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Erté, historical Staffordshire share the auction block April 29

Among the expected highlights of Pook & Pook's April 29 auction is a watercolor and gouache depiction of Josephine Baker by renown painter Erté.

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. — Pook & Pook, Inc. is presenting a cataloged auction April 29, followed by an online decorative arts auction (exclusively on May 1-2. Among the notable names to be represented include Erté.

Chagall, Birch, Handel join Erté Offerings

Erte _Josephine Baker

Romain De Tirtoff (Erte) (Russian/American 1892-1990), watercolor and gouache of Josephine Baker. (All photos courtesy Pook & Pook)

The April 29 sale kicks off with international items, including a smattering of British furniture, silver, and assorted artwork. In this section, as with the later Americana, artwork sets the tone, particularly with two Marc Chagall lithographs, a colorful abstract by Marcel Mouly, and a Marcel Dyf floral still-life.

A watercolor and gouache depiction of Josephine Baker by Erté, the artist synonymous with Art Deco, adds interest, as does a realist still-life by John F. Francis and a powerful coastal scene by Thomas Birch.

From fine to folk art, Pook & Pook is a powerhouse for all things Pennsylvania German. A Jacob Botz scherenschnitte fraktur in pristine condition is a prime example. This intricate cutwork piece maintains vibrant colors and detailed watercolor styling with very minor losses.

Life-Size Dog Statutes Set to Cross Block

More than 60 lots of Historical Blue Staffordshire from the esteemed collection of Kenton Broyles are also crossing the block. Also of note are two life-sized Philadelphia Wood and Perot cast iron Newfoundland dog statues and a group of Tiffany and Handel lamps.

A variety of other decorative items will appear in the associated Decorative Arts online auction May

Dog garden statues

Two Philadelphia Wood and Perot cast iron Newfoundland dog garden statues.

1-2. The sale includes jewelry, toys, furniture, folk art, silver, and decorative items in a wide array of prices. The sale will feature Part I of the Jim and Patricia Doherty paperweight collection, as well as the James Cotton collection of British commemorative Staffordshire.

For more details, contact Pook & Pook at or 610-269-4040, or view the catalog online at or The catalog auction begins at 9 a.m. EST April 29; the May 1-2 online Decorative Arts auction begins at 9 a.m. EST each day.