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Plymouth, MA and Osterville, MA, June 29, 2024 -- Paul J. Cazeault & Sons Roofing announced today that it has been recognized as a 2023 President’s Club Awards winner.

Each year, GAF, a Standard Industries company and North America’s largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer, selects the most elite roofing contractors certified by GAF to receive its prestigious GAF Master Elite® President's Club Award. This annual recognition celebrates contractors that showcase exemplary efforts in high-quality service and leadership in the roofing industry across the country.

“We are delighted to be recognized by GAF, the gold standard of the roofing industry. But do not rest on our laurels. Each day our goal is to meet and exceed customer expectations,” noted Russell Cazeault, owner of Paul J. Cazeault & Sons Roofing.
Bobby Fischer, Vice President of Partner Programs at GAF explained, “The GAF Master Elite® President's Club Award is given to contractors each year who have distinguished themselves through their commitment to providing high quality of work and exemplary level of service to customers. Less than two percent of roofing contractors nationwide qualify for this award, and it is a testament to the high standards they keep and dedication to their employees, customers, and community.”

GAF Master Elite® President's Club Award winners are selected from an elite group of roofing contractors that must first demonstrate proper licensing (in states that require it), maintain insurance, a proven reputation, and a commitment to ongoing professional training. In addition, qualifying contractors must also have met the criteria to earn the designation of a GAF Master Elite® residential contractor.

About GAF:
GAF, a Standard Industries company, is the leading roofing and waterproofing manufacturer in North America. For more than 135 years, GAF has been trusted to protect what matters most for families, communities and business owners with its innovative solutions and focus on customer service. GAF's leadership extends to its commitment to making a positive impact on its communities, industry, and planet. Learn more at

About Paul J. Cazeault & Sons Roofing:
Paul J. Cazeault & Sons Roofing offers both roof replacement as well as exterior repairs including trim & rot replacement, new siding, or gutters installation. Roofing options include asphalt shingles, metal roofing and fabrication, cedar roofing, copper roofing and flat roofing. Roofing choice depends on the home's aesthetic style, budget, and energy efficiency needs. Cazeault Roofing also services many commercial customers for both repairs as well as replacement.

For more information or arrange an appointment contact Paul J. Cazeault & Sons Roofing,, 508-428-1177

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Reno, NV, USA, June 29, 2024 -- A group of three original wanted posters for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, including two original Pinkerton wanted posters/circulars, sold for $12,500, while wanted posters and other items pertaining to many other notorious Wild West outlaws also performed well in Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC’s four-day American History & Hall of Fame Showcase auction held June 6th thru 9th, online and live at the Holabird gallery in Reno.

A staggering 2,335 lots came up for bid across the four days, in many collecting categories. The Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid posters sold as one lot and represented one of the top lots overall. The two outlaws were famously depicted in a movie starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. They died in a hail of gunfire at the end. In real life, they met a similar fate, in Bolivia.

That lot, and others like it, were featured on Day 3, unquestionably the busiest of the three days. Other top achievers from the session that also featured famous outlaws included the following:

- An 1882 wanted poster for Black Bart Poet Stage Robber, offering an $800 reward, along with a circular compiled by J.B. Hume, a Wells Fargo Special Officer, containing a poem written by Bart found after a robbery. Bart’s real name was Charles E. Boles ($7,187).

- A rare original carte de visite photograph of Black Bart, circulated by Wells Fargo out of Sacramento, Calif. The lot also featured a photograph of Bart, signed (as “Charles E. Boles”), from when he served as a U.S. Army First Sergeant in Illinois ($3,875).

- A collection of nine items relating to the notorious Dalton Gang, including a carte de visite of the deceased gang, taken by a Kansas photographer after a botched bank robbery attempt; and Gratton Dalton’s signed oath of office to become a U.S. Marshal ($5,000).

- A Wells Fargo $1,800 reward poster issued in 1881 for three masked men still at large after the Nov. 7, 1881 robbery of the stage from Sonora to Milton, California. The men included Billy Minor (or Miner, alias Billy Anderson, alias the “Grey Fox”) ($4,875).

- A collection of four items from the life of John Wesley Hardin (1853-1895), a hardened criminal, Western outlaw and murderer of at least a dozen men, who became a lawyer at the end of his life, only to have himself murdered in El Paso by a jealous man ($3,375).

Also sold were two Wells Fargo reward posters from 1875: one issued in San Francisco by Gen. Superintendent John J. Valentine, offering a $3,000 reward for the recovery of gold bars and dust stolen from the Express Box from Sonora and Columbia to Milton ($2,500); and one, also from Valentine, offering a reward for the capture of an unknown bandit who stole a Wells Fargo & Co.’s express box on the Chinese and Copperopolis stage of $600 in coin and gold dust ($4,375).

Following are additional highlights from the auction. Internet bidding was via, and All prices include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.

Day 1, on Thursday, June 6th, featured 590 lots of Native Americana, jewelry and watches, collectibles, books / antiquarian, medical collectibles, advertising items, toys and kids’ items.

A copy of Pentateuch /Salonica 1521, very old and with handwriting on two sides, realized $8,750. It traces the history of the Jews of Thessaloniki (also known as Salonika) dating back 2,000 years. In Greek, the Pentateuch (which Jews call the Torah) includes the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, containing some of the most famous stories in the Bible, including Adam and Eve, Jacob and his brothers, Moses and the Ten Commandments.

Day 2, on Friday, June 7th, contained 550 lots of maps, transportation and railroad (including two key railroad pass collections), plus old stock certificates (including banking, railroad and other).

A railroad pass (#131) for the Bodie and Benton and Commercial Co. from 1887, issued to W. H. Jones, Arizona & New Mexico Railroad, signed by Thomas Falk, Gen. Supt., brought $6,562.

As stated, Day 3, on Saturday, June 8th, was super busy, with 595 lots of Wells Fargo & Express, outlaws and lawmen, autographs, Rev War and early military, President Lincoln, the JFK assassination, Black Americana, Civil War, Gen. George A. Custer, presidential, firearms and weaponry, sports / Hall of Fame, baseball, basketball, boxing, football and many other items.

Black Americana featured an original ferrotype photograph of eight of the founding members of the Philadelphia Vigilance Committee and the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society (better known collectively as the Underground Railroad, which shuttled slaves from the South to the North in the 1800s). The photograph was taken circa 1855-1860, with identifying notes included ($6,875).

Items pertaining to the Civil War included an autograph book (and thus an actual POW record) of 116 Confederate officers held at Johnson’s Island, Ohio. The rare first-hand record of the POWs, containing two autographs per page, included some of General Morgan’s “Raiders”, an unsuccessful attempt to secretly raid Union camps in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky ($5,000).

The Lincoln County War was an Old West conflict between rival factions that began in 1878 in the Lincoln County, New Mexico Territory (later the state of New Mexico), and continued until 1881. The feud involved William H. Bonney (“Billy the Kid”), Sheriff William J. Brady and other notables. A collection of 17 rare Lincoln County War documents hammered for $6,250.

Lots relating to Abraham Lincoln always stir bidder interest. The auction included these items:

- Three items from the days of mourning following Lincoln’s assassination, including a black mourning ribbon with “P.S. Lincoln” stamped in silver; a funeral card adorned with 16 silver metal spirals; and an official White House pass to the 1865 funeral ($4,500).

- A Lincoln & Hamlin 1860 campaign envelope and coated engraved jugate card with portraits of the two men, in fine condition. In the 1860 election, Hamlin balanced the Republican ticket as a New Englander paired with the Northwesterner Lincoln ($3,125).

- A Military Trial of Conspirators pass signed by Gen. David Hunter, President of the Military Commission Trial of the Conspirators following Lincoln’s assassination. The pass admitted two men (named) and three of their friends into the courtroom ($2,500).

The famous, Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph taken by Bob Jackson in 1963 the moment JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was shot and killed by Jack Ruby in the basement of the Dallas Police headquarters, signed by homicide detective James Robert Leavelle (1920-2019), who is shown in the photo wearing a white cowboy hat and expressing wide-eyed shock, made $3,750.

A cabinet card with a photo of a senior Chief Sitting Bull, the image crisp with good contrast, changed hands for $3,250. The back of the card reads, “compliments of Mary Moore”, possibly the famous actress of the time. Sitting Bull fought the 7th Cavalry at the Battle of Little Big Horn but was not the leader. He later accompanied Buffalo Bill in his very popular Wild West Show.

Baseball lots included an autograph cut square with the signatures (in pencil) of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig ($4,625); an autograph cut of Roger Connor (1857-1931), known as the “Homerun King” of the dead ball era ($2,600); and a group of four items pertaining to the infamous Black Sox World Series scandal of 1919, including a ticket sub from Game 2, a World Series program, an autograph of Ring Lardner and a check issued to the man who instituted the fix ($2,750).

Day 4, on Sunday, June 9th, was also active, with 600 lots of mining, numismatics, tokens, World’s Fair memorabilia, bottles, saloon, tobacciana, gaming, cowboy, entertainment, music, photographs, ephemera and philatelic, a fitting end to a four-day auction packed with great stuff.

A document of pledges signed by the United Merchants of Austin, Nevada for one ‘Sack of Flour’, auctioned for the U.S. Sanitary Fund (the Civil War forerunner of the American Red Cross) on April 20, 1864, signed by Ruel Colt Gridley, whose wager prompted the auction, along with a billhead from Gridley’s store and a carte de visite photograph of him, went for $3,125.

An elegant glossy finished wooden case containing five different portraits of Queen Elizabeth appearing on gold sovereign coins, all in brilliant uncirculated condition and dated 1958, 1978, 1986, 2007 and 2020, changed hands for $3,012. Each one shows a different portrait of the monarch. Included was a brochure detailing the coin’s designers and the Queen’s family tree.

To consign a single piece or a collection, you may call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859 or 844-492-2766; or, you can send an e-mail to To learn more about Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, visit Updates posted often.

About Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC:
Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC is always seeking new and major collections to bring to market. It prides itself as being a major source for selling Americana at the best prices obtainable, having sold more than any other similar company in the past decade alone. The firm will have its entire sales database online soon, at no cost – nearly 200,000 lots sold since 2014. To consign a single piece or a collection, you may call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859 or 844-492-2766; or, you can send an e-mail to To learn more about Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, visit Updates posted often.

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Assonet, MA, June 27, 2024 -- Woodside Dental Care, 36 South Main Street, Assonet, MA, officially opened their newly expanded and renovated practice. The state-of-the-art facility now includes six treatment rooms, a luxurious reception area and a room parking lot that can accommodate 29 vehicles.

Woodside Dental Care has been serving Assonet, East Freetown, Berkley, Lakeville and surrounding communities for more than 35 years, offering a wide range of dental services. Services include preventive dentistry; checkups and cleanings; gum disease therapy; teeth whitening; dental implants; dentures; dental crowns and much more.

Dr. Derek Cornetta, DDS, FAGD, the director of the dental practice noted, “We are delighted to welcome more patients, provide them with the comfort and reassurance they need and the easy in and out parking that greatly reduce the stress of a dental appointment.”

In addition to Dr. Cornetta, Woodside Dental feature a second accomplished dentist, Dr. Aliza Hanif DDS.

About Woodside Dental Care:
Woodside Dental Care’s mission is to not only maintain a healthy smile, but to completely change perceptions of dentistry and challenge the idea that going to the dentist is unpleasant.

Woodside offers high quality care, maximum convenience, and the kind of friendly service you’d expect at a small, family-focused practice. For information, visit the offices at 36 South Main Street, Assonet, MA, via the web at or call (508) 452-6302.

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New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada, June 26, 2024 -- A 1936 Chevrolet half-ton pickup truck in untouched original condition sped away for $118,000; a circa 1880 Ives, Blakeslee & Co. Pegasus toy mechanical locomotive chugged off for $18,880; and multiple lots of vintage sales brochures for Auburn and Cord early automobiles sailed past estimates in three sessions of auctions held June 15th and 16th by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. All three of the sessions were online-only sales.

All prices quoted in this report are in Canadian dollars.

The June 15th event was an Automobilia, Petroliana & Advertising auction, featuring the Dr. Michael Francis collection. June 16th was split into two sessions: a Canadiana, Advertising & Historic Objects auction featuring the Jon Church collection; and an Automobilia & Advertising auction later in the day. In all, more than 750 lots came up for bid. The total gross was $774,316.

“The late Dr. Michael Francis collection had some monumental surprises,” said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. “Results of the 1936 Chevrolet pickup and a rare garage sign stirred chatter across North America. I felt soda struggled a bit, compared to the petroliana.”

The 1936 Chevy pickup was by far the overall top lot of the three sessions, blasting through its $25,000-$30,000 estimate to finish well into the six figures. The truck featured the original ‘leather-type’ upholstery, original apple green and black paint, and 6-cylinder valve-in-head 206.8 cubic inch engine. The chrome was excellent and the original Goodrich tires were removed but kept. It was a true pre-WWII survivor truck, driven only 17,056 actual miles since new.

The garage sign Mr, Miller was referring to was a late 1920s double-sided painted galvanized sheet metal sign with milk (opal) glass letters spelling the word ‘GARAGE’. It was simple in design, but early lighted signs with milk glass are some of the most important North American treasures in advertising. This one was 45 inches by 82 inches and depicted a Model A Ford or Essex of the period. It was originally made for a Ford-Essex Garage in Dundas, Ontario and brought $70,800.

Following are additional highlights from the three auctions, in which a total of 959 online bidders placed a combined total of 14,651 bids. Internet bidding was facilitated by and the Miller & Miller Auctions website. Of the 757 total lots up for bid, nearly all were sold, and most the top 50 lots in sessions 1 and 2 surpassed estimates.

Keeping with Day 1, a 1930s-era Jaeger chronograph Duesenberg accessory automobile clock, featuring a 60-second hand and a 30-minute indicator, which allowed the user to measure elapsed time in seconds and minutes, easily bested its $1,200-$1,500 pre-sale estimate by bringing $25,960. The Swiss-made timepiece also featured an 8-day clock.

A White Rose Gasoline round dealer sign, four feet in diameter and featuring the iconic ‘Boy and Slate’ graphic, boasting very good color and gloss, sold within estimate for $11,210. Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. has featured the sign in past sales, always with enthusiasm from bidders.

“In the Jon Church sale that kicked off Day 2, country store advertising, particularly porcelain, sold extremely well,” Mr. Miller remarked. “Most of Jon’s pottery sold well too. Only a few of the merchant pieces underperformed. Across both sales, the markets are maturing. The best commands the money, but for the rest, it’s a slippery slope.”

The circa 1880 Ives, Blakeslee & Co. (Bridgeport, Conn.) Pegasus mechanical locomotive was the session’s top achiever. The tinplate toy with cast wheels is considered by many be the finest mechanical locomotive without track ever produced. The advanced design included a train engineer with a moving arm to ring a bell, a flaring diamond smoke stack, a gilt steam engine and a track light. The multi-colored locomotive more than doubled its $9,000 high estimate.

A King George V working model steam locomotive fashioned out of metal and wood was an impressive creation built in the 1920s by William Edward Burgess of England. Burgess was an artist and a painter (his self-portrait was included in the lot) who took up model building after he lost his hearing in World War I. This spectacular piece of railroad history gaveled for $8,260.

A Canadian 1930s single-sided porcelain Five Roses Flour door push sign with outstanding graphics bested the $1,200-$1,500 estimate with a selling price of $5,900. Also, a circa 1900 three-cylinder model marine engine room with catwalk mounted to an original metal plinth, built by freelance maker Peter Vanzulin and copied from a real engine, changed hands for $5,605.

The second session of the day, on June 16th, titled Automobilia & Advertising, focused mainly on early American automotive literature (Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg, Ford, Cadillac), along with parts, mascots, accessories, badges, pins, historical objects and more. It was a brief but worthy sale, filled with interesting advertising and ephemera, bringing delight to collectors of all levels.

Noteworthy lots in the session included a collection of sales brochures for 1935 and 1936 Auburn automobiles ($3,835); sales brochures and flyers for Cord automobiles from the 1920s and ‘30s, with blueprints ($3,835); early sales brochures from the 1900s and 1910s for Auburn automobiles ($3,245); and sales brochures for 1932 and 1933 Auburn automobiles ($2,655).

To watch brief YouTube videos of some of the auctions’ highlights, click these links:

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Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. has several online-only auctions lined up for autumn, to include:

- Petroliana & Advertising, Sept. 7

- Canadiana, featuring the Wendy B. Hamilton and late Bill Hamilton collection, Oct. 12.

- Canadian Folk Art, Oct. 13

Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. is Canada’s trusted seller of high-value collections and is always accepting quality consignments. The firm specializes in luxury watches, art, antiques and high-value collectibles. Its mission is to always 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, you can e-mail them at To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and the firm’s upcoming auctions, please visit

About Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.:
Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. is Canada’s trusted seller of high-value collections and is always accepting quality consignments. The firm specializes in luxury watches, art, antiques and high-value collectibles. Its mission is to always provide collectors with a trusted place to buy and sell.To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and the firm’s upcoming auctions, please visit

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The 93rd Rare Posters Auction from Poster Auctions International on Thursday, July 11 features rare and iconic images from a century of poster design. The collection includes Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modern, and Contemporary lithographs as well as decorative panels, maquettes, and original works.

All 410 lots are on view to the public through July 10. The auction will be held live in PAI’s gallery at 26 West 17th Street in New York City, as well as online at, beginning promptly at 11am Eastern time.

Jack Rennert, president of Poster Auctions International, Inc., said, “I am delighted with the collection being offered at auction this July, and I believe that our clients will be equally excited about this choice selection. The sale includes numerous rare and never-before-seen works, plus iconic designs that have been beloved for over a century.”

The auction will begin with 13 designs for Levi’s jeans by Ida van Bladel at the Young and Rubicam agency in Belgium. Ranging from the iconic “bare butt” image to playful riffs on art history, these images are sure to excite fashions buffs (estimates range from $1,200-$2,500).

Next, 21 historic and Modern aviation posters will be auctioned. Offerings include the rare 1909 Une Semaine d’Aviation / Denhaut by an anonymous artist (est. $6,000-$8,000), Boris Artzybasheff’s 1949 Pan Am / Bermuda (est. $4,000-$5,000), and several playful designs for Pan Am and Air France.

18 designs for bicycles will also be auctioned. Highlights include William H. Bradley’s 1896 Victor Bicycles / Overman Wheel Co. (est. $17,000-$20,000), Francisco Tamagno’s Terrot & Co / Dijon (est. $2,000-$2,500), and two images by O’Galop for Michelin from 1912 and 1913 (ests. $1,400-$1,700).

For automobile buffs, 20 significant posters will be available. Notable lots include Clarence Coles Phillips’ 1912 Flanders Colonial Electric (est. $3,000-$4,000), Pieter Vanderhem’s ca. 1920 Spyker-Auto’s (est. $5,000-$6,000), and Robert Falcucci’s 1932 Monaco Grand Prix (est. $17,000-$20,000).

34 War & Propaganda posters will be auctioned from World War I, World War II, and beyond. Noted lots include Charles Livingston Bull’s 1917 Army Air Service (est. $1,700-$2,000), James Montgomery Flagg’s 1945 Buy Extra Bonds / Jap… You’re Next! (est. $1,400-$1,700), Jean Carlu’s 1942 Production (est. $1,400-$1,700), four images from 1967 by Tomi Ungerer (ests. $1,000-$1,700), and several fascinating anti-Bolshevik designs.

Another featured collection comprises 14 lots from James McMullan, most of which were created for theatrical performances at Lincoln Center. Each of the posters are hand-signed, and several lots include the preparatory maquette as well (ests. ranging $1,200-$3,000).

This auction includes several notable artist collections, such as the 30 works available from the original master of advertising, Leonetto Cappiello. Some of his most delightful images will be available, such as his 1902 Pur Champagne / Damery-Epernay (est. $4,000-$5,000), his 1901 La Caisse Simon / Huîtres Exquises (est. $10,000-$12,000), the rare three-sheet format of his 1905 Fleur des Neiges / Biscuits Pernot (est. $6,000-$8,000), the 1919 Crème de Luzy (est. $5,000-$6,000), and two original drawings of dancers from 1928 (est. $3,500-$4,000).

As always, there will be a hearty selection of works from Alphonse Mucha, who embodied the spirit of Art Nouveau in his luscious images. Top works include his 1899 Plume et Primevère (est. $17,000-$20,000), the 1902 Cycles Perfecta (est. $30,000-$40,000), the Étoile Polaire and Claire de Lune panels from this series The Stars (est. $8,000-$10,000 and $7,000-$9,000), his 1899 Moët & Chandon / Crémant Imperial (est. $17,000-$20,000), and his 1902 Precious Stones / La Topaze (est. $17,000-$20,000).

Another star of the Belle Époque, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, will have 19 works at auction, including his 1895 L’Estampe Originale (est. $70,000-$90,000), the 1897 Partie de Campagne (est. $70,000-$90,000), the 1896 The Chap Book (est. $30,000-$40,000), and his 1899 Jane Avril (est. $50,000-$60,000).

Further turn-of-the-century highlights in this sale include the hand-signed proof of Pierre Bonnard’s 1896 Salon des Cent (est. $12,000-$15,000), Henri Gabriel Ibels’ 1897 Pierrefort / Affiches Artistiques (est. $10,000-$12,000), Johann G. van Caspel’s 1899 De Hollandsche Revue (est. $17,000-$20,000), Privat Livemont’s 1896 Absinthe Robette (est. $17,000-$20,000), Edward Penfield’s 1896 Western Lawn Tennis Tournament (est. $8,000-$10,000), Walter Schnackenberg’s 1912 Odeon Casino (est. $25,000-$30,000) and his Deutsches Theater (est. $8,000-$10,000), and Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen’s 1899 Motocycles Comiot (est. $25,000-$30,000).

Of course, plenty of Art Deco posters will be offered as well, and this auction boasts a fabulous selection. Highlights include Chesley Bonestell’s 1930 New York Central Building (est. $6,000-$8,000), Roger Broders’ 1930 Chamonix Mt. Blanc / Sports d’Hiver (est. $7,000-$9,000), Emil Cardinaux’s 1920 Palace Hotel / St. Moritz (est. $12,000-$15,000), Jean Carlu’s 1926 Aquarium de Monaco (est. $8,000-$10,000), A. M. Cassandre’s 1936 Simca (est. $12,000-$15,000), Edward M. Eggleston’s ca. 1935 Pennsylvania Railroad / Atlantic City (est. $4,000-$5,000), Charles Loupot’s 1928 O Cap / Pour les Cheveux (est. $8,000-$10,000), Leslie Ragan’s 1938 The New 20th Century Limited (est. $6,000-$8,000), and V. Tschetschets’ 1913 Russian Olympics in Kiev (est. $5,000-$6,000).

Public viewings will be held daily through July 10. For more information and to view the digital catalogue, visit You may call the gallery at (212) 787-4000. For general inquiries, the email address is

About Poster Auctions International:
We’re one of the very few auction houses in the world dealing exclusively in rare, original vintage posters. Since the late 1980s, PAI has held auctions 3-4 times a year. Poster aficionados, enthusiasts, collectors, galleries, and leading art museums around the world value Rennert’s Gallery as one of their most trusted venues for successful consignments, unique buying opportunities, unequaled experience in the field, and an impeccable eye for quality in original poster art. The Gallery, at 26 W. 17th Street, New York City, hosts rotating exhibitions of original poster art, as well as a bookstore of research and coffee-table volumes on poster art, and an extensive research archive open to the public by appointment. To learn more, visit Or call (212) 787-4000.

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Blue Ridge, GA, USA, June 15, 2024 -- There will be magic in the mountains of north Georgia the week of July 1st when Black Bear Antiques and Interiors officially opens its doors to the public. The 21,000-square-foot antique mall is located at 4177 East 1st Street in Blue Ridge. Just look for the 14-foot-tall, 500-pound bronze bear standing outside. He’s inviting folks to come on in and browse.

Black Bear Antiques is not a new business. It was a prime destination in nearby Ellijay for tourists and shoppers seeking quality antiques and collectibles for 15 years, but when the opportunity arose to snap up the anchor tenant spot in a perfectly located strip center in Blue Ridge, The Ahlers Group (the Atlanta-based firm that owns Black Bear Antiques) pounced.

“We had occupied our Ellijay location since 2008, when we first opened Black Bear Antiques,” said Kris Triplett, Director of Retail Operations for The Ahlers Group. “We were proud to serve the Ellijay community, but we just felt that now was the right time to freshen things up in beautiful Blue Ridge. Also, it’s larger than our previous location, so we can spread out a bit.”

The new facility will serve as the new home for 80 dealers, offering locally sourced and locally made goods, interiors and cabin décor, woodworking and crafts, antiques, collectibles and more. “The merchandise is in a wide variety,” Mr. Triplett said, “so whether you’re a seasoned collector, a design enthusiast, or a curious explorer, there’s something for everyone.”

The decision to move from Ellijay to Blue Ridge was a fairly easy one for The Ahlers Group. “Blue Ridge seems to have it all, from the beautiful mountains to the lake,” Mr. Triplett said. “The town boasts a charming downtown and Main Street, amazing fall festivals and a booming cabin market. There really is not a season or time to be in Blue Ridge anymore, since it now accommodates locals and visitors year-round.”

Black Bear Antiques will be conveniently located right off GA-515, a two-minute drive from downtown Blue Ridge and a block off of Main Street. It’s also a 5-to-7-minute drive from Lake Blue Ridge. The bronze bear, weighing more than 500 pounds, previously stood outside the Ellijay location and has made the move to Blue Ridge. The Ellijay store is closed.

There is dealer space available at Black Bear Antiques, but on a limited basis. The most common booth space is 8 feet by 12 feet (96 square feet), but there is also a 9 foot by 14 foot booth (126 square feet) and an 8 foot by 24 foot booth (192 square feet).

Anyone looking to inquire about renting booth space at Black Bear Antiques in Blue Ridge can reach out to mall manager Jacob Padgett via email at or with a phone call to 706-635-2327.

The new location was previously a thrift store and, before that, an Ingles grocery store. Other tenants currently in place include Beauty Depot, Farmers Insurance, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Discount Boutique, Crossfit Fannin, Dollar Tree and Wildflowers Health Foods.

Black Bear Antiques is a member of the Blue Ridge Chamber. The two will partner for a planned “grand opening” and ribbon-cutting ceremony the week of July 15th. A soft opening is planned for the week of June 24th.

When it’s officially open, Black Bear Antiques’ hours of operation will be Monday-Saturday from 10am to 6pm; and Sunday from 12 o’clock noon to 5pm, all times Eastern. For more information about Black Bear Antiques and The Ahlers Group, people can visit online at, send an email to, or call 706-635-2327.

About Black Bear Antiques:
Black Bear Antiques and Interiros is owned by The Ahlers Group, based in Atlanta. In addition to Black Bear Antiques, The Ahlers Group also owns and operates Peachtree Battle Antiques & Interiors, Peachtree Battle Estate Sales, and Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery, all in Atlanta. For more information about Black Bear Antiques and The Ahlers Group, people can visit online at, send an email to, or call 706-635-2327.

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A rare circa 1976 Philip & Kelvin LaVerne ‘Chan Li’ cabinet and an oil on canvas landscape painting by K.D. Wiggins (N.M., b. 1956) are just a couple of the wild and wonderful items bidders will find in Ahlers & Ogletree’s Modern & Contemporary Art + Design auction scheduled for Wednesday, June 26th.

The auction, starting at 10 am, online and in Ahlers & Ogletree’s Atlanta gallery, contains 337 lots of Modernism and Outsider art, including original paintings, important furniture and decorative arts.

Highlights include a large collection of works by Philip & Kelvin Laverne, some with the original paperwork, a pottery jug by Pablo Picasso, original works by Steve Penley and Todd Murphy, a pair of Hunting Chairs by Borge Mogensen, tapestries by Jon Eric Riis and a Paradise Persian by American glassblower Dale Chihuly. A preview will be held at the gallery, June 24th and 25th, from 10am-5pm Eastern time.

The Philip LaVerne (American, 1907-1987) and Kelvin LaVerne (American, b. 1937) bronze and pewter chinoiserie ‘Chan Li’ cabinet from around 1976, boasts figural decoration and four doors, rising on meandering legs. The piece, which is depicted in Philip Kelvin LaVerne: Sculpture III, a copy of which accompanies the lot, along with a 1976 bill of sale, should bring $30,000-$50,000.

The oil on canvas by Kim Douglas (K.D.) Wiggins, a 1991 landscape work titled The Scarecrow, is signed and dated lower right and measures 30 inches by 40 inches (canvas, less the frame) (est. $12,000-$24,000).

There are several other fine offerings in the sale from Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, including these:

- A bronze and pewter chinoiserie ‘Spring Festival’ low console table from the second half of the 20th century, 56 inches wide, having figural decoration and rising on square legs, signed in mold and retaining a Philip LaVerne Galleries Ltd. label to the underside (est. $8,000-$12,000).

- A bronze and pewter chinoiserie ‘Kuan’ (or ‘Kuan Su’) mirror frame, second half 20th century, overall 27 ½ inches by 23 ¾ inches, having a repeating diapered pattern. The mirror originally contained a pastel by Philip LaVerne, dated 1978, not included in the lot (est. $6,000-$8,000).

- A circa 1965 figural bronze and pewter chinoiserie cocktail table having a shaped glass top, pierced figural decoration, and rising on French tied legs, signed in mold to top. Included with the lot is a marker over cartoon sketch and a photomechanical copy sketch (est. $5,000-$7,000).

Who has more star power, Pablo Picasso or Dale Chihuly? Both are in the auction. A Picasso for Madoura ‘Hibou’ (or owl) faience pitcher from 1954, 9 ¾ inches tall and decorated in medium blue on a white ground, marked and inscribed ‘Edition Picasso’, should realize $5,000-$10,000; while a blue and yellow blown glass piece by Chihuly titled Paradise Persian, 8 ½ inches tall and 9 ½ inches in diameter, signed ‘Chihuly’ to the bulb and marked ‘PP 03’ underneath, should reach $3,000-$5,000.

An authorized, circa 2014 oil on canvas copy of Mona Lisa after Fernando Botero (Colombian, 1932-2023) by Erasmo Arbokola Alvarez (Botero’s assistant, Colombian, 20th century), apparently unsigned and large at 73 ¾ inches by 65 ¼ inches (canvas, less the frame), has an estimate of $10,000-$15,000. Also, an untitled oil on canvas by Simone Lucas (German, b. 1973), titled Girl at Chalkboard, signed and dated to verso and also large, at 90 inches square (canvas, less frame), should make $7,000-$8,000.

A pair of Borge Mogensen (Danish, 1914-1972) for Frederica Furniture (Danish, 1911) ‘Hunting’ chairs (model 229), in the Danish Modern taste, originally designed in 1950, each having an oak frame and brown leather upholstery, is expected to settle at $10,000-$15,000. Also, a pair of George Nakashima (American, 1905-1990) black walnut ‘Grass-Seated’ chairs, circa 1960s, having a round back over spindle supports, resting on a woven grass seat, should find a new home for $4,000-$6,000.

An acrylic and mixed media on canvas abstract portrait painting by Boris Nzebo (Cameroon, b. 1979), titled The Footballer (2014), signed lower right and titled, dated and signed to verso, 39 inches by 39 ½ inches (less frame), has an estimate of $5,000-$7,000. Also, an oil on canvas by James McLaughlin Wat (Ga., 1968-2014), titled Black Horse #2 (2010), with a stout frame size of 60 ¼ inches by 72 ¼ inches and signed upper left and signed, titled and dated to verso, should hammer for $4,000-$6,000.

An untitled late 19th or early 20th century woven textile with seed pearls by Jon Eric Riis (Ga., b. 1945), apparently unmarked, with the textile measuring 34 inches by 46 ½ inches (less the frame), is expected to change hands for $4,000-$6,000. Also, another work by Riis, an untitled Modern hanging textile created circa 1987 from black and neon thread with rectangular black metal tags, apparently unmarked and monumental at 94 ½ inches by 88 ¼ inches, has a pre-sale estimate of $3,000-$5,000.

A teak fruit bowl on a stand by Hans J. Wegner (Danish, 1914-2007), made in the 1950s or ‘60s, 13 inches tall, having a low-slung saucer form, on a metal stand with a branded maker’s mark to the underside, should achieve $3,000-$6,000; while a pair of Ralph Lauren ‘Modern Hollywood’ night stands, rosewood veneer over alderwood right and left facing, each having a single drawer and two open shelves, custom ordered in rosewood rather than the standard walnut, should hit $3,000-$5,000.

The live auction will take place in the Ahlers & Ogletree gallery at 1788 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. NW in Atlanta. Online bidding will be provided by Auction Mobility (, plus and Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

To learn more about Ahlers & Ogletree and the Modern & Contemporary Art + Design auction scheduled for Wednesday, June 26th at 10 am Eastern time, please visit You can also follow Ahlers & Ogletree via social media on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

About Ahlers & Ogletree:
Ahlers & Ogletree is a multi-faceted, family-owned business that spans the antiques, estate sale, wholesale, liquidation, auction and related industries. Ahlers & Ogletree is always seeking quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly at 404-869-2478; or, you can send them an e-mail, at To learn more about Ahlers & Ogletree, please visit You can also follow Ahlers & Ogletree via social media on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

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Wilton, CT, USA, June 14, 2024 -- A carte de visite photograph of Abraham Lincoln signed by him less than three weeks before his assassination, the lyrics of the song Tangled Up in Blue written in Bob Dylan’s hand and signed by him at the bottom, and a document in Russian signed by Peter the Great from 1717 are a few of the expected highlights in University Archives’ online-only Rare Autographs, Manuscripts, Books & Space Memorabilia auction slated for Wednesday, June 26th.

The auction will start promptly at 10:00 am Eastern time. All 510 lots in the catalog are up for viewing and bidding now – on the University Archives website – – as well as, and Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Items signed by many of history’s brightest stars will come up for bid.

“The earlier than usual start time to this auction is a concession to the monumental size – over 500 lots – of our first major online-only sale of the summer,” said John Reznikoff, the president and owner of University Archives. “We’re proud to announce that, once again, we’ve been chosen to catalog and offer at auction important items from the prestigious Forbes Collection.”

Mr. Reznikoff added, “University Archives regulars will recall that we last offered items deaccessioned from the Forbes Collection four years ago. We’re delighted to present more phenomenal ex-Forbes items in our June sale, with additional pieces to come throughout 2024.”

Highlighted collecting categories in the June sale include U.S. Presidential, Aviation / Space, Music, Entertainment, Early America, Military and Sports, plus many other desirable categories.

Lot 62 is the carte de visite photo of Abraham Lincoln, signed by him (as “A. Lincoln”) along the bottom, PSA/DNA graded GEM MT 10. The original photograph was taken by Anthony Berger on Feb. 9, 1865. A handwritten inscription on verso indicates the carte de visite was presented to a well-wisher on March 25, 1865, less than three weeks before Lincoln was killed. It may have been one of the last photographs that Lincoln ever signed. With outstanding provenance from Charles Hamilton; ex-Christie’s (est. $100,000-$150,000).

Lot 288 are the lyrics of Bob Dylan’s song Tangled Up in Blue, entirely inscribed in his hand on a leaf of London hotel stationery in 2013 and signed by him at the conclusion. Tangled Up in Blue was the opening song to Dylan’s best-selling, double-platinum album Blood on the Tracks, released in 1975. The lyrics are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Jeff Rosen, Dylan’s longtime manager and president of the Bob Dylan Music Co. (est. $40,000-$50,000).

Lot 411 is an untranslated document in Russian signed by Peter the Great, dated December 17, 1717. In it, the tsar grants permission to Artillery Major Johnson Henning to obtain craftsmen from Germany, notably shipbuilders, in an effort to expand and modernize the Russian Navy (est. $14,000-$18,000).

Lot 250 is a signature clip from Thomas Lynch (as “Lynch”), considered the second rarest Declaration of Independence signer. The clip was likely removed from a book in Lynch’s personal library. Its provenance traces it to Goodspeed’s Book Shop (est. $12,000-$15,000).

Lot 241 is a document dated August 29, 1782 boldly signed by John Hancock as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, appointing Nicholas Bartlett as commander of a 20-ton armed schooner, the Adventurous Fisherman. Financed and outfitted by Fortesque Vernon and other Boston merchants, the privateer ship and its complement of ten men was given the task of “Cruizing against the Enemies of the United States” (est. $6,000-$7,000).

Lot 357 is a scarce and likely battlefield-used Confederate surgical kit owned by Thomas Stark Hemingway, Staff Surgeon of Col. B. Huber Rutledge’s 4th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry, a unit that suffered heavy casualties. The kit is nearly intact and contains over 60 German steel instruments, including probes, clamps, scalpels and even a trepanning saw, housed in a fitted case mounted by a brass plaque engraved “T.S. Hemingway Surgeon” (est. $6,000-$7,000).

Lot 345 is a 4-page autograph letter signed by Acting Adjutant General Edward D. Townsend, dated December 19, 1889, and elaborating on the exact circumstances of the capture of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis by the Union Army in May 1865. Townsend stated that Davis was apprehended wearing “a ladies waterproof coat and a black shawl over his head.” He goes on to speculate on the possible motives of such unconventional dress (est. $5,000-$6,000).

Lots 285 and 286 are original Walt Disney Studios animation cels, inscribed and signed by Walt Disney on the Guthrie Courvoisier stamped mats. The painted celluloid images of Minnie and Mickey Mouse were used during the production of the 1952 short film Pluto’s Christmas Party. The pair will be offered as separate lots, each carrying a pre-sale estimate of $4,500-$6,000.

Lot 90 is a large archive of typed letters signed, White House memoranda, photographs, and ephemera, circa 1939-1942, representing correspondence between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Robert R. Graham, the architect tasked with designing and overseeing construction of high school buildings in Hyde Park, New York in the late 1930s. The archive includes six typed letters signed by Roosevelt, who was the namesake and benefactor of the school (est. $4,000-$5,000).

Lot 410 is a manuscript document dated January 14, 1646, during the middle of the English Civil War, signed by Oliver Cromwell and five other prominent Parliamentarians: Lord Salisbury, Lord Northumberland, Denis Bond, Thomas Hoyle, and the future regicide Sir Henry Mildmay. The document authorized the payment of six months’ salary to Sussex Cammock, commander of Landguard Fort, as well as to his officers and men, plus repairs to the fort (est. $4,000-$5,000).

Lot 466 is a letter handwritten in German and signed by Sigmund Freud, addressed to his close friend and collaborator, the Austrian Jewish lay psychologist Hanns Sachs. The letter, dated January 1, 1938, contains New Year’s greetings as well as a cryptic message commenting on the state of the field of psychoanalysis, in part: “With increasing knowledge of the literature nothing new will be left of Analysis…” The winning bidder can ponder its meaning (est. $2,800-$3,500).

Lot 467 is a typed letter signed by noted rocket scientist Robert H. Goddard on stationery from his Roswell, New Mexico workshop. In this letter, dated July 4, 1941, Mr. Goddard recommends one of his principal mechanics, Nils T. Ljungquist, for consideration by the U.S. Navy “if and when the rocket development in New Mexico terminates or is interrupted” (est. $2,400-$3,500).

Here is a link to the catalog on the University Archives website:

University Archives has become world-renowned as a go-to source for rare items of this kind. It is actively seeking quality material for future auctions, presenting a rare opportunity for sellers. Anyone who has a single item or a collection that may be a fit for a future University Archives auction may call John Reznikoff at 203-454-0111, or email him at

About University Archives:
University Archives was founded in 1979, as a division of University Stamp Company, by John Reznikoff, who started collecting stamps and coins in 1968, while in the third grade. Industry-wide, Reznikoff is considered the leading authenticity expert for manuscripts and documents. He consults with law enforcement, dealers, auction houses and both major authentication companies. For more information about University Archives, please visit Updates are posted frequently.

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Beachwood, OH, USA, June 14, 2024 -- Original oil on canvas paintings by acclaimed artists Eanger Irving Couse (American, 1866-1936) and Ivan Federovich Choultse (Russian/French, 1874-1913) are the expected headliners in an online-only Halcyon Sale planned for Saturday, June 29th, by Neue Auctions, starting promptly at 10 am Eastern time.

“The summer auction will provide bidders with beautiful bucolic animals in bronze, original paintings and engravings, idyllic landscapes and still lifes, and objects of desire,” said Cynthia Maciejewski of Neue Auctions. “All lots may be viewed at our gallery preview from June 24th to 28th, from 10-5.” The gallery is located at 23533 Mercantile Rd. (Suite 100) in Beachwood.

The small, recently unearthed painting by Eanger Irving Couse, titled Turkey Hunter, done circa 1926, is in original condition and was recently added to the artist’s catalog raisonné. The 8 inch by 10 inch work (canvas) is framed under glass in a period giltwood frame. It’s artist signed lower left and inscribed verso in graphite. The painting should bring $15,000-$25,000.

The oil painting by Ivan Federovich Choultse is titled Soir de Novembre and measures 25 ½ inches by 32 inches (32 inches by 37 ½ inches as framed). It’s artist signed and is expected to realize $15,000-$25,000. Choultse was born in Russia and immigrated to Paris in 1923. He became known as the “magician of light” as a painter of remarkable, glowing snow scenes.

There are two Picassos in the auction in the auction, both from the same estate. A white earthenware with black oxide and white enamel glaze ceramic charger, titled Picador (1953), 8 ¾ inches in diameter, number 117 of 200 and impressed “Madoura Plein Feu”, should rise to $2,000-$4,000; while an etching on Montval laid paper with the “Picasso” watermark, titled Modele et Grande Tete Sculptee (Plate 61, from the Vollard Suite), signed in pencil lower right and inscribed “322” in pencil lower left corner, has an estimate of $3,000-$5,000.

A circa 1930 Art Deco gilt bronze sculpture by Pierre Laurel (French, 1892-1962), featuring an alabaster water jug and an onyx base, 18 ½ inches tall, with an artist inscribed signature at the base (“Laurel”), and an applied dedication plaque to Dr. Perkins for being a good Samaritan, from the crew of the S.S. Pennsylvania, dated 1934, should bring $8,000-$12,000.

Lots 16, 17, and 18 are pots by Claude Conover (American, 1907-1994): Chaac, a ceramic pot with applied slip over a textured cylindrical body with horizontal bands, 18 inches tall (est. $6,000-$9,000); Tamnes, a ceramic pot with applied slip over a multi-textured and wide form, signed and titled, 19 inches tall (est. $6,000-$9,000); and Kokom, a ceramic pot with applied slip over a multi-patterned surface, signed and titled, 11 inches in height (est. $3,000-$5,000).

A lithograph in colors on Arches Cover paper by Josef Albers (German /American, 1888-1976), titled WLS XIII (from the White Line Squares Series II, 1966), number 79 from an edition of 125 and signed, dated and numbered to the lower margin ‘WLS – XIII 79-125 A 66’ with a blind stamp, 15 ½ inches square (minus the frame), should reach $4,000-$8,000.

A pair of early 20th century Italian carved marble garden pedestals, in the form of three lion headed winged creatures with large paw feet and trefoil-shaped tops, will be sold individually (each est. $1,500-$2,500). Also, an early 20th century Italian carved marble garden bench, the rectangular marble top carved at the border with anthemion, raised on a pair of trestle shaped bases carved with mythical winged creatures, on large paw feet, should go for $1,000-$2,000.

Lots 64-87 comprise a collection of sporting art pulled from an estate in Gates Mills, Ohio. These will be led by an oil on canvas Portrait of Horse in a Landscape by William Barraud (English, 1810-1850), signed and dated (1846) lower right and with a canvas size of 20 inches by 24 inches (24 ¾ inches by 28 ½ inches as framed). The work should fetch $2,000-$4,000.

Other artists in the auction will include James William Cole, Walter Hunt and Robert Watson. Sculptures by Carl Kauba, P.J. Mene, Rosa Bonheur, Walter Maria and Lawrence Isard will also cross the auction block, as will engravings after George Stubbs.

British and American silver will be highlighted by a large sterling silver high-sided footed bowl form with a segmented rim (Monteith, London, 1900), having a maker’s mark for William Hutton and Sons, Ltd., 9 inches tall and 10 ¼ inches in diameter, with oval cartouches in scrolls reserved on gadrooning, weighing 59.029 oz. troy (est. $2,000-$4,000).

Three English Georgian gilded mirrors will come up for bid. They include the following:

- English George II carved giltwood wall mirror, c. 1740, with broken arch pediment centered by a Prince of Wales plume, the mirror frame carved in relief with foliate scrolls and pendant leaves and flowers, 43 ½ inches tall by 24 inches wide (est. $2,000-$4,000).

- English George III carved giltwood wall mirror, c. 1760, the surmount with carved Ho-o bird, standing with wings aloft, the frame carved with c-scrolls at each corner, the sides carved with branches, flowers and leaves, 49 inches by 23 ½ inches (est. $2,000-$4,000).

- English Regency giltwood mirror, c.1810, with molded cornice over a verre eglomise panel decorated in gilding with a floral spray on opaque white, in an oval cartouche, on a pale green lattice ground, 39 ½ inches tall by 26 inches in width (est. $1,500-$2,500).

An 18kt yellow gold brooch by John Paul Miller (American, 1918-2013), in a multi-level, open work spade shape with overlapping branches, the open areas of the branches decorated with a granulation technique, is estimated to garner $3,000-$5,000. Miller was a pioneer in the use of granulation, and taught himself the technique through trial-and-error, beginning in the 1940s.

Two Chinese Kangxi blue and white vases will come up for bid. One is a 14-inch-tall shouldered form vase with a flared base and a high fired gloss finish, showing a seated figure in a landscape surrounded by attendants (est. $2,000-$4,000). The other is a late 16th century decorated bottle shape on a tall spreading foot with fret design, 12 ½ inches tall, the body decorated with birds, bamboo sprigs, butterflies and peonies in a vibrant blue over white ground (est. $1,500-$2,500).

The auction will also feature an Americana collection that includes a Dentzel style carousel horse, a faithful groomsman lawn jockey, a selection of duck decoys, and children’s toys (to include horse rockers and carriages). Also up for bid will be Inuit art (including works by George Arluk, Veronica Kadjuak, Isaac Takatak and others). An inkwell collection is also in the sale.

Internet bidding will be facilitated by and The auction will be clerked live on auction day by Neue Auctions team members. The catalog is up now on the two bidding sites.

To learn more about Neue Auctions and the online-only Halcyon Sale planned for Saturday, June 29th, starting promptly at 10 am Eastern time, please visit Updates are posted frequently. Cynthia Maciejewksi and Bridget McWilliams can be reached by telephone at 216-245-6707; or via email at,

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Neue Auctions invites everyone to be added to its email list to receive notices and info regarding current and future sales. The firm is always seeking quality consignments. To learn more about Neue Auctions, please visit Updates are posted frequently. Cynthia Maciejewksi and Bridget McWilliams can be reached by telephone at 216-245-6707; or via email at,

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Atlanta, GA, USA, June 13, 2024 -- A Niermann Weeks ‘Calais’ six-light chandelier lit up the room for $5,115, an 18th century American School oil on canvas portrait of a boy with his dog realized $4,538, an impressive Kirk & Son sterling repousse pitcher gaveled for $4,840, and a gorgeous pair of Italian burled veneer pedestal cabinets fetched $2,723 in two days of auctions held June 5th and 6th by Ahlers & Ogletree.

The 522-lot Summer Estates & Collections auction was held live in the Ahlers & Ogletree gallery at 1788 Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard NW in Atlanta, as well as online. Session 1, on June 5th, featured 246 lots of English and American decorative arts, fine art and furniture. Session 2, on June 6th, had 276 lots of Continental decorative arts, fine arts, furniture and silver. The two days grossed about $419,000.

The Niermann Weeks (American, 1978) ‘Calais’ six-light chandelier, measuring 32 ¼ inches tall and 34 inches in diameter, had a gilt finished metal frame and stylized ostrich plumes (or palm fronds) composed of colorless glass rods. Manufacturers’ labels were attached to the ceiling canopy.

The 18th century oil on canvas American School portrait of a boy with his dog was rendered in 1779 and titled Portrait of Morgan Wilmot. The unsigned work was inscribed and dated to the upper right and nicely housed in a frame. The work measured 47 inches by 32 ¾ inches (canvas, minus the frame).

The Samuel Kirk & Son (American, 1846) sterling silver repousse water pitcher showed marks that were used from 1892-1924 and had a repousse pattern with florals and various animals, all set in a landscape with ruins. The pitcher was marked ‘26’, ‘S. Kirk & Son’, ‘925/1000’, with an inscription.

The mid-20th century pair of Italian burl chestnut veneer hexagonal pedestal cabinets, both 32 inches tall by 15 inches wide, each had a single door and rose on a plinth base, with manufacturers’ labels.

Following are additional highlights from the auction, at which internet bidding was facilitated by Auction Mobility (, and About 30 people attended the auction in person at the gallery, while 20 phone bidders and 64 absentee bidders also submitted bids. All prices quoted in this report are inclusive of a 21 percent buyer’s premium.

A palace-size Persian Mahal rug with a heavily patterned central navy-blue field surrounded by multiple borders, measuring a stout 12 feet by 20 feet 8 inches, found a new home for $5,143.

A Dennis & Leen (American, 1959) ‘Shaped Chinoiserie Tray’ coffee table having a black lacquered top and rising on a gilt metal faux bois base, apparently unmarked, brought $4,235.

Other Dennis & Leen offerings in the sale included a pair of ‘Marseilles’ giltwood mirrors, each having a shape pattern distressed frame, 52 ¼ inches by 34 ¼ inches, unmarked ($4,235); and a pair of ‘Italian Louis XVI’ armchairs, each having an antique cream painted parcel gilt finish and possibly Luigi Bevilacqua ‘Melograno’ upholstery with one accent pillow, finished at $2,299.

A large pair of Paul Ferrante (American, 1957) crystal 12-light “Anniversary” chandeliers in the Louis XIV taste each boasts a 22kt gold leaf finish. Both are hung with colorless crystal swags and prisms, with both chandeliers 60 inches in height and 42 inches in diameter, sold within estimate for $7,260.

A large Tridacna gigas clam shell, complete with both halves, an adult sessiled pair with the remains of the connective tissue that hinged the two halves of the shell when still alive, hit $3,933.

A 20th century French provincial style carved walnut panetiére (ornate Frenc bread box) in the Louis XV taste, having turned finials and spindles, a paneled door, and rising on scroll and die front feet, unmarked and measuring 39 inches in height by 33 ¼ inches in width, reached $1,815.

An untitled (Pastoral Landscape) oil on canvas painting done in 1900 by Archibald McNeal Willard (American, 1836-1918), monogrammed ‘A.M.W.’ and dated to the lower right, made $4,538.

A pair of Victorian style cast iron garden benches, produced in the manner of the Coalbrookdale Foundry (English, 1709-2017), having a white painted finish, a serpentine crest with an oak and ivy pattern, rolled arms terminating in beast hand rests and wooden slat seats, commanded $2,299.

A group of 19 Lalique (French, 20th century) ‘Honfleur’ frosted geranium dessert and small leaf plates, consisting of eleven dessert plates and eight small plates, found a new owner for $2,178.

A late 19th/early 20th century British oak Welsh dresser base in the Georgian taste, having an overhanging top, two drawers and a single shelf, rising on turned legs, unmarked, rose to $1,573.

Next up for Ahlers & Ogletree is an online-only Books & Documents auction on Thursday, June 20th; a Modern Art & Design + Outsider Art auction on Wednesday, June 26th; an online-only Asian Art & Antiques auction on Thursday, July 18th; an auction featuring the estate of Greg Crawford on Thursday, September 12th; and a two-day Fall Auction on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 2nd-3rd.

To learn more about Ahlers & Ogletree and their upcoming auctions, visit You can also follow Ahlers & Ogletree via social media on Twitter (X), Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

About Ahlers & Ogletree:
Ahlers & Ogletree is a multi-faceted, family-owned business that spans the antiques, estate sale, wholesale, liquidation, auction and related industries. Ahlers & Ogletree is always seeking quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly at 404-869-2478; or, you can send them an e-mail, at To learn more about Ahlers & Ogletree and their upcoming auctions, visit You can also follow Ahlers & Ogletree via social media on Twitter (X), Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.