Rare and beautiful Chinese YiXing teapots will be sold without reserve, December 2nd

VA image 1 20th century Chinese Yixing stoneware teapot and lid, bamboo-shaped, with carved bamboo leaves to the lid and cursive calligraphic inscription (est. $200-$300).

Valeona Gallery in Montreal, Quebec, Canada will conduct a Chinese Decorative Arts Auction on Saturday, December 2nd, featuring over 300 lots of quality Chinese antiques. Offered will be an outstanding collection of YiXing teapots from an Asheville, North Carolina collector that’ll be sold without reserve; a fine collection of Chinese export jewelry and jades; a selection of early Chinese porcelains, dating from the Song to the mid-Ming Dynasty; a collection of Qing Dynasty Beijing glass from a private Florida home; a nice selection of bronzes and cloisonné; and jade and jadeite pieces from the Qing dynasty.

VA image 2 18th century Qing dynasty Chinese large cinnabar lacquer peach-shaped box and cover, with cover carved with a mountain landscape panel (est. $30,000-$50,000).

The YiXing teapots are particularly intriguing because of their interesting history. Made from the brightly colored purple clay found on the western banks of Lake Tai in the Chinese city of YiXing, the teapots were first produced by the potter Gong Chun during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). His idea of crafting a pot, rather than a bowl, for steeping tea quickly caught on, leading to the export of the YiXing pots from China to Europe. Today, as then, these purple clay pots are prized for their ability to retain the flavor and color of teas brewed inside. They’re also prized by collectors, who will have nearly 20 to bid on. For more info, click here.

VA image 3 Rare and elegant Chinese archaic bronze covered wine vessel from the Zhou dynasty (1046-256 BCE), ovoid cross section form, 6 ¾ inches tall (est. $6,000-$8,000).




Holabird Western Americana’s Dec. 1st-3rd auction in Reno, Nevada will be a 3-day, 2,200-lot monster

HWA image 1 Nice, large-sized 1902 plain back $10 note from 1911 for the First National Bank of Ukiah, in Mendocino County, Calif. (est. $2,000-$4,000).

Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC is gearing up for a huge three-day auction December 1st-3rd, one that’s packed with over 2,200 lots of railroad passes, Express collectibles, Western and postal history, mining memorabilia, rare bottles, Americana and more, online and in Holabird’s gallery at 3555 Airway Drive (Suite 308) in Reno, Nevada. Start times all three days will be 8 am Pacific time. Online bidding will be provided by the platforms iCollector.com, Invaluable.com, eBay Live and Auctionzip.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be taken. A virtual full catalog can be viewed now, at www.fhwac.com.

HWA image 2 Northwest Mail Company pass with a great red stage vignette, dated 1883, from a company about which almost nothing is known (est. $100-$300).

The Friday, Dec. 1st session will get things started with 735 lots of tokens, numismatics, railroadiana, Wells Fargo and other Express, mining collectibles, postal history and philatelic, and gaming. Day 2 – Saturday, December 2nd – will have vintage bottles, general Americana, jewelry, art, World’s Fair and Expositions collectibles, political items, atlases, Black Americana and more. Day 3 – on Sunday, December 3rd – will finish strong, with firearms and weaponry, a group of fire-related photos and other items, militaria, Native Americana, cowboy collectibles and taxidermy. For a free color catalog, call 1-844-492-2766. Click here to find out more.

HWA image 3 Small jar (4 inches tall) from Hopi, Arizona by Colleen Poleahla (Fire / Coyote) with a batwing design, mostly unpolished (est. $150-$200).




Winchesters, Colts, high-end sporting arms are just the beginning at Rock Island’s Dec. 1st-3rd auction

RIA image 1 Exceptional pair of hand-detachable side lock Philippe Grifnee master engraved, gold inlaid Holland & Holland Royal Deluxe over and under Shotguns in the desirable 28 gauge.

On December 1st, 2nd and 3rd, Rock Island Auction Company will end the year on a high note with a three-day premier auction event bursting at the seams with world-class firearms, online and at the firm’s gallery in Rock Island, Illinois. More than 2,800 lots will come up for bid, many of them pulled from important lifetime collections. For fans of Winchesters, offered will be a silver gilded, engraved deluxe Henry rifle and a rare and magnificent Winchester First Model 1873 “One of One Thousand” rifle. This significant offering is an incredible rarity for collectors of exceptional 19th century American arms.

RIA image 2 Extraordinary, historic cased deluxe factory engraved and inscribed Samuel Colt presentation Colt Model 1862 police percussion revolver presented to Major Charles T. Baker.

High-end sporting arms will feature examples from Holland & Holland, Rigby, Parker, Greener, Heym, and more, to include a pair of Philippe Grifnee engraved and gold inlaid H&H Royal Deluxe shotguns. Colt revolvers will feature a historical Colt Walker marked as issue to C Company, Walker’s own unit, one of only 220 made; and a first year production, cased and factory engraved Model 1862 police revolver presented by Samuel Colt to Major Charles Traintor Baker. Also up for bid will be artisan antiques, Smith & Wesson revolvers, military arms and large bore hunting rifles in powerful calibers. To find out more, click here.

RIA image 3 Extremely rare, documented Winchester first model 1873 "One of One Thousand" lever action rifle with factory letter, one of many highly collectible Winchester rifles in the sale.