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Lawrence Antique Gallery to auction fine Chinese pieces Sept. 25

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:19

Chinese marble plaque inlaid zitan table screen, 26 inches high. Lawrence Antique Gallery image.

PRINCETON, N.J. – Lawrence Antique Gallery will sell approximately 480 lots of high-quality Asian antiques at auction on Thursday, Sept. 25, the second since its debut sale in late June. Liveauctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

A rare imperial carved polychrome ivory panel within zitan frame, sourced from a Washington, D.C., estate, is expected to be the top attraction. The table screen is dated as Qianlong Dynasty (circa 1735-1796). Dyed carved ivory was inset on the pink and blue background. Many emblems were used in Chinese culture, such as the bat, gourd and peach, which represented happiness, prosperity and longevity, respectively. A Eurasian magpie standing on the branch, signifies a happy event coming soon. The zitan frame was carved with a cloud shape and inlaid with ivory of five bats around a sign of longevity.

Also noteworthy is a pair of sacrificial red glaze and famille rose imperial plates with a Yongzheng circa (1722-1735) mark and of the period. Colorful fruit was painted with details on the white background. The famille rose porcelain of this period was commonly believed to be the best colored porcelain made.

A huge antique painting of a gathering to celebrate a royal highness’ birthday, signed as Chou Ying by unknown artist, is one of the valuable paintings in the auction lineup. Numerous figures of generals, warriors, officials and court ladies were drawn on silk. This example is king-size among paintings having a similar topic.

Other properties offered in the sale are jades, bronze Buddha figures and elegant scholars’ objects.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Chinese marble plaque inlaid zitan table screen, 26 inches high. Lawrence Antique Gallery image.

Pair of Chinese imperial porcelain famille rose plates. Lawrence Antique Gallery image.

Chinese imperial zitan and ivory table screen, 31 by 29 inches. Lawrence Antique Gallery image.

Large Chinese framed painting depicting a large birthday party, signed by Chou Ying, 108 inches by 60 inches. Lawrence Antique Gallery image.

Pair of Chinese cloisonne elephants with vases, 22 inches high. Lawrence Antique Gallery image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 15:23
 

Works from Southern collection added to Ahlers & Ogletree sale Oct. 4-5

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Monday, 22 September 2014 16:10

Signed oil on wood panel by the Armenian-American artist Hovsep Pushman (1877-1966), titled ‘Sacred Lotus of the Nile.’ Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

ATLANTA – Four original oil paintings from the renowned James Cowan Collection of fine artwork, gathered in the early part of the last century and mostly housed at a museum in Nashville, have been added to Ahlers & Ogletree’s already loaded two-day fall estates auction slated for Oct. 4-5. LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

The artworks are by the Armenian-American artist Hovsep Pushman (1877-1966), American artist Lillian Mathilde Genth (1876-1953), Dutch-American artist Willem Van Den Berg (1886-1970); and British-Italian painter Henry King Taylor (1799-1869). The works will blend nicely with the high-end furniture pieces and decorative accessories already in the sale.

The signed oil on wood panel by Pushman is seen as the strongest piece of the group, with a presale estimate of $30,000-$50,000. Titled Sacred Lotus of the Nile, the 28-inch-by-20-inch work (minus the original gilt and ebonized frame) depicts a woman at bust length with dark hair and wearing a jeweled tiara, necklace and emerald-green camisole, with Asian sculptural objects. The back of the work is inscribed with the title, and has a stamp from a photography studio in Aurora, Ill., where Cowan lived. The back also has a possible inventory number (“3A”).

Pushman was born in Asia Minor. When he was still in his teens his family emigrated to Chicago, where he studied Chinese culture, immersing himself in Asian art – a subject that was to become his forte. Pushman studied in Paris and toured the Orient, and was best known for his contemplative still lifes and sensitive portraits of women, such as the painting in this auction.

The oil on canvas painting by Henry King Taylor, titled Marine Painting with Promontory, is an apparently unsigned attribution, but with a pencil inscription “H.K. Taylor.” The work depicts schooners on a tumultuous and choppy sea, with two standing male figures. Measuring 16 inches by 24 inches (minus frame) the painting is expected to hit $8,000-$12,000.

Taylor was a master at the tricky genre of maritime paintings. He lived and was active in both Italy and the United Kingdom, which made him something of an anomaly in the art world, and his paintings today are highly sought after. In February 2007 one of his ships-at-sea works, titled Mount Orgueil Castle, Jersey, was sold through Bonhams in London for $27,774.

Lillian Mathilde Genth’s signed oil on board, titled Oldest Water Fountain, Tangier (est. $2,000-$4,000), depicts an Orientalist Tangier, Morocco cityscape, loosely and expressively rendered with Moorish architecture and figures in turbans and other traditional dress. The frame holding the 9 3/4-inch-by-13 3/4-inch painting displays the artist’s name and the title plaque on the bottom.

Genth was born in New York and died in Philadelphia, but she traveled the world in between. She was known early on for her paintings of female nudes in landscapes, but later in her career – around 1928 – she started painting scenes of her many travels, which took her to Spain, North Africa, Japan, China, Fiji, Bali, New Guinea and Thailand, where she did a portrait of the king.

The 16 1/2-inch-by-13 1/4-inch (minus the frame) oil on canvas painting by Willem Van Den Berg, titled Child with Fishbowl, carries a modest estimate of $1,500-$3,000. The painting, signed lower right, is a figural work, depicting a child wearing a large white collar over a black top holding a glass fish bowl with bright orange goldfish swimming inside the bowl.

Van Den Berg was Dutch-born, but he split his time between Holland and the United States, where his work was exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1935. He also studied in Paris, at the Barbizon School. His oeuvres included still lifes and figural paintings, as well as portraits and landscapes, but he’s probably best known for his images of peasants, farmers and fishermen.

Eager bidders will find the paintings’ provenance nearly as tantalizing as the desirable artworks themselves. In 1927, the city of Nashville received an anonymous donation of fine art – dozens of paintings that became the signature collection of the city’s new art museum at the Parthenon, a copy of the Greek temple built for an exposition in a Centennial Park in downtown Nashville.

It was revealed that the paintings had been given to the city by James M. Cowan, a wealthy insurance executive from Illinois with deep family ties to Tennessee. Cowan donated a total of 63 paintings to the museum, but that was less than a tenth of the estimated 700 works of art that he’d collected. Cowan had no children and the collection was broken up following his death.

Various nieces and nephews inherited the bulk of the estate. Dr. Kirven Weekley, a lineal descendant of Cowan, is the consignor of the paintings in the Ahlers & Ogletree auction. His maternal grandfather was Cowan’s nephew, and he acquired them through inheritance. His decision to part with the paintings presents a rare opportunity for serious collectors of fine art.

The auction was already packed with fine American and French furniture, a collection of antique Persian rugs, watches and other estate jewelry, landscape paintings by noted Austrian artists, scientific objects in excellent condition, sterling silver, Flora Danica china, decorative objects and a great selection of items from private collections out of Florida, Atlanta and St. Louis.

More than 1,000 quality, mostly fresh-to-the-market lots will cross the auction block, in a wide array of categories.

Inquiries regarding bidding or the auction may be made via e-mail ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or by phone, at 404-869-2478.

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

Signed oil on wood panel by the Armenian-American artist Hovsep Pushman (1877-1966), titled ‘Sacred Lotus of the Nile.’ Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Unsigned oil on canvas attributed to Henry King Taylor (British, 1799-1869), titled ‘Marine Painting with Promontory.’ Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Ahlers & Ogletree image. 

Signed oil on board by Lillian Mathilde Genth (American, 1876-1953), titled ‘Oldest Water Fountain, Tangier.’ Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Ahlers & Ogletree image. 

Signed oil on canvas painting by Dutch-American artist Willem Van Den Berg, titled ‘Child with Fishbowl.’ Estimate: $1,500-$3,000. Ahlers & Ogletree image. 

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 16:33
 

Don Presley to auction antiques from upscale So. Calif. estates on Oct. 5

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Monday, 22 September 2014 15:01

Vampire Killing Kit outfitted with all the accountrements to stave off an unwanted visit from a blood-sucking predator. Est. $8,000-$12,000. Don Presley image

SANTA ANA, Calif. – More than 500 top-quality lots from a Beverly Hills antiques store liquidation and estate pieces from Newport Beach and other upscale Southern California communities will be auctioned by Don Presley on Sunday, Oct. 5.

The auction begins at noon Pacific time / 3 p.m. Eastern. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide the Internet live-bidding services for the sale.

High-quality furniture, clocks, fine artwork, a monumental Baccarat chandelier, Russian and Continental bronzes by the likes of Chiparus, D. Alonzo, G. Omerth, Bruno Zach, Marcel Bouraine, Gerdago and other important artists will be crossing the auction block.

Other highlights including sterling silver, enamel over silver, KPM, Sevres, Lalique, Tiffany, a large Meissen figurine collection, Limoges, Dresden, porcelains, pottery and china.

In time for Halloween, Presley will offer an original and complete vampire-killing kit that includes a flintlock pistol. There is also an outstanding automaton of a girl.

Additional collector’s items in the auction lineup are badges of honor from various countries and Vatican City. Many are of sterling silver and enamel. Asian items include a large collection of celadon jade and other exceptional pieces.

There are many lots of fine jewelry and watches. Highlighting the category is a fine 18K Vacheron Constantin pocket watch, which has a $2,500-$3,000 estimate.

Western Americana will be led by an early cabinet card portrait of Apache tribal chief Mangas Coloradas (c. 1793-Jan. 18, 1863) by photographer A. Frank Randall. The image is in very good condition and has an $800-$1,200 estimate.

Many items are entered in the sale with no minimums or reserves. If there is a reserve, it will be the starting bid, said Presley.

Don Presley Auctions is located at 2202 S. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92707.

For additional information on any item in the auction, email Don Presley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 714-633-2437.

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

Vampire Killing Kit outfitted with all the accountrements to stave off an unwanted visit from a blood-sucking predator. Est. $8,000-$12,000. Don Presley image

‘Futuristic Dancer’ by Gerdago (Austrian), enameled and cold-painted bronze on onyx base, one of many Art Deco bronze figures to be auctioned. Est. $10,000-$15,000. Don Presley image

Within the extensive selection of Asian decorative art is a jeweled and enameled cloisonné Quan Yin figure with a deer. Est. $1,800-$2,500. Don Presley image

Evgeny Alexandrovich Lanceray (Russian, 1875-1946), bronze of a Ukrainian chumak driving oxen, signed, foundry mark, Ministry of Finance stamp. Est. $14,000-$16,000. Don Presley image

Edouard Drouot (French, 1859-1945), ‘Venus on the Waves,’ re-gilded in 24K gold, 27in tall, signed, French foundry mark. Est. $3,000-$4,000. Don Presley image

From a fabulous collection of antique badges and medals, a Russian Cross honor badge marked ‘1914 – 1917’ on verso, enameled metal. Est. $600-$800. Don Presley image

A wide array of porcelain includes Meissen figurines, like this 5½in woman with dog. Est. $1,000-$1,200. Don Presley image

Highlighting the jewelry and timepieces section is an 18K Vacheron Constantin pocket watch, est. $2,500-$3,000. Don Presley image

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 16:10
 

Linwoods marks successful first year with Sept. 27 auction

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Friday, 19 September 2014 16:27

Chinese scroll ink and color on paper painting attributed to Huang Junbi. It measures 52 inches by 25 3/4 inches. Estimate: $30,000-$45,000. Linwoods Auction image.

ALHAMBRA, Calif. – The season’s long-anticipated change brings a splendid cornucopia of new offerings. In celebration of an encouragingly successful inaugural year, Linwoods Auction of Southern California will present a veritable cache of decorative arts, unique jewelry, distinctive period furniture, and fine art masterpieces at a special one-day auction on Saturday, Sept. 27.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

Linwoods Auction House offers a variety of Chinese arts and antiquities, precious stones, fine jewelry and rare furnishings at the autumn event. September auction items include a wide variety of porcelain works, jade, jadeite sculptures and soapstone carvings, precious gemstones, scroll paintings, ancient silk courtiers’ robes and museum-worthy furniture.

"We are honored to have been given the opportunity to showcase some truly unique works this auction,” said curator Lisal Ong. "We feel privileged to be making a number of lots available from the collections of a few esteemed lifetime collectors.”

Memorable lots from the September auction include a magnificent collection of kesi-woven silken embroidered courtiers’ robes and embroidery panels from the imperial court of the Qing dynasty. Another notable offering is a number of HuangHuaLi furniture pieces of the highest quality and craftsmanship. A discerning lifetime collector is also parting with scroll paintings and porcelain works.

The auction opens with a vast array of snuff bottles, intricately crafted in jade, white jade, agate, and cloisonné and featuring semi-precious stone detailing. One lot of particular interest is lot 5723, a unique black and white Hetian jadeite snuff bottle with intricately carved figurine overlays.

Other notable lots include the impressive collection of silk courtiers’ robes and embroidery panels from the Imperial Qing dynasty (lots 5755-5764) amassed by a lifetime collector in San Francisco. Lot 5764, a navy silk robe featuring mythical dragons chasing flaming pearls among stylized clouds, epitomizes the beauty and regal grandeur of this collection.

Another cornerstone of the day’s offerings is lot 5719, a lustrous conjoined archaistic vase painstakingly carved from a multihued piece of very rare jadeite in lavender, gray and apple green tones with russet suffusions. This masterfully crafted piece also comes with a GIA certificate.

Elegant in its simplicity and design is lot 5800 a white Hetian jadeite brush washing bowl with carved bat detailing and suspended side rings.

Distinctive furniture lots (lots 5902- 5916) include a number of museum-worthy pieces, some of which were amassed by a Manhattan lifetime collector who prized huanghuali and zitan woods for their strength, durability and gleaming finish. A significant collection piece is lot 5908, a pair of huanghuali horseshoe-backed chairs from the Republic period, magnificently crafted with impeccable detailing.

The auction will also offer fine jewelry pieces in a variety of forms, from amber prayer beads, to rare Tibetan dzi beads to unique jade and jadeite pieces. Noteworthy jewelry lots include Lot 5724, a luminous green jadeite pendant with cabochon style petals surrounded in gold with clusters of nearly perfect diamonds, with GIA certificate.

The proprietors of Linwoods have married their mutually held passion for fine art and collectibles with decades of expert sales and acquisitions for their growing network of international clients. With a promising first year in Southern California, they have plans in place for monthly in-house auctions. The Sept. 27 event will begin at 3 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. For additional information call Lisal Ong at 626-457-8818.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Chinese scroll ink and color on paper painting attributed to Huang Junbi. It measures 52 inches by 25 3/4 inches. Estimate: $30,000-$45,000. Linwoods Auction image.

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Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 14:42
 

Marathon session in store for Jeffrey Evans glass sale Sept. 27

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Friday, 19 September 2014 12:33

Important cut Strawberry Diamond cruet stand with American eagle handle. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will hold its 20th annual fall auction of pattern glass and other types of glass in a marathon session, Sept. 27. The sale features items from legendary collections built over decades. Consignors consist of Carmen Lyman of Tulsa, Okla., John W. Ragsdale of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Dr. Larry McCallister of Muncie, Ind., and a private collector from Pennsylvania.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

Highlights include an outstanding selection of American historical glass including rare U.S. Coin, important figural pieces, presidential and World’s Fair-related items, flint tumblers and mugs, nonflint Early American Pattern Glass including rare animal patterns, collections of Duncan Ellrose and Shell & Tassel, Kansas, and Fostoria Number 575/Carmen, vaseline and other colored patterns, novelty forms, Greentown and milk glass. The auction also includes flint Early American Pattern Glass including rare examples of Bellflower and Horn of Plenty patterns, and other early glass including cut Pittsburgh, lacy-pattern salts, colored flint and syrup jugs.

For details 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

Important cut Strawberry Diamond cruet stand with American eagle handle. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image. 

 Sampling of rare flint and nonflint Early American Pattern Glass and historical glass. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Rare Ripley candlesticks including a rare baptismal font with cover. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image. 

Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 12:59
 

Polar exploration notes reach Dreweatts & Bloomsbury sale Oct. 2

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Thursday, 18 September 2014 15:47

Glass negatives of the ship Discovery and Captain Scott and members of the crew on their arrival at Lyttelton, New Zealand. [Lot 262, est. £500-700]. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON - A fascinating collection of notes written by members of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott's National Antarctic Expedition on their journeys across the snows of the southern continent. The collection will go under the hammer in London during Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions sale of printed books and manuscripts on Thursday, Oct. 2.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

These eight sledging notes were written by members of the expedition during the "Heroic Age" of polar exploration and give a vivid insight into the challenges and obstacles of their work in the Antarctic.

The National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 led by Scott was one of the first major scientific and natural history expeditions to Antarctica, which saw the first ascent of the polar plateau in the Western Mountains and the discovery of the first Emperor penguin egg.

Remarkably one of the notes in the collection, from Lt. Michael Barne to Lt. Charles Royds back at Winter Quarters on board the ship Discovery was delivered by Vinka, the pet dog of Albert Borlase Armitage, second in command of the expedition, across miles of frozen featureless tracts with the note attached to her collar by a boot lace.

“Dear Royds, I am very much afraid we shall have to drop not only the pelsk bag, but probably a week of our own provisions off the point of White Island. I don’t know when we are likely to get there as our speed is only between 1/4 & 1/2 a mile an hour. If we drop anything, it will be 1/2’ N of the nearest of the two points at the N end of White I[slan]d & will be marked with a large flag. The snow here is not quite so deep, but it is as much as ever we can do to start the sledges on ski, we cannot even start the first sledge, I hope Vinka will turn up all right. We are going to starve her & do our best to send her back.” Lot 258 carries an estimate of  £2,000-3,000.

Barne’s sledging party, consisting of six men (Smythe, Plumley, Williamson, Crean, Weller), did not have a supporting party, which was the normal way to send notes back to the ship. Fortunately for Barne, when he left the ship two days earlier Armitage’s pet Samoyed, Vinka, had followed his sledging party. Barne did not have extra dog food to look after his senior officer’s dog so he took the decision to starve her and send her back to the ship, hoping she would find her way.

Other letters and notes in the collection paint a cheerier picture of the life of an explorer. One from Armitage to Royds ends; “My best chin – chin to Micky, Bunny & Muggins, all good luck old chap, all hands in best of spirits & health & doing grandly” [Lot 256, est. £3,000-4,000].

Another sent from Reginald William Skelton to Royds in the run up to Christmas, Dec. 10, 1902 says; “Just a line to wish you a Merry Christmas… We have been having a most enjoyable trip, though it has been hard work as you may imagine, the last 19 or 20 miles all double hauling, - we are now over 4000 ft high & about to attack a regular Spion Kop - however Koettlitz will tell you all about it. The Supplementary party have done very well... Armitage gave any of my party chance of returning, but they didn’t take it. - Whitfield is a rare good man out,- Armitage says he would have liked to taken him on,- so if you get a chance to give him another trip, - perhaps you will be able to do so” [Lot 263, est. £2,000-2,500].

Other topical works in the sale include a 17th century broadside on the Scottish colony of Darien that lead to the union of England and Scotland [Lot 7, est. £1,500-2,000]. The wider manuscript section covers a broad range of bizarre and interesting topics like murder, suicide, execution, dueling and Victorian midwifery.

Elsewhere, leading the English and Continental Literature is a large 18th century gentleman’s library. Of particular note is Edward Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 1776-88, first edition in six volumes [Lot 150, est. £7,000-9,000].

Books from the library of the late David Bauman include George Cruikshank’s Omnibus, 1842. This first edition was bound from the original monthly parts. Loosely inserted into the work is the original illustrated letter by Robert Cruikshank to George Cruikshank and five original pencil sketches by George Cruikshank, one has a watercolor wash and has been heightened in white [Lot 342, est. £600-800].

The sale of Printed Books and Manuscripts will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions saleroom in London’s Mayfair.

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

Glass negatives of the ship Discovery and Captain Scott and members of the crew on their arrival at Lyttelton, New Zealand. [Lot 262, est. £500-700]. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

The note dated Dec. 21, 1902 that was carried by a lone pet dog across miles of featureless Antarctica. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

A note sent from Reginald William Skelton to Charles Royds on Dec. 10, 1902 contains Christmas greetings. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 17:39
 

Ming dynasty box holds good fortune for I.M. Chait sale Sept. 21

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 15:58

Ming dynasty Wanli blue and white box with Wanli mark and of the period, 10 3/4 inches diameter. Estimate: $50,000-$60,000. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – I.M. Chait Gallery’s auction on Sunday, Sept. 21, will feature important Chinese Yuan and Ming dynasty blue and white porcelains from an East Coast collection together with Song and Yuan dynasty ceramics from a Los Angeles estate.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding. The auction will begin at 1 p.m. Pacific time.

Also offered are:

– Fine Chinese scrolls and paintings by Walasse Ting from private collections;

– Early Chinese ceramics from Han, Jin, Tang and Song dynasties as well as antique European pottery and ceramics from Southern California collections;

– Chinese carved jadeite and group of fine Chinese snuff bottles from Los Angeles and Canadian collections;

– Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze Buddhist figures and group of large Chinese cloisonné enamel objects, including animals and vessels, from a Nevada collection;

– Vintage estate jewelry together with diamond and gold jewelry by Tiffany and Cartier from private collections;

– Coral, lapis lazuli necklaces together with small antique jades from an Orange County, Calif., collection.

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

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

Ming dynasty Wanli blue and white box with Wanli mark and of the period, 10 3/4 inches diameter. Estimate: $50,000-$60,000. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

Antique Chinese export silver teapot with hallmarks HM Yian and 90, likely a pre-1900 Shanghai maker, 9 1/4 inches long. Estimate: $600-$800. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

Carved coral flowering vessel, 9 1/4 inches, on wood stand. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

Chinese silver-gilt filigree enameled censer, 6 1/4 inches high. Estimate: $400-$500. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

Group of six Chinese carved, coral flowers: two larger roses; one chrysanthemum; smaller circular blossom; and a pair of small floral buds, largest 1 1/2 inches. Estimate: $300-$400. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 15:56
 

Roland Auctions to offer best of NYC estates Sept. 20

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 12:57

Modern bronze sculpture by Pablo Serrano depicting Spanish missionary Fray Junipero Serra Ferrer. The Spanish government commissioned the monumental work, which was prominently displayed it at its pavilion at the New York World's Fair of 1964-64. Roland Auctions NY image.

NEW YORK – Roland Auctions NY’s September Auction on Saturday, Sept. 20, boasts over 1,000 fresh-to-market lots from several exceptional New York City estates.

Remarking on the caliber of merchandise, principal Robert Roland said, “It’s strong and amazingly rich in value.”

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding. The auction will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern.

Featured in this auction is lot 401 a monumental modern bronze sculpture by Pablo Serrano depicting the Spanish missionary Fray Junipero Serra Ferrer. During the 18th century Fray Serra Ferrer established a chain of missions from the Baja peninsula northward through what is now California, extending the Spanish colonies into North America. In addition to being a Spanish hero and national treasure, he was beatified by Pope John Paul II on Sept. 15, 1988, clearing the way for ultimate sainthood. This modern, Brutalist-style, larger-than-life tour de force was commissioned by the Spanish government and prominently displayed in their pavilion at the New York World’s Fair of 1964-65.

Roland Auctions NY’s reputation for discovering and reintroducing significant works of fine art will again be well earned as bidders vie for paintings, prints, bronzes 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 canvases include Moldovan, S. Bate and Canu among bronzes by the likes of Lanceray and P. Lecoultier

In addition to 20th century modern art, mid-century design is strongly represented at Roland Auctions NY this month. Standouts among dozens of pieces in this category sought by collectors and enthusiasts will include a pair of Arteluce “Triennale” floor lamps and a pair of slate top Brutalist-style side tables designed by Paul Evans for Directional.

In tandem with this auction’s exposition of modernism are dozens of traditional 18th and 19th century American, French, Italian and English tables, chairs, bookcases, desks and commodes. Among these fine pieces are an American Empire sofa table and an English 19th side-lock specimen cabinet.

Asian arts and Orientalia include fine carved mineral specimens such as a black jade foo dog, a lapis lazuli figural group and a prasiolite urn. Other coveted items comprise an unusually large pink Peking glass vase and a Kangxi porcelain vase among many others.

A collection exemplary Judaica from antique to mid-century modern featuring a large silver Austro-Hungarian menorah will be offered just in time for this year’s high holidays as well.

For details contact Roland Auctions NY at 212-260-2000.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Modern bronze sculpture by Pablo Serrano depicting Spanish missionary Fray Junipero Serra Ferrer. The Spanish government commissioned the monumental work, which was prominently displayed it at its pavilion at the New York World's Fair of 1964-64. Roland Auctions NY image.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 16:02
 

Jewelry, luxury goods from Princeton's Silver Shop in Oct. 11-12 auction

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Monday, 15 September 2014 16:46

Lepine gold and platinum ladies pocket watch with rose-cut diamond and rubies. From The Silver Store, Princeton, New Jersey. Material Culture image

PHILA., Pa. – Since 1937, The Silver Shop in Princeton, New Jersey, has catered to a selective clientele that included not only blue-blooded Princetonians but also celebrities, politicians and design luminaries from around the world. America’s oldest retail silver specialist in continuous operation, The Silver Shop was the sort of quietly elite establishment where, in its earlier days, one might bump into Sir Laurence Olivier, Albert Einstein or members of the Guggenheim family browsing the upscale wares. Later, it became a favored gift emporium for numerous New Jersey governors, and tastemakers like Frank Gehry, Martha Stewart and Michael Graves. The Silver Shop also welcomed among its high-profile guests Bruce Springsteen, who would purchase gifts for his mother; and Brooke Shields, who actually lived above the shop while a student at Princeton.

After 77 years and four devoted owners, The Silver Shop has now closed its hallowed doors in tree-lined Palmer Square, and its entire contents, including its custom-made mirrored showcases, are being sent to auction. Material Culture of Philadelphia has been chosen to handle the dispersal of goods and fixtures, which it will do over two weekends: Sept. 27-28 and October 11-12. Each of the auctions will be held at Material Culture’s spacious Philadelphia gallery, following a two-day preview period. There will also be a special preview and reception at Princeton’s Academy of the Sacred Heart, Sept. 22.

During the Art Deco era, when The Silver Shop was founded, nearly every upscale city in America had one store that was regarded as the most exclusive place to go for fine silver, exquisite jewelry and objets de vertu, explained Material Culture’s founder and owner George Jevremovic. “But over time, with the retail flight to suburban shopping malls, those sorts of establishments closed, one by one. The Silver Shop would have closed in 2000, had it not been for its fourth owner, Salvatore Pitts, who stepped in at the last minute to rescue it,” Jevremovic said. “Now the shop will become part of Princeton’s remarkable history, because Mr. Pitts has decided to retire and spend his time traveling.”

As one might imagine, a luxe array of antique silver will serve as the centerpiece of both the October and November auctions. Among the highlights are a sterling silver magnum chiller created by the Howard Silver Company of New York specifically to ring in the 20th century, as well as dozens of superb Tiffany designs, including a boxed sterling silver cocktail shaker with eight goblets. Other prized silver pieces include 10 Japanese tumblers of .950 silver, a set of eight J.E. Caldwell Art Deco cordials, a 19th-century sterling silver wedding basket, his and her toast racks made by the Birmingham Silver Company, egg servers, large tazzae compotes on gilded four-column pedestals, and designs by Sheibler and Cartier. Devotional objects of antique silver include Russian-style repousse silver icons rendered by Henryk Winograd, and a dated 1896 Russian silver cross by Anatoly Andropovic.

The inventory also features hand-wrought modernist and 20th-century silver, many by the foremost artists and designers for the last century. A “Circa 70” silver and ebony 4-piece tea and coffee service with a tray, by American artist Donald Colflesh (b. 1932-), dates to around 1958. Master metalsmith John Axel Prip (American, 1922-2009) is represented by an onion-form 3-piece tea set crafted for Reed and Barton. Georg Jensen designs include a pyramid-shape Art Deco teapot with the old “GJ” mark, by Danish draftsman Harald Nielsen (1892-1977); pieces from the collection of Jensen master silversmith Hans Christensen (1924-1983), and an ebony coffee and tea service by Italian silversmith Alphonse LaPaglia (1907-1953). Other notable lots include a 3-piece tea set by American designer Lurelle Guild (1898-1985), a full Buccellati flatware service in the Borgia pattern, and a pair of stunning Cartier hand-wrought vases with gold-washed interior. Other silver makers whose works will be auctioned include Allan Adler (1916-2002), Alfredo Sciarrotta (1907-1985), Karl Leinonen and Chicago silversmiths J. Myer Lebolt, Julius O. Randahl and the Kalo Shop.

Additional highlights include a life-size silver skull, a solid Italian silver wild boar mounted on a marble plinth, a Franz Hagenauer (Austrian, 1906-1986) bronze, paint and wood sculpture of a weightlifter, an Italian Fascist-period silver bowl, and an exceptional pair of 3-arm candelabra made of silver and ebony by Gorham.

Salvatore Pitts bought The Silver Shop after its previous owner, Arthur Colletti, passed away. Colletti also owned the renowned Pompey Collection of French porcelain and the Sable Collection of American porcelain. The majority of Colletti’s porcelain holdings were sold at Christie’s in May 2002 for world-record prices, but the portion he had retained for himself conveyed with the sale of the shop to Pitts and will be included in Material Culture’s auction inventory.

The selection of antique porcelain is led by a tall 19th-century Belleek tankard, a set of 12 painted Belleek cider mugs, a large group of Princeton transferware plates, and an original set of 19th-century Lenox Exhibition Plates from the original Lenox showroom. Other phases of Lenox porcelain are reflected by works from Willets, Willets Belleek, and Ceramic Art Company of Trenton, with many rare and one-off pieces by artists such as Nosek and Morley.

A trove of jewelry includes hundreds of pieces of hand-made antique, vintage and modern jewelry spectacular works by Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Munz, and Georg Jensen. Many of the Jensen designs are adorned with hard stones and were created in the Danish master’s lifetime.

The contents and showcases from The Silver Shop of Princeton, N.J. will be auctioned over the weekends of Sept. 27-28 and Oct. 11-12, 2014 at the Material Culture gallery, 4700 Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144. Each auction session will commence at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. Preview on the Thursday and Friday immediately prior to auction weekend, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All forms of bidding will be available, including absentee or live via the Internet through www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

A special auction preview and reception will be held in Princeton at the Academy of the Sacred Heart on Monday, Sept. 22, from 5-8 p.m., with refreshments served. All auction items will be on view and available for inspection before moving to Material Culture’s gallery.

For additional information on any item in the auction, to arrange for a phone line or to leave an absentee bid, call 215-438-4700 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit Material Culture’s website at www.materialculture.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Lepine gold and platinum ladies pocket watch with rose-cut diamond and rubies. From The Silver Shop, Princeton, New Jersey. Material Culture image

12-pint sterling silver magnum chiller created by the Howard Silver Company of New York expressly to ring in the 20th century. Material Culture image

Handmade studio pendant with Janus-style motif comprising two faces, crafted in high-karat gold by Gustav Munz. Material Culture image

Tiffany & Co. sterling silver cocktail service consisting of cocktail shaker with strainer and jigger cap, marked 2 Pints, 22422 L; and eight matching goblets marked 18885 L. Set comes with original fitted box. Material Culture image

A ‘Circa 70’ silver and ebony four-piece tea and coffee service with tray, by American artist Donald Colflesh (b. 1932-), dates to circa 1958. Material Culture image

Franz Hagenauer sculpture of a weightlifter. Size: 13in x 7.75in x 1.5in; bronze, paint, wood. Material Culture image

Henryk Winograd pure silver Russian icon, marked HW999. Size: 8.5in x 7in. Material Culture image

Set of 12 Lenox Orchid plates by J. Nosek. Material Culture image

Buccellati flatware service for 6 in the Borgia pattern. Material Culture image

Archival postcards of The Shops on Palmer Square in Princeton, N.J., including The Silver Shop (second from right, with green shutters), which was the first establishment on the square, opening in 1937. Image provided by Material Culture

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 October 2014 13:59
 

Mid-century modern pieces stand out in Capo auction Sept. 20

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Monday, 15 September 2014 10:07

Pair of Russian silver candelabra, 19th century, imperial warrant, marked 84, Moscow. Estimate: $20,000-$25,000. Capo Auction image.

NEW YORK – An outstanding selection of mid-century modern furniture will be taking the spotlight at Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques’ first fall auction on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 11a.m. Eastern. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Featured along with the mid-century modern pieces, Capo Auction is also offering a stunning Art Deco Patek Philippe platinum pendant watch. This piece has a trapezoid-shape case with 62 round diamonds and three ruby accents. The dial and movement are signed. The dial has diamond chapters and the watch is on a 14K white gold and diamond chain. Its estimated value is $25,000-$30,000.

Already getting much attention is a rare Steinway Model C rosewood parlor grand piano, serial number 2485, made in 1859. This piano is 7 feet 1 inches in length and is the very first parlor grand model manufactured by Steinway in the U.S. Estimated value is $10,000-$15,000. Also noteworthy is a pair of 19th century Russian silver candelabra, imperial warrant, marked 84, Moscow, and marks of Aggey Grigoryevich Svechin. Each has a standing figure supporting four scrolled arms, stands 22 inches and totals 7,320 grams. The estimate is $20,000-$25,000.

Their many mid-century modern offerings include a pair of purple Arne Jacobsen Egg Chairs, Fritz Hansen label, estimated value $2,000-$3,000; a pair of dark red Arne Jacobsen Egg Chairs, Fritz Hansen label, estimate: $2,000-$3,000; a pair of blue Arne Jacobsen Swan Chairs, Fritz Hansen label, estimate: $1,000-$1,500; and a pair of green Arne Jacobsen Swan Chairs, Fritz Hansen label, estimate: $1,000-1,500. All of these chairs were designed in 1958 for the lobby and reception areas in the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. Another standout in the auction is a rare Edward Wormley table with Tiffany tiles. The rectangular two-tier table is inset with Tiffany Studios glass tiles. It is 23.5 inches high, 29 inches wide and 23 inches deep, and has an estimated value of $2,000-$3,000.

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 Russian silver candelabra, 19th century, imperial warrant, marked 84, Moscow. Estimate: $20,000-$25,000. Capo Auction image.

Art Deco Patek Philippe pendant watch, platinum, trapezoid-shape case with diamonds and rubies. Estimate: $ 25,000-$30,000. Capo Auction image.

Steinway Model C parlor grand piano, serial number 2485, rosewood, 1859. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Capo Auction image.

Pair of purple Arne Jacobsen Egg Chairs, designed in 1958 for the lobby and reception areas in the Royal Hotel, in Copenhagen. Fritz Hansen label. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Capo Auction image.

Pair of blue Arne Jacobsen Swan Chairs, designed in 1958 for the lobby and reception areas in the Royal Hotel, in Copenhagen. Fritz Hansen label. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Capo Auction image.

Edward Wormley table with Tiffany tiles, rectangular two-tier table inset with Tiffany Studios glass tiles. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Capo Auction image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 13:05
 

Lichtenstein, Fini, Giacometti lead Clars' Sept. 13-14 auction

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Thursday, 11 September 2014 16:16

Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997), Study for Still Life with Dossier, 1976, ink, pencil and colored pencil on paper, 11.9’ x 9.9in Estimate: $80,000-$120,000. Clars image

OAKLAND, Calif. - On September 13, 14, and 15, 2014, Clars Auction Gallery will host what is anticipated to be the largest sale in the firm’s history. In a year where each monthly sale surpassed all previous records for that month, their September event will be an exciting world-class experience for buyers and collectors around the globe. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Roy Lichtenstein’s (American, 1993–1997) Study for Still Life with Dossier leads the fine-art offerings. This drawing—the only known study for the 1976 Still Life with Dossier painting currently in the important post-war collection of Dr. Giuliano Gori—has always been held privately. Artistically a strong example of the artist’s work, the drawing engages a significant shift stylistically in Lichtenstein’s practice. In the study, we see the artist’s early use of straight lines, rather than his iconic Ben-Day dots. By 1983 his signature dots had yielded almost entirely to stripes. The fact that the artist created very few drawings and that this work is fresh to the market will make this 11 13/16 x 8 15/16 inch drawing the leading lot in the Fine Art Offering.

“The story of how this work was consigned at Clars is one of scholarship and, as far as provenance is concerned, it could not be better,” said Rick Unruh, Vice President and Director of Fine Art. This work will be offered for $80,000 to $120,000.

The second premier offering will be a work by Leonor Fini (French, 1908-1996). Fini was an artist living in Paris for the majority of her career who counted Pablo Picasso, Rene Magritte, Max Ernst, Jean Cocteau, and Salvador Dali amongst her many friends and peers in the art world. Dialogue Impossible (1994) depicts a strong woman clad in a long flowing crimson skirt, looking past the drab man with his eyes closed beneath her. The painting, originally from the Weinstein Gallery of San Francisco, CA (which represents the artist), is expected to achieve its $60,000-$80,000 estimate with ease.

Clars is once again pleased to present a fine sculpture by African American Modernist, Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012), titled Cabeza de Piedra. This 11-inch cast-stone piece will be offered at $16,000 to $22,000 and depicts the head of a man. It recalls the strength of traditional Aztec and Mayan stone sculpture in Mexican culture, which influenced Catlett significantly. The artist makes a powerful statement with this a unique example. Another important sculpture is a Beaux Arts classic by Louis Ernest Barrias (French, 1841-1905) titled Nature Revealing Herself to Science. Estimate: $20,000 to $30,000.

This summer’s World Cup has come and gone, but the brilliant pop art of Brazilian artist Romero Britto (b. 1963), will be available at this sale. This vibrantly playful, acrylic on canvas titled Brazilia Lady exemplifies the effervescent spirit of this talented South American artist. Estimate: $18,000 to $22,000.

Two American painters whose works exemplify the magnificence of the flowering field landscapes will also be featured on September 14th. One of which is a spectacular oil on board by the Texas artist, Julian Onderdonk (1882-1922), titled Bluebonnets - Early Morning. It is offered for $30,000 to $50,000. Fields of California poppies are the focus of acolorful oil on canvas by John Marshall Gamble (1863 - 1957), titled, Meadow with Poppies and Purple Mountains, which is estimated at $15,000 to $20,000.

Clars is honored to offer the work titled A Walk Into Town, by 19th-century Dutch Master Bernardus Johannes Blommers (1845-1914), one of the most collected artists of The Hague school of painters. This work was originally part of the extraordinary Jacques Goudstikker Gallery Collection, which was seized by the Nazis during their art confiscation program. This work by Blommers was recently a subject in the travelling exhibit “Reclaimed, Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker.” The provenance of this work, combined with the balanced composition and timeless Dutch-Master palette, makes the appearance of this work at auction an exciting opportunity for collectors. Estimate: $5,000 to $7,000.

One region of the globe that is experiencing skyrocketing art prices is Russia. Clars is pleased to be offering paintings by some of the finest 19th and 20th century Russian artists on the market. One of these highlights is a dramatic scene by Lev Lagorio (1827-1905) titled Figures Gazing at the Sea, which is conservatively priced to sell at $15,000 to $20,000.

Diego Giocometti (Switzerland, 1902-1985) was one of the premier designers of the 20th century. His works are held in the finest museums, private collections and homes worldwide. On Sunday, September 14th, Clars will offer a console rectangulaire created by this renowned artist. This important work of art in design will be offered for $80,000 to $120,000. Other top furniture designers represented include Frank Lloyd Wright and Silas Seandel.

There will be a large collection of American and European lighting including pieces by Tiffany Studios, Pairpoint, Handel, and others. A Tiffany Studios Venetian desk lamp is estimated at $50,000-$70,000.

Another highlight will be a group of turned wood bowls, consisting of an 18th century Koa wood example having indigenous repairs, valued at $3,000 to $5,000; a large Koertge example, as well as a Moulthrop vessel.

The Continental highlights include a pair of monumental French marble and ormolu mounted urnsattributed to Henry Dasson (1825-1896), $30,000 to $50,000. This offering will be complemented by both monumental Royal Vienna and Sevres urns. An impressive selection of clocks includes a mother of pearl marquetry decorated eight-ball, double fuse bracket clock with automaton, having an estimate of $5,000-$7,000.

Several historic items will be offered including two gold presentation walking sticks conservatively estimated at $4,000 to $6,000 and $5,000 to $7,000. Clars routinely realizes record-breaking prices on similar pieces. Also to be offered is a United States Civil War Presentation sword with scabbard estimated at $5,000 to $7,000.

Also to be offered are sterling siver, fine jewelry, an extensive selection of important Asian art.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997), Study for Still Life with Dossier, 1976, ink, pencil and colored pencil on paper, 11.9’ x 9.9in Estimate: $80,000-$120,000. Clars image

Dialogue Impossible, by Leonor Fini (French, 1908-1996) will be offered for  $60,000-$80,000. Clars image

This work titled, A Walk Into Town, by Dutch Master Bernardus Johannes Blommers (1845-1914) from the storied Jacques Goudstikker collection, will be offered for $5,000 to $7,000. Clars image

This spectacular oil on board by the Texas artist, Julian Onderdonk (1882-1922), titled, Bluebonnets - Early Morning, will be offered for $30,000 to $50,000. Clars image

By Russian artist Lev Lagorio (1827-1905), his work titled Figures Gazing at the Sea is conservatively priced to sell at $15,000 to $20,000. Clars image

Diego Giacometti (Switzerland, 1902-1985) console rectangulaire to be offered for $80,000 to $120,000. Clars image

Exceptional Tiffany Studios Venetian desk lamp estimated at $50,000-70,000. Clars image

One of a pair of monumental French marble and ormolu mounted urns attributed to Henry Dasson (1825-1896) will be offered for $30,000 to $50,000. Clars image

A highlight of the Asian offerings is this Chinese huanghuali table composed of two floating top panels and conservatively estimated at $20,000 to $40,000. Clars image

Jadeite, diamond and white gold ring with center stone measuring 16.79 x 10.35 x 6.80mm, estimated at $25,000 to $45,000. Clars image

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 10:13
 

Stephenson’s to auction Tiffany gold, Russian silver & more, Sept. 19

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014 13:34
Steinway Model M baby grand piano, one of two Steinways to be offered on Sept. 19. Stephenson’s Auctioneers imagePHILA., Pa. – Family-owned Stephenson’s Auctioneers has returned once again from some of Philadelphia’s most exclusive “old-money” neighborhoods with a bounty of high-quality antiques, decorative art and fine jewelry. The blue-chip selection will be offered in a 600-lot auction on Friday, Sept. 19 at Stephenson’s gallery in the Bucks County suburb of Southampton. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.

The centerpiece of the sale is the trove of fine jewelry, said Stephenson’s owner, Cindy Stephenson. “Probably 30 14-karat-gold bracelets – very significant pieces – came from a residence in Elkins Park, a suburb in Montgomery County known for its Gilded Age mansions.”

Many other exceptional pieces of jewelry also came to Stephenson’s from an estate whose heir lives in State College, Pa. “There are some fabulous items in that particular collection, both antique and contemporary,” Stephenson noted. Among the highlights are a 1994 Tiffany & Co. 18K gold heart necklace and earrings suite with a total weight of 80.6 grams, est. $3,500-$6,000; and a 14K gold charm bracelet adorned with four hefty antique US gold coins on gold bezels. The coins include: a 1902 $10 Liberty head, 1909 $5 Indian Head, 1911 $2.50 Indian Head, and an 1887 $5 coin. The bracelet is expected to appeal to coin buyers as well as jewelry collectors, and its estimate is set at $1,800-$3,000.

Also ready to take their place in the spotlight are several very beautiful, heavy gold necklaces, plus a consignment of superb diamond and gold jewelry from Chester County, Pennsylvania.

The soft luster of old silver will fill the gallery on auction day. Stephenson’s will present flatware sets, tea services and a number of other appealing sterling objects. An 1878 Russian tripodal silver inkwell decorated with three-dimensional dog and boar heads, acorns and oak leaves carries the mark of silversmith Josef Sosnkowski and is entered with a $400-$800 estimate; while an 87ozt Ubaldo Vitali sterling book cover with Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Christian figures is estimated at $2,500-$3,000. Additionally, the sale includes large sterling silver rickshaw condiments sets.

Notable in the art section is an Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984) silver gelatin print titled El Capitan, Morning – a depiction of a famous vertical granite formation in Yosemite National Park, California. One of 18 such prints created by Adams, it is marked “S.E.Y. 3” (Special Edition Yosemite) on verso and is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.

A number of oils and watercolors will be offered, as well as a cast-glass sculpture of an abstract figure, est. $1,500-$3,000, by James Coignard (French, 1925-2008). Four other artworks by Coignard – each a mixed-media composition – are entered in the sale. All were purchased previously from Berengo Studio in Venice, Italy.

Two Steinway baby grand pianos will be auctioned and available for aspiring Van Cliburns to try out at the preview. One of the pianos is a popular Model M; the other is a conversion from a player piano.

A furniture discovery that came to Stephenson’s through their commercial division is a pair of midcentury modern benches designed by architect Finn Juhl (Danish, 1912-1989) for Baker. The benches are in excellent condition and retain their original cushions.

“I think bidders are going to be very pleased with the items we’ve chosen for our September 19th auction,” said Stephenson. “We’ve assembled a very nice mix of quality pieces from estates we’ve visited over the past few months.”

Stephenson’s Friday, Sept. 19 auction of antiques, decorative arts and fine jewelry will start at 1 p.m., with all forms of bidding available, including live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers. The inspection hours are 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, or on auction day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The gallery is located at 1005 Industrial Blvd., Southampton, PA 18966.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Steinway Model M baby grand piano, one of two Steinways to be offered on Sept. 19. Stephenson’s Auctioneers image Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984) silver gelatin print titled El Capitan, Morning – a depiction of a famous vertical granite formation in Yosemite National Park, California. Stephenson’s Auctioneers image Russian sterling silver tripodal inkwell with dog, boar, acorn and oak-leaf decorations, mark of Josef Sosnkowski. Stephenson’s Auctioneers image 14K gold charm bracelet with four antique US gold coins on gold bezels. Coins include: 1902 $10 Liberty head, 1909 $5 Indian Head, 1911 $2.50 Indian Head, 1887 $5 coin. Stephenson’s Auctioneers image 1994 Tiffany & Co. 18K gold heart necklace and earrings suite, total weight 80.6 grams. Stephenson’s Auctioneers image James Coignard (French, 1925-2008), abstract cast-glass figure. Stephenson’s Auctioneers image Pair of midcentury modern benches designed by Finn Juhl (Danish, 1912-1989) for Baker. Stephenson’s Auctioneers image
Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 11:39
 

Bruhns to auction Colo. Tower Museum’s collections, Sept. 19-21

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Tuesday, 09 September 2014 15:55
A cross-section of items, including art, mounted arrowheads and tomahawks, from collection of Eastern Colorado Genoa Tower Museum. Bruhns image DENVER – The weekend of September 19-21 will mark the end of an era for Colorado, as Denver auction company Bruhns liquidates the contents of the now-closed World’s Wonder View Tower Museum in the town of Genoa.

The story behind the museum should give bidders more than just a tantalizing hint of what they can expect to see in the auction catalog. It’s not like anything that has come to auction in decades.

A popular tourist attraction for nearly a century, the World’s Wonder View Tower was the promotional invention of C.W. Gregory – known as Colorado’s P.T. Barnum – and his partner, Myrtle Le Bow. The original tower structure was erected in the mid 1920s, but its expansion continued over the next decade. Intentionally gaudy and designed to lure passing tourists to its theme rooms, curio shop and museum, the roadside attraction became known to locals as simply “the Genoa Tower.”

In 1934, the US Geological Survey confirmed the tower to be the highest point between Denver and New York City. Visitors who braved the challenging 87-step hike to its 65ft pinnacle were rewarded with a panoramic view of six states. Long before the tower and museum were constructed, the site, with its natural spring, had been a stop on the Lawrence and Pikes Peak Stagecoach Line. It also could be seen from the Texas-Montana Trail.

The tower’s colorful history and inextricable connection to America’s Old West were reflected in the amazing array of collections and natural curiosities that lined its museum’s walls, shelves and ceiling rafters. Within those collections are many items of genuine historical importance, including old rifles and guns; fossils and geological specimens, pottery, stoneware jugs and Indian artifacts. Additionally, the auction inventory includes Western paintings, furniture, tools, pocketknives, antiques and old furniture.

Amateur archaeologist the late Jerry Chubbuck – who was credited with discovering an 8,000-year-old Native-American site in 1957 – took over the museum in the 1960s. He enhanced the museum’s core collection with his own private holdings of 20,000+ Indian arrowheads, artifacts, old photographs, bottles and other antiques. Chubbuck was known for his remarkable natural-history discoveries, many of which became part of the museum’s collection and will be included in the auction.

All items will be sold to the highest bidder, regardless of price. Start time will be 10 a.m. Mountain Time.

For additional information on any item in Bruhns’ Sept. 19, 2014 auction of the contents of the World’s Wonder View Tower Museum, call the gallery at 303-744-6505 or email Bruhns Auction Gallery at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit Bruhns online at www.bruhnsauction.com .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
A cross-section of items, including art, mounted arrowheads and tomahawks, from collection of Eastern Colorado Genoa Tower Museum. Bruhns image Southwestern oil-on-board painting, circa 1920s, from collection of Eastern Colorado Genoa Tower Museum. Bruhns image Mammoth tusks from collection of Eastern Colorado Genoa Tower Museum. Bruhns image Indian pots from collection of Eastern Colorado Genoa Tower Museum. Bruhns image Indian bust, circa 1890s, from collection of Eastern Colorado Genoa Tower Museum. Bruhns image Arrowhead collections from the Eastern Colorado Genoa Tower Museum. Attractively mounted arrowhead collection from collection of Eastern Colorado Genoa Tower Museum. Bruhns image
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 14:55
 

W.M. Hunt portrait of Lincoln among highlights at Quinn’s Sept. 13 sale

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Friday, 05 September 2014 16:22

Rare 1960 Les Paul Sunburst electric guitar with Bigsby vibrato device and pick guard. Est. $20,000-$30,000. Quinn’s Auction Gallery image.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Quality estate merchandise in a rainbow of categories will be offered at Quinn’s Auction Galleries’ Fine & Decorative Arts Catalog Auction slated for Saturday, Sept. 13, at 11 a.m. Eastern. Internet live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

A strong candidate for top lot of the auction is neither a fine artwork nor a decorative accessory, but a rare 1960 Gibson Les Paul Sunburst electric guitar expected to bring $20,000-$30,000. The solid body guitar (serial #0-0234), with factory-installed Bigsby (vibrato tailpiece device) and pick guard, has a mahogany back and neck; painted headstock, original dark cherry sunburst finish and Les Paul model logo.

Another lot expected to play a sweet tune is a circa-1825 viola da Gamba, a bowed string instrument somewhat similar to the violin but larger and played upright between the knees, like a cello. The example being auctioned is a Quinton, or five-stringed model, possibly made in France, but by an unknown maker. It comes with a case and should hit $4,000-$6,000.

The name Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941-) is recognizable to anyone familiar with marvelous art glass creations. A seaform basket, made and signed by the artist in 1997, carries a presale estimate of $3,000-$5,000. It is dark blue with light blue striations, clear class caning and a bright orange rim. Its scalloped-form body measures 7¾ inches tall by 15¾ inches at its widest point.

With so many 150th-anniversary Civil War events being observed, one lot that’s bound to capture attention is an oil-on-canvas portrait of Abraham Lincoln, painted by William Morris Hunt (American, 1824-1879). According to provenance provided by the consignor, the work appears to have been shown in a Hunt exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1889. Records also show that it was previously sold in Boston, along with other artworks from Hunt’s estate, in 1880, the year after Hunt died. Quinn’s will offer it with a $25,000-$35,000 estimate.

Another portrait painting, this one an oil on board rendered around 1818 by the British artist Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), is of Lady Sofia Brownrigg, the second wife of British General Sir Robert Brownrigg. The carved ornate frame bears a plaque at the bottom, naming the artist and sitter. The painting, measuring 37 inches by 32 inches, should hammer for $8,000-$12,000.

In other fine artworks, a woodblock print by Hiroshi Yoshida (Japanese, 1876-1950), titled Sailing Boats, Morning (1926), is pencil-signed and dated and measures 20 1/8 inches by 14 1/8 inches. It has a presale estimate of $1,000-$1,500. Another Asian highlight, a 19th-century Japanese carved and gilded wood Buddha, 16¼ inches tall, sits in the lotus position atop a lotus flower and should command $500-$700.

Furniture in the sale includes a mid-20th-century “Papa Bear” chair by the renowned Danish designer Hans Wegner, upholstered in black wool with a wood frame and entered with a presale estimate of $3,000-$4,000; and a signed Phillip & Kelvin Laverne “Chin Ting” table made of pewter and bronze. Decorated with colorful leisure scenes and measuring 30 inches by 70 inches, it is estimated at $5,000-$7,000.

An expected star within the estate jewelry category is a circa 1960s or ’70s George Weil retro brooch with platinum-set diamonds on 18K gold and raw hematite. Weil was a leading jewelry designer of the day. His creations, reflecting organic shapes and design motifs typical of the midcentury era, have long been favorites of royalty and celebrities worldwide. The brooch should garner $1,400-$1,600.

The dogwood is the state flower of Virginia, a fact that could very well drive up interest in the Tiffany & Co., dogwood flower diamond and 18K gold pendant/brooch that has been assigned a presale estimate of $600-$800. The pendant has approximately 0.25 carats of round brilliant diamonds that appear to have an average clarity of VS2-si1 and average color of G-H.

For more information on any lot in this auction, or to reserve a phone line or leave an absentee bid, 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 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

Rare 1960 Les Paul Sunburst electric guitar with Bigsby vibrato device and pick guard. Est. $20,000-$30,000. Quinn’s Auction Gallery image. 

 19th-century Japanese Buddha made of carved and gilded wood, 16¼ inches tall. Est. $500-$700. Quinn’s Auction Gallery image.

Phillip & Kelvin Laverne ‘Chin Ting’ pewter and bronze table with leisure scenes. Est. $5,000-$7,000. Quinn’s Auction Gallery image. 

‘Quinton’ (or five-string) viola da Gamba, made circa 1825, probably in France, maker unknown. Est. $4,000-$6,000. Quinn’s Auction Gallery image. 

 Art glass seaform basket by Dale Chihuly, signed. Est. $3,000-$5,000. Quinn’s Auction Gallery image.

 ‘Papa Bear’ chair with ottoman by Danish midcentury modern designer Hans Wegner. Est. $3,000-$4,000. Quinn’s Auction Gallery image.

Oil-on-board portrait of Lady Sofia Brownrigg by Sir Thomas Lawrence (British, 1769-1830). Est. $8,000-$12,000. Quinn’s Auction Gallery image. 

Circa-1960s or ’70s George Weil brooch with platinum-set diamonds on 18K gold with raw hematite. Est. $1,400-$1,600. Quinn’s Auction Gallery image. 

Late-19th-century oil-on-canvas portrait of Abraham Lincoln by William Morris Hunt (American, 1824-1879). Est. $25,000-$35,000. Quinn’s Auction Gallery image. 

Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 16:50
 

Harrah Collection gets top billing at Victorian Casino sale Sept. 19-21

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Friday, 05 September 2014 07:35

Rare 25-cent ‘Midget Derby’ floor model horse racing machine, excellent condition. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

LAS VEGAS – The William F. Harrah collection, one of the most lauded collections of vintage gambling machines and equipment, will be sold at auction by Victorian Casino Antiques on Sept. 19-21. The auction, Victorian Casino Antiques’ first since the Las Vegas-based auction house was acquired in August by Morphy Auctions of Auctions of Denver, Pa., will also feature about 1,600 other rare coin-operated machines, band organs, gas and oil collectibles, toy automobiles and advertising art.

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The Harrah collection boasts more than 75 upright slot machines, trade stimulators, three-reelers and floor consoles hailing from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s, as well as several ephemeral displays from various Harrah’s (now Caesars) Entertainment properties. The collection includes items that previously resided inside corporate offices at those casinos, including Mr. Harrah’s prior to his passing, as well as in the Pony Express Museum that he owned in Reno, Nev.

This amazing assemblage of working gambling machines includes an early-model 25-cent Caille roulette floor console, circa 1904, in a beautiful mahogany case; a fully operational, 5-cent Mills/Hoke “Trap the Snake” three-reel bell slot machine from 1939 in original condition; and an ornately detailed, 5-cent Mills duplex from the turn of the 20th century, in beautifully restored condition.

One of the rarest items in the Harrah collection – and in the world of vintage gaming devices overall – is the 25-cent “Midget Derby” floor model horse racing machine, in excellent condition. Only one of these machines is known to exist, and it’s so unique, even its manufacturer is unknown.

Other highlights among the lots offered in the three-day auction include a 5-cent Mills “Violano Virtuoso” upright violin-and-piano music player circa 1912; a beautiful, black-and-chrome, 5-cent Paces Races light-up horse racing slot machine; a 5-foot-tall, painted, carved Native American princess cigar store figure; an Emil J. Paidar Co. three-station barber shop wood back bar, featuring Art Deco styling with rounded mirrors and chrome detailing; and an early-20th century 5-cent Mutoscope viewer featuring scenes from Universal Pictures’ Beware of Windows, starring Laura LaPlante.

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

Rare 25-cent ‘Midget Derby’ floor model horse racing machine, excellent condition. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

Beautifully restored 5-cent Mills duplex from the turn of the 20th century. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

Fully operational 5-cent Mills/Hoke ‘Trap the Snake’ three-reel bell slot machine, 1939, in original condition. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

Five-cent ‘Paces Races’ light-up horse racing slot machine. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

Five-cent Mills ‘Violano Virtuoso’ upright violin and piano music player, circa 1912. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 16:26
 

Waverly Rare Books goes beyond its name with Sept. 11 auction

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First-edition copy of Bram Stoker's classic novel ‘Dracula’ (Archibald Constable & Co., England, 1897). Est.: $2,000-$3,000.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Waverly Rare Books will offer nearly 550 lots of antique and highly collectible maps, items from the Burchuk-Warden Rare Music Collection, many fine first-edition books, photographs and ambrotypes (some of them Civil War-era), plus posters and prints in a catalog auction scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 11, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Eastern time.

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Maps will be highlighted by an 1844 map of Texas (and the countries adjacent), compiled by the Bureau of the Corps of Topographical Engineers for the U.S. State Department by W.H. Emory, an officer in the War Department. This is the larger version (the Senate issue) of two made. Comprising two adjoining sheets totaling 21¼ inches by 32½ inches, the map should realize $3,000-$5,000.

Two maps of Virginia from the first half of the 17th century are derivatives of Colonial pioneer John Smith’s map of Virginia from 1612 and credited to the renowned mapmakers Guillelmi Blaeu and Henrici Hondius. Each features graphics of Native Americans, is sized 14¾ inches by 19½ inches, and has an $800-$1,200 presale estimate.

A topographical map of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware (as well as portions of other adjoining states) should garner $500-$800. The map, in color, was published in 1885 by G. B.W. & C.B. Colton & Co. (New York). It measures 31½ inches by 44¾ inches and is in very good condition. Much attention is paid to roads and railways, and many towns are marked.

Also entered in the sale is a map of Oregon and upper California from surveys by John Charles Fremont and drawn in 1848 by Charles Preuss, under order of the U.S. Senate. It is expected to fetch $800-$1,200. An official map of Virginia from surveys taken in 1829 and 1862, corrected and revised by J.T. Lloyd to 1862, published by Wynkoop & Hallenbeck is estimated at $400-$700.

A star lot of the rare first-edition books category is an impressive six-volume set titled The Iconography of Mahnhattan Island, written by I.N. Phelps Stokes and published over a period of years (1915-1928) by Robert H. Dodd (New York). The books are profusely illustrated, showing outdoor scenes and luminaries. The bindings are artfully done. The estimate is $2,500-$4,500.

What serious book collector could resist a first-edition copy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain? This auction has both. Dracula, published in 1897 by Archibald Constable & Co. (England), should realize $2,000-$3,000; while Huckleberry Finn, published in 1885 by Charles L. Webster & Co. (New York), should command $1,200-$1,800.

A particularly beautiful book is the first-edition copy (in English, translated from the French) of Illustrations of Japan, written and compiled by M. (Isaac) Titsingh and published in 1822, with 25 images on 13 hand-colored plates. The book consists of private memoirs and anecdotes of the reigning dynasty of the Diogouns, or Sovereigns, of Japan. It should sell for $1,200-$1,800.

Other books of interest include a copy of John Steinbeck’s classic The Grapes of Wrath (Viking Press, N.Y., 1939), accompanied by a card signed in blue ink by Steinbeck, estimated at $1,500-$2,500; and a Limited Editions Club copy (#768 of 1,500) of James Joyce’s classic, Ulysses, published in 1935 and signed by the illustrator, Henri Matisse. It is estimated at $1,200-$1,800.

Important books in the Burchuk-Warden Rare Music Collection include a first-edition copy of Athanasius Kircher’s monumental work on music, Musurgia Universalis, published in Rome in 1650. The plates and pages of the book are in good condition, with the wear and repair expected of a mid-17th-century tome. The book was a huge influence on Bach, Beethoven and others. It’s expected to hit $500-$800.

Also from the collection is a lot comprising two volumes dedicated to the famous composer George Frederic Handel – one for his masterpiece The Messiah, from 1741, the other for The Celebrated Choruses (from his oratorios). Several esteemed authors collaborated on the books, published in the early 1800s and bound in half leather and boards. The estimate is $400-$700.

Another volume dedicated to Handel’s work, specifically two oratorios (Israel in Egypt) also carries a presale estimate of $400-$700. Also worthy of mention from Burchuk-Warden is Number 12 of Archangelo Corelli’s Concerti Grossi (or Sonatas). Its estimate is $400-$700.

Collectors of old photographs and militaria may collide over a group lot of six Civil War cartes de visite featuring Confederate and Union leaders, including Gen. Ulysses S. Grant on the Union side and President Jefferson Davis on the Confederate side. The images are presented in a wood tramp art frame with white marble decorations in the corners. The group of six expected to hammer for $400-$600.

Another Civil War-related lot consists of two tintypes – one of a Union soldier, possibly a sharpshooter, standing with a muzzle-loading rifle (3¾ inches by 2¼ inches) and the other a seated soldier, wearing an open single-breasted short jacket and scarf (2½ inches by 2 inches). They are estimated to bring $200-$400.

Still another Civil War image is an ambrotype of Pvt. Nelson L. Oaks (or Oakes), of the Union Army Pennsylvania Volunteers, 11th Regiment – the regiment that was in advance of Bunker Hill. Oaks is shown seated in his dress uniform, with epaulets and sash. It is a hand-tinted, ninth-plate ambrotype in a partial leather case. It carries an estimate of $300-$500.

Waverly Rare Books is a division of Quinn’s Auction Galleries. The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. 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 .

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

First-edition copy of Bram Stoker's classic novel ‘Dracula’ (Archibald Constable & Co., England, 1897). Est.: $2,000-$3,000.

Map of Texas and the countries adjacent, compiled in 1844 for the U.S. State Department. Est. $3,000-$5,000. Waverly Rare Books image.

Copy of John Steinbeck's classic novel ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ (Viking Press, N.Y., 1939), with card signed in blue ink by the author. Est. $1,500-$2,500. Wavery Rare Books image.

Illustration by E. W. Kemble from a first-edition copy of Mark Twain's ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ (1885). Est. $1,200-$1,800. Waverly Rare Books image.

Map of part of New York City from I.N. Phelps Stokes' ambitious six-volume set, ‘The Iconography of Manhattan Island’ (1915-1928). Est. $2,500-$4,500. Waverly Rare Books image.

Two works by the composer George Frederic Handel, including his masterpiece ‘Messiah’ (Oratorios), will be sold as one lot. Est. $400-$700. Waverly Rare Books image.

Illustration from a rare first-edition copy of ‘Musurgia Universalis’ by Athanasius Kircher, published in Rome, Italy in 1650. Est.: $500-$800. Waverly Rare Books image.

Six Civil War cartes de visite images of Union and Confederate figures, including Ulysses S. Grant and Jefferson Davis, in a tramp art frame. Est.: $400-$600. Waverly Rare Books image.

One of two tintypes of a Civil War Union soldier, possibly a sharpshooter, posed with his muzzle-loading rifle. Est.: $200-$400. Waverly Rare Books image.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 07:38
 
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