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Bidsquare Picks: Blowing in the Wind

By Jessica Helen Weinberg

Dec 26,2017 | 12:00 EST

There was a time when storms were first felt and then seen, when dramatic shifts in the weather were likened to terrestrial revenge by the ancient gods and the detection of destructive winds were, in large part, left up to chance. Without the convenience of a modern forecast by way of radar technology or a jolly man pointing out cartoon pressure systems and advising all to grab an umbrella, one relied on the speed and aim of a spinning copper mold.

Lot 310, Full Bodied Copper Polo Player Weathervane, 19th c; Estimate $18,000 - $25,000

As is the case with much of the decorative arts that grace Americana themed auctions, retired objects can be admired for their form and past functions - this is especially true of weathervanes. 

Coming up in Pook & Pooks The Private Collection of Roland & Marilyn Kemble - Day 1 & Day 2 sale on January 12th and 13th, is a festive ensemble of antique weathervanes ranging from lobsters and lambs to angels and whales. Click here to preview them all

Lot 87, Jacksonian-Era Broadside Edition of the Declaration of Independence, 1832; Estimate $5,000 - $7,000

For those who enjoy turning back the pages of time, we suggest browsing through Potter & Potter Auctions Fine Books & Manuscripts sale on January 27th.

Alongside this engraved and hand-colored broadside of the Declaration of Indepedence, you will also discover items such as; a presidential pardon from J.F.K, an annotated manuscript by Malcolm X, a bill of lading for sperm whale oil by John Hancock and much more!

Lot 89, Boston Massachusetts Chippendale Mahogany Secretary Desk and Bookcase, ca. 1770; Estimate $20,000 - $30,000

We wouldnt want all of this talk about weathervanes to blow you past the exceptional furnishings coming up in Pook & Pooks The Private Collection of Roland & Marilyn Kemble - Day 1 & Day 2 sale! Click here to browse all Chippendale, Queen Anne, Pennsylvania makes and Windsor chairs

Lot 499, Jean Dufy, Previlly Sur Chaise France, Watercolor on gouache; Estimate $8,000 - $12,000

Widely known for throwing about energetic brush strokes and splashes of color to depict circus performances, cheering crowds, races, musicians and Parisian cityscapes, French post-impressionist Jean Dufy also beautifully composed scenes of calm. 

This dreamlike example will be featured in Nadeaus Important Annual New Years Day Auction on January 1st alongside works by Henri Matisse, Guy Carleton Wiggins and Wayne Thiebaud

Lot 118, King Leopold II 14K Gold and Gold Quartz Match Safe; Estimate $60,000 - $75,000

This item cannot be outmatched. Presented to King Leopold II in 1900 by Henry I. Kowalsky, a wealthy San Francisco defense attorney, this 14K gold and gold quartz match safe is lit with intriguing history.

Click here to learn more about it in Cowans Auctions, The Magnificent Match Safe Collection of David and Holiday Winfield: Live Online Auction sale catalog. 

With new auctions added daily, were always ripe for the pickin! Be sure to check into Bidsquare Picks each week for a speedy look at our upcoming selections!

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Jessica Helen Weinberg | Senior Content Editor at Bidsquare

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