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Noel Barrett to auction museum founder's dollhouses, Apr. 11-12

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Thursday, 20 March 2014 16:50

Extravagantly detailed Moorish Revival Christmas Garden House with stained, textured and etched window glazing. Est. $3,000-$5,000. Noel Barrett Auctions image.

NEW HOPE, Pa. – Visionary collector, author and founder of the revered Washington Dolls’ House & Toy Museum, Flora Gill Jacobs (1918-2006) was a potent and influential force in the hobby of dollhouse and miniature collecting. Her devotion to the famed Washington, D.C., museum that played host to the children of presidents and diplomats helped bolster the dollhouse and miniatures hobby during the last quarter of the 20th century.

Inside the museum, which attracted some 20,000 visitors annually, were breathtaking displays of miniature residences, each one painstakingly decorated with luxe furnishings and tiny accessories. In 2004, Noel Barrett auctioned the museum’s collection under instruction from Mrs. Jacobs. Now, on April 11 and 12, collectors will have the opportunity to bid on the items Flora Gill Jacobs chose for her personal collection that was displayed in her elegant suburban residence. As before, Noel Barrett Auctions has been chosen to conduct the sale, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

“What is different about the April auction is that we’re selling the dollhouses and furnishings separately. At the museum sale, we left the dollhouses intact,” said Noel Barrett, owner of Noel Barrett Auctions. “We’ve organized it so that the dollhouse is sold first, followed by 20 or so lots of furnishings that decorated that particular house. This gives the dollhouse buyer the freedom to put their own stamp on the décor.”

Three grand and well-documented dollhouses occupy the top tier of the sale, the first being the celebrated South Jersey House (est. $12,000-$18,000), which was one of the museum’s top showpieces. This house, which launched the Jacobs collection when it was purchased in 1945, acquired its name because it came from an antiques dealer in the southern New Jersey town of Malaga. Thirteen years later, the South Jersey House served as the focal point of Jacobs’ first self-published children’s book, “The Doll House Mystery.” It was referenced in all subsequent books Jacobs authored, as well.

The three sides of the stately South Jersey House are graced with several styles of windows and crowned with a checker-painted mansard roof. The interior is comprised of four deep rooms separated by a hall on the first and second floors. The staircase with landing and two fireplace mantels are original features. The ceilings in the four main rooms have elaborate medallions with hooks for chandeliers. The house is offered with painted cast-iron fencing, a circular wood base and two urns. The elaborate array of furnishings will be offered in 42 subsequent lots.

The early to mid-19th-century English Baby House is a classic British form with finely crafted architectural details, a painstakingly hand-painted faux-brick exterior and interior walls covered in early papers. This house is pictured and discussed on Pages 161-163 of Jacobs’ 2005 reference “The Small World of Antique Dolls’ Houses.” It is estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

The third featured house is known as the Somerville Mansion and replicates an American Victorian townhouse of the style seen in mid- to late-19th-century Somerville, Massachusetts. While very similar in form and construction to the famed Tiffany-Platt dollhouse, this imposing city dwelling has its own unique architectural features, with double doors, large glazed windows, and painted and stained wood fireplace mantels. It, too, was included in Jacobs’ 2005 book. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000.

In all, the auction includes about 25 major dollhouses and buildings, plus 35 to 40 fully outfitted antique kitchens, shops and room boxes. A premier example among the shops is the charmingly accessorized German Toy Stall. A perennial favorite with museum visitors, it depicts a European-style vendor’s street stall with lockable fold-up doors to secure merchandise overnight. The shop displays a variety of goods made of painted wood or gum tragacanth – a substance early 19th-century cooks mixed together with meal and sugar, then molded into novelties with written mottos concealed inside. The stall comes with nearly 70 early wares, including musical instruments, tenpins, checkerboards, a boy on a hobby horse, papooses in cradleboards, fruit and other foods; plus topiary trees and a painted-wood lady shopkeeper. Featured in Jacobs’ 2005 book, it is estimated conservatively in the $6,000-$9,000 range.

One of Jacobs’ personal favorites was the early 19th-century Nuremberg Kitchen that she described as being even nicer than the kitchen in the museum’s collection. Its furnishings include fine pewters and other miniatures from the mid-18th century.

Approximately 600 lots are miniatures that cross a wide range of price points. “We’ve planned it so there’s something for everyone, from early 19th-century Rau productions to rare gilt-metal and silver examples by Erhard & Sohne, to early 20th-century pieces made by Schneegas” said Barrett. “While there are some wonderful houses in this sale, a lot of the collection’s strength lies in the rare miniatures of the type seldom available for purchase – for example, the exquisite 5-paneled screen by Gerhard Sohlke.”

Most of the miniatures are of wood, but there are also many exceptional ormolu, pewter and china pieces. An important set is the latter-19th-century Walterhausen Victorian parlor suite of High Gothic style, known as the “Monkey” series. It was so named because the gilt transfers on the furniture are of animals, including swans, frogs and monkeys. The suite is accompanied by what may be its original box.

Barrett said it has been “a privilege” to catalog the collection, and that his team has not stopped working since the collection was picked up in October of last year. “We stop to admire every single piece, because each is a reflection of the very special gift Flora Jacobs had for identifying artistic quality,” said Barrett.

Noel Barrett’s April 11-12 auction of the late Flora Gill Jacobs’ private collection of dollhouses and miniatures will commence at 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday; and 10 a.m. on Saturday. Preview hours are Friday from 9-4 and Saturday from 8-10 a.m. For additional information, call 215-297-5109 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Extravagantly detailed Moorish Revival Christmas Garden House with stained, textured and etched window glazing. Est. $3,000-$5,000. Noel Barrett Auctions image.

German Toy Stall, formerly in the Washington Dolls’ House & Toy Museum, German, early 19th century, elaborately accessorized with antique miniatures (accessories to be auctioned separately). Est. $6,000-$9,000. Noel Barrett Auctions image.

Gottschalk Delicatessen, late 19th century, painted wood and composition shop with miniature labeled tins and composition food items (accessories to be auctioned separately). Est. $2,500-$3,500. Noel Barrett Auctions image.

Louis XVI-style room furnishings, including parlor suite, upholstered sleigh bed, silk-paneled screen, silk and lace curtains, and many other pieces. Est. $900-$1,500. Noel Barrett Auctions image.

English Baby House, early to mid 1800s, featuring double chimneys with capped pots, scrolled arches under side eaves, shutters and beveled lintels. Est. $8,000-$12,000.

Circa-1800 Nuremberg Kitchen with painted faux-brick stove, shelving for display of miniature pewter, brass and wood accessories, including many rare examples (accessories to be auctioned separately). Est. $5,000-$8,000. Noel Barrett Auctions image.

The Somerville (Mass.) Mansion, American Victorian, circa mid to latter-19th century, similar in form to the famed Tiffany-Platt House, described by auctioneer Noel Barrett as “one of the most celebrated houses in the Jacobs collection.” Est. $10,000-$15,000. Noel Barrett Auctions image.

Leonhardt Parlor Suite, early 20th century, white painted wood with floral silk upholstery and gilt edging. Est. $800-$1,200. Noel Barrett Auctions image.

Set of Victorian period rooms, German, richly detailed with oak paneling, brass-ornamented pilasters, dentilated crown molding. The lavish accessories will be auctioned separately. Est. $4,000-$6,000. Noel Barrett Auctions image.

Centerpiece of the auction: The South Jersey House, circa 1870, the first house acquired by Flora Gill Jacobs and one that she chose to keep for her personal collection when the Washington Dolls’ House & Toy Museum closed and its contents were sold. Est. $12,000-$18,000. Noel Barrett Auctions image.

2004 photograph of Flora Gill Jacobs and Noel Barrett in front of the Washington Dolls’ House & Toy Museum. Photo was taken shortly before Barrett’s auction of the museum’s contents. Noel Barrett Auctions image.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 12:31
 

Expectations high for Farny painting in Cowan’s sale April 4

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Henry Farny, 'After Big Game.' Estimate: $80,000-$120,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc.

CINCINNATI – Cowan's Auctions Inc.'s American Indian and Western Art Auction will take place on Friday, April 4. The auction will feature an array of paintings, weaponry, paintings, basketry, beadwork, moccasins, clothing and more. LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

The sale will feature the final portion of the Marvin Lince Collection of American Indian weaponry and accoutrements. An Eastern Plains three-bladed knife club from the Lince Collection sold for $180,000 in Cowan’s 2013 auction. Additionally, Cowan’s will be offering an excellent selection of paintings by well-known Western artists such as Henry Farny and Joseph Henry Sharp.

Items from the Lince Collection are expected to attract competitive bidding in the auction. Some of the featured pieces include an Iroquois figural ball club, which is estimated to bring $40,000-$50,000. A dag knife with a pony beaded sheath is estimated at $30,000-$40,000, and a Jukes Coulson dag knife is expected to sell for $20,000-$30,000.

Exceptional weavings and blankets will also be offered in the sale. A Navajo Klagetoh roomsize weaving is estimated to bring $6,000-$8,000. A late classic Navajo child’s blanket is expected to sell for $6,000-$8,000. Finally, a Navajo late classic woman’s dress, from the collection of William Haskell Simpson is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

Beaded Items will be hitting the auction block in the sale. A plateau beaded hide blanket is estimated to sell for $15,000-$20,000, a pair of Apache pictorial beaded hide high-top moccasins are estimated at $6,000-$8,000, and an Arapaho beaded hide warrior doll is expected to sell anywhere between $4,000-$6,000.

Pottery and basketry will be featured in the auction. A Maragaret Tafoya carved redware jar is estimated at $10,000-$20,000. A Nuu-chah-nulth painted basketry hat is expected to bring $3,000-$5,000, an Elizabeth Naranjo blackware jar is estimated at $3,000-$5,000, and an Acoma polychrome figural jar is estimated at $2,500-$3,500.

Additional notable items that will be featured in the April 4 auction include a circa 1835 Cherokee bandolier bag collected by Michael Francis, which is expected to bring anywhere between $40,000-$60,000, a still life by Joseph Henry Sharp is estimated at $20,000-$30,000, a Henry Farny bronze bust, titled Pueblo of Zuni / Bernice Sal Ql Saye, is estimated at $8,000-$12,000, and a polychrome totem pole by Charlie James is estimated at $6,000-$8,000.

For more information about the auction or to consign for future auctions, call Danica Farnand at 513-871-1670 ext. 215.

 

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Henry Farny, 'After Big Game.' Estimate: $80,000-$120,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc. Cherokee bandolier bag collected by Michael Francis, Esq. (1801-1860). Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc. Blackfoot pony beaded knife sheath with dag knife from the collection of Marvin L. Lince, Oregon. Estimate: $30,000-$40,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc. Margaret Tafoya (Santa Clara, 1904-2001) carved redware jar. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:26
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury to sell books of a higher calling March 20

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Monday, 17 March 2014 14:42
'The holy Bull, And Crusado of Rome,' first published by the holy father Gregory XIII. £4,000- £6,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

LONDON – A selection of ecclesiastical books from the collection of clergyman and controversialist Joseph Mendham will be sold by Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ on Thursday, March 20. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Born in London, Mendham was educated at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, graduating with a BA in 1792, and with an MA in 1795. It was here that he was heavily influenced by evangelicalism under its vice-principal, Isaac Crouch. In 1793 he was ordained deacon and priest the following year, but resigned his curacy in 1826 to use his private income and devote his time to book collecting, and authorship of various works on Reformation and post-Reformation controversies. Mendham collected a wide variety of material by 16th and 17th century Catholic and protestant writers, much of which he used in his writings as a strong advocate on the protestant side. In 1836 Mendham was appointed perpetual curate of Hill, near Sutton Coldfield but soon retired due to ill health.

His most important work was An Account of the Indexes, Prohibitory and Expurgatory, of the Church of Rome, published in 1826, highlighting his opinion of the repressive nature of the Catholic Church. Mendham was concerned that the emancipation laws of his own day would increase Roman Catholicism in the British Isles. His most academic work was Memoirs of the Council of Trent (1834 and supplement 1836), in which he used a wide variety of sources, many of which are being offered in this sale.

First published by Pope Gregory XIII, The Holy Bull, And Crusado of Rome (1588) uses direct comparisons with the Holy Scriptures to criticize the papacy, and the Spanish, for their justification of the Anglo-Spanish war. The rarest of the books offered in this sale, it includes a fascinating account of the Armada, which notes the provisions that the fleet carried "nine hundred thousand kintals of Biscuit … two and thirty thousand peeces of Wine … forty thousand Arrobes of Cheese: euery Arrobe is eight & twenty pounds waight: two & thirty thousand Barrells of fish called Tonny fish … Moreover, foure and twenty Arrobes of oyle of Andolosia, with five thousand and foure hundred Arrobes of Wine vinagre, for to coole the Ordinance … fifty thousand bunches of Andalosia Garlick." Bound together with two other works relating to papal bulls the book is estimated to sell for £4,000-£6,000 [Lot 122].

A copy of Catechismus brevis christianae disciplinae summam continens (1552), attributed to English protestant churchman and controversial writer, John Ponet, carries notes and inscriptions from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. This remarkable book was sold in the first-ever public auction of books in England, and belonged to the clergyman Dr. Lazarus Seaman (d. 1675) and Michael Lort (1724/5-90), clergyman, antiquary and librarian to the archbishop of Canterbury.

Written in Latin, this copy of the book was sold as lot 1079 for £5 5s in the Heber sale, an auction that lasted a staggering 216 days and saw the 105,000 volumes that comprised the library of the prolific book-collector Richard Heber, go under the hammer. In his book Certamen Epistolare (1692), Heylin writes: “this Catechism is so hard to come by, that scarce one scholar in 500 hath ever heard of it; and hardly one in a 1000 hath ever seen it.” This rare copy is estimated to sell for £1,000-£1,500. [Lot 278]

A bound volume of three works by the Italian Carmelite reformer, humanist and poet Baptista Mantuanus, contains a copy of De calamitatibus temporum (1514). Mantuanus was a prolific writer but became known throughout the Renaissance for his poetry. De calamitatibus temporum is a three-part work that criticises the rebellious culture of the age through poetry. The book includes one of the earliest accounts of syphilis with an introductory verse by Ulsenius, the first German physician to publish an exact description of that disease in 1496. In addition, a passage on papal corruption was used by protestant reformist Martin Luther in Against the Roman Papacy, An Institution of the Devil (1545). The other works in this bound copy are Carmen de Fortuna quo illustrem ac bellicosum principem Franciscum (1515) and De certissimis sphaeraru[m] astrorum q[ue] legibus motionibus q[ue] in Robertu[m] Seuerinatem carmine Panegyrico (1514) and it is estimated to sell for £600-£800 [Lot 25].

Elsewhere, a fascinating copy of the Battle of Lepanto.- Relatione della giornata delle Scorciolare fral'amata Turchesca and Christiana alli sette d'Ottobre (1571), is estimated to sell for £1,000-$1,500. The book is a contemporaneous account of the events leading to the celebrated battle in which a coalition of Mediterranean states, partly under the command of Mathurin Romegas, defeated the Turkish fleet off Lepanto in October 1571 [Lot 31].

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

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ADDITIONAL LOT OF NOTE
'The holy Bull, And Crusado of Rome,' first published by the holy father Gregory XIII. £4,000- £6,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 15:12
 

Westlicht to launch auction of NASA Apollo 15 camera March 22

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Monday, 17 March 2014 10:50
Showing signs of use from the rugged surface of the moon, the Hasselblad 500 'HEDC' is the star attraction of the Westlicht auction on March 22. Westlicht image. VIENNA – NASA's only camera to have traveled it to the moon and back as part of the Apollo manned missions will be auctioned Saturday, March 22, by Westlicht gallery.

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The boxy Hasselblad camera, which could be attached to the front of an astronaut's suit, is estimated at 150,000-200,000 euros ($200,000-$270,000).

NASA sent 14 cameras to the moon during its Apollo 11-17 missions in 1969-1972, but only one was brought back to earth. As a rule, the cameras – which weighed several pounds – were abandoned to allow the astronauts to bring back moon rock; weight being a prime concern on the missions.

The Hasselblad camera, which is being sold by an Italian collector, was used by astronaut Jim Irwin to take nearly 300 pictures during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971.

A plate inside with the number 38 – the same number that appears on the NASA photos – is proof that this camera is the real thing and really was on the moon, said Westlicht gallery owner Peter Coeln.

The auction is composed of almost 600 cameras, lenses and accessories, many by Leitz/Leica, all of the highest quality.

Westlicht gallery, a leading auction house for cameras, has conducted the sale of some of the most expensive photographic equipment in history. In 2012, it sold a Leica camera prototype made in 1923 for 2.16 million euros, a world record.

On Friday, March 21, WestLicht will conduct its 10th photo auction. Numerous icons of photographic history, valuable examples from the early days of photography, an impressive photo archive and Austrian and international classics will go under the hammer. The selection of more than 200 lots was made jointly with expert Johannes Faber. A beautiful selection of rare and looked for photo books complements the auction.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOT OF NOTE
Showing signs of use from the rugged surface of the moon, the Hasselblad 500 'HEDC' is the star attraction of the Westlicht auction on March 22. Westlicht image.

Unique chrome Monochrom 'Ralph Gibson' edition Leica with red signature on top plate and red leather covering. Westlicht image.

Nikon 6mm fisheye lens. Westlicht image.

Rolleiflex prototype. Westlicht image.

Nikon F High Speed Sapporo. Westlicht image.

Heinrich Kuehn Stegemann Studienkamera. Westlicht image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 08:48
 

Michaan’s Auctions presents L.C. Tiffany treasures April 12

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Friday, 14 March 2014 14:00
Tiffany Studios 22-inch Peony table lamp on a reticulated bronze base. Estimate: $250,000-$300,000. Michaan's Auctions image. ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s Auctions will present its third offering of spectacular Tiffany Studios treasures from Japan’s esteemed Garden Museum with additions from private collections on April 12. Approximately 95 lots of fine Tiffany masterworks and decorative arts will be featured. The sale will be held at 1p.m. Pacific time.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding, providing discriminating buyers from around the world another exclusive opportunity to bid on magnificent Tiffany pieces.

A Tiffany Peacock chandelier is an expected high point from the sale’s Garden Museum Collection lots ($250,000-$300,000). The hanging shade features a repeating, allover design depicting tail feathers. The intense, saturated coloration of the glass remains one of the most striking characteristics of the piece, displaying gem-like shades of blue and green. The domed shade measures 26 inches in diameter and is suspended by an understated bronze fixture upon a chain. This Peacock chandelier model was doubly designed for use as a floor lamp shade.

A Tiffany Studios Peony table lamp illuminates the sale at an estimate of $250,000-$350,000. This Garden Museum Collection highlight features a shade 22-inches in diameter with a magnificent display of color. Deep crimson blossoms are surrounded by foliage and background petals of subtly varied hues, beautifully expressing the studios’ mastery of color. The shade is mounted upon a fancy reticulated Library base, culminating into one of the finest examples of this model sold in recent years.

Yet another special auction offering from the Garden Museum Collection is found in a circa 1910-1920 Tiffany Studios landscape window. The scene is composed as a lovely perspective view, with the landscape image centering a classic veranda setting. The depiction is enchantingly brought to life by a variety of lush plants and blooms, including a fountain spray adorned by flowering water lilies. The landscape window measures 30 1/4 inches high by 58 inches wide and will be offered at an auction estimate of $250,000-$300,000.

Additional pieces of great interest include exceedingly rare early Tiffany glass selections and Tiffany & Co. decorative objects. A Moorish style turtleback tile footed lamp features an elaborate supporting bronze and glass base. Also available is an Oriental Poppy window by the Tiffany Studios, as well as a Tiffany Studios mosaic panel depicting St. Andrew. For decades the St. Andrew panel was prominently displayed in Tiffany Studios’ New York showroom. An outstanding Tiffany lamp in the sale is found in a rare enameled table lamp base with a 16-inch Favrile glass shade. Over 12 additional Tiffany lamps will accompany these pieces in the sale, as well as three paintings rendered by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The auction collection continues with several Tiffany paperweight vases and two extremely fine enamel vases by Tiffany Studios. The auction will end with offerings of two spectacular Pate de Verre lamps by contemporary artist Steven Stelz.

For more information on Michaan’s April 12 Tiffany Auction, 510-740-0220.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Tiffany Studios 22-inch Peony table lamp on a reticulated bronze base. Estimate: $250,000-$300,000. Michaan's Auctions image. Tiffany Studios Peacock chandelier. Estimate: $250,000-$300,000. Michaan's Auctions image. Tiffany Studios landscape window. Estimate: $250,000-$300,000. Michaan's Auctions image.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 14:18
 

Regiments to march online in Old Toy Soldier's April 4-6 auction

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Lot 2512 - Heyde Hunt figures, 60mm, with Huntsman Cottage, est. $600-$800. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

PITTSBURGH – Old Toy Soldier Auctions (OTSA) will be mustering the troops online for their next auction, which is slated for April 4, 5 and 6, 2014. The Internet-only event features 1,778 lots, available for bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

“We’ve gathered up all types of soldiers for this auction – with many group lots included – specifically to suit the beginning or intermediate collector,” said Ray Haradin, owner of OTSA.

Day one (Friday, April 4) will feature 612 lots of W. Britains, the newer productions by the world’s most revered manufacturer of toy soldiers. Day two (Saturday, April 5) includes a 512-lot selection of primarily dime store, Mignot and early Britains soldiers. The final session (Sunday, April 6) will start with Alymer knights and move into early Britains, Mignot, Authenticast and Timpo soldiers, with 654 lots in all.

Most of the lots in OTSA’s big Internet-only auction carry estimates of less than $100, something collectors are sure to appreciate, Haradin said. “Not only does this type of sale appeal to buyers on a budget and make it possible for anyone to enjoy the toy soldier collecting hobby, it’s also an affordable way for a collector to acquire soldiers that may be missing from one of their existing sets.”

Start times for the auction are 1 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Friday, April 4; and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6.

To contact OTSA, call Ray Haradin at 412-343-8733 (tollfree: 800-349-8009) or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit OTSA online at www.oldtoysoldierauctions.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Lot 2512 - Heyde Hunt figures, 60mm, with Huntsman Cottage, est. $600-$800. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Lot 1579 - Britains Set #41036, est. $80-$120. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Lot 2164 - Mignot Set #715 Alpine Mountain Campaign, est. $600-$800. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Lot 3502 - Britains from Set #1250 Royal Marine Band, est. $250-$350. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Lot 1555 - Britains Set #40185, est. $80-$120. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Lot 1108 - Britains Set #5181, est. $100-$140. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Lot 2393 - Barclay Soldiers, est. $100-$200. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Lot 3010 - Alymer Knight #BF 21 Sir John Beauchamp, est. $60-$80. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 14:19
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury to auction Henry Moore prints March 27

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Henry Moore (1898-1986), ‘High Wire Walkers,’ watercolor, charcoal, graphite with pen and ink on paper, etching with aquatint, 1975, 9 1/2 x 7 3/8 in. Estimate: £8,000-£12,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – A collection of 56 unseen working proof prints by one of Britain’s most famous artists and sculptors, Henry Moore (1898-1986), will be offered for sale as part of Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions sale of Modern & Contemporary Prints on Thursday, March 27. Collected by Moore’s master printer, Michael Rand, lots 116-172 from the sale document Moore’s journey to becoming a draughtsman.

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The founder printer at Editions Alecto from 1963-66, Rand set up their first Studio in Kelso Place and worked with many of the great artists of the day, printing editions for David Hockney and Colin Self, among others. In 1969 he took up the role of senior technician at the Royal College of Art and began his work with Henry Moore, which over the following decades resulted in the printing of the majority of Moore's most important intaglio works.

Their working relationship was truly collaborative. Rand would assist Moore with the etching of his plates at his home, Perry Green in Much Hadham, later returning to London to produce numerous proofs, subtly altering plate tones and ink densities, and returning them to Moore so that they could pore over the variants and select the impression that would give the go-ahead for the printing of the edition.

This collection of original work from the late 1970s and early 1980s includes the watercolor and charcoal design that was the basis of the etching Highwire Walkers, [Lot 172], and a selection of five drawings, which are the basis for many of the prints in the 1981Woman’s Head series [Lots 147, 148, 149, 150, 151]. The prints offered in the sale range from £200 for an unsigned print to £12,000 for the watercolor/charcoal of Highwire Walkers, five of the sets of proofs are accompanied by the signed editioned state, giving collectors a unique opportunity to purchase complete sets of working proofs.

Also included in the sale are a number of works by the acclaimed British painter, pop artist and Moore’s contemporary, Richard Hamilton (1922-2011). A timely retrospective of his work is currently being exhibited at the Tate Modern in London, and is a celebration of the entire range of Hamilton’s progressive work.

A signed copy of his offset lithograph collage, Fashion Plate, created in 1969-70, is indicative of Hamilton’s penchant for using highly recognizable images from different art forms, and redefining them in a new context. This particular image uses a photograph of Sophia Loren, taken from a fashion magazine, with a screenprint overlay. The striking lithograph was created in Milan, and retouched by Hamilton in London using cosmetics. It is estimated to sell for £10,000-£15,000 [Lot 403].

A number of prints by British painter and printmaker Sir Gordon Howard Eliot Hodgkin CH, CBE (b.1932), includes a rare and important set of six progressive state proofs, and an impression, from the final state of his well-known print, Interior Night.

It is incredibly uncommon to see state proofs for editions by Hodgkin, and this set gives a valuable insight into the artist's working practice. An intriguing element is the presence of a blue aquatint plate, as it was previously assumed that the image was made up of only three colors, black, red and orange [Lot 414].

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Henry Moore (1898-1986), ‘High Wire Walkers,’ watercolor, charcoal, graphite with pen and ink on paper, etching with aquatint, 1975, 9 1/2 x 7 3/8 in. Estimate: £8,000-£12,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

Richard Hamilton (1922-2011), ‘Fashion-Plate,’ offset lithograph with collage, pochoir and screenprint in colors, retouched by the artist with cosmetics, 1969/70, signed in pencil, numbered 39/70, 29 1/4 x 23 3/4 in. Estimate: £10,000-£15,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

Howard Hodgkin (b.1932), ‘Interior Night,’ set of the six progressive state proofs and an impression from the final state of this print, each initialed and numbered 2/2 in pencil, the final state signed, dated and inscribed A/P in pencil, each sheet 17 1/2 x 23 5/8 in. Estimate: £8,000-£12,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 13:16
 

Jeffrey Evans to sell Palmers’ entire Americana collection April 5

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James Miller, Alexandria, Va., folk-art-decorated stoneware jar. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

MT. CRAWFORD, VA, – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will offer the Americana and folk art collection of John and Lil Palmer of Purcellville (Loudon County), Va., at auction April 5.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

The Palmers were professionals in the banking and accounting worlds and first started collecting antiques as a hobby. After their retirements, they opened a shop in Purcellville, which became a hub for conversation about folk art and Americana, as much as a trading place.

Tragically, the Palmers were both killed in a fatal single-car accident last July while driving home after visiting friends. With neither additions nor deletions, Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will offer the Palmer collection in its entirety. This sale represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire some of the best examples known in a number of collecting categories.

The Palmers kept extensive notes on the provenance of each piece, with many objects descending directly in the families of their original owners. Additionally, many examples from the collection have notable publication and exhibition records. This single-owner auction promises to be an exciting and educational event.

Top among the collectors’ interests was pottery, particularly stoneware and earthenware of the Shenandoah Valley and other areas of Virginia. Leading the pottery category is a rare and important James Miller, Alexandria, Va., or Washington, D.C., cobalt-decorated, salt-glazed stoneware 3-gallon storage jar, the front featuring a folk art depiction of a large American Federal-period eagle. Produced around the time of Lafayette’s visit to Virginia and Washington in 1824, this jar is estimated to realize $20,000-$30,000 in the auction.

Other stoneware to be sold includes a fine selection of Shenandoah Valley squat pots, or preserve jars, highlighted by an important signed, inscribed, and dated 1850 example by John D. Heatwole, made for his sister Margaret, upon her marriage and move to Andrew Jackson County, Iowa. This diminutive pot is estimated to sell for $10,000-$15,000. Another outstanding piece of decorated Valley stoneware, a fine Andrew Coffman pitcher, made at the Zigler Pottery in Timberville, Va., circa 1830-1850, is estimated to realize $10,000-$15,000.

One of the items atop the Shenandoah Valley earthenware section, a lead-glazed bowl speaks to the quality of the Palmer collection. The bowl, circa 1800, attributed to Hagerstown, Md., and decorated with copper and manganese slip, is a tour de force of execution and design and remains in outstanding condition. It is expected to sell for $10,000-$15,000. Another stellar example from this selection of Shenandoah Valley earthenware, an important pair of signed John Bell spaniel figures with original black and white paint, is expected to realize $10,000-$15,000.

The Palmer collection includes a number of outstanding Virginia pie/food safes, highlighted by a rare and important Matthew S. Kahle (1800-1869) and John Henson (act. 1819-after 1831), Lexington, Rockbridge County, Va., painted punched-tin-paneled closet safe, circa 1831, featuring George Washington-commemorative patterned center tins. This safe is estimated to realize $8,000-$12,000.

Virginia folk art is highlighted by a rare pair of Virginia fraktur by the Shenandoah Valley illuminated artist, circa 1846, executed in watercolor, ink, and gold wash and made for Collam Kelley and John Kelley of Bloomeray, Hampshire County, Va. (now West Virginia). To be sold separately, these two works are estimated to realize $8,000-$12,000 and $10,000-$15,000, respectively.

Another choice example of folk art from the collection, a fine and rare portrait, circa 1850, of 4-year-old Mary Mattingly of Mount Savage, Md., boldly inscribed, signed, and dated by artist John James Trumbull Arnold (181–1865) is estimated to realize $8,000-$12,000.

This auction also features an important collection of Southern carved folk art canes; a variety of folk and fine art, including a number of works by American illustrator Wesley Dennis(1903-1966); Southern baskets; hooked rugs; country painted and formal furniture; carved and painted folk art; cast-iron toys; and a selection of Native American pottery and baskets, including a fine grouping of Acoma or Laguna polychrome earthenware.

A special celebration of the lives and legacies of John and Lil Palmer will be held Friday, April 4, at 6 pm. A full-color 600-lot catalog will be available for purchase by March 15, for $50 including shipping, or $45 at the gallery.

For further information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 540-434-3939.

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

James Miller, Alexandria, Va., folk-art-decorated stoneware jar. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Selection of Shenandoah Valley stoneware squat pots. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Sample of Shenandoah Valley earthenware. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Rockbridge County, Va., punched-tin-paneled closet safe. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Virginia fraktur by the Shenandoah Valley illuminated artist. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Folk art portrait by John James Trumbull Arnold. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 12:28
 

Cowan’s to auction museum-owned Asian art March 24

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Pair of rare Qianlong blue and yellow bowls – estimate: $12,000-$18,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc. image.

CINCINNATI – Cowan’s Auctions Inc. will host their live salesroom Asian Art Auction on Monday, March 24. The near 800-lot live sale will feature substantial collections from the Zanesville Museum of Art, including Chinese and Southeast Asian bronzes, imperial textiles and early porcelains.

LiveAucitoneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

Also offered in the sale is a private collection of antique ivory carvings, fine selections of Japanese and Chinese export silver, and early Qing dynasty porcelains. The sale will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern.

“I am truly pleased to be offering this great material deaccessioned from the Zanesville Museum of Art at no reserve, which consisted of donations from the 1930s to the 1970s,” noted Graydon Sikes, director of Cowan’s Asian Art Department.

Among the items of note in the auction, porcelain pieces are expected to do well. A pair of rare Qianlong blue and yellow bowls are estimated to bring $12,000-$18,000, a rare 18th century Chinese famille rose vase is estimated to sell anywhere between $8,000 and $12,000, a rare Chinese Meiping double-fish vase is estimated at $7,000-$9,000, and a fine coral red reverse decorated bowl is expected to sell for $6,000-$8,000.

Fine jade items will also be featured. A fine Chinese Ming Period jade water buffalo carving is estimated anywhere between $9,000 and $10,000, a Chinese carved jade mythological beast is expected to bring $8,000-$10,000, a Chinese white jade archer’s ring is estimated at $5,000-$8,000, and a Japanese Celadon Square Vase is expected to sell anywhere between $6,000 and $8,000.

Ivory carvings are expected to perform well in the auction. A fine Chinese carved and inked figural grouping is estimated at $3,000-$5,000, a group of Japanese carved ivory figures is expected to bring $3,000-$5,000, a Chinese polychrome ivory figural group is estimated to bring anywhere between $3,000-$5,000, and a Chinese carved ivory arched bridge is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Pair of rare Qianlong blue and yellow bowls – estimate: $12,000-$18,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc. image.

 Chinese carved jade mytholigical beast  – estimate: $8,000-$10,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc. image.

 Chinese court robe  – estimate: $500-$700. Cowan's Auctions Inc. image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 14:09
 

Unique canes offered in Kimball M. Sterling auction March 16

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Nephrite snake cane, circa 1900. Estimate: $ 7,000-$9,000. Kimball M. Sterling Inc. image.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Kimball M. Sterling Inc. will present a special offering of antique canes and erotic ivory carving from a private Mid-Western collection on Sunday, March 16. The collection consists of over 100 of the finest canes that have ever been offered at public auction.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Most categories familiar to cane collectors will be represented in this collection including dress, gadget and country. Although this is a specialized auction, there are categories in the cane world that cross over into many fields of collecting including fine china, animals, porcelain, jewelry, Asian and much more.

This probably will be the last time that antique elephant ivory canes will be offered to the public because of the new executive order that has been signed by President Obama. It will still be legal for the public to own them but the market to buy will be closed except for a very few antique canes, auctioneer Kimball Sterling noted.

In addition to outstanding antique ivory offerings, fine European nudes, dogs, flowers, horses and much more by major carvers will be offered at the auction.

The high-end erotic carving of the best European carvers will also be offered. Both canes and erotic 19th century plaques from this old collection will be sold to the highest bidders. Silver and gold dress canes, cloisonné, KPM and many major makers will be offered. Hardstone in the style of Carl Faberge is also a key presentation in this auction.

Kimball M. Sterling Inc. partners with LiveAuctioneers.com to present about five canes-only auctions a year and has sold more canes in this partnership than any other auctioneer in the world. The Tennessee auctioneer has been in business for over 27 years and has conducted over 1,000 auctions including small estates to the estate of Alex Hailey.

For more information call Kimball Sterling at 423-773-4073.

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

Nephrite snake cane, circa 1900. Estimate: $ 7,000-$9,000. Kimball M. Sterling Inc. image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 16:40
 

Material Culture to auction film director's art collection, Mar. 29-30

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:17

‘Une Deeuse Famme’ (‘A Vodou Goddess’) by Hector Hyppolite (Haitian/St. Marc, 1894-1948), est. $15,000-$17,000. Material Culture image.

PHILA., Pa. (LAPRS) – Jonathan Demme has reached the pinnacle of Hollywood success as the visionary director of Philadelphia, The Manchurian Candidate (2004) and the 1991 thriller The Silence of the Lambs, for which he earned an Academy Award. Unfailingly, Demme brings passion and intensity to the movie set – the very same qualities that have been a constant in his 27 years of collecting self-taught art. Now, as he nears his 70th birthday, Demme is returning to a city he loves – Philadelphia – for the March 29-30 auction of his spectacular collection of primarily American and Caribbean artworks.

“Of course, being a world-class director, Jonathan was thinking two or three shots ahead when he made up his mind to sell the collection,” said George Jevremovic, whose company, Material Culture, will produce the auction event. “He envisioned the auction as a joyous celebration, so we’re not only going to present his art collection to bidders worldwide, we’re also going to host a birthday party for him at the Friday-night preview, which will feature a Caribbean band and one of Jamaica’s top entertainers, Sister Carol.”

Material Culture will auction more than 800 paintings and sculptures in the 1,050-lot sale. The collection transcends borders, from contemporary Jamaican intuitive painters to Haitian and American self-taught artists of the 1940s through present day.

After acquiring a small Wilson Bigaud painting in 1986 at a New York gallery, Demme made the first of many visits to Haiti, a country that captivated him. There he learned Creole and befriended artists and musicians while shooting footage for the documentaries Haiti Dreams of Democracy (1988) and The Agronomist (2002), about the life of activist and prominent Haitian journalist Jean Dominique. Once he discovered the vibrant Centre d’Art in Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince, there was no turning back from the collecting journey that would take him to the present day.

In 1997 Demme curated “Island on Fire,” a Manhattan exhibition of more than 100 Haitian paintings from his collection. The show included not only the very best of Haitian art, but also lesser-known artists, touching on every aspect of Haitian life, from depictions of everyday scenes to the people’s quest for liberation.

“You can become spiritually engaged and even transformed by the history and art of Haiti, which are intermeshed. It’s a rich and endless body of work,” Demme said.

The weeklong auction preview at Material Culture (March 22-29) will feature rare works by Haiti’s most celebrated painters, many of whom began their careers at the Centre d’Art. Founded in 1944 by the American Dewitt Peters, the Centre d’Art showcased some of Haiti’s greatest artistic masterpieces and some of the most important works in the Demme collection. An example would be the mid-1940s painting Une Deeuse Famme, by the surrealist painter Hector Hyppolite.

Haitian works will be displayed by region, from Haiti’s northern city of Cap-Haitien to the artistically vibrant port of Jacmel. The installation will feature mini exhibits, Caribbean watercolors, iron crosses and devotional drapeaux (sequined Vodou flags) alongside works by highly regarded American self-taught artists.

Asked why he chose to part with his collection, Demme replied, “Over the years I had gathered many, many pieces of art. I had cleaned and framed them, and moved them around on my walls to make room for new art, but eventually I ran out of room. It had gotten to the point where nine-tenths of the art was in storage, which is expensive and smacks of hoarding. That’s not how art should be treated. I decided there should be a big farewell party to celebrate this body of work and see the paintings go off to new homes. I became excited about it. I want others to share the joy I experienced as a collector.”

Demme will attend the March 28 birthday reception and art preview along with friends and family. Art lovers are invited to attend and view a legendary American director’s collecting vision before the carefully curated collection is passed on to the next generation of art guardians.

Art & artists featured in this sale:

American Self-taught: John Robert Ellis, Walter Ellison, Minnie Evans, Charlie Lucas, Justin McCarthy, J.B. Murray, Daniel Pressley, Roger Rice, O.L. Samuels, Jon Serl, Slingshot Ham, Edward Welch and Purvis Young.

Jamaican Intuitive Painters: Albert Artwell, Everald Brown, Jah Calo, Evandney Cruikshank, Ras Dizzy, Byron Johnson, Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds, Sylvester Woods, Allan Zion

Haitian Self-taught: Gesner Abelard, Montas Antoine, Toussaint Auguste, Wilson Bigaud, Murat Brierre, Bourmond Byron, Etienne Chavannes, Préfete Duffaut, Gerard (Fortune), Jacques-Enguerrand Gourgue, Wilfred Guerrier, Hector Hyppolite, Edger Jean-Baptiste, Jasmin Joseph, Pierre Joseph (Valcin), Wesner LaForest, Peterson Laurent, Georges Liautaud, Adam Leontus, André Normil, Philomé Obin, Senêque Obin, Andre Pierre, Odilon Pierre, Ernst Prophete, St.Pierre, Micius Stephane, Gerard Valcin, Pauleus Vital

Americana & Collectibles: Vintage etched-glass soda bottle collection, bird cage, Americana wood carvings, tramp art, trade signs, photography, film posters, African art, Bahia paintings, molas, weathervanes, canes, European self-taught, religious art, trade signs, curiosities, new discoveries and anonymous works

The March 29-30 auction will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern Time on both days. For information on any item in the sale, call 215-438-4700 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Preview: March 22-29, 10-6. Jonathan Demme free birthday celebration and preview party: March 28, 7-11 p.m. RSVP for the party and purchase optional buffet tickets online at http://materialculture.com/from-the-eye-party/.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

‘Une Deeuse Famme’ (‘A Vodou Goddess’) by Hector Hyppolite (Haitian/St. Marc, 1894-1948), est. $15,000-$17,000. Material Culture image.

‘Night For Ever’ by Daniel Pressley (Amer./South Carolina, 1918-1971), est. $10,000-$12,000. Material Culture image.

‘Untitled, Butterfly & Faces’ by Minnie Evans (Amer./North Carolina, 1892-1987), est. $7,000-$9,000. Material Culture image.

‘Flowers’ by Justin McCarthy (Amer./Pennsylvania, 1891-1977), est. $2,000-$3,500. Material Culture image.

‘Untitled, Urns and Flowers’ by Minnie Evans (Amer./North Carolina, 1892-1987), est. $3,000-$4,000. Material Culture image.

‘President Nixon and Family’ by Edger (sic.) Jean-Baptiste (Haitian/Bainet, 1917-1992), est. $3,000-$5,000. Material Culture image.

‘Debacle des Cacos’ by Philomé Obin (Haitian/Cap-Haitien, 1892-1986), est. $20,000-$25,000. Material Culture image.

‘Profile’ by Wesner LaForest (Haitian, 1927-1965), est. $4,500-$6,000. Material Culture image.

‘The Lone Mourner’ by Daniel Pressley (Amer./South Carolina, 1918-1971), est. $13,000-$16,000. Material Culture image.

‘Rio Cobre’ by Mallica ‘Kapo’ Reynolds (Jamaican, 1911-1989), est. $8,000-$10,000. Material Culture image.

‘Birds and Flowers’ by Hector Hyppolite, (Haitian/St. Marc, 1894-1948), est. $30,000-$35,000. Material Culture image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 11:08
 

Showtime Auction Services to sell 2 major collections April 4-6

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Hires Rootbeer soda fountain syrup dispenser (green version). Excellent original condition. Estimate: $15,000 to $25,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Over 2,200 lots from two major collections, plus consignments from more than 100 other advanced collectors will be sold at auction the weekend of April 4-6 by Showtime Auction Services. The three-day event will be held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor/Saline Road in Ann Arbor.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding all three days – a departure from Showtime’s practice of having Internet bidding on Saturday and Sunday only.

Headlining the event will be the lifetime collection of Robert and Janet Straub of Kansas and the lifetime collection of Neil J. Frick of Michigan. Both collections are diverse and have something for every collector in over 40 categories.

The auction will feature many of the collecting categories for which Showtime Auction Services has become renowned in the industry. These will include petroliana, automobilia, salesman's samples, Heinz collection, trade cards, general store and country store, advertising signs, match safes, trays, cast-iron toys, pressed steel toys, barber shop and saloon.

Additional categories will feature tobacciana, cigar store figures, hardware, store tins, Coca-Cola, whiskey, breweriana, primitives, lamps, bronzes, drug store, soda fountain, ice cream, gambling, cash registers, fishing, folk art , furniture, store displays and fixtures and fire fighting antiques and much more. It will be a packed sale.

“This will undoubtedly be one of the most diverse auctions we've ever held, and it could end up being the best spring auction we've ever staged,” said Mike Eckles of Showtime Auction Services, based in Woodhaven, Mich. “The Straubs and the Fricks are dedicated collectors in their categories, and I encourage fans of primitives and country store to bid early and bid often.”

Individual items expected to do well include an all original Happy Jap gum dispenser with a shelf and original porcelain sign, a 1910 Yuenling's Beer reverse glass sign (“Purity, Cleanliness, Porter & Ale, Pottsville”), a 1942 Wurlitzer Model 42 jukebox with keyboard in excellent working condition and boasting excellent and colorful graphics, and a 1932 Packard 902 standard 8 convertible coupe, fully restored and in excellent running condition.

Other featured lots will include an extremely rare early 20th century Smith's Kidney Pills tin sign in the original frame, in remarkable condition, with Black/Americana subject matter. An equally rare Glencoe Brewing Co. Beer Vitrolite sign with original copper flashed frame and a rare green version Hires Rootbeer soda fountain dispenser will also be offered.

Auction start times all three days are 9 a.m. Eastern.

For details call Michael Eckles at 951-453-2415; or e-mail him at either This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

Hires Rootbeer soda fountain syrup dispenser (green version). Excellent original condition. Estimate: $15,000 to $25,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

All original gum dispenser with shelf and original porcelain sign, in very good working condition. Estimate: $20,000 to $30,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

Glencoe Beer Vitrolite corner sign featuring Uncle Sam. Excellent Condition with original frame. Estimate: $10,000 to $15,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

Salesman's sample windmill made by Monitor Manufacturing Co., Auburn, IN. Excellent Condition. Estimate: $5,000 to $10,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

Cigar Store Indian attributed to Samuel Robb, with earlier repaint. Estimate: $30,000 to $50,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

Zinc sheep weathervane in excellent original condition. Estimate: $20,000 to $30,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

Early 1900's Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association embossed tin sign with some minor restoration, otherwise excellent condition. Estimate: $20,000 to $30,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

Gold Miner 'One Armed Bandit' slot machine, attributed to Frank Polk. Excellent working condition. Estimate: $10,000 to $15,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 12:40
 

Thomaston Place to disperse prominent estate March 29-30

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 14:36

Selection of items to be sold March 29-30. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image.

THOMASTON, Maine – On March 29 and 30, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will present a special, unreserved auction featuring items from the estate of the late Warren C. Fitzsimmons and Donald F. Kelly, including contents from their lovely Kennebunkport residence, along with collections from their former home and business, Kennebunkport’s Captain Jefferds Inn, and their former shop, Old Glory Antiques of Bridgehampton, N.Y.

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The sale will include many pieces of original art, furniture, ceramics, lighting, metalware, toys, books, plus a vast array of unique decorative treasures.

During the 1970s, Fitzsimmons and Kelly were well-known Long Island antique dealers who were sought out for their exquisite home furnishings and ingenious decorating eye. Their clientele ranged from high-end homeowners to A-list celebrities. Their collections were featured in publications such as House Beautiful and Country Living, and Mary Emmerling and other authors have included images of their collections of tramp art, majolica and art pottery in their reference books. In 1980, they purchased and decorated the Captain Jefferds Inn with their private furniture and artwork, and House Beautiful ran a cover story highlighting their tasteful decoration of this historic bed and breakfast. After selling the Inn in 1996, they moved all of their personal collections to their private residence on Pearl Street.

“This will be a special, totally unreserved auction offering many of the wonderful items collected by Mr. Fitzsimmons and Mr. Kelly,” said Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux. “The house in Kennebunkport was packed with fresh-to-the-market treasures, and there will be something for everyone, from rare antiques to unique items for home décor. No one should miss this fun and interesting sale.”

The auction will offer an eclectic furniture selection, ranging from early 19th century chests and country cabinets, to Adirondack twig pieces, wicker, iron patio furnishings, shell-encrusted whatnot shelves, wirework stands, tramp art items and folk art fixtures.

The enormous group of pottery and china will include extensive collections of majolica, ironstone transferware, American art pottery, Art Deco period ceramics, Staffordshire figurines, and fine porcelain pieces from Minton, Haviland and KPM.

Among the artwork will be 19th and 20th century works, including oil paintings, watercolors, Japanese woodblock prints, original drawings, carvings, plaster sculptures, signed etchings, engravings and lithographs,

And finally, the auction will present large selections of vintage cast-iron door stops, toleware pieces, lacquer ware items, early glass, taxidermy mounts, children’s books, advertising items and tin litho containers, antique lamps, cookie jars, doll houses and Victorian albums.

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern both sale days. Doors open at 9 a.m.

Phone 207-354-8141 for more information or to reserve seats in the auction hall.

Thomaston Place is a leader in discovering Maine’s antique and fine art treasures by offering free appraisals each Tuesday at the gallery.

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

Selection of items to be sold March 29-30. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image. 

Cabinet of majolica at the Kennebunkport house. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image. 

View of artwork at the Kennebunkport house. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image. 

 Diversity of items in the Kennebunkport house. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image.

Rookwood pottery lot. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image. 

 Collection of cast-iron doorstops. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image.

 Group of lacquerware. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 14:54
 

Waverly to auction CDVs of Lincoln and son, other historic photos Mar. 20

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:12

Two cartes de visite photos of Abraham Lincoln, one by Alexander Gardner and the other by J. H. Bufford. Est. $400-$600. Waverly Rare Books image.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – A pair of cartes de visite (or photographic "visiting cards") showing Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad, other Civil War-era cartes de visite of soldiers (including Ulysses S. Grant), and stereoview cards from prominent early photographers will be auctioned on Thursday, March 20, by Waverly Rare Books at the firm’s gallery in northern Virginia. Internet live bidding for the auction will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

Waverly’s 312-lot Catalog Auction #260 is packed with rare and historical items. Headlining the event are photographs from the collection of the late Walter Stolwein, a local amateur photographer, avid collector of photographs and photography equipment; and a member of both the Silver Spring Camera Club and the Chesapeake Antiquarian Photographic Society.

“In addition to the cartes de visite and stereoviews from Mr. Stolwein’s collection, the auction will also feature some wonderful non-photo lots, such as a signed autograph verse of S.F. Smith’s ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee,’ a signed, slip-cased copy of Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged,’ and a 1680 Renaissance-era book on cryptography,” said Monika Schiavo, director of Waverly Rare Books.

Lot 243, the cartes de visite of Lincoln and his son Tad, were taken a year apart, in 1864 and 1865. One, taken by Alexander Gardner on April 10, 1865, shows Lincoln reading to Tad. It measures 3¾ inches by 2½ inches. The second of the two images was taken by Anthony Berger on February 9, 1964, at Matthew Brady’s Washington studio. The lot carries a presale estimate of $800-$1,000.

Lot 244, comprising two cartes de visite portrait photos of just Lincoln, taken by Gardner and published by J. H. Buford (Boston), is expected to realize $400-$600. One, showing Lincoln with a slight smile, was taken on Feb. 5, 1865, prior to his assassination and just a few weeks before his second inauguration. Both are 3¾ inches by 2¼ inches, with a double border.

Albumen and stereoscopic photos taken by some of the premier early photographers of the time, including Frances Firth, Eadweard Muybridge, William Henry Jackson and Timothy O’Sullivan, will be of interest to serious collectors. In June of last year, Waverly’s sold an Author’s Edition folio version of Muybridge’s 11-volume set, Animal Locomotion (1887), for more than $14,000.

Muybridge offerings in the March 20 auction include a set of five stereoscopic views of the Valley of the Yosemite, a set of five railroad-themed stereoscopic cards titled Photographic Illustrations of the Pacific Coast, and a set of five stereoscopic views of San Francisco titled Views of the Pacific Coast. Each of the three lots is estimated at $300-$500.

Two lots, each comprising a dozen albumen photographs and stereoscopic views by William Henry Jackson, Timothy O’Sullivan and Luke & Wheeler, are expected to bring between $400 and $700 each. All of the images were taken in the 1870s and depict Western U.S. landmarks, such as the Rocky Mountains and Pike’s Peak. Albumen prints, invented in 1850, allowed photos to be produced off negatives.

A set of 17 stereoviews of Egypt and Italy by Frances Firth, an English photographer and founding member of the Liverpool Photographic Society in the mid-19th century, should reach $300-$500. The images, all 6¾ inches by 3¼ inches, will include views of the Great Hall of Columns and the Palace of Ramses III in Egypt; and the Baptistry and Monte Cavallo in Italy.

With a presale estimate of $2,000-$3,000, the tenth anniversary edition of the book Atlas Shrugged, published in 1967 by Random House (N.Y.) and signed by the author, Ayn Rand, could well end up being the auction’s top lot. The book, numbered 1514 of 2000, was signed on the inside leaf. Atlas Shrugged is an iconic political book considered to be Rand’s tour de force.

An autograph verse consisting of the first seven lines of the patriotic melody My Country ’Tis of Thee, signed by the poem’s author Samuel Francis Smith (1808-1895), is expected to hammer $400-$700. The original verse was penned by Smith in 1832. The one being sold was written in 1892 and measures 2½ inches by 3½ inches (in matting). It is possibly mounted to backing.

Gaspar Schott (1608-1666), a Renaissance priest and professor of mathematics and physics with an interest in magic, wrote a scientific book on cryptography titled Schola Steganographica. A copy of the compendium is in the auction with a presale estimate of $800-$1,200. It features 12 plates, engraved diagrams in the text, alphanumeric printed tables and a musical score.

Returning to cartes de visite, a lot of four items relating to the Civil War general and former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant – three cartes de visite and an oval print of Grant with a child (or an angel) on his lap – should sell for $80-$120. The cartes de visite show Grant seated in uniform (circa 1863), standing in uniform, and with Grant and family (circa 1866), respectively.

Three mid-1860s cartes de visite of the diminutive celebrity General Tom Thumb (born Charles Sherwood Stratton), pertaining to his “Fairy Wedding” to Lavinia Warren, as conceived and promoted by circus owner P.T. Barnum, are entered as Lot 255, with a presale estimate of $80-$140. One CDV is of Tom Thumb alone; another is a group shot of the wedding party, and a third shows the bride and groom together.

Lot 237, a circa-1901 ambrotype (a photograph in a hinged case, with a photographic emulsion that has been coated onto glass), depicts three well-dressed women – two of them in elaborate hats – out for a drive in an open roadster with visible side lanterns and white rubber tires. It is expected to sell for $100-$150.

The March 20 auction will take place at Waverly’s gallery at 360 S. Washington St., Falls Church, VA 22046, starting at 6 p.m., Eastern Time. For additional information on any lot in the March 20 auction or to consign a single item, an estate or a collection, call 703-532-5632 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

Two cartes de visite photos of Abraham Lincoln, one by Alexander Gardner and the other by J. H. Bufford. Est. $400-$600. Waverly Rare Books image.

Circa-1901 ambrotype depicting three women in an open roadster with visible side lanterns and white rubber tires. Est. 100-$150. Waverly Rare Books image.

Two cartes de visite photos of Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad, taken in 1864 and 1865 by Alexander Garder and Anthony Berger. Est. $800-$1,000. Waverly Rare Books image.

Cartes de visite from a group lot of four photographic items depicting Ulysses S. Grant, ex Walter Stolwein collection. Est. $80-120. Waverly Rare books image.

Three cartes de visite of Gen. Tom Thumb on the occasion of his wedding to Lavinia Warren. Est. $80-$100. Waverly Rare Books image.

One lot of 17 stereoviews of Egypt and Italy by the early British photographer Frances Firth. Est. $300-$500. Waverly Rare Books image.

Set of five stereoscopic views of San Francisco by the noted and highly collected early photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Est. $300-$500. Waverly Rare Books image.

Set of five stereoscopic views of the Valley of Yosemite by the noted and highly collected early photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Est. $300-$500. Waverly Rare Books image.

One lot of 12 albumen photos and stereoviews of Western U.S. landmarks, taken by William Henry Jackson, Timothy O’Sullivan, and Luke & Wheeler. Est. $400-$700. Waverly Rare Books image.

Signed autograph verse of S.F. Smith’s ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee.’ Est. $400-$700. Waverly Rare Books image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 15:52
 

Wooten & Wooten carries momentum into 640-lot sale March 22

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:54

Lot 136 – fine American Aesthetic Movement gilded cabinet, attributed to Herter Brothers, New York City. Wooten & Wooten Auctioneers image.

CAMDEN, S.C. – South Carolina’s Wooten and Wooten Auctioneers is quickly becoming one of the most talked-about names in Southern antiques and great estates. Their January sale of the Ferrell Collection of Southern pottery brought record-setting prices on several pieces of Edgefield pottery, bringing $766,549 in just 87 lots. The success of the sale highlighted the gallery’s growth and continued reputation for quality service.

Wooten and Wooten’s Fine Spring Estates is next in a string of increasingly strong sales. This March 22 catalog auction will feature fresh new offerings from notable American estates, including exemplary pieces of art, furniture, ceramics, Asian artifacts and Americana.

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Art highlights include a lovely Jeffrey Ripple landscape and a grand painting by renowned Italian contemporary artist Alessandro Papetti. Wooten and Wooten’s ceramic selection continues to impress with a slave-made Edgefield, S.C., face jug, a newly discovered Thomas Chandler four-handle storage jar, and a rare Tucker Porcelain Philadelphia punch bowl.

Asian items will also be well represented, with fine pieces of jade and a large Qing Dynasty famille rose palace urn.

Additional highlights include a gilded American aesthetic Herter Brothers cabinet from the collection of a South Carolina man, a unique collection of Russian silver from a Main Line Philadelphia estate, a seminal 1816 map of the United States by John Melish, and a rare proof sheet from a Columbia Records photography session with Bob Dylan.

Their exciting March offerings and strong January performance prompted Wooten and Wooten’s owner and CEO Jeremy Wooten to comment on the upcoming schedule. “We are looking forward to a great 2014, and are honored to collaborate with such distinguished estates, buyers and collectors.”

For more information on the items offered in Wooten and Wooten’s March auction, contact the gallery at 866-570-0144 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The sale begins Saturday, March 22, at 10 a.m. Eastern. Doors open at 8 a.m.

Wooten and Wooten is currently accepting select consignments for their upcoming June auction, please contact the gallery for consideration.

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 136 – fine American Aesthetic Movement gilded cabinet, attributed to Herter Brothers, New York City. Wooten & Wooten Auctioneers image.

Lot 53 – fine Chinese carved jade openwork screen. Wooten & Wooten Auctioneers image.

Lot 82 – rare Edgefield, S.C., stoneware face jug. Wooten & Wooten Auctioneers image.

Lot 47 – Bob Dylan photo contact sheet by Hank Parker. Wooten & Wooten Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 14:46
 

20th century's best designs in Wright auction March 27

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Monday, 10 March 2014 15:59

Gio Ponti and Piero Fornasetti, Madrepore dining suite. Estimate: $70,000-$90,000. Wright image.

CHICAGO – Wright will present Design, its highly anticipated biannual auction, on Thursday, March 27, beginning at noon Central. Composed of over 400 lots, the auction will feature works by some of the 20th century’s best-known designers including Pierre Jeanneret, Paul Evans, Greta Magnusson Grossman, George Nakashima, Tommi Parzinger, Gio Ponti and Karl Springer.

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Contemporary designers represented in Design include Roy McMakin, Michael Graves and Damien Langlois-Meurinne. The sale also includes contemporary designs from a Muriel Brandolini interior and works by the Chicago-based architects Don Powell and Robert Kleinschmidt.

Outstanding in the sale is the Madrepore table and set of four armchairs designed by Gio Ponti and Piero Fornasetti (estimate: $70,000-$90,000). “The table and chairs represent the apex of the collaboration between two Italian masters,” said Michael Jefferson, Wright senior vice president. ”The refinement of the furniture design by Ponti is enhanced by the exquisite detailing and embellishment that is classic Fornasetti.”

Also significant in the Design auction is the Rudder coffee table by Isamu Noguchi (estimate: $20,000-$30,000). This design is among the most experimental of the postwar era, and was produced by Herman Miller only briefly. The biomorphic, avant-garde Rudder series proved commercially infeasible, but is now considered iconic of 20th century design.

Other extraordinary works include a striking Argente cabinet by Paul Evans (estimate: $30,000-$50,000), a pair of floor lamps by Philip Johnson (estimate: $20,000-$30,000), and a set of six Cantu Baixa chairs by Sergio Rodrigues (estimate: $20,000-$30,000). More accessible lots in design include Joe Colombo’s signature Elda chair (estimate: $2,000-$3,000), a pair of 1-2-3 System lounge chairs by Verner Panton (estimate: $2,000-$3,000) and a marble-top coffee table by Alexander Girard (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Gio Ponti and Piero Fornasetti, Madrepore dining suite. Estimate: $70,000-$90,000. Wright image.

Pierre Jeanneret, pair of Committee armchairs from the Assembly, Chandigarh. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000.  Wright image.

Isamu Noguchi, Rudder coffee table, model IN-52. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Wright image.

Finn Juhl, Poet sofa. Estimate: $7,000-9,000. Wright image.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:42
 
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