Guernsey’s to sell heralded WWI poster collection June 30-July 1

‘Souscrivez Pour la Victoire’ (Subscribe to Victory), Paul Albert Besnard, France, 31.5 x 45in. Estimate: $3,000-$4,000. Guernsey’s image

‘Souscrivez Pour la Victoire’ (Subscribe to Victory), Paul Albert Besnard, France, 31.5 x 45in. Estimate: $3,000-$4,000. Guernsey’s image

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.

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Hopi, Acoma tribes again try to block auction of artifacts

Edward Curtis (American, 1868-1952): 'A Feast Day at Acoma,' photogravure, 1904 photograph. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com archive

Edward Curtis (American, 1868-1952): ‘A Feast Day at Acoma,’ photogravure, 1904 photograph. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com archive

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.

Tiffany, Gallé lamps shine on 1,800-lot Heritage auction June 19-21

Gallé overlay glass Iris study lamp (left), circa 1900, shade and base marked, 22 inches high (est. $40,000-$60,000) and an Apulian red-figured volute-krater, attributed to the Group of Copenhagen 4223, circa 340-320 B.C., 27-1/2 inches high (est.: $35,000-$45,000). Heritage Auctions images

Gallé overlay glass Iris study lamp (left), circa 1900, shade and base marked, 22 inches high (est. $40,000-$60,000) and an Apulian red-figured volute-krater, attributed to the Group of Copenhagen 4223, circa 340-320 B.C., 27-1/2 inches high (est.: $35,000-$45,000). Heritage Auctions images

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

Furniture Specific: Real Generic People

This highly stylized small sofa, made by Meeks in the Stanton Hall pattern in the mid 19th century, is named after Madame Recamier of the French Empire period. Historical Estates Auctions/LiveAuctioneers.com photo

This highly stylized small sofa, made by Meeks in the Stanton Hall pattern in the mid 19th century, is named after Madame Recamier of the French Empire period. Historical Estates Auctions/LiveAuctioneers.com photo

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.

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Rare Steinway becomes major player at Capo Auction hitting $33,000

The Vernis Martin case painted with an allegorical scene helped this rare Steinway player grand piano to its selling price of $33,000. Capo Auction image

The Vernis Martin case painted with an allegorical scene helped this rare Steinway player grand piano to its selling price of $33,000. Capo Auction image


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.

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Kelly Baum joins curatorial staff at Metropolitan Museum of Art

Kelly Baum. Image courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art

Kelly Baum. Image courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art

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.

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Max Kuehne table, fine art at forefront of Kaminski sale June 20

Max Kuehne handcrafted library table (est. $3,000-$5,000). Kaminski Auctions image

Max Kuehne handcrafted library table (est. $3,000-$5,000). Kaminski Auctions image

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.

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Crescent City auction steeped in New Orleans history June 20-21

Signed oil on board by New Orleans folk artist Clementine Hunter (1886-1988), titled ‘Courtroom Scene,’ 12in x 16in. (est. $2,000-$4,000). Crescent City Auction Gallery image

Signed oil on board by New Orleans folk artist Clementine Hunter (1886-1988), titled ‘Courtroom Scene,’ 12in x 16in. (est. $2,000-$4,000). Crescent City Auction Gallery image

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.

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Nova Ars design auction encompasses 20th century June 16

Designed in 1978, this colorful Alessandro Mendini baroque Proust armchair may sell for as much as €30,000. Nova Ars Auction image

Designed in 1978, this colorful Alessandro Mendini baroque Proust armchair may sell for as much as €30,000. Nova Ars Auction image

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.
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Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of June 8, 2015

This smirking British Clown still is a bank made of tin in the 19

This smirking British Clown still is a bank made of tin in the 19

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.

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