6 Asian Arts Pieces Steeped in Tradition

Showcasing the rich history and cultural variety of Asia, this week’s curated Asian Decorative Art and Antiques collection features highly collectible Thangka paintings, Japanese weapon accessories, exquisite Chinese ceramics, and so much more. Below are six standout items you’re bound to enjoy.

Parinirvana Buddha Thangka Painting

Thangkas are Tibetan paintings on cotton, or silk appliqué, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala. The thangka featured in the collection carries the auction’s highest estimate – $2,000-$2,500 – is by the artist Urken Lama. The scene depicts the Buddha Shakyamuni’s nirvana, his passing from earthly life to the ultimate goal of an enlightened being: “released from the bonds of existence through negation of desires that cause life’s intrinsic suffering.”

Parinirvana Buddha thangka painting by Urken Lama, 32 in. x 48 in. Estimate: $2,000-$2,250. Jasper52 image


Antique Meiji Scroll

Turning to the Land of the Rising Sun, this late Meiji scroll painting, ink on paper, features a classic mountainous landscape. It is an excellent painting for a tea ceremony.

Late Meiji (1890-1912) Japanese hanging scroll, ink on paper, of classic landscape signed Shoko followed by two red paste seals of the artist, 74 in x 30.5 in. Estimate: $165-$185. Jasper52 image


Antique Meiji Oribe Tea Ceremony Chaire

This Japanese pottery Oribe ware chaire, a jar for storing powdered green tea used in the tea ceremony, has a characteristic rich green crackled glaze and an underglaze brown painting of pine and saplings. Oribe ware, named after Furuta Oribe, a famous 16th-century tea master, was produced in the Mino and Seto kilns during the late Meiji period. It is particularly Japanese in taste and was not made for export. The stoneware body has concentric lines, stamped with the seal of the potter by the bottom.

Late Meiji Japanese pottery Oribe ware chaire, a tea caddy for storing powdered green tea used in tea ceremony. Height with cover: 3 1/16in. Estimate: $165-$185. Jasper52 image


Late Meiji Wooden Netsuke of Tanuki

From the late Meiji period is this charming netsuke in the form of a seated tanuki, a Japanese raccoon dog. In Japanese folklore the tanuki is a notorious trickster, who drums with his paws on his belly, imitating the sounding of gongs in temples and inns, and leading tired travelers astray in the darkness. This netsuke is skillfully carved in ittobori (one cut) style characteristic of the Hida school, with clever use of wood texture to add to the charm of the piece. It is signed “Kazuyuki,” an artist listed in Netsuke & Inro Artists and How to Read Their Signatures by George Lazarnick.

Late Meiji (1890s – 1910s) wooden netsuke of a tanuki, horn inlaid eyes, signed Kazuyuki (inset), 1 5/8 inches high, Estimate: $300-$350. Jasper52 image


Fighting Samurai Sword Menuki

Menuki are ornaments that fit into the palm for grip on a Japanese sword. Several pairs of menuki are included in this auction. This particular pair depicts armed samurai in bronze with silver inlays and gilding.

Pair of early 19th-century Japanese sword menuki, each depicting a samurai, bronze with silver inlays and gilding, 1 1/16 in. Estimate: $300-$350. Jasper52 image


Chinese Scholar’s Rootwood Brushrest

From 19th-century China is this scholar’s brush-rest / scholar’s rock made of rootwood, which looks like a craggy mountain range. Fashioned from the natural root of a tree, the piece exhibits old cracks, nicks, and scratches, adding to its wild energy.

Nineteenth-century Chinese scholar’s rootwood brush rest / scholar’s rock giving an impression of a craggy mountain, 5 1/4 in. x 2 1/4 in. Estimate: $225-$250. Jasper52 image


There are more treasures to be found. View the full catalog in this auction of Asian Arts and Antiques.

A Star-Studded Collection of Prints

Decorating your home with works by modern masters have never been easier. And this week’s collection of art prints and multiples gives you a stellar opportunity to find a unique piece to hang on your walls. From Andy Warhol to Roy Lichtenstein, the contemporary masters highlighted in this collection are top notch. Take a look at highlights from this curated collection below.

A trio of Marilyn Monroe portraits by Andy Warhol, all signed, are stars in this sale. Marilyn Monroe, an actress and model who became a major pop culture icon of the 20th century, is depicted in the Warhol screen prints in three color variations. Pink, Gold and Green. Each print is dated 1986 and signed; the signatures have been authenticated by a forensic handwriting examiner.

Andy Warhol, ‘Marilyn, Pink,’ signed ‘this is not by me / Andy Warhol,’ 1986, 32 in. x 32 in. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Jasper52 image


Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertising that flourished in the 1960s.

He is also represented in this collection by a signed and numbered screen print of actress and vocalist Liza Minnelli as well as an unsigned Blue and Red Daisy digital print.

After Andy Warhol, ‘Liza Minnelli,’ screen print, signed, number 4/200, 11.75 x 8.25 in.; 18.75 x 15.25 in. frame, stamped: VIP Art Inc. Estimate: $450-$500. Jasper52 image


Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), the American pop artist known for his comic strip style, has six works in this auction, starting with the signed and numbered screen print Statue of Liberty in blue ink.

Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Statue of Liberty,’ screen print, pencil signed and numbered 3/250, Contemporary Art Inc., 12 7/8 x 8 3/4 in.; 18 1/4 x 15 1/2 in. frame. Estimate: $450-$500. Jasper52 image


Another Lichtenstein screen print attracting interest is Lemon and Glass. This Bluegrass Edition print is signed and numbered “1/80.”

Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Lemon and Glass,’ screen print, signed and numbered 1/80, 11.4 x 8.15 in.; 15.38 x 18.75 in. frame, Bluegrass Edition. Estimate: $450-$500. Jasper52 image


Also drawing much interest in presale bidding is a signed Marc Chagall lithograph titled The Tribe of Levi, which is an actual page from the book From the Windows of Jerusalem. The lithograph is from an unknown edition size, unframed, but in mint condition.

After Marc Chagall, ‘The Tribe of Levi,’ signed lithograph, paper size 13 in. x 9.75 in., from the ‘Windows of Jerusalem’ book. Estimate: $350-$375. Jasper52 image.


Chagall (1887-1985) was a Russian-French artist. An early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in virtually every artistic medium, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints. Drawing on Cubism and Fauvism, his works create dream-like imagery that evokes emotional associations.

An offset-lithograph poster for a Keith Haring exhibition titled “Keith Haring: Into 84” at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in 1983 depicts a lone man dancing. Haring (1958-1990) was an American artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s. He is best known for his graffiti-inspired drawings, which he first made in New York City subway stations and later exhibited in museums.

After Keith Haring, offset-lithograph, 1983, ‘Keith Haring: Into 84,’ Tony Shafrazi Gallery. Estimate: $165-$185. Jasper52 image


View the full collection of prints and more unique works from dynamic modern artists.


Fresh Waves of Viking Jewelry

Jumping on the recent trend in auctions, authentic Viking Age jewelry along with medieval and Byzantine pieces have been curated in this week’s unique jewelry auction. Rings, amulets, pendants, and bracelets that hold symbolic meaning in their shapes, often embodying the great strength of Viking warriors who bore them, are being offered in this collection. Professionally refurbished and ready for wear, these pieces of gilt bronze jewelry are enriched with history as well as beauty.

To the Vikings, who were expert seafarers and navigators, the constellations signified mystery and power. A dazzler in the collection is a Viking lunar pendant from the ninth or 10th century, fashioned as the crescent moon.

Ancient Viking lunar pendant circa A.D. 900-1000, gilt bronze, nearly 1/2 in. high, fashioned as the crescent moon. Estimate: $135-$150. Jasper52 image


Another lunar pendant in the auction is an elongated crescent with terminals representing Sol and Mani (sun and moon) connected by a wave motif representing the sea. Lunar pendants were often worn as pectorals as well as suspended from belts and clothing.

Ancient Viking lunar pendant, circa A.D. 800-900, gilt bronze, 1 1/2 in. wide, elongated crescent with terminals representing the sun and moon, connected by a wave motif representing the sea. Estimate: $200-$225. Jasper52 image


Another highlight in this collection is a 10th century Viking C-form bracelet decorated with a continuous diamond motif.

Tenth-century Viking bracelet, gilt bronze, hand cut with continuous diamond motif. Estimate: $300-$300. Jasper52 image


Ancient Romans were also seafarers and understood the bond between dolphins and sailors, and many tales of dolphin rescues and assistance have been recorded. A second-century Roman pendant being offered represents a bottle-nosed dolphin. At least one fibula (decorative garment pin) with the body of a dolphin very similar to this is known. This example may well have been worn en suite with a matching fibula.

Roman dolphin pendant, second century, gilt bronze, 2 1/8 in. long. Estimate: $600-$700. Jasper52 image


Another rare Roman piece is a key ring, A.D. 300-500. Its narrow flat band was made with an intricately toothed key projection. These rings were used to open jewelry boxes, the ownership of which was prestigious. As a result, many were made for show only and worn where no such box existed.

Roman key ring, A.D. 300-500, gilt bronze, size 10 1/4. Estimate: $230-$260. Jasper52 image


Representing medieval times is a Spanish pendant that would have been worn by a woman. An inch in diameter, the delicately pierced radial splay of globes on stalks, finely chased and polished, surround a raised bezel with original clear glass or stone mount.

Woman’s pendant, Spanish, circa 1450, gilt bronze, 1 in. diameter, finely chased and polished, surround a raised bezel with original clear glass or stone mount. Estimate: $250-$275. Jasper52 image


This collection is filled with unique treasures, sure to strike any fancy. Take a look at the full catalog and discover your own treasure.



American History Packed into One Ephemera Collection

The dictionary defines ephemera as “collectibles (as posters, broadsides and tickets) not intended to have lasting value.” However, these items have indeed become valuable as snippets of history like those found in a time capsule, only in better condition. This week we present a representative collection of ephemera spanning the 20th century. Take a look at some of the outstanding pieces below.

Interest in space exploration and travel is firing up again, and demand from collectors is at an all-time high. A collectible from the NASA space shuttle era is a crew-signed STS-38 launch date cover. The commemorative envelope is dated Nov. 15 1990, the day Space Shuttle Atlantis, on her seventh voyage, carried a classified payload for the U.S. Department of Defense. The cover is signed by Richard O. Covey and crew.

NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis mission STS-38 launch date crew-signed cover. Estimate: $80-$100. Jasper52 image


The resignation of President Richard M. Nixon in 1974 as a result of the Watergate cover-up was a dark moment in U.S. history. A limited-edition commemorative broadside marking the swearing in of Vice President Gerald R. Ford as the 38th U.S. president on August 9, 1974 marked a fresh start for the nation.

Limited-edition broadside of President Gerald R. Ford swearing-in ceremony for the 38th president of the United States, Aug. 9, 1974, numbered 114/175, 15 x 22 in. Estimate: $115-$130. Jasper52 image


The broadside includes the full text of the president’s swearing in address, which reads in part: “My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over. Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here, the people rule. But there is a higher Power, by whatever name we honor Him, who ordains not only righteousness but love, not only justice, but mercy. … let us restore the golden rule to our political process, and let brotherly love purge our hearts of suspicion and hate.”

Going back to the early 1950s is a four-page sales brochure from the Ravenswood Novelty Works of Ravenswood, West Virginia, for its glass marbles. The cover photo features boys playing a game of marbles, while the other pages picture “American-made quality marbles.”

Four-page sales brochure for “American made quality marbles” by the Ravenswood Novelty Works of Ravenswood, W.Va., page size about 8 1/2 x 11 in. Estimate: $55-$75. Jasper52 image


Several lots date to the World War II era, including a group of 87 envelopes printed with patriotic scenes and mottos. All are unused and in very good condition. Some salute branches of the military, while others feature specific events or public figures. During the war patriotic mail was one of the many forms of support that helped sustain the morale of those abroad and at home.

Set of 87 different World War II patriotic envelopes. Estimate: $350-$400. Jasper52 image


Another WWII-era lot consists of four black and white photographs of U.S. Navy pilots in flight gear with their planes.

Early photographs of Native Americans are always of interest and this collection has two unusual examples. One is an 1880s magic lantern glass side of three girls from a Yuma, Arizona, tribe. Magic lanterns projected images on a screen for entertainment or educational purposes. No photographer’s name is stated, but the image is numbered “08” in similar fashion to Elias Bonine’s photographs of this era. A lesser-known photographer, Bonine established a studio in Yuma in 1881, where he produced images of local tribes in situations mostly staged for the benefit of the public.

Glass magic lantern slide picturing Native Americans from a Yuma, Arizona, tribe, 1880s, 3½ in. x 4 in. Estimate: $280-$300. Jasper52 image


The other photographic image of a Native American is the famous Chiricahua Apache leader Geronimo, taken by W.H. Martin in 1905 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The postcard bears a 1909 copyright, the year the Apache leader died.

Postcard of Apache leader Geronimo, photographed as a prisoner in 1909 by W.H. Martin, 3 3/8 x 5 3/8 in. Estimate: $180-$200. Jasper52 image


Also featured in this curated sale, is a collection over 60 20th century road maps and travel brochures. Take a look at the full auction here and enjoy.

Oriental Rugs Add Dynamic Color To Your Home

Four dozen beautiful oriental rugs, both vintage and new, are featured in this week’s curated rug auction. With both the utilitarian and artistic value, the rugs in this collection will accentuate your home’s interior decor with tradition and colorful beauty.

The earliest and most valuable rug in the sale is a colorful Kilim, woven by nomads of the Adana Toros Mountains of Turkey in the 19th century. The hand-knotted wool rug is vividly colored using organic vegetable dye.

Nineteenth-century Cerit nomad kilim hand-knotted rug, Turkey, wool, 11 ft. x 4 ft. 9 in. Estimate: $30,000-$40,000. Jasper52 image


Also originating in Turkey is a 1940s rug of Anatolian design, woven with hand-spun wool colored using organic vegetable dye, which is unusual for a vnitage rug of that decade.

Turkish rug hand-knotted, wool, 1940s, 4 ft. 9 in x 4 ft. 5 in. Estimate: $1,400-$1,600. Jasper52 image


From India comes a room-size Mahal wood rug that exhibits centuries-old weaving techniques practiced by expert artisans.

Mahal oriental hand-knotted rug, India, wool, 9 ft. x 11 ft. 10 in. Estimate: $900-$1,000. Jasper52 image


Also from the Indian subcontinent is a large hand-knotted Hamadan wool rug made by skilled weavers inspired by ancient designs.

Persian oriental Hamadan hand-knotted rug, India, wool, 9 ft. 7 in. x 13 ft. 4 in. Estimate: $1,800-$2,000. Jasper52 image


Two handmade silk rugs from China are highlighted in the auction. The larger is a Tabriz design with 400 knots per square inch.

Silk Tabriz oriental hand-knotted rug, China, silk, 8 ft. 1 in. x 10 ft. Estimate: $3,600-$4,000. Jasper52 image


The slightly smaller Chinese rug is an Esfahan design in royal blue, also boasting 400 knots per square inch.

Esfahan oriental hand-knotted rug, China, silk, 6 ft. 6 in. x 10 ft. 2 in. Estimate: $4,200-$4,400. Jasper52 image


Crafted in village workshops from the Middle East to India to China, these finely woven rugs reflect the histories of many cultures. For centuries, collectors and decorators alike have marveled at the variety of their intricate designs.

Handcrafted Americana Brings The Charm

Charming handmade items are featured in this week’s expertly curated Americana auction. From tramp art boxes to collectible bird decoys, wooden frames to vintage gameboards, there are treasures galore found in this collection filled with unique origins and histories.

Following the motto “Waste Not, Want Not,” home crafters once made hooked rugs from rags and fabric remnants, useful items which have since become valued as folk art. A fine example that depicts a trotting horse will pace this auction. In excellent condition, the rug has been professionally cleaned and mounted for hanging.

Hooked rug, 1920s, professionally cleaned and mounted for hanging, 22 x 40 in. Estimate: $800-$900. Jasper52 image


Another hooked rug in the auction has a nautical theme and pictures a tall ship under a full sail. Also cleaned and mounted for hanging, it has a $400-$500 estimate.

Immigrants to America practiced their carving skills on cigar boxes and other discarded wood in what is commonly called Tramp Art. A fine example is a rather large and elaborately chipped-carved clock case, which is dated 1919 in large numerals across the crest. The inner compartment is accessed through a door on the front.

Tramp art clock case, chip carved, embellished with hearts, a horseshoe and inset rounds, dated 1919, 15 x 17.5 x 6.5 in. Estimate: $300-$400. Jasper52 image


Another 20th-century carving features an American eagle, its wings spread, and grasping an arrow. The carved pine plaque is ready to be hung above a mantel.

American eagle carving, 20th century, pine, approximately 23 x 8 in. Estimate: $150-200. Jasper52 image


While not necessarily carved by Americans, stone fruit is an attractive handmade collectible. Lifelike and nearly life-size pieces of fruit were carved from stone and carefully painted, mostly by Italian artisans. Nine pieces of 1930s stone fruit in the auction are certain to be hotly contested.

Collection of vintage stone fruit, carved stone, 1930s. Estimate: $200-$300. Jasper52 image


As hard as stone is a sewer tile that is nearly a foot tall. Novelties and ornamental items like it were sometimes made in potteries where the primary products were sewer tile and pipe.

Sewer tile dog, Ohio origin, 1920s, 11 1/2 x 7 x 5 in. Estimate: $700-$800. Jasper52 image


Collectible advertising in the auction includes a wooden three-dimensional sign listing a variety of Heinz Soups, which was originally a fixture in a 1950s luncheonette.

Heinz Soups café sign, wood, 1950s, 27 x 13 in. Estimate: $300-$400. Jasper52 image


View the full collection of Americana and take a trip down memory lane here.

A Collection of Photographers’ Favorite Subjects

Many of the foremost photographers of the 20th century and their favorite subjects are featured in this unique collection of photogravures. Bidders in this week’s auction will be mesmerized by the surrealistic images by Man Ray or a poignant portrait by Yousuf Karsh. Below are a few of the standout images from the collection.

Trolley, New Orleans, perhaps the most famous of Robert Frank’s photographs from his seminal book The Americans, is estimated at $600-$800. The image was printed in 1958, the year The Americans was published.

Robert Frank, ‘Trolley, New Orleans,’ vintage sheet-fed gravure, printed in 1958 in France, 7.5 x 5 in. Estimate: $600-$800. Jasper52 image


From the same era, but miles apart in subject matter, is a bewitching portrait of actress Audrey Hepburn by Yousuf Karsh. Time magazine called Karsh (1908-2002) one of the great photographers of the 20th century, as did the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the latter noting the “distinct style in his theatrical lighting.”

Yousuf Karsh, ‘Audrey Hepburn,’ vintage sheet-fed gravure, printed in 1959 in the Netherlands, 9 x 11.5 in. Estimate: $150-$200. Jasper52 image


Indeed, people stand out in this auction. Another fine example is a couple sunbathing on air mattresses in a lake as a pair of ducks paddle by. The tranquil image is by French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, who specialized in humanistic photography. He was one of the first prominent users of 35 mm film, which enabled him to become a master of candid photography. The print titled The Lake of Zurich (1955) is estimated at $200-$300.

Henri Cartier-Bresson, ‘The Lake of Zurich,’ sheet-fed copper plate gravure, printed by Draeger, France, 9 x 13in. Estimate: $200-$300. Jasper52 image


Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) was an American photographer who recorded many “firsts” on her resume: the first foreign photographer permitted to take pictures of the Soviet five-year plan, the first American female ware photojournalist, and the photographer to shoot the first Life magazine. During the mid-1930s, Bourke-White, like Dorothea Lange, photographed drought victims of the Dust Bowl. One of those images is titled Hamilton, Alabama, a portrait of a weathered woman behind a horse-drawn plow.

Margaret Bourke-White, ‘Hamilton, Alabama,’ vintage sheet-fed gravure, printed in USA, 1937, 6 x 9 in. Estimate: $150-$250. Jasper52 image


Bill Brandt was a British photographer and photojournalist. Born in Germany, Brandt moved to England, where he became known for his images of British society for such magazines as Lilliput. Offered in this auction, is The Boy, a copper plate gravure printed in 1937.

Bill Brant, ‘The Boy,’ sheet-fed copper plate gravure, printed by Neogravure, France 1937, 8 x12 in. Estimate: $250-$500. Jasper52 image


Four gravures by Man Ray (1890-1976) are in the auction including an early printing of Photogramme (1930). Born Emmanuel Radnitzky, Man Ray was a photographer, painter, and filmmaker, who was the only American to play a major role in both the Dada and surrealist movements. A photogram is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of a light-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light.

Man Ray, ‘Photogramme,’ sheet-fed gravure, printed by Neogravure Co., France, 1930, 7.5 x 9.5 in. Estimate: $300-$500. Jasper52 image


View the full collection of stunning images here.

A Lineup of Famous Names in Jewelry

Tiffany & Co., Cartier and Bulgari are several of the famous names that stand out in a diverse mix of contemporary and designer jewelry offered in this week’s collection. Whether you’re on the hunt for an iconic designer piece, or a one-of-a-kind contemporary item, this curated auction has a gem for you. Take a look at the highlights from the collection below.

Among the fine estate jewelry coming up for bids in the sale is an 18K gold snake ring from Bulgari’s Tubogas Collection. The ring features a rich red cabochon ruby.

Bulgari Tubogas 18K gold and cabochon ruby snake ring. Estimate: $3,250-$3,500. Jasper52 image


Golfers will love the Cartier 18K white gold cuff links set in the form of a golf ball and tee. Each cuff link is marked “Cartier, 750” with reference numbers, the maker’s mark, and a French 18K gold assay mark. The set dates to circa 1990.

Cartier 18K white gold cuff links, 12 grams. Estimate: $1,850-$2,225. Jasper52 image


Prolific 20th-century artist Salvador Dali designed an 18K yellow gold pendant necklace in the likeness of Carmen from the famous Georges Bizet opera. The pendant is marked #9 of an edition of 1,000 and measures 1.25 inches tall. It is also marked with “Dali, 18K, 750” and has a 16.5 inch long chain with rose-like links.

18K yellow gold pendant necklace designed by Salvador Dali, 31.5 grams. Estimate: $3,650-$3,950. Jasper52 image


French fashion designer Paloma Picasso, widely known for her jewelry designs for Tiffany & Co., is represented in the auction with an 18K yellow gold ring of double hearts intertwined. The ring is signed “Paloma Picasso T&Co.”

Tiffany & Co. Paloma Picasso double loving heart ring, 18K gold, 10.2 grams. Estimate: $625-$6540. Jasper52 image


Another stunning contemporary ring in the collection is a John Hardy sterling silver ring set with a Batu smoky quartz gemstone. The ring is new without tags.

John Hardy sterling silver and Batu smoky quartz ring. Estimate: $1,700-$1,900. Jasper52 image


Several pieces in this collection are in the form of wildlife, including an alligator sterling cuff and matching pendant by Judith Ripka.

Judith Ripka alligator sterling pendant and cuff bracelet, .925 silver. Estimate: $120-$140. Jasper52 image


View the full collection and decide which pieces you’ll be adding to your jewelry box.

Antique European Maps Take You on a Journey in Time

Taking into consideration cartographers in past centuries did not have space satellites or even aircraft to aid them in mapping the world, their work that survives is remarkable not only for its place in illustrating but also for its artistic beauty. This week’s online collection of fine antique European maps brings forward the impressive talent early-century mapmakers had in creating their works.

An appropriate starting point is an Abraham Ortelius map of Europe, published in Antwerp in 1584 (the first edition was published in 1570). A ship sails in the stipple engraved ocean below the title cartouche, which features Europa riding a bull. The hand-colored, copperplate engraving is rated in “very good” condition and is estimated at $1,100-$1,250.

Abraham Ortelius: Map of Europe, 1584, Antwerp, hand-colored, copperplate engraving, 13 1/2 x 18 1/4 in. (34.2 x 46 cm). Estimate: $1,100-$1,250. Jasper52 image


Published in Amsterdam in 1660 is J. Janssonius’ sea chart of the British Isles, a beautifully hand-colored copperplate engraving that is expected to cruise to $1,300-$1,400.

J. Janssonius: Sea Chart of British Isles, Gold Leaf, 1660, hand-colored copperplate engraving, 17.1 x 21.9 in. (43.5 x 55.5 cm). Estimate: $1,300-$1,400 Jasper52 image


A large atlas wall map of Western Europe, published in 1756 by Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville, is printed on thick, good quality paper. Suitable for farming, the hand-colored map is estimated at $775-$875.

Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville: Premiere partie de la carte d’Europe, folding map, 1756, 40 x 33 inches (102 x 84 cm). Estimate: $775-$875. Jasper52 image


Barcelona, the great Mediterranean port city, is the subject of a plan map by Seutter of Augsburg, Germany. Dated 1740, the map contains a detailed plan of the Catalan capital contemporary color, with an uncolored view of the city below. Both plan and view include keys to major monuments, fortifications, thoroughfares, squares and gates.

Seutter: Plan of Barcelona, 1740, Augsburg, Germany, 22 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. Estimate: $550-$625. Jasper52 image


The unmistakable outline of Italy’s boot stands out in a highly detailed map of the Kingdom of Naples, published by Nolin of Paris in 1742. Dedicated to Philip V of Spain, the map includes a lengthy text block on the “Geographical and Historical Division of the Kingdom of Naples;” a letter key to symbols indicating archbishoprics, “royal fiefs,” duchies, counties, and various political and geographic features. Its superb title cartouche is held aloft by a sea monster.

Nolin: Le Royaume de Naples, 1742, Paris, 18 1/2 x 22 1/4 in. Estimate: $350-$375. Jasper52 image


An 1801 German map of Sicily by Goetze of Weimar has an elegant title cartouche and an inset map of the Maltese Islands. The delicately colored map has a $350-$375 estimate.

Goetze: map of Sicily and Malta, 1801, Weimar, Germany, 22 x 17 1/4 in. Estimate: $350-$375. Jasper52 image


Explore Europe and view the full catalog of antique European maps here.

A Luxury Tour of Antique Silver

From Spratling to Georg Jensen, this collection of antique and vintage silver features renowned names in silver-making and highlights skill and artistry. With these pieces from the 18th through to the 20th century, you can discover an alluring assortment of silver that is sure to strike your fancy. Take a look at a few shining pieces from this collection.

Expected to lead the charge is the solid silver wine/champagne cooler and ice bowl set made by Tetard Freres. Both the cooler and the bowl have a narrow paneled design and feature a chased band around the top rim and foot with an applied acanthus leaf design. This set, made in 1927, is of partly good quality and substantial weight. Having a long history of exceptional silversmithing that merited gold medals at world expositions, the Tetard brothers of Paris, under the design leadership of Valery Bizouard, were a leading manufacturer of French Art Deco silver.

Tetard Freres sterling silver wine cooler and ice bowl set, 1927, 92.2 troy ounces. Estimate: $6,500-$7,500. Jasper52 image


With a traditional lasting over 100 years, Georg Jensen exemplifies quality craftsmanship. Since the company’s founding in Copenhagen in 1904, it has embraced the Art Nouveau style and produced pieces that continue to resonate with design-conscious customers. Exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, Georg Jensen markings promise beauty and functionality. The Acorn salad spoon and fork by George Jensen offered in this collection have a $600-$700 estimate.

Georg Jensen sterling silver large salad spoon and fork, Acorn pattern, Denmark, Post 1945, 8 7/8in long, 217 grams. Estimate: $600-$700. Jasper52 image


The 28-piece sterling silver flatware set in the Masterpiece pattern by International is a fine set to build upon. It consists of four-piece place settings for six in addition to a gravy ladle, serving spoon, cold meat fork and sugar spoon. The set comes with a new storage chest. The Masterpiece pattern was designed by Alfred G. Kintz and introduced in 1983. The international Silver Co. was formed in 1898 by various independent New England silversmiths. The company grew to become the world’s largest manufacturer of silverware.

Masterpiece by International sterling silver flatware set, 28 pieces, setting for six. Estimate: $1,500-$1,700. Jasper52 image


In the category of objects of vertu are two sterling silver seated musicians with bobble heads made by Ludwig Neresheimer in Hanau, Germany in the late 19th century. The drummer was imported to the UK by Edwin Thompson Bryant in 1904, and as such carries the corresponding English silver hallmarks. The trumpet player was imported to the UK by Berthold Mueller at the turn of the 20th century. Berthold Mueller was an import firm that distributed a great deal of Neresheimer silver. The pair has a $4,500-$5,000 estimate.

Two novelty sterling silver musicians with bobble heads, made by Ludwig Neresheimer in Hanau, Germany, late 19th century. Estimate: $4,500-$5,000. Jasper52 image


To best display such fine curios is a sterling silver mirrored plateau. While the ring is stamped sterling silver, the maker’s mark is unclear. This circa 1920s piece carries a $250-$280 estimate.

Sterling silver mirror plateau, 10 1/2in in diameter, circa 1920s. Estimate: $250-$280. Jasper52 image


British born entrepreneur Fred Harvey (1835-1901) signed a contract in 1878 with the Santa Fe Railway to operate small restaurants at railroad depots along the railroad’s route. As a result he created the market and a place to sell jewelry, some of which was crafted by Native Americans, to travelers. Native American jewelry aficionados use his name to describe a particular type of Native American-style tourist jewelry that continued to be popular even after his death in 1901. The large Fred Harvey-era sterling silver belt buckle in this collection is highlighted by an oval piece of Bruneau jasper from Idaho and features a concentric orb pattern. At each corner of the silver buckle is a thunderbird.

Fred Harvey-era sterling silver thunderbird Bruneau jasper belt buckle, 2 3/8in x 3 1/2in. Estimate: $1,100-$1,250. Jasper52 image


The auction for this collection ends on Sunday, June 25th at 5pm ET. Take a look at the full catalog and favorite the items you love.