Gallery Report: Early Pewabic Pottery vase tops $37K

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s Gallery Report (prices include the buyer’s premium):

Pewabic pottery vase, $37,200, DuMouchelle’s

A 17-inch-tall flowing matte green glaze hand-thrown Thistle vase on a Pewabic white clay body sold for $37,200 at an auction held July 19-21 by DuMouchelle’s in Detroit, Mich. Also, an 11-inch-tall Pewabic luster pottery vase finished at $4,650; an unusual, 5-inch-tall Crater “Lava” glaze vase changed hands for $2,108; a 4-inch copper luster glaze vase with teal and lavender tones brought $2,356; and an 8½-inch diameter copper glaze bowl thrown by Buck Stratton made $2,232.

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Quinn’s auction to feature Merton D. Simpson paintings Sept. 14

Series of seven paintings by the African American artist Merton D. Simpson (1928-2013), titled ‘Universal Orchestration (Series A),’ to be sold as one lot, est. $12,000-$16,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Saturday, Sept. 14, Quinn’s will present a superb selection of Latin American, Asian, European, American and Modern fine and decorative art in a 437-lot gallery auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Asian textiles surprise bidders at Jeffrey S. Evans auction

One of the five Chinese and Japanese textile panels that sold as a single lot for $16,380. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

MOUNT CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ 2019 Summer Americana and Variety Auction, Aug. 23-24, was a highly successful event and produced strong prices and a few surprises in multiple categories. The two-day event consisted of 1,595 lots of diverse material that generated tremendous levels of participation for the firm, a strong indication of vigor in varied segments of the marketplace. Bidding was intense throughout each day with over 5,000 registered bidders from 26 countries participating in house and online. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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BMW Z3 on pace to lead Sterling Associates sale Sept. 12  

1999 BMW Z3 M Dinan convertible, 3.2 liters, silver with black interior, excellent condition, 45,000 miles. Est. $15,000-$20,000. Sterling Associates Inc. image

NORWOOD, N.J. – Sterling Associates is known for its eclectic auctions of fine art, furniture, lighting and other quality collectibles sourced from palatial country estates and stylish city residences in the New York metro region. An integral part of Bergen County, New Jersey’s arts community for two generations, Sterling’s online-only sales are unique in that all goods may be previewed ahead of time at the company’s physical premises in Norwood. On Sept. 12, the Sterling team will host a diverse 213-lot auction of fine art, jewelry and luxury wristwatches; furniture, lighting, European bronzes and other desirable estate goods. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Paul McCobb designs focused on simplicity

Paul McCobb cabinet with Calvin/The Irwin Collection plaque, made from brass, wood and travertine, having eight drawers, 35¼in. high, 71¼in. wide, 19¼in. deep, est. $2,000-$3,000, sold for $3,250 at an auction held March 3, 2018. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

NEW YORK – Paul McCobb (1917-1969) was one of the preeminent contemporary furniture designers of the 1950s and 1960s. Born in Massachusetts, he aspired early on to be an artist, and studied drawing and painting at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston. But he developed a keen fascination for furniture and its design and, in 1945, he moved to New York and established his own firm, Paul McCobb Design Associates. He also became a design and decorating consultant for Martin Feinman’s Modernage Furniture, also in New York City. By 1950 his reputation was established.

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Tasha Tudor original art to highlight Waverly auction Sept. 12

 

Complete set of 55 original watercolors (one shown here) by beloved children’s author Tasha Tudor for her 1996 book ‘The Great Corgiville Kidnapping,’ direct family provenance, est. $60,000-$90,000. Waverly Rare Books image

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – The Waverly Rare Books division of Quinn’s Auction Galleries will conduct a Sept. 12 auction packed with 471 lots of rare books, high-quality prints, autographs and other ephemera. A featured lot is a complete set of original watercolors by beloved children’s author Tasha Tudor for her 1996 book The Great Corgiville Kidnapping, with impeccable family provenance. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Market Auction reschedules September Season Kickoff

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Due to severe weather caused by Hurricane Dorian, the Market Auctions September Season Kickoff Sale has been postponed. The auction has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time at the Palm Beach Art, Antique & Design Showroom. For updates visit www.marketauctionsinc.com or call 561-237-5222.

The auction will feature an exquisite selection of paintings ranging from the 17th-20th century, fine silver, fine jewelry and decorative arts. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.