Charleston Estate Auctions

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Based in historic Charleston, South Carolina, we are one of the most progressive auction & estate sale firms in the southeast.  Co-Founded by a fifth generation Charlestonian, Charleston Estate Auctions places traditional values, integrity, and overall client satisfaction at the forefront of every business interaction.  With over forty years of industry experience, we offer our clients the personal service they expect from a regional auction house with results that match and often exceed those of much larger national firms. We pride ourselves on providing fair, professional and pra...Read More
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    Rare Duncan Grant bust enters Charleston’s collection and gives fundraising boost

    Stephen Tomlin (1901-1937), Head of Duncan Grant (1885-1978), Bronze. Commissioned in 1924 and cast in 1925 Photo © Abbott and Holder Ltd. FIRLE.- A rare bust of artist Duncan Grant (1885 – 1978) by sculptor Stephen Tomlin (1901 – 1937) has entered Charleston’s collection, with an edition of 15 bronzes cast from the original to support the charity’s emergency appeal. Tomlin's circle of friends, and sitters for portraits, included many members of the Bloomsbury group. The 1924 bronze head joins Tomlin’s busts of writers Virginia Woolf, Lytton Strachey and David Garnett on display at Charleston; the Sussex home Grant shared with artist Vanessa Bell and the country meeting place where the Bloomsbury group’s artists, writers and thinkers gathered to imagine life differently. The bust of Duncan Grant illustrates the complicated personal relationships within the Bloomsbury group. It was commissioned by David Garnett who was Grant’s lover at Charleston during World War One, and paid for by John Maynard Keynes, also a resident of Charleston who had been Grant’s lover c.1909. Tomlin was also romantically involved with Garnett, Grant and his then lover Angus Davidson. Another of Grant’s lover’s, Eddie Sackville-West became infatuated with Tomlin, buying the original plaster of Grant’s bust. Two copies were cast in bronze at Giovanni Fiorini’s Foundry in Battersea, both Garnett and Keynes keeping the busts in their collections for the remainder of their lives. Keynes' cast was bequeathed by his nephew, Milo Keynes, to the National Portrait Gallery in 2010. Very little of the sculptor, Stephen Tomlin’s work survives. He explained to a friend in 1927: 'I take the greatest pleasure working all day at things which I know I am going to smash up when they are finished…all the pleasure of doing it, and none of that extraneous and vain anxiety about its success.’ Tomlin's life and career can only be pieced together from fragments (his mother destroyed his papers in 1949) and references in other people's letters and memoirs. Tomlin was born in 1901, the youngest son of a High Court judge. He studied at New College, Oxford for just two terms before leaving to…

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    The January Auction

    This winter, Charleston Estate Auctions will offer over 350 items in the upcoming auction. The available categories range from fine art to dolls and toys. One of the highlighted lots is a religious relic that reads ‘Crucis D.N.J.C.,’ which translates to ‘Wood from the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ.’ This lot comes in a silver and gold vermeil filigree case and bears an original wax seal. According to Invaluable, the wax seal is imprinted with the Latin motto “Copiosa Apud Eum Redemption (with Him there is plentiful redemption).” Another item available in this collection is a dog portrait by Bea Kuhlke. Her work can be distinguished by her vibrant palette. The subjects of Kuhlke’s paintings are usually everyday objects, including florals, interiors, landscapes, and animals. Also among the highlights is a set of Giuseppe Armani’s Florence Figurines. Interested bidders can find a Michigan black duck decoy and a Catholic reliquary papal seal in this auction. To register to bid on any of these items, visit Invaluable.

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    Exceptional Charleston Jewelry

    The upcoming Exceptional Charleston Jewelry auction offered by Charleston Estate Auctions features rare watches, fine jewelry, and large diamonds from E.S. Griffith’s estate. One featured jewelry item in this auction is an 11-carat radiant cut diamond ring. Mounted on 14 karat gold, the ring features the main diamond in the center with a triangular faceted diamond on either side. Introduced in 1977 by Henry Grossbard for the Radiant Cut Diamond Company, this particular cut has managed to gain immense popularity due to its reflective qualities. Today, it is one of the most popular cuts used for engagement and wedding rings. Also featured in the sale is a gold, ruby, and diamond ring. This piece has an oval ruby set in the center surrounded by eight round diamonds. Another item of interest is an 18 karat gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual wristwatch with a sapphire & diamond bezel. The watch has a Presidential style bracelet that tapers with a foldover clasp. Also on the auction block are loose diamonds, gold jewelry, and accessories. Browse the entire collection and register to bid on Invaluable.

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    Charleston Estate Auctions

    Recollect childhood memories with antique collectibles in the upcoming August 25th 2019 Auction by Charleston Estate Auctions. The most valued collectible of the auction is the 1956 Jackie Robinson Topps. Among collections of baseball cards, the Jackie Robinson Topps is a rare find. Diecast toys from WWI and WWII are among the last toys made from Barclay’s lead, later being replaced by plastic and paper. A set of 60 Manoil lead Doughboys is the highlight among them.  Jasperware (type of stoneware with matte finish) was first invented by the famous English potter Josiah Wedgwood. The round footed imperial bowl of black Jasperware Wedgwood is an affordable art deco piece.  Watches, furniture, porcelain, glassworks, and many such collectibles will also be a part of the auction. Explore the full listings and register to bid online on Charleston Estate Auctions.