Auction Report: GoAntiques Preferred Auction

In an effort to highlight the art, antiques and collectibles our GoAntiques sellers have to offer, GoAntiques is launching its new Preferred Auction. The auction, featuring a great selection designed to fit every wallet and taste, will be held in conjunction with Proxibid on April 19 with bidding to begin at noon EDT.

As Will Seippel, founder and CEO of WorthPoint, sees it, “People come to an auction hoping to find something they want, preferably at a good price. They also want items to be described accurately and in a consistent manner.”

That’s why Thom Pattie, WorthPoint’s chief Worthologist and a 40-year veteran in the auction industry, was chosen to lead this exciting auction. Thom is helping the dealers review all items for accuracy and value. That should give buyers confidence when bidding.

As Thom says, “You won’t find any Pigcassos being sold as Picassos in this GoAntiques Auction.”

Here are some auction highlights.

Lot 1502151, a sterling-silver pot for chocolate or demitasse coffee. Since 1831, the Gorham company has produced beautiful silver items favored by presidents and their wives from Mary Todd Lincoln to George W. Bush. This pot has simple, classic lines with ivory separators to keep the handle cool. The Gorham mark and date letter for 1947 are inside the base. In very good condition, the estimate is $250 to $300.

Gorham sterling pot

Gorham sterling pot

gorham

Lot 1502120 is a collection of three adorable Niloak frogs. These midcentury, high-glaze pieces can be used as planters or ashtrays. Standing—or more accurately sitting—4-and-half inches high, there are no chips or cracks, and show only minor glaze imperfections consistent with manufacturing. Estimate: $200 to $300 for the lot.

Niloak frogs

Niloak frogs

niloak

Lot 1502252 is a beautiful painting attributed to Austrian artist Paul Grabwinkler (1880-1946). This hand drawing depicts a very young Pan, the Greek nature god who was half-goat. Grabwinkler captures the joy of the little fellow, horns just beginning to sprout, as he plucks some grapes. The mixed-media work is in excellent condition and has an estimate of $800 to $1,200.

Grabwinkler painting of a young Pan

Grabwinkler painting of a young Pan

Lot 1502141, an 8-inch Weller vase. This Deco-style mauve vase has a matte finish and is decorated with a lovely dogwood flower. With no cracks or chips, the estimate is $100-$175.

Weller vase

Weller vase

Lot 1502117 is an oil on masonite from Deanna Matteson’s “Bride Goes West” series. Known for her fine realism style, Matteson favors Old West subjects. Here, she has painted a bride “Standing in her parlor.” In very good condition, the estimate is $1,200 to $2,000.

Deanna Matteson’s “Standing in her parlor”

Deanna Matteson’s “Standing in her parlor”

Lot 1502060 is a fabulous antique sterling-silver purse. Made circa 1880, it is in perfect condition without a tear, hole or anything missing. A striking accessory that can be carried as a purse or hung from a belt. It would make a wonderful wedding gift, one that the bride will still be thanking you for at her 50th anniversary. Estimate: $325 to $400.

Antique silver purse

Antique silver purse

Lot 1502108, a Van Briggle Hopi maiden figure. The Van Briggle company has been producing fine pottery since 1899 with some of its pieces on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum and the Louvre in Paris. This 6-and-a-half-inch depiction of a maiden kneading corn was created some time in the early- to mid-20th century. It has an estimate of $175 to $200. (Buyer pays shipping and handling costs.)

Van Briggle Hopi woman

Van Briggle Hopi woman

All these items are subject to a reserve price.

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