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Storied sterling at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury auction Feb. 26

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Thursday, 13 February 2014 14:03

Pair of Qianlong Chinese export silver gilt filigree vases and covers, 8 inches. Estimate: $4,9790-$6,639. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – A William IV silver dinner service presented to Peter Greenall Esquire by the residents of St. Helens, as a token of their esteem and gratitude, will be sold alongside a selection of fine silver and objects of vertu at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions Donnington Priory saleroom on Wednesday, Feb. 26

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A leading light of the Merseyside community, Peter Greenall was responsible for much of the towns’ development during the early 19th century. He was the second son of Edward Greenall, a local landowner and proprietor of a number of local breweries that were managed by Peter, and later became known as Greenall Whitley.

He accepted his responsibilities as a foremost  resident in an industrial district where pipes were laid from the brewery's ponds to supply water to those inhabitants who could afford to pay for it. The first building society in the area was formed at his instigation and helped to erect houses, many of them on his land, and he headed the local Oddfellows lodge when it was opened in 1825. His signature appears on share certificates from the local Gas Light Company, formed in 1832, and he took the lead in the creation of the St. Helens and Runcorn Gap Railway in 1830. The railway provided transport to the River Mersey in competition with the Sankey canal. In the longer run, however, it was Greenall's involvement in what was to become Pilkington Brothers glassworks, which was to be of much greater significance.

Greenall died in 1845 at his house in St. Helens, where the shops half-closed their shutters. On the day of the funeral six days later at the parish church, the shops closed altogether. Many people flocked into the town to pay their last respects to the man who had so dominated the town's early growth and had died so unexpectedly, before his 50th birthday.

With makers mark “RG,”’ the service is engraved with the motto, “I Soar,” the arms of Greenall, and “Presented to Peter Greenall Esquire by the Inhabitants of St Helens and Neighbourhood As a token of their Esteem for his private worth and of Gratitude for his Public Services.” The service (Lot 734), which is composed of a soup tureen and cover, a set of four entree dishes, covers and handles, a set of four sauce tureens and covers, a pair of shaped oval serving dishes and a pair of salvers, is estimated to sell for £10,000-£15,000.

A rare Victorian silver “castle-top” card case fashioned by Britain’s most prestigious makers of castle-top boxes, Nathaniel Mills & Sons, is embossed with the Dublin International Industrial Exhibition building. The family-run business was based in Birmingham and specialized in silver card-cases, snuff boxes and vinaigrettes. The silversmiths dispersed in 1853 after the death of Nathaniel’s son, William Mills, making this rare case one of their last to be made.

Fashionable in the 19th century, castle-top card cases were embossed or engraved with local landmarks and sold to the thriving tourist market as souvenirs. This example hails from the 1853 Dublin International Industrial Exhibition, the most extravagant and expensive public event of 19th century Ireland. With its unusual and historically significant scene this Irish castle-top card case (Lot 757) is estimated at £3,000-£5,000.

Elsewhere in the sale a selection of fine Chinese silver includes a pair of Qianlong Chinese export silver gilt filigree vases and covers. The technique of filigree originated in Spain and was practiced by Jewish Sephardi silversmiths who took it with them when they were expelled from Spain in 1492. Over the years the technique was combined with the local style of the countries in which they settled. During the 17th and 18th centuries filigree silver is known to have been produced all over Asia.

A highly skilled art form, filigree was, and still is, much in demand. In particular, many export pieces were purchased for the collections of the first major European museums and many affluent private homes.

A number of similarly worked pieces to the example in the sale are illustrated in Silver Wonders from the East: Filigree of the Tsars, the catalog of the 2006 exhibition at the Hermitage Amsterdam.

According to Adrien von Ferscht, in his article, The Art of Filigree, the best Chinese filigree was produced during the 18th century and most pieces don’t carry a maker’s mark, as became popular in the early 19th century. The examples in the sale are unmarked and standing at 20cm (8 inches) tall the pair are estimated to sell for £3,000-£4,000 (Lot 801).

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 Qianlong Chinese export silver gilt filigree vases and covers, 8 inches. Estimate: $4,9790-$6,639. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

William IV silver dinner service. Estimate: $16,596-$24,893. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 February 2014 15:30
 

Coins, collectibles among treasures at Jeffrey Evans sale Feb. 22

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Thursday, 13 February 2014 13:31

From a group of advertising and country store material. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will hold another highly popular variety auction Feb. 22. The auction will feature a broad range of 18th to 20th century fine art, decorative objects and collectibles. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Highlights include the United States coin collection of the late John Palmer of Purcellville, Va., including a fine collection of 1795-1836 half dollars; Arts & Crafts and Art Deco material; vintage toys, banks and dolls; country store and advertising items; an Edison Standard cylinder phonograph with a morning glory horn; Orientalia including Chinese ceramics; collections of hatpins, purses, perfume bottles and similar accoutrements; and costume jewelry.

The ceramics section of the sale includes R.S. Prussia and Royal Bonn; large and deep sets of dinnerware including Maria pattern by Rosenthal, Brighton by Hutschenreuther, and Royal Albert’s Old Country Roses; blue and white salt-glaze and Rockingham wares; and American art pottery.

Victoriana is represented in the glass, silverplate and lighting categories. Among the offerings of collectibles are historical bronze medallions, ancient coins and artifacts, nutmeg graters, movie memorabilia, vintage erotica, postcards, ephemera, and material of local area interest.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

From a group of advertising and country store material. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Estate coin collection including 1795-1836 U.S. half dollars. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Sample of banks and toys. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Selection of Orientalia including Chinese ceramics. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Good Victorian china including Royal Bonn. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 February 2014 16:58
 

Costume designer’s collection starring in Kerry Taylor sale Feb. 25

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Wednesday, 12 February 2014 13:44
Beaded cloth of gold dance/cabaret outfit, 1920s. Estimate: £300-£500. Kerry Taylor Auctions image. LONDON – Kerry Taylor Auctions, specialists in antique and vintage fashion and textiles, will sell part 1 of costume designer Henning Thorsen’s collection and part 2 of fashion consultant Anne Dettmer’s collection on Feb. 25.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding. Session 1 will begin at 10:30 a.m. GMT, 2:20 a.m. Pacific. Session 2 will get under way at 130 p.m. GMT, 5:30 a.m. Pacific.

Shipped to Kerry Taylor Auctions from Denmark, the Thorsen collection reflects its Scandinavian origins. It includes pieces from the great Copenhagen department stores – Illum, Magasin du Nord and A. Fonnesbech, as well as Parisian houses and stores such as Charles Frederick Worth, Au Louvre and La Samaritaine. Many of the pieces are wearable, as Thorsen often collected garments that might be useful in his profession as costume designer for film and television. However, he often preferred to copy them rather than have them damaged by use.

His love of fashion and interest in historic and vintage dress began as a small boy. His early background was quite different to his chosen career – his father was a blacksmith, his mother a cook. Being one of five children money was often tight, and so out of necessity they learned to make everything themselves. He remembers using his mother’s sewing machine when he was just 7 years of age and by the age of 15, he had progressed to making bridal gowns.

Realizing this talent, his parents sent him to the Design School in Herning – the center for textile production in Jytland – where he specialized in menswear. However, he found this subject boring, preferring to design women’s fashion instead. By his mid-20s he began work as a costume designer for Danish Television (their wardrobe included 65,000 pieces of all periods) before moving to London to train in the BBC costume department, which was famed for its period drama productions.

Thorsen began to collect antique and vintage pieces himself, for inspiration and for use. He appreciated the skill and craftsmanship that had gone into clothes as well as the fabric or construction. One or two dresses soon grew to 50 then to 400. In the beginning Henning did not really see it as a collection – just pieces he needed to rescue or preserve as the skill and fabrics used in so many of these pieces is lost to us in modern times. It is a wide-ranging collection that will appeal to both collectors and people who wish to buy to wear. Because the collection is so large it will be sold over two auctions – this one and the April 8 sale.

Anne Dettmer’s superb collection majors in fabulous American fashion, which adds a dash of Hollywood glamour to the sale. Ceil Chapman, Irene, Adrian, Helen Rose, who all designed for the leading film stars of the 1940s and ’50s are well represented in her collection.

Also from the Dettmer collection is Hawaiian beachwear by Alfred Shaheen and Cole of California, as well as sunglasses by Philippe Chevalier, Courreges and others. Spring brides may be tempted by the vintage bridalwear or boxes of vintage silk flowers.

The sale has been carefully curated to appeal to all tastes and pockets, be it Victorian daywear, ’20s flapper dresses, 1980s Chanel jewelry or Moschino Lichtenstein print suits. For anyone who makes a large purchase, there’s even have a Vuitton trunk to take it all away in.

The auction will take place at 249-253 Long Lane, London, SE1 4PR.

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
Beaded cloth of gold dance/cabaret outfit, 1920s. Estimate: £300-£500. Kerry Taylor Auctions image. Spectacular sequined cape, 1930s. Henning Thorsen collection. Estimate £600-£900. Kerry Taylor Auctions image. Ceil Chapman mint-green tree-bark taffeta evening gown and matching coat, mid 1950s. Anne Dettmer collection. Estimate £400-£600. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.  Label pasted inside lot 448, a Louis Vuitton trunk, circa 1885. Estimate £1,500-£2,500. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.  Danish costume designer Henning Thorsen. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 15:09
 

A.B. Levy predicts Feb. 23-24 auction could be their best ever

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Wednesday, 12 February 2014 11:32

Landscape oil on canvas painting by the French painter Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin (est. 30,000-$50,000). A.B. Levy’s image.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Rare antique vases by makers such as Meissen and Thomas Webb, outstanding selections of estate silver and jewelry pieces, fine Chinese and Japanese decorative accessories and original works of art by noted, listed artists will all come up for bid at A.B. Levy’s Antiques, Fine Art & Jewels auction scheduled for Feb. 23 and 24.

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Start times will be 1 p.m. Eastern both Sunday and Monday.

“We expect this to be one of the best antiques and fine art auctions we’ve ever held,” said Albert Levy of A.B. Levy’s. “We are fortunate to have been entrusted with these heirlooms and treasures. It’s all fresh and estimated to sell.”

Headlining the sale will be fine items pulled from the estate home in Palm Beach that was recently purchased by radio personality Howard Stern.

Certain to attract keen bidder interest is a pink, white and blue cameo glass vase, made by Thomas Webb & Sons and stamped Tiffany & Co. (est. $20,000-$30,000). The vase, 10 inches tall, was displayed at the Paris Exhibition of 1889 and was depicted in the book English Cameo Glass by Ray and Lee Grover. It is a truly stunning piece.

Just as magnificent is a rare and important pair of Meissen porcelain pate-sur-pate rose-pink and teal ground vases with covers (est. $7,000-$10,000). The front of each shows a maiden and putti playing musical instruments, while the back shows a putto, flanked by lion scroll handles. Pate-sur-pate is a porcelain firing technique developed by Sevres in the 1800s.

A strong candidate for top lot of the sale is untitled landscape oil on canvas painting by the French painter Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin (1841-1927). The work, measuring 15 inches by 18 1/4 inches, is expected to realize $30,000-$50,000. Guillaumin was one of a group of talented young French artists who organized the first impressionist exhibit in 1874.

Three original paintings by the Hungarian-born French artist Francois Gall (1912-1987) will also come up for bid (est. $3,000-$6,000 each). An example is the oil on canvas titled A. Montparnesse, signed and titled by Gall and measuring 18 inches by 10 1/4 inches. Gall was an impressionist artist in the true French tradition. He attended the National Academy of Fine Arts.

A potential sleeper in the fine art category is a signed and untitled oil on canvas rendering of a ballerina by German artist Wilhelm Hempfling (1886-1948). The painting, 28 inches by 22 inches, carries an estimate of $2,000-$4,000. Hempfling was an artist and printmaker who painted all over Europe. He’s best known for his impressionist landscapes, portraits and nudes.

Levy is calling the selection of silver “the best we’ve ever had.” Lots 3-5 on day two will feature three silver lots designed by Martele and manufactured by Gorham Mfg. Co. They are a serving tray weighing 154 ounces (est. $3,000-$5,000), a kettle and lamp stand weighing 69 ounces (est. $2,000-$4,000), and a teapot weighing 36 ounces (est. $1,500-$3,000).

A Japanese six-piece silver and enamel tea set, crafted circa 1900 and signed Musashiya sei, is expected to reach $7,000-$10,000. The set – “the best enameled tea set we’ve ever seen,” according to Levy – consists of a hot water kettle with comforting stand and lamp, a creamer, a covered sugar bowl and tongs. Each piece is enameled in a floral design and butterfly finial.

Asian decorative arts will feature a special Chinese famille rose porcelain bowl from the Qing Dynasty, carrying the six-character iron-red mark of Guangxu (1875-1908) and showing painted phoenix birds (est. $2,000-$4,000); and a 19th century Chinese Canton porcelain bottle of compressed globular form, 12 3/4 inches tall, with cylindrical neck (est. $1,000-$1,500).

Just over 500 lots will come up for bid at the auciton, which will be held both days in the Flamingo Building, located at 1921 S. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. A buyer’s premium of 20 percent will be applied to all purchases up to $100,000 (15 percent beyond that).

A.B. Levy’s is accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign a single piece, an estate or an entire collection, phone 561-835-9139 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

Landscape oil on canvas painting by the French painter Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin (est. 30,000-$50,000). A.B. Levy’s image. 

Pair of Meissen porcelain pate-sur-pate rose-pink and teal ground vases, with covers (est. $7,000-$10,000). A.B. Levy’s image. 

White and blue cameo glass vase, made by Thomas Webb & Sons and stamped Tiffany & Co. (est. $20,000-$30,000). A.B. Levy’s image. 

Chinese famille rose porcelain bowl from the Qing Dynasty, with six-character mark of Guangxu (est. $2,000-$4,000). A.B. Levy’s image. 

 Sterling silver serving tray designed by Martele and made by Gorham Mfg. Co., 154 ounces (est. $3,000-$5,000). A.B. Levy’s image.

Circa-1900 Japanese 6-piece silver and enamel tea set, signed Musashiya sei, 81.49 ounces (est. $7,000-$10,000). A.B. Levy’s image. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 12:25
 

Material Culture presents diverse estates auction Feb. 23

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:24

Bukhara Suzani, Uzbekistan, early 19th century, silk on cotton, excellent condition. Size: 92

PHILA., Pa. – Material Culture presents 600-plus lots of diverse and eclectic offerings from local, regional and national estates in their auction, "The Collector's Eye: February Estates," on Sunday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m. EST.

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Antique Oriental carpets start the day and include several rare Tibetan saddle (lot 3) and temple rugs from the Bill Liske collection, as well as many Persian, Caucasian, Chinese and Turkish rugs, kilims, and nomadic trappings. An interesting group of Central Asian Khotan pictorial carpets (lots 97-102), features bold, geometric floral arrangements, and offer designers the opportunity to experiment with a style of carpet that is not commonly seen. Among Persian carpets, from an estate in Bridgehampton, N.Y., are a late 19th century Lavar Kerman prayer rug (lot 77) and a silk souf Keshan (lot 78), the latter with the voided and sculpted pile that typifies souf rugs.

Included in the sale are 150-plus lots of rare and collectible textiles, many from the estate of Alvin Newman, including numerous multi-item groupings of ceremonial trappings and traditional folk dress from Central Asia, Sindh, Indonesia, the Middle East and Africa. The Newman collection presents a rare opportunity for young collectors to explore a newly emerging category of collecting that is a relative bargain: 20th century folk and tribal textiles. One of the highlights among the textile offerings in the sale is a circa 1800 Bukhara Suzani (lot 161) from a private collection on the West Coast. Its brilliant colors, rendered in silk floss against a white cotton ground, excellent condition, and classic design make it an outstanding addition to anyone's collection of Central Asian and Islamic textiles. Another highlight, a painting on cloth, is an outstanding 19th century Tibetan Thangka (lot 159), from a private Montreal collection, of Yamantaka and consort surrounded by images of the Buddha. Among the many Chinese items in the sale, there is a fine antique silk embroidered robe with a dramatic crashing wave hemline (lot 160) from a New England estate.

Ethnographic and tribal art offerings include several items from the American Northwest Coast, of which the highlight is a tall (86 inches) carved wood polychrome totem, from a private collection in Voorhees, N.J., (lot 366). Other Northwest Coast items include a Haida mask (lot 367), a Haida puppet (lot 368), and a Kwakiutl drum head from the 1920s (lot 369). A classically carved and painted Hopi Cottonwood Kachina Doll (lot 365), collected in the 1930s by the artist Mildred Murphy Dillon (1907-1992), comes from the collection of Robert Lima. Among many African tribal works, there is a superb Dan Mask (lot 374), formerly in the Jean Pierre Hallet collection. Going farther back in time, there are items which were deaccessioned from the Sackler collection in 2011, including a group of Persian Bronze Age spearheads (lot 402) as well as a various Pre-Columbian ceramic items (lots 403-409).

Among the many general estate offerings, a number of mid-century items come from the estate of Aaron Fine, of Swarthmore, Pa., including a Danish Modern desk designed by A.W. Iversen for Vinde Mobelfabrik (lot 532), as well as a number of Eames chairs and a large Eames conference table (lots 534-538).

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

Bukhara Suzani, Uzbekistan, early 19th century, silk on cotton, excellent condition. Size: 92

Tibetan saddle rug, 19th century, 2'2

Tibetan Thangka, 19th century, paint on cloth, gilt. Yamantaka and consort surrounded by images of the Buddha, 50

Antique silk on silk embroidered Chinese robe with crashing wave hemline, 61

Finely carved Northwest Coast totem, 86

Danish Modern desk, branded 'VM #65' for Vinde Mobelfabrik, designed by A.W. Iversen, postal-style desk with steppe tier top over two drawers, 33

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 14:33
 

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

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Monday, 10 February 2014 17:59

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 09:42
 

Clars features Peggy Fleming skating memorabilia Feb. 16

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Monday, 10 February 2014 16:47

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Collection of Fleming autographed ephemera. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Collection of Fleming autographed ephemera. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Collection of Fleming autographed ephemera. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 18:11
 

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

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Monday, 10 February 2014 15:51

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

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

Internet live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 16:32
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 17:17
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
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Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 17:17
 

Rustic Adirondack furniture at forefront of Jenack sale Feb. 16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are hundreds of lots in the sale.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 16:50
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury auction Feb. 13 has dramatic thread

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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:57

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

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

Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 16:43
 

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

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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 16:55

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 17:24
 

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

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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 16:48

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:53
 

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

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Friday, 31 January 2014 17:19

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

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

Internet Live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 16:55
 

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

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Thursday, 30 January 2014 17:45

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

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

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

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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

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Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 17:21
 
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