INDIANA POTTERY EARLY PIECES SHARE THE SPOTLIGHT AT ANTIQUE HELPER
(September 12, 2005 Indianapolis, Indiana). Sunday, August 28 found a packed house at Dan Ripley’s Antique Helper. This Art and Antiques Auction featured an abundance of desirable merchandise, including Flow Blue, early furniture pieces, primitive Treenware and Indiana art, as well as 36 lots of Muncie and Amaco pottery. All prices noted include a 15% buyer’s premium for eBay, absentee and telephone bidders, and a 10% buyer’s premium for floor bidders.
With House Auctioneer DeWayne Butler calling the sale to a standing-room only crowd, the auction was off to a fine start with several lots of Flow Blue china, selling within the estimated $50-$100. One lot of six English Flow Blue pattern plates, including five 9” and 10” plates marked “Conway, New Wharf Pottery, and England” and one 9” “Alton” plate surpassed high estimate of $200, selling for $345 to an eBay bidder. More china offered included a trio of vintage Royal Doulton lady figurines, “Top of the Hill,” Chloe” and “Nicola”, selling to a floor bidder for $275. An Overbeck ceramic girl figurine sold within estimated $150-$250, at $220, to a floor bidder.
Among the collection of European Tankards offered at this auction, an English jasperware brown basalt tankard sold for $110 to a floor bidder, and a late 19th Century English majolica corn tankard with plated hinged lid closed at $115 to an eBay bidder.
A Royal Bonn “La Rhone” Ansonia mantle clock exceeded high estimate, closing at $603.75 to an absentee bidder. Going to the same bidder was another Ansonia Royal Bonn porcelain mantle clock (est. $150-$250), selling for $195.50 and a Gustav Becker chiming German regulator clock in a Gothic arch case sold for $275 to a floor bidder
Among three lots of Schoenhut character dolls and animals offered in this sale was a Schoenhut Teddy Roosevelt African Adventure doll (ca. 1912), bringing $690 from a New York absentee bidder, and bringing light to the sale was a Syrian Reticulated punched brass lamp with moon and star finial, selling for $431.25, to an eBay bidder.
Antique Helper offered a great representation of early American and primitive furniture in this auction, including a massive hand-made two piece step back cupboard with drop front desk, ca. 1880s. Featuring hand cut dovetail construction with pre-production nails and the original glass, this piece sold within its estimated $800-$1,200, for $1,092.50, to telephone bidder who collects antique desks. More than doubling high estimate of $150 was a small Old Hickory rustic side table, closing at $402.50, to an eBay bidder, while a lot of two pieces of miniature Old Hickory hoop back doll furniture surpassed high estimate of $100, closing at $184, to an absentee bidder. An antique primitive plantation desk sold within estimate, bringing $357.50 from a floor bidder, and a primitive style grain/storage bin painted mustard yellow, constructed with square nails, brought $373.75, going to an eBay bidder. The final lot in this group, a primitive four-door corner cabinet with shelves, a family piece fresh to the market, closed at $862.50, to an eBay bidder.
Eleven lots of primitive treenware, totaling more than 70 individual pieces were offered with strong results. One 16-piece lot comprised of kitchen spoons, paddles, scoops and a pierced ladle exceeded high estimate of $100, selling for $198 to a floor bidder, and a group, going to another floor bidder, comprised of eight scoops and paddles sold for $110, while a lot of four dry grain measures surpassed closed at $126.50, to an eBay bidder. Meanwhile, a large 19th Century square floral appliqué quilt with an unusual swag border with fine quilting surpassed high estimate of $250, closing at $373.75, to an eBay bidder.
Several lots of small Spelter, lead, pot metal and tin figures and toys brought strong marks. One lot of three small figures, including a white pot metal Santa, a reindeer and a carved with stone polar bear closed well above high estimate of $80, at $138, to an absentee bidder. Another lot, comprised of two vintage cold painted metal shepherd dog figures exceeded high estimate of $100, closing at $207, to the same absentee bidder. Dogs made a showing the form of doorstops as well, with a PAL 1929 cast iron terrier dog doorstop reaching high estimate at $92, to and eBay bidder and a Hubley terrier dog cast iron doorstop with red enamel closed at 172.50, also going to an eBay bidder. More impressively, an antique cast iron mechanical “Magic Bank” by J&E Stevens, with patent dates from 1873, 1875 and 1876 closed for a solid $990 to a floor bidder.
A Rookwood double handle Arts and Crafts vase, ca. 1927 heralded the pottery portion of the sale. Glazed in matte green drip over rose and marked with Rookwood flame mark, “XXVI, 63”, this vase closed above estimate, going home with a floor bidder for $157. Following this, the cascade of Muncie and Amaco pottery began, with 43 lots of Indiana pottery, peppered with other art pottery and a bit of Zanesville as well. Muncie pottery tended to bring good prices, including a rare green drip over rose basket, which sold for $230 to an eBay bidder. A rare Muncie hand thrown hi-glaze blue “Jack in the Pulpit” vase closed within estimate at $207, also going to an eBay bidder and a Muncie art pottery green drip over peachskin hi-glaze vase matched the price, $207, this time going to an absentee bidder.
Among the artwork sold at this auction were more consignments from the family of Isabelle White, a well known Hoosier Salon artist from Decatur, Indiana with artist ties to Florida. One painting, a large self portrait that included the reflection of a portrait of two small boys exceeded high estimate of $300, selling for $605, to the boys’ mother, who drove from Alabama in order to bid on this family treasure.
Antique Helper is now gearing up for the Fall Costume, Bakelite and Estate Jewelry Auction on Sunday, September 18th at 12 Noon and Baseball fans will not want to miss the George. S. Hipp Baseball Autograph Collection auction taking place on Saturday October 8, at 10:00 AM. For more information about these sales, and to view online catalogs, visit us at www.antiquehelper.com, or call 317-251-5635