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Large diamond ring has spotlight in Sworders auction May 20

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Thursday, 08 May 2014 15:34

Estimated to sell for £65,000 to £75,000 is this 3.41-carat diamond in a platinum ring setting. Sworders image.

LONDON – Sworders is about to auction the finest diamond the company has ever sold in its 200-year history. The 3.41-carat stone is in a four-claw platinum ring setting, and will go under the hammer at the silver and jewelry sale on Tuesday, May 20, with an estimated selling price of £65,000 to £75,000 ($110,000-$127,000).

Internet live bidding will be provided in LiveAuctioneers.com.

Helen Jonas from Sworders silver and jewelry department said, “When it comes to evaluating the quality of diamonds, we work with what we call the Four C’s: carat, cut, clarity and color. This particular stone excels in every category and is accompanied by a GIA grading report – one of the most respected organizations in the diamond industry.

“To have a weight of nearly three and a half carats is exceptional; it’s one of the largest diamonds we have ever sold. In fact, it’s almost the size of the little fingernail of the model wearing it!”

The oval brilliant cut means that the diamond can refract light internally from one facet to another, before reflecting it back up through the center to give the stone its characteristic sparkle.

“Most diamonds contain tiny natural imperfections called inclusions, which interfere with the passage of light through the stone and affect their clarity, but this example is internally flawless. There is also no yellowish or brownish tint to the stone, meaning that it’s colorless – which is the best color for a diamond to have. In short, we rarely see examples as fine as this one,” added Jones.

Other highlights in the sale include some highly collectible provincial Irish silver, a 1907 silver serving dish and cover by Guild of Handicraft with a guide price of £300 to £500, and a pair of natural pearl and diamond drop earrings that Sworders found loose in a large cardboard box among mixed costume jewelry, and surprised the owner with an estimated selling price of £3,000 to £5,000.

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

Estimated to sell for £65,000 to £75,000 is this 3.41-carat diamond in a platinum ring setting. Sworders image.

Serving dish and cover by Guild of Handicraft, 1907. Estimate: £300 to £500. Sworders image.

Pair of natural pearl and diamond drop earrings. Estimate: £3,000 to £5,000. Sworders image.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 08:57
 

Nazmiyal Collection to hold auction of fine carpets May 22

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Thursday, 08 May 2014 14:00

Antique Judiaca silk Kashan Persian rug, 4 feet 4 inches x 6 feet 9 inches, circa 1910. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000. Nazmiyal Collection image.

NEW YORK –The Nazmiyal Collection will conduct a special auction of fine and decorative antique rugs on Thursday, May 22, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern. A collection of more than 80 exceptional pieces will be featured, including rugs on consignment from a variety of estates, beautiful rugs from dealers, and a special selection of fine antique rugs from the Nazmiyal Collection.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet lived bidding.

“This auction represents a rare opportunity for dealers, customers and interior designers to acquire extraordinary antique rugs at unprecedentedly low prices,” said owner Jason Nazmiyal.

The Nazmiyal Collection encourages interested parties to be in contact with the gallery in order to place absentee bids or phone bids, to obtain condition reports, to arrange a private viewing, or to request any other information that they may require.

One of the top items in the auction is an antique Judiaca silk Kashan Persian rug. This exceptionally rare silk rug is an outstanding example of Judaic carpet weaving traditions in Persia. This piece, 4 feet 4 inches x 6 feet 9 inches, features an impressive number of people and animals placed in a natural setting based on Biblical locations and events. It carries a $50,000-$70,000 estimate.

Additional highlights include:

  • Decorative Turkish Oushak carpet, 9 feet x 12 feet, early 20th century;
  • Geometric Persian Heriz Serapi carpet, 9 feet 5 inches x 12 feet 3 inches, circa 1910
  • Moroccan rug primitive Beni Urain Berber carpet, 4 feet 3 inches x 6 feet 7 inches, mid-20th century;
  • Mughal Dynasty Indian rug, 4 feet 7 inches x 6 feet 6 inches, 17th century;
  • Uzbekistan Suzani embroidery Uzbek textile, 3 feet 8 inches x 5 feet, circa 1880.

The collection will be available for viewing at Nazmiyal’s Midtown Manhattan gallery, located on the second floor at 31 E. 32nd St., on May 20 through May 22 at the following times: Tuesday, May 20, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Wednesday, May 21, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Thursday, May 22, 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

For details contact Omri Schwartz by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 212-545-8029.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Antique decorative Turkish Oushak carpet, 9 feet x 12 feet, early 20th century. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Nazmiyal Collection image.

Antique geometric Persian Heriz Serapi carpet, 9 feet 5 inches x 12 feet 3 inches, circa 1910. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000. Nazmiyal Collection image.

Antique Uzbekistan Suzani embroidery Uzbek textile, 3 feet 8 inches x 5 feet, circa 1880. Estimate: $3,000-$6,000. Nazmiyal Collection image.

Vintage Moroccan rug primitive Beni Urain Berber carpet, 4 feet 3 inches x 6 feet 7 inches, mid-20th century. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Nazmiyal Collection image.

Antique Judiaca silk Kashan Persian rug, 4 feet 4 inches x 6 feet 9 inches, circa 1910. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000. Nazmiyal Collection image.

Antique Mughal Dynasty Indian rug, 4 feet 7 inches x 6 feet 6 inches (1.4 m x 1.98 m), 17th century. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Nazmiyal Collection image.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 May 2014 14:57
 

Celebrated birdstone artifact to star in Morphy's May 17 Prehistoric sale

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Wednesday, 07 May 2014 09:32

The celebrated Parks Birdstone, featured in Cameron Parks’ 1959 book ‘Birdstones of the North American Indian,’ found on a farm in DeKalb County, Indiana, in October 1950. Never before offered for public sale. Est. $500,000-$750,000. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – One of the world’s five finest prehistoric birdstones occupies the top roost in Morphy’s May 17 auction of superior-quality, vetted and fully warranted prehistoric American artifacts. LiveAuctioneers will provide the Internet live bidding for the sale.

Known as the Parks Birdstone, the celebrated artifact estimated to be around 2,500 years old has remained in the same family since 1951, when it was discovered in a plowed field in DeKalb County, Indiana. It ended up in the collection of renowned collector Cameron Parks, hence the name “Parks Birdstone.”

“Top birdstones have sold privately for $800,000 to $900,000. Because of its mystical and unique blue halo, the Parks Birdstone should set a world record price on May 17th – not only for a birdstone, but also for any North American prehistoric art object,” said John Mark Clark, the department head and specialist who is supervising the auction.

Another premier entry is an 8-inch-long translucent orange kaolin flint Ross blade from the Hopewell culture that flourished along rivers in the northeastern and Midwestern United States from 200 BC to 500 AD. An exalted ceremonial piece, the blade is described by Clark as “exotic ceremonial regalia so rare it would have been reserved for only the most elite. Now, many centuries later, it is still a prize suitable for only the most select, high-end collection.” The Ross blade is expected to make in excess of $200,000.

Trophy game stones or, “discoidals,” are well represented in the auction. An exquisite, double-cupped example displays impeccable balance and form, while other highly desirable discoidals include one of red and white "flint" with highly polished cups, three exquisite Jersey Bluff-style quartz discs and several of Cahokia style.

What is considered to be the finest cache of Dover flint Copena points yet discovered will add excitement to the auction, along with Earl Townshend's monumental 7-inch Corner Notch Blade. An incredible translucent “white-tipped" sugar-quartz Clovis point is also included in the sale, along with a tremendous Agate Basin spear and coveted projectile points from all cultural time periods.

Prehistoric Caddo and Mississippian-Era pottery will be available, including a solid, unrestored Caddo effigy duck bowl and several pottery bottles and bowls engraved with rare Caddo motifs. A huge human "rattle-head" Mississippian bowl (restored) with a fantastic hairstyle will also be auctioned.

A fine selection of bannerstones includes a ferruginous-quartz hourglass, a speckled-granite rectangular barrel, and a saddleback-style banner of colorful speckle-chunk granite. Perhaps the rarest of the group is an exquisitely made wiry-granite butterfly banner with an engraved barrel, one of only two known.

Another auction highlight is a pair of museum-grade Southern “Dallas” culture limestone ear spools. The prehistoric wearable artworks retain remnants of their original copper-foil covering.

In addition to the satisfaction prehistoric artifact collectors derive from owning remarkable pieces of history such as those to be sold on May 17th, Clark says many in the hobby regard the objects as solid investments.

“From a worldwide perspective, current prices in the North American marketplace are a fraction of what is being paid for comparable examples throughout the rest of the world,” Clark said. “In part, this is attributable to the fact that often such artifacts are not backed by any sort of warranty. Some of the pieces in our upcoming sale have been tucked away quietly in family collections for more than 60 years, and this will be the first time they have ever been offered publicly. But on top of that, Morphy’s stands behind the authenticity of every artifact they sell. This makes a tremendous difference to collectors. They want that comfort factor in place when they bid.”

Morphy’s Saturday, May 17 Prehistoric American Artifacts Auction will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. For additional information on any item in the sale, call 717-335-3435 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

The celebrated Parks Birdstone, featured in Cameron Parks’ 1959 book ‘Birdstones of the North American Indian,’ found on a farm in DeKalb County, Indiana, in October 1950. Never before offered for public sale. Est. $500,000-$750,000. Morphy Auctions image

Ross blade, Woodland period, Hopewell phase, 8 1/8 inches long. Est. $200,000-$300,000. Morphy Auctions image

Translucent sugar quartz Clovis point, early Paleolithic, Fulton County, Illinois. Est. $45,000-$60,000. Morphy Auctions image

Earl Townsend’s monumental 7in Corner Notch Blade, Archaic, 7500-4000 B.P., Missouri origin. Est. $40,000-$60,000. Morphy Auctions image

Copena Cache, Woodland period, 3000-1300 B.P., Decatur County, Tennessee. Est. $60,000-$80,000. Morphy Auctions image

Butterfly bannerstone, Archaic Period, 6000-4000 B.P., Montgomery County, Tennessee. One of only two known butterly bannerstones made of wiry granite. Est. $25,000-$35,000. Morphy Auctions image

Flint discoidal, Mississippian period, 1000-5000 B.P., Dickson County Tennessee. Est. $20,000-$30,000. Morphy Auctions image

Grayware headpot, Late Mississippian, 600 B.P., Golden Lake Site, Mississippi County, Arkansas. Est. $60,000-$80,000. Morphy Auctions image

Double-cupped discoidal, Mississippian period, 1100-600 B.P., Hamilton County (Chattanooga), Tennessee. Est. $30,000-$40,000. Morphy Auctions image

 Caddo pottery effigy bowl in shape of duck, 800-600 B.P. Est. $2,500-$4,500. Morphy Auctions image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 09:32
 

Waverly to auction rare maps, atlases and ephemera, May 15

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Tuesday, 06 May 2014 16:31

One of a pair of mid-19th-century 'memento mori' (or mourning) daguerreotypes, showing deceased children (est. $200-$400). Waverly Rare Books image

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Waverly Rare Books will auction nearly 375 lots of antique and rare maps, atlases, books, photographs and autographed items on Thursday, May 15 at the firm’s northern Virginia gallery. Waverly’ Catalog Auction #261 will start at 6 p.m. Eastern time, with Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

“This auction has a very strong map category, with three top lots – one topographical map and two atlases – estimated in the low thousands,” said Monika Schiavo, director of Waverly Rare Books. “There is also a very strong bindings section containing many good-looking books that collectors may be able to snap up at attractive prices. The photography section is solid, as well.”

An expected top lot is J. C. Fremont’s Topographical Map of the Road from Missouri to Oregon (est. $4,000-$6,000). Printed in 1846, the seven pages of maps outline the Platte Valley South Pass route that traced Fremont’s 1842 journey and were used by emigrants bound for California and Oregon. They are based on Fremont’s journal and sketches from topographer Charles Preuss.

Also expected to do well are a pair of atlases by Mathew Carey of Philadelphia (1760-1839), the first major American publisher of maps and atlases. The first, titled Carey’s General Atlas (circa 1796), contains 42 maps, some of primarily American interest, along with maps of other parts of the world. The atlas is expected to bring $3,000-$5,000.

The second is Carey’s American Atlas, printed in 1809 (est. $800-$1,200). The 25 maps include the United States, British possessions in North America, the New England states, many Southern states, South America, the West Indies, the discoveries of Captain Charles Clerke (who sailed with Capt. James Cook), and that portion of the United States northwest of the River Ohio that a late act of Congress directed to be sold.

Fans of rare books will surely take note of the “Vinegar Bible” – the Holy Bible published in 1717 by John Baskett in Oxford, England, and so-named because of a misprint – the heading of Luke 20 reads “Parable of the vinegar” instead of “vineyard.” The two-volume set – one for the Old Testament and one for the New Testament – is estimated at $2,000-$3,500.

A copy of the book Poems Chosen Out of the Works of the Late Robert Herrick, printed in 1895 by Kelmscott Press (London), will be desirable to collectors mainly because it was published by William Morris, the English artist, writer, textile designer and socialist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and English Arts & Crafts movement. It should realize $800-$1,200.

An autographed letter signed by Samuel Huntington (1731-1796), a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a member of the Continental Congress from 1776-1783 (where he served as the Congress’s president from 1779-1781), is expected to make $600-$900. Huntington was also Governor of Connecticut (1786-1796) and a Justice of the State’s Supreme Court (1774-1784).

The 10-volume set, Works of Victor Hugo, with an autographed note signed by Hugo and dated “27 mars 1874,” is expected to change hands for $300-$500. The note (or letter) is addressed to “Mr. Michael Levy” and contains two lines of text on 5¼- by 8-inch paper. The set was published in Philadelphia by John D. Morris & Company. No publication date is shown.

A first edition copy of the Dr. Seuss children’s classic The Cat in the Hat, with a first-state dust jacket, is expected to command $400-$700. The book – published by Random House in New York in 1957 – is in very good condition, save for some foxing mostly limited to the edges of the covers.

One of the more intriguing items in the auction is a scrapbook from a Rutgers University student Herman R. Terhume, who graduated in 1922. The scrapbook contains an archive of memorabilia including photos, sports programs, tickets and schedules, report cards, banquet menus, junior and senior prom programs and much more (est. $200-$400).

Antique photographs will feature a silver gelatin print signed by Edward S. Curtis and titled Signal to the Mountain God, measuring 7¾ inches by 5¾ inches and signed by Curtis, in the original “batwing” frame (est. $800-$1,000); and two memento mori (mourning) daguerreotypes (circa mid 1800s) of deceased children, in a hinged gilt frame (est. $200-$400).

Other noteworthy lots will include a 45-volume set of The British Essayists by James Ferguson, published in London in 1819 (est. $500-$800); a limited-edition (1/350) two-volume set of Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl, published in 1985 by Goldyne/Pennyroyal Press (est. $400-$700); and a copy of Poems of Shelley that features a colorful fore-edge painting of the English countryside, published in 1908 by Macmillan & Company (est. $200-$300).

The auction will take place at Waverly’s gallery at 360 South Washington Street in Falls Church, Va. For information on any item in the sale, call 703-532-5632 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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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

One of a pair of mid-19th-century 'memento mori' (or mourning) daguerreotypes, showing deceased children (est. $200-$400). Waverly Rare Books image

J. C. Fremont’s Topographical Map of the Road from Missouri to Oregon printed in 1846 (est. $4,000-$6,000). Waverly Rare Books image 

General Atlas by Mathew Carey, printed in Philadelphia circa 1796 and featuring more than 40 maps (est. $3,000-$5,000). Waverly Rare Books image 

American Atlas by Mathew Carey, printed in Philadelphia in 1809 and featuring 25 maps (est. $800-$1,200). Waverly Rare Books image

Two-volume set of the “Vinegar Bible” (1717), so-named because of a misprint in Luke 20 (est. $2,000-$3,500). Waverly Rare Books image

This 1895 collection of poems by Robert Herrick is desirable because it was published by William Morris (est. $800-$1,200). Waverly Rare Books image

Ten-volume set, Works of Victor Hugo, with an autographed note signed by Hugo and dated 1874 (est. $300-$500). Waverly Rare Books image

First edition copy of the Dr. Seuss children’s classic The Cat in the Hat (1957) with first-state dust jacket (est. $400-$700). Waverly Rare Books image

Autographed letter signed by Samuel Huntington (1731-1796), a signer of the Declaration of Independence (est. $600-$900). Waverly Rare Books image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 08:56
 

Decorative arts abound at Don Presley auction May 18

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Tuesday, 06 May 2014 16:31
Pair of bronze candelabras, 21 1/2 inches high. Estimate: $400-$500. Don Presley Auction image. SANTA ANA, Calif. – Don Presley Auctions will present more than 300 lots of antiques, fine art and decorative arts on Sunday, May 18, beginning at noon Pacific time. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Featured items include a 19th century bronze and tortoiseshell shelf clock, a fine handwoven Oriental rug from the 1920s-’30s, a 19th century Flemish tapestry, and a Sevres porcelain box with silver overlay.

Other categories represented in this eclectic sale are cold painted bronze figures, many 19th century Chinese items, oil paintings, antique Russian enamel, Baccarat and Lalique crystal, Galle, marble, alabaster, 19th century bronzes, ivory, sterling silver, Tiffany & Co., Meissen, KPM, Royal Vienna, Sevres, Limoges, Dresden, Judaica, pottery, china, coins, jewelry, clocks and watches, sconces, lamps and chandeliers.

For details phone 714-633-2437.

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.

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 bronze candelabras, 21 1/2 inches high. Estimate: $400-$500. Don Presley Auction image. Nineteenth century bronze and tortoiseshell clock, 29 1/2 inches tall. Estimate: $1,200-$1,500. Don Presley Auction image. Sevres box with silver overlay, hand painted, 7 1/2 inches by 5 inches. Estimate: $700-$900. Don Presley Auction image. Fourteen pieces of sterling silverware. Estimate: $600-$700. Don Presley Auction image. Three mechanical birdcages, tallest measures 10 inches. Estimate: $400-$500. Don Presley Auction image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 16:36
 

PBA Galleries offers scholarly library of Dr. Elmer Belt, May 22

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Tuesday, 06 May 2014 13:13
‘The History of Reyard the Foxe,’ Kelmscott Press. PBA Galleries image. SAN FRANCISCO – PBA Galleries will offer the Library of Dr. Elmer Belt in Sale 533 to be held on Thursday, May 22. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Belt (1893-1980) was a renowned surgeon and noted bibliophile. An early member of Southern California's bibliophile society, the Zamorano Club, and the fifth recipient of the Sir Thomas More Medal for Book Collecting, Belt was passionate book collector. The fruits of this passion can still be evidenced today in the Elmer Belt Florence Nightingale Collection and the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana (a special collection of books and materials concerning Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian Renaissance), both donated to UCLA, and the Upton Sinclair Collection: From the Library of Dr. and Mrs. Elmer Belt, which was donated to Occidental College.

The volumes being offered by PBA Galleries have remained in the Belt family since the doctor's death in 1980 and reflect his wide range of interests. From the first significant scientific work printed in England to the fine printing of the Kelmscott, Ashendene and Grabhorn Presses, to the works of Sir Winston Churchill and William Faulkner, Belt's refined collecting taste is evident throughout. Also to be included are a small group of California paintings from Belt's home.

Among the highlights of the Belt collection is the account of the voyages of the HMS Beagle, which introduced Charles Darwin to the marvelous and varied botanical and zoological life of the Pacific Ocean, Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of his Majesty’s Ships Adventure and Beagle. The three volumes plus an appendix to volume 2 is inscribed by the captain of the Beagle, Robert Fitzroy, to Dr. John Lee, the English philanthropist, astronomer, mathematician, antiquarian and barrister. This is a first edition, first issue set and includes Volume III which is Darwin’s own account of the voyage (estimate: $30,000-$50,000).

A fine illuminated manuscript of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's The Blessed Damozel from the pen of the calligraphic master Alberto Sangorski with a magnificent miniature painting after Rossetti. The manuscript is superbly bound by master bookbinders Riviere & Son of London (estimate: $20,000-$30,000).

Reflecting Belt's scientific interests is a fine copy of the first edition of the William Gilbert's groundbreaking work on magnetism De magnete, magneticisque corporibus, et de magno magnete tellure... Published in London in 1600, Gilbert's treatise represents the first major English scientific work based on experimental methods of research (estimate: $25,000-$35,000).

Belt's love of the finely printed book is shown in books from the fine presses of the Kelmscott, Ashendene and Grabhorn Presses including a fine copy of Caxton's translation of The History of Reynard the Foxe printed at William Morris' Kelmscott Press (estimate: $4,000-$6,000) and a number of volumes from the Ashendene press of Charles Henry St John Hornby including Thucydide's History of the Peloponnesian War printed in an edition of only 280 copies (estimate $3,000-$5,000).

Bringing together Belt's love of the beautiful and finely printed book and his interest in the scientific is the 1973 Lion and Unicorn Press edition of Captain Cook's Florilegium with 30 stunning full-page engraved plates printed from the original 18th century copper plates made from drawings taken during Cook's first voyage. Limited to only 100 copies, this being copy number 3, subscribed from the press by Belt (estimate $15,000-$20,000).

The sale will begin at 11 a.m. Pacific Time. For more information, please 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.

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 History of Reyard the Foxe,’ Kelmscott Press. PBA Galleries image. Thucydid's ‘History of the Peloponnesian War,’ Ashendene Press. PBA Galleries image. Illustration from Captain Cook's ‘Florilegium.’ PBA Galleries image. Rosetti's ‘The Blessed DAmozel.’ PBA Galleries image. The Rosetti manuscript is superbly bound by master bookbinders Riviere & Son of London. PBA Galleries image. William Gilbert's ‘De magnete.’ PBA Galleries image. Charles Darwin narrative, three volumes, first edition. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. PBA Galleries image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 14:28
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury in step with Asian arts sale May 17

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Tuesday, 06 May 2014 12:24
Large 17th century wall hanging from a Buddhist Tibetan temple, 88.8 inches x 146.4 inches. Estimate: £12,000-£18,000 ($20,377-$30,565). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. LONDON – As London prepares for a week of Asian art auctions in May, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions plans to offer a rare 17th century transitional hanging from the Ming/Qing dynasty, which will headline the company’s spectacular sale of Chinese ceramics and Asian works of art on Saturday, May 17. Also included will be an extensive selection of Tibetan art and Asian textiles.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

At 222cm wide and 366cm high (88.6 x 146.4 inches) the exceptional, and imposing, wall hanging includes a central velvet Imperial panel, and would originally have been hung in a Buddhist Tibetan temple, having been joined with panels of luxurious Imperial Chinese silk garments and other articles, sent as diplomatic gifts from China, to form the assembled hanging.

Aristocrats at the time would donate textiles to Tibetan monasteries as acts of devotion, and it was the Buddhist monks who would have created the patchwork hanging, which includes rare examples of bed hangings and bed covers produced in the 17th century for a Western market fueled by the expansion of European trade with China. The assemblage of the hangings was done with a ritual solemnity, signifying the monks’ vow of poverty and acceptance of an ascetic life modeled after the Buddha.

Framed with a fine brocade, the outer borders are made from further dragon panels woven using the Kesi (cut silk) technique, and parts of a late Ming period costume (Chaofu) in the Imperial colour of incense, (jin huang). This unique and rare piece of Chinese-Tibetan history is estimated to sell for £12,000-£18,000 ($20,377-$30,565) (Lot 100).

A 14th-15th century gilt bronze figure of the Shakyamuni Buddha in the bhumisparsamudra, or “enlightenment,” pose is the first of two rare Tibetan figures sure to attract a great deal of interest. The Shakyamuni Buddha is the Buddha on whose teachings the Buddhist religion is founded and the bhumisparsamudra is said to be his hand gesture when he reached enlightenment. The figure is estimated at £4,000-£6,000 (Lot 117).

The second is an unusual Sino-Tibetan 18th century cast silver and repousse metalwork figure of Jambhala the Tibetan wealth deity, and an emanation of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva (enlightened being) of Compassion. There are five Jambhala manifestations, each with their own way of helping to relieve poverty and promote financial stability. Crafted here in his white manifestation, he is removing the suffering of poverty and sicknesses through compassion. Originally seated atop a lion, and holding the Wealth banner in his right arm, the statue is estimated to sell for £4,000-£6,000 (Lot 118).

A series of scroll paintings on cotton or silk, known as Thangkas, are highlighted by an extremely rare Sino-Tibetan example from the 19th century, which includes the distinguished hand impressions and seal of the Lama on the reverse. The scene depicts the multi-armed and 11- headed Avalokiteśvara flanked by Manjusri, the bodhisattva associated with transcendent wisdom, and Vajrapani, one of the first bodhisattvas of Mahayana Buddhism, and protector and guide of the Buddha. They are surrounded, on either side, by musicians and above are the chief of the Four Heavenly Kings, Vajshravana, and deities Mahakala and Yama, protective guardians of the dharma. They all set within the celestial realm of the Buddha.

Unusual in format, the thangka is a brilliant adaptation of Indian, Chinese and Tibetan elements, and provides a powerful visualization of the blissful state of enlightenment achieved through the cult of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. It is estimated at £8,000-£12,000 (Lot 133).

An extensive selection of Asian textiles, from official garments to a rare collection of children’s shoes and hats, are an unusual addition to the sale. Clothing children in auspicious garments has historically been part of Chinese traditional costumes, with children wearing several different styles of shoes and hats from infancy through adolescence that mimicked the features of especially powerful animals. The purpose was to protect children against evil spirits, or bestow good wishes of success and moral teaching.

The charming specimens included in this section, are a wonderful visual representation of the basics of the Chinese decorative system, which involves the use of auspicious images, intended to act and become alive for the benefit of the wearer. These colorful garments, therefore, are an important resource to record popular contemporary beliefs and preoccupations, which official historical records often failed to document.

Notable among the collection are a collection of four 19th century Chinese silk embroidered shoes, shaped as fish, dragons, cats and Buddhist dogs, (Lot 86) and a collection of five festive hats for children from the late 19th and early 20th century, shaped as dragons, symbolizing potent and auspicious powers, and butterflies, symbolizing beauty, elegance and long life (Lot 91). Both lots are estimated at £200-£300.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Large 17th century wall hanging from a Buddhist Tibetan temple, 88.8 inches x 146.4 inches. Estimate: £12,000-£18,000 ($20,377-$30,565). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. Four pairs of 19th century Chinese silk embroidered shoes shaped as fish, dragons, cats and Buddhist dogs, along with a pair of bound shoes. Estimate: £200-£300. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.  Sino-Tibetan 18th century cast silver and repousse metalwork figure of Jambhala the Tibetan wealth deity. Estimate: £4,000-£6,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 13:11
 

Apollo 12 artifacts ready for takeoff at Heritage auction May 14

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Apollo 12 lunar module flown and surface-used PLSS strap directly from the personal collection of mission lunar module pilot Alan Bean, certified and signed. Estimate: $60,000-$75,000. Heritage Auctions image.

DALLAS – Selections from the personal collection of Apollo-era astronaut Alan Bean, the Apollo 12 Mission lunar module pilot, form the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions’ May 14 Space Signature® Auction. The Collection features Bean’s own lunar surface-used personal life support system (PLSS) strap, which he wore for nearly eight hours on the moon in 1969, and still bears traces of moon dust.

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Also offered from Bean’s collection are two more key artifacts that were with him on the moon’s surface for several hours during his moon walk: his Apollo 12 lunar module flown and surface-used scissors with lanyard and snap and his Apollo 12 lunar module flown and surface-used Fisher AG-7 space pen.

“All three of these lots are simply stellar exemples of the rarest, most desirable and most evocative types of space memorabilia available,” said Howard Weinberger, consultant on space exploration memorabilia at Heritage Auctions. “When it comes to collecting this material, pieces that have been on the lunar surface, with an astronaut, are by far the most highly sought after and significant. Most importantly, it absolutely has to come straight from an astronaut, with a full letter of provenance, and this has all of that and more.”

The property in Bean’s collection to be sold on May 14 has never before appeared at public auction, all of it having resided with him and his family since 1969.

“Beyond the trio of lunar-surface material that tops this auction,” said Weinberger, “there are several other very key artifacts being offered that were either in the lunar module on the moon’s surface or that flew in the command module from the earth to the moon. At every level of this material there is something spectacular and notable in terms of America’s lunar program.”

Among the most sought-after pieces will be Bean’s Apollo 12 flown command module to lunar module electrical power “umbilical” cable, which was connected while on the way to the moon to supply power to the lunar module Intrepid from the command module and was disconnected from and stowed aboard the command module Yankee Clipper when it was time to undock the lunar module and begin descent toward the Ocean of Storms.

Another prized lot: an Apollo 12 flown stainless steel interval timer, a rare and important piece of equipment used in the command module to and from the moon. Bean used this timer “when (he) stirred the cryogenic tanks, performed urine dumps, and other on-board procedures where accurate time intervals were needed.”

“This is a six-minute mechanical timer with a switch that, when in the "X 10" mode, makes it a one-hour timer,” said Weinberger. “This is the first such piece that Heritage has offered and an extraordinary piece of space memorabilia.”

An Apollo 12 lunar module flown Beta Cloth temporary stowage bag, a uniquely designed storage bag that was used in the lunar module, is also going to be hotly contested in the auction. According to Bean’s writing on the bag itself, “This stowage bag, serial number 0015, was mounted in front of me at waist height and I used it to stow, temporarily, my check lists, food items and other articles I used in our Lunar Module Intrepid during landing, our stay on the lunar surface, and our ascent from the moon.”

Bean’s personal Apollo 12 flown custom-fitted and molded orange communications earpiece, which was attached to the internal communications system on the command module is a special lot that figured in many of the most important moments of the mission, and was specially made for extra comfort on the long journey, while an Apollo 12 flown mirror, with rounded corners, with a swivel mounting post on the back with printed Part Numbers should prove equally as interesting to collectors. The Apollo 12 stowage list shows a mirror with this part number as being stowed in the right-hand side storage compartment of the lunar module, both at Earth launch and lunar launch (pages 49 and 75), and possibly flown in the lunar module.

Further highlights of Bean’s collection include:

– Spacecraft ID plate from Apollo 12's command module Yankee Clipper engraved as follows: APOLLO XII/SPACECRAFT -108/PART NO. V36-000002-21/CDR. CHARLES CONRAD USN/CDR. RICHARD F. GORDON Jr. USN/CDR. ALAN L BEAN USN/LAUNCH DATE 11-14-69. This is the flown Rockwell ID plate removed from the Apollo 12 Command Module Yankee Clipper (Spacecraft #8) and presented to Bean.

– Apollo 12 lunar module flown spacecraft identification plate, signed by Bean in black felt tip, as follows: “This ID plate was flown aboard our Lunar Module (LM-6) Intrepid to the lunar surface on the Ocean of Storms November 19, 1969. It remained on the moon until Pete Conrad and I lifted off on November 20th to rendezvous with Dick Gordon 60 miles above. Alan Bean Apollo 12 LMP.”

– Apollo 12 lunar module flown right angle 16mm camera bracket, which was flown to the Ocean of Storms on the mission and held the camera that took many of the most distinct and memorable lunar surface photos of the entire mission.

– Apollo 12 lunar module flown LM "charm" on unflown tie clasp, a diminutive but highly detailed metal representation of the lunar module, which actually flew in the second LM to land on the moon, mounted to a silver-colored tie clasp with an engraved “APOLLO XII” across its length.

– Apollo 12 lunar module flown pair of sterling cross cufflinks.

– Apollo 12 flown largest-size American flag flown in the command module.

– Apollo 12 flown large-size American flag flown in the command module.

– Apollo 12 Flown embroidered American flag with a gold border around it, flown in the Command Module.

– Apollo 12 flown silver Robbins medallion, serial number 113, one of 262 flown to the moon aboard the mission.

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
Apollo 12 lunar module flown and surface-used PLSS strap directly from the personal collection of mission lunar module pilot Alan Bean, certified and signed. Estimate: $60,000-$75,000. Heritage Auctions image. Apollo 12 lunar module flown and surface-used scissors with lanyard and snap directly from the personal collection of mission lunar module pilot Alan Bean. Estimate: $35,000-$50,000. Heritage Auctions image. Apollo 12 lunar module flown and surface-used Fisher AG-7 space pen directly from the personal collection of mission lunar module pilot Alan Bean. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Heritage Auctions image. Apollo 12 lunar module flown Beta Cloth temporary stowage bag directly from the personal collection of mission lunar module pilot Alan Bean, certified and signed. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Heritage Auctions image. Apollo 12 flown CM to LM electrical power 'umbilical' cable directly from the personal collection of mission lunar module pilot Alan Bean, 37 inches long. Estimate: $15,000-$30,000. Heritage Auctions image. Apollo 12 flown stainless steel interval timer directly from the personal collection of mission lunar module pilot Alan Bean, certified and signed. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Heritage Auctions image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 10:44
 

Milton Avery masterpiece featured in Heritage sale May 10

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Milton Avery (American, 1885-1965), ‘From the Studio,’ 1954, oil on canvas, 58 x 42 inches, signed and dated. Estimate: $800,000-$1.2 million. Heritage Auctions image.

DALLAS – Milton Avery’s From the Studio, 1954, a tour-de-force from the artist’s most sophisticated and modern period, could sell for $800,000 or more in Heritage Auctions’ American Art Including Western, California and Golden Age Illustration auction May 10 in Dallas. LiveAucitoneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

The genre-bridging auction celebrates the finest American artists of the last 200 years with works by Norman Rockwell, Andrew Wyeth, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Leroy Neiman and Millard Sheets, among others.

Avery’s From the Studio, 1954, has been in the same private collection since 1959, and has been featured in numerous exhibitions across the country, including the artist’s 1960 retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. “This particular piece is a reflection of Avery coming into the fullness of his career,” said Brian Roughton, managing director of fine art at Heritage. “It’s arguably the best and most important 1950s Avery to come to market.”

Andrew Wyeth’s Wash Bucket, 1962, estimated at $120,000-plus, and Jamie Wyeth’s Patridge House, Monhegan Island, Maine, 1969, estimated at $70,000-plus, embody the most exceptional hallmarks of the father’s and son’s accomplishments in the arena of American Realism. With brilliant use of light and mastery of the watercolor medium, both works elevate everyday objects into complex narratives that represent the universal intricacy of the human experience. Partridge House, Monhegan Island and Wash Bucket are being offered by a private collector to benefit a charitable foundation.

Fulfilling its goal to represent the very best of American art across all collecting categories, the auction will feature Pierrot and Columbine, a Vanity Fair magazine cover from June 1915 by Frank Xavier Leyendecker, estimated at $20,000-plus, and Norman Rockwell’s 1940 advertising illustration for Schenley’s Cream of Kentucky bourbon whiskey, estimated at $30,000-plus. “Heritage has a long history of offering works by these artists, and in an auction honoring important American art they should be,” Roughton added.

A collection of four works by Leroy Neiman is led by Roulette II, 1970, which was recently discovered hanging in an Italian restaurant in North Carolina. The work was published as a print by Knoedler in 1975 and depicts a diverse group of vibrant figures, exemplifying the artist’s fascination with social class and human behavior. Roulette II is expected to fetch more than $100,000.

“This auction truly is a who’s who of collectible American art, and you only have to look at the diversity to see why,” Roughton said. “Sanford Robinson Gifford’s A Sketch at the Camp on the La Bonté, Wyoming Territory, 1870, is a well-documented work executed in appreciation of the new terrain the artist encountered after joining an expedition into the Rocky Mountains.” The painting appears with a $40,000-plus estimate.

Among the selection of California art on offer is Millard Sheets’ Desert Spring Textures, 1967, executed a year prior to the artist’s conception of murals designed for Los Angeles City Hall. “Sheets brilliantly transfers his abilities as a muralist onto paper with his mosaic-like brushwork and grand landscape,” said Alissa Ford, director of California art at Heritage. “The sky is grand and luminous and looks as though as if it were constructed of numerous pieces of light-infused glass. It is truly a premier example of Sheets’ abilities.” The work is estimated to sell for $20,000-plus.

Leading the works by Western artists are Henry Balink’s Indians on Horseback, estimated at $15,000-plus, and Appeal to the Great Spirit, by Cyrus Edwin Dallin, estimated to sell for $30,000-plus. “Appeal to the Great Spirit is the most iconic image of the American west that Dallin crafted in bronze,” Ford said. “His treatment of this cast displays a sensitivity and empathy for the displaced Sioux tribes that was quite progressive for its day.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Milton Avery (American, 1885-1965), ‘From the Studio,’ 1954, oil on canvas, 58 x 42 inches, signed and dated. Estimate: $800,000-$1.2 million. Heritage Auctions image.

Jamie Wyeth (American, b. 1946), ‘Partridge House, Monhegan Island, Maine,’ 1969, watercolor on paper laid on board. Estimate: $70,000-$100,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Frank Xavier Leyendecker (American, 1877-1924), ‘Pierrot and Columbine,’ ‘Vanity Fair’ magazine cover, June 1915, oil on board. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Leroy Neiman, (American, 1921-2012), ‘Roulette II,’ 1970, oil on Masonite, 48 x 60 inches, signed and dated. Estimate: $100,000-$150,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978), ‘Have You Knowing Eyes?,’ Schenley Cream of Kentucky whiskey advertisement, 1937, charcoal on paper. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Andrew Newell Wyeth (American, 1917-2009), ‘Wash Bucket,’ 1962, watercolor on paper, 21-3/4 x 29-1/8 inches. Estimate: $120,000-$180,000. Heritage Auctions image.

Millard Sheets (American, 1907-1989), ‘Desert Spring Textures,’ 1967, watercolor on board, 22 x 30 inches. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Heritage Auctions image.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 09:13
 

Quinn's to auction fresh, authenticated Rodin on May 17

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Ammi Phillips (American, 1788-1865), ‘Portrait of a Woman,’ oil on canvas, 33½ x 27in. Provenance: The Abby Aldridge Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, Colonial Williamsburg. Est. $8,000-$12,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – A lifetime cast of Auguste Rodin’s (1840-1917) Le Desespoir is the distinguished headliner in Quinn’s Auction Galleries’ May 17 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction of select items from DC-area estates, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

“Rodin is considered by many to be the father of modern sculpture, and his attention to detail was unrivaled – so much so, that early in his career, he was accused of creating castings from a human body, rather than actually carving,” said Matthew Quinn of Quinn’s Auction Galleries. “His superlative eye for detail is quite apparent in ‘Le Desespoir.’”

An all-important confirmation of authenticity was received recently from the Comite Rodin in Paris, Quinn said. “We were very anxious to hear the verdict from the Comite Rodin, as they are the ultimate authority on Rodin artworks and do not issue authentications unless they are convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt. The piece we are auctioning is an authentic Rodin.”

Le Desespoir will be available for preview by appointment at Quinn’s gallery until its public preview period that runs from May 10-17. The work is estimated at $60,000 to $80,000.

“It’s not often that a Rodin lifetime cast bronze comes to the market, I was certainly taken back when we were told by the Comite Rodin that it was, indeed, cast during the artist’s life,” Quinn said.

It is believed that Rodin only created a few copies of the original Le Desespoir sculpture. Even fewer of those copies incorporate carved marble rock, as is the case with the example Quinn’s will be auctioning. “The marble rock is, in fact, part of the sculpture. That’s what made me suspect it might actually be an authentic Rodin,” Quinn said. “Later, when I met with the expert who is compiling the Rodin catalogue raisonne, he commented that it was one of the most beautiful Rodins he had seen in some time.”

A broad selection of fine paintings is entered in the May 17 auction, as well. A George W. Waters (New York, 1832-1912) painting featuring a sunset view at Morse Lake in the Adirondack Mountains is conservatively estimated at $7,000-$9,000. A similar work was auctioned recently for more than $20,000. Acclaimed artist Walter MacEwen’s classic interior scene of a woman in a red coat will be offered at $4,000-$6,000.

An Ammi Phillips (American, 1788-1865) folk portrait comes from the current estate of Winzola P. McLendon, who acquired the work in 1960 from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, Colonial Williamsburg. It will be offered at auction with an $8,000-$12,000 estimate.

The sale also features furnishings from around the world and dating from the late 18th century through the 1960s. Ready to illuminate a modern space, an Erik Hoglund Boda Nova Glassworks & Iron chandelier will entice bidders with its opening bid of $1,500 (est. $3,000-$5,000).

The Asian arts section of the sale will include a nice selection of Japanese netsuke, including a plump Fukura Suzume, or boxwood sparrow. The 5.5cm bird is estimated at $1,400-$1,800.

Quinn’s galleries are always brimming with activity. On Wednesday, May 14th, the company will offer 150+ decorative paintings and prints whose timeline spans more than 300 years. Each work is nicely framed.

On May 15th, Quinn’s subsidiary, Waverly Rare Books, will auction hundreds of linear feet of leather-bound volumes and top-notch 18th- and 19th-century American atlases. An exceedingly rare copy of Carey’s 1796 General Atlas is conservatively estimated at $3,000-$5,000; and a seldom-seen mid-19th-century topographical map of the road from Missouri to Oregon by Charles Preuss will open for bidding at $2,000 (est. $4,000-$6,000).

The May 17, 2014 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction featuring an authenticated Rodin will be held at 11 a.m. EST at Quinn’s Auction Galleries, located at 360 South Washington Street, Falls Church, VA 22046. All forms of bidding will be available, including live online via LiveAuctioneers.

For additional information on any lot in the sale, call 703-532-5632 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Ammi Phillips (American, 1788-1865), ‘Portrait of a Woman,’ oil on canvas, 33½ x 27in. Provenance: The Abby Aldridge Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, Colonial Williamsburg. Est. $8,000-$12,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image 

Erik Hoglund chandelier, circa 1960s, Boda Nova Glassworks, cast glass with Alex Stromberg Ironworks black wrought iton, est. $2,000-$3,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image 

Japanese carved boxwood netsuke of Fukura Suzume (plump sparrow), mid-18th century. Provenance: The Humphrey Collection; Houston, Texas. Est. $1,400-$1,800. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image 

Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917), circa 1905 lifetime casting ‘Le Desespoir’ (Despair), green-patinated bronze and carved marble, signed ‘A. Rodin’ on top of base with raised ‘A. Rodin’ on underside of bronze, 13¾in high x 12in wide x 11in long. Authenticated by Comite Rodin, Paris. Est. $60,000-$80,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image 

Walter MacEwen (NY/Illinois/France, 1860-1943), interior scene of pensive woman with man smoking in background, 18½in x 22in, est. $4,000-$6,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image 

George W. Waters (New York, 1832-1912), ‘Sunset Morse Lake, Adirondacks,’ circa 1882, 28½ x 40¾ in, est. $7,000-$9,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image 

Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 14:52
 

Made in Italy furnishings to be featured at Nova Ars sale May 6

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Enzo Mari, pottery centerpiece, produced by Danese, 1973, 11.6 x 11.6 inches, 1.8 inches high. Estimate: 3,000-3,500 euros. Nova Ars image.

ASTI, Italy – An important collection of modern Italian design and decorative arts of 20th century will be sold by Nova Ars Auction on Tuesday, May 6. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The auction will consist of 104 lots of ceramics, furniture, lamps, chandeliers and glass works. Many Italian designers will be represented, from Mari to Mangiarotti, from Munari to Colombo, from Gio Ponti to Sarfatti, as well as other talents from different countries.

Highlight pieces include a Geo Ponti and Richard Ginori china tea set by Pittoria di Doccia, circa 1925; four 12-inch-square appliques of Murano glass by Venini, circa 1960; a Carlo Nason ceiling lamp of chromed metal and blown glass produced by Mazzega, 1969; an Enzo Mari plastic centerpiece produced by Danese, 1968; and an Enzo Mari pottery centerpiece produced by Danese in 1973.

Nova Arts Auction specializes in contemporary art, modernism and design made in Italy in the 20th century. The auction will begin at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Enzo Mari, pottery centerpiece, produced by Danese, 1973, 11.6 x 11.6 inches, 1.8 inches high. Estimate: 3,000-3,500 euros. Nova Ars image. 

Gio Ponti, Richard Ginori china tea set by Pittoria di Doccia consisting of six cups, six small plates, teapot, sugar bowl and milk jug, circa 1925. Estimate: 1,300-1,500 euros. Nova Ars image. 

Venini, four appliques model Patchwork. Varnished metal structure with Murano blown glass, brass, circa 1960, 12 x 12 inches. Estimate: 2,000-3,000 euros. Nova Ars image. 

Enzo Mari, plastic centerpiece, model Adal, Danese, 1968. Estimate: 1,200-1,500 euros. Nova Ars image.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 10:10
 

Andy & Susan Moore bank collection leads RSL's June 7 auction

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An exceptional example of the classic J. & E. Stevens Girl Skipping Rope bank. RSL Auction Co. image

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. – On Saturday, June 7th, RSL Auction Company will offer the premier still and mechanical bank collection of Andy Moore and Susan Moore, authors of the classic 1984 reference “The Penny Bank Book.” The auction of nearly 700 lots, which will take place at RSL’s recently inaugurated gallery in central New Jersey, will also feature the lifetime mechanical bank collections of Bill Robison and Rich Garthoeffner. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

“To still bank collectors, there is no more important book than the one that Andy and Susan Moore wrote. Its publication is what brought still banks to national prominence and got the hobby rolling in a big way,” said RSL partner Ray Haradin. “Collectors are going to be very excited about the prospect of bidding on book examples from this famous, long-held grouping of banks. There are three or four world-class examples of banks that haven’t been on the market in ages.”

Like so many early bank collectors, Andy Moore (1937-1986) made his living in the financial world. For 11 years, he served as president of Beverly Bank in Chicago. He and his wife, Susan, built their bank collection together over a 17-year period and displayed it with pride in their comfortable suburban home.

“In 1993, much of the Moore collection was sold, but the family retained the cream,” Haradin said. “That’s what we’ll be selling.”

The Moore portion of the sale numbers 130 banks – 50 mechanicals and 80 stills, most of which are actual examples shown in “The Penny Bank Book.” That includes the finest-known circa-1890 Transvaal Money Box, which was chosen for the book’s cover.

One of the top lots, a prized Circuit Rider bank, depicts a man – perhaps a traveling minister, as the name would suggest – on a horse. It is technically a semi-mechanical bank, Haradin explained, because it has a retainer that holds a coin in place until the horse is rocked forward and the deposit is made. Its presale estimate is $15,000-$25,000.

Within the Moore collection are examples of nine of 13 figural “safe” banks manufactured around 1895 by the Chicago company Harper. They include Little Red Riding Hood, Santa Claus, a carpenter, and the first version with Old Mother Hubbard on its façade that Haradin has ever seen.

The finest of three known examples of a Board of Trade still bank will be offered. Its stock market theme depicts a bull and bear fighting over a sack of money.

Of the mechanicals coming directly from the Moore collection, one of the best is a Bill E. Grin, made by J. & E. Stevens around 1910. There are also some rare examples of spelter banks, which continue to attract new enthusiasts at each successive RSL sale. A highlight among the spelters is an appealing bear with mallet and tin drum.

The June 7th sale will mark the second occasion on which RSL has represented Ohio collector Bill Robison at auction. “We had the privilege of selling Mr. Robison’s still bank collection six years ago. Now he has chosen to sell his collection of mechanicals, which includes some very rare and beautiful banks, as well as some color variations we’ve never seen before,” said RSL partner Leon Weiss. One of those rare variations is a Hen and Chick bank that features a brown hen on a red base.

Because Robison tended to buy in small regional auctions as opposed to larger, better-publicized sales, many of his banks will be “new” to the marketplace and to collectors, even those who are advanced. They’ve sat quietly on Robison’s display shelves for decades, some since the 1970s. “It’s a fresh collection, full of surprises,” Weiss noted. One of those fresh surprises is an exquisite 5-hole variation of the Hold the Fort bank.

A pedigreed entry from the Robison collection is the Uncle Sam bank that was first runner-up in a competition hosted by the Mechanical Bank Collectors of America in the late 1980s. By means of comparison, the winning bank that year belonged to Steven and Marilyn Steckbeck, leading lights of the hobby long known for their superior collection.

Much more awaits bidders at the June 7th auction, including the last of the Rich Garthoeffner mechanical bank collection. “As everyone in business knows, Rich Garthoeffner is a revered Americana, folk art and toy dealer from Pennsylvania, and he has never compromised on quality,” said Steven Weiss, the third partner in RSL Auctions. “The banks in his private collection are exceptional by anyone’s standards. An example would be the Stevens Girl Skipping Rope bank that Mr. Garthoeffner purchased in the early 1980s at Parke-Bernet in Manhattan. At the time, the price he paid for the bank set an auction record.”

Other gems in the Garthoeffner group include a Stevens bank known as Professor Pug Frog’s Great Bicycle Feat, with strong colors and a beautiful patina; and two near-mint buildings – a Magic Bank and a Novelty Bank.

Filling out the high-rent neighborhood is a very fine consignment from an architectural bank collector in New York City. “We’ve been selling selections from this consignor over the past two years. This time he has given us 30 outstanding architectural banks, including a superb Boston State House and a very rare painted Chicago Bank that has a flag embossed ‘Chicago’ overhead,” Steven said.

RSL’s Saturday, June 7, 2014 auction will take place at the company’s new gallery located off I-78 at 295 US Hwy 22 East, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889. Look for the “One Salem Square” sign. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 

 An exceptional example of the classic J. & E. Stevens Girl Skipping Rope bank. RSL Auction Co. image

Andy and Susan's signature bank, the Transvaal Money Box, was pictured on the cover of their groundbreaking reference book titled 'The Penny Bank Book.' RSL Auction Co. image

An extremely rare and desirable semi-mechanical Circuit Rider is one of the most highly prized banks in the Moore Collection. RSL Auction Co. image

Rarest of the rare, the Moore selection of Harper safes is second to none. RSL Auction Co. image

One of the finest known examples of J. & E. Stevens’ Bill E. Grin bank. RSL Auction Co. image

An investment icon, this Board of Trade bank is the best of the three known examples. RSL Auction Co. image

One of the finest Uncle Sam banks in the land. RSL Auction Co. image

A terrific selection of German spelter banks. RSL Auction Co. image

The Bill Robison collection features very rare and desirable color variations. This orange-base Hen and Chick bank is a unique example. RSL Auction Co. image

An extremely fine example of the bank known as Professor Pug Frog's Great Bicycle Feat. RSL Auction Co. image

Extremely rare short version of the Fortune Wheel. RSL Auction Co. image

A gorgeous example of the blue-blanketed Seated Bulldog, made by J & E. Stevens. RSL Auction Co. image

The very rare Indiana Paddle Wheeler. RSL Auction Co. image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 12:27
 

Baldwin’s to sell historic European coin collection May 7

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014 16:31

Extremely fine 1864 gold 50-lire, struck in Torino under King Vittorio Emanuele II. Estimate £50,000-£60,000. A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. image.

LONDON – The latest offering from one of the world’s most prolific coin collectors, Åke Lindén, maps the social and numismatic history of modern Europe with coins of the highest rarity including a George I gold 100-drachmai, the rarest issue of modern Greece, and one of the finest examples of the 1868 20-lei gold pattern proof. Held as part of Baldwin’s three-day auction schedule, the European part of the collection will be sold on Wednesday, May, 7. Internet live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

“This extensive and impressive collection of European coinage is part of a calendar of auctions to be held throughout 2014, presenting Åke Lindén’s large-scale collection to the numismatic market. Following the success of his Russian coins, which sold through our New York auction earlier this year, in excess of US $1 million, we fully expect that the European collection will be as popular as its Russian counterpart,” said Dimitri Loulakakis, director of World Coins at A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd.

Swedish born Lindén found numismatic inspiration from a young age, encouraged by his widely traveled father who brought him coins from every country he visited. Possibly as a result of this, his numismatic interests were wide ranging and eventually he set about amassing his vast collection of every type coin since 1850, from every country in the world. Being the true collector that he was, Lindén would consider any coin that was missing from his collection, regardless of the condition. However, when it came to the very rarest items, he did not hesitate to acquire them in top condition at whatever the price.

An extremely fine 1864 gold 50-lire, struck in Torino under King Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the most sought after pieces from the collection. With a mintage of only 103, it is by far the rarest one-year type coin of the Italian Kingdom series and is estimated to achieve £50,000-£60,000.

This coin was one of the last to be minted before the Kingdom of Italy joined an initiative to unify the countries of Europe under one currency standard, interchangeable across the nations, and called the Latin Monetary Union (LMU), a precursor to the Euro.

Under the reign of its first monarch, King Vittorio Emanuele II, Italy was one of the founding members of the LMU, along with France, Belgium and Switzerland. The standard evolved from the French franc system introduced by Napoleon, based on the gold 20-franc and the silver franc, bimetallism.

A new standard weight currency that could be freely exchanged between the four countries soon enticed other European nations, and in 1868, under the rule of George I, the Kingdom of Greece, along with Spain, entered into the LMU with the first Greek LMU coins minted in 1868. These new coins aligned with the weights of their European counterparts and were minted in France.

The rarest of all regular issue coins of modern Greece, the George I gold 100-drachmai, 1876, was minted in Paris, the same year his daughter, Marie, was born, and was part of the LMU initiative. With a mintage of only 76, the reverse bears the Order of the Saviour, below the royal arms, the oldest and highest decoration awarded by the modern Greek state. King George I gained territory for Greece throughout the 1870s and re-established her standing as a nation in pre-World War I Europe. A statement of his power, this propaganda coin glorifies the second and longest reigning monarch in modern Greek history, who ruled as king for 50 years until his assassination in March 1913. The coin is estimated to sell for £50,000-£60,000.

“The George I 100-drachmai is a testament to Lindén’s dedication to acquiring top quality rarities, it is as close to fleur-de-coin, a perfect coin, as one would ever wish to own. It is a magnificent specimen,” said Loulakakis.

While most of Europe was looking to unite under one currency, Romania fought for independence from Austria and Turkey, something they finally achieved in 1866, under the rule of Carol I.

The provinces, Maramures, Bucovina, Moldova, Crisana, Banat, Transilvania, Moldova, Walachia and Dobrogea, became the principality of Romania and the Leu of 100-bani minted in 1867, with the gold 20-lei added in 1868. Only 100 pieces of the gold pattern proof 20-lei, 1868 were minted, and in 1875 Carol I ceremonially deposited a quantity into the foundations of his summer house, Peleş Castle, a neo-classical palace he was building in the picturesque Carpathian Mountains. The remaining coins were distributed among his friends and dignitaries. This example in the Lindén collection is by far the finest known of the few surviving pieces and is estimated at £40,000-£50,000.

The political turbulence of the early 20th century, which culminated in the outbreak of World War I, brought instability and the imminent collapse of the LMU. Under the rule of Vittorio Emanuele III, himself an avid coin collector, Italy remained neutral to its neighbors. In 1901, still under the LMU, Italy produced the silver 5-lire 1901 prooflike coin in Rome, with a mintage of only 114. It was the first coin bearing Vittorio’s portrait to be produced during his reign and is one of the rarest coins of the Vittorio Emanuele III series. The example offered in the sale is one of the few top quality examples still in existence, and is estimated at £25,000-£30,000.

Another rarity in the sale from the Vittorio Emanuele III series is a unique 1908 bronze 10-centesimi, struck in Rome. From a mintage of three, this coin is the only example in private hands, the others are in state institutions. It is estimated at £12,000-£15,000.

During World War I Germany faced currency shortages due to an increase in people hoarding coins. At the time the German empire was unified under one coinage system, based on 100-pfennig to the mark, with lesser denominations struck in one form for the whole empire, and higher value denominations bearing the head and titles of the local rulers.

From the Kingdom of Saxony, the key coin of the entire "Kaiserreich" series, a silver proof 3-mark, 1917, was struck under Friedrich August III, King of Saxony. One of the last coins to be minted under Friedrich August III before he voluntarily abdicated the throne on Nov. 13, 1918. The fall of the German Empire, and the collapse of the traditional dynasties in 1918, ended this coinage system. With a mintage of just 100, this celebrated rarity bears the bust of Friedrich the Wise on the obverse, and on the reverse the imperial eagle. It is estimated at £30,000-£40,000.

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

Extremely fine 1864 gold 50-lire, struck in Torino under King Vittorio Emanuele II. Estimate £50,000-£60,000. A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. image.

George I of Greece gold 100-drachmai, 1876. Estimate: £50,000-£60,000. A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. image.

Italy silver 5-lire 1901 depicting Vittorio Emanuele III. Estimate: £25,000-£30,000. A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. image.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 09:26
 

Thomas Del Mar to auction armor from famed John W. Higgins collection

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:34

A German stained glass panel, F.X Zettler, Munich, 1920s, depicting an armored knight on horseback under a Renaissance arch, inscribed ‘Zettler’ lower right, 51 x 36 cm/20 x 14in, est. £300-£400. Thomas Del Mar imageLONDON – On May 7th, Thomas Del Mar Ltd, in association with Sotheby’s and with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers, will sell a selection of superior-quality antique armor acquired during the 1920s-1950s by industrialist John Woodman Higgins (1874–1961). It is the second such deaccession from the Higgins collection to be auctioned by Thomas Del Mar.

John Woodman Higgins made his fortune from the Worcester Pressed Steel Company, a Massachusetts firm founded in 1905. From 1927, Higgins decided to collect antique arms and armor seriously, with a view toward filling a museum he was building to showcase the uses of steel throughout the centuries. Correspondence of that year to French dealer Louis Bachereau noted: “I am compiling a considerable collection of antique armor and arms, also including statues, portraits, tapestries and stained glass showing men on horses in armor, flags, pennants, chain mail coats, shields, pole arms, etc.”

Higgins went on to build a collection that numbered more than 5,000 pieces of armor, arms and related objects. In 1931, the Higgins Armory Museum, a novel steel and glass building housing the extensive collection, was opened to the public in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The American Armor Craze:

The first half of the 20th century was a time when romantic tales of chivalry and courtly love captured the imagination of American collectors. In addition to John Woodman Higgins, other collectors included newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, telegraph mogul Clarence Mackay and cigarette maker Rutherfurd Stuyvesant. Their main artistic interests were the Gothic Revival, ancestral castles and medieval works of art including armor.

The collecting of arms and armor became highly competitive; European collections were broken up and handled by the eminent dealers of the day such as Jacques Seligmann and Joseph Duveen. In addition, there were the great influences of scholars like Bashford Dean, who became the first curator of arms and armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Over time, the Higgins Armory collection was refined, and with the benefit of modern scholarship and museology, the decision has been made to further refine the collection and integrate the core collection into the Worcester Art Museum. The deaccession process has occurred in two main phases: the first phase culminated in a 100% sold auction in 2013 conducted by Thomas Del Mar Ltd (in association with Sotheby’s). The final single-owner sale from the Higgins collection is the one slated for May 7.

More than 300 lots represent European and Japanese full armors, helmets and individual elements of armor, such as breastplates and gauntlets. There also will also be edged weapons and firearms; pictures, stained glass, sculpture and antiquities. As with the first sale, this will provide a unique opportunity to acquire armor that, in almost every case, has a pedigree dating back to Higgins’ purchases in the second quarter of the 20th century.

Highlights include a boy’s armor Higgins purchased from the William Randolph Hearst collection, a German fluted full armor in the so-called Maximillian fashion, an etched Italian full armor, and a very rare half armor for a Polish winged hussar.

For additional information about the May 7 auction, contact Thomas Del Mar Ltd by calling 011 44 207 602 4805 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

A German stained glass panel, F.X Zettler, Munich, 1920s, depicting an armored knight on horseback under a Renaissance arch, inscribed ‘Zettler’ lower right, 51 x 36 cm/20 x 14in, est. £300-£400. Thomas Del Mar image

Grouping of European armor from 16th-19th centuries, with estimates from £5,000 to £30,000. Thomas Del Mar image

Painted limestone figure of St Eligius, perhaps Lorraine, early 16th century; the saint modeled as a blacksmith shoeing the partial leg of a horse, his anvil resting on a pedestal hung with tools, plinth titled ‘St Eloi,’
110 cm/43¼in high.
Provenance
William Randolph Hearst. Est. £3,000-£4,000. Thomas Del Mar image

19th-century boy’s armor in 16th-century German style, ex collection of William Randolph Hearst. The tall armor is a composite South German cap-a-pie field armor, partly Nuremberg, circa 1540.  Est. £15,000- £20,000. Thomas Del Mar image

A stained glass panel of St Adrian of Nicomedia, probably Flemish or German, early 16th century and later. 186.5 x 59 cm. See Detroit Institute of Art, Accession No. 58.111 for what appears to be a companion window depicting St. Wenceslas. Est. £1,000-£2,000. Thomas Del Mar image

A steel target with embossed decoration, 19th century, after an Italian original of the mid-16th century made for the Emperor Charles V. Est. £1,500-£2,000. Thomas Del Mar image

Japanese armor (Tosei Gusoku), Edo period. Est. £1,500-£2,000. Thomas Del Mar image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 14:27
 

Preston Evans sale features early autos, motorcycles May 17

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Monday, 28 April 2014 15:40

This 1911 touring Cadillac has won first prize in virtually every car meet competition it has been entered in. Preston Evans Opportunities image.

LIBERTY, S.C. – An astounding 67-year collection of early cars and motorcycles – which include a 1902 Oldsmobile Model R curved-dash runabout, a 1911 touring Cadillac, a 1920 Indian Scout and a 1942 Harley-Davidson, plus many car and motorcycle parts and accessories and antiques and collectibles in various other categories – will all be auctioned the by Preston Evans Opportunities. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding for the May 17 auction.

The sale represents the museum-quality lifetime collections of Remy and Betty Baker, gathered over the course of nearly seven decades and now being offered to the collecting public. Remy was a serious collector of early, pre-1930 cars and motorcycles. Other collections included toys, magic and movie posters and beautiful home furnishings. Jukeboxes, vending machines and arcade items will also be sold.

“We have known Remy and Betty for decades and we are honored the family has chosen us to dispose of the many special items from their home and museum,” said Preston Evans of Preston Evans Opportunities, the Newnan, Ga.-based auction firm conducting the sale, which will take place at 517 Flat Rock Road in Liberty, S.C.

The Saturday auction has a start time of 9 a.m., and will feature Remy’s many early cars and motorcycles, plus many other other automotive and motorcycle parts and accessories. Brass accessories for cars will be offered on Saturday morning. “It is staggering the sheer number of parts and accessories we have in this auction,” Evans said.

Other rare vehicles (in addition to the aforementioned early cars) will include 1924 Hupmobiles (Models R13 and R14), a 1921 Nash Touring Model 41, 1919 and 1921 Chevrolet 490 touring cars, a 1926 Chevrolet series V, a 1905 Armac cycle car, a 1934 three-wheel open roadster, a 1946 Midget Racer, and a 1912 Ford T truck, fully restored and with a mock-up of a calliope.

The antique motorcycles, in addition to the already named 1942 Harley Davidson and 1920 Indian Scout, will also feature a 1912 belt-drive Yale, Harley Hummers and more. As if the auction wasn’t already packed with top-shelf merchandise, Evans will personally be adding lots from his museum in Warm Springs, Ga. These will include some rare vintage motorcycles.

The 1911 touring Cadillac is a prime example of a restored luxury vehicle, from the very infancy of the automotive industry in this country. The car reflects advances made in the nascent years of luxury car development. It is one of only a few known to exist and was intended as a show car. It is the best in class at virtually every regional car meet that Remy and Betty Baker bring it to.

Features include a chauffeur’s compartment with rich walnut dashboard, fitted with the original Cadillac speedometer/odometer and Sessions clock; a passenger compartment with beveled glass, walnut burl and rich fabric; a brass tube and trumpet-style intercom system, for talking to the chauffeur; a crystal flower vase; ladies’ cosmetics holders; draperies; and pull-down shades.

Some mystery and intrigue surround the 1902 Oldsmobile Model R curved-dash runabout. A 1946 Jubilee tag identified the vehicle as being from 1898 which, if that were true, would make it one of the earliest known examples of an Oldsmobile in existence – a rare prototype. But experimental models dating back that far typically don’t have a curved dashboard, like this one.

Plus, the vehicle being sold has replacements parts from as much later on as 1904 (plus other replacement parts), and the crank is out of place for an 1898 model. However, the grandson of Arthur J. Hodge claims that his grandfather was gifted the car in 1931 by H.H. Walker, and that he (Walker) had been given the car prior to that by R.E. Olds, the founder of Olds Motor Works.

It is true that Walker and Olds knew each other. Walker, a highly qualified mechanical engineer, owned a wagon plant and he rented several properties to General Motors in the 1920s. It’s even possible that he was given the car by Olds, for whatever reason. But because that can’t be verified and because of the replacement parts, it is safe to call it a 1902 Oldsmobile.

Admission to the auction is $10 (or the purchase of a catalog; to purchase a printed catalog, send $10 to Preston Evans Opportunity Auctions, 31 Redbud Trail, Newnan, GA 30263).

For more information about the auction, call 770-502-0026 or 678-296-3326.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

This 1911 touring Cadillac has won first prize in virtually every car meet competition it has been entered in. Preston Evans Opportunities image.

It's hard to imagine this gorgeous Harley-Davidson motorcycle was made way back in 1942, but it was. Preston Evans Opportunities image.

This fully restored 1920 Indian motorcycle, rare and in excellent riding condition, will be sold. Preston Evans Opportunities image.

Betty Baker collected old jukeboxes like this beautiful Wurlitzer, toys, magic and movie posters, arcades and vending machines, home furnishings and more. Preston Evans Opportunities image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 16:04
 

Baldwin’s to sell part 2 of British colonial coins May 6

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Friday, 25 April 2014 14:54

Lot 487: 1905B uncirculated Straits Settlements Edward VII (1901-1910) silver proof 50-cents from the Diana Collection. Estimate: £5,000–£8,000. Baldwin’s image.

LONDON – The first day, May 6, of Baldwin’s three-day May auction calendar will contain the second part of one of the most impressive British colonial coin collections to have ever been offered for sale by public auction. Part One of the Arielle Collection sold through Baldwin’s Coinex auctions in September 2013, when all 818 lots sold for an exceptional total of £505,092.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

Compiled by a collector who sought out only the finest specimens, the second and final part of the collection will consist of 980 lots. The impeccable collection includes many pattern and proof coins from British Guiana, British Honduras, British West Indies, Hong Kong, Straits Settlements, Ceylon, Cyprus, Fiji, the Ionian Island and New Zealand.

One of the most expensive coins in the sale is a 1905B uncirculated Straits Settlements Edward VII (1901-1910) silver proof 50-cents from the Diana Collection. Issued shortly before coinage of the Straits Settlements was demonetized on Dec. 31, 1952, this coin is estimated to sell for £5,000–£8,000 [Lot 487].

Many of the coins in the Arielle collection have a connection to the numismatic legend, Major F. Pridmore, and are fascinating pieces of numismatic history. Of note is an 1815 George III (1760-1820) silver pattern-Rix dollar. Bearing a strong similarity to the 1821 coinage of George IV, Pridmore has made the argument that this is a proof and not a pattern. Generally, we have called coins made, but not issued for circulation, patterns, but Pridmore argues that 10,000 were supposed to have been issued, but as it never happened, what is the proper description for this coin? All known pieces were struck as proofs and this pushes the argument back to describing them as patterns, as they did not enter circulation. This well debated coin is estimated at £3,000–£4,000 [Lot 283].

With an extremely good provenance an 1866 Victoria (1837-1901), unique bronze pattern 1/26-shilling from Jersey, is sure to cause a stir among collectors. The unique undated specimen has come from the collections of Pridmore, R. J. Ford and A.L.T. McCammon and was keenly fought over at the Pridmore sale in 1981. Very used to being unchallenged in his quest to purchase the most expensive proofs and patterns, Richard Ford was aggrieved to have been bid up to £2,600 for this coin. He was, however, the successful purchaser, but in a strange twist of fate the under bidder, Anthony McCammon secured the coin for his collection some nine years later at exactly the same price. This special coin is estimated at £2,000–£3,000 [Lot 100].

From more exotic locations, an ex Edward Roehrs collection 1807 George III (1760-1820) restrike bronzed copper proof penny from the Bahamas, is a coin that has intrigued the cataloger of this collection. Unlike all the 1806 coins, which are struck on a coin die axis, this coin is struck on a medal die axis. It raises the question of when this coin was in fact created. There are differences on all three of the Bahamas pennies in the collection, and nothing is conclusive, but a mystery yet to be solved. One of only three known to exist, it is estimated at £3,000–£4,000 [Lot 723].

A stunning 1875H Victoria (1837-1901), silver specimen 20-cents from Hong Kong is one of nine pieces found in the Heaton Mint, Birmingham, Archives, in various states of striking quality. The finest pieces of this date are the only 19th century Heaton coins that could be considered proofs as they were of the same quality as any proof from the Royal Mint. This exceptional coin is estimated to sell for £1,500–£2,000 [Lot 652].

Baldwin’s three-day auction (May 6-8) schedule will include European coins from the collection of numismatist Ake Linden and the Hemisphere Collection of gold sovereigns.

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

 Lot 487: 1905B uncirculated Straits Settlements Edward VII (1901-1910) silver proof 50-cents from the Diana Collection. Estimate: £5,000–£8,000. Baldwin’s image.

 Lot 283: 1815 George III (1760-1820) silver pattern-Rix dollar. Estimate: £3,000 – £4,000. Baldwin’s image.

Lot 723: 1807 George III (1760-1820) restrike bronzed copper proof penny from the Bahamas, Estimate: £3,000–£4,000. Baldwin’s image 

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 15:24
 
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