Massachusetts’ finest estates and collections coming May 21, 2011

More than 500 lots of top market antique furniture, vintage lighting, fine art, decorative accessories, period furniture, clocks, estate jewelry and watches, including a 12-piece R.J. Horner figural carved dining set is set to light up a May 21 sale in Pittsfield, Mass. The sale is punctuated by several pieces from Tiffany studios. A key find is a bronze inkwell with the fine figure of a crab, its claws reaching forward, pinching the coiled handles of the inkwell pot mounted with an oyster shell.
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Sir Daniel Donohue’s ‘white glove’ collection of fine antiques and precious objects grosses $4 million

The collection of Sir Daniel Donohue, a single-owner estate sold April 4-5, attracted a crowd of more than 200 people to Bonham’s Los Angeles saleroom, many of whom traveled from abroad to participate. The remarkable two-day  sale brought more than $4 million and featured nearly 1,000 lots. The entire collection will be sold at four different auctions during the next three months.
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Art brokerage has benefits of both straight sale and auction consignment

Les and Sue Fox, professional art brokers with West Highland Art Brokers, have developed a method of partnering with consigners to sell art, which touts benefits of both selling directly and consigning with an auction house: the husband and wife team will buy original paintings by listed artists, then partner with the art’s owners to sell at auction and, get this, split the profits.
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Ohio bidders drive price for monumental Cochiti effigy figure to $17,625

Ceramics buyers invested heavily in a variety of vessels at a March 11-12 Ohio auction. With more than 800 lots offered in two sessions, the top lot of the sale was a $17,625 Cochiti effigy figure dating to the late 19th – early 20th century. The figure came from the collection of Charles Shanafelt, who purchased most of the items between 1900 and 1915.  Placed in the "relic room" of an Ohio county courthouse, the collection remained there until later in the 20th century when transferred to an Ohio historical institution which sold it to use the proceeds to further its core mission.
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Tiffany, Bride’s Baskets and Daum Nancy glass may headline Frick art glass collection

The single-owner lifetime collection of Bill and Sue (Carolyn) Frick of Missouri – comprising over 500 lots of quality art glass and more – will be sold on Saturday, April 30, 2011. Tiffany pieces will include a rare 18-inch unmarked jack-in-the-pulpit vase with white, green and gold iridescent pulled feather design and 8 3/4-inch diameter face; and an 8 1/4-inch decorated art glass vase with green background and gold heart and vine décor.
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Asian objects, fine clocks and Tabriz Persian carpet may headline April sale

Vintage clocks including a fine mahogany tall case clock signed by David Weatherly, an enamel moon disk dial attributed to Patton and Jones and an early 19th century mahogany tall case clock with a heroic painted dial signed by Abraham Cassell of Germantown (Philadelphia, Pa.) are just three of the lots auctioneer Gordon Converse says are generating tremendous buzz for his April 23, 2011 auction in Malvern, Pa.
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