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Ray Frost Fleming estate key component of Heritage auction April 23

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Monday, 14 April 2014 12:45

Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) ‘Spray,’ circa 1970, stainless steel base, collar, and rods with brass beads, 61 1/2 high and an overall diameter of 68 inches. Property from the estate of Ray F. Fleming, Birmingham, Mich. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000. Heritage Auctions image.

DALLAS – Selections from the estate of Ray Frost Fleming, a Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate, notable studio artist and owner of the Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham, Mich., will be offered in Dallas on April 23 at Heritage’s 20th & 21st Century Design auction. Fleming’s estate offers a survey of the great names in mid-century modern design and modern fine art that exemplify the definitive styles that emerged from Cranbrook.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

“Ray F. Fleming’s impeccable eye for 20th century design brought national distinction to Birmingham’s Robert Kidd Gallery,” said Caroline Ashleigh, Heritage’s Michigan-based consultant on the Fleming Estate. “The selection Heritage is offering represents the best of the best and speaks to the heart of his education at Cranbrook Academy. We think collectors will be delighted to experience the more unique items in this special estate.”

The first selection of important 20th century sculptural design from the estate will be offered April 23 and offers rare works by well-known artists, such as Spray, circa 1970, by Harry Bertoia (estimate: $50,000+). Standing over 5 feet tall with stainless steel rods terminating in melted brass beads, Spray is a remarkable example of the sculptor’s inimitable style. The auction also features Untitled (Tower), 1985, by Julius Schmidt, the critically acclaimed sculptor and fellow Cranbrook graduate (estimate: $5,000+).

Furniture by blue-chip designers such as Mies Van Der Rohe, Eero Saarinen, and Charles and Ray Eames will likely attract intense bidding. Van Der Rohe’s leather and chrome-plated steel Barcelona chairs, 1929 (estimate $4,000+); Saarinen’s oval dining table (Model 174), 1956 (estimate $3,000+); and a classic example of Charles & Ray Eames’ landmark lounge chair and ottoman, 1956, (estimate $2,500+), are among the most sought after pieces.

The estate’s fine art works will be offered in Heritage’s Modern & Contemporary Auction, May 31 in Dallas.

For more information on the estate of Ray Frost Fleming, please contact Caroline Ashleigh: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 800-872-6467, ext. 1934.

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

Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) ‘Spray,’ circa 1970, stainless steel base, collar, and rods with brass beads, 61 1/2 high and an overall diameter of 68 inches. Property from the estate of Ray F. Fleming, Birmingham, Mich. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Mies Van Der Rohe (German, 1886-1969), pair of Barcelona chairs, 1929, Knoll International ed., circa 1960s. Property from the Estate of Ray F. Fleming, Birmingham, Mich. Estimate: $4,000-$5,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Charles Eames (American, 1907-1978) and Ray Kaiser Eames (1912-1988), lounge chair and ottoman, 1956, rosewood veneer, plywood, leather, steel, aluminum, 32 x 32 3/4 x 32 3/4 inches – chair; 17 1/4 x 26 x 21 1/2 inches – ottoman. Produced by Herman Miller circa 1970s. Property from the estate of Ray F. Fleming, Birmingham, Mich. Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500.

Julius Schmidt (American, b. 1923), ‘Untitled (Tower),’ 1985, bronze, 122 3/4 inches tall, total of three components, cast signature and date on top and side: ‘Schmidt 1985.’ Property from the estate of Ray F. Fleming, Birmingham, Mich. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Minale-Maeda: Mario Minale (Italian/German, b. 1973) and Kuniko Maeda (Japanese, b. 1976). LEGO® buffet, 2010, LEGO® bricks, aluminum frame, 40 7/8 x 77 7/8 x 17 3/4 inches, edition 1/5. Produced for Droog design, Netherlands. Property from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Tejo Remy (Dutch, b. 1960), Chest of drawers, 1991, used drawers, maple, jute strap 43 1/4 x 47 1/4 x 23 5/8 inches, signed and numbered on verso of one drawer. Produced by Droog design, Netherlands. Property from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.  Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Chung-Tang Ho (Taiwanese, b. 1972), Push and store cabinet, 2006, wood and paint, 86 1/2 x 101 x 47 inches, from the edition of 12, produced by Droog design, Netherlands. Property from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Heritage Auctions image.

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 15:02
 

Artemis Gallery Live offers artifacts at no-reserve auction April 16

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Friday, 11 April 2014 14:20

Lot 199:  Chancay/Huari figure, ex-Arthur Sackler, circa 1000 CE.  Est. $800-$1,200, start $350. Artemis Gallery Live image.

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. – Out with the old … to make room for the new. Artemis Gallery Live is cleaning house this April with a fun specialty sale guaranteed to please collectors and dealers alike. Their Ancient/Ethnographic Spring Variety Auction, slated for Wednesday, April 16, offers a wide array of guaranteed ancient and ethnographic art from all over the world, all at unreserved prices.

Internet live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

“This is a great opportunity to really bulk up your collection, and maybe to nab a few pieces you typically wouldn’t spring for at auction. Almost every lot starts below $400, with many group lots perfect for collectors and dealers alike,” said Teresa Dodge, co-owner of Artemis Gallery Live.

The auction offers a peek into prehistory with stunning megalodon fossil teeth, dating between 28 million and 1.5 million years old (Lot 1-2), as well as stone and obsidian tools used by early humans (Lots 3-5). Lots of note include an especially fine Greek Istros coin, depicting a pair of male faces on the obverse and an eagle grasping a dolphin in its talons on the reverse (Lot 43), an alabaster alabastron, which beautifully displays the elegance of Hellenistic Greece (Lot 46), and a striking Parthian terracotta amphora (Lot 81).

Lovers of pre-Columbian art will delight in this auction’s offerings, which include a sweet Chancay olla with monkeys (Lot 130), and an adorable Chancay penguin (Lot 128). An impressive Costa Rican stone metate with birds (Lot 203) would make a magnificent addition to any collection.

Those bidders hoping to score a unique gift for Mother’s Day will not be disappointed. A range of ancient necklaces from a variety of cultures offer a unique and exciting alternative to traditional jewelry. Pre-Columbian amulets and beads carved from shell and stone showcase the artistry of the ancient people of Peru, Ecuador, Columbia and surrounding regions (Lots 102, 117, 124, 139, 142). Fine Roman glass and carnelian beaded necklaces pique the imagination and carry the wearer back in time to that illustrious empire (Lots 228, 240, 241). Finally, Egyptian scarabs, faience beads, and amulets, vividly colored and wonderfully crafted, are sure to delight any history buff (Lots 257, 258, 259, 260, 268, 269, 303, 311).

The art of Asia is represented in part by a series of gorgeous Han Dynasty ceramics (Lot 64-69), as well as a lot of delicate Vietnamese pottery from the famous Hoi An Hoard (Lot 177). Ancient Inuit seal hunting tools, handsomely carved from walrus bone (Lot 148), colorful Mexican retables (Lots 165-174), a German World War I iron bayonet (Lot 163), and a series of impressive African art (Lots 155-162) round out an exciting exploration of time and place.

“We’re cleaning out our inventory to make room for new pieces, plus we invited many of our dealer colleagues to do the same, so this auction really has a little of everything,” said Dodge.

As with all of Artemis Gallery Live’s auctions, all items are legal to buy/sell under U.S. statute covering cultural patrimony per United States Code 2600, Chapter 14 – Convention on Cultural Property, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

Ancient/Ethnographic Spring Variety Sale will start at 11 a.m. Eastern, 9 a.m. Mountain, on Wednesday, April 16. For additional information about the auction, call Teresa Dodge directly at 720-890-7700, ext. 1103, or send her an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Lot 199:  Chancay/Huari figure, ex-Arthur Sackler, circa 1000 CE.  Est. $800-$1,200, start $350. Artemis Gallery Live image.

Lot 96: Roman Redware Lamp, circa 400 CE. Est. $500-$750, start $250. Artemis Gallery Live image.

Lot 104: Pre-Columbian Peten bowl, circa 850 CE. Est. $800-$1,200, start $400. Artemis Gallery Live image.

Lot 131:  Casas Grande polychrome bowl, circa 1300 CE. Est. $1000-$1500, start $400. Artemis Gallery Live image.

Lot 151:  PNG stone celt, ex-Sotheby’s, pre-1950 CE. Est. $900-$1200, start $400. Artemis Gallery Live image.

Lot 226: Chinese Han Dynasty bronze dagger hilt, ca. 206 BCE.  Est. $600-$1,200, start $250. Artemis Gallery Live image.

Lot 289: Maori greenstone Hei Tiki amulet, mid-20th century. Est. 400-$600, start $200. Artemis Gallery Live image.

Lot 309: Roman bronze Togatus figure, circa first century BCE/CE. Est. 800-$1,200, start $450. Artemis Gallery Live image.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 16:46
 

Join the fun at Bertoia's Spring Toy Break Auction, May 9-10

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Friday, 11 April 2014 08:44

Marklin Grand Central Train Station, est. $6,000-$7,000. Bertoia Auctions image

VINELAND, N.J. – The sun is out and it’s time to head for the Jersey shore and Spring Toy Break at Bertoia Auctions. The company’s May 9-10, 2014 auction numbers 1,400 lots and is brimming with toys from dozens of popular categories. LiveAuctioneers will provide the Internet live-bidding services for the sale.

A special highlight is Part II of the renowned Frank Loveland train collection, which will be offered during the Saturday session. Also featured is Harvey Funderwhite’s exceptional collection of horse-drawn cast-iron bell toys.

The Loveland trains should create quite a flurry of bidding activity, said Bertoia Auctions associate Rich Bertoia, since the grouping contains more than 100 of the earliest American trains made by Carlisle & Finch and Voltamp. “It’s unusual to have the chance to purchase 2-inch gauge American electric trains,” Bertoia said. “Even at a large toy show, a collector would be lucky to find even a couple of them.”

In addition to being a long-time member of the Antique Toy Collectors of America, former college professor Frank Loveland is an antique train scholar. Both he and his collection are well respected in the train hobby. Loveland’s collection spans the history of American train production and also includes very rare United Electric trolleys, a few Howard sets, and early Ives trains and stations. Several of the Ives “inboard” examples in the Loveland grouping had only a one-year run, Bertoia said.

Sharing the railway yard at Bertoia’s on auction day will be a number of outstanding German train lots, both from Loveland and other collectors. Among the desirable Marklin advertising train cars are several perennial favorites: the Pabst Blue Ribbon car with oyster-platter motif, Budweiser, and Heinz 57 Varieties. Additionally, there are several Marklin Midland Railway cars, including a fruit car and chicken coop car.

Comic character toys were strong in Bertoia’s March 28-29 auction, so another 200 lots of top-notch examples have been rolled out for the Spring Toy Break crowd. In addition to toys based on classic characters of radio, TV and comic strips, the offering includes an array of timeless Disney and Popeye characters. There will be many wind-up dancing toys, as well, like Dapper Dan, Jazzbo Jim, Tombo and Spic & Span; plus Amos & Andy and other whimsical tin cars such as Whoopee, Snoopy Gus, Coo Coo Car and Joy Rider.

The American tin section of Bertoia’s gallery displays such a panoramic variety, it looks like a toy showroom. The Marx vehicles include an ambulance, boxed G-Man Pursuit Car and a fleet of vans and dump trucks. They’re accompanied by a nice single-owner collection of racers, including a Champions Racer and at least 20 others.

Frank Loveland’s collection makes an encore appearance in the sale in the form of paper-on-wood toys. A diverse selection, it incorporates menageries, arks, building, trains and panoramas from Reed, Bliss and Milton Bradley. Also included are several Crandall’s sets, which are especially favored by collectors, and a number of early games.

The European toy category ranges from a Marklin torpedo boat to a JEP Talbot auto to a fabulous Schoenner live-steam pumper named “The Boston.” Forty penny toys will be auctioned, as well as elaborate table games with penny toy player tokens. Additionally, there is a small grouping of attic-fresh Heyde soldiers.

More than 200 cast-iron transportation lots reflect the thread of diversity woven throughout the sale. The motor pool includes taxis, buses, sedans, racers, panel vans and airplanes. Alongside them are farm vehicles and cast-iron floor trains.

The Harvey Funderwhite horse-drawn cast-iron toy collection contains many superior examples, including a Tally-Ho, a very rare Kyser & Rex Circus Wagon with articulated animals, and one of fewer than 10 Ives horse-drawn Bandwagons known to exist. They are joined by a Wilkens Chemical wagon and scarce bell toys.

The cast-iron lineup then moves into a fine assortment of more than 60 mechanical banks and 40 safe banks from a single-owner collection. Around 75 figural cast-iron doorstops represent people, flowers, cottages and whimsical themes. Several Fish Art Deco doorstops and Bradley & Hubbard designs are included.

Sixty lots of pressed steel will be offered, with many favorites from Buddy L – including pieces from their popular Outdoor Railroad line – as well as Sturditoy, Keystone, Kingsbury and other brands.

Although not a category regularly seen at Bertoia sales, country store items will be showcased alongside the parade of antique toys. Literally anything that one would see inside a well-outfitted turn of the 20th century general store will be available, including dye and spool cabinets, glass candy jars, tobacco-related items and colorful, profusely graphic paper and tin litho signs with great themes and quaint wording. Handsome oak upright display cases, some with curved glass, will be auctioned, as well.

In keeping with the Spring Break theme, there will be a selection of Atlantic City souvenirs and memorabilia from carefree holidays of long ago by the boardwalk. The lots include photos, dinner menus, magazines, decorative objects, saltwater taffy items, and numerous mementos of paper, tin, glass and ceramic materials.

Bertoia’s May 9-10, 2014 Spring Toy Break Auction will begin at 9 a.m. ET on both days. For additional information on any item in the sale, contact: 856-692-1881, 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

Marklin Grand Central Train Station, est. $6,000-$7,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Arcade cast-iron panel van, 8in long, ex Gottschalk collection, est. $4,000-$5,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Circa-1890 Kyser & Rex circus cage wagon with articulated action, 13in long, est. $4,000-$5,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Wheel of Fortune bank, cast iron with japanned-type finish, est. $2,000-$3,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Cast-iron and white metal doorstop depicting man on bale of cotton preparing to strike a match, est. $2,000-$2,500. Bertoia Auctions image

Buddy ‘L’ pressed steel trencher on treads, est. $3,500-$4,500. Bertoia Auctions image

Circa 1904-1908 Carlisle & Finch No. 45 locomotive, tender and passenger cars, est. $17,000-$20,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Circa 1890-1900 Heyde United States Army Set No. 1003, est. $8,000-$10,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Mason & Converse station, lithographed paper on wood, roof marked ‘Grand Central Depot,’ $2,000-$2,500. Bertoia Auctions image

Framed ‘Frog in your throat’ display dated 1897, Hance Bros. & White, est. $1,500-$1,700. Bertoia Auctions image

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 12:44
 

Slotin Folk Art sale stacked with iconic works April 26-27

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Thursday, 10 April 2014 16:26

Lot 135 – Sam Doyle, ‘St. Helena’s First Blak Midwife Trane By Dr. White,’ circa 1980s, signed and titled, house paint on found roofing tin, 28in x 50in. Est. $25,000-$35,000. Slotin Folk Art image.

BUFORD, Ga. – The highly anticipated weekend sale featuring 1,151 lots of self-taught art, outsider art, Southern folk pottery, antique and anonymous folk art, as well as blues, jazz and rock memorabilia and will be held April 26-27, 2014 by Slotin Auction.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

This sale will feature premiere examples from the collection of Dr. Robert Bishop, author and former director of the Museum of American Folk Art, the collection of Jay Johnson, authority in 20th century folk art and owner of American’s Folk Heritage Gallery, New York, and the Gitter Family Folk Art Collection. Also, featured in this sale is the entire blues, jazz and rock estate of prominent Atlanta collector Walter Glenn. A fully illustrated auction catalog is available, live phone and absentee bidding will be executed and LiveAuctioneers.com will host Internet bidding.

And this auction will feature and exciting mix of offerings: Southern folk pottery, self-taught art masters, Southern furniture, historical and political items, religious items, quilts, African American carvings and paintings, international paintings, Native American art, portraits, trade signs, weather vanes, vernacular photography, erotica, canes, new discoveries and more. And for the first time, Slotin Auction will offer vintage rock posters, autographs, photos and memorabilia of jazz and blues greats, period sheet music, primitive instruments, and an original 1937 Robert Johnson Record.

“We have a stunning catalog, with some of the best examples by each artist and art form we have every put together in one auction. There is much to choose from,” said Steve Slotin of Slotin Auction. Whether you are looking for a museum-quality masterpiece or a starter piece for your collection, this sale will definitely have something for everyone.

The April 26 session will kick off at 10 a.m. Eastern with more 125 lots of face jugs, the crowd-pleasing expressions of Southern folk pottery, crafted by some of the most famous artisans in the field: 12 fantastic early face jugs by Lanier Meaders, including lot 74, a black-eyed rock tooth devil jug (est. $3,000-$5,000), and Lot 75, devil jack-o’-lantern (est. $3,000-$5,000); 10 fantastic jugs and pots by Arie and Cheever Meaders including Lot 58, a rare Evan Javan brown devil face jug (est. $1,000-$2,000); three gorgeous Edwin Meaders Roosters and two rare W.J. Gordy works.

A nice selection of antique and anonymous items will also hit the auction block including Lot 126, “a sugar chest in the shape of a desk,” circa 1825-50 (est. $10,000-$20,000), and Lot 128, an 1863 35-star American flag (est. $1,000-$2,000).

The list of top-tier artists is extensive in this sale. Six works by Sam Doyle kick off the Masterpiece section, including Lot 135, the iconic St. Helena’s First Blak Midwife Trane By Dr. White (sic), which is from the private collection of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and illustrated on page 110 in the Museum of America Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century American Folk Art & Artists (est. $25,000-$35,000). Three works by William Hawkins will be sold. Of special note is Lot 141, Rider On Horseback (est. $20,000-$30,000). Lot 144, a rare Melrose Plantation quilt by Clementine Hunter from an important California estate, (est. $10,000-$15,000) will hit the auction block, along with stunning masterworks by Minnie Evans, Myrtice West, Chris Hipkiss, Mattie Lou O’Kelley, Vestie Davis, Ulysses Davis and Gustav Klumpp. A large Thornton Dial assemblage, Lot 165, is titled Fourth Of July Tiger (est. 20,000-25,000). Four works by Sister Gertrude Morgan are led by Lot 195, Seven-Headed Monster With Ten Horns, which was exhibited at the American Folk Art Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and illustrated on page 36 of William A. Fagaly’s The Art of Sister Gertrude (est. 6,000-9,000). A rare construction by Herman Bridgers, Lot 164, Two Churchmens, illustrated on page 37 of American Primitive by Roger Ricco and Frank Maresca, is sure to stir up excitement (est. $5,000-$10,000). An amazing grouping of large, early numbered works by crowd favorite and folk art master Howard Finster, will hit the block, including Lot 168, Henry Ford Had a Vision, #4,865 (est. $8,000-$12,000) and Lot 175, According To The Bible We Can Bridle The Tongue, #353 (est. $2,000-$4,000

Other prominent artists featured in this sale round out a virtual who’s who in self-taught art with examples by Nellie Mae Rowe, Victor Joseph Gatto, Jon Serl, Lawrence Lebduska, Israel Litwak, Antonio Esteves, Uncle Jack Dey, Nan Phelps, Abraham Levin, John Roeder, Frank Jones, Clarence Woolsey, Raymond Coins, Justin McCarthy, Jack Savitsky, Chelo Gonzalez, Johnnie Swearingen, Herbert Singleton, Kathy Jakobsen, Bettye Williams, Charlie Willeto, Lee Godie, Uncle Pete Drgac, Purvis Young, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Sulton Rogers, and an incredible new discovery, Oscar T. Nelson, who depicted scenes from the Euclid Beach (Ohio) Amusement Park on Lake Erie in the 1950s.

The Sunday sale will kick off with the estate of Walter Glenn beginning with Lot 739 and a collection of vintage first-run concert posters including a Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley design for Howlin Wolf At the Avalon, a concert that was canceled (Lot 741, est. $2,000-$3,000). The highly anticipated, Lot 766. Robert Johnson Walkin’ Blues and Sweet Home Chicago, full-range recording Vocalion, #03601, dated 1937, is estimated at $4,000-$6,000. Glenn’s world-famous autograph collection follows with rarities such as John Coltrane, Charlie Parker Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Miles Davis, Ray Charles Little Walter, B.B. King, T. Bone Walker, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and of special note, Lot 778, a seminude photo of Pearl Bailey and signature card, (est. $800-$1,200). Sunday’s lots will also include a collection of primitive instruments, erotica including nudes of Betty Page and original Paul “Kurt Schnurr” Kirchner illustration art for Screw Magazine, native baskets, Haitian paintings, Native American folk art and even some prison art.

Slotin Auction specializes in bringing the strange, the unusual and the vanishing America to auction.

For details contact Slotin Auction by calling 770-532-1115 or 404-403-4244, or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Lot 135 – Sam Doyle, ‘St. Helena’s First Blak Midwife Trane By Dr. White,’ circa 1980s, signed and titled, house paint on found roofing tin, 28in x 50in. Est. $25,000-$35,000. Slotin Folk Art image.

Lot 778 – Pearl Bailey,‘seminude photograph with signature card.’ Photo is 7.5in x 10in. Signature card is 4.5in x 3.5in. Est. $800-$1,200. Slotin Folk Art image.

Lot 75 – Lanier Meaders, devil jack-o’-lantern face jug. c. 1970s, signed, opening in back for candle, 10in high. Est. $3,000-$5,000. Slotin Folk Art image.

Lot 141 – William Hawkins, ‘Rider On Horseback,’ 1988, Signed and dated with Hawkins’ birthdate, enamel on Masonite, image 48in x 36in. Est. $20,000-$30,000. Slotin Folk Art image.

Lot 766 – Robert Johnson, ‘Walkin’ Blues' and 'Sweet Home Chicago,' full-range recording, Vocalion #03601, dated, 1937. Est. $4,000-$6,000. Slotin Folk Art image.

Lot 168 – Howard Finster, ‘Henry Ford Had a Vision, #4,865.’ 1985, signed, titled, numbered and dated, tractor enamel on board, size with frame 50in x 27in. Est. $8,000-$12,000. Slotin Folk Art image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 16:51
 

Grogan to host A Room with a Vieux retirement auction Apr. 26

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Thursday, 10 April 2014 15:40

Louis XVI-style fruitwood marquetry-inlaid and ormolu-mounted marble-top cylinder desk. Est. $2,000-$4,000. Grogan & Co. image

DEDHAM, Mass. – After more than 30 years as high-end French antique importers and dealers, Jeff Diamond and Ellen Nadler of A Room with a Vieux Antiques of Boston and Brookline, have decided that it's time to retire. The inventory from both their retail locations will be sold in a one-day unreserved auction conducted by Grogan and Company, Fine Art Auctioneers and Appraisers on Saturday, April 26. Over 700 lots of French furniture and decorative works of art have been moved to Grogan and Company’s 7,000-square-foot gallery located at 22 Harris Street in Dedham, Mass., where the auction will be held. LiveAuctioneers will provide the Internet live bidding services for the sale.

Diamond opened A Room with a Vieux Antiques in the 1980s, making bi-monthly buying trips to France to seek out 18th- and 19th-century French furnishings and decorative works of art for his clients throughout the United States.

“I have never stopped feeding my addiction for the very best in French decorative objects and furniture,” said Diamond. “Interestingly, my French dealer friends who have visited me in Boston over the years have marveled at the collection that was assembled.”

Despite closing their two retail locations, Diamond will continue to operate Restorers without Borders, a furniture restoration business located in Brookline that specializes in the repair and restoration of all styles of new, vintage and antique furniture.

Diamond's 30 years of passionate collecting has resulted in an impressive collection of French furnishings in the taste of all French styles: Henry II, Napoleon III, Empire, Louis XV, Louis XVI, and French provincial. The inventory boasts over 30 armoires, 20 marble top commodes, 40 cabinets, 70 tables, 30 carved giltwood mirrors, 50 chandeliers and sconces, 50 beds, and a selection of seating including settees, canapés, bergeres and fauteuils. A large assortment of decorative works of art includes ormolu-mounted marble cassolettes, desk accessories, floor lamps and lamp bases, fireplace accessories, cast-iron hall trees, garden sculptures and porcelain-inset stoves.

Highlights include an impressive French Louis XVI-style finely carved walnut dome-top armoire with a mirrored center door, bronze candelabra and side cabinets. The massive 114 by 82-inch armoire is estimated at $10,000-$20,000 and features a figural and putti carved motif with bird and flame finials and painted cartouche. Included, as well, is an 84-inch-tall Louis XVI-style fruitwood marquetry inlaid and ormolu-mounted 2-part vitrine-top cabinet, estimated at $5,000-$10,000; and a Louis XVI-style fruitwood marquetry-inlaid and ormolu-mounted marble-top cylinder desk estimated at $2,000-$4,000. One of the finer cabinets in the auction is a Napoleon III-style marquetry-inlaid and ormolu-mounted meuble d’appui, estimated at $5,000-$10,000 and measuring 45 x 39 x 17 inches.

A selection of more than 40 period Art Deco offerings is highlighted by a burled walnut dining room set, $3,000-$6,000, comprised of an impressive sideboard, table with leaves, and six dining chairs. A Pierre Cardin Art Deco burled walnut demilune desk, estimated at $8,000 to $10,000, has two pedestals with three drawers each and a leather inset writing area; while a 3-piece, circa-1930 Art Deco figural bronze and rouge marble clock garniture is estimated at $800-$1,200.

Highlights among the decorative works of art include a Barbedienne bronze and rouge marble clock garniture featuring a reduced version of Psyche by Eugene Aizelin mounted on a rouge marble clock base with figural bronze reliefs, accompanied by a pair of two-handled chalices on rouge marble bases. The three-piece set is estimated at $2,000-$4,000. Ceramic offerings include a selection of majolica and faience items, as well as two large, glazed-earthenware urns. A collection of prints by Louis Icart and two oils on canvas, one after 18th-century French artist Francois Boucher, appear late in the sale.

For enthusiasts of unusual objects, a very large and fanciful iron birdcage on stand, over 8 feet tall, has an estimate of $1,000-$2,000. A winged figural lamp used as a prop in a 20th-century French opera is estimated $200-$300, and a midcentury Italian chrome and plastic mushroom-shape lamp, $400-$600, was used in the recent film American Hustle.

The auction will start at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. All items will be offered without reserve. Everything must go. For more information on any item in the sale, call 781-461-9500.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Louis XVI-style fruitwood marquetry-inlaid and ormolu-mounted marble-top cylinder desk. Est. $2,000-$4,000. Grogan & Co. image

Barbedienne bronze and rouge marble 3-piece clock garniture with a reduced version of Eugene Aiuzelin’s famous Psyche. Est. $2,000-$4,000. Grogan & Co. image

This midcentury Italian chrome mushroom-form plastic-shade lamp was recently used as a prop in the 2013 film ‘American Hustle.’ Est. $400-$600. Grogan & Co. image

Art Deco 3-piece figural bronze-mounted rouge marble clock garniture. Est. $800-$1,200. Grogan & Co. image

Napoleon III-style marquetry-inlaid and ormolu-mounted meuble d’appui. Est. $5,000-$10,000. Grogan & Co. image

Pierre Cardin Art Deco burled walnut 2-pedestal demilune desk, 20th century, with leather inset writing surface. Est. $5,000-$10,000. Grogan & Co. image

Impressive Louis XVI-style finely carved walnut dome-top armoire with bronze candelabra, 114 x 82 inches. Est. $10,000-$20,000. Grogan & Co. image

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 16:29
 

I.M. Chait offers 500+ lots of Asian arts, antiques April 13

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:25

I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – I.M. Chait Gallery’s auction on Sunday, April 13, will combine Japanese and Chinese antiques together with Asian decorations. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Included will be:

  • Ceramics and furnishings from West Hollywood and Midwest collections;
  • Chinese carved jades, ivories, snuff bottles and wood pieces from a Northern California estate;
  • Early Chinese ceramics including Han and Tang pottery, together with Song stonewares and Ming and Qing porcelains from two Southwest Collections;
  • Numerous old and antique Japanese netsuke, together with various Sino-Tibetan artifacts and snuff bottles from a Beverly Hills Estate;
  • Numerous Chinese scroll paintings from several collections;
  • Chinese furnishings and decorations from a Redondo Beach residence, together with various primitive art including African, Native American and Pre-Columbian.

The auction will begin Sunday at 11 a.m. Pacific. For additional information on any lot in the sale call 1-800-775-5020 or 310-285-0182; or e-mail 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

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:26
 

Beatles’ items to rock Ewbank’s entertainment sale April 16-17

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Tuesday, 08 April 2014 13:30

'Hard Day's Night' poster. Ewbank's image.

LONDON – A suit worn by John Lennon and a shirt by George Harrison, both from the defining ’60s era when the Beatles took the world by storm are the clear headliners in a sale of rock and pop memorabilia at Ewbank’s, Surrey’s premier auctioneer of fine art and antiques. The two-day Entertainments Sale is next Wednesday and Thursday, April 16-17.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Lennon’s dinner jacket and trousers are expected to sell for £10,000-15,000. They were donated to a church in California and acquired by the present owner through a private sale when he brought them to the UK. Each garment bears labels for renowned Beatles tailor D. A. Millings & Son and another with Lennon’s name.

Dougie Millings and his son Gordon produced around 500 garments for the group. Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ manager visited their shop in London in 1963 as part of a move to change the group’s image from black leather jackets and jeans to smart stage suits.

Millings charged £31 per garment and became great friends with group members who called him “Dad.” He played a cameo role as “A Tailor” in the film A Hard Day’s Night.

George Harrison’s pink cotton shirt, worn on stage at the Cavern Club in around 1961-63, is estimated at £7,000-10,000. It was won as a prize in a “Beatle Raffle” organized by Bredbury and Romiley Oxfam Committee – tickets price 6d (2½ pence) – and is accompanied by the winning ticket. Four prizes were offered, the winners being able to choose an item from the Beatles’ personal belongings.

Black and white photographs show the winner holding the shirt and Harrison’s mother, Louise, in his bedroom.

Other rare Beatles and John Lennon-related memorabilia is set to create worldwide interest in the sale of entertainment memorabilia at Ewbank’s. A single A4 sheet of lined paper with sketches of figures in black ink by Lennon, similar to those seen in his 1965 nonsense book A Spaniard in the Works, the reverse with Cynthia Lennon's name repeated in blue ballpoint, is estimated at £1,500-2,500. It was given to Liverpool comedian Peter Robinson by Lennon during their friendship in the 1960s and has been sent for sale by the executors of his estate.

A motorway service center napkin, signed “Peace John Lennon” with a sketch in typical Lennon style, acquired in the 1990s by a man who had once met Lennon at a motorway service station, is estimated at £500-800.

A British quad poster for the Beatles’ iconic first film A Hard Day's Night (1964) a “mockumentary” of the Fab Four as they make their way to a London television program, is estimated at £700-1,000. The poster has 31 various portrait photographs by Robert Freeman of John, Paul, George and Ringo and one of Wilfred Brambell, who played Paul’s “clean old man” grandfather.

A U.S. one-sheet poster for Yellow Submarine, the group’s 1968 animated musical fantasy is estimated at £400-600.

Among other highlights, a page from Rolling Stone magazine dated Oct. 26, 1968, autographed in ballpoint by Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix Experience is framed in a presentation display with a photograph and offered with a certificate of authenticity and is estimated at £1,800-2,200.

A group of signed LP covers include David Bowie’s signed Pinups LP; Cream Live signed by Eric Clapton Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker; Combat Rock, signed by the Clash lineup of Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Headon and the late Joe Strummer; “Zenyatta Mondatta signed by Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland of The Police and the Jam’s Setting Sons, signed by Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler are each estimated at £150-250.

The Who’s Tommy LP signed by Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and the late John Entwistle is estimated at £200-400, as is the late Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black and both the U2’s Boy and The Unforgettable Fire, signed by Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen.

Carrying the same estimate are covers signed by AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd on For Those About to Rock” and Super Trouper, signed by ABAA'S Agnetha Ase Fältskog, Benny Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

Top estimates of £300-500 are reserved for Led Zeppelin II signed by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones; Still Life by The Rolling Stones, signed by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts; Queen Greatest Hits LP signed by the late Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor; and Michael Jackson’s Thriller signed by the King of Pop.

Film posters continue to enjoy a strong following among collectors prepared to bid strongly for rarities to add to their collections. Offerings this time include quads (30 x 40 inches) of the 1970 Hammer Horror Taste The Blood Of Dracula starring Christopher Lee with artwork by Tom Chantrell (estimate £300-500); United Artists’ You Only Live Twice starring Sean Connery as James Bond (£400-600), and A Fistful Of Dollars, the first so-called spaghetti Western directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, released by United Artists (£400-600).

A rare Star Wars quad poster produced prior to the Academy Awards in 1977 with artwork by Tom Chantrell is estimated at £800-1,200.

An American one sheet poster, for the 1960 Paramount horror movie Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh and Vera Miles is estimated at £500-800, while a U.S. half sheet for Died With Their Boots On, the 1941 film  starring Errol Flynn is estimated at £200-400.

The most valuable movie-related lot in the sale is an imposing, Italian four folio poster for the 1960 film La Dolce Vita with artwork by Georgio Olivetti, which is estimated at £10,000-15,000. It measures more than 6 feet by 4 feet. La Dolce Vita broke box office records when it was released and achieved worldwide acclaim, making the movie one of Frederico Fellini’s many masterpieces. Filmed mainly at the Cinecitta studios, the movie follows stars Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni as they escape the paparazzi through the streets of Rome.

A rare cinema window card promoting the 1939 20th Century Fox movie The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes starring Basil Rathbone, measures just 22 by 14 inches, but is estimated at £700-1,000.

Autographs from out of this world appear on a “First Man On The Moon” first day cover signed by the Apollo XI astronauts Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) Buzz Aldrin (b. 1930-) and Mike Collins (b. 1930) the NASA crew member who piloted the command spacecraft alone in lunar orbit until his comrades returned. It is estimated at £500-800.

A ballot sheet signed by Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) alongside where voters would have put their X to elect the African National Congress in the 1994 general election is estimated at £800-1,200. Mandela’s ANC were the runaway victors, polling more than 12 million of the 16 million votes cast in the elections, the first in which all races were allowed to take part.

For further information, contact the auctioneer on 01483 223101 or email antiques@ewbankauctions.

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

'Hard Day's Night' poster. Ewbank's image. 

 Autographed Jimi Hendrix Experience framed display. Ewbank's image.

 Autographed Clash jacket. Ewbank's image.

 John Lennon drawing. Ewbank's image.

 'Willie Wonka' movie poster. Ewbank's image.

'Psych' movie poster. Ewbank's image. 

'La Dolce Vita' movie poster. Ewbank's image. 

 'Yellow Submarine' movie poster. Ewbank's image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 14:05
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury map sale tinged with satire April 25

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Monday, 07 April 2014 14:22

Earliest inflatable balloon globe invented by George Pocock, circa 1830. Estimate: at £1,000-1,500. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

LONDON – With the World War I centenary in the news, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions presents a snapshot of political satire, produced as war waged across Europe. A series of serio-comic maps that visualized the geographical and political difficulties of war will be offered in a sale of Maps and Atlases on Friday, April 25, at the auctioneer’s saleroom in London’s Mayfair. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Although satirical maps have a long history that stretches back to the medieval period and Munster’s Geographica, 1540, it was with the outbreak of World War I that the genre became a media sensation. Illustrators utilized the genre as an innovative outlet for their political satire that played on the geo-political situation. Readily accessible, humorous and affordable, the maps became increasingly popular and collectible.

Drawn by Anglo-Russian artist, John Henry Amshewitz, the highlight of the section is a World War I serio-comic map of Europe titled Kill That Eagle, dated 1914. Later reproductions, produced in Germany, mocked the slogan “Business as Usual” written on Britain. This highly collectible English example, published by Geographica Limited is estimated at £800-1,200 [Lot 378].

During the war the symbolic imagery developed to include animal metaphors to humorous effect. One particularly successful example is, Hark! Hark! The Dogs Do Bark! Visualising the countries of Europe as a mass of warring dog breeds, the map includes an explanatory note by Walter Emanuel; “The Dogs of War are loose in Europe, and a nice noise they are making! It was started by a Dachshund that is thought to have gone mad—though there was so much method in his madness that this is doubtful.” Offering a fascinating insight into the political commentary of World War I, this map is estimated at £600-800 [Lot 381].

A prominent example of the work that influenced the serio-comic map illustrators of the time is a set of 12 caricature maps of European countries. Geographical Fun, 1868, is a posthumous work by Irish wood-engraver, illustrator, writer and botanist, William Henry Harvey, aka Aleph. It is estimated at £1,000-1,500 [Lot 377].

A small group of war maps, including Stanford’s War Map of Russia, 1854, The Daily Mail War Map, 1914 and The Daily Telegraph War Map of Europe, 1918, present a more sobering insight into the maps of the First World War, showing the “War strength of the Great Powers” among other military topics. The collection is estimated to achieve £150-200 [Lot 428].

A beautifully preserved example of the earliest inflatable balloon globe was invented by schoolmaster George Pocock and drawn by Ebenezer Pocock, circa 1830. This impressive example is the largest of three sizes, measuring approximately 120cm (42.2 inches) in diameter. It is estimated at £1,000-1,500 [Lot 34].

Other unusual globes in the sale include a late 18th century manuscript terrestrial globe charting the first second and third voyages of the famous British explorer, James Cook, between 1768 and 1779. The globe shows the routes, dates of progress, and arrival at certain locations in black ink, and also includes dates for Capt. Tobias Furneaux’s companion ship, HMS Adventure, when it separated from Cook during the second voyage in 1773. It is estimated at £500-700 [Lot 1].

Topping the opening single-owner collection of 460 lots of cartographic curiosities is a 19th century set of 40 map cards, 1828. The New Geographical cards are issued without court cards or suit signs and instead offer four “suits” of Africa, America, Asia and Europe. The complete set comes with an instruction booklet, “A Brief Explanation of the Counties & Represented by the New Geographical Game” and is estimated at £800-1,200 [Lot 175].

Other curiosities include a brass patent Empire Clock globe timepiece with an eight-day movement enclosed within the pedestal. An example of this unusual clock is on display at the Institute and Museum of the History of Science, Florence. It is estimated to sell for £800-1,200 [Lot 46]. From the same collection is another eight-day globe timepiece. Made in the late 19th century, circa 1890, the French enamel, gilt-brass and rogue marble example is estimated at £3,000-5,000 [Lot 45].

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

Earliest inflatable balloon globe invented by George Pocock, circa 1830. Estimate: at £1,000-1,500. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Serio-comic map of Europe titled ‘Kill That Eagle, dated 1914, published by Geographica Ltd. Estimate: £800-1,200. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Offering insight into the political commentary of the First World War, ‘Hark! Hark! The Dogs Do Bark’ is estimated at £600-800. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Set of 40 map cards, ‘A Brief Explanation of the Counties & Represented by the New Geographical Game,’ 1928. Estimated at £800-1,200. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 16:20
 

Iconic American signage leads Morphy's Apr. 26-27 auction

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Three-dimensional sign advertising Snow Boy Washing Powder, est. $7,000-$10,000. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Riding on the wake of a buoyant million-dollar advertising sale in February, Morphy’s is gearing up for another wide-ranging advertising auction, with the added bonus of Part II of the David Silverman pinball collection. The April 26-27 event will feature 1,660 choice lots of antique advertising, coin-ops and figural cast-iron pieces. Internet live bidding will be available thrugh LiveAuctioneers.

Day one will open with a selection of more than 600 lots of soda pop signs and related items. Both an extremely rare 1930s Dr. Pepper porcelain triangle truck sign and a 1936 Orange Crush embossed tin sign are entered with individual estimates of $2,500-$3,500. Another scarce Orange Crush sign, made of tin over cardboard, is expected to make $3,000-$4,000. Although sampling the contents is not advisable, an extremely rare, unopened 6-pack of Dr. Pepper cone-top cans could rise to the $3,500-$5,000 range.

A 40-year single-owner collection of more than 100 early syrup dispensers features many seldom-seen types – among them, one of very few known examples of a Fan-Taz 5-cent “DRINK of the FANS” dispenser in the form of a realistically “stitched” baseball with bat motif. Made around 1900 and retaining its original pump, it carries a $30,000-$60,000 estimate.

Other top syrup dispensers include: Chero Crush, $20,000-$30,000; Cherry Chic, $12,000-$18,000; and World Liquid Force, which is shaped as a globe of the world with bas-relief continents, $14,000-$25,000. Morphy Auctions’ founder and president, Dan Morphy, noted that there are many other dispensers whose estimates are well within reach of beginning and intermediate collectors. “It’s a really beautiful collection with impressive examples at every price point. They’ve been on display here at the gallery and the compliments have been constant,” Morphy said.

Moving into the Coca-Cola category, the highest-estimated lot at $10,000-$15,000 is a large, 1930s stainless steel and neon outdoor sign made by Flexlume Electrical Advertising Co., of Buffalo, New York. Other desirable Coke signage includes a 1931 cardboard cutout easel sign with the image of a bathing beauty with sunburst parasol, $3,000-$5,000; and a 1935 shield-shape porcelain Fountain Service sign, $2,500-$3,500. From the late 19th century, an extremely rare “Hutchinson-style” bottle, with a straight-sided as opposed to cabriole shape, will be offered with a $2,500-$4,500 estimate.

The Saturday session will wrap with more than 150 lots of tobacciana. One of few known examples of a Sweet Violet Tobacco vertical pocket tin is estimated at $1,000-$2,000. A Mayo’s Plug “Cock o’ the Walk” porcelain sign features an appealing image of a crowing cockerel, while a Buster Brown cigar tin displays an amusing image of comic strip character Buster Brown and his trusty bull terrier Tighe. Each of the two lots is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.

Day two of Morphy’s April 26-27 auction will open with the company’s second offering of pinball machines from the 35-year David Silverman collection, previously displayed at the National Pinball Museum. Film-related machines lead the grouping, with a 1993 Williams “Indiana Jones” pinball estimated at $6,500-$7,500; and a 1992 “Creature from the Black Lagoon” with fantastic artwork by Kevin O’Connor, expected to reach $4,500-$6,000. Other notable lots include two Gottlieb pinball machines: a rare, low-production 1950s “Buffalo Bill,” $2,000-$2,500; and a 1952 “All-Star Basketball,” $1,500-$2,000.

Bidders will want to reserve as much pocket change as possible for the 200+ lots of gambling machines and coin-ops that follow. The highest-estimated item in the auction, at $100,000-$120,000, is a superb Caille double-upright floor model slot machine that combines a 5-cent Centaur and 25-cent Big Six in its gold-plated oak casing. Another handsome upright model, a Mills “Two Bits Dewey Jackpot” upright slot machine, is estimated at $25,000-$30,000. Among the most desirable snack-vending machines are a Ryede Gum, Peanut and Candy dispenser, $12,000-$15,000; and a circa-1899 Wrigley’s Gum slot machine/trade stimulator that was given to retailers if they ordered ten cases of gum, $2,500-$4,000.

More than 300 lots of automotive-related advertising will be auctioned, led by an array of early to mid-19th-century signs. Highlights include: a 1920s Texaco Filling Station porcelain sign, $2,500-$4,500; a near-mint double-sided Cadillac Authorized Service porcelain sign, $3,000-$4,000; and an Armstrong Rhino-Flex Tires flange sign, $1,500-$2,000. A near-mint Oil Creek Ethyl gas globe is entered with a $3,000-$5,000 estimate.

Closing out the sale is a selection of more than 100 pieces of figural cast iron. Animal forms include a 15-inch doorstop depicting a bear holding a honey pot, $4,000-$6,000; an all-original, excellent-plus Hubley giraffe doorstop, $6,000-$9,000; and a lawn sprinkler replicating a wood duck, $1,500-$2,000. “Human” shapes include a cast-iron black butler string holder, $2,000-$3,000; and a French soldier doorstop, $1,800-$2,500.

Morphy’s April 26-27 Antique Advertising, Coin-op & Figural Cast Iron Auction will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. For additional information on any item in the sale, call 717-335-3435 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Three-dimensional sign advertising Snow Boy Washing Powder, est. $7,000-$10,000. Morphy Auctions image

Fan-Taz syrup dispenser, circa 1900, ceramic, baseball shape and theme, est. $30,000-$60,000. Morphy Auctions image

1908 Coca Cola calendar, est. $2,500-45,000. Morphy Auctions image

1931 Coca-Cola cardboard cutout easel sign, est. $3,000-$5,000. Morphy Auctions image

1955 Gottlieb Southern Belle pinball machine, est. $1,200-$1,500. Morphy Auctions image

Caille double-upright floor model slot machine combining 5-Cent Centaur and 25-Cent Big Six models, est. 100,000-$120,000. Morphy Auctions image

Cadillac Authorized Service double-sided porcelain sign, est. $3,000-$4,000. Morphy Auctions image

Hubley cast-iron giraffe doorstop, 13in tall, est. $6,000-$9,000. Morphy Auctions image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 13:02
 

Flowers, vampires populate Dreweatts & Bloomsbury sale April 10

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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:41

'Studies of Flowers from Nature' (1818) by Miss J. Smith is an attractive volume of 20 hand-colored aquatint plates. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – An outstanding selection of books on offer at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ monthly bibliophile sale includes works by the great Romantic writers William Wordsworth and Lord Byron, as well as a small but perfectly formed section of books on flora. The sale will be held on Thursday, April 10, in their Godalming saleroom. LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

A small selection of botanical works includes some rare and beautifully preserved books. A copy of Studies of Flowers from Nature (1818) by Miss J. Smith is an attractive volume of 20 hand-colored aquatint plates, each in two states (hand-colored and uncolored). It was issued to educate the leisured classes in the art of flower and watercolor painting from nature.

These books intended to educate in painting from nature were produced in large quantities in the late 18th and early 19th century, but few have survived. The uncolored duplicate plates were intended for beginners to practice on, and full instructions are provided on which paints should be used in order to achieve a naturalistic image of the original. The book is estimated to sell for £3,000–£4,000 [Lot 78].

A further book of instruction for gardeners, Ten Lithographic Coloured Flowers with Botanical Descriptions (1826) is a rare and early example of lithography and is described as being drawn and colored by a Lady. Though the title calls for only 10 plates, 40 were actually issued, the decision to extend the work presumably being made after the title was printed. The artist/author includes rarer specimens along with some more common flowers, and also provides the botanical bi-nomials along with the common names for each. This beautifully illustrated book, with commentary, is estimated at £1,000–£1,500 [Lot 80].

A rare first edition of Wordsworth’s The Excursion (1814), one of his most interesting books, was planned as the second part of The Recluse, a three-part philosophical poem which was never completed. Having been planned by Wordsworth during his 20s it is clear that the three-part poem was also meant to include The Prelude (1850), which was eventually published posthumously by his wife. It was his intent to write The Recluse with Samuel Taylor Coleridge and for it to supersede John Milton’s Paradise Lost in length. In the introduction to the 1850 edition of The Prelude Wordsworth describes his and Coleridge’s intention for The Recluse: "to compose a philosophical poem, containing views of Man, Nature, and Society, and to be entitled the Recluse; as having for its principal subject, the sensations and opinions of a poet living in retirement." This fascinating book is estimated to sell for £600-£800 [Lot 255].

An adaptation of the French play by Charles Nodier, The Bride of the Isles, A Tale of the Vampire (1820) is itself an adaptation of the 1819 short story by Dr. Polidori, Lord Byron's traveling doctor. The English adaptation was undertaken by James Robinson Planché (1796–1880), playwright and herald. Widely regarded as the exception to Planché's earlier unexceptional writing, The Vampire, or, The Bride of the Isles, created a stir at the Lyceum in August 1820, in particular for its use of the innovative “Vampire trap.” The book is estimated at £180-£220 [Lot 252].

With text in both French and English, a first illustrated edition of A Description of the Library at Merly in the County of Dorset (1785), offers a fascinating insight into the collection of books and pictures belonging to the 18th century gentleman, Ralph Willett. Ralph Willett (1719-95) inherited a fortune from the family estates in the West Indies, and built a house at Merly in Dorset to accommodate his extensive collection of books and pictures.

He later extended the house with two wings, one housing a magnificent library with elaborate bookcases and plasterwork, designed by Willett and executed by William Collins. The library, particularly rich in incunabula and early printed books, as well as architecture, botany, travel and topography, was dispersed at auction following his death in a 17-day sale in 1813, and the botanical drawings in 1814 over 19 days. The library was then demolished by his nephew who inherited the estate. The book is estimated to sell for £800-£1,000 [Lot 139].

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

'Studies of Flowers from Nature' (1818) by Miss J. Smith is an attractive volume of 20 hand-colored aquatint plates. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

'The Bride of the Isles, A Tale of the Vampire' (1820) is an adaptation of the 1819 short story by Dr. Polidori, Lord Byron's doctor. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 16:04
 

Dealers' estates enhance Cowan’s Americana auction April 10-12

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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:25

Sharecropper portraits by William Aiken Walker. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc.

CINCINNATI – Cowan's Auctions Inc.'s live salesroom Americana Auction will take place from April 10-12. The auction will feature the Americana collections of the late Jane Murphy of Shandon, Ohio, and Kenneth Erwin, of Portland, Mich., two longtime antique dealers. The auction will offer important Midwestern furniture, folk art, weather vanes, stoneware and other Americana assembled over the years by Murphy and Erwin, both of whom died in 2013. Day one (April 10) of the auction will feature a portion of the Jane Murphy Estate, and will include 500 uncataloged lots. Days two and three of the sale (April 11-12) will feature the catalogued portion of the sale, consisting of over 900 lots from these two great collections, as well as other offerings. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding for the cataloged portion of the sale.

Murphy was a collector and dealer for over 60 years, and a fixture on the southwestern Ohio and southeastern Indiana antique scene. More than 20 pieces of Western Shaker furniture including case pieces and a rare Ohio Shaker tall case clock are included in the sale.

“Jane’s Shaker collection was assembled in the 1960s, when the Southwestern Ohio Shaker settlements were being disbanded,” noted Wes Cowan, president and principal Auctioneer, Cowan’s Auctions. “This represents the largest single group of Shaker material to come to the market in many, many years.”

Some of the items offered from Jane Murphy’s collection of Shaker furniture include a Union Village Shaker curly maple chest of drawers, estimated at $3,000-$5,000, a rare Union Village Shaker tall case clock is expected to sell for $3,000-$5,000, a Whitewater Shaker walnut linen press is estimated at $2,000-$3,000 and a fine Union Village Shaker one-drawer work table is expected to bring anywhere between $2,000-$3,000.

Kenneth Erwin was widely recognized in the antiques world for more than 40 years, and his diverse collection was put together with a curator’s eye. Erwin’s collection focused on “smalls” and great examples of Shaker pantry boxes, early glass, stoneware, redware, folk art, paintings, carvings, decoys, scrimshaw and whales teeth are included in both days of the sale.

The Erwin Estate offerings include a diverse array of fine decorative pieces. Highlighted in the Erwin portion of the auction is a monumental double-handled stoneware merchant’s jug from Pewamo, Mich. The jug features an incised and cobalt painted inscription reading “WH Triphugen Esq / Pewamo, Mich” above a 26-star American flag, and is estimated to sell anywhere between $8,000-$12,000.

“The Pewamo presentation jug is simply spectacular,” noted Cowan. “Many collectors have known about the piece for years, and we expect there to be fierce competition in bidding. It’s a Midwestern stoneware trophy.” Dozens of other pieces of stoneware and redware will also be offered.

Erwin was especially fond of Shaker boxes, treenware and burl objects. Dozens will be offered, with a prime chromium yellow Shaker box expected to fetch between $2,000-$3,000. Many of the boxes are painted and in untouched condition.

“Ken was simply a great collector, with a great eye for quality,” said Cowan. “We were astounded by the variety of his collections.” Historical china, scrimshaw, canes, early glass, baskets, folk art paintings, lighting, advertising, and fishing and hunting decoys will be sold. “Literally, this sale will offer something for everyone – and I don’t say that often,” added Cowan.

Additional notable lots that will be featured in the Americana Auction are two sets of portraits of sharecroppers by William Aiken Walker, both estimated to sell between $10,000-$15,000, a J.W. Fiske Morgan stallion weather vane is expected to bring $8,000-$10,000, two watercolor portraits by Jacob Maentel are estimated at $5,000-$7,000, and a rare New York folk art family record is expected to sell between $8,000-$10,000. Additionally, to round out the sale, Cowan’s will be selling more than 40 quilts owned by a longtime Cincinnati collector.

For more information about the auction or to consign for future auctions, please visit cowans.com or call Kirstie Craven at 513-871-1670 ext. 231.

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

Sharecropper portraits by William Aiken Walker. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc.  

Monumental W.H. Triphugen (Triphagen) Pewamo, Mich., double-handle stoneware merchant's jug. Estimate $8,000-$12,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc. 

J.W. Fiske Morgan stallion weather vane. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc. 

Union Village Shaker curly maple chest of drawers. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:49
 

Americana, historical & ethnographic featured at Mosby's, Apr. 18

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Pillar-and-scroll shelf clock by Elisha Hotchkiss with original woodworks and image of Andrew Jackson on horseback. Mosby & Co. image

FREDERICK, Md. – A mid-19th century Sharps Model 1855 carbine (or short-barrel rifle), a Civil War-era inscribed and dated presentation grade sword, and a pair of circa-1800 four-barrel “duck’s foot” pistols are expected headliners at an auction slated for Friday, April 18 at Mosby & Co.’s Frederick, Md., gallery. The start time is 4 p.m. (EST), and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Militaria and weaponry are just one component of the auction, which will feature nearly 300 lots of historical items, Americana, ethnographic antiques (mostly African, Oceanic, pre-Columbian and American Indian) and quality decorative arts.

“This will be a solid, diverse sale, one with strengths across every category,” said Keith Spurgeon, owner of Mosby & Co. “There is something for every taste and budget, from a few dollars to several thousand dollars.” Spurgeon had high praise for the large and fine selection of ethnographic arts and artifacts, most of which came from prominent collections in Maryland and New York.

The Civil War-era Sharps Model 1855 short-barrel carbine is exceedingly rare because it is one of only 600 U.S. martially marked carbines made by Sharps. The carbine was issued to the 1st California Dragoons and the 2nd Texas Dragoons. The example being sold has remained in the same collection dating since the 1960s.

The pair of “duck’s foot” pistols – so-named because of their four splayed barrels – are English made and were used by British Naval personnel during the Napoleonic Wars. They, too, are quite rare, and are considered high grade and in superb condition. A similar pistol, but in lesser condition, was recently auctioned for approximately $12,000.

The Civil War presentation grade officer’s sword is inscribed, “Presented to Edward Lounsbery First Lt. Company B, 179th Regiment, New York Volunteers by the members of his company Petersburgh, Virginia, February 10, 1865.” The sword was presented in battlefield conditions. Petersburg was still under siege at the time, but it finally fell to Union forces in April of 1865.

Other antique firearms that will cross the auction block on April 18th include a Civil War-era Tower Enfield musket – a British import that was used by both the North and the South – with a lockplate dated 1860, and a superb-condition Eli Whitney pistol, also from the Civil War era, that has remained in the same family since the 1890s.

Oceanic art, mainly from New Guinea and other Indonesian islands, will feature ancestor and fertility figures, including a scarce ancestral carved wood figure from Raja Island, located off Indonesia. It depicts a man wearing a headdress with outstretched arms. The selection also includes early 20th-century war clubs from Fiji and the Solomon Islands, one having a carved notch in it, indicating a kill mark.

Other top Oceanic lots include: a 19th-century Indonesian Dayak interior door panel (for use in a long house) with a carved image of the Indonesian spirit guide a pair of early 20th-century Sepik River, Papua New Guinea, carved wood suspension hooks – one of them a rare double hook), an uncommon and nicely carved 19th-century New Zealand Maori canoe bailer with excellent provenance dating to the 1890s, and a 19th-century swing with figures.

African objects include masks from various tribes and the Democratic Republic of Congo. A Senufo mask from Mali is especially appealing, with a chameleon figure carved onto the forehead area. Additionally, the grouping includes a mid-20th-century Nigerian polychromed wood Ibibio headdress, and a late-19th or early 20th-century Dogan carved-wood figure from Mali depicting a warrior on horseback.

Pre-Columbian art includes a Chimu-Inca woven mantle (900-1300 A.D.), an exceptional Mayan Arawak Caribbean Indian tribe Palma celt (or carved stone tool), a desirable carved-stone Chontal mask from Mexico, and many other rare objects.

From the Americas comes a pot signed by the well-known Hopi potter Sylvia Naha (a k a Feather Woman, 1951-1999), decorated with a traditional geometric design; and a fine Haida bowl in the form of a seal, made in the Pacific Northwest or southern Canada. Also, prehistoric pottery pieces and Woodlands Indians items will be auctioned.

The Americana and decorative arts category is led by a circa-1825 walnut with fruitwood veneer Baltimore secretary, an 1883 marble relief sculpture depicting a nymph with cherubs, signed P.J. Seymour; and 19th-century beer steins, including Mettlachs. Also to be sold are a pillar-and-scroll shelf clock by Elisha Hotchkiss, with original woodworks and reverse-on-glass image of Andrew Jackson on horseback, a folk art painted chest, and parlor stove with Minton tiles.

Rounding out the day’s offerings will be original souvenir programs and press photos from Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston’s first fight in Miami Beach (February 1964), and an original English program and poster for the 1975 Ali-Joe Frazier “Thrilla in Manila” fight, with artwork by LeRoy Neiman.

For additional information on any item in the auction, call 240-629-8139 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

Pillar-and-scroll shelf clock by Elisha Hotchkiss with original woodworks and image of Andrew Jackson on horseback. Mosby & Co. image

Mid-19th-century M1855 Sharps carbine and one of two “duck's foot” pistols in the auction. Mosby & Co. image

Civil War-era presentation grade sword, inscribed to First Lt. Edward Lounsbery of New York. Mosby & Co. image

Rare 19th-century Maori canoe bailer, collected by Rev. Alfred Fairbrother, Baptist minister to the Maoris (1882-1885). Mosby & Co. image

Chimu-Inca mantle depicting warriors holding severed heads, made circa 900-1300 A.D. Mosby & Co. image

Circa-1825 American secretary from Baltimore, walnut with fruitwood-veneer drawers, 90 inches tall, fine condition. Mosby & Co. image

19th-century Indonesian ‘swing’ with figures. Mosby & Co. image

Hopi pot crafted by the noted artisan Sylvia Naha, a k a Feather Woman (1951-1999), 4¾ inches tall. Mosby & Co. image

A Baule mask from the Ivory Coast and a Bamana hyena mask from Mali. Mosby & Co. image

Pre-Columbian carved stone bowl (Argentina, circa 200 BC) and a carved stone Chontal mask from Mexico. Mosby & Co. image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:25
 

Crescent City has collecting categories covered April 12-13

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014 15:54

The sale will feature two Newcomb College matte glaze baluster vases, including this example. Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

NEW ORLEANS – Two paintings by Louisiana folk artist Clementine Hunter, two Newcomb College matte glaze baluster vases, a pair of huge American Renaissance Revival gold leaf and gesso pier mirrors, a pair of large cut crystal chandeliers, a 1911 Steinway baby grand piano and rare 19th century Russian icons will all be sold April 12-13 at Crescent City Auction Gallery.

The auction will bgin at 9 a.m. Central Time both days. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Nearly 1,400 lots will come up for bid, in the categories Crescent City Auction Gallery has become renowned for throughout the South: original artworks (much of it by noted regional artists), period American and European furniture, pottery pieces, sterling silver, estate jewelry, antique lamps and lighting, Mardi Gras collectibles, Asian items and fine decorative accessories.

Works by Clementine Hunter (1887-1988) are must-haves for serious collectors of American folk art, and this sale has two examples, both oils on board. One was executed around 1970 and is titled Chopping Cotton. It measures 15 1/4 inches by 19 1/4 inches and is artist signed. The other, also circa 1970, is titled Funeral Procession. It’s 11 3/4 inches by 15 3/4 inches and is artist signed.

Two Newcomb College matte glaze baluster vases will come up for bid. The first, made in 1931, is of tapered form, with floral decorations. It stands 9 1/4 inches tall. The second was made in 1929 and is diminutive – just 2 1/4 inches tall. It boasts moss and oak decoration in colors of pink and grey.

About 10 lots of rare and highly collectible Russian icons will come under the gavel. One of the lots is a multiple Deisis set of three icons from the 19th century. Each depicts a religious figure: the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ and John the Baptist. All are presented on curved wood panels with silvered and brass oklads. Each measures 23 inches tall by 17 1/2 inches wide.

The pair of monumental American Renasissance Revival gold leaf and gesso pier mirrors were made circa 1870, possibly by L. Uter of New Orleans. The mirrors, 157 1/2 inches tall, sit over stepped shaded marble top pier tables that stand 15 1/2 inches tall by 64 1/2 inches wide. Also sold will be a late 19th century French Louis XVI-style carved giltwood mirror in the baroque taste.

The scarce pair of cut crystal and glass 12-light chandeliers, made in the 20th century, are impressive at 58 inches in height and 37 inches in diameter. The Steinway ebonized baby grand piano is a 1911 Model M (serial #149791), on cabriole legs to scrolled toes. Estate jewelry pieces will feature antique gold bangle bracelets, contemporary diamonds, rubies, sapphires and pearls.

Returning to artwork, four pieces are worthy of mention, two by American artists and two by Europeans. Mississippi folk artist William Tolliver (1951-2000) is represented by an oil on canvas titled Jazz Duo. Robert Rucker (1932-2001), the Louisiana landscape artist whose style combined realism and impressionism, is in the auction with a watercolor, Last Catch of the Day.

Arnold Turtle (1892-1954) was a British-born marine, landscape and still life painter who moved to the U.S. in his mid-20s. His signed watercolor titled Old Absinthe House (28 inches by 21 3/4 inches) will be offered. Not much is known about the Italian sculptor Ambrogio Colombo (1821-1855), but his bronze work titled Woman Riding a Goat is bound to attract keen bidder interest.

Furniture highlights include a Renaissance Revival carved walnut half tester bed, made circa 1880 and massive at 117 inches tall by 57 1/2 inches wide by 78 inches deep. Also selling will be a French classical mahogany faux rosewood marble-top pedestal table, made in the 19th century and standing 29 inches tall and with a diameter of 38 1/2 inches.

Estate silver will include a French four-piece first standard (95 percent silver) tea and coffee service of amphora form, made in the 19th century and consisting of a coffeepot, teapot, creamer and covered sugar, for a total troy weight of 68.85 ounces; and a pair of Continental Louis XVI-style carved rhodonite (a manganese inosilicate) and silver compotes, from the early 19th century.

Also set to be sold April 12-13 will be a fine French boulle inlaid brass bound cave a liqueur (highly decorative lockable liqueur box), circa 1870, with eight gilt decorated decanters and 16 gilt decorated liqueur glasses. Mardi Gras collectibles will feature 23 bulletins, including one titled Flight of Fancy from 1909 (Comus); and two rare Rex ducal badges from 1897 and 1899.

The Saturday session will offer lots 1-850 and include the Mardi Gras memorabilia, plus around 20 lots of 18th and 19th century Chinese furniture pieces. The Sunday session will feature lots 851-1,382.

For details contact Crescent City Auction Gallery at 504-529-5057 or e-mail them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 The sale will feature two Newcomb College matte glaze baluster vases, including this example. Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

Two original oil on board paintings by the renowned Louisiana folk artist Clementine Hunter, including this work, will be sold. Crescent City Auction Gallery image. 

Monumental American Renaissance Revival gold leaf and gesso pier mirrors, circa 1870. Crescent City Auction Gallery image. 

Early Steinway ebonized baby grand piano on cabriole legs to scrolled toes, made in 1911. Crescent City Auction Gallery image. 

Around 10 lots of rare and highly collectible 19th century Russian icons will be sold. These three will be offered as one lot. Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

Rare pair of large, cut crystal and glass 12-light chandeliers, made in the 20th century, 58 inches tall. Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 16:23
 

Roland focuses on modern art & design for April 5 sale

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014 12:33

Roy Lichtenstein ‘Foot Medication’ lithograph, 1963. Roland image.

NEW YORK – Roland, New York City’s only downtown auction house, will present its Mostly Modern auction on Saturday, April 5 at 10 a.m. Eastern. Online bidding will be provided by liveauctioneers.com. As suggested by its title, the upcoming sale boasts an emphasis on 20th century art and design and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

This desirable selection of early and mid-century furniture, lighting, ceramics, silver and other sought-after objects offers the perfect complement to the impressive modern art collection, assembled from a variety of New York City and area estate properties.

Designers represented in the sale include Paul Evans, Piero Fornasetti, Bjorn Wiinblad, Charles and Ray Eames, Barovier, E. Spence, Paul McCobb, W. Wagenfeld, Otto Wagner, Just Andersen, Allan Adler, Cedric Hartman, T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Karl Springer, Marianne Brandt, Tommi Parzinger, Louis Vuitton, Karl Springer, Marianne Brandt, Dunbar, James Mont and Maison Jansen.

The fine art collection features two Alexander Calder Maguey fiber tapestries (lots 507 and 508) and signed lithograph, Roy Lichtenstein’s Foot Medication from 1963 (lot 311), an intriguing early oil by Al Held (lot 345), and includes many fine works signed Raoul Dufy, J. M. Whistler, James Ensor, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Rauschenberg, Victor Vasarely, Francois Hallard, and Bernard Cathelin. American artist Alfred Hutty is also well represented with a selection of Hudson Valley and New England landscapes.

One shouldn’t forget, however, that the April 5 sale will also include several hundred lots of antique and general estate merchandise.

“Given the time-line from ancient through late 20th century, this auction is, perhaps, our most encyclopedic offering, spanning over two millennia,” said Michael Podniesinski, gallery director.

The Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Cypriot and Coptic artifacts offer many opportunities to the collector of antiquities. An exceptional Lalaounis 22K gold pendant (lot#651), inspired by Cycladic sculpture, is one of the star jewelry lots and speaks to collectors of both modern as well as ancient art.

Traditional antiques are well-represented at Roland. Along with a magnificent Moser glass table service, several large and impressive KPM, Royal Vienna, Royal Worcester and Sevres centerpieces abound alongside a fine collection of antique English, American and Continental furniture.

Lastly, Roland announces its inaugural walk-in appraisal day to take place on Thursday, April 3, from 1-4 p.m. Roland appraisers will evaluate items at no charge that are brought to the gallery.

For details contact Roland at 212 260-2000.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Roy Lichtenstein ‘Foot Medication’ lithograph, 1963. Roland image.

Piero Fornasetti ‘Libri’ four-panel screen. Roland image.

Paul Evans Brutalist dining/console table base. Roland image.

Al Held oil on panel. Roland image.

Royal Vienna porcelain centerpiece. Roland image.

Alexander Calder maguey fiber tapestry. Roland image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:13
 

Heritage Auctions book sale spans Renaissance to 1950s, April 2

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014 16:03

Unusually fine copy of the Ray Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451,’ New York: Ballantine Books, 1953. First edition, number 102 of 200 copies signed by Bradbury and bound in ‘an asbestos material with exceptional resistance to pyrolysis.’ Estimate: $17,500 - up. Heritage Auctions image.

NEW YORK – One of the finest known signed copies of the first edition of Ray Bradbury’s seminal 1953 masterpiece, Fahrenheit 451 in the original asbestos binding, – to ensure that the book would survive burning – is expected to bring more than $17,500, anchoring the deep selection of fine literature and Americana in Heritage Auctions’ Rare Books Signature® Auction on Wednesday, April 2.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

“Bradbury’s 1953 futuristic parable of a world without books is as relevant and readable as ever,” said James Gannon, director of Rare Books at Heritage.” We’ve sold several copies of the first edition of this book, as collectors are always looking for it, but this superb copy is the finest we’ve yet encountered.”

With more than 1,000 lots crossing the block in the auction, highlights from two prominent private collections – one from North Carolina, one from New Orleans – offer works at a variety of price points and genres curated to suit any collecting taste.

The auction also features another excellent offering of rare books and unique manuscripts in the Armenian language, including a complete set of 29 fine art collotype prints of masterpiece paintings by Hovsep Pushman (estimate: $40,000-plus), Pushman’s entire output, the first 10 examples of which are very difficult, if not impossible, to obtain. An Armenian illuminated manuscript of the Four Gospels (estimate: $20,000-plus) contains six miniatures, illuminated concordances, marginal illustrations and ornamented letters to make up a fantastic offering.

A hand-colored plate of the Great Horned Owl by Havell (estimate: $12,500-plus), from Audubon’s double-elephant folio first edition of The Birds of America, is attracting significant collector interest, while a rare 1835 edition of The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Latter Day Saints (estimate: $30,000-plus), a cornerstone of Mormon theology, carries a direct line of provenance back to an early Mormon family with a contemporary ownership inscription.

A fine private collection from North Carolina both begins and ends the auction, including a fine first edition of Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel, Casino Royale (estimate: $20,000-plus), a series of prints titled Flights: Unforgettable Exploits of the Air (estimate: $5,000-plus), each signed by a legend of aviation, including Orville Wright, Charles Lindbergh and Richard E. Byrd, and a limited edition, one of only 10 signed presentation copies of the “Author’s Autograph Edition” of Amelia Earhart’s first book, 20 Hrs. 40 Min. Our Flight in the Friendship (estimate: $8,000-plus), with one of the original American flags that was on her plane during her flight affixed to the front pastedown.

A private collection in New Orleans provides Heritage Auctions with a special offering of books with important provenance with highlights focusing on French enlightenment and history, French and European royalty, Napoleonic Wars, European and Middle-Eastern travels, and Americana. An example of both French history and fine binding in this collection is a copy of l'Office de la Semaine Sainte (estimate: $6,000-plus), with a contemporary royal binding and a handwritten note that the copy was presented to Louis XIV at Versailles. Also included are works of English literature including first editions by Dickens and Milton; and American works by Capote and Agee.

Other highlights include, but are not limited to:

– Sir Isaac Newton. The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. London: Benjamin Motte, 1729. First edition of the Principia in English. Estimate: $35,000-plus.

– Raphael Holinshed. The Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Irelande. Three volumes in two. A fantastic, complete copy in excellent condition of this important Shakespeare sourcebook. Estimate: $10,000-plus.

– Charles Dickens. The Christmas Books. London: Chapman and Hall, 1843-48. First editions of all five of Charles Dickens' Christmas Books, chief among them a first issue of his immortal A Christmas Carol. From of a private collection of over sixty fine books in this auction from a gentleman of New Orleans. Estimate: $7,500-plus.

– Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes, Vincent Starrett. Baker Street Irregulars Plaque Commemorating the Publication of Starrett's 221B: Studies in Sherlock Holmes. Estimate: $15,000-plus.

– Gettysburg Address. Edward Everett. An Oration Delivered on the Battlefield of Gettysburg. New York: Baker & Godwin, 1863. The first appearance of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in book form. Estimate: $20,000-plus.

– Stephen King. In a Half World of Terror. Published in Stories of Suspense #2. Flushing, New York: MW Publications, [1966]. A rare and early fanzine appearance from the King of Horror. Estimate: $2,000-plus.

– Eric Carle. The Very Hungry Caterpillar. New York: The World Publishing Co., [1969]. A rare first edition of one of the most beloved children’s books of all time, signed by Carle. Estimate: $13,500-plus.

The auction will be conduced at Heritage Auctions’ New York gallery, 445 Park Ave. (at 57th Street).

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

Unusually fine copy of the Ray Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451,’ New York: Ballantine Books, 1953. First edition, number 102 of 200 copies signed by Bradbury and bound in ‘an asbestos material with exceptional resistance to pyrolysis.’ Estimate: $17,500 - up. Heritage Auctions image.

Complete set of fine art prints of Armenian-American artist Hovsep Pushman, most prints signed [Hovsep Pushman, artist]. Complete set of 29 fine art collotype prints of masterpiece paintings by Hovsep Pushman. Estimate: $40,000-plus. Heritage Auctions image.

Armenian illuminated manuscript of the Four Gospels with six miniatures, illuminated concordances, marginal illustrations and ornamented letters. The Armenian date 1122 corresponds to the year 1673-1674. Estimate: $20,000-plus. Heritage Auctions image.

John James Audubon's large hand-colored engraving of the Great Horned Owl- Plate XLI (Havell Edition). Estimate: $12,500-plus. Heritage Auctions image.

Ian Fleming’s ‘Casino Royale,’ London: Jonathan Cape, [1953]. First edition of the first James Bond novel, in first issue dust jacket. Estimate: $20,000-plus. Heritage Auctions image.

Rare first edition of a cornerstone of Mormon theology, the 1835 edition of ‘Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Latter Day Saints.’ Estimate: $30,000-plus. Heritage Auctions image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 16:48
 

‘The Hobbit’ heads Dreweatts & Bloomsbury sale April 11

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Friday, 21 March 2014 12:35

Rare first edition of J.R.R. Tolkein's 'The Hobbit,' 1937. Estimate: £15,000-$20,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image. Estimate: £2,000-£3,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

LONDON – As the third and final part of Peter Jackson’s epic film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit reaches the final stages of production, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions offer Tolkien fans the world over the opportunity to buy a first edition of the original book, The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again (1937), at their sale of Modern Literature in London on Friday, April 11.

Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Published in September 1937, the book tells the story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, and acts as a precursor to Tolkien’s famous The Lord of The Rings (1954-1955) trilogy. The continuing popularity of the book, and the recent adaptation to film, make copies of this work coveted collectors' items. This copy is estimated to sell for £15,000-£20,000 [Lot 139].

The adventures of British secret agent James Bond have a timeless appeal, and a complete collection of writer Ian Fleming's 007 novels comprise lots 48-62 of this sale. Although all are in excellent condition, of particular note is a first edition of Casino Royale (1953), the book that introduced the character of James Bond, and made a further 11 Bond novels possible.

This iconic book, the dust-jacket of which was designed by Fleming himself, was an instant success with readers with 4,728 copies selling in the UK within a month of publication, and a further two print runs within the same month selling at the same speed. More than 60 years later buyers have an opportunity to purchase one of the books from the original print run. This superb copy comes in an almost pristine dust-jacket and is priced at £10,000-£15,000 [Lot 48].

Live and Let Die (1954) followed hot on the heels of Casino Royale and was published on April 5, 1954. Fleming’s second Bond novel met with an equally favorable reception, and a print run of 7,500 copies quickly sold out. Written at Fleming’s estate in Jamaica, perhaps not surprisingly called Goldeneye, the story has Bond chasing the American criminal Mr. Big, who is involved in smuggling 17th century gold coins from British territories in the Caribbean. Another near-fine example of the first edition is estimated to sell for £4,000-$6,000 [Lot 49].

From one national treasure to another, an almost complete set of the works of P.G. Wodehouse will be offered. Part of a private collection, lots 150-208 include a rare first edition copy of Wodehouse's first adult novel, Love Among the Chickens (1906). Written when Wodehouse was only 25, the book introduces the character of Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge who famously reoccurs throughout Wodehouse’s short stories. This copy is estimated at £2,000-£3,000 [Lot157].

The collection also includes a number of works featuring Wodehouse's most enduring pair, Bertie Wooster and his butler, Jeeves. Immortalised on screen by the nation’s favorites, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster are now enjoying a spell at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End, where the production has been nominated for best comedy at the 2014 Olivier Awards. A copy of the first book to feature the duo, My Man Jeeves (1919), is estimated at £250-£350 [Lot 166], and titles that are rarely seen in their dust-jackets include The Inimitable Jeeves (1923), estimated at £1,000-£1,500 [Lot 170], and Carry On, Jeeves (1925), estimated at £800-£1,200. [Lot 173]

An autograph manuscript poem titled The Dug Out (1918) written by eminent World War I poet, Siegfried Sassoon in August 1918, serves as a moving tribute to soldiers in the trenches. Belonging to British writer and journalist Henry Major Tomlinson, who is well-known for his anti-war novels and short stories, the poem was written in pencil and overwritten in ink by Sassoon. It is accompanied by a group of photographs of Sassoon and the Tomlinsons, some of which are signed by Sassoon himself and come directly from the family of H.M.Tomlinson. It is estimated at £2,000-£3,000.

Also offered for sale by Tomlinson’s family is a signed first edition presentation copy of Sassoon’s book of religious poetry, Sequences (1956). The presentation inscription is from Siegfried Sassoon to H.M. Tomlinson and Tomlinson’s daughter Dorothy, and includes a further presentation inscription below to “Mum & Dad” in Tomlinson's hand. Also included is an autograph letter, signed from Sassoon to Tomlinson, which reads: “Your messages always sustain my spirit greatly (hence the dedication). No one else understands – or anyhow expresses understanding – as you do.” This personal book is estimated to sell for £200-£300 [Lot 134].

J. D. Salinger’s classic novel, Catcher in the Rye (1951), is one of the most popular books of the 20th century, and has been translated into all the world’s major languages. Not without controversy, the book has become a classic coming of age novel, popular among teenagers for its approach to the challenging themes of adolescent angst, identity and alienation. The book was the most censored work in high schools throughout the U.S. between 1961 and 1982, and has been in the top ten most challenged books in the past two decades. A first edition copy of this defining novel, in excellent condition, is offered with an estimate of £4,000-£6,000 [Lot 132].

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

Rare first edition of J.R.R. Tolkein's 'The Hobbit,' 1937. Estimate: £15,000-$20,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image. Estimate: £2,000-£3,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Ian Fleming's first James Bond book, a first edition of 'Casino Royale.' Estimate: £10,000–£15,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

An autograph manuscript poem titled 'The Dug Out ' written in 1918 by eminent World War I poet, Siegfried Sassoon along with a group of photographs of Sassoon and British writer and journalist Henry Major Tomlinson. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 14:02
 
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