Edouard Manet's 'Chez Tortoni,' one of the paintings stolen in 1990 from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

FBI: Confirmed sightings of missing art from Gardner heist

Edouard Manet's 'Chez Tortoni,' one of the paintings stolen in 1990 from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Edouard Manet’s ‘Chez Tortoni,’ one of the paintings stolen in 1990 from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

BOSTON (AP) – The FBI agent in charge of the investigation into the theft of $500 million worth of masterpieces from a Boston museum nearly a quarter century ago says the bureau has confirmed sightings of the missing artwork from credible sources.

The art, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Manet, was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 by two men disguised as city police officers.

FBI Special Agent Geoff Kelly, the lead investigator, tells WFXT-TV the trail for the missing artwork has not grown cold.

He identified three persons of interest in the Gardner case, all with ties to organized crime: Carmello Merlino, Robert Guarente, and Robert Gentile. Merlino and Guarente have died. Gentile has denied any knowledge of the missing work.

A $5 million reward has been offered.

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Information from: WFXT-TV, http://www.myfoxboston.com

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Edouard Manet's 'Chez Tortoni,' one of the paintings stolen in 1990 from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Edouard Manet’s ‘Chez Tortoni,’ one of the paintings stolen in 1990 from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

August 2011 photo of the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, taken by Alex Simple. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Auction of Silverdome assets is delayed 3 weeks

August 2011 photo of the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, taken by Alex Simple. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

August 2011 photo of the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, taken by Alex Simple. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) – An auction of thousands of items housed inside the rundown Pontiac Silverdome has been put on hold.

The online sell-off had been scheduled to get underway on Wednesday.

But auction house RJM posted a message on its website that reads: “Due to circumstances beyond our control, this auction has been postponed for approximately three weeks.”

Messages seeking comment were left with company officials Wednesday.

The auction originally was to run through May 28-29.

The Silverdome is the former home of the Detroit Lions and Pistons. The 80,000-seat venue north of Detroit has fallen into disrepair, and its current owner is determined to cash in before it’s too late.

Among the items available are pretzel warmers, a boxing ring, a Zamboni turf machine, flat-screen televisions and scoreboards.

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August 2011 photo of the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, taken by Alex Simple. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

August 2011 photo of the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, taken by Alex Simple. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Castle and Merriam Peaks in the White Cloud Mountains, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho. The White Cloud Mountains are part of the Rocky Mountains. The range is part of the largest unprotected roadless area in the contiguous United States. Photo: Fredlyfish4 at the English language Wikipedia, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Group forms to oppose Idaho national monument

Castle and Merriam Peaks in the White Cloud Mountains, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho. The White Cloud Mountains are part of the Rocky Mountains. The range is part of the largest unprotected roadless area in the contiguous United States. Photo: Fredlyfish4 at the English language Wikipedia, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Castle and Merriam Peaks in the White Cloud Mountains, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho. The White Cloud Mountains are part of the Rocky Mountains. The range is part of the largest unprotected roadless area in the contiguous United States. Photo: Fredlyfish4 at the English language Wikipedia, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

CHALLIS, Idaho (AP) – A group has formed to oppose efforts by those who want President Barack Obama to designate a national monument in central Idaho.

The Custer County-based group says there’s no justification to create a national monument in the Boulder-White Clouds because there are no current threats to the area.

“We are encouraging people in our area to write letters,” Jenny Seefried of Mackay tells The Times-News in a story on Tuesday. “It is kind of old-school, but I don’t know what else to do.”

The Idaho Conservation League, Wilderness Society and others want the Obama administration to create a 591,905-acre national monument in the Boulder-White Clouds using the Antiquities Act. Much of the land in the proposed national monument is beautiful, remote and rugged.

An effort to create three wilderness areas in the region while also releasing other lands from wilderness study areas so far have failed, prompting conservation groups to lobby for a national monument.

The new opposition group, called Your Boulder-White Clouds, has about six members so far, Seefried said, and is trying to catch up by lobbying Idaho’s Congressional delegation and raise money to send a member to Washington, D.C.

“We just want to give the community a voice and if the opposition’s voice is louder, I guess they win,” she said. “But we feel very powerless that the president can sign something in without any kind of input at all from the people who are going to be impacted the most.”

Seefried said the group doesn’t believe a national monument in the area would improve Custer County’s economy. Foes of creating a national monument generally cite diminished economic possibilities and restrictions on access.

Dani Mazzotta, of the Idaho Conservation League, said the new group has valid questions and concerns. She said the league will continue to meet with anyone to hear comments about the proposed national monument.

“But groups do have to be open for discussion and sometimes when groups or individuals take a strong opposition stance, they are no longer willing to listen to, or have dialogue about potential merits,” she said. “There is a challenge to that.”

Conservation groups in April added 21,000 acres to the proposed national monument to include petrified sequoia trees.

The land for the national monument is currently managed by the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

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Castle and Merriam Peaks in the White Cloud Mountains, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho. The White Cloud Mountains are part of the Rocky Mountains. The range is part of the largest unprotected roadless area in the contiguous United States. Photo: Fredlyfish4 at the English language Wikipedia, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Castle and Merriam Peaks in the White Cloud Mountains, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho. The White Cloud Mountains are part of the Rocky Mountains. The range is part of the largest unprotected roadless area in the contiguous United States. Photo: Fredlyfish4 at the English language Wikipedia, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Suspects Douglas Gabel (left) and John Kasper (right). Photo courtesy of Saline County Sheriff's Office

Two arrested in theft of antique cars believed sold for scrap

Suspects Douglas Gabel (left) and John Kasper (right). Photo courtesy of Saline County Sheriff's Office

Suspects Douglas Gabel (left) and John Kasper (right). Photo courtesy of Saline County Sheriff’s Office

SALINA, Kans. (AP) — Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski says two men are in custody in connection with the theft and destruction of five antique cars.

Kochanowski says Gary Hansen discovered in early April that five of the antique cars he kept in a rural area of the county were missing.

KAKE TV reports that a 53-year-old Herington man, Douglas Gabel; and a 47-year-old man from Hope, John Kasper; were arrested in the case Wednesday and are being held in the Saline County Jail. Gabel faces 10 charges of felony theft and criminal damage to property. Kasper is charged with three counts of theft and three counts of criminal damage to property. Sheriff Kochanowski says more arrests are possible.

Kochanowski says it’s likely the cars were sold for scrap. The missing cars include a 1939 Plymouth, a 1949 Studebaker two-door coupe and a 1950 Studebaker four-door.

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Suspects Douglas Gabel (left) and John Kasper (right). Photo courtesy of Saline County Sheriff's Office

Suspects Douglas Gabel (left) and John Kasper (right). Photo courtesy of Saline County Sheriff’s Office

A gilded skeleton of a woolly mammoth in a steel and glass vitrine, created and donated by British artist Damien Hirst, was purchased by a Russian billionaire in the amfAR auction for 11 million euros (US$14.99 million). Copyright Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2014. Image used by permission of the artist.

Hirst art, DiCaprio space trip help raise record AIDS funds

A gilded skeleton of a woolly mammoth in a steel and glass vitrine, created and donated by British artist Damien Hirst, was purchased by a Russian billionaire in the amfAR auction for 11 million euros (US$14.99 million). Copyright Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2014. Image used by permission of the artist.

A gilded skeleton of a woolly mammoth in a steel and glass vitrine, created and donated by British artist Damien Hirst, was purchased by a Russian billionaire in the amfAR auction for 11 million euros (US$14.99 million). Copyright Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2014. Image used by permission of the artist.

ANTIBES, France (AFP) – A Damien Hirst work of art and a trip into space with Leonardo DiCaprio helped AIDS foundation amfAR raise a record 28 million euros (US$35 million) on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival.

The Foundation for AIDS Research holds an exclusive bash annually during the festival, attracting a galaxy of stars to help raise funds, and this year was no exception.

Some 900 celebrities and members of the jet set turned up Thursday evening at the luxury Eden Roc hotel not far from Cannes for the 21st “Cinema Against AIDS” event, including amfAR fundraiser Sharon Stone, Marion Cotillard, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, John Travolta, Kylie Minogue and Justin Bieber.

Festival jury members Sofia Coppola, Carole Bouquet and Gael Garcia Bernal and scores of top models including Eva Herzigova and Heidi Klum, were also present.

Stone auctioned off a work of art by British artist Hirst — the gilded skeleton of a woolly mammoth in a steel and glass vitrine — to a Russian billionaire for 11 million euros (US$14.99 million).

Just like last year, DiCaprio sold a trip with him into space with Virgin Galactic, the company founded by billionaire Richard Branson. He raised 700,000 euros (US$954,000).

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli sang for the crowd before auctioning off a dinner at his home for 12 people that fetched 1.1 million euros (US$14.99 million).

Bruni-Sarkozy, who was not accompanied by her husband, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, raised 400,000 euros (US$545,000) for a snake-shaped necklace of diamonds and an aquamarine made by Bulgari, of which she is currently the ambassador.

Two tickets for the next Oscars ceremony were sold for 200,000 euros (US$272,600).

On Thursday, actresses Catherine Deneuve and Milla Jovovich, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, actor Adrien Brody and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein were also at the party.

The amfAR foundation “is probably the NGO that manages to raise the most funds against AIDS, in a very glamorous event to be sure, but beyond that this event is very important to advance research, help patients and access to treatment for the most disadvantaged,” Bruni-Sarkozy told AFP.

“There is no reason to think that AIDS is a declining epidemic. AIDS is still a pandemic, many young people get it. It has to be said. It’s very important for me to be here this evening,” added the former first lady, whose brother Virginio died of the illness.

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A gilded skeleton of a woolly mammoth in a steel and glass vitrine, created and donated by British artist Damien Hirst, was purchased by a Russian billionaire in the amfAR auction for 11 million euros (US$14.99 million). Copyright Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2014. Image used by permission of the artist.

A gilded skeleton of a woolly mammoth in a steel and glass vitrine, created and donated by British artist Damien Hirst, was purchased by a Russian billionaire in the amfAR auction for 11 million euros (US$14.99 million). Copyright Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2014. Image used by permission of the artist.

Lot 32, ‘Galloping Horses’ by Xu Beihong (1895-1953), a monochromatic ink-on-paper scroll, dated 1951. It bears the provenance of a Toronto collector and carries an estimate of $300,000 to $400,000. Gianguan Auctions image.

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

Lot 32, ‘Galloping Horses’ by Xu Beihong (1895-1953), a monochromatic ink-on-paper scroll, dated 1951. It bears the provenance of a Toronto collector and carries an estimate of $300,000 to $400,000. Gianguan Auctions image.

Lot 32, ‘Galloping Horses’ by Xu Beihong (1895-1953), a monochromatic ink-on-paper scroll, dated 1951. It bears the provenance of a Toronto collector and carries an estimate of $300,000 to $400,000. Gianguan Auctions image.

NEW YORK – In its first flagship gallery sale since announcing a 10-country global expansion, Gianguan Auctions New York offers a strong showing of historical, modern and contemporary Chinese scroll paintings by blue-chip artists and authenticated Buddhist deities, Chinese ceramics and works of art, as well as luxury brand watches and magnificent jewelry. The sale is slated for Sunday, June 8, at the original Gianguan gallery at 295 Madison Ave.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For condition reports and detailed information, contact the gallery director at 212-867-7288 or email info@gianguanauctions.com.

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

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

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 32, ‘Galloping Horses’ by Xu Beihong (1895-1953), a monochromatic ink-on-paper scroll, dated 1951. It bears the provenance of a Toronto collector and carries an estimate of $300,000 to $400,000. Gianguan Auctions image.

Lot 32, ‘Galloping Horses’ by Xu Beihong (1895-1953), a monochromatic ink-on-paper scroll, dated 1951. It bears the provenance of a Toronto collector and carries an estimate of $300,000 to $400,000. Gianguan Auctions image.

Lot, 213 is a 35-arm Tibetan gilt bronze deity in the form of Vajrabhairava Yamantaka with Consort. The multiple arms used for fighting off cosmic forces have moveable parts. It is of the Qing Dynasty, 9 1/2 inches tall. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Gianguan Auctions image.

Lot, 213 is a 35-arm Tibetan gilt bronze deity in the form of Vajrabhairava Yamantaka with Consort. The multiple arms used for fighting off cosmic forces have moveable parts. It is of the Qing Dynasty, 9 1/2 inches tall. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Gianguan Auctions image.

Lot 9, ‘Bodhi Under Linden Tree’ by Qi Baishi (1864-1957). An ink-and-color on paper, the painting carries an inscription signed Qi Hurang, the artist’s original name, as well as two artist seals. ‘Bodhi Under Linden Tree’ is expected to fetch between $100,000 and $150,000. Gianguan Auctions image.

Lot 9, ‘Bodhi Under Linden Tree’ by Qi Baishi (1864-1957). An ink-and-color on paper, the painting carries an inscription signed Qi Hurang, the artist’s original name, as well as two artist seals. ‘Bodhi Under Linden Tree’ is expected to fetch between $100,000 and $150,000. Gianguan Auctions image.

Lot 289, an unusual pair of Song Dynasty white jade dragons driven by fairies and captured mid-flight. Each has a medallion on its shoulder and haunch. Of translucent jade with opaque buff inclusions, the pair is 3 1/2 inches high by 7 inches long. The estimate is $80,000-$100,000. Gianguan Auctions image.

Lot 289, an unusual pair of Song Dynasty white jade dragons driven by fairies and captured mid-flight. Each has a medallion on its shoulder and haunch. Of translucent jade with opaque buff inclusions, the pair is 3 1/2 inches high by 7 inches long. The estimate is $80,000-$100,000. Gianguan Auctions image.

Lot  291, a 1928 Famille Rose porcelain plaque depiction the god of longevity and a young boy. It is inscribed with a poem and a long calligraphy inscription, the artist’s signature and two seals reading Tao an Zhai, the nearly 14-inch tall plaque  is expected to bring $6,000-$10,000. Gianguan Auctions image.

Lot  291, a 1928 Famille Rose porcelain plaque depiction the god of longevity and a young boy. It is inscribed with a poem and a long calligraphy inscription, the artist’s signature and two seals reading Tao an Zhai, the nearly 14-inch tall plaque  is expected to bring $6,000-$10,000. Gianguan Auctions image.

Oil on canvas painting by George Lambert (Br., 1700-1765), a classical landscape with figures (est. $25,000-$40,000).

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

Oil on canvas painting by George Lambert (Br., 1700-1765), a classical landscape with figures  (est. $25,000-$40,000).

Oil on canvas painting by George Lambert (Br., 1700-1765), a classical landscape with figures (est. $25,000-$40,000).

ATLANTA – Ahlers & Ogletree’s June 6-8 estates auction was already packed with over 1,000 lots of fresh estate merchandise, but recently added to that impressive lineup will be important paintings by noted British artists John Frederick Herring Sr. (1795-1865) and George Lambert (1700-1765), porcelain pieces retrieved from a Chinese shipwreck in 1690, and dazzling sterling silver pieces.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inquiries regarding bidding or the auction can be made by e-mail (bids@aandoauctions.com) or phone 404-869-2478.

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

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

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


Oil on canvas painting by George Lambert (Br., 1700-1765), a classical landscape with figures  (est. $25,000-$40,000).

Oil on canvas painting by George Lambert (Br., 1700-1765), a classical landscape with figures (est. $25,000-$40,000).

Oil on canvas painting by John Frederick Herring, Sr. (Br., 1795-1865), with a horse race theme   (est. $90,000-$120,000).

Oil on canvas painting by John Frederick Herring, Sr. (Br., 1795-1865), with a horse race theme (est. $90,000-$120,000).

George III period sterling silver covered round vegetable dishes, by Robert Garrad of London,  circa 1811 (est. $6,000-$8,000).

George III period sterling silver covered round vegetable dishes, by Robert Garrad of London, circa 1811 (est. $6,000-$8,000).

George III period sterling silver lidded tureen by Rebecca Emes and Edward Barnard I of  London, circa 1809 (est. $8,000-$12,000).

George III period sterling silver lidded tureen by Rebecca Emes and Edward Barnard I of London, circa 1809 (est. $8,000-$12,000).

Outstanding sterling silver pieces, like this George III platter by British silversmith Paul Storr  (est. $5,000-$7,000) will be sold.

Outstanding sterling silver pieces, like this George III platter by British silversmith Paul Storr (est. $5,000-$7,000) will be sold.

A collection of first edition novels by the Bronte sisters, including Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Price realized: £111,600 ($188,085). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Collection of Bronte sisters first editions sells for £111,600

A collection of first edition novels by the Bronte sisters, including Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Price realized: £111,600 ($188,085). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

A collection of first edition novels by the Bronte sisters, including Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Price realized: £111,600 ($188,085). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – A complete first edition set of the novels by the three Brontë sisters sold at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Important Books and Manuscripts, sale on May 19, for £111,600 ($188,085).

LiveAuctioneers.com facilitated Internet live bidding.

The unique collection was formed by American lawyer Thomas Lincoln Chadbourne, founder of Chadbourne & Parke. Bidders competed online and on the phone for the rare opportunity to take home the Brontë collection, which sold to a collector in the saleroom [Lot 67].

A highly desirable Chinese photograph album, circa 1860, demanded attention from buyers around the world. The collection boasted fascinating views of Shanghai Custom House, Anglo-Chinese artillery at Ningpo, riverside buildings before and after a typhoon, the steamer landing at Canton, bridges and a pagoda alongside portraits of Chinese sitters and a group of three Russian Orthodox priests, presumably members of the Peking mission. It sold for £37,200 [Lot 172].

The earliest Bible in both English and Latin, The Newe Testament in Englyshe and Latyn according to the translacyon of doctor Erasmus of Roterodam, first edition, 1538, also achieved a top price, selling for £22,320. Only three copies, all defective, have been offered at auction in the last 35 years [Lot 77].

A travel diary belonging to Nelson detailing a journey from Ringwood, Hampshire to Dublin, from the Matcham Collection of Nelsoniana, sold for £806. The collection was formed by Nelson’s brother-in-law, George Matcham (1753-1833) a traveler who married Catherine “Kitty” Nelson (1767-1842). One extract from the journal reads; “The ladys are to take me to the pump room aft but I am to go with Mr.C at 8. The town is beautiful. A new pump room will soon be completed from the old one – to the White Hart inn. A new street from that down to the duke of Kingstons bath … ” [Lot 34].

Elsewhere in the sale charming illustrated autograph letters and postcards by war artist and writer Edward Ardizzone, sailed past the presale estimate, selling for £3,720 [Lot 56] as did a collection of illustrated autograph letters by painter Paul Nash (1889-1946) which sold for £2,728 [Lot 53].

A collection of striking designer bindings from the property of the late Mel Kavin of Kater-Craft Bookbinders, captivated bidders, with the beautiful A Catalogue of The Thirty-Three Miniature Designer Bindings of You can Judge a Book by its Cover, by Michael Wilcox selling for £7,192 [Lot 144].

Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog for this sale, complete with prices realized.

Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog for this sale, complete with prices realized.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


A collection of first edition novels by the Bronte sisters, including Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Price realized: £111,600 ($188,085). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

A collection of first edition novels by the Bronte sisters, including Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Price realized: £111,600 ($188,085). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

One of more than 100 prints comprising a circa 1860s Chinese photograph album, which sold for £37,200 ($62,726). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

One of more than 100 prints comprising a circa 1860s Chinese photograph album, which sold for £37,200 ($62,726). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Leighton Galleries moves consignment day to May 27

ALLENDALE, N.J. – Due to the Memorial Day holiday, Leighton Galleries has rescheduled its weekly consignment day to Tuesday, May 27, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Leighton Galleries is seeking jewelry and couture pieces to add to a fine collection that will be auctioned July 17.

Customers are welcome to stop by the auctioneer’s gallery showroom at 6-C Pearl Court with items they are interested in selling at an upcoming auction.

Leighton Galleries’ consignment days are ordinarily Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m.

For details email info@Leightongalleries.com or phone 201-327-8800.

 

 

 

 

Photographer: W. Vennemann. Salvador Dali in front of his painting 'Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach' (1938/39). Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Bassenge, Berlin.

Oil painting certified as early work by Salvador Dali

Photographer: W. Vennemann. Salvador Dali in front of his painting 'Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach' (1938/39). Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Bassenge, Berlin.

Photographer: W. Vennemann. Salvador Dali in front of his painting ‘Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach’ (1938/39). Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Bassenge, Berlin.

MADRID (AFP) – An oil painting sold at a Spanish antique shop over two decades ago for around 150 euros ($200) has been certified as Salvador Dali’s first Surrealist work, which he painted as a teenager, art experts said Thursday.

Tomeu L’Amo, a painter and art historian, found the canvas at a store in Girona in northeastern Spain in 1988 and suspecting it was a work by Dali he paid 25,000 pesetas, Spain’s currency at the time, for it.

“I was very happy. I felt like a kid in a candy story,” he told a news conference in Madrid to discuss the conclusions of art experts who have studied the work.

“When I saw its colors I suspected it was a Dali. That was my opinion but I did not have proof. I investigated and little by little I realized it was a Dali.”

The Intrautirine Birth of Salvador Dali, which depicts angels floating in the sky over a volcano, bears the Spanish artist’s signature below a short dedication.

It was dismissed for years as the work of an unknown artist because the signature includes the date 1896 – eight years before Dali was born.

But after subjecting the painting to the latest high-tech tests – including infrared photography, X-rays and ultraviolet radiation – between 2004 and 2013 art experts have concluded that it is indeed the work of Dali and was made around 1921 when he was 17-years-old.

The work employs thick brushstrokes with the figures defined by strokes of black and blue pencil, said Carmen Linares, the head of the conservation department at Barcelona’s Frederic Mares Museum.

“Infrared photography has improved the visualization of the black lines thus confirming the use of this technique which is also used in other works by the artist,” she said.

Handwriting analysis also concluded that the script used in the ten word dedication in the lower right part of the painting corresponds with Dali’s writing style at the time.

L’Amo believes Dali, who had a reputation for making outrageous claims and carrying out media stunts, used numerology to come up with date he put on the painting.

“Dali must be laughing in his grave at the thought that he managed to fool everyone for so many years,” he said.

L’Amo said he sold the work earlier this month for an amount which he refused to reveal to a collector who wishes to remain anonymous.

“The painting can be considered the first surrealist work of Dali,” said Nicolas Descharnes, a leading Dali expert who has studied the painting.

Dali, who is praised by some as a creative genius for his striking and bizarre images, died in Figueres in 1989 at the age of 85.


ADDITIONAL IMAGE OF NOTE


Photographer: W. Vennemann. Salvador Dali in front of his painting 'Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach' (1938/39). Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Bassenge, Berlin.

Photographer: W. Vennemann. Salvador Dali in front of his painting ‘Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach’ (1938/39). Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Bassenge, Berlin.