Garth’s Auctions kicks off the new year with a strong and diverse January sale

On Jan. 31, 2009, Garth’s Auctions will be holding their first sale of the new year. The sale will include the collection of Roger Nordstrom.

After serving in the Navy during WWII, Nordstrom graduated from the Los Angeles Mortuary College and the Institute of Restorative Art in Chicago, Ill. Nordstrom then began his career at Miller Funeral Home in Sioux Falls in 1954, when he and three partners purchased the business from the original founder.

In addition to his professional career, Nordstrom was a seasoned world traveler and avid collector. He purchased a historic home, known as the Hollister home in 1964 and began filling it with objects obtained on his travels. Nordstrom was fascinated with different cultures, customs and beliefs. He explored countries as diverse as Yemen, Pakistan, Turkey, Greece and Tibet, to name a few. In India he witnessed ceremonial elephant races, Bombay burials and ancient cremation rites on the Ganges. He spent time in Africa and Egypt where he studied historical burial customs and in Bali the religious Shrines.

“Garth’s Auctions is proud to include such a diverse and far ranging collection in our January sale,” stated Amelia Jeffers, vice-president of Garths. “There is truly something for everyone, whether they be a collector or a first time buyer.”

Several highlights of this collection include a late 19th century fine wood-carved pedestal depicting a woman’s head on the body of a winged griffin-like creature, estimated at $400-$800. Also in the sale is an impressive Asian carving of a flowering tree against a rocky crag, with an estimate of $1,000-$1,500.

Additional highlights of the sale include a portrait by Martha Walter (American, 1875-1976). The oil on canvas was exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum from April 5-May 3, 1815, and retains its exhibition tags. It is signed in the lower right and features a charming portrait of a young girl wearing a big yellow ribbon in her hair set in an outstanding gilt frame attributed to Stanford White. It retains a partial framers’ label and has a presale estimate of $10,000-$20,000.

An impressive, 20th century bronze bat chandelier is sure to garner much attention. This chandelier features three large bats holding four rings of bats, surrounding a central ring of bats, each with an art glass globe. The estimate is $12,000-$18,000.

Many buyers will surly be waiting for the jewelry section of this sale, when an Art Deco style diamond and sapphire brooch hits the auction block. A central sapphire is accented by 24 baguettes, surrounded by old European cut and single cut diamonds. With 178 round diamonds and 34 baguette diamonds, this spectacular piece has a total weight of 9 carats. The estimate is $8,000-$12,000.

Additional notables include a Rococo revival armchair attributed to John Henry Belter with an estimate of $3,000-$4,000 and another Rococo revival side chair attributed to Meeks estimated at $2,500-$3,500. A 20th century crystal chandelier marked Waterford has a presale estimate of $2,000-$3,000 and a Welsh dresser with a clock from the British Isles is expected to sell between $3,000 and $5,000.

Garth’s Auctions is located at 2690 Stratford Road in Delaware, Ohio. Preview hours will be offered Jan. 26-29 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Jan. 30 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. with the sale commencing on Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. For more information visit or call 740-368-3147.

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