Friday features a collection of vintage Texas Long Horn furniture including a settee, arm chair, coffee table and foot stool, an Eastman Kodak sliding carriage portrait camera and a Wooton style carved walnut fold out desk. Also a fine collection of mid-century modern furniture by George Nelson for Herman Miller. Jewelry items including a pair of 1.46 ct emerald and diamond dangle earrings, a pair of 14kt yellow gold oval cufflinks and a sapphire and diamond wreath pin. A Heinrich T H Heberlein Jr. violin, c1928 and two violin bows one by E. Martin Sacksen a European Pernambuco and an after Voirin, European Pernambuco, early 20th c. Various Persian and Indo-Persian runners and mats. Also a beautiful Bakhtieri hand woven wool rug, 10’ x 13’. A fine collection of Detroit Press Club art works which were contributed to the club from well-known comic and print artists from various newspapers around the country. Also a continuation of the collection of Disney and Warner Brothers animation cells and concept drawings (40) lots. Firearms including: a German Mauser C-96 (broom handle) semi-automatic pistol, a Colt Model 1911 .45 cal semiautomatic, c1918, a Nagant Russian 7.62x38mm revolver, 1941, a Colt single action army, .44 cal revolver, c1878 and a Le Protector 6mm French palm pistol, circa the late 1800’s. Bladed weapons including a WWII German Luftwaffe dress dagger with a Bakelite wire wrapped hilt and eagle guard and a German WWI Prussian Pickelhaube helmet of hard black leather with spike and interior liner. Decorative items including Gorham ‘Melrose’ pattern Sterling silver flatware, an Unger Brothers coffee set and Chinese Cloisonne items. Finally crystal and glassware including Daum Nancy, Murano and an Art Deco and slag glass and bronzed metal dresser lamp.
The Saturday session is pleased to offer over 300 Victorian fairy lamps from the phenomenal collection of Dr. Henry and Grace Stricker of Milford, MI. The Strickers’ passion for collecting led to the accumulation of one of the largest fairy lamp collections in the United States, and their spectacular taste and joined knowledge is evident in the collection. The auction begins with the stunning and rare Victorian Clarke’s cut glass fairy lamp chandelier. Dispersed throughout the auction are selections for the beginning to advanced collector, including a variety of glass types, such as Burmese, satin, Nailsea-type, as well as a wide variety of styles, notably multi-unit epergnes, English ceramic bases, two and three piece examples, Moorish-style and figural fairy lamps, among many other pieces. Following the whimsical fairy lamps are curated lots of European and American silver, including an impressive Tane Orfebres sterling tea set, a selection of estate Oriental rugs, Asian porcelain and decorative arts, and a mixture of modern and traditional fine furniture. The auction also showcases fine jewelry in a variety of mediums, highlighted by a charming 18KT gold strawberry brooch laden with rubies and diamonds. Those with an interest in Oceanic art will be wooed by a small collection of carved wooden artifacts from Papua New Guinea, including a beautifully painted basketry yam mask and an impressive orator’s stool.
The Sunday session presents selected items from the Vasi estate collection, Troy, MI, featuring modern paintings, graphics and sculpture. A partial list of artists incudes: Karel Appel, Victor Vasarely, Man Ray, Joseph Stella, after Auguste Rodin, Reuben Nakian, Elyssa Rundle, Pierre Brisson, Raphael Soyer, Theo Tobiasse, Graciela Rodo Boulanger, Leo Roth, attributed to Robert Irwin, Hans Bellmer, Ray Parker, Varga, Curtis Jere, Wolfgang Behl and attributed to Salvador Dali. Additional artists in the session from other collections include among others: Paul Philippe, Edward Chesney, Itzchak Tarkay, After Frederic Remington, Henry Ossawa Tanner, William Lee Hankey, Carl Schmidt, William Lester Stevens, Herbert Ivan Swift, Pal Fried, Roy Gamble, Huang Zhong Yang, Julian Alden Weir, Henri Matisse, Albert Henry Collings, Richard Jerzy and an American 19th c. primitive portrait. Additional features of note include: European and American furniture, 17th c. to the 20th c. including a William Holland-Chester oak tall case clock, C. 1800; Nain, Kashan, Ispahan, Kerman, Bahktiari, Tabriz, Oushak, Bijar and Sarouk wool and silk Oriental rugs in throw and carpet sizes; a Sevres 19th c. mantel clock garniture; over 50 lots of fine jewelry highlighted by a 25.12 ct. aquamarine (GIA) and 3.13 ct. diamond ring, a 1.71 ct. diamond (GIA) ring and 1.00 ct. diamond wedding band, a Rolex 18kt yellow gold lady’s watch and more.