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Neue Auctions’ September catalogue has something for everyone, from the first-time auction goer to seasoned collectors

Released: September 15, 2018

The maker and artisan movement is everywhere: people crafting and building things with their hands, a few tools and one grand vision. At neueauctions.com you can view a collection of several hundred fine works by established masters from around the world; some centuries old, and you have the chance to make a purchase. Cleveland’s newest auction house - Neue Auctions - will host its first online auction with bidding beginning on Saturday, September 22nd and lots closing live online September 28th. The auction takes place at neueauctions.com and on partner site liveauctioneers.com. The Neu...


ALPHABETS FOR THE ALPHA COLLECTOR: FISHER HERITAGE's RARE SELECTIONS COME TO MARKET

Released: September 06, 2018

Alphabet quilts are one of the hardest to find, most eye catching categories of antique quilt collecting. Over the years FISHER HERITAGE has found some exceptional discoveries that defy the traditional alphabet format. Now it's time to see them enter public and private collections. Probably the the majority of the letters in most known antique alphabet quilts were formed by tracing the oak tag stencils bought mail order from the Ladies Art Company since the late 19th century (10 cents for one; 25 cents for three.) Then they were arrayed in the traditional alphabet format starting with th...

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Rare oil on window shade painting rendered circa 1950 by the renowned folk artist Clementine Hunter, titled Saturday Night at the Honky Tonk, signed lower right (est.  $30,000-$50,000).

Artworks by Clementine Hunter, Otto Hoffmann, many others in Crescent City's Sept. 22-23 auction

Released: September 06, 2018

NEW ORLEANS, La. – A Russian icon of the Virgin Akhtirskaya made in Moscow between 1896 and 1908, a rare oil on window shade painting rendered circa 1950 by the renowned folk artist Clementine Hunter, and an early 19th century French Louis XV-style gilt bronze three-piece clock set are expected top lots in Crescent City Auction Gallery’s upcoming Sept. 22-23 auction.   This auction marks Crescent City’s 10th year in business and will be held online as well as in the firm’s gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, starting at 10 am Central time both days. The sale will...


Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake Antiques Show on Saturday, September 15th

Adirondack Experience Antiques Show Offers Classic, Rustic Items and More

Released: September 03, 2018

The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (NY) and Barn Star Productions will present the Adirondack Experience Antiques Show and Sale, Saturday, September 15th on the beautiful Blue Mountain Lake Museum grounds. Held once a year in the breathtaking Adirondack Mountains of New York State, this well-established show and sale has run for decades as a benefit for the museum and is now expanding its offerings to include fine art, Oriental rugs, Native American and estate jewelry and textiles, American folk art, sterling silver, Black Forest carvings, garden and architectural items, toys and banks as ...


Oil on canvas Portrait of an Artist from the Circle of Caspar Netscher (Heidelberg 1639-1684 The Hague, the Netherlands).  The half-length portrait is signed “Netscher f”.

Nye & Company's Sept. 12 auction will feature artworks from the 17th century to the modern day

Released: August 31, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – A diverse selection of artworks that span from the 17th century through to the modern day – to include a spectacular offering of Self-Taught and Outsider Art being offered from the Namits Collection and an equally exciting group of works from the Westervelt Corp. – will come up for bid at a Fine Art Auction slated for Sept. 12th by Nye & Company Auctioneers.   Also for sale are a number of fabulous frames supplied by firms such as Eli Wilner & Co., one of the leading antique frame dealers and restorers, based in New York. The mid-week sale will be held in Nye...


Bill Traylor, House, ca.  1941, watercolor and graphite on cardboard.  Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama, Gift of Charles and Eugenia Shannon, 1982.4.29

Born Into Slavery, Artist Bill Traylor Gets His Due With Smithsonian Retrospective

Released: August 27, 2018

Bill Traylor (ca. 1853–1949) is among the most important American artists of the 20th century. Born in antebellum Alabama, Traylor was an eyewitness to history—the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation, the Great Migration and the steady rise of African American urban culture in the South. In the late 1930s, a decade after leaving plantation life and moving to the city of Montgomery, Alabama, Traylor took up pencil and paintbrush and created a visual autobiography, images on discarded cardboard extracted from his memories and experiences. When he died in 1949, Trayl...


Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped (installation view), 2017.  Photo by Gary Zvonkovic.  Courtesy of the artist and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

Cranbrook Art Museum Fall Exhibitions Examine Alumni and Artists-in-Residence of Cranbrook Academy of Art

Released: August 16, 2018

This November, Cranbrook Art Museum will open three exhibitions that showcase the incredible range of alumni and Artists-in-Residence that have emerged from Cranbrook Academy of Art and the significant impact they have made in the art world. Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped; Binion/Saarinen: A McArthur Binion Project; and Danielle Dean: A Portrait of True Red will all open at Cranbrook Art Museum on November 17. The Annabeth Rosen and McArthur Binion exhibitions will run through March 10, 2019, and the Danielle Dean exhibition will close on January 6, 2019 to be followed ...


New York Classical Rosewood Work Table

Fine Americana Included In Schwenke Auctioneers 400 Lot August 14th Fine Estates Auction

Released: August 12, 2018

Featuring Asian Decorative Arts, Early Continental Furniture and Decorations, Americana and Folk Art, Fine Art and Estate Oriental Rugs  Woodbury, CT – On Tuesday, August 14th Schwenke Auctioneers will hold its August Fine Estates Auction with an offering of over 400 lots of estate property which includes a broad selection of Asian decorative arts, American, English and Continental furniture and decorative arts, folk art and American country furniture, early English & other sterling silver, jewelry, fine art, miscellaneous decorative arts, and estate oriental rugs. According to owner...


John Serl, Untitled (White Horned Creatures, Birds, Number Board), 1975, oil on board, 36 x 72”

Jon Serl: The Hawk of Elsinore Now on View at The Good Luck Gallery In Los Angeles Through September 2, 2018

Released: August 13, 2018

The paintings of Jon Serl (1894–1993) are as worn, nuanced, and unexpected as the man himself.   Painted on found boards, they traveled with him for years and depict scenes from his multifarious and troubled life. The Los Angeles-based Good Luck Gallery is honored to present the paintings of Jon Serl in partnership with the Tartaglia Collection and in affiliation with New York’s Cavin-Morris Gallery, for an exhibition curated by Randall Morris, now on view through September 2, at 945 Chung King Road in Los Angeles. Born in Olean, New York in 1894 to a family of itinerant carnival/vaudevi...


One of JFK's iconic rocking chairs, this one used at the White House.  Sold for $60,000 at Eldred's.

ICONIC JOHN F. KENNEDY ROCKING CHAIR SELLS FOR $60,000 AT ELDRED’S AMERICANA & PAINTINGS AUCTION

Released: August 09, 2018

East Dennis, Mass. – A rocking chair used by President John F. Kennedy at the White House sold at auction for $60,000 August 3. The chair was part of a prominent collection of the president’s personal items that were auctioned at Eldred’s, an auction house located just 11 miles from both the Kennedy family’s famous compound in Hyannis Port, Mass., and the Cape Cod National Seashore that President Kennedy helped establish.   In fact, a fountain pen used by Kennedy to sign the bill that created the National Seashore, part of a collection of 15 pens Kennedy used to sign some of the most i...


This Baird Coca-Cola advertising clock, circa 1889, with its original 12-inch paper dial featuring a Seth Thomas movement ($25/40,000) reads “Coca-Cola, The Ideal Brain Tonic - Delightful Summer and Winter Beverage, Specific for Headache.”

Clock Collection, Advertising & Country Store Items To Drive Fontaine’s Auction Aug. 25

Released: July 30, 2018

       It all started with the purchase of a roll-top desk and a clock to go with the desk. One clock became two, two became three and over the past 45 years, a collection was born.        A grouping of over 50 clocks from the Jerry Maltz collection of advertising clocks is going on the block during Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s antiques, clocks and advertising auction on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 11 am, preceded by a discovery session of 100 uncatalogued lots at 10 am.      The main auction comprises 275 lots of antiques and accessories, including the Jerry Maltz collection along with over 100...


Oak calf-shed door marked with magical symbols to protect livestock.  From Laxfield, Suffolk, 19th century.  183 x 94 cm.

Need a Bit of Magic? The Ashmolean's 'Spellbound' Exhibition Has a 16th-Century Crystal Ball and Unicorn Horn

Released: July 30, 2018

The Ashmolean’s autumn exhibition (Aug. 31, 2018, to Jan. 6, 2019) explores the history of a fascinating cultural phenomenon – magic.  SPELLBOUND will display 180 objects from 12th-century Europe to newly commissioned contemporary artworks.  They range from the beautiful and mysterious (crystal balls, books of spells), the bizarre and macabre (a unicorn’s horn, a human heart encased in lead), to the profoundly touching (the testimony of women accused of witchcraft, the lovers’ padlocks cut from Leeds Centenary Bridge).  The exhibition explores the inner lives of our ancestors, offering an ...


Bias-Shirred Hearth Rug New England, probably Maine, ca.  1830 Wool on cotton Joseph and Linda Caputo Collection, T089-2017, 20

The First Exhibition of Rare Early-American Sewn and Hooked Rugs at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg to Open in September 2018

Released: July 30, 2018

Spanning more than a century of rug making, the craft of creating non-woven rugs will be in the spotlight at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, one of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, when Folk Art Underfoot: American Hooked Rugs, an exhibition of 14 exquisite examples of sewn and hooked rugs opens Sept. 15 to remain on view through Sept. 7, 2020. The rugs, some of which have never before been on public view, are on loan from the collection of Joseph and Linda Caputo of Maine, along with visual documentation and a video that shows the rug hooking technique. These simple...

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Scrimshaw whale's tooth by the Naval Monument Engraver sold for $396,00 at Eldred's Marine Sale.

Buyers Bite on Scrimshaw at Eldred's Marine Sale July 19-20

Released: July 26, 2018

East Dennis, Mass. –  Eldred’s, which already held the record for the most expensive piece of scrimshaw ever sold, nearly broke the record again when a whale tooth by the so-called Naval Monument Engraver sold for $396,000 at its Marine Sale, held July 19 and 20 at the firm’s headquarters in East Dennis, Mass. In a sale that saw strong results across the board, the Naval Monument Engraver example was one of four scrimshaw lots that broke the $100,000 mark and was just $60,000 off the world record price, held by an Edward Burdett tooth Eldred’s sold last July for $456,000.   “Wow,” said...


Pair of masterpiece scrimshaw whale's teeth by whaleman Eli Bangs, Jr.

Eldred's Landmark Marine Sale Scheduled for July 19 and 20

Released: July 12, 2018

East Dennis, Mass. –  A pair of masterpiece scrimshaw whale’s teeth by Eli Bangs, Jr., a China Trade ship portrait that descended in the family of a Cape Cod ship captain and a complete eight-volume set of Captain Cook’s Voyages are some of the highlights in Eldred’s Marine Sale, a 750-lot auction scheduled for July 19 and 20 at the firm’s headquarters in East Dennis, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod.   Following very strong marine sales in 2016 and 2017, the firm has positioned itself as the nation’s leading marine art auction house. “In 2016 we had the Mittler Collection, and at last summe...


Original oil painting by Clarence Millet (La., 1897-1959), titled Moss-Laden Oak Trees, signed lower left (est.  $4,000-$6,000).

Oil paintings by Louisiana artists Millet and Molinary will be part of Crescent City's July 21-22 estates auction

Released: July 04, 2018

NEW ORLEANS, La. – An exceptional early 20th century French Louis XV-style carved walnut seven-piece bedroom suite, beautiful early 20th century Russian icons and original oil paintings by Marie Madeleine Seebold Molinary (New Orleans, 1886-1948) and Clarence Millet (La., 1897-1959) will headline Crescent City Auction Gallery’s next big sale planned for July 21-22.   The two-day Important Summer Estates Auction will be held in Crescent City Auction Gallery’s showroom located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, starting at 9 am Central time on Saturday, July 21st (lots 1-650) and...


Joyce Armistead Booth (Mrs.  Mordecai Booth) by William Dering (active 1734/1735-1755), oil on canvas, Williamsburg, Virginia, ca.  1745.  Gift of Julia Miles Brock, Edward Taliaferro Miles and Georginana Serpell Miles in memory of their mother, Alice Taliaferro Miles, 2018-165, A&B

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Receives Rare Painting from the Subject's Descendants by 18th-Century Virginia Artist

Released: July 02, 2018

In the first half of the 18th century, William Dering was a well-connected dancing master and artist who lived and worked in Williamsburg, Virginia. Today, only six of Dering’s paintings are known to survive; four, including the artist’s only known signed and dated portrait, are in Colonial Williamsburg’s collection, the largest assemblage of his work. Now, through a generous gift from the sitter’s descendants, Joyce Armistead Booth (Mrs. Mordecai Booth), ca. 1745, a large-scale, oil on canvas, joins Dering’s other works at Colonial Williamsburg, including the well-known portrait of the su...


Arturo Pacheco Altamirano (1903-1978)

Lots To Discover in Clarke Auction's June 25 Storage Sale

Released: June 19, 2018

             Clarke Auction is holding its fifth, online-only, no reserve, storage sale on Monday, June 25, 2018.  The sale features approximately two hundred lots of fine art pulled from the gallery’s storage. These lots, which cover a wide variety of media and styles, and range from large scale abstractions on canvas to Old Master drawings, are all being sold with an estimate of $50 to $1000.  Many of the artists represented in the sale have not previously sold at auction or are still emerging within the market.  Clarke’s storage sale is an excellent opportunity for buyers and collecto...


Charles Sorlier limited edition color lithograph (#69/75) on Arches paper of an artwork after Marc Chagall (1887-1985), titled Roses et Mimosas (est.  $10,000-$20,000).

Signed prints after Chagall, Picasso and other artists are just part of Ahlers & Ogletree's June 24th auction

Released: June 15, 2018

ATLANTA, Ga. – An important one-day auction featuring 583 lots of period antiques, fine art, modern art and furniture, Chinese decorative arts, rugs, lighting and more is planned for Sunday, June 24th, by Ahlers & Ogletree, online (via LiveAuctioineers.com and Invaluable.com) and in the firm’s gallery located at 715 Miami Circle in Atlanta, beginning at 10 am Eastern time.   Highlights will include a Chinese solid gold snuff bottle from the Qing dynasty; prints from Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso and other artists; a Chinese late Ming dynasty carved cinnabar lacquer tiered box; an inc...


St.  Demetrius at Mt.  Athos_Courtesy Museum of Russian Icons

Museum of Russian Icons presents Icons from the Hellenic World: The Tiliakos Collection

Released: June 12, 2018

Icons of the Hellenic World will be the first major exhibition exclusively focusing on Greek and Byzantine iconography to be held at the Museum of Russian Icons. On view June 22 – October 21, 2018, the exhibit will delve deeply into the links and the continuity of Greek art and culture from Late Antiquity, through Byzantium, to the present. Largely comprised of icons created after the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, Icons of the Hellenic World will also feature works from the Byzantine period (330AD-1453). The earliest object in the exhibition is a rare “Portrait of Man” from Fayum, Egy...


Babe Ruth, Lefty O'Doul, Lefty Grove and others Signed Baseball (1927-1930)

A Signed Babe Ruth Baseball Featured in Witherell’s 
Mantuary Online Auction Just Before Father’s Day

Released: May 30, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Media Contact: Lilly Wyatt 925.408.2737 http://lilly@lillywyattpr.com     A Signed Babe Ruth Baseball Featured in Witherell’s Mantuary Online Auction Just Before Father’s Day   What:               Mantuary Auction (Online) When:              Opened Monday, May 28, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.                         Closes Monday, June 11, 2018, starting at 10:00 a.m. Annex Preview: Tuesday, June 5 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Where:             Preview at Witherell’s, 1925 C Street, Sacramento 95811 Exclusively on http://www.bidsquare.com/ Who:  ...


Lot 337: John James Audubon, Fish Hawk, Plate 81, hand-colored aquatint and engraved plate from Birds of America, London, 1830.  Estimate $30,000 to $50,000.

From the Shoreline of Manhattan to the Island of California: Maps & Atlases at Swann Galleries June 7

Released: May 22, 2018

Swann Galleries’ June 7 auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books offers nearly 400 groundbreaking maps, atlases, manuscript travelogues, naturalist plates and ephemera from every corner of the world. Landmarks in the history of mapping the United States include the first representation of the country as an integrated landmass: John Melish’s Map of the United States with the Contiguous British & Spanish Possessions, 1816, with an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000. Also available is A Map of the State of Virginia Reduced from the Nine Sheet Map of the State, ...


Lot 183: Charles Schulz, Do you like Beethoven?, ink and graphite, signed and inscribed, for Peanuts, 1970.  Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.

Swann Galleries’ Illustration Sensation Features Addams, Schulz

Released: May 17, 2018

Swann Galleries will offer an auction of Illustration Art on Tuesday, June 5, with more than 250 original works of art including comics, pin-ups and covers for books and magazines. Setting the auction apart is a selection of classic original comic strips, led by the original nine-panel Sunday Peanuts strip, Do you like Beethoven?, 1970, by Charles Schulz, featuring Schroeder, Lucy and Freida, inscribed to the conductor of the Kansas City Philharmonic’s 1978 Beethoven Festival, with an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. Other Schulz works include a 1992 eight-panel strip featuring Snoopy and...


Lot 19: Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, Parts I & II, first separate edition, first state, Philadelphia, 1776-77.  Sold April 12, 2018 for $50,000.

Swann’s $1M Americana Auction Continues Upward Trend

Released: April 17, 2018

Swann Galleries’ auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana on April 12 was the department’s highest-grossing sale in four years, continuing an upward trajectory as each offering of Americana and African Americana becomes more curated. Highlights of the sale included historic bibles and a broad selection of unique and manuscript material. Religious texts constituted many of the highlights of the sale, including an unusually well-preserved first-edition Book of Mormon, which topped the auction at $77,500, going to a collector. Additional highlights included a first edition of the Aitke...


Lot 19: Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, Parts I & II, first separate edition, first state, Philadelphia, 1776-77.  Estimate $50,000 to $75,000.

Paine’s American Crisis Leads Swann Americana Auction

Released: March 21, 2018

Swann Galleries’ Thursday, April 12, auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana illustrates the many facets of American history, from the records of a sixteenth-century Mexican silver mine, to the diary of a Colorado sheep herder in the Wild West, to photos of JFK. The fifth known surviving example of the first edition of Thomas Paine’s American Crisis, recently rediscovered in Utah, leads the auction with an estimate of $50,000 to $75,000. The rousing pamphlet, which begins “These are the times that try men’s souls,” is credited with galvanizing the American forces and turning the ti...


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