Carmel Estate Auction Features Diverse Artworks, Decorative Arts & More At Turner Auctions + Appraisals

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Online Auction Features Over 300 Lots on July 13

Artist: Ira Yeager (1938-2022). Title/Description: Tiger with Boy and Animal Friends. Signature: Signed lower right. Medium: Oil on canvas. Size: Five panels 72" x 20" (together in frame); total size 72" x 110 7/8". Condition good. Estimate $15,000-$20,000.
Artist: Ira Yeager (1938-2022). Title/Description: Tiger with Boy and Animal Friends. Signature: Signed lower right. Medium: Oil on canvas. Size: Five panels 72″ x 20″ (together in frame); total size 72″ x 110 7/8″. Condition good. Estimate $15,000-$20,000.

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA, June 26, 2024 – Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present a Carmel Estate Auction on Saturday, July 13, 2024. The sale features a diverse and eclectic array of artworks, decorative arts, militaria, sterling and silver items, pens, furniture, Native American pottery, Asian items, and more, primarily from the 19th-21st centuries. Most are from a single estate in Carmel, California; other collections and estates from California are also represented in the auction.

Among the artworks are oil and watercolor paintings, etchings, woodblocks, lithographs, prints, architectural plates, Eastern European icons, and sculptures. Noted artists include Ira Yeager, Leroy Neiman, Michael Stidham, Yoshiko Yamamoto, Patrick (Hinds) Swazo, Dino Paravano, Kent Ullberg, and Keith Christie. Decorative arts come from several traditions and cultures: from the U.S. are Charles Lotton and Van Briggle vases, plus an extensive selection of Native American pottery and sand paintings from the Navajo, Hopi, Santa Clara, Zuni, and Jemez. From China are dishes, bowls, vases, carved coral figures, snuff bottles, scroll paintings, and a Miao headdress. From Japan are Imari platters, a kimono, enamel vases, dolls and figures, boxes, screens, prayer beads, a 1920s coronation costume, calligraphy, blue and white porcelain, and more. There are also several groupings of Asian ceramics.

Ballpoint and fountain pens come from Parker, Waterman, Tiffany, Cartier, and Cross. Sterling and silver items include a tea set, figures, flatware, tableware, and serving ware from France, Germany, England, and Russia. There is a diverse selection of militaria: U.S. Navy commissions, collections of commendation medals and navy cap ship ribbons, dress swords, a World War II bicorn hat and naval dress set, several books, and antique armor. Among the furniture lots are small tables, chairs, wooden chests, clocks, and boxes. Rounding out the sale are candlesticks and candelabra, an English/Australian pub sign, duck decoys, large fish replicas, painted masks, and an antique carousel horse.

Turner Auctions + Appraisals begins its online auction on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at 10:30 am PDT; sale items are available for preview and bidding now. The online auction will be featured live on multiple platforms:  LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable, Bidsquare, and Turner Auctions + Appraisals’ free mobile app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Apps (“Turner Auctions”). All are easily accessed through ‘Upcoming Auctions’ at the company’s website:

Here below are some highlights of the upcoming online sale (please see auction information and lot details in the online catalog). 

Lot 4:  Artist: Ira Yeager (1938-2022). Title/Description: Tiger with Boy and Animal Friends. Signature: Signed lower right. Medium: Oil on canvas. Size: Five panels 72″ x 20″ (together in frame); total size 72″ x 110 7/8″. Condition good. Estimate $15,000-$20,000. 

Lot 47:  Artist: Kent Ullberg (1945- ). Title/Description: Marlin. Signature: Signed Ullberg at base, numbered 9/20, and foundry stamp for Art Castings of Colorado. Medium: Bronze, mounted on terrazzo stone and wood base. Size: Approx. 27 1/2″ x 15″ x 9 1/2″; total with base 29 3/4″ x 17 1/2″ x 12″. Condition: Good. Estimate $2,000-$4,000. 

Lot 46:  Artist: Michael Stidham (1935- ). Title/Description: Four Permit Fish in Shallows. Signature: Signed lower left. Medium: Oil on canvas. Size: 24″ x 36″; 32 1/2″ x 44 5/8″ (frame). Condition: good. Estimate $3,000-$5,000. 

Lot 80:  Artist: Keith Christie (1935-2017). Title/ Description: “Break Away” (cowboy and bull). Signature/Date: Signed and dated in sculpture, 1987. Medium: Bronze sculpture mounted on revolving wood stand. Size: 12″ high x 14″ long (total height with stand 14″). Condition: Good. Together with: Jumping Cholla: Genesis of a Bronze Sculpture. By Keith Christie. Flagstaff: Northland Press, 1981. Paperback. Good; tape to spine, some scuffing to covers. Estimate $800-$1,200. 

Lot 2:  Artist: LeRoy Neiman (1921-2012). Title/ Description: Silverdome Super Bowl, 1982 (49ers-Bengals). Signature: In pencil lower right. Numbered: In pencil lower left: 24/300. Medium: Serigraph. Size: 29 1/2″ x 39 3/4″ (sight); 38 1/4″ x 47 3/4″ Condition: Toning. Estimate $800-$1,200.  

Lot 96:  Artist: Patrick (Hinds) Swazo (1929-1974). Title/Description: “Fire Bird” (abstract). Signature: Signed center right and verso. Medium: Oil on canvas. Size: 19 1/2″ x 16″; 27 1/2″ x 23 1/2″ (frame). Condition good. Estimate $700-$900. 

Lot 116:  Carousel Horse, Late 19th/Early 20th Century. The gray running horse with open mouth and flying tail, a red saddle, and a colorfully painted decorative blanket; approx. 30in high x 48in long x 10in wide. Condition: Wear, spots of paint/surface loss, some cracks in wood, and old repairs. Estimate $2,000-$3,000. 

Lot 104:  Pair of Gilt-Bronze Angel Candelabra. The candelabra formed of angels standing on ball-topped plinths, each with five candleholders. 28in x 12in x 12in. Estimate $600-$800. 

Lot 204:  A Japanese Gold Crane Motif Ceremonial Kimono. 20th century. The court-length ceremonial/wedding cream silk kimono with gilt trim and embroidery of cranes/ borders and brocade applique, red silk lining with a padded hem; with a wood display bar. Condition: overall good, some scattered light soiling. Estimate $500-$700. 

Lot 127:  English/Australian Pub Sign, The Sailor King. Late 19th/Early 20th Century. “The Sailor King” single-sided pub sign, Sheldrick’s Family Ales & Spirits (Sheldrick’s Brewery, Australia?); painted on wood panels, depicting King William IV on a ship with British flag and cannon, a masted ship in the background; 41 34″ x 35 1/2″. Condition: the wood shows shrinkage; the painting has possibly been touched up over time, and the surface shows a yellowed varnish. There is a vintage tag for a London removal company stapled to the back. From the family of Captain Carleton Cole Champion, Jr. (1896-1971). Estimate $400-$600. 

Lot 188:  Chinese Carved Coral Figure of a Beauty. The carved coral figure of a Beauty wearing a sun hat and holding a basket of flowers, on a base carved in the form of rocks and plants. 11 1/4″ H (base 4 1/2″ W). Condition Report: overall good; tiny crack on one wrist; tiny edge chips to a few petals; one missing finger; a few of what look to be naturally occurring small holes at base. Estimate $700-$900. 

Lot 241: French Silver Swan Motif Coffee/Tea Set, with Candlesticks. An ornate French first standard silver set consisting of a wood-handled coffeepot (7 1/2″) and teapot (7 1/4″), a sugar (5 3/4″), and a spigot tureen with wood ball feet stand (18″ total); all with swan/bird forms and garlanded lid finials. Marked on bases/shoulders: “G & [over lion] B [in diamond],” and “[left-facing Mercury head] / 1 [in irregular hexagon].” Together with a pair of sterling weighted low candlesticks (4″) (light scuffing/tiny dents). From the family of Captain Carleton Cole Champion, Jr. (1896-1971). Estimate $600-$800. 

Lot 132:  Japanese Naval Officer’s Dagger. Late 19th/first quarter 20th century. A Japanese Naval Officer’s dagger, with gilt-brass hardware and a pebble-painted metal scabbard; the grip of faux shagreen with a cherry blossom Menuki, the flower repeated on the pommel and scabbard. Blade approx. 8 1/4″; overall length 16 5/8″. Condition: the blade with light speckling of rust; wear to gilt; a crack in shagreen. Together with a framed board (dagger once mounted, now detached). Provenance: Understood to have been presented to a Naval family member. From the family of Captain Carleton Cole Champion, Jr. (1896-1971). Estimate $300-$500. 

Lot 239: Russian Silver Bear Figurine. Early 20th century. The bear lying down, his head resting on his paws, his eyes inset glass/stones. Russian marks on base, 84 Standard Silver. 1 1/2″ H x 6″ L x 3″ W. Estimate $200-$400. 

Lot 291:  Two Icons, The Nativity and Saints. Eastern Europe, 19th/20th Century. Two icons, tempera and gesso on wood panel: The Nativity; and five Saints, including Marina, Eugenia, George, and Demetrius 12 1/2″ x 11″; and 12 1/8″ x 10 5/8″. Condition: some scuffing, spots/corner loss; one possibly treated later with a gloss/medium; both stretchers missing on one, one missing on the other. Provenance: Private Collection, Northern California. Estimate $200-$400. 



Based in South San Francisco, Turner Auctions + Appraisals was founded by Stephen Turner to expand and complement the capabilities of Stephen G. Turner Associates, an auction and appraisal consulting firm founded in 2004. Turner Auctions + Appraisals presents online auctions in diverse categories of personal property ( Among them are Fine Arts, Decorative Arts, Asian Arts, Toys, Jewelry, Militaria, Ethnic Arts, and others. The company offers a range of auction and appraisal services for buyers, sellers, and collectors. Online auctions are held several times a month. Working with leading live and online auction houses on the West Coast since 1991, Turner is a professional appraiser of personal property and seasoned auctioneer. His areas of expertise include fine art, decorative arts, antiques & residential contents. The company welcomes consignments and appraisals.

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