Picasso drawings, Tiffany table, extraordinary Agassiz platinum watch at Coker's June 18 auction Picasso drawings, a Tiffany table, Pennsylvania art and a superb selection of fine jewelry including a platinum Aggasiz watch are among the offerings in John W. Coker's June 18 auction.
News-Antique.com - Jun 13,2011 - NEW MARKET, Tenn. – On Sat., June 18, commencing at 10 a.m. Eastern time, John W. Coker, Ltd., will conduct an eclectic Summer Estate Auction featuring fine and decorative art; rugs, fine jewelry and other quality antiques. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.
From a Philadelphia art pottery collector’s estate comes some 45+ pieces of Rookwood, Weller and quality designs from other makers. Major artists and all types of glazes, including vellum, are represented.
The same Philadelphia collector had several really fine Gone with the Wind lamps from Pittsburgh and Consolidated Glass Companies, including examples in the Regal Iris pattern and Imperial Red, Straw and Mandarin Orange motifs from Consolidated Glass. He also had several Czech fruit 1920s and ’30s glass table lamps.
From Minnesota, the Estate of Fred Ossanna, a well-known criminal lawyer, yielded a fabulous find – an Agassiz platinum men’s1920s Art Deco wristwatch that had been kept in a safe deposit box for 40 years. The same estate was the source of a Vacheron & Constantine Mystery Watch, several large ladies’ high-quality diamond rings and bracelet watches, and a lamp table that may have been made under commission by Tiffany's for a New York City client.
“Most people know about the lamps and other glass produced by Tiffany Studios, but not everyone knows that they also designed furniture for some of the great mansions of the turn of the 20th century,” said auction house owner John W. Coker. “This table features grapes in clusters with leaves, with an opening in the base for the lamp cord. Originally, there were glass panels behind each of the eight sides.”
Fred Ossanna's Italian marble lion, which was present on his office desk for a number of years, is to be auctioned, as are the rare ephemera items he collected. Within the collection are Minnesota land grants and British 17th century indentures on vellum.
From The Wellesley Inn On The Square in Wellesley, Mass., comes numerous silver pieces, glassware, brass, and items used in parties, weddings and receptions that will stir memories of pleasant events there. The inn was well furnished in colonial-theme antiques. While the building itself was eventually demolished, its owners, the White family, kept most of the antiques from the inn’s public area. It is that collection that will be auctioned on June 18.
A family that formerly lived in Arizona has consigned Native-American pottery that was in their possession before the 1930s when they moved to Tennessee. Their collection also features two interesting rugs, one of which dates to the late 19th century and has a Mexican flag with eagle and snake woven into its center.
In the 1930s during the Depression, the Steinway Piano dealer from the Knoxville, Tenn., area went to Philadelphia on business and returned home with two very large paintings purchased from an unknown museum that needed funds to remain open. The artworks, which were displayed in the man’s showroom for more than 50 years, appear to show the Crossroads area