Clarke Auction - Civil War, Americana, Midcentury, Antiques, Fine and Decorative Arts - Sunday, March 27th, 12 noon

  • LARCHMONT, New York
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  • March 23, 2011

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Antique Cigar Store Indian Princess - estate-fresh
Tom Curran - Clarke Auction



400+ lots including a Civil War collection with provenance, antique surgeon's tools, 19th C. cigar store Indians, listed fine art by John Costigan, Kim Foon, and William Beechey, a bronze sculpture collection, decorative arts such as Murano, gold and gemstone jewelry; a signed Tiffany shade, sterling and bracelet; Midcentury Modern including Eames, Springer, Wenger and the LaVernes, and antiques including an 18th C. or older Italian chest with tortoise shell inlay.   


On Sunday, March 27th at 12:00 Noon, Clarke Auction will sell 400+ lots drawn from estates in Larchmont, Bronxville, Scarsdale, Fifth Avenue, Tuckahoe, Hunterdon County,  Greenwich CT, Rye, and Fort Lee.   

Fine Art includes 19th Century portraits by William Beechey and R. Cosway; a possible Thomas Sully portrait, works by Archibald Kay, Alfred Vickers, John Costigan, A.F. Bellows, Dorothy van Houten, Albert de Rome, Hans Moller, John Hare, Trevor James, Marguerite Kirmse; Kim Foon, Sadao Watanabe; Raphael and Moses Soyer, Moshe Gat, and Lewin Alcopley.

Of special interest is a collection of colorful oils in the style of Matisse by the late Martin Eichtersheimer of New York, the Hamptons, and Monhegan Island. Eichtensheimer's fine art studies were interrupted by his four year service in Europe during World World Two. He returned to the United States and founded his own graphic arts company in Manhattan. Eichtersheimer knew Andy Warhol well - Warhol was among the artists that he commissioned for commercial work in the 1950's. A highlight of this auction is a dramatic c.1935 self-portrait of the young Eichtersheimer.

In addition, a large group of signed bronzes and stainless steel sculpture in this sale features works by Dorothy Cooper of Castor-Cooper; tradtional bronzes by Ezio Ceccarelli, A. Barsotti, A. Pohl and Erte; and Midcentury Modern pieces by Mario Nardin and Roberto Estopinan.

Americana, Civil War. and Medical Antiques

Fresh from a Hastings home are two large antique Cigar Store Indians, one a princess.

In addition, Clarke is selling a collection of Civil War militaria consigned by a direct descendant of the original owner, Captain John H Budke. Budke was born in Germany in 1824 and emigrated to America in 1844, establishing successful New York businesses. According to family history, Budke raised a unit of German-American militia for New York and was mobilized as part of the Third Cavalry Regiment during the Civil War. Budke was an officer during the infamous Draft Riots of 1863 and was brevetted a Colonel and died in Brooklyn NY in 1896. Included in the March 27th auction are Budke's presentation saber, his service saber and his original militia sword, his epaulets in their original tin case, and early Colt and Whitney revolvers.

18th C. with tortoise shell inlay and Florence label
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From a local surgeon, a collection of antique and vintage medical tools including a Confederate surgeon's kit and numerous other examples. This sale also features an early saleman's display of Lederle Labs drugs and also apothecary jars.

Midcentury Modern is highlighted by pieces from the Laverne brothers, hans Wenger, Charles Eames, and Karl Springer.

Antiques include the aforementioned Italian chest, numerous examples of French marble-topped and gilt bronze pieces,  

Jewelry includes a Tiffany gold bracelet with stones, an 18k woman's gold watch and band, an Omega 18k men's watch, a 3.76 carat Diamond Cross in 18K Gold Setting, an large unmarked gold ring with a immense emerald-toned stone, and a Southwest Indian silver and turquoise collection.


Decorative Arts include numerous Murano examples including mirrors, vases, and centerpieces; gilt-bronze sconces; Meissen, mahogany putti brackets, fish plates, Sevres plaques, Crown Deby Imari, and numerous examples of Asian porcelain and metalwork.

John Costigan - Mixed Media of Bathers
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Previews onsite are Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26th, 12 Noon to 6:00 pm. The auction will take place on Sunday, March 27th, beginning at 12:00 Noon. Full catalogue at





Tom Curran
Clarke Auction

Clarke Auction
2372 Boston Post Rd
Larchmont, New York
About Clarke Auction

Established fourteen years ago in Larchmont by Ronan Clarke, a Dubliner transported to New York, and as of September 1, moved into a new building on Larchmont's Boston Post Road.

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