Egyptian Cycladic marble head from 2,000-2400 BC will be sold Sept. 22-23 (Day 1) at Cottone Auctions

Day 1 of Cottone Auctions’ upcoming Fine Art and Antiques Auction, slated for Sept. 22-23, online and at the firm’s gallery in Geneseo, New York, will feature the lifetime collection of Annette McGuire Cravens, the late philanthropist and patron of the arts from Buffalo, New York. Her collection includes the early Egyptian Cycladic marble head dating from 2,000-2400 BC pictured here, with impeccable provenance. The head, a little more than 5 ½ inches tall, is a prime example of the elegance achieved by Cycladic sculptors of the 3rd millennium BC. It has a robust pre-sale estimate of $60,000-$80,000.

This early Egyptian Cycladic marble head from 2,000-2400 BC with impeccable provenance is expected to change hands for $60,000-$80,000. (photo courtesy Cottone Auctions)

Annette Cravens (1923-2017) dedicated her time to the expansion and diversification of her collection of archaeological and ethnographic items, some dating back to 4500 BC. She and her husband traveled the world, collecting along the way a trove of Asian, Mesopotamian, South American and European pieces. In 2010, she donated a staggering 1,100 items to the University of Buffalo. Other highlights from her collection in the auction include a pair of metal stabiles by Alexander Calder (Crayfish and Black Disk), a somnambulant sculpture titled Sounding by Harry Bertoia and three sculptures by the artist George Rickey.

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Oustanding 40+-pc. collection of pâte-sur-pâte will be in Du Mouchelles’ Sept. 15-17 auction

Day 2 of Du Mouchelles’ big three-day auction planned for Sept. 15-17 will feature the outstanding pâte-sur-pâte collection of Mrs. Robert Bockemuehl of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, including exhibition pieces, cabinet plates, vases and large plaques by Minton, George Jones & Sons and Meissen. The majority of the collection showcases Louis Solon’s delicate work at the Minton factory, favoring Hellenistic figures and allegories of cupids and cherubs in whimsical settings. The item pictured here is a Louis Solon-decorated pâte-sur-pâte porcelain exhibition vase, 23 inches tall, circa 1880 (est. $10,000-$15,000).

Outstanding 40+ pc collection This gorgeous Louis Solon-decorated pâte-sur-pâte porcelain exhibition vase, 23 inches tall, made circa 1880, should finish at $10,000-$15,000. (photo courtesy Du Mouchelles)

Pâte-sur-pâte is a French term meaning "paste on paste". It’s a method of porcelain decoration in which a relief design is created in an unfired, unglazed body by applying layers of white slip (liquid clay) with a brush. It dates back to 1850 in France and an accident at the Sevres factory. The company was trying to reproduce a decorative technique from a Chinese vase, but the experiment took them along a different path from the Chinese potter and they perfected what became known as pâte-sur-pâte. Louis Solon perfected the technique and became its leading exponent. Du Mouchelles is located in Detroit, Michigan.

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Dazzling signed jewels from numerous estates and collections at Fortuna Auction, Sept. 7 & 8

Fortuna Auction has expanded its originally planned one-day Fine Jewels Auction into a two-day event – September 7th and 8th – with Day 1 the headliner session featuring a variety of signed jewels from numerous estates and private collections. Offered will be unique, vintage and contemporary jewels from renowned makers such as Cartier, Tiffany & Company, Van Cleef & Arpels and David Webb, as well as much sought-after creations from Seaman Schepps and Buccellati. Included will be a wide array pf classic white diamond and colored gemstone rings in a variety of shapes and sizes. In all, 266 lots will come up for bid.

Dazzling signed jewels Van Cleef & Arpels diamond ring featuring a 3.33-carat emerald-cut diamond flanked by tapered baguette diamonds (est. $50,000-$70,000). (photo courtesy Fortuna Auction)

Two lots certain to spark keen bidder interest include the one shown here: a Van Cleef & Arpels diamond ring featuring a 3.33-carat emerald-cut diamond with E color and IF clarity, flanked by two tapered baguette diamonds weighing about 0.40 carats, set in platinum (est. $50,000-$70,000). The other dazzler is an impressive 1950s diamond necklace and earring set, crafted out of platinum and set with beautiful transitional-cut, round brilliant-cut and baguette diamonds, weighing about 58.05 carats (est. $30,000-$40,000). Day 2 will be a Galleria Sale, with a broad selection of attractively-priced estate and signed jewels.

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Extensive collection of African tribal material will be sold Sept. 16th by Selkirk Auctioneers

The African ethnographic art collection of Gary M. Douglas and Dr. Dain Heer – 398 lots, featuring a range of African sculptures and statues, masks, baskets, containers, textiles and more – will headline Selkirk’s Saturday, September 16th auction, online and at the firm’s gallery in St. Louis. An example of the superb assemblage is the item pictured here: an early 20th century Bamileke beaded mask, made by the Bamileke people of Cameroon and intended for tribal use. The carved wood helmet mask, 29 inches tall, boasts a colorful headdress adorned with beads and raffia. It carries an estimate of $16,000-$18,000.

Extensive collection of African tribal This early 20th century African beaded mask, made by the Bamileke people of Cameroon, carries a pre-sale estimate of $16,000-$18,000. (photo courtesy Selkirk Auctioneers)

The extensive collection was accumulated over three decades. The thoughtfully curated artifacts reflect the historical significance, material culture and creativity of Africa, spanning the late 19th thru the early 20th century. Gary M. Douglas is a best-selling author, eccentric and world traveler who began collecting while in his teens. Dr. Dain Heer is an entrepreneur, speaker and best-selling author. He’s also a creative business leader with a profound understanding if the power of art. The majority of the men’s shared collection was acquired in the 1980s and ‘90s, from globally recognized auction houses and galleries.





Last formal photo of Abraham Lincoln, with son Tad, will be sold by Cowan’s on Sept. 8th

The expected top lot in Cowan’s Auctions’ Friday, September 8th auction, online and at the firm’s Cincinnati, Ohio gallery, is the large-format photograph of Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad pictured here. It was to be the last formal photo of the president, taken at Alexander Gardner’s studio in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 5, 1865. The photo, from the Eric C. Caren Archive of historic documents, carries a pre-sale estimate of $15,000-$25,000 and is housed in a striking folk art frame with carved features that include a representation of the Emancipation Proclamation and a broken chain that symbolizes slavery.

Last formal photo of Lincoln This large-format photograph of Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad is the last formal photo of the president, taken on February 5th, 1865. (photo courtesy Cowan’s Auctions)

Thomas “Tad” Lincoln III (1853-1871) was the fourth and youngest son of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. It was Lincoln who nicknamed him “Tad”, saying as a baby he was “wiggly as a tadpole.” And a problem child, too. Tad Lincoln was known to be impulsive and unrestrained, and he did not attend school during his father's lifetime. He had free run of the White House, and there are stories of him interrupting presidential meetings and charging visitors to see his father. It didn’t help that his brother Willie was also a hellion. Willie died from typhoid fever in 1862 at age 12 and Tad died from tuberculosis in 1871 at age 18.