Antique Helper to Auction Estate of the Late James Anton

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Dan Ripley's Antique Helper is pleased to announce an impressive auction of the estate of the Honorable James Anton on September 16th and 17th. Included in this sale are Russian icons, Russian silver, Russian enamels, Japanese woodblocks, Russian, European and American fine art, English papier Mache, black Americana, Russian and Continental miniature ivory portraits.

Dan Ripley’s Antique Helper is pleased to announce an impressive auction of the estate of the Honorable James Anton on September 16 and 17. This two-day sale consists of the lifetime collection of the late James Anton, a former federal judge and minority counsel for Lyndon Johnson.

A decorated World War Two veteran, Judge Anton graduated from Georgetown School of Law in 1952. His political career included time as a New Hampshire State Representative and clerk in the U.S. Senate. Judicial appointments and private practice dominated the majority of his professional life. Along the way, Mr. Anton found time to operate two antique stores, exhibit at numerous antique shows and attend important estate auctions.

A passionate collector for 50 years, Mr. Anton assembled an extensive collection, focusing on Russian antiques. Extensive travels, especially to Russia, enabled Mr. Anton to add many unique pieces to his collections. Many of the items in this sale have been in storage since the Antons’ retirement to the Midwest in 1992. Included are Russian icons, Russian silver, Russian enamels, Japanese woodblocks, Russian, European and American fine art, English paper Mache, black Americana, Russian and Continental miniature ivory portraits.

This expansive auction will offer Mr. Anton’s collections in two parts, with the Russian Collections being offered on Saturday, September 16th and the Asian, European and American collections offered on Sunday, September 17th. Presented as the first lot in the Russian collection will be a Western bronze mounted cowboy by noted sculptor, Paul Troubetzkoy (Russian 1866-1938), with impressed signature and dated 1911. Among the decorative items in this portion of the sale is a stunning hand detailed lacquer tea caddy, with hand painted troika, depicting the romance of pre-Revolutionary Russia.

The ivory miniatures in the Russian segment of the sale offer an intimate view of the aristocracy. Included is a signed portrait of a handsome youth, possibly a Russian Tsarevitch. Adding to the royal allure is a signed oil on wood portrait plaque of Nicholas II with a hand written message in Cyrillic from the presenter.

A Russian collection would not be complete without selections of Russian silver and icons. Both genres are neatly merged as one in the offering of an important and rare Russian silver Oklad icon depicting Mary and St. Nicholas chastising a priest while a supplicant suffers his fate in the background.

Mr. Anton’s expansive collections of Asian, European and American art and antiques fill the Sunday, September 17th catalog. Opening the Sunday session will be 40 works of fine art, leading off with an 1888 oil on canvas portrait of Yorkie puppies by Frank Whiting Rogers (American, 1854-1917). A landscape painting by Cyrenius Hall (American, 1830-1904) will be offered early in the sale as well. According to AskART, Hall was an itinerant artist who painted Western landscapes in a lumanistic style. In 1853, he traveled to Portland, via the Oregon Trail, where he executed views of Mount Hood and Mount Ranier. Important European works include a Borgognone French School battle scene, from the Circle of Jacques Cortois, il Borgognone (Saint-Hippolyte, 1621-1676 Rome). The American Ash Can School (1908-1918) is represented with a portrait of a boy by George Luks (American, 1867-1933).

An impressive collection of European and American ivory miniature portraits includes the likenesses of noteworthy historic figures such as Ludwig VIII, President Harrison, Edgar Allan Poe, Admiral Sampson (the naval hero of Santiago), President Monroe, and a youthful Queen Victoria. Of special interest is a miniature portrait of a young, beardless Abraham Lincoln, signed Oliver.

Literary buffs, feminists and romantics will be thrilled to find an encased portrait of French novelist George Sand (born Aurore Dupin, 1804-1876). Outspoken in her views on women’s rights, this 19th Century writer was known publicly for her penchant to dress in gentleman’s fashions and smoke cigars. In 1833, Sand ran away to Italy with Romantic poet Alfred de Musset, whose portrait, possibly commissioned as a gift to Sand, is also included in this auction. Lunging into the 20th Century and furthering the erudite enticement is a signed portrait of Harlem Renaissance author, James Baldwin.

Also featured in Sunday’s auction will be a collection of English Papier Maché. A 19th Century decorative art paying homage to popular chinoiserie, the boxes, plates and bowls in this fine assortment feature gilt trim, hand painted detail and mother of pearl inlay.

Fans of Ruby Flash will enjoy bidding on more than a dozen lots, all with multiple items, of this wonderfully collectible glassware. Featured lots include a rare grouping of souvenir sights, a rare Homburg hat, a canoe and a car, and a lot consisting of 12 Hoosier destinations.

Among the 75 lots of Asian art and antiques, collectors will find a selection of woodblocks including several by 53 Stations on the Tokaido by Japanese artist Hiroshige. Additionally, there are Indian and Chinese watercolors. Decorative pieces include Asian export items, temple carvings, a rare spinach jade carved box, and a Chinese carved rosewood fire screen.

We are proud to have been chosen by Mrs. Betty Anton to disperse this fine collection; offering so many wonderful items to collectors and dealers alike. The staff at Antique Helper is anticipating another great sale. This two-day event will take place Saturday September 16th and Sunday, September 17th, with previews scheduled for the preceding Thursday and Friday. An online catalog is available on our website. For more information, please call 317-251-5635.


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