Chinese Export Eggplant-form Tureen leads our five auction highlights

Chinese Export Tobacco Leaf Pattern Sauce Tureen, Cover, and Underplate with Eggplant Form, $52,400

CHICAGO – The so-called tobacco leaf patterns picked out in famille rose enamels are among the most luxurious of all China trade porcelain, although the popular name is something of a misnomer. Once thought to depict the flowering nicotiana plant, the design depicts the wide serrated leaves of hibiscus, peonies, and passion flowers. It was probably based on an 18th-century textile pattern.

This 8.5in (22cm) tobacco leaf pattern sauce tureen, cover, and underplate, dating to circa 1800 and formed as an eggplant, is particularly rare. It appeared at Freeman’s Hindman in Chicago on February 8 with a provenance to the famed Chinese export porcelain dealer Elinor Gordon and a modest estimate of $1,000-$2,000. It hammered for $40,000 and sold for $52,400 with buyer’s premium, the top lot in a sale of European Furniture and Decorative Arts.

Handwritten Letter from Catherine De Medici, $8,320

Letter written by Catherine De Medici to the Spanish ambassador in 1565, asking him to help an effort to have her cousin elected as the next pope, which hammered for $6,500 and sold for $8,320 with buyer’s premium at Bonhams Skinner.
Letter written by Catherine De Medici to the Spanish ambassador in 1565, asking him to help an effort to have her cousin elected as the next pope, which hammered for $6,500 and sold for $8,320 with buyer’s premium at Bonhams Skinner.

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – This single-sheet letter was written by Catherine De Medici (1519-1589) to the ambassador to Spain. Although undated, it references the recent death of pope Pius IV on December 9, 1565, and implores the ambassador to enlist the aid of Philip II of Spain in getting the Cardinal Ferrara, Catherine’s cousin, elected Pope. The scheme did not work, and instead, with Spanish support, Cardinal Ghislieri was elected as Pius V on January 7, 1566. The letter, written on one side and signed and addressed on the other, has a number of additional notations in a later, probably 18th-century, hand.

Acquired by the vendor from Goodspeed’s Book Shop in Boston, it hammered for $6,500 and sold for $8,320 with buyer’s premium against an estimate of $1,500-$2,500 as part of the sale of books and manuscripts at Bonhams Skinner on February 1.

Paul Feiler, ‘St Buryan, Cornwall’, $100,000

Paul Feiler, ‘St. Buryan, Cornwall’, which hammered for $80,000 and sold for $100,000 with buyer’s premium at Millea Bros.
Paul Feiler, ‘St. Buryan, Cornwall’, which hammered for $80,000 and sold for $100,000 with buyer’s premium at Millea Bros.

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Paul Feiler, ‘St Buryan, Cornwall’, $100,000

Paul Feiler, ‘St. Buryan, Cornwall’, which hammered for $80,000 and sold for $100,000 with buyer’s premium at Millea Bros.

BOONTON, N.J. – The February 1 sale at Millea Bros. was topped by St. Buryan, Cornwall, a large prime period oil on board by the Anglo-German artist Paul Feiler (1918-2013).

His artistic vision was based on the understanding that “you stand vertically and you look horizontally”, as well as his semi-abstractions inspired by the English landscape. This 1955 oil on board of the cliffs and inlets of the coast of southwest Cornwall was painted two years after the artist’s sold-out first exhibition at the Redfern Gallery, London and his permanent move to the St Ives artist colony. It measures 4ft 1in by 6ft 1in and is signed, titled, and dated on the verso. It was consigned from a Litchfield, Connecticut estate with an earlier provenance to London’s Richard Green Gallery. Estimated at $30,000-$50,000, it hammered for $80,000 and sold for $100,000 with buyer’s premium.

19th-century Shamshir Belonging to Emir Abdelkader, $35,200

19th-century shamshir sword belonging to Emir Abdelkader, which hammered for $27,500 and sold for $35,200 with buyer’s premium at Helios Auctions.
19th-century shamshir sword belonging to Emir Abdelkader, which hammered for $27,500 and sold for $35,200 with buyer’s premium at Helios Auctions.

NEW YORK – The presentation inscription on the blade of this 19th-century shamshir is key to its value. The cartouche reads ‘From Emir Abdelkader to Charles Qabq’ alongside the date 1866-67.

Emir Abdelkader (1808-1883) was an Algerian religious and military leader who led a struggle against French colonialism in the early 19th century. As an Islamic scholar and Sufi who unexpectedly found himself leading a military campaign, he built up a small army of Arab and Berber tribesmen who successfully held out against one of the most advanced armies in Europe. His consistent regard for what would now be called human rights drew widespread admiration: in 1860 he intervened to save the Christian community of Damascus from a massacre.

This weapon was estimated at $2,000-$2,500 as part of the February 4 sale at Helios Auctions, but it hammered for $27,500 and sold for $35,200 with buyer’s premium to a LiveAuctioneers bidder.

Guild of Handicraft Piano Designed By Charles Robert Ashbee, $25,125'

STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET, UK – A recently rediscovered version of one of the best-known Guild of Handicraft designs sold at Sworders for £20,000 ($25,125) with buyer’s premium. The upright Broadwood piano designed by Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942), a piece sent for exhibition in Hungary in 1902, had been estimated at £6,000-£8,000 ($7,535-$10,050) as part of the firm’s January 16 Design sale.

Fashioned in Spanish mahogany inlaid with holly and applied with pierced strap hinges, it is one of at least five Broadwood pianos made with Ashbee casings by the Guild of Handicraft. Examples are pictured in all of the major texts on Arts and Crafts furniture.

This particular piano – numbered 95406, model 8 – has an impeccable provenance. The Broadwood Archives list the date of manufacture (it was finished on February 27, 1902), the price paid by one Mr. C. Watson Low (118 pounds, two shillings, and six pence), and its part in the British Applied Arts Exhibition at the National Museum of Decorative Art in Budapest in September-November 1902. It was sent to Hungary along with another Arts and Crafts piano designed by Hugh Mackay Baillie Scott.

Watson Low later gave his Ashbee piano and its stool to his niece, Miss C.M. Low, who used it to teach piano until retirement in 2001. Her grandson offered it for sale. He contacted Sworders after he found a near-identical piano sold by the auction house in 2014 for £10,400 (about $13,065).

Chinese cloisonne, snuff bottles and more from American collections comes to Heritage Sept. 20

Pair of Chinese cloisonné lions with riders, estimated at $6,000-$8,000 at Heritage Auctions.

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DALLAS — Mid-September is Asia Week New York, the fall version of the Big Apple’s semi-annual commercial and scholarly focus on works of art from the Far East.

Among the participating firms is Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, which on Wednesday, September 20 offers Fine & Decorative Asian Art from a handful of American private collections, including those of Amon Giles Carter Jr., Morton and Myriame Leviloff, Angela Gross Folk and the Tappan family. Highlight lots will be on view at the auction house’s Park Avenue, New York location prior to the sale, which will be conducted in Dallas.

George Ann Brown Carter, wife of Fort Worth media scion Amon Giles Carter Jr., often worked with famed Asian art dealer C.T. Loo and his successor Frank Caro to build the family collection. In 1960 Carter bought a pair of 18th-century Chinese cloisonne lions with riders from Caro. Sixty-three years later, they have an estimate of $6,000-$8,000.

Many of the snuff bottles in the sale come from the Tappan family of California. Snuff, a luxury import from the West, took the Qing dynasty elite by storm in the 18th century. They found that airtight bottles carried in pockets and sleeves were suited to China’s humid climate and, when customized to reflect the owner’s tastes, made perfect courtly gifts. Yellow tended to indicate imperial work, with a late 19th-century glass bottle carved as an elephant estimated at $1,000-$2,000.

Jade and jadeite was a favorite of New York dealer Gerald Malina (his high-relief, in-the-round boulder carving of the Daoist immortal Liu Hai in a rocky cavern is estimated at $30,000-$50,000) while from the private collection of Morton and Myriame Leviloff come a series of Qing monochromes, including a clair-de-lune garlic-mouth vase with a Qianlong (1735-96) character mark and possibly of the period, estimated at $5,000-$8,000.

During the course of four decades, medical stenographer Angela Gross Folk and her husband amassed a similarly impressive collection of Chinese porcelain. The Heritage auction offers more than 30 pieces from the Folk estate, including a pair of early 19th-century export rose medallion tureens, covers and liners painted with beauties and boys in blooming courtyard settings, estimated at $1,200-$1,600. The two crests are for the family of Clerke, and the motto suggests these were made to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Battle of Spurs in 1513, in which Sir John Clerke had played a key role.
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Chinese clair-de-lune glazed garlic-mouth vase, estimated at $5,000-$8,000 at Heritage Auctions.
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Chinese yellow glass elephant snuff bottle, estimated at $1,000-$2,000 at Heritage Auctions.
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Pair of Chinese cloisonné lions with riders, estimated at $6,000-$8,000 at Heritage Auctions.
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Chinese carved celadon and russet jade Liu Hai boulder, estimated at $30,000-$50,000 at Heritage Auctions.
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Pair of Chinese export Canton rose medallion covered tureens, estimated at $1,200-$1,600 at Heritage Auctions.
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Chinese export porcelain owned by Revolutionary War veterans set the table at Grogan & Company

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BOSTON — Two pieces made for members of the famed Society of the Cincinnati led a single-owner sale of Chinese export porcelain presented at Grogan & Company on August 16.  A tea bowl and saucer from a service made for Benjamin Lincoln and a covered equelle made for Samuel Shaw were among more than 1,500 objects assembled during a 40-year period by Bostonian brothers Vartan “Van” Ghugasian and Armen Ghugasian.

The Society of the Cincinnati was founded in 1783 by officers of the Continental Army who had served in the Revolutionary War. Several members commissioned armorial porcelain services from the kilns of Jingdezhen in the 1790s. Pieces made for Major General Benjamin Lincoln, the man who accepted the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, carry a particular status.

This well-preserved tea bowl and saucer decorated with a polychrome rendition of the Order of Cincinnati and the initials BL was last sold by Skinner in Boston in March 2019 for $92,250. Here, estimated at $15,000-$25,000, it took $50,000 ($65,000 with buyer’s premium).

Samuel Shaw is less well known, although he, too, was a major during the war and worked as the first US consul to China from 1786-89. The equelle, applied with a gilt fruit sprig finial, was estimated at $8,000-$12,000 and took $15,000 ($19,500 with buyer’s premium).

The Ghugasians’ Armenian family heritage colored their collecting. As well as wares made for the English, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and Dutch markets, there were 10 pieces made for Armenian patrons. This is a rarefied field but one that sparked plenty of competition. There were several elements of a blue and gilt dinner service decorated with a geometric pattern, the Cyrillic monogram AYA and the date 1833. A set of four hot-water plates took $19,000 ($23,750 with buyer’s premium) while, estimated at $300-$500, a sauce tureen and cover brought $17,000 ($21,250 with buyer’s premium).

A rarity created for the English market was a circa-1800 ‘sample’ coffee can and saucer made to help European and American customers in their purchasing decisions. Both pieces are decorated with elements of eight different border decorations. It went to an internet bidder via LiveAuctioneers at $8,500 ($11,050 with buyer’s premium).
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Society of the Cincinnati tea bowl and saucer from the service of General Benjamin Lincoln, $50,000 ($65,000 with buyer’s premium) at Grogan & Company.
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Society of the Cincinnati covered equelle from the service of Samuel Shaw, $15,000 ($19,500 with buyer’s premium) at Grogan & Company.
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Four Armenian market hot water plates dating to 1833, $19,000 ($23,750 with buyer’s premium) at Grogan & Company.
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Circa-1800 ‘sample’ coffee cup and saucer, $8,500 ($11,050 with buyer’s premium) at Grogan & Company.
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Chinese bronze vessel from prince’s collection could rule at Nadeau’s, May 6

Detail of Han-type inlaid archaistic bronze vessel with provenance to the Prince Kung collection, estimated at $100,000-$200,000
Detail of Han-type inlaid archaistic bronze vessel with provenance to the Prince Kung collection, estimated at $100,000-$200,000
Detail of inlaid archaistic bronze vessel with provenance to the Prince Kung collection, estimated at $100,000-$200,000

WINDSOR, Conn. – Nadeau’s Auction Gallery will hold an American Antiques, Chinese, Continental, and Jewelry Spring Auction on Saturday, May 6. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Gallery Report: Green Goblin action figure scampers off with $76K at Hake’s

ATLANTA – At the start of every month, ACN columnist Ken Hall delivers top auction highlights from around the United States and the wider world. Please enjoy the September 2022 edition of his Gallery Report. All prices quoted include the buyer’s premium, except where noted otherwise.

Green Goblin action figure, $76,700, Hake’s Auctions

An eight-inch Green Goblin action figure, issued by Meego in 1977 as part of its World’s Greatest Super-Heroes line, AFA-graded 80+ NM, sold for $76,700 at an auction of pop culture rarities held July 26-27 by Hake’s Auctions in York, Pennsylvania. Also, Gil Kane and Dick Giordano’s seven-panel art for page 27 of Marvel Premiere #15 from May 1974, featuring the debut of Iron Fist, reached $20,350; and Al Plastino’s original art for page 1 of Superman #184 from Feb. 1966 achieved $15,055.

Nantucket curlew decoy, $228,000, Copley Fine Art Auctions

A Harmon Hollow Nantucket curlew decoy sold for $228,000 at the 17th annual Sporting Sale held July 14-15 by Copley Fine Art Auctions in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Also, an oil on canvas image of Setter Puppies by Edmund Henry Osthaus earned $102,000; a dog painting titled Steady by A.F. Tait, depicting two setters pointing quail, achieved $73,800; a miniature shorebird set of 22 decoys by Elmer Crowell realized $92,250; and Crowell’s Wing-Up Greater Yellowlegs made $84,000.

12-cent U.S. postage stamp, $19,520, Holabird Western Americana Collections

A 12-cent U.S. postage stamp with a portrait bust of George Washington sold for $19,520 at a Wild West Auction held July 21-24 by Holabird Western Americana Collections in Reno, Nevada. Also, an 1860 U.S. Army Colt revolver with a Richards conversion attained $13,750; a light aqua Endlich & Good squat-shaped beer bottle, dating to circa 1861-1864, realized $7,187; and an early 1900s First National Bank of Foraker (Oklahoma) $10 bank note went for $4,458.

Chinese Export porcelain punch bowls, $64,000, Nye & Company Auctioneers

A pair of 19th-century Chinese Export porcelain punch bowls sold for $64,000 at an Estate Treasures auction held July 20 by Nye & Company Auctioneers in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Also, an early 20th-century folk art cowboy iron shooting gallery target, attributed to William F. Mangels and titled The Stick-Up, earned $19,200; and a taupe-upholstered sectional sofa designed by Joe DiUrso for Donghia, with squared corners and raised ends, finished at $12,160.

Camille Claudel sculpture, $150,000, Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers

A bronze and hardstone sculpture of a woman sitting in a chair with her head resting against a fireplace mantel, created by Camille Claudel (French, 1864-1913), sold for $150,000 in an online Fine & Decorative Art auction held August 1 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, based in Cranston, Rhode Island. Also, an oil on canvas by B. Prabha (Indian, 1933-2001), titled Fisher Women Painting, achieved $18,750; and an ornately carved Victorian desk attributed to R. J. Horner brought $7,500.

19th-century French Japonisme armoire, $30,000, Andrew Jones Auctions

A late 19th-century French parcel paint decorated Karelian birch and faux bamboo Japonisme armoire sold for $30,000 at the Part VI sale of the John Nelson collection, held July 24-25 by Andrew Jones Auctions in Los Angeles. Also, a pair of circa-1900 Louis XV/XVI transitional style parcel gilt and blue painted bibliotheques brought $30,000, and a third quarter 20th-century Modernist fossil marble, granite and steel table went to a determined bidder for $27,500.

Machine Man Robot, $84,000, Morphy Auctions

A circa-1960 Machine Man Robot from the Japanese company Masudaya’s famed Gang of Five robot series, one of only a few known, sold for $84,000 at a Toys & Collectibles Auction held Aug. 9-10 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania. Also, a Japanese battery-operated Electroman Robot attained $78,000, and a scarce 1950s Italian gumball vending machine in the form of a 54in full-figure robot, with prizes visible inside its chest, finished at $48,000.

39-star American flag, $24,120, New Frontier Western Show & Auction

A 39-star American flag flown at the Capitol Building in Santa Fe in 1912, the year that New Mexico joined the Union, sold for $24,120 at auction held August 27 by New Frontier Western Show & Auction of Loveland, Colorado. The auction was held in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Also, an antique Colt Single Action Army revolver attributed to the 101 Ranch sold for $8,100, and a pair of Buermann inlaid spurs with cut-out snake heelbands found a new owner for $5,700.

Jean Shrimpton photo print, $3,438, John Moran Auctioneers

A massive photo print on canvas with a neon attachment, titled Jean Shrimpton Astronaut and created in 2014 by Andrew Martin Designs after Richard Avedon, sold for $3,438 at a ReDesigned auction held July 19 by John Moran Auctioneers in Los Angeles. Also, a lapis blue 1980 Mercedes Benz 450 SL automobile in pristine condition sped away for $18,750, and a red 1961 Gibson Les Paul Jr. electric guitar with a 1960s-era Gibson amp earned $8,750.

Albert York oil-on-plywood work, $110,250, Sarasota Estate Auction

An oil-on-plywood painting by Albert York, titled Imaginary Playground (Trees and Fence), sold for $110,250 at an auction held July 23-24 by Sarasota Estate Auction in Sarasota, Florida. Also, Romare Bearden’s The Quilters rose to $73,000; an unsigned, untitled Itzchak Tarkay acrylic on canvas achieved $20,790; a gouache on paper by A. R. Penck brought $13,230; a sculpture by Jorge Blanco, titled Later, made $14,490; and an antique 22K gold, sterling and diamond necklace hit $11,970.

Covered Meissen dish, $4,250, Kamelot Auctions

A 19th-century covered Meissen dish sold for $4,250 at a three-day sale held July 19-21 by Kamelot Auctions in Philadelphia. Also, an original circa-1950 set of rattan armchairs went for $3,750, and an 18K gold and sapphire necklace by Marco Bicego slipped around a new neck for $2,250. The auctions were divided into Luxury Goods: Jewelry & Handbags; Mod Interiors: Chic, Bamboo & Rattan; and Estate Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts. Most lots sold above their estimates.

King Henry VIII document, $66,435, RR Auction

A one-page vellum manuscript document signed by King Henry VIII and dated July 26, 1536, in which he discusses sponsoring the feast day of St. George, patron saint of England, sold for $66,435 in an online auction held July 20-August 10 by RR Auction, based in Boston. Also, a document Abraham Lincoln signed as president, regarding rebuilding the North-South economy in 1865, realized $41,321; and an early Marilyn Monroe document, signed twice by the starlet, earned $32,103.

Nathan Cobb, Jr. swimming Canada goose, $252,000, Guyette & Deeter

A swimming Canada goose by Nathan Cobb, Jr. of Cobb Island, Virginia sold for $252,000 at a Decoy & Sporting Art auction held July 29-30 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland, by Guyette & Deeter. Also, a Ward Brothers greenwing teal hen flew away for $33,000; an Edmund Osthaus sporting art canvas realized $69,600; a mute swan by Maryland carver Oliver Lawson finished at $15,600; and a set of Nantucket lightship baskets carried away $10,800.

Anne Ramsdell Congdon painting, $123,000, Rafael Osona Auctions

A 1941 oil on canvas by Anne Ramsdell Congdon, titled View from Monomoy, sold for $123,000 at an Americana, Fine Art & Marine auction held Aug. 6-7 by Rafael Osona Auctions in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Also, an iconic red sail painting by Robert Stark, Jr., titled Sunset Sail, drifted to $70,725; an 1895 portrait painted by Wendell Macy, titled Lady in the Sun, Nantucket, won $20,910; and Sybil Goldsmith’s View of Town from the Creeks, painted in 1976, rose to $8,190.

David Hockney lithograph, $20,480, La Belle Epoque Auction Gallery

A lithograph by David Hockney (British, b. 1937-), titled Four Flowers in a Still Life, dated and numbered 6/50, sold for $20,480 at a Multi-Estates Summer auction held August 13 by La Belle Epoque Auction Gallery in New York City. Also, an early 20th-century floral still life by Charles E. Porter (American, 1847-1923) achieved $1,920; a 102-piece set of Kirk sterling silver flatware weighing 127 troy ounces earned $2,300; and a Lucien Picard 14K Art Deco ladies’ watch brought $640.

1927-D Double Eagle gold coin, $4.44 million, Heritage Auctions

A 1927-D Double Eagle US gold coin, part of the Bob R. Simpson collection and graded MS66 PCGS, sold for $4.44 million at a US Coins Signature Auction held August 23 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. The price bested the previous record for the 1927-D Double Eagle of $2.16 million, set at Heritage’s Fun US Coins Signature Auction in January 2020. In the recent sale, five bidders continued to chase the coin after it exceeded $3 million.

Kobe Bryant rookie card, $34,375, Hindman

A 1996-1997 Skybox E-X2000 Credentials Kobe Bryant rookie basketball card No. 30, graded BGS 9 Mint, sold for $34,375 at a sale of The Definitive Collection of Kobe Bryant Rookie Cards held August 24 by Hindman in Chicago. The card was considered to be a holy grail collectible and featured a die cut image of Bryant, foiled borders and a cloud background. The auction was held on August 24, which has become known as Mamba Day in honor of the numbers Bryant wore during his basketball career: 8 and 24.

Jamie Wyeth painting, $192,000, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

A mixed-media work for Study for Lighthouse by Jamie Wyeth (American, b. 1946-) sold for $192,000 at a Splendor sale held Aug. 26-28 by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Thomaston, Maine. Also, a watercolor painting by Andrew Wyeth (American, 1917-2009), titled The Pantry, achieved $162,000; an oil on canvas by Robert Scott Duncanson hit $138,000; and a Modernist color composition painting by Beauford Delaney (American, 1901-1979) made $102,000.

Herend Rothschild Bird pattern table service, $10,710, Doyle

A Herend porcelain table service in the Rothschild Bird pattern sold for $10,710 at an Entertaining with Style auction held August 11 by Doyle in New York City. Introduced in 1860, the pattern portrays a story about Baroness Rothschild of Vienna, who lost her pearl necklace in her garden. Several days later, the necklace was discovered by her gardener, who saw the birds dangling it from a tree. In addition, a group of Lettuce Ware by Dodie Thayer sold as several lots for a combined $20,853.

 

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Sendak-signed advance book proof could be bestseller at JG, Aug. 23

 

Signed, uncorrected advanced proof of the Maurice Sendak book ‘We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy,’ est. $1,250-$1,500
Signed, uncorrected advance proof of the Maurice Sendak book ‘We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy,’ est. $1,250-$1,500

DANVERS, Mass. – JG.Limited, the recently-formed auction arm of the venerable collectibles powerhouse JG Autographs, Inc., is holding its inaugural online-only sale through Tuesday, August 23. The 500-lot History & Culture auction features items relating to JFK, Thomas Jefferson, the Wright Brothers and Harry Truman. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

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Auction of art collection yields major donation to Douglas Foundation

Antoni Clave, ‘L’enfant a l'oiseaux,’ $37,500
Antoni Clave, ‘L’enfant a l'oiseaux,’ $37,500
Antoni Clave, ‘L’enfant a l’oiseaux,’ $37,500

LOS ANGELES – Pieces collected by the late Kirk and Anne Douglas drew thousands of bidders to a May 18 sale by Andrew Jones Auctions to benefit The Douglas Foundation. The sale achieved a total of $343,000 as well as white glove status. More than 200 lots of modern art, antiques, tribal works, fine and costume jewelry, personalized accessories, memorabilia, books and ephemera were offered.

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American-themed Chinese export porcelain served at Alex Cooper, March 5

Chinese export porcelain featuring images inspired by John Trumbull’s painting, ‘The Declaration of Independence,’ est. $5,000-$7,000
Chinese export porcelain featuring images inspired by John Trumbull’s painting, ‘The Declaration of Independence,’ est. $5,000-$7,000
Chinese export porcelain cup and saucer decorated with images inspired by John Trumbull’s famous patriotic painting, ‘The Declaration of Independence,’ est. $5,000-$7,000

TOWSON, Md. – The Alex Cooper auction house will hold a sale titled Fine Art, Furniture, Decorative Art & Rugs on Saturday, March 5, starting at 10 am Eastern time. Among the lots will be a selection of Chinese Export porcelain with patriotic American themes. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Punch bowls allow master artisans to flaunt their talents

A circa-1900 Dorflinger Montrose pattern green-to-clear punch bowl set with matching bowl, base, ladle and 13 cups achieved $110,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2014. Image courtesy of DuMouchelles and LiveAuctioneers
A circa-1900 Dorflinger Montrose pattern green-to-clear punch bowl set with matching bowl, base, ladle and 13 cups achieved $110,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2014. Image courtesy of DuMouchelles and LiveAuctioneers
A circa-1900 Dorflinger Montrose pattern green-to-clear punch bowl set with matching bowl, base, ladle and 13 cups achieved $110,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2014. Image courtesy of DuMouchelles and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Let’s make one thing clear right away: No one technically needs a punch bowl. In his delightful 2010 book, Punch, author, cocktail expert and historian David Wondrich spends a long paragraph recounting the many receptacles in which he has prepared the crowd-pleasing tipple, including, in part, “pasta pots, Le Crueset Dutch ovens, spackle buckets, salad spinners, five-gallon water-cooler jugs, candy dishes, candy jars, Lexans of all sizes, nameless orange plastic things from Home Depot, large earthenware pots, galvanized washtubs and a host of other miscellaneous vessels I’m not recalling.” But wanting a nice punch bowl has a long and honorable history. Wondrich states in Punch that the term “punchbowl” emerged by 1658 and silversmiths were producing them by 1680.

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Revolutionary War powder horn tipped to reach $100K at University Archives

Revolutionary War powder horn used at the Battle of Concord, est. $90,000-$100,000
Revolutionary War powder horn used at the Battle of Concord, est. $90,000-$100,000
Revolutionary War powder horn used at the Battle of Concord, est. $90,000-$100,000

WILTON, Conn. – A Revolutionary War powder horn, an extensive archive of material about Playboy magazine’s Hugh Hefner and a legal summons signed by the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp will all be part of University Archives’ online auction on Wednesday, November 10, at 10:30 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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