Two dollar thrift-store painting by Herzog may flip for $4,000

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Running online September 16-30, Witherell’s catalog auction stands out with a Herzog painting discovered in a thrift store, a “Three Graces” chandelier, a 1964 Mercedes, and a pair of gold scales, among the highlighted items.

Known for his landscapes and prominence in the Dusseldorf school before coming to America, a Hermann Herzog 1874 landscape found in a Northern California thrift store is one of the more outstanding lots in the September auction. Valued at $2,000 to $4,000, the painting was bought in a Woodland, California, thrift store on “Half-price day” for $2.50. Labeled “Moonlight scene Austria” and stamped on the verso “Muller Paris,” the painting measures (sight) 16 1/4 by 12 1/4 oil on board (21 by 16 3/4 inches framed).


The Cornelius and Baker baroque #chandelier, a gilded bronze five-arm lighting device, features three allegorical figures on the stem, joins the Hermann Ottomar Herzog landscape oil on board painting, circa 1874, shown above, in the Premiere #Auction scheduled for Sept. 16-30. Included in the Sept. 26 #Marine Art and Antiques: A Private Collection auction (Sept. 23-Oct. 7) are the U.S. Live-Saving Service (All photos courtesy Witherell’s

An 1870 Three Graces chandelier attributed to Cornelius and Baker, Philadelphia, is expected to do well, with a presale estimate of $3,000 to $5,000. The bronze, five-arm chandelier is adorned with the three allegorical figures on the stem, “Art, Science, and Industry”, that represent the Victorian love of symbolism. They are surmounted by three Baroque-style, female busts and have etched shades with ruffled edges. A similar chandelier was on the cover of a catalog by the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the exhibition “19th Century America, Furniture and Other Decorative Arts” that was on view in 1970. The chandelier also pictured with description number 135 of the exhibition comes from the estate of the late Earl and Rae Klima, owners of Klima’s Antiques in Sutter Creek, California.

A pair of 19th century gold scales, bearing a partial sticker “Wells… From Sacra” and marked “LAVERS N.Y. FULTON ST. 33” is valued at $1,000 to $2,000. The scales are accompanied by a separate note: “Yankee Jim, the namesake of the famous town of Yankee Jim near Foresthill, used these scales in his business with the early miners.” Also from the estate of the Earl and Ray Klima, the scales measure 27 1/2 inches high by 22 inches wide and 10 1/2 inches deep and have a wooden base with drawers.

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