Cartoon faves share the screen in April 14 auction of animation cels

On Thursday, April 14, starting at 7 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will conduct a sale titled Animation Cels, 1930s-1990s. It boasts 88 lots of animation cels, lithographs and original drawings featuring cartoon characters that brought delight to you, your children and perhaps even your grandchildren. Represented are works that reference Disney classics such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 101 Dalmatians, Lady and the Tramp, Fantasia, The Adventures of Chip and Dale, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, The Jungle Book and Cinderella; and other cherished animated movies such as The Secret of Nimh, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and Cool World. Also on offer are cels from television productions such as The Jetsons, The Flintstones, Beavis and Butthead, Peanuts specials, Looney Tunes, Ren and Stimpy, Angry Beavers, Aeon Flux, The Real Ghostbusters, Rugrats and The Pink Panther.

Production cel setup from Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book,’ est. $2,500-$3,000

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Designer creations add cachet to April 7 gold jewelry auction

A 14K gold ladies’ two-strand ball bead necklace, a yellow diamond engagement ring by Neil Lane, and a 14K gold fancy link collar necklace will jockey for top lot status at Jasper52’s Fine Designer and Gold Jewelry auction, which will be held Thursday, April 7, beginning at 7 pm Eastern time. Other pieces of note in the 476-lot sale include a Tiffany & Co. mid-century 18K gold, diamond and ruby brooch in the shape of a walrus, fitted with 18K white gold tusks; a pair of Garavelli Design House 18K yellow and white gold lattice half hoop earrings; a GIA-certified unheated pink sapphire and diamond heart necklace; an 18K gold fancy bar link necklace by Adler; a pair of 18K rose gold pink morganite and diamond halo drop earrings by Kobelli; a London blue topaz and diamond ring by Jude Frances; a 14K gold heavy Omega link collar necklace; a pair of 22K gold and cabochon emerald clip-on earrings; a 20K gold bangle bracelet featuring 7.4 carats of natural emeralds; an Aletto & Co. 14K gold Etruscan cocktail ring, set with a periwinkle chalcedony; a polished Italian 14K gold ladies’ cuff bracelet; and a pair of 22K gold floral drop dangle earrings.

Yellow diamond engagement ring by Neil Lane, est. $8,000-$10,000

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What is provenance and why is it important?

This is a Tippco Mickey and Minnie Mouse motorcycle that was entered in Bertoia's March 11-12 auction of the Monique Knowlton collection. It was estimated at $25,000-$45,000 but came with impeccable provenance, having previously been in the collection of KB Toys co-founder Donald Kaufman, and prior to that, the renowned Disney toy collection of Doug and Pat Wengel. Bolstered by its incomparable provenance, the motorcycle sold at Bertoia's sale of the Knowlton collection for $222,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.

This is a Tippco Mickey and Minnie Mouse motorcycle that was entered in Bertoia’s March 11-12 auction of the Monique Knowlton collection. It was estimated at $25,000-$45,000 but came with impeccable provenance, having previously been in the collection of KB Toys co-founder Donald Kaufman, and prior to that, the renowned Disney toy collection of Doug and Pat Wengel. Bolstered by its incomparable provenance, the motorcycle sold at Bertoia’s sale of the Knowlton collection for $222,000 inclusive of buyer’s premium.

Provenance is the history of the ownership and transmission of an object. In the art world, provenance includes the auction houses, dealers or galleries that have sold an item, the private or institutional collections in which the item has been held, and exhibitions where the item has been displayed.

Experts are interested in the provenance of an item for several reasons, the most important being a well-documented provenance helps confirm an item is authentic. Undocumented gaps of time in an object’s history could indicate that the item may be a forgery with a fabricated history. If an object was purportedly made in the 18th century, but the oldest records of its existence date to only 30 years ago, the object may not be authentic.

Exhibition history, such as documents noting inclusion in specific gallery shows, or information confirming that a piece has been displayed in a museum’s collection, is also important because this documentation confirms the location of the item through time, supporting authenticity. Previous inclusion in an important museum collection or groundbreaking exhibition can, but does not always, increase the desirability of the item to potential buyers.

Interior of a gallery at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, taken in January 2016. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, photo credit Daderot. Shared under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

Interior of a gallery at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, taken in January 2016. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, photo credit Daderot. Shared under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

The allure of celebrity is another reason why provenance is important to many collectors. For instance, buyers paid thousands of dollars for cookie jars once owned by the famous Pop artist Andy Warhol, but the same cookie jars would have sold for $25 if an ordinary collector had been the previous owner. A piece of silver or porcelain once owned by a Russian Czar or British royalty would interest buyers attracted to the history of the object as well as collectors lured by the decorative merits of the object itself. A paper published in the Journal of Advanced Appraisal Studies recommended that unusual provenance merits, on average, a 15% increase in the re-sale value of a specific item.

Finally, provenance documentation can prove that the piece has not been stolen, and that the current owner has a clear title for the item that can legally be passed to the buyer upon purchase.

Be wary of grandiose statements about the provenance of an item that cannot be proven with documentation. Verbal history can be interesting, but there should also be old photographs of the item in the family collection, bills of sale and other documentation that can prove the statements are true. Memory, including family lore, is not always accurate and tends to inflate over time.

Catalogues Raisonnes

Catalogues raisonnes are complete, systematic, and critical listings of all the known works of a single artist or maker. They provide comprehensive information, including provenance, for each artwork or item recognized as created by the artist or maker at the time of publication. An expert will often begin their research by locating an object in a catalog raisonne.

Types of Provenance Documentation

You probably have some of the following types of provenance documentation for the object that you own:

  • Receipt, Invoice or Bill of Sale: these documents serve to confirm the date that an item previously changed owners, and the identity of the parties involved, such as a private owner, gallery or auction house. This document can also serve as proof that the person owns the item they are selling and therefore has a clear title for the object that can be legally passed to the buyer upon purchase.
  • Previous appraisal: an object may have been previously appraised, possibly as part of an estate or for insurance purposes. Because values can fluctuate from year to year and decade to decade, a previous appraisal serves to document the age and ownership of an object, rather than the current value.
  • Inclusion in an auction and/or illustration in an auction catalog: if an item has been previously included in an auction, the sale result is usually available to the public. If the auction house publishes catalogs, the item could be illustrated in the catalog for the sale.
  • Illustration in an exhibition catalog from a museum or gallery: if an item has been included in a museum or gallery exhibition, it will be mentioned and usually illustrated in a catalog published along with the exhibition.
  • Inventory number indicating de-accession from a museum or corporate collection: items held in museum or corporate collections are given inventory numbers, and these numbers accompany the work when it leaves the collection. They serve to verify that the work or object was part of this collection during a specific time period.

Convertible jewelry: the only constant is change

This Cartier three-piece convertible platinum, 18K gold, Burmese ruby and diamond necklace achieved $120,000 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2018. Image courtesy of FORTUNA® and LiveAuctioneers

Generations of boys and girls have grown up with Transformers, a line of toy vehicles that convert into robots with a few deft twists and turns by tiny hands. Women are well-familiar with the concept, but in a more graceful, eye-pleasing and altogether grown-up form: convertible jewelry. 

Just like Transformers toys, convertible jewelry pieces are designed to serve multiple purposes, changing from bracelets to necklaces, pendants to brooches, pins to pendants, rings to brooches, daywear earrings to fancier earrings for evening wear, and so forth. As with Transformers toys, jewelry conversions are accomplished by swiveling or accessing hidden elements, but the jewelry can require the attaching and detaching of other elements, as well. These cleverly designed treasures enable owners to extend their jewelry wardrobes and expand their artistic self-expression without exhausting their budgets. They represent both supreme ingenuity and an unbeatable deal.

A circa-1780 18K gold swivel spinner watch fob that converts to a bracelet charm or a necklace pendant sold for $450 plus the buyer’s premium in January 2019. Image courtesy of Imperial Auction and LiveAuctioneers

The earliest form of convertible jewelry may well have been Georgian-era watch fob spinners decorative chained weights designed to ease timepieces from tiny pockets. Fob spinners feature gold frames with dual- or multi-faceted gemstone adornments. In addition to smoothly swiveling from face to face within brackets, each fob spinner could convert to a detached bracelet charm, chain, or ribbon-strung pendant. Victorian spinners that showcased ornate gems such as onyx, bloodstone, citrine, carnelian or rock crystal also swiveled, and some could be locked in place with stabilizing mechanisms. 

A Victorian 14K gold and opal pin that converts to a pendant sold for $500 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2015. Image courtesy of Nest Egg Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

Victorian fashionistas also adored day-and-night earrings, creations that offered two pairs of earrings in one. Their simple, lobe-mount stud or hoop elements were suitable for daywear, and when enhanced with matching drop pendants, they morphed into glamorous evening wear. Such designs were ideal for brides who wanted one look for the ceremony and another for the celebration. 

A Buccellati convertible diamond and ruby brooch/pendant with removable chain sold for $45,000 plus the buyer’s premium in October 2017. Image courtesy of GWS Auctions Inc. and LiveAuctioneers

Victorian brooches converted into luxurious pendants, while double-clip models separated into dress clips. Necklaces featuring detachable pendants and articulated motifs transformed into individual brooches and glittery hair ornaments, and rivieres single-strand necklaces with gems graduating in size as they approached large central stones became stylish bracelets.

This platinum flower convertible ring/pendant, featuring emeralds weighing a total of 27.09 carats, realized $53,600 plus the buyer’s premium in May 2021. Image courtesy of Bidhaus and LiveAuctioneers

Victorian socialites often wore elegant jeweled tiaras at formal events but cherished pieces that converted to forms modest enough for lesser occasions. Beautiful bandeau-style tiaras could be transformed into simpler headpieces and necklace sets. Detaching and switching components of other tiaras yielded matching brooches, pendants and earrings. 

An Art Deco platinum convertible clip/brooch with cut diamonds, a removable frame, clip mechanisms, pin stem and catch earned $3,250 plus the buyer’s premium in February 2014. Image courtesy of Myers Fine Art and LiveAuctioneers

By the early 20th century, free-swinging sautoirs long gold rope chains set with gemstones, tassels or pendants complemented fashionable straight shift dresses. They could be looped low around a lady’s neck, wrist-wrapped into chunky bracelets, or simply shortened. Through artful engineering, more sophisticated versions could be changed into multiple pieces a brooch, two bracelets and two dress clips. The inimitable Coco Chanel was fond of sautoirs, which remain a popular part of Chanel’s costume jewelry range to this day.

An 18K gold, emerald and diamond convertible pendant/necklace sold for $55,000 plus the buyer’s premium in May 2019. Image courtesy of Hindman and LiveAuctioneers

During the Great Depression, master jewelers designed hugely appealing convertible jewelry that budget-conscious wearers could style in different ways on different days. The pieces boasted an array of clever mechanisms such as removable frames, multipurpose hidden catches, clip mechanisms and pin stems. 

A convertible ring set with a 28-carat cushion-cut treated sapphire surrounded by 5.50 carats of diamonds realized $60,000 plus the buyer’s premium in December 2020. Image courtesy of New Orleans Auction Galleries and LiveAuctioneers

Tiffany & Co., created convertible 18K gold cufflinks with exchangeable turquoise, citrine, hematite and cultured pearl finials. Boucheron produced brooches that turned into dress clips and necklaces that converted to bracelets or diadems. Cartier designed a three-piece platinum and 18K gold Burmese ruby and diamond necklace-set with leaf-motif accents that became brooches.

A Van Cleef & Arpels Zip necklace that converts to a bracelet achieved HK$2,000,000 ($255,8460) plus the buyer’s premium in November 2021. Image courtesy Poly Auction Hong Kong and LiveAuctioneers

Van Cleef & Arpels has been creating convertible jewelry since the early 1900s, but to many, its 1950 Zip necklace, the first working zipper made of precious metal, remains the firm’s highest achievement. This technical triumph, supposedly proposed by Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, took craftsmen nearly a decade to perfect. When it was opened and closed, it converted from a necklace to a bracelet and back again. Also worthy of mention is Van Cleef’s Walska briolette diamond brooch, introduced in 1971, which featured a bejeweled bird of paradise carrying a sizable yellow diamond in its beak. Its outspread wings becomes a pair of earrings and its diamond doubled as a pendant. 

A three-piece Oscar Heyman sapphire and diamond necklace that transforms into bracelets achieved $85,000 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2021. Image courtesy of Brunk Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

Retro convertible pieces are no less charming. Flexible snake-chains feature removeable dual-purpose motifs, while matched bracelets can slink into sinuous necklaces. Flashy rings are fitted with detachable jeweled jackets or removeable bands, transforming emerald-flower motifs into brooches. Other pieces feature moveable channels which, when opened, reveal rows of dainty gemstones. 

These versatile convertible pieces of jewelry combine exceptional craftsmanship with pure beauty to offer more than meets the eye. 

How to determine the condition of glass like an expert

This article will explain common glass condition issues.  It will help you determine if these condition issues are present in your glass object. 

Always handle glass with clean, dry hands and remove rings or dangling bracelets.  Never place pressure on small parts or applied decorative handles when picking up these objects. Remove any detachable components, such as a lid, before handling the object. Never drag a glass piece across a surface because this can scratch the object. When examining the bottom of a glass object, lay down a thick towel or folded cloth on the table to protect it from damage.

Keep in mind that if you discover condition issues, they will not necessarily hurt the sales value of your item. Experts can determine whether restoration will increase the potential resale value of your item.

Once you’ve set up the glass object for examination, you should look for the following issues:

  • Chips or Flea Bites
  • Cracks and Stress Lines
  • Cloudiness or “Sickness”
  • Scratches
  • Chips or Flea Bites
    Carefully run your fingers around the rim, base and body of the piece. Do you feel any sharp spots or see any visible losses? Tiny nicks, called “flea bites,” are small losses that are too small to reasonably measure and can be detected using either a magnifying glass or your fingers. You can see chips and flea bites on the base of this bottle in the photograph below.
  • Cracks and Stress Lines
    Cracks can be caused by impact or exposure to extreme hot or cold temperatures. These are larger and more critical than stress lines, which often appear around handles and other areas where the glass has been frequently touched, and areas where glass parts have been bolted together. Unlike cracks, stress lines are short, fine lines that do not seriously compromise the structural integrity of the piece.  
  • Cloudiness or “Sickness”
    If the glass is no longer transparent in certain areas, and you’ve recently washed and dried the object to remove any surface soiling, it may be what experts and collectors call “sick.”  Glass sickness is frequently seen in decanters that were exposed to water with a high mineral content, and in salt shakers that were used for a long period of time.  
  • Scratches
    Scratches are usually found on the underside of an object, but can also occur in other areas, such as handles or interiors.

Jasper52 offers 264 chances to freshen your jewelry collection, March 29

On Tuesday, March 29, starting at 3 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will present an auction of Exclusive Estate & Designer Jewelry. Featuring 264 lots, the sale lineup includes all your favorite designers, brand names, gems and metals. Pieces on offer include a Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. platinum multi-gem bracelet; an Art Deco platinum ring set with a 10.03-carat diamond; a circa-1960s Oscar Heyman ruby, diamond and platinum line bracelet; a Van Cleef & Arpels necklace and bracelet duo in 18K gold with mother-of-pearl and diamonds; a circa-1980s Cartier necklace with turquoise, amethyst and diamonds set in 18K gold; a sapphire and diamond 18K gold retro clip pin brooch by Boucheron; an 18k gold ring set with a 15-carat Colombian emerald; an 18k gold Bulgari Tubogas wrap-around wristwatch; a circa-1980s Graff ruby, diamond and 18K gold ring; a Chopard 18K gold ladies’ bracelet wristwatch, with a lapis lazuli dial; a Bulgari ring set with two heart-shaped gems, one a blue sapphire and one a pink sapphire; and a circa-1950s pair of diamond clip-on earrings by Marchak.

Cartier 18K gold necklace with turquoise and amethyst beads, est. $40,000-$48,000

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Ukrainian artists stand out in European Fine Arts sale, April 2

Works by Viktor Makarov, Alexander Kudriavchenko and Orest Manetsky – all artists hailing from Ukraine – will appear in a Jasper52 sale of European Fine Arts scheduled for Saturday, April 2, starting at 7 pm Eastern time. Other artists whose works will be offered in the 64-lot auction of paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs include Mikhail Kokin, Elena Pronkina, Mihail Shemyakin, Barbudaz Sh, Natasha Steshenko, Gennady Lesnichiy, Nikolay Chaliy, Vladimir Mukiy, Pavlo Bedzir, Maria Levitska, Andrey Chebotaru, Pavlo Makov, Dmitriy Shevchuk, Igor Taverovsky, Mykola Nechvoglod, Oleg Demko, Mikhail Kublik, Alexander Turanskiy, Andrii Kotliarchuk, Peter Kishenyuk, Pavlo Romanov, Peter Boyko, Tatiana Binovskaya, Oksana Stratiychuk, Irina Kurilko, Anton Basanets, Nikolay Peremyshlev and Igor Kapakaev. Part of the profits from this auction will support humanitarian aid to Ukrainians.

Orest Manetsky, ‘Event in a Vacuum,’ est. $3,000-$3,500

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Pyrex: enduring and collectible midcentury kitchenware

A mid-century Pyrex HTF Christmas mixing bowl achieved $425 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2021. Image courtesy of Embassy Auctions International and LiveAuctioneers.

Vintage Pyrex has a loyal cadre of enthusiasts and collectors. A fixture in generations of kitchens, the vaunted line began with clear glass bakeware, but its enameled opal ware soon became ubiquitous.

Pyrex was developed by researchers who hoped to create a glass that would not expand in heat, so it could be used in lantern globes and battery jars without breaking. When one researcher gave his wife a casserole dish made from a cut-down piece of the experimental glass, its merits as a cooking tool were immediately apparent.

In an October 1915 ad in Good Housekeeping magazine, the manufacturer of Pyrex, Corning Glass Works, announced the debut of its clear glass wares with a bold headline: “Bake in Glass!” The dishes could withstand hot ovens and made it possible to cook and serve meals in the same dish. The most expensive item shown in the ad was the two-quart lidded casserole vessel, priced at $1.75.

Three sets of Pyrex mixing bowls brought $225 plus the buyer’s premium in October 2020. Image courtesy of Curated Estates Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

Corning later released a line of mixing bowls that were opalescent and enameled on their exteriors in solid colors: red, blue, green and yellow.

By the 1950s, the most popular pieces of Pyrex had silkscreened pattern decorations on their enameled surfaces. “Between 1956 and 1987, Corning released over 150 different patterns on Pyrex opal ware,” according to a Corning Museum of Glass blog. 

A group of three sets of mid-century Pyrex mixing bowls that included four pink gooseberry Cinderella form-handled side pour bowls sold for $275 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2021. Image courtesy of Merrill’s Auctioneers and Appraisers and LiveAuctioneers.

In 1998, Corning divested itself of its home consumer products, and licensed the Pyrex brand to another entity. While the new maker of Pyrex still offers CorningWare® bakeware in plain white, most of its contemporary products are only available in clear glass.

In its 20th-century heyday, Pyrex was offered in a nearly endless variety of colors, forms, patterns and variations. There are so many small and subtle differences it would be almost impossible for a single collector to possess all of them, although a few people have tried. Pyrex mixing bowls, cookware and baking dishes, particularly the large handled casserole dishes, have long been prized. Some lucky cooks inherited their mother’s or grandmother’s Pyrex, while others scoured flea markets and thrift shops to acquire their treasures.

An assortment of seven Pyrex pieces in the Snowflake and Gooseberry patterns earned $265 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2021. Image courtesy of Jasper52 and LiveAuctioneers.

Good pieces of everyday vintage Pyrex tend to sell for prices between $10 and $100, and less common examples can command several hundred dollars. Taste is subjective, of course, but there are certain Pyrex patterns that remain consistently popular, including Butterprint, Gooseberry, Dot, Rainbow Stripes and Snowflake. There are also rare color variations such as Orange Butterprint and Pink Stems, both thought to have been issued in limited runs as promotional items.

This 10-piece Pyrex set in the Pink Gooseberry pattern made $350 plus the buyer’s premium in October 2019. Image courtesy of Cordier Auctions & Appraisals and LiveAuctioneers.

Melanie Hartman, director of catalog and specialty auctions at Cordier Auctions & Appraisals in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, explained that the Pyrex Gooseberry pattern is not rare, but it is so beloved that few collectors are willing to part with it. Perhaps the most coveted shade of this highly coveted pattern is Pink Gooseberry, a 10-piece set of which realized $350 plus the buyer’s premium in October 2019 at Cordier Auctions & Appraisals. “I think its desirability is due to the fun, attractive pattern and the vintage feel [while avoiding] some of the typical vintage kitchen colors i.e. sunset, avocado green, and the like,” she said. “The neutral pink fits into most modern decor.” 

Besides the nostalgia factor, Hartmann said Pyrex resonates with collectors because it “comes in a wide variety of fun colors and patterns and is very practical as well as pretty the mixing bowls stack nicely in a cupboard.”

Eight sets of Pyrex mixing bowls, 36 pieces in all, sold as one lot in September 2016 for $245 plus the buyer’s premium. Image courtesy of Peachtree & Bennett and LiveAuctioneers.

Blue is a favorite color in many kitchens, and the pleasing dark hue of the Snowflake pattern, released in 1956, made it an instant classic. The line produced in turquoise blue was also celebrated. A group of vintage Snowflake and Floral Colonial Mist Pyrex dishes achieved $575 plus the buyer’s premium in August 2020 at Scheerer McCulloch Auctioneers, Inc. 

A group of vintage Snowflake and Floral Colonial Mist Pyrex dishes realized $575 plus the buyer’s premium in August 2020. Image courtesy of Scheerer McCulloch Auctioneers, Inc. and LiveAuctioneers.

Pyrex deftly combined function with aesthetics. Casserole dishes boasted pretty patterns as well as handles that made them easier to remove from hot ovens. Also, Pyrex lids could be placed upside down in the dish, allowing for easy stacking of pieces.

These Butterprint nesting bowls in a pleasing blue color sold for $375 plus the buyer’s premium in January 2022. Image courtesy of Main Auction Galleries and LiveAuctioneers.

Another Pyrex favorite arrived in 1957 with the release of the Butterprint pattern, which is also known as the Amish print because the decoration pictures an Amish-looking couple, sheaves of wheat and other farming imagery. A set of Butterprint nesting bowls in white on turquoise and turquoise on white realized $375 plus the buyer’s premium in January 2022 at Main Auction Galleries. 

A 116-piece set of Canadian Pyrex in the Pie Crust pattern in Delphite blue achieved CA$275 plus the buyer’s premium in February 2018. Image courtesy of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., and LiveAuctioneers.

Christmas is a prime marketing opportunity for many firms, and Corning embraced it. The company offered Pyrex in several holiday-inspired patterns, including snowflakes and garlands, pine cones and ones that simply read “Season’s Greetings.” A green so-called “Cinderella” mixing bowl decorated with holly leaves and the words “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” in script along the side sold for $425 plus the buyer’s premium at Embassy Auctions International in September 2021. Reportedly, the Cinderella nickname for this Pyrex form arose because it appeared close to when Disney re-released the movie. 

A vintage Pyrex quart ovenware casserole bowl in turquoise that retained its brass warming stand and lid sold for $300 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2021. Image courtesy of Embassy Auctions International and LiveAuctioneers.

Most Pyrex lids were plain glass. Worth their weight in gold are lids with matching enamel decoration, such as a green Spring Blossom casserole with cover that sold, along with three sets of mixing bowls, for $225 plus the buyer’s premium in October 2020 at Curated Estates Auctions.

According to The Pyrex Collector, one of a handful of websites devoted to the collectible wares, while Pyrex dishes were hardy enough to move from the fridge to the oven in quick succession without suffering damage, hand-washing was, nonetheless, the best way to maintain them. Some claim vintage Pyrex is dishwasher safe, but others have personally witnessed how multiple sessions in the machine’s steamy, sodden racks fade cheerfully-colored enamels to drab shadows of their former selves. It is safer and smarter to keep older and more precious pieces of Pyrex out of the dishwasher. It’s unclear exactly why, but hand-washed vintage Pyrex tends to keep its color and luster longer, and thus retains its value.

Americana, Folk Art & Outsider Art spotlighted in New York, March 24

On Thursday, March 24, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will hold a sale of Americana, Folk Art and Outsider Art. The 534-lot auction is, as always, curated by Clifford Wallach, an expert on tramp art, folk art and Americana. Featured in the sale lineup are a trio of museum-quality portrait dolls dressed in silk and satin wedding attire, created in the first half of the 20th century; duck decoys, a wood carving of a Great Dane dog, a Southern country abacus, a quartet of Beatrix Potter Vienna bronzes, and a generous selection of quilts, including a circa-1880s Victorian silk crazy quilt.

Additionally, there are checkerboards, trade signs, including one touting ‘Camp Read, The Personality Camp for Girls;’ and another for the White Goose Inn, which takes the form of a white goose with the word INN painted in black on its body. The list of highlights continues with a Mose Tolliver painting on wood of a cut watermelon, an orange and black plaid Princeton reunion jacket with a badge declaring the wearer a member of the class of 1932, needlework and schoolgirl samplers, led by an 1804 contribution from Abigail Otis of Scituate, Massachusetts; a 19th-century mochaware pitcher decorated with a blue band, and a cast-iron candy store scale.

Signed Mose Tolliver painting on wood, est. $1,500-$2,000

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Jasper52 sets focus on Exclusive Photography and Prints, March 19

Works by Ralph Eugene Meatyard, J. Walter Collinge and Aaron Siskind will likely earn top lot status in Jasper52’s Exclusive Photography and Prints auction, which will be conducted on Saturday, March 19 starting at 7 pm Eastern time. Other artists represented in the tightly-curated 50-lot sale include George Platt Lynes, Ruth Bernhard, Jose Alemany, William F. Simpson, Hector Cecchini, Rennie Weber, Mitchel Obremski, Nickolas Muray, the Harcourt Studio, William C. Odiorne, Petr Helbich, Ed Hayes, the A.N. Studio, Hortense Schulze, Kim Hanson, Edwin Avery Field, Norman Kulkin, Rovere Scott, Stanislav Dolezel, Don Longanecker, Maurice Goldberg, Martin Tarter, Norman Van Pelt, Sun Yee Lee, Jerry Stiles, Ray Hand, Trudy Jacobs, Jeri Lawson, and some whose names have been lost to history.

Ralph Eugene Meatyard, ‘Untitled (Figure with Wall),’ est. $2,500-$3,000

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