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Civil War to Vietnam: Preview Morphy's Jan 31-Feb 1 Firearms Auction

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015 17:11

London cased Colt 1851 Navy Revolver with accessories, est. $13,000-$20,000. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Over the weekend of January 31 and February 1, 2015, Morphy Auctions will conduct its largest-ever Firearms & Knives sale, with more than 1,000 lots poised to cross the auction block. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The auction lineup reveals some great rarities, from a Civil War Berdan Sharps rifle to a documented Vietnam Remington Model 40 Sniper. Additionally, there are some highly desirable Presentation Colts, a wide selection of high-condition and deluxe Lever Guns, and many other firearms of the type so highly sought after by today’s collectors. Approximately 300 knives are included, as well.

“We have five firearms, ammunition and militaria experts consulting on our gun sales,” said Dan Morphy, president of Morphy Auctions. “They’re some of the top people in the business and are known and respected in their field. When they inspect the guns in our sales and write the catalog descriptions, collectors know they can depend on those descriptions to be absolutely accurate.”

There are numerous Civil War-era firearms in the upcoming sale. Lot 898 is a rare Sharps New Model 1859. In 1862, 2,000 such rifles were issued to Hiram Berdan’s 1st and 2nd Regiments of the US Sharpshooters. The example to be auctioned has a double-set trigger and falls into the serial number range that confirms it was used in the Civil War by a specially organized sniping unit that has been documented in many articles and books. Accompanied by a Springfield Research letter, the rifle is expected to make $6,000-$10,000.

A Civil War highlight with a storied past is Lot 1111, an 1861 “Confederate Contraband” Colt Navy revolver. It is one of two documented Colt percussion revolvers from a shipment of approximately 200 guns that were sent from the Colt factory to Charles B Cotton, the Collector of the Port of Louisville, Kentucky. On October 31, 1861, General William T Sherman ordered a seizure of arms and goods in Cotton’s possession. The guns confiscated in that raid are fairly well known in collector circles as “Contraband Colts.” Morphy’s will offer its example with an estimate of $20,000-$25,000.

Another Colt gem is Lot 278, a London-cased Model 1851 Navy revolver with an “L” stamp and English proof marks. This gun is in remarkable, nearly unused condition, its barrel retaining approximately 90% or better of the original factory high-polish blue finish. Accompanied by a near-mint Colt marked bullet mold, Dixon & Son stamped brass powder flask, nickel-plated cleaning rod, some conical bullets and other related accessories, it is estimated at $13,000-$20,000.

A Vietnam War survivor is Lot 326, a documented Remington Model 40 sniper rifle of the type used by the US Marine Corps. It is the very rifle featured, by serial number, on Page 261 of Peter R Senich’s book The One Round War. The Marines purchased 995 M40 sniper rifles from Remington between 1966 and 1977, but most of the guns were rebuilt in 1977 with heavy barrels and fiberglass stocks. The example being offered by Morphy’s is original and unmodified, making it so rare, it is “all but impossible to find on today’s market,” the catalog description says. Its presale estimate is $15,000-$30,000.

Nearly 300 lots of knives are featured in the sale, including several large 19th-century Bowie knives. Lot 1267 is an incredible Edmundo Whitey Bowie knife with German silver mounts and a silver horse-head pommel. Made in the 1850s or 1860s, this massive 16-inch-long knife is among the most sought-after of all Bowie knives from the pre-Civil War era and is estimated at $4,000-$4,500. Lot 1266, a 17-inch-long Alexander Bowie knife, dates to the 1840s/1850s and has a decorative handle topped with a German silver seashell pattern. Its estimate is $2,500-$4,500.

Both auction sessions will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. To enquire about any item in the sale, call 717-335-3435 or email Kris Lee at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Chase Johnson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

London cased Colt 1851 Navy Revolver with accessories, est. $13,000-$20,000. Morphy Auctions image

high-condition Winchester Model 1886 rifle, est. $8,000-$10,000. Morphy Auctions image

Winchester Model 1886 rifle, est. $7,000-$10,000. Morphy Auctions image

Documented Remington Model 40 sniper rifle of the type used by the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam, est. $15,000-$30,000. Morphy Auctions image

Confederate Contraband Colt 1861 Navy Revolver, $20,000-$25,000. Morphy Auctions image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 18:01
 

Irving Penn print carries high expectations at Sworders, Jan. 27

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Friday, 16 January 2015 16:39

A rare print of two ginkgo leaves by American photographer Irving Penn. Estimate: £80,000- £120,000 ($121,700-$182,550). Sworders image

ESSEX COUNTY, UK – A rare and distinctive print of two ginkgo leaves taken by American photographer Irving Penn is being sold by Sworders in the 20th Century Art and Design sale on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Intenet live bidding.

The iconic artwork is a highlight of the sale and is expected to sell for between £80,000 and £120,000. Irving Penn, who died in 2009, found fame with his unique style of fashion magazine cover photos, portraits and still life work. He famously quoted that “a good photograph is one that communicates the fact, touches the heart, and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it; it is in one word, effective.”

Sworders’ Managing Director Guy Schooling said, “It’s extremely exciting to be able to sell the work of such a major, modern and contemporary photographer – artwork which is seen usually only in the salerooms of New York, London and Paris. Irving Penn’s work is very fashionable and in the last 10 years has become highly collectable. Penn pioneered an unusual method of dry transfer printing and was able to produce beautiful prints from the originals.”

The print depicting the gingko leaves was one of just 22 created in 1992 and was bought at a charity auction by the current owner about 10 years ago. Since then it has hung in a Gloucestershire home. Another version of this print recently sold for £272,000 in America.

There is also a significant furniture section in the sale, with over 350 lots. Mid-century furniture has flourished in recent years, with Scandinavian design leading the way. Among several items of Danish furniture, a rosewood bureau is set to attract much interest with its typically compact and stylish look associated with Scandinavian designers. Though the market is strong, it still carries a relatively modest estimate of £600-£800.

Another interesting section is 20th century jewelry, with plenty of contemporary and unique designs. A gold Liberty Cymric freshwater pearl and turquoise necklace by Manxman Archibald Knox (1864-1933) is an unusual piece of Art Nouveau with a Celtic twist, estimated at £2,000-£3,000.

Sworders’ is one of the top regional fine art auctioneers in the UK and the auction house is planning 22 specialist sales in 2015 – the highest number in its history. Three 20th century Art and Design sales are due to be held this year in addition to the sale of the James Brett fine furniture collection of 17th, 18th and 19th century pieces. In June the company is also holding its first ever Accessories Sale, offering luxury fashion items, including handbags, sunglasses and costume jewelry.

Guy Schooling added, “It’s a very dynamic market at the moment, with a great demand for 20th century furniture by buyers of all ages. Changing fashions mean that Scandinavian furniture produced in the 1970s is particularly popular and the only way to match that desire is to hold more specialist sales.”

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

A rare print of two ginkgo leaves by American photographer Irving Penn. Estimate: £80,000- £120,000 ($121,700-$182,550). Sworders image

Gold Liberty Cymric freshwater pearl and turquoise necklace by Manxman Archibald Knox (1864-1933). Estimate: £2,000-£3,000 ($3,042-$4,564). Sworders image

Mid-century Scandinavian rosewood bureau. Estimate: £600-£800 ($913-$1,217). Sworders image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:13
 

Modern and contemporary prints, paintings at Gray’s, Jan. 28

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Friday, 16 January 2015 15:48

Lot 106. Samia Halaby (Palestinian, b. 1937) '#270 (Rainbow Spirals),' 1972/3. Gray's Auctioneers image

CLEVELAND – Selections from the Stanley Yulish collection of contemporary and modern prints and paintings are up for auction at Gray’s in Cleveland on Jan. 28, with online live bidding provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

The auction includes pieces from established artists including Dali, Picasso, Henry Moore, Georges Rouault and Max Ernst together with works from pop to op including Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Victor Vasarely, Yaacov Agam, Richard Anuskiewicz and George Snyder.

Highlights of the auction include Lot 1, a free spirited lithograph from 1930, Bather by Raoul Dufy. It is signed and number 20/40 in pencil. A sensuous example of his colorful and optimistic open-air scenes, this lithograph depicts a beach bathing beauty turning away toward an ocean busy with boats bobbing and waves undulating shoreward. Lot 20 is Marc Chagall’s The Blue Clown, a playful color lithograph,

signed and numbered 27/50 in the lower margin in pencil and completed in 1984.

Samia Halaby’s magnificent geometric abstraction #270 (Rainbow Spirals), an oil on canvas, was completed in February 1973 and anchors the sale at Lot 106. An optical illusion of colorful stripes depicting spirals, the painting confounds and amuses the viewer. The Palestinian-born artist and scholar who lives and works in New York, completed this painting during her tenure as the first female associate professor at Yale School of Art. Her work is collected by private collectors and public institutions around the world.

Kristopher Benedict’s untitled canvas at lot 110A is an oil on canvas from 2006 employing a figurative motif and a fauvist use of color accumulating layers of visual information. At first glance the use of color is visually arresting but on closer inspection the more quotidian subjects of the painting emerge engaging the viewer with a striking visual narrative. Benedict’s work is in several collections and he shows at the Sue Scott Gallery in New York.

Chilean artist Gustavo Novoa constructs a dream-like canvas at lot 121. The gently radiant colors of Novoa’s luxuriant foliage seem to wield a mystical power, bringing together lions, a panther and a unicorn staring intensely across the water at an anthropomorphized panther who leans back nonchalantly on one arm as if poised to sip a cocktail. The reflection of the animals in the water enhance the distance between the viewer and the viewed. Novoa’s new work has debuted at the Wally Findlay Galleries in New York since the early 1970s and is in collections and institutions across the globe.

Condition reports will be provided upon request.

Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers holds live auctions every month, accepts consignments daily and offers complimentary valuations for the community every day. 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 106. Samia Halaby (Palestinian, b. 1937) '#270 (Rainbow Spirals),' 1972/3. Gray's Auctioneers image

Lot 1 - Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) 'Bather,' 1930. Gray's Auctioneers image

Lot 20 - Marc Chagall (1887-1985) 'The Blue Clown,' 1984. Gray's Auctioneers image

Lot110A - Kristopher Benedict (b. 1978) 'Untitled,' 2006. Gray's Auctioneers image

Lot 121. Gustavo Novoa (b. 1940) 'Untitled,' 1976. Gray's Auctioneers image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 11:38
 

A.B. Levy's auction laden with jewelry, watches, Asian art Jan. 22

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Friday, 16 January 2015 13:44

Oil on canvas by the German painter Emil Rau (1858-1937), titled ‘Tyrolean Couple with Chalet and Mountainous Landscape.’ Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. A.B. Levy's image

PALM BEACH, Fla. - A rare Swiss platinum and diamond open face watch made circa 1933-1950 by Patek Philippe, an important Cartier bracelet boasting a fine old mine diamond weighing about 2.51 carats, and a 25-carat diamond necklace set with a staggering 89 round cut diamonds are just a few of the top lots at A.B. Levy's next auction, on Thursday, Jan. 22.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

What is being billed as a Superb Palm Beach Estate Auction will feature nearly 300 lots of fine timepieces, estate jewelry, antiques and Asian art, all starting at 6 p.m. Eastern time, at A.B. Levy's showroom in the Flamingo Building, 1921 S. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach.

The action will get underway with around 50 vintage and modern timepieces, featuring watches by Patek Philippe, Cartier, Rolex and Gerard-Perregaux, among others. Later, bidders will be treated to a fine collection of Chinese snuff bottles, including desirable examples in coral and ivory. Original works of art and dazzling estate jewelry items will round out the day's offerings.

European works of art will include micromosaics, plus there will be original paintings by noted American and British artists, as well as French bronzes and Continental porcelains from various owners. Fine and decorative arts will also be sold. “I can't think of a better way to begin the new year than with an auction packed with so many quality items,” said Albert Levy of A.B. Levy's.

The Patek Phillipe men's open face watch is set with diamonds. It is estimated to bring $2,000-$4,000. The watch (No. 00600) has an annular movement. As handsome as it is rare and desirable to collectors, the watch should attract much bidder attention.

The Cartier bracelet centered by a 2.51-carat diamond framed in mine cut diamonds also features an articulated strap and clasp set throughout, with 268 diamonds totaling 26 carats. It should sail past its $8,000-$12,000 estimate. Also by Cartier is a rare 18K gold wristwatch made circa 1925, with mechanical movement, rare openwork bezel and black Cartier strap (est. $7,000-$10,000).

The 15-inch-long necklace set with 89 round cut diamonds graduating in size and weighing 25 carats is mounted in platinum and is an expected top lot, with an estimate of $30,000-$50,000. Also, an 18K two-color gold and diamond necklace centering a white gold heart and accented by round diamonds, pave-set and weighing 0.81 carats, should garner $4,000-$6,000.

Asian objects will feature a Chinese rock crystal snuff bottle made circa 1740-1840 with a flawless and well-hollowed body, a Chinese carved coral vase and cover with animal handles at the side and a lion finial on the lid, and a Chinese carved ivory snuff bottle of cylindrical oval shape, decorated all over with figures, with a stopper. These lots should bring $600-$900 each.

A late 19th century Chinese Export porcelain well-and-tree platter with an oval plate, each one showing vignettes of flora and fauna, is estimated at $200-$400. From France, a pair of circa 1870 flora-form Old Paris porcelain footed vases with gilt highlights should reach $300-$500, while a set of 14 stamped Saint Louis emerald green wine glasses is expected to hit $100-$300.

In the fine art category, a figural oil on canvas by the German painter Emil Rau (1858-1937), titled Tyrolean Couple with Chalet and Mountainous Landscape, 38 inches by 30 inches, carries an estimate of $3,000-$5,000; while a pair of fine Italian mosaic works, one of a cavalier and a farm girl and the other of huddled wild horses, both 20th century, should each hit $2,000-$5,000.

Returning to timepieces, a steel Zenith El Primero self-winding mechanical wristwatch with bracelet featuring a sapphire, 50-hour power reserve and a black leather strap, should go for $4,000-$6,000; and a Rolex Milgauss men's wristwatch with green crystal and Rolex-certified chronometer self-winding movement and black dial should reach $5,000-$8,000.

A fine DeLaneau ladies' diamond and gold wristwatch with strands of gold and diamonds, in 18K yellow gold, with diamonds weighing about 1.50 carats and mother of pearl, should hammer for $3,000-$5,000. DeLaneau was founded in 1949 by the couple Rolf and Yolanda Tschudin. Their creations were as visionary as their founders and are highly prized by collectors.

A lovely pair of white gold and diamond ear studs set with two round brilliant-cut diamonds, each one weighing 1.51 carats and set in 14K white gold, with 14K yellow gold backs (graded I color, VS1 clarity) should rise to $10,000-$20,000; and a pair of 18K emerald and diamond ear clips featuring four rows of cabochon emeralds and round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing about 3.60 carats and mounted in 18K yellow gold, is expected to find a new owner for $4,000-$7,000.

Rounding out just some of the day's expected top performers, a platinum ring set with three diamonds weighing approximately 4.50 carats (size 9¼) is expected to slip onto a new finger for $8,000-$12,000; while a star sapphire and diamond ring, centered by a star sapphire with two side diamonds mounted in 14K white gold (size 7), has a modest estimate of $500-$800.

A buyer’s premium of 20 percent will be applied to all purchases up to $100,000 (15 percent after that). Phone and absentee bids will be accepted, in addition to live and internet bidding.

A.B. Levy’s is based in Palm Beach, Fla., at 211 Worth Ave. The firm is actively accepting quality consignments. To consign a single piece, an estate or an entire collection, call them at 561-835-9139, or you can email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Oil on canvas by the German painter Emil Rau (1858-1937), titled ‘Tyrolean Couple with Chalet and Mountainous Landscape.’ Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. A.B. Levy's image

Rare Swiss platinum and diamond open face watch made circa 1933-1950 by Patek Philippe. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. A.B. Levy's image

Important Cartier bracelet boasting an old mine center diamond weighing about 2.51 carats. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. A.B. Levy's image

This 25-carat diamond necklace set with 89 round cut diamonds is an expected top lot of the auction. A.B. Levy's image

Chinese carved ivory snuff bottle of cylindrical oval shape, decorated all over with figures and with a stopper. Estimate: $600-$900. A.B. Levy's image

Pair of French circa 1870 flora-form Old Paris porcelain footed vases with gilt highlights. Estimate: $300-$500. A.B. Levy's image

Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 15:47
 

Stephenson's Jan. 23 numismatic auction led by gold & silver coins, proof sets

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015 17:35

Uncirculated Carson City Morgan silver dollars. Stephenson's Auctioneers image

PHILA., Pa. – Precious metals have long been viewed as a safe harbor for investors who are riding out stock-market dips. For many, the preferred way to establish a private metals-based hedge fund has been to purchase gold, silver and other rare coins from a trusted auction house like Stephenson’s of suburban Philadelphia. Their January 23, 2015 Coin Auction includes an extensive variety of options for collectors’ consideration, from an American Eagle $5 gold coin to uncirculated silver dollars and proof sets. Abentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The core of the sale consists of two estate collections, one of which was sourced through a financial adviser in the Mid-Atlantic region. “We have worked with the adviser before, auctioning property on behalf of his other clients, so we were pleased to receive a call from him about a coin collection,” said Cindy Stephenson, owner of Stephenson’s Auctioneers.

The second of the two headlining collections comes from another estate already familiar to Stephenson’s. “We auctioned the actual residence and sold other pieces from this estate. The consignor was very pleased and decided to entrust us with additional items, including gold jewelry and coins,” Stephenson said.

Auctioneer, ISA-accredited appraiser and Numismatic Guaranty Corporation member Tom Wakeley selected several auction lots for special mention. One of them, Lot 56, is a pair of 2½-oz Marian Anderson gold medallions by American Arts. Another, Lot 9, comprises 10 uncirculated sterling silver Panamanian 20-Balboa coins struck by the Franklin Mint.

Also noteworthy, Wakeley said, is the selection of United States Morgan and Peace silver dollars interspersed throughout the sale, with Lots 33 through 38 expected to draw the highest bids. “Those six Morgan silver dollars are from the Carson City [Nevada] Mint, which makes them very desirable to collectors,” Wakeley said. Each comes with a numbered certificate from the mint.

Foreign proof sets will cross the auction block, including silver sets privately issued by United States Commemorative Gallery. Among the nations represented in the coinage are Panama, Trinidad and Jamaica.

Lots 72 through 86 consist of United States proof sets from the 1950s, a decade favored by collectors. In addition, there are U.S. 1-oz Silver Eagles, a 1990 American Eagle $5 gold coin, and many Mercury dimes, Walking Liberty half dollars, and large cents. Also to be offered are two sealed US Mint bags of uncirculated 1963P Jefferson nickels ($200 face value) and 1963 Lincoln pennies ($50 face value), respectively.

An unusual entry is a bronze medallion that was struck at the U.S. Mint to commemorate the “1860 First Embassy from Japan.” Signed by “Paquet,” this particular issue has been known to fetch high prices. “I’ve seen a medallion of this type sell for as much as $2,500 at auction,” Wakeley noted.

Rounding out the sale are Federal Reserve notes, Star notes, Columbian Exposition half dollars, state quarters (some colorized), a 2,000-grain Franklin Mint Independence Hall silver ingot, and many other sought-after numismatic items.

Stephenson’s Friday, January 23, 2015 Coin Auction will commence at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. Bidders may participate absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

“This is our first time to include Internet live bidding in one of our coin events,” said Stephenson. “We’re adding LiveAuctioneers to more and more of our specialty sales. We tried it out with our last firearms auction and it worked very well for us, so now we’ll see how coin buyers respond to it.”

For additional information on any lot in the sale, call Tom Wakeley at Stephenson’s Auctioneers: 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

Uncirculated Carson City Morgan silver dollars. Stephenson's Auctioneers image

Republic of Panama, ten 20-Balboa uncirculated sterling silver coins. Stephenson's Auctioneers image

Bronze medallion commemorating '1860' First Embassy from Japan to the U.S.

Half-ounce commemorative gold pieces. Stephenson's Auctioneers image

1990 American Eagle five dollar gold coin. Stephenson's Auctioneers image

1955 U.S. proof set. Stephenson's Auctioneers image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 17:51
 

Antique lamps, firearms rank high in Fontaine's auction Jan. 31

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015 16:44

Pairpoint Puffy yellow rose table lamp with 10-inch puffy shade. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A two-session antique estate auction totaling more than 500 lots and featuring rare and collectible firearms, duck decoys, stoneware, pottery, lighting and more will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31, by Fontaine's Auction Gallery. Session 1, with over 250 discovery lots, will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Customers must be present in the gallery to bid on items in session 1. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding for Session 2, which will start immediately following at 1 p.m.

“We have been commissioned to sell the complete and unreserved contents of a Hockessin (Delaware) estate, which is packed with fine antiques, collectibles and hundreds of related accessories,” said John Fontaine of Fontaine's Auction Gallery. “Many of these items have been stored in the attic and cellar, literally for decades.”

The list of categories is extensive and impressive. Sold will be period furniture, original artwork, stoneware, country store items, vintage lighting, black memorabilia, Civil War collectibles and more.

Collectors will have a field day with the dizzying array of choices. These will include apple corers, butter churns, coffee grinders, toy banks, old canteens, tip trays, swords, postcards, arrowheads, powder flasks, a pen collection, pencil sharpeners, tobacco cutters, miniature wood planes, spool cabinets, sponge ware, mousetraps, typewriters, radios, fire extinguishers and parade belts.

Also offered will be ink bottles, camp stoves, Mettlach steins, pie crimpers, tobacco tins, peanut butter tins, shaving mugs, fire bombs, target balls, lodge badges, advertising mirrors, pins, letter openers and shoe horns.

The carbines are by makers that will pique the interest of even the most seasoned collector. These include Maynard, Burnside, Palmer, Sharps, Joslyn, Richardson & Overman, Remington, Smith's and Gwyn & Campbell. Also sold will be a B. Kittredge & Co. copper Civil War cartridge box. It is estimated to realize $750-$1,500.

A strong candidate for top lot will be a Palmer Civil War bolt-action carbine in good condition, with a bolt that slides and locks smoothly and a frame that reads “Wm. Palmer, Patent, Dec. 22, 1863” (est. $3,000-$5,000). Another is a Maynard 1863 second model breech loading carbine with .50 caliber bore, 20-inch barrel and walnut stock with cartouche marks (est. $2,000-$3,000).

Two antique firearms carry presale estimates of $2,500-$3,500. One is a rare Sharps & Hankins (Philadelphia) model 1861 Navy rifle with 32½-inch-long round barrel, rifled bore, walnut stock and dark brown patina. The other is a Remington (Illion, N.Y.) type 2 split breech carbine, the first Remington to use metallic cartridges, made under a sub-contract with the Savage Arms Co.

A type 1 Gwyn & Campbell (Hamilton, Ohio) model 1862 carbine with a round 20-inch barrel partially octagonal at the breech, rifled bore, .52 caliber, marked on the frame “Union Rifle,” should fetch $1,500-$2,500; and an 1857 Smith's (Baltimore) patent percussion carbine, .50 caliber, with 21½-inch partial octagonal barrel, is expected to change hands for $1,500-$2,000.

A Joslyn (Stonington, Conn.) 1862 first model carbine with 22-inch barrel, rifled bore, breech loading, .52 caliber, signed by the maker on the lock plate, having clean metal with no patina, should hit $1,800-$2.200; and a Sharps (Hartford, Conn.) 1865 new model carbine, .52 caliber, with 22-inch barrel and rifled bore with maker's mark on the barrel, should make $1,500-$2,000.

A Richardson & Overman (Philadelphia) model 1860 carbine with a 22¼-inch long barrel and .50 caliber rifled bore, signed on the lock plate “Gallagher's Patent – June 17, 1860,” should command $1,500-$2,000. Also, a Burnside (Providence, R.I.) single-shot 1864 carbine, 5th model, rifled .54 caliber with 20-inch-long barrel, twice maker marked, should hit $1,000-$1,500.

In the lamps and lighting category, a Pairpoint Puffy yellow rose table lamp with 10-inch puffy shade decorated with a bouquet of beautiful yellow roses on a green background, on a Pairpoint base, is estimated to bring $3,000-$5,000. Also, a six-arm angle lamp chandelier with rare brass 6-arm fixture with etched glass globes and opalescent swirl shades, should garner $3,000-$5,000.

Fontaine’s Auction Gallery will buy outright or accept on consignment fine antiques, collections or entire estates. Call 413-448-8922 and ask to speak with John Fontaine, or an email to him 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

Pairpoint Puffy yellow rose table lamp with 10-inch puffy shade. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image 

Rare Sharps & Hankins (Philadelphia) model 1861 Navy rifle with 32½-inch-long round barrel. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image

The auction will feature numerous example of vintage lamps and lighting (to include angle lamps and skater lamps. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image

Colt (N.Y.) Navy model 1851 revolver. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image

This B. Kittredge & Co. copper Civil War cartridge box is estimated to realize $750-$1,500. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image

Collectors will have a field day with the array of choices such as these peanut butter tin pails. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image

The auction will feature many beautifully carved and collectible duck decoys, like these shown here. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image

The lamps and lighting category will feature this gorgeous double angle lamp wall sconce. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 17:20
 

Crescent City Auction Gallery loaded for major sale Jan. 17-18

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015 17:19

Handsome Southern American classical-style carved mahogany full tester bed, 60 inches tall. Crescent City Auction Gallery image

NEW ORLEANS – A two-day estates auction featuring original paintings by the iconic folk artist Clementine Hunter, a hand-colored engraving from the John James Audubon book Birds of America, a pair of Meissen porcelain figural compotes, a 19th century fine carved mahogany full tester bed, and a French ebonized brass inlaid rosewood cave a liqueur will be held Jan. 17-18.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding services.

The auction will be conducted by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm's gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans, starting at 9 a.m. Central time on Saturday, Jan. 17, and 10 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18.

Headlining the event will be items from a Tennessee antiquarian, plus select merchandise from numerous Southern estates. “This sale will be a great way to start off the new year,” said Adam Lambert of Crescent City Auction Gallery. In all, 1,230 lots will come up for bid.

The legendary Louisiana folk painter Clementine Hunter (1886-1988) is often referred to as “the black Grandma Moses.” Her bold and colorful images of Southern plantation life are coveted by collectors. Four of her paintings will come up for bid on auction day, all of them oils on board: Brushing Her Hair, circa 1975, Red Bird on a Branch and two titled Zinnias, one circa 1980.

The American classical style carved mahogany full tester bed, made in the South sometime in the 19th century, is impressive and stately, at 112 inches tall by 60 inches wide by 82 inches deep. Also sold will be an American Southern classical style carved flame mahogany double door armoire, also circa 19th century.

The hand-colored engraving titled Great White Heron from the book Birds of America by John James Audubon (1785-1851), was executed by Robert Havell and is watermarked “J. Whatman 1836” from the elephant folio. Unframed, the engraving is 25¼ inches tall by 39½ inches wide. It is engraving No. 57-Plate CCLXXXI. Such engravings are considered highly collectible.

There are not one but two French caves a liqueur (decorative boxes containing decanters and glasses meant for alcoholic beverages) in the auction. One, circa 1870, is fitted for 16 gilt decorated paneled liqueur glasses and four matching decanters. The other is an ormolu mounted ebonized rosewood red boulle model, also from the 19th century.

The impressive pair of Meissen porcelain figural compotes are on winged putto supports on applied floral scrolled bases, with gilt highlights. Both compotes are 22½ inches tall. The sale will also feature sterling silver, including early 20th century presentation pieces, and jewelry items, including diamonds, rubies, emeralds, tanzanites, opals and pearls.

Lots from France will be offered in abundance. These will include a circa 1890 three-piece gilt and patinated spelter and green onyx figural clock set, time and strike, with a figure of “Paix” by J. Germain, plus a matching pair of urn-form candlestick garnitures; and a belle epoque-style gilt bronze six-light chandelier made in the 20th century, 29 inches tall by 24½ inches in diameter.

Period French furniture will also come up for bid frequently throughout the sale. Featured will be a French Empire Louis XV-style carved walnut marble-top commode, circa 1870; a 19th century French Empire style ormolu mounted carved walnut marble-top commode; and a French Louis XV-style ormolu mounted parquetry inlaid marble-top bombe commode made circa 19th century.

Armoires from France will feature a 19th century Empire style ormolu mounted carved cherry armoire; a mid-19th century Louis XV-style carved cherry double door armoire; and a huge Louis XVI-style carved walnut double door armoire. Also sold will be an early 20th century Chinese carved hardwood etagere parlor cabinet with elaborate overlaid bone floral and bird decoration.

One painting expected to generate bidder interest is an 1823 oil on canvas by French artist Jean Joseph Vaudechamp (1790-1866) who was active in New Orleans from 1831 to 1839. The work, titled Portrait of a Man and a Woman, Presumably Baroness Louise Deconchy Receiving Word of Her Husband’s Death in Battle, is signed and presented in a period giltwood and gesso frame.

An oil wash painting by the renowned Georgia-born New Orleans artist Alexander J. Drysdale (1870-1934), titled Moss Draped Oaks, 1917, pencil signed and dated, is one of two works by Drysdale in the auction. Also selling will be a signed watercolor painting by Robert M. Rucker (Louisiana, 1932-2001), titled Buck and Hunter in the Woods. It is 28 inches tall by 9 inches in width.

A watercolor work by Will Henry Stevens (Louisiana/Indiana, 1881-1949), best known for his modernist views of Louisiana lowlands and deltas, titled Hilly Lake Landscape, 9½ inches by 11½ inches, will cross the block. Also up for auction will be an unsigned oil on Masonite painting by Clarence Millet (Louisiana, 1897-1959), titled The Turpentine Still. Millet was regarded for his simplistic realist style.

Lots 1-750 will be sold on Saturday, and lots 751-1,230 will come up for bid on Sunday.

Crescent City Auction Gallery, LLC is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, call them at 504-529-5057 or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Handsome Southern American classical-style carved mahogany full tester bed, 60 inches tall. Crescent City Auction Gallery image

Oil on board by folk artist Clementine Hunter, titled ‘Brushing Her Hair,’ rendered circa 1975. Crescent City Auction Gallery image

Fine French ebonized brass inlaid rosewood cave a liqueur, circa 1870, one of two in the sale. Crescent City Auction Gallery image

Pair of impressive 19th century Meissen porcelain figural compotes, on winged putto supports. Crescent City Auction Gallery image

Hand-colored engraving from John J. Audubon’s ‘Birds of America,’ titled ‘Great White Heron.’ Crescent City Auction Gallery image

A fine selection of sterling silver, to include early 20th century presentation pieces, will be sold. Crescent City Auction Gallery image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 16:54
 

Americana from the Old South at forefront of Case sale Jan. 24

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The Lt. Dabney Scales archive includes this extensive Civil War CDV album, containing dozens of images of Confederate Naval officers. Also offered is his diary, detailing life on board the CSS Shenandoah. Each lot carries an estimate of $10,000-$12,000. Case Antiques Auction image.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Twenty-four-year-old Lt. Dabney Minor Scales sensed he was witnessing history on Nov. 6, 1865, as he and his fellow crewmates on the CSS Shenandoah became the last Confederate forces to surrender. So he documented the event in his diary – an account he titled “Cruising for Yankees.” Now, almost 150 years later, his descendants are auctioning that diary, along with a trove of rare photographic CDV images of the ship and crew and other related objects. They will be centerpiece lots at the Winter Case Antiques Auction, to be held Jan. 24 at the company’s gallery in Knoxville. The sale also features more than 800 lots of European and American paintings, furniture, jewelry and other antiques, including a notable single-owner collection of Deep South coin silver, and items from the private museum of Judge George Greene of Phenix City, Ala., and neighboring Columbus, Ga.

Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

The Scales archive represents a rare glimpse into life at sea during the Civil War (army archives are more common). The CSS Shenandoah is remembered for capturing 38 ships and firing the last shot of the Civil War. Upon receiving confirmation of Lee’s surrender – months after it actually happened – the crew sailed to England, where they docked and lowered the Confederate flag for the last time. (That flag was later given by a Scales relative to the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va.) Scales’ diary recounts the extraordinary events onboard the ship, with entries often accompanied by small drawings. Also of interest to Civil War collectors is Scales’ CDV album containing dozens of photographic likenesses of identified Confederate naval officers. The auction also includes the Civil War archive of Russell Cassady of Georgia 9th; the diary of chaplain T.D. Witherspoon of the 2nd and 42nd Mississippi; and a collection of Civil War battle maps, along with a Revolutionary War-era notebook belonging to Gen. James Winchester, one of the earliest settlers of Middle Tennessee and a founder of Memphis; it records a mysterious $100,000 war payment concerning the Marquis de Lafayette and later, notes from the Tennessee Territorial census, taken in 1795.

Silver collectors know how hard it can be to find Southern coin silver, since not as many pieces were made in the South, and many were melted down during and after the Civil War. This auction features more than 50 lots of hollowware and flatware from Tennessee, Mississippi, New Orleans, Alabama and Georgia, all acquired over a half-century by collector John Montague of Memphis. Highlights are water pitchers from Mississippi and New Orleans; mint julep cups, an Adolph Himmel sugar basket and ladle with figural insects; an early New Orleans ladle by Pierre Lamothe; a Nashville coin silver hair comb; and a wine tasting cup by Emile Profilet of Natchez. Other silver includes a 148-piece boxed set of French First Standard silver flatware with monogrammed crest; four George III sterling candlesticks; English and American sterling tea sets and flatware sets; a set of 12 Mexican chargers; a monumental Chinese export silver dragon bowl (11 inches in diameter), and a Chinese silver tea service composed of 10 pieces, including cups.

Fine art is one of the largest categories in the auction. Highlights include two paintings by important Knoxville-born African-American artist Beauford Delaney: the first an abstract textile and the second, a portrait of the artist’s mother; plus a carved limestone bird sculpture with exhibition history by William Edmondson, the first African American to have a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art. There are also landscapes by Johann Klombeek, Hermann Herzog, Catherine Wiley, A.E. Backus, Jules Herve, Maurice Braun, Harvey Joiner, Nellie Knopf, Thomas Hicks, and Alexander Drysdale, and an early 19th century town landscape (possibly depicting Salem, North Carolina). Other paintings include still lifes by Abbott Fuller Graves, Jean de Botton, David Burliuk, and an early Dutch School artist; a landscape and still life by Carrie Hill; an interior scene by Henri De Braekeleer; and a painting of Soviet officers at tea by Russian artist Iosif Mikhailovich Gurvich. Of special note for portrait collectors are two paintings from the Greene Museum: a portrait of plantation owner John Woolfolk, attributed to Raphael Peale, and a signed miniature of Judge Benajah Bibb of Alabama. (The Greene Museum focused on historical items from the Phenix City, Ala./Columbus, Ga., area and was founded by Judge George Greene, who died earlier this year). There is also a pair of early 19th century oils by Ralph E.W. Earl depicting Tennessee thoroughbred breeder Hardy Murphree Cryer and his wife; a Charleston, South Carolina, school portrait of a woman in the manner of Thomas Sully; a Louisiana portrait by Francois Bernard; a folk art pastel of a man in the manner of Micah Williams; a monumental portrait of a British officer in the manner of Thomas Hudson; and a collection of 18th century engraved portraits of presidents and Revolutionary War figures.

Collectors of contemporary art will note the portfolio suite Alice in Wonderland by Salvador Dali (112/200) and a Dali bas relief, Don Quixote, as well as an abstract watercolor by Guillermo Wiedemann; 3 paintings by Keith Morrison; 2 Joan Miro etchings including Fusees 1959; two Leroy Neiman serigraphs; a Robert Rauschenberg lithograph; a metallic textile Biblical-themed picture by Selma Hurwitz; a photograph of Picasso by David Douglas Duncan; and a concept design for a carousel and theme park by Red Grooms. A bronze sculpture awarded as the trophy for the 1957 Women’s World Basketball Championship will be offered, along with three bronze bas-relief plaques depicting scenes from World War II by Minnesota sculptor L.R. Kirchner; a geometric steel sculpture by Kurt Larisch; and figural bronze sculpture by Jorge Cuevas, Heriberto Juarez, Kurt Larisch, Hippolyte Moreau, Henri Lautier, Robert Ball and Walt Horton.

An outstanding East Tennessee Federal chest of drawers with profuse vine, blossom and fan inlay leads the furniture offerings. Company president John Case pointed out it is among the most elaborately decorated formal examples of Tennessee Federal furniture found to date. There is also an East Tennessee walnut tall chest and a corner cupboard that descended in the family of Revolutionary War Col. John Sawyer. Hailing from the famed Calumet Farm, in the heart of Kentucky’s thoroughbred country, is an extraordinary sugar chest in the form of a miniature sideboard, a rare block-front chest of drawers and tall case clock, all from the estate of Mrs. Bertha Wright; along with a Kentucky Jackson press from another Bluegrass state collection. The sale also features a number of pieces of French furniture (including a Napoleon III commode with bronze mounts signed by Victor Paillard) and midcentury modern furniture including a desk by noted Mississippi designer Bertha Schaefer.

There are more than 50 lots of estate and antique jewelry, including a 3.10-carat diamond solitaire ring; a 6.25-carat tanzanite and diamond ring; and a 10.28-tanzanite stone, all with GIA certification. Antique jewelry collectors will likely be interested in an 18K yellow gold Patek Phillipe pocketwatch with 1916 presentation engraving and original certificate; several old European cut diamond rings; Art Deco period diamond jewelry; Victorian hair jewelry and a Victorian coral parure; and 1940s Bakelite and costume jewelry. There are also a number of gold coins.

Southern pottery is a staple at Case. The expected top seller is an East Tennessee “Great Road” redware jar with manganese decoration. Other choice pieces are an large (15 inches high) N.H. Dixon signed North Carolina salt-dripped stoneware jar that descended in the potter’s family; an Alabama alkaline-glazed ring jug; an Isaac Thomas (Kentucky) stoneware jar; and several examples of Virginia and Georgia pottery including face jugs by Lanier Meaders and B.B. Craig. American Art Pottery includes Rookwood vases decorated by Sallie Coyne and Elizabeth Lincoln, and there is a collection of Native American pottery and textiles highlighted by an early large (10 inches high) and well-preserved Acoma olla.

The porcelain category features a large collection of figural Royal Bayreuth porcelain from the estate of the late Elise Steiner of Nashville, including rarities such as horse and butterfly creamers, and the popular Devil and Cards line. There are also several KPM plaques; a rare Royal Crown Derby covered urn; Dorothy Doughty birds; a pair of Worcester Flight, Barr and Barr taper sticks; several examples of Sevres and Old Paris porcelain, and an exceptionally large collection of Mason’s Imari-style ironstone with several rare serving forms.

A Rene Lalique amber Rinceaux chandelier leads the art glass category. There are also lamps by Pairpoint, Handel and Lotton; a Webb cameo vase; and a pair of Bohemian armorial beakers.

Several early examples of Chinese cinnabar lacquer stand out in the Asian category, including a large round, covered cinnabar box and a pair of Ming Dynasty cinnabar jars. Also dating from the Ming or early Qing dynasty are two outstanding pairs of silk embroidered panels with figures and dragons. A Qing court official’s necklace is expected to draw international attention, as is a Japanese Takamaki-e miniature cabinet and a Meiji ceramic censer with marks for the workshop of Makusu Kozan.

The auction also features several lots of decorative gilt bronze including an ormolu and champlevé enamel clocks retailed by Tiffany, with garniture urns and hand-painted portrait pendulum; a carved walnut Polyphon upright coin-operated music box; a collection of Schoenhut circus figures and other quality vintage toys; a Lemon Crush syrup dispenser; quilts; rare and decorative books; and an early 20th century Louis Vuitton steamer trunk.

The Jan. 24 auction will take place at the company’s gallery in the Cherokee Mills Building, 2240 Sutherland Ave. in Knoxville starting at 9 a.m. The printed catalog for the auction, with full descriptions, price estimates and photographs for items in the order in which they will be sold, is available. For more information, call the gallery in Knoxville at 865-558-3033 or the company’s Nashville office at 615-812-6096 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

The Lt. Dabney Scales archive includes this extensive Civil War CDV album, containing dozens of images of Confederate Naval officers. Also offered is his diary, detailing life on board the CSS Shenandoah. Each lot carries an estimate of $10,000-$12,000. Case Antiques Auction image.

Paintings include a monumental oil on canvas landscape with deer by Johann Bernard Klombeek (German/Netherlands, 1815-1893), measuring 48 in. x 61 in., in a likely original giltwood frame (64 in. x 78 in. overall). Estimate: $20,000-$24,000. Case Antiques Auction image.

One of the gems of the single-owner Southern silver collection is this sugar or jam basket and ladle, adorned with foliage and figural worms and flies, by New Orleans silversmith Adolph Himmel. It is estimated at $1,200-$1,800. Case Antiques Auction image.

Mississippi-born female furniture design pioneer Bertha Schaefer designed this Mid-20th century desk for Singer & Sons. One of several pieces of mid-century furniture in the sale, it is estimated at $4,000-$4,500. Case Antiques Auction image.

A number of outstanding Chinese lots are featured, such as this pair of embroidered panels worked in silk metallic thread and dating from the late Ming/early Qing Dynasty. Estimate: $700-1,000. Case Antiques Auction image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 17:26
 

Morphy's offers top-notch antique advertising in Jan. 17-18 auction

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1901 Coke calendar in ornate gilt frame within a shadowbox. Near mint, est. $10,000-$18,000. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Country stores and old-time soda shops may be a thing of the past on Main Street America, but they’re thriving as re-created symbols of a century ago in the homes of collectors from coast to coast. Antique advertising signs, syrup dispensers, Coca-Cola calendars and promotional items, tins and early beverage bottles are more popular than ever, with a demand that outstrips supply when it comes to rare and perfect examples.

Morphy Auctions’ gallery is always a hive of activity before and during its Antique Advertising sales, and that’s expected to be the case when the Pennsylvania company hosts it Saturday and Sunday, January 17 and 18 specialty sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Within the 1,700-lot offering are many beautiful ceramic and metal syrup dispensers of the type used in soda fountains in the late-19th and early 20th centuries. A rare variation of Fowler’s Cherry Smash dispenser, with a colorful logo of three cherries suspended from a leafy branch and “5 Cents” on its sides, is entered as Lot 1220. In near-mint condition, it is estimated at $2,000-$2,500. Lot 1261, a 1918 Howell’s Orange Julep dispenser in excellent condition and finished in a vibrant orange hue is expected to make $1,500-$3,000.

Coca-Cola collectors should feel amply refreshed by the 800+ auction lots of advertising items pertaining to the world-famous Atlanta bottling company. A highlight is Lot 80, a rare 1901 Coke calendar in ornate gilt frame within a shadowbox. The calendar originated from the City Durg Store in Myersdale, Pa., and retains the original drugstore sticker. Near mint, it is estimated at $10,000-$18,000.

A wonderful example of a 1930s Coca-Cola bottle-shape radio will be offered as Lot 675. The realistically designed radio has strong paint, a lustrous shine and even illuminates. “It would be hard to improve on the condition of this radio. It’s a real beauty,” remarked Dan Morphy, president of Morphy Auctions. The 23½ inch Coke radio could reach $3,500-$5,500.

Many other soft drink brands are represented in the sale – some familiar and others more obscure. A dazzling example of artistry and rich coloration blended into one presentation, Lot 1076 is a circa-1930s embossed tin sign for Whistle soda. “Thirsty? Just Whistle” the sign says, adding, “Demand the Genuine” and “No Preservatives.” The 28½ by 20¼ inch, near-mint sign is estimated at $800-$1,400.

Lot 941 is a 1907-1914 cardboard cutout of Moxie’s marketing and advertising guru Frank Archer, seated on a crate of Moxie. The sign is preserved under glass in a shadowbox, and in terms of condition, Morphy says: “A better example may not exist.” The presale estimate is $1,000-$2,000.

An oval tin “Say Hires” sign with the company’s pointing-boy mascot holding a foaming mug of root beer dates to around 1907. Measuring 24 inches tall and exhibiting outstanding graphics, it is entered as Lot 1136 with a $3,000-$6,000 estimate.

Another classic American soft drink is Orange Crush, which is advertised in a 1938 embossed tin sign with an image of a ridged, 1920-patent-date bottle. Highly detailed, the hard-to-find sign is 54 inches tall and will be auctioned as Lot 1174 with expectations of an $800-$1,500 selling price.

An outstanding selection of more than 300 tobacco-related lots is included in the sale. A prized example, Lot 1454 is an Exquisite Cut Plug Tobacco flat pocket tin issued by Larus & Bro., Richmond, Virginia. An extremely rare tin featuring the image of a glamorous woman in evening wear, it is estimated at $1,400-$1,800.

“There should be hands raised all over the room for Lot 1720,” said Morphy, describing a Mail Pouch Ribbon Cut Chewing Tobacco radio. “It’s the only example we’ve ever seen, so we know it’s very rare.” Its knobs are still present, and the depiction of the tobacco product on its facade is exceptional. The presale estimate is $3,000-$5,000.

Morphy’s Jan. 17-18, 2015 auction will start at 9 a.m. Eastern Time both days.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

1901 Coke calendar in ornate gilt frame within a shadowbox. Near mint, est. $10,000-$18,000. Morphy Auctions image

1930s Coca-Cola bottle-shape radio, 23½ inches, fine condition, est. $3,500-$5,500. Morphy Auctions image

1907-1914 Moxie cardboard cutout advertising sign, preserved under glass in a shadowbox, possibly the best of all known examples, est. $1,000-$2,000. Morphy Auctions image

Circa-1930s embossed tin sign for Whistle soda, 28½ by 20¼ inches, near mint, est. $800-$1,400. Morphy Auctions image

Oval tin ‘Say Hires’ sign, circa 1907, 24 inches tall, est. $3,000-$6,000. Morphy Auctions image

1938 Orange Crush embossed tin sign with image of ridged, 1920-patent-date bottle, 54 inches tall, est. $800-$1,500. Morphy Auctions image

Rare variation of Fowler’s Cherry Smash dispenser, near mint, est. $2,000-$2,500. Morphy Auctions image

Exquisite Cut Plug Tobacco flat pocket tin issued by Larus & Bro., Richmond, Virginia. Est. $1,400-$1,800. Morphy Auctions image

Mail Pouch Ribbon Cut Chewing Tobacco radio, the only example known to Morphy Auctions. Est. $3,000-$5,000. Morphy Auctions image

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 January 2015 13:23
 

Nobleman's property heads Bloomsbury bibliophile sale Jan. 15

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Harper Lee,'To Kill a Mockingbird,' 1960, English uncorrected proof copy. Lot 408, est. £600-£800. Bloomsbury Auctions image

GODALMING, UK – A private collection of fine art and antiques books from the property of a nobleman opens the first monthly Bibliophile Sale of 2015 at Bloomsbury Auctions. A large number of modern first editions by authors including Graham Greene, Ian Fleming and William Golding will be available for those looking to break into a new collecting area for 2015 and for those already exploring this booming field.

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The sale will also offer a considerable section of travel related works from across the globe and the UK.

Highlights include the following:

  • Herculaneum, Le Antichita d’Ercolano Esposte, 1760-92. Monumental record of the archaeological finds at Herculaneum, and an important source for the development of neo-classical art. From the property of a Nobleman. Lot 8, est. £600-£800.
  • Visconti (Giambattista & Ennio Quirino), Il Museo Pio-Clementino, 1782-1807. Depicting the antique sculptures in the Vatican in the Museo Pio-Clementino and its extension the Museo Chiaramonti. Two more volumes of the second work were published later in 1837 and 1843. From the property of a Nobleman. Lot 11, est. £1,000-£1,500.
  • William Alexander, a group of 17 plates of views in China, 1796, from Sir George Leonard Staunton’s An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China. Lot 25, est. £800-£1,200.
  • Graham Greene, Brighton Rock, New York, 1938, first edition, precedes the first English edition. Lot 373, est. £500-£700.
  • Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960, English uncorrected proof copy. Lot 408, est. £600-£800.

The bibliophile sale will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Baverstock House saleroom in Surrey on Thursday, Jan. 15.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Harper Lee,'To Kill a Mockingbird,' 1960, English uncorrected proof copy. Lot 408, est. £600-£800. Bloomsbury Auctions image

Herculaneum, 'Le Antichita d’Ercolano Esposte,' 1760-92. Monumental record of the archaeological finds at Herculaneum, and an important source for the development of neo-classical art. Lot 8, est. £600- £800. Bloomsbury Auctions image

Visconti (Giambattista & Ennio Quirino), 'Il Museo Pio-Clementino,' 1782-1807. Depicting the antique sculptures in the Vatican in the Museo Pio-Clementino and its extension the Museo Chiaramonti. Lot 11, est £1,000- £1,500. Bloomsbury Auctions image

William Alexander, a group of 17 plates of views in China, 1796, from Sir George Leonard Staunton’s 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China.' Lot 25, est. £800-£1,200. Bloomsbury Auctions image

Graham Greene, Brighton Rock, New York, 1938, first edition, precedes the first English edition. Lot 373, est. £500-£700. Bloomsbury Auctions image

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 10:31
 

Clars presents famous estate, Hollywood memorabilia Jan. 17-19

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Wednesday, 07 January 2015 16:39

From the Richard Mellon Scaife collection will be this French industrial gilt bronze automaton lighthouse clock and barometer, circa 1890. Clars Auction Gallery image

OAKLAND, Calif. – Last month Clars Auction Gallery announced that, in partnership with Christie’s, New York, they had been chosen to present the collection of the estate of Richard Mellon Scaife to auction in 2015. Scaife amassed the collection while traveling the world and buying at some of the finest and most prestigious antique and art galleries, including Jeremy Ltd., London, and Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge.

The collection was an important part of the interiors at his Pebble Beach, Calif., Nantucket, Mass., and Pittsburgh, Pa., residences.

This world-class collection will be offered at both Christie’s, who will host an important single-owner sale of furniture and decorative arts in 2015, and Clars Auction Gallery, which will be offering the remainder of the collection. The collection includes English porcelains dating to the early 18th century, an extensive majolica collection including rare examples, and fine antique furniture dating from the 18th century-present. Clars will hold two sales focusing on the Scaife estate and collection, Jan. 17-19 and Feb. 21-23, with the remainder of the collection in their following monthly auctions.

Internet live bidding for the Clars aucitons will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com

Coming to auction at Clars, on Jan. 17-19 will be part of Scaife’s extensive majolica collection amassed over several years. He showcased this collection at both his Nantucket and Pebble Beach residences. Many pieces selected for the January sale have a nautical theme. Offerings date from the early to mid-19th century, including pieces from the studio of George Jones. Highlights include shell-form compotes, early nautilus shell spoon warmers, clam-form flower frogs, and highly decorated wall pockets.

Also of note from the prominent Scaife collection, will be a French Industrial gilt bronze automaton lighthouse clock and barometer, circa 1890. A miniature pietra dura specimen marble-top table accented with red coral sprays is part of a large group of miniature furniture from the Scaife collection.

Scaife was born in Pittsburgh on July 3, 1932, and was the great grandnephew of Andrew Mellon, growing up at the family's opulent homes in Pittsburgh and Ligonier. He was a noted media publisher and philanthropist, and donated hundreds of millions of dollars to countless causes, foundations and museums including the Clinton Global Initiative, the Heritage Foundation and Hoover Institute.

Clars January 2015 sale will also bring to auction offerings from other notable estates. From a prominent Pacific Heights, San Francisco estate, a Steinway and Sons, New York, Model O baby grand piano, is estimated at $25,000 to $35,000. In addition, there will be an extensive collection of early American furniture, including a Chippendale slant-front desk, executed in mahogany, circa 1760-1790.

Hurray for Iconic Hollywood

America loved all 140 episodes of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, an American television show that ran from Jan. 22, 1968 through May 14, 1973 on the NBC network. Clars Auction Gallery will be offering three costumes worn by Ruth Buzzi, and designed by legendary Hollywood costume designer Michael Travis. (Note: Travis was also the costume designer for Liberace.) The highlight of the costumes to be offered is a Psychedelic Graduation costume. There are only 2 other known examples of this costume, and the example Clars will be selling retains the original tag on the inside of the jacket to which Buzzi's name has been typed. Estimate on this costume is $5,000 to $7,000.

Rounding out this exciting three-day event will be significant offerings in jewelry, fine art and Asian art and antiques. Highlighting the jewelry and timepieces category will be a men’s Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute stainless steel wristwatch, 40 mm, circa 1962; a diamond three-stone ring in 14K yellow and white gold, set with old European cut diamonds totaling approximately 2.86 carats and a stunning carved jadeite, diamond and 18K white gold pendant that will be offered for $7,000 to $9,000.

In fine art, the January auction will feature a nice array of American and International works. One in particular is a watercolor by Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, 1823-1900) titled Sunset (1894). This delicate work on paper by the renowned Hudson River school artist will be offered at $5,000 to $7,000. An oil on canvas by New York artist, Leon Kroll (American, 1884-1975) titled Nude Study will also be featured. On the International side, a colorful yet dramatic painting titled Teaching Our Young (1988) by the Modernist Objibwa/Chippewa artist, Norval Morrisseau (Canadian, 1932-2007) will be offered at $6,000 to $8,000. A delightfully vibrant oil on board titled Girl and Dog by Rosa Rolanda (Mexican, 1897-1962) is also estimated to achieve $6,000 to $8,000.

The Asian art and antiques category will offer a wide assortment of jade, including plaques, belt hooks, toggles and a brush washer carved with bat form handles. Another highlight will be an East Indian Mughal-type khanjar dagger with a jade hilt carved in the form of a parrot, inlaid with red glass eyes. In Chinese ceramics, there will be a selection of pottery from the Han to the Tang dynasties, including hu vases and various pottery tomb figures. In Qing and Republic period porcelain, an assortment of blue and white along with enameled dishes, bowls and vases will be offered. In the Japanese section, a highlight will be a gilt lacquered butsudan shrine cabinet from the late 19th/early 20th century.

The sales will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and at 1:30 p.m. on Monday. For more information 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

From the Richard Mellon Scaife collection will be this French industrial gilt bronze automaton lighthouse clock and barometer, circa 1890. Clars Auction Gallery image

The first offering of Richard Mellon Scaife’s extensive majolica collection will be sold at Clars’ Jan. 17-19 auction. Clars Auction Gallery image

A large group of miniature furniture from the Scaife collection will be offered. Clars Auction Gallery image

The highlight of the costumes to be offered by legendary designer Michael Travis is this Psychedelic Graduation costume, which retains the original tag on the inside of the jacket, to which Ruth Buzzi's name has been typed. Estimate on this costume is $5,000 to $7,000. Clars Auction Gallery image

This stunning carved jadeite, diamond and 18K white gold pendant that will be offered for $7,000 to $9,000. Clars Auction Gallery image

This East Indian Mughal-type khanjar dagger with a jade hilt carved in the form of a parrot features inlaid red glass eyes. Clars Auction Gallery image

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 17:03
 

Tim's Inc. to auction man's vast collections Jan. 25

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Fully restored gasoline pump with the Harley-Davidson colors and Phillips 66 logo on the top. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

PLYMOUTH, Conn. – Tim’s Inc. Auctions will sell a breathtaking single-owner lifetime collection of vintage automobiles, petroliana items, Coca-Cola and Harley-Davidson memorabilia and many other items in various collecting categories on Sunday, Jan. 25, at the residence of Tim Donahue, who died recently at age 58.

For those unable to attend in person Internet live bidding will be offered by LiveAuctioneers.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be taken. The auction will start promptly at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time.

Donahue’s collections were as broad in scope as they were impressive in quality. In addition to the petrol and other aforementioned items, there will also be horse-themed items (Donahue was an equestrian in addition to being the owner of D&D Autoworks), antique pedal cars, telephone booths, pinball machines, two jukeboxes, bicycles, advertising clocks and a 1940s-era restored camper-trailer.

Auctioneer for the event will be Tim Chapulis, owner of Tim’s, Inc. Auctions. The two men knew each other; in fact, Donahue transported some cars that were sold at Tim’s big on-site auction in Goshen on Nov. 1. Little did Chapulis know he’d be handling Donahue’s estate auction less than two months after that event.

“I was very saddened to hear about Tim Donahue’s passing, and I am equally honored to be offering to the public these large and important collections,” Chapulis said. “Everything in this auction is in showroom condition, and represents a lifetime’s worth of passionate collecting by a man who was a true baby boomer, a product of the ’50s and ’60s, the eras that he loved.”

Visitors to the Donahue property on auction day will realize right away they are in for something special – almost surreal. The long, winding driveway, lined with vintage street lamps, leads to a spacious property he called “Hooterville Farm” – after the fictional town in the hit ’60s TV shows Petticoat Junction and Green Acres. The house and older three-bay barn contain the treasures.

Bidders will be transported to another place and time when they lay eyes on “The Hooterville Express” – a doodlebug tractor (the colloquial name for a homemade tractor made during World War II, when production tractors were in short supply), with its Ford chassis in the front and fat tires; plus a fully restored Allis-Chalmers tractor made around the middle of the 20th century, bright orange in color.

Both tractors will be sold, along with Donahue’s personally driven race car with #25 emblazoned on the doors; a vintage Le France flatbed truck, used to transport the race car to events, customized with a unique front that resembles a fire truck; and a cranberry red 1937 Pontiac four-door convertible with white top, in running condition and originally owned by the Lyons family of Thomaston, Conn., who showcased it in Memorial Day parades and other town functions. The car is estimated to sell for $20,000-$30,000.

Other vehicles will include a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle, retrofitted to look just like the car from the 1969 Disney film called The Love Bug, complete with #53, a black racing stripe, roof rack, sunroof (rare for that vintage) and a fabric-like top; a 1978 MG two-door convertible car, black; and a pedal-driven (no motor) three-wheel Good Humor ice cream trike, restored and in mint condition, ready for displaying or selling ice cream.

Donahue, who was a member with the Bristol Car Club, loved Harley-Davidson motorcycles as much as he loved automobiles. Many collectibles sporting the distinct orange and black H-D logo will be auctioned, to include Donahue’s vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycle, now on display inside the house. Not many people incorporate motorcycles into a home’s décor. Donahue's is a 1959 Hummer in fantastic condition, a true collectible for serious fans of Harleys.

Harley-Davidson items for sale will include an antique floor safe with orange and black H-D logo, a coin-op soda vending machine with H-D logo and colors in excellent condition, a fully restored gasoline pump with the H-D colors and Phillips 66 logo on the top, and H-D ice-cream counter chairs, now part of a room in the house set up as an ice-cream shop.

A Vespa scooter, unrestored, will also come up for bid, as will Donahue's collection of Indian Motorcycle collectible items. These will include typeset printing blocks, tools, wrenches and ephemera. Also sold will be more than 250 models of toy automobiles, motorcycles and trucks, to include some period Japanese friction cars and a Buddy 'L' toy truck with Coca-Cola bottles.

The camper-trailer is small by today’s standards but reflects the times, circa 1940s. It features race car-themed curtains and a vintage Coleman stove. The petrol and petroliana will include gas pumps, globes and signs, with brand names such as Mobilgas, Gulf, Phillips 66 and Texaco. Old oil and gas cans will also be sold, many in multiple lots.

Coca-Cola was another passion of Donahue’s. Coke collectibles in the auction will feature vintage vending machines, to include a mid-1940s mailbox-style model made by F.L. Jacobs, Indianapolis. Jacobs was one of the few firms allowed to produce new vending machines during World War II due to the popularity of caffeinated Coca-Cola with machine parts workers.

Other Coke items will include a classic self-serve Coke vending machine by Vendo and a floor-standing soda cooler from the 1930s, mounted on original Coca-Cola storage crates (as from the era), with the bottles available simply by lifting the cooler’s lid. This model didn’t accept coins, as future coolers did. Customers grabbed a soda and paid at the register. These coolers were used in general stores before electricity reached rural areas. Blocks of ice are what kept the drinks cold.

The equestrian lots will include horse carriages, buggies, horse tack and other items. Additional items in the auction will include a restored barber’s chair with white enamel base and black leather chair, an antique oak ice box, advertising signs other than Harley-Davidson, Coke and gas station, and other objects and collectibles that were still being discovered from the attic and barn at press time.

“This is an auction event well worth attending for just about anyone, even if it means traveling a great distance,” Tim Chapulis said. “There are items in this auction that will resonate with every person who ever stopped for gas, bought a Coke or just got nostalgic for a simpler, slower time. That’s what this auction is about – honoring Tim Donahue and his passion for collecting.”

On auction day, Tim’s Inc. Auctions will take up a collection for the Bristol Car Club, in Tim Donahue’s honor. Proceeds from the sale of a few items in the sale not coming from Donahue’s estate (such as vintage guitars) will also go to benefit the Bristol Car Club, as well as St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a cause that is dear to Chapulis' heart. At nearly all Tim's Inc. Auctions, money is raised for St. Jude's in honor of Tim's late father, Peter Chapulis, who was also a longtime successful auctioneer. To date, $70,000 has been raised for St. Jude's.

Tim’s Inc. Auctions, with locations in Bristol and Litchfield, Conn., is celebrating 36 years in the auction business. The firm is always seeking quality consignments for future sales, especially lifetime personal collections built over many years. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, call Chapulis at 860-459-0964, or email him 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

Fully restored gasoline pump with the Harley-Davidson colors and Phillips 66 logo on the top. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

Vintage Coca Cola cooler, professionally restored in mint condition, circa 1930s, used in general stores before there was electricity in rural areas. Ice blocks kept the drinks cold. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

Auctioneer Tim Chapulis takes the wheel of a cranberry-red 1937 Pontiac four-door convertible. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

Vintage Coca Cola vending machine dating from the mid 1940's, mailbox style by F.L. Jacobs Co., Indianapolis. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

Harley-Davidson-themed soft drink dispenser, with the distinctive black and orange H-D logo. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

Tim Donahue’s personal-use Harley-Davidson motorcycle was on permanent display in his home. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

Actual 1963 Volkswagen Beetle, retrofitted to look like the car in Disney’s 1969 movie titled 'The Love Bug.' Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

Pedal-driven ice-cream vendor, restored, in mint condition. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 17:23
 

Palm Beach Modern to auction Jackie O archive, Hermes handbags Jan. 17

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Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller pastel pink custom-color leather and rosewood chair and ottoman. Ref. Pg. 58 ‘Classic Herman Miller’ by Leslie Pina. Est. $4,000-$6,000. PBMA image

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – With her impeccable eye for design and effortless ability to set global fashion trends, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was the 20th century’s most influential style icon. While the entire world was able to admire her wardrobe choices via the media, very few were invited behind the scenes where she collaborated one-on-one with her favorite designers. That very private aspect of the late first lady’s life is the focus of a January 17 Modern Design, Art & Fashion Accessories auction to be held at Palm Beach Modern’s (PBMA) exhibition center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

The auction’s centerpiece is an archive of personal notes from Jacqueline Onassis to Bill Hamilton, longtime design director for Carolina Herrera. “Bill dressed Jackie Onassis almost exclusively from the mid 1980s until her passing in 1994. The notes in his archive show that their relationship wasn’t just about business; he and Mrs. Onassis were friends, as well,” said PBMA auctioneer and co-owner Rico Baca. “Some of the notes reveal how involved she was in the design process, but others are very warm notes expressing appreciation for things Bill had done for her.”

Onassis’ impeccable finishing-school manners followed her throughout her life. “She always hand-wrote thank-you notes and had a flair for making the recipient feel special,” said Baca.

Onassis had very definite ideas about detail and fit, and she conveyed them skillfully, Baca said. Auction Lot 51, consisting of a handwritten letter and two notes on blue personal cards imprinted “1040 Fifth Avenue,” includes such comments as: “The zebra costume looks great – but it could use a new pair of trousers in the same cut if the material still exists. If you take the padding out of the cap sleeves that should help a lot.” She goes on to say, “I am most excited about my brown velvet suit – very narrow pants please!” and in a postscript asks, “Could you send a brown satin sample to Manolo Blahnik. I’ll call about shoes.”

In a second note, Onassis asks that Hamilton send “…love to Mrs. Herrera and congratulate her for the business section piece where she has beat out all the competition & all others have fallen by the wayside,” adding: “Maurice, Ed and Caroline told me about it as usually I don’t grab the business section” – a presumed reference to her longtime companion Maurice Tempelsman, son-in-law Edwin Schlossberg and daughter Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg. This group lot, one of seven such lots from the Bill Hamilton archive, is estimated at $800-$1,200.

Another six lots are from interior designer Richard Keith Langham, who worked for Keith Irvine (1928-2011), an Onassis favorite known for his English country-house style. Langham’s eclectic archive includes thoughtfully composed thank-you notes and (Lot 60a) an illustrated book titled The White House, inscribed: “For Richard – Perhaps this great house will know your touch one day – your friend Jacqueline Kennedy” (dated March 4, 1987). Her opinions were plainly but politely expressed in notes such as the one that says, “I wasn’t mad about the black chairs. Too heavy I’m afraid – so do keep looking. Thank you. J Onassis.” Each of the Langham lots is estimated at $800-$1,200.

Interspersed among the Hamilton and Langham lots are six group lots of silver gelatin prints from the estate of society photographer Robert Davidoff. “For 40 years Bob Davidoff was the Kennedy family’s official photographer when they were in residence in Palm Beach,” said Baca. “They felt very comfortable with him, so he had privileged access to them during informal moments.” Photos to be auctioned include Lot 49, Jacqueline Onassis with Jayne (Mrs. Charles) Wrightsman at West Palm Beach Airport; Lot 62, Jacqueline with President Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy; and Lot 57, Jacqueline with a young John Jr. en route to church. In the latter photo, the first lady wears a lace mantilla, a choice that sparked an instant trend among female churchgoers. Each lot is estimated at $800-$1,200, and copyright will convey with each of the images.

PBMA will follow the archival lots with luxury goods, including a superb selection of designer handbags, jewelry, shoes and briefcases. The grouping is led by Lot 79, a rare Hermes nilo crocodile Kelly handbag with traditional sellier styling (having well-defined corners). The luxe bag, which retains its original box and dust bag, has been consigned by Architectural Digest editor emeritus Paige Rense Noland to benefit the Humane Society of the United States. “Mrs. Noland used to pass Hermes on Madison Avenue on the way to work each day. That led to many irresistible buying opportunities, and she was able to amass a fantastic collection of Hermes bags over the years,” said Baca. With a starting bid of $9,000, Lot 79 is expected to reach $15,000-$20,000.

Other handbag highlights include: Lot 78, an Hermes travel Birkin bag, est. $10,000-$15,000; Lot 68, a Lady Dior “Andy Warhol” handbag from a limited edition of 10, purchased new at Dior in Saks, Boca Raton, Fla., est. $3,000-$5,000; and Lot 80, a pre-1960 Hermes-Paris beaded clasp handbag with silver chain, est. $3,000-$5,000. From a Louis Vuitton limited edition, Lot 66 is a rare backpack of trademark-monogrammed canvas and leather, est. $3,000-$5,000. “Reportedly, Kanye West is among the small handful of people who own examples of this trendy backpack,” said Baca.

Topping the jewelry section is Lot 94, a rare 1968 Coppola E Toppo for Valentino choker comprised of black glass tubes and roses montees affixed to a weft of black half-crystal faceted beads. Previously purchased from the author of a jewelry book in which the design is depicted, it is quite likely the actual book example. Estimate: $7,000-$9,000.

Superior-quality modern furniture will be offered, including a collection of designs by Gio Ponti. Lot 162, a Ponti for Singer & Sons walnut and glass cabinet, could take top-lot honors and is estimated at $20,000-$25,000. Entered as three consecutive lots (170, 171, 172), a Wendell Castle “Molar” suite of yellow gel-coated fiberglass and rubber was purchased new in 1976 by the consignor. The loveseat and pair of matching lounge chairs each carry estimates of $2,000-$3,000, while the matching coffee table has expectations of $4,000-$6,000.

Lot 324 is a Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller rosewood and leather lounge chair and ottoman in a rare pastel pink custom color, est. $4,000-$6,000. Other noteworthy furnishings include Lot 34, a John Dickinson painted plaster “African” tripodal table, est. $7,000-$9,000; and Lots 35 and 36, two other Dickinson “footed” tables.

The auction also offers a stylish way for some lucky bidder to return home with their purchases. Lot 104 is a 1956 red Ford Thunderbird with Continental kit and both hard and soft tops. Bidding on this pampered American motoring classic with only 12,000 recorded miles will open at $30,000.

PBMA’s Jan. 17, 2015 auction will commence at 12 noon Eastern Time. For additional information, call 561-586-5500 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

Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller pastel pink custom-color leather and rosewood chair and ottoman. Ref. Pg. 58 ‘Classic Herman Miller’ by Leslie Pina. Est. $4,000-$6,000. PBMA image

Signed John Dickinson painted plaster ‘African’ tripodal table. Est. $7,000-$9,000. PBMA image

Robert Davidoff silver gelatin print of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at West Palm Airport in Florida. From a group lot of two photos that will convey with copyright. Est. $800-$1,200. PBMA image

Robert Davidoff silver gelatin print of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – a trendsetter in her mantilla – arriving at church in Palm Beach with her young son, John F. Kennedy Jr. From a group of two photos that will convey with copyright. Est. $800-$1,200. PBMA image

Rare Louis Vuitton backpack, limited edition of five, monogrammed canvas and leather. Est. $3,000-$5,000. PBMA image

Hermes nilo crocodile Kelly handbag consigned by ‘Architectural Digest’ editor emeritus Paige Rense Noland to benefit the Humane Society of the United States. Est. $15,000-$20,000. PBMA image

Coppola E Toppo for Valentino choker, black glass tubes and roses montees affixed to a weft of black half-crystal faceted beads. Est. $7,000-$9,000. PBMA image

1956 Ford Thunderbird, odometer: approx. 12,000 miles, hard and soft tops, Continental kit. Est. $40,000-$60,000. PBMA image

One of three consecutive lots containing pieces from Wendell Castle’s ‘Molar’ suite, this one containing a gel-coated fiberglass loveseat. Est. $2,000-$3,000. PBMA image

Monumental (101in wide, 24in high, 4in deep) Jean Dubuffet (French, 1901-1985) lithograph titled ‘Parcours,’ 1981, Pace Editions, 63/80. Est. $6,000-$8,000. PBMA image

Montage of Robert Davidoff silver gelatin prints featuring Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Each will convey with copyright. Est. $800-$1,200. PBMA image

Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015 17:06
 

I.M. Chait offering numerous Chinese carved sculptures Jan. 11

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Lot 499 - Chinese carved stone Guanyin, 49 1/2in. Estimate: $800-$1,200. I.M. Chait image

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers will conduct an auction of Asian art, antiques and estate items on Sunday, Jan. 11. The auction will begin at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

Absentee or Internet live bidding during the sale will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Featured highlights include:

– a collection of Chinese embroideries; including silk robes from local collections;

– a jewelry collection including gold watches from a Beverly Hills estate;

– large Chinese bronze and cloisonné sculptures from East Coast collections;

– antique Chinese snuff bottles from a Northwest Coast collection;

– Chinese pottery including Tang & Han from a Southwest collection;

– group of Chinese ceramics from a Los Angeles collection;

– numerous carved jades from a Long Beach estate;

– numerous snuff bottles from a British Columbia collection;

– group of Chinese porcelains from a California collection.

For details phone I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers at 310-285-0182 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

Lot 499 - Chinese carved stone Guanyin, 49 1/2in. Estimate: $800-$1,200. I.M. Chait image

Lot 226 - Sino-Tibetan painted thangka, Tara, 24 x 36in. Estimate: $500-$700. I.M. Chait image

Lot 294 - pair of square porcelain vases, 19th century, 14 1/4in. Estimate: $800-$1,000. I.M. Chait image

Lot 291 - Chinese polychrome hardstone vessel, 17in. Estimate: $800-$1,000. I.M. Chait image

Lot 310 - Chinese carved bowenite inset wood table screen, 21in. wide. Estimate: $1,200-$1,500.  I.M. Chait image

Lot 313 - pair large cloisonné enamel vases, 25 in. Estimate: $1,000-$1,000. I.M. Chait image

Lot 372 - Large Chinese lapis lazuli carving; of a team of eight horses at play and rest on open pasture, brilliant blue coloration with natural inclusions (dyed); length 12 inches. Provenance: from the Estate of Charles H. Lundquist. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000. I.M. Chait image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 10:11
 

Morphy’s kicks off 2015 with Jan. 4 sale of antique advertising, toys

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1907 Coca-Cola tip tray, 6 inches long, est. $600-$800. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy’s will launch into the New Year with a Sunday, Jan. 4 auction of toys and antique advertising at its spacious, state-of-the-art gallery in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

All forms of bidding will be available for the sale, which includes 987 mixed lots, approximately half of which is devoted to advertising in its many forms. The remainder consists of 100+ toy lots, 50+ figural cast-iron lots, 50+ lots of dolls and accessories; and other compatible categories such as trains, sports memorabilia, mechanical banks, clocks and more.

Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

A beautiful collection of antique brewery tip trays and serving trays – many with depictions of brewery buildings and pretty ladies – will open the auction. Lot 1 is an especially fine example of a Consumer’s Brewing Co. of N.Y. Ltd. tip tray, in vibrant shades of seafoam green, sky blue and red. In a graphic re-enactment of a busy day at the brewery, horse-drawn wagons laden with product are depicted crisscrossing the road in front of the imposing, six-story headquarters. The estimate is $200-$400, but a higher bid will be required, as there are already eight bids on the tray which have pushed its price beyond estimate.

A variety of other brewery-related items will cross the auction block, including Lot 29, a framed cardboard sign for Robin Hood Beer that depicts the English folk hero and his band of merry men competing in a game of skill. The 25 by 28½-inch picture is expected to make $200-$300.

General advertising will follow, with signs, containers and store displays that advertise motor oil, chewing gum, beverages, ice cream and other foods. Circus and Robert Ripley sideshow posters offer depictions of the Hindu Quarter Man, Lady Leona Psychic Marvel, the Pain Proof Man, and two examples promoting impersonations (including “Pop Eye the Sailor”) by facial contortionist Bob Wallace. The estimate range for the posters starts at $50 and tops out at $500.

A sizable array of soda pop and root beer advertising awaits collectors. Lot 105, an attractive tin sign shaped as a barrel of Richardson Root Beer, is realistic down to the foaming head that billows from the top. It is entered with expectations of $300-$500.

The king of soft drinks, Coca-Cola, dominates the auction and is represented in literally hundreds of lots, both in the advertising and toy categories. Among the dozens of desirable Coke serving and tip trays are Lot 280, a 1907 tip tray estimated at $600-$800; Lot 307, a 1930 serving tray that depicts a woman on the telephone with the caption, “Meet me at the soda fountain,” $300-$500; and Lot 281, a 1909 tip tray with the image of a model against a nighttime harbor scene, $300-$500. Additionally, a large collection of Coca-Cola playing card decks will be offered, as well as menus, calendars, soda fountain accessories, standees (including some with Coke Santa) and many small 1930s-1960s toy trucks and premiums promoting the world’s most famous beverage.

Immediately following the Coca-Cola advertising, Morphy’s will auction a collection of colorful tobacco crate labels. Quite a few will be sold in lots of two or three, with estimates ranging from $50 to $200. Likewise, a collection of tobacco pouches will be presented to bidders in logically grouped lots.

Several cast-iron banks have been consigned, including Lot 554, an Owl estimated at $300-$500. Many other figural cast-iron novelties will be auctioned, including paperweights, bookends, doorknockers, doorstops, lawn ornaments and more.

Dozens of cast-iron toys run the gamut from ox carts to horse-drawn fire and circus wagons, while the tin toy section includes both European and American comic-character favorites.

Numerous cap guns, including examples by Hubley and Kilgore, are found in the toy section, as are Japanese friction and space toys. Pressed-steel vehicles from top makers like Buddy ‘L’ and Structo will cross the auction block, as will several pedal cars.

The doll category contains many German dolls, soft toys and wood structures (log cabin, church, stable, etc.) with estimates that most collectors would find quite appealing.

The sale is rounded out by an interesting selection of mantel, advertising and regulator clocks; games, lithographed tin sand pails, die-cast vehicles, soldiers (including Britains), movie posters, baseball and football cards; early photographica, pottery, stoneware, and holiday-theme candy containers.

Morphy’s Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 auction will be held at the company’s gallery. Start time is 9 a.m. Eastern.

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 .

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

1907 Coca-Cola tip tray, 6 inches long, est. $600-$800. Morphy Auctions image

Tip tray advertising Consumer’s Brewing Co. of New York Ltd., est. $200-$400. Morphy Auctions image

Cardboard advertisement for Robin Hood Beer, est. $200-$300. Morphy Auctions image

Robert Ripley show poster promoting facial contortionist Bob Wallace as ‘Pop Eye the Sailor,’ est. $100-$300. Morphy Auctions image

Tin sign for Richardson Root Beer, est. $300-$500. Morphy Auctions image

1909 Coca-Cola tip tray, 6¼ inches long, est. $300-$500. Morphy Auctions image

1930 Coca-Cola Tray with caption ‘Meet me at the soda fountain,’ est. $300-$500. Morphy Auctions image

1960s toy Coca-Cola Volkswagen bus, tin friction, 9½ inches long, excellent working order, est. $100-$200. Morphy Auctions image

Owl cast-iron mechanical bank, est. $300-$500. Morphy Auctions image

Hubley cast-iron ‘Over Swing’ Golfer doorstop, est. $450-$550. Morphy Auctions image

American cast-iron horse-drawn toy, 14 inches long, est. $300-$600. Morphy Auctions image

Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015 14:21
 

Gaetano Pesce bronze will have big footprint on Nova Ars sale Jan. 5

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Wednesday, 31 December 2014 13:34

Gaetano Pesce, bronze foot, Superego edition of five. Estimate: €100,000-€110,000. Nova Ars image

ASTI, Italy – Nova Arts will conduct an auction Jan. 5 composed of an interesting design collection of contemporary art and design of 20th and 21st century. Included will be ceramics, furniture, lamps, chandeliers and glass works, with many objects made in Italy – from Angelo Mangiarotti to Alessandro Mendini, from Ettore Sottsass to Ugo La Pietra, without forgetting other talents from different countries (Niemeyer, Kuramata and Norguet).

Live Auctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Highlight pieces:

  • Gaetano Pesce, bronze foot, Superego edition of five. Estimate: €100,000-€110,000.
  • Alessandro Mendini, Proust armchair. Estimate: €25,000-€30,000.
  • Giuseppe Rivadossi, Media Dolmen. Estimate: €30,000-€35,000.
  • Ferruccio Laviani, dresser. Estimate: €30,000-€35,000.
  • Alessandro Guerriero, cabinet. Estimate €25,000-€30,000.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Gaetano Pesce, bronze foot, Superego edition of five. Estimate: €100,000-€110,000. Nova Ars image

Alessandro Mendini, Proust armchair. Estimate: €25,000-30,000. Nova Ars image

Giuseppe Rivadossi, Media Dolmen. Estimate: €30,000-35,000. Nova Ars image

Ferruccio Laviani, dresser. Estimate: €30,000-35,000. Nova Ars image

Alessandro Guerriero, Alchimia cabinet. Estimate €25,000-30,000. Nova Ars image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 13:54
 
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