From cars to guns to art, local sellers get busy
The latest menu of auctions serves up everything from fine art at Concept Art Gallery to fishing gear at Dargate, with side dishes of firearms from Mark Ferry Auctioneers and a vintage jukebox at BHD Auctions.
Concept Art Gallery
The beginning of June marks the end of Concept’s trifecta of spring sales. With the final auction of the first half of the year set for June 4, owner Sam Berkovitz brings to the block another collection of fine art, antiques and many items that fall into the modern-design category.
As the temperatures rise, fans of the old “Pittsburg Press” will warm up to an old-time promotional thermometer. With the “h” missing on Pittsburgh, the thermometer is more than a century old.
Vintage audiophiles will get an earful when more than a half-dozen Edison recorded music players and a couple Swiss music boxes come up for bid. All are in good or better condition and come with cylinders or metal music discs.
Among the many pieces of art is an unusual pastel- and oil-on-linen canvas from Norwegian artist Frits Thaulow. The fairly large work, circa 1892, depicts a grain mill or other type of farm building near a semi-frozen pond with a set of footprints in the snow. Signed in the lower left right, the painting sits in an Arts and Crafts frame.
Talking a walk down memory lane, an oil-on-academy-board painting of Margaret Morrison Hall captures the building in its once peaceful, bucolic setting. Once the location of Carnegie Institute’s College for Women, the hall now houses Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design.
Another set of lots with a local focus is a collection of Teenie Harris photos. Along with freeze-framing daily life in the Hill District in the 1940s and ’50s, the pictures feature notables, such as Bill “Bojangles” Robinson displaying his dance moves, Dizzy Gillespie blowing his horn and Baseball Hall-of-Famer Jackie Robinson leaning on a bat before a game.
This sale brings to market two more landscapes from George Hetzel, with direct provenance to the Hetzel family. And a couple of Dingbat Smith creations nail the local connection in this sale.
The auction begins at 10 a.m. June 4 at the Concept showroom, 1031 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square. Details: 412-242-9200 or conceptgallery.com
Mark Ferry Auctioneers
The big bang theory gets put to the test as Mark Ferry Auctioneers offers more than 150 firearms and related items during its June 4 sale. Sharp-shooters can train their sights on the guns for an early look online. Doors open at 7 a.m. for a live preview before the 9 a.m. auction. The sale takes place at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds, 123 Blue Ribbon Lane, Greensburg. Details: 724-423-5580 or markferryauctioneer com
Through June 2, BHD Auctions will rock the broadband during an online sale with a Rockola Series F Model 1426 R Jukebox setting the tempo. Produced in 1947, this music maker was a familiar sight in bars, restaurants and soda shops across America for decades. Though the working condition of this unit is unknown, it does light up when plugged in.
The sale also features old-time “modern” appliances, such as a vacuum electric washer that pounded the dirt out of clothes and a “good luck” cast-iron gas stove and range made in Pittsburgh. There’s plenty of glassware, china, furniture, old toys, promotional items and phones.
Details: 724-816-0683 or bhdauctions.net
Dargate Auction Galleries
The crew of Dargate heads Uptown June 4 for an on-site sale at 1718 Fifth Ave. What bidders will find is a warehouse crammed with a collection of goods from local pawnshops and Internet cafes.
Along with many computer desks (many still in boxes), tables and chairs, the bill of goods lists dozens of wildlife paintings, enough fishing rods and related gear to equip scores of anglers, taxidermy of all types and oil-on-canvas paintings of Disney and Looney Toons characters.
For more mobile pursuits, a powder-blue 1984 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz with a white-leather roof offers an elegant ride with just over 50,000 miles on the odometer. A yellow 1984 Chevy El Camino is no longer road worthy, but it can be scavenged for parts. And a stable of leather saddles is ready to be mounted on a worthy steed or two.
Although goods can be previewed online, the sale is 100-percent live, with no Internet bidding. Doors open at 10 a.m. before the noon sale. Bidders can park for free in an adjacent lot. Details: 412- 771-8700 or dargate.com
John Altdorfer is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.