SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present a Cabinet of Curiosities on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 10:30 a.m. Pacific time, 1:30 p.m. Eastern, offering many interesting and unusual items from around the world. Sourced primarily from one collection, this online auction offers an eclectic array of 110 lots from ancient times to the 20th century. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Among the highlights are a Dorothy C. Thorpe ice bucket, a grouping of Maori jade, and an 18th-century Italian marble statue of Santa Marina.
Paintings include works by Donald Teague, James Gleeson, Carlo Grubacs and Hugo de Fitchner.
The sale’s intriguing antiquities feature a terra-cotta head and statue, 18 ancient bronze arrows and spear points, and an Etruscan plate.
From Asia are Japanese items including a porcelain platter, Mongolian bowls, an Indonesian keris and knife, and a katar from India.
From Europe are numerous snuff boxes from the 18th-19th centuries; a majolica pitcher and platter; a Lalique box; Murano dancers; porcelain items including a mermaid jar, sphynx and Royal Vienna inkwell; a 19th-century obelisk; and Sèvres serving bowls.
Wooden items include miniature chests, carved bowls, a rosary and a duck decoy. Also offered are an extensive selection of sterling silver tableware from Garrard and Tiffany, nautical dioramas, a painted conch shell, miniature chests, cast bronze statues, a Van Briggle pot, Russian boxes, brass candlesticks, and early photographs of San Francisco and Yosemite.
Here are some highlights of the upcoming sale:
– Lot 77: framed watercolor by Donald Teague (1897-1991), ‘Moroccan market,’ 6 ½in x 9in (image) 11in x 14 in (frame). Estimate $3,000-$4,000.
– Lot 46: A Dorothy C. Thorpe (1904 – 1989) cast resin ice bucket, circa 1940, of a polar bear on an iceberg, measuring 15 inches high x 10½ wide x 10¾ deep. Estimate $800-$1,200.
– Lot 1: A late 19th-century nautical diorama with an American steamship, tug and sailboat, 24 inches high x 42½ wide x 13½ deep. Estimate $400-$600.
– Lot 63: A Baroque 18th-century marble carving of St. Marina, Southern Italy, 15¾ inches high x 6½ wide x 3½ deep. Estimate $600-$800.
– Lot 56: Eight pieces of Maori jade, the largest piece measuring 2½ inches high, and a jade and 14K gold tie clip. Estimate $400-$600.
– Lot 65: An ancient Etruscan terra-cotta head, 5 inches high x 4 wide x 2 deep. Estimate $400-$500.
– Lot 32: A collection of six early 19th-century snuff boxes, four hand-painted with historical and mythological themes and two lithograph transfers depicting a landscape and a city scene. The largest measures 3¾ inches in diameter. Estimate $400-$600.
– Lot 72: A large bronze sculpture of a woman’s torso, signed: ‘Al Weiss / 83 Edition: 1/25,’ 40 inches high including 10-inch base. Estimate $800-$1,200.
– Lot 54: A collection of 18 ancient bronze arrow and spear points, the largest measuring 8 inches long. Estimate $500-$700.
– Lot 57: A finely cast 19th-century Grand Tour bronze vase, depicting centaurs, 5¾ inches high x 6 ¾ wide x 4½ deep. Estimate $500-$700.
– Lot 23: A late 19th- /early 20th-century Royal Vienna porcelain inkwell, depicting an eagle and a serpent, possibly the national emblem of Mexico, measuring 5½ inches high x 9½ wide x 5 deep. Estimate $600-$800.
For more information, contact Stephen Turner, president of Turner Auctions + Appraisals, at 415-964-5250 or email@example.com.