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Ewbank’s to sell art collection of renowned curator June 27

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Friday, 13 June 2014 16:21

Sir Terry Frost R.A., British (1915-2003), untitled, unfinished oil and collage. Estimate: £10,000-20,000. Ewbank’s image.

SURREY, UK – On June 27, Ewbank’s, Surrey’s premier auctioneer of fine art and antiques, will sell the Michael Compton Collection of postwar and contemporary art, a group of 28 works by luminaries Roy Lichtenstein, Marcel Broodthaers, Terry Frost, Henry Moore, Richard Long, Victor Newsome, Keith Milow, Billy Al Bengston, Ian Stephenson, Sol LeWitt and Joe Tilson, most of them gifted in thanks by the artists or their families whose careers were enhanced by the exhibitions Compton created. The collection is expected to raise around £200,000 ($336,000).

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Tate Director Sir Nicholas Serota described Compton as “arguably the first curator working in England to command international respect for his practice as a maker of exhibitions, collaborator with artists and contributor to the discourse of contemporary art.”

A small Lichtenstein bronze, Yellow Brushstroke is an exception. Number 11 of 19 from an initial lifetime casting, it was presented to Compton by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation at an awards event held at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art on May 23 1991. The presentation was in recognition of his work as curator of the 1989 Marcel Broodthaers exhibition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. It is estimated at £40,000-60,000.

Broodthaers died in 1976 and in 1980, while at Tate Gallery, Compton curated the first retrospective of the Belgian artist’s work. He went on to curate the 1989 exhibition in Minneapolis, which also travelled to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.

Frederick R.Weisman (1912-1994) was an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and art collector, who held an uncompromising belief in the cultural value of art and an understanding of the importance of both the individual artist and the creative process.

Lichtenstein developed his Brushstrokes paintings as sculptural representations in the 1980s and ’90s, depicting the gestural expressions of the brushstroke itself. In his own words, Lichtenstein said the brushstroke “is just an idea to start with, and painting it makes it more concrete, but when you do it in bronze sculpture, it becomes real and has weight and is absurd, contradictory and funny.”

Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976) spent 20 years in poverty as a struggling poet before turning to art and began to make objects in 1963. One the surreal images linked to him most often is Poêle De Moules, mussel shells in a frying pan, a witty nod to his homeland’s national dish. The piece is one of 10 lots in the sale gifted to Compton by the artist’s widow, Maria, at the time he was working with her on a proposed catalogue-raisonné of her husband’s work. This involved regular visits to Brussels in the 1980s and ’90s to do research.

Broodthaers was a writer, poet, filmmaker, photographer, journalist and artist, who famously remarked he would rather have put off the choice of profession until his death. Closely associated with the Belgian Groupe Surréaliste-revolutionnaire, he made use of found objects and collage, incorporating written language in his art, using whatever was at hand for raw materials, most notably the shells of eggs and mussels. Poêle De Moules is estimated at £40,000-60,000.

Un Chateaubriand bien saignant pour deux (A rare Chateaubriand for two) is unsigned but shares the same provenance as the mussels. It is stenciled on the unprimed reverse of the canvas. It is estimated at £30,000-50,000, while Palette, done in colored pencils on a prepared canvas board in 1973-4 is estimated at £15,000-25,000.

A photographer’s light box with photographs and slides inscribed "Avion" and "Avis" is estimated at £10,000-20,000.

Language as a symbol that conveys meaning is a central theme in Broodthaers’ texts, objects, installations, films, photographs, slide projections and prints. A work comprising three magic slate boards mounted on grey card is estimated at £5,000-10,000 and a group of 12 children's ABC play bricks stenciled in black in a Dr. Pusscat on the Mouse box is estimated at £4,000-6,000, as is a pair of green glass wine bottles with printed labels "Pluie" and "Mer du Nord" ("Rain" and "Sea of the North").

More valuable of two untitled abstracts by Sir Terry Frost (1915-2003) is an unfinished oil and collage on hardboard done in 1954-56 and estimated at £10,000-20,000. The work was begun when Frost was a Gregory Fellow at Leeds University and given to Compton who at the time was assistant to the director at the city’s art gallery.

Frost told Compton and his wife, Susan, that the motifs were inspired by a visit to Malham Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales. Frost had already produced a smaller sketch, also painted on hardboard, which Mr. and Mrs. Compton owned, so he presented them with this version saying, “I don't know how to finish this so I'd like you to have it.” The work was probably painted in the studio provided by the university in Moor Road, Leeds and is similar to a group of works, which Frost related to his experience of the Dales landscape.

An abstract in watercolor on paper in black, brown and white was painted in 1957 after Frost's Gregory Fellowship ended and while he was teaching at Leeds College of Art. It is estimated at £2,000-4,000. Similar detail can be found in a work in the Tate Collection Khaki and Lemon, 1956.

Sir Henry Moore (1898-1986) gifted two inscribed lithographs to Compton in thanks for organizing the 1977 Henry Moore Drawings exhibition at the Tate Gallery curated by Alan Wilkinson of the Ontario Art Gallery. They show a reclining figure and a mother and child respectively and each is inscribed “For Michael Compton from Henry Moore.” Each is estimated at £600-1,000, as is a signed wine bottle given to Compton during the dinner for Henry Moore at the Cafe Royale, which followed the opening of the exhibition. With it is a second bottle from the opening of a Henry Moore exhibition in 1989 at the Fondation Pierre Gianadda in Martingny, Switzerland, where a local vintage was named for the artist and served at the gallery.

Michael Compton was born in Minehead, Somerset, while his parents were on leave from India, where he spent his early childhood. Educated in England and South Africa, he studied naval architecture before turning to art history, graduating from the Courtauld Institute in 1952.

From 1953 Compton worked in public museums, beginning at Leeds Art Gallery (1953-57) where he cataloged the watercolor collection at Temple Newsam House, followed by the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, where he was keeper of foreign art. In 1960, he was appointed director of the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull for which he acquired the first David Hockney to enter a museum. He joined the Tate Gallery as assistant keeper of the modern collection in 1965 and worked there until his retirement in 1987.

Early in 1968, a Churchill Traveling Fellowship gave him three months in the U.S. to explore contemporary American art, instigating contemporary exhibitions, beginning with the Roy Lichtenstein show of 1968. In 1971, he curated the Andy Warhol and Robert Morris exhibitions, the former a great success, the latter a disaster, although it was restaged in 2009 to great acclaim.

In the 1970s, Compton planned an extension to the Tate Gallery (today Tate Britain) to provide special space for exhibitions, which opened in 1979. Additionally, he was invited to join British Council and Arts Council committees and became involved with exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery in London and British Council exhibitions overseas. He also represented Britain on the International Committee of Modern Art Museums.

By the time he retired in 1987 he was the most “international” curator in London, connecting his up-to-date knowledge of British art to first-hand experience of contemporary art in Europe and the United States. In recognition of this he was created C.B.E. He died last year, leaving a widow, who lives in Surrey, and two daughters.

For further information, contact the auctioneers on 01483 223101 or 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

Sir Terry Frost R.A., British (1915-2003), untitled, unfinished oil and collage. Estimate: £10,000-20,000. Ewbank’s image.

Roy Lichtenstein, American (1923-1997). Weisman Art Award 'Yellow Brushstroke,' 1991. Estimate: £40,000-60.000. Ewbank’s image.

Michael Compton 1927-2013. Ewbank’s image.

Sir Terry Frost R.A., British (1915-2003), untitled abstract, 1957. Estimate: £2,000-4,000. Ewbank’s image.

Henry Moore, British (1898-1986), mother and child, print, £600-1,000. Estimate: Ewbank’s image.

Henry Moore, British (1898-1986), reclining figure, print, £600-1,000. Estimate: Ewbank’s image.

Marcel Broodthaers, Belgian (1924-1976), circa 1965. 'Poêle De Moules.' Estimate: £40,000-60,000. Ewbank’s image.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 08:36
 

Tim's to renew Father's Day tradition with auction June 15

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014 15:18

Beautiful mid-18th century two-part Queen Anne highboy from a home in Litchfield that was built in 1764. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image.

BRISTOL, Conn. – More than 500 quality lots composed of thousands of items will be sold in an online-only Father’s Day Extravaganza Auction slated for Sunday, June 15, starting promptly at 5 p.m. Eastern time. The auction will be conducted by Tim’s Inc. Auctions. The annual event was begun by Tim’s father, Peter, who passed away in 2005.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

“We expect this auction to go well into the wee hours of the following day, with spirited online bidding such as we’ve seen in past Father’s Day Extravaganzas,” said Tim Chapulis. “We’re starting at 5 p.m., to give everyone time to enjoy the day with their fathers and families, then end their day with a special auction. We encourage bidders to stick around through to the very end.”

Headlining this year’s auction will be property from the estate of Arthur “Artie” Shaw, a beloved longtime auctioneer, appraiser and antiques shop owner from Torrington, Conn., who passed away a few months ago. Over 1,000 items from Shaw’s shop, which closed three years ago, and private collections will be condensed down into multiples totaling more than 100 lots.

Featured from Shaw’s collection will be a beautiful antique horse-drawn sleigh – a focal point that graced the window of his antiques shop for years – and a pair of opposite facing Paul McCobb (1917-1969) room dividers, complete and in two sections (etageres and table/base). The mahogany has a light champagne finish and the frame and pulls are brass.

Also from the Shaw estate are a rare Flying Tigers stained glass art piece; tribal carvings and many Native American pieces; his private fishing collection of lures, poles, trophy mounts and more; Oriental rugs in various sizes and designs; oil paintings; estate jewelry; and a lovely S-rolltop desk.

Also in the auction will be furnishings from a Litchfield, Conn., home dated 1764, to include a beautiful circa-1750 two-part Queen Anne highboy, a 30-inch wide English Regency tambour door sideboard with lions on the door pulls, a fine French writing desk and a gorgeous Queen Anne tilt-top table with bird cage mechanism showing great finish and burling.

Pieces attributed to the renowned American 19th century furniture maker R.J. Horner will include a rare oak curio server combination with a glass door on the left and a server on the right, having a mirror on top with two winged dragons, plus claw feet and felt-lined interior; and a pair of oak file cabinets with full-standing and facing winged griffins and fancy lions as adornments.

Two Harley-Davidson motorcycles will come up for bid, as will many gold and silver coins including brilliant uncirculated silver dollars and a currency hoard from the 1930s. Estate jewelry will feature bracelets, watches, earrings, precious stones, diamonds, rubies and sapphires, and an 18K gold flower pin with sapphire stones and the original Tiffany & Co. box.

Also sold will be the contents of numerous estate safety deposit boxes (some containing jewelry and coins), Hollywood memorabilia that once graced the walls of a local movie theater in Bristol (to include lobby cards and black and white publicity stills, plus some vintage movie posters), and a life-size Power Rangers figurine that talks when prompted.

An antique doll collection comes from the estate of Maria Cambra, a member of the Jenny Lind Doll Club of Connecticut, a lifelong doll collector and maker of dolls who recently passed away. Many doll accessories will also be sold, as will a collection of early Heyward Wakefield-era wicker baby buggies sporting large wooden and wire wheels.

A collection of artwork by Sante Graziani (1920-2005), an American artist and educator at Yale University widely known for his murals that adorned many public schools and other government buildings, will also be sold. Other original oil paintings and artworks will also come up for bid. Also in the sale is a rare saber tooth tiger fossil, plus additional fossil and mineral collections.

Perfect Father’s Day “man cave” offerings will include a vintage Brunswick-Balke-Collender Co. slate-top mahogany pool table with beautiful cue rack (proceeds going to benefit the Morris Volunteer Fire Dept.), and rock ’n’ roll autographed guitars and memorabilia – with proceeds going to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the Lyceum of Terryville, Conn.

Also slated to be sold online are early country store advertising signs, an antique fire alarm box with the original paint, and a Victorian Jenny Lind secretary desk with two female busts adorning the front doors, lighting items, and a 2007 BX2350 Kubota Tractor, which is well maintained and in fine running condition.

A buyer’s premium of 21 percent will be applied to all purchased, regardless of method of participation.

Every participating bidder is asked to make a suggested donation of $10 to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in memory of Peter Chapulis, Tim’s late father. Peter was a big fan of entertainer Danny Thomas, who once said if he made it in Hollywood, he would do something for sick and disadvantaged kids. He did just that, and his legacy lives on today.

“We are proud to continue this time-honored tradition, of supporting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and keeping the memory of my father alive,” said Chapulis. “Peter was an important part of the auction business a strong supporter of having an auction on Father’s Day, to honor all fathers, past and present. To date, we’ve raised over $66,000 for St. Jude’s.”

To consign an item, an estate or collection, phone Tim Chapulis at 860-459-0964 or e-mail him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Beautiful mid-18th century two-part Queen Anne highboy from a home in Litchfield that was built in 1764. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image.

Rare oak curio server combination attributed to the renowned 19th century American furniture maker R.J. Horner. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image.

 

Rare Flying Tigers stained glass art piece from the estate of Arthur ‘Artie’ Shaw, who recently passed away. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image.

Vintage Brunswick-Balke-Collender Co. slate-top mahogany pool table with beautiful cue rack. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image.

Tim Chapulis poses next to the horse-drawn sleigh that was a focal point of Artie Shaw's antique shop for years. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image.

What better gift for a dad on Father's Day that a full-throated Harley-Davidson motorcycle? There are two in the auction. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image.

Rock ’n’ roll memorabilia items will include this vintage guitar signed by Peter Townsend of The Who. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 16:30
 

Enlist now for Onslows sale of World War I posters July 9

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:33

‘Britons (Lord Kitchener) Wants You,’ original poster printed by Victoria House Printing Co., circa 1914, 75 x 51 cm. Considered to be the Holy Grail of historic British posters, this poster is being offered at auction for the first time since 1983. Estimate: £10,000-15,000. Onslows image.

STOURPAINE, UK – On July 9 Onslows will be offering for sale one of the most complete collections of World War I recruiting posters to have come on the market in 30 years. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The collection of nearly 200 posters was discovered in a house in Kent. The owners, who had inherited the collection some years before, had not fully appreciated what they had. Their interest in finding more about the posters was sparked with the centenary of the outbreak of World War I. When they looked more closely they realized they had a nearly complete collection of posters published by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee between 1914 and 1916. A fascinating file of correspondence has come to light among the posters dating from 1917 to 1921. Documents show that the posters had belonged to the owner’s grandfather, who appears to have been involved in disposing of surplus posters on behalf of His Majesty's Stationery Office to Libraries, Institutions and private individuals around the world.

With an inevitability of war approaching and an acute recruiting shortfall, by Aug. 7, 1914, Parliament had authorized an increase in the Army of half a million men. The Parliamentary Recruiting Committee was established in the reception room at 12 Downing Street on Aug. 31, 1914 composed of 32 members including 11 Conservative, seven Liberal and four Labor MPs. The PRC’s guiding principle was to use local party constituency organizations to assist the War Office in establishing orderly recruiting. A Publications Sub Department was set up to commission the posters with the HM Stationery Office overseeing the printing of the posters. In many cases the different printing companies commissioned came up with their own designs using in-house designers and in some case well-established artists. The posters were then passed as fit for purpose by the PRC. The output of many of the posters was vast, sometimes with print runs of tens of thousands.

The posters play on the conscience of the British public with some of the now famous slogans “Daddy What did you do in the Great War?” “England Expects Every Man to do his Duty,” “He’s Happy and Satisfied; Are You?” “Step into your place; We’re both needed to serve the guns!” and “Forward, Forward to Victory.” The majority of them are brightly pictorial, as the campaign for recruitment approached 1916 the compulsory enlistment of all fit men was looming, and the posters took a more sinister stark and to-the-point form with letterpress titles that did not hide their purpose. These include “Single Men First,” “More Men are Wanted,” “The Prime Ministers Pledge to Married Men,” “A Mere Promise to Enlist is of No Value" and “Single Men! Last Days for Voluntary Enlistment.”

The collection will be sold in separate lots and is expected to realize in excess of £20,000.

The also includes other Great War ephemera and original works of art, other posters including some rare World War I American propaganda including Howard Chandler Christy’s “Clear the Way.”

One of the most sought after posters in the Great War section of the auction is Paul Nash’s Leicester Galleries exhibition poster from 1918 were he showed the public for first time his powerful anti-war “Void of War “ pictures, this poster has rarely appeared for sale and is therefore difficult to value but it could sell for in excess of £5,000.

The Vintage posters section include three rare British Railways posters, an outstanding Edwardian Great Eastern Railway beach poster for Lowestoft in Suffolk, an evocative Great Western Railway poster for North Wales, and Borlase Smart’s Art Deco poster for St. Ives. We will also be offering three early Edward McKnight Kauffer posters from the London Underground Railways, “In Watford” is one the earliest know posters the young American artist designed for the company who’s advertising department was under the direction of the brilliant Frank Pick. It is estimated at £2,000-3,000. We will be offering a wide selection of other fine vintage posters including ocean liners, Continental travel, World War II propaganda and Shell Oil and Petrol.

Click to view an entertaining video featuring rare highlights from Onslows' July 9 Vintage Posters Auction:



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

‘Britons (Lord Kitchener) Wants You,’ original poster printed by Victoria House Printing Co., circa 1914, 75 x 51 cm. Considered to be the Holy Grail of historic British posters, this poster is being offered at auction for the first time since 1983. Estimate: £10,000-15,000. Onslows image.

E. McKnight Kauffer (Edward 1890-1954), ‘In Watford,’ original poster No. 153, April 1915, printed for Underground Electric Railways Co. by Waterlow & Sons Ltd., 75 x 50 cm. Estimate: £2,000-3,000. Onslows image.

F Sentrein (Belgian dates not known), ‘The Continent via Dover-Ostend Twice Daily,’ original poster printed for Belgian State Railways and Mail Packets by D. Hobel Bruxulles, 100 x 65 cm. Estimate: £1,000-1,500. Onslows image.

F. Quinny, ‘Lowestoft and Oulton Broad via Great Eastern Railway,’ original poster printed by Haycock Cadle & Graham, circa 1915, 102 x 127 cm. Estimate: £2,500- 3000. Onslows image.

J.B. Baldwin, ‘His Majesty's Foot Guards,’ Regular Army recruiting poster, original poster printed by Jowett & Sowry, 1914, 64 x 72 cm. Estimate: £700-1,000. Onslows image.

Howard Chandler Christy (1873-1952), ‘Clear the Way Buy Bonds Fourth Liberty Loan,’ original poster No 10-B printed by Forbes, Boston, circa 1918, 76 x 51 cm. Estimate £300-400. Onslows image.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 15:33
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury to auction Grayson Perry pottery June 27

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Grayson Perry (b. 1960), ‘Cosmic Chick,’ circa 1984, glazed earthenware, inscribed 'Cosmic Chick' at center, 19 1/4 x 11 1/2 in., 49 x 29.3 cm. Estimate: £5,000- £7,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions will offer an important group of early Grayson Perry artworks on Friday, June 27. These pieces, from the cross-dressing potter’s exploratory phase, post Art College, began his eccentric journey to becoming one of Britain’s most celebrated artists and a media sensation. This unusual group will be offered in a sale of more than 160 lots of modern and contemporary art.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Angus Maguire, modern & contemporary art specialist at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions said; “In this receptive market, the fascination with Perry’s early work is growing, for it is with these unusual experimental works that he begins to find his metier.”

A weird Arthurian relic is the first of Perry’s bronze works ever to be offered at auction. Six individually cast bronze arches are joined together in the form of an early medieval crown, highly decorated with ceramic elements and plastic toys.

Turning to pottery in the autumn of 1983, this work was presumably made either for his graduation at Portsmouth Polytechnic in the summer of 1982 or in the intervening year before he attended the Central Institute in London. The work suggests a young artist simultaneously exploring medieval and contemporary imagery to produce a signature artwork imbued with the artist’s unique and eccentric vision. It is estimated at £20,000-30,000 ($33,600-50,400).

Grayson Perry: “I did a lot of bronze casting and made things like crowns and helmets and it all got a bit ‘Sword and Sorcery’...”

Continuing with this quasi-religious theme, Cosmic Chick, represents a highly unusual wall-based sculpture in the form of a cross. This is another experimental, early work produced circa 1985. It is estimated at £5,000-7,000 (Lot 140).

Also in the group is a rare example of artists taking a “found” pot and extensively drawing on the surface with deep incisions and over glaze. It is therefore a direct precursor to Perry’s best-known later work, the highly adorned large-scale ceramic pieces for which he is most renowned. Likely to have been produced shortly after he graduated, this highly defaced piece is estimated at £5,000-7,000 (Lot 141).

Grayson Perry: “I just had a table in my room and I used to buy lots of books at jumble sales and cut them up, and do drawings and stuff. And then I started doing little assemblages of junk I found. I did that for a couple of years and went to my first pottery class in September ’83.”

An untitled large plate, or charger, is the final work in the group and is estimated at £3,000-5,000 (Lot 142).

Grayson Perry: “I started making plates – they were very easy to make. I could do a press mold of a plate – pretty much finish one in a lesson and have something to prop up on the mantelpiece.”

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

Grayson Perry (b. 1960), ‘Cosmic Chick,’ circa 1984, glazed earthenware, inscribed 'Cosmic Chick' at center, 19 1/4 x 11 1/2 in., 49 x 29.3 cm. Estimate: £5,000- £7,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

 Grayson Perry (b. 1960), Untitled (Crown), 1982-3, having applied ceramic elements and plastic toys adhered throughout 8 1/2 in., 21.6 cm (diameter) x 4 in., 11 cm (height). Estimate: £20,000-£30,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Grayson Perry (b. 1960), Untitled (Pot), circa 1984, glazed eartherware with applied ceramic motifs and incisions throughout, 6 1/4 in., 16 cm (height). Estimate: £5,000-£7,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 11:06
 

Roseberys to offer array of fine art, antiques June 24-25

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:33

Dorothea Sharp, RBA, ROI (British, 1874-1955), ‘Summer Sketch,’ oil on panel. Estimate: £4,000–£6,000. Roseberys image.

LONDON – Roseberys’ two-day Quarterly Fine Art Auction on Tuesday, June 24, and Wednesday, June 25, features an eclectic range of high quality lots across many different disciplines. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The first day of the auction begins with fine European ceramics followed by jewelry, coins and silver. Pictures and modern sculpture go under the hammer in the afternoon along with more than 150 lots of antique picture frames.

The day is rounded off with a fashion and textile section. This features the Suzy Menkes Collection, clothes and accessories from one of fashion’s well-known journalists, as well as a range of important and historic lace lots.

On Wednesday, the auction begins with furniture and works of art. Among several notable lots, Rosebery’s will be auctioning a pair of Chippendale chairs estimated at £18,000-£25,000 ($30,200-$42,000). These were originally commissioned by Sir Richard Worsley for the drawing room at Appuldurcombe on the Isle of Wight. Both the walls of the room and the chairs were covered with Gobelins Tapestry.

One of the highlights of the Works of Art section will be more than 20 Russian icons. The second half of the day is devoted to almost 600 Asian and Islamic lots. Included is a private collection of 300 Chinese snuff bottles.

For details phone Roseberys at 020 8761 2522.

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

 Dorothea Sharp, RBA, ROI (British, 1874-1955), ‘Summer Sketch,’ oil on panel. Estimate: £4,000–£6,000. Roseberys image.

A mid-17th century chalice veil, the lawn square with fine 3cm wide lace border, approximately 52cm x 52cm. Estimate: £400–£600. Roseberys image. 

Chinese enamel twin handled incense burner, Qianlong, 11cm diameter. Estimate £1,000–£1,500. Roseberys image. 

Pair of George III giltwood armchairs by Thomas Chippendale with associated 18th century French floral tapestry. Estimate: £18,000–£25,00. Roseberys image. 

Two Chinese Peking red overlay glass snuff bottles, late Qing Dynasty, 7 cm high. Estimate: £200–£300. Roseberys image. 

Some of the more than 150 picture frames that will be sold Tuesday afternoon, June 24. Roseberys image. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:57
 

Old Toy Soldier to auction James Henderson collection June 27-29

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Monday, 09 June 2014 16:45

Selections from more than 30 Greenwood and Ball figures with estimates ranging from $100 to $1,000. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

PITTSBURGH – Old Toy Soldier’s (OTSA) November 2013 auction grossed a record-setting $590,000 for the Pennsylvania-based company, but owner Ray Haradin thinks that record may soon be shattered. Over the weekend of June 27-29, OTSA will present the James A. Henderson collection as the featured highlight of its approximately 1,500-lot auction – an assemblage of soldiers that Haradin describes as “the most exciting collection [he has] handled to date.” LiveAuctioneers will provide the Internet live bidding services for the sale.

One of America’s top executives, Henderson retired from Cummins Engine Co. Inc. after a distinguished 35-year career that took him to the pinnacle of success. He held senior leadership positions at Cummins beginning in 1977, when he was appointed president and chief operating officer. Eventually he rose to the ranks of chairman and CEO. In his free time, Henderson avidly collected Britains – the best of the best.

“James Henderson has always appreciated provenance, and his collection is filled with rarities formerly in the collections of His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, Britains’ Archive, Malcolm Forbes and Ed Ruby,” said Haradin. “He started collecting in the early 1980s and was very active through the turn of the 21st century, with an emphasis on buying from ‘name’ collections.”

The Henderson collection will be the exclusive focus of the Saturday, June 28 session. Two of the top entries are a Britains set No. 6, the Royal Scots Greys (est. $12,000-$15,000); and set No. 7, the Royal Fusiliers ($7,000-$9,000). Both sets are complete, carry provenance from the Ed Ruby collection, and are featured on the cover of James Opie’s The Great Book of Britains.

“These two sets are, arguably, the most desirable sets Britains ever made. They were a Germanic style of larger-scale, hollow-cast figures that Britains only produced between 1893 and 1897. Very few figures have survived from the production runs of these two sets, so to find either set in a complete state is almost unheard of,” said Haradin.

The figures from sets No. 6 and 7 have plugged-in arms that are attached by an interior rod. Because the arms were separately cast, Britains could adapt them to hold a rifle or trumpet. After a brief five-year run, this particular type of arm was replaced by a moveable arm, Haradin said.

Another special treat in the Henderson collection is the selection of extremely rare and desirable Britains Paris Office sets. Produced for only a short time starting in 1905, figures from Britains’ French subsidiary are identifiable primarily by their paint style, but many are marked “Depose,” Haradin said. “After the Paris branch closed, the molds were sent to Britains’ headquarters in England, so the only sure way to identify the Paris productions is by the paintwork, which is quite distinctive.”

Also in the Henderson collection are a number of special-order pieces that were painted per the customer’s request at Britains’ factory. Among the rare, commissioned items to be auctioned is a Scots Guard Pipe Band set, which was formerly the property of The Duke of Gloucester and is estimated at $9,000-$12,000 in the upcoming sale.

Previously part of the Ed Ruby collection, several Britains displays were made especially for the Clyde Model Dockyard, a famous and historical toy and model shop in Glasgow, Scotland, that opened in 1789 and operated through the early 1970s. The displays have a tin base to which mounted figures were affixed. The displays could be rolled through the store via tracks attached beneath their platforms, thus rendering the impression of soldiers marching. There are eight such displays, with estimates ranging from $1,500 to $7,000.

A one-of-a-kind vehicle in the Henderson collection is Britains’ Terrain Terrier. Haradin said the toy is listed in Britains’ records but that he has never seen one before. Basically a Bren gun mounted on wheels, the boxed example in OTSA’s sale is expected to make $3,000-$5,000.

In addition to many “offbeat” productions, the Henderson collection includes a vast array of other rare sets, including a boxed Royal Marine Infantry Band – one of the two most coveted Britains bands – est. $12,000-$15,000. Another gem, ex Malcolm Forbes collection, is a Pestana river gunboat accompanied by three small skiffs, est. $2,500-$3,500. The Saturday session is rounded out with many beautiful soldiers by Lucotte, Heyde, Stadden and Mignot, from unusual vintage pieces to those of newer manufacture.

The Friday and Sunday sessions will be brimming with soldiers for collectors at all different buying levels. Day 1 includes a fine, 550-lot assortment of post-1970 productions. Sets range from $50 to $500 and include productions from such makers as Trophy, Somerset, Mignot, King & Country, Hocker, All the Queen’s Men, Imperial and Ducal. Also in the mix are American Dimestore soldiers.

Day 3 will present collectors with a panoramic battlefield of toy soldiers dating from 1895 to about 1960. In addition to Britains, there will be a number of Mignots, Greenwood & Ball figures, and some very nice heraldic knights, both by Courtenay and the later and also highly sought-after brand Peter Greenhill/Courtenay. Around 40 Courtenay knights in the sale are from a premier collection that OTSA will be apportioning into its auctions over a period of time.

Haradin also noted that Peter Greenhill, a highly respected painter who owns the old Courtenay molds, has entered into an arrangement with OTSA to produce and paint figures that will be available only through Old Toy Soldier’s auctions, starting with the June 27-29 sale.

Old Toy Soldier’s June 27-29 auction will commence at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, June 27, and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29. Absentee bids, including those placed online via www.LiveAuctioneers.com, must be made no later than 24 hours prior to the sale in order to be accepted.

To obtain condition reports or additional information on bidding, call Ray Haradin at 412-343-8733 (tollfree: 800-349-8009) or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Online: www.oldtoysoldierauctions.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Selections from more than 30 Greenwood and Ball figures with estimates ranging from $100 to $1,000. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

James A. Henderson, retired chairman and CEO of Cummins Engine Co. Inc., at home with prized pieces from his collection displayed in a showcase. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Britains Germanic-style Royal Scots Greys, estimate $12,000-$15,000; and Royal Fusiliers, $7,000-$9,000, as pictured on the cover of James Opie's ‘Great Book of Britains.’ Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Greenhill/Courtenay knights custom made for Old Toy Soldier Auctions and ranging in price from $200-$2,000. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Five of eight Clyde Model Dockyard displays that will be sold as separate lots with estimates ranging from $1,500 to $7,000 each. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

The elusive Britains Royal Marine Light Infantry Band, boxed (not shown), estimate $12,000-$15,000. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Hocker Band Stand, one of many newer production sets to be sold in the June 27th session. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Britains Paris Office Dragoons, estimate $5,000-$7,000. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Britains ‘special paint’ band commissioned for H.R.H. the Duke of Gloucester, estimate $9,000-$12,000. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Unique boxed Britains Set 1204 Terrain Terrier, estimate $3,000-$5,000. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:43
 

Thomas Del Mar to sell museum-quality arms, armor June 25

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Monday, 09 June 2014 16:35

Composite North Italian etched corslet, late 16th century from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 14.25.681. Estimate: £12,000-18,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

LONDON – Items from such iconic U.S. institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago are among the highlights of Thomas Del Mar Ltd.’s auction of Antique Arms, Armor and Militaria to be held Wednesday, June 25.

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A composite North Italian etched corslet dating from the late 16th century, which was once owned by Prince Peter Soltykoff until 1860 and is now being sold by order of the trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is expected to fetch £12,000-18,000. The corslet is composed of a a breastplate and a back piece, and is finely decorated with bands and borders of relief-etching on a stippled and blackened ground involving at the top of the breastplate the figure of St. John the Baptist holding a banner with the abbreviated inscription AD for Agnus Dei.

More than 20 lots from the George F. Harding Collection are being sold by the Art Institute of Chicago to benefit the Harding Collection. Included is a mounted armor for the Jousts Real in the Spanish style of circa 1500-10, consisting mainly of 19th century pieces with some early 16th century elements of great weight, which is expected to fetch £15,000-20,000. The horse-bit is probably of 17th century date and is known to have belonged to His Imperial Highness Archduke Eugen Veste Hohenwerfen of Salzburg, until 1927. A fine pair of 16-Bore Liegois flintlock holster pistols by Jean Jaques Behr, circa 1720-30, which belonged to Ernst August I, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar (1688-1748), and subsequently Wilhelm Ernst, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1876-1923), carry an estimate of £8,000-10,000.

Also from the United States is a group of English and European 
small-swords from the Lattimer Family Collections of New
 Jersey. The Lattimer Family Collections have been described as a virtual military museum, his late 19th century Federal style home being filled with numerous historic pieces including edged weapons, Revolutionary and Civil War rifles, swords and huge turret mounted machine guns from World War I. Decorated small swords, notably those with historic provenance, were an area of particular interest to Lattimer, and a distinguished group from his collection is now on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The auction will also include Part Two of the Morton and Angela Stern Collection. The Sterns, who lived in New York, shared a passion for antiques and in particular arms and armor. Together they traveled extensively, visiting museums, fairs, auctions and gun shows making many acquisitions together. The objects offered in Thomas Del Mar’s Auction reflect their combined broad tastes, including some fine examples of European edged weapons, armor and a number of distinguished examples of the gunsmith’s skill as both engineer and decorator. Mort had a particular interest in military firearms and Angela in Scottish firearms.

Among the notable pieces is a fine German sword-rapier with blackened iron hilt dating from the late 16th century which is estimated at £6,000-8,000, while a North Italian close helmet for heavy field use, probably Milanese, dating from circa 1580 carries a similar estimate, and a fine pair of 38-bore Scottish flintlock belt pistols by I. Christie of Perth, and dating from circa 1780, is expected to fetch £5,000-7,000.

Also with a distinguished provenance is a fine and rare cased pair of 28-bore French silver-mounted flintlock pistols of presentation quality by Boutet, Directeur Artiste, Manufacture a Versailles, circa 1802, which are expected to fetch £40,000-70,000. These are being offered by the descendant family of Don José de la Serna, Conde de Los Andres, Viceroy of Peru (1770-1832). They are signed within a lozenge shaped framework of gilt pellets, decorated in gold with bands filled with contrasting matted and plain triangular panels at the muzzle.

Two important German pieces that were the property of a European prince are a close helmet, circa 1600, estimated at £12,000-18,000, and a fine and rare hand-and-a-half sword, circa 1490-1530, estimated at £7,000-10,000.

Elsewhere in the auction is a rare East Tibetan decorated leather lamellar armor dating from the 15th/17th century, which is in very fine condition. Formed of two pairs of plates covering the chest and the back of the torso, open at the front and fitted with two slender plates at each side, it is decorated in gold with large flower heads and foliage and is expected to fetch £5,000-7,000.

One of the larger and more unusual pieces in the sale is a rare example of the skull and antlers of an Irish elk (megalocerus giganteus), measuring just over three meters and dating from the Pleistocene period (2.6 million year to 117,000 years before the present). It carries an estimate of £20,000-30,000.

Among the firearms is a fine pair of 20-bore Liegois flintlock long holster pistols, dating from 1700, probably by Philippe Desellier – the octagonal breeches chiseled with a classical warrior above a crowned heart impaled by a sword carry an estimate of £10,000-15,000. The Desellier brothers, Philippe and Gilles, are recorded in Liege circa 1676-1740 and 1680-1710 respectively. A fine and rare 25-bore South German (Thuringia) wheel-lock pistol, Suhl, circa 1580-90 – chiseled over its surface with a vertical arrangement of allegorical figures within an architectural framework surrounded by scrolling foliage inhabited by exotic birds is estimated at £8,000-12,000.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Composite North Italian etched corslet, late 16th century from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 14.25.681. Estimate: £12,000-18,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

Mounted armor for the ‘Jousts Real’ in the Spanish style of circa1500-10. Mainly 19th century with some early 16th century elements. Property sold by the Art Institute of Chicago. Estimate: £15,000-20,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

Rare and notably large example of the skull and antlers of an Irish elk (megalocerus giganteus), late Pleistocene period. Estimate: £20,000-30,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

Fine German sword-rapier with blackened iron hilt, late 16th century, probably Saxon. Estimate: £6,000-8,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

Fine and rare cased pair of 28 bore French silver-mounted flintlock pistols of presentation quality by Boutet, Directeur Artiste, Manufacture a Versailles, circa 1802. Estimate: £40,000-70,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

Fine pair of 20 bore Liegois flintlock long holster pistols, circa 1700, probably by Philippe Desellier. Estimate: £10,000-15,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

Fine and rare 25 bore south German wheel-lock pistol, Suhl, circa 1580-90. Estimate: £8,000-12,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 10:11
 

Kamelot auction has finery to furnish the castle, June 12-14

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Elizabeth Fisher Washington painting. Kamelot Auction image.

PHILADELPHIA – Kamelot Auction House offers an outstanding selection of property from multiple estates and private collections in its Town and County Estate Auction which will take place June 12-14. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

This eclectic auction will offer a global array of works, showcasing pieces from the 18th through 20th centuries. In its entirety, the sale will include more than 1,400 lots spread over the course of three days with Thursday, June 12, featuring fine and decorative arts, Friday, June 13, featuring Art Deco, mid-century, and design furniture, and Saturday, June 14, featuring continental furniture, garden and textiles.

The decorations section of this sale brings an impressive collection of European and American furnishings including clocks, ceramics, silver, glass, bronze and decorative works of art from numerous private collections. Among the most sought after pieces is lot 164, a rare 20th century Madoura Picasso goat's head ceramic platter signed "p.p. 25" with impressed marks at the bottom. Kamelot will offer this one-of-a-kind piece estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

Bronze statutes have seen an enthusiastic market in recent history, and seasoned buyers will surely be smitten with the examples offered in this auction, including lot 146, a beautiful 35-inch-tall bronze statue of a robed woman with a bird by 19th century French sculptor Hippolyte Francois Moreau. The original piece is signed by the artist on the base “Hte. Moreau Sculp Exption Salon Des Beaux Arts, 1888” and is estimated at $2,000-$4,000. Lot 147, a monumental white metal sculpture of a woman with wheat resting on a marble base hails from another French sculptor, Mathurin Moreau, and is estimated at $600-$900.

A wide variety of clocks will be offered day one of the sale; most unique among them is a rare collection of Japanese pillar clocks (hashira dokei) circa 1840. Japanese pillar clocks were used to measure temporal hours, and as such, have adjustable seasonal markers on the throat. Estimated at $600-$900, lot 110 represents a beautiful example, featuring an ornately engraved front plate with flower laden basket theme and butterfly indicators.

More traditional forms of silver will be available to adorn a special occasion table or a preexisting collection on a mantle or sideboard. A Reed & Barton sterling silver service for 20 in the Francis I pattern (total weighable silver = 126.10 troy ounces) consisting of 93 pieces is estimated at $3,000-$4,000 (lot 275). Also notable is a 112-piece sterling silver flatware set in the Blackington Marie Louise pattern (weighing 115.40 troy ounces) estimated at $800-$1,000 (lot 273). Porcelain highlights include a four-piece collection of Wedgwood white on crimson dip jasperware circa 1930 (lot 230, $300-$500), and a sweet mid- to late-20th century 12-piece Herend Hungarian porcelain collection in various shapes and patterns featuring a Rothschild bird teapot (lot 223, $200-$400).

Collectors of Asian art will be pleased with the depth of quality and variety of material from collections throughout the country.

More than 140 lots of fine art will be offered on Thursday’s portion of the sale, with the lion’s share of property reflecting American and European works from the 19th and 20th centuries. At the forefront of the fine art selection is an oil on canvas landscape painting by German American artist Hermann Ottomar Herzog (lot 361). The painting is estimated to bring $10,000-$15,000. A picturesque landscape painting by Elizabeth Fisher Washington titled Figures along the Wissahickon (lot 311, $5,000-$8,000) pays homage to the plein air style of painting popular among the Bucks County Impressionist School to which the artist belonged. Works of many other fine American artists are represented including two works by Hans Hofmann in gouache and watercolor titled Morning Mist and Townscape (lot 400, $2,000-$4,000 and lot 402, $1,000-$2,000) and an oil on canvas titled Close Of Day by New Jersey/New York artist Arthur Hoeber (lot 327, $1,000-$2,000). Leading among the European selections is a French landscape oil painting by André Lanskoy (Russian/French, 1902-1976) estimated at 3,000-$5,000 (lot 316) and an oil painting by Enrico Fanfani (Italy, 1824-1885) featuring Helen of Troy gazing out to sea estimated at $1,000-$1,200 (lot 353).

Quality furniture offerings are at the forefront of the june auction and include a wide range of styles and periods to include Continental, English, French, Victorian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau and mid-century modern.

Over 70 lots of garden antiques and outdoor furnishings hailing from several Main Line Philadelphia estates will round out the auction. Attracting serious attention is a large early 19th century carved marble neoclassical bust having wreath crown and draped robes estimated at $500-$800 (lot 1344).

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Elizabeth Fisher Washington painting. Kamelot Auction image.

Picasso Madoura plate. Kamelot Auction image.

Hippolyte Francois Moreau bronze.Kamelot Auction image.

Val Bertoia sculpture. Kamelot Auction image.

Collection of rare Japanese pillar clocks. Kamelot Auction image.

Art Deco arm chairs. Kamelot Auction image.

Steinway M Piano, circa1927. Kamelot Auction image.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 16:33
 

John Moran features 20th century design, modern art, June 17

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Thursday, 05 June 2014 13:24

Offered for $10,000-$15,000, this large and magnificent Berlin / KPM porcelain plaque is painted with ‘The Three Fates’ after the German artist Friedrich Paul Thumann. John Moran Auctioneers image.

PASADENA, Calif. – Continuing the momentum of an exciting sale season that has already seen the house set several world records for decorative and fine arts, John Moran Auctioneers is preparing to present yet another sale of exceptional property gathered from private collections and estates. Moran’s June 17 Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction will feature 200 lots of carefully selected Arts and Crafts and mid-century modern design, Native American artifacts, Continental furnishings, porcelain, silver and bronzes, and a large and varied array of American and European fine art.

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Modern design selections are led by several lots of pottery by Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883-1959). One of Japan's most famous artists of the 20th century, Kitaoji Rosanjin was a multitalented, self-taught genius, a master of not only of ceramics, but also of painting, lacquerware and calligraphy. He was equally renowned as a gourmet, pioneering the art of ''bishoku,'' an aesthetic fusing the culinary and visual arts through the careful selection of ceramic dishes to enhance gustatory pleasure, and likewise the careful selection of food to enhance the visual charm of the dishes. In 1920 he opened his first of several restaurants, a private dining club called the Bishoku Club, over his gallery. As chef and manager, he created seasonal menus of exquisitely composed delicacies served on his own collection of traditional ceramic dishes. When the earthquake of 1923 destroyed his collection, he was inspired to make his own ceramics. Achieving fame for his often daringly simple original designs, which were always primarily inspired by bishoku, he is now credited with the revival of Japanese ceramic arts in the 20th century. In postwar Tokyo he was discovered by Americans in the upper ranks of the occupation forces, and accepting an invitation by the Rockefeller Foundation to hold a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, made his first trip to America in 1954, determined to demonstrate to the West the superiority of Japanese culture. Twice offered the title of National Living Treasure by the Japanese government, he rejected it both times, but his legacy is honored by shows and holdings in permanent collections at major museums in Europe, America and Japan, and by the high prices his works command at auction.

Moran will offer six lots of pottery by this master craftsman, all purchased at an exhibition in Japan and consigned from the estate of the owner, including two striking, unglazed Bizen-ware vases, one estimated to realize $4,000-$6,000, the other estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

Other modern design highlights include:

– A desk and cocktail table by David Rivera, each made of black and clear acrylic, that appeared in the 1981 motion picture Sharky's Machine, directed by and starring Burt Reynolds (estimates: $900-$1,200 and $600-$900 respectively).

– A pair of silver-plated Diana candelabra by Hagenauer (estimate: $2,000-$4,000), and a nickel-plated tray modeled as a stylized mouse, also by Hagenauer (estimate: $800-$1,200).

Modern art collectors will also be delighted by the selection of paintings, sculptures and works on paper, represented by Alexei Jawlensky, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Rufino Tamayo, and Pablo Picasso among others. A kinetic sculpture in polychrome-painted steel depicting a New York cityscape with King Kong, made by Fredrick Prescott (b. 1949 New Mexico), lends a whimsical note, and is expected to fetch $2,000-$3,000.

Aficionados of the American Arts and Crafts movement will find a Dirk Van Erp copper and mica table lamp (estimate: $5,000-$8,000) and three lots of oak furniture by Gustav Stickley, all in original condition, including a circa 1910-1912 chest of drawers, model no. 906, featuring handsome “banded’’ iron hardware (estimate: $6,000-$8,000) and a child's dresser, model no. 921 and chair, model no. 398 (estimate $2,000-$3,000). Other temptations include gilt bronze accessories by Tiffany Studios in the Zodiac and Grapevine patterns and a large Quezal iridescent glass lampshade.

Traditional Continental decorative arts from the 19th and early 20th centuries, always eagerly anticipated at Moran’s antique sales, will be represented by Louis XV- and XVI-style furniture, including an 18th century provincial walnut commode, an army of French patinated bronze scuptures, and good examples of Sevres-style and Meissen porcelain. Two Berlin / KPM porcelain plaques are finely painted with The Three Fates after the German artist Friedrich Paul Thumann, showing the three allegorical figures spinning the thread of llfe, measuring and cutting it. The larger of the two plaques, an impressive 21 3/4 by 16 1/4 inches, is signed “Wenzel,’’ and is offered for $10,000-$15,000. The smaller version, unsigned, is estimated to bring $3,000-$5,000.

In the category of Native American and Western artifacts collectors will find several Southwest weavings, ranging in estimates from $700 to $2,000; baskets, including Apache figural baskets; and pottery vessels. The latter are highlighted by an Acoma seed pot (estimate: $1,000-$1,500), a San Ildefonso brown ware jar by Carmelita Dunlap (estimate: $800-$1,200), and a large Zia pot by Jose de la Cruz Medina, polychrome-painted with spirit dancers (estimate: $3,000-$5,000). The star lot, however, is a Northwest Coast ceremonial rattle, carved of cedar and polychrome-painted. This rare object is expected to bring $10,000-$20,000.

An item of personal property of one of the most infamous of the mafia leaders of the prohibition era is also offered up: a copper-mounted Western parade saddle that was custom ordered from Texas maker Tex-Tan circa 1944 by Joseph Zerilli (1897-1977). An immigrant from Sicily who rose to become one of the most prominent members of the Italian-American crime families from the 1930s through the ’70s, Zerilli assumed leadership of the Detroit mob, known as the Detroit Partnership, in 1964. He posed as a bread baker and businessman while making as much as $150 million a year from illegal enterprises. Though he spearheaded numerous criminal schemes, including loan sharking, extortion, racketeering and bookmaking, and was suspected in many murders, the only criminal charges he was ever convicted of were speeding and carrying a concealed weapon. Moran’s expects the saddle, which is accompanied by a later associated headstall and reins by Clint Marrs, to realize $4,000-$6,000.

Additional information is by calling 626-793-1833.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Offered for $10,000-$15,000, this large and magnificent Berlin / KPM porcelain plaque is painted with ‘The Three Fates’ after the German artist Friedrich Paul Thumann. John Moran Auctioneers image.

This deceptively simple, unglazed Bizen ware pottery vase by renowned Japanese artist by Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883-1959) is expected to fetch $4,000-$6,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

A Hagenauer nickel-plated mouse tray is one of the items of modern design featured in Moran’s June 17th sale. Estimate: $800-$1,200. John Moran Auctioneers image.

This amusing kinetic sculpture by Fredrick Prescott (b. 1949 New Mexico) is built with swiveling supports so that King Kong can wave from the Chrysler building. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

Featuring ‘banded’ iron hardware, this Gustav Stickley oak dresser is offered in Moran’s June sale for $6,000-$8,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

Leading the selection of Native American artifacts is this polychromed Northwest Coast ceremonial rattle, expected to spirit $10,000-$20,000 from interested bidders. John Moran Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 June 2014 13:33
 

Roland taps outsider artist's collection for June 14 auction

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Larger than life mixed media sculpture of a knight wearing chain mail and a copper garment and holding lance. Roland Auctions image.

NEW YORK – When Bill Roland opens Roland Auctions’ June 14 sale, he will present the estate of Charles Lamb, a recently discovered outsider artist from Livingston Manor, N.Y. Part one will feature the artist’s personal collection of antiques, featuring a large selection of Asian decorative arts. Part two will introduce the work of Charles Lamb.

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While Charles Lamb (1925-2013) enjoyed a successful career as a furniture designer, he created a personal oeuvre of metal sculptures, paintings, jewelry and wood carvings in secret while working in a secluded barn in upstate New York. The impressive works of art were known only to his close circle of family and friends until attorney Brian Rourke made it his mission to make Lamb’s work known to the public.

He called New York City auctioneer Bill Roland to assess, organize and sell the collection for the benefit of Doctors Without Borders. The auction will be a day of discovery for knowledgeable dealers and collectors.

According to interviews with Lamb’s family, the artist was born in Iowa, served in World War II and was educated at Stanford University. While there he studied engineering and gained a degree in English and theater arts.

Lamb went on to become an actor and then manager of the Dobbs Ferry Players. When the theater group folded, Lamb turned to making custom-designed furniture. His clients included jazz great Stan Getz.

As a sculptor and fine artist, Lamb was self-taught. At some point in the mid-1960s to early ’70s he acquired a barn in Livingston Manor and turned it into a metal-working studio, where he systematically improved on the rudiments of welding, metal casting – including lost wax bronze – and other technical/creative skill sets he had acquired as a young adult. Working in solitude, he passionately produced the works of art that will be in the Roland Auction sale.

In the 1970s his first wife’s achievements as an advertising executive made it possible for Lamb to retire from the making of custom furniture. He turned full-time to the pursuit of his personal art form, referring to his need to create as “my curse.”

For several decades, Charles Lamb surrounded himself with the beauty he created. He worked in welded steel, bronze and carved wood. He produced monumental figurative works, the sources of his inspiration wildly divergent and based on what he read and understood from civilizations and mythology across time and space.

According to Cynthia Pappas, Roland Auctions specialist, the works are informed by nature, antiquities and history. “In some pieces,” she said, “you can see literal references morphing into stylized motifs that can only have sprung from the imagination.” For example, a chess set composed of figures inspired by medieval legend, some knights are clothed in miniature handmade chain mail. It is the sort of remarkable detailing that may not be unusual among trained artists but is a rarity among autodidacts.

When the property of Charles Lamb, outsider artist, comes to auction on June 14 at Roland Auctions, there will be more than 200 singular lots to entice buyers. In addition, more than 300 lots of Asian and other antiques from the artist’s private collection will add to the day’s excitement. One highlight is a pair of Italian 16th century doors removed from a church destroyed after bombing during World War II.

For details on the collection of Orientalia and Asian art as well as the unique works of outsider art from the private studio of Charles Lamb, call the gallery director Michael Podniesinski at 212-260-2000 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

Larger than life mixed media sculpture of a knight wearing chain mail and a copper garment and holding lance. Roland Auctions image.

Monumental mixed metal dragon with articulated scales. Roland Auctions image.

One of dozens of bronze models of a deciduous tree. Roland Auctions image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 13:31
 

All aboard for Dreweatts & Bloomsbury railwayana sale June 12

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Wednesday, 04 June 2014 13:27

Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954), ‘Go Great Western to Devon,’ GWR, lithograph in colors, 39 x 24 inches, 1932. Estimate: £600-£800 ($1,005-$1,340). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions will present the extensive Michael Max Collection of railway books, periodicals, pictures, ephemera, medals, jigsaws and other collectables, in a sale of Railwayana on Thursday, June 12. The collection will be auctioned alongside railway posters and collectables from other properties.

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“The collection is not an archive. It is more a serendipity that has given years of pleasure as it has been collected and cataloged,” said collector Michael Max.

The Michael Max Collection was amassed with passion and focus over 40 years. Despite an emphasis on railways, the supremely diverse assemblage also includes works on engineering and other subjects linked to railways.

One of the superlative highlights is a virtually complete set of all the Great Western railway publications, estimated at £2,500-3,500 [Lot 118].

Another highlight from the vast array of books is the first proposal for Atmospheric Railway; Calculations and Remarks, tending to prove the Practicality, Effects and Advantages of a Plan for the Rapid Conveyance of Goods and Passengers upon an Iron Road through a Tube of 30 Feet in Area, by the Power and Velocity of Air, by George Medhurst, 1812, first edition. In principal, the atmospheric railway was a large-scale version of the pneumatic tube system later used over many years for cash transportation in large retail stores. This is estimated at £500-700 [Lot 12].

“Paperwork from the early days of the railway inevitably suffers from age. Much is browned or foxed, some is very fragile because the paper used was very acidic, bindings have worn, cloth and leather have deteriorated, unprotected jackets are easily damaged. … I have tried to ensure that all my books are not only complete but are also sound and capable of being handled so that they have good chance of survival in good condition,” said Max

Also from the collection is a rare Great Western Railway jigsaw titled, Lost in Transit! Damaged Through Thoughtlessness! Never offered for sale to the general public, this fine survivor was issued only to Great Western Railway staff. It is estimated at £350-450 [Lot 362].

Leading the other properties in the sale are a number of colorful posters including Harwich for the Continent, LNER, by the father of the Art deco travel and railway poster, artist Frank H. Mason, 1878-1965. It's estimated at £800-1,200 [Lot 417].

Further highlights

– Thomas Talbot Bury (1929-2013), six colored views on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, Parts I & II, 1831 [and] six colored views on the London & Birmingham Railway, 1837, together three parts. A good set including the particularly scarce part on the London & Birmingham Railway, “one of the rarest of English color plate books,” Tooley. Estimate: £3,500-5,000 [Lot 36].

– George Bradshaw, Bradshaw’s Railway Time Tables and Assistant to Railway Travelling, first edition, first issue dated 10th MO. 19th 1839. Very rare first issue of the eponymous railway timetables. Bradshaw was a Quaker engraver from Manchester whose religious denomination is evident from the unusual dates of the guides, the “10th Mo. 19th” being Oct. 19, or the tenth month. Estimate: £300-400 [Lot 155].

– Cuthbert Hamilton Ellis (1909-1987), G.W.R. No. 5136, oil on board, touches of black chalk, signed lower center. Provenance: acquired directly from the artist. The painting is accompanied by extensive correspondence between the artist and the client commissioning the work, including a preliminary pencil sketch design for the painting. Estimate: £800-1,200 [Lot 376].

– Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway, Remarks on the Reports of the Committee to the Subscribers For a Survey and Plan of a Railway from Edinburgh and Leith to Glasgow, and on the Report of James Jardine, Esq. Civil Engineer, first edition. Estimate: £400-600 [Lot 394].

– Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954), Go Great Western to Devon, GWR, lithograph in colors, backed on linen, 39 x 24ins, 1932. Estimate: £600-800 [Lot 413].

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

Six colored views on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, Parts I & II, 1831 and six colored views on the London & Birmingham Railway, 1837. Estimate: £3,500-£5,000 ($5,860-$8,375). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

‘Bradshaw’s Railway Time Tables and Assistant to Railway Travelling,’ first edition, first issue, 1839. Estimate: £300-£400 ($500-$670) Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

Cuthbert Hamilton Ellis (1909-1987), ‘G.W.R. No. 5136,’ oil on board. Estimate £800-£1,200 ($1,340-$2,010). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

 Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway, plan report, first edition, 1830. Estimate: £400-£600 ($670-$1,005). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954), ‘Go Great Western to Devon,’ GWR, lithograph in colors, 39 x 24 inches, 1932. Estimate: £600-£800 ($1,005-$1,340). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

Great Western Railway jigsaw puzzle, ‘Lost in Transit! Damaged Through Thoughtlessness!’ Estimate: £350-£450 ($586-$753). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

Frank H. Mason (1878-1965), ‘Harwich for the Continent,’ LNER, poster, Estimate: £800-£1,200 ($1,340-$20,10).  Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 15:56
 

Sarcophagus with passport leads Artemis Gallery's June 13 auction

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Moche Janus-headed warrior, ex collection of Hollywood director, Pre-Columbian, circa 600 CE. Est. $20,000-$30,000. Image: Artemis Gallery LIVE

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. – On Friday, June 13th, Artemis Gallery LIVE will conduct a 325-lot auction of rare and outstanding ancient art, together with select classical and Pre-Columbian antiquities; and both prehistoric and historic Native-American art. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The Egyptian category – and the sale overall – is led by an exceptional, full-size, complete sarcophagus in superior condition. Extensively painted with pharoaonic scenes, goddesses, sons of Horus and hieroglyphs, the sarcophagus dates to the Late Period Southern Dynasty, 700 to 300 BCE. The well-traveled antiquity has a distinguished trail of 20th/21st-century ownership that took it to Texas, Hawaii and Paris, then back to the United States.

“In order for it to travel legally into or out of Europe, the sarcophagus had to have its own government-issued passport. Both its passport and a general translation of its hieroglyphs – which include verses from ‘The Book of the Dead’ – will convey to the winning bidder,” said Artemis Gallery’s founder and executive director, Bob Dodge. “Its opening price will seem reasonable to some who collect sarcophagi, but because of its ironclad provenance and wonderful condition, it would not surprise us if it sold for $100,000 or more.”

Before the Classical Greek state developed, a culture known as the Hallstadt prospered in central Europe from 1000-800 BCE. Several Hallstadt pieces will be offered by Artemis Gallery, including an important 9½-inch coiled convex bronze forearm bracelet that Dodge suspects would have been worn by “a very important princess.” Estimate: $5,000-$8,000. A seldom-encountered Hallstadt bronze situla – a vessel that was used to hold wine and water for rituals – is estimated at $50,000-$70,000. “Whenever a situla appears at auction, there’s great demand for it. The last one we saw at auction sold at Christie’s for six figures, and ours is every bit as fine,” said Dodge.

An extensive selection of Greek antiquities will be crossing the auction block, including an exquisite 33½-inch-high, 5th century BCE terra cotta statuette of a goddess. “It’s almost unheard of to find anything this large that hasn’t reduced to a pile of dust after 2,400 years,” said Dodge. “It’s missing its head, but it has a wonderful flowing garment and sensual pose.” The auction estimate is $40,000-$60,000.

A stunning 19-inch Greek Apulian red-figure hydria used to store water and wine at banquets is adorned with a naiskos, or tomb scene, that includes a depiction of a woman being attended by a male soldier and female handmaiden. Made expressly for a funeral, to accompany a woman into the afterlife, the hydria is estimated at $12,000-$15,000.

Extremely rare, a Greek Illyro/Chalcidian bronze helmet displays aspects that indicate it was captured at war, then modified by the enemy to suit their own specifications. “Originally, it was Corinthian in style, with big ear flaps and a nose cover. Later, when in the hands of the enemy, it was made to look more Illyrian,” Dodge said. A very unusual survivor, the helmet is expected to achieve $15,000-$20,000 at auction.

Originating in northern Italy during the height of the Classical Greek period, 6th to 5th century BCE, an Etruscan amphora water or wine storage jar stands 17 inches high and is painted with a panel of stylized fish circling it, with horses below. “This jar comes from the estate of a gentleman in Scotland who owned the Loch Fyne chain of oyster restaurants. He had a wonderful collection of fish-related ancient art,” said Teresa Dodge, Artemis Gallery’s executive director of sales and marketing. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000.

From 1st century CE Rome, a stellar marble portrait head of a patrician man underwent expert restoration to its nose in the 1950s at The Getty museum. Also during that decade, it was exhibited at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. A compelling and realistic artwork, it is entered in the sale with a $20,000-$30,000 estimate.

The many collectors of early weapons will be served a comprehensive array of choices, from bronze weapons of ancient Iran, Persia, the Bactrian empires and Asia. The ancient Chinese selection includes a bronze and silver dagger from the Warring States period, circa 400 BCE. A huge piece of the type rarely available for purchase, it is adorned with masks and other ornate embellishments. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000.

A large grouping of well-provenanced Pre-Columbian art from the collections of two prominent Hollywood directors will be offered. There are articles crafted of gold and silver, wood, stone and pottery, and among the highlights are a world-class Moche stirrup vessel of a warrior, and a monumental Inca stone carving of a fort.

For additional information about any item in the 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

Moche Janus-headed warrior, ex collection of Hollywood director, Pre-Columbian, circa 600 CE. Est. $20,000-$30,000. Image: Artemis Gallery LIVE

Lifesize Ancient Egyptian sarcophagus, Late Period, circa 712 to 332 BCE. Est. $75,000-$100,000. Image: Artemis Gallery LIVE

Lifesize Ancient Egyptian sarcophagus, Late Period, circa 712 to 332 BCE. Est. $75,000-$100,000. Image: Artemis Gallery LIVE

Exceptional Hallstadt bronze coiled bracelet, northern Greece, circa 8th century BCE. Est. $5,000-$8,000. Image: Artemis Gallery LIVE

 

 

Greek Apulian red-figure hydria, southern Italy, circa 5th to 4th century BCE. Est. $12,000 to $15,000. Image: Artemis Gallery LIVE

Large Etruscan pelike, fish and horse motif, northern Italy, circa 6th to 5th century BCE. Est. $6,000-$8,000. Image: Artemis Gallery LIVE

Roman marble portrait head of a patrician, ex museum collection, Julio-Claudian Period, circa 1st century CE. Est. $20,000-$30,000. Image: Artemis Gallery LIVE

Early Warring States Bashu silver dagger axe, China, circa pre-400 BCE. Est. $15,000-$20,000. Image: Artemis Gallery LIVE

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 17:33
 

Linwoods to hold fine antiquities, decorative arts sale June 21-22

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Thursday, 29 May 2014 22:48

Lustrous white jade brush washer with Qianlong seal mark on a zitan stand, 10 inches diameter. Estimate: $30,000-$45,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

ALHAMBRA, Calif. – In celebration of a highly successful inaugural year, the proprietors of Linwoods Auctions of Southern California will present a veritable treasure trove of antiques, unique jewelry, distinctive period furniture and fine art masterpieces at a two-day auction event on Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAucitoneers.com.

Linwoods Auction House brings together the positive collaboration of consummate art appraiser and connoisseur Thomas Lin with the multigenerational Woods auction house of Florida. The auction house offers a variety of Chinese arts and antiquities, precious stones, fine jewelry and rare furnishings at the two-day event. Items include a porcelain works, jade and soapstone carvings, precious gemstones, scroll paintings, sculptures and museum-worthy furniture pieces.

"We are pleased to offer an array of lots that are unique and memorable,” said curator Lisal Ong. "We feel privileged to be making a number of lots available from the collections of a few discerning lifetime collectors. Whether you are a seasoned art collector or a first time bidder, we have a variety of items of interest at your price point.”

Memorable lots from the June 21-22 auction include a magnificent collection of silken embroidered courtiers’ robes from the imperial court of the Qing dynasty. Another notable offering is a number of Huanghuali furniture pieces of the highest quality and craftsmanship. A discerning lifetime collector is also parting with scroll paintings, porcelain works and select pieces acquired from the auction houses of Sotheby’s, Bonham’s and Christie’s.

The auction opens on Saturday, June 21, featuring a vast array of snuff bottles, intricately crafted in jade, white jade, agate, and cloisonné and featuring semiprecious stone detailing. One lot of particular interest is 5008, a unique black and white Heitian jade snuff bottle with intricately carved figurine overlays. Another noteworthy item is Lot 5027, a spinach and white jade snuff bottle meticulously carved into the shape of an aubergine, or eggplant, with delicate rust-colored suffusions.

Also noteworthy in the Saturday auction is a dazzling array of ancient wooden brush pots, finely crafted wooden chests, and sculpted works in agar, huanghuali, zitan and boxwood among others. Lots of note include 5044, an imperial huanghuali brush pot circa late 18th century-early 19th century with subtly etched bamboo detailing. Another magnificent collector’s piece is Lot 5052, an elegant and rare zitan brush pot with a gleaming texture.

For the truly discerning collector, Lot 5144 is a cornerstone of the auction’s offerings. It consists of five framed Kesi-woven rare Tibet-Thangka embroidered panels, circa late 18th-early 19th century. Each meticulously crafted panel features a deity in repose on a lotus plinth with four smaller deities atop and three below. This is a magnificent museum-worthy compilation piece. Other notable embroidery lots include the impressive collection of silk courtiers’ robes from the Imperial Qing dynasty (Lots 5151-5157) amassed by a lifetime collector in San Francisco. Lot 5153, a navy silk robe featuring mythical dragons chasing flaming pearls among stylized clouds epitomizes the beauty and regal grandeur of this collection.

Another significant item of the day’s offerings is Lot 5188, a lustrous white jade brush washer bowl painstakingly carved from one single white Jade stone and features elderly scholars amid a lush Chinese landscape. The bowl bears the stamp seal from the Qianlong period and has remarkable transparency. It is displayed on a carved zitan wood stand.

Lots 5357-5393 consist of a wide offering of Chinese art, again compiled by a singular lifetime collector with a passion for Chinese art and an eye for fine detail. Notable among these works is Lot 5351, a Chinese art album featuring 11 pages of artwork and calligraphy signed by the artist, Xiao Shuang.

Distinctive furniture lots (5394- 5412) include a number of museum-worthy pieces amassed by a Manhattan lifetime collector who prized huanghuali and zitan wood above all other Western woods for their remarkable strength, durability and gleaming finish. A significant collection piece is Lot 5412, a pair of huanghuali horseshoe-backed chairs, magnificently crafted with intricate detailing.

While the Saturday auction will comprise art collectibles, furnishings and fine art pieces, Sunday’s auction will be reserved for fine jewelry pieces in a variety of forms, from amber prayer beads, to rare Tibetan Dzi beads to unique jade and jadeite pieces. Noteworthy jewelry lots include Lot 5235, a luminous green jadeite pendant with cabochon-style petals surrounded in gold with clusters of nearly perfect diamonds, with GIA certificate. Also exquisite in its elegant simplicity is Lot 5240, a translucent violet jade ring in a cabochon cut with a four-pronged setting and heart-shaped diamond encrusted base – GIA certificate is included.

The proprietors of Linwoods have married their mutually held passion for fine art and collectibles with decades of expert sales and acquisitions for their growing network of international clients. With a promising first year in Southern California, they have plans for quarterly in-house auctions.

The Saturday, June 21, auction event will begin at 2 p.m. Pacific Time. The Sunday, June 22, auction event will begin at 3 p.m. Pacific.

For additional information call Lisal Ong at 626-457-8818.

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

Lustrous white jade brush washer with Qianlong seal mark on a zitan stand, 10 inches diameter. Estimate: $30,000-$45,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

Group of five colorful Kesi woven-silk Tibetan thangka (framed), 18th/19th century, 61 1/4 inches tall. Estimate: $30,000-$45,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

Nineteenth century Chinese embroidered silk robe with three writhing dragons and flaming pearls amid clouds, all above splashing waves, 82 inches long. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

Green jadeite pendant with GIA certificate. Estimate: $14,000-$21,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

An elaborately carved Guanyin jadeite statue, 21 inches tall. Estimate: $30,000-$45,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

Eighteenth century Famille Rose enameled porcelain vase, 9 1/2 inches tall. Estimate: $5,000-$7,500. Linwoods Auctions image.

Chinese framed painting, Zhou Shaogu, 19th/20th century, 12 3/4 inches long. Estimate: $5,000-$7,500. Linwoods Auctions image.

A pair of huanghuali chairs with delicate escutcheon splat back and exquisitely shaped arms, the seat supported by embellished front. Estimate: $16,000-$24,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 13:20
 

Silver and gold lead off diverse William Jenack auction June 8

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Thursday, 29 May 2014 15:39

French silvered brass with ivory. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.

CHESTER, N.Y. – William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers will conduct a fine art and antique auction Sunday, June 8, at the Jenack gallery, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com. The sale will commence at 11 a.m. Eastern.

The auction will include a collection of American silver and gold coins, silver flatware and service pieces, ivory objects, artwork, Chinese and Southeast Asian works, furniture, carpets and decorative accessories. This diverse sale should appeal to a wide range of bidders, from casual collectors to interior designers.

Coins and silver will comprise nearly 25 percent of the sale with lots including an 1880 and 1884 Coronet Head $10 gold coins, a 1971 Bahamas $10 Gold coin and a Prussian 1900 20 Mark gold coin. In silver coinage there are lots of assorted Morgan silver dollars, Peace dollars, Liberty, Franklin and Kennedy silver half dollars, Standing Liberty and Washington quarters and Mercury and Roosevelt dimes.

Silver flatware will include a service for eight of El Grandee flatware by Towle, a set 12 Tiffany sterling Shell & Thread teaspoons, a lot consisting of five Gorham Buttercup teaspoons and a child’s place setting in the Fontainebleau pattern and a service for 12 of Wallace sterling Agean Weave. Mexican silver will also have a showing with such examples as a pair of Sanborns sterling compotes, Mexican free-form footed tray and oval tray by Juvento Lopez Reyes, Taxco.

Leading the artwork category will be a small watercolor and graphite by Alexei Von Jawlensky, a Russian Expressionist painter active in Germany from the late 19th century to the first half of the 20th century. The work is signed and dated with provenance from Christie’s New York. A large genre canvas by British artist Solomon Alexander Hart titled The Awakening, signed and dated 1863, will also be offered.

Furnishings will include a Chesterfield-style leather sofa, a designer modern glass draw top dining table, a Chinese carved mountain ash cabinet, a king-size Sheraton-style tester bed, a pair of vintage Leather Craft upholstered library chairs and a 19th century Chinese painted cabinet.

In the arena of Chinese and Southeast Asian art will be an Ayutthaya carved wood and gilt figure of Buddha; a 19th century Nepalese carved and painted mask; a Chinese Five Dynasties terracotta tomb figure, a Chinese Ming period storage jar; a Tibetan coral, turquoise, amber and shell mounted hats; and Amamese (Vietnam) pottery jars and others.

Precious small objects of ivory included in the sale will be a fine ivory card case, a French ivory cased etui with gilt silver implements, a set of eight carved ivory napkin rings, a Gorham folding ivory handled parasol, a finely carved and signed Japanese figure of a lion, and a French silvered bracket clock with ivory mounts. Also in the small category will be several 19th century miniature chest of drawers including Empire, Chippendale and Empire styles.

Rounding out the sale there will be a collection of rugs, carpets, bronzes, glassware, a brass cash register, a Swiss music box and collectibles.

For additional information call William Jenack Auctioneers at 845-469-9095.

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

French silvered brass with ivory. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image. 

Alexei Von Jawlensky, watercolor. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image. 

 Miniature Chippendale chest. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.

 Solomon Alexander Hart, oil on canvas. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.

 French ivory etui. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 16:04
 

Bailey's 'Pin-Ups' to star in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury sale June 6

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Thursday, 29 May 2014 14:13

David Bailey (b.1938), David Bailey's Box of Pin-Ups, 1965, Weidenfield and Nicolson, London, 36 halftone prints, contained in original card box. Estimate £3,000–£5,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – As David Bailey’s Stardust exhibition enters its final weeks at the National Portrait Gallery, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions offer Bailey lovers the opportunity to take home his iconic 1965 Box of Pin-Ups, featuring one of Bailey’s most celebrated images of Mick Jagger with a fur collar. The 243-lot sale will be Friday, June 6. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Box of Pin-Ups is a portfolio of 36 portraits that epitomises the fashion, art and music scenes of the '60s, with faces such as John Lennon, David Hockney, Terence Stamp, Jean Shrimpton and Michael Caine.

The cover notes written by Francis Wyndham state: “Surprisingly few are female – Bailey’s standards here are so rigorous that only four girls qualify.

“But in the age of Mick Jagger it is the boys who are the pin-ups”

The portraits were mostly taken of Bailey’s friends and fellow members of the Ad Lib club in London. “The '60s were a great time. … everyone we knew became famous. And I’m still working because I still have the passion.”

David Bailey: “I didn’t ever look at Michael and think, “He is an icon, I’m going to take an iconic picture.” It’s the self-confidence that comes from him.”

Michael Caine: “David and I are like Dorian Gray, growing old in the attic”

Although arguably one of his most recognisable works Bailey admits, “As usual I lost money on the project…we couldn’t give it away. Now they sell for £20,000”

It is even rumoured that he burned some of the works.

The set is estimated at £3,000-£5,000 [lot 159].

Among other celebrity portraiture in the sale, supermodel Helena Christensen is portrayed not only in a photograph by Patrick Demarchelier, estimated at £7,000-£9,000 [lot 182] but also behind the camera, as a photographer herself. Her self-portrait, taken in the water and titled Helena is appearing for the first time at auction [lot 183] alongside portraits of her friends Bono [lot 180] and REM lead singer, Michael Stripe [lot 181].

In an interview with Elle magazine Christensen said, “ I love every aspect of photography, specifically the fact that you freeze moments of life that appear beautiful, interesting, eerie, or life-changing, whether big or small.”

The auction also contains a group of stereocards of The Great Eastern (named the Leviathan before its launch), including the famous portrait of English civil engineer Isambard Kingdon Brunel, by Robert Howlett and George Downes, showing the engineer sitting in front of the giant launching chains in the Millwall shipyard [lot 20], another of a View from the Stern [lot 21] and a third of The Great Eastern funnel with Portraits of Officers[lot 22].

Isambard Kingdom Brunel, (1806-1859) was a leader of the Industrial Revolution who built dockyards, the Great Western Railway, steamships bridges and tunnels. In 2002 he was named second on the BBC’s 100 Greatest Britons.

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

David Bailey (b.1938), David Bailey's Box of Pin-Ups, 1965, Weidenfield and Nicolson, London, 36 halftone prints, contained in original card box. Estimate £3,000–£5,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Portrait of English civil engineer Isambard Kingdon Brunel by Robert Howlett (1831-1858) and George Downes, 1857, two albumen prints pasted on card in stereoscopic format. £1,000-£1,500. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Bert Stern (1929-2013), 'Marilyn Monroe, June 1962,' oversized digital pigment contact print, printed later, signed and editioned 6/15. Estimate: £7,000-£9,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Edouard Boubat (1928-1999), 'Bretagne, 1948,' gelatin silver print, printed later, signed in ink in the margin, signed, titled and dated in pencil verso. Estimate: £1,000-£1,500. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Eugene Atget (1857-1929), 'Petit Trianon, (Versailles), 1921,' albumen print on gold chloride paper. Estimate: £5,000-£7,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), 'Calle Cuauhtemocztin, Mexico City, 1934,' gelatin silver print, printed no later than 1984, signed in black ink with photographer's blind stamp in the margin. Estimate: £4,000-£6,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

William Klein (b.1928), 'Tokyo, 1961,' gelatin silver print, printed no later than 1977, signed, titled and dated in pencil verso. Provenance: A gift from the photographer to the present owner. Estimate: £2,000-£3,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 20:31
 

PBA Galleries to offer fine Asian and graphic art, rare books June 5

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Signed, illustrated edition of ‘Moby Dick.’ Estimate: $7,000-$10,000. PBA Galleries image.

SAN FRANCISCO – PBA Galleries will present Sale 534 – Fine and Rare Books - Asian and Graphic Art – Japanese Maps on Thursday, June 5. Highlights of the auction include a scarce 1611 first edition of the folio King James “He” Bible (estimate $100,000-$150,000), a large collection of Japanese ukiyo-e prints, numerous Japanese woodblock maps, plus etchings and lithographs from important modern masters such as Renoir, Picasso and Chagall, and rare books in all fields.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Among the rare books offered is a 1532 first Florence edition of Machiavelli’s Historie Fiorentine (estimate $10,000-$15,000), the 1556 first edition of Agricola’s De Re Metallica (estimate $8,000-$12,000), the authoritative text on mining and smelting metals for nearly 200 years, and a variety of 14th to 17th century European and Persian illuminated manuscripts. Also on the block are numerous works with illustrations by Rockwell Kent, including a signed illustrated edition of Moby Dick (estimate $7,000-$10,000), plus an additional 10 lots of proof illustrations from the production of that work, each signed by Kent.

A highlight of the fine art section of the sale is an original oil painting of still life of flowers by American artist Alice Brown Chittenden (1859-1944). Chittenden was renowned for her flower still lifes and this is a shining example of her work (estimate $3,000-$5,000). Several other original paintings will be sold from American artists Will Sparks and Charles Damrow and international artists like Hermina Arriola (Mexico), Kenneth Jack (Australia), Van de Boose (Netherlands), and Lin You Zhi (China).

From the collection of the late historian Doyce B. Nunis Jr. will be more than 60 lots of ukiyo-e prints, including three first printings from Hiroshige’s series Eight Views of the Suburbs of Edo, and a collection of 38 prints from a mid-19th century edition of his Famous Views of The Sixty-odd Provinces. Over 80 lots in total of Asian art will be offered from the Nunis collection, including skillfully painted hanging scrolls from Chinese and Japanese painters.

In addition, the Edward W. Allen collection of Japanese woodblock maps will be offered. In that collection is the circa 1860 Korean reprint of the circa 1674 map of the world by Ferdinand Verbiest, a Dutch Jesuit missionary, astronomer and cartographer (estimate $10,000-$15,000). Verbiest introduced cartography to China during the mid-17th century and produced the original for the Chinese emperor.

The sale will begin at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

For more information, contact PBA Galleries at 415-989-2665 or 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

Signed, illustrated edition of ‘Moby Dick.’ Estimate: $7,000-$10,000. PBA Galleries image.

First edition King James Holy Bible, 1611. Estimate: $100,000-$150,000. PBA Galleries image.

Hirsohige ‘Evening Snow at Asuka-yama,’ 1837. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. PBA Galleries image.

Alice B. Chittenden still life of flowers. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. PBA Galleries image.

First Florence edition of Machiavelli’s ‘Historie Fiorentine,’ 1532. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. PBA Galleries image.

Circa 1860 Korean reprint of the circa 1674 map of the world by Ferdinand Verbiest. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. PBA Galleries image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 14:27
 
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