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The first published study that examined potential residual cognitive problems for patients who recovered from COVID-19 discovered that they had significant impairments in sustained attention in comparison to a matched control group. Twenty-nine patients who had been hospitalized were evaluated 3-4 weeks after testing negative for COVID-19 using a proprietary Continuous Performance Test (CPT) developed by the researchers. In the first part of the CPT the correct responses of the COVID-19 patients were only 3.7% lower than the control group scores (p = n.s.). The COVID-19 group scored significantly lower than the control group in the third part of the test by 22.7% (p < .002).="" researchers="" also="" found="" that="" slower="" reaction="" times="" of="" covid-19="" patients="" were="" significantly="" correlated="" with="" their="" covid-19="" inflammation="" levels="" (r=".557," p="">< .002).="" in="" addition="" to="" evaluating="" attention,="" this="" study="" also="" evaluated="" memory,="" processing="" speed,="" executive="" functioning="" and="" perceptual="" abilities.="" however,="" only="" attention="" functioning="" was="" found="" to="" differentiate="" the="" covid-19="" patients="" from="" controls.="" this="" study’s="" findings="" suggest="" that="" a="" key="" symptom="" of="" covid="" brain="" fog="" may="" be="" impairments="" in="" attention="" and="" in="" particular="" individuals’="" ability="" to="" sustain="" their="">

COVID-19 brain fog was suggested by Dr. Victoria Pelak, a professor at the Colorado School of Medicine, to most likely be caused by the side-effects of brain cell inflammation. COVID-19 is recognized as more likely than other viruses to attack the protective coating of brain cells; resulting in the demyelination of nerve cells. Thus, research has identified the potential means whereby COVID-19 leads to impairments in concentration and thinking that is described as brain fog. In addition, Dr. Postolache, a psychiatrist, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, estimates that "between 30% and 50% of people with [a coronavirus] infection have clinical manifestations involving some form of mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. Consequently, the evaluation of the attentional functioning of all COVID-19 survivors in conjunction with mental health screening may prove to be a useful protocol for assessing the continued impact of this virus on individuals’ general cognitive and emotional functioning post-recovery.

Due to the fallout from the world-wide pandemic, unforeseen challenges continue to arise, including the difficulties faced by recovering patients who need to integrate back into the workforce. COVID-19 has been found to significantly impact attention, and this is likely to take its toll on an individual’s capability to return to premorbid functioning. In support of the quest to better understand COVID-19 and its repercussions, BrainTrain is now making the IVA-AE2 Test of Attention available free of charge to researchers who want to investigate and analyze its cognitive impacts. This offer expires on December 31, 2020 and will be customized for each research study, as needed.

The IVA-AE2 measures both visual and auditory attention of adults. It takes about 10 minutes to administer and measures both attention and response control. The IVA-AE2 can be administered in-office using a Windows PC or remotely via a web browser or iPad. This test can be administered to individuals ages 18 and older. Test administration and scoring are fully automated; making it easy to learn to use. Detailed reports and analyses are also provided to help guide researchers in test interpretation.

For more information on BrainTrain’s IVA-AE2 please visit https://www.braintrain.com/ivaae2/. You can also email us at contact@braintrain.com or speak with our friendly staff by calling 800-822-0538. Researchers can visit https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022395620308542 for direct access to the research study cited above.

About BrainTrain:
BrainTrain, Inc. has been in the business of creating neuropsychological testing and training software since 1989, when neuropsychologist, Dr. Joseph A. Sandford, author and developer of numerous BrainTrain programs, first released the Captain’s Log: Cognitive Training Program. This original software helped form the foundation for many products to come, assisting people in developing their mental acuity and helping professionals improve the quality of their client’s lives.

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A live and online Fall Fine Art & Antiques auction packed with 533 lots of fine art, Asian arts, furniture and more is slated for Saturday, October 31st, at 10 am Eastern time by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. Limited in-house seating is by appointment only, just for active bidders in the Bruneau & Co. gallery at 63 Fourth Avenue. To reserve a seat, call 401-533-9980.

The live, in-house bidding will involve mask requirements, social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols, per strict CDC and Rhode Island state guidelines. Otherwise, folks can bid online via LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Bidsquare.com, bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com and the mobile app “Bruneau & Co.” on iTunes or GooglePlay. Phone and absentee bids also accepted.

“This auction is literally packed,” said Bruneau & Co. president Kevin Bruneau. “It’s one of our largest antique catalogs ever, with well over 500 lots in total. The sale certainly offers something for everyone. My favorite piece is the doughnut sign. It’s a rare bird for serious sign collectors.”

He's referring to the Downyflake Doughnuts porcelain storefront sign, made circa 1940 and a hard-to-find piece of Boston history and advertising collecting. Impressive at 10 feet 10 inches long, the sign is made from individually rolled iron letters mounted to an iron C-channel support reading “Downyflake Doughnuts”. Founded in 1931, there were 36 franchised Downyflake Doughnut shops in eastern Massachusetts until 1965. The sign should command $800-$1,200.

“I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Halloween than with an auction,” said Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. auctioneer. One of my favorite things about Asian arts is you never truly know the value of something. It’s the category with the most wild cards. It’ll be interesting to see what the cider jug and large Republic Period vase sell for. Both are excellent examples.”

The 18th or 19th century Chinese Export famille rose porcelain cider jug, 15 ½ inches tall and 10 inches in diameter, is decorated with a hunting scene in a central cartouche, surrounded by flowers, gilded tendril designs and two cartouches of European landscape scenes towards the mouth. The lid is topped with a flower shaped finial and orange Fitzhugh accents throughout. The jug’s bottom rosewood base shows a Sotheby's tag (est. $1,500-$2,500).

The 20th century Chinese Republic Period vase is baluster form, decorated with applied dragons and foo beast handles over images of a phoenix and dragon behind large roses with calligraphy and chop marks to the back. The 23 ¾ inch tall vase, from the collection of an Uxbridge, Massachusetts gentleman, is expected to change hands for $200-$300.

The fine art category is plentiful and includes these paintings by noted, listed artists:

- A watercolor on paper by George Copeland Ault (N.Y./Ohio/England, 1891-1948), titled White and Yellow: Provincetown, an architectural depiction of white houses in a neighborhood on Cape Cod, 10 ¼ inches by 14 inches (sight) signed “Burnett” and with two Rockport Art Association labels fixed on verso (est. $1,500-$2,500).

- An oil on canvas portrait of a young maiden dressed in red, feeding two lambs at her sides, by Eugene Joseph Lejeune (French, 1818-1897), signed “Eug. Lejeune” lower right-hand corner, 15 ½ inches by 11 ½ inches (sight, less frame), with an original label from Roger King Gallery of Fine Art on verso (est. $1,000-$1,500).

- A fine oil on board Impressionist windblown coastal seascape by Walter Brightwell, Jr. (Maine, 1919-2005), depicting a blonde woman standing on a rockery with waves crashing around her and staring out to sea, 14 inches by 30 inches (board size, less frame), signed “Brightwell” in corner (est. 1,000-$1,500).

One other item worth mentioning is a circa 1940 game of chance slot machine, made in America, a one-cent cigarette trade stimulator with a wood veneer case, 18 inches tall by 11 inches wide and made from wood and metal, having mechanicals numbered “JR 1608”, an interior with label “18962” and wood case impressed “137” (est. $600-$900).

Previews will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 29th and 30th, from 9 am-4 pm Eastern time, by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 401-533-9980. Masks are required.

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers will be holding a major Modern & Contemporary Art Auction on Monday, November 30th, also online and with limited available gallery seating just for serious bidders. Again, masks, social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols will be in place. Bruneau & Co. will be accepting consignments for this auction through Monday, November 9th.

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions, with commissions as low as zero percent. Now would be a perfect time to clean out your attic. To contact Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, you may send an e-mail to info@bruneauandco.com. Or, you can phone them at 401-533-9980.

To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the live and online Fall Fine Art & Antiques Auction planned for Oct. 31st, visit www.bruneauandco.com. Updates are posted often.

About Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers:
Established in 2015 by owner Kevin Bruneau, Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers is an energetic and young auction house built on the backbone of over fifty years of combined experience in the antiques and auction world. Bruneau & Co. believes in bridging the gap between antique and contemporary utilizing modern day methods to market history in a fast-paced, ever-changing world. We take pride in orchestrating specialty and single owner catalogs giving proper and factual representation of any and all “cool” items of value. As a multifaceted company our expertise goes beyond the traditional antique; we follow market trends and bring to light what the public calls for. From its beginning, Bruneau & Co. has been partnered with Altered Reality Entertainment, parent company of Rhode Island Comic Con in organizing toy, comic, and collectible auctions bringing Pop Culture to a live auction environment. Our focus on emerging markets extends to contemporary and urban art, modern design, and Asian arts. To learn more, visit www.bruneauandco.com.

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Global real estate token project Contracoin is pleased to announce that it will be listing its native token CTCN on popular global digital asset trading platform ProBit.

“We are happy to onboard the Contracoin token (CTCN) to the ProBit trading platform,” says Ronald Chan, CEO of ProBit Exchange. “It is exciting to see blockchain technology being used in real estate and we are happy to support Contracoin in an emerging industry for which we see huge upside potential.”

Disrupting a USD 228 Trillion Global Real Estate Market

Real estate is one of the largest alternative asset classes with the total global real estate market estimated to be about USD 228 trillion. The past couple of years has seen the concept of tokenizing real estate gaining momentum in many regions around the world.

“Raising capital by utilizing blockchain technology to issue tokens democratizes the whole process of buying and selling real estate,” states Barry Lipscombe, CEO of Contracoin. “Removing traditionally high barriers to entry as well as intermediary fees for real estate, tokenization is an extremely attractive concept. We are happy that ProBit, a fast-growing crypto exchange that garners a Top 10 ranking in Korea, is supporting Contracoin and look forward to a successful listing partnership!”

Designed to Streamline Overseas Property Transactions

Contracoin is a global real estate blockchain-powered platform which allows property investors anywhere in the world to invest and benefit from the international real estate market.

The ERC-20 Contracoin token (CTCN) is designed to streamline overseas property transactions and overcome challenges in cross-border remittances. Eliminating complicated banking processes and excessive fees, CTCN transactions will speed up fund transfers, reduce costs and remove restrictions associated with cross border transfers. The ultimate aim is to empower Contracoin investors by enabling them to purchase real estate globally using CTCN for up to 100% of the selling price.

Leveraging blockchain technology and smart contracts to get rid of manual errors, Contracoin ensures that transactions will be secure, transparent and immutable.

Backed by a Global Barter Network and a Team of World-Class Professionals

The strength of the Contracoin marketplace lies in its extensive database of more than 200,000 global merchants through Contracoin’s parent company, Contracard and its Virtual Barter network. 65% of Fortune 500 companies are included in Contracard’s global trade exchange network, which will aid in the drive to mass adoption of the Contracoin tokens.

Furthermore, the team of Contracoin consists of world-class professionals who specialize in real estate, blockchain technology, finance, legal, marketing and IT development.

Trading on ProBit Exchange Soon

Currently trading on crypto exchanges CoinBene and P2PB2B, CTCN will soon be available on ProBit.

Launched in 2018, the ProBit platform presently provides four hundred tokens for trading in seven hundred markets with 800,000 monthly active users. ProBit has 50 million combined monthly visitors on Coingecko and Coinmarketcap, a testament to why the exchange features amongst the most popular global digital trading platforms in terms of real website traffic and volume.

The details for the CTCN token listing on ProBit Exchange are as follows:

Deposits: 13:00 (KST), October 21, 2020
Trading: 13:00 (KST), October 22, 2020
Withdrawal: 13:00 (KST), October 21, 2020
Trading Pair: CTCN/USDT

With more trading promos and other details on the way, the community should stay tuned to Contracoin’s official social channels for the latest announcements of the CTCN token listing on ProBit.

About Contracoin:
Contracoin is a global real estate platform built on blockchain technology which aims to revolutionize the global real estate market. Utilizing smart contracts to ensure secure, cost-efficient, transparent and immutable transactions, Contracoin offers a technology solution to facilitate cross border real estate transactions. https://contracoin.network/

About ProBit Exchange:
ProBit is a centralized cryptocurrency exchange launched in November 2018. Built with features guaranteed to provide traders with the ultimate trading experience, ProBit delivers a world-class trading engine, strong presence in major financial markets and enhanced superior security. https://www.probit.com/en-us

Contracoin Officials:
FB: https://www.facebook.com/Contracoin.Global.Real.Estate.Blockchain.Platform
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/contracorp/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Contracoin_CTCN

Media Contact:
Cecilia Wong, yourPRstrategist.com
cecilia@yourPRstrategist.com

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New York, NY, Oct 18, 2020 -- New York-based Personal Development Training Company Poetic Motivations LLC, is now offering social-emotional skills virtual workshops and assembly programs for grades K-12. Our students need social-emotional skills now more than any other time in our history.

For that reason, we are offering (virtual) workshops and assembly programs for grades K-12. Feel free to reach out to our company if you are interested in bringing this program to your school. You may also share our program with your principal, counselor or teacher. Our program combines poetry with the necessary skills your students need for their success. Customizable programs are also available.

To Preview Program click on video link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvWQWgJ9M08

About: Renée McRae is the Founder & Pres. of Poetic Motivations LLC, a personal development training company. Author, Poet, Teaching Artist, Motivational Speaker, Success Coach and most recently, Recording Artist, Renée McRae has enhanced school climates and cultures for over two decades. Students, Teachers and Parents absolutely love her! Using poetry as a springboard, Ms. McRae captivates, mesmerizes and empowers any audience. Through her fun-filled Workshops and Assembly Programs, she specializes in Success Skills.

Ms. McRae has published 22 Books of Student (and Teacher) Poetry with various schools across the country.

To contact Renée McRae’s company Personal Development Training Company Poetic Motivations LLC regarding her company’s social-emotional skills virtual workshops and assembly programs for grades K-12 https://www.reneemcrae.com/contact/. You may also email: wapublicrelationsco@gmail.com

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An extensive offering of sculptures and works on paper by renowned artists Erté (Russian/French, 1892-1990) and Louis Icart (French, 1888-1950), all from a private local collection, plus a smattering of additional lovely Art Deco pieces by other artists, 92 lots in all, will come up for bid in Neue Auctions’ next online sale planned for Saturday, October 24th.

Internet bidding will be provided by Liveauctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidsquare.com. Phone and absentee bids will be accepted. For more information, visit www.neueauctions.com.

The auction, with an 11 am Eastern start time, is titled (appropriately enough) Icarts & Ertés. Most of the expected top lots are bronze sculptures by Erté, whose actual name is Romain de Tirtoff (Erté is from the French pronunciation of his initials). He was an artist and designer in many fields, including fashion, jewelry, graphic arts, costume design and even movie set design.

A few of the sculptures in the auction by Erté include the following:

- A pair of cold patinated and parcel gilt bronzes titled Zeus and Hera (1989), each one signed by Erté, with a foundry mark for Sevenarts, Ltd. (London), and each numbered 323/500. Zeus is 17 ½ inches tall, 28.5 pounds; Hera is 16 inches tall, 16 pounds. There is also a peacock, numbered accordingly, that’s 3 ½ inches in height (est. $4,000-$6,000).

- A bronze with hand-applied patina and polished embellishments, artist signed in the base, titled Rigoletto, with foundry marks for Chalk & Vermillion and Sevenarts, numbered 37 of 375, 20 inches tall by 18 inches wide and weighing 35 ½ pounds (est. $3,000-$5,000).

- A cold painted and parcel silver gilt bronze titled L’Amour (1985), with a foundry mark for Fine Art Acquisitions, #132/375, 20 ½ inches tall, 9 ½ pounds (est. $1,000-$2,000).

The works on paper by Erté will be led by a pair of gouache on paper paintings titled Two Robot Costumes for Theatre, both of them signed lower right in ink and framed together. Each work is 12 inches by 9 inches; as framed, the lot measures 21 inches by 29 inches (est. 2,000-$4,000).

Other works on paper by Erté will include two serigraphs on paper, both signed in pencil lower right and both copyrighted in 1979 by Circle Fine Art Editions. One, titled The Golden Cloak (#120/300), is matted and framed to a size of 34 ½ inches by 26 inches (est. $500-$800). The other, titled Fall, is an artist proof (#38/60), 37 ½ inches by 31 inches framed (est. $400-$800).

Not as numerous, but no less important, are the artworks in the sale from Louis Icart, the famous French painter, graphic artist and illustrator. He was best known for his etchings and fashion sketches, which became wildly popular during the Art Deco era of the 1920s and ‘30s. Icart made over 500 engravings and illustrated more than 30 books. His art is coveted by collectors.

There’s just one sculpture by Icart in the auction. It’s a cold patinated bronze titled Illusions (1986), artist signed and numbered (#61/35), with a foundry mark for the Rosenberg Fine Art Corporation, 20 ½ inches tall by 6 inches wide and weighing 13 pounds (est. $800-$1,200).

The rest of the Icarts are works on paper, headlined by a drypoint and aquatint etching titled Thoroughbreds (or “Pur-Sang”), done with hand-coloring in 1938 and signed in pencil lower left (est. $2,000-$4,000). The 17 ¾ inch by 34 inch (sight) piece is copyrighted, matted and framed.

Other Icart offerings include a 1934 etching and aquatint with hand-coloring titled Leda and the Swan (est. $1,000-$2,000); a 1929 etching and aquatint titled Apache Dancer (est. $500-$800); a 1936 etching and aquatint titled Guardians, Berger et Bergere (est. $500-$1,000); and a 1948 aquatint titled Springtime Promenade (est. $500-$1,000). All are signed by Icart and framed.

Additional bronze sculptures in the auction, not from Erté or Icart, include a pair of works after Demetre Chiparus (Romanian/French, 1886-1947), both titled Chryselephantine Dancer (each one est. $1,000-$2,000); a sculpture by Sandro De Bruno titled Pandora (est. $800-$1,200); a bronze by Angelo Basso (Italian, b. 1943), titled Wave Dancer (est. $600-$800); and pieces from J.B. Hirsch, the New York-based company that has been producing bronze creations since 1907.

Daily gallery previews will be held Monday through Friday, October 19th through 23rd, from 9-5 Eastern time. COVID-19 protocols will be observed, with masks and social distancing required.

Neue Auctions has two more major online-only auctions planned for 2020. The first will be held on Saturday, November 28th, at 11 am and is titled Coach Me If You Can. Featured (just in time for the holidays) will be more than 200 pristine Coach bags, wallets, wristlets and more, all from a single collection and never once used. Each piece still has the original sales tag and packaging.

Then, on Saturday, December 5th, also at 11 am Eastern time, a Pretty Little Things auction will be held, packed with gems, watches and smalls. Items will include period Art Deco diamond jewelry, a collection of antique car mascots, antique toys, trains, Buddy L trucks, vintage Steiff stuffed animals, a collection of men’s watches, antique Native American jewelry, sterling silver, small scale decorative arts, works on paper, paintings and sculpture – all perfect for gift giving.

Neue Auctions invites everyone to be added to its email list to receive notifications and information regarding all current and future sales. To learn more about Neue Auctions and the Saturday, October 24th Icarts & Ertés auction at 11 am Eastern time, online-only, please visit www.neueauctions.com. Updates are posted frequently.

About Neue Auctions:
Neue Auctions provides a bespoke experience for sellers and buyers, with items presented fully guaranteed and vetted, and combines regular online auctions with selected art exhibitions and educational opportunities. Offering consignment services for single items, estates and corporate collections, the firm assists clients in the complicated process of settling estates and general downsizing, working with private individuals, trusts, estates, museums, banks and attorneys. Neue Auctions continues the long-standing history and tradition of art collecting in Cleveland by bringing fine works of art to the market for sale, encouraging the current and next generation of collectors. Neue Auctions is accepting consignments for future sales. For purchases or inquiries about consigning, please call 216-245-6707; or send an email to cynthia@neueauctions.com. To learn more about Neue Auctions, please visit www.neueauctions.com.

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A pair of handsome, centuries-old chambers that served for a time as executive dining rooms for Schenley Imports Company, the former New York City-based liquor company in the Empire State Building, and then later exhibited at the St. Petersburg Museum in Florida, will be part of a massive, 600-lot auction slated for October 18th by Burchard Galleries.

The Sunday auction event, starting promptly at 12 o’clock noon, will be held live in the gallery (with social distancing and other protocols in place), at 2528 30th Avenue North, St. Petersburg. Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Telephone and absentee bids will be accepted. Many photos can be viewed now, at www.burchardgalleries.com.

“This is the best auction in the 35-year history of Burchard Galleries,” said Jeffrey Burchard, owner of Burchard Galleries. “We’re offering lifelong collections of important treasures, plus the contents of a Lake Hollingsworth mansion in Lakeland.” The catalog is jam-packed with Tiffany art glass and lamps, Steuben pieces and Russian sterling silver objets de vertu including Faberge.

The list continues with important paintings, prints and sculptures by listed artists, to include Anthony Thieme (Dutch, 1888-1954) and Peter Max (German-American, b. 1937), plus vintage lamps and lighting, two large Stella music boxes, European porcelains, Galle, Moser, Baccarat, Lalique, Sevres, Dresden, Meissen, Capo-di-Monte and even a 1901 Stieff/Shaw grand piano.

Also offered will be antique Chinese carved jade, snuff bottles, important grandfather clocks, elegant 1920s French dining and bedroom furnishings, KPM porcelain plaques, Asian bronzes, Mougin Brothers French pottery, miniature clocks, vintage Victorian and Deco purses, African masks, sterling silver services, estate Oriental carpets, diamond watches and palatial chandeliers.

But the auction’s undisputed headliners are the so-called Schenley Rooms, which came into existence in England long before the company was founded. They are true gems of English Georgian and Jacobean décor. The historic chambers were painstakingly taken apart, crated and brought over to the New World, to typify what company officials called “Schenley elegance.”

One of the rooms, called the Georgian Room, was built during the Georgian period (1714-1830), during the reign of the Georges. The circa 1740 room is fully paneled, with a fireplace mantel, and surrounds a 560-square-foot area. It was originally from the Bull Inn, Guild Hall, London.

The Jacobean Room dates to the Jacobean Age, which began in 1603 with the death of Queen Elizabeth I. The 350-square-foot room, with stained glass windows and a fireplace, dates to 1610 and undoubtedly came from a typical early Jacobean, many gabled house, in the heart of London.

Around 1960, when Schenley moved its headquarters from the Empire State Building to new quarters in Rockefeller Center, the decision was made to not provide space for the new rooms. That’s when Theodore “Ted” Wiehe, Schenley vice president, approached officials at the soon-to-be-built St. Petersburg Museum if they’d like to exhibit the rooms, and they quickly agreed.

The rest of the auction catalog may not have as colorful a back story as the Schenley Rooms, but they’re no less important. The 15 art glass lamps include wonderful examples by Tiffany & Co., Handel, Duffner & Kimberly, LeGras, Schneider, E. Miller and others. Also offered will be Satsuma porcelains, Ginbari cloisonne and more than 100 perfume bottles and large factices.

The list of noted, listed artists is lengthy and includes names like Robert Butler, Jim Carson, Ted Coconis, Henry Robertson Craig, Edward Curtis, Herbert Laurence Davidson, Pierre De Belay, Robert Elwell, Vassily Grachev, Patrick Hennessy, Eugene Lancerag, Nikolai Lieberich (bronze bear), Josef Lorenzl, Pierre Jules Mene, Alphonse Mucha, Walter Schott and Syd Solomon.

Other artists include David Stribbling, David Tutwiler, David Wilkie, David Bruno Zach and others. The more than 75 pieces of fine estate jewelry will feature diamond brooches and rings, Mexican and Southwest Indian jewelry, Orianne gemstone jewelry, an emerald and diamond bracelet and more. Also sold will be Russian icons, Japanese watercolors and Asian bronzes.

Previews will be held by appointment only, from Wednesday, Oct. 14, thru Saturday, Oct. 17, from 12 noon to 6 pm in the Burchard Galleries showroom. Watch the website for an upcoming gallery tour video, at www.burchardgalleries.com. To make an appointment, call 800-520-2787.

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An online-only Canadiana & Historic Objects auction highlighted by the outstanding lifetime collections of Dick Withington and Brian Stead will be held on Saturday, October 24th, by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., based in New Hamburg. The 699-lot auction will begin at 9 am Eastern time. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

The auction is packed with Canadiana, clocks, art, pottery and stoneware, art pottery, furniture, folk art, decoys, historical objects, lamps, lighting, rugs and textiles. “This sale is the perfect storm,” said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions. “We’re unleashing the rare clocks of a renaissance man, Dick Withington, juxtaposed Brian Stead’s Canadiana furniture and pottery.”

Regarding the Withington collection of scarce American and Canadian clocks, Miller said, “Dick Withington died in 1992, but the family retained his collection until now. In a pre-Internet world, collectors were astonished by what Dick found ‘the old way’. Today they’ll find no duplication.”

American clocks from the Withington collection include a rare, circa 1825 H. Clark shelf clock featuring ivory escutcheons, upper and lower doors and dial marked “H. Clark, Plymouth, Ct.” (est. $2,500-$3,000); and a 20th century Trippensee Mfg. Co. planetarium, manually operated with a wooden pulley driven by a cord, 30 inches long by 19 inches tall (est. $2,500-$3,000).

All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars. Internet bidding will be via LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and the Miller & Miller website (www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com).

Also from the Withington collection is a Canadian 1920s Pequegnat Clock Company wall regulator No. 1 in a dark oak case, having a metal dial with Roman numerals, original hands and 8-day time only regulator (est. $2,000-$2,500); and a Seth Thomas double-door ‘peanut’ style clock in rosewood veneer, made in America in the 1870s, having a metal upper dial with Roman numerals and 8-day time and strike round brass spring-driven movement (est. $2,000-$2,500).

Mr. Miller described Brian Stead as “a quiet collector of Canadiana. Authenticity and originality were his foremost criteria. ‘Would be, could be and should be’ would never cut it with Brian.”

Furniture pieces in the Stead collection include a painted pine armoire made in Quebec, Canada in circa the 1850s, having raised panel ends, 72 ½ inches tall (est. $2,000-$3,000); and an 1870s Waterloo County (Canada) painted pine corner cupboard with mahoganized grain painted finish, dry scraped interior and two-piece stacked construction, 82 inches in height (est. $1,500-$2,000).

There are four oil on board paintings in the auction by the noted Canadian artist Homer Ransford Watson (1855-1936), all from the collection of the late Jack Wilfong, Watson’s paper boy. All are framed and signed. Watson has been characterized as a painter who first painted Canada as Canada, rather than as a pastiche of European painting. Works in the sale include the following:

- A 1926 painting titled verso, Spring on a Country Road (but listed as On a Country Road by Muriel Miller in her book, Homer Watson – The Man of Doon). The image area is 12 ½ inches by 16 ½ inches. It’s housed in a nice painted wood frame (est. $2,500-$3,000).

- A work from the 1930s titled Winter Afterglow, contained in a gilt wood frame. Watson incorporated outdoor elements in many of his paintings. Winter was no exception, as this scene gives the viewer a valley vista through an opening in the trees (est. $2,500-$3,000).

- An untitled 1930s painting, framed behind glass, with many key Watson trademarks and drama: the sky giving a premonition of inclement weather, the wind-swept oak tree with cattle fording, a bend in the Grand River in the direction of home (est. $2,500-$3,000).

- An untitled 1930s painting, framed behind glass, 13 inches by 17 inches (sight). Watson liked capturing atmospheric situations; the drama created here, with the partially-blocked sun, pending storm and light reflection on the river, is very effective (est. $2,000-$2,500).

Another noteworthy painting in the auction (and a candidate for top lot of the auction, with an estimate of $4,000-$6,000) is an oil on panel of a horse attributed to Canadian artist John J. Kenyon (1862-1937) titled Craigie from the 1890s. The 13 inch by 10 inch work, in a gilt plaster frame, is expected to spark a bidding war, as paintings by Kenyon are rarely offered at auction.

Two other lots carrying estimates of $4,000-$6,000 are a rare copy of Volume 1 of Philip Miller’s Descriptions of the Figures of Plants (English, 1760), boasting 300 color copper plates (lithographs) and numerous pressed folia between the pages; and an early 19th century example of Newton’s Celestial Library Globe (English), on a Victorian-era cast iron base, with 12 applied engraved gores, a brass meridian and ornate cast tripod base; the globe is 17 inches in diameter.

Also up for bid October 24th will be a Canadian-made Wettlaufer decorated child’s wagon (Oxford County, circa 1890), one of only five masterpiece wagons made for Adam Wettlaufer’s grandchildren, this one built for Clara (est. $3,000-$5,000); and an English cased dueling pistol set made by William Chance & Son (London), in a mahogany case with brass inlay and complete with six tools, percussion caps tin and powder flask, in a velvet-lined case (est. $3,500-$5,500).

Miller & Miller Auctions has a Watches, Jewelry and Decorative Arts auction scheduled for Saturday, November 21st, at 9am Eastern. It will be webcast from the New Hamburg gallery.

To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions and the firm’s upcoming auctions, visit www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com. Updates posted often.

About Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.:
Miller & Miller Auctions has introduced new updates to its online auction platform. “We’re committed to delivering a simple, dependable online bidding experience,” company president Ethan Miller said. “We’re continually investing in our digital platform to provide quality service and capability.” Mr. Miller said the most recent update involves an exciting ‘refresh’ to the online platform. “There’s no learning curve or major changes to our operations,” he pointed out. “This update will simply present users with an improved experience as they navigate our online auctions.” Miller & Miller Auctions has also launched a new mobile app for iOS and Android. Bidders can now choose to participate virtually in auctions using a phone or tablet for a convenient, portable experience. They can place bids and receive instant updates and notifications with a few taps. Miller & Miller Auctions is Canada’s trusted seller of high-value collections and is always accepting quality consignments. The firm specializes in watches and jewelry, art, antiques and high-value collectibles. Its mission is to provide collectors with a trusted place to buy and sell. To consign a single piece, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (519) 573-3710; or, e-mail to info@millerandmillerauctions.com. To learn more, visit www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com. Updates are posted often.

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East Greenville, PA, USA, October 15, 2020 -- An American Life Bitters bottle made in Ohio circa 1865-1875 sold for $42,000, a Constitution Bitters bottle made in New York circa 1865-1875 brought $23,000, a St. Drake’s Plantation Bitters bottle patented in New York in 1862 fetched $14,000, and a pattern globular bottle made by Zanesville Glass Works in Ohio, circa 1815-1835, hit $7,500 in Premier Auction #143, which opened for bidding Sept 21 and closed Sept. 28 by Glass Works Auctions.

The online-only auction was headlined by two outstanding collections: the Paul and Mary Ballentine bitters bottle collection and the Don Spangler Midwestern bottles and glass collection. Of the 275 total lots in the auction, 140 found winning bidders. By the time it was all over, the sale grossed $354,600. All traffic was driven through the website, www.glswrk-auction.com.

“The Ballentines were pioneer collectors from Ohio who started collecting in the early 1960s,” said Jim Hagenbuch, the owner of Glass Works Auctions. “Paul passed away, but Mary retained the collection until her recent passing. Don Spangler is probably the last of the early collectors of early Ohio glass. At age 90 he reluctantly decided it was time to pass it on to other collectors.”

Following are highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include the buyer’s premium.

The American Life Bitters bottle (P.E. Iler, Mfg., Tiffin, Ohio) was from the Ballentine collection and was the top achiever of the auction. The 9 ¼ inch tall bottle (Ring/Ham, A-49) had a light to medium yellow color with an olive tone cabin, and featured a smooth base and applied tapered mouth. “This bottle was about perfect, save for a tiny spot of roughness on the tip of a lower log,” Hagenbuch said. “It’s rare in amber, but only a few exist in this yellow coloration.”

The Constitution Bitters bottle (Seward & Bentley, Buffalo, N.Y.), also from the Ballentine collection, was medium pink amethyst in color and was in perfect condition. The bottle (Ring/Ham, C-223), 9 ¼ inches tall, featured a smooth base and applied tapered collar mouth.

“Only two or three are known to exist in amethyst,” Hagenbuch said of the bottle, adding, “The others are so dark a strong light is needed just to see the color. That is not the case here. The color in this one explodes in normal lighting and is consistent throughout. Many bitters collectors had been waiting for this bottle. Some called it the ‘Holy Grail’ of the Ballantine collection.”

The St. Drake’s 1860 Plantation X Bitters bottle (Ring/Ham, D-105), just shy of 10 inches tall and manufactured in New York around 1862, boasted a medium moss green cabin, a smooth base and applied tapered collar mouth. A small chip off the inside edge of the lip and some light external staining on the front panel were its only flaws.

“The St. Drake’s bottle was recently 'picked' at the Elephant Trunk flea market in Connecticut – a favored venue of the Flea Market Flip reality TV show,” Hagenbuch said. “It’s possibly only the second known example in this unusual moss green color. In 1993 we auctioned the collection of Elmer Smith of Shelton, Washington. Lot 20 in that collection was at that time the only moss green Drake’s Plantation Bitters known and it sold for $10,000. This one brought $4,000 more.”

The pattern molded globular bottle made by the Zanesville Glass Works in Ohio was medium yellow olive in color and had a 24-rib pattern swirled to the right. The 8-inch-tall bottle (McK/Wil, color plate V), (Barrett, pg. 54), had a pontil scarred base and outward rolled lip.

“This classic Zanesville swirl was in a very rare and absolutely gorgeous color that remained constant throughout,” Hagenbuch said, “and the pattern remained bold even to the pontil. With the exception of a very few scratches, it was in pristine perfect condition.” The bottle came out of the Don Spangler collection and had been acquired from Jim Vitners in 1973, he added.

An H. P. Herb Wild Cherry Bitters bottle (circa 1885-1893, made in Reading, Pa.), in the motif of a cherry tree, changed hands for $9,000. The 10 ¼ inch tall bottle (Ring/Ham, H-93) had an olive yellow cabin, a smooth base and a tooled double collar mouth. “The bottle was quite rare in this pleasing coloration, and a very minor base flaw was non-offensive,” Hagenbuch pointed out. “How rare is the color? Only two have been sold at auction in the last 25-years, that’s how rare.”

A John Moffat (N.Y.) Phoenix Bitters bottle (“Price 1 Dollar”), made between 1835 and 1850 and with a medium emerald green coloration, finished at $8,000. The 5 ¾ inch bottle (Ring/Ham, M-113) had a pontil scarred base, an outward rolled lip and was in perfect condition. “This bottle was in an extremely rare pure green color that is not recorded in Bitters Bottles by Ring/Ham,” Hagenbuch said. It’s one of the best. No Moffat Bitters collection would be complete without it.”

A double font teakettle ink bottle (Mathews, M427U), made in America between 1875 and 1890, opaque milk glass with applied mother of pearl panes, each segmented by a thin amethyst colored band, changed hands for $3,250. The 2 ½ inch tall, 8-sided bottle had a smooth base and ground lips. Both fonts had the original fancy embossed brass neck rings and hinged lids.

“Double font teakettles are extremely rare, as few were ever made, and this one was near perfect,” Hagenbuch said. “The right font contained the traditional black ink while the left contained a red. This was evident by traces of each color being on the inside of the lips. We auctioned this teakettle in 2002 when we sold the Bob Mebane collection. At the time it was the only known example, and we believe it remains so today.”

Glass Works Auctions' next big sale is tentatively slated for later in the fall. Watch website for details: www.glswrk-auction.com.

About Glass Works Auctions:
Glass Works Auctions maintains offices in East Greenville, Pa., and a gallery in nearby Pennsburg. Both are located north and west of Philadelphia. The firm is always accepting quality bottles and related items for future sales. To inquire about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, you may call them at 215-679-5849; or, you can send an email to info@glswrk-auction.com. For more information, please visit www.glswrk-auction.com.

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Parade Magazine, beloved by its readers for heart-warming stories, simple recipes and bits of juicy celebrity gossip, surprised its readers last week with a potent piece on the destructive potential of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). It must be a sign of the times. Drawing on the expertise of many authors, including Julia Sokol, Steven Carter, Eleanor Payson, and Denna Babul, Parade did a no-holds-barred presentation of NPD, leaving little to the imagination. Both helpful and clear, the magazine gives a kind warning to those in the grips of a narcissist’s seduction: Don’t expect miracles, don’t expect magic, don’t expect kindness, and don’t expect anything to change. You can read the full article here: https://parade.com/1085357/marynliles/how-to-deal-with-narcissist-in-relationships/

The piece from Parade makes so much plain: the traits of a narcissist, the patterns of a narcissist, the emotional tools of a narcissist, and how to protect yourself from the overwhelming seduction and hurt. It also spells out something crucial: How do you know when it’s time to walk away from a narcissistic partner for good. Wow. All of this insight from Parade Magazine? Right now they are sounding as profound and insightful as Psychology Today!

Do you think you’re involved with a narcissist? Your partner…your friend…or your boss? If this piece from Parade Magazine has started your wheels spinning and ignited your desire for help, they recommend the following books to learn even more: Help! I’m in Love With a Narcissist (Carter/Sokol), Love Strong (Babul), and The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists (Payson). Talking to a therapist would also be a great plan!

Of course, not every difficult person is a narcissist, and many bad relationships are driven by factors other than narcissism. Being informed and aware is crucial. But if you are suffering in a relationship right now, or still trying to understand why a past love failed, the more you know about NPD the more empowered you will be.

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A rare and unusual mosaic tabletop tile by Roy Lichtenstein climbed to $36,900, a circa 1910 Roycroft Ali Baba bench knocked down for $17,220 and a stunning 17th century English, Netherlands or Spanish School oil portrait of a Royal or Court Lady garnered $14,760 in an online-only Fine Art & Antiques auction held September 26th by Neue Auctions.

The auction featured traditional art and antiques, silver, jewelry, decorations and furnishings, pulled from prominent local estates and collections. Downsizing households presented some great opportunities for both new and established collectors. Internet bidding was provided by Liveauctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidsquare.com. Phone and absentee bids were taken.

The mosaic tile by Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997) was executed by the artist in 1950 and was the sale’s top lot. Hand-set, unsigned and framed in walnut, the 14 ½ inch by 16 ¼ inch tile was not attached to a table base. It’s listed in Lichtenstein’s catalog raisonne and came out of a private collection in Cleveland, having been acquired by the consignor directly from the artist.

The early 20th century Roycroft Ali Baba bench featured a plank seat retaining bark to the underside and was presented on a trestle-style base joined by a mortise and tenon jointed stretcher. It had the Roycroft orb and cross on the leg. Roycroft was a reformist community of craft workers and artists that formed part of the Arts and Crafts movement in the United States.

The 17th century oil canvas laid on panel portrait of a Royal or Court Lady was unsigned and unframed, with a panel size of 27 inches by 22 inches. The painting had some in-painting to the face and lace ruff, plus some minor filling to craquelure, but that didn’t deter eager bidders who were dazzled by the sitter’s visage and the chance to own an antique artwork from the 1600s.

Following are additional highlights from the auction. Prices include a 23 percent buyer’s premium.

Paintings by noted, listed artists dominated the list of top lots. An oil on canvas signed and dated (1858) by the British artist James Webb (1825-1895), titled Thunder Clouds and impressive at 33 inches by 58 inches, brought $9,225; while an oil on artist’s board by Sergei Missan (Russian, 1926-1973), titled Still Life of Flowers, inscribed verso and framed, changed hands for $3,998.

An oil on canvas Still Life with Crystal Globe and Flowers, rendered in 1925 by the Cleveland School artist Clara Deike (1881-1964), one of three works by the artist in the auction, finished at $2,460. Also, a lithograph by Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) titled Morning Train, a heart-wrenching image of a soldier heading off to war, artist signed, fetched $2,337.

Three works by the French painter Jules Cavailles (1901-1997) made up a colorful section of the sale in the form of happy still lifes. One, titled Still Life with Vase of Flowers and Mask on Table (1935), realized $2,214. Also, an oil on canvas depiction of Venice Canal with Gondola by the French artist Joseph Antoine Bouvard (1840-1920), signed lower right and framed, hit $3,198.

A circa 1880 Regina upright automatic disc box, 5 feet 7 inches tall, with 20 15 ½ inch discs, in fine playing condition and housed in a cabinet that had been beautifully restored and refinished, rose to $9,225. Also, a fine Tabriz carpet, 13 feet 2 inches by 10 feet, made from blended silk and wool on cotton weft in the Sheikh Safi design with a floral medallion, gaveled for $2,829.

An assembled Art Nouveau bedroom suite attributed to Eugene Vallin, including a bed frame, large armoire, side table and chair, carved with leaves, buds and tendrils, last sold at Sotheby’s in London in 1996, went for $9,225; while a circa 1880 English George III inlaid mahogany linen press, 81 ½ inches tall and raised on bracket feet, rectangular form in two parts, made $2,829.

A Tuttle sterling silver flatware service in the Onslow pattern, with marks for four presidents (Ford, Carter, Nixon and Johnson), weighing a total 157.37 troy ounces, sold for $2,583. Also, a Bisbee Mountain turquoise squash blossom necklace, unsigned, about 15 inches long, boasting shaped and polished natural turquoise stones, bezel set into silver flower blossoms, hit $2,337.

Neue Auctions has three more auctions planned for the balance of 2020. The first will be a single-owner collection of lovely Art Deco pieces, titled Erte and Icart. After that is an auction titled Coach Me If You Can, a timed sale of over 100 lots of “new with tags” Coach bags and accessories. And finally, A Brave Neue World sale will be held in December (or in early 2021).

Neue Auctions invites everyone to be added to its email list to receive notifications and information regarding all current and future sales. For info, visit www.neueauctions.com.

About Neue Auctions:
Neue Auctions provides a bespoke experience for sellers and buyers, with items presented fully guaranteed and vetted, and combines regular online auctions with selected art exhibitions and educational opportunities. Offering consignment services for single items, estates and corporate collections, the firm assists clients in the complicated process of settling estates and general downsizing, working with private individuals, trusts, estates, museums, banks and attorneys. Neue Auctions continues the long-standing history and tradition of art collecting in Cleveland by bringing fine works of art to the market for sale, encouraging the current and next generation of collectors. Neue Auctions is accepting consignments for future sales. For purchases or inquiries about consigning, please call 216-245-6707; or send an email to cynthia@neueauctions.com. To learn more about Neue Auctions and the firm’s calendar of upcoming events, please visit www.neueauctions.com. Updates are posted frequently.