Rarities abound in upcoming auction selections

Fine chandelier

Dale Chihuly fine chandelier heads into Rago’s Modern Ceramics and Glass Auction, June 5, with an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.

NEW YORK — From fine art to historical collectibles, auction rarities round out May auctions and kick-off the summer months on Bidsquare. Highlights include rare art, 20th Century, decorative arts by iconic designers, rare American history collectibles and more.

Starting with fine art, a rare Ralston Crawford comes to auction. In search of intriguing industrial and agricultural material, Ralston Crawford worked in Chadds Ford and Exton, Pennsylvania from 1934 to 1939. It was here that his Precisionist style painting was executed. Ralston Crawford’s Smith Silo will be offered at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ American and European Art auction with an estimate of $300,000-500,000.

In addition to Ralston Crawford, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ upcoming fine art sales include iconic artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Marc Chagall, George Inness, Chuck Close and more. Close’s Self Portrait, in the artist’s classic style of intricate patterns to portray a human portrait, is receiving a lot of pre-sale attention, with an estimate $80,000-120,000.

On the decorative and rare front, Forsythes’ Auctions will be offering a rare E. Howard & Co. No. 22 Astronomical Standing Regulator Clock at auction May 29. The clock was purchased privately from a jeweler in the early 1970’s, and is being offered to the market for the first time. E. Howard & Company has an outstanding reputation for making the highest quality standing Astronomical Regulators in the world. The Howard Astronomical Regulator was a particularly accurate timepiece designed exclusively for keeping time and was recommended for watch makers shops, observatories and railroad depots.

Different from more frequently seen sculptures at auction, Rago brings a fine chandelier of Chihuly’s to the auction block Sunday, June 5. The chandelier is composed of 80 pieces total of blown glass.

An exceptional collection of badges, medals and more are in Cowan’s Auctions‘ American History

Smith Silo Exton

Ralston Crawford, Smith Silo, Exton, 1936-37, to be offered by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ American and European Art auction, May 25. It enters the sale with an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000.

sale coming up in June. The centerpiece of the collection is Gen. Kidd’s “Custer Valor Medal”. The badge was designed by Custer while in the field in 1864 and produced by Tiffany & Co. to his exact specifications (the original sketch resides in the archives of the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana).

The young General Custer was the sole arbiter of who should receive the award and had them individually commissioned at his own expense, resulting in slight variations between the handful of known examples. Made of 14k gold and blue enamel, it features a Maltese cross with “Custer” across the middle and the Latin motto “Tuebor” at the bottom, the motto of Custer and Kidd’s home state of Michigan meaning “I Will Defend.” Reverse is engraved “Col. J.H. Kidd / 6th Mich. Cav.” Read more about the history of the lot here.

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