Most everyone who’s familiar with the world’s great artists has heard of Camille Pissarro (Fr., 1830-1903) but did you know that his son and grandson were accomplished painters too? Pissarro’s son Paul-Emile (Fr., 1884-1972) actually enjoyed more financial success as an artist than his more famous father, while Paul-Emile’s son, H. Claude, who was born in 1935 and today lives in France, has had his work featured in exhibitions across Europe and the U.S. and in 1959 was commissioned by the White House to paint a portrait of then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The beautiful painting you see here is an original oil on canvas by H. Claude Pissarro, hand-signed and titled Le Petit-Fils Yvonne a la Barque Rochetailly-Saint-Remy sur Orne Normandie. It is a featured lot in Great Dane Auctions’ Modern & Contemporary Fine Art Sale, slated for Thursday, Feb. 2, online and in the firm’s gallery at 606 Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia, where it has an opening bid of $9,500. The sale features a large selection of prints, paintings, sculpture, vintage and antique posters and more, from leading modern and contemporary artists. Find out more and submit here at Great Dane Auctions




3rd Phase Navajo Chief’s blanket is a star lot in Helm Auction sale

Helm Auction’s Native American & Tribal Winter Auction, slated for Saturday, February 11th, online and at the firm’s gallery in El Cajon, California, starting at 10:15 am Pacific time, will feature Navajo weavings, pre-Columbian artifacts, arrowheads, other stone tools, Polynesian and Melanesian artifacts, stone items and other Pacific Rim artifacts. The catalog will also include 20th century Native American and Mexican jewelry. At press time, 417 lots had been secured, but quality consignments continue to pour in that will drive the final number higher.

Lots to watch include the rare five-diamond variant 3rd Phase Navajo Chief’s blanket shown here, made of homespun wool in the 1890s, 78 inches by 56 ½ inches (est. $10,000-$30,000); several fine Maidu (Northeastern California) baskets, made of red bud and sumac in the 1890s with estimates of $2,000-$6,000; an Attu lidded Eskimo basket from the 1930s made of grass and yarn decoration (est. $2,500-$5,000); a bar top basalt Poi Pounder, circa 1,000 years B.P. (est. $1,500-$3,000); and a World War II-era New Britain helmet mask (est. $1,500-$3,000). Find out more and submit to Helm Auctions.




Rockwell Kent pen and ink drawing will appeal to book and art collectors

Lot #1 in Grant Zahajko Auctions’ February 11th auction dedicated mainly to fine art, books and collectibles is an original pen and ink drawing on board by the noted American artist Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), titled Man Reading Aboard a Ship. The work served as cover art for a book written by the renowned medical pioneer Russell Van Arsdale Lee (1895-1982), whose name appears at the bottom of the drawing. The lot has a starting bid of $1,000 and has an estimate of $2,000-$4,000. It will no doubt attract interest from two camps: art collectors and book collectors.

The auction, which is slated to begin at 10 am Pacific Coast time, will be held online as well as in Grant Zahajko Auctions’ gallery, located at 712 Morgan Street in Davenport, Washington. The sale will be packed with 530 lots, featuring a large collection of vintage and antique rare books, original artwork (including paintings and sculpture), prints (signed etchings, lithographs and more), antique postcards, photographs, autographs, ephemera, a collection of vintage and antique edged weapons and more. The Kent drawing, 6 ½ inches by 4 ¾ inches, is unframed. Find out more and submit to Grant Zahajko Auctions




Bottles, bottles, who’s got the bottles? American Bottle Auctions, Auction #63

This unassuming deep green bottle is an E. G. Lyons & Co. (San Francisco) very early Western bitters bottle, produced circa 1868-1871, in near-perfect condition. It’s one of only a handful known and carries a pre-sale estimate of $20,000-$70,000, at a two-part online and catalog auction scheduled for Feb. 1-18 (for Part 1 and) March 3-11 (for Part 2), by American Bottle Auctions, headquartered in Sacramento, California. It’s one of 89 western bitters from the collection of Vince Madruga that will co-headline the sale. Madruga’s medicine bottles will also be sold.

The other headliner is John O’Neill, a dedicated collector of mostly early San Francisco bottles, whiskeys and sodas. The sale is Auction #63 for American Bottle Auctions, and interested bidders may register now, on the American Bottle Auctions website, at Inquiries may be made via e-mail, to “Auction #63 will offer quite possibly the top Western glass auction ever presented,” said Jeff Wichmann of American Bottle Auctions. Many of the bottles are very rare and have never been sold at a public auction before.





Francois Linke – perhaps the greatest French ebeniste of all

Of all the great ebenistes (cabinetmakers) in France in the late 19th and early 20th centuries – and there were many – one name stands out above all the rest, and that name is Francois Linke (1855-1946). Linke wasn’t French at all, in fact. He was born in the small village of Pankraz, in what is now the Czech Republic. He studied under the master cabinetmaker Neumann, and made his way to Vienna in 1872-1873, at the time of the International Exhibition held there in 1873. He then traveled to Prague, Budapest and Weimar before finally arriving in Paris in 1875.

Linke made his mark at the Paris Fair of 1900, where he showed off a whole new style that paid homage to the Louis XV rococo in the fluidity of its approach, but fused with the lively flowing lines of the contemporary and progressive Art Nouveau. La Maison Linke went on to become the pre-eminent furniture house of Paris until the outset of World War II. The piece shown here is a tripodal gilt-bronze mounted fern stand with mounts, attributed to Linke and signed “FL”. It has a pre-sale estimate of $4,000-$6,000 at John Moran Auctioneers’ February 21st auction.