NEW HAMBURG, Ontario – A fine & decorative arts auction featuring the single-owner lifetime collection of the late Bob and Delores McCash, dedicated collectors who acquired most of their antique finds in the 1950s and ’60s and kept them in their wartime-era bungalow in Kitchener, Ontario, will be sold Saturday, May 19, Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
More than 500 lots will come up for bid, in categories that include sterling silver, bronze and marble sculptures, lamps, art glass, art pottery, jewelry, fine furniture, porcelain and ceramics, paintings and prints and canes. Much of it will be from the McCashes, who found their antique treasures at auctions, yard sales, flea malls and through friends, long before collecting them was fashionable.
“They had an inventory coding system that showed what they paid, in ’50s and ’60s dollars, and what they intended to ask at retail,” said Ethan Miller of Miller and Miller Auctions Ltd. “All their antiques were crammed into their bungalow, and nothing was ever sold. The collection has been out of circulation until now. These are true Old World antiques you just can’t find anymore.”
Fresh to the market “McCash’s quality” consignments have been added, making the sale overall a collector’s dream. The merchandise mix will feature many fine items, to include the following:
– Fine local antique furniture from firms such as Berlin Interior Hardwood Co., Krug and McLagan.
– Thousands of sterling silver accessories, to include Tiffany flatware, a W. & G. Sissons figural ewer, flatware sets and tea services.
– Electric lamps by makers such as Handel, Pairpoint (three examples), Fratelli Toso Millefiori and Bradley & Hubbard.
– Art glass by Daum Nancy, Galle, Tiffany, Moser, Steuben, Quezal and Baccarat, plus Victorian epergnes, bride’s baskets and Bohemian-Czech bottles.
– Art pottery and ceramic pieces, featuring Royal Doulton, Moorcroft, Royal Dux, bisque, Paris porcelain and majolica.
– Estate jewelry pieces such as an 18kt gold and coral Etruscan fob, seed pearl brooches, an 18K white gold diamond ring, a Baltic amber necklace and an 18K gold pocket watch.
A strong candidate for top lot of the auction is a circa 1860 relief-carved marble portrait of the prominent Canadian lawyer, author and politician Henry Corry Rowley Becher (1817-1885) by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834-1890), best known for the Jubilee head of Queen Victoria and a statue of the Duke of Wellington. The 30½-inch-tall sculpture should gavel for $6,000-$8,000.
There are several outstanding Pairpoint lamps in the sale. These include a circa 1920 “Landing of the Pilgrims” lamp, 24 inches tall, with reverse-painted roma form shade and correct and original signed four-arm base; and a circa 1920 “Garden of Allah” lamp, with Chesterfield form shade and rare Ravenna base, signed, 21¼ inches tall. Both lamps carry estimates of $4,000-$6,000.
Other noteworthy Pairpoint lamps include a circa 1915 example with reverse-painted Berkeley form shade having an Italian garden pattern, signed “P. Dillon” on the inner lower edge, 24 inches tall (est. $2,000-$3,000); and a Puffy table lamp, made in America around 1910, with a reverse-painted shade in a hummingbird and roses pattern and signed base (est. $2,500-$3,000).
A sterling silver wine figural ewer (narrow-necked jug with wide spout and bulbous body), made around 1863 by W. & G. Sissons in Sheffield, England, showing young fauns, putti and goats, will be sold, as will a Birks sterling silver tea service (teapot, coffeepot, hot water pot, creamer, open sugar and spooner), in the Melon pattern with floriform finials (both est. $3,000-$4,000).
An impressive 19th century Daum cameo glass pitcher, 8½ inches tall, having fine overall floral cameo polychrome decoration with hand-etched leaf venation on a splatter glass body, carries an estimate of $2,000-$3,000, as does an exceptional pair of circa 1850 Paris porcelain vases, both 18 inches tall, with three-dimensional figures applied along with depictions of birds and nests.
Other lots worthy of mention include a carved white Carrera marble sculpture of a sitting nude, created in Italy circa 1910, fixed to a fitted marble plinth and signed “F. Cichi,” 22½ inches (est. $2,000-$3,000); and a five-piece dresser set made in the 1920s in Czechoslovakia by Hoffman & Schlevogt, produced from black amethyst crystal and malachite (est. $2,500-$3,500).
The auction will begin Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. Eastern time.
For details contact Miller & Miller Auctions at 519-573-3710 or 519-716-5606 or, firstname.lastname@example.org.