Jewelry from the Michalski and Hellman Collections
Jul
1
10:30 AM10:30

Jewelry from the Michalski and Hellman Collections

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present more fine and costume jewelry from the collections of Felicia Michalski and Anita Hellman on Sunday, July 1. Featuring over 210 lots acquired over five decades or more, the sale offers fine jewelry for ladies, including rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, and more. Most are crafted of gold, silver or platinum, with precious stones and embellishments such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, amethyst, opal, jade, amber, turquoise, coral, cultured and seed pearls, pink tourmaline, enamel, and citrine.  

Among the selection of Native American jewelry, some old pawn, are squash blossom and heishi necklaces, cuff bracelets, rings, bolo ties, belt buckles, brooches and earrings. Mexican jewelry of silver and copper includes bracelets, earrings and necklaces. Also featured are many groupings of fine and costume jewelry – antique, vintage and retro - including necklaces, bracelets, cameos, gem-set and gold rings, pins and brooches, pocket and wrist watches, shoe and belt buckles, and gentlemen’s accessories.  

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Fine Japanese Prints & Decorative Arts
Jun
17
10:30 AM10:30

Fine Japanese Prints & Decorative Arts

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present Fine Japanese Prints & Decorative Arts on Sunday, June 17. Offering over 200 lots from several collections, the online sale features a wide selection of fine Japanese arts, including woodblock prints, watercolors and mezzotints from the 18th to 21st centuries; lacquer boxes; bronze Buddhas; scrolls; netsuke; tsuba, cloisonné; Meiji bronzes; Satsuma and Imari; multi-panel screens and more. Highlights of Japanese prints include works by Hiroshi Yoshida, Hiroshige, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Hokusai, Ota Masamitsu, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Tsukioka Kogyo, Bertha Lum, Charles William Bartlett, Elizabeth Keith and Paul Jacoulet. Modern mezzotints are from Yozo Hamaguchi and Katsunori Hamanishi.

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The John Pence Collection of Academic Realists & Abstract Art, Part II
Jun
10
10:30 AM10:30

The John Pence Collection of Academic Realists & Abstract Art, Part II

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is very pleased to present The John Pence Collection of Academic Realists & Abstract Art, Part II, on Sunday, June 10.  Featuring artists from the 19th and 20th centuries, this sale offers over 200 lots of diverse subject matter – works in oil, watercolor, acrylic, crayon, pencil, egg tempura and mixed media; as well as etchings, lithographs and sculpture.

Artists from the 19th century include Raymond Nott, Jacques Maroger, Walter Engelhardt, Robert Hallowell, Michael von Meyer, Frank Herrmann and Carroll Thayer Berry. Works from the 20th century were created by Will Wilson, Randall  Lake, Robert Maione, Douglas Fenn Wilson, Jason Gaillard, Robert LaVigne, Michael Bergt, John Koenig, Daniel Phill, Steve Armstrong and Gary Viviano, among others. Women artists represented in the auction include Mary Foote, Iola Lorie Benton, Marguerite Takvorian-Holmes, Maria Alquilar, Judith Clancy and Yvonne Muinde. Two Audubon prints, Havell Edition, complete the sale.

John Pence was founder and owner of the largest art gallery in San Francisco, which was also one of the premier academic realist galleries in the U.S. He retired last year from his eponymous firm after 44 years in business. This online auction, Part II of his sale, 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.  

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Fine Art & Prints
Jun
2
10:30 AM10:30

Fine Art & Prints

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present fine art and prints from America, Europe and Mexico at its June 2 sale. Offering over 170 lots, the timed online auction features oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings; etchings; lithographs; and mixed media works from the 17th to 21st centuries. American artists include Jade Fon, Ken Auster, John Whorf, Frank Myers, John Sloan, Charles Dormon Robinson, James McNeill Whistler and Walter Stuempfig; and many more. Two works are attributed to Thomas Hill and Edward Potthast. 

Among European artists are George Turner, Richard Earlom, Carl Jorres, Derk Smit, Georges Robin and Claude Marechal. There are two works from Mexican artist Horacio Renteria Rocha. A selection of wildlife art comes from Peter Markham Scott, Lee LeBlanc, David Chapple and others. A large number of 17th- and 18th- century architectural etchings, many by Italian painter Luca Carlevaris, are also included in the auction. Two Coptic artworks and two Obama posters round out the sale.

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Asian Arts
May
20
10:30 AM10:30

Asian Arts

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present Asian arts at its May 20 sale. Offering 75 lots, the timed online auction features an intriguing selection of antique and modern art and decorative arts from various countries in Asia. Acquired over many years by one collector, this sale includes paintings from Korea, Thailand, Burma, Japan, China and Taiwan (with several by Lee Win Han); snuff bottles from Tibet and China; and hand-knotted rugs and prayer rugs from China, Pakistan and Turkey. One highlight is a painting of a Balinese temple by noted Dutch painter Hans Snel. 

A diverse selection of other items comes from various countries. From Japan are numerous woodblock prints, an antique fukusa and a sake keg. From Burma are an 18th-century polychrome painted Buddha, a pair of painted wood dancers, and an offering box and bowl. Other items from China include painted fans, embroidered textiles -- some from the Qing Dynasty, picnic stands, jewelry chest, offering box, tobacco pipes, dressing table, and pillows. 

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Decorative Arts & Jewelry from America, Europe and Asia
May
19
10:30 AM10:30

Decorative Arts & Jewelry from America, Europe and Asia

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer decorative arts and jewelry from America, Europe and Asia at its May 19 sale. Offering over 240 lots, the timed online auction offers an extensive selection of antique and collectible items from the U.S., England, France, Italy, China and other countries. From America are a wide range of Native American jewelry pieces with turquoise coral and silver, including necklaces, bracelets, concho belts and buckles. Additional Native American items include pottery, cradles, dolls, clothing, moccasins, rugs, prints and sculpture. Among other items from the U.S. are folk art, small furniture, and ephemera from 20th-century world’s fairs and expositions.

From Italy is a diverse selection of colorful art glass. Various items from France include a Boulle-style marquetry clock, marble sculpture, vases and a decanter. From England are Toby jugs, Wedgwood creamware, Royal Doulton figurines and lacquer trays. A wide selection of sterling silver pieces come from England, Denmark, Sweden and Southeast Asia. Also from Asia, mostly from China, are paintings, vases, lacquer boxes, jars, bowls, tableware, snuff bottles, cloisonné, a Coromandel screen, wood carvings, bronze and jade Buddhas, lion dogs and more. Several African artworks round out the sale.

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Toys, Trains & Automobilia
May
6
10:30 AM10:30

Toys, Trains & Automobilia

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer toys, trains and automobilia at its May 6 sale. Featuring over 170 lots, the timed online auction offers a wide selection of vintage and antique items from several collections and estates. Trains and accessories in standard, O or 1 gauge include manufacturers both domestic (Lionel, Ives, American Flyer, MTH, Dorfan, Carlisle & Finch) and international (Bing, Marklin, Carette, Edobaud, KBN, Issmayer, Hornby, Paya). Toys include automobiles, circus wagons, animals, boats and ships, buses, guns, cartoon characters, building blocks, and much more. A selection of car mascots and radiator caps date mostly from the early 1900s. Toy train books and 1932 Olympics ephemera round out the sale.

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The Felicia Michalski Collection of Fine Jewelry, Part 2
Apr
29
10:30 AM10:30

The Felicia Michalski Collection of Fine Jewelry, Part 2

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer the Felicia Michalski Collection of Fine Jewelry, Part 2. Presenting over 190 lots acquired over six decades, the sale offers fine jewelry for ladies, including rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, lockets, pendants and wristwatches, buckles, eyeglass frames and jewelry sets. Most are crafted of gold, white or rose gold, platinum or silver, with precious stones and embellishments such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emerald, amethyst, garnets, opal, jade, turquoise, coral, cultured and seed pearls, cameos, rose quartz, moonstone, malachite, tiger’s eye, tourmaline, enamel, onyx and gold coins.  

Also featured are a number of jewelry groupings, including necklaces, bracelets, cameos, brooches, charms, gem-set and gold rings for women and men, pins and stickpins, wristwatches, and gentlemen’s accessories. There are also several collections of unmounted rubies and sapphires, and other stones.

The life of Felicia Michalski reads like a suspense novel, particularly during the war years.  Born in Gostynin, Poland, in 1919, she survived the Holocaust, capture by the Russians who sent her to Siberia as slave labor, gangrene and typhus. In 1942, she married Joseph Michalski, who also had been a Russian prisoner of war, then had two of their three sons.  In 1949, the family went to America, ending up in San Francisco, where life gradually became better.  

Living in California after the war, Felicia developed a serious collecting passion. According to her son Henry, Mrs. Michalski was known for her exceptional eye, a natural love of beauty, and an unrelenting desire to acquire. Among her many collecting pursuits, jewelry was her favorite. Part 2 of the Felicia Michalski Collection of Fine Jewelry features many of the treasured adornments she collected over 60 years.

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The Lucy Maxym Collection of Russian Lacquer & Art
Apr
15
10:30 AM10:30

The Lucy Maxym Collection of Russian Lacquer & Art

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is very pleased to present the Lucy Maxym Collection of Russian Lacquer & Art. Offering over 100 lots, the online sale features Russian lacquer boxes and jewelry, icons, a Faberge cigarette case, and reference materials from the personal collection of Lucy Maxym, noted author and expert on Russian lacquer art. The sale also includes a selection of silver items from Russia and Asia, cloisonné, books and other collectibles.

Lucy Maxym was born in a small town in Russia near the Ukraine and emigrated to the U.S. as an infant. The family first lived in New York, then Japan and then San Francisco, where Lucy grew up. After she married renowned bassoonist Stephen Maxym, the couple returned to New York, where they had two children and lived for over 45 years before returning to California. The family’s life was rich with music, culture and travel.  

Creative and adventuresome, Lucy Maxym further expanded her interests in the late 1950s when she and her sister founded Siamese Imports, sourcing items from Thailand, where their brother lived. Their import and wholesale business added a new destination when Lucy happened to see a Russian box on the coffee table of a friend. She became fascinated with this art form, launching a passion, curiosity and desire to know more that lasted for the rest of her life. After her sister passed away, Lucy and her business began to focus more on Russian lacquer and art, Kashmir lacquer, and fine crafts from all over the world.

Although such travels were uncommon at the time (for a man, let alone a woman!), Lucy was a pioneering entrepreneur and intrepid traveler – to the U.S.S.R., Kashmir, Burma, Vietnam and other exotic destinations. On her frequent journeys to the USSR, she would travel to small villages known for these unique lacquer crafts – primarily Fedoskino, Palekh, Kholui, and Mstera – each with a distinctive style. On these trips, she would search out the talented artists who painted in miniature, and bring their wares back to the U.S.  

According to the Sitka Sentinel in June 1985 regarding her then-upcoming exhibit in Sitka, Alaska, Lucy Maxym was “the only American authorized by the Soviet government to purchase the boxes from Russian artists for resale in the U.S.” As she exposed these hand-crafted Russian artworks at trade shows and elsewhere, buyers were very curious about the beautiful boxes. Because she was constantly explaining the Russian stories that were the subjects of the miniature paintings, she decided to write a book – so in 1981, "Russian Lacquer, Legends and Fairy Tales" was born. Five years later, Volume Two shared new stories of Russian myths and life. 

In addition to the lacquer boxes, Lucy also became interested in icons and was one of the first persons allowed to take icons out of Russia. Long held and worshipped in religious homes or churches where soot or grime would accumulate over time, the icons would be removed, then carefully restored to their original effulgence for sale to avid collectors. In this way, Lucy acquired some superb icons and so did her clients. This interest led her to a book on icons that she commissioned and edited.

Lucy was instrumental in elevating the lacquer boxes to an art form. This was not only a benefit to those in America who enjoyed them, it had a major impact on the lives of the artists’ themselves:  they were able to make a living from their artworks and to buy homes for their families. Her efforts made a difference is many people’s lives and even helped revitalize the towns they lived in. After a long life full of adventure and discovery, Lucy Maxym passed away in 2017 at age 99. 

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Modern & Historical Books
Mar
31
10:30 AM10:30

Modern & Historical Books

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. 

The sale presents a diverse selection of modern and antique books, from this century to the 1500s. From 2001 is an important tome on Antartica by Pat and Rosemarie Keough; this +27-pound volume has been honored with numerous awards for its outstanding photography and printing technique. Among the first or early editions by modern authors are those by Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Thomas Wolfe, Jack London, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Sinclair Lewis, A. A. Milne, James Jones, Colleen McCullough, and Truman Capote. Authors from the 19th century include Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Leo Tolstoy, W. B. Yeats, and Lewis Carroll. Multi-volume sets of celebrated authors from various eras include works by William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer, Ivan Turgenieff, Pierre Corneille, Honoré de Balzac, Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Alexandre Dumas, and Voltaire (in French). Reflecting the interests on one collector, there are also a number of books on exploration and voyages.

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The Jane Miller Chai Collection of Modern Chinese Paintings
Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

The Jane Miller Chai Collection of Modern Chinese Paintings

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to feature the Jane Miller Chai Collection of Modern 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). An antique work by Dong Bangda (1699-1769) is also included in the collection.

Born in Southern California in 1938, Jane Miller Chai had a long and distinguished career as a journalist, editor, teacher and author on matters related to Asia. After graduating from Stanford University in Far Eastern History, she held a number of positions that reflected her interest in Asian culture and passion for Asian arts. She was Editor for Asia at the Japanese Reader’s Digest in Tokyo. At the Associated Press headquarters in New York, she was a division head, with a focus on Asia. In more recent years, Jane Miller Chai was Associate Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and taught on the San Francisco peninsula on subjects such as Southeast Asia, Central Asia, and the Silk Road (from China to Rome). She wrote Tiger and the Hare, a semi-autobiographical historical novel set during the Vietnam War; and was co-author of Pacific Security with Dr. Claude A. Buss, her Far Eastern History professor at Stanford. Mrs. Chai passed away in 2017.

According to her son, Neil Chai, the paintings were collected at least since the mid-1970s. Some were acquired 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. The passion, enjoyment and appreciation of Asian arts continued throughout her life. Her acquisitions created pleasure both for her personally and for her family at their Bay Area home. She had numerous other interests as well – she served on the Board of the U.N. Council, was an enthusiastic advocate for Stanford University and its museum, and enjoyed music and sports, especially tennis.  

Gifted with the collection by his mother, Mr. Chai is selling the paintings now to fulfill his mother’s intention that proceeds be put toward the education of his two young daughters.

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The Felicia Michalski Collection of Fine & Costume Jewelry
Feb
18
10:30 AM10:30

The Felicia Michalski Collection of Fine & Costume Jewelry

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 from the Anita Hellman Collection. The diverse selection features large groupings of 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.

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Automobilia
Jan
7
10:30 AM10:30

Automobilia

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.

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Native American Jewelry, Pottery and Collectibles
Dec
17
10:30 AM10:30

Native American Jewelry, Pottery and Collectibles

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.

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The Anita Hellman Collection of Costume and Fine Jewelry
Dec
16
10:30 AM10:30

The Anita Hellman Collection of Costume and Fine Jewelry

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.

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Cabinet of Curiosities
Dec
10
10:30 AM10:30

Cabinet of Curiosities

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.

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The Warren Heid Family Collection of Toy Trains, Part 2
Dec
2
10:30 AM10:30

The Warren Heid Family Collection of Toy Trains, Part 2

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.

About Warren Heid

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Warren Heid has lived there most of his life, although his military service in World War II took him to many exotic, far-flung places. As a Class 4 Sergeant in the Army Air Corps working in communications, he traveled around the world, spending time in India, China and North Africa. When he returned from the war, thanks to the GI Bill, Mr. Heid studied architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to finding his career there, he also found his bride, marrying Shelia when he was a university sophomore; they have now been happily married for 70 years.

During his long, award-winning career as an architect, Mr. Heid designed private homes, commercial and government buildings, schools, churches and hotels, including one in Tahiti. Living and working in Saratoga, California, for decades, he retired in 2008.  In late 2016, the Architect Emeritus was honored by the Saratoga City Council for his architectural contributions there, which include St. Andrews Episcopal Church and The Inn at Saratoga.

Mr. Heid did not collect trains as a child – that passion came later, and by accident. In 1958, working on a project in San Jose, Warren parked in front of a Goodwill store and happened to see a train in the window. Encountering that American Flyer train by chance and buying it, he launched an enthusiasm that has endured to this day.  

With his interest piqued in his new toy, literally, Mr. Heid continued to visit Goodwill in search of trains. Getting to know the staff over time, he was invited to the Goodwill train depot, where trains were fixed before going to sale. Soon Mr. Heid was repairing trains as well, buying some along the way and building a collection.  

Besides antique stores and friends, the Train Collectors Association played a significant part in Mr. Heid’s collecting. He was an early member – number 433 of a group that now includes over 50,000! – and is still a member to this day. Through the years, the group’s Nor-Cal division met once a month in the East Bay, where members would buy, sell and trade trains. Over this shared interest, numerous long-term friendships were made. Mr. Heid’s family – Shelia and their children Susan and Jeff – participated as well, enjoying Christmas parties, regional meets and national conventions. During his time as a TCA member, Mr. Heid served on the Board of Directors and was elected as President of the Nor-Cal chapter.

Pursuing toy trains for over 50 years, Mr. Heid’s collection grew to over 2,500 individual train cars and train sets (comprised of a locomotive, tender and three cars). These were displayed in the basement of his home, a room dedicated to showcasing and enjoying the collection. There Mr. Heid and Jeff operated the trains on a large, standard-gauge layout. Among the favorites in his collection are Ives trains, the Blue Comet by Lionel, delicate tin-plate trains, a live steam engine that works with alcohol, and Tootsietoys. The collection goes up for bid on April 22 at Turner Auctions + Appraisals, except for a few valued items, including his first train from Goodwill.

Long before eBay provided easy, fingertip access to countless goods and collectibles, 
Mr. Heid was inspired by the joy of the hunt for toy train treasures. At an antique store, for example, buying a box of old train-related stuff, one might find a coveted catalog at the bottom. Now in his ninth decade, Mr. Heid is ready to share the fruits of his half-century of passionate collecting with others, who hopefully will enjoy them as well. “Part of the fun is the chase,” he says. “My many years of collecting have brought great pleasure to me, and my family as well. I’ve had a wonderful life. Train collecting has been part of it – giving me an enjoyable hobby, a valuable investment, and great friends with other train-crazy people.”

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The Patsy Lee Donegan Collection of Asian Antiques
Nov
19
10:30 AM10:30

The Patsy Lee Donegan Collection of Asian Antiques

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.

Patsy Lee Donegan was born and raised in San Francisco, a city that has been home since the mid-1800s to a large, growing and thriving Asian population. For as long as she can remember, Ms. Donegan has been fascinated by Asian arts – captivated by the ancient and foreign civilizations, and their artistic expressions that are both beautiful and functional. The summer after her freshman year at University of California, Berkeley, she joined a six-week study tour to Hawaii, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines aboard the ocean liner SS President Wilson. This experience further piqued her interest in Asian cultures. Continuing her education, Ms. Donegan studied Asian art at UC Berkeley, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in fine arts.

After school, she worked for an advertising art firm, then joined the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, where she spent the next 28 years. For 15 of those years, Ms. Donegan worked in multiple Asian countries, including Korea, Hong Kong, Burma, China, Japan and Taiwan.  

Not surprisingly, it was during these international assignments and living in Asia that her collection grew exponentially. Travels throughout Asia, including visits to Nepal, Tibet, India, Bhutan and Indonesia, provided new acquisitions. Ms. Donegan collected things of special interest related to Asian culture and art. Folk art was a particular passion – traditional items or ones used in daily life. Often she collected from young artists who were undiscovered. Frequently then, artists and artisans in some countries would request payment, not in cash, but in other goods that were more valuable to them – art supplies such as paints or rice paper, or English-language magazines.

After leaving the Foreign Service and returning to San Francisco, Ms. Donegan opened an Asian antiques business, Patsy Lee Donegan Antiques, which she has run for 30+ years. She has been a presence in San Francisco’s Asian arts community since then, participating in frequent exhibits including at the Pacific Heritage Museum and Chinese Cultural Center; and antique shows such as Arts of Pacific Asia and San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts, and the Hillsborough Antique Show. She also served for five years on the Board of Directors of the Society for Asian Art of the Asian Art Museum.

Now, after over six decades of collecting, studying and working in two careers related to Asia and Asian arts, Ms. Donegan is ready to retire. “My fascination for Asia – living, traveling and collecting – has been a passion I’ve enjoyed for many years,” she says. “But now it’s time to move on.” 

While lots from her personal collection and antique shop are offered in the November 19 sale, other pieces such as Chinese wedding beds, chests and other large furniture items are deemed too large to be offered online because of potential shipping costs. For larger furniture items that are available, please contact Steve Turner at Turner Auctions + Appraisals toll-free at 888-498-4450.

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The American & European Fine Art Collection
Nov
18
10:30 AM10:30

The American & European Fine Art Collection

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.

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The Craig Miller Collection of Trains & Toys
Nov
12
10:30 AM10:30

The Craig Miller Collection of Trains & Toys

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.

Craig Miller spent his childhood in New York, where he, like many young boys, enjoyed toy trains. When he was 12, his father moved the family to Saudi Arabia for a job at ARAMCO. Although his train set went with him overseas and was displayed in his bedroom, Mr. Miller temporarily lost interest in trains as he attended high school in Beirut, Lebanon, then university in upstate New York and Utah, where he met his future wife, Dusty.

The young couple settled in Washington, DC, and Mr. Miller began a 27-year-long career with the Department of Transportation, working in highway safety. It was there in Washington that he rediscovered his interest in toy trains, a passion that has grown steadily over the years. After finding a toy train in an antique shop in Arlington, Virginia, he began to attend numerous train meets on the east coast, including the semi-annual events in York, Pennsylvania, of the Train Collectors Association, where he has been a member since 1971. As his collection grew, Mr. Miller purchased many trains at train meets, at antique stores in the early days, and on eBay more recently.

In the 1970s, Mr. Miller transferred to the Department of Transportation’s regional office in San Francisco, California, retiring in 1994 to Santa Cruz. His enthusiasm for trains continued, frequently shared by the Over The Hill Gang, Bay Area toy train enthusiasts who met weekly for 15 years.

Mr. Miller’s collection of toy trains and accessories is diverse and eclectic – “anything railroad,” says Mrs. Miller of her husband's interests. His assemblage features examples from around the world, ranging from tiny Z-gauge trains by Marklin to huge Buddy-L trains that are large enough to ride. Nevertheless, a focus has been on popular O-gauge and standard gauge trains, and passenger cars in particular.

This auction alone offers lots from 31 different manufacturers:  among them are pre-World War 1 makers like Elektoy and Carlisle & Finch; rare lots as from Doggenweiler of Santiago, Chile; and more recent reproductions of now-defunct train manufacturers.  Although Mr. Miller has greatly enjoyed collecting – and still does – he decided recently it was time to move some of his acquisitions on to others, who hopefully will enjoy them as much as he has over the past five decades.

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The John Pence Collection of Academic Realists & Abstract Art
Oct
22
10:30 AM10:30

The John Pence Collection of Academic Realists & Abstract Art

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.

Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, John Pence attended Wabash College for men, where he graduated with a degree in Political Science and Economics. His career as a gallerist, however, was several decades and jobs away. After college, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he served as a Navy officer for nine years. His last assignment before leaving the Navy was as a White House Military Aide to President Lyndon Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson, serving in this eminent position for over two years.

Leaving the Navy, Mr. Pence worked for TWA (Trans World Airlines) in New York for over six years as a negotiator for fares and rates. Interacting frequently with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the trade association of the world’s airlines hired him as a commissioner, based in their Executive Offices in Geneva, Switzerland. Living in Geneva and visiting Paris and London regularly, he began to visit art galleries extensively, getting to know the owners.

As Mr. Pence traveled around the world and his interest in art grew, he began to buy various works. Then, when friends and acquaintances admired his art and his eye, he began selling on the side. In the early 1970s, he moved to San Francisco and decided to open his own gallery, seeking to fill it with works from artists who were local and from New York.

The John Pence Gallery opened in 1974. Throughout this career, his focus has been on artists starting out, supporting their efforts and showcasing their work as a patron, mentor, friend and admirer. His approach has been more Medici than mercenary:  supporting a stable of artists (40 most recently) with whom he never even signed a contract. Concentrating on the artist, not the work, Mr. Pence believes the artist should be in charge:  he looked for people who were easy to work with, determined, hard workers, and would grow with their art. He has enjoyed encouraging both male and female artists, often buying their works, not just selling them, thereby becoming a stakeholder in their success. As a result, when his business flourished, Mr. Pence received hundreds of applications for gallery representation every year, although he could only work with a handful.  
    
The distinguished list of artists John Pence has nurtured and represented through the years is most impressive. Artists in the two Pence auctions include Douglas Fenn Wilson, Michael Bengt, Will Wilson, Dorothy Morgan, Robert Maione, Randall Lake, Dean Larson, Jacob Collins, Michael Lynch, and Donald Jurney among others. His support, commitment and fundraising have extended to other areas as well, including AIDS, gay rights, women politicians, and the Junior League of San Francisco.

Earlier this year, John Pence decided it was finally time to retire, which at age 81, “seemed natural,” he says. While he contemplated this several years ago, his artists wanted one last show. Now, with his gallery’s final exhibit behind him, he held a retirement party recently for friends, clients and artists; the festivities were attended by his many appreciative fans, including guests who traveled from Paris, New York, and Italy. Now, after working six and seven days a week for decades, Mr. Pence can relax a bit. His only upcoming commitment? Posing for art classes for a friend. 

Looking back on his esteemed career as a gallerist and patron, Mr. Pence says he has enjoyed the camaraderie, friendship and mentorship he was able to give people – superb artists. When he looks around, he knows why he had such a wonderful 40+ years in his business:  people are treasures. John Pence says it best in a recent Facebook post:  “…Yes, it is true that I will be retiring at the end of June. After 44 years in San Francisco, wonderful years representing some of the finest painters and sculptors in the U.S. Our mission was to find worthy artists, expose their work to the public, and work with them to get their careers started off on the right track. I believe we have met those goals...”

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Fine Japanese Prints & Asian Decorative Arts
Oct
8
10:30 AM10:30

Fine Japanese Prints & Asian Decorative Arts

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.

Both Jeff and Marilyn Smith have been avid art enthusiasts and collectors for over 45 years – first individually, then as a couple. In addition to Japanese prints, their interests have been diverse, including Works Progress Administration (WPA) art, European and American etchings, California and American paintings, automobilia, small sculptures and three-dimensional items.  

Thinking back, Mr. Smith dates his interest in collecting to the mid-1960s, where he was an art major at the University of Puget Sound, studying print making, painting, restoration, art education and art history – activities he still pursues today. One of his professors required an exchange of student artworks every semester, launching a life-long enthusiasm for collecting, and cultivating an eye and appetite for the arts. Thus began a life that “always had art on the walls.”

In 1983, Jeff and Marilyn Smith married and moved to Chicago. It was then the newlyweds’ interest in Japanese woodblock prints also began, introduced to them by a friend and art teacher in the Chicago area, who also shared his expertise on the subject. During their 18 years in Chicago, they visited art and antique shows on the weekends and began to acquire a growing number of prints. The couple started collecting triptychs and other Oban-sized prints (10” x 15”), focusing on masters of woodblock prints from the late 1700s on, including Yoshitoshi, Hokusai and Yoshida. More recently, their interests have expanded to contemporary artists such as Masamitsu.

Along the way, the Smiths have enhanced their collection by frequent international and domestic travels – to Paris, London, Italy, Germany, Shanghai, New York and other major cities on the East Coast – where they regularly would visit and buy at auctions and galleries.

In 1999, the couple retired from their long and successful careers – Jeff Smith as a manager of supply operations for United; Marilyn Smith from software engineering management for IBM – then moved to Napa Valley, California. Now, after consolidating two homes into one, they have decided to downsize. “It takes a lot of work to store and care for collections,” said Mr. Smith. “After over 45 enjoyable years of collecting, it’s now time to sell and treat ourselves, perhaps with a cruise.”

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A Fine Mélange: Decorative Arts & More from Around the World
Sep
24
10:30 AM10:30

A Fine Mélange: Decorative Arts & More from Around the World

  • Live Online Auction: Sunday, September 24, at 10:30 am PDT
  • Online Preview: Through September 24

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, here are some of the diverse items this sale includes:

•    Pottery:  Staffordshire, Gaudy, Bennington, Fulper, English and German ceramics, European porcelain, Toby jugs, stoneware, creamware, polychrome
•    Paintings and other artworks: artists include Millard Sheets, Robert Wood, John Whorf, Bruce Crane, Jade Fon, James Abbot McNeill Whistler, Joan Miro, Peter Markham Scott, Percival de Luce, Louis Siegriest, Arthur Grover Rider, Charles, Dormon Robinson, Benigino Yamero Ruiz, Klaus Fussman, Red Skelton, David Alfaro Siqueiros
•    Southwest items:  polychrome pottery, Navajo sandpaintings and other artwork, Apache Gaan headdresses, blackware wedding jar, Navajo concho belts, necklaces, pendants, belt buckles, knife
•    Asian arts:  cloisonné vases, covered jars, tile figure, blue and white items, moon flask, ginger jars, Yuhuchun vase, dishes, lamps, bowls, Yixing pottery, gilt bronze figures, bronze Buddhas, censers, tomb figures, lion dogs, lacquered boxes, document boxes, dolls, cinnabar snuff bottles, jade and hardstone items, jewelry, Tibetan prayer beads, Chinese and Japanese paintings, Korean artworks, small furniture, Coromandel screen, Chinese silk clothing
•    Folk art:  carousel motorcycle and stand, whirligig
•    Pressed glass:  compotes and covered bowl
•    Clocks:  Louis XV-style gilt bronze Boulle marquetry clock, cased shelf clocks
•    Decorative Arts:  silverplated vases, Royal Doulton figurines, Dresden porcelain cases, duck decoys, vintage tin
•    Small furniture & other wooden items:  document stand, children’s stools, jewelry box, side table, oak box
•    Silverplated items, including a Dirk Van Erp serving dish
•    Pewter:  flagon, wine can, chargers, coffee and tea pots, candlesticks
•    Brass and copper:  andirons, candlesticks, pans
•    Steiff stuffed toys:  American bald eagle, farm animals, bears, elephants, cartoon characters
•    Molds:  English pottery jelly molds, wood butter molds
•    Ephemera:  1901 Pan-American Exposition, 1904 and 1939 World’s Fairs
•    Reference books:  pottery, ceramics, molds, pewter, lighting
•    Napoleona:  books, traveling clock, plaque, correspondence holder of Queen Hortense
•    Textiles:  crazy quilt, small rug
•    Mesoamerican items
•    Perfume factices

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The Martin & Lee Rubin Collection of Art Glass
Sep
10
10:30 AM10:30

The Martin & Lee Rubin Collection of Art Glass

  • Live Online Auction: Sunday, September 10 at 10:30 am PDT
  • Online Preview: Through the Sale

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.

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.

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Part 4: Southwest Jewelry & Highlights from a Major Dealer/Collector
Jul
30
10:30 AM10:30

Part 4: Southwest Jewelry & Highlights from a Major Dealer/Collector

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.

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Arts of Asia
Jul
8
10:30 AM10:30

Arts of Asia

  • Live Online Auction: Saturday, July 8 at 10:30 am PDT
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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.  

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Southwest Jewelry, Pottery, Art and Collectibles
May
14
10:30 AM10:30

Southwest Jewelry, Pottery, Art and Collectibles

  • Live Online Auction: Sunday, May 14, at 10:30 am PDT
  • Online Preview: Through May 14

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.

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A Fine Mélange: Decorative Arts & More from Around the World
May
7
10:30 AM10:30

A Fine Mélange: Decorative Arts & More from Around the World

  • Live Online Auction: Sunday, May 7, at 10:30 am PDT
  • Online Preview: Through May 7

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer an online sale of over 425 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, here are just some of the diverse items this sale includes, by type or country: 

  • Lamps & lights:  Including from Tiffany Studios, Van Briggle and others 
  • Glass:  Pressed, molded, Bohemian, colored, satin quilted
  • European porcelain:  Tableware, figurines
  • Copper and brass items:  Pans, candlesticks
  • Pewter:  Ice cream molds, tea and coffee pots, flagons, chargers
  • Steiff:  Menagerie of stuffed animals
  • Textiles:  Needlework samplers from the 1700s and 1800s, vintage American hand-made quilts
  • Stoneware:  Jugs, crocks, salt box
  • Decorative arts:  Hand-colored prints and map, papier-maché boxes and tole trays
  • Wooden items:  Duck decoys, boxes, chest
  • American folk art:  Vintage and contemporary
  • Small furniture:  Clocks, children’s chairs, mirrors, tables, footstool
  • Automobile mascots:  From 1909 onward, and the collectors' related printed materials
  • Reference books:  On china, molds, pewter, ceramics and more
  • Napoleon-related items:  Books, engravings, other antique books
  • Memorabilia & ephemera: 1932 Olympics, various World’s Fairs and Expositions, vintage postcards
  • Artwork:  Several portraits
  • Toys & toy guns
  • Sunken treasure from the Hoi An Hoard: Vietnamese ceramics from the 14th-15th centuries
  • Other:  Dirk Van Erp serving dish
  • From England:  Staffordshire pottery, Toby jugs, English ceramics, molded pitchers & mugs, Royal Doulton figurines
  • From France:  Limoges plates, inkwell, decanter, porcelain boxes
  • From Germany:  Art Deco bookends, a Dresden planter, porcelain figurines, dessert service
  • From China:  Carved soapstone roosters, snuff bottle, jade items, Wucai jar, blue and white export porcelain, table-top stands
  • From Japan:  Imari ware, bronze bowl

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The Warren Heid Family Collection of Toy Trains
Apr
22
10:30 AM10:30

The Warren Heid Family Collection of Toy Trains

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to announce the sale of the Warren Heid Family Collection of Toy Trains. Featuring over 210 lots amassed 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 passenger stations, signals, windmills and bridges.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Warren Heid has lived there most of his life, although his military service in World War II took him to many exotic, far-flung places. As a Class 4 Sergeant in the Army Air Corps working in communications, he traveled around the world, spending time in India, China and North Africa. When he returned from the war, thanks to the GI Bill, Mr. Heid studied architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to finding his career there, he also found his bride, marrying Shelia when he was a university sophomore; they have now been happily married for 70 years.

During his long, award-winning career as an architect, Mr. Heid designed private homes, commercial and government buildings, schools, churches and hotels, including one in Tahiti. Living and working in Saratoga, California, for decades, he retired in 2008.  In late 2016, the Architect Emeritus was honored by the Saratoga City Council for his architectural contributions there, which include St. Andrews Episcopal Church and The Inn at Saratoga.

Mr. Heid did not collect trains as a child – that passion came later, and by accident. In 1958, working on a project in San Jose, Warren parked in front of a Goodwill store and happened to see a train in the window. Encountering that American Flyer train by chance and buying it, he launched an enthusiasm that has endured to this day.  

With his interest piqued in his new toy, literally, Mr. Heid continued to visit Goodwill in search of trains. Getting to know the staff over time, he was invited to the Goodwill train depot, where trains were fixed before going to sale. Soon Mr. Heid was repairing trains as well, buying some along the way and building a collection.  

Besides antique stores and friends, the Train Collectors Association played a significant part in Mr. Heid’s collecting. He was an early member – number 433 of a group that now includes over 50,000! – and is still a member to this day. Through the years, the group’s Nor-Cal division met once a month in the East Bay, where members would buy, sell and trade trains. Over this shared interest, numerous long-term friendships were made. Mr. Heid’s family – Shelia and their children Susan and Jeff – participated as well, enjoying Christmas parties, regional meets and national conventions. During his time as a TCA member, Mr. Heid served on the Board of Directors and was elected as President of the Nor-Cal chapter.

Pursuing toy trains for over 50 years, Mr. Heid’s collection grew to over 2,500 individual train cars and train sets (comprised of a locomotive, tender and three cars). These were displayed in the basement of his home, a room dedicated to showcasing and enjoying the collection. There Mr. Heid and Jeff operated the trains on a large, standard-gauge layout. Among the favorites in his collection are Ives trains, the Blue Comet by Lionel, delicate tin-plate trains, a live steam engine that works with alcohol, and Tootsietoys. The collection goes up for bid on April 22 at Turner Auctions + Appraisals, except for a few valued items, including his first train from Goodwill.

Long before eBay provided easy, fingertip access to countless goods and collectibles, 
Mr. Heid was inspired by the joy of the hunt for toy train treasures. At an antique store, for example, buying a box of old train-related stuff, one might find a coveted catalog at the bottom. Now in his ninth decade, Mr. Heid is ready to share the fruits of his half-century of passionate collecting with others, who hopefully will enjoy them as well. “Part of the fun is the chase,” he says. “My many years of collecting have brought great pleasure to me, and my family as well. I’ve had a wonderful life. Train collecting has been part of it – giving me an enjoyable hobby, a valuable investment, and great friends with other train-crazy people.”

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The 19th-Century Collection of Daniel Kirchner
Mar
19
10:30 AM10:30

The 19th-Century Collection of Daniel Kirchner

  • Live Online Auction: Sunday, March 19, at 10:30 am PDT
  • Online Preview: Through March 19

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.

Born in Wisconsin and raised on a farm, Daniel Kirchner came to collecting at an early age.  When he was 12, he went to an auction in Ellsworth, which launched a lifetime hobby and a enjoyable pursuit that lasted over 50 years.  Mentored by several antique enthusiasts who sought items of earlier times, Mr. Kirchner developed a similar appreciation, focusing on decorative arts of the 19th century.  On the hunt even before he could drive, Mr. Kirchner would visit local auctions, flea markets, estate sales and antiques and second-hand shops, dropped off by his parents who would pick him up an hour or so later.

In accounting by trade, Mr. Kirchner relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1976.  He took along with him a number of his valued collectibles from Wisconsin, some then in his possession for over 40 years, and continued the hunt in California for treasures that pleased him.

Now, having retired several years ago and downsizing to a new home, Mr. Kirchner is ready to pass along the alluring decorative collection he amassed, beginning as a boy and continuing for over half a century.

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Part 2: Southwest Jewelry from the Private Collection of a Major Dealer/Collector
Feb
12
2:30 PM14:30

Part 2: Southwest Jewelry from the Private Collection of a Major Dealer/Collector

  • Live Online Auction: Sunday, February 12, at 2:30 pm PDT
  • Online Preview: Through February 12

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.  Part 1 was sold in November to great success; other parts, offering Southwest and Western jewelry and artwork, will be sold later this year.  Offerings in Part 2 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.  The majority were crafted by talented artists; many are maker-stamped. Some items are vintage ceremonial pieces; many are museum-quality.  None of the pieces have color-enhanced stones, or are plated with silver or nickel.  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.  (See below for more about the collector and this collection.)

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More About the Southwest Collection and the Collector

The owner of this collection grew up in the Southwest in the 1950s.  Back then, the desert town he lived in (which had ballooned from 8,400 in 1940 to about 25,000 in 1950 and over 64,000 in 1960) was still filled with purveyors of Native American and Western wares.  Then, like now, jewelry for Indians was a store of value and status, along with sheep and horses.  So with his background, contacts and interest in the Old West, the owner launched his own Southwest jewelry business in Southern California in the mid-1970s.  At the time, there were few competitors, he says; in the era’s collegial environment, shops would send customers to other stores to find the specialties they wanted.

Now, after 40 years and working all his life, the owner is ready to retire – from his business, his collection and his numerous possessions – and kick back a bit.  As he says, “I have greatly enjoyed collecting for my business and myself.  And now it’s time for someone else to do the same.”

The items in the collection range from the 1950s to about 1990, plus ones from the 1920s and 1930s during the “Harvey House period.”  (One route of the Santa Fe Railway – officially named the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway – went southwest from Chicago to Southern California through New Mexico, Arizona and other states.  Beginning in 1878, at numerous railroad stops, Fred Harvey built Harvey House restaurants, bringing good food at reasonable prices to the traveling public throughout the Southwest for nearly a century.  In fact, because of the indigenous jewelry they offered train travelers, it can be said that Harvey Houses – considered America’s first restaurant chain – introduced Indian art to America, which became extremely popular with tourists as superb souvenirs of their trips to the Old West.) 

Jewelry in the collection was acquired in Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada from the Navajo, Zuni and Hopi – each with a distinctive style.  Many of the Native American jewelry makers for Harvey House were farmers who, during down time in the winter, made jewelry for shops to supplement their income.  Other items were acquired from the makers themselves or their families.  Some were obtained through trading posts or itinerant sellers; that is, representatives of various tribes who would stop at dealers to show and sell new wares.  Other inventory was obtained from the vault of Tobe Turpen, Jr., a long-time trader who sold his Gallup, NM, store in the mid-1990s.  Some were obtained from trading posts and reservation pawn shops:  many Native Americans, having nowhere to store their valuables, would go to pawn shops near their reservations for items’ safekeeping, then redeem them later on.  Some items became “dead pawn” – items sold after they had gone to pawn and were never redeemed, for one reason or another.  The collection also features a few items from Plains or Northern Indians, which had been traded among tribes at pow wows.

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