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35-year postcard collection in Morphy ephemera action Oct. 25-26

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Friday, 10 October 2014 13:00

Wiener Werkstatte / Oskar Kokoschka postcard, ‘The Woman in the Gazebo,’ est. $1,000-$1,500. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Postcards have captivated American collectors since 1893, when series depicting scenes from the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition were made available to fairgoers who attended the landmark event. Examples of those early souvenir cards are among the thousands of rarities to be offered Oct. 25-26 in Morphy Auctions’ sale of the Danny and Kathy Danielsen collection.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The important 35-year collection, which is regarded as one of the most refined of its type, crosses all of the most popular subcategories within the postcard-collecting hobby. The classifications include rare hold-to-light and real-photo cards; Uncle Sam Santas, political, Art Nouveau, baseball and other sports; and a broad range of social history themes. Additionally, there are 39 lots of coveted postcards designed by Samuel L. Schmucker for John Winsch, mostly with a Halloween theme. Some are signed.

“The Danielsen collection is right at the top in terms of quality and rarity. It’s such a unique collection that I knew immediately it should be the solo featured collection of our Oct. 25-26 Postcard & Ephemera sale,” said Dan Morphy, president of Morphy Auctions.

Danny Danielsen became a postcard collector in 1979 during a Christmas visit to his mother, who was an antique dealer in Kansas City.

“She showed me some of her postcards and I ended up with three Santas, two Halloween cards and a postcard book. Ever since then, I’ve been a collector, and so has my wife, Kathy,” Danielsen said. The couple’s collections were merged to create the October auction consignment, although Kathy continues to collect modern postcards.

Throughout his career as a grain inspector in the Midwest, Danny Danielsen took advantage of his out-of-town travels by visiting dealers, shops and postcard shows. “That was the best education of all. You can read 100 books on postcards, but nothing can educate a collector like visiting a show, where the variety is massive. I was able to spot gems in many dealers’ stock, and if I found something rare, I would buy it.” Later, Danielsen expanded his search to Europe, shopping the Bloomsbury show in London, as well as shows and shops in Germany and France.

Danielsen said he was initially drawn to historical view cards. “They show early pictures of small towns in America and the people who lived there. Some of those towns are not even in existence anymore.”

His collection of Santa Claus cards includes desirable hold-to-light cards made around 1905 to 1912, which reveal different-colored lights within the postcard scene. Some of his most colorful cards are Halloween and holiday depictions drawn by Samuel L. Schmucker and Ellen H. Clapsaddle. Other favorites are images of horse-drawn delivery or RFD mail wagons, real-photo cards depicting motorcycles and motorcycle storefronts; and advertising cards. The latter category includes some rare, early 20th-century Coca-Cola cards featuring paintings of models by Hamilton King, beer cards, Keen Kutter tool cards, and black Americana cards.

Fine-art representations include many Art Nouveau postcards, highlighted by an Oskar Kokoschka / Wiener Werkstatte card titled The Woman in the Gazebo, estimate $1,000-$1,500. There are also examples by Raphael Kirchner and several by Alphonse Mucha, including a card that lists Sarah Bernhardt’s performance repertoire, estimated at $750-$1,000.

In the extensive sports category, standouts include three real-photo cards of legendary African-American boxer Jack Johnson. Two of the cards are unusual in that they depict Johnson with his wife, in Nevada. Estimate: $300-$500. For baseball fans, the collection offers four circa-1908 foldouts that include team photos of the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees and St. Louis Browns (2 cards). Each is estimated at $800-$1,200.

A section of the sale is devoted to real-photo postcards of studios and photographers. Most date to the 1905-1914 period, and some were taken by noted postcard photographers of the day, such as J.V. Dedrick, known for his images of Indians; and Solomon Butcher, whose Western scenes include a series of frontier sod house photos.

Many rare cards from expos, with a timeframe that runs from the 1800s through about 1933, are included in the collection. These mega-events were of particular interest to Danny Danielsen, who started collecting World’s Fair cards when he moved to St. Louis. The top entry in this category may be the oversize postcard from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. “It’s the only one I’ve ever seen,” said Danielsen. “Oversize cards tended to come in sets, so this one, which depicts the fair’s Liberal Arts Building, may have been part of a set. But I’ve never seen any others that were similar, so maybe it was printed as a single card. That remains a mystery.”

Other noteworthy subcategories include linen cards made before, during and just after World War II; the Titanic and Carpathia, including depictions of the rescue of Titanic passengers; and political postcards, which have their own following among political memorabilia collectors. There are two variations of a desirable mechanical card that has wheels on its bottom. When rolled along, an illusion is created of presidential candidates Taft and Bryan running toward the White House.

The auction will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern time. For additional information on any item in the sale or to reserve a phone line for bidding on auction day, call Morphy’s gallery at 717-335-3435 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Wiener Werkstatte / Oskar Kokoschka postcard, ‘The Woman in the Gazebo,’ est. $1,000-$1,500. Morphy Auctions image

Curt Teich ‘Mammy From Miami’ linen postcard from Florida, est. $300-$600. Morphy Auctions image

1908 Ty Cobb baseball postcard, est. $300-$600. Morphy Auctions image

Uncle Sam Santa hold-to-light postcard, est. $3,000-$6,000. Morphy Auctions image

1910 Yale Motorcycle real-photo postcard, est. $100-$200. Morphy Auctions image

Rare Winsch Halloween postcard with artwork by Schmucker (unsigned), est. $400-$600. Morphy Auctions image

Coca Cola Girl postcard with art by Hamilton King, mailed in 1911, est. $800-$1,200. Morphy Auctions image

William J. Lemp Falstaff Beer mechanical Santa postcard with rotating calendar, 1931, est. $400-$500. Morphy Auctions image

Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 13:27
 

Jeffrey Evans auction will turn out famous lamp collection Oct. 18

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Thursday, 09 October 2014 12:56

Many outstanding early kerosene period lamps including a fine Sandwich Onion and a good selection of Sandwich and other cut overlays. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

MOUNT CRAWFORD – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will conduct the third and final auction of the renowned miniature lamp collection of the late Marge Hulsebus of Redlands, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 18, as part of a large auction of Victorian and Kerosene Lighting. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Many of the Hulsebus lamps were featured in the couple's two reference volumes, Miniature Victorian Lamps published in 1994 and Miniature Lamps of the Victorian Era published in 2004.

This section of the auction includes rare art glass lamps, desirable figural lamps and enamel-decorated lamps.

The auction will also offer the lighting collections of Vincent Columbo of Newark, N.J., and Suzanne Richie of Woodstock, N.Y. Both collections contain great rarities including early kerosene cut overlays, Victorian-period opalescent stand- and finger-lamps, fine hanging lamps, as well as a large selection of good parts of all types.

The October meeting of the Night Light collector’s club will be held in conjunction with the auction on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 16-17. The club is for miniature lamp enthusiasts.

For further information regarding this auction, 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

Many outstanding early kerosene period lamps including a fine Sandwich Onion and a good selection of Sandwich and other cut overlays. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Sample of rare art glass miniature lamps including Cameo, Burmese and satin glass. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

From a fine selection of desirable figural miniature lamps. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Fine Henry Hooper, Boston gilt-brass four-arm chandelier with early kerosene setups, circa 1860. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:45
 

Orig. Picasso art, Bellows lithos headline Oct. 27 auction in Florida

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Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:08

Chinese Qing Dynasty-style archaic bird-form wine vessel, 19th century, 14 7/8in high. Image: Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – An original Picasso artwork from the collection of a French-born resident of Palm Beach, Florida, will headline Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches’ (AGOPB) October 27 Fine & Decorative Art and Antiques Auction, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. Titled “Bouquet de Provence,” the vibrant crayon-on-paper drawing is artist-signed and expected to realize $200,000-$300,000.

Another top highlight of the 315-lot evening sale is an estate collection of five rare George Bellows lithographs. The auction is further enhanced by European paintings and fine clocks from a Boca Raton (Fla.) estate, important Chinese jades and objects from a second Palm Beach collection, and exquisite Royal Worcester and European porcelains from other South Florida estates and private collections.

“The owner of the Picasso drawing sold most of her valuables at a 2013 auction in Paris,” explained AGOPB president Brian Kogan, “but she retained a few special pieces, including a Yaacov Agam painting, which we auctioned on her behalf for $60,000, and the Picasso that leads our October sale.”

“Bouquet de Provence” is not only signed, but also inscribed “Cannes” and dated “8.4.58.” The 14½ by 10½-inch work reveals Picasso’s whimsical side and fondness for primary colors, as well as his genius for rendering dynamic, spontaneous images. The drawing comes with a certificate signed by Picasso and a complete record of provenance that documents its line of ownership prior to the 45 years it resided in the Palm Beach collection.

Brian Kogan commented: “The opportunity to offer an original work of art by such an important artist is truly an event for us. In conducting our research, we were only able to find two comparables resembling this type of still life. One was slightly larger and sold for $435,000. The other was slightly smaller and brought an auction price of $275,000. We felt quite comfortable placing a pre-auction estimate of $200,000 to $300,000 on ‘Bouquet de Provence.’”

This auction will also feature an Ocala, Florida estate collection of more than 60 prints by revered American and European artists. The grouping includes five fresh-to-the-market lithographs by American realist George Wesley Bellows (1882-1925), who was described by the Columbus Museum of Art as “the most acclaimed American artist of his generation.” Between the years of 1921 and 1924, while summering in Woodstock, N.Y., Bellows and his printer, Bolton Brown, collaborated on the printing of 103 iconic images of American life. Because of the low numbers of their well-documented editions, and the fact that artist only lived to age 42, Bellows/Brown lithographs are among the most desired of all 20th-century American prints.

The five Bellows lithographs entered in AGOPB’s auction have been held privately since the collector purchased them in the 1950s from the artist’s authorized representative, H.V. Allison & Co., New York. They include the circa-1921 print “Pool Player,” whose subject matter was no doubt influenced by Bellows’ familiarity with the billiards rooms at the Players Club on Gramercy Park, The National Arts Club, and the Salmagundi Club. The other four lithographs are studies of American life in the Roaring Twenties. The titles include “The Street” (circa 1917), “Billy Sunday” (circa 1923), “Business Man Bath” (circa 1923) and “Emma and Marjorie on the Sofa” (circa 1921). Additional prints in the collection range from Old Masters by Rembrandt and Adrien van Ostade to works by modern masters such as Renoir, Matisse, Chagall, Toulouse-Lautrec, Laurencin, Redon and Villon.

Nineteenth-century European genre paintings from a Boca Raton estate include a depiction of a young gypsy girl by Charles Zacharie Landelle (French, 1821-1908). Signed and dated 1871, and measuring 40½ by 31¾ inches, it is estimated at $15,000-$20,000. Another large and important work is an oil-on-canvas by Fabio Fabbi (1861-1946), an Italian artist known for his Orientalist harem and slave girl paintings. The Fabbi in AGOPB’s auction has been assigned a $35,000-$45,000 estimate. An Angel Botello (Spanish/Puerto Rican, 1913-1986) portrait of his daughter sitting on a chair with hands clasped is estimated at $40,000-$60,000, while an 1882 Jean Aubert (French, 1824-1906) allegorical scene, “Cupid Entertaining Maidens in Diaphanous Gowns on a Hillside Landscape,” measures 47¾ by 70 3/8 inches and is estimated at $20,000-$30,000. Other art highlights include two paintings by Paul-Emile Pissarro (1884-1972), two wall constructions by Abe Ajay (American, 1919-1998), and a large oil by Gaston Sebire (French, 1920-2001).

A rich array of decorative art and accessories ranges from a collection of Lalique to fine porcelain dinner services and service plates from Minton, Wedgwood, Spode, Coalport, Limoges made for Puiforcat, and a set of eight Flora Danica soup plates. The list continues with mantel and desk clocks, including a Louis XVI 22-inch lyre clock and several from Tiffany & Co.; plus silver items, bronzes, three silver Persian carpets, chandeliers, fine stemware and contemporary art glass. Asian art of particularly high quality includes Chinese jades, cloisonné, and bronze objects, some with distinguished provenance from Spink & Co., London.

Highly select French, Italian and English period furniture came from two collectors of similar background. Both are originally from France but now live in the United States. Offerings include painted beechwood furniture, some gilded and inlaid; very nice English consoles, and an 18th-century looking glass.

Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches’ Monday Oct. 27, 2014 Fine & Decorative Art & Antiques sale will be held at the company’s gallery located at 1609 S. Dixie Hwy., #5, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. The start time is 6 p.m. EDT, and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. Preview Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting Thursday, Oct. 23. Closed Sundays.

For information on any item in the auction, call 561-805-7115 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Chinese Qing Dynasty-style archaic bird-form wine vessel, 19th century, 14 7/8in high. Image: Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches

Chinese white jade boulder with figures in a grotto, 4 1/8 x 8¾in. Image: Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches

Chinese white jade foo shi shi, 5 3/8in. Image: Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), ‘Bouquet de Provence,’ crayon paper, artist-signed and inscribed ‘Cannes le 8.4.58,’ crayon on paper, 14½ x 10½ inches, offered with full provenance and Picasso-signed photo certificate. Est. $200,000-$300,000. Image: Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches

George Wesley Bellows (American, 1882-1925), ‘Pool Player,’ lithograph, circa 1921, signed by Bellows and Bolton Brown, 5 1/8 x 10in, one of five. Image: Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches

Fabio Fabbi (Italian, 1861-1946), ‘Harem Girls,’ signed, oil on canvas, 28 x 36in. Est. $35,000-$45,000. Image: Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches

Charles Zacharie Landelle (French, 1821-1908), ‘Gypsy girl,’ signed and dated 1871, oil on canvas, 40½ by 31¾in. Est. $15,000-$20,000. Image: Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches

Angel Botello (Spanish/Puerto Rican, 1913-1986), ‘Silla No. 1,’ signed, 48 x 36in. Est. $40,000-$60,000. Image: Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 13:51
 

Treasures from around the globe offered in I.M. Chait sale Oct. 12

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Chinese carved bowenite double covered urn, 10 inches high. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – A West Hollywood collection of Coptic, Indian and pre-Columbian artifacts will be highlighted in I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers’s sale on Sunday, Oct. 12. Asian arts and antiques, I.M. Chait’s traditional specialty, will also cross the auction block in the 550-lot sale.

Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Included in the auction will be:

– A group of Antique Chinese ceramics from a Las Vegas collection;

– Early Chinese ceramics from a German collection;

– Yellow gold and jade jewelry together with coral, lapis, malachite and agate necklaces;

– Japanese woodblock prints from a Los Angeles collection

– Antique Chinese paintings from a Long Beach, Calif., collection together with Chinese scrolls from a Southern California collector.

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Chinese carved bowenite double covered urn, 10 inches high. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 16:54
 

Artemis Gallery opens doors to Old World with Oct. 23-24 auction

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Tuesday, 07 October 2014 14:05

Greek Attic red-figure kylix, athletes, ex-Charles Ede,
Athens, circa 430-420 BC. Est. $15,000-$20,000. Artemis Gallery image

BOULDER, Colo. – Once in a great while, an auction house is blessed with an “embarrassment of riches.” That may very well describe the offerings in Artemis Gallery’s Oct. 23-24 absentee/online auction of antiquities, Pre-Columbian and tribal art, featuring the collection of career diplomat William N. Dale. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

“This is surely one of the finest selections of ancient art we’ve ever had the privilege to present at auction,” said Artemis Gallery’s executive director, Teresa Dodge. “Day one is devoted to the collection of William Norris Dale, a US diplomat who was stationed in Turkey in the early 1960s. While living there, he amassed a wonderful collection of classical, Greek, Roman and Anatolian art.”

Among the classic antiquities are superb examples from cultures far less commonly seen at auction, including four Viking objects, and pieces from the Neolithic Vinca people (Baltic), the Yourtan – an early culture from western Anatolia – and the Avar, a very early Bronze Age culture. Additionally, the selection includes objects from Ancient China, Southeast Asia and Japan.

The haunting gaze of Lot 133, a 2nd-3rd century AD Palmyran limestone portrait head of a prince, is a testament to its sculptor’s ability. With its beautifully detailed, darkly pigmented eyebrows and closely cropped beard, the subject “looks like he should be on a Hollywood set,” Dodge remarked. Estimate: $30,000-$40,000.

Lot 20, an Egyptian openwork furniture attachment, is a rare fine. Dating to the 26th dynasty (662-525 BC), the wooden ornament is carved with the image of a seated god, Toth, holding a staff with hieroglyphs. Accompanied by excellent private provenance, it is expected to reach $18,000-$22,000.

A number of great examples of Greek pottery will be offered, including Lot 62, a 430 BC red kylix with figures of athletes. Dodge described the low, footed and handled vessel used at banquets as “the classiest wine cup of the day.” It is estimated at $15,000-$20,000.

Ancient Roman glass is an area of collecting that is “still developing and has miles to go,” said Dodge. A fantastic way to get into the hobby would be Lot 110, an aubergine glass with riggery around the upper rim that has developed a bright silver iridescence. From the 1st century AD, it is estimated at $1,800-$2,500.

An important Italic marble capital that once graced the Palazzo Odescalchi in Rome and has provenance through Christie’s is entered as Lot 127. It dates to the Late Byzantine period (12th century) and is adorned with acanthus leaves and torch-shape chalices. A solid marble form standing 14 inches tall, it is accompanied by the history of its origin. Estimate: $20,000-$25,000.

Another key piece to be auctioned on day one is Lot 159A, a massive 25-inch Anatolian Troy-type amphora, circa 1500 BC, painted with red geometric patterns. “This is the type of piece that Heinrich Schliemann might have excavated while uncovering Troy,” Dodge remarked. It has a presale estimate of $10,000-$15,000.

Viking relics are led by Lot 199A, a well-preserved and “published” iron sword from the 9th-10th century. An especially fine example, it has a curved pommel, beehive end cap and is stamped with a cross. The 35-inch-long sword was found in England and has been well studied and authenticated, and has impeccable provenance. Its auction expectations are $20,000-$30,000.

Lot 204 is a very rare 3rd- to 6th-century Japanese haniwa terra-cotta figure of a dancer, which would have been used in rituals, stands 22 ¾ inches high and comes with TL test results verifying its age. A supreme example of one of the most sought-after types of haniwa clay pottery, it is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

The Oct. 24 session contains one of the most exciting pieces ever to be handled by Artemis Gallery, said Dodge. “It’s an original Mayan limestone ball court marker – a disc carved with a scene of a seated lord in attendance. Each side would bring its own marker to a match, and rulers would bring examples like the one in our sale as a dedication offering for good luck.” The disc dates to around 550-800 AD and conveys with peerless provenance from The Denver Art Museum. The highest-estimated item in the auction, it could fetch $125,000-$175,000.

A Paleolithic Clovis point, Lot 301, is representative of some of the earliest manmade objects found in the Americas. Possibly dating to 16,000 BC, it is estimated at $9,000-$12,000.

Lot 329 is a circa-300 BC standing figure from the Chupicuaro people, an early culture of Western Mexico. Standing 13 inches tall, the human effigy is brightly painted with geometric patterns on the face and body. Such figures have been known to sell in the $9,000-$12,000 range, as they are among the most desirable of all Pre-Columbian objects.

Tribal art is led by an extremely rare, mid-18th-century Coptic textile from Afghanistan. Exhibiting beautiful and ornately stitched images from the Bible, the 92 by 64-inch piece is estimated at $6,000-$9,000.

The sale is rounded out by Colima dogs of unusually fine quality, Peruvian pottery from the Moche and Inca cultures, and a great variety of gold ornaments, including nose rings, earrings and crowns.

For additional information about any item in the Oct. 23-24 auction, call Teresa Dodge at 720-502-5289 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

Greek Attic red-figure kylix, athletes, ex-Charles Ede,
Athens, circa 430-420 BC. Est. $15,000-$20,000. Artemis Gallery image

Egyptian wood furniture attachment, 26th dynasty, 662-525 BC. Est. $18,000-$22,000. Artemis Gallery image

Exceptional Palmyran limestone bust of a prince, Syria, circa 2nd to 3rd centuries AD.  Est. $30,000-$40,000. Artemis Gallery image

Phoenician bronze helmet, ex-Axel Guttman, early 1st millennium BC.  Est. $12,000-$17,000. Artemis Gallery image

Published, intact Viking iron sword, Type L, circa 10th century AD.  Est. $20,000-$30,000. Artemis Gallery image

Prehistoric Paleo-Indian Clovis point, circa 16000-8600 BC.  Est. $9,000-$12,000. Artemis Gallery image

Superb Chupicuaro polychrome figure, circa 300 BC.  Est. $9,000-$12,000. Artemis Gallery image

Pre-Columbian Colima dog, Mexico, circa 300 BC/300 AD.  Est. $11,000-$15,000. Artemis Gallery image

Mayan ball court marker, Mexico, circa 550 to 850 AD, ex-Denver Art Museum. Est. $125,000-$150,000. Artemis Gallery image

Huge Coptic textile, Resht embroidery, Middle East, circa 18th/19th century. Est. $6,000-$9,000. Artemis Gallery image

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 October 2014 17:00
 

Profiles in History producing landmark Hollywood auction Oct. 17-20

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Friday, 03 October 2014 13:34

Leonardo DiCaprio's ‘Jack Dawson’ screen-worn ‘Titanic’ coat. Profiles in History image.

LOS ANGELES – Recognized from one of the most notable scenes in the Oscar-winning film Titanic, Leonardo Di Caprio’s “Jack Dawson” screen-worn coat from the unforgettable “I’m the king of the world” scene heads the lineup of Hollywood entertainment items being offered at Profiles in History’s Hollywood Icons Auction taking place Oct. 17-20.

LiveAuctioneers, which has produced exclusive video about this important sale, will provide Internet live bidding.

The one-of-a-kind period coat was never duplicated for production and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from the film’s Academy Award-winning costume designer, Deborah Lynne Scott, who personally chose it for Di Caprio. The coat has an estimate of $50,000-$70,000.

“What better piece of film memorabilia than Jack’s highly recognizable coat to launch our Hollywood Auction?” said Joseph Maddelena, president and CEO of Profiles in History. “DiCaprio wore it throughout the beginning of the film and most notably in the unforgettable sequence when he, ‘Jack’ hoists himself onto the bow of the cruising ocean liner proclaiming, ‘I’m the king of the world!’ a quote which now ranks no. 100 by the American Film Institute’s top 100 movie quotations in American Cinema.”

Additional Titanic collection memorabilia being offered is a selection of opulent, fine fashion and accessories worn by the female socialites portrayed in the film, including Frances Fisher’s “Ruth Dewitt Bukater” screen-worn coat and vintage pearl earrings ($3,000+), a trio of her screen-worn earrings (1,500+), and Kathy Bates’ “Molly Brown” screen-worn necklace ($1,000+) among other items from the epic blockbuster.

“We have compiled an enormous assortment of collectibles for this particular auction, spanning a large portion of entertainment history,” said Maddalena. “Not since the legendary MGM Auction of 1970 has there been an entertainment memorabilia auction of this magnitude. The DiCaprio coat is just a sample of the extraordinary selection of items being offered at the forthcoming four-day auction. Spanning the silent era to modern film, the immense selection encompasses a collection of lots from high-profile celebrities, films, TV, music and Broadway icons among other commanding entertainment people and moments.”

Among a collection of Steve McQueen memorabilia, Profiles in History will include the “Virgil Hilts” signature prison sweatshirt from The Great Escape (estimate: $12,000+) and the Naval sailor jumpsuit worn by McQueen in the Robert Wise period film The Sand Pebbles (estimate: $6,000+).

From Game of Thrones, Season 1, fans will have an opportunity to collect the “Robert Baratheon” crown, which was central to the provocation of all the tragedies and triumphs that followed throughout the addicting premiere season of the globally popular series (estimate: $15,000+).

One of the most iconic tools in any action hero’s arsenal is the “Indiana Jones” whip used in the 1981, 1984 and 1989 Indiana Jones movies (estimate: $50,000+).

From the historic TV series that developed into a film franchise, Profiles in History is featuring an extensive array of Star Trek relics. The hero screen-used Ricardo Montalban signature “Khan” tunic, wrist communicator and Starfleet necklace from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn is from the infamous character considered to be one of Star Trek’s most familiar and beloved villains (estimate: $30,000+). In addition, there are 20 lots from the personal collection of Jonathan Frakes, who played “Commander William T. Riker,” which features a lot of more than 250 scripts from Star Trek: The Next Generation (estimate: $6,000+).

The original vintage Jumanji screen-used “Carry Board” game with letter from director Joe Johnston is expected to procure $30,000 or more.

Additional prominent pieces: An amazing archive of 14 signed letters by Harry Houdini debunking famous psychic “Margery”; the Captain America motorcycle from the 1969 counterculture classic Easy Rider; a collection of 12 high-profile costumes and weapons from The Lord of The Rings Trilogy; rare items from The Wizard of Oz; a herd of collectibles from Jurassic Park; Citizen Kane lots featuring an Orson Welles screen-worn costume; and there is The Da Vinci Code actual functioning brass “cryptex” with rose box.

Among the highly anticipated music items are the Stevie Ray Vaughan vintage guitar and an Elvis Presley Concorde Guitar from the Joe Esposito Collection.

For details contact Profiles in History by phone at 310-859-7701.

Click on the links below to view exclusive video auction previews produced by LiveAuctioneers:

 

Hollywood Auction 65: Day 1

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Hollywood Auction 65: Day 2

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Hollywood Auction 65: Day 3

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The Expendables & Hollywood 68 Auction

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Leonardo DiCaprio's ‘Jack Dawson’ screen-worn ‘Titanic’ coat. Profiles in History image.

‘Robert Baratheon’ crown from Season 1 of ‘Game of Thrones.’ Profiles in History image.

Marilyn Monroe ‘cocktail’ dress. Profiles in History image.

Robin Williams ‘Mork’ costume from the ‘Mork and Mindy’ TV series. Profiles in History image.

Bullwhip used by Harrison Ford in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ (1981), ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’ (1984)’ and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ (1989). Profiles in History image.

Mork’s egg spacecraft from the the ABC sitcom ‘Mork and Mindy’ (1978-1982). Profiles in History image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 13:12
 

Mosby to auction Historic Cozy Village's collections, Oct. 13

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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 08:56

Circa-1910 folk art doghouse with original tin roof, 80in long, est. $400-$600. Mosby & Co. image

THURMONT, Md. – On Monday, October 13th, Mosby & Co., will conduct an on-site auction of the entire collection of antiques, relics and amusements displayed over an 81-year period at the Historic Cozy Village Restaurant in Thurmont, Maryland, with 100 important lots available for bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

A section within the sprawling restaurant that housed much of the collection was known as the “Camp David Museum,” in reference to the establishment’s geographic location en route to the US Presidential country residence.

“The Historic Cozy Village Restaurant had more than its fair share of celebrity visitors over the years,” said Keith Spurgeon, owner of Mosby & Co. “The town of Thurmont is the gateway to the Catoctin Mountains, and the restaurant became known as a place where US Presidents, Secret Service agents, diplomats and other dignitaries would stop for a bite on their way to Camp David [known during FDR’s White House tenure as Shangri-La].”

The restaurant’s history dates back to 1933, when its founder, Wilbur Freeze, opened a small counter-style lunch spot to accommodate tourists who pitched their tents or rented cabins from him on the same site. Over the decades to follow, Cozy Village expanded several times over, evolving into a sizable complex whose comfortable hotel rooms are named after Presidents, members of the press and foreign delegations.

Camp Cozy, as the hotel, restaurant and camping compound was collectively known, thrived under the ownership of the Freeze family, but in June the decision was made to close down the business and sell the property. The restaurant’s entire collection of antiques will be offered to the public at the Columbus Day on-site auction.

Furniture and fixtures include several monumental pieces. An impressive 15ft oak back bar has leaded-glass canopies and onion-finial, circular-glass display cases built in at each end. An English Edwardian mahogany office front consists of a paneled door with matching windowed sections at either side. All three sections retain their original acid-etched windows with Art Nouveau-style banding. Seating is led by a set of four classic Arts & Crafts oak pub chairs decorated with bronzed bas-relief faces, each depicting a different hooded monk.

More than a dozen antique stained-glass windows will be up for bid. Perhaps the most interesting are three that originally were installed at a Pennsylvania candy store. The largest of the trio measures 99 by 45 inches and advertises “Sweetland Confectionary.” All date to around 1910. A beautiful stained-glass ceiling that was custom-made for the restaurant’s bar area consists of many sections that combine to form a colorful panoramic scene of lady acrobats on flying trapezes.

Another glass highlight is the pair of fine hanging apothecary globes dated 1891. Each of the globes is an inverted teardrop form suspended within a handsome iron casing on a chain.

Among the more amusing auction inclusions is a window trade stimulator consisting of man automaton standing at an oak podium. His eyes, eyebrows and head move as his hands lift any of 10 different advertising signs for passersby to observe.

“The last time I saw a trade stimulator of this type at auction [May 2012], it sold for $12,500. That particular one was restored, but the one we will be auctioning is in its original state and in need of restoration,” said Spurgeon.

A folk-art treasure with great local history is an architectural doghouse that was built around 1910 by a Thurmont resident and Freeze family friend named Stiles. “We know from Freeze family history that Mr. Stiles built the dog house as a wedding present for his wife – she must have been very fond of her dog, as this is quite a work of art.” The painstakingly crafted doghouse is 80 inches long and retains its original tin roof, front porch and overhang. It has two faux chimneys, paned windows and even a rooftop TV antenna, which would have been added to the structure much later on.

The largest item in the Cozy Village collection is an actual B & O Railroad caboose whose interior was accessible through a restaurant doorway. Made around 1925, it is a Model I-5, from the last class of wood-bodied cabooses produced in America.

The collection offers a vast assortment of general antiques, curiosities and mementos from celebrities and politicians who visited the Historic Cozy Village Restaurant en route to, or returning from, Camp David. Examples include a baseball autographed in 1954 by Ted Williams, and a fishing bobber that was owned and used by Franklin D. Roosevelt at Shangri-La. The bobber was a gift to the Freeze family from a White House press officer of the Roosevelt era.

The Monday, Oct. 13 auction will take place at Historic Cozy Village, 103 Frederick Rd., Thurmont, MD 21788. The start time is 2 p.m. Eastern time. Approximately 100 lots will be available to online bidders through LiveAuctioneers.

For additional information, call Keith Spurgeon at 240-629-8139 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

View the auction catalog containing approximately 100 lots available to online bidders, and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet, at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Circa-1910 folk art doghouse with original tin roof, 80in long, est. $400-$600. Mosby & Co. image

Circa-1925 B & O Railroad Model I-5 Class caboose, one of the last of the wood-bodied cabooses, est. $10,000-$15,000. Mosby & Co. image

Set of four Arts & Crafts pub chairs with bronzed adornments of monks’ heads, est. $600-$800. Mosby & Co. image

Edwardian office front, mahogany with original etched glass, est. $1,500-$2,000. Mosby & Co. image

Large, custom-made, 24-section stained-glass ceiling depicting female acrobats, est. 1,000-$1,500. Mosby & Co. image

Pair of fine glass and iron apothecary globes, dated 1891, est. $800-$1,200. Mosby & Co. image

Oak bar back with rounded-glass, onion-finial side cabinets, est. $2,000-$2,500. Mosby & Co. image

Circa-1910 stained-glass window originally from a Pennsylvania candy shop, 99 x 45in, one of a number of stained glass windows to be sold, est. 1,500-$2,000. Mosby & Co. image

Extremely rare automaton advertising card machine, needs restoration, est. $1,000-$2,000. Mosby & Co. image

Baseball autographed by Ted Williams in 1954, est. $100-$200; and a fishing bobber owned and used at Shangri-La (later Camp David) by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, est. $300-$500. Mosby & Co. image

Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 13:41
 

Coker to auction estates of four Tenn. antique dealers, Oct. 11 & 18

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014 08:31

Painting on tile of garden scene, from the Estate of Elizabeth and Donald Bates. John W. Coker image

NEW MARKET, Tenn. – There wasn’t so much as a hint of Hatfields vs. McCoys in the case of two prominent antiquing couples from Tennessee whose estates will be auctioned on consecutive Saturdays, October 11 and 18. Shop owners for decades in the picturesque mountain community of Pigeon Forge, Roy and Carolyn McCarter were the friendliest of rivals with fellow antique dealers Elizabeth and Donald Bates. Purely by coincidence, the personal collections and estate contents of both couples were entrusted simultaneously to John W. Coker, who will conduct the on-site sales, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. Everything will be sold without reserve.

“It was a fluke that these estates came to us the way they did,” Coker said. “I was working on the McCarter estate last spring, and while attempting to obtain some background information about a key piece of American furniture in that estate, I contacted Mrs. Bates, who was very helpful. But sadly, she later passed away, and her children called us to ask about selling their mother’s things. It was only later on, while looking through the ledgers for both couples, that we realized the trust the two couples had in each other. We would see notations where one couple had bid for the other if, for instance, there were two auctions going on during the same weekend.”

The October 11 auction of Carolyn McCarter and her late husband Roy will take place on the grounds of the modern log cabin they built at 2008 Thompson Rd., Knoxville, TN 37932. Its lofty ceilings were designed to accommodate monumental furniture, like their 1830s Alabama 9ft canopy bed, American triple-cylinder secretary and Margolis-style block-front chest on chest.

“The McCarters had a passion for early furniture and accessories, and Mr. McCarter had a fascination for old clocks. He owned many 1830s-1840s mantel clocks and turn of the century miniature wall clocks, which collectors are going to love,” said Coker. A circa 1880-1910 9-tube tall-case grandfather clock is another prized timekeeper from the McCarter private collection.

Artworks are led by an Anne H. Bradford street scene of Seville, which retains several exhibition labels, including one from an 1890 show at New York’s National Academy of Design. Dozens of other collecting categories are represented, including Smoky Mountains quilts, Cherokee baskets, porcelain and early Staffordshire pieces, spotless antique linens, regional pottery, mechanical music boxes, a Jacot “Mira” music box that plays harp and zither; Edison Morning Glory record player/recorders, and Civil War-era primitives, including a handmade “mammy’s bench” with enclosures for two babies. Additional items of note include a small, early #1 Enterprise coffee grinder, a late 19th/early 20th-century Klein decorative sword, and a British barometer marked “Cardiff” and (indistinctly) “Titanic.”

One of the most unusual pieces in the collection is a handcrafted coffee table created from a thick trapezoidal slab of wood, once used for meat cutting and curing, on four wood legs. “This is a very much a 19th-century Smoky Mountains piece. Everyone in that region had a smokehouse at some point,” Coker explained.

The estate contents and collections of the late Elizabeth and Donald Bates will cross the auction block on October 18, at 241 Ledwell Dr., Seymour, TN 37865. “Lib and Don were probably the best known couple in the antiques business in Sevier County. Their eclectic tastes ranged from ornate antiques and miniature portraits to American glass, jewelry and a 104-piece razor collection,” Coker said, “but the centerpiece of their estate is probably their 19 reverse-painted and scenic glass lamps, some by Pairpoint and Handel.” The colorful lamp motifs include floral, moonlight, campfire, exotic-landscape and water scenes.

“Mr. and Mrs. Bates owned many decorative antiques that tended toward the ornate and fancy side,” Coker said, “including Meissen, Dresden, Nippon, and Capodimonte lamps. They also liked cranberry glass, lusterware and figurines, some of which go beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. They’re really something special.” The Bates estate also contains a wealth of heavily inlaid furniture, including marble-topped Victorian pieces.

Historical highlights include an 1831 handwritten will in which a man bequeaths his plantation residence to his widow in Virginia, and leaves his slaves “and their children” to his brothers.

A multi-page hand-written letter from a Civil War soldier discusses doing KP for 1,500 men in his regiment. “His specific mention of cooking ham, beans, cornmeal and bacon suggests he was a Confederate soldier. Those foods were staples for Southern troops,” Coker noted. Within the poignant letter, the soldier writes that if he ever returns home he will “never leave again.”

A remarkable 1863 New Iberia muster roll handwritten by one “William Hancock” lists the names, salaries and personal details of African Americans who enlisted in the Union army presumably after the fall of Louisiana. “This is a completely unique historical document,” said Coker. “A Civil War or black Americana historian could have a field day investigating the names shown on it.

Donald Bates was especially fond of World War I and II militaria. “He was a real history buff and collected very interesting pieces pertaining to the two World Wars, including Nazi memorabilia. He also liked timepieces, and included in the Bates’ large selection of both men’s and women’s jewelry is a mystery watch with floating diamonds that tell the time. We’re still finding surprises, and quite a bit more will be added to the sale as we go along,” Coker said.

Both auctions will start at 10 a.m. EDT, and all items will be offered without reserve and sold to the highest bidder, regardless of the amount of the winning bid. For additional information on any item in either auction, call 865-475-5163 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

Painting on tile of garden scene, from the Estate of Elizabeth and Donald Bates. John W. Coker image

Anne H. Bradford, ‘A Street Scene in Seville,’ exhibited in 1890 at the National Academy of Design in New York City. Estate of Carolyn McCarter and the late Roy McCarter. John W. Coker image

Pairpoint reverse-painted lamp, one of 19 art-glass lamps to be auctioned from the Estate of Elizabeth and Donald Bates. John W. Coker image

Jacot ‘Mira’ mechanical music box, oak case, comes with 12 discs. Estate of Carolyn McCarter and the late Roy McCarter. John W. Coker image

Mid-1850s to early 1860s daguerreotype in gutta percha case depicting teenage boy in military school uniform with bayonet gun and knife sheath at waist. Estate of Elizabeth and Donald Bates. John W. Coker image

Art-glass bowl with ruffled cranberry glass edge, on silver-plated figural stand. Estate of Carolyn McCarter and the late Roy McCarter. John W. Coker image

Early 20th century reverse-painted-on-glass lamp with scene of castle on a lake. Estate of Elizabeth and Donald Bates. John W. Coker image

19th century Smoky Mountains table handcrafted from a slab of wood formerly used for meat cutting and curing. Estate of Carolyn McCarter and the late Roy McCarter. John W. Coker image

Staffordshire figurines from the Estate of Carolyn McCarter and the late Roy McCarter. John W. Coker image

Left: Marked Pairpoint 1907 lamp with butterfly and floral motif. Right: Scenic art-glass lamp depicting junks on the water, possibly by Handel. From the Estate of Elizabeth and Donald Bates. John W. Coker image

Two Pairpoint art-glass lamps, both having stylized bird themes, from the Estate of Elizabeth and Donald Bates. John W. Coker image

Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 12:54
 

Old Masters discovered by Gray’s to be sold at auction Oct. 8

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Monday, 29 September 2014 15:26

Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (1819–1905), ‘The Last Shot.’ Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers.

CLEVELAND – A collection of paintings—including Old Masters, 17th, 18th and 19th century European and American paintings last seen on the market in the early 20th century—is being offered at Gray’s on Oct. 8 in their Fine Art, Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction. Internet live bidding for the auction is offered by Live Auctioneers.

Sale highlights include a stunning oil on canvas by the Belgian artist Eugène Verboeckhoven, Cattle at Rest in an Evening Field (lot 10). Verboeckhoven is recognized as an excellent painter of animals and appears to have been the last link to a secular tradition, with its roots deep in the 17th century, which linked observation of nature, studied composition and idealized reproduction of reality.

The Dutch Golden Age landscape painter Egbert Lievensz van der Poel’s A Nocturnal Village Scene on the Oude Delft, with Numerous Figures Gathered Around a Burning Tar-Barrel (lot 14), is a dramatic example of compositional chiaroscuro. Flames spring from a raised tar barrel creating a beautiful play of light and dark over the nighttime scene. Flemish Baroque painter Christoffel Jacobsz van der Laemen (Brussels 1606/15-1651 Antwerp) is famous for his “gezelschappen.” Lot 13 titled Interior with Figures Playing Cards, is a masterful example the genre which depicts portraits of ladies and gentlemen enjoying music or conversation in interior settings. Lot 16 is Adoration of the Holy Family, a triptych from the Antwerp Mannerist School. Adoration scenes were especially popular with the Antwerp Mannerists, who delighted in the patterns of the elaborate clothes worn by the Magi, and the ornamentation of the architectural ruins in which the scene is set.

Also included in the robust assembly of paintings on offer at the auction is A Train of Thought, by Thomas Waterman Wood (lot 32). The artist was born to the cabinetmaker John Wood and raised in the small town of Montpelier, Vt. He was a great painter of Vermont ideas, conditions and character. This work shows a man in his workshop, wood shavings sprayed on the floor, and a newspaper in hand, beautifully juxtaposing manual and intellectual labor. Another noteworthy inclusion is the 19th century canvas by Walter Charles Horsley, The Village Pet (lot 3) which is a quaint country scene depicting a family with their sheep.

An arresting oil on canvas, The Last Shot (lot 36) by English-born American artist Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, who was fascinated by the American West, depicts a motal battle between a settler and a Native American on the desolate plains. Tait gained recognition from the American public starting in 1852, when Currier & Ives reproduced lithographs of his works. Another American scene but of a very different nature is Gloucester Harbor (lot 37), by the landscape and marine painter Wesley Webber. Gloucester Harbor depicts a maritime scene in winter with the frozen ocean surrounding large sailing ships seemingly trapped in the ice and snow. Braced against the frigid conditions sailors dressed in bright red jackets contrast with the gray and white winter-scape.

A collection of Japanese bronze sculptures, mostly Meiji period, from the Genryusai Workshop are featured at the auction. Lot 100 depicts a lion pouncing on an alligator. The alligator is signed by Mitani, one of the more well-known sculptors from the Genryusai workshop. Lot 136 is an exquisite Chinese, finely carved porcelain in high relief, turquoise glazed, brush pot by Wang Bingrong, a 19th century Chinese ceramicist. The base is inscribed in relief seal script Wang Bingrong.

Condition reports will be provided upon request.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (1819–1905), ‘The Last Shot.’ Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers. 

Eugène Verboeckhoven (1790–1881), ‘Cattle at Rest in an Evening Field.’ Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers. 

 Chinese carved porcelain, turquoise glazed, brush pot by Wang Bingrong, Jingdezhen Kilns, 1820-1870. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 15:48
 

Asawa, Calder works among many stars in Keno sale Oct. 1

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Monday, 29 September 2014 13:27

Ruth Asawa (American/Japanese, 1926-2013) 'Hanging Five-Lobed Continuous Form with Spheres Inside Four of the Lobes, Two of the Inside Spheres Containing Spheres within Them,' c. 1954. Keno Auctions image.

NEW YORK – On Wednesday, Oct. 1, Keno Auctions will conduct its sale of Modern and Contemporary Fine Art & Design starting at noon. Fifty lots will be offered, featuring stellar examples of modern and contemporary design with a small but superb selection of 19th century paintings.

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"We are very excited to present our first sale of modern and contemporary fine art and design," said Leigh Keno, of the eponymous full-service auction house, referring to his 50-lot sale, which will take place in the intimate gallery setting of his late 19th century Upper East Side townhouse. The auction will showcase the best in modern and contemporary furniture by such design luminaries as Gio Ponti, Carlo Mollino, Wharton Esherick, and Zaha Hadid, as well as several important works by American art and design icons including Alexander Calder, Ruth Asawa and Cindy Sherman, including significant treasures from the John W. Freeman collection."

Keno said that Freeman has had a life-long interest in Modernism—particularly sculpture—and his friendships with many artists over the past six and a half decades, including Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson and Elie Nadelman is evidenced by their gifts to him including a set of spiral silver cuff links made by Calder in 1955, as a 27th birthday present for Freeman. (This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A267 95).

In 1954, Freeman purchased a monumental 103-inch-by-21-inch woven iron and brass wire hanging sculpture by the important Japanese-American artist Ruth Asawa, from her first solo exhibition at Peridot Gallery in New York. According to Freeman, on the night of the party when Calder gave him the cufflinks ($4,000-8,000), one of the things Calder first noticed, hanging at the end of the long living space, was a nearly 9-foot-high hanging sculpture by Ruth Asawa "I think that he was quite impressed by the piece; I doubt if he had seen her work before," recalls Freeman.

From the estate of Dr. Alfred Ziviello, a longtime client and friend of Leigh Keno comes an impressive collection of modern art by important artists including, a 1980 Monotype by Sam Francis and a unique, incised and glazed ceramic dish created in 1953 by famous French artist Marc Chagall.

Here is a sampling of several of the top featured lots:

– Ruth Asawa (American/Japanese, 1926-2013), Hanging Five-Lobed Continuous Form with Spheres Inside Four of the Lobes, Two of the Inside Spheres Containing Spheres within Them, c. 1954, iron and brass wire,103 inches high, 21 inches diameter. Estimate: $100,000 - 200,000.

– Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954) Untitled Film Still #39, 1979 gelatin silver print Signed, dated and numbered by artist in pencil on reverse, signature, "1979" and "1/10, Edition 1 of 10, Image: 9 1/2 x 6 inches, sheet: 10 x 8 inches, early photographs by Cindy Sherman, one of the most influential American living artists. Estimate: $80,000-120,000.

– Wharton Harris Esherick (American, 1887-1970), dining table, made as a labor of love for Hannah Weil Fisher, Paoli, Pa., 1930, oak and pearwood. Incised to edge of top "TO HANNAH WHARTON ESHERICK + YORK" and on top surface dated "MCMXXX," 73 1/2 inches long long. Estimate: $80,000-120,000.

– The low table by Carlo Mollino Model #1114, c. 1950, is beautifully conceived to resemble a reclining female and is constructed of acero (Italian maple). Mollino's furniture is among the most sought after in the world. A very small number of these tables were made; this example retains its original finish on the acero. Estimate: $70,000-100,000.

– Zaha Hadid (Iraqi/British, b. 1950), the internationally renowned architect designer, produced Gyre lounge chair from the Seamless Collection, Manufactured by Established & Sons, London, England, 2006, polyester resin and polyurethane lacquer, edition 6 of 12, 25 inches high, 94 inches wide, 72 inches diameter. Estimate: $50,000-80,000.

–Tiffany Studios (1902-1932) Dogwood border table lamp, c. 1910, leaded glass and patinated bronze, impressed on base "Tiffany Studios / New York / 531" and "Tiffany Studios / New York / 1491" on shade, 29 1/2 inches high, 20 1/2 inches diameter. Estimate: $30,000-50,000

Two stunning 19th century paintings are also featured in the sale:

– Hendrik Willem Mesdag (Dutch, 1831-1915), Return of the Fishing Fleet at Sunset, 1873, oil on canvas, Signed and dated "H. W. Mesdag 1873" lower left, 27 x 34 1/2 inches. Estimate: $50,000-100,000. This stunning painting by Mesdag has been a private collection for more than a century. The original owner, Edouard Pierre Albert Thys (1868-1914), was a leading citizen of Antwerp and banker during Belgium's belle epoque before the First World War. Importantly, Return of the Fishing Fleet at Sunset is related to a sketch entitled Bomschuit op het strand featured in J. Poort's catalogue raisonné, now in the archives of Museum Vlaardingen in Holland. Among numerous residences, Thys and his wife, Helene Therese Marie Cateaux Thys (1869-1933), maintained a castle in Brasschaat and built a mansion at 91 Boulevard Leopold in Antwerp, which is now the Ridder Smidt van Gelder Museum.

– Seymour Joseph Guy (American, 1824-1910), The Piano Lesson, c. 1884, oil on board, 16 1/8 x 12 inches. Estimate: $8,000-12,000. The Piano Lesson dates from about 1884. The two figures in the composition are closely related to the pair of mother and daughter that appears in See-Saw Margery Daw (1884, Location Unknown - reproduced in American Paintings from the Landon Collection [Charlotte, North Carolina: Mint Museum, 1979], p. 51) which also explores the subject of motherly affection. The models for the figures are not known, but it is likely that the young girl is one of the artist's nine children, who formed a veritable storehouse of potential models for his brush. As in many of Guy's works, a beautifully designed and well-crafted piece of furniture (here a piano) appears in the right foreground, and leads the viewer's eye into the composition while forming a fascinating structure in its own right.

Also in the sale are two paintings of note from the estate of Dr. Alfred Ziviello:

– Martha Walter (American, 1875-1976), Crowded Beach, oil on board, Signed "Martha Walter," lower left, 14 x 18 inches. Estimate: $5,000-10,000.

– Sam Francis (American, 1923-1994) Untitled, 1980 monotype with dry pigments, inks, and oils on handmade paper Signed in pencil "Sam Francis" lower right Inscribed in pencil "EXP-SF-37-02- '80" on verso, lower right 30 3/4 x 25 1/4 inches.Estimate. $12,000-18,000. Executed in 1976, this work is identified with the interim identification number of "SFM80-875" in consideration for the forthcoming Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Unique Works on Paper. This information is subject to change as scholarship continues by the Sam Francis Foundation.

From the estate of Herman Krawitz, are paintings by the Israeli/American artist Boaz Vaadia (born 1951). In 1986, Krawitz purchased two works by Israeli-American artist Boaz Vaadia at one of his first New York City exhibitions. Vaadia incorporates refuse material from the area surrounding his SoHo studio such as slate, shingles, boulders and bluestone to create figural sculptures with universal features.

For details phone 212-734-2381.

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

Ruth Asawa (American/Japanese, 1926-2013) 'Hanging Five-Lobed Continuous Form with Spheres Inside Four of the Lobes, Two of the Inside Spheres Containing Spheres within Them,' c. 1954. Keno Auctions image.

Set of spiral silver cuff links made by Calder in 1955 version. This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A267 95. Keno Auctions image.  

Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954) Untitled Film Still #39, 1979. Keno Auctions image.

Zaha Hadid, Gyre lounge chair from the Seamless Collection, Manufactured by Established & Sons, London, England, 2006. Keno Auctions image. 

Tiffany Studios (1902-1932) ‘Dogwood border’ table lamp, c. 1910. Keno Auctions image.

Wharton Harris Esherick (American, 1887-1970) 'A Dining Table,' made as a labor of love for Hannah Weil Fisher, Paoli, Pa., 1930. Keno Auctions image.

This low table by Carlo Mollino Model #1114, circa 1950, beautifully conceived to resemble a reclining female and is constructed of Acero (Italian maple). Keno Auctions image.

Sam Francis (American, 1923-1994) Untitled, 1980 Monotype. Keno Auctions image. 

Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 15:41
 

Nova Ars promotes 20th century design with Sept. 30 sale

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Friday, 26 September 2014 13:40
Barovier & Toso, Ercole Barovier, floor lamp, circa 1930, 70 inches. Estimate: €6,000,-7,000. Nova Ars image. ASTI, Italy – Nova Ars’ auction on Tuesday, Sept. 30, will feature an interesting design collection of modern Italian art of the 20th century with many lamps, chandeliers, ceramics, glass works and furniture – many made in Italy. Designers represented in the sale range from Barovier to Magistretti, Buffa to Sarfatti, without overlooking talents from other countries.

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Highlight pieces include:

– Lot 1: Barovier & Toso, Ercole Barovier, floor lamp, circa 1930, 70 inches. Estimate: €6,000,-7,000 ($7,650-8,925).

– Lot 4B: a set of six Paolo Buffa chairs, 1940. Estimate: €2,000,00-3,000.

– Lot 3A: Carlo Scarpa ceiling light produced by Venini, transparent and milk Murano blown glass, circa 1930. Estimate: €1,500-2,000.

– Lot 13: Luigi Caccia Dominioni table produced by Azucena, circa 1950. Estimate: €5,000-6,000.

– Lot 35: a pair of Osvaldo Borsani swivel armchairs produced by Tecno, 1958. Estimate: €6,000-9.000. Nova Ars image.

Nova Ars specializes in contemporary art, Modernism and design made in Italy during the 20th century.

Nova Ars is a destination for those who seek to learn and share knowledge about art, design and collecting. Nova Ars offers valuations for personal property, appraisals and auction exhibitions online.

For details contact Nova Ars by email 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 and by phone +39 328 9667353.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Barovier & Toso, Ercole Barovier, floor lamp, circa 1930, 70 inches. Estimate: €6,000,-7,000. Nova Ars image. Paolo Buffa, six chairs, laquered wood, coating in skai, 1940. Estimate: €2,000,00-3,000. Nova Ars image. Carlo Scarpa, ceiling light, transparent and milk Murano blown glass, metal, 39 inches x 12.5 inches, produced by Venini, circa 1930. Estimate: €1,500-2,000. Nova Ars image. Luigi Caccia Dominioni table, walnut and steel, produced by Azucena, circa 1950, 70 inches x 30.3 inches x 51.2 inches. Estimate: €5,000-6,000. Nova Ars image. Osvaldo Borsani, pair of swivel armchairs produced by Tecno, 1958. Estimate: €6,000-9.000. Nova Ars image.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 13:55
 

Morphy’s Oct. 12 Petroliana Auction features signs, gas pumps, bikes

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Friday, 26 September 2014 08:47
Mobil Pegasus neon porcelain ‘cookie cutter’ sign, est. $5,000-$7,500. Morphy Auctions image  DENVER, Pa. – Petroleum and the Keystone State have had a long and storied partnership. It was in 1859, in the northwestern Pennsylvania town of Titusville, that the first commercial oil well was drilled. Pennsylvania is still producing oil, and Morphy Auctions continues to produce diverse, well-attended auctions dedicated to petroliana. The next such specialty sale will take place on Sunday, October 12, the day after Morphy’s conducts its first-ever Classic Car Auction. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The October 12 lineup features more than 500 lots whose contents cross the broad spectrum of advertising and product containers related to gasoline, oil, tires, and automotive parts and accessories. A special added attraction is a selection of antique and vintage bicycles.

Among the top items to be offered is Lot 78, a double-sided, round porcelain sign promoting Royaline Hi-Test Gasoline and Pennsylvania Motor Oils. Measuring 30 inches in diameter, it is described by Morphy’s petroliana expert Dan Matthews as “one of the best [he has] seen.” Rated 9+, it is expected to make $8,000-$14,000. Lot 60, a circa-1914 to 1915 paper poster advertising K-W Road Smoothers with early auto graphics, is estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

One of the most identifiable symbols of the entire petroliana realm, a Mobil Pegasus neon porcelain “cookie cutter” sign measures 108 inches at its widest point and is rated a 9 out of 10. It is entered as Lot 50, with a $5,000-$7,500 estimate.

A double-sided porcelain curb sign on an upright cast-iron stand, Lot 75 advertises Oilzum Motor Oils and Lubricants. Its orange and black motif features the familiar Oilzum man in goggles and motoring hat, with the Oilzum tagline: “If motors could speak, we wouldn’t need to advertise.” The sign is estimated at $15,000-$25,000.

Other signs to note include Lot 91, a neon porcelain rolled-edge example for Chevrolet Super Service, $6,000-$8,000; Lot 102, a French Delahaye porcelain sign in the shape of a radiator, $1,500-$3,500; and Lot 159, a colorful tin sign that announces “We Install the Boyce MotoMeter Free,” $3,000-$5,000. Also of tin, Lot 177, an Eveready Mazda Automobile Lamps sign with graphics of early automobiles driving at night, is estimated at 2,000-$3,000. Lot 128, a colorful, spoke-wheel-shaped automotive store display advertising Berry Brothers Color Varnishes could reach $2,500-$4,000 at auction.

Every petroliana collection should contain at least one great gas pump. An excellent choice in terms of bang for the buck would be the two-for-one Tokheim Model #36B computing gas pump, restored and ready to display. Designed to dispense both Esso and Esso Extra from its side-by-side pumps, Lot 57 is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

Forty-seven antique and vintage bicycles will be offered, the oldest being Lot 8, a circa-1860s steel-wheel “bonecrusher” with steel wheels and wooden rims and spokes. A restored example, it is estimated at $2,000-$3,000. Many of the bicycles are from the 1950s/’60s, a period of production that is especially popular with collectors. Among the manufacturers represented are Schwinn, Columbia, Western Flyer, Winchester, Shelby and J.C. Higgins. Although a 1995 reproduction, Lot 47 is among the top-estimated bicycles, as it is from a limited edition of 5,000 bikes replicating Schwinn’s 1949 Black Phantom. Known as the Centennial Black Phantom, in reference to the 100th anniversary of Schwinn, it could attract a winning bid of $1,500-$2,500.

The auction will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern time. For additional information on any item in the sale or to reserve a phone line for bidding on auction day, call Morphy’s petroliana specialist Dan Matthews at 217-259-7059 or the gallery at 717-335-3435; 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
Mobil Pegasus neon porcelain ‘cookie cutter’ sign, est. $5,000-$7,500. Morphy Auctions image  Schwinn Centennial Black Phantom bicycle, est. $1,500-$2,500. Morphy Auctions image Tokheim Model #36B double-computing gas pump, est. $4,000-$6,000. Morphy Auctions image K-W Road Smoothers paper advertising poster with early car graphics, circa 1914-1915, est. $8,000-$12,000. Morphy Auctions image Closeup of top of Oilzum Motor Oil double-sided porcelain curb sign on stand, est. $15,000-$25,000. Morphy Auctions image Royaline Hi-Test Gasoline & Pennsylvania Motor Oils double-sided porcelain sign, est. $8,000-$14,000. Morphy Auctions image Chevrolet Super Service rolled-edge neon porcelain sign, est. $6,000-$8,000. Morphy Auctions image Delahaye (French) porcelain automobile sign in shape of radiator, est. $2,500-$3,500. Morphy Auctions image Wooden three-dimensional automotive store display advertising Berry Brothers Color Varnishes, est. $2,500-$4,000. Morphy Auctions image
Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 13:39
 

N.J. regional fine art collection headlines Sterling's Oct. 15 auction

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 16:45
Frank Wilbert Stokes (American, 1858-1955), oil-on-canvas laid to board, Dirigible Norge on its historic 1926 flight over the North Pole, 11 5/8 x 15 5/8 inches (sight). Sterling Associates image

CLOSTER, N.J. – Collectors are constantly on the lookout for artworks that are genuinely fresh to the market. Sterling Associates of Bergen County, New Jersey, will answer the marketplace call for new discoveries on Wednesday, Oct. 15 with a 550-lot Fine Art Auction sourced primarily from a single-owner collection. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Approximately 450 of the paintings to be offered are from Frank (“Ted”) Davis, a long-time New Jersey resident who has decided to downsize his holdings. An additional 100 artworks have been consigned to the sale by other collectors from the New Jersey/New York/Connecticut tri-state area.

“Because Mr. Davis has lived in New Jersey for so many years, he has a fondness for our regional art and the scenery it depicts,” said Sterling Associates’ owner, Stephen D’Atri. “But his collection goes well beyond his own generation. He built onto an already existing family collection of quality art. Most of the works are 20th century, including some from the early 1900s, but the majority would be classified as contemporary.”

In addition to paintings, the auction selection includes bronzes and other sculptures. Among the sculptors represented are three leading lights of 19th- and early 20th-century France: Auguste Moreau (1834-1917), Pierre-Jules Mene (1810-1879) and Emmanuel Fremiet (1824-1910). A highlight is Mene’s lively bronze sculpture titled “Arab Falconer.” Standing 31 inches high by 28 inches wide, the tableau consists of the title figure on a trotting horse, his right arm aloft with a falcon perched on his hand.

The top lot of the sale, Lot 361, is not a sculpture, but an 8½- by 12-inch (sight) Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) etching titled “Two Sculptors Before a Statue.” From the Vollard Suite, it is artist-signed at the bottom and has two documented watermarks.

Among the featured American paintings is an artist-signed Emile Albert Gruppe (1896-1978) impressionistic winter marine landscape. The 9½- by 11½-inch oil on board depicts boats in a harbor flanked by snow-capped houses and other buildings.

Another American highlight is “It’s Pretty Far,” an oil-on-canvas by the accomplished and well-exhibited East Coast artist Nathalie Vogel (b. 1980-), who is known for her “liquid women.” The featured work measures 48 by 66 inches and depicts a nude female in a relaxed pose near an ocean shoreline.

Former book and magazine illustrator Walter Rane’s (b. 1949-) “Linseed Oil and Spirits” showcases the American artist’s exceptional gift for light and composition. The 14- by 24-inch oil on board brings to life a table filled with the artist’s tools – brushes in containers, bottles of cleaning solution, a casually placed cotton rag, etc.

A vibrant oil on canvas by H. Gordon Wang (Chinese/Canadian, 1959-) depicts a garden setting with profusely flowering shrubs and white wicker furniture beneath a pergola. As suggested by the title – “Tea Time” – the table is set with a teapot and cups, as though awaiting guests on a lazy summer afternoon. The signed work measures 29½ by 39½ inches.

The centerpiece of the sale is a collection of six paintings by Frank Wilbert (F.W.) Stokes (1858-1955). An American artist who studied under Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Stokes perfected his technique in Paris at L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Academie Colarossi and Academie Julian. Both classically trained and a master impressionist, he developed a specialty in arctic and Antarctic scenes, which he painted from first-hand experience during the numerous historical polar expeditions in which he took part, from 1886 through 1926. A number of Stokes paintings are held in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection.

Among the Stokes artworks to be auctioned is an oil-on-canvas laid to board whose subject is the Dirigible Norge on its headline-making 1926 flight over the North Pole, with heavily clad figures looking on from a frigid landscape. It measures 11 5/8 inches by 15 5/8 inches. A second Stokes auction selection is an arctic land- and seascape, signed at bottom left and measuring 14 by 9¼ inches.

Adding to their already considerable cachet, the Stokes polar-expedition paintings are accompanied by fascinating written provenance from the Stokes family: copies of letters sent to F.W. Stokes by Admiral Richard E. Byrd, and an Acting Secretary of the Smithsonian. The original letters were written during the timeframe 1926 through 1930.

“We’re very pleased to have such a fine selection of art available for our October 15th auction. The quality is excellent throughout,” said D’Atri. “And it’s especially exciting to be able to offer the Stokes paintings. There’s so much interest worldwide in the early polar expeditions, but there are very few opportunities to acquire art related to any of those milestone expeditions, especially by an artist who was there in person.”

There are many ways to participate in Sterling Associates’ October 15, 2014 Auction, but the company conducts its auctions a bit differently than most.

“All bidding is conducted remotely, but we’re very much a permanent brick-and-mortar company where anyone can come in to inspect the goods,” said D’Atri. “It will be run exactly like a live auction, but without a live audience.”

The Wednesday, Oct. 15 auction will commence at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. The live gallery preview is from 10-3 on Oct. 8, 9, 10 and 13, 14, 15; or by appointment. The gallery is located at 70 Herbert Ave., Closter, NJ 07624. Bidders may participate live online or absentee through LiveAuctioneers.com.

For additional information on any item in the auction or to reserve a phone line, call 201-768-1140 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
Frank Wilbert Stokes (American, 1858-1955), oil-on-canvas laid to board, Dirigible Norge on its historic 1926 flight over the North Pole, 11 5/8 x 15 5/8 inches (sight). Sterling Associates image Frank Wilbert Stokes (American, 1858-1955), oil on canvas, Arctic land/seascape, SLL, 14 x 9¼ inches (sight). Sterling Associates image Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), ‘Two Sculptors Before a Statue,’ etching from Vollard Suite, artist-signed and watermarked, 8½ x 12 inches (sight). Sterling Associates image Pierre-Jules Mene (French, 1810-1879), ‘Arab Falconer,’ patinated bronze sculpture, signed ‘PJ Mene,’ 31 inches high by 28 inches wide. Sterling Associates image Nathalie Vogel (American, b. 1980-), ‘It’s Pretty Far,’ oil on canvas, 48 x 66 inches. Sterling Associates image H. Gordon Wang (Chinese/Canadian, b. 1959-), ‘Tea time,’ oil on canvas, SLL, 29½ x 39½ inches (sight). Sterling Associates image Emile Albert Gruppe (American, 1896-1978), winter landscape, oil on board, SLL, 9½ x 11½ inches. Sterling Associates image   Walter Rane (American, b. 1949-), ‘Linseed Oil and Spirits,’ oil on board, SLR, 14 x 24 inches (sight). Sterling Associates image
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 08:24
 

Morphy’s Classic & Collectible Car Auction debut set for Oct. 11

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 13:57

1951 Ford Country Squire “Woody” station wagon. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Classic car buffs have yet another compelling reason to visit Pennsylvania in October, traditionally a month for automobile shows, swap meets and country cruises amid spectacular fall foliage. A week after the Fall Carlisle show concludes, and on the closing day of the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Eastern Regional Fall Meet 2014 in Hershey, Morphy’s will conduct its first-ever Classic and Collectible Automobile Auction. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The Oct. 11 event, which will be held at Morphy’s headquarters in Denver, Pa., will usher in a new era for the Lancaster County-based company. The sale will feature a superb boutique selection of fully vetted, premium-quality motor vehicles, spanning a timeline that starts with luxury cars of the Art Deco era and concludes with trendy muscle cars of the 1960s.

“We’ve taken a different approach with our Classic Car auctions,” said Morphy’s founder and CEO Dan Morphy. “Rather than conducting large-scale car auctions on a monthly basis, we decided to focus on just the cream of the crop – a smaller number of cars that are fresh to the market and truly qualify as ‘special.’”

One of the top prizes in the auction is a 1953 Corvette, #44 of the 300 models that left Chevrolet’s Flint, Michigan factory in the all-American sports car’s inaugural year. Dressed in Polo White with red interior, the classy convertible has been in the hands of its current owner for the past 44 years and underwent a fully documented concourse restoration at the esteemed Tony’s Corvette Shop in Gaithersburg, Maryland. A well-pampered vehicle, it has clocked only 45,000 miles on its odometer.

Another coveted Corvette in the sale is a 1967 model in Sunfire Yellow with black vinyl interior. Perhaps the finest 1967 big-block, air-conditioned survivor of its type, this ’vette has a powerful 427-cubic-inch, 390-horsepower engine. With only 40,000 miles, the factory red-line-tire car retains nearly all of its original components.

Also manufactured in 1967 – a banner year for American classics – a Ford Mustang GTA 2+2 Fastback introduced a longer, wider coupe design that rendered a sleek look of motion while standing still. One of fewer than 1,000 GT 2+2s in Candy Apple Red, it boasts a 289 8-cylinder engine and all the bells and whistles collectors desire. Sold new for less than $4,000, this eye-grabbing beauty is worth more than 10 times that amount today.

Turning back the clock to the 1950s, Morphy’s will start the decade with a restored ’51 Ford Country Squire “Woody.” Just add surfboard! The two-door wagon features many components designed for ultimate pleasure driving. It has a modern LT1 engine, 3:70 locking gears, 4L6OE transmission, headers and a Fatman front end. Of course, it has a powerful air-conditioning system for keeping cool on hot summer days.

One of the greatest gifts ever to arrive on U.S. shores from England – other than the Beatles – was the 1952 Jaguar XK120. Although the XK120 had a mere six-year production run, it foretold the future for Jaguar and blazed the trail for other sporty Jags that would follow, including the legendary XKE (E-Type). The XK120 in Morphy’s sale, one of only 12,000 made, is an exquisite survivor. With a stunning silver-finished exterior, black canvas top and red English leather interior, the roadster stands the test of time and remains an elite acquisition for any classic-car collection, with current values nearing the six-figure mark.

Among collectible pickup trucks, few models are more desirable than those produced by Chevrolet in the early 1950s. Morphy’s will offer a 1953 Chevy pickup with the “Advanced Design” front end that was available only from 1947 through 1955. The ’53 also represented the final year for the 216-cubic-inch inline 6-cylinder engine. Everything about this meticulously restored investment vehicle spells “classic.” It looks just as it would have on the day it left Chevrolet’s Van Nuys, California assembly line.

Last among the highlight cars from the fabulous ’50s is a 1955 Porsche Speedster, one of fewer than 1,200 believed to have been made in 1954 and ’55, combined, for Europe and the USA. Impeccably restored in classic black, with matching top and interior, the showpiece Speedster in Morphy’s sale has traveled less than 50,000 miles. An iconic convertible with the sleekest design of its decade, the Porsche Speedster has enjoyed a cult following since the day of its release, and the one to be auctioned is as pristine as any available in today’s marketplace.

Nothing says “quality” like the name Ferrari, and Morphy’s premiere automotive auction will offer just that level of perfection in the form of a red 1987 Ferrari Testarossa. The Pininfarina-designed sports car – the successor to the Ferrari Belinetta Boxer – has a 12-cylinder mid-engine and rear-wheel-drive layout that keeps the center of gravity in the middle of the car, thereby increasing stability and improving the car’s cornering ability.

Dan Morphy noted that each car accepted for the October 11th auction was vetted, top to bottom, by Tom Hathazy, a highly experienced automotive professional who heads Morphy’s Classic Car division.

“We’re very proud of the entries in our October 11th auction premiere and believe the event will be an exciting start for our newest division,” said Morphy. “We’re not changing the way we do business – quite the contrary. We’re taking the same marketing expertise and customer service that we’ve developed over the past ten years and applying it to classic cars. It’s a more personal approach, and we believe both consignors and bidders will respond very positively to this method.”

The auction will begin at 12 noon Eastern Time. For additional information on any car 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

1951 Ford Country Squire “Woody” station wagon. Morphy Auctions image 

 1953 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, Polo White with red interior. Morphy Auctions image

 1967 Corvette, Sunfire Yellow with black vinyl interior, 427 big-block engine. Morphy Auctions image

1967 Ford Mustang GTA 2+2 Fastback, 289 8-cylinder engine. Morphy Auctions image 

 1953 Chevrolet pickup truck, 216-cubic-inch inline 6-cylinder engine. Morphy Auctions image

1955 Porsche Speedster convertible. Morphy Auctions image 

1952 Jaguar XK120, silver-finished exterior, black canvas top and red English leather interior. Morphy Auctions image 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:51
 

Jet-setter’s wardrobe departing via Kerry Taylor auction Oct. 7

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014 14:40

Hanna Smart climbing a tree in the Victorio & Lucchino dress, part of lot 347. Estimate: £150-250. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

LONDON – The eclectic and fun wardrobe of Hannelore Smart, wife of the late British circus impresario Billy Smart Jr., is a highlight of Kerry Taylor Auctions’ early autumn antique and vintage fashion and textiles auction on Oct. 7. Internet live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Hannelore Nagel, a beautiful German stewardess, met Smart on a Pan Am flight from London to Los Angeles in 1973. They were instantly attracted, fell in love and  married just five weeks later on a beach in Acapulco.

Smart was the 10th and youngest child of the legendary founder of the world famous Billy Smart Circus. During the 1960s, Smart Jr. had earned himself a reputation as a ladies’ man and enjoyed well-publicised liaisons with Jayne Mansfield, Shirley Bassey and Diana Dors. Hannelore, with her striking looks, fun-loving personality and fabulous figure was to be his life-long companion until his death in 2005.

The couple traveled the world, mixed with the jet set and generally had an all-round good time. Hannelore always dressed the part and her wardrobe was both eclectic and extensive.

During the ’80s and ’90s she donned figure-hugging garments by Alaia, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Mugler. In the ’90s she experimented with Westwood and Commes des Garcons. One of her dresses, a 1983 Mugler is dyed the same shade of magenta as her favorite Rolls-Royce. Her collection includes not only clothing but shoes, bags, sunglasses and ski suits – she even had a ski helmet by Chanel.

The wardrobe will be dispersed over two sales – the first set in our Oct. 7 auction and the remainder in our Passion for Fashion sale in early December. This collection reflects the wardrobe of a woman of great humor, personality and style.

A portion of the sale proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.

For details, contact Kerry Taylor Auctions at 0044 (0)208 676 4600 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Hanna Smart climbing a tree in the Victorio & Lucchino dress, part of lot 347. Estimate: £150-250. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Hannelore Smart (right) wearing the Mugler dress in lot 346 standing next to her Rolls Royce, which is painted a matching shade of magenta. Estimate: £150-250. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Hannelore Smart wearing a Lily Farouche red satin ski suit, 1980s. Estimate: £100-150. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Lot 340, Vivienne Westwood tartan suit, 'Five Centuries Ago' collection, Autumn-Winter, 1997-98. Estimate: £300-500. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Lot 338, an Azzedine Alaïa burgundy leather suit, 1980s. Estimate: £200-300. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Lot 333, an Azzedine Alaïa woven pink and blue wool suit, circa 1987. Estimate: £200-300. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Lot 347, four colorful 1980s ensembles including this red and black denim ladybird-spot jacket and ra-ra skirt and a Victorio & Lucchino yellow and grey pleated taffeta cocktail dress with petal skirt. Estimate: £150-250. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Lot 329, a group of Azzedine Alaïa accessories, early 1990s. Estimate: £150-250. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 10:12
 

Wright to auction Lawrence Laske design collection Oct. 24

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014 12:24

Lot 273: Sottsass Associati Enorme telephone, Brondi Telefonia S.p.A., Italy, 1986. Image courtesy of Wright.

CHICAGO – Wright will conduct an online-only auction titled “Lawrence Laske: Design Studio and Collected Works” on Oct. 24 beginning at noon Central Time. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Composed of nearly 200 lots with estimates ranging from $100–$70,000, this auction is accessible to beginning collectors and design aficionados alike. Proceeds from the sale will benefit A Brain Tumor and a Dream, a foundation founded by designer Lawrence Laske in 2012, which will be housed in a former monastery in Caltabellotta, Sicily. Laske envisions the foundation as a workshop and retreat for visiting artists and designers from around the world.

Born in Chicago in 1963, Laske has worked in some of the most famous design studios of the 20th century, including those of Ettore Sottsass, Ingo Maurer and Philippe Starck, and his designs have been produced by manufacturers such as Alessi and Knoll.

Michael Jefferson, senior vice president of Wright, says of Laske’s oeuvre: “Never before have I experienced an output of drawings by a designer as rich and numerous as Larry’s. He firmly believes in seeing through every thought, idea and iteration in the drawn image.”

This singular auction is composed of objects, furniture, ephemera and hundreds of drawings from Laske’s impressive career as a designer.

“Larry is an inventor at heart, and the collection reflects a tremendously curious eye. From fully realized lamps, tables and paintings to handmade prototypes, full color presentation drawings, and unbelievable sketchbooks, the collection pushes the boundaries for what we sell at auction,” says Jefferson. “There are also dozens of works from famous and noteworthy designers, architects and artists who have donated work to Larry’s project, giving their seal of approval and support to the project.”

Highlights of the sale include comprehensive lots such as Beachy Thingy (estimate: $70,000-$90,000), which includes not only original sketches, prototypes and production pieces, but also the patent for production of Beachy Thingy chairs, and a pair of calculator prototypes and drawings for Ettore Sottsass Associati (estimate: $1,000-$1,500). Also exceptional is a set of seven flatware prototypes and their original drawings made for Alessi (estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

Also included are several objects and works of art donated by friends of Laske in support of A Brain Tumor and a Dream, such Alessandro Mendini, Ingo Maurer, Constantin and Laurene Boym, Eduardo Terranova, Mike Ryan, Richard Rogers and Piero Lissoni, among others.

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 273: Sottsass Associati Enorme telephone, Brondi Telefonia S.p.A., Italy, 1986. Image courtesy of Wright. 

Lot 118: Ettore Sottsass drawing for Sottsass Associati, Italy, c. 1987. Image courtesy of Wright. 

Lot 133: Lawrence Laske Toothpick Cactus table for Knoll, USA, 1993/1997. Image courtesy of Wright. 

 Lot 195: Lawrence Laske Aluminum Lamp no. 2 model and drawings USA, 1987/1988. Image courtesy of Wright.

 Lot 141: Lawrence Laske Niki porcelain ashtray, OWO, USA, 1989/90. Image courtesy of Wright.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 12:42
 
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