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Case Antiques, Inc. is based in Knoxville, Tennessee, where our gallery is located, with satellite offices in Nashville and Kingsport, Tennessee – but our reach is worldwide. Established in 2005, we conduct cataloged auctions of investment-quality art and antiques under the stewardship of knowledgeable professionals, including three accredited appraisers on staff. The mission of Case Antiques is to provide superior customer service, exceptional stewardship, and quality antiques and art to our clients. Case Antiques will strive to educate and build long term relationships with clients in the ...Read More
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    Artworks by Friedel Dzubas and Anna Catherine Wiley, Gorham Sterling Tea Set in Case Auctions’ Upcoming Two-Day Sale

    The upcoming two-day sale from Case Auctions offers a wide selection of fine artworks, jewelry, decorative art items, Asian antiques, and more. Friedel Dzubas’ High Pass painting is among the top lots from the first session. It is dated 1976 on reverse, along with the M. Knoedler Gallery label. This magna (acrylic) on canvas is visually striking and displays the artist’s mastery over light, color, and scale. Dzubas (1915 - 1994), a German-American Abstract Expressionist painter, is renowned for his large-scale, vibrant paintings. He drew inspiration from nature, Greek mythology, Christianity, and travel for his compositions. Another notable lot is an oil on canvas titled Woman with Green Parasol by American artist Anna Catherine Wiley (1879 - 1958). As the title indicates, this work depicts a seated woman in a white dress with a green parasol in her left hand. The second day of this auction particularly highlights silverware, furniture, and decorative arts. A five-piece Gorham sterling silver tea set from the Warner / Lea family of Nashville is noteworthy. It includes tea and coffee pots, open sugar and waste bowls, and cream jugs, all with rectangular bodies. Additional features are fluted pedestals and spouts, molded rims, and handles. Among furniture, a Southern Sheraton sugar chest with redded legs and an Eames black lounge chair with ottoman stand out. The latter was made by Herman Miller and designed in 1956 by Charles Eames and Ray Eames. Visit Bidsquare to view the complete 2024 Summer Fine Art & Antiques (Day 1) sale catalog and browse other online auctions. For more information about upcoming events, check out Auction Daily’s auction previews.

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    Case Auctions Features Fine Art by Prominent Louisiana Artists of the Past and Present

    The first day of Case Auctions’ winter sale of fine art, antiques, and jewelry, scheduled for late January, particularly features notable works of fine art by Louisiana artists of the past and present. This includes iconic “Blue Dog” works by George Rodrigue, as well as folk art works by Andrew Hopkins and Clementine Hunter. Here are a few of the key lots on offer from these prominent Louisiana artists. George Rodrigue, Louisiana Sunday Morning, 2012. Image courtesy of Case Auctions.  George Rodrigue  American artist George Rodrigue grew up in New Iberia, Louisiana during the 1950s, witnessing broad cultural changes in his country and community. Once Rodrigue headed to art school, Louisiana remained at the front of his mind, and he later returned to paint and preserve the culture, traditions, and myths of his Cajun heritage. He first focused on painting the Acadian landscape of his home and capturing everyday Cajun people. In 1984, Rodrigue illustrated a ghost story book that included the loup-garou, a “crazy werewolf dog” from French/Cajun legend. He modeled the loup-garou image on a photograph of his dog, Tiffany, and painted her with blue fur and bright yellow eyes. Rodrigue would go on to become an icon of Pop Art, and his “Blue Dog” paintings are now his most famous works.  Available from Case Auctions this January is a George Rodrigue “Blue Dog” painting titled A Louisiana Sunday Morning. This acrylic on canvas work was executed in 2012, just a year before the artist’s death. The auction house notes that Rodrigue painted this hopeful scene of the dog sitting in front of a basket of flowers shortly after a period of health troubles. Two candles in the composition symbolize his second chance at life. This work comes to auction with an estimate of USD 50,000 to $60,000 (lot #133).  Andrew LaMar Hopkins, Marie Laveau Gris-Gris, 2014. Image courtesy of Case Auctions.  Andrew LaMar Hopkins  Contemporary artist Andrew LaMar Hopkins was born in Mobile, Alabama and settled in New Orleans, Louisiana as a teenager. He spent much of his early life researching the history of French Louisiana and…

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    Case Auctions Presents George Rodrigue’s Acrylic Artwork, Limestone Figure by William Edmondson, and More

    The upcoming Winter 2024 - Day 1: Fine Art, Antiques, and Jewelry sale from Case Auctions features more than 600 lots of rare antiques, fine art, and jewelry. The auction will start at 9:00 AM EST on January 27, 2024. An acrylic on canvas painting titled A Louisiana Sunday Morning by George Rodrigue. Leading the sale is an acrylic on canvas painting titled A Louisiana Sunday Morning by George Rodrigue (lot #133; estimate: USD 50,000 – $60,000). The artwork features a blue-hued dog with yellow eyes. It is shown seated between two lit candles and before a flower basket adorned with a red bow. Born in New Iberia, Louisiana in 1944, American artist George Rodrigue was famous for his iconic blue dog paintings. This piece, executed in 2012, comes with the artist’s signature. It is housed in a molded gilt wood frame. A carved limestone figure by William Edmondson will also be available in this auction. Titled Mother and Child, the sculpture shows a woman carrying a young child with one arm and a pocketbook with the other. Born in Davidson County, Tennessee, William Edmondson became the first Black American artist to have a solo exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. The auction house notes that this particular lot is unusual or possibly unique because of the addition of the pocketbook, an element usually found in women without children in Edmondson’s works. The piece comes to auction with a presale estimate of $40,000 to $44,000. Mother and Child, a carved limestone figure by William Edmondson. Among jewelry, a ladies 14-karat yellow gold ring is notable. It features a 2.59-carat marquise-cut diamond with G color with SI2 clarity. The big stone is flanked by two trillion cuts and eight baguette-cut diamonds weighing approximately 0.88 carats. The ring is size 6 and has a gross weight of 9.42 grams. This auction also presents a collection of luxury watches and clocks that includes a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust two-tone wristwatch and 18th-century Dutch Rococo marquetry long-case clock. A 2.59-carat marquise brilliant-cut diamond ring in the auction. Additional lots of interest include:  Fleurs, an oil on…

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    Case Antiques Presents Two-Day Sale of Fine Art, Jewelry, Silver, and More

    This upcoming two-day auction from Case Antiques features a variety of fine artworks, decorative art, furniture, Asian antiques, and more. Leading the first day of the sale is a ‘Blue Dog’ painting from American artist George Rodrigue. It is dated 2012 on verso, executed just a year before the artist’s death in 2013. The Cajun painter completed this work, which depicts his characteristic yellow-eyed blue dog sitting before a basket of flowers, after a series of health issues. According to George Rodrigue Studios, Rodrigue included two lit candles in this painting to represent his second chance at life. Rodrigue began painting scenes of the Louisiana landscape in the late 1960s, seeking to preserve Cajun heritage. By the 1990s, he was a Pop Art icon known for his depictions of the loup-garou (crazy werewolf dog). Additional lots of interest from the first day of the sale include a Mother and Child carved limestone sculpture by William Edmondson and a Chicago street scene painting by William Clusmann.  The second day of this sale particularly highlights silver, tableware, and decorative art. Among the leading lots is a 72-piece sterling flatware set produced by Wallace Silversmiths, an American silver manufacturer founded in 1833. The offered set features the Grand Baroque pattern and the maker’s mark on each piece. An 18-karat gold flying phoenix brooch is notable among jewelry lots. This petite pin shows the phoenix’s wings stretched out in flight and is engraved with delicate feathers. Bidders can also consider jewelry from Tiffany & Co., sterling silver and porcelain tableware sets, and assorted lithographs from Pablo Picasso. Visit Bidsquare to view the complete Winter 2024 - Day 1: Fine Art, Antiques and Jewelry sale catalog and browse other online auctions. 

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    Case Auctions Features Five Belle Epoque Wall Panels from Annesdale Mansion and a Continental Silver Tea Setin Upcoming Two-Day Sale

    A wide range of fine art, furniture, jewelry, and decorative art items will be available in Case Auctions’ upcoming two-day sale. Among the top lots from the first session is a continental sterling silver breakfast tea and coffee service set comprising 56.56 ounces of flatware. The five-piece set includes a small oval tray, petite tea and coffee pots, creamer, and open sugar bowl. All the pieces are manufactured by the Bremen-based Koch & Bergfeld, one of the oldest operating silver manufacturers in the world. Other notable lots from the first day of the event include a 14-karat yellow gold and enamel compact and lipstick holder from Tiffany & Co. and two pairs of Hermès sneakers.  The second session particularly highlights antique art and jewelry. Among these lots is a set of five monumental French Belle Epoque period carved giltwood room panels. The wall panels showcase a peacock perched atop a flower-filled urn, flowers, birds, and related subjects. Collectors can also consider a ladies' platinum ring featuring a pear-shaped diamond. The center stone weighs approximately 2.92 carats. This lot comes with a matching platinum wedding band and a separate platinum ring set with 13 square baguette diamonds. To view the complete catalog and register to bid in the upcoming Fall Fine Art & Antiques Auction - Day 1, visit Bidsquare and browse other online auctions.

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    Artworks by Lê Phổ and George E. Hughes Come to Sale with Case Antiques

    Vietnamese painter Lê Phổ was well known for his distinct paintings that combined European inspiration and Chinese influences. However, his subjects also comprised traditional Vietnamese imagery such as birds and bamboo branches. An oil painting on silk mounted on Masonite by Lê Phổ is a key highlight of the upcoming auction, offered by Case Antiques. Titled Jeunes Filles aux Bouquets, the artwork portrays three women amidst flower vases with a yellow background. George E. Hughes’ oil on board titled Couples at the Beach also leads the listings. It was an illustration for the cover of The Saturday Evening Post (August 2, 1952 edition). It depicts a high-angle view of people enjoying a sunny day at the beach. A rare historic lot may be of interest to memorabilia collectors. It is a 35-star flag of the USS Kearsarge used during battle with the CSS Alabama in June of 1864, along with commendation and photograph. It is the only US flag representative of a state admitted during the American Civil War and was in official use only for two years. To view the complete catalog and register to bid in the upcoming Summer Fine Art & Antiques Auction, visit Bidsquare and browse other online auctions.

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    Case Antiques Presents Fall Sale With Art, Jewelry, and Artifacts From Southern Estates

    The Fall Fine Art and Interiors Auction, hosted by Case Antiques, offers an extensive collection of watches, including an 18-karat gold ladies Jaeger-LeCoultre bracelet watch. Founded by Antoine LeCoultre in 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre is a Swiss luxury watch and clock company based in Le Sentier, Switzerland. The available watch has a mechanical caliber 841 movement and a thick, textured link bracelet design. Another luxury watch available in the sale is a ladies Piaget 18-karat gold, diamond, and emerald watch with jade dial. Piaget is a Swiss luxury watch and jewelry company established by Georges Piaget in the community of La Côte-aux-Fées in 1874. Currently, it belongs to Richemont as a subsidiary. The offered Piaget watch features 32 round brilliant diamonds, weighing 0.96 carats. The clarity of the diamonds is VS2 with color grading of H. It is also accented by four natural emeralds with a jeweled mechanical movement, green jade dial, and 18-karat white gold bracelet. View more lots and register to bid for this and other online auctions on Bidsquare.

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    Expressionist and Tonalist Paintings by American Artists Highlight Case Antiques’ Upcoming Sale

    American artist LeRoy Neiman was an Expressionist painter famous for his intensely colored works. He contributed dynamic illustrations to magazines and painted murals for Playboy clubs. Neiman was best known for his depiction of sporting events and social gatherings. Dinner Party, an abstract oil on board painting by the artist, is a key highlight of the upcoming Summer Fine Art and Antique auction at Case Antiques. The large painting portrays women and men dressed in formalwear at a gathering. A banquet table is laid with glasses and wine bottles and the setting is lit by a chandelier. A Tonalist watercolor painting by another American artist, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, also leads the listings. Smith’s The Silent Watchers depicts a low country landscape with white cranes in tree branches and marshy water replete with lily pads. Deeply inspired by her birthplace of Charleston, the self-taught artist was also influenced by Japanese ukiyo-e prints.  The sale offers an antique 14-karat yellow gold bangle bracelet with engravings and enamel foliate embellishment. It measures seven inches in circumference and weighs 31.03 grams. The inscription on the inner side reads “Clark, Annie Susie Maggie To Sister Anna.” To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit Bidsquare and browse other online auctions.

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    Two-Day Summer Fine Art, Antique, and Jewelry Auction – Day 2

    Silversmiths in 18th-century France revolutionized the dining table, and many of their innovations are still in use today. The period following the French Revolution saw the individualization of dining, which required fewer shared dishes. Emerging from this was the epergne, a dining table centerpiece with branching arms that held hanging baskets, circular plates, or small bowls. A Neoclassical sterling silver epergne made in the mid-1770s, nearly 50 years after the first known example, will be available on the second day of the upcoming Case Antiques auction. Made by Thomas Pitts I in London, this epergne is decorated with beading and openwork garlands.  Other notable silver pieces in this auction include a 272-piece set of Reed & Barton flatware and a German Art Nouveau candelabra pair by J.H. Heimerdinger. A platinum-iridium and diamond brooch from Tiffany & Co. stands out among the jewelry lots. Marked with the company name, the brooch is accented with eight princess-cut rubies. Explore the full listings, which include furniture, pottery, and Rolling Stones memorabilia, on Invaluable. 

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    Two-Day Summer Fine Art, Antique

    William Edmondson, the first Black American artist to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, saw himself as a religious messenger rather than a sculptor: “I didn’t know I was no artist till them folks come tole me I was. Every piece of work I got carved… is a message… a sermon, you might say.” Two examples of his carved limestone sculptures will be featured on the first day of the upcoming Summer Fine Art, Antique, and Jewelry Auction, offered by Case Antiques. One shows a standing woman holding a book in her left hand while the other shows a small animal sitting back on its hind legs. Augusta Savage’s plaster and bronze patina Gamin sculpture will also be featured. Another notable Black American artist, Savage modeled this work after her young nephew. Several notable jewelry lots are available, including a 1995 necklace from Piaget. This 18-karat yellow gold piece is set with three strands of brilliant-cut diamonds and a center emerald pendant. Both vintage and contemporary Rolex watches are offered as well. Among these is an Explorer from the early 1960s and a yellow gold Cosmograph Daytona made approximately 30 years later. View each of these lots and register to bid on Invaluable.   

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    Artist to Know: Augusta Savage

    Case Antiques to Offer Gamin Sculpture from Artist and Activist When Augusta Savage arrived in New York at the height of the Harlem Renaissance, she only had a few dollars in her pocket. However, she quickly found herself in the company of the prominent writers and activists of the 1920s, including W.E.B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey. Savage joined them while simultaneously combating poverty and racism. Her work, though often overlooked, captured a distinct era of American history. As the first African American woman to open her own art gallery, Savage divided her time between creating art and supporting the next generation. A plaster edition of Savage’s well-known Gamin will be offered on July 11th, 2020 in the upcoming Two-Day Fine Art, Antique, & Jewelry Auction, presented by Case Antiques. Learn more about Augusta Savage before the bidding starts. Augusta Savage with her sculpture titled Realization in 1938. Image from the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Augusta Savage was born to a devout Methodist minister who “almost whipped all the art out of [her].” Despite this difficult start, Savage was relentless in her pursuit of education. In 1923, she applied to a summer art program in France. Though accepted into the program and corresponding scholarship, the French government refused her after learning she was Black. “As soon as one of us gets his head above the crowd there are millions of feet ready to crush it back again...”. Savage wrote in her public response, which was printed in the New York World. “For how am I to compete with other American artists if I am not to be given the same opportunity?” It took six years of activism, but Augusta Savage was eventually permitted to study in France. That struggle permanently fused her ideals with her art, which explores the African American experience in the Jim Crow era. Augusta Savage, Gamin, c. 1929. Image from Case Antiques, Inc. During the Great Depression, Augusta Savage found work by running an art school and creating portrait busts of her fellow African American activists. However, Roberta Smith, writing for The New York Times, identifies the…

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    African American Art In the Spotlight at Case’s July 11-12 Auction

    Sculptures and paintings by William Edmondson, Beauford Delaney, and Augusta Savage, along with two important African American quilts, headline the Summer Case Antiques Auction, set for July 11-12 at the company’s headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee. The auction also offers a dazzling array of high-end estate jewelry and timepieces, American furniture and textiles deaccessioned by the Memphis-Brooks Museum of Art, and an outstanding collection of studio glass, along with Case’s traditional fare of Southern regional decorative arts and historical memorabilia. Case’s July 11-12 auction features two sculptures by important African American artist William Edmondson: “Lady with a Book” (est. $40,000-44,000) and a “Critter” (est. $18,000-22,000).Case Antiques Works by William Edmondson, the self-taught son of Tennessee slaves who in 1937 became the first African American artist to have a solo exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, are currently attracting a surge of interest from institutions and advanced sculpture collectors, and limestone figures carved by Edmondson have dominated the top spots at past three Case auctions. This auction features two Edmondson sculptures from the same New York estate collection, “Lady with a Book” -likely inspired by a woman in Edmondson’s Nashville community - and a “Critter” (the term the artist himself used to describe some of his slightly ambiguous animal forms). They are joined by a vivid abstract expressionist watercolor by Beauford Delaney, another Tennessee-born Black artist. Delaney established himself in New York during the Harlem Renaissance, working in a mainly representational style, but his works became increasingly abstract after he moved to Paris in 1953. Like Delaney and Edmondson, Florida native Augusta Fells Savage had to battle prejudice and economic injustice early in her career before earning international recognition. The sculpture that proved to be her breakout work, a bust archetypical of Harlem street urchins titled “Gamin,” became so popular that she created several versions. The one offered by Case is 9” high and sculpted in plaster with a bronzed patina. (Savage went on to become a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance movement and established the Savage Studio of Arts & Crafts in 1932). The auction also features an early to…

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    Important Two-Day Winter Fine Art, Antique, and Jewelry Auction

    The first African-American artist to enjoy a solo exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art was self-taught, relatively unknown, and lacked professional tools and materials. William Edmondson was discovered by a photographer for Harper’s Bazaar who stumbled across his lawn full of sculptures while in Nashville, Tennessee. One of the sculptures seen in that key photograph will be offered in the first session of Case Antiques’ upcoming Winter Fine Art, Antique, and Jewelry Auction. Edmondson carved The Preacher from one of his signature limestone blocks, using a railroad spike as a chisel. The piece reflects the spiritual call that prompted Edmondson to begin sculpting late in life.   Over 1,000 lots will be offered over both days of this auction, including luxury jewelry, folk art, and porcelain. Several pieces of diamond jewelry are featured. A 4.18 karat brilliant-cut diamond pendant stands out, as well as several diamond and platinum rings. An 18 karat yellow gold ladies watch band is among the highlights of the second session, in addition to sets of flatware and tea services. View the complete catalog on Case Antiques’ website. 

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    Fall Discovery Auction

    Gustave Baumann’s much-appreciated woodblock prints are highlighted in the upcoming Fall Discovery Auction offered by . Two of the artist’s major paintings will be included in the sale, From Hillside Gardens and Bishop’s Apricot. Acknowledged for their incredible artistry, both of Baumann’s works feature his trademark use of vivid colors, lively flowers and trees, and cream paper.  This diverse sale extends beyond fine art, however, also features a set of Gorham Chantilly sterling silver flatware. The 132-piece set well embodies the class and timelessness of the Gorham Manufacturing Company, which has created beautiful table settings for almost 200 years. With estimates ranging from $200 - $4,200, this sale will appeal to buyers of all interests. Other items that catch the eye include an 18-karat peridot and diamond ring and a Kentucky Sheraton cherry sugar chest. To learn more about these items and many more, visit Case Antiques Auctions.

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    Historic Summer Fine Art, Antique, and Jewelry Auction

    The Historic Summer Fine Art, Antique, and Jewelry Auction offered by Case Antiques is a diverse and varied collection of decorative art, fine art, and jewelry. Featured lots include a three-stone diamond engagement ring, a landscape oil painting from Henry Moret, and several luxury watches. This auction also holds numerous curiosities and collectibles, such as antique pocket pistols and a war drum dating back to the original union of the United Kingdom. With over 750 available lots and starting bids ranging from $100 to $60,000, this auction appeals to collectors of all levels of interest. View the complete auction and register to bid online on LiveAuctioneers.