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Auction Report: GoAntiques Preferred Auction May 3

by Sandra Lee Stuart (04/25/09).

Tired of giving perfume, candy or flowers on Mother’s Day? Try taking a look at what GoAntiques dealers are offering in the upcoming Preferred Auction being held on Proxibid. And don’t be surprised if you find something for yourself, as well.

The bidding starts at noon (EDT) on Sunday, May 3. Absentee bids may be placed after registering. (All bidders must register.)

Thom Pattie, WorthPoint’s chief Worthologist, has been in the auction industry for 40 years. He and GoAntique dealers looked over the items to make sure descriptions are accurate and informative and the estimates reflect good value, an additional step in the process to ensure buyer confidence when bidding.

Here are a few offerings that might catch your collecting fancy.

Lot 2511930 is a 1969 Marc Chagall lithograph, “The Yellow Background.” It comes from a Galerie Maeght edition of 3,000. The 31-inch-by-22.5 inch poster is listed in fair condition because the outline of a previous matte is visible. A new matte and frame would hide that. Estimate: $275 to $450.

Marc Chagall's "The Yellow Background"

Marc Chagall's "The Yellow Background"

Lot 2512143, a 1920 carved-shell cameo of a red-haired beauty. Delicately lovely and versatile, this 14-karat yellow-gold piece can be worn as a brooch or pendant. It is 2 inches high and in excellent condition. Estimate: $250-$350.

Red-haired lady shell cameo

Red-haired lady shell cameo

Lot 2512067 is a litho of an 18th-century François Boucher painting. Boucher (1703-1770) was a French engraver, illustrator, designer and Madame de Pompadour’s favorite painter. Boucher, known for his mastery of genre scenes, captured the sweetness of the moment (“sweetness” depends on how you interpret the woman’s expression). The litho, once part of the Seattle public library art department, is 8.5 inches high and 11 inches wide. In good condition, it is estimated at $25 to $50.

Litho of a 1793 François Boucher painting

Litho of a 1793 François Boucher painting

Lot 2511970 would make a nice addition to any Florence Ceramics collection. Lovers of these ceramics know that the company evolved from the grief of a mother trying to get over the death of her son. Florence Ward turned to pottery making and developed an expressive style, creating perfectly proportioned graceful figurines. This 7-inch Rose Marie is in good condition, although there is some damage to one her lace sleeves. Estimate: $75-$125.

Florence Ceramics' Rose Marie

Florence Ceramics' Rose Marie

Lot 2511986, an 1870 Bohemian glass vanity set. Wonderful for a boudoir, a boudoir in the offing or to add a touch of romance to the bathroom, the three pieces are graced with etched hunting scenes and floriated work. The set is in excellent used condition and estimated at $100 to $150.

Antique Bohemian glass vanity set

Antique Bohemian glass vanity set

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With Lot 2511994, you won’t have to worry about people sticking their hands into this Art Deco-period biscuit jar. They’ll be too busy admiring it. Spice up your kitchen by displaying the bright, bright orange jar with its flowers-and-fruit pattern. The top and handle are electro-plated nickel silver. Made by Hampton Ivory, it is 5.5 inches tall with a few specks where color have been lost, some roughness around an edge, but there are no chips or cracks. Estimate for this exuberant 1925 piece is $100 to $150.

Art Deco period biscuit jar

Art Deco period biscuit jar

All these items are subject to a reserve price.

For more information on the auction, click here. To create a bidder account, click here.

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