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Morphy Auctions offers ceramic treasures in decorative arts sale


Collectors will have the chance to delve into a treasure trove of paintings, ceramics, glassware, Asian art, jewelry and decorative antiques at Morphy Auctions next month.
The company’s Fine And Decorative Arts Sale will offer 500 lots, with a full range of price points to suit every bidder.

The centrepiece of the auction will be the ceramics section, with more than 300 pieces from both American and European manufacturers.

Amongst the most valuable lots are two pieces from the London-based company Martin Brothers – a Stoneware Wally Bird Jar & Cover, estimated at $40,000-$50,000, and a Stoneware Monster Spoon Warmer, estimated at $50,000-$70,000.

Further pottery highlights will include pieces from Amphora, such as a rare Paul Dachsel Ceramic Monumental Flowers and Festooned Beads Vase, valued at $7,000-$9,000, and a green, cream and gold glazed Ceramic Eastern Dragon Vase, estimated at $6,000-$8,000.

Collectors will also have the chance to acquire superb pieces from American makers, with more than 130 items from Pillin offered alongside rare items from Rookwood and Roseville.

Aside from pottery, further standout lots will range from a Stieff Repousse Sterling Flower Vase, estimated at $6,000-$8,000; a Vintage Gentleman’s Pre-Daytona Strap Rolex Watch, estimated at $7,000-$10,000; and an Antique Japanese Ivory Carving of miniature men riding donkeys up a mountain, described by experts as "one of the finest miniature carvings we have seen," valued at $1,500-$3,000.

"This upcoming fine and decorative arts sale features an amazing selection of fine European and American pottery – amongst the most outstanding range of items within recent memory," said Dan Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions.

"This wonderful sale is truly a breath of fresh air. There is no better way to beat the end of winter blues than to attend this event and pick up a few fresh treasures to welcome spring into your home."

The auction takes place in Denver on Sunday March 20.