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Material Culture casts Eileen Ford estate items in auction March 1

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Friday, 20 February 2015 16:16

Peter Max (American, b. 1937), 'Portrait of Eileen and Jerry Ford,' original mixed media work on paper, 29in x 22in. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Material Culture image

PHILA., Pa. – Material Culture will offer at auction a fine selection of several hundred items from the Eileen Ford estate on Sunday, March 1, beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding

Called the grand dame, doyenne and mother of the modern modeling industry, Eileen Ford shaped our standard of beauty for decades as a co-founder of Ford Models, one of the most important and influential modeling agencies of the 20th century. Not only was Ford Models the No. 1 modeling agency in the world, Eileen enforced fair pay and practices in an industry that had long exploited models, transforming modeling from a hobby to one of the world’s most glamorous careers. She was also known for a strict but motherly approach, compelling her models to their own standards of professional behavior and healthy practices.

Born in Manhattan in 1922, Eileen was a model herself during her years at Barnard College, working with one of the first modeling agencies in the U.S. She met the man who was to become her husband, Gerard “Jerry” Ford, in 1944 and they eloped the same year. Jerry, who was in the Navy, was shipped abroad to fight in World War II, and a pregnant Eileen began working as an informal secretary for several models. In 1947, they founded Ford Models, working at first out of Eileen’s parents’ home, and eventually selling their car to afford the move to a third-floor walk-up office.

From these humble beginnings, Ford Models continued to grow through Eileen’s relentless work ethic. By the 1960s, Ford Models had branches in Paris, London and Hamburg. Its dominance was threatened in the late 1970s by Elite Model Management, leading to what was dubbed the “model wars,” but Ford Models continued to expand and flourish, with revenues reaching $40 million per year in the 1990s.

The list of famous models represented by Ford across the decades is truly staggering; to name only a few, Eileen Ford can be credited with launching the careers of Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Jerry Hall, Suzy Parker, Elle Macpherson, Jane Fonda, Ali MacGraw, Candice Bergen, Rene Russo, Kim Basinger, Lauren Hutton, Sharon Stone, Melanie Griffith and Brooke Shields.

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

Peter Max (American, b. 1937), 'Portrait of Eileen and Jerry Ford,' original mixed media work on paper, 29in x 22in. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Material Culture image

Fine Chryselephantine Hanau silver group. A Teutonic knight and his maiden, German, attributed to B. Neresheimer & Sohne, late 19th to early 20th century, 8.5in tall.  Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Material Culture image

Minton Pate-Sur-Pate porcelain plates, circa 1900. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000. Material Culture image

Antique Chinese brass and jade or hardstone oval box, 5in x 9in x 5.5in. Estimate: $300-$500. Material Culture image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 10:52
 

Jeffrey S. Evans stocks up on country store items for Feb. 28 sale

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Friday, 20 February 2015 15:17

From a fine collection of signs and other advertising memorabilia. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will offer a large group of desirable collectible and historical objects in a country store and variety auction on Feb. 28. One of the main focuses of the sale is the offering of approximately 15,000 postcards comprising the Dorothy R. Daniel Estate collection. Highlighting the collection are the extensive Halloween cards, with many examples by John Winsch and Sam Gabriel.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

This auction also includes an extensive collection of over 220 photographs and other ephemera from the archives of the late Joseph Imburgio Bulger, lawyer and prominent Chicagoan of the 1920s and ’30s, primarily concerning the building and operations of the Italian Village at the Century of Progress 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, of which Bulger was a principal organizer and driving force. Highlights include letters and photographs of burlesque actress and dancer Sally Rand, mostly relating to her substantial role in the Italian Village entertainment, ephemera and photographs related to Italo Balbo’s transatlantic flight, and a program from a banquet held in honor of Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of the radio, signed by the Nobel Prize winner.

Additional highlights include a Virginia collection of rare advertising and country store material, vintage toys and dolls, country furniture and accessories, stoneware, kitchen items including rare blue and white salt-glaze, large collections of carnival glass and beer steins, additional collections of figural cats and elephants, corkscrews and wall match safes, doorstops and a wide range of other collectibles of all types.

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

From a fine collection of signs and other advertising memorabilia. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

Country store material including a fine collection of syrup dispensers. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

Rare signed Sally Rand photos and letters from the Bulger archives of Century of Progress Chicago World’s Fair material. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

A sample of over 15,000 post cards from the Daniel estate collection. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

Blue and white salt-glazed kitchenware. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 15:55
 

Myers offers fine art from Borghese Palace, European nobility, March 8

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Friday, 20 February 2015 10:24

Rare Chinese 18th-century Kangxi Period yen yen porcelain vase, 18½in plus stand, provenance: Dr. J. Ward Hall, Shanghai; Mrs. Clifford Hall Jordan, Chicago. Myers Fine Art image

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (LAPRS) – Imagine the grandeur of an auction held onsite at Palazzo Borghese, home to the noble and Vatican-connected Borghese clan. Take it a step further and pretend the auction offerings include actual artworks and other family treasures from the stately Roman palace and library. Just such a thing happened in 1892, after the Bank of Italy crashed and a turn in their fortunes compelled the Borghese family to liquidate many of their elegant holdings.

Myers Fine Art will revisit the fabled 19th-century event when it presents three paintings and 11 vellum books and manuscripts from the celebrated Borghese sale as the highlight of their Sunday, March 8 auction, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. All 14 items can be traced directly to their American purchaser of 123 years ago, Bradford DeWolf, an ancestor of the prominent DeWolf family of Rhode Island. The consignment comes from the Estate of Dorothy DeWolf (1930-2006) of Washington, D.C.

The Borghese lots add a gilt edge and historical cachet to Myers’ 560-lot European & Asian Antiques Auction, said co-owner Mary Dowd. “The Borghese auction was attended by a number of wealthy Americans who had the money to buy the incredible works of art in the sale. They were names you would know, even today,” she said.

Lot 150 is a large 1756 folio book, with a bookplate from the Borghese family library, titled Tibaldi E’Abbiti. It includes Giampietro Zanotti illustrations of original paintings by Pellegrino Tibaldi and Niccolo Abbati held in the collection of the Instituto di Bologna. A 1478 incunabula has provenance from Prince Camillo Borghese (1775-1832), 6th Prince of Sulmona and husband of Pauline Bonaparte. Lot 151, an oil-on-canvas portrait of a 17th-century Italian knight in armor and with a sash bearing the Maltese Cross, is inscribed with Latin text. When translated, the writing indicates the knight fought bravely in Malta and died in a naval battle in 1625. The 28.7 by 23.2in painting is estimated at $5,000-$10,000. Other artworks include Lot 152 and 153, both of which are referenced in the 1892 Borghese sale catalog.

The auction presents an extraordinary opportunity to acquire Chinese antiques from the Dr. J. Ward Hall collection, which originated in Shanghai in the 1870s. An American dentist whose patients included the Emperor of China, Dr. Hall “had a connoisseur’s eye,” said Dowd. “We also believe, based on the quality and remarkable workmanship, that some of his pieces may have been gifts from the Chinese Imperial Family.”

In a 1913 book titled Letters Written While on a Collecting Trip in the East Indies, co-authors Thomas Barbour of Harvard University and his wife Rosamond retrospectively described the interior of Hall’s Shanghai residence as “filled to overflowing with attractive things.” Among the objects mentioned are a “magnificently carved” 15ft screen from an Imperial palace, embroideries that are “simply beyond words,” old china and porcelain, bronze incense burners, oil vessels, and the “piece de resistance,” a 12 by 6ft heavy silk brocade embroidered with the central image of a huge dragon.

Upon Dr. Hall’s death in 1908, his estate passed to his sister, Mrs. Clifford Hall Jordan, who lived in one of the grand Gilded Age mansions on Chicago’s North Shore. The Chinese collection remained in family hands through several successive generations. Myers will auction many early, very rare Chinese porcelains, furniture and fine textiles from the Hall-Jordan collection, including Lot 103, an 18½-inch Chinese Kangxi Period blue and white yen yen porcelain vase. Dating from the 18th century or earlier, it is hand-decorated with rich blue and white depictions of people and domestic scenes, and is estimated conservatively at $2,000-$4,000.

A collection of Chinese jewelry includes a jade, amethyst and coral graduated necklace of carved, openwork beads with a suspended pendant. It is entered with a $600-$800 estimate.

From the estate of Countess Consuelo Crespi (1928-2010), a trendsetting American-born model and former Vogue editor who married into Italian nobility, comes an 18th or 19th-century serpentine four-drawer mahogany chest. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000. The aristocratic connection continues with antiques from the estate of Countess Mara (Russian, 1915-2010), whose ancestors included members of both the Tchernycheff-Bezobrasoff and Romanov families. Among the prized pieces from this estate are four beautifully detailed miniature paintings of Russian nobles, including a Romanov lady in velvet and pearls. Estimates range from $2,000-$4,000 per portrait.

Two impressive sterling silver trays will cross the auction block. Lot 224, a Persian hand-chased example, boasts .90 silver content and weighs 62.7 ozt. It is hallmarked in Farsi, as it was part of the estate of Fakhri Nemazee (1923-2004), one of Iran’s first female entrepreneurs. Nemazee married into an influential, philanthropic family that has been likened to the Rockefellers and Carnegies. The tray is estimated at $800-$1,200. The other silver tray, Lot 172, dates to 1862. With finely cast handles and a deep rim, it sits on four scrolled shell-form feet and is engraved with the elaborate family crest of Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, an orphan born in Bombay who later made a fortune in the cotton and opium trade. In recognition of his many charitable acts, Jejeebhoy was knighted in 1842 and subsequently was dubbed a baronet by Queen Victoria. A large and substantial production, the tray weighs 217 ozt and is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

Lot 195 consists of a pair of German sterling silver jousting knights on horseback, with reticulated, jewel-set foliate bases cast in a naturalistic form with frogs and lizards. The figures have a total weight of 114.7 ozt and are estimated at $4,000-$6,000 for the pair.

Also featured in the sale are items from the Hamptons estate of novelist Peter Matthiessen (American, 1927-2014), including a Buddhist Red Tara painting on fine hand-woven fabric; a pair of 7ft-tall Oscar Bach lamps, a French Napoleonic Era portrait of military officer Jacques Darnaud (1758-1830) – whose pegleg suggests a war injury – plus several exceptional Oriental and Persian knotted-silk rugs; and a wine collection (including Chateau Lafite) from the estate of a Manhattan cardiologist. All of the wine has been carefully stored in a climate-controlled environment.

Myers Fine Art’s Sunday, March 8, 2015 auction of European and Asian antiques will commence at 12 noon Eastern Time (please note: clocks move forward one hour for Daylight Saving Time in the early hours of March 8). For additional information on any item in the auction, call 727-823-3249 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

(Left) Rare Chinese 18th-century Kangxi Period yen yen porcelain vase, 18½in plus stand, and (right) Chinese 19th-century Hawthorne porcelain ginger jar, classic Qing Dynasty style with carved rosewood lid, 9½in plus stand. The ginger jar is documented in the 1880s interior photo (top right) of Dr. J. Ward Hall's Shanghai residence. Provenance for both: Dr. J. Ward Hall, Shanghai; Mrs. Clifford Hall Jordan, Chicago. Myers Fine Art image

Buddhist Red Tara painting on fine hand-woven silk, Chinese or Tibetan, ex collection of novelist Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014). Myers Fine Art image

18th/19th-century English mahogany serpentine four-drawer chest. Provenance: estate of Countess Consuelo Crespi (1928-2010). Myers Fine Art image

German 19th-century gilt blackamoor clock with ‘Franz Heitman HOHENSTADT’ on enameled dial, 27in, after 1803 French clock titled ‘The Black Porter.’ Myers Fine Art image

Antique finely knotted silk pictorial Heriz Persian rug, depicted in ‘Rugs and Carpets of the World’ by Ian Bennett, 6.25 x 4ft. Provenance: Andrew Dole collection, sold 1978 at Eldred’s. Myers Fine Art image

Unsigned portrait of French military officer Jacques Darnaud (1758-1830), 16 x 13in (sight). Myers Fine Art image

Large 1756 folio book, with a bookplate from the Borghese family library, titled ‘Tibaldi E’Abbiti,’ includes Giampietro Zanotti illustrations of original paintings by Pellegrino Tibaldi and Niccolo Abbati that are held in the collection of the Instituto di Bologna; (at right) oil portrait of 17th-century Italian knight in armor and with sash Maltese Cross, 28.7 by 23.2in. Myers Fine Art image

Selection of Chinese jewelry including (at center) jade, amethyst and coral graduated bead necklace with openwork beads having decorative, raised Chinese symbols. Myers Fine Art image

Pair of German sterling silver jousting knights on horseback with reticulated, jewel-set foliate bases cast in a naturalistic form with frogs and lizards. Total weight 114.7 ozt. Myers Fine Art image

(Top) Lot 224, Persian hand-chased sterling silver tray, .90 silver content, 62.7ozt, hallmarked in Farsi, provenance: estate of Fakhri Nemazee (1923-2004); (bottom) Lot 172, English sterling silver tray, 1862, 217ozt, engraved with family crest of Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, an Indian-born baronet. Myers Fine Art image

From the estate of Countess Mara (Russian, 1915-2010), four beautifully detailed miniature paintings of her ancestors, all Russian nobles. Myers Fine Art image

Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 13:35
 

Stephenson’s to host Feb. 27 estate-quality Firearms & Militaria Auction

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Thursday, 19 February 2015 16:44

From a broad selection of edged weapons and swords, a Middle Eastern knife with 11-5/8in Damascus blade and silver niello fittings, est. $300-$500. Stephenson’s image

PHILA., Pa. – In today’s auction marketplace, few collecting categories can match the firepower of antique, vintage and collectible modern guns. To answer the demand, Stephenson’s in suburban Philadelphia is planning a Friday, February 27 auction that includes a broad variety of sought-after firearms, as well as edged weapons and militaria. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The core collection of handguns offered in the 300-lot auction comes from a single Philadelphia-area estate.

“We have dealt with this estate consignor before. It is the same source from which we received many of the long guns that were so popular in our last firearms auction,” said Cindy Stephenson, owner of Bucks County-based Stephenson’s Auctioneers.

Lot 908, an American Firearms .38 caliber pistol, is one of three personal defense weapons that belonged to a legendary Philadelphian, Frank L. Rizzo (1920-1991). Rizzo rose through the ranks of Philadelphia’s police force and ultimately became the city’s no-nonsense police commissioner. He later served two terms as mayor of the City of Brotherly Love. Throughout his career, Rizzo was known for his tough and unwavering stance against crime. His personal .38 pistol will be auctioned together with a letter of authenticity signed by Frank Rizzo Jr. It is entered in the sale with a $300-$500 estimate, but “might go much higher because of its provenance,” Stephenson said.

Another semi-automatic pistol of note is Lot 932, a Stoeger American Eagle 9mm Luger. The 7-shot stainless steel gun has walnut grips and comes with a spare magazine and instructions manual. It is estimated at $600-$800. Also featured is Lot 925, a Fabrique Nationale Herstal Liege (Browning patent) semi-automatic .32 caliber pistol that might reach the $600-$1,000 range.

One of the sale’s top-estimated items is Lot 959, a richly decorated 19th-century Ottoman Empire flintlock pistol. This 15¾-inch-long black-powder weapon, which is inlaid with silver-wire, brass and copper adornments, would make an attractive addition to any antique gun collection. It is expected to make $2,000-$3,000 on auction day.

Lot 962 is a Navy Arms Co., .45 caliber single-shot black-powder rifle. It is stamped “Bennet” on the forestock and is also marked “Made in Italy, Pedersoli.” Its presale estimate is $200-$300.

The second part of the auction is devoted to militaria, led by a single-owner collection of Nazi relics, with additional pieces sourced from several other consignors. The Nazi items include flags, helmets, uniforms and caps; daggers, rings, and several assault, combat and service medals. A $500-$800 estimate has been applied to Lot 1027, a World War II Nazi NCO master sergeant’s uniform. It consists of wool pants and a wool tunic with epaulets, collar boards, a Nazi eagle breast patch and both EKII (2nd Iron Cross) and Ostemaille (Eastern Front) ribbons in the second buttonhole. The uniform also includes a field cap whose interior is marked “Otto-Schlientz-Uniformmotzen-Straubing, 1944.” Estimate: $500-$800.

Two Nazi cigarette cases will be offered in consecutive order. Lot 973 is a 1942 German Third Reich Kriegsmarine case with applied Nazi eagle and swastika logos, $200-$400; while Lot 974 is a Third Reich Luftwaffe cigarette case with applied eagle, swastika and paratrooper adornments, $250-$500. Lot 980 comprises a set of six forks, each monogrammed Waffen-SS and is group-estimated at $100-$200. The auction also includes World War II accessories and equipment, such as compasses, holsters, epaulets, a sextant and spyglass.

A wealth of swords, daggers, bayonets and other edged weapons follows a timeline that begins in the Civil War and runs through to the Iraqi Freedom campaign. Among the many quality choices in this category are Lot 1055, a Russian-made Shashka sword made for the Asian market, complete with scabbard, estimate $500-$800; and Lot 1047, a daunting Middle Eastern knife with an 11-5/8 inch Damascus blade and silver niello fittings, estimate $300-$500.

Stephenson’s Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 Firearms & Militaria Auction will commence at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. Stephenson’s is a fully authorized and licensed seller of firearms, and in each of their Feb. 27 auction’s catalog descriptions, prospective bidders may view clear and specific details regarding shipment of guns and any special restrictions that may apply.

For additional information on any lot in the sale, call 215-322-6182 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

View the fully illustrated online catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.liveauctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

From a broad selection of edged weapons and swords, a Middle Eastern knife with 11-5/8in Damascus blade and silver niello fittings, est. $300-$500. Stephenson’s image

American Firearms .38 caliber pistol that belonged to Philadelphia Police Commissioner and later Mayor Frank L. Rizzo (1920-1991), accompanied by family LOA, est. $300-$500. Stephenson’s image

Fabrique Nationale Herstal Liege (Browning patent) semi-automatic .32 caliber pistol, est. $600-$1,000. Stephenson’s image

Stoeger American Eagle 9mm semi-automatic 9mm Luger with spare magazine and instructions manual, est. $600-$800. Stephenson’s image

Highly decorated 19th-century Ottoman Empire flintlock pistol, black powder, single shot style, est. $2,000-$3,000. Stephenson’s image

U.S. Arms Co., non-firing Wells Fargo 12 gauge shotgun, left side of butt stock is impressed ‘Wells Fargo & Co’s S.F. Cal. Express,’ six-pointed star embossed ‘W.F. & Co’s Express Guard 56,’ est. $1,000-$3,000. Stephenson’s image

U.S. Arms Co., non-firing Wells Fargo 12 gauge shotgun, left side of butt stock is impressed ‘Wells Fargo & Co’s S.F. Cal. Express,’ six-pointed star embossed ‘W.F. & Co’s Express Guard 56,’ est. $1,000-$3,000. Stephenson’s image

Navy Arms Co. Inc., .45 caliber rifle, cap and ball, black powder, single shot, est. $200-$300. Stephenson’s image

German Third Reich Luftwaffe cigarette case, est. $250-$500. Stephenson’s image

WWII German Nazi NCO master sergeant uniform, Nazi eagle breast patch, field cap dated 1944, est. $500-$800. Stephenson’s image

Russian-made Shashka sword with scabbard, impressed marks, made for Asian market, est. $500-$800. Stephenson’s image

Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 10:37
 

Furniture, Chinese jewelry prized in Leighton sale March 5

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015 16:54

Antique silk Kayseri rug, 6.7 x 9.8 feet. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500. Leighton Galleries, Inc. image

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Leighton Galleries’ March 5 auction will highlight a fine collection of English and American period furniture and an estate collection of Chinese jewelry on March 5. In addition, a large selection of fine silver, listed works, decorative arts and fine jewelry will be offered.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

A single-owner collection of fine English period furniture will include a circa 1760 Irish mahogany secretary bookcase (est. $8,000-$12,000), a circa 1780 George III mahogany chest on chest (est. $1,200-$1,800), a circa 1700 William & Mary mahogany lowboy (est. $600-$800), a circa 1760 English marquetry inlaid corner chair (est. $300-$500), a George III oak tall case clock (est. $800-$1,200), a circa 1780 George III oak hunt board (est. $800-$1,200), a circa 1830 Georgian inlaid oak welsh dresser (est. $1,500-$2,500), a circa 1760 George III Chippendale mahogany card table (est. $500-$700), a circa 1770 Georgian Chippendale mahogany bookcase cabinet (est. $800-$1,200), a circa 1860 English George II-style yew wood desk (est. $800-$1,200), and a circa 1740 George II mahogany foldover tea table (est. $600-$800).

An estate collection of more than Chinese jewelry lots will also be presented in the sale. Among the offerings will be a group of amber beads including antique, natural and butterscotch examples, several jade and jadeite beaded necklaces, Shou necklaces, and other jewelry including enamels, Peking glass, carved seed, coral, cinnabar, horn, and other natural stone pieces. A nice collection of fine jewelry to be offered includes a men's Tiffany & Co. 18K Tesoro wristwatch (est. $5,000-$7,000), a Cartier 18K turquoise bracelet (est. $4,000-$5,000), a ruby and sapphire 18K bracelet (est. $3,000-$3,500), a Victorian enamel and ruby snake bangle (est. $3,000-$5,000), a 61gm 18K gold choker necklace (est. $1,300-$1,500), a men’s Rolex Datejust stainless and gold watch (est. $1,200-$1,500), a diamond pendant necklace (est. $800-$1,200), a 58gm gold belcher link watch chain (est. $900-$1,000), and a men’s Jules Jurgensen gold bracelet watch (est. $800-$1,000).

Listed works will include a large tempera painting dated 1938 by Vilmos Aba-Novak (Hungarian, 1894-1941) depicting a Hungarian festival (est. $10,000-$15,000). Other artworks to be offered include a landscape painting by Narcisse-Virgil Diaz de da Pena (est. $2,500-$3,500), a Walter J. Watson oil titled On the Glaslyn, NW (est. $500-$700), a watercolor by Scottish artist David West titled Approaching Shore (est. $800-$1,200), a European school Orientalist painting of two women in an interior (est. $2,000-$2,500), a Louis Icart etching with aquatint Love's Blossom (est. $800-$1,000), a Peter Max lithograph From The Beginning (est. $300-$350), Paul Jacoulet woodblocks and more.

Heading up the silver in the sale are several flatware sets including 134-piece Crown Baroque by Gorman (est. $2,000-$2,500), 143-piece Mount Vernon by Rogers, Lunt & Bowlen (est. $1,600-$1,800), 75-piece Lansdowne by Gorham (est. $800-$1,000), 72-piece Dancing Flowers by Reed & Barton (est. $700-$900), 54-piece Gossamer by Gorham (est. $700-$900), 54-piece Milburn Rose by Westmorland (est. $600-$800), and a 39-piece Bavarian service by Gebruder Reiner (est. $500-$700). Other silver to cross the block includes a pair of Austrian-Hungary five-light candelabra with putti figural standards (est. $1,500-$1,800), a Tiffany & Co. eggcup holder (est. $800-$1,200), a large Whiting footed center bowl (est. $700-$800), a Tiffany & Co. makers clover bowl (est. $500-$700), and several assorted hollowware and flatware groups.

Decorative arts in the sale include a Tiffany Studios bronze desk lamp with gold Damascene shade (est. $2,000-$3,000), a large Rookwood vase with classical frieze (est. $1,000-$1,500), a pair of Chinese melon glazed floor vases with molded dragon wraps (est. $800-$1,200), an Ashworth ironstone 87-piece china set (est. $700-$900), a Royal Crown Derby 74-piece china service in Star of Eden pattern (est. $500-$700), a Schonbek 10-light crystal chandelier (est. $400-$500), a small Herend collection, formal furniture and more.

For information call 201-327-8800 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

Antique silk Kayseri rug, 6.7 x 9.8 feet. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500. Leighton Galleries, Inc. image

Irish mahogany secretary bookcase, circa 1760. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Leighton Galleries, Inc. image

Cartier 18K gold and turquoise bracelet. Estimate: $4,000-$5,000. Leighton Galleries, Inc. image

Georgian inlaid oak Welsh dresser, circa 1830. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500. Leighton Galleries, Inc. image

European School Orientalist painting, oil on canvas, 22in x 27in. Estimate $2,000-$2,500. Leighton Galleries, Inc. image

George III Chippendale mahogany chest on chest. Estimate: $1,200-$1,800. Leighton Galleries, Inc. image

Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 15:19
 

Kaminski to sell lifetime collection of Asian antiques March 1

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015 15:30

Rare Chinese double-wall latticed vase, Qianlong period. Kaminski Auctions image

BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions will present a lifetime private collection of Asian antiques on Sunday, March 1, beginning at 10 a.m. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The owner has long been a collector of Asian art and antiques. Over 30 years of acquisitions combined with extensive research and study of the history, culture and craftsmanship of this region has grown his appreciation in the exceptional master artisanship demonstrated in this genre.

The auction will present exceptional examples of Chinese decorative arts accumulated by a dedicated collector over his lifetime. The collector enjoyed and appreciated the how and the why of the old historic superior art techniques, artisanship and technology involved. The owner has displayed and enjoyed these one-of-a-kind artistic treasures in his homes and properties over many years.

The hardwood furnishings include huanghuali and zitan altar tables from the 18th century, as well as beautifully carved 19th century rosewood chairs with marble panels and important monumental screens.

A number of fine porcelain pieces will also be featured, including a rare double walled lattice vase from the Qianlong period. The vase is decorated with incised floral designs with the Imperial yellow glaze and is estimated at $300,000-$500,000.

Another highlight of the collection is a Chinese Tang-Sung Dynasty stone head of the Buddha, measuring 17 inches high by 10 inches in diameter and estimated at $80,000-$120,000.

There are several important monumental screens including a 17th century 12-panel coromandel screen from the Kangxi period, depicting the battle of General Guo Ziyi (A.D. 697-781), valued at $200,000-$300,000. It purchased from the Durand estate from the descendants of John Milton Durand (1823-1907) and kept in the Durand Mansion in Pasadena, California. A Chinese lacquered wood throne screen of tripartite construction is valued at $100,000-$200,000. It features three panels topped by openwork carved crests depicting dragons. The panel surfaces are heavily carved on both sides. A similar example is in the Forbidden City Palace Museum in Beijing.

A curated selection of high quality Asian antiques from other estates will also appear in the sale to complement this outstanding collection.

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 Chinese double-wall latticed vase, Qianlong period. Kaminski Auctions image

Seventeenth century Kangxi period coromandel screen. Kaminski Auctions image

Tripartite throne screen. Kaminski Auctions image

Chinese carved panels, 18th-19th century. Kaminski Auctions image

Song dynasty stone head of the Buddha. Kaminski Auctions image

Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 09:44
 

Exceptional paintings enhance Clars auction Feb. 21-23

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Friday, 13 February 2015 16:48

‘Young Woman’ by Isaac Israels (Dutch, 1864-1934) is one of the top paintings in the sale. Estimate: $30,000-50,000. Clars Auction Gallery image

OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery’s Feb. 21-23 sale will feature an exceptional collection of fine art, significant offerings from the Mellon Scaife collection from his Pebble Beach, Nantucket and Pittsburgh estates plus very desirable jewelry and timepiece offerings as well as fine Asian Art and Antiques.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Fine Art

Turning first to the important European fine art that will be offered and following the success of the painting, Portrait of the Young Woman, by Isaac Israels (Dutch, 1864-1934) which achieved the monumental price of $95,200 in November, Clars will be offering another fine oil on canvas by the artist titled Young Woman, which will be offered for $30,000-$50,000. Master Barbizon painter, Charles François Daubigny (French, 1817-1878), captures the bucolic scenery at dusk in the painting, Lavandieres au bord de l’Oise (1864), which is estimated at $7,000-$10,000. Another impressive, yet whimsical, French painting from an important Beverly Hills, California collection is Paris with Notre Dame in the Distance by Albert Marquet (French, 1875-1947), which will be offered at $50,000-$70,000.

Important Russian paintings and sculpture will be front and center with two marine paintings by Vladimir Donatovitch Orlovsky (Russian, 1842-1914) titled, Sailboats at Sunset, offered at $30,000-$50,000 as well as another colorful work by Georgi Alexandrovich Lapchine (Russian, 1885-1950) titled Venice, with an estimate of $10,000-$15,000. The highlight in the Russian sculpture category is a rare bronze by Paul Troubetskoy (Russian, 1866-1938) titled, Consuela Vanderbilt. The subject was the only daughter and eldest child of William Kissam Vanderbilt, grandson of railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt. This impressive work will be offered at $40,000-$60,000.

Clars will offer an array of exceptional American fine art as well. A collection of four colorful landscapes by the famous American artist Wolf Kahn (American, b. 1927) will highlight Clars’ contemporary offerings. The largest oil of the group titled, Open Woods, is a quintessential example of Kahn’s ability to synthesize the spontaneity of color with the realistic qualities of formal landscape painting. The four works offered on Feb. 22 come in a variety of sizes and mediums. Open Woods is offered at $25,000-$35,000, wile another beautiful oil titled Trees in Spring from 1993 will be offered at $15,000-$20,000.

This sale is also packed with important postwar and contemporary prints from a variety of significant artists. Highlighting this collection of prints is Wayne Thiebaud’s (American, b. 1920) Gumball Machine, a linoleum cut print from 1970. Clars has been extremely successful with Thiebaud’s prints at auction – setting many auction records for the artist. This highly sought-after print will surely meet or exceed its estimate of $10,000-$15,000. Other highlights from the print section include Robert Motherwell’s (American, 1915-1991) Three Forms, a color aquatint and lift-ground etching from 1988 with an estimate of $5,000-$7,000, and Sam Francis’ (American, 1923-1994) Trieto III, a colorful etching with aquatint from 1991 will be offered with an estimate of $6,000-$9,000.

In the late 19th and early 20th century American category, one highlight is a spectacular painting by William Merritt Chase (1849-1916). Chase is considered one of the most talented of the American Impressionists with his painterly compositions that master the effects of light in landscapes, portraiture and everyday objects. In his painting Still Life with Cherries and Copper Bowl Chase exemplifies this talent in capturing the perfect reflective qualities of the metal, copper, as well as the ripe red cherries in a bowl. This oil on canvas will be offered at $10,000-$15,000. A painting titled The Hunting Dogs by master canine sporting scene artist Percival Leonard Rosseau (1959-1937) is sure to fetch $10,000-15,000. A meticulously executed landscape depicting the delicate grace of wildlife is the painting Deer by a Mountain Stream by Hermann Herzog (1831-1932) will be available at $7,000-$10,000. A charming oil on panel study by Joseph Henry Sharp (American, 1859-1953) of an Indian encampment in winter will also be offered at $8,000-$12,000.

A rare etching by the artist Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926), titled Mother Marie dressing her baby after its bath, State I, circa 1890/91, will highlight the 19th century print offerings. The final state, State II, can be found in such prominent public collections as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Library of Congress, but this rare first state has not been seen in any public or private collections until now. Originally purchased from Gump’s in San Francisco over 60 years ago, this work has been quietly tucked away from the public consciousness until now. This work will be offered on Feb. 22 with an estimate of $20,000-$30,000.

Fine examples by California artists will also be featured on Feb. 22. Paintings by Edgar Alwin Payne, Joseph Kleitsch, August Gay, Si Chen Yuan, Granville Redmond and Charles Rollo Peters are just a few of the many names that will be offered at Clars.

Decorative Arts and Furnishings

Property from the important Mellon Scaife estate will once again command worldwide attention and top dollar in the February sale. This month, a very extensive collection of 18th and 19th century porcelains will be offered from Meissen, Derby, Worcester, George Jones and Royal Copenhagen that should collectively sell for more than $100,000.

Silver offerings from the Scaife Pittsburgh estate include a English Georgian sterling silver tankard, by H.B., London, 1745, 25.29 troy ounces.

Fine furniture from the Scaife Pittsburg estate will include a George III double pedestal dining table and George III cellarettes.

While the Mellon Scaife collection will be the highlight of the Decorative Arts and Furnishings offerings, the top lot of the category is an amazing Chinese triple Fusee and gilt bronze bracket clock with automaton. Coming from another important estate, this clock will be offered for $30,000-$40,000. Other fine pieces on note will be a Colonial mahogany "Maiden" figural nine-tube tall case clock, which should easily exceed its high estimate of $8,000. A Jules Leleu (1883-1961) French Art Deco “Psyche” cheval mirror, circa 1930, will be offered for $6,000-$8,000 and a figural "Fred clock," French, having an ebony blackamoor with emerald and ruby tutti frutti headdress is estimated at $8,000-$12,000. A Continental pietra dura and marble foyer table will be offered for $6,000-$8,000 and a pair of monumental Renaissance Revival six-arm chandeliers, circa 1860, each with their original cut glass shades, will each carry a $4,000-$6,000 estimate. And for the traveler with vintage style, a Goyard Paris steamer trunk is expected to set sail for $4,000-$6,000.

The earliest piece to be offered is a beautiful Flemish scenic tapestry, 17th century, depicting a king presenting a dowry of gold to the bridegroom (estimate: $6,000-$8,000).

In sterling, an English Regency sterling silver tea kettle on stand with warmer by Paul Storr, London, 1828, is expected to achieve $10,000-$15,000. Sterling silver serving pieces in the Chrysanthemum and Wave Edge patterns by Tiffany & Co., 1880 and 1884, will be offered as well as a Gorham sterling silver oyster ladle and fish server in the King George pattern, 1894. From Russia will be a .916 silver-gilt large master salt by I. Khlebnikov, Moscow, 1876.

Asian Art and Antiques

This month, the Asian Art and Antiques category will also include a wide range of property from the Mellon Scaife estate. A highlight is a figural coral carving of a beauty accompanied by an attendant and phoenix from the late Qing/early Republic period, now mounted as a lamp, which carries an estimate of $4,000-$6,000.

The Asian art section will also feature a range of Chinese porcelain, primarily from the Qing dynasty and Republic period. And in the furniture category, a selection of Chinese rosewood pieces from the late Qing to early Republic period will be offered along with more contemporary huanghuali and Vietnamese huanghuali furniture.

Fine Jewelry and Timepieces

Jewels will be spectacular this month with the top two lots both estimated at $12,000-$16,000. The first is a fine alexandrite, diamond and 18K white gold ring, highlighting a cushion cut alexandrite weighing 2.07 carats. The second is a jadeite, diamond and 14K white gold ring. An emerald cut diamond and platinum ring, the diamond weighing 2.96 carats, is expected to fetch $8,000-$12,000.

From Faberge, a cigarette box executed in rose gold with gold mark and cabochon sapphire button, marked St. Petersburg 1908 1917, will be offered for $10,000-$15,000.

A man's Audemars Piguet 18K yellow gold automatic chronograph wristwatch included in the sale carries a $6,000-$9,000 estimate.

Clars Auction Gallery’s Fine Art, Decoratives, Jewelry and Asian Art Auction will be held Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Feb, 21, 22 and 23.. The sales will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

For details contact Clars at 510-428-0100 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

‘Young Woman’ by Isaac Israels (Dutch, 1864-1934) is one of the top paintings in the sale. Estimate: $30,000-50,000. Clars Auction Gallery image

This rare bronze by Paul Troubetskoy (1866-1938) titled ‘Consuela Vanderbilt’ will be offered at $40,000-60,000. Clars Auction Gallery image

From American artist Wolf Kahn (American, b. 1927), will be a collection of four colorful landscapes. The largest oil of the group, titled ‘Open Woods,’ is being offered at $25,000-$35,000. Clars Auction Gallery image

From Wayne Thiebaud (American, b. 1920), comes ‘Gumball Machine,’ a linoleum cut print from 1970 which is estimated at $10,000-$15,000. Clars Auction Gallery image

This rare etching by Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926) titled ‘Mother Marie dressing her baby after its bath,’ circa 1890/91, will be offered for $20,000-$30,000. Clars Auction Gallery image

From the Mellon Scaife Estate is this freeform vase by Dale Chihuly. Clars Auction Gallery image

This beautiful Chinese triple fusee and gilt bronze bracket clock with automation is expected to achieve $30,000-$40,000. Clars Auction Gallery image

In sterling silver, this English Regency tea kettle on stand with warmer, by Paul Storr, London, 1828, is expected to achieve $10,000-$15,000. Clars Auction Gallery image

From the late Qing/early Republic period is this figural coral carving of a beauty accompanied by an attendant and phoenix. Clars Auction Gallery image

Last Updated on Friday, 13 February 2015 17:56
 

Large Lalique collection to lead off A.B. Levy’s sale Feb. 19

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Tuesday, 10 February 2015 17:35

Geometric curtain border glass and bronze floor lamp by Tiffany Studios, circa 1899-1920, 78 inches tall. Estimate: $60,000-$90,000. A.B. Levy image

PALM BEACH, Fla. – Important Rene Lalique glass creations, stunning Tiffany Studios lamps, desirable Chinese ceramics, European fine art, 19th century furniture, a collection of majolica and more will come up for bid at A.B. Levy’s next estates auction, slated for Thursday, Feb. 19, starting at 6 p.m. Eastern time.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The auction will be held at A.B. Levy’s showroom in the Flamingo Building, located at 1921 S. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. The more than 250 lots are from a variety of owners, including an important Midwest private collection and fine items from a woman and a man, both living in Palm Beach.

The auction will commence with the largest selection of Rene Lalique glass at auction the world has ever seen, featuring both geometric and naturalist inspired works, with themes drawn from nature and antiquity. The more than 100 works of art demonstrate Lalique’s ability to generate and utilize subtle variations in color and texture, as he designed a superb iconic oeuvre. Creations by Lalique are highly sought after by collectors.

Lalique pieces expected to do well include a gorgeous brilliant blue glass pendulet titled Le Jour et la Nuit (The Day and the Night), 15 inches tall, circa 1926 (est. $80,000-$120,000); an opalescent glass vase titled Bacchantes, wheel-carved by Lalique circa 1927, 9¾ inches tall (est. $20,000-$30,000); and a yellow glass statuette molded circa 1925 and titled Suzanne, 8¾ inches tall (est. $20,000-$30,000). An opalescent version of this very piece will also be in the auction.

Tiffany Studios leaded stained glass and bronze lamps will provide a perfect complement to the Lalique glass. Two expected star lots – both with identical estimates of $60,000-$90,000 and both made circa 1899-1920 – are a geometric curtain border glass and bronze floor lamp, 78 inches tall with perforated serpentine cap on a dome-shape shade of brickwork tiles; and a Favrile glass and bronze jeweled Dragonfly table lamp on a gilt bronze base with a conical-shaped shade.

A strong candidate for top lot of the auction promises to be the monumental patinated and gilt figural bronze statue by Marius-Jean-Antonin Mercie (French, 1845-1916), titled Gloria Victis. The plaster model for the late 19th century sculpture was executed in 1874 and cast in bronze by Barbedienne shortly after. The work, artist signed and 6 feet tall, should hit $80,000-$120,000.

Another outstanding bronze lot is a fine pair of parcel gilt and patinated bronze male and female figures of classical Egyptians, created circa 1850-1860, holding aloft candle branches (added later, around 1880) by Armand Tousaint (French, 1806-1862). Both figures and candle branches are signed by Toussaint and the male figure is impressed with the Barbedienne circular foundry seal.

What fine art sale would be complete without a Picasso? An aquatint on woven paper by the iconoclastic Spanish master (1881-1973) is signed by him lower right and numbered (25/50) lower left. The work, done in 1949, is titled Venus et L’Amour d’Apres Cranach and is 21½ inches by 15¾ inches (48 inches by 33 inches framed). It should realize $70,000-$90,000.

An expected superstar of the Asian category is a fine and rare octagonal lobed vase carrying the Qianlong six-character seal marks and of the period (1736-1795). The 8¾-inch-tall vase boasts a compressed spherical body on a high slightly splayed foot. It is surmounted by a tall ribbed neck below a rim covered in a pale bluish green glaze with brown crackle (est. $40,000-$70,000).

Other noteworthy lots from Asia include a rare pink-ground famille rose jardinière (lead or zinc lined container, for holding indoor plants), with a Chinese seal mark and of the Jiaqing period, 1796-1820 (est. $7,000-$10,000); and a pair of Chinese Republic painted porcelain landscape panels of the Guilin Hills in the style of Wang Yeting, circa 1920-1940 (est. $1,000-$3,000).

The paintings by Jean Metzinger (German/French, 1883-1956), the internationally renowned painter of still lives, figures and landscapes based on the neo-impressionist style and form of divisionism (or what was to become Cubism), are an early 1905 pointillist landscape and a mature period, stylized figure of a young woman. Two Pablo Picasso linoleum cuts from 1962 will also be sold.

Antiques in the sale will include 19th century furniture signed by such notable ebenistes (French for “cabinetmakers”) as Linke, Durand and Zwiener. Francois Linke (Czech./French, 1855-1946) was a leading Parisian ebeniste of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Linke learned his craft from an unknown German ebeniste in Paris; some believe that person was Emmanuel Zwiener.

Rounding out just a few of the auction’s anticipated top lots is a fine and rare suite of silver mounted, foliate decorated blue d’Roi Sevres porcelain tea wares, made in 1759 and painted by Jean-Baptiste Tandart (est. $3,000-$5,000). The set consists of a milk jug with rendering of Minerva, a creamer with hinged lid, a covered sugar bowl, and monogrammed cup and saucer.

A buyer’s premium of 20 percent will be applied to all purchases up to $100,000; it’s 15 percent after that.

For details call 561-835-9139 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

Geometric curtain border glass and bronze floor lamp by Tiffany Studios, circa 1899-1920, 78 inches tall. Estimate: $60,000-$90,000. A.B. Levy image

Brilliant blue glass pendulet by Rene Lalique titled ‘Le Jour et la Nuit,’ circa 1926. Estimate: $80,000-$12,000. A.B. Levy image

Tiffany Studios Favrile glass and bronze jeweled Dragonfly table lamp of a gilt bronze base, circa 1899-1920. Estimate: $60,000-$90,000. A.B. Levy image

Suite of silver mounted, foliate decorated blue d’Roi Sevres porcelain tea ware. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. A.B. Levy image

Patinated and gilt figural bronze statue by Marius-Jean-Antonin Mercie (French, 1845-1916) titled ‘Gloria Victis.’ Estimate: $80,000-$120,000. A.B. Levy image

Signed and dated 1949 aquatint on woven paper by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) titled ‘Venus et L’Amour d’Apres Cranach.’ Estimate: $70,000-$90,000. A.B. Levy image

Octagonal lobed vase carrying the Qianlong six-character seal marks, of the period (1736-1795), 8¾ inches tall. Estimate: $40,000-$70,000. A.B. Levy image

Early 1905 pointillist landscape painting by Jean Metzinger (German/French, 1883-1956), one of two Metzinger works in the sale. A.B. Levy image

Last Updated on Friday, 13 February 2015 16:39
 

Tiffany glass will light up Fontaine’s auction Feb. 28

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Tuesday, 10 February 2015 16:07

Tiffany Studios Moorish-style hall lantern with tapered cylindrical form, 11½ inches high. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Several stunning early 20th century lighting pieces from Tiffany Studios and a pair of bronze figural works – one signed Dimitri Chiparus, the other Vassili Grachev – are expected top lots at a cataloged auction planned for Saturday, Feb. 28, by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, at 11 a.m. Eastern time.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The auction will be conducted in Fontaine’s gallery, 1485 W. Housatonic St. in Pittsfield. Over 400 lots will come up for bid, including Tiffany Studios floor lamps, hanging lamps, table lamps and pendants, as well as Tiffany Favrile glass vases and cabinet pieces. Also sold will be lamps by Duffner & Kimberly, Handel and Pairpoint, plus many sets of art glass shades.

In addition to the bronzes given above, the sale will also feature five works by Harriet Frishmuth (New York/Connecticut, 1880-1980), best known for her nude female figural creations, plus other important bronzes. Also due to be sold will be original paintings, art glass, cameo glass, KPM porcelains, a selection of art pottery, gold and diamond jewelry, sterling silver and hundreds of related decorative accessories.

A strong candidate for top lot of the auction promises to be a Tiffany Studios Tulip table lamp with domical shade having a background with wonderful blue translucent hammered textured glass with hints of purple, red and opaque striated tulip flowers, surrounded by long green stems and leaves and signed Tiffany Studios (est. $25,000-$40,000). The lamp is in superb condition.

The Tiffany Studios Moorish-style hall lantern has a tapered cylindrical form, a fiery amber, gold and opaque glass geometric fish scale body, a 12-point feathered crown, domical top and lower door and a border of 25 amber jeweled cabochons. With an excellent original gilt finish, the hall lantern should gavel for $20,000-$30,000.

A bronze grouping signed by Vassili Yacovlevitch Grachev (Russian Federation, 1831-1905), has an estimate of $15,000-$25,000. The grouping, 20 inches long is a snow-covered scene of a troika drawn by a team of horses passing a peasant in a sled riding in the opposite direction. It is artist signed in Cyrillic character, with the mark of the St. Petersburg foundry.

The bronze and ivory figural creation by Romanian-born French Art Deco-era sculptor Dimitri Chiparus (1886-1947), signed and 14½ inches tall, should realize $15,000-$20,000. It is of a standing figure of a young woman wearing extravagant garments, cold-painted with gilt highlights. She has a carved ivory head and hands, which grasp a closed book that she holds in front of her.

Another noteworthy bronze is a sculpture after Seraphin Denechau (French, 1831-1912), titled Diana on the Crescent Moon (est. $3,000-$5,000). The signed work, 25 inches tall, is of a nude female reclining in the curve of a crescent moon. Also sold will be a pair of winged figural pedestals of marble and bronze, 42½ inches tall, having birds’ heads and winged griffin bodies (est. $6,000-$8,000).

One of the star lots of the furniture category is a monumental walnut marble-top partners’ desk and chair (est. $12,000-$15,000). The desk has a black marble-top inset in a gadroon and leaf-carved walnut top border. The sides of the desk have large full-standing female figures leaning forward. And the carved walnut chair has bowed arms and legs with large full-standing maidens.

The Tiffany name will be chanted frequently throughout the day. A Tiffany Favrile red hooked feather cabinet vase with a tapered body and an allover iridescent surface, 3¼ inches tall, in excellent condition, should finish at $6,000-$8,000; and a Tiffany Favrile deep blue iridescent vase with bold purple highlights in the neck and shoulder, 7¼ inches tall, should rise to $2,000-$3,000.

A signed Tiffany & Co. 18K gold, diamond and jade bracelet, 7¼ inches long, with 21 bezel set large carved green jade center mounts and about 406 pave set diamonds is expected to gavel for $6,000-$8,000. Also sold will be a KPM hand-painted porcelain plaque with a beautiful scene of a woman leaning against a wall, holding a peacock feathered fan (est. $1,500-$2,500).

For details call 413-448-8922 or send an email to 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

Tiffany Studios Moorish-style hall lantern with tapered cylindrical form, 11½ inches high. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery

Bronze and ivory statue by Dimitri Chiparus (Romanian/French, 1886-1947) depicting a young woman. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery

Russian bronze grouping attributed to Russian Federation artist Vassili Grachev (1831-1905). Fontaine’s Auction Gallery

An expected star lot of the furniture category is this walnut marble-top partner's desk and chair. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery

Tiffany Studios Favrile deep red hooked feather vase with tapered body, 3¼ inches high. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 17:34
 

Morphy’s offers sweet buys over Valentine’s weekend, Feb. 14-15

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Monday, 09 February 2015 17:51

Linemar Mickey the Magician battery-operated toy, est. $100-$350. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy’s has something sweet to offer collectors over the Feb. 14-15 Valentine’s weekend – an auction of general antiques that includes more than 1,600 lots of toys, trains, advertising, glass, pottery and much more. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Classic comic characters lead the toy category, with highlights including Popeye and friends. Lot 89, a Popeye and Sweet Pea Handcar, includes three-dimensional figures of the scrappy sailor, seated and with a pipe in his mouth, and his girlfriend Olive Oyl, who’s doing the actual rail-car pumping work. Lithographed on the handcar’s sides are images of baby Sweet Pea. The toy is estimated at $100-$300. Lot 86, a Linemar tin-litho Popeye and Olive Slinky Handcar, is entered with a $75-$200 estimate.

More than two dozen toys in the sale depict the world’s favorite mouse, Mickey. Top lots include Lot 87, a Linemar battery-operated Mickey the Magician, est. $100-$350; Lot 66, a boxed Lionel Mickey & Minnie Handcar, est. $50-$200; and Lot 97, a Lionel Santa Car with Mickey Mouse in the Christmas gift-giver’s toy sack, est. $50-$200.

A small selection of Japanese robots and space toys provides entry-level to mid-range opportunities for collectors. Lot 223, a K.O. tin wind-up Sparky Robot with original box, is cataloged with a $150-$350 estimate, while Lot 224, a boxed tin battery-operated Mr. Zerox robot with five actions and “guns” that fire from its chest could realize $200-$450.

A nice variety of dolls ranges from German bisque heads and Schoenhuts to Skookum Native American dolls and china heads. Lot 363, a Heubach 7-inch Googly doll with a bisque socket head, sleeping eyes, five-piece composition toddler body and antique human hair wig is irresistible with a $200-$400 estimate.

Several toy vehicles advertising Coca-Cola cross over into the soft-drink advertising category. Among them is Lot 914, a 1940s/50s Marx stakebed truck in bright yellow, 21 inches long and estimated at $200-$400. Lot 913, a 1950s radio in the form of a Coca-Cola cooler, could reach $250-$450.

Among the decorative stoneware offerings are Lot 1524, a deep, 9½-inch diameter Remmy bowl with stylized motif around the top edge, and Lot 1525, a 3-gallon crock stamped "F.B. Norton, Worcester, Massachusetts," painted with the image of a bird on a branch. Each of the two items is estimated at $300-$500.

American pottery fans can take their pick of dozens of fresh-to-the-market pieces of Roseville, in a huge variety of patterns and colors. Morphy’s expects interest to be shown in all of the lots they are offering, but most especially in Lot 1546, a red Ferella 4-inch handled vase; and Lot 1547, a 5-inch Baneda vase in green. Each is estimated at $200-$250.

Beautiful art glass from several desirable makers, including Tiffany, will be auctioned. Lot 1478, an exceptional Loetz iridescent Cypriote vase with Secessionist mount is adorned with a medallion depicting two cherubs against a floral background with doves. In excellent condition, it is one of five Loetz designs in the sale and is estimated at $1,000-$1,500.

Morphy’s Feb. 14-15 auction will begin on both days at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. For additional information on any item in the sale, call 717-335-3435 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

Linemar Mickey the Magician battery-operated toy, est. $100-$350. Morphy Auctions image

Linemar Popeye and Olive Oyl Slinky Handcar, est. $75-$200. Morphy Auctions image

Wind-up Sparky Robot with original box, K.O. Japan, est. $150-$350. Morphy Auctions image

Mr. Zerox battery-operated robot with original box, Japanese, est. $200-$450. Morphy Auctions image

Heubach Googly doll, 7 inches high, bisque head, est. $200-$400. Morphy Auctions image

Coca-Cola radio in form of cooler, 1950s, est. $250-$450. Morphy Auctions image

Coca-Cola stakebed truck with advertising, 21 inches long, est. $200-$400. Morphy Auctions image

Loetz iridescent Cypriote vase with Secessionist mount, est. $1,000-$1,500. Morphy Auctions image

Remmy 9½-inch diameter stoneware bowl with stylized motif, est. $300-$500. Morphy Auctions image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 11:44
 

DuPont estate portrait stands out in Converse auction Feb. 27

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Monday, 09 February 2015 13:56

This portrait painting of William L. Austin Jr., uncle of John E. DuPont, will be sold Feb. 28. Gordon S. Converse & Co. image

MALVERN, Pa. – An important oil on canvas portrait painting by noted German artist Georg Papperitz (1846-1918), from the estate of John E. DuPont – the eccentric multimillionaire who was depicted by actor Steve Carell in the hit movie Foxcatcher – will be sold at a two-session public and online auction planned for Feb. 27, by Gordon S. Converse & Co.

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The Papperitz portrait, offered in the second session of the auction, depicts John DuPont's uncle, William L. Austin Jr. It was inherited by John from his mother's estate upon her death and was sold by John to the consignor several years ago, after his sentencing for life in prison for murder.

William L. Austin Jr. was the son of railroad tycoon William L. Austin, who presented his son and newlywed wife with the the land and Monticello-style mansion known as Foxcatcher Farm, in Newtown Square, Pa. It is there that the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between John DuPont and the 1984 Olympic Gold medal wrestlers Mark and David Schultz was forged.

The artist, Georg (Fritz) Papperitz, is a well-listed German Beaux Arts-era portrait painter. He may have painted the portrait from life between about 1900 and 1910. The life-size work, 86 inches by 57 inches, in the original handmade Art Deco frame, was in storage since the 1930s to the 1980s, when it was removed to Foxcatcher Farm.

“While there may be issues of surface dirt, the essential stability and condition of the paint and frame are excellent,” said Gordon Converse of Gordon S. Converse & Co., based in Wayne, Pa. He added, “Estimating its value is tricky because of the unusual provenance and nature of this painting, but we decided on a conservative $1,500-$2,000.”

The auction will be held in the firm’s gallery, located at 57 Lancaster Avenue in Malvern. The first session, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern time, will feature more than 250 lots of Asian antiques, including fine jade, over 30 lots of furniture, fine porcelains and numerous smaller lots, many of them jewelry-related. The second session, immediately following, will have Western art and antiques.

Gordon S. Converse & Co. built its reputation, in part, on auctions dedicated to rare and vintage clocks, and this sale has several, to include a tall-case clock signed Simon Willard (est. $2,000-$6,000); an E. Howard & Co. no. 60 regulator (est. $5,000-$10,000); a Dutch tall clock with automation (est. $7,000-$10,000); and an important Baroque-style clock signed A. Metzi.

Also sold will be about two dozen lots of sterling silver (including two tea sets), jewelry, vintage and antique furniture, collectible stamps and coins and ethnic arts, to include an African headpiece with original polychrome paint (est. $200-$400); a carved wood Mumye figure from Nigeria, 41 inches tall (est. $150-$400); and an 18th or 19th century gilt bronze Buddha figure, one of several Buddhas to be sold.

Artists whose works will be sold that day include the Russian-born French artist Marc Chagall (born Moishe Shagal, 1887-1985), best known for his abstract village peasant-theme paintings and public art; and William L. Lathrop (American, 1859-1938), one of America’s premier landscape painters of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Other artists will include Bernard Buffet (French, 1928-1999), highly regarded for his abstract figural paintings, engravings and printmaking; Jacques (Gaston Duchamp) Villon (French, 1875-1963), a painter and printmaker best known for his Cubist-style works; the Australian landscape artist Charles Rolando (1844-1893) and 20th century American Surrealist landscape artist Parks Reece.

For details contact Gordon S. Converse & Co. at 610-722-9004 or send an e-mail to Todd Converse at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Gordon Converse at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

This portrait painting of William L. Austin Jr., uncle of John E. DuPont, will be sold Feb. 28. Gordon S. Converse & Co. image

African carved wood headpiece with original polychrome paint, 19th century. Estimate: $200-$400). Gordon S. Converse & Co. image

Charming, unusual porcelain candlesticks on elephant figures, probably Chinese Qing Dynasty. Gordon S. Converse & Co. image

Vintage Rolex Submariner men's wristwatch, perhaps the most desirable of the Rolex watches. Gordon S. Converse & Co. image

Gilt bronze seated Buddha from the 18th century, one of several Buddhas in the Feb. 28 auction. Gordon S. Converse & Co. image

E. Howard & Co. no. 60 wall hanging regulator, one of several clocks in the sale. Gordon S. Converse & Co. image

Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 16:43
 

Design, contemporary art star in Ewbank's auction Feb. 19

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Mel Howse, 'Poverty Over' sculpture, 2010, enamel on steel £5,000-8,000. Ewbank’s image

WOKING, UK – An important, monumental steel sculpture featuring what is believed to be the largest hand-worked glass enamel bowl ever made, commissioned by Christian Aid to draw attention to world poverty, is the highlight of a sale of contemporary art and design to be held at Ewbank’s on Feb. 19

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The work, titled Poverty Over, was unveiled at Southwark Cathedral in January 2011 by, after which it toured Britain’s cathedrals in a three-year journey to provoke debate about how Christians can meet the demands of their faith by challenging poverty around the world.

It was designed and created in 2010 by renowned architectural glass artist Mel Howse, who lives and works from studios in Chichester.

The sculpture’s message is in the juxtaposition of two huge spun steel vessels, the glass enameled interiors of which represent inverted human eyes. The surreal and evocative piece draws the viewer in with its elevated and conspicuous eye representing society's conscious. As the viewer approaches, the second eye, the eye of poverty, looks up from the deep interior of the lower bowl.

Howse, who was present at the unveiling, said the work was intended to explore the gap between people who are living in poverty and those who are not. “The juxtaposition of the two vessels implies that one vessel brings attention to the other. In essence they are the same. Poverty is staring at us and can be uncomfortable to witness. But once we have seen, the challenge is to act,” she said.

Howse is an experimental glass artist who pushes the boundaries within her commissions.

The larger of the two bowls in Poverty Over has a diameter of approximately four feet and and is two feet deep, which is believed to be the largest of its kind ever made. The sculpture has a height of 220cms (7 feet) and is estimated to sell for £5,000-£8,000. Ewbank’s will waive its usual commission to further benefit Christian Aid.

One of the most valuable pieces in the sale is an an abstract composition by Emily Kame Kngwarreye (1910-1966) an Aboriginal artist who became one of the most prominent and successful artists in the history of contemporary indigenous Australian art.

Kame Kngwarreye was born in Utopia, a remote desert area 150 miles north-east of Alice Springs, Australia. For virtually two-thirds of her life she had only sporadic contact with the outside world and it was not until she reached the age of about 80 that she started to paint.

However, she became an artist of national and international standing almost overnight, producing more than 3,000 paintings in the course of her eight-year career, an average of one per day. Her art was inspired by her cultural life as an Anmatyerre elder, and her lifelong custodianship of the women's Dreaming sites in her clan Country, Alhalkere.

The painting in Ewbank’s sale was purchased from the Barry Stern Gallery in Padington, New South Wales, 1996, and has been consigned by the executors of the owner’s estate. Done in synthetic polymer paint on canvas, it is signed on the reverse, it measures 120cms by 88cms and is estimated at £15,000-£25,000.

The American artist Guy Carleton Wiggins (1883-1962) is represented by an oil on board showing a presently highly appropriate scene set in New York titled Snow Storm in the City, which is estimated at £10,000-£15,000.

Wiggins was born in Brooklyn. He was trained by his father, also an accomplished artist, and became famous for his paintings of his city’s skyscrapers and streets, set invariably during the winter.

The present painting measures 8.6 by 11.4 inches and was purchased by its owner at an auction in Denmark.

Among the more affordable highlights in the contemporary section of the sale is Narcissus a work in mixed media, signed and dated ’47 by the British-born Basil Ivan Rakoczi (1908-1979), which is one of a small series based on characters from Greek myths. The painting was sold by Rakoczi in 1949 to a collector in Nottingham and will be added to the artist’s catalogue raisonné by Rakoczi’s grandson. It is estimated at £1,200-£1,800.

Other highlights include a pastel and chalk drawing of a reclining woman by Leon Underwood (British, 1890-1975) signed and dated ’30, 14 1/2 by 18 inches, estimate £1,000-£1,500; Jessie, a portrait in colored chalk on gray paper by Paul Lucien Maze (French, 1887-1979) 25 by 15 inches, estimate £400-£600; and an oil on canvas of a seated nude in a studio by Dod Procter (1892-1972) 20 by 16 inches, estimate £800-£1,200.

Of particular note among a number contemporary bronzes is Cosmic Rhinoceros by Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali (1904-1989) number 307 of a limited edition of 350. It is estimated at £600-£1,000, while a study of a crouching figure on a polished granite base, signed in the bronze by Mexican sculptor Francisco Zuniga (1912-1998), and titled Jose Jesus is estimated at £1,000-£1,500.

In the Decorative Arts and Design section of the sale, a fine Art Deco silvered bronze figural lamp by the German designer craftsman Oscar Bach (1884-1957) is estimated at £800-£1,200.

The lamp is modeled as four nude men supporting a circular dish and is stamped with Bach’s signature and a foundry mark. It stands 51.5cm tall including the glass shade.

German American Bach started his career in Germany, one of his early designs, a prayer book for Pope Pius, being in the Vatican Collection. He won the Grand Prix at the World Exhibition in Turin in 1911 and from then until his death, he lived and worked in New York. He exhibited regularly at the Metropolitan Museum of Industrial Art and his work can be seen in the Empire State building, the Rockefeller Center and he Chrysler Building. The caryatid figures that form the lamp base stem from the design for a pair of monumental bronze lanterns designed for the New York Department of Health building in 1932.

Among 17 lots of Lalique glass already consigned to the sale, mostly perfume bottles, is a Druide vase with green staining, decorated in high relief with mistletoe. Designed in 1924 and etched with the unmistakable “R Lalique France” factory mark, the globular-shaped vase is estimated at £1,200-£1,500.

An Art Deco bronze of a dancing girl by the Austrian sculptor and ceramic artist Josef Lorenzl (1892-1950) the silvered bronze nude figure standing on a green onyx base is estimated at £1,500-£1,800.

Among English ceramics are around 50 lots of Moorcroft pottery, the most interesting among which is a commemorative mug made for the coronation of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, decorated with a personal inscription from Arthur Lasenby Liberty, founder of the famous London department store. Decorated with green and blue glazes and dated 1902, the mug’s base is inscribed “Mr. & Mrs. Lasenby Liberty, The Lee, Bucks” and initialed “WM” for William Morris, the artist potter. The mug is estimated at £150-£250 and will be sold with a copy of Spring-time in the Basque Mountains, a travelogue by Liberty, illustrated by his wife, Emma Louise, and inscribed by the author.

In the modern design section of the sale, not one but eight sets of silver year spoons by Danish silversmith Anton Michelson (1809-1877) are together estimated at £300-£500.

A pair of terra-cotta garden urns are from the Compton Pottery, founded in the Surrey village at the end of the 19th century by Mary Seton Watts (1849-1938), wife of the Victorian painter George Frederic Watts (1817-1904). The pair is estimated at £1,000-£1,500, as is a group of two totem vases and two bowls; a cylindrical Rochetto vase; a Calice vase with a waisted shape and two Diablo bowls, each hand signed, “E Sottsass, Bitossi Montelupo.” Ettore Sottass (1917-2007) was an Italian architect and designer, while Bitossi are porcelain manufactures based in Florence.

A stylish Art Deco five-piece bedroom suite in bird’s-eye maple with rosewood inlay from the same period is estimated at £500-£800. It composed of a gentleman’s cabinet with line of drawers and fitted cabinet, a dressing table with matching stool with leather top, a single door wardrobe and a bed end.

For further information, please contact Ewbank’s specialist Andrea Machen, telephone 01483 223101.

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

Mel Howse, 'Poverty Over' sculpture, 2010, enamel on steel £5,000-8,000. Ewbank’s image 

Lalique Druide vase decorated with mistletoe. Estimate £1,200-£1,500. Ewbank’s image

A fine Art Deco lamp by Oscar Bach. Estimate: £800-£1,200. Ewbank’s image

Basil Ivan Rakoczi (British, 1908-1979), 'Narcissus.' Estimate: £1,200-£1,800. Ewbank’s image

Francisco Zuniga, Mexican, 1912-1998, bronze crouching figure with green patination. Estimate: £1,000-£1,500. Ewbank’s image

Guy Carleton Wiggins (American, 1883-1962), 'Snow Storm in the City.' Estimate: £10,000-£15,000. Ewbank’s image

Emily Kame Kngwarreye, 1910-1996, Aboriginal School, abstract composition £15,000-25,000. Ewbank’s image

Ettore Sottass, 1917-2007, for Bitossi Italy, a group of porcelain vases and bowls £1,000-1,500. Ewbank’s image

Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 13:36
 

Kaminski plans specialty auction in run-up to Asia Week, Feb. 22

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Lot 6045 – Chinese 18th century large and rare bronze Buddha figure. Kaminski Auctions image

BEVERLY, Mass. – In anticipation of Asia Week 2015, Kaminski Auctions’ is planning two important Asian sales on back–to-back weekends for Feb. 22 and March 1. An Asian collections auction is featured on Feb. 22 and an important lifetime private owner collection from California is features in the March 1 sale.

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The Asian Collections sale on Feb. 22 showcases many hand-selected entries by Kaminski’s Asian specialist Bob Yang as well as entries from various local estates.

Among the top lots of the sale is an early 16th century Chinese Ming Dynasty Zun vase. The cloisonné enamel is decorated with lotus blooms on a turquoise ground. They also appear on the interior of the neck. Gilt dragon handles were added in the 17th century. A similar example of this vase is in the National Palace Museum of Taiwan, # GUF H000818N category Glassware/Cloisonné. This Zun vase previously sold at Christie's in 2006 and is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

From a private New England collection comes a Chinese Famille Rose bowl, with deep rounded sides rising from a straight foot to a flaring rim, enameled around the exterior with four archaistic phoenix in pink, yellow, blue and green, within two gilt borders. This piece was also previously sold at Christie’s in November 2012.

Other important lots include a Chinese blue glazed Mei vase, from the Qing Qianlong period, with Qianlong mark, measuring 9 3/4 inches in height, as well as an elegantly shaped Chinese Qin-Han dynasty bronze dagger ax, of simple design, carved on one end on a wood frame filled with silk, measuring 5 inches by 9 1/2 inches high. Both lots are estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

There is a large selection of huanghuali and zitan furniture in the sale, including a rare huanghuali cabinet having three tiers, carved with two-ring motifs in a geometric pattern, valued at $2,000-$3,000, and an impressive rectangular huanghuali cabinet of simple design with an elaborately carved metal lock, valued at $2,500-$3,500.

Huanghuali office chairs and a fine selection of hunaghuali, zitan and elmwood tables and altar tables are included in the sale.

Fine art in the sale includes two Brian Coole paintings. The first depicts American traders in Hong Kong and the other is a view of a fleet of ships at the Straits of Whampo. Both are estimated $9,000-$12,000. There is also a important portrait of a Thangka boat woman, attributed to Yeugus circa 1860. Housed in a China trade frame, it is valued at $2,000-$3,000.

Chinese scroll paintings in the sale include a watercolor on paper scroll signed "Megatu Kaian" and valued at $3,000-$5,000.

Several Chinese and Thai Buddhas of bronze and stone and a fine selection of jade round out the offerings in the Feb. 22 Asian sale.

For more information contact Kaminski Auctions at 978-927-2223.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Lot 6045 – Chinese 18th century large and rare bronze Buddha figure. Kaminski Auctions image

Lot 6048 – Chinese Zun vase, Ming Dynasty, early 16th century, cloisonne enamel. Kaminski Auctions image 

 Lot 6069 – Famille Rose bowl, China, porcelain. Kaminski Auctions image

 Lot 6028 – pair of Chinese Huanghuali chairs. Kaminski Auctions image

 

Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 11:06
 

Jose Velasco painting highlight of Bruhns auction Feb. 21

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New Haven Regulator No. 2 Santa Fe Railroad depot clock, circa 1880, 90 x 28 inches, original paper label on inside. Estimate $3,800-$4,500. Bruhns Auction Gallery image

DENVER – Discriminating collectors who may have overlooked the Mile High City as a source of commanding artwork may have to rethink their strategy. On Feb. 21, Bruhns Auction Gallery will be hosting an antiques estate auction whose contents rival anything to be found in the finest Continental salesrooms. Exquisite items include a Jose M. Velasco landscape oil on canvas dated 1894 and a 17th century Flemish painting.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding for the 236-lot auction, which will begin at 11 a.m. Mountain time.

The Velasco in the sale is a large – 37 inches high by 53 inches wide – Mexico Valley landscape for which the artist is best known. Most of his works are in private collections in Mexico or at the Museo José María Velasco in Toluca, Mexico. This painting in its original gilt frame has been in a Mexican family’s collection for over 50 years, having purchased it from the Galeria La Granja in Mexico City.

The Flemish painting is signed and dated “D. Ryckaert 1643" and is of the Baroque artist’s Cobbler’s Workship Series. The painting, 23 by 33 inches, was reviewed by Bernadette Van Haute, an author and authority on Flemish paintings, who identified the work as an authentic Rychaert. She also noted, "What is particularly interesting for me is the fact that it is dated 1643. This makes it the earliest version known to me of the depiction of the cobbler in his workshop – a theme of which Rychaert painted various versions."

Also featured is a highly engraved Holland & Holland 12 gauge shotgun, finished at the London factory on Nov. 7, 1898. In near flawless condition, the firearm has an estimate of $15,000-$45,000.

The auction will also consist of art glass, American and French clocks, antique furniture, Persian carpets, antique slot machines, an Art Nouveau Loetz art glass lamp, an Art Deco Royal Dux statue, a Webb cameo glass vase, a Daum Nancy French cameo cut art glass vase, an artist-signed Limoges charger and much more.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

New Haven Regulator No. 2 Santa Fe Railroad depot clock, circa 1880, 90 x 28 inches, original paper label on inside. Estimate $3,800-$4,500. Bruhns Auction Gallery image 

Detail view of circa-1898 Holland & Holland Badminton sidelock ejector 12-gauge shotgun. Engraved by R.J. Collins. Flawless condition. Estimate $15,000-$25,000. Bruhns Auction Gallery image 

Jose Maria Velasco (Mexican, 1849-1912), oil on canvas landscape of a valley in Mexico, held in private Mexican family collection for more than 50 years, 37 x 53 inches, signed and dated lower left. Estimate $30,000-$100,000. Bruhns Auction Gallery image 

D. Ryckaert (Flemish, active 17th century), 'Dutch Cobblers Workshop,' dated 1643, 23 x 33 inches. Estimate $30,000-$50,000. Bruhns Auction Gallery image 

Loetz Art Nouveau art glass lamp on marble base, circa-1910, 30 inches tall. Estimate $8,000-$13,000. Bruhns Auction Gallery image 

Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2015 17:45
 

Major Calif. collection forms basis for Moran’s auction Feb. 17

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This impressive .800 silver centerpiece by Austro-Hungarian maker Bruder Frank should earn between $12,000 and $18,000. John Moran Auctioneers

PASADENA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers will open the year with a Feb. 17 auction catalog packed with Continental furnishings, exquisite antique silver and mid-century modern decorative and fine arts. Featuring a large selection of pieces from an important La Jolla, California collection, the offerings are eclectic and comprise wonderful decorative pieces as well as a vast number of top picks for the discerning collector.

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The auction will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center. A discovery session, immediately following the cataloged auction, also contains a number of gems, including small-scale California Impressionist paintings, Continental silver and porcelain.

Moran’s February auction catalog contains a number of exemplary works by important California and North American artists, including a collection of 30 photographs by celebrated photographers Ansel Adams, Yousuf Karsh, Imogen Cunningham and Helmut Newton. One such work is an iconic portrait of Ernest Hemingway by Canadian Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002). The photograph is estimated to bring $5,000 to $7,000. Study of a Man by Paul Outerbridge Jr. (1896-1958, New York) is also offered from the same private collection as the above, with an estimate of $6,000 to $8,000.

A festive, large-scale work by Richmond Kelsey (1905-1987), an Oxnard, California-based artist who was an art director for Walt Disney Studios (1838-1950) as well as an illustrator for a series of popular children’s Golden Books, taps into the artist’s additional background as a muralist. The three-panel oil on board composition, hinged together at the edges to form a freestanding folding screen, depicts an early California scene of a mariachi band and a group of joyful dancers (estimate: $4,000 to $6,000). Also on offer is a sweet, small-scale still life by Southern California-based artist George Spangenberg (1907-1964) titled The Copper Bowl; the work has been assigned a conservative estimate of $800 to $1,200.

Highlights from the category of fine silver include impressive pieces of European hollowware, including a George II sterling silver lidded urn repousse-decorated throughout with Bacchic themes. Created by London silversmith Paul de Lamerie in 1741, the urn is painstakingly decorated with putti, lions and scenes of winemaking, and features grapevine-form handles. Hailing from the aforementioned La Jolla estate, this piece is estimated to earn between $3,000 and $5,000. Also via La Jolla, an Austro-Hungarian .800 silver shell-form centerpiece bowl by turn of the century maker Bruder Frank is expected to sell for $12,000 to $18,000. The large shell-form vessel also carries a cherubic theme, and makes a grand impression with applied floral garlands and monogrammed plaques.

Sterling silver works by American makers are not to be overlooked. A stately sterling silver five-piece coffee and tea service by Towle, with each piece allover decorated with daffodils and topped with trumpet-form floral finials should earn a price tag between $3,000 and $5,000. A tall, tapering sterling silver table vase by Tiffany & Co. features stylized waves and kelp adorning its sides and base, reflecting influences of the 20th century’s emerging Art Nouveau proclivities, as well as the echoes of Victorian tastes (estimate: $2,000 to $3,000).

The array of Continental furnishings on offer also provides a number of intriguing buys. A pair of Italian carved chinoiserie vitrines in the Rococo style are delightfully polychrome and gilt painted over a hand-carved rocaille-accented bombe body raised on slender cabriole legs. Dating to the mid 19th century, the pair carries an auction estimate of $4,000 to $6,000, and is expected to perform well. A Regence-style marble topped and gilt bronze-mounted marquetry vitrine cabinet is also on offer, with an estimate of $5,000 to $7,000. Faced with a hand-painted Vernis Martin panel depicting Venus, the Graces and puttis at Vulcan’s forge and custom fitted with gilt-bronze mounts and paw sabots to the feet, the cabinet should appeal to buyers whose tastes run toward the classical. A large-scale French Provincial double-door armoire, dating to the second half of the 18th century makes an elegant statement in walnut. Bidders should expect to pay between $1,000 to $2,000.

One of the most unique things to ever appear in a Moran’s catalog, an 18th century or earlier Italian “mystery cabinet” features a partially obscured portrait of a woman to its face. When an interested party attempts to move the panel covering the portrait, the whole drops down, revealing a realistically modeled demon which lurches toward the viewer. Commissioned by a private party as a wicked jab toward the portrait’s sitter, the piece is now offered with an estimate of $6,000 to $8,000.

Decorative Arts highlights also offer a number of pieces for those with Continental tastes. A pair of Spanish Colonial-style three-light torchieres, each measuring 98 inches high, are expected to bring $2,000 to $3,000 for the pair. A well-modeled – and surprisingly unsigned – bronze figure of a seated classical beauty is offered with a conservative $1,000 to $1,500 estimate. Four late 18th century large-scale carved polychrome and gilt painted santos with beautifully carved, emotion-filled faces are offered as a group for $12,000 to $18,000. A small, single-consignor collection of mid-19th century Russian icons will also be on offer, with prices ranging in the low thousands.

Fans of mid-century modern design will surely find their interest piqued by a number of Moran’s offerings, including an Isamu Noguchi “Rudder’’ table and stools (models IN-20 and IN-22, respectively). Each in birch, the table and three stools are offered as separate lots. The set comes from the private collection of the original owners, who purchased the pieces directly from a Herman Miller showroom in Chicago. The stools are each assigned an $8,000 to $12,000 estimate, while the table is expected to earn $6,000 to $9,000. Another must-have for collectors of modern furniture, an Eames lounge chair 670 and ottoman 671 with walnut-veneered shells and black leather cushions are offered as one lot with an expected selling price of $1,500 to $2,000.

Those wishing to extend their modern décor beyond furniture and onto their walls can also be sure to find some exciting prospects at Moran’s February sale. Roy Lichtenstein’s bold, primary-colored abstract screenprint, Best Buddies (numbered 51 of an edition of 100), should hammer for between $12,000 to $18,000. Carrying an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000, Henri Matisse’s pochoir print titled La Naguese Dans L’Aquarium is the 12th print from his Jazz suite, and hails from the same private collection as the above.

Interested parties can call Moran’s offices at: 626-793-1833 or send an email to: 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

This impressive .800 silver centerpiece by Austro-Hungarian maker Bruder Frank should earn between $12,000 and $18,000. John Moran Auctioneers

This moody 1957 portrait of Ernest Hemingway by Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002) is offered with a $5,000 to $7,000 estimate. John Moran Auctioneers

Titled ‘The Copper Bowl,’ this oil on canvas by George Spangenberg (1907-1964 San Diego, Calif.) is estimated to earn $800 to $1,200. John Moran Auctioneers

Informally dubbed the ‘mystery cabinet,’ this devious 18th century Italian automaton cabinet has been estimated to bring $6,000 to $8,000. John Moran Auctioneers

Pictured are the single-owner Noguchi ‘Rudder’ table and stools to be offered as individual lots in Moran’s Feb. 17 Decorative Arts Auction. John Moran Auctioneers

This dynamic abstract composition by Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997 Southampton, N.Y.), titled ‘Best Buddies,’ carries an estimate of $12,000 to $18,000 John Moran Auctioneers

Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 09:56
 

Kamelot ranging beyond architectural elements at Feb. 7 auction

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‘Miss Johnson (Angie)’ by Barkley Leonnard Hendricks, dated 1973. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Kamelot Auctions image

PHILA., Pa. – On Saturday, Feb. 7, Kamelot Auctions will present an antique furniture and decorative arts auction in their Philadelphia showroom beginning at 10 a.m. EST. The auction will present over 650 lots of antique and 20th century furnishings, fine art, decorative objects, clocks, lighting, rugs and architectural pieces.

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At the forefront of Kamelot’s sale is the original walnut library executed by Gotlieb Volmer, circa 1887, from the Peter A.B. Widener mansion once located at Broad Street and Girard Avenue in Philadelphia. The library is composed of a pair of four-door corner bookcases and a third unit that spans the length of one wall. This unit has an L-shape, four-door bookcase on the right side and a window seat on the left side. Widener, a prominent businessman in Philadelphia, amassed his fortune during the second half of the 19th century through the development of new industries including railroads, steel production and mining. In 1887 Widener had a large mansion built. Designed by architect Willis G. Hale, the residence was four and a half stories high and included an arched entrance with a double staircase, a banquet room and original murals and frescoes by artist George Herzog. Kamelot’s sale will feature the original library (lot 411, $3,000-$5,000) accompanied by two oak fireplace mantels (lot 486, $600-$900 and lot 487, $600-$900) and a set of oak paneled entry doors (lot 474, $400-$600), all of which were removed from the mansion around 1980 just prior to the mansion being demolished. The Widener library is one among this sale’s several shining examples of the architectural pieces that Kamelot has become known for.

Lot 409 is an extraordinary collection of matching Victorian giltwood mirrors and valences, circa 1880, removed from a Manhattan brownstone. The lot is composed of a matching pair of giltwood pier mirrors resting on separate marble-top bases accompanied by a matching overmantle mirror and six valences, two of which were designed to abut one of the mirrors, and all with the same detailing and nice original gold gilt surface. Nine pieces in total, lot 487 is presented with an estimate of $10,000-$15,000.

Other architectural highlights include a complete oak library composed of approximately 75 running feet of glass enclosed bookcases, circa 1910 (lot 411A, $4,000-$6,000), an unusual 19th century Anglo Indian carved mantel (lot 478, $500-$800), and an American Empire period white marble mantel, circa 1840 (lot 489, $2,000-$4,000).

Furniture buyers can anticipate an exciting array of very decorative, classic and original dining tables, chairs, settees, consoles, desks and upholstered pieces from a variety of styles, periods, and origins. Quality French furniture is a forte of Kamelot’s and highlighting the sale will be an oversized pair of giltwood carved Louis XV-style arm chairs with shaped and carved crest rail over acanthus decorated open arms and shaped seat (lot 219, $2,000-$3,000), a pair of labeled Maison Forest 19th century Louis XVI-style armchairs having a giltwood and needlepoint back and seat (lot 232, $1,000-$1,800), a variety of Napoleon III chairs, and several sets of Louis XV- and XVI-style dining chairs. A good selection of Maison Jansen furnishings will include a Louis XV-style Jansen three-part oak and marble console table, circa 1920 (lot 343, $1,200-$1,800), a rare Louis XV-style Jansen oak and Lucite desk circa 1940 (lot 350, $1,000-$1,800), and a similar pair of Jansen eglomise mirrors having shaped tops over silvered gilt and foliate decorated frames circa 1940 (lot 339, $1,500-$2,500).

Italian furniture is lead by lot 40A, an elaborate and complete eight-piece painted Italian bedroom set circa 1900. Estimated at $2,000-$3,000, the set is composed of a queen-size bed, a pair of marble-top nightstands, a marble-top dresser with mirror, a vanity with mirror, and a three-door armoire.

From the English category comes a very good 19th century English George III secretary having stepped cornice over inlaid Greek key and three mullioned front glass doors (lot 252, $1,000-$1,500) along with a pair of English leather club chairs with loose cushion seats, circa 1920 (lot 267, $600-$900).

The auction will include a great variety of paintings and prints by well-recognized and widely collected artists. Highly anticipated is lot 588, an oil and acrylic on canvas painting titled Miss Johnson (Angie) by the prominent African American Artist Barkley Leonnard Hendricks, signed upper right “B. Hendricks” and dated 1973, and comes with a strong provenance to uphold it’s $40,000-$60,000 estimate.

Also featured in the sale are an oil on canvas painting by New York/Austrian artist Joseph Floch titled Mod Girl, circa 1965 (lot 587, $5,000-$7,000), and an oil on canvas story illustration by New York artist Elbert McGran Jackson, signed lower right E.M. Jackson, circa 1933 (lot 622, $1,000-$1,500). The illustration features a standing man in a tuxedo confronting a seated woman and accompanied a story by Pauline Partridge in Cosmopolitan magazine, 1933.

Other fine art highlights include an oil on Masonite painting by Franklin Dullin Briscoe of figures picnicking along a coastline, dated 1883 (lot 593, $1,000-$1,500), a mixed media on paper work by Titian Ramsay Peale titled Scardinius Erythrophthalmus, 1831 (lot 630, $2,000-$4,000), and a large 20th century KPM painted porcelain plaque depicting a nude woman with angels, stamped "KPM" en verso (lot 591, $500-$1,000).

Leading the selection of decorative arts is lot 511, a full-length bronze figure after Augustus Rodin's The Bronze Age signed A. Rodin in the base and foundry mark of "Alexis Rudier Fondeur Paris" ($400-$600) and by the same artist, lot 511, a bronze figure of a man mounted on a marble plinth after Rodin's Adam with foundry mark of Alexis Rudier Paris (1902-1952) circa 1950 ($200-$400). A select group of clocks is lead by lot 543, an exquisite Cartier Art Deco day/date desk clock in nephrite with hexagonal jeweled decoration circa 1920, estimated at a conservative $500-$700. Lot 546, a very good French dore bronze mantel clock, circa 1870, featuring a Classical seated huntress, along with lot 545, an elaborate onyx and bronze French mantel clock signed Amour Combattant Par Aug. Moreau, circa 1880, featuring a female archer are perhaps the most striking of the selection, both bearing a presale estimate of $800-$1,200.

Rugs number more than 30 lots, lead by an 8-by-12-foot Persian Vis rug (lot 443, $700-$900) and a 6-by-9-foot Tabriz Mahi rug with silk highlights (lot 442, $800-$1,000).

For more information call 215-438-6990.

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

‘Miss Johnson (Angie)’ by Barkley Leonnard Hendricks, dated 1973. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Kamelot Auctions image

Joseph Floch, ‘Mod Girl,’ circa 1965. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Kamelot Auctions image

Pair of oversized giltwood carved Louis XV-style armchairs. Kamelot Auctions image

Two corner pieces of the original walnut library executed by Gotlieb Volmer, circa 1887, for a Philadelphia mansion. Kamelot Auctions image

Matching Victorian giltwood mirrors and valences, circa 1880. Kamelot Auctions image

Bronze figure after Rodin's ‘The Bronze Age’ bearing the foundry mark of Alexis Rudier Fondeur Paris. Estimate: $400-$600. Kamelot Auctions image

Cartier Art Deco day/date desk clock in nephrite with hexagonal jeweled decoration, circa 1920. Estimate: $500-$700. Kamelot Auctions image

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