Important Tibetan gilt sculpture leads Heritage Asian art sale, March 22

Tibetan gilt and polychromed copper alloy figure of Usnisavijaya, est. $100,000-$150,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Tibetan gilt and polychromed copper alloy figure of Usnisavijaya, est. $100,000-$150,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Tibetan gilt and polychromed copper alloy figure of Usnisavijaya, est. $100,000-$150,000. Courtesy Heritage Auctions

DALLAS — From a screen inlaid with porcelain plaques by a Chinese porcelain painting master to a Tibetan figure of a Buddhist goddess and a collection of vibrant Japanese woodblock prints, the offerings in Heritage Auctions‘ March 22 Fine & Decorative Asian Art Signature® Auction include special items spanning a variety of genres. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Old money, new money: Beaux Arts style gets attention on HBO

Carrie Coon as Bertha Russell and Morgan Spector as robber baron George Russell in The Gilded Age. Photograph by Alison Cohen Rosa/HBO
Carrie Coon as Bertha Russell and Morgan Spector as robber baron George Russell, shown in their lavish Fifth Avenue mansion in a scene from The Gilded Age. Photograph by Alison Cohen Rosa/HBO

NEW YORK (AP) – “What surroundings, Mrs. Russell. We could be at Tsarskoye Selo,” exclaims Nathan Lane’s snooty Ward McAllister at his first glance of her opulent Fifth Avenue mansion on The Gilded Age. The social arbiter’s reference to an 18th-century palace outside St. Petersburg, Russia, is lost on the new-money Bertha, but the point was made: The HBO Max series has brought alive America’s post-Civil War renaissance and New York City’s cultural awakening in all its Beaux Arts glory.

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Steve Jobs honored with tightly-curated March 17 RR Auction

July 1976 Apple Computer check signed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, est. $25,000-$50,000
July 1976 Apple Computer check signed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, est. $25,000-$50,000

BOSTON – On Thursday, March 17, RR Auction will present The Steve Jobs Revolution: Engelbart, Atari, and Apple. This small, specially curated selection traces the history of personal computers through documents and objects — and, specifically, the advent of Steve Jobs and Apple as chief popularizers of such products. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

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Early typewriter is key lot at Auction Team Breker, March 26

Sholes & Glidden Type-Writer with early decorative finish, est. €15,000-€20,000
Sholes & Glidden Type-Writer with early decorative finish, est. €15,000-€20,000
Sholes & Glidden Type-Writer with early decorative finish, est. €15,000-€20,000

COLOGNE, Germany – Auction Team Breker opens its spring 2022 season on Saturday, March 26 with the Jim Rauen collection of typewriters and office antiques. Landmarks from the dawn of telecommunications will be offered alongside early calculating machines, postage scales and writing antiques. Highlighting the collection is one of America’s most comprehensive groups of antique typewriters, led by an 1873 Sholes & Glidden. Regarded as the first commercially successful writing machine, it is estimated at €18,000-€22,000. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Doyle marks Asia Week NY with March 21 Asian Works of Art sale

Large Chinese celadon-glazed porcelain dragon charger, est. $80,000-$120,000
Large Chinese celadon-glazed porcelain dragon charger, est. $80,000-$120,000
Large Chinese celadon-glazed porcelain dragon charger, est. $80,000-$120,000

NEW YORK – Doyle will hold an auction of Asian Works of Art on Monday, March 21 at 10 am Eastern time. Scheduled during Asia Week New York 2022, this highly-anticipated 414-lot sale presents the arts of China, Japan and elsewhere in Asia dating from the Neolithic period through the 20th century. Showcased will be porcelains, bronzes, jades, snuff bottles, pottery, scholar’s objects, furniture and paintings from prominent collections and estates. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Superlative 18th-century Irish silver keeps its shine

A circa-1706 twin-handled trophy cup and cover by Dublin silversmith Thomas Bolton achieved $9,778 plus the buyer’s premium in March 2014. Image courtesy of Roseberys London and LiveAuctioneers.
A circa-1706 twin-handled trophy cup and cover by Dublin silversmith Thomas Bolton achieved $9,778 plus the buyer’s premium in March 2014. Image courtesy of Roseberys London and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — When it comes to quintessential Irish antiques, early Irish silver ranks with Belleek china and Waterford crystal for rarity and desirability. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, let’s look at uniquely Irish silver from the 18th century — a standout period for its handmade and beautiful craftsmanship as well as mastery of the form.

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