Robert Thompson and David Fromkin will share the spotlight in Palmyra Heritage’s April 22nd sale

PH image 1 Ancient Roman marble head of a goddess from the 1st century AD, 7 ½ inches tall (with stand 10 ½ inches tall), beautifully carved with nice facial details (est. $8,000-$12,000).

About half the catalog – around 200 lots – in Palmyra Heritage’s Sunday, April 22nd auction will be Part 3 of exceptional antiquities from the estate of the late Robert Thompson of Philadelphia, Pa. (Part 2 was sold in March). Part 3 will include examples from the Egyptian, Classical, Roman, Near Eastern and pre-Columbian cultures. But also in the sale will be about 10 rare and highly collectible Cypriot vessels from the estate of the late author, lawyer and historian David Fromkin (N.Y., 1932-2017). Quality lots from other American collections will also be sold in an auction that totals exactly 401 lots.

PH image 2 Ancient Egyptian bronze figure of an unknown king wearing a short kilt and the crown of Egypt, circa 700 BC, just over 2 ½ inches tall, in perfect shape (est. $2,000-$3,000).

David Fromkin is best known for his historical account of the Middle East in his widely acclaimed book A Peace to End All Peace (1989), in which he recounts the role European powers played between 1914 and 1922 in creating the modern Middle East. The book was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Fromkin wrote seven books in total, with his most recent in 2007, The King and the Cowboy: Theodore Roosevelt and Edward the Seventh, Secret Partners. He was also a foreign policy adviser to Hubert Humphrey during the 1972 Democratic primary campaign. To see more, click here.

PH image 3 Ancient Egyptian blue faience amulet of Sekhmet, circa 700 BC, shown wearing Uraeus Crown with a suspension loop and holding a scepter in her left hand (est. $1,500-$2,500).




Changing Hands’ April 22nd estate sale features a fantastic Asian art collection

CH image 1 Chinese rock crystal carved perfume bottle (est. $1,440-$1,800).

Changing Hands Estate Sale Company – the sister company of Le Shoppe Too, metro Detroit’s largest upscale Mid-Century Modern store – is in the midst of a major Asian Art, Ivory, Jade, Coral, Crystal & Jewelry Auction that ends on Sunday, April 22nd. The sale is headlined by a fantastic Asian art collection – artifacts that are all derived from one couple's 50-plus years of traveling and collecting. The craftsmanship and artistry in these pieces is unsurpassed in today's market. These authentic Asian collectibles include rock crystal, ivory, a large collection of netsuke, semi-precious stone carvings and much more.

CH image 2 Ivory hand-carved pair of cocks with floral design, on a footed base (est. $990-$1,238).

Changing Hands Estate Sale Company handles the sale of its clients’ precious possessions and has a certified art appraiser on staff to help value high-end art and sculpture. Fine items of value may be sold at estate auction through Changing Hands or consigned for sale in the Le Shoppe Too showroom, at 3325 Orchard Lake Road in Keego Harbor, Mich., just outside Detroit. Le Shoppe Too’s 17,000-square-foot store features the finest selection of unique, iconic 20th century furniture, fine art, home décor, lighting and glass. The firm hosts international auctions with bidders from over 30 countries worldwide. For more info, click here.

CH image 3 Blue lapiz female and two male figures sculpture, 8.25 inches tall (est. $450-$562).




Freeman’s April 25th American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts Auction is packed with Americana

FA image 1 Rembrandt Peale (1778-1860), Portrait of George Washington (1732-1799) in presidential costume (est. $150,000-$250,000).

Freeman’s April 25th auction of American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts, online and at the firm’s gallery in Philadelphia, offers Americana collectors a wide array of items. A 41-lot collection of outsider and folk art opens the sale and represents artists including Thornton Dial, Mamie Deschillie, Eddie Arning, Purvis Young and others. Another important collection is a group of furniture, needlework, silver, manuscripts, silhouettes, early imprints, journals and correspondence relating to prominent Quaker families of Philadelphia, Bucks and Chester Counties, Pennsylvania, from the 17th-20th centuries.

FA image 2 Carved and painted figure of a trapper, possibly New Jersey, circa 1870 (est. $30,000-$50,000).

The auction is also rich in historic and folk portraiture. Highlights include a portrait of George Washington in presidential costume by Rembrandt Peale (est. $150,000-250,000); and a portrait of Royal Navy Captain William Locker by Gilbert Stuart (est. $25,000-35,000). Period furniture will include a New York Chippendale mahogany tassel-back side chair (est. $8,000-12,000). The sale will also feature a highly carved rosewood square piano made by Schomacker & Co. in Philadelphia, patented in 1848; the famous James Montgomery Flagg WWI recruitment poster and an iconic anti-slavery broadside from 1789. To view all items being auctioned, click here.

FA image 3 Roger Lee Ivens, aka Ab the Flagman (b. 1964), New York Liberty (est. $1,500-$2,500).