China, Qianlong period ( 1736 -1795), cloisonne. Rare gilt and cloisonne double peach form censer with twelve gilt bats and seven small gilt peaches. "Qian Long Nian Zhi" on base. 8.5"h. Estimate $ 15,000-25,000. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers).
DELAWARE , Ohio. One of the largest assemblages of high impact items in Garth’s history will go into the record books on July 26 and 27, when more than 1,000 lots come up for auction in Delaware, Ohio. “It really could have been two auctions,” comments Amelia Jeffers, President of Garth’s. “We have an important Asian auction on Friday; with very good mid-Century Modern furniture, accessories and art; and European furniture, silver and art on Saturday. Pound-for-pound, it is some of the best material in these categories that we have had in a very long time. We are, as we always try to be, cautiously optimistic.”
Selling on Saturday are items from the collections of several individuals and institutions who have had long-term relationships with the firm. “You have Tom King and the late Helen Porter, two people with whom many of us worked for a very long time,” explains Jeffers. “It is bittersweet for us to sell those collections. The Columbus Museum of Art, Dayton Art Institute, and the Canton Museum of Art - these are institutions with whom Garth’s has had a long relationship, and we love that they trust their deaccessioning with us.”
Kicking off the Saturday session are Helen Porter’s motorcycle and a Mercedes S500 from the collection of the late Benjamin and Marian Schuster, well-known benefactors from Dayton, Ohio. Once the heavy metal is out of the way, the auction jumps right into a very good assortment of Mid-Century Modern from a collection in Arlington, Ohio. “It was like walking onto the set of Mad Men,” smiles Shane Hall, a recent addition to Garth’s staff. “The owners lived with what they loved, had lived with it for years, and seemed fairly oblivious to my excitement!” This list of makers reads like a primer on the era: Eames, Harold Schwartz for Romweber, Kip Stewart for Drexel, Charles Pollock for Knoll, George Nelson, Herman Miller, Jens Risom, Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, Piet Hein & Bruno Mathsson, Arne Vodder for George Tannier, among others. The forms range from a quintessential modern styling desk, dining room suites, full bedroom suites and sofas and chairs. “We have all fallen in love with the Eames management chairs,” comments Jeffers. “They are incredibly sleek and comfortable.”
2000 MERCEDES BENZ S500. Four door, automatic transmission. The interior has leather upholstery and burl wood trim. Approximately 73,400 miles. Small repair at wheel well. Estimate $ 12,000-14,000. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers).
Buyers looking for fine art and decorative accessories emphasizing 20th century design will not be disappointed. Among the highlights are an Andy Warhol screenprint of Jacqueline Kennedy. Titled “Jackie 1,” the silver-toned print is estimated at $12,000 - $15,000. An Alexander Calder lithograph, “Study Le Grande Vitesse,” offers a striking pop of color and is estimated at $2,500 - $3,500. A Lalique frosted and molded glass chandelier (Champs Elysees), Tiffany silver tumblers, a large silver collection by Joel F. Hewes (Titusville, PA), and lamps by makers including Cedric Hartman offer many opportunities to complete a swanky decor. Among staff favorites is a recumbent sterling silver goat by Italian maker Buccellati, replete with fine wire hair and estimated at $4,500 - $6,500.
JACKIE I BY ANDY WARHOL (AMERICA, 1928-1987). Screenprint, stamped and numbered in pencil "103/200" on reverse. Published by General Editions, New York, printed by K.M.F. Inc., New York, 1966. Depicting Jaqueline Kennedy in tones of silver. 31.25"h. 27.5"w., in a black frame, 36.5"h, 32.5"w. Estimate $ 12,000-15,000. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers)
STUDY LE GRANDE VITESSE BY ALEXANDER CALDER (AMERICA/FRANCE, 1898-1976).Lithograph on paper, signed lower right and numbered "74/75" lower left. Depicting Le Grande Vitesse, a monumental sculpture or stabiles located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The sculpture was the first work of art funded by the Art in Public Places program for the National Endowment for the Arts. 37"h. 46.75"w., in a black frame, 41"h. 50.5"w. Estimate $ 2,500-4,500. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers)
The larger portion of Saturday’s session includes a breadth of European furnishings and decorative arts including early English, French and Scottish furniture; good English silver; Art Deco French advertising posters; a small collection of early firearms; an assortment of bronzes; and fine paintings. Across the hundreds of items, a few highlights include oils by Emile Gruppe, Joseph Henry Sharp, an important Jaques Courtois battle scene, and a Leonard Ochtman landscape. A large selection of silver contains pieces by Tiffany (early tea set), Buccellati (impressive candelabra), and various 19th Century English and American silversmiths. A quality assortment of early Continental furniture includes a French Restauration plum pudding mahogany daybed, a wonderfully detailed French Provincial corner cupboard, formal and country tables, a fine secretary and a two 19th Century Scottish longcase clocks.
Backing up to day one, buyers of Asian Art will be pleased with the depth of quality and variety of material from collections throughout California and New York, including snuff bottles from a private California collection, early jade, good ivory and fine contemporary art. Among the snuffs are several important examples in fine materials including jade, tourmaline, coral, agate, glass and porcelain; with a few of the more rare and important examples being a fine white jade carving of a fish (Est. $3,800 - $4,800), a wonderful 19th Century white jade with tourmaline stopper (Est. $4,500 - $5,500), a rare 19th Century pink and green tourmaline (Est. $6,000 - $8,000), an inscribed porcelain example from the TaoGuang Period (Est. $4,800 - $5,800), and decorated examples by Ye ZhangShan and Le Yuan.
Snuffbottle. China, 18th-19th century, white jade. Carved fish form. 2.25"h. Est. $3,800 - $4,800. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers).
Snuffbottle. China, 19th century, white jade. Tourmaline stopper. 2.25"h. Est. $4,500 - $5,500. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers).
Snuffbottle. China, 19th century. Rare pink and green tourmaline, 1.75"h. Est. $6,000 - $8,000. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers).
Snuffbottle. China, TaoGuang Period (1821 -1850), porcelain. With inscription. 3"h. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers).
Jade carvings will not disappoint with a small, but rare and significant early pendant dating to the late 18th - early 19th Century and carved with an inscription and landscape (Est. $18,000 - $28,000). A carved box with a pair of fish is from the same time period (Est. $7,500 - $8,500), while a white jade imperial thumb ring dates to slightly later (Tao Guan period, Est. $3,500 - $4,500). An 18th Century white nephrite jade censer is finely carved and expected to sell for $28,000 - 38,000. Animal carvings in jade are abundant, with an interesting Song Dynasty carved dog in black and white jade ($3,800 - $4,800). Other jade in high contrast includes a Buddha hand in a lovely brown and white (Est. $4,500 - $5,500). Exquisitely carved, an open-work toggle from the 18th / 19th Century is estimated at $5,000 - $6,000. With too many examples to list, a final highlight from the selection of jade is a rare and finely carved archaic beast shaped vase from the Ming Dynasty ($3,000 - $4,000).
Pendant. China, 18th-19th century, white jade. Finely carved with inscription and landscape. 2.25"h. Est. $18,000 - $28,000. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers).
China, 17th-18th century, white jade. Rare carved box with a pair of fish. 1"h. 1.75" x 2.25". Est. $7,500 - $8,500. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers).
China, Tao Guan (1821 -1850), white jade. Imperial ring with period inscribed mark. 1"d. Est. $3,500 - $4,500. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers).
China, 18th century, white nephrite jade. Rare and finely carved incense burner. 4.25"h. est. $28,000 - 38,000. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers).
China, Song dynasty, black and white jade. Finely carved dog. 2.5"l. Est. $3,800 - $4,800. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers).
Buddha hand. China, 18th-19th century, jade. Finely carved in brown and white. 3". Est. $4,500 - $5,500. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers).
Toggle. China, 18th -19th century, jade. Open work white jade with brown. 1.75"h. Est. $5,000 - $6,000. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers).
Scholar objects are well-represented, with a rare and important carved circular inkstone from the Qianlong Period and signed by Zi Gang (Est. $25,000 - $35,000). The auction also includes several brush pots (including a rare hexagonal example), ink stones, and screens.
China, Qianlong period, possibly nephrite jade. Fine and rare carved circular ink stone, signed by Zi Gang. 3.75"d. Estimate $ 25,000-35,000. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers).
Bronze statutes have seen an enthusiastic market in recent history, and Garth’s hoped buyers will like the early Tibetan examples offered in this auction, including an 8” tall, four-armed figure of Avalokitesvara (Est. $12,000-$18,000). Javanese bronze works include an early multiple-armed deity with silver and bronze content and nice patina seated on a lotus throne (Est. $8,000 - $12,000).
This four-armed bronze figure of Avalokitesvara dates to 18th-19th century Tibet. According to research, Avalokitesvara is a bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. The estimate is $12,000-18,000. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers)
Indonesia, Java, attributed to 8th-10th century. Silver and gilt bronze of a multiple armed deity seated on a lotus throne over a raised plinth. Holding attributions in his hands including a fly whisk and medicinal fruit. Good patina. 11"h. Est. $8,000 - $12,000. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers)
Fine and early cloisonne includes a gilt bronze wine vessel marked for “Qianlong” and estimated at $18,000 - $28,000, and a rare double peach form censer with twelve gilt bats and seven small peaches from the Qianlong Period (with Qian Long Nian Zhi on base, Est. $15,000 - $25,000).
China, 18th-19th century. Gilt bronze cloisonné wine vessel and cover. Incised mark "Qianlong". 10"h. Est. $18,000 - $28,000. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers)
While ivory offerings will include netsuke and other traditional carvings, an impressive pagoda-shaped urn with foo lions, dragons and a Buddha in the tower should excite bidders (Est. $4,000 - $6,000).
China, 1st half-20th century. Impressive two part pagoda shaped urn with foo lions, dragons and Buddha seated in a tower. Some imperfections. 31"h. 15"w. Est. $4,000 - $6,000. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers)
Among the porcelain in the auction, several choice pieces of early blue and white include a fine cup with Chen Hua mark (Est. $2,000 - $3,000), a bowl marked for Qianlong with immortals (Est. $1,200 - $1,800). A fine peach-bloom glazed Guan Yin vase with Guang Xu mark surfaced in a Stanford University private collection (Est. $1,500 - $2,500). Additional porcelain offerings include a Famille Rose dish with Jianqing mark with wonderful decoration (Est. $3,500 - $4,500), a WuCai round container with pierced holes from the Jia Qing Period (Est. $2,000 - $3,000), and teapots by Shao Jing Nan, Chen Min Yuan and Gu JinZhou.
China, Chen Hua mark, porcelain. Fine blue and white cup. Estimate $ 2,000-3,000. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers)
Bowl. China, Qianlong mark, porcelain. Blue and white Immortals. 3"h.7"d. Estimate $ 1,200-1,800. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers)
China, Guang Xu mark. Fine Peachbloom-glazed Guan Yin Vase. 8.75"h. From a Stanford University private collection. Estimate $ 1,500-2,500. Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers)
Dish. China, Jiaqing mark. Famille Rose with Imperial inscriptions. 1"h. 6.25"l. Est. $3,500 - $4,500. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers)
China, Jia Qing period, porcelain. WuCai round container with pierced holes in top. Marked on the underside. 5"h. 8.5"d. Est. $2,000 - $3,000. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers)
Early scrolls offer choices including Zhu Da and Qiu Yin; while many contemporary scrolls will be offered, including works by Qi Liang Mo, Wu Changshou, Chen Dayue, Huang Bin Hong, Li Hong Zhang, and renowned artists Yu Hui (Director of Research at the Beijing Palace Museum) and Song Baiping (an award-winning calligraphy artist). Many fine contemporary paintings including examples by Chuang Che, Zhang DaQian, Guang Zeju, Lu Sibai, To Wu Zoren and Yin Wen Liang with subjects ranging from portraits to landscapes.
Rounding out the Asian Art session are several other important carvings, including a carved agate bowl (Est. $6,000 - $8,000) and a coral carving of Guan Yin with a dragon (Est. $1,800 - $2,800); chinese silver; peking glass; textiles, rare currency, court necklaces, and woodblock prints.
China, 19th century, agate. Finely carved bowl with flowers and birds. Sold at Christie's June, 2011. 3"h. Est. $6,000 - $8,000. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers)
China, Qing dynasty, coral. Carved Guan Yin with dragon. 6.25"h. Est. $1,800 - $2,800. (Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers)