Pax Romana’s Nov. 8 & 15 auctions feature ancient art, jewellery, weaponry

China, Tang Dynasty, pottery figurine of a Bactrian camel and rider, circa 618-907 A.D., 610mm x 440mm. Provenance: Private collection of Oxford professional, formed in 1970s-1990s on UK art market. Estimate £6,000-£12,000

LONDON – Pax Romana Auctions will host a no-reserve two-part online sale of antiquities, jewellery, ancient weaponry, Asian and classic art on successive Sundays, November 8 and 15. The first of the two auction sessions celebrates “Masterpieces of Ancient Asia,” while the second is titled “Ancient Jewellery, Weaponry and Classical Art.” Bidders are invited to participate absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Sarasota Estate Auction offers diverse artworks Nov. 14-15

Ivan Aivazovsky (Russian, 1817-1900), oil on canvas, 19½ x 26 in overall. Estimate: $40,000-$80,000. Sarasota Estate Auction image

SARASOTA Fla. – Sarasota Estate Auction will conduct what is expected to be among the largest auctions of fine art and antiques ever in Sarasota with 1,400 lots over two days on Nov. 14-15. The sale will feature works by American artists Jane Peterson, Hayley Lever, Theresa Ferber Bernstein, Hudson River School artist James McDougal Hart and more from European artists. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Herend skier going for the gold in online auction Nov. 5

Large Herend porcelain skier figurine, 1944, signed by the sculptor artist, 15in long x 7in wide x 10½in high. Estimate: $2,000-$2,500. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – A large porcelain figurine of an Alpine skier looks like a champion in a Jasper52 auction of decorative arts on Thursday, Nov. 5. The online auction consists of more than 400 lots of sterling silver, art glass, pottery, fine art and more. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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Slotin presents huge Finster masterpiece Nov. 14

Howard Finster, ‘Chelsea Baptist Church #641’ (1977), tractor enamel on Masonite, 103½in wide by 44in high including frame. Estimate: $40,000 to $70,000. Slotin image

BUFORD, Ga. – An early Howard Finster painting believed to be his largest, yet one of the least well-known of his early masterworks, will be the highlight of Slotin Folk Art Auction’s Self-Taught Art Masterpiece Sale on Nov. 14. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Chinese collections comprise Oakridge auction Nov. 14-15

Chinese imperial jade table screen with zitan wood base, Jiaqing, 8½in high x 8 1/8in wide. Estimate: at $6,000-$10,000. Oakridge Auction Gallery image

ASHBURN, Va. – Oakridge Auction Gallery will present its Winter Fine Asian Art & Antiques Auction, Nov. 14-15 beginning at 10 a.m. both days. The auction consists of two sessions: ceramics and works of art on Nov. 14 and Chinese snuff bottles on Nov. 15. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Halloween die-cuts: their popularity is scary

This German die-cut Halloween fire screen, folding into three sections, sold for $1,100 + the buyer’s premium in June 2019 at Pook & Pook Inc. with Noel Barrett. Photo courtesy of Pook & Pook Inc. with Noel Barrett and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Halloween had its origins with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would carry torches and don costumes to hide from evil spirits and ghosts. Over the centuries, it has morphed into a big party and the scares are all in good fun. In America today, Halloween is big business and in terms of consumer spending, second only to Christmas. Vintage and antique Halloween decorations never seem to lose their appeal.

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