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John Atzbach, renowned dealer in Imperial Russian antiques and collector of Shelby and Lamborghini automobiles, intends to sell everything

John Atzbach, renowned dealer in Imperial Russian antiques and collector of Shelby and Lamborghini automobiles, intends to sell everything

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The 1965 first racing Shelby GT350 R-Model ever built

Some of you may recall that I wrote a blog on August 15, 2016 entitled A visit with John Atzbach at his museum of Shelby and Lamborghini automobiles. Click here if you would like to (re)read it. Due to health reasons, John has decided to sell everything.

John’s collection of Shelby Mustang cars

The automobile collection, including 12 Shelbys and Lamborghinis and 18,000 pieces of memorabilia, will all be sold at Mecum’s Auction in Indianapolis, IN, from July 10-18, 2020. Everything will be sold without reserve except for the most important lot of the sale, the 1965 competition Shelby GT350 R-Model. This single car’s sale is expected to exceed $2 million, while the whole sale is expected to exceed $10 million. It will be an exciting auction.

Following are several links to mecum.com with extensive information about the collection, including a podcast in link 5 and a video in link 6.

Link 1, The Automobile Collection

Link 2, Memorabilia

Link 3, Memorabilia

Link 4, Memorabilia

Link 5 Podcasts (choose #9 for the Atzbach Collection)

Link 6 A video of the collection

Feodor Ruckert enamel egg

To the best of my knowledge, the Imperial Russian collection will also be sold at auction. I’ll update that information as soon as I have it.


I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Published at Mon, 15 Jun 2020 14:27:51 +0000

Box disguised as a book. It’s a money box.

Box disguised as a book. It’s a money box.

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Published at Wed, 10 Jun 2020 16:25:21 +0000

Some interesting results at Heritage Auctions Tiffany, Lalique and Art Glass auction, June 4, 2020

Some interesting results at Heritage Auctions Tiffany, Lalique and Art Glass auction, June 4, 2020

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Heritage Auctions, Dallas, TX, held a Tiffany, Lalique and Art Glass auction on June 4, 2020. The sale was diverse, with mostly middle-of-the-road items, but also included some important English cameo glass by George Woodall. Sales totaled $1,256,387, including buyer’s premium.

George Woodall vase, The Origin of Painting, Heritage lot #79087

The top lot of the sale, #79087, was the cover lot — an English cameo, hand-carved vase by Thomas Webb’s most important artist, George Woodall. Entitled The Origin of Painting, it was signed by Woodall and dated 1887. The result was a little weaker than hoped. It sold just below its estimate of $100,000 – $150,000, realizing $118,750, including buyer’s premium.

Tiffany Studios 17″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp, Heritage lot #79001

The second best result of the sale was realized by lot #79001, the first lot of the sale. It was a decent, but not exceptional, Tiffany Studios 17″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp, on a simple base. It sold for $57,500, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $30,000 – $50,000.

Gallé marquetry Cyclamen vase, Heritage lot #79101

Lot #79101 was an exceptionally fine Gallé 6″ marquetry vase with purple and green cyclamen flowers, signed Emile Gallé Étude 12 (Étude means study). It doubled its high estimate of $12,000, realizing $30,000, including buyer’s premium. I tried to buy this vase, but it went way beyond what a dealer could reasonably pay.

Tiffany Favrile trumpet vase, Heritage lot #79040

In my opinion, the strangest result of the sale was for lot #79040, a standard Tiffany Favrile trumpet vase. I sell these all day for $1,000 – $1,500 and this one realized $12,500, including buyer’s premium, against an estimate of $700 – $900. What the ??? The only possible explanation is a note accompanying the lot (Please note that this lot is depicted in a Jenness Cortez painting, commissioned by the consignor of this lot in 2008 and to be offered in Heritage Auction’s American Art auction on July 1, 2020.)

For the complete results of the sale, click here. You will have to sign in (free) to see the prices.

I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Published at Mon, 08 Jun 2020 07:00:00 +0000

The 1904 Tiffany Room of Marshall Fields, Chicago

The 1904 Tiffany Room of Marshall Fields, Chicago

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The 1904 Tiffany Room at Marshall Fields, Chicago. Photo courtesy of Paul Doros.

Marshall Fields in Chicago was a very high end department store at the beginning of the 20th century. One department had the Tiffany Room, complete with items directly from Tiffany Studios in New York. One of my daydreams is to time travel back to visit. How exciting would that be?

Take a close look at the photo, first at the table on the left. You have to use your imagination for the colors, but some details are discernable. Take the tallest flowerform vase in the right corner of the table. It has a decorated foot with radial stripes. That’s a real rarity and is sometimes seen with a strong green color. It has to be a knockout in person. The entire table is filled with magnificent flowerform vases.

Can’t tell for sure, but the wall cabinet on the right seems to have simpler items, like all gold Favrile vases. The table in the back also seems to have some simpler, lower-priced items. I do love the mirror on the right. I can’t tell for sure which model it is, but I’ve had several mirrors over the years and they’re all wonderful.

Tiffany Studios Flowers, Fish and Fruit window, Baltimore Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of Paul Doros.

The leaded glass windows are very nice, but the one in the upper right center is special. It appears to be Flowers, Fish and Fruit, which is now on permanent exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art. When you visit the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show you could also visit the museum. The show is now scheduled for November, but I don’t think it will happen this year. Let’s hope the show is held in August, 2021, so you can visit both.

Thanks to Paul Doros for permission to use the photos.


I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Published at Mon, 01 Jun 2020 07:00:00 +0000

Artemis Gallery’s May 21 auction explores ancient times

Artemis Gallery’s May 21 auction explores ancient times

BOULDER, Colo. – Attention time travelers and antiquities collectors: No boarding pass is required for Artemis Gallery’s May 21 journey to past civilizations. All that’s required is an Internet connection and you’ll soon be browsing a fascinating auction catalog filled with more than 400 choice Classical, Near Eastern and Far Eastern antiquities; plus Pre-Columbian and ethnographic art.

 Precious metals will be presented in a variety of forms, including decorative and monetary. Taking the spotlight in this category is a selection of beautiful Viking jewelry made in northern Europe in the 9th-12th centuries CE.

Viking silver bracelet, northern Europe, 9th-12th century CE, found in Great Britain, estimate $2,000-$3,000.

Viking silver bracelet, northern Europe, 9th-12th century CE, found in Great Britain, estimate $2,000-$3,000.

“Fine jewelry was worn by both men and women as a sign of status within the Viking culture,” note Teresa Dodge, managing director of Artemis Gallery. “Viking craftsmen used high-carat gold and very pure silver that stood the test of time, as you can see from the items in our auction.” A braided ring composed of two 22K gold wires twisted together, hammered and welded at the terminals exhibits traditional Viking techniques. Weighing 5.2 grams, the ring is estimated at $5,000-$7,000. A pair of high-karat gold hoop earrings adorned with inverted pyramids is similarly estimated at $5,000-$7,000, while an elegant twisted silver bracelet with coiled terminals is expected to make $2,000-$3,000. All three items were discovered in Great Britain and have been held in private collections for decades. Exhibiting extremely fine artistry and detail work, a circa-19th-century Russian icon depicting Saint Nicholas is stamped “BE” and “84” on its silver oklad (cover). It comes to Artemis Gallery from a Texas private collection and carries a $2,000-$3,000 estimate.

A historically important medieval dagger from the Battle of Towton (1461, English Wars of the Roses) is made from iron and bronze with a wood handle, and has retained all of its elements. The formidable 14½-inch-long battle weapon is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.  From an earlier era, a circa 158-150 BCE silver tetradrachm from Macedonia features the head of Artemis on obverse and monograms, a thunderbolt and a club with oak leaves on the reverse. Estimate: $700-$900.

Apple-green jade adornment with carved visage of Mayan ruler or lord wearing headdress, 6th-9th century CE, estimate 4,000-$6,000.

Apple-green jade adornment, 6th-9th century CE, estimate 4,000-$6,000.

Many exceptional Asian antiquities will be offered, including a Chinese Qing Dynasty bronze bell, $4,000-$6,000; and a late 18th/early 19th century Tibetan thangka painted with the lineage tree for the Gelugpa sect, ex Sarkisian Gallery, $5,000-$7,000. An extraordinary 1833 (Edo period) Sumiyoshi school Shunga scroll contains 19 unrelated depictions of sexual tableaux, e.g., seductions, couples and groups engaged in sexual activity, etc. The scroll is published in Erotic Aspects of Japanese Culture by L. Gichner, and is estimated at $5,000-$8,000. A wonderfully varied selection of Pre-Columbian art is led by a Mayan apple-green jade adornment, circa 6th-9th century CE, with the carved visage of a Mayan ruler or lord wearing an ornamental headdress. Ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, the artwork is presented on a custom stand and has a pre-sale estimate of $4,000-$6,000.

Rare and unusual, two 48-inch-long Oceanic (New Guinea or Molucca Islands) animal-skin scrolls are both pictorial and narrative in nature. Both date to the 17th or 18th century and will be offered as one lot with a $10,000-$15,000 estimate.

Bidders may participate in Artemis Gallery’s May 21, 2015 auction live online, by phone (please reserve phone line in advance) or by leaving an absentee bid that will be lodged confidentially and competitively on their behalf. The sale will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern Time and will be conducted simultaneously on three bidding platforms: ArtemisGalleryLIVE.com, LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. For additional information about any item in the auction, call Teresa Dodge at 720-502-5289 or email teresa@artemisgallery.com.

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Published at Mon, 11 May 2015 15:39:03 +0000