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Dreweatts & Bloomsbury art auction July 3 covers Op to Pop

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Monday, 23 June 2014 13:06

Richard Hamilton, 'B is for Bee.' Estimate: £12,000-15,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – One of Bridget Riley’s earliest monochromatic Op art prints from the 1960s will share center stage with a unique work by Pop art’s Richard Hamilton in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Modern and Contemporary Print sale on Thursday, July 3. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

“These early works by Riley represent the start of dramatic developments in the artist’s oeuvre. To see them presented alongside some of her later color injected works is a retrospective joy of visually stimulating geometry,” said Alexander Hayter, head of Modern and Contemporary Art at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions.

Produced in 1962, the same year as her first solo exhibition at Musgraves Gallery One in London, Untitled (Circular Movement) (k.2) is the second black and white optical abstraction Riley produced. The rare signed and dated screenprint is typical of her black and white style, exploring the nexus between art and illusion. Numbered 17/35, the work is estimated at £30,000-50,000 ($51,000-85,000) [Lot 300].

Bridget Riley: "the eye can travel over the surface in a way parallel to the way it moves over nature. It should feel caressed and soothed, experience frictions and ruptures, glide and drift. Vision can be arrested, tripped up or pulled back in order to float free again … one moment there will be nothing to look at and the next second the canvas suddenly seems to refill, to be crowded with visual events.”

Other works by Riley include La Lune En Rodage (k.6), 1965, estimated at £5,000-7,000 ($8,500-11,900) [Lot 301], Untitled (Not in Schubert), ca. 1960, estimated at £3,000-5,000 ($5,100-8,500) [Lot 302] and Green Dominance (s.22), 1977, estimated at £2,500-3,500 ($4,250-5,950) [Lot 303].

British and American Pop Art

From Op Art to Pop Art, the Modern & Contemporary Print sale features a previously unseen and unique work by Richard Hamilton. B is for Bee was produced at the request of the artist Ian Breakwell for a special double issue of Exit Magazine, however Breakwell ran out of money before the issue could be published.

The present work was acquired from Breakwell in the early 1970s by the current owner, and has since remained in their private collection. Appearing at auction for the first time, it is estimated at £12,000-15,000 ($20,400-25,500) [Lot 186].

Representing the American Pop art movement are prints by Roy Lichtenstein, including Moonscape, 1965, estimated at £18,000-22,000 ($30,600-37,400) [Lot 251], Self-Portrait, 1966, by Andy Warhol, estimated at £10,000-15,000 ($17,000-25,500) [Lot 335] and a group of unique mixed media collages by Robert Rauschenberg [Lot 289, 290 and 291]. Topping the Modern Pop Art works is The Pink Bow from Jeff Koons’ Celebration Series. Signed in pencil the work, dated 2013, is estimated at £10,000-15,000 ($17,000-25,500) [Lot 244].

European Conceptual Movement

A collection of works by Marcel Broodthaers represents almost half of the Belgian artist’s graphic work. Following in the footsteps of Rene Magritte and preceding Joseph Kosuth, Broodthaers’ work is pivotal in the development of conceptual word-based art.

Museum – Museum, 1972, is exemplary of Broodthaer’s integral theme of repetition. The image of the ingots systematically covers the paper in a grid, with each ingot named a different name or noun, covering everything from Ingres to butter. The work is estimated at £12,000-15,000 [Lot 154]. Regarded as one of the leading artists of the European conceptual movement, Marcel Broodthaers’ reputation continues to grow.

The sale will be held on Thursday, July 3, 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

Richard Hamilton, 'B is for Bee.' Estimate: £12,000-15,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Bridget Riley, 'Untitled (Circular Movement) (k.2),' signed and dated screenprint. Estimate:   £30,000-50,000 ($51,000-85,000). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Marcel Broodthaers, 'Museum - Museum,' 1972. Estimate: £12,000-15,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 June 2014 14:49
 

Sworders to auction veteran firefighters' memorabilia June 24

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Friday, 20 June 2014 12:42

Scarce World War II tin fire helmet with NFS transfer, 'Home Office Fire Inspector,' complete with chin strap and liner, helmet marked ZA II HBH 1938. Estimate: £150-200. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers.

ESSEX COUNTY, UK – A unique collection of Fire Brigade memorabilia from across the globe is being sold by Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers on Tuesday, June 24.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The remarkable collection was put together by George and Pamela Hallam, who were both long-serving fire officers. They started with the Nottinghamshire fire service; George Hallam serving for 25 years from 1959 and Pamela for 17 years, having joined in 1968. More than 200 artifacts from around the world are being sold, ranging from rare helmets, badges and uniforms, to fire marks, nozzles and medals, and date from the second half of the 19th century.

Iconic pieces such a San Francisco Fire Department helmet is starting with a price of £80 ($136), and bidding is expected to start at £150 ($255) on a scarce World War II NFS tin fire helmet. There are a number of medals being auctioned as well as fire badges put up on buildings in the 19th century and into the 20th century to indicate if a property was insured. Most of the medals are for long service, with a good selection of British examples, nearly all named. They include a rare gold medal awarded to a Superintendent Webber in 1924.

The Hallams traveled the world, adding to their collection while going from Australia to China, the Middle East, South America and the United States, as well as many other countries. A series of handwritten notes record their visits to these countries and the history of the items they brought back for their collection.

“This is an amazing collection as it is such a complete record of firefighting history, from so many places around the world. The couple clearly valued their days in the fire service and assembled this with such knowledge and passion,” said George Schooling, Sworder’s marketing executive.

Another highlight of the sale next week is a fire tender being sold by a local farmer who bought it for his own enjoyment. The Land Rover was just one of 47 built by the Rover factory and after being rolled off the production line was used in Ireland. The tender only has 11,600 miles on the odometer and qualifies for free road tax in the UK.

It’s expected to sell for between £15,000 and £20,000 ($25,500-$34,000). The Hallam Fire Brigade Collection Sale takes place at Sworder’s auction rooms in Stansted Mountfitchet on Tuesday, June 24.

For further information contact Schooling at Sworders on 01279 817778 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

Scarce World War II tin fire helmet with NFS transfer, 'Home Office Fire Inspector,' complete with chin strap and liner, helmet marked ZA II HBH 1938. Estimate: £150-200. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers.

American leather Cairns firefighter's helmet, truck 12 SFFD, San Francisco Fire Department. Estimate: £80-120. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers.

London Assurance fire mark pressed tin, 30 x 25cm (12 x 10 inches), Estimate: £40-60. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers.

World War II German fire brigade tunic and helmet, made by Carl Henkel Blelefeld. Estimate: £150-200. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 June 2014 13:24
 

Ewbank’s to sell unique Rudyard Kipling archive June 25-26

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Thursday, 19 June 2014 15:07

Rudyard Kipling with his father, John Lockwood Kipling. Ewbank's image.

SURREY, UK – A unique family collection of Rudyard Kipling letters, photographs and personal items, some of them belonging to the author’s troubled “forgotten sister,” is to be sold by Ewbank’s. The archive is expected to excite Kipling scholars around the world and will be offered on the second of the auctioneer’s two-day summer sale, which is on June 25-26.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The collection of around 90 lots, much of it previously unseen, was inherited by Helen MacDonald, great niece of Kipling's mother Alice MacDonald, about whom a future Viceroy of India would say "Dullness and Mrs. Kipling cannot exist in the same room.”

Alice married Kipling's father, John Lockwood Kipling, and moved to India in 1865. Her three sisters married respectively the artists Edward Burne-Jones and Edward Poynter and Alfred Baldwin, father of Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin. From Helen MacDonald, Rudyard Kipling's first cousin once removed, the archive passed by gift to the present consignor.

Most poignant is an autograph letter to Kipling’s brother-in-law John Fleming about Kipling’s sister, Alice “Trix” – herself a published novelist, being certified insane.

Kipling and Trix were both born in India but his days of “strong light and darkness” in Bombay ended when, following the custom in British India, at the age of 5, he and his 3-year-old sister were sent to England. They lived unhappily with a foster couple in Southsea, who boarded children of British nationals serving in India.

Written on paper from “Hotel du Parc & sa dependance Hotel Ibrahim Pacha” in the French Pyrenees, on March 13 1911, Kipling notes that the objection to Trix being certified is sentimental, “but none the less jars on me.”

“One must remember that the attack has now lasted barely three months and it has been taken in hand practically from the first, so one can begin to hope that another few weeks may see the turn in the malady. At any rate the fact that she regards the nurse as she does is proof, at least, that she is in sympathetic hands. What her demeanour may be to her family and surroundings is a matter that may depend on a hundred causes to which, in a short visit, one has no clue. It is to be remembered that in the overwhelming number of mental cases they turn for a while against those who are nearest to them. Our weather is rather cold with a falsely blue sky.”

The letter is estimated at £300-500, as is Trix’s folding paper fan, which she used like an autograph album. It dates from 1891-1895 and is signed in ink by Rudyard Kipling, Stanley Baldwin, Edward Burne-Jones and his wife Georgiana and Edward Poynter.

A hint of the darker side of Trix’s mind is offered by her black-painted gilt decorated box, decorated by her father, John Lockwood Kipling, containing her fortune-telling paraphernalia comprising her crystal ball and a copy of Cheiro’s Palmistry For All, containing “New information on the study of the hand never before published,” inscribed to Alice Fleming (her married name) from “Linda”. It is estimated at £200-300. It has been suggested that Trix’s interest in fortune telling may have led in part to her unsettled mind.

According to Mary Hamer, author of Kipling & Trix, published in 2012, Trix experimented with “automatic writing,” an activity associated with spiritualism. She writes: “Trix would sit at her desk, pencil in hand, notebook at the ready, and wait. Her hand, she reported to friends, would start moving of its own volition, scribbling over the page.”

She subsequently sent copies of the messages back to the Society for Psychical Research in London, where they were taken extremely seriously. Her “spirit-writings” were collected as part of a group experiment, known as the “cross-correspondences.” Under the pseudonym of ‘Mrs. Holland’ she became a celebrated spiritualist medium.

“Rudyard warned his sister to keep clear of spirit writing, well aware that it had been known to cause breakdowns. But it was too important to her. She persisted. And duly broke down, in 1898 and again for a long period starting in 1911, when her mother died,” Mary Hamer writes.

Living later in Edinburgh, she would make visits to the zoo there, making her way from cage to cage, talking to the animals in the Hindustani language she learned as a young child. Her notebook filled with the words and phrases she used is estimated at £100-200.

Trix’s heart-shaped silver brooch inlaid with green and clear paste stones, passed down to her by her mother, is accompanied by a note in Trix’s hand giving it to the Macdonald sisters It is estimated at £30-50.

Other, more valuable, jewelry in the archive may have either belonged to Trix or was bequeathed to her, but this cannot be confirmed. Diamond rings of three and five stones are estimated respectively at £1,000-1,500 and £800-1,200, while a Victorian diamond flower brooch has retained its original retailer’s box, which is marked Carter’s of Bombay and Poona. This was almost certainly owned originally by Trix’s mother and is estimated at £600-800.

John Lockwood Kipling was himself an accomplished artist, illustrating many of his son Rudyard’s books. The archive includes a panel hand-painted by Lockwood Kipling depicting a vase of flowers and birds among scrolling foliage. It is referred to on Page 383 of Trix, Kipling's Forgotten Sister by Lorna Lee, the caption reading: “The decorative panel (varnished paper) by Lockwood which Trix used as a firescreen. Trix always wanted this and it was collected from “The Gables” at Tisbury by Jack Fleming (Trix's husband ) after Lockwood's death.” It must subsequently have passed to Helen MacDonald when Trix died and is estimated at £100-200.

Two pen and ink drawings by Lockwood Kipling titled respectively The Ruby Prince showing a man surrounded by cobras, signed with initials, the other The Snake Woman, each measuring 7 inches by 4 1/2 inches, are together estimated at £50-100.

A hand-decorated and written menu in pen and wash celebrating Rudyard Kipling’s 25th birthday on Dec. 30 1890 depicts him and other figures and is signed with his father’s initials JLK, while the reverse bears Rudyard Kipling’s own ink design. It measures 9 inches by 5 1/2 inches and is estimated at £100-150.

An autograph letter from Kipling to Trix dated Dec. 15, 1935 is on four sides of headed paper from Bateman’s in Burwash, Sussex, the Jacobean house where Kipling and his wife, Carrie, lived from 1902, now belonging to the National Trust. Kipling used the house and its setting for many of his stories in Puck of Pook's Hill (1906) and the sequel Rewards and Fairies (1910).

Addressed: “Ho! daughter of my mother,” the letter reads:

“Im busy clearing up odds and ends as behoves one whose 70th birthday is upon him! I accept it but I can only say that I don’t feel in the least like it, nor do I like it in the least."

There are references to his first cousin, Stanley Baldwin, and the League of Nations and to having recently met Neville Chamberlain: "he seemed quite calm which I confess I am not in respect of Italian possibilities. Its a vindictive people with long memory." The letter and its envelope are estimated at £100-150.

In a report on an exhibition at The Elms, Rottingdean, Kipling’s seaside home near Brighton from 1897-1902, The Kipling Society’s Journal of 1951 refers to “the intriguing – and somewhat eerie Max Desmarets” whose Valentine written by Kipling on Feb. 14, 1884 was exhibited. The journal notes the Valentine was written while Kipling was in India in tiny handwriting on a small folded gilt-edged card illustrated by him in red ink and opening with the couplet: “How shall a ghost from Père la Chaise Greeting send to a vanquished love?” “... but who Max Desmarets was and how he drifted into R.K.’s ken – or imagination – no one knows. This exhibit also had previously never been published or shown.”

The sale includes what is believed to be the actual valentine, written and illustrated by Kipling on two pieces of gilt-edged card and is almost certainly that referred to in the exhibition. It is estimated at £200-300. Interestingly, an edition of the Allahabad Pioneer (for which Kipling was later to work) dated Jan. 2 1884, states that Kipling took the part of M. Desmarets in an amateur performance of Plot and Panion at the Railway Theatre in Lahore. This would have been during the time he worked on the Lahore newspaper, the Civil and Military Gazette, after he returned to India in 1882.

In 1883, Kipling visited Shimla (then known as Simla), a well-known hill station and the summer capital of British India. Kipling returned there for his annual leave each year from 1885 to 1888, and the town figured prominently in many of the stories he wrote for the Gazette.

A handwritten poem signed and dated “Rudyard Kipling Simla 1885, June 2nd 1885” is estimated at £200-300.

The archive contains many photographs, some previously unseen, including two from the Simla studio of Bourne & Shepherd, Simla, Calcutta and Bombay.

A head-and-shoulders cabinet photograph is autographed and inscribed “Yours very sincerely Rudyard Kipling,”' inscribed verso “A kind of scrubbed boy – a lawyer's clerk' (Merchant of Venice). The photograph is estimated at £200-300, while a three-quarter length cabinet photograph from the same studio is estimated at £100-150.

A cabinet photograph depicting Kipling and his mother is dated “Dec 13. 90,” and is dedicated to his sister: “Trix from Mother and Ruddy.” By Elliott and Fry Photographers, 55 Baker Street, London, it is estimated at £200-300, while another depicting Kipling and his father, John Lockwood Kipling, by Bourne & Shepherd, is estimated at £100-150.

Two silver gelatin photographs of Kipling when he was young, one with shoulder-length hair and wearing a sailor's uniform, the other with short hair wearing a jacket and bow tie are together estimated at £80-120, while two albums and numerous loose photographs relating to the Kipling and MacDonald families, many of which can be found throughout the book Trix: Kipling’s Forgotten Sister are estimated at £100-200.

A 19th century photographic family tree featuring 22 portraits of the Kipling, Macdonald, Burne-Jones and Poynter families is also estimated at £100-200, as is a 19th century Kipling family leather and brass mounted family photograph album including, Rudyard Kipling, Margaret Burne-Jones, Julius Frederick MacDonald, Alice Baldwin and Agnes Poynter.

The archive also contains what is believed to be the earliest photographic portrait of Kipling’s first cousin, Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, aged about 6. It is estimated at £100-200.

For further information, contact the auctioneers on 01483 223101 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

Rudyard Kipling with his father, John Lockwood Kipling. Ewbank's image.

Rudyard Kipling with his mother, signed, 'Trix.' Ewbank's image.

Cabinet photo of Alice 'Trix' Kipling. Ewbank's image.

Hand-decorated menu to celebrate Rudyard Kipling's 25th birthday. Ewbank's image.

Hand-painted panel by John Lockwood Kipling. Ewbank's image.

Rudyard Kipling cabinet photo. Ewbank's image.

'The Snake Woman' drawing by John Lockwood Kipling. Ewbank's image.

Trix Kipling's fan that she used as an autograph album. Ewbank's image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 12:10
 

Beautiful antiquities await bids at Ancient Resource sale June 29

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Thursday, 19 June 2014 12:50

Provincial Roman marble frieze depicting nude Eros. Ancient Resource image.

MONTROSE, Calif. – Ancient Resource LLC is celebrating its fifth year as America's premier venue for online ancient art with its 32nd auction set for June 29 beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide presale and Internet live bidding.

"It took our combined 50 years of experience to scour the market for the fantastic selection of art that we are proud to present this month," said Gabriel Vandervort, co-owner of Ancient Resource LLC.

“The results stand on their own. This is without a doubt the finest selection of ancient, pre-Columbian and tribal art offered this year – well provenanced and substantially fresh to market too,” added Vandervort.

The splendor of Greece is represented by lot 74D, a Parthian alabaster goddess. It is sensuous, intact and enhanced with a beautiful patina. The glory of Greek ceramics is represented best by lots 124B and 124E, a rare lidded oinochoe and, rarer still, a plastic vase in the form of a female face. Lot 76A is one of the few survivors of Greek bronze artwork, a figurine of a nude Greek kouros.

A magnificent yet approachable piece of Egyptian stonework is lot 26A, a green jasper head of an Egyptian is a New Kingdom work of art worthy of a museum collection.

This month's auction includes a fine selection of Roman marbles as well. The finest of which is lot 74F, an over life-size head of a satyr, his face carved with the most evil intent, most likely from a full statue depicting him intertwined with a woman. The auction also features Roman bronzes, highlighted by lot 76B an impressive nude Hercules.

This sale also features an ethnographic collection that has been stored for almost 30 years.

As always, all lots are guaranteed as described, well-provenanced and legally owned.

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

Provincial Roman marble frieze depicting nude Eros. Ancient Resource image.

Roman bronze lar figurine depicting god of the larder. Ancient Resource image.

Choice Roman light blue glass flask. Ancient Resource image.

Egyptian green jasper head of a man, New Kingdom. Ancient Resource image.

Roman marble head of a satyr. Ancient Resource image.

A Large Jalisco figure of a warrior. Ancient Resource image.

Japanese Noh mask of Hanna, the Ghost of Jealous Women. Ancient Resource image.

Luba Shankadi seat from the Congo, mid-20th century. Ancient Resource image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 15:18
 

Italian design starring again in Nova Ars sale, June 26

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 15:15

Arman, resin sculpture, circa 1970, 10.6 inches high. Estimate: 1,500-2,000 euros ($2,032-$2,710). Nova Ars Auction image.

ASTI, Italy – An interesting design collection of modern Italian art of the 20th century will be sold Thursday, June 26, at Nova Ars Auction. The 107-lot auction will offer many ceramics, glass works, lamps, chandeliers and pieces of furniture.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

Highlight items include:

– Arco Series desk for Olivetti, circa 1968, 71 inches. Estimate: 1,000-1,500 euros ($1,355-$2,032).

– Angelo Mangiarotti, Eros series coffee table for Skipper, white marble, dimensions: h 40 cm (15.7 in), 150 x 75 cm (59 x 29.5 in). Estimate: 5,000-6,000 euros ($6,773-$8,128).

– Arman, sculpture, resin, circa 1970, dimensions: h 27 cm (10.6 in), width 8.5 cm (3.3 in), depth 13 cm (5.1 in). Estimate: 1,500-2,000 euros ($2,032-$2,710).

– Fontana Arte, coffee table, wooden structure, crystal plane, circa 1970, dimensions: h 32 cm (12.6 in), 122.5 x 53 cm (48.2 in x 21 in). Estimate: 1,500-2,000 euros ($2,032-$2,710). Nova Ars Auction image.

– Giovanni Minelli, chandelier, varnished white aluminum, prototype, 2008, dimensions: h 52 cm (20.5 in), length 190 cm (74.8 in), width 100 cm (39.3 in). Estimate: 4,000-5,000 euros ($5,419-$6,773).

Nova Ars specializes in objects of contemporary art, modernism and design made in Italy of 20th century.

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

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

Arman, resin sculpture, circa 1970, 10.6 inches high. Estimate: 1,500-2,000 euros ($2,032-$2,710). Nova Ars Auction image.

Arco Series desk for Olivetti, circa 1968, 71 inches. Estimate: 1,000-1,500 euros ($1,355-$2,032). Nova Ars Auction image.

Angelo Mangiarotti, Eros series coffee table for Skipper, white marble. Estimate: 5,000-6,000 euros ($6,773-$8,128). Nova Ars Auction image.

Fontana Arte, coffee table, crystal top, circa 1970. Estimate: 1,500-2,000 euros ($2,032-$2,710). Nova Ars Auction image.

Giovanni Minelli, chandelier, white aluminum, prototype, 2008. Estimate: 4,000-5,000 euros ($5,419-$6,773). Nova Ars Auction image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 12:49
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury to sell works by WWI artist June 27, July 3

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Monday, 16 June 2014 16:29

C.R.W. Nevinson (1889-1946), 'The Road from Arras to Bapaume,' lithograph, 1918. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – An early painting from C.R.W. Nevinson’s rare series of aerial battles, Bridge of the Thames, will appear at auction for the first time on Friday, June 27. A print of The Road from Arras to Bapaume, purchased by Capt. Samuel Davenport Charles (1886-1962) in 1919 as an evocative memento of his service in Arras, France, will also be offered alongside the war hero’s medals in a sale of modern and contemporary prints at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions on Thursday, July 3. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Capt. Samuel Davenport Charles of the Lincolnshire Yeomanry was stationed at Arras during World War I. Serving with distinction, he was awarded the Military Cross for his exemplary gallantry on the Western Front, and was later awarded the Imperial Service Order for his work in civilian life as Principal of the Ministry of Town and Country Planning.

The London Gazette on Sept. 16, 1918 read: “Captain Samuel Davenport Charles, Yeo(manry). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Throughout six days’ operations this officer did splendid work until badly wounded. Whilst hold (sic) a railway line he kept the enemy at bay the whole day, his offensive patrolling being of great value, and carried out with conspicuous judgment. On the last day he beat off four determined attacks, and when wounded in the arm and side he remained on duty till all was quiet.”

In 1919, soon after being demobilized from the British Army, Capt. Samuel Davenport Charles happened upon this print of The Road from Arras to Bapaume by the Great War artist C.R.W. Nevinson at the Leicester Gallery in London where Nevinson’s held his first solo exhibition.

With Arras and his time on the Western Front fresh in his memory, the captain purchased this haunting image of the area where he served, as a meaningful pictorial memento of not only his service, but also as a reminder of his remarkable bravery and survival at the Western Front, where so many sadly perished.

This poignant lithograph print is signed in pencil and is estimated to achieve £40,000-£60,000 [Lot 16]. The group of six medals awarded to Capt. Samuel Davenport Charles with be offered in a separate lot estimated at £1,500-£2,000 [Lot 15].

Much is known of Nevinson’s work as an official war artist from 1915-18, a large part of which continues to be housed at the Imperial War Museum in London. At the time, images like The Road from Arras to Bapaume were translated into lithography for an immediate wider audience, and their fame and popularity was sealed. Less is known about the artist’s work that focus on battles away from the trenches, those in the air and at sea.

One such example is an oil on canvas, Bridge over the Thames, circa 1920, which will be appearing at auction for the first time in a sale at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions Modern & Contemporary Art sale on Friday, June 27.

An RAF biplane is engaged in an aerial battle with a German Fokker bomber over the skies of London. Particular attention is paid to the cloud formations the aircrafts are weaving through, but through the clearing one can clearly see the River Thames winding its way into the distance.

Nevinson is known to have continued painting these aerial battles well into the 1920s, of which the current work is probably an example. It was acquired directly from the artist by Mary Smith, the grandmother of the current owner. The painting is estimated to achieve £40,000-£60,000 [Lot 11].

The Modern & Contemporary Art sale will be held on Friday, June 27, followed by Modern & Contemporary Prints sale on Thursday, July 3.

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

C.R.W. Nevinson (1889-1946), 'The Road from Arras to Bapaume,' lithograph, 1918. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Medals awarded to Capt. Samuel Davenport Charles for valor while serving in France during World War I. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

C.R.W. Nevinson's 'Bridge over the Thames,' oil on canvas, circa 1920. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 15:21
 

Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches to host June 23 Summer Estates Auction

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Monday, 16 June 2014 13:10

Yaacov Agam (Israeli, born 1928), ‘Paris Memory,’ verso signed, titled and inscribed ‘1969-1982,’ acrylic on aluminum corrugated panel, 21 inches x 17 3/4 inches. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. image.

W. PALM BEACH, Fla. – Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. will conduct an Important Summer Estates Auction of Fine Art and Antiques on Monday, June 23. The auction features the property of Jacqueline Goldman of Palm Beach and Paris, France. Goldman, who is a well-known local philanthropist, is downsizing her Palm Beach home. Goldman, along with her brother, Nicolas Landau, were the consignors of a one-owner auction at Sotheby’s in Paris in April 2013. The auction will have 300 lots of French antiques, fine art, Chinese porcelains, a collection of 17th-19th century silver beakers, jades, and Oriental antiques with additional consignments from South Florida and the Palm Beaches.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding. The auction will begin at 6 p.m. Eastern.

The auction is certainly an eclectic collection from a lady dignitary who was a world traveler and collected over a lifetime. The objects range from 17th century bronzes and Bibles to contemporary art from Yaacov Agam. Fine French furniture is featured with Lot 187; with a late 18th century carved and painted giltwood console desserte with provenance from Mallett, London and New York, with an estimate of $15,000-$20,000. Lots 24 to 26 are Renaissance period bronzes of draped figures, each no more than 7 inches, that are rare and unusual. Also, there are two early Bibles that have not seen the light of day in many years. Both Lot 232, a copy of a 1715 Bible by John Baskett, and Lot 233, an Imperial-size Bible by John Field dated 1660 are heavily illustrated with full-sheet engravings that are rare and desirable. They are estimated at $2,500-$3,000 and $5,000-$7,000 respectively.

In contrast to the antiques is Lot 238 an original acrylic on corrugated aluminum by Israeli artist Yaacov Agam. The work titled Paris Memory was painted by the artist over the years from 1969-1982 and reflects the variety and eclecticism in the collection. The works by Agam are well known for their abstract and kinetic qualities with optical illusions. The painting is estimated at $40,000-$60,000. Goldman and the artist are friends, and this work was specially created for the consignor. Agam has important public work projects all over the world and recently celebrated his 86th birthday.

Additionally, the auction will feature a fresh selection of American, European and Latin American fine art to include Lot 255 a watercolor by internationally known local artist Stephen Scott Young (b. 1958). The painting is a study portrait of a young black man, Quenton, a subject he has painted before. Young is considered as one of the premier watercolorists of our time. His sensitive and detailed brushwork is compared to be in the ranks with Homer and Whistler’s work. The watercolor is estimated at $10,000-$15,000. Lot 54 is a good American painting of cows watering titled The Pond, Morning by Henry Singlewood Bisbing (1849-1933). Bisbing was a student of master Belgian animal painter JHL de Haas (1832-1908) in Brussels, who called Bisbing a great animal painter. The painting is in estate found condition and will have an estimate of $3,000-$4,000. Additional art by Edmund Adler, Victor Henry Lesur, Ernest Lawson, Rufino Tamayo, Alexander Calder, Ruth Schloss and Angelo Asti will be offered.

At last month’s auction held on May 12 and 13, a fine quality white type-A jade mountain, 4 inches high, with provenance from Spink & Co., London, soared past its estimate of $15,000-$18,000 to sell to an internet bidder for $145,000. In contrast, Lot 261 is a monumental work in green jade of nine realistic dragons chasing the flaming pearl above the clouds. While the piece is certainly contemporary and not the fine type-A jade serious collectors are attracted to, this piece is carved from one solid piece and is certainly a showstopper. This is the largest piece of jade ever offered for sale by the gallery and has an estimate of $30,000-$40,000.

Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. is celebrating their 11th year in business with this sale and has gained an outstanding reputation for offering good and fine estate art and antique property at auction. The gallery’s first auction was held on LiveAuctioneers in June 2003 and at the end of last year the gallery passed their 100th auction on-line.

Commenting on the auction business, gallery president Brian Kogan stated, “The on-line auction business has revolutionized the bidder participation at auction and with this unprecedented technology has been unprecedented returns for the consignors and the gallery. The auctions are now seen with live audio/video feed for the bidders console, so they feel the action in the room, and this is has been a real boon for bidding.”

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

Yaacov Agam (Israeli, born 1928), ‘Paris Memory,’ verso signed, titled and inscribed ‘1969-1982,’ acrylic on aluminum corrugated panel, 21 inches x 17 3/4 inches. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. image.

Rare and early copy of ‘The Holy Bible’ containing the books of the Old and New Testament, Cambridge, printed by John Field, Printer to the Universitie, 1660, with full-sheet engravings by P. Lombart and W. Hollar, 17 inches x 11 inches. Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. image.

French Empire carved, painted and giltwood console desserte, late 18th century, with later marble top. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Provenance: Mallett & Sons, London, New York. Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. image.

Outstanding carved jade group, Chinese, 20th century, the pale green stone carved with nine realistic dragons chasing the flaming pearl above the clouds, height 31inches, width 48 inches, depth 23 1/2 inches. Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. image.

Henry Singlewood Bisbing (American, 1849-1933), ‘The Pond, Morning,’ oil on canvas, 20 inches x 29 inches. Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. image.

Stephen Scott Young (American, born 1957), ‘Study for Quenton,’ signed upper left in ink and inscribed lower left, ‘Quenton Study 198?, watercolor on paper. Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. image.

Gilt bronze figure of Sakyamuni Buddha, Mongolian, seated in dhyanasana, holding a vessel in each hand, hair tightly curled and seated on a double lotus base, 10 5/8 inches. Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. image.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 16:38
 

Stephenson’s to auction dolls, toys and Lionel trains, June 20

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Lionel pre-war train set. Stephenson's Auction image SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – Dolls, toys and trains representing a timeline of more than 130 years will cross the auction block on Friday, June 20th at Stephenson’s in suburban Philadelphia. The 400-lot offering spans a legacy of toy making that begins with a cast-iron African-American-themed “Jolly” bank made in 1883 and runs all the way through the boomer era, represented by lithographed-tin toys of the 1950s-’60s, Lionel trains, and dolls. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

“The auction includes a mixed selection with approximately half of the lots being dolls and the other fifty percent divided almost evenly between trains and toys of various types,” said Cindy Stephenson, owner of Stephenson’s Auctioneers & Appraisers.

Impressed with a patent date of March 2, 1883, the Shepard Hardware “Jolly” bank is estimated at $400-$800. It is the only mechanical bank in the sale, but is accompanied by several still banks and circa-1960 Book of Knowledge banks that faithfully replicate antique productions.

A wide variety of toys will be offered, including 1960s GI Joes – most of them boxed and many with vehicles; pressed-steel trucks by Tonka and Nylint; and Matchbox by Lesney die-cast toy cars. Tin toys are led by colorful carnival rides: a roller coaster and Ferris wheel by Chein, and a Wolverine carousel with horses, riders and airplanes. A varied array of miniature lead figures – some manufactured by the prestigious Britains company of England – features both military and civilian examples. The figures will be sold in group lots.

A box containing 12 sets of magic lantern slides – each set comprised of 12 slides – is stamped “Germany” and almost certainly dates back to the 1930s. “We believe each of the sets is the same, so the box was probably shipped to a retailer or distributor,” said Stephenson. One of the 12 sets was carefully unwrapped and revealed within its selection a slide depicting an early, long-snouted Mickey Mouse in an encounter with a bully.

Many of the trains in the sale are by Lionel, with both pre- and postwar types included. Among the top Lionel railway entries is a No. 5340 Hudson locomotive with 700T tender, est. $300-$500. A prewar No. 225E locomotive with 2235W tender, plus cars and caboose; and a No. 2360 postwar Pennsylvania electric locomotive are individually estimated at $200-$400. Always popular with collectors, train station and track accessories will be up for bid, as well.

There will be dolls to suit every taste and pocketbook. The list includes miniature German all-bisque dolls, a 14-inch Ideal composition Shirley Temple with original clothing, and a 21-inch composition Wendy-face doll designed in the 1940s by Madame Alexander. Several bisque-head dolls are entered in the sale – among them, one by Kestner and another by Simon & Halbig Heinrich Handwerck.

For the many collectors of early 1950s Vogue Ginny dolls, Stephenson’s will offer several desirable examples dressed in their original outfits, including some in novelty attire, such as a skating outfit.

A few older Barbies and dolls depicting Ken, Midge and other Barbie friends will cross the auction block, as well, together with original tagged clothing and a few Barbie trunks. Additionally, the doll portion of the sale will include accessories and RenWal doll house furniture.

A nice addition to the auction session is an assortment of vintage Christmas decorations. Many are mid-century productions made of shiny glass.

Stephenson’s Friday, June 20 Dolls, Toys & Trains Auction will commence at 10 a.m. Eastern Time at the company’s gallery located at 1005 Industrial Blvd., Southampton, PA 18966. Inspection is on Thursday, June 19 from 3-6 p.m., and on auction day from 9-10 a.m. A general antiques session will follow at 4 p.m.

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

Lionel pre-war train set. Stephenson's Auction image

Madame Alexander Cissy doll. Stephenson's Auction image

21in Alexander Wendy-face doll. Stephenson's Auction image

1952 strung Vogue Ginny in 'Rich Aunt' trunk. Stephenson's Auction image

Lionel 2360 Pennsylvania locomotive. Stephenson's Auction image

Collection of magic lantern slides in set box. Stephenson's Auction image

Closeup of magic lantern slide showing early depiction of Mickey Mouse. Stephenson's Auction image

Kestner German bisque-head doll. Stephenson's Auction image

Lionel No. 2340 Hudson locomotive and tender. Stephenson's Auction image

Shepard Hardware Co. cast-iron 'Jolly' mechanical bank. Stephenson's Auction image

J. Chein and Wolverine tin-litho toys

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 13:10
 

Jeffrey S. Evans sale features heirloom Americana June 21

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Important folk art carved patriotic cane of exceptional quality attributed to Zachariah S. Robinson (Virginia/Illinois, 1806-1873). Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will auction Americana and fine antiques in a sale slated for Saturday, June 21. Highlights of the auction include important material descended in early Virginia families including the Harris family of Buck Island Farm, Albemarle Co., material from a Rockingham County, Va., collection assembled in the 1970s, and additional estate property and private collections from Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, and New York.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Several fine chairs lead the sale, including examples from Petersburg and Fredericksburg, both interpreting Chippendale style in Virginia, circa 1745-1760. The corner chair has a history in an old Richmond family; the side chair is attributed to the shop of Robert Walker (circa 1710-1777), of Fredericksburg. A rare Richmond Windsor writing-arm chair attributed to the shop of Andrew and Robert McKim (circa 1795-1805), is also on the block.

A group of seven fine school maps, executed by Mary and Elizabeth Craig, while young students at the Domestic Academy of Washington County, Ky., are among a large offering of folk art in this auction. The maps remind us of the history of female education in the early 19th century, as well as the history of a relatively new area of the United States in its nascent stage. The artistry is naïve and the maps present the territory and history in a delightful fashion. The maps have descended in the family of the original makers.

Additionally, the sale includes a 35-year Augusta County, Va., collection of country Americana purchased locally and at major antiques shows; rare 18th and 19th century Virginia and other Southern furniture; decorative arts and silver; American formal and country furniture; Oriental carpets; good Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania folk pottery; American folk art; fine art and statuary; samplers and quilts; country accessories including collections of painted boxes, baskets and ironware; 18th and 19th century primitive lighting; decorative accessories; English and American silver; early ceramics including White House porcelains; antique reference volumes and more.

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.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Important folk art carved patriotic cane of exceptional quality attributed to Zachariah S. Robinson (Virginia/Illinois, 1806-1873). Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.

Important Petersburg and Fredericksburg, Va., Chippendale chairs (circa 1745 – 1760). The corner chair comes with history in an old Richmond family. The side chair is attributed to the shop of Robert Walker (circa 1710-1777) in Fredericksburg. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.

Fine paint-decorated Pennsylvania diminutive blanket chest and New England pewter cupboard from a large selection of painted furniture and country accessories. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.

Rare and Important Kentucky school girl folk art map (circa 1810), signed and inscribed by Elizabeth Craig, from a group of seven maps executed by Elizabeth and Mary Craig while attending the Domestic Academy in Washington Co., Ky. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.

Outstanding mid-19th century American folk art oil on canvas painting of Mount Vernon discovered in a Huntington, W.Va., estate in the 1960s. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 08:43
 

Ewbank’s to sell art collection of renowned curator June 27

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Sir Terry Frost R.A., British (1915-2003), untitled, unfinished oil and collage. Estimate: £10,000-20,000. Ewbank’s image.

SURREY, UK – On June 27, Ewbank’s, Surrey’s premier auctioneer of fine art and antiques, will sell the Michael Compton Collection of postwar and contemporary art, a group of 28 works by luminaries Roy Lichtenstein, Marcel Broodthaers, Terry Frost, Henry Moore, Richard Long, Victor Newsome, Keith Milow, Billy Al Bengston, Ian Stephenson, Sol LeWitt and Joe Tilson, most of them gifted in thanks by the artists or their families whose careers were enhanced by the exhibitions Compton created. The collection is expected to raise around £200,000 ($336,000).

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Tate Director Sir Nicholas Serota described Compton as “arguably the first curator working in England to command international respect for his practice as a maker of exhibitions, collaborator with artists and contributor to the discourse of contemporary art.”

A small Lichtenstein bronze, Yellow Brushstroke is an exception. Number 11 of 19 from an initial lifetime casting, it was presented to Compton by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation at an awards event held at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art on May 23 1991. The presentation was in recognition of his work as curator of the 1989 Marcel Broodthaers exhibition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. It is estimated at £40,000-60,000.

Broodthaers died in 1976 and in 1980, while at Tate Gallery, Compton curated the first retrospective of the Belgian artist’s work. He went on to curate the 1989 exhibition in Minneapolis, which also travelled to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.

Frederick R.Weisman (1912-1994) was an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and art collector, who held an uncompromising belief in the cultural value of art and an understanding of the importance of both the individual artist and the creative process.

Lichtenstein developed his Brushstrokes paintings as sculptural representations in the 1980s and ’90s, depicting the gestural expressions of the brushstroke itself. In his own words, Lichtenstein said the brushstroke “is just an idea to start with, and painting it makes it more concrete, but when you do it in bronze sculpture, it becomes real and has weight and is absurd, contradictory and funny.”

Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976) spent 20 years in poverty as a struggling poet before turning to art and began to make objects in 1963. One the surreal images linked to him most often is Poêle De Moules, mussel shells in a frying pan, a witty nod to his homeland’s national dish. The piece is one of 10 lots in the sale gifted to Compton by the artist’s widow, Maria, at the time he was working with her on a proposed catalogue-raisonné of her husband’s work. This involved regular visits to Brussels in the 1980s and ’90s to do research.

Broodthaers was a writer, poet, filmmaker, photographer, journalist and artist, who famously remarked he would rather have put off the choice of profession until his death. Closely associated with the Belgian Groupe Surréaliste-revolutionnaire, he made use of found objects and collage, incorporating written language in his art, using whatever was at hand for raw materials, most notably the shells of eggs and mussels. Poêle De Moules is estimated at £40,000-60,000.

Un Chateaubriand bien saignant pour deux (A rare Chateaubriand for two) is unsigned but shares the same provenance as the mussels. It is stenciled on the unprimed reverse of the canvas. It is estimated at £30,000-50,000, while Palette, done in colored pencils on a prepared canvas board in 1973-4 is estimated at £15,000-25,000.

A photographer’s light box with photographs and slides inscribed "Avion" and "Avis" is estimated at £10,000-20,000.

Language as a symbol that conveys meaning is a central theme in Broodthaers’ texts, objects, installations, films, photographs, slide projections and prints. A work comprising three magic slate boards mounted on grey card is estimated at £5,000-10,000 and a group of 12 children's ABC play bricks stenciled in black in a Dr. Pusscat on the Mouse box is estimated at £4,000-6,000, as is a pair of green glass wine bottles with printed labels "Pluie" and "Mer du Nord" ("Rain" and "Sea of the North").

More valuable of two untitled abstracts by Sir Terry Frost (1915-2003) is an unfinished oil and collage on hardboard done in 1954-56 and estimated at £10,000-20,000. The work was begun when Frost was a Gregory Fellow at Leeds University and given to Compton who at the time was assistant to the director at the city’s art gallery.

Frost told Compton and his wife, Susan, that the motifs were inspired by a visit to Malham Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales. Frost had already produced a smaller sketch, also painted on hardboard, which Mr. and Mrs. Compton owned, so he presented them with this version saying, “I don't know how to finish this so I'd like you to have it.” The work was probably painted in the studio provided by the university in Moor Road, Leeds and is similar to a group of works, which Frost related to his experience of the Dales landscape.

An abstract in watercolor on paper in black, brown and white was painted in 1957 after Frost's Gregory Fellowship ended and while he was teaching at Leeds College of Art. It is estimated at £2,000-4,000. Similar detail can be found in a work in the Tate Collection Khaki and Lemon, 1956.

Sir Henry Moore (1898-1986) gifted two inscribed lithographs to Compton in thanks for organizing the 1977 Henry Moore Drawings exhibition at the Tate Gallery curated by Alan Wilkinson of the Ontario Art Gallery. They show a reclining figure and a mother and child respectively and each is inscribed “For Michael Compton from Henry Moore.” Each is estimated at £600-1,000, as is a signed wine bottle given to Compton during the dinner for Henry Moore at the Cafe Royale, which followed the opening of the exhibition. With it is a second bottle from the opening of a Henry Moore exhibition in 1989 at the Fondation Pierre Gianadda in Martingny, Switzerland, where a local vintage was named for the artist and served at the gallery.

Michael Compton was born in Minehead, Somerset, while his parents were on leave from India, where he spent his early childhood. Educated in England and South Africa, he studied naval architecture before turning to art history, graduating from the Courtauld Institute in 1952.

From 1953 Compton worked in public museums, beginning at Leeds Art Gallery (1953-57) where he cataloged the watercolor collection at Temple Newsam House, followed by the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, where he was keeper of foreign art. In 1960, he was appointed director of the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull for which he acquired the first David Hockney to enter a museum. He joined the Tate Gallery as assistant keeper of the modern collection in 1965 and worked there until his retirement in 1987.

Early in 1968, a Churchill Traveling Fellowship gave him three months in the U.S. to explore contemporary American art, instigating contemporary exhibitions, beginning with the Roy Lichtenstein show of 1968. In 1971, he curated the Andy Warhol and Robert Morris exhibitions, the former a great success, the latter a disaster, although it was restaged in 2009 to great acclaim.

In the 1970s, Compton planned an extension to the Tate Gallery (today Tate Britain) to provide special space for exhibitions, which opened in 1979. Additionally, he was invited to join British Council and Arts Council committees and became involved with exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery in London and British Council exhibitions overseas. He also represented Britain on the International Committee of Modern Art Museums.

By the time he retired in 1987 he was the most “international” curator in London, connecting his up-to-date knowledge of British art to first-hand experience of contemporary art in Europe and the United States. In recognition of this he was created C.B.E. He died last year, leaving a widow, who lives in Surrey, and two daughters.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Sir Terry Frost R.A., British (1915-2003), untitled, unfinished oil and collage. Estimate: £10,000-20,000. Ewbank’s image.

Roy Lichtenstein, American (1923-1997). Weisman Art Award 'Yellow Brushstroke,' 1991. Estimate: £40,000-60.000. Ewbank’s image.

Michael Compton 1927-2013. Ewbank’s image.

Sir Terry Frost R.A., British (1915-2003), untitled abstract, 1957. Estimate: £2,000-4,000. Ewbank’s image.

Henry Moore, British (1898-1986), mother and child, print, £600-1,000. Estimate: Ewbank’s image.

Henry Moore, British (1898-1986), reclining figure, print, £600-1,000. Estimate: Ewbank’s image.

Marcel Broodthaers, Belgian (1924-1976), circa 1965. 'Poêle De Moules.' Estimate: £40,000-60,000. Ewbank’s image.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 08:36
 

Tim's to renew Father's Day tradition with auction June 15

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Beautiful mid-18th century two-part Queen Anne highboy from a home in Litchfield that was built in 1764. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image.

BRISTOL, Conn. – More than 500 quality lots composed of thousands of items will be sold in an online-only Father’s Day Extravaganza Auction slated for Sunday, June 15, starting promptly at 5 p.m. Eastern time. The auction will be conducted by Tim’s Inc. Auctions. The annual event was begun by Tim’s father, Peter, who passed away in 2005.

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“We expect this auction to go well into the wee hours of the following day, with spirited online bidding such as we’ve seen in past Father’s Day Extravaganzas,” said Tim Chapulis. “We’re starting at 5 p.m., to give everyone time to enjoy the day with their fathers and families, then end their day with a special auction. We encourage bidders to stick around through to the very end.”

Headlining this year’s auction will be property from the estate of Arthur “Artie” Shaw, a beloved longtime auctioneer, appraiser and antiques shop owner from Torrington, Conn., who passed away a few months ago. Over 1,000 items from Shaw’s shop, which closed three years ago, and private collections will be condensed down into multiples totaling more than 100 lots.

Featured from Shaw’s collection will be a beautiful antique horse-drawn sleigh – a focal point that graced the window of his antiques shop for years – and a pair of opposite facing Paul McCobb (1917-1969) room dividers, complete and in two sections (etageres and table/base). The mahogany has a light champagne finish and the frame and pulls are brass.

Also from the Shaw estate are a rare Flying Tigers stained glass art piece; tribal carvings and many Native American pieces; his private fishing collection of lures, poles, trophy mounts and more; Oriental rugs in various sizes and designs; oil paintings; estate jewelry; and a lovely S-rolltop desk.

Also in the auction will be furnishings from a Litchfield, Conn., home dated 1764, to include a beautiful circa-1750 two-part Queen Anne highboy, a 30-inch wide English Regency tambour door sideboard with lions on the door pulls, a fine French writing desk and a gorgeous Queen Anne tilt-top table with bird cage mechanism showing great finish and burling.

Pieces attributed to the renowned American 19th century furniture maker R.J. Horner will include a rare oak curio server combination with a glass door on the left and a server on the right, having a mirror on top with two winged dragons, plus claw feet and felt-lined interior; and a pair of oak file cabinets with full-standing and facing winged griffins and fancy lions as adornments.

Two Harley-Davidson motorcycles will come up for bid, as will many gold and silver coins including brilliant uncirculated silver dollars and a currency hoard from the 1930s. Estate jewelry will feature bracelets, watches, earrings, precious stones, diamonds, rubies and sapphires, and an 18K gold flower pin with sapphire stones and the original Tiffany & Co. box.

Also sold will be the contents of numerous estate safety deposit boxes (some containing jewelry and coins), Hollywood memorabilia that once graced the walls of a local movie theater in Bristol (to include lobby cards and black and white publicity stills, plus some vintage movie posters), and a life-size Power Rangers figurine that talks when prompted.

An antique doll collection comes from the estate of Maria Cambra, a member of the Jenny Lind Doll Club of Connecticut, a lifelong doll collector and maker of dolls who recently passed away. Many doll accessories will also be sold, as will a collection of early Heyward Wakefield-era wicker baby buggies sporting large wooden and wire wheels.

A collection of artwork by Sante Graziani (1920-2005), an American artist and educator at Yale University widely known for his murals that adorned many public schools and other government buildings, will also be sold. Other original oil paintings and artworks will also come up for bid. Also in the sale is a rare saber tooth tiger fossil, plus additional fossil and mineral collections.

Perfect Father’s Day “man cave” offerings will include a vintage Brunswick-Balke-Collender Co. slate-top mahogany pool table with beautiful cue rack (proceeds going to benefit the Morris Volunteer Fire Dept.), and rock ’n’ roll autographed guitars and memorabilia – with proceeds going to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the Lyceum of Terryville, Conn.

Also slated to be sold online are early country store advertising signs, an antique fire alarm box with the original paint, and a Victorian Jenny Lind secretary desk with two female busts adorning the front doors, lighting items, and a 2007 BX2350 Kubota Tractor, which is well maintained and in fine running condition.

A buyer’s premium of 21 percent will be applied to all purchased, regardless of method of participation.

Every participating bidder is asked to make a suggested donation of $10 to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in memory of Peter Chapulis, Tim’s late father. Peter was a big fan of entertainer Danny Thomas, who once said if he made it in Hollywood, he would do something for sick and disadvantaged kids. He did just that, and his legacy lives on today.

“We are proud to continue this time-honored tradition, of supporting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and keeping the memory of my father alive,” said Chapulis. “Peter was an important part of the auction business a strong supporter of having an auction on Father’s Day, to honor all fathers, past and present. To date, we’ve raised over $66,000 for St. Jude’s.”

To consign an item, an estate or collection, phone Tim Chapulis at 860-459-0964 or e-mail him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Beautiful mid-18th century two-part Queen Anne highboy from a home in Litchfield that was built in 1764. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image.

Rare oak curio server combination attributed to the renowned 19th century American furniture maker R.J. Horner. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image.

 

Rare Flying Tigers stained glass art piece from the estate of Arthur ‘Artie’ Shaw, who recently passed away. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image.

Vintage Brunswick-Balke-Collender Co. slate-top mahogany pool table with beautiful cue rack. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image.

Tim Chapulis poses next to the horse-drawn sleigh that was a focal point of Artie Shaw's antique shop for years. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image.

What better gift for a dad on Father's Day that a full-throated Harley-Davidson motorcycle? There are two in the auction. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image.

Rock ’n’ roll memorabilia items will include this vintage guitar signed by Peter Townsend of The Who. Tim’s Inc. Auctions image.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 16:30
 

Enlist now for Onslows sale of World War I posters July 9

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:33

‘Britons (Lord Kitchener) Wants You,’ original poster printed by Victoria House Printing Co., circa 1914, 75 x 51 cm. Considered to be the Holy Grail of historic British posters, this poster is being offered at auction for the first time since 1983. Estimate: £10,000-15,000. Onslows image.

STOURPAINE, UK – On July 9 Onslows will be offering for sale one of the most complete collections of World War I recruiting posters to have come on the market in 30 years. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The collection of nearly 200 posters was discovered in a house in Kent. The owners, who had inherited the collection some years before, had not fully appreciated what they had. Their interest in finding more about the posters was sparked with the centenary of the outbreak of World War I. When they looked more closely they realized they had a nearly complete collection of posters published by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee between 1914 and 1916. A fascinating file of correspondence has come to light among the posters dating from 1917 to 1921. Documents show that the posters had belonged to the owner’s grandfather, who appears to have been involved in disposing of surplus posters on behalf of His Majesty's Stationery Office to Libraries, Institutions and private individuals around the world.

With an inevitability of war approaching and an acute recruiting shortfall, by Aug. 7, 1914, Parliament had authorized an increase in the Army of half a million men. The Parliamentary Recruiting Committee was established in the reception room at 12 Downing Street on Aug. 31, 1914 composed of 32 members including 11 Conservative, seven Liberal and four Labor MPs. The PRC’s guiding principle was to use local party constituency organizations to assist the War Office in establishing orderly recruiting. A Publications Sub Department was set up to commission the posters with the HM Stationery Office overseeing the printing of the posters. In many cases the different printing companies commissioned came up with their own designs using in-house designers and in some case well-established artists. The posters were then passed as fit for purpose by the PRC. The output of many of the posters was vast, sometimes with print runs of tens of thousands.

The posters play on the conscience of the British public with some of the now famous slogans “Daddy What did you do in the Great War?” “England Expects Every Man to do his Duty,” “He’s Happy and Satisfied; Are You?” “Step into your place; We’re both needed to serve the guns!” and “Forward, Forward to Victory.” The majority of them are brightly pictorial, as the campaign for recruitment approached 1916 the compulsory enlistment of all fit men was looming, and the posters took a more sinister stark and to-the-point form with letterpress titles that did not hide their purpose. These include “Single Men First,” “More Men are Wanted,” “The Prime Ministers Pledge to Married Men,” “A Mere Promise to Enlist is of No Value" and “Single Men! Last Days for Voluntary Enlistment.”

The collection will be sold in separate lots and is expected to realize in excess of £20,000.

The also includes other Great War ephemera and original works of art, other posters including some rare World War I American propaganda including Howard Chandler Christy’s “Clear the Way.”

One of the most sought after posters in the Great War section of the auction is Paul Nash’s Leicester Galleries exhibition poster from 1918 were he showed the public for first time his powerful anti-war “Void of War “ pictures, this poster has rarely appeared for sale and is therefore difficult to value but it could sell for in excess of £5,000.

The Vintage posters section include three rare British Railways posters, an outstanding Edwardian Great Eastern Railway beach poster for Lowestoft in Suffolk, an evocative Great Western Railway poster for North Wales, and Borlase Smart’s Art Deco poster for St. Ives. We will also be offering three early Edward McKnight Kauffer posters from the London Underground Railways, “In Watford” is one the earliest know posters the young American artist designed for the company who’s advertising department was under the direction of the brilliant Frank Pick. It is estimated at £2,000-3,000. We will be offering a wide selection of other fine vintage posters including ocean liners, Continental travel, World War II propaganda and Shell Oil and Petrol.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

‘Britons (Lord Kitchener) Wants You,’ original poster printed by Victoria House Printing Co., circa 1914, 75 x 51 cm. Considered to be the Holy Grail of historic British posters, this poster is being offered at auction for the first time since 1983. Estimate: £10,000-15,000. Onslows image.

E. McKnight Kauffer (Edward 1890-1954), ‘In Watford,’ original poster No. 153, April 1915, printed for Underground Electric Railways Co. by Waterlow & Sons Ltd., 75 x 50 cm. Estimate: £2,000-3,000. Onslows image.

F Sentrein (Belgian dates not known), ‘The Continent via Dover-Ostend Twice Daily,’ original poster printed for Belgian State Railways and Mail Packets by D. Hobel Bruxulles, 100 x 65 cm. Estimate: £1,000-1,500. Onslows image.

F. Quinny, ‘Lowestoft and Oulton Broad via Great Eastern Railway,’ original poster printed by Haycock Cadle & Graham, circa 1915, 102 x 127 cm. Estimate: £2,500- 3000. Onslows image.

J.B. Baldwin, ‘His Majesty's Foot Guards,’ Regular Army recruiting poster, original poster printed by Jowett & Sowry, 1914, 64 x 72 cm. Estimate: £700-1,000. Onslows image.

Howard Chandler Christy (1873-1952), ‘Clear the Way Buy Bonds Fourth Liberty Loan,’ original poster No 10-B printed by Forbes, Boston, circa 1918, 76 x 51 cm. Estimate £300-400. Onslows image.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 15:33
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury to auction Grayson Perry pottery June 27

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Grayson Perry (b. 1960), ‘Cosmic Chick,’ circa 1984, glazed earthenware, inscribed 'Cosmic Chick' at center, 19 1/4 x 11 1/2 in., 49 x 29.3 cm. Estimate: £5,000- £7,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions will offer an important group of early Grayson Perry artworks on Friday, June 27. These pieces, from the cross-dressing potter’s exploratory phase, post Art College, began his eccentric journey to becoming one of Britain’s most celebrated artists and a media sensation. This unusual group will be offered in a sale of more than 160 lots of modern and contemporary art.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Angus Maguire, modern & contemporary art specialist at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions said; “In this receptive market, the fascination with Perry’s early work is growing, for it is with these unusual experimental works that he begins to find his metier.”

A weird Arthurian relic is the first of Perry’s bronze works ever to be offered at auction. Six individually cast bronze arches are joined together in the form of an early medieval crown, highly decorated with ceramic elements and plastic toys.

Turning to pottery in the autumn of 1983, this work was presumably made either for his graduation at Portsmouth Polytechnic in the summer of 1982 or in the intervening year before he attended the Central Institute in London. The work suggests a young artist simultaneously exploring medieval and contemporary imagery to produce a signature artwork imbued with the artist’s unique and eccentric vision. It is estimated at £20,000-30,000 ($33,600-50,400).

Grayson Perry: “I did a lot of bronze casting and made things like crowns and helmets and it all got a bit ‘Sword and Sorcery’...”

Continuing with this quasi-religious theme, Cosmic Chick, represents a highly unusual wall-based sculpture in the form of a cross. This is another experimental, early work produced circa 1985. It is estimated at £5,000-7,000 (Lot 140).

Also in the group is a rare example of artists taking a “found” pot and extensively drawing on the surface with deep incisions and over glaze. It is therefore a direct precursor to Perry’s best-known later work, the highly adorned large-scale ceramic pieces for which he is most renowned. Likely to have been produced shortly after he graduated, this highly defaced piece is estimated at £5,000-7,000 (Lot 141).

Grayson Perry: “I just had a table in my room and I used to buy lots of books at jumble sales and cut them up, and do drawings and stuff. And then I started doing little assemblages of junk I found. I did that for a couple of years and went to my first pottery class in September ’83.”

An untitled large plate, or charger, is the final work in the group and is estimated at £3,000-5,000 (Lot 142).

Grayson Perry: “I started making plates – they were very easy to make. I could do a press mold of a plate – pretty much finish one in a lesson and have something to prop up on the mantelpiece.”

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

Grayson Perry (b. 1960), ‘Cosmic Chick,’ circa 1984, glazed earthenware, inscribed 'Cosmic Chick' at center, 19 1/4 x 11 1/2 in., 49 x 29.3 cm. Estimate: £5,000- £7,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

 Grayson Perry (b. 1960), Untitled (Crown), 1982-3, having applied ceramic elements and plastic toys adhered throughout 8 1/2 in., 21.6 cm (diameter) x 4 in., 11 cm (height). Estimate: £20,000-£30,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Grayson Perry (b. 1960), Untitled (Pot), circa 1984, glazed eartherware with applied ceramic motifs and incisions throughout, 6 1/4 in., 16 cm (height). Estimate: £5,000-£7,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 11:06
 

Roseberys to offer array of fine art, antiques June 24-25

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Dorothea Sharp, RBA, ROI (British, 1874-1955), ‘Summer Sketch,’ oil on panel. Estimate: £4,000–£6,000. Roseberys image.

LONDON – Roseberys’ two-day Quarterly Fine Art Auction on Tuesday, June 24, and Wednesday, June 25, features an eclectic range of high quality lots across many different disciplines. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The first day of the auction begins with fine European ceramics followed by jewelry, coins and silver. Pictures and modern sculpture go under the hammer in the afternoon along with more than 150 lots of antique picture frames.

The day is rounded off with a fashion and textile section. This features the Suzy Menkes Collection, clothes and accessories from one of fashion’s well-known journalists, as well as a range of important and historic lace lots.

On Wednesday, the auction begins with furniture and works of art. Among several notable lots, Rosebery’s will be auctioning a pair of Chippendale chairs estimated at £18,000-£25,000 ($30,200-$42,000). These were originally commissioned by Sir Richard Worsley for the drawing room at Appuldurcombe on the Isle of Wight. Both the walls of the room and the chairs were covered with Gobelins Tapestry.

One of the highlights of the Works of Art section will be more than 20 Russian icons. The second half of the day is devoted to almost 600 Asian and Islamic lots. Included is a private collection of 300 Chinese snuff bottles.

For details phone Roseberys at 020 8761 2522.

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

 Dorothea Sharp, RBA, ROI (British, 1874-1955), ‘Summer Sketch,’ oil on panel. Estimate: £4,000–£6,000. Roseberys image.

A mid-17th century chalice veil, the lawn square with fine 3cm wide lace border, approximately 52cm x 52cm. Estimate: £400–£600. Roseberys image. 

Chinese enamel twin handled incense burner, Qianlong, 11cm diameter. Estimate £1,000–£1,500. Roseberys image. 

Pair of George III giltwood armchairs by Thomas Chippendale with associated 18th century French floral tapestry. Estimate: £18,000–£25,00. Roseberys image. 

Two Chinese Peking red overlay glass snuff bottles, late Qing Dynasty, 7 cm high. Estimate: £200–£300. Roseberys image. 

Some of the more than 150 picture frames that will be sold Tuesday afternoon, June 24. Roseberys image. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:57
 

Old Toy Soldier to auction James Henderson collection June 27-29

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Selections from more than 30 Greenwood and Ball figures with estimates ranging from $100 to $1,000. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

PITTSBURGH – Old Toy Soldier’s (OTSA) November 2013 auction grossed a record-setting $590,000 for the Pennsylvania-based company, but owner Ray Haradin thinks that record may soon be shattered. Over the weekend of June 27-29, OTSA will present the James A. Henderson collection as the featured highlight of its approximately 1,500-lot auction – an assemblage of soldiers that Haradin describes as “the most exciting collection [he has] handled to date.” LiveAuctioneers will provide the Internet live bidding services for the sale.

One of America’s top executives, Henderson retired from Cummins Engine Co. Inc. after a distinguished 35-year career that took him to the pinnacle of success. He held senior leadership positions at Cummins beginning in 1977, when he was appointed president and chief operating officer. Eventually he rose to the ranks of chairman and CEO. In his free time, Henderson avidly collected Britains – the best of the best.

“James Henderson has always appreciated provenance, and his collection is filled with rarities formerly in the collections of His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, Britains’ Archive, Malcolm Forbes and Ed Ruby,” said Haradin. “He started collecting in the early 1980s and was very active through the turn of the 21st century, with an emphasis on buying from ‘name’ collections.”

The Henderson collection will be the exclusive focus of the Saturday, June 28 session. Two of the top entries are a Britains set No. 6, the Royal Scots Greys (est. $12,000-$15,000); and set No. 7, the Royal Fusiliers ($7,000-$9,000). Both sets are complete, carry provenance from the Ed Ruby collection, and are featured on the cover of James Opie’s The Great Book of Britains.

“These two sets are, arguably, the most desirable sets Britains ever made. They were a Germanic style of larger-scale, hollow-cast figures that Britains only produced between 1893 and 1897. Very few figures have survived from the production runs of these two sets, so to find either set in a complete state is almost unheard of,” said Haradin.

The figures from sets No. 6 and 7 have plugged-in arms that are attached by an interior rod. Because the arms were separately cast, Britains could adapt them to hold a rifle or trumpet. After a brief five-year run, this particular type of arm was replaced by a moveable arm, Haradin said.

Another special treat in the Henderson collection is the selection of extremely rare and desirable Britains Paris Office sets. Produced for only a short time starting in 1905, figures from Britains’ French subsidiary are identifiable primarily by their paint style, but many are marked “Depose,” Haradin said. “After the Paris branch closed, the molds were sent to Britains’ headquarters in England, so the only sure way to identify the Paris productions is by the paintwork, which is quite distinctive.”

Also in the Henderson collection are a number of special-order pieces that were painted per the customer’s request at Britains’ factory. Among the rare, commissioned items to be auctioned is a Scots Guard Pipe Band set, which was formerly the property of The Duke of Gloucester and is estimated at $9,000-$12,000 in the upcoming sale.

Previously part of the Ed Ruby collection, several Britains displays were made especially for the Clyde Model Dockyard, a famous and historical toy and model shop in Glasgow, Scotland, that opened in 1789 and operated through the early 1970s. The displays have a tin base to which mounted figures were affixed. The displays could be rolled through the store via tracks attached beneath their platforms, thus rendering the impression of soldiers marching. There are eight such displays, with estimates ranging from $1,500 to $7,000.

A one-of-a-kind vehicle in the Henderson collection is Britains’ Terrain Terrier. Haradin said the toy is listed in Britains’ records but that he has never seen one before. Basically a Bren gun mounted on wheels, the boxed example in OTSA’s sale is expected to make $3,000-$5,000.

In addition to many “offbeat” productions, the Henderson collection includes a vast array of other rare sets, including a boxed Royal Marine Infantry Band – one of the two most coveted Britains bands – est. $12,000-$15,000. Another gem, ex Malcolm Forbes collection, is a Pestana river gunboat accompanied by three small skiffs, est. $2,500-$3,500. The Saturday session is rounded out with many beautiful soldiers by Lucotte, Heyde, Stadden and Mignot, from unusual vintage pieces to those of newer manufacture.

The Friday and Sunday sessions will be brimming with soldiers for collectors at all different buying levels. Day 1 includes a fine, 550-lot assortment of post-1970 productions. Sets range from $50 to $500 and include productions from such makers as Trophy, Somerset, Mignot, King & Country, Hocker, All the Queen’s Men, Imperial and Ducal. Also in the mix are American Dimestore soldiers.

Day 3 will present collectors with a panoramic battlefield of toy soldiers dating from 1895 to about 1960. In addition to Britains, there will be a number of Mignots, Greenwood & Ball figures, and some very nice heraldic knights, both by Courtenay and the later and also highly sought-after brand Peter Greenhill/Courtenay. Around 40 Courtenay knights in the sale are from a premier collection that OTSA will be apportioning into its auctions over a period of time.

Haradin also noted that Peter Greenhill, a highly respected painter who owns the old Courtenay molds, has entered into an arrangement with OTSA to produce and paint figures that will be available only through Old Toy Soldier’s auctions, starting with the June 27-29 sale.

Old Toy Soldier’s June 27-29 auction will commence at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, June 27, and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29. Absentee bids, including those placed online via www.LiveAuctioneers.com, must be made no later than 24 hours prior to the sale in order to be accepted.

To obtain condition reports or additional information on bidding, call Ray Haradin at 412-343-8733 (tollfree: 800-349-8009) or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Online: www.oldtoysoldierauctions.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Selections from more than 30 Greenwood and Ball figures with estimates ranging from $100 to $1,000. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

James A. Henderson, retired chairman and CEO of Cummins Engine Co. Inc., at home with prized pieces from his collection displayed in a showcase. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Britains Germanic-style Royal Scots Greys, estimate $12,000-$15,000; and Royal Fusiliers, $7,000-$9,000, as pictured on the cover of James Opie's ‘Great Book of Britains.’ Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Greenhill/Courtenay knights custom made for Old Toy Soldier Auctions and ranging in price from $200-$2,000. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Five of eight Clyde Model Dockyard displays that will be sold as separate lots with estimates ranging from $1,500 to $7,000 each. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

The elusive Britains Royal Marine Light Infantry Band, boxed (not shown), estimate $12,000-$15,000. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Hocker Band Stand, one of many newer production sets to be sold in the June 27th session. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Britains Paris Office Dragoons, estimate $5,000-$7,000. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Britains ‘special paint’ band commissioned for H.R.H. the Duke of Gloucester, estimate $9,000-$12,000. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Unique boxed Britains Set 1204 Terrain Terrier, estimate $3,000-$5,000. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:43
 

Thomas Del Mar to sell museum-quality arms, armor June 25

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Monday, 09 June 2014 16:35

Composite North Italian etched corslet, late 16th century from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 14.25.681. Estimate: £12,000-18,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

LONDON – Items from such iconic U.S. institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago are among the highlights of Thomas Del Mar Ltd.’s auction of Antique Arms, Armor and Militaria to be held Wednesday, June 25.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

A composite North Italian etched corslet dating from the late 16th century, which was once owned by Prince Peter Soltykoff until 1860 and is now being sold by order of the trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is expected to fetch £12,000-18,000. The corslet is composed of a a breastplate and a back piece, and is finely decorated with bands and borders of relief-etching on a stippled and blackened ground involving at the top of the breastplate the figure of St. John the Baptist holding a banner with the abbreviated inscription AD for Agnus Dei.

More than 20 lots from the George F. Harding Collection are being sold by the Art Institute of Chicago to benefit the Harding Collection. Included is a mounted armor for the Jousts Real in the Spanish style of circa 1500-10, consisting mainly of 19th century pieces with some early 16th century elements of great weight, which is expected to fetch £15,000-20,000. The horse-bit is probably of 17th century date and is known to have belonged to His Imperial Highness Archduke Eugen Veste Hohenwerfen of Salzburg, until 1927. A fine pair of 16-Bore Liegois flintlock holster pistols by Jean Jaques Behr, circa 1720-30, which belonged to Ernst August I, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar (1688-1748), and subsequently Wilhelm Ernst, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1876-1923), carry an estimate of £8,000-10,000.

Also from the United States is a group of English and European 
small-swords from the Lattimer Family Collections of New
 Jersey. The Lattimer Family Collections have been described as a virtual military museum, his late 19th century Federal style home being filled with numerous historic pieces including edged weapons, Revolutionary and Civil War rifles, swords and huge turret mounted machine guns from World War I. Decorated small swords, notably those with historic provenance, were an area of particular interest to Lattimer, and a distinguished group from his collection is now on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The auction will also include Part Two of the Morton and Angela Stern Collection. The Sterns, who lived in New York, shared a passion for antiques and in particular arms and armor. Together they traveled extensively, visiting museums, fairs, auctions and gun shows making many acquisitions together. The objects offered in Thomas Del Mar’s Auction reflect their combined broad tastes, including some fine examples of European edged weapons, armor and a number of distinguished examples of the gunsmith’s skill as both engineer and decorator. Mort had a particular interest in military firearms and Angela in Scottish firearms.

Among the notable pieces is a fine German sword-rapier with blackened iron hilt dating from the late 16th century which is estimated at £6,000-8,000, while a North Italian close helmet for heavy field use, probably Milanese, dating from circa 1580 carries a similar estimate, and a fine pair of 38-bore Scottish flintlock belt pistols by I. Christie of Perth, and dating from circa 1780, is expected to fetch £5,000-7,000.

Also with a distinguished provenance is a fine and rare cased pair of 28-bore French silver-mounted flintlock pistols of presentation quality by Boutet, Directeur Artiste, Manufacture a Versailles, circa 1802, which are expected to fetch £40,000-70,000. These are being offered by the descendant family of Don José de la Serna, Conde de Los Andres, Viceroy of Peru (1770-1832). They are signed within a lozenge shaped framework of gilt pellets, decorated in gold with bands filled with contrasting matted and plain triangular panels at the muzzle.

Two important German pieces that were the property of a European prince are a close helmet, circa 1600, estimated at £12,000-18,000, and a fine and rare hand-and-a-half sword, circa 1490-1530, estimated at £7,000-10,000.

Elsewhere in the auction is a rare East Tibetan decorated leather lamellar armor dating from the 15th/17th century, which is in very fine condition. Formed of two pairs of plates covering the chest and the back of the torso, open at the front and fitted with two slender plates at each side, it is decorated in gold with large flower heads and foliage and is expected to fetch £5,000-7,000.

One of the larger and more unusual pieces in the sale is a rare example of the skull and antlers of an Irish elk (megalocerus giganteus), measuring just over three meters and dating from the Pleistocene period (2.6 million year to 117,000 years before the present). It carries an estimate of £20,000-30,000.

Among the firearms is a fine pair of 20-bore Liegois flintlock long holster pistols, dating from 1700, probably by Philippe Desellier – the octagonal breeches chiseled with a classical warrior above a crowned heart impaled by a sword carry an estimate of £10,000-15,000. The Desellier brothers, Philippe and Gilles, are recorded in Liege circa 1676-1740 and 1680-1710 respectively. A fine and rare 25-bore South German (Thuringia) wheel-lock pistol, Suhl, circa 1580-90 – chiseled over its surface with a vertical arrangement of allegorical figures within an architectural framework surrounded by scrolling foliage inhabited by exotic birds is estimated at £8,000-12,000.

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

Composite North Italian etched corslet, late 16th century from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 14.25.681. Estimate: £12,000-18,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

Mounted armor for the ‘Jousts Real’ in the Spanish style of circa1500-10. Mainly 19th century with some early 16th century elements. Property sold by the Art Institute of Chicago. Estimate: £15,000-20,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

Rare and notably large example of the skull and antlers of an Irish elk (megalocerus giganteus), late Pleistocene period. Estimate: £20,000-30,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

Fine German sword-rapier with blackened iron hilt, late 16th century, probably Saxon. Estimate: £6,000-8,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

Fine and rare cased pair of 28 bore French silver-mounted flintlock pistols of presentation quality by Boutet, Directeur Artiste, Manufacture a Versailles, circa 1802. Estimate: £40,000-70,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

Fine pair of 20 bore Liegois flintlock long holster pistols, circa 1700, probably by Philippe Desellier. Estimate: £10,000-15,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

Fine and rare 25 bore south German wheel-lock pistol, Suhl, circa 1580-90. Estimate: £8,000-12,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

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