iGavel Auctions


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iGavel is an online Auction site dedicated solely to the sale of fine arts, antiques and collectibles offered by a network of independently owned auction houses, dealers, appraisers and other arts professionals. Sales are held in a traditional auction-catalog format entirely online. Each lot is accompanied by a number of images,  clear professional descriptions, and complete condition reports. Bidders can take part in an auction with confidence that they will win as our reserves are published as the starting bids. While bidding takes place online, some sales on iGavel host exhibitions or will...Read More
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  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Antique Quilts, Americana and Folk Art from the Estate of Laura Fisher Now Open for Bidding on iGavelAuctions.com

    New York: South Bay Auctions is pleased to announce a single-owner timed auction of items from the estate of late quilt expert, Laura Fisher (1945-2021), is now open for bidding exclusively on igavelauctions.com through Thursday, August 11th, 2022. More than 150 lots from Fisher’s estate will be offered including antique quilts, hooked rugs, Americana, jewelry, Folk Art, and more. Daisies on Vines applique quilt, Midwest, circa 1930s-40s, cotton. 93''h, 81''w. (Estimate: $300-500) “We are delighted to offer this wide selection of Americana from the estate of Laura Fisher, in partnership with South Bay Auctions,” says Lark Mason.“This sale is a treasure trove a beautiful antique quilts, Americana, jewelry, and Folk Art with very accessible estimates.” Highlights include a circa 1920s Alphabet Postage Stamp quilt that, “looks like a needlework sampler thanks to the one-inch postage stamp squares used to create the letters,'' according to Laura Fisher’s original write-up. Several wonderful quilts in the “Flying Geese” pattern are in the sale, including an unusual “Odd Fellows” example with appliqued indigo print. Antique hooked rugs abound, including late 19th century Burnham Star round rug in the style of Ralph Burnham, a Massachusetts rug company that was the source of similarly executed patterns. Star jewelry lots round out the sale, including an 18k gold starfish pin, and a gorgeous 18k gold bracelet with yellow and white gold oval links.  Laura Fisher was born and raised in the Bronx and graduated from Cornell University where she studied home economics. Her career in antiques began in 1975 when, on a whim, she bid on and won three months of storefront space at Manhattan Art & Antiques Center in a charity auction for New York’s Channel 13 PBS station. In the 45 year long career that followed, Fisher became a recognized expert on Americana specializing in textiles. Top collectors and designers would vie for the unique finds she sourced internationally.  A frequent guest on Martha Stewart Living Television, Laura lectured at museums and universities and was known for her extensive writing on quilts. Books by Fisher include “Quilts of Illusion” and “Home Sweet Home: The House…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    Lark Mason Associates Sale of Asian, Ancient and Ethnographic Works of Art Achieves $1,076,618, on iGavelAuctions.com

    New York:  Lark Mason Associates sale of Asian, Ancient and Ethnographic Works of Art Achieves $1,076, 618 including BP. Leading off the two-session sale which closed on April 26th and 27th was a pair of Luo Zhongli oil paintings of a man and a woman, each one far exceeding their $30,000-50,000 estimates. A pair of Luo Zhongli oil paintings of a man and a woman, which together hammered $268,750, each one far exceeding their $30,000-50,000 estimates A pair of Luo Zhongli oil paintings of a man and a woman, which together hammered $268,750, each one far exceeding their $30,000-50,000 estimates Commenting on the Zonghli paintings, Lark Mason, says: “Both Zhongli paintings were hovering under $20,000 on the morning of the sale’s closing. It was in the final minutes that they rose, doubling and tripling the high estimate. The oil on canvas portraits, bought by the consignor’s parents in Beijing in 1987, hung on the wall together for nearly 40 years. We are delighted that both portraits are returning to Asia with their new owner.” “This sale had a number of superb works of art with competitive bidding from buyers from China and Europe,” says Mason. Two of the standouts that caught their eye was a Qing Dynasty Chinese Porcelain Enamel Decorated Fishbowl realizing $123,139, with 57 bids and a Chinese Blue and White Porcelain He-Form Vessel and Cover, with Daoguang Mark that attracted 45 bidders hammering $78,125. Among the other top lots that sold were a 20th century Chinese Celadon Jade Qilin Group, with 44 people extending the bidding 29 minutes after the closing to hammer $44,251; a Korean Painting of a Gwaneum (Guanyin) Gouache on Silk, Josean Dynasty, that sold for $41,250; four 19th century Samson Hexagonal Enamel Decorated Vases, Three Part of a Set and One other, realizing $19,375; a Ming Dynasty Chinese Bronze Figure of a Buddha, ringing up $14,375; a pair of Tibetan Qing Dynasty Painted Paper and Silk Sutra Covers for $12,500; and a Qing Dynasty Chinese Carved Bamboo Brush Pot for $12,500. About Lark Mason With locations in New Braunfels, Texas and New York City, Lark Mason Associates,…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Lark Mason Associates Sale of Fine Jewelry from New York Estates Opens for Bidding on iGavelAuctions.com, May 3-19

    New York:  Just in time for Mother’s Day, Lark Mason Associates is delighted to announce a sale of Fine Jewelry from New York Estates, which opens for bidding on Tuesday May 3rd through May 19th on iGavelAuctions.com. “This sale overflows with wonderful gifts for Mother’s Day,” says Lark Mason. “Their low estimates add to the allure of these beautiful treasures, making them accessible at all price points.” A 14k Gold Swimmer Link Necklace, designed by Carey Boone Nelson According to Mason, the sale includes gold jewelry from the estate of Carey Boone Nelson, a direct descendant of Daniel Boone. Ms. Nelson was a self-taught sculptor and jewelry designer who studied under the Prix de Rome winner, Arthur Lorenzani and John Hovennes at the Art Students League in New York and with John Terken of the National Sculpture Society. She was recognized for her accomplishments in the arts by the Salmagundi Club, The National Arts Club, the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and was a member of the society of illustrators and the Royal Society of Arts, London Among the 120 lots of fine and silver jewelry is a Platinum, Diamond and Pearl Ring set with a central 2.00 carat round diamond and a 7.5mm pearl, estimated at $2,500/3,500.  Also offered are several panther-form pieces, including a gold panther link necklace (Estimate: $1,000/1,500), a large panther-form convertible brooch pendant for $1,000/1,500 and a gold-hinged panther bracelet.  The sale also features several diamond pieces including an 18K White Gold and Diamond Necklace with graduated stones (Estimate: $3,000/5000), an 18K White Gold and Diamond Bracelet (Estimate: $2,000/3000), and a Pair of 18K Gold and Diamond Leaf Form Ear Clips priced at $400/600.   Rounding out the sale are a few small antique pieces, including a finally detailed Indian Repousse Gold, Pearl and Emerald Ring or Clothing Ornament that depicts a female deity flanked by two attendants and is estimated at $700/1,000.    About Lark Mason With locations in New Braunfels, Texas and New York City, Lark Mason Associates, the eponymous, auction house specializing in Asian, ethnographic, and ancient works of art, was founded by Lark Mason after…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Saving the Best for Last, Lark Mason Associates Adds More Treasures to Their Asian Art Sale on iGavelAuctions.com

    New York:  One of the advantages of the online sales platform is the ability to include items that come in at the last minute. Such is the case with the latest additions to the current sale of Asian, Ancient and Ethnographic Works of Art presented by Lark Mason Associates now open for bidding on iGavelAuctions.com through April 26th.   “We are delighted to bring these highly desirable and rare objects to the market for our clients,” says Lark Mason. “Our streamlined sales process and ability to quickly pivot benefit both consignors and buyers.” A Chinese Gold and Silver Wire Inlaid Table, Qing Dynasty (Estimate:$30,000-50,000) One of the most exciting additions to the sale is a rare Chinese Gold and Silver Wire Inlaid Table, Qing Dynasty (Estimate: $30,000-50,000).  According to Mason, this masterwork was made either in the Imperial workshops in Canton or in Beijing and its journey to the United States is a mystery. How did such a finely crafted table, obviously created for a very specialized purpose, find its way from China to the West? Says Mason: “Unlike many objects whose past is lost, we have clues with this table that illuminate some of its history. I first encountered it in 1993, before the internet, when old school research was the norm. I could verify that it previously appeared at auction because it was consigned to Sotheby’s Chinese department during the summer of 1993 when I researched and prepared it for a sale that took place on November 30.  At the time, I remember puzzling over its background, fully aware of the high-quality and likely imperial association but not able to discover much about it.  Though I could not prove an imperial provenance, it realized a very strong price that was well over the estimate range, totaling over $18,000 in the auction sale.” This extraordinary table is not only rich in decoration, but in provenance as well.John Edward Taylor, 1791-1844 was a successful cotton manufacturer in Manchester, England and founder in 1821 of the Manchester Guardian. His son, the likely owner of this table and seller in the Christie’s auction…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Asia Week New York Rings Up Over $98.6M in Sales

    New York:  After a two-year absence, Asia Week New York returned stronger than ever with galleries and auction houses ringing up total combined sales of $98,622,190. At press time, this figure includes 25 out of 26 galleries and 5 out of 6 auction houses–Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Heritage, and Sotheby’s. iGavel Auctions opens for online bidding on April 7th. Ken Matsubara 1948-present Chaos - 屏風「カオス」, 1983 Painting H70 7/8 x W433 1/8 in, H180 x W1100 cm Credit: Ippodo Gallery Said Dessa Goddard chairman of Asia Week New York: “We were delighted by the enthusiastic response we received from our collectors, curators, and scholars, who returned to New York for the many exhibitions, auction sales and museum shows. Their excitement and energy were palpable throughout the week, and the results of the sales testifies to the continued strength of the Asian Art market. We look forward to continuing our active program of newsletters, virtual galleries, webinars, and postings throughout this year and to an even more successful 2023. To celebrate the occasion, a gala reception co-hosted by The Asian Art Department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Asia Week New York took place at the Museum. Andrea Bayer, Deputy Director for Collections and Administration, Dessa Goddard, the chairman of Asia Week New York and Mike D. Hearn, the Douglas Dillon Chairman of the Department of Asian Art welcomed the crowd of over 450 attendees comprising of international collectors, curators, gallery owners, and scholars who were in town for the exhibitions, auctions, and museum shows.Here is a sampling of the responses and sales from the dealers:Steven Chait, one of the principals of the Chinese-specialists R.M. Chait Galleries, Inc,. reported that sales were made to a variety of private collectors, mostly American and some European, with museum interest pending on a few. “The week was a great success in turnout and enthusiasm,” said Chait. “It was great to see so many people happily visiting again after the Covid break.”"It was wonderful to welcome visitors to the gallery again during Asia Week,” says Katie Williamson, director of Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art. There was…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Lark Mason Associates Announces Spring Asian, Ancient, and Ethnographic Works of Art Opens for Bidding on iGavelAuctions.com

    New York: Having just wrapped up Asia Week New York with a successful round of exhibition previews in their New York salesroom, Lark Mason Associates is pleased to announce that their Spring sale of Asian, Ancient, Ethnographic Works of Art will open for bidding on April 7th through April 26th on iGavelAuctions.com Says Lark Mason, “We expect that enthusiastic response demonstrated by the collectors and curators during Asia Week New York will continue on for our superb online offerings for the next few weeks and anticipate significant attention and competitive bidding.” Among the highlights of the 400 lots offered are: A spectacular eight-fold coromandel lacquer screen with a scene of deer and figures in pavilions, dated to the 24th year of Kangxi (1686) (Estimate: $80,000/100,000) A spectacular eight-fold coromandel lacquer screen with a scene of deer and figures in pavilions, dated to the 24th year of Kangxi (1686) (Estimate: $80,000/100,000) A Korean Joseon Dynasty Gouache on Silk painting of Gwoneum (Estimate: $30,000/50,000) A Korean Joseon Dynasty Gouache on Silk painting of Gwoneum(Estimate: $30,000/50,000) A pair of finely painted Tibetan Sutra Covers Qing Dynasty and Earlier (Estimate: $20,000/30,000) Luo Zhongli, Portrait of a Woman, Oil on Canvas, 1987 (Estimate: $30,000/50,000) Luo Zhongli, Portrait of a Man, Oil on Canvas, 1987 (Estimate: $30,000/50,000) Large Tibetan Copper Alloy and Iron Phurba, 17th/18th Century (Estimate: $15,000/25,000) Tibetan Gilt-bronze, Turquoise Inset Figure of Shadakshari Lokeshvara, 16th Century (Estimate: $5,000/8,000) Large Chinese Cloisonne Hu Form Jar, 18th Century (Estimate: $3,000/5,000) The objects are on view at Lark Mason Associates, at 210 West Mill Street, New Braunfels, TX.  The exhibition is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and by appointment only in the New York salesroom, at 229 East 127th Street. For more information visit: www.igavelauctions.com About Lark Mason With locations in New Braunfels, Texas and New York City, Lark Mason Associates, the eponymous, auction house specializing in Asian, ethnographic, and ancient works of art, was founded by Lark Mason after many years as an expert at Sotheby's New York. Mason served as a General Appraiser from 1979 until 1985, and as a Senior Vice President and specialist in Chinese art with…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    A Hidden Trove of Drawings and Prints by British Caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson to be Offered by Lark Mason Associates on iGavelAuctions.com

    New York: Lark Mason Associates will offer the Works by Thomas Rowlandson from an American Collector on iGavelAuctions.com from February 24th through March 15th.  Over 500 lots of drawings, prints and books by Thomas Rowlandson, who ushered in the golden age of British caricature art at the turn of the 19th century. Miseries of Social Life (Estimate: $300/500) Rowlandson produced sardonic illustrations in ink and watercolor that skewered powerful political figures such as the Duchess of Devonshire, William Pitt the Younger and Napoleon Bonaparte and depicted contemporary events in a humorous robust and bawdy style. Rowlandson’s drawings of life in Georgian England exposed human foibles and vanity with sympathy and rollicking humor and he achieved success selling these prints and watercolors to wealthy collectors.  However, for much of his life he was an inveterate gambler and had to produce a flood of his comic prints to stay ahead of financial losses. Among the highlights are True Love, Older Man with a Younger Lady, Watercolor and Ink on Paper (Estimate: $10,000/15,000); Miseries of Travelling, Watercolor and Ink on Paper (Estimate: $10,000/15,000); Robbers Surrounding Mother and Child, Pen and Paper, and two related etchings (Estimate: $4,000/6,000); Caricature Magazine, Hand-colored Etchings Bound in Original Brown Printed Cover (Estimate: $1,500/2,500); and Six Hand-colored Etchings in Miseries Series (Estimate: $300/500). “We are delighted to offer this recently discovered cache of satiric drawing and prints by the renowned caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson,” says Lark Mason. “Underscoring the adage ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’, Rowlandson’s drawings reflect many of the same issues we confront today–whether it’s sitting through a long boring dinner, observing an older gentleman with a younger woman, or dealing with overcrowded public transportation. The prints and drawings will be on view at Lark Mason Associates, 229 East 127th Street, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, visit www.igavelauctions.com. About Lark Mason Associates With locations in New Braunfels, Texas and New York City, Lark Mason Associates, the eponymous, auction house specializing in Asian, ethnographic, and ancient works of art, was founded by Lark Mason after many years as an…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    As Bitcoin Booms, Old-fashioned Coins Still Attract Young Collectors, Lark Mason Associates Offers Up a Veritable Treasure Chest of Gold and Other U.S. Coins and Jewelry on iGavelAuctions.com

    New Braunfels, TX: With nearly 95 lots of gold and other coins, Lark Mason Associates is presenting two auctions–in New York and New Braunfels–featuring a large collection of coins, which date from the 18th to 21st centuries. Now live on igavelauctions.com, through January 25th, the first sale includes a 1787 New Jersey - no sprig above plow camel head copper coin estimated (estimate: $800-1,200); an uncirculated 1884 American one dollar Liberty head - Morgan silver dollar, from the Carson City Mint (estimate: $150-250); four American twenty-dollar double eagle gold coins, each estimated between $1,500 and $4,000; and an American Arts Commemorative gold coin set, 1980-1984 (estimate: $8,000-10,000). An American Arts Commemorative gold coin set, 1980-1984 (estimate: $8,000-10,000) In the second sale, now open for bidding through February 8th, 75 lots of gold, silver and other old coins are available. Among the highlights are a Mexican Philip V, 1 escudo gold coin, circa 1711 (estimate $300-500); four 18th-century Mexican 8 reales better known as Pieces of 8 (estimate: $150 to $1,000); an assortment of British gold sovereigns and half sovereigns that includes a set of six, circa 1871-1925 (estimate: $2,500-3,500) and a 1887 British 5 Sovereign Gold Coin estimated at $2,000-3,000.  In addition, a selection of Mexican gold pesos that includes two 50 pesos coins (estimate between $1,500-3,000); an 1811 Napoleon I 20 francs gold coin (estimate $400-600), and a lot of ancient coins some of which predate Christ.  1944 Mexican 50 Pesos National Arms, Winged Victory Gold Coin (estimate: $1,500-2,500 and a 1945 Mexican 50 Pesos National Arms, Winged Victory Gold Coin (estimate: $1,500-2,500) Says Lark Mason III: “As bitcoin sweeps the nation’s attention, old-fashioned coin collecting is attracting millennials and Gen-Zs who prefer the tactile and aesthetic qualities of coins. These two sales of American and world coins are excellent examples of how currency allows us a glimpse into the past and show how the tradition carries into current times.” A pair of Jadeite and Diamond Earrings (estimate: $15,000-20,000) Lark Mason Associates also presents their Winter Jewelry Auction, now live through February 1st. This sale offers approximately 62 lots of jewelry and watches by the luxury purveyors Tiffany, Rolex, and other makes that include collection…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Asia Week New York Welcomes Back International Roster of Dealers for the 2022 Edition of Gallery Exhibitions, Auctions and Museum Shows

    New York: After an 18-month hiatus, The Asia Week New York Association is pleased to announce that 26 international galleries and six auction houses —Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Heritage Auctions, iGavel, and Sotheby’s–will participate, in person and online, in the 2022 edition of Asia Week New York, the week-long celebration of Asian art and culture that will take place from March 16th to 25th. Says Asia Week New York chairman Dessa Goddard: “We are delighted to announce our list of dealers and auction houses who are jointly opening their doors to the public in March. Everyone is excited to connect with the collectors and curators who have made New York such a major international destination for Asian art activities.”  According to Ms. Goddard, Fu Qiumeng Fine Art and MIYAKO YOSHINAGA will open their galleries in person to the public for their first Asia Week New York, while DAG, Ippodo Gallery and Giuseppe Piva are returning to the fold after a short absence. As always, the Asia Week New York galleries and auction houses will present a spectacular array of treasures featuring the rarest and finest examples of Asian porcelain, jewelry, textiles, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, bronzes, and prints from different Asian countries from 2000 years BCE to the present. Organized by category, the following is the roster of the participating galleries: Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art Jayashree Chakravarty Pulsating Roots Medium: Acrylic, Oil, Audio Tape, Plant bark, Paper and Synthetic glue on Canvas, Size: 70 x 70 in Year: 2020-21 Courtesy: Akar Prakar * Akar Prakar (New Delhi) * Art Passages * DAG (United States) * Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch Ltd (England) * Francesca Galloway (England) * Kapoor Galleries (United States) * Thomas Murray (United States) Ancient and/or Contemporary Chinese Art Chinese Wood and Gesso Figure of a Seated Immortal Circa: early mid-19th century Height 18 ½ inches Courtesy: Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. * Fu Qiumeng Fine Art (United States) * Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. (United States) * INK Studio (United States/China) * Kaikodo LLC (United States) * Zetterquist Galleries (United States) Ancient and/or Contemporary Japanese Art Jizai Okimono A…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    Pent-up Demand from New Collectors Drove Lark Mason Associates Sale of Fine and Decorative Arts from the Property of an Aspen Estate and Other Owners to Ring up Over $300,000

    New Braunfels TX:  A selection of fine and decorative arts from the estate of an Aspen collector, property from two New York-based collections of French art glass and European porcelain, and several collections of paintings and sculptures achieved $304, 119 including buyer’s premium at Lark Mason Associates’ online sale–on igavelauctions.com–which closed on December 2nd.  A Russian bronze sculpture, by Nikolai Iwanowitsch Lieberich called The Chase, which brought $27,500 According to Lark Mason a surprising number of purchases were made by buyers in the metropolitan areas of New York, San Francisco, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas. “The strong participation from these regions is a welcome sign of interest in categories that in recent years had been overlooked at auctions,” says Lark Mason. “It’s an encouraging sign that pent-up demand is bringing new collectors to the market.” The sale showed strong results through several categories, including antiquities, paintings and sculpture from the 18th through 20th centuries, Rookwood pottery, Art Nouveau and Art Deco glass by Daum Nancy and Émile Galle´, ceramics and other decorative arts.   “There was a very good selection of small works that in total realized over $30,000, surpassing their high estimate. A collection of Baroque carvings and works of art similarly performed well, realizing around $35,000 in total,” says Lark Mason.  “Both areas showed surprising strength in categories that have in the recent past struggled.” Among the top lots that collectors snapped up was a Russian bronze sculpture, by Nikolai Iwanowitsch Lieberich called The Chase, which brought $27,500; and a 20th century sculpture in stainless steel of a horse, by Arturo Di Modica (best known for Charging Bull) sold for $25,000.  A surprise was the top antiquity lots: a Roman Marble Funerary Plaque dating to the 1st-2nd century that brought $32,500 surpassing it original estimate of $1,000-2,000 and 3 Marble heads, Hellenistic, Egypt 1st-2nd century BC that sold for $4,500, 8 times over their $500-800 estimates. “In the current market, antiquities with a strong history of ownership sell well,” says Mason. “These items were all documented as purchased from the 1960-80 period.” Among the other lots that sold was Bougainvilleas for…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    An Extravaganza of Rare Collectible Cars and Trains Now Open for Bidding on iGavel Auctions

    New Braunfels TX:  A blockbuster online sale consisting of 200 lots, representing over 1,500 collectible toy cars and trains is now open for bidding on www.igavelauctions.com through December 16. Comprised of Japanese, German and other tin toy cars, this unique sale includes the most sought-after collectibles including an assortment of Porsche scale models and kit cars by Schuco, Burago, and other makers; a large selection of collectible toy cars by Hot Wheels and Matchbox; a variety of slot cars, R. C. cars and other toy cars from the mid-to-late 20th century.   Zillertalbahn Beer/Dining Car (Zillertalbahn Fasslwagen) (Courtesy of Greg C. Brown Associates) Says Lark Mason, “This is a rare opportunity for toy car and train aficionados to bid on some very desirable collectibles at very low estimates.” Among the highlights are a Jeff Gamble, Spyder Spin, Sculpture on Marble Stand (Estimate: $1,000-2,000); Eidai Grip 1:8 Porsche Carrera Rsr Turbo 2.1L  (Estimate: $600-900); Four Distler Porsche Electromatic (Estimate: $500-800); A group of Minichamps Model Cars including Porsche 956L 1:18 Scale Le Mans 1982 and 1983 Winners and 1:43 Scale Porsche 956L of 1982 Winner Estimate: $500-800); and five JNF Porsche Elektrik Prototype Cars (Estimate: $400-600). A second sale, offered by Greg C. Brown & Associates, Inc., in association with Lark Mason Associates, goes live on December 8 and runs through December 21. It features approximately 50 lots, representing over 180 LGB engines and cars.  Many are from the original LGB company in West Germany dating from the mid-1980's to the early 2000's.  Among them are collections of G-scale toy trains, track, buildings, figures, electronics, and accessories mainly from Lehmann Gross Bahn (LGB) and POLA-LGB, with additional pieces from PIKO-LGB, Department 56, and Playmobil.  The lots also include unusual and rare items such as a Ballenberg 1067 Rack Steam Locomotive (Ballenberg-Zahnrad-Dampflok 1067), LGB No. 20471; a Baumann modified VTG Tank Car with real metal roof (DB Kesselwagen VTG); an LGB/Baumann No. 20/4040VTG/2; and a Zillertalbahn Beer/Dining Car (Zillertalbahn Fasslwagen), LGB No. 3042.  The toys are on view at Lark Mason Associates, 210 West Mill Street in New Braunfels, Texas. Gallery hours are Tuesday through…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Lark Mason Associates’ Online Sale of Fine and Decorative Arts from an Aspen Estate and Other Owners Now Open for Bidding on igavelauctions

    New York: Lark Mason Associates announced that bidding is now open for their Fine and Decorative Arts from an Aspen Estate and Other Owners on igavelauctions.com through December 2nd. Among the painting highlights are: Landscape, Appian Way, by George Inness, (Estimate: $40,000-60,000) and Rooster, attributed to Joseph Crawhall, Bouganvilleas for Sale, by Julio Larraz ($10,000-20,000) and several prints by the Swedish concrete and constructive artist Richard Paul Lohse , sculpture includes a Stainless Steel Horse, 1988 by Arturo Di Modica, who is best known for his Charging Bull sculpture (Estimate: $20,000-30,000) and The Chase, a bronze sculpture by Nikolai Iwanowitsch Lieberich (Estimate: $25,000-35,000). George Inness, Landscape, Appian Way, Oil on Canvas "We are delighted to present such a diverse array of fine and decorative arts," says Lark Mason, Jr. "The estimates are accessible which afford collectors of all persuasions the opportunity to get into the buying spirit as the holidays approach." Rounding out the sale is an eclectic selection of furniture ranging from the baroque to the modern, Rookwood pottery, Art Nouveau and Deco art glass by Daum Nancy and Émile Galle´, jewelry from Tiffany & Co., vintage couture by Chanel, Givenchy, Louis Feraud, and Christian La Croix and a small selection of antiquities including a Roman 22-karat Intaglio Gold Ring and a Roman Funerary Plaque, both dated from the 1st-2nd A.D. About Lark Mason With locations in New Braunfels, Texas and New York City, Lark Mason Associates, the eponymous, auction house specializing in Asian, ethnographic, and ancient works of art, was founded by Lark Mason after many years as an expert at Sotheby's New York. Mason served as a General Appraiser from 1979 until 1985, and as a Senior Vice President and specialist in Chinese art with Sotheby's Chinese Works of Art Department from 1985-2003.  From 2000-2003 he concurrently was a Director of Online Auctions for Sothebys.com. He also served as a consulting curator at the Trammel and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas from 2003-2009. He is a generalist in American and European works of art and paintings, as well as an expert in the field of…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    A Rare Chinese Archaic Jade and Bronze Dagger Strikes Interest Among Chinese Collectors, Propels Lark Mason Associates Asian Art Sale to the $2.6 Million Mark

    New York: With a very strong collection of archaic Chinese jades and Japanese weapons–two categories that rarely appear in large quantities at auction– Lark Mason Associates Asian Art sale, on igavelauctions.com, achieved $2,605,619 including buyer’s premium.  Chinese Mottled Jade Ax Blade Qi, Shang Dynasty sold for $57,500 Says Lark Mason, “The items uniformly had provenances from esteemed collectors or dealers and the results bore out the importance with the top lot, a Chinese Archaic Jade and Bronze Dagger, from the Shang/Early Western Zhou Dynasty, which sky-rocketed to $450,000 from its original estimate of $5,000-8,000.  According to Mason, there was a 98% sell-through of Japanese swords from the collection of Dr. Bob Clemons including the Wakizashi Katana Set, which sold for $18,125, double the original estimate.   Among the other pieces that soared above their estimates were: a Chinese strand of jade and turquoise beads, Liangzhu Culture, 3rd Millennium BC that fetched $150,000 over its $1,200-1,800 estimate; a Chinese Yellow Jade Figure of a Hound, from the Song Dynasty which was snapped up for $137,500, over its $6,000-9,000 estimate; a Chinese Yellow Jade Water Coupe with Rams, from the Qing Dynasty climbed to $121,875, exceeding its $10,000-15,000 estimate; a Chinese Celadon Jade Cong realized $90,626, over the $4,000-6,000 estimate; a Chinese Archaic Jade Cylindrical Carving, Western Zhou Dynasty, climbed over its $700-1,000 estimate to ring up $58,751; and a Chinese Carved Celadon Jade Figure of a Bodhisattva that fetched $58,750, over the estimate $1,000-1500.  Chinese Mottled Russet and Greyish White Jade Double Duck Carving went for $32,500; and a Shang Dynasty Chinese Jade Archaic Pendant, which rang up $32,500 Additional sales climbed far beyond their original estimates including: a Chinese Mottled Jade Ax Blade Qi, Shang Dynasty sold for $57,500; an 18th century Chinese Mottled Celadon and Russet Jade Carved Figure of a Dragon and Phoenix fetched $40,013; Chinese Mottled Russet and Greyish White Jade Double Duck Carving went for $32,500; and a Shang Dynasty Chinese Jade Archaic Pendant, which rang up $32,500. Chinese Mottled Celadon and Russet Jade Carved Figure of a Dragon and Phoenix fetched $40,013 “With competitive bidding, the…

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    A Trove of Gold and Precious Gemstone Jewelry Opens for Bidding on iGavelAuctions, October 26 to November 16

    New Braunfels, TX:   In collaboration with Lark Mason Associates, Fallon Art Advisory will present a treasure trove of Gold and Precious Gemstone Jewelry from a Private Midwest Collection, which opens for bidding on iGavelAuctions.com starting October 26th to November 16th.  Accumulated over three decades, the fresh-to-the-market sale of 180 lots– dating from 1920 to 2021–includes watches, necklaces, rings, brooches, and bracelets from international jewelry purveyors such as Cartier, Tiffany, Pucci, Bueche Girod, David Yurman, Philippe Charriol, Movado, Baume & Mercier, and TANE of Mexico. An Emerald and Diamond 18K White Gold Ring (Estimate: $1,600-1,800) “With their accessible estimates, this is sale is paradise for anyone who loves jewelry,” says Debbie Fallon. “The quality of these beautiful pieces is spectacular and with the holidays soon upon us, the sale couldn’t come at a better time.” Among the highlights are: a Diamond and 18K Yellow Gold Necklace and Earrings Set (Estimate: $11,000-12,000); a Tiffany 18K Yellow Gold Love Knot Choker (Estimate: $7,000-8,000); a Century 22K Yellow Gold Bracelet (Estimate: $4,800-5,800); a Bueche Girod Women's Diamond, Sapphire with Lapis Face 18K Yellow Gold Watch (Estimate: $7,000-9,000); a Vintage Diamond and Sapphire Platinum Ring (Estimate:  $1,500-1,800); an Emerald and Diamond 18K White Gold Ring (Estimate: $1,600-1,800); and a Tiffany & Co. 18K Yellow Gold and Chrysoprase Link Bracelet (Estimate: $2,200-3,500); and a Yellow and White Diamond 14K White Gold Ring (Estimate: $3,500-5,000). About Fallon Art Advisory Founded by Debbie Fallon in 2020, Fallon Art Advisory, based in Minneapolis, assists clients with a variety of needs including estate evaluation and appraisals, art brokerage, auctions, and estate sales.  Utilizing her extensive network of designers, art insurers, auction houses, estate sale contacts and experts in restoration, she astutely advises her clients in all matters pertaining to art. Ms. Fallon is certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). About Lark Mason With locations in New Braunfels, Texas and New York City, Lark Mason Associates, the eponymous, auction house specializing in Asian, ethnographic, and ancient works of art, was founded by Lark Mason after many years as an expert at Sotheby's New York. Mason served as a General…

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    From Chinese Archaic Jades to Japanese Armor, iGavel Auctions Autumn

    Asian Art Sale Opens for Bidding October 5 New York: Lark Mason Associates is pleased to announce that its autumn 2021 Asian art sale that opens for bidding on October 5th through October 21st on iGavel Auctions.  With over 500 lots on sale, the auction centers around a strong collection of approximately 70 archaic and later jades that were purchased mainly in the 1970's from reputable sources, including Christie's, Sotheby's, Spink & Son's and other galleries.  Many jades have a copy of the original invoice and often the original sale date and lot number.  The collection features several examples of yellow jade, including a beautiful yellow jade water coupe carved with three rams that dates to the Qianlong period.  It also includes several archaic jade blades, cong-form carvings and a Huang- form jade dating to the Han dynasty (206BC-220 AD).  Rounding out the sale are over 100 lots of Japanese arms, including swords, blades, tsubas and other sword fittings, dating from the 15th to 19th centuries. A yellow Chinese Jade Brushwasher with Rams, Qing Dynasty (Estimate: $10,000/15,000) Among the top highlights are a large 17th/18th century Chinese Bronze Jardiniere, (Estimate: $20,000-40,000); a Chinese Green Jade Brush Pot, Republic Period (1912-1949) (Estimate: $12,000-18,000); a Chinese Yellow Jade Brushwasher with Rams, Qialong  Period (1735-1796)  (Estimate:  $10,000/15,000); an 18th/19th century Chinese Red and Black Lacquer Table Cabinet, (Estimate: $8,000/12,000); a Chinese White Jade Flask with Rams, 18th Century (Estimate: $6,000/9,000); a Chinese Jade Archaic Pendant (Estimate: $5,000/8,000); an 18th century Chinese Kesi Elephant Throne Cover (Estimate: $5,000-8,000); a set of 18th century Chinese Scarlet Velvet Chair and Throne Covers (Estimate: $5,000 - $8,000); a Chinese Embroidered Silk Court Robe, circa 1900 (Estimate: $4,000-6,000); and a Chinese Enamel Decorated Porcelain Brushpot, Republic Period  (1912-1949), (Estimate: $3,000/5,000).  “We are delighted to offer such a wide range of Chinese and Japanese objects, many with accessible estimates, which are sure to please collectors and Asian art enthusiasts of all persuasions,” says Lark Mason.  The Japanese arms and armor will be on display at the New Braunfels, Texas sales room, 210 W. Mill Street. Hours are Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The…