Wright announces July 26 auction of furnishings from NYC’s Four Seasons Restaurant

Interior of The Four Seasons in Manhattan. Image by Jennifer Calais Smith

Interior of The Four Seasons in Manhattan. Image by Jennifer Calais Smith

 

NEW YORK – Wright will sell the furniture and designed tableware and objects from the historic interior of The Four Seasons Restaurant on July 26.

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Congress OKs bill to curb antiquities looting by militants

The palace of Ashurnasirpal II in Nimrud, Syria, pictured in 2007. ISIL reportedly bulldozed the city in March 2015. M.chohan image, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The palace of Ashurnasirpal II in Nimrud, Syria, pictured in 2007. ISIL reportedly bulldozed the city in March 2015. M.chohan image, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that cracks down on the looting of Syrian antiquities by Islamic State militants.

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Kaminski Auctions presents sparkling gems for mothers May 7

Platinum, diamond and Columbian emerald ring. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Kaminski Auctions image

Platinum, diamond and Columbian emerald ring. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Kaminski Auctions image

 

BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions will present its May 7 Estate Auction with a particular focus on fine jewelry in honor of Mother’s Day. Exquisite Sri Lankan natural sapphires, emeralds and rubies set in platinum and gold are featured in the sale.

Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAucitoneers.com.

The top jewelry lot is an 18 carat yellow gold, prong-set ring featuring a 9.64 Colombian emerald center stone, flanked by two diamonds with approximately .70 total diamond carats. The ring is conservatively estimated at $30,000-$50,000.

Another stunning ring (below) features a Sri Lankan natural yellow sapphire having 22.60 total sapphire carats and 2.43 total diamond carats and is estimated at $25,000-$35,000.

 

Sri Lankan yellow sapphire and diamond ring. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000. Kaminski Auctions image

Sri Lankan yellow sapphire and diamond ring. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000. Kaminski Auctions image

 

Diamond and sapphire, and diamond and emerald bracelets, a stunning ruby necklace, pink sapphire, citrine and tourmalines rings and an exquisite pair of 18 carat gold golden South Sea pearl and diamond earrings are among the other fine jewelry offerings in the sale.

Fine art on offer includes a J.G. Hardy oil on canvas titled The Courtship in a hand- carved gilt frame, a Henri Hourtal (French, 1877-1944) oil painting titled Cote d’Azur (below) and from the local artist Edward Burrill (American, 1835-1913), a view of Lynn Marsh.

 

Henri Hourtal, ‘Cote d"Azur’, oil on canvas. Kaminski Auctions image

Henri Hourtal, ‘Cote d”Azur’, oil on canvas. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500. Kaminski Auctions image

 

For details contact Kaminski Auctions at call 978-927-2223.

 

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.

Heritage Auctions aiming above $400,000 for Leigh masterwork May 7

William Robinson Leigh (American, 1866-1955), ‘Indian Rider,’ 1918, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches, signed and dated lower right, 1918. W.R. Leigh. Estimate: $400,000-$600,000. Heritage auctions image

William Robinson Leigh (American, 1866-1955), ‘Indian Rider,’ 1918, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches, signed and dated lower right, 1918. W.R. Leigh. Estimate: $400,000-$600,000. Heritage auctions image

 

DALLAS – Offered for the first time at auction, William Robinson Leigh’s Indian Rider, 1918, is expected to exceed $400,000 on May 7, in Heritage Auctions’ spring American Art Auction in Dallas.

With its expressive force, dramatic movement and bold color, this dynamic masterwork has been held in private hands for the last century and will be offered alongside legendary works across California, Western and illustration art.

Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

“This auction defines the term ‘fresh to market,’” said Aviva Lehmann, director of American Art at Heritage Auctions. “The selection we’ve assembled includes fresh works never before seen at auction – many of which embody the height of these artists’ talents. For institutions and advanced collectors, this is a must-watch sale.”

In the arena of illustration art, original promotional art for the 1960 film Cinderfella (below) is making its auction debut. Conceptualized by the film’s star and producer, the artwork embodies the artistic collaboration of two American legends: illustrator Norman Rockwell and comedian Jerry Lewis. It has remained in Lewis’ collection since Rockwell presented it to him in 1960. As the producer, Lewis oversaw every artistic and marketing detail of Cinderfella.

 

Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978), ‘Cinderfella’ promotional art, 1960, oil and pencil on canvas, 17 x 23 inches. Estimate: $300,000-$500,000. Heritage auctions image

Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978), ‘Cinderfella’ promotional art, 1960, oil and pencil on canvas, 17 x 23 inches. Estimate: $300,000-$500,000. Heritage auctions image

 

“My whole idea was to get an icon in the world of art and have that icon sell the movie,” Lewis said in an interview filmed for Heritage Auctions.

The auction will also include an extraordinary selection of Western and California art.

Highlighting the Taos school artists is Ernest Bluemenschein’s Cottonwoods in the Square (below).

 

Ernest Leonard Blumenschein (American, 1874-1960), ‘Cottonwoods in the Square,’ oil on canvas, 17 3/4 x 24 inches, signed lower left: ‘EL Blumenschein.’ Estimate: $125,000-$250,000. Heritage auctions image

Ernest Leonard Blumenschein (American, 1874-1960), ‘Cottonwoods in the Square,’ oil on canvas, 17 3/4 x 24 inches, signed lower left: ‘EL Blumenschein.’ Estimate: $125,000-$250,000. Heritage auctions image

 

Cottonwoods in the Square “is truly a remarkable work by Blumenschein,” said Alissa Ford, director of Western and California art at Heritage Auctions. “Its perspective leads us to believe that we are not necessarily a part of the procession, rather an onlooker, observing the life of the locals.”

 

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.

Only known Sendak mural installed at Philadelphia library

Maurice Sendak, 'The Chertoff Mural,' prior to conservation, copyright 1961 by Maurice Sendak, all rights reserved

Maurice Sendak, ‘The Chertoff Mural,’ prior to conservation, copyright 1961 by Maurice Sendak, all rights reserved

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The only known mural painted by Maurice Sendak will be on display at a new public library branch in Philadelphia.

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Art gallery reopening fits in with Stockyards City revival

The Archway to Stockyards City, a neighborhood in Oklahoma City. Image courtesy of Stockyards City Main Street

The Archway to Stockyards City, a neighborhood in Oklahoma City. Image courtesy of Stockyards City Main Street

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma Native Art and Jewelry owner Yolanda White Antelope could not be happier, she said.

After her Stockyards City business was displaced by a fire in March 2015, she spent the next year in an 800-square-foot space next to the Centennial Rodeo Opry.

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Photographs exceed $1 million at Heritage Auctions

Alfred Eisenstaedt (American, 1898-1995), ‘Children at a Puppet Theatre, Paris,’ 1963, gelatin silver, 1990, 13 7/8 x 20 7/8 inches, signed and editioned '32/250.' Price realized: $25,000. Heritage Auctions image

Alfred Eisenstaedt (American, 1898-1995), ‘Children at a Puppet Theatre, Paris,’ 1963, gelatin silver, 1990, 13 7/8 x 20 7/8 inches, signed and editioned ’32/250.’ Price realized: $25,000. Heritage Auctions image

 

NEW YORK – Heritage Auctions’ photography sale on April 17 totaled more than $1 million. The “Childhood Collection, Part II,” a group of important and rare photographs capturing the contradictions, mysteries and even the pain of growing up – sold for more than $526,000.

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Say ciao to Italian design: 10 interior design tips

Whether you need seating, lighting, or table space, Italian Modern design fulfills the practical need while injecting any interior with fabulous style. To be sure, Italian artists have a long history with eye-catching design, from the Coliseum and Sistine Chapel to Versace clothing and Fellini films. Any space can become marvelous – maraviglioso – when you add a Murano chandelier or a Gio Ponti table.

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Social media draws throngs to Marburger Farm Antique Show

Dealers help shoppers by showing how to incorporate antiques in a room and achieve balance and symmetry. Marburger Farm Antique Show image

Dealers help shoppers by showing how to incorporate antiques in a room and achieve balance and symmetry. Marburger Farm Antique Show image

 

ROUND TOP, Texas – As designer Eddie Ross signed copies of his book, Modern Mix, on opening day at the Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top, the bluebonnets bloomed on cue, the barbecue smoked and thousands of shoppers of all ages queued up to converge on 350 exhibitors from nearly every state in the U.S. It was all in the mix.

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International Society of Appraisers and Chubb announce partnership

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CHICAGO –The International Society of Appraisers, a leading professional personal property organization, will provide an 11-part, monthly webinar series on specialty collecting categories to Chubb’s appointed independent agents and brokers.
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