Thomaston Place presents big three-day Winter Enchantment sale Feb. 23-25

THOMASTON, Maine — Thomaston Place Auction Galleries marks February with a huge three-day Winter Enchantment sale featuring nearly 1,100 lots of antiques, jewelry, and other collectible items. The event spans Friday, February 23 through Sunday, February 25, and the catalogs are now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Japan’s Muromachi era ran from approximately 1336 to 1573, marking the governance of the Muromachi shogunate. These 16th-century carved-wood garden statues represent Nios, wrathful and muscular guardians of the Buddha. Many Buddhist temples today feature a pair like these standing guard at the entrance. The two are together estimated at $9,000-$11,000.

Stultz & Co. was a New York-based builder of player pianos. This 1907 nickelodeon piano-xylophone-drum machine is in good working condition, and it appears this is a video of it in action. It comes with 13 player rolls for hours of musical entertainment from the turn of the previous century, and it carries an estimate of $5,000-$10,000.

Looking like it should be traversing the Nile in an Agatha Christie detective novel is a Marklin Blenheim tin clockwork paddlewheel steamer toy. At 30in in length, the piece features partial restoration and repaints with a detached wheelhouse. The largest paddlewheel steamer made by the company, it is estimated at $6,000-$8,000.

David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) was a Flemish Baroque genre painter who liked to depict everyday people doing everyday things. In Walled Castle with Three Travelers and a Dog, we see Teniers showing people and their trusty canine companion taking in the scenery. The 7.75 by 9.75in painting has a $25,000-$35,000 estimate.

As a key member of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1930s, Beauford Delaney (1901-1979) would eventually relocate to Paris and change his style to abstract expressionism. Untitled No. 4 is a mixed media on Arches paper, laid to hardboard and signed and dated 1963. As is typical with contemporary market demand for works by Delaney, the piece is estimated at $30,000-$40,000.

Tennessee collections and museum deaccessions star at Case Jan. 27-28

George Rodrigue, 'A Louisiana Sunday morning,' estimated at $50,000-$60,000 at Case Antiques.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Case Antiques returns with its Winter Fine Art & Antiques sale on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, boasting an impressive collection of items from local Tennessee estates and museums, including market-favorite George Rodrigue. The catalogs are now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

2023 was a banner year for the works of George Rodrigue (1944-2013), the Louisiana artist known best for his wide-eyed Blue Dog paintings. Case’s sale includes two items by the artist, starting off with a handsome Blue Dog work titled A Louisiana Sunday morning. Painted in 2012, the upbeat image features symbolism from the artist’s life, having just been told his cancer was in remission. (Sadly, it would not last; he died of cancer in the following year.) According to the lot notes, the two candles refer to Rodrigue’s second chance at life, with the flowers representing rebirth. From a private collection, the painting was purchased directly from Rodrigue’s gallery in September 2012. It is estimated at $50,000-$60,000.

The second Rodrigue piece is unusual — created not by him alone, but in collaboration with artist Kelsey Murphy and the Pilgrim Glass Co. of West Virginia. In the 1980s, Murphy had perfected a technique of sandblasting glass to create a multi-layered work that featured fine relief designs. Rodrigue created a three-Blue Dog design that Murphy blasted into this cameo glass Blue Dog Bowl with stunning results. Numbered 15 of a limited edition of 35, the bowl is a must-have for Blue Dog fans, estimated at $5,000-$6,000.

Born to former slaves and sharecroppers in Tennessee, sculptor William Edmondson (1874-1951) had no formal training and began his art career late in life after receiving a divine visitation instructing him to carve a tombstone. He did just that and went on to carve other subjects, often using limestone debris recovered from local demolished buildings in Nashville. This 11.75in mother and child sculpture is from a series of similar Edmonson works, with the exception of the child here holding a book or pocketbook, something not seen on other examples. The carved limestone figure descended in a Nashville family and was used as a doorstop until last year, when its current owner saw images of Edmondson’s work online and realized he owned an important sculpture. It now carries an estimate of $40,000-$44,000.

Also featured is a large Impressionist Chicago street scene by William Clusmann, depicting Michigan Avenue from the steps of the Art Institute, with one of Edward Kemeys’ iconic bronze lions in the foreground. As with the Edmondson, the painting had been passed down in a family unaware of its value until recently; in this case, the family took it to the Antiques Roadshow 2022 taping in Nashville, where it was recognized as one of Clusmann’s most important works.

Beauford Delaney (1901-1979) was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and would rise to become one of the Harlem Renaissance group of Black American artists in the 1930s. This yellow gouache on paper abstract painting is typical of his later work, which is signed and dated 1961. It is estimated at $10,000-$12,000.

Gallery Report: Alphonse Mucha’s ‘Seasons’ suite triumphs at Everard

ATLANTA – At the dawn of every month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from across the country and also the world. The March 2023 edition of Ken’s Gallery Report showcases a wealth of strong results. All prices quoted include the buyer’s premium, except where noted.

Alphonse Mucha suite, $40,625, Everard Auctions and Appraisals

A complete 1896 suite of four lithographs by Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), titled The Seasons, sold for $40,625 at a Winter Southern Estates and Collections auction held February 28 and March 1 by Everard Auctions and Appraisals in Savannah, Georgia. Also, a circa-1910 Tiffany Studios 12-light favrile glass gilt bronze Lily lamp brought $35,000; a signed Tabriz figural carpet went for $8,125; and an Eldred Wheeler maple secretary bookcase brought $6,875.

Chippendale walnut table, $22,500, Nye & Company Auctioneers

A circa-1765 Philadelphia Chippendale carved and figured walnut dressing table sold for $22,500 in an online-only Chic and Antique Estate Treasures auction held Jan. 25-27 by Nye & Company Auctioneers in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Also, an Edison Electric Pen, including the original box, wires and stone sharpening tool, realized $21,250; a Daum Nancy Blackbird frosted vase rose to $18,750; and a set of six Queen Anne dining chairs attributed to William Savery settled at $10,880.

Maud Lewis oil painting, CA$44,250, Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.

A painting by the renowned Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis (1903-1970), titled Three Black Cats, sold for $44,250 in an online-only Canadiana & Folk Art auction held February 11 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., based in New Hamburg, Canada. Seven paintings by Lewis in the auction brought a combined $198,380. Also, four paintings by Nova Scotia artist Joe Norris (1924-1996) realized a total of $49,560. Prices are in Canadian dollars.

Old West author / historian archive, $2,625, Holabird Western Americana Collections

An archive of material pertaining to Old West author, artist and historian Ernest L. Reedstrom (1928-2003) sold for $2,625 in Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC’s two-day Treasures from the Shelves auction held Feb. 18-19 in Reno, Nevada. Also, a USS Utah photo diary of the Tampico Affair of 1914 and the invasion of Veracruz, Mexico brought $1,750, and a circa 1894-1896 Oriental coffin flask bottle out of Lamar, Colorado, lavender in color, realized $1,500.

Eminem’s Nike sneakers, $40,625, Julien’s Auctions

Musical artist Eminem’s signed and worn Nike Air Max sneakers sold for $40,625 at a Musicares Charity Relief Auction held February 5 by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. Also, Paul McCartney’s personally signed book The Lyrics brought $25,600; Taylor Swift’s signed 2020 Epiphone acoustic guitar garnered $25,000; a Joe Perry stage-played and signed Gibson Les Paul electric guitar made $22,400; and a Slash-signed Gibson Les Paul electric guitar commanded $22,400.

Hemingway book, $277,200, Freeman’s

A 1924 first edition copy of Ernest Hemingway’s book in our time sold for $277,200 at a Books and Manuscripts auction held February 2 by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, a Reconstruction-era map of Galveston, Texas – the only known copy to have ever been offered at auction – brought $30,240, and an inscribed association copy of Stride Toward Freedom, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s memoir of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, finished at $12,600.

1958 double die Lincoln penny, $1.136 million, GreatCollections

A 1958 Lincoln cent, described as a ‘double die’ because it was mistakenly made with doubling in some letters on the coin’s obverse, sold for $1.136 million at a series of six auctions for the collection of the late Stewart Blay ending January 29 at GreatCollections of Irvine, California. It was the most ever paid for a Lincoln cent and was the finest of the three 1958 double dies known. Blay’s collection of 276 Lincoln cents, dating back to 1909 and all in mint condition, sold for a combined $7.732 million during the six days.

Pastel portrait by Beauford Delaney, $48,000, Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals

A vivid pastel portrait of a blue-eyed man by the Tennessee-born African American abstract expressionist Beauford Delaney sold for $48,000 at a Winter Auction held Jan. 28-29 by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals in Knoxville, Tennessee. Also, a church picnic scene by the self-taught African American artist Helen Lafrance realized $25,600; a painted blanket chest from Wythe County, Virginia brought $40,960; and a Korean silver inlaid iron censer went to a determined bidder for $37,500.

C. Gilman shelf clock, $51,250, Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers

A 19th-century B. C. Gilman (Exeter, N.H.) Boston shelf clock sold for $51,250 at a Couture, Jewelry and Fine & Decorative Art auction held February 27 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, Rhode Island. Also, an early 20th-century Duffner & Kimberly heraldic armorial table lamp brought $4,062; a Jose Reyes (American and Filipino, 1902-1980) Nantucket friendship basket hit $3,750; and an Old Master oil painting of Christ by Charles Robert Leslie made $3,750.

1952 Topps baseball brick, $873,300, Morphy Auctions

An unopened 1952 Topps baseball brick containing eight factory-sealed 5-cent wax packs sold for $873,300 at a Toys, Sports Cards & General Collectibles Auction held Feb. 1-3 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania. Each of the eight packs held five cards and it was widely speculated they were likely from Topps’ first series. The brick could be traced back to a private purchase in Seattle in 1991. The new owner is a collector who wished to remain anonymous.

Five-volume maritime atlas, $38,525, Old World Auctions

A five-volume maritime atlas from 1764 by J. N. Bellin, including 581 maps of the world and continents, plus many regional maps and city plans and coastal charts, sold for $38,525 in a sale held Jan. 25-Feb. 8 by Old World Auctions in Richmond, Virginia. Also, A New Map of Texas, with the Contiguous American & Mexican States from 1837, by Samuel Augustus Mitchell, earned $14,950; and a carte-a-figures world map created in 1652 by Claes Janszoon Visscher achieved $10,925.

Tiffany Studios window, $237,500, Fontaine’s Auction Gallery

A Tiffany Studios Jesus in a Field of Lilies window sold to a church for $237,500 at a Fine and Decorative Arts auction held January 28 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Also, a grouping of yellow diamonds from one estate, led by an 18K white gold, yellow gold and diamond ring, rang up $181,250; a circa-1910 Tiffany Studios Curtain Border floor lamp achieved $100,000; and a circa-1905 Tiffany Studios Moorish and Turtle Back chandelier rose to $81,250.

Wolfgang Paalen painting, $163,000, Hindman

A vibrant untitled 1943 painting by Wolfgang Paalen sold for $163,000 at a Figuratively Speaking auction held February 10 by Hindman in Chicago. Also, two other works by Paalen, from 1947 and 1943, went for $47,250 and $20,160, respectively; two paintings by Alice Rahon, Paalen’s wife, one untitled from 1946 and one dubbed Le Chat from 1943, each went for $13,860; and a portrait of the artist and critic Florence Arquin by Kathleen Blackshear earned $9,450.

Colt Model 1847 revolver, $105,750, Rock Island Auction Company

A C Company U.S. Colt Model 1847 Walker percussion revolver sold for $105,750 at a Sporting & Collector Auction ending February 17 at Rock Island Auction Company in Rock Island, Illinois. Also, an engraved Civil War New Haven Arms Company Henry lever action rifle hit the mark for $41,125; an early serial number 5 Colt black powder SAA in scarce 44 Rimfire made $18,880; and a Civil War-era LeMat Grape Shot changed hands for $16,450.

W. Jacobs’ Salthaven$31,250, Potter & Potter Auctions

A first edition presentation copy of W. W. Jacobs’ (British, 1863-1943) book titled Salthaven, inscribed to and by Samuel C. Clemens (aka Mark Twain, 1835-1910), sold for $31,250 at a Fine Books & Manuscripts auction held February 16 by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago. Also, a near-fine set of J.R.R. Tolkien’s (1892-1973) the Lord of the Rings trilogy brought $19,200, and a 37-volume collection of The Works of Mark Twain realized $16,250.

Daniel Boone compass, $109,375, Heritage Auctions

A compass owned by legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone sold for $109,375 at an Americana & Political Signature Auction held Feb. 25-26 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. Also, a carte de visite signed by President Abraham Lincoln as a donation to a Sanitary Fair held Oct. 18, 1864 in Tazewell City, Illinois earned $106,250; a circa-1857 double partner’s desk designed by Thomas U. Walter made $40,000; and a display with signatures of both Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth rose to $37,500.

Marc Chagall artwork, $8,400, Nadeau’s Auction Gallery

An artwork by Marc Chagall (1887-1985), titled Daphnis et Grathon, signed and numbered (26/60), sold for $8,400 at a Midcentury, Modern Art & Contemporary Sale held January 28 by Nadeau’s Auction Gallery in Windsor, Connecticut. Also, a pair of Mies van der Rohe Barcelona leather lounge chairs left the room for $5,000; a 1981 landscape by Charles Griffin Farr (1908-1997), titled Tuolumme, reached $4,305; and Salvador Dali’s Manhattan Skyline finished at $5,700.

2007 factory-sealed iPhone, $63,356, LCG Auctions

A 2007 factory-sealed first-edition iPhone sold for a new record price of $63,356 at a Winter Premier Auction held February 19 by LCG Auctions in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Also, a 1978 Star Wars Boba Fett action figure (Canada 20-Back AFA 85) realized $22,206; a 1982 Masters of the Universe Battle Ram vehicle (AFA 85) sped off with $20,920; a 1983 G.I. Joe Dragonfly vehicle (XH-1 AFA 85) brought $9,418; and a 1984 Transformers Bumble Bee (AFA 85) earned $18,353.

Orville Bulman work, $63,000, Doyle

A 1967 tropical landscape painting by Orville Bulman (American, 1904-1978), titled Les Nouveaux Familles, sold for $63,000 at a Fine Art auction held February 15 by Doyle in New York City. Also, a 1991 sculpture by Olbram Zoubek (Czech, 1926-2017), titled Eve-Arrow, attained $9,825; an unframed color lithograph after Pablo Picasso, titled Tete de Bouffon, realized $9,450; and a 1992 painting by Hunt Slonem (American, b. 1951-), titled Chandelier 8, hit $8,820.

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Beauford Delaney portrait on paper sets auction record at Case

Portrait on paper in pastels by African American artist Beauford Delaney, $48,000. Image courtesy of Case Antiques Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Portrait on paper in pastels by African American artist Beauford Delaney, $48,000. Image courtesy of Case Antiques Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Portrait on paper in pastels by African American artist Beauford Delaney, $48,000. Image courtesy of Case Antiques Inc. Auctions & Appraisals

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Bidders lavished attention and dollars on 20th-century art at Case’s Winter Auction, setting new auction highs for multiple Southern artists. The Jan. 28-29 sale was a success across categories, racking up a 98.4% sell-through rate overall and exceeding the total high estimate by $500,000.

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African American artists Delaney and Edmondson headline at Case, Jan. 28-29

Portrait by Beauford Delaney, estimated at $10,000-$12,000. Image courtesy of Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Portrait by Beauford Delaney, estimated at $10,000-$12,000. Image courtesy of Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Portrait by Beauford Delaney, estimated at $10,000-$12,000. Image courtesy of Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Case Antiques Inc Auctions and Appraisals’ Winter Auction features an eclectic selection of 20th-century art set against a backdrop of traditional antiques that includes a noted estate collection of 18th-century American furniture, a trove of rare books, maps and documents, and a stellar array of European and Southern decorative arts. The sale is set for Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29 and contains more than 1,200 lots. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Auction executive Stephanie Case: ‘No two days are alike’

Stephanie Case enjoys handling the lion’s share of the business side of the auction house and making sure things run smoothly on the back end. Image courtesy of Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals.
Stephanie Case enjoys handling the lion’s share of the business side of the auction house and making sure things run smoothly on the back end. Image courtesy of Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals.
Stephanie Case enjoys handling the lion’s share of the business side of the auction house and making sure things run smoothly on the back end. Image courtesy of Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals.

NEW YORK – Second careers are now the norm. Stephanie Case, co-owner and vice president of operations at Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals in Knoxville, Tennessee, and her husband, John Case, are a fitting example of the phenomenon. Each had a different career before launching their auction business in 2005. His was in biomedical and biotechnical engineering, and hers was in retail management. Their auction house has grown to include three satellite offices in Tennessee, and online platforms such as LiveAuctioneers has expanded Case’s reach across the globe.

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Gallery Report: Honus Wagner baseball card slams in a record $6.6M

ATLANTA – At the beginning of every month, ACN columnist Ken Hall delivers top auction highlights from around the United States and the world at large. Here’s his September 2021 edition of Gallery Report. All prices include the buyer’s premium, except where noted.

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Case sells Beauford Delaney abstract for $348K

Beauford Delaney abstract, $348,000
Beauford Delaney abstract, $348,000
Beauford Delaney abstract, $348,000

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – 20th century Art – particularly works by artists of color – dominated Case Antiques Inc. Auctions & Appraisals‘ Summer Auction July 24-25 at the company’s headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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George Rodrigue’s ‘Blue Dog’ leads the pack at Case, July 24-25

George Rodrigue ‘Blue Dog’ acrylic on canvas, estimated at $68,000-$72,000
George Rodrigue ‘Blue Dog’ acrylic on canvas, estimated at $68,000-$72,000
George Rodrigue ‘Blue Dog’ acrylic on canvas, estimated at $68,000-$72,000

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – 20th century art – particularly works by artists of color – has attracted strong pre-sale interest at the Summer Case Antiques Auction, set for July 24-25 at the headquarters of Case Antiques Inc. Auctions & Appraisals in Knoxville, Tennessee. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Major African artists featured in Piasa’s May 19 sale

Kehinde Wiley, ‘Ivelaw I,’ from his series ‘The World Stage: China,’ estimated at €100,000-€150,000
Kehinde Wiley, ‘Ivelaw I,’ from his series ‘The World Stage: China,’ estimated at €100,000-€150,000
Kehinde Wiley, ‘Ivelaw I,’ from his series ‘The World Stage: China,’ estimated at €100,000-€150,000

PARIS – Piasa will hold its Africa & Modern & Contemporary Art sale on May 19. For the first time in the context of a contemporary African art sale in Paris, this auction will present the work of two major African American artists: Beauford Delaney, the great African American painter of the post-war period, and Kehinde Wiley, a rising figure on the other side of the Atlantic who, among other achievements, painted the famous portrait of American President Barack Obama that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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