Objects gathered from around the world by the late Dale and Patty Vining will be auctioned Feb. 27th Items from the estate of the late Dale and Patty Vining – hundreds of exotic and unusual objects, antiques and collectibles, gathered over the course of 17 years - will be sold Feb. 27 in Panama City.
News-Antique.com - Feb 10,2016 - PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Items from the estate of the late Dale and Patty Vining – hundreds of exotic and unusual objects, antiques and collectibles, gathered over the course of 17 years while Dale served as an agricultural attaché at four overseas U.S. embassies, from 1964-1981 – will be sold at auction on Saturday, February 27th, by The Specialists of the South, Inc., in Panama City.
The auction will be held in the firm’s gallery, at 544 East 6th Street, beginning at 8 a.m. Central time. Nearly all of the 500 lots will come from the Vinings’ estate, with a handful of other items also being offered from prominent local estates and collections. Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted.
Dale Vining served at U.S. embassies in Spain, Malaysia, Iran and Kenya during the 17-year span, and while there he and Patty would embark on sightseeing trips that took the couple literally around the world – to exotic destinations such as Borneo, Bali, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Thailand and New Zealand. Many items from these countries are in the sale. After Dale’s retirement, the couple settled in Lynn Haven, Fla. Both are deceased.
Patty was the bigger collector of the two (although Dale had a keen eye for objects he liked, too). Patty’s interests were many and varied, and she indulged them while on these trips, as well as in the host country of where Dale was assigned at the time. The first of these was Spain – Madrid to be more precise, and the year was 1964. The couple soon embarked on their first spending spree.
The first big purchase was Danish teak Mid-Century Modern furniture, to include a large dining table by Skovmand & Andersen with six dining chairs by Randers Mobelfabrik, a coffee table with the maker’s mark, nesting tables, end tables, living room and bedroom furniture, a coffee/tea cart, a china hutch, a marble table with wrought iron base, wooden labor (or birthing) chairs, large wooden book shelving units with teak veneer, and more.
Also bought in Spain were alabaster fruits, grape clusters and mushrooms; wood figures (some made from olive wood); several Lladro pieces (including a standing Don Quixote and a girl with umbrella and geese); large ceramic chargers, pierced for hanging (one showing a landscape, another a bullfight); oil paintings; brass and copper fondue pots; pitchers with ceramic glasses; and art glass pieces, including vases. A side trip to Lisbon, Portugal resulted in a passion for ceramic roosters and kitchen ceramic tile.
Other side trips followed: to Switzerland, where two cuckoo clocks (one still mint in the box) and some miniature carvings were purchased; to Holland, where Patty acquired Delft pottery; and England and Ireland, where ceramic houses were on the shopping list. Then, Dale got reassigned, in 1970, to Kuala Lumpur, capital city of the Southeast Asian country of Malaysia.
There, he and Patty bought Malaysian batik paintings and other artwork;