Lot # 25A: An Egyptian mummified human right hand, Late Period, c. 664 - 30 BC, well-preserved with intact nails. The skin, darkened from the embalming resins, now stable and leather-like. Old cord around wrist from prior 19th century curiosity collection. L: 8 1/8” (20.7 cm). One of the most beautiful and delicatly formed hands we have ever seen great example! Ex Private collection of retired English Doctor.
Lot # 12: Erotic nude transparency of model Cheryl Rixon by photographer Bob Guccione in 1979. Transparency measures 8" x 5".
Lot # 508: Sohrab Sepehri (Iranian, 1928-1980), Untitled oil on canvas, signed in Farsi at lower center, signed and dated 1961 on the verso, presented in a gilt floater frame. DOA 48 x 32.5 in. Sohrab Sepehri is among Iran's greatest 20th century poets and contemporary painters. This painting has been in a private collection for over forty years. Fittingly it reemerges during a renaissance of interest in Iranian modernist artist, corresponding with the new "Iran Modern" exhibition at the Asia Society in New York. Daughter of Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical founder, Robert Wood Johnson, Evangeline Brewster Johnson Merrill was a prominent supporter of the arts at a very early point in her life. In 1943, she was made a Fellow in Perpetuity of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; throughout her life she was a patron of several museums, including the Peabody Museum of Yale University. Her philosophy and passion for art is well defined in a letter to a family member dated January 20, 1970, in which she seeks support for The Norton Gallery, "Art, together with Science, constitutes the highest form of human evolution, and I think you will agree that their preservation and development become a most important civic responsibility of us all. Museums preserve the inspired art of the past and the challenging art of the present in order to stimulate and enlarge our culture pattern." Evangeline was particularly interested in promoting contemporary artists, encountering many throughout her travels and work with the United Nations. She had a particular interest in Middle Eastern and Continental artists, as illustrated in the collection offered here. She lived with her collection, sharing it with others while entertaining at her home. Numerous works from her collection, by such important artists as Klee and Kandinsky, are in the collections of MOMA and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Estate of the Late Evangeline Brewster Johnson Merrill and by descent to the consignor
Lot # 819: Large Dale Chihuly Mardi Gras tabletop or hanging sculpture, 2001, brilliantly colored hand-blown glass elements are held in a brushed steel stand, includes hardware that allows the sculpture to be hung, included are six extra glass pieces (not shown), authenticated, provenance upon request, as shown: 48"dia x 46"h, excellent original condition
Lot # 1238: Constructed of hammered plates joined inside the body, the head with a hinged jaw and moveable tongue, Meiji period/late 19th c., Japan; Mark for Muneyoshi; 39"
Lot # 889: Russian Icon of Jesus, c. 1910, Khlebnikov, with an enameled silver riza, with the imperial double headed eagle mark for Moscow (St. Petersburg), "Khlebnikov" in Cyrillic, and the second 84 kokoshnik mark, H.- 5 1/4 in., W.- 4 1/4 in.
Lot # 1: Important Rookwood vase, large classic shape covered in a flawless Iris glaze, exceptional painting of Night Blooming Cerus, beautifully executed by Carl Schmidt in 1911, #139B, 8.5"w x 17"h, uncrazed and likely the biggest and finest example of Iris glaze known
Lot # 465: Nice Tiffany Studios table lamp, bronze base with blown-out glass, three arms supporting a leaded glass shade in a Tulip pattern, base signed Tiffany Studios, New York, #28621, shade signed Tiffany Studios, New York, original patina to all bronze, overall: 16"w x 24"h Literature: A similar base is shown on page 78 and 79 of Alastair Duncan's book Tiffany Lamps and Metalware
Lot # 680: Platinum and Emerald Cut Diamond Ring prong set to the center with one emerald cut diamond weighing 2.02 carats and flanked on each side by one straight baguette diamond (3.0 x 2.0mm) weighing approximately .14 carat (F color, VVS clarity) in a platinum mount. With GIA Report Professional appraisal available GIA Report 2013 The Estate of Verna Keays Keyes (1893-1982), designer of the state flag of Wyoming, and by descent.
Lot # 813: FDR's Last Wrist Watch and His Bodyguard's Archive Franklin Roosevelt was wearing this Swiss-made Crawford chronograph wrist watch when he passed away in 1945. The back of its 18KT gold plate case is engraved "TO THE / HONORABLE / FRANKLIN DELANO ROOEVELT / FROM / ARDENT AND GRATEFUL / ADMIRERS / 1943" and carries the serial number 484461, with a likely original domed Art Deco plastic stand. Accompanying the watch is a framed display of photographs and letters that give it impeccable provenance. The photographs show FDR in public settings with his bodyguard, Secret Service Agent Charles W. Fredericks. The framed letters, of which there are two, are respectively from Eleanor Roosevelt to Agent Fredericks and also from FDR's son, Elliot, to a descendant of Agent Fredericks'. Mrs. Roosevelt writes,"Dear Charlie, I can never really thank you and the enclosed is only a feeble effort so that you will get something tangible to remind you that I am not only deeply grateful for all you did for the President, but also for all you have done these past weeks for me. Sincerely, Eleanor Roosevelt. " Then, writing in 1989, Elliot Roosevelt states, in part: "...I can also attest to the fact that my Mother sent to Charlie Fredericks at the time of writing the letter, the watch which he (FDR) had been wearing in Warm Springs at the time of his death on April 12, 1945. Your Grandfather was certainly a devoted friend to my Father...". In addition to this material are the following items: an Eleanor Roosevelt Typed Letter Signed, one page, Hyde Park, New York, April 25, 1945, to "Mr. Secretary" (of the Treasury) in which she praises Charlie Fredericks; plus (3) 1942/3 official letters to Charlie Fredericks congratulating him upon his appointment as "Bodyguard to the President"; plus a 1954 letter thanking Fredericks for his service on behalf of the Treasury Department; plus an original photo postcard showing a young Agent Fredericks in the early 1920s driving President Harding's car with the president in the foreground; plus an Eleanor Roosevelt photo inscribed "To Charles Fredericks with appreciation & gratitude Eleanor Roosevelt," presented in its original 11.5 x 9.5 in. carved wooden frame; plus a personalized FDR handkerchief framed with a facsimile photo of Roosevelt and Eisenhower shadowed by Fredericks in the background; plus(34) 8 x 10 in. glossy news photos variously showing FDR, Fredericks and combinations thereof; plus (2) related 5 x 7 in. news photos; plus an 8.5 in. leather and lead sap with boxed handcuffs; plus a Latin American photo ID for Fredericks while visiting on official business; plus FDR monogramed playing cards, a campaign button, a patriotic lapel pin, a Treasury Department pin and a Secret Service retiree's pin. This collection, anchored by President Franklin Roosevelt's last wrist watch, is a rare historical grouping of national importance. It is also a fine testimony to Charles W. Fredericks, a devoted career public servant. By bequest of Eleanor Roosevelt to the estate of Charles W. Fredericks, FDR's bodyguard from 1942 until the the Presiden't death in 1945.
Lot # 670: Platinum Diamond Ring prong set to the center with one round brilliant cut diamond weighing 2.94 carat (H color, VS1 clarity) and flanked on each side by one bar set tapered baguette diamond (4.0 x 1.50 x 3.0mm) weighing approximately .20 total carat (F color, VVS clarity), set in platinum. With GIA Report #2155782401 of November 12, 2013 Professional appraisal available GIA Report 2013 From the Estate of the late Dr. Ingeborg Talton of Germany and Durham, NC
Lot # 80: Pair of Impressive Chinese Famille Rose Octagonal Large Vases 26.75''x13''. Each vase six opposing panels of various figures in landscapes and courtyards. Turquoise ground multi colored enameling. Each bears a six character blue underglaze Qianlong seal mark. 19th/20th century, late Qing or early Republic period. No damage.
Lot # 228: Important portrait of Lady Abigail Erving Scott (1733-1768), attributed to Joseph Blackburn (aka Jonathan Blackburn). Inscribed on back "Abigail Erving daughter of John Erving the first, was born Sept. 15 1733. Married --- in 1759, to Sir George Scott. Colonel in the British army and Governor of Dominica and Grenada. Died at Dominica Feb 13, 1788. This portrait painted by Blackburn, was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during the Hudson-Fulton celebration, Nov. 1909. It was bequeathed to John Erving 5th (1855-1917), and at his death passed to his daughter Sarah Erving King, 1917. It was restored by Mr. H. A. Hammond Smith, Dec. 1920 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City". Sight size 49.75 x .39.375 inches, overall 58 x 48 inches. Partial paper label on reverse reads 'The Metropolitan Museum of Art, handwritten Hudson-Fulton... Mrs. John Erving'. Second label on verso reads "Loan 150.1949". This painting has been relined, in-painted and restored. Imperfections and loses to frame. Provenance: from the estate of Cornelia Abbot Ames through direct descent from Sarah Erving King. Please see image below of letter regarding this painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, dated 1926.
Lot # 1277: R. Lalique Opalescent Bacchantes Vase. The thick walled tapered cylindrical form molded in high relief with a continuous frieze of dancing nude maidens, stenciled R. Lalique, France. Model Introduced 1927, Marcilhac 99 Height 9 1/2 inches (24.2 cm) [Sanded chip]
Lot # 623: Nicolaes Maes (Dutch, 1634-1693), "Princess of Orange", oil on canvas, unsigned, verso stretcher with a partial "Jules H. Weitzner Inc., New York" label, 44-1/2" x 36". Presented in a later giltwood and gesso exhibition frame with artist plaque. Provenance: Ex-collection of King William II of Holland; Ex-collection of Etienne Le Roy, Brussels; Ex-collection of William Tilden Blodgett, New York; Hammer Galleries, New York, New York; Private collection, Natchez, Mississippi. This canvas, according to Dr. William R. Valentiner, is characteristic of Nicolaes Maes's later, "fashionable" period, executed circa 1670. It depicts the Princess of Orange in the guise of Diana, goddess of hunt, her two hunting dogs in the foreground. Maes apprenticed in the studio of Rembrandt van Rijn and his early works revealed the master's influence in both the choice of genre as subject matter and its execution. Employing glowing colours and illuminating his subjects in soft light, Nicolaes Maes created intimate portraits of domestic life, and was especially fond of depicting women at lacemaking. Around 1670, he visited Antwerp; this coincides with a change in style and subject of his paintings and he abandoned the genre scenes for portraiture in the style of van Dyck. His use of a cooler, wider range of colors, and ability to flatter the sitter by emphasizing fabric, jewelry and other props, gained him great popularity and financial success.
Lot # 1286073: ANDY WARHOL (AMERICAN, 1928-1987) JIMMY CARTER II, 1977. Serigraph, 6/100. Signed by Jimmy Carter and Andy Warhol LL. Provenance: David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WI. Frame: 41" x 31" Sight: 39" x 29"
Lot # 90: Winchester Model 1890 rifle, Third Model, .22 short caliber, slide action, tubular magazine, 24" octagonal barrel, leaf sight, walnut stock, mfg. 1915, SN 550XXX **Note: Estimated condition: 90%**TRANSFER BY FFL LICENSEE REQUIRED** Start Price: $800.00
Lot # 139: Finest quality. Figural gilt bronze mounts. Elaborate interior. Winged figures on base. 50 1/2"h. x 30 1/4"w. x 20 1/4"d.
Lot # 1097: (English, 1850-1925) Bronze sculpture, "Teucer," 1881; Signed and dated; 30"
Lot # 494: Pair of Chinese Export Porcelain Baluster Vases 18th century, famille rose, hexagonal lidded form with applied foo dog finials, the sides decorated with narrative domestic scenes. 21 in.