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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, 14 March 2014 13:36

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 14:19
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury to auction Henry Moore prints March 27

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Friday, 14 March 2014 12:40

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 13:16
 

Jeffrey Evans to sell Palmers’ entire Americana collection April 5

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Thursday, 13 March 2014 14:25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 12:28
 

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

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Thursday, 13 March 2014 13:46

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

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

LiveAucitoneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

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

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

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

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

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 14:09
 

Unique canes offered in Kimball M. Sterling auction March 16

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Thursday, 13 March 2014 11:00

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

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

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 16:40
 

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

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art & artists featured in this sale:

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

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

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

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 11:08
 

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

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 17:07

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 12:40
 

Thomaston Place to disperse prominent estate March 29-30

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

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

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

Rookwood pottery lot. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image. 

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

 Group of lacquerware. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 14:54
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The March 20 auction will take place at Waverly’s gallery at 360 S. Washington St., Falls Church, VA 22046, starting at 6 p.m., Eastern Time. For additional information on any lot in the March 20 auction or to consign a single item, an estate or a collection, call 703-532-5632 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 15:52
 

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

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:54

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

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

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

LiveAuctioneers.com will offer Internet live bidding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 14:46
 

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

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

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

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

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

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

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

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:42
 

Dali, George Nelson starring in Gray’s auction March 19

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George Nelson & Associates birdcage wall clock. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image.

CLEVELAND – Celebrating the beginning of spring, Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers will offer an eclectic auction of fine art, furniture and decorative arts on Wednesday, March 19, at 11 a.m. Eastern. Live online bidding is offered by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Highlights include a collection of mid-century modern pieces, most notably lot 263, the iconic George Nelson & Associates Birdcage Wall Clock, and a collection of artworks by Salvador Dali. Featured lots from this collection include lot 58, an 18K gold bas-relief sculpture, Lincoln in Dalivision, and lots 57A and 57B, two 19-foot-high theater curtains. These curtains were commissioned for the Brooklyn High School Auditorium, circa 1950-1954. They are vat-dyed and hand-printed from Milton Schiffer’s, Schiffer Prints, Stimulus Collection, and titled Spring Rain.

Gray’s will include a whimsical collection of Americana, and a singular collection of Shaker furniture and decorations. Lot 213 is a 19th century Shaker maple rocking chair with a splint seat in fine condition. Lot 117 is a 19th century cast-iron mechanical bank, “I Always Did ’Spise a Mule,” manufactured by the J&E Stevens Co.

This auction features over 350 diverse lots of paintings, furniture and decorations. Gray’s is quickly becoming known for their almost monthly auctions filled with a rich diversity of offerings, which always include noteworthy artworks and this auction is no exception. Lot 7 is Emile Gruppé’s The Lobster Dock. Purchased from the artist in 1970, this vibrant, dynamic painting captures a bright spring sky above the eponymous lobster dock, with seagulls surfing the breezes and a sailboat riding a wave in a bright blue Cape Ann inlet. Lot 14 continuing the ocean theme, is by noted Swedish artist, August Hagborg, who painted lively coastal scene filled with figures at work and play, with storms clouds gathering above a lighthouse and sailing ships bobbing on a gusting sea.

The auction also features a collection of Japanese woodblock prints and a selection of Chinese paintings on silk, paneled screens and decorative items.

Condition reports will be provided upon request.

Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers conducts live auctions every month, accepts consignments daily and offering complimentary valuations for the community every Friday by appointment. For more information contact Serena Harragin at 216-458-7695, or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
George Nelson & Associates birdcage wall clock. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image. Emile Albert Gruppé (1896-1978), ‘The Lobster Dock,’ oil on canvas. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image. August Hagborg (1852-1921) ‘Coastal Scene with Figures,’ oil on canvas. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image. After Salvador Dali (1904-1989), ‘Spring Rain,’ vat-dyed hand-printed theater curtain. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image. Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989), ‘Lincoln in Dalivision,’ solid 18K gold bas relief. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image. Cast-iron mechanical bank ‘I Always Did ’Spise a Mule,’ late 19th century. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image. Shaker maple rocking chair with splint seat, 19th century. Gray’s Auctioneers and Appraisers image.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 15:20
 

Palm Beach Modern to auction Henry Moore bronze, March 22

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Monday, 10 March 2014 14:44

Monumental cobalt blue pottery sculpture by Jun Kaneko (Japanese, b. 1942-), deaccessioned from the collection of the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden in West Palm Beach, Florida. Est. $17,000-$25,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A formidable lineup of celebrities has made headlines at Palm Beach Modern Auctions (PBMA) over the past year, from the late Steve Rubell and his glitzy Studio 54 clique to fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld. On Saturday, March 22nd, however, the focus will turn from collections associated with pop-culture personalities to the superstars of modern and contemporary art and furniture design. In their 470-lot auction, PBMA will showcase such eminent names as Henry Moore, Piero Fornasetti, Vladimir Kagan, and Phillip & Kelvin LaVerne. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

“We’re very excited about the selection in this, our last winter sale of the year,” said PBMA auctioneer Rico Baca. “The art category is very strong, and we’ll be offering a second grouping of sculptures from the estate of New York sculptor Larry Mohr.”

There was great interest in the five Mohr estate artworks consigned to PBMA’s November 2nd auction, Baca said. An accomplished sculptor whose figural and abstract works are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Georgia Museum of Art and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, Mohr (1921-2013) left much of his personal collection to art institutions.

“Bidders on the Mohr sculptures in our November auction were very competitive. Now they’ll have a second chance,” said Baca.

In the March 22 sale there are seven Mohr works of bronze, copper or silver. Each is modestly estimated at $1,000-$2,000. Although of a smaller scale than those sold in November, they are nonetheless quintessential Mohr designs, some featuring interesting interlocking segments that render a feeling of movement. “I could certainly envision them on a Kagan buffet,” Baca noted.

Speaking of Vladimir Kagan (b. 1927-), Lot 234A is a superb outside-the-box example of the German/American furniture designer’s work. The lot consists of a Model No. 175F abstract walnut and black leather contour rocking chair with matching ottoman. The duo will cross the auction block with a $5,000-$8,000 estimate.

Four creations by Piero Fornasetti (Italian, 1913-1988) are included in the sale: two mirrors, an umbrella stand, and Lot 144, a rare and whimsical lollipop-form graphic floor lamp with the face of the beautiful Italian opera singer Lina Cavalieri (1874-1944). Standing 75 inches tall, it carries a presale estimate of $10,000-$15,000.

Another premier lighting entry is Lot 104, a Serge Mouille (French, 1922-1988) “Simple” floor lamp. Designed from enameled metal and brass and having an adjustable shade with an aerodynamic attitude, the lamp is an ultra-sophisticated expression of understated design. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000.

Lot 22, a rare Phillip (1907-1987) & Kelvin (b. 1937) LaVerne freeform Odyssey II cocktail table stands on double bronze pedestals with a patinated bronze, pewter and enamel surface etched with scenes from Homer’s The Odyssey. Having the trademark look of the revered American designers, the table was purchased directly from the LaVernes’ gallery in 1967. At the time of the purchase, Phillip LaVerne told the consignor that only one other freeform Odyssey cocktail table had been made – for shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. Odyssey II is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

Described by Baca as “an object of lust for years,” Lot 435 is a monumental cobalt blue pottery sculpture by Jun Kaneko (Japanese, b. 1942-) shaped as an irregular sphere. For many years, the sculpture has been part of the collection at the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden in West Palm Beach.

“We’ve always admired this work by Kaneko and, over the years, had made no secret of the fact that we would love to auction it on behalf of the sculpture garden. We’re thrilled that they’ve now chosen to deaccession the piece, which is quite a major artwork, in more ways than one,” Baca said. “It’s 65 inches high, 65 inches wide and 48 inches deep. It’s also very heavy. After it was made, it took a full year for it to dry.” Before the sculpture could be delivered to the auction center, it had to be lifted by crane and placed onto a flatbed trailer. When it arrived, it was removed by a forklift and positioned inside the building. “It’s the first thing you see when you walk inside,” Baca said. The sculpture is expected to make $17,000-$25,000 at auction.

The top-estimated artwork is Lot 166A, a Henry Moore OM CH FBA RBS (English, 1898-1986) bronze titled Mother and Child with Tree Trunk. Signed and numbered 6/9, the 9in high by 9.5in wide sculpture comes with provenance from Galeria Freites, Caracas, and a subsequent private collection. It is referenced in Henry Moore Complete Sculpture, 1980-86, Vol. 5, No. 770, by Alan Bowness, and carries a $60,000-$80,000 estimate.

From the same consignor comes Lot 256A, a Fernando Botero (Colombian, b. 1932-) pencil-on-paper still life titled Nicaragua Banana. Artist-signed and dated 1973, the 20 by 36in (sight) artwork is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Marlborough Galleries Inc. Its estimate has been set at $25,000-$30,000.

Lot 181, a painted wall sculpture of constructed form is dated 1997 and titled Windows On The World. Measuring 31 by 54.5 inches, it is signed by artist Patrick Hughes (English, b. 1939-) and retails a label on verso from Angela Flowers Gallery PLC, London. “We expect this work to do very well, since Patrick Hughes is very collectible in South Florida.” Estimate: $25,000-$30,000.

Aptly titled Small and Beautiful: The Issue of Scale, Lot 188 is a painting on canvas by Sam Francis (American, 1923-1994). In bold shades of yellow and cobalt blue with green and black accents, the 5.5in high by 8.5in wide painting retains a gallery label from Eaton Fine Art Inc., Florida. It is entered in the sale with a $25,000-$35,000 estimate.

Also worthy of note is Lot 75, a Tom Wesselman (American, 1931-2004) lithograph of a nude, signed and numbered 19/75. The 40 by 30in work is estimated at $5,000-$7,000.

Palm Beach Modern’s March 22 auction will be held at the company’s exhibition center at 417 Bunker Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33405, commencing at 12 noon Eastern Time. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com. Preview 10-5 Mon.-Fri. during the week prior to the sale; or from 9 a.m. till noon on auction day. Contact: 561-586-5500, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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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

Monumental cobalt blue pottery sculpture by Jun Kaneko (Japanese, b. 1942-), deaccessioned from the collection of the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden in West Palm Beach, Florida. Est. $17,000-$25,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image. 

One of seven smaller-scale metal sculptures coming to the auction from the estate of Larry Mohr (American, 1923-2013). Est. $1,000-$2,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image. 

Phillip (1907-1987) & Kelvin (b. 1937) LaVerne freeform Odyssey II cocktail table, 1967, bronze pedestals with patinated bronze, pewter and enamel surface etched with scenes from Homer’s ‘The Odyssey.’ One of only two made. Est. $20,000-$30,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image. 

Tom Wesselman (American, 1931-2004), lithograph of nude, 40 x 30in, artist-signed and numbered 19/75. Est. $5,000-$7,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image. 

Serge Mouille (French, 1922-1988), ‘Simple’ floor lamp, enameled metal and brass. Est. $10,000-$15,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image. 

 Piero Fornasetti (Italian, 1913-1988), lollipop-form graphic floor lamp with face of Italian opera singer Lina Cavalieri, 75in tall. Est. $10,000-$15,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Henry Moore OM CH FBA RBS (English, 1898-1986), bronze titled ‘Mother and Child with Tree Trunk.’ Signed and numbered 6/9, 9in high by 9.5in wide. Est. $60,000-$80,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image. 

 Patrick Hughes (English, b. 1939-), ‘Windows On The World,’ painted wall sculpture of constructed form, 31 by 54.5in. Est. $25,000-$30,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

 Sam Francis (American, 1923-1994), ‘Small and Beautiful: The Issue of Scale,’ 5.5 x 8.5in. Est. $25,000-$35,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Vladimir Kagan (German/American, b. 1927-), Model No. 175F walnut and black leather contour rocking chair with matching ottoman. Est. $5,000-$8,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image. 

 Fernando Botero (Colombian, b. 1932-), ‘Nicaragua Banana,’ pencil on paper, artist-signed and dated 1973, 20 x 36in (sight). Est. $25,000-$30,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 15:32
 

Rosebery’s presents modern design furniture March 20

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There will be three pairs and four single Philippe Starck Empire chairs with silvered swan arms and sabre legs. Estimate: £500-£600 each or £800-£1,200 a pair. Rosebery's image.

LONDON – The decorative arts and modern design section of Roseberys’ auction on Thursday, March 20, will include a selection of Philippe Starck and Eames furniture dating from around 2000 that seldom comes to the market. LiveAuctoneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Highlights include two sets of six brushed aluminium Hudson dining chairs designed by Philippe Starck for Emeco. Created in 2000 by Philippe Starck for Ian Schranger's Hudson Hotel in New York. This style of chair won the "Good Design Award" and is now included in the design collection of the Museum of Modern Art. The estimate for a set of six chairs is £600-£1,000.

There will also be three pairs and four single Philippe Starck Empire chairs with silvered swan arms and saber legs (estimate: £500-£600 each or £800-£1,200 a pair).

The auction will also include a Charles and Ray Eames lounge chair (La Chaise), Vitra, circa 2000, of white molded fiberglass, chrome metal and wood plinth. These were designed in 1948 for MOMA’s International competition for low-cost furniture design. The chair, estimated at £800-£1,200, measures 60 inches long.

Four pairs of Philippe Starck chrome tables, of rectangular form on rectangular legs, will also go under the hammer on March 20. The estimate is £200-£300 per pair.

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
There will be three pairs and four single Philippe Starck Empire chairs with silvered swan arms and sabre legs. Estimate: £500-£600 each or £800-£1,200 a pair. Rosebery's image. Sets of six brushed aluminum Hudson dining chairs designed by Philippe Starck for Emeco, 2000. Estimate: £600-£1,000. Rosebery's image. Charles & Ray Eames lounge chair (La Chaise), Vitra circa 2000, white molded fibreglass, chrome metal and wood plinth. Estimate: £800-£1,200. Rosebery's image.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 15:06
 

Cottone sale features artworks by modern masters March 29

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Lot 401 – Nineteenth century Americana cigar store Indian. Provenance: Featured in ‘Treasury of American Design’ by Clarence P. Hornung. Estimate: $30,000-$40,000. Cottone Auctions image.

GENESEO, N.Y. – On Saturday, March 29, Cottone Auctions will conduct their annual winter fine art and antiques auction, offering 500-plus lots in Cottone’s gallery at 120 Court St. in Geneseo, NY.

This important estates auction will include original paintings by noted listed artists, several Tiffany lamps, silver, sculpture, Asian art, antiquities, art glass, Oriental rugs and period furniture. Internet live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Featured will be numerous pieces from the prominent estate of William Levine of Rochester, N.Y. Levine was a businessman, philanthropist and avid modern art collector.

This collection of artwork includes two works by Pablo Picasso titled Tete de Buffon and Faunes et Chevre. Faunes et Chevre, estimated at $60,000-$80,000, is a fine and rare example of a linocut. Also by Picasso are two pieces of pottery that were produced in the 1950s titled Woodcut in Lines and Engraved bottle. There is a bold original Gouache by Alexander Calder, numerous lithographs by Marc Chagall including Vue Sur Notre-Dame and The Orange Tree, two pieces by Joan Miro, one of which is an oversize color etching and aquatint, 45 by 29 inches, titled Le Permissionnaire, a Jean Dufy gouache titled Jazz Band and a painting on linen by Ilya Bolotowski titled Abstract.

Complementing these fine works is an array of antique and modern furnishings. Mid-century modern pieces by James Mont include a silver-leaf console, a mirror, chair and table lamps. Two fine examples of polished bronze sculpture by Kieff are also part of this impressive collection.

The auction is set to begin with a variety of art glass including studio Tiffany glass, Loetz, Arsall, Charder, Muller Freres and Steuben. Fine estate silver such as a Tiffany Chrysanthemum sterling tea set, lighting, sculpture and decorative items will follow the art glass. A Tiffany Studios Daffodil lamp along with a Dogwood table lamp by Tiffany are features of this collection.

Other highlights include many fine oil paintings and works of art such as Felix Schlesinger’s (German 1833-1910) Feeding the Rabbits, a Hudson River landscape by Hamilton Hamilton (American 1847-1928) and an oil painting by Cornelius David Krieghoff (Canadian 1812-1872) of the Caughnawaga Indians, which is estimated to sell between $30,000 and $50,000. Works by William Aiken Walker (American, 1838-1921) and Luther Emerson Van Gorder (American, 1857-1931) will also be sold in this auction. An original lithograph by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, circa 1897, is expected to sell for upward of $80,000.

From the estate of Benjamin Buerk comes an extensive collection of Russian icons that were purchased throughout Buerk’s life. Buerk was a businessman and longtime collector from Buffalo, N.Y. The collection was mainly acquired through Sotheby’s and during travels abroad.

A bold example of American Craftsman pottery done by Frederick Walrath and an unusual quartersawn oak bookcase by Limbert adorned with stained glass doors are featured in the Arts & Crafts category.

Highlighting the furniture in this auction is a stacked walnut mushroom table designed by Wendell Castle (American, b. 1932) which was purchased in 1977 directly from the artist. Castle is often credited for being the father of the art furniture movement.

From the Americana collection is a 19th century cigar store Indian, which was featured in Treasury of American Design by Clarence P. Hornung; Image #140 and #143. According to the National Gallery, the image was a watercolor rendering in 1935, done for the book as a part of the WPA Project. The illustration can be found at the National Gallery. The Indian is expected to bring between $30,000-$40,000.

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern

For more information on Cottone’s fine art and antiques auction, contact Cottone Auctions at 585-243-1000.

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 401 – Nineteenth century Americana cigar store Indian. Provenance: Featured in ‘Treasury of American Design’ by Clarence P. Hornung. Estimate: $30,000-$40,000. Cottone Auctions image. 

Lot 358 – Pablo Picasso,  ‘Faunes et Chevre,’ linocut, 24 1/2 x 39 3/8 inches. Estimate: $60,000-$80,000. Cottone Auctions image. 

Lot 347 – Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976), gouache, signed lower right ‘Calder, 72,’ 23 x 31 inches. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Cottone Auctions image. 

Lot 246 – Tiffany Studios Dogwood table lamp, 18 inches high, shade diameter 10 inches. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Cottone Auctions image. 

Lot 237 – Cornelius David Krieghoff (Canadian 1812-1872), ‘The Caughnawaga Indians,’ 11 x 14 inches. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Cottone Auctions image. 

 Lot 322 – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901), ‘Partie de Campagne,’ 15 1/2 x 20 inches. Estimate: $50,000-$80,000. Cottone Auctions image.

Lots 377-397 – Russian icon collection, more than pieces from the collection of the late Benjamin Buerke. Cottone Auctions image. 

 Lot 346 – Wendell Castle (American, b. 1932) Stacked Walnut Mushroom Table. Provenance: purchased in 1977 directly from the artist. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Cottone Auctions image.

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