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

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Friday, 02 May 2014 09:34

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 10:10
 

Andy & Susan Moore bank collection leads RSL's June 7 auction

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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 11:38

An exceptional example of the classic J. & E. Stevens Girl Skipping Rope bank. RSL Auction Co. image

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. – On Saturday, June 7th, RSL Auction Company will offer the premier still and mechanical bank collection of Andy Moore and Susan Moore, authors of the classic 1984 reference “The Penny Bank Book.” The auction of nearly 700 lots, which will take place at RSL’s recently inaugurated gallery in central New Jersey, will also feature the lifetime mechanical bank collections of Bill Robison and Rich Garthoeffner. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

“To still bank collectors, there is no more important book than the one that Andy and Susan Moore wrote. Its publication is what brought still banks to national prominence and got the hobby rolling in a big way,” said RSL partner Ray Haradin. “Collectors are going to be very excited about the prospect of bidding on book examples from this famous, long-held grouping of banks. There are three or four world-class examples of banks that haven’t been on the market in ages.”

Like so many early bank collectors, Andy Moore (1937-1986) made his living in the financial world. For 11 years, he served as president of Beverly Bank in Chicago. He and his wife, Susan, built their bank collection together over a 17-year period and displayed it with pride in their comfortable suburban home.

“In 1993, much of the Moore collection was sold, but the family retained the cream,” Haradin said. “That’s what we’ll be selling.”

The Moore portion of the sale numbers 130 banks – 50 mechanicals and 80 stills, most of which are actual examples shown in “The Penny Bank Book.” That includes the finest-known circa-1890 Transvaal Money Box, which was chosen for the book’s cover.

One of the top lots, a prized Circuit Rider bank, depicts a man – perhaps a traveling minister, as the name would suggest – on a horse. It is technically a semi-mechanical bank, Haradin explained, because it has a retainer that holds a coin in place until the horse is rocked forward and the deposit is made. Its presale estimate is $15,000-$25,000.

Within the Moore collection are examples of nine of 13 figural “safe” banks manufactured around 1895 by the Chicago company Harper. They include Little Red Riding Hood, Santa Claus, a carpenter, and the first version with Old Mother Hubbard on its façade that Haradin has ever seen.

The finest of three known examples of a Board of Trade still bank will be offered. Its stock market theme depicts a bull and bear fighting over a sack of money.

Of the mechanicals coming directly from the Moore collection, one of the best is a Bill E. Grin, made by J. & E. Stevens around 1910. There are also some rare examples of spelter banks, which continue to attract new enthusiasts at each successive RSL sale. A highlight among the spelters is an appealing bear with mallet and tin drum.

The June 7th sale will mark the second occasion on which RSL has represented Ohio collector Bill Robison at auction. “We had the privilege of selling Mr. Robison’s still bank collection six years ago. Now he has chosen to sell his collection of mechanicals, which includes some very rare and beautiful banks, as well as some color variations we’ve never seen before,” said RSL partner Leon Weiss. One of those rare variations is a Hen and Chick bank that features a brown hen on a red base.

Because Robison tended to buy in small regional auctions as opposed to larger, better-publicized sales, many of his banks will be “new” to the marketplace and to collectors, even those who are advanced. They’ve sat quietly on Robison’s display shelves for decades, some since the 1970s. “It’s a fresh collection, full of surprises,” Weiss noted. One of those fresh surprises is an exquisite 5-hole variation of the Hold the Fort bank.

A pedigreed entry from the Robison collection is the Uncle Sam bank that was first runner-up in a competition hosted by the Mechanical Bank Collectors of America in the late 1980s. By means of comparison, the winning bank that year belonged to Steven and Marilyn Steckbeck, leading lights of the hobby long known for their superior collection.

Much more awaits bidders at the June 7th auction, including the last of the Rich Garthoeffner mechanical bank collection. “As everyone in business knows, Rich Garthoeffner is a revered Americana, folk art and toy dealer from Pennsylvania, and he has never compromised on quality,” said Steven Weiss, the third partner in RSL Auctions. “The banks in his private collection are exceptional by anyone’s standards. An example would be the Stevens Girl Skipping Rope bank that Mr. Garthoeffner purchased in the early 1980s at Parke-Bernet in Manhattan. At the time, the price he paid for the bank set an auction record.”

Other gems in the Garthoeffner group include a Stevens bank known as Professor Pug Frog’s Great Bicycle Feat, with strong colors and a beautiful patina; and two near-mint buildings – a Magic Bank and a Novelty Bank.

Filling out the high-rent neighborhood is a very fine consignment from an architectural bank collector in New York City. “We’ve been selling selections from this consignor over the past two years. This time he has given us 30 outstanding architectural banks, including a superb Boston State House and a very rare painted Chicago Bank that has a flag embossed ‘Chicago’ overhead,” Steven said.

RSL’s Saturday, June 7, 2014 auction will take place at the company’s new gallery located off I-78 at 295 US Hwy 22 East, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889. Look for the “One Salem Square” sign. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 

 An exceptional example of the classic J. & E. Stevens Girl Skipping Rope bank. RSL Auction Co. image

Andy and Susan's signature bank, the Transvaal Money Box, was pictured on the cover of their groundbreaking reference book titled 'The Penny Bank Book.' RSL Auction Co. image

An extremely rare and desirable semi-mechanical Circuit Rider is one of the most highly prized banks in the Moore Collection. RSL Auction Co. image

Rarest of the rare, the Moore selection of Harper safes is second to none. RSL Auction Co. image

One of the finest known examples of J. & E. Stevens’ Bill E. Grin bank. RSL Auction Co. image

An investment icon, this Board of Trade bank is the best of the three known examples. RSL Auction Co. image

One of the finest Uncle Sam banks in the land. RSL Auction Co. image

A terrific selection of German spelter banks. RSL Auction Co. image

The Bill Robison collection features very rare and desirable color variations. This orange-base Hen and Chick bank is a unique example. RSL Auction Co. image

An extremely fine example of the bank known as Professor Pug Frog's Great Bicycle Feat. RSL Auction Co. image

Extremely rare short version of the Fortune Wheel. RSL Auction Co. image

A gorgeous example of the blue-blanketed Seated Bulldog, made by J & E. Stevens. RSL Auction Co. image

The very rare Indiana Paddle Wheeler. RSL Auction Co. image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 12:27
 

Baldwin’s to sell historic European coin collection May 7

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014 16:31

Extremely fine 1864 gold 50-lire, struck in Torino under King Vittorio Emanuele II. Estimate £50,000-£60,000. A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. image.

LONDON – The latest offering from one of the world’s most prolific coin collectors, Åke Lindén, maps the social and numismatic history of modern Europe with coins of the highest rarity including a George I gold 100-drachmai, the rarest issue of modern Greece, and one of the finest examples of the 1868 20-lei gold pattern proof. Held as part of Baldwin’s three-day auction schedule, the European part of the collection will be sold on Wednesday, May, 7. Internet live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

“This extensive and impressive collection of European coinage is part of a calendar of auctions to be held throughout 2014, presenting Åke Lindén’s large-scale collection to the numismatic market. Following the success of his Russian coins, which sold through our New York auction earlier this year, in excess of US $1 million, we fully expect that the European collection will be as popular as its Russian counterpart,” said Dimitri Loulakakis, director of World Coins at A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd.

Swedish born Lindén found numismatic inspiration from a young age, encouraged by his widely traveled father who brought him coins from every country he visited. Possibly as a result of this, his numismatic interests were wide ranging and eventually he set about amassing his vast collection of every type coin since 1850, from every country in the world. Being the true collector that he was, Lindén would consider any coin that was missing from his collection, regardless of the condition. However, when it came to the very rarest items, he did not hesitate to acquire them in top condition at whatever the price.

An extremely fine 1864 gold 50-lire, struck in Torino under King Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the most sought after pieces from the collection. With a mintage of only 103, it is by far the rarest one-year type coin of the Italian Kingdom series and is estimated to achieve £50,000-£60,000.

This coin was one of the last to be minted before the Kingdom of Italy joined an initiative to unify the countries of Europe under one currency standard, interchangeable across the nations, and called the Latin Monetary Union (LMU), a precursor to the Euro.

Under the reign of its first monarch, King Vittorio Emanuele II, Italy was one of the founding members of the LMU, along with France, Belgium and Switzerland. The standard evolved from the French franc system introduced by Napoleon, based on the gold 20-franc and the silver franc, bimetallism.

A new standard weight currency that could be freely exchanged between the four countries soon enticed other European nations, and in 1868, under the rule of George I, the Kingdom of Greece, along with Spain, entered into the LMU with the first Greek LMU coins minted in 1868. These new coins aligned with the weights of their European counterparts and were minted in France.

The rarest of all regular issue coins of modern Greece, the George I gold 100-drachmai, 1876, was minted in Paris, the same year his daughter, Marie, was born, and was part of the LMU initiative. With a mintage of only 76, the reverse bears the Order of the Saviour, below the royal arms, the oldest and highest decoration awarded by the modern Greek state. King George I gained territory for Greece throughout the 1870s and re-established her standing as a nation in pre-World War I Europe. A statement of his power, this propaganda coin glorifies the second and longest reigning monarch in modern Greek history, who ruled as king for 50 years until his assassination in March 1913. The coin is estimated to sell for £50,000-£60,000.

“The George I 100-drachmai is a testament to Lindén’s dedication to acquiring top quality rarities, it is as close to fleur-de-coin, a perfect coin, as one would ever wish to own. It is a magnificent specimen,” said Loulakakis.

While most of Europe was looking to unite under one currency, Romania fought for independence from Austria and Turkey, something they finally achieved in 1866, under the rule of Carol I.

The provinces, Maramures, Bucovina, Moldova, Crisana, Banat, Transilvania, Moldova, Walachia and Dobrogea, became the principality of Romania and the Leu of 100-bani minted in 1867, with the gold 20-lei added in 1868. Only 100 pieces of the gold pattern proof 20-lei, 1868 were minted, and in 1875 Carol I ceremonially deposited a quantity into the foundations of his summer house, Peleş Castle, a neo-classical palace he was building in the picturesque Carpathian Mountains. The remaining coins were distributed among his friends and dignitaries. This example in the Lindén collection is by far the finest known of the few surviving pieces and is estimated at £40,000-£50,000.

The political turbulence of the early 20th century, which culminated in the outbreak of World War I, brought instability and the imminent collapse of the LMU. Under the rule of Vittorio Emanuele III, himself an avid coin collector, Italy remained neutral to its neighbors. In 1901, still under the LMU, Italy produced the silver 5-lire 1901 prooflike coin in Rome, with a mintage of only 114. It was the first coin bearing Vittorio’s portrait to be produced during his reign and is one of the rarest coins of the Vittorio Emanuele III series. The example offered in the sale is one of the few top quality examples still in existence, and is estimated at £25,000-£30,000.

Another rarity in the sale from the Vittorio Emanuele III series is a unique 1908 bronze 10-centesimi, struck in Rome. From a mintage of three, this coin is the only example in private hands, the others are in state institutions. It is estimated at £12,000-£15,000.

During World War I Germany faced currency shortages due to an increase in people hoarding coins. At the time the German empire was unified under one coinage system, based on 100-pfennig to the mark, with lesser denominations struck in one form for the whole empire, and higher value denominations bearing the head and titles of the local rulers.

From the Kingdom of Saxony, the key coin of the entire "Kaiserreich" series, a silver proof 3-mark, 1917, was struck under Friedrich August III, King of Saxony. One of the last coins to be minted under Friedrich August III before he voluntarily abdicated the throne on Nov. 13, 1918. The fall of the German Empire, and the collapse of the traditional dynasties in 1918, ended this coinage system. With a mintage of just 100, this celebrated rarity bears the bust of Friedrich the Wise on the obverse, and on the reverse the imperial eagle. It is estimated at £30,000-£40,000.

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

Extremely fine 1864 gold 50-lire, struck in Torino under King Vittorio Emanuele II. Estimate £50,000-£60,000. A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. image.

George I of Greece gold 100-drachmai, 1876. Estimate: £50,000-£60,000. A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. image.

Italy silver 5-lire 1901 depicting Vittorio Emanuele III. Estimate: £25,000-£30,000. A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. image.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 09:26
 

Thomas Del Mar to auction armor from famed John W. Higgins collection

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:34

A German stained glass panel, F.X Zettler, Munich, 1920s, depicting an armored knight on horseback under a Renaissance arch, inscribed ‘Zettler’ lower right, 51 x 36 cm/20 x 14in, est. £300-£400. Thomas Del Mar imageLONDON – On May 7th, Thomas Del Mar Ltd, in association with Sotheby’s and with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers, will sell a selection of superior-quality antique armor acquired during the 1920s-1950s by industrialist John Woodman Higgins (1874–1961). It is the second such deaccession from the Higgins collection to be auctioned by Thomas Del Mar.

John Woodman Higgins made his fortune from the Worcester Pressed Steel Company, a Massachusetts firm founded in 1905. From 1927, Higgins decided to collect antique arms and armor seriously, with a view toward filling a museum he was building to showcase the uses of steel throughout the centuries. Correspondence of that year to French dealer Louis Bachereau noted: “I am compiling a considerable collection of antique armor and arms, also including statues, portraits, tapestries and stained glass showing men on horses in armor, flags, pennants, chain mail coats, shields, pole arms, etc.”

Higgins went on to build a collection that numbered more than 5,000 pieces of armor, arms and related objects. In 1931, the Higgins Armory Museum, a novel steel and glass building housing the extensive collection, was opened to the public in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The American Armor Craze:

The first half of the 20th century was a time when romantic tales of chivalry and courtly love captured the imagination of American collectors. In addition to John Woodman Higgins, other collectors included newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, telegraph mogul Clarence Mackay and cigarette maker Rutherfurd Stuyvesant. Their main artistic interests were the Gothic Revival, ancestral castles and medieval works of art including armor.

The collecting of arms and armor became highly competitive; European collections were broken up and handled by the eminent dealers of the day such as Jacques Seligmann and Joseph Duveen. In addition, there were the great influences of scholars like Bashford Dean, who became the first curator of arms and armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Over time, the Higgins Armory collection was refined, and with the benefit of modern scholarship and museology, the decision has been made to further refine the collection and integrate the core collection into the Worcester Art Museum. The deaccession process has occurred in two main phases: the first phase culminated in a 100% sold auction in 2013 conducted by Thomas Del Mar Ltd (in association with Sotheby’s). The final single-owner sale from the Higgins collection is the one slated for May 7.

More than 300 lots represent European and Japanese full armors, helmets and individual elements of armor, such as breastplates and gauntlets. There also will also be edged weapons and firearms; pictures, stained glass, sculpture and antiquities. As with the first sale, this will provide a unique opportunity to acquire armor that, in almost every case, has a pedigree dating back to Higgins’ purchases in the second quarter of the 20th century.

Highlights include a boy’s armor Higgins purchased from the William Randolph Hearst collection, a German fluted full armor in the so-called Maximillian fashion, an etched Italian full armor, and a very rare half armor for a Polish winged hussar.

For additional information about the May 7 auction, contact Thomas Del Mar Ltd by calling 011 44 207 602 4805 or emailing 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 German stained glass panel, F.X Zettler, Munich, 1920s, depicting an armored knight on horseback under a Renaissance arch, inscribed ‘Zettler’ lower right, 51 x 36 cm/20 x 14in, est. £300-£400. Thomas Del Mar image

Grouping of European armor from 16th-19th centuries, with estimates from £5,000 to £30,000. Thomas Del Mar image

Painted limestone figure of St Eligius, perhaps Lorraine, early 16th century; the saint modeled as a blacksmith shoeing the partial leg of a horse, his anvil resting on a pedestal hung with tools, plinth titled ‘St Eloi,’
110 cm/43¼in high.
Provenance
William Randolph Hearst. Est. £3,000-£4,000. Thomas Del Mar image

19th-century boy’s armor in 16th-century German style, ex collection of William Randolph Hearst. The tall armor is a composite South German cap-a-pie field armor, partly Nuremberg, circa 1540.  Est. £15,000- £20,000. Thomas Del Mar image

A stained glass panel of St Adrian of Nicomedia, probably Flemish or German, early 16th century and later. 186.5 x 59 cm. See Detroit Institute of Art, Accession No. 58.111 for what appears to be a companion window depicting St. Wenceslas. Est. £1,000-£2,000. Thomas Del Mar image

A steel target with embossed decoration, 19th century, after an Italian original of the mid-16th century made for the Emperor Charles V. Est. £1,500-£2,000. Thomas Del Mar image

Japanese armor (Tosei Gusoku), Edo period. Est. £1,500-£2,000. Thomas Del Mar image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 14:27
 

Preston Evans sale features early autos, motorcycles May 17

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Monday, 28 April 2014 15:40

This 1911 touring Cadillac has won first prize in virtually every car meet competition it has been entered in. Preston Evans Opportunities image.

LIBERTY, S.C. – An astounding 67-year collection of early cars and motorcycles – which include a 1902 Oldsmobile Model R curved-dash runabout, a 1911 touring Cadillac, a 1920 Indian Scout and a 1942 Harley-Davidson, plus many car and motorcycle parts and accessories and antiques and collectibles in various other categories – will all be auctioned the by Preston Evans Opportunities. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding for the May 17 auction.

The sale represents the museum-quality lifetime collections of Remy and Betty Baker, gathered over the course of nearly seven decades and now being offered to the collecting public. Remy was a serious collector of early, pre-1930 cars and motorcycles. Other collections included toys, magic and movie posters and beautiful home furnishings. Jukeboxes, vending machines and arcade items will also be sold.

“We have known Remy and Betty for decades and we are honored the family has chosen us to dispose of the many special items from their home and museum,” said Preston Evans of Preston Evans Opportunities, the Newnan, Ga.-based auction firm conducting the sale, which will take place at 517 Flat Rock Road in Liberty, S.C.

The Saturday auction has a start time of 9 a.m., and will feature Remy’s many early cars and motorcycles, plus many other other automotive and motorcycle parts and accessories. Brass accessories for cars will be offered on Saturday morning. “It is staggering the sheer number of parts and accessories we have in this auction,” Evans said.

Other rare vehicles (in addition to the aforementioned early cars) will include 1924 Hupmobiles (Models R13 and R14), a 1921 Nash Touring Model 41, 1919 and 1921 Chevrolet 490 touring cars, a 1926 Chevrolet series V, a 1905 Armac cycle car, a 1934 three-wheel open roadster, a 1946 Midget Racer, and a 1912 Ford T truck, fully restored and with a mock-up of a calliope.

The antique motorcycles, in addition to the already named 1942 Harley Davidson and 1920 Indian Scout, will also feature a 1912 belt-drive Yale, Harley Hummers and more. As if the auction wasn’t already packed with top-shelf merchandise, Evans will personally be adding lots from his museum in Warm Springs, Ga. These will include some rare vintage motorcycles.

The 1911 touring Cadillac is a prime example of a restored luxury vehicle, from the very infancy of the automotive industry in this country. The car reflects advances made in the nascent years of luxury car development. It is one of only a few known to exist and was intended as a show car. It is the best in class at virtually every regional car meet that Remy and Betty Baker bring it to.

Features include a chauffeur’s compartment with rich walnut dashboard, fitted with the original Cadillac speedometer/odometer and Sessions clock; a passenger compartment with beveled glass, walnut burl and rich fabric; a brass tube and trumpet-style intercom system, for talking to the chauffeur; a crystal flower vase; ladies’ cosmetics holders; draperies; and pull-down shades.

Some mystery and intrigue surround the 1902 Oldsmobile Model R curved-dash runabout. A 1946 Jubilee tag identified the vehicle as being from 1898 which, if that were true, would make it one of the earliest known examples of an Oldsmobile in existence – a rare prototype. But experimental models dating back that far typically don’t have a curved dashboard, like this one.

Plus, the vehicle being sold has replacements parts from as much later on as 1904 (plus other replacement parts), and the crank is out of place for an 1898 model. However, the grandson of Arthur J. Hodge claims that his grandfather was gifted the car in 1931 by H.H. Walker, and that he (Walker) had been given the car prior to that by R.E. Olds, the founder of Olds Motor Works.

It is true that Walker and Olds knew each other. Walker, a highly qualified mechanical engineer, owned a wagon plant and he rented several properties to General Motors in the 1920s. It’s even possible that he was given the car by Olds, for whatever reason. But because that can’t be verified and because of the replacement parts, it is safe to call it a 1902 Oldsmobile.

Admission to the auction is $10 (or the purchase of a catalog; to purchase a printed catalog, send $10 to Preston Evans Opportunity Auctions, 31 Redbud Trail, Newnan, GA 30263).

For more information about the auction, call 770-502-0026 or 678-296-3326.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

This 1911 touring Cadillac has won first prize in virtually every car meet competition it has been entered in. Preston Evans Opportunities image.

It's hard to imagine this gorgeous Harley-Davidson motorcycle was made way back in 1942, but it was. Preston Evans Opportunities image.

This fully restored 1920 Indian motorcycle, rare and in excellent riding condition, will be sold. Preston Evans Opportunities image.

Betty Baker collected old jukeboxes like this beautiful Wurlitzer, toys, magic and movie posters, arcades and vending machines, home furnishings and more. Preston Evans Opportunities image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 16:04
 

Baldwin’s to sell part 2 of British colonial coins May 6

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Friday, 25 April 2014 14:54

Lot 487: 1905B uncirculated Straits Settlements Edward VII (1901-1910) silver proof 50-cents from the Diana Collection. Estimate: £5,000–£8,000. Baldwin’s image.

LONDON – The first day, May 6, of Baldwin’s three-day May auction calendar will contain the second part of one of the most impressive British colonial coin collections to have ever been offered for sale by public auction. Part One of the Arielle Collection sold through Baldwin’s Coinex auctions in September 2013, when all 818 lots sold for an exceptional total of £505,092.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

Compiled by a collector who sought out only the finest specimens, the second and final part of the collection will consist of 980 lots. The impeccable collection includes many pattern and proof coins from British Guiana, British Honduras, British West Indies, Hong Kong, Straits Settlements, Ceylon, Cyprus, Fiji, the Ionian Island and New Zealand.

One of the most expensive coins in the sale is a 1905B uncirculated Straits Settlements Edward VII (1901-1910) silver proof 50-cents from the Diana Collection. Issued shortly before coinage of the Straits Settlements was demonetized on Dec. 31, 1952, this coin is estimated to sell for £5,000–£8,000 [Lot 487].

Many of the coins in the Arielle collection have a connection to the numismatic legend, Major F. Pridmore, and are fascinating pieces of numismatic history. Of note is an 1815 George III (1760-1820) silver pattern-Rix dollar. Bearing a strong similarity to the 1821 coinage of George IV, Pridmore has made the argument that this is a proof and not a pattern. Generally, we have called coins made, but not issued for circulation, patterns, but Pridmore argues that 10,000 were supposed to have been issued, but as it never happened, what is the proper description for this coin? All known pieces were struck as proofs and this pushes the argument back to describing them as patterns, as they did not enter circulation. This well debated coin is estimated at £3,000–£4,000 [Lot 283].

With an extremely good provenance an 1866 Victoria (1837-1901), unique bronze pattern 1/26-shilling from Jersey, is sure to cause a stir among collectors. The unique undated specimen has come from the collections of Pridmore, R. J. Ford and A.L.T. McCammon and was keenly fought over at the Pridmore sale in 1981. Very used to being unchallenged in his quest to purchase the most expensive proofs and patterns, Richard Ford was aggrieved to have been bid up to £2,600 for this coin. He was, however, the successful purchaser, but in a strange twist of fate the under bidder, Anthony McCammon secured the coin for his collection some nine years later at exactly the same price. This special coin is estimated at £2,000–£3,000 [Lot 100].

From more exotic locations, an ex Edward Roehrs collection 1807 George III (1760-1820) restrike bronzed copper proof penny from the Bahamas, is a coin that has intrigued the cataloger of this collection. Unlike all the 1806 coins, which are struck on a coin die axis, this coin is struck on a medal die axis. It raises the question of when this coin was in fact created. There are differences on all three of the Bahamas pennies in the collection, and nothing is conclusive, but a mystery yet to be solved. One of only three known to exist, it is estimated at £3,000–£4,000 [Lot 723].

A stunning 1875H Victoria (1837-1901), silver specimen 20-cents from Hong Kong is one of nine pieces found in the Heaton Mint, Birmingham, Archives, in various states of striking quality. The finest pieces of this date are the only 19th century Heaton coins that could be considered proofs as they were of the same quality as any proof from the Royal Mint. This exceptional coin is estimated to sell for £1,500–£2,000 [Lot 652].

Baldwin’s three-day auction (May 6-8) schedule will include European coins from the collection of numismatist Ake Linden and the Hemisphere Collection of gold sovereigns.

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 487: 1905B uncirculated Straits Settlements Edward VII (1901-1910) silver proof 50-cents from the Diana Collection. Estimate: £5,000–£8,000. Baldwin’s image.

 Lot 283: 1815 George III (1760-1820) silver pattern-Rix dollar. Estimate: £3,000 – £4,000. Baldwin’s image.

Lot 723: 1807 George III (1760-1820) restrike bronzed copper proof penny from the Bahamas, Estimate: £3,000–£4,000. Baldwin’s image 

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 15:24
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

General Washington porcelain plaque in stand. Stephenson’s image

Historic blue Staffordshire platter, Stephenson’s image

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cherry corner cupboard. Stephenson’s image

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 14:53
 

Jeffrey S. Evans to auction Deike ceramics collection May 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 11:00
 

20th century paintings dominate Gray’s lineup April 30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condition reports will be provided upon request.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 15:14
 

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

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

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

LiveAuctoneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:23
 

Austin Auction to offer property of sports icons Mathewson, Royal

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 12:17
 

Material Culture to auction noted folk art collection May 4

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:43

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:41
 

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

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Monday, 21 April 2014 15:29

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

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

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional highlights across decorative arts categories include:

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

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

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

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

Consignment inquiries are always welcomed – interested parties are encouraged to contact the John Moran Offices directly via phone: 626-793-1833 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional information regarding consignment.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 13:47
 

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

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Thursday, 17 April 2014 14:14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 15:38
 

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

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:46

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

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

The auction will feature:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:19
 

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

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:20

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

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

Internet live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

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

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

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

Other highly anticipated Beatles memorabilia include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:55
 
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