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Tiffany Dragonfly Table Lamp and Furniture by George Nakashima will be in Uniques and Antiques’ Aug. 3-5 Online Auction

Aston, PA, USA, July 20, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- A three-day, online-only Modern Design auction is planned for August 3rd-5th by Uniques and Antiques Auction Sales, with Wednesday, August 4th being dedicated to an Artisan Studio auction, highlighted by a Tiffany Studios Dragonfly table lamp and the Katherine Mezger collection of George Nakashima furniture. Overall, more than 1,500 lots will be offered across the three days.

The marquis lot of the Artisan Studio sale is undoubtedly the Tiffany Studios Dragonfly table lamp, which has an estimate of $250,000-$375,000 (although similar examples have sold for $500,000-$800,000). The 31-inch-tall lamp is a wonderful example of Tiffany’s early 20th century master craftsmanship. It boasts a drop head shade on a rare bird skeleton base with “Four Seasons” multicolored and shaped jewels, wisteria blue, green and purple glass.

“We’ve been holding Modern Design auctions since 1995, and this three-day auction is a continuation of our series of early August ‘Season kickoff’ auctions that so many buyers look forward to,” said Kent Jackson, a General Manager of Uniques and Antiques and a licensed auctioneer in the state of Pennsylvania. “The quality is very strong throughout all three days.”

Timothy Aikens, Director of Acquisitions for Uniques and Antiques, remarked, “It was exciting walking into an untouched home with over 50 pieces of original Nakashima furnishings, virtually untouched since the 1960’s. There was another piece around every corner. You often dream of finding a collection like this. You never see this much, all in one home, with the original owner.”

The Katherine Mezger collection of Nakashima furniture promises to be a Day 2 highlight. Katherine worked at the Nakashima studio until she retired in 1969. She amassed a collection of over 50 pieces of Nakashima furniture. This is the first time these items have been seen on the market. All items from this collection will receive a letter of provenance from the Mezger estate.

Nakashima pieces from the Mezger collection will include the following:

  • A rare American live edge walnut floor lamp on a trestle base, 61 inches tall by 16 inches wide (estimate: $5,000-$8,000).
  • A single slab American walnut table with one butterfly joint, boasting beautiful grain, 47 inches wide by 28 ½ inches deep (estimate: $5,000-$8,000).
  • An American walnut picture frame having a simple elegant construction with bowed sides (estimate: $1,500-$2,000). The picture frame includes a copy of wedding photo of Ms. Mezger and her husband. According to Ms. Mezger’s family, Mr. Nakashima gifted the couple a coffee table on the occasion of their wedding.

In addition to the Nakashima pieces, furniture lots in the Artisan Studio auction will also feature creations from Phil Powell, Frederick Weinberg, Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, Silas Seandel, Inge and Luciano Rubino, Paavo Tynell, Val Bertoia, Tommi Parzinger, Fritz Hansen, Robert Whitley, Ludwig Sander, Sarah Grant, Guido Gambone, Paul Evans, and Aldo Tura.

Furniture lots expected to do well include an eight-piece Inge and Luciano Rubino dining set consisting of seven dining chairs with leather “dog bone” backrests and seats, plus a large table with three alternating inverted triangle bases; and an original handcrafted cabinet armoire by Phil Powell, having two antique stained glass panel doors, signature carved wood side panels and carved polychrome wood brackets, nearly 8 feet tall (both lots are estimated at $5,000-$8,000).

Fine art will be led by an American Modernist abstract painting by Ludwig Sander, titled Sioux II (1971), in a red and blue palette, artist signed on verso, 22 inches by 20 inches (estimate: $3,000-$4,000); a figural wall sculpture by Frederick Weinberg that lights up, white painted metal armature with molded figures, 50 inches tall (estimate: $3,000-$4,000); and two sonambient sound sculptures by Val Bertoia one titled 12 Cat Tail Rods, 51 inches tall (estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

Two chandeliers are expected to light up the room. One is a diminutive Modernist lighting snowflake chandelier attributed to Paavo Tynell, unmarked, with four glass shades, 21 inches tall by 20 inches wide (estimate: $3,000-$4,000). The other is a Tommi Parzinger bronze Modernist chandelier, having eight arms to hold tall candle form lights and a central decorative element, 39 inches tall by 24 inches wide, in very good condition with light wear (estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

The three-day event will officially get underway on Tuesday, August 3rd, at 10 am Eastern time. Lot 1 will get things going with a Raymond Loewy double-sided DF 2000 cabinet credenza bar, 36 inches tall by 78 ½ inches wide and complete with the original bottle storage trays (estimate: $3,000-$4,000). A little later in the day, a set of six Norman Cherner antique dining chairs made from laminated wood on chrome rod legs, each chair marked, is expected to bring $400-$600.

Also on day one, two pairs of Fritz Hansen iconic egg lounge chairs will be offered as separate lots, with each pair having a pre-sale estimate of $1,000-$1,500. Both pairs are upholstered forms on metal pedestal bases, marked FH Denmark, all original, displaying very crunchy foam and in need of a reupholstering. One pair has wine colored upholstery; the other is desert sand colored.

Kent Jackson said the market for mid-century and decorator items is good right now. “We have a group of dedicated consignors and estate managers who help us curate the most current and in-demand merchandise,” he said, adding that Uniques and Antiques, located outside Philadelphia, offers New York City curbside deliveries about a week after the auction, for a reasonable fee.

Internet bidding will be via LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidspirit.com. Phone bids will be accepted on items with a $300 minimum bid. Absentee bids are accepted for any amount.

Live, in-gallery previews will be held on Sunday, August 1st, from 12 noon to 5 pm; Monday, August 2nd, from 10 am-6 pm; and Tuesday, August 3rd, by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call (610) 485-7400, or email to info@uniquesandantiques.com. The gallery is located at 2500 Market Street in Upper Chichester, Pa., just 10 miles outside of Philadelphia.

To learn more about Uniques and Antiques Auction Sales and the three-day online auction scheduled for August 3rd, 4th and 5th, please visit www.UniquesandAntiques.com. Updates are posted frequently.

About Uniques and Antiques Auction Sales:
Uniques and Antiques Auction Sales, founded in 1987, is a full-service auction and appraisal company. The firm has over 30 years of experience selling antiques, jewelry, fine art, modern design and real estate. They have the experience and international exposure to sell all types of personal property, real estate and liquidations. To inquire about consigning a single piece, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (610) 485-7400; or, you can send an email to info@uniquesandantiques.com. To learn more about Uniques and Antiques Auction Sales, please visit www.UniquesandAntiques.com.

Massive Single-Owner Collection of Oil and Petroliana (Gas Station Collectibles) will be Auctioned Online, July 25th

Fullerton, CA, USA, July 15, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- A massive single-owner collection of oil and petroliana (gas station collectibles), especially items pertaining to Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), plus other items, will come up for bid in a live online auction scheduled for Sunday, July 25th, by Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists, Inc., nearly 500 lots in all, beginning promptly at 3 pm Pacific time.

“We are excited to bring this single-family collection to auction, as both husband and wife were passionate collectors,” said Dan Wilson, co-owner of Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists, Inc., with Suki Hilger. “Albert, or ‘Big Al’ as his friends called him, worked for the Atlantic Richfield Company in California for more than thirty years and collected petroliana, while his wife loved her jewelry and glass. Together, they raised two daughters and traveled all around the country.”

In addition to the oil and petroliana collectibles, the auction will also feature fine jewelry, coins, a few antiques, cut to clear crystal pieces and a nice selection of Westmoreland ‘Argonaut Shell’ candy dishes. The oil and petroliana component includes pins, belt buckles, lighters, ash trays, manuals, signs, oil cans, globes and more. Internet bidding will be via LiveAuctioneers.com.

The auction will hit the ground running, with lots 1 and 2 expected to attract great attention. Lot 1 is a circa 1930 Richfield Oil Corp. porcelain sign with individual letters that spell out the name ‘RICHFIELD’. All the letters are 18 inches tall. All are in very good to excellent condition, with only a couple of the letters showing minimal porcelain loss. The sign should bring $300-$1,200.

Lot 2 is a huge Richfield Oil double-sided sign, meant to hang as advertising at a Richfield Oil service station. The sign, measuring a stout 45 ½ inches by 58 inches, features the right facing eagle mascot logo atop block lettering. It comes equipped with steel threaded carabiners. The final selling price is anyone’s guess; that’s why it carries a pre-sale estimate of $200-$5,000.

One of the cooler items in the sale is a circa 1920 Richfield Oil promotional desk clock with an aviation theme. Designed by Curtiss, the clock is in the shape of an airplane engine, with a propeller on the base. It has much of its original green paint and some of the felt on the bottom. It’s in very good condition, but has not been tested for working condition. Estimate: $250-$500.

An outstanding vintage map coin-op vending machine that’s filled with 54 vintage maps from the 1930s to the 1970s, showing the progression of the company from Richfield to Atlantic Richfield to ARCO, is expected to realize $200-$600. It was made by EB Map Vendor (Model No. 4DR) and is in functioning condition. It comes with the original keys. Estimate: $200-$600.

A few other Richfield and Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) items worthy of mention are as follows:

  • An original double-sided Richfield Oil ‘Credit Cards Honored Here’ flange sign, 14 inches by 22 inches, displays well, only minor chips and scratches. Estimate: $200-$400.
  • A vintage, hard-to-find Richfield Oil Banks and Leasing porcelain sign, 24 inches by 48 inches, with left facing eagle logo, multiple chips but nice graphics. Estimate: $200-$400.
  • A vintage Richfield Oil double-sided porcelain sign instructing drivers to ‘Please Drive to Forward Pumps’, 18 inches by 13 inches, nice original condition. Estimate: $150-$250.

A must-have collectible for Ford Model T fans is a fun set of cans by Boyco, all contained in a vintage wooden crate. The cans were a common accessory for the Model T and were made to carry additional oil, gas and water. It’s unsure if the crate is original, but it’s a good way to keep them all in one place, or for display purposes. The lot has a pre-sale estimate of $100-$500.

Rounding out just a couple more items from the petroliana category are vintage service station ‘Ladies’ and ‘Gents’ toilet signs, each one 2 inches by 7 inches, probably pulled from restroom doors (estimate: $100-$140); and a group of vintage tire-themed advertising ashtrays, all of them for Goodyear and all measuring between 6 inches and 7 inches around (estimate: $100-$160).

A gorgeous Victorian-era, hand-painted Gone with the Wind lamp, with a milk glass globe and a font featuring beautiful cabbage roses in pink and yellow with purple accents, 29 inches tall and converted to electric, should reach $100-$200. Also, a lovely vintage German Imperlux cranberry glass cut to clear vase, 10 inches tall with the original foil label, should hit $120-$180.

A working men’s vintage Seiko Weekdater 26J automatic quartz watch with faceted gold tone square indices and a silver dial, attached to an old leather strap, is expected to fetch $60-$150. The coins category features a group of 16 Walking Liberty silver half dollars, all 1933-1939, in circulated condition (estimate: $100-$150) and four unsorted rolls of Lincoln head wheat pennies that are all believed to be from the 1930s and all are in circulated condition (estimate: $60-$80).

A live preview will be held on Friday, July 23rd from 12:30pm – 6:30pm, no appointment necessary. The gallery is located at: 720 East Walnut Avenue #B in Fullerton, CA 92831.

To learn more about Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists, Inc., and the Sunday, July 25th online auction, please visit www.estatesalemandan.webs.com.

About Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists, Inc.:
Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists, Inc., headquartered in Fullerton, Calif., is a full-service appraisal, auction and estate sale company, offering a full range of services. It specializes in fine art, Hollywood memorabilia, fine jewelry, antique and period jewelry, coins, collectible cars, fine watches, designer clothes and accessories, musical instruments, dolls, toys and more. Dan Wilson and Suki Hilger are Certified Personal Property Appraisers and Certified Gemologists. Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists, Inc. is always seeking quality consignments for future sales. To inquire about consigning a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call Dan Wilson or Suki Hilger at 714-916-8119; or, you can email them at estatesalemandan@gmail.com. To learn more about Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists, Inc., visit www.estatesalemandan.webs.com.

Patek Philippe Reference 3940 Perpetual Calendar Men’s Watch Hits $50,150 in Miller & Miller’s Watches & Jewelry Auction

New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada, June 17, 2021 -/ExPressRelease/- A Patek Philippe Reference 3940 perpetual calendar men’s watch with 18kt white gold case and clasp, one of the most iconic perpetual calendar wristwatches available today, sold for $50,150 in Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s online-only Watches & Jewelry auction held June 12th. It was the top lot in a sale that grossed $305,354.

All prices quoted in this report are in Canadian dollars and include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.

The Patek Philippe Reference 3940 is mostly found in yellow gold, with far fewer examples in 18K white gold, making the watch in the sale that much more desirable. Originally purchased in 1999 from Tourneau in New York, it was signed on the case, movement, dial and clasp, and included the original presentation box and literature.

The auction was filled with a generous offering of pocket watches unlocked from longtime collections; railroad grade pocket watches from Waltham, Elgin, E. Howard Co., Ball Watch Co., Hamilton, Illinois, and many more; vintage and modern wristwatches from luxury brands such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Omega, Longines and others; and a select jewelry offering of rings, necklaces, bracelets and many other investment-grade pieces.

“With Rolex and Patek Philippe prices at all-time highs, collectors are beginning to turn their eye to other brands,” said Justin Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. “Everybody knows Rolex and Omega, but as your collection grows, your tastes mature and you may develop an appreciation for brands such as Vacheron Constantin, Patek Philippe or A. Lange & Sohne.”

Miller said Vintage Heuer sports model wrist watches have enjoyed steady appreciation in recent years. “The demand for original, unrestored examples has never been higher,” he said. “Our lot 236, a Tag Heuer Autavia GMT 2446C watch, featured a blue and red ‘Pepsi’ GMT bezel, a very popular look with today’s collectors and enthusiasts.” The watch gaveled for a robust $17,700.

Following are additional highlights from the 314-lot auction, which attracted 456 registered online bidders who placed a total of 5,654 bids. A little more than one-third of the lots sold met or exceeded their pre-sale estimates, and 11 percent of lots surpassed even the high-end estimate.

A Rolex Reference 1680 red Submariner Date men’s watch from 1972 with stainless steel case and band, marked, “Montres Rolex S.A Geneva Switzerland Patented Stainless Steel 1680” on the inner case-back, fetched $24,780. Also, a 1969 Rolex Reference 5513 Submariner, perfect for sport and scuba diving or used as a tool watch (buzzwords for it included meters first, matte dial with white text and calibre 1530), finished at $16,520.

A diamond solitaire ring with a 14kt white gold band and a center stone weighing 1.99 carats by scale (F color and VS2 clarity), a fabulous, investment-grade natural diamond, plus 18 0.015-carat shoulder diamonds, brought $15,340. Also, a Victorian intaglio seal charm bracelet, 9kt to 18kt gold, with 16 unique charms, including a collapsible 9kt gold cigarette holder marked “Dunhill .375” and a pocket watch key knocked down for $4,425.

A 1978 Rolex Reference 1680 Submariner watch with an oyster band, creamy luminous hands and a dial signed, “Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Submariner 600 ft – 200m Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified Swiss”, gaveled for $14,750; while a 1963 Rolex Ref. 5501 Explorer Precision watch, a steel and 14kt gold version of the North American market Explorer that has become desired by collectors, commanded $5,605.

A 1983 Tag Heuer Silverstone #510.403” wristwatch with stainless steel watch and band, distinct design, limited production, Lemania calibre 5012 and a double Quick set date, in overall excellent condition, settled at $5,605. Also, a 1990s Rolex Ref. 16013 Datejust watch, stainless steel with 18kt gold bezel, a leather strap, champagne dial, Quickset date, retained in its original Rolex box with string tags and a 1988 date card, sold for $3,835.

A 14kt diamond tennis bracelet featuring 121 round brilliant cut diamonds having a total weight of 2.00 carats, SI-I1 clarity and GHI color and a gross weight of 23.51 grams, 15 inches long, found a new owner for $3,835. Also, an 18kt gold, diamond and sapphire tennis bracelet containing 18 brilliant cut diamonds weighing 0.94 carats, averaging G color and VVS2 clarity, plus 18 oval faceted medium blue sapphires, went for $1,416.

Internet bidding for the auction was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, as well as the Miller & Miller website: www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com. Bidders were able to tune in to the live webcast on June 12th to watch lots close in real time. Phone and absentee bids were also taken.

Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. has three major auctions planned for autumn, all of them falling on a Saturday. A Toys & Nostalgia auction featuring the Bryan Beatty collection will be held on September 11th; a Canadiana sale is scheduled for October 9th; and a Watches & Jewels auction will take place on November 20th. All will be online-only.

To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and the auctions planned for fall, please visit www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com.

About Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.:
Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. is Canada’s trusted seller of high-value collections and is always accepting quality consignments. The firm specializes in watches and jewelry, art, antiques and high-value collectibles. Its mission is to provide collectors with a trusted place to buy and sell. To consign a single piece, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (519) 573-3710; or, you can e-mail them at info@millerandmillerauctions.com. To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., visit www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com.

Bruneau & Co.’s Online-Only Estate Fine Art & Antique Auction, June 17th, has Items Pulled from Prominent Local Estates

Cranston, RI, USA, June 8, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- An online-only Estate Fine Art & Antique auction packed with over 300 quality lots, mostly pulled from prominent estates throughout New England, is planned for Thursday, June 17th, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, which has been hosting successful Internet sales since the start of the pandemic but is looking forward to resuming live, in-gallery events.

“This will be yet another great auction with an eclectic mix of antiques, fine art, furniture, jewelry, and more,” said Kevin Bruneau, the president and owner of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, adding, “Hopefully this will be our last time with an online-only sale. We would love to get our crowd back into the gallery.” Bruneau said telephone and absentee bids would also be accepted.

An immaculate, hand-carved Alaskan Inuit walrus ivory chess set, the pieces modeled after native fauna with exquisite calcification, carries a pre-sale estimate of $3,000-$5,000. The set, with a case, was purchased in San Francisco in 1903 and includes a note that reads, “Chessmen. They were made to order in Alaska of walrus…by an Indian for a consul there, from his ideas.” The pawns are local animals, the walrus heads are bishops and bears (just two) are the knights.

A monumental early 20th century bronze Art Nouveau three-basin fountain, 92 inches tall by 62 ½ inches wide, should realize $2,000-$3,000. The fountain has a figural central column depicting a bare breasted woman sitting atop an eagle with wings outstretched, while she carries an acanthus leaf cornucopia on her shoulder. The top basin is decorated with flowers and wheat sheaths and the fountain itself is supported by a decorative base.

An oil on canvas maritime ship painting attributed to Thomas Buttersworth (English, 1768-1842), depicting a sailing vessel cutting through choppy waves, is expected to bring $1,000-$2,000. The 20 inch by 36 inch painting (canvas, less frame) has an old label on verso that’s marked, “Schooner Yacht Defender by Buttersworth.” Thomas Buttersworth was an English seaman of the Napoleonic wars period who became a respected marine painter.

An 1885 first-edition copy of the Mark Twain classic book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, published by Charles L. Webster and Company (N.Y.), should change hands for $1,000-$1,500. The book has a green cloth cover (an indicator of its being a first-edition), while several typos and other printing errors reveal that the book’s proofreader may have been asleep at the switch.

An oil on board tonalist winter scene by John Fabian Carlson (N.Y./Colo./Sweden, 1875-1945), 8 inched by 10 inches (sight, less frame) and artist signed “J. F. Carlson” lower left, carries an estimate of $1,000-$2,000. The landscape rendering depicts a snow-covered meadow with dried tall grass peeking through melted patches and bare trees reaching towards the sky. Carlson was involved in the Arts and Crafts Movement as part of the Byrdcliffe Colony.

A 19th century Chinese porcelain Sancai statue of a seated bearded man (or emperor), dressed in yellow and green and decorated with a five-toed dragon upon a dragon throne with figural foo beast legs and floral motif, is expected to knock down for $1,000-$2,000. The statue, a little over 9 ½ inches tall, is from the collection of a Barrington, Rhode Island estate. It shows general wear associated with age but otherwise is in good shape.

A four-piece bronze and slag glass desk set made in the early 20th century by Tiffany & Co. (N.Y.) should rise to $800-$1,000. The set includes a large inkwell, a small cylindrical inkwell and an ink blotter decorated with botanical themes over green slag glass, plus a pen wipe with incised botanical pattern. It comes from the collection of a Somerset, Mass. estate and each piece is marked “Tiffany Studios New York” on bottom.

A group of nine U.S. 2 ½ dollar U.S. gold coins from the collection of a Lincoln, Rhode Island estate will be sold as one lot and has an estimate of $600-$900. The gold coins, in varying grades of circulated condition, are dated from 1911-1929 (a 1911, two 1912, two 1913, one 1926, two 1927 and one 1929). The coins have a weight as seen of 41.8 grams.

Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Bidsquare.com, bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com and the mobile app “Bruneau & Co.” on iTunes or GooglePlay.

Previews of all individual items will be available by appointment only, the week of auction. To schedule an appointment, call 401-533-9980; or, send an email to info@bruneauandco.com. The gallery is located at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston. All COVID-19 protocols will be enforced.

To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the Estates Fine Art & Antique auction planned for Thursday, June 17th, please visit www.bruneauandco.com. Updates posted often.

About Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers:
Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions, with commissions as low as zero percent. Now would be a perfect time to clean out your attic. To contact Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, you may send an e-mail to info@bruneauandco.com. Or, you can phone them at 401-533-9980. To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, please visit www.bruneauandco.com.