Friday features fine art including a C. Fossi, Carrara Marble sculpture “Paolina Borghese”; A 19th c Chinese nephrite Jade sculpture of a reclining horse; A Loet Vanderveen (Dutch 1921-2015) bronze polar bear sculpture. An extensive collection of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia including photos, issues of “Playboy” and “Life” magazines. Also Elvis Presley, Beatles gold records, Frank Sinatra, Farrah Fawcett, etc. Rugs and carpets including Navajo, Sarouk, Kilim, Kerman and a full skin brown bear rug. Furniture items including a birds eye maple dresser and a curly maple chest. The first session of a large collection of scale die cast Nascar race cars, including Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart and Richard Petty to name a few. Firearms including a Walther PPK 7.65mm semi-automatic pistol with the rare ‘K’ series serial number, c1944. Porcelain pieces including fine Chinese collection of vases, jars and planters. Lighting fixtures including chandeliers, leaded glass hanging lamps, etc. A large collection of south seas, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fijian tribal art including baskets, spears and ceremonial axes and carved figures, to name a few. Fine jewelry items including 1.70 ct baguette diamond and 14kt yellow gold earrings, a 20 ct natural green amethyst, diamond and 18kt yellow gold pendant, etc. Toys including a doll grouping including Shirley Temple, Steiff tennis lady ‘Betty’ and a Gerbruder Heubach Bisque and a doll house. Also Indian head, Queen Victoria gold coins and assorted currency.
The Saturday sale will feature decorative arts, furniture and fine art from the estate of Anne Markley Spivak. Anne Spivak was a prominent collector and an avid supporter of the arts, especially in Detroit. She served for decades as an auxiliary board member at the Detroit Institute of Arts and was an active member of many cultural and community organizations. Her holdings ranged from heirloom objects and furniture inherited from her family, including Fisher Body Founder Fred and Bertha Fisher, to curated antiquities, exceptional jade carvings and important silver pieces. The sale begins with two impressive pieces of finely carved jade, one depicting Guanyin and the other a phoenix. Further highlights of the auction include a range of items from famed Danish silversmith, Georg Jensen, as well as Johan Rohde, one of his most prominent collaborators who helped establish the firm’s leadership in the field of 20th century silver. Serious collectors will be interested in the “Cosmos” tea and coffee set (lot 1014) and the ‘Harlequin’ cocktail shaker and tray (lot 1017). Highlights also include a monumental and important Dominick and Haff centerpiece decorated with a motif of griffins (lot 1013) from the Fisher estate. Also included in the sale is a Louis XV/XVI transitional ormolu-mounted mixed wood commode (lot 1056) and two French bronze mounted and crystal chandeliers from Anna Thomson Dodge’s estate (lots 1052 and 1053). Anne Spivak’s discerning eye and passion can be seen in the over 100 lots dispersed throughout the sale, including English and French furniture and decorative arts, porcelain, crystal, and silver.
Important Estates in the Sunday session. Featuring Detroit arts patron and collector Anne Markley Spivak (1931-2017). Items from her extensive fine arts collection are offered. It includes works by: Julius Schmidt, Gordon Newton, Guilaume Corneille, Jack Youngerman, Josef Albers, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Ryman, Robert Motherwell, Georges Rouault, Kasimir Malevich, Richard Artschwager, Sven Lukin, Walasse Ting, Larry Zox and more. Also featuring an important estate from a Bloomfield Hills, MI art collector. A partial list of the artists includes: Donald Judd, Karel Appel, Victor Vasarely, Ronnie Cutrone, John Matos, Roland Petersen, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Francis, Niki de Saint Phalle, Keith Haring, Robert Rauschenberg, Ellsworth Kelly, Andy Warhol, Rolf Nesch, Marc Chagall (4 panel screen), Alberto Giacometti, Steven Sorman, Abraham Walkowitz, Paul Gauguin, Dale Chihuly, Joel Philip Myers, Jose Chardiet, Paul Klee (designer) and John Pappas to name only some. Over 80 movie, war bonds and artist posters with most from a single Detroit area collection. The over 330 total offerings in fine arts for the session continue with works by: Paul Jenkins, Louise Berliawsky Nevelson, after Evgeni Lanceray, Charles Culver, Edward Harrison May, attributed to William Joseph Shayer, William Gilbert Foster, Stuart Lloyd, Karl Kaufmann, Kazimierz Sichulcki, Joel Odum, James G. Tyler, G.W. White, after Frederic Remington, Roland Hinton Perry, LeRoy Neiman, as well as two more glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly. The Sunday session also has a nice selection of Oriental rugs and carpets: Heriz, Nain, Sarouk, Tabriz, and an aquamarine, diamond, emerald, tanzanite, sapphire and more fine jewelry.