OXFORD, Mich. – More than 1,200 lots of antiques, collectibles and fine art will be sold at Midwest Auction Galleries on Feb. 13-14. The line will extend from Chinese porcelain and furniture to Americana to more than 200 porcelain Llardro figures. LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding.
A small highlight that will sell soon after the 10 a.m. Eastern start on Saturday is a 19th-century Chinese snuff bottle. It is hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels on both sides with scenes of children. The milky-white glass bottle is 2 9/16 inches high and has a green jade stopper. The consignor purchased the bottle in the 1960s. It has a $600-$800 estimate.
An exceptional 19th-century American apothecary cabinet will sell shortly after the 10 a.m. Eastern start on Sunday. The 29-drawers cabinet has an exceptional grain-painted surface to simulate flamed mahogany. Standing on a bracket base, the cabinet measures 36 inches high, 51 inches long and 12 inches deep. The drawers have glass knobs and most retain spice or drug labels. The cabinet has a $3,000-$4,000 estimate.
Also having an original grain-painted surface – boldly applied in mustard and brown – is a circa 1820-1830 cupboard, which is expected to sell for $3,000-$4,000. Standing 81 inches high by 48 inches wide by 20 inches deep, the cupboard features wood peg and mortis and tenon construction. It consists of two blind drawers over two drawers over two blind doors. This cupboard “would be the cornerstone of the most advanced collection,” noted Jim Amato of Midwest Auction Galleries.
A 19th-century Chinese rosewood paneled desk is expected to attract a lot of attention. Built inside the kneehole compartment are three drawers. The sides and back of the desk are finely paneled. It has a $2,000-$3,000 estimate.
Half a dozen duck and goose decoys will sell on Friday. A hollow Canada goose decoy made in the 1930s by an unknown carver from Leelanau County, Mich., has glass eyes and what appears to be original black and white paint. The decoy, 15 inches high and 22 inches long, has a $300-$400 estimate.
One of the top oil paintings in the sale depicts a bride and bridegroom coming down the stairs of a palace followed by the wedding party. The painting is signed “Mario Spinetti Roma” and dated “87.” The 21 1/2- by 15 1/2-inch painting is mounted in a late 19th-century gilt wood frame. On the back is a post-1963 label from Peggy de Salle’s Little Gallery in Birmingham, Mich. The painting carries an $8,000-$12,000 estimate.
Midwest Auction Galleries is located at 665 N. Lapeer Road in Oxford.
For details call 248-236-8100.
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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