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Painting found in closet brings $170K at auction

Image courtesy TreasureQuest.

Image courtesy TreasureQuest.

HOBE SOUND, Fla. – “The Appraisal Guys” at TreasureQuest Appraisal Group, Inc., Tim Luke and Greg Strahm, told Auction Central News they discovered a hidden – and valuable – art treasure while doing an estate walk-through this past summer.

“The estate wanted to liquidate the contents of the house,” said Luke, who is president of the company. “We took on the project and searched every storage place, including a closet where, to our surprise, we discovered the painting resting next to a ladder.”

“There must have been 10 years worth of dust on the painting from being in the closet,” added Strahm, TreasureQuest’s vice president.

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Paris auction of Impressionist works falls short of expectations

PARIS (AP) – A benchmark Paris sale of Impressionist and Modern paintings that belonged to French fashion designer Jeanne Lanvin fell well short of pre-sale expectations Monday, in a clear signal the financial crisis is hitting the previously resilient art market.

Christie’s auction house said in a statement it raised euro7.67 million ($9.67 million) at its evening sale of works by artists including Pablo Picasso and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. It had originally valued the collection at euro20 million ($25.2 million).

The highest-selling work in the sale was Renoir’s Woman with a Parasol Sitting in the Garden, which earned euro1.16 million ($1.46 million) below its estimate of euro1.2 million ($1.51 million) to euro1.8 million ($2.27 million), according to Christie’s.

Only 23 of the 31 lots were sold, it said. Among the paintings that failed to find a buyer was Renoir’s The Tapestry in the Park (Presumed Portrait of Camille Monet), which had been estimated at euro2.5 million ($3.15 million) to euro3.5 million ($4.41 million).

Further works by artists including Edgar Degas, Eugene Boudin and Camille Pissarro also stayed on the shelf.

“Unsold works are the reflection of estimates considered excessive by the current market, while those paintings with reasonable estimates drew great interest from international collectors,” Anika Guntrum, head of Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art department, said in the statement.

Lanvin, who died in 1946 at the age of 79, started off making clothes for her daughter. She went on to become one of France’s most influential designers of the 1920s and ’30s, creating the classic fragrance Arpege.

The paintings originally hung in her Paris apartment, designed by the architect and interior designer Armand-Albert Rateau. A portion of the interior is now on show at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale will go toward two arts charities run by the Polignac dynasty, the aristocratic family which Lanvin’s daughter Marie-Blanche married into.

The Lanvin fashion label lives on, under the artistic direction of the critically acclaimed Israeli-American designer Alber Elbaz.

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Grey Flannel Auctions to conduct free sports appraisals at Hoosier Gym, Dec. 5-6

KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind. – In association with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Grey Flannel Auctions’ team of experts will conduct a free appraisal event – Sports Appraisals at Center Court – from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5 and 9 a.m. till noon on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Historic Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, Ind. The public is invited to bring in any type of vintage sports collectibles, including but not limited to equipment, apparel, cards and autographed items.

Specialists who will be on hand include Nick Coppola (uniforms) and Joey Esposito (sports cards and programs), as well as all-round sports memorabilia experts T.J. Favila, Michael Russek, and Grey Flannel’s president, Richard E. Russek.

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Austrian bronze Peacock lamp with iridescent inset jewels on the “tailfeathers,” and Mont Joye shade with butterfly-and-dragonfly motif. Estimate $6,000-$8,000. Image courtesy Morphy Auctions.

Austrian art-glass lamps, Bakelite jewelry headline Morphy’s Dec. 11-13 sale

Austrian bronze Peacock lamp with iridescent inset jewels on the “tailfeathers,” and Mont Joye shade with butterfly-and-dragonfly motif. Estimate $6,000-$8,000. Image courtesy Morphy Auctions.

Austrian bronze Peacock lamp with iridescent inset jewels on the “tailfeathers,” and Mont Joye shade with butterfly-and-dragonfly motif. Estimate $6,000-$8,000. Image courtesy Morphy Auctions.

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions’ remedy for chilly weather is a Dec. 11-13 Winter Sale of 2,900 lots of antique toys, banks, trains and antique advertising, enhanced by the warmth of superior-quality Austrian art-glass lamps and the cheerful colors of vintage Bakelite.

“With each successive auction we’ve expanded into new categories of fine and decorative art,” said Morphy’s chief operating officer, Dan Morphy. “In this sale, we’re offering collections of rare Austrian bronze art-glass lamps and extremely fine Bakelite novelty jewelry. Both are from the same consignor, who has a remarkable eye for quality and artistic design.”

More than 20 Austrian art-glass lamps from the single-owner collection will be auctioned, including a superb figural Peacock lamp whose draped bronze base dramatically replicates a peacock’s showy tail feathers with inset jewels. Adding to its magnificence is a Mont Joye enameled-glass shade with quintessential Art Nouveau butterfly-and-dragonfly motif. Estimated at $6,000-$8,000, the 18-inch stunner is in excellent working order, as are all of the lamps from this collection.

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Upstate New York auctioneer faces grand larceny charge

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ Authorities are charging a central New York auctioneer with grand larceny, saying he owes a customer more than $19,000.

Timothy Conroy of Elbridge already faces a civil action filed by the state attorney general’s office seeking nearly $400,000 related to problems with his auction businesses, TW Conroy and Associates and My Sister the Lister.

In April, Conroy agreed to pay $150,000 to settle past consumer complaints against his company.

Conroy denies the charge and says he didn’t cheat anyone.

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Keith Haring. Untitled Litho. 11 inches by 14 3/4 inches - 28 inches by 37 inches. 1987. Edition PP. Custom framed as shown. Estimate $48,000 - $55,000. Image courtesy Abercrombie Auctions International.

Abercrombie Auctions International hosting Grand Auction during Art Basel

Keith Haring. Untitled Litho. 11 inches by 14 3/4 inches - 28 inches by 37 inches. 1987. Edition PP. Custom framed as shown.  Estimate $48,000 - $55,000. Image courtesy Abercrombie Auctions International.

Keith Haring. Untitled Litho. 11 inches by 14 3/4 inches – 28 inches by 37 inches. 1987. Edition PP. Custom framed as shown. Estimate $48,000 – $55,000. Image courtesy Abercrombie Auctions International.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Abercrombie Auctions International will present its Grand Auction Dec. 6 at the Ritz Carlton Miami Beach during the second-largest art show in the world: Art Basel Miami Beach. In all, 381 superior-quality lots will be offered.

The auction is centered around a distinctive collection of fine art and collectibles, as well as many pieces of opulent estate and designer jewelry. Grand Masters such as Van Dyck and Rodin will be represented, as well as leading lights of Contemporary/20th century art, including Andy Warhol, Peter Max and Salvador Dalí.

Robert Indiana’s Heliotherapy Love is estimated at $10,000-$14,000, while Flower Blossom Lady by Peter Max is estimated at $37,000-$50,000. Artworks by “rising stars” such as Keith Pawlak and Cerj Lalonde will be included, as well.

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Artifacts from Colonial era found during Connecticut road project

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) – A road widening project has become an archaeological expedition in Southington, where dozens of artifacts from the late 1700s and early 1800s have been discovered.

The items were found along Mt. Vernon Road during a study required by the state before road construction can begin. Many artifacts were found near Wayne and Jayne Amico’s home, which was built around 1770 and is listed as the Rev. John Wightman House on the National Register of Historic Places.

The artifacts include pieces of pearlwear pottery that date from as early as 1780, an 18th century kaolin pipe stem fragment and blue-decorated pottery from around 1820.

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Ticket to Ride – Fame Bureau sells signed Beatles contract for $211,597

Image courtesy Fame Bureau.

Image courtesy Fame Bureau.

LONDON (ACNI) – When the Beatles recorded Can’t Buy Me Love, one of their early no. 1 hits, they could not have imagined that a fan would someday spend a fortune to own the signed document that launched their musical careers. The Beatles’ first contract, signing on with manager Brian Epstein in 1962, has sold online for $211,597 in an auction conducted by the Fame Bureau, a British auction company specializing in rock ’n’ roll memorabilia.

The price, inclusive of the buyer’s premium, represents the highest amount ever achieved through LiveAuctioneers by an auction house outside the United States. The historic document sold to an Internet bidder at the Fame Bureau’s auction Nov. 27.

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Attributed to New England is this 19th century portrait of a woman with her dog. The painting is expected to fetch $2,800-$3,200. Image courtesy Case Antiques.

Case’s Dec. 6 auction rich in Civil War material, fine art

Attributed to New England is this 19th century portrait of a woman with her dog. The painting is expected to fetch $2,800-$3,200. Image courtesy Case Antiques.

Attributed to New England is this 19th century portrait of a woman with her dog. The painting is expected to fetch $2,800-$3,200. Image courtesy Case Antiques.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Civil War related material and the largest selection of Tennessee fine art ever offered at auction will highlight the Case Antiques Winter Auction to be held Saturday, Dec. 6. Also among the 350 cataloged lots is an offering of exceptional period American furniture and Southern regional pottery.

Two of the star lots of the sale are expected to be a pair of painted canteens attributed to John Adams Elder (American, 1833-1895) and illustrated in the book Collecting the Confederacy by Shannon Pritchard. They are estimated at $20,000-$25,000 and $35,000-$40,000 each.

The sale also features a sword, diary, photographs and other personal effects of Capt. Edmund Morse, Quartermaster of the 7th Vermont Infantry. The lot is expected to bring $3,500-$4,500. Weapons include an 1863 Colt Hartford rifle and a Harper’s Ferry flintlock rifle. Its lock plate is marked “Harpers Ferry 1825.”

This is Case Antiques’ largest offering ever of fine art. Bidders can choose paintings ranging from an early Cuzco School-attributed Spanish Colonial religious scene to an American folk art portrait of a lady with dog to a landscape by noted Australia artist Sydney Long. However, the number of pieces from Southern artists is expected to draw a large regional crowd to the gallery.

“One interesting thing is the fact that we have three major female artists from Tennessee represented in this sale, whose work almost never comes on the market,” said company president John Case.

Featured are two paintings by American Impressionist Anna Catherine Wiley (1879-1958) and one by her sister, Eleanor McAdoo Wiley (1876-1977), as well as a floral still life and print by Ella Sophonisba Hergesheimer (1873-1943), a great-great-granddaughter of Charles Wilson Peale.

There are also a number of Southern landscapes from Lloyd Branson, Charles Krutch, Dwight Holmes, Louis Jones, Thomas Campbell and Eliot Candee Clark. A riverboat painting by Charles Henry Reinike (New Orleans, 1906-1983), portraits attributed to Samuel Shaver and George Dury and 1940s block prints of Nashville by Ernest Pickup are also included.

Case, which set a record for Tennessee pottery in September with the $63,000 sale of a redware jar by J.A. Lowe, will follow up in this sale with an important West Tennessee stoneware jar marked T.W. Craven ($7,000-$8,000). It was exhibited in the 2003 Art of Tennessee exhibit at the Frist Center in Nashville and is pictured in the catalog.

There is also a cobalt decorated stoneware churn attributed to Charles Decker of Keystone Pottery ($900-$1,200), a Middle Tennessee salt-glaze honey jar ($300-400), and several pieces of Southwest Virginia cobalt decorated pottery.

Period furniture includes an outstanding Federal giltwood convex mirror with spread-winged eagle ($3,500-$4,500), a Federal Hepplewhite paint decorated dressing table ($800-$1,200) and a Federal sofa with tiger-maple crest ($1,000-$1,500).

There is also an outstanding folky East Tennessee inlaid chest of drawers ($1,800-$2,200), and a circa 1800 inlaid walnut dower chest, documented by the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and attributed to Tennessee ($1,800-$2,200).

Smaller items include Arts and Crafts silver and Southern coin silver, an important sampler signed Franklin, Tenn., a Kentucky painted Odd Fellows box, baskets, folk art carvings, historical Staffordshire, coverlets, a large selection of historic books, and a Rookwood floral vase decorated by Ed Diers.

There is also a rare cabinet card of the famous Comanche chief Quanah Parker (1853-1911) and his two wives, which has a $2,000-$3,000 estimate.

The auction will be held at Case’s gallery in the historic Cherokee Mills Building, 2200 Sutherland Ave. in Knoxville, on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m., and bids will also be accepted by phone and Internet. A preview will take place on Friday, Dec. 5, from noon to 7 p.m. For additional information visit Case’s Web site, www.caseantiques.com, or call (865) 558-3033.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


T. W. Craven turned this West Tennessee stoneware jar, which was recently included in a museum exhibit. It is estimated at $7,000-$8,000. Image courtesy Case Antiques.

T. W. Craven turned this West Tennessee stoneware jar, which was recently included in a museum exhibit. It is estimated at $7,000-$8,000. Image courtesy Case Antiques.

Tennessee house samplers are considered rare. This one signed Mary Elizabeth Collins, Franklin, Tenn., 1836, may top $10,000. Image courtesy Case Antiques.

Tennessee house samplers are considered rare. This one signed Mary Elizabeth Collins, Franklin, Tenn., 1836, may top $10,000. Image courtesy Case Antiques.

Several Federal-era pieces are in the sale, including this giltwood convex mirror estimated at $3,500-$4,500. Image courtesy Case Antiques.

Several Federal-era pieces are in the sale, including this giltwood convex mirror estimated at $3,500-$4,500. Image courtesy Case Antiques.

A painted canteen attributed to Virginia artist John Adams Elder, a variation of his work After Appomattox, is expected to bring $35,000-$40,000. Image courtesy Case Antiques.

A painted canteen attributed to Virginia artist John Adams Elder, a variation of his work After Appomattox, is expected to bring $35,000-$40,000. Image courtesy Case Antiques.