Wednesday, June 27, 2007


June 25, 2007

Boca Raton, FL
May 28, 29 and June 10, 2007

Elegant watches, exquisite lamps and art pottery set the tone in Boca Raton at J.K. Galleries three day sale.

BOCA RATON, FL - J.K. Galleries in Boca Raton, Florida staged a massive three day 1200 lot sale stretched out over May 27, May 28 and June 10. The sale attracted 180 registered bidders in the gallery and 890 registered on Auction owner Jay Kielstock said before the sale he had assembled probably the best inventory in the Galleries’ history. The results bore him out.

Top lot of the sale was a white gold Chopard Imperial lady’s diamond watch with baguette and round diamonds, f- color, vvs quality, approximately 30.00 cts. The Chopard line of elegant watches was introduced early in the 20th century by Swiss watchmaker Louis Ulys Chopard. The watches are considered by many to be the most stylish in the world. This one styled its way to top lot of the sale bringing the winning bid of $69,000 including buyer’s premium from a local bidder on the floor. Another fine timepiece, while not quite in the same league as the Chopard, still kept a spot at the top of the dial. A Patek Phillippe 18KT yellow gold men’s Calatrava Model 5107.1J-001, with 18KT deployment band and thirty jewel signed movement, with original box and all papers in like new condition, sold in the room for $23,000.

Three lamps did very well. A Handel Black Parrot lamp, #7023, with 17½in shade brought $11,500 and another Handel with a shade signed "Handel #5664" made $8,050. A Pairpoint lamp with a signed shade with ship scenes sold for $4,830.

J.K. Galleries always does well in the art pottery category, especially with Roseville and this sale was no exception. The top Roseville lot was a Rozane portrait vase, 21in high, featuring a portrait of a dog in collar. In standard glaze with large loop handles man’s best friend went to a new best friend on the west coast of Florida for $2,990. The same buyer was the successful bidder for a Rozane 12in vase with a portrait of a horse. It sold for $1,610. Roseville’s Futura line is always a hit at J.K. An eight inch tall Milk Carton vase in tan and bluish green brought $2,070, a Futura green fan vase, 9in tall in Shape 407, glossy lime green shading to dark emerald at the base, sold for $1,840 and a Futura balloon vase, 9in tall with a green body closed at $1,499.

But pottery was not the only pretty show at the sale with glass making a strong appearance. A Daum Cameo Pillow vase, 7½in flattened ovoid body with textured ground and mottled interior, featuring an excellent winter landscape scene, sold for $8,625 and a 4½in Daum Nancy cabinet vase with winter scene made $4,830. A Quezal gold Jack in the Box vase, 13in tall by 7½in diameter at the top, sold online for $6,000 and a signed D’Argental glass center bowl, 5½in high by 13in diameter, with large wild roses and leaves on thorny stems, sold for $3,105.

A little Tiffany is always a nice touch and this time it appeared in the form of an opalescent cabinet vase, 6½in tall, with long neck and flared lemon yellow and opal rim. It sold for $4,830 as did a Tiffany decorated pulled feather vase with swirled feathers in blue and greens, 3½in tall by 6in wide, signed "LCT K 1033." A Tiffany favrile vase, 17in tall, with gold favrile stem, a 5in flared rim and bronze base, brought $3,795. The fourth work bearing the Tiffany name was 10 by 14in watercolor of a North African scene bearing the initials L.C.T. in the lower right corner. It made $6,325 in the room.

The biggest surprise of the three day sale was a trio of cups and saucers. One set bearing a Dresden mark from the 1890s, estimated at $300/400 sold on the phone for $1,610 to a bidder in South Carolina. The same bidder won a Royal Vienna cup and saucer, also estimated at $300/400 for $2,990. But the real surprise was a Royal Vienna 3in cup and 4in saucer, with Germany marks, gold scrolls and figural bird handle with a portrait of a beautiful brunette, estimated at $300/400. It brought the most bids ever at J.K. Galleries ringing up 59. It came down to a phone bidder in Canada and a bidder online. The online bidder won at $5,280.

One pair of lots produced a poignant surprise for a bidder. The lots were two black memorabilia prints from 1914 of hands in a cotton field. A prospective bidder, perusing the online catalog was moved to call Kielstock to say his great grandfather had taken those photos and he had been looking for them for decades. He won them with an online bid of $120 each.

For more information call Jay 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
May 28, 29 June 10.

A 3in Royal Vienna cup with matching 4in saucer soared over its $300/400 estimate to close at $5,280 to an online bidder.

This 7 ½in Daum Cameo Pillow vase closed at $8,625.

A Handel #7023 lamp with black chipped ice 17½in shade signed "Palme" with two large parrots and butterflies sold for $11,500.

This man’s Patek Phillippe with all paperwork and original box brought $23,000.

A Rookwood Vellum plaque, 9½ by 12½in, dated 1917 and initialed lower right by Lenore Asbury sold for $9,775.

A 21in tall Rookwood Rozane vase with a portrait of a dog went for $2,990.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007


June 11, 2007

Melbourne, FL
Sale July 28-29

A collection of works by R. J. Horner featuring full bodied winged griffins from a Miami estate will highlight the July 28-29 sale at Matheson’s AA Auction in Melbourne, FL.

MELBOURNE, FL - Matheson’s AA Auction owners Lloyd and Jan Matheson have assembled 900 lots of furniture, art, antiques and pre-Columbian artifacts for another of their two day, free wheeling sales that have attracted national and international attention recently. Items from five major estates have been consigned to Matheson’s by the heirs and there will be no additions.

The focal point of the sale will be a collection of eight pieces of furniture and accessories made by R. J. Horner & Company of New York. After working as a clerk in a lace business Robert. J. Horner opened his own curtain and lace shop and then opened a retail furniture outlet in 1886. He soon began making his own furniture to sell and specialized in the Aesthetic Movement. Following that he turned out many heavily carved pieces in oak and mahogany that utilized classical figures such as caryatids and the mythological creature the winged griffin as a primary element. His full bodied griffin images are legendary and this collection has its share as well as other Horner trademarks.

Four of the pieces display griffins. Three desks use full bodied griffins as columnar supports. Two outstanding elaborately carved mahogany partner’s desks have a full bodied figure at each corner supporting the top and a heavily carved slant lid desk with a secret drawer uses two griffins as front posts. A 54in wide console table with two drawers also supports the top on the creatures. A triple door mahogany bow front bookcase with a heavily carved frieze panel above the doors has full bodied male figures in high relief on each column supporting the top of the cabinet. A 92in tall Horner mirror doesn’t have griffins but it does have a demonic head with horns in the heavily carved crest while two 36in high mahogany fern stands demonstrate Horner’s classical figure ability in a male and female figure.

A large collection of pre-Columbian artifacts, mostly vessels and figures, will be offered. There is large selection of Chancay, Peru terracotta figures from the 12th century including several "cuchimilco" style figures with extended arms and a Zacateca terracotta couple from Zacatecas, West Pacific 250-550AD, 14½in tall and number of terracotta figures from the Mochica, Peru area circa 250-500AD among many others.

Other lots include a very unusual American rosewood double quilting settee from the Rococo period accompanied by its built in large pincushion and a corner rosewood storage box as well as a Biedermeier desk in Circassian walnut veneer and an early 19th century walnut German kas, 92 H by 76in W, with an elaborately inlaid inner panel in the door.

The fine art section of the sale will feature an oil on canvas by Dutch artist Jacobus de Jong (1866-1920), 16 by 12½in, an Audubon elephant folio print of "Barnacle Goose", 24 by 36in and a watercolor on paper laid down on cardboard bearing the monogram "1/1" from 1948 of Charles Burchfield ( American 1893-1967), 19 by 15in, as well as works by Russian-American artist Nicolai Cikovsky (1894-1934), Fernando de Szyszlo, Peruvian artist (b.1925) and George Rouault, French (1871-1958).

The sale begins at 11:00AM Saturday July 28 and continues at 12:00 PM Sunday July 29. Preview will be Friday July 27 from 11:00AM to 6:00PM and two hours before the start of the sale on both days. Matheson’s AA Auction is located at 600 E. New Haven Avenue in Melbourne, FL 32901. Seating for 180 can be reserved by phone, (321) 768-6668 or by email at Selected portions of the catalog are available for viewing on the Matheson’s AA Auction website at

The auction will be called by 33 year veteran auctioneer and auction co-owner Lloyd J. Matheson, Jr. Phone and absentee bids are welcomed. For more information call auction owners Lloyd or Jan Matheson or Auction Manager Carrie Lucas (321) 768-6668.

written by:
Fred & Gail Taylor

SALE OF July 28-29, 2007

This mahogany partners desk has full bodied winged griffins at each corner.

Terracotta couple, 14½in high, from Zactecas, West Pacific, 250-550 AD.

A triple door bookcase with full bodied figural columns by R. J. Horner, 85in wide by 67in high.

Large Thai limestone standing Buddha, 7th century, Mon style, 31½in high.

Profusely carved Horner slant lid desk with winged griffins and secret drawer, 45½in high by 42in wide.

17th century Flemish tapestry, 7 by 12ft.

Thursday, June 7, 2007


June 6, 2007

Sale June 23, 2007

Mix one Porsche Carrera 2, six Florida Highwayman paintings and a helping of early Transylvania County, NC furniture. Stir well. Result? The opportunity for a great sale at Jack Eubanks Auction in Brevard, NC.

BREVARD, NC - The folk art phenomenon now known as the Highwaymen had its beginning in the 1950s in Ft. Pierce Florida when a local white landscape artist, Alfred E. "Beanie" Backus, took in a young black aspiring artist named Alfred Hair. Backus showed Hair the basics of painting semi-tropical landscapes and even took him to the Bahamas to broaden his horizon. Hair, ever the entrepreneurial spirit, then organized a small group of local black artists and showed them how to "mass produce" colorful Florida landscapes. Lacking a retail outlet for their work, these young painters began to sell their wares on Florida roadways, earning them the name "Highwaymen." Eventually the group members set out on their separate ways and some of them are still active artists today even though Alfred died in 1970.

The Jack Eubanks sale of June 23 will feature 24 by 48in original oil on board Florida landscape by Hair depicting a Florida poinciana tree in all its red glory against a typical Florida backdrop. The painting, from the 1960s, is signed "A. Hair." The same local consignor also presents five more Highwaymen by another original member Sam Newton. These were acquired by a deceased member of the consignor’s family, Robert Hurd, in the 1970s when he lived in Melbourne, FL and acquired the paintings directly from Newton for $20.00 each.

The abundance of American art in this sale is augmented by the presence of a work by Charles P. Gruppe (American 1860-1940). This oil on panel entitled "Norman’s Woe" features a seascape from the Gloucester, Mass area. The 12 by 16in work without frame is artist signed and probably is from the 1920s. The same consignor had another Gruppe work, a harbor scene, in the June 10 sale at Eubanks and it was very well received. Also on the block are thirty Wallace Nutting prints, some hand colored and all with original signatures. They were purchased by a local consignor in New York over thirty years ago and range in size from 2 by 3in to 15½ by 18¼in. Some of the prints are numbered and dated.

The final entries in the art category represent the result of along investigation by auction owner Jack Eubanks who tracked down a painting signed by Rhonda J. Smith, entitled "Kentucky Games March 1979." When Eubanks tracked down the artist she turned out to be a tenured art professor at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. Formerly the head of the Art Department, the artist relayed that the work was a post graduate pastel piece created while in Richmond, KY. When asked about another work, a drawing entitled "Time In A Bottle" signed by Skip Wiggs, she said that was the nickname of her husband Byron Alan Wiggs who now owns Middle Bridge Pottery in Keedysville, MD and sells exclusively (at West Wind Potters) in Harpers Ferry, WV.

The young at heart will be interested in the bright red Porsche Carrera 2 to try on the twisty roads of western North Carolina. The Carrera version of the Porsche 911 was introduced in 1988 for the model year 1989. The first Carrera was a four wheel drive model, the Carrera 4. The two wheel drive version, the Carrera 2, was introduced in 1990. This is a 1991 model with a 3.6 liter engine and 107,000 miles on the clock.

On the furniture side of the sale will be some items from the pre Civil War home of a family of early Transylvania County settlers including a grain painted beadboard stepback cupboard and an early farm table, some locally made items and a good cross section of late 19th and early 20th century furniture including a 19th century English tilt top table. Also featured will be a colorful period English Art Nouveau firescreen, 19¾ W by 31¾in T, made of beads on board held by copper wire.

Preview for the sale is scheduled for Friday June 22 from 11:00AM – 6:00PM and the sale is Saturday June 23 at 9:00AM in the Eubanks Auction facility at 220 S. Broad St, Brevard, NC, 28712. Reserved seating for 160 is available by phone or email. For more information contact Jack Eubanks at (828) 884-7889, email, visit the website at or

written by:
Fred & Gail Taylor

June 23, 2007

This Highwayman landscape is by Alfred Hair, 1941-1970.

This red 991 Porsche Carrera 2 has 107,000 miles on it.

"Norman’s Woe" is signed by Charles Gruppe.

This oil on board of two palms and moonlight by Sam Newton from the 1970s is 24 by 48in.

This colored print signed by Wallace Nutting is entitled "Overflowing Cup."

This early 20th century English Art Nouveau firescreen has a bead work on board panel with a wood frame.

Saturday, June 2, 2007


May 31, 2007

Sale June 24

A-1 Auction will present 350 lots highlighted by decorative arts from the estate of Ida Fendrich on June 24.

ORLANDO, FL – The sale from the Orlando, FL area estate of Ida Fendrich, including French art glass, selected bronzes and art pottery, will be conducted at the Maitland Civic Center June 24.
The sale will feature items from the Fendrich estate that have been in storage for the seven years since Mrs. Fendrich died. Doug White, owner of A-1 Auction Service, in Orlando has been familiar with the estate for over twenty years when he first helped the Fendrich family dispose of a relative’s estate and the family again sought his help for this occasion.

Approximately 250 of the total 350 lots offered at this sale will be from the Fendrich estate including French cameo glass by Daum Nancy, Galle`, LeGras, de Vez, D'Argental, Richard, LaVerre Francais and R. Lalique. There will be several important bronzes by Antoine Louis Barye (French 1796 - 1875), Pierre Jules Mene (French 1810 - 1877) and Rococo sculptor Claude Michel, also known as Clodian (French 1738-1814). His work in this sale is a detailed bronze of two women and a goat boy (presumably Pan) dancing. It is signed "Clodian 1362." The Barye and Mene works include animal figures and there is an American bronze of an eagle with outstretched wings, 16in wide" with an ivory beak perched on a marble base shaped like rocks. A nice place to store these treasures will offered in the form of a late 19th century French vitrine with Vernis Martin decoration.

Outstanding art pottery is represented by Moorcroft Pottery from the collection Potter to the Queen and includes a covered ginger jar, orchid pattern, and two hibiscus vases in mint condition. Also included are two Weller wall pockets in Woodcraft pattern, one with a squirrel, one with an owl, both in mint condition as well as some Wedgwood jasperware.

An oil on board signed by C. McDonald, dated 1936, will join a selection of eight paintings by original members of the Florida Highwaymen, including Roy McLendon, Sam Newton, James Gibson, Johnny Daniels and Al Black. Also to cross the block will be United States gold coins, some South African Krugerrands, gold and diamond jewelry, Victorian chain jewelry, a set of silver flatware, Navajo silver jewelry and a Georg Jensen pin with an early mark along with three Rolex watches. Also keeping time will be an American Art Nouveau New Haven clock and a nine tube Herschede tall case clock with a moon dial face, circa 1974.

The sale will be conducted at 12:00PM June 24 at the Maitland Civic Center, 621 S. Maitland Ave. in Maitland, FL just north of Orlando. The Civic Center has seating for 350 and reserved seats can be secured by phone or email. Absentee and phone bids are welcome.

Preview is by appointment during business hours at the A-1 Auction offices located at 2042 N. Rio Grande Ave., Suite E, Orlando, FL and on June 24 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 will be available on the A-1 Auction website at

written by:
Fred & Gail Taylor

June 24, 2007

This bronze is signed "Clodian 1362" by the French Rococo sculptor also known as Claude Michel.

Three Moorcroft pieces from the collection Potter to the Queen.

A squirrel and an owl from Weller Woodcraft.

Part of the large collection of French cameo glass.

An American bronze eagle with a 16in wingspan on a marble base.

A swamp scene by Highwayman Roy McLendon.