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.