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Crescent City Auction picks prominent estates for April 18-19 sale

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Wednesday, 08 April 2015 08:40
Oil on canvas painting by New Orleans artist Clarence Millet (1879-1959), titled 'Studio Courtyard.' Estimate: $20,000-$40,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery images

NEW ORLEANS – More than 1,150 premium lots – many of then sourced from prominent estates in Mobile, Ala., Jackson, Miss., New Orleans and elsewhere throughout the South – will be sold April 18 and 19 by Crescent City Auction Gallery. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Offered will be many desirable pieces of original Louisiana artwork, by artists such as Clarence Millet, Knute Heldner, Robert Rucker and Clementine Hunter; French, Italian and American furniture; antique lamps and clocks; and fine jewelry.

The large and beautiful Sevres-style champlevé and gilt bronze mounted porcelain vase, made circa 1900 and standing 28 1/2 inches tall, carries an estimate of $4,000-$6,000.

The Pittsburgh Lamp Co. reverse painted landscape lamp, produced around 1920, is 23 inches tall and 17 inches in diameter and is expected to illuminate the room for $2,000-$3,000.

A circa 1976 signed oil on board by folk artist Clementine Hunter (1887-1988), titled Wash Day, is expected bring $2,500-$3,500. It is accompanied by a photo of the artist holding the painting.

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

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 08:56
 

Stevens Auction heavy into Victorian furnishings April 18

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Tuesday, 07 April 2015 16:14
Large matched pair of Old Paris vases decorated with courting scenes and lily floral designs, 19 inches tall, circa 1860. Stevens Auction Co. images

MERIDIAN, Miss. – A monumental 19th century bonnet-top etagere made by Thomas Brooks – identical to two other examples that have each fetched more than $100,000 at auction – will be sold Saturday, April 18, by Stevens Auction Co. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Featured will be fine quality items including important furniture from three prominent Southern estates including an antebellum mansion in Murfreesboro, Tenn., called Castlewood.

The Thomas Brooks rosewood etagere stands 9 feet 2 inches high and is described as museum quality.

Standing 8 feet tall, a heavily carved mahogany Chippendale-style grandfather clock with nine tubes and Elliott works, London, circa 1890, is typical of the items to be sold at the auction.

A Karpen suite will be split between these chairs and a sofa. Each piece features full figures carved in solid mahogany.

For details contact Stevens Auction Co. by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 662-369-2200.

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.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 16:43
 

Nova Ars auction celebrates 20th century design April 16

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Tuesday, 07 April 2015 14:54
Twenty chairs and 31 coffee tables comprise this Studiocharlie installation called Travola Rotonda, which was at the Starhotels Rosa Grand for the Milan Design Weekend 2010. The lot is estimated at 15,000-18,000 euros ($16,236-$19,482). Nova Ars images

ASTI, Italy – Nova Ars will conduct an auction of 20th century design on Thursday, April 16. This is an online-only auction with bidding through LiveAucitoneers.com.

Up for bids is an interesting design collection of modern Italian decorative art of the 20th century with many ceramic and glass works, furniture, lamps and chandeliers. Many of the more than 150 lots were made in Italy and designed by the likes of Gio Ponti, Angelo Mangiarotti, Ico Parisi and Luigi Caccia Dominioni, in addition to major talents from other countries. There is, for example, a small collection of Chinese printings.

Max Ingrand’s Fontana Arte table lamp from 1954 features a white blown glass base and shade. It has an estimate of 1,700-2,000 euros.

From the early 1960s is a pair of Seguso wall lamps with Murano glass shades. Estimate: 1,200-1,500 euros.

Renowned architect Osvaldo Borsani designed the P40 armchair for Tecno in 1955. It is expected to bring 1,500-2,000 euros ($1,624-$2,165)

For details contact Valeria Vallese at Nova Ars by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone +39 328 9667353.

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.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 15:09
 

Jewelry, Asian arts among major items at Rago auction April 15-17

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Tuesday, 07 April 2015 13:02
One of the most colorful items in Thursday's jewelry, watches and couture session is this Hermes 'Prieves du Vent' silk scarf. Estimate: $200-$400. Rago Arts and Auction images.

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago Arts and Auction Center will hold auction on April 15, 16 and 17 featuring furniture and decorative arts, jewelry, Asian, coins, Americana, fashion and more. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Fine and antique jewelry, watches and objets de vertu will sell Wednesday starting at 11 a.m. Eastern. More than 150 lots of coins and currency will follow immediately. Over 300 unreserved lots of jewelry, watches and couture will cross Rago’s auction block on Thursday beginning at 11 a.m. Rago’s Great Estates Auction on Friday will consist of more than 1,200 lots ranging from Asian arts to European decorative arts and beyond. That session will begin at 10 a.m.

The jewelry auction will feature several lots by Tiffany & Co., such as lot 171, a lime green Paillonné enameled gold diamond bracelet by designer Jean Schlumberger, which has a $28,000-$34,000 estimate.

Expected to be the top earner in the coins and currency sale is a U.S. 1839-D gold $2.50 coin, which is estimated at $20,000-30,000.

Most unusual among the Asian items is a menacing Japanese Myochin School iron articulated snake, which is expected to bring $50,000-$70,000.

For details contact Rago Arts and Auction Center by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 609-397-9374.

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.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 13:28
 

VIDEO: Fantastical sculptures comprise Wright auction April 16

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Monday, 06 April 2015 13:17
Professor B.J. Sears' Sinehouse Archive, USA, 2009, found objects and electronics. Alternating stoic portraits morph and change on the screen of the Sinehouse Archive, a work that claims to steal the soul of each sitter. Wright images. For the slide, I suggest using any two of the vertical images available through the link. Please include all of the videos.

CHICAGO – Wright presents an unusual auction April 16 titled “Professor B.J. Sears' Technological Rarities.” For the first time at auction, this select collection of 11 artworks features an array of fantastical machines that fuse modern technologies with inventions of the past. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

A celebrated film editor and professor at Savannah College of Art and Design, B.J. Sears united his love of invention and passion for history in the creation of these elaborate sculptures.

Highlights from this unique auction include the Electrophonic Anacroscope a machine for exploring time travel. The mixed media work of found objects and electronics stands 78 inches high and has an estimate of $20,000-$30,000.

For an out of body experience bidders will find the B.J. Sears periscope intriguing. The work subtly confronts the viewer with as one's likeness is captured by the gooseneck and projected on the upper monitor, while a video plays below. It has a $10,000-$15,00 estimate.

Paying homage to Eadweard Muybridge, the English photographer and motion picture pioneer, is Professor Sears’ Muybridge Experiment. At the press of a button, a scrolling series of images proves the theory that, while galloping, all four hooves of a horse are lifted off of the ground. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000.

The auction will begin at noon Central time. For details contact Wright at 312-563-0020.

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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Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 14:41
 

Roland Auctions NY to disperse estate of well-known dealer April 11

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Monday, 06 April 2015 10:55
From the estate of Angelo Pace, former owner of Chelsea Mews Antiques, is this oil on canvas painting of a merchant ship after Seth Arca Whipple. It is signed and dated 1893. Framed, the painting measures 17 1/2in x 14 1/2in. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Roland Auctions NY images

NEW YORK – On April 11 Roland Auctions NY will present its April Springs Eternal Auction featuring over 1,000 lots of Fine and Decorative Arts selected from choice estates throughout New York City featuring hundreds of items selected solely from the estate of Angelo Pace, late owner of Chelsea Mews Antiques.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Pace was well-known personality in the metropolitan fine arts and antique community. His generous cornucopia of luxury items filled Roland’s galleries.

Asian and Chinese art is represented by a multitude of ceramic, bronze and enamel objects. Featured items include a Zhou-type Gui ritual food vessel, which may date to the 10th or 11th century. It stands 9 3/4 inches high and has a $30,000-$50,000 estimate.

Several Tiffany & Co. items are offered in the sale including a mahogany long case clock with the inscription “Whitington-Westminster.” It has an estimate of $$9,000-$11,000.

Among Roland’s offering of modern art are several early to mid 20th century design lots including a sunburst mirror by Tommi Parzinger. Measuring 34 3/4 inches in diameter, this mirror has a $650-$850 estimate.

A youthful Christ is depicted on this KPM plaque that is signed “Wagner.” Framed, the painted porcelain portrait measures 15 3/4 inches by 12 3/4 inches. It is expected to bring $800-$1,200.

The auction will begin Saturday, April 11, at 10 a.m. Eastern time. For details contact Roland Auctions NY by calling 212-260-2000.

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.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 11:20
 

Jeffrey Evans to hold annual antique ceramics auction April 14

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Monday, 06 April 2015 09:23
Peafowl wares from the collection of George and Mickey Deike are among the highlights of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ auction April 14. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates images.

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – Several fine private collections amassed over decades form the backbone of an 18th and 19th century ceramics auction to be held at Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates on April 14. Following the strong success of last spring’s selection of items from the collection of George and Mickey Deike, the auction house will be holding Part II of the Deike’s collection of Peafowl, shell-edge and Prattware-decorated English Pottery. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The catalog of more than 500 lots includes creamware; pearlware, including many jugs, coffee and teapots; canary yellow; lusterware; 400-plus pieces of English and American transfer-printed wares in many color variations, featuring romantic, rural and historical scenes, as well as Flow Blue, Japaneseque pottery and children’s wares.

The auction starts with a small but strong selection of 18th and 19th century porcelain. Lot 2 is a Bristol teapot, cover and stand, formerly in the Trapnell collection, with a gilt strap-work band identical to that of the Ludlow service, but without bearing arms. It is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.

Within the Continental porcelain offerings, the highlight is an extraordinary group of 12 green-ground plates centering flowers by Feuillet. The Vieux Paris plates are lavishly decorated with ciselè and rouletted 24K gold paste to the rims. The plates are expected to bring $4,000-$6,000.

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

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.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 09:52
 

Auctionata to sell meteorites, natural history in 2 sessions April 19

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Thursday, 02 April 2015 15:59
Tissint Martian Meteorite, Morocco.

NEW YORK — Auctionata will conduct two auctions of meteorites and fossils and natural history on April 19. History and natural beauty are united in the exciting sale of meteorites, highlights of which include a piece of Mars, a complete Allende meteorite, and a Sikhote-Alin meteorite from the renowned Russian meteor shower. The fossils and natural history sale will offer prehistoric and geological wonders, from a baby mosasaur skeleton—the sea monster of recent news—a delicate dragonfly fossil and a T-rex skull cast to an opalescent ammonite gemstone.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Geoff Notkin of the Science Channel’s Meteorite Men will join the auctioneer on set, auctioning off items from his own personal collection and providing insight into the fascinating pieces of physical history.

Meteorites Sale

The auction will stream live online on Sunday, April 19 at 10 a.m. EDT.

Highlights include:

Lot 12: Chelyabinsk meteorite, Russia. Starting Price: $1,000

Chelyabinsk was the world's most documented meteorite fall. Many of the recovered individuals were small, only two to five grams, and easily mistaken for black gravel. Bigger pieces, such as the one offered here, are considerably less common and will only increase in rarity.

Lot 46: Tissint Martian meteorite, Morocco. Starting Price: $7,500

Among the rarest substances, only approximately 100 kilograms of Mars substances are known to exist on Earth. This example is a small specimen that was fractured as a result of its hard landing.

Lot 63: Sikhote-Alin meteorite, Russia. Starting Price: $15,000

Wrapped in a pewter-hued patina with charcoal accents, this is a captivating example of the largest known meteorite shower of modern times. No new meteorites from this—the world’s largest crater field—are being found today, and streamlined natural space sculptures such as this superb example are highly sought after and rarely offered.

Fossils & Natural History

The auction will stream live online on Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m. EDT.

The most anticipated highlights include:

Lot 17: tourmaline on quartz. Starting Price: $9,000

The name “tourmaline” comes from the Sinhalese word “turmali” or “thoramalli,” which relates to different gemstones found in Sri Lanka. This semiprecious stone is bicolored with light green and pink sections and is enveloped in white Clevelandite crystals and faceted quartz and is one mineral among many offered in the sale.

Lot 44: petrified wood table. Starting Price: $11,000 Buried deep beneath volcanic ash, this specimen slowly petrified into an incredible mineral over millions of years. The rich color of the wood table highlights the deep natural colors of the ancient fossil, creating a statement piece that would fit with any décor.

Lot 91: baby mosasaur skeleton, Morocco, Late Cretaceous. Starting Price: $40,000

The fossil presented here originated from the Maastrichtian age of the Late Cretaceous period in the Oulad Abdoun Basin in Morocco. This specimen is 60 percent complete with a few built up areas to complete the skeleton and is situated on a tall stand, making the mosasaur a 3D display piece.

Lot 99: T-rex tooth, Wyoming, Cretaceous. Starting Price: $1,500

This rare tooth, of chocolate brown to espresso color, is from the premaxillary section of the frontal jaw and exhibits a D-shaped cross section while incisiform with a serrated edge. This type of tooth was usually only numbered eight out of the average total of 60 teeth in the jaw, increasing its rarity.

All the lots will be available to view in person at the meteorites, fossils and natural history auction preview from April 17-18. Geoff Notkin will host a book signing and free meteorite giveaway while guests take in the specimens in this museum-quality showing. For more information, contact 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
Chelyabinsk Meteorite, Russia. Petrified Wood Table. Starting Price: $11,000 Sikhote-Alin Meteorite, Russia. Baby Mosasaur Skeleton, Morocco, Late Cretaceous. T-Rex Tooth, Wyoming, Cretaceous .
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 16:50
 

A&D Gallery to auction art suited to smaller spaces, April 18

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Thursday, 02 April 2015 14:04
Sketch for 'Monogram' by Robert Rauschenberg. A&D Gallery image

LONDON – A&D Gallery will conduct its “Small Art” auction on Saturday, April 18.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

All 60 lots are 20th/21st century art less than A4 in size (no side longer than 12 inches).

While many art collectors would love to possess a giant triptych by one of the great modern artists, there are a few drawbacks:

1) The prices of major works by major artists are rising faster than property prices.

2) Property prices mean that most collectors don’t have room for giant triptychs.

It’s fortunate, therefore, that many of the most significant artists of the last 50 years have produced originals, prints, and multiples in sizes smaller than A4. That simple requirement (plus a notable reputation) has been the curatorial benchmark for inclusion in this exhibition.

While most of the works are multiples, there are a few original drawings, sketches and unique prints.

The artists include Jim Dine, Jeff Koons, Tracey Emin, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Hamilton, Man Ray, Tim Head, Claes Oldenburg, Jenny Holzer, Eduardo Paolozzi, Robert Indiana, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, Ray Johnson, Cy Twombly, Allen Jones and Andy Warhol.

The opening bid is the reserve. Estimates range from 30 pounds to 3,000 pounds ($45 to $4,450).

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
'Seasons' by  Jasper Johns. A&D Gallery image 'Rosso' Allen Jones. A&D Gallery image
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 16:11
 

Kaminski Auctions to sell Gen. Alexander Haig property April 12

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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 14:54
Chaumet Paris tuxedo set; property of Gen. Alexander M. Haig. Kaminski Auctions image

BEVERLY, Mass. – On April 12 Kaminski Auctions’ will present an unreserved estate auction that includes an outstanding selection of antiques and fine art. Offerings range from a large collection of Asian bronze Buddha figures, to an extensive collection of Lalique glass from a California collector, and important items from the estate of Alexander M. Haig, former secretary of state.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

A decorated four-star general, Alexander M. Haig had an illustrious military career serving on the staff of Gen. Douglas MacArthur in the Korean War, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in the Vietnam War. He served as NATO Supreme Commander from 1974-1979, as secretary of state under Ronald Regan, and as chief of staff under President Richard M. Nixon and President Gerald R. Ford. Haig died Feb. 20, 2010 at the age of 85.

Highlights of his estate include his midnight blue metallic 1995 Mercedes cabriolet coupe convertible, gifts from important dignitaries from diplomatic missions, as well as furnishing from his homes in Palm Beach, Fla., and Virginia.

The highlight of the jewelry section of the sale comes from the Alexander Haig collection: a Chaumet Paris tuxedo set, 18K yellow gold and diamond, all marked 750, signed, 18 pieces in total, in its original fitted Chaumet case.

Other jewelry highlights in the sale include an 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe wristwatch with gold link bracelet band; a platinum, jade, and diamond jewelry suite consisting of a brooch, ring and earrings, from a California collection; and an exceptional 14K yellow gold, jade and pearl five-piece suite consisting of a bracelet designed as jade disks with seed pearl and delicate gold leaf decoration, pendant, marquis cut jade ring, and earrings, approximately 43 grams total weight; as well as several lots of South Sea pearls.

A late 18th/early 19th century Renaissance Revival cabinet made of ebonized wood, with inlay and decorated with grotesques and classical figures, is the star furniture lot valued at $4,000-$6,000 from an important Massachusetts estate.

The Lalique on offer includes pieces from the Bacchantes, Marguerites, Eroica and Antilles collections. Other important glass entries include a Tiffany vase of opalescent glass with enameled gilt bronze base, marked “Louis C. Tiffany Furnaces, Inc.” The beautiful vase is valued at $3,000-$5,000. A Rene Lalique "Albert" blue vase, circa 1925, with handles is estimated at $1,200-$1,500.

From a Kiev, Ukraine, estate are two Jeanne Selmersheim-Desgrange (French, 1877-1958) oil paintings. The first is a view of the sea from a balcony, while the second depicts a still life with tea set, flowers and apple. Both are valued in the $2,000-$5,000 range, and there is also a cabaret scene from Ukrainian artist Elie Anatole Pavil (1873-1948).

A Navajo carpet, a Russian silver egg, with turquoise and amethyst cabochons, and a World War I regimental flag dated 1926 are some of the more the eclectic lots that round out the sale.

For more information call 978-927-2223.

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
Italian Renaissance Revival ebonized cabinet, 18th/19th century. Kaminski Auctions image Tiffany art glass vase. Kaminski Auctions image
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:25
 

Apr. 18 Quinn & Farmer auction may reveal how far Asian market has come

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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 14:44
Montague J. Dawson (British, 1895-1973), ‘Chrysolite & Havannah: The Homeward Race,’ oil-on-canvas. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Quinn & Farmer image

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Quinn & Farmer’s April 18 Fine Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction may very well produce new benchmarks for Chinese furniture when three pieces that last appeared at auction in 1996 are offered for sale.

“That was a critical test period for the Chinese art market in the United States. It was just starting to take off, and no one could predict how quickly it would rise or how far it would go,” said Skip Usry, Vice President of Quinn & Farmer Auctions in Charlottesville, Virginia. Now, nearly two decades later, fine Asian art dominates Western auction rooms, and prescient investments of the mid 1990s are paying off handsomely.

There are high expectations at Quinn & Farmer for a pair of important 17th/early 18th century huanghuali cabriole-leg stools (fangdeng) that last appeared at auction on Sept. 19, 1996 at Christie’s New York gallery. They were described in Christie’s auction-catalog notes as being two of nine known examples and “almost entirely original.” A Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture label is affixed beneath one of the stools. In that auction, they sold for $68,500 against a $30,000-$40,000 estimate. At Quinn & Farmer’s event they will be offered with a much more ambitious $100,000-$150,000 estimate.

With provenance from the same Christie’s sale, a Chinese zitan kang table (kangzhuo) with cabriole legs on ball-and-claw feet is carved with images of mythological quilin, with fanged, gaping jaws, bulging eyes and flaring nostrils. Its 1996 selling price was $51,750, and its pre-auction estimate at Quinn & Farmer is $40,000-$60,000.

The fine art section is led by an impressive early to mid-20th-century marine oil-on-canvas by Montague J. Dawson (British, 1895-1973) titled Chrysolite & Havannah: The Homeward Race. Executed to a very high standard, the depiction of two galleons in full sail, one following the other in a wave-capped sea, is expected to make $40,000-$60,000 at auction.

A circa 1914-1917 casting of Alexander Phimister Proctor’s (Canadian, 1860-1950) bronze titled Stalking Panther carries a foundry mark for Roman Bronze Works, NY near its left hind leg. The work is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

Made around 1800, a handsome George III double-sided library writing table made of mahogany with mahogany veneers and pine as the secondary wood is attributed to J. Taylor. Its leather inset top has a tooled Greek-key border, and it has three cock-beaded drawers on each side, with brass bail pulls. The legs have reeded and banded elements and rest on brass casters. Provenance: Sotheby’s, July 7, 1995. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000.

Historically significant, two pairs of skis were made circa 1910 by A.B. Otto Brandt, Helsinki, for Alexei Nikolaevich (1904-1918), the Tsarevich and Romanov family’s heir apparent to the throne of the Russian Empire. Alexei was the youngest child and only son of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. The skis are accompanied by a pair of child-size leather boots and two sets of ski poles. All are contained in their original fitted mahogany case, which is impressed with the Russian Imperial Cypher. Provenance: Sotheby’s, April 11, 2011; Hammer Galleries. The pre-auction estimate is $30,000-$50,000.

The April 18, 2015 auction will begin at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time at the Quinn & Farmer Auctions gallery located at 2109 India Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901. All forms of bidding are available, including live online via LiveAuctioneers. For additional details on any lot in the sale, call 434-293-2904 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 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
Pair of 17th/early 18th century huanghuali stools, provenance: Christie’s New York, Sept. 19, 1996. Estimate: $100,000-$150,000. Quinn & Farmer image 17th/early 18th century zitan kang table, provenance: Christie’s New York, Sept. 19, 1996. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Quinn & Farmer image Circa-1800 George III double-sided library writing table, mahogany with mahogany veneers and pine as the secondary wood, attributed to J. Taylor. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Quinn & Farmer image Circa 1914-1917 casting of Alexander Phimister Proctor’s (Canadian, 1860-1950) bronze titled ‘Stalking Panther.’ Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Quinn & Farmer image Skis, poles and boots in case, originally the property of Alexei Nikolaevich (1904-1918), the Tsarevich and Romanov family’s heir apparent to the throne of the Russian Empire. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Quinn & Farmer image
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:00
 

Historical Estates to preview Whitney Houston's gowns at Apr. 4 auction

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015 13:17
This dress, once owned and worn by Whitney Houston and designed by Bob Mackie, is one of 15 Houston dresses that will be exhibited – but not sold – at the auction. Historical Estates Auctions image

CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. – Fifteen stunning gowns and dresses previously owned by the late singing legend Whitney Houston, some worn on-stage and others at events and galas, will be exhibited – but but not sold – at an auction slated for Saturday, April 4, by Historical Estates Auctions, in the firm’s gallery located at 103 Industrial Drive.

“All of the dresses carry a story and all are absolutely gorgeous,” said Conny Dixon of Historical Estates Auctions. “The most important one of the group is a gold and white dress designed by Bob Mackie. All these dresses were important to her career and the public will be viewing them for the first time. We will be offering the dresses at auction, probably sometime later this year.” The dresses will actually be available for viewing the day before the auction, on Friday, April 3, at a preview for the next day’s auction. The preview will last all day. On auction day, a mini-preview will be held from 9-11 a.m., then the auction will begin immediately after that, at 11 a.m. Central time.

Absentee and Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

While the dresses, which Dixon has dubbed “The Greatest Dresses of All,” in honor of Houston’s hit single, The Greatest Love of All, are certain to be an attraction, the items to be sold will be nearly as mesmerizing for the assembled throngs. Quality lots, in a rainbow of categories, mostly pulled from prominent estates and collections, will be sold to the highest bidder on Saturday. Offered will be fine 18th and 19th century American and Continental furniture, porcelains, Persian rugs, chandeliers, estate jewelry, silver, fine artwork, bronzes, guns and Civil War items. Many of the items are coming to market out of important Tennessee collections, as well as an estate in Kansas City, Mo.

Period furniture will feature a rare 15-piece R.J. Horner dining room suite, with a china cabinet, sideboard, 60-inch table and 12 chairs, all heavily carved; a large, impressive 18th century Dutch burl walnut linen press in fine original condition (with the old shipping label from Amsterdam to Christie’s in London); and a 19th century Louis XV-style needlepoint and petit point walnut sofa.

Additional furniture will include a large, heavily carved cabinet on full-body winged griffins, with a fall front and two drawers (6 feet 8 inches long); a Herter Brothers scenic inlaid rosewood side cabinet; a Pottier & Stymus Egyptian Revival mahogany and gilt sofa; a six-piece rosewood J. & J.W. Meeks parlor suite with recamier; and a Meeks parlor cabinet in the Henry Ford pattern.

The fine art category will feature a 19th century oil on canvas rendering of a mother and children, housed in an ornate gilt wood frame; an important bronze depiction of an Egyptian princess, cast in 42 plaques to achieve the overall effect (signed lower left, “Chicago, Ill., AP”); and a fantastic pair of carved figures – a male hunter and a female huntress – impressive and life-size, 6 feet tall.

Decorative accessories and collectible items will include a carved Black Forest pipe showing a bear; a carved Meerschaum pipe of a hunter; a lovely pair of Sevres covered urns; a Meissen floral-encrusted clock with putti, depicting the four seasons; an original Venetian glass grape bunch chandelier; and a monumental bronze and sienna marble clock, 3 feet 3 inches high.

Militaria will feature a Henry rifle with all matching serial numbers (#10976); a pearl-handled Bowie knife, 10 1/2 inches long, signed “Hansen”; a Colt 1860 U.S. Army revolver, .44 caliber, dated 1862; an Urwin Rogers knife-pistol with bullet mold, tweezers and cap box in the handle; a Colt single-action revolver, .44 caliber, dated 1877, with notches in the grip; a Colt Model 3 derringer, circa 1880s, .44 caliber; and a nickel-plated 1860s Remington derringer, .44 caliber.

Still more furniture to be auctioned will be a fine Renaissance Revival scenic marquetry inlaid rosewood center table; a set of 10 18th century dining chairs with the original paint decoration in a musical motif, once used at a Virginia plantation; and a Renaissance Revival gilt incised leather swivel desk chair. An expected star lot of the fine jewelry category is a tanzanite and diamond necklace.

Historical Estates & Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, call  662-770-0270.

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
Gorgeous circa 19th century Meissen mirror and console, impressive at 7 feet 3 inches tall. Historical Estates Auctions image Handsome early 20th century Tiffany marquetry inlaid grandfather clock, 8 feet 7 inches tall. Historical Estates Auctions image Bronze depiction of an Egyptian princess cast in 42 plaques, overall 52 inches tall by 39 inches wide, signed ‘Chicago, Ill., AP.’ Historical Estates Auctions image Nineteenth century throne chair, 8 feet tall, flanked on either side by Venetian blackamoors, also 19th century. Historical Estates Auctions image Ornate 19th century gold mirror perched above a magnificent statuary marble mantel, also 19th century. Historical Estates Auctions image Guns and other militaria will feature this Henry rifle with all matching serial numbers. Historical Estates Auctions image J. & J.W. Meeks recamier, part of a beautiful six-piece parlor suite. Historical Estates Auctions image
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 14:06
 

Palm Beach Modern's Apr. 11 auction showcases midcentury masters

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Monday, 30 March 2015 09:38
Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), original, signed photograph/silkscreen art used on invitations to designer Halston’s ‘dress drag’ party in 1978, 9.75 by 6.25-inch. Est. $10,000-$15,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Captivated followers of AMC’s Mad Men knew the time would come that they’d have to bid farewell to moody Don Draper and the rest of the dysfunctional crew at Sterling Cooper & Partners. In recognition of the smash-hit TV series’ last season, Palm Beach Modern Auctions (PBMA) is hosting an April 11 auction that embodies the sophisticated interior-design style favored by "mad men" of the 1960s. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

In toasting the spirit of postwar modernity for their 550-lot auction, PBMA co-owners Rico Baca and Wade Terwilliger have chosen a selection of classic midcentury art and furniture by the most sought-after designers of Italy, France, Denmark and the United States.

A pair of matched Philip & Kelvin Laverne Etruscan tables that combine to form a dining table will be offered with an estimate of $30,000-$40,000. Illustrating a synthesis of surreal imagery and minimalist forms, a John Dickinson Model 57 galvanized steel console is expected to reach $20,000-$30,000. And from a collection of Jacques Duval-Brasseur furniture comes a sculptural center hall table with a flower insert that rises from the center. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000.

The list of powerhouse names represented in the sale is a long and illustrious one, and includes such furniture-design giants as: Paul Evans, Wendell Castle, Arne Jacobsen, Charles & Ray Eames, George Nelson, Barovier & Toso, Karl Springer, Eero Saarinen, Wormley/Dunbar, Vladimir Kagan, Charlotte Perriand and dozens of others.

A superb selection of art features original works and editions, as well as sculptures by noted artists. Leading the group is an acrylic on panel by Richard Anuszkiewics titled Soft Turquoise. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000. Other artists whose works will be auctioned include Tom Wesselman, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein and Red Grooms. Also, there are original works by Angel Botello, Donald Sultan, Gino Severini, Georg Kolbe and Paul Jenkins.

Harkening the anything-goes era of Studio 54, Lot 365A is the original 1978 artwork Andy Warhol created for invitations to a “dress drag” party hosted by fashion designer Halston at his East 63rd Street townhouse on July 17th of that year. The 9.75 by 6.25-inch photograph/silkscreen art depicts as its subject a Venezuelan window dresser named Victor Hugo, who became Halston’s lover in 1972 and later worked as Warhol’s assistant. The work is clearly hand-signed by Warhol. Its line of provenance starts with Warhol, who gifted it to Hugo, who, in turn, gave it to the consignor. Its estimate is $10,000-$15,000.

Included in the same late 1970s/early 1980s circle of glamorous party people was model Yelitza Károlyi. Lot 77 in the April 11 auction is a 1974 screenprint, titled Mao, which Warhol created for an exhibition at Musee Galliera in Paris and hand-signed/inscribed to Károlyi. The 40.25 by 29.5-inch screenprint is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

Another of Károlyi’s friends was photographer Peter Beard, renowned for his stunning images of African wildlife and landscapes. Seven of Beard’s early silver gelatin prints from Károlyi’s collection are entered in the auction. A compelling Beard-inscribed and dated (1964) gelatin silver print of young Africans in native attire bears a rare King Edward VIII Tanganyika stamp. Its presale estimate is $10,000-$15,000.

Hands should go up all over the room for a large and intriguing Harry Bertoia organic-form sculpture from a collection of Bertoia works consigned to the auction. The sculpture passed from the artist to his son, Val Bertoia, then to Richard Thomas, who was Head of Metalsmithing at Cranbrook Academy of Art. After that, the sculpture was acquired by a private collector in Boynton Beach, Fla., and passed by descent through the same family. It is estimated at $15,000-$25,000.

Baca remarked that he and Terwilliger are “obsessive” about tracking trends in the midcentury and contemporary art market, and that they stay on the lookout for new categories that are gaining momentum. “We watch and listen, and of course, the results of each of our sales steer us toward the type of art and design we should offer the next time around,” said Baca.

A fast-growing category for PBMA is luxury goods, Baca said. A selection of quality items will be offered in the upcoming sale, with representation from such designers and brands such as Tiffany & Co., Chanel, Bulgari, Louis Vuitton, Yves St. Laurent, Judith Leiber and many more.

Palm Beach Modern Auctions’ Saturday, April 11, 2015 auction will commence at 12 noon Eastern Time at the company’s exhibition center located at 417 Bunker Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33405. Guests will be treated to a complimentary lunch, as well as valet parking. Preview: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 9 a.m. onward on auction day.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Richard Anuszkiewics, ‘Soft Turquoise,’ acrylic on panel. Est. $25,000-$35,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image John Dickinson galvanized steel console, Model 57. Est. $20,000-$30,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image Jacques Duval-Brasseur sculptural center hall table. Est. $8,000-$12,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image Early Peter Beard inscribed and dated gelatin silver print with rare King Edward VIII Tanganyika stamp. Est. $10,000-$15,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image Large Harry Bertoia sculpture. Provenance: Harry Bertoia / Val Bertoia / Richard Thomas (Head of Metalsmithing at Cranbrook Academy of Art) / private collection, Boynton Beach, Fla., thence by descent. Est. $15,000-$25,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), 40.25 by 29.5-inch screenprint created for 1974 exhibition at Musee Galliera in Paris, hand-signed/inscribed by Warhol. Est. $20,000-$30,000. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image
Last Updated on Friday, 10 April 2015 14:08
 

Wifredo Lam artwork, silver, decorative art featured Apr. 4 at Morphy's

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Friday, 27 March 2015 11:10
Figural cast-iron ‘Honey Bear’ doorstop, 15½ inches tall, est. $2,500-$3,500. Morphy Auctions image DENVER, Pa. – The soft shine of old silver and the stunning artistry of stained and leaded-glass windows will greet bidders at Morphy’s Saturday, April 4 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction. More than 600 lots will be offered, with all forms of bidding available, including absentee and live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers. Start time is 9 a.m. Eastern.

Dozens of categories are listed in the catalog, including fine jewelry, pottery, silver, inkwells, coins, paintings, art glass, canes, clocks and historical ephemera. Additionally, there are antique telephones and a cast-iron selection that includes figural doorstops.

“This is just the type of event that attracts collectors who like to buy ‘off the grid,’ and by that I mean auctions that aren’t focused on just a single, specific category. You never know what you’ll find in an auction with this much variety, and as is the case with all Morphy events, the level of quality across the board is very high,” said Dan Morphy, president and founder of Morphy Auctions.

Highlights within the decorative arts section start with Lot 495, a beautiful silver-overlay art glass vase executed primarily in peacock blue. Its estimate is $1,500-$2,500. Lot 417, a 9½-inch Rookwood vase with foliate theme was designed by Rose Fechheimer and is estimated at $1,000-$2,000. An impressive 33-inch, squeezebag-decorated Roseville jardinière with pedestal has an Art Nouveau landscape motif and is artist-initialed “H.S.” (Helen Smith) and “E.D.” Entered as Lot 457, it is expected to make $1,000-$1,500.

Sixteen leaded and stained-glass windows will be offered consecutively from Lots 522-537. Many are large, measuring 47 by 51 inches. Some have cathedral-shape designs; others are rounded or profusely decorated with floral images. All display a high standard of artistry. Estimates range from $100 at the low end to $800 at the top.

An extensive selection of American, English and Continental silver includes every imaginable vessel, as well as flatware, serving pieces and candlesticks. An outstanding example of ornate, repousse artistry, Lot 254 is a Stieff sterling silver flower vase shaped as a spray-form basket with upright handle. Standing 18 inches tall and weighing 46.3 ozt, it is cataloged with a $6,000-$8,000 estimate.

Several music boxes will cross the auction block. Among them is Lot 374, a rare enameled box with a feathered “singing” bird. It plays well and could reach $3,000-$6,000.

The highest-estimated artwork in the sale is Lot 548, a signed Wifredo Lam (Cuban, 1902-1982) pastel-on-paper of abstract animals, measuring 27½ by 18¼ inches. It is unframed and estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

In the fine jewelry section, an eye-catching platinum filigree diamond ring weighing approximately 1.03 carats is entered with a $6,000-$8,000 estimate. It’s in prestigious company alongside Lot 345, a signed (J.E.C. & Co.) platinum line bracelet set with 46 French-cut rubies. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000.

An array of whimsical cast-iron figural doorstops includes many types of animals, buildings, and people. A standout within the group is Lot 42, a 15¼-inch Honey Bear holding a honey pot in his hands and licking his lips. A perennial charmer in excellent condition, this example is estimated at $2,500-$3,500.

A broad selection of antique coins and currency is included from Lots 83 through 173. One of the monetary highlights is Lot 168, a Parker and Burke 1901 US $10 large note with red seal. In extra-fine condition, it bears the image of a buffalo and explorers Lewis and Clark. Estimate: $2,200-$2,800.

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 .

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
Stieff sterling silver flower vase, 18 inches tall, 46.3 ozt, est. $6,000-$8,000. Morphy Auctions image Platinum filigree diamond ring, approximately 1.03 carats, $6,000-$8,000. Morphy Auctions image Rare enameled music box with a feathered ‘singing’ bird, est. $3,000-$6,000. Morphy Auctions image Rookwood vase with foliate theme, designed by Rose Fechheimer, 9½ inches tall, est. $1,000-$2,000. Morphy Auctions image Roseville jardinière with pedestal, artist-initialed ‘H.S.’ (Helen Smith) and ‘E.D.,’ 33 inches tall, est. $1,000-$1,500. Morphy Auctions image Silver-overlay art glass vase primarily in peacock blue, est. $1,500-$2,500. Morphy Auctions image Wifredo Lam (Cuban, 1902-1982) pastel-on-paper, 27½ x 18¼ inches, est. $10,000-$15,000. Morphy Auctions image
Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 11:19
 

Nakashima chairs starring at B. Langston auction March 29

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Thursday, 26 March 2015 08:28
One of the six Nakashima conoid walnut chairs. B. Langston’s LLC image JAX, Fla. – An exquisite set of George Nakashima chairs heads a list of more than 200 lots of fine antiques to be sold by Auctions by B. Langston’s LLC in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday, March 29, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The set of six Nakashima conoid walnut chairs comes with provenance provided by the family, including personal correspondence between them and the maker.

Fine antiques including a Tiffany & Co. shelf clock, a collection of silver overlay art glass, a nice piece of Galle, bronzes and more.

For additional information on any item in the sale, call B. Langston’s at 904-642-1003 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
Set of six Nakashima conoid walnut chairs. B. Langston’s LLC image Lotus Galle bowl. B. Langston’s LLC image Tiffany & Co. shelf clock. B. Langston’s LLC image Loetz silver overlay art glass vase, 4 5/8in tall. B. Langston’s LLC image
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 13:17
 

Continental Hobby House welcomes spring with Mar. 29 toy auction

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:28
'Lithographed tin airplane hangar with high-wing monoplane, German. Continental Hobby House image SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – When it comes to toys, the expert team at Continental Hobby House is hard to beat. Since 1964, they’ve been bringing to the marketplace the top brands and rarest examples of all types of antique and vintage collectibles from Europe, Japan and the United States. On Sunday, March 29th, Continental Hobby House will auction a fabulous collection of toys, with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers. Start time is 2 p.m. Eastern / 1 p.m. Central / 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

There’s a huge selection of toy cars, from manufacturers like Schuco, Bandai, Alps and Nomura; as well as race cars by Daiya, Yonezawa, Tri-Ang Minic, etc. Toy planes from Cragstan, Yoshiya, Rosko and many others will line up alongside toy boats by Schuco, Arnold, Fleetline, Sutcliffe, etc.

Look for wind-up figures that include Tom Tom Jungle Boy, Little Monkey Artist, Happy the Violinist, etc., HO trains by Narklin, Roco, and Fleischmann); and games from the Edwardian and Victorian eras – many of them quite rare.

Also in the sale are playsets, including Captain Power and Hot Wheels; Star Wars toys, cap guns, automata and even paintings. The list is endless, and the online catalog deserves a thorough search.

For questions about any item in the sale, call 920-693-3371.

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

Extremely rare lithographed tin, friction-powered Japanese Great Mazinger Z race car made by Masudaya, Japan. Continental Hobby House image

 Post-WWII lithographed tin wind-up Uberholende Rennautos (Overtaking Race Cars) #21 double racers, made by Philipp Niedermeier (PN), West Germany. Continental Hobby House image

 1950s lithographed tin, friction-powered #S-1309 Mercury convertible car with house trailer, camper and lawn furniture, made by Shioji/Shoten (SSS), Japan. Continental Hobby House image

Rare 1960s Marilyn Monroe ‘Ugly Days Are Here Again’ Help Fight MS tin advertising pin 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:49
 
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