Toronto’s A.H.Wilkens offers major Asian antiques collection live and online April 17-18

TORONTO – A.H. Wilkens is hosting a three-session auction April 17-18, 2012 filled with a wide array of rare and unusual objects. The first session auction includes nearly 100 lots of sterling silver including English, Continental, several lots of Chinese silver and a small collection of Judaica.

The silver is followed by a wide array of Asian arts featuring Chinese ivory, jade, porcelain and stone. This sale has something for everyone; the auction will be rounded out with a large collection of silver, Asian arts, glass, porcelain, furniture and fine art.

Session I features a pair of Paul Storr sterling silver baskets dating back to the reign of George IV, from London, 1823. Storr is considered one of the most significant silversmiths of his time, regularly commissioned by English royalty and the highest classes. The pair of baskets was possibly part of a larger table setting or garniture to adorn the table, and held sweets or sweetmeat. The baskets have an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.

This pair of Paul Storr silver baskets is expected to bring $20,000 to $30,000 CAD in A.H. Wilkins’ fine and decorative arts auction April 17, 2012.

The second session of this three-session auction offers close to 150 lots of canes and walking sticks, all from a single-owner collection. This lifetime collection has brought together rare and unusual canes from around the world; you’ll find examples from China, Japan, Europe, England, Africa and North America.

It also includes a wide variety of system canes. These canes, most notably used in the 19th century, serve an additional function such as a telescope, horse measurer, flask holder, candle holder or compass.

Lots of historical and collectible canes include:

  • a number of folk art pieces such as canes carved by soldiers in the World Wars,
  • puzzle canes
  • one carved by the gardener of Sandringham as a 21st birthday gift to Prince Albert Victor in 1885 (lot 2049).
  • a cane from Gettysburg signed by Captain Daniel W. Flagler (1835-1899) (lot 2020) as well as other examples of Trench Art from World War I and II.
“Cardinal at Dining Table,” oil on board, signed lower left, Paris 10 1/2 by 13 1/2 inches (27 x 34.5 cm) is expected to bring $8,000 to $12,000 CAD.
Tiffany Studios Twelve Light Lily Lamp, Lot 3052

Session III is highlighted with a Tiffany Studios bronze and favrile glass 12-light lily lamp as well as two Pairpoint lamps and several lots of LC Tiffany and Handel glass.

Lot 3041 is a collection of Civil War diaries and hat from Murdock Mcregor, covering the years 1861 to 1865. Fine quality art by William Hemsley, Georges Croegaert, Marcel Dyf and Enrico Tarenghi are also featured in the auction along with several lots of Moorcroft pottery and decorative accessories.

Since its inception in late 2009, A. H. Wilkens Auctions & Appraisalshas become one of Toronto’s largest auction houses specializing in fine, decorative and Asian arts. Wilkens is a young, dynamic team that is staying on the cusp of new trends and breathing life back into a changing and aging industry. As other auction houses are abandoning live auctions in favor of those held only online, Wilkens strongly believes in holding only live auctions. These are regular bi-monthly events.

Online bidding for the April 17-18 auction is available via Links to the online catalog is available at the website for A.H. Wilkens Auctions & Appraisals or at 299 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 1S7

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