1887 Andrew Clemens sand bottle first among offerings at Hindman’s Oct. 4 auction

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CINCINNATI, Ohio — A top example of the sand bottle artistry of Andrew Clemens (1857-1894) is on display at Hindman’s American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts auction on Wednesday, October 4. The catalog is now open for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

During his short life — he died at just 37 years of age — Clemens gained national fame for his sand art, relying only on colored sand, some homemade tools and wire to arrange the intricate illustrations. He specialized in images of flags, boats, eagles and landscapes, usually with complex geometric patterns. Clemens began his career while attending the Iowa State School for the Deaf, having lost his hearing as a child from a bout of encephalitis.

Few of Clemens’ works have survived, making those that come to market exciting lots to watch. This example, commissioned by John and Margaret Leary of McGregor, Iowa, (Clemens’ hometown) dates to circa 1887 and features a sampler-style design with radiant colors. The item comes with direct provenance from the family and is estimated at $60,000-$80,000.

Born in Prussia, Severin Roesen (1815–1872) grew from humble origins to become one of the acknowledged leaders of the still life movement in 19th-century America. Roesen emigrated to the United States in 1848, earning a living by selling his paintings. His last known painting is dated 1872, and there is no historical record of him after that, interestingly.

This floral still life is dated circa 1870, near the end of his career. The painting comes with authentication by Judith Hansen O’Toole, formerly of the Westmoreland Museum, stating in part, “It should be noted that Roesen painted a much greater number of fruit pieces than floral, making the latter more rare.” The lot is estimated at $30,000-$50,000.

Bernard Barenholtz was a titan in the American toy industry, both as founder of Creative Playthings, an early educational toy company, and as a collector and author of antique toys and Americana. This unique early 20th-century bird cage, fashioned from steel sheets and wire to resemble an American riverboat, was formerly part of the Barenholtz collection. It carries an estimate of $2,000-$3,000.

View the catalog and bid now on this interesting auction at LiveAuctioneers.
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Andrew Clemens sand bottle from 1887, estimated at $60,000-$80,000 at Hindman.
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Circa-1870 Severin Roesen floral still life, estimated at $30,000-$50,000 at Hindman.
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Steamboat-form birdcage, estimated at $2,000-$3,000 at Hindman.
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Renaissance Revival marble-mounted, carved and laminated rosewood etagere, estimated at $10,000-$20,000 at Hindman.
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Steelcraft Pierce pedal car, estimated at $2,000-$4,000 at Hindman.
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Biddle descendant’s treasures enrich Doyle’s May 4 sale

Thomas Sully, ‘Portrait of Commodore James Biddle,’ est. $30,000-$50,000
Thomas Sully, ‘Portrait of Commodore James Biddle,’ est. $30,000-$50,000
Thomas Sully, ‘Portrait of Commodore James Biddle,’ est. $30,000-$50,000

NEW YORK –  On Wednesday, May 4, at 10 am Eastern time, Doyle will hold an auction of American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts. The sale showcases 18th- and 19th-century American furniture and decorative arts, including ceramics, mirrors, folk art, Chinese Export porcelain and rugs. This auction category is Doyle’s premier venue for 19th- and early 20th-century American paintings, including Hudson River School landscapes, Western and Regional art, still lifes, portraits, nautical scenes and folk paintings. The May 4 sale will also offer selections from the collection of Christine Biddle Wainwright, as well as Audubon, Currier & Ives and topographical prints. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Andrew Clemens sand bottle headlines Hindman March 10-11 sale

L-R: Gothic Revival carved mahogany tall case No. 22 astronomical regulator by E. Howard and Co. of Boston, est. $60,000-$80,000; Andrew Clemens labeled sand bottle, est. $100,000-$150,000; carved and inlaid mahogany tilt-top claw-foot breakfast table, attributed to Anthony Quervelle, est. $15,000-$25,000
L-R: Gothic Revival mahogany tall case No. 22 astronomical regulator by E. Howard and Co., est. $60,000-$80,000; Andrew Clemens labeled sand bottle, est. $100,000-$150,000; carved and inlaid mahogany tilt-top claw-foot breakfast table, attributed to Anthony Quervelle, est. $15,000-$25,000

CINCINNATI – Hindman Auctions will celebrate four centuries of American artists and craftsmen in its March 10-11 American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts auction. During those two days, Hindman will offer folk art, glass, stoneware, furniture, antique advertising, silver, music players, and coin-operated carnival and casino machines from private and institutional collections. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Go big AND go home: Five types of statement pieces

This circa 1947 Krabban hand-knitted wool carpet from Barbro Nilsson certainly qualifies as a statement piece. It brought $24,000 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2021 at Wright.
This circa 1947 Krabban hand-knitted wool carpet from Barbro Nilsson certainly qualifies as a statement piece. It brought $24,000 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2021 at Wright.
This circa 1947 Krabban hand-knitted wool carpet from Barbro Nilsson certainly qualifies as a statement piece. It brought $24,000 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2021 at Wright.

NEW YORK — Statement pieces make a room and speak to your personal style. They can be bold and flashy, or they can be understated, with their craftsmanship and elegance speaking volumes. These five types of objects can help you express yourself and elevate your living space.

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