The lifetime Moorcroft Pottery collection of Jean Stauffer will be sold on Wednesday, May 16th, by Fairfield Auction

FFLD image 1 Monumental Moorcraft Pottery Pomegranate vase (est. $3,000-$5,000)

The Jean Stauffer collection of Moorcroft Pottery will be sold without reserve on Wednesday, May 16th, by Fairfield Auction, online and at the firm’s gallery in Monroe, Conn. Stauffer became a devotee of Moorcroft after her discovery of a Pomegranate pattern vase in an antique store, whereupon she embarked on a three-decade journey, acquiring over 200 examples in some of the most sought after patterns, including Claremont, Moonlit Blue, Hazeldene, Spanish, Cornflower, Eventide, Wisteria and Brown Chrysanthemum. Public viewings will be held in Fairfield Auction’s gallery, May 18th and 19th.

FFLD image 2 Moorcraft Pottery Wisteria vase with plums, 7 ¾ inches tall (est. $1,500-$2,500).

Ms. Stauffer’s collection includes silver mounted Claremont and Eventide pieces, a four-piece Brown Chrysanthemum tea set, an early and monumental 18-inch Pomegranate vase circa 1913, a 12-inch Florian violet vase and a rare miniature Florian Christmas/New Year’s Greeting mug. Moorcroft Pottery owes its reputation to the innovative designs pioneered by William Moorcroft, first as an employee of James Macintyre & Co. and later under his own company. His skill and ability to anticipate public taste brought him critical and commercial success and made his work among the best loved of all English pottery. To see more, click here.

FFLD image 3 Moorcraft Pottery Moonlit Blue vase, 8 ½ inches tall (est. $1,200-$1,800).

 

 

 

Offerings from the Sonnabend, Javits, Kouri collections at Millea Brothers’ Spring Select Auction, May 17th-19th

MB image 1 Untitled (Poolside) circa 1970s photograph by David Hockney (Br., b. 1937), pen initialed, numbered 5/25, signed (est. $700-$1,000), from the Sonnabend collection (May 17th).

Millea Brothers’ Spring Select Auction on May 17th, 18th and 19th, online and at Millea’s gallery in Boonton, N.J., features important collections of modern and contemporary art from three major estates: Ileana Sonnabend’s collection of 19th and 20th century art photography; 1960s and ‘70s American modern art from the estate of Jacob and Miriam Javits; and large-scale European and American contemporary art from the estate of Dr. Pentti Kouri. Ms. Sonnabend was a legendary gallerist, Jacob Javits was a U.S. Senator from New York and Dr. Kouri was a renowned Finnish economist and venture capitalist.

MB image 2 Mixed media collage by Larry Rivers (Am., 1923-2002), titled New York/Africa, from the Africa Series, circa 1960 (est. $7,000-$9,000), from the Javits Collection (May 18th).

The Sonnabend collection will include small edition prints and portfolio collections by artists such as David Hockney, Robert Rauschenberg, Thomas Ruff and Willy Wegman. The Javits collection will feature an early Larry Rivers mixed media painting from his Africa series (circa 1962); and a Laddie John Dill “Light Sentence” neon sculpture (circa 1971). Items from Dr. Kouri’s collection will include works from noted artists like Lawrence Carroll, Otto Zitko, Hermann Nitsch, Robert Dupont and Tim Hawkinson, plus selections from Kouri’s collection of Soviet and Scandinavian contemporary artworks. For more info, click here.

MB image 3 Mixed media painting by Rostislav Lebedev (Russian, b. 1946), titled Vacancies (1986), 48” x 79”, artist signed, titled (est. $3,000-$5,000), from the Kouri collection (May 19th).

 

 

 

The lifetime single-owner collection of Bob and Delores McCash to headline Miller & Miller’s May 19th auction in Ontario, Canada

MM image 1 Marble portrait of prominent Canadian lawyer, author and politician Henry Corry Rowley Becher (1817-1885) by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834-1890) (est. $6,000-$8,000).

A Fine & Decorative Arts Auction featuring the single-owner lifetime collection of the late Bob and Delores McCash – two dedicated collectors who acquired most of their antique finds in the 1950s and ‘60s and kept them in their wartime-era bungalow in Kitchener, Ontario – will be auctioned Saturday, May 19th, at 10 am Eastern time. The sale will be conducted by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., online and at the firm’s gallery located at 59 Webster Street in New Hamburg, Ontario. For those who can’t attend in person, online bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and the Miller & Miller website.

MM image 2 Art Deco bronze and ivory sculpture of a maiden by the German artist Julius Paul Schmidt-Felling, circa 1910, artist signed on the base, 11 ½ inches tall, (est. $3,000-$4,000).

In all, 522 lots will come up for bid, in categories that include sterling silver, bronze and marble sculptures, lamps, art glass, art pottery, jewelry, fine furniture, porcelain and ceramics, paintings and prints and canes. Much of it will be from the McCashes, who found their antique treasures at auctions, yard sales, flea malls and through friends, long before collecting them was fashionable. “They had an inventory coding system that showed what they paid, in ‘50s and ‘60s dollars, and what they intended to ask at retail,” said Ethan Miller of Miller and Miller Auctions. “All their antiques were kept in their bungalow and nothing was sold.” To view all items being auctioned, click here.

MM image 3 Circa 1920 Pairpoint “Landing of the Pilgrims” lamp, 24 inches tall, with reverse painted roma form shade and correct and original

 

 

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