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Moran expects big year starting with antiques, fine art sale Feb. 18

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Monday, 10 February 2014 17:59

Gilt bronze cherubs perch atop this walnut and parquetry vitrine by the important Paris maker Paul Sormani, offered for $15,000-$20,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

PASADENA, Calif. – Following a record year of sales with growth across a variety of categories, John Moran Auctioneers will stage its first Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction of 2014 on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The 220 lots of Continental, English and American furnishings, silver, porcelain and fine art from the early 19th century to the late 20th century will take their places alongside a large group of Asian artifacts, bronzes, clocks, and a variety of eclectic items.

The auction will begin at 3 p.m. Pacific. LiveAuctionseers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

A highly desirable group of Amphora art pottery made circa 1900 by the Bohemian factory Reissner, Stellmacher and Kessel brighten the sale with jewel tones and gilt highlights. All consigned from a single private collection, the four vases comprise three with portraits of mythic women framed with golden halos and wearing elaborate costumes and jewelry, painted on backgrounds of lavender forests and Macintosh style roses. One depicts “Aurora’’ (estimate: $1,000-$2,000), one the “Summer Queen’’ wearing a falcon headdress (estimate: $6,000-$9,000), and the third the “Renaissance Princess’’ (estimate: $5,000-$7,000). The fourth vase is decorated in the “Wasp’’ motif, with the wasps hovering above pink and white blossoms ($1,000-$2,000).

Several lots of Tiffany Favrile glass stemware and a Jack in the Pulpit vase, as well as pair of Imperial “Free Hand” vases will appeal to art glass collectors, with estimates ranging from $500 up to $5,500.

In keeping with the Art Nouveau aesthetic is a .950-standard silver center bowl from Gorhams’s Martele line. Decorated with sinuous blossoms on the ruffled rim, the large (18 1/2 inche x 14 1/2 inches) bowl was made in 1899. According to Gorham archives it required 40 hours to raise, and it was chased by G.A. Achillertem, who worked on it for an additional 108 hours. Moran’s is offering this exceptional work of art with an estimate of $15,000-$20,000.

The sale is heavily weighted with silver of all types, including figures, a large model of a galleon, Victorian serving pieces, candelabra, numerous tea services and flatware sets by Tiffany, Gorham, Shreve and others, and some magnificent centerpieces. A late 19th or early 20th century Christofle silver-plated mirror plateau designed in Neoclassical style with a balustrade rim and dolphin terminals is estimated to realize $6,000-$8,000, while another large piece by Christofle from the late 19th century, a silver-plated and crystal center bowl with a tripartite base of three monopodia, is also expected to win hearts, with an estimate of $3,000-$4,000.

Continental furnishings are highlighted by a signed Paul Sormani gilt bronze-mounted walnut and parquetry vitrine, offered for $15,000-$20,000. Paul Sormani (1817-1877) was one of the most renowned French furniture makers of the 19th century, rivaling Francois Linke. He produced elegant Louis XV and Louis XVI- style pieces with finely executed inlay and gilt bronze mounts. Setting up shop in Paris by the middle of the 19th century, he won medals at the Exposition Universelle and at the 1862 London Exhibition. From 1867 until his death he was established in the Rue Charlot, which is the address inscribed alongside the Sormani signature on the lockplate of the vitrine Moran’s is offering.

Another finely crafted piece, a Boulle brass and tortoiseshell marquetry tall case clock, features an elaborate cast gilt bronze dial and pendulum. Moran’s expects it to sell for $12,000-$18,000.

Fine art highlights include six-color lithographs by Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991), and a group of Russian oil paintings, including a still life of chrysanthemums by Alexandre Altmann (1885-1950) and a plate design of dancing figures by Rudolf Fedorovich Frenz (1831-1918). A watercolor by the French painter Jean Dufy (1888-1964), titled Port de Honfleur, offers a rare opportunity to acquire a work by the Post-Impressionist, brother of Raoul Dufy. Estimated to realize $6,000-$8,000, the painting will be included in the catalogue raisonné currently being prepared by Jacques Bailly, who has also confirmed its authenticity. Bidders will also find photographic works by Ansel Adams (1902-1984) and Edward Weston (1886-1958).

A large number of Chinese and Japanese works of art will be making an appearance in the sale. Among these are an intricately carved hardwood and colored stone-inset ruyi scepter, the nephrite head carved with two bats and a peach. Dating from the 18th century, the ceremonial scepter is expected to realize $3,000-$5,000. A Chinese carved jade bowl, the thin walls carved with birds perched on flowering branches, exhibits very good translucency and a delicate green color. Bearing a Qianlong mark, it carries an estimate of $1,000-$1,500.

Additional information is available by calling John Moran Auctioneers at 626-793-1833.

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

Gilt bronze cherubs perch atop this walnut and parquetry vitrine by the important Paris maker Paul Sormani, offered for $15,000-$20,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

This Amphora Pottery vase, decorated with a portrait of the ‘Summer Queen,’ is one of four vases in Moran’s sale by the Bohemian factory Reissner, Stellmacher and Kessel (estimate: $6,000-9,000). John Moran Auctioneers image.

Adorned with stylized blossoms, this .950 silver bowl by Gorham was made in 1899 as part of the firm’s Art Nouveau Martele line (estimate: $15,000-$20,000). John Moran Auctioneers image.

Made in the late 19th century, this silver-plated center bowl by the French firm Christofle is one of the numerous silver items by important makers that Moran’s is offering (estimate: $3,000-$4,000). John Moran Auctioneers image.

Moran’s offers this watercolor by French artist Jean Dufy (1888-1964) titled ‘Port de Honfleur,' which is scheduled to be included in an upcoming catalogue raisonné (estimate: $6,000-$8,000). John Moran Auctioneers image.

Asian works of art in Moran’s sale include this carved hardwood and colored stone-inset ruyi scepter (estimate: $3,000-$5,000). John Moran Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 09:42
 

Clars features Peggy Fleming skating memorabilia Feb. 16

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Monday, 10 February 2014 16:47

Lady’s Rolex Datejust President 18K yellow wristwatch, Ref. 69138, circa 1995. Clars Auction Gallery image.

OAKLAND, Calif. – On Sunday, Feb. 16, Clars Auction Gallery will bring to auction what is perhaps one of the most significant and inspiring collections of winter sports memorabilia offered in recent decades. Legendary figure skating champion Peggy Fleming feels strongly that it is time to share her personal memorabilia with the country and the world that supported her throughout her amazing career, which dates back to 1964 Innsbruck, Austria and the IX Olympic Winter Games.

LiveAucitoneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

Known for her beauty and grace on and off the ice, Fleming dominated women’s figure skating and is considered a pioneer in women’s athletics. She raised the bar in elegance, technique and style, changing the sport of figure skating forever, taking it from staid to glamorous. Her unrivaled achievements launched a long and successful career as both a professional figure skater and sports commentator with ABC sports.

Fleming began skating at age 9 when her family moved to Cleveland and soon began skating in earnest on the advice of her father. In 1961, when Peggy was 12 years old, her coach, William Kipp, was killed in the crash of Sabena Flight 548 along with the rest of the United States figure skating team while en route to the 1961 World Figure Skating Championships. Fleming was subsequently coached by Carlo Fassi. Her unusual style led to five U.S. titles, three world titles and the gold medal in the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble, France. Her award in Grenoble was singularly important for the American athletes and the nation as a whole, for this was the only gold medal that the U.S. Olympic team won in the 1968 Winter Games. It signaled the beginning of the return to American dominance in the sport of women's figure skating following the tragedy of the 1961 plane crash.

The first offering will be a lady’s Rolex Datejust President 18K yellow wristwatch, Ref. 69138, circa 1995. The watch has the factory diamond dial and bezel and is accompanied by the original certificate, personal ephemera of autographs, photographs and advertising from her years of advertising work with Rolex (estimate: $8,000-$12,000).

The second offering will be a coveted pair of custom-made ice skates by Harlick of California. These skates were executed for Fleming and used in the Rolex Yacht Master advertising campaign. Both skates feature an etched autograph on the blades (estimate: $2,000-$4,000).

The third offering will be two of Fleming’s official Olympic jackets, her United States Olympics Training Center jacket with leather sleeves and her United States Olympic Gala jacket. Both jackets retain the official patches and are autographed by Fleming (estimate: $800-$1,200).

The fourth offering from her personal collection will be the official 1964 United States Olympic Team suitcase used for the IX Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria. The Samsonite case with official decals will be offered with a photo reproduction of the 1964 U.S Olympic figure skating team, and the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Torch relay top and pants she wore during the relay and the opening of the 2002 Winter Games. Each of these items bear Fleming’s autograph (estimate: $800-$1,200).

The fifth offering will be a group of Peggy Fleming signed ephemera including the May 2, 1966 Sports Illustrated magazine “Our New World Champion,” Feb. 23, 1968 Life magazine “Olympic Charmer,” and a copy of her schematic from the free skating program, 1968 Olympic Winter Games, Grenoble France. This group will be offered together with signed press photographs (estimate: $600-$800).

The Peggy Fleming Collection will be offered on Sunday, Feb. 16, as part of at Clars’ Auction Gallery’s fine art and antiques sale. The auction will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Pacific.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Lady’s Rolex Datejust President 18K yellow wristwatch, Ref. 69138, circa 1995. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Pair of custom-made ice skates by Harlick of California and worn by Fleming. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Pair of custom-made ice skates by Harlick of California and worn by Fleming. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Fleming's Olympic jackets, both autographed. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Fleming's Olympic jackets, both autographed. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Fleming's Olympic jackets, both autographed. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Fleming's Olympic jackets, both autographed. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Official 1964 United States Olympic Team suitcase, autographed by Fleming. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Official 1964 United States Olympic Team suitcase, autographed by Fleming. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Official 1964 United States Olympic Team suitcase, autographed by Fleming. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Collection of Fleming autographed ephemera. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Collection of Fleming autographed ephemera. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Collection of Fleming autographed ephemera. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 18:11
 

Woody to sell lifetime collection of art glass, porcelain March 20

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Monday, 10 February 2014 15:51

Museum-quality signed Galle French cameo art glass, ‘Burning Cathedral’ vase, 20 inches tall, dated 1914. Woody Auction image.

WICHITA, Kan. – The first of five auctions to sell the huge lifetime collection of mostly porcelain and glass pieces accumulated over 50 years by the late Dr. Ernest Rieger and his wife, Karin, will be held Thursday, March 20, at the Doubletree Airport Hilton in Wichita, Kan. The auction, beginning at 1 p.m. (CST) will be conducted by Woody Auction.

Internet live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

The Riegers were discerning and serious collectors, seeking out only the finest names in porcelain and glass, such as Tiffany, Galle, Meissen, Webb, Daum Nancy, KPM and others. The couple also collected period antique furniture, which they kept in their spacious Wichita home. The furniture will be sold in the later auctions. Parts 2 and 3 will be held May 29 and Aug. 1-2.

“This is by far the finest antique collection we’ve ever offered, and it might be the finest ever offered in the state of Kansas,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction, based in Douglass, Kan. “Prior to Dr. Rieger’s passing, Karin and Ernest made the decision to sell the collection at public auction, the way they enjoyed buying. All items in all the auctions will be sold to the highest bidders without reserves.”

Mrs. Rieger, who still lives in Wichita, said the collection began quite by accident, more than 50 years ago, when her parents were visiting from Sweden. “My mother went to a car wash and while she was waiting she saw some Galle pieces displayed on a shelf inside the waiting area,” she said. “She asked the lady if they were for sale and she said yes so she bought one.”

That Galle vase was the first item in a collection that would grow to around 3,500 pieces (including the rest of the Galle at the car wash as Karin's mom, already a fan of Galle, went back and bought them all up, for $5-$10 apiece). “After that we hunted for more Galle pieces, in several states,” Mrs. Rieger recalled, “but later on our tastes and interests branched out to other things.”

One Galle piece certain to attract attention is a museum-quality, 20-inch-tall French cameo art glass vase dated 1914, with a scene depicting a burning French cathedral with the ruins shown on the reverse side. The lot comes with an original copy of Le Pays de France magazine, dated Sept. 19, 1914, with an artist’s rendition of the cathedral under bombardment on the cover.

French cameo glass and English cameo glass would become important elements in the Riegers’ collection over time. “French cameo glass, especially, wasn’t respected by the antique dealers of the 1950s and ’60s and we could never figure out why,” Mrs. Rieger said. “We were intrigued by it – me for how it looked and my husband, ever the scientist, for how it was made.”

By the mid-1960s Tiffany and Daum Nancy had crept into the Riegers’ collection, and numerous examples from both makers will be offered Mar. 20. Daum Nancy will be represented with a rare 13 1/2-inch signed art glass boudoir lamp in the highly desirable Rain Scene décor, and an 11-inch signed art glass pedestal vase in the Spring Season Lake décor. Both are gorgeous.

The name Tiffany will be chanted frequently throughout the day. Top lots will include a signed gold iridescent Lava pattern vase with green iridescent interior, another Lava vase having a Cypriot background with gold iridescent leaf-shaped decorated petals, and a signed Favrile decorated art glass vase with a soft blue iridescent body and a rim with Tel-El-Amarna décor.

Other Tiffany pieces will feature a decorated red art glass vase set on a signed Tiffany bronze base, with green border featuring an iridescent gold band décor; an 8-inch signed art glass vase, pastel white and green with engraved Calla Lily décor and beetle and spider highlights; and an 8 1/4-inch Favrile pedestal decorated art glass vase having a bronze body with gold shoulders.

“In the early 20th century, Louis Comfort Tiffany was very much inspired by what was discovered in the tomb of King Tutankhamen,” Mrs. Rieger explained. “In many of his designs of the 1920s he was trying to imitate some of the glass that was dug up at the site. He was very keen on that and he dedicated part of his heritage to approximating King Tut’s look and design.”

The Riegers’ appreciation for English cameo glass came into full bloom in 1968, while on a trip to England. “We went into this little antique shop, and the lady there put us in touch with a Mr. Benjamin Nyman, whose house we visited,” she said. “What a place! It was more a museum than a residence, with wonderful English cameo glass on several floors. It was just breathtaking.” Mr. Nyman wrote two books on English cameo glass, and some of the pieces shown in one of those books will be sold in the auction.

Webb English cameo glass pieces in the March 20 auction will include a superb 5 1/2-inch figural lay down perfume bottle, white over amber, having a swan’s beak with silver hallmark monogrammed cap; an 8 1/2-inch signed Webb Ivory Cameo art glass vase engraved with detailed floral panels; and a 6 3/4-inch three-color vase (pink, blue and white) with trees, flowers and birds.

Fans of Meissen, the renowned German porcelain manufacturer, will not be disappointed. Lot number 250 is a museum-quality set of four pedestal-handled ewers  from the Elemental Series, representing Earth, Wind, Fire and Water. All four are approximately 25 inches tall and have the traditional Meissen blue crossed swords mark.

Also from Meissen is a magnificent 30-inch two-handle covered urn, showing a man and a woman seated at a game table with floral décor and cherub highlights. Also from Germany is a remarkable pair of 15 1/2-nch marked KPM porcelain plaques. One is of Rembrandt’s mother and the other of Rembrandt’s father. Both are signed and housed in gilt wood frames.

Mount Washington pieces will include a 12-inch decorated Burmese bowling pin-shaped vase showing owls perched on branches, front and back; a 7 3/4-inch decorated Burmese tall pitcher having a rose décor with four-line stanza by Thomas Hood and applied glossy handle; and a 13 1/2-inch Royal Flemish handled ewer with multi-colored background with a lion graphic.

Also slated to cross the auction block will be a 17-inch signed DeVez French cameo art glass vase with pink background and dragon décor; an 18 1/2-inch signed Muller Fres Luneville French cameo art glass with large poppy décor, in outstanding condition; and a rare 12 1/2-inch Loetz “Fedezeichnung” mother-of-pearl art glass vase, transparent brown with opaque white.

“This collection was more than just a hobby for my husband and me,” Mrs. Rieger said. “It was a source of tremendous interest and something we took great pride in, plus it was something we could do and enjoy together, and for different reasons. I liked the aesthetic appeal of the pieces, how they looked. He was a man of science and liked how they were made.”

The furniture collection actually predated the porcelain and glass by a couple of years, as the Riegers wanted to outfit their large Wichita home with interesting and unusual pieces. In the mid-1960s, a tornado ravaged the residence and when they rebuilt, they were careful to install 10 large illuminated cabinets in their basement, to house and protect their glass and porcelain.

For details contact Woody Auction at 316-747-2694 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

 Museum-quality signed Galle French cameo art glass, ‘Burning Cathedral’ vase, 20 inches tall, dated 1914. Woody Auction image.

The name Tiffany will be chanted frequently throughout the day. These wonderful art glass pieces will all be sold. Woody Auction image. 

A large selection of gorgeous Burmese pieces, like these shown, will be sold without reserve on March 20. Woody Auction image.

The Riegers' interest in English cameo glass pieces, like these shown, began while on a trip to Great Britain in the 1960s. Woody Auction image.

Magnificent pair of KPM porcelain plaques, depicting ‘Rembrandt's Mother’ and ‘Rembrandt's Father,’ 15 inches by 12 inches. Woody Auction image.

Beautiful set of four pedestal-handled Meissen ewers from the Elemental Series, depicting earth, wind, fire and water. Woody Auction image.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 16:32
 

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

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Monday, 10 February 2014 15:22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 17:17
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For information on any item in the auction, tel. 818-425-9633. 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
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Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 17:17
 

Rustic Adirondack furniture at forefront of Jenack sale Feb. 16

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Thursday, 06 February 2014 16:24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are hundreds of lots in the sale.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 16:50
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury auction Feb. 13 has dramatic thread

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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:57

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

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

Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 16:43
 

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

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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 16:55

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnen_uj8VR4&feature=youtu.be
View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 17:24
 

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

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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 16:48

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:53
 

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

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Friday, 31 January 2014 17:19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 16:55
 

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

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

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

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 17:21
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neal Auction presents expansive estates sale Feb. 8-9

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:55

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 16:31
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury to auction watercolors, drawings Feb. 12

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Signed watercolor and gouache painting by Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959) titled 'Flower study in red and yellow.' Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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