Archive for September, 2011


September 22nd, 2011 by

The heirloom vegetables at auction will be grown by more than 25 local farmers from the tri-state area, including Bill Maxwell of Maxwell’s Farm, Michael Robertson of Grady’s Farm, Ben Flanner of The Grange, Jeff Bialas of B & A Farms, Ray Bradley of Bradley Farm, Brian Gajeski of Gajeski Produce, Sergio Nolasco of Nolasco’s Farm, David Rowley of Monkshood Nursery, John Schmid of Muddy River Farm, Sue Dare Cherry Lane Farm, Nevia No of Bodhitree Farm, Franca Tantillo of Berried Treasures, Kennon Kay of Queens County Farm Museum, Kevin Smith of Sycamore Farm, John Adams of Hudson Valley Organic, Tim Stark of Eckerton Hill Farm, Keith Steward of Keith’s Organic Farm, Betsy Ryder of Ryder Farm Cottage, John Gorzynski of Gorzynski Ornery Farms, Vinny D’Attalico of D’Attalico Organics, and Ben Shaw of Garden of Spices. All seeds for the produce on sale have been donated to the farmers by the Hudson Valley Seed Library.

Daniels collection of antique, vintage telephones will keep collectors ‘engaged,’ Oct. 14-15 at Morphy’s

September 22nd, 2011 by

Circa-1878 Watts & Co. coffin-shape telephone offered with a copy of the first telephone directory, est. $10,000-$20,000. Morphy Auctions image.

DENVER, Pa. – A large percentage of the world’s population has never even seen a dial-face telephone, but that certainly wasn’t the case with the late Bill Daniels. The massive collection of antique and vintage phones that filled his home comprised a chronological archive of Alexander Graham Bell’s 1876 invention and contained models ranging from primitive turn of the 20th century curiosities to ultra-cool mid-century designs.


A premier assemblage, the Daniels collection has been consigned to Morphy Auctions, where it will be apportioned into three subsequent General Antiques auctions, the first of which will take place on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15, 2011. The phones will open the second session.


“Many of Bill Daniels’ phones were displayed at museums or shows, but he was

Circa-1892 Western Electric magneto wall cabinet set, est. $7,000-$10,000. Morphy Auctions image.

always a buyer, hardly ever a seller,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy. “Bill worked for AT&T’s long distance division until his retirement at age 52, so telephones were always a big part of his life.”


Daniels’ widow, Dorothy, said her husband started picking up old phones at flea markets, tag sales and church sales, later expanding his hunt to collector shows dedicated exclusively to telephones. “As his collection grew, he started thinking about the idea of a museum, so in addition to phones, he started buying phone booths, telegraphs, intercoms and other phone-related items,” Mrs. Daniels said.


One of Bill Daniels’ favorite pieces was his Watts & Co. coffin phone, which gets its name because of its distinctive shape. It is offered in the Oct. 14-15 auction with a $10,000-$20,000 estimate. Other highlights include a Western Electric magneto wall cabinet set, est. $7,000-$10,000; and an American toll 50-cent pay station telephone, est. $5,000-$10,000. Most of the phones in the collection are American, although there are also some examples from England and Japan.


The Friday session will open with more than 70 occupational shaving mugs, a category that has become closely associated with Morphy’s. A mug emblazoned with a merry-go-round is expected to bring $1,200-$1,500. Two mugs with a transportation theme carry a presale estimate of $1,000-$1,500 each. One has a depiction of a mail delivery truck, while the other is illustrated with a racecar.


From a 35-year apothecary collection, a 16 ½ in. green demijohn or carboy apothecary show bottle with gold label identifying ‘Indian Hemp Fluid Extract.’ Est. $250-$500. Morphy Auctions image.

Approximately 180 lots of antique apothecary items from a Pennsylvania pharmacist and pharmacology professor’s 35-year collection are included in the Friday lineup. The collection includes many “shop” bottles that 19th century pharmacists would have displayed on shelves. Most of them are glass and have labels identifying the medicinal contents by their Latin names. The containers vary in terms of decoration, with some having gold or black labels with fancy trim. Some are colorful, have diagonal labels or other distinctive designs.


The apothecary collection also includes a number of hardware items, such as an early pill roller that made pills from paste, an unusual emulsifying machine, and several counter-mounted cast-iron presses for inserting corks into bottles. “Some are quite artistic for their era and have figural designs on them, such as an alligator, sleeping dog or coiled snake,” the consignor said.


Also seen in the collection are nicely decorated 12-inch Parke-Davis “green” tins for herb and leaf storage, Victorian porcelain and ceramic display jars; mortar and pestle sets, and a sub-collection of glass apothecary candy jars. Visually appealing glass “show globes” were made to hold colored water and to be displayed on countertops, in shop windows or suspended from chains inside a pharmacy. “Legend has it that the color of the water was a signal of the general health of the community – green meant the community was healthy and red meant there was disease,” the consignor said.


A selection of 120+ pieces of pottery includes productions by Roseville, Fulper and Rookwood, as well as some very nice

Monumental Rookwood pottery vase attributed to Valentien, with heavy silver overlay created by Gorham Silver Co., 14 in. tall. Made for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Est. $30,000-$50,000. Morphy Auctions image.

mochaware. The top lot in the category is a Rookwood vase made for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago and attributed to A.R. Valentien. It stands 24 inches tall and is exquisitely decorated with owls, seashells and a large serpent on the sterling silver overlay. It could make $30,000-$50,000 on auction day. Other pottery highlights include a Roseville green Bonita jardinière with pedestal, est. $2,000-$4,000; and a 4½-inch mochaware pitcher with tree décor, applied handle and artist’s mark, est. $1,000-$5,000.


Twenty pieces of early blown glass will be auctioned. A pair of signed 10½-inch Steuben iridescent candlesticks is estimated at $1,500-$2,500; and a signed 1910 La Verre Francais art glass vase standing 11½ inches tall is expected to reach $1,500-$2,500.


More than 50 artworks have been cataloged, including a nice selection of oil paintings. A signed 15 x 20 inch Guy Carleton Wiggins New York City snowscape carries a $10,000-$16,000 estimate. For those who favor contemporary marine art, there is a Christian Riese Lassen seascape, 25 x 29 inches, estimated at $15,000-$25,000.


Asian ivory includes an intricately carved 39-inch-long tusk, $2,000-$4,000; and a 13-inch-tall plaque carved with a populated village scene, $1,000-$2,000. A fine selection of netsukes is also set to cross the auction block.


A collection of sterling silver Native American jewelry will be sold, with the top piece being a squash blossom necklace with 15 stones, estimated at $800-$1,200. Among the fine jewelry lots, the highest estimate of $5,000-$7,000 accompanies a 14K white gold filigree diamond and sapphire ring. It features a 1.1-carat VS1 center diamond in E color.


German-language copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, found in Pennsylvania, est. $5,000-$5,000. Morphy Auctions image.

Morphy’s is located in Lancaster County, which was home to many of Pennsylvania’s earliest German settlers. It’s always exciting, Dan Morphy said, when important 18th-century documents pertaining to those early settlers emerge from area estates and collections. The Oct. 14-15 sale contains two such items. The first is a leatherbound 1767 merchant’s daybook from Lititz, Pa. The book shows merchandise purchased over a 70-year period, through 1837. “What makes it interesting is that the book is written in three or four different hands, presumably generations of the same family, and the entries are shown in shillings and pence till 1789, at which point it switches to American monetary terms,” said Morphy. Described as being in exceptional condition for its age, the daybook is estimated at $1,000-$2,000.


The other article of early Pennsylvania German origin in Morphy’s sale is a German-language copy of the Declaration of Independence that was owned by the late Glenn Redcay, a well-known local antiques dealer and businessman. Morphy believes the document may have been created 20 or 30 years after America declared its independence in 1776 and that its purpose was to inform members of the German community who were not proficient in English. “Over the years Glenn had it appraised several times, and the appraisal values ranged anywhere from $5,000 to $150,000. We’ve entered it in the sale with a $5,000-$10,000 estimate,” Morphy said.


The 1,200-lot auction is rounded out with a grouping of more than 70 figural celluloid tape measures, including the only

Set of Snow White and (6) Dwarfs celluloid tape measures, est. $2,000-$3,000. Morphy Auctions image.

known Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs set (with 6 Dwarfs), est. $2,000-$3,000; and a few Oriental rugs. A tightly woven 9 x 12½ ft. Kirman originally purchased for $50,000 is conservatively estimated at $10,000-$20,000.


All forms of bidding will be available for the Oct. 14-15 auction, including live at the gallery, by phone or absentee, and live via the Internet through Morphy Live (sign up at or The sale will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern time on both days.


For additional information on any lot in the auction, call Morphy’s at 717-335-3435 or

e-mail View the fully illustrated catalog and all other auction information online at

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Fine Jewelry and Timepieces Auction Realizes Over $3 Million

September 21st, 2011 by

September 20, 2011 – An audience eager for antique jewels helped make the September Fine Jewelry and Timepieces auction a resounding success, realizing over $3 million. Fine jade jewelry, in particular, was in high demand from an international group of collectors. A pair of platinum, sapphire, diamond and carved jade pendant earrings sold for $10,980, quadrupling the pre-sale high estimate, while a fine “glassy” jade bead strand sold for $12,200. According to jewelry specialist Alexander Eblen, “Demand from the Asian market for fine quality was evident in the strong prices realized for jade jewelry.”

Sotheby’s Hong Kong – Fine and Rarest Wines, including The Ultimate Nine from the Bordeaux Winebank Collection

September 21st, 2011 by

The second day of Sotheby’s Hong Kong autumn wine sales features the Ultimate Nine from the Bordeaux Winebank Collection. Following the success of the previous sales from the Bordeaux Winebank Collection in New York, Hong Kong and London over the past year, this auction will continue to impress wine lovers by presenting a magnificent range of Five Star Provenance Bordeaux from the highly sought after vintages: 1982, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2003 and 2005. Highlights from this selection include over ten cases of Lafite – including six bottles of 1982 and five cases of 2005 Lafite; over 20 cases of Latour including five cases of 2000 and 2003; fifteen cases of Margaux and Haut Brion including 2005 Margaux and 2005 Haut Brion; and wonderful selections of Mouton, La Mission Haut Brion, Pétrus, Ausone, Cheval Blanc and Yquem.
Among the other twenty cellars offered in this auction is a spectacular selection of 170 lots of Château Lafite (1986–2007) from two Rothschild family members, whose wines had never left Château Lafite until being inspected by Sotheby’s specialists.

Sotheby’s – Derbyshire UK – Beyond Limits – Sotheby’s ay Chatsworth: A Selling Exhibition

September 21st, 2011 by

Sotheby’s annual selling exhibition of monumental sculpture returns to Chatsworth for its sixth installment this autumn, with an extraordinary line up of artists, many of whom have never been shown at this magnificent location in the Peak District before. It runs from September 16th to October 30th.

Arbor Antiques Services – Round Top Antiques & Collectibles Shows – Sept. 23rd – Oct. 1st

September 21st, 2011 by

Arbor Antiques Services promotes a Spring and Fall Round Top Show every year during the nationally known Antiques Festival in Round Top, Texas. Our Round Top show site is located on eight acres at the American Legion Post #338 on Hwy. 237 off of Hwy. 290. We are just 2 miles from downtown Round Top. We offer dealer spaces in an air-conditioned hall and in several large big top tents. We have free admission, free parking and an on-site cafe. As an antique dealer or a shopper, you will not want to miss this antiquing experience in Round Top, Texas.

Sotheby’s New York – American Paintings, Furniture, Folk Art and Silver

September 21st, 2011 by

As its title implies, our sale of American Paintings, Furniture, Folk Art and Silver on September 27th and 28th presents a wide and notable selection of decorative and fine arts produced in the United States starting from the mid-eighteenth century onward.

Sotheby’s Paris – Turkophilia Revealed: Ottoman Art in Private Collections

September 21st, 2011 by

Sothebys’ Paris is to host “Turkophilia Revealed”, a stunning exhibition of Ottoman Art from private collections.

The exhibition will be held during the 14th International Congress on Turkish Art and will feature important examples of silverware, ceramics, textiles, calligraphy and Turqueries.

From 19th – 22nd September 2011.

Sotheby’s – New York – Prints

September 21st, 2011 by

Sotheby’s Print Department is pleased to present our auction of American, Modern and Contemporary Prints on October 27th and 28th. We will be offering 14 James McNeill Whistler prints from a Private Collection, a wonderful group which includes the 1879 etching Nocturne. The selection of Picasso prints is highlighted by two large female portraits; the lithograph Figure au Corsage Rayé and the linoleum cut Portrait de Jacqueline. Within the Contemporary portion of the sale you will find Chuck Close’s large scale pressed paper pulp portrait of Georgia, a very fresh impression of Jasper Johns Painting with Two Balls and Andy Warhol’s iconic Ads portfolio, still in the original box.

Sotheby’s – Hong Kong – The Ullens Collection – Experimentation and Evolution

September 20th, 2011 by

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Following the great success of the sale of The Ullens Collection – The Nascence of Avant-Garde China, the second installment, The Ullens Collection –  Experimentation and Evolution, offers an extraordinary selection of seminal works by pioneering conceptual and video artists rarely seen before on the market, such as Chen Zhen’s 1992 installation Divine Judgment. Important early works by artists such as Liu Wei and Zeng Fanzhi will once again be a significant part of the sale.