Fine Asian arts and artifacts at MBA/Seattle Auction, Feb. 24th

Fine Asian arts This cobalt ground Chinese kesi silk court robe with gold thread from the Qing dynasty will be the first lot sold by MBA/Seattle Auction on Feb. 24th. (photo courtesy MBA/Seattle Auction)

Fans of Asian arts and artifacts will have a field day on Friday, February 24th, at 5 pm Pacific time. That’s when Session II of MBA/Seattle Auction’s two-day auction will get underway, online and at the firm’s gallery in Renton, Washington (Session I, on February 23rd, will feature premier fine arts and antiquities). The first item up for bid in Session II will be the early cobalt ground Chinese kesi silk court robe with gold thread pictured here. The 18th century Qing dynasty robe depicts nine five-clawed imperial dragons chasing the flaming pearl, with precious ornaments.

Other lots to watch will include a pair of Chinese 19th century Daoguang famille rose bowls on stands from the Qing dynasty, boasting intricate polychrome enameling of birds and blossoming lotus flowers, turquoise glazed ground, and with the red enameled Daoguang seal mark of the period; and a set of four 20th century Chinese Republic porcelain plaques, each with intricately enameled famille rose scenes depicting a pair of courtesans in landscapes, and each with calligraphy and a red seal artist’s inscription. Each plaque is 7 ½ inches by 5 inches, minus wood frames.

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Colorful and vibrant oil painting by Guillaumin will be in Abell auction

Colorful and vibrant oil painting This stunning and vibrant painting by Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin (Fr., 1841-1927), will be a featured lot at Abell Auction’s Feb. 26 quarterly sale. (photo courtesy Abell Auction)

The name Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin rolls off the tongue beautifully, but the French artist is by no means a household name. He was, however, a contemporary and friends with giants of the day like Paul Cezanne, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh (whose brother, Theo, sold some of Guillaumin’s works). While he never achieved the stature of those three, his influence on their work was significant. Cézanne attempted his first etching based on Guillaumin’s paintings of barges on the River Seine. Guillaumin’s paintings are noted for their intense colors.

The example shown here is an oil on canvas painting by Guillaumin titled Cote d’Azur, from around 1891. It’s a featured lot in Abell Auction’s upcoming quarterly fine art sale, slated for Sunday, Feb. 26th, online and at the firm’s gallery in Los Angeles, Calif., starting at 10 am Pacific time. The auction will showcase a large collection of modern and post-war art, plus fine jewelry, antique furniture and more. The Guillaumin work, 22 inches by 32 inches, is expected to hammer for $30,000-$40,000. Guillaumin remained lifelong friends with Cezanne and Pissarro.




Coins – rather, slivers of history –will be sold by Rago Arts, Feb. 24th

Coins, rather, slivers of history This Pan-American Exposition gold medal awarded in 1901 to Eldridge R. Johnson, for the Victor talking machine, will be sold by Rago Arts Feb. 24th. (photo courtesy Rago Arts & Auction)

On Friday, February 24th, Rago Arts & Auction Center will offer rare coins, medals and notes spanning nearly 2,500 years – from Alexander the Great to John F. Kennedy – online and at the firm’s gallery in Lambertville, N.J. Featured will be several fine and rare examples of American, world and ancient coins, including the Pan-American Exposition gold mead awarded to Eldridge R. Johnson for the Victor talking machine in 1901; an ancient silver tetradrachm from Athens; and a 1956 Benjamin Franklin 50-cent proof coin minted in Denver, graded NGC PR69.

Also offered will be a Denarius coin minted under Julius Caesar while on military campaign; a 1617 German-Strassburg Klippe, struck to commemorate the first centennial of Evangelism; and the Littman collection of over 100 Morgan silver dollars, including several variety types. “This auction is thick with lots of real historic interest,” said Chris Wise, director of Rago Arts’ Coins and Currency Department. “When you consider the Denarius coin minted under Julius Caesar and the solid gold coin awarded to Eldridge R. Johnson, you realize these are pieces of history.”

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This Patek Philippe watch could hit $180,000-$280,000

This Patek Philippe watch This Patek Philippe Ref. 5971 chronograph perpetual calendar baguette diamond bezel wristwatch in platinum is the star lot of Antiquorum’s Feb. 23 watch sale. (photo courtesy Antiquorum)

Watch collectors worldwide are eagerly anticipating Antiquorum’s upcoming auction titled Important Watches & Jewelry slated for Thursday, February 23rd, online and in the firm’s United States headquarters at 805 Third Avenue in New York City. Headlining the sale will be a Patek Philippe Ref. 5971 chronograph perpetual calendar baguette diamond bezel wristwatch in platinum. The watch has perpetual calendar moon phases, 24-hour indication, tachometer and a platinum buckle set with six calibrated diamonds – oh, and a pre-sale estimate of $180,000-$280,000.

Also in the sale is a fancy flawless yellow 10.47-carat diamond ring (est. $120,000-$180,000); a Richard Mille RM011 Felipe Massa annual calendar flyback chronograph in pink gold (est. $80,000-$120,000); a Chopard Ref. 4250 Imperiale Tourbillon baguette watch with matching ring, cufflinks and ballpoint pen, with diamonds in white gold (est. $100,000-$200,000); a Rolex Ref. 116758-SA GMT-Master II with diamonds and sapphires in yellow gold (est. $85,000-$125,000); and an unmounted, 5.01-carat oval brilliant diamond with VS1 clarity (est. $65,000-$95,000).

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Belleek Rathmore basket with a storied past will be sold Feb. 25th

Belleek Rathmore basket This fine commissioned basket from the Belleek factory – a four-strand lattice basket decorated with 'coral' handles and feet – will be sold Feb. 25. (photo courtesy Dirk Soulis Auctions)

It’s not often an item in an auction is so rare and important it’s the topic of a newspaper article, but that’s exactly the case with the item pictured here: a circa 1920 Belleek porcelain Rathmore basket, described at length in the Salem (Mass.) Evening News, from Feb. 9, 1987. The article talks about the basket’s storied past – and its hefty price tag of $5,500. The basket will be sold again on Saturday, February 25th, at a multi-estate auction being held by Dirk Soulis Auctions, online and at the firm’s gallery in Lone Jack, Missouri. The estimate is a modest $400-$600.

The basket is a one-of-a-kind and what makes it unique is that most of the factory (in Belleek, Ireland) had to be shut down to execute the fine detailing required to make it a Rathmore. As a result, the basket is no longer included in catalogs from Belleek, which only adds to its cache and desirability among collectors. It’s strictly a decorative piece – quite beautiful, too – with skillfully hand-woven “spaghetti strips” forming the base, and pastel hand-applied and hand-painted pastel flowers and garlands. A bright blue handle with a coral reef texture tops the creation.

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