Kamelot Auction House
2216 E Allegheny Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19134
About Auction HouseKamelot Auction House offers a full range of auction and appraisal services. Our experts bring integrity, enthusiasm, and a high standard of personal service to all our clients, whether a consignment involves just one item or the contents of an entire estate. Large consignments are handled by our Trusts & Estates Department which provides complete support to banks, law firms, museums, corporations, and estate executors and has contributed to our exponential growth, catapulting Kamelot into the top tier of Philadelphia area auction houses.
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Between eBay and Christie’s lie online auctions chockablock with bargains for your home, like an iconic Eames chair for $250. Here’s how to master that intimidating but deal-packed marketplace. SOME PEOPLE listen to white noise to decompress, but during this odd year of isolation I’ve found unexpected pleasure in the chants and calls of an online auctioneer. Turns out that “sold!” packs a heck of a dopamine punch. Mind you, I’m no high roller. During the past few months, from the comfort of my couch, I’ve bid on a crate of antique Delft tiles, an entire batterie de cuisine’s worth of vintage copper cookware, a wall-size 19th-century wooden shopkeeper’s cabinet and more. Not one piece sold for more than $600—and most I nabbed for well under $100. Shopping at auction may scare the uninitiated, but let’s clear something up: If you’re terrified you’ll “accidentally” buy an ashtray for $10,000, know that is essentially impossible. On most online auction platforms, shoppers must go through at least two steps before they’re even eligible to bid—setting up a user account with the host site and then registering for the sale with the individual auction house. Antique Needlepoint Carpet, opening bid $200, final bid, $200, Kaminski Auctions via LiveAuctioneersILLUSTRATION: MATTHEW COOK (RUG), LUCY HAN (PADDLE) Doubters might also imagine that anything attached to an auction house is all about marquee sales of Tiffany glassworks or Lady Di’s dresses. Not so. “They’re definitely intimidating at first, but to me auctions are this magical middle ground between high-end antique dealers and mainstream stores like Restoration Hardware and West Elm,” said Molly Blankenship, a Manhattan-based design consultant who documents her auction discoveries under the Instagram handle @notallbeige. Thanks to aggregators like LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable and Bidsquare, which partner with auction houses around the world, you can access hundreds of sales any hour of the day. In reaction to the changing marketplace, as well as Covid-19 concerns, many small companies are also moving their business online. For instance, Clearing House Estate Sales, an estate liquidation service in Bridgeport, Conn., now holds more than 200 web-only auctions a month in New England and the Tri-State…
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For nearly fifty years, Tiffany Studios produced the now-famous leaded glass lamps designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. First introduced in the early 20th century, Tiffany lamps have enjoyed continued popularity. With the glass of ancient Rome in mind, Louis Comfort Tiffany invented his trademark favrile glass technique. An example of Tiffany’s favrile glass is on display in the upcoming Furniture | Lights | Garden Decorative Arts sale, presented by Kamelot Auctions. The auction also offers several carpets and tapestries. Particularly featured is a late 19th-century Arts & Crafts rug in the style of William Morris, an English designer, social activist, and writer. Morris’ designs became popular in the late Victorian era. He was also a pioneer of the Arts & Crafts movement. The available carpet has a Persian garden design and a leafy vine border. Also showcased is an Italian crystal chandelier from the 1880s. It features a six-arm iron frame decorated with cascading crystal. Decorative art, Asian art, and collectibles will be available as well. Interested collectors can explore the full listings and register to bid online on Invaluable.
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From a sofa and chair set by Alberto Rosselli to a signed Art Deco walnut sideboard, the upcoming Design, French, Italian, American auction offers furniture from various countries and periods. Co-founder of the Association for Industrial Design, Rosselli was an Italian architect, designer, and teacher. Available in this sale, offered by Kamelot Auctions, is his sofa and pair of chairs in Missoni fabric. The tan-colored set, titled The Confidential, is patterned with rectangles and plants in brown, red, and green. Also highlighted is a carved wood bench with green details, made around 1910 by Ettore Zaccari, an Italian carver and frame maker. An Art Deco carved and painted wood server will be available as well. This 1930s piece has an arched mirror with a marble top and two painted wood drawers. It stands over 65 inches tall and 50 inches wide. View the entire catalog and register to bid on Invaluable.
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Kamelot Auctions presents over 450 pieces of furniture and decorative arts in the upcoming Nation's Finest Antique Garden & Architectural auction. A 1978 kinetic sculpture by Jerome Kirk, titled Four Red Rings, is highlighted. Especially influenced by Alexander Calder’s work, Kirk’s kinetic sculptures are finely balanced to move in pendular ways with changing air currents. The available piece has four red-colored circular discs and comes with a signed book about the artist. The first day of this auction will also feature a set of three French cast stone planters by Willy Guhl. A pioneer of Swiss industrial design, Guhl was one of the leading representatives of the Neo-Functionalism movement. A nude figure fountain depicting a young woman holding a garland will also be offered. The fountain is raised on a plinth. Browse the full catalog and register to bid for these items by visiting Invaluable.
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Kamelot Auctions presents over 250 pieces of fine and decorative art in their upcoming auction. A lithograph by Alexander Calder, titled Comets, is one of the featured lots. Altering the course of modern art, Calder was best known for creating three-dimensional wire sculptures. However, he also worked with paintings and lithographs to examine the concepts of color, space, and composition. The available piece depicts abstract comet-like shapes, colored with a bold palette. Representing the Abstract Expressionist movement is an oil painting titled Woman’s Head by American artist Gino Hollander. He is recognized for creating abstract works in a bold yet fluid style, similar to the work of Franz Kline. Seeking to evoke an emotional reaction from his viewers, Hollander has reflected: “I chose painting for the immediacy of the moment the medium can allow—its immediacy of expression.” Also available in this auction is an Italian six-armed crystal chandelier dating back to the 1880s. View each of the lots and register to bid on Invaluable.
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One of the leading furniture pieces in the upcoming Kamelot Auctions sale is a mahogany chinoiserie bookcase. This 19th-century item displays the influence of both Georgian and Italian architecture. Its doors are made of glass and carved giltwood, decorated with pagodas, mountains, ships, and flowers. Also following the Georgian style is an upholstered wingback chair mounted on carved mahogany claw feet. The second day of this American & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts auction will feature a small desk lamp by Tiffany Studios. Made of gilt bronze, this minimalistic desk lamp is made of blown Favrile glass. A detailed sculpture of a young Ossetian, who sits with a pipe in his hand, will also be offered. Browse the full selection and register to bid for these items by visiting Invaluable.
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The influence of Jean-Michel Frank cannot be compared. The minimalist interior designer was known for his elegant furniture and luxury materials, introducing a new layer of refinery to mid-century modernism. Two lounge chairs following Frank’s style are presented in the upcoming Design | French | Italian | American Auction offered by Kamelot Auction House. These cerused oak chairs are upholstered in deer hide, representing a modern-day interpretation of Frank’s iconic style. Italian decorators such as Gio Ponti and Ettore Sottsass are also featured in this sale. One standout lot is a pair of Italian Lucite and brass floor lamps from the 1960s. The large shades are accented with brass banding, serving as a prime example of mid-century modern décor. Also, on offer is a wide selection of American, French, and Italian furniture, as well as many lighting and decorative items. Explore the full listings and register to bid online on Bidsquare.
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Day 1 of the Mid-Mod: Mid Century Auction, offered by Kamelot Auction House, is primarily a collection of fine and rare furniture of Mid-Century, modern style. Of the more valuable works at auction is a rare maple vanity and mirror by Silvio Cavatorta. Cavatorta was an Italian postwar and contemporary designer whose furnishings have realized prices in excess of $9,000. Another fine piece for sale is a drawer commode painted in the Fornesetti, Style 6. Fornasetti was a versatile and prolific Italian artist, and although his works were usually produced as individual pieces. He was an important figure in Italian industrial design, and is best known for it more than his paintings and drawings, graphic designs. During his career he created over 13,000 works, making him responsible for one of the largest outputs of objects and furniture of the 20th century. There are also a few chairs in this sale that are likely the work of Poul Kjærholm. Born in Østervrå, Denmark, Kjærholm began as a cabinetmaker's apprentice with Gronbech in 1948. He then went on to the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen in 1952. From the mid-1950s, he worked for his friend Ejvind Kold Christiansen, an entrepreneur who gave him artistic freedom and produced many of his furniture designs. Kjærholm attracted international acclaim in 1958 for his contributions to the ‘Formes Scandinaves’ exhibition in Paris as well as being given the honor of the Lunning Award that same year for his PK22 chair. View any of these lots and register to bid on Bidsquare.
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Kamelot Auction House combines art and functionality in the upcoming auction Day 2: Furniture, Lighting, Garden, and Decorative Arts. Among the items with the highest estimated value are a Steinway Model L grand piano and eight monument columns that were recently removed from the Public Ledger building in Philadelphia. Several Mettlach beer steins, which are known for their unique designs, and a pair of Japanese Imari temple jars, and a three-tier garden fountain decorated with seated lions are also featured in this auction. View the items and register to bid online on Bidsquare.
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Items range from landscape paintings to wine racks in the Day 1: Fine Art, Wine & Mid-Century Modern auction presented by Kamelot Auction House. American painter William Langson Lathrop, whose work is housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian, is featured in this auction with a signed landscape painting. Some of the most noteworthy lots in this auction are pieces for the home, including a Steinway Model A grand piano, a vanity mirror with a distinctly-shaped mirror by Italian designer Silvio Cavatorta, and antique French wine racks. A neon dome light from sculpturist Dante Leonelli rounds out the featured lots for this auction. Those interested can register to bid online on Bidsquare.
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A mid century modern faux tusk console table with Lucite central frame and bronze mounts circa 1970. On Saturday, September 25th, Kamelot Auction House, one of Philadelphia’s premier auction companies, will host their Autumn Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction. This design-driven sale highlights key decorative trends and features eclectic décor spanning several centuries. Doors open at 9am on Saturday September 25th and bidding begins at 10am. The public is invited to preview the items on September 22, 23, 24. All are welcome. A best-kept-secret for designers from across the country, Kamelot’s Decorative Arts sale attracts both private collectors and professional buyers alike—all vying for that one-of-a-kind opportunity to furnish or refresh their homes with flair and originality. Items originating in such diverse places as Philadelphia, Paris, Italy, Russia and New York will be offered, including an Arredoluce mid-century modern Italian brass multi-arm chandelier circa 1970, a Satsuma Koro censer by Kinkozan circa 1880, an important mid-century tapestry in the surrealist taste by Man Ray (born Emmanuel Rudnitsky, Philadelphia 1890-Paris 1976), and six Hendrick Goltzius (Dutch, 1558-1617) antique engravings from the eighteenth century or earlier. “Kamelot Auctions has the items people want,” said Burton Lange of JBL Antiques in Miami, Florida. It’s a unique and reliable source for professional buyers like me as well as for the homeowner who might be buying direct,” he continued. Kamelot Auctions’ dramatic 15,000 square foot loft-like site provides the perfect setting to showcase an enormous baroque-style oil painting on canvas measuring 6 feet high by 16 feet wide. The mural is said to have been removed from an interior wall of the Villard House at 51st Str. and Madison Avenue in Manhattan which was renowned for its extravagant décor including several commissioned works from the painter John LaFarge. Kamelot’s spacious gallery will also display hundreds of decorative and timeless elements for every room of the house, including classical and modern lighting, , French and English antique furniture, many stylish mid century modern pieces, stunning mirrors, etageres and furniture suites. This 675-lot auction also will include: Pair of Art Deco style two-tiered wall sconces with faceted glass…