Fine art, antiques abound in Blackwell Auctions’ Aug. 11 sale

Pierre Villain (French, 1880-1950), oil on canvas painting of a couple relaxing on a beach, 19¾in x 25¾in in a 25in x 30½in frame, signed ‘P. Villain’ at lower right. Estimate: $200-$400. Blackwell Auctions image

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Blackwell Auctions has lined up nearly 450 lots of fine art, antiques and collectibles for their next sale on Saturday, Aug. 11, which will begin a noon Eastern Time. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

This month’s highlights include:

– Several 1930s paintings by French artist Pierre Villain (above), part of a newly discovered collection of his work, which is strongly rooted in European Social Realism.

– Paintings and sculpture by listed artists, both antique and contemporary.

Victor Vasarely (Hungarian, French, 1906-1997) signed limited edition serigraph, numbered 241/250, 31in x 30¼in. Estimate: $400-$800. Blackwell Auctions image

– A selection of American and European art pottery and glass, including a large Doulton Lambeth jardiniere and pedestal (below), Fulper, Rookwood, Vallauris, Meissen, Royal Vienna and more.

Marked Doulton Lambeth stoneware jardinière and pedestal with impressed autumn leaf pattern in earth-tone glazing, 34½in high overall, jardinière 14½in diameter. Estimate: $600-$900. Blackwell Auctions image

– A selection of books and early leaf pages from as early as the 14th century.

Civil War books include ‘Dickison and His Men, Reminiscences of the War in Florida,’ by Mary Elizabeth Dickison, 1890, and ‘The Twenty-Fourth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers,’ by Alfred S. Roe, 1907. Estimate: $100-$200. Blackwell Auctions image

– Several lots of scarce postage stamps, including hard-to-find singles and sets.

1879 U.S. Dept of Justice Stamps, O-106 and O-107, unused, OG hinged. Estimate: $100-$200. Blackwell Auctions image

Baseball fans have the opportunity to catch an official American League baseball signed by many of the 1933 New York Yankees, including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. The ball comes with a letter of authenticity from JSA Authentication.

Babe Ruth signed the sweet spot of this official American League baseball, which also bears signatures of members of the 1933 Yankees, including Lou Gehrig, Herb Pennock, Earle Combs, Joe Sewell, Tony Lazzeri, Lefty Gomez and Bill Dickey. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Blackwell Auctions image

There is a debate about the maker of an Arts & Crafts period landscape art pottery tile offered in the auction. The likely candidate is Grueby Faience. The tile is approximately 6 1/8 inches square and more than three-quarters of an inch thick with glazed sides.

Arts & Crafts pottery landscape tile or trivet, circa 1910, 6 1/8in square x 13/16in. There are no apparent impressed marks. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Blackwell Auctions image

The auction catalog includes additional paintings and prints, period Art Deco clocks, furniture and decorative items, mid-century modern pieces, art glass, antique and vintage Chinese items, antiquarian books, hand-knotted antique and vintage rugs, and selections from a collection of better postage stamps.