Important Washington and Maryland estates and collections contribute to stellar auction lineup in Sloans & Kenyon’s Sept. 15-17 auction

Sept. 5, 2006

CHEVY CHASE, Md. – Sloans & Kenyon Auctioneers and Appraisers' Sept. 15-17 Estate Catalogue Auction features over 2,000 lots of American and European furniture, paintings and sculpture, Asian ceramics, furniture and works of art, books, decorative arts, silver, estate jewelry, rugs andcarpets, ethnographica and Americana. The three-day sale, with real-time Internet bidding provided by, is estimated to gross nearly $2 million.

The three-day auction begins on Friday, September 15th with over 685 lots of Asian ceramics, furniture and works of art. The fifth consecutive Asian specialty session is Sloans & Kenyon's largest to date, both in lots and estimated value; the Friday session is expected to gross over $600,000. Asian session highlights include a Chinese cinnabar lacquer and white jade double-gourd vase (Est. $25,000-30,000); an 18th century Chinese rhinoceros horn tripod libation cup (Est. $15,000-25,000); a Chinese Mughal style white jade vase and cover (Est. $14,000-16,000); Chinese celadon jade finger citron (Est. $10,000-15,000); a signed gouache on cotton by Jamini Roy (Indian, 1887-1972) (Est. $5,000-7,000); and a rare and unusual 18th-19th century rhinoceros horn ruyi scepter (Est. $8,000-10,000).

Forty pieces of exquisite jewelry from the estate of Washington socialite Gladys Bendetsen - named Washington's most beautiful woman in 1951 - start the Sunday, September 17th session. The highlight of the jewelry session is a signed Buccellati platinum-on-yellow gold, pearl and rose-cut diamond leaf design suite in its original box (Est. $15,000-25,000).

Gardner's Sketchbook of the War (Est. $70,000-90,000), published in 1865 in an edition of 200, is the last lot of the Sunday session. Gardner's Sketchbook chronicles the Civil War in 100 albumen prints. The first and most famous photographic book about the Civil War, Gardner's Sketchbook was consigned by a prominent Washington family.

Highlights of the Sunday art session include works by Grandma Moses (American, 1860-1961) (Est. $25,000-35,000) and Madeline author and illustrator Ludwig von Bemelmans (Austrian-American, 1898-1962) (first, Est. $7,000-7,500, second, Est. $5,000-7,000), both consigned by a Maryland collector; and  Le Pho (Vietnamese-French, 1907-2001) (Est. $8,000-10,000) from the Estate of Gladys Bendetsen.

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