Colonial Williamsburg conservator to receive prestigious American arts award

Colonial Williamsburg conservator Leroy Graves

Colonial Williamsburg conservator Leroy Graves. Photo by Tom Green, provided by Colonial Williamsburg

 

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. —Recognized world-wide as a leader in his field, Leroy Graves, the conservator of upholstery at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation whose nonintrusive techniques for restoring upholstery have been adapted by museums around the globe, will be honored as one of the two recipients of the 2017 Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts given by the Wunsch Americana Foundation. The awards will be presented at a ceremony at on January 18 at Christie’s Rockefeller Center Galleries in New York City.

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Four corners of the world up for bid in Jasper52 map auction Oct. 9

‘Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali, cum Terris adiacentibus’ follows the coastline from Chesapeake Bay to northern South America. Published by Arnoldus Montanus in Amsterdam in 1671, this map measures 11.2 x 14.25 inches. Estimate: $700-$1,200. Jasper52 image

‘Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali, cum Terris adiacentibus’ follows the coastline from Chesapeake Bay to northern South America. Published by Arnoldus Montanus in Amsterdam in 1671, this map measures 11.2 x 14.25 inches. Estimate: $700-$1,200. Jasper52 image

 

NEW YORK – Explore the art and science of cartography in a 61-lot auction of antique maps presented by Jasper52 on Sunday, Oct. 9. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.com.

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No Deathbed Confession Expected Re: Gardner Art Heist, Italian Police Recover Van Goghs, and More Fresh News

Rembrandt van Rijn’s (1606-1669) The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, painted in 1633, one of 13 paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston on March 18, 1990

Rembrandt van Rijn’s (1606-1669) The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, painted in 1633, one of 13 paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston on March 18, 1990

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • On March 18, 1990, two intruders posing as police officers stole artworks valued at $500 million from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The last living “person of interest” in the baffling, 26-year-old case is said to be in failing health … but does he know anything, and will he talk? [Read more from the Boston Globe]
  • Housing is expensive in France – but there’s a new alternative to consider: the slammer. The French finance ministry’s website is offering for sale a late-19th-century prison that “needs renovating.” Apparently there are quite a few such prisons available, since French law forbids demolishing protected buildings. [Read more from AFP via Art Daily]
  • Italian police investigating suspected Italian mobsters for cocaine trafficking found two unexpected surprises hidden in a farmhouse near Naples: two Van Gogh paintings that vanished in a 2002 nighttime heist at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum. [Read more from the Van Gogh Museum]
  • Sarah Palin made a tidy $525,000 profit by flipping her vacation home in Arizona. The multi-level stucco house sits on 4.4 walled and gated area in Scottsdale’s horse country. Nicer than you might have expected? [Read more from TopTenRealEstateDeals.com

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LiveAuctioneers bidder grabs Babe Ruth baseball for $20,570

Legendary New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth signed this baseball in 1947, the year before he died. Authenticated by leading authentication services, the ball sold for $20,570 to a LiveAuctioneers bidder. Austin Auction Gallery image.

Legendary New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth signed this baseball in 1947, the year before he died. Authenticated by leading authentication services, the ball sold for $20,570 to a LiveAuctioneers bidder. Austin Auction Gallery image.

 

AUSTIN, Texas – A baseball signed by Babe Ruth sold for $20,570 to a bidder utilizing the LiveAuctioneers.com Internet bidding platform. Austin Auction Gallery featured the baseball in an estates auction Sept. 25.

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John Moran posts strong prices for California scenes, photography

Alfred James Dewey’s oil painting ‘Canyon Store’ delivered $2,240 at Moran’s September Studio Auction. John Moran Auctioneers image

Alfred James Dewey’s oil painting ‘Canyon Store’ delivered $2,240 at Moran’s September Studio Auction. John Moran Auctioneers image

 

MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers’ Studio Art Auction on Sept. 24 featured a diverse group of artworks by primarily American artists offered with relatively approachable price points. As a result, bidder activity among private collectors bidding online was strong, with a number of lots exceeding expectations at the block. Results overall were mixed but respectable, with the highest prices realized going to quintessential California impressionist scenes and Contemporary surrealist photography.

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Rago design auction Oct. 14-16 spans 20th century and beyond

Tiffany Studios revolving triple inkwell, no. 1071, New York, circa 1900, patinated bronze and Favrile glass turtleback tiles, 4 1/2 x 7 inches diameter. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

Tiffany Studios revolving triple inkwell, no. 1071, New York, circa 1900, patinated bronze and Favrile glass turtleback tiles, 4 1/2 x 7 inches diameter. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

 

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago Arts and Auction Center will present auctions of early 20th century and modern design featuring sculpture, pottery, glass and furniture on Oct. 14-16. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

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Salmagundi Club fundraiser includes auction series beginning Oct. 7

Kathy Anderson, 'The Flower Shop,' plein air, oil on canvas. Estimate: $1,900-$2,500. Salmagundi Club image

Kathy Anderson, ‘The Flower Shop,’ plein air, oil on canvas. Estimate: $1,900-$2,500. Salmagundi Club image

 

NEW YORK – The Salmagundi Club is conducting its annual Fall Auction Exhibition and Fundraising Sale through Oct. 21, 2016. Over 175 artworks by Salmagundi members will be auctioned. Collectors since the early 1900s have flocked to these events to find top-quality works of representational painting, drawing, fine-art graphics and photography. The three auctions will take place on Friday, Oct. 7; Sunday, Oct. 16; and Friday, Oct. 21, each beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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