Several auctions take us into the New Year!

Today is Christmas Eve. It’s hard to believe another year has flown by. I often feel that time is streaking by at a very quick pace as I sit in my home office looking out on a blanket (thin) of snow a week before Christmas (deadline). The weather forecast isn’t very optimistic about a White Christmas, but we’ll have to wait and see. The holidays will be celebrated for the next couple of weeks –with Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day rounding out the end of the year and the welcoming of the New Year—2020! Wow!

At this joyous time of the year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our writers and contributors that make each issue of Collectors Journal so interesting and informative throughout the year. Harry Rinker, Mary Jane Lamphier, Anne Gilbert, Mike Ivankovich, John Stinger, Bob Mathisen, Donald Brian Johnson, Ken Hall, Dr. Lori Verderame, Mark Roeder, Rosemary McKittrick, Helaine Fendelman, Joe Rosson, Roy Nuhn, Terry and Kim Kovel, Ron Stookey, Tom Bowers and Jeff Figler have provided our readers with many articles throughout the past year that entertain and increase our knowledge about a host of antique pieces, interesting characters and collecting trends.

Throughout the year, our readers have also done their best helping to solve “mystery items,” and we’ve all enjoyed reading about some unusual collections.

There are several outstanding auctions coming up in the next few weeks. Here’s a few I received via e-mail:

An auspicious Asian acquisitions auction is December 27th, by Converse Auctions, based in Malvern, Pa. The sale will be online-only, with telephone and absentee bids accepted. Offered will be over 350 lots of fine Chinese antiques, to include jade carvings, porcelain, paintings, jewelry, bronze Buddhas, furniture and more, at 10 a.m. Eastern. Internet bidding will be provided by the Converse website (ConverseAuctions.com), LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Additional information about this auction, is with Todd Converse at (610) 722-9004; or, you can email him at info@ConverseAuctions.com.

A Militaria Auction #82 is Saturday, December 28th, by Mohawk Arms, Inc., online and at the gallery on Route 20 in Bouckville, N.Y., in upstate New York. Offered will be 1,225 lots spanning multiple conflicts and generations, to include swords, political and military buttons, belt buckles, uniforms, medals and orders, Third Reich items, shooting badges, headgear, peaked caps, posters, bayonets, antique flint pistols and more. Internet bidding will be offered via LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. More information about this auction, is with Raymond Zyla at 315-893-7888; or, email at mohawk@militaryrelics.com.

Nadeau's Auction Gallery, is having their New Year's Day sales event. This year's offerings include rarities from estates across Connecticut, New York City, and Rhode Island, among others.  All merchandise will be on display and available for preview at Nadeau's gallery, located at 25 Meadow Road, Windsor, CT on Saturday, December 28th from noon – 3 p.m.; Monday, December 30th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Tuesday, December 31st from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Wednesday, January 1st from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. or online anytime at Nadeau’s website, located at www.nadeausauction.com. This sale features wall-to-wall selections of 20th century fine art, with subjects ranging from traditional to contemporary.  The top lot in the sale is #500, Cavalli in Riva al Mare (Horses by the Sea) by Giorgio De Chirico (Italian, 1888 - 1978). It is estimated at $50,000-80,000. This signed, 20" x 24" oil on canvas captures a bare chested rider in a red hat upon one horse; another horse follows to his side.  The painting is accompanied by a letter from the artist to William Wyler talking about Mr. Wyler purchasing this painting, along with another letter from Wyler. Lot #250, a still life by Charles Ethan Porter (American, 1847 - 1923) is estimated at $15,000-25,000. This signed, oil on canvas work features a basket overflowing with apples, pears, and grapes, measures 20" x 29", and is handsomely housed in a gilt gold frame. And lot #475, Ocean City Music Pier by Laurence A Campbell (American, b. 1939), is estimated at $6,000-12,000. This appealing oil on canvas beach scene includes sunbathers, umbrellas, and a boardwalk - all the trappings for a perfect summer day. It measures 16" x 20" and is signed by the artist. This sale also includes 660 extraordinary lots of jewelry, decorative arts, and paintings, many collected and curated especially for this highly anticipated, annual event. Nadeau’s Auction Gallery is located 25 Meadow Road, Windsor, CT 06095 and can be reached by telephone at 860-246-2444, fax at 860-524-8735, or email at info@nadeausauction.com.  The facility is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  For more information on this sale and Nadeau’s Auction Gallery, please see www.nadeausauction.com.  Bids for these can be placed online through LiveAuctioneers, Bidsquare, and Invaluable or by phone by arrangement.  Please contact Nadeau's directly if you wish to submit bids in advance via absentee bidding.

A 444-lot Estate Fine Art, Antiques & Collectibles Auction is Saturday, January 4th, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, online and at the gallery in Cranston, R.I. It will be an eclectic sale, with items ranging from a 1985 Rolls Royce Silver Spirit car to a fine selection of contemporary Indian arts to a 9 1/2-foot-tall taxidermy giraffe. The auction will start promptly at 11 am Eastern time. Internet bidding will be via LiveAuctioneers.comInvaluable.comBidsquare.com and the Bruneau website. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Travis Landry at 401-533-9980; or, email at info@bruneauandco.com.

An auction dedicated to the fine art collection of Gerald Leon Cafesjian (N.Y., 1925-2013) is Saturday, January 11th, 2020 by Andrew Jones Auctions, online and at the gallery in downtown Los Angeles, Calif. Mr. Cafesjian was a legal publishing legend, art connoisseur and philanthropist who collected with a discerning eye and an adventurous spirit. In all, 140 lots will come up for bid, to include contemporary paintings, sculptures, prints and mixed media works. Online bidding will be via LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. More information about this auction, is with Aileen Ward at (213) 748-8008; or, email at aileen@andrewjonesauctions.com.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Our first issue of 2020 will be January 14 and we’ll be kicking off the New Year with plenty of interesting articles, advice and the latest information on upcoming auctions, sales and antiques shows and sales. Contact us with mystery items, unusual collections, club and convention news, Auction Action news and other antique-related matters at editor@collectorsjournal.com or at meego929@aol.com. We can be reached via telephone at (319) 472-4763.