Tiffany lamp, Abe Lincoln pocketwatch, Wiggins art in Morphy's June 8-9 auction Morphy’s June 8-9 Fine & Decorative Arts sale also features cool collector cars and a personally inscribed 18K gold pocket watch given by Abe Lincoln to Mary Todd.
1948-2004) impressionistic painting of Doors lead singer Jim Morrison represents a more contemporary style of art and is estimated at $10,000-$12,000.
Among the furniture highlights is a circa-1880 oak bar back with eight beveled mirrors. Solidly constructed and handsomely detailed, it should have no trouble making its $2,000-$4,000 estimate. Also to be offered is a circa-1890 oak roll-top desk that was used by a Pittsburgh surgeon for more than 30 years. It is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
The perfect addition to turn of the 20th century oak furniture is art glass lamps of the same period. In Morphy’s Saturday session, top lighting lots include a Handel lamp with exotic birds, berries, flowers and branches; a Pairpoint Puffy butterfly lamp, and a Tiffany Studios Greek key-patterned leaded-glass lamp in warm tones of gold and green. Signed on both the shade and base, the lamp is an impressive work of art and is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.
An outstanding entry in the sale is Lot 1103, an 18K gold pocket watch presented to Mary Todd by Abraham Lincoln sometime between 1839 and 1842, before their marriage. It is inscribed “To Miss Mary Todd – A Token of my Everlasting Devotion and Affection – Abe Lincoln” and comes with a letter of provenance from the North Missouri Historical Society. Unique and historically important, the watch could sell for $30,000-$60,000. Several other noteworthy lots in the fine jewelry section include a men’s Rolex 18K gold President watch with diamond face and diamond-enhanced link bracelet, estimate $15,000-$25,000; and a platinum engagement ring with a 1.77-carat central diamond plus baguettes and additional diamonds, est. $10,000-$15,000.
The sale is rounded out by decorative antique walking sticks; 30 lots of rare sterling silver, Bakelite jewelry, an album of 50 Civil War photos, many with hand signatures and identification of soldiers; and two rare antique iron furnaces.
Both sessions of Morphy’s June 8-9 Fine & Decorative Arts auction will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through Morphy Live or LiveAuctioneers.com. For additional information on any lot in the sale, call 717-335-3435 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tiffany Studios Greek key leaded-glass lamp, signed ‘Tiffany Studios New York,’ est. $20,000-$30,000. Morphy Auctions image.