Wednesday, December 17, 2008


December 15, 2008

Sale January 10, 2009

(828) 884-7889

Art and artifacts from an important living estate will cross the block in Brevard, NC on January10.

An important living estate in the Brevard, NC area recently closed its local residence and the art collection accumulated over many years has been placed with Jack Eubanks Auction for dispersal. The sale will be held January 10. Jack Eubanks, owner of the Auction said, “Some of the best artwork we’ve offered in over two years and a really good selection of furniture, glassware, jewelry and decorative accessories. What a great way to start the New Year.”

Important items from the estate include a floral still life, oil on canvas, by Le Pho (Vietnamese) purchased at Wally Findlay Galleries, New York and a numbered color lithograph, “Mademoiselle Marcelle Lender en buste”, 83/100, by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French 1864-1901), with monogram stamp, and two additional lithos by Lautrec including the 1894 “Ida Heath au bar” with red stamp and blue pencil No.7.

Also included will be a seascape oil on canvas signed “A. Dzigurski” (Alexander, Yugoslavian 1911-1995), an abstract oil on canvas of a guitar player signed by Don Hazen (American b. 1933), 40 by 46in, Russian folk scenes signed Alain Thomas (French b. 1942) and Ljubomir Milinkov (Yugoslavian b. 1942), an Austrian enameled music box, grand piano form, 3½in h by 4¾in w by 6½in l, with three cone form legs with enamel, enameled decorated case with hinged lid with enamel also under lid as well as enamel covered keyboard that activates music box when lifted, found tucked away in a closet in the estate residence (a similar, slightly smaller, music box sold at DuMouchelles Auction in Detroit September 2008 auction realizing $2750) and a sculpture signed “A. Carrier” (Albert Ernest Carrier Belleuse, French 1824-1887) of three putti supporting an urn, 15¼in h on a 9in diameter marble base. Carrier designed for Minton, Wedgwood and others. An important piece of art not from the estate is a Southern folk art painting by the self taught African-American artist Jimmie Lee Sudduth (American 1910-2007) who was famous for his “mud” paintings on plywood.

A few choice hard goods will cross the block including a profusely carved 19th century Welsh oak dresser with open shelf back and pair of cupboard doors (from the estate), a 19th century French baker’s rack in wrought iron with brass trim, 105in tall by 64¾in wide (from the estate), a four drawer mahogany and cherry Federal/Empire chest with turned feet and full columns and a Rock-Ola jukebox, Series F Model 1422 from 1946, that lights up but the playing condition is undetermined.

The sale will also include several hundred celebrity autographs from the late 1930s and early 1940s. They include film stars, opera stars and radio stars and such names as Helen Hayes, Jane Wyman, Van Heflin, Lillian Gish, Lowell Thomas, Sophie Tucker and Amos ‘n’ Andy are found in the group.

Preview for the 500+ lot sale is scheduled for Friday January 9 from 11:00AM – 6:00PM and earlier by appointment. The sale is Saturday January 10 9:00AM in the Eubanks Auction facility at 210 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 Taylor


Oil on canvas floral still life signed by Le Pho, 17¼ by 11¾in.

Numbered lithograph of Mademoiselle Lender by Lautrec.

Folk painting by Jimmie Lee Sudduth, 24 by 23½in

Seascape oil on canvas by Alexander Dzigurski, 24 by 26in.

Rock-Ola Model 1422 from 1946.

Enameled Austrian music box.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


November 20, 2008

(561) 805-7115

Sale September 22 and October 27, 2008
West Palm Beach, FL

Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches put two Fall art and antiques sales back to back with outstanding results.

(West Palm Beach, FL) A pair of carved export ivory tusks and a city Winter scene by Guy Wiggins (American 1883-1962) were the highlights of the September 22 and October 27 sales at Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, FL. Auction owner Brian Kogan assembled an inventory of over 550 lots of art and antiques from estates in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach for the two events, attracting nearly 1,000 bidders between online registrations and inhouse bidders.

The top lot of the two sales was a pair of late 19th century Chinese export carved ivory tusks bearing a British coat of arms in the October sale. Each tusk was profusely carved with scenes of village life depicting pagodas, figures and animals all under the canopies of pine tress. The 50½in high tusks were supported by a massive carved teak base. The presale estimate was $15,000/$20,000. When bidding opened for these museum quality pieces it quickly turned into a three way contest among a phone bidder, an internet bidder and a local collector. The local collector won the lot with a bid of $70,200 including the 17 percent buyer’s premium. Kogan commented that the tusks were “The highlight of the year.”

The highlight of the September sale was an oil on canvas by Guy Wiggins 16 by 20in, entitled “Public Library in Winter.” Estimated at $20,000/$30,000, it too went to a local bidder who offered the winning bid of $36,270.

A late 19th century micro-mosaic Italian table top featuring a view of the Coliseum, surrounded by specimen marbles and lapis lazuli, supported on a later carved base, 34in diameter, sold over estimate in the room at $17,550 while a chess set brought a winner of $9652 from an absentee bidder. The chess set was a rare French/German carved bone “Dieppe” style figural set, some with leather hats. Two Minton Majolica lots were well received. A superb “Heron” jug, English with a date mark for 1868, modeled by Hugues Protat, impressed factory marks and molded signature, sold for $6,100 while a pair of wall chargers, date mark for 1876, oval shape, each molded with a muse and enclosed by a dish and mask border sold for $3,510.

But these two sales were primarily art sales. “Still Life” by Wilhelm Kohlhoff (German 1893-1971) brought $8,540 online while “Pointe de Paris” by Constantine Kluge (French 1912-2003) sold for $8,139 on the phone. “Seated Nude” a watercolor and pencil by Henry LeBasque (French 1865-1937) brought $7605 in the room and “Harbor at St. Tropez” oil on canvas by Gabriel Deschamps (French Born 1919) was worth $7,020 to a bidder on the phone from England.

Other significant works of art included an oil on canvas by Suzanne Eisendieck (German born 1908), 15 by 24in, entitled “Place du Cros de Cagnes” that sold for $7,605, “Mother and Child” tempera on card by Jamini Roy (Indian 1887-1972) $5,265 and “Nude in Rocking Chair” sepia on paper, 1975, by Philip Pearlstein (American Born 1924) $3,510.

For more information about these sales and upcoming sales call (561) 805-7115, email or visit the website at The Gallery is located at 1609 South Dixie Hwy, Suite 5, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401.

Written by:
Fred Taylor


This pair of carved ivory tusks carried the day with a winning bid of $70,200.

“Public Library in Winter” by Guy Wiggins closed at $36,270.

A “Dieppe” style carved bone chess set sold to an absentee bidder for $9652.

“Pointe de Paris” by Constantine Kluge sold for $8,139.

“Still Life” by Wilhelm Kohlhoff brought $8,540 online.

Henry LeBasque’s “Seated Nude” brought $7,605.

A 19th century Italian micro-mosaic table top sold over estimate at $17,550.

Sunday, September 21, 2008


September 19, 2008

Sale AUGUST 24, 2008

(727) 821-1167

In a sale that was supposed to focus on the art of Raymond A. Whyte a last minute entry delivers the cake.

(St. Petersburg, FL) Burchard Galleries owner Jeff Burchard was confident well ahead of his August 24 sale that this would be a signature event. He was featuring over 45 works of art and personal artifacts of portrait and surrealist painter Raymond A. Whyte (American 1923-2002). While Whyte’s work is on display in many major collections, they are seldom offered for sale and this presented a rare opportunity for art collectors. In addition to the Whyte works over 450 lots of art, furniture, silver and jewelry were to cross the block.

Only thirteen days before the sale and on deadline day for the placement of an ad for the sale, Burchard received a call from a lady from across the bay in Tampa who asked if he was interested in selling a dining room set she and her husband owned. Always game Burchard said, “Sure. Do you have some photos?” When the emailed photos arrived minutes later Burchard was astounded. A contract was signed and Burchard was able to include the set in the last advertisement.

The consignors told the story of the set being acquired from a dealer nearly twenty years ago by a member of the prominent Lykes family of Tampa. But Mrs. Lykes felt the set was too large and returned it to the dealer who then offered it to the current owners, a Tampa doctor and his wife. He described the set as being German from the Black Forest region around the turn of the century. He was right about the date but wrong about the origin. The set turned out to be a show stopping “Man of the Mountain” twelve piece oak figural set by none other than the famous American cabinetmaker and carver R. J. Horner of New York. Burchard said it has been reported that Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie has a matching set.

The set included a 39in diameter quarter sawn oak table with five 14in leaves and caryatid figural legs, a 93in tall by 74in wide sideboard with Horner winged griffin shelf supports and Man of the Mountain front supports, a 68in high by 54½in wide server with the same front supports, an unusual five panel glass triple front china cabinet with figural columns, 98½in high by 53½in wide with serpentine glass flanking the center panel with glass shelves, mirrored back and illumination and a set of eight matching chairs with two captain’s and six sides.

This outstanding set, carrying a presale estimate of $30,000/$50,000, attracted 32 bids and quickly outstripped the estimate to close on the phone to an Alabama buyer for $80,500 including the fifteen percent buyer’s premium.

The sale, carried live online by, attracted 193 bidders registered in- house and 2855 registered online with 350 people in attendance.

All of the lots from the Whyte estate were sold without reserve and in keeping with the “surprise” theme of the day, many far exceeded their estimates. The top Whyte lot was an oil on masonite of woman in a green velvet dress with embroidered brocade drape, 30 by 18in. Estimated at $700/$900, it sold for $4,500 plus premium. It was followed by a surreal oil on board of chrysanthemums in a crystal vase with bronze cherub supports, 10¾ by 9⅜ in. Estimated at $600-$800 it closed at $4,000. But the biggest Whyte surprise was a Classic Games Napoleonic plastic chess set hand painted by Raymond Whyte. It doubled the estimate selling for $1,100. Virtually all other Whyte items exceeded the estimate.

Still other unanticipated results lurked in the sale. One was a Zsolnay Hungarian pottery loving cup, 8¼in high. It had an obviously repaired break in the stem and was estimated at $150/$200. To Burchard’s amusement it drew 38 bids and soared to $4,500 plus premium.

But the biggest amazement of the day for Burchard occurred about one third of the way through the sale. As he prepared to announce the next lot, suddenly a Mariachi band dressed in traditional Mexican Mariachi attire walked into the gallery playing and singing Che Lito Lindo and then Happy Birthday in honor of Jeff Burchard’s birthday. The auction then proceeded and the band played in the lobby for another hour.

For more information call (727) 821-1167 or (800) 520-2787, email to or visit the website at Burchard Galleries normally has an auction the last weekend each month with a “discovery auction” on Saturday and an antiques sale on Sunday. Check the website for details.
written by:
Fred Taylor


This mountain size “Man of the Mountain” dining room set made by R. J.
Horner was top lot of the sale at $80,500.

A Renaissance Revival bedroom set did well at $,4000, estimated at

A Chinese carved ivory figural group, 11in high, of maiden and her attendants, estimated at $600/$800, sold for $1,400.

The top lot of the Whyte estate was this oil on masonite that sold for $4,500.

A Zsolnay Hungarian pottery loving cup, 8¼in high, with an obvious break ion the stem broke away form the $150/200 estimate to close at $4,500.

A large handmade Persian Tabriz carpet from the Whyte estate, 14ft 5in by 11ft 3in with as mall tear to the border sold for $3,250.

Sunday, August 31, 2008


September 2, 2008

Sale August 2-3, 2008

(727) 656-2974

Aberdeen-Auctions of St. Petersburg, FL achieved excellent results in the August 2 – 3 sale of Russian artifacts.

Three Russian eggs were the stars of the show at the Aberdeen-Auctions sale of August 2-3. The top cackle rights went to a five inch tall burgundy model with gold exterior decoration made in the manner of Carl Faberge. It opened to reveal a small bouquet of porcelain and silver flowers. Nestled in its custom made case with Cyrillic markings the egg brought a winner of $17,250 including the fifteen percent buyer’s premium. A diminutive four inch version made of porcelain with a gilded body and star within a sunburst on the reverse featured the figure of a female saint on the face. Manufactured by the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory of St. Petersburg and signed “FNB” in unclear Cyrillic, the egg attracted 24 bids closing at $14,950. A third egg also porcelain by the Imperial Manufactory displaying the figure of a Russian pope, signed “KZ” in Cyrillic, hammered at $12,650.

The 365 lot online sale carried by registered 326 online bidders, five absentee bids and 27 phone bidders representing dealers and collectors from 28 countries.

Several pleasant surprises were recorded in the sale. One of the best was a two volume set in Russian entitled “Travels in the East of Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia When Cesarewith” by E. E. Ukhtomskiy, published in St. Petersburg in 1893. From the collection of P. Dunkan, it was illustrated by N. N. Karzan and included more than 500 lithographs. Estimated at $4,500/$6,000, it raked in 58 bids with a winner of $14,370. Another little eye opener was a Russian silver and enamel napkin ring enameled with colorful foliage. Circa 1902 with Cyrillic maker’s marks, the 1¾ by 2½in ring was estimated at $440/$500. It closed at $1,350.

Horses were a popular as eggs, at least bronze ones were. A 7in tall bronze figure of a mounted peasant boy with two more horses, by Evgeni Lanceray (1848-1886), inscribed with signature and foundry mark brought a winning bid of $14,650 against the $11,000/$13,000 estimate. Another work by Lanceray, a 9in tall figure of a Kirgiz horseman went for $7474 and a 9½in bronze by Vasili Grachev (1831-1905) mounted on a rose marble base depicting a couple kissing while on horseback with a date stamp of 1877 sold for $9,200. Substituting cast iron for bronze worked for a Russian troika being pulled by a pair of horses, marked and dated 1912, the 18 by 10 by 7in figure set sold for $4,150 against the estimate of $1,000/$1,500.

Russian art also did well starting with a Russian gilded silver and enamel photograph frame, the work of master Antip Ivanovich Kuzmichov, Moscow 1888. The enamel featured colorful cloisonné and translucent royal blue enamel. The 5in frame bore the maker’s mark in Cyrillic, the assayer mark, a Moscow hallmark and a scratched inventory number 3955. It sold within estimate at $14,950. But the art itself was the top lot of the sale. A 25 by 20in framed oil on canvas of theater action by Natal’ia Sergeevna Gonchaova (1881-1962) signed lower left sold over estimate for $20,700. It was closely followed by a pair of village scenes, oil on canvas, by Jacopo da Ponte Bassance (Italian 1610/18 – 1593). From a private collection in Lexington, KY the framed 46 by 70in paintings sold for $18,400. A work by Walter Dendy Sadler (English 1854-1923),oil on canvas entitled “The Complete Angler” dated 1884, framed 41½ by 55in, sold for $11,788.

For more information about this sale call (727) 656-2974, email or visit the website at

Written by:
Fred Taylor


This red and gold egg made in the manner of Carl Faberge sold for $17,250.

An oil on canvas by Goncharova was top lot of the sale at $20,700.

Bronze horses and a peasant boy by Lanceray made $14,650.

A silver and enamel napkin ring, circa 1902, brought $1,350.

A two volume set about Czar Nicholas II’s travels sold for $14,350.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


August 28, 2008

Melbourne, FL
Sale September 27 - 28, 2008

CONTACT: Lloyd Matheson
(321) 768-6668

Only six examples of this work by the Prairie School designer are known to exist. It will be sold at Matheson’s AA Auction in Melbourne, FL in the September 27, 28 sale.

Matheson’s AA Auction sale of September 27, 28 will feature fine art and antiques from five estates including one from Miami and one from Palm Beach. Included in the inventory from one of the estates of a long deceased owner where it sat undisturbed for decades was a Teco vase designed by Frank Albert early in the twentieth century. According to Auction owner Lloyd Matheson only six examples of this vase are known to exist. The last one known to cross the auction block as September 11, 2005 at Treadway Toomey Gallery. The 18½in tall vase with the organic looking swirling base in the soft Teco green matte finish with three Teco marks on the base has a presale estimate of $40,000/$60,000.

In addition to the vase the auction inventory of fresh to the market fine estate antiques includes some exceptional art by August Rene Francois/Rodin French (1840-1917) including two watercolors of Cambodian dancers, A watercolor by Aiden Lassell Ripley (American 1896-1969) and a landscape “Mink Hollow Brook by Jervis McEntree (American 1828-1891), three drawings by George Cruikshank (British 1792-1878) as well as nearly a dozen hand colored Currier and Ives lithographs, Audobon hand colored lithographs and ten examples of Florida Highwaymen paintings by Alfred Hair, James Gibson, Isaac Knight and Al Black. Other sporting art includes eight signed lithographs by Frank W. Benson (American 1862-1951) and nine colored prints by Arthur Burdett Frost (American 1851-1928).

The two day sale will include over 800 lots with over 250 lots of fine jewelry, major clocks, fine art and fabulous furniture from one estate. Only twenty lots in the sale will be presented with reserves.

A number of outstanding clocks are featured in the antiques portion of the sale including a large dore’ bronze cartel clock signed “Barbedienne” 53in high by 18in wide purportedly from the estate of Harry Winston, an 18th century boulle working clock and stand, Boutard, Paris, 52in high, a 7ft 2in tall 18th century grandfather clock by Ralph Barret Winstanly, Wigan and an 8ft 4in moon phase grandfather clock by Peter Fearnley, also of Wigan. Also included is a pair of magnificent dore' bronze candelabra, signed Mathieu Meusnier, 43in high.

Over 100 lots of jewelry will flash and impress in this sale which features a 3 carat solitaire platinum engagement ring with the color “G,” a 2 carat diamond solitaire cocktail ring, a 2.7 carat solitaire gold ring, two Patek Phillipe 18K watches and an expandable 18K gold necklace with 5 carat solitaire as well as much more.

The sale will begin at 11:00AM Saturday September 27 and will continue at 12:00 NOON Sunday September 28. Preview will be Friday September 26 from 11:00AM to 6:00PM and two hours prior to the sale on each auction day. Matheson’s AA Auction is located at 600 E. New Haven Avenue in Melbourne, FL 32901. Seating for 200 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 and 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 Carey Lucas (321) 768-6668.

Written by:
Fred Taylor


This extremely rare Teco vase by Frank Albert has a presale estimate of $40,000/$60,000.

This 8ft 4in 18th century grandfather clock was made by English clockmaker Peter Fearnley of Wigan, Lancashire.

This expandable 18K gold necklace is highlighted by a 5 carat solitaire diamond in the center.

Rare large Dore' Bronze Cartel clock purportedly from the Harry Winston estate, signed Barbedienne

August Rene Francois/Rodin French (1840-1917), watercolor "Cambodian Dancer”, 24 by 18in.

Monday, August 11, 2008


August 11, 2008

Sale AUGUST 23 - 24, 2008

(727) 821-1167

The August 23-24 sale at Burchard Galleries, Inc in St. Petersburg will feature artwork and artifacts from the estate of portrait, surrealist and neomanneristic painter Raymond A. Whyte.

Even though Raymond A. Whyte (American 1923-2002) was a nationally famous artist and a world renowned portrait and surrealist painter, his works of art seldom come to auction. They currently are on display in major collections like those of Malcom Forbes, J. Paul Getty, Orson Bean and the DeBeers Museum to mention only a few but they seldom are offered for sale. The Burchard event of August 23-24 will be an exception offering a rare opportunity to acquire Whyte’s work. The two day event will feature approximately 45 works by Whyte as well as some of his personal artworks and furnishings.

In addition to the Whyte inventory, the two day 1,000 lot sale will offer other important works of art by Miro, Vassarelly, Rockwell, Littleman and Dali as well as jewelry and fine furnishings including inlaid French and European carved furniture, a wide selection of sterling silver services and hollowware, estate Oriental carpets and important diamond and gold jewelry from over twenty prestigious estates.

Raymond A. Whyte was listed in AskART, Who’s Who in American Art, International Who’s Who in Art and Antiques, Notable Americans of the Bicentennial Era, Who’s Who in the East, Dictionary of International Biographies, Collectors Choice, Colorado Quarterly, American Artists, Special Program on DeChirico and Whyte, hosted by Kevin Sanders, “Profile in Whyte” by John Angelini, N.J. Music and Arts. While some critics said his style was more Neo-Mannerism than Surrealist, most listings such as AskART show Surrealism as the primary entry.

Whyte was noted for his one man exhibitions holding thirty-one of them in New York, San Francisco, Houston, Naples, London and Paris including the de Saisset Museum of Art and Crocker Art Museum but he was also included in a number of multi artist exhibitions such as those at the Houston Museum, Bridgeport Art Museum, Columbia Museumof Art, Butler Institute, Malcom Forbes Exhibitions; Allied Artists, Audubon Artist, Art Students League Diamond Jubilee, Invited American Family Portraits and Commissions for Look Magazine National Academy.

All lots from the Whyte estate will be sold on an absolute basis as is more than 90% of this entire spectacular Auction. The sale will be conducted beginning at 9:00AM on Saturday August 23 and 12:00 NOON on Sunday August 24 at the Burchard Galleries facility located at 2528 30th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33713 and also will be carried live online by Preview for the sale will be at the Gallery beginning at 8:00AM Saturday for the August 23 portion and at 1:00PM Saturday August 23 for the Sunday session. Advance seating arrangements are suggested.

For more information call (727) 821-1167 or (800) 520-2787, email to or visit the website at Burchard Galleries normally has an auction the last weekend each month with a “discovery auction” on Saturday and an antiques sale on Sunday. Check the website for details.

written by:
Fred Taylor


Erotic nude painting Raymond A. Whyte (1923-2002) of his wife wife Erica Whyte, oil on board, 44 by 18in.

Estate gold & diamond jewelry to include a heavy sapphire encrusted leopard and "Black Hawk #117", a necklace and Indian Pendant by Jewel Masters, Palm Beach (139 grams).

A magnificent Renaissance Revival bedroom set.

Detail of a pair of Tromp L’Oeil tables by Whyte.

Whyte shawdowbox painting titled "Anniversary Still Life, Mementos of Artist & Wife Erica" dated Nov. 1959, oil on board, 20 by 24in, framed 32 by 32¾in.

Persian Carpet, 146 by 114½in, Raymond Whyte estate.

Saturday, August 9, 2008


August 9, 2008

(561) 805-7115

Sale June 30, 2008
West Palm Beach, FL

Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches was riding high with the sale of three equine paintings by George Ford Morris (American 1873-1960).

Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, FL celebrated its fifth anniversary with a highly successful sporting and fine arts summer sale on June 30 with 312 lots, many from the prestigious estate of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Quinn, Shrewsbury, New Jersey/Palm Beach and Claredda Farms, Long Island, NY. The sale was carried live online though who registered over 300 bidders for the sale to compete with the 75 on the floor.

The top lot of the sale was the 1936 oil on canvas entitled “Leila on Pony” by George Ford Morris (American 1873-1960), signed and dated on lower left. Estimated to sell at $10,000/$15,000, it was taken by an English dealer in sporting pictures with the winning 17th bid at $25,740 including the buyer’s premium. Morris specialized in painting famous horses, their riders and their owners.

Another of Morris’ works, “Lord Erin” also from 1936, sold over estimate. Estimated presale at $7,000/$10/000, a total of 20 bids pushed the final count up to $16,380. Two other Morris pieces, “Woodfellow” and “Prince Charming II” each estimated at $7,000/$10,000 sold for $7,020 and $7,313 respectively. It was generally a good day for oil on canvas. A work by Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen (American. 1850-1921) of a ship on a turbulent sea entitled “Thingvalla” from 1880, 22 by 36in, estimated at $14,000/$18,000 sold for $16,700 and “Ponte de Paris” by Constantine Kluge (French 1912-2003) closed at $5,850.
It was a good day on the furniture side of the house too. A pair of 64½in tall elaborately carved 19th century George III mirrors sold for $9,067 against the estimate of $4,000/$6,000 and a pair of 42in by 32in George III console tables composed of 18th and 19th century elements with rectangular mahogany tops closed at $5,850 against the $1,500/$2,500 estimate. Another pair of George III inlaid console tables on reeded legs, circa 1810, brought $5,616 vs $3,000/$4,000 and pair of English Regency chiffoniers with open step back shelves above grille doors sold online at $5,795 (est. $2,000/$3,000).

Things that glittered were well received also, especially if it had to do with horses. From a Palm Beach estate came an important George IV sterling silver and gilt “John Peel Champion Hunter” trophy made in London in 1823 by Emes & Barnard. The 14¾in high trophy topped by a magnificent horse figure, had inscriptions of former winners from 1925, 1935 and 1936. This 128 oz treasure was acquired in the room with a winning bid of $12,870. A 255 piece Tiffany & Co sterling part flatware set, American, 1909-1938 also twinkled in bidders’ eyes. In the St. Dunstan pattern and engraved with the initials C.S.M., the seventh bid was the winner at $11,700.

Ready to share the time as well as glitter was a brass Grande Sonnerie carriage clock, French 19th century, with a rectangular base, 2in enamel dial, Arabic numerals and an alarm subsidiary below. With the handle down the clock was 6¼in tall. Twelve bids pushed the close to $2,691 while a Cartier rose quartz timepiece with eight day movement in a circular case on a rectangular base, with original Cartier travel case, sold for $2,574 against the estimate of $1,000/$1,500.

For information about this sale and upcoming sales call (561) 805-7115, email or visit the website at The Gallery is located at 1609 South Dixie Hwy, Suite 5, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401.

written by:
Fred Taylor


Top lot of the sale was “Leila on Pony” by George Ford Morris at $25,740.

A pair of English Regency chiffoniers was hit at $5,795.

The oil on canvas “Thingvalla” by Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobson brought $16,700.

This impressive John Peel Champion Hunter trophy made in 1823 sold for $12,870.

A pair of George III console tables with mahogany tops brought $5,850.

This pair of tall (64½in) 19th century George III mirrors closed at $9,067.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


July 20, 2008

July 26, 2008

(321) 984-8484

A collection of sports and entertainment memorabilia and autographs that has been thirty five years in the making will cross the block at All Out Auctions & Antiques on July 26.

The collection includes over 350 items and contains classics such as a 1953 Seeburg Model G juke box and a number of vintage electric guitars. And that’s just to get started. Then the serious stuff will appear.

There is a letter from John Lennon that appears to be to Waylon Jennings from 1971, an unused Elvis ticket to a concert he never made in Huntington, WV on September 20, 1977, face value $15.00 and more than 100 photos signed by sports figures and celebrities including Elvis, Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams, Jr., George Strait, Johnny Cash, Fats Domoino, Eric Clapton, Reba McEntyre, Jim Kiick, Mercury Morris, Buddy Baker, Raymond Berry, Johnny Unitas, Merle Haggard, Yogi Berra, Johnny Unitas and many more.

Autographed sports memorabilia will include pennants, hats, T shirts, helmets, a speed bag and a batting helmet signed by such sports legends as Joe Namath, Mike Tyson, Michael Jordan, Duke Snyder, Cal Ripken, Jr., Tiger Woods Pete Rose plus many more.

The sale will also feature more than 65 baseballs with the guaranteed signatures of Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, Pee Wee Reese, Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax, George Brett and Lenny Dyskstra along with several team signed balls.

The sale will be conducted at the All Out Auctions Gallery located at 5015 Babcock St. Palm Bay, FL 32905. Absentee bids will be accepted as will phone bids at (321) 984-8484. Online bids are available on using auctioneer ID # 5309, For more information visit the website at, email to or call All Out Auctions owner Nathan Burch at (321) 984-8484.

written by:
Fred Taylor

Photo captions for All Out Auctions & Antiques

One lot will consist of 111 Elvis albums.

A class ice 1953 Model G Seeburg juke box.

John Lennon’s signed letter, 1971.

A ticket for a concert Elvis never made, September 20, 1977.

A single plaque with autographed photos of Willie Mays, Pete Rose and Nolan Ryan

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


July 8, 2008

Sale JUNE 22, 2008

(727) 821-1167

The June 22 sale at Burchard Galleries, Inc in St. Petersburg, FL featured inventory from the Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences, the JP Morgan Collection and two mid Florida estates.

The June 22 sale at Burchard Galleries featured an outstanding collection of American gold coins from an Orlando estate that far exceeded the pre sale estimate in fourteen of sixteen cases. The top coin lot and the top lot of the sale was a 1905 Lewis and Clark gold $1 graded from PCGS as MS64. These coins graded better than MS62 are very rare. 35,041 of the commemorative coins were struck at the Philadelphia mint in 1905. The odd 41 were for mint inspection services. Of the remaining 35,000 only 10,000 were actually sold to the public for the market price of $3. The unsold balance was melted for gold stock. The coins were not perceived as being especially valuable when issued and few were stored carefully with many being melted in the Depression for scrap. Auction spokesman Todd Burchard pointed out that the coins were graded MS64 some time ago under a more stringent grading system than that in use today. He expects the coins to be regraded to a higher mark.

This MS64 Lewis and Clark had a presale estimate of $1,500/2,000. Crossing the block late in the sale the lot drew a surprising 17 bids. The winner was a local collector/dealer in the room who bid $14,000 before the buyer’s premium. A 1904 Lewis and Clark gold $1 with a similar grade, estimated at $1,000/1,500, had a hammer price of $7,250 and a Panama Pacific 1915-S $2½ gold piece, graded from PCGS MS64, brought $5,750 against the $1,500/2,500 estimate.

Other good gold included a 1913 $5 Gold Half Eagle, graded MS64, selling five times the high estimate at $5,000 and a 1932 $10 Indian Gold Eagle, MS64, hammering at double the estimate to close at $4,000.

Smiles were not in short supply on other lots either. An abstract oil on canvas by Piero Ruggieri (Italian 1930-) from the Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences was estimated to sell at $400/600. The 44 by 38in work, entitled “Le Lampade 1956” was signed lower right, titled and dated verso. The work was in overall good condition needing cleaning with some flecks of paint loss. It rounded up forty bids to close at $11,500 to a buyer from Italy. But the real surprise in the art department came as lot #140 in the 483 lot sale. An unsigned American Western scene, oil on canvas, also from the Daytona Museum, depicted waterfalls, a river and a chain of mountains with three figures of Native American Indians in the foreground. This unassuming 29 by 44in work had several tears and abrasions and was estimated presale at $400/600. With a very strong attribution to Alexander Loemans (Canadian ? – d1898) it was hotly competed in the room and online with sixty-two bids, closing at $6,500. Also in the American art category, an early work by Florida Highwayman Harold Newton (American, 1932-1994), a Florida landscape typical of the genre’ sold within estimate at $3,750.

Good wood also would do good with a Chinese Meiji period rosewood etagere having elaborate and fine carvings in berry and bamboo motifs surrounding open shelving and one closed compartment closing above estimate at $6,250. It was followed by a Chinese carved rosewood desk, late 19th century, with a carved gallery above a drawer flanked by doors. With the matching chair, the set sold over estimate for $2,000. But the star of the furniture show was a beautifully patinated 19th century two piece Federal mahogany tambour desk, banded and inlaid with upper interior drawers and two full length drawers below. The square nails in the back attested to the age. This elegant office in a box, estimated at $400/600 created enough excitement to close at $3,000. A six piece quarter sawn oak bedroom set from the Mission Collection of L. & J.G. Stickley sold within estimate at $4,000.

The sale was carried live online by and had 363 registered bidders from around the world including Israel, Australia, Italy and France. Burchard Galleries, Inc. owner Jeff Burchard and his son Todd called the eight hour sale. For more information call (727) 821-1167, email to or visit the website at The Gallery is located at 2528 30th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida 33713. Burchard Galleries normally has an auction the last weekend each month with a “discovery auction” on Saturday and an antiques sale on Sunday. Check the website for details.

Written by:
Fred Taylor


1905 LEWIS & CLARK $1 GOLD PCGS MS64: Graded from PCGS MS64 sold for $14,000. Est. $1500/2000

Harold Newton (American, 1932-1994): Highwayman Painting, Oil/Upson, 24in x 20in, signed, custom frame 28'' x 23 1/2''. An early example of Newton's work. Several minor paint flecks, mostly in upper portion. Hammer price $3,750 Est. $2000/4000

AMERICAN SCHOOL WESTERN SCENE PAINTING: Oil/Canvas, 4'' x 36'', no visible signature but attributed to Alexander Loemas, encased in worn liner, 29'' x 41'', scene depicts waterfalls, a river, and a chain of mountains with three figures of native American Indians in the foreground standing on an outcropping, admiring the view. Several tears, abrasions. Est. $400/600. Sale price $6,500.

TIFFANY STUDIOS ACORN HARP FORM LAMP: Telescopic height, harp form frame. Emerald green dichroic glass. The lamp is 18 1/2''h., the shade is 9 3/4'' dia. Signed on the base ''Tiffany Studios New York 569''. The shade is signed ''Tiffany Studios''. Est. $12000/14000. Sale price $11,000.

Piero Ruggierir, (Italian, 1930-): ''Le Lampade 1956'', OIL/CANVAS, 44'' x 38'', signed lower right and signed, titled & dated verso, with two Galleria La Bussola exhibition labeled verso, thin edge frame 45'' x 39''. Condition - Some craquelure throughout, several flecks of paint loss, needs cleaning. Est. $400/600, Sale price $11,500.

19th C. FEDERAL MAHOGANY TAMBOUR DESK: Banded and inlay, the upper section with interior drawers, the lower section with 2 full length drawers. Square nails in the back. Tapered legs. Two piece, overall approx. 44 1/2''h., 34 1/2''w. x 19 1/2''d. Est. $400/600. Sale price $3,000.

CHINESE MEIJI PERIOD CARVED ROSEWOOD ETAGERE: Elaborate and fine carvings in berry and bamboo motif. Open shelving with one closed compartment. Measures 78'' high x 37'' wide x 14 1/2'' deep. Est. $2,500/4,000. Sale price $6,250.