Extremely rare majolica pieces will headline the Strawser Auction Group auction on May 25, 27 and 28

Monumental and extremely rare majolica boar’s head tureen with matching matching tray, no. 2141, 22 inches long, 15 inches wide and 11 ½ inches high (est. $40,000-$60,000).
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WOLCOTTVILLE, Ind. – A bi-annual three-day antiques auction featuring over 1,800 lots of quality items, including furniture, silver, estate jewelry, fine art, lighting, glass, porcelain, majolica and more will be held May 25, 27 and 28 by Strawser Auction Group, live in the gallery at 106 East Dutch Street in Wolcottville, as well as online via LiveAuctioneers.com.

Things will kick off on Day 1, Wednesday, May 25, starting at 3 p.m. sharp EST, with 627 lots of fine jewelry, bronzes, furniture, lighting, toys, art, and more. “The jewelry comes from a wealthy Chicago estate and is of unsurpassed quality,” said Michael Strawser, president of Strawser Auction Group and founder of the Majolica International Society.

Extremely rare Thomas Downing (NY, 1791-1866) cylindrical oyster jar with decorated blue lettering, 8 inches tall (est. $3,000-$5,000).
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Lot 27 is a multi-diamond drop pendant presented on an 18 inch wheat chain in 14 kt white gold and featuring three diamonds totaling over 12 carats: a 2.0 carat round brilliant cut diamond set around 18 round diamonds brilliant cut; a 0.85 carat round brilliant cut diamond surrounded by a diamond halo; and a spectacular 8.6-carat pear-shaped main diamond (estimated between $20,000 and $40,000).

Thursday, May 26 will be a holiday, then the action will resume on Day 2, Friday, May 27 at 3 p.m. art and other glassware, as well as ceramics, including 175 majolica and porcelain oyster plates, art pottery and other pieces. In total, nearly 650 lots will be auctioned.

Day 2’s featured lot promises to be an extremely rare cylindrical oyster jar by Thomas Downing (NY, 1791-1866) with ornate blue lettering, impressed with “T. Downing / Pickled Oysters / No. 5 Broad St. / New York”, 8 inches tall (est. $3,000-$5,000). Downing was an African-American oyster farmer who owned the most famous oyster house in New York.

Day 3, Saturday, May 28, starting at 8 a.m. EST, will feature what Mr. Strawser described as “one of the finest selections of majolica we’ve had in some time, including including the Betsy and Rick Porter Collection, which has many rare and important majolica pieces from makers such as Minton, George Jones and others. Day 3 will feature 560 lots.

The first lot of day 3, and of the whole auction, is lot 3346: a monumental majolica soup tureen with a boar’s head with matching tray, no. 2141, 22 inches long, 15 inches wide and 11 ½ inches high. “This is the rarest of all Minton majolica tureens,” said Strawser. “An example is in the MAAS Powerhouse Museum in Australia.” (estimated between $40,000 and $60,000).

Several other Day 3 Majolica figurines could easily make it into the overall top earner list. Lots 3246 and 3247, for example, are two teapots purchased from the Marilyn Karmason collection in 2005. Mrs. Karmason is the author of Majolica, a complete history and an illustrated investigationa definitive reference guide to majolica (and a beautiful coffee table book).

Lot 3246 is a Minton majolica teapot in the form of a vulture attacking a snake, the vulture with a pink neck, brown feathers with black wing tips on a rock base, the rarest of the figural majolica teapots from Minton (est. $30,000-$40,000). Lot 3247 is a Minton Majolica “Flat Iron” cobalt teapot featuring a large white cat on the handle looking at a mouse with a carrot and the base decorated with three mice on each side (est. $20,000 – $30,000) .

Native American Navajo saddle blanket, circa 1870-1880, 4ft 5in by 7ft 2in (est. $3,000-$5,000).
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Other notable Day 3 Majolica offerings will include a Minton Majolica Cheese Keeper modeled as a yellow straw hive with trailing mulberries, branch handle, square base with branch feet, 13 ½ inches tall ( est. $15,000 – $20,000); and a Minton majolica figure from Europe riding a bull, circa 1860, 18 inches high, the only known example (est. $8,000-$12,000). A similar model was exhibited at the International Exhibition in London in 1862.

A rare cave by Charles Jean Avisseau Palissy, modeled as a forest floor scene depicting a large lizard, salamander, and beetle, scaling rocks around an 11-inch-wide waterhole, is also up for auction on day 3. The part should cost between $6,000 and $9,000.

Back on Day 1, a women’s tanzanite and diamond ring with a premium 3.50 carat tanzanite gemstone with a diamond halo of ten 0.12 carat round brilliant cut diamonds and baguette cut diamonds conical of 31.15 carats. (FG color, VS clarity), having a total carat weight of 5.85 carats, made in platinum, should fetch between $4,000 and $8,000.

A Native American Navajo saddle blanket, circa 1870-1880, measuring 4 feet 5 inches by 7 feet 2 inches, has an estimate of $3,000–5,000; while a bronze sculpture of an Indian and an eagle by Bob Robertson, titled sacred act (1985), measuring 28 ½ inches, should fetch $800 to $1,200.

An oil on canvas painting by William Luker, Sr. (British, 1828-1905), depicting Cows in a Meadow, 12 inches by 24 inches (view, less frame), is estimated at $800-1,200. Plus, a beautiful hummingbird brooch adorned with Iradj Moini jewelry should fetch $500 to $800.

On Day 2, where a rare JW Boteler Majolica Oyster Plate having a long handle with seaweed and four wells, 10 ½ inches wide, is expected to cost $1,200 to $1,500; and an 8-well George Jones Majolica Oyster Plate with Raised Center Shell, 10 inches, carries a pre-sale estimate of $600 to $900. Both sets are from the Betsy and Rick Porter collection.

Other Day 2 deals will include Vienna Royal Hive Mrs. Recamier porcelain plate with exceptional detail, heavy gold and artist signed “E. Laterman”, 16 inches in diameter (estimated between $600 and $900); a pair of Meissen 4-light candelabra, one with one lady and the other a gentleman, 20 ½ inches high (est. $1,200-$1,500);and a spectacular Moser jewelery box of cobalt glass with heavy gold and enamel decoration, 4 ½ inches tall (est. $300 to $500).

Since beginning to conduct auctions over 35 years ago, Michael Strawser has been committed to providing services far beyond the norm so that clients can receive results far beyond expectations. Today, that commitment is stronger than ever as a cornerstone of the Strawser Auction Group, one of the most respected auction resources in the American Midwest.

Over the years, the Strawser Auction Group has organized and conducted virtually every type of auction: antiques, estates, real estate, collectibles, business liquidations and more. This diversity has produced a wealth of knowledge not found in any book, but which can only be acquired through practice. Strawser Auction Group is proud of its reputation and the respect it deserves.

Since 1979, Michael Strawser has provided dealers and collectors with professional auction services – appraisals, advice, appraisals – and, of course, sales. Always on the lookout for trends and market demands, Michael feeds his diverse expertise with a genuine enthusiasm for collecting. His commitment to knowledge, organization and quality has earned him the respect of the collecting community and positions the Strawser Auction Group as an industry benchmark.

The Strawser Auction Group is always on the lookout for quality items for future auctions, especially Majolica, Fenton, Pickard, Mt. Washington, RS Prussia and related merchandise. To consign a unique item, estate, or collection, you can call Michael Strawser at (office): 260-854-2859 or (cell): 260-336-2204; or, you can email him at [email protected]

To learn more about the Strawser Auction Group and the three-day antiques auction scheduled for May 25, 27 and 28, live and online, visit www.strawserauctions.com. Updates are released often. There will be telephone auctions for items of $2,500 or more, and mail order auctions will be accepted.

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