Antiques & Collectibles

Circa 1630 Swiss gilt and rock- crystal case watch from the Theodore R. Crom Collection of Early Watches will be offered at Skinner’s Science, Technology & Clocks Auction with a $15,000-$20,000 estimate.
Circa 1630 Swiss gilt and rock- crystal case watch from the Theodore R. Crom Collection of Early Watches will be offered at Skinner’s Science, Technology & Clocks Auction with a $15,000-$20,000 estimate.

A Tiffany nasturtium floor lamp, a rare French vase, and property of actress Polly Bergen are among the highlights of James D. Julia’s Lamp & Glass Auction Wednesday and Thursday at
10 a.m. at its Fairfield, Maine, gallery.

The lamp has a $70,000-$100,000 estimate, the auction’s expected top price, but there are 30 other Tiffany lamps in the sale with estimates ranging from $60,000-$80,000 for a Venetian table lamp to $1,000-$2,000 for a harp desk lamp.

Highlighting lamps by other makers are a rare scenic table lamp by Handel known as “The Road” ($20,000-
$25,000) and a Pairpoint Puffy Poppy table lamp ($10,000-$15,000).


Topping the more than 150 vases in the sale are a rare French Daum Nancy bulbous-form vase with a tall slender neck and wheel-carved flowers ($20,000-$30,000), a Galle marquetry floral vase ($15,000-$20,000), and a Mt. Washington Burmese vase with a rare owl pattern ($15,000-$20,000).

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Among the jewelry offerings from the Polly Bergen collection are a Bulgari amethyst, diamond, and agate brooch ($15,000-$20,000) and an 18-karat yellow gold lady’s Rolex watch ($3,000-
$5,000). Other items from the collection are as varied as a lot of 12 Buccellati sterling silver table ornaments ($8,000-$12,000), a 1958 sequin cocktail dress ($2,000-$4,000), and a pair of bronze male and female nude candlesticks ($1,500-$2,500).

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A 19th-century Ives clockwork toy, the earliest known piece of Coca-Cola memorabilia, and an exact scale miniature model of a World War I military transit vehicle are among the exceptionally rare finds to be offered at Julia’s Toy, Doll & Advertising Auction Friday at 10 a.m.

The Ives clockwork hippodrome, depicting a woman standing in a chariot and holding the reins to two horses,. has a $20,000-$30,000 estimate.


The earliest known piece of Coca-Cola memorabilia is a recently found 1888 albumen photograph picturing John S. Pemberton, who concocted the elixir that was soon named Coca-Cola, and Asa G. Candler, who bought the business after Pemberton’s death. The two men are pictured in front of the Candler pharmacy building where the first Coca-Cola syrup was manufactured in bulk. The estimate is $50,000-$75,000.

The replica of the World War I vehicle is one of two built in 1915 by the Autocar Co., of Ardmore, Pa., for a New York commercial vehicle show. It was purchased last year from a family member of one of the Autocar builders of the two models, and has a $45,000-
$65,000 estimate. The second model is in the collection of a historic vehicle museum.

The expected top selling doll is “Carl,” a rare 21-inch German Hammer & Reinhardt character doll dressed as a 1910-era schoolboy. The estimate is $45,000-$65,000.

Other auction highlights include the 46-lot collection of cast-iron and tin toys of the late John F. Gale of Cambridge, who died last year, and the 12-lot collection of life-size stuffed animals that once were in the foyer of the New Jersey home of model and sports journalist Joumana Kidd, the former wife of veteran National Basketball Association player Jason Kidd. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will benefit MarbleJam Kids, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of autism.

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A set of surgical instruments that was exhibited by George Tiemann and Co. of New York at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876 is a highlight of Skinner’s Science, Technology & Clocks Auction Saturday at 10 a.m. at its Marlborough gallery.

The set of ruby-set ivory-handled instruments, which includes virtually every instrument used by a surgeon, is being sold in its silver-bound rosewood case and is expected to bring $80,000-

Another important offering is a Holtzapffel and Co. rose engine lathe, made in London in 1838 and that is being sold along with a cabinet of accessories. The tool and lathe company founded in 1793 by the German-born John Jacob Holtzapffel specialized in lathes for ornamental turning, and each lathe was numbered. The lathe being sold is numbered 1838 and has a $70,000-
$90,000 estimate.

Included in the auction’s more than 300 clocks is the Thedore R. Crom Collection of Early Watches. The earliest watch in the 94-lot collection is a circa 1580 German gilt-brass alarm and clock watch ($3,000-$5,000). The expected top seller is a circa 1630 gilt and rock-crystal case watch ($15,000-
$20,000) marked Bobinet for the Swiss maker Charles Bobinet.

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Grogan & Co.’s auction next Sunday noon at its Dedham gallery offers a wide choice of fine art from a circa 1612 oil on panel depicting Venus baring a breast ($10,000-$15,000) by the Flemish artist Gortius Geldorp (1553-1616) to a 1973 gouache “Red, Blue, Yellow Man” ($20,000-$30,000) by Alexander Calder (1896-1976).

Other important works include a harbor view of Fécamp in the upper Normandy region ($10,000-$20,000) by the French marine artist Jules Achille Noël (1815-81) and “Boulevard de la Madeleine” ($10,000-$15,000) by Édouard Cortès (1882-1969), the French artist known for his Parisian street scenes.

Furniture ranges from a circa 1790 mahogany inlaid secretary-bookcase ($8,000-$12,000) to a Gustav Stickley Arts & Crafts tall chest of drawers ($3,000-$5,000), from an Aesthetic Movement 5-piece walnut bedroom suite, possibly made by the Herter Brothers of New York during the last half of the 19th century ($10,000-
$20,000), to a circa 1830 Biedermeier commode ($1,500-$2,500).

Highlights of the decorative art offerings are a blown-glass four-piece sea form set ($10,000-$20,000) by the famously inventive glass artist Dale Chihuly (1941-), and a 21-inch glass vessel ($5,000-$10,000) by William Morris (1959-), who early in his career was a gaffer for Chihuly.

Other offerings in the 577-lot auction are as varied as a 19th-century grasshopper molded copper weather vane attributed to Cushing & White of Waltham ($2,000-$4,000) and a 1965 Mustang two-door fastback ($8,000-

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