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Fine Art and Antiques January 5th

by The Cobbs


357 lots | 354 with images

January 5, 2013

Live Auction

50 Jaffrey Road

Peterborough, NH, 03458 USA

Phone: +1 603.924.6361

Fax: +1 603 924 9089

Email: info@thecobbs.com

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Harry Shokler   oil on canvas painting

Lot 47: Harry Shokler oil on canvas painting "Quiet Harbor"

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Description: Harry Shokler (1896-1978), New York, oil on canvas painting titled "Quiet Harbor", signed lower right in red "Harry Shokler 1964", 22 1/4" x 30 1/4", framed. Estimate $600-900

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Cherry Hepplewhite Four Drawer Chest

Lot 48: Cherry Hepplewhite Four Drawer Chest

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Description: Cherry Hepplewhite Four Drawer Chest, 4 graduated drawers set in a cock bead case over a scalloped apron and 4 French feet, 37 1/2" tall x 18 1/2" deep x 42" case width, mid Atlantic area circa 1800, some repairs, replaced pulls, old refinished condition. Estimate $300-500

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Benjamin Foster oil on artist board

Lot 49: Benjamin Foster oil on artist board

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Description: Benjamin Foster (1852-1926), Connecticut/New York, oil on artist board painting of a wooded hillside, signed lower left "Ben Foster", 11 1/2" x 15 1/2", recently framed, number on a label on the reverse #3787 presumably the artist's number. Estimate $400-700

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Anna Pottery Sow Pig Flask

Lot 50: Anna Pottery Sow Pig Flask

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Description: Anna Pottery Sow Pig Flask, brown glaze stoneware pig flask with incised eyes and mouth/snout, incised on the side "Good old gin in a hogs," small chip on one ear, 6" long including the cork plug, circa 1859-1896, Anna Illinois. Provenance: A Vermont collection. Estimate $3,000-5,000

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Raymond D. Rodd oil on artist board painting

Lot 50A: Raymond D. Rodd oil on artist board painting

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Description: Raymond D. Rodd (20th century), oil on artist board painting of a winter landscape, a road entering a small rural town, signed lower left "Raymond D. Rodd", 22 1/2" x 29 1/2", framed. Estimate $200-300

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Red, Blue and Green Homespun Coverlet

Lot 51: Red, Blue and Green Homespun Coverlet

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Description: Red, Blue and Green Homespun Coverlet, 2 parts with large flowers and fern designs with bands of the 3 colors on an ivory base, reversible with virtually all the fringe, 86 1/2" wide (no fringe) by 98", bright unwashed colors. Estimate $200-300

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Late 19th century, Zoetrope Wheel of Life

Lot 52: Late 19th century, Zoetrope Wheel of Life

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Description: Zoetrope Wheel of Life, the upper section consists of a slot cylinder which has a metal shaft that allows it to rotate on a wooden base, the 3 top handles to help it rotate are missing comes with 7 reversible paper reels each showing a different animation. Late 19th century, original blue paper label still attached under the cylinder. Estimate $400-600

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Pair of Unusual Paint Decorated Stands

Lot 53: Pair of Unusual Paint Decorated Stands

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Description: Pair of Paint Decorated Stands, each one has 3 flat paneled sides and the rear side is open with a drawer above, the 2 board tops are conforming with a small over hang, each panel is painted with a different scene, fir tree, knights, helmets, hand winged hour glass, rake-shovel-pickax, and a key. possibly used by an organization, original decoration, 21" x 21 1/4" x 30 1/2" tall, late 19th/early 20th century American, some roughness to one top. Provenance: A Vermont collection. Estimate $2,000-3,000

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19th century painted Toy Jester

Lot 54: 19th century painted Toy Jester

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Description: Painted Toy Jester, articulated arms and legs with a string pull (1 arm needs the string re-attached), double sided with original different paint decoration on each side, mounted on a stick stand for display purposes, 12 1/2" tall, 19th century American or English. Provenance: A Vermont collection. Estimate $1,500-2,500

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John Stockton deMartelly, charcoal on paper drawing of a nude

Lot 55: John Stockton deMartelly, charcoal on paper drawing of a nude

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Description: John Stockton deMartelly, 1903-1979, Missouri/Michigan, charcoal on paper drawing of a nude woman seated with her arms shadowing her face, unsigned but comes with a letter from the artist's son, 24 3/4" x 19", framed under glass, done as a series of drawings when the artist was 16 years old, exhibited at Michigan State University, Kresge retrospective show in 1970. Provenance: Descended into the family until now with letter from the son. Estimate $1,000-1,500

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Janet Spaeth deMartelly, bronze casting of Sharon Wood

Lot 56: Janet Spaeth deMartelly, bronze casting of Sharon Wood

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Description: Janet Spaeth deMartelly, 1909-1966, Missouri/Michigan, bronze casting of Sharon Wood, a family friend created around 1962, comes with a letter from her son, 12" tall. Provenance: Descended in the family, comes with a letter describing who the subject is and that the casting was done posthumously by a student of his father, John deMartelly. Estimate $300-500

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John Stockton deMartelly, group of 5 pencil drawings of animals done when he was a boy

Lot 57: John Stockton deMartelly, group of 5 pencil drawings of animals done when he was a boy

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Description: John Stockton deMartelly, group of 5 pencil drawings of animals done when he was a boy, "Blood Hound," initial signed, 9 1/4" x 8 1/2"; "Bengal Tiger," at the Bronx Zoo. initial signed, 9" x 12"; "Lion," 9" x 12", (tear), "Leopard" at the Bronx Zoo, 11 3/4 x 9, signed "John Stockton deMartelly; "Jaguar" at the Bronze Zoo, 8 1/2" x 12". Provenance: Descended in the family. Estimate $200-300

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Sterling Rowing Trophy given to

Lot 58: Sterling Rowing Trophy given to "Professor John Duncan Spaeth by his crew in 1903,"

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Description: Sterling Rowing Trophy - John Duncan Spaeth, Gorham sterling three handled trophy cup given to, "Professor John Duncan Spaeth by his crew in 1903," comes with a gift note to Mike deMartelly 9/18/51, 7 1/2" tall, inscribed by the 10 crew members. Provenance: Descended in the deMartelly family until now and comes with a letter regarding John Duncan Spaeth. Estimate $300-500

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Antoine-Louis Barye plaster casting of a Panther

Lot 59: Antoine-Louis Barye plaster casting of a Panther

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Description: Antoine-Louis Barye, 1795-1875, French plaster casting of a Panther descending a rocky hill, signed on lower side "Barye", 15" long x 9 1/2" tall, some plaster loss to the tail. Provenance: Descended in the deMartelly family until now and comes with a letter noting history. Estimate $200-300

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Lot of John deMartelly Drawings

Lot 60: Lot of John deMartelly Drawings

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Description: Lot of John deMartelly Drawings, A - A signed photograph of the artist in his office. B - Seven pencil drawings of various subjects. C - Ten various prints, some by deMartelly. Provenance: All comes directly from the deMartelly family. Estimate $200-300

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French Ancestral Portrait, oil on canvas painting presumably of  Le Comte Anthony deMartelly of Toulon's

Lot 61: French Ancestral Portrait, oil on canvas painting presumably of Le Comte Anthony deMartelly of Toulon's

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Description: French Ancestral Portrait, oil on canvas painting presumably of "Le Comte Anthony deMartelly of Toulon's," or his son, unsigned, 32" x 25 3/4", no stretcher or frame, some paint losses, appears to be 18/19th century. Provenance: See deMartelly letter with family provenance and history. Estimate $600-1,200

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French Gothic Revival Cupboard

Lot 62: French Gothic Revival Cupboard

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Description: French Gothic Revival Cupboard, consisting of 2 parts, the upper part pierced carved lattice work crest with 6 tall carved finials over a recessed triple paneled back with central carved figure holding a book/bible flanked by 2 carved fleurs-de-lis carved panels over a shelf flanked by 2 carved columns, the bottom section has a cupboard over a platform stretcher base with linen fold paneled sides and a figural paneled front section. Provenance: Descended in the deMartelly family with a letter of history. Estimate $2,000-3,000

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Wrought Iron Gate Door

Lot 63: Wrought Iron Gate Door

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Description: Wrought Iron Gate Door, decorative wrought iron work, 77 1/4" x 37" wide, lock missing, may have been originally a pair, late 19th/20th century, American or Continental. Estimate $150-250

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Pair of Brass Grates

Lot 64: Pair of Brass Grates

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Description: Pair of Brass Grates, 2 rectangular grates with twisted and curled brass inserts in an iron frame, 22" x 36", appears to be 19/20th century Continental, old surface. Estimate $200-300

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18th Century Dutch Colonial Blanket Chest

Lot 65: 18th Century Dutch Colonial Blanket Chest

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Description: 18th Century Dutch Colonial Blanket Chest, single board lift top with molded edge, 4 brass half ball decoration, side brass carrying handles with pierced floral plates, the front panel with intricately pierced large escutcheon plate secured again with 4 brass half ball corners, dovetailed corners with brass wraps, the lock mechanism is missing, the hinges are old replacements, 43 1/2" wide x 27" deep x 24" tall, dense mahogany type wood, small repairs. Estimate $300-500

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Bass Otis (attributed), oil on canvas portrait presumably of Rebecca Stockton

Lot 65A: Bass Otis (attributed), oil on canvas portrait presumably of Rebecca Stockton

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Description: Bass Otis, 1784-1861, PA, (attributed), oil on canvas portrait presumably of Rebecca Stockton wife of Lucius Waltham Stockton of Uniontown, PA, 27" x 22" on the oval, appears to have the original oval gilded frame. Provenance: Comes with letter of decent and history through the John deMartelly family, which will go to the purchaser. Estimate $800-1,200

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John deMartelly, copper plate engraving

Lot 65B: John deMartelly, copper plate engraving

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Description: John deMartelly, copper plate engraving done as a copy of a Rembrandt etching by deMartelly, 6 1/4" x 5 1/8". Provenance: Comes directly from the deMartelly family. Estimate $250-400

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John S. deMartelly, metal plate etching of Serra Pistoiese in Tuscany, Italy

Lot 65C: John S. deMartelly, metal plate etching of Serra Pistoiese in Tuscany, Italy

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Description: John S. deMartelly, metal plate etching of Serra Pistoiese in Tuscany, Italy, signed lower right in the plate, "J.S. deMartelly," and title lower left along with a picture of the first proof, 2 pencil drawings and photos of other locations in Tuscany, 10" x 11 3/8". Provenance: Directly from the family. Estimate $250-500

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Two Continental Needlework Icons

Lot 66: Two Continental Needlework Icons

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Description: Two Continental Needlework Icons, floral embroidery with silver metallic thread decoration around 2 different central Holy Family scenes, figural heads, hands and feet along with putti are all cut out prints with gold metallic thread outline, all glued down on wooden board, 18th century or earlier, some acid discoloration and some wear issues. Both 12 1/2" x 9 1/2", framed under glass, losses to old frames. Estimate $500-800

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Brass French Figural Clock

Lot 67: Brass French Figural Clock

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Description: Brass French Figural Clock, time and strike French movement having a round enamel dial set into a brass mounted case with brown composition sides and front, scrolled feet, and a cast figure of Jesus mounted on the crest, 20" tall, missing the pendulum, key and bell. Estimate $300-500

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Paul Place-Canton,  oil on panel painting of a Mediterranean port

Lot 68: Paul Place-Canton, oil on panel painting of a Mediterranean port

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Description: Paul Place-Canton, 1862-1908, France, oil on panel painting of a Mediterranean port with a docked yacht, signed lower right, "P. Place-Canton, 17 1/4" x 21 1/2" wide, old gilded frame. Estimate $2,000-3,000

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Ohgen Hamanaka, Contemporary, Oklahoma, inland watercolor painting

Lot 69: Ohgen Hamanaka, Contemporary, Oklahoma, inland watercolor painting

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Description: Ohgen Hamanaka, Contemporary, Oklahoma, inland watercolor painting of a winter lake scene, signed lower "Ohgen 91" with his chop mark, titled "Respect the Earth" and on reverse signed again "Hope for Spring", 12 3/4" x 9" sight framed under glass. Estimate $300-500

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Japanese Triptych,

Lot 70: Japanese Triptych, "At the Mansion of the lady Joruri,"

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Description: Japanese Triptych, "At the Mansion of the lady Joruri," after the late Edo period, Ukiyo-e Master Kiyonaga, 14 3/4" tall x 29" wide sight, as is matted and framed under glass. Estimate $200-300

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Three Pages From A Japanese Block Printed Book

Lot 71: Three Pages From A Japanese Block Printed Book

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Description: Three Pages From A Japanese Block Printed Book, mounted side by side behind glass in a single frame, each page measures 13 1/2" x 9" sight, some paper loss, a tear and 2 areas of water staining, and some paper wrinkling. Estimate $200-300

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Japanese Block Print Triptych

Lot 72: Japanese Block Print Triptych

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Description: Japanese Block Print Triptych depicting 4 Samurai mounted on horse-back followed by a procession of servants carrying banners and wild game, 13 1/2" tall x 28 1/4" sight, appears to be glued down, mounted and framed behind glass. Estimate $200-300

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Lot of Four Japanese Block Prints

Lot 73: Lot of Four Japanese Block Prints

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Description: Lot of Four Japanese Block Prints: A - Man in a long blue robe standing before a building, 14" x 93/4", appears to have been folded in half and has been reinforced with rice paper glued down to its back. Each corner tacked to mat with glue. "Toyokuni" in pencil on matt. B - A Beauty standing with a bridged island in the far ground, some paper losses around perimeter and reinforced at each top corner. Tacked to paper with glue at each corner, 15" tall x 10 1/2" wide. "Yeizan" in pencil in matt. C - A beauty standing with a Sanxian laying behind her. Some paper loss at each top corner and each corner glued to matt, 15 1/4" x 10 1/4" wide. "Yeisan" in pencil on matt. D - A beauty standing alone. Small tear at top right, some staining and foxing. Glued to matt at each top corner, 13 1/2" x 9 1/4" wide. "Shanse" in pencil on mat. Estimate $400-600

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Gihachiro Okuyama, 20th Century Block Print Fishing Boats at Sea

Lot 74: Gihachiro Okuyama, 20th Century Block Print Fishing Boats at Sea

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Description: "Gihachiro Okuyama, 1907-1981, Japan, 20th Century Block Print "Fishing Boats at Sea," signed in the right and bottom margins of the print, "Gihachiro Okuyama," 18 3/4" x 9" sight, framed and matted under glass. Estimate $75-150

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Pair of Japanese Wood Block Prints

Lot 75: Pair of Japanese Wood Block Prints

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Description: Pair of Japanese Wood Block Prints, each depicting a Samurai warrior, 14 3/4" x 10 1/4" sight each in matching frames and matted behind glass. Estimate $300-400

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Lot of 3 Japanese Block Prints

Lot 76: Lot of 3 Japanese Block Prints

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Description: Lot of 3 Japanese Block Prints Identically Matted and Framed Behind Glass, A- A beauty holding a calligraphy brush, 14 3/4" x 9 3/4", some paper losses and staining, label on reverse reads "Kigu-Gawa Yei Zan" (probably meaning) "Kikugawa Eizan. B- Two seated beauties, one whispering to the other, 13 3/4" x 9 1/2" sight, some surface loss to paper at bottom left, remnants of glue along bottom and overall discoloration. C- A beauty standing beside a paper lantern, 13" x 9", some paper losses, some staining and overall discoloration. Estimate $200-300

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Japanese Block Print of a Beauty Standing in a Snowy Landscape

Lot 77: Japanese Block Print of a Beauty Standing in a Snowy Landscape

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Description: Japanese Block Print of a Beauty Standing in a Snowy Landscape, 13 1/2" x 9 1/2" sight, some paper losses and a water stain at lower left corner, along with some light foxing, matted and framed behind glass. Estimate $200-300

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Lot of 9 Japanese Block Prints

Lot 78: Lot of 9 Japanese Block Prints

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Description: Lot of 9 Japanese Block Prints , most of the prints are of beauties in various poses with the exception of one Kabuki theatre posting, all of various sizes and conditions, the largest block print measures 17 1/2" x 9 3/4" , (please study photos carefully) Estimate $200-300

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Lot of 6 Japanese prints and watercolor

Lot 79: Lot of 6 Japanese prints and watercolor

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Description: Lot of 6 Japanese prints and watercolor: 6- Japanese block prints of varying ages, sizes and conditions of which the largest measure 16" x 11 1/2" , 1- Japanese monochrome watercolor of a dragon in stormy clouds, (please study photos carefully).

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Japanese block print

Lot 79A: Japanese block print "Eagle on a Snowy Pinebranch'

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Description: 79A Japanese block print signed Keysai, titled "Eagle on a Snowy Pinebranch'. 14.5" by 10", 19th century. Estimate $1,000-1,500

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Lot of 14 Japanese Printed Items

Lot 80: Lot of 14 Japanese Printed Items

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Description: Lot of 14 Japanese Printed Items, 5- monochrome block printed books depicting flowers, 5- antique block prints in various conditions, 1- ten panel block print of a parade of well dressed beauties (Geisha?) of which each panel measures 6 3/4" H x 3 1/2" W sight and all 10 are attached to each other, matted and framed, 3- 20th century block prints, (please study photos carefully). Estimate $300-400

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Walasse Ting oil on canvas  titled and signed

Lot 81: Walasse Ting oil on canvas titled and signed "Little flowers under moonlight, Ting 68"

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Description: Walasse Ting, 1929-2010, New York, China, France, oil on canvas abstract painting titled and signed on back "Little flowers under moonlight, Ting 68", 30" x 40", mounted freely in a thin brushed steel frame. Provenance: Amherst, NH. Collection, A Wellesley, M.A. Collection. Estimate $70,000-95,000 PLEASE NOTE: unless you were previously approved by our auction house we have a standard maximum bidding amount of $35,000.00. If you are bidding on this lot you should contact the auction house to be approved for any amount over $35,000.00 as the hammer price will likely exceed this amount.

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Imari Vase Lamp

Lot 82: Imari Vase Lamp

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Description: Imari Vase Lamp, 24 1/2" tall vase with figural designs, drilled on the top bottom edge for the lamp cord, possibly, "Ukiyo-E," figure. Provenance: A Vermont collection, Bernard Glemser of NYC. Estimate $200-300

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Japanese Imari Vase

Lot 83: Japanese Imari Vase

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Description: Japanese Imari Vase, raised floral decoration hi-lighted with gold, signed on the bottom with gold character marks and a raised enamel symbol, 18 3/4" tall, 19th century or earlier, some slight discoloration to the ivory background. Estimate $200-300

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Chinese Decorated Pigskin Box

Lot 84: Chinese Decorated Pigskin Box

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Description: Chinese Decorated Pigskin Box, unusual round form with a domed top, paint decorated with a figural interior scene, 13 3/4" diameter x 4" tall, some wear to surface, 19th century Chinese Export, the interior is lined with a blue cloth. Estimate $200-300

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Chinese Carved Ivory Quin Yen Figure

Lot 85: Chinese Carved Ivory Quin Yen Figure

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Description: Chinese Carved Ivory Quin Yen Figure, finely carved draped figure holding a vase and tree branch, both headdress and clothing embellished with black engraved floral decoration, 15" tall and comes with a carved wooden base. Appears to be 19th century or earlier, some hanging beads from her headdress are missing on her right neck area. Provenance: A Walpole, NH estate collection. Estimate $1,000-1,500

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Chinese 2-Part Screen

Lot 86: Chinese 2-Part Screen

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Description: Chinese 2-Part Screen, decorated with birds in a tree with green background with a white rooster at the base of the trees. Each panel is 67" x 36", some cracks & losses, 19th century or earlier. Estimate $400-700

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Chinese Silver Compact

Lot 87: Chinese Silver Compact

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Description: Chinese Silver Compact, 3 1/2" oval case with a pierced carved ivory insert depicting a woman standing near a white crane, she is brightly painted and the carved background is missing a few pieces of the lattice work, marked inside the cover, "Silver, China." Appears to be early 20th century, the case edges and back are engraved with floral designs. Estimate $250-400

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Chinese Fruitwood Combination Sundial & Compass

Lot 88: Chinese Fruitwood Combination Sundial & Compass

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Description: Chinese Fruitwood Combination Sundial & Compass, long rectangular shape with center compass with 2 sundials on each side, sides flip up with folding brass Gnomon on top and brass hinged support on bottom that can be placed in one of 13 notches, Chinese painted numbers and figures all over, 6 7/8" long x 2 1/8" wide, appears to be a later copy of a very early design. Estimate $200-400

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Portable Chinese Sundial & Compass

Lot 89: Portable Chinese Sundial & Compass

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Description: Portable Chinese Sundial & Compass. A lacquer wooden case consisting of a compass and a bottom sliding table and brass post which when assembled on the top has various inclining positions with tabulations. Appears to be 19th century or earlier, some chips to the back edge where it slides in. Provenance: A Walpole, NH estate collection. Estimate $200-300

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Pair of Chinese Seated Dogs

Lot 90: Pair of Chinese Seated Dogs

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Description: Pair of Chinese Seated Dogs, spinach green glaze on pottery with gold highlights at their necks, head slightly turned to the side, 10 3/4" tall, appear to be 19th century or earlier, some glaze chips. Estimate $300-500

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Chinese Needlework Skirt

Lot 91: Chinese Needlework Skirt

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Description: Chinese Needlework Skirt comprised of 5 vertical panels, the lower 1/3 of 2 have an intricately stitched silk house scene with gold thread highlights and 2 are pleated with embroidered flowers, 38" tall x 44" wide, some staining at top, 19th/20th century. Estimate $250-400

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