition that was funded privately by British-born yachtsman and explorer Benjamin Leigh-Smith are estimated at £400-£600. Leigh-Smith (1828-1913) earned a Masters certificate to allow him to sail his own ship for the five oceanographic polar expeditions he undertook. Although Leigh-Smith’s expeditions were perhaps overshadowed by Scott and Shackleton, his findings were no less impressive, and he had geographical features named after him, including Ostrov Li-Smita (Leigh-Smith Island) in Franz Josef Land.

An early surveying instrument used by naval explorer Capt. Thomas Graves (1804-1856) carries an estimate of £1,800-£2,500, while a clock from Capt. Scott's Discovery is estimated at £1,000-£1,500.

For additional information on any item in the auction, call 011 44 207 806 5530.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Large and rare geodetic theodolite by Troughton & Simms, London, 1829. Charles Miller Ltd. image

Tim Thompson 'Shamrock taking the salute off the Statue of Liberty,' 1899. Charles Miller Ltd. image

A selection of rarities including a 1595 mariners astrolabe, prisoner of war model and baleen-covered telescope. Charles Miller Ltd. image

Early map of North America, circa 1720. Charles Miller Ltd. image

Set of 'Titanic' Marconigrams sent from 'Olympic' the morning of the disaster, April 15, 1912. Charles Miller Ltd. image

Sterling silver model of the 'Cutty Sark.' Charles Miller Ltd. image

Impressive and well-detailed 19th-century model of the US 'Privateer Liberty' of circa 1812. Charles Miller Ltd. image

Rare model of the oceangoing dredger 'Venezia,' 1909. Charles Miller Ltd. image

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 15:38
 

Asian, international fine art on tap at I.M. Chait sale May 18

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:46

Chinese painting attributed to Ma Jin. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers will conduct an Asian and international fine arts auction May 18. The auction will begin at 1 p.m. Pacific. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding for the 521-lot auction.

The auction will feature:

– Important jewels and jewelry including a selection of fine, paired jadeite plaques together with watches and unique mineral pieces from several Southern California collections;

– Collection of snuff bottles in various unusual materials, many antique, from a Montana estate;

– Fine offering of netsuke in carved ivory and wood, including contemporary pieces by Brad Blakely and David Carlin; from local California and New York collections;

– Collection of Fabergé-style carved precious stone figurines; along with fine art pieces, including an important bronze nude by Harriet Frishmuth, and two rare antique sketchbooks by Johann-Konrad Fasi-Gessner;

– Large selection of old Chinese Beijing glass pieces from an Arizona estate; with antique Chinese scholarly items, carved jades and furnishings from several collections;

– Pre-Columbian pottery encompassing several cultures, from an Orange County, Calif., collection;

– Chinese dynastic pottery, including Han and Tang, from several estates in Arizona, California and Florida; with Chinese scrolls from a private Taiwanese Collection;

– Antique Southeast Asian Buddhist temple figures from a Los Angeles collection; together with several important gilt bronze Buddhist figures.

For details contact I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone at 310-285-0182.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Chinese painting attributed to Ma Jin. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image. 

 Massive Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze deity. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

 Antique Chinese porcelain table screen. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

Antique powder blue porcelain vessel. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image. 

 Shang-style rectangular bronze vessel. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:19
 

Beatles items to star in Heritage music auction April 26-27

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:20

Beatles signed (with individual drawings) stage wall section from Feb. 9, 1964, appearance on the ‘Ed Sullivan Show,’ approximately 16 inches by 48 inches. Estimate: more than $800,000. Heritage Auctions image.

NEW YORK – A piece of the set from The Ed Sullivan Show, signed by the Beatles minutes before their first live television performance Feb. 9, 1964, may sell for more than $800,000 in Heritage Auction’s April 26-27 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature® Auction. The sale headlines an all-star list of memorabilia from the world’s finest performers and musicians, ranging from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix.

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Minutes before the Beatles’ history-making debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, a stage hand asked the quartet to sign the back of the fiberglass wall just as the lads were about to be seen by 73 million television viewers. Adorned with individual drawings from each member of the band and accompanied by big, bold signatures, the section may bring more than $800,000.

“No other signed piece of Beatles memorabilia is this historic and as well documented as the autographed wall from The Ed Sullivan Theater,” said Garry Shrum, consignment director of music memorabilia at Heritage Auctions. “It is the living definition of museum-quality.”

The wall leads a group of nearly 180 individual lots of memorabilia devoted to the Fab Four, including a rare, 8 x 10 glossy photo of the group taken during the Ed Sullivan debut, signed by all four as well as manager Brian Epstein and Sullivan himself, (estimate: $125,000-plus).

Other highly anticipated Beatles memorabilia include:

· A Beatles-signed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band original fan club poster, signed in 1967, (estimate: $75,000-plus); another rare, signed photo featuring the Beatles with original drummer Pete Best, circa 1962, (estimate $10,000-plus).

· A selection of rare and autographed albums ranges from a stereo LP of Meet the Beatles!, autographed by all four members a day before their second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, (estimate $30,000-plus).

· A signed copy of Please Please Me, obtained by a British newspaper reporter on Oct. 31, 1964, (estimate: $20,000-plus).

· The fourth copy of The Beatles The White Album, numbered A0000004, originally sent to George Harrison at Apple's Savile Row headquarters in London, (estimate: $10,000-plus).

The auction is rounded out by many more eagerly sought after pieces, including 84 offerings of Elvis Presley related memorabilia that spans The King’s career on stage, behind the mike, and on the silver screen. This collection features the iconic Lansky’s suit he wore during a premier at the Frontier Hotel in 1956. This is the one-button coat and pants Presley wears in his Topps series card set, and the ensemble is expected to sell for $20,000-plus. A later, but no less impressive, full-length red coat with fur trim and cape, (estimate: $10,000-plus), embodies the star’s larger-than-life persona.

Early Presley recordings and related ephemera are rare and this auction offers two only known examples to exist. The first is Milkcow Blues Boogie, a mis-pressed Sun single (Sun 215, 1955), (estimate $2,400-plus), and a promotional mailing envelope for his 1956 tearjerker Old Shep, (estimate: $4,000-plus). The song was the first Presley sang in public and when he recorded it for RCA, copies of the 45 single were sent to radio stations tucked safely inside a special envelope featuring art from the incomparable comic artist Will Eisner, best known for his work on The Spirit.

A museum’s-worth of star-owned and played instruments spanning the entire 20th century is led by a clarinet owned and played by Big Band leader Benny Goodman, “The King of Swing,” (estimate: $7,000-plus), accompanied by an extraordinary amount of personal ephemera and photos. The "Li'l Red" Gibson Electric Guitar used by ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, circa 1961, (estimate: $60,000-plus) and the Gibson acoustic guitar owned and played by rock ’n’ roll star J.P. Richardson aka The Big Bopper, (estimate: $3,000-plus) pulled from the airplane wreckage that took his life as well as those of Buddy Holly and Richie Valens, are both expected to inspire aggressive bidding.

The auction also offers spectacular clothing once worn by Jimi Hendrix. Two quintessential examples of “hippie fashion” include a long, multicolored, velvet vest, covered front and back with an orange, black, and white thread paisley motif, (estimate: $20,000-plus), and a short, maroon velvet vest adorned with elaborate Eastern-style brocade, (estimate: $15,000-plus).

The only known Woodstock festival prototype poster from 1969, (estimate: $5,000-plus) the first promoting America’s musical turning point at its location in White Lake, N.Y., is one of the nearly 100 rock and concert posters in the auction. The selection includes a rare Joan Baez and Bob Dylan stock poster from 1965, (estimate: $2,000-plus), and a desirable, round Kaleidoscope Club poster for the Doors, from 1967, (estimate: $1,500-plus).

Among the rarest items in the auction is a 1967 Northern Soul promo 45 single for Try Me For Your New Love by Junior McCants, (estimate: $5,000). Until Heritage experts cataloged this example, it was believed only one surviving copy existed of a genre of American recordings that did not become popular until “discovered” by dance clubs in Northern England.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Beatles signed (with individual drawings) stage wall section from Feb. 9, 1964, appearance on the ‘Ed Sullivan Show,’ approximately 16 inches by 48 inches. Estimate: more than $800,000. Heritage Auctions image.

The Beatles, Ed Sullivan and Brian Epstein signatures from their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, Feb. 9, 1964, an 8 x 10 glossy of the Fab Four in a foldover photo album. Estimate: more than $125,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Beatles signed ‘Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band’ original fan club poster (UK, 1967) in a framed display. Estimate: more than $75,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Beatles early signatures on album page with 7 x 5 early promo photo picturing Paul, John, George and original drummer Pete Best (circa 1962). Estimate: More than $10,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Elvis Presley owned and worn suit, Lansky's, 1956. Estimate: More than $20,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Jimi Hendrix owned and worn long multicolored paisley and flower design velvet vest. Estimate: More than $20,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:55
 

1870s Horse Race bank could top $50K at Morphy's, May 3

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 16:56

Rare and large (2-7/16in) onionskin lutz marble in lime green, blue, yellow and oxblood red. Est. $6,000-$10,000. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Toys, banks, robots and trains are always in demand at Morphy’s, and as any number of their regular bidders would attest, there’s always at least one great discovery in each of the busy Pennsylvania company’s sales. Their 915-lot toy auction slated for Saturday, May 3rd is no exception, with several seldom-seen marbles and rare banks spurring pre-sale excitement. LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live-bidding services for the sale.

The day will open with an offering of 350+ marbles, a category that has developed quite a dedicated following at Morphy’s. “The marble market is unbelievably strong right now, with a lot of new buyers and new money coming into the hobby. Prices are on the upswing,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy. “We had excellent marble sales at the New York Pier Show – and that’s a general antiques show, not a toy show.”

Morphy said marble buyers at his auctions are a diverse, across-the-board demographic that includes young and old, male and female. “There’s no pattern to it. They’re miniature works of art that appeal to everyone.”

The May 3 selection includes a sizable 2-7/16-in diameter onionskin lutz estimated at $6,000-$10,000; and a second, similarly sized lutz of different coloration that carries at $6,000-$9,000 estimate. An especially rare, hand-blown 1-1/2in “birdcage” swirl marble gets its name from its unusual interior design resembling a birdcage. One of only a few known, it is expected to make $4,000-$6,000. Another prized marble is the 1-1/2in shrunken-core onionskin with suspended mica, estimated at $2,000-$3,000.

There’s already a buzz over the lineup of mechanical and still banks to be auctioned, especially the near-mint-plus J. & E. Stevens Horse Race mechanical bank, patented in 1871 and accompanied by the original box with original label. The box is one of only three or four known examples.

“It’s an absolutely beautiful example,” said Morphy, explaining that it came to him via an online appraisal service Morphy Auctions offers free of charge. “The bank came from the Southwest, from a family that has kept it for three generations since its original purchase. It’s one of those undiscovered gems that turn up every once in a while, and when they do, they energize the hobby.” The bank’s sturdy wood box with pictorial paper label shows no fading and retains its early Bakelite-type pull-tab. The bank is estimated at $30,000 to $50,000, but Morphy said he “would not be surprised if it brought more.”

Two other high flyers among the banks are a near-mint, football-theme Calamity bank, est. $30,000-$40,000; and a near-mint semi-mechanical American Bank Sewing Machine, est. $20,000-$25,000, that accepts a deposited coin when a crank is turned to lift the sewing needle up and down. A scarce dark-green-dress variation Mammy with Spoon mechanical bank is entered with a $6,000-$9,000 estimate, while a near-mint Uncle Remus with skillfully painted facial highlights could make $10,000-$15,000. All four banks are in 100% original condition.

More than 80 black Americana lots will be sold, with highlights including a Cascarets Summer bowel Troubles advertising poster, $1,000-$1,500; and a late-19th-century Imperial Egg Food poster that depicts African-American men preparing and loading Imperial Eggs, $2,000-$3,000. A complete set of Messett’s Musical Entertainers posters, each depicting minstrels in different poses, will be offered in three consecutive lots. They are estimated at $800-$1,200 each.

A Distler Walt Disney Mickey and Minnie Mouse Hurdy Gurdy in fine original condition is estimated at $6,000-$9,000 and leads a selection of 100+ mixed tin toys. A sampling from this grouping includes two Marx toys with individual estimates of $800-$1,200: a boxed, near-mint wind-up Rocket and a G-Man Pursuit Car with original box. A Japanese Atom Jet racecar could cross the finish line at $1,500-$2,000.

Over 60 robots and space toys await sci-fi fans. Among them are a boxed Alps Moon Explorer, $2,000-$3,000; a boxed Direction Robot, $1,500-$2,000; and a boxed tin-litho wind-up Moon Astronaut, $1,500-$2,000.

A formidable fleet of pressed steel toys is led by three Buddy ‘L’ favorites. A 1926 Outdoor Railroad engine, tender and stock car are entered with a $2,500-$3,000 estimate, as is a Deluxe Hydraulic Truck. A near-mint Sand and Gravel Truck could deliver a winning bid in the $4,000-$5,000 range.

Morphy’s railway yard will be an active spot on auction day, with more than 100 train lots from which to choose. Most of the trains are of American manufacture, including many by Lionel. Two examples are a boxed near-mint Lionel 709W Rail Chief passenger train set estimated at $12,000-$18,000; and an excellent Lionel O gauge No. 773 Madison passenger car set, $800-$1,200.

Morphy’s Saturday, May 3 Toy, Bank, Marble and Train 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

Rare and large (2-7/16in) onionskin lutz marble in lime green, blue, yellow and oxblood red. Est. $6,000-$10,000. Morphy Auctions image

J. & E. Stevens Horse Race mechanical bank with original box, 100% original condition, near mint. Est. $30,000-$50,000. Morphy Auctions image

Semi-mechanical Sewing Machine bank manufactured by American Bank, near mint, ex Bob McCumber collection. Est. $20,000-$25,000. Morphy Auctions image

Distler Mickey & Minnie Mouse Hurdy Gurdy toy, 6in long, lithographed tin. Est. $6,000-$9,000. Morphy Auctions image

Alps battery-operated Moon Explorer Robot, 15in tall, accompanied by original box. Est. $2,000-$3,000. Morphy Auctions image

Cascarets Summer Bowel Troubles poster, 43½ x 28in. Est. $1,000-$1,500. Morphy Auctions image

Buddy ‘L’ pressed-steel Sand & Gravel Truck, 1930-1932, near mint, 25in long. Est. $4,000-$5,000. Morphy Auctions image

Lionel No. 709W Rail Chief passenger train set, pre-WWII, near mint, pictured in 1937 Lionel catalog with a cost of almost $100. Estimate $12,000-$18,000. Morphy Auctions image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:08
 

Chuck Close mural a big find at Sanford & Son May 3 design auction

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 16:17

Chuck Close mural. Sanford & Son Auction image.

TACOMA, Wash. – An early example of the work of legendary 20th century artist Chuck Close has been discovered in the home he once lived in and is going to auction. The assembled Chuck Close work, 88 inches by 60 inches, is featured in an auction on May 3 at Sanford & Son Auction.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Artist and filmmaker Jack Gunter recalled the occasion. “A woman walked into my gallery in Stanwood and asked me if I knew who Chuck Close was.” he said. “I told her, of course. That I’d had a conversation with him in the 1970s, when I was a New England painter in egg tempera and he was already a NYC superstar.”

The woman told Gunter that her family had purchased the home designed by NW architect Robert Riechert years ago – complete with a kitchen painted by Chuck Close when he was at the University of Washington.

“He painted everything, she told me,” Gunter recalls. “Including the appliances and the cabinets, in particular some huge cabinet doors.” The family had kept all the doors – four thick panels with white knobs.

Acting on an inspired whim, Gunter asked the family to place the painted doors together on the floor – like puzzle pieces – and wallah! They fit together perfectly in an abstract design, like Close had made an 88-inch-high by 60-inch-wide painting and cut the finished work into sections to decorate the doors like a book-matched 19th century veneered cabinet face.

“None of us expected the four door faces would form a complete image,” Gunter said. “This is when I realized that we were looking at a complete painting, not a fanciful painting exercise on a kitchen wall.”

“The assembled work reminds me of the color-field paintings of the artist Morris Lewis in the ’50s.” Gunter said. “I know that Chuck Close was enamored by the Seattle artist Alden Mason in his early works, but I have no clue to what really inspired this design.”

Five years ago, when the Antiques Roadshow came to Seattle, a Chuck Close abstract painting, traded to an Everett, Wash., man for $8, was appraised at from $100,000 to $150,000.

Is this cabinet door assemblage a painting or a kitchen wall decoration?

“That’s not for me to make that determination,” Gunter says. “I have done some research and I know that Close and the architect Robert Riechert collaborated on the design and construction of a home that was part of an exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. They built it together. The published real estate listing that the family responded to stated that the house was designed by Robert Riechert with murals by Chuck Close. That sounds to me that Chuck Close took the cabinet doors seriously as a work of art.”

The assembled Chuck Close work, 88 inches by 60 inches, complete with original white painted knobs is featured in the May 3 auction, in which Gunter is selling off his collection of 20th century objects. Included will be original furniture from a Frank Lloyd Wright residence; a rare never before seen Tiffany lamp from Paris; Gustav Stickley furniture; artworks by Andrew Wyeth and Roy Lichtenstein; rare, early, hot-sculptured figures from glass artist William Morris; and a dream list of 20th century design innovators.

Proceeds from the sale will help fund a feature-length film titled The Search for the Lost Paintings of Siberia, a documentary based on a 2013 excursion into the Russian Federation in an attempt to locate and bring back 17 Jack Gunter original paintings – trapped near the Mongolian border after a 1990 Russian museum tour by a bureaucracy fractured by the collapse of the Soviet Union. Crowd-funding page: http://www.gofundme.com/6zuyho

Twentieth century designers and artists offered in the sale include Charles Rennie MacIntosh, Gilbert Rohde, Tiffany & Co., Louis Comfort Tiffany, Stow & Davis, Elton Bennett, Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly, Kenneth Noland, Albert Stickley, L. & J.G. Stickley, Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters, J. Michelle Franc, Warren MacArthur, Walter Dorwin Teague, Charles Limbert, Faries Lamp Co., OC White Co., William Morris (19th century designer), William Morris (29th century glass artist), Joseph Hoffmann, Le Corbusier, Marcel Breuer, Paul Frankl, Mies Van der Rohe, Florence Knoll, Bauhaus Design, Jack Gunter, Frank Lloyd Wright, Memphis Design, I.P. Frink and Proctor Silex.

Also selling will be works by Native American artists, African artists, and Timor Island and Marquesas Island artists.

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

Chuck Close mural. Sanford & Son Auction image.

Frank Lloyd Wright bed from Walter Ruden residence, 1958. Sanford & Son Auction image.

Tiffany & Co student lamp 1865-1870. Sanford & Son Auction image.

William Morris 'Ryton' blown & sculpted glass, 1997. Sanford & Son Auction image.

Archer & Warner gasolier, 1855. Sanford & Son Auction image.

I.P. Frink mirrored table lamp. Sanford & Son Auction image.

Tubular steel desk, Walter Dorwin Teague, 1935. Sanford & Son Auction image.

Alvar Aalto tank chair. Sanford & Son Auction image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 07:51
 

Sterling Assoc. to auction diamonds, gold, silver & antique armor, May 8

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:47

14K white gold cocktail ring with large opal and 18 marquise-cut diamonds. Sterling Auctions image

CLOSTER, N.J. – Sparkling diamonds and a stunning array of American and Continental silver will set the tone for quality at Sterling Associates’ May 8 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. The 600-lot offering features the cream of estate antiques from the New York tri-state region and includes an unusual highlight – a remarkable 40-piece collection of period armor.

“The fine jewelry selection has tremendous eye appeal,” said Sterling Associates owner, Stephen D’Atri. “There are several one- to two-carat loose diamonds and solitaire rings, many accompanied by GIA certificates; as well as a fantastic cocktail ring with a giant fire opal surrounded by three carats of diamonds in a starburst pattern.”

A wealth of gold jewelry and a single-owner collection of silver Native-American jewelry – some of it marked – will cross the auction block. Ten premier timepieces will be up for bid, as well, including two handsome Rolex men’s watches: a two-tone gold and stainless silver model with Rolex box and papers, est. $6,000-$8,000; and a 1980s gold and stainless steel day/date watch, also boxed with papers.

With winter now a memory, many are thinking about sumptuous buffets and dinners for eight. As any gracious host will attest, a stylish dining table must be dressed with elegant silver – a category that has become a staple in Sterling’s sales. Their May 8 auction includes a rich and varied selection of fine silver flatware, candelabra, trays and other serving pieces from American, English and Continental makers. Additionally, there will be a large grouping of silverplate from which to choose.

Sterling Associates will break new ground in offering a lifetime collection of period armor from a private estate in Manhattan. “You never know what you’ll find in an estate. A collection of armor is not what I would have expected to see in a New York City residence, but it’s endlessly fascinating material, and our team had a lot of fun examining and researching each piece,” said D’Atri.

“The contents of the armor collection span three centuries and are extremely diverse – the collector liked many different types of things and focused on building a comprehensive collection,” D’Atri continued. “Some of it is very early. There’s a full samurai suit and an Indo-Persian kulah-khud (helmet) that both date to the 17th century, and another of the dozen or so helmets to be sold is a 16th-century production.”

Other highlights include a German jousting half-suit, a pikeman suit of armor, and numerous edged weapons, including rapiers and Japanese katanas. A sub-collection of halberds – 6 to 7ft-long pole weapons whose shafts are topped with spear points, spikes or axes – contains examples estimated as modestly as $800-$1,200.

The breadth of items cataloged in the May 8 sale runs the gamut of collecting interests, from a vintage go-kart that resembles a scaled-down 1930s/40s racer, complete with roll bar and colorful stickers; to vintage wine, including bottles of Chateau Lafite Rothschild Grand Cru 1982 and Chateau Latour Grand Cru 1949. Both are from the first growth of their respective years.

The auction is further brightened by a large assortment of high-quality chandeliers, wall sconces and decorative accessories; including sculptures.

There are many ways to participate in Sterling Associates’ May 8 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction, but the company conducts its auctions a bit differently than most.

“The way our auctions work, all bidding is conducted remotely, but we’re very much a permanent brick-and-mortar company where anyone can come in to inspect the goods,” said D’Atri. “It will be run exactly like a live auction, but without a live audience.”

Sterling Associates’ Thursday, May 8 auction will commence at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. The live gallery preview is from 10-4 on Saturday, May 3 and Monday, May 5; 10-7 on Tuesday, May 6; 10-4 on Wednesday, May 7; and 10-3 on auction day. The gallery is located at 70 Herbert Ave., Closter, NJ 07624. Online bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

For additional information on any item in the auction, call 201-768-1140 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit Sterling Associates online at www.antiquenj.com.

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

14K white gold cocktail ring with large opal and 18 marquise-cut diamonds. Sterling Auctions image

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust gentleman’s watch, two-tone steel with 18K yellow gold, diamond dials. New and never worn. Accompanied by original box and papers. Sterling Auctions image

Eugene Marioton (French, 1854-1925), pair of bronze figural sculptures on marble bases, signed and with foundry marks, 36in high. Sterling Auctions image

Persian devil’s head Kulha Khud period helmet, circa 1750-1800. Sterling Auctions image

5-piece jousting suit of armor, helmet and shield circa 1580; backplate dated to 1560. Sterling Auctions image

Lot comprising more than 20 pieces of Japanese Samurai armor with classic Edo-period lightweight wood storage case and framed rare Samurai Sashimono banner flag. Sterling Auctions image

Vintage go-kart resembling a scaled-down 1930s/40s racer with colorful stickers and single roll bar, 78in long by 34in high. Sterling Auctions image

Pieces from the large selection of sterling silver to be auctioned. Sterling Auctions image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:08
 

Rare gems sparkle throughout Heritage jewelry sale April 29

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:16

Diamond, platinum, gold ring set composed of a ring featuring a pear-shaped diamond weighing 11.30 carats, enhanced by tapered baguette-cut diamonds, set in platinum; together with a removable 18K gold hinged jacket, marked A. Clunn. Estimate: $150,000-$200,000. Heritage Auctions image.

NEW YORK – A Tiffany & Co. Kashmir sapphire diamond platinum-topped gold ring could sell for $175,000 or more to lead Heritage Auctions’ Fine Jewelry Signature® Auction on Tuesday, April 29. The auction is a mosaic of unique creations spanning the Georgian era to the present day.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

Jill Burgum, Heritage’s senior director of fine jewelry, said experienced jewelry connoisseurs can expect a robust selection of estate jewelry, rare colored gemstones, and name brand designs both contemporary and vintage.

“White and fancy colored diamonds from 2.00 to 11.00 carats also play an impressive role in the upcoming auction,” she said. “A highlighted lot is an 11.03 carat pear-shaped diamond accompanied by a GIA certificate stating I color, VS2 clarity and carries a presale estimate of $150,000-plus.”

Colored gemstones captivate the eye with vibrant bursts of color and leading the auction’s extensive selection is a Columbian emerald and diamond ring by Kurt Wayne, accompanied by GIA and AGL certificates, valued at $150,000. A rare emerald white gold necklace – featuring the 3.40-carat Heart of Carolina Emerald – is estimated to sell for $25,000-plus. The heart-shaped emerald is incredibly rare as North America is not known for producing emeralds – outside of one area, Hiddenite, N.C. The Heart of Carolina Emerald was discovered in 1998 and ranks as no. 13 on the list of largest emeralds ever mined in North America.

A fancy yellow diamond, diamond, gold ring, from the private collection of Toni Tennille of American recording artists Captain & Tennille and set with two yellow diamonds weighing a total of approximately 4.73 carats and enhanced by full-cut diamonds, could sell for more than $60,000.

A rare Archaeological Revival “Cave Pearl” necklace by legendary goldsmith Carlo Giuliano, in its original fitted box, could sell for $40,000-plus. Fashioned from diminutive limestone deposits subjected to millennia of water dripping deep inside a cave, the 100-year-old necklace is the oldest piece in the auction. Another Victorian find, an exceptional natural pearl, diamond, ruby, silver-topped gold brooch, features a natural baroque pearl notable for its exceptional size, fine condition and natural origin. The brooch is enhanced by a second natural baroque pearl, which increases the pieces’ gross weight to 18.90 grams. It is expected to sell for $40,000 or more.

“Name brand designs by firms such as Cartier, Tiffany and Van Cleef & Arpels remain popular purchases among our clients and we expect some recent additions will bring added attention and increased bidding,” Burgum said. “I am excited to offer a single owner collection of Angela Cummings designs for Tiffany & Co., including an opal, black onyx, gold bracelet, estimated at $9,000-plus; an iconic jadeite jade, gold ‘lotus root’ bracelet, estimated at $7,000-plus; and a coral, jasper, gold bracelet, which could sell for $9,000-plus.”

Heritage’s April 29 Fine Jewelry Signature® Auction takes place at the Fletcher Sinclair Mansion in New York, following previews in Beverly Hills and Dallas.

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

Diamond, platinum, gold ring set composed of a ring featuring a pear-shaped diamond weighing 11.30 carats, enhanced by tapered baguette-cut diamonds, set in platinum; together with a removable 18K gold hinged jacket, marked A. Clunn. Estimate: $150,000-$200,000. Heritage Auctions image. 

Kashmir sapphire, diamond, platinum-topped gold ring, Tiffany & Co., featuring a cushion-shaped Kashmir sapphire measuring weighing approximately 3.50 carats Estimate: $175,000-$200,000. Heritage Auctions image. 

Colombian emerald, diamond, gold ring, Kurt Wayne, 16.70 carats, enhanced by triangle-shaped diamonds weighing a total of approximately 2.50 carats. Estimate: $150,000-$200,000. Heritage Auctions image. 

Emerald, white gold necklace with heart-shape emerald measuring 9.88 x 11.05 x 6.60 mm and weighing 3.40 carats, set in 18k white gold, suspended from a 14K white gold chain. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Fancy yellow diamonds gold ring, approximately 4.73 carats and enhanced by full-cut diamonds. Estimate: $60,000-$80,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Victorian natural baroque pearl, diamond, ruby, silver-topped gold brooch. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Victorian Archeological Revival cave pearl, gold necklace, accompanied by its original signed Carlo Giuliano fitted leather box. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:37
 

Sworders expects brush pot to lead Asian Art sale April 29

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Monday, 14 April 2014 15:38

Exceptional zitan 'Hundred Boys' large brush pot, late 18th/early 19th century, deeply carved with numerous small figures at various pursuits on a rocky mountainside below clouds. Estimate: £20,000-£30,000. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

LONDON – Intensive research, marketing and contact-building in China and Hong Kong has resulted in a surge of interest in a rare Chinese wooden brush pot. With an original guide price of £20,000-£30,000, the Sworder team now expects it to exceed those expectations at an Asian Art Sale on Tuesday, April 29.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The late 18th or early 19th century brush pot has been owned by the same family for nearly 40 years. They were unaware of its true value until they took the item to Sworders for expert assessment. The auctioneers recognized the rarity and quality of the item and gave it a conservative guide price of £20,000 to £30,000.

“As soon as we were able to share the details of this pot with our network in China it became clear that interest in this piece was going to be phenomenal," said Richard Harrison, Sworders’ head of Asian Art. "We expect our phone bidding lines to be fully booked and we know many Chinese specialists are traveling to our auction room to be able to bid in person. With that level of interest, we may well see it realise six figures.”

The pot is a rare example of Zitan artwork and is intricately carved from a single piece of wood. The images show dozens of figures in a popular Chinese subject known as “The Hundred Boys” around the outside. Originally the pot would have been used to store calligraphers’ brushes.

The sale also includes a garniture of five large blue and white 19th century vases – the tallest measuring just over 64 centimetres (25.6 inches) – being sold as a single lot, with a guide price of £5,000-£8,000. Another highlight is a rare set of four Daoist Immortals – a group of legendary saints from Chinese mythology – dating back to the second half of the 18th century, with a guide price of £3,000-£5,000.

Along with the usual pre-19th Century Asian works of art, this particular sale includes some highly sought after examples of contemporary Chinese works. One of the highlights is the Muban Portfolio of 60 woodblock prints, each print commissioned by the Muban Foundation, from distinguished printmakers including Xu Bing. The lot comes with a companion volume, The Arts of Contemporary Chinese Woodcuts, 2003 and is estimated at £25,000-£30,000.

Another leading name from the contemporary art scene in the Far East is Chen Wen Hsi (Wenxi) (1906-1992). The Singaporean artist is in demand around the world and a painting titled Chickens is expected to fetch between £5000-£10,000.

For details phone +44 (0)1279 817778 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Exceptional zitan 'Hundred Boys' large brush pot, late 18th/early 19th century, deeply carved with numerous small figures at various pursuits on a rocky mountainside below clouds. Estimate: £20,000-£30,000. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

 'The Muban Portfolio,' first published in 2003, is a unique collection of original woodblock prints by 60 distinguished printmakers in China, presented in a portfolio together with a hardback copy of the companion volume 'The Arts of Contemporary Chinese Woodcuts.’ Estimate: £25,000-£30,000. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

 Chen Wenxi / Chen Wen Hsi (1906-1992), ‘Chicken,’ 1966, with artist's seal, ink and color on paper, 44.2 x 59.3 cm, with the original gallery label verso. Estimate: £5,000-£10,000. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

 Set of three panels in the manner of Liu Yucen, inscription dated 1941, pierced wood frames, 73.5 x 21cm. Estimate: £2,000-£3,000. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

 Rare set of four Daoist Immortals, probably second half of the 18th century, Han Zhongli, LanCaihe, Han Xiangzi and Cao Guojiu, each well modeled, 17 cm. Estimate: £3,000-£5,000. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

Thangka of a seated Shakyamuni, 18th century, probably central Tibet, accompanied by monks and deities, 72 x 54 cm. Estimate: £1,800-£2,000. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image. 

Rare ivory and lacquer Okimono, circa 1870, in the form of a red-headed Shojo woman on all fours, grasping a gold lacquered bowl 3.6cm. £2,500-£3,500. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image. 

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 16:01
 

Ray Frost Fleming estate key component of Heritage auction April 23

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Monday, 14 April 2014 12:45

Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) ‘Spray,’ circa 1970, stainless steel base, collar, and rods with brass beads, 61 1/2 high and an overall diameter of 68 inches. Property from the estate of Ray F. Fleming, Birmingham, Mich. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000. Heritage Auctions image.

DALLAS – Selections from the estate of Ray Frost Fleming, a Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate, notable studio artist and owner of the Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham, Mich., will be offered in Dallas on April 23 at Heritage’s 20th & 21st Century Design auction. Fleming’s estate offers a survey of the great names in mid-century modern design and modern fine art that exemplify the definitive styles that emerged from Cranbrook.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

“Ray F. Fleming’s impeccable eye for 20th century design brought national distinction to Birmingham’s Robert Kidd Gallery,” said Caroline Ashleigh, Heritage’s Michigan-based consultant on the Fleming Estate. “The selection Heritage is offering represents the best of the best and speaks to the heart of his education at Cranbrook Academy. We think collectors will be delighted to experience the more unique items in this special estate.”

The first selection of important 20th century sculptural design from the estate will be offered April 23 and offers rare works by well-known artists, such as Spray, circa 1970, by Harry Bertoia (estimate: $50,000+). Standing over 5 feet tall with stainless steel rods terminating in melted brass beads, Spray is a remarkable example of the sculptor’s inimitable style. The auction also features Untitled (Tower), 1985, by Julius Schmidt, the critically acclaimed sculptor and fellow Cranbrook graduate (estimate: $5,000+).

Furniture by blue-chip designers such as Mies Van Der Rohe, Eero Saarinen, and Charles and Ray Eames will likely attract intense bidding. Van Der Rohe’s leather and chrome-plated steel Barcelona chairs, 1929 (estimate $4,000+); Saarinen’s oval dining table (Model 174), 1956 (estimate $3,000+); and a classic example of Charles & Ray Eames’ landmark lounge chair and ottoman, 1956, (estimate $2,500+), are among the most sought after pieces.

The estate’s fine art works will be offered in Heritage’s Modern & Contemporary Auction, May 31 in Dallas.

For more information on the estate of Ray Frost Fleming, please contact Caroline Ashleigh: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 800-872-6467, ext. 1934.

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

Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) ‘Spray,’ circa 1970, stainless steel base, collar, and rods with brass beads, 61 1/2 high and an overall diameter of 68 inches. Property from the estate of Ray F. Fleming, Birmingham, Mich. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Mies Van Der Rohe (German, 1886-1969), pair of Barcelona chairs, 1929, Knoll International ed., circa 1960s. Property from the Estate of Ray F. Fleming, Birmingham, Mich. Estimate: $4,000-$5,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Charles Eames (American, 1907-1978) and Ray Kaiser Eames (1912-1988), lounge chair and ottoman, 1956, rosewood veneer, plywood, leather, steel, aluminum, 32 x 32 3/4 x 32 3/4 inches – chair; 17 1/4 x 26 x 21 1/2 inches – ottoman. Produced by Herman Miller circa 1970s. Property from the estate of Ray F. Fleming, Birmingham, Mich. Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500.

Julius Schmidt (American, b. 1923), ‘Untitled (Tower),’ 1985, bronze, 122 3/4 inches tall, total of three components, cast signature and date on top and side: ‘Schmidt 1985.’ Property from the estate of Ray F. Fleming, Birmingham, Mich. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Minale-Maeda: Mario Minale (Italian/German, b. 1973) and Kuniko Maeda (Japanese, b. 1976). LEGO® buffet, 2010, LEGO® bricks, aluminum frame, 40 7/8 x 77 7/8 x 17 3/4 inches, edition 1/5. Produced for Droog design, Netherlands. Property from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Tejo Remy (Dutch, b. 1960), Chest of drawers, 1991, used drawers, maple, jute strap 43 1/4 x 47 1/4 x 23 5/8 inches, signed and numbered on verso of one drawer. Produced by Droog design, Netherlands. Property from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.  Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Chung-Tang Ho (Taiwanese, b. 1972), Push and store cabinet, 2006, wood and paint, 86 1/2 x 101 x 47 inches, from the edition of 12, produced by Droog design, Netherlands. Property from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Heritage Auctions image.

 

 

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