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Matisse art, Paul Revere spoon, stamps headlining June 2-3 sale

The recent discovery of several unique items related to icons of American history, including a spoon made by Paul Revere, are among the headlining objects in a diverse sale set for June 2-3 through Kaminski Auctions.

BEVERLY, Mass. -- Kaminski Auctions will present a Two-Day Auction June 1a-3 starting at 10 a.m. Eastern time.

The sale features a myriad of collections including stamps, coins, medals, fine art, furniture, and items representative of American histori, including a spoon made by Paul Revere.

Paul Revere Produced Spoon

Revere spoon

Spoon made by Paul Revere. (All photos courtesy Kaminski Auctions)

The original Paul Revere teaspoon bears the signature 'PR' with the monogram MC, with provenance. Furthermore, it measures 4 ¼ inches in length and is estimated at $4,000-$6,000. In addition, two vintage American flags discovered at the same appraisal event include a 13-star with hand-sewn stars, measuring 6 feet by 4 feet from 1843, (This flag flew over the home of Edmund H. Ryan, Newburyport, Mass) and a 46-star flag (July 1908-July 1912) with printed star field measuring 33 inches by 56 inches. In addition, a White House plate that was part of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's original dinner service, dated 1955, marked Castleton Studios with letter of provenance attached comes to the sale with an estimate of $2,000-$3,000.

Stamps From Around the Globe

Also on offer are stamps from the lifetime collection of Anthony Frusciance, who specialized in Germany. The stamps occupy approximately 60 lots in the sale. There are many choice albums of both pre-World War I, WWII era, and post WWII, East, and West Germany, along with an extensive collection of contemporary German souvenir sheets. Most of the collection is mint never hinged. Also, there is a collecion of German Zeppelin’s on covers and a nice album of German semi-postals and airmails. *Stamps in never hinged condition means the stamp has never been affixed to an album page with a stamp hinge (a rectangle piece of paper coated with a gum used to secure the stamp).

Also, Bohemia, Gersey, Jersey, and Polish Occupation stamps, all in mint condition and non hinged, are on offer. In two albums are 94 pieces of German wartime history featuring an extensive collection of Trieste. Also included in the collection is a Trieste postal stationery lot with pristine compositions of rare and scarce items. Philatelic literature will include a complete set of 24 volumes of the German Postal Specialist, as well as 12 volumes of Detecting German Forgeries by Dr. Werner M. Bohne.

MLB Greats and Fine Art Masters

Dining table

19th century mahogany dining table

The baseball card and baseball memorabilia collection in this sale include items showcasing Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, and Sandy Koufax, among others.

Furthermore, a large selection of estate furniture, decorative art and fine art including one of the last Brian Coole works painted before his death are in this sale.

Items of fine art coming before bidders include:

  • Watercolor/pen and ink piece by H. Matisse titled "2 women in my garden," signed by the artist ($10,000-$20,000).
  • Jean-Marc Nattier portrait of a young woman, possibly royalty, oil on canvas with original wax house of royalty seal ($20,000-$40,000).
  • Abildgaard og Fritzch's painting of cupids and flowers ($3,000-$5,000).
  • Oil on board titled "Lovely Summer Morning over Boston," by Brian Coole ($9,000-$12,000).
  • SIgned oil on canvas by George Luks, titled "Pegleg Pete" ($15,000-$20,000).
  • Carl Schmidt oil on vcanvas "Navajo herder #06, When All is Peaceful" ($8,000-$12,000).
  • Bronze sculpture titled "Tectonic," editioned 17/7 by Mary Louise Snowden ($8,000-$10,000).

Chinese Art and Carvings

Asian antiques in the auction include an oil on canvas by the Chinese artist Shang Ding (Chinese, b.1954), with the title 'Back to Home', circa 1995, and an estimate of $15,000-$20,000. There are several Chinese carved Tianhuang seals from an old New England collection, as well as an 18th-century Chinese square=shape seal of a recumbent mythical double-head beast, on all four sides are inscriptions following a Qianlong poem. It is of the Jia Wu (year), with five seal script characters and carries an estimate of $6,000-$8,000.

A Chinese Ming Dynasty gilt bronze Manjusri (Wenshu Pusa) figure, with carved six-character mark, Da Ming Yongle Nian Shi from the 14th century is on offer. In addition, a pair of Chinese blue and white bowls with a plum flower tree pattern and three goats will come to the block. In addition, the bowls bear the Da Qing Guangxu mark.

Desks to Game Tables

There is a large selection of American furniture in the auction including; an early 19th century

Zeppelin stamps

Scarce German Zeppelin stamps.

Duncan Phyfe New York card table with lyre center section; an antique Queen Anne Chippendale burlwood desk, labeled Hideaway House Antiques; an 18th century Irish mahogany game table with paw feet. In addition, the auction includes a North Carolina Hepplewhite mahogany and pine bow-front chest-on-chest. Plus, a circa 1770 English Chippendale mahogany secretary/bookcase with a 1929 purchase record from the Dearman family of Heaton Norris, Cheshire, English will cross the block.

European decorative art includes an 18th/19th century Spanish Talavera majolica covered hand-painted urn with signature on an oval medallion with fancy bronze medallion handles valued at $7,000-$12,000 and an early 19th century German Meissen covered urn decorated with butterflies and birds measuring 23 inches by 12 inches.

Other items of interest include an antique cylinder music box in a fancy burlwood case inlaid with ebony and mother-of-pearl bells with beads and a matching table. Plus, two antique regulator clocks from a Long Beach, California estate collection are on offer.

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