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RARE Gray VTG Set Roseville Art Pottery GARDENIA Basket & Small Elfers Vases RARE Gray VTG Set Roseville Art Pottery GARDENIA Basket & Small Elfers Vases RARE Gray VTG Set Roseville Art Pottery GARDENIA Basket & Small Elfers Vases

RARE Gray VTG Set Roseville Art Pottery GARDENIA Basket & Small Elfers Vases


RARE Gray VTG Set Roseville Art Pottery GARDENIA Basket & Small Elfers Vases


RARE Gray VTG Set Roseville Art Pottery GARDENIA Basket & Small Elfers Vases

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RARE Gray VTG Set Roseville Art Pottery GARDENIA Basket & Small Elfers Vases

March 7, 2015 by Estate Auctions Inc.

RARE Gray VTG Set Roseville Art Pottery GARDENIA Basket & Small Elfers Vases
RARE Gray Purple Coloring~ One Basket & 2 Vases Auction Ending March March 16, 2015 10:58 EST Http://

RARE Roseville Gardenia Pattern In Gray ~ Unusual to find a match set in this great condition

3 Piece Set ~ Includes Basket and 2 Vases

RARE Gray VTG Set Roseville Art Pottery GARDENIA Basket & Small Elfers Vases yqz

RARE Gray VTG Set Roseville Art Pottery GARDENIA Basket & Small Elfers Vases yqz

Gray to Purple color

Gardenia Pattern. Basket #610-12″ Vases #682-6

Fantastic look. Great ovrall conditoin. Not conidition issues noted

Basket measures approx. 11-1/4″ x 8-1/4″, Vases are approx. 6″ tall

What a fantastic set!

Check out our photos to the left! We do our level best to get it right, but a second set of eyes never hurts.

Original Stephen Hickman Oil/Canvas Unicorn Painting Science Fiction Fantasy Art

December 27, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

ORIG Stephen Hickman Oil/Canvas Unicorn Painting Science Fiction Fantasy Art Done Covers For Heinlein Niven Pournelle McCaffrey etc.
Ending January 5, 2015 9:50PM

Up in this auction is an amazing piece, an original Stephen Hickman oil on canvas of a fierce Unicorn. Stephen Hickman is a Science Fiction and Fantasy Illustrator artist. The painting is monogrammed and dated 1980 in the lower right and measures approx. 30″ across. Truly a stunning piece by a master award winning listed artist.

We found the following information on his site stephenhickman (Great Site!):

ORIG Stephen Hickman Oil/Canvas Unicorn Painting Science Fiction Fantasy Art Done Covers For Heinlein Niven Pournelle McCaffrey etc.

ORIG Stephen Hickman Oil/Canvas Unicorn Painting Science Fiction Fantasy Art Done Covers For Heinlein Niven Pournelle McCaffrey etc.

Stephen Hickman has been illustrating science fiction and fantasy for three decades. His work is inspired by the masters of fantasy and science fiction writing — J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, A. Merritt, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Clark Ashton Smith.

His illustrations have been used as cover work for many contemporary writers: Stephen Brust, Hal Colbatch, Tom Cool, Gordon Dickson, David Drake, Harlan Ellison, Robert Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, Jerry Pournelle, and Steve Stirling among others.

Hickman’s work has earned him critical acclaim, including a World Science Fiction Convention’s Hugo Award and 5 Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.

Since 1976 Hickman has illustrated over 400 covers for Ace, Baen, Ballantine, Bantam, Berkeley, Dell, Del Rey, Doubleday, Phage Press, Tor, Warren Publications and others.

In 1988 Hickman wrote The Lemurian Stone (Ace Books), which formed the basis for his Pharazar Mythos illustrations, The Lion Pavillion, is one example, and is also reproduced along with The Archers, in the 1994 edition of Spectrum.

In 1994 he was awarded a Hugo Award from the World Science Fiction Convention for the United States Postal Service’s Space Fantasy Commemorative Booklet of stamps, the first official recognition by the government of the SF genre.

In 1996, Hickman created the Cthulhu statuette inspired by an earlier cover illustration done for H.P. Lovecraft’s story The Call of Cthulhu (Baen Books). The statuette was produced and distributed by Bowen Designs. A second edition is now available, as well as a bust of H.P. Lovecraft himself.

Old Hollywood Cab Calloway’s Personal Items Going Up for Auction

November 19, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Estate Auction Inc. will roll out the red carpet for Old Hollywood starting November 25, 2014. You can be part of the Cab Calloway legacy, and be part of his history. To be part of Cab Calloway’s legacy would be pretty great considering he was a spirited showman, extraordinary singer, talented actor and trendsetting fashion plate. A truly larger than life figure in American pop culture.

Cab Calloway's personal items up for auction Novemeber 2014

Cab Calloway’s personal items up for auction Novemeber 2014

We ended up with a large cache of Cab Calloway’s personal items. Over 170 separate items. All were the personal property of Cab Calloway prior to his passing in 1994. Each will be accompanied by two COA’s, tracing their provenance back to Cab Calloway.

Over 45 plaques from every organization, group and business under the sun, including plaques from: The Blue Note in New York City; The Flo-Bert Award; The Kitani Foundation; Los Angeles County Public Library; The Filmmakers Series New School; Rheingold Award (Contributions to the Children of the City of New York); Cook County Department of Corrections; N.A.A.C.P. Boston Branch; National Shoes; United Air Lines; City of St. Louis; Long Beach City College Foundation; National Urban League Guild Award; Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame; Baltimore Links; Tamarack Lodge; Society of Singers and Lamont “The Shadow” Patterson; Audelco; Provident Medical Center; City of Los Angeles; Nuffie and Cab Admirers; Rose Marie and Danny Thomas with St. Jude Hospital; Duke Ellington Memorial Award, Cotton Club Girls etc.

Over 30 Proclamations, Resolutions, and Certificates from Cities, States and Counties around the country including; City of Miami Beach; Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Signed by Michael Dukakis); San Antonio, TX; Brooklyn, NY; City of New York (Signed by Rudolph Giuliani); Baltimore City; Kansas City, MO; County of Los Angeles; Sonoma County, CA; Wilmington, DE; Washington DC (Signed by Marion Barry, Jr); City of Minneapolis; State of New York (Signed by John E Flynn); City of Dallas; Borough of Manhattan; City of New York (Signed by Ed Koch); Rochester, NY, Etc.

Cab Calloway's personal items up for auction Novemeber 2014

Cab Calloway’s personal items up for auction Novemeber 2014

Invitations to the White House (Lyndon Johnson), Personal Letter from Bill Clinton, Invitation to dine with Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Invitation to Lyndon Johnson Dinner at the Hotel Plaza

Posters, Photos, Advertisements, Artwork (collages), Trophy, Newspaper articles and full paper, etc.

Antique Authentic Ships Wheel

July 1, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

HUGE Heavy Nautical Maritime Antique/Vintage Authentic Ship’s Wheel 38″ Wide yqz
8 Handles Great Wood THE REAL THING FREE U.S. SHIPPING Auction Ending (Jul 10, 2014 19:38:01 PDT)

We found this buried in the back of an old estate here in Delaware. It is an eight spoke/handled wood and brass ships/captains wheel. This is the real thing, right down to the keyed shaft hole in the center, extremely heavy (over 30 pounds), it measures approx. 38″ across. Great patina, wear and tear from years of use. Our guess this is probably mid 1900’s, but don’t know.


Antique Authentic Ships Wheel

Antique Authentic Ships Wheel

Due to the awesome size and weight of this piece we are offering free shipping in the continental United States. We realize that some folks, not you but others, do not like to bid on things with super high shipping rates. So, bid as you see fit and we will worry about the shipping! Good Luck! If outside the U.S. drop us a line and we can work up a quote to your doorstep.

Mid Cent Mod Charles Axt HUGE Nude African American Mahogany Wood Sculpture

May 12, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Mid Cent Mod Charles Axt HUGE Nude African American Mahogany Wood Sculpture
Mother & Child 84″ Tall Created In 1967 LISTED! Ending May 16, 2014 9:20 EST

Up in this auction is an original Charles Axt (b. 1935-) sculpture. Created by a listed African American artist, this piece depicts a nude black woman with her child clinging to her legs. A mid century modern piece done in 1967. It is a solid piece of mahogany wood, massive being 84″ tall with a base that is 26″ x 15″. We spoke with Mr. Axt, now currently living in St. Petersburg, Florida, what a kind and gentle man. More than happy to share about his artwork. He let us know that this was done in 1967 when he was in St. Thomas out of a solid mahogany log. We found him listed in AskArt and found a great article about him from just a few days ago, (We are posting that article just below). For those who would like to see more of his works, he is having an exhibit on May 10th and 11th at the Gallerie 909 in St. Petersburg, in conjunction with the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum of St. Petersburg.

This piece is amazing, with fantastic lines and a wonderful mid century look.

Due to its impressive size, we recognize that shipping will be outrageous. So… to help out we will ship this anywhere in the Continental United States for $100.00. (Of course we would prefer pick up right here in our metropolis of Seaford, Delaware.) We can make arrangements to ship this anywhere in the world, email us for a quote outside the Continental U.S.

Here is that article we found, this is from the May 1st, 2014 posting of The Weekly Challenger Newspaper of St. Petersburg in Arts & Entertainment, written BY FRANK DROUZAS, Staff Writer (Great Article and Site!!)

T. PETERSBURG — As far back as grade school, Charles Axt was called upon to utilize his natural talent for art. His teachers would have him sketch pictures on the chalkboard of American historical figures such as George Washington. He continued to develop his talent at DeWitt Clinton High in the Bronx, N.Y., where a teacher encouraged him to pursue his art at Alfred University.

“So I wound up at Alfred in the ceramic program,” Axt recalled. “In those days it was called the college of ceramics, where you learned the trade—mold making, pottery, how to make glazes and all of that. And there was also the design program so I got into that, and that’s when I really got into design and painting and sculpture.”

After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramic Design in 1957, this Harlem native secured a substitute-teaching job. The temporary nature of the position suited him because he knew he’d soon have to do his two-year hitch for Uncle Sam.

“In those days you got drafted into the army,” the 78 year old explained, “so I got a job teaching ceramics in New York. I worked a year then went into the army.”

When he wasn’t aiming a rifle at a target, he was stroking a canvas with a paintbrush.

“In two years I was in Oklahoma and did some watercolors, just to keep my hand in it,” he remembered.

Once out of the service and back east in New York, Axt found a job teaching ceramics at P.S. 55. It was around this time that he became a part of an art groups in the Village in New York, and turned his interest to his paintings, which began to appear in galleries. After a shakeup in the school system, where junior high officially became middle school, Axt found himself out of a job.

“I was teaching ninth grade and you had to go to a high school to teach ninth grade,” he explained, “so in the middle of all that, I was displaced.”

In 1965, a solution presented itself in the form of a phone call from a distant locale. A friend of Axt’s who lived in St. Thomas in the Caribbean informed him that they needed teachers down there, and would he consider relocating to the sunny, subtropical island?

“I had a house in Mt. Vernon, sold it, picked up from New York and moved there,” he said.

Axt started a ceramic program at the high school down there where he also learned the mahogany trade. He explained that he did “a whole lot of carving” of the semi-precious wood. When the school wanted him to become an administrator he returned to the States to get his master’s, but wound up staying in Newark, N.J. for another eight years. It turned out to be a productive time for the artist due to the many connections he made in the art world.

“I met a lot of people like Romare Bearden,” Axt said. “His paintings were going for about $40,000.” Bearden, a hugely influential African-American artist, worked with several techniques including cut-and-paste art, oils and even cartoons.

It was during this time that Axt was able to exhibit more of his work such as ceramics and wood at such locations as the Trenton State Museum and the Koltnow Gallery in New York. Yet even with these exhibits, it was tough to break into the mainstream for African Americans.

“We were having a hard time as black artists getting into different shows, but we had a black gallery called the Cinque Gallery,” Axt said. “It was famous and run by New York State to help young black artists.”

His works gained enough attention to even garner him a listing in a 1970’s directory of who’s who of African-American artists, which Axt admitted was pretty big at the time.

He stayed and taught at Montgomery Street School in Newark, a special education school, when paradise beckoned once again and Axt received another call from St. Thomas. They wanted him back, so back he went in 1978, where he stayed and did more carvings and paintings. Many of his sculptures have a heavy African and Caribbean influence. In 1984, he moved to St. Pete and once taught at Gibbs High School for a few years.

But molding and sculpting eventually took its toll as Axt developed carpal tunnel syndrome. Doctors wanted to operate, but Axt refused. And he was hardly the type to merely sit around doing nothing about it.

“I couldn’t work with clay so I went back into painting,” he said. “I painted all these pictures, a total of almost 20 paintings. Two dimension and three dimension are two different things. Sometimes physically I can’t do what I used to do because I’m getting kind of old. I’ve been in this game a long time!”

If nothing else, an artist has to look after his hands, and Axt did just that—but on his own terms.

“I went to therapy and went to yoga and I got my hands back,” he stated. “I’m not saying I’m not going to go back into clay, I’m just playing it by ear.”

As if his impressive arsenal of work isn’t enough, these days he is trying his hand at yet another medium: collages.

“You might say the word was ‘capricious,’” he said, explaining his mindset to go down another artistic path. “This is just experimenting.”

He is currently at work on a series of collage portraits, many depicting faces with some sort of mask. Axt admitted that the work of Bearden, who also did collages, is an influence. Other favorite artists he lists are Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne and the renowned British sculptor Henry Moore.

Though proficient in working with ceramics and paint, Axt explains that painting offers the artist more control whereas ceramics involve not only skill but a little luck and sometimes supplication to a higher power.

“I like the idea that you have a final say when you’re painting a painting,” he said. “You can manipulate it. If you’re not sure of your end, you can go back and change it then you’ll have it the way you really want it,” he said.

He explained that ceramics are a different story. An artist goes through the arduous process of sculpturing it without breaking it, firing it without breaking it, glazing it without breaking it and someone’s work who’s sitting next to theirs in the oven could blow up from the heat and ruin the lot of them.

“A lot of times you’re not in charge. It’s the fire gods, as they say. So when you’re firing ceramics you’re praying all the time!” he laughed.

His advice for young artists starting out is to be mindful of the business end of the art world.

“The main thing with art is you have to have someone who is going to push the money side of things if you want to sell your work. A lot of artists don’t want to sell their work because they do it for their own pleasure. I do it for my own pleasure but I don’t mind selling them,” Axt laughingly remarked.

Scarce Fresh Estate Find

May 9, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

1893 Chicago World’s Fair Columbian Exposition Commissioner’s 25-Ride Ticket yqz Ending May 15,2014 9:44 PM EST
Fresh Estate Find

A scarce, estate fresh: Columbian Intramural Railway Company Commissioner’s 25- Ride Ticket. No.74 Issued to “Mrs. S.G. Roberts” Commissioner For State of South Dakota. The book of tickets measures 2 3/4” wide x 4 3/4” high. The ticket was not transferable and was to be forfeited if presented by any other person than the one on the face. Some of the tickets were used/removed (each was good for one ride) – the following numbers remain: 9, 10. 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25. The back cover is also signed by Mrs. Roberts and has the printed Conditions & terms. The condition is very good with no rips, tears or stains, only light, uniform age discoloration and slight wear to the bottom corners. A hard to find item of Columbian Exposition memorabilia, one of several from the same estate we currently have online.

Antique Original 1916 Cream Of Wheat Advertising

April 16, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.



Antique Original 1916 Cream Of Wheat Advertising Otto Schneider Rastus

An Icon Of Black Americana!

We ended up with a lot of 4 antique advertisements from the Cream of Wheat company. These were not only wonderful works of advertising art, but they also featured one of the most wildly and widely known icons of Black Americana “Rastus” the African-American Chef. If you like what you see, please stop by and check out the rest of our offerings. This is 3 of 4. Good Luck and Happy Bidding!

In this auction we have a great piece of Advertising Memorabilia and Black Americana all rolled into one. This is an advertising menu from the folks over at Cream of Wheat from 1919. The original artist for this is a wonderfully listed artist by the name of Otto Schneider. This one features Rastus and a little girl. She is eating her breakfast over a sign that reads, “Raised on Cream of Wheat.” This piece is in ok shape with some wrinkles and crinkles collected over time. You can see the edge of the piece under the frame lip and where it was removed from a magazing. The piece is framed and glazed to approx. 12″ x 15″, and the original art measures approx. 10 1/4″ x 13 3/4″. Good Luck! Here is bit of a bio about Otto Schneider:

Painter, illustrator, and printmaker, Otto Schneider studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, Art Students League in New York, and Academie Julian in Paris.

Selected exhibitions include the Louisiana Purchase Expo, St. Louis World’s Fair, 1904; Panama Pacific Exhibition, 1915; and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Here is a bit of history about Cream of Wheat:

Cream of Wheat is a brand of farina: a porridge-type breakfast food made from wheat semolina. It looks similar to grits, but is much smoother since it is made with ground wheat kernels instead of ground corn, so it does not have that gritty texture. It was first manufactured in the United States in 1893 by wheat millers in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The product made its debut at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Until January 2007, it was a Nabisco brand made by Kraft Foods. The brand and rights to market the cereal was acquired by B&G Foods.

In addition to its wheat-based products, the rice-based Cream of Rice is also produced as part of the product line, and is often a recommended early food for infants and toddlers and for people who can’t have wheat or gluten.

The original boxes of Cream of Wheat were handmade and lettered, and emblazoned with the image of an African-American chef produced by Emery Mapes. The character was named Rastus, and was developed by artist Edward V. Brewer. Rastus was included on all boxes and advertisements and continues to be used today with only very slight changes. A stereotypical African-American icon was fairly common for U.S. commercial brands at the time of the cereal’s creation; for other examples, see Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben. It has long been thought that a chef named Frank L. White was the model for the chef shown on the Cream of Wheat box. White, who died in 1938 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Leslie, Michigan, had claimed to be the model for the Cream of Wheat box. In June 2007, a headstone was erected for Mr. White. The headstone contains his name and an etching taken from the man depicted on the Cream of Wheat box.

1000’s – 1100’s Rare Northern Song Yaozhou Celadon Small Bowl

April 16, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

1000’s – 1100’s Rare Northern Song Yaozhou Celadon Small Bowl

Molded Pattern yqz

Chinese Molded Design of Three Leaf Roundels Auction Start next week

China, 1000 – 1100’s. Rare Northern Song Yaozhou Celadon Small Bowl Molded Pattern. Of shallow flattened bottom form with slightly everted rim, the foot wide and unglazed, the interior with impressed moulded design of three leaf roundels of bifurcated leaves set in repeating pattern of leaves and tendril chain around the border. The olive green glaze pooling to dark in the deeper areas of the impression, lightest at the rim and with brown spotting at the rim. Two glaze chips at the rim (see photos). It measures approx. 5″ x 1 3/4″ high.

For those not familiar with Anthony Lee here is his bio: Anthony M. Lee is an institutional, market and collection consultant specializing in the arts of China, Japan, Korea, Himalayan Kingdoms, South and Southeast Asia. Starting as a salesperson at age 14 in Chinese antiques in a family business, he went on to university studies in Asian arts, as well as receiving his licenses in tea ceremony, with further studies of ceramics and religious art over eight years in Japan. For several years he was an associate dealer with Sotheby’s online site and consultant with various auction houses and museums. Anthony has acted as consultant to over 20 museums, government agencies and trusts including the largest museums in Canada and the US, as well as major collectors, dealers, insurance and transportation companies worldwide.

He is considered by many to be one of the foremost experts in the world in Asian Art & Artifacts.

Anthony Lee started a website ages ago called Asianart. It is a place to post photos of your items and have experts identify them for you. (You can still post things there and folks will help you.) He no longer moderates it and identifies things for us as here on eBay as an old friend.

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.

Diverse Array of Quality Historical Americana Being Offered

March 16, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Diverse Array of Quality Historical Americana Being Offered at Auction in Today’s Economy Surprises Ebay Powerseller

Estate Auctions, Inc. Sees Rise Of Pivotal Items Indicative of a Recovering Market

Seeing an eclectic mixture of quality items are nothing new to the owner’s of Estate Auctions, Inc., Norb & Marie Novocin.  Recently though a rise of historically significant upper tier items started to show up in their queue of items to sell on eBay.

The President and Mrs. Roosevelt Wedding Invitation for Alice Lee's marriage to Mr. Nicholas Longworth at White House

The President and Mrs. Roosevelt Wedding Invitation for Alice Lee’s marriage to Mr. Nicholas Longworth at White House

“It looks like consignors are recognizing that more money is starting to flow into the antique field and are willing to attempt to maximize their return on investment at this time.” says, Norb Novocin.

Important pieces that have recently showed up include lots such as a Buffalo Bill Cody Collection, including two never before seen photos of him and his personal grooming kit, including his mustache comb and a Collection of White House Invitations from President & Mrs. Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, including the rare wedding invitation to their daughter’s wedding. These consignments are just a small example of the type of quality investments finding their way to the market on eBay.

EBay has long been considered a bellwether of the underlying financial strength of day to day economy.  That barometer has remained true and spotting trends has gotten to be the hobby of savvy investors.

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