The May 8 Auction at Dan Ripley’s Antique Helper proved to be yet another success for this forward thinking auction company. Floor bidders bellied up to bid against a host of telephone, eBay and absentee bidders, as Antique Helper presented an array of treasures honed from several local and national consignors. Raising the excitement level was a selection of Haviland china, American art pottery and several important paintings as well as silver, glass, and a treasure trove of discovery items sold directly to the floor. As with all Antique Helper auctions, floor bidders paid a buyer’s premium of 10% in addition to gavel price, while absentee, telephone and eBay bidders paid a 15% buyer’s premium. All prices listed include buyer’s premium.

Drop Rose Drops In

The success of this Sunday afternoon auction can be attributed in part to a large collection of Haviland Drop Rose china. Consistently selling within estimate, and in many cases more than exceeding expectations, the auction started on a high note with fourteen lots of this highly sought-after china. Most would be buyers stepped aside to take in the action as two floor bidders, one of whom drove hours from Nebraska in order to bid in person, battled it out for ownership of all but one piece of this popular china. Tripling expectations was the opening lot, a Haviland Drop Rose covered double handle tureen. Equipped with a high estimate of $200, this pretty piece easily surpassed expectations, selling for a fine $687.50. Bringing even stronger results was an eight-inch Drop Rose chocolate pot (est. $300-$400), selling for $1375, while a cream and sugar set sold for $395 and a lot including a 6 ¾” Nappie bowl and a small oval bowl sold for $660.

Other porcelain enjoyed strong sales as well. An 1845 Sevres Pont de Saintes plate, artist signed, with an estimate of $200-$400, sold for $1,725, and a Royal Bonn Ansonia Victorian mantle clock (high estimate $600), sold for $920 to an absentee bidder.

Victorian Silver plate Scores

Silver plate pieces, including a lot of three Victorian silver plate napkin rings (est. $100-$200), selling for $488.75, to an absentee bidder, fared well. A beautiful, ornate English repousse tea and coffee service, marked with lion hallmark and “Made in England” nearly doubled high estimate of $500, closing at $1,045 to a floor bidder, while another 3 piece lot of Victorian figural napkin rings met high estimate of $230.

Glass Glistens

Glass offerings included a Pairpoint Puffy table lamp, selling for $6,037.50, to a telephone bidder. Other glass also fared well, including a pair of hand painted green German glass apothecary style lidded jars (est. $250-$350), selling for $977.50; a Loetz art glass vase of yellow amber with iridescent platinum blue zipper pattern trails and crimped top (est. $500-$700) sold for $1,063.75 to an eBay bidder, and an R. Lalique French art glass “Le Lys” d’Orsay floral powder box, ca. 1922, closed at $402.50, including buyer’s premium, to an eBay bidder. A Tiffany blue Favrile art glass cabinet vase with leaf and vine decoration and engraved signature LC Tiffany,” sold for $1,322.50, to an absentee bidder

Indiana Artists plus Rivera, Chagall

Art sales included more works by Indiana artist Zeno Hodge, and an impressionistic water color by Hoosier Group artist J. Ottis Adams (American, 1851-1927) sold within estimate at $1,880, to a local bidder. “The Lovers,” a lithograph by Russian/French artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985) more than tripled high estimate of $500, selling for $1,897.50 to an Israeli bidder via eBay. But the real star of the day was a small, ca.1950 5” x 8” watercolor by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera (1886-1957). Purchased from an exclusive gallery in Mexico City in 1954 by the consignor and guaranteed authentic, this rare find, underbid by an eager local bidder, sold nicely within its estimated $10,000-$15,000, at $13,800, to a San Francisco eBay bidder.

Pottery Plays Well

Continuing the sale of the pottery collection of Virginia Heiss and drawing from the collections of a handful of other collections, nearly 70 lots of American and art pottery helped bring the auction to its conclusion. Included in this portion was an important monumental vase by American studio potter Paul Soldner (B. 1921), accompanied by a letter of authenticity from the artist to the consignor, mailed in 1976. Given an estimate of $2,000-$3,000, this piece sold above high estimate at $3,850, to a local collector. A pair of Roseville silhouette vases decorated in the oak leaf design sold just above high estimate at $207, and a multi toned blue matte glaze Van Briggle Squat Vessel dated 1918 met high estimate of $460. Two 6” Rookwood tile trivets, Mold #3091, dated 1919 and 1929 closed above high estimate of $200, selling for $373.75.

Sales for Indiana art pottery by Amaco and Muncie were mixed, with most lots selling within estimate. A lot of two Amaco squat vases, #S3 closed at $115, to a telephone bidder, and an Amaco Art Pottery Arts and Crafts double handle vase in matte green glaze sold for $103.50, to an absentee bidder. Going to the same absentee bidder was a Muncie art pottery vase, shape #143 in matte green drip over rose (estimated $50-$150), selling for $138. A nice Haley Spanish Line Muncie Art Pottery four handle vase, shape #273 in semi white drop over rose glaze sold for $218.50, and a matte green over pumkin 13” Muncie art pottery hand thrown vase, shape #U46, sold for $247.50, to a floor bidder.

Fueled by the energy brought by the discovery portion of this sale, Antique Helper held another, all-discovery auction on Thursday, May 12, with additional Thursday auctions scheduled for May 19, 26th and June 9th. On June 10th and 11th, Antique Helper will collaborate with Christy’s of Indiana to present the Hook’s Drug Store Museum de-accession sale. For more information about Antique Helper auctions, past, present and future, visit our recently re-designed website at or call 317-251-5635.