Kensington opens an 175-lot cabinet of curiosities, Dec. 6

Polychrome marble bust depicting a Nubian man, est. $1,000-$3,000

Polychrome marble bust depicting a Nubian man, est. $1,000-$3,000

CLINTONDALE, N.Y. – Monday, December 6 will be Kensington Estate Auction‘s end-of-the-year online auction spanning millennia and crossing thousands of miles. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Leading the selection of special items is a 17th-century Old Believers Church Slavonic apocryphal devotional treatise that retells The Passion narrative from the Gospels. It carries a modest estimate of $500-$1,000.

Old Believers Church Slavonic apocryphal devotional treatise on The Passion, est. $500-$1,000

Old Believers Church Slavonic apocryphal devotional treatise on The Passion, est. $500-$1,000

Another notable unique piece is a Chinese theater cabinet automaton. Created circa 1890-1910 in Switzerland for the Chinese market, it features figures garbed in traditional lavish silk clothing parading with an ornate gilt dragon and complemented by musicians. The automaton is estimated at $3,000-$6,000.

Theater cabinet automaton, created circa 1890-1910 in Switzerland for the Chinese market, est. $3,000-$6,000

Theater cabinet automaton, created circa 1890-1910 in Switzerland for the Chinese market, est. $3,000-$6,000

Still another delight arrives in the form of an antique Italian carved polychrome marble bust depicting a Nubian man wearing a traditional turban and cloak. It is estimated at $1,000-$3,000. Other choices include a collection of erotic carved mechanical automaton walking sticks; a personally signed greeting card from Walt Disney; and several antique Russian icons.

Estate jewelry offerings include a 14K ruby, diamond and pearl necklace and brooch as well as a Baltic Amber bead necklace with insect inclusions.

Featured ethnographic items include several Hopi kachinas by master carvers Darrel Youvella, Rob Nasafotie and Learder Tungovia; Santa Clara pottery by Tafoya Pasqualitc; and jewelry and a stonecut from the Inuk artist Joe Talirunili.

Book collectors will revel in a single lot of UK first edition books authored by Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle and Mark Twain, estimated at $200-$400. The American literary movement of the Beat Generation will be well-represented by signed books and pamphlets from Allen Ginsberg.

Rounding out the sale are two Edward Gorey beanbags; several 19th-century travel writing desks; an early 1950s carved nude sculpture; a bass wood clarinet, an American folk whale weathervane; a collection of Haitian art; and vintage pens, to name just a few categories.

 

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