Art pottery rarities highlight Humler & Nolan event June 9-10

Circa 1905 Van Briggle ‘Despondency’ vase, 12 5/8 inches. Estimate $12,000-$17,000. Humler & Nolan image

CINCINNATI – Art pottery auctioneers Humler & Nolan will offer nearly 500 lots in their Keramics, Art Glass and Fine Art 2018 event on Saturday, June 9, and follow it up with their even bigger Rookwood XXVIII auction on Sunday, June 10. Featured in Saturday’s Keramics auction is a 1905 Van Briggle “Despondency” vase done in a slightly crystalline deep green mat glaze. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available for both sales through LiveAuctioneers.

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Michaan’s June 9 sale has posh jewelry, Asian rarities, fine art

Art Deco diamond, platinum bracelet by Raymond Yard. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Michaan’s Auctions image

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The San Francisco Bay Area was already home to many great fortunes and fine estates back when Los Angeles had nothing going for it but a railroad station and an army of oil derricks. Today the Bay Area is a premier American design center at the intersection of innovation, wealth and taste. Michaan’s Auctions, the full-service auction house in the heart of the region, offers an array of choice lots in the Gallery Auction on June 9. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
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Neolithic to modern pieces bring depth to Gianguan’s June 9 sale

A rare pair of octagonal cloisonné vases with the Qianlong four-character mark encircled cast in relief. 37.5 cm (14.5 inches). Gianguan Auctions image

NEW YORK – In an auction that features a collection of both elaborate Buddhist statues and important paintings by traditional and contemporary Chinese masters, a selection of archetypal ceramics and early bronzes add unusual depth. The properties go off on June 9 at Gianguan Auctions at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers. Read more

Botanical Garden show highlights O’Keeffe’s Hawaii paintings

Visitors experience a lush flower show in the garden’s Enid A Haupt Conservatory, evoking the gardens and landscapes that inspired Georgia O’Keeffe. Image courtesy of New York Botanical Garden

NEW YORK (AP) – Georgia O’Keeffe, famous for her desert paintings, created equally stunning — though lesser known — pieces inspired by a 1939 trip to Hawaii. The works, and a display of the plants she would have encountered there, are now on view at the New York Botanical Garden.

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Alexander Hamilton letter to lead Rago auction June 9

1793 Alexander Hamilton penned Treasury Department letter. Estimate: $7,000-$9,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – On Saturday, June 9, Rago Auctions will offer more than 40 investment quality collectibles across a wide swathe of interests: sports collectibles and cards, historical and political memorabilia, aerospace memorabilia, vintage movie posters, fountain pens, and weapons and militaria, culminating with a 1793 Treasury Letter penned and signed by Alexander Hamilton. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Jasper52 showcasing premium quality vintage jewelry June 5

14K gold and diamond bracelet, 1950s, 6.5 total carat weight, near-mint condition. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Vintage and antique pieces mingle beautifully in a Premium Jewelry Auction that will be conducted Tuesday, June 5, by Jasper52. Colorful cocktail rings, storied mourning jewelry and even an iconic Hammerman Brothers vintage starfish brooch are prime examples of the diversity celebrated in this special sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Bertoia Auctions’ Spring Signature Sale of fine toys earns $1.9M

Citroen hand-painted clockwork tin ‘Au Louvre’ delivery van, $48,000

VINELAND, N.J. – Family-owned Bertoia Auctions produced another big winner on April 27-28 as their 2018 Spring Signature Sale rang the register at $1.9 million. More than 1,000 lots of high-quality toys, banks, trains and Christmas antiques with prestigious provenance attracted an energetic crowd to Bertoia’s gallery. Hundreds of other bidders battled for favorites over the phone and via the Internet.

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Design firm CEO Lawrence Armstrong wins int’l art award

Lawrence Armstrong, architect, artist and CEO of Ware Malcomb

NEW YORK – Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, today announced the firm’s Chief Executive Officer Lawrence R. Armstrong, who is also an accomplished artist, is receiving the 2019 ATIM Masters Award from ArtTour International magazine. This is the second time Armstrong has been honored with this award, which will be presented next year at the 6th annual ATIM Masters Awards ceremony held at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York.

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Woodshed Art Auctions features works from international estates June 7

Watercolor attributed to John Singer Sargent titled ‘Classical Interior with Reflecting Pool,’ 15¾ x 15½ in. framed. Estimate: $30,000-$60,000. Woodshed Art Auctions image

FRANKLIN, Mass. – Artworks attributed to American painters Helen Frankenthaler and John Singer Sargent are expected star lots in an online sale of rare and market-fresh paintings and drawings from Europe and the Americas set to go live on Thursday, June 7, by Woodshed Art Auctions. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Five Points Festival returns June 2-3 at new Brooklyn location

Image courtesy of Five Points Festival

NEW YORK – The East Coast designer toy, street, and alternative art festival Five Points will take place on June 2-3 at its new location: the Brooklyn Expo Center. The festival will bring together the shining stars of the designer toy, kaiju, sofubi and alternative art worlds with the Lagunitas Brewing Company craft beer, and food.

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