Monumental Chinese temple vase will be in Tremont’s Asian auction

Monumental Chinese temple vase The vase descended through the family of Morris K. Jesup, former president of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. (photo courtesy Tremont Auctions)

Tremont Auctions’ upcoming Spring Asian Fine Arts & Antiques Auction, slated for Sunday, April 23rd, will feature this monumental Chinese 19th century temple vase with pate-sur-pate pagoda decoration. The four-foot-tall vase is descended through the family of American banker and philanthropist Morris Ketchum Jesup, the former president of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The vase formerly resided at Mr. Jesup’s mansion home in Lenox, Mass. – Belvoir Terrace – and it has a starting bid of $5,000.

Overall, about 600 lots will come up for bid, starting at 10:30 am Eastern time, online and at Tremont Auctions’ gallery in Newton, Mass. Under the leadership of Asian specialist Jim Callahan, the firm will present estates and collections from Newport, R.I.; a downsizing collector from Connecticut; and items gleaned from across the U.S. and Canada, to include gilt Buddha bronzes, works of art, textiles, works on paper, porcelain, over 100 carved jade objects and a large collection of Chinese ceramics, to include the huge temple vase.

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Collector Firearms’ massive inventory appeals to hunters, collectors, plinkers

Collector Firearms massive inventory This cased Colt Baby Paterson No. 1 .28 caliber revolver (case not shown) is in excellent condition. The price just dropped to $225,000. (photo courtesy Collectors Firearms)

Collector Firearms in Houston, Texas boasts one of the country’s largest collections of militaria, uniforms, weapons and memorabilia of all types. It also stocks reference books on these and other subjects. The many antique and modern firearms on display appeal to collectors, hunters and cowboy shooters, as well as casual plinkers. The fluid inventory of more than 10,000 guns, 2,000 books, ammunition, optics and accessories is for sale at a fixed price, but the firm also makes items available through a partnership with Barnebys.

Some of the items in the Collector Firearms gallery carry hefty price tags. Like this cased Colt Baby Paterson No. 1 .28 caliber revolver (case not shown). The gun is in excellent condition and has 95 percent of its original finish and is all matching, including the extra cylinder. The price recently dropped from $250,000 to $225,000. Or, if you have even more to spend, there’s an iron frame Henry rifle, serial number 90, also in excellent condition. The price: $350,000. Of course, there are many items in stock at all various price points.

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Several artworks by Birger Sandzen will be auctioned in Kansas April 29th

Several artworks by Birger Sandzen This painting by Birger Sandzen (1871-1954), titled New Mexico Landscape, has rich vivid colors and heavy textures. (photo courtesy Raymer Society Consignment Art Auction)

Much attention is being drawn to the original oil on board painting by Swedish-born American artist Birger Sandzen (1871-1954) shown here, titled New Mexico Landscape, dated 1947. The 20 inch by 24 inch oil painting is lot #80 in the Raymer Society Consignment Art Auction slated for Wednesday, April 29th, online and at the Red Barn Studio Museum in Lindsborg, Kansas, not far from where Sandzen lived, worked and taught art for decades, at Bethany College, from 1894 until his retirement in 1946.

Several works by Sandzen will be offered in the 130-lot auction, which will also feature examples from the legendary Prairie Print Makers, a group of Kansas artists (including Sandzen) who, between 1931 and 1965, created etchings, silkscreens, linoleum cuts, block prints and lithographs that showed a 20th century view of the Kansas landscape. Also in the auction will be works by artist and craftsman Lester Raymer (1907-1991), whose Red Barn Studio gave rise to a museum and the Raymer Society Consignment Art Auction.

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The Jeffrey M. Kaplan Collection, spanning 1,000 years, will be sold

The Jeffrey M. Kaplan Collection Biedermeier furniture, like this group here, is just a taste of what’s in The Jeffrey M. Kaplan Collection, which will be sold April 6th by Freeman’s. (photo courtesy Freeman’s)

Jeffrey M. Kaplan is the definition of a true Renaissance man. While many collectors choose to focus on only one area, Mr. Kaplan has formed a “collection of collections.” This passion for collecting has allowed him to assemble an astonishing body of works in many media that span across a millennium. On Thursday, April 6th, Freeman’s will offer 1,000 Years of Collecting: The Jeffrey M. Kaplan Collection, online and at the firm’s gallery in Philadelphia. The rich group of material is entirely fresh to the market.

Sold will be significant works on paper, Asian works of art, modern contemporary design and 19th century European decorative arts by noted artists and designers. The list of paintings and works on paper is extensive and impressive. Decorative arts will feature Chinese embroidered rank badges and textiles, Chinese sculptures in stone and ceramic, Biedermeier and Renaissance Revival furniture, Art Nouveau furnishings, and glass by artists such as Louis Majorelle and Emile Galle. The modern design section is also unequaled.

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Canadian carvers have produced many fine (and valuable) decoys

Canadian carvers have produced This rare pair of pintails by Ivar Fernlund, from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada is expected to sell for more than $200,000 on April 27-28. (photo courtesy Guyette & Deeter, Inc.)

Most people familiar with the hobby equate decoy collecting with the legendary carvers from the Northeastern United States, like Elmer Crowell (Mass.), the Ward Brothers (Md.), and Gus Wilson (Me.), and they’ll all be represented in Guyette & Deeter, Inc.’s 31st annual spring decoy and sporting art auction set to be held April 27-28, online and in St. Charles, Illinois, in conjunction with the North American Vintage Decoy & Sporting Collectibles Show. Nearly 600 lots of quality decoys and related items will come up for bid.

=But did you know that some very fine decoys have come out of Canada? It’s true, and part of the Guyette & Deeter auction will feature the collection of Peter Brown of Vancouver, B.C. Brown’s is the largest collection of Canadian decoys in existence – over 1,000 birds. He donated it all to Ducks Unlimited Canada, which commissioned Guyette & Deeter to sell the collection for them. The crown jewel is a rare pair of pintails by Ivar Fernlund, from Hamilton, Ontario. The pair is expected to sell for more than $200,000.