The collection from the Estate of Candice B. Groot includes an wonderful selection of collectables from the usual suspects of watches, to the not to usual taxidermy and erotica.

Groot was an artist, teacher, philanthropist, and of course, a keen collector. Her achievements as an artist include receiving in 2014 the Award for Regional Excellence from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and was recognised for her contributions to the arts by The Smithsonian Institute with a tour of her collection in the museum's permanent archives.

In 1988, Groot set up the Virginia A. Groot Foundation which sets out to award annual international grants to contemporary artists who work in three dimensions to help develop their work.

The first sale of Groot's collection will be held on February 6, check out the weird, the wonderful and the whacky from the wunderkammer going under the gavel next month.

450_1 Erotic, Woman Bending Over cane, carved ivory handle and collar, wood shaft, steel ferrule/tip, handle

102_1 Erotic, circa 1910, traveler's clock, leather, polychrome enamel

19_1 Lover's Eye 19th century ring, yellow gold, black enamel, glass, miniature painting of a dark blue eye, engraved: Rev.d R. Heber/ Ob.t Jan.y 10, 1804

389_1 Erotic, Indian Couple automated music box, silvered metal, polychrome painted composite

398_1 Vintage, Spring in Bloom peepshow 5 cents vending machine

378_1 Continental, life-size articulated mannequin, walnut, maple

36_1 Swiss, Circa 1810, Warrior's Rest concealed erotic open face pocket watch, 18K yellow gold, polychrome enameled automated scene

273_1 Walter Potter (1835-1918), The Kittens' Wedding taxidermy diorama, England, 1890, twenty kittens with custom outfits.
Provenance: Bonhams, London, England, 23 September 2003, The Contents of Mr. Potter's Museum of Curiosities.
Described in Bonhams' catalogue as: "the last tableau made by Walter Potter and the only one where the animals are actually dressed as humans. This was Potter's most famous tableau."

179_1 Art Nouveau, Burlesque erotic pendant, yellow gold, polychrome enamel, pearls, possible Russian city mark for St. Petersburg and maker's mark of CW, with later gold necklace

267_1 Thomas Kuntz (b. 1965), Pulling the Will automaton, limited edition of four

56_1 Brodon Fils, Cleopatra open face pendant watch, England, circa 1730, gold, polychrome enamel

Four auctions will be held in 2016 with proceeds going to benefit the Virginia A. Groot Foundation.

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