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These small foo dogs date to the latter half of the 15th century. Image courtesy Kimball's Auction and Estate Services.

Ivory foo dogs set to reign at Kimball’s auction June 24

These small foo dogs date to the latter half of the 15th century. Image courtesy Kimball's Auction and Estate Services.
These small foo dogs date to the latter half of the 15th century. Image courtesy Kimball’s Auction and Estate Services.

NORTH AMHERST, Mass. – Kimball’s Auction and Estate Services will conduct an auction June 24 that will feature many fine estate items. Asian treasures range from a pair of Ming Dynasty carved ivory foo dogs to a Nikon SP 35mm camera from the late 1950s to early 1960s. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

“The foo dogs are Ming Dynasty from the Chenghua period (1465-1487). They’re palace quality, not something you’d find in the ordinary home,” said Douglas M. Kimball.

The Nikon SP 35mm camera has an f2 5CM (50mm) normal lens. “It’s in what I call clean condition; not mint,” said Kimball, adding that it is in working order. Made in Tokyo by Nippon Kogaku, the classic Nikon rangefinders were favorites of American GIs stationed in the Pacific during the postwar years. Approximately 23,000 SP cameras were made.

An opal, platinum and 18-karat gold cuff bracelet is a highlight of the estate jewelry. “It was an Edwardian brooch that someone attached to a gold cuff bracelet. It’s certainly a married piece but very beautiful and it has a large opal,” said Kimball.

Numerous lots of sterling silver flatware will be sold including 90 pieces of S. Kirk & Sons Forget-Me-Not, a popular pattern.       

Collectors of Arts & Crafts will be studying up on a Life Time Furniture oak library table by Grand Rapids Bookcase & Chair Co., Hastings, Mich. The table is in its original finish, which has some light scratching and staining, noted Kimball. It its 44 inches wide, 28 inches deep and 29 1/2 inches high. A paper label is still attached.

A selection of fine art and decorative arts will also be sold.

The auction will be conducted in Kimball’s new 6,500-square-foot gallery at 169 Meadow St. in North Amherst. The sale will begin at 3 p.m. Eastern.

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


Numerous serving pieces are included in a set of S. Kirk & Sons Forget-Me-Not flatware. Image courtesy Kimball's Auction and Estate Services.
Numerous serving pieces are included in a set of S. Kirk & Sons Forget-Me-Not flatware. Image courtesy Kimball’s Auction and Estate Services.
Nikon's SP models can be distinguished by the extra-large viewfinder window that extends above the lens, resulting in a smaller nameplate that was moved to the side. Image courtesy Kimball's Auction and Estate Services.
Nikon’s SP models can be distinguished by the extra-large viewfinder window that extends above the lens, resulting in a smaller nameplate that was moved to the side. Image courtesy Kimball’s Auction and Estate Services.
Originally an Edwardian brooch, the large opal lent itself to be worn as a bracelet. Image courtesy Kimball's Auction and Estate Services.
Originally an Edwardian brooch, the large opal lent itself to be worn as a bracelet. Image courtesy Kimball’s Auction and Estate Services.
Life Time Furniture is a highly regarded name among collectors of the Arts and Crafts Movement. This library table is in original finish. Image courtesy Kimball's Auction and Estate Services.
Life Time Furniture is a highly regarded name among collectors of the Arts and Crafts Movement. This library table is in original finish. Image courtesy Kimball’s Auction and Estate Services.