DuMouchelles presents all-star lineup in Valentine’s weekend auction
DETROIT – Fine art, antiques and collectibles totaling more than 1,500 lots will be spread over three sessions during DuMouchelles’ Feb. 12-14 auction. LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding.
The action will begin Friday at 6:30 p.m. at DuMouchelles’ gallery at 409 E. Jefferson Ave. in the heart of the Motor City.
Sports fans will be competing for a 2004 Detroit Pistons NBA Championship ring, which is estimated at $4,000-$5,000. The 10K white gold ring is channel set with 56 round brilliant diamonds totaling approximately 1.03 carats. The inside of the ring is engraved with the name a team associate, not a player. It comes with a presentation box and certificate of authenticity.
An “Official League” baseball autographed by St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame pitcher Dizzy Dean will also be offered Friday evening. Ironically the ball will be sold in Detroit, where Dean tamed the Tigers in the 1934 World Series, winning Games 1 and 7. The ball and autograph are in good condition. It has a $1,000-$1,500 estimate.
Saturday’s session, which begins at 11 a.m. Eastern, will feature a fine neoclassical French figural clock marked “Courvoisier & Comp.” The circa 1840 clock has a marble plinth embellished with bronze ormolu and surmounted by a silver figure of Mercury resting on a rocky formation over a cylindrical clock, holding a gilt-bronze lidded torchere. The clock has no bell or pendulum. It is estimated at $5,000-$7,000.
An American Federal mahogany banjo clock, circa 1810, with colorful eglomaise glass panels and a brass eagle and sphere finial has an $800-$1,500 estimate.
Sunday’s session will get under way at noon with a rare Art Deco mosaic enamel and doré Art Deco bronze clock by Tiffany Furnaces. The model no. 360 clock, 5 inches high by 5 inches wide, is from the early 1920s. Marked “Tiffany and Co.” on the face, the clock has a $4,000-$6,000 estimate.
Painting will include an oil on canvas by Dame Laura Knight (British, 1877-1970) titled Sennen Cove, Cornwall, England. The view of the seaside village is 16 inches by 20 inches and carries a $20,000-$40,000 estimate. It was once in the collection of Monsignor Edward J. Hickey, one of Detroit’s prominent Catholic pastors.
The estate of W.A. Warrick of Plymouth, Mich., includes original book illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Norman Ault, L. Grabham and Carton Moore-Park as well as British paintings by Frederick Thomas Daws and Frank William Warwick Topham. A watercolor and gouache by Rackham (1867-1939) titled Midsummer Night’s Dream, 4 7/8 inches by 3 1/2 inches, in a bronze Art Nouveau frame, has a $2,000-$4,000 estimate.
German-born Edmund Henry Osthaus (1858-1928) immigrated to America in 1883. By 1886 he had become principal of the Toledo Academy of Fine Art. An avid outdoorsman, he was known for his depictions of sporting dogs. His pencil, watercolor and gouache on artist board of one such animal is included in the auction. The 23- by 27-inch work, from a prominent collector in Toledo, Ohio, has a $12,000-$16,000 estimate.
An 18th-century Aubusson floral carpet, 23 feet 2 inches by 14 feet 9 inches, was formerly in the collection of Arthur E. Summerfield, of Flint, Mich. Summerfield was postmaster general during the Eisenhower administration. The room-size carpet having a central gold cartouche design, with floral and leaf motifs in each corner, has a $6,000-$8,000 estimate.
Agathon Léonard’s 17-inch doré bronze and ivory sculpture of a young woman, standing, with a look of contemplation. The face, neck and arms are carved ivory and the rest of the figure is gilt bronze. The base is also bronze and is incised “A. Leonard.” The figure has a $15,000-$20,000 estimate.
For Valentine’s Day, bidders will have their pick of a 3.86-carat emerald-cut diamond and platinum ring among the more than 80 lots of jewelry.
For details call 313-963-6255.
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