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Works by top photographers at Clars auction Jan. 11-12

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Monday, 06 January 2014 09:19

On Sunday, Jan. 12, Clars will offer the extensive photography collection of David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg of Chicago. Pictured here is ‘Revenge of the Goldfish,’ 1981, cibachrome print, 30 x 40 inches by Sandy Skoglund (American, b. 1946). Clars Auction Gallery image.

OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars’ will host their first sale of 2014 on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 11-12, with an exceptional selection of fine art, decoratives and furnishings, Asian offerings and fine and estate jewelry. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding on Sunday.

Of particular note will be the life-long collection of photography from David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg of Chicago. Ruttenberg was a premier real estate developer and an avid art collector, but he was also deeply committed to Chicago itself, spearheading movements to redevelop and renovate historic neighborhoods and properties that remain the core of the city’s culture. He and his wife, Sarajean, were responsible for developing the many important gallery districts that thrive today throughout the city. The Ruttenbergs began collecting photography in the 1970s, eventually amassing a collection of several thousand works by some of the finest photographers from around the world.

On Sunday, Jan. 12, Clars will offer this vast collection featuring the works of Berenice Abbott, David F. Barry, Wynn Bullock, Judy Coleman, Stephane Courturier, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Curtis, Jan Dibbets, Walker Evans, Louise Faurer, Neil Folberg, George Hurrell, Nathan Lerner, Barbara Morgan, Rhondal McKinney, Wright Morris, Tetsu Okuhara, Douglas Prince, Sabastiao Salgado, Aaron Siskind, Neal Slavin, Sandy Skogland, Paul Strand, Jerry Uelsmann, Andre Villers, Weegee, William Wegman, Brett Weston, Gary Winogrand, Jay P. Volke, Max Yavno and many more.

From an important Reno, Nev., estate, will be a large collection of art glass including Lalique, Murano and Lundberg Studios and an impressive collection of 25 lots of Burmese silver bowls. Also to be offered will be 18th and 19th century Meissen plates including a Kaikemon decorated example and a set of 12 German hand-painted porcelain cabinet plates, late 19th century, form the Franz Xavier Tallmaier Studio (estimate $4,000 to $6,000).

In furniture, the highlights will be an Aesthetic sideboard attributed to Herter Brothers, New York, circa 1880, and a French ladies writing desk having Sevres-style porcelain plaques will be offered.

The Saturday session will feature an outstanding selection of Hermes and Gucci scarves, handbags and leather accessories. Also on Saturday, a large collection of vintage lunchboxes, vintage pharmaceuticals bottles and American art pottery will be offered.

Weighing in at approximately 150 to 200 pounds will be a large collection of silver bullion including U.S. Morgan Dollars, Peace Dollars, Franklin and Kennedy half-dollars and pre-1964 coins.

The Asian category will offer a selection of ceramics including 18th century Chinese export porcelain teapots, Famille Rose enameled vases and jars, along with monochrome pieces as well. As for jades, there is a pair of belt hooks carved with dragons, a small ornament with a child mounted on an elephant, and various toggles of zoomorph and plant form. In addition, there will be snuff bottles including jade, agate and inside painted glass bottles.

Jade and timepieces will highlight the jewelry category in January. For the gentlemen, a large jadeite (24.7 x 17mm) and 18K gold ring will be offered as will two rare wristwatches, the first an Audemars Piguet jump hour 18K gold rectangular watch, circa 1929 and a circa 1947 Rolex stainless steel chronograph watch.

For the ladies, the highlight will be a beautiful pair of jade centered 18K yellow gold earrings surrounded by diamonds.

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

On Sunday, Jan. 12, Clars will offer the extensive photography collection of David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg of Chicago. Pictured here is ‘Revenge of the Goldfish,’ 1981, cibachrome print, 30 x 40 inches by Sandy Skoglund (American, b. 1946). Clars Auction Gallery image.

Meissen plates will be offered including a Kaikemon decorated example. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Weighing approximately 150 to 200 pounds will be this large collection of silver bullion including Morgan Dollars, Peace Dollars, Franklin and Kennedy half-dollars and pre-1964 coins. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This large jadeite (24.7 x 17mm) and 18K gold ring will be offered as a highlight in the jewelry category. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 16:01
 

Jan. 11: Palm Beach Modern to auction Lagerfeld+Liz fashion archive

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013 13:15

A Karl Lagerfeld for Tiziani design evocative of Lagerfeld’s earliest days as a designer. He had not yet developed his signature sketching style, which later would evolve to including finished makeup, detailed hat, etc. A board member from Versace who saw this sketch said, “The Met should be cataloging this. This is from the period when Lagerfeld and so many of the greats were just getting started, like St. Laurent, Versace, etc.” From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Karl Otto Lagerfeld is a fashion legend. As head designer and creative director for both Chanel and Fendi, not to mention the mastermind of his own premier label, Lagerfeld’s creations are a staple in the wardrobes of wealthy trendsetters the world over. But few may realize how instrumental Karl Lagerfeld was in transitioning couture to the mainstream in the 1960s.

It was Lagerfeld who, nearly half a century ago, helped launch the designer ready-to-wear concept while still a young and evolving designer with the House of Tiziani in Rome. The historical connection between Lagerfeld and the beginning of designer ready-to-wear has never been widely acknowledged, but a 50-year-old archive to be auctioned Saturday, January 11th in West Palm Beach tells the story in stunning visual detail. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

“This 1960s archive, which was maintained by the founder of Tiziani, Evan ‘Buddy’ Richards (1924-1994), has been passed down through consecutive estates and is absolutely unique,” said auctioneer Rico Baca of Palm Beach Modern Auctions, the company conducting the sale. “It contains Lagerfeld sketchbooks – some showing entire ready-to-wear lines for a season – hundreds of individual sketches by Lagerfeld and other Tiziani designers, hundreds of photos of couture shows, and several signed photos and personal notes from Elizabeth Taylor to Tiziani.” The collection’s piece de resistance, a Tiziani coral gown with feathered cape, is matched to the original, pre-production sketch. The sale also includes four other pieces of Tiziani couture – three dresses and a beaded top – plus four Mary McFadden couture garments and a mod-style Kiki Hart pantsuit.

Tiziani designed for European royalty and other very wealthy women, including Gina Lollobrigida, Debbie Reynolds, Doris Duke and Princess Marcella Borghese. The label was a particular favorite of Elizabeth Taylor’s. During the years that Lagerfeld designed for Tiziani Roma under the mentorship of Richards – a Texas-born opera singer turned couturier – a close personal and working relationship developed between the three individuals. Taylor even chose Tiziani to design her wardrobe for at least three major motion pictures.

The intimate friendship between “Tizi” and Taylor was revealed in a Nov. 19, 1966 Washington Post News Service article, in which the couturier described a party he was planning at his new apartment in Rome. Richards stated the guests of honor would be “two of [his] favorite people – Elizabeth Taylor and her husband, Richard Burton.” In the article he goes on to say that he is “doing the clothes for Miss Taylor’s new picture (Reflections in a Golden Eye),” but notes that Taylor is unhappy with the skirt length dictated by the film’s postwar timeframe.

“The picture takes place in 1948, when we had that horrible length,” Tiziani told reporter Winzola McLendon, adding that Taylor preferred her skirts “at least 1½ inches above the knee.”

No such problem existed with the designs Tiziani created for Taylor’s personal wardrobe. As the sketches to be auctioned attest, Taylor was right on trend with her fashion choices, whether miniskirts or maxi dresses. Some of the drawings are clearly marked as being for “Elizabeth Taylor Burton.”

The Tiziani archive fills a nebulous gap in fashion history. “It answers the question, ‘How and under what circumstances did couture make the leap to mainstream retail?’” said Baca. “Evan Richards and his brilliant designer Karl Lagerfeld were right at the forefront. Richards had grown weary of his couture designs being purchased, taken apart and copied line for line by top department stores in New York. Eventually, he thought, ‘Why shouldn’t we be the ones selling our designs as ready-to-wear?’ That was the beginning of it all.”

The importance of the Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz archive has been recognized in no uncertain terms by fashion-industry moguls who’ve previewed its contents. “Those who have seen it have become very excited and have had the same sort of reaction a jeweler might have when examining a rare and famous gem for the first time,” Baca said. “One person, who is on the board of a top design house, said he thinks the archive belongs in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s fashion collection. Another said they felt it should be the subject of a video documentary. But what makes this grouping of items so unusual is that it crosses so many areas of interest. It’s historical, it has a unique connection to the last great Hollywood star, Elizabeth Taylor; and it’s also art. Many are going to view the Lagerfeld sketchbooks and sketches as art first, fashion second.”

The archive will be offered in approximately 400 auction lots, complemented by 100 lots of select designer furniture and decorative art from the mid-century era. The auction will open with approximately 200 sketches and photos, followed by the furniture/art, and conclude with the archival sketchbooks and hundreds of drawings. Actual fashions will be interspersed throughout the day.

The Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction will commence at 12 noon ET on Sat., Jan. 11, 2014. The exhibition center and auction venue is located at 417 Bunker Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33405. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.com.

A cocktail party preview benefiting the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens will be held at the Palm Beach Modern Auctions exhibition center (address shown above) on Thursday, January 9th, commencing at 5 p.m. A $25 donation is suggested although not required. RSVP appreciated; tel. Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens at 561-832-5328 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Palm Beach Modern Auctions has contributed a Karl Lagerfeld original sketch as the door prize for the event.

For additional information on any item in the auction, call 561-586-5500, 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

A Karl Lagerfeld for Tiziani design evocative of Lagerfeld’s earliest days as a designer. He had not yet developed his signature sketching style, which later would evolve to including finished makeup, detailed hat, etc. A board member from Versace who saw this sketch said, “The Met should be cataloging this. This is from the period when Lagerfeld and so many of the greats were just getting started, like St. Laurent, Versace, etc.” From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Design for dress by Tiziani, with attached fabric swatch, signed by Karl Lagerfeld and noted as being for Elizabeth Taylor. Inset detail sketch shows back of dress. From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Many of the archive boxes are marked “Karl.” From one of those boxes came this design of an ankle-length 1960s-style Mod-pattern dress. Quite a few of Lagerfeld’s designs featured this model with chic, blunt-cut bouffant hair. From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Tiziani beaded coral gown with long feathered cape, offered with matching original sketch (not shown). From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Mini dress on same model, from box of sketches marked “Karl.” From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Signed photo from Liz to Tiziani says: “To darling Evan with much love. As always, Elizabeth.” From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Sketch of maxi dress marked for “Elizabeth Taylor Burton,” from box of sketches marked “Karl.” From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Model Jean Shrimpton with Tiziani (Evan Richards). From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Model Jean Shrimpton with Tiziani (Evan Richards). From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Stamp on back of photos of Jean Shrimpton and Tiziani. From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Letter on Grand Hotel Roma stationery that Elizabeth Taylor sent from Salzburg to Evan Richards (“Tiziani”) on Jan. 2, 1968, wishing him well on his new collection. From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

March 17, 1972 list of outfits (with prices) selected for Ohrbach’s Paris-Rome couture shows, with designs by Tiziani as well as Chanel, Valentino, Chanel, Givenchy, YSL, etc. List is followed by a press release from Ohrbach’s. From the Jan. 11, 2014 Tiziani: Lagerfeld + Liz Auction. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 18:18
 

Cowan's Auctions to sell collection of Buffalo Bill family photos, Jan. 31

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013 13:14

Cody family photo album including personal and professional portraits, photos of Wild West Shows and Western scenery. Estimate $8,000/$10,000. Cowan's Auctions image.

CINCINNATI — Cowan’s Auctions, Inc. will host the Patsy Garlow Collection of Cody Family Photographs on Jan. 31, 2014, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. The auction consists of over 200 lots of personal Cody family photographs documenting the showman’s life. Rare family albums and individual photos of Cody’s career with the “Wild West” shows he popularized and promoted will be offered in this extraordinary collection. The Garlow collection is considered the largest privately held collection of Buffalo Bill photographs in existence, and outside of the collection held by the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, is unmatched in its scope.

William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody (1846-1917) was an American soldier, Western scout, buffalo hunter and most notably, a showman. Cody founded the “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show” in North Platte, Nebraska in 1883. His Wild West shows toured North America and Europe for decades until his death in 1917.

The majority of the items included in the January 31 auction passed down directly through  in the family of William F. Cody's daughter, Irma Louise Cody Garlow (1884-1918). Irma married Frederick Harrison Garlow Sr and had three children: Frederick Harrison Garlow Jr, William Joseph Garlow, and Jane Cody Garlow Hallehan-Keane. When their parents died two days apart in the influenza pandemic of 1918, their grandmother, Louisa Cody, raised the three children. Fred Garlow Jr married Margaret Sutherland and they had two children: Patricia Ann Garlow (b. 1948) and Mark Frederick Garlow (b. 1952). Most of these items were in the possession of Patricia (Patsy) Ann Garlow’s family, Buffalo Bills’ direct great-granddaughter. From the 1960s to the late 1990s, the items in the collection were on loan to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming.

One of the featured items in the sale is a Cody family photograph album, including 301 personal and professional portraits; and photos of Wild West Show performers and Western scenery (est. $8,000/$10,000). Another lot, consisting of two albums of William F. Cody at Leisure, compiled and presented by the illustrator R. Farrington Elwell, is expected to sell for $6,000/$8,000.

Other exceptional photographs in the auction include three large-format photographs by Grabill of Indian Chiefs and U.S. officials, including William F. Cody at Wounded Knee. These three photographs will be offered as lot numbers 11, 12 and 13. All three are expected to bring $1,000/$1,500 each at auction.

Many of the images in the sale demonstrate how popular and well-traveled Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show really was. A photograph of the Wild West Show in Naples, Italy, pictured at the foot of Mount Vesuvius is estimated to bring $1,500/$2,500, a large-format portrait of Buffalo Bill Cody in Bath, England, by Walter G. Lewis is expected to sell for $1,000/$1,500; an image of Buffalo Bill Cody meeting the Shah of Persia at a performance in Vichy, France in 1905 is estimated at $800/$1,200; and an exceptional series of four photographs of Buffalo Bill and Wild West Show Indians overlooking the Pacific Ocean from the Cliff House in San Francisco is estimated at $2,500/$3,500.

The January 31st sale includes photographs of William Cody all the way up until his death on January 10th, 1917. Two of the last photographs of Cody, taken five days before his death, with his doctor at Glenwood Springs, Colorado, will hit the auction block with individual estimates of $600/$800.

Additional notable lots include a poster titled “The Life of Buffalo Bill in 3 Reels,” which is estimated to bring $3,000/$5,000; a hat worn by W.F. Cody and given to a Wild West Show advance agent, which is expected to sell for $1,500/$2,500, and a film reel titled “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show: A Grand Review,” which is estimated at $1,000/$1,500.

For more information about the auction call Matt Chapman at 513-871-1670, ext. 216.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Cody family photo album including personal and professional portraits, photos of Wild West Shows and Western scenery. Estimate $8,000/$10,000. Cowan's Auctions image.

Two albums of 'William F. Cody at Leisure, Compiled and Presented by Illustrator R. Farrington Elwell.' Estimate $6,000/$8,000. Cowan's Auctions image.

Indian Chiefs and U.S. officials, including William F. Cody, at Wounded Knee. Large-format photograph by Grabill (1 of 3). Estimate $1,000/$1,500. Cowan's Auctions image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 13:24
 

Lavish array of silver, jewelry & art in Stephenson's Jan. 1-2 auction

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Friday, 20 December 2013 15:51
Examples from a collection of Wedgwood to be offered in 60 lots. Stephenson's Auctioneers image. PHILA., Pa. – Stephenson’s most anticipated auction of the year is their big New Year’s event held at the company's suburban-Philadelphia gallery in Southampton, Pa. Traditionally, their first auction of the year – which in 2014 will take place on Jan. 1 and 2 – is known not only for its premier estate antiques and art, but also the unexpected treasures set aside throughout the year for inclusion in the New Year’s sale. As always, Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Collectors will want to give the succession of nearly 700 auction lots their full attention, as this is a sale whose level of quality is consistent throughout. The Wednesday session of decorative art and “smalls” contains an exceptional collection of 18th, 19th and 20th-century Wedgwood from the estate of Edgar “Ned” Simmons Jr. of Philadelphia. Most of the 50 pieces to be auctioned are Jasper dip, meaning they were created using a technique in which solid white forms are dipped into colored clay to impart particular colors or combinations of colors.

“We sold a portion of the Simmons estate a few years ago. The Jasperware was retained and stored at the Churchville, Pennsylvania home of Mr. Simmons’ parents, who are now deceased,” explained Stephenson’s owner, Cindy Stephenson. “It’s a very nice collection that includes some Jasper tri-color, some beautiful mini medallions and other Wedgwood.” Also from the Simmons estate comes some drabware, creamware and Lalique.

More than 70 lots of choice Indo-Persian silver – all from a single-owner collection – are entered in the opening session. Leading the gleaming array is an elegant 5-piece, .900-silver tea and coffee service decorated in heavy repousse style. Another top lot is a .900-silver centerpiece with liner signed “M. Tariliyan.” The Wednesday session also includes English and Chinese export silver.

If Santa wasn’t as generous as he should have been this Christmas, there will be many opportunities for gift-givers to make amends, starting with a superb 1920s platinum jabot pin resplendent with cabochon emeralds, pink sapphires, oval blue sapphires and 17 mine-cut diamonds. The brooch is expected to realize $4,000-$6,000. A gold pocket watch and many other pieces of fine jewelry, some of them late entries, will cross the auction block, as well.

A Manhattan estate was the source for some of the jewelry, furniture and art in the sale. It also produced a special luxury highlight for the ladies: several coveted Judith Leiber purses (rhinestone, faux-reptile, velvet, etc.), plus an 18in pearl necklace with jeweled clasp and pair of cased reading glasses, also by the revered New York designer.

The Thursday, January 2nd session will present a strong selection of art crossing many genres. There are two Edmund Coates (American, 1816-1871) Hudson River School pastorals that came from a Princeton, New Jersey estate. One of the paintings depicts ice skaters; the other is a landscape of the Lower Hudson River Valley showing farmers cutting wheat in a field.

A Philadelphia man who decided to deaccession some of the paintings in his vast collection selected several prized works for inclusion in Stephenson’s New Year’s Auction, knowing that the sale is a perennial drawcard for art buyers in the tri-state area. Within the grouping of 10 paintings he consigned is an appealing E.I. (Eanger Irving) Couse oil on canvas depicting a Native American with a patterned blanket in earth tones.

“Couse is a significant Taos school artist,” said Stephenson. “He was a founding member and first president of the Taos Society of Artists, and his work is highly sought after.”

A 1992 serigraph by noted pop artist Alex Katz (American, b. 1927-) is titled “Gray Day” is listed in the artist’s online catalogue raisonne. From an edition of 75, the work is appropriately presented in a modern floating frame.

The art section also includes five John Lear paintings, a Paul Gorka oil-on-canvas surrealist landscape, a David True mixed-media abstract, and a Jack Barnett oil on canvas of reclining nudes.

Also awaiting bidders are furniture – including fine inlaid designs from a Manhattan estate – clocks, lamps and a few hand-tied rugs. Of all the furnishings, the pieces that have drawn the most attention during the run-up to the sale have been the paint-decorated chests-of-drawers by Julia Gray Ltd. New York. “Every decorator who has walked into the gallery has gravitated to the pair immediately,” said Stephenson. “They’re from the 1960s or ’70s and have that stylish Hamptons look, with faux-marble tops and fancy paintwork.”

Another highlight from the aforementioned Princeton estate is a Handel floor lamp with reverse-painted shade. Of dome form, the shade is a mustard color with a black band and floral motif.

The auction is rounded out with primitives, stoneware crocks, Canton china, and a collection of World War II daggers and knives in sheaths.

Stephenson’s Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 1-2, 2014 New Year’s Auction will commence at 10 a.m. Eastern Time at the company’s gallery located at 1005 Industrial Blvd., Southampton (Greater Philadelphia), PA 18966. Inspection is on Monday, Dec. 30 from 3-6 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 1-6 p.m.; and from 9-10 a.m. prior to the auction sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 1 and 2.

For additional information on any lot in the sale, call Cindy Stephenson at 215-322-6182 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Examples from a collection of Wedgwood to be offered in 60 lots. Stephenson's Auctioneers image. Alex Katz 1992 screenprint 'Gray Day,' 37/75. Stephenson's Auctioneers image. Pair of Julia Gray Ltd. paint-decorated chests-of-drawers. Stephenson's Auctioneers image. French platinum, emerald, diamond and sapphire jabot pin. Stephenson's Auctioneers image. Indo-Persian .900 silver tea and coffee service. Stephenson's Auctioneers image. One of two Edmund Coates (Hudson River School) oil-on-canvas landscapes to be auctioned. Stephenson's Auctioneers image. Examples from a collection of World War II military daggers and bayonets. Stephenson's Auctioneers image. E.I. Couse oil on canvas painting of Native-American with colorful blanket. Stephenson's Auctioneers image. Ornate .900 silver centerpiece with .900 silver liner and accompanying miniature. Stephenson's Auctioneers image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 11:04
 

Indian baskets, Southern folk art lead John Coker's Jan. 4 auction

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Friday, 20 December 2013 12:00
Two men’s gold Rolex wristwatches (left and right) and an 18K gold Tiffany pocket watch. John W. Coker Auctions image. NEW MARKET, Tenn. – An old Tennessee estate that includes collections of important antique Indian baskets and Southern folk art serves as the centerpiece of John W. Coker’s Jan. 4, 2014 New Year’s Auction. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.

“As we delved into the contents of this estate, it very quickly became evident to us that the owner had the heart of a collector and the eye of a knowledgeable buyer. This is by no means an average estate,” said auction company owner and principal auctioneer John W. Coker.

More than 125 Cherokee Indian baskets display a pleasing variety of forms and intricate patterns, some incorporating color. They are joined by a selection of beautiful Western Indian baskets whose motifs feature human and deer figures. Still others are woven in sophisticated abstract patterns. A particular highlight is a tightly woven 1880-1900 olla.

“It is highly unusual to encounter a collection of Indian baskets whose contents are of such consistently high artistic quality and condition throughout,” Coker observed. “This grouping comes from a well-known private collector of Indian baskets whom it would be safe to say is ‘legendary’ in these parts. Their collection includes some marvelous forms and designs. I think collectors are going to be very excited about the opportunities here.”

An abundance of Southern folk art pottery and stoneware includes designs by M.P. Harmon of Mohawk, Tennessee; and William Long of Crawford County, Georgia; as well as rare Tennessee pots by W.W. McFarland and Hull Mohawk. Also to be auctioned is a large collection of impressively sized, highly expressive Southern “ugly” face jugs. Each is a well-detailed, distinctive work of art; some with craggy, applied teeth visible from their smiling mouths.

An outstanding textile, an 1824 Pennsylvania Dutch bordered cross-stitch sampler by Susanna Thomas, is richly hand-decorated with doves, flowers, trees, butterflies, bowls of fruit, and many additional embellishments. Its motto reads: “This work in hand my friends may have / When I am dead and in my grave / And when my work each time you see / With fond remembrance think on me.” At the bottom it is hand-stitched “Susanna Thomas’s Work made in the 17th year of her age 1824.”

More than 60 pieces are included in a collection of early glass candy containers. Rare forms, some with paint or metal components, include a handled handbag, red-suited Santa standing next to a chimney, rocking horse, Chinese man, Charlie Chaplin, and a large rabbit upright on its haunches. A well-detailed windmill retains its original red, white and blue metal “pinwheel” topper with windmill blades and accessory piece marked “Teddy.”

Two fine men’s gold Rolex watches will be offered, one of them an Oyster Perpetual Date model. Joining them is an especially fine 18K gold Tiffany pocket watch.

The top ephemera lot is an 1865 document hand-signed by President Andrew Johnson in which he pardons a man named Jerry Cowles of Macon, Georgia. It is presented in a beveled dark-wood frame that may be the original.

A framed newspaper color panel cartoon from the Saturday, August 6, 1904 Evening Chronicle (city not known) is titled “How the Coonville Ball Team Won Out.” Its theme would interest collectors of either early baseball-related material or black Americana.

An abstract artwork of note is an original 1934 nautical watercolor by Expressionist artist Lyonel Feininger (German/American, 1871-1956). Depicting a ship at sea with all masts facing the wind, the work is signed by Feininger at lower left. Feininger was a versatile artist with a background as an illustrator and cartoonist.

“Many who were not previously aware of his work realized his importance as an artist when the Whitney Museum of American Art hosted a major Feininger retrospective in 2011,” said Coker.

Three large dovetailed blanket chests hold what appears to be an untapped trove of antique and vintage toys and cruise ship mementos, Coker said. “These chests belonged to a family that traveled extensively and always brought back toys from Europe. We haven’t even begun to delve into the contents, but it all looks very intriguing,” he said. The blanket chests will be auctioned separately from the goods they hold.

A final collection of note consists of late 19th and early 20th century decorative and utilitarian objects from the rustic Glentonian Bar in Lock Haven, Pa. Located in north-central Pennsylvania’s canal country, the Glentonian served a clientele that included loggers, boatmen and others who traveled the West Branch Canal of the Susquehanna River. Held in the same family for over a century, the collection runs the gamut from pickle crocks to barware and signs.

John W. Coker’s January 4 auction will be held at the Coker gallery located at 1511 W. Route 11-E in New Market, Tennessee, outside Knoxville. The opening session will commence at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. A 45-minute to 1-hour intermission will precede a 3 p.m. session devoted exclusively to the Indian basket collection.

For information on any item in the sale or to arrange a phone line, call 865-475-5163 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
Two men’s gold Rolex wristwatches (left and right) and an 18K gold Tiffany pocket watch. John W. Coker Auctions image. 1824 Susanna Thomas sampler, Pennsylvania Dutch, created at age 17. John W. Coker Auctions image. 1865 Andrew Johnson Presidential Pardon for Jerry Cowles of Macon, Georgia. John W. Coker Auctions image. Lyonel Feininger (German/American, 1871-1956) 1934 original watercolor. John W. Coker Auctions image. Examples from a collection of 60+ early glass candy containers, some with paint or original metal accessories. John W. Coker Auctions image. Southern folk pottery including pieces by M. P. Harmon, Mohawk, Tenn.; William Long, Crawford County, Ga.; J.A. Bishop, Georgia. Also includes rare pots by W.W. McFarland and Hull, Mohawk, Tennessee. John W. Coker Auctions image. Large-size Southern ‘ugly’ face jugs, part of an extensive private collection. John W. Coker Auctions image. More than 125 Cherokee Indian baskets are included in the auction. John W. Coker Auctions image. Western Indian basket whose motif includes human figures and deer. John W. Coker Auctions image. From a collection of Western Indian baskets. John W. Coker Auctions image. Prized Indian olla, circa 1880-1900. John W. Coker Auctions image.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 12:47
 

Tiffany window, lighting to lead Fontaine's auction Jan. 11

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Thursday, 19 December 2013 11:53
Tiffany Studios leaded stained glass window, 53 inches x 35 inches signed ‘L. C. Tiffany’ (est. $60,000-$80,000). Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image. PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Exactly 300 lots of quality fresh-to-the-market items will be sold in a cataloged auction on Saturday, Jan. 11, by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. Headlining the auction will be items from the home, shop and personal collection of Randy Gottesfeld of Gaslight Time in Brooklyn, N.Y., at 11 a.m. (EST). LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding

After acquiring and restoring his historic Brooklyn brownstone in the 1970s, Gottesfeld’s interest turned to 19th century lighting and continued with clocks thus giving his store the well-known name Gaslight Time. After 40 years Randy has decided to retire and Fontaine’s Auction Gallery has been commissioned to sell the unreserved collection he has amassed over four decades.

This diversified auction will include 19th century furniture by John H. Belter, J & J.W. Meeks, Alexander Roux, R.J. Horner and Herter Brothers, exceptional 19th century lighting and chandeliers, marble and bronze statuary, porcelains, art glass, cameo glass, sterling silver, jewelry and watches, leaded windows, paintings, pottery and hundreds of decorative accessories.

A subsequent Feb. 22 auction will feature Gottesfeld’s the lamp (Part 2). This will include dozens of 19th century lighting fixtures, as well as matching sets of hundreds of etched glass and cut glass gas shades of all descriptions.

In the Jan. 11 auction, three lots figure to slug it out for top achiever of the sale. The first is a Tiffany Studios leaded stained glass window titled The Resurrection and the Life. The window measures about 53 inches by 35 inches and depicts Jesus standing before a kneeling woman holding a goblet in her lap. The window, signed “L.C. Tiffany” is expected to change hands for $60,000-$80,000.

The second is a massive, 16-foot leaded wisteria architectural dome, containing 24,000 pieces of leaded glass in eight large arched panels with iron framework along the edges. Each panel contains 3,000 individual pieces and depicts beautiful purple wisteria, with leaves and stems on an opaque and blue background. The dome, structurally sound and ready to install, should hit $40,000-$60,000.

The third is a five-piece parlor set by the renowned 19th century American furniture maker John H. Belter, in the Fountain Elms pattern. The pierced carved and laminated mahogany set features a sofa (51 inches tall by 68 inches wide), two armchairs and two side chairs. The set, having a carved crest with overflowing cornucopia is expected to hammer for $40,000-$60,000.

Another lot that could reach or even exceed the $20,000 mark is an International Watch Co. perpetual calendar 18K rose gold men’s wristwatch (est. $10,000-$20,000). The spring-drive, 64-jewel, seven-day automatic winding movement has a lever escapement, with balance wheel exposed through a clear sapphire glass back. The original leather alligator skin band is included.

Two lots from the lamps and lighting category have identical estimates of $10,000-$15,000. One is a magnificent 16-arm bronze and onyx gas and electric chandelier, 5 feet high by 3 feet in diameter, with beautiful spiral and leaf decorated center post. The other is a four-arm Cornelius & Baker figural gasolier, electrified, showing maidens holding floral bouquets.

Decorative accessories will include a porcelain and bronze casket, attributed to Sevres, 16 1/2 inches tall by 16 inches wide, the body having four large painted panels showing playful winged putti (est. $10,000-$15,000); and a Royal Vienna porcelain-top serving stand, 14 1/2 inches tall, with a beehive mark and panels depicting Cupid and Venus (est. $6,000-$8,000).

A pair of furniture lots is expected to command $6,000-$8,000 each. The first is a pair of French rosewood marble-top credenzas, 45 inches tall by 47 inches wide, with the original finish. The second is a pair of J.H. Belter laminated rosewood side chairs having pierced carved backs with acorns and leaves, a floral cluster and a cornucopia.

The fine art category will feature a late 19th century oil on canvas painting, signed lower left “J. Alsina” (Spaniard), depicting a man standing in the shade with a camel, watching over a woman and child (est. $5,000-$7,500); and a Madonna Della Arpie porcelain plaque – KPM quality, but unsigned – depicting madonna and child with two winged putti (est. $5,000-$7,500).

Bronzes will include a figural bronze grouping by Michel C. Clodion (French, 1738-1814), of a satyr family, with a nude mother satyr figure with hoofed feet, a child in her lap and an infant at her feet (est. $6,000-$8,000); and a primitive bronze figure of a hunter with his dog, rendered by Marcel Debut (French, 1865-1933), with a nice rich patina, 31 inches tall (est. $5,000-$7,500).

Also slated to be sold Jan. 11 will be a large and vibrant Tiffany blue iridescent leaf and vine art glass vase, with a silvered iridescent surface and purple highlights, signed L.C. Tiffany, 8 1/2 high x 9 3/4 wide (est. $6,000-$8,000); and a standard grade, two-hinge Wooton desk (est. $5,000-$7,000). The fine two-door cabinet secretary has a Renaissance Revival carved gallery.

For details phone 413-448-8922 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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
Tiffany Studios leaded stained glass window, 53 inches x 35 inches signed ‘L. C. Tiffany’ (est. $60,000-$80,000). Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image. Sixteen-arm bronze and onyx gas and electric chandelier, 5 feet tall by 3 feet wide (est. $10,000-$15,000). Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image. Porcelain and bronze casket attributed to Sevres, with four large painted porcelain panels (est. $10,000-$15,000). Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image. Stunning International Watch Co. perpetual calendar 18K rose gold man's wristwatch (est. $15,000-$20,000). Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image. Pierce carved and laminated mahogany five-piece parlor set by J.H. Belter in the Fountain Elms pattern (est. $40,000-$60,000). Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image. Monumental 16-foot leaded wisteria dome, with eight large arched leaded glass panels and iron framework (est. $40,000-$60,000). Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:16
 

Antique firearms added to Victorian Casino’s forte Jan. 18-19

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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 17:11

Winchester Model 1873 rifle circa 1888, bearing a 20-inch barrel but retaining the 1873 configuration. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

LAS VEGAS – Victorian Casino Antiques, one of America’s preeminent, family-owned auction houses, will kick off 2014 with a multiday auction at its Las Vegas showroom Jan. 18 and 19, beginning at 9 a.m. Pacific each day. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

In addition to a wide variety of vintage toys, rare coin-operated machines, retro gas and oil memorabilia, classic cash registers and fine art, VCA will also put a selection of antique pistols and rifles on the auction block for the first time in its history. In total, more than 1,200 lots will be up for bid during the two-day event.

The collection of vintage firearms up for bid includes a W.R. Pape English .22-caliber single-shot rook rifle from the late 1800s, featuring an octagon barrel and checkered grip design, in terrific condition. Another fine rifle that will be available is “the gun that won the West,” a Winchester Model 1873 circa 1888, bearing a 20-inch barrel but retaining the 1873 configuration, plus a leather carrying sling case. There are also several rare pistols in the auction, including a Spanish copy of a .38-caliber, six-shot, single-action Colt revolver with a 5 1/2-inch barrel.

Of course, the hallmark of VCA’s legendary auctions is the great selection of antique coin-operated machines, and the January event is no slouch in that area. One such find is an extremely rare – only two known to exist – 1-cent Fey “Finger Striker” cast aluminum countertop strength tester from 1932. Another amazing item is a 5-cent Mills Novelty Co. double Violano Virtuoso, with self-playing piano and dual violins from the early 20th century. And enthusiasts of retro style will go gaga over a beautiful, mint-green Dr. Pepper “Roulette” bottle vending machine from the 1940s, in working order with key.

For details phone 702-382-2466.

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

Winchester Model 1873 rifle circa 1888, bearing a 20-inch barrel but retaining the 1873 configuration. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

W.R. Pape English .22-caliber single-shot rook rifle from the late 1800s. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

Extremely rare one-cent Fey Finger Striker cast aluminum countertop strength tester from 1932. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

Five-cent Mills Novelty Co. double Violano Virtuoso, with self-playing piano and dual violins from the early 20th century. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

Dr. Pepper ‘Roulette’ bottle vending machine from the 1940s. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

Colt single-action Army .45 LC caliber New Jersey tercentenary commemorative revolver in original case, circa 1964. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013 11:51
 

Jenack presents all-around antiques, fine art auction Jan. 5

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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:41
Gorham Cinderella coffee and tea service. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.

CHESTER, N.Y. – William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers will conduct a fine art and antiques auction at the Jenack gallery with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com on Sunday, Jan. 5. The event will commence at 11 a.m.

The sale is set to include a selection of 17th, 18th and 19th century furniture, jewelry, fine art, Chinese art and ceramics, Bohemian glass including Moser, pottery, porcelain, carpets, silver and accessories.

Period furniture that will be offered includes a carved oak paneled chest dated 1691, a Hadley chest with carved floral panels, a James II oak Bible box, a country Sheraton pine buffet, a diminutive grain-painted blanket box on turned legs, an English Regency fruitwood campaign chest, a French Provincial table a’encrier, a country pine step-back cupboard and a Charles II carved oak paneled settle with drawers.

Fine art offerings are usually a strong part of Jenack sales and this one is no exception. Artwork will include an oil on canvas The Awakening by Solomon Alexander Hart 1863, an oil on canvas Ladies of the Night attributed to William James Glackens, an oil on artist’s board by David Davidovich Burliuk, two canvases by Walter Emerson Baum including a view of Easton, Pa., and a village, an oil on canvas of Connecticut Harbor by Simkha Simkhovitch and several other notable works.

The selection of glass items will be more extensive in this sale and in our future winter sales. This sale will include several examples of Czechoslovakian Art Deco perfume bottles. Perhaps the best example in the sale is a Czech Ingrid bottle featuring a beautifully executed female nude with an open cut rectangular stopper with the dauber still intact. Bohemian examples will include an amber cut, gilt and enameled crystal vase, a pair of white gilt decorated vases, a pair of ruby etched and cut to clear crystal vases, and a large white cased crystal cut to cobalt, gilt and enameled vase. Lalique will also be present in the sale including a set of four Femmes crystal whiskey tumblers, a Sylvie doves entwined vase, a Bagetelle vase and a frosted crystal apple.

Precious metals in the offering will include a complete Gorham Cinderella tea and coffee service including tray, hot water, coffeepot, teapot, covered sugar, waste bowl, creamer and a pair of weighted candlesticks weighing 244 troy ounces. Also in the sale is an International sterling platter, a Spanish 900 silver scalloped tray, a Continental silver oval platter and fluted basin, and a Wilkins (German) 800 silver flatware service for 12.

Leading the pottery and porcelain area will be a rare Austrian polychrome pottery figural group of two children, modeled by Petri and manufactured by Fredrich Goldscheider, circa 1885-1897, standing 18 inches high. Royal Dux will have a strong showing with examples such as a girl in a bikini, a Blanc de Chine kneeling nude, hunting dogs, a crane, and a boy on a donkey. Fine porcelain will include a Russian Lomonosov tea service, German nodder figures, a Haviland Limoges dinnerware and a Rosenthal dinnerware service.

Decorative accessories will include an impressive Federal Girondle with eagle and candle arms, a pair of Art Deco wrought iron and brass garden gates, a carved alabaster figure of Salome attributed to Adolfo Cipriani, a French gilt and silvered bronze clock garniture retailed by Tiffany & Co., 19th century, lot of Thai or Chinese carved and gilt wood lotus blossoms and leaves and much more.

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
Gorham Cinderella coffee and tea service. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image. Vintage Enterprise no. 212 coffee grinder. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image. Walter Emerson Baum. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image. Pottery group, Freidrich Goldscheider 19th century. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image. Attributed William James Glackens. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 16:43
 

Ahlers & Ogletree to sell collection that filled 3 homes, Jan 4-5

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 09:39

Gorgeous eight-light crystal chandelier, pulled from a prominent Atlanta estate home. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

ATLANTA – About 1,200 quality lots from prominent local estates and collections will come up for bid in a two-day New Year’s Extravaganza Auction slated for the weekend of Jan. 4-5 by Ahlers & Ogletree. The event will begin 11 a.m. (EST) both days of the sale. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Sold will be European paintings, bronze sculptures, architectural fragments, wall sconces, Asian decorative arts and porcelain, advertising pieces, period furniture, lighting, Persian rugs, art glass, estate jewelry, sterling silver, Native American pottery, marble-top consoles, decorative columns and pedestals, hand-decorated paneled screens, prints, drawings, coins, ivory and more.

Headlining the auction will be the collection of Thomas and Marie Patton of Atlanta, who filled their three homes with carefully selected and tasteful objects.

“We’ve got a lot of high-end decorative merchandise in this auction,” said Robert Ahlers of Ahlers & Ogletree. “As a whole, the items are from expensive interiors. Collectively, they’ll make for a great sale.”

The offerings will be many and varied, to include a gorgeous eight-light crystal chandelier, a dazzling 5 1/2-carat diamond ring, a 1921 Steinway grand piano beautifully restored, a handsome apothecary cabinet with a clock at the top, a neoclassical hand-painted four-panel folding screen, a Continental Grisaille figural tapestry panel and a Chinese porcelain seated Guan Yin figure.

Some of the items are so visually arresting they’re certain to spark interest. Two examples are an 18th century clockworks converted table, constructed from hand blacksmithing, likely taken from an Italian church and later converted into the base for a rectangular glass-top table; and a late 19th or early 20th century Southern French shoemaker advertisement, hand-painted on canvas, depicting a boy carrying an oversize shoe, monumental at over 12 feet tall.

Fine art will be served up in abundance. Works by French painters will include a 19th century oil on tin by Charles Durand (1837-1917), titled Homme en Armure (Man in Armor), depicting a man in a suit of armor in an outdoor setting; and an oil on canvas by Alfred de Dreux (1810-1860), titled Kissing Couple on Horseback, depicting a romantic kiss between an elegant beauty and a gentleman with a mustache and cap, both on galloping horses.

Other French works will feature a monumental oil on canvas by Jules Victor Verdier (1861-1926), titled Nymphs, depicting three nude female beauties in the form of mythological nymphs emerging out of shallow water on a rocky waterline; and an oil on canvas still life attributed to Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer the Elder (1636-1699), showing a large urn with a snake at the left, slithering down a cascading garland of various fruit, to include apples, grapes and plums.

Italian renderings will include an exceptional 19th century oil on canvas from an Italian School painter in the manner of Tiepolo, depicting an active Venetian festival street scene, to include numerous figures celebrating in masquerade masks in an outdoor courtyard; and an oil on canvas attributed to Bartolomeo Manfredi (1580-1622), titled Boy Playing Mandolin and showing a bust of a boy musician wearing a red scarf and shirt and playing a stringed mandolin.

British painters will be represented by Gerald Cooper (1899-1974), whose Still Life With Pears, Apples and Sunflower is an oil on canvas depiction of a table covered with a white tablecloth and a large spread of fruit. Also, an oil on canvas rendering of Female Nude With Three Attendants, attributed to William Etty (British, 1787-1849), shows a young nude female beauty standing with her back to the viewer, admiring herself in a mirror held by an attendant.

Bronzes will also be sold, including a 19th century patinated figural sculpture of the 17th century Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn, by Louis Royer (Netherlands, 1793-1868). The work shows Rembrandt standing at full length, in typical dress and holding an artist’s tool in one hand. Also offered will be a finely rendered Orientalist themed patinated bronze figure of a large camel carrying roped baskets and being tended to by a semi-nude blackamoor, by an unknown artist.

From camels it’s a short leap to tigers and dogs, first with a large pair of papier-mâché and polychromed striped orange tigers in an elongated crouch, rendered in the early 20th century for Learbury Clothiers of Syracuse, N.Y., and with “Learbury Tiger” in all capitals at the bottom of the display platform; and then with a pair of large 18th century antique stone dogs, 38 inches in height, showing two dogs seated on their hind legs, with pleasant expressions and mouths open.

Returning to fine art, works by American painters will feature an oil, acrylic and lacquer on Kashmir gold granite by Gary Kaelon (1944-2002), titled Marsh Lions, large at 67 1/2 inches by 82 inches and showing a lion and lioness by the water’s edge (she in an alert crouch); and an oil on canvas still life by the American-Canadian artist Hal Morrison (1848-1927), depicting a footed glass bowl with a large stack of fresh peaches at the center, probably painted in Georgia.

Other noteworthy artworks will include an oval oil on canvas titled Allegorical Painting, attributed to the Portuguese painter Jose Malhoa (1853-1933), apparently unsigned and said to have originally hung on the ceiling of a parlor room in a private castle in Lisbon; and an oil on wood panel by Toon Kelder (Dutch, 1894-1973), titled Musicians and Figures in Landscape, with figures to include female nudes, a seated dog, a minstrel musician and a rider on horseback.

Also to be sold will be a Watson Brothers 12-gauge double-barrel shotgun (English, circa early 20th century, with the marking “Made of Sir Joseph Whitworth 3”) with a walnut stock, detailed metal engraving with scrolled foliate decoration, cleaning rod and accessories and with the original brown leather rectangular fitted case bearing a paper label in the interior reading, “By appointment to him the Sultan of Turkey, Watson Bros.”; a Chinese carved ivory puzzle ball on a stand; and a gorgeous 19th century hand-painted dresser.

For details call Ahlers & Ogletree at 404-869-247 or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Gorgeous eight-light crystal chandelier, pulled from a prominent Atlanta estate home. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Table constructed of 18th century clockworks. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Nineteenth century oil on tin by Charles Durand (French, 1837-1917) titled ‘Homme en Armure.’ Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Monumental oil on canvas by Jules Victor Verdier (French, 1861-1926), titled ‘Nymphs.’ Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Life-size 19th century bronze sculpture of the artist Rembrandt by Louis Royer (Netherlands, 1793-1868). Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Large pair of papier-maché  and polychromed striped orange tigers, made for Learbury Clothes, Syracuse, N.Y. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

This gorgeous 19th century hand-painted dresser is just one of many period furniture pieces in the auction. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Late 19th/early 20th century French shoemaker advertisement, hand-painted on canvas, over 12 feet tall. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 10:24
 

Alex Cooper Auctioneers stages major sale Dec. 14-16

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Thursday, 12 December 2013 13:29

Andy Warhol ‘Saint Apollonia’ screenprint. Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc. image.

TOWSON, Md. – Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc. will sell more than 1,300 lots of outstanding antiques, decorative and fine art in their auction Dec. 14-16. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The sale bill includes antique and reproduction furniture and decorations; extraordinary collection of Oriental ivory, hardstone and art; paintings and prints; contemporary art; porcelain; glass; a Tiffany lamp; jewelry; sterling silver; Oriental rugs; two Steinway grand pianos; books; stamps; and collectibles.

The auction Saturday, which will begin at 12:30 p.m. Eastern, includes Oriental rugs, stamps, books, toys and military collectibles.

Sunday’s big session – 724 lots – will begin at 10 a.m. In the lineup are antique and reproduction furniture and decorations; an extraordinary collection of Oriental carved items; paintings and prints; contemporary art; porcelain; glass; the Tiffany lamp; the Steinway grand pianos; and collectibles.

Monday’s sale, also beginning at 10 a.m. will be devoted to silver, jewelry a fur coats.

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

Andy Warhol ‘Saint Apollonia’ screenprint. Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc. image. 

Federal inlaid mahogany Pembroke table. Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc. image. 

English Britannia silver coffee and tea service. Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc. image. 

Pair of Victorian gold, diamond and emerald earrings. Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc. image.

M. Maignan, French bronze figure, ‘LaVague.’ Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc. image.

Chinese ivory mounted Quan-Yin pair. Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc. image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 14:20
 

Roland to auction 1,000 lots of fine estate holdings Dec. 14

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Tiffany & Co. vase. Roland Auctioneers and Valuers image.

NEW YORK – Roland Auction will hold their final auction of 2013 on Saturday, Dec. 14. This outstanding sale ends an exceptional year of auctions in great style. With over 1,000 lots, it offers a dazzling array of silver, jewelry, furniture, fine art and collectible objects. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

"This is a wonderful gift-buying opportunity" say Robert Roland. "There are so many outstanding opportunities to acquire great pieces of jewelry, silver trinkets and other unique holiday gifts. We think our clients will be very happy with this month's estate selections."

Featured in the auction is the estate of Irwin and Rita Margolis, highly regarded as antique dealers for many decades. Their collection includes over 300 Victorian through Art Deco silver articles such as scent bottles, dresser sets, nutmeg graters, cigarette and other cases, minaudieres and much more. Stylish porcelain pieces, vintage fashion accessories including crocodile handbags, Judith Lieber items, vintage sunglasses, as well as a large collection of 1920s/30s Italian glass grapevine lamps round out the collection.

Another noteworthy estate included in the auction is that of legendary impresario Paul Szilard. Known for his work with the American Ballet Theater, Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey and many other New York City dance companies, Szilard's collection offers lots of dance related memorabilia as well as traditional and modern furniture and decorations.

From yet a third estate is a tremendous collection of Japanese and Chinese antiques. This outstanding collection of jades, Meiji bronze vases, fine lacquer work, silver and other rare objects was assembled in the 1930s and not since been offered in the marketplace. With over 100 choice lots, collectors are sure to compete for many of these Asian treasures.

Modern art and design continues to be an important feature at Roland. Some highlights from the Dec. 14 sale include a Tommi Parzinger dining table and chairs, stylish American and Scandinavian examples, Andy Warhol and Lichtenstein prints, and a host of other worthy pieces.

The auction begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

For details phone 212-260-2000.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Tiffany & Co. vase. Roland Auctioneers and Valuers image.

Komei inlaid iron miniature chest of drawers. Roland Auctioneers and Valuers image.

Renaissance portrait. Roland Auctioneers and Valuers image.

Tommi Parzinger dining table. Roland Auctioneers and Valuers image.

Set of eight Tommi Parzinger dining chairs. Roland Auctioneers and Valuers image.

Japanese Meiji bronze vase. Roland Auctioneers and Valuers image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 09:57
 

7.5-carat diamond ring in A.B. Levy’s jewelry auction Dec. 15

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013 14:43

 Very fine diamond and platinum necklace set with 300 round and brilliant cut diamonds weighing about 8.45 carats. Estimate: $100,000-$150,000. A.B. Levy’s image.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – More than 200 lots of dazzling diamonds, jewelry and fine timepieces – pulled from prominent local estates and collections and spanning a broad range of price points, from a few hundred dollars to $100,000 or more – will be sold at auction Sunday, Dec. 15, at A.B. Levy’s. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The auction is packed with jewelry by makers such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Dior, Patek Philippe, Rolex, Tiffany, Cartier, Corum, Chopard and Hermes. One item is an 18K gold with ruby eye cuff bracelet from the Elizabeth Taylor Collection.

A.B. Levy’s said it is offering free overnight shipping on any item sold within the continental U.S., as an added holiday incentive.

The auction will get underway promptly at 1 p.m. Eastern. “There really is something for just about every taste and budget in this auction, just in time for holiday gift-giving,” said Albert Levy of A.B. Levy’s. “At the high end, we’ve got a fine selection of at least 10 certified diamonds. But bargain hunters will be able to participate, too.”

Around 75 pieces in the sale were given as collateral in a settlement, and the seller has set very modest minimums in the interest of a quick sale. These will include 14K and 18K gold jewelry pieces, diamond necklaces and earrings, sapphire necklaces and earrings and other items. Most will carry reserves as low as $200 and none will exceed $1,000.

The certified diamonds range in size from about four to 10 carats, although there is one Tiffany one-carat stone and a 7 1/2-carat colossus that should command tens of thousands of dollars. All are set in rings, many of them platinum, although there is one 3-carat diamond being sold as a loose stone. Ruby and diamond earrings and multistone diamond rings will also be sold.

A buyer’s premium of 20percent will be applied to all purchases up to $100,000, 15 percent after that.

For details contact A.B. Levy’s at 561-835-9139 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

Very fine diamond and platinum necklace set with 300 round and brilliant cut diamonds weighing about 8.45 carats. Estimate: $100,000-$150,000. A.B. Levy’s image. 

 Size 6 18K yellow gold with ruby eye cuff bracelet, signed J. Rossi, from the Elizabeth Taylor Collection. Estimate: $16,000-$20,000. A.B. Levy’s image.

 Platinum and diamond ring centered by a pear-shape diamond weighing a staggering 7.50 carats. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. A.B. Levy’s image.

Eighteen-karat diamond and enamel ‘Bee’ brooch, centered by one oval cabochon sapphire. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. A.B. Levy’s image. 

‘Gypsy’ gold and diamond ring with 18K yellow gold mounting, set with a 5.50-carat round diamond. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. A.B. Levy’s image. 

Van Cleef & Arpels three-piece suite, comprising a pair of ear clips and matching ring, numbered 25444. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. A.B. Levy’s image. 

Tiffany & Co. platinum and diamond ring, stamped and numbered, centered by an emerald-cut diamond weighing 2.05 carats. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000. A.B. Levy’s image. 

Cartier ‘Pasha’ 18K gold Swiss chronograph wristwatch with case, dial and buckle all signed Cartier. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. A.B. Levy’s image. 

Hermes diamond and 18K yellow gold wristwatch with champagne dial and diamonds set in bezel and bracelet. Estimate: $12,000-$18,000. A.B. Levy’s image. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 15:30
 

Elite Decorative Arts eyes successful 2013 finale Dec. 21

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013 13:22

Russian enameled silver Povchinikov figural sailboat sculpture, weighing 47.19 troy ounces. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Elite Decorative Arts image.

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – About 300 lots of fine decorative arts and Chinese works will be sold at an auction on Saturday, Dec. 21, by Elite Decorative Arts. The will begin promptly at 1 p.m. Eastern. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Original artworks, fine estate jewelry, beautiful antique clocks and a wide assortment of fine decorative accessories should all command center stage.

“We want to end the year on a high note, and this sale will definitely get us there,” said Scott Cieckiewicz of Elite Decorative Arts. “The merchandise is top-shelf, and many items would make fabulous holiday presents.”

A perfect example is an exquisite Cartier platinum ring, featuring a large South Seas pearl and surrounded by sprays with marquise and brilliant round cut diamonds (2.70 ctw). The inside of the size 6 1/2 ring is marked “Cartier” and “Plat” and included is a Cartier red suede presentation pouch. The ring, with a total weight of 9.1dwt, should sell for $20,000-$30,000.

Two decorative accessories would look great under any tree. The first is a Russian enameled silver Povchinikov figural sailboat sculpture, with sides having an enameled shield crest design. The base has a scrolled column design. Overall, the boat is 18 inches tall and 10 inches in length and weighs in at 47.19 troy silver ounces. It should garner $15,000-$20,000.

The second is an antique Sevres French porcelain box made circa 1754 depicting cherubs in forest scenes with flowers to the exterior over a light blue ground (est. $5,000-$7,000). The box is signed “G.A. Shulz” to the lower right of the scene on the cover. The interior is lined with silk. The box’s dimensions are 6 inches tall by10 inches long and it weighs 2,264 total grams.

The fine art category will feature a pair of works by Dox Thrash (American, 1893-1965), two paper mixographs by Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899-1991), an oil painting by Roberto Marquez (Mexican, b. 1959), and a wood and paper collage mixed media work by Louise Nevelson (American, 1899-1988). The Nevelson is signed and measures 16 inches by 20 inches (est. $8,000-$12,000).

Dox Thrash was an African-American artist and printer with a back story as compelling as his artistic creations. Born in Griffin, Ga., he left home at age 15 in search of work up north. He worked in vaudeville and a circus before landing in Chicago as an elevator operator. At night he attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he began to develop a unique style.

The Dox Thrash works being sold include an original watercolor titled Cats Under Tree (1941), artist signed and measuring 13 inches by 9 3/4 inches (est. $7,000-$9,000); and an original pastel painting titled Banjo Player, measuring 9 3/4 inches by 9 inches (est. $4,000-$5,000). Thrash fought in World War I as a member of the black brigade known as the Buffalo Soldiers.

Rufino Tamayo was born in Mexico to a shoemaker father and a seamstress mother, but when both his parents died when he was 11 he went to live with his aunt in Mexico City. She enrolled him in art school and he immediately took to his lessons. Tamayo was influenced by cubism, impressionism and fauvism, but he gave his artistic creations a unique Mexican feel.

The two paper mixograph works by Tamayo in the auction are titled Nino Con Sombrero, or Boy With Hat, executed in 1980; and Hombre Con Coraje, or Man With Courage. Both have presale estimates of $3,000-$5,000 and both are signed, numbered and mounted in wooden shadowboxes with glass screens. And both are large, measuring about 36 inches by 28 inches.

Roberto Marquez also has ties to Mexico City. He was born there, but moved with his family to Guadalajara in 1972. There, he studied sculpture at the School of Fine Arts, as well as poetry and architecture at other schools. His degree is in architecture, but his heart is in art. His paintings incorporate dreamlike images from literature, Mexican history and his life experiences.

The Marquez work in the auction is an oil on canvas, depicting a man standing by a tiled wall with the words, “Bailo Hasta Caer Con Mi Sombra En La Pared” (“Falling to Dance with my Shadow on the Wall”). It’s titled Dancing with My Shadow and was executed in 1989. The large, 72 inch by 60 inch work is mounted in a silver tone wooden frame (est. $7,000-$9,000).

Three clocks are expected to do well. The first is a French Japy Freres bronze mantel clock with a figural design depicting mythological beasts. Griffins with balls monitor the bottom of the case, while flying dragons protect the cupid finial. The late 19th century clock, with scrolled raised designs throughout, should hammer for $7,000-$9,000.

The other two have identical estimates of $4,000-$6,000. One is a Pavel Buhre Russian silver pocket watch clock with white enamel face and black enamel Arabic numerals. The 11 3/4-inch- tall clock has a total weight of 18.72 troy ounces. The other is a Louis XV-style wooden tall-case clock clad in gilt bronze, displaying three winged cherubs with flower garlands.

Two names known to everyone are Pablo Picasso and Louis Vuitton. This auction has both. A Pablo Picasso Madoura original round ceramic plate, titled Nature Morte a la Cuiller (Still Life With a Spoon) is 13 1/4 inches tall by 12 3/4 inches wide, with a verso holding impressed marks and numbered. The plate, weighing 1,403 grams, is expected to sell for $3,000-$5,000.

A high-end Louis Vuitton trunk having a brown leather monogram design and original Louis Vuitton black fitted over cover, complete with keys, should breeze to $4,000-$6,000. Also, a women’s 18K yellow gold ring set with rectangular cut natural emerald green gem quality jadeite cabochon, surrounded by about 50 accent diamonds, should bring $3,000-$4,000.

For details phone 561-200-0893 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

Russian enameled silver Povchinikov figural sailboat sculpture, weighing 47.19 troy ounces. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Paper mixograph work by Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899-1991), titled ‘Nino Con Sombrero.’ Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Original pastel painting by Dox Thrash (American, 1893-1965), titled ‘Banjo Player.’ (est. $4,000-$5,000). Elite Decorative Arts image.

French Japy Freres bronze mantel clock with figural design depicting mythological beasts. Estimate: $7,000-$9,000. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Exquisite Cartier platinum ring featuring a large South Seas pearl, size 6 1/2. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Antique Sevres French porcelain box depicting cherubs in forest scenes with flowers. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 14:46
 

Quinn & Farmer to auction Jefferson hand-drawn survey, Dec. 14

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013 11:55

Survey or plat of ‘Indian Camp’ in Albermarle County, Virginia, in the hand of Thomas Jefferson. Survey shows a 1,334-acre parcel adjoining the land owned by William Carter and James Monroe, which Jefferson purchased in 1796 on behalf of his protégé William Short (1759-1849). Today the land is known as ‘Morven’ and is owned and operated by the University of Virginia Foundation. Photo: Quinn & Farmer.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A survey map, hand-drawn by Thomas Jefferson in 1800, has been discovered at Brandon Plantation, a US National Historic Landmark located outside Richmond, Virginia. The map will be auctioned by Quinn & Farmer on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the company’s gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. It is believed to be the first original, hand-drawn Thomas Jefferson survey ever to come to auction.

The document was discovered during the removal of personal property from Brandon, a working agricultural plantation south of Richmond, Va., that has been in continuous operation since 1619. Two Quinn & Farmer colleagues, Emilia Lanwehr and Skip Usry, were in charge of the removal, and as they were inspecting the home’s contents, one particular piece stood out: a framed survey of a 1,334-acre farm near Monticello that appeared to be hand-drawn by Thomas Jefferson himself.

Usry explained, “I spotted the map on the wall of a back staircase, nudged Emilia, and asked ‘Do you think it could be real?’”

Brandon Plantation was outfitted with high-end antique furnishings from the estate of the last owner of the historic farm, the late US Congressman Robert W. Daniel, Jr. (R-VA) who served five terms in the United States House of Representatives. Many of the pieces in the home were 18th- and 19th-century century English antiques, however the appraiser hired to evaluate the items had referred to the survey as a likely reproduction. Ken Farmer and Matthew Quinn, partners in Quinn & Farmer and appraisers for PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, were unconvinced. Investigating their hunch, they removed the item from its frame and discovered a 1798 watermark on the paper. Further research revealed an April 13, 1800 letter from Jefferson to William Short (for whom he had purchased the tract of land known as Indian Camp) in which he writes “I enclose you also a copy of the original survey.” Discussions with multiple Jefferson experts in Charlottesville determined that the document is both authentic and extremely rare, since Thomas Jefferson, unlike his father Peter, and, more famously, his contemporary George Washington, was not a surveyor by trade.

“Never before has an original hand-drawn Thomas Jefferson survey crossed the auction block,” said Ken Farmer. “We’re especially excited to offer this work here in Jefferson’s hometown of Charlottesville.”

BACKGROUND ON THE PROPERTY IN THE SURVEY:

William Short and Thomas Jefferson served together while Jefferson represented the United States as Minister to France in the 1780s. Upon Jefferson’s return to America, Short took a leading role with the embassy in Paris and went on to serve as Minister to both Holland and Spain in the 1790s, becoming America’s first career diplomat. During his tenure in Europe, he became an outspoken proponent for the abolition of slavery.

While the two friends shared a moral quandary with slavery, only Short proposed free African-American labor as the economically better alternative. He envisioned Indian Camp as an agricultural test site for the advantages of freed-African-American sharecropping over slavery. In a letter to Jefferson on February 27, 1798, Short wrote, “Whatever may be the result of the first essays, time & repetition will I think infallibly shew the advantage of free, above forced, labor.”

Although a believer, Short’s ideas would remain untested, and Indian Camp would never become a proving ground for abolitionist beliefs. The property remained in the hands of white tenant farmers and eventually was sold to another local farmer. Today, Indian Camp and its additions are known as “Morven,” which is owned and operated by the University of Virginia Foundation.

The Saturday, December 14, 2013 auction will be held at 10 a.m. EST at the Quinn & Farmer gallery located at 2109 India Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901. All forms of bidding will be available, including live online via LiveAuctioneers.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Survey or plat of ‘Indian Camp’ in Albermarle County, Virginia, in the hand of Thomas Jefferson. Survey shows a 1,334-acre parcel adjoining the land owned by William Carter and James Monroe, which Jefferson purchased in 1796 on behalf of his protégé William Short (1759-1849). Today the land is known as ‘Morven’ and is owned and operated by the University of Virginia Foundation. Photo: Quinn & Farmer. 

The Thomas Jefferson survey of ‘Indian Camp’ in situ at Brandon Plantation, a US National Historic Landmark near Richmond Virginia. Photo: Quinn & Farmer.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 12:07
 

Rare Shell Oil poster a favorite in Onslows auction Dec. 20

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Monday, 09 December 2013 15:12

Jean D'Ylen (1886-1938), Shell Oil and Petrol, The Quick Starting Pair, printed by Vercasson 1926, 75 x 114cm. Estimate: £3,000-£4,000 ($4,928-$6,570). Onslows image.

STOURPAINE, England – A rare and beautiful Shell Oil and Petrol poster by Jean d’Ylen, a French master of poster design, is one of the great items that Onslows will be offering in a Winter Vintage Posters auction on Friday, Dec. 20. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The poster was discovered among a collection of vintage movie posters. Few Shell posters from this early period have survived, and the example in Onslows' sale is in near-perfect condition with the lithograph colors as fresh and vibrant as the day the poster was printed. The artist is known to have designed a number of posters for Shell and this example is the first time the Shell slogan “The Quick Starting Pair” was used on what became a successful and varied series of posters from 1926 to 1931. D’Ylen worked exclusively for the Paris Agents and Printers Etablissements Vercasson, whose quality of stone lithography has rarely been bettered.

A classic 1940s British beach poster is one of an amazing collection recently discovered under the linoleum floor covering of a house in Edinburgh. The finder had bought the house to renovate and while tearing up the floor luckily realized what the paper lining the floor covering actually was. This is not the first time Onslows have sold poster collections that have been discovered in this situation. The poster depicts a happy family scene at the famous seaside and night spot of the north Blackpool. The artist Septimus Edwin Scott worked mainly for the London Midland and Scottish Railway specializing particularly in striking bathing scenes.

The auction will also offer a single-owner collection of World War II posters by the designer Fougasse (Kenneth Cyril Bird 1887-1965) who designed the most famous posters of the war “Careless Talk Cost Livves."

The 329-lot auction has a wide variety of posters to all tastes and pockets.

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

 Jean D'Ylen (1886-1938), Shell Oil and Petrol, The Quick Starting Pair, printed by Vercasson 1926, 75 x 114cm. Estimate: £3,000-£4,000 ($4,928-$6,570). Onslows image.

Sep E. Scott (1879-1962), Blackpool, printed for LMS by London Lithographic Co., 1949, 102 x 127 cm. Estimate: £1,500-£2,000 ($2,464-$3,285). Onslows image.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 15:31
 

Houdini props will appear at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury sale Dec. 12

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LONDON – Handcuffs and other props belonging to illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini are among a selection of 260 lots of conjuring books, prints, memorabilia, decorative objects and apparatus in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions Bibliophile sale on Thursday, Dec. 12. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Known at the beginning of his career as "Harry Handcuff Houdini,” the Hungarian-American escape artist prepared the handcuffs specially to ensure a foolproof escape. Houdini normally used unprepared apparatus, so the rare pair was probably for use in his particularly risky Chinese Water Torture, or other underwater acts. They are accompanied by a typed letter from magician Billy McComb, detailing how he acquired them.

McComb explains how he found them among a large collection of rusty props purchased from the widow of Houdini’s brother, Theo Hardeen. Better known as “Dash,” Houdini’s brother was his stage partner before his wife, Wilhelmina Beatrice “Bess” Rahner, replaced him in the 1890s. While restoring the cuffs, McComb discovered they had been modified by Houdini. Such examples are rare survivors from the escape artist’s acts. This pair and letter are together estimated at £2,000-£3,000 [Lot 47].

Other props used by Houdini include a pair of leg irons estimated at £2,000-£3,000 [Lot 45] and a round barrel screw key padlock, estimated at £1,000-£1,500 [Lot 46].

Both were left by Houdini to his friend, and one of the world’s most talented mentalists, Joseph Dunninger. Previous owners include mentalist and escapologist Richard John Silmser; handcuff collector Joseph Tanner of Wheeler-Tanner, and John Fisher, gold star member of the Inner Magic Circle. Included with the irons are signed letters by Silsmer and Tanner along with a photocopy of an autograph letter signed by the widow of Dunninger, providing identifying features and provenance.

Houdini’s personal copy of Hudson Tuttle’s Arcana of Spiritualism is among the rare magic-related books in the auction. With engraved portrait bookplate and a few pencil underlinings and markings, it is estimated at £250-£350 [Lot 20].

Houdini developed his stage name and was heavily influenced by his idol, the French magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin. In his book Confidences et Revelations, Robert Houdin identifies Recueil des Planches du Dictonnair Encyclopédique des Amusemens des Sciences Mathématique et Physique by Jacques Lacombe as his inspiration to take up conjuring. Made up of 86 engraved plates and divided into various sections, including physical, mechanical and optical amusements; fireworks; magic numbers; and conjuring, this rare example of Houdin’s muse is estimated at £2,000-£3,000 [Lot 209].

Tricks and props from the collection of the actor and stage magician, John “Klox” Forrest, include several early pieces produced by Bland’s and Hamley’s. Forrest first worked as a child actor, appearing in the films Great Expectations in 1946 and Tom Brown’s School Days in 1951. He also had a lead role on stage in A Streetcar Named Desire opposite Vivien Leigh in 1949. As a child, while living in Cookham, Berkshire, he was taught conjuring by Horace the brother of Stanley Spencer, eventually turning to magic as a profession and appearing as a cabaret performer in Paris and Monte Carlo as John Klox.

Illusionist Ralph Chart’s "Artist’s Palette" was invented, and probably constructed by Chart, who performed under the name Raoul. It is not clear whether the stand was made for this or another illusion, but obviously formed part of Ralph Chart's act. With Raoul labels attached and in its original wooden traveling case it is estimated at £350-£500. [Lot 77]

Another highlight is a 19th century conjurer’s table made from ebonized wood with carved and partly gilt detachable cabriole legs. The table has four traps, similar to those described by Professor Hoffmann in Modern Magic. [Lot 89].

The auction will be held by Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions at the Godalming saleroom in Surrey.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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Leg irons used by Harry Houdini. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Harry Houdini's handcuffs. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

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Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 11:05
 
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