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Wright auction promotes couple's living with art theme Feb. 26

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Wednesday, 04 February 2015 14:12

Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Water Lilies (Pink Flower),’ 1992, screenprinted enamel on processed and swirled stainless steel. Estimate: $70,000-$90,000. Wright image

CHICAGO – Wright will conduct its first Art + Design auction of 2015 on Feb. 26 beginning at noon Central Time. This sale offers a range of works fresh to the market by 20th century American artists including works from an important Chicago collection alongside several notable examples of international design.

LiveAuctoneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Presented at the auction is a portion of the collection of Walter and Dawn Clark Netsch titled “Living with Art.” The Netsches – Walter an architect, and Dawn a career Illinois politician – amassed a remarkable collection of American art predicated on two standards: The art was acquired when produced and it had to be by an artist who shared their own avant-garde aesthetic sensibilities. While much of this exceptional collection has been donated to museums and institutions throughout the country, Wright contributing to the couple's on-going legacy.

Among some highlights of this collection include a two-armed kinetic sculpture by George Rickey (estimate: $70,000–$90,000), a shaped canvas by Kenneth Noland (estimate: $70,000–$90,000), and a large-scale composition by Thomas Downing (estimate: $20,000–$30,000).

Building upon the success of the Andy Warhol screen prints in its September auction of Art + Design, Wright is also presenting an example from the artist’s Ad Series featuring a Volkswagen Beetle (estimate: $20,000–$30,000). In addition to this screen print, other notable works are an impressive sculpture by Rosemarie Trockel (estimate: $50,000–$70,000), a compilation of mixed media works by David Muller (estimate: $70,000–$90,000), and striking oil pastel on paper by Bernard Buffet (estimate: $20,000–$30,000).

An impressive suite of artworks by Harry Bertoia from a private collection lead the important design in this auction. Several Sonambient examples will be featured as well as an exceptional Bush Form (estimate: $50,000–$70,000). In addition, a chest of drawers by Tejo Remy (estimate: $10,000–$15,000) and a Wicker chair by Marc Newson (estimate: $4,000–$6,000) will be offered.

For details contact Wright at 312-563-0020.

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

Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Water Lilies (Pink Flower),’ 1992, screenprinted enamel on processed and swirled stainless steel. Estimate: $70,000-$90,000. Wright image

Karel Appel, ‘Oiseau et Garçon,’ 1969, acrylic on paper mounted to linen. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Wright image

Harry Bertoia, ‘Untitled (Bush Form),’ circa 1970, welded copper and bronze with applied patina, 11 x 12.5 inches. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Wright image

Andy Warhol, ‘Volkswagen Lemon (from the Ads Series),’ 1985, screenprint in colors on Lenox Museum board, 38 x 38 inches.  Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Wright image

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:10
 

Ancient ballgame relic could reach $175K at Artemis Gallery, Feb. 13

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Tuesday, 03 February 2015 17:19

70A: Byzantine Gold Cross W/ Garnet + Gold Earrings Circa 8th to 10th century CE. Est. $18,000-$25,000

BOULDER, Colo. – Fascinating relics and treasures of the Ancient World will come to life on Friday, February 13th as Artemis Gallery presents 400+ pedigreed lots in its Antiquities, Pre-Columbian & Tribal Art Auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The carefully authenticated selection contains antiquities, ancient and ethnographic art from the most intriguing cultures of the past, including those of Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near/Middle East, Asia and Pre-Columbian Americas. All auction items are guaranteed to be authentic, exactly as described in the auction catalog, and legal to purchase. In the case of African tribal art, Artemis Gallery guarantees all items are genuine and that they were originally used in ceremonies or ritual events, as opposed to being contemporary pieces crafted specifically for the tourist trade.

Several prestigious collections are represented in the February 13 auction. A grouping of more than 50 Pre-Columbian artworks collected by a Hollywood producer comes with provenance from the late Ron Messick’s gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a business that was known for its high-end offerings and knowledgeable clientele. Also to be auctioned are 20+ Pre-Columbian lots of Western Mexico origin that previously were sold by Sotheby’s. Many are former museum deaccessions.

In addition, the auction includes more than 30 well-provenanced African and tribal lots from an old American collection and – a special highlight – three 18th/19th-century Tibetan thangkas. Thangkas are religious paintings used by Buddhists to tell the story of Buddha’s life through painted images.

“We are so fortunate to be able to be able to offer these beautiful, early thangkas in our sale. It’s rare for examples this nice to appear in the marketplace, especially with such excellent provenance,” said Bob Dodge, executive director of Artemis Gallery. “These thangkas came from a world-famous mountaineer who summited most of the tallest peaks on earth.” The thangkas are estimated at $4,000-$8,000 apiece.

The star of the auction is Lot 112, a rare and exceptional Veracruz stone ballgame yoke dating to circa 550-900 CE. Likely a ceremonial representation of a lighter protective guard worn by Mesoamerican ballgame players, the yoke is deeply carved with relief images of a human head, hands and legs. The shape of the yoke symbolizes a cave or entrance to the underworld. Comprehensive laboratory testing in France confirmed the age of the piece, and the 13-page report will convey to the winning bidder. Formerly in the collection of Ian Arundel, the yoke is expected to make $125,000-$175,000 at auction.

Another fantastic Pre-Columbian artwork is Lot 89, a circa 550-950 CE terracotta figure in elaborate warrior regalia, seated on a bench or throne. Its adornments included a “feathered” headdress, large earspools, a bold pectoral guard and wristbands. This wonderfully detailed 19 by 9-inch figure was acquired via Sotheby’s in 1993 and is offered with a presale estimate of $9,000-$12,000.

Exquisite jewelry of ancient cultures will be available to bidders, including Lot 79A, a Pre-Columbian (circa 500-100 BCE) gold nose ornament with a bas-relief crab and fish motif, ex Eugene Lions collection, Geneva, Switzerland. Its estimate is $7,000-$8,000. Stunning and wearable, a high-karat gold Byzantine cross with central cabochon garnet and pendant earrings, 8th to 10th century CE, are entered as Lot 70A with an estimate of $18,000-$25,000; while Lot 72A, a huge circa 10th to 12th century CE silvered bronze annular brooch with incised decoration carries an estimate of $3,000-$5,000.

Those who appreciate classical Greek Attic pottery would immediately recognize the high level of artistry that went into Lot 25, a circa 2nd quarter 5th century BCE terracotta kantharos. The double-handle vessel with Greek-key banding features an all-over iridescent black glaze and a large red owl between two red laurel sprigs. Acquired in Zurich in 1984 and exhibited at the New York International Antiquarian Fine Art Fair in 2001, this superbly preserved work of art is estimated at $6,000-$8,000.

Lot 31A, a richly decorated pottery oinochoe (beaked vessel for pouring liquid) from Campania, southwestern Italy, dates to around 360-340 B.C.E. Its motif includes a reclining female – possibly an Amazon – accompanied by a shield, palmettes, a swan or goose to each side, and a Lady of Fashion portrait. Ex Royal Athena Gallery, New York, the 8¾-inch vessel of very rare form is estimated at $7,000-$9,000.

It is all but impossible to avoid the gaze of Lot 35, a Romano Egyptian painted gesso funerary mask, circa 1st century CE. The realistic three-dimensional sarcophagus mask of a youthful male retains the majority of its paint and has well-defined facial features and a “Caesar” hairstyle. From a private collection originally amassed by a British telegraph worker posted in Egypt in the 1920s, it is estimated at $5,000-$7,000.

Bob Dodge described Lot 36D as “one of the finest Roman oil lamps we’ve ever had the pleasure of handling.” The cast-bronze lamp is a three-dimensional standing figure of a nude African male holding a torch that acts as the spout. A small hole in its left shoulder acts as the fill hole. Standing 6 inches high (not counting custom stand) and boasting a multi-hued patina, this connoisseur’s piece could reach $15,000-$20,000 on auction day.

For additional information about any item in the Feb. 13, 2015 auction, call Teresa Dodge at 720-502-5289 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

70A: Byzantine Gold Cross W/ Garnet + Gold Earrings Circa 8th to 10th century CE. Est. $18,000-$25,000

25: Greek Attic Sessile Kantharos - Owl Athens, 5th century BCE.  Est. $6,000-$8,000. Artemis Gallery image

31A: Greek Campanian Red-Figure Beaked Oinochoe Southwestern Italy, circa 350 BCE.  Est. $7,000-$9,000. Artemis Gallery image

35: Romano Egyptian Gesso Painted Funerary Mask Egypt, Roman period, 1st century CE. Est. $5,000-$7,000

36D: Roman Bronze Figural Oil Lamp Rome, 1st century BCE / CE.  Est. $15,000-$20,000

51A: Huge Sumerian Cuneiform Tablet, Ex-Bonhams Southern Iraq, Ur III Period, circa 2000 BCE.  Est. $12,000-$15,000

89: Type C Veracruz Seated Warrior, Ex-Sothebys Pre-Columbian, Mexico, circa 550 to 950 CE.  Est. $9,000-$12,000

112: Exceptional / Rare Veracruz Stone Ballgame Yoke Pre-Columbian, Mexico, circa 550 to 900 CE. Est. $125,000-$175,000

160: Tibetan Thangka - Mandala With Bodhisattva Sino-Tibetan, circa 18th century CE.  Est. $4,000-$6,000

175: African Chokwe Mwana Pwo Mask Angola, late 19th/early 20th century CE. Est. $6,000-$8,000

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 17:55
 

Modern British paintings headline Dreweatts sale Feb. 24

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Lot 1 – ‘Morning Light, St. Ives Harbour,’ by John Park (1880-1962). Estimate: £8,000-£12,000 ($12,041-$18,062). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image

LONDON – The contents of an Oxfordshire dower house comprise much of a Dreweatts champions of modern British paintings sale on Tuesday, Feb. 24. With works predominately from Newlyn and St. Ives schools, artists include Christopher Wood, John Anthony Park and Samuel John Lamorna Birch. The wider collection, which spans furniture, ceramics and works of art, will also be auctioned at Donnington Priory in Berkshire.

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Sweeping, vibrant landscapes of the British countryside are the preferred subject matter of the artists in this sale, and leading these is The White Farm, circa 1928, by Christopher Wood (1901-1930). Wood played a key role in the development of English Modernism, and as a leading name, he combined naturalism with abstraction in a vivid almost primitive form. This painting, authenticated on the reverse by the artist’s mother, Clara Wood, is estimated at £40,000-£60,000.

The purity of natural light and ethereal costal scenery drew Wood, and others, to St Ives and its thriving art colony. It was here, with the Cornish countryside as his muse that Wood produced a number of paintings from his short but influential life.

Three works by John Park (1880-1962) explore the marine scenery, which was popular with many artists of the St Ives School during the early 20th century, and frequently appear in Park’s own paintings. Morning Light, St. Ives Harbour, is typical of his fascination with the harbor, and is estimated at £8,000-£12,000.

His other works in the sale include Boats off a quay, [Lot 2, est. £3,000-£5,000] and At anchor, St. Ives, [Lot 3, est. £2,500-£3,500].

Along with St. Ives, Newlyn was the most active school of 20th century British art. Like St. Ives, its spectacular scenery and clarity of light created the perfect setting for an artist to paint “en plein air.” The sale includes two works by Samuel John Lamorna Birch, a prominent figure of the later generation of Newlyn artists. Offered here are examples of two of his favourite subject matters; the British shoreline portrayed in Coastline, [Lot 6, est. £10,000-£15,000] and rivers in the form of Winter Stream, Lamorna, [Lot 10, est. £5,000-£7,000].

Another Cornish scene from the Modern British paintings section that opens the sale, is View from the Artist’s house, Polperro, by Stuart Armfield (1916-1999). Armfield moved to Cornwall in 1942, where he took up painting as a professional career. [Lot 12, est. £3,000-£5,000].

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

Lot 1 – ‘Morning Light, St. Ives Harbour,’ by John Park (1880-1962). Estimate: £8,000-£12,000 ($12,041-$18,062). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image

Lot 9 – ‘The White Farm,’ circa 1928, by Christopher Wood (1901-1930). Estimate: £40,000-£60,000 ($60,207-$90,311). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image 

Lot 6 – ‘Coastline’ by Samuel John Lamorna Birch. Estimate: £10,000-£15,000 ($15,052-$22,578). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image

Lot 12 – ‘View from the Artist’s house, Polperro,’ by Stuart Armfield (1916-1999). Estimate: £3,000-£5,000 ($4,516-$7,526). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 16:13
 

Naples, Fla., estate leads off Louis J. Dianni auction Feb. 14-16

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Tuesday, 03 February 2015 13:56

This Colt Model 1851 Navy pistol engraved by Gustave Young, shipped in 1861, will be sold Feb. 15. Louis J. Dianni LLC image

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Approximately 2,000 quality, market-fresh lots in a wide range of collecting categories will be sold at the sixth annual Palm Beach Auction planned for Feb. 14-16 by Louis J. Dianni, LLC. The Presidents Weekend auction will be held inside the Hilton Hotel & Conference Center at 150 Australian Ave. Start times all three days will be 11 a.m. Eastern time.

LiveAuctioners.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding all three days.

The Saturday, Feb. 14, session will feature 550 extraordinary lots of 17th through 20th century furniture, porcelains and decorative accessories consigned by the prominent Whitenack estate of Naples, Fla. A stunning jewelry casket box is one of 30 exceptional boxes coming up for bid. Like the other outstanding items being offered that day, the boxes will be sold without reserves.

The Sunday, Feb. 15, session will be dedicated to arms, armor, militaria, historical, nautical items and golf memorabilia. Included will be a Colt M1851 Navy pistol engraved by Gustave Young and shipped in 1861, Adm. John Dahlgren’s pistol descended in the Drexel/Dahlgren family, an 8-inch scrimshaw whale’s tooth Marine Corps signed and dated 1848, a 35-year collection of golf-related items from a Florida estate, and about 200 antique daguerreotypes and ambrotypes.

Day 3, on Monday, Feb. 16, original artwork, sculpture, fine jewelry and Asian objects will take center stage. An expected star lot in the Asian category promises to be a remarkable red coral sculpture of a Guan Yin figure, 11 inches tall on a base. Jewelry from an upscale estate in Florida will feature a Rolex wristwatch and a braided gold bracelet studded with six carats of diamonds.

Artwork will feature an 1849 portrait of Rebecca Janney-Merrefield by British-born Philadelphia portrait painter Thomas Sully (1783-1872). The painting, plus the dress Janney-Merrefield wore for the sitting, and a miniature portrait of her husband, Joseph, all items descended in the family, will be sold as one lot. Sully was one of the preeminent portrait artists of the 19th century.

Nine oval miniature on ivory portrait paintings by Charles Wilson Peale (Maryland./Pennsylvania, 1741-1827) will also come under the gavel. These will include portraits of Lt. Col. Richard Cary, an aide-de-camp to Gen. George Washington; Gen. Anthony Lamb, who served in the War of 1812; and Robert R. Livingston, one of five men who drafted the Declaration of Independence.

The miniatures could conceivably draw bids from art enthusiasts as well as collectors of Colonial Americana. They're that historically significant. That they were done by Peale will only enhance their allure. Peale was one of the major figures in the early American art scene. He painted 250 portraits of distinguished Americans of the day, which he displayed in a museum that he opened. This collection will sell on Sunday as part of the historical items offered. These miniatures, as well as more than 99.5 percent of items in the sale, will be sold without reserves.

Another painting sure to get paddles waving is an 1862 oil on board waterfall scene by John Gadsby Chapman (American/Italian, 1808-1889), titled Peyton Falls, Va. The work was descended in the Peyton family. Chapman was born in Alexandria, Va., and painted in Winchester, but he lived as an expatriate in Italy, too, studying in Rome and Florence before returning to America in 1831.

Louis J. Dianni, LLC, has been in the business of selling antiques since 1973. The firm’s auctions are big events, held at the peak of the season, in lucrative and historic areas of the country. Dianni uses promotional booths at significant and relative collector shows. His emails are sent to over 150,000 avid collectors and dealers worldwide.

For details phone 954-895-8727 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

This Colt Model 1851 Navy pistol engraved by Gustave Young, shipped in 1861, will be sold Feb. 15. Louis J. Dianni LLC image

Asian objects will include this red coral sculpture of a Guan Yin figure, 11 inches tall on a base. Louis J. Dianni LLC image

Oil on board by John Gadsby Chapman (American/Italian, 1808-1889), titled ‘Peyton Falls, Va., 1862. Louis J. Dianni LLC image

This stunning jewelry casket box is one of 30 exceptional boxes that will be sold on Feb. 14. Louis J. Dianni LLC image

Miniature on ivory portrait painting by Charles Wilson Peale (Maryland/Pennsylvania, 1741-1827) of Robert R. Livingston, one of five men who drafted the Declaration of Independence. Louis J. Dianni LLC image

Portrait of Rebecca Janney-Merrefield done in 1849 by British-born Philadelphia portrait painter Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Louis J. Dianni LLC image

Golf mechanical cane (or Sunday stick), one of about 300 golfing collectibles in the auction. Louis J. Dianni LLC image

Circa 1750 bombe chest with royal portrait, from the Whitenack estate out of Naples, Florida. Louis J. Dianni LLC image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 14:15
 

Giulia SRL to auction treasures from 11th century Italian castle, April 6

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Emile Galle vase. Provenance: Collection of Castello della Fioraia. Image courtesy of Giulia srl Auction House

CORSO, Italy - Giulia SRL Auction House will conduct an exciting April 6, 2015 auction appropriately titled “Treasures from the Castle.”

The 100-lot sale features an important collection of art and antiques with direct provenance from Castello Della Fioraia, a medieval castle located in Castelnuovo, a small town near Arezzo, Italy.

Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available worldwide through LiveAuctioneers.com.

An imposing presence, Castello Della Fioraia is the first castle visible to those entering the picturesque Casentino region of Italy. Built in the year 1022, the castle has a long and illustrious history. It has served as home to many noble families over the centuries, and in the 20th century, its residents have included several distinguished families from the area.

The auction includes select objects from the private collection of a local aristocratic family that lived in the castle. The list of highlights includes: rare bronze sculptures dating to Napoleon I, a selection of Gallé vases, a rare 18th-century Venetian desk secretaire, and high-quality antique prints and original engravings by Durer, Mantegna, Picasso, Miro and Flemish artists. All of the artworks are untouched and in outstanding original condition.

For questions regarding any item in the auction, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 011 39 338 227 1944. Visit the auction house online at www.giuliasrl.net.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Emile Galle vase. Provenance: Collection of Castello della Fioraia. Image courtesy of Giulia srl Auction House

Castello della Fioraia, a medieval castle in Castelnuovo, Italy. Image courtesy of Giulia srl Auction House

18th-century gilt bronze sculpture. Provenance: Collection of Castello della Fioraia. Image courtesy of Giulia srl Auction House

1495 Durer engraving. Provenance: Collection of Castello della Fioraia. Image courtesy of Giulia srl Auction House

Sevres porcelain fruit bowl. Provenance: Collection of Castello della Fioraia. Image courtesy of Giulia srl Auction House

18th-century Venetian desk secretaire. Provenance: Collection of Castello della Fioraia. Image courtesy of Giulia srl Auction House

18th-century oil-on-canvas painting. Provenance: Collection of Castello della Fioraia. Image courtesy of Giulia srl Auction House

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:21
 

President Grant items highlight Cottone auction Feb. 20-21

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Ives clockwork toy depicting Ulysses S. Grant, made from wood, metal and cloth, circa 1870. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000). Cottone Auctions image

GENESEO, N.Y. – Items descended in the family of President Ulysses S. Grant, an 18K gold presentation box purportedly given by France’s Louis XVI to Marquis de Lafayette, a gyratory kinetic sculpture by George Warren Rickey (American, 1907-2002) and a watercolor painting by Charles Burchfield (American, 1893-1967) will all come up for bid Feb. 20-21. They’re just a few of the expected top lots in a two-day fine art and antiques auction being held by Cottone Auctions, in the firm’s gallery at 120 Court St. in Geneseo.

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About 750 lots will come under the gavel at Cottone’s first big auction event of 2015. Start time for the Friday, Feb. 20, session, consisting of 323 lots, will be noon Eastern time, 11 a.m. for the Feb. 21 session.

The auction comes with an impressive pedigree, featuring items from the collections of Walter Vogel of Rochester, N.Y., a pioneer collector and dealer; Richard F. Brush, also of Rochester, the founder of Sentry Safe; Richard Bright and Kyle Goodman of Corning, N.Y.; the Memorial Gallery of Rochester; the Strong Museum in Rochester; plus items from estates and individuals.

It’s worth noting that Richard F. “Dick” Brush is one of Rochester’s leading philanthropists. The son of a Universalist minister, Brush became an inveterate collector, with much of the work acquired during worldwide travel. His fierce love of 20th century American art is evident is his collection of work by Alexander Calder, Richard Diebenkorn, Albert Paley and George Rickey.

Rickey, in fact, is probably Brush’s favorite artist. His gyratory kinetic sculpture is titled Three M’s and One W II (est. $50,000-$80,000). One of three produced, the stainless steel work is 8 feet 9 inches tall and signed and dated 1987 by Rickey. Rickey is regarded as the father of precisely engineered kinetic sculpture. He studied in the U.S., the United Kingdom and Paris.

A favorite to take top lot honors is the Charles Ephraim Burchfield painting, a lovely 30-inch-by-22-inch watercolor titled Dreaming of Christmas. The work, monogrammed lower right and artist-titled in pencil, is expected to hit $75,000-$100,000. It was originally purchased from the collection of the Kennedy Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y. Burchfield lived and worked in both Ohio and New York. His passionate and visionary landscapes influenced succeeding generations of artists.

The items descended in the family of Ulysses S. Grant would stand on their own as desirable collectibles even if they weren’t linked to the Civil War general and president. One lot, a Rose Medallion punch bowl (est. $10,000-$15,000), shows Grant’s monogram within a laurel leaf and was part of a unique 360-piece service ordered in 1868 and used by the Grants in the White House.

The second lot is a rare Ives clockwork toy depicting Grant, made from wood, metal and cloth around 1870 and standing 14 inches tall (est. $8,000-$12,000). The third is a 5-inch-tall cut crystal seal made for President Ulysses S. Grant (est. $3,000-$5,000), in the original light blue leather box with the maker’s name on it: Ayer & Taylor Company, Jewelers (Washington, D.C.).

The fine and diminutive 18K gold presentation box, made in Paris circa 1778, is believed to have been given by France’s King Louis XVI to Marquis de Lafayette celebrating the May feast at the Versailles Opera Theater. It was retailed by Charles-Raymond Granchez, Paris, and was descended in the family of Count de Linares, son of Queen Maria Luisa (est. $10,000-$15,000).

An oil on canvas rendering of a mother and daughters in springtime by the Irish-born American and Canadian artist William John Hennessy (1839-1917) carries an estimate of $15,000-$25,000. The 30-inch-by-54-inch work is signed lower left. Hennessy was a versatile landscape artist, genre painter and illustrator who was also active in the Young Ireland movement of 1848.

A Sevres cobalt and gold enameled tureen, circa 1812, is descended in the family of William Weightman, who used it in his house in Moumt Airy, outside Philadelphia, were he entertained lavishly. Upon his death the house was given to the Catholic Church, which converted it into a girls school. The tureen has a conservative estimate of $5,000-$8,000. Also selling will be a late 19th century Bakhtiari rug with overall pattern, pulled from a Pennsylvania estate and measuring 17 feet 2 inches by 16 feet 11 inches. The rug is estimated at $15,000-$25,000.

For details call Cottone Aucitons at 585-243-1000 or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Ives clockwork toy depicting Ulysses S. Grant, made from wood, metal and cloth, circa 1870. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000). Cottone Auctions image 

 Gyratory kinetic sculpture by George Warren Rickey (American, 1907-2002), done in 1987. Estimate: $50,000-$80,000. Cottone Auctions image

Lovely 30-inch-by-22-inch watercolor painting by Charles Burchfield (American, 1893-1967), titled ‘Dreaming of Christmas.’ Estimate: $75,000-$100,000. Cottone Auctions image

Sevres cobalt and gold enameled tureen, circa 1812, descended in the family of William Weightman. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000. Cottone Auctions image

Five-inch-tall cut crystal seal made for President Ulysses S. Grant, in the original leather box. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Cottone Auctions image

Rose Medallion punch bowl showing President Ullyses S. Grant's monogram within a laurel leaf. Estimate:  $10,000-$15,000. Cottone Auctions image

Oil on canvas rendering of a mother and daughters in springtime by William John Hennessy (1839-1917), framed. Estimate: 15,000-$25,000. Cottone Auctions image

Fine and diminutive 18K gold presentation box, made in Paris, circa 1778, believed to have been given by France’s King Louis XVI to Marquis de Lafayette. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Cottone Auctions image

Late 19th century Bakhtiari rug with overall pattern and measuring 17 feet 2 inches by 16 feet 11 inches. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Cottone Auctions image

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 17:01
 

Nova Ars Auction presents more Italian design Feb. 11

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Italian Manufacture, screen, circa 1950. Estimate: €5,000-€6,000 ($5,648-$6,778) Nova Ars image

ASTI, Italy – An interesting collection of 20th and 21st century Italian design will be sold at Nova Ars Auction on Feb. 11. Ceramics, furniture, lamps, chandeliers and glass works comprise the 113-lot auction.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Many of the objects were designed and made in Italy. Designers represented include Angelo Mangiarotti, Bruno Munari, Ettore Sottsass and Paolo Venini, without overlooking other talents from different countries.

Special items of note include a Toni Zuccheri, Venini, turkey; a pair of signed MGA, Albisola wall lamps; an Agenore Fabbri, Tecno, Nastro di Gala bench; and an important Otello Rosa pottery fountain, Sanpolo.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Italian Manufacture, screen, circa 1950. Estimate: €5,000-€6,000 ($5,648-$6,778) Nova Ars image 

 

Pair of wall lamps, iridescent pottery, signed MGA, Albisola, circa 1950. Estimates: €10,000-€12,000 ($11,297-$13,556). Nova Ars image

Agenore Fabbri, Tecno, Nastro di Gala bench, varnished red metal, 1985. Estimates: €7,000-€7,500 ($7,908-$8,473). Nova Ars image

Otello Rosa pottery fountain, Sanpolo, circa 1955. Estimate: €5,000-€6,000 ($5,648-$6,778) Nova Ars image

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 15:36
 

Roland Auctions NY offers early works by Yayoi Kusama, Feb. 7

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Friday, 30 January 2015 13:44

Lot 422: 'Dirty Hands.' Roland Auctions NY image

NEW YORK – On Feb. 7 Roland Auctions NY will present an important sale featuring over 500 lots of fine and decorative arts selected from choice estates throughout New York City. Most notable among the fine art in this auction are three early works on paper by the pioneering Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

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Yayoi Kusama’s innovative and influential career spans the entire postwar period and continues through present-day shows and exhibitions of new work worldwide. Throughout her life she has pushed the boundaries of burgeoning and established artistic movements from surrealism, pop and minimalism, to performance art and video. Kusama’s works are included in the permanent collections of important institutions including of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Tate Modern, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

These three early works were all created in Japan, prior to Kusama’s move to New York City in 1957, and as such are important rarities. This group of blue-chip art has been in the procession of the Beinfield family for nearly half a century. Originally given as a gift from noted New York City artist, film maker, and collector Babbette Beinfield Newburger to her brother William H. Beinfield, these essential works have been preserved in private hands ever since.

Remarking upon Roland’s good fortune in securing this consignment of important art, directly from the heirs of Beinfield, co-owner and principal auctioneer William J. Roland said, “None of these significant art works have come to us without considerable effort … though it is always nice to reap the rewards of the chase.” Indeed, the Feb. 7 auction is certain to be lively and well attended with the addition of blue-chip gallerists, museum representatives and collectors to Roland’s Greenwich Village salesroom.

Taken individually these pieces offer an enticing blueprint for later iconic themes found throughout the artist’s extensive body of work. Lot #421, Hidden Flame [1956]; Lot #422, Dirty Hands [1954]; and Lot #423 An Eye [1952] are all accomplished on paper in a myriad media including pastel, ink, gouache and watercolor. Embedded in these early works are elements of a then evolving visual vocabulary that reoccurs in following decades throughout her oeuvre: dots, eyes, pumpkins, “Infinity Webs” and undulating cosmic forms, all evocative of natural, astrophysical and spiritual sources.

Roland Auctions NY’s reputation for discovering and reintroducing significant works of fine art is further earned as bidders vie for paintings, prints, bronzes and other media not available in the marketplace for decades. This month’s estate pieces span European Old Master works through modern vanguards and contemporary emerging artists. Sought-after artists include Angel Botello, Dan Namingha , Erte, Frederick Prescot, Jean Puy, Louise Nevelson, Peter Beard and Adrien E. Gaudez.

In addition to 20th century modern art, mid-century design is strongly represented at Roland Auctions NY this month. Standouts among dozens of pieces in this category sought by collectors and enthusiasts will include Isamu Noguchi lighting, a Gilbert Rohde drop-front desk, Heywood Wakefield furniture, a Zolsnay iridescent glass vase, and a Loetz art glass tree trunk vase.

In tandem with this auction’s exposition of modernism are dozens of traditional 18th and 19th century American, French, Italian, and English tables, chairs, desks, and commodes. Among these fine pieces is a 19th century French bronze mounted table with multiple Sevres porcelain inserts.

Estate jewelry, in platinum, gold, and silver, is also available at every bidding level. These vintage and modern settings include diamond, sapphire, emerald and other precious gem stones in a wide variety styles. Standing out in this category is an Art Deco diamond encrusted and sapphire brooch.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Lot 422: 'Dirty Hands.' Roland Auctions NY image 

Lot 421: 'Hidden Flame.' Roland Auctions NY image 

Lot 423: 'An Eye.' Roland Auctions NY image 

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 14:15
 

Chinese ceramics, carvings await bidders at I.M. Chait, Feb. 8

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Tall Chinese red lacquer-like composite vase with seal mark, 19in. high. Estimate: $600-$800. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers will conduct an Asian arts, antiques and estate auction Sunday, Feb. 8, beginning at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

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

An example of one of the many fine pieces in the sale is a heavy carved and appliqué hardwood box and cover (probably zinan) of circular, lobed form having a fruit design of pomegranates, peaches and "Buddha’s Hand" finger-citrons. Measuring 10 inches in diameter, the box is estimated at $1,000-$1,500.

The auction of more than 500 lots will be composed of Chinese ceramics and carvings; together with bead necklaces and jewelry from Laguna Nigel, Calif., collections; silver and jade jewelry from a Beverly Hills collection; fine Chinese white jades from a Ventura County collection; Japanese swords from an East Coast collection; and Chinese snuff bottles from Shanghai and Northern California collections.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Tall Chinese red lacquer-like composite vase with seal mark, 19in. high. Estimate: $600-$800. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image 

 Sino-Tibetan painted linen thangka depicting Buddha with medicine bowl, seated in lotus position on lotus base, 29in. x 19in. with silk mounts. Estimate: $300-$400. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image

Large Chinese Yuan-style porcelain vase, 14 1/2in. high. Estimate: $450-$550. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image

Chinese hardwood box and cover, probably zitan, heavy and elaborate appliqué, 10 in. diameter. Estimate: 1,000-$1,500. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image

Chinese polychrome and carved hardstone vessel with matching cover, 17in. high. Estimate: $600-$800. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:01
 

Kaminski auction features paintings by noted artists Feb. 8

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015 14:22

Women’s 18K gold, platinum and emerald ring, 14.25-carat emerald set with 18 round brilliant cut diamonds. Kaminski Auctions image

BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions’ Winter Estate Auction on Feb. 8 will present a diverse collection of fine art and antiques, with a strong focus on oil paintings. Notable artists represented include John Leslie Breck, Willy Eisenschitz and Fausto Giusto.

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John Leslie Breck (American, 1860-1899) painted in the style of the Impressionists and was one of the first artists to join the artist colony at Giverny, France. Having grown up in the Boston area there will sure to be in interest in this tonal scene of white sunlit cottages along a dark green riverbank. The painting is an oil on panel, signed lower left and estimated at $10,000-$15,0000.

Another important entry in the sale is a pastel circa 1910 by Ivan Silych Goryushkin-Sorokopudov (Russian, 1873-1954), which has been owned since 1922 by the family of Bernardo Dobranicki, distinguished dean emeritus and professor of law at the Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida. Prayer in the Home of a Mordvinian is a reflective scene of contemplative faces with the cold winter light streaming in. It is valued at $8,000-$12,000.

A French Provençal brightly colored landscape with green and yellow hills of a rural cottage set among red stylized trees, oil on canvas, by Willy Eisenschitz (French, 1889-1974) and a Paris street scene of Place de Republique by Fausto Giusto round out the top paintings in the sale.

Among the more unusual items to be offered are three Louis Vuitton trunks, a collection of Steiff mohair toys, several World War II Nazi medals and dagger, and three glider pilot licenses signed by Orville Wright.

The sale will also feature a variety of Asian art, including an important 18th century Chinese Famille Rose porcelain fish bowl. The exterior is decorated with flowers, insects and birds with the interior painted with seven goldfish and plants. Valued at $20,000-$25,000, it is sure to garner Chinese collectors’ interest.

The star lot of jewelry in the sale is a striking 18K gold, platinum and diamond, women’s ring with a 14.25-carat emerald set with 18 round brilliant cut diamonds valued at $4,500-$5,500.

Several Colt revolvers, Russian icons, silver, and couture by Fendi, Givenchy and Malo round out this eclectic mix for the Feb. 8 Winter Sale at Kaminski Auctions gallery, 117 Elliot St., Route 62, in Beverly, Mass.

For more information phone Kaminski Auctions at 978-927-2223.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Women’s 18K gold, platinum and emerald ring, 14.25-carat emerald set with 18 round brilliant cut diamonds. Kaminski Auctions image

 John Leslie Breck (American, 1860-1899), oil on panel. Kaminski Auctions image

Eighteenth century Chinese Famille Rose fish bowl, porcelain, exterior decorated with multiple different decorative art objects. Kaminski Auctions image

Louis Vuitton steamer trunk, Damier pattern, serial number 48289. Kaminski Auctions image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 14:44
 

Medical works, pirate booty highlight PBA Galleries sale Feb. 8

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‘Traite complet de l'anatomie de l'homme, comprenant la medicine operatoire’ by Jean Baptiste Marc Bourgery, Paris, 1840. PBA Galleries image SAN FRANCISCO – A unique relic of the Age of Piracy and early medical works from the collection of George Bray highlight PBA Galleries’ Feb. 8 sale. A rare early Sunday morning auction for PBA, it will take place at the venue of the 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair in Oakland, California. A part of the sale will benefit the Elisabeth Woodburn Educational Fund.

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The 17th century stoneware pitcher with “ostrich egg finish” was given by the notorious pirate William Kidd to John Gardiner of Gardiner’s Island, near Long Island, New York. Capt. Kidd had stopped at the small island on his way to Boston and befriended Gardiner. Here, he left several bales and boxes of treasure to be retrieved after he cleared his name. He also gave Gardiner and his wife several gifts, among them this unassuming pitcher filled with dried fruits for the Gardiner children. The pitcher has remained in the Gardiner family to this day and was displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in the early 20th century. The estimate is $80,000-$120,000.

An elite selection of 42 rare and early medical works from a cross-section of important landmarks of medicine will also be offered from the collection of Dr. George Bray. Among the more significant works are:

  • Edward Jenner’s An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolæ Vaccinæ, from 1798, describing the use of cowpox to develop a vaccine for smallpox. This has been called “one of the greatest triumphs in the history of medicine” and has ultimately led to the eradication of smallpox. The estimate for this groundbreaking work is $30,000-$50,000.
  • De Honesta Voluptate, by Bartholomaeus Platina, 1480, the third edition, five years after the first, is the first published work on food and drink, being a guide to a healthy diet as well as a recipe book. This rare incunable is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.
  • William Gilbert’s De Magnete, 1600, the first major English scientific treatise based on experimental methods of research, concludes that the earth was a giant magnet. It is expected it to sell for $30,000-$50,000.
  • A Treatise of the Scurvy by James Lind, first edition, 1753, a rare presentation copy of the seminal work, advises supplementing sailor’s diets with oranges, lemons and green vegetables. It should bring in the range of $25,000-$35,000.

The last part of the sale consists of books donated by Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America members and sold for the benefit of the Elisabeth Woodburn Fund. The fund was established in 1990 through a bequest from the former ABAA president to provide financial support for scholarly research and education relevant to the antiquarian book trade.

The entire sale will be on display at the Oakland City Center Marriott on Friday, Feb. 6, noon-5 p.m. and Saturday, Feb.7, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The sale will begin at 8 a.m. Pacific Time in Room 201. For more information, contact the PBA Galleries at 415-989-2665 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
‘Traite complet de l'anatomie de l'homme, comprenant la medicine operatoire’ by Jean Baptiste Marc Bourgery, Paris, 1840. PBA Galleries image Stoneware jug presented by pirate/privateer William Kidd to the Gardiners of Gardiner’s Island, off Long Island, New York, in 1699. PBA Galleries image Sometime after 1881 the stoneware William Kidd jug was supplied with an engraved silver base, delineating the descent through Lucretia Thatcher (Perry) Osborn. PBA Galleries image A Treatise of the Scurvy by James Lind. PBA Galleries image ‘An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolæ Vaccinæ,’ Edward Jenner on the cow pox vaccine, 1798. PBA Galleries image ‘De Magnete, Magneticisque Corporibus … ‘ by William Gilbert. PBA Galleries image
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 17:58
 

Ahlers & Ogletree estates auction boasts famous names Feb. 8

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015 15:38

Vendo Coca-Cola 10-cent vending machine produced in the mid-to-late 1950s, Model H81-D. Ahlers & Ogletree image

ATLANTA – A Winter Estates Auction packed with more than 500 premier lots in a wide array of categories – some of them with connections to iconic luminaries ranging from JFK and Elvis Presley to Abraham Lincoln and Marilyn Monroe – will be held on Sunday, Feb. 8, by Ahlers & Ogletree, in the firm’s gallery at 715 Miami Circle, starting at 11 a.m. EST.

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The auction will feature duck decoys, animal taxidermy trophy mounts, militaria (including World War II items), collectible coins, a fabulous group of vintage guitars, original artwork, baby boomer items that include a 1950s Coke machine and a ’50s-era Seeburg jukebox, and items from the prominent African-American figures Booker T. Washington and J.R. Clifford.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) was an educator, author and orator from 1890-1915 and the dominant leader in the African-American community. Items from his private estate will include correspondence, personal items (including his monogrammed napkin ring), handwritten Tuskegee Institute documents, and large circa 1870s/1880s ambrotypes, one by John Karl Hillers (German/American, 1843-1925), titled A General View of Zuni, and one by James Fennemore (American, 19th century), titled Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, Looking West.

A related lot, but more recent, is a complete collection of both the Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver U.S. commemorative half-dollars – 28 coins in all, from the Denver, Philadelphia and San Francisco mints, struck between 1946 and 1951. Also, items consigned by the granddaughter of J.R. Clifford (1848-1933), a civil rights pioneer, will be sold.

A wooden section of the platform from John F. Kennedy’s last official speech, delivered at Brooks Air Force Base in Texas on Nov. 21, 1963, the day before his assassination, will come up for bid. The platform was divided up into four sections; one was given to Mrs. Kennedy. Also, a baseball signed in green pen by the Georgia Peach (“Ty Cobb, 12/16/59”; not authenticated) will be sold.

Fans of vintage guitars and popular music will have a field day with what’s in the auction: Justin Bieber’s personal 2010 Gibson Les Paul Studio left-handed solid body electric guitar; a 1968 Gibson B. Kessel cherry Sunburst hollow body electric guitar signed by Ringo Starr; and a 1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins hollow body electric guitar, Nashville Orange finish, with the original case.

Additional guitars will include a 1969 (or 1970) Fender Telecaster solid body electric guitar with applied circular Grateful Dead logo; a 1964 Gibson ES335 Bigsby hollow cherry body electric guitar; a 1987 Martin D-41 acoustic guitar with abalone inlay, rosewood back and sides; and a 1967 Gibson ES345 Sunburst archtop stereo electric guitar. All are accompanied by their cases.

Two photographs are bound to attract attention. One is a photo print of a nude Marilyn Monroe, reclining on a red velvet expanse (from Playboy magazine’s inaugural issue in 1953). The photo is signed by the photographer, Tom Kelly (American, 1914-1984). The other is an original photograph of Abraham Lincoln, believed taken on July 4, 1856, before the Lincoln-Douglas debates, by R. Hodgman (Princeton, Ill.). It comes with an 1865 newspaper account of Lincoln’s assassination.

The Elvis lot is a framed presentation, consisting of a 24K gold-plated record of his “Aloha From Hawaii” concert from 1973, cover art from the album, three concert tickets from 1977 (two from Savannah, Ga., one from Terre Haute, Ind.), and a photo of Presley. Also sold will be a men’s Rolex Tudor “Tiger” watch with a black leather band and paperwork signed by Tiger Woods.

Sportsmen in the crowd will be drawn to a rare carved wood and polychrome Drake Widgeon decoy made during the 1930s by Benz Wood Products Co. (Jefferson City, Mo.), and a late 19th century Springfield Model 1884 trapdoor rifle and bayonet with U.S. Army brass.

Two paintings depicting ducks in flight by the Italian-born Atlanta artist Athos R. Menaboni (1895-1990), both gouache under glass, will come under the gavel. One, titled Mallard, depicts a male and female mallard in flight and is pencil signed and titled. The other, titled Black Duck, shows a male and female black duck in flight, also pencil signed and titled. Both are framed.

An original oil on canvas painting by the British artist David G. Steell (1856-1930), titled Horses in a Field, measuring about 37½ inches by 52¼ inches (framed) and showing two pairs of horses among grassy rolling hills, is signed and dated. Also sold will be a circa 1800s handcarved and painted model of the Connecticut Navy ship the Oliver Cromwell, carved by Samuel Chapman, who served in the Connecticut Navy during the Revolutionary War.

Baby boomers will be transported back in time when they see a Silver Age 1958 Seeburg Model 161 Select-O-Matic jukebox with twin grill fins (1958 selling price: $1,275); the Vendo Coca-Cola vending machine (Model H81-D), produced in the mid-to-late 1950s, holding up to 81 bottles and with a 10-cent coin mechanism; and the black leather couches built into the back ends of actual 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Airs – with working tail lights.

Bidders wishing to participate online should register with their platform up to 24 hours prior to auction. Phone and absentee bids will be taken up to 24 hours prior to sale. Inquiries regarding bidding may be made via e-mail ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or by telephone, at 404-869-2478.

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

Vendo Coca-Cola 10-cent vending machine produced in the mid-to-late 1950s, Model H81-D. Ahlers & Ogletree image

 

Men's Rolex Tudor ‘Tiger’ watch in original box with paperwork signed by golfer Tiger Woods. Ahlers & Ogletree image

Two gouache under glass paintings of ducks in flight by Athos Menaboni (one shown) will be sold. Ahlers & Ogletree image

1968 Gibson Barney Kessel Cherry Sunburst hollow body electric guitar signed by Ringo Starr. Ahlers & Ogletree image

Framed presentation of Elvis memorabilia, including two concert tickets and a 24K gold-plated record. Ahlers & Ogletree image

Not one but two back ends of actual 1957 Chevy Bel-Airs, converted to couches, will be sold. Ahlers & Ogletree image

Complete collection of commemorative half-dollar coins dated 1946-1954, honoring Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver. Ahlers & Ogletree image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 17:16
 

Wright launches series of American design auctions Feb. 12

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Friday, 23 January 2015 17:50

Charles and Ray Eames RAR, Herman Miller, 1950, molded fiberglass, vinyl, enameled steel, birch. Estimate: $700-$900. Wright image

CHICAGO – Since Wright’s first auction in 2000, the company has featured American design classics. Returning to its roots, Wright is launching a series of dedicated sales focused on the best of 20th century American design, from the perfection of Charles and Ray Eames to the democracy of Paul McCobb. The first sale in this series will be Thursday, Feb. 12, beginning at noon Central.

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“American Design is the cornerstone of our business. We started in this industry focusing on thoughtful, mid-century modernist designs, and although the market has expanded exponentially into many different areas of collecting, the truth is that we continue to be captivated by this material, and our love for it has not diminished,” said Wright specialist Peter Jefferson.

Composed of over 130 lots, this innovative auction provides a curated selection of covetable designs from some of the best-known modern designers in the American mid-century period, including Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson & Associates, Florence Knoll, Isamu Noguchi and Eero Saarinen. A new concept for Wright, this auction blends the use both a beautiful printed catalog with full, detailed descriptions available online.

Highlights of American Design include an Eero Saarinen prototype Womb chair (estimate $3,000 – $5,000), a Lester Geis T-5-G table lamp from the Low-Cost Lighting competition (estimate $7,000 – $9,000) and an uncommon Charles & Ray Eames three-legged CTM (estimate $5,000 – $7,000).

Other notable offerings in the sale are two pairs of Isamu Noguchi’s iconic table lamps (estimate $5,000 – $7,000 per pair), a rare pair of matched blue leather LCMs designed by Charles and Ray Eames (estimate $4,000 – $5,000) and an armchair designed by Charles J. Botero (estimate $3,000 – $5,000), a whimsical anomaly with a rich, historical place within the confines of this auction. Also present is a selection of ESU variations designed by Charles and Ray Eames.

The pieces featured tell the story of what was ultimately an idealistic era, when a plywood chair could change society and symbolize progress. These heroic works embody the optimism of midcentury America, and the role design played in shaping the future.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Charles and Ray Eames RAR, Herman Miller, 1950, molded fiberglass, vinyl, enameled steel, birch. Estimate: $700-$900. Wright image

Charles and Ray Eames rare LCMs, pair, by Herman Miller, 1946. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Wright image   

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015 17:56
 

Susanin’s to auction single-owner fine art collection Feb. 21

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Pauline Palmer (American, 1865-1938), ‘The Picture Book,’ oil on canvas laid to board. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Susanin’s Auctioneers image

CHICAGO – Susanin’s Auctioneers & Appraisers will sell the Estate of Donald Thorp: a collection of over 350 portraits, miniatures and print works from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries on Feb. 21. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Thorp, an avid collector and patron of the arts, literature and music, assembled his collection over six decades.

His interest in painting started as a young man, when he developed a keen eye, focusing initially on Continental School portraits of royalty. As his taste progressed, he acquired numerous treasures, showing men, women, children and landscape scenes of momentous times since past. Thorp’s love of storytelling through his art collection remained a constant throughout his entire life.

The Feb. 21 auction features Thorp's fine art collection in full and includes a variety of masterpiece works by Albert Everett Orr, Sir William Charles Ross, Harry Herman Roseland, Henri de Beul, John Strevens, Chester Harding, Pierre Paul Leon Glaize, Pauline Palmer, Edgar Bundy, Guillaume Seignac, Owen Dalziel, Antoine Blanchard, Charles Amable Lenoir, Benjamin Albert Stahl, Ferdinand Roybet, Ben Cooley, John Shirley Fox, Chester Harding, Sir Martin Archer Shea and many more.

The Estate of Donald Thorp will be shown in Chicago throughout the week of Feb. 16.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Pauline Palmer (American, 1865-1938), ‘The Picture Book,’ oil on canvas laid to board. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Susanin’s Auctioneers image

Chester Harding (American, 1792-1866), portraits of Eben Brewer Foster and Lucy Ann Stevens Foster, oils on canvas. Eben was a founder of the Boston Chronicle. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Susanin’s Auctioneers image

Owen Dalziel (British, 1861-1942), ‘Watching the Regatta, oil on canvas. Estimate: $800-$1,200. Susanin’s Auctioneers image

Pal Fried (Hungarian, 1893-1976), ‘Ballerina in Pose,’ oil on canvas. Estimate: $800-$1,200. Susanin’s Auctioneers image

Harry Herman Roseland (American, 1868-1950), ‘The Colored Palmist,’ oil on canvas. Estimate: $800-$1,000. Susanin’s Auctioneers image

Samuel Prout (British, 1783-1852), ‘The Gate at St. Martin at Tours,’ watercolor on paper. Estimate: $300-$500.  Susanin’s Auctioneers image

Attributed to Constant Mayer (French/American, 1832-1911), ‘Portrait of George Greer,’ oil on canvas. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Susanin’s Auctioneers image

Thomas Gandy (British, 19th century), ‘Mother and Child,’ oil on canvas. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Susanin’s Auctioneers image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:59
 

Madonna clock lamp starring in Jeffrey Evans auction Jan. 31

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Rare frosted Madonna night-clock lamp by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Co., circa 1875. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

MT. CRAWFORD, VA. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ first auction of 2015 will include great examples of lighting and early glass from the collections of Pat and the Late Bret Morey of Griswold, Conn., and Part I of the Victorian glass collection of Robert E. Hefner Jr. of Rosharon, Texas. The Jan. 31 auction will include  rare fluid and early kerosene lighting of all types, rare colored Sandwich glass, important Tiffany, Steuben, Durand and Mt. Washington art glass, a large selection of Victorian opalescent glass including rare Phoenix wares, good cut glass and more.

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Among the most exciting offerings is a rare frosted Madonna night-clock lamp by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Co., circa 1875, presented to Dr. Lewis Balch of New York. The frosted glass figure of the Madonna is topped by a white globe printed with Roman numerals in a lateral clock design at its midpoint. The globe turns and keeps time similar to how a clock would. It has a $4,000-$6,000 estimate.

Other highlights of the auction include an array of rare Phoenix art glass in pink, peach, red and other hues; as well as opalescent glass in blue, green, orange, pink and red, all from the Hefner collection. From a number of other consignments, there is a fine fiery opalescent Sandwich glass fruit-basket on stand and a unique American cut double-overlay pyriform perfume bottle.

For further information contact Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 540-434-3939.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Rare frosted Madonna night-clock lamp by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Co., circa 1875. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

From a fine selection of cut-overlay lamps including a rare Sandwich banquet lamp standing over 38 high to the top of shade. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Sample of a fine selection of art glass including Tiffany, Steuben and Durand, from a Virginia estate collection. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

The auction contains more than 500 pieces of Victorian opalescent glass including many rare Phoenix examples, from the Hefner collection. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015 17:34
 

Rare scientific instruments take spotlight at Capo Auction Jan. 24

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:15

Swiss lacquered brass goniometer, late 19th century. Estimated value: $4,000-$6,000. Capo Auction image

NEW YORK – Renowned Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques in Long Island City will present their first auction of the New Year on Saturday, Jan., 24, beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern with the spotlight on a collection of rare French and Swiss antique scientific instruments.

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In addition to these antique scientific instruments, Capo Auction is featuring a selection of mid-century modern and other furniture, various bronze figures, fine art and contemporary pieces, all from multiple estates.

A scientific instrument in the collection already getting much attention is a Swiss lacquered brass goniometer, late 19th century, signed on the stand “Societe Genevoise Instruments Physique & Mecanique Geneve.” The instrument, which is 15 1/4 inches high, sold at Christies, South Kensington, London, on May 30, 1996. It carries a $4,000-$6,000 estimate.

Others offered are a French telescope theodolite instrument, 19th century, of lacquered brass and signed on the horizontal circle “E L'Orieux. a Paris, No. 3 Depot des Cartes et Plans de la Marine,” estimated at $2,000-$3,000, and a French lacquered brass transit theodolite, late 19th century, indistinctly signed on the horizontal circle “Brunner freres a Paris,” estimate: $4,000-$6,000.

In the art arena, Capo Auction is also featuring an after Guido Reni (Italian, 1575-1642) oil on canvas of St. Sebastian, late 18th century. Framed, with a canvas size of 51 by 38 inches, the painting of the martyred saint is estimated at $20,000-$25,000. Also, a Ferdinand Parpan (French, 1902-2004) patinated bronze figure titled Trompettiste (1935-1940) is initialed, signed and numbered 3/8. It stands 57 inches tall and is estimated at $15,000-$20,000.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Swiss lacquered brass goniometer, late 19th century. Estimated value: $4,000-$6,000. Capo Auction image

French telescope theodolite instrument, 19th century. Estimated value: $2,000-$3,000. Capo Auction image

French lacquered brass transit theodolite, late 19th century. Estimated value: $4,000-$6,000. Capo Auction image

After Guido Reni (Italian, 1575-1642), ‘St. Sebastian,’ oil on canvas, late 18th century. Estimated value: $20,000-$25,000. Capo Auction image

Ferdinand Parpan (French, 1902-2004), ‘Trompettiste,’ patinated bronze. Estimated value $15,000-$20,000. Capo Auction image

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