Final sales of Ann and Gordon Getty’s collection scheduled for Jan. 23-25 at Stair

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HUDSON, N.Y. – Stair Galleries will present the remainder of the remarkable Ann and Gordon Getty collection in two forthcoming sales. A three-day auction on Tuesday, January 23, Wednesday, January 24 and Thursday, January 25 titled A Lifetime of Connoisseurship, Curiosity and Collecting will be followed on Thursday, February 29 by a sale called A Confluence of 19th and 20th Century Design.

The January event, now available for live bidding via LiveAuctioneers, brings together property from three California properties that were furnished in her favored ‘layered maximalism’ style by Ann Getty: an Italianate manse in Pacific Heights; Ann Getty’s childhood home outside of Sacramento, known as Wheatland; and Temple of Wings, the Greco-Roman-style estate in Berkeley Hills. Many items include provenances to auctions and dealerships in London and New York.

Essentially, the Stair sales ensure that bidders will be offered more of the English and European furniture and decorative arts – blending academic rigor with a love of the wow factor – that made the first Getty collection sales at Christie’s such memorable events. However, on this occasion, the estimates are in the distinctly affordable range, starting at $50 for a Staffordshire flatback figure of a zebra and peaking at $20,000 for an oil of Moret-sur-Loing by the Canadian American Impressionist Ernest Lawson (1873-1939).

Most of the 726 lots offered in the January 23-25 sale have estimates that are under $2,000. As before, the proceeds of the sales will go to various charities.

Colin Stair, a fourth-generation furniture specialist, knew Ann and Gordon Getty personally. “I was honored to work with the Getty family during my time at both Sotheby’s and Stair Restoration. Everything in the Getty home was done ‘just so,’ and it absolutely rang true in every interior. Ann Getty was patience and taste personified. She was, without a doubt, one of America’s greatest self-taught decorators,” he recalled.
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Staffordshire model of a zebra, estimated at $50-$100 as part of the Ann and Gordon Getty collection at Stair Galleries.
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Ernest Lawson, ‘Moret-sur-Loing,’ estimated at $15,000-$20,000 as part of the Ann and Gordon Getty collection at Stair Galleries.
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Last sold at Sotheby’s in London in July 1996, this pair of George III porcelain-mounted and inlaid mahogany writing cabinets carry an estimate of $10,000-$15,000 as part of the Ann and Gordon Getty collection at Stair Galleries.
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Acquired from the antiques firm Mallet, this French Charles X period geometric inlaid rosewood tilt-top table is estimated at $2,500-$4,500 as part of the Ann and Gordon Getty collection at Stair Galleries.
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Pair of massive Italian carved alabaster vases attributed to Lorenzo Bartolini on later pedestals, estimated at $10,000-$20,000 as part of the Ann and Gordon Getty collection at Stair Galleries.
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This 2001 painted wood Carrot Chest, one of five quirky vegetable-inspired furnishings on offer by Craig Nutt, is estimated at $2,000-$3,000 as part of the Ann and Gordon Getty collection at Stair Galleries.
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Late 19th-century French cast metal and wood automaton piano and player, acquired at Sotheby’s in 1998 and estimated at $3,000-$5,000 as part of the Ann and Gordon Getty collection at Stair Galleries.
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Jasper52 serves up Americana, folk art and outsider art, June 29

Circa-1825 Staffordshire hexagonal soup tureen, estimated at $3,000-$3,500
Circa-1825 Staffordshire hexagonal soup tureen, estimated at $3,000-$3,500
Circa-1825 Staffordshire hexagonal soup tureen, estimated at $3,000-$3,500

NEW YORK – On Thursday, June 29, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will present its next sale of Americana, Folk Art and Outsider Art. As always, the sale is curated by Clifford Wallach, an expert in Americana, tramp art and folk art. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Pair of emerald green tulip vases should bloom at Jeffrey S. Evans, June 15-17

Boston & Sandwich Glass Co. pair of pillar-molded cut-notch tulip vases in deep emerald green, estimated at $8,000-$12,000
Boston & Sandwich Glass Co. pair of pillar-molded cut-notch tulip vases in deep emerald green, estimated at $8,000-$12,000
Boston & Sandwich Glass Co. pair of pillar-molded cut-notch tulip vases in deep emerald green, estimated at $8,000-$12,000

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will hold its 44th Semi-Annual Premier Americana Auction from Thursday, June 15, through Sunday, June 17. The three-day event features nearly 1,500 lots consigned from several important collections as well as a large selection of choice objects from various individuals, estates and institutions. Each session will commence at 9 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Gaudy Dutch pottery: bold and favored for 200 years

This Gaudy Dutch Butterfly pattern coffee pot sold for $11,000 plus the buyer’s premium in March 2022. Image courtesy of Conestoga Auction Company Division of Hess Auction Group and LiveAuctioneers.
This Gaudy Dutch Butterfly pattern coffee pot sold for $11,000 plus the buyer’s premium in March 2022. Image courtesy of Conestoga Auction Company Division of Hess Auction Group and LiveAuctioneers.
This Gaudy Dutch Butterfly pattern coffee pot sold for $11,000 plus the buyer’s premium in March 2022. Image courtesy of Conestoga Auction Company Division of Hess Auction Group and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — Bold and colorful, Gaudy Dutch pottery stands out admirably but also marries well with other hand-painted wares and folk art. Made in England by Staffordshire, Derby and Worcester potters for the American market between 1810 to 1820, Gaudy Dutch had a short production run — only 16 patterns have been identified — but its popularity endures. Its heyday was in the 1980s and 1990s, but collectors still seek out patterns and forms, and prices have rebounded in recent years.

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Coca-Cola clock, Izannah Walker doll were top picks at Jeffrey Evans sale

Baird Chicago-Era Coca-Cola advertising store clock, $17,010
 Baird Chicago-Era Coca-Cola advertising store clock, $17,010

Baird Chicago-Era Coca-Cola advertising store clock, $17,010

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – The Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates March 2-5 Winter Americana Auction produced strong prices along with a few surprises in multiple categories. The four-day event consisted of more than 2,400 lots that generated robust levels of participation for the auction house. It was the strongest Winter Americana Auction for the firm to date.

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Embarrassment of auction riches at Jeffrey S. Evans, March 2-5

Baird Chicago-era Coca-Cola store clock, est. $5,000-$8,000
Baird Chicago-era Coca-Cola store clock, est. $5,000-$8,000
Baird Chicago-era Coca-Cola store clock, est. $5,000-$8,000

MT. CRAWFORD, Va, – The Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Winter Americana Auction contains everything from advertising and political collectibles to folk art to a large collection of dolls. The massive auction, comprising more than 2,400 lots, will take place during four consecutive days from Wednesday, March 2 through Saturday, March 5. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Nelson-Atkins Museum showcases ‘Castles, Cottages, and Crime’

English Staffordshire mantel ornament in the form of Stanfield Hall, known as a “murder house,” circa 1849–1860. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
English Staffordshire mantel ornament in the form of Stanfield Hall, known as a “murder house,” circa 1849–1860. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
English Staffordshire mantel ornament in the form of Stanfield Hall, a real-world site that was known as a “murder house,” circa 1849–1860. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A whimsical exhibition celebrating a unique period in the British Victorian decorative arts will be on view at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City from July 10 to March 6, 2022. Castles, Cottages, and Crime features more than two dozen small ceramic structures from the museum’s permanent collection, along with several local loans and a new gift. Most were made by Staffordshire potteries in England’s West Midlands in the mid-1800s and served to decorate British middle- and working-class homes.

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