Cambridge glass in the Wildflower pattern in abundance at an. Aug. 18 on-site auction

The many lifetime collections of Kenneth and Joan Cole will come up for bid on Saturday, August 18th, online and on-site, at the Coles’ home in Panama City Beach, Florida, and the one collection expected to garner the most attention and spark the fiercest bidding wars is the Cambridge glass in the Wildflower pattern collection. “Collectors will think they’ve died and gone to heaven,” Joan Cole said of her many pieces, numbering in the dozens and ranging from miniature to large. The auction will start at 8 am Central time and is being conducted by The Specialists of the South, Inc., based in Panama City, Fla.

Cambridge glass in the Wildflower pattern This gorgeous pair of Cambridge glass dolphin candlesticks in the Wildflower pattern will be sold August 18th in Florida. (photo courtesy The Specialists of the South, Inc.)

The Cambridge Glass Company was formed in 1873 in Cambridge, Ohio. It hit its stride in the 1920s and ‘30s, initially producing a range of colored glassware with opaque shades and later moving on to transparent shades. The Wildflower etched pattern was introduced in 1937, as a full line of stemware, flatware and vases, all of which were available in gold encrustation. The photo here shows lot #270 – a pair of Cambridge glass dolphin candlesticks in the Wildflower pattern. The Cambridge Glass Company couldn’t compete with mass-produced glassware and went out of business. But it is still popular with collectors. Check out more here


Waldo Peirce painting of his wife and Ernest Hemingway’s wife will be sold

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ three-day Summer Auction Weekend sale, August 25-27, will be packed with 1,400 lots of fine art (ranging from Old Master works to creations by important 20th century artists), folk art, marine items, antiquities, early furniture and 20th century decorative arts. On Friday, August 25th, the focus will be on Maine contemporary art (a category near and dear to Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, as the sale will be held in their Thomaston, Maine gallery, as well as online). Featured will be an oil on canvas by Marsden Hartley (Maine, 1877-1943), titled Landscape (est. $100,000-$150,000).

Waldo Peirce painting Peirce met Hemingway during World War I, when he was driving an ambulance at Verdun. The two men became friends. (photo courtesy Thomaston Place Auction Galleries)

Certainly one of the more interesting paintings is the one shown here, by Waldo Peirce (N.Y./Maine/Mass., 1884-1907), one of eight works by the artist in the sale. Titled Two Wives in Riviera Apartment, Nice, France, Summer of 1925, the painting depicts Peirce’s wife and the wife of his great compatriot, Ernest Hemingway, who Peirce met while driving an ambulance at Verdun during World War I. Peirce’s wife was the actress Ivy Troutman; Hemingway’s wife (his first) was Elizabeth Hadley Richardson. The signed painting, large at 60 inches by 45 inches in a gilt matched corner frame, should hit $20,000-$30,000. See the full catalogue here.



Chinese Ningxia imperial nine-dragon silk and gold thread rug at MBA Seattle Auction

MBA Seattle Auction is gearing up for a huge two-session sale on August 24th and 25th, online and at the firm’s gallery in Renton, Washington (just outside Seattle). The Thursday, Aug. 24 session will feature modernism and 20th century design by names like Roy Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg, Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, Jane Hammond, Salvador Dali, Josef Albers and others. Also sold will be Northwest fine art, including works by Morris Graves, Mark Tobey, Guy Anderson, George Tsutakawa, Paul Horiuchi, Neil Meitzler, Helmi Juvonen, John Matsudaira, William Cumming and Kenneth Callahan.

Chinese Ningxia imperial rug This beautiful Chinese Ningxia imperial silk and gold thread rug, 9 feet by 12 feet, dates to the Jianqing period (1796-1820). (photo courtesy MBA Seattle Auction)

The Friday, Aug. 25 session will be dedicated to the Asian arts and ethnography, from Northwest estates. Offered will be a fine selection of Korean, Japanese, and Chinese antiquities, several pre-Columbian pieces from Olmec and Aztec cultures, some early Persian items and more. A highlight lot of the session is the beautiful and rare Chinese Ningxia imperial silk and gold thread rug pictured here, 9 feet by 12 feet and dating to the Jianqing period (1796-1820). The rug, with nine five-clawed dragons chasing the flaming pearl, is expected to hammer for $40,000-$60,000. Find out more and submit here.



Navajo Germantown ‘Moki’ blanket at California Auctioneers, Aug. 25th

California Auctioneers & Appraisers’ upcoming estates auction on Sunday, August 27th, at 10 am Pacific time, will be a bidders’ and buyers’ paradise, with items in nearly every imaginable category, to include Native American jewelry, estate paintings, antique and modern firearms, (including a collection of Colt 1911s), fine Orientailia, Tiffany and sterling silver, bronzes, estate jewelry, art glass lamps, fine antique furniture, World War I memorabilia, antique sextants, maritime items, transits, knives, Americana, rugs and more. The auction will be held online and at the firm’s gallery in Ventura, California.

Navajo Germantown Moki blanket This circa 1880-1890 Navajo Germantown “Moki” revival wearing blanket, 48 inches by 54 inches, is in near mint shape. (photo courtesy California Auctioneers & Appraisers)

An expected star of the Native American category is the outstanding circa 1880-1890 Navajo Germantown “Moki” revival wearing blanket shown here, in near mint condition. The 48 inch by 54 inch blanket is indigo blue with purple and black stripes, filling the central diamonds. “This is one of the most rare and historic of all the Navajo weavings,” said Jewels Eubanks of California Auctioneers & Appraisers. The rug, and all lots, will be previewed Saturday, August 26th, from noon to 5 pm Pacific time. The auction will feature fine items pulled from estates in Montecito, Santa Barbara, Ojai, Ventura and Los Angeles. Check out more here.



Practical, utilitarian items do very well at Malama Auctions in Lihue, Hawaii

Malama Auctions is the only auction house on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, with a gallery in Lihue, the government and commercial center of the island and no doubt its most traveled town since Lihue is also home to Kauai’s main airport. And, while unique and valuable items do come up for bid at Malama Auctions, sometimes the more practical, utilitarian lots get even more attention, because of Hawaii’s remote position in the world, a place where getting so much of what mainlanders take for granted can be a cumbersome and expensive exercise. Like a desk, for example – in fact, the very desk that’s pictured here.

Practical, utilitarian items This 350-year-old English magistrate’s desk, pulled from a Midwestern estate, is expected to attract attention when it come up for bid Aug. 18. (photo courtesy Malama Auctions)

Make no mistake: this desk is a 350-year-old English magistrate’s desk, pulled from an estate in the Midwest, and it would do well at most any auction. It’s a large, semi-circular desk with a red leather top and second, slanted top with locking drawers, heavy turned legs and metal parapets around the top tier. Measuring 78 inches deep by 90 inches wide, the desk, all in one piece, is heavy and was probably an expensive bear to haul to Hawaii. But that will only add to its desirability when it comes up for bid at Malama Auctions’ Antique, Fine Art & Collectibles Auction on Friday, August 18th. All lots have a starting bid of $1. See the full catalogue here.