Friday, December 21, 2007


December 20, 2007

Crystal River, FL
Sale January 11,12 & 13, 2008

Professional Appraisers & Liquidators will host a massive three day estate sale on January 11,12 and 13 of antiques, fine art and collectibles from local estates originally from New York

When many retirees pack up and head to Florida for sunny retirement they often bring the treasured items they have accumulated over many years. Some soon decide to “downsize” after moving and the results can make for interesting auctions. Charlie Fudge, owner of Professional Appraisers & Liquidators in Crystal River, has been working for over six months with a number of local area estates originally from New York to assemble the inventory for a three day sale of antiques, fine arts and collectibles to be held without reserve.

The eclectic inventory will include a wide variety of Victorian period furniture and a great selection of 19th and 20th century art glass including Fenton baskets and lamps, Mary Gregory, Moser (pair of portrait vases), Carnival Glass, Heisey, Cameo Glass, Victorian bride’s baskets, Vaseline Glass and brilliant period cut glass. Included in the porcelain selection will be hand painted Limoges, Majolica, Flow Blue, RS Prussia, Nippon and a hand painted 19th century porcelain spitoon. Pottery from Weller (jardiniere and pedestal in Baldin pattern), Roseville, Hull, Van Briggle lamps and vases, four Boehm bird plaques and hundreds of Royal Doulton and Hummel figurines will cross the block along with silver from Towle (Rambling Rose service for six), Gorham (Buttercup service for eight and English Gadroon sterling service for twelve), Oneida (Statehouse sterling service for six) and a number Kirk/Steiff repousse serving pieces.

Keeping time during the sale won’t be problem with any of the dozen or so gold pocket watches, gingerbread clocks, a French dome clock, a gilded bronze French figural clock and several more timepieces being offered. Keeping the peace won’t be a problem either with a small collection of guns including an early 19th century matched pair of dueling pistols, numbered 1 and 2 and World War II German Luger in fine condition with clip and original holster along with several other antique pistols.

Art will be an important part of the sale (over 75 lots) with a nice collection of paintings and prints including prints by Maxfield Parrish, Wallace Nutting and Louis Icart, artist signed pastels by Robert Chandler and paintings by such listed artists as Toby Binder, Axel Einarsson, Lottie Watkins and Sanley Degraff plus an oil on board by one of Florida’s famous Highwaymen, R. L. Lewis.

The prime selection of Victorian furniture will include a late 19th century marble top French sideboard made of walnut, kingwood and walnut burl with ormolu mounts and beveled mirrors, a walnut and burl Renaissance Revival hall tree with umbrella racks and drip pans, several pieces of ebonized Aesthetic Movement furniture, an usual flame mahogany Rococo Revival couch and a fine late century bowfront oak china cabinet.

The sale will begin Friday January 11 at 6:00PM and will continue Saturday and Sunday at 1:00PM. Preview is Friday 10:00AM – 6:00PM and Saturday and Sunday 10:00AM – 1:00PM. The Sunday portion of the sale will be carried live online by Proxibid.

Professional Appraisers & Liquidators is located at 811 SE Highway 19, Crystal River, FL, 34429. Absentee and phone bids are welcomed. For more information contact the auction at (352) 795-2061, (800) 542-3877, email to or visit the website at

written by:
Fred & Gail Taylor


19th century French marble top sideboard with ormolu mounts.

Mary Gregory art glass.

Pair of early 19th century consecutively numbered matching dueling pistols.

Gorham English Gadroon sterling service for twelve.

Renaissance Revival walnut and burl hall tree with umbrellas stands.

Weller jardiniere and pedestal in Baldin pattern.

Thursday, November 29, 2007


November 28, 2007

Turkey Creek Auctions
Sale November 17, 2007
Citra, FL

A René Lalique owl figure, used as either a hood ornament or a paperweight sold for $47,300 at Turkey Creek Auctions.

The estate of E. Edgar Hoover Bankard, President B&O Railroad around the turn of the 20th century provided a number of outstanding lots for November 17 Turkey Creek Auctions sale in Citra, FL. The highlight of the sale was a four inch tall art glass owl signed by René Lalique. Beginning in 1925 Lalique began to produce a limited number of glass automobile “mascots” as hood ornaments were then called. The first mascot was commissioned by Citroen. As they gained in popularity Lalique engaged the Breves Gallery in Knightsbridge to supply and install mounting hardware for them. But the mascots could also be used as exquisite paperweights for office use by leaving off the mount. The actual number of mascots produced is unknown today due to a lack of records but a large number of the less expensive models such as the falcon, boar, St. Christopher and the most common, a small cock were produced. Significantly fewer of the more expensive models, including the owl, the fox and the comet, were made.

Auction owner Charles David Glynn said he expected the owl, estimated to be from the late 1920s, to sell in the $1,000 range. He was pleasantly surprised when a leading Lalique expert from New York appeared in the audience and led the bidding. After a brief floor and phone battle the New Yorker took home the owl for $47,300. Other art glass in the sale included a 19th century Victorian cranberry glass epergne, $660 and three pieces of blue Stuben, an Aurene bowl, $495, a frog, $121 and a ruffle-top vase, $413.

The Bankard estate provided another treasure in the sale in the form of a 19th century framed oil on large mahogany panel entitled "Maternity," signed Cesare Dell Acqua, dated 1867, in overall good condition with some restoration in the upper field. Cesare Felix Georges dell’ Acqua was an Italian, 1821-1904, specializing in historical scenes. Bidding commenced with three bidders from London on the phones and one floor bidder. The floor bidder, a local collector, stood his ground and won the prize for $39,600. An oil on canvas landscape signed “F. DeHaven” (Franklin Benjamin DeHaven, American 1856-1934) with original frame, entitled "Oaks and Clouds Afternoon--Oct. Near Willington, Connecticut” sold to a Florida dealer in the room for $4,290 and another DeHaven landscape, "Swimming hole, Granby, Connecticut”, went to the same buyer for $2,475 and yet another oil on canvas landscape in the original frame "Indian Summer" by Gustav Adolf Wiegand (German-American 1870-1957), with the artist’s history on back also went to the dealer for $2,640. Florida Highwaymen art from five of the original artists crossed the block selling for between $800 -$1,300.

Silver found a comfortable place with a Georg Jensen heavy 14in handled tray in floral blossom design, 583 grams, reaching $1,430 and a Russian silver cigarette box with enamel and inset stones, bearing a Fabrege hallmark sold for $770.

Antique banks were available to pick up any loose change. A 19th century Tammany mechanical bank made $220, a 19th century still bank with smiling black face "Smile and Save Money" brought $248, a 19th century cast iron ice cream churn bank made $165 and a 19th century Santa cast iron mechanical bank earned the most at $633.

Pottery covered the field. A Japanese cloisonné vase with crane decorations sold for $825, a rare salt glazed umbrella stand with raised alligator, probably Whites Utica, showing a chip to the rim, $1,265, a Florida stein with an alligator handle, $1,210, a variety of face jugs (A.V. Smith, Harold & Grace Nell Hewell, Albert Hodge, Patton, Charlie Moore, Reggie Meaders, Nussba, etc.) ranged from $60 to $200 and blue decorated crocks, salt glaze, sponge ware, various sizes and styles went from $25 to $1,000.

A little history also did well. A presentation sword belonging to Lieutenant Guth from the Hudson County Artillery, Union Hill Station, dated January 1, 1863 sold for $4,840.

Turkey Creek Auctions is located at 13939 N. Highway 441, Citra, FL 32113. Regular antiques auctions are held on the third Saturday of each month. For more information visit the website at or call (800) 648-7523.

written by:

Fred & Gail Taylor



This 4in art glass owl was top lot of the sale at $47,300.

Oil on canvas “Maternity” by dell’ Acqua sold for $39,600.

This landscape by DeHaven went to Florida dealer for $4,920

Face jugs were a good buy ranging from $60 to $200.

Blue decorated salt glaze crocks made up to $1,000.

A 14in handled silver tray by Georg Jensen sold for $1,430.

A pair of 19th century blue Mary Gregory vases with ornate silver plate Reed and Barton holders went for $770.

Friday, October 26, 2007


OCTOBER 26, 2007

Delray Beach, FL

Florida’s most prestigious art and antiques auction business, Arthur James Galleries of Delray Beach, seeks new owner.

(Delray Beach, FL) - Arthur James Galleries of Delray Beach, has announced the opportunity for a new owner to take over the art and antiques auction business. The company President and principal auctioneer disclosed that the auction gallery, opened in Delray Beach in 1958, has decided to offer its name, prestige, website, extensive research library and its finely selected mailing list of national and international clients to a new owner.

George Martin, who has been with Arthur James since 1978, said encroaching development in Delray provided the incentive to sell the current building, the only home the business has had since its founding, and now is a good time to open the area to new possibilities in the art and antiques auction business.

Arthur James Galleries has been instrumental in the development and growth of the art market in South Florida and across the country since it first sale in 1958. Among the many important lots to cross the Arthur James block are an oil on canvas by Pierre-August Renoir (1841-1919) closing at $240,000 in 1992, an oil on board by Antonio-Clave (Spanish 1913-1972) selling for $220,000 in 1990, a pair of 18th century Chinese porcelain chargers for $122,000 in 2007 and an oil on board by Jane Peterson (American 1876-1965) closing at $76,000 also in 2007.

Since 1958 some of Florida's largest banks, trust companies, law firms, museums and institutions have requested the services of Arthur James Galleries to appraise and/or sell their client's collections or estates. Zsa Zsa Gabor sold the contents of her Florida “Polo Club” house through Arthur James as did the estate of Kenneth E. Staley, President of General Motors, Chevrolet Division. Other prominent properties include the estate of Mrs. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., the Florida home of Hon. Louis St. Laurent, Prime Minister of Canada, the estate of Mrs. Lee (Peggy) Iacocca, the estate of Frances P. Vanderbilt as well as property from Donald Trump’s Florida residence “Mar-a-Lago” and some of the holdings of the Henry M. Flagler Museum in Palm Beach.

Over the years Arthur James Galleries has established an enviable reputation for visibility, reliability, and professionalism. When an Arthur James Galleries forthcoming auction is announced, it generates world wide interest. To reach as many buyers as possible, all Arthur James auctions have been extensively advertised in national and international trade publications and in local media outlets in South Florida as well as regular announcements that are sent to thousands of collectors and respected members of the trade throughout the U.S.A., Canada, and Europe. The catalog is routinely available for view on an online website that can be viewed around the world. Property consigned has been assured of broad exposure to, and serious consideration by prospective buyers.

Arthur James Galleries has nurtured its reputation by a policy of complete transparency and openness with both buyers and sellers. The Galleries’ files are filled with letters of thanks and appreciation from both sides of the gavel as testament to the success of the approach.

For more information contact George Martin, Arthur James Galleries, 615 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483, (561) 278-2373, fax (561) 278-7633, email or visit the website at
written by:
Fred & Gail Taylor

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


October 23, 2007

Boca Raton, FL
Sale December 30, 2007

J. K. Galleries of Boca Raton will present an Art Pottery Only sale of over 500 choice lots.

(Boca Raton, FL) – The “go to guy” for Art Pottery in South Florida, Jay Kielstock owner of J. K. Galleries in Boca Raton, has announced he will conduct an Art Pottery Only sale on Sunday December 30. Kielstock will hold the event at his Gallery in Boca Raton. After relocating to Boca Raton in late 2006, Kielstock has rightly earned a reputation for presenting some of the best, hardest to find examples of Art Pottery available anywhere in Florida and in most of the South.

The sale, scheduled to begin at 1:00PM on Sunday December 30, will include over 500 choice lots such as a one of a kind Moorecroft silver overlaid tea set, three dozen pieces of Roseville Futura, a large selection of Roseville Sunflower, a variety of middle period Roseville items and an artist signed Newcomb pot. Also in the inventory are many unique Weller experimental and hard to find pieces, a huge collection of 19th century standard glaze brown ware, Louwellsa, Utopian, and Rookwood among others. Examples of Arts and Crafts style Paul Revere Pottery, the offshoot of the Saturday Evening Girls movement of the early 20th century will be available as well as many other examples of Arts and Crafts including Van Briggle. While a few items will have reserves, more than 90 percent of the sale will be absolute.

Kielstock is running additional phone lines and plans to have twelve lines open to encourage bidder participation. The Gallery can be reached at (561) 477-0008. The sale will also be carried live online by Log on to to register for the sale, view the catalog as it is posted and to place early bids. Absentee bids are also encouraged and welcomed. Send absentee bids to the Gallery address at J.K. GALLERIES, INC., 8221 W. Glades Road, Suite #13, Boca Raton, FL 33434. Preview begins at the Gallery on December 26 and will continue to sale time. The Gallery has seating for 200 and seats can be reserved by phone, mail or email. The email address is

J.K. Galleries will conduct a series of sales in December and January beginning December 9 with an Antiques and Jewelry Extravaganza with a follow up sale on December 16. The All Art Pottery sale will be December 30 followed by a New Year’s Antique and Pottery sale on January 1 and on January 13. All sales will be carried on For more information about any of the sales call, write or email the Gallery or visit the website at

written by:
Fred & Gail Taylor

DECEMBER 20, 2007

Newcomb “Hanging Moss” vase signed by Sadie Irvine (left) and an early Roseville “Tourist.”

Silver overlaid tea set by Moorcroft.

Weller jardiniere and pedestal.

Roseville Pinecone

A sample of the Weller

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


October 15, 2007

Sale December 1, 2007
Wildwood, FL

Wildwood Antique Mall & Auction House will hold a sale dedicated exclusively to Royal Doulton. Over 250 lots of medium to high end Royal Doulton figures will cross the block.

The owner of Wildwood Antique Mall & AUCTION HOUSE, Manny Pesco, has been working for the past several months with a major Central Florida collector of Royal Doulton to present a sale focused exclusively on quality products from the renowned English porcelain figure maker. The entire sale will come from the single collection. The 250+ lots offered in the sale will consist of many more single figures than the number of lots because some have more than one figure like examples in the Peter Rabbit series.

Included in the inventory are a number of lots with the “HN” designation of artist Harry Nixon who was in charge of decorating the figures beginning in 1913. Among the “HN’s” are “Christmas Day 2006” HN4899, “Serenity. Images of Nature” HN 3543, signed by Michael Doulton, ”The Gift of Life” mare and foal, HN3254, from the “Reflections Series” is “Promenade” HN3072 and “St. George” Style I, HN2067.

Also included will be the bust of two wolves modeled by Alan Maslankowski, head of the Doulton Modeling Department. It is called “Wolves” “Art is Life” AIL#3, and is number 17 of a limited edition of 1500 issued in 2001. Other lots include a Ronald Reagan character jug commissioned by the Republican National Committee as a fund raiser for the Brady Trust issued in 1984 as an edition limited to 2000, D6718, a character jug of Capt. Hook with the crocodile and clock handle, D6597, Bunnykins “Trick or Treat” DB152, one of 1500 and several lots from the Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit series including “Two Gentlemen Rabbits” P4210 produced only in 2002 and “Sir Isaac Newton” P2425.

Royal Doulton began in 1815 as Jones, Watts, and Doulton in London. By 1853 the company was known simply as Doulton. After purchasing Pinder, Bourne & Co. of Burslem, England in 1882 it began the production of the fine porcelain for which it is so well known today. In 1901 King Edward VII awarded the firm a Royal Warrant which allowed it to adopt new markings and call itself “Royal Doulton.” After that the company began production of its famous decorative line of “Series Ware” such as the “Gibson Girl” plates in 1901, “Dickens ware” pottery and figurines in 1911 and the “Robin Hood” series in 1914 among many others.

The Wildwood Antique Mall & AUCTION HOUSE is located at 101 S. Main Street (HWY 301) in Wildwood, FL 34785-0072, just off I-75, Exit 329 and the Florida Turnpike, Exit 304. The sale will begin on December 1 at 2:00PM. Preview will be at the AUCTION HOUSE on Friday November 30 from 1:00Pm to 5:00PM and on Saturday December 1 from 12:00 Noon to 1:45PM. In addition to live bidding the sale will be carried live online by Proxibid.
Log on to to view the catalog, watch and listen to the sale and to bid online. Absentee bids will be accepted as will phone bids with pre registration.

Wildwood Antique Mall & AUCTION HOUSE was formed in 2001 and conducts approximately sixty sales a year. The AUCTION HOUSE has seating for 150 and seats can be reserved by mail, email or phone. For more information email to, call (352) 748-0788 or visit the website at
written by:
Fred & Gail Taylor


St. George Style I, HN2067, 1950-1979

This Ronald Reagan character jug, D6718, was commissioned as fund raiser for the Brady Trust in 1984.

Capt. Hook and his companion, D6597, was issued between 1965 and 1971.

“Two Gentlemen Rabbits,” P4210, were in the Peter Rabbit series based on stories by Beatrix Potter

“Art is Life” AIL #3, features the busts of two wolves modeled by Alan Maslankowski.

“Christmas Day 2006” HN4899.

Thursday, September 13, 2007


September 13, 2007

Sale August 13, 2007
West Palm Beach, FL

Lots from the sale will be shipped to India, Sweden and England and all across the United States.

West Palm Beach, FL - Sometimes an auction in the middle of the summer in South Florida can be received with the enthusiasm of an outdoor cookout in New England in the middle of winter. But Brian Kogan, owner of Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches, continues to assemble inventories that are deep enough, eclectic enough and intriguing enough to interest both local bidders and national and international treasure seekers.

The sale on August 13 in West Palm Beach was the third installment of the sale of the estate of local artist, gallery owner and collector Tanya Brooks mixed with a wide assortment of art and antiques from a variety of sources.

This was the third sale a consignor offered a work by Indian born artist Avanash Chandra, (1931-1991). Works by Chandra had been well received in the past and this time was no exception. The work was "Pahar Hill", oil on canvas, signed and dated "85" lower right. Measuring 50in by 80in, verso bears the artist’s name with the title and date, "1985, London, U.K." A phone bidder battled it out with an internet bidder through Bidding opened at $30,000 and proceeded in $1,000 increments to the winning bid of $46,360 including the buyer’s premium. The winning bidder was in India and that’s where the paining will be shipped but there was an indication that it may wind up in New York.

Another lot headed overseas was actually acquired in the room but will proceed to Sweden. It was a J. W. Fiske cast iron architectural garden aquarium, circa 1901 New York. The firm of J. W. Fiske and Company was one of the preeminent makers and retailers of ornamental iron and zinc objects in New York City in the second half of the nineteenth century, producing a wide range of garden fountains, statues, urns, and furniture. The hexagonal top of the aquarium with glass panels is supported by three water birds with snakes or worms in the beaks. The birds stand among large leaves and cattails. Painted white, measuring 49in high by 39in wide, the aquarium sold for $5,290. It will reside in an aquarium museum in Sweden.

A large bronze by Eugene Antoine Aizelin, French, (1821-1902), 34in high by 16½in wide by 20in deep, entitled "Shepherd Boy and Dog" rose above its estimate of $2,000/2.500. The bronze, signed at the right side of boy "E Aizlin", sold in the room to a local dealer for $4,313.

The Brooks estate still had over twenty paintings by Russian artist Vladamir (Volodia) Lazarev, Russian (b 1904) in the inventory after selling sixteen of them in the June sale. The paintings ranged in price from $500 to $1,000 being won by large variety of floor and online bidders. Three works by Noel Harry Leaver, A.R A. C., British (1889-1951), attracted some tightly focused attention from the English trade. Two of the paintings, "A City Gate," watercolor on paper, signed lower left, sight 9¾in high by 14in wide with verso label "J Assenheim & Son, importers of etchings....etc., 37 New Street, New York. Established 1870" mounted under glass and overall 17⅜in by 21½in and "A Street in Jerusalem," watercolor on paper, signed lower left, with same dimensions and labels, sold to a single buyer for $1,840 while third by Leaver, "'An Arabian Mosque," watercolor on paper, went to the same buyer for $1,495.

Three lots of Steuben sold within or above estimate. A large double etched vase with Chinese Pattern in double gourd shape has exterior plum color, acid cut to rose, with intricate Chinese etching, finely ground top and base with factory ground pontil, 13⅛in high, sold within estimate for $3,220. Blue Aurene Fan Vase with applied threading and stylized hearts, incised "Steuben Aurene 6297" on the bottom, with some stress crazing to the top of the fan, 9in high by 7½in wide, rose above estimate to $2,530 and a large cased glass vase with three sides, custard coloration top changing to off-white lower with random air bubbles through out, applied clear glass rim top is factory ground and polished, 10⅜in high with acid stamp Steuben fleur-de-lis mark on base and multiple scratched surface base with ground and polished pontil, sold within estimate at $2,070.

Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches has a three day on site sale scheduled in September, October and November. For more information about this sale and upcoming sales call (561) 805-7115, email or visit the website at The Gallery is located at 1609 South Dixie Hwy. Suite 5, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401.

Written by: Fred & Gail Taylor


Top lot of the sale was this oil on canvas by Avanash Chandra. It sold online for $46,360.

A large bronze by Eugene Antoine Aizelin went for $4,313.

This aquarium by J. W. Fiske will go to a museum in Sweden for $5,290.

This little 20in high mug of a bronze chimp brought $863.

This Steuben Blue Aurene Fan vase closed at $2,530.

"A City Gate" by Noel Harry Leaver sold for $1,840.

A French iron and marble pastry table went for $1,380.


September 12, 2007

Boca Raton, FL
September 2, 2007

J.K.Galleries in Boca Raton mixed Impressionist art, an early 20th century illustration and exotic American art pottery at the pre Labor Day sale September 2.

Boca Raton, FL – J. K. Galleries in Boca Raton, FL has established a solid reputation for presenting an outstanding inventory of American art pottery since the move to Boca Raton in October 2006. The pre Labor Day sale on September 2 certainly bolstered that reputation but the sale was not totally dependent on art pottery. In fact the top lot of the sale was an Impressionist lithograph by Toulouse Lautrec (French 1864-1901).

The 10 by 13in professionally framed lithograph was signed by Lautrec in the upper left of the plate with his characteristic medallion like stroke, tagged on the reverse "From Lillian Heidenberg Gallery in New York City. Toulouse Lautrec Mlle. Marcelle Lender En Buste 1895." Lender was a performer in the operetta Chilpéric who fascinated Lautrec. The lithograph was first published in the standard edition of 1100 in the German periodical, Pan in September 1895. It was said to be one of the highest achievements of the lithographer's art, a masterpiece of nineteenth century French printmaking. It sold on the phone to a bidder from the West Coast of Florida for $32,200 including the buyer’s premium to exceed the estimate of $20,000/$30,000.

A piece of twentieth century art also featuring attractive women garnered some keen attention. The 12 by 15in oil on board of two nudes at the beach in secluded grassy dunes shaded by large beach umbrellas bore the full signature of American illustrator Howard Chandler Christy (1873-1915). There was a framing tag on reverse from Nelson Declark, New York City. Perhaps the scene reminded a bidder of Florida beaches. A phone bidder from Jacksonville, FL won it for $16,100.

While coins were a little soft, a 1922 gold St Gauden $20 piece brought $863 and a $50 Gold Eagle 2007 coin went for $1,035. Select jewelry made as strong appearance. A lady’s 18KT white gold signed and numbered Cartier wide diamond bracelet set with 8.00CT bezel set diamonds, measuring 6in long by 1in wide, brought $18,000 and a man’s Patek Phillpe 18KT yellow gold square dress watch with original band, circa 1970, sold for $6,325.

But the real star of the sale was the pottery inventory. Auction owner Jay Kielstock reported selling 229 of the 234 pottery lots. Roseville Futura led the way with a very attractive 8in Winged Futura vase, shape 426 with lovely soft blended colors. Estimated at $1,200/1,500 it closed at $2,645. Futura continued with a 10in Elephant Foot vase with flared rim and concentric rings around the body and bulbous base. The color shaded from soft mottled blue into darker blue with tinges of purple. Estimated at $880/1,200 it sold for $2,300.

A Futura 10in Stepped Urn Vase, shape number 395, with graduated stepped rings around the neck highlighted with bright green over the tan body sold over estimate at $1,380 and a 15in Futura Thistle pattern floor vase, soft tan and beige with large green thistle blooms sold online to a bidder though for $1,320. Non-Roseville pottery included two Weller lots. A 15in tall bulbous example from the turn of the century, artist signed by "L. Blake," listed as Elizabeth/Liz Blake, one of the top dog artists of the period, featured a portrait of a Schitzu with his tongue hanging out. It sold for $1,840. Another Weller piece featuring a pair of Muskota hunting dogs brought $1,265.

Several notable non-pottery lots included a signed Handel lamp with 18in dome signed "HB" for Henry Bedegie and "Handel Number 6821." The reverse painted dome showed a moon scene with pale pink sky over a continuos woodland scene. The 20in tall base was also signed. It went for $9,000 to an online bidder. An online bidder in England simply had to have a 16in long hallmarked silver spoon weighing approximately 11 ounces. Its hallmarks included a key with the letters IDS, the letter F and the standing figure of a man. Estimated at $300/400 it sold online for $2,280.

For more information call Jay Kielstock at (954) 421-2800, email at or visit the website at J.K. Galleries is located at 8221 W. Glades Road, Suite # 13, Boca Raton, FL 33434.

Written by: Fred & Gail Taylor


This 1895 lithograph by Toulouse Lautrec was top lot of the sale at $32,200.

The Roseville Futura Winged Vase took flight at $2,645.

A reverse painted signed Handel lamp with 18in dome sold for $9,000.

This beach scene by Howard Chandler Christy remained in Florida for $16,100.
8.00CT of bezel set diamonds in 18KT gold brought $18,000.

This Roseville Futura Milk Carton vase brought $805.

This turn of the century dog portrait vase by Weller closed at $1,840.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


September 11, 2007

Sale September 29, October 27, November 3, 2007
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches has been retained to auction the majority of the inventory of a major Fort Lauderdale antique and architectural store.

West Palm Beach, FL – Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches owner Brian Kogan has announced that his Gallery has been retained to auction the bulk of the inventory of Eastside Antique Market & Architectural Depot in Fort Lauderdale as part of an insurance settlement.

The 10,000 square foot shop on SW 14th Street in Fort Lauderdale will provide the venue for a massive three day sales event that will be held on three different dates, each with a different theme, September 29, October 27 and November 3. Each sale will consist of 400 to 500 lots. Kogan has divided each segment of the sale into in-person and eBay Live sections. The early sessions of each sale, 10:00AM to 1:00PM will have no online presence. The second portion, 2:00PM to 5:00Pm will be online. The September section of the sale will focus on Antiques, Decorations and Collectibles, the October segment on Antiques, Stained Glass and Huge Quantity of Lighting Fixtures and the November portion will offer Antique Architectural and Garden Statuary.

The inventory will include hundreds of hand-picked treasures from around the world, a unique, unusual and eclectic collection that includes antique furniture, buffets, dressers, sideboards, tables, garden statuary, benches and chairs, architectural elements in stone and wood, a large selection of wrought iron, including columns, massive gates and doors, corbels, fountains and planters, cast iron, a quantity of enormous museum frames, curio cabinets, beautiful stained glass, porcelain and china, brass beds and cribs, coach lights, mantels, nautical pieces, costumes, shabby chic, primitive tribal sculpture, costume jewelry, Florida Folk Art. Old Florida garden pottery, pedestals, religious items, sconces, mirrors, chandeliers, a large quantity of outdoor lighting, marble top tables and geological artifacts. If you need it, inside or out for home, business or restaurant, it probably will cross the block in the three days of the sale.

Previews for the onsite September sale will begin Saturday September 22 and will available each day until auction time on the 29th. Previews for the other dates will be announced. Previews and sales will be conducted at Eastside Antique Market & Architectural Depot, 99 SW 14th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Directions to the sale can be obtained from the Auction Gallery or from Eastside at (954) 523-3202.

Phone bids and absentee bids will be accepted through Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches but reserved seating will not be offered for the 100 spaces available at each sale.

Some of the inventory will be displayed for previewing on the Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches website at . For more information contact the Gallery at (561) 805-7115 or email at

written by:

Fred & Gail Taylor



This is a glimpse of the vast selection of wrought iron in the sale.

Antique furniture and accessories will complement the sale.

Some of the garden statuary.

Statuary, wrought iron, antiques, lighting and more.

Monday, July 16, 2007


July 16, 2007

Sale May 21, June 25, 2007
West Palm Beach, FL

Consecutive successful sales in May and June attracted over 500 bidders from around the country to compete for works of art in West Palm Beach.

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Two back to back sales at Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches in West Palm, FL closed out an eventful year in the art market for auction owner Brian Kogan. The sale on May 21 featured three important paintings by Russian artist David Burliuk (1882-1967). These lots and quite a few more came from a prominent Boca Raton estate. The sale on June 25 featured art from the estate of Tanya Brooks, a long time resident and well known local art collector, socialite and gallery owner in Palm Beach. Many of her works of art had been in storage for over thirty years and were fresh to the market. Foremost among the items from this estate were sixteen paintings by Russian artist Vladamir (Volodia) Lazarev, Russian (b 1904).

The two sales featured 812 lots and had 540 registered bidders inhouse and online through Live Online bidders played a major part in both sales taking home some of the top lots.

Two paintings by Burliuk held top sales honors in the May 21 sale closing at $19,550 each including the fifteen percent inhouse buyer’s premium. The paintings were "Bouquet and Mountain", oil on canvas, signed and dated 51 lower right and inscribed "Colorado" lower left. Verso bears "ACA Gallery, New York" label, 29½in by 15in with original wood carved frame and "Bouquet and the French Riviera", oil on canvas, signed lower right, 20in by 16in in carved and gilded frame. Another Burliuk, "Riverhead, L.I.", oil on canvas, signed lower left and inscribed,14in by 16in, closed at $10, 925 including the premium. A work by Gustave Bauman (German 1881-1971), "April", a four color woodcut, numbered 70/125 and signed in pencil lower right, measuring 14in by 13¼in, matted under glass in a simple frame, brought $9,775.

Art held the top spots in the June sale also. The December sale at the Gallery featured several works by Indian born artist Avinash Chandra (1931-1991) and the same consignor had another for this sale. This work, a watercolor on paper was entitled "Untitled", signed Avinash and dated '81 in lower left, measuring 22½in by 30in, matted under glass and framed, sold online for $7,320 including the 22 percent online premium. But the real action was the competition for the Lazarev works. Two collectors in New Jersey who happened to be father and son slugged it out with each other and a few other bidders winning thirteen of the sixteen lots between them. The top Lazarev was "St. Mark's Square Venice", oil on canvas, signed lower left , measuring 30in by 40in, unframed. It sold for $3,416 to one of the pair followed by "Montmartre Café at Night", oil on canvas, 30in by 36in, mounted in a gilt and painted exhibition frame, verso label reads "11-65-PB, Lazarev, Place Tertre" which sold for $3,172 to the other bidder. The rest of the Lazarev’s sold between $880 and $2,900. An etching by Salvador Dali (Spanish 1904-1989), "Portrait of Picasso", 37/200, signed in pencil lower right margin, measuring 28¾in by 19½ in, framed under glass sold well above estimate online at $1,586.

For sales focused on art, furniture and accessories did surprisingly well. A coffee table attibuted to P. K. LaVerne with a shaped top depicting interlocking circular forms raised on brass legs sold online to a Los Angeles bidder for $1,952 and a signed P. K. LaVerne side table decorated with fruit and interlocking circular motifs, raised on a finned brass pedestal, 16in diameter by 18in high, sold to the same bidder for $1,708. An 18th century Italian two piece secretary, hand decorated over gesso brought $4,313 and a Chinese mother-of-pearl inlaid carved table with carved frieze and leg brackets sold for $2,875. An Italian-Style carved wood vitrine, measuring 37in wide by 19in deep by 86½in high finished in faux marble raised on gilt-accented legs brought $2,070 while a gilt bronze and porcelain 6 arm Blackamoor supported footed centerpiece raised on a marble base, 14in by 6½in, 27in tall at the top of the candelabra went for $5,175. Another pair of candelabra also shone brightly. The pair, French circa 1900, in gilded bronzes of "Three Graces" signed F. Barbiedienne Fondeur, converted to lamps and measuring 6¾in square at the marble base by 26in high brought $3,163.

The final sale of art from the Tanya Brooks estate will be conducted by Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches on August 13. For more information about these sale and upcoming sales call (561) 805-7115, email or visit the website at The Gallery is located at 1609 South Dixie Hwy. Suite 5West Palm Beach, Florida 33401.

written by:
Fred & Gail Taylor


Top lot of the sales was one of a pair of oil on canvases by Davis Burliuk. This
one entitled "Bouquet and Mountain" brought $19,550.

The centerpiece with two blackamoor candelabra went for $5,175.

An abstract watercolor on paper by Avanash Chandra from 1981 sold for

"St. Mark's Square Venice", oil on canvas, by Lazarev closed online at $3,416.

A Vatican mosaic of "Madonna del Perpetuo Soccorso" measuring 16½in by
13in, mounted in a gilt exhibition frame, verso label from the Studio del
Mosaico at St. Peter's in the Vatican bearing the name of the mosaic, brought

An antique porcupine quill and mother-of-pearl decorated slant front
traveling writing case with fold out surface and fitted interior, sold over
estimate at $1,610.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


July 9, 2007

Sale August 17,18,19, 2007

Frank’s Antiques and Auction will present a major collection of petroliana collectibles from a lifelong North Carolina collector on August 17,18,19

HILLIARD, FL – Veteran Florida auctioneer Frank Speal, owner of Frank’s Antiques and Auction in Hilliard, Fl, will offer an inventory of major gas station collectibles from the thirty year collection of a dedicated North Carolina enthusiast. Speal has known of the collection for many years and the collector was a customer of Speal’s in his early auction career. Now that it is time to lighten up the load he asked Speal to handle the sale of his lifetime accomplishment.

The collection has a heavy emphasis on items relating to Texaco stations and products and features gas pumps, globes, air pumps, oil cans, porcelain signs, Texaco airplanes and die cast trucks. The sale will also feature antique advertising, thermometers and hundreds of signs including a Lone Ranger Merita Bread sign, a Maury’s Paint sign and a 6½ ft diameter Texaco sign on an 18½ft tall stand.

The 1,500 lot three day event will also feature a wide selection of country store items including a rare museum quality round ribbon and lace cabinet, circa 1872, a large spool cabinet and several glass front display cases plus tobacco cutters, some vintage cigar jars and a Tom’s Toasted Peanuts jar.

Among the gas pumps featured in the sale is a Fry ten gallon visible pump, 30½in diameter by 110in tall, topped by a Texaco globe. A Fry five gallon visible pump, 28 ½ in diameter by 101in tall, carries a Gulf globe. Also included will be an Indian Gasoline enclosed pump from the 1930s and an Art Deco style bright orange Gulf pump from the 1940s as well as an analogue Texaco Sky Chief pump.

More than fifty gasoline globes will cross the block including some rarely seen models from Rocor, American, White Flash, National White Rose, Derby, Hygrade, Kant-Nock, Hudson, Hornet, Dixie Oils and Crown as well as vintage globes for Standard, Essolene, Sinclair Power-X, Spur and Pure among many others. Gasoline and oil signs include a wide variety for Texaco products plus Wolf’s Head, Essolube, Pure Premium, Atlantic, Pennzoil and Quaker State plus many more. Oil containers include those from Sinclair Tenol, Skelly Tagolene, Ranger Motor Oil, Hi-torque, Red Indian, Transport, Thrift-Lube, Sinclair Palene and Super Galena.

For a sale this large refreshment will be in order and a 300 lot Coca-Cola collection will be offered to serve up the "Pause That Refreshes." The collection includes 1927 and 1928 Soda Jerk trays along with many other style trays and a wide selection of clocks, thermometers, signs and picnic coolers. For a little entertainment to go with the refreshment, a completely restored 1946 Wurlitzer 1015 jukebox will find a new home and several vintage slot machines, including a 25 cent Watermelon and a Watling Blue Seal slot, will be available to help balance the budget.

The sale will be held without reserves on August 17,18 and 19 in the Frank’s Auction facility located at 551625 US Hwy 1 in Hilliard, FL 32046. The Friday August 17 portion will begin at 4:00PM and the Saturday and Sunday sessions each begin at 10:00AM. Preview will be the week before the sale from 9:30AM-5:30PM Monday through Thursday, Friday at 10:00AM and Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8:00AM. For more information and to view the inventory and bid online visit the website at or call (800) 481-6825. Seating reservations can be made by email at or by phone at (904) 845-2570.

written by:
Fred & Gail Taylor

Hilliard, FL
August 17,18,19

A Fry 10 gallon visible gas pump with Texaco globe.

Atlantic White Flash gas globe.

1934 Watling Blue Front Wonder bell slot machine.

Indian Gasoline pump circa 1930.

1946 Wurlitzer 1015 jukebox fully restored.

1926 Buddy L coal truck.