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 CafĂ© 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.