The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, January 21, 2018


Bertoia Auctions' Nov. 11-12 Signature Sale of toys & holiday antiques tipped to be one of the company's best ever
Highly desirable Marklin Battleship Sankt Georg, 28in long, est. $100,000-$140,000. All images courtesy of Bertoia Auctions.


VINELAND, NJ.- The toy-collecting hobby has always been a lively two-way street with sellers on one side and buyers on the other. It’s at its strongest and most energetic when the truly great collections appear at auction, as will be the case on November 11-12 when Bertoia’s presents its Saturday Fall Signature Sale, with a bonus Sunday session of holiday antiques and trains.

“Everyone who has come in to preview has commented that this is going to be one of the best sales we’ve ever had, and I would definitely agree,” said Bertoia Auctions’ owner, Jeanne Bertoia. “The quality is very high across the board, with consignments from prestigious collections in every category.”

Jeanne cited several blue-chip sources, including the pressed steel and pedal car collection of the late Eugene DeGraw, fantastic mechanical banks from Texas collector/Mechanical Bank Collectors of America (MBCA) member Steve Said, and a long-held collection of beautiful Martin clockwork toys from a past Antique Toy Collectors of America (ATCA) member who tracked down elusive examples over several decades. Also, there are wonderful trains from Jerry Greene and other veteran collectors; and an exceptional Christmas grouping from the same estate collection that was introduced in Bertoia’s March Signature Sale.

There is so much superior-quality material in the Christmas collection that Bertoia’s decided to select 100 of the top pieces for inclusion in the Saturday Signature Sale and to add a bonus Sunday session to accommodate the rest.

“The owner was a long-time member of the Golden Glow of Christmas Past and had a connoisseur’s eye,” Jeanne said. “Probably half of the items are so outstanding, even the most advanced Christmas collector would want to acquire them.”

In the Saturday session, there are 10 Santas that measure 24 inches in height or taller. “If even one Santa of that type appears in an auction, that’s impressive, but ten is unheard of,” Jeanne said. Also featured are belsnickles, large Father Christmas figures, a sizable Krampus, chalk Santas, and Heubach figures of children on skis, holding snowballs, etc.

The cast-iron section includes both automotive and horse-drawn toys. Among the Hubley highlights are a Royal Circus Giraffe wagon, a Hill Climber motorcycle, and a sky-blue ‘Say It With Flowers’ motorcycle delivery van. Early Kenton autos will be ready to take a spin, as well. A small offering of 1880s bell and pull toys includes a boxed, near-mint J. & E. Stevens “Landing of Columbus” bell toy plus several examples by Ives.

Collectors can choose from nearly 100 pristine mechanical banks from the Steve Said collection. “MBCA members visited Steve’s collection during a past convention, so his banks are well known to them,” noted Bertoia’s auctioneer Michael Bertoia. They include a fresh-to-market Lion Hunter, top-condition Punch and Judy, Afghanistan bank in supreme condition, and a stellar Boy Scout Camp. Rare and desirable tin banks include a Mickey Mouse vending bank and a boxed Magie.

An influential collector and authority on the subject, Jeanne Bertoia personally curates each and every doorstop offered in her company’s sales. The November 11 session includes one of her favorites: a handsome Bradley & Hubbard Heron. Other top picks are a Bradley & Hubbard Brown Owl in superb condition, a flat, double-sided Spencer Pelican with original white, yellow and green paint; and a pristine Dutch Girl with Flowers. “There are many extremely beautiful florals, birds and other animal varieties, including squirrel designs that I’ve never seen before,” Jeanne said.

One of Saturday’s high points will be 140 pressed-steel automotive toys and pedal cars from the estate of Eugene DeGraw. A highly respected and well-liked collector, dealer and mentor, DeGraw sent his original collection to auction several years ago. “But it wasn’t long before he started feeling pangs of remorse,” explained Michael Bertoia. “Like any great collector, he missed the excitement of making new discoveries, so he started a second collection, armed with a tremendous amount of knowledge and many more contacts than he had in the beginning. He knew what to buy. Our consultant, Tom Hathazy, who cataloged the DeGraw collection, couldn’t believe the number of great, original pieces.” Twenty pedal cars, both restored and original, are in this lineup.

Bertoia’s railway station will be brimming with high-quality European and American trains, both standard gauge and 2-inch types. There will be affinity groupings of Marklin, Voltamp and Lionel trains, with the latter exhibiting consistent C9 condition or better throughout. An anticipated scene-stealer, a circa-1910 deluxe version of Marklin’s English Churchbury Station in 100% original condition came to Bertoia’s from the original owner’s family in India. It could command a winning bid of $20,000 or more.

Once again, a grand fleet of antique boats – around 40 in all – will set sail at Bertoia’s Signature Sale. Both American and German boats are represented, including coveted Marklin battleships, ocean liners and a paddlewheeler.

The European section continues with a sensational array of 30+ French-made Martin wind-ups that was amassed by a New York collector, ATCA member and world traveler. “His focus was always on condition and rarity. These Martin clockwork toys are untouched, pristine examples, and there are several that we’ve never even seen before except in books,” Jeanne said. They include a boxed Khaki Guard, a Cakewalk, and an Acrobatic Gymnast that would be familiar only to those who have visited a Paris museum where a similar example is on display. Complementing the Martins are several wonderful Lehmann toys: a boxed Halloh motorcycle (ex Donald Kaufman) and a Baker & Sweep.

Early Steiff productions are highlighted by two lots in particular, both made of velvet. One is a set of three velvet bunnies; the other is a full set of Steiff animal-form skittles.

While the top-tier Christmas antiques and trains will be presented during the Saturday Signature Sale, there will be much more in the bonus Sunday session: 300 holiday lots and 150 train lots. “Everything reserved for Sunday has great eye appeal at a lower price point. In the Christmas and holiday category, there are numerous die-cuts and flat paper items, including sought-after Rafael Tuck productions,” Jeanne said. In addition to paper, the Christmas selection features Santas in sleighs – some pulled by reindeer – glass and other tree ornaments, candy containers, later Santas, and many small buildings.

All forms of bidding will be available, including absentee, phone or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.com. To contact Bertoia Auctions about any item in the sale, to order a printed catalog or to reserve a phone line for bidding, call 856-692-1881 or email toys@bertoiaauctions.com.





Today's News

October 16, 2017

Exhibition pairs Tracey Emin's My Bed with a collection of works by JMW Turner

Museo Picasso Málaga exhibits works by the women artists in the Surrealist circle

Major Klimt exhibition opens in San Francisco

The new Tate St Ives opens

Artcurial announces highlights from its Archaeology and Middle East Arts sale

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU opens exhibition of works by Ruth Gruber

Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art opens extensive exhibition of works by Gerhard Richter

First extensive museum show of the work of the Hamburg-based painter Anita Rée opens at Hamburger Kunsthalle

First London solo exhibition by German artist Ernst Wilhelm Nay on view at Almine Rech Gallery

M HKA opens first major exhibition of works by Joseph Beuys in Belgium since the 1980s

Collezione Maramotti opens exhibition of works realized between 2009 and 2017 by Luisa Rabbia

Bertoia Auctions' Nov. 11-12 Signature Sale of toys & holiday antiques tipped to be one of the company's best ever

Major survey of contemporary African design makes U.S. debut at High Museum of Art

Exhibition at De Appel addresses severe acts of violence and conflict

Boscobel Executive Director announces retirement

Mickalene Thomas highlights her muses at the Georgia Museum of Art

Camden Arts Centre exhibits new film commission by Rwandan-born Dutch artist Christian Nyampeta

Phoenix Art Museum presents first mid-career survey of contemporary artist Sheila Pepe

New and recent work by Diana Thater in Borusan Contemporary exhibition

Rare Romanov photos found in "The Lintern Archive"

Archives of American Art acquires the audio and video recordings and records of Artists Talk on Art

Solo exhibition at Albertz Benda features a new body of work by Tsibi Geva

Detroit Institute of Arts hires curator of prints and drawings

Ringling International Arts Festival returns with inventive contemporary performance

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- National Air and Space Museum releases "VR Hangar" app

2.- Inrap discovers a mikveh in the medieval Jewish quarter of Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux

3.- Wellcome Collection acquires 17th century portrait of internationally renowned and hirsute Barbara van Beck

4.- The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation names Ghislain d'Humieres to oversee its core operations

5.- LACMA exhibits for the first time two photographic series by Richard Prince

6.- Jade and gold burial suit, finest to survive ancient China, featured in Nelson-Atkins exhibition

7.- Peru recovers 79 pre-Hispanic textiles from the Museum of Gothenburg in Sweden

8.- Vincent van Gogh's 'Watermill at Kollen' on display at Het Noordbrabants Museum

9.- Saint Louis Art Museum will acquire 'Portrait of Charlotte Cram' by John Singer Sargent

10.- British Museum opens the Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez


Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful