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Quimper, Ives, Santa Claus share auction block June 17

In its first stand-alone online auction, June 17, Pook & Pook Inc. is bringing a diverse selection to market, ranging from Quimper pottery to banks.

From Royal Bayreuth porcelain to mechanical banks, Pook & Pook, Inc.’s June 17th auction promises an eclectic and diverse assortment of objects. It is the company’s first stand-alone online

Channel Island pewter measures

Four associated Channel Islands pewter measures, 19th c., Jersey type, together with two English baluster measures. (All photos courtesy Pook & Pook, Inc.)

auction and expresses Pook & Pook, Inc.’s commitment to this accessible, user-friendly wave of the future via

June’s sale draws from a wide array of collections. An assortment of European pewter shines with interesting pieces like a group of Irish haystack measures, rare Channel Islands measures, and a group of English double volute measures. Carefully researched and documented, these are the perfect pieces to jump start any pewter collection. Moving from 17th to 19th and 20th century metals, Pook & Pook, Inc. offers a group of fifteen mechanical banks. Mechanical banks gained popularity in the second half of the 19th century, finding roots in the increasing fervor surrounding automated toys. An Ives, Blakeslee, & Co. clockwork bulldog savings bank is a particularly desirable piece, as is a 19th century French automaton of carpenters, a highlight among many interesting toy lots.

Royal Bayreuth, Quimper, and other porcelains nicely juxtapose the metal bank and pewter collections and add color literally and figuratively to the sale. In a vibrant yellow, the H. R. Henriot tableware from Quimper, France includes tea service items, dinnerware, furniture knobs, and a group of figural fish-form plates. June’s collection of Royal Bayreuth porcelain is even more visually striking and has already caught the attention of several collectors’ clubs. Certain figural forms such as the Saint Bernard, duck or flounder are not often seen on the market, but the collection’s primary highlight is a Santa Claus cream pitcher. Featured halfway through the sale, this creamer is an object to watch.

If you prefer currency or political pins and ephemera, this summer Pook & Pook, Inc. will be offering

Santa Claus pitcher

Royal Bayreuth porcelain Santa Claus cream pitcher.

an online sale dedicated to these items. Scheduled for Wednesday, July 15th, the sale already includes many rare pieces and the company is still accepting consignments.

The catalog for the June Decorative Arts sale can be viewed online at or at If you prefer to see the items in person, a gallery exhibition is scheduled for Saturday, June 13th, from 12:00pm-5:00pm, and June 15th and 16th, from 10:00am-4:00pm. The sale begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, June 17th. Interested bidders can register on

For additional information, please contact Pook & Pook, Inc. at 610-269-4040 or

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