Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer modern and historical books from the 16th to 20th centuries. Offering over 170 lots from several collections and estates, the online sale features renowned modern books, some signed and/or with photographs; large multiple-volume leather-bound sets; literary collections of famous authors; a “Thesaurus Sacrarum” in Latin printed in 1585, with Old and New Testament Biblical stories; military works, including a map of Washington, D.C. from 1861; groupings of assorted books; and more. Many books are first or early editions; others include engravings, illustrations, photographs, and/or maps.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to feature the Jane Miller Chai Collection of Chinese Paintings. Offering 20 lots acquired over 40+ years, the small but significant collection features works by noted artists Li Keran (1907-1989), Zhu Qizhan (1892-1996), Cui Zifan (1915-2011) and Ding Yanyong (1902-1978).
Born in Southern California, Jane Miller Chai (1938-2017) had a long and distinguished career as a journalist, editor, teacher and author on matters related to Asia. The paintings in her collection were acquired at least since the mid-1970s -- some when Mrs. Chai lived and traveled in Southeast Asia, and some through an art dealer and close friend in San Francisco. Blessed with a good eye and good taste, Mrs. Chai had a love for Chinese paintings, scrolls and vases, and Asian antiquities that was founded in her university education and professional experiences in Far Eastern cultures.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to feature the Felicia Michalski Collection of Fine & Costume Jewelry on Sunday, February 18. Presenting 140 lots acquired over six decades, the sale offers fine jewelry for ladies, including necklaces, bracelets, rings, brooches, pendants and wristwatches. Most are crafted of gold, white gold, platinum or silver, with precious stones and embellishments such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires, amethyst, opal, jade, turquoise, coral, cultured pearls, cameos and French bloodstone.
There is also a vast range of antique and vintage costume jewelry. The diverse selection of large groupings from the Anita Hellman Collection features necklaces; brooches; belt and shoe buckles; antique miniature portraits and scenes; Mickey Mouse, pocket and fob watches; pocketknives; gents’ accessories; and designer items from Chanel, Renoir, Dior and others.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer a selection of Automobilia from two major California collectors. The sale features over 65 lots of car mascots, artwork and related collectibles. The diverse range of hood ornaments come mostly from the U.S., France and Britain. Their creation extends throughout the 20th century, from the very early 1900s to the 1960s, with an emphasis on the 1920s and 1930s. In the early days of automobiles, wealthy owners would personalize their vehicles to add beauty; make a political statement; or identify with a person, brand or organization. Later, automobile companies created signature hood ornaments with the petite statues to adorn their cars and help showcase their brands. This collection features winged goddesses, diverse animals and birds, dolls and comic characters, 1932 Olympic athletes, airplanes and Charles Lindberg, heads of Indian chiefs, bells, flags and more. One highlight is a glass mascot from René Lalique.
The sale also features a selection of artwork – limited-edition prints, vintage posters, and lithographs featuring sports cars, Indy winners and the Monaco Grand Prix – plus a Chuck Queener watercolor. There are several groupings of books, including a Ferrari catalog raisonné (1946-1989) and several books signed by Mario Andretti, Carroll Shelby and Janet Guthrie. Among the car-related collectibles are sports car and racing trophies, decanters, tire ashtrays and product signs. Several items of Olympics ephemera round out the sale.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present over 280 lots of Southwest jewelry, pottery, and a wide range of collectibles from three major collectors. This very diverse sale features extensive offerings of jewelry, including bracelets, necklaces, rings, belts, belt buckles, bolos, hat bands and ketohs. Most are Native American with sterling or coin silver, many with turquoise, coral or other embellishments. Pottery jars and figures are from the Navajo, Hopi, Santa Clara, Acoma, Santa Domingo, Laguna, Pueblo, Anasazi, Casas Grandes, Matsaki, Mimbres and others; several basketry items come from the Navajo, Pomo, Nez Perce and others.
Diverse clothing includes moccasins, gauntlets, arm bands, leggings, pouches and adornments. Among the wide selection of collectibles are dolls, stone effigies, saddles, cradles and cradle boards, baby carriers, bladder pouches, quivers, beaded roundels, Mexican spurs, rugs, blankets, textiles, and a drum. Artwork includes paintings and sculpture. While most items are Native American, there are some African and Pre-Columbian pieces as well. The sale also offers various reproduction pieces, such as a headdress, hunting lance, hide shield, quiver, dance stick, tobacco bag, jacket, belts, fetishes, plaques and more.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to feature the Anita Hellman Collection of Costume and Fine Jewelry -- just in time for holiday gift-giving! Offering over 95 lots amassed over 50+ years, the collection includes necklaces, bracelets, rings, pendants, brooches and pins, charms and several watches. Many of the pieces feature cultured pearls or precious or semi-precious stones and materials, including gold, platinum, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphire, peridot, jade, aquamarine, garnet, citrine, tiger’s eye and turquoise. The sale also includes watches by Patek Philippe and Bucherer; and hardstone, shell and lava cameos. Among the diverse costume jewelry makers are Kenneth Jay Lane, William De Lillo, Bauer, Joseff of Hollywood, Hattie Carnegie, Eisenberg, Ciner, Trifari, Francisco Rebaje, Cini, Weiss, Coro, and Boucher, Matisse and Renoir. Groupings in the auction include vintage, holiday and Scandinavian collections; hair combs; opera glasses; assorted purses; and beaded necklaces. Items from several other consignors round out the sale.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer for sale a Cabinet of Curiosities. The eclectic sale features over 200 lots from private collections and estates. Among the diverse offerings are ammonite and other fossils, turquoise nuggets and other minerals, dinosaur eggs and bones, historical nautical items, architectural and 18th-century Italian etchings, African wood carvings, Chinese scholar’s stones, sterling and silver plate pieces, Star Wars and Obama posters, and 20th-century design, including decorative housewares created by famed fashion designer Elsa Peretti for Tiffany.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present Part 2 of the Warren Heid Family Collection of Toy Trains. Mr. Heid, a long-time member of the Train Collectors Association, has collected trains for 55 years. This sale offers over 200 lots, their first time to market. The collection features trains, toys and accessories from leading manufacturers, including Carette, Bing, Marklin, Issmayer, KBN, Hornby, Lionel and American Flyer, with a focus on Ives O gauge.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present The Patsy Lee Donegan Collection of Asian Antiques. Ms. Donegan has recently decided to retire after collecting Asian antiques for over 60 years and running her eponymous antique business for over 30 years. Offering 120 lots, the online auction features a range of eclectic items, including paintings, framed textiles, Japanese woodblock prints, rugs, small furniture, and an assortment of decorative items.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer the American & European Fine Art Collection. Featuring over 270 lots from multiple estates, the online auction includes paintings, works on paper, photographs and sculpture from the 18th to 21st centuries. Among the artists in the sale are William Keith, Theodore Waddell, Albrecht Durer, George Andrew Tice, Pablo Picasso, Wayne Thiebaud, Angel Espoy, Louis Icart, Horacio Renteria Rocha, Armin Hansen, Francisco Zuniga, Luigi Kasimir, John James Audubon, and Anders Zorn.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present The Craig Miller Collection of Trains & Toys. Assembled over 50+ years, the remarkable collection includes many rare and unusual items from U.S. and international makers, both antique and modern. Many items are in excellent to like-new condition. Offering over 175 lots, the online sale features makers such as Lionel, American Flyer, Dorfan, Ives, C&F, Elektoy, Converse, Kusan, Williams, Sunset 3rd Rail, MTH, Varney Sirus, Atlas, Rich-Art, Pride Lines, McCoy, Creswell, Cohen, Buddy-L, JAD, Kingsbury, Marklin, Bing, Edobaud, Paya, Lima, Buco, and Japanese brass. Train accessories, toys and numerous reference books round out the sale.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present The John Pence Collection of Academic Realists & Abstract Art. John Pence, founder and owner of the largest art gallery in San Francisco and one of the premier academic realist galleries in the U.S., recently retired from his eponymous firm after 44 years in business. The online auction features artworks from Mr. Pence’s personal collection, supplemented with works from his gallery. The focus of Mr. Pence’s own assemblage and his gallery is on academic realists, abstract works, and significant works from the 19th and early 20th centuries that inspired them. The Pence Collection will be offered for sale in two parts: the first on October 22 and the second in early 2018.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present over 240 lots of fine Japanese woodblock prints and Asian decorative arts, featuring works from the 1800s and 1900s. Most of the woodblock artworks come from the Japanese Print Collection of Jeff & Marilyn Smith; the remaining items come from other collectors and estates.
The online auction features a diverse range of Asian arts. Japanese prints in the sale from the Smith Collection include about 100 works by Hasui, Kuniyoshi, Yoshida, Hiroshige, Bartlett, Lum, Hyde, Masamitsu, Yoshitoshi, Eizan, Eisen, Shoson and others. Japanese paintings include watercolors and shunga, plus calligraphy and scrolls. Japanese decorative arts include Satsuma; Kutani ware; Imari bowls, dishes and figures; gold lacquer inro and boxes and other lacquer items; Japanese ceramic flatware; Meiji bronze vases and sculpture; bronze Buddhas; tsuba; sword fittings; wood netsuke; cloisonné items; scrolls; calligraphy; and Seikichiro Goto paper. Chinese scrolls and calligraphy, and other Asian items round out the sale.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer an online sale of over 325 lots featuring decorative arts and more from around the world. This "Fine Mélange" comes from numerous sources, collections and estates. Dating mostly from the 1700s – 1900s, the diverse items this sale include pottery, paintings and other artworks, Southwest items, Asian arts, folk art, pressed glass, clocks, decorative arts, small furniture & other wooden items, silverplated items, pewter, brass and copper, Steiff stuffed toys, molds, ephemera, eference books, Napoleona, textiles, Mesoamerican items, perfume factices and more.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present the Martin & Lee Rubin Collection of Art Glass on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at 10:30 am PDT. Important pieces from the collection were initially offered recently at Bonhams, where a number of works realized tens of thousands of dollars. Now Turner Auctions + Appraisals is featuring over 115 lots of this extensive collection, which includes sculpture, vases, bowls and figurines, including many from Italy.
Amassed over 40 years, the Rubin Collection focuses on Italian art glass, with some American examples as well. Martin Rubin began his collection by buying small glass artworks from galleries near his home in Athens, Ohio. An academic and lecturer in philosophy at Ohio University, Mr. Rubin later started a small record store on campus, the Audio Buff Company, which grew to become a nationwide distributor to music libraries. His wife Lee, who shared his collecting passion, worked in health and human services in Pennsylvania and Ohio, where she is listed in the state's Hall of Fame.
Building their collection together, they made several trips to Murano, Italy; became acquainted with gallery owners in the U.S. and around the world; and made friends with the glassmakers themselves -- and famed glassblower Lino Tagliapietra, in particular. As a result, according to their son David Rubin, their very colorful home in Arizona was like a museum, filled with hundreds of art glass works, sculpture and paintings.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present over 200 lots of Southwest jewelry and sculpture – Part 4 of the private collection from the vault of a major Southern California dealer/collector. Jewelry offerings – many old pawn items hand-crafted of heavy, solid sterling or coin silver and embellished with gem-quality turquoise or coral stones, hardstone or coins – feature works from the Navajo and Zuni. The majority were crafted by talented artists; many include maker’s marks.
Among the exceptional range of items are cuff, Mexican silver and other bracelets; squash blossom and heishi necklaces and sets; concho belts; belt buckles; watch cuffs and watch bands; Western belt buckles; men's and ladies' rings; decorative silver items; match boxes; jewelry items including earrings, pendants, pins, barrettes and other hair ornaments; naja (pendants); bolo ties; ketohs; hat bands; and several jeweler's groups of miscellaneous turquoise in varying shapes and sizes.
This sale presents some of the premier pieces of the entire five-part collection, which was carefully amassed over 30+ years with the goal of acquiring the finest examples of handwork available. Among the highlights are a massive turquoise cuff bracelet (5-1/2 inches long); sterling silver kachina sculptures; richly adorned concho belts; and exceptional squash blossom necklaces.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present a diverse selection of over 200 lots at its ‘Arts of Asia’ sale on Saturday, July 8. The online auction features distinctive items from multiple consignors and estates that date from the early-18th century to the mid-20th century. Among the countries represented are China, Korea and Tibet. Offerings include jade jewelry, plaques and other carved pieces; cloisonné (figures. bowls, vases, animals); Chinese and Korean paintings; ginger jars, Yixing and other pottery; porcelain pieces; jewelry; gilt-bronze figures and other bronzes; blue and white decorative items; snuff bottles; Asian seals; cinnabar lacquer items; reference books; small furniture (screens, tables, stools et al); embroidered panels; and more.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer over 230 lots of Southwest jewelry, pottery, art and collectibles – Part 3 of the private collection from a major Southern California dealer/collector, plus items from several estates. Jewelry offerings, many vintage pawn of sterling or coin silver and embellished with turquoise, include works from the Navajo, Zuni and Santa Domingo. Among the diverse range of items are belt buckles, belts, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, bolo ties, rings, hat bands, money clips and watch cuffs. The pottery – jars, bowls, pitchers, wedding jars, and other vessels – come from various tribal entities, cultures or pueblos, such as Hohokum, Anasazi, Hopi, Casas Grandes, San Ildefonso, Tularosa, Laguna, Acoma, San Juan, Santa Clara and others. Artwork offered includes Navajo and other rugs, masks by Gene Brabant (plus two masks from Africa), sculpture, paintings, framed art hangings and prints, and Navajo sand paintings. Collectibles include hand-tooled leather goods, katsina dolls, Mexican spurs, Apache ranger law badges, El Rancho china, Navajo-style tableware, stone animal fetishes, stone/spear points and turquoise stones. Reference books focus on ethnic arts – Southwest, Indonesian, Pre-Columbian, Tribal and Oceanic.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer an online sale of over 400 lots featuring decorative arts and more from around the world. This "Fine Mélange" comes from numerous sources, collections and estates. Dating mostly from the 1700s – 1900s, the diverse items in this sale include lamps & lights; diverse glassware; European porcelain; copper, pewter and brass items; Steiff animals; toys and toy guns; antique samplers and quilts; stoneware, decorative arts; wooden items, American folk art; small furniture; automobile mascots and related materials; reference books; Napoleon-related items; World's Fairs and 1932 Olympics memorabilia; artwork; diverse items from England, France, Germany, China and Japan; and more. In addition, there are a selection of 14th-15th century Vietnamese ceramics from the Hoi An Hoard.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to announce the sale of the Warren Heid Family Collection of Toy Trains. Featuring over 250 lots amassed by Mr. Heid over 50+ years, the collection includes toy trains from leading American makers, including the Ives Manufacturing Company, American Flyer, Lionel Corporation, and Hafner Manufacturing Company. European manufacturers are also represented as well, such as Bing and Issmayer. Most date from the early 1900s to the 1930s. In addition to train sets and individual train cars, the collection offers accessories such as train stations, signals, figurines, bridges, plus some airplanes and other toys.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to feature the 19th-Century Collection of Daniel Kirchner. With 325 lots, the collection offers 19th-century decorative arts, both American and international, including early American pressed glass; salt-glazed stoneware; Bennington, Majolica and other pottery; paintings and prints; French porcelain apothecary jars; American and English samplers; Toby jugs; Staffordshire transfer ware; diverse items of brass, copper and pewter; small furniture; tole and tin items; several bronze works; and much more.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is very pleased to offer Part 2 of the private collection of Southwest jewelry from a major dealer/collector. The extensive, multi-part sale features Native American works from the Navajo, Zuni and Hopi. Offerings include coin or sterling silver jewelry (bracelets, rings, necklaces – often embellished with turquoise, coral, gold or coins); watch cuffs and watch bands; belts, belt buckles and caps; ketos; money clips; bolo ties; a silver desk set; and a David Spellerbery sculpture.
The owner of this collection was a major dealer and collector of Navajo, Zuni and Hopi jewelry in Southern California for over 30 years. From the mid-1970s to the early 2000s, he operated a retail business that sold vintage, contemporary and custom Southwest jewelry to movie studios, prop and costume houses, and collectors. All auction items are “from the vault” – ones that were reserved for personal use or set aside for future appreciation. Everything in the collection is original and hand-made. Most items are crafted of heavy, solid silver – either coin or sterling silver; embellished with gem-quality turquoise or coral stones, gold or coins; and elaborate hand-cut bezels. Overall, the owner’s quest was to obtain top-quality items that were out of the ordinary – the finest examples of handwork they could find.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is excited to present an online sale of historical treasures of 15th-century Vietnamese ceramics that were aboard a ship that sunk over 500 years ago in a typhoon in the South China Sea. Excavated from the deep with extreme difficulty in the late 1990s, the shipwreck’s collection of porcelain artifacts – known as the Hoi An Hoard – are considered by many experts to be the most significant find in Vietnamese art.
The auction features over 160 lots, each with multiple items. Among the offerings are vases large and small, boxes, wine flasks, bowls, tea and wine cups, serving plates, platters and more. Some items are decorated with blue and white designs, enamel or white glaze; some are undecorated; and some include marine encrustations from their centuries buried at sea.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer this estate sale with over 270 diverse lots. Items up for bid include decorative arts from the United States and other countries, small furniture, paintings and prints, vintage watches, American and international pottery, pewter and brass, antique samplers and other textiles, vintage and contemporary Americana, books, automobile mascots, geographic ephemera, and charming Steiff toy animals.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer an online sale of 340 items of decorative arts and more from around the world. This "Fine Mélange" comes from numerous sources, collections and estates. Here are just some of items this sale includes: charming Steiff animals (over 40 lots of almost 150 items), Louis Vuitton briefcase and trunk, wooden dollhouse and cradle, small furniture like children's chairs and shelf clocks, vintage and contemporary American folk art, samplers from the 1700s and 1800s, Toby jugs, wooden duck decoys, candlesticks and brassware, American and European antique and vintage pewter, diverse molds (for butter, jelly, chocolate and ice cream), blue-and-white Staffordshire transferware, quilts, numerous artworks (of California, 19th-century landscapes and portraits, wildlife, airplanes, and automobiles, plus from renowned artists like Miro, J.A.M. Whistler, Shimoda, Jay Koka and others), books on Napoleon and for reference (on pottery, china, pewter, ceramics, lighting), 1932 Olympic memorabilia, distinctive automobile mascots dating from 1909, vintage watches, and more.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer the private collection of Southwest jewelry from a major dealer/collector. The extensive sale will be held in several parts: Part 1 features 200 top-quality Native American works from the Navajo, Zuni and Hopi. Offerings include bracelets, squash blossom and other necklaces, rings, belt buckles, watch bands, earrings, ketos and more for men, women and children. Parts 2 and 3, to be offered in 2017, feature Western jewelry and artworks.
The owner of the collection was a major dealer and collector of Navajo, Zuni and Hopi jewelry in Southern California for over 30 years. From the mid-1970s to the early 2000s, he operated a retail business that sold vintage, contemporary and custom Southwest jewelry to movie studios, prop and costume houses, and collectors. The items range from the 1950s to about 1990, plus ones from the 1920s and 1930s during the “Harvey House period.” Everything is original and hand-made. Most items are crafted of solid silver – either sterling or coin silver. The majority were crafted by talented artists; many are maker-stamped. Some are vintage ceremonial pieces; other contemporary pieces feature gold enhancements. Overall, the owner’s quest was to obtain top-quality items that were out of the ordinary – specifically, “the finest examples of handwork we could find.”
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer the Steve and Linda Stuart Collection of American Art Pottery. Acquired over two decades from the Midwest and California by avid enthusiasts and antique dealers, the live online auction features over 100 lots, including many Arts & Crafts works and a Tiffany Studios lamp. Several related items round out the sale.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer the library and selected artifacts from the personal collection of Jim Haas, the noted, long-time specialist in Native American and Ethnographic Arts, who recently retired from Bonhams after 31 years with the company and its predecessor. Featuring over 360 lots, the sale also includes property from a major Southwest museum and estates of two long-time collectors: the Furgatch Collection features contemporary Southwest pottery; the Nancy Florsheim Estate, Part 2, offers contemporary and prehistoric pottery and Southwest jewelry.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to feature the Anita & Sedwick Hellman Toy Collection. Offering over 245 lots amassed from coast to coast over 50 years, the collection includes toy cars, trains, guns, airplanes, tin toys, dolls and more. Residents of Mamaroneck, New York, Anita and Sedwick Hellman were avid toy collectors for five decades.
Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present the Americana Collection of the late Alice S. Reynolds, plus selected Americana items from other collectors. Offering 180 lots, the online sale features diverse Early American items, many from the first half of the 19th century, including blue-and-white Staffordshire transferware; a selection of pewter; chocolate, candy and ice cream molds from the late 1800s-early 1900s; samplers; and more. Turner Auctions + Appraisals begins its online auction on October 16 at 11:30 am PST; sale items can be previewed online now until the sale starts.