Auctions at Showplace

40 West 25th Street, New York, New York 10010

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From Manhattan since 1993, Showplace Antique have supplied clients with a distinctive experience. The auction house with about 200 antique dealers offer a variety of antique and vintage furniture, collectibles, fine art, and fashion. Their collection includes 19th and 20th century designs with a variety of styles including Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Mid Century Modern and Postmodern. Two-monthly live property auctions feature a broad variety of fine and ornamental artworks including vintage and modern furniture.

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    Arne Jacobsen Dining Chairs and Alexi Allens’ Artwork Feature in Upcoming Showplace Event

    Danish architect and furniture designer Arne Emil Jacobsen (1902 - 1971) is best remembered for his simple, well-designed chairs and Louis Poulsen lamps. His contribution to architectural functionalism, particularly Danish architecture, is highly revered even today. Besides his iconic Egg chair and Swan chair, the architect also designed many famous buildings in his hometown of Copenhagen. A set of four dining chairs designed by Arne Emil Jacobsen is a key highlight of the upcoming sale from Auctions at Showplace. The black chairs with chrome legs and ebonized wood seats are part of Fritz Hansen’s Scandinavian series.  Another noteworthy lot is an artwork titled Is Beauty Bondage by American artist Alexi Allens. The color serigraph shows three ladies’ heads with squares. A pendant made of 14-karat white gold, aquamarine, tanzanite, and diamond also leads the lots. Visit Bidsquare to view the complete sale catalog and other online auctions.

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    New York City Estate Auction Presents Georges d’Espagnat Painting, Oscar Bach Table Lamp

    French painter and illustrator Georges d'Espagnat was well-known for his landscape paintings. D'Espagnat’s scenic artworks portray Parisian life and feminine figures. The upcoming Auctions at Showplace event presents an oil painting by Georges d'Espagnat. Titled Le Printemps, the 1910 artwork portrays d'Espagnat’s signature brushstrokes. This highest-valued collectible showcases color treatment similar to Fauvism. Also notable is an Oscar Bach table lamp with a Steuben globe. The body of the bronze lamp features nude figurines in gold. The lamp design resembles the men holding the Steuben glass sphere on their backs. Bach’s work is noteworthy for utilizing different metals and following styles like Spanish Baroque and English Chippendale.  The auction also offers purses from top labels like Dior and Chanel. Showcased among them is a Prada Saffiano Vernice leather tote purse. Saffiano leather is famous for withstanding stains and offers high durability. Hence, many Prada bags utilize Saffiano Vernice leather. The red Prada purse has a cross-body strap and two handles on top. The sale will also feature Victor Salmones' bronze sculptures, Kayo Lennar artworks, porcelain service sets, and Bernhard Rohne cabinets. Interested collectors can explore the entire catalog, register to bid online on Bidsquare, and browse other online auctions.

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    Oil Painting by Jean Dufy Showcased in January 8 New York City Estate Auction

    The upcoming New York City Estate Auction, presented by Auctions at Showplace, will feature Doris Caesar’s nude bronze sculpture. Doris Porter Caesar was an American sculptor most recognized for her depictions of women. Caesar experimented with clay, bronze, and brass to create sculptures, frequently with stretched arms and legs. She cast her first bronze in 1927. She took the piece to E. Weyhe, a dealer on Lexington Avenue in New York City. There, she gained access to his collection of works by German Expressionist artists, where Käthe Kollwitz, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, and Ernst Barlach inspired her to distort the figures until they became "stick-like." Also on offer is Jean Dufy’s Bouquet de roses from 1940. It is an oil on canvas painting that depicts a vase of roses. Throughout his career, Dufy painted depictions of Parisian society, bucolic settings, circuses, horse races, stage performances, and orchestras. Explore more online auctions and register to place a bid on Bidsquare. 

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    Sir Peter Lely’s Portrait and Jason Woodside’s Abstract Optical Illusion Highlight Showplace Antiques’ Upcoming Sale

    Born in the Netherlands, Sir Peter Lely spent most of his life in England, where he became a significant portrait painter to the court. Lely is well known for his skillful and sensuous portraits of royal women. When he was appointed as Charles II's Principal Painter in Ordinary, the demand for his work grew exponentially. Lely would often paint a sitter's head and his pupils would complete the remaining painting, especially for series-based works. A portrait of a noblewoman, attributed to Lely, is a key highlight of the upcoming sale by Showplace Antiques. This oil on canvas depicts a sitter dressed in a silky burnt orange and blue colored outfit with a big flower pot in the background. The frame bears a plaque with artist's name at the bottom. Another very interesting artwork is Jason Woodside’s acrylic and aerosol on canvas. It portrays abstract trompe-l'œil painting of vibrant and contrasting geometric patterns. The image has a three-dimensional optical illusion on a two-dimensional surface.  James Mont’s Asian mid-century modern set of five dining chairs also leads the listing. Designed circa 1955, the chairs are fashioned in walnut with Asian-inspired upholstered seats and back rests. Visit Bidsquare to view the complete catalog and other online auctions.

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    From the Everyday to the Sublime, Important Design Available With Auctions at Showplace

    Andy Warhol once said of Campbell’s Soup, the subject of some of his most well-known Pop Art pieces: “I used to drink it. I used to have the same lunch every day, for 20 years, I guess, the same thing over and over again.” The original Campbell’s works were all hand-painted and hand-stamped. Soon after they were shown, Warhol began to use the photo-silkscreen process that became a signifier of his work. One of Andy Warhol’s tomato soup can silkscreens (numbered 44 / 250) is featured in the upcoming Important Fine Art and Design sale, offered by Auctions at Showplace. Also in the catalog is a selection of collectible jewelry and watches, including a Vacheron Constantin Overseas chronograph wristwatch with a blue dial, a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust watch, a Cartier-style 18-karat gold panther head bracelet, and more. Some of the featured furniture pieces in the sale include a Gio Ponti for Singer modern walnut double dresser, a pair of Pedro Friedeberg modern chairs in the shape of a hand, and several George Nelson Herman Miller bedroom set pieces. Visit Bidsquare to find the complete catalog and browse other online auctions. 

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    Around the Auction World: September 2022

    What were the top stories in the auction industry this month? Illustrations for Moby-Dick. Image courtesy of Christie’s. Auction Highlights Book lovers flocked to Christie’s for a timed auction of all things Herman Melville this month. The auction house presented a timed sale of the Herman Melville Collection of William S. Reese. Totaling USD 2,783,214, the event featured the author’s annotated copy of Dante’s Divine Comedy, as well as early editions of Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. Illustrations by Rockwell Kent for Melville’s famous story also attracted high prices.  Elsewhere in the industry, an aluminum license plate from 1904 believed to be the first-ever plate issued by the City of Chicago sold for $34,000 at Donley Auctions. The final price of this Chicago license plate was 17 times its high estimate. Those seeking rare collectibles from the past also browsed the offerings from Julien’s Auctions during the company’s recent Gangsters, Cowboys, Politicians, and Astronauts auction. A handwritten letter from Al Capone was among the top lots. Auctions at Showplace presented a broad selection of Neoclassical, Modern, and Brutalist furniture in its recent New York City Estate Auction, including items from Duncan Phyfe and Paul Evans. Auction Daily recently reported on two notable sales from around the auction world that occurred in August of 2022. One was Swann Auction Galleries’ fourth annual LGBTQ+ Art, Material Culture & History sale. While the top lots primarily included fine art from Tom of Finland, Peter Hujar, Robert Mapplethorpe, and others, relics of LGBTQ+ history also performed well. And at Bonhams Skinner, an original journal from America’s first luxury yacht sold for an astounding $100,000. Cartier Paris 18-karat gold and enamel vanity case. Image courtesy of WinBids Auctions. What’s Coming Up Next month, collectors can expect the auction market to enter the fall season in full swing. The largest auction houses have blockbuster sales planned, including the Paul G. Allen Collection at Christie’s. Companies are also expanding their services to take advantage of new markets. This includes continued exploration of NFTs and direct consignments from contemporary artists.  Elsewhere, collectors can consider a curated sale of fine…

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    Showplace’s Sept. 25 Sale Features Art Deco Diamond Ring, Exceptional American Furniture

    The upcoming New York City Estate Auction from Auctions at Showplace will be held on September 25, 2022. A selection of vintage and luxury jewelry leads the listings, as well as fine silver, vintage furniture, Persian rugs, and decorative art. Bidding begins live and online at 12:00 PM EDT. Art Deco Platinum Diamond Ring 2.01 H/VS1 Among the top lots of the sale is an Art Deco diamond and platinum ring (lot #55; estimate: USD 20,000 - $40,000). It centers a transitional-cut round brilliant diamond weighing 2.01 carats. It has H color and VS1 clarity, and the piece comes with a GIA report. Like many Art Deco jewelry pieces from the period, this ring uses an elegant and elaborate setting to enhance the sparkle of the central gemstone. Vintage 1950s 14K Gold Engraved Charm Bracelet Collectors of vintage jewelry can also consider an engraved 14-karat gold charm bracelet from the 1950s (lot #114; estimate: $2,500 - $3,500). Tiffany & Co. brought charm bracelets to the world of luxury for the first time in 1889. The style was popularized among European nobility before trickling down to popular culture. While it was not until the 1970s that charm bracelets were collected to mark rites of passage or personal accomplishments, wearers in the 20th century used the bracelet’s versatility to express themselves. The available charm bracelet features five gold charms of similar size. They resemble a clover leaf, an engraved disc, a lined heart, a calendar, and a dangling train. The calendar charm features a small gemstone marking the date February 2, 1956, and the train charm bears the words “A Day to Remember.”  Workshop of Duncan Phyfe (Attr) Grecian Taste Sofa Beyond fine jewelry, several lots of antique American furniture are notable. These include a Grecian-style sofa attributed to the workshop of Duncan Phyfe (lot #96; estimate: $6,000 - $8,000) and a Brutalist modern patchwork coffee table from Paul Evans (lot #32; estimate: $2,000 - $4,000). The Phyfe sofa features exceptionally fine wood carvings and black horsehair upholstery.  Paul Evans Brutalist Modern Patchwork Coffee Table The sale also includes the following items…

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    Antique Persian Kashan Rug and Victor Salmones Bronze Sculpture Highlight Auctions at Showplace’ Upcoming Sale

    Known for its stunning variety of rugs, the city of Kashan in Iran was once a prominent landmark on the illustrious Silk Road. The carpets from Kashan have been coveted due to their high-quality sheep wool and cotton material. Crafted in shades of red, blue, and beige, the rugs are adorned with medallions and floral motifs. An antique Kashan silk pictorial rug is a key highlight of the upcoming sale from Auctions at Showplace. The early 20th-century Persian framed piece is designed with numerous images, including a flowering vase, a tree with birds and deer in an ivory field, a cartouche, and a shrub border. Another noteworthy lot is a patinated bronze sculpture, titled The Search, by Victor Salmones. It depicts a figure of a man with arms stretched out with a mask on his right arm. The famed Mexico-based sculptor is celebrated for his distinguished realist figures.  A pair of James Mont Asian modern open armchairs also leads the furniture lots. The ebonized and upholstered pieces are designed in a modern Chinese style. Mont draws inspiration from the Art Deco and mid-century modern styles as much as he defies them. Visit Bidsquare to view the complete sale catalog and other online auctions.

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    Explore Iconic Collectibles From Betty White’s Life and Career in Upcoming Julien’s Auctions Event

    Betty White was an award-winning American actress, comedian, and author. White’s career began during the Golden Age of Television and stretched for seven decades. She was notable for her work on and off camera. The actress was also well-known for supporting LGBTQ+ rights and animal welfare. The upcoming Julien’s Auctions event features collectibles from Betty White’s life and career. One highlight is an oil painting by Sir Henry Edwin Landseer. Waiting For His Master portrays a King Charles spaniel sitting beside a red velvet ottoman. Landseer’s animal paintings were notable for their sentimental aspect and accurate anatomy. The painting was formerly owned by Betty White.  Also showcased is a needlepoint wall hanging completed by Betty White featuring butterflies and birds. During a TGB interview, the interviewer observed needlepoint all around White’s home. When asked about it, White explained, “she and her husband would often relax with their favorite drink and discuss their day, while the actress worked on her needlepoint works.” The available wall hanging depicts exotic birds placed on floral branches. The needlepoint project has a brown border with flower-patterned details. The wall hanging also comes with an image of the actress posing beside the wall hanging, as well as a feature in the October 1974 issue of Woman's World magazine. The magazine piece on White covers her interest in needlepoint and the available wall hanging. The auction also presents a first draft for the pilot of The Golden Girls teleplay. The television series was a prominent part of White’s acting career. The script comes with a note reading, “Dear Betty-the first draft for your files!!” from her agent. Collectors can explore the entire catalog and register to bid online on Julien’s Auctions’ website.

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    Upcoming Auctions at Showplace Event Features Neoclassical, Modern, and Brutalist Furniture Pieces

    Auctions at Showplace will soon bring a global selection of furniture to the auction block. During its September 25, 2022 New York City Estate Auction, the company will present notable pieces of furniture attributed to Duncan Phyfe and Paul Evans, among others.  Auction Daily examines some of the top furniture lots before the bidding begins. Workshop of Duncan Phyfe (attributed) Grecian taste sofa. Image courtesy of Auctions at Showplace. Neoclassical Furniture From Duncan Phyfe During the early 19th century, a Scottish immigrant named Duncan Fife was America’s most-sought cabinetmaker. He completed his training in Scotland before bringing Old World techniques to the newly-emerging republic, where he officially changed his name to “Duncan Phyfe.” The designer catered to the rich and powerful families of the period, and his admirers resided all along the country’s East Coast. Phyfe was a champion of Neoclassical styles such as Regency, Federal, Empire, and Grecian. He held fast to the old traditions even when American fashion moved past him to embrace other looks.  A Grecian-style sofa attributed to the workshop of Duncan Phyfe is among the top lots of Auctions at Showplace’s upcoming event (lot #96; estimate: $6,000 - $8,000). Black upholstery drapes a mahogany frame and elaborately carved rosettes. The auction house notes that this example is particularly notable for the quality of its carvings. Milo Baughman Modern lacquered credenza cabinet. Image courtesy of Auctions at Showplace. Modernist Furniture by Milo Baughman American Modernist furniture designer Milo Baughman was a relentless entrepreneur. He went into business at 24 years old and designed commissioned furniture collections for West Coast clients. Baughman eventually met Thayer Coggin, and the two men started to produce Modernist furniture together. Quality was the pair’s top priority, with Baughman creating careful designs for Thayer Coggin, Inc. for the next 50 years.  Auctions at Showplace will offer a cinnabar lacquered credenza designed by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin, Inc. in the upcoming sale (lot #25; estimate: $1,500 - $2,500). The piece features a pair of two-door cabinets with a five-drawer cabinet between them. It reflects the favored style of the mid-20th century with…

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    Jennifer Lee’s Studio Pottery Ceramic Featured in Upcoming Showplace Event

    Jennifer Elizabeth Lee is a ceramist famous for her handmade pots. Lee creates her artistic pottery ware using the conventional pinch and coil technique. Her signature technique also involves the careful addition of metallic oxides to clay. These elements impart color, texture, and strength to Lee’s pots. The upcoming event from Auctions at Showplace presents a ceramic bowl by Jennifer Lee. The modern studio art pottery ceramic bowl is notable for its finish and form. Another highlight is a Buccellati silver Palm Beach pattern dinner service. The 1970 flatware set for 12 consists of 175 pieces. These handcrafted pieces are remarkable for their timeless designs and brilliant material integrity. The flatware pieces have tapered handles and depict fine ornamental details and essential hallmarks. Also showcased is a landscape painting by Emile A. Gruppe portraying an idyllic village scene. The available painting shows elements like a church, river, trees, and houses. The edgy brushstrokes in the Impressionist oil painting offer a realistic effect. The artwork is also notable for its rich pastel colors, accentuating background elements. Rounding out the catalog are a Paul Dachsel Art Nouveau vase, Mikimoto pearl jewelry, Sèvres porcelain articles, Kayo Lennar paintings, Regency furniture, and a Montblanc Meisterstuck fountain pen. Interested collectors can explore the entire catalog, register to bid online on Bidsquare, and browse other online auctions.

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    Steinway & Sons Grand Piano Starts Off New York City Estate Auction by Auctions at Showplace

    It takes about 11 months to craft just one piano from Steinway & Sons. Auctions at Showplace is offering a Steinway & Sons piano from the Art Deco period of the 1930s in its upcoming sale. It is a cream lacquered Grand Piano Model M. This piano was originally mahogany and was later cream-lacquered. Steinway & Sons are the makers of the most expensive pianos in the world. The brand caters to pianists like Billy Joel and Lang Lang due to the quality of Steinway piano sounds.  Another leading lot comes from Venezuela. Native American tribal chieftains were commemorated on Venezuelan bolívar pure gold coins as a part of a series. A coin commemorating Tiuna chieftain, issued on 1955, is coming to this New York City Estate Auction. This vintage Venezuelan 60 bolívares coin is made of 20 grams of pure gold. The coin is mounted in a hand-crafted, two-color 14-karat gold pendant with wirework and leaf motifs. The coin’s diameter is 30mm. From fine art to Chanel and Gucci handbags, this auction covers many other categories. Find the listed items and more online auctions on Bidsquare.

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    Auctions at Showplace Will Feature 1972 Steinway & Sons Model L Grand Piano

    Among the fine and decorative art, furniture, and jewelry items found in Auctions at Showplace’s New York City Estate Auction is a 1972 Steinway & Sons Model L grand piano, serial number 429905. In 1853, after immigrating himself and his family from Germany to Manhattan, Henry Engelhard Steinway (1797 – 1871) founded Steinway & Sons, a dominant piano manufacturer globally recognized for its high-end quality and superb sound. Steinway pianos are also the preferred choice for musician greats such as Lang Lang, Billy Joel, and Elton John. The Model L, produced from 1923 to 2005, is considered a ‘baby grand’ or ‘living room grand’ piano in size. Measuring 39 inches high, 58 inches wide, and 71 inches in diameter, this model is the fifth largest of the seven basic Steinway grand pianos. Also available in the auction are several paintings by French artist Kayo Lennar (b. 1923) that include Straw Basket, Oysters, Shy Fish and Shells, and a colorful still life oil painting of flowers. Straw Basket from 1990 shows a brown and red colored basket overflowing with yellow, orange, and purple flowers placed on a table in front of a vibrant background. View the entire contents of this sale on Bidsquare and check out more online auctions. 

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    Ken Price Ceramic and Marc Chagall Lithograph Featured With Auctions at Showplace

    Ken Price was a ceramic artist famous for his fired clay sculptures with abstract designs. He added multiple bright paint layers to his sculptures and later sanded them to showcase the underlying colors. Price redefined the traditional ceramic making process by creating clay works combining fine art and craft. The upcoming Auctions at Showplace event presents a notable glazed stoneware ceramic sculpture by Ken Price. The modern abstract art piece depicts his signature bright colors and sleek finish. Cubist Cup is also valuable for its rich provenance, once acquired by Betty Asher, a notable art curator. Another highlight is a lithograph titled Daphnis Discovers Chloe by Marc Chagall. The painting belongs to Chagall’s three-year-long series, Daphnis and Chloe. Among Chagall's most significant works, the lithograph portrays the characters Daphnis and Chloe from Longus’ ancient Greek romance.  Also featured is a Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Moon Phase watch. The Perpetual calendar watches are famous for their high precision, valuable materials, detailed finish, and calibers. The 18-karat yellow gold automatic timepiece features an alligator buckle and strap. The auction also presents a modern Egg chair and ottoman by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen. The architect was famous for his unique and elegant chair designs. Jacobsen’s furniture features intricate details and innovations. The Egg chair and ottoman with red upholstery define his balance between art, design, and architecture. Interested collectors can explore the entire listings online on Bidsquare and check out other online auctions.

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    Puiforcat and Camusso Silverware Featured in Upcoming Auctions at Showplace Event

    Puiforcat was formed in 1820 by Émile Puiforcat. The company was notable for its silver cutlery and flatware with formal designs adjusting forms to match the function. The upcoming Auctions at Showplace event presents a set of Puiforcat French sterling silver cutlery. The monogrammed 150-piece set was commissioned for the Venezuelan President, Guzman Blanco. The cutlery set features clean lines and simplistic patterns. Camusso Peruvian silver chargers with a rising-falling design are also featured.  Another highlight is a 14-karat yellow gold pocket watch by Elgin National Watch Company. The company was notable for its affordable and high-quality watches. The use of machine-made elements in these timepieces facilitated quick assembly and replacement. The available dual dial timepiece has a yellow gold fob chain and a gold spring clip. Also showcased is an oil painting, The Judgement of Paris, by Dutch Golden Age artist Daniel Vertangen. The artwork features “a scene of Paris selecting Aphrodite as the golden apple recipient over Hera and Athena.” Vertangen was famous for his works depicting historical legends in the Baroque style. Also offered are Lalique glassware, Victorian jewelry, porcelain ware, and rugs. Interested collectors can explore the entire listings, register to bid on Bidsquare, and check out other online auctions.