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Virginia treasure: Robert E. Lee archive leads Quinn’s Jan. 18 auction

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Friday, 10 January 2014 13:32

Russian silver gilt and plique-a-jour lobed bowl and tea caddy spoon. Estimate $6,000-$8,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – A letter and personal items that Confederate General Robert E. Lee gifted to a Baltimore children’s orphanage in January of 1867 for fundraising purposes is headed to auction on January 18th at Quinn's Auction Galleries in Falls Church, Virginia. The hand-written letter, presented together with Lee’s penknife, a lock of his hair, and a Baltimore Sun newspaper article about the mementos, has been on loan to Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, for the past 18 years.

Never one to refuse a charitable request, Lee wrote in the letter to the orphanage: “Your generous efforts to relieve the wants of the infant orphans will I am sure be successful, for a cause so benevolent cannot fail to receive support in a city so distinguished for its charity and liberality as Baltimore.”

In an additional note accompanying the donated items, Lee writes, “I must apologize for the condition of this knife by stating that it was my companion during the war, REL.”

After the Civil War, Lee remained in high regard throughout the country and was frequently called upon to provide personal articles and autographs for benevolent organizations. It is rare, however, for any such items to appear at auction.

“The opportunity for someone to own a knife that General Lee carried during the Civil War is not something that happens every day,” said Quinn’s Vice President Matthew Quinn. In fact, the historical items in Lot 172 comprise an absolutely unique archive.

“This remarkable group of mementos has been a Virginia treasure for nearly 150 years, and it has been available for the public to enjoy for almost two decades,” Quinn said. “The family that loaned them to Arlington House has hopes that perhaps a philanthropist will come forward and purchase the archive to return to the Lee memorial, as their current position leaves them no choice but to sell it. The National Park Service, which maintains Arlington House, does not have the funds to purchase the items themselves.” The archive carries an auction estimate of $20,000-$30,000.

The sale will also feature estate items from the Greater Washington, D.C. region, including fine Chinese and Japanese art, English and European porcelain, Persian carpets and antique furnishings. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Among the top highlights is an intricately carved Late Qing Dynasty white jadeite flower-form water coupe on carved-wood stand. This head-turner has a presale estimate of $6,000-$8,000.

An outstanding selection of Russian enameled pieces includes a circa-1910 Ivan P. Khlebnikov silver gilt and plique-a-jour eight-lobe bowl with tea caddy spoon, $6,000-$8,000; a circa-1896 vodka cup by the same designer, $2,000-$3,000; and a circa 1896-1908 Maria Semenova gilt silver kovsh with spoon, $4,000-$5,000. “Each is a masterwork that exhibits an extraordinary level of artistry,” Quinn observed. Also to be auctioned is a collection of Russian and Soviet-bloc posters.

Many superb paintings and other artworks are entered in the sale, including several coveted Japanese woodblock prints with extremely affordable estimates. For example, a strikingly beautiful Kawase Hasui (Japanese, 1883-1957) print titled “Saisho Temple, Hirosaki,” from a 1936 Watanabe edition of scenic views of Japan, is modestly estimated at $200-$400.

Sixteen pieces of Lalique will be offered, including a circa-1925 frosted-glass “Thais” statuette engraved “R. Lalique France N:834.” Complete with a lighted zebrawood base, it is offered with a $4,000-$6,000 estimate.

Of the Persian rugs to be auctioned, the highest-estimated lot, at $4,000-$6,000, is a richly hued circa-1900 red Kashan measuring 18ft 7in by 11ft 3in. Also from the turn of the 20th century, a Persian Sarouk rug of 100% knotted wool measures 13ft 8in by 12ft 3in and is estimated at $1,500-$2,000.

The January 18 auction also features Part II of the late Speaker of the House The Honorable Thomas S. “Tom” Foley and Heather Strachan Foley Collection. World travelers who appreciated many cultures, the Foleys astutely acquired fine and decorative art and antiques for more than 40 years. The couple’s eclectic interests are seen in the variety of items being sold by Quinn’s. An example of the mid-century pieces they acquired is a sleek Knoll Barcelona daybed designed by Mies van der Rohe, which could realize $1,500-$2,500.

Additional auction highlights include a 1930-31 Lewis Wickes Hines (1874-1940) gelatin photograph from the Empire State Building Series titled “Unloading the Trucks,” $2,000-$3,000; a 19th-century John Carter (London) ship chronometer in mahogany case, $5,000-$7,500; and a pair of bas-relief Elkington wall medallions, $2,000-$4,000.

The January 18, 2014 auction will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. For additional details on any lot in the sale, call 703-532-5632 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Russian silver gilt and plique-a-jour lobed bowl and tea caddy spoon. Estimate $6,000-$8,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image.

Knoll Barcelona daybed, ex collection of the late Speaker of the House The Honorable Thomas S. 'Tom' Foley and Heather Strachan Foley. Estimate $1,500-$2,500. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image.

Lewis Wickes Hines (1874-1940), vintage gelatin photograph ‘Unloading the Trucks’ from 1930-31 Empire State Building Series. Estimate $2,000-$3,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image.

Archive of Robert E. Lee items including a letter he wrote in 1867 to a Baltimore orphanage, with his donated penknife carried during the Civil War and a lock of his hair. On display for 18 years at Arlington House. Estimate $20,000-$30,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image.

John Carter, London, ship chronometer. Estimate $5,000-$7,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image.

Mahogany and brass case that houses the John Carter ship chronometer. Estimate $5,000-$7,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image.

Pair of 19th-century silver-plated bas-relief Elkington wall medallions with scenes from ‘Paradise Lost.’ Estimate $2,000-$4,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image.

Kawase Hasui (Japanese, 1883-1957) woodblock print titled ‘Saisho Temple, Hirosaki,’ 1936. Estimate $200-$400. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image.

Chinese Late Qing Dynasty jadeite flower-form water coupe on carved-wood stand. Estimate $6,000-$8,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 January 2014 10:22
 

Kamelot opens year with wide-ranging auction Jan. 17-18

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Friday, 10 January 2014 13:20

Lot 185 - Madoura limited edition (69/150) Picasso polychromed clay pot or vase circa 1953. Kamelot Auction House image.

PHILADELPHIA – Kamelot Auction House kicks of 2014 with an exciting two-day sale to debut on Friday, Jan. 17, and Saturday, Jan. 18. In its entirety the sale will showcase over 1,000 lots and together the two days will bring a variety of fine art, decorative objects, collectibles, ethnographic items, Orientalia, lighting, rugs, and antique furnishings to the podium. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Friday’s portion of the sale will be composed of Orientalia, decorative arts, fine art and a large variety of collectibles, all of which will be sold at no reserve. Opening the day with strong representation will be over 85 lots of Orientalia featuring ivory, horn, soapstone, jade, porcelain, fine art and much more. Commanding considerable attention is a fine and rare antique Chinese carved rhinoceros horn (lot 66) depicting a tiger with captured prey resting on its original carved wood stand, estimated at a conservative $1,000-$2,000. Of similar interest are several ivory lots including a fantastic six-piece collection of antique carved ivory puzzle balls, circa 1900, (lot 30, $200-$400). Also featured will be a collection of Chinese export porcelain (eight lots total) as well as a variety of Japanese Satsuma pieces.

Highlighted ethnographic items include lot 311, two fine 1920s Northwest Coast Native American totem poles ($200-$400) and an eight-piece lot that includes shrunken heads, a pre-Columbian figure, a tole chest with dome top, and bone implements (lot 317, $200-$400).

The sale will feature impressive collections of decorative arts, with a strong representation of bronze, silver, glass, and porcelain items for those looking to expand their collections. Among the bronze selections are lot 105, a vintage pair of Tiffany Studios bronze and glass Art Nouveau candlesticks, circa 1910, ($300-$500) and lot 107, a pair of bronze Egyptian Revival candlesticks, circa 1900, ($500-$800). The sale will offer over 100 pieces of Roseville pottery featuring Waterlily, Larkspur, Dahlrose, Cherry Blossom, White Rose and many other patterns.

Among other fine decorative arts objects, a signed Daum France amber colored glass coiled snake (lot 160) and a rare and complete matched pair of bronze acanthus leaf themed Victorian gas sconces (lot 221), are sure to earn interest. Among the most illustrious finds in the decorative arts portion of the sale is lot 185, A Madoura limited edition (69/150) Picasso polychromed clay pot, circa 1953, estimated at $5,000-$8,000. Complementing this, the sale also features a painted and glazed framed earthenware plate (lot 186, $2,000-$4,000) by Picasso as well.

Discerning toy collectors can expect to find hundreds of unique and rare vintage toys from a variety of top manufacturers with many still accompanied by their original boxes. Lot 330 features three painted cast-iron toys including a great three-horse fire truck, a horse-drawn ice wagon and a trolley and bears a modest estimate of $200-$400. Other highly sought-after collectibles in the auction include comic books, military memorabilia, circus ephemera and taxidermy.

A select group of fine art, over 180 lots, features the Astra Zeneca art collection, which will bring further enthusiasm to this sale. The collection features original paintings, drawings, and lithographs from renowned national and international artists. Leading the selection of fine art is an oil on linen painting by New York artist Gifford Beal titled Late Afternoon, Winter of a winter scene (lot 431) estimated at $6,000-$9,000, and a floral still life oil on canvas board by Pennsylvania artist Anne Estelle Rice (lot 401) bearing the same estimate. Other noteworthy highlights include lot 409, an oil on linen titled Oh Fish by Emile A. Gruppe ($3,000-$5,000), lot 422, an oil on linen titled Dream Farms by California artist Hanson Duvall Puthuff ($2,000-$4,000) and lot 423, an oil on panel by California artist Alexander Warshawsky ($1,500-$2,500). Lot 462 is an original pastel and crayon drawing by American artist and entertainer Red Skelton, and is one of nine of his original works featured in the sale. Large-scale pieces include a monumental 19th century gesso over wood picture frame (lot 399, $2,000-$3,000), and a monumental oil painting of fowl with chicks by Rudolf Bernhard Willmann (lot 425, $2,000-$3,000).

Furniture buyers can anticipate a collage of Continental, English, French, Victorian and 20th century furnishings including consoles, end tables, desks, chairs, vitrines, servers, commodes, sideboards and much more. The many Napoleon III bergere chairs and French dining chair sets will certainly catch the eyes of interior design savvy buyers. Chief among the Continental offerings is lot 652, a set of eight Louis XVI-style carved and painted dining chairs with tailored backs and shaped seats supported on turned and fluted legs circa 1940 ($2,000-$3,000) along with lot 662, a carved and giltwood borne in the Louis XVI taste, circa 1910, ($2,000-$3,000). Lot 898 is a good Victorian labeled J.E. Came Co., Boston, inlaid billiards table raised on large turned legs along with a cue rack and other accessories and is estimated at $1,500-$2,500. Among the other unique pieces which will cross the auction block on Saturday is a good dore bronze and onyx pedestal with a Corinthian capital, circa 1900, estimated at $400-$600. Lot 585, a good pair of late 19th century Continental Chippendale-style giltwood carved mirrors ($800-$1,200) and lot 825, a pair of Adams-style gilt decorated painted mirrors with ribbon garland and oval frames circa 1910 ($600-$1,000) are just two of the many fine mirrors being offered in Saturday’s sale.

Clocks will also be featured, frontrunners include lot 903, antique carved mahogany signed Bigelow Kennard and Co., Boston tall case clock circa 1910 estimated at $1,500-$2,500, and lot 852, a late 18th century English chinoiserie decorated Robert Holland London labeled tall case clock estimated at $800-$1,200. Lighting highlights include a Continental gilt bronze and cut glass floor lamp circa 1920 (lot 651, $1,000-$1,500), a nice period Art Nouveau copper and brass desk lamp with glass jewel ornamentation, circa 1900 (lot 862, $200-$400), and a good pair of large porcelain lamps with pearlescent glaze and overall floral and concentric circle designs circa 1940 (lot 704, $300-$500). With more than 30 lots on offer, rugs will be another major component in this auction. Selected highlights include lot 984, a Serapi rug, 9 feet by 11 feet 9 inches; lot 989, a Laristan garden design rug; and lot 988, a Louis XVI Aubusson rug.

The auction will begin at 10 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18, and doors will open at 8 a.m. on both days. For more information call 215-438-6990.

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 185 - Madoura limited edition (69/150) Picasso polychromed clay pot or vase circa 1953. Kamelot Auction House image. 

Lot 105 - Tiffany Studios bronze and glass Art Nouveau candlesticks, circa1910. Kamelot Auction House image. 

Lot 66 - rare antique Chinese carved rhinoceros horn. Kamelot Auction House image. 

 Lot 431 - Gifford Beal, 'Late Afternoon, Winter' oil on linen. Kamelot Auction House image.

Lot 662 - carved and giltwood borne in the Louis XVI taste, circa 1910. Kamelot Auction House image. 

 Lot 825 - pair of Adams style gilt decorated painted mirrors having ribbon garland and oval frames around beveled mirrors, circa 1910. Kamelot Auction House image.

 Lot 362 - enormous estate lot of vintage mid-late 20h century model train items and toys. Kamelot Auction House image.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014 14:43
 

Nova Ars assembles auction of top Italian design Jan. 14

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Friday, 10 January 2014 11:27

Ettore Sottssass consolle Up & Up. Estimate: €5,000-€6,000. Nova Ars Auction image.

ASTI, Italy – On Tuesday, Jan. 14, Nova Ars Auction will sell an interesting design collection of modern Italian art of the 20th century with many ceramics, lamps, chandeliers, glass works and much furniture. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding for the 104-lot auction.

The focus is, as always, on “made in Italy,” with objects by important designers, from Munari to Mangiarotti, from Martinelli to Colombo, without overlooking talents from other countries.

Highlights include an F. Fini and F. Cocchia Azimuth model floor lamp, an Ettore Sottssass console Up & Up, a Proust armchair by Allessandro Mendini, an Alessandro Guerriero table and a Stilnovo ceiling lamp.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Ettore Sottssass consolle Up & Up. Estimate: €5,000-€6,000. Nova Ars Auction image.

Alessandro Guerriero table. Estimate: €7,000-€8,000. Nova Ars Auction image.

Alessandro Mendini, Proust armchair. Estimate: €45,000-€50,000. Nova Ars Auction image.

Stilnovo ceiling lamp with 30 lights. Estimate: €6,000-€7,000. Nova Ars Auction image.

G. Fini and F. Cocchia, floor lamp, Azimuth model. Estimate: €9,000-€10,000. Nova Ars Auction image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 11:41
 

Asian antiques predominant at I.M. Chait auction Jan. 12

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Thursday, 09 January 2014 17:55

I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers will hold an Asian art, antiques and estates auction Sunday, Jan. 12, beginning at 11 a.m. Pacific. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding for the 543-lot auction.

Chinese antiques, ceramics, decorations and bronzes, together with snuff bottles, jadeite, carved ivories and various Chinese bead necklaces from Santa Monica Canyon and Palo Alto, Calif., residences will be offered.

The Asian contents of a Westwood, Calif., residence includes scrolls, ceramics (porcelain and early pottery), scholar's table objects and jewelry.

Buddhist bronzes and objects including Sino-Tibetan, Chinese, Nepalese and Southeast Asian have been consigned from a San Diego estate.

East Coast collections have contributed numerous antique netsuke in ivory and wood, some of which have been illustrated in publications.

European antiques, drawings and lithographs, together with primitive art and furnishings from a Pasadena, Calif., estate will also cross the auction block.

For details phone 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

I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014 11:29
 

Blunderbuss, Ky. rifles & Colts lead Morphy's Jan. 11 Firearms sale

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Thursday, 09 January 2014 14:48

Colt .45 caliber single-action Army 2nd generation Sheriff’s Model revolver. Estimate $8,000-$12,000. Morphy Auctions image.

DENVER, Pa. – Firearms sales featuring both antique and modern guns, edged weapons, ammunition and militaria are among the most popular and heavily attended events on Morphy’s auction roster. On Saturday, January 11 starting at 9 a.m. Eastern Time, Morphy’s will conduct what CEO Dan Morphy predicts will be the company’s "best Firearms sale to date." Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The 633-lot auction, featuring a private collection amassed over a period of 35+ years, boasts more than 450 antique and modern firearms, with subcategories including rifles, shotguns, revolvers and pistols. A selection of more than 100 Colt firearms includes many fine, rare examples. Additionally, more than 50 Smith & Wessons will cross the auction block. Many entries come with letters of authentication (Colt, S & W, Winchester, etc.).

For those who collect earlier firearms, Morphy’s will offer a fine array of Kentucky rifles, English cannon barrel pistols, and 30+ lots of antique ammunition. Additionally, there will be 50+ lots of bayonets, swords and knives; and 50+ lots of miscellaneous military items. As always, there will be desirable firearms available at every price point, so every collector, whether a beginner or advanced collector, will have a chance to bid on something special for their collection.

A top highlight in the antiques portion of the sale is a Revolutionary War-era British blunderbuss dating to the 1750s or 1760s. Possibly the work of John Harvey, the gun’s brass barrel has engraved floral patterns at the breech and is marked "London." According to Morphy’s firearms experts, the blunderbuss may have been a custom-made officer’s piece. It is estimated at $4,000-$7,000.

A prized Samuel Morrison Kentucky rifle was made in Milton, Pa., and is signed "S.M." on the 39-inch full-octagonal, rifled barrel. The rifle is in the same state as when it was made and used, and is accompanied by its hunting bag, horn and full accessories. Estimate: $4,500-$7,500.

Two Colt revolvers stand out among those to be auctioned. A .45 caliber single-action Army 2nd generation, Howard Dove-engraved Sheriff’s Model in very good condition is entered in the sale with a Colt authentication letter. Its estimate is $8,000-$12,000. A reworked .44 caliber 3rd Model Dragoon pistol is estimated at $3,000-$10,000.

For additional information on any item in the sale, call 717-335-3435 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Colt .45 caliber single-action Army 2nd generation Sheriff’s Model revolver. Estimate $8,000-$12,000. Morphy Auctions image. 

Revolutionary War-era British blunderbuss. Estimate $4,000-$7,000. Morphy Auctions image. 

Samuel Morrison Kentucky rifle. Estimate $4,500-$7,500. Morphy Auctions image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 15:00
 

Christo litho among top items at Kaminski auction Jan. 12

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Thursday, 09 January 2014 14:45
Christo, 'Wrapped Trees, Project for Avenue des Champs Elysees, Paris,' color lithograph, signed and dated in pencil,

BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions will offer an outstanding Christo lithograph titled Wrapped Trees, Project for Avenue de Champs Elysees, Paris at a 20th century decorative arts and modern auction Sunday, Jan. 12, which begins at 10 a.m. Eastern. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The beautiful artist’s proof lithograph is descended from Christo and Jean-Claude, prior to her death, as an outright donation benefiting Ovarian Cancer Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Fundraising Auction in 2007.

The work of Christo & Jeanne-Claude has been widely followed, collected and critiqued throughout the last 40 years of the 20th century. The husband and wife team (born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon respectively) met in Paris in 1958 and quickly became inseparable. Shortly thereafter, they began actively working together to fashion outdoor sculptures and temporary large scale, environmental installations. Initially the team worked only under the collective name of "Christo," until it was decided in 1994 that outdoor sculptures and installations should be retroactively referred to as that of "Christo and Jeanne-Claude."

Preparatory drawings, lithographs and collages done only by Christo, which were routinely sold to finance ongoing endeavors, preceded each installation. The aforementioned lithograph is one such preparatory work, differing only in that the original proceeds were donated to charity. Similar preparatory works routinely sell well into the thousands on the secondary market. No project has ever been funded through sponsorship or donations and installations are facilitated through the assistance of hundreds of volunteers.

The finished projects consisted of "wrapping" well-known buildings, landmarks and landscapes such as the shoreline of an island with vast amounts of vibrantly colored fabric. The duo maintained their artistic intent was only to encourage viewers to consider familiar landscapes in new ways while promoting joy and beauty, denying any deeper meaning to their work.

This statement has and continues to incite controversy among art critics and collectors alike, particularly because Christo himself has classified the work as having "legendary character." He attributes this characterization to the vanishing nature of the temporary installations.

One such example was The Gates: Central Park, New York City, which was unveiled on Feb. 12, 2005 after 26 years of preparatory work. Seventy-five hundred saffron colored fabric panels, or "gates" stretched across 23 miles of Central Park and remained for only 16 days, attracting approximately 4 million visitors from across the globe.

Born on the same exact date, June 13, 1935, the couple was close until Jeanne-Claude's sudden death from a brain aneurysm in 2009.

Christo continues to create large-scale installations and exhibits preparatory work regularly in well-known galleries and museums throughout the world. Upcoming exhibits of preparatory, small-scale work can be found at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and Art History from Feb. 16 to May 4, and at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla from Jan. 31 to April 6.

The auction will also feature an array of mid-century modern furniture, sculpture, and contemporary fine art, which predominantly spans the second half of the last century.

Early in the sale, bidders will find a stunning Danish Modern rosewood credenza by Axel Christiansen, design attributed to Gunni Omann, having four sliding doors with beautiful carved handles and signed with an applied foil label on the interior. This lot is preceded by a pair of Hans Wegner designer chairs of solid teak, with leather insets and manufactured by Johannes of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Perhaps among the most exciting of all furnishings are a gorgeous pair of Swedish “Onion” lamps of monumental size featuring a glaze in a sophisticated gray-green hue, original parchment shades and original matching ceramic finials. True design collectors will note additional names on view such as George Nelson for Herman Miller, Arne Norell, Knoll and Plycraft. Sculptural items of note include two bronze works by David Aronson.

Additionally, an obscure item to watch for is attributed to Alexander Calder and is thought to be an exact replica of Jeune Fille et sa Suite (Young Woman and Her Suitors), which Calder was commissioned to construct for the grounds outside the AT&T building located in Detroit during the early 1970s. The likely model, which clearly predates the countrywide transition to “Calder red,” is encased in an acrylic cube bearing an applied label on the exterior that reads “From Michigan Bell General Engineering Department.”

For more information call 978-927-2223.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOT OF NOTE
Christo, 'Wrapped Trees, Project for Avenue des Champs Elysees, Paris,' color lithograph, signed and dated in pencil,
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 15:07
 

Sea captain’s goods launch Pook & Pook sale Jan. 17-18

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Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:32

China Trade oil on canvas portrait of influential Chinese statesman Aison Gioro Keying, circa 1840. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Pook & Pook Inc. image.

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. – Pook & Pook Inc. is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The first auction of 2014 will be Jan. 17-18. On Friday night, the sale features goods from the China Trades shipper Capt. Hall Jackson Tibbits (American 1797-1872). LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Saturday’s sale showcases items from various collections, including Kristina “Barbara” Johnson, the David and Marilyn Levinson Art Education Initiative, Esther L. Hamme, Lucille Keemer, the estate of William Kulp, and various educational institutions.

Friday’s events begin with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. A lecture on China Trade material will be given by William Sargeant, the former curator of Asian Arts at the Peabody Essex Museum, at 5 p.m. Sargeant remains a consultant for this department at the museum. The lecture will tie into the auction of the material from Capt. Hall Jackson Tibbits, which follows at 6 p.m.

Maritime historian W.Z. Gardner characterized Capt. Tibbits as a true “son of the sea.” He went to sea young, with his father who captained a three-masted square rigger running the China Trade route from New York to Canton. At age 24, Tibbits was one of the youngest shipmasters in the China Trade. He owned and commanded several clipper ships, trading tea and silk on a trade route between America, China and South America. This was a lucrative profession in the era from 1830-1860, but not for the faint-hearted. His favorite ship, the Southerner, was built in 1834 in the shipyards of New York.

In 1852, the captain retired at age 55 to a 127-acre farm on Sands Point, Long Island. One of his first projects there being a 90-foot porch fronting the Atlantic Ocean. He brought with him an extensive collection of paintings, furniture and curios from his adventures in China. After his death in 1872, the home remained in the family until 1959 when it was sold. All of his possessions were moved to a descendant’s home and barn in Wading River, N.Y., where it remained until consigned to Pook & Pook Inc. for auction.

Highlights of the captain’s collection include a rare China Trade view of the harbor, Valparaiso, Chile, ca. 1835, (estimate: $20,000-$30,000) and an outstanding China Trade portrait of a Chinese merchant, ca. 1835 (estimate: $15,000-25,000). Found in the barn at Wading River was an important early New York, William & Mary gateleg table, ca. 1730. A China Trade silver mug bears the touch of Khecheong and the monogram of Robert Ellison Tibbits, son of Capt. Tibbits.

Other significant items from the Tibbits collection include paintings attributed to Youqua, sea chests belonging to Tibbits, ivories, porcelains, nautical instruments, silver, portraits of the captain as well as photographic records and book archives.

One of the highlights of the Saturday session are a tremendous variety of hooked rugs, decoys, paintings, and other folk art objects from the collection of Kristina “Barbara” Johnson. In the early 1980s, Johnson assembled one of the largest groups of hooked rugs in the country. Subject matters range from geometric and abstract patterns to animals, maritime scenes, and everything in between. Many of the rugs were exhibited at the Squibb Gallery in Princeton in 1988/89 and pictured in the publication that went along with the exhibit American Classics, Hooked Rugs from the Barbara Johnson Collection. Many of the rugs were subsequently included in other exhibits and publications over the years.

Many duck and fish decoys, carvings, quilts, and other objects are also included.

Also coming across the block on Saturday are Pook & Pook Inc.’s usual array of fine art, interesting American and Continental furniture, folk art and a myriad of accessories. Paintings include works by Ben Austrian, Walter Baum, William Mason Brown, Jacob Eichholtz, Edouard Cortes, John Folinsbee and Haisu Liu.

The fine furniture category is highlighted by 11 tall case clocks, several inlaid and painted blanket chests, Philadelphia and New York easy chairs, Windsor chairs, chests of drawers, and cupboards.

Also offered on Saturday are some interesting lots of metalware and firearms including Paktong candlesticks, New York andirons, a Peter Derr lamp, a weathervane, pistols and revolvers.

Many other unusual and intriguing items are interspersed throughout the sale. Miniature portraits, fine silhouettes, still lifes, pottery, four Harry Bertoia sculptures, American and Georgian silver, a large group of samplers, and more will be offered.

For details call 610-269-4040 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

China Trade oil on canvas portrait of influential Chinese statesman Aison Gioro Keying, circa 1840. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Pook & Pook Inc. image.

China Trade oil on canvas of Capt. Tibbit’s ship ‘Southerner,’ probably depicted off Whampoa anchorage. Estimate: $2,000-$4, 000. Pook & Pook Inc. image.

Hooked rug of a girl riding a big dog, circa 1870, flanked by floral panels. Estimate: $1,200-$1,500. Pook & Pook Inc. image.

New England painted pine blanket chest, inscribed ‘L. Bloy 1830,’ retaining its original vibrant yellow and ochre surface. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Pook & Pook Inc. image.

Pair of monumental China Trade oil on canvas panoramic landscapes, circa 1840, attributed to Youqua (Chinese, active mid-19th century), the first depicting the Hongs at Canton with a bustling harbor scene. The second work shows the opposing shore of the Pearl River and the island of Honam, 35 inches by 80 inches. Estimate: $150,000-$250,000. Pook & Pook Inc. image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 17:42
 

Waverly offers rare maps, atlases, books, personal letters Jan. 16

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‘Polar Bear – Male,’ after J.W. Audubon, color lithograph finished by hand and printed by J.T. Bowen, Philadelphia, 1846. Plate XCL from ‘The Vivaparous Quadrupeds of North America, N.Y., 1845-54. Estimate $1,500-$2,000. Waverly Rare Books image. FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Waverly Auctions’ Jan. 16 Catalog Sale features antique maps, books, atlases and documents from some of the country’s finest private collections. Bidding will commence at 6 p.m., at Quinn’s & Waverly Rare Books’ gallery in Falls Church, Va. (suburban Washington, D.C.), and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

Maps comprise a particularly strong category within the 311-lot auction and are led by Lot 209, a 1632 Gerard Mercator Atlas that is complete with engraved title and 179 maps. The atlas is a cylindrical map projection attributable to Flemish geographer and cartographer Gerardus Mercator. In its day, it became the standard map projection for nautical purposes because of its ability to represent lines of constant course as straight segments, thus conserving the angles with the meridians. The Gerard Mercator Atlas in Waverly’s sale is expected to make $7,000-$10,000.

Lot 226, a Jansson 1649 map of the North Pole, 16 by 20¾ inches, has a highly decorative double-page engraved projection from the Arctic pole, with a profusion of circular directional lines radiating from eight compass roses. The publisher’s cartouche is illustrated with polar bears and archers, and the title cartouche is aloft on a cloud from which winds emanate. Estimate: $700-$1,000. Other important maps include two depicting Virginia. Lot 237, est. 2,000-$3,000, dates from 1627 and is the German version of John Smith’s 1612 Map of Virginia; while Lot 238, est. $900-$1,400, is a double-paged version of the Smith map and was created by Henricus Hondius in 1630.

Illustrated works by Audubon are unsurpassed in their beauty and perennial favorites with collectors. Lot 138, Volume III of “The Quadrupeds of North America, J.J. Audubon and J. Bachman, 1854, contains 55 vignette plates lithographed and hand-colored by J.T. Bowen and Nagel & Winegartner. The illustrations show land mammals in their natural habitats. A first octavo edition, the lot is estimated at $1,200-$1,800.

Lot 139 is a color lithograph after J.W. Audubon of a male polar bear, finished by hand and printed by J.T. Bowen, Philadelphia, in 1846. The plate is from “The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America.” Attractively framed, it measures 18 3/8 by 24 inches (sight) and is estimated at $1,500-$2,000.

Titled “Floral Belles,” Lot 147 is a scarce, limited edition from the Victorian era by Mrs. C.M. Badger. Each of the 16 multicolored plates depicts a type of flower that inspired the accompanying lines of poetry. Printed in 1867 by Charles Scribner & Company, the edition is offered with a $1,500-$2,500 estimate.

Several lots consist of significant works by Charles Dickens. Lot 8, the 32-volume “Writings of Charles Dickens,” includes a check in the amount of “Thirty One Pounds, Six Shillings and Four Pence” made out to “Mess. Dawson, Newman, & Co.” and signed by Charles Dickens on February 2nd, 1866. The set dates to the late 19th or early 20th century and has critical and bibliographical introductions and notes by Edwin Percy Whipple and others. Each book is half red morocco with marbled board and end papers. The lot carries an estimate of $1,500-$2,500.

Of special interest to collectors of children’s books, a 1938 first edition (with dust jacket) of Tasha Tudor’s “Pumpkin Moonshine” represents the beloved New England illustrator/author’s literary debut. Published by Oxford University Press, the desirable title is entered in the sale as Lot 166 with a $1,500-$2,000 estimate.

Letters personally composed or signed by historical figures are always fascinating for the insight they provide into the authors’ private lives. Lot 304, a group lot containing 14 items including both a hand-written note and typed letter signed by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The note to Elizabeth Smith Brownstein, which is written in blue ink on periwinkle blue stock with a matching envelope custom-printed with a Fifth Avenue, New York address, reads: “Dear Elizabeth – I’m not sure if it can have a connection with your series – but the Toni Morrison interview is worth reading. It sets thoughts thinking. Maybe she could narrate the slave cabins episode. We have seen so much of Maya Angelou – and I would love to see Toni Morrison speaking like Shelby Steele. Of course if you’ve just won the Nobel Prize you may be pretty busy! Best always, Jackie.” The typed letter on Doubleday letterhead is dated February 2, 1994 and reads in part: “Dear Ms. Brownstein, Thank you so much for your letter concerning ‘If This House Could Talk’…I feel passionate concern for houses and their history. I see great potential for a book adapted from a television series…” It is personally signed “Sincerely / Jacqueline Onassis.” The lot is estimated at $1,500-$2,500.

Another significant entry is Lot 293, a Napoleon Bonaparte letter written in secretarial hand is addressed “Ou Ministre de la Republique francaise et helvetie” with the French Republican calendar date “floreil an 8” that corresponds to either May 10 or 11, 1799. The framed letter is hand-signed “Bonaparte” and estimated at $1,000-$1,500.

Waverly Rare Books’ January 16, 2014 auction will begin at 6 p.m. Eastern time. The preview begins on January 11 and continues through and including auction day (see website for hours). The gallery is closed on Sundays.

For information on any lot in the sale, call 703-532-5632 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit Waverly Rare Books online at www.quinnsauction.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
‘Polar Bear – Male,’ after J.W. Audubon, color lithograph finished by hand and printed by J.T. Bowen, Philadelphia, 1846. Plate XCL from ‘The Vivaparous Quadrupeds of North America, N.Y., 1845-54. Estimate $1,500-$2,000. Waverly Rare Books image. Charles Dickens 32-volume set with author-signed check. Estimate $1,500-$2,500. Waverly Rare Books image. Bound into Volume 1 of the 32-volume “Writings of Charles Dickens,” a check in the amount of “Thirty One Pounds, Six Shillings and Four Pence” made out to “Mess. Dawson, Newman, & Co.” and signed by Charles Dickens on February 2nd, 1866. Lot estimate: $1,500-$2,500. Waverly Rare Books image. 1632 Gerard Mercator Atlas (sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi et Fabricati Figura…Amsterdami) printed by Sumptibus Johannis Cloppenburgii. Estimate $7,000-$10,000. Waverly Rare Books image. 1630 Henricus Hondius ‘Nova Viginiae Tabula,’ Amsterdam. Double-page engraved map, derivative of John Smith’s important 1612 Map of Virginia but drawn from Henricus’ by-then-deceased brother Jodocus’ 1618 version. Estimate $900-$1,400. Waverly Rare Books image. Signature of Napoleon Bonaparte as seen on May 1799 letter addressed to the Minister of France and Switzerland. Estimate $1,000-$1,500. Waverly Rare Books image. Group lot of 14 items including both a typed letter and hand-written note (as shown) signed by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. In the note to Elizabeth Smith Brownstein, Onassis references an interview with African-American author Toni Morrison. Lot estimate: $1,500-$2,500. Waverly Rare Books image.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 15:00
 

1,300 lots await bidders at Rago unreserved sale Jan. 18-19

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Lot 600 – Charles and Ray Eames/Modernica, ESU cabinet. Estimate: $800-$1,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago Auctions will conduct a 1,300-lot unreserved auction over two days, Saturday, Jan. 18, and Sunday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m. Eastern. None of the lots has a reserve, meaning that the high bid – no matter how low – wins the lot. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

On Saturday, look for 550 lots of early 20th century design decorative arts and furnishings, with pottery by Fulper, George Ohr and Rookwood, furnishings by Stickley and Limbert, Scandinavian furniture and fittings, glass by Tiffany and Galle, and artwork by Chagall and Dali.

Nearly 800 lots of 20th century modern will be sold on Sunday, including furnishings by Nakashima, Evans, Le Corbusier, Eames, contemporary pottery by Scheier, lighting by Stillnovo, artwork by Warhol, glass, rugs and more.

"Rago Unreserved is all about better stuff for less money," said Michael Ingham, who runs the auction. "It's for everyone who thinks they can't afford to buy at auction and have never come into Rago. It's fun. You can buy art and furniture that doesn't come off a big retail assembly line. It's better made than most anything from a chain store and it costs less. Come in early and browse around. If you don't know how to bid at auction, we'll be glad to show you the ropes."

Saturday's sale begins with early 20th century design pottery and furnishings. Famous ceramicists in the sale include Geroge Ohr, Teco, Saturday Evening Girls, North Dakota School of Mines, Rookwood, Roseville, Clifton, Dedham, Van Briggle, and a large single owner collection of Fulper, Weller pottery and bird figurines. Featured is lot 100, a Fulper Effigy bowl, estimated at $400-$600; and lot 43, a massive glazed ceramic vessel by Clement Massier, estimated at $800-$1,200.

Famous early 20th century design furniture makers in the sale include: L. & J.G. Stickley, Gustav Stickley, Stickley Brothers, Limbert, and contemporary Stickley by EJ Audi. Featured is lot 61, a Limbert five-drawer tall chest, estimated at $1,200-$1,600; and lot 62, a Gustav Stickley a trestle library table, estimated at $1,200-$1,800. Also featured is a run of Roseville, including Futura and Sunflower, and many wall pockets. An example is lot 175, a Roseville Futura urn, estimated at $500-$700. There is also much Weller in the sale from the Hudson and Sicard lines. Featured is lot 320, a LaSa Weller tall vase with landscape, estimated at $600-$800. There are also bird figurines by Weller.

Arts and crafts metalware includes candlestands, a centerbowl, and desk sets by Roycroft, Stickley Brothers, Bradley & Hubbard and Tiffany Studios. Featured is lot 339, an assembled Tiffany Studios eight-piece desk set in Zodiac pattern, New York, 1920s, estimated at $800-$1,000; and lot 343, a Bradley & Hubbard cast bronze and slag glass chandelier decorated with grapes and vines on arbor, estimated at $1,000-$1,500.

Amphora in the sale includes Eduard Stellmacher, Imperial, Max Leverrier, Baron Barnstaple, Riessner & Kessel, Stellmacher Co. and Paul Dachsel. Featured is lot 31, a pair of Imperial/Amphora porcelain vases decorated with gilded pheasants, estimated at $600-$800. There is European pottery by Royal Doulton, Wedgwood and Minton, featuring lot 221, a Martin Brothers glazed stoneware cabinet vase with leaf and floral decoration, England, 1879, estimated at $400-$600.

There is glass by Galle, Legras, Daum, Lalique, Tiffany, Quezal, Loetz, Durand, featuring lot 344, a Tiffany Studios Favrile glass coupe, estimated at $600-$800.

Fine Art includes works by famous artists such as Bernard Buffet, Joseph Meirmams, Marc Chagall, Savatore Dali, Raphael Soyer, Faye Swengel Badura and many more. There are prints by Edward S. Curtis, lot 160, two photogravures, Honovi – Walpi Snake Priest, with Totokya Day Painting, 1921, and Antelopes and Snakes at Oraibi, 1921, estimated at $400-$600. There is a notable lot of two paintings by Sondra Lipton, lot 326, Pink Primroses and Lily of Valley, estimated at $1,000-$1,500.

The sale wraps up with over 100 lots of Scandinavian furnishings and fittings. Famous makers include Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Jens Risom, Arne Vodder, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Bruno Mathsson and Kai Kristainsen. Featured Scandinavian pieces include: lot 418, a set of four Wishbone chairs by Hans Wegner/Carl Hansen, estimated at $1,000-$1,500; lot 429, an armchair by Finn Juhl for Baker, estimated at $800-$1,000; and lot 531, a lounge and ottoman by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Asko, estimated at $1,200-$1,800. There is also a stunning selection of smalls, such as lot 465, a 30-piece set of flatware in Fjord pattern by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk, in stainless steel and teak, estimated at $250-$350.

Sunday's auction offers modern furnishings by famous makers Isamu Noguchi, George Nelson, Marcel Breuer, Eero Saarinen; Florence Knoll, Kipp Stewart for Drexel, Pierre Paulin, Vladimir Kagan, Donghia, and several pieces of Baker furniture.

Featured pieces include: lot 600, a Charles and Ray Eames for Modernica ESU cabinet, estimated at $800-$1,000; lot 647, a Harry Bertoia for Knoll pair of Bird chairs with ottomans, estimated at $1,800-$2,400; and lot 726, a pair of D lounge chairs by Paul Frankl, estimated at $1,200-$1,500. There is French furniture in the sale by makers such as Maison Jansen, Eugene Printz, Jean Charles, Roche Bobois, Roger Capron, La Barge, and a wall hanging leather rifle rack by Hermes. Featured pieces by French designers include lot 878, a pair of console tables after Jean Michel Frank for Ecart International, retailed by Ralph Pucci in the 1990s, estimated at $2,500-$3,500; and lot 911, a sectional sofa by Roche Bobois, estimated at $1,000-$1,500.

There are Studio furnishings by George Nakashima, Paul Evans, Silas Seandel, Tom Greene, Harvey Probber, T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings, Milo Baughman, Adrian Pearsall, featuring lot 1177, a pair of lounge chairs attributed to Paul Laszlo, estimated at $1,200-$1,800. Also featured is lot 967, a turtle ottoman by Dimitri Omersa for Abercrombie & Fitch, estimated at $600-$800; and a Boris Tabacoff mantel clock, lot 904, estimated at $300-$500.

Contemporary pottery highlights include lot 832, a set of three graduated bottles with abstract motif by Bruno Gambone, estimated at $700-$900; and lot 833, two large pitchers by Guido Gambone, estimated at $1,500-$2,000. Other featured pieces include Lot 1090, a Jury Smith "Scope" earthenware sculpture, estimated at $400-$600; and lot 651, an Edwin and Mary Scheier tall footed coupe with peeking figures, estimated at $1,800-$2,200.

Fine art includes works by Jean Arp, Jerry Okimoto, Louise Nevelson, Miguel Berrocal puzzle sculptures, Feliciano Bejar, Andy Warhol, Mel Ramos, Peter Max, Jim Dine and Larry Rivers. Featured is lot 793, two screenprints by Theodoros S. Stamos, estimated at $600-$800; lot 947, Victor Vasarely, untitled screenprint in colors, estimated at $400-$600; and lot 962, a freestanding alligator sculpture by Donald Drumm, estimated at $600-$800.

There is lighting by Stilnovo, Camer, Maison Jansen, Gaetano Sciolari, and Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte. Featured is lot 1045, a Martine Bedin/Memphis "Super Lamp" estimated at $500-$700. There is a notable lot of jewelry by Line Vautrin, estimated at $1,200-$1,800, and Lino Sabattini silver-plated pieces, estimated at $400-600.

Consignments are invited for all Rago's Auctions. Phone 609-397-9374 or email to 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 600 – Charles and Ray Eames/Modernica, ESU cabinet. Estimate: $800-$1,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 100 – a Fulper, effigy bowl in Chinese blue flambé and wistaria glazes. Estimate: $400-$600. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 43 – massive glazed ceramic vessel by Clement Massier. Estimate: $800-$1,200. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 61 – Limbert five-drawer tall chest. Estimate: $1,200-$1,600. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 320 – LaSa Weller tall vase decorated with landscape. Estimate: $600-$800. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 343 – Bradley & Hubbard cast bronze and slag glass chandelier. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 647 – Harry Bertoia/Knoll, pair of Bird chairs with ottomans. Estimate: $1,800-$2,400. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Lot 1045 – Martine Bedin/Memphis, Super Lamp. Estimate: $500-$700. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:37
 

Estates enhance Auction Gallery of Palm Beaches sale Jan. 13-14

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Lot 362 – Marc Chagall, ‘Woman with Basket of Flowers.’ Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. image.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. will conduct an auction Monday, Jan. 13, and Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. The two-session auction is featured with an outstanding selection of consignments of antiques and fine art. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Property that will be included is from a woman’s estate in Hobe Sound, Fla.; a fine art collection from Vincent Lloyd of Fort Pierce, Fla.; a collection of fine art from a Boynton Beach home that includes over 16 Marc Chagall prints and other modern masters; fine antiques and bronzes from a Boca Raton, Fla., residence; antiques and a miniature clock collection from a man from Delray Beach, Fla.; Chinese and Asian objets d’art including jade, ivory and cloisonné from a man in Ocala, Fla.; collection of antique firearms formerly from the collection of Eddie Reider of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Sarasota, Fla.; contemporary glass from a Boca Raton home; and so much more from South Florida and the Palm Beaches.

An amazing collection of antique firearms and shooting weapons is featured in the Winter Estates Auction. Eddie Reider was a well-known gun collector, who sold the bulk of his collection many years ago. The collection is consigned by his daughter, who has decided to sell the last of his collection. Some of the pieces in the collection are illustrated in the book Firearms Curiosa by Lewis Winant, which has become the collector’s bible for unusual collectible shooting weapons. There are weapons that shoot from canes and swords, as well as, rifles and pistols, and a shooting baton and fantasy items. Highlighting the collection is Lot 367, a rare powder tester flintlock gun, circa 1790, with the proof stamp on the lock plate.

The auction is highlighted by a collection of 16 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) etchings and lithographs. This is a large offering of the artist’s graphic works so collectors will have a wide selection to choose from. Included is Lot 362, Woman with Basket of Fruit and Lot 429, Painter with Hat, both having good color and subjects. Additionally, from this collection of art, Lot 80, a Henri Matisse rare lithograph, Le Repos du Modele, circa 1926, and has a provenance of Jacques Frapier, Paris art dealer of the artist. The image is of a nude odalisque reclining in a boudoir, her eyes firmly on the viewer. The lithograph is pencil signed and has the art dealer’s blindstamp on the paper. The collection has works by Picasso, Dali, Rouault, Villon and Miro.

A fine selection of paintings will be offered including Lot 470, a watercolor by important American artist Maurice Prendergast (1858-1924), titled The Terrace, depicting three women in a café. The color and brushwork is loose and flowing. The painting is listed in the artist’s catalog raisonee. An important painting by the Maqbul F. Husain (1915-2011), Lot 471 of Horses in the Moonlight painted in the early ’90s. The artist started his career painting posters for the Indian cinema and rose to become the “Picasso of India.” The painting is estimated at $40,000-60,000. Lot 414 is an English sporting painting by John E. Ferneley (1782-1860) of The Melton Hunt with Sir Harry Goodrich and Sir George Mountford with the Quorn Hounds. The Quorn Hounds is one of England’s oldest fox hunting packs. The painting is a sketch for a larger work by the artist. Additionally, there are over 15 English portraits from the 18th and 19th century from an attorney in Fort Pierce, Fla.

Chinese objects are featured with Lot 439, a well-cast bronze double gourd jeweled vase. The vase in “Yuanmingyuan” is a melding of the Eastern and Western styles in Chinese art between 1920-1940. The stones are paste, simulating rubies, sapphires and emeralds. It stands 11 inches high and has the “Da Ji” symbols for luck. In the Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches’ sale on Oct. 28, another similar jeweled vase sold for $42,500. The vase is estimated at $15,000-$20,000. There will also be some fine white jades, 18th century porcelains, silver and bronze objects.

A good selection of French miniature clocks are being sold from a Delray Beach collection. A variety of clocks are enameled painted and many have ormolu mountings. There is some travel clocks and pocket watches included.

The sale has several lots of American studio glass. Lot 141 is a two-piece Persian pattern glass by Seattle artist Dale Chihuly. The glass is in a purple coloration that makes it really stand out. Other lots by Kenny Carder, Michael Pavlik, John Breckke will be included. Additionally, there will be Meissen, Lalique, fine China sets, bronzes, glass objects and clocks.

For information and details contact the gallery at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 561-805-7115.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Lot 362 – Marc Chagall, ‘Woman with Basket of Flowers.’ Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. image.

Lot 367 – rare ‘powder tester’ flintlock gun, circa 1790. Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. image.

Lot 80 – Henri Matisse, ‘Le Repos du Modele.’ Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. image.

Lot 470 – Maurice Prendergast, ‘The Terrace.’ Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. image.

Lot 439 – Chinese gilt bronze Da Ji vase. Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 14:19
 

Tribal and fine art to be offered at Beaux Auctions, Jan. 25

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Diego Rivera (México 1886-1957) watercolor. Beaux Auctions image.

MIAMI – Important and rare treasures will be featured in the first sale of 2014 for Beaux Auctions, its fine art and artifacts auction taking place on Jan. 25. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Beaux Auctions has the unique privilege of bringing to auction excellent specimens from the Suarez Museum Collection. Headlining this sale is the only taxidermy albino alligator in existence. Albino alligators have an estimated survival rate of only 24 hours in the wild due to their sensitivity to direct UV radiation and because their white color makes camouflage impossible. This animal was pen-raised and died of natural causes. It is an adult male, 91 inches long. Although this animal is priceless, an estimate of $100,000-$150,000 has been placed on it.

The other main feature from the Suarez collection is an African lion ranked No. 1 by Safari Club International among collectors. This is an excellent museum-quality lifelike mount and has been estimated at $60,000-$80,000. There are several other outstanding animals from the collection that will also come up for auction. This is the first time specimens from the Suarez Museum Collection have appeared at auction.

The auction also includes a collection of African antiques, most importantly a rare 19th century Chokwe African mwana pwo mask. It is a ceremonial mwana pwo (meaning: perfect young woman ready for marriage) chikunga ritual dancing mask of the south Congolese Chokwe people. In the Chokwe tradition, these were prized ceremonial masks donned by male dancers as a symbolic caricature of a beautiful young woman, adorned with tattoos, earrings and an elaborate coiffure, to honor the founding female ancestor of the lineage. This mask is estimated at $40,000-$60,000. There is a second superb Chokwe African mwana pwo mask in the sale, from the first quarter of the 20th century. This mask has an estimate of $15,000-$20,000. These are two exceptional masks.

Beaux Auctions is known for having a strong fine art component, and this sale is no different. Danza afrocubana by Cuban artist Mario Carreño will be up for auction with an estimate of $30,000-$35,000. An original watercolor by Mexican artist Diego Rivera, one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, is estimated at $20,000-$40,000. Wifredo Lam, one of the most sought-after Latin American artists today, is also represented in the sale. Figura by Lam has been estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

Works of art by Joaquin Torres Garcia, Carlos Cruz Diez, Jeff Koons, Henry Moore, Salvador Dali, Jean Dubuffet and Alexander Calder will also be featured in this auction.

Pre-Columbian pieces, ivory, and antique European documents will also form part of the inventory for this January sale.

For additional information on any lot in the sale email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 877-572-1708.

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

Diego Rivera (México 1886-1957) watercolor. Beaux Auctions image.

Taxidermy American albino alligator. Beaux Auctions image.

African lion, adult male. Beaux Auctions image.

Superb Chokwe African mwana pwo mask. Beaux Auctions image.

Rare 19th century Chokwe African mwana pwo mask. Beaux Auctions image.

Rare large Pre-Columbian Colima Shaman guardian figural funerary vessel. Beaux Auctions image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 11:01
 

Works by top photographers at Clars auction Jan. 11-12

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On Sunday, Jan. 12, Clars will offer the extensive photography collection of David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg of Chicago. Pictured here is ‘Revenge of the Goldfish,’ 1981, cibachrome print, 30 x 40 inches by Sandy Skoglund (American, b. 1946). Clars Auction Gallery image.

OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars’ will host their first sale of 2014 on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 11-12, with an exceptional selection of fine art, decoratives and furnishings, Asian offerings and fine and estate jewelry. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding on Sunday.

Of particular note will be the life-long collection of photography from David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg of Chicago. Ruttenberg was a premier real estate developer and an avid art collector, but he was also deeply committed to Chicago itself, spearheading movements to redevelop and renovate historic neighborhoods and properties that remain the core of the city’s culture. He and his wife, Sarajean, were responsible for developing the many important gallery districts that thrive today throughout the city. The Ruttenbergs began collecting photography in the 1970s, eventually amassing a collection of several thousand works by some of the finest photographers from around the world.

On Sunday, Jan. 12, Clars will offer this vast collection featuring the works of Berenice Abbott, David F. Barry, Wynn Bullock, Judy Coleman, Stephane Courturier, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Curtis, Jan Dibbets, Walker Evans, Louise Faurer, Neil Folberg, George Hurrell, Nathan Lerner, Barbara Morgan, Rhondal McKinney, Wright Morris, Tetsu Okuhara, Douglas Prince, Sabastiao Salgado, Aaron Siskind, Neal Slavin, Sandy Skogland, Paul Strand, Jerry Uelsmann, Andre Villers, Weegee, William Wegman, Brett Weston, Gary Winogrand, Jay P. Volke, Max Yavno and many more.

From an important Reno, Nev., estate, will be a large collection of art glass including Lalique, Murano and Lundberg Studios and an impressive collection of 25 lots of Burmese silver bowls. Also to be offered will be 18th and 19th century Meissen plates including a Kaikemon decorated example and a set of 12 German hand-painted porcelain cabinet plates, late 19th century, form the Franz Xavier Tallmaier Studio (estimate $4,000 to $6,000).

In furniture, the highlights will be an Aesthetic sideboard attributed to Herter Brothers, New York, circa 1880, and a French ladies writing desk having Sevres-style porcelain plaques will be offered.

The Saturday session will feature an outstanding selection of Hermes and Gucci scarves, handbags and leather accessories. Also on Saturday, a large collection of vintage lunchboxes, vintage pharmaceuticals bottles and American art pottery will be offered.

Weighing in at approximately 150 to 200 pounds will be a large collection of silver bullion including U.S. Morgan Dollars, Peace Dollars, Franklin and Kennedy half-dollars and pre-1964 coins.

The Asian category will offer a selection of ceramics including 18th century Chinese export porcelain teapots, Famille Rose enameled vases and jars, along with monochrome pieces as well. As for jades, there is a pair of belt hooks carved with dragons, a small ornament with a child mounted on an elephant, and various toggles of zoomorph and plant form. In addition, there will be snuff bottles including jade, agate and inside painted glass bottles.

Jade and timepieces will highlight the jewelry category in January. For the gentlemen, a large jadeite (24.7 x 17mm) and 18K gold ring will be offered as will two rare wristwatches, the first an Audemars Piguet jump hour 18K gold rectangular watch, circa 1929 and a circa 1947 Rolex stainless steel chronograph watch.

For the ladies, the highlight will be a beautiful pair of jade centered 18K yellow gold earrings surrounded by diamonds.

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

On Sunday, Jan. 12, Clars will offer the extensive photography collection of David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg of Chicago. Pictured here is ‘Revenge of the Goldfish,’ 1981, cibachrome print, 30 x 40 inches by Sandy Skoglund (American, b. 1946). Clars Auction Gallery image.

Meissen plates will be offered including a Kaikemon decorated example. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Weighing approximately 150 to 200 pounds will be this large collection of silver bullion including Morgan Dollars, Peace Dollars, Franklin and Kennedy half-dollars and pre-1964 coins. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This large jadeite (24.7 x 17mm) and 18K gold ring will be offered as a highlight in the jewelry category. Clars Auction Gallery image.

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Jan. 11: Palm Beach Modern to auction Lagerfeld+Liz fashion archive

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A Karl Lagerfeld for Tiziani design evocative of Lagerfeld’s earliest days as a designer. He had not yet developed his signature sketching style, which later would evolve to including finished makeup, detailed hat, etc. A board member from Versace who saw this sketch said, “The Met should be cataloging this. This is from the period when Lagerfeld and so many of the greats were just getting started, like St. Laurent, Versace, etc.” From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Karl Otto Lagerfeld is a fashion legend. As head designer and creative director for both Chanel and Fendi, not to mention the mastermind of his own premier label, Lagerfeld’s creations are a staple in the wardrobes of wealthy trendsetters the world over. But few may realize how instrumental Karl Lagerfeld was in transitioning couture to the mainstream in the 1960s.

It was Lagerfeld who, nearly half a century ago, helped launch the designer ready-to-wear concept while still a young and evolving designer with the House of Tiziani in Rome. The historical connection between Lagerfeld and the beginning of designer ready-to-wear has never been widely acknowledged, but a 50-year-old archive to be auctioned Saturday, January 11th in West Palm Beach tells the story in stunning visual detail. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

“This 1960s archive, which was maintained by the founder of Tiziani, Evan ‘Buddy’ Richards (1924-1994), has been passed down through consecutive estates and is absolutely unique,” said auctioneer Rico Baca of Palm Beach Modern Auctions, the company conducting the sale. “It contains Lagerfeld sketchbooks – some showing entire ready-to-wear lines for a season – hundreds of individual sketches by Lagerfeld and other Tiziani designers, hundreds of photos of couture shows, and several signed photos and personal notes from Elizabeth Taylor to Tiziani.” The collection’s piece de resistance, a Tiziani coral gown with feathered cape, is matched to the original, pre-production sketch. The sale also includes four other pieces of Tiziani couture – three dresses and a beaded top – plus four Mary McFadden couture garments and a mod-style Kiki Hart pantsuit.

Tiziani designed for European royalty and other very wealthy women, including Gina Lollobrigida, Debbie Reynolds, Doris Duke and Princess Marcella Borghese. The label was a particular favorite of Elizabeth Taylor’s. During the years that Lagerfeld designed for Tiziani Roma under the mentorship of Richards – a Texas-born opera singer turned couturier – a close personal and working relationship developed between the three individuals. Taylor even chose Tiziani to design her wardrobe for at least three major motion pictures.

The intimate friendship between “Tizi” and Taylor was revealed in a Nov. 19, 1966 Washington Post News Service article, in which the couturier described a party he was planning at his new apartment in Rome. Richards stated the guests of honor would be “two of [his] favorite people – Elizabeth Taylor and her husband, Richard Burton.” In the article he goes on to say that he is “doing the clothes for Miss Taylor’s new picture (Reflections in a Golden Eye),” but notes that Taylor is unhappy with the skirt length dictated by the film’s postwar timeframe.

“The picture takes place in 1948, when we had that horrible length,” Tiziani told reporter Winzola McLendon, adding that Taylor preferred her skirts “at least 1½ inches above the knee.”

No such problem existed with the designs Tiziani created for Taylor’s personal wardrobe. As the sketches to be auctioned attest, Taylor was right on trend with her fashion choices, whether miniskirts or maxi dresses. Some of the drawings are clearly marked as being for “Elizabeth Taylor Burton.”

The Tiziani archive fills a nebulous gap in fashion history. “It answers the question, ‘How and under what circumstances did couture make the leap to mainstream retail?’” said Baca. “Evan Richards and his brilliant designer Karl Lagerfeld were right at the forefront. Richards had grown weary of his couture designs being purchased, taken apart and copied line for line by top department stores in New York. Eventually, he thought, ‘Why shouldn’t we be the ones selling our designs as ready-to-wear?’ That was the beginning of it all.”

The importance of the Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz archive has been recognized in no uncertain terms by fashion-industry moguls who’ve previewed its contents. “Those who have seen it have become very excited and have had the same sort of reaction a jeweler might have when examining a rare and famous gem for the first time,” Baca said. “One person, who is on the board of a top design house, said he thinks the archive belongs in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s fashion collection. Another said they felt it should be the subject of a video documentary. But what makes this grouping of items so unusual is that it crosses so many areas of interest. It’s historical, it has a unique connection to the last great Hollywood star, Elizabeth Taylor; and it’s also art. Many are going to view the Lagerfeld sketchbooks and sketches as art first, fashion second.”

The archive will be offered in approximately 400 auction lots, complemented by 100 lots of select designer furniture and decorative art from the mid-century era. The auction will open with approximately 200 sketches and photos, followed by the furniture/art, and conclude with the archival sketchbooks and hundreds of drawings. Actual fashions will be interspersed throughout the day.

The Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction will commence at 12 noon ET on Sat., Jan. 11, 2014. The exhibition center and auction venue is located at 417 Bunker Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33405. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.com.

A cocktail party preview benefiting the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens will be held at the Palm Beach Modern Auctions exhibition center (address shown above) on Thursday, January 9th, commencing at 5 p.m. A $25 donation is suggested although not required. RSVP appreciated; tel. Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens at 561-832-5328 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Palm Beach Modern Auctions has contributed a Karl Lagerfeld original sketch as the door prize for the event.

For additional information on any item in the auction, call 561-586-5500, 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

A Karl Lagerfeld for Tiziani design evocative of Lagerfeld’s earliest days as a designer. He had not yet developed his signature sketching style, which later would evolve to including finished makeup, detailed hat, etc. A board member from Versace who saw this sketch said, “The Met should be cataloging this. This is from the period when Lagerfeld and so many of the greats were just getting started, like St. Laurent, Versace, etc.” From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Design for dress by Tiziani, with attached fabric swatch, signed by Karl Lagerfeld and noted as being for Elizabeth Taylor. Inset detail sketch shows back of dress. From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Many of the archive boxes are marked “Karl.” From one of those boxes came this design of an ankle-length 1960s-style Mod-pattern dress. Quite a few of Lagerfeld’s designs featured this model with chic, blunt-cut bouffant hair. From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Tiziani beaded coral gown with long feathered cape, offered with matching original sketch (not shown). From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Mini dress on same model, from box of sketches marked “Karl.” From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Signed photo from Liz to Tiziani says: “To darling Evan with much love. As always, Elizabeth.” From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Sketch of maxi dress marked for “Elizabeth Taylor Burton,” from box of sketches marked “Karl.” From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Model Jean Shrimpton with Tiziani (Evan Richards). From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Model Jean Shrimpton with Tiziani (Evan Richards). From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Stamp on back of photos of Jean Shrimpton and Tiziani. From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Letter on Grand Hotel Roma stationery that Elizabeth Taylor sent from Salzburg to Evan Richards (“Tiziani”) on Jan. 2, 1968, wishing him well on his new collection. From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

March 17, 1972 list of outfits (with prices) selected for Ohrbach’s Paris-Rome couture shows, with designs by Tiziani as well as Chanel, Valentino, Chanel, Givenchy, YSL, etc. List is followed by a press release from Ohrbach’s. From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 18:18
 

Cowan's Auctions to sell collection of Buffalo Bill family photos, Jan. 31

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Cody family photo album including personal and professional portraits, photos of Wild West Shows and Western scenery. Estimate $8,000/$10,000. Cowan's Auctions image.

CINCINNATI — Cowan’s Auctions, Inc. will host the Patsy Garlow Collection of Cody Family Photographs on Jan. 31, 2014, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. The auction consists of over 200 lots of personal Cody family photographs documenting the showman’s life. Rare family albums and individual photos of Cody’s career with the “Wild West” shows he popularized and promoted will be offered in this extraordinary collection. The Garlow collection is considered the largest privately held collection of Buffalo Bill photographs in existence, and outside of the collection held by the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, is unmatched in its scope.

William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody (1846-1917) was an American soldier, Western scout, buffalo hunter and most notably, a showman. Cody founded the “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show” in North Platte, Nebraska in 1883. His Wild West shows toured North America and Europe for decades until his death in 1917.

The majority of the items included in the January 31 auction passed down directly through  in the family of William F. Cody's daughter, Irma Louise Cody Garlow (1884-1918). Irma married Frederick Harrison Garlow Sr and had three children: Frederick Harrison Garlow Jr, William Joseph Garlow, and Jane Cody Garlow Hallehan-Keane. When their parents died two days apart in the influenza pandemic of 1918, their grandmother, Louisa Cody, raised the three children. Fred Garlow Jr married Margaret Sutherland and they had two children: Patricia Ann Garlow (b. 1948) and Mark Frederick Garlow (b. 1952). Most of these items were in the possession of Patricia (Patsy) Ann Garlow’s family, Buffalo Bills’ direct great-granddaughter. From the 1960s to the late 1990s, the items in the collection were on loan to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming.

One of the featured items in the sale is a Cody family photograph album, including 301 personal and professional portraits; and photos of Wild West Show performers and Western scenery (est. $8,000/$10,000). Another lot, consisting of two albums of William F. Cody at Leisure, compiled and presented by the illustrator R. Farrington Elwell, is expected to sell for $6,000/$8,000.

Other exceptional photographs in the auction include three large-format photographs by Grabill of Indian Chiefs and U.S. officials, including William F. Cody at Wounded Knee. These three photographs will be offered as lot numbers 11, 12 and 13. All three are expected to bring $1,000/$1,500 each at auction.

Many of the images in the sale demonstrate how popular and well-traveled Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show really was. A photograph of the Wild West Show in Naples, Italy, pictured at the foot of Mount Vesuvius is estimated to bring $1,500/$2,500, a large-format portrait of Buffalo Bill Cody in Bath, England, by Walter G. Lewis is expected to sell for $1,000/$1,500; an image of Buffalo Bill Cody meeting the Shah of Persia at a performance in Vichy, France in 1905 is estimated at $800/$1,200; and an exceptional series of four photographs of Buffalo Bill and Wild West Show Indians overlooking the Pacific Ocean from the Cliff House in San Francisco is estimated at $2,500/$3,500.

The January 31st sale includes photographs of William Cody all the way up until his death on January 10th, 1917. Two of the last photographs of Cody, taken five days before his death, with his doctor at Glenwood Springs, Colorado, will hit the auction block with individual estimates of $600/$800.

Additional notable lots include a poster titled “The Life of Buffalo Bill in 3 Reels,” which is estimated to bring $3,000/$5,000; a hat worn by W.F. Cody and given to a Wild West Show advance agent, which is expected to sell for $1,500/$2,500, and a film reel titled “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show: A Grand Review,” which is estimated at $1,000/$1,500.

For more information about the auction call Matt Chapman at 513-871-1670, ext. 216.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Cody family photo album including personal and professional portraits, photos of Wild West Shows and Western scenery. Estimate $8,000/$10,000. Cowan's Auctions image.

Two albums of 'William F. Cody at Leisure, Compiled and Presented by Illustrator R. Farrington Elwell.' Estimate $6,000/$8,000. Cowan's Auctions image.

Indian Chiefs and U.S. officials, including William F. Cody, at Wounded Knee. Large-format photograph by Grabill (1 of 3). Estimate $1,000/$1,500. Cowan's Auctions image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 13:24
 

Lavish array of silver, jewelry & art in Stephenson's Jan. 1-2 auction

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Friday, 20 December 2013 15:51
Examples from a collection of Wedgwood to be offered in 60 lots. Stephenson's Auctioneers image. PHILA., Pa. – Stephenson’s most anticipated auction of the year is their big New Year’s event held at the company's suburban-Philadelphia gallery in Southampton, Pa. Traditionally, their first auction of the year – which in 2014 will take place on Jan. 1 and 2 – is known not only for its premier estate antiques and art, but also the unexpected treasures set aside throughout the year for inclusion in the New Year’s sale. As always, Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Collectors will want to give the succession of nearly 700 auction lots their full attention, as this is a sale whose level of quality is consistent throughout. The Wednesday session of decorative art and “smalls” contains an exceptional collection of 18th, 19th and 20th-century Wedgwood from the estate of Edgar “Ned” Simmons Jr. of Philadelphia. Most of the 50 pieces to be auctioned are Jasper dip, meaning they were created using a technique in which solid white forms are dipped into colored clay to impart particular colors or combinations of colors.

“We sold a portion of the Simmons estate a few years ago. The Jasperware was retained and stored at the Churchville, Pennsylvania home of Mr. Simmons’ parents, who are now deceased,” explained Stephenson’s owner, Cindy Stephenson. “It’s a very nice collection that includes some Jasper tri-color, some beautiful mini medallions and other Wedgwood.” Also from the Simmons estate comes some drabware, creamware and Lalique.

More than 70 lots of choice Indo-Persian silver – all from a single-owner collection – are entered in the opening session. Leading the gleaming array is an elegant 5-piece, .900-silver tea and coffee service decorated in heavy repousse style. Another top lot is a .900-silver centerpiece with liner signed “M. Tariliyan.” The Wednesday session also includes English and Chinese export silver.

If Santa wasn’t as generous as he should have been this Christmas, there will be many opportunities for gift-givers to make amends, starting with a superb 1920s platinum jabot pin resplendent with cabochon emeralds, pink sapphires, oval blue sapphires and 17 mine-cut diamonds. The brooch is expected to realize $4,000-$6,000. A gold pocket watch and many other pieces of fine jewelry, some of them late entries, will cross the auction block, as well.

A Manhattan estate was the source for some of the jewelry, furniture and art in the sale. It also produced a special luxury highlight for the ladies: several coveted Judith Leiber purses (rhinestone, faux-reptile, velvet, etc.), plus an 18in pearl necklace with jeweled clasp and pair of cased reading glasses, also by the revered New York designer.

The Thursday, January 2nd session will present a strong selection of art crossing many genres. There are two Edmund Coates (American, 1816-1871) Hudson River School pastorals that came from a Princeton, New Jersey estate. One of the paintings depicts ice skaters; the other is a landscape of the Lower Hudson River Valley showing farmers cutting wheat in a field.

A Philadelphia man who decided to deaccession some of the paintings in his vast collection selected several prized works for inclusion in Stephenson’s New Year’s Auction, knowing that the sale is a perennial drawcard for art buyers in the tri-state area. Within the grouping of 10 paintings he consigned is an appealing E.I. (Eanger Irving) Couse oil on canvas depicting a Native American with a patterned blanket in earth tones.

“Couse is a significant Taos school artist,” said Stephenson. “He was a founding member and first president of the Taos Society of Artists, and his work is highly sought after.”

A 1992 serigraph by noted pop artist Alex Katz (American, b. 1927-) is titled “Gray Day” is listed in the artist’s online catalogue raisonne. From an edition of 75, the work is appropriately presented in a modern floating frame.

The art section also includes five John Lear paintings, a Paul Gorka oil-on-canvas surrealist landscape, a David True mixed-media abstract, and a Jack Barnett oil on canvas of reclining nudes.

Also awaiting bidders are furniture – including fine inlaid designs from a Manhattan estate – clocks, lamps and a few hand-tied rugs. Of all the furnishings, the pieces that have drawn the most attention during the run-up to the sale have been the paint-decorated chests-of-drawers by Julia Gray Ltd. New York. “Every decorator who has walked into the gallery has gravitated to the pair immediately,” said Stephenson. “They’re from the 1960s or ’70s and have that stylish Hamptons look, with faux-marble tops and fancy paintwork.”

Another highlight from the aforementioned Princeton estate is a Handel floor lamp with reverse-painted shade. Of dome form, the shade is a mustard color with a black band and floral motif.

The auction is rounded out with primitives, stoneware crocks, Canton china, and a collection of World War II daggers and knives in sheaths.

Stephenson’s Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 1-2, 2014 New Year’s Auction will commence at 10 a.m. Eastern Time at the company’s gallery located at 1005 Industrial Blvd., Southampton (Greater Philadelphia), PA 18966. Inspection is on Monday, Dec. 30 from 3-6 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 1-6 p.m.; and from 9-10 a.m. prior to the auction sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 1 and 2.

For additional information on any lot in the sale, call Cindy Stephenson at 215-322-6182 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Examples from a collection of Wedgwood to be offered in 60 lots. Stephenson's Auctioneers image. Alex Katz 1992 screenprint 'Gray Day,' 37/75. Stephenson's Auctioneers image. Pair of Julia Gray Ltd. paint-decorated chests-of-drawers. Stephenson's Auctioneers image. French platinum, emerald, diamond and sapphire jabot pin. Stephenson's Auctioneers image. Indo-Persian .900 silver tea and coffee service. Stephenson's Auctioneers image. One of two Edmund Coates (Hudson River School) oil-on-canvas landscapes to be auctioned. Stephenson's Auctioneers image. Examples from a collection of World War II military daggers and bayonets. Stephenson's Auctioneers image. E.I. Couse oil on canvas painting of Native-American with colorful blanket. Stephenson's Auctioneers image. Ornate .900 silver centerpiece with .900 silver liner and accompanying miniature. Stephenson's Auctioneers image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 11:04
 

Indian baskets, Southern folk art lead John Coker's Jan. 4 auction

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Friday, 20 December 2013 12:00
Two men’s gold Rolex wristwatches (left and right) and an 18K gold Tiffany pocket watch. John W. Coker Auctions image. NEW MARKET, Tenn. – An old Tennessee estate that includes collections of important antique Indian baskets and Southern folk art serves as the centerpiece of John W. Coker’s Jan. 4, 2014 New Year’s Auction. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.

“As we delved into the contents of this estate, it very quickly became evident to us that the owner had the heart of a collector and the eye of a knowledgeable buyer. This is by no means an average estate,” said auction company owner and principal auctioneer John W. Coker.

More than 125 Cherokee Indian baskets display a pleasing variety of forms and intricate patterns, some incorporating color. They are joined by a selection of beautiful Western Indian baskets whose motifs feature human and deer figures. Still others are woven in sophisticated abstract patterns. A particular highlight is a tightly woven 1880-1900 olla.

“It is highly unusual to encounter a collection of Indian baskets whose contents are of such consistently high artistic quality and condition throughout,” Coker observed. “This grouping comes from a well-known private collector of Indian baskets whom it would be safe to say is ‘legendary’ in these parts. Their collection includes some marvelous forms and designs. I think collectors are going to be very excited about the opportunities here.”

An abundance of Southern folk art pottery and stoneware includes designs by M.P. Harmon of Mohawk, Tennessee; and William Long of Crawford County, Georgia; as well as rare Tennessee pots by W.W. McFarland and Hull Mohawk. Also to be auctioned is a large collection of impressively sized, highly expressive Southern “ugly” face jugs. Each is a well-detailed, distinctive work of art; some with craggy, applied teeth visible from their smiling mouths.

An outstanding textile, an 1824 Pennsylvania Dutch bordered cross-stitch sampler by Susanna Thomas, is richly hand-decorated with doves, flowers, trees, butterflies, bowls of fruit, and many additional embellishments. Its motto reads: “This work in hand my friends may have / When I am dead and in my grave / And when my work each time you see / With fond remembrance think on me.” At the bottom it is hand-stitched “Susanna Thomas’s Work made in the 17th year of her age 1824.”

More than 60 pieces are included in a collection of early glass candy containers. Rare forms, some with paint or metal components, include a handled handbag, red-suited Santa standing next to a chimney, rocking horse, Chinese man, Charlie Chaplin, and a large rabbit upright on its haunches. A well-detailed windmill retains its original red, white and blue metal “pinwheel” topper with windmill blades and accessory piece marked “Teddy.”

Two fine men’s gold Rolex watches will be offered, one of them an Oyster Perpetual Date model. Joining them is an especially fine 18K gold Tiffany pocket watch.

The top ephemera lot is an 1865 document hand-signed by President Andrew Johnson in which he pardons a man named Jerry Cowles of Macon, Georgia. It is presented in a beveled dark-wood frame that may be the original.

A framed newspaper color panel cartoon from the Saturday, August 6, 1904 Evening Chronicle (city not known) is titled “How the Coonville Ball Team Won Out.” Its theme would interest collectors of either early baseball-related material or black Americana.

An abstract artwork of note is an original 1934 nautical watercolor by Expressionist artist Lyonel Feininger (German/American, 1871-1956). Depicting a ship at sea with all masts facing the wind, the work is signed by Feininger at lower left. Feininger was a versatile artist with a background as an illustrator and cartoonist.

“Many who were not previously aware of his work realized his importance as an artist when the Whitney Museum of American Art hosted a major Feininger retrospective in 2011,” said Coker.

Three large dovetailed blanket chests hold what appears to be an untapped trove of antique and vintage toys and cruise ship mementos, Coker said. “These chests belonged to a family that traveled extensively and always brought back toys from Europe. We haven’t even begun to delve into the contents, but it all looks very intriguing,” he said. The blanket chests will be auctioned separately from the goods they hold.

A final collection of note consists of late 19th and early 20th century decorative and utilitarian objects from the rustic Glentonian Bar in Lock Haven, Pa. Located in north-central Pennsylvania’s canal country, the Glentonian served a clientele that included loggers, boatmen and others who traveled the West Branch Canal of the Susquehanna River. Held in the same family for over a century, the collection runs the gamut from pickle crocks to barware and signs.

John W. Coker’s January 4 auction will be held at the Coker gallery located at 1511 W. Route 11-E in New Market, Tennessee, outside Knoxville. The opening session will commence at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. A 45-minute to 1-hour intermission will precede a 3 p.m. session devoted exclusively to the Indian basket collection.

For information on any item in the sale or to arrange a phone line, call 865-475-5163 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Two men’s gold Rolex wristwatches (left and right) and an 18K gold Tiffany pocket watch. John W. Coker Auctions image. 1824 Susanna Thomas sampler, Pennsylvania Dutch, created at age 17. John W. Coker Auctions image. 1865 Andrew Johnson Presidential Pardon for Jerry Cowles of Macon, Georgia. John W. Coker Auctions image. Lyonel Feininger (German/American, 1871-1956) 1934 original watercolor. John W. Coker Auctions image. Examples from a collection of 60+ early glass candy containers, some with paint or original metal accessories. John W. Coker Auctions image. Southern folk pottery including pieces by M. P. Harmon, Mohawk, Tenn.; William Long, Crawford County, Ga.; J.A. Bishop, Georgia. Also includes rare pots by W.W. McFarland and Hull, Mohawk, Tennessee. John W. Coker Auctions image. Large-size Southern ‘ugly’ face jugs, part of an extensive private collection. John W. Coker Auctions image. More than 125 Cherokee Indian baskets are included in the auction. John W. Coker Auctions image. Western Indian basket whose motif includes human figures and deer. John W. Coker Auctions image. From a collection of Western Indian baskets. John W. Coker Auctions image. Prized Indian olla, circa 1880-1900. John W. Coker Auctions image.
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