BROOKLYN, N.Y. – On Sunday, May 8, SJ Auctioneers will conduct a sale titled Fine Silverware, Toys, Decor, Jewelry, Dolls. Its 166 lots will include silverware, Steuben art glass, designer jewelry and Disney collectibles, among many other lots of note. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The rich and deep selection of decorative arts objects is led by a 19th-century sterling silver vase by Shiebler, graced with a hand-painted floral motif and estimated at $1,500-$2,000. Offered as a separate lot is a pair of Shiebler sterling silver bud vases, dating to the 1890 to 1910 time range and estimated at $1,000-$5,000.
Larger Herend fishnet patterened figurines on offer include a special limited-edition signed Barred Owl, number 25 of 150. It features chocolate and gray fishnet patterns along with a larger 24K gold fishnet pattern, as well as natural coloration. Amazing in its detail, the Herend artists have gone so far as to paint feathers on its chest. The figure is depicted on a tree stump, measures eight inches tall and carries an estimate of $3,500-$6,000.
A second Herend animal figure that demands mention is an extra-large Giraffe in the rust fishnet pattern. The hand-painted porcelain creature stands 15.5in tall and is estimated at $3,000-$6,000.
The sale lineup also features a 19th-century German silver menorah that burns oil. It has eight lion-figure oil fonts, one of which can be removed to fill the lamps. The back plate is decorated with stereotypical designs and affixed with the Decalogue. It weighs an impressive 48 troy ounces (1,360 grams) and is estimated at $25,000-$50,000.
Naturally, vintage toys are on offer, too. Represented brands include Tootsietoy, Tonka, Buddy L, Lionel and Disney. A particular standout is a circa-1950s Marx Toys tin friction Sky Cruiser Stratoliner 700 transport plane plus its box. The toy measures 19in and is in functioning condition, and the box has some wear. The whole is estimated at $600-$2,000.
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