Cintra & the estate of Joseph Stanley at Rago

Editorial Staff

Beginning on Saturday August 1, more than 500 lots from the estate of Joseph Stanley will go on view at Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey, before being sold at auction on August 8. Items in the sale—which range from 18th-century English furniture to a wide array of Chinese export art and objects—are the unusual survival of …

Cher’s passion for Pugin to highlight Bonham’s Gothic revival sale

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On Wednesday July 15 Bonhams in Knightsbridge will host a special auction of Gothic revival works of art with several examples attributed to Pugin—the undisputed leader of the movement. The sale, which goes on view July 12, includes nearly 200 lots of the 19th century’s so-called pointed-architectural style. From cast-iron fixtures to polychrome tiles to oak furnishings this high style …

Rare Kentucky Derby trophy to be auctioned

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Skinner, Inc. announced this week that on June 7 it will auction a rare Kentucky Derby winner’s trophy and commemorative mint julip cup (estimate $60,000-80,000), previously believed to have been lost. Both pieces, made from 14 karat gold, were presented to Elizabeth Arden, the cosmetics heiress, whose horse, Jet Pilot, won the prestigious race in 1947. The race, then it …

Traffic-stopping lot to be auctioned at Freeman’s

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On Monday, April 20 a rare example of New York City history—a model of one of the city’s first traffic lights—will be auctioned at Freeman’s in Philadelphia.  Dating from 1924 it relates to a 1920 design competition for a series of traffic control towers to be installed along Fifth Avenue. Leading architects submitted 130 plans to the competition, which was …

Dog days for dogs in art?

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Doyle New York reported lackluster results for its 11th annual Dogs in Art sale today, which brought in $168,058 with 61% of lots sold. The sale, which also includes sporting art, featured canine inspired collectibles ranging from cast iron garden furniture and figures to finely detailed portrait paintings.  Our pick for “best in show,” was an early Cassius Marcellus Coolidge …

Rare Lincoln Speech to be Auctioned

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On November 10, 1864, two days after northern citizens reelected him, President Abraham Lincoln addressed some 1,500 late—night supporters gathered outside the White House. Standing at the window over the north portico, Lincoln spoke from carefully prepared notes about the wartime turmoil that had “brought our republic to a severe test” and nearly jeopardized the national election itself. Although the …

The Lessons of ‘Old Jake’

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Standing more than six feet tall with a bugle in hand and leaning heavily on his bent left knee, the weathervane depicting a fireman named “Old Jake” points forward with a particular sense of urgency.  As the star lot of Sotheby’s recent Americana sale, which took place on January 23 and 24, when Old Jake failed to sell it set …