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Summer Antiques Auction at Garth’s July 23-24

Among the latest iterations of auction marketing and planning, it seems that more and more companies are assembling catalogs with a wide variety of antiques, artwork and collectibles in one sale. As opposed to the specialty, highly focused auctions that were all the rage a few years back, “general” auctions aspire to appeal to collectors of all types, making the most of “crossover bidding”. Such is the case with Garth’s upcoming July 23-24 auction of Fine & Contemporary Art, Jewelry, and Asian, Continental, & American Furniture and Decorative Arts. From the serious collector, looking for rare examples of important art and artifacts, to the weekend collector who is focused on form and function (looking simply for storage and organization, or perhaps a new décor), Garth’s catalog is sure to lead to the discovery of some great finds and summertime fun.

Featuring outstanding antique furniture, artwork, pottery, glass, sculpture, jewelry and more, Garth’s latest sale has something for all treasure hunters. The selection of Asian items in particular is expected to command great interest. Leading off the sale and continuing throughout the two day event, an assortment of carved ivory figures, snuff bottles, boxes, and plaques will captivate the audience. A singularly impressive Chinese example is lot 498, a piece crafted of multiple carved ivory panels and modeled after one of the famed Nine Dragons Walls, complete with peaked tiled roof featuring architectural details complimented by carved dragons, a flaming sun disk, and foo dogs. Incised characters on the underside appear to be an abbreviated form of the Qianlong period (1736-1795) with four stylized characters. The piece has been in a private collection for nearly 40 years and measures 7 3/4?h. 16 3/8?w., and 5?d. (Estimate $6,000-9,000). A pair of delicately carved floral arrangements from Peking, China and dating to the 1st half-20th century feature pierce-carved vases with interlocking rings and interior carvings of dogwood trees. With elaborate carvings of blossoming rose peony trees coming out of the vases, the 22 1/2?h. figures are estimated to reach $6,000-8,000. A wonderful Japanese rendition of a walking skeleton wearing a water lily hat and carrying a selection of masks and skulls on a branch over his shoulder takes one off guard at first, but the intricate craftsmanship amazes. Pierce-carved with finely incised and inked details, the signed, 9?h. figure should easily capture its $1,500-2,500 estimate. A Chinese figure of an emperor( Est. $1,000-1,500), a Japanese figure of a fisherman with his catch( Est. $450-650), and a Chinese figure of a robed woman carrying a flower basket, possibly Lan Ts’ai-ho, one of the Eight Immortals(Est. $500-800) represent just a few of the 60 lots of carved ivory to be offered.

Asian furniture, porcelains, pottery and other decorative accessories including carved jade are not to be overlooked. A Chinese white jade scepter adorned with an impressive ruyi with pierce carved lingzhi fruit and monkeys measures 16?l. and bears an estimate of $3,000-5,000. Of the porcelain, a Rose Mandarin platter with central courtyard scene is especially nice( Est. $1,000-1,500), but the pair of Famille Verte ovoid covered jars with foliage motifs and underglaze Quinlong marks are spectacular(Est. $2,000-4,000). The two lots of Samurai armor in the sale will make heads turn and are expected to reach $1,500-2,500 and $800-1,200. With multiple figures of Buddha to be sold, a 19th century hollow cast bronze example is thought to be the nicest (Estimate $1,500-1,800). A large grouping of Neolithic pottery from long-time collectors in northern Pennsylvania should entice serious bidding from specialized collectors. Once sold, a large variety of lacquered and decorated furniture including secretaries, chests, and tables will offer a vibrant focal point to many living spaces.

A German ivory diptych dial is inspiring much enthusiasm from Garth’s vice-president and appraiser Andrew Richmond. When asked to name his favorite item in the sale, Richmond – who is known to fancy gadgets from antique to his current Android phone – chose the diptych and exclaimed ”Made in Nuremburg by THE maker of the time, the diptych allows one to tell time and date wherever one is. The dial is signed and dated as well (Leonhart Miller, 1652)!” Of typical form, the upper outer face with a wind rose, the upper inner face with “QVANTITAS DIEI”, gnomon pin and zodiac symbols, the lower inner face with compass well and gnomon pin, the lower outer face with lunar volvelle with brass disc(Estimate $1,500-2,500). The diptych comes from an old central Ohio collection (along with some of the particularly nice ivory and jade carvings to be sold). A Baroque marquetry secretary is likely German as well and dates to the mid 18th century. The three-piece canted corner desk consisting of a carved, arched pediment over veneered and inlaid fitted bookcase, a fold down writing surface, and a base with three drawers and raised bun feet is a petite height of 76”h. and will be very usable in many homes( Est. $4,000-6,000).

Another item of European origin to sell is the portrait of Mrs. Beaumont and child attributed to George Romney(English, 1734-1802). The oil on canvas, carries an estimate of $10,000-20,000 and, while unsigned, carries an extraordinary provenance traced back to William Earle Bulwer (1757-1807) of Hayden Hall, Norfolk, England. The balance of the provenance is detailed in a handwritten, leather-bound volume produced by Paul Hessemer of Bethlehem, PA for Newhouse Galleries. An item of special interest is the picture clock which was consigned after being discovered during one of Garth’s monthly walk-in appraisal days. The oil on canvas pastoral landscape has a central church clock tower with a time and strike movement marked for “A. Villemsens, Paris”(ca.1830-1845), all mounted in its original gilt and hinged frame. Measuring 36?h. x 41 1/2?w., the work is expected to reach $4,000-4,500. A semi-nude portrait of Clotho, one of the three Fates, after Paul Thumann(German, 1834-1908), is oil on porcelain, signed “Gugel” lower right, and marked on the back for KPM. Mounted in a period shadow box frame, it should fetch $1,800-2,800. A pair of 19th century carved console tables, likely Italian, display deeply carved motifs include heads of mythological beasts, the green man, bellflowers, and shells on the friezes, legs and center drawer fronts( Est. $2,000-4,000). An array of landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, portraits and even a micromosaic of two doves on a basket of fruit( Est. $800-1,600) will be presented for sale.

Rounding out the diverse sale is an Art Nouveau bronze sculpture of a fashionable lady by Paul Philippe(French, 1870-1930) which is estimated at $2,000-4,000. Five lots of Amphora will be sold including a Teplitz Amphora vase with gilt crowned woman against a forested background( Est. $6,000-8,000) and an Amphora pottery table lamp( Est. $8,000-10,000). Two of 5 lots from Tiffany Studios, a bronze floor lamp with favrile shade( Est. $1,500-2,500) and a patinated bronze and green glass candlestick( Est. $400-800) will be hotly contested. A group of 10 stained glass windows with colorful, hand-painted pieces of glass feature mostly characters from Arthurian legend including “King Arthur”, “Sir Eador”, “Sir Percival”, “Sir Lancelot”, “Sir Bors”, “Sir Kay”, “Beaumain” and “Merlin”. Estimated at $3,000-5,000 and given that King Arthur is one of the most familiar figures of Western lore, the lot should, by all means, draw a crowd around it.

The July 23-24 auction will be quickly followed by an Eclectic sale on Friday, August 6 which will live up to the name and feature a large selection of American, European and Asian furniture, art, pottery, porcelain, glass, lighting and clocks. Catalogs for both sales are available for review at Garth’s is also still accepting consignments for our fall and winter auctions including the Annual Labor Day Americana Auction and the 50th Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Americana Auction. Parties with questions in the July 23-24 auction or who are interested in consigning to upcoming sales should contact Jeff Jeffers or Andrew Richmond at 740.362.4771 or [email protected].

~ About Garth’s Auctions ~
Garth’s Auctions, founded in 1954, is Ohio’s oldest premier auction house. The Delaware, Ohio-based company is owned by Jeff and Amelia Jeffers, an entrepreneurial couple who take great pride in being among the nation’s youngest auction operators.

With over two dozen auctions a year and six certified appraisers – more than any other firm in the Midwest – Garth’s promotes single pieces as well as lifetime collections for consignment at auction. Through its partnership with Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty, Garth’s goes beyond the contents of the home to the home itself, handling the sale of real estate at auction or in traditional listings, completing its family of offerings. For more information, visit

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