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Full-length self-portrait by Édouard Vuillard, estimated at $150,000-$250,000 at Heritage Auctions June 4.

Full-length self-portrait by Édouard Vuillard leads our five lots to watch

Full-length Self-portrait by Édouard Vuillard

DALLAS – Heritage Auctions will offer the only known full-length self-portrait created by avant-garde artist Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940) on Tuesday, June 4 as a lead lot in its Fine European Art sale.

Measuring 30.25 by 19.5in, the oil on board laid to canvas dates to around 1900, just as the French avant-garde group Les Navis – of which Vuillard was a key member – was disbanding. Though known to be of smaller stature, the self-portrait depicts Vuillard as substantially taller. In addition, in contrast to his normally disheveled everyday appearance, he portrays himself in fine clothes with a dapper hat, clearly having fun with the depiction. The location is believed to be Amfreville on the Normandy coast of France. Heritage estimates the painting at $150,000-$250,000.

First Hugo Science Fiction Award Ever Given

Hugo award given to Forrest J. Ackerman by Isaac Asimov at the 11th WorldCon in 1953, estimated at $5,000-$7,000 at Freeman’s Hindman on June 7.
Hugo award given to Forrest J. Ackerman by Isaac Asimov at the 11th WorldCon in 1953, estimated at $5,000-$7,000 at Freeman’s Hindman on June 7.

CHICAGO – The first Hugo award ever given forms part of an auction of Fine Books & Manuscripts at Freeman’s Hindman on Friday, June 7. Presented to author, agent, publisher, and general science fiction fanatic Forrest J. Ackerman (1916-2008) at the World Science Fiction Convention in 1953, it is estimated at $5,000-$7,000.

The 11th World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon), held at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia on September 5-7, 1953 included the event’s first-ever awards ceremony. The now familiar trophy, formed as a futuristic chrome-plated rocket ship, was named after ‘father of the genre’ Jugo Gernsback, founder of the magazine Amazing Stories.

Though the Hugo Awards were originally conceived as a one-off event, they proved so popular that organizers, having skipped handing them out during the 12th WorldCon, reinstated them in 1955 and thereafter made them a tradition. Today, the Hugo is widely considered the premier award in sci-fi writing. 

This award – one of seven bestowed in 1953 – is accompanied by photograph of Ackerman receiving the award from the Foundation series author Isaac Asimov. 

International Order of Odd Fellows Heart-in-Hand Plaque

International Order of Odd Fellows heart-in-hand plaque, estimated at $2,000-$4,000 at New England Auctions – Fred Giampietro June 6.
International Order of Odd Fellows heart-in-hand plaque, estimated at $2,000-$4,000 at New England Auctions – Fred Giampietro June 6.

BRANFORD, CT – Fred Giampietro’s New England Auctions will offer a circa-1865 wooden plaque for the International Order of Odd Fellows Thursday, June 6 as a featured lot in its Americana Collection of Frank Gaglio.

Founded in 1819 at the Seven Stars Tavern in Baltimore by Thomas Wildey, the IOOF is a fraternal organization similar to the Masons, but with a decidedly more working-class angle. Odd Fellowship began in England in 1730, and though the two orders are independent, they maintain a fraternal relationship.

As with the Masons, the IOOF uses a number of symbols as part of its identity. Three chain links, usually with the letters FLT (for Friendship, Love, and Truth) are common, as is the all-seeing eye denoting a higher presence. But unique to the Odd Fellows is the heart-in-hand symbol, signifying an emphasis on charity to those in need.

In excellent condition, the hand-carved open palm and forearm contain a classic red heart backed up by a shield. The plaque is estimated at $2,000-$4,000.

Chinese Famille Verte Kangxi Period ‘Birthday Celebration’ Vase

Large Chinese famille verte Kangxi period ‘birthday celebration’ vase, estimated at £30,000-£50,000 ($38,140-$63,565) at Dreweatts Donnington Priory on June 5.
Chinese famille verte Kangxi period ‘birthday celebration’ vase, estimated at £30,000-£50,000 ($38,140-$63,565) at Dreweatts Donnington Priory on June 5.

NEWBURY, UK – Dreweatts Donnington Priory will conduct a sale titled The Palmer Family at Bussock Wood: Four Generations of Connoisseurship on Tuesday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 5. The consignors are direct descendants of the Victorian manufacturing giants Huntley and Palmers, which was one of the first global brands and at one time was the world’s largest maker of cookies. 

Bussock Wood in Berkshire, England was purchased by William Alexander Palmer in 1963 and housed an important family collection of art and antiques, including the Reginald and Lena Palmer collection of Chinese Art, elements of which were sold by Christie’s in Hong Kong in 2023. Among the highlights of the more than 400 lots in the upcoming Dreweatts sale is a 17in (43cm) high Kangxi period famille verte ‘birthday celebration’ vase. Purchased by Ada Palmer, the mother of Reginald Howard Palmer, and left to him in her will in 1953, it now has an estimate of £30,000-£50,000 ($38,000-$64,000).

Late Classic Navajo Man's Wearing Blanket

Late Classic Navajo Man's Wearing Blanket in Second Phase Chief’s Pattern, estimated at $80,000-$120,000 at Heritage June 4.
Late Classic Navajo Man's Wearing Blanket in Second Phase Chief’s Pattern, estimated at $80,000-$120,000 at Heritage June 4.

DALLAS – Robert Stewart Davis (1877-1923) was a prospector in the American Southwest in the late 19th century. At some point he traded for a Late Classic Navajo man’s wearing blanket in the Second Phase Chief’s Pattern, which descended through his family to modern times. It now comes to market for the first time at Heritage Auctions in its Tuesday, June 4 American Indian, Pre-Columbian and Tribal Art sale.

Dated by Heritage to the late third quarter of the 19th century, the native handspun wool, indigo, and cochineal blanket measures 69.5 by 52in and has been in the same family since Davis traded for it while prospecting. It is estimated to bring $80,000-$120,000.