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Rare weathervane forecasts success for Kaminski’s June 1-2 sales

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Harris & Co., Boston, gilt copper full-bodied running horse weathervane with directional, 45½ in. long. Estimate: $5,000- $10,000. Kaminski Auctions image

BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions’ June 1-2 sales feature a selection of fine Chinese porcelains on Saturday followed by the contents of a Manhattan, New York City estate in the afternoon. Sunday’s session features items from Beverly, Ipswich and Salem, Massachusetts, estates. Both auction days start at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

A real show stopper is a rare large Harris & Co. Boston gilt-copper, full-bodied running horse weathervane (above) with directionals, measuring 24 inches high by 45½  inches long. This stunning weathervane stands 79 inches in height and is expected to bring $5,000-$10,000.

Asian highlights include a fine 18th-century Chinese porcelain brush pot, delicately painted in cobalt blue, with a continuous landscape scene depicting scholars in leisurely pursuits (below). Another 18th-century Chinese blue and white gourd vase is decorated in the Three Kingdoms scene, depicting characters in a garden below the slender neck. Both have the reign mark of Yongzheng. There is also a Chinese Guan-type gourd vase with a pear-shaped body rising to the tall neck covered in a bluish-gray glaze. This vase also bears the Yongzheng mark.

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Chinese porcelain brush pot painted in cobalt blue with a continuous landscape scene depicting scholars in leisurely pursuits,18th century, 8¼in. diameter. Estimate: $800-$2,000. Kaminski Auctions image

Another, 19th century large Chinese blue and white vase is superbly potted, with a globular body, delicately painted with leaves and flower blossoms in the 17th-century European style, also bearing the Yongzheng mark. A 19th-century Chinese blue and copper-red dragon fishbowl painted in underglaze-red with five ferocious five-clawed dragons in various positions, amid flames, cobalt-blue clouds and breaking waves, bears the reign mark of Qianlong. It measures 17 inches in diameter.

Chinese porcelain continues with a Chinese Famille Rose vase decorated with figures, with the red seal of Yi Shuo Tang Zhi on the base. It measures 12 inches high and is from a Georgia estate. A Chinese blue and white porcelain plate with a pine tree, bamboo and plum flower tree design, with the Ming Chenghua mark on the base, hails from a California collection.

Chinese furniture on offer includes a pair of Chinese Zitan armchairs, a finely carved Huanghuali wood stand and an antique Chinese five-panel wood screen, having hand-painted black and gold decorated panels, and signed on the back.

One of the featured lots in the fine art category is a portrait of an American Indian chief by Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953), an oil painting on wood panel valued at $7,500-$20,000.

European art features two French artists. The first is a lively Paris street scene by Antoine Blanchard (French, 1910-1988), and the second painting is by Henri-Joseph Harpignies, the French landscape painter and member of the Barbizon school.

A large painting by the British artist George Henry Bogert (1864-1944) of Chale Church on the Isle of Wight is impressive in its ornate gilt frame. The oil on canvas is signed lower left and dated 1894 verso. The landscape measures 35 inches by 55 inches sight, and 49 inches by 72 inches framed. A similar view of this location by Bogert was in the Metropolitan Museum in the early 1900s. This painting is estimated to bring $8,000-$12,000.

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George Henry Bogert (1864-1944), ‘Chale Church, Isle of Wight’, oil on canvas, signed lower left, signed and dated 1894 verso, 35in. x 55in. sight. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Kaminski Auctions image

A work by Sir Anthony Caro (British 1924-2013) is a painted Tycore sculpture, and bears the signature ‘Caro’ verso and bears the title, The Red Menace, and 1989, as well as the inscription, “Twenty Elements,” and “Fabricated Triangle Workshop with Paul Chaleff.” It is estimated to bring $5,000-$15,000.

Twentieth-century art on offer includes a Thomas Hart Benton lithograph, titled Wreck of the Old 97, that is signed in pencil and measures 10 inches by 15 inches (below). There is also a Kandinsky watercolor abstract on paper bearing the initial “K” and a circa 1860 Joseph Beuys (1921-1986), mixed media ink and wash titled Toxinok valued at $5,000-$15,000.

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Thomas Hart Benton, ‘Wreck of the Old 97,’ lithograph, pencil signed, 10in. x 15in. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000. Kaminski Auctions image

Cape Ann art collectors will take note of a Gloucester scene of boats at a dock by William Meyerowitz, a landscape of Annisquam by Joseph Kaknes, and an abstract oil on canvas of Gloucester sailboats by Elizabeth Miller Lobingier (American, 1889-1973).

Modern furniture highlights commence with a Philip and Kelvin Laverne signed bronze dining table, from a Florida estate valued at $6,000-$9,000. A contemporary rosewood and powder-blue enameled foyer table, labeled Decca, was originally purchased for almost $4,000.

Other name pieces include a set of four circa the 1950s Eero Saarinen tulip chairs in off-white, and an Isamu Noguchi for Herman Miller cocktail table, model IM-50, with a painted black base.

Eighteenth-century furniture highlights include a Connecticut Queen Anne cherry wood highboy, having a shell carved center drawer and original brass hardware, as well as an American Chippendale bird’s-eye maple four-drawer chest.

A pair of 4-foot-tall Sevres hand-painted palace urns with finely detailed courting scenes is expected to bring $3,000-$5,000.

A large late 19th-century Oushak rug from a Beverly, Massachusetts, estate, a Caucasian antique Northwest Persian runner from an Essex, Massachusetts, estate and an exceptional Mahal will be sold

Silver highlights include two sets of Georg Jensen sterling flatware, in the Acorn pattern and several lots of George Jensen sterling silver serving pieces. There is also a table service for 12 of Royal Crown Derby porcelain in the Imari pattern from an Essex, Massachusetts, collection.

Vintage couture collectors will take note of a selection of designer woman’s handbags from a Palm Beach estate. A Giorgio Armani lizard handbag that initially cost $7,000., a Judith Leiber ostrich handbag, a Celine of Paris signed handbag, and a Nancy Gonzalez, orange lizard handbag, are all on of offer in day two of the auction.

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