PHILADELPHIA – Kamelot Auction House kicks of 2014 with an exciting two-day sale to debut on Friday, Jan. 17, and Saturday, Jan. 18. In its entirety the sale will showcase over 1,000 lots and together the two days will bring a variety of fine art, decorative objects, collectibles, ethnographic items, Orientalia, lighting, rugs, and antique furnishings to the podium. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.
Friday’s portion of the sale will be composed of Orientalia, decorative arts, fine art and a large variety of collectibles, all of which will be sold at no reserve. Opening the day with strong representation will be over 85 lots of Orientalia featuring ivory, horn, soapstone, jade, porcelain, fine art and much more. Commanding considerable attention is a fine and rare antique Chinese carved rhinoceros horn (lot 66) depicting a tiger with captured prey resting on its original carved wood stand, estimated at a conservative $1,000-$2,000. Of similar interest are several ivory lots including a fantastic six-piece collection of antique carved ivory puzzle balls, circa 1900, (lot 30, $200-$400). Also featured will be a collection of Chinese export porcelain (eight lots total) as well as a variety of Japanese Satsuma pieces.
Highlighted ethnographic items include lot 311, two fine 1920s Northwest Coast Native American totem poles ($200-$400) and an eight-piece lot that includes shrunken heads, a pre-Columbian figure, a tole chest with dome top, and bone implements (lot 317, $200-$400).
The sale will feature impressive collections of decorative arts, with a strong representation of bronze, silver, glass, and porcelain items for those looking to expand their collections. Among the bronze selections are lot 105, a vintage pair of Tiffany Studios bronze and glass Art Nouveau candlesticks, circa 1910, ($300-$500) and lot 107, a pair of bronze Egyptian Revival candlesticks, circa 1900, ($500-$800). The sale will offer over 100 pieces of Roseville pottery featuring Waterlily, Larkspur, Dahlrose, Cherry Blossom, White Rose and many other patterns.
Among other fine decorative arts objects, a signed Daum France amber colored glass coiled snake (lot 160) and a rare and complete matched pair of bronze acanthus leaf themed Victorian gas sconces (lot 221), are sure to earn interest. Among the most illustrious finds in the decorative arts portion of the sale is lot 185, A Madoura limited edition (69/150) Picasso polychromed clay pot, circa 1953, estimated at $5,000-$8,000. Complementing this, the sale also features a painted and glazed framed earthenware plate (lot 186, $2,000-$4,000) by Picasso as well.
Discerning toy collectors can expect to find hundreds of unique and rare vintage toys from a variety of top manufacturers with many still accompanied by their original boxes. Lot 330 features three painted cast-iron toys including a great three-horse fire truck, a horse-drawn ice wagon and a trolley and bears a modest estimate of $200-$400. Other highly sought-after collectibles in the auction include comic books, military memorabilia, circus ephemera and taxidermy.
A select group of fine art, over 180 lots, features the Astra Zeneca art collection, which will bring further enthusiasm to this sale. The collection features original paintings, drawings, and lithographs from renowned national and international artists. Leading the selection of fine art is an oil on linen painting by New York artist Gifford Beal titled Late Afternoon, Winter of a winter scene (lot 431) estimated at $6,000-$9,000, and a floral still life oil on canvas board by Pennsylvania artist Anne Estelle Rice (lot 401) bearing the same estimate. Other noteworthy highlights include lot 409, an oil on linen titled Oh Fish by Emile A. Gruppe ($3,000-$5,000), lot 422, an oil on linen titled Dream Farms by California artist Hanson Duvall Puthuff ($2,000-$4,000) and lot 423, an oil on panel by California artist Alexander Warshawsky ($1,500-$2,500). Lot 462 is an original pastel and crayon drawing by American artist and entertainer Red Skelton, and is one of nine of his original works featured in the sale. Large-scale pieces include a monumental 19th century gesso over wood picture frame (lot 399, $2,000-$3,000), and a monumental oil painting of fowl with chicks by Rudolf Bernhard Willmann (lot 425, $2,000-$3,000).
Furniture buyers can anticipate a collage of Continental, English, French, Victorian and 20th century furnishings including consoles, end tables, desks, chairs, vitrines, servers, commodes, sideboards and much more. The many Napoleon III bergere chairs and French dining chair sets will certainly catch the eyes of interior design savvy buyers. Chief among the Continental offerings is lot 652, a set of eight Louis XVI-style carved and painted dining chairs with tailored backs and shaped seats supported on turned and fluted legs circa 1940 ($2,000-$3,000) along with lot 662, a carved and giltwood borne in the Louis XVI taste, circa 1910, ($2,000-$3,000). Lot 898 is a good Victorian labeled J.E. Came Co., Boston, inlaid billiards table raised on large turned legs along with a cue rack and other accessories and is estimated at $1,500-$2,500. Among the other unique pieces which will cross the auction block on Saturday is a good dore bronze and onyx pedestal with a Corinthian capital, circa 1900, estimated at $400-$600. Lot 585, a good pair of late 19th century Continental Chippendale-style giltwood carved mirrors ($800-$1,200) and lot 825, a pair of Adams-style gilt decorated painted mirrors with ribbon garland and oval frames circa 1910 ($600-$1,000) are just two of the many fine mirrors being offered in Saturday’s sale.
Clocks will also be featured, frontrunners include lot 903, antique carved mahogany signed Bigelow Kennard and Co., Boston tall case clock circa 1910 estimated at $1,500-$2,500, and lot 852, a late 18th century English chinoiserie decorated Robert Holland London labeled tall case clock estimated at $800-$1,200. Lighting highlights include a Continental gilt bronze and cut glass floor lamp circa 1920 (lot 651, $1,000-$1,500), a nice period Art Nouveau copper and brass desk lamp with glass jewel ornamentation, circa 1900 (lot 862, $200-$400), and a good pair of large porcelain lamps with pearlescent glaze and overall floral and concentric circle designs circa 1940 (lot 704, $300-$500). With more than 30 lots on offer, rugs will be another major component in this auction. Selected highlights include lot 984, a Serapi rug, 9 feet by 11 feet 9 inches; lot 989, a Laristan garden design rug; and lot 988, a Louis XVI Aubusson rug.
The auction will begin at 10 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18, and doors will open at 8 a.m. on both days. For more information call 215-438-6990.
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