Three Vintage NYC Museum Exhibits You Shouldn’t Miss This Summer

Madeline at the Paris Flower Market. TM and © Ludwig Bemelmans, LLC.

"Madeline at the Paris Flower Market. TM and © Ludwig Bemelmans, LLC." Source: nyhistory.org

As is always the case in New York City, there are more “must-see” art exhibits this year than there is time to view them. It’s hard to choose but given our predilection for the past, we recommend these three exhibitions that highlight the past of our own storied city.

Madeline in New York, New-York Historical Society

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the beloved classic, Madeline, New-York Historical Society is honoring the stalwart little heroine with an exhibition of over 90 original artworks from her creator, Ludwig Bemelmans. Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwing Bemelmans is on view July 02, 2014 – October 19, 2014.

Garry Winogrand, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Garry Winogrand (American, 1928–1984). El Morocco, New York, 1955. Gelatin silver print. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, 1992 (1992.5107) © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco" Source: metmuseum.org

One of the most highly anticipated photography exhibitions of the year, Gary Winogrand at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (on view June 27–September 21, 2014) is the first retrospective of this major chronicler of New York City life from the 1950s through the 1980s. Considered one of the most influential street photographers of the century, Winogrand truly captured life as it was.

Mac Conner: A New York Life, Museum of the City of New York

Illustration for "Let's Take a Trip Up the Nile" in This Week Magazine, November 5, 1950 • Gouache and graphite on illustration board • © Mac Conner. Courtesy of the artist

"Illustration for "Let's Take a Trip Up the Nile" in This Week Magazine, November 5, 1950 • Gouache and graphite on illustration board • © Mac Conner. Courtesy of the artist" Source: mcny.org

While this exhibition doesn’t technically open in the fall, it’s hard to think of a show this year more illustrative of a certain New York past than McCauley (“Mac”) Conner’s energetic hand-painted illustrations of ads from the 1950s. Mac Conner: A New York Life is on view at the wonderful Museum of the City of New York Sept 10, 2014 – Jan 11, 2015.

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NEW Vintage & Antique Finds: Baga Nimba Headdress

Baga Nimba, wood, Guinea, old.  36" x 12"

Baga Nimba, Guinea, H: 36" W:12". Gallery #96 Hemingway African Gallery/212.838.3650

“Nimba is the joy of living” for the Baga peoples of Guinea, Africa. The most vital of the Baga arts, the headdress known as Nimba or D’mba represents the “universal mother” in Baga society; a figure of fertility and protection who presides over important events like agricultural ceremonies, weddings, and funerals. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, unlike many other African masked representations, Nimba is not a “spirit” but an “idea”–”the vision of woman at the zenith of her power, beauty, and affective presence.”

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Front view, Baga Nimba

Worn with a raffia skirt at ceremonial dances, Nimba’s defining characteristics include her flat, pendant breasts symbolizing a full motherhood spent nursing children, and her hairstyle crested and braided down the center of her head. Interestingly, according to the Met Museum, Nimba’s hairstyle is actually characteristic of another peoples, the Fulbe, from whom the Baga are descended, and so Nimba serves as a connection to their past. The short line under Nimba’s eye (not very pronounced on this mask) represent Baga ethnicity, and some masks, as this one, are beautifully ornamented with pops of color at the mask’s features. For details on this mask, reach out to Hemingway African Gallery.

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Modern Design & Twentieth Century September Sale, Kaminski Auctions

Lot#-3135-Hans Wegner "Peacock" chair, with blue wool upholstery and leather arm and headrests

Lot#-3135-Hans Wegner "Peacock" chair, with blue wool upholstery and leather arm and headrests. September 7 Sale, Kaminski Auctions

On September 7, the flagship Massachusetts branch of Kaminski Auctions will be holding a modern design and 20th century sale. See below for more information. The New York branch of Kaminski Auctions is located on the main floor of The Manhattan Art & Antique Center, Gallery #28, 917.701.8162. Kaminski offers free expert appraisal service at the Center every Tuesday from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm.

The upcoming Twentieth Century and Modern Design auction at Kaminski will offer a myriad of collectable pieces for serious buyers. Important artists and designers include Diego Giacometti,and Gino Vistosi.

Lot#3124-Giacommetti, Console aux Oiseaux, Bronze and Glass

Lot#3124-Giacommetti, Console aux Oiseaux, Bronze and Glass. September 7 Sale, Kaminski Auctions

Featured prominently in this Twentieth Century sale is a stunning console table by renowned sculptor, Diego Giacometti. The Console Aux Oiseaux is signed “Diego,” once on the underside of a horizontal support. This home furnishing exemplifies Giacometti’s common use of animals as design elements.  While the subject matter is common, this particular design is a rare discovery for twentieth century art collectors.  This stunning sculptural object is descendant from the Orosco Family Trust Art Collection in Danville, CA and carries an estimate of $150,000 to $250,000.

Interior designers should also note a set of four glass pendant lamps in a range of primary colors, created in the 1970s by Gino Vistosi.  One of the four boasts an intact foil label.  The set promises to be a striking addition to any modern-themed living space, along with a Ball Chair attributed to Eero Aarnio, with original wool upholstery.  This piece of iconic industrial design was created with the idea of simulating privacy within public spaces – or as it was best put by Aarnio, “A room within a room.”

Expected to raise a large amount of excitement among decorators is an extremely rare Hans Wegner Peacock chair, upholstered in original blue wool with leather accents over an oak frame. This piece of mid-century Danish design dates to 1955 and has been closeted in a local Massachusetts estate since its creation.

Lot#-31281960 Gibson Guitar

Lot#-31281960 Gibson Guitar. September 7 Sale, Kaminski Auctions

Also available for purchase is an original hollow-body electric Gibson Brydland guitar, circa 1960, with original label complete with serial number A34663. The guitar, was previously owned by Ken Raymond.  An autographed promotional photo of Chet Atkins, whom Ken Raymond met on tour, accompanies this lot.  Experts at Kaminski have applied a sale estimate of $5,000 to $7,000 to the piece.

Lot#-3013-Lichtenstein, "As I Opened Fire," Lithographs

Lot#-3013-Lichtenstein, "As I Opened Fire," Lithographs. September 7 Sale, Kaminski Auctions

Art collectors will be excited to find the triptych, As I Opened Fire, by Roy Lichtenstein and published by the Stedelijk Museum, among other works by Andy Warhol, Chuck Close and Shepard Fairey.  Representatives at Kaminski are anticipating the performance of five original Bicentennial tapestries designed by Alexander Calder and hand woven by the Pinton Freres atelier in Aubusson, France.  Circa 1975, these rare examples are from a limited edition of 200.  All five possess a low edition of either #36 or #37 and are signed accordingly by Calder.  Calder died the same year, shortly after these tapestries were created. The last works of Calder’s lifetime offered collectors a final chance to revel in his profound impact on the world of Modern Art.

Lot#-3126-Original "Bozo The Clown" suit and memorabilia collection

Lot#-3126-Original "Bozo The Clown" suit and memorabilia collection. September 7 Sale, Kaminski Auctions

Boston natives will enjoy the “Bozo the Clown Collection”, which was retrieved from a Newton, MA estate and is expected to attract strong media attention.  The collection features the full suit, travel case decorated by Carol Spinney, wig, a photo journal made by Unicef documenting Bozo’s seven week Asian trip and a framed original photo of the entire Bozo cast, as well as many other interesting items.

Lot#-3126-Original "Bozo The Clown" suit and memorabilia collection

Lot#-3126-Original "Bozo The Clown" suit and memorabilia collection. September 7 Sale, Kaminski Auctions

Among other obscure objects offered in the sale is a Leica M-3 camera in the original hard-shell case.  In strikingly good condition, the camera is of a low serial number – 873291 and includes an eyepiece, tripod mount and a Ernst Leitz GmbH lens with extendable bellows and shutter release.

A full online catalog for the sale will be available Friday, August 22nd by 8:00 pm ET, at www.kaminskiauctions.com. Preview for the sale will be held Tuesday through Saturday, September 2nd through 6th at the Kaminski auction gallery, from 10:00 am to 5:00pm daily. The auction will take place Sunday September 7th, beginning at 10:00 am, with preview to precede the sale beginning at 8:00am. Online bidding will be available through the Kaminski LIVE bidding platform.

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French Aubusson Salon Suite for #TapestryTuesday

A carved giltwood three-piece salon suite, upholstered with Aubusson tapestry, French, circa 1880.  Comprising of a settee and two chairs.  Settee Height: 53"    Length: 77"
A carved giltwood three-piece salon suite upholstered with Aubusson tapestry, French, circa 1880.  Comprising of a settee and two chairs. Settee Height: 53″    Length: 77″. Gallery #39 & 63: F&P Associates/212.644.5885

Introduced earlier this year by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, #tapestrytuesday has proliferated across the particular corner of the internet devoted to old treasures and lost arts. As we’d be remiss if we tried to talk tapestries without talking about Aubusson tapestry, today we focus on this beautiful Aubusson piece. The gold standard of the art (and as of 2009, on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity), French Aubusson tapestry represents one of the great flowerings of the Renaissance arts.

French Aubusson Salon Suite

Detail view; French Aubusson Salon Suite

The history of tapestries at large is as rich as it is long (The Met has an interesting summary on the topic). The first looms for Aubusson tapestry were set up in the town of Aubusson (located in the Creuse Valley, France) likely by Flemish refugees in the 1300s. Tapestry production, however, didn’t commence there until the 1600s. As the arts began to flourish once more in the Renaissance period, Aubusson makers based their designs on the prestigious Savonnerie rugs, which at the time were only available to the King.

French Aubusson Salon Suite

Detail view; French Aubusson Salon Suite

In 1665, Aubusson was given the status of Royal Manufacture, athough anyone who could afford them (typically sophisticated aristocracy and the upper class) could buy them. The stunningly detailed Aubusson designs drew inspiration from verdure scenery, religious themes, animals, and beyond. The richly expressive tapestry featured here is rife with symbolic meaning as well as dramatic scenes that can be interpreted at length. After the French Revolution, machine-made tapestries began to replace thoughtful creations such as these, and just around the time this piece was made (1870-1880), tapestry production ceased in the town of Aubusson. While such works are replicated at length today, the intimate pleasures of original French Aubusson are hard to come by now.


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Nautical and Americana at Kaminski Auctions Summer Estate Sale, August 24

Brian Coole, view of Boston from Chelsea shore, circa 1850, oil on board

Lot# 2109 -Brian Coole, view of Boston from Chelsea shore, circa 1850, oil on board, Summer 2014 Estate Sale; Kaminski Auctions

On August 24, the flagship Massachusetts branch of Kaminski Auctions will be holding an exceptional summer estate sale. See below for more information. The New York branch of Kaminski Auctions is located on the main floor of The Manhattan Art & Antique Center, Gallery #28, 917.701.8162. Kaminski offers free expert appraisal service at the Center every Tuesday from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Kaminski Auctions Annual Nautical and Americana auction this year will held August 24th, 2014, starting at 10:00am at their Beverly auction gallery, 117 Elliot Street, Rt. 62, Beverly, Massachusetts.  The sale features a fantastic selection of nautical paintings from several important marine artists including Brian Coole, as well as American artists James Fulton Pringle, Thaddeus Bannister, Charles Woodbury, A.T. Hibbard, Emile Gruppe, Chester Hardin, and Anthony Cirino.  There is also a pair of America’s Cup paintings of the Royal Yacht Squadron racing off Cowes, thought to be from the circle of Nicholas Matthew Condy (1815-1851).

Lot# 2107 -A.T. Hibbard (American 1886-1972), Provincetown, 1920, oil on artist board

Lot# 2107 -A.T. Hibbard (American 1886-1972), Provincetown, 1920, oil on artist board. Summer 2014 Estate Sale; Kaminski Auctions

A wonderful engraving by C. Mottram depicting Boston Harbor circa 1857 is estimated at $1,500-$2,500 and a second important engraving by Martins After Garneray, titled “Preche De La Baline – The Whale Fishery”, is estimated at  $1000-$1500.

Also included is an important portrait of John Appleton, merchant of Salem, circa 1800, from a Massachusetts estate. He is depicted seated before a table with a ledger and packet of letters.  The work is oil on canvas, and is signed, dated and inscribed on the reverse by the American colonial era painter Michele Felice Corne (American 1752-1845).  There is also a portrait of Warren Hastings, oil on canvas, labeled “Sir Joshua Reynolds.”

Lot# 2135 -Charles H. Woodbury (American 1864-1940), seascape, oil on canvas

Lot# 2135 -Charles H. Woodbury (American 1864-1940), seascape, oil on canvas. Summer 2014 Estate Sale; Kaminski Auctions

Ship model collectors will be interested in a builder’s model of the Santo Paulo for Grace Line Inc., produced by Boucher Lewis Precision Models. The piece is an exact replica and measures eighty five and three quarters inches long by twenty one inches high. It is estimated at $5,000- $7,000 while a Windsor Castle ship model circa 1950s is estimated at $200-$3000.

Important American furniture in the sale includes an 18th century block front Chippendale mahogany desk, with fancy interior, descended from the Governor Winthrop’s family. An early Queen Anne carved black walnut highboy by Samuel Sewall of York, Maine, circa 1755, will also feature in the auction. It is embellished with a cupid’s bow apron and forward facing rear legs, and is estimated at  $5,000-$7,000.

Lot# 2126 -Early Queen Anne carved black walnut highboy with cupid's bow apron and forward facing rear legs, intact wooden pins and sycamore secondary wood, circa 1755, Samuel Sewall, York, ME

Lot# 2126 -Early Queen Anne carved black walnut highboy with cupid's bow apron and forward facing rear legs, intact wooden pins and sycamore secondary wood, circa 1755, Samuel Sewall, York, ME. Summer 2014 Estate Sale; Kaminski Auctions

There is also a carved cherry wood Chippendale serpentine front four drawer chest with bracket feet, circa 1770-90, estimated at  $5,000-$8,000, and a circa 1840, Colchester, CT mahogany block front slant lid desk with original brasses on magnificent double ogee feet and curlicue base with heavy brass handles on the sides.  It is estimated at $3,000-$5,000. Also in the sale is a nicely carved Salem, MA secretary with elaborate finials and reed legs, including all original finish and hardware, circa 1800-10, and estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

English furniture and antiques are also well represented, as well as a large selection of Asian items including a Ming dynasty bronze buddha,a Chinese bronze censor, an 18th Century matched pair of Qing Dynasty carved ancestral arm chairs, and a carved Zitan screen with jade insets.

Lot# 2108-18th century, block front Chippendale Governor Winthrop desk, mahogany with fancy interior, with provenance to the Governor Winthrop family

Lot# 2108-18th century, block front Chippendale Governor Winthrop desk, mahogany with fancy interior, with provenance to the Governor Winthrop family. Summer 2014 Estate Sale; Kaminski Auctions

Preview for this exciting sale will be held Thursday August 21st through Friday August 23rd, 10:00am-5:00pm and 8:00 am on Saturday, August 24th, day of sale.  For more information or to sign up to bid go to our website www.kaminskiauctions.com or call 978-927-2223.

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NEW Vintage & Antique Finds: Buccellati Mermaid Fantasy Silver Centerpiece

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Magnificent Sterling Silver Centerpiece by Buccellati, Sterling silver, Milan, Italy, 20th century. Gallery #65: Estate Silver/212.758.4858

Today in our NEW Vintage & Antique Finds series, we present a nautical fever dream from the incomparable high-end designer Buccellati. Easily Italy’s most renowned luxury jewelry brand, Buccellati brings an equally impressive stamp of “timeless eccentricity” to their one-of-a-kind silverware. It’s hard to imagine a more stunning example of their unique vision than this sterling silver centerpiece of a mermaid-driven sea chariot.

Fancifully ensconced on a nautilus shell, with a lobster holding her flowing locks aloft and flying fish pulling her chariot, the commanding mermaid drives her chariot through a sea teaming with marine life: clam shells, mussels, dolphin, coral, sea urchin, fish, sharks, swordfish, sea otters, starfish, an octopus, and a turtle. All we can say is: wow.

Buccellati has been “wowing” the world since the 18th century, when the founding family first established its design presence. To this day, the items in the company’s catalog are designed by members of the Buccellati family, and handmade by a select group of artisans. Many of their pieces hark back to Italy’s rich design history, borrowing elements from the Roman through Renaissance eras, including the plant and sea life found in Italian frescoes. To see detailed views and to learn more about this piece, click here.

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15 Fabulous Vintage Designer Handbags For Fashion Friday

Judith Leiber Magenta and Gold Leather Handbag with Cord Strap, USA, 1980"s.  7" x 5-1/2"

Judith Leiber Magenta and Gold Leather Handbag with Cord Strap, USA, 1980″s. 7″ x 5-1/2″. Gallery #35: Treasures & Pleasures/212.750.1929

Originating as a Twitter trend, Fashion Friday (or really, #FashionFriday) has spilled out across the blogosphere, making Friday not just the day to celebrate the start of the weekend (#TGIF) but the day to recognize the trends that shape our times. Naturally at The Manhattan Art & Antique Center, we ascribe to the philosophy of the great fashion maven, Coco Chanel, which is “fashion fades, only style remains the same.” In that spirit, we present 15 handbags and purses by designers who are ever in style. To see more luxury handbags that have stood the test of fashion time, visit Treasures & Pleasures.

Red Satin Judith Leiber Evening Bag, 1980s

Red Satin Judith Leiber Evening Bag with Butterfly Clasp in Red Rhinestones and Semi-Precious Stones, Original Shoulder Strap, USA, 1980's.  9" x 5"

Red Satin Judith Leiber Evening Bag with Butterfly Clasp in Red Rhinestones and Semi-Precious Stones, Original Shoulder Strap, USA, 1980's. 9" x 5"

Ferragamo Black Leather Evening Bag

Ferragamo black leather evening bag with the iconic Ferragamo bow, Italy, Contemporary.

Ferragamo black leather evening bag with the iconic Ferragamo bow, Italy, Contemporary.

Ruby-Beaded Silver Handbag, Neiman Marcus, 1960s

1960's Silver Leather Hand Bag with Ruby Beads Surrounded by Gold Thread Work, Retailed by Nieman Marcus, USA, 1960's.  8" x 5"

1960's Silver Leather Hand Bag with Ruby Beads Surrounded by Gold Thread Work, Retailed by Nieman Marcus, USA, 1960's. 8" x 5"

Judith Leiber Clutch/Shoulder Bag, 1980s

udith Leiber Clutch/Shoulder Bag with Semi-Precious Stone Trim, Brown and Black Lizard, USA, 1980's.  12" x 7"

Judith Leiber Clutch/Shoulder Bag with Semi-Precious Stone Trim, Brown and Black Lizard, USA, 1980's. 12" x 7"

Louis Vuitton Briefcase in Monogram Canvas

Louis Vuitton Briefcase in Monogram Canvas with Cowhide Double Handles and Trim, LV monogram canvas and leather, France, 2000's.  14" x 12" x 3"

Louis Vuitton Briefcase in Monogram Canvas with Cowhide Double Handles and Trim, LV monogram canvas and leather, France, 2000's. 14" x 12" x 3"

French Beaded Black Evening Bag, 1940s

1940's Beaded Black Evening Bag with Ornate Rhinestone and Beaded Center of Frame Opens Up to Reveal a Beveled Mirror. Rhinestones, beads, France, 1940's.  9-1/2" x 5"

1940's Beaded Black Evening Bag with Ornate Rhinestone and Beaded Center of Frame Opens Up to Reveal a Beveled Mirror. Rhinestones, beads, France, 1940's. 9-1/2" x 5"

Pucci leather handbag, 1960s

Circular shaped Pucci leather handbag, with green patent-leather trim, Italy, circa 1960"s.  Diameter:  5-1/2"     Depth:  2-3/4"

Circular shaped Pucci leather handbag, with green patent-leather trim, Italy, circa 1960"s. Diameter: 5-1/2" Depth: 2-3/4"

Rodo Black Satin Evening Bag

Rodo black satin evening bag with rhinestones, Italy, contemporary.  Length: 7"     Height: 4"

Rodo black satin evening bag with rhinestones, Italy, contemporary. Length: 7" Height: 4"

Pierre Cardin Beaded Evening Bag, 1960s

Pierre Cardin beaded evening bag, France, circa 1960"s.  Length: 8"    Height: 6"

Pierre Cardin beaded evening bag, France, circa 1960"s. Length: 8" Height: 6"

Giorgio Armani Taupe Lizard Purse

Giorgio Armani taupe lizard purse with asymmetrical shoulder strap, Italy, late 20th century.  Dimensions: 9-1/4" x 6-1/2" x 2-1/2"

Giorgio Armani taupe lizard purse with asymmetrical shoulder strap, Italy, late 20th century. Dimensions: 9-1/4" x 6-1/2" x 2-1/2"

Chanel Black Satin Evening Bag

Chanel black satin evening bag with pearl interlocking C"s, France, contemporary.  Height: 5-1/4"    Length: 11"

Chanel black satin evening bag with pearl interlocking C"s, France, contemporary. Height: 5-1/4" Length: 11"

Susan Bennis/Warren Edwards Lizard Clutch, 1980s

Susan Bennis/Warren Edwards lizard clutch with shoulder chain.  Italy, ca. 1980s.  Size 13.5" x 7", chain is 16"

Susan Bennis/Warren Edwards lizard clutch with shoulder chain. Italy, ca. 1980s. Size 13.5" x 7", chain is 16"

Bottega Veneta Purple Satin Evening Bag

Bottega Veneta purple satin evening bag, decorated with beaded butterflies and featuring a jeweled clasp, Italy, 21st century.  9" x 7" x 2.5"

Bottega Veneta purple satin evening bag, decorated with beaded butterflies and featuring a jeweled clasp, Italy, 21st century. 9" x 7" x 2.5"

Gucci Red leather Top Handle Purse

Gucci small canvas and red leather top handle purse, Italy, 2000s.  Dimensions: 9" x 3" x 7-1/2"  The MAAC Holiday Collection

Gucci small canvas and red leather top handle purse, Italy, 2000s. Dimensions: 9" x 3" x 7-1/2" The MAAC Holiday Collection

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New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show 2014, Featuring Our Dealers

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In a scant seven years, The New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show has quickly “established itself as a must-attend event in the heart of Chelsea” according to Dan Darby, US Antiques Shows group show director. Returning to the chic Metropolitan Pavilion, July 25-28, the Show gathers 100 of the industry’s top dealers, including the Manhattan Art & Antique Center’s Melody Rodgers, Gallery 47, and Botier Inc., to showcase the most stunning jewelry and watch collections from the Renaissance to the Modern Era.

Cartier Panthere ring, 18K yellow gold, tsavorites, onyx and enamel, France, 2010. Cartier Panthere ring, 18K yellow gold, tsavorites, onyx and enamel, France, 2010. Gallery #15: Botier Inc/212.371.2424

In addition to the usual glittering array of precious gemstones, this year’s show features “highly sought after collections from elegant global brands such as Cartier, Tiffany & Co., David Webb, Harry Winston, Patek Philippe and Van Cleef & Arpels, among others,” such as the stunning pieces showcased above and below from Botier Inc.

Patek Philippe & Co. 18K yellow gold and diamond "Ellipse" watch, Swiss, circa 1980s. Patek Philippe & Co. 18K yellow gold and diamond “Ellipse” watch, Swiss, circa 1980s. Gallery #15: Botier Inc/212.371.2424
Van Cleef & Arpels multistone bow shaped brooch, 18K yellow gold, diamonds, chalcedony, rhodochrosite, France, circa 1970-1980. Van Cleef & Arpels multistone bow shaped brooch, 18K yellow gold, diamonds, chalcedony, rhodochrosite, France, circa 1970-1980. Gallery #15: Botier Inc/212.371.2424

The New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show is known for attracting attendees as diverse as the remarkable pieces on display, including “antique jewelry aficionados, seasoned collectors, fashion trendsetters, well-known celebrities, and socialites.” For this reason, dealers are known to bring a wide range of inventory so that antique jewelry, such as Melody Rodger’s romantic pieces below, is often showcased beside modern pieces.

Victorian Scottish Circle pin, etched silver, the bezel set with 6 Citrines and 1 Amethyst, Scottish, mid-Victorian, circa 1870.  Diameter: 2"

Victorian Scottish Circle pin, etched silver, the bezel set with 6 Citrines and 1 Amethyst, Scottish, mid-Victorian, circa 1870. Gallery #10A: Melody Rodgers/212.758.3164
"Sweet Pearl Heart" Art Nouveau necklace, open back heart with pin back, 14K gold and pearls, circa 1915.Pearl Heart Art Nouveau necklace, open back heart with pin back, 14K gold and pearls, circa 1915. Gallery #10A: Melody Rodgers/212.758.3164

Show times are Friday, July 25 from 1-7 p.m., Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 from 11 a.m.-7p.m. and Monday, July 28 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $20 for all four days. At the Show, you can visit Botier Inc. and Melody Rodgers at Booth #3023, and the elegant offerings of Gallery 47 below at Booth #2020.

Art Deco clock, bronze back with a silver front, set with marcasites, carved onyx, and carnelian, Germany, circa 1920s. Art Deco clock, bronze back with a silver front, set with marcasites, carved onyx, and carnelian, Germany, circa 1920s. Gallery #47: Gallery 47/212.888.0165
Ear clips, custom made by Sorab & Roshi, featuring diamonds and 5 types of coral set in18K gold, American, circa 1980s.  Diameter: 1-1/4"Ear clips, custom made by Sorab & Roshi, featuring diamonds and 5 types of coral set in18K gold, American, circa 1980s. Gallery #47: Gallery 47/212.888.0165
Erte sterling silver Art Deco style bracelet, with 14K gold, onyx, pearl, and diamond, American, limited edition, #65/600, 1970s.Erte sterling silver Art Deco style bracelet, with 14K gold, onyx, pearl, and diamond, American, limited edition, #65/600, 1970s. Gallery #47: Gallery 47/212.888.0165

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A Drink On Your Way Out: The History of Stirrup Cups

Stirrup Cup, sterling silver, hand made gilded interior, Italy possiibly Gucci.  5-1/4" high x 3-1/2" Diameter

Stirrup Cup, sterling silver, hand made gilded interior, Italy possibly Gucci. 5-1/4″ high x 3-1/2″ Diameter. Gallery #49A: Alter Silver Gallery/212.750.1928

Next time you see a foxhunt scene on film, keep an eye out for a cup with an animal’s head and no base. You’ll be looking at a stirrup cup, a glass of liquid courage (traditionally port or sherry) served to a person mounted on horseback just before they are about to leave for the hunt. The cup is usually handed to the huntsperson when their feet are already in the stirrups, and is drained quickly and handed back to the server.

Heywood Hardy - The Stirrup Cup

"The Stirrup Cup" by Heywood Hardy. Source: 19thcenturybritpaint.blogspot.com. Source credit: horse-canada.com

While mostly associated with 18th-19th century English fox hunts, the origins of the stirrup cup are not definite. Scottish hosts also offered “a parting cup” to guests on horseback as a farewell drink, calling it “dochan doruis,” which literally means “drink of the door.” Early stirrup cups were essentially footless wine glasses, but were replaced in popularity by beautiful, ornate silver versions in the shape of fox heads, such as the particularly detailed one featured here.

stirrup-cup

The silver stirrup cups were often engraved with mottoes from the hunt, and were made in two pieces that were soldiered together. While silver fox or hound versions are the most valued kinds of stirrup cups, less expensive and more fanciful versions were made of ceramic (usually of “Staffordshire” make) in the shape of the heads of dogs, fish, boars and beyond. To learn more about the stirrup cup above, contact Alter Silver Gallery.

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Exceptional Summer Estate Sale, July 27th, Kaminski Auctions

A rare 19th C. French gilt bronze mirrored plateau suite measuring 78 inches long.

A rare 19th C. French gilt bronze mirrored plateau suite measuring 78 inches long. Source: Kaminski Auctions

Next Sunday, July 27, the flagship Massachusetts branch of Kaminski Auctions will be holding an exceptional summer estate sale. See below for more information. The New York branch of Kaminski Auctions is located on the main floor of The Manhattan Art & Antique Center, Gallery #28, 917.701.8162. Kaminski offers free expert appraisal service at the Center every Tuesday from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Kaminski Auctions July 27th estate sale features an outstanding array of fine art, silver, jewelry and Asian antiques.  Jewelry and silver items include a 14.25 carat square cut emerald ring, set with 18 round brilliant diamonds in platinum.  This exquisite ring is estimated at $30000-$35000. There is also a four plus carat Colombian emerald with two triangular side diamonds valued at  $5000-$10000.  A classic ladies Chopard 18K diamond and gold watch with a mother of pearl face and 34 total diamonds is another top jewelry lot valued at  $6000-$10,000.

The auction also features an important pair of antique Bohemian uranium colored cut glass decanters with enamel decoration bearing the emblem of Zill al-Sultan, the Qajar prince who ruled Isfahan, Iran’s former capital from 1874 – 1907.  These wonderful decanters were produced especially for the Islamic market.

Highlights of the sale include silver items from a California estate. There is a stunning Buccellati silver pitcher, signed “Buccellati Italy”, a rare 19th century French plateau suite measuring 78 inches long in mirrored gilt bronze valued at $20,000-$30,000, and a .800 silver equestrian trophy, inscribed ” Hong Kong Jockey Club, 1892, The Ashley Cup, valued at $6000-$12000, as well as a set of 12 English sterling silver plates marked “PS” valued at $8000-$12000.

Fine art in the sale features an oil on canvas titled “An Afternoon of Homework” by British artist John Thomas Peele (1822-1897), an oil on canvas of a mother with baby in a cradle by American artist Harry Roseland and a street scene by French artist, Henry Lesur.  California art collectors will not want to miss a wonderful work by Carl W. Peters (American 1897-1980), titled “Pier, Shacks and Sails”.

For Chinese collectors there is also a large selection of Chinese huanguali and zitan furniture, jade, Chinese porcelain and Chinese and Tibetan gilt bronze buddhas.

Other items of interest in the sale include a lot of miniature Medieval cast lead knight figures, which includes individual figures, vignettes, and dioramas, on oak wood stands, from the Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester, MA, valued at  $5000-$10000 and a rare violin, marked Gabriel Buchstetter, dated 1768 and estimated at $3000-$5000.

Preview for this exciting sale starts Thursday- Saturday, July 24th-July 26th, 10:00-5:00 pm and starting at 8:00am on Sunday July 27th, day of sale. The auction begins at 10:00 am at the Kaminski Auction gallery, 117 Elliott Street, Rt. 62, Beverly,Massachusetts.

For more information or to preview the sale and register online go to www.kaminskiauctions.com or call 978-927-2223.

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