The April 29th Art and Antiques auction brought a large crowd to Antique Helper. This auction was packed full of great merchandise. Bidders from across the country readied themselves for the sale well in advance.

Among the items receiving paramount attention was a spectacular Russian silver tankard with tandem hallmarks for Nichols and Plinke, dated 1865. The lid bore the engraved dedication, “Given to Ilya Yakovlevich Shotlender from his superior (prikazchiki) at the Nevskiy (St. Petersburg) Wax Factory for his 25th anniversary (October 1841-1866)”. Equipped with a high estimate of $5,000, this exquisitely decorated piece easily surpassed all expectations, realizing $23,500* from a New York telephone bidder.

Among the large assortment of nineteenth century paintings was a portrait of a pair of Arabian horses framed in a barn door with nesting pigeons. This bucolic scene swiftly galloped beyond high estimate, bringing $2,817.50* from an eBay bidder.

There were several examples of Lalique and R. Lalique glass offered, including “Renoncules,” a vase of flared rim form with raised buttercup design and acid etched R. Lalique France.” Expected to bring between $500 and $800, this fine example, offered in good condition, doubled high the estimate, seeing $1,880 from a telephone bidder.

Lately, whenever a piece of Overbeck art pottery is offered at auction, there is cause for celebration. In October 2005, an important 8 ¾” Overbeck vase, decorated by sisters Elizabeth and Hanna, sold at Antique Helper for an impressive $11,000, minus buyer’s premium. Another example, decorated with stylized Native American imagery sold in 2004 for $4,750, minus buyer’s premium. In the April 29th auction, Antique Helper presented a large Overbeck art pottery double handled vase with floral decoration, by Elizabeth and Frances. Floor bidders from Northern Indaina paid $4,218.75 to add this piece to their important Overbeck collection.

Great furniture offerings included a selection of Old Hickory furniture, as well as Limbert and Stickley Brothers Mission rockers. In keeping with the Arts and Crafts theme, bidders were quick to take note of a wonderful oak desk from Shop of the Crafters at Cincinnati, which doubled estimate, bringing $1,470* from an eBay bidder.

A large consignment of leaded stained glass windows gave bidders plenty of colorful choices, most selling between $180 and $1,200. But, the true show-stopper was a beautiful Arts and Crafts leaded glass window installation featuring flowering Wisteria. Originally installed in an Evansville, Indiana residence in the 1920s, this 6” x 8” masterpiece brought $17,625 from a telephone bidder.

Musicians nationwide expressed interest in a TB-5 Tenor DeLuxe Gibson Mastertone 4-string Banjo. Manufactured in 1928, this fine instrument was decorated with mother of pearl and inlaid veneers. Giving great sound and offered in overall good condition, this great little instrument closed at $4,900* from an eBay bidder.

As quickly as one auction ends, work on the next begins. Antique Helper staff is now preparing for our next Art and Antiques auction, set to take place on Sunday, June 3. Highlights from this auction include Miessen porcelain and a large collection of vintage travel posters. Watch for email updates and keep your eyes on our website, www.antiquehelper.com, for more information.

· All prices listed include a buyer’s premium of 12.5% for floor bidders, 17.5% for telephone and absentee bidders and 22.5% for eBay bidders.