Crystals, minerals and semiprecious stones add luster to July 27 sale

It’s not just gold that lies in them thar hills. A startling number of treasures lurk beneath the surface of the Earth, including crystals, minerals, and semiprecious stones, and to be frank, you might like them more than gold. Some of these beauties have tough, rugged surfaces that challenge carving tools, while others yield to the merest brush of a fingernail. They take every shape you can imagine and some you can’t, and a select number boast colors that would make a rainbow look dull and uninspired. You can see it for yourself on July 27, as Jasper52 presents a 686-lot Natural Crystals, Minerals & Specimens sale.

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Jasper52 showcases Viking, ancient & medieval jewelry, July 28

Jewelry that was created generations before your great-grandparents appeared on the scene isn’t just alluring or beautiful. Nor are these pieces mere baubles. See them with the right mindset, and they become vehicles for time travel. Jewelry from Roman, Viking, and medieval times show us how styles endure and change, and how the drive to adorn the body with art made from precious metal links us to people we can never otherwise know.

On July 28, kicking off at 2 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will stage an 135-lot auction of Viking, Ancient, & Medieval Jewelry.

Silver Viking pendant, estimated at $275-$350

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NHADA dealers offer choice Americana in Jasper52 auction

Few can match the quality and the reputation of the members of the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association (NHADA). Once again, Jasper52 will devote a sale to wares from these dealers. The 299-lot auction kicks off at 6 pm Eastern time on July 22. As always, it is curated by Clifford Wallach, an expert in tramp art, folk art, and Americana.

Hand-pieced sampler quilt top commemorating the 1876 Centennial, estimated at $1,200-$1,500

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Centuries-old maps unfurl different views of our world

Maps represent the ultimate marriage of art and science. Yes, they must be reasonably accurate – if they’re not, they’re useless – but given a choice between a map that is perfectly correct and one that’s correct but also has mermaids and monsters and fancy old ships swimming in its seas and an area marked “Here Be Dragons,” most people would take the second option.

Circa 1635 map of the Amazon region, showing the fictional Lake Parime, estimated at $400-$500

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Jasper52 opens cabinet of curiosities, with a French twist, July 13

When the last dessert course had been served, and the servants finished delivering digestifs and cigars, lucky male guests of centuries past might be invited to view their esteemed host’s cabinet of curiosity.

While it might be a literal single cabinet, the richer and high-ranking the host was, the more likely it was to be a room full of cabinets displaying wondrous objects and oddities from around the world. Marquee items might include religious relics; antiquities; meteorites, shells, tusks, skeletons, semi-precious stones, and other natural history items; automata; tribal artifacts and other ethnographic objects; automata; books; works of art; and taxidermy, some of it clearly dubious. Anything that inspired delight and envy could earn a place in a cabinet of curiosity, but if it was rare, expensive, and advertised the intellect and superiority of its owner, all the better.

On July 13, starting at 7 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will host a French Cabinet de Curiosite sale, featuring 152 lots of things you didn’t know you wanted until they popped up on your screen.

1950 Jean Picart Le Doux silkscreened cotton tapestry, estimated at $1,000-$1,200

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Bevy of Birkins highlights Hermes handbags sale July 14

Many companies – storied, well-respected companies – produce handbags. But among collectors, and in particular, within the realm of the secondary market for handbags, it’s all about Hermes. Caitlin Donovan, Christie’s New York head of sales for handbags and accessories, told Galerie magazine in 2020 that “Eighty percent of the handbag department is Hermes.”

Hermes handbags aren’t just beautiful; they make for a solid investment. A 2017 study cited by Business Insider showed that the value of the Birkin, the most sought-after Hermes handbag style, had risen 500% in the last 35 years – a far better performance than the stock market.

Whether you’re seeking a dependable but elegant daily driver of a bag or the next addition to your growing Hermes collection, Jasper52 has just the auction for you. Its Exclusive Hermes Handbag Sale starts on July 14 at 3 pm Eastern time.

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July 8 auction offers Americana, folk art & outsider Art

The realms of Americana, Folk Art, and Outsider Art covers a startlingly wide range of objects and artifacts. Source materials range from silver, ceramics, cloth, glass, brass, iron, cardboard, wood, tin, paper, and stone. Items that can qualify include board games, trade signs, wind-up toys, fireplace tools, paintings, prints, drawings, carvings, pitchers, plates, paperweights, carnival targets, alphabet blocks, coverlets, candlesticks, vases, plates, flags, trophies, tankards, canes, and frames, to name just a scant few.

On July 8, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will stage a sale of Americana, Folk Art, and Outsider Art – 554 lots covering every material and object named above, and more. As always, the sale is curated by Clifford Wallach, an expert in tramp art, folk art, and Americana.

Appliqued quilt created between 1860 and 1870, estimated at $2,000-$2,500

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July 7 auction explores innovative Japanese woodblock prints

Japanese woodblock prints have a long and storied history that is rightly tangled up in the genre of Japanese art known as ukiyo-e, which flourished between the 17th and 19th centuries. The powerful allure of the best examples still casts a spell, just like they did on the Impressionists, the post-Impressionists, and generations of artists who followed. Their innovative compositions, appealing coloration, and intriguing subject matter continue to draw new collectors.

On July 7, starting at 8 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will host a 95-lot sale of Japanese Woodblock Prints.

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Jasper52 sale revels in the glories of Japanese woodblock prints

The Japanese began printing with wooden blocks sometime in the eighth century, but only in 1765 did they come up with a process that permitted printing in full color. That innovation, credited to Suzuki Harunobu, allowed for a golden age of ukiyo-e, the Japanese term for woodblock prints. The images caused a sensation all over the world, and influenced prominent artists such as Mary Cassatt, Vincent Van Gogh, and most notably, Claude Monet.

On June 30, beginning at 8 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will offer 153 lots of Japanese woodblock prints.

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New York auction showcases crystals, minerals and specimens

Who hasn’t looked at a curve of earth and thought, “I wonder what’s under there?” We’ll never know the names of the humans countless centuries ago who first plunged crude tools, and probably their fingers, into the soil over and over and over again, just to see what might lurk beneath. Some of those ancient diggers reaped unfathomable rewards, discovering weird and wonderful rocks that glistened, gleamed, and sparkled. Our fascination with such treasures has never waned. If anything, it’s only grown stronger.

On June 29, starting at 7 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will host a 459-lot sale of Natural Crystals, Minerals, and Specimens.

Kambaba ‘Healing Sphere,’ estimated at $300-$350

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