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Gianguan Auctions offers a wealth of Chinese paintings in June 8 sale

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Thursday, 22 May 2014 16:04
Lot 32, ‘Galloping Horses’ by Xu Beihong (1895-1953), a monochromatic ink-on-paper scroll, dated 1951. It bears the provenance of a Toronto collector and carries an estimate of $300,000 to $400,000. Gianguan Auctions image. NEW YORK – In its first flagship gallery sale since announcing a 10-country global expansion, Gianguan Auctions New York offers a strong showing of historical, modern and contemporary Chinese scroll paintings by blue-chip artists and authenticated Buddhist deities, Chinese ceramics and works of art, as well as luxury brand watches and magnificent jewelry. The sale is slated for Sunday, June 8, at the original Gianguan gallery at 295 Madison Ave.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The morning season of paintings is well-rounded with figurative works by known Chinese modern artists, traditional landscapes and works of calligraphy, both historic and contemporary.

Leading the figurative paintings is Lot 32, Galloping Horses by Xu Beihong (1895-1953). The monochromatic ink-on-paper scroll dated 1951 is among the final works of the artist who was one of the first to articulate an artistic expression that reflected a modern China. Well traveled and extremely proficient in calligraphy, Chinese painting and Western oil techniques, Xu Beihong’s works have become increasingly more desirable in recent years. This painting of two horses in full gallop is signed "Beihong" and carries three artist seals. It bears the provenance of a Toronto collector and carries an estimate of $300,000 to $400,000,

Another highly collectable artist, Qi Baishi (1864-1957), whose works consistently break auction records, is represented by Lot 9, Bodhi Under Linden Tree. The ink-and-color on paper depicts the enlightened one wrapped in a cloak of blue, eyes closed and head resting on chest in a serene sleep. Set against a tree rendered in bold monochromatic strokes, the painting carries an inscription signed Qi Hurang, the artist’s original name, as well as two artist seals. Bodhi Under Linden Tree is expected to fetch between $100,000 and $150,000.

Another Qi Baishi work, Leaves and Insects, in the minimalist manner that came to be the artist’s signature-style, is positioned at Lot 26. Flourishes of brown, coral and red depict a tree in autumn, its sparse foliage attracting interest from a dragonfly and preying mantis. The ink-and-color on paper, signed Qi Baishi with one artist seal, is aptly valued at $60,000-$80,000.

Also among the figurative scroll paintings from the pantheon of modern Chinese painters is Lot 49, Zhang Daqain’s (1899-1983) portrayal of Sun Wei Resting Under Tree. It is stellar in its use of color, swathing a black-haired and mustached Sun Wei in a turquoise robe that falls onto a throw of blue. Red slippers carefully placed nearby complete the vignette that is set against a singular weathered tree trunk canopied with blue-green leaves. Powerful in its simplicity, the ink-and-color on paper is dated 1925, signed "Daqain, Yuan." It carries three artist seals. The catalog estimate of $60,000-$80,000.

Lot 38 is a 13th century Yuan Dynasty ink-and-color on paper by Zhao Mengfou of Jiao Yuan and Stallions. It is the day’s most highly valued lot. With the provenance of New York’s noted Sai Yan Tang Collection, the delicately drawn painting in neutral colors with pink is signed Zhang and carries six collectors seals. It is expected to fetch as much as $8 million.

Meanwhile, for knowledgeable collectors seeking both beauty and solid investment art, the collection of landscapes offers values at a more accessible level. For example, Lot 39, the Qing Dynasty work by Wang Hui titled Mountain River, dated 1670, is a classic view of majestic mountains giving way to a vibrant river in which two small boats make their way. With one colophon by Wang Shim and three sales, it will command $40,000-$50,000.

Meanwhile, Lot 51, a 15th century ink-and-color on paper titled Mountain Temple, by Wang Hui, dated 1674, depicts pagodas set among undulating mountain heights with sparse vegetation. A small walking bridge in the foreground hints at the pilgrim’s journey. Inscribed and signed "Wang Hui," with two artist seals and two collector seals, Mountain Temple has a presale estimate of $150,000-$200,000.

The art of cursive script calligraphy is personified in Zhu Yunming’s Ming Dynasty three-panel scroll that presents a Huiqui poem. Lot 56 is inscribed and signed by Zhashan, Yunming. It has two artist seals, three Emperors seals, 16 collectors seals and one colophon by Bi Yuan. Calligraphy in Cursive Script of Huiqui Poem is set to go off at $100,000-$150,000.

Immediately following the paintings portion of the auction, collectors will find broad collection of Chinese ceramics and works of art, including deities and jewelry, that reflect the interest generated by the current raft of museum exhibitions at the Metropolitan and Rubin Museums of Art in New York City, the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

For instance, Lot 213, is a large gilt bronze figure of Vajrabhairava Yamantaka with Consort, one of eight Tibetan Buddhist protectors. Known as Manjshuri, the God of Wisdom, the frightful mythological figure is known for taking-on Yama, the god of death, thus preserving the triumph of knowledge and wisdom over death, also known as ignorance in Buddhism. Concurrently, in his form as Vajrabhairava, the deity is also associated with Bhairava, a form of Shiva who destroys the universe at the end of each Hindu epoch. In this duality, he is one of the most powerful gods of Tibetan lore. This sculpture presents Vajrabhairava with 35 arms, each holding a different implement, standing warrior-like atop a lotus base that supports a variety of prostrate figures. The deity’s primary arms, which are moveable, grasp his consort while holding a curved knife and skull cup. The highly articulated sculpture is clad in a belt of bones, skulls and snakes. Its wrathful face is surmounted by hair that rises into a flaming chignon of skulls. A remarkable example of bronze casting, the sculpture is composed of separately formed and moveable parts. Vajrabhairava Yamantaka with Consort is expected to fetch $40,000-$60,000.

Other deities in the sale include Lot 212, a silver figure of Vajrasattva. She stands on a double lotus blossom, hands holding varja and wearing a robe with delineated pattern adorned with gems. The bands on her arms are also set with gems as is the tiara that is topped with a varja finial. Weighing 1,278 grams (about 42 ounces) the silver deity is expected to reach as much as $10,000. Another deity is lot 211, a Qing Dynasty gilt bronze figure of Bodhisattva atop a plinth decorated with mythical beasts. The estimate is $3,000-$5,000.

Carved jades get off to a strong start with Lot 289, an unusual pair of Song Dynasty white jade dragons with fairies atop their backs. The powerfully carved beasts with bulging eyes, flared nostrils and bared teeth are captured mid-flight with their manes and tails flying. Each has a medallion on its shoulder and haunch. Placed nose-to-nose they appear to be combative. The stunningly handsome pair is of translucent jade with opaque buff inclusions. Measuring 3 1/2 inches high by 7 inches long, the pair carries an estimate value of $80,000-$100,000.

Moderately valued jade carvings include Lot 270, a set of seven carved jade bi plaques; Lot 264, a fine white jade carving of Hehe Exrian – two laughing boys seated on a lotus pond; Lot 266, a Neolithic Oijia-culture recumbent sphinx with hair in a bun, and Lot 267, an archaistic carving of Bixie. All are all valued at well under $10,000.

As the market for fine Chinese ceramics continues to swell, buyers will consider the merits of Lot 203, a masterfully potted five-spout Famille Rose lime-turquoise bottle vase. Of the Qing Dynasty and featuring stylized lotus blossoms amid dense scrolling foliage and intertwined vines, the vase is 6 1/2 inches high. Is of the period and has the six-character Qianlong mark. The catalog estimate is $30,000-$50,000.

The counterpoint is Lot 202, a Qing Dynasty lavender glazed quatrefoil vase delicately incised with a roundel of dragons and phoenix among a Shou character. At 6 3/4 inches tall, of the period and bearing the Qianlong six character mark, the vase will command between $3,000-$6,000.

Lovers of scholars objects will find Lot 188, a Famille Rose double peach brush washer, to their liking. Growing out of a gnarled branch base, the finely enameled vessel is adorned with dense scrolling bats and vines, double symbols of longevity. Of the Qing Dynasty and market with the Yongzheng four-character mark, it carries an evaluation of $6,000-$8,000. Of the same genre, Lot 192, a Ming Doucai brush washer with phoenix and peonies, is estimated at $1,000-$2,000.

Mid-level collectors will appreciate Lot 291, a 1928 Famille-Rose porcelain plaque depiction the god of longevity and a young boy. Inscribed with a poem and a long calligraphy inscription, the artist’s signature. a wuchen date (1928) and two seals reading Tao and Zhai, the nearly 14-inch-tall plaque (16 inches, with frame) is expected to bring $6,000-$10,000.

Typical of Gianguan auctions, the highlights are merely the tips of deep collections that will appeal to entry-level collectors as well as seasoned collectors. Specialty collections such as teapots and scholar items and gilt vessels are too numerous to mention here.

Chinese snuff bottles also command a presence in the auction. Lots 161, 162, 163 & 164, rare examples that range in value up to about $4,000, must been viewed for their unique beauty, coloration and craftsmanship.

Finally, the Gianguan Auctions June sale also features a collection of fine wristwatches and jewelry. Among the best are Lot 175, a diamond encircled Piaget yellow gold and diamond Polo ladies wristwatch, valued at $10,000-$15,000. Lot 176, a ladies Rolex gold DateJust wristwatch with diamonds in place of numerals carries a value of $5,000-$8,000. Two men’s wristwatches – Lot 177, an AMG Ingenieur Special Edition, and Lot 178, a Panerai Ferrari Guaranturismo Chronograph in a limited edition of 80 – are both excellent values at between $13,000 and $20,000.

Several women’s diamond rings, including Lots 172 and 174, are sparkling values at $3,500 to $9,000.

For condition reports and detailed information, contact the gallery director at 212-867-7288 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The June 8 auction will be held live beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Lot 32, ‘Galloping Horses’ by Xu Beihong (1895-1953), a monochromatic ink-on-paper scroll, dated 1951. It bears the provenance of a Toronto collector and carries an estimate of $300,000 to $400,000. Gianguan Auctions image. Lot, 213 is a 35-arm Tibetan gilt bronze deity in the form of Vajrabhairava Yamantaka with Consort. The multiple arms used for fighting off cosmic forces have moveable parts. It is of the Qing Dynasty, 9 1/2 inches tall. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Gianguan Auctions image. Lot 9, ‘Bodhi Under Linden Tree’ by Qi Baishi (1864-1957). An ink-and-color on paper, the painting carries an inscription signed Qi Hurang, the artist’s original name, as well as two artist seals. ‘Bodhi Under Linden Tree’ is expected to fetch between $100,000 and $150,000. Gianguan Auctions image. Lot 289, an unusual pair of Song Dynasty white jade dragons driven by fairies and captured mid-flight. Each has a medallion on its shoulder and haunch. Of translucent jade with opaque buff inclusions, the pair is 3 1/2 inches high by 7 inches long. The estimate is $80,000-$100,000. Gianguan Auctions image. Lot  291, a 1928 Famille Rose porcelain plaque depiction the god of longevity and a young boy. It is inscribed with a poem and a long calligraphy inscription, the artist’s signature and two seals reading Tao an Zhai, the nearly 14-inch tall plaque  is expected to bring $6,000-$10,000. Gianguan Auctions image.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 June 2014 15:23
 

Paintings, porcelain, silver bolster Ahlers & Ogletree sale June 6-8

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Thursday, 22 May 2014 14:23
Oil on canvas painting by George Lambert (Br., 1700-1765), a classical landscape with figures  (est. $25,000-$40,000). ATLANTA – Ahlers & Ogletree’s June 6-8 estates auction was already packed with over 1,000 lots of fresh estate merchandise, but recently added to that impressive lineup will be important paintings by noted British artists John Frederick Herring Sr. (1795-1865) and George Lambert (1700-1765), porcelain pieces retrieved from a Chinese shipwreck in 1690, and dazzling sterling silver pieces.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

The June 6 session will begin at 6 p.m. and features over 250 lots including more than 30 pieces of blue and white Kangxi porcelain recovered from the Vung Tau, a Chinese trading junk ship that sank off the southern coast of Vietnam in the late 17th century. Among the cargo on board was large amounts of valuable Ching Dynasty porcelain. Some of these items being sold on June 6 were previously sold by Christie’s Amsterdam in 1992.

The two British paintings up for auction in June have been in private hands for decades in a collection located in Suwanee, Ga. The strong equestrian racing oil on canvas painting by John Frederick Herring Sr., was executed in 1851 and depicts – as its title bolsters – The Great Match, York-Spring Meeting Day. This famous race featured two of the most well-regarded British thoroughbred horses of the 19th century, Voltigeur and The Flying Dutchman. On May 31, they competed in a match race with The Flying Dutchman winning by a length. Herring’s signed and dated work up for auction measures 25 inches by 36 inches (framed, 29 1/2 inches by 40 1/2 inches). Importantly, this painting offers another perspective on the subject of The Great Match in York as Herring’s most noted paintings document this very event where these two notable horses competed. The painting is estimated to bring $90,000-$120,000.

Classical Landscape with Figures Strolling on a Path by George Lambert fits within the artist’s signature style and subject. The painting clearly highlights Lambert’s skilled use of perspective, atmosphere and handling. The work, while apparently unsigned, features a F.R. label on verso with registry number and information pertaining to the piece. Unframed, it measures 28 inches by 41 inches; framed, it is 34 inches by 47 inches. The estimate for the 18th century painting is $25,000-$40,000.

Saturday and Sunday’s portion of the sale will feature significant period sterling silver serving pieces by noted makers. Two George III oval platters by the renowned British silversmith Paul Storr, both made in the early 19th century, are prime examples. Both are meat serving platters with shell and leaf decorations. One is 89.2 troy ounces (est. $5,000-$7,000), the smaller is 53.1 troy ounces (est. $4,000-$6,000).

Other sterling silver lots of note include a large oval tea tray with two scrolled foliate bracket handles by the American silversmith William Adams (New York, circa 1850), 141 troy ounces (est. $3,000-$5,000); a very fine George III lidded tureen by Rebecca Ames and Edward Barnard I (London, circa 1809), about 112 troy ounces (est. $8,000-$12,000); and a pair of George III vegetable dishes by Robert Garrard (London, circa 1811), 104 troy ounces (est. $6,000-$8,000).

Start time for the auction held on June 7 and 8 will be 11 a.m. Eastern.

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

A buyer’s premium (on a sliding scale, depending how an item is bid on and paid for) will be applied to all purchases.

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Oil on canvas painting by George Lambert (Br., 1700-1765), a classical landscape with figures  (est. $25,000-$40,000). Oil on canvas painting by John Frederick Herring, Sr. (Br., 1795-1865), with a horse race theme   (est. $90,000-$120,000). George III period sterling silver covered round vegetable dishes, by Robert Garrad of London,  circa 1811 (est. $6,000-$8,000). George III period sterling silver lidded tureen by Rebecca Emes and Edward Barnard I of  London, circa 1809 (est. $8,000-$12,000). Outstanding sterling silver pieces, like this George III platter by British silversmith Paul Storr  (est. $5,000-$7,000) will be sold.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 15:30
 

VIDEO: View highlights of Cambi's Chinese art auction May 27-28

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014 14:40

An important carved red coral with Guanyin, China, Qing Dynasty, late 19th century, 7,570 grams, 75x77 cm. Estimate: €50,000-70,000. Courtesy Cambi, Genoa.

GENOA, Italy – Cambi Casa D’Asti anticipates a strong response to its auction of important Chinese art on May 27-28. Day 1, Tuesday, will offer works of art in coral, bronze, jade, ivory and wood. Day 2, Wednesday, will feature works in bronze, jade, ivory and wood. LiveAuctioners.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Many of the items were brought to Italy as early as the end of the 17th century by the great noble families of Turin, Genoa and Milan, said Dario Mottola of Cambi auction house.

Coral and jade stand out in this wide-ranging auction. One highlight is an 8-kilogram carved red coral depiction of Guanyin, animals and vegetation (China, Qing Dynasty, late 19th century), which is estimated at €50,000-€70,000.

Among the jades are some exceptional objects. An extraordinary imperial white jade plate engraved on two sides with "taotie" figures and archaic elements, China, Qianlong period, 1736-1796, carries an estimate of €20,000-€30,000.

Another important lot is an emerald green jadeite incense burner with cover (China, Qing Dynasty, late 19th century). With its original box, the burner is is expected to sell for €40,000-€60,000.

Among the important figures is a 22-inch-tall gilt bronze and copper Vajrapani, protector of the Buddha. From China’s Qing Dynasty, 18th century, it has an estimate of €30,000-€50,000.

For details, phone Cambi at +39 010 8395029.

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.LiveAuctioneeers.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 & VIDEO OF NOTE

An important carved red coral with Guanyin, China, Qing Dynasty, late 19th century, 7,570 grams, 75x77 cm. Estimate: €50,000-70,000. Courtesy Cambi, Genoa.

An extraordinary imperial white jade plate engraved on two sides with taotie figures and archaic elements, China, relief mark and the period Qianlong (1736-1796), 7.3x6 cm. Estimate: €20,000-30,000. Courtesy Cambi, Genoa.

An emerald green jadeite incense burner and cover, China, Qing Dynasty, late 19th century, 14 cm high, 14.5 cm diameter, Bulgari collection in original box. Estimate: €40,000-60,000. Courtesy Cambi Genoa.

A small bronze ritual tripod censer, China, Shang Dynasty (1750-1028 B.C.), 16.5 cm high, provenance: Tucci collection - Rome and Giuganini collection. Estimate: €30,000-40,000. Courtesy Cambi, Genoa.

A large and important gilt bronze and copper Vajrapani, China, Qing Dynasty, 18th century, 55 cm high. Estimate: €30,000-50,000. Courtesy Cambi, Genoa.

Important gilt wood Buddha, China, Yuan Dynasty, 95x58x50cm (38 x 23.2 x 20 inches.) Estimate: €30,000-€50,000, $27,364-$68,394. Courtesy Cambi, Genoa.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 09:05
 

Part 2 of Rieger collection worthy of Woody Auction, May 29

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014 11:53
The auction is packed with many Tiffany art glass pieces, especially Favrile vases. Woody Auction image. WICHITA, Kan. – Fresh from the first of a planned five-part series of auctions to liquidate the lifetime collection of mostly porcelain and fine art glass gathered over the course of five decades by the late Dr. Ernest Rieger and his wife, Karin, Woody Auction will now turn its attention to the Part 2 sale, to be held Thursday, May 29, at the Double Tree (Airport Hilton) in Wichita.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Part 1 was a huge success, as 400 lots came up for bid in an auction that grossed $1.3 million – and that represented only a fraction of the Riegers’ collection overall (plus the couple’s period antique furniture items, which were displayed in their Wichita home and will be sold at Parts 3 Aug. 1-2) and 4 (date to be determined). Part 2, starting at 1 p.m. Central, will feature 432 lots.

“Part 2 will be equal to Part 1 in terms of quality of merchandise,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction, based in Douglass, Kan. “We literally pulled items for Part 1 from the left side of the Riegers’ many display cabinets, and the items for Part 2 will come from the right side of the cabinets. Part 3 will feature what still remains in the cabinets, plus the cabinets themselves.”

The Riegers were discerning, serious collectors, seeking out only the finest names in porcelain and glass, such as Tiffany, Galle, Meissen, Webb, Daum Nancy, KPM and others. “This is by far the finest antique collection we’ve ever offered, and it might be the finest ever offered in the state of Kansas,” Woody said. “All items will be sold to the highest bidder, without reserve.”

Thomas Webb & Sons was founded in England in 1842. It was known for the high quality of its cameo glass. Examples in the sale will include a finely carved cameo art glass vase signed “G. Woodall 1887,” a cameo art glass vase also signed by G. Woodall showing a young woman and a bird, and a 21-inch gem cameo vase signed by Tiffany & Co. and Thomas Webb.

Emile Galle (1846-1904) was a founder of the French Art Nouveau movement and a master glass designer. Galle pieces in the auction will feature an 18-inch signed French cameo art glass vase, dark green, with a forest and insect décor and a Victor Hugo quote around the base; and a signed French cameo appliqué and marquetry two-handle bowl having a clear and amber background.

The name Tiffany will be chanted throughout the day, especially Favrile, the metallic iridescent art glass produced by the firm. Examples will include a bulbous 4-inch signed red paperweight vase, an 11 1/2-inch signed art glass pedestal vase with green body and Egyptian design around the neck and foot, and a 7-inch signed art glass wide shoulder vase with blue translucent body.

Additional Tiffany Favrile pieces will include a 7-inch signed decorated art glass vase with an iridescent red body and gold iridescent design; a 13 1/2-inch signed iridescent art glass vase having an iridescent body with golden hues and four sections of pulled feather raised décor, and a 13 3/4-inch signed decorated red vase with red iridescent body and Egyptian décor.

Still more Tiffany Favrile lots: an 8 3/4-inch signed art glass vase with iridescent blue background and green-gold heart and vine décor; a 7-inch signed art glass vase with a cobalt blue body and iridescent Egyptian décor; a 17 1/4-inch signed art glass vase with red body and green iridescent decorated neck; and a 12-inch signed art glass vase with green iridescent exterior and leaf design.

Daum et Cie was the French glassworks firm established in 1875. Nancy is the town in France where it set up shop, producing wonderful cameo and art glass pieces. Daum Nancy in the sale will feature a 14-inch signed French cameo art glass boudoir lamp with winter and blackbirds scenic décor; and a 9 3/4-inch signed French cameo art glass vase with a great fall season décor.

Other Daum Nancy pieces will include a 10-inch figural bronze lamp base with a figural young girl in a dress holding a lantern, artist signed “Leo Laporte-Glaizsy”; a 6-inch signed four-color French cameo art glass pedestal vase having a carved vintage décor with spider web background; and an 11-inch French cameo art glass blown-mold vase with a blue and black dark forest décor.

Mount Washington, the art glass factory founded in Massachusetts in the 19th century, will also be represented in the auction. Pieces will include a 22 1/2-inch Royal Flemish kerosene lamp with figural cherub metal base and camel scene decoration; a 12 1/2-inch decorated “Monkey” vase with rare monkey and ape décor; and an 8 1/2-inch glossy Burmese lyre stem candlestick holder.

Fans of French cameo art glass will be impressed by a pair of vases, both signed “Muller Freres Luneville” (one 14-inch, white and yellow with dark brown winter scene showing wild boars, the other 13 inches, with an Asian-style scenic “windows” décor featuring cranes, lake scenes and Geishas). Also sold will be a magnificent 25 1/2-inch-by-20-inch KPM porcelain plaque, artist-signed (“Pfeiffer”) and showing a detailed scene titled “The Sacrifice of Jephthah’s Daughter.”

Two lots expected to spark a fierce bidding war are 37 1/2-inch signed Moser two-part pedestal vase having a yellow opaque background with extensive multicolor leaf and applied acorn décor – the finest piece of Moser ever offered by Woody Auction – and a 6-inch-by-11 1/4-inch marked Wedgwood Fairyland luster pedestal punch bowl with poplar trees exterior and mermaid interior.

Rounding out just some of the auction’s expected top lots are a rare 8-inch figural French enamel “Windmill” music box (jewel box) with nine individual panels featuring various courting scenes (the music box does not play); and a 5 1/4 inch Russian enamel egg-shaped covered box boasting an embossed swan design with colorful enamel highlights and inset with seven “Ruby” jewels.

For details call Woody Auction at 316-747-2694 or email them 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
The auction is packed with many Tiffany art glass pieces, especially Favrile vases. Woody Auction image. Much of the English cameo in the sale was purchased by the Riegers while on trips to Europe. Woody Auction image. French cameo glass pieces, like these shown, will be sold without reserve. Woody Auction image. Fans of French cameo glass will be interested with the selection and variety in the auction. Woody Auction image. The Riegers collected Burmese pieces such as these, all of which will come up for bid. Woody Auction image.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 14:21
 

Top-quality toys, coin-ops in Mosby & Co. June 7 sale

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014 09:44

Prototype Jeep Wrangler neon sign, 37in by 25in. Mosby & Co. image

FREDERICK, Md. – Approximately 450 lots of antique toys, coin-ops and advertising will cross the auction block at a Saturday, June 7 sale conducted by Mosby & Co., at the firm’s gallery located at 5714-A Industry Lane in Frederick, Maryland. The auction will start at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. Approximately 350 lots will be dedicated to toys and toy trains. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

“There’s good, solid merchandise in this sale, including wonderful antique toys from two major single-owner collections, plus other quality consignments,” said Keith Spurgeon, owner of Mosby & Co. “One of the collections is so massive, it will take three auctions to liquidate it all. Part I includes fine examples of German, American and Japanese toys.”

Trains also feature prominently. A strong candidate for top-lot honors is an original Lionel gouache painting depicting a Santa Fe Super Streamliner train roaring through the desert. The work is from the estate of a former Lionel executive and was created as catalog art in 1952. In its wood frame, it measures 29½ inches by 10 inches.

Also in the train section is an impressive collection of American Flyer examples, many of them in their original boxes; and a large selection of 1950s-60s Plasticville toy buildings for train layouts. Plasticville train accessories were introduced in 1946 by Bachmann Industries of Philadelphia, but in 1984 the company was taken over by Kader Industries in China.

Antique toys will feature several German-made Gunthermann toys, 20 battery-operated toys (all original in the box), a nice selection of boxed American and Japanese toys, 1950s-60s Marx playsets and a group of animals and bears by Germany’s premier soft toy manufacturer, Steiff. Another highlight is a 24-inch-long Fleischmann ocean liner made circa 1930-1935.

Toys expected to attract keen bidder interest include an American National pressed steel tandem pedal car (front and rear seating), made around 1930 and professionally restored; and a very rare, fresh-to-the-market Gendron Columbia pressed steel bi-plane pull toy, 30 inches in length and all original. The names American National and Gendron are actually connected. The Gendron Iron Wheel Company was founded in 1872 in Toledo, Ohio, and starting in 1890 the firm produced die-cast toy replica pedal cars and other children’s items up until World War II. In 1927, Gendron became a subsidiary of American National, which sold its assets in 1941.

Two full-size cars will cross the auction block. The first is a white 1962 Ford Thunderbird hardtop with 77,000 original miles. The car has been in the same family since being purchased new. It has been repainted once. The other auto is a 1995 cherry red Dodge Viper, the rare roadster version, with less than 6,000 miles. A Viper that age with so few miles is quite unusual.

Several extremely rare, if not unique, neon signs from automobile dealerships of the 1950s are in tested, working order and accompanied by their transformers. Three were displayed in Hudson showroom windows and come from the collection of a man who used to own a car dealership in Maryland. The largest measures 50 by 30 inches. Another neon rarity advertises Willys Aero-Lark, a sedan built in the 1950.

Although of later manufacture, a neon sign made in 1997 for Jeep Wranger may be the one of its type in existence. “Chrysler sent out a brochure to Jeep dealers that year soliciting them to order this sign for their showrooms, but they didn’t get enough orders to warrant a production run, so only a few prototypes were made. We think this may be the only surviving sign of its type, but it’s impossible to know,” said Spurgeon.

Coin-ops include a Jennings Standard Chief 25-cent slot machine from the first half of the 20th century, all original and unrestored. Music will be provided by an all-original AMI model D-40 jukebox from the early 1950s. In good working order, it plays 45 rpm records. “AMI is a company with a long history,” said Spurgeon. “It began in 1909 as a manufacturer of automatic player pianos. They started making jukeboxes in 1927 and produce them to this day under the name Rowe International.”

An original and unrestored circa-1950 Vendo Model 44 Coca-Cola vending machine, with a nickel slot, will be offered, as will a Merchantman Novelty Crane (a skill machine also known as a digger or claw machine). The crane was made in the 1930s by Exhibit Supply Company of Chicago, which supplied such machines to upscale hotels. Hence, they were known as hotel or floor model coin-ops. Their modern counterparts are often seen in cinema and restaurant lobbies.

Also being offered is a Bimbo 3-Ring Circus puppet machine, made in the 1950s by the United Billiards Company. Players insert a quarter and try to get the clown to dance while music is being played. In addition, pinball machines and other coin-ops will also be sold. The advertising category will feature Coca-Cola signs, promotional thermometers and other collectible items.

The preview for Mosby & Co.’s June 7 auction will be held on Friday, June 6, from 4-7 p.m.; and on auction day from 8-10 a.m. (or by appointment). The gallery is located at 5714-A Industry Lane in Frederick, Maryland, near the juncture of I-70 and I-270 and an easy drive from both Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

For additional information on any item in the sale, call Keith Spurgeon on 240-629-8139 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

Prototype Jeep Wrangler neon sign, 37in by 25in. Mosby & Co. image

Hand-painted Foxy Grandpa, Gunthermann, 8in tall. Mosby & Co. image

Rare first-version Chein Ferris wheel with chain-drive mechanism. Mosby & Co. image

24in Fleischmann George Washington ocean liner. Mosby & Co. image

1995 Dodge Viper with 4,050 original miles. Mosby & Co. image

All original, unrestored and working Vendo 44 Coca-Cola machine. Mosby & Co. image

Rare circa-1890 porcelain Kodak Camera sign. Mosby & Co. image

Boxed Lionel standard gauge train set No. 344. Mosby & Co. image

Original gouache on artist's board depicting the Santa Fe Super Stream Liner, created for 1952 Lionel catalog. Provenance: California estate of retired Lionel executive. Mosby & Co. image

Blue and white Hudson neon sign, 50in by 30in. Mosby & Co. image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 13:36
 

Impressive array of art, antiques in Crescent City auction June 7-8

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014 09:36

Oil on academy board painting by William Aiken Walker (South Carolina, 1838-1921), titled ‘Woman With Bales of Cotton on the Docks.’ Estimate: $2,500-$4,500. Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

NEW ORLEANS – An important oil on academy board painting by South Carolina artist William Aiken Walker, a French Belle Epoch Louis XV-style marble-top bombe chest, three outstanding pieces of English sterling silver, two highly collectible Newcomb College pottery pieces, a pair of early 20th century parcel gilt polychromed carved wood blackamoor torcheres, and a sculpture of a pheasant and lizard by Alfred Dubucand will all be sold June 7-8.

They are part of a massive two-day estates auction being held by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans, beginning promptly at 9 a.m. (Central time) both days. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Nearly 1,300 lots will come up for bid, in the categories Crescent City Auction Gallery has become renowned for throughout the South: original artworks (much of it by noted regional artists), period American and European furniture, pottery pieces, sterling silver, estate jewelry, antique lamps and lighting, Mardi Gras collectibles, Asian items and fine decorative accessories.

“We are really excited about the June auction,” said Adam Lambert of Crescent City Auction Gallery. “There are very strong examples across all major categories, including art, French, English and American furniture, Southern pottery, Asian arts, silver and bric-a-brac.”

The unsigned painting by Walker (1838-1921), is a slave rendering titled Woman With Bales of Cotton on the Docks. It is housed in a possibly original ornate period gilt and gesso frame (est. $2,500-$4,500). The 19th century sculpture titled Pheasant and Lizard by Alfred E. Dubucand (French, 1828-1894) is patinated bronze on a brass base (est. $4,000-$6,000).

The Newcomb College pottery pieces include a glazed art pottery circular trivet, made in 1909 with an unknown maker’s mark, and a matte glaze baluster vase made in 1924 by Henrietta Bailey, 8 1/4 inches tall. The pair of early 20th century carved wood blackamoor torcheres stand on faux marble stepped octagonal bases and are each 80 inches in height (est. $4,000-$6,000).

The French Louis XV-style ormolu mounted and marquetry inlaid rosewood marble-top bombe chest is in the style of Francois Linke (1855-1946) and is 35 1/4 inches tall by 35 1/2 inches wide (est. $2,400-$3,600). Also, a French Empire-style figured mahogany marble-top commode, made in the 19th century and 37 3/4 inches tall by 50 1/2 inches wide, should hammer for $900-$1,500.

The three pieces of English sterling silver consist of a diminutive footed punch bowl (London, 1899, by Charles Stuart Harris), a loving cup (London, 1899, by Daniel and John Welby), and an engraved presentation chalice (London, 1861 by Daniel and Charles Houle). Also sold will be an 88-piece set of sterling silver flatware by Gorham, in the Strasbourg pattern (est. $3,000-$5,000).

Two notable but very different paintings carry identical estimates of $1,500-$2,500. One is a signed oil on board by Colette Heldner (Louisiana, 1902-1990), titled Swamp Idyll, Louisiana Bayou Country (15 1/2 inches by 19 1/2 inches). The other is an early 19th century Continental School oil on canvas titled Allegorical Scene of Spring, depicting putti in a garden offering fruit to Venus.

Two clock lots also have the same presale estimate of $900-$1,500. The first is an English inlaid mahogany tall case clock, made circa 1850 with time and strike by Th. Robson, Shildon, 90 inches tall. The second is a marble and gilt bronze mantel clock, circa 1870, with an urn surmount atop a highly figured ochre marble case. It is 19 1/4 inches tall by 9 1/4 inches wide.

One clock expected to attract keen bidder interest is a French gilt spelter and marble figural mantel clock, made in the 19th century by Japy Freres and featuring a blown glass dome on an ebonized base (est. $1,200-$1,800). Also sold will be 25 Mardi Gras bulletins, to include a 1907 parade bulletin (Comus), titled Tennyson, shrink-wrapped and lithographed by Walle & Co.

Returning to artwork, two lots to watch are a fine bronze sculpture of an elephant figure with ivory tusks, made circa 1900 on a sloping highly figured black marble base, 14 3/4 inches tall (est. $3,000-$5,000); and an early 20th century oil on board by Peter Lanz Hohnstedt (1872-1957, Texas/Louisiana), titled Court of the Two Sisters, 19 1/2 inches by 15 1/2 inches (est. $1,500-$2,500).

European furniture pieces will feature an unusual French provincial Louis XV-style marquetry inlaid carved oak armoire, made in the 19th century and standing 91 1/4 inches tall (est. $1,200-$1,400); and a French Louis XIV-style gilt ormolu mounted boulle inlaid ebonized marble-top cabinet, also made in the 19th century (and later), standing 43 3/4 inches tall (est. $3,500-$4,500).

Also from France is a late 19th century Brittany Louis XV-style carved oak armoire, made into a bookcase (est. $2,000-$4,000). American furniture will include a Victorian Renaissance Revival carved mahogany and burl walnut cylinder desk, circa 1870, 68 inches tall (est. $2,000-$4,000); and a late 19th century classical carved mahogany armoire, 92 inches tall (est. $3,000-$5,000).

A pair of 19th century porcelain baluster vases, with gilt grape and leaf decoration and central reserves of classical figures each on a deep blue background, each vase 16 3/4 inches tall, is expected to breeze to $1,200-$1,800. Fine estate jewelry pieces will feature dazzling diamonds, tanzanites, rubies, emeralds, pearls, Rolex watches and more, in a wide range of price points.

Crescent City Auction Gallery, LLC is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, call them at 504-529-5057 or e-mail them 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

Oil on academy board painting by William Aiken Walker (South Carolina, 1838-1921), titled ‘Woman With Bales of Cotton on the Docks.’ Estimate: $2,500-$4,500. Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

French Bell Epoch Louis XV-style ormolu mounted marquetry inlaid rosewood marble-top bombe chest. Estimate: $2,400-$3,600. Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

Pair of early 20th century parcel gilt polychrome carved wood blackamoor torcheres on marble stepped bases, both 80 inches tall. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

Three pieces of wonderful English sterling silver, such as this loving cup by Daniel and John Welby (London, 1899) will come under the gavel. Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

Patinated bronze sculpture on stepped circular brass base by Alfred Dubucand (French, 1828-1894), titled ‘Pheasant and Lizard.’ Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 09:53
 

Max Ernst sculptures share spotlight at Capo Auction, May 31

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Max Ernst (German, 1891-1976), 'Homme,' silver cast sculpture. Estmate: $70,000-$90,000. Capo Auction image.

NEW YORK – At Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques’ final spring auction on Saturday, May 31, will feauture a Max Ernst (German, 1891-1976) silver cast sculpture titled Homme that was conceived in 1960 and cast by 1970. It’s from an edition of 1/6 with two artist's proofs, is stamped with signature and numbered “exemplaire d' auteur 2/2.”

It carries the serial number 1523/1848 on the underside and is stamped with silversmith's mark on the back of the base. The sculpture stands 11 1/4 inches high and includes a custom fitted box and certificate of authenticity issued by Pierre Hugo, with an estimated value of $70,000-$90,000.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Another Max Ernst sculpture, from the same owner, will also be offered. This one, Cheri Bibi is in bronze with black patina, was conceived in 1964 and cast before 1973 by Valsuani Paris. It’s signed, numbered 62/175 and stamped by the foundry on its plinth. It stands 13 1/4 inches high. This work is estimated at $8,000-$10,000.

Both pieces come from a prominent Manhattan collector and were acquired from Galerie Frederic Gollong, St. Paul-de-Vence, by the family of the present owner in 1992.

Also featured at Capo Auction this month, from the same collector, is the Cesar Baldaccini (Italian, 1921-1998) sculpture Compression made of compressed flatware. It’s signed on the side, is 11 inches high and 5 3/4 inches wide. This piece was also acquired from Galerie Frederic Gollong, St. Paul-de-Vence, in 1984 and is estimated at $50,000-$70,000.

For details phone Capo Auction at 718-433-3710.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Max Ernst (German, 1891-1976), 'Homme,' silver cast sculpture. Estmate: $70,000-$90,000. Capo Auction image.

Max Ernst (German, 1891-1976), 'Cheri Bibi,' bronze with black patina. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000. Capo Auction image.

Cesar Baldaccini (Italian, 1921-1998), 'Compression,' compressed flatware, signed on side. Estimate: value $50,000-$70,000. Capo Auction image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 09:36
 

Ad Reinhardt painting may top $1M at Heritage auction May 31

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 14:16

Ad Reinhardt (American, 1913-1967), Untitled (Blue-Purple Painting), 1952, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61.0 cm), bears inscription, includes artist's original painted strip frame. Estimate: $1 million-$1.5 million. Heritage Auctions image.

DALLAS – Untitled (Blue-Purple Painting), 1952, Ad Reinhardt’s minimalist masterwork, is expected to bring $1 million as part of a 370-lot Modern & Contemporary Art Signature® Auction May 31 at Heritage. Works by giants ranging from Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, and Robert Rauschenberg and sculpture by Fernando Botero, Joan Miró and François-Xavier Lalanne, among others, will be offered.

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The auction is the first for the venue in 2014 and comes on the heels of Heritage’s April 23 $1.2 million 20th and 21st Century Design Auction and the firm’s nearly $4 million sales of Modern & Contemporary Art in November 2013.

“The Reinhardt has a wonderful provenance and represents the fresh-to-market character of this auction,” said Frank Hettig, director of modern and contemporary art. “Like most works offered, the iconic work has remained with the same family of collectors for generations.”

Known for his geometric paintings, Reinhardt’s Untitled (Blue-Purple Painting), 1952, is an excellent example from the artist’s celebrated monochrome abstractions. The work is a model combination of varying hues and a masterwork by the pioneer of conceptual and minimal art. It was acquired by the late Ethel Epstein, an art collector and a founder of the New York Studio School and the Washington D.C. Gallery of Modern Art. Epstein’s husband, Henry, served as a New York State Supreme Court Justice while Mrs. Epstein served as the labor secretary under New York mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia.

Additional highlights include two paintings by Sam Francis, Untitled, 1988, an expressive use of color and a signature example of the artist’s vibrant abstract work of his later years (est. $300,000+), and Bright Saddle, 1985, (est. $150,000+). The Umbrellas (Project for Japan and USA), 1987, by Christo and Jeanne-Claude (est. $120,000+) is one of six works by the American artist on offer. Andy Warhol is well represented with $ (9), 1982 (est. $80,000+), 25 Cats Name(d) Sam and One Blue Pussy, circa 1954 (est. $40,000+), Life Savers (from the Ads series), 1985 (est. $30,000+), and Flowers, 1964 (est. $10,000+).

The auction also features 17 works by Robert Rauschenberg, spanning 30 years of his career, including Rush I (from the Cloister series), 1980 (est. $200,000+) and Apple Run (Shiner), 1988 (est. $150,000+) from the peak of his rich body of work produced in the 1980s to his pop-culture-infused screenprints such as L.A. Uncovered #3, 1998 (est. 10,000+).

Leading the selection of Latin American artists is Fernando Botero’s Hand with Cigarette, 1981, (est. $180,000+) and three works from Gunther Gerzso to include Rojo-Azul-Naranja, 1973 (est. $25,000+); Calle de Tequisquipan, 1961 (est. $15,000+); and Untitled, bronze, (est. $8,000+).

A selection of sculpture includes three works by François-Xavier Lalanne, Bélier (Ram) (from Les Nouveaux Moutons), 1994, (est. $50,000+) and editions of Mouton transhumant, 1987, (est. $50,000+ each) as well as Le Pèlerin (The Pilgrim), 1972, a bronze by Joan Miró (est. $70,000+) and Machine Guns, 1973, (est. $40,000+) by Arman.

Highlights from the Estate of Ray Frost Fleming, a Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate, notable studio artist, and owner of the Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham, Michigan, include contemporary works from Larry Rivers, such as The Young Archer, 1995, (est. $25,000+) and Moses, 1978, a mud, reeds and steel sculpture by Deborah Butterfield (est. $25,000+).

Works on paper by Italian artist and composer Giacomo Balla range from Compenetrazione Bis, 1913, (est. $25,000+) to Study for the Line of Velocity No. 2 (double-sided), circa 1913 (est. $7,000+).

Additional highlights include, but are not limited by:

Feed Folks, 1974, by David Hammons (est. $120,000+).

Savarin, 1977, by Jasper Johns (est. $100,000+).

Collage with Stick Figures-Journal au profil, 1964, by Pablo Picasso (est. $50,000+).

Parking Lots, (the complete set, group of 30), 1967/1999, by Ed Ruscha (est. $50,000+).

Easter Realness #1, 2003, by Kehinde Wiley (est. $40,000+).

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Ad Reinhardt (American, 1913-1967), Untitled (Blue-Purple Painting), 1952, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61.0 cm), bears inscription, includes artist's original painted strip frame. Estimate: $1 million-$1.5 million. Heritage Auctions image.

Sam Francis (American, 1923-1994), Untitled, 1988, acrylic on canvas, 79 1/4 x 120 inches (201.3 x 304.8 cm). Estimate: $300,000-$400,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Christo And Jeanne-Claude, ‘The Umbrellas (Project for Japan and USA),’ 1987, graphite, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon; map and acrylic on paper collage laid down on panel, in two parts, together: 65 x 57 inches (165.1 x 144.8 cm). Estimate: $120,000-$180,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), ‘Life Savers’ (from the Ads series), 1985, screenprint in colors, 38 x 38 inches (96.5 x 96.5 cm) sheet, ed. 182/190. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925-2008), ‘Rush I’ (from the Cloister series), 1980, solvent transfer on paper and collage laid on panel, 98 1/4 x 74 inches (249.7 x 188.0 cm) sight. Estimate: $200,000-$300,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Fernando Botero (Columbian, b. 1932), ‘Hand with Cigarette,’ 1981, bronze with brown patina, 35 x 21 x 19-3/4 inches (88.9 x 53.3 x 50.2 cm), ed. 2/6, signed and stamped with foundry mark: ‘Botero 2/6 Fonderia / M / Italy.’ Estimate: $118,000-$220,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Larry Rivers (American, 1925-2002), ‘The Young Archer,’ 1995, oil on canvas mounted on sculpted foamboard, 56 1/2 x 45 x 5 inches (143.5 x 114.3 x 12.7 cm). Property from the Estate of Ray F. Fleming, Birmingham, Mich. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 14:48
 

Ewbank’s to sell items collected on Singapore sojourn May 29

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 10:32

Large and rare Chinese ancestor portrait on canvas, stating: 'the ancestors appearance is still in our mind'. Estimate: £1,500-£2,500. Ewbank's image.

LONDON – A fascinating collection brought home by their British owner after a period spent working in Singapore highlights a sale of Asian Art at Ewbank’s on Thursday, May 29.

LiveAucitoneers.com will provide Internet live bidding. The auction is composed of over 400 lots.

The collection consisting of more than 70 lots was acquired by its owner, mostly from one of Singapore’s leading dealers in Oriental art and antiques, House of Huanghuali, over a period of seven or eight years while traveling around Asia on business.

Other pieces were purchased in such places as China, Tibet and Vietnam, but a spring cleaning has resulted in them being offered at Ewbank’s.

Leading the collection is a fine and rare Chinese Tang dynasty Sancai figure of a Lokapala wearing an elaborate headdress. In Hindu mythology, Lokapala is a deity who protects the four compass directions. Depicted standing on rocks and trampling a demon, the nedarly 3-foot-tall figure dates from circa A.D. 618-907 and is estimated at £5,000-£8,000. Sancai is an ancient type of Chinese pottery. The name translates literally to “three colors.”

A Chinese famille verte (green family of colors) baluster vase having a waisted neck and painted with two panels of an official with attendants, on a flower and butterfly ground, dates from the Kangxi period (1662-1722) and is estimated at £2,000-£3,000.

The House of Huanghuali takes its name from the indigenous wood of the same name, also known as the “yellow flowering pear,” a type of rosewood classified as Dalbergia odorifera. It was particularly prized in furniture of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and early years of the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). It is appreciated for its color, scent and distinctive grain. Its hardness allowed craftsmen to create elegant, slender yet strong pieces.

The collection includes a carved huanghuali chair with a reclining back and carved with a Shou character for longevity, a pair of plant stands and a horseshoe back two-seater sofa, each estimated at £1,000-£1,500.

Two large and rare 18th century portraits on canvas, which are illustrative of the respect and devotion the Chinese place in their ancestors, are featured in the collection. One depicts the male family to the right, the female line to the left; each ancestor is named in a rectangular cartouche. A four-character gilt mark in a blue cartouche at the top of the portrait translates as: “The ancestors’ appearance is still in our mind.” It measures more than 8 feet high and is estimated at £1,500-£2,500, as is a second, even larger ancestor portrait of the female side of a family, the cartouche reading: “Three generations of female ancestors.” It stands 9 feet tall. A 19th century ancestor painting depicting four figures, each with their birth and death dates ranging from Kangxi to Daoguang dynasty (1821-1850), is estimated at £500-£800.

The sale also includes a significant number of late 18th and early 19th century Asian textiles. One of the most important is also from the Singapore collection. The Chinese yellow and gold silk tapestry weave robe is decorated with the symbolically important eight dragons picked out in gold thread set in a representation of the universe in the brocaded fabric. The contrasting hoof form cuffs and collar are also finely embroidered with dragons and further emblems. The robe is estimated at £1,000-£1,500.

The remainder of the textiles are from a collection formerly kept at Hampton Court Palace. The top item is a large 19th century Japanese embroidered wall hanging, depicting a woodland landscape with stream and houses worked in silk long stitch within an applied dragon-patterned fabric border. It measures 80 by 56 inches and is estimated at £400-£600.

The auctioneer dispersed the European textiles in this collection in a previous sale, but reserved some pieces for the more relevant Asian auction. They include wall hangings and embroidered panels and tribal and other garments, notably a Chinese silk wedding jacket extensively embroidered in silver and gold and silk thread. It dates from the first quarter of the 20th century and is estimated at £150-£250.

The Asian sale catalog is now closed but unlike most other auctioneers, Ewbank’s operate a late entries system. All lots, including late entries, are illustrated on the Internet and live bidding is available.

For further information or to make an appointment to see a valuer, please contact the auctioneer on 01483 223101 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Large and rare Chinese ancestor portrait on canvas, stating: 'the ancestors appearance is still in our mind'. Estimate: £1,500-£2,500. Ewbank's image.

Chinese blue and white Yen Yen vase painted with mountainous landscapes, Kangxi, 1662-1722. Estimate: £3,000-£5,000. Ewbank's image.

Pair of Chinese famille rose vases with dragon side handles, decorated with exotic birds amid flowering branches. Estimate: £1,500-£2,500. Ewbank's image.

Chinese Tang dynasty Sancai figure of a Lokapala trampling a demon, A.D. 618-907. Estimate: £5,000-£8,000. Ewbank's image.

Twentieth 20th Chinese carved huanghuali chair with reclining back, and carved with a Shou character. Estimate: £1,000-£1,500. Ewbank's image.

Nineteenth century Japanese carved Ivory figure of Gama Sennin, signed on base with character marks. Estimate: £1,000-£1,500. Ewbank's image.

Tibetan mandala with a central tantric figure surrounded by bodisatvas, buddhist monks and tantric figures, 17th-18th century. Estimate: £2,500-£3,500. Ewbank's image.

Chinese famille verte baluster vase, with painted with two panels of an official with attendants. Kangxi period. Estimate: £2,000-£3,000. Ewbank's image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 14:14
 

Gianguan to sell U.N.-displayed China Farmers’ Art, May 25

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Monday, 19 May 2014 16:42

'Man with Oxen.' Image courtesy of Gianguan Auctions.

NEW YORK – China’s Farmers’ Art, the contemporary art genre that is gaining in popularity among folk artists of rural China, will be on view at the United Nations headquarters in New York City for three days, May 21- 23. The exhibition of paintings will be followed by a benefit auction at Gianguan Auctions New York on Sunday, May 25.

Titled “World Mind-China Dream,” the UN exhibition features more than 80 folk paintings selected from regions across China by the Chinese Peasant’s Calligraphy and Painting Research Association. The rustic, often quirky, works of art offer vibrant and personal interpretations of country life in China. The emphasis is on local customs, festivals, children and farmwork. In short, Chinese Farmers’ Art is China’s version of outsider art – naive, insightful and instantly appealing.

Created by rural artists with little or no training, the paintings are primarily gouache watercolors on rough paper. The compositions range from simple to complex, with some employing the hard-edged “keyline" technique of China’s propaganda posters, while others display abstractions reminiscent of Matisse and Picasso. China’s rich mythology and design heritage also plays a role in the telling of the stories that also range from basic representations to complex genre paintings.

Chinese Farmers’ Art got its start in the 1950s when the communist party encouraged rural communities and members of the army to engage in the pursuit of art. Notably, the farmers’ vision of the Communist paradise was straightforward, appealing in both its intensity and insightfulness, a characteristic inherent in the best folk art. In the 1980s, as China began to expand its influence worldwide, Chinese Farmers’ Art began to be shown internationally. This is the first time Farmers’ Art is being shown at the United Nations.

Three regions of China dominate the rural art scene. They are Jilin and Shanghai Fengxian, Jinshan District, Shaanxi Huxian. Although some of the farmer artists represented in the exhibition have studied at institutions such as the Jinshan Peasant Painting Academy, many others are self-taught.

The works of art in the UN show will not be for sale. They will, however, be auctioned off for the benefit of the Farmers’ Art communities at a special sale on Sunday, May 25, at Gianguan Auctions New York, located at 295 Madison Ave. The works of Chinese Farmers’ Art will be on view at Gianguan Auctions on Saturday, May 24. Bidding can be done in person or on the Internet at www.gianguanauctions.com.

“World Mind-China Dream” enjoys the sponsorship of the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China, the International Health & Environment Organization, Chinese Peasants Calligraphy and Painting Research Association, and the Dongfeng County People’s Government, Jilin Province, China.

Gianguan Auctions, New York, is the city’s only fully Chinese-American owned and operated auction house. Its CEO and chief auctioneer Kwong Lum is a noted artist and scholar. An alumnus of Ontario College of Art in Toronto, he has been honored by the Chinese government which funded the Kwong Lum Museum in Xinhui district in the city of Jiangmen.

The United Nations headquarters is located at 405 E. 42nd St. “World Mind-China Dream” will be on view May 21- 23, 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. The paintings can be previewed at Gianguan Auctions, New York, 295 Madison Ave., Saturday, May 24, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The benefit auction begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 25.



ADDITIONAL IMAGES OF NOTE

'Man with Oxen.' Image courtesy of Gianguan Auctions.

'Deer Drinking Among Oxen.' Image courtesy of Gianguan Auctions.

Image courtesy of Gianguan Auctions.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:22
 

Mechanical marvels lined up for Heritage auction May 28

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Friday, 16 May 2014 13:33

Restored 1928 Ahrens-Fox N-S-4 fire truck, fully equipped, 24 feet long. Estimate: $100,000-$140. Heritage Auctions image.

DALLAS – A fully restored Ahrens-Fox N-S-4 fire truck, originally ordered by the Biddeford, Maine, Fire Department in 1928, is expected to bring more than $110,000, on May 28, as the highlight of the Reid Museum Collection of Mechanical Models, offered as a Heritage Gentleman Collector Auction in Dallas.

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“There is a powerful presence to the vehicle,” said Nick Dawes, vice president of Special Collections at Heritage Auctions. “Ahrens-Fox has long since been considered the Rolls Royce of Fire Trucks and, like a Rolls, holds a combination of mechanical and artistic majesty that is a perfect legacy of Glenn Reid.”

This historic Ahrens-Fox is being offered for sale for the first time since being acquired by Reid, who served as a volunteer fireman in his youth and maintained a lifetime respect for historic fire equipment and his firefighting brethren. Born in 1931 in Detroit to a father who was chief engineer in the early days of General Motors, Glenn was destined to have oil in his blood and grease under his fingernails.

Like many young boys of his generation, he received a Lionel train set as a gift from his father. Unlike many, however, Reid turned the gift into a life-long passion for the art of the mechanical object, mastering subtleties of engineering as a young man, ultimately developing his skills into a manufacturing company and his passion into a museum dedicated to fueling future generations with the wonders of engineering.

The Glenn Reid Museum Collection of Mechanical Models includes a fascinating selection of live steam model trains and steam engines, some designed as toys but many made as engineering samples or commercial display models, hand-built to the highest standards of precision. A few models representing the dawn of flight as well as a world-class collection of mechanical scale-model automobiles from the early 20th century – many hand-built by the world’s finest makers – also figure prominently in the collection.

Among the gems are superbly detailed unique replicas of Reid’s favorite historic automobiles – a 1904 Mercedes Simplex and a 1913 Mercer Runabout by Fine Art Models of Michigan – a delightful hand-built Stanley Steamer, several powered models including a 1957 Ferrari race car, and a remarkable collection of vintage German driving school instructional models, all superbly restored.

Reid’s love of trains is evident in the selection representing railway history. His eye for detail and authenticity glints in some of the finest 1.8 scale models ever built, mostly limited editions by leading companies such as Fine Art Models of Michigan and Aster of Japan, makers of the highest quality live steam model locomotives of modern times.

During military service Reid served as an engineer and later acquired detailed military models including one of the M5A 1 Stuart Tank he worked on and the most impressive model of a classic Jeep that Heritage specialists have ever seen.

Rounding out the collection is a fine selection of ship models curated to illustrate four centuries of maritime trade and industry. Among the most poignant are two superbly detailed scale replicas of America’s most ill-fated vessels, the USS Arizona – the famous battleship sunk by the Japanese in the Pearl Harbor attack – and the freighter Edmond Fitzgerald, which rests today at the bottom of Lake Superior.

“This collection appeals to anyone with a passing interest in the history of engineering or transport, and of course those of us who never grew up” said Dawes. “Glenn Reid’s legacy continues in this powerful collection, the collectors who will care for the various parts of it once it crosses the block and in the young people who will benefit from the generosity of the Reid Family Foundation.”

All proceeds from the auction go to the Reid Family Foundation, dedicated to continuing Reid’s passion for local youth development under the guidance of Reid’s daughter, Sheri Reid Grant.

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

Restored 1928 Ahrens-Fox N-S-4 fire truck, fully equipped, 24 feet long. Estimate: $100,000-$140. Heritage Auctions image.

Exhibition scale model DMG 1904 Mercedes Simplex by Fine Art Models, 2005, 11 x 20 1/2 x 8-1/2 inches. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Scale model M5A1 Stuart tank by Fine Art Models, 1999, 11 x 22 x 14 inches. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Scale model 1943 Willy's Jeep with trailer and anti-tank gun by Fine Art Models, 1996, jeep dimensions: 9 x 16 x 8 inches. Estimate: $1,200-$1,800. Heritage Auctions image.

Scale Model battleship USS Arizona by Fine Art Models, 1995, case dimension: 14-1/2 x 42-1/2 x 11 inches. Estimate: $1,800-$2,400. Heritage Auctions image.

Scale Model freighter Edmund Fitzgerald by Fine Art Models, case dimension: 12 x 67 x 11 inches. $3,000-$5,000.  Heritage Auctions image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 10:32
 

50-year collection forms nucleus of Jeffrey Evans glass sale May 21

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Friday, 16 May 2014 08:15

Outstanding Sandwich ruby to colorless cut overlay 10-inch-diameter compote. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates . Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ cataloged auction of 18th and 19th century glass and lighting on Wednesday, May 21, includes the 50-year collection of the late Lois Hirschmann of Marion, Mass.

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The Hirschman collection is being sold to benefit the Sandwich Glass Museum’s Endowment Fund. Mrs. Hirschmann and her husband, Jack, supported the Sandwich Glass Museum and its initiatives for more than 30 years. Both served on the museum’s board of trustees and various committees. Their leadership and generosity enabled the museum to expand its programs and collections.

Comprising over 450 lots, the Hirschmann section of the auction features more than 50 colored vases; over 100 colored candlesticks including a rare clambroth triple-dolphin with original hurricane shade; more than 75 whale oil/fluid lamps including over 30 colored examples; a fine selection of early kerosene lighting including more than 25 cut overlay examples; colored flint Early American Pattern Glass including rare compotes and spill/spoon holders; a large collection of pressed lacy including over 125 open salts, covered dishes and compotes. There are also a large selection of children’s toy dishes; paperweights; cologne bottles and other toiletry articles. New England blown wares in the auction include examples by Thomas Cains.

The auction also includes the second half of the late Dr. E.R. Eller collection, former curator at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Eller collection is composed of Pittsburgh and related Midwest wares, for the most part, including early cut, pillar and pattern molded, as well as free-blown glass. Many items in the collection were illustrated in Lowell Innes’ Pittsburgh Glass, 1797-1891.

This important auction also includes property from a New Jersey estate collection, packed and stored since the 1950s. The objects being offered include American classics such as lily-pad decorated, colored pattern-molded, blown three-mold and historical flasks.

Additional sale highlights include a magnificent Sandwich ruby to colorless cut overlay 10-inch-diameter compote; an important engraved scenic lantern globe celebrating the laying of the Transcontinental railroad around 1866; several pieces of Leighton family (New England Glass Co.) glass with publication history; a previously unrecorded pressed salt, which is embossed “Wheeling Glass Works 1844” in the base; an unrecorded silvery mottled blue blown-molded inkwell closely related to Sandwich inkstands and round pedestal (RP-1) pressed salts of the same color; a fine selection of 18th and 19th century English and Irish cut glass and wine glasses from a prominent New England family; silvered glass; over 150 cup plates from the collection of Pamela H. Christoffel including many examples handled by her uncle, Jim Rose; cup-plate base lamps and compotes; cranberry and other Christmas salts.

Further information on the auction including bidding information is available by phoning 540-434-3939, or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Outstanding Sandwich ruby to colorless cut overlay 10-inch-diameter compote. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates . Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image. 

From the Hirschmann collection of over 50 colored vases. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image. 

Sample of a fine selection of colored whale oil/fluid lamps. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Rare blown wares from a New Jersey collection packed away since the 1950s. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Detail of an exceptional railroad lantern globe commemorating the Transcontinental Railroad, circa 1866. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 May 2014 08:45
 

Ancient meets modern at Artemis Gallery Live auction May 21

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Khmer carved stone Buddha head, circa 12th-14th century. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Artemis Gallery Live image.

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. – Artemis Gallery Live’s Ancient & Ethnographic Spring Variety sale Part II will take place on Wednesday, May 21, hot on the heels of its wildly successful April predecessor. The sale will offer a wide range of ancient and ethnographic art, with nearly every lot starting below $400.

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“So many bidders took advantage of our last variety sale to really add to their collections,” said Teresa Dodge, co-owner of Artemis Gallery Live. “Part II will offer the same authentic ancient art at knockout prices.”

The auction is a true variety sale, showcasing authentic ancient art with a few vintage items thrown in to add a “modern” twist. Among the vintage offerings is a collection of John F. Kennedy presidential campaign memorabilia (Lots 1; 73-75), and a stunning collection of vintage Iranian and Egyptian textiles and brassware from the 1970s (Lots 207-214). The fine ancient art that Artemis Gallery Live is known for is front and center, of course, with beautiful offerings from nearly every ancient culture.

Lots of note include a Greek Apulian miniature bell krater (lot 4), charming in size and impressive in craftsmanship,

a Khmer carved stone Buddha head (Lot 10), serenely beautiful, and a Mayan terra cotta skull (Lot 38) with a truly gruesome grin.

A series of fine Mexican retablos, colorful oil paintings on tin (Lots 44-54), a set of whimsical Javanese puppets (Lot 154), a trio of Javanese painted masks (Lots 133-135), and a sweet Inuit Eskimo carved soapstone walrus (Lot 20) give a taste of wonderful folk art from across the globe. Ancient jewelry offerings, ever popular and always stunning, include a pair of Prehistoric Hohokam shell bracelets (Lot 136), a Mexcala Guerrero jadeite bat pendant (Lot 132), and a Bactrian bronze openwork pendant (Lot 2).

The auction also features lots of pottery from around the world, including Anasazi (Lots 55-57), Indus Valley (Lots 33-34) and Sukothai (Lots 98-103). A series of Daunian pottery from the collection of Byron Farwell, an Air Force captain stationed in Italy 1944-45 who personally excavated pieces with the blessing of the Italian government (Lots 140-145), a collection of hand-carved Chinese jades (Lots 215-216), and pair of stunning Pre-Columbian Tumbaga gold figures (Lots 121-123) round out an auction that truly offers something for every taste.

As with all of Artemis Gallery Live’s auctions, all items are legal to buy/sell under U.S. statute covering cultural patrimony per United States Code 2600, Chapter 14 – Convention on Cultural Property, and are guaranteed to be as described.

The Ancient/Ethnographic Spring Variety Sale will start at 11 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday, May 21.

For additional information about the auction, call Teresa Dodge at 720-502-5289, or send her an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Khmer carved stone Buddha head, circa 12th-14th century. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Artemis Gallery Live image. Vintage Inuit soapstone walrus, circa 1960. Estimate: $400-$600. Artemis Gallery Live image. Pre-Columbian Mayan terra cotta skull, circa A.D. 500-800. Estimate: $300-$500. Artemis Gallery Live image. Rare Hohokam Sacatan vessel, lizard motif, circa A.D. 900-1100. Estimate: $700-$900. Artemis Gallery Live image. Pre-Columbian Tumbaga seated figure, 20.9 g, circa A.D. 1500. Estimate: $500-$700. Artemis Gallery Live image. Germantown Navajo sampler rug, circa 1960. Estimate: $250-$450. Artemis Gallery Live image. Mayan Copador bowl, circa A.D. 550-900. Estimate: $500-$700. Artemis Gallery Live image. Roman gold pendant with stone intaglio, circa 27 B.C.-A.D. 565.  Estimate: $750-$1000. Artemis Gallery Live image.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 15:39
 

Advertising, trains and toys on tap at Morphy’s, May 18th

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Thursday, 15 May 2014 12:20
Roseville Wisteria pottery vase, 7in tall, retains original paper label. Est. $300-$500. Morphy Auctions image     DENVER, Pa. – Collectors love variety, and that’s exactly what Morphy’s team has prepared for them on Sunday, May 18th. The live gallery auction – with Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers – includes a great lineup of more than 200 lots of trains, toys and marbles, as well as 120 lots of advertising, 50 doll lots and a sweet selection of some 70 lots of candy and ice cream molds. Also sprinkled into the mix are other general antiques that are popular with today’s collectors.

When Morphy’s offers antique and vintage advertising, it always includes signage from America’s favorite beverages, whether soft drinks or adult brews.

In this sale, a 1950s Coca-Cola illuminating countertop sign asks restaurant patrons to “Please Pay When Served.” Bright and impressive – and in working order – the 19-inch-long sign in vibrant “Coke colors” of red, green and white is expected to bring $800-$1,200.

With crossover appeal to sports collectors, a 1954 Ballantine Ale & Beer sign features the Ralph Houk-era New York Yankees in a full-color team-posed picture. Each Yankee team member is identified – even the batboys. Some of the luminaries include Mickey Mantle, Hank Bauer, Phil Rizzuto and Yogi Berra. The sign identifies the Yankees as being the “first team to win 5 consecutive World Series Championships 1949, ’50, ’51, ’52, ’53.” The 17in x 15in Masonite sign is affordably estimated at $200-$300.

Mechanical bank collectors looking for a nice J. & E. Stevens’ Speaking Dog need look no further than the all-original example to be auctioned by Morphy’s on Sunday. Showing only minor paint loss, the blue-dress version of a must-have bank is entered with a $600-$800 estimate.

In the sweets section, the collection of molds is led by a German devil chocolate candy mold. The full-figure devil is seated on a bed of flames and holds a trident pitchfork. In very good condition, the 6¾-inch mold is estimated at $300-$500.

The unmistakable appeal of Roseville pottery, with its gorgeous colors and high standard of artistry, is amply represented in a 7-inch pottery vase in the popular Wisteria pattern. Retaining its Roseville paper label, the vase is in excellent condition and estimated at $300-$500.

For additional information on any item in Morphy’s May 18, 2014 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
Roseville Wisteria pottery vase, 7in tall, retains original paper label. Est. $300-$500. Morphy Auctions image     1954 Masonite Ballantine Beer sign picturing the New York Yankees. Est. $200-$300. Morphy Auctions image 1950s Coca-Cola illuminating countertop sign, 19in long. Est. $800-$1,200. Morphy Auctions image Cast-iron J. & E. Stevens Speaking Dog mechanical bank.  Est. $600-$800. Morphy Auctions image   German chocolate candy mold depicting devil with trident pitchfork on bed of flames. Est. $300-$500. Morphy Auctions image
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 12:44
 

Signed Giger print to star in Filthy Gorgeous art sale May 31

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Thursday, 15 May 2014 12:08

Bradley Narduzzi Rex (American), ‘Fuchsia Arrows,’ acrylic on canvas, 24 1/2 x 29, inches. Estimate $1,800- $2,500. Filthy Gorgeous Art image. ENGLEWOOD, N.J. – A broad selection of works from the Filthy Gorgeous Art Collection has been chosen for a May 31st auction with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. There are works from the late OMNI magazine publisher Bob Guccione, including three of 78 remaining oils; as well as works by contemporary innovator and artist Bradley Narduzzi Rex, whose pieces hang in prominent museums throughout South America.

The auction contains three lots related to the late Swiss surrealist designer H.R. Giger (1940-2014), a frequent contributor to OMNI, whose recent passing leaves a void in the science-fiction art community.

Giger’s unique fusion of realistic human bodies and surrealistic machines – a combination he called “Biomechanic” – has been fueling the look and feel of nightmares for decades. Giger suffered from night terrors his entire life. He would often wake up locked in hallucinations and nightmarish visions.

The second issue of OMNI magazine in 1978 featured Giger’s first Li painting. The model for the painting, Li Tobler, Giger’s life partner, had committed suicide three years earlier. Included in the Giger lots are a signed lithograph of this painting and the advance copy of the OMNI magazine issue it ran in, as well as Polaroid pictures taken by Giger or his staff.

Guccione and Giger had a spiritual connection. It was also rumored that Giger was a fan of Guccione’s cult classic film, Caligula. Included in the auction are a number of original concept art pieces from Caligula.

Giger had made a sexualized exoskeleton bodysuit for a photo shoot that is believed to have never taken place. Guccione believed Giger uniquely blended science fiction and eroticism, believing that science and sex are inextricably linked. The Polaroid pictures taken by Giger and his studio are included in the auction as well.

Also included from the Corporate Collectables collection are original photographs signed by creative and seasoned lens man Dana Duke, as well as a fascinating original drawing by Laszlo Kubinyi, whose eclectic talent ranges from the American Girls Doll paintings to an exploration of laparoscopic surgical procedures illustrated for the corporate giant U.S. Surgical company literature.

From the nightmarish child zombie world are two original sketches from designer Luke Vaan Horne with the popular original limited-edition toys they inspired. His peer, Rob Pryor, has signed a few posters as well.

There are a number of pieces from the 20th century impressionist Ann Sklarin. Born in 1933, her works have shown extensively and won numerous prizes. She has been reviewed many times in the New York Times, Newsday, and other prominent publications and has paintings in many private collections.

The collection of Guccione original sketches that had hung at the old Ambassador Gallery in New York and the Nassau County Museum.

Assorted other art will be in the auction, from an original George Schwacha to a signed Rubin lithograph as well as engravings by Francis Wheatley and a painting by Jean Claude Farhi. With numerous other additions, all from the Filthy Gorgeous Art private collection, an auction of diverse pieces with realistic prices has been assembled for the May 31 event.

All prices on items in this auction have no reserve, and starting bids are deeply discounted, opening as low as $1 on some pieces.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Bradley Narduzzi Rex (American), ‘Fuchsia Arrows,’ acrylic on canvas, 24 1/2 x 29, inches. Estimate $1,800- $2,500. Filthy Gorgeous Art image. Bob Guccione, ‘Colorful Woman,’ oil painting, 23 1/4 x 27 3/8 inches, circa 1950s. Estimate $6,500- $10,000. Filthy Gorgeous Art image. H.R. Giger signed print, ‘Li I,’ with Polaroids, vintage Omni magazine, 33 x 51 inches. Estimate $4,500-$6,000. Filthy Gorgeous Art image. Hans R. Giger signed art book collection, includes three Giger art books from Bob Guccione's personal collection. Estimate $750-$1,000. Filthy Gorgeous Art image. Hans R. Giger ‘Alien’ chair photo collection taken by H.R. Giger, relating to a set of chairs he designed. Estimate $250-$350. Filthy Gorgeous Art image. ‘Caligula’ key art concept matted art, 15 x 20 inches. Estimate $800-$1,000. Filthy Gorgeous Art image. Original signed surgical booklet and art by Laszlo Kubinyi, untitled, pen and ink with watercolor on paper, 22 by 15 inches, signed. Estimate $800-$1,200. Filthy Gorgeous Art image. Bob Guccione, ‘Still Life,’ lithograph, circa 1990, 28 x 35 inches. Estimate $350-$600. Filthy Gorgeous Art image.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 16:10
 

Historic, artistic treasures at Thomaston Place sale May 31-June 1

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014 15:21

Northern Plains Indian Hidatsa buckskin shirt from the Dakotas with quill and seed bead decoration, fringe and buffalo hair tassels. Estimate: $20,000-30,000. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image.

THOMASTON, Maine – Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will present an extraordinary array of fine art and historical treasures at its Spring Feature Auction on May 31 and June 1, featuring important Native American beaded buckskin artifacts, many notable paintings and sculptures, a collection of items from Brooke Astor’s Maine estate, plus estate jewelry, early silver, rare documents, clocks and antique furniture.

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“This sale will include many rare and historically significant pieces that could be great additions to private and museum collections. We will also be presenting a great selection of fine decorative items, plus a boat – just in time for summer,” said owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux.

Featured among the museum quality examples of Native American craftsmanship will be an 1850-1880 Northern Plains Indian Hidatsa buckskin shirt from the Dakotas with quill and seed bead decoration, fringe, and buffalo hair tassels (est. $20,000-30,000). A pair of circa 1880 Northern Plains Indians Lakota Sioux buckskin leggings with seed bead geometric decoration and fringe (est. $5,000-7,000), a circa 1890 Lakota Sioux deerskin beaded pipe bag (est. $2,000-3,000), a circa 1880 Lakota Sioux Oglala hickory bow with 15 arrows (est. $1,500-2,000), and two circa 1880 Lakota Sioux beaded buckskin pouches (est. $1,500-2,000) will also be presented. The sale will also offer excellent examples of Native American carved items, pottery, basketry, jewelry and textiles.

Leading the art category will be an oil on canvas painting by Jack Lorimer Gray (New York/Canada, 1927-1981) depicting a trawler in heavy seas (est. $15,000-25,000). A fine impressionistic work by Western painter James Taylor Harwood (Utah/California, 1860-1940) titled Where the Blackbirds Nest, depicting the Wasatch Range near Salt Lake City, (est. $18,000-23,000) will also be sold. The sale will present an oil on canvas tonalist work by Bruce Crane (Connecticut/New York, 1857-1937) of Main Street, Old Lyme, Conn. (est. $10,000-15,000); two paintings by Stephen Etnier (Maine/California, 1903-1984), Small Park, Mazatlan (est. $8,000-12,000), and Wind Sock (est. $3,000-5,000); and Grande Vallee a 1952 oil on canvas work by Marguerite Zorach (New York/Maine/California, 1887-1968) (est. $10,000-15,000).

Five lots containing important Native American related photogravures by Edward Sheriff Curtis (Washington/California/Wisconsin, 1868-1952) will also be offered.

Among the outstanding group of European art will be a beautifully executed white marble sculpture by Pasquale Romanelli (Italy, 1812-1887) depicting the goddess Aphrodite with dove and snake (est. $10,000-15,000), a watercolor work titled Al Dottore Mario Giroldini by Gino Severini (France/Italy, 1883-1966) (est. $10,000-15,000), and an oil on canvas landscape painting by Charles Francois Daubigny (France, 1817-1878) titled On the Marne (est. $10,000-15,000). There will also be three monumental 18th century Italian capriccio paintings depicting pastoral waterside scenes (est. $8,000-12,000 each). A bronze by Canadian sculptor Marc Aurele de Foy Suzor-Cote (1869-1937) depicting a rugged frontiersman titled Le Portageur (est. $10,000-12,000) will also be offered.

Among the many pieces of fine American and Continental furniture will be a George III diminutive walnut, serpentine front bachelor’s chest with ball feet (est. $4,000-6,000), Hepplewhite Period huntboard form butler’s desk (est. $4,000-5,000), a Russian painted three-drawer chest dated 1851 (est. $1,800-2,400), and a Port Clyde, Maine, 19th century pine workbench with original gray paint and breadboard ends (est. $1,500-2,000).

The sale will present 39 lots of items from the Maine cottage of the late philanthropist, socialite and writer Brooke Astor, such as several autograph collections (including those of British royalty, Jacqueline Kennedy and celebrities from the worlds of politics and entertainment), rare books and maps, and fine paintings and sculptures.

The estate jewelry collection will include a an 18K white gold necklace featuring four pear-shape emeralds suspended from diamond set ribbon forms (est. $20,000-25,000), a strand of 37 South Sea pearls with 18K gold and diamond clasp (est. $8,000-12,000); and a platinum and three-stone diamond ring by Tiffany & Co. with all original documents (est. $6,500-7,500).

Another highlight of the sale will be the fine group of silver and gold objects, including a pair of 14K yellow gold candlesticks with gilt silver reticulated candle-shades by Gorham (est. $7,000-10,000); an Empire pattern sterling two-handled sterling tray by Buccellati (est. $5,000-7,000); and an 18th century Boston coin silver porringer by David Colson Moseley, apprentice and brother-in-law to Paul Revere (est. $5,000-7,000).

From the selection of firearms and historic items will be: an early Pennsylvania flintlock long rifle (est. $6,000-8,000); a Confederate officer’s presentation sword by Schuyler, Hartley & Graham (est. $6,000-8,000); an extensive collection of Edwardian period letters, clips and autographs of the British elite that belonged to Sir Alfred D. Fripp (est. $4,000-6,000); a group of early American letters, including 10 original copies of letters to George Washington from Bataille Muse, Washington’s land manager, (est. $4,000-6,000); and a group of Ulysses S. Grant and Mississippi steamboat memorabilia (est. $3,000-4,000).

Finally, the auction will offer a 2006 15-foot-long Boston Whaler 150 Sport speedboat with Karavan trailor ($15,000-18,000).

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern on both sale days.

The buyer’s premium is 15%. Call 1-207-354-8141 for more information.

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

Northern Plains Indian Hidatsa buckskin shirt from the Dakotas with quill and seed bead decoration, fringe and buffalo hair tassels. Estimate: $20,000-30,000. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image.

Oil on canvas painting by Jack Lorimer Gray (New York/Canada, 1927-1981) depicting a trawler in heavy seas. Estimate: $15,000-25,000. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image.

Fine impressionistic work by James Taylor Harwood (Utah/California, 1860-1940) titled ‘Where the Blackbirds Nest,’ depicting the Wasatch Range near Salt Lake City. Estimate: $18,000-23,000. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image.

White marble sculpture by Pasquale Romanelli (Italy, 1812-1887) depicting the goddess Aphrodite with dove and snake. Estimate: $10,000-15,000. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image.

‘Le Portageur,’ a bronze sculpture by Canadian sculptor Marc Aurele de Foy Suzor-Cote (1869-1937) depicting a rugged frontiersman. Estimate: $10,000-12,000. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image.

Hepplewhite period huntboard form butler’s desk. Estimate: $4,000-5,000. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image.

Eighteen-karat white gold necklace featuring four pear-shape emeralds suspended from diamond set ribbon forms. Estimate: $20,000-25,000. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image.

Pair of 14K yellow gold candlesticks by Gorham. Estimate: $7,000-10,000. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 11:25
 
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