News-Antique.com - Oct 31,2015 - Local homeowners didn't know what they had found, but auctioneer Jack DeStories of Fairfield Auction did. A cache of M116 Sporting Life baseball cards dating to 1911 and found in a routine attic clean out will be sold in the gallery's November auction. They include the three most illustrious players of the era: Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner and Christy Mathewson, all in remarkable near mint condition. The rare cards, together with ten other examples found in the same cache, are expected to bring over $10,000, a happy surprise for the Ridgefield, Connecticut couple in who's attic they were found.
The sale also includes a large selection of fine art. Works by American painters Addison T. Millar, Berhard Guttman, Vanesa Helder, Charles J. A. Escudier, Margaret Keane, Henry Pember Smith, Ben Zion, William Cary, Robert M. Kulicke and David Aronson. English and European artists represented include A.W. Calcott, Heinrich Burkel, William Palin, Franz Verhas, Gaspare Traversi, Harry Booker, and Clemens Van den Broeck.
Works in paper include the Aperture portfolio, Edward Steichen: The Early Years, 1900-1927 as well as original photographs by George Tice and Martha H. Harvey. Lithographs by Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Chagall and Walt Kuhn will also be sold.
A large New Haven estate includes a large selection of mid-century furniture lead by Paul Kjaerholm's
PK-54 dining table which includes the original maple leaves and is estimated at $5,000/7,500. A scarce Vladimir Kagan platform bed with nightstand sides, a pair of Knoll Barcelona chairs, a pair of Knoll sofas and an Eames lounge will also be sold.
Rare books include James Joyce's Haveth Childers Everywhere, by Fountain Press, 1930, numbered 70 of 100, and signed by the author. It is in fine condition and estimated $2,000/3,000. Another sought after volume is The Democratic Book 1936, from the numbered edition, signed by Franklin Roosevelt.
An interesting selection of Americana includes a Victorian molded zinc Gabriel weathervane and The Guthman Eagle, a carved and painted 17” high, and illustrated in American Primitive by Ricco/Maresco. An early reverse painted trade sign, “Murphie/Money Exchanged/Old Gold Bought” was aimed at Irish immigrants of the mid-19th century. A pair of Loring's 12” table globes and an engraved Colt pocket revolver will also be sold.
Continental decorations include a George III ebonized bracket clock by Richard Yates, a 10” silver knight and a pair of Sevres porcelain covered urns. A framed and cold painted cast metal Orientalist frieze by Louis Hottot should also do well.
A strong selection of jewelry includes an elegant Cartier Art Deco platinum and diamond bracelet with onyx links, estimated at $8,000/12,000. From the same estate comes an Cartier Art Deco Tank wristwatch with enameling. A pair of Tiffany Art Deco cuff links, a Victorian 14k gold mesh slide bracelet and a Ladies Rolex Presidential should also find interested bidders.
A hoard of Native American art deaccessioned from a small Connecticut museum should bring in the bidders. Leading the way is an 18” Haida argillite totem, possibly by Charles Edenshaw, a Sioux