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Thomas Del Mar to sell museum-quality arms, armor June 25

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Monday, 09 June 2014 16:35

Composite North Italian etched corslet, late 16th century from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 14.25.681. Estimate: £12,000-18,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

LONDON – Items from such iconic U.S. institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago are among the highlights of Thomas Del Mar Ltd.’s auction of Antique Arms, Armor and Militaria to be held Wednesday, June 25.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

A composite North Italian etched corslet dating from the late 16th century, which was once owned by Prince Peter Soltykoff until 1860 and is now being sold by order of the trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is expected to fetch £12,000-18,000. The corslet is composed of a a breastplate and a back piece, and is finely decorated with bands and borders of relief-etching on a stippled and blackened ground involving at the top of the breastplate the figure of St. John the Baptist holding a banner with the abbreviated inscription AD for Agnus Dei.

More than 20 lots from the George F. Harding Collection are being sold by the Art Institute of Chicago to benefit the Harding Collection. Included is a mounted armor for the Jousts Real in the Spanish style of circa 1500-10, consisting mainly of 19th century pieces with some early 16th century elements of great weight, which is expected to fetch £15,000-20,000. The horse-bit is probably of 17th century date and is known to have belonged to His Imperial Highness Archduke Eugen Veste Hohenwerfen of Salzburg, until 1927. A fine pair of 16-Bore Liegois flintlock holster pistols by Jean Jaques Behr, circa 1720-30, which belonged to Ernst August I, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar (1688-1748), and subsequently Wilhelm Ernst, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1876-1923), carry an estimate of £8,000-10,000.

Also from the United States is a group of English and European 
small-swords from the Lattimer Family Collections of New
 Jersey. The Lattimer Family Collections have been described as a virtual military museum, his late 19th century Federal style home being filled with numerous historic pieces including edged weapons, Revolutionary and Civil War rifles, swords and huge turret mounted machine guns from World War I. Decorated small swords, notably those with historic provenance, were an area of particular interest to Lattimer, and a distinguished group from his collection is now on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The auction will also include Part Two of the Morton and Angela Stern Collection. The Sterns, who lived in New York, shared a passion for antiques and in particular arms and armor. Together they traveled extensively, visiting museums, fairs, auctions and gun shows making many acquisitions together. The objects offered in Thomas Del Mar’s Auction reflect their combined broad tastes, including some fine examples of European edged weapons, armor and a number of distinguished examples of the gunsmith’s skill as both engineer and decorator. Mort had a particular interest in military firearms and Angela in Scottish firearms.

Among the notable pieces is a fine German sword-rapier with blackened iron hilt dating from the late 16th century which is estimated at £6,000-8,000, while a North Italian close helmet for heavy field use, probably Milanese, dating from circa 1580 carries a similar estimate, and a fine pair of 38-bore Scottish flintlock belt pistols by I. Christie of Perth, and dating from circa 1780, is expected to fetch £5,000-7,000.

Also with a distinguished provenance is a fine and rare cased pair of 28-bore French silver-mounted flintlock pistols of presentation quality by Boutet, Directeur Artiste, Manufacture a Versailles, circa 1802, which are expected to fetch £40,000-70,000. These are being offered by the descendant family of Don José de la Serna, Conde de Los Andres, Viceroy of Peru (1770-1832). They are signed within a lozenge shaped framework of gilt pellets, decorated in gold with bands filled with contrasting matted and plain triangular panels at the muzzle.

Two important German pieces that were the property of a European prince are a close helmet, circa 1600, estimated at £12,000-18,000, and a fine and rare hand-and-a-half sword, circa 1490-1530, estimated at £7,000-10,000.

Elsewhere in the auction is a rare East Tibetan decorated leather lamellar armor dating from the 15th/17th century, which is in very fine condition. Formed of two pairs of plates covering the chest and the back of the torso, open at the front and fitted with two slender plates at each side, it is decorated in gold with large flower heads and foliage and is expected to fetch £5,000-7,000.

One of the larger and more unusual pieces in the sale is a rare example of the skull and antlers of an Irish elk (megalocerus giganteus), measuring just over three meters and dating from the Pleistocene period (2.6 million year to 117,000 years before the present). It carries an estimate of £20,000-30,000.

Among the firearms is a fine pair of 20-bore Liegois flintlock long holster pistols, dating from 1700, probably by Philippe Desellier – the octagonal breeches chiseled with a classical warrior above a crowned heart impaled by a sword carry an estimate of £10,000-15,000. The Desellier brothers, Philippe and Gilles, are recorded in Liege circa 1676-1740 and 1680-1710 respectively. A fine and rare 25-bore South German (Thuringia) wheel-lock pistol, Suhl, circa 1580-90 – chiseled over its surface with a vertical arrangement of allegorical figures within an architectural framework surrounded by scrolling foliage inhabited by exotic birds is estimated at £8,000-12,000.

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

Composite North Italian etched corslet, late 16th century from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 14.25.681. Estimate: £12,000-18,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

Mounted armor for the ‘Jousts Real’ in the Spanish style of circa1500-10. Mainly 19th century with some early 16th century elements. Property sold by the Art Institute of Chicago. Estimate: £15,000-20,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

Rare and notably large example of the skull and antlers of an Irish elk (megalocerus giganteus), late Pleistocene period. Estimate: £20,000-30,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

Fine German sword-rapier with blackened iron hilt, late 16th century, probably Saxon. Estimate: £6,000-8,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

Fine and rare cased pair of 28 bore French silver-mounted flintlock pistols of presentation quality by Boutet, Directeur Artiste, Manufacture a Versailles, circa 1802. Estimate: £40,000-70,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

Fine pair of 20 bore Liegois flintlock long holster pistols, circa 1700, probably by Philippe Desellier. Estimate: £10,000-15,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

Fine and rare 25 bore south German wheel-lock pistol, Suhl, circa 1580-90. Estimate: £8,000-12,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 10:11
 

Kamelot auction has finery to furnish the castle, June 12-14

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Friday, 06 June 2014 13:35

Elizabeth Fisher Washington painting. Kamelot Auction image.

PHILADELPHIA – Kamelot Auction House offers an outstanding selection of property from multiple estates and private collections in its Town and County Estate Auction which will take place June 12-14. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

This eclectic auction will offer a global array of works, showcasing pieces from the 18th through 20th centuries. In its entirety, the sale will include more than 1,400 lots spread over the course of three days with Thursday, June 12, featuring fine and decorative arts, Friday, June 13, featuring Art Deco, mid-century, and design furniture, and Saturday, June 14, featuring continental furniture, garden and textiles.

The decorations section of this sale brings an impressive collection of European and American furnishings including clocks, ceramics, silver, glass, bronze and decorative works of art from numerous private collections. Among the most sought after pieces is lot 164, a rare 20th century Madoura Picasso goat's head ceramic platter signed "p.p. 25" with impressed marks at the bottom. Kamelot will offer this one-of-a-kind piece estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

Bronze statutes have seen an enthusiastic market in recent history, and seasoned buyers will surely be smitten with the examples offered in this auction, including lot 146, a beautiful 35-inch-tall bronze statue of a robed woman with a bird by 19th century French sculptor Hippolyte Francois Moreau. The original piece is signed by the artist on the base “Hte. Moreau Sculp Exption Salon Des Beaux Arts, 1888” and is estimated at $2,000-$4,000. Lot 147, a monumental white metal sculpture of a woman with wheat resting on a marble base hails from another French sculptor, Mathurin Moreau, and is estimated at $600-$900.

A wide variety of clocks will be offered day one of the sale; most unique among them is a rare collection of Japanese pillar clocks (hashira dokei) circa 1840. Japanese pillar clocks were used to measure temporal hours, and as such, have adjustable seasonal markers on the throat. Estimated at $600-$900, lot 110 represents a beautiful example, featuring an ornately engraved front plate with flower laden basket theme and butterfly indicators.

More traditional forms of silver will be available to adorn a special occasion table or a preexisting collection on a mantle or sideboard. A Reed & Barton sterling silver service for 20 in the Francis I pattern (total weighable silver = 126.10 troy ounces) consisting of 93 pieces is estimated at $3,000-$4,000 (lot 275). Also notable is a 112-piece sterling silver flatware set in the Blackington Marie Louise pattern (weighing 115.40 troy ounces) estimated at $800-$1,000 (lot 273). Porcelain highlights include a four-piece collection of Wedgwood white on crimson dip jasperware circa 1930 (lot 230, $300-$500), and a sweet mid- to late-20th century 12-piece Herend Hungarian porcelain collection in various shapes and patterns featuring a Rothschild bird teapot (lot 223, $200-$400).

Collectors of Asian art will be pleased with the depth of quality and variety of material from collections throughout the country.

More than 140 lots of fine art will be offered on Thursday’s portion of the sale, with the lion’s share of property reflecting American and European works from the 19th and 20th centuries. At the forefront of the fine art selection is an oil on canvas landscape painting by German American artist Hermann Ottomar Herzog (lot 361). The painting is estimated to bring $10,000-$15,000. A picturesque landscape painting by Elizabeth Fisher Washington titled Figures along the Wissahickon (lot 311, $5,000-$8,000) pays homage to the plein air style of painting popular among the Bucks County Impressionist School to which the artist belonged. Works of many other fine American artists are represented including two works by Hans Hofmann in gouache and watercolor titled Morning Mist and Townscape (lot 400, $2,000-$4,000 and lot 402, $1,000-$2,000) and an oil on canvas titled Close Of Day by New Jersey/New York artist Arthur Hoeber (lot 327, $1,000-$2,000). Leading among the European selections is a French landscape oil painting by André Lanskoy (Russian/French, 1902-1976) estimated at 3,000-$5,000 (lot 316) and an oil painting by Enrico Fanfani (Italy, 1824-1885) featuring Helen of Troy gazing out to sea estimated at $1,000-$1,200 (lot 353).

Quality furniture offerings are at the forefront of the june auction and include a wide range of styles and periods to include Continental, English, French, Victorian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau and mid-century modern.

Over 70 lots of garden antiques and outdoor furnishings hailing from several Main Line Philadelphia estates will round out the auction. Attracting serious attention is a large early 19th century carved marble neoclassical bust having wreath crown and draped robes estimated at $500-$800 (lot 1344).

For more information visit call 215-438-6990.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Elizabeth Fisher Washington painting. Kamelot Auction image.

Picasso Madoura plate. Kamelot Auction image.

Hippolyte Francois Moreau bronze.Kamelot Auction image.

Val Bertoia sculpture. Kamelot Auction image.

Collection of rare Japanese pillar clocks. Kamelot Auction image.

Art Deco arm chairs. Kamelot Auction image.

Steinway M Piano, circa1927. Kamelot Auction image.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 16:33
 

John Moran features 20th century design, modern art, June 17

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Thursday, 05 June 2014 13:24

Offered for $10,000-$15,000, this large and magnificent Berlin / KPM porcelain plaque is painted with ‘The Three Fates’ after the German artist Friedrich Paul Thumann. John Moran Auctioneers image.

PASADENA, Calif. – Continuing the momentum of an exciting sale season that has already seen the house set several world records for decorative and fine arts, John Moran Auctioneers is preparing to present yet another sale of exceptional property gathered from private collections and estates. Moran’s June 17 Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction will feature 200 lots of carefully selected Arts and Crafts and mid-century modern design, Native American artifacts, Continental furnishings, porcelain, silver and bronzes, and a large and varied array of American and European fine art.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Modern design selections are led by several lots of pottery by Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883-1959). One of Japan's most famous artists of the 20th century, Kitaoji Rosanjin was a multitalented, self-taught genius, a master of not only of ceramics, but also of painting, lacquerware and calligraphy. He was equally renowned as a gourmet, pioneering the art of ''bishoku,'' an aesthetic fusing the culinary and visual arts through the careful selection of ceramic dishes to enhance gustatory pleasure, and likewise the careful selection of food to enhance the visual charm of the dishes. In 1920 he opened his first of several restaurants, a private dining club called the Bishoku Club, over his gallery. As chef and manager, he created seasonal menus of exquisitely composed delicacies served on his own collection of traditional ceramic dishes. When the earthquake of 1923 destroyed his collection, he was inspired to make his own ceramics. Achieving fame for his often daringly simple original designs, which were always primarily inspired by bishoku, he is now credited with the revival of Japanese ceramic arts in the 20th century. In postwar Tokyo he was discovered by Americans in the upper ranks of the occupation forces, and accepting an invitation by the Rockefeller Foundation to hold a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, made his first trip to America in 1954, determined to demonstrate to the West the superiority of Japanese culture. Twice offered the title of National Living Treasure by the Japanese government, he rejected it both times, but his legacy is honored by shows and holdings in permanent collections at major museums in Europe, America and Japan, and by the high prices his works command at auction.

Moran will offer six lots of pottery by this master craftsman, all purchased at an exhibition in Japan and consigned from the estate of the owner, including two striking, unglazed Bizen-ware vases, one estimated to realize $4,000-$6,000, the other estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

Other modern design highlights include:

– A desk and cocktail table by David Rivera, each made of black and clear acrylic, that appeared in the 1981 motion picture Sharky's Machine, directed by and starring Burt Reynolds (estimates: $900-$1,200 and $600-$900 respectively).

– A pair of silver-plated Diana candelabra by Hagenauer (estimate: $2,000-$4,000), and a nickel-plated tray modeled as a stylized mouse, also by Hagenauer (estimate: $800-$1,200).

Modern art collectors will also be delighted by the selection of paintings, sculptures and works on paper, represented by Alexei Jawlensky, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Rufino Tamayo, and Pablo Picasso among others. A kinetic sculpture in polychrome-painted steel depicting a New York cityscape with King Kong, made by Fredrick Prescott (b. 1949 New Mexico), lends a whimsical note, and is expected to fetch $2,000-$3,000.

Aficionados of the American Arts and Crafts movement will find a Dirk Van Erp copper and mica table lamp (estimate: $5,000-$8,000) and three lots of oak furniture by Gustav Stickley, all in original condition, including a circa 1910-1912 chest of drawers, model no. 906, featuring handsome “banded’’ iron hardware (estimate: $6,000-$8,000) and a child's dresser, model no. 921 and chair, model no. 398 (estimate $2,000-$3,000). Other temptations include gilt bronze accessories by Tiffany Studios in the Zodiac and Grapevine patterns and a large Quezal iridescent glass lampshade.

Traditional Continental decorative arts from the 19th and early 20th centuries, always eagerly anticipated at Moran’s antique sales, will be represented by Louis XV- and XVI-style furniture, including an 18th century provincial walnut commode, an army of French patinated bronze scuptures, and good examples of Sevres-style and Meissen porcelain. Two Berlin / KPM porcelain plaques are finely painted with The Three Fates after the German artist Friedrich Paul Thumann, showing the three allegorical figures spinning the thread of llfe, measuring and cutting it. The larger of the two plaques, an impressive 21 3/4 by 16 1/4 inches, is signed “Wenzel,’’ and is offered for $10,000-$15,000. The smaller version, unsigned, is estimated to bring $3,000-$5,000.

In the category of Native American and Western artifacts collectors will find several Southwest weavings, ranging in estimates from $700 to $2,000; baskets, including Apache figural baskets; and pottery vessels. The latter are highlighted by an Acoma seed pot (estimate: $1,000-$1,500), a San Ildefonso brown ware jar by Carmelita Dunlap (estimate: $800-$1,200), and a large Zia pot by Jose de la Cruz Medina, polychrome-painted with spirit dancers (estimate: $3,000-$5,000). The star lot, however, is a Northwest Coast ceremonial rattle, carved of cedar and polychrome-painted. This rare object is expected to bring $10,000-$20,000.

An item of personal property of one of the most infamous of the mafia leaders of the prohibition era is also offered up: a copper-mounted Western parade saddle that was custom ordered from Texas maker Tex-Tan circa 1944 by Joseph Zerilli (1897-1977). An immigrant from Sicily who rose to become one of the most prominent members of the Italian-American crime families from the 1930s through the ’70s, Zerilli assumed leadership of the Detroit mob, known as the Detroit Partnership, in 1964. He posed as a bread baker and businessman while making as much as $150 million a year from illegal enterprises. Though he spearheaded numerous criminal schemes, including loan sharking, extortion, racketeering and bookmaking, and was suspected in many murders, the only criminal charges he was ever convicted of were speeding and carrying a concealed weapon. Moran’s expects the saddle, which is accompanied by a later associated headstall and reins by Clint Marrs, to realize $4,000-$6,000.

Additional information is by calling 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

Offered for $10,000-$15,000, this large and magnificent Berlin / KPM porcelain plaque is painted with ‘The Three Fates’ after the German artist Friedrich Paul Thumann. John Moran Auctioneers image.

This deceptively simple, unglazed Bizen ware pottery vase by renowned Japanese artist by Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883-1959) is expected to fetch $4,000-$6,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

A Hagenauer nickel-plated mouse tray is one of the items of modern design featured in Moran’s June 17th sale. Estimate: $800-$1,200. John Moran Auctioneers image.

This amusing kinetic sculpture by Fredrick Prescott (b. 1949 New Mexico) is built with swiveling supports so that King Kong can wave from the Chrysler building. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

Featuring ‘banded’ iron hardware, this Gustav Stickley oak dresser is offered in Moran’s June sale for $6,000-$8,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

Leading the selection of Native American artifacts is this polychromed Northwest Coast ceremonial rattle, expected to spirit $10,000-$20,000 from interested bidders. John Moran Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 June 2014 13:33
 

Roland taps outsider artist's collection for June 14 auction

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Larger than life mixed media sculpture of a knight wearing chain mail and a copper garment and holding lance. Roland Auctions image.

NEW YORK – When Bill Roland opens Roland Auctions’ June 14 sale, he will present the estate of Charles Lamb, a recently discovered outsider artist from Livingston Manor, N.Y. Part one will feature the artist’s personal collection of antiques, featuring a large selection of Asian decorative arts. Part two will introduce the work of Charles Lamb.

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While Charles Lamb (1925-2013) enjoyed a successful career as a furniture designer, he created a personal oeuvre of metal sculptures, paintings, jewelry and wood carvings in secret while working in a secluded barn in upstate New York. The impressive works of art were known only to his close circle of family and friends until attorney Brian Rourke made it his mission to make Lamb’s work known to the public.

He called New York City auctioneer Bill Roland to assess, organize and sell the collection for the benefit of Doctors Without Borders. The auction will be a day of discovery for knowledgeable dealers and collectors.

According to interviews with Lamb’s family, the artist was born in Iowa, served in World War II and was educated at Stanford University. While there he studied engineering and gained a degree in English and theater arts.

Lamb went on to become an actor and then manager of the Dobbs Ferry Players. When the theater group folded, Lamb turned to making custom-designed furniture. His clients included jazz great Stan Getz.

As a sculptor and fine artist, Lamb was self-taught. At some point in the mid-1960s to early ’70s he acquired a barn in Livingston Manor and turned it into a metal-working studio, where he systematically improved on the rudiments of welding, metal casting – including lost wax bronze – and other technical/creative skill sets he had acquired as a young adult. Working in solitude, he passionately produced the works of art that will be in the Roland Auction sale.

In the 1970s his first wife’s achievements as an advertising executive made it possible for Lamb to retire from the making of custom furniture. He turned full-time to the pursuit of his personal art form, referring to his need to create as “my curse.”

For several decades, Charles Lamb surrounded himself with the beauty he created. He worked in welded steel, bronze and carved wood. He produced monumental figurative works, the sources of his inspiration wildly divergent and based on what he read and understood from civilizations and mythology across time and space.

According to Cynthia Pappas, Roland Auctions specialist, the works are informed by nature, antiquities and history. “In some pieces,” she said, “you can see literal references morphing into stylized motifs that can only have sprung from the imagination.” For example, a chess set composed of figures inspired by medieval legend, some knights are clothed in miniature handmade chain mail. It is the sort of remarkable detailing that may not be unusual among trained artists but is a rarity among autodidacts.

When the property of Charles Lamb, outsider artist, comes to auction on June 14 at Roland Auctions, there will be more than 200 singular lots to entice buyers. In addition, more than 300 lots of Asian and other antiques from the artist’s private collection will add to the day’s excitement. One highlight is a pair of Italian 16th century doors removed from a church destroyed after bombing during World War II.

For details on the collection of Orientalia and Asian art as well as the unique works of outsider art from the private studio of Charles Lamb, call the gallery director Michael Podniesinski at 212-260-2000 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

Larger than life mixed media sculpture of a knight wearing chain mail and a copper garment and holding lance. Roland Auctions image.

Monumental mixed metal dragon with articulated scales. Roland Auctions image.

One of dozens of bronze models of a deciduous tree. Roland Auctions image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 13:31
 

All aboard for Dreweatts & Bloomsbury railwayana sale June 12

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Wednesday, 04 June 2014 13:27

Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954), ‘Go Great Western to Devon,’ GWR, lithograph in colors, 39 x 24 inches, 1932. Estimate: £600-£800 ($1,005-$1,340). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions will present the extensive Michael Max Collection of railway books, periodicals, pictures, ephemera, medals, jigsaws and other collectables, in a sale of Railwayana on Thursday, June 12. The collection will be auctioned alongside railway posters and collectables from other properties.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

“The collection is not an archive. It is more a serendipity that has given years of pleasure as it has been collected and cataloged,” said collector Michael Max.

The Michael Max Collection was amassed with passion and focus over 40 years. Despite an emphasis on railways, the supremely diverse assemblage also includes works on engineering and other subjects linked to railways.

One of the superlative highlights is a virtually complete set of all the Great Western railway publications, estimated at £2,500-3,500 [Lot 118].

Another highlight from the vast array of books is the first proposal for Atmospheric Railway; Calculations and Remarks, tending to prove the Practicality, Effects and Advantages of a Plan for the Rapid Conveyance of Goods and Passengers upon an Iron Road through a Tube of 30 Feet in Area, by the Power and Velocity of Air, by George Medhurst, 1812, first edition. In principal, the atmospheric railway was a large-scale version of the pneumatic tube system later used over many years for cash transportation in large retail stores. This is estimated at £500-700 [Lot 12].

“Paperwork from the early days of the railway inevitably suffers from age. Much is browned or foxed, some is very fragile because the paper used was very acidic, bindings have worn, cloth and leather have deteriorated, unprotected jackets are easily damaged. … I have tried to ensure that all my books are not only complete but are also sound and capable of being handled so that they have good chance of survival in good condition,” said Max

Also from the collection is a rare Great Western Railway jigsaw titled, Lost in Transit! Damaged Through Thoughtlessness! Never offered for sale to the general public, this fine survivor was issued only to Great Western Railway staff. It is estimated at £350-450 [Lot 362].

Leading the other properties in the sale are a number of colorful posters including Harwich for the Continent, LNER, by the father of the Art deco travel and railway poster, artist Frank H. Mason, 1878-1965. It's estimated at £800-1,200 [Lot 417].

Further highlights

– Thomas Talbot Bury (1929-2013), six colored views on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, Parts I & II, 1831 [and] six colored views on the London & Birmingham Railway, 1837, together three parts. A good set including the particularly scarce part on the London & Birmingham Railway, “one of the rarest of English color plate books,” Tooley. Estimate: £3,500-5,000 [Lot 36].

– George Bradshaw, Bradshaw’s Railway Time Tables and Assistant to Railway Travelling, first edition, first issue dated 10th MO. 19th 1839. Very rare first issue of the eponymous railway timetables. Bradshaw was a Quaker engraver from Manchester whose religious denomination is evident from the unusual dates of the guides, the “10th Mo. 19th” being Oct. 19, or the tenth month. Estimate: £300-400 [Lot 155].

– Cuthbert Hamilton Ellis (1909-1987), G.W.R. No. 5136, oil on board, touches of black chalk, signed lower center. Provenance: acquired directly from the artist. The painting is accompanied by extensive correspondence between the artist and the client commissioning the work, including a preliminary pencil sketch design for the painting. Estimate: £800-1,200 [Lot 376].

– Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway, Remarks on the Reports of the Committee to the Subscribers For a Survey and Plan of a Railway from Edinburgh and Leith to Glasgow, and on the Report of James Jardine, Esq. Civil Engineer, first edition. Estimate: £400-600 [Lot 394].

– Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954), Go Great Western to Devon, GWR, lithograph in colors, backed on linen, 39 x 24ins, 1932. Estimate: £600-800 [Lot 413].

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

Six colored views on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, Parts I & II, 1831 and six colored views on the London & Birmingham Railway, 1837. Estimate: £3,500-£5,000 ($5,860-$8,375). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

‘Bradshaw’s Railway Time Tables and Assistant to Railway Travelling,’ first edition, first issue, 1839. Estimate: £300-£400 ($500-$670) Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

Cuthbert Hamilton Ellis (1909-1987), ‘G.W.R. No. 5136,’ oil on board. Estimate £800-£1,200 ($1,340-$2,010). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

 Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway, plan report, first edition, 1830. Estimate: £400-£600 ($670-$1,005). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954), ‘Go Great Western to Devon,’ GWR, lithograph in colors, 39 x 24 inches, 1932. Estimate: £600-£800 ($1,005-$1,340). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

Great Western Railway jigsaw puzzle, ‘Lost in Transit! Damaged Through Thoughtlessness!’ Estimate: £350-£450 ($586-$753). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

Frank H. Mason (1878-1965), ‘Harwich for the Continent,’ LNER, poster, Estimate: £800-£1,200 ($1,340-$20,10).  Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 15:56
 

Sarcophagus with passport leads Artemis Gallery's June 13 auction

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Moche Janus-headed warrior, ex collection of Hollywood director, Pre-Columbian, circa 600 CE. Est. $20,000-$30,000. Image: Artemis Gallery LIVE

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. – On Friday, June 13th, Artemis Gallery LIVE will conduct a 325-lot auction of rare and outstanding ancient art, together with select classical and Pre-Columbian antiquities; and both prehistoric and historic Native-American art. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The Egyptian category – and the sale overall – is led by an exceptional, full-size, complete sarcophagus in superior condition. Extensively painted with pharoaonic scenes, goddesses, sons of Horus and hieroglyphs, the sarcophagus dates to the Late Period Southern Dynasty, 700 to 300 BCE. The well-traveled antiquity has a distinguished trail of 20th/21st-century ownership that took it to Texas, Hawaii and Paris, then back to the United States.

“In order for it to travel legally into or out of Europe, the sarcophagus had to have its own government-issued passport. Both its passport and a general translation of its hieroglyphs – which include verses from ‘The Book of the Dead’ – will convey to the winning bidder,” said Artemis Gallery’s founder and executive director, Bob Dodge. “Its opening price will seem reasonable to some who collect sarcophagi, but because of its ironclad provenance and wonderful condition, it would not surprise us if it sold for $100,000 or more.”

Before the Classical Greek state developed, a culture known as the Hallstadt prospered in central Europe from 1000-800 BCE. Several Hallstadt pieces will be offered by Artemis Gallery, including an important 9½-inch coiled convex bronze forearm bracelet that Dodge suspects would have been worn by “a very important princess.” Estimate: $5,000-$8,000. A seldom-encountered Hallstadt bronze situla – a vessel that was used to hold wine and water for rituals – is estimated at $50,000-$70,000. “Whenever a situla appears at auction, there’s great demand for it. The last one we saw at auction sold at Christie’s for six figures, and ours is every bit as fine,” said Dodge.

An extensive selection of Greek antiquities will be crossing the auction block, including an exquisite 33½-inch-high, 5th century BCE terra cotta statuette of a goddess. “It’s almost unheard of to find anything this large that hasn’t reduced to a pile of dust after 2,400 years,” said Dodge. “It’s missing its head, but it has a wonderful flowing garment and sensual pose.” The auction estimate is $40,000-$60,000.

A stunning 19-inch Greek Apulian red-figure hydria used to store water and wine at banquets is adorned with a naiskos, or tomb scene, that includes a depiction of a woman being attended by a male soldier and female handmaiden. Made expressly for a funeral, to accompany a woman into the afterlife, the hydria is estimated at $12,000-$15,000.

Extremely rare, a Greek Illyro/Chalcidian bronze helmet displays aspects that indicate it was captured at war, then modified by the enemy to suit their own specifications. “Originally, it was Corinthian in style, with big ear flaps and a nose cover. Later, when in the hands of the enemy, it was made to look more Illyrian,” Dodge said. A very unusual survivor, the helmet is expected to achieve $15,000-$20,000 at auction.

Originating in northern Italy during the height of the Classical Greek period, 6th to 5th century BCE, an Etruscan amphora water or wine storage jar stands 17 inches high and is painted with a panel of stylized fish circling it, with horses below. “This jar comes from the estate of a gentleman in Scotland who owned the Loch Fyne chain of oyster restaurants. He had a wonderful collection of fish-related ancient art,” said Teresa Dodge, Artemis Gallery’s executive director of sales and marketing. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000.

From 1st century CE Rome, a stellar marble portrait head of a patrician man underwent expert restoration to its nose in the 1950s at The Getty museum. Also during that decade, it was exhibited at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. A compelling and realistic artwork, it is entered in the sale with a $20,000-$30,000 estimate.

The many collectors of early weapons will be served a comprehensive array of choices, from bronze weapons of ancient Iran, Persia, the Bactrian empires and Asia. The ancient Chinese selection includes a bronze and silver dagger from the Warring States period, circa 400 BCE. A huge piece of the type rarely available for purchase, it is adorned with masks and other ornate embellishments. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000.

A large grouping of well-provenanced Pre-Columbian art from the collections of two prominent Hollywood directors will be offered. There are articles crafted of gold and silver, wood, stone and pottery, and among the highlights are a world-class Moche stirrup vessel of a warrior, and a monumental Inca stone carving of a fort.

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Moche Janus-headed warrior, ex collection of Hollywood director, Pre-Columbian, circa 600 CE. Est. $20,000-$30,000. Image: Artemis Gallery LIVE

Lifesize Ancient Egyptian sarcophagus, Late Period, circa 712 to 332 BCE. Est. $75,000-$100,000. Image: Artemis Gallery LIVE

Lifesize Ancient Egyptian sarcophagus, Late Period, circa 712 to 332 BCE. Est. $75,000-$100,000. Image: Artemis Gallery LIVE

Exceptional Hallstadt bronze coiled bracelet, northern Greece, circa 8th century BCE. Est. $5,000-$8,000. Image: Artemis Gallery LIVE

 

 

Greek Apulian red-figure hydria, southern Italy, circa 5th to 4th century BCE. Est. $12,000 to $15,000. Image: Artemis Gallery LIVE

Large Etruscan pelike, fish and horse motif, northern Italy, circa 6th to 5th century BCE. Est. $6,000-$8,000. Image: Artemis Gallery LIVE

Roman marble portrait head of a patrician, ex museum collection, Julio-Claudian Period, circa 1st century CE. Est. $20,000-$30,000. Image: Artemis Gallery LIVE

Early Warring States Bashu silver dagger axe, China, circa pre-400 BCE. Est. $15,000-$20,000. Image: Artemis Gallery LIVE

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 17:33
 

Linwoods to hold fine antiquities, decorative arts sale June 21-22

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Thursday, 29 May 2014 22:48

Lustrous white jade brush washer with Qianlong seal mark on a zitan stand, 10 inches diameter. Estimate: $30,000-$45,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

ALHAMBRA, Calif. – In celebration of a highly successful inaugural year, the proprietors of Linwoods Auctions of Southern California will present a veritable treasure trove of antiques, unique jewelry, distinctive period furniture and fine art masterpieces at a two-day auction event on Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAucitoneers.com.

Linwoods Auction House brings together the positive collaboration of consummate art appraiser and connoisseur Thomas Lin with the multigenerational Woods auction house of Florida. The auction house offers a variety of Chinese arts and antiquities, precious stones, fine jewelry and rare furnishings at the two-day event. Items include a porcelain works, jade and soapstone carvings, precious gemstones, scroll paintings, sculptures and museum-worthy furniture pieces.

"We are pleased to offer an array of lots that are unique and memorable,” said curator Lisal Ong. "We feel privileged to be making a number of lots available from the collections of a few discerning lifetime collectors. Whether you are a seasoned art collector or a first time bidder, we have a variety of items of interest at your price point.”

Memorable lots from the June 21-22 auction include a magnificent collection of silken embroidered courtiers’ robes from the imperial court of the Qing dynasty. Another notable offering is a number of Huanghuali furniture pieces of the highest quality and craftsmanship. A discerning lifetime collector is also parting with scroll paintings, porcelain works and select pieces acquired from the auction houses of Sotheby’s, Bonham’s and Christie’s.

The auction opens on Saturday, June 21, featuring a vast array of snuff bottles, intricately crafted in jade, white jade, agate, and cloisonné and featuring semiprecious stone detailing. One lot of particular interest is 5008, a unique black and white Heitian jade snuff bottle with intricately carved figurine overlays. Another noteworthy item is Lot 5027, a spinach and white jade snuff bottle meticulously carved into the shape of an aubergine, or eggplant, with delicate rust-colored suffusions.

Also noteworthy in the Saturday auction is a dazzling array of ancient wooden brush pots, finely crafted wooden chests, and sculpted works in agar, huanghuali, zitan and boxwood among others. Lots of note include 5044, an imperial huanghuali brush pot circa late 18th century-early 19th century with subtly etched bamboo detailing. Another magnificent collector’s piece is Lot 5052, an elegant and rare zitan brush pot with a gleaming texture.

For the truly discerning collector, Lot 5144 is a cornerstone of the auction’s offerings. It consists of five framed Kesi-woven rare Tibet-Thangka embroidered panels, circa late 18th-early 19th century. Each meticulously crafted panel features a deity in repose on a lotus plinth with four smaller deities atop and three below. This is a magnificent museum-worthy compilation piece. Other notable embroidery lots include the impressive collection of silk courtiers’ robes from the Imperial Qing dynasty (Lots 5151-5157) amassed by a lifetime collector in San Francisco. Lot 5153, a navy silk robe featuring mythical dragons chasing flaming pearls among stylized clouds epitomizes the beauty and regal grandeur of this collection.

Another significant item of the day’s offerings is Lot 5188, a lustrous white jade brush washer bowl painstakingly carved from one single white Jade stone and features elderly scholars amid a lush Chinese landscape. The bowl bears the stamp seal from the Qianlong period and has remarkable transparency. It is displayed on a carved zitan wood stand.

Lots 5357-5393 consist of a wide offering of Chinese art, again compiled by a singular lifetime collector with a passion for Chinese art and an eye for fine detail. Notable among these works is Lot 5351, a Chinese art album featuring 11 pages of artwork and calligraphy signed by the artist, Xiao Shuang.

Distinctive furniture lots (5394- 5412) include a number of museum-worthy pieces amassed by a Manhattan lifetime collector who prized huanghuali and zitan wood above all other Western woods for their remarkable strength, durability and gleaming finish. A significant collection piece is Lot 5412, a pair of huanghuali horseshoe-backed chairs, magnificently crafted with intricate detailing.

While the Saturday auction will comprise art collectibles, furnishings and fine art pieces, Sunday’s auction will be reserved for fine jewelry pieces in a variety of forms, from amber prayer beads, to rare Tibetan Dzi beads to unique jade and jadeite pieces. Noteworthy jewelry lots include Lot 5235, a luminous green jadeite pendant with cabochon-style petals surrounded in gold with clusters of nearly perfect diamonds, with GIA certificate. Also exquisite in its elegant simplicity is Lot 5240, a translucent violet jade ring in a cabochon cut with a four-pronged setting and heart-shaped diamond encrusted base – GIA certificate is included.

The proprietors of Linwoods have married their mutually held passion for fine art and collectibles with decades of expert sales and acquisitions for their growing network of international clients. With a promising first year in Southern California, they have plans for quarterly in-house auctions.

The Saturday, June 21, auction event will begin at 2 p.m. Pacific Time. The Sunday, June 22, auction event will begin at 3 p.m. Pacific.

For additional information call Lisal Ong at 626-457-8818.

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

Lustrous white jade brush washer with Qianlong seal mark on a zitan stand, 10 inches diameter. Estimate: $30,000-$45,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

Group of five colorful Kesi woven-silk Tibetan thangka (framed), 18th/19th century, 61 1/4 inches tall. Estimate: $30,000-$45,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

Nineteenth century Chinese embroidered silk robe with three writhing dragons and flaming pearls amid clouds, all above splashing waves, 82 inches long. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

Green jadeite pendant with GIA certificate. Estimate: $14,000-$21,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

An elaborately carved Guanyin jadeite statue, 21 inches tall. Estimate: $30,000-$45,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

Eighteenth century Famille Rose enameled porcelain vase, 9 1/2 inches tall. Estimate: $5,000-$7,500. Linwoods Auctions image.

Chinese framed painting, Zhou Shaogu, 19th/20th century, 12 3/4 inches long. Estimate: $5,000-$7,500. Linwoods Auctions image.

A pair of huanghuali chairs with delicate escutcheon splat back and exquisitely shaped arms, the seat supported by embellished front. Estimate: $16,000-$24,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 13:20
 

Silver and gold lead off diverse William Jenack auction June 8

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French silvered brass with ivory. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.

CHESTER, N.Y. – William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers will conduct a fine art and antique auction Sunday, June 8, at the Jenack gallery, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com. The sale will commence at 11 a.m. Eastern.

The auction will include a collection of American silver and gold coins, silver flatware and service pieces, ivory objects, artwork, Chinese and Southeast Asian works, furniture, carpets and decorative accessories. This diverse sale should appeal to a wide range of bidders, from casual collectors to interior designers.

Coins and silver will comprise nearly 25 percent of the sale with lots including an 1880 and 1884 Coronet Head $10 gold coins, a 1971 Bahamas $10 Gold coin and a Prussian 1900 20 Mark gold coin. In silver coinage there are lots of assorted Morgan silver dollars, Peace dollars, Liberty, Franklin and Kennedy silver half dollars, Standing Liberty and Washington quarters and Mercury and Roosevelt dimes.

Silver flatware will include a service for eight of El Grandee flatware by Towle, a set 12 Tiffany sterling Shell & Thread teaspoons, a lot consisting of five Gorham Buttercup teaspoons and a child’s place setting in the Fontainebleau pattern and a service for 12 of Wallace sterling Agean Weave. Mexican silver will also have a showing with such examples as a pair of Sanborns sterling compotes, Mexican free-form footed tray and oval tray by Juvento Lopez Reyes, Taxco.

Leading the artwork category will be a small watercolor and graphite by Alexei Von Jawlensky, a Russian Expressionist painter active in Germany from the late 19th century to the first half of the 20th century. The work is signed and dated with provenance from Christie’s New York. A large genre canvas by British artist Solomon Alexander Hart titled The Awakening, signed and dated 1863, will also be offered.

Furnishings will include a Chesterfield-style leather sofa, a designer modern glass draw top dining table, a Chinese carved mountain ash cabinet, a king-size Sheraton-style tester bed, a pair of vintage Leather Craft upholstered library chairs and a 19th century Chinese painted cabinet.

In the arena of Chinese and Southeast Asian art will be an Ayutthaya carved wood and gilt figure of Buddha; a 19th century Nepalese carved and painted mask; a Chinese Five Dynasties terracotta tomb figure, a Chinese Ming period storage jar; a Tibetan coral, turquoise, amber and shell mounted hats; and Amamese (Vietnam) pottery jars and others.

Precious small objects of ivory included in the sale will be a fine ivory card case, a French ivory cased etui with gilt silver implements, a set of eight carved ivory napkin rings, a Gorham folding ivory handled parasol, a finely carved and signed Japanese figure of a lion, and a French silvered bracket clock with ivory mounts. Also in the small category will be several 19th century miniature chest of drawers including Empire, Chippendale and Empire styles.

Rounding out the sale there will be a collection of rugs, carpets, bronzes, glassware, a brass cash register, a Swiss music box and collectibles.

For additional information call William Jenack Auctioneers at 845-469-9095.

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

French silvered brass with ivory. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image. 

Alexei Von Jawlensky, watercolor. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image. 

 Miniature Chippendale chest. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.

 Solomon Alexander Hart, oil on canvas. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.

 French ivory etui. William Jenack Estate Appraisers and Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 16:04
 

Bailey's 'Pin-Ups' to star in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury sale June 6

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Thursday, 29 May 2014 14:13

David Bailey (b.1938), David Bailey's Box of Pin-Ups, 1965, Weidenfield and Nicolson, London, 36 halftone prints, contained in original card box. Estimate £3,000–£5,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – As David Bailey’s Stardust exhibition enters its final weeks at the National Portrait Gallery, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions offer Bailey lovers the opportunity to take home his iconic 1965 Box of Pin-Ups, featuring one of Bailey’s most celebrated images of Mick Jagger with a fur collar. The 243-lot sale will be Friday, June 6. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Box of Pin-Ups is a portfolio of 36 portraits that epitomises the fashion, art and music scenes of the '60s, with faces such as John Lennon, David Hockney, Terence Stamp, Jean Shrimpton and Michael Caine.

The cover notes written by Francis Wyndham state: “Surprisingly few are female – Bailey’s standards here are so rigorous that only four girls qualify.

“But in the age of Mick Jagger it is the boys who are the pin-ups”

The portraits were mostly taken of Bailey’s friends and fellow members of the Ad Lib club in London. “The '60s were a great time. … everyone we knew became famous. And I’m still working because I still have the passion.”

David Bailey: “I didn’t ever look at Michael and think, “He is an icon, I’m going to take an iconic picture.” It’s the self-confidence that comes from him.”

Michael Caine: “David and I are like Dorian Gray, growing old in the attic”

Although arguably one of his most recognisable works Bailey admits, “As usual I lost money on the project…we couldn’t give it away. Now they sell for £20,000”

It is even rumoured that he burned some of the works.

The set is estimated at £3,000-£5,000 [lot 159].

Among other celebrity portraiture in the sale, supermodel Helena Christensen is portrayed not only in a photograph by Patrick Demarchelier, estimated at £7,000-£9,000 [lot 182] but also behind the camera, as a photographer herself. Her self-portrait, taken in the water and titled Helena is appearing for the first time at auction [lot 183] alongside portraits of her friends Bono [lot 180] and REM lead singer, Michael Stripe [lot 181].

In an interview with Elle magazine Christensen said, “ I love every aspect of photography, specifically the fact that you freeze moments of life that appear beautiful, interesting, eerie, or life-changing, whether big or small.”

The auction also contains a group of stereocards of The Great Eastern (named the Leviathan before its launch), including the famous portrait of English civil engineer Isambard Kingdon Brunel, by Robert Howlett and George Downes, showing the engineer sitting in front of the giant launching chains in the Millwall shipyard [lot 20], another of a View from the Stern [lot 21] and a third of The Great Eastern funnel with Portraits of Officers[lot 22].

Isambard Kingdom Brunel, (1806-1859) was a leader of the Industrial Revolution who built dockyards, the Great Western Railway, steamships bridges and tunnels. In 2002 he was named second on the BBC’s 100 Greatest Britons.

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

David Bailey (b.1938), David Bailey's Box of Pin-Ups, 1965, Weidenfield and Nicolson, London, 36 halftone prints, contained in original card box. Estimate £3,000–£5,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Portrait of English civil engineer Isambard Kingdon Brunel by Robert Howlett (1831-1858) and George Downes, 1857, two albumen prints pasted on card in stereoscopic format. £1,000-£1,500. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Bert Stern (1929-2013), 'Marilyn Monroe, June 1962,' oversized digital pigment contact print, printed later, signed and editioned 6/15. Estimate: £7,000-£9,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Edouard Boubat (1928-1999), 'Bretagne, 1948,' gelatin silver print, printed later, signed in ink in the margin, signed, titled and dated in pencil verso. Estimate: £1,000-£1,500. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Eugene Atget (1857-1929), 'Petit Trianon, (Versailles), 1921,' albumen print on gold chloride paper. Estimate: £5,000-£7,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), 'Calle Cuauhtemocztin, Mexico City, 1934,' gelatin silver print, printed no later than 1984, signed in black ink with photographer's blind stamp in the margin. Estimate: £4,000-£6,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

William Klein (b.1928), 'Tokyo, 1961,' gelatin silver print, printed no later than 1977, signed, titled and dated in pencil verso. Provenance: A gift from the photographer to the present owner. Estimate: £2,000-£3,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 20:31
 

PBA Galleries to offer fine Asian and graphic art, rare books June 5

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Signed, illustrated edition of ‘Moby Dick.’ Estimate: $7,000-$10,000. PBA Galleries image.

SAN FRANCISCO – PBA Galleries will present Sale 534 – Fine and Rare Books - Asian and Graphic Art – Japanese Maps on Thursday, June 5. Highlights of the auction include a scarce 1611 first edition of the folio King James “He” Bible (estimate $100,000-$150,000), a large collection of Japanese ukiyo-e prints, numerous Japanese woodblock maps, plus etchings and lithographs from important modern masters such as Renoir, Picasso and Chagall, and rare books in all fields.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Among the rare books offered is a 1532 first Florence edition of Machiavelli’s Historie Fiorentine (estimate $10,000-$15,000), the 1556 first edition of Agricola’s De Re Metallica (estimate $8,000-$12,000), the authoritative text on mining and smelting metals for nearly 200 years, and a variety of 14th to 17th century European and Persian illuminated manuscripts. Also on the block are numerous works with illustrations by Rockwell Kent, including a signed illustrated edition of Moby Dick (estimate $7,000-$10,000), plus an additional 10 lots of proof illustrations from the production of that work, each signed by Kent.

A highlight of the fine art section of the sale is an original oil painting of still life of flowers by American artist Alice Brown Chittenden (1859-1944). Chittenden was renowned for her flower still lifes and this is a shining example of her work (estimate $3,000-$5,000). Several other original paintings will be sold from American artists Will Sparks and Charles Damrow and international artists like Hermina Arriola (Mexico), Kenneth Jack (Australia), Van de Boose (Netherlands), and Lin You Zhi (China).

From the collection of the late historian Doyce B. Nunis Jr. will be more than 60 lots of ukiyo-e prints, including three first printings from Hiroshige’s series Eight Views of the Suburbs of Edo, and a collection of 38 prints from a mid-19th century edition of his Famous Views of The Sixty-odd Provinces. Over 80 lots in total of Asian art will be offered from the Nunis collection, including skillfully painted hanging scrolls from Chinese and Japanese painters.

In addition, the Edward W. Allen collection of Japanese woodblock maps will be offered. In that collection is the circa 1860 Korean reprint of the circa 1674 map of the world by Ferdinand Verbiest, a Dutch Jesuit missionary, astronomer and cartographer (estimate $10,000-$15,000). Verbiest introduced cartography to China during the mid-17th century and produced the original for the Chinese emperor.

The sale will begin at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

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.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Signed, illustrated edition of ‘Moby Dick.’ Estimate: $7,000-$10,000. PBA Galleries image.

First edition King James Holy Bible, 1611. Estimate: $100,000-$150,000. PBA Galleries image.

Hirsohige ‘Evening Snow at Asuka-yama,’ 1837. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. PBA Galleries image.

Alice B. Chittenden still life of flowers. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. PBA Galleries image.

First Florence edition of Machiavelli’s ‘Historie Fiorentine,’ 1532. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. PBA Galleries image.

Circa 1860 Korean reprint of the circa 1674 map of the world by Ferdinand Verbiest. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. PBA Galleries image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 14:27
 

Rare menagerie rounded up for Sworders auction June 3

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Brass sculpture of a mythical ‘Liver Bird.’ Estimate: £1,000-£1,500. Sworders image.

ESSEX COUNTY, UK – With a collection of exotic taxidermy in the Summer Country House Sale on Tuesday, June 3, Sworders auction undoubtedly has an intriguing feel. The catalog also includes the usual ceramics, paintings, furniture and other works of art associated with Country House Sales. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

While the 45-lot collection of taxidermy may not be to everyone’s taste, it will attract interest from around the world. Most examples were initially used for scientific and educational purposes. This particular collection includes some of the more exotic animals including a skeleton of a cheetah. Mounted in a running position, the skeleton offers a rare insight into the inner mechanisms of the fastest animal on the planet. Fully licensed and set in a McCleay-style case, the rare specimen is estimated at £2,000-£3,000.

Following the theme of the unusual, the collection includes a number of albino animals such as an albino badger, which is set at an appealing estimate of £250-£350.

Delving further into the sale, a 1-meter-tall brass sculpture of a “Liver Bird” is on offer at £1,000-£1,500. The Liver Bird is a mythical symbol of Liverpool and the emblem of the famous Liverpool FC (football club), which is believed to be in the form of cormorant with a laver frond in its beak. This particular example probably stood at the entrance of the old Liverpool Zoological Gardens, in the Walton district of Liverpool. Unfortunately, the area was heavily bombed during the World War II and only the ticket booths remain.

Heading back toward the more traditional Country House theme, there is an unusual eight-day wall clock, which is, according to Managing Director Guy Schooling, “as good as it gets for a provincial clock maker.” Continental in style, the clock was made by a relatively unknown maker in Romsey on the South coast of England around the late 18th/early 19th century. The mix of quality and rarity ensures the clock carries an estimate of £2,500-£3,500.

The Summer Country House sale is always an exciting sale for Sworders, with many regular buyers returning each time to compete with bidders from around the globe, said Schooling.

For details on this auction phone Sworders at 01279 817778 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

Brass sculpture of a mythical ‘Liver Bird.’ Estimate: £1,000-£1,500. Sworders image.

Skeleton of a cheetah mounted in a McCleay-style case. Estimate: £2,000-£3,000. Sworders image.

A young Hippopotamus mounted on a wooden base. Estimate: £2,400-£3,000. Sworders image.

English, eight-day wall clock, late 18th/early 19th century. Estimate: £2,500-£3,500. Sworders image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 13:04
 

Jeffrey S. Evans presents round 2 of miniature lamps May 31

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014 13:37

Rare cameo Fuchsia Glory and Leaf pattern art glass, probably Thomas Webb and Sons. Estimate: $6,000-$9,000. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates images.

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will auction the second group of rare miniature lamps from the esteemed collection of Marge Hulsebus of Redlands, Calif., on Saturday, May 31. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Hulsebus collected over 1,200 miniature lamps of all categories, including examples of unusual form, such as a white and pink skull, a Santa Claus blown in yellow and brown glass, and a grinning dwarf.

Other miniature lamps from the Hulsebus collection being sold are blown and molded in rare hues, such as a quilted air-trap lamp in teal blue, as well as cameo glass examples in yellow and pink.

Many of the Hulsebus lamps were featured in her two reference volumes, Miniature Victorian Lamps published in 1994 and Miniature Lamps of the Victorian Era published in 2004.

This sale features more than 300 lots comprising selections for the beginning to advanced collector. Yvonne Lynch is serving as agent for the Hulsebus estate and providing the primary catalog entries and photography of the collection. Part I of the Hulsebus Collection sold on Oct. 26, 2013 to much acclaim, and Part III will sell on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.

For further information regarding this auction, call 540-434-3939 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

Rare cameo Fuchsia Glory and Leaf pattern art glass, probably Thomas Webb and Sons. Estimate: $6,000-$9,000. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates images. 

Santa figural miniature lamp, rare yellow and brown coloration. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates images.

Rare bisque elf, head serves as shade with green glass eyes. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates images.

Rainbow Diamond-Quilt pattern mother-of-pearl satin art glass miniature lamp. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates images.

Swan figural miniature lamp, rare blue milk glass with matching shade. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates images.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 13:56
 

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

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

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014 14:40

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For details, phone Cambi at +39 010 8395029.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS & VIDEO OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For details call Woody Auction at 316-747-2694 or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


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