Art Deco jadeite, onyx, and diamond brooch, by Boucheron Atelier, Paris. Estimate: $25,000-35,000. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

Brilliant diamonds, rare Art Deco pieces in June 16 sale at Skinner

Art Deco jadeite, onyx, and diamond brooch, by Boucheron Atelier, Paris. Estimate: $25,000-35,000. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

Art Deco jadeite, onyx, and diamond brooch, by Boucheron Atelier, Paris. Estimate: $25,000-35,000. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

BOSTON – Skinner Inc. will host an auction of fine jewelry at its Boston gallery on Tuesday, June 16. Highlights include large diamonds of high color, Art Deco jewelry by Boucheron Paris, important Arts & Crafts jewels principally from famous Boston studio jewelers, and antique European jewelry formerly owned by the famed French actress Réjane. More than 700 lots will be featured, and Internet live bidding will be available through www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

Réjane, Belle Epoque Actress: History and Royal Gifts of Jewels

A special feature of this sale is a number of beautiful pieces passed down in the family of the Belle Epoque actress and early international celebrity Réjane (1865-1920). Réjane was a star of the popular theater and queen of French comedy, vaudeville and light drama. Her personality and intelligence also inspired the admiration of contemporary artists and intellectuals. She was the ideal Parisienne, a woman of great charm, elegance, and wit; and a fashion icon. A muse of the great Parisian couturier Doucet, Réjane was one of the best-dressed women in Paris.

Aubrey Beardsley sketched her at least six times in his brief career. Also, portraitist Giovanni Boldini painted no fewer than three portraits of his friend. Her likeness was also painted by Albert Besnard, John Singer Sargent, James Jacques Tissot and Toulouse-Lautrec.

Although not a conventional beauty, Réjane inspired her admirers with what one theater critic called a “fascination” that went beyond admiration of her vivacity, animation and lovely voice. Her close friend and counterpart in the field of tragedy, the actress Sarah Bernhardt, considered Réjane a genius. Marcel Proust was first among the intellectuals who were friends and supporters of Réjane. She was an influence in the character of “La Berma,” the actress in Proust’s novel The Remembrance of Things Past. Proust told a contemporary journalist: “I have a cult for Réjane, the great lady who has worn by turns the twin masks (of comedy and tragedy), who has put all her intelligence and all her heart into her innumerable magnificent roles…” He claimed that the memory of her tragic performances sent him into fits of depression.  

For many, Réjane represented the spirit of the age and what was best in French theater. When planning a flamboyant 18th century-themed costume ball, James Hazen Hyde, the heir to a vast New York fortune, made Réjane the centerpiece of the occasion. The Hyde Ball, heavily attended by high society, was perhaps the most lavish party of Belle Epoque America. Architects redesigned Sherry’s restaurant on Fifth Avenue to resemble the gardens at Versailles, complete with an orangerie, turf, armies of attendants in period livery, several orchestras, and the dancers of the Metropolitan Opera. Réjane appeared as Marie Antoinette, alighting from a sedan chair, and performed a skit written for the occasion. Hyde toasted her as “The Queen of the French Theater.” The social pages’ reviews of the party were very favorable, even if the revelation of its cost, and the source of those funds, ultimately set off the Wall Street scandal of 1905.  

Among her admirers was Tsar Nicholas II, a person of broad education relative to monarchs of the time. He was fluent in four major European languages and loved French drama. When the Tsar visited Paris in 1896 after the signing of the Franco-Russian Entente, the French government asked Réjane to perform for him at Versailles. In 1897, she traveled to St. Petersburg on the Tsar’s invitation to play at the Imperial Theater, which was usually off limits to foreign theater companies. The Tsar’s diaries, housed at the Alexander Palace, contain an entry mentioning his enjoyment of her performance. Through emissaries, the Tsar presented her with the ruby and diamond brooch offered in this sale as lot 395 (est. $15/20,000).

Boucheron Art Deco Jewels

A number of rare Boucheron Art Deco jewels will be featured in the sale, including a jadeite, onyx and diamond brooch (lot 741; est. $25/35,000); an art deco jadeite diamond and ruby bracelet, (lot 744, est. $15/20,000) and a fine 4.06 ct. emerald and diamond ring (lot 745, est. $20/30,000) with an AGTA report stating that the emerald is natural, untreated and of Colombian origin.  

Edward Oakes Arts & Crafts Highlights

A group of important Arts & Crafts jewelry by Boston Arts & Crafts maker Edward Oakes will be offered. The items include a 14K gold and platinum bracelet watch composed of nine elaborate panels, each highly decorated with scrolling floral and foliate motifs, (lot 566, est. $3/5,000); a platinum, aquamarine and diamond ring, set with a fancy-cut aquamarine and an old European-cut diamond (lot 567, est. $2/3,000); a sapphire and diamond brooch, designed as a wreath with 14K gold and platinum leaves (lot 568, est. $8/10,000); and finally a 14K gold, pink sapphire and diamond ring (lot 569, est. $2,5/3,500). Also featured is an Arts & Crafts moonstone and sapphire pendant necklace attributed to Boston jeweler Frank Gardener Hale (lot 570, est. $2,5/3,500). From the English Arts & Crafts movement comes a circa-1905 enamel, fire opal and freshwater pearl dog collar (lot 571, est. $25/35,000). The collar is possibly the work of the Guild of Handicraft or the Century Guild, both historically important designers of the era.

Diamond Highlights

The sale also offers two large diamonds of high color with GIA reports. The first is a platinum and diamond solitaire prong set with an emerald-cut diamond weighing 8.02 ct. (lot 742; est. $275/325,000) with a GIA report stating that the color and clarity is D/VS2. Furthermore, GIA identifies the diamond as the rare type IIa (less than 2% of all diamonds are type II), which are stones of “exceptional optical clarity.” Another fine solitaire is a 5.01 ct. round brilliant-cut diamond ring, with an F/VS1 report from GIA. (lot 723, $120-130,000). Finally, there is an unusual Art Deco platinum, colored diamond and diamond ring, bezel set with a 3.18 ct. fancy brownish orangey-yellow pear shape diamond with GIA report (lot 718, est. $15/20,000).   

An interesting signed item is a David Webb colored diamond and diamond ring, designed as three fused bands bezel-set with a step-cut cognac diamond weighing approx. 3.45 cts., as well as 26 further colored diamonds (lot 664, est. $8/12,000). Its provenance is the family of Helen Lee Caldwell, a leading designer of children’s clothes in Manhattan for three decades under the name Helen Lee.

Tiffany & Co.

Antiques from Tiffany & Co. include a heart shaped pearl and diamond pendant, set with a baroque pearl and framed by old European-cut diamonds (lot 715, est. $8/12,000) and an antique 18K gold and Limoges enamel brooch, depicting a cherub playing a violin among scrolling vines with blossoms (lot 390; est. $2/3,000).

Rare Patek Philippe Pocket Watch

Additional highlights include a 18K gold Patek Philippe gold open-face split-second chronograph pocket watch, circa 1922-23, (lot 480; est. $10/15,000). This model with three subsidiary dials is rarely offered at auction. There are several other Patek watches, including pocketwatches and a wristwatch.

Georg Jensen Collection

Finally, a large group of vintage and modern Georg Jensen is offered at the beginning of the auction (nearly 90 lots) and includes brooches, rings, bracelets, necklaces, and wristwatches. Highlights include a sterling silver fringe necklace (lot 27, est. $1,500/2,000); a 18K gold bracelet designed as alternating blossom and leaf motif links, (lot 37, est. $2/2,5000); 18K gold flower earrings (lot 43, est. $1/1,200); an 18K gold and cultured pearl brooch (lot 42, est. $1/1,500); 18K gold and cultured pearl ear pendants (lot 45, est. $1/1,500); and finally an 18K gold wristwatch with gray metal dial and blue leather strap (lot 68; est. $1/1,200).  

For additional information on any lot in the sale, call 617-350-5400. View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet during the sale at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Georg Jensen sterling silver fringe necklace, post-1945 mark. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

Georg Jensen sterling silver fringe necklace, post-1945 mark. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

Antique 14K gold, ruby and Diamond brooch/bracelet, St. Petersburg. Provenance: Descendants of the Belle Epoque actress Rejane. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

Antique 14K gold, ruby and Diamond brooch/bracelet, St. Petersburg. Provenance: Descendants of the Belle Epoque actress Rejane. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

18K gold circa 1922-23 Patek Philippe open-face, split-second chronograph pocket watch. Estimate: $10,000-15,000. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

18K gold circa 1922-23 Patek Philippe open-face, split-second chronograph pocket watch. Estimate: $10,000-15,000. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

Circa-1905 Arts & Crafts enamel, fire opal and freshwater pearl dog collar, possibly English. Estimate: $25,000-35,000. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

Circa-1905 Arts & Crafts enamel, fire opal and freshwater pearl dog collar, possibly English. Estimate: $25,000-35,000. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

Painted by Carl Schmidt in 1906, this Rookwood Iris glaze vase carries a $12,000-$15,000 estimate. Image courtesy Treadway Gallery.

Treadway leads off June 6-7 auction with Rookwood pottery

Painted by Carl Schmidt in 1906, this Rookwood Iris glaze vase carries a $12,000-$15,000 estimate. Image courtesy Treadway Gallery.

Painted by Carl Schmidt in 1906, this Rookwood Iris glaze vase carries a $12,000-$15,000 estimate. Image courtesy Treadway Gallery.

CINCINNATI – Rookwood pottery will be the top attraction at Treadway Gallery’s annual Decorative Arts auction June 6-7. The more than 1,400 lots will also include paintings, furniture and additional art pottery. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The sale will be conducted across the Ohio River at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, One W. Rivercenter Blvd. in Covington, Ky. The sale will begin at 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.     

Saturday’s sessions begins with more than 250 lots of Rookwood, followed by a large selection of ceramic wares including Roseville, Weller and Grueby, Meissen, Goldscheider and Royal Worcester.

Early pieces of Rookwood include a 10-inch vase in Standard glaze bearing a finely painted portrait of an American Indian by Olga Reed. Dated 1899, the vase has an $8,000-$11,000 estimate.

Two vases by one of Roodwood’s best artists, Carl Schmidt, stand out. His 1906 Iris glaze vase with finely painted dragonflies is 9 1/4 inches high. This important piece is estimated at $12,000-$15,000. Also in Iris glaze and estimated at $8,000-$15,000 is his swollen form vase that pictures finely detailed peacock feathers. This important vase done in 1910 is 10 inches high and 5 1/2 inches wide.

Longtime Rookwood artist Fred Rothenbusch will be represented by two exceptional Rookwood Velleum glaze scenic plaques. One dated 1935 that pictures a windmill on a seashore has a $12,000-$17,000 estimate. The other, done 13 years earlier, is a nicely painted landscape with trees and has a $9,000-$12,000 estimate.

Sunday’s auction will offer American and European art glass. An especially nice range of Steuben, American cut glass of the Brilliant Period, Hawkes, Dorflinger, Pairpoint, peach blow, Mount Washington, Durand, Tiffany, Orrefors, Muller Freres, Baccarat and Daum Nancy is available.

The painting selection includes, Henry Farny, Bessie Wessel, Matt Daly, Edward Potthast, Charles Kaelin, E. T. Hurley and John Ruthven, works by California painters such as Paul Lauritz, Joseph Frey, Andrew Paul, Jefferson Ward, Carolyn Stanwood, George Coles, Jean Pfister, W.F. Staunton, Eugene Torrey, Dana Bartlett, John Conner, Chris Heisner and Warren Newcombe. A selection of works by Leon Dolice and Gustav Klimt are also being sold.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Also by Carl Schmidt, this Rookwood Iris glaze vase done in 1910 is 10 inches high. Image courtesy Treadway Gallery.

Also by Carl Schmidt, this Rookwood Iris glaze vase done in 1910 is 10 inches high. Image courtesy Treadway Gallery.

Rookwood artist Fred Rothenbusch signed this Vellum glaze plaque with his initials on the front. Image courtesy Treadway Gallery.

Rookwood artist Fred Rothenbusch signed this Vellum glaze plaque with his initials on the front. Image courtesy Treadway Gallery.

Rothenbusch with frame measures 20 1/2 inches high by 15 inches wide. Image courtesy Treadway Gallery.

Rothenbusch with frame measures 20 1/2 inches high by 15 inches wide. Image courtesy Treadway Gallery.

The rim has been repaired on this Rookwood Standard glaze vase painted by Olga Reed. Dated 1899, the 10-inch vase has an $8,000-$11,000 estimate.

The rim has been repaired on this Rookwood Standard glaze vase painted by Olga Reed. Dated 1899, the 10-inch vase has an $8,000-$11,000 estimate.

From a London collection is this 19th-century Great Lakes beaded bandolier bag, which has a $2,500-$5,000 estimate. Image courtesy Seahawk Auctions.

Seahawk Auctions’ June 6 sale has shaman’s touch of magic

From a London collection is this 19th-century Great Lakes beaded bandolier bag, which has a $2,500-$5,000 estimate. Image courtesy Seahawk Auctions.

From a London collection is this 19th-century Great Lakes beaded bandolier bag, which has a $2,500-$5,000 estimate. Image courtesy Seahawk Auctions.

BURNABY, B.C., CANADA – A Tlingit shaman’s oystercatcher rattle is sure to be a powerful force as Seahawk Auctions conducts a Native American Art & Artifacts auction June 6. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The black oystercatcher is a Pacific Coast shorebird. To a Tlingit shaman inhabiting the northwest shores of North America, the oystercatcher inhabiting the border world between water and land was in parallel with the shaman’s role between the human and spirit worlds.

“Unlike a chief, who would have commissioned someone to carve a rattle, the shaman would have carved this rattle himself. That’s how he gets the power to heal. He actually used this rattle in ceremonies,” said Bill Neville of Seahawk Auctions.

The rattle, which is 12 3/4 inches long, depicts a reclining shaman holding the large horns of a goat or sea monster. Carved around 1880, the rare rattle is from the June Bedford Collection and has been exhibited in London, said Neville. It is estimated at $27,600-$55.300 U.S.

Another rarity in the auction is an early Wasco burl bowl carved with two skeleton figures. The Wasco are a Chinookan tribe that formerly lived on the south side of Columbia River, in what is now Wasco County, Ore. The 13 1/2-inch high bowl was used as a mortar and will be sold with a basalt pestle.

“I don’t know if it had ceremonial use or it was an everyday piece, but I have never seen the skeleton design before,” said Neville. The bowl has an estimate of $5,500-$11,000.

An exceptionally large Western Apache gathering basket from the turn of the 20th century is expected to fetch $6,900-13,8000. The design features 32 stacked figures, 20 crosses and four deer in a complex checkered diamond cross pattern. It is in very good condition and is 10 3/4 inches high and 20 inches in diameter.

Numerous beaded items will be offered including a 19th-century Great Lakes beaded bandolier bag from the Michael Johnson Collection in London. In fine condition, the bag is 40 inches high and 13 1/2 inches wide. It carries a $2,500-$5,000 estimate.

An all-original Ojibwa loom beaded bandolier bag is older (circa 1860) and larger (16 inches wide), but is described by Neville to have some bead and wool loss. It has a $2,900-$6,000 estimate.

Estimated to bring $2,100-$4,100 is a 19th-century Sioux vest sinew sewn on buffalo hide. A small size, the vest is estimated at $2,100-$4,100.

A Northwest Coast carved beaver-form frontlet inlaid with abalone is in fine condition. This ceremonial piece was worn against the forehead, but did not cover the face. It measures 8 1/2 inches wide by 8 1/4 inches high. Its estimate is $2,900-$6,000.

The auction will be conducted at Engineers Auditorium, 4333 Ledger Ave. in Burnaby beginning at 11 a.m. Pacific.  For details phone 604-657-2072.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


A Tlingit shaman carved this oystercatcher rattle for ceremonial use in healing the sick. Image courtesy Seahawk Auctions.

A Tlingit shaman carved this oystercatcher rattle for ceremonial use in healing the sick. Image courtesy Seahawk Auctions.

The twin skeleton design at the top of this Wasco burl bowl is unusual. The 13 1/2-inch high bowl was used as a mortar. Image courtesy Seahawk Auctions.

The twin skeleton design at the top of this Wasco burl bowl is unusual. The 13 1/2-inch high bowl was used as a mortar. Image courtesy Seahawk Auctions.

At 20 inches in diameter this Western Apache gathering basket was an armful. It is estimated at $6,900-$13,800. Image courtesy Seahawk Auctions.

At 20 inches in diameter this Western Apache gathering basket was an armful. It is estimated at $6,900-$13,800. Image courtesy Seahawk Auctions.

Inlaid abolone adorns this beaver frontlet, which a chief would wear on his forehead. Image courtesy Seahawk Auctions.

Inlaid abolone adorns this beaver frontlet, which a chief would wear on his forehead. Image courtesy Seahawk Auctions.

Jean Royere 'Ours Polaire' sofa, circa 1950. Estimate $180,000-$220,000. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com and Phillips de Pury & Co.

Design masters showcased in June 3 sale at Phillips de Pury

Jean Royere 'Ours Polaire' sofa, circa 1950. Estimate $180,000-$220,000. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com and Phillips de Pury & Co.

Jean Royere ‘Ours Polaire’ sofa, circa 1950. Estimate $180,000-$220,000. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com and Phillips de Pury & Co.

NEW YORK – Building on the success of the recent April London Design sale, Phillips de Pury & Co. has announced highlights from its New York Design sale to be held on June 3, 2009. The auction includes 128 lots with a total presale estimate of $2.7M-$3.7M. Live Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

This sale offers an array of highly select works with a focus on rare and important examples from eminent 20th and 21st century designers. The Design department has broadened its collecting categories to integrate key areas such as contemporary ceramics, Italian glass and artists’ jewelry.

Alexander Payne, Worldwide Director of Design for Phillips de Pury, commented: “In this market on both sides of the Atlantic, the demand is for exceptional, hard-to-find works. This sale meets the criteria.”

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This 15-inch Scenic Vellum vase with panoramic view of the Canadian Rockies is considered rare. Image courtesy Cincinnati Art Galleries.

Cincinnati Art Galleries aglow with art pottery for auction June 6-7

This 15-inch Scenic Vellum vase with panoramic view of the Canadian Rockies is considered rare. Image courtesy Cincinnati Art Galleries.

This 15-inch Scenic Vellum vase with panoramic view of the Canadian Rockies is considered rare. Image courtesy Cincinnati Art Galleries.

CINCINNATI – For the 19th year Cincinnati Art Galleries will host its popular auction of American and European ceramics, art glass and Cincinnati’s own Rookwood Pottery, June 6-7. The Rookwood XIX-Keramics 2009-Art Glass 2009 jubilee will be held at their downtown Cincinnati facility. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The Keramics portion begins Saturday, June 6 at 10 a.m., the Art Glass on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. and the Rookwood will begin selling Sunday at 10 a.m.

Saturday morning commences with American Art Pottery. Some of the interesting and diverse works include a Weller Second Line Dickensware 11 5/8-inch vase depicting a shepherd guiding his flock, the co-effort of Anthony Dunlavy and Helen Smith, which is estimated at $1000-$1500.

Striking and rare is a 7-inch Weller Minerva vase with oak leaves and acorns in orange on a brown mat ground. It has a $2,000-$2,500 estimate.

There is a good group of Weller Hudson items present, including some scenics and some large examples. A particular favorite is an 8 1/2-inch Hudson that was decorated by Mae Timberlake, who festooned several trees with colorful Chinese lanterns hanging from the branches ($4,000-$5,000).

A large Cambridge Art Pottery vase dating from about 1901 features the portrait of a Native American, skillfully presented by Arthur Williams. Standing 23 1/2 inches tall, it is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

Among the Newcomb College representatives is a Southern landscape by Anna Frances Simpson, 1914, estimated to sell between $3,000 and $4,000.

A Van Briggle 12 7/8-inch vase with modeled and incised stylized roses in mat green will be offered. Dated 1902, it is a very early example with a fine glaze ($8,000-$12,000).

Also seldom seen is a Walley Pottery vase with tooled leaves, covered in a green and brown gloss glaze ($3,000-$3,500). Two Merrimac Pottery vases will be sold, including one with modeled plants and covered with a rich, green glaze ($800-$1,000) and a 5-inch vase with a purple and gray crackle luster glaze, which is estimated at $1,500-$2,000. A petite Robineau vase covered with a green crystalline high glaze is estimated at $400-$600. A rare Tiffany Pottery vase with copper cladding is expected to bring between $10,000 and $13,000.

An appealing selection of European ceramics has been assembled, including two Wedgwood Fairyland Luster bowls. The larger, in octagonal form, depicts castle scenes with creatures on each of the eight panels with the interior done with an odd landscape with butterflies, birds, a large bug and fairies ($2,000-$3,000). The smaller version features a lot of fairies cavorting beneath a starry sky on the exterior and a floral border encompassing bats, birds and fairies while a couple of pixies visit ($700-$900). A large Royal Doulton Flambé vase, in rich red and black with nice veining and standing 16 5/8 inches tall, seems reasonable with a $500-$700 estimate.

A 21 1/4-inch vase by Delphin Massier shows a winged fairy wrapped around a flaring vase enhanced with irises and cattails. The intricate design is covered in lovely pastel mat glazes and it is in remarkably fine condition ($3,000-$4,000).

In the art glass arena, a good Tiffany bronze floor lamp, the base with a lotus design and the 10-inch ribbed shade combed with gold over the opal surface carries a $6,000-$8,000 estimate. A Rene’ Lalique Hirondelles clock, illustrated in their 1932 catalog, is also beguiling and is estimated at $1,500-$2,000.

In the popular contemporary glass realm, Dale Chihuly contributed a Macchia free-form vase comprised of bright Chinese Red glass with a multitude of colorful inclusions ($4,000-$6,000).

On Sunday morning the gallery will begin to fill for the Rookwood Pottery portion of the auction, which always evinces a lot of interest due to its Cincinnati origin. In fact, the old Rookwood Pottery facility can be seen from the auction site, perched on top of Mount Adams.

Sara Sax, one of the more proficient artisans created a Dark Iris Glaze vase with shaded tan maple leaves against a brown background which is expected to fetch $2,500-$3,500.

Kataro Shirayamadani’s career at Rookwood spanned 60 years and he is acknowledged by many as having no superior. He decorated a Standard Glaze scenic vase depicting an American Indian squaw in the foreground with teepees behind her and the plains on the horizon. The vase is amazing both for the rarity of this type of decoration and the skill with which the vignette was accomplished. The vase is estimated at $20,000-$25,000.

Albert Valentien fabricated a spectacular Standard Glaze 20 1/2-inch ewer showing a large firebird swooping through a flowering tree, the vessel benefiting from the presence of generous amounts of Goldstone effect ($5,000-$7,000). He also decorated a large Iris Glaze vase with lovely pink roses generously distributed ($8,000-$10,000).

Lorinda Epply surrounded a 17-inch vase with red hollyhocks, which was then covered with the Vellum Glaze. Estimated at $4000-$6000, it is without crazing and is very striking. Sallie Coyne graced an 8 1/2-inch Iris Glaze with the portrayal of two rooks in flight. A popular, if not often seen subject, it is estimated to bring between $4,000 and $5,000.

Rookwood created very little in the way of “site specific” works, but a couple of exceptions will be crossing the block. One is a large and impressive Vellum Glaze plaque with an expansive view of a California landscape, which shows tall mountains in the background and trees and flowers in the foreground, the work of Carl Schmidt in 1916. In its original frame, an old label from Rookwood reads “California Mountains, C. Schmidt.” Another Carl Schmidt work is a 15-inch-tall Scenic Vellum vase depicting a snow-covered terrain in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, in the Calgary area, and that location is impressed on the bottom. It is estimated at $15,000-$20,000.

E.T. Hurley was another Rookwood artisan who was very skillful in several areas. One of his works is a Sea Green vase, which he decorated with a trio of catfish in 1904. Depictions of fish and animals were a particular forte of his, and the use of the Sea Green glaze is a pleasant, complementary addition ($3,000-$4,000).

For the growing number of Rookwood figural fans, there will be a nice complement of choices. A few of the highlights will be a pair of frog bookends glazed in a good mat green crystalline glaze ($1000-$1500) and a Locust wall pocket, designed by Shirayamadani ($700-$900). Very unusual is a pair of catfish candleholders, difficult to find in any case, but decorated and signed by Lorinda Epply and then covered with the Aventurine Glaze ($1,000-$1,500). Perhaps the penultimate figural is that of a 10 1/4-inch blue jay perched on a magnolia branch, designed by Arthur Conant and decorated by Lorinda Epply. This is part of 30 some pieces made during the depths of the depression for the family of one of Rookwood’s benefactors in 1934. This is the first time this shape has ever been offered for sale and it carries a $2,000-$3,000 estimate.

Previewing is available and encouraged at the galleries, 225 E. Sixth St. in downtown Cincinnati, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Previewing is also available prior to the auction, during the auction and following the auction on June 6 and the galleries will be open until 8 p.m. on Friday, June 5.

A handsome, full-color catalog, individually picturing every lot, will be available in May, priced at $45 plus $5 shipping (Ohio residents please add $2.93 sales tax). In addition to in-person bidding, absentee bidding services, telephone lines for lots with a low estimate of at least $500 will be available. To order the catalog or for details phone (513) 381-2128.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid live via the Internet by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Nearly 13 inches high, this mat green glaze vase crafted in 1902 represents an early work of Van Briggle Pottery. Image courtesy Cincinnati Art Galleries.

Nearly 13 inches high, this mat green glaze vase crafted in 1902 represents an early work of Van Briggle Pottery. Image courtesy Cincinnati Art Galleries.

Elaborate electroplated copper cladding covers the exterior of this Tiffany pottery vase, which has a 10,000-$13,000 estimate. Image courtesy Cincinnati Art Galleries.

Elaborate electroplated copper cladding covers the exterior of this Tiffany pottery vase, which has a 10,000-$13,000 estimate. Image courtesy Cincinnati Art Galleries.

Albert Valentien decorated this 14 3/4-inch Rookwood Iris Glaze vase with pink roses. Image courtesy Cincinnati Art Galleries.

Albert Valentien decorated this 14 3/4-inch Rookwood Iris Glaze vase with pink roses. Image courtesy Cincinnati Art Galleries.

Indians are often found on Rookwood Standard Glaze vases, but Kataro Shirayamadani's take on the subject, a squaw and teepees, is unusual. Image courtesy Cincinnati Art Galleries.

Indians are often found on Rookwood Standard Glaze vases, but Kataro Shirayamadani’s take on the subject, a squaw and teepees, is unusual. Image courtesy Cincinnati Art Galleries.

Roodwood artist Kataro Shirayamadani included columbine, phlox, zinnias and daisies on this 1925 porcelain vase. Image courtesy Cincinnati Art Galleries.

Roodwood artist Kataro Shirayamadani included columbine, phlox, zinnias and daisies on this 1925 porcelain vase. Image courtesy Cincinnati Art Galleries.

Sara Sax decorated this Rookwood French Red vase with Art Deco stylized flowers. Dated 1922, the 5 1/4-inch vase has a $7,000-$9,000 estimate. Image courtesy Cincinnati Art Galleries.

Sara Sax decorated this Rookwood French Red vase with Art Deco stylized flowers. Dated 1922, the 5 1/4-inch vase has a $7,000-$9,000 estimate. Image courtesy Cincinnati Art Galleries.

George Hetzel's ‘Covered Bridge and Creek' has a $10,000-$20,000 estimate for the Concept Art Gallery auction June 6. Image courtesy Concept Art Gallery.

Concept Art Gallery’s June 6 auction strong on regional art

George Hetzel's ‘Covered Bridge and Creek' has a $10,000-$20,000 estimate for the Concept Art Gallery auction June 6. Image courtesy Concept Art Gallery.

George Hetzel’s ‘Covered Bridge and Creek’ has a $10,000-$20,000 estimate for the Concept Art Gallery auction June 6. Image courtesy Concept Art Gallery.

PITTSBURGH – A spectacular moonlight landscape by Christian J. Walter is one of many works by regional artists that Concept Art Gallery will be offered at their June 6 auction. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Titled Moonlight Nocturne, the oil on canvas measures 33 by 46 inches and depicts a rural landscape under an evening sky in shades ranging from azure to pink. The circa 1920 painting, which carries a $35,000-$45,000 estimate, demonstrates Walter’s mastery of the difficult evening genre and.

Sam Berkovitz of Concept Art Gallery said that Walter’s work is scarce and this painting, which belongs to a local church, has been behind glass for many years and is in nice condition.

A native of the Pittsburgh area, Walter (1872-1938) was a self-taught Impressionist painter working in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. Though he had no formal training, Walter studied art exhibitions that came through Pittsburgh. He was among the artists selected for the first Carnegie International Exhibition in 1896, helped found the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and in 1936 headed the Federal Art Project.

George W. Sotter (1879-1953) is most remembered for his moonlit snow scenes and landscapes with cloud-filled skies. His oil on canvas of a farmhouse landscape, 19 1/2 by 25 1/2 inches, fits in the latter category. It has a $10,000-$20,000 estimate, a modest sum for a major artist of the New Hope (Pa.) School of American Impressionism. The painting is a well-preserved example of the region’s influence on the artist’s impressionistic style.

Sotter began painting rivers and mills in his hometown Pittsburgh as a youth. As a student of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Sotter discovered the beauty of Bucks County. He moved to Holicong, Pa., near New Hope, living in a converted stone barn, which housed his studio.

An ample selection of paintings by French-born George Hetzel (1826-1899), one of Pennsylvania’s leading Realist/Impressionist painters of the 1800s, will be presented at the auction. Hetzel’s family immigrated to America and settled in Pittsburgh, where the young man apprenticed as a sign painter. He later studied two years at the Dusseldorf Art Academy. Returning to Pittsburgh in 1850, Hetzel painted precise portraits in what was known as the Dusseldorf style. In the late 1850s he joined a group of local painters at a mountain retreat called Scalp Level. There he painted realistic landscapes and bucolic scenes. Later in his career he changed direction, toward impressionistic concerns.

Hetzel’s oil on canvas painting Covered Bridge and Creek measures 35 3/4 by 26 3/4 inches and carries a $10,000-$20,000 estimate. His Forest Interior, 19 by 23 inches, which further demonstrates his Realist style, has a $10,000-$16,000 estimate.   

A rare landscape by Pittsburgh artist John Beatty (1850-1924) will also be offered. The 26-by-36 oil on canvas has a $5,500-$8,500 estimate. Beatty was the first director of the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Other art highlights are an early portrait by Samuel Rosenberg and an Eduardo Cortes street scene.

Among the antiques to be sold is a horn chair from the collection of local designer Garth Massengill.

Previews are from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. June 3, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. June 4, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 5. The June 6 auction starts at 10 a.m. at Concept Art Gallery, 1031 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square, in Pittsburgh. For detail phone 412-242-9200.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


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‘Forest Interior' captures the Realist qualities that made George Hetzel one of Pennsylvania's foremost painters of landscapes in the 19th century. Image courtesy Concept Art Gallery.

‘Forest Interior’ captures the Realist qualities that made George Hetzel one of Pennsylvania’s foremost painters of landscapes in the 19th century. Image courtesy Concept Art Gallery.

‘Moonlight Nocturne' is considered an important work by western Pennsylvania artist Christian Walter. The 33-by-46 oil on canvas has a $35,000-$45,000 estimate. Image courtesy Concept Art Gallery.

‘Moonlight Nocturne’ is considered an important work by western Pennsylvania artist Christian Walter. The 33-by-46 oil on canvas has a $35,000-$45,000 estimate. Image courtesy Concept Art Gallery.

George W. Sotter's oil on canvas of a farmhouse has a seemingly conservative estimate of $8,000-$12,000. Image courtesy Concept Art Gallery.

George W. Sotter’s oil on canvas of a farmhouse has a seemingly conservative estimate of $8,000-$12,000. Image courtesy Concept Art Gallery.

Matti Suuronen Futuro house, 1968, to be auctioned by Wright on June 2. Estimate $50,000-$75,000. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com and Wright.

Wright’s June 2 sale goes ‘back to the Futuro’ with Suuronen house

Matti Suuronen Futuro house, 1968, to be auctioned by Wright on June 2. Estimate $50,000-$75,000. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com and Wright.

Matti Suuronen Futuro house, 1968, to be auctioned by Wright on June 2. Estimate $50,000-$75,000. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com and Wright.

CHICAGO (ACNI) – An extraordinary modern object known as “Futuro” has landed at Wright’s Chicago gallery for inclusion in their June 2nd Important Design sale.

When created in 1968 by architect Matti Suuronen, the prefab flying-saucer-shape dwelling went where no mobile home had gone before – into the remote woods of Finland and the annals of science fiction by means of a helicopter drop.

According to Futuro lore, the 1968 Jetsonesque abode came about when a friend of Suuronen’s commissioned him to design a modern ski cabin for his property in central Finland. Because the rugged terrain was difficult to access by motor vehicle, the solution was to fabricate something that was easy to assemble and light enough to transport by chopper. Inside, it should be streamlined, wired to function electrically at the push of a button, and fitted with seating that easily converted to beds.
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Dating to the first quarter of the 19th century, this North German Neoclassical mahogany secretary stands 79 inches high.

Art, antiques, scientific curiosities at New Orleans Auction June 6-7

Dating to the first quarter of the 19th century, this North German Neoclassical mahogany secretary stands 79 inches high.

Dating to the first quarter of the 19th century, this North German Neoclassical mahogany secretary stands 79 inches high.

NEW ORLEANS – Furnishings from a historic Tennessee plantation, curios collected by a geology professor, Orientalia from a famous French Quarter shop and antiques from numerous estates have been assembled for a major auction by New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc. on June 6-7. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The sale will be held at New Orleans Auction Galleries, 801 Magazine St., beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Art collectors will have the rare opportunity to buy a painting by Kate Freeman Clark (American, 1875-1957), one of the few important female American Impressionist painters. Tree by a Small Stream, Shinnecock Hills, circa 1896, is an oil on canvas, autumnal landscape, 16 1/4 by 20 1/4 inches. It has a $25,000-$40,000 estimate.

The daughter of a Vicksburg attorney, Clark pursued a career as a painter, enrolling in the Arts Students League in New York, where she studied under John H. Twachtman, attended watercolor classes taught by Irving Wiles and oil painting classes under William Merritt Chase, who would play an important role in her development as an artist. In 1896, for the first of six consecutive summers, Kate Freeman Clark attended Chase’s outdoor painting classes at Shinnecock Hills, Long Island. The location was perfect for an outdoor art school where the focus was “plein-air” painting, a term made famous by the French Barbizon painters of the mid-19th century.

At the turn of the century, Clark began submitting her work to important exhibitions using the name “Freeman Clark” in order to hide her gender. For a period of more than 20 years Clark had many works accepted into prestigious shows. William Merritt Chase’s death in 1916 and the changing mode of art, introduced by the New York Armory Show of Cubist paintings in 1913, disheartened her. After losing her grandmother in 1919 and her mother’s passing in 1922, Clark decided to give up painting and return to the family home in Mississippi. It is important to note that Clark never sold any of her paintings.

From Riverbend, the Tennessee plantation of Isaac W.R. Franklin, is a fine pair of George IV mahogany, giltwood and marbletop pier tables dating to the second quarter 19th century. Each has the incised stamp “Miles & Edwards, 134 Oxford St London.” The tables are 36 inches high, 69 inches wide and 19 1/4 inches deep. Purchased from Bernd Goeckler Antiques, New York, in 1996, the tables have a $14,000-18,000 estimate.

Also from the plantation is set of six Russian mahogany balloon-back dining chairs dating to the first quarter of the 19th century. Carved, ebony-detailed and parcel gilded in the neoclassical taste, the chairs are upholstered in emerald-green Napoleonic bee-figured silk. The set has a $6,000-9,000 estimate.

A Renaissance Revival walnut rolltop desk that features rotary pedestals represents the pinnacle of American furniture making in the last quarter of the 19th century. Similar to those made by Wooten, this desk retained a brass plaque reading, “The Shannon Co. Limited, Shannon Desk, London, Made in America.” The 60-inch-wide desk has a lace wood interior and a $3,000-$5,000 estimate.

For details phone New Orleans Auction Galleries at 504-566-1849. View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

‘Numerous Lots of the Curious and Arcane

New Orleans Auction Galleries will offer a substantial number of objects from the estate of Dr. Hubert C. Skinner on June 6-7. A native Oklahoman, Skinner received his bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Oklahoma. He began working for Texaco in 1952, who moved him to New Orleans.

He longed to teach, however, and so joined the faculty of Tulane University as a professor of geology and paleontology, where he remained for 43 years until his retirement in 1996. Stephen Nelson, chairman of Tulane’s earth and environmental sciences department, recalls that Dr. Skinner “loved the historical aspects of the science. He was probably one of the world’s experts on the history of geology.” His specialty was micropaleontology, the study of microscopic fossils.

Dr. Skinner was a prolific collector, and his passion for detail and the minute led to the creation of an award-winning stamp collection. He was one of the leading authorities on the subject of stamps of the Confederate States of America, the author of several books on the subject and the recipient of the 1994 Luff Award for Distinguished Philatelic Research.

His zeal for collecting was not limited to stamps, however, and he generated a diverse collection of worldly objects. The eclectic nature of his anthology invokes a comparison the the collecting phenomenon in 16th-century and 17th-century Europe, and the resulting creation of the “cabinet of curiosities,” by monarchs, princes and the gentry class.

During the Renaissance, a fascination with the natural world, global exploration, advancements in medicine, biology and mathematics, and a revival of interest in classical studies inspired these collections. Samuel Quiccheberg, a 16th-century art historian, wrote in Inscriptiones vel tituli theatri amplissimi, (1565), that God had placed man in a position to attain universal knowledge. To reach this goal, he encouraged one to “assemble all known types of natural phenomena, naturalia, and the most remarkable of human creations, artificialia, so that one’s collection would contain in a microcosmall that existed in God’s universe.”

The collecting passion began with kings, princes and aristocrats. Archduke Ferdinand II of Austria installed marvelous objects in the Ambras Schloss castle in Innsbruck. His treasury included fantastic pieces of coral, musical and scientific instruments, books 1,000 paintings, and many pieces of arms and armor. In Florence, Italy, Francesco I de Medici’s Studiolo was a secret room, decorated with paintings, adjacent to his bed chamber, containing among other rare things, a clock of amber, a table of gold, and many jewels. These affluent men were adhering to the classical precedent which suggested the greatness of a ruler could be displayed by his accumulation of rare and elegant personal possessions.

Further down the social scale, cabinets exhibited an encyclopedic compilation of objects relating to natural and manmade works, many of which were strange or exotic. Of this genre, the contents of British cabinets are the best examples to compare with Dr. Skinner’s collection, and other similar objects in the sale. One of the most familiar cabinets to cognoscenti is the collection assembled by the naturalist and gardener, John Tradescant, and his son, John Jr. This collection became the nucleus of the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford University in England. It was first housed in a building referred to as the “ark” located in Lambeth, a borough of London. A German traveler, George Stirn, visited the ark in 1683, and recorded the contents. An excerpt from the inventory follows:

… a piece of human flesh on a bone, olives, gourds, a piece of wood, an ape’s head …, all kinds of shells, … the hand of a mummy, all kinds of precious stones, coins, a picture wrought in feathers, … the robe of the King of Virginia, (Chief Powhatan’s mantle), a few goblets of agate, a girdle such as the turks wear in Jerusalem, the passion of Christ carved very daintily on a plumstone, a large magnet stone, … pipes from the East and West Indies … “

One of the earliest documented cabinets was that of a politician, Walter Cope. He had an apartment in London “stuffed with queer foreign objects in every corner including “an African charm made of teeth, a unicorn’s tail, a mummified child, a Chinese cap made of goose foots [sic], Queen Elizabeth’s seal-around horn, which had grown on an Englishwoman’s forehead, and an Indian canoe suspended from the ceiling.”

Another small, sundry collection was compiled by Canon John Bargrave in the 17th century. Originally contained in three cupboards, the contents included the mummified finger of a French soldier, a working model of a human eye, jasper stone from an obelisk in Rome, wampum beads, a Roman terracotta oil lamp, an embalmed chameleon, coins, and Roman gems. Canon Bargrave’s widow gave his collection to Centerbury Cathedral after his death and as recently as 2000, one cupboard remained in the vaults of the church.

The contents of the above-mentioned cabinets cover a broad spectrum including scientific instruments, minerals, manuscripts, unusual zoological specimens, oddities of nature, and natural and manmade objects from Asia and the Americas. The range of objects complements Dr. Skinner’s collection offered in this sale, which includes a large, grotesque, copper Nepalese mask of the demon Bhairab, a wide variety of stone,s fossilized remains and shells, a shrunken head from the upper Amazon, microscopes and scientific equipment – some obtained as vintage curiosities, others working tools of Dr. Skinner’s laboratory – several celestial maps, a large collection of pre-Columbian art, Pueblo pottery, a selection of spears from Oceania, Ethiopian Harari baskets, a variety of butterflies, sea horses, beetles and assorted scientific ephemera.

Cabinets of Curiosity were the forerunners of museums. Like the Tradescant collection, some were absorbed into institutions, some into other private collections, some simply disappeared over time. Michael Kimmelman, art critic and frequent contributor to The New York Times, wrote several years ago, “Museums grew out of the old wonder cabinets. … it has everything to do with curiosity, which is what makes us human. It is a curiosity that serves the pleasures of the spirit.” Curiosity is the characteristic that nourished Dr. Skinner’s multifaceted, acquisitive nature.

Reverences:
Impey, Oliver and MacGregor Arthur, ed. The Origins of Museums: The Cabinet of Curiosities in 16th and 17 Century Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985.

Pope, John. “Hubert Skinner, Expert on Fossils and Stamps.” New Orleans Times-Picayune, March 3, 2009.

Swann, Marjorie. Curiosities and Texts: The Culture of Collecting in Early Modern England. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Standing triumphantly is an imposing pair of French bronze and marble candelabra featuring the Greek goddess Nike. These early 19th-century pieces have a $12,000-$18,000 estimate.

Standing triumphantly is an imposing pair of French bronze and marble candelabra featuring the Greek goddess Nike. These early 19th-century pieces have a $12,000-$18,000 estimate.

Eight panels of this Famille Rose jar alternate between landscape and peony decoration. Topped with a Foo Dog, the 27-inch jar has a $4,000-$7,000 estimate.

Eight panels of this Famille Rose jar alternate between landscape and peony decoration. Topped with a Foo Dog, the 27-inch jar has a $4,000-$7,000 estimate.

Of the school of Thomas Gainsborough (British, 1727-1788), this 30-by-25-inch oil on canvas is inscribed ‘Portrait of Colonel Henry Townshend.

Of the school of Thomas Gainsborough (British, 1727-1788), this 30-by-25-inch oil on canvas is inscribed ‘Portrait of Colonel Henry Townshend.

‘View of the Doge's Palace and the Piazza San Marco, Venice' is the work of Marc Aldine (French, 1870-1956). The signed oil on canvas painting measures 19 3/4 by 25 3/4 inches.

‘View of the Doge’s Palace and the Piazza San Marco, Venice’ is the work of Marc Aldine (French, 1870-1956). The signed oil on canvas painting measures 19 3/4 by 25 3/4 inches.

American art glassmaker created this bowl for his Macchia series in 1992. It measures 18 by 30 by 24 inches and is estimated to reach $18,000-$25,000.

American art glassmaker created this bowl for his Macchia series in 1992. It measures 18 by 30 by 24 inches and is estimated to reach $18,000-$25,000.

A selection from the estate of Dr. Hubert C. Skinner.

A selection from the estate of Dr. Hubert C. Skinner.

Lot 251 - Spencer Lens Company, Buffalo, New York, Monocular Microscope, Model 44, 1924.

Lot 251 – Spencer Lens Company, Buffalo, New York, Monocular Microscope, Model 44, 1924.

Lot 256 - Nineteen-Piece Group of Laboratory Equipment and Books, late 19th/early 20th.

Lot 256 – Nineteen-Piece Group of Laboratory Equipment and Books, late 19th/early 20th.

Madonna and Guy, oil on canvas by Peter Howson, 2005. Image courtesy McTear's Auctioneers.

Controversial painting of nude Madonna and Guy Ritchie in May 30 auction

Madonna and Guy, oil on canvas by Peter Howson, 2005. Image courtesy McTear's Auctioneers.

Madonna and Guy, oil on canvas by Peter Howson, 2005. Image courtesy McTear’s Auctioneers.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND (ACNI) – Madonna has never been shy about revealing herself to the world, but artist Peter Howson’s oil-on-canvas interpretation of the “material girl” and filmmaker ex-husband Guy Ritchie presents a controversial alternative view of the celebrity couple. Criticized by some for its unflattering depiction of the svelte entertainer – one critic describing it as “Neanderthal” in appearance – the impressionistic painting has vaulted into the public spotlight with the announcement that it is to be auctioned on Saturday, May 30, at McTear’s Auctioneers in Glasgow.

The painting titled Madonna and Guy was completed around 2005 and most recently was held in a private collection in Scotland. Although experts anticipate it will fetch between $24,000-$35,000, many observers believe it could go much higher.
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Ships in New York Harbor, William Torgerson, estimate $10,000-$15,000. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com and Kaminski's.

Smooth sailing ahead for marine art in Kaminski’s May 30-31 sale

Ships in New York Harbor, William Torgerson, estimate $10,000-$15,000. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com and Kaminski's.

Ships in New York Harbor, William Torgerson, estimate $10,000-$15,000. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com and Kaminski’s.

BEVERLY, Mass. – Marine art highlights day two of Kaminski’s May 30-31 Great Estates Auction, featuring a total of 947 lots. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Top entries in the second session include American seascapes and antique ship models, including replicas of J.P. Morgan’s private Steam Yacht Corsair IV and the 1896 Steam Yacht Harvard.

The elegant Morgan yacht replica features an expertly planked mahogany deck and built-up cabins. Six detailed launches and lifeboats hang from davits. Other details include ventilator cowls, winch, deck plates, pennants, passenger benches, wood-capped deck rails and many other realistic accents. Measuring 56 inches long, the cased model is mounted on turned brass columns onto a mahogany stand.  It is expected to make $6,000-$9,000 at auction.
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