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Don Presley Auctions to relaunch at new So. Calif. venue, March 2

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Monday, 10 February 2014 15:22

Very finely handwoven 19th-century Flemish tapestry, 65 inches high x 62 inches wide. Estimate $6,000-$7,000. Don Presley Auctions image.

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Don Presley Auctions is back with a new Southern California venue and a grand opening auction scheduled for Sunday, March 2, beginning at noon Pacific Time.

Don Presley Auctions has taken space at South Coast Auction, 2202 S. Main St. in Santa Ana, CA 92707. The new location will enable auctioneer Presley to conduct monthly auctions with live in-house bidding and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

Presley reflected on his yearlong hiatus and the change of venue.

“We had some of the best auctions in Southern California, and I am so grateful to my loyal customers who made it all possible. At the same time I am both excited and relieved to be able to get down to business without the weight of dealing with the ever-increasing municipal government’s restrictions and costly code renovations we faced at our previous location in Orange (Calif.),” said Presley. “We’ve always had an abundance of outstanding merchandise to offer, and that will not change. The only thing that is changing is our location.”

Presley added: “We’re grateful to all who have helped us create some great memories at our former location in Orange. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at the South Coast Auction location in Santa Ana,” he said.

Don Presley Auctions will hold about 12 live in-house auctions per year, concentrating on high-end antiques and collectibles. These sales will be complemented by Internet bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

Presley’s grand opening auction will feature an abundance of fine antiques, including Meissen, Limoges, Sevres, Royal Vienna and Berlin KPM porcelain; Baccarat, Moser and Galle glass; carved jade and other Chinese items; French clocks, bronze figures and two 19th-century Flemish tapestries.

“That’s what I’m interested in – superior-quality antiques that are in demand with collectors all over the world want. I’m going to concentrate on what I have always done, and that is to offer folks the opportunity to bid on bargains from around the world, on hard-to-find, fresh-to-the-market antiques and collectibles,” Presley said.

He said one thing that will never change is his dedication to his clients. “To me, the customer has always come first,” said Presley. The popular auction company has also built a reputation for assisting charities with their fundraising projects. It is something that will continue to be an integral part of the company’s mission, Presley said.

South Coast Auction, owned by Billy Humphries and Les Taylor, and has held auctions at the Santa Ana location every Wednesday for 37 years. South Coast Auction offers around 60,000 square feet of auction space situated on more than three acres in the historical section of South Main Street in Santa Ana. Although Presley will be operating Don Presley Auction as a separate entity, he and Humphries will be working together.

“I’ve known Billy over 45 years. He sells general merchandise, high-end antiques, collectibles, etc. It could be appliances, pianos, cars, office and restaurant equipment; new inventory – you name it, he sells it. This arrangement is going to broaden the scope of items I can accept for my Wednesday auctions. I can see it working out very well for both of us.”

Don Presley’s website, contact phone number and email remain the same. For updates and auction details visit the website where upcoming sales will be posted in detail: www.donpresley.com. For information on any item in Presley’s March 2 auction, tel. 714-633-2437 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Very finely handwoven 19th-century Flemish tapestry, 65 inches high x 62 inches wide. Estimate $6,000-$7,000. Don Presley Auctions image.

Berlin KPM plaque, 19th century, 7 inches x 5 inches, porcelain plaque only, scepter and KPM mark. Estimate $4,000-$5,000. Don Presley Auctions image.

Fine 19th-century ormolu mounted desk by Francois Linke, 46 inches long x 29 inches wide x 30 inches high. Estimate $7,000-$9,000. Don Presley Auctions image.

A 19th-century ormolu mounted marble clock, 17 inches. Estimate $1,000-$1,500. Don Presley Auctions image.

Meissen figure of a napping lady, circa 1870, crossed-swords marks and incised numbers, 7 1/2 inches high. Estimate: $1,000-$1,200. Don Presley Auctions image.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 17:17
 

March 1 Ancient Resource auction a 'museum-quality' event

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Friday, 07 February 2014 17:03
Ancient Resource image. MONTROSE, Calif. - March 1 at 10 AM PST marks the date and time that Ancient Resource Auctions will hold its premier winter event. A stunning collection of more than 450 lots of ancient art, spanning 4,000 years of culture, will be offered in what is anticipated to be a 5-hour sale. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Highlighting this sale is a Roman marble portrait of the Emperor Hadrian. Carved during his time as Emperor (117-138 AD) and of a pure white marble, the  slightly oversize head retains all of the strength and power that were the traits of Hadrian.

Among the magnificent selections of Ancient Egyptian art is an exceptionally rare complete set of Late Period Canopic Jars. This limestone set features highly detailed carvings of the four sons of Horus, each designed to protect a different organ. In the Late Period, the organs were returned to the body, so as such, these jars have only lightly carved openings. Complete sets are rarely if ever seen outside of museums.

Pre-dynastic Egypt is represented by an extremely rare red burnished 11.25-inch jar. This beautifully surfaced jar not only exhibits a fine mottled red surface, it also features an incised "centipede" design. These vessels are extremely rare with any kind of personal markings.

The Greek influence in art is exemplified by anintricately detailed marble head of an Etruscan/Greek Kore figure, circa 6th to 5th century BC, featuring the enigmatic smile so characteristic of the Kore and wearing a diadem, the hair in tight waves around the face running behind the ears with ringlets to each side of the neck. Its heigh is 8 inches (20.3 cm). Well-preserved and a sea find, it has a few areas that display calcified encrustation and mineral deposits within the recesses. While originating in Greece, the form of the Kore was adopted by the Etruscans and other ancient peoples. This piece was purchased in Egypt in the 1930s from the well-respected dealer, Deouky H. Ibrahim, at Mena House Hotel (original receipt included).

Near Eastern art is led by a very unusual bronze libation vessel in the form of an animal, circa 9th to 7th century BC. The globular body has a long channeled, animal-form face and spout, the top rim having incised crisscrossing decoration. Twenty domed rivets form a decorative design above the footed base, and another nine domed rivets surround the highly detailed breast of the beast.

The robust Pre-Columbian section features a large and magnificent Mayan cylinder vase, circa 400 to 800 AD. This massive vessel is decorated with two deeply carved panels of complex Underworld motifs, the broad rim decorated with glyphs and date symbols. The intricate artistic detailing is highly stylized, nicely burnished and highlighted with cinnabar.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
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Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 17:17
 

Rustic Adirondack furniture at forefront of Jenack sale Feb. 16

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Thursday, 06 February 2014 16:24

Old Hickory-style breakfront. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.

CHESTER, N.Y. – William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers will conduct a fine art and antique auction at the Jenack gallery with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com on Sunday, Feb.16, commencing at 11 a.m. Eastern.

The sale will include a large single-owner collection of rustic Adirondack furniture, autographs, fine art, antiquities, French art glass, bird carvings, Orientalia, rugs, carpets and decorative accessories.

Several pieces of the Adirondack furniture were made by Lake George, N.Y., furniture artist Ralph Kylloe. The Kylloe furniture will include a birch corner cupboard, a birch step-back cupboard, a birch and cherry sofa/console table and a birch postcard desk, all signed with his label.

Complementing the Kylloe pieces will be several lots of Old Hickory and Old Hickory-style furnishings including a desk, a dining table and chairs, a sofa, a breakfront and armchairs. All manner of lighting will also be offered in the rustic style including floor lamps and table lamps in twig and tree-trunk styles.

Porcelain and glass highlights include La Verre Francais cameo glass vase, Daum Nancy art glass vase with cover and beetle, Almeric Walter/Henri Berge bumblebee pin tray and cicada pin tray, Moser barware, and several lots of Bohemian cut-to-clear bowls and vases. A collection of Rosenthal/Bjorn Winblad Studio Line porcelains will be offered, as well as a set of 10 Limoges hand-decorated dinner plates, a Bing & Grondahl Seagull covered tureen, a lot of five Royal Worcester porcelain figures including Queen Elizabeth I, and a set of Herend Queen Victoria dessert plates.

From the estate of Sen. Joseph Clark comes a 1956 copy of the Pulitzer prize-winning book Profiles in Courage inscribed “To Senator Joe Clark with Very Best Wishes, John Kennedy.” Also from the same estate is an 18th century volume Constitutions des Treize Etats-Unis de L’Amerique, 1792 inscribed “To Senator Joe Clark by Francois Mitterand 1966.” Other signatures of note are Richard Nixon, Alexander I (Czar of Russia) 1810, Frederick Louis (Prince of Wales, eldest son of George II) and collections of signatures of notable Olympians and dignitaries.

The antiquities arena will be offering a Gandhara gray schist stone head of “Fasting Buddha” from the third to fourth century; a Khmer Baphuon sandstone torso, Angkor period, 11th century; a Phoenician glass head, fourth to first century B.C.; a Chinese archaic bronze helmet; Islamic Kashan pottery; a Thai bronze Buddha; a pre-Columbian Nayorit pottery seated figure; a Roman glass unguentarium; and an Egyptian faience ushabti.

The most significant offering in fine art will be a Willard Leroy Metcalf (American/New York 1858-1925) oil on canvas landscape consigned by a local estate. The heirs said that their parents bought the work at an auction in Connecticut in the 1960s. It will carry an estimate of $20,000-$30,000. Other works to be offered include a watercolor landscape by William Revell, an Italian School watercolor of Venice, a watercolor clipper ship in New York Harbor by Fredrick Tordoff, and an ink and watercolor by Jacques Schrygens.

Other lots of interest will be an oversized albumin photograph of the Waite Supreme Court, 1882, signed by all eight justices; a pair of brass Art Deco sconces from the Loew’s Delancy Theater in New York; Russian icons; a collection of carved animals, birds and diorama by Wolfgang Kurtz; a collection of carved wood decoys, including some attributed to A. Elmer Cromwell; a sterling tea and coffee service; a tramp art cabinet; a George Smith Elpinstone chaise and much more.

There are hundreds of lots in the sale.

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

Old Hickory-style breakfront. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image. 

 Willard Leroy Metcalf, oil on canvas. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.

Ralph Kylloe birch cupboard. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image. 

Figure of Lima, Khmer Baphuon, 11th century. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image. 

Almeric Walter/Henri Berge’ pate-de-verre. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 16:50
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury auction Feb. 13 has dramatic thread

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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:57

A signed Bombay Edition set of the complete works of Rudyard Kipling. Estimate: £200-300. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – The library of acclaimed British stage and film director, writer and actor Patrick Garland will be sold as part of Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ bibliophile sale on Thursday, Feb. 13. The auction will also include works on natural history, children's and illustrated, English and Continental literature and modern first editions.

Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

A prominent figure in the British arts scene Garland was best known as a theater director. As artistic director for the Chichester Festival Theatre from 1981 to 1985 and again 1990 to 1994, Garland directed more than 20 productions, and he is the only theater director to have had four plays running at the same time in London’s West End. He was also the driving force behind the Chichester Festival Theatre where he served as artistic director for many years and directed over 30 productions. In later life he turned his talents to film directing and won widespread praise for his 1971 television film, The Snow Goose, which earned a Golden Globe for “Best Movie made for TV” and was also nominated for a BAFTA and an Emmy.

His collection of English literature and reference works include many copies signed with personal inscriptions to him by notable figures including Samuel Beckett, Sir John Betjeman, John Osbourne and Rex Harrison. The literature is mostly poetry and theater-related, but there are also private press and limited-edition works.

A signed Bombay Edition set of the complete works of Rudyard Kipling's is a 31-volume limited-edition set. Printed by R. & R. Clark from the Florence Press Type, this Bombay edition is one of only 1,050 copies printed on handmade paper. It is estimated to sell for £1,000-£1,500. Also from his collection is a highly desirable limited-edition set of Thomas Hardy's The Dynasts, one of only 525 copies to be signed by the author. This copy includes a signed etched portrait by Francis Dodd in pencil, printed in red and black, and estimated to sell for £200-£300.

Elsewhere in the sale the signatures of George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCarney and John Lennon are sold as written on the page of an autograph album, in card mount. These Beatles autographs are sure to go down well with any Beatles enthusiasts and carry an estimate of £1,000-£1,500.

A small sporting section boasts an enticing variety of materials on the subjects of angling, boxing, cricket, cycling, golf, hawking, shooting and even the more sedate pastimes of card playing. Of particular interest is a copy of the 1888 limited edition set of Izaak Walton’s The Compleat Angler. Described as “a celebration of the art and spirit of fishing in prose and verse” the book was first published in 1653, but Walton continued to add chapters for more than 25 years. One of only 500 copies, the book is signed by the editor R.B. Marston, and estimated to sell for £200-£300.

Among the other rare items in the sale are The History of Little Jack by Thomas Day, with only one listing on ESTC (found at the Bodelian Library) and no copies in the British Library, and John Walcott's The Figures, Description, and History, of Exotic Animals, a first edition with only three auction records. Walcott’s book includes 60 fine engravings of exotic animals, including species of turtles, snakes, frogs, salamanders and fish from the Americas, and interestingly although the preface indicates that a second part would be published, none was ever issued. The books are estimated to sell for £150-£200 and £600-£800 respectively.

The sale also includes a small, but perfectly formed, collection of gardening and agricultural books that were once the property of a lady, and include a wide range of materials from antiquarian rarities to modern reference works.

This auction will be held by Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions at the Godalming saleroom in Surrey on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. GMT, 3 a.m. Pacific.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

A signed Bombay Edition set of the complete works of Rudyard Kipling. Estimate: £200-300. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

The signatures of George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCarney and John Lennon on the page from an autograph album. Estimate: £1,000-£1,500. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Isaac Neton's 'Universal Arithmetick.'  Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 16:43
 

Major works of art to be offered at Clars auction Feb. 16

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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 16:55

Highlighting the 20th century American paintings category is Theodoros Stamos’ (American/Greek, 1922-1997) ‘Petroglyph’ an oil on Masonite being offered for $30,000-$50,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

OAKLAND, Calif. – On Sunday, Feb. 16, Clars will host one of the most significant sales in their history. Across the board, all categories will offering exceptional works in fine art, decoratives, furnishings, Asian antiques and art and estate and fine jewelry. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Turning first to Fine Art, Clars will offer a monumental work by one of Australia’s most collected, as well as renowned, 20th century contemporary Aboriginal artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (1932-2002). His paintings are held in numerous collections, galleries and museums, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Kelton Foundation and the Royal Collection. Estimated at $200,000-$300,000, Possum Dreaming (1994) is a richly colorful, yet powerful, acrylic “dot painting” on canvas that was inspired by the ancient Aboriginal mythology known as the dreaming, or dreamtime. Dreaming emphasizes a visual interpretation through color, patterns and space of a particular animal’s trails (a possum’s) in relation to the earth and the sun to denote specific times of the day. Combined with strong figurative elements over a highly descriptive background of carefully placed “dots,” the result is both visually spectacular, as well as mesmerizing. The two, handmade painting sticks used by Clifford Possum to create these “dots” will be included in this lot. Furthermore, accompanying the painting is a DVD with documented video footage of the artist displaying, describing, as well as, signing and dating the actual painting Possum Dreaming.

Highlighting the 20th century, American paintings category is Theodoros Stamos’ (American/Greek, 1922-1997), Petroglyph (1947), an oil on Masonite being offered for $30,000-$50,000. Petroglyph is a quintessential example of the artist’s paintings from his time as one of the Irascible Eighteen.

Coming from Joan Brown (1938-1990), a Bay Area Figurative Movement artist, the painting titled Model in Upstairs Studio H2 (1975), is being offered with an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.

A haunting painting of the famous Blue Dog by the recently deceased New Orleans artist George Rodrigue (1944-2013) will be offered with an estimate of $25,000-$35,000. This rare painting was created in 1991 at the turn of Rodrigue's career from Louisiana landscapes and commissioned works to only his signature Blue Dog.

European paintings and sculpture, some that have lasted several centuries, will add to the impressive mix of fine art offerings at Clars. Topping off the list is a rare, 17th century painting by Dutch painter, Jan Albertsz Rootius (1615-1674) titled, Portrait of a Young Boy (1666), which is offered at $20,000-$40,000. One of the most impressive, bronzes to be offered at Clars is one after Pierre Lepautre (French, 1660-1744) titled Aeneas Carrying His Father Anchises, with an estimate of $15,000-$20,000. Standing at 41 inches in height, this dramatic sculpture depicts the moment that Aeneas carried his father, the elderly Anchises, and his son Ascancius from Troy after the city had been taken by the Greeks. In the 19th century paintings category, a spectacular example, with impeccable provenance, by German artist Adolf Schreyer (1828-1899) titled The Imperial Courier will be offered at $10,000-$20,000.

Turning to modern Europe, works by Miro, Chagall and Matisse are expected to gather global appeal. L'exile vert (1969) by Joan Miro (Spanish, 1893-1983), is a massive color etching and aquatint with carboundum, estimate: $15,000-$20,000. The Blue Village (Second version) (1974) by Marc Chagall (French/Russian, 1887-1985), is a lithograph in colors on japan paper. This rare edition of one of Chagall’s most important lithographs should easily attain its $20,000-$25,000 estimate. Rounding out the fine art prints section is Le Loup, Plate VI, (1947) by Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), from his famous Jazz Suite which will be offered at $8,000-$12,000.

Important works by California artists will be leading off the sale. From Society of Six artist William Henry Clapp (1879-1954) his work titled Estuary Home (1937) is estimated at $20,000 to 30,000. Little Home, a lovely oil on board by Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) from 1937 (the same year Dixon married Edith Hamlin in Utah), will be offered at $20,000-$40,000. Two monumental California mountain landscapes will be highlighted, one of which is Sierras with Blue Sky by Edgar Alwin Payne (1883-1947) with an estimate $15,000- $25,000. An equally impressive painting of a snowcapped mountain by Jack Wilkinson Smith (1873-1949) titled Sierra Mountains will also be offered at $10,000-$15,000.

Postwar sculpture will be yet another fine art category of focus at Clars. Two geometric wood sculptures will be offered by the important Brazilian sculptor, Amilcar de Castro (1920-2002). They are estimated to achieve $10,000-$15,000 each. From the Collection of David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg of Chicago, an iconic sculpture titled Sphère-Trame (1962) by French painter and sculptor,François Morellet (b. 1926) will be offered at $8,000 to $12,000.

A large collection of studio glass is highlighted by a three-piece Dante Marioni group estimated at $10,000- $15,000. Tiffany Studios is also represented with a decanter suite ($2,500-$3,500), a candlestick lamp ($1,500-$2,500) and a three-light lily lamp ($3,000-$5,000). Furthering antique lighting will be examples from Wilkinson, Pairpoint and Pittsburg with the highlight being a Williamson (Chicago) leaded glass floor lamp rising on a partial gilt and patinated bronze base estimated at $12,000-$15,000.

Exceptional furniture highlights include a Warren Platner (American, 1916-2006) for Knoll dining suite estimated at $5,000-$7,000. Fine Louis XV-style gilt bronze mounted furniture from a prominent Piedmont, Calif., estate will include marquetry decorated commodes, and a bureau rognon surmounted with a bronze figural sculpture of putti ($5,000-$7,000).

Important ethnographic offerings from a prominent San Francisco estate include an Oron tribe, Nigeria, 19th century, possibly earlier, standing figure, which is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

There will be 50 plus lots of American, Continental and Southeast Asian silver. There are five hot beverage services including two coin silver suites, one executed in the Neo-Renaissance manner by John William Tucker, San Francisco, circa 1850-1886, weighing over 8 pounds. Another 19th century hollowware suite weighing over 6 pounds of sterling silver is a five-piece coffee and tea service by Tiffany & Co.. Also by Tiffany & Co. is a Victorian-style sterling silver teakettle on stand and a 20-inch-tall trumpet-form vase, circa 1907-1947. A partial sterling flatware service by Tiffany & Co., the multi-motif Olympian pattern is rare and includes 32 pieces weighing at about 4 pounds.

The Asian category will be highlighted by a significant and large collection of Chinese huanghuali furniture from a Reno, Nev., estate with estimates ranging from $1,000-$20,000. The selection includes round corner cabinets, altar tables, armchairs, and various other pieces. In addition to these furniture offerings will be Chinese screens including a Chinese six panel inlaid lacquer screen with various scholar’s items and bouquets of flowers in jade, stone, wood and cloisonné inlay, estimated at $10,000-$20,000. A Qing dynasty cloisonné lacquer four panel screen carved with figural narrative scenes of the life of a boy is estimated at $10,000 -$20,000. Jade items include Ming dynasty jade cups and Qing dynasty belt hooks and toggles. In ceramics, there will be examples of Han dynasty pottery such as a horse and green glaze vessels, Longquan celadon ware, and a variety of enameled porcelain from the Qing dynasty and Republic period.

In the Japanese section, a highlight is a large bronze figure of the Shinto goddess Uzume (Okame) from the Edo period, estimated at $10,000-$20,000 as is a Japanese Haniwa terra-cotta figure of a horse, sixth or seventh century, estimated at $15,000-$25,000.

From Southeast Asia, three Khmer stone carvings from the ninth to the 12th century, consisting of a sandstone head of Vishnu, a sculpture of Shiva and a torso of Um will be offered.

Diamonds and Rolex headline a rich jewelry category. A ring that features a fancy 4.02-carat near colorless yellow diamond and is set in 18K white and yellow gold carries an estimate of $25,000-$40,000. In 14K white gold is a Riviera necklace dripping in diamonds weighting approximately 29.35 carats. This piece is expected to achieve $30,000-$50,000. A Rolex “Prince” duo dial doctor's 9K yellow gold 1930s wristwatch that is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

A 2001 Ferrari 360 Modena Spider is expected to zoom away for $90,000 to $100,000.

The auction will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Pacific.

Click to view a 1994 video of of artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri discussing and signing his painting, Possum Dreaming.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnen_uj8VR4&feature=youtu.be
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

Highlighting the 20th century American paintings category is Theodoros Stamos’ (American/Greek, 1922-1997) ‘Petroglyph’ an oil on Masonite being offered for $30,000-$50,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

‘Possum Dreaming,’ estimated at $200,000-$300,000, is a richly colorful, yet powerful, acrylic dot painting by Aboriginal artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (1932-2002). Clars Auction Gallery image.

This painting of the famous Blue Dog by the late New Orleans artist George Rodrigue  will be offered with an estimate of $25,000-$35,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This rare 17th century painting by Dutch painter Jan Albertsz Rootius (1615-1674) titled ‘Portrait of a Young Boy,’ (1666), comes to the sale with an estimate of $20,000-$40,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

The large collection of studio glass is highlighted by this three-piece Dante Marioni group, which is estimated at $10,000-$15,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This Chinese six-panel inlaid lacquer screen with various scholar’s items and bouquets of flowers in jade, stone, wood and cloisonné inlay, is estimated at $10,000-$20,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This 14K white gold Riviera necklace is dripping in diamonds weighing approximately 29.35 carats. This piece is expected to achieve $30,000-$50,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 17:24
 

Morphy’s continues Matthews tradition with Feb. 28 Petroliana auction

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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 16:48

Spirit Gas globe with distinctive beehive logo, 13.5in lenses, rated 9.5. Estimate $10,000-$15,000. Morphy Auctions image.

PEOTONE, Ill. – Collectors won’t need to honk the horn for service at Morphy’s Feb. 28 Petroliana auction – all they’ll need to do is raise their bidding paddles on any of 600 choice lots of antique and vintage gas, oil and automotive-related items. The specialty auction will be held at the Will County Fairgrounds in Peotone, Illinois, two days prior to the popular Chicagoland Petroliana & Advertising Show, which is held at the same venue. It will be the first sale to reflect Morphy’s acquisition of Matthews Auction Company, whose employees are now part of the Morphy Auctions team. As is the case with all of Morphy's major auctions, Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.

“Dan Matthews, who founded Matthews Auctions, built a terrific following for petroliana in the Midwest, and his Peotone auction has been credited with playing an important role in the strong attendance at the Chicagoland Petroliana show. We hope to continue building on that success, starting with our February 28th sale under Dan’s supervision,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy.

Encompassing everything from oilcans to porcelain and metal gas and automotive signs and even full-size gas pumps and globes from the filling stations of yesteryear, the auction will also feature a special highlight: Part I of the John Jarvis collection of gas-pump-shape salt and peppers. Produced from the late 1940s through 1960s as premiums for customers, each of the functional dispensers has the name of a gas station on its back. Auction estimates on the diminutive figural sets range from $100-$120, to $1,000 or more for rare examples issued by Humble and Hancock stations.

The sale will open with 16 lots of quart-size oil cans, the best of which is a Golden Flash can estimated at $2,000-$3,000; then move into signs, gas pump globes and a second helping of signs. “My past sales have been heavily sign oriented, since that’s what most collectors want,” said Matthews. “For every globe collector, I’d say there are probably 25 to 50 sign collectors.”

Among the auction’s top signs are a rare, double-sided porcelain sign for Harbor Petroleum Products. It is the first double-sided variation Matthews has ever handled, as well as the nicest one he has ever seen. It carries an estimate of $40,000-$60,000. A Wyeth Tires curved, single-sided porcelain sign with the image of a boy dressed as an early driver inside a stack of tires is expected to make $20,000-$30,000; while an appealing Bruinoil Gasoline (northwest Pa.) tin flange sign graphically emblazoned with a bear emerging from a lake is estimated at $15,000-$25,000. Matthews remarked that any Brunoil signs he had seen in the past were restored, but the one to be auctioned on February 28th is original and the finest example he has ever encountered.

The advertising lineup continues with an Oilzum Motor Oil double-sided tin sign with familiar “Oilzum Man” logo, $5,000-$8,000; and a Mother Penn Motor Oil neon sign with the company’s “motherly” figure at its top, $12,000-$15,000. Approximately 10 tractor signs are entered in the sale, representing such companies as Case, Cletrac and John Deere (neon).

Several automotive signs will be offered, including a particularly nice Hudson Parts & Service sign, with Hudson logo, $4,000-$5,000; an early spoked-wheel Studebaker sign, $1,500-$2,000; and a superb double-sided Cadillac LaSalle Authorized Service sign with lighted hood, $10,000-$15,000. “Back before neon caught on, they would install a hood above a sign and put a light inside it,” Matthews explained. “This is the first one of its type that I’ve sold.”

Gas pump highlights include a Wayne Model 491 “Roman column” 10-gallon visible gas pump, $15,000-$25,000; and a Wayne Model 452 curb pump with twin 5-gallon attachments, $8,000-$12,000.

An attractive Spirit Gas globe with the firm’s distinctive beehive logo leads the 125-lot selection of gas pump globes and is valued at $10,000-$15,000. Another desirable animal-theme logo is seen on the Buffalo Gasoline globe in the sale. Although a single-lens type, the globe’s appealing, uniquely American depiction of a buffalo running in a field should boost its value to $4,000-$5,000.

A new discovery sure to entice collectors is a “Use Grasses Red Hat Gasoline” globe with a star-spangled red hat logo. “This is a very rare item from an early independent company,” Matthews said. “Unfortunately, Standard Oil sued Red Hat over the logo, which they had to change to an Art Deco thunderbird, but the litigation put them out of business.” The Red Hat globe could fetch $6,000-$8,000 at auction.

Although not petroliana related, several vintage cardboard displays, a Victor Records porcelain sign and a jukebox trade sign are included in the auction, as well.

“There won’t be any pain at the pump during this sale,” said Dan Morphy. “Dan Matthews has brought his tradition of offering only the rarest and most desirable petroliana to his new home at Morphy’s. We’re very excited about hosting the February 28th auction and meeting many of the customers who’ve bid in Morphy’s advertising sales over the years but whom we had never had the pleasure of meeting personally. It’s going to be a lot of fun for everyone.”

The Friday, Feb. 28 auction will commence at 10 a.m. Central Time/11 a.m. Eastern Time. For information on any item in the sale, call Dan Matthews tollfree at 877-968-8880 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit Morphy’s online at www.morphyauctions.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Spirit Gas globe with distinctive beehive logo, 13.5in lenses, rated 9.5. Estimate $10,000-$15,000. Morphy Auctions image.

Golden Flash Motor Oil quart can with images of airplanes, cars and boats. Estimate $2,000-$3,000. Morphy Auctions image.

Gas pump globe advertising Grasses Red Hat Gasoline. Estimate $6,000-$8,000. Morphy Auctions image.

Harbor Petroleum Products double-sided porcelain sign in superior condition, 39 x 35in. Estimate $40,000-$60,000. Morphy Auctions image.

Brunoil Gasoline tin flange sign with bear image, 14 x 18in. Estimate $15,000-$25,000. Morphy Auctions image.

Cadillac-LaSalle Authorized Service metal sign with hood to accommodate a light, 19 x 24in. Estimate $10,000-$15,000. Morphy Auctions image.

Wyeth Tires curved metal sign with image of boy in early driver’s coat, hat and goggles, 22 x 16in. Estimate $20,000-$30,000. Morphy Auctions image.

Wayne Model #491 10-gallon ‘Roman column’ visible gas pump with glass cylinder, restored. Estimate $15,000-$25,000. Morphy Auctions image.

From the John Jarvis collection of gas station premium salt and pepper shakers, a pair advertising Humble Motor Fuel and ‘Golden,’ 2.75in tall. Estimate $1,500-$2,000. Morphy Auctions image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:53
 

Mardi Gras collection, artworks to star in Crescent City sale Feb. 15-16

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Oil on canvas from 1902 by Marc Decoster, titled ‘Portrait of a Gentleman with a Cigarette.’ Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

NEW ORLEANS – Merchandise from a prominent French Quarter collector, items from other important local estates and Part 3 of the John Scheffler Mardi Gras Collection are just part of what will come up for bid at a massive, two-day auction event planned for Feb. 15-16 by Crescent City Auction Gallery.

Internet Live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

In all, over 1,300 quality, mostly fresh to the market lots will cross the auction block, including many original works of art by renowned regional artists, period American and European furniture, Newcomb and George Ohr pottery, estate jewelry, antique lighting and clocks, sterling silver, fine decorative accessories and more.

An oil on canvas by Rockmore (Louisiana, 1928-1995), featured on the cover of that very book – titled Self Portrait of the Artist, 49 1/2 inches by 27 1/2 inches – will be in the auction. It should bring $3,000-$5,000. An oil on board by renowned Louisiana folk artist Clementine Hunter (1887-1988), titled The Watermelon Picnic, circa 1960, is also expected to fetch $3,000-$5,000.

A 19th century oil on canvas work by Belgian artist Petrus Van Schendel (1806-1870), signed and titled Young Woman by Candlelight (38 inches by 28 1/4 inches), should hammer for $10,000-$15,000. Also, a 1902 oil on canvas by Marc Decoster, titled Portrait of a Gentleman With a Cigarette (possibly Czar Nicholas II of Russia), is estimated to command $2,000-$4,000.

The auction will also feature two works by Georgia-born New Orleans artist Alexander J. Drysdale (1870-1934). One, an early 20th century oil wash on cardboard titled Moss Draped Oak Tree, pencil signed by the artist, should hit $4,500-$6,500. The other, an early 20th century oil on canvas titled Moss Draped Oak and Cypress, also signed, is estimated to rise to $6,000-$9,000.

Turning to antique clocks and lighting, a rare pair of cut crystal gasoliers, quite possibly Baccarat, made around 1900 and now electrified, 59 inches tall by 39 inches in diameter, is expected to garner $8,000-$12,000, and a late 19th century three-piece brass and rouge marble clock set, the clock measuring 20 1/4 inches tall by 12 1/2 inches wide, should hit $1,000-$1,500.

Period French furniture is expected to wow the crowd. A 12-piece Renaissance Revival carved mahogany dining room suite by Emile Leger should reach $8,000-$12,000; and a carved oak vasselier (traditional French style china cupboard serving hutch and buffet), circa 1874, from Brittany with inlaid relief carved Maria Regina cupboard and doors, should fetch $1,400-$1,800.

A French Empire-style ormolu mounted carved mahogany four-piece salon suite from the late 19th century, consisting of two side chairs, a fauteuil and a settee, is expected to change hands for $1,500-$2,500. Also from the furniture category, a massive late 19th century Baroque Revival carved oak bookcase, 97 inches tall, should make $1,200-$1,800.

A set of eight carved mahogany Chippendale-style dining chairs from the late 19th century is estimated to breeze to $2,000-$3,000.

Fans of estate jewelry will be dazzled by the selection of rubies, sapphires, emeralds, diamonds, tanzanites and pearls.

Part 3 of the John Scheffler collection will feature a Mardi Gras parade bulletin dated Feb. 7, 1910 (Proteus), titled Astrology (est. $450-$650), plus 25 other bulletins; a Mardi Gras ball invitation dated Feb. 11, 1902 (Comus), titled The Fairy Kingdom (est. $400-$600), plus 32 other invitations; Also offered in the Mardi Gras category will be the cape and collar worn by Lucille Armstrong as the Queen of Zulu in 1973, and several crowns and scepters.

Returning to artwork, offered will be an original oil on canvas by Robert Rucker (Louisiana, 1932-2001), titled The Steamboat Natchez, signed and framed, 15 1/2 inches by 19 1/2 inches (est. $4,000-$6,000); and two works by Alberta Kinsey (Louisiana, 1875-1952), one titled French Quarter Patio With Winding Staircase, the other titled French Quarter Patio (both est. $2,500-$4,500).

Rounding out some of the auction’s expected stars are a Newcomb Pottery matte glaze vase made in 1927 by Sadie Irvine, 3 1/2 inches tall; a George Ohr pottery cup and candlestick; an 86-piece set of sterling flatware by Wallace in the Grand Baroque pattern (est. $3,000-$5,000); and a fine pair of gilt bronze and marble dog bookends (est. $1,400-$1,800).

Start times will be 9 a.m. (CST) on Saturday, Feb. 15, when lots 1-750 will come up for bid, and 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, when lots 751-1,293 will cross the block.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Oil on canvas from 1902 by Marc Decoster, titled ‘Portrait of a Gentleman with a Cigarette.’ Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

Oil on board folk art rendering by Clementine Hunter (1887-1988) titled ‘The Watermelon Picnic.’ Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

Rare pair of cut crystal gasoliers from around 1900, possibly Baccarat, electrified, 59 inches tall. Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

Monumental sideboard, part of a 12-piece dining room suite by the French maker Emile Leger. Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

Pottery pieces will include this cup and candlestick by George Ohr and a Newcomb Pottery vase. Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

Oil on canvas by Petrus Van Schendel (Belg., 1806-1870), titled ‘Young Woman by Candlelight.’ Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 16:55
 

Fellows sets jewelry auction on Valentine's Day eve, Feb. 13

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Thursday, 30 January 2014 17:45

Lot 137, diamond ring stands with a center stone of 2.69 carats and 1 carat of surrounding stones. Fellows image.

BIRMINGHAM, UK – Fellows will hold a Valentines-themed auction of antique and modern jewelry on Thursday, Feb. 13. More than 600 lots will be offered. The auction will begin at 11 a.m. local time, 3 p.m. Pacific. LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

The month couldn’t be more suitable for Fellows’ offering of Cartier love bangles and heart-shaped rubies. As always, the sale features a selection of stunning diamonds (see lots 186, 138, 150 and 352). Lot 137 stands out with a center stone of 2.69 carats and 1 carat of surrounding diamonds. Another special piece is a 1960s lady’s diamond cocktail watch (lot 128) by Jaeger-leCoultre with an estimated total diamond weight of 9.20 carats.

Fellows is also featuring a diamond heart Tiffany ring (lot 319), a vivid ruby heart-shaped pendant (lot 115) and a stunning woven gold clutch bag with diamond accents by Tiffany & Co., circa 1965, (lot 318).

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 17:21
 

Morphy’s Feb. 21-22 Advert. Auction features pinball museum collection

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Thursday, 30 January 2014 17:24
Bally ‘Wizard’ pinball machine with characters from the rock musical ‘Tommy’ portrayed by Roger Daltrey and Ann-Margret, 1975, est. $1,000-$1,500. Morphy Auctions image. DENVER, Pa. – Dazzling colors, flashing lights and clanging bells will provide the soundtrack for Morphy Auctions’ Feb. 21-22 auction featuring Part I of the David Silverman collection of vintage pinball machines. The 1,300-lot auction, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers, will include 75 machines from the 35-year Silverman collection, which is considered one of the largest and most exciting pinball groupings ever amassed.

“David Silverman founded the National Pinball Museum, originally located in Washington, DC. All of the machines we will be auctioning in a series of sales, starting with this one, come directly from David’s collection, which were on view in the museum,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy.

Some of the highlights within the introductory grouping include Lot 13, a 1950 Gottlieb Bank A Ball, with a $2,000-$3,000 estimate; Lot15, a Gottlieb Sittin Pretty, $2,500-$3,000; Lot 17, a Gottlieb Knock-Out, $3,000-$5,000; and Lot 66, a Bally Revenge From Mars, $3,000-$3,500.

The auction moves from pinballs to 70 lots of automobilia. Some of the highlights include a collection of more than 15 vintage gas pumps. The lineup includes Lot 159, a Bennett Model 150 $1,800-$2,500; and two designs by Wayne: Lot 162, a Model No. 60, $2,000-$3,000; and Lot 163, a No. 60 computing pump, also $2,000-$3,000.

A fine selection of tobacciana will follow, with highlights including Lot 199, a Safety Brand Cigar label $800-$1,200; Lot 203, a Big Run Good Luck Cigar label, $1,000-$1,500; and Lot 281, a Jack Rose paper poster, $1,500-$2,500. Lot 295, a celluloid sign advertising Ditto Cigars, is expected to make $1,200-$2,200, while Lot 303, a Recruit Cigars porcelain door push, is entered with a $2,000-$3,000 estimate. Lot 305, a window display for Lucky Strike, is estimated at $2,000-$4,000. Metal tobacco containers are led by Lot 318, a Dunnsboro Tobacco tin, $1,200-$1,800; Lot 321, a Mohawk Chief Cigar can, $1,000-$2,000; and Lot 353, a North Pole Tobacco tin, $800-$1,400.

For “chewsy” collectors there will be approximately 30 early gum-related lots. Top entries include Lot 387, an Adams Pepsin Gum die-cut, $800-$1,500; Lot 380, a Beech-Nut Gum display, $1,500-$2,500; and the star of the group, Lot 386, a rare circa-1900 Star Pepsin Gum machine, $10,000-$15,000.

The Friday session concludes with a variety of antique advertising items covering many consumer categories. Lot 494, a Graphite Paint poster, features a colorful Uncle Sam image and could reach $2,000-$4,000. Lot 495, a poster for American Rubbers, carries a $1,000-$1,500 estimate. Lot 507, a Butter Krust Bread embossed tin sign, could realize $4,000-$6,000. Also of embossed tin, Lot 534, advertising Kabo Corsets, is estimated at $2,000-$4,000. Other prized items include Lot 554, an 1880s Baker Cocoa Tin sign, $2,000-$4,000; Lot 580, an International Paints porcelain sign, $3,000-$4,000; and Lot 627, a very early wood sign touting “Brown Wagons.” It is cataloged with a $4,000-$6,000 estimate.

Saturday’s session begins with more than 50 barber shop-related items. Some of the key pieces include Lot 711, an antique occupational shaving mug emblazoned with an automobile, $1,000-$2,000; Lot 718, a shipbuilders shaving mug, $600-$1,000; Lot 745, an early wood barber pole, $1,000-$1,500; and Lot 746, a Koken barber chair, $1,500-$2,500.

Much of Saturday’s activity is devoted to 500+ Coca-Cola lots. The list of highlights is impressive and includes: Lot 835, a 1905 Coca-Cola serving tray, $3,000-$4,000; Lot 884, a 1901 Coca-Cola calendar, $10,000-$15,000; Lot 885, a 1902 calendar top, $12,000-$18,000; Lot 890, a 1913 Coca-Cola calendar top, $10,000-$15,000; and Lot 904, a 1930s Coca-Cola Brunhoff illuminating sign, $10,000-$15,000. Lot 905, a 1908 Coca-Cola poster carries the highest estimate among the Coke collectibles at $18,000-$25,000. Other noteworthy items include: Lot 923, a 1905 Coca-Cola cardboard sign, $3,000-$5,000; Lot 923, a 1937 Coca-Cola window display, $3,500-$6,000; Lot 956, a 1927 Coca-Cola “leaves” festoon, $5,000-$8,000; and Lot 967, a 1903 Coca-Cola tin sign, $10,000-$15,000.

Many other brands of soda pop are represented in the sale. The selection includes Lot 1093, a Pepsi celluloid pin-back, $3,000-$5,000; Lot 1109, an Orange Crush Rockwell sign, $1,500-$2,500; and Lot 1115, a Lime Crush cardboard sign, $2,000-$3,000. A Whistle Masonite clock, entered as Lot 1257, is a cheerful timekeeper with a $2,000-$3,000 estimate, while Lot 1311, a Wineberry syrup dispenser is a sweet choice at $10,000-$15,000. An Allen’s Red Tame Cherry tin die-cut sign concludes the list at $6,000-$9,000.

For additional information on any item in Morphy’s Feb. 21-22, 2014 Advertising Auction, call 717-335-3435 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The sale will start at 9 a.m. Eastern Time.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Bally ‘Wizard’ pinball machine with characters from the rock musical ‘Tommy’ portrayed by Roger Daltrey and Ann-Margret, 1975, est. $1,000-$1,500. Morphy Auctions image. Williams ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ solid-state machine, 1993, est. $2,500-$3,500. Morphy Auctions image. Data East ‘Guns N’ Roses’ pinball machine, 1994, est. $3,000-$3,500. Morphy Auctions image. 1908 Coca-Cola poster, 24 x 32½ in (framed), est. $18,000-$25,000. Morphy Auctions image. Star Pepsin Gum machine with cobalt blue and white sign, circa 1899, one of three known, est. $10,000-$15,000. Morphy Auctions image. Poster advertising Graphite Elastic Paint with fine image of Uncle Sam painting a boat, 45¾ x 81in (framed), est. $2,000-$4,000. Morphy Auctions image. Kabo Corsets embossed tin sign, circa 1900, est. $2,000-$3,500. Morphy Auctions image. Rare 1903 Coca-Cola self-framed tin sign featuring model Hilda Clark, est. $10,000-$15,000. Morphy Auctions image. 1920s Wineberry ceramic syrup dispenser, est. $10,000-$15,000. Morphy Auctions image.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 13:38
 

PBA sale Feb. 9 ranges from the Bard of Avon to the Beatles

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Thursday, 30 January 2014 13:34
‘Vocabvlario en Lengva Castellana y Mexicana by Alonso de Molina,’ published in Mexico in 1571, was the first bi-lingual dictionary of Spanish and Nahuatl, the Aztec language, and the first dictionary printed in the Americas. PBA image.

SAN FRANCISCO – PBA Galleries will host a special auction on Sunday, Feb. 9, of Rare Books & Manuscripts. This sale will be held at the Pasadena Sheraton, adjacent to the Pasadena (Calif.) Convention Center and the 47th California International Antiquarian Book Fair. There are 222 lots, comprising an eclectic selection of rare books, manuscripts, photographs and other items spanning five centuries, ranging from the plays of William Shakespeare to the pop music of the Beatles. Internet live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

One of the many highlights of the sale is a second folio edition of Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, published in London in 1632. One of the landmarks of English literature, the second folio is essentially a page-for-page reprint of the first folio edition of 1623. With woodcut headpieces and initials, the volume is bound in early 20th century full brown morocco and has a red leather spine label from an earlier binding laid down (est. $50,000-$80,000).

An important archive of 44 autograph letters signed that illuminate the foundations of botanical science and its relation to medicine in the new American republic, where the study of “natural history” was first advanced by passionate scientific amateurs. The recipient of these letters, Jacob Bigelow, is often remembered as author of a bibliophilic landmark – the first American book with printed color plates, his three-volume Medical Botany of 1817-20. Hailed by his friend Oliver Wendell Holmes as an accomplished scientific scholar, eminent physician and social innovator who had great influence on American medical practice, he also wrote the first American book on Technology and was later a founding father of MIT. These letters date from the earliest years of his career, when, as a young Harvard professor of medicine and “applied sciences,” he roamed through the Massachusetts hills to collect plant specimens and wrote his first book on Bostonian flora, prelude to his color-plate magnum opus, and then edited the first American Pharmacopoeia, sanctioned by the first conventions of American physicians. Beyond offering unpublished details of these scientific and medical “firsts,” the strength of the archive is in the wide range of correspondents (est. $40,000-$50,000).

Vocabvlario en Lengva Castellana y Mexicana by Alonso de Molina, published in Mexico in 1571, was the first bi-lingual dictionary of Spanish and Nahuatl, the Aztec language, and the first dictionary printed in the Americas. This second edition, regarded as the first complete edition, is significantly expanded from the first edition of 1555, is considered the first published systematic approach to an indigenous language, and is still in print, an indispensable tool for students of Classical Nahuatl language. It contains woodcut illustrations on each title-page, woodcut illustrations/devices on both sides of the final leaf of each part and decorative initials (est. $20,000-$30,000).

An iconic halftone photograph of all four Beatles on their first nationwide U.S. tour in 1964 inscribed by George Harrison, "To Liber-archie best wishes from the Beatles," below which each of the band members has signed, over his image, "John Lennon (a band)"; "George Harrison"; "Ringo Starr"; "Paul McCartney (a fan)." This is a page from the Tour Book Concert Program for the Beatles' first nationwide U.S. tour in 1964, with pictures on the verso as well inscribed to Liberace. A rare and desirable image, wittily inscribed and signed by all four members of the most influential and popular pop/rock band of all time (est. $20,000-$30,000).

The last 73 lots in the auction have been donated by members of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America and are being sold to benefit the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Benevolent Fund which was established to aid any bookseller in time of distress.

The auction will begin at 8 a.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, Feb 9. The public may preview the auction at the San Francisco Book, Print and Paper Fair, Booth 421, on Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m and on Sunday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m – 5 p.m. The sale may also be previewed in the Cordova Room of the Pasadena Sheraton (303 E. Cordova, Pasadena, CA 91101) on Friday, Feb. 7, noon – 5 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, contact PBA Galleries at 415-989-2665 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
‘Vocabvlario en Lengva Castellana y Mexicana by Alonso de Molina,’ published in Mexico in 1571, was the first bi-lingual dictionary of Spanish and Nahuatl, the Aztec language, and the first dictionary printed in the Americas. PBA image. ‘Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies,’ published in London in 1632. PBA image. ‘Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies,’ published in London in 1632. PBA image. ‘Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies,’ published in London in 1632. PBA image. Jacob Bigelow archive of 44 autograph letters signed that illuminate the foundations of botanical science. PBA image. Concert program for the Beatles' first U.S. tour in 1964, autographed and inscribed to Liberace. PBA image.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 17:47
 

Calif. estates provide old ivories for I.M. Chait auction Feb. 9

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Massive Chinese blue and white porcelain jar. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image. BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers will hold an Asian arts, antiques and estates auction Sunday, Feb. 9, beginning at 11 a.m. Pacific Time. LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate live auction bidding.

Featured among the well over 500 lots to be sold are:

– A collection of old and antique Chinese and Japanese ivories, from two Orange County estates;

– Carved jades, Chinese snuff bottles, and carved netsuke (including erotic) from a Beverly Hills collection;

– Early Chinese ceramics, together with Asian decorations and artwork from the Jack Willis Trust;

– A Midwest estate, including Chinese and Japanese ceramics, bronzes, scholars’ pieces, and bead jewelry;

– Numerous Chinese scrolls, together with Japanese artwork from various American collections.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Massive Chinese blue and white porcelain jar. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image. Elaborate Nepalese/Tibetan gilt bronze deity. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image. Chinese blue and white porcelain brush pot. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image. Chinese carved jadeite oval table screen. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers image.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 13:39
 

Neal Auction presents expansive estates sale Feb. 8-9

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:55

Rare and monumental Chinese painted pottery figural group of a Bactrian camel, probably Tang Dynasty (618-907). Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Neal Auction Co. image.

NEW ORLEANS – Neal Auction Co.’s annual Important Winter Estates Auction, scheduled this year for Feb. 8-9 is highlighted by many major works from nearly every collecting category.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding. Saturday’s session will begin at 10 a.m. Central; Sunday’s at 11 a.m.

Chinese works in Neal Auction’s February auction are numerous and include porcelain, pottery, furniture, textiles, bronzes and jade. Lot 255, a Tang Dynasty (618-907) camel consigned by a Florida collector, should attract the interest from Chinese and Western collectors alike. The large, expressive camel is expected to achieve between $40,000 and $60,000.

Among the other Chinese lots in the auction that should draw collector interest is a group of furniture from the Miami estate of restaurateur Luo Yapquan. A highlight from that collection is lot 621, a pair of extensively carved low-back armchairs, which bears a modest estimate of $4,000 to $6,000.

Included in the two-day auction is lot 449, an important canvas by the critically acclaimed regionalist/American Scene artist John McCrady (Mississippi, 1911-1968). Neal Auction’s forthcoming McCrady work titled August Evening is a powerful, evocative and environmentally visionary image featuring a still-life of borrowed objects from the sea, the earth and the artist, himself, set on a Grand Isle, Louisiana, shoreline. As in other important works, such as Sic Transit, the artist poignantly portrays man and nature in a state of delicate coexistence. Estimated at $50,000 to $70,000, August Evening should attract considerable attention nationwide.

Lot 454, an early French harbor scene created by French born artist Marie Adrien Persac (French/Louisiana, 1823-1873) prior to his immigrating to Louisiana in 1842, should generate interest from Persac collectors around the world. Neal Auction’s meticulously painted watercolor invites comparison to the artist’s later view of the Port of New Orleans, now conserved at the Historic New Orleans Collection. The Persac watercolor, View of a French Harbor, carries a presale auction estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.

Included in the February auction is a select group of important photographs consigned by New Orleans artist Charles Fritchie. Featured in the Fritchie collection is lot 501, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, the iconic image by Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984). Works by Adams, which capture the wild, untamed beauty of the American landscape, garner attention from collectors and museums around the country. Neal Auction’s photograph is estimated to bring $25,000 to $35,000. Two Shells, a 1970s Cole Weston (American, 1919-2003) print of a 1927 negative by his father, Edward Weston (American, 1886-1958), should attract bidder interest as well. Images of natural forms are among the most revered of Edward Weston’s photographic series and Neal Auction’s Two Shells will be no exception. The print is being offered as lot 507 with a presale auction estimate of $1,500 to $2,500.

Other lots from the Fritchie photography collection include lot 502, an Ansel Adams print titled Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada (from Lone Pine, Calif.); lot 508, a Walker Evans (American 1904-1975) print of a Depression Worker; and lots 509, 510 and 511; three 1960s prints by Jerry Uelsmann.

John Gould’s (English, 1804-1881) five-volume set of The Birds of Great Britain will be offered in Neal Auction’s February auction as lot 20. In terms of artistry, the set is considered “the culmination of [Gould’s] ... genius” (Isabella Tree, The Ruling Passion of John Gould, London, 1991); in its writings, it demonstrates a great deal of environmental foresight. Describing the “Golden Eagle,” Gould writes: “as civilization advances, this noble bird, the lord of our ancient forest, will either become extirpated or driven to seek an asylum in parts of the country where nature still preserves a savage aspect … We should not have occasion to lament the gradual disappearance of this noble bird.”

Gould published the book himself, producing only some 750 copies, which remain much sought after as complete volumes and as individual plates. Neal Auction’s five-volume set – still in its original bindings – is expected to achieve $35,000 to $55,000.

Neal Auction’s Important Winter Estates auction includes period English furniture and decorative objects from the collection of a noted antiquarian. Highlights are lots 113, a George III mahogany breakfront, estimated at $10,000 to $15,000; 223, a pair of George III mahogany armchairs estimated at $8,000 to $12,000; and 218, a pair of circa 1833 Georgian 18-inch library globes by Smith, estimated at $25,000 to $35,000.

American furniture highlights include lot 307, a circa 1845 rosewood portfolio cabinet on stand attributed to J and J. W. Meeks, which carries a $4,000 to $6,000 presale estimate. The piece was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in their landmark exhibition “Art and the Empire City: New York, 1825-1861,” curated by John K. Howat and Catherine Hoover Voorsanger.

For details email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 504-899-5329.

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 and monumental Chinese painted pottery figural group of a Bactrian camel, probably Tang Dynasty (618-907). Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Neal Auction Co. image. 

 John Gould (English, 1804-1881), ‘The Birds of Great Britain,’ 5 vols., [1862]-1873. Estimate: $25,000-$35,0000. Neal Auction Co. image.

Extensive Durgin ‘Iris’ pattern sterling silver flatware service of 12. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Neal Auction Co. image. 

Pair of Georgian 18-Inch library globes, circa 1833, by Smith, London. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000. Neal Auction Co. image. 

John Frederick Herring Jr. (English, 1815-1907), ‘English Hunt Scene,’ oil on canvas. Estimate:$50,000-$75,000. Neal Auction Co. image. 

 Fine Chinese Western Zhou-style creamy white jade vase and cover, probably Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Neal Auction Co. image.

 Rare Shearwater Pottery jardiniere, circa 1940, thrown by Peter Anderson and decorated by James McConnell ‘Mac’ Anderson, 26 3/4 inches high. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Neal Auction Co. image.

 Rare Chinese ‘coral’ glass Eight Immortals scholar's mountain, probably Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), 5 1/4 inches overall. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Neal Auction Co. image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 16:31
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury to auction watercolors, drawings Feb. 12

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014 14:19
Signed watercolor and gouache painting by Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959) titled 'Flower study in red and yellow.' Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

LONDON – A set of 38 witty signed and dated pen and ink drawings by one of the most prolific English artists and children’s book illustrators of his generation, Walter Crane (1845–1915), will be offered in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale of Watercolours, Drawing and Prints on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

The informal sketchbook contains scenes from two family holidays in St. Pierre en Port, in 1904, and at Brundish, in Suffolk, in 1905 of picnics, days at the seaside and nights at the casino, tennis matches and concerts.

As part of the Arts and Crafts movement, and founder of the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society, Crane was influenced by William Morris throughout much of his early life. During this time Crane was allied with the British socialist movement and his focus on design for textiles, wallpaper and home decoration reportedly did as much as Morris himself did to bring art in to the daily lives of people across the social spectrum.

In 1894, Crane famously collaborated with William Morris on the page decoration of Morris’s fantasy novel The Story of the Glittering Plain. The sketchbook is estimated to sell for £2,000-£3,000 [Lot 229].

From the collection of a friend and patron of William Morris, and Arts and Crafts enthusiast, Lawrence W. Hodson, are two sets of drawings by the artist Hasegawa Settan (1778-1843) and his studio. The wealthy West Midlands brewery owner compiled his extensive and eclectic collection to refurbish his family home, Compton Hall, Wolverhampton in 1895. The two sets, depicting narrative scenes, figures and natural history subjects are all inscribed L.W. Hodson in pencil on verso. The majority of the Hodson Collection was sold for a total of £1.3 million in three auctions during 2013 by Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions.

Hasegawa Settan trained under the great master of ukiyo-e, Utagawa Toyokuni, and became a highly respected woodblock printmaker, being awarded the honorary Buddhist title of Hokkyo, meaning “bridge of the law.” The two groups of drawings appear to have been reference drawings from the artist and his son's studio. They are estimated to sell for £2,000-£3,000 and £1,000-£1,500 [Lots 316 and 317].

A signed watercolor and gouache painting by Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959) is rare piece by a man better known as a controversial artist and pioneer of modern sculpture. The painting, titled Flower study in red and yellow, may well have been part of Epstein’s 1930s series of landscape and flower studies in which he returned to a more conventional style than he is commonly known for. It is reported that in the summer of 1933 Epstein produced nearly 100 watercolors, while staying in a rented property close to Epping Forest in Essex. The watercolors were exhibited in London at Arthur Tooth & Son in December 1933. It is estimated to sell for £1,500-£2,000 [Lot 366].

From the estate of actor and film director Charles Laughton and his actress wife, Elsa Lanchester, 42 original sketches, signed by the novelist Norman Mailer for the film adaptation of his book The Naked and the Dead, are the product of a collaborative effort between Laughton and Mailer. Nine of the sketches relate to scenes in the novel, including views of the island from the invasion fleet, views of the pass, the structure of the rapids traversed by Croft and Wilson and a scene from Croft's “time machine.” one of a series of flash-backs that populate the novel. The remaining sketches depict characters in the novel, in the cases of Cummings and Croft, Mailer has supplied sketches for both “outer” and “inner” appearance. The sketches contain additional annotations and provide an insight into the rather jocular nature of this nascent collaboration. Sold as one lot the sketches are estimated to sell for £4,000-£6,000 [Lot 232].

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Signed watercolor and gouache painting by Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959) titled 'Flower study in red and yellow.' Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.  Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:02
 

Louis J. Dianni’s annual Palm Beach Auction set for Feb. 15-17

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014 09:38

A single-owner collection of 530 World War I and World War II-era posters will be auctioned. Louis J. Dianni LLC image.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Around 1,600 quality lots in a wide range of collecting categories will be sold at the fifth annual Palm Beach Auction slated for Feb. 15-17 by Louis J. Dianni, LLC. Start times all three days will be noon (EST). Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

The Saturday, Feb. 15, session will be dedicated mainly to period furniture and decorative accessories; Feb. 16 to militaria and weaponry; and Feb. 17 to artwork and art glass.

“At our last auction we fielded more than 1,500 left bids, so absentee bidding and phone bidding will be more than welcome, too,” said Louis Dianni, owner of Louis J. Dianni, LLC, a firm with locations in Sunrise, Fla., and Hopewell Junction, N.Y. He added, “We feel the quality of merchandise in this, our fifth Palm Beach Auction, matches or exceeds that of any prior sale.”

An expected star of the Feb. 15 session is a circa-1770 English bracket clock in a faux tortoise case, with four gilt pineapple finials (est. $2,000-$4,000). The case has hand-painted decoration to appear as brass inlays, and the brass back plate is engraved with scroll decoration. The face of the 15-pound, 22-inch-tall clock reads, “Strike Silent Robert Swannell – London.”

Period furniture will include a set of four late-19th century oak chairs by Michael Thonet of Poland, each chair having an alligator seat and back pattern (est. $300-$500); an early 20th century Napoleon III-style ebonized wood buffet with ormolu mounts and stone decorations and red velvet interior (est. $400-$800); and an early 20th century Italian carved oak cassone (storage chest for linens) with a center coat of arms and two painted panels on each side (est. $400-$800).

Decorative accessories will feature a circa-1750 Chinese export pitcher, made in Sweden, with the coat of arms of Maj. Count Carl Johan Morner (1698-1782), with winged griffins and a dragon form handle (est. $500-$1,000); a pair of lidded urns from around 1890, armorial with a coat of arms by Samson, hand-painted with enameled decoration (est. $200-$400); and a pair of Chinese export Canton serving dishes, decorated in the Blue Willow pattern (est. $200-$300).

World War I posters will also be sold Feb. 15, to include a 1918 poster by Albert Herter (American, 1871-1950), titled His Home Over There, 27 inches by 41 inches (est. $400-$600); a 1918 poster by Alonzo E. Foringer (American, 1878-1948), made for the Red Cross and titled The Greatest Mother in the World, 28 inches by 42 1/2 inches (est. $300-$500); and a 1919 poster by Howard C. Christy (American, 1872-1952), titled Americans All, 26 1/2 inches by 40 inches (est. $200-$400).

The Feb. 16 session will feature militaria items, to include a .45-caliber Kentucky rifle made around 1835 with lock by Joseph Golcher, boasting a tiger maple full stock profusely inlaid with engraved silver depicting an Indian with tomahawk, hunting dog and eagle on the check plate and a 41-inch octagonal barrel (est. $8,000-$12,000); and an 18th century Dutch East India Company Javanese steel sword with carved and hand-checkered rhinoceros horn, with a blade measuring 24 3/4 inches in length (est. $1,000-$2,000).

Also offered will be an 18th century leather and silver mounted Dutch East India Company notebook, or diary, with blank pages, measuring 5 1/4 inches by 3 inches, with the binding and cover original and the leather dry (est. $1,000-$2,000); and an 18th century, hand-hammered silver and carved coconut chalice, depicting Britannia on her chariot with multiple ships behind the figure and another scene depicting an anchor and a rope (est. $500-$1,000).

Historical photos will feature a circa-1900 hand-colored photo of the Native American Standing Elk, by the photographer Carl Moon, showing the subject dressed in Northern Plains attire, probably props from Moon’s studio (est. $500-$1,000); and a collection of 46 United Press International photographs pertaining to the assassination of President Kennedy, including JFK’s assassination, the funeral, Jack Ruby, Lyndon Johnson and Lee Harvey Oswald (est. $200-$400).

An oil on canvas portrait painting of Gen. Robert E. Lee, done in 1872 by James Kimball Harley (American, 1828-1889), showing Lee in his Confederate uniform, housed in the original frame with grape leaf and vine decorations (est. $2,000-$4,000). Also sold will be a scrimshaw sperm whale’s tooth, circa 1810-1830, depicting a whale hunt in progress, with a harpooner, whale and longboat, about 7 inches long and weighing 1 pound 12 ounces (est. $2,000-$4,000).

World War II posters will also be featured in the Feb. 16 session, to include an example by N.C. Wyeth (American, 1882-1945), showing the American flag, Uncle Sam and a phalanx of advancing infantrymen, 30 inches by 40 inches (est. $500-$1,500); and a 7th War Loan (bond) poster by Cecil Calvert Beall (American, 1892-1967), with a graphic based on the iconic World War II photo of the Marines on Iwo Jima, 26 inches by 37 inches (est. $500-$600).

A few items from the Feb. 17 session include a hand-woven 18K gold necklace by A.A.G. Correa & Son, 16 inches long, from the Turk’s Head Collection, with no noticeable flaws (est. $3,000-$4,000); a bronze sculpture of a winged male holding a female on his shoulder, by Mathurin Moreau (French, 1822-1912), cast circa 1900 and standing 39 inches tall (est. $2,000-$3,000); and a hand-blown glass bud vase, made and signed by Marvin B. Lipofsky, 9 inches in height (est. $500-$1,000).

The fine art category on Feb. 17 will be led by an original oil on canvas by David D. Burliuk (Russian, 1882-1967), titled Travelers Stop, one of two Burliuks in the sale and depicting multiple figures in a townscape with chickens and a horse and carriage, 22 inches by 27 inches (est. $8,000-$10,000); and an oil on canvas landscape rendering with figures by Dutch painter Marinus Koekkoek (1807-1870), mid-19th century, 19 inches by 25 inches (est. $3,000-$4,000).

Other artworks that day will feature an oil on canvas landscape work by Cullen Yates (American, 1866-1945), rendered circa late 19th or early 20th century and measuring 25 inches by 32 inches (est. $2,000-$3,000); and an oil on canvas by Homer Dodge Martin (American, 1836-1897), titled simply Waterfall and showing a waterfall in a forest, probably painted in the third quarter of the 19th century and measuring 36 inches by 22 inches, minus the frame (est. $2,000-$3,000).

World War II-era posters will be sold on the sale’s final day as well. Examples include a 1943 poster by Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978), titled Four Freedoms, 28 inches by 40 inches (est. $500-$1,000); a 1943 work titled Bits of Careless Talk by Stephen Dohanos (American, 1907-1994), 28 inches by 40 inches (est. $200-$400); and a 1942 poster by John Falter (American, 1910-1982), titled The World Cannot Exist Half Slave, 28 inches by 40 inches (est. $200-$400). All 530 of the World War I and II posters are a single-owner collection assembled from shortly after World War I until the owner’s death in 1989 and are to be sold unreserved.

The three-day event will be held at the Hilton Hotel & Conference Center, located at 150 Australian Ave. in West Palm Beach.

To learn more about Louis J. Dianni, LLC and the upcoming 5th annual Feb. 15-17 Palm Beach Auction phone 954-895-8727 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

A single-owner collection of 530 World War I and World War II-era posters will be auctioned. Louis J. Dianni LLC image.

Gorgeous shelf clock by Robert Swannell, London, circa 18th century, est. $2,000-$4,000. Louis J. Dianni LLC image.

Scrimshaw whale's tooth, 7 inches long, circa 1820, showing a whale hunt, est. $2,000-$4,000. Louis J. Dianni LLC image.

Kentucky rifle, circa 1835, inlaid with profuse engraved silver depictions, est. $8,000-$12,000. Louis J. Dianni LLC image.

Armorial porcelain from the Swedish Count of Morner, mid-18th century, est. $500-$1,000. Louis J. Dianni LLC image.

Two original works by Russian artist David Burliuk, including this townscape, will be sold. Louis J. Dianni LLC image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 14:16
 

Cowan’s to sell important regional collections Feb. 14-15

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014 14:03

Lancaster County, Pa., tall case clock. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc.

CINCINNATI – Cowan's Auctions Inc. live salesroom two-day Winter Fine and Decorative Art Auction will take place on Feb. 14-15. The auction will feature a diverse and eclectic array of American and Continental furniture, fine art, works on paper, glass, silver, sculptures, portraiture and more. The sale will include two sessions, Continental and American Fine Art. Lots 1-518 will be offered on day one, and lots 600-1246 will be up for auction on day two.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

Many fine collections will be featured in the sale, including the Clarence and Mildred Long Collection of Indiana Artists, Property from the Collections of St. Ann Convent in Melbourne, Ky., property of the Convergys Corp. in Cincinnati, and property from an important Cincinnati collector.

Highlights include an important nocturne by Russian artist Ivan Choultse, as well as a number of fine Hudson River pictures, folk art, John Henry Belter furniture, a Lumen Watson tall case clock and server, Dr. Wall period Worcester porcelain tea wares, and an Agra palace-size rug.

Paintings by well-known artists will be featured in the auction. An oil on canvas by Ivan Federovitch Choultse, titled Engadine in Snow, is estimated to sell anywhere between $80,000-$120,000. A portrait of African American jockey Isaac Murphy, a three-time Kentucky Derby winner, is expected to fetch $25,000-$35,000; a Saturday Evening Post illustration by Harvey Dunn, titled The Little Eohippus is estimated to bring anywhere between $15,000 and $25,000; and a painting by Charles Wysocki titled Apple Pickers in Pennsylvania is estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

Fine furniture is expected to garner attention in the sale. A Bembe and Kimbel U.S. House of Representatives chair, circa 1857, is estimated to sell anywhere between $10,000-$15,000, a Georgian-style secretary bookcase is expected to bring $6,000-$8,000, and a Lumen Watson Cincinnati tall case clock and server is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

A number of fine rugs will be coming to the auction block. An Agra palace-size rug is expected to bring $15,000-$25,000, a Lerstan palace-size rug is estimated to fetch $5,000-$7,000, and an antique Oushak rug is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

Items from Tiffany Studios will also be offered in the sale. A Tiffany Studios double student lamp is estimated at $4,000-$6,000, a Louis C. Tiffany pastel Favrile set of glass tablewares is expected to bring anywhere between $4,000 and $6,000, and a Tiffany & Co. sterling chased cocktail shaker is estimated to bring $1,000-$2,000.

Additional notable items in the sale include a Lancaster County, Pa., tall case clock estimated at $10,000-$15,000, an Andrew Clemens sand bottle is expected to sell between $8,000 and $12,000, a Gorham silver presentation pitcher is expected to fetch $4,000-$6,000, and a set of John Henry Belter chairs is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

For more information about Cowan’s Feb. 14-15 auction phone 513-871-1670.

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

Lancaster County, Pa., tall case clock. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc. 

'Engadine in Snow' by Ivan Fedorovich Choultse. Estimate: $80,000-$120,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc. 

 Andrew Clemens sand bottle. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc.

'Apple Pickers in Pennsylvania' by Charles Wysocki. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 14:30
 

Bibliopathos to sell early spiritual books, manuscripts Feb. 14

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Monday, 27 January 2014 17:25
Renaissance illuminated ‘Kyriale’ on vellum, bound with a signed Antiphonary on paper of 18th century. Bibliopathos Auctions image.

VERONA, Italy – Bibliopathos Auctions will conduct an online auction Friday, Feb. 14, exclusively with LiveAuctioneers.com. The sale, which will begin at 7 p.m. CET, 10 a.m. Pacific, offers a collection of spiritual books and some valuable manuscripts.

Highlights include:

  • 1474 Antoninus Florentinus, a rare early incunable in its monastic binding (lot 6);
  • Illuminated Italian Baroque antiphonal on vellum (lot 10);
  • Italian book of hours, illuminated by a follower of Mariano del Buono (lot 37);
  • Best book of hours printed on vellum by Hardouin, profusely illustrated by Jean Pichores (lot 38);
  • Giant Renaissance Kyriale illuminated on vellum, bound with a signed Antiphonary (lot 110);
  • Illuminated copy of Leo Magnus Sermones (1470), the first book ever printed by an italian printer (lot 113);
  • Giant gradual on paper in its amazing contemporary binding (lot 118);
  • Giant illumination with King David playing the Psalter dated around 1430 (lot 125).

There will be additional theological and spiritual works, including the collected works of the main classical authors and some important sources for the history of the Church.

Prospective buyers are advised there is no premium on the hammer price; the amount to be paid will be the same as the winning bid, excluding shipping charges and insurance (when requested).

For details phone +39 335 6327 764.

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Renaissance illuminated ‘Kyriale’ on vellum, bound with a signed Antiphonary on paper of 18th century. Bibliopathos Auctions image. Rare illuminated incunable of Saint Antoninus Florentinus’ early treatises ‘On excommunication’ and ‘On marriage’ in its monastic binding. Bibliopathos Auctions image. Illuminated Italian Baroque antiphonal on vellum. Bibliopathos Auctions image. Bible, medieval illumination manuscript on vellum, France, 1280. Bibliopathos Auctions image. Italian book of hours, 19 illuminations, by a follower of Mariano del Buono, in a silk embroidered case. Bibliopathos Auctions image. Giant Florentine gradual manuscript on paper, 1689. Bibliopathos Auctions image.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 17:50
 
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