Seldom-seen Victorian table fountain in online sale ending July 20

Litchfield County Auctions Online Summer Sale holds more than 800 lots of fresh-to-the-market property collected from New York and Connecticut estates and private collections. The summer sale’s focus is on American, English and Continental art and antiques, including this Victorian Tufts automatic crystal table fountain, circa 1870-1880. In addition to a variety of weathervanes, pewter, baskets and canes, the Americana section features a selection of Shaker furniture and decorative arts as well. The sale is online now at and can be viewed on the Litchfield County Auctions website.
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Ivory and rhino-horn trove from TV’s Storage Wars in Presley March 5-6 auction

A selection of unusual Chinese antiques found during an episode of "Storage Wars" will cross the block March 5-6 at at Don Presley’s gallery in Orange, Calif. Presley, who has conducted on-air appraisals for Storage Wars, received the Asian consignment from David Hester, whom he jokingly describes as the "villain" among the regulars appearing on A&E’s popular Wednesday night show. Hester’s storage-locker find includes an extensive selection of Chinese ivory necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pendants; rhino- and buffalo-horn pendants, and a pair of foo dogs. Collectively, their value is estimated to be as much as $10,000. Read More +

Faberge teamed with Civil War rarities in Feb. 19 auction

Although you can often find a pair of Carl Faberge silver figural candelabra alongside a selection or rare and important figural clocks, it’s rare to find them paired in a sale of Civil War uniforms and pistols. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is set to sell these and more in a marathon auction Feb. 19. In addition to Russian silver and estate jewelry, the auction will feature a metal-bodied Queen’s Lancer drum, 10 1/2 inches high by 15 1/2 inches wide, colorful and complete with two drumsticks.
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19th-century Italian micromosaic expected to take top lot honors

A remarkable Italian micromosaic artwork depicting the Roman Forum and attributed to Vatican artist Cesare Roccheggiani has emerged from a Florida residence after nearly 90 years of unobtrusive display and will be auctioned on Jan. 30, 2011. The important estate discovery will be offered at Myers Auction Gallery in St. Petersburg as the star attraction in a 500-lot sale of fine European and Asian antiques.
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Belter, Dresden and clocks make up 600 fresh-to-market finds

More than 600 lots of fresh-to-the-market finds from five important estates  are coming to sale Jan. 15 by Stevens Auction Company. Furniture by famed artisan J. & J.W. Meeks will include a rosewood rococo laminated pierce-carved sofa in the Stanton Hall pattern and among the decorative accessories is a three-piece Dresden center bowl with figural renderings and flower décor.
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