Modern art, Chinese antiques share spotlight at 888 Auctions, Oct. 11

Nicolas Rubio (Spanish, b. 1928) oil on canvas landscape. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. 888 Auctions image

RICHMOND HILL, Ontario – Fresh-to-market items will be available to the highest bidder Thursday, Oct. 11, at 888 Auctions. With modern art, postwar contemporary paintings and Asian antiques dotting the sale, there will be incredible interest in the 491 lots. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Turner Auctions to clear former art gallery owner’s attic Oct. 21

Steve Armstrong, ‘Whimsical Sculpture,’ 19 x 15½ x 14½ inches, wood. Estimate: $300-$500. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – On Sunday, Oct. 21, Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present The Attic Sale, showcasing the final auction of the personal collection of John Pence, supplemented by works from his acclaimed gallery in San Francisco, which closed in 2017 when he retired. The focus of Pence’s own assemblage and his gallery has been on academic realists, abstract art and significant works that inspired them. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Lustrous sterling silver in the spotlight at online auction Oct. 10

Gorham sterling silver soup tureen, Providence, R.I., 1892, Neoclassical style, 15in across the handles, 63.2 troy ounces. Estimate: $2,000-$2,500. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Time-honored silver items are the focus of a Jasper52 online auction Oct. 10. Lots range from 18th-century trays and teapots to 20th-century Georg Jensen and Tiffany flatware. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Sterling Associates to inaugurate new gallery with Oct. 10 auction

Jean Puiforcat sterling silver chalice cup, bottom marked ‘Jean Puiforcat / Paris / Made in France,’ 5 1/8 inches high x 4 inches wide, 405 grams. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Sterling Associates Inc. image

NORWOOD, N.J. – Sterling Associates Inc.’s “Sterling on Broadway” online auction Oct. 10, coincides with the company’s move to a new office and gallery at 537 Broadway in Norwood, near its former venue on Herbert Avenue in Closter. The 252-lot inaugural auction features fine jewelry, silver and coins, with live online bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

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Portrait miniatures: personal mementos

Pair of American School folk art miniature portraits of a mother and daughter, circa 1830, 2⅛in, sold at Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates for $55,000 in November 2017. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Long before we carried around photos of family and friends on our phones, there were portrait miniatures. First used to decorate handwritten books in the 1500s, miniatures were then framed and, owing to their size, well suited to be carried around by people whether as tokens of worship, loyalty to a king or queen or as a cherished reminder of a loved one. Portrait miniatures were immediately popular and still are today.

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