Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 43

Manuscript and Collectibles Auction

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Lot 805
Attractive Ivory Carving of Ho Toi. China, c. 1900-1930. Ho Toi stands with head tilted to one side, hands raised either in surprise or blessing, and a beaming smile lighting his face. The carving fine and craftsmanly -- now with a few light age cracks, and attractive warm age patina on back. A bat (a good luck emblem) rests on him ample tummy. Base missing, with losses to two fingers. Height: 7-7/8". Attractive,tactile work.

Ho-Toi is "The Laughing Buddha." He is also known as Satai, and other names also, and he is Buddha from a later incarnation. He is amusingly playful, and teaches the wisdom and healing power of joy.
Estimated Value $250 - 450.
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Lot 806
Bouraine, Marcel (1886-1948). Art Deco period (c. 1925) bronze of a young woman balancing on one foot, on stepped base of fine Belgian black marble, with tan veining. The top step inscribed: "Bouraine." The scuplture's gilt(?) finish rubbed away in areas. Sculpture needs to be re-attached to base, which is also in need of some modest restoration. Overall height: 11-3/4". Work a good French mix of playfulness and sensuality.

Marcel-Andre Bouraine was born in Pontoise, France, and studied under J. Falguiere (1881 - 1900), who had reintroduced a harder realism to nineteenth-century French sculpture. After WWI, Bouraine began to exhibit at the Salon des Tuileries. The following year he was at the Salon d'Autommne. He specialised in small-scale sculptures of playful nude women, often for several French firms, including Susse Freer, La Verrier, and Arthur Goldscheider. Some later commissions, again mostly female nudes, were executed in colored, translucent pate de verre.
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,300.
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Lot 807
Fairo, J. (Italian, 19th century). "Bust of a Woman", c. 1890. White metal casting, bronze plated; integral signature on back: "J. Fairo." This beautiful young woman's delicate features, coiffed and draped in the charm of an earlier gilded age, and edged with a certain aloofness or hauteur, add up to making this one of the most popular works of the artist. She can be seen in a number of casting editions, with varied finishes. Intact and very fine; the bronze thinning slightly in areas along the back. Height: 14-1/4".
Estimated Value $450 - 600.
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Lot 808
Sectional Ivory Carving of a Young Woman. Japan, c. 1880's-1930's. The sculpture of the comely young woman made up of nearly dozen pieces of ivory fitted together. Perhaps an immortal, she carries a basket of peaches (symbol of long life), and offers one up to the viewer. Finely carved and patterned, polychrome has been added to enhance the details. Underneath base, artisan's signature in red. Half of basket handle missing, and could be easily restored. Overall, piece very well preserved. Height: 7-3/4".
Estimated Value $600 - 750.
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