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Fall Fine Art, Antiques, and Collectibles Auction

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Contact: Katharina Biermann

Phone: 703-291-1010 ext. 221

Email: katharina@oakridgeauctiongallery.com


An Outdoors Autumn in Oakridge’s Fall Fine Art, Antiques & Collectibles Auction

[Ashburn, VA | September 24, 2020]     Sporting, racing, shooting, and fighting unite the diverse media to be found in Oakridge Auction Gallery’s Fall Fine Art, Antiques & Collectibles auction this October 17, 2020 at 10 am Eastern Time.

The auction features a selection of fine paintings, military collectibles, and antiques which display the pursuit of various outdoor activities, balanced by a smart lineup of fine jewelry, decorative art, and Swarovski crystal.

One of several lots of Japanese military collectibles in the sale, Lot 179, the Japanese Lacquer Arrow Case (fig. 1), dates to the Japanese Meiji era (1868-1912) when kyudo, or archery as a martial art, became available to social classes beyond the noble samurai class and introduced into the school curriculum. The case is ornately decorated with gilt and Kamon of the Toyotomi clan, which once ruled Japan under the Shogunate. Two tiers of bamboo arrows sit in individual lacquer cradles, including armor-piercing rounds that point back to the long history of archery in Japanese combat training. The case is estimated at $5,000 – 7,000.

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Fig. 1: Lot 179, Japanese Lacquer Arrow Case w/ Arrows, Meiji, estimated at $5,000 – 7,000 USD. 

Also included among the collectibles in the sale is Lot 204, a cast aluminum model of the Irving Napier Golden Arrow which beat the standing speed record in 1929 at Daytona Beach (fig. 2). Driven by Harry Segrave, the original Golden Arrow made it to 231.45 mph, completely overtaking the previous record of 207.552 from April 1928. This model, believed to have been made as a presentation piece, comes from the Raymond Loewy Collection, sold at Bonham’s New York. The model car is estimated at $5,000 – 7,000.

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Fig. 2: Lot 204, Large and Rare Cast Aluminum Golden Arrow Car, estimated at $5,000 – 7,000 USD.

The auction’s star piece is Lot 318, an original painting by the British born artist Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (1819-1905) titled ‘A Dry Time, Putnam, NY’ (fig. 3). Tait, who came to the United States in 1850, is best known for his wilderness and sporting scenes, inspired by his time spent in upstate New York as an avid hunter. The painting is dated to 1896, and has been in the same family collection for over a century after being purchased by the present owner’s great grandfather, George Victor Sammet, a Newton, Massachusetts chemist and President of the Northern Industrial Chemical Co. (founded 1904). This delightful depiction of sheep against a New York landscape is estimated at $8,000 – 12,000.

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Fig. 3: Lot 318, Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait 'A Dry Time, Putnam, NY', estimated at $8,000 – 12,000 USD. 

Bidding will be invited online via Live Auctioneers, Invaluable, and Bidsquare as well as through telephone and absentee bidding. Upcoming auction lots may be previewed in person by appointment – please contact Oakridge directly for more details or to arrange a viewing session: auction@oakridgeauctiongallery.com or 703-291-1010.

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 9:55 AM

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