1. Freeman’s Henri Matisse (1869–1954) “Odalisque étendue” Auction Date: May 4 Estimate: $100,000 to $150,000 As part of their sale of Modern & Contemporary Works of Art, which will include works by Andy Warhol, Richard Pousette-Dart and Sam Francis, Freeman’s will offer this drawing by Henri Matisse. Matisse’s series of odalisque pictures were made in the 1920s, after he relocated to the French Riviera, and are representative of a softening of the artist’s approach following World War I. 2. Bonhams New York Peter Beard (b. 1938) “Orphaned Cheetah Cubs in Mweiga nr. Nyeri, Kenya, 1968” Auction Date: April 29 Estimate: $30,000 to $50,000 Bonhams will host a Fine Photographs auction, featuring more than 100 works from photographic masters including Ansel Adams, Jan Dibbets, Nan Goldin and Sally Mann. A highlight of the sale will be selections of animal photography, including Peter Beard’s “Orphaned Cheetah Cubs in Mweiga nr. Nyeri, Kenya,” from 1968. Beard, a prominent photographer and cultural icon, is known for his pictures of African wildlife, as well as his good looks and playboy impulses. 3. Sotheby’s Henri Matisse (1869-1954) “La Séance du matin” Oil on canvas? Auction Date: May 7 Estimate: $20 million to $30 million Bright, classic and fresh-to-market works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Fernand Léger from a private American collection will lead Sotheby’s Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art. The three paintings are important examples from a key phase in each artist’s career. “La Séance du matin” is one of Matisse’s celebrated works, painted in Nice in the 1920s It depicts his studio assistant Henriette Darricarrère, to whom he offered painting lessons during their time working together. 4. Potomack Company Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) “Letter to Wang Jiyuan,” 1967 Auction Date: May 3 ?Estimate: $6,000 to $9,000 This one-page letter, in ink on paper, was inscribed by the internationally renowned 20th-century Chinese artist Zhang Daqian to his friend and colleague Wang Jiyuan. The two artists held a joint exhibition at the Smithsonian in 1971. Daqian wrote this letter from Sao Paolo, Brazil, in 1967, beginning his salutation warmly: “Jiyuan, my dearest brother, and to those you are closest to....” The letter is one of several Zhang Daqian letters featured in Potomack’s May sale. Bringing the Hammer Down Final selling prices for last month’s featured Auction Block items: Potomack Company Qi Baishi,?“Rat Eating Loquat and Two Gourds,” 1924 Ink on paper on scroll Auction Date: Feb. 22? Estimate: $60,000 to $90,000 Final Selling Price: $194,000 Freeman’s Child Hassam, “The Norwegian Cottage,” 1909 Oil on canvas? Auction Date: March 30 Estimate: $200,000 to $300,000 Final Selling Price: $242,500? ? Sotheby’s? John James Audubon and John Bachman?, “The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America,” 1845/48 3 vols., hand-colored lithographs Auction Date: April 1 Estimate: $200,000 to $400,000 Final Selling Price: $245,000
POTOMACK COMPANY Foxall (Foxhall) Late Fall By Benson Bond Moore (1882-1974) 1923 Auction Date: Feb. 22 Estimate: $2,000 to $3,000 A group of American paintings with local interest will highlight Potomack’s February Catalogue Sale. Notable among these works is Benson Bond Moore’s “Foxall Late Fall.” A native Washingtonian, Moore lived in the city for 70 years and depicted regional scenes in some some of his greatest paintings. Foxall, as originally spelled, was one of Moore’s favorite areas to set up his easel. This particular rendition of Foxhall was painted in 1923 when Moore turned to his impressionistic style. www.PotomackCompany.com SOTHEBY’S Marcelle Ferron Untitled Oil on canvas Auction Date: Selling Exhibition, Feb. 14 to March 9 Sotheby’s will present Canadian Abstraction, a selling exhibit of mid-century Canadian abstract art in New York. This is the first exhibit of its kind outside of Canada in decades, which will highlight some of the best examples of works by artists such as Jean Paul Riopelle, Jack Bush, Jacques Hurtubise and Marcelle Ferron, many of whom were exhibiting their work alongside the great midcentury Surrealists, Modernists and Abstract Expressionists in New York, London and Paris. www.Sothebys.com FREEMAN’S Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain ‘Boys’ Vase Daoguang mark and of the period Auction Date: March 15 Estimate: $30,000 to $50,000 Part of its Asian Arts auction, Freeman’s will feature a selection of exquisite porcelain and bronze artifacts, including this this rose porcelain vase decorated with a group of young boys. Other highlights include a Tibeto-Chinese cloisonne enamel gilt bronze stupa and a Japanese Namikawa Sosuke cloisonne enamel vase. www.FreemansAuction.com SLOANS AND KENYON Selection of Exotic Skin Handbags from the Estate of a New York Lady Auction Date: February 22 Sloans and Kenyon’s Auction of Vintage and Contemporary Fashion, Couture and Jewelry will open with an exhibition from Feb. 19 to 21, and will feature vintage and contemporary fashion, couture and accessories by designers including Chanel, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent and many others, including signed vintage and costume jewelry. www.SloansAndKenyon.com DOYLE NEW YORK Set of Six Russian Gilt and Polychrome Decorated Porcelain Dessert Plates Krnilov Brothers Manufactory, St. Petersburg, ca. 1900 Auction Date: Feb. 19 Estimate: $15,000 to $20,000 Doyle New York’s Belle Epoque Auction will showcase 19th and 20th century fine and decorative arts reflecting the opulence of the bygone era. These featured plates are each decorated with a circular medallion depicting different historic versions of the Russian State seal, including a double-headed eagle with outspread wings clutching an orb and scepter surmounted by a crown. Other highlights include a Russian bronze by Nikolai Lieberich, a Tiffany canister lamp, and an elaborate Napoleon III gilt-metal ebonized side cabinet. www.DoyleNewYork.com BRINGING THE HAMMER DOWN Final selling prices for last month’s featured Auction Block items: DOYLE NEW YORK Saint John the Baptist Roman School 17th Century Auction Date: Jan. 29 Estimate: $6,000 to $10,000 Final Selling Price: $11,250 BONHAMS James Edward Buttersworth (1817- 1894) “Schooner’s from the New York Yacht Club Racing in the Narrows” Oil on canvas, ca. 1870 Auction Date: Jan. 24 Estimate: $70,000 to $100,000 Final Selling Price: $106,250 SOTHEBY’S “A Child and Nurse in the Foyer of an Elegant Townhouse, the Parents Beyond Jacob Ochtervelt” (1634- 1682) 1663 Auction Date: Jan. 30 Estimate: $3 million to $4 million Final Selling Price: $4,421,000 FREEMAN’S “Allegory of Poverty and Vengeance” Northern Italian School ca. 2nd half of the 16th Century Auction Date: Jan. 28 Estimate: $10,000 to $15,000 Final Selling Price: $17,500 [gallery ids="101633,146086,146077,146080,146084" nav="thumbs"]
Doyle New York The Forster Flag Auction Date: April 9 Estimate: $1 million to $3 million This important relic of our nation's past is the earliest extant flag incorporating 13 white stripes to represent the 13 United Colonies. Prepared for militia use a full year before the Declaration of Independence, the Forster Flag was inspired by Liberty Flags flown in Boston in the years following the hugely unpopular Stamp Act (1765) and the Boston Tea Party (1773). Comprising a field of fine red silk, a canton of numerous stitched lengths of a differing red silk and 13 applied white stripes, the flag has never been restored and is in a remarkable state of preservation with fresh original color. Freeman's Child Hassam (1859-1935) “The Norwegian Cottage,” 1909 Oil on canvas Auction Date: March 30 Estimate: $200,000 to $300,000 This brilliant work of American Impressionism is part of the auction of the George D. Horst Collection of Fine Art. Tucked away in the depths of the Sheerlund Forest in Pennsylvania, a modest dwelling held an unknown cache of paintings. The collection includes fine examples of world-famous American and European painters such as Frank Weston Benson, Childe Hassam and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. The Horst collection is a beautiful time capsule, to be revealed for the first time later this month. Sotheby's John James Audubon and John Bachman “The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America,” 1845-48 Auction Date: April 1 Estimate: $200,000 to $400,000 Sotheby’s will auction copies of John James Audubon’s two masterworks, consigned by the Indiana Historical Society. In four monumental volumes, “The Birds of America” of 1827-38 preserves 435 hand-colored aquatint plates depicting all the species of birds then known in the United States. Commonly known as the “Double-Elephant Folio” – after the size of the paper that had to be specially made for the publication – “The Birds of America” has long been recognized as a towering achievement of both book illustration and natural history. Smaller in size and reputation, though perhaps not in significance, is Audubon’s “The Viviparous Quadrupeds of America,” which contains 150 hand-colored lithographs of American mammals, on many of which Audubon was assisted by his son John Wodehouse Audubon. Sloans and Kenyon Early 20th-Century Carved and Painted Carousel Horse with Glass Eyes and Metal Horse Shoes, Mounted on Brass Pole. Auction Dates: April 12-13 This piece of early 20th-century Americana will be sold as part of the April Estate Catalogue Auction at Sloans and Kenyon. The rustic, well-preserved painting is reminiscent of the early French style of old-fashioned carousels. The mechanical carousel was an innovation at a crucial time in American culture, when increased prosperity meant that more people had time and money for leisure pursuits. The principal novelty of the modern fairground was the carousel, delighting thousands of pleasure seekers at home and abroad. To view all of the auction items, download the free Sloans and Kenyon iPad catalogue app. Bringing the Hammer Down Final selling prices for last month’s featured Auction Block items: Doyle New York Set of Six Russian Gilt and Polychrome Decorated Porcelain Dessert Plates Auction Date: Feb. 19 Estimate: $15,000 to $20,000 Final Selling Price: $34,375 [gallery ids="101668,144667" nav="thumbs"]
Sotheby’s A Child and Nurse in the Foyer of an Elegant Townhouse, the Parents Beyond Jacob Ochtervelt (1634-1682) 1663 Auction Date: January 30 Estimate: $3 - 4 million Sotheby’s sale of Important Old Master Paintings and Sculpture will be held during their annual Old Masters Week auctions. The sale is highlighted this year by a number of major paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, particularly this exciting rediscovery of Jacob Ochtervelt’s painting seen here, a previously unrecorded painting. This piece is tied to his series of “entrance hall paintings,” universally considered to be among the artist’s most innovative and interesting pictures. www.Sothebys.com Freeman’s Allegory of Poverty and Vengeance Northern Italian School ca. 2nd half of the 16th Century Auction Date: January 28 Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000 Part of their European Art & Old Masters auction, Freeman’s is featuring this Italian tempera on panel painting, originally from a private collection in Milan. Painted in the lunette in the second half of the 16th century, the painting features three large form figures in a manner that suggests it previously hung in a church spandrel. With its period frame of carved, gessoed and gilded wood, this is a remarkable piece for any historic collection. www.FreemansAuction.com Bonhams Schooners from the New York Yacht Club Racing in the Narrows By James Edward Buttersworth (1817-1894) ca. 1870 Auction Date: January 24 Estimate: $70,000 – $100,000 Bonhams will offer the distinguished maritime paintings of noted connoisseur Alfred “Fritz” Gold, a WWII veteran who received a Purple Heart for bravery, in the Important Maritime Paintings and Decorative Arts. The auction will feature more than a dozen pieces from Gold’s collection, including James Edward Buttersworth’s ‘Schooners from the New York Yacht Club Racing in the Narrows,’ which shows Fort Wadsworth in the distance. A matching Buttersworth composition, ‘Schooners from the New York Yacht Club Reefing off Sandy Hook,’ will also be offered. www.Bonhams.com Doyle New York Saint John the Baptist Roman School 17th Century Auction Date: January 29 Estimate: $6,000 - $10,000 Exemplified by this painting from the Roman School, Doyle New York will offer paintings from the Collection of Bayard Rustin (1912-1987), an important figure in the struggle for Civil Rights and one of the main organizers of the 1963 March on Washington. Rustin was recently in the news again when he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama in November 2013. Part of their Auction of Important English and Continental Furniture and Decorations, the auction will feature a broad selection of furniture, porcelain, Georgian silver, tapestries and fine art encompassing the 17th to the early 19th centuries. www.DoyleNewYork.com Quinn’s Auction Galleries Confederate General Robert E. Lee letter and personal items, including lock of hair Auction Date: Jan. 18 Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Quinn’s, a local auction gallery in Falls Church,Va., will be auctioning a hand-written letter, together with a lock of Lee’s hair, his penknife and a Baltimore Sun newspaper article about the mementos, all of which Lee donated to a Baltimore orphanage in January of 1867. The items have been on loan to Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, for the past 18 years. Bringing the Hammer Down Final Selling Prices for last month’s featured Auction Block items Doyle New York Platinum Very Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond, emerald and diamond ring Auction Date: December 12, 2013 Estimate: $80,000 – 120,000 Final Selling Price: $365,000 Bonham’s Diamond-set engraved and enameled gold singing bird snuffbox with musical movement and watch Auction Date: December 12, 2013 Estimate: $120,000 – 180,000 Final Selling Price: $233,000 Sotheby’s Egyptian Revival faience and jeweled brooch from Cartier Auction Date: December 11, 2013 Estimate: $300,000 - $500,000 Final Selling Price: $1,025,000 Freeman’s Lemuel Everett Wilmarth (American, 1835 – 1918) Still Life with Wrapped Orange 1893, oil on canvas Auction Date: December 8, 2013 Estimate: $50,000 – $80,000 Final Selling Price: $53,125 [gallery ids="101604,147105,147095,147101,147108" nav="thumbs"]
Doyle New York Platinum, Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond, emerald and diamond ring Auction Date: Sept. 12 Estimate: $80,000 – $120,000 Doyle New York’s auction of Important Jewelry will offer exquisite jewelry spanning the Antique, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modern eras by such designers as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, David Webb and Tiffany & Co. Certain to attract attention will be this 1920 ring featuring an old-mine cut oval Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond flanked by emeralds and diamonds. Sotheby’s Egyptian Revival faience and jeweled brooch from Cartier Auction Date: Dec. 11 Estimate: $300,000 – $500,000 Designed as an Egyptian fan, centering an ancient green faience bust of the goddess Sekhmet, this jeweled brooch is among the highlights of Sotheby’s Auction of Magnificent Jewels. Set against a lapis lazuli sky, twinkling with diamond stars and bordered by a black aureole and diamond-set lotus motif, there are a total of 100 diamonds throughout the piece. It is complete with the original fitted box stamped by Cartier. Bonhams Diamond-set engraved and enameled gold singing bird snuffbox with musical movement and watch Auction Date: Dec. 12 Estimate: $120,000 – $180,000 Bonhams will auction this historic snuffbox as part of its Auction of Fine Watches, Wristwatches and Clocks. The box, with lozenge maker’s mark of Jean-Georges Reymond, bears the monogram of the 19th-century Ottoman Prince Shehzade Mahmud Celaleddin Efendi, son of the Turkish Sultan Abdul Aziz, who likely had the box embellished for his son. The diamonds were added during the mid 19th century. Sloans and Kenyon Portrait of a nude Norma Jeane Baker Dougherty (later known as Marilyn Monroe) 3D filmstrip Circa 1945 Auction Date: Dec. 14 Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000 This rare filmstrip depicts a young woman named Norma Jeane Baker Dougherty, who later changed her name to Marilyn Monroe and became the seminal, sultry icon of American desire. This full-length image is attributed to W.O. Schwartz, located in 1945 just six blocks from the Blue Book Modeling Agency, Norma Jeane’s first employer. Thought to be the first nude photograph of the future Marilyn, predating Tom Kelley’s famous 1949 pinup image. The full image is on view at the Sloans and Kenyon gallery prior to auction. Freeman’s Lemuel Everett Wilmarth (American, 1835-1918) “Still Life with Wrapped Orange” 1893, oil on canvas Auction Date: Dec. 8 Estimate: $50,000 – $80,000 Freeman’s American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists Auction has a wealth of consignments from private collections across the country, featuring this still life by Lemuel Everett Wilmarth, a rarely auctioned artist admired for his genre scenes and still-life paintings. As seen here, Wilmarth’s still lifes are celebrated for their polished realism and deft display of textures. Additional works include portraits by William Merritt Chase and John Singer Sargent.
**FREEMAN?S** *Walnut Tall Case Clock Edward Duffield (1720-1801), Philadelphia, Pa. 1765 Auction Date: Nov. 14* ***Estimate: $30,000 ? $50,000*** Freeman?s Pennsylvania Sale: Furniture and Decorative Arts features a wealth of hand-crafted American antiques from the state?s rich tradition of craft and decorative arts. This walnut tall case clock, a tour-de-force of 18th-century Philadelphia craftsmanship, was built by renowned clockmaker Edward Duffield. The clock has double scroll molded cresting with floral rosettes and center flame carved finial, two applied branch decorations above and arched face door flanked by slender fluted columns. The brass face is ornamented with leaf spandrels and a moon phased, silvered dial with Roman numerals and an outer Arabic numeral minute band. **POTOMACK COMPANY** *Ray Eames Desk Chair Auction Date: Dec. 7* Potomack Company?s Modern Designer Sale will feature designer furniture from the personal collection of Charles M. Goodman (1906-1992), the pioneering Washington area modernist architect, who was the designer of National Airport, the Officers Club at Andrews Air Force Base, the WMAL studio at American University and other projects in Virginia and Maryland. The Dorothy S. Goodman Trust is offering more than 100 lots from the collection, including rare pieces by Ray Eames, Hans Wegner, Harry Bertoia, Jens Risom and other noted mid-century designers, as well as original furniture from the award-winning Alcoa Care-free Home designed by Goodman in 1957 that was a prototype for the post- World War II affordable housing boom. **DOYLE** *Photograph inscribed by John F. Kennedy Gelatin silver print. Auction Date: Nov. 25* **Estimate: $5,000 ? $7,500** Doyle?s upcoming auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Photographs features material related to President John F. Kennedy, including an image of the president taken by photographer Fred Bauman in Palm Springs on Sept. 28, 1963, inscribed to him by Kennedy. A remarkably candid photograph of President Kennedy, taken just weeks before his assassination in Dallas, the image was taken by Bauman at the Palm Springs airport upon Kennedy?s arrival. Kennedy would spend two nights resting at the home of Bing Crosby, just long enough for the picture to be seen by Kennedy on the front page of the Press-Enterprise. Secret service agent Jerry Behn, who appears in the photograph behind the president, was asked by Kennedy to call Bauman and request a copy. Bauman sent two copies, requesting that one be returned signed and proudly hung the inscribed photograph in his home for 50 years. Here the smiling Kennedy embodies the forward-looking optimism of his era and the cool of a sunny afternoon in Palm Springs in 1963. **SOTHEBY?S** *Selling Exhibition: Les Lalanne: The Poetry of Sculpture Dates: Oct. 31 ? Nov. 22* Sotheby?s selling exhibition at its New York S|2 Gallery will feature Les Lalanne: The Poetry of Sculpture, featuring works by Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne, curated by Paul Kasmin and Michael Shvo. Private gallery sales will go through Nov. 22. Offering a wide range of the couple?s most iconic and sought-after works chosen by Kasmin, a long-time gallerist for the duo, and Shvo, an avid collector of the works, the gallery space will be transformed into a midnight garden and thereby evoke the surrealist sculptors? magical world in which their life and art were intertwined since the 1960s. **BONHAMS** *1940 Buick Phaeton automobile from ?Casablanca,? Warner Bros., 1942. Limited model 81C convertible Auction Date: Nov. 25* ***Estimate: $450,000 ? $500,000** Bonhams auction, ?What Dreams Are Made Of: A Century of Movie Magic,? in conjunction with Turner Classic movies, will feature more than 300 of the most important pieces of movie memorabilia ever to come up for auction. Iconic props, costumes, production art, original scripts, posters and ephemera from Hollywood?s biggest starts will be offered. The 1940 Buick Phaeton automobile from ?Casablanca? is one of the stars of the auction, used in the final act of ?Casablanca,? as Claude Rains drives the car to the airport, with Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henried. Other items include the lead statuette of the Maltese Falcon from the 1941 James Stewart film of the same name, and Vivien Leigh neglig?e from ?Gone With the Wind.?
**SOTHEBY?S** *Junko Mori Plants Exotica, Chatsworth Chandelier Modern Makers* As part of the Devonshire Collection, Sotheby?s will host Modern Makers, a selling exhibition of contemporary art in Chatworth?s galleries. Leading international artists have created furniture, textiles, ceramics and metalwork for the exhibition. Featured is ?Plants Exotica,? one of two chandeliers designed by Junko Mori, this one created in response to the Devonshire family?s history of and passion for collecting exotic plants. The collection is currently on sale through Dec. 23. **BONHAMS** *An antique turquoise and diamond brooch, circa 1840 Auction Date: Oct. 17 Estimate: $ 8,000 - 10,000* **What?s selling**: Bonham?s Fine Jewlery auction will feature an antique brooch from the early 19th Century. Estimated total diamond weight: 10.00 carats; mounted in silver and 14 karat gold; length: 1 ? in. **What sold**: Chased brass overlaid teak side chairs designed by Lockwood de Forest estimated at $50,000- $80,000 sold for $242,500. **CHRISTIE?S** *Dewitt Limited Edition Semi-Skeletonized Tourbillion Wristwatch Auction Date: Oct. 29 Estimate: $40,000 ? $60,000* Christie?s Important Watches auction will feature modern and vintage watches, from leading brands such as Cartier, IWC, Rolex and Tag Heuer with estimates ranging from $1,500 - $60,000. This rare 18K pink gold and titanium limited edition semi-skeletonized Tourbillion watch with a 5-day power reserve and signed by Dewitt and was made around 2011. **FREEMAN?S** *Stanley William Hayter ?Tangram I? Auction Date: Nov. 3 Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500* **What?s selling**: Freeman?s will auction selected works from the distinguished collection of Domini Morrell in a Modern & Contemporary Art auction on Nov. 3. This oil on canvas by British artist Stanley William Hayter is signed and dated ?83, from the estate of Robert G. Luckie, Tuscon, Ariz. **DOYLE NEW YORK** *Classical Carved Mahogany Settee Height 37 inches; length 82 1/2 inches; depth 24 1/2 inches Auction Date: Oct. 16 Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000* **What?s selling**: Doyle New York?s will auction American Furniture, Decorative Arts & 19th Century Paintings from the Colonial period through the Federal and Classical styles. This settee, attributed to Samuel Field McIntire (1780-1819), Salem, Mass., features intricate carved detail above a loose cushion seat with acanthus carved arms. The sette is raised on reeded acanthus carved sabre legs ending in brass paw casters. **What sold**: Cartier, Diamond Bracelet-Watch, estimated at $6,000 - $8,000, sold for $34,375.
**Sotheby?s** *Giuseppe Penone ?Lignes D?Eau? Bronze sculpture, 157 ? in.* Beginning on Sept. 20 and running through October, Sotheby?s will host a selling exhibition of works by globally renowned Italian sculptor and conceptual artist, Giuseppe Penone, entitled ?When Man Meets Nature.? Presenting 36 works showcasing Penone as a modern artist integrating art with nature and member of the modern Italian art movement Arte Povera, the show will feature all mediums of his work, including bronze, stone, photography and works on paper. This selling exhibition will be one of the biggest shows of its kind in New York, as part of Sotheby?s S|2, the private sale and gallery arm of Sotheby?s global Contemporary Art department. The works on display in S|2 are available for private sale, offering an exciting new dimension to the Sotheby?s experience. In addition to gallery programming, the S|2 team also facilitates bespoke private acquisitions and sales. **Weschler?s** *Austrian Ormolu Mounted Parcel Ebonized and Gilt Gesso Elmwood Piano Forte Auction Date: Sept. 20 Estimate: $10,000 ? $15,000* Weschler?s will auction this Elmwood piano as part of its Capital Collections Auction on Friday, Sept. 20. This rare Viennese pianoforte was possibly made by Johann Fritz (1810-1820), a prolific builder with very few surviving pieces. The six-octave keyboard?FF to f4?has four pedals, including a Turkish music pedal (cymbal and drum) and a bassoon knee level. Made of Elmwood under gold leaf, this piece is originally from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss of Dumbarton Oaks. **Christie?s** *Federal Satinwood-Inlaid and Verre Eglomis? Mahogony Cylinder Desk and Bookcase Auction Date: September 24 Estimate: $150,000 ? $300,000* Christie?s Sept. 24 auction of American Furniture, Folk Art and Decorative Arts spans from the 17th to the 20th century, featuring property from three major collections. The collection includes a magnificent Federal desk-and-bookcase, embellished with 47 verre ?glomis? glass panels and probably made for the Van Ness family of Washington, D.C. Selections from the estate of the late Americana collector Eric Martin Wunsch include an elaborately carved New York card table from the Chippendale period. Highlights to be offered from the Westervelt Company, perhaps the most significant collection of Classical American pieces ever assembled, span the mediums of furniture, silver, paintings and Audobon prints. **Bonham?s** *Pair of chased brass-overlaid teak chairs, designed by Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932). India, 1881-1882. Auction Date: Sept. 25 Estimate: $50,000 - $80,000* Bonhams will offer an exceptional pair of chased brass-overlaid teak chairs, designed by Lockwood de Forest in the Fine American & European Furniture, Decorative Arts & Silver auction to be held at the Madison Avenue galleries on Sept. 25. Made in Ahmadebad, India, circa 1881-1882, de Forest modeled the chairs after one he had discovered while visiting an ancient Indian palace during his honeymoon. De Forest was an instrumental figure in the Aesthetic and Orientalist movements during the last decades of the nineteenth century, leading a revival of East Indian techniques within American decorative arts. When de Forest moved to California in the early 1920s, the chairs were purchased at auction by William Randolph Hearst, who at that time was spending millions of dollars annually to acquire the most extraordinary art and antiques available. **Potomack Company** *George III Armorial Silver Epergne London, 1768. 13 x 25 ? in. Auction Date: Oct. 5 ? 6 Estimate: $6,000 ? $8,000* Potomack Company will auction the Harry Z. Isaacs Antiques and Fine Art Collection from Long Branch House. Located in the Shenandoah Valley, the estate is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register. The auction will feature more than 250 lots from the collection, including English and American antiques, furniture, decorative arts, and artworks acquired from the most respected dealers in the United States and England, including Israel Sack, N.Y. and Mallet, London. An art historian and decorative arts specialist who was a close friend of Isaacs commented, ?He bought only the best.? This George III armorial silver epergne, features a central oval basket, the spiral gadrooned rim above shaped bands of pierced foliage, circlets, stars and crosses, above a waisted support fitted with eight scroll arms with similarly pierced alternating baskets and dishes. **Doyle New York** *Gold, Cabochon Gem-Set and Diamond Bracelet-Watch, Cartier, France, circa 1945. From the Estate of Margaret Truman Daniel Auction Date: Sept. 25 Estimate: $6,000-$8,000* Doyle New York will auction property from the Estate of Margaret Truman Daniel (1924 ? 2008) as part of its Important Jewelry auction on Sept. 25. The only child of President Harry S. Truman and his wife Bess, Mrs. Daniel graduated from George Washington University in 1946, and embarked on a classical singing career, performing at venues such as Washington?s Constitution Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall. When her father left office in 1953, she moved to New York where she worked for NBC, conducting interviews for radio and television, and even substituting for Edward R. Murrow on his television program, ?Person to Person.? She later became an acclaimed author, writing biographies of her father and mother, and publishing the best-selling novel, ?Murder in the White House,? in 1980. Until her death in 2008, she served on the board of trustees of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, created by Congress in 1975 to award scholarships to college students planning careers in government.
Amidst a graciously mild Washington summer, we are beginning to see the first signs of autumn coming around the bend. The weather will be warm and the sun will be out for at least the next month or two, but true Washingtonians are looking for signs of fall in other ways. Announcements for major fall museum exhibits are creeping into our inboxes. Theater tickets are going on sale for upcoming shows. And, of course, the auction houses are rousing from their brief summer hibernations of sorts, preparing to kick off the holiday season with a series of not-to-bemissed auction events, featuring a variety of collections of international interest. While many are still preparing their lots, here is a peek at what?s coming from a few of our area?s major auction houses. With the New York auction houses participating in Asia Week during the week of Monday, Sept. 16, the over-arching theme feels a little like ?Treasures of the East,? with a breathtaking collection of Chinese and Japanese works, as well as items from Eastern countries. **Bonhams** *Ivory netsuke of a recumbent kirin by Okatomo* *Japanese, 17th century* **Auction Date: September 17** **Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000** Bonhams is pleased to offer the James A. Rose collection of Netsuke and Sagemono on Sept. 17 at the Madison Avenue salesroom. Netsuke are 17th century traditional Japanese miniature sculptures that doubled as small containers to store personal belongings. The sculptures evolved over time from being strictly utilitarian into objects of great artistic merit and craftsmanship. As one of America?s most dedicated and knowledgeable netsuke enthusiasts, James A. Rose, M.D., (1931?2011) was a member of the board of directors of the prominent International Netsuke Society and served for 23 years as the president of its Washington, D.C., chapter. His esteemed collection will be offered in its entirety. This mythical animal (1 7/8 in. long) shown reclining, forms a compact design, the details finely carved and stained dark, eyes inlaid in dark horn. **Sotheby?s New York** *Ritual Bronze Food Vessel, ?Zuo Bao Yi?* **Auction: September 17** **Estimate: $2 - $3 million** This autumn, Sotheby?s will present a dedicated sale of ten extraordinary ritual bronzes from the famed collection of Julius Eberhardt, as part of their popular Asia Week auction sales. Distinguished by their provenance, which includes A.J. Argyopoulos, the Greek Ambassador to China after World War II, as well as the legendary Shanghai dealer T.Y. King, the group is estimated to bring more than $5 million. The offering comprises works of incredible rarity and importance including the ?Zuo Bao Yi? Gui, an important food vessel, Early Western Zhou Dynasty 11th-10th century BC. An additional highlight is the ?Mu Xin zun?, an exceptionally beautiful wine vessel, also Early Western Zhou Dynasty. Both pieces were included in the seminal 1954 Marco Polo Seventh Centenary Exhibition in Venice. **Doyle New York** *Xu Beihong (Chinese, 1895-1953)* *Horse Signed (ur)* *Seal Ink on paper, mounted on silk Imag* **Auction Date: September 16** **Estimate: $100,000 - $200,000** Doyle New York will hold an auction of Asian Works of Art on Monday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. The auction presents the arts of China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia, dating from the Neolithic Period through the 20th century. Offerings include porcelain, pottery, jade, ivories, scholar?s objects, snuff bottles, bronzes, screens, furniture and paintings. This horse painting is by artist Xu Beihong, a renowned Chinese painter from the early 20th century best known for his shuimohua (Chinese ink paintings) of horses and birds. Beihong formed a style that reflected a new modern China at the beginning of the 20th century, exhibiting his proficiency and knowledge of Western artistic technique with a stylethat expressed a native artistic expression of his homeland.
In the Internet age, auctions might seem outdated and irrelevant. Yet auction houses continue to be effective marketplaces for everything from fine art to gourmet wine to bejeweled dog collars. For those unaware, auction houses are intermediaries between buyers and sellers -- the original eBay. If, for example, you want to sell a diamond-encrusted Barbie, you could contact a house and arrange for the doll to be auctioned. These arrangements involve setting your minimum selling price, transporting your item to the saleroom, settling on the commission amount to be taken by the auction house, and signing a contract. Or, if you wanted to buy an original Steve Jobs’s Apple computer, you could work with a specialist from the auction house to find your dream work. Then, when the auction takes place, you would bid in-person, over the phone, or online and pay. This specific example is actually on auction through Christie’s until July 9. Some of the most prominent auction houses include Weschler’s, Potomack Company, Sotheby’s, Bonham’s, and Doyle New York. Weschler’s and Potomack Company are the only ones located in the Washington area. The other companies have sales rooms in New York City and across the world. To become an auction buff, here are the key words to know: Auctioneer – the trained professional who conducts the auction Lot – an object or group of objects being exhibited in the auction Sale number – a lot’s identification code Provenance – the history describing the object’s chain of ownership since creation Chattel – the physical goods of an estate, such as furniture and cars Auction block – the object currently being auctioned Paddle – the instrument bidders use to communicate their bid to the auctioneer Bidder number – a bidder’s identification number used on the paddle Reserve price – the pre-established, minimum amount the owner will accept Hammer price – the amount of the winning bid Buyer’s premium – the amount paid between the hammer and total purchase prices Ring – the auction location Whether you’re searching for that perfect Roman sculpture to complete your living room or Moscato to complement your favorite dessert, these terms will help you raise that paddle confidently. Check out a few upcoming events for the summer and happy auctioning. Sotheby’s London Château Pétrus 1967 Auction Date: June 20 Estimate: $10,000-$14,000 Sotheby’s London will offer a unique day for wine lovers to experience a taste of the Finest and Rarest Wines. This sale will feature extraordinary collections from Bordeaux and Burgundy to the Spanish Vega Sicilia. Wine lovers can enjoy a tour of wines from the 1960s, all the way to the 21st century. These exquisite wines will be available in bottles and magnums. Don’t forget to look out for the Château Pétrus 1967, a wine that will leave you wondering and wanting more. This wine is known by experienced wine tasters, who recognize it by its rich, sweet and complex taste. It has a lingering “sweet” taste with a low concentration and density. Christie’s Tubogas “Serpenti” quartz wristwatch by Bulgari Auction Date: July 17 Estimate: $3,050 - $4,575 (£2,000 - 3,000) This jewelry sale at Christie’s is sure to be huge. There are 262 lots in the sale, with pieces from designers, such as Tiffany & Co and Chanel to Van Cleef & Arpels. In particular is the “Serpenti” wristwatch from Bulgari that expresses the elegance that Bulgari stands for and is a design that is being revived by designers today. The specialists at Christie’s explain the watch has a silver dial with Roman numerals and a bezel set with diamonds. There is a pink sapphire crown with a five-jewelled quarts movement to a sprung bracelet and 22mm wide case. The dial, case and movement are all signed Bulgari. The wristwatch is an iconic model from the Bulgari collections and would be a perfect addition to one’s own collection. [gallery ids="119049,119062,119058" nav="thumbs"]