Thursday, March 29, 2007


March 29, 2007
Melbourne, FL
Sale March 17-18

Two important local collections crossed the block at Matheson’s AA Auction in Melbourne, FL on March 17 – 18. But while the collections had a Florida provenance the bidders came from all over the country and some from Europe even bid by phone.

MELBOURNE, FL - The sale opened at 11:00AM on Saturday March 17 with over 400 lots of art that included works by Picasso, Leroy, Chagall, Greuze and Faulkner. The house was full with all 200 seats taken and five extra phone lines were at the ready plus five staff members with cell phones to field call in bids. The sale was not offered online.

The sale also included a good collection of African and Oceanic art and artifacts and that got the sale off to good start early on. The third lot of the sale was a large Costa Rican stone carving of a female figure from the Atlantic watershed region, 48in tall by 21in wide that quickly soared to $6,325 including the fifteen percent buyer’s premium. That loosened up the audience and by the 10th lot the sale was rolling. Lot 10 was a pencil signed color lithograph, 27½ by 20in, entitled "The Bluebird" by Marc Chagall (Russian/French 1887-1985). This was the first of five Chagall lots in the sale and it made the top Chagall money, selling on the phone for $9,200. It was followed several lots later by Chagall’s lithograph, 16 by 11 ¾in, entitled "Eve Incurs God’s Displeasure" that went for $4,888.

Spaced between the Chagall lots was an etching by Pablo Picasso (Spanish 1881 - 1973) entitled "Man Uncovering A Woman" from "Vollard Suite". It was signed lower right and numbered lower left "XX-VI-MCMXXXI", size 15½in by 12½in. It sold on the phone to a New York dealer for what will probably establish a new record for a Picasso etching. Including premium the Picasso closed at $14,950.

Eight oil on board works by the eccentric American artist Henry Faulkner (1924-1981) came from the Ft. Lauderdale estate of a friend of Faulkner’s who had received the works directly from Faulkner. Foremost among the works was a crowded village architectural scene, 13¼ by 16½ in, secured in a rough hand carved frame. Legend has it that Faulkner often scoured trash bins for frames for his work and this appeared to be one of them. That didn’t bother a collector on the phone who bid the work up to $9,200. A collector from Lexington, KY snapped up three of the Faulkners paying $8,913 for figure with a hand across the chest, $6,038 for a flower cart and $4,600 for a work entitled "Two Winged Friends" with the original receipt dated 1965.

An important oil on board portrait by Jean Baptiste Greuze, French (1725 –1805) that had been passed down in the Chase Banking family, brought $10,350 and the top lot of the sale, an elaborately framed oil on canvas portrait of a woman and infant, 29 by 31in, by Paul Alexander Leroy, French (1860-1942) sold on the phone to a New York collector for $18,400.

The Sunday March 18 session of the sale featured over 200 items from an important Melbourne Napoleonic collection. The top lot of that session was a saber that had belonged to an officer of the Carabiniers, Napoleon’s two elite regiments of cavalry. The saber with wire handled grip, bronze guard and 36in curved blade sold in the room to a Pennsylvania collector who had flown in the night before the sale. He paid $10,637. A 37¼in long regimental saber, Model XI, sold on the phone to a California collector for $5,290 and an elaborate infantry sword engraved "NK" under the langet went to the same buyer for $4,888. A French naval blunderbuss captured by an English officer went for $3,163. Other period firearms included several flintlock pistols that sold in the $1,100 - $1,300 range and one police model that brought $2,875.

Non weapons included a polychrome wood carved Napoleonic coat of arms that sold on the phone for $6,325, a hand painted standard with wire tassels, 20 by 22in, emblazoned with "Pro Gloria Et Patria" brought $4,888, an infantry officer’s Shako hat, Model 1812, made $3,738 on the phone and a brass cavalry bugle engraved and dated 1812 led a new charge for $1,380.
Matheson’s AA Auction is located at 600 E. New Haven Avenue in Melbourne, FL. For more information on this sale or future sales call auction owners Lloyd and Jan Matheson or Auction Manager Carrie Lucas at (321) 768-6668, visit the website at or send email to
written by:
Fred & Gail Taylor

Sale of March 17-18, 2007

This touching scene by Paul Alexander Leroy sold on the phone to a New York collector for $18,400, the top lot of the sale.

This jumbled architectural view by Faulkner went for $9,200.

An etching by Picasso may have established a new record at $14,950.

A portrait by Jean Baptiste Greuze with an impeccable provenance closed at $10,350.

A Carabinier officer’s sword was the top Napoleonic lot at $10,637.


March 22, 2007

Boca Raton, FL
February 25, 2007

American art pottery, especially Roseville, comes on strong in Boca Raton at J.K. Galleries February sale.

BOCA RATON, FL - Almost all of the pottery lots at the J.K. Galleries sale on February 25, in Boca Raton, FL sold over the high estimate. The 300 lot sale included 21 lots of Roseville Futura that all sold over the estimate with many selling for over $1,000. Gallery owner Jay Kielstock seems to have found a solid market in South Florida for American art pottery and the market is strong, especially in middle period and Arts & Crafts.

The Sunday afternoon sale saw 60 registered bidders on the floor competing against 46 phone bidders and the 478 who registered to participate in the sale though All of J.K. Galleries sales are carried on LiveAuctioneers. At this sale 26 percent of the lots sold online including the top lot of the sale, a Pairpoint Puffy lamp with a superb Venice shade. The shade, with dark red and pink roses and emerald leaves mixed with white scroll work, had a 14in diameter. The brass finish base was stamped with the Pairpoint mark of the P in the diamond trademark. It sold to a LiveAuctioneers bidder for $6,600 including the 20 percent online premium. Other significant online sales included a North Dakota School of Mines cobalt blue vase, 6 by 7in, with carved leaves outlined in beige which brought $2,160 after premium, a French cameo glass vase, 26in high, signed Mont Joye, in shades of green with carved thistles and leaves in gold and bronze colors, $3,360 and a Weller coppertone urn, 5½ by 6½in, with a full bodied frog climbing at the top, exceeded estimate at $1,440.

Roseville Futura items were competed heavily on the phone. The best Futura was a bulbous balloon vase on open legs, shape #404, 8in tall, 6in wide, in a multi green drip glaze with balloons in pale pink, yellow and blue. It sold to a collector on the phone for $2,300 including the 15 percent inhouse and phone premium, well above the $900 estimate. A 10in tall vase in Futura shape #410, beige and green, brought $2,185 against the $1,200 estimate, a 10in mottled green Futura Pine Cone vase, shape #433, sold for $1,380, above estimate and a square Futura footed planter, 4in tall and 5in wide, with tan interior, blue exterior and mottle green feet tripled the $400 estimate at $1,265. In addition to the Futura line Roseville had significant other entries such as the 15in tall Baneda floor vase, shape #600 in stunning blue with outstanding detail. It sold over estimate for $3,105 and a beautiful blue Pine Cone jardiniere and pedestal that brought $1,610.

In addition to the coppertone urn by Weller that sold online, a number of other Weller pieces did very well on the floor. The top Weller lot was a figural lawn ornament in the shape of 12in tall, 10in wide chicken, in matte finish with glossy eyes. The pale greens and blues contrasted nicely with the tan and coffee background. It sold for $2,645. A glossy Louwelsea 12in vase with a large central portrait of what appears to be Davy Crockett in raccoon hat in excellent detail, more than doubled the high estimate of $700 bringing in $1,495 and a Weller 7in oval tray with a full bodied fox in naturalistic colors, in good condition, sold for $978, more than doubling its estimate of $400.

Kielstock said most of the bidders were dealers and collectors from Florida who have grown to trust J.K. Galleries to provide first rate merchandise. He noted that the four hour sale was very consistent throughout with no low spots. For more information call Kielstock or Auction Manager Amanda Watkins at (954) 421-2800, or 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

Boca Raton, FL
Sale February 25, 2007

The top lot of the sale was this Pairpoint Puffy lamp with roses on the shade. It sold online for $6,600.

A Weller chicken figural lawn ornament brought $2,645.

A North Dakota School of Mining cobalt blue vase went for $2,160.

A Roseville Futura balloon vase on open legs, 8in tall, sold on the phone for $2,300.

This 15in tall floor vase from the Baneda line of Roseville went over estimate at $3,105.

A French cameo glass vase, 26in high, signed Mont Joye, brought $3,360 online.


March 7, 2007

Sale March 25

A major personal collection of African musical instruments, masks, weapons, bead work, jewelry and furniture will cross the block at A-1 Auction of Orlando, FL on March 25.

ORLANDO, FL – The sixth and final sale featuring items from the estate of Mike and Betty Seflik will finally settle the estate of the Flagler County, FL couple. Mrs. Steflik died in November 2004.

The last sale will concentrate on the personal collection, consisting of 354 lots with no additions, of African and Oceanic artifacts accumulated by the Sefliks in the 1960s and 1970s with emphasis on ceremonial masks and ancestral figures. The inventory will feature tribal and ceremonial masks, beaded and ivory jewelry, carved statuary, furniture, basketry, a huge collection of Venetian Chevron trading beads from West Africa and the Congo and important staffs and scepters from eastern, southern and western Africa as well as from Sumatra. One of these items is a magician’s prestige staff from north Sumatra that is expected to sell in the low five figure range but there are rare and important examples throughout this sale that will please and excite bidders in all categories .

Doug White, owner of A-1 Auction, has had the inventory skillfully and carefully cataloged and appraised by a licensed appraiser feels this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire some of these African and Oceanic articles that are no longer being made and may soon become unavailable due to international events. Cultures represented in the sale include the Bobo, Masai, Zulu, Baule, Yoruba, Senufo, Chokwe, Dan, Luba, Ashanti, Bamana and Dogon among many others.

The sale will be conducted, without reserve, at 12:00PM March 25 at the Maitland Civic Center, 621 S. Maitland Ave. in Maitland, FL just north of Orlando. The Civic Center has seating for 275 and reserved seats can be secured by phone or email. Absentee and phone bids are welcome. The sale will also be conducted live online through the facilities of Proxibid. Details for registration for the online sale can be found at

The preview will be March 19 - 23 during business hours at the A-1 Auction offices located at 2042 N. Rio Grande Ave., Suite E, Orlando, FL or by appointment and on March 25 from 10:00AM until sale time at the Civic Center. For more information call Doug or Paula White at (407) 839-0004 or email to The sale catalog and a map are available on the A-1 Auction website at
written by:
Fred & Gail Taylor

SALE MARCH 25, 2007

A complete headdress is still attached to the mask. It is the original fiber and hair headdress with a very rich patina including the ornaments that were part of the costume. $8,500/$9,000.

A finely carved Mende Society mask with an exceptional patina from Sierra Leone. A very well defined headdress with an unusual system of openings for the costume. $6,000 - $6,500.

Large Bobo masks like this were used as dance masks in groups and danced in special ceremonial occasions that were important to the tribe. This one has very fine carved incisions and finely worked markings. The size is exceptional.

Important Venetian beads from West Africa and the Congo. It is an exceptional collection that would be very difficult to put together again. $4,900/$6,500.

Some of the collection of ivory and bone necklaces and cuffs.