Robin Williams collection a top draw at Clars’ April 19

Donald Roller Wilson (American, b. 1938-), ‘Shirley’s Friend Waited for Shirley but She Never Came,’ 1985, est. $10,000-$15,000. Robin Williams estate collection

OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery will present the celebrity collection of the late Robin Williams as a highlight of their April 19 online-only auction, with absentee and online bidding available through LiveAuctioneers. The extraordinary collection amassed by Williams is a reflection of the late comedian/actor’s interests and career, including a passion for contemporary art.

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Quinn’s to auction dolls, automata, fine & decorative art, Apr. 15

Circa-1880 luxury automaton The Waltzing Couple, Gustav Vichy, bisque heads, blue glass eyes, painted facial features. Estimate $3,000-$5,000

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On April 15, Quinn’s Auction Galleries, in partnership with LiveAuctioneers, will conduct a 392-lot online sale of collectible dolls, antiques, militaria, and fine and decorative arts. Bidders may view the fully illustrated catalog and bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Kovsh: revolutionary Russian vessel

Russian gilt silver kovsh with beautiful enamel decoration throughout, stamped to the underside with Kokoshnik mark of Ivan Sergeyevich Lebedkin, Moscow, 1898-1914; and the maker’s mark of Feodor Ruckert, 3.83 troy oz., est. $600-$900, sold for $1,300 + buyer’s premium in 2018. Image courtesy of Clarke Auction Gallery and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – If you’re unfamiliar with the kovsh, you’re either not of Russian lineage or have simply never stumbled upon the word. First things first: It’s pronounced “cove” with an “sh” tacked on at the end (the plural is kovshi). As for what it is, the kovsh is a traditional drinking vessel, or ladle, from Russia, and it’s been around for more than a thousand years. Specimens have been dug up that date as far back as the 10th century, when they were mostly made from wood or even tightly woven cloth. For centuries the kovsh was a popular, distinctive article of Old Russian tableware.

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