You do see it from time to time but not very often: beautiful Chinese objects perched atop equally gorgeous French gilt mounts. That’s exactly what is pictured here: a pair of 18th century Chinese Hu flambé glazed porcelain urns set on top of 19th century French gilt bronze mounts (and lid), with the mark of the Paris foundry stamped to the underside of the base. They’re lot #136 in Abington Auction Gallery’s Summer Estates Auction, slated for Thursday, July 27th, online and at the firm’s gallery in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with a start time of 6 pm Eastern time. The urns have a pre-auction estimate of $6,000-$8,000.

The auction is packed with over 260 lots of estate-fresh antiques, including fine art, Asian antiquities, collectibles, crystal, silver, fine jewelry, Mid-Century Modern, sculptures and more. An expected star of the fine art category is lot #130 – an oil on board titled Morning in Rockport by the noted landscape and marine painter Anthony Thieme (Am., 1888-1954). The diminutive work (just 14 inches by 14 inches, in the frame) is signed and has an estimate of $2,000-$3,000. Thieme was born in Rotterdam but emigrated to the U.S. at age 22 and became a major figure of the Rockport (Mass.) School of American regional art.

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Cartier Art Deco-style desk clock will be in Shelley’s July 27th online-only auction

Choosing just one image to go with a story describing an auction that’s loaded with great stuff is always a chore. Case in point: Shelley Auction Gallery’s online-only auction planned for Thursday, July 27th, at 6 pm Eastern time. It’s a tidy sale of just 150 lots, but the list of categories goes on and on, with great items representing each group. In the end, we settled on the lot shown here: a lovely Cartier Art Deco-style desk clock, made circa the 1980s. It boasts a signed, gold-colored sunburst style dial, quartz movement, a gilt metal case with lapis-type enameling, black inlaid hands and blue cabochon terminals on back.

Another strong candidate was a gentleman’s Vacheron & Constantin wristwatch in 18kt yellow gold, with engraving on the back of the case. The watch, one of several wristwatches and pocket watches in the sale, is expected to bring $2,000-$3,000. The auction also features original works of art, Asian and related objects, gold and silver coins, Civil War items, music-related antiques, sterling silver (by Gorham, Tiffany and others), trains and toys and dolls, estate jewelry pieces, pottery/porcelain/glass (to include Wedgwood and Limoges), and assorted other items, to include Jugtown collectibles, over 40 inkwells and more.

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The Donovan collections being sold include antique horse-drawn carriages

On Sunday, July 22nd, Kaminski Auctions will conduct an on-site auction featuring the collections of Professor John J. and Linda Donovan, both well-known figures in the world of academia and Boston business circles. The auction will be held on-site, at The Stables at Devon Glen FarmRear, 482 Bay Road in Hamilton, Mass., starting at 10 am Eastern. The Donovans’ collections include outstanding 18th and 19th century English antiques and furnishings, sterling silver, sculpture, fine art, porcelain and a collection of antique horse carriages and antique cars. Wait, back up – antique horse carriages? You heard right.

When they were younger and more active, the Donovans were avid fox hunters and equestrian enthusiasts. Their collection of antique horse-drawn carriages includes two late 19th to 20th century horse-drawn “fifth wheel” carriages, a horse-drawn single axle cart on two wheels with a tufted burgundy velvet seat. There are also two sleighs dating from the 19th century to the early 20th century. The first is a horse-drawn single runner sleigh and the second a double runner sleigh. Both are in excellent condition. A two-day estate tag sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 20-21, from 10 am to 6 pm during preview.





Over two dozen bronzes, including one by Louis Chalon, at Garth’s on July 22nd

Garth's Auctioneers' sale on Saturday, July 22nd will feature over 480 lots of American, European and Asian decorative and fine arts, to include a fine array of furniture, contemporary and outsider art, English and American silver and mid-century objects. Offered will be over two dozen bronzes, including the 25-inch-tall knight and nude woman shown here, titled Tannhauser by Louis Chalon (Fr., 1866-1940), estimated at $3,000-$4,500. Chalon was born in Paris and was originally a painter, but he devoted much of his later life to bronze sculpture. Many of his female subjects were femme-fleurs (women symbolizing flowers).

Lovers of the elegance of English silver will be pleased by the selection of pieces by Paul Storr, a 1771 hot water urn by makers Louisa Courtauld & George Cowlee, and an 1887 punch bowl marked for Walter and John Barnard. The silver category also boasts the likely top lot of the sale, an ingot from the ship wreck Nuestra Senora de Atocha weighing 75 lbs. (est. $25,000-$35,000) and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Treasure Salvors, Inc. The auction, scheduled to begin promptly at 10 am Eastern time, will be held online and at Garth’s gallery in Delaware, Ohio, located just outside Columbus.





Pair of candelabra designed and signed By Trader Vic, in Michaan’s Aug. 6 sale

Michaan’s Auctions’ upcoming estate auction on Saturday, August 6th, will be top-heavy with rare coins and clocks, California impressionist paintings and vintage fine jewelry, but one item that caught our eye is the lot pictured here: a pair of bronze Polynesian-themed candelabra designed and signed by Victor Jules Bergeron (1902-1984), the colorful restaurateur best known as Trader Vic. The candelabra won’t be the top lot in the sale and only carry a modest estimate of $800-$1,200, but the mention of Bergeron’s name conjured up old memories of his chain of Polynesian-themed restaurants known as Trader Vic’s.

In 1934, using $500 in borrowed money, Bergeron opened a small bar and restaurant across from his parents’ grocery store in Oakland, California and originally called it Hinky Dink’s. As its popularity grew, so did the menu and décor, as the restaurants took on a tropical flair. Before long Hinky Dink’s became Trader Vic’s and new locations sprang up along the West Coast, in Hawaii and elsewhere around the world. In the 1950s and ‘60s, at the height of the Tiki culture fad, there were 25 Trader Vic’s worldwide. The Michaan’s auction will be held online and at the firm’s gallery in Alameda, California.