Historic Hillsborough auction offers more than 800 lots in broad array of categories, June 13-14

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – More than 800 lots of fresh-to-the-market merchandise, in a broad array of categories, will be sold at a two-day historic Hillsborough auction the weekend of June 13-14 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. It is the grand opening event at the 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art gallery facility, located at 620 Cornerstone Court in Hillsborough.

The June 13-14 sale will be preceded by a week-long preview, highlighted by an Opening Night Gala on Thursday, June 11, beginning at 6 p.m. Then, on Friday, June 12, at 3 p.m., a special lecture will be presented by Johanna M. Brown, director of collections and Curator of Moravian decorative arts (the topic of her lecture) at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (www.MESDA.org).

The June 13 sale will begin with English and Continental silver, including an Irish sterling silver tureen with an 1821 date letter. The day will conclude with another session of silver, only American, to include a 132-piece modern hammered flatware service by California artist Allan Adler. In all, 482 lots will change hands that day.

Sandwiched between the silver sessions on June 13 will be hundreds of other lots, starting with European and Continental fine art. Included will be four original paintings by the British artist Christiane Klitgaard-May (1876-1954), and a watercolor by Giuseppe Aureli (Italian, 1858-1929). After that, a Staffordshire collection will be sold, to include historical blue and white Lafayette pieces.

A star of the American furniture category promises to be a Southern cherry sugar chest (circa 1830s). Local art will also be offered, to include etchings by Louis Orr (1879-1961). A collection of garden and architectural items will cross the block, to include a Scottish architectural bench (circa 1850). Asian art will feature 17 1/2-inch Japanese Satsuma vases from the Meiji era (1860s).

English and Continental furniture will be sold both days. On Saturday, a star lot will be a nice 18th-century French walnut armoire.

Decorative arts will include a terracotta bust of Benjamin Franklin, after the French sculptor Houdon (1741-1828). Also offered will be a selection of clocks and pocket watches, including a mid-19th-century Raingo Freres French figural mantel clock. 

Lighting and chandeliers will illuminate the room, with lots like a signed Tiffany Studios counterbalance desk lamp, marked “Tiffany Studios, New York, 417” (16 inches tall). A selection of art by American artists will be headlined by an original oil on canvas painting by Louise Cox (1865-1945). The work was deaccessioned from the Granville County Historical Society Museum in Oxford, N.C.

From the Native American category, a beaded bandolier pouch, made around 1900, is expected to draw strong interest, as is American tiger maple wood furniture from the collection of the late Charles Smith of Chapel Hill, N.C. A top lot will be a 19th century corner wash stand.

From textiles and needlework, offered will be a rare and important Pennsylvania Lititz girls’ school needlework pictured in the book Girlhood Embroidery (Vol. I, p. 448), by Betty Ring.

Additional American art will come up for bid in the Mead Corporation Art Collection. The collection was begun in 1955 and works were actively acquired until the early 1980s. Two works of note from the group are an original oil on canvas by Judy Lodge (Mich., b. 1951), titled The Table; and an oil on canvas by Frank Roth (N.Y., b. 1936), titled Lady McGowan’s Dream.

 A collection of approximately 25 portrait miniatures and silhouettes will include a mourning miniature with hair brooch, attributed to Samuel Folwell (S.C., 1802). Estate jewelry will be sold both days.

The June 14 auction will begin at 11 a.m. and feature Southern folk and art pottery (to include Lanier Meaders and Burlon Craig face jugs); approximately 15 estate antique rugs; and nearly 50 decoys, many from the estate of the late Charles Smith of Chapel Hill.

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd.’s next two big cataloged auctions will be held the weekends of Sept. 19-20 and Dec. 5-6, also in the new gallery facility at 620 Cornerstone Court. The guest speaker for the December event will be another MESDA curator, June Lucas, the museum’s Director of Research. Her talk will center on Southern decorative arts, with a primary focus on painted Piedmont (North Carolina) furniture pieces.

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd., is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, estate or collection, call 919-644-1243, or e-mail info@llauctions.com.

To learn more about the company and its calendar of upcoming auctions, visit www.llauctions.com.