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1899 Antique Folk Art Notre Dame Cathedral Gothic Hand Carved Wood Model yqz WOW! Truly Spectacular! 1899 Antique Folk Art Notre Dame Cathedral Gothic Hand Carved Wood Model yqz WOW! Truly Spectacular! 1899 Antique Folk Art Notre Dame Cathedral Gothic Hand Carved Wood Model yqz WOW! Truly Spectacular!

1899 Antique Folk Art Notre Dame Cathedral Gothic Hand Carved Wood Model yqz WOW! Truly Spectacular!


1899 Antique Folk Art Notre Dame Cathedral Gothic Hand Carved Wood Model yqz WOW! Truly Spectacular!


1899 Antique Folk Art Notre Dame Cathedral Gothic Hand Carved Wood Model yqz WOW! Truly Spectacular!

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1899 Antique Folk Art Notre Dame Cathedral Gothic Hand Carved Wood Model yqz WOW! Truly Spectacular!

January 25, 2015 by Estate Auctions Inc.

1899 Antique Folk Art Notre Dame Cathedral Gothic Hand Carved Wood Model yqz
WOW! Truly Spectacular! Auction Ending 2/3/15, 10:26PM EST

We have an antique, circa 1899, folk art wooden model of the renowned French architecture, Notre Dame Cathedral. Each wooden trim and pillar is

1899 Antique Folk Art Notre Dame Cathedral Gothic Hand Carved Wood Model

1899 Antique Folk Art Notre Dame Cathedral Gothic Hand Carved Wood Model

nicely hand-carved and fitted, all made from scratch, with no indicators of a ready made kit! It’s not hard to see the time, effort, and love that went into making this detailed masterpiece. Even the rose windows are ornately applied, made from what appears to be a shiny, sheet like material, adorned with paint to mimic the ornate design of cathedral windows. Each molding and frame creating the two towers, pinnacles, arcades, and gables are original wood. In addition, the beautiful and famous west facade of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris has several miniature clay figurines attached to the plinth- there’s a priest, and several Frenchmen in period attire.

The cathedral is on a wooden plinth, measuring at approx. 11.75 x 18.25 x 9.75,” and the cathedral itself measures at approx. 12″ h x 10″ w; weighing a sturdy 5.8 pounds! There are places of wood glue formation or solidification, the tips of the pinnacles are chipped off, wear of the wood is apparent, and its apparent that some of the clay figures have detached, with one chipped off. Otherwise, a truly amazing folk art piece. You won’t be disappointed with this Notre Dame miniature scale wooden model! Happy Bidding!

Antique Haitian Art Enhances Home Décor

January 9, 2015 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Haitian antique art offers a perspective of life that is appealing and stylized.
HUGE selection of Haitian Art from universities, private collections and museums up for Auction in June 2014

Haitian Art offers a vivid insight into the history and beliefs of Haiti and the everyday survival of their people. Despite the hardships and

Haiti Folk Art RARA Haitian Parade Portrait Watercolor Painting SIGNED

Haiti Folk Art RARA Haitian Parade Portrait Watercolor Painting SIGNED

political strain suffered by this country, Haiti remains a wellspring of originality, creativity and imagination with a uniqueness involving cultural, political, social, economic and religious phenomena. So often when individuals think of Haiti, they think of a lot of things that aren’t so delightful, such as poverty and others stereotypes of Haiti but there are some very talented, creative people. Haitian art has so much spirit and liveliness. The stories behind them are fascinating and carry so much insight into their culture. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and yet look at the visual output under extreme conditions, makes their art even more amazing. Beginning a Haitian art collection can seem intimidating but their stunning, vibrant colors captures the heart and ambiance of Haiti.

An avid art collector Richard B Flagg has a great description of Haitian Artist, “The true Haitian master doesn’t paint by giving a lot of thought to what he is doing. He paints from the heart, not the intellect, and subconsciously draws on a rich fund of memories and feeling. It doesn’t matter to him that the figures in his painting are twice as large as the house they came out of since it the people, not the house that he wants to emphasize.”
At the end of February we went to a HUGE university/private collection/museum deaccession sale. (That is where museums, universities and private collectors quietly dispose of items that they have had in their archives to make room for more or to raise money.) Over the next few weeks we are going to list the items from that sale.

Winslow Homer The Lookout – ‘All’s Well’ Etching

July 16, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Winslow Homer The Lookout – ‘All’s Well’ Etching Auction Coming up in July 2014

Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1836, Homer was the second of three sons of Charles Savage Homer and Henrietta Benson Homer, both from long lines of New Englanders. His mother was a gifted amateur watercolorist and Homer’s first teacher, and she and her son had a close relationship throughout their lives. Homer took on many of her traits, including her quiet, strong-willed, terse, sociable nature; her dry sense of humor; and her artistic talent. Homer had a happy childhood, growing up mostly in then rural Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was an average student, but his art talent was evident in his early years.
Homer’s father was a volatile, restless businessman who was always looking to “make a killing”. When Homer was thirteen, Charles gave up the hardware store business to seek a fortune in the California gold rush. When that failed, Charles left his family and went to Europe to raise capital for other get-rich-quick schemes that didn’t materialize.
The Bathers, wood engraving, Harper’s Weekly, 1873
After Homer’s high school graduation, his father saw a newspaper advertisement and arranged for an apprenticeship. Homer’s apprenticeship at the age of 19 to J. H. Bufford, a Boston commercial lithographer, was a formative but “treadmill experience”. He worked repetitively on sheet music covers and other commercial work for two years. By 1857, his freelance career was underway after he turned down an offer to join the staff of Harper’s Weekly. “From the time I took my nose off that lithographic stone”, Homer later stated, “I have had no master, and never shall have any.”
Homer’s career as an illustrator lasted nearly twenty years. He contributed illustrations of Boston life and rural New England life to magazines such as Ballou’s Pictorial and Harper’s Weekly at a time when the market for illustrations was growing rapidly and fads and fashions were changing quickly. His early works, mostly commercial engravings of urban and country social scenes, are characterized by clean outlines, simplified forms, dramatic contrast of light and dark, and lively figure groupings — qualities that remained important throughout his career. His quick success was mostly due to this strong understanding of graphic design and also to the adaptability of his designs to wood engraving.
We found the following on Wikipedia:

Born Winslow Homer
February 24, 1836
Boston, Massachusetts
Died September 29, 1910 (aged 74) Prouts Neck, Maine
Nationality American
Education Lithography apprenticeship, 1855-56 National Academy of Design (painting), 1863 Paris, France (informal), 1867
Known for Drawing Wood engraving Oil painting Watercolor painting
Notable work(s) Harper’s Weekly Magazine
Ballou’s Pictorial Magazine
Movement Realism

HUGE Antique Art Nouveau Nude Figural Bronze Lamp

April 10, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

HUGE Antique Art Nouveau Nude Figural Bronze Lamp Leaded Glass Globe 207 Pcs yqz

After Gustav Gurschner Amazing And Unique Lamp

Now this is an interesting piece! It is a LARGE antique figural nude lamp made of bronze with a leaded glass shade/globe that rests over the bulb socket. The base of this lamp is quite different than most we see. It features 3 nude figures, 2 women and 1 man. The women are displayed most prominently at both the bottom an top. The lady at the bottom is hanging on to a sheet that is being stretched into the air and has a look of pain or lust on her face as she stares at the other 2. The lady at the top is pulling the sheet upward and opens it wide. The man is hanging on to her by the backs of her thighs. The open sheet creates a cradle for the beautiful leaded stained glass shade. The shade itself is made up of 207 individual pieces of glass with 3 red glass balls for the goldfishes eyes. This lamp just keeps giving and giving with it uniqueness and design. We were able to attribute this to the famous Gustav Gurschner (we are including a bit of info on him at the end). This carries through with all of his tones and mannerisms. The only difference is that this piece is not signed. Please make sure you check out all of the pictures of this amazing piece. I could go on all day and not tell it all! It measures approx. 32″ x 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″. The shade measures approx. 7″ tall and 7″ across. Good Luck!

Hey folks, guess what? We are doing FREE shipping on this one, anywhere in the Continental U.S. How about that?

We found the following on Wikipedia:

Gustav Gurschner (1873–1970) was an Austrian sculptor active in the decorative arts.

He studied under August Kühne and Otto König at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna. He married the writer Alice Pollak in 1897. In 1898, he participated in the inaugural exposition of the Vienna Secession. From 1904 to 1908, he was part of the Hagenbund, a group of like-minded Austrian artists.

His body of work consists of functional objects such as ashtrays, electric lamps, door knockers, and doorknobs. Gurschner’s style was influenced by the sinuous lines of Art nouveau and the symmetry of the Wiener Werkstätte.

Newly Discovered Photos of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody

March 7, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Eight items, fresh to the market, including rare personal belongings of “Buffalo Bill” Cody.

Estate Auctions Inc. is pleased to announce an eBay auction extremely rich in western history with a grouping of items that belonged to William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody.  The eBay listing includes two never-before-seen photos of Buffalo Bill. These items up for auction, as one expert put it, “hit the mark for its breadth and sentimental value”.

Personal belongings of Buffalo Bill Cody up for Auction.

Personal belongings of Buffalo Bill Cody up for Auction.

Even with a reputation of handling noteworthy items, this small antiques company on the East Coast is noticing a buzz around their water-cooler.  The Buffalo Bill Cody Personal Collection is now up for auction on eBay and will end on March 18, 2014 at 9:40 P.M. Eastern Time.

“When we were contacted to sell the personal belongings of ‘Buffalo Bill’, we knew that is was a special opportunity. It’s not every day that you get your hands on an undiscovered collection like this. The items are exquisite and we know that our audience will appreciate them. For us to be able to offer all 8 items in one lot, on eBay, in an auction style format, selling to the highest bidder, no reserve and starting less than a dollar … where else does this happen?”

“The Buffalo Bill Cody collection is a time capsule of the old west and U.S. history that has remained in the hands of family members since William Buffalo Bill” Cody died in 1917,” says Norb Novocin, owner of Estate Auctions, Inc.

“We handle many interesting antiques, but this lot stands out as an historical artifact.  It is an honor to actually handle family mementos of this caliber.” said Norb and Marie’s son Andy.

Included in the collection is, two dedicated and signed cabinet card photos of Buffalo Bill Cody. A first edition of his very first book in 1879, dedicated and signed by him. Two never before seen photos of him, one, an ambrotype of him at 4 years of age and the second, a rare style of photo, a Crystoleum Plate, of him circa mid 1870’s. An envelope of crumbled leaves from Buffalo Bill’s grave on Lookout Mountain, pencil inscribed by his family member and dated on a Norristown, PA bank envelope. Buffalo Bill’s “Traveling” Meerschaum pipe, with a small dog on it, in its original case. And finally his personal grooming kit, including his straight edge razors and his mustache comb.

William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody (1846-1917) the hero and American legend was a pony express rider, soldier, scout, bison hunter and showman. He was wildly popular in his day and was the first true international celebrity, arguably the first superstar of the modern world. The media loved him and he always seemed to be in the right spot at the right time and by the end of the nineteenth century arguably the most photographed person in the world.

The Estate Auction team specializes in handling consignments of rare and valuable antiques and collectibles. They continue to satisfy a loyal customer base. They have even published a book about these experiences: Getting Sold On Ebay, The Treasure Hunter’s Guide To Making Money. The book has received stellar reviews and national attention.

To learn more about the Novocins and Estate Auctions, Inc. visit them on eBay, user ID EstateAuctionsInc or follow them on Twitter @KnowsEbay. Do you have a valuable antique you would like to sell on eBay? Call for consigning information at 1-800-573-3508.

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Orginal Itzchak (Isaac) Tarkay 1935-2012

February 4, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Up on auction ORIG Itzchak (Isaac) Tarkay 1935-2012is an original Itzchak “Isaac” Tarkay (1935-2012) Acrylic on Canvas painting of two women lounging in a parlor.  Signed in the bottom left corner.  The colors are stunning.  This was acquired at Bodnar’s Auction Sales, prior to that we have no provenance.  We have studied this, very closely and would date this piece to late 1990’s to early 2000’s.  It measures approx. 29 7/8″ x 23 7/8″, framed approx. 37″ x 31″.    We found the following bio on AskArt:

Itzchak (Isaac) Tarkay  (1935 – 2012)
Lived/Active: Serbia/Israel      Known for: landscape and female figure painting

Itzchak Tarkay was born in 1935 in Subotica on the Yugoslav Hungarian border.  When he was only nine years old, the Nazis sent Tarkay to Mathausen concentration camp.  After the war, he returned home and developed an interest in art.  While still at school in Subotica, he won a prize for excellence in painting.

In 1949 he and his family immigrated to Israel and were sent to a transit camp for new arrivals at Beer Ya’akov.  Their next two years were spent in a Kibbutz.

In 1951, Tarkay received a scholarship to the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem, where he studied for a year before having to leave due to difficult financial circumstances at home.  In order to continue his scholarship, he was allowed to study under the artist Schwartzman until his mobilization to the Israeli army.  After returning to the familiar environment of Tel Aviv, Tarkay enrolled in the Avni Institute of Art, which he graduated in 1956.  His teachers there were Mokady, Janko, Schtreichman and Sematsky.

Tarkay has since exhibited extensively both in Israel and abroad, and his works can be found in many public and private collections.

Tarkay focuses on the female figure by using simplicity of form and line, along with a rich palette not unlike Toulouse-Lautrec, to create sensitive portraits of elusive ladies.

The following two paragraphs were excerpted from a biography on parkwestgallery site (His dealer )  (Great Site!):

In the later years of his life, Tarkay shared his gifts by mentoring younger Israeli artists including, David Najar, Yuval Wolfson and Mark Kanovich who often visited his studio, worked alongside him and received his critiques. Tarkay was also the only artist to collaborate with Israeli master, Yaacov Agam (1928). He and Agam created two paintings which incorporated both artists’ imagery in a single painting.

Tarkay spent between five and six hours each day in the studio, six days a week. While he had very little free time, he enjoyed going to concerts, reading books and listening to music, and visiting friends. Tarkay expressed how much he enjoyed meeting his collectors and his happiness to work with the other artists when working with Park West. He felt no sense of competition with them – only love – and was proud to have such a wonderful relationship with the artists, collectors, and gallery

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