Clars features major Phoenix art glass collection Nov. 10
The sale will begin at 9:30 a.m. PST.
An extensive collection of Phoenix art glass comes from the 40-year collection of Alan Goldfield, who is a recognized expert in the field. His collection was featured in James R. Lafferty’s book, The Phoenix. Offered at the auction will be all the original pieces featured in the book plus additional rare items numbering into the hundreds.
Coming to market at this auction will be a special offering of more than 250 lots of U.S. and world gold and silver coins from a private East Coast collection. Among the exceptional lots will be a high-grade 1877 Indian cent, a 1909 S VDB Lincoln cent as well as numerous certified silver dollars, half dollars and other collections in albums or rare dates in NGC holders.
The sterling silver offerings will be exceptionally strong with three particular highlights. The first is a British sterling silver hollowware and flatware ensemble comprised of 110 total pieces weighing 220.25 troy ounces. The ensemble includes a four-piece beverage suite by Edward & John Barnard, London, 1859; Fiddleback flatware service by Henry & Henry John Lias, London, 1859; Fiddleback flatware by George Williams Adams, London, 1875; plus an oak campaign chest having a fitted interior to accommodate the entire ensemble with interior brass plate reading “Widdowson & Veale, Goldsmiths” and exterior plate marked “Wymond Hamley Esq.” This entire set is estimated at $9,000-$12,000.
The second is an Old Newbury Crafters hand-wrought sterling flatware service for 12, eight pieces per place setting, weighing in total over 8 pounds. This set is estimated at $8,000-$12,000. The third highlight is a Read & Barton Francis I pattern service for 12, seven pieces per place setting (estimate: $5,000-$7,000).
Among the rare and historic documents and books to be offered will be a signed copy of the Theory of Relativity by Albert Einstein. This signed copy, estimated at $6,000-$8,000, is accompanied by a letter from Einstein to the former curator of the Huntington Library in Pasadena, Calif. In addition, a fine and rare edition of the book The Federalist is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
Rounding the special offerings in decorative furnishings will be an impressive selection of antique Persian textiles and a 1933 Ruskin silver mounted bowl (sterling mounts executed by Alfred E. Jones, Birmingham) in the Arts & Crafts style, which is estimated at $1,500-$2,000.
A collection of Chinese nephrite jade toggles and plaques from the Qing dynasty and Republic Period will be offered. The celadon and white jade toggles number over 20 with estimates ranging around $1,000 each. A pair of wooden panels is inset with porcelain plaques from the late Qing/Republic period. One panel is etched with a bird and spider above a rectangular plaque painted with two scholars seated beside a recumbent fu-lion. The other panel features an ovoid plaque depicting morning glory, above a lower plaque etched and painted with a male figure dancing to attract a beauty peering out the window of the villa. The pair of panels is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
The stunning cover piece for the fine jewelry category is a 14K white gold ring with rose gold accents featuring a 3.11-carat round brilliant diamond, F color, VS-1 clarity, surrounded by 96 full-cut round diamonds with a total weight of 0.51 carats. The estimate for this ring is $80,000-$100,000. A splendid 7-plus-carat sapphire and diamond ring with accompanying GIA report features a very rare unheated sapphire. This ring is being offered with an estimate of $45,000-$55,000. Equally impressive is a 2.01-carat cushion shape diamond ring with accompanying GIA report stating I color estimated at $15,000- $20,000. A charming labradorite owl carving with feldspar stand by Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof is expected to earn $1,200-$1,600 and a gorgeous Bucellati yellow gold and diamond brooch is being offered for $3,000-$5,000.
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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE