John Pence Collection of Academic Realists & Abstract Art, Part II, at Turner Auctions + Appraisals, Sunday, June 10th

TA image 1 Will Wilson (b. 1957), oil on canvas painting titled The Actor, signed upper left, 22 inches by 26 inches framed, undated (est. $2,000-3,000).

Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present The John Pence Collection of Academic Realists & Abstract Art, Part II, on Sunday, June 10th at 10:30 am Pacific time.  Pence was the founder and owner of the largest art gallery in San Francisco. Featuring artists from the 19th and 20th centuries, the sale will offer over 200 works in oil, watercolor, acrylic, crayon, pencil, egg tempura and mixed media, as well as etchings, lithographs and sculptures. Artists from the 19th century include Raymond Nott, Jacques Maroger, Walter Engelhardt, Robert Hallowell, Michael von Meyer, Frank Herrmann and Carroll Thayer Berry.

TA image 2 Douglas Fenn Wilson (b. 1953), oil and mixed media painting titled Waterfall, signed bottom right, 21 ¾ inches 15 inches framed (est. $1,000-2,000).

Works from the 20th century were created by Will Wilson, Randall Lake, Robert Maione, Douglas Fenn Wilson, Jason Gaillard, Robert LaVigne, Michael Bergt, John Koenig, Daniel Phill, Steve Armstrong and Gary Viviano, among others.  Women artists represented in the auction include Mary Foote, Iola Lorie Benton, Marguerite Takvorian-Holmes, Maria Alquilar and Judith Clancy.  Two Audubon prints, Havell Edition, will complete the sale. This online auction, Part II of his sale, features artworks from Mr. Pence’s personal collection, supplemented with works from his gallery. Mr. Pence retired last year.

TA image 3 Steve Armstrong (late 20th century), wood sculpture titled Take Another Little Bite of My Heart, signed lower right of "window", 24 inches tall (est. $400-$600).

 

 

 

 

Palmyra Heritage’s Fine Antiquities & Ancient Art Variety Sale on June 10th will offer a tantalizing mix of authentic antiquities

PH image 1 Large ancient Roman bronze oil lamp, circa 1st century AD, with double spouts, 11 inches long by 6 ¾ inches tall, with choice green patina, only minor wear (est. $8,000-$12,000).

Palmyra Heritage’s Sunday, June 10th Fine Antiquities & Ancient Art Variety Sale will offer a tantalizing selection of authentic ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Near Eastern and Byzantine antiquities, pre-Colombian objects and a great selection of ancient coin jewelry. Part of the catalog will comprise the remainder of the late Robert Thompson collection, outstanding examples from the Egyptian, Classical, Roman, Near Eastern and pre-Columbian cultures. “Bob Thompson represented the dedication and attention to detail that the antiquity community requires,” said Morris Khouli, owner of Palmyra Heritage.

PH image 2 Ancient Egyptian bronze figure of Anubis, circa 635 BC, 4 ½ inches tall, depicted standing, with the left arm missing but otherwise in near-perfect condition (est. $2,000-$3,000).

The auction will also feature items from the estate of Rabi Soleymani of London, England. The collection includes a fine gathering of Near Eastern Luristan bronze finials and axe heads dating to the 1st millennium. Also in the sale is a collection of Cypriot pottery vessels (circa 1000-500 BC) originally from a New York Metropolitan Museum of Art collection that was acquired in 1928, plus other various private US collections. The auction will begin promptly at 11 am Eastern time and will be online-only, but lots can be previewed in Palmyra Heritage’s gallery, at 1050 Second Avenue #16 in New York City. To see more, click here.

PH image 3 Ancient Apulian red figure bell krater Magna Graecia, circa mid-4th century BC, 8 ¾ inches tall, with bell-shaped body and standing on a flared pedestal foot (est. $3,000-$5,000).

 

 

Potter & Potter Auctions' June 16th magic sale features automatons, apparatus, ephemera, Houdiniana, broadsides, mystery clocks, more

PP image 1 Robert-Houdin glass column mystery clock (est. $40,000-$50,000)

Potter & Potter Auctions’ 435-lot David Baldwin Magic Collection II sale will be held on Saturday, June 16th, at 10am Central time, online and in the Chicago gallery. David M. Baldwin (1928-2014) had a lifelong passion for magic and a remarkable eye for the extraordinary.  He owned one of the most finely curated collections of antique magic apparatus and memorabilia in the world and was keenly interested in mystery clocks, especially those by 19th-century French magician and clockmaker Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, the "father of modern magic" and the inspiration behind Harry Houdini's professional name.

PP image 2 The World’s Greatest Psychic Sensation – Samri S. and Miss Baldwin in Oriental Hypnotic Dream Visions (est. $3,000-$5,000).

The sale features several examples of these mind-bending timekeepers, such as lot #28, a Robert-Houdin glass column mystery clock (est. $40,000-60,000). Also sold will be outstanding automatons; a full spectrum of old to new magic apparatus, with breathtaking examples from legacy manufacturers; magic-themed photography, including several important images of Harry Houdini; phenomenal magic-related ephemera; selections of stunning, linen-backed broadsides; and museum-quality selections of books, tricks, props, and other rarities. Part I of the Baldwin collection was held in October 2016 and grossed $400,000. For more info, click here.

PP image 3 Turk Magician musical automaton (est. $8,000-$12,000).

 

 

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