ADVERTISEMENTS
Banner
Banner

Get Free ACN Daily Headlines

LiveAuctioneers

Search Auction Central News

ADVERTISEMENTS
Banner
Banner
Bookmark and Share
Upcoming Auctions in the News

Corum wristwatch star of Roseberys auction March 24

PDF Print E-mail
Written by Auction House PR   
Friday, 06 March 2015 16:40

A unique 18K gold and diamond men’s skeleton wristwatch by Corum. Estimate: £100,000-£150,000. Roseberys image

LONDON – A unique and impressive 18K gold and diamond men’s skeleton wristwatch by the Swiss luxury watchmaker Corum is estimated to sell for £100,000-£150,000 as part of a Roseberys fine art auction on Tuesday, March 24.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Commissioned and designed exclusively as a one-off timepiece for Middle Eastern nobility in 1982, the watch has a manual-wind skeleton movement with diamond set hands. In addition, a double row of diamonds flank the bezel, and it is complemented by a graduated double flat curb link bracelet strap covered in diamonds. The diamonds were sourced from Michalis, a company established in 1963 and known for high quality workmanship. The watch is stamped “Corum Swiss 750” and is approximately 19.5cm long, with an approximate 3.5cm diameter.

Established in 1955, Corum is recognized for the aesthetic appeal and technical excellence of their high-quality wristwatches, made for some of the world’s most notable people. Although the current owner wishes to remain anonymous, his identity will be revealed to the successful buyer on completion of the sale.

Also commissioned and designed exclusively, but for a different owner, a 1970s 18K white gold men's wrist watch made by Graff Diamonds is estimated to sell for £3,000-£5,000. Engraved with a wave design along the oblong face, bezel and strap, the watch is stamped “18K 0750.”

An 18K gold cased Solotempo wristwatch by Bulgari completes the highlights from the watch section of the auction. An Italian jewelry and luxury goods brand established in 1905, the company's Swiss subsidiary, Bulgari Haute Horlogerie SA, is responsible for Bulgari watch production. The Solotempo collection is one of understated elegance. This classic watch has a white face, gold batons and date window, and is estimated to sell for £1,000-£1,500.

All the items in this sale are on view at the Roseberys London saleroom from Friday, March 20, to Tuesday, March 24.

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

A unique 18K gold and diamond men’s skeleton wristwatch by Corum. Estimate: £100,000-£150,000. Roseberys image

An 18K gold cased Solotempo wristwatch by Bulgari. Estimate: £1,000-£1,500. Roseberys image

Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 17:09
 

Stephenson's Mar. 13 sale includes rare books, Civil War, Presidential items

PDF Print E-mail
Written by Auction House PR   
Friday, 06 March 2015 16:30

Framed Presidential triptych containing images of President John F. Kennedy, his successor, President Lyndon B. Johnson; and the two men together. Stephenson’s image

PHILA., Pa. – At any Stephenson’s Book & Ephemera Auction, you’ll see collectors, scholars, even interior decorators in search of rare and beautiful library selections and antique documents. The family-owned, suburban Philadelphia auction house specializes in estates, and throughout the year, their experts set aside hundreds of estate and private-owner books that they know will appeal to bibliophiles who follow their sales. On Friday, March 13, Stephenson’s will offer more than 275 quality lots, primarily from their hand-picked reserve, in a Books, Ephemera and Records Auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Many beautiful leather-bound books sets are entered in the auction. There are no minimums or reserves on the books. Highlights include:

• The Works of William Makepeace Thackeray, 24 volumes, published in London in 1869 by Smith, Elder & Co., illustrated ¾ bound leather. Estimate $1,000-$2,000

• Waverly Novels, 25 volumes, James R. Osgood & Co., Boston, 1875, Illustrated Library Edition, ¼ bound leather, marbleized boards and end papers; gilt-rubbed spines. Estimate $1,000-$2,000

• The Works of Samuel Richardson, author Edward Magin, M.A. Printed for James Carpenter, Old Bond Street, and William Miller, Albemarle Street, 1811, ¼ bound leather, with a Sketch of His Life and Writings. Estimate $250-$500

• Abraham Lincoln A History, 12 volumes, 1890, ¾ bound leather. Estimate $500-$1,000

A fine array of antique ephemera is led by Lot 654, a July 2, 1863 issue of The Daily Citizen, Vicksburg, Mississippi. Double-sided and glazed, the front page reports on Civil War-related deaths and boasts that General Robert E. Lee gave “Hooker, Milroy & Co. one of the best and soundest whippings on record…the galorious [sic.] Union is now exceedingly weak in the knees.”

The page includes considerable additional commentary about Lee being encouraged by “brilliant victories,” and speaks of different military regiments. However, the closing paragraph, which is styled as an addendum note and dated July 4, 1863, says: “Two days bring about great change. The banner of the Union floats over Vicksburg. Gen. Grant has ‘caught the rabbit,’ he has dined in Vicksburg…The ‘Citizen’ lives to see it.” It also mentions that the current edition is the last one in which Confederate “wallpaper” will appear [on verso].

“The closing note has a fascinating story behind it,” said Stephenson’s owner and auctioneer Cindy Stephenson. “Tom Wakeley, who is an appraiser and our other auctioneer, researched the newspaper and learned that the last paragraph was actually written by the Union. They had taken over the entire town of Vicksburg, found the newspaper typeset and nearly ready to print, and decided to finish it with their own commentary. Then they took the printed newspaper away with them as a souvenir. After carefully checking these details, we know the story is authentic.” The historical newspaper is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

Some important ephemera pertaining to America’s First President came from an estate in upscale Montgomery County, Pa. It includes a partially printed liquor receipt signed by Edward Hand, a Revolutionary War brigadier general who crossed the Delaware River with George Washington in 1790. Also in the Washington archive are engravings, silhouettes of the president, and a large, color magic lantern slide.

Pennsylvania’s first governor, Thomas Mifflin, signed a 1797 Lancaster liquor license estimated at $500-$1,000; while an 1805 liquor license for the same city, signed by the Keystone State’s second governor, Thomas McKean, is expected to make $750-$1,500. Both licenses have red wax seals with overlaid paper seals.

From the same collection comes a 1781 receipt for monies received for a last will and testament. The receipt is signed by George Ross, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Estimate: $250-$500.

Other ephemera highlights include a US Presidential Appointment signed in 1865 by Andrew Johnson, with a secondary signature from Secretary of State William Seward, estimate $1,500-$3,000; and a framed silhouette of Samuel Payson (b. 1736), a Harvard-educated Minister for Chelsea, Massachusetts. Payson is identified on verso, where the penciled date “1795” also appears. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000.

An extensive collection of phonograph records was obtained from a single Bucks County, Pa., estate. Hundreds of artists and labels are represented, as are many musical genres. There are 78 rpm and 45 rpm singles as well as 33-1/3 rpm LP records, and within the grouping are a number of collectible promo and DJ copies, and Elvis Presley 45s. Most of the records are from the 1950s/60s, and they will be auctioned in groups.

The pre-auction inspection at Stephenson’s gallery will be held on Thursday, March 12 from 2-6 p.m., or on auction day from 9-10 a.m. The gallery is located at 1005 Industrial Blvd., Southampton, PA 18966. For additional information on any lot in the sale, call Stephenson’s Auctioneers: 215-322-6182 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit Stephenson’s Auctioneers online at www.stephensonsauction.com.

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

Framed Presidential triptych containing images of President John F. Kennedy, his successor, President Lyndon B. Johnson; and the two men together. Stephenson’s image

1805 Liquor License, signed by Thomas McKean, second governor of Pennsylvania. Estimate $750-$1,500. Stephenson’s image

Close-up of top left of front page of The Daily Citizen newspaper, Vicksburg, Miss., July 2, 1863; with Confederate ‘wallpaper’ on verso. Estimate $3,000-$5,000. Stephenson’s image

Confederate ‘wallpaper’ on reverse of front page, The Daily Citizen newspaper, Vicksburg, Miss., July 2, 1863. Estimate $3,000-$5,000. Stephenson’s image

Appointment signed by President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William Seward, 1865. Estimate $1,500-$3,000. Stephenson’s image

The Works of William Makepeace Thackeray, 24 volumes, published in London in 1869 by Smith, Elder & Co., illustrated ¾ bound leather. Estimate $1,000-$2,000. Stephenson’s image

Marty Robbins LP record ‘Rock'n Roll'n Robbins,’ Columbia Records House Party Series. Stephenson’s image

LP record, ‘Hank Williams As Luke the Drifter,’ M-G-M E203. Stephenson’s image

Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2015 09:13
 

Trio of Joan Miro works highlights Susanin’s auction March 21

PDF Print E-mail
Written by Auction House PR   
Friday, 06 March 2015 14:14

Lot 6015 – Joan Miro,'Le Permissionnaire.' Estimate: $25,000-$30,000. Susanin’s Auctioneers & Appraisers image

CHICAGO – Susanin’s Auctioneers & Appraisers’ premier auction Saturday, March 21, features 545 lots of mid-century, antique and Asian furniture, Lalique, Steuben, Baccarat, Daum, Pairpoint and slag glass lamps, Asian art, African currency, tapestries, rugs and carpets, perfume bottles, silver, paintings, prints and sculpture.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Artists whose works are represented in the auction include Joan Miro, Leonardo Nierman, Andre Gisson, Jules Rene Herve, Alson Skinner Clark, Matt Lamb, Nikolai Blokhin, Antonio Zoppi, Bernard Buffet, Sergio Bustamante, Graciela Rodo Boulanger, Tunis Ponsen, Sy Rosenwasser, Bruce Stillman, Marc Chagall, Paul Wunderlich, William Lockhart, Wilbur G. Adam and Paul Strayer, along with many more.

Highlights of this auction include Joan Miro’s Le Permissionnaire. The work’s frame spans 62.5 inches by 45.5 inches and is both pencil signed and editioned 8/50 by the artist. The etching and carborundum on wove paper is brightly colored with aquatint. The piece identifies with the artist’s frequent use of abstracted surrealism and a simplified pictorial language. Lot 149-6015 has an estimate of $25,000-$30,000.

In addition to Le Permissionnaire, the March premiere auction will feature two supplementary pieces by Joan Miro. Summer (L’ete) 1938 is a rare impression of a large format edition. The color pochoir is 23in. by 17in. and is pencil inscribed “Gift of Junior School Faculty” (Art Institute of Chicago). It is lot 149-6058 and has a $5,000-$7,000 estimate. Untitled is signed in pencil, one plate From Espriu – Miro, 1976, edition 24/50. The etching and aquatint is set on wove paper and published by Sala Gaspar, with their blindstamp, Dupin. Lot 149-6141 carries a $3,000-$5,000 estimate.

The March premiere auction will be shown in Chicago throughout the week of March 16 with online and printed catalogs available.

For details phone Susanin’s at 312-832-9800 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

Lot 6015 – Joan Miro,'Le Permissionnaire.' Estimate: $25,000-$30,000. Susanin’s Auctioneers & Appraisers image

Lot 6058 – Joan Miro, 'Summer (L'Ete).' Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Susanin’s Auctioneers & Appraisers image

Lot 6141 – Joan Miro,'Untitled.' Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Susanin’s Auctioneers & Appraisers image

Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 16:56
 

Regional artworks, clocks stand out in Crescent City sale March 7-8

PDF Print E-mail
Written by Auction House PR   
Thursday, 05 March 2015 14:24
Fine French gilt and patinated bronze figural mantel clock, circa 19th century, by Vincenti & Cie. Estimte: $2,200-$3,200. Crescent City Auction Gallery image

NEW ORLEANS – A 1918 collage by the French artist Henri Laurens (1885-1954), a 19th century French bronze figural mantel clock by Vincenti & Cie., a pair of 19th century Venetian parcel gilt polychrome and lacquer carved wood blackamoors, and an early 19th century Chinese Export black lacquer and ivory painted fan will all be sold at auction March 7-8 at Crescent City Auction Gallery.

They are just a few of the expected highlights at the big two-day estates auction, to be held in the firm’s gallery at 1330 St. Charles Ave., beginning at 9 a.m. Central time on Saturday, March 7, and at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 8. Over 1,100 lots will come up for bid

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The auction will feature original artworks by noted New Orleans painters and other regional artists; period American, French and Italian furniture; antique French clocks; Mardi Gras items including Rex favors and Ducal badges; estate jewelry including vintage bracelets, diamonds, rubies, pearls, tanzanites, emeralds and sapphires; and fine decorative accessories.

With a presale estimate of $30,000-$60,000, the Henri Laurens collage, titled La Guitare Rose, is one of the expected top lots of the auction. The work is signed and dated lower right. It was previously housed at the Higgins Maxwell Gallery in Louisville, Ky. Laurens was born in Paris, the son of a workman. He learned many crafts, including hewing stone and architectural design drawing.

A fine French gilt and patinated bronze figural time-and-strike mantel clock, made in the 19th century by Vincenti & Cie, is expected to realize $2,200-$3,200. Staying with fine French clocks, a gilt bronze Renaissance-style mantel clock, made in the 19th century by S. Marti, a time-and-strike model, should sell for $400-$600; while another example by S. Marti, an ebonized boulle inlaid portico clock, made circa 1870, time-and-strike, with a square blown glass dome and ornate gilt bronze pendulum, is expected to hit $900-$1,200.

A lovely early 19th century Chinese Export black lacquer and ivory painted fan, presented in a double-sided gilt frame, 17 inches by 31 inches, should command $1,000-$1,500.

A pair of Venetian parcel gilt polychrome and lacquer blackamoors, made in the 19th century and each standing 56 ¼ inches tall, carries an estimate of $3,000-$5,000. Also, a French Louis XV-style gilt and gesso over-mantle cushion mirror, made in the 19th century and quite impressive at 70 inches tall by 40 ¾ inches wide, is expected to change hands for $1,500-$2,500.

Original artwork by noted regional artists will include an oil on paper by Joseph Jefferson IV (Louisiana/Florida, 1829-1905), titled Wooded Louisiana Landscape, possibly depicting Jefferson Island, La., 19 inches by 30 inches, (est. $1,500-$2,500); and an oil on canvas by Charles Richards (Louisiana /Mississippi, 1906-1992), titled Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, signed (also est. $1,500-$2,500).

Other artworks will feature a late 19th century painting by Peter H. Wynne (Louisiana, 1858-1907), titled Louisiana Cabin With Moss-Draped Oaks, signed lower left (est. $3,000-$5,000); a signed 1937 oil on canvas by George F. Castleden (Louisiana, 1861-1945), titled Louisiana Country Road (est. $2,000-$3,000); and a mid-19th century Louisiana School oil on canvas portrait (possibly New Orleans), titled Portrait of a Young Man at a Lap Desk, that is expected to reach $1,000-$1,500.

Period French furniture pieces will be served up in abundance. Offerings will include a French provincial Louis Philippe-style inlaid cherry double-door armoire, made in the 19th century and standing 98 ¾ inches tall (est. $1,100-$1,800); and a French Louis Philippe carved walnut double-door armoire, mid-19th century, even taller at 100 ½ inches (est. $1,000-$2,000).

A 19th century French Empire-style carved mahogany marble-top commode, 37 inches tall by 52 inches wide, should sell between $850-$1,250; and an early 20th century French Belle Epoque ormolu mounted parquetry inlaid mahogany diminutive bombe marble-top commode, 34 inches tall by 46 ½ inches wide, has an estimate of $2,000-$3,000.

A pair of French Louis XV-style ormolu mounted parquetry inlaid bombe rosewood marble-top commodes, early 20th century, should hit $1,400-$1,800; a French Louis Philippe carved walnut marble-top commode, early 19th century, should garner $1,000-$2,000; and a 20th century French Empire-style ormolu mounted mahogany marble-top commode should sell between $900-$1,500.

A 19th century French Louis Philippe inlaid cherry buffet a deux corps, 78 inches wide by 55 ¾ inches wide, is estimated to bring $1,000-$2,000. Furniture pieces not from France will feature an early 19th century Italian rococo-style parcel gilt, gesso and polychromed pine double-door armoire, 96 inches tall (est. $2,000-$3,000); and a Southern Louisiana Creole carved walnut armoire, made 18th century or later, standing 72 inches by 50 ½ inches (est. $8,000-$12,000).

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Fine French gilt and patinated bronze figural mantel clock, circa 19th century, by Vincenti & Cie. Estimte: $2,200-$3,200. Crescent City Auction Gallery image

Collage by the French artist Henri Laurens (1885-1954), titled ‘La Guitare Rose,’ signed and dated 1918. Estimte: $30,000-$60,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image

Pair of 19th century Venetian parcel gilt, polychrome and lacquer carved wood blackamoors, 56 ¼ inches tall. Estimte: $3,000-$5,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image

Circa 18th century or later Southern Louisiana Creole carved walnut armoire, 72 inches tall by 50 ½ inches wide. Estimte: $8,000-$12,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image

Signed painting by New Orleans artist Peter H. Wynne (1858-1907), titled ‘Louisiana Cabin with Moss Draped Oaks.’ Estimte:  $3,000-$5,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image

Fine Chinese Export black lacquer and ivory painted fan from the early 19th century, in a double sided gilt frame. Estimte: $1,500-$2,500. Crescent City Auction Gallery image

Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 14:02
 

Buddhist art leads Gianguan Auctions’ Asia Week sale March 22

PDF Print E-mail
Written by Auction House PR   
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 16:07

Lot 109 – ‘Ink Lotus’ by H.H. Dorje Chang III, Living Buddha. Inscription: ‘An utter chaos strewn with broken strokes: a peculiar sight, yet wondrously endowed with a soul-soothing charm.’ Contemporary. Estimate: $10.5M-$20M. Gianguan Auctions image

NEW YORK – As the rush of Spring Asia Week exhibitions and auctions wind down, Gianguan Auctions will ramp up the excitement again on Sunday, March 22, with an auction strong in Buddhist art, Qing Dynasty cloisonné, large carved jades and archetypal scroll paintings.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Statues of rarely seen Buddhist gods lead the auction. Lot 298, for instance, is a gilt-bronze casting of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva with dragon. The Qing Dynasty figure holds a pearl in one hand, an ax in the other while a coiled dragon hovers over his head. The 16 1/2-inch-tall statue retains original pigment. The presale estimate is $8,000-$15,000.

Tara, the Bodhisattva’s feminine counterpart, is also modeled in large format. The voluptuous figure holds a lotus stem and is garbed in delicately detailed robes that swirl and coil decoratively behind. Meanwhile, the face, with a third eye, is framed by a foliate tiara and disk earrings. Eyes are incised on the palms. On a lotus base with confronting deer, the gilt-bronze statue is lot 299. The Qing figure will see $6,000-$10,000.

A Tibetan gilt-bronze of Yama with Buffalo is also of the Qing period. The animal stands foursquare next to Yama, depicted in a modified eagle pose, hands raised to play a flute. A leaf mandorla encircles his black hair. Lot 296, it is estimated at $6,000-$10,000.

Maitreye with a massive mandorla is set upon a throne. Crafted during the Qing Dynasty, the gilt bronze casting is detailed with a mandorla composed of religious symbols. At 12 5/8-inches tall, lot 302 is $6,000-$10,000.

A large silver figure of Vajrasattva adorned with turquoise, coral and bands of polished gilt-bronze is simply beautiful. Garbed in traditional dhoti, with tiered foliate tiara, the figure stands atop an articulated lotus blossom. Weighing nearly 2 pounds, lot 303 is valued at $6,000-$10,000.

A painting by the “Living Buddha,” H.H. Dorje Chang III, reflects the inner journey. Ink Lotus, an explosion of line and emotion is tempered by an inscription that translates, ”An utter chaos strewn with broken strokes: a peculiar sight, yet wondrously endowed with a soul-soothing charm.” It carries a presale value upward of $10 million.

Splendors of the Qing Dynasty continue with superb collections of cloisonné. A five-piece set of sapphire-blue scholar garniture enhanced with multicolored enamels is identical to examples in the Palace Museum, Beijing, and the National Palace Museum, Taipei. The set includes an ink stone warmer with cover, brush holder in the form of mountain peaks, brush washer with ladle, weasel bristle pen and box. Lot 297 is valued at $40,000-$60,000.

Rarely are Qing Dynasty cloisonné vases found in pairs, but this sale holds two significant lots. Lot 300, octagonal vases, on a sapphire-blue ground with multihued enamels separated by interlocking cloisonné, are about 15 inches tall. With the Qianlong four-character mark, the estimate for lot 300 is $40,000-$60,000. Lot 301 is a pair of hexagonal Hu form vases with a ground of sky-blue. Foreshadowing the Art Deco taste, they are masterful examples of geometric shapes – hexagonal necks and bulbous bodies atop gold-rimmed hexagonal bases. With the Qianlong four-character gilt mark, standing 15-inches tall, the pair is estimated at $40,000-$60,000.

Fit for a prince, Lot 75 is a 16-lobe box of Chinese lacquer. Finely incised and colored with two confronting dragons painted in shades of red, turquoise blue, burnt amber and black against a red lacquer ground, it has bands of scrolling lotus blossoms at the seam. Displaying the Qianlong six-character mark. It is expected to bring $20,000-$40,000. Lot 21, a Ming Dynasty Tanqui lacquer collar box in the shape of a half-moon will bring $600-$100. Meanwhile, contemporary lacquer bracelets by Zhang Wengzhi, lots 24 and 36 hold their value at $600-$1,000.

Dramatic is the word that best describes the marquee carved jades. Lot 185 is a pair of spinach-green bowls with micro-thin sides that rise to everted rims. With the Yongzheng six-character mark, they will bring $60,000-$80,000. Lot 186, anan archaistic ritual ax of russet jade carved in high-relief with coiling Qilin, is 15-inches long, It is $10,000-$15,000.

Subtle examples of carved jade include lot 73, two Tang Dynasty archaistic open-work bi, $4,000-$6,000, and Lot 64, a Zhou Dynasty quail, with wings folded and tail feathers outstretched. At 7 inches tall and weighing nearly 3 pounds, it is $4,000-$6,000.

History as seen through text inscriptions increases the importance of the extensive collection of seals. Among them are Lot 49, an archaistic jade scabbard seal and lot 53, a columnar Jixue stone seal. Both range in the $1,000-$2,000 range.

Calligraphy, currently the darling of Chinese contemporary artists working in the traditional manner, includes a script poem on gold-flecked paper by the Qianlong Emperor. Dated 1793, lot 100, is valued at $60,000-$90,000. The modernist work Calligraphy in Couplet by Hu Shi (1891-1962) takes a more lyrical different approach to script. Lot 82, it is $5,000-$8,000.

Several of the historic paintings carry “estimate by request” tags. They include Song Dynasty painter Sun Zhiwei’s vibrant visualization of a Taiji (Taichi) Lecture, lot 144, and lot 139, a dark, evocative work titled Illusive Dragon by Southern Song Dynasty artist Chen Rong (aka Us Weng).

The retelling history in figurative paintings soars at lot 111, He Cheng’s portrayal of the battle-ready folkloric hero General Zhao Yuan atop a galloping steed. With 10 emperors seals and six collectors seals, this Yuan Dynasty treasure is estimated at $300,000-$400,00

Modernist buyers of mid-to-upper tier paintings will find Xu Beihong’s 1935 work Noble Steed (lot 120) a value at $150,000-$200,000. Lot 138, Wu Guanzongh’s sinuous, hard-edged abstraction Pine in the Wind, daubed with bold color, is estimated at $80,000-$150,000. Qi Baishi’s Longevity Peaches, a study in brilliant orange with deep green, is well-priced at $80,000-$100,000.

Within the reach of mid-level collectors are Xu Beihong’s 1944 work, Two Cats. Positioned at lot 108, its estimate is $60,000-$80,000. Huang Yongyu’s 1983 work Owl is a triumph of caricature and humor. Lot 102 has a presale estimate of $20,000-$30,000.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Lot 109 – ‘Ink Lotus’ by H.H. Dorje Chang III, Living Buddha. Inscription: ‘An utter chaos strewn with broken strokes: a peculiar sight, yet wondrously endowed with a soul-soothing charm.’ Contemporary. Estimate: $10.5M-$20M. Gianguan Auctions image  

Lot 185 – Pair of large spinach green jade bowls. Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng six- character mark and of the period diameter: 8 ¾ in. Estimate: $60,000-$80,000. Gianguan Auctions image

Lot 64 – Western Zhou carved jade quail, weighing about 3 pounds. 7 5/8 inches tall. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Gianguan Auctions image

‘Calligraphy in Couplet,’ hanging Scroll, ink-on-paper, inscribed and signed Hu Shi. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000. Gianguan Auctions image Lot 117 – ‘Longevity Peaches’ by Qi Baishi, ink-on-paper. Estimate: $80,000-$100,000. Gianguan Auctions image Lot 296 – Qing, gilt bronze Yama with buffalo, Tibet. Estimate: $6,000-$10,000. Gianguan Auctions image Lot 299 – 15 1/2-inch-tall Tibetan gilt bronze figure of Tara. Qing period. Estimate: $6,000-$11,000. Gianguan Auctions image  Pair of rare cloisonne enamel octagonal dragon vase Zun, Qing, 14-inches tall. Qianlong four-character mark. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Gianguan Auctions image
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 17:19
 

Stefek’s to auction estate of prominent philanthropist March 19

PDF Print E-mail
Written by Auction House PR   
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:24

Queen Anne walnut highboy, circa 1750. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500. Stefek’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image

GROSSE POINTE FARMS, Mich. – Stefek’s Auctioneers and Appraisers will conduct a fine silver, rare books and decorative antiques auction on March 19, which will feature numerous noteworthy items from the estate of philanthropist and conservationist Stephen M. Stackpole.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding for the auction, which will begin at 6 p.m. Eastern Time.

Following a successful estate sale held at Stackpole’s expansive Grosse Pointe Shores estate, Stefek’s will offer a fine collection of antique furniture, decorative objects, sterling silver and rare books for sale on the international market.

Stephen M. Stackpole, a lifelong resident of Grosse Pointe, was a member of the prominent Alger family through his mother, Annette Shelden Stackpole. Stephen’s maternal great-grandfather was Russell A. Alger, who originally rose to prominence as a major general in the American Civil War. Following the war, Alger, among other accomplishments, served as the 20th governor of Michigan, was appointed secretary of war under President William McKinley, and served in the U.S. Senate from 1902 until his death in 1907.

Alger’s son, Russell A. Alger Jr. (Stephen’s maternal grandfather) was vice president of the Packard Motor Car Co. Like many of Detroit’s auto barons at the time, Alger Jr. built a family estate outside of Detroit, and he commissioned architect Charles A. Platt to design a grand home in the style of an Italian Renaissance villa. This villa on Lake St. Clair would eventually be donated in 1949 by the Alger family, and is now known as the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.

The upcoming auction features a diverse array of Stackpole’s fine furniture, art and decorative objects, as well as his notable collection of fine silver and rare books. Highlights include a Queen Anne walnut highboy circa 1750; an English burl walnut drop-front secretary desk circa 1800; an oil painting by Daniel Huntington (American, 1816-1906); a pair of 19th century Venetian style mirrors; a Sevres porcelain tea set; a Continental silver jeweled reliquary casket; a Tiffany & Co. sterling silver tea and coffee service; an autographed Mellstock Edition of the Complete Works of Thomas Hardy in 37 volumes, and the autographed edition of the Writings of Mark Twain in 22 volumes.

Stefek’s is confident that the important items featured in its March auction will garner significant interest from local and international buyers alike.

Stefek’s invites interested buyers to come view this historical collection at its auction preview, which is scheduled for the following days:

  • Friday, March 13, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Monday, March 16, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 18, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Stefek’s Auctioneers & Appraisers was established in 2008 with the goal of providing personalized service to clients while offering their items on the international market. In 2015, Stefek’s continues to fulfill its high standards of service while also focusing on the importance of sustaining the local art and auction economy.

For details about the auction, call Stefek’s Auctioneers & Appraisers at 313-881-1800 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Stefek’s business is located at 18450 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., between Cadieux and Moross Roads.

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

Queen Anne walnut highboy, circa 1750. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500. Stefek’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image 

 Tiffany & Co. sterling silver tea and coffee set. Estimate: $7,000-$9,000. Stefek’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image

Twain, Mark (1835-1910), ‘Autographed Edition of the Writings of Mark Twain,’ in 22 volumes. Estimate: $18,000-$20,000. Stefek’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image 

 Continental silver jeweled reliquary casket. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Stefek’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image

Hardy, Thomas (1840-1928), ‘The Mellstock Edition of the Complete Works of Thomas Hardy.’ In 37 volumes. Estimate: $7,000-$9,000. Stefek’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image 

Pair of Venetian-style mirrors. Estimate: $1,600-$1,800. Stefek’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image 

Sevres porcelain ‘Chateau des Tuileries’ tea set. Estimate: $5,000-$6,000. Stefek’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image

Daniel Huntington (1816-1906), ‘Portrait of a Lady.’ Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Stefek’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 15:01
 

Rare painting of Davy Crockett’s wife to sell at A-OK Auction, March 7

PDF Print E-mail
Written by ACNI Staff   
Monday, 02 March 2015 17:47
Elizabeth Crockett, wife of American frontiersman Davy Crockett. A-OK Auction Co. image. DAMASCUS, Va. – A 19th century portrait of Elizabeth Patton-Crockett, Davy Crockett’s second wife, is creating a stir among historians in the days before it will be sold at a rural Virginia auction house.

The oil on canvas portrait of the widow Crockett, wearing all-black mourning clothes, will be sold Saturday, March 7, in an auction held by A-OK Auction Co. in Damascus.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding for the auction, which will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern time.

Auctioneer Alan Shope said the portrait came from the Patton family home on Tunnel Road in Asheville, N.C., which was razed a few years ago.

The consignor, who wishes to remain anonymous, provided provenance stating the portrait hung in the library of the Patton home for many years before it was relegated to the attic. The painting, done by an unknown artist, was passed down through the Patton family until being sold to the consignor three years ago.

“The Pattons were a prominent family in the area. They built Asheville,” said Shope.

“There is only one other image of Elizabeth known, and that’s a daguerreotype,” said Shope, noting the subjects’ features are similar.

Davy Crockett, a legendary frontiersman and native of eastern Tennessee, married Elizabeth in 1815, after the death of her husband James Patton. Crockett’s first wife, Polly, had died earlier that year.

Crockett, who served one term in Congress, fought for Texas independence and died at the Alamo on March 6, 1836.

Elizabeth died in Acton, Texas, on Jan. 31, 1860 at the ago of 71.

Shope said that several institutions – including the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas –have contacted him about the portrait.

“It’s a significant painting but it’s difficult to estimate what it will bring. I just don’t know,” said Shope.

The painting, which measures 29 inches high by 24 inches wide, is described as being in “as found, unrestored condition” in what appears to be its original, frame.

For details contact A-OK Auction Co. at 877-963-0176 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 IMAGE OF NOTE
Elizabeth Crockett, wife of American frontiersman Davy Crockett. A-OK Auction Co. image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 09:05
 

15th C. Bodhisattva could reach $500K-$600K at I.M. Chait, March 22

PDF Print E-mail
Written by Auction House PR   
Monday, 02 March 2015 14:13

Tang Dynasty painted pottery Lokapala in fine armor atop recumbent lamb, 55½ inches tall, accompanied by Oxford TL Report. Est. $15,000-$20,000. I.M. Chait image

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Asia Week in New York attracts a global contingent of art buyers who travel many thousands of miles – primarily from China – to immerse themselves in a frenzied schedule of specialty shows, exhibitions and other activities around Manhattan. But a new West Coast tradition embraced by Asian art connoisseurs over the past few years literally saves the best for last on their itineraries: I.M. Chait’s post-Asia Week auction. This year’s event, slated for Sunday, March 22, is timed so collectors can break up their long trip home from New York and bid on superb Asian antiques at the Chait family’s comfortable Beverly Hills gallery. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available from anywhere in the world through LiveAuctioneers.

The post-Asia Week auction has become a big hit with international visitors, who enjoy the gracious, red carpet treatment they receive from the Chait family and staff. This year’s auction will follow the same winning formula as in the past. The 488-lot auction includes an exceptional selection of Asian art, jade, ceramics, and bronzes, crowned by Lot 234, a highly important early Chinese Ming Dynasty gilt-bronze figure of a seated Bodhisattva.

A supremely beautiful work of art that was previously held in a Japanese private collection, the Bodhisattva figure measures 9 7/8 inches (25.8 cm) high and is incised with a six-character Xuande mark of the period (1426-1435). The artist’s fastidious attention to detail is evident in every tiny bead, fold of “cloth” and minute adornment to the deity’s crown. I.M. Chait Director of Operations Josh Chait said the figure is expected to reach $500,000-$600,000 at auction, if not more. “It’s just that special. It’s one of the finest pieces we’ve ever had the privilege of handling,” he said.

The array of exquisite Chinese porcelains is led by Lot 200, a Ming Dynasty Wanli blue and white box of circular form. Its domed cover and sides are profusely decorated with dragons, qilin and other fantastical animals in a continuous pine-tree-dotted landscape. A ruyi-headed cloud motif encircles both the vessel and lid. With a Wanli mark and of the period, the 10¾-inch (dia.) box is entered in the auction with a $50,000-$60,000 estimate.

Lot 264, an antique Chinese jadeite Buddha’s hand, is carved to reveal many symbolic details in addition to the main form, including a pomegranate, peaches, lingzhi fungus, and five bats in flight. This very special 19th-century artwork stands 8 1/8 inches tall on an elaborately openwork carved stand. Estimate: $30,000-$35,000.

Measuring 55½ inches tall, a Chinese Tang Dynasty painted pottery Lokapala in fierce stance is dressed in fine warrior’s armor with three-dimensional qilin adornments on the shoulders. The figure stands atop a recumbent lamb that, in turn, lies on a realistic pottery replication of stone. One of several outstanding Tang pottery artworks in the sale, the Lokapala is cataloged as Lot 232 and comes with an Oxford TL report. Its pre-auction estimate is $15,000-$20,000.

Also from the Tang Dynasty, Lot 233 is a masterfully carved 10-inch white marble model of a guardian lion pinning down and ferociously biting a demon. Presented on a wood pedestal stand, it comes to auction with expectations of reaching $38,000-$42,000.

Lot 471, a stately nine-post Chinese huanghuali canopy bed with geometrical railings and storage space below is approximately 8ft high. Raised on low feet, this masterpiece of perfectly balanced design and understated sophistication is “for the connoisseur,” said Josh Chait. Its presale estimate is $60,000-$80,000.

In addition to Chinese art and antiques, the auction will include Japanese and Southeast Asian art, and an elite selection of Western estate jewelry. Lot 415 is a magnificent Harry Winston diamond and platinum combination necklace/bracelet with maker’s marks for Francois Tavernier. Of graduated floral design with old European-cut centers and marquise-shape “foliage” accented by small-bezel-set rounds, it contains approximately 50.35 carats of diamonds. Its versatile design allows the piece to be worn either as a 16¾-inch necklace or a 6¾-inch bracelet. Its prior sale at Sotheby’s (Dec. 5, 2012, Lot #305) adds provenance to the already considerable cachet imparted by the uncompromising Harry Winston name. Estimate: $180,000-$200,000.

The March 22, 2015 auction will begin at 1 p.m. Pacific Time (4 p.m. Eastern), and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

For information on any item in the auction, contact Joey Chait, tel. 310-285-0182, ext. 115, 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.

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

Tang Dynasty painted pottery Lokapala in fine armor atop recumbent lamb, 55½ inches tall, accompanied by Oxford TL Report. Est. $15,000-$20,000. I.M. Chait image

Ming Dynasty Wanli blue and white porcelain box with domed cover, motif with dragons and fantasy animals amid pine tree landscape. Est. $50,000-$60,000. I.M. Chait image

Fine Tang Dynasty carved white marble model of a guardian lion quelling a demon, 10 inches tall. Est. $38,000-$42,000. I.M. Chait image

Highly important Chinese early Ming Dynasty gilt-bronze figure of a seated Bodhisattva; incised six-character Xuande mark of the period (1426-1435), 9 7/8 inches (25.8 cm) high. Est. $500,000-$600,000. I.M. Chait image

19th-century Chinese carved jadeite Buddha’s hand with three-dimensional bats, lingzhi fungus, pomegranate and peaches, 8 1/8 inches tall. Est. $30,000-$35,000. I.M. Chait image

Harry Winston platinum and diamond convertible necklace-bracelet, maker’s mark for Francois Tavernier, 50.35ct total diamond weight. Est. $180,000-$200,000. I.M. Chait image

Chinese huanghuali nine-post canopy bed with railings of interlocking geometric pattern, storage space below, height 96 inches. Est. $60,000-$80,000. I.M. Chait image

Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 14:55
 

Rare pearl a real find in Kaminski auction March 15

PDF Print E-mail
Written by Auction House PR   
Monday, 02 March 2015 09:52

Natural quahog lavender pearl. Kaminski Auctions image

BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions’ March 15 Spring Estate sale will feature a range of fine jewelry, decorative arts, Asian antiques and several impressive works of fine art.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Pearls are the highlights of the jewelry section this March, with a rare single lavender quahog pearl found by a local police officer in his seafood soup as the star of the show. The six-carat pearl is a rare non-nacreous pearl from the mollusk Mercenaria mercenaria. The pearl is accompanied with a detailed GIA pearl report.

The occurrence of a gem quality quahog pearl is estimated to be one in two million. Rare quahog pearls are found mostly by accident during home processing or consumption. Covered by numerous local and national media outlets including the London Daily Mail, Good Morning America, CBS television and ABC.com, his story has taken on a life of its own.

The many sterling lots in the sale includes an extensive set of Buccellati sterling flatware, service for 12 in the Anacapri pattern estimated at $9,000-$12,000 and a Theodore Starr fancy, sterling floral punch bowl approximately 41.1 troy ounces, which is estimated at $2,000-$3,000. Collectors will also be interested in an exquisite 18K gold Mikimoto Akoya pearl and diamond collar necklace and earring set. Housed in its original box, the pearls range in size from 3.5 to 7.2 mm and are interspersed with 14 diamonds as well as three diamonds on the clasp. The set includes matching earrings with pearls and five diamonds and the original Mikimoto receipt. It is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

A recently discovered folk art painting of twin boys from a Maine estate valued at $10,00-$20,000 is the highlight of the fine art portion of the sale, as well as a still life with apples, signed "Joseph Decker" and dated 1896 valued at $4,000-$6,000. Other art in the sale includes offerings by A.J. Munnings, John Caggiano, Alfred Hart and John Campbell Phillips.

From a Florida estate comes a rare Polyphon cylinder music box and tall clock combination. Coin operated, with original finish and having 38 disks in the original case it is valued at $10,000-$20,000.

Sevres, Meissen and 50 lots of Wedgwood, important Persian carpets and a selection of Asian items including a Ming Dynasty gilt bronze Buddha and a Japanese Meiji bronze statue make this an auction for every collector.

For more information 978-927-2223 or go to www.kaminskiauctions.com and sign up to bid with KaminskiLIVE.

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

Natural quahog lavender pearl. Kaminski Auctions image 

Mikimoto 18K Akoya pearl necklace and earrings. Kaminski Auctions image 

 Rare Polyphon cylinder music box and tall clock combination. Kaminski Auctions image

Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 09:52
 

Upscale decorative arts offered by Roland Auctions NY, March 7

PDF Print E-mail
Written by Auction House PR   
Friday, 27 February 2015 16:43

Lot 408 – Pablo Picasso ‘Service Visage Noir’ Madoura charger. Roland Auctions NY image

NEW YORK – On March 7 Roland Auctions NY presents its Magnificent March Auction featuring over 600 lots of fine and decorative arts selected from choice estates throughout New York City including the contents of a five-story townhouse at 339 E. 87th St. and a collection from 150 E. 59th St.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Roland’s reputation for discovering and reintroducing significant works of fine art is further earned as bidders vie for paintings, prints, and other media not available in the marketplace for decades. This month’s estate pieces span European old master works through modern vanguards and contemporary emerging artists. Sought after artists include A. Parton, W. DeForest, Erte, C. Timner, P.Picasso, among many more.

In addition to 20th century modern art, mid-century design is strongly represented at Roland Auctions NY this month. Standouts include Muller Freres art glass, Tiffany Studios “Grapevine” and “Venetian” desk set articles, and furniture by Ico Parisi, Herman Miller, Milo Baughman and others.

Already generating excitement is a group of vintage Pablo Picasso Madoura ceramic chargers and platters with designs dating to the late 1940s and early 1950s.

In tandem with this auction’s exposition of modernism are dozens of traditional 18th and 19th century American, French, Italian and English tables, chairs, desks and commodes. Among these fine period pieces are Georgian, Queen Anne, Hepplewhite, Chippendale and Louis Philippe specimens. A featured lot in this category is a white marble tabletop with exquisite inset micromosaic, signed Luchini, depicting the assassination of Julius Caesar. Also of note is a pair of 17th-18th century carved and gilt wood sculptural angel candelabras.

A star of this auction is an early 20th Century Tiffany & Co. tall-case [grandfather] clock with an eight-day movement and tubular bell chimes in a monumental transitional style case with glazed waist.

Grand tour marble and bronze sculptures are sure to capture the attention the connoisseur with works signed by: H. Muller, H. Ple, J. Cortot, and G. Roth.

A cornucopia of international vintage and modern silver comprises a notable section of Saturday’s offerings with all manner of flatware and serving articles. Makers include Georg Jensen, Allan Adler, Wallace & Sons, Tiffany & Co. Makers, Hans Hansen and Carl Steyl.

Estate jewelry in gold and silver settings is also available at every bidding level. These vintage and modern items include diamond, coral, pearl, amber, jade, agate and other precious and semi-precious stones in a wide variety of styles.

Fresh-to-market Asian and Chinese art is represented by objects accomplished in silver, bronze, enamel, jade, hardstone and ceramics. Featured among these objects is a pair of nearly life-size 18th century Chinese cloisonné rams on exotic wood bases.

Royal watchers will be pleased to bid upon a black patent leather handbag from the estate of Wallace Simpson, Duchess of Windsor. Celebrity memorabilia enthusiasts will take notice of a chic evening sweater owned by Gloria Swanson.

Roland Auctions NY continues its walk-in valuation day on Thursday, March 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. William and Robert Roland invite customers to stop in for a free evaluation from one of their appraisers.

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 408 – Pablo Picasso ‘Service Visage Noir’ Madoura charger. Roland Auctions NY image

Lot 245 – Pair of important 18th century Chinese cloisonne rams. Roland Auctions NY image

Lot 400 – Grand Tour marble group ‘The Wrestlers.’ Roland Auctions NY image

Lot 401 – Antique micromosaic ‘Assassination of Julius Caesar’ in marble tabletop. Roland Auctions NY image

Lot 406 – Pablo Picasso ‘Wood Owl’ Madoura platter. Roland Auctions NY image

Lot 411 – Tiffany & Co. tall-case clock. Roland Auctions NY image

Lot 412 – Pair of 17th-18th century angel candelabra. Roland Auctions NY image

Lot 434 – Sterling silver repousse covered casserole. Roland Auctions NY image

Lot 500 – Wallis Simpson, The Duchess of Windsor’s handbag. Roland Auctions NY image

Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 17:14
 

Stevens Auction to sell famed Ala. dealers' collection March 7

PDF Print E-mail
Written by Auction House PR   
Friday, 27 February 2015 14:25

What would a Stevens Auction sale be without a gorgeous walnut Victorian half tester bed? This one in the March 7 auction is full-size and heavily carved. Stevens Auction Co. image

ABERDEEN, Miss. – The living estate of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hudson of Birmingham, Ala. – a couple who was renowned nationwide for having operated as Hudson’s Antiques & Auctions for over 33 in the building next to their mansion-style home – will headline an auction planned for March 7 at Stevens Auction Co.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The Hudsons’ home and adjacent business was in Limestone County, Alabama – between Athens and Decatur. Their auctions were huge productions, and they became larger than life figures, conducting sales in a facility alongside their palatial Greek Revival residence. Only now, after having retired and moved to a smaller home, have they decided to sell their massive collection.

Offered will be hundreds of rare items, such as antique furniture by names such as Wooton, Mallard and Schott; old clocks, including a magnificent grandfather calendar clock made by the Herschede Clock Co.; many handmade Persian rugs; original works of art; hand-painted porcelain; early lamps and lighting; brilliant cut glass; cloisonné; sterling silver; china and more.

Also in the auction will be hand-selected items from a prominent estate in Vicksburg, Miss., full of beautiful Victorian furniture and other Americana pieces. The action will kick off on Friday, March 6, at 5 p.m. Central time, with a session dedicated mainly to rare coins and Confederate money, plus books, silver and other items. Friday’s session will be live only; no Internet bidding.

The Saturday session, starting at 10 a.m. Central time, will feature live bidding, via LiveAuctioneers.com. The offerings that day will span many categories. Lots will include a 140-piece set of blue and white Wedgwood china; a monumental, palace-size Persian rug with Sarouk design in pink, blue and navy, 24 feet 2 inches by 11 feet 11 ½ inches; and several antique German porcelain dolls, signed, in original dresses.

In addition to the Herschede grandfather clock, other fine clocks will include a heavily carved American Victorian oak wall clock with north wind face, a Victorian marble clock set with Egyptian Sphinx on bronze cups with claw feet and urn, and a cast-iron figural clock, probably Ansonia. Also selling will be a matched pair of opposing Federal argand lamps, signed Messenger.

Furniture highlights include a walnut Victorian cylinder-roll Wooton desk, signed and stenciled with swing-out doors; and a rosewood rococo marble-top base étagère, signed N. (Nicholas) Schott, the famed Philadelphia cabinetmaker, crafted circa 1865, stenciled and in the original finish, 91 inches tall.

Other furniture will include a French or Italian slant-front desk with hidden compartments, circa 1790-1820; a fine mahogany 19th century bookcase with pierce-carved gallery, attributed to Mallard; and a beautiful 19th century porcelain Meissen mirror with applied roses and figurals, with a cut beveled and scalloped original mirror, impressive at 4 feet tall by 4 feet 4 inches wide.

It seems Stevens Auction manages to feature at least one, usually more than one, monumental bed or bedroom suite in its auctions, and this one will be no exception. Offered will be a walnut Victorian half tester bed, heavily carved and full size; and a walnut Victorian two-piece bedroom set with ladies’ heads, in the great original finish, with bed and dresser both 7 feet 8 inches tall.

The art category will be highlighted by a large oil on canvas depiction of a Roman scene, circa 1900-1920, measuring 6 feet 1 inch by 10 feet.

To request a full color brochure or for details, call 662-369-2200, or send an email request to 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

What would a Stevens Auction sale be without a gorgeous walnut Victorian half tester bed? This one in the March 7 auction is full-size and heavily carved. Stevens Auction Co. image 

 Walnut Wooton desk, signed, with swing-out doors. Stevens Auction Co. image

Magnificent grandfather calendar clock made by Herschede Clock Co. Stevens Auction Co. image 

Rosewood rococo marble-top base étagère, signed ‘N. Schott,’ Philadelphia, circa 1865. Stevens Auction Co. image 

Beautiful 19th century porcelain Meissen mirror with applied roses and figurals. Stevens Auction Co. image 

Palace-size Persian rug with Sarouk design in pink, blue and navy, 24 feet 2 inches x 11 feet 11 ½ inches. Stevens Auction Co. image 

Matched pair of opposing Federal argand lamps, signed Messenger, 21 inches tall. Stevens Auction Co. image 

Fine mahogany 19th century bookcase with pierce carved gallery, attributed to Mallard. Stevens Auction Co. image

 

Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 17:02
 

Sworders toasts Orpen portrait of scandalized countess March 10

PDF Print E-mail
Written by Auction House PR   
Friday, 27 February 2015 09:33

Sir William Orpen, ‘Portrait of Gertrude, Countess of Dudley,’ Estimate: £30,000-£40,000. Sworders image.

ESSEX COUNTY, UK – She looks the image of the refined Edwardian lady, but this portrait by Ireland’s pre-eminent portrait painter of the era hides a rags-to-riches tale of scandal. On Tuesday, March 10, Sir William Orpen’s portrait of Gertrude, Countess of Dudley, is coming up for sale at auctioneers Sworders of Stansted Mountfichet in Essex, with a price tag of £30,000-£40,000.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The portrait’s emergence in the saleroom has cast the spotlight on an extraordinary life which, just before World War I, threatened to throw the upper echelons of British Society into turmoil – so much so that it reportedly took the intervention of King George V and Queen Mary to prevent the scandal.

Gertie Millar was born in 1879 in Bradford and started her career at the age of 13 at the St. James's Theatre in Manchester. Later she moved to London, and by 1897 she was well established as a stage favorite. In 1902, she married Lionel Monckton, a talented composer of musical comedies, who subsequently wrote a number of hit songs for her. Despite great success together in the theater Gertie’s marriage to Lionel Monckton was not a happy one.

The gossip columns carried many stories about the popular showgirl and in 1913 there were rumors of a liaison with the Duke of Westminster, with both reportedly about to divorce their respective spouses so that they could marry each other. How true these stories were is open to debate, as even though they were estranged for many years, Monckton always refused to grant his wife a divorce. The tale is given added piquancy by the rumor that George V and Queen Mary personally intervened in the scandal to persuade the Duke of Westminster not to divorce his wife.

Monckton died in 1924 and, two months later, Gertie married the Earl of Dudley, William Humble Ward (1867-1932), who succeeded to the earldom in 1885 and with it the great wealth of his family’s mines and ironworks. He had been Lord Lieutenant of Ireland from 1902-05 before becoming governor general of Australia from 1908-11.

The couple spent most of their married life in Le Touquet, where P.G. Wodehouse was a neighbor and friend.

The earl died in 1932.

Gertie Millar, the working-class girl from Yorkshire who grew up to be one of the best-loved stars and most photographed women of the Edwardian era, had become Lady Dudley. Gertrude, Countess of Dudley, died at her home in Chiddingfold in 1952 aged 73. She left an estate valued at £52,354.

In 2012 the National Portrait Gallery held an exhibition: “Gertie Millar, Countess of Dudley: From Stage to Society” and they hold an extensive collection of photographs of her.

Sir William Orpen met the earl when he stayed with him at Screeb House, Camus, County Galway, Ireland. This friendship almost certainly led to the commissioning of this portrait in the mid to late 1920s.

In oil on canvas, it measures 30 x 24 inches (76 x 61cm).

Auctioneer Guy Schooling, who will be offering the picture for sale on March 10, said: “As well as being an intriguing picture of one of the most fascinating and photographed women of the age, it is a fine portrait by one of the most talented artists ever to come out of Ireland – and this is a rare opportunity to acquire such a work.”

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Sir William Orpen, ‘Portrait of Gertrude, Countess of Dudley,’ Estimate: £30,000-£40,000. Sworders image. 

 Henri Jean Guillaume Martin (French, 1860-1943), ‘Saint-Cirq-Lapopie,’ oil on canvas. Provenance: Sotheby's New York, Nov. 12, 1988, lot 399 (sold for $137,500). Estimate: £80,000-£100,000. Sworders image.

 Thomas Hudson (1701-1779), ‘Portrait of Mary, Daughter of Sir William Browne, Wife of William Ffolkes,’ oil on canvas. Estimate: £8,000-£12,000. This is one of three portraits by Thomas Hudson in the sale. Sworders image.

An extraordinary Black Forest carved walnut center table, the circular top carved in low relief with a central panel of chamois in a forest landscape within a border of fruiting vines and birds, 40.4in. diameter. Estimate: £3,000-£5,000. Sworders image.

Sworders will also offer 20 lots of tribal art in the March 10 auction. Sworders image.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 09:50
 

Mid-century modern at forefront of Kamelot auction Feb. 28

PDF Print E-mail
Written by Auction House PR   
Thursday, 26 February 2015 17:17

Kamelot Auction House image

PHILA., Pa. – Kamelot Auction House will host their annual mid-century furniture and design sale on Saturday, Feb. 28. This design-focused sale will feature a breadth of 20th century furnishings including mid-century modern, Art Deco, Jansen, French, Italian and English designs. Prominent artisans are well represented with pieces by Paul McCobb, Hans Olsen, Aldo Tura, Aalvo Alto, Karl Springer, Milo Baughman, Edward Wormley, Andre Arbus and many others.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The sale will open with an unusual upholstered settee attributed to Edward Wormley for Dunbar having flared arms supported by a walnut and bronze stretcher, circa 1970. The lot has an estimate of $800-$1,200 and is among two other Dunbar lots from a prominent Delaware estate in the sale, lot 587, an upholstered and button back tailored Dunbar sofa, Model 5407, design by Edward Wormley, circa 1970, (est. $500-$700), and lot 606A, a labeled Dunbar travertine top table along with a rosewood pedestal and a Karl Springer- style occasional table marked “Made in Columbia” (est. $200-$400). A large Saarinen dining table having oval marble top supported on painted cast-iron base, circa 1970, (lot 496) is predicted to sell for $2,000-$3,000, while a Brazilian patchwork dining table is estimated at $1,000-$1,800 (lot 89). Lot 237 is a very good Jansen-attributed blued steel and bronze dining table having inset black glass top over bronze trimmed apron. Estimated at $3,000-$5,000, the table has three leaves, two of the leaves being skirted. Likely to pique strong interest is lot 438, a pair of Teruaki Ohashi aluminum lounge chairs having wing-form backs and rolled-front seat, circa 1985, estimated at 2,000-$3,000, accompanied by lot 439, a Tervak Ohashi aluminum coffee table having a pierced oval top, circa 1985, estimated at $1,500-$2,500. Another top contender for design enthusiasts is lot 282, a rare Arne Jacobsen Sevener office chair, model 3117, early 1950s design ($1,000-$1,500), as well as lot 309, an unusual mid-century modern faux bois decorated refrigerator having abattant-style painted front and turned wood handles ($700-$900).

A selection of more than 40 period Art Deco offerings is highlighted by a sophisticated pair of Art Deco-style macassar banded two-tier end tables in the manner of Rhulman (lot 128, $1,000-$1,800), along with a serpentine front Art Deco ebonized sideboard having two central diamond etched pink mirrored doors flanked by two fluted doors, circa 1930, (lot 138, est. $2,000-$3,000). Lot 134 is a French Art Deco gilt wood carved and painted settee having stylized floral crest rail over rolled arms and upholstered seat, circa 1930, (est. $1,200-$1,800), and is accompanied by a pair of matching side chairs (lot 135, est. $500-$700) and a pair of matching bergere chairs (lot 136, est. $2,000-$3,000).

A scope of lighting fixtures, comprising over 100 lots, will indeed bring further enthusiasm to the sale. Among the mid-century modern offerings is a Fontana Arte glass and nickeled bronze five-arm chandelier, circa 1960, which is estimated to sell for $1,000-$1,800 (lot 400). Expected to spur sizable competition among buyers is a Bakalowits & Sohne sputnik chandelier, Austria, circa 1960, estimated at $4,000-$6,000 (lot 16). Also featured in the sale are several sputnik-style chandeliers including lot 500, an interesting chrome fixture having floral-shaped glass shades around a central chrome sphere, circa 1970, (est. $600-$900), along with lot 397, a sputnik-style brass and glass disk decorated chandelier (est. $800-$1,200).

A small but select group of mirrors will be showcased. Choice highlights include a matched pair of bone framed octagonal mirrors set into silvered metal frames with embossed horse shoes (lot 100, est. $1,000-$1,800), and an Art Deco silvered gilt gesso carved mirror having stylized floral decorated panel over beveled mirror, circa 1930, (lot 170, est. $800-$1,200). A pair of gold painted and gesso sunburst form mirrors, circa 1960, (lot 68, est. $1,000-$1,500), as well as a good Italian giltwood starburst mirror having a central convex mirror, circa 1950, (lot 69, est. $700-$900), are among the several decorative sunburst mirrors on offer in this auction.

A selection of fine and decorative art lots will also be available in Kamelot’s sale. Highlighted fine art lots include two original Roy Lichtenstein lithographs (lot 223, est. $500-$700 and lot 224, est. $500-$1,000), two original Marc Chagall lithographs (lot 225, est. $400-$600 and lot 226, est. $500-$1,000), and an original Henri Matisse lithograph estimated at $500-$1,000 (lot 227). The decorative arts category is led by lot 177, an Ernest Trova "Falling Man" stainless steel sculpture dated 1985 with foundry mark and edition 5/8, circa 1985, estimated at $1,000-$2,000, and lot 181, a 149-piece sterling silver Georg Jensen Acanthus flatware set along with an assortment of Tiffany sterling, Marthinsen Norway silver plate silver, and Frigast sterling pieces estimated at $5,000-$8,000.

The auction will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. For details contact Kamelot by calling 215-438-6990.

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

Kamelot Auction House image

Kamelot Auction House image

Kamelot Auction House image

Kamelot Auction House image

Kamelot Auction House image

Kamelot Auction House image

Kamelot Auction House image

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 18:11
 

LBJ's condolence letter to Coretta Scott King in Quinn's March 12 auction

PDF Print E-mail
Written by Auction House PR   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:15
April 5, 1968 letter from President Lyndon Baines Johnson to Coretta Scott King, offering condolences after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The letter will be auctioned on March 12, 2015 at Quinn's Auction Galleries, with a $120,000-$180,000 estimate.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Thursday, March 12, Quinn’s Auction Galleries will offer to the highest bidder one of the most significant documents in US history – the letter President Lyndon Baines Johnson wrote to Coretta Scott King on April 5, 1968, the day after the assassination of her husband, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This auction was originally scheduled for March 5 but was postponed because of a winter storm.

In the hand-signed, typewritten letter on White House stationery, Johnson begins by saying: “My thoughts have been with you and your children throughout this long and anguished day. Tonight Mrs. Johnson and I pray again that God gives you the solace of His strength.”

Johnson goes on to say that he has been devoting himself to “honoring [Dr. King] in the manner he would most approve…by word, deed and official act – to unite this sorrowing and troubled nation against further and wider violence…We will overcome this calamity and continue the work of justice and love that is Martin Luther King’s legacy and trust to us.”

The six-paragraph letter concludes: “All of us ask God to comfort you now and restore your compassionate influence to us.”

The Presidential letter was kept by Mrs. King until 2003, when she gave it to singer Harry Belafonte, who had been active in the civil rights movement throughout his life and was a close confidante of the slain leader.

Belafonte later gifted the letter to his half-sister, Shirley, and her husband Stoney Cooks, who are the consignors to Quinn’s March 5 auction.

“It’s not at all surprising that Harry Belafonte, who is now 87 years of age, felt Shirley and Stoney Cooks were the right stewards for the letter,” said Matthew Quinn, vice president of Quinn’s Auction Galleries. “Both Shirley and Stoney have been lifelong civil rights activists. Shirley is an ex-chief of staff to three members of Congress and was a deputy assistant secretary in the State Department. Stoney, who was a staff member with Dr. King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was at the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march. After the assassination, he was asked by Reverend A.D. King [MLK’s brother] to stay by the coffin and guard it during the public viewing and wake at Sisters Chapel at Spelman College. Stoney was definitely part of Dr. King’s trusted inner circle.” A newspaper photo shows Stoney Cooks dusting off the glass-covered casket during the service.

Cooks is a longtime collector of objects pertaining to the civil rights movement and has had a 20-year association with Quinn’s Auction Galleries, both as a buyer and seller.

“But we never expected to be given the privilege of selling such an important historical document,” said Quinn. “It’s an honor and a privilege just to be in the presence of this letter ... it could very well end up in a museum or other institution where it might forever remain behind glass. That is what Shirley and Stoney Cooks hope will happen – that it will end up in a place where the public will be able to see it.”

The letter is accompanied by three relevant press releases: a Presidential Declaration ordering April 7, 1968 as a national day of mourning, a “Statement by the President,” and a “Statement of the President on the Death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [in] The Fish Room.”

Entered in the auction as Lot 125, the letter and accompanying press releases are expected to sell as a group for $120,000-$180,000. “But there’s no way of knowing what its value is to historians, collectors or museums,” Quinn said. “The letter can't be compared to anything else that has sold in the past. It’s unique.”

To contact Quinn’s, call 703-532-5632 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

View the fully illustrated catalog for Quinn’s March 12 auction and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at 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
April 5, 1968 letter from President Lyndon Baines Johnson to Coretta Scott King, offering condolences after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The letter will be auctioned on March 12, 2015 at Quinn's Auction Galleries, with a $120,000-$180,000 estimate.

Guestbook from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s wake held at Sisters Chapel, Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga., April 9, 1968. Accompanied by photocopied list of politicians, foreign dignitaries, clergy and celebrities who were in attendance. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2015 09:30
 

Native American items star in Allard’s Big Spring Phoenix, March 7-8

PDF Print E-mail
Written by Auction House PR   
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 17:23

Large prehistoric Anasazi back-on-white pottery olla found in Tularosa, New Mexico. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000. Allard Auctions Inc. image.

MESA, Ariz. – A large, beautiful and prehistoric Anasazi pottery jar and a circa 1900 Sioux dentalium and tradecloth dress are expected top lots at this year’s Big Spring Phoenix auction, March 7-8, an annual event held by Allard Auctions.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

This year’s Big Spring Phoenix will feature more than 900 lots of Native American and Western artifacts, art and related collectibles. “This sale will have everything imaginable, from beadwork to pottery, artwork to jewelry, some very nice baskets and much, much more,” said Steve Allard of Allard Auctions Inc, which is based on the Flathead Indian Reservation in St. Ignatius, Montana.

Offered will be a fantastic collection of Anasazi pottery, a private collection of Zuni bolo ties and concho belts, a private katsina doll collection, and fine baskets from California, the Southwest and the Northwest Coast. In addition to baskets, pottery, beadwork and jewelry, lots will feature Navajo rugs, original art, bronzes, many prehistoric items, antiques and other items.

The Anasazi pottery jar, with an estimate of $10,000-$20,000, is a black-on-white olla, or water jar, being offered in rare, as-found condition in Tularosa, a village in Otero Cty., New Mexico. The jar, 11 ¾ inches tall, has some stress cracks, but is intact and sturdy, in very good condition. Anasazi pottery is highly collectible and the jar in the sale is considered to be a superb example.

The Sioux dentalium (tooth shell) and trade cloth dress and yoke are in very good condition. Like the Anasazi jar, it carries an estimate of $10,000-$20,000. It is a rare old 12-row, fully covered and removable dentalium shell yoke with canvas, and the original selvedge tradecloth dress with ribbon and metallic sequin accents. A few shells are missing on the extra large outfit.

A Santa Clara pottery jar made in the mid-1900s by Margaret Tafoya (1904-2001), who was active in Mexico and New Mexico, should change hands for $6,000-$12,000. The gorgeous and large (13 inches by 14 inches) deep-carved blackware storage jar with an Avanyu-style band is in very good condition. Just one small abrasion area on one side is its only blemish.

A Navajo necklace, made around 1974 by Ben Nighthorse Campbell, is a rare early work done in sterling, with sea foam turquoise nuggets and bench-made beads. It was done in the Navajo style, despite the fact that Campbell was actually Northern Cheyenne. It is also the first piece he signed “Nighthorse.” The necklace, 44 inches in length, should fetch $5,000-$10,000.

A Navajo pottery jar, turned in the late 1900s by the award-winning, high-end potter Lucy Leuppe McKelvey, is estimated to bring $2,500-$5,000. The original design jar, titled Whirling Rainbow Goddess of the Windway Chant, shows amazing painted polychrome designs done on mottled clay. It measures 10 ¾ inches in height and 16 ½ inches in width and is in very good condition.

A pair of Navajo rugs or weavings done in the 1940s, are expected to sell for $2,000-$5,000 each. One is a large, vintage Ganado rug with elongated central lozenge and precise details. It is in very good condition and measures 48 inches by 88 inches. The other is a Crystal rug, nearly room-size at 75 inches by 128 inches. It boasts a striking geometric design in still vivid colors.

A gorgeous oil on canvas painting by Fred Fellows (b. 1934), titled A Working Mother, 12 inches by 18 inches (23 inches by 29 inches framed) has an estimate of $2,500-$5,000. The signed work was rendered around the 1980s. Fellows was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma, and now lives and works in Sonoita, Arizona. He is a painter and sculptor who works in the realist style.

Rounding out just a handful of the auction’s expected top lots are a matted and framed collection of original historic artworks pertaining to Asa Battles (b. 1923), including a rare first-edition copy of Fodor’s 1975 book Indian America, plus over 40 pen-and-ink illustrations (est. $2,500-$5,000); and a Shoshone woman’s outfit made circa the 1960s, a sinew sewn flat and lazy stitch beaded white buckskin outfit in very good condition, sized small/medium (est. $3,000-$6,000).

Lots 1-440 will be sold on Saturday, March 7; lots 501-850 will be sold on Sunday, March 8.

Allard Auctions, Inc. has been selling exclusively American Indian artifacts and art at auction since 1968. The firm is always accepting quality merchandise for future auctions. To inquire about consigning call them at 406-745-0500 or toll-free 888-314-0343 or send an email to 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

Large prehistoric Anasazi back-on-white pottery olla found in Tularosa, New Mexico. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000. Allard Auctions Inc. image. 

 Navajo Ganado rug or weaving, circa 1940s, 48 x 88 in. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Allard Auctions Inc. image.

Santa Clara blackware storage pottery jar by Margaret Tafoya (Ariz./N.M., 1904-2001), with Avanyu-style band. Estimate: $6,000-$12,000. Allard Auctions Inc. image. 

Late 1900s Navajo original design pottery jar by Lucy Leuppe McKelvey with painted designs on mottled clay. Estimate: $2,500-$5,000. Allard Auctions Inc. image. 

Circa 1974 Navajo necklace by Ben Nighthorse Campbell with sea foam turquoise nuggets and bench-made beads. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000. Allard Auctions Inc. image. 

Original oil on canvas painting by Fred Fellows (b. 1934), titled ‘A Working Mother,’ artist signed. Estimate: $2,500-$5,000. Allard Auctions Inc. image. 

Outstanding Shoshone woman's sinew sewn flat and lazy stitch beaded white buckskin outfit, circa 1960s, small/medium. Estimate: $3,000-$6,000. Allard Auctions Inc. image. 

Rare Sioux 12-row fully covered, removable shell yoke with canvas; a dentalium and trade cloth dress, circa 1900. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000. Allard Auctions Inc. image. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 17:42
 

Bertoia's gears up for Mar. 27-28 auction of Max Berry toys, banks

PDF Print E-mail
Written by Auction House PR   
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 16:38

Mickey Mouse tin mechanical bank, Saalheimer & Strauss, Germany, circa 1930s, lithographed tin, one of four in the rare series, est. $18,000-$22,000. Bertoia Auctions imagen

VINELAND, N.J. – In describing what awaits bidders on March 27-28 when Bertoia Auctions presents Part II of Washington attorney Max N. Berry’s antique toy and bank collection, gallery associate and auction coordinator Rich Bertoia offered an analogy from the motion-picture world.

“When they do a sequel in Hollywood, it’s never as good as the original, but the follow-up to Part I of Max’s collection, which we auctioned last November, will be a blockbuster,” he said.

The auction of just over 500 lots, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers, is devoted exclusively to selections from Berry’s extraordinary lifetime assemblage of rare mechanical banks, early American tin and horse-drawn toys, as well as bell toys and penny toys. Additionally, the lineup will be peppered with other toys that captured Berry’s fancy over the years, like hand-painted German tin toys, a Mickey Mouse Hurdy Gurdy and other comic character rarities. “If it appealed to Max, he bought it – but it had to be something really special for that to happen,” Bertoia said.

Almost 200 mechanical banks are entered in the March event, many come with provenance from legendary bank collections. Some are of a caliber so high, they don’t show up at auction more than once in a 20-year stretch, Bertoia said. “This will be one of those very unusual sales where even advanced collectors can find some of those near-apocryphal banks that have eluded them for so long,” he said.

A top highlight is a Stevens “Darky Kicking Watermelon” bank, one of only three known to either Bertoia’s or the experts who were called in to assess and catalog the collection (Oliver Clark, Russ Harrington and Mike Caffarella). The bank was formerly held in the Stan Sax collection and will be auctioned with a $200,000-$300,000 estimate.

Another high-profile bank is Berry’s Jerome Secor Freedman’s Bank, which has a rich trail of provenance, starting with its purchase in 1939 from dealers in Mexico. The buyer, who paid $8 for it, was a pioneer collector and banker from Fostoria, Ohio, named Andrew Emerine. From Emerine, the African-American-themed bank passed to another legendary collector, Mosler Safe Company president and CEO Edwin H. Mosler Jr. After Mosler, the bank’s next owner was Stanley P. Sax, whose collection was auctioned by Bertoia’s in 1998. It was at that auction that Max Berry acquired the bank, and it instantly became one of his most treasured possessions. It is cataloged in the March 27-28 auction with a presale estimate of $150,000-$200,000. All existing receipts and other written provenance will convey with the bank.

Other top-notch cast-iron banks set to cross the auction block include a Santa-themed Zig-Zag bank – a possibly unique survivor of cast-iron, tin and cloth that Bertoia described as having “a very clever action. You put a penny on top of Santa’s head, the coin zig-zags down, and a jack-in-the-box springs up. There should be hands up in the air all over the auction room for this bank. It’s a favorite with collectors.” Zig-Zag is estimated at $125,000-$175,000.

A red-version Mikado bank is expected to sell for upward of $75,000, while an Organ Grinder and Bear, possibly the only extant example with a movable arm on the grinder, is estimated at $10,000-$12,000.

Three extremely desirable banks made of lead are found in the Berry collection, including two designed by Charles A. Bailey: A Chinaman in Rowboat, estimate $80,000-$90,000; and a Cat and Mouse in beautiful condition. A third lead rarity, patented in 1905 but of unknown manufacture, is the Blacksmith bank. It will be offered together with a 1940 photo of its designer, Ohioan Fred Plattner, then age 80, seated and holding the bank.

An array of wonderful tin banks includes an Empire Cinema, $15,000-$20,000; a colorful, hand-painted William Weeden Ding Dong Bell, $60,000-$75,000; and two more Saalheimer & Strauss Mickey Mouse banks that complete the coveted four-bank series that was introduced during last November’s sale.

Horse-drawn cast-iron toys include several variations of Spyder Phaetons, by Hubley and Kenton, respectively, that typify luxury auto travel of the early 20th century. The selection also includes an elegant Pratt & Letchworth Barouche, $10,000-$12,000; a fleet of Hubley Circus wagons and bandwagons; a Kyser & Rex Cage Wagon with a bear, lion and other animal figures, $8,000-$10,000; and a very rare Kenton Uncle Sam nodder horse-drawn toy, $6,000-$8,000. A 28-inch-long Pratt & Letchworth Caisson drawn by four horses is the only example known to Bertoia’s. “It’s in jaw-dropping condition,” Rich Bertoia said. “We expect it to sell above $50,000.”

Max Berry’s fondness for American cast-iron bell toys was always common knowledge amongst collectors, said Bertoia. “His is one of the most complete collections of its type, and it includes a number of toys with amusing themes.” The collection’s early American hand-painted tin “pull” bell toys create a virtual menagerie of animals – horses, dogs, sheep, goats, elephants and more. Also, there are many that depict ladies riding horses.

American hybrid toys of hand-painted tin with cast-iron wheels include J & E Stevens velocipedes, Althof Bergmann goat-drawn wagons, and an especially nice figure of a girl pushing a suffragette on wire wheels. The latter toy could reach the $15,000 range.

Many years ago, Max Berry purchased a major collection of penny toys. He continued to build on to it, increasing not only its volume but also the breadth of subject matter depicted by the miniature tin artworks. Part II of Berry’s penny toy lineup includes two different styles of Bavarian Dancers, Girl in a Swing, Girl in a Gondola, Boy Catching Butterfly, a rare Rabbit Pushing a Basket, and a Roundabout amusement park ride.

In summarizing what lies in store on March 27-28 when Bertoia’s hosts the second exciting sale of Max Berry’s collection, auction company owner Jeanne Bertoia commented: “If you liked Part I, you’ll love Part II. And just as before, we’re making sure the auction is a fitting tribute to Max, who has done so much for the toy and bank-collecting hobby. Our gallery will be a hospitable setting where everyone can enjoy good food and conversation as they browse and preview one of the all-time great collections, which we are so honored to present at auction.”

To contact Bertoia's about any item in the March 27-28, 2015 auction of the Max N. Berry collection, Part II, call 856-692-1881 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.

# # #

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

Mickey Mouse tin mechanical bank, Saalheimer & Strauss, Germany, circa 1930s, lithographed tin, one of four in the rare series, est. $18,000-$22,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Mary and Her Little Lamb bell toy, Gong Bell Mfg. Co., considered the finest known example, provenance: Covert Hegarty collection, est. $3,000-$3,500. Bertoia Auctions image

Zig-Zag mechanical bank, manufacturer unknown, patent applied for in 1889, extremely rare, provenance: Seaman’s Savings Bank, NY, Al Davidson and Stan Sax collections, est. $125,000-$175,000. Bertoia Auctions image

‘Darky Kicking Watermelon’ mechanical bank, J. & E. Stevens Co., designed by Charles A. Bailey, patented 1888, one of four known examples, provenance: Wally Tudor, F. H. Griffith, Leon Perelman and Stan Sax collections; est. $225,000-$300,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Cast-iron Woman at Sewing Machine, attributed to Sandt, rear lever activates head and hand motions when turned, provenance: Donal Markey Collection, est. $8,000-$12,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Pratt & Letchworth horse-drawn Flying Artillery, polychrome-painted cast iron, two mounted soldiers and four seated figures, 33½ inches long, provenance: Bill Bertoia collection, est. $30,000-$40,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Welker Crosby barouche with driver, drawn by two black horses sporting blue blankets, 17 inches long, provenance: Paul Dunigan collection, est. $12,000-$15,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Girl Pushing Hoop toy, manufactured by George Brown, circa 1890s, depicts William Goodwin girl in cloth dress ‘pushing’ a tin hoop toy, with Suffragette figure holding American Flag at center, est. $10,000-$12,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Clockwork hoop toy with cloth-cressed boy holding American Flag, George Brown, circa 1880, est. $8,000-$10,000. Bertoia Auctions imagen

Freedman’s Bank, mechanical, manufactured by Jerome B. Secor, Bridgeport, Conn., circa 1880, one of fewer than 10 known examples, inspired by the emancipation of slaves, provenance: Emerine, Mosler, and Stan Sax collections; est. $150,000-$200,000. Bertoia Auctions image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 17:23
 
<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next > End >>

Page 9 of 166
ADVERTISEMENTS

Banner Banner