ATLANTA – Great Gatsby’s Antiques and Auctions, purveyor of rare and unusual antiques and art for more than 20 years, has another top-notch lineup for their Feb. 6 auction. LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding on everything from a Tiffany Studios stained glass window to 1966 Corvette convertible powered by a 427 big-block engine.
The circa 1900 Tiffany window, titled The Lesson, depicts a teacher with her student. It demonstrates Louis Comfort Tiffany’s talent for creating three-dimensional depth through the use of triple layers of art glass. The window is also an excellent example of work by Tiffany’s master craftsman Frederick Wilson, as shown in the painted faces of both subjects. The window, which measures 48 inches by 20 inches, has a $50,000-$75,000 estimate.
Chevrolet added more muscle to the 1966 Corvette Sting Ray with an optional 427-cubic-inch engine. The convertible model in Great Gatsby’s auction has matching numbers and its original side exhaust pipes. The Corvette has a starting bid of $65,000 and an $80,000-$120,000 estimate.
A 17th-century carved oak English Jacobean grand hall bench reputed to have been a gift from Britain’s greatest poet, John Milton (1608-1674), to his wife, Mary, has a $25,000-$45,000 estimate. It features a scrolling pediment top with relief carved designs flanking a pair of arched panels with carved busts depicting Mercury and Vulcan. The backrest has the carved inscription “A Ryghte Joyouse and Kyndly Welcome Too Ye All” over a relief carved Greek classical battle scene with the inscription “Ye Amazons doing Battel With Ye Greek Warriors”, and below this “Seeke Ye All After Goode and Doo Ye Goode and Bee Ye Kynde Too All.” Also carved in the back is the maker’s date “1648.” On the apron of the bench appears the dedication “John Milton Mary.” The bench is 74 inches high by 82 inches wide by 27 inches deep.
A pair of massive marble Art Deco eagles, after those mounted on the Federal Reserve Building in Chicago, will be sold. Fully carved front and back, the statues stand 84 inches high by 72 inches wide by 45 inches deep. The pair is estimated at $30,000-$40,000.
An exact architectural scale model of Atlanta’s historic Swan House, a 1928 Second Renaissance Revival Style mansion, will be sold. The highly detailed model is 29 inches high by 71 inches wide by 52 inches deep. The roof lifts off to reveal a full interior, complete with winding staircase, fireplace mantels and bathroom fixtures. It has an $8,000-$12,000 estimate. The Atlanta Historical Society acquired the actual Swan House and most of its furnishings in 1966.
The auction will begin Saturday at 2 p.m. Eastern at Great Gatsby’s facility at 5180 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in Atlanta.
For details call 770-457-1903.
To view the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet during the sale at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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