African tribal art central to 3,000-lot sale

DENVER, Pa. – In what will be one of the company’s largest sales to date, Dan Morphy Auctions will offer 3,000 lots of antiques from fresh-to-market collections in a May 13-15, 2010 Spring sale. Morphy’s will enter new territory with its offering of more than 300 lots of authentic African tribal art from a 40-year collection.

Among many other featured categories, the auction will also contain 300 lots of advertising and coin-operated machines, 250 examples of fine and decorative art, 70 lots of napkin rings, part III of the Pat and Lowell Wagner steam toy/steam engine collection, and an outstanding collection of rare occupational shaving mugs. Additionally, the toy section will incorporate 70 dolls, 30 mechanical banks and 300 lots of early Mattel Hot Wheels vehicles – one of the largest groupings of its type to reach the auction marketplace.

The auction will open with a fine selection of marbles. The 60 lots to be sold include a boxed set of 25 Christensen agate “Guinea” marbles, estimated at $8,000 to $12,000, and many handmade onionskins, Lutzes and sulphides. Top sulphide lots include a painted number “3” and a tricolor painted rooster.

The extensive collection of African art was cataloged by noted specialist dealer and appraiser Oumar Keinde. Keinde confirmed that all of the art in the sale was carved in Africa and is geared mostly toward entry-level buyers or those who wish to decorate their homes or offices with collectible original tribal art. “These items are mostly from the period between 1950 and the late 20th century, and are known as ‘original replacements.’ If they were the early originals, they would cost 30 to 50 times as much and would be in museums. While the items in the auction are primarily meant to be decorative, they are still original African artworks and are very collectible.”

A grouping of timepieces is led by a circa-1870 French bronze enamel clock, $2,500 to $3,500; and a large octagonal time-and-strike clock, $2,000 to $3,000. Immediately following will be a lineup of more than 40 music boxes plus a large selection of cylinder boxes and phonographs with original horns.

Next up will be lighting, featuring 15 slag-glass and 20 student lamps; followed by a fine grouping of more than 70 silver figural napkin rings.

Fine antique dolls await bidders in the Spring Sale, among them a Jumeau fashion poupee peau, estimated at $1,500 to $3,000.

A wide variety of antique advertising will cross the auction block, including approximately 100 complete sets of English tobacco collector cards, presented in sheets and in near-mint-plus condition as well as a large assortment of other tobacciana items.

An occupational shaving mug collection contains approximately 50 mugs, many of which are featured in reference books. The centerpiece of the collection is a mug that belonged to early 20th-century athlete Ed Farrell, who played with the Giants, Braves, Cardinals and Cubs before leaving to earn his dental degree.

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