The Auction Block


FREEMAN’S Walnut Tall Case Clock Edward Duffield (1720-1801), Philadelphia, Pa. 1765 Auction Date: Nov. 14 Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000 Freeman’s Pennsylvania Sale: Furniture and Decorative Arts features a wealth of hand-crafted American antiques from the state’s rich tradition of craft and decorative arts. This walnut tall case clock, a tour-de-force of 18th-century Philadelphia craftsmanship, was built by renowned clockmaker Edward Duffield. The clock has double scroll molded cresting with floral rosettes and center flame carved finial, two applied branch decorations above and arched face door flanked by slender fluted columns. The brass face is ornamented with leaf spandrels and a moon phased, silvered dial with Roman numerals and an outer Arabic numeral minute band.

POTOMACK COMPANY Ray Eames Desk Chair Auction Date: Dec. 7 Potomack Company’s Modern Designer Sale will feature designer furniture from the personal collection of Charles M. Goodman (1906-1992), the pioneering Washington area modernist architect, who was the designer of National Airport, the Officers Club at Andrews Air Force Base, the WMAL studio at American University and other projects in Virginia and Maryland. The Dorothy S. Goodman Trust is offering more than 100 lots from the collection, including rare pieces by Ray Eames, Hans Wegner, Harry Bertoia, Jens Risom and other noted mid-century designers, as well as original furniture from the award-winning Alcoa Care-free Home designed by Goodman in 1957 that was a prototype for the post- World War II affordable housing boom.

DOYLE Photograph inscribed by John F. Kennedy Gelatin silver print. Auction Date: Nov. 25 Estimate: $5,000 – $7,500 Doyle’s upcoming auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Photographs features material related to President John F. Kennedy, including an image of the president taken by photographer Fred Bauman in Palm Springs on Sept. 28, 1963, inscribed to him by Kennedy. A remarkably candid photograph of President Kennedy, taken just weeks before his assassination in Dallas, the image was taken by Bauman at the Palm Springs airport upon Kennedy’s arrival. Kennedy would spend two nights resting at the home of Bing Crosby, just long enough for the picture to be seen by Kennedy on the front page of the Press-Enterprise. Secret service agent Jerry Behn, who appears in the photograph behind the president, was asked by Kennedy to call Bauman and request a copy. Bauman sent two copies, requesting that one be returned signed and proudly hung the inscribed photograph in his home for 50 years. Here the smiling Kennedy embodies the forward-looking optimism of his era and the cool of a sunny afternoon in Palm Springs in 1963.

SOTHEBY’S Selling Exhibition: Les Lalanne: The Poetry of Sculpture Dates: Oct. 31 – Nov. 22 Sotheby’s selling exhibition at its New York S|2 Gallery will feature Les Lalanne: The Poetry of Sculpture, featuring works by Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne, curated by Paul Kasmin and Michael Shvo. Private gallery sales will go through Nov. 22. Offering a wide range of the couple’s most iconic and sought-after works chosen by Kasmin, a long-time gallerist for the duo, and Shvo, an avid collector of the works, the gallery space will be transformed into a midnight garden and thereby evoke the surrealist sculptors’ magical world in which their life and art were intertwined since the 1960s.

BONHAMS 1940 Buick Phaeton automobile from “Casablanca,” Warner Bros., 1942. Limited model 81C convertible Auction Date: Nov. 25 *Estimate: $450,000 – $500,000 Bonhams auction, “What Dreams Are Made Of: A Century of Movie Magic,” in conjunction with Turner Classic movies, will feature more than 300 of the most important pieces of movie memorabilia ever to come up for auction. Iconic props, costumes, production art, original scripts, posters and ephemera from Hollywood’s biggest starts will be offered. The 1940 Buick Phaeton automobile from “Casablanca” is one of the stars of the auction, used in the final act of “Casablanca,” as Claude Rains drives the car to the airport, with Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henried. Other items include the lead statuette of the Maltese Falcon from the 1941 James Stewart film of the same name, and Vivien Leigh negligée from “Gone With the Wind.”

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