The Summer Catalogue Auction - June 12, 13 & 14, 2014
We are proud to announce The Summer Catalogue Auction, to be held June 12, 13 & 14, 2014, at our state-of-the-art auction gallery in Hillsborough, North Carolina. This important sale features sessions of Rare & Fine Wine, 20th Century Arts & Design, and Fine & Decorative Arts.
The Summer Catalogue Auction - June 12, 13 & 14, 2014
We are proud to announce The Summer Catalogue Auction, to be held June 12, 13 & 14, 2014, at our state-of-the-art auction gallery in Hillsborough, North Carolina. This important sale features sessions of Rare & Fine Wine, 20th Century Arts & Design, and Fine & Decorative Arts.
The Summer Catalogue Auction - June 12, 13 & 14, 2014
We are proud to announce The Summer Catalogue Auction, to be held June 12, 13 & 14, 2014, at our state-of-the-art auction gallery in Hillsborough, North Carolina. This important sale features sessions of Rare & Fine Wine, 20th Century Arts & Design, and Fine & Decorative Arts.
The Summer Catalogue Auction - June 12, 13 & 14, 2014
We are proud to announce The Summer Catalogue Auction, to be held June 12, 13 & 14, 2014, at our state-of-the-art auction gallery in Hillsborough, North Carolina. This important sale features sessions of Rare & Fine Wine, 20th Century Arts & Design, and Fine & Decorative Arts.
The Summer Catalogue Auction - June 12, 13 & 14, 2014
We are proud to announce The Summer Catalogue Auction, to be held June 12, 13 & 14, 2014, at our state-of-the-art auction gallery in Hillsborough, North Carolina. This important sale features sessions of Rare & Fine Wine, 20th Century Arts & Design, and Fine & Decorative Arts.
The Summer Catalogue Auction - June 12, 13 & 14, 2014
We are proud to announce The Summer Catalogue Auction, to be held June 12, 13 & 14, 2014, at our state-of-the-art auction gallery in Hillsborough, North Carolina. This important sale features sessions of Rare & Fine Wine, 20th Century Arts & Design, and Fine & Decorative Arts.
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Join us for the Antique Appraisal Fair at Ayr Mount in Historic Hillsborough

Antique Appraisal Fair at Ayr Mount with Special Guest Julia Carpenter of UNC-TV’s Collecting Carolina Ayr Mount Historic Site 376 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough, NC April 17, 2014, 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. is proud to provide antique appraisal services for the Antique Appraisal Fair at Ayr Mount. We welcome you to join us on April 17th, at 4:00 P.M., for Ayr Mount’s first-ever Antique Appraisal Fair with guest of honor Julia Carpenter, of UNC-TV’s Collecting Carolina. This event, inspired by Antiques Roadshow, will give guests the opportunity to have antiques such as silver, paintings, jewelry, wine, and more, appraised by our Leland Little Auctions Department Specialists. Tickets are required for admission to this event and may be purchased online at www.classicalamericanhomes.org or by calling 919-732-6886.
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Strength and Consistency in The Spring Catalogue Auction, March 13, 14 & 15

Hillsborough, NC - March 19, 2014 Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. starts off the 2014 year demonstrating strength and consistency in their Three-Day Spring Catalogue Auction. With total sales grossing over $1.7 million US dollars, the auction gallery’s momentum remains unchecked. The complete auction results for the sale can be found online. This three-day event was led by their Fine Jewelry Department. Offerings generated heated bidding between online, telephone, and floor bidders. Lots of note include a 5.05 carat, F color, VS2 clarity, Platinum and Pear Shaped Diamond Ring, which soared to $100,000, and a 13.96 carat Platinum, Pink Sapphire and Diamond Ring, which rose to $56,000 (listed prices do not include the 18% buyers premium). Southern Furniture got the attention of bidders with an Important Hepplewhite Eastern North Carolina Cellaret, which sailed to $17,000, and an early North Carolina Semi-Tall Chest on Frame which doubled its pre-sale estimate and brought $16,000. Fine Art offerings were strong with Gaetano Bellei’s, “The Flower Seller,” which achieved $18,000, and Francis Speight’s, “Italian Garden,” which hammered for $17,000. The Rare and Fine Wine session generated significant interest, with their largest offering of rare and fine wine to date. Top achievers in this sale include three bottles of 2010 Screaming Eagle, which hammered for $5,250, as well as two bottles of 1982 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, which sold for $5,000. Other fine lots of note include A Rarer Variant of The Union is Dissolved Broadside, which blew well past its pre-sale estimate, hammering at $25,000, as well as an Austrian Picture Clock with Musical Movement which sold for $11,500. Leland Little Auctions looks forward to an exciting second quarter. On May 17th the auction gallery will offer The Estate Collection of Dr. and Mrs. R. Lewis Wright of Richmond, Virginia followed by their Three-Day Summer Catalogue Auction which will be held on June 12th, 13th, and 14th. Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. is always seeking quality consignments, whether it be an entire estate or a significant item. If you would like to discuss selling please call at 919-644-1243 or email at info@llauctions.com.
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Ultra-Rare Original Secession Broadside featured in The Spring Catalogue Auction

By Rob Golan Hillsborough, NC I was first introduced to “THE UNION IS DISSOLVED” broadside while a youngster caught up in the Civil War Centennial hoopla of the early 1960s. The design of this poster, published in South Carolina by the Charleston Mercury, relies on utilitarian simplicity to sound an unforgettable call to revolution. Today, after fifty-odd years of Civil War immersion and reflection, I consider this no-nonsense manifesto one of the seminal icons of not only “The Late Unpleasantness,” but also of the entire American experience. Nearly a century of unresolved sectional conflict over slavery came to a head with Abraham Lincoln’s election to the presidency in November 1860. South Carolinians, bristling at the mere possibility of an antislavery administration in Washington, soon organized a Secession Convention. The agitated delegates in attendance unanimously declared the Palmetto State an independent nation on December 20, 1860. Responding to this radical act, local jurist James L. Petigru wryly observed that, "South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum." The publishers of the Charleston Mercury were eager to spread the news of disunion the moment secession became fact. Their printing presses were at the ready. Within minutes of the final vote, “THE UNION IS DISSOLVED” broadsides were distributed to the rapturous mobs swelling Charleston’s streets in celebration. From an original run of a very few hundred, only a handful of these rare secession broadsides survive today. Consequently, we at Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. are honored to offer an exceptionally fine specimen of this first Confederate imprint in our Spring Catalog Auction on March 15, 2014. Please see our online listing of Lot 510 for a complete technical description accompanied by detailed photographs.
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Invaluable & Leland Little Auctions Announce Exclusive Partnership for Live-Online Bidding

To register for Live-Online Bidding, please visit the Leland Little Auctions Homepage on Invaluable. Boston, MA – March 4, 2014 – Invaluable, the world’s largest online live auction marketplace, and Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales (LLAES) Ltd., a premier auction gallery located in Hillsborough, North Carolina, today announced a new partnership to provide Invaluable bidders with exclusive access to online bidding on LLAES, Ltd. sales. The first Leland Little Auction sale to be promoted through Invaluable is the company’s upcoming Spring Auction Catalogue taking place from March 13-15, 2014, featuring fine wine, jewelry, antiques, fine art and other collectible objects. “We’re thrilled to welcome Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales on board as a platinum partner, and to offer Invaluable bidders exclusive online access to truly one-of-a-kind merchandise available through Leland Little’s upcoming sales. With one of the premier Rare & Fine Wine departments in the United States, and their flagship Fine & Decorative Arts department, we are excited to help LLAES, Ltd. expand the reach of their upcoming Spring Catalogue Auction through the Invaluable platform,” said Rob Weisberg, Invaluable CEO. The three-day auction will kick off with the Rare & Fine Wine auction on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 5:00pm EST. Since its inception in 2010, the Rare & Fine Wine department at Leland Little Auctions has been known for offering the largest wine auctions in the Southeastern United States, and the upcoming sale will feature over 500 lots including a strong collection of sought-after California wines. Particular items of note include a 1982 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, a 1990 Chateau Petrus and several lots of wine from Screaming Eagle Winery and Vineyards in Oakville, California. The sale will continue on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 6:00pm EST, with the 20th Century Arts & Design sale, featuring the Park Avenue, New York, Urban Interior Collection of Mr. and Mrs. George Hornig. The sale will offer 88 lots from the Hornig collection, including a Fine Georgian Library Bookcase and a pair of Christopher Spitzmiller Table Lamps. The sale will also feature 127 additional lots, including works by Salvador Dali, art deco furniture and several works by North Carolina artist Gayle Stott Lowry. The final day of the auction is LLAES, Ltd.’s flagship Fine & Decorative Arts sale, taking place on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 9:00am EST. Noteworthy lots include a Platinum and Pear Shaped Diamond Ring, featuring a 5.05 carat diamond, along with other lots of fine jewelry including a Gold and Enamel Bracelet, Schlumberger for Tiffany and Franklin Roosevelt’s Last Wrist Watch and his Bodyguard’s Archive. The sale also features fine art including “The Flower Seller” by Gaetano Bellei (1857-1922) and antiques such as a Mortimer & Hunt Victorian Silver Sauce Boat and a Chinese White Jade Carving. Leland Little, president and owner of Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. stated, “The Invaluable brand is synonymous with the world’s premier auctions, and we’re very excited and proud to have an exclusive relationship with the company. We are both forward-looking businesses thinking about where the auction business is going and how we will best serve the industry in the coming years. We are proud of our new partnership, and look forward to a very successful Spring Catalogue Auction with Invaluable.” In addition to live online bidding through Invaluable, floor, absentee and telephone bidding will be available during all three days of LLAES, Ltd.’s Spring Auction Catalogue sale. For more information or to see the fully illustrated catalogue and register for live-online bidding, please visit the Leland Little Auctions homepage on Invaluable.com.
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The Collection of Arthur & Gretchen St. John, February 15, 2014

By Mary Ann Peter Friend and collector Hillsborough, NC Gus St. John was my friend. She was an original. In fact, using terms of art, she was a masterpiece. When she did something, and she did many different things, she did it well. Whether it was collecting antiques, creating textile Santa Claus figures from scratch, cooking, or leading an organization, Gus did it with style, smarts, and great humor. My husband and I fortuitously met Gus and Art years ago at an antiques auction in Wilson, NC, where Art offered to steal my pocketbook that was placed between our chairs. Instead, we became friends and since that time the four of us traveled together to foreign lands, to Antiques Week in New Hampshire, and to many local auctions and shows. Gus’s taste was impeccable, having honed her skills as an antiques dealer before they moved to North Carolina, and she would always spot the best, which their collection demonstrates. She and Art didn’t collect copiously but what they loved in common was top quality authentic Americana, high country furniture and Canton. The auction of The Collection of Arthur & Gretchen St. John, February 15, 2014, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own museum quality tiger maple furniture and ceramics that would be cherished by discerning collectors anywhere. Gus and Art would want their antiques to be loved, treasured, and enjoyed as they did during the 57 fortunate years of their marriage.
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The Impressive January 25 Auction: A Sale Too Big For Words…

Hillsborough, NC - January 22, 2014 By Luke Newbold, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. One hundred and sixty burgundy seats beckon at Leland Little Auction and Estate Sales Ltd., for the exciting January 25th auction. This culmination of fabulous fresh estates has made this one of our largest and most impressive Saturday Estate Auctions ever! The Estate Collection of Mrs. Joan Cross Clodfelter of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, represents the majority of the sale with exciting offerings in pharmacological antiquities, garden accessories, original artwork, North Carolina pottery and European furnishings. The sale is highlighted with sessions in fine estate jewelry (12:00 P.M.), vintage couture (12:00 P.M.), a collection of Jazz 78 records (10:00 A.M.) and collectible coins (10:00 A.M.). The gallery is stock full of items to be sold Saturday including several vintage and designer chandeliers, hand-tied carpets, sparkling sterling silver, high-end crystal, vintage toys and dolls, and so much more! This sale has it all; from 19th century Chinese export porcelain to Burlon Craig pottery to an orange mid-century rotary dial telephone, and it will all be sold to the highest bidder. As always, a tasty lunch will be available from the Wooden Nickel, so come for the day and end January with a bang, as we offer a breathtaking smorgasbord of antiquities, this Saturday, at 10:00 A.M.
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The Bob Timberlake Collection & The Art of War

Hillsborough, NC - September 19, 2013 By Rob Golan, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. Bob Timberlake’s artistic creations are often inspired by the rich history and cultural traditions of his native North Carolina. Accordingly, it is not surprising that his personal art collection includes a fine array of original drawings produced in the Tarheel state during the Civil War. Bob’s war-date art is no random accumulation of unrelated material. His is a focused collection built around the three years Mr. Lincoln’s army occupied New Bern and its environs. The various artists represented here were Union soldiers who witnessed – and sometimes made - the very history they drew. In the 1860s most people with documentary inclinations still relied on sketchbooks to record their surroundings. Soldiers were no exception. Talented individuals in the ranks sometimes created stand-alone works on paper, yet more often incorporated sketches into their letters back home. Both forms of drawing are represented in the Bob Timberlake Collection. Highlights here include vibrant watercolors showing the March 14, 1862 Battle of New Bern and its aftermath; a huge tinted drawing of a town house appropriated for quarters by a New York officer; a pencil portrait of the Union commander, Major General Ambrose Burnside; a scene of “contraband” ex-slaves returning from digging earthworks, and a cartoon of two Union enlisted men grumbling about politicians and camp conditions. Representing the local white population is a pint-sized “Secesh” girl waving a small Confederate flag in defiance of the conquering Yankees. All of these characters were no doubt real people. Supplementing Bob’s original Civil War art are several lots of period newspaper engravings. These variously depict all of the significant military operations against the central North Carolina coast by “The Burnside Expedition” during 1861-62. Attractive and often nautical, the prints are hand-colored and matted behind glass in custom frames matching those housing the original drawings noted above. Please join us on Friday, December 6th, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. for this special auction of selected items from The Bob Timberlake Collection.
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Thomas Day: Master Cabinet Maker and Skilled Artisan and Architectural Woodworker

Hillsborough, NC - November 20, 2013 By Nancy Blount, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. Thomas Day, a master cabinet maker and skilled artisan and architectural woodworker, was a free man of color living in North Carolina during the pre-Civil War era. Born in 1801 in Virginia, he settled in Caswell County in the late 1820s and opened his shop on Main Street in Milton. In an area of prosperous tobacco planters, his clientele soon became the elite of the county, North Carolina, and Virginia. A strong patron of his work was Governor David S. Reid (1851-1854) and it was with Governor Reid’s collection of eighteen pieces that in 1975, the North Carolina Museum of History held an exhibition of Day’s work. According to the late Patricia Marshall, “This exhibition “was a big step toward rescuing the African American cabinet maker’s career and craft from the shadows of history.” Four of the pieces from the Mabel Hunt collection offered in this sale were included in the exhibit with the following as their introduction in the exhibition catalogue, “The Hunt pieces were made by Day for the Hunt House when it was built in the early part of the nineteenth century. Grandson Holmes Glenn Hunt is the sixth generation of Hunts to live in the old place which still houses the Day furniture.” (p. 45). The Hunt House also features Thomas Day architectural elements, including an impressive newel post. Additional references to the Hunt home and its Thomas Day crafted architectural elements can be found in Marshall and Leimenstoll’s definitive work Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color. While the curvilinear designs and symmetry of Day’s pieces represent his time, Jonathan Prown writes in the Winterthur Portfolio, 1998, that Thomas Day’s work was “classically inspired urban norms of the period in highly innovative ways, but which also diverged from those norms.” Thomas Day died in 1863 and is buried in Caswell County. Please join us this December 7, 2013, for an important offering of Thomas Day furniture (Lots 721-727). Marshall, Patricia Phillips and Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll. Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010. North Carolina Museum of History.Thomas Day Cabinet Maker. Exhibition Catalog; Raleigh: North Carolina Museum of History, 1975. Prown, Jonathan. “The Furniture of Thomas Day: A Reevaluation.” Winterthur Portfolio 33 (Winter 1998).
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Objects from The Estate of Charlie Fredericks, Bodyguard to President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Hillsborough, NC - November 20, 2013 By Rob Golan, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. History can be therapeutic when we need to put our own lives into perspective. As such, anyone feeling burdened by job responsibilities would do well to consider the daunting task given long ago to Secret Service agent Charles W. Fredericks. In April 1942 Fredericks was charged with President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s physical safety in the midst of an all-out global war. Serving as FDR’s personal bodyguard, Fredericks also supervised advance security for presidential outings, including the celebrated Allied conferences at Casablanca, Tehran and Yalta. Fredericks thus found himself at the center of historic events that would determine the course of WWII and, by extension, ensure the very survival of the United States. Photographs and film footage of Roosevelt’s wartime public appearances commonly show Charlie Fredericks present and alert to all potential dangers that might befall the president. In the course of fulfilling his duties, whether at home or abroad, Fredericks became the president’s companion, confidant and friend. Eleanor Roosevelt, upon her husband’s death, asked Charlie Fredericks to help gather and organize the late president’s personal effects. Some weeks later, in gratitude for a job well done, Mrs. Roosevelt presented him with a number of FDR’s belongings, most notably the wristwatch the president was wearing at the time of his death. The back of watch, a Crawford chronograph, was engraved in 1943 to FDR from “Ardent and Grateful Admirers.” This unique piece of American history will be offered with other Roosevelt-related items from the Fredericks Estate in Leland Little’s Winter Catalogue Auction (December 5, 6, 7, 2013). The Roosevelt watch, Lot 813, will be sold during the December 7th session, the sale’s date coinciding with the 72nd anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.
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A Brief History of Swan Island Decoys

By Pam Briggs, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. In the 19th century, the Currituck Sound and Barrier Islands were a favorite sporting area for Northern and Southern sportsmen alike. After the end of the War Between the States, founding and belonging to a social/hunting club grew tremendously in popularity. The history of the Swan Island Club began in 1872 when a group of Northern sportsmen, en route from Boston to Florida, were blown ashore presumably by a hurricane. Finding the island rich in wildlife, especially water fowl, the sportsmen established their hunting club there rather than continue their journey to Florida. Many of the early Swan Island decoys, all factory decoys, remained on the island as property of the club. When older members retired, these decoys were subsequently passed on to newer members. Several of these branded Swan Island decoys, part of The Bob Timberlake Collection, will be offered for auction on Friday, December 6, 2013. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to own a decoy integral to North Carolina's sporting history.
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Strength and Success in The Fall Catalogue Auction, September 12, 13 & 14, 2013

Hillsborough, NC - September 19, 2013 Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. held a successful Fall Catalogued Auction, September 12, 13 & 14, selling well over $1 Million in Fine Art, Jewelry, Asian Art, Couture, Antiques, Fine Wine, and other Decorative Arts. This exciting auction was in pace with the company's previous million-dollar-plus catalogue sales and continues the forward energy and success of the Southeast's Premier Auction Company. The complete auction results for the sale can be found online. Over 600 floor bidders attended the sale, while bidders unable to attend the sale placed over 4400 absentee and telephone bids. In addition, over 1800 bidders from more than 50 countries around the world watched and participated in the auction online. Highlights from the sale include "L'attelage dans les champs," an oil on panel by Ivan Pokhitonov (1851-1923) that attracted significant international interest, driving it to $180,000, and an Impressive 7.55 carat Diamond Ring that drew applause from the crowd after selling for $72,000 (listed prices do not include the 18% buyers premium). A powerful collection of Asian Art energized the crowd, with a Pair of Namikawa Sosuke Japanese Cloisonne Vases deaccessioned from the Duke University Library selling for $40,000, a monumental Pair of Japanese Temple Lanterns climbed to $10,000, and an Antique Chinese Narrative Ivory achieved $9,000. Fine Art offerings were strong, with "La Rencontre," an oil on canvas by Vu Cao Dam (Vietnamese, 1908-2000), which soared past its estimate to sell for $38,000, and "Dismembered Disks," an oil on canvas by George Morris (NY, 1905-1975), achieving $26,000. A Study by Frantisek Kupka (Cz. 1871-1957) hammered at $19,000. A single-owner Historical Firearms Collection attracted overwhelming interest, selling for over $50,000, and included an 1855 Colt Third Model Dragoon Revolver that achieved $7,000 and a Cased Pair of English Presentation Grade Pistols that climbed to $6,000. Other highlights include a 2008 Lexus IS-F sports car that sold for $35,000, a Palace Size Persian Mahal Carpet that soared beyond its estimate to sell for $16,000, and a Southern Corner Cupboard from Alamance County, NC, that drew significant local interest and climbed to $10,500. The Rare & Fine Wine session achieved over $150,000 in sales and was celebrated with a well-attended opening wine and hors d'oeuvres reception. As guests socialized, enthusiastic wine bidders participated in the sale, which featured large selections of Turley and Opus One. The crowd particularly enjoyed bidding on two lots of Harlan Estate, of 1997 and 1994 Vintages, each with 6 bottles, selling for $4,000 and $3,800, respectively. Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. is always seeking quality consignments, whether it be an entire estate or a significant item. If you would like a confidential inquiry, please contact the gallery at 919-644-1243 or email at info@llauctions.com.
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Objects of the Late Louise Thomas to be Offered in The Fall Catalogue Auction

By Pam Briggs, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. Years ago, after closing the cover of the compelling Reynolds Price novel, A Long And Happy Life, I wondered if anyone ever achieved this challenging goal. It seems that if someone did indeed do so, then that person must be the late Louise Thomas. Born into a middle class rural NC family, the word "couture" was likely as foreign to their vocabulary as champagne cocktails before dinner! The collapse of the local bank, The Great Depression, World War II, and lack of a specialized education would have been overwhelming stumbling blocks for most young women. Louise Thomas was not like most young women. She envisioned a future for herself and became unwavering in her determination to fulfill it; Louise wanted to involve herself with designer clothing and accessories. From a start in New York City accessorizing the Anne Fogarty collection at Lors & Taylor, Louise's innate fashion sense eventually led her to the enviable position as head of buyer for Thalheimer's Department Stores. In the course of her exciting career, Louis Thomas criss-crossed the globe many times, attending runway presentations, seeking out boutiques of the up-and-coming designers, such as Yves St. Laurent, visiting markets in exotic places and dining on foods only imagined in Charlotte or Richmond. After a long and successful career, Louise retired to Winston-Salem; an English cottage style home, complete with a lush country garden, became her refuge, and she furnished it with treasure gleaned from her many visits to European and Asian countries. Furniture, porcelains, and some of the numerous other items with which she surrounded herself are now offered in The Fall Catalogue Auction (September 12, 13 & 14, 2013), and can be distinguished by "Property of the late Louise Thomas" under "Provenance." LLAES, Ltd. is always seeking quality consignments, whether it be an entire estate or a significant item. If you would like to discuss selling please call the gallery at 919-644-1243 or email at info@llauctions.com.
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Strength demonstrated in every category of The Summer Catalogue Auction

Hillsborough, NC - June 24, 2013 Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales (LLAES), Ltd. held a successful Summer Catalogued Auction, June 13th, 14th & 15th, selling well over $1 Million in Fine Art, Jewelry, Asian Art, Couture, Antiques, Fine Wine, and other collectible objects. This exciting auction was in pace with the companies' previous catalogue sales and continues the forward energy and success of the Southeast's Premier Auction Company. The complete auction results for the sale can be found online. LLAES, Ltd. was pleased to host over 600 floor bidders who attended the sale. Bidders unable to attend the sale placed over 4000 absentee and telephone bids. In addition, over 1200 bidders watched and participated in the auction online, from more than 50 countries around the world. Highlights from the sale include "Landschaft kit Vulkan," an oil on wood by Franz Sedlacek (Austrian, 1891-1945) that attracted significant international interest, driving it to $188,800 and a 2009 Mercedes S550 Sedan energized the crowd while selling for $49,450 (all prices include 18% buyers premium). Fine Jewelry offerings were strong, with an Art Deco Platinum, Jade and Diamond Ring achieving $19,470, and a Carved Jade and Diamond Pendant which soared past its estimate to sell for $16,520. A stunning Platinum, Diamond and Gem Necklace, att. D. Webb, climbed to $12,980. Fine and Decorative Arts offerings included an Untitled work by Jose Gurvich (Uruguayan, 1927-1974) that achieved $30,680, and an Italian Painted Shell within Rococo Gilt Frame that quickly rose well beyond its estimate to sell for $25,960. The entire sale was well represented with a Chinese Scroll Painting hitting $14,160, a Bound Stone Print of the Declaration of Independence intriguing bidders and selling for $13,570, a beautiful George Nakashima Cherry Sideboard achieving $11,800, a 72 piece Tiffany & Co. "Audubon" Sterling Silver Flatware set that commanded $11,800, and a Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), "Pitchet Grave Gris" that sold for $10,030. The Rare & Fine Wine session achieved over $300,000 in sales and was celebrated with a well-attended opening wine and hors d'oeuvres reception. As guests socialized, enthusiastic wine bidders participated in the sale, which featured large selections of Chateau Petrus, Chateau Haut Brion, and Chateau Mouton-Rothschild. The crowd particularly enjoyed bidding on two lots of 1970 Chateau Petrus and drove each 6 bottle lot to sell for $7,080. LLAES, Ltd. is always seeking quality consignments, whether it be an entire estate or a significant item. If you would like to discuss selling please call the gallery at 919-644-1243 or email at info@llauctions.com.
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Modernity on Display for The Summer Catalogue Auction

Hillsborough, NC – June 7, 2013 By Luke Newbold, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. Modern offerings are spread throughout the gallery floor of Leland Little’s Summer 2013 Catalog Auction, with household names of mid-century design, such as Eames, Nakashima and Picasso dispersed amongst contemporary regional artists. The Summer Sale at Leland Little Auction is quite the treat for the mid-century modern enthusiast. The front doors of the auction house open to reveal a suite of furniture by the renowned craftsman George Nakashima. John and Helen Knapp purchased these furnishings in 1966 directly from Nakashima’s Pennsylvania workshop. Friday evening, June 14th, will host the six lots (Lots 48-53). A handsome sideboard with strong lines, showcases Nakashima’s ability to transfer his designs from drawing to creation; the lot includes an original sketch. The session also includes a book-matched Frenchman’s Cove dining table featuring Nakashima’s classic Rosewood butterfly joints. Floating from the wall is a high style cabinet topped by a cherry slab with a free form edge. The suite is completed by a set of six Mira dining chairs, two grass seat chairs, and a grass seat stool. Gallery B pops with color from Andy Warhol’s Marilyn to a Calder style mobile. Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe screen print comes to auction with a fresh to market and art-historical letter of provenance. Also for the Warhol fan, two books originally owned by Warhol are presented, one of which has his original paper library label. The showcases are glowing with such works as six lots of Pablo Picasso’s works in pottery (Lots 692-695), a fantastic turned wood “Globe” by the well known craftsman/artist Philip Moulthrop, and an early example of Rene Lalique art glass. Other great examples of mid century design include furnishings by the famed Charles and Ray Eames in the form of several large lots of seating (Lots 64-66). Paul McCobb is represented by a Maple Planner Group Cabinet and a Globe often associated with his designs. A handsome two-piece bedroom ensemble by Jack Cartwright lends itself to the “I Love Lucy” stage of mid century design with a his/her chest of drawers. Overhead a crystal Venini chandelier sparkles with Mid Century glamor, fully appreciated when viewed from underneath. Our doors officially open for previewing these fine examples of Mid-Century design and much more on Saturday, June 8, 10am-3pm, then on into next week. We invite you to join us for a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception both on Thursday, June 13th at 5pm, and Friday, June 14th at 5pm.
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Iconic Jewels and Chanel featured in The Summer Catalogue Auction

Hillsborough, NC - March 19, 2013 By Pam Briggs, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. Anyone who has leafed through a copy of “Vogue” will be ever aware of the impact Coco Chanel has had in the high fashion fragrance, clothing, and jewelry world. Although Coco herself had valuable jewels in her personal collection, she loved to intersperse them with gilt metal chains, glass, and faux pearls, and she often designed and sold certain “bijoux” as an integral part of a particular ensemble from a ready to wear or haute couture show. She was even known for taking her priceless Burmese rubies and Colombian emerald and remounting them in gilt metal for that one of a kind “Chanel Look”. As Coco herself famously quoted, “The point of jewelry isn’t to make a woman look rich but to adorn her; it’s not the same thing.” We at Leland Little Auctions and Estate Sales Ltd. are honored to offer several iconic representative jewels and other Chanel pieces in our June catalogue auction being held June 15-16, 2013. Thus, we have created a brief guide of commonly used Chanel terms in the fabulous costume jewels beloved and collected the world over. Maltese Cross: The ancient symbol of the Knights Hospitalier, it is a cross designed with four arms of equal length widening at the endpoints. This design was famously incorporated into Chanel designs beginning in the early 1930s with a pair of cuffs designed for Mademoiselle Chanel by famed jeweler Fulco di Verdura. Examples include Lot 587 and Lot 592 in The Summer Catalogue Auction. Sautoir: A necklace (often beaded) long enough to be wrapped around the neck at least twice. Chanel favored this type of necklace throughout her life and it continues to be an iconic form of the costume jewels produced by the house to this day. An example includes Lot 588 in The Summer Catalogue Auction. Camellia: The favored flower of Mademoiselle Chanel, making it a symbol of many of her designs, and an Asian symbol for simplicity, purity, and long life. An example includes Lot 589 in The Summer Catalogue Auction. Baroque: During a trip in the 1920s to Venice, Chanel became enamored by the drama, boldness, and particular colors of Baroque art and symbolism, particularly from the 17th century. Many argue this is where the foundation for Chanel’s best jewelry designs. An example includes Lot 596 in The Summer Catalogue Auction. Gripoix: Chanel and Madame Gripoix partnered to produce jewelry of poured glass and faux pearls beginning in the early 1920’s. The glass is often of brilliant jewel-like tones, ranging from pastel to colors reflecting those of fine gemstones such as emerald or ruby. An example includes Lot 590 in The Summer Catalogue Auction. Our North Carolina Auction Company is always seeking quality consignments, whether it be an entire estate or a significant item. If you would like to discuss selling please call the gallery at 919-644-1243 or email at info@llauctions.com.
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North Carolina Auction Company Achieves International Results in Spring Auction

Hillsborough, NC - March 19, 2013 Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales (LLAES), Ltd. held a successful Spring Catalogued Auction, selling well over $1 Million in Fine Art, Jewelry, Asian Art, Couture, Antiques, Fine Wine, and other collectible objects. This exciting auction was in pace with the companies' previous catalogue sales and continues the forward energy and success of the Southeast's premier fine and decorative arts auction gallery. The complete auction results for the sale can be found online. LLAES, Ltd. was pleased to host over 600 floor bidders who attended the sale. Bidders unable to attend the sale placed over 4000 absentee and telephone bids. In addition, over 1200 bidders watched and participated in the auction online, from more than 50 countries around the world. Fine Jewelry offerings highlighted the sale, being led by an Impressive 10.32 Carat Platinum and Diamond Ring that soared to $135,700 (all prices include 18% buyers premium). An Edwardian Platinum Three Stone Diamond Ring achieved $13,570, and a stunning pair of Etruscan Revival Ear Hoops, Tiffany and Co. circa 1900, rose between floor and phone bidders to $11,210. Asian Art demonstrated strength, with a Pair of Chinese Hardwood Throne Chairs climbing between live-internet, phone, and in-person bidders to reach $18,880. An impressive Meiji Lacquer and Gilt Display Cabinet achieved $18,290, and a Fine Six Panel Chinese Floor Screen rose quickly to sell for $11,800. The auction gallery's new Couture and Fine Accessories Department debuted with a strong showing of Louis Vuitton and Chanel, driving the department's sales to over $70,000, and was led by a Monogram Canvas Wardrobe Trunk, Louis Vuitton French, circa 1950, that garnered international attention and sold for $10,030. The sale featured many works, as always, of Fine Art including Vladimir Kush (b. 1965), "Sunrise by the Ocean," and Chauncey Foster Ryder (NY/NH, 1868-1949), Home, each soaring beyond their estimates to sell for $9,440 each. Other fine and decorative arts performed well, including a Tiffany Studios Lemon Leaf Table Lamp that quickly climbed to $15,930, an Edgefield, SC Storage Jar, att. Thomas Chandler, that delighted in-house bidders when it achieved $10,915, and a Meissen Mythological Group of Apollo, surged to $10,030. The Rare & Fine Wine session achieved $300,000 in sales and was celebrated with a well-attended opening wine and hors d'oeuvres reception. As guests socialized, enthusiastic wine bidders participated in the sale, which featured large selections of Petrus and Chateau Latour. The crowd particularly enjoyed bidding on two bottles of 1748 Medeira Verdelho, that sold for $4,720, and a magnum bottle of 1957 Romanee Conti, Domaine de la Romanee Conti, achieving $7,375. LLAES, Ltd. is always seeking quality consignments, whether it be an entire estate or a significant item. If you would like to discuss selling please call the gallery at 919-644-1243 or email at info@llauctions.com.
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Fine offerings of couture and accessories in The Spring Catalogue Auction

By Claibourne Poindexter and Pam Briggs, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. is proud to present to the public a fine assemblage of couture and accessories in The Spring Catalogue Auction on March 16, 2013. Some of the most collectable items include the pieces of travel luggage and handbags from the French fashion house of Louis Vuitton. Originally founded in Paris in 1854 as a luggage company, Mr. Vuitton noticed an absence in the marketplace for trunks and luggage which were both easy to handle as well as store when not in use. The original canvas used when creating Vuitton luggage consisted of brown and white stripes employed in 1876, which was soon being replicated much to the dismay of the house. As a result, Louis Vuitton introduced the Damier canvas in 1888 as a registered trademark of the company. Soon, pieces of luggage in all shapes and sizes were produced in this signature canvas, such as a rare surviving box (Lot 412) used to carry one’s top hat. In 1896, Louis Vuitton introduced the monogram canvas for its luggage, now the house's most iconic representation of the Vuitton brand. Steamer trunks by Louis Vuitton were both practical and aesthetically pleasing to the eye, making them ideal for travel among the great ship liners and railways prevalent in travel during the first half of the 20th century. Louis Vuitton even had the option of personalizing one’s own luggage through a custom monogram service or painting one’s trunk in colors of their choosing so as to more easily identify their luggage when coming out of baggage. One such trunk which features a red and white stripe with metal mounts (Lot 416) is such an example. In some instances, the very wealthy would have a generous selection of their own wardrobe in a Vuitton trunk, a version of which we are privileged to offer (Lot 414). Steamer trunks by the firm also proved popular with companies who often used the trunks’ unique and customizable storage options to transport objects which required special care such as jewelry, medical equipment, or sporting goods (Lot 417). By the mid 20th century, Louis Vuitton decided to expand and include a line of handbags and small leather goods made possible by the new flexible printed monogram canvas leather first introduced in 1959. The Speedy and Papillon bags (Lot 419) soon became favorites of fashion icons such as Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who were photographed numerous times with their Speedy bags. Vuitton handbags come in all shapes and sizes, including hands-free travel in the forms of backpacks, of which the Ellipse backpack (Lot 420) is an unusual example no longer produced. In 1997, Marc Jacobs was hired by Vuitton to bring a fresher edge for the house leading into the 21st century. One of the most successful collaborations led by Mr. Jacobs began in 2004, when he collaborated with artist Takashi Murakami to create the Monogram Multicolore line, a line in which the traditional monogram canvas is printed in 33 different colors upon either a white or black ground. This collection remains extremely popular, and it has made its place in the permanent collections at the house. We are offering a wonderful example of this collaboration in the form of the Sologne bag (Lot 466), which is no longer produced in Monogram Multicolore. We are proud to offer this wide range or Louis Vuitton luggage and accessories included in our Couture Session of our Spring Catalogue Auction. A wine and hors d'oeuvres public reception will be held Friday, March 15, 2013, at 5:00 P.M., and we invite you to preview all fine offerings at our gallery during that time. LLAES, Ltd. is always seeking quality consignments, whether it be an entire estate or a significant item. If you would like to discuss selling please call the gallery at 919-644-1243 or email at info@llauctions.com.
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Wine Collectors Toast the Southeast’s largest Wine Auction

Historic Hillsborough, NC – February 7, 2013 Since its conception in 2010, the Rare & Fine Wine Department at Leland Little Auctions in Historic Hillsborough has expanded to offer the largest wine auctions in the Southeastern United States. Today, they announced their largest and most impressive sale to date. On March 9, 2013 they will be offering nearly 500 lots of unique and highly collectible wines, including 23 lots of Petrus, 36 lots of Chateau Latour and 26 lots of Domaine de la Romanee Conti. Surprisingly, just one bottle of Petrus can sell for $2,000 of more. Major wine collections consigned for this auction have traveled from as far away as New York. Mark Solomon, the Fine Wine Director of the sale, predicts the upcoming auction will attract many local wine collectors as well as engage notable national and international bidders through live online and telephone bidding. He remarked, “Our goal is to change the way wine auctions are performed… to make them more accessible, interactive and transparent for the benefit of both consignors and collectors.” Local collector and wine enthusiast Kirsten Venema stated, “I am thrilled that I no longer have to travel to New York to attend world-class wine auctions. Now we have one in our own backyard… I raise my glass to them.” To celebrate this event, complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served during the auction. Please contact the Fine Wine Director at Mark@LLAuctions.com for any wine bidding or consigning questions. LLAES, Ltd. is always seeking quality consignments, whether it be an entire estate or a significant item. If you would like to discuss selling please call the gallery at 919-644-1243 or email at info@llauctions.com.
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Fine Objects from Outstanding Estates Highlighted in Three-Day Auction

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales (LLAES), Ltd. held a successful Three-Day Winter Estate Catalogued Auction, November 29 - December 1, 2012, selling over $1 Million in Fine Art, Jewelry, Antiques, Fine Wine, and other collectible objects. This exciting auction was in pace with the companies' previous catalogue sales and marks the eighth consecutive $1 Million+ auction conducted by the North Carolina auction company. The complete auction results for the sale can be found online. LLAES, Ltd. was pleased to host over 500 floor bidders who attended the three-day sale. Bidders unable to attend the sale placed over 2700 absentee and telephone bids. In addition, over 1000 bidders watched and participated in the auction online, from more than 50 countries around the world. Fine Jewelry offerings dominated the sale, being led by a Very Fine Loose Round Diamond climbing to $30,680 and a Large Edwardian Diamond Solitaire that soared to $22,420 (all prices include 18% buyers premium). A single-owner collection consisting of five lots of platinum, diamond, and emerald jewelry, including a stunning Art Deco Diamond, Emerald, and Onyx Bracelet, totaled $41,477. Photogravures were led by works from Alfred Stieglitz (Am. 1864-1946), with "The Terminal" selling for $82,600 and "The Steerage" selling for $23,600, and Charles Sheeler (1883-1965), with "Buggy, Bucks County" selling for $31,860. Regional pottery demonstrated exceptional strength with an NC Pottery Chester Webster Stoneware Jug (c. 1870) selling for $23,600 and a Rare NC Pottery Issac Lefevers Three Gallon Jug (c. 1832-1864) surging to $12,980. A Newcomb College Pottery Vase, 1917, sold for $10,915. North Carolina furniture commanded attention with an Important North Carolina China Press (18th century) achieving $35,400, a North Carolina Hepplewhite Cellaret (c. 1800) bringing $17,700, and a North Carolina Needham School Chest of Drawers (c. 1800-1820) selling for $8,850. Other lots of interest included an abstract steel sculpture, Untitled, by Richard Howard Hunt (IL, b. 1935) rising to $5,900 and a stunning Samuel Kirk "Castle Landscape" Silver Pitcher (c. 1828) that sold for $4,012. The Rare & Fine Wine session of the three-day sale was celebrated with a well-attended opening wine and hors d'oeuvres reception. As guests socialized, enthusiastic wine bidders participated in the sale, which was led by a fine selection of first growth wines; 12 bottles of 2002 Chateau Lafite Rothschild sold for $7,375, 12 bottles of 2002 Chateau Haut Brion achieved $3,068 and 6 bottles of 1983 Chateau Margaux sold for $2,478. LLAES, Ltd. is always seeking quality consignments, whether it be an entire estate or a significant item. If you would like to discuss selling please call the gallery at 919-644-1243 or email at info@llauctions.com.
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Three-Day Winter Estate Catalogued Auction Reflects Outstanding Collections

By Luke Newbold, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. With the last leaf dwindling and winter approaching so does the Nov 29th – Dec 1st catalog sale at Leland Little Auction and Estate Sales in Hillsborough, NC. The three-day sale has been nominated, by its employees, as one of the greatest catalog sales to hit our gallery. When asked, “What stands out from this sale?” I respond by saying every category has an outstanding object. We are graced for a second offering from the Katherine Rhoades estate, which includes lots 306-319. One may recall the March Stieglitz collection from Katherine Rhoades totaling over $1 million in sales. The December collection from Rhoades includes fine art deco jewelry; and photography from Stieglitz and Steichen, both of whom have personal ties from the artist to Katherine. But the art-historical photography doesn’t end there, also offered is a photograph by Charles Sheeler, Lot 320, titled “Buggy, Bucks County”. This photograph is in its original mount as a 1928 Christmas card from Charles Sheeler and his wife Katharine. The card comes with the provenance of direct family descent through Katharine’s brother. Following the Christmas motif is Lot 463, a solid 14k gold Nativity scene weighing in over one pound! The Christmas theme is even found in our pottery selection, Lot 521, an important 1949 Pisgah Forest Vase, with the Christmas procession decorated around the waist of the vase. Leland is proud to display a powerful selection of North Carolina furniture, pottery and art from lots 486-530; highlighted by Lot 489, an important (and massive) North Carolina China Press. This 10ft. press is illustrated and discussed in The Furniture of Coastal North Carolina 1700-1820 by John Bivins, Jr. The press was pulled from an old plantation style home that rests on the preserved Main Street of downtown Warrenton. Room 6 of the gallery is also adorned with a North Carolina tall case clock, Lot 486, circa 1800 with a Walnut case and handsome brass face marked Joseph Pyle, who lived in Orange County in 1849. Other exciting pieces include a North Carolina Hepplewhite Cellaret, Lot 497, with an attractive original surface and a noted similar example in John Bivins, Jr. book as well. The center of the room boasts a large North Carolina pie safe, Lot 501, with an attractive surface of contrasting deep brown/black and painted green punched tin doors, which is a striking look that would work well in a contemporary decor as well as its current historical room setting. The 98-lot jewelry selection for December is of the highest quality and quantity offered at our gallery. Nancy’s handpicked selection excites the heart with fascinating pieces ranging from Edwardian, Victorian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Mid-Century to Contemporary. See her blog for details on the spectacular estate jewelry coming to market. Last December marked the beginning of a segregated contemporary art session of our catalog sales, led by the estate of Joe Rowand. Claire’s selection this December also hosts a variety of art, furniture and objects from Joe Rowand and other local estates. This feast for the eyes includes several custom Michael Joerling display cases, Lots 20-22. The art weighs heavily in North Carolina artists, including several works by Robert Broderson, Lots 67, 89, and 90. Folk art collectors may find a great selection in Lots 131-142, majority of the works coming directly from the artist Benny Carter. Grab a coat and come over to see the winter display at Leland Little Auction gallery. The first official preview date is this Saturday, November 24th 10:00am – 3:00pm, with a special wine and hors d’oeuvres reception on Thursday, November 29th 5:00pm and Friday, November 30th 5:00pm. The three-day sale begins Thursday, November 29th and runs to Saturday December 1st. We hope to see you there and share in our excitement for this special event.
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The Estate of Miss Edna Earle Boykin of Wilson, NC, to be sold at Public Auction

The Estate of Miss Edna Earle Boykin of Wilson, N.C., a well-known philanthropist of the arts, is going up for auction, with the proceeds benefiting The Arts Council of Wilson's Endowment Fund. Miss Boykin, a life-long resident of Wilson, N.C. and a prominent leader and patron of the arts, is well known for her support during the renovation of the Wilson Theatre in downtown Wilson, N.C. In honor of her lifetime contributions and service to the arts, the newly renovated theater opened its doors to the public in 1998 as the Edna Boykin Cultural Center. The personal collections up for auction reflect her love of the arts and her community, with many works by local artists featured among the offerings. Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. will conduct the public auction, to be held September 28th, at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center in Wilson, N.C. Public previews will be held the day before the auction, at the residence of the Late Miss Edna Earle Boykin, in Wilson, N.C. Leland Little, president and owner of Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. states, "This collection speaks to the love of regional fine art and furniture while still showcasing international examples of Asian and English design. We will be offering over 500 lots which represent a broad spectrum of history and culture that represents Miss Boykin's love of fine and decorative arts. Come and enjoy a complete and intact collection that represents Wilson, N.C. and beyond." The auction will be conducted by live public auction, with the options of bidding in-person, by telephone, or by absentee bid form, and by bidding online with a live video and audio feed. 
For more information, please see the complete online listing for the sale.
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Asian Jade Objects Drive Three-Day Fall Estate Catalogued Auction to $1 Million+

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales (LLAES), Ltd. held a successful Three-Day Fall Estate Catalogued Auction, September 13-15, 2012, selling over $1 Million in Fine Art, Jewelry, Antiques, Fine Wine, and other fine objects. This sale marks the seventh consecutive $1 Million+ auction conducted by the North Carolina-based auction company. The complete auction results for the sale can be found online. LLAES, Ltd. was pleased to host over 500 floor bidders who attended the three-day sale. Bidders unable to attend the sale left over 2900 absentee and phone bids. In addition, over 1000 bidders watched and participated in the auction online, from more than 50 countries around the world. Asian Art offerings dominated the sale with an 18th century Jade Double Gourd Carving climbing between telephone and in-house bidders to $66,080 before selling (results include an 18% buyer's premium). An impressive eight foot Japanese Meiji Period Exposition Bronze Censer quickly reached $15,340 and a single-owner collection of four lots of jade achieved $25,547, led by Lot 190, Three Chinese Jade Carvings, that sold for $10,325. Fine Art was led by a Theodore van Soelen (NM, 1890-1964) landscape and "Romantic Landscape" by Wolf Kahn (b. 1927), achieved $25,960 and $21,240. Works by international artists were also strong with Notre Dame by Rudolf Quittner (Austria, 1872-1910) climbing to $11,505 and an 18th century Pair of Italian Old Master Paintings selling for $7,965. Fine Estate Jewelry demonstrated continued strength with a Diamond Engagement Ring and Cathedral Style Diamond Ring selling for $14,160 and $11,800, respectively. A stunning Art Deco Platinum, Diamond, and Emerald Ring soared beyond its estimate to $7,080, and collectors of fine timepieces drove a Patek Philippe Pocket Watch to $6,490. Strength was also seen in fine silver as well as modern and English furniture. A Tiffany & Co. "Hampton" Sterling Flatware Service brought $6,195. An impressive pair of Herbert von Thaden (Am.,1898 - 1969) Lounge Chairs launched quickly in online bidding and sold for $7,965 and spectacular interest in an Italianate Burlwood Bombe Commode drove the bidding to $11,210. The Rare & Fine Wine session of the three-day sale was led by three lots, each with one bottle of 1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, selling for a total of $6,844. Bidders drove 9 bottles of Musigny to $4,366, while 8 lots of Chateau d'Yquem, featuring two bottles of the 1944 vintage, achieved $6,225. LLAES, Ltd. is always seeking quality consignments, whether it be an entire estate or a significant item. If you would like to discuss selling please call the gallery at 919-644-1243 or email at info@llauctions.com.
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Take a Seat: Fine Mid-Century Seating Offered in September Auctions

It appears that a history on the craft of seating is currently on display across the gallery of Leland Little Auction’s September 13-15th, 2012, auction. The chairs range from an exceptional 1750 New York Queen Anne Side Chair (Lot 534) to a set of 1971 Verner Panton model 120-S wire chairs (Lot 123). Among the lots consisting of Mid-Century Modern, majority are chairs. The classics in Mid-Century Modern seating are represented with Marcel Breuer’s “Wassily Chair,” (Lot 129) and a group of Russell Woodard “Sculptura” chairs (Lot 128). The rarities of Mid-Century Modern seating are also represented in four Herbert von Thaden Lounge Chairs (Lots 118 & 119), the Verner Panton “Pantonova” Dining Set (Lot 123), and Hans Wegner’s “Folding Chair” (Lot 122). The Herbert von Thaden and Thaden-Jordan seating (Lots 118-120) are from the same collection out of a private North Carolina estate. These chairs were purchased around 1948, direct from the Thaden Jordan Furniture Corporation of Roanoke, Virginia. Both Herbert von Thaden and his wife, Louise, were heavily involved in aviation during the 1920s-30s. Herbert developed three types of aircraft including the T-1 Argonaut, while Louise won several awards in aviation including the “First Transcontinental Women’s Air Derby, 1929.” The Thaden’s love and understanding for aviation likely explains the aerodynamic distinctiveness seen in the Lounge Chairs. While Thaden designed his Lounge Chair, a couple by the name of Charles and Ray Eames formed their very own machine to manufacture molded plywood chairs, formally named the “Kazam!” machine. While both Thaden and Eames use similar construction in their molded plywood chairs, Thaden uses a more unconventional design with one solid piece of curving plywood, which forms the back, seat and front legs, all bolted to a ‘V’ shaped adjustable stand. The design is minimalist and aerodynamic while featuring the innovativeness of Mid Century America. At first glance, it may appear that Lot 123, the Verner Panton “Pantonova” Dining Set, is a chromed wire sculpture. After a further study one may note the sides of the “sculpture” pull out to form a circular table and deceptively form fitting chairs. This set was originally manufactured in 1971, at the height of Panton’s career. Distinguished three times with the International Design Award, USA, and having apprenticed under Arne Jacobsen, Panton created the “Pantonova” line of furnishings for the Varna restaurant in Arhus, Denmark. Varna’s décor was extraordinary, to say the least. The ceilings covered with a rainbow of brightly colored spheres, sparkling chrome chandeliers, floor to ceiling windows, vivid carpet reflecting the colors of the ceiling, and the furnishings of chrome Pantonova design shimmering with the surrounding colors. Wegner introduced transportable modern in his PP512 Folding Chair, Lot 122. Composed of a light wood and cane, this folding chair can easily be taken room to room or even hung on the wall for storage. The design is such that its folded position is as interesting and sculptural as it is open. The modern chairs selected for the September 15th auction display in their designs a more conceptual idea for “the seat” while also exhibiting the many ideas of movement in modernity. We are thrilled and honored to offer these quality items and more in our three day September catalog auction. Call now to reserve your seat at this special event. Sources: thaden.org www.verner-panton.com
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Estate Collections: An Array of Art Glass offered in the July 2012 Auctions

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd. proudly features a large collection of antique and modern art glass in our upcoming Estate Treasures Auctions of July 21 and July 28, 2012. A rainbow of colors decorates the glass showcases in our gallery with glass that ranges from 19th century Sandwich glass to contemporary Baccarat crystal. Each sale will feature an approximately 50 lot detailed listing of the glass. Our July 21st auction offers some fine examples of Peach Blow vases. Lot 1 of the sale is a lovely double gourd Peach Blow vase, resembling the form found in Chinese antiquities. Although American, it’s not so surprising that examples of Peach Blow mimic forms found in the Orient, for that’s where it all started. The 1886 estate sale of Mary J. Morgan, New York, sold an 18th century Chinese vase for $18,000. The porcelain vase gently faded from a strawberry-red to a light cream. The sale of the vase so shocked the decorative arts and antiques world, that glassmakers began reproducing the style known as “Peach Blow” in an arrangement of layered glass. The Morgan sale also set a record as the highest-grossing estate sale at the time of over $1M. Several early works by Steuben are included in both the July 21st and July 28th auctions. Steuben Glass Works began operating at the turn of the 20th century, with the majority of the Steuben glass offered in July being from pre 1932; the company recently closed its doors in November of 2011. The objects in the sales range from colorless to jade glass in the forms of fingerbowls and vases. Some of my favorite Steuben pieces are the “threaded” objects, which show the artist’s skill of making a perfectly symmetrical and shaped object and then placing just the right amount of whimsical strung glass over the rim to make an extraordinary piece. Even more impressive is when air bubbles are mouth blown into the object and made so symmetrical one wonders how it was not made by machine. If you’re in need of a great art glass lampshade, you’re in luck! Our July sales feature over 20 wonderful glass shades. Slightly ranging in size, they greatly range in color, shape and maker. From Quezal to Steuben, or oil spot decorated to pulled feather, these shades are sure to enhance any desk or chandelier with an inspiring glow all their own. One of the more impressive pair of shades in the July 28th auction, Lot 1022, is by Steuben and is perfectly matched and strong in the Art Nouveau style of sharp curves and scrolling motifs with striking color variations. The July 21st art glass listing will begin promptly at 3:00pm. For inquires regarding art glass, additional photographs or absentee bidding please contact the gallery at 919.644.1243 or email at info@llauctions.com In addition to the art glass, the July sales will also offer affordable fine and decorative arts with strong selections in silver, fine estate jewelry, furniture, and advertising/country store items. We look forward to seeing you there!
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LLAES, Ltd. Announces their Sixth Consecutive $1 Million+ Catalogued Auction

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales (LLAES), Ltd. held their highly-anticipated Two-Day Summer Estate Catalogued Auction, June 15 & 16, 2012, selling over $1.5 Million in Fine Art, Jewelry, Antiques, Fine Wine, and other fine objects. This sale marks the sixth consecutive $1 Million+ auction conducted by the North Carolina-based auction company. The complete auction results for the auction can be found on-line. The auction gallery was pleased to host over 350 floor bidders who attended the two-day sale. Bidders unable to attend the sale left over 2200 absentee and phone bids. In addition, over 1200 bidders watched and participated in the auction on-line, from more than 50 countries around the world. LLAES, Ltd. continues to acquire and offer top-level consignments from the Southeast region, with auctioneer Leland Little saying, “Our team is grateful for such extraordinary performance as we work towards prolonged growth in the auction industry. The momentum and demand for top-level objects in all categories continue to exceed expectations.” Fine Art offerings were diverse and of top quality, including a Pair of Italian Old Master Paintings, which, driven by strong phone and on-line bidding, achieved $67,850 (results include an 18% buyer's premium). A charming work by William Lathrop (NY/PA, 1859-1938) brought $11,800, and a group of three China Trade paintings (one pictured at right) sold for a total of $100,700. Estate jewelry lots demonstrated considerable strength, led by an Important 14.47 carat Sapphire and Diamond Ring that sold for $47,200, and a Platinum and Diamond Ring that brought $20,650. A pair of Tiffany & Co. Aquamarine and Diamond Earrings achieved $11,800, while an 18KT Cartier Tank Watch with Arabic numerals sold for $2,360. Other lots of interest included a Sicilian Coral & Gilt Holy Water Stoup from the collection of Jeff & Betsy Penn of the Chinqua Penn Plantation in Reidsville, NC, that attracted international bidders and soared to $86,250, a Southern Tiger Maple Federal Sideboard selling for $10,915, a Dorflinger jar mounted with a sterling silver collar that achieved $38,940, and a Chinese Painting of a Horse with Grooms selling for $37,760. The Rare & Fine Wine session of the two-day sale became the highest-grossing wine auction to date with over a quarter-million dollars in sales. It was led by a bottle of 1990 Romanee-Conti, Domaine Romanee-Conti, which sold for $16,520. Four lots of 1990 La Tache, Domaine Romanee-Conti, 2 bottles, each sold for $7,080. LLAES, Ltd. is always seeking quality consignments, whether it be an entire estate or a significant item. If you would like to discuss selling please call the gallery at 919-644-1243 or email at info@llauctions.com.
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The Personal Collection of Mary Jo and Dick Bell of Raleigh, NC

By Claire Fraser, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. Mary Jo opened Garden Gallery, one of the first fine art galleries in North Carolina, in 1963. Lovingly built and perfectly sited at the Water Garden designed by Dick, a premier landscape architect in the south, the gallery was the perfect venue for showcasing local and national artists. Their keen eyes, intrepid curiosity, and boundless energy served the art community and fellow collectors well for almost forty years. Over 100 lots from the personal collection of Mary Jo and Dick Bell will be sold on Friday, June 15, beginning at 7:00 P.M. Lots offered in the auction include one of the Bells’ first purchases, a hand-carved bust by Ogden Deal of McLeansville, NC, lot 54, to one of their most recent purchases, an exuberant work by Norbert Irvine of Asheville titled “Carolina Moon over Cake,” lot 99. In addition to the broad time span covered, numerous medias are also represented in the Bells’ collection. Photographs by Elizabeth Matheson and Nona Short, two preeminent NC photographers, will cross the block on Friday. Finely carved stone sculptures by Horace Farlowe, Dean Leary, and Keith Lambert will be offered as well, alongside exquisitely painted and formed ceramics by MaryLou Higgins and Elaine Reed While NC artists represent a significant portion of their collection, the Bells championed artists who spoke to their hearts and eyes. One such artist was A. B. Jackson of Norfolk, VA. In 2008 the Bells donated 14 significant works of art by Jackson to the North Carolina Central University Art Museum in Durham – the largest gift in the history of the museum. At the time they kept seven of his works for their personal collection, however, now those seven important works are being offered to the public. When interviewed regarding the A. B. Jackson donation, Dick said “We’ve been fortunate to be able to collect so much art, now we’re happy to disseminate it.” This same sentiment still holds true today. Please join us and the Bells for a special wine & hors d’oeuvres reception before the sale to celebrate their collecting passion and joy for an artful life, Friday, June 15, 5:00 - 7:00 P.M.
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Kay Kyser; Big Band Leader, Radio Personality and Local Patriot

By Luke Newbold, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. Unless you are a “Big Band Junkie” like my dad, you may not know about Kay Kyser. The “Ol’ Professor of Swing” as he was called, serviced the 1930s-1940s with 11 number one records and 35 top ten songs. The Memorial Day Auction on Monday, May 28th, 2012 at 9am features the Kay Kyser estate, and it may surprise you how Kyser ties in to our thoughts of Memorial Day. Kyser was born 1905 in Rocky Mount, NC. With his charismatic positive energy he began his musical career at UNC after being persuaded to take over as bandleader. Only five years after graduating “Kollege,” NBC picked up his entertaining radio broadcast announcing Kay as the “Ol’ Professor.” Kyser’s band gained popularity and starred in a number of Hollywood films and entertained sold out performances with several other popular personalities including Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra and was even featured in a Batman comic. After World War II broke, Kyser devoted his time to perform for our military, marking him as the first performer for the U.S. troops. During that time he wrote and performed several war songs including: “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition,” “He Wears a Pair of Silver Wings” and “The Girl I Left Behind Me.” His shows took place in the Pacific at Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the Philippines. 180 shows later, in the midst of a performance, Kyser was handed a letter informing him the war had ended. Realizing this news would abruptly end the show, he performed a couple more songs before announcing to an audience of home-sick troops that they were going home! Kimberly Kyser (one of Kay’s three children) recalls a recording of her father’s announcement saying, “there must have been over 1500 military personnel gathered on a Pacific hillside and all you can hear is a roar from the ecstatic troops.” The war changed many people, including Kyser. After completing his contracts, in the 1950s he moved back to North Carolina to settle down with his co-star/wife, Georgia Carroll, and their three daughters. They remained in North Carolina until their passing; Kay in 1985 and more recently Georgia in 2011. Kay continued to serve his local community by supporting “his alma mater, improving health care in the state, establishing public television and a highway safety program…” Leland Little Auction gallery proudly features a room setting from Kyser’s Chapel Hill estate including many French furnishings, textiles and fine decorative accessories collected by the Kysers throughout their many years together. These objects will be sold in our Annual Memorial Day Estate Auction, May 28, 2012. The sale also includes numerous other estates with special sessions, including: silver at 9:00; North Carolina pottery at 10:00; fine estate jewelry at 11:00 and vintage toys at 12:00. This Memorial Day we remember the soldiers defending our freedom every day and those who have sacrificed to keep it. Especially we salute Kay Kyser and those like him who support our troops. Sources: “About Kay Kyser;” web; kaykyser.net; 5/21/12; http://www.kaykyser.net/kay.html Beasley, Stephen; “Kay Kyser; The Ol’ Professor of Swing;” web; midatlanticnostalgiaconvention.com; 5/21/12; http://midatlanticnostalgiaconvention.com/kay-kyser-the-ol-professor-of-swing/ “Biography; A Tribute to Kay Kyser;” web; ibiblio.com; 5/21/12; http://www.ibiblio.org/kaykyser/life/index.html Kyser, Kimberly; phone; 5/21/12.
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The Historic Chinqua Penn Plantation Estate Auction Featured Results

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. of Hillsborough, NC and Iron Horse Auction Company, Inc. of Rockingham, NC were proud to offer, at public auction, the personal property assets of the Chinqua Penn Plantation. Featured auction results can be viewed below, or the complete results can be found online. [caption id="attachment_1594" align="alignnone" width="485" caption="John Gamble (Am., 1863-1957), Lupine in California, $55,000"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1594" align="alignnone" width="485" caption="Italian Silk Painted Panel, $26,000"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1594" align="alignnone" width="485" caption="Important Group of Four Limoges Enamel Plaques, $34,000"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1594" align="alignnone" width="485" caption="Napoleonic Gilt Wood Eagle Console Table, $52,000"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1594" align="alignnone" width="485" caption="Chinese Qianlong Panther Sculptures, $120,000"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1594" align="alignnone" width="485" caption="Important Continental Two Part Vargueno, $57,500"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1594" align="alignnone" width="485" caption="The Chinqua Penn Wrought Iron Entrance Gates, $34,000"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1594" align="alignnone" width="485" caption="Pair of Chinese Gilt Bronze Pricket Sticks, $25,000"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1594" align="alignnone" width="485" caption="Pallazo Carrara Marble Urn and Pedestal, $77,500"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1594" align="alignnone" width="485" caption="Pair of Chinese Porcelain Panels, $25,000"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1594" align="alignnone" width="485" caption="Egyptian Revival King Tut Arm Chair, $34,000"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1594" align="alignnone" width="485" caption="Pair of Continental Carved Court Figures, $32,000"][/caption]
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Collection of Alfred Stieglitz photographic works sells for $1 Milllion, March 17, 2012

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales (LLAES), Ltd. opened the 2012 auction year with a landmark $2.4 Million auction, anchored by a collection of photography by Alfred Stieglitz (Am, 1864-1946), who was husband to famed artist Georgia O’Keeffe. The complete auction results for the Two-Day Spring Estate Catalogued Auction can be found on-line. This sale follows three consecutive $1 Million sales the company conducted during 2011, in June, September, and December, respectively. The auction gallery was pleased to host nearly 300 floor bidders who attended the Two-Day Spring Estate Catalogued auction, held March 16 & 17, 2012. Bidders unable to attend the sale left over 1900 absentee and phone bids. In addition, over 1200 bidders watched and participated in the auction on-line, from more than 50 countries around the world. LLAES, Ltd. continues to acquire and offer top-level consignments from the Southeast region, with owner Leland Little saying, "Our current state-of-the-art auction facility, combined with the investment of this team, continues to reward both sellers and buyers." The showstopper of the sale was the Rhoades collection of Alfred Stieglitz photographs, which included the top-lot of the auction, "View from Studio," (pictured at right) which sold for $519,200. "Studio 291," also from the Rhoades' collection, sold for $200,600. The remainder of the 866 lot catalogued auction saw strength and consistency from start to finish (all prices include the 18% buyers premium). Fine Arts offerings were diverse and of top quality, including a portrait of General Jackson, by Thomas Sully (PA, 1783-1872), which, driven by strong phone and on-line bidding, achieved $73,750. A striking floral still life by Sebastian Wegmayr (1776-1857) brought $16,520. Jewelry lots demonstrated strength, led by a round brilliant cut unmounted diamond that sold for $13,570. A Michalis designed Gold and Ruby Lariat sold for $12,980, and an Art Deco Diamond & Sapphire Ring by J.E. Caldwell achieved $9,145. Strong on-line bidding drove the price of an 18KT Vintage Gentleman's Watch by Patek Philippe to $5,900. Other lots of interest include an Antique Chinese Handscroll that attracted international bidders and soared to $212,400, a modern Bakalowits and Sohne "Miracle" Chandelier that sold for $7,375, and a Meissen Porcelain Figural Clock and Stand that achieved $18,880. Offerings from the Lamont Estate were strong, featuring the Michalis designed Gold and Ruby Lariat and Antique Chinese Handscroll mentioned above, and an etching by James A. M. Whistler (1834-1903) entitled "The Wine Glass," that sold for $6,490. Sculpture was highlighted by two bronzes; one by Harriet Frishmuth (NY, 1880-1980) which achieved $21,240, the other by Aase Texmon Rygh (Norwegian, b. 1925) that sold for $8,555. Fine silver was led by an Important Baltic Parcel Gilt Silver Monteith, which soared to $56,640, and a Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Water Pitcher that sold for $2,360. The Fine Wine session, which was held Friday, March 16th at 6:00 P.M., was energized by four bottles of 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild that climbed to $4,248. Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. and Iron Horse Auction Company will hold the Historic Chinqua Penn Plantation Estate Auction at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC, April 25th and 26th, 2012. LLAES, Ltd. will also hold their Two-Day Summer Estate Catalogued Auction at their auction gallery in Historic Hillsborough, NC, on June 15th and 16th, 2012. LLAES, Ltd. is always seeking quality consignments, whether it be an entire estate or a significant item. If you would like to discuss selling please call the gallery at 919-644-1243 or email at info@llauctions.com.
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The Estate Jewelry Collection of Mrs. Lorna Lamont

By Nancy Blount, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. The jewelry from the collection of the late Mrs. Lorna Lamont of Boston, Massachusetts, is a visual journey that tells the story of her travels to Europe with her husband, their love of Greek philosophy, and a loyalty to the jewelers whose pieces she admired and purchased. Dr. and Mrs. Lamont visited England and Greece on several occasions, and it was on these trips that they established a friendship with the proprietors of Michalis Jeweller of Athens, Greece and Garrard & Co., Ltd. of London that would endure for years to come. A letter written to Mrs. Lamont from D.P. Rayner of Garrard & Co. Ltd. wishes Mrs. Lamont luck with her ear piercing and states that he has set aside the sapphire and diamond earrings for her. The correspondence that Mrs. Lamont preserved for approximately fifty years between herself and Michalis and with Garrard & Co. builds a historical context for the assemblage of her collection. One of her most exquisite pieces from Michalis is a gold and ruby lariat (pictured at right) that speaks to her interest, as well as her husband’s, in Greek philosophy. The gold and plique a jour disc pendant from Garrard & Co. is true to her quest for quality and craftsmanship. In addition to her friends across the sea, Mrs. Lamont had loyalties at home. She remained steadfast to Brodney Gallery of Fine Arts and Shreve, Crump, and Low, both of Boston. Estate pieces from Brodney, many in their original boxes and with receipts, reflect her interest in the Art Deco period and her appreciation of the elegance of the design, as in her JE Caldwell sapphire and diamond ring and her Spaulding & Co. platinum and pearl ring. From Shreve, Crump, and Low of Boston, Mrs. Lamont bought her pearls and her tiger bead necklace and earrings. Her younger son, Robert Burtman of Hillsborough, North Carolina, describes his mother as “a Depression era kid” who did not have the opportunity to travel and whose university studies were interrupted when she married. She later returned to Boston University as a single mother and completed her undergraduate degree in philosophy. Upon obtaining a Master’s degree in social work from Simmons School of Social Work, she ventured into a world of service, working primarily with young women in the greater Boston area. Mrs. Lamont’s personal interest in philosophy, her interest in the people around her, and her appreciation of jewelry as an art form are evident in the direction she took in creating a collection that our auction company, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd., is proud to present.
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Curating The Auction; Two-Day Spring Estate Catalogued Auction

By Luke Newbold, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. When you walk through the doors of the Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. Auction Gallery to preview our Two-Day Spring Estate Catalogued Auction, to be held March 16 & 17, 2012, take special note of the room settings, object placement and arrangement of items. Much like a fine art gallery, museum or special collection, the auction gallery is curated by our staff and arranged studiously for display. It is mind boggling to imagine how each piece arrived on our gallery floor; some items are single consignments that have been passed down from generations, while other items are part of an entire estate brought to auction. To view these estates combined in one gallery setting is truly an art of its own, and even more exciting to think it is all to be sold at auction. The main gallery floor is divided into several rooms. Room 3 features a fine assortment of American antiques and art; including a rare Joel Palmer paint decorated blanket chest (Lot 145) of fantastic diminutive size with an exceptionally well preserved and whimsical paint scheme; a Georgia Federal Huntboard (Lot 146) by direct descent through the family of Paul Johnston, Rome, Georgia. For our North Carolina collectors, an attributed Thomas Day rocking chair (Lot 164) seems to be pulled right from the pages of Patricia Phillips Marshal and Jo Ramsey Leimenstoll’s “Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Freeman of Color”; and “Low-Tide Moonlight” (Lot 87) by Robertson Mygatt retaining its original Carnegie Institute label on the verso. Room 7 pops the gallery with vibrant colors from art deco to mid-century modern periods. Some of this room’s highlights include: an attributed Kai Kristiansen, Danish Modern Sideboard (Lot 203) with clean lines floating on turned legs and well crafted tambour doors, and a modern table with Phillippe Starck J. Chairs (Lot 202), consigned as a set, the chairs are clearly labeled and include a fantastic architectural metal, wood and glass table featured in Andrew Hollingsworth’s “Danish Modern” as a partner’s desk. The room is lit by several period art deco lamps (Lot 207-210) from the Greensboro collection of James and Virginia Tucker, a couple who deserve praise as true art deco collectors and lovers of the arts. Suspended above is a Bakalowits and Sohne “Miracle” Chandelier (Lot 205), with a very unique and eye catching design, this is the first time being offered for sale since its original purchase in the 1960s, NY. Gallery B is fashioned as one large room setting primarily featuring collections from the Arthur Danielson estate. The lit glass display cases contain exceptional Chinese porcelains, ivories and figures; as well as a cabinet dedicated to the Alfred Stieglitz photography of the Rhoades’ Estate (Lots 44-51) including one of his most famous images, “The Steerage” (Lot 44). The excitement behind these photographs is the underlying connection of their original owner Katharine N. Rhoades. The Metropolitan Museum of Art includes the following on Rhoades relationship with Stieglitz: “Katharine Nash Rhoades was an American beauty who caught Stieglitz's eye during her many visits to "291" and who was one of the few female painters to show there… (and) in June 1915 Stieglitz took several photographs of Rhoades, arm bent in an elegant V across her chest…” The photographs and book are inscribed to Katharine Rhoades from Alfred Stieglitz and is their first time being offered for sale since their dedication. Other powerful areas of interest include the jewelry and wine. The fine jewelry selection ranges from Vicotrian to modern; featuring a Victorian Diamond and Sapphire Arrow Brooch (Lot 594), a piece that transcends in design and style to compliment current fashion trends; the modern jewelry includes an Alexander Calder style necklace (Lot 585) with similar elements to a 1941 necklace in the MOMA’s collection. This Spring features the largest wine auction to date of rare and fine wines; including a Remy Martin Louis XIII & Baccarat Decanter – Vintage mid-19th Century, Cognac (Lot 1108), with a comparable selling price of $70,000 in May 2011. There are 760 lots in the art and antiques portion of the sale and each lot has a special story, which our auction company is pleased to share with you. It is fun gathering the items to build a quarterly catalog sale, but even more fun is to see it all come together. This Two-Day Spring Estate Catalogued Auction has a special energy all its own with several exciting and extraordinary lots. Sources: Hollingsworth, Andrew; “Danish Modern”, 2008, p.182. Leimenstoll, Jo Ramsey; Marshal, Patricia Phillips; “Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Freeman of Color”, 2010, fig.5.38, p.98. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, www.metmuseum.org/collections/search-the-collections/210008639, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949; March 4, 2012. The Museum of Modern Art, www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?criteria=O%3AAD%3AE%3A922&page_number=39&template_id=1&sort_order=1, Necklace, 748.1943, Alexander Calder; March 6, 2012.
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The Presence of Katherine N. Rhoades (Stieglitz Collection to be Auctioned)

While much is known of the work and contribution of Alfred Stieglitz, we know little of Katherine N. Rhoades, the woman whose beauty and artistic skills captured the eye and interest of Stieglitz, resulting in a life-long friendship between the two. Our auction company, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd., is proud to offer, March 17th, 2012, during our Two-Day Spring Estate Catalogued Auction, a collection of photographs by Stieglitz, each individually chosen and given to Katherine Rhoades by Stieglitz himself. It is through the words of her grandniece, Barbara Rhoades, that we begin to recognize the presence and being of the woman whose influence helped shape the landscape of early 20th century American art. Ms. Barbara Rhoades reflects on Katherine Rhoades (known as Aunty K), in this insightful piece:[caption id="" width="650" align="alignright" caption="Group of artists seated on the ground, among the trees. Identification on verso (handwritten): Left to right - Paul Haviland, Abraham Walkowitz, Katharine N. Rhoades, Mrs. Alfred Stieglitz, Agnes Ernst (Mrs. Eugene Meyer), Alfred Stieglitz, J.B. Kerfoot, John, Marin. (Source: The Smithsonian Archives from the Abraham Walkowitz papers, 1904-1966)"][/caption] [caption id="" width="650" align="alignright" caption="The same group of artists pictured dining at Mount Kisco (Source: The Smithsonian Archives from the Abraham Walkowitz papers, 1904-1966)"][/caption]I met Aunty K once when I was 9 years old, in 1959. She was my father’s aunt and a very gentle soul. I spent the day with her walking about New York and sitting in her apartment. She wore dark clothing brightened by a floral wool challis shawl. Around her neck hung an Episcopal cross. Though she was in her mid-70s and wore no make-up, her beauty seemed timeless. She had a way of looking at you as if she could see to the depth of your soul and the truth within. With the slightest tilt of the head and a gentle smile, you knew that what she saw through her eyes, she embraced with love and acceptance. In my immediate family, Aunty K was kept as a mystery. It wasn’t until her death, when my father served as executor of her estate, that I learned of how deeply she had been involved in the world of art and the famous people whose paths were intertwined with hers. Over the years I have read inscriptions in books from Carl Sandburg, Alfred Stieglitz and others, writing as dear friends of K’s. I learned that Katherine Graham, of the Washington Post, was named after Aunty K. Katherine Graham’s mother, Agnes Meyer, was one of the "Three Graces," along with Aunty K and Marion Beckett. I saw photos of Aunty K (in her quintessential pose of her hand resting gently on her long neck [pictured, top right]) at Mount Kisco with Meyer, Stieglitz, Paul Marin and others. There were beautiful portraits of my father's parents and him as a baby by Steichen, but none as creative and intimate as the images Steichen took of Aunty K, smiling through a fanned veil of pine needles or melting onto an outcropped rock. I read an inscription on a photo by Stieglitz of poplars blowing in the breeze, on which Stieglitz, as a birthday gift to K, wrote, "…this is how I see you." I have seen the exhibition catalogue from the 1913 Armory exhibit where Aunty K, among countless artists, exhibited their work with Duchamps, Picasso, Cezanne, Matisse, and Gaugin – artists who turned the 20th century into Modern Art. I have seen the portrait of K hanging as tribute to her long friendship with Freer and her commitment to establishing his collection in the National Museum, and the Chinese coin that Freer gave to my father along with a personal letter explaining the meaning of the coin. I have a library of books on Stieglitz and Steichen, in which her name is a gentle thread in their lives. What I gather from my Aunt Lib, who lived with K in her later years, is that it was through painting a mural for a religious library that K found a turning point that defined the rest of her life. Many of the books speculate about the relationships K had with Steichen, Stieglitz and others, and why she destroyed most of her paintings to spend the rest of her years in humble servitude for the church and the religious library. Much has been written about her and yet she remains an enigma. Many don’t understand, what is to them, an unexplainable abandonment of her place with the shakers and movers of Modern Art. I had a chance to glance at K’s journals about her trips to Europe, her poems (many of them sent to Stieglitz in her letters), her dreams, and her symbolic choices of color in her paintings. I saw her notes beside her sketches and watercolor studies, and I had a few moments to read some lines of her handwritten poems. I believe that K’s path was consistent. Her art, her poems, her life, were connected to the presence of a greater spirit within each of us, revealed, and set free, by nature. In her art you will see a predominance of blue, which embodies the spirit. This spirit elevates us to a higher sense of truth and humanity, and it reaches to the depth of our souls. As Sandburg wrote to K inside her edition of "Rootabaga Stories," "To K who…understands the meaning of blue."
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Contents of Arthur Danielson Antiques to be sold February 25th

"Antiquarian, connoisseur, historian, kind friend; words that come to mind when describing Arthur Danielson, a man whose prominent presence dominated the Raleigh antiques scene for 40 years. Arthur conducted his antiques business from his elegant downtown home, where clients were always welcomed as honored guests. His home was filled to over-flowing with treasures collected during his world travels; each piece painstakingly researched and documented. One of Arthur's greatest delights was explaining the history and merits of his acquisitions. If your host excused himself for a few minutes, the lucky visitor was likely to find himself served with a silver tray of fresh madeleines and home brewed coffee with thick cream, served by Arthur smiling and saying, “Let's sit a spell and I'll tell you all about that Carolean table.” And they did!" - Pam Briggs Arthur's collection dominates the sale being offered February 25, 2012. His collection ranges from hand tied carpets to antique engravings and paintings, leather bound books, antique pewter and brass to 18th century furnishings, staffordshire and export Chinese porcelains. Some of the pieces of interest include, photo 72, a 19th century black hard-stone Chinese brush washer in the form of a resting ram. The art being offered features a multitude of ranges from folk, early English to mid century modern. One particularly peculiar lot is photo 191, a vintage oil on canvas in the manor of Piet Mondrian. Another intriguing work of art is photo 173, a 19th century folk assemblage of feathers and painting showcasing a variety of birds among a landscape, all housed in a wonderfully pierce carved folk art frame. The sale of Arthur Danielson antiques is a rare opportunity to gather from a prestigious local collector. We are proud and privileged to offer this quality collection Saturday, February 25, 2012. Call now to reserve your seat!
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An Eclectic Collection: Fine, Signed, and Whimsical

By Nancy Blount, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. The allure of diamonds to the classic sophistication of pearls, the fire of rubies and calm of sapphires, the craftsmanship of sterling combined with the textures of turquoise and coral, and the delightful fantasy of costume…are all represented in the jewelry collection being sold in the Estate Catalogued Auction of Dr. Clyde Nolan on February 18, 2012. This is a collection that speaks to the versatility and individuality of a collector who had great appreciation for a diversity of styles, periods, and materials. The collection includes the prestige and tradition of Tiffany and Richard Krementz and the flair of English designer Kiki McDonough, whose work was favored by the late Princess Diana and worn by Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, on Christmas Day. Additionally represented in the collection are many pieces by regional artists and pieces retailed by local galleries, many of the pieces still in their original retailers’ gift boxes. A pair of Mabe pearl earrings set in 22KT gold, purchased from Somerhill Gallery, and an Art Deco style diamond and sapphire bracelet from Schiffman’s of Greensboro join the company of a pair of Tahitian pearl and diamond ear pendants, still with a Sotheby’s auction tag. Strands of pearls and multi-strand necklaces of turquoise and coral accented with sterling are in the midst of earrings, rings, and pendants set with peridot, tourmaline, and topaz gemstones. The focus of this collector went toward color, and the greens and blues of these stones deftly dominate the collection. Adding dimension to and completing the jewel chest are the selections representative of the Victorian period, such as a diamond and ruby ring with the maker’s mark for Cornelius Saunder and Frank Shepard Silversmiths of London, 1910, and the whimsical costume jewelry of the Post WWII era from Mariam Haskell, Schiaparelli, Hattie Carnegie, and others. It is a collection of jewelry for all seasons for its diversity and for its depth.
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A Burgeoning Collection of Fine Photographic Works

By Claire Fraser, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. - (Photograph by Alex Harris) A shock of red first catches your eye as you walk into the gallery displaying the collection of Dr. Clyde Nolan, Jr. It is impossible to miss with its bold color and geometric composition – a photograph by Durham resident and co-founder of Duke’s founder of the Center for Documentary Studies, Alex Harris. Harris studied under Walker Evans while attending Yale. He credits Evans’ notion “that photography is essentially a matter of collecting and editing images” as being influential in the development of his own style. This sentiment is evident in many of Harris’ photographs – including the one offered in Dr. Nolan’s collection - “Sol and Cuba, Old Havana, Looking North from Alberto Roja’s 1951 Plymouth, Havana.” Harris even literally followed in his mentor’s footsteps; like Evans in 1933, Harris traveled to Cuba between 1998 and 2003 – documenting his experience and viewpoint on film. In an interview with CNN, Harris speaks of using the windshields of what may at first seem to be behemoths of western capitalism as “lenses” for the viewer of the photograph, as well as Cubans themselves. In the interview he describes these classic cars from the 1950s as reinvented vehicles, completely rebuilt and lacking original parts, testaments to the ingenuity and perseverance of the Cuban people. It is through this “lens” that Harris captures and incorporates multiple generations of Cuban experience – the streets of old colonial Havana, pre-1959 Revolution, and present day. These generations are revealed in the hardscape, while close inspection reveal ghostly apparitions of passersby. People inhabited the past and continue to live in the present, molding their surroundings and adapting to constant, and often difficult, changes. This photograph is a powerful image from a preeminent North Carolina photographer. It was included in his 2007 book, The Idea of Cuba, and was included in “A Revolutionary Project: Cuba from Walker Evans to Now” at the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA, May 17-October 2, 2011). References: http://www.alex-harris.com http://www.annstewartfineart.com/ http://www.getty.edu/news/press/center/revolutionary_project.html http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/living/2007/10/17/cha.alex.harris.cnn http://mbabramgalleries.com/video_alex_harris.html http://blog.rosegallery.net/2011/05/27/la-times-review-of-a-revolutionary-project-cuba-from-walker-evans-to-now-by-reed-johnson/
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Surge in Sales for North Carolina Fine Wine Auction Company

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales (LLAES), Ltd. wrapped up 2011 with a surge in fine wine consignments and sales. Over the last 4 quarterly Fine Wine auctions, LLAES, Ltd. grossed approximately US $347,000. Top hammer prices (prices include the 15% buyers premium) included the following: - 9 bottles of 1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild that sold for US $25,960 - 11 bottles of 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild that earned US $10,620 - 11 bottles of 1969 Romanee Conti Richebourg that went for US $9,775 Other highlights were two stellar cases of 1982 Chateau Haut Brion that sold for US $7,820 per case. Many top growth wines exceeded international expectations and auction estimates. Online bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com. LLAES, Ltd. will hold their next Fine Wine Auction on March 16th, 2012, at 6:00 P.M., with the strongest collection of sought-after California wines to date, including 5 individual lots of Opus One. LLAES, Ltd. is always accepting quality wine consignments for future sales. All consignments are stored in our newly constructed 5,000 bottle climate-controlled wine cellar. To consign, you may email the fine wine director, Mark Solomon (mark@llauctions.com). Or you can call him at (919) 225-5916. For more information, please visit LLAES, Ltd.'s Fine Wine Department.
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Sugar, Spice and Everything… Chanel: The Collection of Dr. Nolan To Be Sold at Auction

By Luke Newbold, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. When Leland told me we had to make room in storage for a large estate to be sold in February, I had no idea what we were in for! The Dr. Nolan estate, a court ordered sale, I imagined would be one tightly packed lane of furniture, art and smalls, like most “large” estates in our storage facility… Four truck loads later and without a square inch to spare, storage met its capacity. Our freshly poured concrete floor now hosts hundreds of plastic totes and bins full of mysterious merchandise, piles of fine furnishings, a mountain of hand tied rugs, a pile of art and racks of clothing and shoes, all to be unpacked, inventoried and sold in the Estate Collection Catalogued Auction of Dr. Clyde Nolan, Jr. on February 18th, 2012! Three days into unpacking boxes, we discovered an assortment of fine antiques including a hoard of fine sterling silver objects, dating from the 18th-20th century. The silver varies from a monumental sterling trumpet vase to Victorian gilt silver mugs by Tiffany & Co. There are several fine English antiquities such as: silver and gold tipped riding crops, tea caddies, perfume bottles, a Chinoiserie perfume box, paperweights, enameled pill boxes, antique and decorative table lamps, toleware and the list goes on and on. Today the final truck delivered an assorted collection of ultra fine fashion clothing; with such names as: Chanel, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Manolo Blahnik, Saks Fifth Avenue, etc. The items range from chinchilla, mink and fox coats to leather dresses, custom outfits and size 6-7.5 heels all in their original boxes, all in like new condition, some even with tags still remaining. Several of these handbags are the exact designs once owned by Elizabeth Taylor. Over 160 works of art were included in the final truck load as well. The works include 19th century oil on canvas landscapes, still lives and portraits; also with contemporary paintings, prints and photography. All of the pristine works are presented in fine period frames. I imagine you won’t see a bit of the yellow paint of the gallery walls once all the art is hung for this sale! How could I forget the jewels? Yes, there will be a fine selection of jewelry offered at this auction including: a platinum, diamond and sapphire bracelet, an art deco style platinum ruby and diamond bracelet, a large diamond tennis bracelet, pearl and diamond earrings, multiple lots of gold jewelry and boxes upon boxes of sterling and semi-precious stone necklaces, bracelets and earrings! Most of the jewelry is in excellent condition, having records of being purchased at Sothebys and other high end jewelers. The rugs and furniture have yet to been vetted, but just from a glance I can tell it will be equally as powerful. Two of the rugs I’ve encountered for this sale are of the highest quality I have seen at auction; their extremely high knot count and quality are superb. Also a 19th century mahogany sleigh bed will be offered and a custom fancy inlaid corner cupboard. If this wets your appetite, as it has mine, that’s just the beginning of this enormous collection, as we have yet another week’s worth of unpacking ahead of us. It is anyone’s guess what fine jewels, hand bags, and antiquities will be pulled out and offered for auction. There will be a catalog listing online for this auction; however, due to the nature of this sale, it is an exciting and rare opportunity at owning parts of a fresh-to-market prestigious collection. Keep checking our website for updates, listings and photos for this sale and be sure to reserve a seat for this all-day gala event, on February 18th.
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Danish Modern: Why and How it Came to Be, Related to Furnishings in January 14th Auction

By Luke Newbold, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. As our parents or grandparents “modern tastes” become rediscovered, the term “Danish Modern” is often used; the term has come to symbolize a high style of Mid-20th century furnishings for the modern home. But how and why was Danish furniture introduced to the United States? How: Danish Modern design is classified by organic shape and seemingly light construction, many pieces appearing to float from the floor. Woods used vary from light European Oak to the more exotic and rich Brazilian Rosewood, often used in the solid. Many of the furnishings, such as chairs, tables and cabinets can easily be disassembled; therefore, allowing for easy and lower cost import into the U.S. Architect/Designers Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wagner and Finn Juhl are some of the hailed Danish/American designers who directly introduced strong Danish design into the American home. Their avant-garde designs would later become streamlined and produced by such manufacturers as Haywood Wakefield, Lane, Knoll etc., including several Highpoint, NC vendors. Why: Fashion trends are much of the cause for design, whether it be in art, clothing, architecture and the same is true for furniture. Noted author Andrew Hollingsworth states, “(Danish Modern furniture)…is still only beginning to be appreciated in the homes of twenty-first-century America.” He also states that much of what is known of the Danish-Modern style is infused with ancient designs from Greece, Egypt and Asia. Designers and craftsmen incorporated the best designs of foreign antiquities and made it their own by using native woods and reduced form construction, thus creating a design that is said to transcend time. Aside from fashion, industrialization played a key role in the formation of Danish modern design. Production lines formed to create affordable furnishings to the public, and with that came the first step towards modernism: the Arts and Crafts movement of 1880. Styles drastically changed and revolted against the heavy ornamentation of high Victorian furniture. Makers such as Gustav Stickley replaced carved floral crest-rails and Rococo-style armoires with bold, simple lines and lighter tone oaks. Fifty years later the designs were reduced and improved upon, creating “Danish-Modern”; preempting “Mid-Century Modern” by a decade. This influence of design is noted in the January 14th auction gallery. Objects include a set of three matching long dressers manufactured by Columbia and Myers of Boston; two “Contemporary” tambour cabinets of Brookline, Massachusetts; pair of Rosewood candlesticks by Jacaranda, Jac-arte, Made in Brasil S. Paulo; two wooden floor lamps and a fantastic Danish-Modern Wooten desk. The Wooten Desk (likely designed by Leif Elvestad), photo 141, is a classic example of Danish modern design reaching back to antique designs. William S. Wooton patented his design for the “Wooten Desk” in 1870 and had the basic form and function as the Danish Modern Wooten Desk up for auction this Saturday. However, the original designs were in high Victorian fashion with dark mahogany and walnut used as primary woods with ebonized and gilt decoration atop carved mountings. Elvestad’s design for the Wooten Desk reduces it down to its basic form, a rectangle, supported by an ‘H’ bracket base; opening to reveal useful pigeon holes, folding desk top, files and even a locked compartment with key. Instead of the dark woods used at its origination, the Danish Modern desk is made of a light stained teak wood, deceptively altering its mass. If you are starting to take after your parents or grandparents taste for Danish Modern and Mid Century Modern, be sure to check out the sale on Saturday, January 14th at 12pm, with preview the day before. Also, take note that finer Mid-Century and Danish Modern items are sold at our catalog sales, all of which can be viewed through our website as the dates of the sales grow near.
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Bringing Back the Lost Art and Tradition of Dining

By Claire Fraser, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. How often do you sit down to dinner? It’s likely not as often as you would choose. In today’s world we find the time too fleeting and tempers too short to truly sit down and enjoy a meal. This Saturday’s Estate Treasures Auction, to be held January 14th, 2012 at 12:00 P.M., shows us a glimpse of when dinner was fully relished and a true art was laid out on the table. This auction’s featured estate of Dr. John and Mrs. Lorna Lamont of Boston includes a fine collection of hand-painted china and sterling silver flatware. Much of the china was hand-painted by “R. Epstein,” likely a personal friend or relative of the Lamonts. There are teacups, saucers, teapots, plates, and candlesticks galore! All different – but how pretty they would look set up for a spring shower! No need to be matchy – in fact, it could be the start of a new collection focused on a color, flower, or an artist’s name. China painting was a popular pastime for woman during the late 19th century through the mid-20th century. Blanks (undecorated porcelain pieces) could be purchased from china producers and then painted at home or in studios. A woman in Wisconsin, Susan Frackelton, even developed her own gas-powered portable kiln, paints, and more, which she sold from a retail location. Her success grew and in 1886 she published a manual for artists titled Tried by Fire: A Work on China-Painting. Another tabletop art form featured in this weekend’s sale is sterling silver. Up on the block is everything from an asparagus fork to a cheese scoop. But don’t get fixated on the object’s original purpose – these items can be put to all sorts of uses. Imagine a cheese scoop set in a bowl of candy to dole out the perfect portion. But a bit of warm brie with pesto scooped onto a plate does sound divine – just don’t forget the butter pick to elegantly extract the gooey goodness! Silver is among the strongest collecting fields on the secondary market today. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a lot of work. Silver rarely needs polishing as long as it is used! I don’t advocate dumping it in the dishwasher, but a quick soapy soak in the sink will do the trick. So here is a call to arms – in today’s hectic world, carve out an extra five minutes to set your table. Pull out the silver and the china; add another piece to your collection. Many of the silver patterns offered in the Lamont estate have been in production for over a hundred years and will never go out of style. They will be around for another hundred years, passed from one generation to the next, the epitome of green living! Sources: Wisconsin Historical Society (www.wisconsinhistory.com)
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“Deco-dent”: Superb Art Deco Collection to be Sold December 31, 2011

By Luke Newbold, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. We at LLAES are privileged to work with great collections on a regular basis. Recently we located a fresh period estate in Greensboro, NC, that is everything deco. Upon entering the home one is greeted by a Chinese art deco rug of deep purples and cobalt that sets the stage for an array of prominently featured sculptures, lamps and flower frogs. We have sold parts of this collection in past auctions, and are pleased to be offering additional items during our New Year’s Eve Estate Auction, to be held December 31st at 1:00 P.M. One lot of particular interest is a pair of art deco oil on board “dreamscapes” with nude silhouettes. Each of the paintings places the viewer in a seductive yet secluded location behind fantasized deco floral foliage. Both scenes are painted at dusk with a gilt full moon. One panel is focused on two female figures leaping through a grassy knoll with a bouncing bunny on their trail; the other with a female figure chasing a cherub atop a galloping goat. Both scenes with whimsical design and color choices as the flowers are sporting shades of turquoise, orange, and mauve with scrolled flower petals and coffee bean shaped leaves. Unfortunately these pieces are unsigned and the consignor doesn’t know much about their history other than her husband picked them up years ago to add to their collection. Popular since the 18th century, silhouettes document fashion trends while capturing the subject's profile. Our art deco silhouette panels were created in the same manner as their colonial predecessors but showcase styles of the 1920's-30s with lithe nude female in whimsical settings. The silhouette was widely used throughout art deco décor from panel pictures to bookends to lamps. The silhouette has even remained a popular medium in modern and contemporary art. Kara Walker is one such major contemporary artist that comes to mind, who strongly uses the silhouette in her works. While Walker’s pieces have detailed ties to the harsh reality of the early African-American, the two panels being offered for auction New Year’s Eve may bring a slightly more fun and relaxed tone to any interior. The art deco collection for the New Year's Eve auction features an array of early Phoenix glass, figural globe lamps, Italian glass, bookends, ash stands, and an amazing adjustable figural magazine stand (photo 96). Other original works include a statue of a young stylish couple in the hard-edged deco design, signed “Harriet Dexter,” (photo 103). Unfortunately again, we are unable to discover and information regarding Harriet Dexter, but her sculpture is exquisitely done in the hand of the 1930’s.
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Important Auction – The Historic Chinqua Penn Plantation Estate, Reidsville, NC

Description: Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. of Hillsborough, NC and Iron Horse Auction Company, Inc. of Rockingham, NC proudly announce the public auction of the personal property assets of the Chinqua Penn Plantation. Selling by order of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Court Ordered Auction, Case # 09-50140, In the matter of Renegade Holdings, Inc., et al Illustrated color catalogues for the sale are available ($50 at-the-door, $55 USPS postage paid, $70 shipped internationally). You may place an order now, on our homepage, or by contacting us. Sale Location: Greensboro Coliseum Complex: Special Events Center, West Wing Greensboro, NC Sale Dates: The Historic Chinqua Penn Plantation Estate Auction Day 1: Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 10:00 A.M., Lots 1 - 595 Day 2: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 10:00 A.M., Lots 596 - 1074 Sale Previews (To be held at Chinqua Penn Plantation, Reidsville, NC): Sunday, April 22, 2:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. (Wine Reception) Monday, April 23, 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 24, 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. Terms: Terms and Conditions of the sale are available online. Photos and Additional Lot Information: Please click here for the complete listing, including images and descriptions...
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Continued Growth with Third Consecutive Million-Dollar Sale

December 30, 2012 Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales (LLAES), Ltd. conducted their third consecutive million-dollar-sale with their Two-Day Winter Estate Catalogued Auction, held at their newly expanded auction gallery, December 2nd & 3rd, 2011. This landmark auction demonstrated continued growth for LLAES, Ltd., with the hammer falling at just over US$1.5 million for the sale, which featured their Fine Wine Auction as well as their Fine & Decorative Arts Auction. The auction gallery was at capacity with nearly 400 floor bidders attending the sale. In addition, over 1200 bidders participated on-line, from more than 50 countries around the world. Bidders unable to attend the sale left over 1600 absentee and phone bids which were executed. Highlights from the sale included multiple works by North Carolina artists, some achieving record-highs for their works (prices include buyer's premium): John Beerman (NC), Joe's View Looking North - 6AM ($13,800) John Beerman (NC), "Seven Lombardi Poplars...and Sandia Mountain" ($27,600) Maud Gatewood (NC, 1934-2004), "Green Shade" ($21,850) Maud Gatewood (NC, 1934-2004), "Big Bungle - Looking Up" ($20,700) Maud Gatewood (NC, 1934-2004), Abstract ($8,050) Claude Howell (NC, 1915-1977), Boy with Watermelon ($19,550) Claude Howell (NC, 1915-1977), Self-Portrait ($10,350) Furniture performed exceptionally well, led by a Pennsylvania Paint Decorated Dower Chest: Pennsylvania Paint Decorated Dower Chest, 18th c. ($41,400) George Nakashima Trestle Table ($7,475) Timothy Philbrick Sideboard ($10,350) New York Federal Drop Leaf Parlor Table ($5,290) American and International Fine Art was strong: Anthony Thieme (MA, 1888-1954), "Pigeon Cove" ($7,475) Dale Nichols (1904-1995), Red Barn in Snow ($3,220) Peter Hanson (NY, 1821-1887), Interlaken ($2,530) Alfred Hutty (NY/SC, 1877-1954), River in Snow ($8,050) Robert Vickrey (Am., 1926-2011), "Boy and Bike" ($10,350) Thomas Wightman (SC, 1811-1888), Still Life ($10,925) Sarah Blakeslee (NC, 1912-2005), NC Mountains ($2,070) Mary Tannahill (NC/NY, 1863-1951), "The Noon Hour" ($2,185) Julia Dillon (NY, 1834-1918), Chrysanthemums ($3,680) Erté (Russian, 1892-1990), Two Serigraphs ($2,300) Wladyslaw Chmielinski (1911-1979), Winter Race ($2,645) Wladyslaw Chmielinski (1911-1979), Warsaw Winter ($2,760) Two Estate Jewelry lots of note: Art Deco Platinum and Diamond Bracelet ($5,520) Art Deco Platinum Diamond and Sapphire Bracelet ($4,830) Sculpture was led by a bronze by Pierre Le Faguays: Pierre Le Faguays (1892-1962), Dancer with Thyrsus ($4,140) Martine Vaugel (Fr./Am.), Bronze Female Nude ($3,910) Laura Gardin Fraser (1889-1966), George Washington ($2,185) Silver offerings brought strong bidding: Georg Jensen "Pyramid" Sterling Flatware ($13,225) George III Silver Coffee Pot by William Grundy ($1,265) Hector Aguilar "Aztec" Silver & Rosewood Flatware ($6,325) Tiffany & Co. "Palm" Sterling Silver Flatware ($2,760) Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Lidded Urn ($2,070) Pottery and Art Glass excited bidders, featuring works by Mark Hewitt, Daniel Seagle, and Dale Chihuly: Impressive Early Mark Hewitt Planter ($2,070) Mark Hewitt, Lidded Four-Handled Ovoid Vessel ($2,990) Daniel Seagle Five Gallon Jug, NC Pottery ($8,625) Dale Chihuly Seaform Basket ($4,370) Asian art lots of note: Six Polished Hardstone Chinese Snuff Bottles ($5,290) Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Jardiniere ($1,495) Chinese Northern Qi Dynasty Buddha Head ($2,185) Chinese Porcelain Plaque, Republic Period ($3,680) LLAES, Ltd. will hold its Two-Day Spring Catalogued Auction March 16th & 17th, 2012. LLAES, Ltd. is always seeking quality consignments for upcoming catalogued auctions, whether it be an entire estate or a significant item. If you would like to discuss selling please contact us.
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Exciting Two-Day Winter Catalogue Auction this Dec. 2nd & 3rd

Over 1000 lots of fine art, silver, estate jewelry, furniture and rare and fine wine to be offered at LLAES, Ltd.’s Two-Day Winter Catalogue Auction. Fine Wine to be sold Friday December 2nd at 5:30 PM, The Personal Collection of Joseph D. Rowand to be sold Friday, December 2nd at 7 PM, and Fine & Decorative Arts to be sold Saturday, December 3rd at 9 AM. Following on the heels of two consecutive million dollar sales, LLAES, Ltd. is proud to announce their last catalogue sale of the year. Leland Little states, “This sale promises to maintain the momentum that has been generated at our previous two catalogue auctions.” The sale will feature the personal collection of Joseph D. Rowand, founder of Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC, the largest collection of rare and fine wine to date, and a quality collection of fine and decorative arts. This event will be held at the firm’s newly expanded state-of-the-art auction gallery in Hillsborough, NC. Little elaborates, “We are pleased to announce the completion and use of our 5,500 square foot extension which offers an additional 2,000 square feet of gallery display combined with the largest walk in wine cooler in the Southeast.” Floor, absentee, telephone, and live online bidding through Live Auctioneers will be available both days. The two day schedule will begin on Friday, December 2nd with an Hors D’oeuvre and Wine Reception for floor bidders. The Rare and Fine Wine Auction will begin promptly at 5:30 PM. Particular lots of note include: nine bottles of vintage 1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild (est. $21,000-$26,000), twelve bottles of vintage 1986 Chateau Lafite Rothschild (est. $27,500-$32,000), and two bottles of vintage 1985 Montrachet (est. $4,500-$6,500). These lots have all been removed from the subterranean wine cellar of an avid collector. Following the same evening at 7PM, LLAES, Ltd. will offer the personal collection of Joseph D. Rowand, founder of Somerhill Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC. 164 lots will be offered at this second session. There are no pre-sale estimates for this session as it constitutes an estate collection with all items to be sold to the highest bidder. Lots of interest include the Catalogue cover lot, an oil on canvas by Maud Gatewood, entitled, “Green Shade,” which is one of twelve works offered by the famed Gatewood. Other lots of note include an oil on canvas by Claude Howell (NC, 1915-1977) entitled, “Boy with Watermelon,” a ceramic sculpture entitled, “Two Figures,” by Mark Chatterley, a Saarinan “Tulip” Table and a pair of chairs, and an oil on canvas by John Beerman (NC) entitled, “Seven Lombardi Poplars...” On Saturday, December 3rd at 9AM, over 700 lots of fine and decorative arts will be offered. This session features multi-estate national and international level collections, beginning with 106 fresh to the market Asian Art offerings. Lots to watch include a pair of Chinese Famille Rose Lidded Bowls with a mark for Qianlong (est. $800-$1,200), a Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Pear Form Vase with a six character mark for Tongzhi reign (est. $800-$1,200), and a Chinese Carved Rose Quartz Elephant (est. $2,000-$4,000). American Art offerings will be a highlight of the sale. An acrylic on canvas by Rafael Cauduro, who is considered to be among the finest muralists and artists currently living and working in Mexico, entitled, “My Grandfather” (est. $6,000-$9,000) will generate excitement. Other strong lots include an oil on canvas by Anthony Thieme (MA, 1888-1954), entitled, “Pigeon Cove” (est. $6,000-$8,000), a mixed media on board signed and dated “Dale Nichols 1947,” entitled “Red Barn in Snow” (est. $2,000-$4,000), a drypoint on heavy wove paper by Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) signed and entitled “Kleine Welten XII” (est. $8,000-$12,000), and a still life oil on canvas by Thomas Wightman, Charleston, SC (est. $3,000-$5,000). American Furniture will be led by a New York Renaissance Revival Bedroom Suite, circa 1870s with elaborate relief carving as well as incised and pierced details (est. $10,000-$20,000), a Philadelphia Tall Post Tester Bed, circa 1820-30 (est. $8,000-$12,000), and a Pennsylvania Paint Decorated Dower Chest, 18th century (est. $4,000-$8,000). Other fine lots include an American Classical Breakfront, second quarter 19th century (est. $4,000-$8,000) and a New York Federal Drop Leaf Parlor Table, circa 1810-30 (est. $3,000-$5,000). A Continental offering of note is a Pair of Regency Inlaid Card Tables, circa 1810 (est. $3,000-$5,000). Fine Jewelry offerings include 71 extremely strong lots that are sure to generate animated bidding. An Impressive 9.90 carat Platinum and Diamond ring centering on one emerald cut diamond (est. $80,000-$100,000) will certainly be a lot to watch. Other one of a kind pieces include a Diamond Line Bracelet comprised of 33 round brilliant cut diamonds (est. $10,000-$20,000), an Art Deco Platinum and Diamond Bracelet (est. $2,500-$5,500), an 18KT Diamond, Sapphire, Turquoise Toucan Brooch (est. $1,500-$2,500), an 18KT Gold and Diamond Cartier Brooch (est. $1,000-$3,000), and an 18KT Diamond En Tremblant Brooch, Hammerman Bros. (est. $1,000-$2,000). Fine Silver offerings, both American and Continental, will excite and satisfy silver buyers. American offerings will be led by a Gorham “Maintenon” Sterling Tea & Coffee Service (est. $10,000-$12,000) and Hector Aguilar “Aztec” Silver & Rosewood Flatware, circa 1940-1950 (est. $6,000-$9,000). Continental Silver lots of note include a Georg Jensen “Pyramid” Sterling Flatware Service for eight (est. $5,000-$7,000), a Pair of Georgian Silver Salvers bearing the date letter for 1798 (est. $1,000-$3,000), and a Russian Silver Vodka Bucket, circa 1908 (est. $800-$1,200). Rounding out the sale will be ten lots of fine musical instruments from an Eastern North Carolina Private Collection, led by a 1958 Gibson Les Paul Jr. Electric Guitar, 3/4 Size (est. $3,000-$5,000), sixteen lots of sculpture in various mediums, led by a cold painted gilt bronze by Pierre Le Faguays (est. $1,000-$3,000), and a 1977 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith III four door sedan (est. $10,000-$15,000). Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd.’s Spring Catalogue Auction will be held in March of 2012. LLAES, Ltd. is always seeking quality consignments, whether it be an entire estate or a significant item. If you would like to discuss selling please call at 919-644-1243 or email at info@LLAuctions.com. To learn more about Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. please visit their new website at www.LLAUCTIONS.com.
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Impressive Results with Second Consecutive Million Dollar Sale

LLAES, Ltd. Conducts Second Consecutive Million Dollar Sale with their September 16th & 17th Two-Day Fall Catalogue Auction. Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. is proud to announce their second consecutive million dollar sale. As with all LLAES, Ltd. catalogued auctions, this sale garnered an international audience and a packed house. Over 1200 absentee and phone bids were executed on sale day, with an additional 800 bidders registered through Live Auctioneers. More than 200 bidders energized the house with traditional floor bidding. This auction was held at LLAES, Ltd’s auction gallery in Hillsborough, North Carolina, which is currently being expanded by 5,500 square feet, bringing their overall square footage to 15,500 square feet. This expansion will offer 2000 square feet of additional gallery space, a state of the art walk in wine cooler, and ample storage space for consignors. Construction is expected to be complete by December of 2011. This landmark auction was led by the catalogue cover lot, a 19th century French Parcel Gilt & Gem Set Jewel Casket, which brought top honors selling for $69,000 (prices include the 15% buyers premium). Despite strong international interest, this casket will remain in the United States. Another top lot was a bronze by Janet Scudder (Am., 1869-1940) which breezed past its estimate to achieve $52,900. The remainder of the 700 lot Catalogue Auction saw strength and consistency from start to finish. An outstanding Confederate and militaria collection opened the bidding on sale day. A Confederate North Carolina Contract Forage Cap more than doubled its estimate, hammering for $14,375. With fervent bidding between phone and floor bidders a rare Mendenhall, Jones & Gardner Confederate Rifle rose to $17,250. Another top lot was a McElroy Confederate Foot Officer’s Sword, which sold for $10,350. This sale offered an impressive collection of North Carolina and southern pottery, the quality of which was reflected by bidding activity on sale day. An Alamance County Redware plate, circa 1880, North Carolina, which was a property deaccession from the Museum of Southern Decorative Arts to benefit their acquisitions fund, sailed past its estimate to achieve $13,225. Other top sellers include a NC Slip Decorated Redware Plate which sold for $5,750 and a NC Slip Decorated Redware Pitcher which hammered for $4,370. American Furniture brought solid and strong bidding throughout the sale. Top lots include a Southern Federal Inlaid Serpentine Sideboard which achieved $21,850 and an outstanding American Classical Secretary Bookcase which rose to $7,475. Estate Jewelry was led by an Edwardian Platinum & Aquamarine Pendant, which blew past its estimate with heated bidding between phone bidders and brought $13,800. Other lots of note include a 44-carat Amethyst, Turquoise, Diamond, and Pearl Choker, which brought $6,900 and a Platinum and Three Stone Diamond Ring which hammered for $6,612.50. Asian lots elicited much excitement from both floor and telephone bidders. Two exciting lots to watch were a Carved Soapstone Buddha, which exploded to $17,825 and a Large Chinese Porcelain Jardiniere which rallied to $17,250 and left with a floor bidder. Fine Arts offerings were diverse and of top quality. Lots of note include an oil on canvas by Lendall Pitts (1875-1938) entitled, “Source of Romanche” which sold for $4,600; a woodcut on wove paper by Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), “The Annunciation,” which hammered for $3,910; an etching by Adriaen van Ostade (Dutch, 1610-1685), “The Gossips,” which brought $2,300; a pencil signed screen print on paper by Andy Warhol (Am. 1928-1987) which brought $3,910; and an untitled Alexander Calder (Am. 1898-1976) which sold for $2,185. The Decorative Category was led by the sale of an outstanding Ormolu & Cut Glass Chandelier, 19th century, which between phone and floor bidding rose to $8,050 and a Northwest Coast Polychrome Bentwood Box which soared past its estimate and brought $20,700. Another lot of note was a Swedish Gilt Bronze Garniture Set, 19th century, which hammered for $4,600. The Fine Wine session, which was held Friday, September 16th at 6PM, was energized by a magnum bottle of La Tache, vintage 2005, which hammered for $8,912.50. Other top achievers include: four bottles of Chateau Margaux, vintage 1985, which sold for $1,380 and two lots of Chateau Lafite Rothschild, vintage 1981 and 1985, which both sailed past their $300-$400 estimates to achieve $977.50 and $920 respectively. The next Fine Wine Auction is scheduled for Friday, December 2nd at 5:30PM. To discuss buying or selling fine wines contact Mark Solomon, Fine Wine Director, at mark@llauctions.com. Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd.’s Two Day Winter Catalogue Auction will be held on December 2nd and 3rd, 2011. LLAES, Ltd. is always seeking quality consignments, whether it be an entire estate or a significant item. If you would like to discuss selling please call the gallery at 919-644-1243 or email at info@LLAuctions.com. To learn more about Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. please visit their website at www.LLAUCTIONS.com.
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Two-Day Fall Catalogue Auction, Sept. 16th & 17th, 2011

Over 700 lots of fine art, decorative arts, and fine wine will be offered at LLAES Ltd.’s Two-Day Fall Catalogue Auction. Fine Wine to be sold Friday, September 16th at 6PM, Fine & Decorative Arts to be sold Saturday, September 17th at 9AM. This event will be held at the firm’s state of the art auction gallery in Hillsborough, NC. Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. is proud to announce their Two-Day Fall Catalogue Auction. The fine offerings at this sale will feature property deaccessioned from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, the North Carolina Museum of History, the New Bern Historical Society, as well as other select estates and collections. Floor, absentee, and telephone bidding will be available both days, as well as live online bidding through Live Auctioneers. Of special note, LLAES, Ltd. is under current construction to expand their gallery space by 5500 square feet, bringing the total square footage to 15,500 square feet. This expansion will offer 2000 square feet of additional gallery space, a state of the art walk in wine cooler, and ample storage for consignors. LLAES, Ltd. expects the construction to be completed by December of 2011. The first session on Friday evening will offer 107 lots of fine wine and will be led by a magnum bottle of La Tache, vintage 2005 (est. $6,000-$8,000). This sale will also feature vintage 1996 Petrus, one bottle (est. $1,200 -$1,500), vintage 1959 Chateau d’Yquem, one bottle (est. $1,000-$1,500), as well as vintage 1985 Chateau Margaux, four bottles (est. $800-$1,100). To discuss buying or selling fine wines contact Mark Solomon, Fine Wine Director, at mark@llauctions.com. Starting at 9AM on Saturday morning, over 600 lots of Fine and Decorative Arts will be offered. This session will start off with an outstanding Confederate and Militaria collection. A rare Mendenhall, Jones & Gardner Confederate Rifle, made in Guilford County, North Carolina (est. $12,000-$16,000) should generate excitement. Other lots of note include a McElroy Confederate Foot Officer’s Sword (est. $9,000-$12,000), a Confederate North Carolina Contract Forage Cap, circa 1860-62 ($4,000-$6,000), and an Identified Rhode Island Civil War Gillmore Medal (est. $3,500 - $4,500), which was awarded “For Gallant and Meritorious Conduct” at Fort Sumter. Fine Silver will be strong, as usual, led by an Important French Parcel Gilt & Gem Set Jewel Casket with the mark for Paul Rigaux and Pierre Leblanc (est. $20,000-$40,000). Other top lots include a Tiffany & Co. Japanese Style Sterling Bowl (est. $1,000-$2,000) and a Swedish Silver Tea Urn by Gustaf Mollenborg (est. $4,000-$6,000). Over seventy lots of Fine American Art will energize the sale throughout the day. Top lots include a series of four bas relief sculptures of calla lilies by Donald Sultan (est. $8,000-$12,000), an oil on canvas by Francis Flanagan, entitled, “Monhegan Island, Maine” (est. $4,000-$6,000), and an oil on canvas by Lendall Pitts entitled, “Source of Romanche” (est. $3,000-$6,000). An unusually fine offering of contemporary American art and photography will also generate excitement, led by an untitled lithograph by Richard Diebenkorn (est. $4,000-$6,000) and a screen print on paper, pencil signed on the lower left by Andy Warhol (est. $2,000-$4,000). Sculpture will be well represented at this auction, led by a bronze bird fountain with remnants of gilding by Janet Scudder (est. $15,000-$25,000). This sculpture bears a foundry mark reading “GORHAM Co. Foundeurs,” and was included in a 1919 exhibition of 22 garden sculptures organized by W. Frank Purdy, president of the Art Alliance in New York City. Other fine offerings include a bronze fluid abstract modernist sculpture by Oded Halahmy (est. $500-$1,000) and a 19th century carved wood with gesso and polychrome paint statue of Our Lady of Guadelupe (est. $1,000-$2,000). American Furniture offerings are extremely strong and provide an outstanding sampling ranging from 18th century to modern forms. Top lots include a Southern Federal Inlaid Serpentine Sideboard, circa 1800 (est. $10,000-$15,000), a North Carolina Paint Decorated Blanket Chest, attributed to Alamance County, the first half of the 19th century (est. $5,000-$10,000), a circa 1810 New York Federal Linen Press (est. $4,000-$8,000), an American Classical Secretary Bookcase, circa 1820-1840 (est. $4,000-$6,000), a North Carolina Country Sheraton Sideboard attributed to Guilford County, early 19th century (est. $2,000-$4,000), and a Philadelphia Chippendale Arm Chair, second half of the 18th century, attributed to William Savery (est. $1,000-$2,000). The Jewelry Department at LLAES, Ltd. has again brought a fine collection of estate jewelry and watches to market, led by an Amethyst, Turquoise, Diamond, and Pearl Choker consisting of one round amethyst weighing approximately 44 carats (est. $4,500-$6,500). Other lots of note include a Platinum and Three Stone Diamond Ring (est. $3,500-$5,500), an Antique Red Coral Bracelet (est. $600-$800), and an 18KT Diamond and Emerald Link Bracelet (est. $1,000-$3,000). Decorative Accessories, led by a Tiffany Studios collection including a Tiffany Blown Glass and Bronze Candelabrum (est. $4,000-$8,000) and a Tiffany Studios 16 Piece “Grapevine” Desk Set (est. $4,0000-$8,000), will be a highlight of the sale. Other exciting lots include an Alamance County Redware Plate, circa 1800 (est. $2,000-$4,000), a Navajo Germantown Blanket (est. $2,000-$4,000), and a Fine Ormolu and Cut Glass Chandelier, 19th century (est. $2,000 - $4,000). LLAES, Ltd. continues to bring fresh Asian Art offerings to market. Lots of note include a Chinese Millefleur Bottle Vase, 20th century (est. $1,000-$2,000), a Large Chinese Famille Jaune Porcelain Vase, 19th century (est. $1,000-$2,000), and a Large Chinese Scholar’s Brush Pot, likely 18th century (est. $600-$900). Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd.’s Two-Day Winter Catalogue Auction will be held on December 2nd and 3rd, 2011. LLAES, Ltd. is always seeking quality consignments, whether it be an entire estate or a significant item. If you would like to discuss selling please call at 919-644-1243 or email at info@LLAuctions.com. To learn more about Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. please visit their website at www.LLAUCTIONS.com.
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North Carolina Auction House holds Landmark Million Dollar Auction

LLAES, Ltd. conducts first million dollar sale with their June 18th Summer Catalogue Auction.  Gross sales hit 1.15 million dollars. Held at LLAES, Ltd.’s new auction gallery in Hillsborough, North Carolina, this record sale garnered an international audience and a packed house.  Over 1000 bidders registered through Live Auctioneers, with a sell through rate of 24% for online bidders.  1350 bidders were pre-registered as telephone or absentee bidders.   More than 200 bidders energized the house with traditional floor bidding. This milestone auction was led by a North Carolina Paint Decorated Blanket Chest which sold for $80,500 (prices include the 15% buyers premium).  This regional treasure will find its new home in public collection.  Another top lot was a three piece Cloisonne Scholars Set, which blew past its estimate with fervent bidding between phone bidders and brought $57,500.  This 19th century beauty will return to China. The remainder of the 700 lot Catalogue Auction saw strength from beginning to end, from category to category.  The quality of the Fine Art offerings, both American and Continental, were reflected in the bidding activity on sale day. 
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