Pook & Pook Inc. has lots of fun items for everyone.
The auction includes Pook & Pook’s usual broad range of material including American and Continental furniture, Asian objects, Native American material, paperweights, music boxes, carpets, redware, stoneware, ceramics, porcelain, metalware, decoys, woodenware, fine art, textiles, toys, advertising signs, silver and other decorative accessories.
A number of winter and holiday items are included in the sale. A sled decorated with a running horse on the seat is estimated to go for $250-$450. A large collection of toys will be sold including carved wooden toys, pull toys, cast-iron toys, steam-powered boats, over 30 antique dolls, teddy bears, still and mechanical banks, music boxes, children’s books and game boards. A beautifully made Star of Bethlehem quilt would add a distinctive ornamentation to anyone’s wall, estimate $300-$500. Other fun holiday décor items include German Christmas feather trees, kugel ornaments, a painted Santa Claus on a printer’s tray and dozens of tin cookie cutters.
Dozens of books will cross the auction block at the sale. There are several copies of Martyrs Mirror from Lancaster, Pa., as well as books on natural history, science, American history, European history and more. Fiction and nonfiction spanning three centuries will be sure to attract the attention of bookworms everywhere.
A plethora of furniture will come up at the auction. Get creative with your holiday party displays. Imagine using a painted pine store counter, which measures over 89 inches long as a server for any holiday meal. What better way to store and show off all the tasty treats of the season than in a beautiful painted Pennsylvania pine pie safe with elaborate punched tin panels ($400-$600) or a French wrought iron and nickel baker’s rack ($1,000-$2,000). Hundreds of other pieces would make great gifts including tea tables, desks, dining chairs, mule chests, cupboards, dining tables, beds, dower chests, hanging cupboards, dressing tables, a cabinetmaker’s workbench, secretaries, tavern tables, cabinets, a breakfront, an armoire, Pembroke tables, a Nutting table, a Biedermeier-style sideboard, a feed bin, jelly cupboards, stands, corner cupboards, step-back cupboards and an apothecary.
The art in the upcoming sale is an outstanding mix of realism and the abstract. Several works by Elias Friedensohn, whose career spanned most of the 20th century, are sure to catch the eye of those who appreciate modern art. Especially appealing is his oil on canvas cubist piece of an interior scene and five figures. Drawing inspiration from the historical events going on around him, Friedensohn painted in a range of styles and subjects. A piece by Itzchak Tarkay, an Israeli artist who survived the concentration camps during the Holocaust, is beautiful and unique in its use of black, white and shades of gray. An oil on canvas portrait of a woman attributed to Maria Verelst (1680-1744) is estimated to bring $1,000-$1,500. Born in Vienna to a family of artists, Verelst is most known for her portraits.
Impressive in size and composition is the 96-inch-long landscape by Franklin Eshelman. Little is known about this Berks County, Pa., artist whose works have a distinctive attention to detail and somewhat caricature appearance that collectors find whimsical and charming. Hundreds of other artists will cross the auction block along with several unsigned pieces. The scope of the art includes landscapes, snowscapes, cityscapes, still lifes, coastal scenes, charcoal sketches and woodblocks.
A huge selection of estate jewelry includes diamonds, gold, silver, pearls, and other precious metals and stones. A fantastic Tiffany & Co. gold graduated maple leaf necklace, 66.2 dwt., is expected to bring $3,000-$5,000. A heavy yellow gold bracelet with curb links and a thatched finish is also expected to bring $3,000-$5,000. A white gold double-strand bezel set diamond necklace is estimated at a conservative $10,000-$15,000, considering one strand contains 83 diamonds and the other 85 diamonds. Pook & Pook is also selling several engagement rings including a diamond ring set in platinum with a center old European cut diamond flanked by two tapered baguette cut diamonds (est. $8,000-$12,000). There is also a collection of Navajo jewelry including belts, rings and necklaces, and several lots of costume jewelry.
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