Big auction planned for Dec. 6-7 by Leland Little in N.C. Fifteen prominent estates and collections, featuring fine art and more, will be sold at a two-day, four session sale slated for Dec. 6-7 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd in Hillsborough, NC
River area and having a six board poplar case with dove-tailed construction (est. $15,000-$25,000); and a lovely Southern walnut corner cupboard (late 18th century), from Piedmont, N.C., boasting excellent form and condition (est. $5,000-$8,000).
Dr. Landon's coin collection will feature $20 Gold Double Eagles, $10 Gold Eagles, silver dollars (Morgan, Trade and Seated Liberty), and many other mostly American coins. No estimates have been given, because of fluctuations in the values of gold and silver. Also offered will be Dr. Landon's 1964 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III car, with just 93,000 miles and all original (est. $20,000-$40,000).
From the silver category, a 72-piece Hector Aguilar Mexican sterling silver flatware set in the Aztec motif (circa 1948-1955), in very fine overall condition, with all pieces made by hand, totaling 152.85 troy ounces, is expected to fetch $10,000-$20,000. Also, a Tiffany & Company sterling silver tea and coffee service (circa 1873-1891 hallmark), 72.8 total troy ounces, should hit $3,000-$5,000.
American pottery pieces – mostly from North and South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia – will be in the room. Star lots include a rare Baxter Welch signed jug (N.C., circa 1900), a salt glaze stoneware presentation whiskey jug, with an inscription (est. $1,500-$2,000); and an Edwin Meaders decorated vase, alkaline glazed, tapered form with applied leaf and grape clusters (est. $400-$600).
From the photographia collection of Arnold Doren and Caroline Cornish: a gelatin silver print by Andre Kertesz (Hungarian, 1894-1985), titled Chez Mondrian, signed and dated (1926) in pencil en verso, in a Kulicke frame; and a gelatin silver print by Minor White (American, 1908-1976), depicting hands holding a bowl, pencil signed and dated (1957), in a Kulicke frame (no estimates were given).
Fine estate jewelry will garner oohs and aahs from the crowd. Top lots include a platinum marquise cut diamond engagement ring with a total diamond weight of 2.5 carats (est. $1,500-$3,000); a French watch chatelaine (circa early 19th century), with most parts appearing to be original (est. $1,200-$1,800); and a French gilt metal sewing chatelaine (late 18th century); (est. $1,000-$1,500).
Oriental pottery and porcelain pieces will include a set of four Chinese porcelain panels with the Chien Lung mark to the left corner, each panel polychrome enamel with figures enjoying leisure activities (est. $600-$900); and an antique Chinese blanc de chine brush pot, cylindrical two-part molded form, two cartouches, and depicting prunus trees against a cloud background (est. $300-$500).
Also expected to attract bidder interest: an Isaac or Jacob Ribelin (or Rivilin) longrifle (Rowan County, N.C., circa 1815-1825), flintlock, 62.5 inches long, with octagonal barrel, walnut forestock, brass furniture and silver inlays (est. $5,000-$8,000); and a bronze on marble base sculpture by Charles Paillet (French, 1871-1937), titled Les Deux Arms, signed, with nice patination (est. $2,000-$4,000).
Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd., holds quarterly cataloged auctions in its spacious showroom in Hillsborough, N.C. The first cataloged sale of 2009 is slated for March 21. The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, estate