Pook and Pook, Woody auctions on tap

March 24 — Downingtown, Pa

Besides offering a varied and stunning collection of 304 lots of fine art at its March 24 auction, Pook and Pook, Inc., is holding out hope that at least a few paintings could make headlines. Leading the list of possible top lots is a New York City winter street scene by Guy Carleton Wiggins. The oil on board, dated 1918 and titled “Columbus Monument,” is lot No. 18 and carries a pre-auction estimate of $25,000 to $30,000. Wiggins’ work is highly sought after in any auction, Pook and Pook auctioneer Kellie Seltzer told Antique Trader.

Another standout could be an oil on canvas attributed to George Caleb Bingham (American, 1811-1879). Its pre-auction estimate of $40,000 to $60,000 may be a gamble since the work is attributed. However, sometimes the best way to check an attribution is to let the market decide a work’s sale price, Seltzer said. The 26 3/4-inch by 36-inch painting depicts raftsmen playing cards. Bingham’s pieces rarely come to market but similar examples are in the St. Louis Art Museum. Two works by Harry Leith-Ross also could do well. Pook and Pook set a new world record for a price paid for his art in a May 2004 auction when one painting sold for $133,500. Leith-Ross’ work can be seen in lots No. 60 and 212 in the online catalog at the Pook and Pook Web site, www.pookandpook.com.

The auction will include bronze from artists such as Pierre Jules Mene (French, 1810-1879), Marguerite Kirmse (American, 1885-1954) and Isidore Jules Bonheur (French, 1827-1901). For more information, call (610) 269–4040.

April 15 — Wichita, Kan.

While auctioneers at Woody Auction prepare for a quality-filled March 25 auction of Roseville, Limoges and assorted porcelain and pottery, they are working to finalize a sale of an important collection of carnival glass on April 15. The collection of Mr. and Mrs. LeVant Felt features hundreds of fine examples of the collecting area and dozens of rare pieces, including a rare “Good Luck” variation plate, God and Home tumbler, three-part epergne, various water sets, Trout and Fly bowls and a Rose Show bowl.

Although the rare pieces will be sold individually, Woody is combining Carnival glass pieces in box lots, which could be a profitable and pleasing move for dealers and collectors. For instance, Lot No. 1 is a carnival glass box lot filled with a Fenton Watermelon glass, two compotes, a creamer and sugar set, a tumbler and a vase. Other lots include a Carnival glass two-part Acorn and Burrs pattern punch bowl with seven matching cups in rich marigold and a rare 5 1/2-inch by 11-inch Carnival glass Butterfly and Tulip pattern footed bowl in light marigold.

Woody Auction does not use online bidding, but they do use absentee bids. Absentee bids will be accepted with a written statement indicating the amount of a bid but must be sent by April 13. The auction starts at 9:30 a.m. at the 4H Hall, 7001 W. 21st St., in Wichita, Kan. For photos and more details, visit www.woodyauction.com, or call (316) 747-2694.