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ANTIQUES AND THE ARTS WEEKLY

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Newsstand Rate $2.00 Published byThe Bee Publishing Company, Newtown, Connecticut INDEXES ON
PAGES 36 & 37

Francis Howe House Mural (first-floor hall), by Rufus Porter and Stephen Twombly Porter (American, 1816-1850), West
Dedham (now Westwood), Mass., signed and dated 1838. Distemper paint on plaster. Private collection. —David Bohl photo

Rufus Porter’s Curious World:
ART AND INVENTION IN AMERICA, 1815-1860

Masthead of Scientific American, designed by Rufus Porter, New York City, August 8, 1845. Private collection.

BY RICK RUSSACK Although he founded Scientific American in 1845, the oldest continu-
BRUNSWICK, MAINE — Detailing the life and works of Rufus Por- ously published magazine in the United States, he sold it after just a
ter (1792-1884), the Bowdoin College Museum of Art presents “Rufus few months, but his name remained on the masthead for the next few
Porter’s Curious World: Art and Invention in America, 1815-1860,” years.
mounted in tandem with a 144-page catalog and on exhibit through
May 31. His numerous inventions were useful in the home, on the farm and in
The exhibition has nearly 100 illustrations of works that can be fairly the factory but he never substantially profited from any — although his
attributed to Porter and some of his contemporaries, including his old- design for a revolving rifle cylinder, which sold for $100 to Samuel Colt,
est son, Stephen Twombly Porter, Moses Eaton, Abel Bowen and others. helped to revolutionize the firearms industry. Porter married twice and
It also illustrates a number of his inventions. fathered 15 children. He moved frequently from town to town and trav-
Porter was ahead of his time in many ways; he was one of the most eled as far as Virginia. This exhibition, and the accompanying catalog,
creative, inventive and colorful figures of the Nineteenth Century. Gen- describes his life story and his many accomplishments.
erally unknown to too many people, collectors of Americana will proba-
bly be familiar with his name as a painter of profile portraits, some will The show features more than 40 of Porter’s paintings, publications
know him as the painter of murals on the walls of numerous northern and inventions, including the only known tall case clock he made. The
New England homes, and some may remember him as a prolific inven- material is drawn from more than 25 institutional and private collec-
tor and publisher. He researched and designed a flying airship 50 years tions and many of the objects are being shown for the first time. The
before the Wright Brothers and patented at least two dozen inventions. exhibition and catalog provide the first scholarly inquiry into Porter in

( continued on page 6C )

Tall clock with clockwork mechanism attributed to Rufus Porter, unidentified clockmaker and cabinetmaker, circa 1834.
Dial inscribed “R. Porter / Billerica, Mass.” Cherry, metal works, enameled dial, 85 by 18 by 10 inches. Private collection.
Image courtesy Skinner, Inc.

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Shirley Mueller, MD

In her 2019 book, Inside the Head of a Collector, Shirley Mueller, MD, recounts
a cultural enrichment trip she made in 1996 with a group organized by the
Peabody Essex Museum to Haarlem, the Netherlands. Seeking a break from
the sensory overload of the museums there, she struck out on her own on the
city’s streets in search of her collecting passion — Chinese export porcelain.
Finding no prized pieces in the local antiques shops and running short of time
to rejoin her group, she made one more visit, encountering no stellar items but
striking up a conversation with the shop’s owner, a ruddy-faced Dutchman,
who invited her to accompany him to his upper-level living quarters to see
some special pieces. Does she take him up on his offer on the chance that she
may encounter her heart’s desire? Or does she politely demure, not knowing if the man has other intentions and having no
way to let anyone from her group know where she is? These conflicting thoughts set up a discussion on risk-taking in the
mind of a collector, just one of the compelling topics Mueller addresses in her book on the intersection of science and art.
We asked the adjunct associate professor of neurology at Indiana University about some of these scientific moments.

Okay, a new term for us to under- When does collecting become an How do you explain Cattelan’s
stand — neuroeconomics. What does it unhealthy obsession? How do you $120,000 banana duct-taped to a
mean? explain hoarding? wall?

Neuroeconomics is the study of the biological founda- When objects replace humans as the focus of Apparently Cattelan likes fully ripe bananas, and
tion of economic decision-making of which collecting life. This means that instead of art being placed that makes me happy for him as he was able to
is a subset. One important tool used in this discipline is in an inanimate category meant to beautify display what appealed to him. As for his audience
the Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fRMI), and enrich as an accessory to living, it takes on and the buyer, I think they were responding to nov-
which was not available until the early 1990s There- a human form to an individual who is often elty — and the hype of the event. There is a brain
fore, the contents of my book are based on this and simultaneously lacking meaningful human area that is stimulated when we are exposed to an
other new information. Using fMRI, the emotional interaction for whatever reason. This is differ- oddball situation like this one. It is the substantia
part of the brain known as the limbic system has ent than hoarding, which normally involves nigra/ventral tegmental region, which is rich with
been identified as important in the decision-making indiscriminately collecting minor objects. dopaminergic neurons known to be part of the re-
process. This is contrary to earlier opinion that the Fortunately, only 1-3 percent of collectors are ward system which can strongly influence behavior.
rational brain, also known as the neocortex, played the hoarders. In my mind, the two really have little
dominate role. relationship to each other. Collectors enjoy You mention the benefits of making
their collections. Hoarders do not. social connections in collecting. An
You cite your exhibit “Elegance from example from your own experience?
the East: New Insights into Old Porce- Why is an affordable reproduction
lain,” a 2017 exhibition at the India- of a painting, sculpture or piece of There are too many to even try to describe; my
napolis Museum of Art, as one of the furniture not as satisfying as own- answer would take pages. Thereby, I will men-
first museum exhibits to use a neuro- ing the original? tion one from my book, and, in fact, will quote
psychological approach. How did you from it: “Loneliness gripped me in London. I was
achieve this? This relates to essentialism, which means we there in the early 1990s for the Ceramics Fair by
respond to beliefs about object as well as the myself. Having just begun to collect Chinese export
I connected the past to the present through neuropsy- object itself. There are several pieces of scien- porcelain, I didn’t yet know anyone in the field...
chological insights that prompted visitors to replicate tific evidence that support this line of thinking That is, until I went to one of the seminars held in
their own desires and interests similar to those of covered in my book. conjunction with the fair. Though I don’t recall the
consumers several hundred years ago. This approach is speaker, I do vividly remember Mildred Mottahe-
possible because our brain hasn’t changed substantially deh (1908-2000), founder of the luxury porcelain
in the 400 or so years since the porcelain was made, supplier Mottahedeh and Company.” The rest is
purchased and appreciated. Then, as now, humans history. We developed a rewarding friendship and
search for pleasure, intellectual stimulation, profit and saw one another at least several times a year until
social interactions while also experiencing miscommu- her death. She was an inspiration and mentor.
nications and pain.
Learning to say “goodbye” — plans
Besides collectors, what other audiences for your own collection?
can benefit from your book’s ideas?
Saying goodbye is not sweet sorrow. It is more bru-
Dealers and museum professionals as well as the tal — like losing an arm or leg and being beaten
anyone who wishes to learn about her or himself as a with the bloody end. Until recently, the latter is the
consumer of products. way I was feeling. Then, quite suddenly, an idea
occurred to me that was pleasing because it meant
You were on a lecture tour this past my collection could help others not only by giving
fall to promote the book. What was a buyers joy but also the less fortunate: Sell at auc-
highlight? tion, enjoy the catalog that accompanies the sale,
sponsor an associated educational seminar and
My presentation at Asia House in London. Many more
people attended than originally expected. This large give the proceeds to a charity. This idea felt good;
audience seemed to bring out my speaking ability to losing my collection to a higher cause. Whether
the maximum. Not only did I enjoy giving the lecture, it will ever happen is quite another thing. Right
but my audience seemed to take pleasure in hearing it. now, it is just an idea.

— W.A. Demers

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A Letter From The Editor number of marketing ave-
When most years turn over, ket is flooded. And dealers do This is where we stand today. Perhaps we should just duct- nues.
they have a tendency to feel not compete only against those But that is not to say there is tape them to walls — people
like a drop in the bucket. Anoth- in their specific market; they seem to like that. We form a collective of the
er one gone by. And if you live in compete for luxury spending no interest in this material. most voracious buyers in the
the North, the new year drops against both brick and mortar Indeed, the Metropolitan Muse- If the aughts will forever be world. You, me, them, anyone
right in the middle of winter — and digital retailers who sell um of Art posted record atten- known for the proliferation of reading this. You must be, to
when most folks are already seemingly unrelated things, dance numbers in 2018. So did the internet, the 2010s will seek the kind of news we pub-
looking ahead to warmer like iPhones, Netflix subscrip- others. And the Louvre — 10.2 likely be focused on the explo- lish. And not just monthly or
weather. But this year’s turn of tions and toy cars made in million people visited the Lou- sion of the smart phone, memes, quarterly, but 52 times a year. I
the page marks the end of a China. It all deducts from the vre last year, a record for the and all the apps that came know of no other media publica-
decade, and we would be remiss wallet the same. And to boot, institution. In fact, I would with. It will include the long tion in the world that prints
to not reflect at least a little. dealers — nearly every last one argue that through social arm of social media, whether more pages on antiques and art
of them a small business, a media, there has never been a you like it or not. There is a con- news than Antiques and The
Our collective culture tends to mom and pop shop — find time that art and artifacts have nectedness in our world that Arts Weekly. Let us know if you
define eras by the decades we themselves competing against been talked about more. has never once existed on such do. We’ll have published more
share together. You’ll hear “The the eight-figure marketing and a grand scale. than 4,500 pages this year.
60s were the best time of my digital sales budgets of compa- But for the antiques market,
life” more than you’ll ever hear nies that are driving both style the way in which contemporary Now where does that leave And as we move forward, we
“My 60s were the best time of and spending decisions of the consumers measure value has us? A newspaper heading into want you to be a partner in our
my life.” next generation. changed. The means to market the year 2020. stories. If you’re doing some-
have changed. Style and design, thing unique, have an object
So how did we feel about the And that flooded market must in almost every imaginable way, It leaves us feeling grateful. with a remarkable story, want
2010s? Did we have a nice time? be held in contrast with a have changed. We are deeply indebted to you, to show off your collection or
shrinking pool of buyers. every one of our subscribers, just have a tip on something
The antiques market, as in Wealth inequality has soared, Our paths forward are many… who still enjoy reading this for- you heard, please drop us a
the historic traditional Ameri- meaning fewer folks who have and no approach should be dis- mat. We receive notes frequent- note at [email protected]
can style popularized in the any money to buy anything counted. In this next decade, we ly from some who have been We read them all.
second half of the Twentieth they don’t need. The general will endeavor to focus our dia- with us since 1963, when we
Century, largely did not. population is struggling. And logue on making the antique were but a page in The New- We take pride that we are able
for those that have benefited contemporary. To put it on a town Bee. to publish news as it pertains to
Conversely, and in large part from this market, how many pedestal and talk about it in We are also thankful to our the entire industry: the top to
due to their Twentieth Century things can they buy until they much the same way that the art advertisers, whose support the bottom, on equal footing
and contemporary offerings, the are stuffed? Until the market world does with a canvas. To keeps this ship sailing. With- and in all of its forms.
art world certainly did. Jewelry “is strong for the best of the elicit excitement from an object out them, there would be no
and luxury goods seemed to do best, but everything else has that hasn’t materially changed newspaper. And we thank Loyal reader, we look forward
well. The collectibles world was fallen aside.” You have heard for hundreds of years. To speak them for seeing the value in to celebrating our market in the
solid. that line before. We all have. to experts, to collectors, and to our publication and for year and decade ahead.
those who know absolutely including us in their budgets
There is more competition for nothing. To speak colloquially. and among their growing Yours truly,
consumer spending than there Greg Smith, Editor
likely has ever been. The mar-

Clark Art Institute Examines Arabesque Motif

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. — graphs and curator of the exhi- That began to change in the demonstrates the adaptation of Both his architectural training
The sinuous, curving ornamen- bition. “It was an engine for Nineteenth Century with a such patterns for the domestic and his fascination with Islam-
tal motif known as “arabesque” experimentation, not just in new historical awareness that sphere, far removed from their ic art are evident in a table on
has ancient sources and first the visual arts but also in prompted artists and designers historical and architectural loan from the Art Institute of
appeared in Islamic cultures as music, dance and literature. to understand the roots of context. Chicago, which incorporates
a form of sacred writing. It fig- This exhibition and its related ornamental styles used in dif- Moorish arches and Arab cal-
ures in key movements in programs will present ara- ferent times and places. Portable objects, such as ligraphy, among other decora-
European art, from Renais- besque as a kind of interarts mosque lamps, became collect- tive elements.
sance grotesques to Rococo metaphor for imaginative free- The popularity of “Orientaliz- ible items for European home
interiors, on through art nou- dom and formal innovation.” ing” interior furnishings accel- interiors in the late Nineteenth Because of arabesque’s shape-
veau and beyond. Bridging cul- erated the domestic use of Century, coveted for their dis- shifting character, the varia-
tures and materials, arabesque Until about 1800, arabesque designs meticulously recorded tinctive shape, ornate inscrip- tions on it may continue with-
did not settle into a single form in European art typically by British architect and writer tions and decorative enameling out end. As a symbol of
or style but rather opened the served as a decorative addition Owen Jones (English, 1809- and gilding. imaginative freedom, it
aesthetic possibilities available to a central motif or larger 1874) and others. A large remains unrivaled.
to artists, tracing a winding design. That began to change length of silk furnishing fabric Art nouveau furniture design-
path from decorative border to with German Romantic artists inspired by Alhambra, on loan er Carlo Bugatti (Italian, 1856- The Clark Art Institute is at
overall principle of design. The such as Philipp Otto Runge to the exhibition from the 1940) developed an eclectic sig- 225 South Street. For more
Nineteenth Century flowering (1777-1810), Peter von Corne- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, nature style using an unusual information, www.clarkart.edu
of this motif is explored in the lius (1783-1867), and Eugen variety of natural materials. or 413-458-2303.
Clark Art Institute’s exhibi- Napoleon Neureuther (1806-
tion, “Arabesque,” on view 1882). Inspired by develop-
through March 22. Forty-five ments in the literary realm,
works across a variety of media these artists pushed the bound-
trace the development of the aries of arabesque with experi-
arabesque line from the highly mental designs that crept well
detailed compositions of the out of the traditional frame,
German Romantics through sometimes occupying the
the pictorial experiments of entire composition.
Nabi and Art Nouveau artists.
The term arabesque, a French
“‘Arabesque’ has complex cul- word derived from the Italian
tural origins, and its reception “arabesco,” speaks to the
by Nineteenth Century Euro- motif ’s origins in the art and
pean artists offers a fascinat- architecture of the Middle East
ing story to tell,” said Anne and North Africa. But by the
Leonard, Manton curator of end of the Eighteenth Century,
prints, drawings and photo- artists had little awareness of
its origins outside of Europe.

Carlo Bugatti (Italian, 1856-1940), table, 1895-1902, vellum,
hammered copper, pewter, walnut, and ebonized beech-
wood, 29½ by 27-15/16 by 21¼ inches. The Art Institute of
Chicago, Gift of the Antiquarian Society Annual Tour 1974;
Jessie Spalding Landon Fund, 1975.331 ©2020 Artists Rights
Society (ARS), New York City / ADAGP, Paris.

4 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 27, 2019

Copake Will Mark Its 40th New Year’s Day Auction

One of the cupboards from A Nineteenth Century hitch- Rare pair of Nineteenth Century dumb Fraktur, woman with cat on leash, water-
the Philip and Kathy Seibel ing post by Fiske. stoves of George Washington and Lady Lib- color on laid paper. Sussel-Washington art-
collection. rest of the collection. Much to erty in polychrome paint surface. Made circa ist, Pennsylvania ($20/25,000).
owners Mike Fallon’s and Seth 1843 by Alonzo Blanchard, Albany N.Y., both
COPAKE, N.Y. — Copake Fallon’s amazement, they Washington and Lady Liberty are 48¾ inch-
Auction will conduct its 40th received 40 cupboards and es high. Previously sold at Copake Auction
annual New Year’s Day auc- hundreds of primitives. The in 2010 to the current owner, they have been
tion on Wednesday, January 1, cupboards and primitives will re-consigned and estimated $10/15,000.
at 10 am. The auction will hold be spread throughout upcom-
750 cataloged lots with online ing auctions, according to Seth addition, a selection of Midcen- portraits, including two attrib- and the Dragon.
bidding available on three Fallon. The auction also will tury Modern will be offered. uted to William Matthew Prior The auction will also feature
internet platforms, including feature collections from Long and a portrait of Charles I
the firm’s own website www. Island, Pennsylvania, Massa- Folk art will include more attributed to Anthony Van a Tiffany sterling silver flat-
copakeauction.com. Copake is chusetts and Connecticut. than 50 weathervanes, decoys Dyck. Other artists include ware set. Textiles include sam-
known for its annual New and shorebirds, carvings, prim- Eleanor Moore, David John- plers, quilts, homespuns and
Year’s Day auction, and the There will be more than 50 itives, game boards, trade son, Herman Geyer, Charle coverlets. The sale will also
firm assembles items year pieces of period furniture, signs, game wheels and more. Walquist (signed lower right feature stoneware, toys, metal-
round for this once-a-year auc- including five highboys, chests A rare Sussel-Washington art- and inscribed “Kinderhook, ware, woodenware and more.
tion tradition. of drawers, card tables, slant ist fraktur will be offered. A 1830), a portrait attributed to
lid desks, sets of chairs, tavern pair of Nineteenth Century Ralph Earl and a James Bard Previews will be conducted
This year features multiple tables, stands and more. In dumb stoves will be offered. ship painting. Folk art works Friday, December 27, through
collections and single consign- The gallery sold this exact pair will be offered, as well as an Tuesday, December 31, 11 am
ments. Featured are items to the current consignor on Eighteenth Century Italian to 5 pm, and auction day,
from the Philip and Kathy Sei- New Year’s Day in 2010 for still life, an early saint portrait Wednesday January 1, 9 to
bel collection in Catskill, N.Y. $22,600. The pair will sell and a Nineteenth Century 9:45 am.
Stair Galleries sold part of the unreserved. Italian mosaic of St George
collection this year, and Copake Auction is at 266
Copake Auction received the Artwork will include early Route 7A. For information,
518-329-1142.

Getty Examines Kollwitz’s Prints, Process & Politics

LOS ANGELES — Käthe Koll- The exhibition features etch- Socialist household. She studied The exhibition includes one of wing paramilitary forces follow-
witz (1867-1945), one of the fore- ings, woodcuts and lithographs painting at schools for women art- her most ambitious print cycles, ing the Spartacist Uprising in
most graphic artists of the Twen- from every phase of the artist’s ists in Berlin and Munich in the “Peasants’ War,” completed in Berlin in January 1919.
tieth Century, is celebrated for career, alongside related prepa- 1880s but did not receive formal 1908. Its seven prints evoke the Although she was not a member
her affecting portrayals of pov- ratory drawings, proofs and instruction in printmaking. effects of social injustice and rev- of the Communist Party, Koll-
erty, injustice, and loss in a soci- rejected versions of prints. These Learning from artists, printers, olution through a historical lens witz was moved to create a
ety troubled by turbulent soci- rich sequences of images vividly manuals and her own restless that focuses on a tragic episode memorial print for Liebknecht.
etal change and devastated by document the evolution of her experimentation, she produced a in German history. Drawings, The artist labored to find the
two world wars. Presenting rare ideas, both artistic and political. remarkable 275 etchings, litho- trials in lithography and etching technique that would best
works on paper spanning all five graphs and woodcuts. Her reputa- and working proofs produced express her sentiment, writing:
decades of her career, “Käthe According to exhibition co- tion flourished during a print- over the course of six years testi- “The immense impression made
Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Poli- curator Louis Marchesano, “Koll- making renaissance in late fy to Kollwitz’s meticulous plan- by the hundred thousand mourn-
tics,” casts light on the extraordi- witz is known for her powerful Nineteenth and early Twentieth ning and execution. The finished ers at his grave inspired me to a
nary technical virtuosity of these social commentary but what Century Germany. The artist work is a tour de force that work. It was begun and discard-
powerful images. people often don’t fully appreci- embraced the medium’s capacity affirmed her standing as one of ed as an etching, I made an
ate is that the immediacy and to disseminate her designs to a Europe’s most important artists. attempt to do it anew, and reject-
The exhibition, on view at the expressive clarity of her images wide audience. In her search for a ed it, as a lithograph. And now
Getty Research Institute belie the efforts behind the visual language that would The important connection finally as a woodcut it has found
through March 29, is drawn from works, which are products of a appeal to discerning collectors between technique and subject its end.”
the Dr Richard A. Simms Collec- deliberate and measured artistic and engage an ever-broadening in Kollwitz’s practice is exempli-
tion of Prints and Drawings, process.” public, she remained largely inde- fied by her 1920 tribute to Karl The Getty Center is at 1200
which was a partial gift to the pendent of avant-garde move- Liebknecht, leader of the Com- Getty Center Drive. For informa-
Getty Research Institute in Born in a conservative region of ments such as expressionism. munist Party of Germany, who tion, www.getty.edu or 310-440-
2016. the German Empire, Kollwitz was arrested and killed by right- 7300.
grew up in a politically active

Birmingham Museum Examines Silhouettes, Then & Now

BIRMINGHAM, ALA. — Before the self- houettes were a hugely popular and acces- black, white, presidents and laborers. 1800s, and a life-size silhouette of Flora, a
ie, before the Polaroid and even before the sible form of portraiture in the Nineteenth “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now” at 19-year-old enslaved woman. These pow-
photograph, there was the silhouette, a Century, offering almost instant images of the Birmingham Museum of Art explores erful images offer us glimpses into their
profile portrait made from cut paper. Sil- everyday Americans — women, men, this previously unstudied art form by lives.
investigating its deep historical roots and
considering its forceful presence today. Contemporary artists Kara Walker,
Camille Utterback and Kumi Yamashita
On view through January 12, the exhibi- use silhouettes to create works of art
tion presents historic silhouettes from the today. Walker engages the silhouette’s
collection of the Smithsonian’s National associations with elegance and refinement
Portrait Gallery and other institutions to imagine violent episodes throughout
alongside works by contemporary artists history. Utterback presents an interactive
who are reimagining silhouettes in bold digital work that reacts to visitors’ shad-
and unforgettable ways. ows and movements, while Kumi Yamashi-
ta sculpts light and shadow with objects to
Auguste Edouart’s images capture nota- create mixed-media profiles of people.
ble figures, including John Quincy Adams
(the sixth president of the United States) With both historical and contemporary
and Lydia Maria Child, an antislavery explorations of the silhouette, “Black Out”
and women’s rights activist. Other rarely reveals new pathways between our past
seen highlights are a double-silhouette and present, particularly with regard to
portrait of Sylvia Drake and Charity Bry- how we can reassess notions of race,
ant, a same-sex couple from the early power, individualism and our digital
“Auntie Walker’s Wall Sampler for selves.
Savages” by Kara Walker (b 1969),
2013, cut paper on wall installation The Birmingham Museum of Art is at
approximately 132 by 408 inches. 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boule-
vard. For information, 205-2542565 or
www.artsbma.org.

December 27, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 5

Asian Collection Will Headline
Kaminski’s New Year’s Auction

A painting by the French artist Bernard Buffet (1928-1999) Late Nineteenth Century Meiji period curio
from a Florida estate is a view of a bridge over the Seine cabinet, 78 by 60½ by 20½ inches.
River. The oil on canvas is signed, framed and dated “‘55,”
46 by 65 inches. Benjamin West, “Achilles Standing Over the
Body of Hector” or “Siege of Troy.”

inches in diameter. direct descendant of Benjamin ed selection of German firearms
BEVERLY, MASS. — Kamins- bone, wood and mother-of-pearl. There are also two Webb cameo West. and Colt pistols.
ki’s annual New Year’s auction The collection also features There is also a painting by the
features a Japanese and Chi- glass blue and white vases from French artist Bernard Buffet A mid- to late Eighteenth Cen-
nese collection from the Keenan two circa 1880-1900 Aesthetic the Leeman collection and a (1928-1999) from a Florida tury German cello by the Klotz
estate of Miami Lakes, Fla. The Movement cabinets with doors large selection of Herend china estate. The Buffet is a view of a family of Mittenwald in the
auction will take place Satur- and drawers featuring Japanese in the Chinese Bouquet pattern, bridge over the Seine River. The Tyrol is in playable condition
day, Sunday and Monday, components, including lacquer, including a covered tureen, plat- oil on canvas is signed, framed and comes with a hard-shell
December 28, 29 and 30. inlaid bone, pagoda, fretwork ters, dinner and coffee service. and dated “‘55,” 46 by 65 inches. case ($8/10,000).
and carved details. Russian art in the sale fea-
The collection includes Meiji Fine art in the sale features a tures a Mediterranean terrace Three life-size bronze sculp-
period Japanese furniture, Other furniture of interest 30-by-25-inch oil on canvas by view by Georgi Alexandrovich tures from a Malibu estate
including the featured lot, which includes a Nineteenth Century the prominent Eighteenth Cen- Lapchine and a painting by include one of a gymnast, a stat-
is a late Nineteenth Century Italian pietra dura decorative tury, American-British artist another notable Russian artist, ue of Mercury signed Boshetti,
curio cabinet with mother-of- stone inlaid table with a carved Benjamin West (1738-1820). Constantin Alexandrovitch and one of Saint Michael slaying
pearl and bone inlay, gold lac- giltwood pedestal base, as well The painting bears an old hand- Westchiloff. the dragon.
quer and fretwork. Thought to as other pietra dura tables and written label verso “Achilles World War I and militaria col-
be created for a Japanese plaques. Standing Over the Body of Hec- lectors will take note of a small Offerings continue with an
emperor, the cabinet is adorned tor,” “Siege of Troy” and comes 18K gold Blue Max P.L.M. but- array of Persian and Oriental
with various genre scenes, floral Glass and lamp collectors will from the collection of well- ton that was previously owned rugs, porcelain and furniture.
panels and detailed carving and take note of two Arsall cut known Zurich art dealer Max G. by the German General Hans Preview hours are Monday,
inlay throughout the piece. cameo glass lamps. The first Bollag (1913-2005.). It is in a Klein. General Klein was a Tuesday, Thursday, Friday,
lamp features a bronze stag fig- late Eighteenth Century Carlo World War I aerial fighter pilot December 23, 24, 26, 27, 10 am
There is a similar Nineteenth ure on a green alabaster base. Marratta period frame. Images credited with 22 aerial victories. to 5 pm. Preview begins at 8 am
Century Japanese Meiji period The shade is signed and mea- from several books in the collec- Included in the lot with the pin on the days of the auction, and
corner cabinet with the same sures 24 inches high by 11 inch- tion of the Morgan Library in is a copy of Pour Le Merite Flieg- the preview is open while the
mother-of-pearl inlay and two es in diameter. The second New York City show Achilles in er by Walter Juerl, inscribed sale is live. Kaminski Auction
circa 1890-1900 large Japanese Arsall lamp has a bronze ele- a similar pose as in the painting. “Klein.” There is also an assort- Gallery is at 1217 Elliott Street,
screen panels, again intricately phant figure on a green alabas- These books were purchased by Route 62. For more information,
decorated with inlaid carved ter base; the shade is signed and the Morgan Library from a www.kaminskiauctiuons.com or
measures 23 inches high by 11 978-927-2223.

Picasso Sculpture Sale By Gary Schools Prompts Lawsuit From Belgian Art Collector

By Madelia Hickman Ring of Gary, Kraft Auction Service, to leave the city, she approached ding had been reopened but he school district to pay damages
GARY, IND. — In 2018, the LLC, which was handling the Gary’s mayor and the emergen- received assurances from Kraft and compensation for legal fees
Gary school district began sell- sale, and Paul Terrault of Twin cy manager, who purportedly that there were no problems incurred and any expenses per-
ing off works of art it owned to Lakes, Wis., who won the sculp- had jurisdiction over selecting with his purchase. The lawsuit mitted by the Crime Victim’s
raise much-needed funds. One of ture after bidding was reopened. which items were to be sold. On includes a March 14 email mes- Relief Act; he also seeks from
the pieces — a wooden sculpture January 29, the school notified sage from Kraft to Scheere in Kraft damages incurred by
titled “Chicago Picasso” — is the According to the docket on file the mayor that bidding on the which they explain that the Kraft’s fraudulent actions as
subject of a lawsuit by Brussels- with the court, Scheere bid on sculpture would be reopened mayor claims to not have well as any other justifiable
based art collector, Jean-Chris- the phone during the January until “at least February 28.” No approved the sale and there was relief. He requests the court
tophe Scheere, who placed a 19, 2019 sale and when the bid- additional bids were received local interest in keeping the grant him the exclusive owner of
winning bid but was later outbid ding closed that day, Scheere’s and Kraft extended bidding first sculpture in Gary. the rights, title and interest in
after bidding was reopened. On bid of $20,000 was accepted; he to March 15, at which point Ter- the sculpture and he is seeking
November 29, Scheere filed a subsequently received an email rault’s bid of $40,500 was A critical issue is how much damages he suffered from the
lawsuit with the Porter County from Kraft Auction Service to announced to be the winning jurisdiction Gary’s mayor and tortuous interference by the
Superior Court, naming as wire the total price of $23,000, bid. emergency manager had over City of Gary.
defendants the Gary Communi- which he did around January the sale of the sculpture.
ty School Corporation, the City 23. When a Gary councilwoman Scheere claims that not only The case appears to be headed
learned that the sculpture was was he never advised that bid- In the lawsuit, Scheere seeks to trial.
from the City of Gary and the

Fountain House Gallery Presents
‘Small Works: $100 & Under’

NEW YORK CITY– Fountain Jorge Pablo Hernández, and collectors, can afford.”
House Gallery, representing art- “Union Triplex,” 2019, pen For the 2019 “Small Works”
ists living with mental illness, is on wood block, 7 by 5 inch-
presenting its annual “Small es. Courtesy Fountain House show, the artists of Fountain
Works: $100 & Under” exhibi- Gallery. House Gallery have created more
tion. The show will remain on than 400 pieces sized 6 by 6 inch-
view through December 20. es or less, which can be pur-
chased “off the wall” and fit con-
Fountain House Gallery direc- veniently in a tote bag or
tor Ariel Willmott said, “Each briefcase. Each small work is
year I am surprised by the fan- priced at $100 or under. Among
tastic variety in the artwork cre- the mediums represented are col-
ated for the ‘Small Works’ exhibi- lage, mixed media, acrylic and
tion. The artists continue to watercolor painting, digital art
embrace the scaled-down format, and photography. Past Fountain
unleashing their talents on fresh House Gallery Small Works
mediums and ideas. The exhibit shows have been a rousing suc-
showcases mini-collections of art- cess with holiday shoppers and
works, giving viewers a unique collectors.
opportunity to experience indi-
vidual artists’ breadth of work. Fountain House Gallery is at
And we love offering the pieces at 702 Ninth Avenue at 48th Street.
a price point that everyone, from For more information, www.foun-
tourists and students to artists tainhousegallery.org or 212-262-
2756.

6 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 27, 2019

Historic Portrait Of American General Leads At Freeman’s

Auction Action In Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — An oil on canvas Map of United States with the contiguous British and Spanish pos-
portrait of Major General Thomas Pinck- sessions compiled from the latest and best authorities realized Portrait of Major General Thomas Pinckney of
ney (1750-1828) painted by Samuel Fin- $43,750. South Carolina by Samuel Breese Morse sold
ley Breese Morse (1791-1828) was the top for $187,500, more than triple its low estimate.
lot at Freeman’s American furniture, folk lution Institute, “and will make use of it the portrait offered here: “I saw
and decorative arts sale November 12 to promote understanding and apprecia- old General C.C. Pinckney yesterday, and The sale also featured the collection of
when it sold for $187,500 on a $100,000 tion of the constructive achievements of he told me in his laughing, humorous the late Hans U. Jahn of Charlottesville,
high estimate. The 43-by-38-inch work the American Revolution. We are espe- way, that he had requested you to draw Va., which achieved $179,562 overall.
had been exhibited in 1972 and 1991 at cially grateful to the dozens of donors his brother Thomas 20 years younger Jahn’s collecting interests ranged from
the National Portrait Gallery, Smithson- who have supported this important than he really was, so as to be a compan- early lighting, silver, brass and lacquered
ian Institution, Washington, DC. acquisition. We couldn’t do anything ion to his own when he was 20 years older tobacco and snuff boxes, glassware, bas-
without their support.” than at this time, and to flatter him, as he ketry, transfer-decorated Staffordshire
“He’s a very significant South Carolin- Among notable moments in his life, had directed Stuart to do.” with American views, early copper and
ian,” said Lynda Cain, vice president and Pinckney was elected governor of South In addition, a hand colored, engraved iron ware, carved American folk canes
department head at Freeman’s. “It is a Carolina in 1787 and presided over the folding map of the United States with the and scrimshaw to South and Central
rare portrait, and it descended in the South Carolina State Convention to rati- contiguous British and Spanish posses- American silver.
family until it came to auction.” fy the Constitution. From 1792 to 1796, sions compiled by the latest and best Some of the more notable lots included
Pinckney held the position of minister to authorities, Philadelphia, by John Mel- a late Nineteenth/Twentieth Century
The painting was purchased by the Britain under US President George ish, 1816 sold well, achieving $43,750, Navajo wool dress and half dress from
American Revolution Institute of the Washington, and in 1795 was asked to and shattering its estimate of $15/25,000. the Southwest, which sold for an impres-
Society of the Cincinnati, where it will go serve as a special envoy to Spain. In that Several other lots achieved excellent pric- sive $17,500 against an estimate of
on indefinite display in the Anderson role, Pinckney negotiated the Treaty of es, including a model of a 74-gun ship of $1/1,500, as well as a late Eighteenth
House on Embassy Row in Washington, San Lorenzo, which granted Americans the line, circa 1800, which was originally Century miniature Chippendale walnut
DC. Pinckney was a founding member the use of the Port of New Orleans with estimated at $1,5/2,500 and garnered chest that achieved $6,250 against an
and fourth president general of the Soci- access to the Mississippi River. $11,875. Moreover, an early Nineteenth estimate of $1/1,500.
ety of the Cincinnati, the oldest patriotic Morse also painted the portrait of Century mahogany stick barometer made Prices given include the buyer’s premi-
organization in the United States, found- Pinckney’s brother, Charles Cotesworth by M. Fisher & Son, Philadelphia, Penn., um as stated by the auction house. For
ed in 1783. Pinckney. A contemporaneous June 16, sold for $10,625 against an estimate of information, www.freemansauction.com
1818, note from the artist’s uncle spoke to $1/1,500. or 215-563-9275.
The institute said, “We are making
plans to display the portrait, along with
other art and artifacts related to the
American Revolution, in Charleston, S.C.,
in 2022, where we are working with the
South Carolina Historical Society and
other institutions to focus attention on
the American Revolution. Furthermore,
we hope to find an opportunity to display
the portrait at the new museum devoted
to the American Revolution now under
construction in Camden, S.C. That muse-
um is a project of the Historic Camden
Foundation, which also preserves the
battlefield of Camden — where Thomas
Pinckney was critically wounded on
August 16, 1780, in one of the most
important battles of the Revolutionary
War.”

“We are proud to be the stewards of this
important portrait,” said Jack Warren,
executive director of the American Revo-

Wayne Thiebaud’s ‘Blueberry Custard’
Sells For $3.2 Million At Heritage Auctions

Auction Action In Beverly Hills, Calif.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. — vate collection of the late Russ art, said. “It hung out of public Topping the auction and setting a house record for the most
Wayne Thiebaud’s “Blueberry Solomon, founder of Tower view and appropriately in Russ expensive piece of contemporary art sold at Heritage Auc-
Custard,” 1961, sold for Records, and boosted the total Solomon’s kitchen for many tions, Wayne Thiebaud’s (b 1920), “Blueberry Custard,”
$3,225,000 in Heritage Auc- for the auction to $5,106,231. years until it was exhibited 1961, oil on canvas, 18 by 24 inches, sold at $3,255,000.
tions’ November 20 Modern & “Blueberry Custard” sparked again at the Manetti Shrem
Contemporary Art Auction to bids from multiple collectors Museum of Art in UC Davis in parts), 2001, going to $100,000; Prices, with buyer’s premium,
break the house record for the and exceeded its high estimate 2018. What a fun coincidence Larry Poons, “A Fortune of Soli- as reported by the auction
most expensive piece of contem- by 29 percent. that we brought the painting to tude,” 2001, which realized house. For further information,
porary art ever sold through market as Thiebaud turned 99. I $75,000; an untitled work by www.ha.com or 877-437-4824.
Heritage Auctions. “‘Blueberry Custard’ was was honored to mark this impor- Alex Katz (Carmen) from 2008,
exhibited at Thiebaud’s first tant birthday with such a his- which sold at $55,000; Frank KANSAS CITY, MO. — Queen
The painting was one of 16 show at Allan Stone Gallery in torically significant painting.” Stella’s “Michael Kohlhaas” Nefertari, the Beloved Great
lots sold that came from the pri- 1962,” Holly Sherratt, Heritage panel #1, 1999, which went to Royal Wife of the Pharaoh
Ian Hornak (b 1944), “Hom- Auctions’ San Francisco director One of three Robert Arneson $50,000, as did David Salle’s Ramesses II, will be celebrated
age to Van Hysum (Baroque of modern and contemporary lots from Solomon’s collection, “Jim was Jim,” 1980; and two in “Queen Nefertari: Eternal
Flowerpiece with Minerals, From the Russ Solomon Col- “Poised to Infinity,” 1991, sold works by Donald Roller Wilson, Egypt,” at The Nelson-Atkins
A Monkey, and the Milky lection, Robert Arneson for $143,750, more than double “The Point of It... and.. The Butt Museum of Art through March
Way),” 1989, acrylic on (1930-1992), “Poised to Infin- its low estimate. of It...” (diptych), 1990, and an 29 at 4525 Oak Street. For
board, 68½ by 50½ inches, ity,” 1991, bronze, 86 by 30 untitled 1995 work, which each information, 816-751-1278 or
signed, titled, and dated by 28 inches, edition of “While Russ Solomon was the sold at $40,000. www.nelson-atkins.org.
twice on the reverse; it set three, sold at $143,750. King of Music with a legendary
an auction record for the ear, he also had an amazing col-
artist when it sold at $22,500. lecting eye,” Sherratt said. “This
bronze was one of many monu-
mental sculptures that Solomon
collected from local artists. His
house was designed around his
art collection, and this sculp-
ture stood in the entry court-
yard welcoming Russ’s friends
to his spacious art-filled home.
Russ loved art that was big and
bold, and this collection was
such a pleasure to promote.”

Ian Hornak’s “Homage to Van
Hysum (Baroque Flowerpiece
with Minerals, A Monkey and
the Milky Way),” 1989, sold for a
record $22,500 surpassing the
previous artist record, which
was $7,000.

Other top lots included Gil-
bert and George’s “Tom” (in four

December 27, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 7

Finn Juhl For Niels Vodder Chieftain Chair &
Gold Collection Steal The Show At Clars

Auction Action In Oakland, Calif.

A rare Finn Juhl for Niels Vodder Chieftain
chair, in black leather, signed with the
branded manufacturer’s mark “Niels Vod-
der Cabinetmaker Copenhagen, Denmark,”
sold above estimate at $79,950.

This UBS one kilo gold bar,
9999 24K pure gold soared
to $43,000.

OAKLAND, CALIF. — Clars’ ing the final sale price to Mihaly Munkacsy (Hungarian, 1844-1900) A diamond and 18K white gold necklace
November 16-17 auction pre- $33,825. oil on canvas, “The Good Samaritan,” sold designed with a graduated row of elephants
sented important designs in for $17,220. sold for $7,500.
Modern furniture, an extensive During the Saturday session, A German Black Forest tall case clock had a
collection of solid gold bars, sil- a Continental white porcelain $6/9,000 estimate but collectors drove the Read Us Every Week
ver and gold coins, fine art and figure of Hercules titled “Sar- final sale price to $33,825.
jewelry — and the national and danapalo Vaticano” from the mounted in a delicate leaf motif
international markets respond- WK Vanderslice Estate of San diamond and 18K yellow gold
ed vigorously to the invest- Francisco was expected to sell mounting. There was active
ment-level property that was for $200. The bidding opened at bidding in the room, online and
offered. In addition, the second $50 and within minutes bidders on the phone, ended at $8,000.
installment of the Robin Leach drove the price higher and
paperweight collection featured higher to $18,450. Two whimsical necklaces also
a very select offering that performed well. A diamond,
soared to $14,000. Works by European artists led black onyx, platinum and 18K
the fine arts with an oil on can- yellow gold “Polka Dot” neck-
Exceptional design in Modern vas by Mihaly Munkacsy (Hun- lace by Michael Bondanza
furniture was featured promi- garian, 1844-1900) titled “The which showcased his signature
nently with the highlight of the Good Samaritan,” which sold Modern style sold for $5,000.
entire auction being a rare Finn for $17,220. From France, There was also a diamond and
Juhl for Niels Vodder Chieftain Remy Blanchard’s (1958-1993) 18K white gold necklace
chair. Executed in black leather, oil on canvas titled “VI,” 1987, designed with a graduated row
this chair was signed with the also performed well fetching of elephants that sold for
branded manufacturer’s mark $14,760. $7,500.
“Niels Vodder Cabinetmaker
Copenhagen, Denmark.” With Turning to America, a most An elegant Omega 18K yellow
an estimate of $30/50,000, it impressive work by David gold Constellation wristwatch
quickly soared to $79,950. Hitchcock (American, 1861- with a diamond-enhanced bezel
1943) titled “Hanalei Bay, saw active bidding and finally
Among the other highlights in Kauai,” 1931, was offered to the hammered down at $4,500, sur-
the Modern offerings was a set public for the first time in over passing its $3/5,000 estimate.
of two Kofod-Larsen Danish/ 60 years and the art world
Swedish Modern seal lounge responded driving the price to The large collection of stick
chairs that sold at $6,150 fol- $12,300. pins included a lot of five enam-
lowed by a Charles and Ray el, pearl and yellow gold stick-
Eames for Herman Miller ESU The top lot in the Robin Leach pins selling for $1,400, followed
desk and cabinet going to collection included 12 paper- by a lot of four diamond, multi-
$5,227. weights, many decorated with stone, enamel, gold and silver
cased tropical fish by various stickpins that realized $1,500.
The undoubted showpiece in makers, including Baccarat
the rare collection of gold and which more than doubled its The Asian category was high-
coins was a UBS one kilo gold high estimate, selling at $5,037. lighted by a group lot of six Chi-
bar, 9999 24K pure gold that nese bird feeders that flew to
sold for $43,000. The extensive The jewelry department had a more than ten times their esti-
numismatic collection was com- strong sale with several pieces mate. Executed in both floral
prised more than 500 solid gold achieving over-estimate final motifs and crackle glaze cela-
coins from countries around the prices. The highlight of the eve- don, these bird feeders were
world as well as two albums of ning was a beautiful 32-carat estimated to bring $600/800
Morgan silver dollars. The col- cushion-cut yellow sapphire but landed at $9,225.
lection had a 100 percent sell-
through with most lots surpass- Prices, with buyer’s premium,
ing high estimate and selling as reported by the auction
for a total of $257,000. house. For more information,
www.clars.com or 510-428-
Two very impressive surpris- 0100.
es were found in the decorative
arts and antiques category. A
German Black Forest tall case
clock had a $6/9,000 estimate.
Collectors vied for this highly
carved case with two bears sur-
mounting the brass-silvered
dial with Arabic markers driv-

Monson Historical Society Receives $91,000 Bequest

MONSON, MASS. — The storage and display. The sec- questions about Monson’s
Monson Historical Society, Inc ond is to be used in honoring past, especially anything to do
has received a bequest of the memory of the Munn fam- with the Monson Academy
$91,740 from the trust of the ily and other descendants of from which he graduated in
late Dr Richard E. LaFond. Monson’s earliest settlers. 1960.
The bequest consists of two
separate endowments: One is LaFond was a lifelong resi- The Monson Historical Soci-
to be used for the augmenta- dent of Monson and was ety, Inc is at 1 Green Street.
tion of the society’s archival always very interested in its For information, Dennis Swi-
collections and their proper history. He could always be erad, [email protected]
called upon to help answer or 413-267-5376.

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8 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 27, 2019

Ward Brothers Pintail Tops
Guyette & Deeter Decoy Auction

Auction Action In Easton, Md.

EASTON, MD. — Guyette &
Deeter conducted its 33rd annu-
al fall decoy and sporting art
auction on November 6-7 at the
Talbot County Community Cen-
ter. The auction took place in This pintail drake by the Ward Brothers sold for $72,000.
conjunction with the Easton “Canvasbacks Swinging the Channel – Chesapeake Bay,” by
Waterfowl Festival and was George Brown brought $22,200.
accompanied by a 50-table deal- An exceptional black bellied plover by Obediah Verity real-
er show. Auctioneers Jim Julia ized $35,400.
and Dudley Browne sold to a full
house as the auction grossed just
under $1.6 million, with 31 lots
selling for more than $10,000.
The sale pushed the firm’s yearly
auction sales to nearly $7 mil-
lion.
“The top lot in the auction was
an important humpback-style
pintail drake by the Ward Broth-
ers of Crisfield, Md., selling for
$72,000,” said Gary Guyette.
“The decoy was signed and dated Elmer Crowell’s oil on canvas of a hunting stand went for
1926, and was inscribed on the $30,000 at the sale, a world auction record for an Elmer
underside, ‘Made for Senator Crowell painting.
Elwood Dize.’”
“Canvasbacks Swinging in the “Also worth noting was an trates the firm’s dedication to
Channel” by George Browne, and impressive 42-inch full-body cop- yielding high prices on quality
“Woodland Grouse” by Edmund per weathervane of a swordfish, folk art items.”
Osthaus were among a selection where it had been displayed at a The sale included decoys and
of paintings offered at the auc- seafood processing business, paintings from the collections of
tion. They sold for $22,200 and which sold for $42,000,” accord- Leigh Bridges (Massachusetts),
$18,000, respectively. ing to Jon Deeter. “This illus- Bruce Collins (New York), Jim &
Diane Cook (Minnesota), Estate
of Lynwood Herrington (Tennes-
see), Doug & Ellen Miller (Colo-
rado); Dr Lloyd Newberry (Geor-
gia), the estate of Ralph and
Polly Oreman (Pennsylvania),
Richard Perkins (Minnesota),
Winward Prescott Jr (Massachu-
setts), Henry Stansbury (Mary-
land), Dick Stephenson (Virgin-
ia) and a private Southern
collection.
Prices given include the buyer’s
premium as stated by the auc-
tion house. For information,
Fetching $34,800 was this pair of red breasted mergansers www.guyetteanddeeter.com, 410-
by Elmer Crowell. 745-0485 or 440-610-1768.

Chanukah Events At The Leo Baeck Institute & Center For Jewish History December 22

NEW YORK CITY — Join the curator Tsadik Kaplan. Start umn in The Jewish Press and the beginning of Chanukah at the both concerts are welcome to
Leo Baeck Institute (LBI) from “searching the attic” to bring in author of Jewish Antiques: From Center for Jewish History (CJH). stay or come early for the lecture
12:30 to 2 pm on Sunday, Decem- your old menorahs, Kiddush Menorahs to Seltzer Bottles. A You are also invited to join us for at no additional charge.
ber 22, for a brief talk about the cups, candlesticks, Torah orna- selection of German menorahs a family program of Chanukah
unique menorahs in LBI’s Cha- ments and others to learn more from his personal collection is on songs from around the world The Leo Baeck Institute and
nukah-themed pop-up exhibition about their history and signifi- display in the Paul S. and Sylvia with Elad Kabilio and the Music- the Center for Jewish History
and light holiday snacks. Then, cance! Steinberg Great Hall at the Cen- Talks ensemble at 11 am and the are at 15 West 16th Street. For
show off your own antique Juda- ter for Jewish History. American Society of Jewish information on the LBI, 212-744-
ica for an “Antique Judaica Kaplan is a collector and Music’s Annual Chanukah Con- 6400 or www.lbi.org. For addi-
Roadshow”-style appraisal from appraiser who writes the This brief lecture is just one of cert at 3 pm. Ticket holders for tional the CJH, 212-294-8301 or
“Antique Judaica Roadshow” col- several programs celebrating the www.cjh.org.

Diamonds Glitter Brightest At Freeman’s — AuctionTotals
$1.215 Million Led By Stephanie ‘Sandy’ Eglin Collection

Auction Action In Philadelphia

A Cartier diamond and platinum strap bracelet, with an estimated total diamond A Cartier diamond solitaire
weight of 20.00 carats, sold for $46,875 weighing 4.08 carats mounted
in platinum was the top lot
when it sold at $81,250.

PHILADELPHIA — Freeman’s beautiful assortment of pieces. with an estimated total A diamond solitaire weighing 4.71 car-
November 5 auction of fine jew- Her taste was refined and dis- diamond weight of 20.00 car- ats mounted in platinum realized
elry showcased a beautiful vari- cerning, and her jewelry is both ats, sold for $46,875; and a dia- $46,875.
ety of brooches, rings, necklaces, relevant to the time in which it
earrings and more, many by was purchased and simultane- mond solitaire weighing 6.64 This Tiffany & Co platinum, diamond and citrine
renowned designers, including ously timeless. The Eglin Collec- carats mounted in plati- brooch, “Bird on a Rock,” doubled its low estimate
Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and tion represents styles that have num realized $37,500. when it flew to $30,000
Tiffany & Co, among many oth- recently returned to the fore- Other highlights
ers. front of jewelry designs. include more diamonds num, diamond and estimate; and a platinum, pink
such as a diamond soli- citrine brooch, Bird on a sapphire and diamond ring went
The collection of Stephanie Noteworthy pieces from the taire weighing 4.71 car- Rock, doubled its low to more than four times its low
“Sandy” Eglin, a Philadelphia collection include a Cartier dia- ats mounted in platinum estimate when it flew to estimate when it sold at $31.250.
businesswoman and philanthro- mond solitaire weighing 4.08 ($46,875); a diamond soli- $30,000; a Van Cleef
pist, revealed her passion for carats mounted in platinum taire weighing 4.35 carats and Arpels 18K gold Prices, with buyer’s premium,
fashion and jewelry that helped ($81,250); a Cartier diamond mounted in 14K gold bead and tassel necklace as reported by the auction house.
her to amass a widely varied and and platinum strap bracelet, ($37,500); a Tiffany & Co plati- brought $32,500, triple its low For information, 215-563-9275
or www.freemansauction.com.

December 27, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 9

Winter Show Announces Highlights, New Exhibitors For 2020 Edition

NEW YORK CITY — The trial and celestial globes dat-
Winter Show returns to the ing from the Sixteenth to the
Park Avenue Armory January Twentieth Century, including
24-February 2, for its 66th a pair of Willem Blaeu’s
year, bringing together 72 of 26-inch globes from 1648,
the world’s leading experts in which were the largest globes
the fine and decorative arts. ever made at the time. Focus-
The 2020 edition features a ing on Twentieth and Twenty-
range of exhibitors, including First Century clay art, Joan B
new, returning and longtime Mirviss Ltd (New York City)
participants, whose offerings will highlight three pioneer-
span 5,000 years of museum- ing female artists: Matsuda
quality art and antiques from Yuriko, Ono Hakuko and
around the globe. Tsuboi Asuka in “Kin to Gin /
The upcoming edition offers Gold and Silver: Luster in
collectors and connoisseurs Japanese Modern Art.”
the opportunity to acquire and
encounter an extensive range A joint booth collaboration
of works from antiquity to the between Carswell Rush Ber-
present, including painting, lin, Inc (New York City) and
photography, sculpture, tapes- Martyn Gregory (London) will
try, prints, ceramics, jewelry, showcase furniture designed
arms, antique furniture and and made in America’s fash-
contemporary design. The ion and furniture-making cen-
2020 fair includes a number of ters between 1800 and 1840
specially curated presenta- with British painting and art
tions as well as joint exhibitor of the China trade. Another
collaborations, offering shared booth pairs Carolle
thoughtful juxtapositions of Thibaut-Pomerantz (Paris),
rare and exceptional objects which specializes in antique View of The Winter Show 2019. Matthew Gilbertson photo, courtesy The Winter Show.
that reflect collectors’ varied wallpapers and decorative
interests. The show maintains arts, with the Greco-Roman ings by self-taught artist and advance knowledge of eth Centuries by its founder,
the highest standards of qual- antiquities on offer with Plek- Andrew LaMar Hopkins, works directly related to the Archer Milton Huntington.
ity in the art market, with tron Fine Arts AG (Zurich). whose work depicts daily life arts, literature and history of For additional information,
each object vetted for authen- in antebellum New Orleans. the countries wherein Span- www.hispanicsociety.org.
ticity, date and condition by a Additional highlights repre- Menconi + Schoelkopf (New ish and Portuguese are or
committee of more than 120 senting the show’s range of York City) will present a spe- have been predominant spo- Benefit events at the Winter
experts from the United art and antiques include a cial focus on exceptional ken languages, all in the ser- Show are the Opening Night
States and Europe. George I red japanned bureau works on paper by American vice of the public and in accor- Party, Thursday, January 23,
The Winter Show 2020 wel- bookcase previously owned by artists, including the draw- dance with the highest from 5 to 9 pm; Young Collec-
comes a diverse group of eight former East Side House Set- ings and watercolors of professional standards. Since tors Night, Thursday, January
new exhibitors. Daniel Blau tlement president, Jonathan Andrew Wyeth. 1904, HSM&L has played an 30, 6 to 9 pm; and Connois-
(Munich, Germany) brings a Bulkley, in the booth of Lon- important role in changing seurs Night, Friday, January
selection of Andy Warhol don-based Apter-Fredericks. Vintage and contemporary the attitudes and understand- 31, 5:30 to 8 pm.
drawings from the 1950s. Robert Young Antiques (Lon- photography, including recent ing of Hispanic culture and
James Graham-Stewart (Lon- don) will exhibit early naïve works by artist Noell Oszvald, history in the United States. The Winter Show is at the
don) deals in English and portraits from the Eighteenth will be in the booth of Peter Most of HSM&L’s collections Park Avenue Armory, 67th
Continental furniture and art and Nineteenth Centuries, Fetterman Gallery (Santa were acquired in the late Street and Park Avenue. For
from the Seventeenth Century while H. Blairman & Sons, Monica, Calif.), while Hirschl Nineteenth and early Twenti- information, tickets and a
through to the Arts and Crafts Ltd (London) will display fur- & Adler Modern (New York complete list of exhibitors,
niture and works of art pri- City) will exhibit several www.thewintershow.org.
marily from the late Eigh- works by outsider artist Frank
Movement. Koopman Rare Art teenth to early Twentieth Walter.
(London) showcases antique Century and featuring an oak
silver, gold boxes and objets de cupboard designed by the Lobel Modern, Inc (New York
vertu. From Brussels, Bel- architect C.F.A. Voysey. City), which focuses on mid-
gium, Patrick & Ondine Mest- Twentieth Century design,
dagh present aboriginal works Keshishian (London) will displays a large “Argente” cab-
of art as well as antiquities bring a selection of carpets inet in welded and patinated
and pre-Columbian art, arms and tapestries, ranging from aluminum by Paul Evans from
and armor, and Native Ameri- Gothic to Op Art. Presenting a 1968. A torque and pendant
can art. selection of Japanese art and by Cuban artist, Wifredo Lam,
Contemporary and modern objects from the Nineteenth is among artistic jewels by
sculpture, collage, assemblage Century to present day will be modern masters from the sec-
and mixed-media installa- Erik Thomsen Gallery (New ond half of the Twentieth Cen-
tions are the parvenue of York City). Also from New tury, on offer with Didier Ltd
Pavel Zoubok Fine Art (New York City, Michele Beiny, Inc, (London).
York City), while Plektron will highlight a Sèvres enamel
Fine Arts AG (Zurich, Swit- ewer from 1849, previously in The Winter Show’s 2020 loan
zerland) showcases archaeo- the Victoria and Albert Muse- exhibition, “Unrivaled: The
logical works of art from the um collection, with enameling Hispanic Society Museum &
Mediterranean region. Ameri- by Jacob Meyer-Heine, shape Library,” will present trea-
can fine and decorative arts and ornamentation designed sures from the collection of
from the Eighteenth and by Jules Diéterle and figure the Hispanic Society Museum
Nineteenth Century will be painting by Henri-Pierre & Library (HSM&L), encom-
with Thistlethwaite Ameri- Picou. An Egyptian green passing art and objects from
cana (Alexandria, Va.) and basalt bust of a seated noble- Spain, Portugal, Latin Ameri-
British antiques and fine art man or scribe from the Late ca and the Philippines. The
will be with Wick Antiques Dynastic Period will join other exhibition is co-curated by art
(Lymington, UK). ancient Roman, Greek and historian and curator Philippe
Some of the exhibitor high- Egyptian art and artifacts de Montebello, chairman of
lights include: Daniel Crouch with Charles Ede (London). the Board of the HSM&L, and
Rare Books (London, and New architect Peter Marino. The
York City) will exhibit a col- Notable modern and contem- mission of the HSM&L is to
lection of more than 50 terres- porary offerings include: collect, preserve, study, exhib-
exhibitor Elle Shushan (Phil- it, stimulate appreciation for
adelphia), shows recent paint-

Monet’s Art On Screen
At Clark At Institute

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. — France, the site of Monet’s house
Voyage through timeless master- and gardens and the source of
pieces of the genius of one of the inspiration for his fascination
founders of Impressionism, with painting the water lilies in
Claude Monet, through the film his pond. Monet’s obsession with
Water Lilies of Monet on Saturday, capturing light and water broke
December 28, at 2 pm. all convention; he revolutionized
the art of his time.
The film takes viewers on in-
depth, exclusive tours led by Tickets are $12.50 ($10 for
Monet scholars of the museums members) and may be purchased
that house the largest collections in advance or at the door. All tick-
of the prolific artist’s paintings of et sales are nonrefundable. Run
lilies, including the Musée Mar- time is 80 minutes.
mottan Monet, the Musée d’Orsay
and the Musée de l’Orangerie and Clark Art Institute is at 225
its world-famous panels. The film South Street. For more informa-
also takes viewers to Giverny, tion, www.clarkart.edu or 413-
458-0524.

10 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 27, 2019 COMPILED BY
ANTIQUES ANDTHE ARTS WEEKLY
Notable Prices Recently Achieved At Various Auction Houses
STAFF AND CORRESPONDENTS
Across The Block
All prices
include buyer’s premium.

Meiji Koro Goes Big For Briggs, ‘Laughing Bird’ Jar Flies To $45,000 French-Canadian Artist’s Beach Scene
Makes $144,000 At Woolley & Wallis Tops DuMouchelles Auction

GARNET VALLEY, PENN. — Topping the SALISBURY, UNITED KINGDOM — A Martin DETROIT, MICH. — Clarence Alphonse
November 22 estate sale at Briggs Auction was a Brothers “Laughing Bird,” a prized example cre- Gagnon, RCA (1881-1942), was a French-Cana-
Japanese Meiji period koro on stand that ated by the four innovative brothers, Nineteenth dian painter, draughtsman, engraver and illus-
achieved $144,000 against a $6/9,000 estimate. Century British ceramicists, sold for $45,000 at trator from the province of Quebec. He is well
Despite competition from ten phone lines and auction on November 27 at Woolley & Wallis. The known for his landscape paintings of the Lau-
bidders on two bidding platforms, it was pur- Martin stoneware bird jars, originally made to rentians and the Charlevoix region of eastern
chased by an international buyer using the firm’s hold tobacco, belong to a whimsical and surreal Quebec as well as the Brittany coast in France.
newly developed online bidding platform, Bid-at- menagerie of animals and characters made and His oil on board painting “Plage a St Malo,” 6 by
Briggs. It was underbid by an American phone sold as mugs, jugs, jars, vases and spoon warmers. 9 inches (shown) sold for $43,800. For informa-
bidder. A representative for the auction house All sprang from the vivid imaginations of four tion, 313-963-6255 ow www.dumoart.com.
said the piece was unusual in both its size and brothers, but it is the stoneware bird jars and cov-
condition. It had been off the market for decades ers by Robert Wallace Martin, often described as
and was part of the Fuller estate collection that “gorgeously grotesque,” that generally bring the
comprised much of the sale. The koro was accom- most money and collecting interest. This example
panied by documentation confirming that it had stands upright, facing forward with open broad
once been in the collection of Mrs George W. beak, glazed in shades of royal blue, green and
Childs Drexel of Philadelphia. For information, ochre, highlighted in white, on an ebonized wood-
610-566-3138 or www.briggsauction.com. en base, incised Martin Bros London & Southall,
10½ inches high. For information, +44 1722
424500 or www.woolleyandwallis.co.uk.

Main Dish At Kaminski’s Thanksgiving Copake Surprised As Girl’s Prewar Rare Macintosh Prototype Achieves
Sale Is Rare & Chinese Hawthorne Bike Rolls Across The Block World Auction Record At Bonhams
COPAKE, N.Y. — Estimated just $75/100, a NEW YORK CITY — A rare Macintosh proto-
BEVERLY, MASS. — Kaminski presented its prewar female Hawthorne bicycle (shown) rode type sold at Bonhams’ sale of History of Science
annual Thanksgiving auction on November 30 to a final price of $2,124 at Copake’s November and Technology on December 4 for $150,075, a
and December 1, Saturday and Sunday, featur- 30 unreserved estate auction. Hawthorne was a world auction record for a Macintosh computer.
ing an Americana collection from a Medford, brand of Montgomery Ward stores, according to This working example of one of the earliest
Mass., estate, with additions from other North Dave’s Vintage Bicycles, an online archive of Macintosh prototypes, with a functioning 5¼-inch
Shore estates. The top lot, however, was Chinese classic bikes. Most Hawthorne bicycles were Apple proprietary “Twiggy” drive, is one of only
— a rare ru-type porcelain dish (shown) that manufactured by the Cleveland Welding Com- two known machines in this form that survived
sold for $10,800. Other highlights included a pany or H.P. Snyder (makers of Rollfast bicy- after the move to the Sony 3½-inch drive. It had
Thomas Joseph abstract painting that brought cles). Additional highlights in the sale included an estimate of $120/180,000. Reportedly, Steve
$9,375 and a rare doucai Yuhuchun vase that a monumental carved fireplace mantel with Jobs destroyed all but a very few of these
finished at $7,200. For information, www.kamin- intricately carved figures and florals that machines when it became clear that the “Twiggy”
skiauctions.com or 978-927-2223. brought $1,770; a large Bill Mack bonded bronze drives were error prone. This particular unit was
sculpture of two female nudes, signed and dated saved by the developers of the original MacWrite
Howard Terpning’s ‘Crows In The 1988 verso, that earned $1,534; and Asian silver word processing program. For information, 212-
Yellowstone’ Achieves Top Lot At Bonhams teapot that was bid to $1,298. For information, 644-9001 or www.bonhams.com.
NEW YORK CITY — Bonhams’ November 25 www.copakeauction.com or 518-329-1142.
dedicated sale of the Eddie Basha collection, a The Beat Goes On In Berkeley
selection of Western American art, realized Chugach Mask Sells For $225,000 At PBA Galleries Auction
$3,851,138 with 80 percent sold by lot and 86 At Sotheby’s
percent sold by value. The top lot of the sale was BERKELEY, CALIF — It was fine literature
“Crows in the Yellowstone” by Howard Terpning, NEW YORK CITY — North American Indian with Bukowski and the Beats, a themed sale by
which realized $500,075. The global tour, exhibi- art returned to Sotheby’s on November 19 with PBA Galleries on December 5. Selling for $2,400
tions, and auction generated vast interest from sculpture from the collection of George Terasaki. was The Trial by Franz Kafka, first American edi-
clients who remember Basha as a devoted col- Strong international bidding led to more than 90 tion. Kafka’s most famous posthumous novel was
lector, friend, and one of the foremost supporters percent of lots sold, with nearly 60 percent of sold offered with its scarce-for-this-edition original pic-
of the Cowboy Artists of America and contempo- lots achieving above high estimate. A highlight torial dust jacket intact The Bukowski part of the
rary Western American art. For information, was a Chugach mask that sold for $225,000. A sale also did quite well, according to the firm’s
323-850-7500 or www.bonhams.com. president Sharon Green, with an original painting
noted figure in the of a woman by Charles Bukowski (shown) taking
field and one of the $3,000. The pencil and oil work on paper striking-
most prominent ly depicting a reclining woman was signed “Buk”
dealers of his gener- at the bottom right corner. This painting formerly
ation in North graced the wall above the desk of John Martin of
American Indian Black Sparrow Press. For information, 415-989-
art, Terasaki’s name 2665 or www.pbagalleries.com.
is synonymous with
objects of great
power and pedigree.
The Terasaki sale
marked the first
dedicated sale of
American Indian art
at Sotheby’s in more
than five years. For
information, 212-
606-7000 or www.
sothebys.com

December 27, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 11

Artworks Lead The Results In Schwenke Estates Auction

Auction Action In Woodbury, Conn.

This elaborately carved bombe and serpentine A contemporary still life by Raymond
French commode went to an internet bidder for Han (Hawaiian, b 1931) was signed and
$3,048. dated 1996 on the stretcher and went
to an internet bidder at $8,890.

Alexandre Cabanel’s (French, 1823-1889) painting of an than 100 choice lots of marine
angel looking out to sea sold to a phone bidder for $10,980. and nautical items, including
whalebone and shark canes;
WOODBURY, CONN. — On work was signed and dated miniature carved whalebone A phone bidder won this group of six Irish imperial stan-
November 20, Schwenke Auc- lower left “Alex Cabanel 1877” items; nautical lighting; naval dard brass measures, comprising half gill through half gal-
tioneers conducted an auction and sold to a phone bidder for uniforms and accessories; sev- lon, paying $5,185.
comprising more than 400 lots $10,980 against competition eral miniature cannons; several
of estate and collector items, from other phone bidders and scrimshaw whale’s teeth; scrim- Queille French silver flatware Prices given include the buyer’s
including Asian decorative arts several internet bidders. shaw busks, tools, weapons, service comprising mono- premium as stated by the auc-
from two collections; American game sets and various other grammed 14 dinner forks, eight tion house. The firm’s next auc-
country and formal furniture The next top lot was a contem- sailor-made items. The next top luncheon forks, 14 soup spoons, tion is scheduled for February.
and decorations; American folk porary still life work by Ray- lot came from that group, a eight tablespoons, two tea- For information, 203-266-0323 or
art; English and Continental mond Han (Hawaiian, b 1931). scrimshaw whale’s tooth fea- spoons, 18 dinner knives www.woodburyauction.com.
furniture and decorative arts; The large work was signed and turing a cameo of Abraham together with a sterling server,
English and other sterling sil- dated “1996” on the stretcher Lincoln on one side and an jigger, tongs and liquor label
ver; Jewett-Berdan, Newcastle, and went to an internet bidder American eagle and flag verso, and various silver plate uten-
Maine, had an exceptional circa at $8,890. and mounted on a display sils, — total weight 120.725
1830 overmantel painting. The stand, measuring 5 inches high, troy ounces. The rare French
colorful, primitive, Vermont The third high lot was a color- 3-1/8 inches wide. The tooth set was claimed by an absentee
scene, possibly of Middlebury, ful Chinese lady’s robe, gleaned went out at $4,445 to an inter- bidder at $1,800.
showed a young woman, dogs, from a private estate on the net bidder.
homes atop a hill, along with Connecticut coastline, which
trees and a country church, all sold to an internet bidder at The top furniture lot also
within a border of drapery. It $6,350. came from the New York City
was priced at $3,200. jewelry; estate. An elaborately carved
fine art; miscellaneous decora- Taking fourth high was a bombe and serpentine French
tive arts; and estate Oriental group of six Irish imperial stan- commode measuring 34½ inch-
rugs. dard brass measures, compris- es high, 46¼ inches wide, 26
ing half gill through half gallon, inches deep went to an internet
The two high selling lots of each marked “County of the bidder for $3,048.
the sale had been consigned by City of Limerick” and dated
a New York City estate. The top 1826, with verification marks, Several sterling silver lots
lot was a painting by Alexandre largest: 6 inches high, 6¼-inch were sold for Fairfield and
Cabanel (French, 1823-1889) of diameter, 15 pounds. The set Litchfield County estates and
an angel looking out to sea. The sold to a phone bidder at $5,185. collectors. Notable among the
sterling offerings was a Pierre
A private collection in New
Haven County yielded more

NHA Publishes New Book About
Susan & Charles Veeder By Author Betsy Tyler

NANTUCKET, MASS. — own quiet, steadfast way,” The Whaling Voyages of
The Nantucket Historical said author Nat Philbrick. Charles and Susan Veeder of
Association (NHA) will “The story of this couple gets Nantucket will be available at
release A Thousand at the dark heart of what the museum shop this Novem-
Leagues of Blue: The Whal- Nantucket was about. By ber. For information or to pre-
ing Voyages of Charles and bearing witness to the world order this publication, 508-
Susan Veeder of Nantucket, of the whalemen, Susan was 228-1894, ext 138.
a new publication by Betsy invested with a firsthand
Tyler, in late November. chose to remain in the South knowledge and experience
This illustrated, 256-page Seas for the rest of his life. that almost none of her
hardcover publication is the female peers shared.”
true story of the trials and “What a fascinating contrast
tribulations of a family between Susan and Charles. Susan Veeder’s illustrated
enmeshed in the whaling Betsy does a superb job of journal from her and
industry and the ensuing describing how the island and Charles’s 1848-53 voyage
drama and destruction its people transitioned from aboard the ship Nauticon is
wrought by this brutal pur- whaling through the triptych one of the jewels of the
suit. of disasters — the Great Fire, NHA’s collection. A Thou-
Gold Rush and Civil War — to sand Leagues of Blue quotes
In the center of the tale is become a summer resort. extensively from this unique
an ordinary woman, Susan Charles is absolutely fasci- resource and reproduces
Veeder, who led an extraor- nating, and Susan is an equal- many of Susan’s delicate
dinary life. She lived on a ly compelling figure in her watercolor drawings
whaleship for more than
four years, recorded her A NHA research fellow,
experiences in a rare, illus- Betsy Tyler was the inaugural
trated journal and then set- Obed Macy research chair at
tled back into her Nantucket the NHA from 2012 to 2016
home while her husband and and is the former editor of
sons all returned to the sea, Historic Nantucket. She is
in voyage after voyage. In a also the author of Sometimes
shocking denouement to their Think of Me: Notable Nan-
lives, Susan’s husband, tucket Women through the
Charles Veeder, a respected Centuries (NHA, 2010); Scon-
and successful whaling cap- set Actors Colony: Broadway
tain, devolved into a drunken Offshore (NHA, 2011); and the
madman, became enamored of NHA Historic Properties
a Polynesian woman and Guide (2015).

A Thousand Leagues of Blue:

12 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 27, 2019

Russian Constructivist Poster, Dracula Lobby Card
Claim Top Lot Honors At Heritage Posters Auction

Auction Action In Dallas

A lobby card for Frankenstein (Universal, 1931) ended at
$78,000 — notice, no bolts on Frankenstein’s forehead.

A rare jumbo lobby card for Dracula (Univer- A pair of Italian post-World War II photo-
sal), 14 by 17 inches, sold for $192,000. The card bustas for Casablanca (Warner Bros,
is especially unique because it was owned by 1946) brought $90,000 as a single lot.
actor Bela Lugosi, the actor who played the
title role in the 1931 classic.

DALLAS — A rare jumbo lobby $2,504,814, Heritage’s highest wanted to “construct” art. Both A rare Russian Constructivist poster for one of the most
card for Dracula (Universal) sold grossing movie poster auction of posters were printed before effective propaganda films of all time, Battleship Potemkin
for nearly five times its estimate the year. World War II, which decimated (SovKino, R-1929), sold for $108,000,
to bring $192,000 in Heritage so much of Russia, including
Auctions’ movie poster auction “We knew collectors were going paper goods. It is believed only a
November 23-24. The 14-by- to be excited by this particular handful of such posters survived.
17-inch card is especially unique piece,” said Grey Smith, director
because it was owned by actor of posters at Heritage. “Not only A pair of Italian post-World
Bela Lugosi, the actor who played is it of unquestionable rarity, the War II photobustas for Casablan-
the title role in the 1931 classic. fact it came from Lugosi’s private ca (Warner Bros., 1946) brought
The entire sale brought collection makes it a true piece of $90,000 as a single lot. A photo-
cinematic history.” busta is a poster of unique size,
in this case 19¼ by 13½ inches. Bros, 1927). Measuring 40 by tion, “Qo’noS First City” (Para-
A rare Russian poster for one of The photobustas are from the 80¼ inches, it is the only three mount, 1990) hammered for
the most effective propaganda film’s original Italian release, sheet poster known to exist and $31,200 and Star Trek: The Next
films of all time sold for $108,000, heightening collector demand. made its auction debut at Heri- Generation, “Romulus” (Para-
beating high expectations. Never Three additional photobustas for tage. The film broke box office mount, 1987) ended at $20,400.
before offered by Heritage, the Casablanca offered in the sale records and is traditionally cred- Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Cardas-
rare Battleship Potemkin (SovKi- sold among the auction’s top ten ited with single-handedly sia Prime (Paramount, 1990s)
no, R-1929) Russian poster was lots. launching the “talkie” revolution. sold for $16,800. Dune: Giedi
one of a pair of Russian Con- Prime by Syd Dutton (Universal,
structivist posters offered in the A lobby card for Frankenstein Rounding out the top ten most 1984) original screen-used matte
sale. The second was a poster for (Universal, 1931) ended at expensive lots were a bright and painting on board in frame sold
October 1917 (Ten Days that $78,000. The card is notable bold Werewolf in London (Uni- above estimate at $9,000 and
Shook the World) (Sovkino, 1928), because the final image is from a versal, 1935) one-sheet, which Star Trek: Voyager, Ocampa
which sold for $43,200. Construc- test shot just before makeup art- sold for $60,000 and a lobby card Underground City by Syd Dutton
tivism is an artistic and architec- ist Jack Pierce finalized the mon- for The Invisible Man (Universal, (Paramount, 1995) also beat
tural philosophy that started in ster’s makeup. The only differ- 1933), which ended at $57,600. expectations to sell for $8,400.
Russia in 1913 by painter and ence between the final look and
architect Vladimir Tatlin, who the image on the montage card Additional highlights include a Prices, with buyer’s premium,
are the prominent bolts on the scarce selection of detailed back- as reported by the auction house.
forehead. ground matte paintings from the For information, www.ha.com or
collection of sci-fi artist Syd Dut- 877-437-4824.
Topping $66,000 was a massive ton. Star Trek: The Next Genera-
three-sheet poster for the historic
film The Jazz Singer (Warner

Seventh Edition Fog Art + Design Fair January 16-19

SAN FRANCISCO — The sev- gy, which will take place in the curated selection of galleries.
enth annual edition of FOG FOG Theater throughout the The fair has continued to grow
Design + Art will take place duration of the fair. All pro- each year, and for 2020 we are
January 16-19 at the Festival grams are included with admis- eager to celebrate its boutique
Pavilion in Fort Mason Center sion. nature, and to provide larger
for Arts and Culture. The fair spaces for our exhibitors to
will open with a preview gala The FOG 2020 Innovators present their works. The galler-
on Wednesday, January 15 to Luncheon will honor Brian ies selected reflect the ethos
benefit the education and exhi- Chesky, co-founder, chief execu- and vision of FOG and repre-
bitions programs of the San tive office and head of commu- sent some of the best presenta-
Francisco Museum of Modern nity at AirBnB. Showing an tions of art and design happen-
Art (SFMOMA). Philanthro- early interest in art and draw- ing around the world.”
pists Penny and Jim Coulter, ing, Chesky earned a BFA in
who have been supporters of industrial design from the FOG’s mission is to create a
FOG since the fair’s inception, Rhode Island School of Design. dialogue about the relationship
will serve as honorary co-chairs After moving to San Francisco between art and design, and to
for this year’s fair. in 2007, Chesky co-created provide a platform for the Bay
Airbnb, the world’s largest Area community, as well as an
Of the 48 galleries participat- online marketplace for unique international host of curators,
ing in the 2020 fair, five galler- travel and living experiences, collectors, and art world enthu-
ies will be participating for the driven by local hosts. siasts, to experience works of
first time. Gallery Fumi (Lon- contemporary art and design by
don), Jenkins Johnson Gallery “FOG is the anchor point of some of the most celebrated
(San Francisco), Mercado Mod- the San Francisco arts week, dealers of Twentieth Century
erno (Rio de Janeiro), Nathalie and celebrates the cultural and contemporary work.
Karg Gallery (New York), and vitality and vibrancy of our
Tina Kim Gallery (New York). city,” said Sonya Yu, who joined The Fort Mason Center for
FOG will also feature a series of the FOG Steering Committee Arts and Culture is at 2 Marina
conversations and panel discus- this year. “With the 2020 edi- Boulevard. For information and
sions with notable figures work- tion of FOG, we will be return- a complete list of participating
ing in art, design and technolo- ing to the fair’s roots, and pre- galleries, www.fogfair.com or
senting a smaller, more tightly 415-745-3315.

December 27, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 13

Books Offered At Auction & Sale
On January 3 In Glastonbury, Conn.
SOUTH GLASTONBURY, library of noted book collector the Close of the Rebellion.
CONN. — Connecticut River and dealer Barbara Farn- Just added is Mitchell’s New ments for future List Auction Call Tom at 860-908-8067 or
Book Auction will conduct its sworth and volumes from the sales to be conducted in 2020. email [email protected]
next List Auction on Friday, library of Robert Carneiro, Universal Atlas with 122 maps
January 3, at the South Con- curator emeritus of the New published by Thomas Cow-
gregational Church at 6 pm. A York Museum of Natural His- perthwait in 1853.
Shelf Sale will take place at tory.
this same location at 3 pm. The Shelf Sale consists of
Of note is Rogers’s circa several bookcases filled with a
The List Auction comprises 1830s The Executioner being a variety of books. Each case
more than 200 lots of medi- True Impartial and Most holds more than 120 books.
cine, climbing and exploration, Extraordinary Account of Buy the contents of the book-
leather, history, ephemera, What Happened to the Man case, take what you want and
children’s literature, art, sci- who Burnt the Rev. John Rog- leave the rest.
ence and fiction. ers, and Cushman’s 1865 His-
tory of the 58th Regiment Mas- The South Congregational
This auction continues to sachusetts Volunteers from the Church is at 949 Main Street.
include a number of volumes 15th Day of September, 1863 to The preview inspection for
of bibliography from the both sales begins at 1:30 pm.
The firm is accepting consign-

Fifth Annual Holiday Spectacular—

Jones & Horan Posts Successful
Online-Only Timepieces Auction

Auction Action Online

Top lot was this rare Hamilton Grade 951
achieving $10,600.

Lot of two unusual Hamilton 1950s military timepieces sky- Otay Watch Co P.H. Wheeler soared to LeRoy & Cie, Paris, with helical hairspring
rocketed over estimates to $3,100. $4,600, nearly three times the high estimate. realized $4,600.

GOFFSTOWN, N.H. — Jones Moon 8-Day, which reached VISIT US ON THE WEB AT
and Horan’s holiday online- $5,700. Other top wristwatches
only auction that closed include an A. Lange & Sohne AntiquesandTheArts.com
December 5 featured 250 gift- B-Uhr World War II oversized
worthy watches or jewelry flight watch achieving $5,300, Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso
items just in time for the holi- Patek Philippe with long Grande Sun Moon 8-Day
days. The auction broke Jones curved 18K white gold case reached $5,700.
& Horan’s previous online-only garnering $5,100, Ulysse Nar- large lot of chronograph wrist-
auction records, with hundreds din Michel Angelo Gigante watch material, which achieved
of bidders in 15 countries and a UTC GMT with boxes and $3,500, well over its high esti-
total hammer price of $284,020. papers hammering at $4,300 mate, a 16K gold European-
With no buyer’s premium, all and a lady’s Piaget 18K white style necklace going over esti-
prices realized are the hammer gold, diamond and sapphire mates to reach $3,400 and a lot
price. wristwatch bringing $3,900. of two unusual Hamilton 1950s
military timepieces that soared
Top lot was a Hamilton rare The top European pocket over estimates to garner
Grade 951 23J in 14K hunter watch was L. LeRoy & Cie, $3,100.
case, which achieved $10,600, Paris, with helical hairspring
followed by another Hamilton, in 16K gold case, which real- For information, 603-623-
a rare Grade 947 23J in 14K ized $4,600. A high-grade 5314 or www.jones-horan.com.
hunter case, which garnered Swiss minute repeater in 14K
$6,600. Other notable Ameri- gold hunter case achieved
can pocket watches included an $3,700, and another in 18K
Illinois Sangamo Special in open face case reached $3,200.
14K multicolor gold hunter, A.P. Walsh, London, made and
which hammered at $4,700, a marked for Negus of New York,
rare Otay Watch Co “P.H. with duo-in-uno hairspring
Wheeler,” which soared to and winding indicator gar-
$4,600 (almost three times the nered $3,100. Also, a number of
high estimate), and a Hamilton Patek Philippe pocket watches
torpedo boat watch, which sold did well, including a dress
over estimates at $3,800. watch in 18K and enamel case
for $3,200.
Top wristwatch was Jaeger
LeCoultre Reverso Grande Sun Other notable lots included a

Christie’s To Cease Educational Masters Programs

NEW YORK CITY — Chris- The New York school offered a programs were full-time,
tie’s told faculty and staff in Master of Arts in Art, Law and 15-month-long courses that
November that it is planning Business for $71,835 as well as concluded with the writing of a
to close its higher education a Master of Arts in Modern and thesis and a 45-day internship.
graduate degree programs fol- Contemporary Art and the
lowing the 2019-20 academic Market for $71,179. The Lon- As Christie’s Education is
year. don school was more reason- restructured into the larger
ably priced at £37,000 for both Christie’s brand, they will con-
Three branches currently a Master of Science in Art, Law tinue to offer certificate pro-
comprise Christie’s Education: and Business as well as a Mas- grams alongside short and
higher education, continuing ter of Arts in Art History and online courses, which the firm
education and online educa- Art World Practice. All of these says have become more popu-
tion. lar in recent years.

14 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 27, 2019

Erwan Rivault, “Bissagos Islands,” 2018. Modi- “Through the Clouds,” June 18, 1983. Photo- “First Servicing Mission to the Hubble Space
fied Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite data. Cour- graphic print, 20 by 20 inches. NASA photo. Telescope,” December 1993. Photographic print,
tesy of @earthfromsatellites. 20 by 20 inches. NASA photo.

Science & Technology Meet Art & Beauty—

The Elevated Eye: Aerial Photography Past & Present

James Wallace Black, “Boston, GLENDALE, CALIF. — “The Elevated burne’s inaugural exhibition in the space well as the work of Erwan Rivault, a French
as the Eagle and the Wild Eye: Aerial Photography Past and Present” and encompasses two of the museum’s geographer who uses open access data from
Goose See It,” 1860. Albumen examines the history of aerial photography, three galleries. European Space Agency satellites to create
silver print from glass nega- from its origins in the Nineteenth Century stunning images of natural wonders on the
tive (facsimile), 8 by 6.69 inch- to the boundary-pushing technologies of “The Elevated Eye: Aerial Photography Earth’s surface. A model of the Internation-
es. Courtesy Metropolitan the Twenty-First Century. While the exhi- Past and Present” looks at the full span of al Space Station from the Columbia Memo-
Museum of Art. bition highlights a number of stunning aerial photography, beginning with the bal- rial Space Center, a “CubeSat” satellite
locations around the world, many of the loonists in Europe and the United States from Interorbital Systems, and camera-
images focus on Los Angeles and Southern who pioneered the field as well as early equipped drones will allow visitors to better
California, revealing how the region has alternatives to hot air balloons, including understand the technology used to help cre-
developed over the course of more than a cameras attached to pigeons and kites. The ate remarkable aerial images of the past,
century. The exhibition traces the parallel exhibition features a reproduction of the present and future.
developments of flight and photography as oldest surviving aerial photograph, which
well as the intersections of art and technol- was taken above Boston in 1860. Images of Drones have risen to the forefront of con-
ogy, illustrating how a simple change in early Los Angeles — including the oldest temporary aerial photography, and the
perspective transforms the familiar into surviving aerial view of the city, which exhibition will feature more than 20 drone
the spectacular. dates to 1887, and aerial photographs from images as well as mesmerizing video foot-
Forest Lawn Museum’s collection that date age by Chen Ming. The prominent drone
On view in the newly remodeled Forest back nearly 100 years — show the transfor- pilot and photographer maneuvers above
Lawn Museum at Forest Lawn-Glendale mation of Los Angeles, Forest Lawn and the cities and beside buildings to reach places
through March 8, the exhibition assembles city of Glendale as they developed from that are inaccessible to other aerial vehi-
nearly 150 images and 14 minutes of video, semi-rural areas into parts of a dense cles. Through strict vertical angles and
as well as satellite models and drones. It urban fabric. tight framing of images, he deconstructs
includes photographs from Forest Lawn the architectural and civic spaces of Los
Museum’s permanent collection that have During the second half of the Twentieth Angeles and offers rare and intriguing per-
never been displayed as well as works from Century, photography was an important spectives of American and international
the Getty Research Institute; Huntington part of the Space Race as cameras were monuments.
Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gar- used to document the movement beyond
dens; and the Special Collections of Los the stratosphere. “The Elevated Eye” Forest Lawn Museum, Forest Lawn-Glen-
Angeles Public Library. The exhibition is includes early NASA images from the Apol- dale is at 1712 South Glendale Boulevard.
Forest Lawn Museum director James Fish- lo missions of the 1960s and later images For information, www.forestlawn.com or
from the International Space Station, as 323-340-4545.

Nadar (Gaspard Félix Tourna- “Space Shuttle Endeavour Seen from the International Space Unknown Photographer, “Aerial View of Easter Ser-
chon), “Felix Nadar in the Gon- Station,” November 25, 2002. Photographic print, 20 by 13¼ vices,” 1936. Photograph, 16 by 20 inches. Forest Lawn
dola of a Balloon,” circa 1863. inches. NASA photo. Museum Collection. Object number: PH.A.999.
Albumen silver print (facsimi-
le), 3.06 by 2.19 inches. Courte-
sy J. Paul Getty Museum.

Chen Ming, “400 feet above Millennium Park,” 2019. Inkjet digital print. Chen Ming, “200 feet above Grand Park,” 2016. Inkjet digital print. Courte-
Courtesy of the artist. sy of the artist.

December 27, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 15

Swiss Institute Raises Record-Breaking Amount At 2019 Benefit & Auction

NEW YORK CITY — On as creative director, and was Top left: Simon De Pury; Annabelle Selldorf and Rudolf Stingel; center: DJ Auntie Starr;
November 10, contemporary art generously presented with top right: Dominique Lévy; bottom left: Christina Forrer; center: Feodora Bertherat,
nonprofit Swiss Institute (SI) AKRIS as Fashion Partner and Philippe Bertherat, Alice Bertherat, Antonie Bertherat; center: Raúl de Nieves; bottom
conducted its marquee fund- the Peninsula New York as Hos- right: Michael Ringier, Simon Castets, Maja Hoffmann. Photos by Ethan Covey and Helga
raising event, the annual bene- pitality Partner. Traxler.
fit and auction, hosted by chair
Maja Hoffmann and director Proceeds from the event will paced paddle-raise led by SI evening’s honorees by various AKRIS creative director Albert
Simon Castets at the Angel directly fund the New York- trustee Dominique Lévy. Live art world figures, including Kriemler highlighting the
Orensanz Foundation in Lower based institution’s exhibitions, auction highlights included CCS Bard director Tom Eccles, brand’s history of collaborations
Manhattan, gathering artists, public programs and education works by Rudolf Stingel, Harold MAMCO Geneva director Lio- with leading artists, including
supporters and friends from workshops at its new 38 St Ancart, Jill Mulleady, Richard nel Bovier, artist Lisa William- Sou Fujimoto, Rodney Graham
near and far. Marks Place building in the Phillips and Franz Gertsch. son and SI trustee curator and Carmen Herrera.
East Village. This year, the During dinner, guests viewed a Francesco Bonami. The video
The 2019 honorees included event raised an all-time record video featuring tributes to the also included remarks by This year’s benefit welcomed
renowned architect Annabelle of more than $1.3 million. close to 300 guests.
Selldorf, who renovated SI’s
building at 38 St Marks Place, The evening began with cock-
while philanthropists Antonie tails, followed by a welcome
and Philippe Bertherat were from Hoffmann. “SI is set apart
presented the SI Visionary by its vibrant, enthusiastic and
Award. SI announced that generous community of artists
Philippe Bertherat had joined and art lovers,” said Hoffmann.
its board of trustees. This year’s “Our audience has grown sig-
SI Artist Tribute was given to nificantly: we now welcome four
Christina Forrer, and the SI times as many visitors as we
Special Tribute was awarded to used two,” continued Castets. “I
Rudolf Stingel. The event also am proud to report that all SI
saluted the Educational Alli- programming remains entirely
ance Sirovich Center, one of SI’s free-of-large, largely due to the
key education partners. generosity of many of you who
are here tonight.”
This year’s benefit was con-
ceived by artist and SI advisory A live auction was then con-
council member Raúl de Nieves ducted by auctioneer Simon de
Pury, in conjunction with a fast-

At Eiteljorg Museum, ‘Blurring The Line’ Features Five Native Artists

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. — As Rita Letendre (Abenaki), “Sunburst,” 1971, oil on canvas, 31 Hannah Claus (Bay of Quinte Mohawk), “water song: peem-
part of the Eiteljorg Museum’s by 40 inches. Museum Purchase: Eiteljorg Fellowship. itanaahkwahki sakaahkweelo,” 2019, digital imagery print-
ongoing commitment to con- ed on acetate film (Durachrome UV ink on Jetview film),
temporary Native American among other elements, porcu- approximately $1.25 million thread (Gütermann Scala 60), PVA glue, 240 by 168 by 15
art, five artists who are this pine quills and beads with to 55 artists and purchased inches. Museum Commission: Eiteljorg Fellowship.
year’s Eiteljorg Fellows will painted geometric patterns. more than 180 of their works.
be celebrated through a new The Lilly Endowment Inc and To Place An Ad Call 203-426-8036
exhibition: “Blurring the Line: Each Eiteljorg fellow Efroymson Family Fund — a
The Eiteljorg Contemporary receives a $25,000 unrestrict- Central Indiana Community
Art Fellowship 2019.” ed award and their work is Foundation fund — provide
part of the exhibition, catalog support for the Eiteljorg Con-
On view through February 2, and video documentation. In temporary Art Fellowship.
the exhibition will highlight addition, the museum pur-
paintings, drawings, mixed chases $115,000 of the fellows’ The exhibition is curated by
media and installations by the work for its permanent collec- Jennifer Complo McNutt and
2019 Fellowship artists. tion. Dorene Red Cloud, museum
assistant curator of Native
Rita Letendre (Abenaki), an Every other year since 1999, American art.
abstract painter from Toronto, the Eiteljorg has awarded fel-
originally from southern Que- lowships to five contemporary The Eiteljorg Museum is on
bec, has works in Canadian Native or First Nations art- the Central Canal at 500 West
and American museums and ists, a different class each Washington Street. For infor-
is the invited artist this round. In that time, the Eitel- mation, www.eiteljorg.com or
round; Hannah Claus (Bay of jorg Fellowship has presented 317-275-1315.
Quinte Mohawk), an installa-
tion artist in Montreal, cre-
ates suspended sculptures
and has created a “Miami
watersong” piece for the exhi-
bition; Demian DinéYazhí
(Diné), a multidisciplinary
artist from Portland, Ore., has
been awarded several grants
and fellowships and creates
installations, textile pieces
and video; Matthew Alan Kirk
(Navajo), a painter based in
Ridgewood, Queens, N.Y., cre-
ates geometric compositions
resembling road maps, Navajo
rugs and urban landscapes;
Dyani White Hawk (Sicángu
Lakota) of Minneapolis, cre-
ates intricate mixed-media
paintings that incorporate,

The Philadelphia Show Announces 2020 Dates

PHILADELPHIA — The Phil- ports a community of connois- from 6 to 9 pm on Thursday,
adelphia Show has announced seurship among specialists, April 23. Tickets are $300
the dates for its 58th edition nascent collectors and sea- ($150 tax deductible) or $150
showcasing America’s preemi- soned collectors alike. for young collectors (under 45).
nent dealers of antiques and Announcements of new and A VIP Pass good for early
fine art from the colonial to the noteworthy offerings from par- admission at 5 pm to a special
contemporary. The 2020 Show ticipating exhibitors will follow, Connoisseurs Reception is
will be conducted from Friday, along with information about available for $600 ($450 tax
April 24, through Sunday, April programming and partner- deductible).
26, at Philadelphia’s historic ships and details of the loan
Navy Yard. Visitors will be able exhibition “All Creatures Great For additional information,
to shop a selection of jewelry, and Small.” www.philadelphiaantiquesand-
decorative arts, design and fine Show hours will be Friday artshow.com.
art. The preview party (Thurs- and Saturday, April 26-27, 11
day, April 23) gives guests the am to 8 pm; and Sunday, April GLOUCESTER, MASS. — “Our
first chance to experience the 28, 11 am to 5 pm. Souls are by Nature Equal to
show before it opens to the General admission is $20 per Yours: The Legacy of Judith Sar-
public. The new website is cur- person online or at the door gent Murray,” at the Cape Ann
rently live, with ticketing to and includes access to daily Museum until April 1, is a special
follow. Proceeds from the show programming, with discounts exhibition with educational pro-
benefit the Philadelphia Muse- available for Philadelphia gramming focused on the life and
um of Art’s educational pro- Museum of Art members, legacy of the feminist writer. The
grams. seniors and groups. museum is at 27 Pleasant Street.
The preview party will be For information, www.capeann-
The Philadelphia Show sup- museum.org or 978-283-0455.

16 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 27, 2019

Electronically Operated Nodding Santa Pulled by Nodding Reindeer measures 48 inches Santa in Sleigh Pull Toy is from Germany, made of
Nodding Santa is a large fig- in length. The reindeer, with big, brown eyes, nods his head composition figures with a wooden sleigh. Santa is
ure with composition head while pulling a wicker sleigh carrying Santa holding a feather wearing a red hooded robe flecked with sparkling
and wooly beard, wearing a sprig tree. Santa, with composition face and rabbit fur beard mica and is pulled by two reindeer. A fine German toy,
long red felt robe trimmed also nods his head as he rides along. Perhaps his robe was 16½ inches in length, has minor touch-up and antler
replaced at some time in old material. In very good condition, repairs to reindeer. Very good to excellent condition,
the toy brought $9,000, above the high estimate. it brought a tad over high estimate for $3,600.

in white. With a basket of Nodding Head Santa on Wheeled Platform is a rare toy from Germany, with so few known
toys at his waist and candles to exist. He is dressed in a hooded full length robe of greenish blue and carries a lantern
to light, this Santa stood in a and walking stick. Made of papier mache and composition, his head can be turned as it is
store window nodding his jointed, as well as his arms. At 20½ inches high, he is in very good to excellent condition,
head at onlookers when selling for way over high estimate of $6,000 at $28,400.
plugged in. Excellent work-
ing order and rated very
good to excellent condition, Auction Action In Vineland, N.J.
he sold for $2,700, over high
estimate.

Christmas Fun
& Treasures

At Bertoia Auctions

VINELAND, N.J. — The three-day Annual Fall Sale at Bertoia Auctions
had just about something for everyone, including mechanical and still
banks, cast iron autos, horse-drawn, doorstops, motorcycles and penny
toys, airplanes, European tin toys, character toys, comic figures, trains
and steam engines, advertising and country store items, occupational
shavings mugs, Halloween items and 112 Christmas lots that added nice-
ly to the grand total of the auction.

When the gavel fell on the last lot, a large woodcutter Santa candy con-
tainer, 20 inches high, another $1,680 was added to the $2.5 million grand
total.

For additional information, www.bertoiaauctions.com or 856-692-1881.

Nodding Santa Driving A Musical Santa Claus in vivid color of long red robe, 112 Festive Lots
Wicker Automobile is wound white cuffs with tinsel and cloth trim, holds a can- Close Out
by a key to speed him on his dlelit feather tree and has a basket at his side. In
way to deliver Christmas composition and cardboard tube construction with November 16th
trees, one of which he holds rabbit fur beard, he has a very kind face. A music Sale
in his hand that is 20 inches box plays “Silent Night,” which may be a later addi-
high. Santa is of composi- tion to the figure. Very good to excellent condition
tion with rabbit fur beard, he brought $3,900, just under the high estimate.
wearing a brown coat with Santa On Polar Bear Growler Toy, with a rabbit fur
mohair trim. In working beard on his composition face and wearing a red
order, 28 inches overall in waistcoat with red fur trim, sits atop a large creamy
height, it is in excellent con- white polar bear with brown glass eyes and sporting a
dition and brought $11,400, leather harness. He moves his head as he rolls along
well over high estimate. on iron wheels. His growler mechanism no longer
works and Santa’s boots have small touch ups. In very
good condition, this toy at 22 inches in length carried
a high estimate of $4,000, but sold for $43,200.

Review by
Antiques and The Arts Weekly
R. Scudder Smith, Publisher
Photos Courtesy Bertoia Auctions

Early Pennsylvania Chalk A Magnificent Nodding Reindeer from Clockwork Nodding Snow-
Belsnickle is possibly from Germany, in good working order, standing man Trade Stimulator from
Berks or Lancaster County. 12 inches high, wears full leather harness Germany is a joy to see as he
A large figure, 23 inches and collar waiting to pull Santa’s sleigh. nods his head and rolls his
high, he is of early Christ- His antlers have minor splits, but rated in eyes up and down. His smil-
mas folklore, bearing a kind very good condition. Estimate of $3,500 ing face has a carrot nose,
face above folded arms. was beaten by the selling price of $9,200. brown glass eyes and lit
Rated in excellent condi- Santa in Large Christmas Greeting Auto, another toy from Germany, in very good condi- pipe in his mouth. His body
tion, he brought $4,500, over tion, has Santa behind the wheel ready to make deliveries. He is of composition, red hood- is crushed felt with a tall
high estimate. ed jacket with rabbit fur beard and is wearing grey gloves while holding a feather tree black top hat, making the
sprig. Hands have been repainted. At 21 inches long, it sold for $3,900, just over the high snowman 18 inches high. He
estimate. is in excellent condition and
brought $14,400, over the
high estimate of $4,000.

December 27, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 17

The Gurley Thanksgiving Show Grows & Grows & Grows
MARLBOROUGH, MASS. —
Last year’s Gurley Thanksgiv- Morgan Macwhinnie, Southampton, N.Y., had a booth full of One of the booths with wide selections of early stoneware
ing Antiques Show had about furniture, as he always does, including a selection of early belonged to Kris Casucci, Walker Homestead Antiques,
80 dealers, and this year’s edi- children’s chairs. The apple green potty chair was priced Brookfield, Mass. If you haven’t been to the shows she pro-
tion, on Sunday, December 1, $575. duces on her property during the summers, you’re missing
had about 100. Rachel and some exceptional “pure country” shows.
Josh Gurley assumed manage- Review and Photos by If you needed a framed print for a certain spot, there were
ment of the show a few years Rick Russack, Contributing Editor well over 100 to choose from in the booth of Chimney Cor-
ago. It had been started by ner, Newburyport, Mass. You could have chosen from
their late mother more than 30 Brother and sister Josh and Rachel Gurley manage this framed children’s things, such as puzzles, old advertising
years ago. They admit the first and other shows with the help of other family members. and more.
couple of years were a strug- One of several booths filled with Christmas ornaments
gle, but the show is now on an Jewett-Berdan, Newcastle, Maine, had an exceptional circa belonged to Roland Morgan and Ann Marie King, Andover,
upward trajectory. For buyers 1830 overmantel painting. The colorful, primitive, Vermont Mass.
— both collectors and dealers scene, possibly of Middlebury, showed a young woman, Jason Hietala, Lancaster, Mass., had about a dozen large
— the show has been one of dogs, homes atop a hill, along with trees and a country pieces of furniture in his space. The 1770-80 Rhode Island
those “do not miss” events for church, all within a border of drapery. It was priced at tiger maple chest on chest he said bore the cipher of Abra-
years. $3,200. ham Tortellout, a Huguenot cabinetmaker who had settled
in Gloucester, R.I. It was front and center of his booth and
One of the interesting things Brian Cullity, Sagamore, Mass., priced the four-drawer priced at $25,000.
about the show is that, like the chest at $650, and the Samson porcelain bowl with Chinese
other shows the sister and motifs was $300.
brother team manage, it is pri-
marily a tabletop show,
although several dealers leave
plenty of open space in their
booths for furniture. That for-
mat means it is not expensive
for dealers, and the Gurleys
have no objection to booths
being shared by two dealers. A
noticeable result is that the
offerings are varied — there
was a Rhode Island chest-on-
chest priced at $25,000, and
there were Christmas orna-
ments priced at just a few dol-
lars. And many choices in
between.

Those interested in folk art,
early ceramics, good samplers,
trade signs, early glass and so
on, had plenty to look at. For
those interested in old painted
objects — furniture, baskets,
cabinets, firkins and assorted
woodenware — there was also
plenty to see.

“Tabletop,” perhaps, but there
was high-quality “brown” fur-
niture in several booths. Hell-
er-Washam, Portland, Maine,
had, among other things, a
small, circa 1755 high chest of
drawers that was attributed,
based on construction and
design details, to the Connecti-
cut River valley, perhaps Wind-
sor or Wethersfield, Conn.
Made of cherry and maple, it
had a secret drawer, engraved
brass, shell carvings in both
sections and an old finish.

Stephen-Douglas Antiques,
Walpole, N.H., had an Eigh-
teenth Century New Hamp-
shire lolling chair priced at
$1,600 and an early open splat
back corner chair priced at
$295. Brian Cullity, Sagamore,
Mass., had a reasonably priced,
cherry four-drawer chest on a
bracket base for which he was
asking $650. He said, “Nothing
has been done to it. It’s one of
my favorite forms.”

Rachel Gurley, Gurley
Antiques, Scarborough, Maine,
had an early highboy base to
which a top had been added,
and she was asking $465. Mor-
gan Macwhinnie, Southamp-
ton, N.Y., had a booth full of
furniture, as he always does,
including early Windsor chairs
and a selection of children’s
chairs. Jason Hietala, Lancast-
er, Mass., had about a dozen
large pieces of furniture in his
space, spread out along the
back wall of the show. His
offerings included a circa 1785-
1800 Dunlap chest-on-chest
with a blanket drawer, in old
red with original brass, for
which he was asking $14,000.
He also had a 1770-80 Rhode
Island tiger maple chest-on-
chest that he said bore the
cipher of Abraham Tortellout,
a Huguenot cabinetmaker who
had settled in Gloucester, R.I.
It was front and center of his
booth and priced at $25,000.

Some furniture was not as
easily identifiable. Greg Ham-
ilton, Stone Block Antiques,

18 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 27, 2019

Raleigh and Sommer, Searsport, Maine, had a selection of
Eighteenth Century dark green glass jars priced at $575
each. They also had one of the largest painted tree fungi
you’re likely to see and that was priced $295.

The Gurley Thanksgiving An unusual grain painted lectern in the Heller-Washam, Portland, Maine had,
Antiques Show form of a small table was priced at $675 by among other things, a small, circa 1755 high
Brett Downer, Wayland, Mass. chest of drawers, perhaps Windsor or
Wethersfield, Conn.

“Funky” was the word used to describe the elongated dog Rachel Gurley operates a group shop in Scarborough, Vergennes, Vt., had a table
bench or side table. Dave and Bonnie Ferris, whose grand- Maine. The items in her booth are mostly a selection of that was a traffic-stopper. You
daughter Fern, described it that way, came from Lake material from her group shop. simply couldn’t miss this table
Luzerne, N.Y. It was priced $290. The wood and tin red, white and blue Uncle Sam birdhouse at — it was more than 11 feet
Ian McKelvey on the left and Mario Pollo on the right offer- far right belonged to Stephen Score, Boston, Mass. He priced long. Hamilton said he thought
ing their opinions on the origins of this 11-foot-2-inch-long it to sell — it was only $425. The barber shop sign was $325. it was Mexican but was unsure
table to Greg Hamilton. Consensus? Probably Mexican, of the age. It had four drawers,
maybe Eighteenth Century. Wood? — no consensus. a heavy top and heavy, shaped
legs. The wood was not readily
identifiable but was the sub-
ject of much discussion during
set-up. Brett Downer, Wayland,
Mass., had an unusual piece of
painted furniture. Lecterns
are not uncommon, but this
one was in the form of a stand
or small table. It was grain-
painted in red and black and
was priced $675. Linda
DeCoste, sharing her space
with Robert Brocher, New-
buryport, Mass., had a large,
heavily carved chest that they
thought was Spanish or Ital-
ian. It was priced $2,800.

Folk art, no surprise, was
prevalent in many booths. Ste-
phen Score, who you might not
expect to see exhibiting at a
tabletop show, had a wonder-
ful, weathered, birdhouse of
wood and tin, painted red,
white and blue, with a painted
wooden tall hat, representing
Uncle Sam. Added to it were
tin designs, including a six-
point star, an evergreen tree
and much more. It was only
$425. His barber shop sign was
$325.

Jewett-Berdan, Newcastle,
Maine, had an exceptional
framed overmantel painting. It
was a circa 1830 primitive, col-
orful Vermont scene, possibly
of Middlebury, showing a
young woman, dogs, homes
atop a hill, along with trees

Paulette Nolan, Falmouth, Mass., likes dogs, although the The elaborate penny toss carnival game, It would be interesting to know more about
booth was filled with an assortment of early American circa 1940, was in the booth of Don Heller the background of this well-done sampler,
antiques. Cordelia, a 22-month-old Chesapeake Bay retriev- and Kim Washam, Portland, Maine. The ask- being held by Tom Longacre, Marlborough,
er, seemed to be enjoying herself at her first antiques show. ing price was $750. N.H. It depicted horses, ships, people, dogs,
birds, trees, flowers and still more. It was
not signed or dated. It was in very good con-
dition and was priced $650.

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A double-sided trade stimulator for pipes and tobacco,
probably dating to the 1930s, was in the booth of Gene
Laparle, Newport, R.I. He was asking $1,850 for it.

Fern Schrader, helping her grandparents at Eric Nebbia, Wales, Mass., brought an elabo-
the show, was holding a difficult to describe rate, midcentury Lucite lamp.
gilded metal lobster (?) in the booth of Pio-
neer Folk Art, Ellsworth, Maine. The mid-
century piece was priced at $375.

New to the show, and sharing space with Justin Cobb’s family is continuing his busi- Stephen-Douglas Antiques, Walpole, N.H., filled its booth
Linda DeCoste, Robert Brocher, Newbury- ness. His son priced the circa 1920 Edward with folk art, hooked rugs, trade signs. The Eighteenth Cen-
port, Mass., priced the heavily carved Ital- Adam portrait of the steamer Antinous at tury New Hampshire lolling chair was priced at $1,600.
ian or Spanish chest at $2,800. $4,600.

and a country church, all with- painted wooden ware, hooked headed home a little earlier Pillars Antiques, Freeport, Maine, priced the pair of coun-
in a border of drapery. It was rugs, redware, mocha and than they otherwise might try Windsors with a nice old yellow surface at $195.
priced at $3,200. Dave and stoneware, etc, were available have.
Bonnie Ferris, Lake Luzerne, in several booths. Stephen- we’re developing a good repu- helping with younger folks.”
N.Y., had a bench (?) in the Douglas had a number of “I saw some ‘real’ antiques tation with our dealers. We are For additional information,
form of an elongated dog. Of hooked rugs; Walker Home- being hauled out; a nice bow- also extensively using Face-
unknown age, it was well stead, Brookfield, Mass., front chest, a multi-drawer book and Instagram. That’s www.gurleyantiqueshows.com
carved, and perhaps best brought several pieces of red- apothecary chest — that kind or 207-396-4255.
described by their teenaged ware and stoneware; Pat of thing. Overall, we had a
granddaughter, Fern Schrader, Hatch, Harvard, Mass., had good show. It’s our third year
as “funky.” For $290 you could numerous cloth dolls and Ste- of running the show and
have taken it home. phen-Douglas had a very large although a few dealers from
one. And, in keeping with the prior years didn’t do it this
A crossover piece might have season, holiday decorations time, we added 30 new dealers.
been a trade stimulator, or it were offered in at least a half And most of those were young
might have been a piece of folk dozen booths. dealers. Those are the ones
art, depending on your outlook. who are the future of our busi-
It belonged to Gene Laparle, A few days after the show, ness.
Newport, R.I., and had a dou- Rachel Gurley said that they
ble-sided countertop dispenser closed the show a little bit “Many of those younger deal-
for pipes and tobacco. It had a early because of the weather ers are doing our Boxboro
large sheet metal Indian wear- — which really did turn out to shows [January 5 and March
ing a headdress, holding a bow be messy. “Josh and I are con- 8]. We added a September date
and arrow, watching over it. It cerned about our dealers so as [to be announced] for this year
was priced at $1,850 and prob- soon as we saw the snow, we and next year we’re planning
ably dated to the 1930s. cut it short. I don’t think it to add an April date. We’ve
hurt anyone; customers also already booked the facility for
Selections of other folk art: next year. I’d like to think

‘Papa Burger’ Statue, Playland Ticket Booth At New York State Museum

ALBANY, N.Y. — A long-term exhibi- entered the collection in 1998 as an work, Hoffman’s attracted legions of vis- “Papa Burger” on exhibit at the New
tion on the New York State museum’s “unknown fiberglass figure of a man itors. When Bill’s son, Dave, took owner- York State Museum. Courtesy New
fourth floor features a newly restored holding a mug and a hamburger” from ship of the park, he added even more York State Museum.
1960s A&W Restaurant “Papa Burger” the Syracuse or Rochester area. rides and made Hoffman’s Playland one
statue, an original Hoffman’s Playland Research soon revealed that he is “Papa of the capital region’s favorite fun fami-
ticket booth and models of Coney Island Burger,” an iconic mascot figure for the ly-friendly places. When Hoffman’s Play-
attractions. A&W root beer chain of restaurants dat- land closed in 2014, Dave and his wife,
ing back to the 1960s. Ruth, donated this vintage portable tick-
“We’re proud to add these new objects et booth to the museum.
to the museum’s fourth floor where fami- Over the past few years, museum staff
lies and children already gather to enjoy restored Papa Burger to his original col- Models of two attractions from Coney
the historic carousel,” said Board of ors and details. The restoration project Island — the Parachute Jump and the
Regents chancellor Betty A. Rosa. “A included removing layers of paint to Ferris Wheel — are also on display. Orig-
new generation of visitors can now enjoy reach the statue’s original coat and inally built for the 1939 World’s Fair in
these iconic objects that represent fami- researching paints to match Papa Burg- Flushing, N.Y., the Parachute Jump was
ly-friendly attractions from New York’s er’s original colors. Many repairs were moved to Coney Island’s Steeplechase
past.” made as well, including reconstruction Park in 1941. The park closed in 1964
of an internal support system to allow and the Parachute Jump is the only orig-
“Papa Burger, the Hoffman’s Playland him to stand up. inal structure that remains from Stee-
ticket booth and the Coney Island mod- plechase Park. Steeplechase Park also
els are great additions to the museum’s In addition to Papa Burger, an original boasted the first Ferris Wheel on Coney
fourth floor,” said Beth Berlin, acting ticket booth from Hoffman’s Playland Island, erected in 1894. The original ride
commissioner of the state education located in Latham, N.Y., is on exhibit. had 12 cars that held 18 passengers
department. “We’re confident these new Hoffman’s Playland was a family-owned each; the model on exhibit was abbrevi-
additions will become a favorite among business that opened in 1953 when Bill ated by the artists to feature eight cars.
the hundreds of thousands of people of Hoffman purchased a carousel and this
all ages who visit the museum every ticket booth and placed them on his The New York State Museum is at 222
year.” father’s property in Latham. He soon Madison Avenue. For information, 518-
added more rides, and through his hard 474-5877 or www.nysm.nysed.gov.
The 9-foot-tall Papa Burger statue

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Historic Wallpaper

Zuber: Two Centuries of Panoram- teaching history and geography. The Norde,” which Jaqueline Lavishly illustrated with glorious
ic Wallpaper, by Brian D. Coleman, use of brightly colored paper enliv- Kennedy used at the White photographs taken in largely private
Gibbs Smith Press, www.gibbs- ened plain rooms, transporting the House, “Courses de Che- interiors, this book provides access to a
smith.com; 2019; 280 pages; 300 room’s inhabitants to exotic and his- vaux,” “Eldorado,” and storied world few readers may ever
photos; hardcover; $75. torical locations. “Zones Terrestres.” glimpse. In her foreword, Altschul
acknowledges her privilege in being
Photographs by John Neitzel from Zuber: Two Centuries Of Panoramic Zuber apparently still able to live with Zuber, and after an
Zuber: Two Hundred Years of Panoramic Wallpaper depicts in beautiful photo- relies on their archives after hour spent with this book, most read-
graphs, largely taken by John Neitzel, more than 200 years in ers would be equally captivated by the
Wallpaper by Brian D. Coleman, luxurious homes featuring woodblock business, retaining more beauty, detail and character of this his-
reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith printed panoramic wallpapers from than 130,000 design docu- torically important paper. It is a book
The recently deceased socialite, art the premier French manufacturer ments and more than that will appeal to numerous readers,
collector and philanthropist, Patricia Zuber & Cie. According to Coleman, 150,000 pearwood printing on both a historic and decorative level.
Altschul wrote the foreword, recalling the company became famous from the blocks, which have been
growing up in a house hung with the scenic wallpapers it produced between listed as historic monu- Brian D. Coleman has brought to life
“Views of America” scene. Her interest 1802 and 1860, the first of which — ments. some of the biggest names in design
in Zuber’s papers grew upon a visit to “Views of Switzerland” — took 20 such as Farrow & Ball, Scalamandré,
the White House in the 1970s and then engravers several years to produce and Coleman divides the book Fortuny, the Wiseman Group, Barry
her genealogical research into her Rev- used 1,024 blocks and 150 colors for into four principal areas Dixon and Leta Austin Foster. He
olutionary War ancestor’s history. In the 16-panel suite. that used Zuber papers: divides his time between Seattle and
her words, Zuber is “the ultimate in “The Grand Entry,” “Pri- New York City and is the author of 21
decorative art.” The “Views of Switzerland” suite vate Retreats,” “Sumptu- books on the decorative arts, includ-
In his introduction, Coleman asserts were followed by other numerous pan- ous Salons,” and “Elegant ing the recent titles Farrow & Ball,
the origins for the demand for wallpa- oramas equally detailed and colorful. Dining Rooms.” Perhaps Fortuny and D. Porthault. He writes
per arose from the dioramic or pan- The breadth of themes produced no where else does Zuber frequently on architecture and interi-
oramic spectacles, which were not ranged from the exotic, historic, make a more striking first or design and is the West Coast editor
only alternatives to those who could dynamic, classical and sylvan and are impression than when it of Old House Journal.
not travel abroad in the late Eigh- exemplified by such patterns, respec- papers the walls in a foyer. Zuber
teenth Century but also as tools for tively, as “Bresil,” “Vues d’Amerique du papers used in the intimate spaces of John Neitzel is a New York City-
bedrooms and bathrooms, which based professional photographer spe-
almost certainly would have had a con- cializing in interiors. For the past 25
siderably smaller audience, is the years, he has traveled around the
height of luxury. In the rooms meant to country shooting assignments for inte-
impress, breathtaking Zuber panoram- rior designers, architects, hotels and
ic landscapes or boldly patterned home furnishings manufacturers.
papers can be used to their greatest
advantage. For rooms filled with color-
ful porcelains and glass, such as in a
dining room, complimentary papers
range from the vivid hues of exotic
views to that of a muted grisaille pat-
tern.

Still in business today, with show-
rooms in Paris, London and New York
City, in addition to the company’s
headquarters in Rixheim, France,
Zuber still makes papers following the
same hand-printing techniques it has
been using for more than 200 years. A
chapter titled “How It Happens” dem-
onstrates in lavish detail how the
backgrounds are hand-brushed as well
as more delicate embossing. All kinds
of papers are examined, including both
velour papers and screen-printed
papers.

The book concludes with photographs
taken at the factory in Rixheim, where
the original papers were produced and
where the company’s archives are
stored.

A dramatic example of a Grand Entry, seen in the
“Isola Bella” pattern hung in the entrance to a
Philadelphia home.

A bathroom on Fifth Avenue in New York City
demonstrates the luxury of the private retreat in
the pattern, “Psyche Au Bain.”

The arched niche in an Art Deco apartment on A detail from “La Guerre de L’independance Americaine” shows George Washington accepting the
New York City’s Upper East side frames a scene surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. The dining room in a Connecticut home displays the full set of
from “Eldorado.” 32 panels, which uses 2,300 wood blocks and 360 colors to print.

December 27, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 21

Antiques Shows & Evolution: Getman’s Wilmington Show

WILMINGTON, MASS. — In ing over an 1840 chest of draw- This looks like a lot of tea set for just $95. Those of us of a certain age will remember
order to survive and prosper, all ers, and the Maggses placed a The colorful pieces bore the stamp “Jerusa- the chart-topping Del Vikings. The poster
things must evolve. That’s as 1994 painting over an Eigh- lem” and were probably designed by Balian, advertising one of their live shows was
true for antiques shows as it is teenth Century table. Several one of the founders of the Palestine Pottery, autographed by each member of the group
for animals and other living other exhibitors who usually Jerusalem, in the 1920s. The set was in the as well as other performers on the show. It
things. Marv Getman’s Holiday show only “antiques” added col- booth of John Prunier, Warren, Mass. was mounted with a 45rpm record of one of
Antiques, Vintage and Design orful, decorative, mid-Twenti- their hits, “A Sunday Kind of Love.” It was
Show, which was conducted eth Century objects. Review and Photos by in the booth of Jeff Bergman Books, Fort
December 7-8 at the Shriners Rick Russack, Contributing Editor Lee, N.J.
Auditorium, provides an exam- Getman was asked if the
ple of how some shows — and changes were a result of pre- Sometimes pieces have really poignant sto-
some dealers — are responding show communication with his ries to tell. Chip Neschke displayed the tri-
to a changing environment. The exhibitors. “No, I don’t tell angular midcentury pottery and wood wall
word “design” was added to the exhibitors, or draw lines around hanging. It was one of those pieces made by
show’s name and advertising a what they should bring. What a woman named Sonia Waldo. It told the
few years ago, part of a trend you’re seeing is, I think, a reflec- story of a failed love affair. Included was a
aimed at attracting a broader tion of the experienced, profes- folded and well-worn diagram of the piece,
base. Some shows, such as the sional dealers reacting to their and a poem she wrote, telling of the hurt.
Winter Show, have entirely perception of how the market- The asking price was $1,200. The colorful,
dropped the word “antiques” place is changing.” This is cer- round charger in the photo was done circa
from their names and accompa- tainly not to say that “tradition- 1950 by French potter Jacques Pouchain
nying advertising, but Getman al antiques” are gone from the and was priced at $2,200.
so far has not. show or that all dealers are
changing their usual inventory.
Time will tell how much There were still booths full of
changing a name impacts a silver, American furniture, Art
show. However, on entering this Nouveau and Art Deco ceram-
show this year, it was immedi- ics, jewelry, books, posters,
ately apparent that changes are ephemera, etc. But the changes
occurring, with much more col- are clearly visible.
orful and often inexpensive
mid-Twentieth Century mate- Hamilton, who owns Stone
rial being offered. Even more Block Antiques, Vergennes, Vt.,
interesting was the way some selected a late Twentieth Cen-
dealers were combining vintage tury abstract painting by Joan
and later material. Two exhibi- Stephens (b 1940) to place
tors in particular, Greg Hamil- above the late Federal period
ton and Jan and John Maggs, chest of drawers, and they
directly showed the possibilities looked very well together. So
of displaying the two together. did a combination in the
Hamilton, for example, hung a Maggses booth. Conway, Mass.,
late Twentieth Century paint- dealers, Jan and John, put their
circa 1750 French table in com-

A Lionel train set with a pink engine? The explanatory sig- The set of seven Nineteenth Century oak Jewelry was available in several booths.
nage in the booth of Sandy Jacobs, Swampscott, Mass., chairs, English or American, was priced at Sandy Jacobs, Swampscott, Mass., displayed
explained that in 1957, Lionel, in an attempt to interest $795 by P.D. Murphy, Bath, Maine. a selection of rings on her hand. Prices of
girls in model railroading, took one of their standard train those displayed ranged from $1,250 to $2,950
.027 gauge sets and painted it in pastel colors they hoped
would attract girls to the hobby. The idea was a disaster,
dealers could not sell the special sets, and in 1958, Lionel
bought them back from their dealers and repainted them in
standard colors. Few of the pastel sets survive. This one,
with seven cars in nearly mint condition, with original
boxes and instructions, was priced $2,450.

A wide variety of sculptural and colorful Twentieth Century folk art was displayed in the
booth of Ed Miller, Pioneer Folk Art, Ellsworth, Maine. The mixed metal abstract still life
in the center of the booth was priced at $475.

Several years ago, Chip Neschke, Still River, Mass., dealt Bob Markowitz, Georgetown, Mass., filled his booth with stick-and-ball furniture, a Nine-
primarily in Americana and folk art. His business now teenth Century dollhouse, silhouettes, advertising clocks and more.
focuses on Native American items, paintings and mid-
Twentieth Century decorative arts. Some of the bronzes
and wire assemblages on the front table were by unidenti-
fied artists, but, he thought, had “the look.” Since produc-
ing bronzes in small editions was expensive, it was his
thought that most were done by artists prominent in the
time, even if he could not identify them. Prices ranged from
$200 to $3,800.

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Noble Peddler Antiques, Torrington, Conn., was asking $225 The birds in this shadow box were done with real feathers, Jan and John Maggs, Con-
for the large Aurene bowl. The dealer also had a wide selec- and the background scene was a watercolor. Bob Markow- way, Mass., have sold a selec-
tion of art pottery and shelves full of Royal Doulton and itz, Groveland, Mass., said that he researched the birds and tion of paintings by Virginia
Royal Copenhagen figures priced from $30 to $150. determined that they were Eurasian magpies, and the Strom Prescourt, and their
scene showed a parent feeding its young. He thought it was website has an informative
English, done in the late Nineteenth or early Twentieth link to information about
Century, and was asking $575. her. They displayed her 1994
painting of ballerinas above
a mid-Eighteenth Century
French table. The painting
was priced $4,250.

The offerings in the booth of William Nickerson Antiques, Forrest Proper, Joslin Hall Rare Books, Northampton, munication with the 1994
Orleans, Mass., unarguably all originated in the late Twenti- Mass., specializes in books about antiques and historical painting by Virginia Strom
eth Century. The booth contained nothing but 33-1/3rpm ephemera. There were dozens of titles of reasonably priced Prescourt (1916-2008). Pres-
record albums, almost all from the rock and roll era. Michael out-of-print reference books about antiques. court was a Boston area artist
Jackson’s Thriller album, released in 1982, is one of the few Jim Kaufman, Dedham, Mass., has been collecting Dedham who enjoyed painting ballerinas
albums to have its own Wikipedia page. It was priced at $15. pottery and its predecessors for years and that’s all he had training and practicing at Bos-
Pink Floyd’s The Wall released in 1979, also has its own Wiki- in his booth. He’s holding a banded Rabbit pattern choco- ton’s Cyclorama building. Her
pedia page and was priced at $40. Nickerson said there’s been late pot. He said that hollowware pieces, such as this, are works hang in several Boston
a resurgence of interest in vinyl records. “They have an rare in Dedham and this one was priced $750. The banding, area museums. The painting,
authentic sound, and many younger people are buying turn- he said, added to its desirability. “New Earrings,” was priced at
tables to play them. We had a 6-year-old girl in the booth once $4,250. Jan and John are well
who knew more about the Beatles than her mother.” known for specializing in Sev-
enteenth and Eighteenth Cen-
Wilmington Show tury English oak furniture and
appropriate period accessories.
Dave Thompson Antiques and Art, South Dennis, Mass., Their booth included a selection
filled his booth with early silhouettes, samplers, ephemera of early material, including
and an 1820-30 portrait, initialed “H.J.,” of a well-dressed glass and metalware. Several
woman. The painting had a sold tag on it a few minutes pieces of Eighteenth and Nine-
after the show opened. teenth Century American furni-
ture were to be found in the
booth of Martin Ferrick, Sears-
port, Maine, who after the show
said he sold several pieces, and
other dealers also had addition-
al pieces.

One aisle in this show is
known as “Book Row” and it
includes about a dozen book
dealers — others are spread
about the show. Barbara Smith,
Northampton, Mass., is a well-
known children’s book dealer,
and she displayed an extensive
assortment. Greg Gibson, Ten
Pound Island Books, Gloucester,
Mass., is one of the leading US
dealers in books and ephemera
about whaling and maritime

Antiques From Home, Bethesda, Md., had a wide selection Richard Thorner, Manchester, N.H., specializes in historical For $60 you could have
of colorful Clarice Cliff porcelain, mostly produced in the ephemera along with early prints and engravings. In addi- added some color to a small
1930s, priced between $115 and $1,000. tion, for this show he offered a wide selection of souvenirs space. That was the price
related to the English monarchy. Going back to Queen Vic- Bonnie Barnum, Chestnut
toria, dozens of pieces were priced $5 each. Hill, Mass., had put on this
unusual chair.

December 27, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 23

Dennis and Lynn Chrin, Milton, Vt., filled a large booth
with more than 2,000 pieces of silver. Dennis explained that John Prunier usually sells earlier material than shown in
much of his business is pattern-matching, filling in missing this photo of midcentury European glass and ceramics. He Combining recent and vin-
pieces for customers owning a certain pattern. He said that priced the bull made by Danish potter Gambone at $995. tage, Greg Hamilton, Stone
although roughly 2,300 patterns had been produced Block Antiques, Vergennes,
between 1850 and 1970, about 50-70 patterns represented Lounge and Sofa Bed,” along plate. Vt., displayed a Twentieth
most of his business. with books on silver and one his Dealers agree that this is a Century abstract painting
favorite categories, books about well-promoted show, and the over a late Federal period
history. He had shelves full of One of the dealers in the gen- funeral and burial practices. long line waiting for the show to chest, dating to 1825-30. The
inexpensive books. Bill eral section of the show, is For- Glass and ceramics were to be open was evidence of this. Get- colorful painting by Joan
Hutchinson, Mendenhall, rest Proper, Joslin Hall Rare found in several booths. The man’s extensive pre-show use of Stevenson was priced $6,000.
Penn., deals in books about Books, Northampton, Mass., Noble Peddler, Torrington, direct email offers up to four
American history and brought a who specializes in books about Conn., priced an iridescent free tickets by directing buyers what I hoped to see. Saturday
selection of early books by and antiques and historical ephem- Steuben bowl at $225. The deal- to his website. More than 2,100 had the bigger crowd, but that
about America’s founders. He era. His stock included Ameri- er had a wide selection of Wedg- free passes were requested was no surprise. Sunday, and
also had a circa 1899 proof- can Folk Marquetry-Masterpiec- wood and a group of Royal based on those emails. Actually, really both days, we had a
before-lettering of a well-known es in Wood by Richard Doulton, and Royal Copenha- those passes are most useful on responsive, retail crowd. We
Art Nouveau poster by Jules Muhlberger, $35; American Folk gen figures ranged in price from Saturday, the first day of the had 94 dealers so we had a good
Cheret advertising Job ciga- Sculpture and Carving by Rob- $30 to $150. Dark Flowers show, as admission is free to all variety of stuff. Our next shows
rette papers, which he priced at ert Bishop, $25; an 1870 colored Antiques, Haverhill, Mass., on Sunday. Saturday evening, will be book and paper shows in
$950. broadside for “Hoover’s Magic offered hand painted Art Nou- an email was sent to his entire New York and Connecticut.”
veau, Art Deco and Arts and list using photographs of items For information, 781-862-4039
Crafts pottery and porcelain, actually on the floor, and again or https://www.neantiqueshows.
including Lenox, Belleek, Havil- stating that admission would com.
land, Lenox, Nippon, Amphora be free Sunday. This marketing
pottery and more. John Prunier, strategy appears to work.
Warren, Mass., had a grouping After the show Getman said
of midcentury Scandinavian that several dealers told him
pottery, including a grey and they had done well. These
red Danish bull by Gambone, included Dennis and Lynn
which was priced at $995, in Chrin, Partridge Hollow, who
addition to the early glass, delft said they had sold a complete
and English ceramics for which silver service; Greg Hamilton;
he is known. Antiques From Dave Thompson and Bob Mar-
Home, Bethesda, Md., offered kowitz. Vera Kaufman told him
several colorful pieces of Clarice she sold a rare Moonlit Blue
Cliff porcelain, priced $115 to Moorcroft vase and other pot-
$1,000. One of the more unusu- tery. He said, “Our gate was
al booths was that of Jim about the same as last year, and
Kaufman, Dedham, Mass. The the long line at opening was
entire booth was filled with
Dedham pottery, with prices for
You can’t see the end of the line waiting for the show to vintage pieces starting at $125
open. It was long. for an 8½-inch Rabbit pattern EXCITING NEW 2012

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Islamic and Christian rule and acclaim in 2017. It also traveled
the Spanish influence in the to the Museo del Palacio de
Americas. Bella Artes in Mexico City and
The Hispanic Society Museum the Albuquerque Museum in
& Library, widely acknowledged New Mexico. After its presenta-
to house the greatest collection tion at the Cincinnati Art
of Spanish and Latin American Museum, the exhibition will
art and artifacts outside of travel to the Museum of Fine
Spain, has loaned its artworks Francisco de Goya (1746– Arts in Houston, Texas.
for this traveling special exhibi- 1828), “The Duchess of Alba,” The Cincinnati Art Museum is
tion while its 1908 Beaux Arts 1797, oil on canvas, courtesy at 953 Eden Park Drive. For
building in New York undergoes of the Hispanic Society of information, 513-721-2787 or
renovations. The Cincinnati Art America, New York, A102. www.cincinnatiartmusem.org.

24 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 27, 2019

Club News Compiled by Madelia Hickman Ring

December 2019 VADA News than 20 exhibitions in his specialties of ting “Emerging Scholars” proposals by Fan Association North America
Holiday shopping has begun and there European sculpture, earlier decorative March 10 are available at www.artglass- NORWICH, CONN. — The Slater
is lots of time to shop at your favorite arts, and Twentieth Century design and forumny.org. Memorial Museum has announced that
antique shops or shows. Antiques are decorative arts. Wardropper has taught its permanent collection of hand fans is
lasting reminders of the past and recy- art history at six universities and pub- now accessible online. Through a gener-
cling at its best! lished numerous books, catalogs and ous grant from the Fan Association of
The VADA show committee met on articles. His most recent publications North America (FANA), the museum
November 14. Thank you to those mem- include European Sculpture, 1400-1900, was able to purchase and implement
bers who responded to the email sent in the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Ber- the online module of its collection data-
out by Trish and Kyle. Antiques in Ver- nini: Sculpting in Clay; Limoges Enam- base system and make images of indi-
mont Week 2020 will be October 1-4. The els at The Frick Collection; and Director’s vidual fans visible and searchable
Vermont Antiques Dealers’ show will be Choice: The Frick Collection. online through the museum website.
Saturday and Sunday, October 3-4. The Information, including origins, materi-
43rd Annual Cabin Fever Show and Sale Admission for nonmembers of the Con- als and dates will accompany each
will take place February 15 at the Chris- necticut Ceramics Study Circle is $25. object’s listing.
tian School in Quechee, Vt., 10 am to 3 For reservations and information, www. The award of this grant from FANA
pm. For information about the show, con- ctcsc.org. was essential in allowing free, public
tact Greg Hamilton, [email protected] access to the museum’s permanent col-
com, 802,989-1158. The Bruce Museum is at 1 Museum lection of hand fans. The museum
VADA welcomes new member, John Drive. strives to add additional collections to
Engle of Peacham, Vt., who has a shop, the online database for members of the
the Peacham Carriage Company, in a Glass’s nearly infinite possible forms public and researchers alike to access.
renovated country store offering a vari- have been the subject of AGF Emerg- FANA is a nonprofit entity, which was
ety of antiques from furniture to smalls. ing Scholars talks. In 2019, Farnoosh organized in 1983, as an association
The shop is at 24 Governor Mattocks Farmer lectured on convex mirrors devoted to the promotion, study, conser-
Road and is open Tuesday through Sun- like this 1810s example. —Metropoli- vation and collection of fans. They
day, 10 am to 5 pm; a call ahead is tan Museum of Art photo. encourage the research, education and
advised, 802-751-9916. Visit his website: exhibition of fans to serve individuals,
www.peachamcarriagecompany.com. Sèvres Pot-pourri à Vaisseau, Sèvres Victorian Society New York the public, museums and organizations
VADA is always happy to welcome new Porcelain Manufactory, soft-paste NEW YORK CITY — The Victorian with similar interest. Anyone who is
members. If you are interested in becom- porcelain, modeled by Jean-Claude Society New York (VSNY) invites interested in the study, conservation,
ing a member or would like information Duplessis, circa 1759, 17½ inches young historians to submit proposals acquisition and identification of vin-
about membership, contact Jeff Noordsy, high by 14-7/8 inches long. The Frick by March 10 for its annual “Emerging tage, collectible and antique hand fans
[email protected] Collection, New York (1916.9.07) Scholars” event on May 20. VSNY, a are encouraged to join the organization.
VADA wishes a happy holiday season Photo ©The Frick Collection. nonprofit founded in 1966, supports The Slater Memorial Museum and
to all its members and their families and scholarship about every aspect of Converse Art Gallery are at 108 Cres-
to all our fellow dealers as well as to all Connecticut State Button Society Nineteenth Century and early Twen- cent Street. For more information, 860-
the collectors and those who support PLAINVILLE, CONN. — On Saturday, tieth Century culture, including liter- 887-2506 or www.slatermuseum.org.
antiques shops and shows throughout January 25, the Connecticut State But- ature, architecture, theater, fine and For additional FANA information,
the year. Season’s greetings and best ton Society will hold its annual winter decorative art, politics, manufactur- www.fanassociation.org.
wishes for a healthy and happy New show and meeting at the Grace Luther- ing, education, gender roles, reform
Year! an Church. The program is “Button movements, fashion, and food. Recent Victorian Society
Vesta Urband, [email protected] Materials and Cleaning.” Showroom topics for emerging scholars have Summer Programs
Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle hours are 9 am to 3 pm. Contact Laurel included celluloid collar advertise- NEWPORT, R.I., CHICAGO & LON-
GREENWICH, CONN. — On Monday, Durso, 860-283-0525, [email protected] ments, New York brothel furniture DON — Study Nineteenth and early
January 13, from 1:15 to 3 pm at the com. Dealers contact Rachel Mercurio, and a mining tycoon’s luxurious din- Twentieth Century architecture, design
Bruce Museum, the Connecticut Ceram- 203-375-6421, [email protected] The nerware. and the arts at one of the Victorian
ics Study Circle presents, “From Sevres snow date is February 1. For the May event, VSNY will bring Society in America’s internationally-
to Fifth Avenue: Ceramics at the Frick,” The Grace Lutheran Church is at 222 in three current university students acclaimed summer schools! Visit The
a lecture by Ian Wardropper, the Anna- Farmington Avenue (Route 10). For or recent graduates to each give a Breakers and McKim, Mead & White’s
Maria and Stephen Kellen director of information or weather cancellations, 15-minute presentation. Deadline for Isaac Bell House, gardens, historic
the Frick Collection in New York City. www.connecticutstatebuttonsociety.org. 200-word proposals (preference given churches and stunning Tiffany win-
Refreshments will immediately follow. to American/New York topics) and dows on our ten-day course in Newport
As Henry Clay Frick’s Fifth Avenue Art Glass Forum NY CVs is March 10; email to [email protected] (May 29-June 7); explore the roots of
mansion neared completion in 1913-14, NEW YORK CITY — The Art Glass cny.org. American modernism during our six-
he realized that he needed furnishings Forum | New York is accepting propos- Speakers’ remunerations include a day Chicago program (June 11-16); or
to match the extraordinary quality of his als through March 10 for speakers at its lively restaurant dinner with histori- spend two weeks examining Nineteenth
Old Master paintings. In short order, annual “Emerging Scholars” event on ans and enthusiasts after the talk and Century British art, architecture and
Italian Renaissance cassoni and bronze May 11. Art Glass Forum (AGF), a New a VSNY year membership ($30 value). design in London, the Midlands and the
statuettes, French Limoges enamels and York City-based nonprofit founded in The event will be held May 20, 6:15 to West Country (June 27-July 12).
rococo furniture, among other objects, 1999, supports scholarship about glass, 8 pm with a reception, at Sotheby’s Enjoy lectures by leading scholars,
arrived at his New York City mansion. from ancient shards to contemporary Institute of Art, 570 Lexington Ave- private tours of historic sites and
Included with these were Sèvres and experiments. Each spring, AGF brings in nue, at 51st Street. For information, opportunities to get behind-the-scenes
Chinese porcelain of the highest level of two or three emerging scholars to give www.vicsocny.org. at museums and galleries. Open to
quality. Over the last decade, the muse- 15-to-20-minute presentations at an The mining tycoon John Mackay graduate students, academics, archi-
um has been fortunate to receive gifts or AGF meeting. commissioned a lavish dining ser- tects and knowledgeable enthusiasts.
pledges from superlative private collec- Topics in recent years have included vice from Tiffany & Co., which was Full and partial scholarships are
tions of Meissen and Du Paquier porce- medieval superstitions surrounding con- the subject of talk by Christine Gar- available for qualified US and non-US
lain and French faience as well as to vex mirrors, Sixteenth Century nier, a 2019 Victorian Society New candidates.
purchase several ceramic masterworks. Habsburg tastes in Venetian vessels and York Emerging Scholar. —Metropol- Applications are due by March 2.
This lecture celebrates the ascending John La Farge’s 1890s experiments with itan Museum of Art photo. For more information, and online
prominence of pottery and porcelain at water motifs in stained glass. applications, email [email protected]
the Frick and reveals the role they will Speakers’ remunerations include a merschools.org or online https://victori-
play in the renovations planned for the $100 honorarium, a lively restaurant ansociety.org/summer-schools.
coming years. dinner with glass historians and enthu-
Wardropper has served as the director siasts after the talk and an AGF mem- Crossness pumping station, London.
of the Frick Collection since the fall of bership (up to $70 value). Events are —Heather Fernbach photo
2011. After completing his PhD at the held at St Michael’s church, a Tiffany-
Institute of Fine Arts, New York Univer- glass-lined sanctuary at 99th Street and
sity, he was curator and later head of the Amsterdam Avenue. Details for submit-
department of European decorative arts,
sculpture and ancient art at the Art
Institute of Chicago for 19 years. He
returned to New York City in 2001 as
the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor chairman
of the department of European sculpture
and decorative arts at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art. He has organized more

December 27, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 25

Eclectic Estates Auction
At Showplace On January 5
NEW YORK CITY — On Jan-
uary 5, Auctions at Showplace Louis Majorelle (French, Chanel runway Pistol brooch from the 2001 Francesco Curia (Italian, 1538-1610), “Ascen-
will present selections of fine 1859-1926), Art Nouveau autumn collection ($2/3,000). sion,” oil on panel ($4/8,000).
art, furniture, silver, jewelry mahogany and marquetry
and decorative arts from New etagere ($1/2,000). two-part campaign chest, an Walter Klein Danish modern pieces of jewelry, a collection of
York City estates. Duchamp, Pierre Bonnard, Arts and Crafts revolving book- side chairs and two Feliciano Judaica silver, ornate Conti-
Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, case, a Verne Martin bombe Bejar “Magiscope” sculptures. nental mantel clocks, Victorian
Headlining the sale is couture Lowell Blair Nesbitt and other commode, an Adams-style Neo- wax seals, porcelain, glass and
runway costume jewelry from a world-class artists. classical two-piece breakfront Collectors of antiquities will much more.
private New York collection: a cabinet and others. Those with be tempted by an ancient Greek
suite of Chanel pistol motif jew- Furnishings span a variety of a modern taste will find a Hellenistic period Apulian Previews at Showplace
elry comprising a brooch, pair styles with traditional offer- Charles and Ray Eames for Hydria bell-krater, an Apulian Antiques + Design Center run
of earrings and a convertible ings, including a Louis Herman Miller lounge chair, an Oinochoi Hellenistic terracotta December 23-January 5.
necklace/belt, a pair of Chanel Majorelle three-piece drawing Isamu Noguchi glass top coffee wine jug, an ancient Egyptian
shotgun revolver earrings, a room suite, vitrine, marquetry table, a pair of Adrian Pearsall “Osiris” funerary bronze figure, Showplace Antiques is at 40
pair of Chanel lambskin and tripod side table and etagere, a chairs with Paul Evans-style an ancient Luristan ram figur- West 25th Street between 5th
gold-tone cuff bracelets, a Karl Nineteenth Century English Brutalist bases, a pair of Henry al bronze finial and others. and 6th Avenues. For informa-
Lagerfeld “Peas in a Pod” neck- Other offerings include many tion, www.nyshowplace.com or
lace and other signature pieces 212-633-6063, extension 808.
by Yves Saint Laurent, Chris-
tian Lacroix, Edouard Ram-
baud, Christian Dior and
Boucher. Also of note is a selec-
tion of Hermes and other
designer scarves.

Highlights in Old Master
prints include three etchings:
an Albrecht Dürer etching “The
Sundarium Held by One Angel,”
Rembrandt’s “The Old Bearded
Man in a High Fur Cap, with
Eyes Closed” and Jacques Cal-
lot’s “Massacre of the Inno-
cents.” Early paintings include
a Francesco Curia Italian
Renaissance oil on panel
“Ascension,” a Continental
School “St Jerome” and a Span-
ish Colonial bishop and angel.
The Twentieth Century is rep-
resented by works from Marcel

Rare & Important Travel Posters Set Multiple Records At Swann Galleries

Auction Action In New York City

NEW YORK CITY — “After 20 Greene. Ragan’s 1939 Art Deco tors. Willard Frederic Elmes’ walk, including the recognizable Prices, with buyer’s premium,
years of conducting auctions of advertisement for The New 20th circa-1923 gouache maquette Chalfonte, Marlborough-Blen- as reported by the auction
rare and important travel post- Century Limited was won by an Golf by the North Shore Line heim and the Traymore, sold to house. For further information,
ers, it was validating to see the institution for $11,250, and earned $10,625, a record for the an institution for $16,250. Fur- www.swanngalleries.com or 212-
sale turn in the best results in Greene’s 1928 image for Storm artist. Otto Brennemann’s 1926 ther works inviting viewers to 254-4710.
the last three years,” noted King / New York brought a record travel image for the South Shore travel to warm destinations
Swann Galleries’ president and for the poster at $9,375. Line to South Bend, Indiana for included Boris Artzybasheff’s
director of vintage posters Nicho- American destinations found Notre Dame football set a record 1947 fantastical design for Amer-
las D. Lowry. The November 14 success, setting additional artist for the work at $8,125. Also of ican World Airways to Bermuda.
auction saw a 75 percent sell- records for Hernando G. Villa note was Polo / By the North The poster, featuring an elegant
through rate, an “industry-lead- with The Chief …Is Still Chief / Shore Line, 1923, by Oscar Rabe mermaid, earned a record for the
ing number, as no other poster Santa Fe, 1931, which had not Hanson, which also sold for artist at $9,375. Catalina was on
sales come close to this level of been seen at auction since $8,125. display with a 1938 image by
success,” continued Lowry, as Swann’s inaugural travel poster Otis Shepard at $7,250, an artist
well as bringing ten new records auction in 1999 ($9,375); and Leading the sale was one of record — also from the Golden
for artists and images alike. Paul Proehl with Chicago for the three Edward M. Eggleston State was California / This Sum-
Tourist / Illinois Central, 1925 designs for the Pennsylvania mer — circa 1933, which sold to
Works from an exceptional pri- ($7,500). Railroad promoting travel to an institution for $10,000.
vate collection of American rail- Sporting advertisements Atlantic City. The circa 1935
way posters included images by proved to be popular with collec- image, which captures the mag- Additional highlights included
Leslie Ragan and Walter L. nificent hotels along the board- Franz Krausz’s Visit Palestine,
1936 ($8,125, an artist record);
Ervine Metzl’s Evanston Light-
house / By the Elevated Lines,
1923 ($7,000, a record for the
image); and Leslie MacDonald
Gill’s Highways of Empire / Buy
Empire Goods from Home and
Overseas, 1927 ($6,250, a record
for the image).

Edward M. Eggleston, Atlantic City / Willard Frederic Elmes, Golf by the North Shore
Pennsylvania Railroad, circa 1935, sold Line, gouache maquette, circa 1923, sold for
for $16,250. $10,625, a record for the artist.

26 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 27, 2019

Records Were Made To Be Broken

By Madelia Hickman Ring
NEWTOWN, CONN. — In comparison with 2018, when 22 significant records were broken across numerous categories, including collectibles, cars, firearms,
wine, jewelry and decorative arts as well as fine art, 2019 would — at first glance — appear to be a quieter year, with a larger portion of the new records being
set in collectibles categories and fewer in fine and decorative arts categories. In what has become an Antiques and The Arts Weekly annual tradition, we bring
you the latest record holders, 17 in total, with commentary from the experts who sold them explaining why they deserve the “Most Expensive” honorific…

MOST EXPENSIVE WORK MOST EXPENSIVE WORK OF MOST EXPENSIVE WRISTWATCH
BY A LIVING ARTIST ORIENTALIST ART What: Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime, reference
6300A-010, 2019
What: “Rabbit” by Jeff Koons What: “Young Woman Reading” by Osman Hamdi Bey Where: Christie’s Geneva, “Only Watch” sale
Where: Christie’s New York, Postwar & Contempo- (Turkish, 1842-1910) When: November 9
rary Art evening sale How much: $31 million (estimate: $2.5/3 million)
When: May 15 Where: Bonham’s London, Nineteenth Century Europe- Why: Sabine Kegel, head of Christie’s watch depart-
How much: $91,075,000 (estimate: $50/70 million) an, Victorian and British Impressionist Art Sale ment in Geneva, says the watch was “the most compli-
Why: Alex Rotter, chairman of postwar and contem- cated wristwatch ever made...it does nearly everything
porary art, Christie’s, said, “When Jeff Koons’ ‘Rab- When: September 26 except make coffee.”
bit’ was released in 1986, it shook the art world to its How much: $8,247,801 (estimate: $739,680/986,240) Christie’s Geneva is at 8, Place de la Taconnerie. For
core and altered the course of popular culture. Thir- Why: Bonhams Head of Nineteenth Century Art, Charles information, www.christies.com.
ty-three years later it reestablished itself as one of O’Brien said, “‘Young Woman Reading’ was one of the fin-
the Twentieth Century’s most earth shattering est of Osman Hamdi Bey’s paintings to appear at auction MOST EXPENSIVE PIECE OF ORIGINAL
sculptures when it sold for $91.1 million dollars, in recent years. The sum achieved for ‘Young Woman Read- COMIC ART
becoming the most expensive work by a living artist ing’ demonstrates the strength of the market for Oriental-
ever sold at auction. From my first day in the auction ist paintings.” What: “Egyptian Queen” by Frank Frazetta
world, ‘Rabbit’ represented the pinnacle of both con- Bonhams London is at 101 New Bond Street. For infor- Where: Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas, Comics &
temporary art and art collecting to me. Making it mation, www.bonhams.com. Comic Art Auction
even more spectacular, was the fact that it came from When: May 16-18
one of the greatest collectors of our time, the late SI MOST EXPENSIVE MURAL How much: $5.4 million (estimate published as $5
Newhouse. When we presented ‘Rabbit’ to the mar- What: “Untitled (The Church of the Ascension Grace million-plus)
ket, we wanted to properly contextualize it as a con- House Mural)” by Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990) Why: “‘Egyptian Queen’ is quite possibly the most
temporary masterpiece, as the “anti-David” that sig- Where: Bonhams New York, Post-war and Contempo- popular painting Frank Frazetta ever did,” Heritage
naled the death of traditional sculpture — disrupting rary Art sale Auctions vice president Todd Hignite said. “His paint-
the medium in the same way that Jackson Pollock’s When: November 13 ings single-handedly sold hundreds of thousands of
‘Number 31’ permanently redefined the notion of How much: $3,860,075 (estimate: $3-5 million) books and scores of wildly popular posters, reinventing
painting. To do so, we dedicated significant efforts Why: One of Haring’s least-known, best-hidden trea- and massively expanding the entire field of fantasy
toward the marketing around this work, and when sures, the Grace House Mural was painted by the artist in illustration. It is an iconic image, masterfully painted,
the time came, we exhibited it in a futuristic, chapel- a single night without a preparatory sketch or underpaint- and is without a doubt the most desirable work of art
like setting that evoked 2001: A Space Odyssey. In ing. The 13 figures have been described as a “lexicon of by the artist to ever be auctioned. Having the unques-
the end, this work attracted bids from top collectors Haring’s vocabulary.” It contains his iconic figures such as tioned provenance of being in the artist’s family ever
around the world who all recognized the revolution- the Radiant Baby, the Barking Dog and the figures danc- since it was created made this a truly once-in-a-lifetime
ary quality of ‘Rabbit,’ demonstrating once again the ing. opportunity for collectors.”
depth of the market for works of unparalleled quali- Bonhams New York is at 580 Madison Avenue. For infor- Heritage Dallas is at 3500 Maple Avenue. For infor-
ty.” mation, www.bonhams.com. mation, www.ha.com.
Christie’s New York is at 20 Rockefeller Plaza. For
information, www.christies.com.

MOST EXPENSIVE WORK MOST EXPENSIVE ENGLISH CAMEO GLASS MOST EXPENSIVE SPORTS PHOTOGRAPH
OF KOREAN ART What: “The Origin of Painting” by George Woodall What: Babe Ruth 1914 Baltimore Orioles team photo
Where: Bonhams London, Fine Glass and British Where: Lelands Auctions, Matawan, N.J., Spring
What: “05-IV-71 #200 (Universe)” by Kim Whan-ki Ceramics Sale Classic Auction
(Korean, 1913-1974), 1971 When: November 20 When: June 7
How much: $267,010 (estimate: $155,304/194,130) How much: $190,373 (estimate: $50/70,000), to a pri-
Where: Christie’s Hong Kong, Twentieth Century & Why: Bonhams specialist in glass and British ceramics, vate collector in the United States
Contemporary Art Evening Sale Dr Jim Peake, said, “The vase is a triumph of craftsman- Why: According to Lelands’ chairman and founding
ship, and the carving remains as clear now as the day it partner, Josh Evans, “This is the only known vintage
When: November 23 was completed. It had been passed down through the team photo of Babe Ruth with his original team. This
How much: $13,095,600 (estimate: $6.15/7.95 mil- Woodall family and this was the first time that it was record sale is the perfect example of the remarkable
lion) offered at auction. It is, therefore, unsurprising that it rise of baseball photographs in the last few years.”
Why: According toYunah Jung, Christie’s specialist attracted a lot of interest from collectors and set a new auc- Leland’s Auctions is at 435 NJ-34. For more informa-
on Kim Whan-Ki, “He is the godfather of Korean mono- tion record for English cameo glass.” tion, www.lelands.com.
chrome art.” Bonhams London is at 101 New Bond Street. For more
Christie’s Hong Kong is at Alexandra House, 22nd information, www.bonhams.com.
Floor, 18 Chater Road Central. For information, www.
christies.com.

December 27, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 27

MOST EXPENSIVE TRUMPET MOST EXPENSIVE SKATEBOARD MOST EXPENSIVE STAR WARS TOY
What: Miles Davis’ “Moon and Stars” Trumpet What: Louis Vuitton X Supreme Red Classic Monogram What: Star Wars Boba Fett J-slot rocket-firing prototype
Where: Christie’s New York, The Exceptional Sale Skateboard action figure
When: October 29 Where: Christie’s New York, “Handbags x HYPE” Where: Hake’s Auctions, York, Penn.
How much: $275,000 (estimate $70/100,000) When: November 26-December 10 When: November 6-7
Why: Becky MacGuire, sales director, the Exceptional How much: $30,000 (estimate: $5/7,000) How much: $185,850 (estimate: $200/500,000)
Sale, said, “We are over the moon to be offering this Why: Caitlin Donovan, head of sale: “Over the past Why: “While there are multiple Boba Fett prototypes out
beautiful instrument made for jazz legend Miles Davis. 20-plus years, Supreme has gone from a brand servicing there, all are highly coveted and among the true holy grails
His music has that same magical, transformative skaters who were often considered rebels, to becoming a of Star Wars toys. Two previous examples offered by Hake’s
power to move us that a great masterpiece of painting highly respected, highly sought-after collecting category in in the last few years have set records at $86,000, and then
or sculpture does. His iconic trumpet couldn’t be more its own right. It was the first of the streetwear and ‘hype’ $112,000, but both of those for the L-Slot variety. The J-Slot
perfect for this ‘best of the best’ auction.” brands to forge the path to an entirely new market and that we set a new record with, is in a class by itself, espe-
Christie’s New York is at 20 Rockefeller Plaza. For audience of collectors. Supreme has been a cultural light- cially with the great pedigree this example comes with.
information, www.christies.com. ning rod. Through supply and demand it has transformed This is a museum quality piece for sure and part of the
young male retail shoppers into secondary market collec- reason it is now the new record price at auction for any
tors and connoisseurs.” Star Wars toy,” says Alex Winter, president, Hake’s Auc-
Christie’s New York is at 20 Rockefeller Plaza. For infor- tions.
mation, www.christies.com. Hake’s Auctions is at 3679 Concord Road. For informa-
tion, www.hakes.com.

MOST EXPENSIVE GUITAR MOST EXPENSIVE MEDIEVAL CHESS PIECE MOST EXPENSIVE SEALED VIDEO GAME
What: “Black Strat” What: Lewis “Warder” chessman What: “Mega Man” by Nintendo Entertainment
Where: Christie’s New York, The David Gilmour Gui- Where: Sotheby’s London, Old Master Sculpture & Where: Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas, “Comics &
tar Collection Works of Art Comic Art”
When: June 20 When: July 2 When: November 23
How much: $3,975,000 (estimate: $100/150,000) How much: $927,423 (estimate: $760,000-1,270,000) How much: $75,000 (estimate published as $25,000)
Why: Kerry Keane, Christie’s musical instruments Why: Recognized as an important symbol of European Why: “Sealed, high-grade video games starring blue-chip
specialist, says, “For the last half century David Gilm- civilization, the Lewis Chessmen were included by Neil characters from early print runs currently spark the most
our’s guitar work has become part of the sound track in Macgregor, former director of the British Museum, in his interest with collectors,” Heritage Auctions consignment
our collected popular culture. His solos, both lyrical and BBC Radio 4 series, “A History of the World in 100 Objects.” director Valarie McLeckie said. “Mega Man is one of Cap-
layered with color, are immediately identifiable to crit- He commented that ‘if we want to visualize European soci- com’s most iconic IPs, and this game marks his first
ics and pop music fans as readily as the brushstrokes of ety around the year 1200, we could hardly do better than appearance.”
Monet’s water lilies are to art historians. These instru- look at how they play chess. And no chess pieces offer rich- Heritage Dallas is at 3500 Maple Avenue. For informa-
ments are unique in that they are the physical embodi- er insights than the…Lewis Chessmen.’ tion, www.ha.com.
ment of David Gilmour’s signature sound throughout Sotheby’s London is at 34-35 New Bond Street. For more
his more than 50-year career. Like palette and brush, information, www.sothebys.com.
they are the tools of the trade for an iconic rock guitar-
ist.”
Christie’s New York is at 20 Rockefeller Plaza. For
information, www.christies.com.

Unrach-Jones photo. MOST EXPENSIVE UNBOXED ROBOT MOST EXPENSIVE MARVEL COMIC BOOK
MOST EXPENSIVE SNEAKER What: “Machine Man” from Gang of Five series, by Masu- What: Marvel Comics #1 (Timely, 1939)
daya Where: Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas, “Comics &
What: Nike “Moon Shoe” Sneaker, circa 1972 Where: Morphy Auctions, Denver, Penn., Toy, Doll & Fig- Comic Art”
Where: Sotheby’s New York, “Stadium Goods: The ural Cast Iron sale When: November 21
Ultimate Sneaker Collection Online” When: March 13-14 How much: $1,260,000 (estimate published as $1 mil-
When: July 23 How much: $84,000 (estimate: $50/80,000) lion)
How much: $437,500 (estimate: $110/160,000) Why: Machine Man is the scarcest member of Masuda- Why: “This is a historic copy of a historic comic book,”
Why: The shoe was acquired by collector Miles Nadal. ya’s ‘Gang of Five’ series, a group of skirted mechanical and said Ed Jaster, senior vice president at Heritage Auctions.
The price more than doubled the previous world auc- battery-operated tin-lithographed robots that were pro- “Without question, this is the granddaddy of all Marvel
tion record for any pair of sneakers. The lot was one of duced in the 1950s-60s. The Machine Man was an anomaly Comics, without which we would not have the characters
100 lots sold by Stadium Goods; the entire collection among the group, made for a US importer and never and stories we enjoy in today’s comics and feature films.”
was 100 percent sold. The Nike “Moon Shoe” is one of appearing in the manufacturers catalog like the others. Heritage Dallas is at 3500 Maple Avenue. For informa-
only a handful of pairs known to exist, this example This example is one of the finest known: fully functional tion, www.ha.com.
designed by Nike co-founder and Oregon University and graded in mint-near mint condition. It came to sale
track coach Bill Bowerman. It is the only pair known to from its original owner, who had received it as a Christmas
exist in unworn condition. gift when he was 9 years old. The box was not with the
Sotheby’s New York is at 1334 York Avenue. For infor- example when he received it.
mation, www.sothebys.com. Morphy Auctions is at 2000 North Reading Road. For
information, www.morphyauctions.com.

28 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 27, 2019

Making Moves: 2019 Was A Year Of Change
By Greg Smith Twentieth Century design ket, and Rago says that the Martin in August. Rick Unruh, dented level of change: “We’re
The market was fast-paced powerhouses was a match merger will allow the two who is a part of that investor all geezers. When you look at
and creative in 2019, slowing made in heaven. Chicago- houses to estimate more con- group, has assumed CEO and the auction business in gener-
down for no one. We saw part- based Wright, founded by servatively and ensure a bet- president of the auction house al, it’s a baby boomer market. I
nerships rise and others split, Richard Wright, bills itself as ter environment. “The average and the investors will serve as have long thought that, for
we saw buyouts, mergers, the premier auction house seller doesn’t understand that the board of directors. Unruh, what we’re interested in —
transformations, new loca- specializing in modern and higher estimates stifle now 55 years old, had served antiques and art — that this is
tions and reinventions. We contemporary design, specifi- results,” he said. “The same as vice president and director a market that’s largely post-
made new friends and col- cally “fine” or “high” design, thing on the other end, where of fine art for Clars for the World War II. It accelerated
leagues and we lost old friends but also fine art. Lambertville, a lower estimate is more likely past several years. with the boomers and really
and colleagues. N.J.-based Rago, founded by to bring more money.” took off in the last 20 years as
Though, in particular, there David Rago and led forward Redge Martin joined Clars dealers in particular recog-
was one area of industry that with help from partners Bourgeault-Horan Auction Gallery in 1993 when nized that the auction busi-
seemed to create the most Suzanne Perrault and Miriam Antiquarians & Associates it was owned by Harvey Clar, ness could be a good business
action, and no — it was not a Tucker, the latter not with the In January, auctioneer Ron who had founded the firm in to get into.”
specific market or an individu- company any longer, found its Bourgeault, who ran North- 1972. Martin bought the firm
al item — it was the human strength in Twentieth Centu- east Auctions for over three in 1996. Cowan’s Auctions, the firm
side of this business: retire- ry design, pottery and bench- decades, announced the simul- Wes Cowan created in 1995 to
ment. And that has created a made craftsman furniture, taneous closure of his long- “I had never been to an auc- serve the greater Cincinnati
moment of opportunity. particularly strong with New time firm and the opening of tion, having a finance back- area, sold to Chicago-based
There exists an entire gener- Hope artists and, before that, Bourgeault-Horan Antiquari- ground, until I serendipitously Hindman LLC in January this
ation of pull-yourself-up-by- the early Arts and Crafts era. ans & Associates, a partner- took a job at Butterfield’s,” year after posting $17.3 mil-
the-bootstraps auctioneers Rago maintains an estate ship with James E. Horan Jr. Martin wrote upon his retire- lion in sales in 2018, a record
who began as dealers in the department with a diverse The new firm held two sales ment. “It was very rewarding for the company. The deal was
latter half of the Twentieth lineup of sales, where Wright this year in May and August, to grow Clars Auction Gallery backed by private equity inter-
Century. Though they could always featured a curated the later sale billed as the to 12 times the volume it had ests.
never have dreamed, there selection of fine art and marquis auction. had when I started. This was
were some that would go on to design. In 2018, Rago generat- Horan had worked with during a time when the entire Of his humble beginnings,
stamp their name on ed $33 million in revenue Bourgeault for 25 years and industry went through a seis- Cowan wrote, “I was conduct-
20,000-plus-square-foot build- while Wright put out $25 mil- the new partnership placed mic shift as the Internet and ing auctions over the phone
ings. In the beginning, many lion. the two on more equal footing. online bidding changed every- and through the mail from a
of their stories are similar. Horan had handled the busi- thing.” makeshift office in my garage.”
They dealt privately before Speaking to Antiques and ness aspects of Northeast Auc-
forming small auction houses The Arts Weekly shortly after tions since 2005. The new com- When we spoke to Unruh, he Cowan told us frankly that
with fewer than five employ- their announcement, Rago pany moved back to its original reported that Clars would he hadn’t sought to sell his
ees and sold, sold, sold until said, “I’m tired of competing location in Hampton, N.H. maintain a steady course. “The auction house. Around 2015,
their gavels broke. And then with [Richard]. We’re being When asked what spurred transition has been quite he told his staff that he was on
they sold some more. offered the same stuff by the the change, Bourgeault cited smooth,” he said, “in that we the 2020 retirement plan and
The auction business is an same people and let’s get the cyclical nature of things are maintaining the same wanted to seek relief. “I gave
absolute hustle. Not in the together on it and bring it in.” and the changing market. He staff, same location and same my staff the opportunity to
sense that they’re bilking peo- said, “The profit margin for business model, for the near step up, saying here’s your
ple, but that they have 20 When asked what the real auctions has been greatly term.” opportunity, I sent a number
irons in the fire at any one strength is, Rago said, “Rela- reduced. Live auctions are not of people to leadership devel-
time and their heads might as tionships. If you’re buying the events they were in the old According to Unruh, the opment class.”
well revolve on a swivel. They modern, you know who we are days. It’s very competitive to strength of any house is in its
become experts at judging a and who Wright is. Certain get any material that brings reputation. “The brand is the In the end, he said, he saw no
book by its cover, and part of people like to buy Nakashima good money today. And so most important,” he said, add- suitable replacement rise.
that is a natural response to from me and others from much of what is available is ing, “There’s no real assets to
time management. They have Wright. Now they’ll buy from selling for a fraction of what it an auction house.” As regional auction houses
no time to waste. They do not both of us. We’re going to get used to sell for. It’s a challenge partnered on the development
know what will walk in more action on these pieces that we’re facing seriously.” Unruh has his eyes set on of the bidding platform Bid-
through that door for next because of that shared client But Bourgeault understands being the predominant auc- square, Cowan developed a
month’s sale, but their busi- base. the nature of the business and tion house in Northern Cali- relationship with Leslie Hind-
ness model relies on it. These has been involved long enough fornia. “We want to see if we man.
are the conditions that up- “I was working with a con- to see the ebb and flow. can expand down the entire
start auctioneers begin in. signor,” Rago continued, “And “I worked for an antiques West Coast. That’s the ideal “Leslie and I talked about
But the way they go out is she was choosing between dealer/auctioneer when I was plan. There’s plenty of proper- rolling up the middle market.
dependent on contemporary Richard and I. I called her up in grade school,” Bourgeault ty to go around,” he said. But Leslie had an opportunity
business. Cue 2019 where we and told her we were merging told us. “He explained to me “When I was living in Con- to sell the majority interest in
see firsthand how houses with and she said, ‘Thank god, now that there are cycles in the necticut and New York, there her business almost two years
revenues in the mid-eight fig- I don’t have to choose.’ It’s business. He had lived through was an auction house every 20 ago and took it. When that
ures are bought and sold, about getting to the point the Depression when all a miles. It’s pretty saturated. same investor approached me
affording their founders a where the question comes dealer could do to make money The West Coast is not like last summer, I said ‘why not.’
much-needed sigh of relief. down to: ‘why would you give was to knock on doors to buy that, it’s a vast territory with It certainly makes a lot of
And almost none were the that to someone else?’” scrap gold to sell to the gov- few players.” strategic sense, we were the
same. ernment. During World War II, two big Midwestern compa-
We saw this in the merger of Rago said that by 2025, near gasoline was rationed and The indelible mark that nies.”
Wright and Rago, in the his 70th birthday, he hopes to dealers were limited as to how Redge Martin and his peers,
rebranding of Northeast Auc- step back. “But that’s not hap- much they could drive hunting all long-time regional auction- The buyout was advanta-
tions into the partnership of pening right now,” he assured. for antiques. By the time I was eers, have left on the market is geous for these two houses,
Bourgeault-Horan, in the buy- Rago and Suzanne Perault 14, he told my mother he not lost on the new CEO. “The whose established and money-
out at Clars, in the purchase of serve as presidents of the new wouldn’t want his son going sweat equity — they built a maker departments were not
Cowans and Leslie Hindman partnership. into the business because it brand and a franchise here. Of in direct competition to each
by Hindman LLC. was all over. During the early course [Martin] wants to see it other. “I had things Hindman
At the lower level of the busi- Rago also spoke about econo- post-World War II years, he carry on and that’s why he didn’t have — our American
ness, we saw a number of clo- mies of scale. The merger will had gone to England. The chose us.” History, Firearms, American
sures. The owners could entice allow the two businesses to country had been so devastat- Indian departments — they
none to take the reins. combine departments and ed that everything was for On the other shakeups, didn’t have those. And Leslie
Those who were a part of operate more leanly. He spoke sale. By 1960, the English Unruh was equally sympa- has a much bigger footprint in
these shakeups had one thing of his specialists, his ware- economy was booming and his thetic. “All these well-respect- fine art.”
in mind: competition and mar- house operations, his photog- source was drying up. I ed auction owners have one
ket share. There were, of raphy studio and his delivery learned from him that the thing in common. They’ve been Cowan’s agreement keeps
course, other considerations, and pick-up process. business was evolutionary just in the business for 25 years him around for a few years,
with economies of scale and as I have observed since.” plus and have put their ‘heart and he hopes he’ll step back to
efficiency often being men- The changing market also Bourgeault says that he is and souls’ into their auction a distant role around 2022.
tioned. That latter reason plays a role. “It’s to stay com- putting in as many hours now houses. They all deserve to
comes with no reprieve to the petitive,” Rago said. “Look at as he used to, but he hopes to retire! The deep relationships The decision also came down
folks who work at these hous- the reach of the bigger houses. slow down and cater to private they have/had will undoubted- to market forces.
es and we have seen a vast The under-$25,000 market, sales. At the firm’s August ly carry on with the new guard
amount of specialists shuffling they were never interested sale, the auctioneer said he of owners/auctioneers.” “In my mind, the real ques-
around this year. before. Now they’re having was surprised by how many tion is: what are any of us
Antiques and The Arts Week- day sales selling lower-end retail customers were buying. Unruh says he hears from going to do in 15 years, ten
ly spoke to some of the key stuff at $5,000. There’s almost He explained he is looking to his finance friends that the art years? What’s our business
players at these firms about no money in it for them. But expand his private sales into world is one of the last bas- going to look like? Are we
why their case was unique, for us, a $5,000 lot is a money- all categories, bringing on his tions of unregulated business. going to be selling GI Joes? I
what they thought about the maker. It puts pressure on us. rolodex of specialty experts “You can make a lot of money personally look at the tradi-
others and where they see the The merger makes us more whenever necessary. “Old cus- in this business, that’s why tional antique market and see
market headed in the future. competitive.” tomers are still looking for you’re seeing hedge funds and some real interest, but it’s not
You will note that almost some things and some old cus- private investment groups get like the good old heady days.
none of them believe the con- When talking about the hot- tomers are looking to sell into [it] because they know I’m not as optimistic about the
solidations are over. bed of activity this year, Rago things,” he said. there’s money to be made,” he baby boomer collections that
said, “It’s certainly good for us. said. are going to come to sell. After
Rago-Wright I’m not looking to make more Clars Auction Gallery they get coughed up in the
Announced in June and now money, I’m looking to have less A private investor group But while everyone is mov- next 15 years, what’s going to
led by CEO Richard Wright, stress. I’m a weird capitalist, I acquired Oakland’s Clars Auc- ing, Unruh seems to have kept happen then? We had an all-
this merger between two have enough. It’s not like I tion Gallery from owner Redge a level head in the market, staff meeting in Chicago in
don’t want to work hard — I focusing on expanding his July where Cowan’s people…
don’t want to stress hard.” share. got together with Hindman
people. I spoke to the assem-
The merger will also have an “The business itself, I believe, bled multitude of bright, shiny
effect on the house’s estimates. is still booming,” he said. millennial faces and said, ‘I
Competition breeds undercut- challenge you to look over the
ting and zealous estimates Cowan’s Auction horizon and think about what
that aren’t good for the mar- Wes Cowan was fairly the next markets are that we
straightforward when asked need to be into. Because you’re
why this year saw an unprece- the future and you need to be

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thinking about that.’ bring each firm’s respective wide general counsel; Jane MFA Houston To Open
“I do believe that there are experience and reputation to Levine, chief global compli- New Building Fall 2020
the other’s clients,” he said, ance counsel; and Karen Sut-
opportunities to develop new underlining the fact that both ton, executive vice president. HOUSTON — Gary Tinterow, museum’s original Caroline
markets. For the auction hous- of these businesses are compli- director and Margaret Alkek Wiess Law Building (designed
es that get there first and mentary to one another. “And We also learned that Drahi Williams chair, the Museum of in the 1920s by William Ward
establish a beach head, they in turn, service those clients has internally reorganized the Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), has Watkin, with later extensions by
will ultimately win in the next better. It was a very client- company into two divisions: announced that the institution’s Ludwig Mies van der Rohe) and
15 years,” Cowan concluded. focused decision to merge.” “fine arts” and “luxury, art and multi-year project to expand the Audrey Jones Beck Building
objects.” The move came with and redevelop its Susan and (designed by Rafael Moneo and
Hindman LLC Krehbiel noted that while the promotion of Amy Cappel- Fayez S. Sarofim Campus will opened in 2000).
The creation of Hindman 2019 was a hotbed of action for lazzo to head of global fine reach completion in fall 2020
LLC was unique in that it was mergers and acquisitions, the arts. with the opening of the Nancy Steven Holl Architects has
both a sale and a merger, writing was on the wall. “The and Rich Kinder Building. designed the Kinder Building to
though it remains to be seen if benefits of consolidation *** Designed by Steven Holl Archi- stand in complementary con-
Hindman will absorb Cowan’s among the different regional Other notable mentions in tects, the firm that also created trast to these existing structures
into its own brand or leave it auctions houses has been clear the 2019 market included relo- the master plan for the campus and to create a dialogue with
as is. The deal was structured for some time. Many of these cations, new regional offices, redevelopment, the Kinder Isamu Noguchi’s 1986 Cullen
in a way that formed a new firms have been discussing as well as closures. Building is specially dedicated Sculpture Garden, which Holl’s
umbrella company, Hindman combinations, mergers or sales Garth’s moved into a new to installations from the impor- gallery building fronts on one
LLC, which serves as the par- for years in some cases. How- location at 589 West Nation- tant and rapidly growing MFAH side. The trapezoidal concrete
ent of both Cowan’s and Leslie ever, I don’t know what made wide Boulevard, Columbus, collection of Twentieth and building is clad in vertical glass
Hindman Auctioneers. Leslie it happen in 2019. I do know Ohio. The auction house is Twenty-First Century art and tubes that will emit a soft glow
Hindman Auctioneers did $40 we haven’t seen the last of the now housed within the histor- will open with an exhibition at night, through composed pat-
million in 2018. consolidation.” ic Municipal Light Plant, a highlighting a trove of major col- terns of illumination across its
Hindman LLC announced in circa 1895 brick building that lections never before presented facades. Five rectangular court-
January that it would be led The CEO would not rule out was the first power plant for in depth. yard pools are inset along the
forward by CEO Thomas Gal- future acquisitions, but said the city of Columbus. perimeter, reinforcing the build-
braith. Galbraith had already his thoughts are “equally, if Santa Fe Art Auction The redevelopment of the ing’s openness to its surround-
assumed leadership of Leslie not more focused on growing found new digs at 932 Railfan Sarofim Campus and related ings.
Hindman Auctioneers back in organically.” Road, Santa Fe, N.M., inside off-site art storage facilities is
June 2018 when Leslie Hind- the city’s newest arts district the largest cultural project cur- The Kinder Building is 183,528
man sold a majority share in Sotheby’s at the Baca Railyard. The auc- rently in progress in North square feet overall, excluding
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Much ink has been devoted tion house converted an exist- America, with some 650,000 53,685 square feet of below-
to a private equity interest to the 2019 sale of Sotheby’s, ing 12,800-square-foot struc- square feet of new construction. ground parking on two levels.
and announced her retire- which saw the publicly traded ture into a spacious new Inaugurated in 2012 with the With more than 100,000 square
ment. company creep back into the gallery. selection of Steven Holl Archi- feet of space, or 56 percent, dedi-
When Galbraith came on, he shadows of private ownership Mooney’s Auction Service tects and undertaken through a cated to the presentation of
had a reputation for being a to the tune of $3.7 billion. relocated to 10251 NY-32, $450 million capital and endow- works of art, the Kinder Building
digitally focused executive. The company was sold to Freehold, N.Y. The firm found ment campaign, the project will increases overall MFAH exhibi-
In an interview with artnet, entrepreneur Patrick Drahi, a a 7,500-square-foot facility to unify the campus by creating 14 tion space by nearly 75 percent.
Galbraith spoke about using French-Israeli billionaire who host their twice-monthly sales walkable acres. It has already Additional features of the build-
technology to create smart founded the telecom giant that include one discovery added a public plaza and two ing include a 215-seat theater for
growth: “We have lagged some- Altice. auction and one cataloged buildings to the MFAH: a new film screenings and a restaurant
what technologically speaking. Per the terms of the deal, sale. home for the Glassell School of and café on the ground level.
Though Leslie Hindman and Sotheby’s shareholders each Freeman’s earlier this year Art, also designed by Steven
Wes Cowan were founding received $57 in cash for each announced the auction house Holl Architects; and the Sarah For information, www.mfah.org.
investors in [Bidsquare] and share of Sotheby’s common is relocating from its 1808 Campbell Blaffer Foundation
certainly understand the stock, which was 61 percent Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Center for Conservation,
power of technology, its imple- higher than where shares address, which the firm has designed by Lake|Flato Archi-
mentation had been a bit were trading the day of the occupied since 1924, to a new tects.
behind. The way we’re announcement. The total cash flagship location at 2400 Mar-
approaching changing our payout to stockholders sat ket Street. Following some The Kinder Building becomes
website and developing tech- around $2.58 billion, including delays, the firm plans to have the final component of the plan
nology is to say, “How can we $28 million for Tad Smith, the its first sale at the new loca- as the third gallery building on
serve our clients in the way then-CEO. tion in January. the Sarofim Campus, joining the
that they want to be served?” Ninety-one percent of share- Private dealership Olde
To do that, we need to make holders voted in favor of the Hope Antiques has opened a
sure that any client that wants sale. new location at 115 East 72nd
to interact with us in a physi- Going from public to private Street, 1B, in New York City.
cal retail or auction space can meant that Sotheby’s could Owners Patrick Bell and Ed
do so. Similarly, any client now compete on a more even- Hild will also maintain their
that wants to deal with us in level with Christie’s without location in New Hope, Penn.
the virtual sense should also the encumbrances of share- Moderne Gallery relocated
be able to do so. Essentially, holder reports and public fil- to The Showrooms at 2220,
we want to cater to clients. ings, which ultimately affected located at 2220 East Alleghe-
With that in mind, we’re in the consignments and the actual ny Avenue in the Port Rich-
midst of deploying a new business of selling fine art. mond section of Philadelphia.
internal auction software plat- At the time, Smith said the The new location boasts 4,500
form that will help our team acquisition served to allow the square feet of exhibition space.
be more efficient, with infor- company “to accelerate the Moderne celebrated their 35th
mation at their fingertips to successful program of growth anniversary this year.
be able more effectively com- initiatives of the past several Shapiro Auctions has relo-
municate with our clients. We years in a more flexible pri- cated to Westchester County
are also implementing a new vate environment.” with a new gallery at 566 East
website, with a new brand Smith was replaced four Boston Post Road, Mama-
identity and a marketing months later in October by roneck, N.Y. The firm will
strategy, to better serve our Charles F. Stewart, who served expand into estate offerings
existing and potential clients. as co-president and chief for the tri-state area and else-
Leslie Hindman continues on financial officer of Altice USA where.
as co-chair of the board of since 2016. Bonhams relocated its San
Hindman LLC, but is not Sotheby’s CFO Mike Goss Francisco office to a new
involved in the day to day also made his way to the door, downtown location at 601 Cal-
operations. along with COO Adam Chinn. ifornia Street, Suite 150.
Hindman LLC now has offic- The new CFO is Jean-Luc Ber- Skinner hung a shingle at
es in ten cities across eight rebi, the CEO of Drahi’s fami- 50 Main Street #1000, White
states. ly office. Plains, N.Y. The new location
Galbraith stepped down as Some shuffles included John is the firm’s Westchester Office
CEO in mid-October in an Cahill, who was reported leav- and Katie Banser-Whittle,
extremely quiet departure ing in October, but who is back regional director, is available
from that business. The com- as executive vice president for in-office appointments as
pany did not issue a press and chief commercial officer. well as house calls in New
release on Galbraith’s exit and Ken Citron, also earlier York, Connecticut and New
it was not reported on. Hind- reported as leaving, will be Jersey.
man LLC would not comment executive vice president of William J. Jenack Estate
further on Galbraith’s depar- operations and chief transfor- Appraisers & Auctioneers
ture. And with as much mation officer. closed operations with the
announcement came in the In December, we learned of firm’s final sale on May 5. The
new co-chairman and CEO Jay more executives who are head- auction house began in 1988
Krehbiel, who is also the man- ed out the door: August Uribe, and served the Chester, N.Y.,
aging director of KF Partners, head of the department and area.
LLC. Although not uncommon vice chairman of the fine arts Canton Barn Auctions, led
at the corporate level, Kreh- division in New York; Valenti- by auctioneer Richard Wacht,
biel seems to have no past pro- no Carlotti, executive vice closed its doors on July 27.
fessional experience in the president and global head of Wacht is enjoying his much-
auction business. business development; Jon deserved retirement.
We reached out to Krehbiel Auerbach, senior vice presi- Berman’s Auction Gallery
to get his thoughts on the dent; Jan Prasens, executive of Dover, Del., held its final
newly structured company. vice president and managing sale on August 28. The busi-
“Together, we are able to director of Europe and the ness had been running sales
Middle East; Jon Olsoff, world- for 46 years.

30 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 27, 2019

Bierstadt’s ‘Matterhorn’ Leads Marion’s Thanksgiving Auction

Auction Action In Marion, Mass.

One of the higher priced items in the sale was this water- Dave Glynn, Turkey Creek Auctions, partners with The highest priced item of the day
color by Lionel Feinnger. It was signed and titled “Fare- Frank McNamee, and handles the podium. He runs a was Albert Bierstadt’s oil on canvas
well” and finished at $15,795. fast-paced sale. of “The Matterhorn.” The circa 1855
Martha Cahoon was Ralph Cahoon’s wife and her work painting brought $40,950.
shows his influence. Her winter scene with a horse-drawn
sleigh, farm buildings in the background and skaters on a MARION, MASS. — Frank F.A.O. Schwarz store in New room was successful on several
pond earned $2,808. McNamee of the Marion Antique York, and in 1989 it was donated of the scrimshawed whale’s
Shop and Dave Glynn, Turkey to a charity auction for the bene- teeth. He bought the first lot of
Creek Auctions, Citra, Fla., fit of children at Bellevue Hospi- the day, a pair of mid-Nineteenth
teamed up for another Thanks- tal. It was purchased by the con- Century teeth, one of which
giving weekend sale on Novem- signor’s mother and when the showed the Boston Sloop of War
ber 30. They do two or three children lost interest, it was put on one side, and the second tooth
sales a year under the name of into storage. Until now. Admit- depicted the Rhode Island Hotel
Marion Antique Auctions, and tedly, it would be hard to get it on one side. Both were about 6
all the merchandise is fresh to home, but it would be a great inches long and decorated on
the market. That probably conversation piece. A phone bid- both sides; this pair brought
accounts for the active bidding der took advantage of the lack of $3,276. The same buyer in the
— live, online, phone and absen- interest in the room and bought room paid $1,755 for a tooth just
tee. it for just $585, well below the under 7 inches long that showed
estimate. We don’t expect to see a busy port scene with four ships
Glynn handles the podium another one any time soon. on one side and a European city
duties, and he’s been doing it for scene on the other side. Several
a while; he started when he was The highest priced item of the lots of Twentieth Century scrim-
15. McNamee and Glynn have day was “The Matterhorn” by shaw were deaccessioned by the
been friends and have been Albert Bierstadt, (1830-1902). It New Bedford Whaling Museum
involved with the antiques busi- depicted the massive mountain and were being sold to benefit
ness since they were teenagers. in the Swiss Alps in a landscape the museum’s acquisition fund.
Since all the merchandise is surrounded by forest and clouds. Two teeth by scrimshaw artist
fresh, much from local estates, The painting brought far over Roberta Dutra, who died in 2001,
the offerings are varied: fine art, the estimate, finishing at sold for $819. She was an art
firearms, Midcentury Modern, $40,950, selling to a collector teacher for 36 years in the New
scrimshaw and other whaling from Syracuse, N.Y., who had Bedford school system. Appropri-
material, silver, ceramics and come down a couple of days prior ately, sold with the scrimshaw
more. This sale included a collec- to the sale to examine it in per- portion of the sale was a circa
tion of Twentieth Century Ital- son. Bringing less money but 1840 portrait of a sea captain
ian glass, Mexican and American popular in the Marion area and holding a telescope, with a sail-
coins, early Scottish and other Cape Cod was a painting by ing ship in the background. He
European firearms. Some of the Martha Cahoon (1905-1999), was identified as Captain Alfred
scrimshaw had been consigned wife of Ralph Cahoon. Her work Pratt.
by the New Bedford Whaling is similar to that of her husband,
Museum, and there were numer- and her oil painting of a festive There was not a lot of early fur-
ous sets of silver flatware, tall winter scene with a horse-drawn niture in the sale, but a complex
case clocks and more. But best of sleigh, farm buildings and skat- Dutch tall case clock made by
all was a life-sized Steiff horse. ers on a pond earned $2,808. Daniel Perrin, with a domed bon-
net and fretwork and a burl wal-
You probably haven’t seen a The sale started off with scrim- nut and mahogany veneered
stuffed horse this large. The shaw and related marine items. case reached $4,563. The dial
photo shows that he’s taller than An oddity, a carved wooden folk had three rocking ships, a village
Frank McNamee. It was mostly art figure of Abe Lincoln, 11 scene, a calendar movement
black, 6 feet tall and was in great inches tall, with scrimshawed with moon phase and a date,
condition, with only minor wear head and hands, seemed like a time and second dial. An Eigh-
around the hooves. The horse good buy, selling to an internet teenth Century heavily restored
had been in the window of the bidder for $819. A buyer in the

Frank McNamee stands with the 6-foot-tall Steiff horse. It Review and Onsite Photos by
had been in the window of the F.A.O. Schwarz store in New Rick Russack, Contributing Editor
York City until 1989 when it was donated to a charity auc-
tion. It’s probably the only one you’ll see, but it sold for just Additional Photos Courtesy of
$585. Marion Antique Auctions

The sale included a large collection of Asian items, which Known as a “Papa Bear,” this chair designed A portion of the collection of Twentieth
drew Asian buyers to the sale. A portion of the Chinese por- by Hans Wegner with matching ottoman Century Italian glass on display during the
celain is on display before the sale. and original fabric did well, realizing $7,605. preview.

December 27, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 31

A pair of Scottish late Eighteenth Century steel flintlock
pistols, marked “P. McNab” on the lock plates, along with
other dates, numbers and letters, sold for $3,627.

Bringing $7,020 and topping Eskimo items included a well-carved walrus tusk pipe. In
the jewelry offerings was addition to the three-dimensional carvings, it included
this Rolex Submariner Oys- scrimshawed scenes of people and structures, selling for
ter Perpetual date watch in $2,223.
original burl box with a
receipt dated 2012. It had An internet bidder got a good buy, paying $819 for a carved Once a fundraiser item for
never been worn and was in wooden folk art figure of Abe Lincoln, 11 inches tall, with the Jimmy Fund, this golf
working condition. scrimshawed whalebone head and hands. bag for the Dom DiMaggio
spice cabinet with replaced feet, golf tournament at Kittan-
drawers and molding was in describes his daily life and his book sale included a similar set $410,000, which is about where set Club in Marion seemed
need of still more work. But it encounters with vivid charac- that sold for just under $5,000. we expected to be. The scrim- reasonable. It was signed by
had good old butterfly hinges ters, including Mr Pickwick. The The Bullock library also includ- shaw prices seemed a little soft, numerous Boston celebri-
and an older reddish surface. It clock in the title is his old com- ed three copies of The Little but other things made up for ties, including Thomas “Tip”
sold for $644, and the right per- panion, where he stored his Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exu- that. The guy that bought the O’Neill Jr (Speaker of the
son could get it looking good. manuscripts. Sets of this publi- péry. One was a signed first edi- Bierstadt is really happy. And House), several members of
cation are listed online between tion in a clipped dust jacket that the Steiff horse is going to a good the Boston Red Sox, football
It’s safe to assume that one of $1,600 and $7,500; this one sold had some minor wear. It sold far home where he’ll have real hors- greats like Gino Cappelletti,
the consignors was of Scottish for $1,112. Also in this part of over the estimate, finishing at es for company. The firearms hockey greats like Derek
descent. The group of firearms the sale was a leather-bound $7,020. Dave Glynn later said he were fine. Twentieth Century Sanderson and others. The
included several early Scottish first edition of The House at Pooh thought that the color of this furniture did well, but there bag was in good condition
examples. A pair of late Eigh- Corner by A.A. Milne. It was cat- particular dust jacket was the wasn’t much interest in the and realized only $117.
teenth Century steel flintlock aloged as having only “minor reason it did so well. abstract paintings. All in all, tion house.
pistols, marked “P. McNab” on loss to the spine” and sold for Frank and I are pleased.”
the lock plates, along with other $234. Our review of the Boston A few days after the sale, Glynn For information, 671-748-3606 or
dates, numbers and letters, sold book fair [See Antiques and The said he believed that overall Prices given include the buyer’s www.marionantiqueauctions.com.
for $3,627. A circa 1710 .60 cali- Arts Weekly, December 13, 2019] results were solid. “We did about premium as stated by the auc-
ber flintlock pistol in original noted that a set of the four Pooh
condition with ramrod brought books, trade editions with paper Perhaps a good buy was this boxed set of 88 It was an early spice chest that had a lot of
$2,106. A circa 1760-70 English dustjackets, was offered for more issues of Charles Dickens’ Master Hum- work done on it over the years and needed
brass barreled flintlock blunder- than $11,000, and Skinner’s phrey’s Clock, a monthly magazine Dickens quite a bit more. But the finish and hinges
buss, signed “Webb and Riggs” Dust jackets are important published containing short stories, miscel- were old and the price, $644, reflected its
and with sliver and wire inlay to book collectors. There laneous observations and commentary. It condition.
realized $2,223. Probably from were three copies of The Lit- sold for $1,112.
the same Scottish collector came tle Prince by Antoine de
four lots of Scottish silver- Saint-Exupery. This was a
mounted horn snuff boxes, some signed first edition, in a
with agate stones in the covers. clipped dust jacket, which
A lot of two, one dated 1842 and also had some minor wear.
the other dated 1925, earned It sold far over the estimate,
$410. Others, sold in groups, finishing at $7,020.
averaged $40/60 each. It was an
interesting, uncommon collec-
tion.

There were some good buys,
two especially noteworthy
towards the end of the day and
particularly for book dealers.
And one other lot proved that
things sold at auction tend to
average out. Most came from the
estate of Calvin Bullock, a
wealthy stockbroker and owner
of 1 Wall Street. Of particular
interest was a complete boxed
set of 88 issues of Charles Dick-
ens’ Master Humphrey’s Clock, a
monthly magazine Dickens pub-
lished of short stories, miscella-
neous observations and com-
mentary. Lasting only from 1840
to 1841, it spun off some major
works, including The Old Curios-
ity Shop. The “narrator” of the
tales is Master Humphrey, who

The sale included several midcentury items. A set of eight A mixed media sketch by Mexican artist Bringing $3,276 was a pair of mid-Nine-
chairs with cowhide seats and backs earned $2,691, well Diego Rivera, signed and dated 1936 and teenth Century scrimshawed whale’s teeth,
over the estimate. titled “Compesino Guerrilleo,” sold for $1,872. one of which showed the Boston Sloop of
War on one side and another that depicted
the Rhode Island Hotel on one side. Both
were about 6 inches long and decorated on
both sides.

32 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 27, 2019

INternational Compiled By
Antiques and The Arts Weekly

Madelia Hickman Ring

Miller & Miller Watch & Jewelry Auction Sparkles

Auction Action In New Hamburg, Ontario

A Patek Philippe 18K white gold and diamond lady’s Calatrava wristwatch, with bezel and Bringing $25,030 was this This men’s Patek Philippe
lugs set with 62 well-matched VS quality diamonds of about 0.1 carats each finished at 18K gold ring, claw-set with 5110P “World Time” plati-
$6,988. a 4.25-carat solitaire dia- num wristwatch, with
mond graded VS1 for clarity deployment clasp, guilloche
NEW HAMBURG, ONTAR- luxury watches by makers like An 18K white gold ring con- and K-L for color, exhibiting center dial, skeleton case
IO, CANADA — An 18K gold Omega, Rolex, Patek Philippe, taining one 2.38-carat emer- good-medium cut, with a back and 33-jewel move-
ring claw-set, with a 4.25- Piaget, Omega, Tag Heuer and ald cut center stone with VVS2 certificate of appraisal. ment sold for $22,348.
carat solitaire diamond grad- others. A selection of luxurious clarity and H color, surround- went to a determined bidder Art, Antiques & Canadiana
ed VS1 for clarity and K-L for jewelry items, by names such ed by 30 high-quality for $3,261; while a Sabbadini auction featuring the collec-
color, sold for $25,030, and a as Cartier, Sabbadini and baguettes and round brilliant 18K gold diamond necklace tion of the late Don Pero, a
men’s Patek Philippe 5110P Birks, joined Art Deco and cut diamonds, brought $6,522; and earrings set, marked “Sab- quiet but passionate collector
“World Time” platinum wrist- period jewels. Many of the jew- an 18K gold ballerina-style badini .750 Made in Italy – of old school primitives, from
watch with original mahogany elry items featured high-quali- ring with a square-shaped Accia 10 FORO” on the inner pottery to furniture to folk art.
presentation box brought ty gold, diamonds, tanzanite modified antique cushion cut, clasp, the necklace approxi- For years Pero was a patron of
$22,348 at the November 23 and colored stones. 12.39-carat violet-blue tanza- mately 15 inches in length, dealer Ron O’Hara. Pero
Watches & Jewelry Auction nite surrounded by 32 tapered garnered $3,028. acquired some of Canada’s
conducted by Miller & Miller Justin Miller of Miller & Mill- baguette cut diamonds of rarest historic objects and
Auctions, Ltd, online and in er said, “The market demand 3.10-carats total weight, real- An 18K gold necklace with a they will be offered without
the firm’s gallery. Nearly 100 for both vintage and contempo- ized $2,562; and a 14K gold pear-shaped, 1.25-carat dia- reserve.
people attended the auction rary luxury watches by brands emerald cut diamond ring mond, plus a smaller, .055-
live, while more than 600 oth- like Patek Philippe, Rolex and with a 1.82-carat center stone carat round brilliant cut dia- Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd
ers registered to bid online Omega continues to strengthen and baguettes weighing an mond and 197 round brilliant is at 59 Webster Street. For
(which saw 338 total bidders). with no signs of slowing any- estimated 2.14 carats total, cut diamonds totaling 12.06 information, 519-662-4800 or
The sale totaled just more time soon. We observed many changed hands for $4,659. carats, earned $3,028; and a www.millerandmillerauctions.
than $227,000; all prices quot- younger hands in the air when pair of 18K gold earrings with com.
ed include buyer’s premium watches came up for bid. Young An 18K gold diamond choker two cushion-cut and faceted
and are in US dollars. gentlemen didn’t hesitate to necklace, marked “.750” on the matched tanzanites having a
spend $1,515 to $2,272 on a clasp, 16 inches long and total weight of 12.23 carats,
The 335-lot sale featured vintage timepiece.” weighing 109.94 grams gross, each one surrounded by
baguette cut diamonds, fin-
ished at $2,096.

On February 8, Miller &
Miller will be conducting an

Hamilton Artists Inc Wins Lacey Prize, Queen Elizabeth I Portrait
First Award Recognizing Canadian Reigns Supreme At
Artist-Run Centers
Bonhams Old Master Painting Sale
OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA — The National Gallery of Canada
(NGC) has announced Hamilton Artists Inc located in Hamilton, Ontario, LONDON — A previously unknown
is the first recipient of the Lacey Prize. Established earlier this year by Dr portrait of Queen Elizabeth I sold at
John Lacey in association with the NGC, the biennial prize recognizes the Bonhams Old Master Paintings Sale
critical role artist-run centers and small arts organizations play in sup- on Wednesday, December 4, for
porting artists and fostering emerging practices in Canada. $442,090. The work came from a Cali-
fornia collection and had been esti-
“We are incredibly honored and humbled to be receiving the Lacey Prize!” mated at $200/325,000.
said Julie Dring, executive director Hamilton Artists Inc. “One of the chal-
lenges for an artist-run center like ours is that our aspirations are some- Andrew McKenzie, the director of
times larger than our budgets. The Inc has been quite ambitious lately, and Bonhams Old Masters department,
we are eager to continue growing. The Lacey Prize gives us some stability commented, “This hugely significant
to keep listening and learning as we continue to engage with our commu- early portrait of the young queen is
nities, support our artists, and be responsive to change.” one of the first paintings to depict
Elizabeth in an officially approved,
Hamilton Artists Inc, which celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2020, sophisticated way. It excited a great
receives $50,000. Two runners-up, Vancouver’s Gallery Gachet and Cal- deal of attention during the presale
gary’s Untitled Art Society (UAS), receive $20,000 each. viewing, both from collectors and
from members of the public who took
Underscoring the NGC’s commitment to building strong relationships the opportunity to see this rare depic-
with smaller, incubator art organizations, a contemporary curator from the tion of one of our most popular mon-
NGC will visit the winning organization in the coming year to conduct in- archs. I am not surprised that the bid-
person meetings and studio visits. ding was so fierce, nor that the
painting sold for such a healthy sum.”
“Hamilton Artists Inc are doing vital and ground-breaking work, as are
many other artist-run centers across the country,” said Dr Sasha Suda, The painting dates from 1562, four
director and chief executive offier, National Gallery of Canada. The Lacey years after Elizabeth came to the
Prize recognizes this important work and brings the National Gallery of throne on the death of her half-sister
Canada into closer dialogue with artist-run spaces across the country. My Mary I. It is one of the earliest pic-
congratulations to this year’s winner and runners-up!” tures of the queen specifically
designed to project a fresh and sophis-
A three-person, independent jury comprised of Governor General Award- ticated image of her as a youthful
winning curator Glenn Alteen, NGC assistant curator, contemporary art, monarch radiating a sense of author-
Nicole Burisch, and artist Louise Lacey-Rokosh, selected the winners and ity and confidence. The artist is unknown, but circumstantial evidence points strongly to
runners-up from among an impressive 51 submissions. Jury members the workshop of the Flemish artist Steven van der Meulen, who was active at the Tudor
stressed the relevance of the new prize, observing that nominators repeat- court during the early part of the first decade of Elizabeth’s reign.
edly emphasized the often large or isolated areas serviced by organizations
working tirelessly and inventively, typically with limited resources, to For additional information, www.bonhams.com.
meet the diverse needs of their artistic communities.

For more information, www.gallery.ca/about-the-gallery/prizes/lacey-
prize-2019.

December 27, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 33

Chu Teh-Chun Foundation Opens In Geneva

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The Europe and the United States. The exhi- Academy of Fine Arts aged 15, where he GP untitled, 1962, gouache on paper,
Fondation Chu Teh-Chun, a body dedi- bition will be divided into four parts, studied Western painting. The Sino-Jap- 20¾ by 14¾ inches @Adagp2019.
cated to ensuring the legacy of the retracing the major stages of the artist’s anese War (1937-1945) resulted in the and Turner.
French Chinese artist Chu Teh-Chun, life, and offering the most comprehen- academy moving to Nanjing in the west
has officially launched. Chu Teh-Chun, sive survey of Chu Teh-Chun’s oeuvre to of China, where Chu Teh-Chun discov- The artist spent much of the 1960s
who died in 2014 aged 93, was celebrat- date. It is comprised of more than 200 ered the beauty of landscapes, which engaged in research and experimenta-
ed for integrating traditional Chinese works — some never seen in public became the mainstay for all his subse- tion. This resulted in his unique abstract
painting techniques with Western before — from the 1950s to the 2000s. It quent work. After graduating, he taught style, a blend between Chinese and
abstract art. A hugely influential figure includes oil paintings, calligraphy, at the School of Industry and then at the French cultures imbued with lyricism
from 1955, he produced more than 2,500 gouaches, ceramics and wash works. University of the Department of Fine and poetry. He is considered to be the
oil paintings and participated in close to Arts in Taipei, Taiwan. only painter of his generation to have
450 exhibitions in more than 24 coun- Additionally, it will include personal successfully achieved a symbiosis of
tries,156 of them solo presentations. His papers and photographs drawn from In 1955, he traveled to Paris to study these two cultures.
work features in many important pri- Chu Teh-Chun’s archive, as well as a the works of the Western masters, such
vate and public collections, among them specially commissioned film document- as Cézanne, Renoir, Picasso and Matisse. The Fondation Chu The-Chun is at
the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and ing his life and work. While the Fonda- There he studied at the Académie de la Rue du Rhône 59. For additional infor-
the Museum of Modern Art in Beijing. tion will take responsibility for the sce- Grande Chaumière. A year after making mation, www.chu-teh-chun.org.
nography, highlighting recurring themes the city his home, he was awarded the
The Fondation has been established by in Chu Teh-Chun’s work, namely nature, silver medal in the Spring Salon for a
Chu Teh-Chun’s widow, Ching Chao poetry and music, the exhibition is being portrait of his wife. The picture was
Chu, and son, Yvon Chu, who will serve jointly curated by the National Muse- nicknamed the “Mona Lisa of the East.”
as its president and vice president um, which with 8.6 million visitors in During this time, he developed his own
respectively. Headquartered in Geneva, 2018 is the second most visited museum artistic calligraphic style, a reflection of
the Fondation will provide an archive of in the world. Says vice president Yvon his personal aspiration to honor Chi-
Chu Teh-Chun’s work for collectors and Chu, “We wanted to commemorate the nese culture. When he discovered the
historians, as well as authentication hundredth anniversary of my father’s work of Nicolas de Staël in 1956, he
and certification services. It will also birth, and the National Museum of revised his artistic conception and aban-
organize exhibitions and events aimed China welcomed the idea with enthusi- doned figurative composition in favor of
at bringing Chu Teh-Chun’s art to a asm. This presentation will give us the abstraction. He is counted among the
wider audience and encourage the pub- opportunity to uncover other facets of painters of the New School of Paris and
lication of studies of his work, awarding his work as an artist and to show the his work is categorized as being part of
scholarships to young artists and diversity and the complementary nature the Lyrical Abstraction movement —
researchers. of all the media he used.” broadly, painters who sought to move
the spectator emotionally. His work also
The Fondation’s first event is a major Born in Baitu in Xiao County, Jiangsu reveals the influence of Contemporary
exhibition at the National Museum of province, China, in 1920, Chu Teh-Chun American abstract artists such as Rob-
China, Beijing, in April 2020. This will came from a family of scholars and art ert Motherwell, Franz Kline, Mark
mark the centenary of the artist’s birth collectors who encouraged him to prac- Tobey and Alexander Calder, in particu-
and be the first iteration in a tour that tice calligraphy. His formal art educa- lar his mobile works, and by Rembrandt
will travel to Asia, the Middle East, tion, however, began at the Hangzhou

Royal Academy Elects First Female President In 251 Years

LONDON — The Royal Acad- to have been elected president ©Getty Images/Tristan Fewings photo. Some past presidents of the
emy of Arts has announced that of the Royal Academy. The RA is Royal Academy include Sir
Rebecca Salter has been elected unique, a place shaped by art- 2011 she had a major retrospec- lections, including Tate, British Joshua Reynolds (1768-1792),
the academy’s 27th president. ists and architects. Its exhibi- tive at Yale Center for British Museum, Yale Center for Brit- Benjamin West (1792-1805), Sir
She succeeds Christopher Le tions are world class and we Art, Connecticut. She has work ish Art and Yale University Art Charles Lock Eastlake (1850-
Brun PPRA who has stepped teach the artists of the future in in many private and public col- Gallery. 1865), Sir John Everett Millais
down after serving eight years the RA Schools. This is a tre- (1829-1896), Sir Edward J.
in the role. Salter was elected mendously exciting time to Poynter (1896-1918), Sir Wil-
by her fellow Royal Academi- become president following the liam Llewellyn (1928-1938),
cians at a General Assembly recent 250th anniversary and Sir Alfred Munnings (1944-
meeting. Her appointment has expansion. I look forward to 1949).
received formal approval from working with my fellow Acade-
Her Majesty, the Queen. Salter micians, our staff and our many The Royal Academy of Arts
is the first female president in supporters to help the RA to was founded by King George III
the Royal Academy’s 251-year evolve while keeping art, archi- in 1768. It has a unique position
history. tecture and debate at the heart in being an independent, pri-
of what we do.” vately funded institution led by
Salter was elected Royal Aca- eminent artists and architects
demician in 2014 in the catego- Salter studied at Bristol Poly- whose purpose is to be a clear,
ry of printmaker. In 2017, she technic and then at Kyoto City strong voice for art and artists.
became Keeper of the Royal University of the Arts in Japan,
Academy with the responsibili- where she lived for six years. The Royal Academy of Arts is
ty of guiding the RA schools. She exhibits regularly in Lon- at Burlington House, Piccadilly.
don and internationally, and in For additional information,
Salter said: “I am so honored www.royalacademy.org.uk.

Painting Found Inside Gallery Walls Discovered Anglo-Saxon Penny
Might Be Stolen Klimt Hoard Triples Expectations

ROME (AP) — A Gustav Klimt painting, stolen almost 23 Auction Action In London
years ago, might have been hidden all this time inside an Ital-
ian gallery’s walls. MAYFAIR, LONDON — A hoard of 99 Anglo Saxon silver pennies
A gardener at the Ricci Oddi modern art gallery in the north- discovered in Suffolk by a metal detectorist in March 2017 sold for a
ern city of Piacenza told Italian state TV on Tuesday he was combined total of $118,000 at Dix Noonan Webb on Wednesday,
clearing ivy from the gallery’s walls when he noticed a metal December 4. The provisional aggregate estimate for the hoard was
panel. He opened it and found a bag inside a space within the $40/65,000.
walls.
When the bag was opened it contained a painting that might The coins came from several different mints and among the high-
be Klimt’s “Portrait of a Lady,’’ which disappeared from the est prices was an extremely rare small cross mule from the reign of
gallery during renovations in February 1997. Æthelred II (978-1016), from a London mint, which sold to a Euro-
Piacenza police chief Pietro Ostuni said the painting is being pean collector for $17,870 against an estimate of $1,050/1,310. The
kept in a safe place that he wouldn’t reveal while experts hoard included two rare mints: Melton Mowbray and a previously
check to see if it’s the real one or a copy. unrecorded mint in Louth, which is in Lincolnshire. The coin from
The gallery said it isn’t saying anything publicly until the Melton Mowbray fetched $11,000 — it had been expected to fetch
painting’s authenticity can be checked out. But local online $3,9/5,200, while the coins from Louth, which had both been esti-
daily Piacenza Sera quoted gallery officials as saying on the mated to fetch $5,2/6,550 sold for $13,800 to an English collector
back of the canvas were stamps that were placed there when and $8,900 to an international dealer respectively. It is thought that
the painting was on loan, indicating it might indeed be the the hoard was buried by a pilgrim who was making penitence wor-
missing portrait. ried about the impending apocalypse of the millennium.
The painting is a later work by the Austrian master of the Gustav Klimt, “Portrait of a Lady”
“art nouveau.” Its disappearance has been one of the art (circa 1916-17). Image courtesy Dix Noonan Webb is at 16 Bolton Street. For more information,
world’s biggest mysteries. Wikimedia Commons. www.dnw.co.uk.

34 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 27, 2019

Transitions Decorative Arts Trust Awards Concord Museum
Curatorial Internship Grant
At the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), CONCORD, MASS. — The Decorative
gifts are supporting the establish- Arts Trust recently announced its part- The Concord Museum will partner with the Decorative Arts Trust for the
ment of works on paper department and ner for the 2020-22 Curatorial Intern- 2020-22 Curatorial Internship Grant.
the creation of a new curatorial posi- ship Grant: the Concord Museum.
tion, as well as the addition of more than newly renovated 6,000-square-foot per- direction and mentorship of the Con-
80 works to the mu- The Decorative Arts Trust is a nonprof- manent exhibition is set to reimagine cord Museum’s curator David Wood
seum’s collection. it organization that underwrites curato- the museum experience. The project will and will be an essential member of the
Included in the gifts rial internships for recent masters or begin by focusing on three galleries exhibition team.
is a $3 million en- PhD graduates in collaboration with related to Concord’s role in the political
dowment from Allen museums and historical societies. revolution of 1775. Phase Two will focus Interested scholars are encouraged to
and Kelli Questrom Through a matching-grant program, on the Transcendentalist period leading visit the Concord Museum’s website at
to create and sup- these internships allow host organiza- up to the Civil War as well as four deco- www.concordmuseum.org for updates or
port a new curatorial tions to hire a deserving professional rative arts galleries. to sign up for the email list. Also look out
position, the Allen who will learn about the responsibilities for social media posts on the Concord
and Kelli Questrom and duties common to the curatorial The curatorial intern will serve as the Museum Facebook and Twitter pages
curator of works on field while working alongside a talented assistant project manager for this and the Decorative Arts Trust’s Face-
paper. In conjunction with the creation mentor. The trust’s internship program undertaking and will be involved at all book and Twitter pages.
of the new role, Dr Agustín Arteaga, the seeks to provide mutually beneficial levels of the project, including selection
Eugene McDermott director of the DMA, opportunities that will nurture the next of artifacts, facilitating conservation, For additional information about the
has appointed Julien Domercq, the generation of museum curators while meeting with design partners, installa- museum which is at 53 Cambridge
DMA’s Lillian and James H. Clark assis- providing essential staffing for the host. tion, writing, editing, developing opera- Turnpike, 978-369-9763.
tant curator of European art, to serve as tion manuals for media elements and
the museum’s interim curator of works The Concord Museum brings Con- analyzing the visitor experience. The For further information about the
on paper while an international search cord’s remarkable past to life through an intern selected will work under the Media, Penn.-based Decorative Arts
to fill the new position is conducted. inspiring collection of historical, literary Trust, www.decorativeartstrust.org or
and decorative arts treasures. High- 610-627-4970.
Bonhams has appointed Caitlyn lights of the more than 50,000 artifacts
Pickens to the newly created po- include Ralph Waldo Emerson’s study,
sition of regional director for Penn- Henry David Thoreau’s desk, Louisa
sylvania, Delaware and southern New May Alcott’s tea kettle, a Paul Revere
Jersey. Based in Philadelphia, she will lantern, a Paleoindian spearhead, the
be responsible for providing valuation most complete collection of Concord
clocks anywhere and more.
advice and sourcing
works of art from The Concord Museum is embarking on
the region. Pickens, a two-and-a-half-year effort to redesign
who comes from the its 14 permanent galleries. Called “Con-
Philadelphia area, cord: At the Center of Revolution,” the
joined Bonhams
New York as head Frick Receives Apollo Award
of Impressionist and NEW YORK CITY — The Frick has announced
Modern art in 2018 that Apollo magazine has named the museum’s on Pierre Gouthière — which was also nominated by Apollo
and played a major recent presentation of the work of Luigi Valadier as one of the top shows worldwide in 2016. To Xavier, Alvar,
role in achieving the Exhibition of the Year. our lenders and those who generously supported the show,
the most successful year in the depart- we offer our gratitude.”
ment’s history. She has a bachelor of “Luigi Valadier: Splendor in Eighteenth Century
arts degree in art history and econom- Rome,” which closed in January, was the first exhi- Inspired by the New York showing, an exhibition about
ics from Franklin and Marshall College, bition in the United States devoted to showcasing Valadier is on view in Rome through February 2 at the Galle-
and an MA in art history from Hunter the influential Italian decorative artist. With an ria Borghese.
College, the Graduate Center, CUNY. extraordinary eye for detail, Valadier designed
and crafted whimsical, avant-garde and elegant For more information, www.frick.org or 212-547-0710.
Contemporary Arts Museum Hous- pieces for patrons across Europe. The exhibition
ton (CAMH) has named Hesse was accompanied by the first substantial mono-
McGraw its tenth director. He will over- graph published on the artist.
see all aspects of the
noncollecting muse- Ian Wardropper, Anna-Maria and Stephen
um’s artistic and ed- Kellen director of the Frick Collection, added,
ucational programs, “The Valadier show and book resulted from a
fundraising efforts deeply rewarding project overseen internally by
and day-to-day oper- our Peter Jay Sharp chief curator Xavier F.
ations, assuming his Salomon. Over a period of five years, he worked
role there in January closely with the show’s curator Alvar González-
2020. McGraw comes Palacios, who has dedicated most of his life to scholarship
to CAMH from Kan- on the artist and is considered its foremost expert. The
sas City, Mo., where wonder of it was palpable in our galleries, as never before
he is partner of el dorado, inc., a cross- had an American museum audience been able to view
disciplinary design firm. together so many examples of Valadier’s production, with
significant loans coming from public institutions as well as
At LiveAuctioneers, Jared Green private collections in Europe and the United States. The
has been appointed senior vice initiative followed in the footsteps of our 2016 exhibition
president of strategic accounts. In his
new role, Green will use his insights and Rubell Museum Opens In Miami
industry-specific expertise to help the
firm deliver superior selling experienc- MIAMI — Rubell Museum, which houses the 7,200-work wood, which opened in 1993, the museum is closer to down-
collection of Don and Mera Rubell, opened December 4 in town Miami and readily accessible via public transportation.
es and a heightened its new Annabelle Selldorf-designed home in Miami’s Alla- Led by director Juan Roselione-Valadez, the institution has
level of exposure to pattah neighborhood. Housed in six former industrial also been renamed to reflect the Rubells’ desire for the muse-
its more than 5,000 buildings that have been overhauled by Selldorf Architects, um to serve as a public resource. Over the years, the Rubells
auction-house part- the museum unfolds on a single level, with 40 galleries, have organized 48 exhibitions drawn entirely from the paint-
ners worldwide. For flexible performance space, an art research library, a book- ings, sculptures, photographs, videos and installations in
eight years, Green store, a restaurant and a courtyard, across a 100,000-square- their collection, including “Life After Death: New Leipzig
was an executive foot campus. Paintings,” 2004) “Keith Haring: Against All Odds,” 2008, And
team member with “No Man’s Land,” 2015, and has lent works to hundreds of
Heritage Auctions Less than a mile from the Rubell family collection’s original museums around the world.
and served as vice home in a former Drug Enforcement Agency building in Wyn-
president of strat- Don Rubell in front of works by Kehinde Wiley and The museum’s opening during Miami Art Week coincided
egy and development. He left Heritage Keith Haring at the Rubell Museum. Courtesy of the with the fairs Design Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach. The
to serve as mentor and startup inves- Rubell Museum. institution is inaugurated by an exhibition of 300 works by
tor to TechStars’ incubator companies. 100 artists. The presentation includes pieces by artists whose
For the past two years, he has served work the couple began to collect at the early stages of their
as executive director of the Illustrated careers, such as George Condo, Keith Haring, Cindy Sherman
Gallery Collection, a $60 million gallery and Rosemarie Trockel; American painters whose work is
collection consisting of illustration mas- included in the Rubells’ traveling exhibition “30 Americans,”
terworks by Maxfield Parrish, Norman currently on view at the Barnes Foundation through January
Rockwell and J.C. Leyendecker. 12, including Nina Chanel Abney, Rashid Johnson, Mickalene
Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley; and a survey of German artists,
with works by Isa Genzken, Anselm Kiefer, Neo Rauch and
Paloma Varga Weisz.

New paintings by Amoako Boafo, the Rubell’s annual artist-
in-residence and the first artist working at the new museum,
two immersive works by Yayoi Kusama, installations by con-
temporary Los Angeles artists’ works and New York appropri-
ation artists from the 1980s and early 1990s, and a selection of
works from the 100 studio visits the Rubells made in China
between 2001 and 2012 are also on view. Tickets to the Rubell
Museum are free for children under 18 and cost $15 for gen-
eral admission.

The museum is at 1100 Northwest 23rd Street. For more
information, 305-573-6090 or https://rfc.museum.

December 27, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 35

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Estate Jeweler Paul Fisher, 92

NEW YORK CITY — On December 4, me, ‘if you’re selling something, don’t them to purchase pieces on the Paul Fish-
Paul Fisher, estate jeweler, passed away round up, round down, leave room for er Inc account. According to Marianne, he
at the age of 92 due to complications someone else to make some money.’” did this “out of the goodness of his heart,”
from pneumonia. Throughout his life, and over the course of the years, his
Fisher had developed a deep sense of Marianne painted a very vivid picture apprentices numbered in the 40s. Two of
good-will among those in the pearl, gem- of the business when she was a child and the apprentices, Tibor Ullmann and
stone and estate business, including her dad would bring her to auctions. “My Marco Chiaravalli, continue to work for
many prominent players, such as Joel dad went to every single Sotheby’s auc- the company today. In 1989, many of the
Arthur Rosenthal (JAR), Ward Land- tion they had in St Moritz; it was every apprentices threw Fisher a birthday
rigan (chairman and chief executive offi- February, and they’d wheel and deal in party and again attended his 90th birth-
cer of Verdura) and Bill Goldberg of Wil- the lobby of the hotel. It was a great day party in Basel.
liam Goldberg. Described by his daughter atmosphere, everyone would go down to
Marianne Fisher as very “Yoda-like,” the Palace Hotel and go dancing in the Paul Fisher Inc is a sixth-generation
Fisher delighted in traveling the globe, Kings Club. They’d all be there for the business. Marianne Fisher’s niece recent-
hunting for incredibly specific products auction, but so much business was done ly joined the team. The firm was started
for his clients and maintaining his vast outside of the office.” by Julius Fisher in the 1850s in Vienna,
store of relationships. Austria, and in 1921, Julius’ grandsons,
Perhaps Fisher’s greatest legacy was Ferdinand and Robert, continued the leg-
“My dad was a very generous person. He what was referred to by those in the know acy, opening Bruder Fisher in Vienna.
didn’t care about being rich; he cared as the “Paul Fisher School.” Fisher would Robert Fisher, Paul’s father, brought the
about being kind, about being a good take in apprentices and teach them each business to London in 1938, and also
human being — that was very important for six months at a time. He would only established a New York office in 1941. In
to him,” Marianne explained. “He was take one at a time, and only from places 1956, Paul established Paul Fisher Inc of
always an old soul, all of his life, and he outside of the United States, and he New York and went on to establish the
was always very generous. He used to tell would show them everything he knew, London branch, P. Fisher Ltd, in 1980.
give them access to clients and even allow

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Previews 1, Jan.................... Bellport, NY................Thos Cornell Galleries.........2
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Connecticut River Every Thurs....... East Windsor, CT.................. Golden Gavel..............46 1, Jan....................... Clay, NY.......................Iroquois Auction...........2C
Book Auction 20, Dec................ Jewett City, CT.................. Leone’s Auction..............2 1, Jan.....................Copake, NY.................... Copake Auction............5C
List Auction Of Books.....13 22, Dec..................Coventry, CT....................Ingraham & Co............46 1, Jan....................Coventry, CT....................Ingraham & Co............52
Copake Auction 28, Dec.................... Berlin, CT............................Nest Egg.................47 1, Jan.................... Windsor, CT..........................Nadeau’s........... 42-43
New Year’s Day.................4 28, Dec................Sturbridge, MA....................D.L. Straight..............44 1, Jan.................... Windsor, CT..........................Nadeau’s.................52
Kaminski 28-30, Dec............ Beverly, MA..........................Kaminski.................45 3, Jan.................. Jewett City, CT.................. Leone’s Auction..............2
Asian Collection................5 30, Dec........... jamescoxgallery.com........... James Cox Gallery..........50 4, Jan..................... Edison, NJ.................... Bodnar’s Auction...........40
Showplace 30, Dec................ Saugerties, NY................... Donny Malone.............44 4, Jan.................. Glen Cove, NY..................Roland Auctions.............2
Eclectic Estates Auction.... 25 4, Jan.................. Glen Cove, NY..................Roland Auctions...........23
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5, Jan....................Portland, ME.....................Gerald W. Bell.............41
Seventh Edition Fog Art & 5, Jan.................... Sarasota, FL..................... Amero Auction.............3C
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The Philadelphia Show...15 29, Mar........... Bedford Village, NY.......Butterscotch Auctioneers......2
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Shots Fired: Dan Morphy Takes Jim Julia To Court
For Breach Of Contract

By Greg Smith Poulin, his sister’s auctioneering When Morphy Auctions business. Morphy decided to well as other promissory notes
DENVER, PENN. — On firm. Specifically, in 2019, Julia acquired James D. Julia Inc, in enter into this agreement based as part of the initial purchase
November 18, Dan Morphy and received a call from a purported 2017 for $7.25 million, Julia’s on [James D Julia Inc’s] reputa- should Julia be found in viola-
Dan Morphy Auctions, LLC filed consignor seeking a referral for a three divisions, consisting of Rare tion and goodwill in the firearm tion of the agreements. Should
a civil suit in the Delaware firearms auction consignment Firearms; Lamps, Glass & Fine auctioneering industry and Morphy be found to default on
Court of Chancery against auc- and… advised them that ‘it Jewelry; and Fine Arts, Asian & based on Morphy’s desire to those promissory payments
tioneer Jim Julia and James D. sounds like Poulin would be the Antiques, were producing annual expand its firearm division without cause, Julia is entitled
Julia Inc, alleging a breach of actual best,’ and recommended sales of $43 million. All were fold- through the acquisition of to accelerate the schedule of
contract stemming from Mor- they use Poulin instead of Mor- ed into the Morphy umbrella, as [James D Julia Inc’s] assets and promissory notes owed.
phy’s December 14, 2017 pur- phy,” the complaint reads. well as all the goodwill and near- the cooperation of Julia.”
chase of James D. Julia Inc. ly all the assets of that business. Morphy seeks damages, legal
The complaint alleges that In regards to poaching employ- According to their purchase fees, injunctive relief to stop fur-
Julia broke his purchase agree- ees, the complaint reads “both The complaint says “A signifi- agreement, Julia was retained ther breaches of contract, declar-
ment and restrictive covenant the purchase agreement and the cant portion of the consideration as a consultant to Morphy for a atory relief allowing Morphy to
agreement with Morphy by restrictive covenant agreement for the purchase price paid by period of six years at a rate of withhold consultancy payments
steering firearm consignments further prohibit… Julia from Morphy was Julia’s…continued $112,000 per year. The agree- and declaratory relief that will
to his sister Jeanine Poulin’s attempting to entice away from cooperation and assistance with ment gives Morphy the right to allow Morphy to deduct damages
company, Poulin’s Antiques and employment or affiliation or hire their auction relationships and withhold payments of this as from amounts still owed to Julia.
Auctions Inc, in Fairfield, Maine, or affiliate with any person who
and also by enticing Morphy is an employee or independent INDEX - 60 Pages - INDEX
employees and consultants to contractor of Morphy or its affili-
enter into business relationships ates or subsidiaries.” antiques Show REVIEWS
with that auction house.
The complaint documents por- Morphy says that Julia asked a (Marlborough, Mass.) The Gurley Thanksgiving Show Grows & Grows & Grows................................. 17
tions of the 2017 purchase agree- Morphy’s appraiser to leave (Wilmington, Mass.) Antiques Shows & Evolution: Getman’s Wilmington Show................................... 21
ment and the restrictive cove- Morphy and begin working for
nant agreement agreed to by Poulin. The complaint says that Auction reviews
both parties. According to the since 2015, other employees
complaint, the agreement pro- have left Morphy in Pennsylva- (Philadelphia) Historic Portrait Of American General Leads At Freeman’s................................................ 6
hibits Julia from competing nia and relocated to Maine to (Beverly Hills) Wayne Thiebaud’s “Blueberry Custard” Sells For $3.2 Million At Heritage Auctions......... 6
against Morphy or referring cus- work for Poulin. (Oakland, Calif.) Finn Juhl For Niels Vedder Chieftain Chair & Gold Collection Steal Show At Clars........ 7
tomers to other auctioneering (Philadelphia) Diamonds Glitter Brightest At Freeman’s — Auction Totals $1.215 Million....................... 8
firms. It also says that Julia The complaint says that short- (Easton, Md.) Ward Brothers Pintail Tops Guyette & Deeter Decoy Auction............................................ 8
agreed to “on a timely basis, ly after the sale of James D. (Woodbury, Conn.) Artworks Lead The Results In Schwenke Estates Auction....................................... 11
refer any and all parties and Julia Inc, Julia set up an office in (Dallas) Russian Constructivist Poster & Dracula Lobby Card Top Lots At Heritage Poster Auction.............12
entities” who contacted him Poulin’s building in Maine. (Goffstown, N.H.) Jones & Horan Post Successful Online-Only Timepieces Auction............................. 13
about auction services exclusive- (New York City) Swiss Institute Raises Record-Breaking Amount Of 2019 Benefit & Auction............... 15
ly to Morphy. The restrictive cov- In 2019, Poulin Antiques & (Vineland, N.J.) Christmas Fun & Treasures At Bertoia Auctions........................................................... 16
enant agreement specifically Auction ran quarterly cataloged (New York City) Rare & Important Travel Posters Set Multiple Records At Swann Galleries.................. 25
precluded Julia “from referring firearm auctions that, according (Marion, Mass.) Bierstadt’s “Matterhorn” Leads Marion’s Thanksgiving Auction.................................. 30
customers, buyers or consignors to catalogs posted on Invaluable, (New Hamburg, Ontario) Miller & Miller Watch & Jewelry Auction Sparkles......................................... 32
to Poulin Antiques & Auctions.” processed 6,935 lots. Posted cata- (London) Queen Elizabeth I Portrait Reigns Supreme At Bonhams Old Master Painting Sale................ 32
The complaint says that logs on that platform indicate (Mayfair, London) Discovered Anglo-Saxon Penny Hoard Triples Expectations..................................... 33
despite agreeing to refer custom- the firm sold 4,628 lots over two (Rock Island, Ill.) $575,000 For “Little Sure Shot’s” Rifle At Rock Island Auction................................. 39
ers to Morphy, Julia has failed to sales in 2018 and 4,921 lots over (Wilmington, Del.) Aivazovsky’s Black Sea Oil Sails To Top At Ford Art Auction At $569,000................ 39
make any referrals to Morphy in two sales in 2017. Morphy’s fire- (Rockville, Md.) Big Rock Sells In Rockville: Fancy Yellow Diamond Hits $192,000 At Weschler’s....... 39
the two years since the purchase arms division also scheduled (Bloomfield, N.J.) Contemporary Bali Abstract Sleeper Awakens Nye Bidders....................................... 39
transaction closed. “Instead, their sales quarterly in 2019 and (Denver, Penn.) Tiffany Venetian Table Lamp Leads Parade At Morphy................................................. 39
when potential customers called ran 5,992 lots through those ded- (Lone Jack, Mo.) Well-Oiled Dirk Soulis Auction Led By Bold Porcelain Sign........................................ 39
Julia seeking auctioneering ser- icated auctions, with 5,719 lots
vices, Julia has sent them to over four sales in 2018 and 4,263 ExHibitions
lots over three sales in 2017. An
additional number of firearm
lots sold by Morphy in specialty
sales were uncounted.

Colonial Williamsburg
Appoints

New President & CEO

WILLIAMSBURG, VA. (Williamstown, Mass.) Clark Art Institute Examines Arabesque Motif...................................................... 3
— The Colonial Wil- (Birmingham, Ala.) Birmingham Museum Examines Silhouettes, Then & Now....................................... 4
liamsburg Foundation (New York City) Fountain House Gallery Presents “Small Works: $100 & Under”................................... 5
has appointed Cliff (Glendale, Calif.) “The Elevated Eye”: Aerial Photography Past & Present............................................. 14
Fleet, current president (Indianapolis, Ind.) At Eiteljorg Museum, “Blurring The Line” Features Five Native Artists.................... 15
and chief executive offi- (Albany, N.Y.) “Papa Burger” Statue, Playland Ticket Booth At New York State Museum....................... 19
cer (CEO) of 22nd Cen- (Cincinnati, Ohio) Treasures Of Spanish World At Cincinnati Art Museum............................................. 23
tury Group, business (Phoenix, Ariz.) Heard Museum Launches New Exhibition Series With Maria Hupfield......................... 39
professor at William &
Mary, and former presi- And Also...
dent and CEO of Philip
Morris USA, to serve as Across The Block................................................................................................................................... 10
its ninth president and Book Review NHA To Release “Thousand Leagues Of Blue” About Susan & Charles Veeder............... 11
CEO effective January 1. Club News............................................................................................................................................. 24
Estate Sales.......................................................................................................................................... 15
Fleet has strong ties to International..................................................................................................................................... 32-33
the Williamsburg com- Letter From The Editor............................................................................................................................ 3
munity. He has served as Q&A Shirley Mueller, MD........................................................................................................................ 1
president of the James- Services................................................................................................................................................ 25
town-Yorktown Founda- Transitions............................................................................................................................................. 34
tion since 2014 and as a Historic Homes “Zuber: Two Centuries Of Panoramic Wall”............................................................ 20
board member since (Los Angeles) Getty Examines Kollwitz’s Prints, Process & Politics........................................................ 4
2009. He also serves as (Gary, Ind.) Picasso Sculpture Sale By Gary Schools Prompts Lawsuit From Belgian Art Collector........ 5
vice chair for develop- (Monson, Mass.) Monson Historical Society Receives $81,000 Bequest................................................. 7
ment strategy on the (New York City) Chanukah Events At Leo Baeck Institute & Center For Jewish History........................... 8
board of trustees of the William & Mary Foundation. Fleet earned (Williamstown, Mass.) Monet’s Art On Screen At Clark Art Institute........................................................ 9
a bachelor’s degree in history and religion and graduate degrees in (New York City) Christie’s To Cease Educational Masters Program........................................................ 13
history, business administration and law from William & Mary. Records Were Made To Be Broken......................................................................................................... 26
Making Moves: 2019 Was A Year Of Change......................................................................................... 28
Fleet joins Colonial Williamsburg as the 93-year-old institution (Ottawa, Ontario) Hamilton Artists Inc Wins Lacey Prize....................................................................... 32
seeks to connect modern society with the men and women of the (Geneva, Switzerland) Chu Teh-Chun Foundation Opens In Geneva....................................................... 33
Eighteenth Century who committed themselves and their lives to (Rome) Painting Found Inside Gallery Walls Might Be Stolen Klimt...................................................... 33
the idea of freedom. He will elevate the foundation’s mission to (London) Royal Academy Elects First Female President In 251 Years.................................................... 33
share America’s enduring story with new and diverse audiences (Concord, Mass.) Decorative Arts Trust Awards Concord Museum Curatorial Internship Grant............ 34
while improving its financial health through philanthropy, visita- (New York City) Frick Receives Apollo Award........................................................................................ 34
tion and commercial profitability. (Miami) Rubell Museum Opens In Miami.............................................................................................. 34
(Wellington, Fla.) Carl Crossman, China Trade Scholar, Dealer, Collector.. ............................................. 38
Fleet succeeds former President and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss,
who stepped down in October after five years in the position.

Colonial Williamsburg operates the world’s largest living history
museum, interpreting Virginia’s colonial capital amid the struggle
for fundamental rights and independence, as well as two world-
class art museums and an extensive educational outreach program
that has hosted more than 30,000 teachers over three decades.

For additional information, 855-296-6627 or www.colonialwil-
liamsburg.com.

38 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — December 27, 2019

Carl Crossman, China Trade Scholar, Dealer, Collector, 79

Carl Crossman had traveled widely but never strayed far
from home. A lifetime of exploration supports his essential
fascination with New England and its historical ties to Asia.

Crossman in Florida with a few of his favorite things.

WELLINGTON, FLA. — Carl Crossman with a fly swatter at Walsh House, Strawbery
L. Crossman passed away at his Banke. Exotic curiosities remain an abiding interest.
home in Wellington, Fla., at the
age of 79. Carl was born in Dan- In 1964, a young Crossman and Harriet Shreve organized told Antiques and The Arts into the 1880s. He knew those
vers, Mass., where his parents, “Chinese Export Porcelain for The American Market: 1785– Weekly for a 2007 feature story people when he was 20 years
Hazel and Lester Crossman had 1840” for the Peabody Museum of Salem. The ambitious dis- on Crossman. old, they were 80. And they had
settled. At an early age Carl play and accompanying catalog emphasized the chronolog- known their grandfathers who
competed in regional equine ical evolution of forms and patterns. Carl moved to Boston where he were in the China Trade and
events such as “The One Hun- ran Childs Gallery on Newbury brought all those treasures back.
dred Mile Trail Ride” in Wood- selection, ensuring it sold out Arts of the China Trade: Paint- Street. In 1973 Carl and Roger He listened to their stories, and
stock, Vt., as well as volunteer- quickly. It was reprinted several ings, Furnishings and Exotic Howlett bought 257 Common- he was very inquisitive and
ing at the Peabody Museum in times before a substantially Curiosities, appeared in 1993. It wealth Avenue, a residence that bright, and he put those pieces
Salem, Mass. updated version, The Decorative is still considered to be one of the hosted many legendary costume- together and wrote the first book
most important resources for the themed parties and formal din- on the China Trade. It was just
After graduating Wesleyan China Trade to date. ners, with the 1976 “Bicentenni- like Wallace Nutting’s first book
College as an artist himself, al Ball” being a standout. on American furniture. Then he
Crossman found his direction “In some ways, Carl has done did more scholarship and more
almost immediately. Two years more than all of us to promote “More than anyone I have ever studying and wrote really the
following his graduation, he pub- interest in the field. He has a known, Carl has an almost magi- definitive book on the decorative
lished A Design Catalogue of passion for the people behind cal instinct for quality,” said D. arts of the China trade, which is
Chinese Export Porcelain for the the objects. He brings the sub- Roger Howlett, then president of a classic in every dealer and
American Market, 1785 to 1840. ject to life,” William R. Sargent, Childs Gallery in Boston and curator’s library.”
The Peabody Essex Museum, as then curator of Asian export art Crossman’s former partner. “He
it is now called, printed it along at the Peabody Essex Museum, feels the essence of an object, From Portsmouth, Carl moved
with his next work, A Catalogue something he can’t always intel- to Wellington, Fla., where his sis-
of Chinese Export Paintings, Fur- lectualize. It will take someone ter, Christine Vining was living.
niture, Silver, and Other Objects, else ten years to prove what Carl The siblings were close and both
1785 to 1865. Then came Cross- said as a snap judgment and was self described as non conform-
man’s first hardcover book, The correct.” ists. Never to stray from the art
China Trade: Export Paintings, world, Carl continued to lecture
Furniture, Silver and Other Carl spent time in Puerto Rico and perform appraisals in the
Objects, 1785-1865, published in where he lived back and forth for Palm Beach area and exhibit
1972. It was an instant success years in historic Old San Juan. quality pieces in the most presti-
and a Book of The Month Club After leaving Boston, Carl pur- gious antique shows around the
chased a house and a frame shop country.
Crossman’s signature style, back in his hometown of Dan-
displayed at historic Ayer vers. He restored the house and Penned by Laura Beach, an in-
House, opposite Northeast created magnificent formal gar- depth story on Crossman’s career
Auctions’ Treadwell House dens on the grounds. Still can be found at https://www.anti-
headquarters in Ports- involved with almost every quesandthearts.com/the-china-
mouth, N.H. aspect of the art world, Carl was hunter-carl-l-crossman/.
lecturing on cruise ships that
Tea wares from Crossman’s collection at the traveled to China, Japan, Malay- In it, Beach wrote, “Tucked
Goodwin Mansion, Strawbery Banke. Cour- sia and Indonesia. His knowl- away in a long-forgotten album
tesy Strawbery Banke. edge of the China Trade was are Crossman’s instructions for
truly hands on. Carl’s next ven- his final party, to be celebrated
ture led him to Portsmouth, posthumously: ‘No more than
N.H., where he worked with The three (underlined twice) speak-
Strawbery Banke Museum as a ers ‘who have something to say.’
senior research fellow in archae- Lots of dramatic music. Late in
ology, and as a consultant with the day, followed by a big party
Ron Bourgeault at Northeast at home (the estate can afford it)
Auctions. He appeared for eight with orchestra, food, bar. No
seasons as a guest appraiser on mention of it ‘being a time of
PBS’ Antiques Roadshow. rejoicing.’ That’s baloney unless
I’m dying of something horrible.’”
“His knowledge on China
Trade was grassroots,” said Ron Carl is survived by his nephew
Bourgeault, past owner of J. Fred Vining, his wife Jamie
Northeast Auctions. “There was and their daughter, Harper of
very little known about it. He Marblehead, Mass. He will be
volunteered at the Peabody sorely missed by the many
Museum, now the Peabody around the world he impressed
Essex, and he got to know many and shared his vast knowledge
of the descendants of the China with. The service, to be held in
Trade seamen, as that trade ran the spring, will be announced.

December 27, 2019 — Antiques and The Arts Weekly — 39

$575,000 For ‘Little Sure Shot’s’ Rifle
Big Rock Sells At Rock Island Auction
In Rockville: Fancy
Yellow Diamond Hits ROCK ISLAND, ILL. — The
$192,000 At Weschler’s fully gold-plated Marlin Model
1897 rifle presented to Western
ROCKVILLE, MD. — star Annie Oakley, aka “Little
A cut-cornered square Sure Shot,” created a huge buzz
modified brilliant leading up to Rock Island Auc-
fancy yellow diamond tion Company’s (RIAC) end-of-
weighing 11.48 carats the-year sale December 6-8. In
was the top lot at the end, this was yet another
Weschler’s December item never before publicly
13 sale when it offered that finally made its big
brought $192,000, splash. Annie’s Marlin pow-
including buyer’s pre- dered its $350,000 high esti-
mium. Per the GIA mate and sold for $575,000,
report, the natural col- including buyer’s premium. The
ored diamond had even color distribution and a clarity December 2019 Premier fire-
grade of VVS1. It was flanked on the platinum and 18K arms auction was a perfect
yellow gold band by two trillion-cut diamonds weighing storm for the firm. Not only plus lots had been sold, the firm’s world record last year for
approximately 2.4 carats. The ring came from a Harris- were there world-class collector realized total reached more a firearms auction house and
burg, Va., collection. firearms that had never before than $16 million — and when setting it yet again even higher.
For information, www.weschlers.com or 202-628-1281. been offered to the collecting added to the rest of RIAC’s 2019 For information, 309-797-1500,
public, collections were offered totals, it reveals an annual total 800-238-8022 or www.rockis-
from names that ring like roy- of $77 million, beating the landauction.com.
alty to gun collectors: Robert M.
Lee, Mac McCroskie, Dr Gerald
Klaz, Larry Jones, Alvin White
and others. At the end of the
three days and after all 2,700-

Contemporary Tiffany Venetian
Bali Abstract Sleeper Table Lamp Leads
Awakens Nye Bidders Parade At Morphy

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. DENVER, PENN. — Perennially one of the most beautiful
— An abstract titled sights of the Christmas season in Pennsylvania is Morphy
“Atmosphere in Bali Auctions’ fine and decorative arts pre-auction gallery preview.
11” by contemporary The warmth of rare antique leaded glass lamps, the fiery
Balinese artist Arie sparkle of fine gems and the iridescence of Art Nouveau vases
Smit (1916-2016) was combine to create an atmosphere of luminescence and tradi-
the sleeper of Nye & tional quality that bidders look forward to year after year.
Company’s December This holiday season, Morphy’s presented a 767-lot fine and
11 Estate Treasures decorative arts auction on December 12, led by designs from
Auction when it made Tiffany Studios, including scores of rare table, floor and hang-
nearly 70 times its low ing lamps. Indeed, seven of the overall sale’s top ten lots were
estimate to close at Tiffany lamps. Topping them all was a circa-1910 Tiffany Stu-
$68,750. According to dios table lamp with a Venetian leaded-glass shade standing
John Nye, it was pur- 21 inches tall on a foliate, “jewel” -studded gilt-bronze base.
chased by a telephone The densely arranged glass segments ran the gamut of warm
bidder “in that part of honey, gold and ruby hues punctuated by violets and greens
the world. It was part throughout. Estimated $50/80,000, the gem-like example fin-
of a Westchester Coun- ished at $128,000, including buyer’s premium. For informa-
ty estate and hadn’t tion, 877-968-8880 or www.morphyauctions.com.
been part of our initial
listing but his works Aivazovsky’s Black Sea Oil Sails To
bring good money.” Top At Ford Art Auction At $569,000

Watch for a complete
review of this sale in
an upcoming issue.

Well-Oiled Dirk Soulis WILMINGTON, DEL. — On December 14,
Auction Led By Bold Ford Art Auctions offered a curated selection
of fine art, antiques and decorative accesso-
Porcelain Sign ries to eager bidders. Coming to the block with
an estimate of $250/300,000, a 19 by 25½-inch
LONE JACK, MO. — Col- romantic oil on canvas by Ivan Konstantino-
lectors did not need a ticket vitch Aivazovsky (1817-1900) of French ships
to “ride the rails” at Soulis departing the Black Sea was highly regarded
Auctions’ December 14 sale and sought after. Strong bidding sent the final
of the late Edward P. price to $569,000. While the Aivazovsky was
McHugh III’s railroadiana the top lot, it was followed closely by a Joshua
collection. On offer was a Reynolds (1723-1792) that more than quadru-
trove historically signifi- pled its $80,000 high estimate to sell at
cant relics from the golden $335,000; a self portrait by German artist
era of rail travel (1865 to Bahram Hajou (b 1952) sold at $137,000. A
1960) amassed over a life- full review of the sale will appear in a future
time of involvement in the issue. For more information, www.fordartauc-
hobby. Consisting of rare tions.com or 800-659-2094.
and iconic railroadiana,
historical locomotive hard- Heard Museum Launches New
ware, mid-Twentieth Cen- Exhibition Series With Maria Hupfield
tury transportation arti-
facts as well as 60 porcelain PHOENIX, ARIZ. — The outdoor exhibition spaces and have made on and in the field of
signs, the McHugh collec- Heard Museum has announced range in content from perfor- fine art and will illuminate the
tion was led by a two-color the opening of “Maria Hupfield: mance, sculptural installation, rich bodies of work that women
porcelain enamel sign with Nine Years Towards the Sun,” video and document. Hupfield, artists have and continue to cre-
bold graphics, full length which will be on view through an Anishinaabe-kwe and mem- ate to this day.
portrait of a railroad work- May 5. This solo exhibition of ber of the Wasauksing First
er with oiler and a company Canadian/Anishinaabek artist Nation, creates work that The Heard Museum is at 2301
logo resembling that of the Maria Hupfield will feature engages time as a medium, North Central Avenue. For
B&O Railroad. Measuring more than 40 works by the con- spanning across different scales information, 602-252-8840 or
37½ by 16½ by 1 inches, the ceptual performance artist. and moments. www.heard.org.
lot high-balled past its
$3/5,000 estimate to pull in The exhibition will retool the “Maria Hupfield: Nine Years STOCKBRIDGE, MASS. —
at $23,500, won by a bidder museum space as a laboratory, Towards the Sun” is the first in “Finding Home: Four Artists’
in the room. Watch for a a performance venue and as an the museum’s newly established Journeys” at the Norman Rock-
complete review of this sale archive. Curated by Heard exhibition series of monograph- well Museum is on view until
in an upcoming issue. Museum fine arts curator Erin ic shows for women and women May 25 at 9 Glendale Road. For
Joyce, the exhibition will take identifying artists. The series information, 413-298-4100 or
place throughout indoor and will redress the impact women www.nrm.org.

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ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S DAY AUCTION
Wednesday January 1, 2020 • 10:30 AM

C.E. Porter oil on canvas,
20” x 29”, 1 of 6

Two Steinway grand pianos Model B plum pudding mahogany,
1890’s Model B ebonized, one of two clocks, marble plaques, Majolica urn Ht 6’,

one of two floor lanterns Ht 9’, George III screen.

Giorgio De Chirico
oil on canvas 20” x 24”

FancyYellow Diamond 3.52 carats 3.8 Carat Diamond

18K Rolex, 1 of 21 Watches

Sol LeWitt Harriet Frishmuth Bronze, Gino Sarfatti Specimen Top,
gouache 41” x 8” 1 of 2 Arteluce Attributed to Gillows
Bridget Tichenor
oil on board 8” x 12”

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2 of 2

Laurence Campbell oil on canvas 16” x 20”

Two Harriet Frishmuth, Herend, Sevres, Charles Post dining set, La Verre, George Jacon table,Tiffany sterling,
Lobmeyr, Biedermeier, James Butler, Meissen Set, Steuben, Louis XV commodes, Levier Kirman 14’7” x 19’ 5”.

Platinum Approximately 15 carats William Walker oil on board 6” x 11 1/2”, 1 of 4

C.E. Porter oil on canvas 20” x 24”, 1 of 6

Platinum, 14K, 2 1/2” x 2 1/4” 2 of 12 Royal Worcester Bagnall Dia 10 3/8”

Meissen 100 Pieces Louis XIV Bronze Chenets

Charles Post (Margolis) Charles Post (Margolis) Wd 32” 3.12 Carat Center
Ht 63”

PREVIEW TIMES:
Sat. 12/28/19 12–3pm • Mon. 12/30/19 10am–4pm

Tues. 12/31/19 10am– 6pm
Wed. 1/01/20 9am–10:30 am (Auction Start Time)

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