NEW YORK – On June 30 and July 1 New York City-based auction house Guernsey’s will be conducting an unreserved auction of arguably the finest collection of patriotic posters relating to World War I. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.
PARIS (AFP) – Two Native American tribes, the Hopi and Acoma, are trying to block an auction taking place in Paris this week of artifacts they consider sacred, despite failing in several similar efforts over past years.
Allied with the U.S.-based Holocaust Art Restitution Project (HARP), the Hopi Tribe Council and Pueblo of Acoma said in a joint statement they were asking France’s Board of Auction Sales to suspend the event, taking place on Wednesday.
“These objects cannot be sold or disposed of for legal, cultural and moral reasons, period. We will file all relevant actions to preserve the Acoma and the Hopi rights before French jurisdictions,” HARP chairman Ori Soltes said.
“These auctions must cease,” Hopi Tribe chairman Herman Honanie said, demanding that all the objects “be returned.”
The Paris sale, handled by the Drouot auction house, covers a dozen masks and statues made by the Hopi and Acoma tribes. Some of the pieces are estimated to be worth tens of thousands of euros.
Since 2013, Native American tribes, with the backing of the U.S. embassy in Paris, have tried unsuccessfully four times to stop the sale in France of similar items. The last such sale was in Paris last December.
The tribes invoke U.S. laws and allege that the artifacts were fraudulently exported to France.
But French auctioneers have certified the legality of each of the items for sale. Some note that Hopi people themselves were behind sales of thousands of their masks in a trade that grew quickly at the end of the 19th century.
Several experts stress that most of the masks belonged to individuals and no law allows for tribal ownership of them.
The Hopi and Acoma tribes are recognized by the U.S. government. The 18,000 Hopis live in northwest Arizona, while the Pueblo Acoma is located in New Mexico.
DALLAS – A grand Peony Border bronze floor lamp by Tiffany Studios highlights nearly 1,800 lots in Heritage Auction’s Fine & Decorative Arts Auction in Dallas. The three-day auction event, June 19-21, includes estate signature pieces spanning furniture, lighting and a large selection of important Art Deco and Art Nouveau bronze. Read more
CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. – Many things in our daily lives come with some attached baggage in the form of the names of the real people actually or allegedly responsible for their existence. Some are fairly obvious. In my case I am thankful for the efforts of William Harley and Arthur Davidson, even though their clever descendants continue to pick my pockets with their marketing schemes for things I don’t really need.
NEW YORK – Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques in Long Island City hosted a very successful auction May 30, with a rare Steinway player grand piano, an Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse French bronze, a Mughal-style filigree pendant necklace and exquisite furniture pieces bringing in some of the top bids.
NEW YORK – Kelly Baum has been named curator of Postwar and Contemporary Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Modern and Contemporary Art.
BEVERLY, Mass. – On Saturday, June 20, Kaminski Auctions features an important piece of furniture by artist and craftsman Max Kuehne. Born in Halle, Germany; he immigrated to this country in 1890. He settled in Flushing, New York and began his formal art training at the New York School of Art where he studied under William Merritt Chase and Kenneth Hayes Miller.
NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans history and lore will be front and center at Crescent City Auction Gallery’s two-day estates auction slated for June 20-21, in the firm’s gallery at 1330 St. Charles Ave. Offered will be five artworks each from the legendary New Orleans painters Clementine Hunter and Alexander Drysdale, plus items from a home once owned by Anne Rice.
ASTI, Italy – Nova Ars Auction will sell an interesting design collection of modern Italian art of the 20th century at its online-only auction June 16. The sale lineup will include ceramics, furniture, lamps, chandeliers and glass works, with many objects made in Italy as well as pieces by renowned designers from around the world. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.
BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Vintage and antique banks of all kinds are selling well in shops and auctions.
Saalheimer & Strauss, a German company, started in 1911. It made toys, writing goods and eventually toy banks, cars, motorcycles, airplanes, Disney characters, penny toys and other tin toys.