Friday, April 27, 2007


April 27, 2007

Sale April 16, 2007
West Palm Beach, FL

Works by Jean Jensem and Alfred Hutty provide the fuel for a high powered sale April 16 at Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, FL.

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Brian Kogan, owner of Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches, said of his April 16 sale, "It was a very satisfying way to close out the Winter season." Part of his satisfaction came from the fact that he had the estate of New York City resident Selma Smith to entice local and internet bidders through The heir to the estate, a local resident, indicated to Kogan that he would rather have the sale handled in West Palm Beach than have to parcel it out to several New York auctions and Kogan was happy to make the trip to take a look. He liked what he saw. The 520 lot sale started at 5:00PM April 16 and was host to 125 visitors with 70 registered in-house bidders, 75 phone bidders and 240 registered bidders online. Kogan said they came to buy.

Art was the main attraction and the top lot was an oil on canvas by Jean Jansem, Fr, (b.1920). Jamsen was born in 1920 in Seuleuze, the former Armenian part of Turkey, and spent his early childhood in Greece before his family settled in Paris when he was ten. He was educated in Paris and his work was most influenced by Picasso. This work titled "Woman by Table," 45¾ by 35in, was estimated pre sale at $6/$8,000. It sold on the phone to a dealer in New Jersey for $14,950 including the buyer’s premium.

Two works by Alfred Hutty (1877-1954) offered a Southern point of view. Hutty, born in Michigan, arrived in Charleston, SC before the start of World War I and was a leading figure in the Charleston Renaissance group of artists active between 1915 and 1940. Hutty also worked for Tiffany Studios. His watercolor "Cypress Swamp" was signed lower right in pencil. The unframed work, 19 by 14in, sold online for $7,320 after a fierce battle with a floor bidder. The work will be heading back home to South Carolina. The same online bidder won the following lot, also by Hutty, "Old Church with Spanish Moss," 15 by 19½in, watercolor signed lower right, for $10,370.

Other significant works of art included an oil on canvas circa 1730 attributed to John van der Banck, British (1694-1739). The 78 by 65in work depicted the "Duke and Duchess of Marlborough" in a massive gilt-gesso frame. The painting appeared to have been touched up in places. It brought a winner of $6,900 followed by a painting after Edourard Manet but with an indistinguishable signature, a 46 by 30in oil on canvas, estimated at $1,200/$1,500, which sold in the room at $4,600. A KPM hand painted oval porcelain plaque, 19th century, of a "Lady in a White Dress" was a pleasant surprise. Estimated at $1,000/$2000, the 7 by 5in oval with KPM mark, mounted in an gilt gesso decorative frame, closed in the room at $3,450.

Other types of decorative arts also found a warm reception including a three piece enamel and bronze French garniture clock set. The clock had a footed brass frame with beveled glass side panels and two hand painted porcelain figural panels with accented cloisonné embellishments. The time and strike movement was stamped "Medaille D'Argent 1889". Accompanying the clock was a pair of footed hand painted figural and pictorial porcelain and bronze urns with cloisonné and gilt accents, each measuring 5in wide at the handles by 11in high. It closed at $7475. A 12 by 20ft Sarouk sold for $4,600. But the best music was made by a 1930 Steinway walnut Model M Grand Piano with the original Aoelian Duo-Art Player Piano Mechanism that operated and played beautifully. With 150 music rolls it sold for $12,000.

At this sale even the "brown goods" did well. An English mahogany three part breakfront/secretary with a scrolled mullion vitrine top with shelves, measuring 110in wide by 23½in deep by 99 inches high, marked with a plaque reading "Kenidge Furnishers, Hailsham & Heathfield," earned $11,500 and an English Georgian inlaid sideboard with serpentine front, 71 W by 24½ D by 36½in H with some minor repairs sold for $2,990.

The next sale at Auction Gallery of the Palm beaches is scheduled for May 21 featuring fine art and antiques from two local estates. For more information call Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches at (561) 805-7115, email to or visit the website at

Written by:
Fred and Gail Taylor
(800) 387-6377

Sale April 16, 2007

Top lot of the sale was "Woman by Table" by Jean Jansem at $14,950.

This French garniture clock set made time at $7,475.

This lovely KPM porcelain plaque, 5 by 7in oval, closed at $3,450.

An Exquisite Italian Pietra Dura inlaid plaque depicting a still-life
centerpiece, 18in diameter, sold for $3,910.

A 1930 Steinway with Aoelian Duo-Art Player Piano Mechanism and 150 music rolls went for $12,000.

"Marine Scene" oil on canvas by William Richardson Tyler, American 1825- 1896, in original frame, brought $5,750.

Saturday, April 21, 2007


April 23, 2007

Sale May 18,19, 2007

The first in a series of sales to dispose a very large collection will be conducted in Lakeland, FL on May 18 and 19 by Kale Albritton.

LAKELAND, FL - Veteran Florida auctioneer Kale Albritton, owner of Albritton Auctioneers in Lakeland, FL, met with the family of a deceased Miami collector several years ago to begin the dispersal of the thousands of antiques and collectibles in the estate. He held two small initial sales after that but could never get the family organized enough to complete the task. When he retired four years ago he still held out hope that he would get the opportunity to conduct the entire sale. That opportunity has now presented itself and Albritton has come out of retirement for this series of sales.

He has worked for months out of a series of storage buildings and houses where the collection has been stored for the last thirty years and still has no idea how many total lots will be in all the sales. The first sale on May 18 and 19 will consist of approximately 600 lots of art, antiques, silver, art glass and bronzes. Albritton has identified at least 92 bronzes and 75 lots of art glass, including Tiffany, Galle and Daum and large selection of period American and English sterling hollow and flatware to be included in the first sale.

The silver will include sterling bowls by Tiffany, a wine cooler, serving bowls, compotes, a 240 piece service of "Faneuil" flatware, a Samuel Kirk tea and coffee service (c.1840), Sheffield silver, Britannia casters, sterling serving trays, goblets, standing salt cellars, Georgian serving spoons by Peter, Ann and William Bateman, coin silver, 167 pieces of Francis I flatware, ornate plated/crystal epergnes, sterling vases, trays, goblets and many others.

Significant art includes a work by Edward W. Cooke (English 1811-1880) entitled "Good Luck Fires" painted while Cooke was on vacation in New Mexico. Other works include "Calais Pier" by Thomas Bush Hardy (English 1842-1897), "Sheep in Pasture" by G. C. Wiggins (American 1883-1962) and "Young Girl" by Charles T. Phelan (American 1840) plus many more.
The art glass and crystal category includes a 17in tall Favrile lamp signed "L.C.T." on the base, Steuben Rosaline engraved plates, a pulled feather design art glass epergne with Sheffield silver plated base and flint glass inserts, many pieces of Moser, an acid-cut Baccarat vase, five Galle vases, a major three piece center set of a dark amethyst glass pedestal and an 11in by 6in bowl with a matching pair of 13in candleholders decorated with gold cameo bands of Amazon warriors, signed Moser, Karlsbad.

The sale will include three Audubon Elephant books entitled "Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America" lithographed and printed by J. T Bowen, Philadelphia, 1845, a good selection of Majolica, a Tiffany desk lamp, many bent slag glass lampshades with table, floor lamps and ceiling fixtures, many stained and leaded glass shades and bases, a pair of Sang de Boeuf table lamps, Kutani table lamps, wicker floor lamp, Phoenix glass table lamp and Galle lamp, figural bronze lamp of a lady marked P. Terczkszuk (Austrian) with an 8 x 4¾in Galle shade among others. Also crossing the block will be a wide selection of 18th, 19th and early 20th century furniture including game tables, stands, desks, work tables and much more.

This will be an absolute auction conducted without reserve. It will be held at Sikes Hall in the Lakeland Center, 701 W. Lime Dr. in Lakeland, FL beginning at 5:00PM Friday May 18 and will continue at 10:00AM Saturday May 19. Preview will be at the Center on Thursday May 17 from 1:00PM to 8:00PM. Seating can be reserved by phone at (863) 686-7653 or by email to Phone and absentee bids will be accepted. For more information call the number or visit the website at
written by:
Fred & Gail Taylor

Sale May 18,19, 2007

"Good luck Fires" by Edward W. Cooke, O/C, 20 by 16in.

Bronze and ivory dancer by Claire J. R. Colinet (Flemish 1880-1950), 18 by 7½in.

Walnut slant front desk, circa 1800.

Epergne with Sheffield silver plate base and flint glass inserts.

17in Favrile lamp signed on the base "L.C.T."

Large sterling center bowl by Tiffany

Thursday, April 12, 2007


April 12, 2007

Lebanon, OH
May 6, 2007

Wooden Nickel Antiques will offer an inventory of antiques led by such names as Meeks, Herter and Tiffany.

Lebanon, OH - The 2007 auction season will kick off for Wooden Nickel Antiques on Sunday May 6 in the auction facility in Lebanon, OH, thirty miles northeast of Cincinnati just off I-71. As with all Wooden Nickel events, this one will feature an outstanding inventory of over 350 lots of antique furniture, architectural artifacts, decorative arts, magnificent leaded glass works and lighting as well as some innovative 19th century automatons.

Leading the way is a laminated rosewood sofa with a very strong attribution to J. and J.W. Meeks. The mid century Rococo Revival piece has an as yet unidentified pattern that strongly resembles the "Hawkins" pattern used by Meeks. The sofa, in excellent condition has been in storage for thirty years and is fresh to the market. Also in the seating category is a fully restored Renaissance Revival three piece parlor set attributed to Herter Brothers of New York. Another famous name, Tiffany Studios, can be found on the table lamp with the "Swirling Oak Leaf" 18in diameter leaded glass shade in hues of orange and yellow with green and orange leaves above a library base. In addition to the Tiffany leaded glass, the format makes another appearance in this sale in the shape of two large leaded glass windows with painted and fired portraits of Plains Indians in the central oval medallions. The 36 by 80in windows were retrieved from the turn of the century Algonquin Hotel in Dayton, OH over thirty years ago and have been in a private office since then.

Showcasing late 19th century mechanical innovation will be a group of original "automatons" with chirping birds, windmills and a waterfall optical illusion, all accompanied by music. These windup wonders, circa 1890, are all in working condition and have been housed in a private collection for many years. Slightly later mechanical entertainment in the form of three slot machines from the 1920s will cross the block. Two of the three have been fully restored to working condition and ready to gobble up willing pennies again.

What would a Cincinnati area sale be without a piece of famous Cincinnati Art Carved furniture? Wooden Nickel has had access to a number of fine Art Carved works in the past and this time is no exception. Auction co-owners Mike and Patty Williams and Tim Miller will offer an 1885 Art Carved table, circa 1885, possibly made by a student of the school. It has quietly resided in a Cincinnati suburbs private residence for many years before its coming out party in May.
The architectural portion of the sale will include a period Italian gilt figural door surround removed from a Cincinnati jewelry store in the 1950s and beveled glass entryways with sidelights.

Wooden Nickel was founded as an architectural salvage firm in Cincinnati in 1976 and held its first antiques auction in 2002. The first sale of 2007 will begin at 11:00AM May 6 at 27 W. Mulberry St in Lebanon. Preview will be available beginning Tuesday May 1 through Saturday May 5, 10:00AM –5:00 and Thursday through Saturday until 7:00PM. The auction will be carried live online by and phone and absentee bids are welcome. Seating is available for 275 and reservations will be accepted by phone at (513) 241-2985 or by email at For more information call the same number or visit the website at
written by:
Fred & Gail Taylor
Sale May 6, 2007

Two leaded glass windows from the Algonquin Hotel in Dayton, OH

Table lamp from Tiffany Studios with "Swirling Oak Leaf" pattern shade.

Laminated rosewood Rococo Revival sofa by Meeks, circa 1850.

An Italian gilt figural door surround from downtown Cincinnati.

Unusual turn of the century oak hall tree with pendulum clock.

A late 19th century nine tube mahogany tall case clock with Whittington and
Westminster chimes.

Monday, April 2, 2007


April 2, 2007

Sale April 28, 2007

Eubanks again assembles a diverse inventory of over 600 lots for the April 28 sale.

BREVARD, NC - Following the success of his January 13 wide ranging sale, Jack Eubanks, owner of Jack Eubanks Auction in Brevard, NC, will offer his bidders a diverse inventory of over 600 lots from a wide variety of consignors and living estates in North Carolina. Several fine lots of pre Civil War Southern furniture will cross the block accompanied by early 19th century examples from other locations.

Art will play a key role in the upcoming sale. One of the featured artists will be Charles Johnson Post (1873-1956), a New York artist and author who enlisted with the 71st New York Infantry in 1898 to experience the Spanish-American War. After a rail ride through the South and encampment in Tampa with Roosevelt, Post landed in Cuba and participated in the fighting. Along the way he documented his travels and adventures in words and pictures. His book "The Little War of Private Post – The Spanish-American War Seen Close Up" was published posthumously in 1960 by Little, Brown & Co. The current printing published by the University of Nebraska press features a color version of the Post rendering of "Bloody Ford," the crossing of a stream in Cuba by U. S. troops under fire. The original etching will be offered at the sale. Other Post works include a battlefield scene depicting the overrunning of the Spanish trenches at the capture of the San Juan blockhouse by the 6th and 16th Infantry with the dead figure of American Lt. Ord in the foreground and also an oil on canvas of an eerie religious scene with the inscription on the back "The letter killeth but the spirit giveth life. 2nd Corintians 3:6" which is a shortened version of the verse that reads "Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." Post’s work was featured in Life on July 7, 1958 with a ten page spread of his work. A copy of Johnson’s 1912 book "Across the Andes" autographed and dedicated to his father will also be available. The Post material came from the local living estate of a friend of Post’s daughter.

A portrait of a male toddler by noted Quaker artist Marcus Mote (1817-1898) is on the agenda. Mote, a fifth generation Quaker, was in constant trouble with his Meetings because of his art which was considered to be "worldly" and "frivolous" by the religious group. In 1869 he founded the Richmond Academy of Design in Richmond, IN and established the foundation for a growing arts community. The oil on canvas portrait is shown in an oval gold frame and is inscribed verso "12/mo 1877 Richmond, Indiana." Also on the block is a Florida watercolor landscape by Florida artist James Ralph Wilcox (1866-1915) and a screen print of an abstract work by Yosef Zaritsky (Russian/Israeli 1891-1985).

On the furniture side of the sale is a very fine walnut plantation desk, circa 1850, from the Wellborn Plantation in Eufala, AL, the property of Solon Nelson Wellborn, a pre Civil War desk with open book shelf above in "as found" condition in a tenant farmer’s cabin on a plantation in north Fulton County, GA, an Ohio walnut corner cupboard with six panes of glass in the doors, divided by muntins to look like twelve panes and many more items.

Preview for the sale is scheduled for Friday April 27 and the sale is Saturday April 28 at 9:00AM in the Eubanks Auction facility at 220 S. Broad St, Brevard, NC. Reserved seating for 160 is available by phone or email. For more information contact Jack Eubanks at (828) 884-7889, email or visit the website at

written by:

Fred & Gail Taylor


April 28, 2007

The original of "Bloody Ford" near San Juan by Charles Johnson Post.

A walnut plantation desk from the Wellborn plantation in Eufala, AL.

A portrait of a Midwest toddler by Marcus Mote, circa 1877.

This turn of the century wagon was made by the Owensboro Wagon Company of Daviess County, KY, established in 1884.

This Florida watercolor is by James Ralph Wilcox.

This Mason & Hamlin grand was made in 1962.