SAN FRANCISCO – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present Fine Art, Silver, Art Pottery & Art Glass in its online auction starting at 10:30 am Pacific time on April 24. The sale offers 260 lots of art and decorative arts from the 16th to 21st centuries from the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and showcases the personal art pottery collection of Steven Yvaska, a noted writer, speaker, appraiser, and advisor on antiques from the San Francisco Bay Area. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Leading the paintings is Ira Yeager’s 2005 canvas Indian Portrait, Chief with Headdress and Trout, estimated at $20,000-$30,000. Other artists represented in the catalog are Norton Bush, Charles Wilson Knapp, Mary DeNeale Morgan, and Louis Bassi Siegriest. The auction also features etchings, mounted pressed plants, and botanical prints and plates, including one by Giovanni Baptista Ferrari. A selection of photographs from San Francisco’s famed, now-defunct Cliff House restaurant showcases movie stars, sports figures, and other celebrities from the 1930s to the present day. Most include autographs and inscriptions.
Decorative arts treasures on offer include a George III tea caddy estimated at $500-$700, as well as Herend and Limoges porcelain boxes, mirrors, items of Wedgwood and Jasperware, Roycroft copper pieces, Stangl pottery birds, Dresden porcelain and military figures, an Aubusson tapestry, a French music box and mantel clock, china designed by Paloma Picasso, and neoclassical obelisks, sconces, and relief panels. Sterling silver and silverplate pieces include a Tiffany & Co. coffee service and tray, items from Shreve & Co. and Stieff, German medieval-style figures, tea and coffee service items, salts, caviar dishes, and serving ware. The lineup of art glass features pieces from Lalique, Daum, Baccarat, Orrefors, Steuben, Loetz, Murano, Zellique, and cameo glass after Galle.
Notable among the items from the Steven Yvaska Collection of art pottery is a mid-century Polia Pillin plate depicting a woman with a cat, estimated at $300-$500. The collection also includes works by Rookwood, Weller, Van Briggle, Roseville, Turkell, and more. Yvaska wrote the popular “Seasoned Collector” antiques column for the San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group for more than 25 years and is also a frequent guest speaker in the Bay Area.
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