Antique Persian wool carpets and fine Italian paintings share top lot honors at Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, January 26th

Monumental circa 1920 wool Bidjar rug, 24 feet 9 inches by 14 feet 11 with blue ground and an overall floral and tendril pattern with vibrant floral borders ($12,500).

Modernist abstract oil on canvas by Gaetano Pompa (Italian, 1933-1998), titled The Kitchen Door, from the estate of David Rockefeller (1915-2017), dated 1960 ($6,250).

Italian rococo Old Master oil on canvas painting, done around 1750, a Neoclassical work depicting a divine beauty seated in a gold chariot pulled by doves ($6,875).

1959 model CS-72 Cavalier ten-cent Coke machine, with a 72-bottle and 17-chilled bottle capacity, nicely restored and in good working condition ($2,812).

Italian Lino Tagliapietra Murano Incalmo glass vase, produced in collaboration with Maria Angelin, 9 ½ inches tall, of robust form with a rounded rim ($2,000).

Palace-size antique Persian wool carpets and oil on canvas paintings by Italian artists shared top lot honors at the 373-lot Estate Antiques & Fine Art Auction.

It was exciting to see the non-stop bidding on the Oriental rugs, proving the market is strong. Overall, it was a great sale.”

— Kevin Bruneau

CRANSTON, RI, UNITED STATES, January 30, 2019 / — Palace-size antique Persian wool carpets and oil on canvas paintings by Italian artists shared top lot honors at a 373-lot Estate Antiques & Fine Art Auction held January 26th by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, online and in the gallery at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston. A 200-lot live pre-sale, at 10 am, with no online bidding, preceded the main auction at 12 noon.

“It was exciting to see the non-stop bidding on the Oriental rugs, proving the market is strong,” said Bruneau & Co. president and auctioneer Kevin Bruneau. “It was also good to see a nice collection of contemporary photography sell with a lot of local interest. Overall, a great sale.”

The auction’s top lot was circa 1920 Persian Bidjar carpet/rug, which sold for $12,500. The wool textile, measuring a stout 24 feet 9 inches by 14 feet 11 inches, boasted a blue ground with an overall floral and tendril pattern within vibrant floral borders and green coloring throughout the field. The carpet had been deaccessioned from the Kendall Whaling Museum in Sharon, Mass.

Another Persian rug that did well was the circa 1890 Bidjar wool carpet that changed hands for $5,000. The 19 feet 4 inches by 11 feet 3 inches rug wasn’t as large as the one just described, but it was just as beautiful, featuring a central red medallion within a navy-blue field and having an intricate floral design within wide stylized borders. It came out of an estate on Cape Cod, Mass.

“Paintings were by far my favorite part of the sale,” remarked Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. specialist and auctioneer, adding, “It was fulfilling to see the Gaetano Pompa, the Old Masters and the Frantisek Reichenthal painting perform so well. I can’t wait for the next similar auction.”

The modernist abstract oil on canvas by Gaetano Pompa (Italian, 1933-1998) realized $6,250. Titled The Kitchen Door, the painting depicted two abstracted figures divided by a door with colorful forms throughout. The work, which came out of the estate of David Rockefeller (1915-2017) measured 15 ½ inches by 19 ¾ inches in the frame and was signed and dated (“1960”).

The Cubist-modernist oil on canvas by Frantisek Reichenthal (Slovakian-American, 1895-1971), depicting a woman holding a bird in a vibrant color palette, went for $4,688. Housed in a 22 inch by 15 inch frame, the painting was artist signed lower right. Reichenthal is regarded as one of the most influential Eastern European modern artists, having painted and taught with Marc Chagall.

An 18th century Italian rococo Old Master oil on canvas painting, done around 1750, garnered $6,875. The Neoclassical work depicted a divine beauty seated in a gold chariot pulled by doves with three cherubs and greyhounds tending to a tired hunter. The painting, which had been professionally restored and relined, was unframed and measured 34 ¼ inches by 30 ¾ inches.

Following are additional highlights from the sale. Online bidding was by,, and, plus the mobile app “Bruneau & Co.” on iTunes and GooglePlay. All prices quoted in this story include the buyer’s premium.

Soda vending machines – especially Coca-Cola machines – continue to be wildly popular with collectors (and for guys looking to outfit their man-caves). A 1959 model CS-72 Cavalier ten-cent Coke machine, with a 72-bottle and 17-chilled bottle capacity, left the room for $2,812. The machine, nicely restored and in good working condition, was 58 inches tall by 25 inches wide.

An Italian Lino Tagliapietra Murano Incalmo glass vase, produced in collaboration with Maria Angelin, 9 ½ inches tall, hit $2,000. The robust form vase with a rounded rim was decorated with a banded black stripe pattern and numbered (#5 of 100). It was dated (“1984”) and signed to the underside, “Tagliapietra / Angelin by F31 Murano”. It retained the original Oggetti Glass sticker.

A fine old European carved oak coffer chest, made around 1650 and boasting wonderful wear and character, went to a determined bidder for $2,000. The three-board top over four carved gothic panels chest with the original iron escutcheon had issues, such as no lock, worm holes, repair to the feet and a missing return on the lid moulding. But none of these deterred bidders.

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ next event will be an in-house, live-only DiscoverIT Auction, with no online bidding, slated for Friday, February 8th, at 6 pm Eastern time. Absentee and phone bids will be accepted. A preview will be held the day of auction, starting at 3 pm. Watch the website for the next Estate Antiques & Fine Art Auction, plus other events, at

To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, visit Updates are posted frequently. To contact the company via e-mail, use Or, you can phone them at 401-533-9980. The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future sales.

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This February Introduces Black History Month Instagram Video Contest with Cash Prizes

Black History Instagram Contest Rules

Create A Black History Video. Post on Instagram. Win Prizes

We will not apologize for celebration of our culture.

Learn Black History. Teach Black History. Create Black History

We will not apologize for celebration of our culture.

Learn Black History. Teach Black History. Create Black History

Create a Black History Video. Post on Instagram. Get Showcased and Win Cash Prizes throughout Black History Month.

A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture, is like a tree without roots!”

— Marcus Garvey

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES, January 30, 2019 / —, the Internet’s longest running data-driven website on the historical and cultural contributions of people of color, is continually seeking new and exciting way to engage and inspire our community.

With that goal in mind, beginning this black history month, BlackFacts is offering weekly cash prizes (of up to $200) and showcase opportunities to students that create the most entertaining and informative Black History month Video.

The Rules are Simple:
1 – Create a 30-second or less Video about a black history fact (Person, Place, Event)
2 – Follow @blackfactsonline on Instagram
3 – Post the Video on Instagram with the hashtag: #BFContest2019 @blackfactsonline
4 – Students should include their school hashtag if available (e.g. #MLKHighSchoolNY)

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Visit to see the showcase videos and to discover new and interesting ways to explore and appreciate Black History and Culture.

Become a Member (Its Free) and help us to preserve our culture by contributing to our living historical archives.

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Scooters Versus Sharks

Scooters Versus Sharks: Injuries

Let’s talk about what should actually be frightening you

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, January 29, 2019 / — Listening to the news on the way into work today-I heard two interesting back to back articles about injuries. The first one-sighted a reduction in the number of shark bites in 2018. Amazingly, sharks took a chunk out of somebody 66 times last year and there was one unfortunate fatality in Massachusetts that came of that.

By contrast in West Los Angeles alone, 228 scooter riding patrons were admitted to two hospital emergency rooms due to scooter accidents. 40% of whom sustained head injuries.

Bottom line-when we worry about a shark attack-we are worrying about the wrong thing. The rate of incidents is so low that you would have a greater chance of winning the lottery or dying by being struck by lightning-heck even a wild boar attack resulting in death would be much more likely.

So give some thought to wearing a helmet the next time you rent a scooter to protect against a real and present danger of brain trauma. Try not to tease any wild boars the next time you encounter one-and by all means- get off the couch and don some scuba gear & discover the other 70% of your planet with peace of mind.

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Panelists Announced For 2019 New York Tennis Expo

SEAFORD, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, January 29, 2019 / — The 2019 New York Tennis Expo, which will be held at NYCB LIVE, home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, February 9, will feature two different Speaker Sessions.

We have assembled a great set of speakers for each respective panel, which will be co-headlined by an ATP player from the New York Open field.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Co-Headliners: Nick Bollettieri and ATP Star from New York Open Player Field

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Co-Headliners: Luke Jensen and ATP Star from New York Open Player Field

Nick Bollettieri is considered by many to be one of the best tennis coaches of all time. He has helped shape the careers of Andre Agassi, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Jim Courier, Boris Becker, Monica Seles, and other tennis champions. In 1978, he founded the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy—now IMG Academy, the first full-time tennis boarding school, providing young athletes the opportunity to train at a higher level while pursuing their academic aspirations with a focus on intense physical training, total immersion and ongoing competition among the most talented players in the world.

Luke Jensen is the Director of Racquet Sports at The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y. An All-American at the University of Southern California, Jensen went on to win 10 ATP Tour doubles titles, as well as the 1993 French Open doubles championship with his brother, Murphy. He also competed on the 1991 and 1992 United States Davis Cup teams. After his playing career, Jensen coached the women’s tennis team at Syracuse and served as a tennis analyst for ESPN.

Ricardo Acioly is a Director at the Evert Tennis Academy, after advising Chris and John Evert for the last year. He is a former member of the Brazilian Davis Cup Team who was ranked in the Top 50 in the ATP doubles rankings. During his career, he won 3 titles in Vienna, Geneva and Guaruja. He also played in the Seoul Olympic Games and in all Grand Slams. Ricardo has coached several top players including Marcelo Rios, Gabriela Sabatini and Fernando Meligeni. He served as Davis Cup Captain for Brazil for six years and during his tenure as the team reached the semifinal in the World Group.

Phil Antohi is currently a coach at Christopher Morley Tennis. He was one of the best junior tennis players on Long Island, competing on the USTA National Training team and ranked inside the Top 10 nationally, before going on to play college tennis at Cornell University. He was mentored by and still coaches alongside famous coach Robert Lansdorp.
Lisa Dodson is the developer and owner of Servemaster, A USPTA Elite Professional and a former WTA world-ranked player, Dodson is also a national speaker and serve specialist. She is currently the Director of Tennis at Shenorock Shore Club in Rye, NY.

Dr. Tom Ferraro has been a psychoanalyst and sport psychologist in full time private practice and is a pioneer in the field of depth sport psychology. He practices out of Williston Park and has been affiliated with numerous professional organizations including the Women’s United Soccer Association, the New York Lizards, Tour Edge Golf Company and NYU Winthrop Hospital. He works with a variety of professional and elite athletes in the fields of tennis amongst other sports. In addition he is a syndicated columnist, an author and his work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The London Times and Golf Digest.

Jay Harris is the Co-General Manger/Director of Tennis at SPORTIME Roslyn and the Director of John McEnroe Tennis Academy’s College Recruiting Combine. He was the Head Men’s Tennis Coach at Brown University for eight years, before joining SPORTIME in 2010. The most successful coach in Brown history, he led the program to two Ivy League titles and seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Prior to Brown, Harris coached at Bowling Green University where he led the team to two Mid-American Conference titles.

Steve Kaplan is the Owner and Managing Director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as Director Emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation and Executive Director and Founder of Serve & Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally-ranked junior players, 16 state high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA.

Gustavo Loza is the USTA Eastern Tennis Service Representative for New York City. He served as an assistant coach for the St. John’s Men’s team where he helped lead the Red Storm to back-to-back Big East titles, the first two in the program’s history. He played two years for the University of Oregon, where he was nationally-ranked. After Oregon, Loza played two years at St. John’s.

Ben Marks is Director of Junior Tennis at Carefree Racquet Club, and Director of Tennis at Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club. He previously worked at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, and was the Cold Spring Harbor Varsity Head Coach for three years, earning Nassau County Coach of the Year Honors in 2014. He played number one and number two singles for Norfolk State University, and number one doubles—reaching a career-high regional ranking of ninth in the Atlantic Region. He is a 2015 National Open Doubles Champion. In 2018, he was named USTA Long Island’s Tennis Professional of the Year.

Rob Polishook, MA, CPC is the founder and director of Inside the Zone Sports Performance Group. As a mental training coach, his focus is on the athlete as a person first and recognizes the strength of being “More” than an Athlete. His bestselling book Tennis Inside the Zone: 32 Mental Training Workouts for Champions is sold nationally and internationally. He has spoken at USTA, USPTA, ITA conferences, and has conducted workshops India, Israel and the Omega Institute. His work has been highlighted in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, Sports Illustrated and the NY Times.

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Gettysburg Winner Announced

GettysGear Getaway Grand Prize winner Amy with her family at the Sachs Covered Bridge in Gettysburg, PA

Great opportunity to explore history and enjoy local venues.

Unique Products Made in Gettysburg, PA

GettysGear Getaway winner receives comprehensive package

We had such a wonderful experience enjoying quality family time and learning about the significance of Gettysburg in our history. We can’t wait to come back!”

— GettysGear Getaway Winner Amy from Port Royal, VA

GETTYSBURG, PA, UNITED STATES, January 29, 2019 / — The winner of the highly touted GettysGear® Getaway has been announced according to officials in Gettysburg. During the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2018, participants entered for their chance to win while sharing their favorite experiences about Gettysburg. The winner was awarded a comprehensive prize package to be enjoyed on their next visit to Gettysburg.

Amy from Front Royal, VA is that grand prize winner and will enjoy a fantastic ensemble of food, shopping and activities that ensure her a premium experience.

GettysGear, the sponsor and host of the Getaway is located at 28 N. Stratton Street in the historic old carriage house of the Swope Manor located in downtown Gettysburg and offers some of the most unique items in the Gettysburg area. Some examples are hand crafted cigars, small batch coffee, hand cast aluminum items, hand carved wooden pieces and many more locally made items. If you are in search of that unique, high quality, America made item, be sure to check out GettysGear.

Accommodations are being provided by The Swope Manor Bed & Breakfast. The Swope which is located in one of the largest and most unique bed & breakfast establishments in the area offers 13 luxurious rooms. They make for a great getaway location and also specialize in bridal party and wedding rehearsal accommodations.

Food and beverages are being provided by some of the best eateries and pubs in the area. From traditional Irish food to brew pub splendor, Amy is sure to enjoy the many options put before her. Her food and beverage choices will be Garryowen Irish Pub (, Blue & Gray Bar and Grill (, Gettysburg Eddies (, Battlefield Brew Works ( and Mr. G's Ice Cream (

When Amy is not enjoying the great cuisine that Gettysburg has to offer, she will be able to take in the sights and history of the most famous small town in the world! Tours and experiences have been arranged with the Gettysburg Tour Center (, Carriage Tour ( and The Heritage Center (

According to Amy, her best memory of Gettysburg was spending time with her boys while visiting for Mother’s Day weekend. “We had such a wonderful experience enjoying quality family time and learning about the significance of Gettysburg in our history. We can’t wait to come back!”

Be on the lookout for the 2nd annual GettysGear Getaway coming sometime in early 2019. The GettysGear Getaway is intended to showcase how special Gettysburg is and what it has to offer. Come for the history…stay for the hospitality.®

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Luxury Bedding Designs Featured at Las Vegas Market

Las Vegas Market (LVM) - Home Decor Brands

Las Vegas Market (LVM) – Home Decor Brands

Las Vegas Market (LVM) - Home Decor Brands

Las Vegas Market (LVM) – Home Decor Brands

Las Vegas Market (LVM) - Home Decor Brands

Las Vegas Market (LVM) – Home Decor Brands

Unique Brands and Artworks exhibited at LVM

You shouldn’t be forced to make the room look like Disney World.”

— Mikel Welch

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, USA, January 29, 2019 / — This winter's Las Vegas Market trade show is expected to attract over 4,000 brands and 500,000 products. Since its inception in 2005, the biannual Las Vegas Market show has shown steady growth in industries including furniture, home decor, gift, and designer related fields. Located at the cultural and social hub of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Market is held at the state of the art World Market Center which provides over 190,000 square feet of event space. The property includes a 50,000 square foot open space venue and a unique atrium and the LVDC design center that holds over 30 designer showrooms.

Brand leaders such as Crown Goose, Tempur-Pedic, and Malouf were featured featured the latest ideas and trends of the interior design industry. One of the reasons the LVM trade show stands out from the rest is its ability to attract successful brands that offer a combination of classic luxury and modern innovation. The size and organization of the World Market Center allows for exhibitors to hold special events that creates a unique opportunity for brands and buyers to connect and interact.

The LVM trade show has made significant strides in all design industries, but has focused heavily in recently focused heavily on home-decore related business, featuring over 60 special events, programs, and celebrity appearances. Former supermodel Kathy Ireland and actress Jane Seymour, and designer Mikel Welch were in attendance. Welch has created designs for Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry, and more recently Michelle Obama commented that he has noticed "a lot of abstracts at the show," and people want homes that "exude luxury but are actually practical."

Brands like Crown Goose have seamlessly caught on to this trend of blending classical luxury with modern practicality. Internationally renowned for its goose down bedding, the brand has long held artistic involvement in high regard. Through events held by their Art Foundation, they feature designs created through inspiration, collaboration, and celebration. Crown Goose recently collaborated with Hastens, purveyors to Swedish royalty to create a limited art bedding called "Oblivion". During this holiday season, they celebrated the achievements of Texas Rangers right fielder Shin-Soo Choo and created a Limited Edition bedding thought to range from USD 300,000 – 400,000. Expert predict the trend of brand collaborations and art projects to increase and forecast positive expectations for this Winter's Las Vegas Market.

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Original Coca-Cola Memorabilia Headlines Michaan’s February Collectibles and Ephemera Memorabilia Sale

Rare 1897 Coca Cola Tray.

1897 Coca Cola Tray

Painted Cast Iron Clown Carnival Gallery Target.

Painted Cast Iron Clown Carnival Gallery Target.

Sonata 1050 Jukebox with Records.

Sonata 1050 Jukebox with Records.

Original Coca-Cola Memorabilia Headlines
Michaan’s February Collectibles and Ephemera Memorabilia Sale

ALAMEDA, CA, UNITED STATES, January 28, 2019 / — It’s possible that a sale of collectibles and ephemera is the most fun you can have at an auction! Though prices often rival those for fine art, the auction items have broad appeal, delighting the curious onlooker as well as the serious collector. Many exude the warm glow of nostalgia. An array of fascinating and coveted items brings light and life to midwinter at Michaan’s Ephemera and Collectibles Auction, a special event on Monday, February 11 at 10 am
PST. Culled from fine estates and curated by Michaan’s specialists, the sale’s highlights include rare original Coca-Cola tin trays, antique arcade and carnival games, vintage postcards and a Regina upright music box.
Introduced in the late 1890s, the Coca-Cola serving tray is a vibrant reminder that advertising is one of America’s favorite art forms. Lithographers developed a special technique for printing lush, full-color images on these wonderful trays, originally used by soda fountains to serve “most refreshing drink in the
world,” (slogan found on a 5-cent Coca-Cola advertising mirror, estimated at $100-200 in the February 11 sale.) The beauty and longevity of the Coca-Cola tray has made it a collector’s favorite for generations, and Michaan’s is proud to offer one of the first trays produced by the Coca-Cola Company. Dating to 1897,
it retains its beautiful color overall and shows only minor signs of wear after more than a century. Like most of the trays, it features the image of a fresh- faced young woman in period dress. An intriguing detail is the decoration of the inside rim with images of exotic kola nuts and leaves. These recall the Coca- Cola brand’s early promotional campaigns, centered on the drink’s healthfulness and its promise to “relieve fatigue.’’ The rare and lovely piece is estimated at $60,000-$80,000.
The sensational popularity of the Coca-Cola brand and its ubiquitous advertisements made a star of young Hilda Clark, an American music hall singer and actress who became “the face of Coca-Cola” at the turn of the twentieth century. A 1901 tray featuring Hilda Clark’s portrait is offered at $3,000-$5,000 in the February 11 sale. The auction includes more fine trays of various shapes, sizes and vintage, all from a single Coca-Cola collector.
The Coca-Cola brand’s iconic status and the bold graphic appeal of its logo inspired the preservation not only of tin trays but also of every promotional item produced by the company. Signs, thermometers, glassware, wooden bottle crates and many more original finds await Coca-Cola collectors at Michaan’s.
Carnival and arcade memorabilia enjoy a huge following, as shown by the overwhelming response to Michaan’s special September 2018 auction of “Playland-Not-At-The-Beach.” At this phenomenal sale, longtime and budding collectors competed over relics of bygone amusement parks, circuses and arcades. February’s Ephemera and Memorabilia Auction includes many highly sought items on this theme. A top highlight is the cast iron clown carnival gallery target, manufactured by J.T. Dickman of Los Angeles on September 19, 1911 (per markings on the piece). With his jaunty tasseled hat, ruffled collar and black eye mask, this painted red and white clown bust gives a nod to Pierrot but with an all-American pedigree. Measuring approximately 20 x 15 x 5 inches, the cast iron clown is estimated at $8,000-$10,000.
Old arcade games and machines have enduring appeal. Often featuring patented innovations, they are marvels of manufacturing as well as cultural artifacts. Included in the February 11 sale is the pop-up baseball game in a glass cabinet with wonderful period graphics, by Marvel circa 1940 ($200-$400). Shooting games and gumball machines are offered. Among the countertop arcade machines are several mutoscope motion picture devices, including one in working condition with “The Runaway” reel ($400-$600) and another with a Charlie Chaplin reel ($500-$800).

Long before the selfie there was the 5 cent arcade machine “Do You Dare? See Yourself as Others See You” ($800-$1,000). The coin-operated Art Deco-style “Weight and Fortune Scale” ($200-$300) may tell you more than you wish to know! And only one lucky bidder will take home the “Grandma Horoscope Fortune Teller” arcade machine ($1,500-$3,000 … for better or for worse, Grandma is not in working condition).

Collectors of the risqué will appreciate this auction. Quaint, naughty, and sometimes humorous, the lots include “What Every Woman Must Not Avoid,” a 10 cent viewer with wooden case and large backglass ($1,000-$2,000). The “Sultan’s Harem” peep show arcade machine is estimated at $500-
$800. Several of the postcard vending machines dispense “Glamour Girls” and risqué cards.

Collectible ephemera extend in infinite directions, making for an auction full of discoveries. The Fil-a-Liter coin-operated lighter fluid dispenser, marked with its serial number, is estimated at $800-$1,000. Several novelty Merchantman Digger Machines are offered, one in excellent working condition ($2,000- $3,000). Pedal cars, vintage fire extinguishers and cash registers are among the auction lots: once so common, now so collectible. Paper money is also included in this sale, some from the Civil War era. One rare auction lot comprises railroad stock shares issued in 1914 by China’s first railroad company (1,200-$1,500).

Carousel animals occupy a special niche. Are they decorative art, sculptures, or amusement memorabilia? Widely beloved and highly sought at auction, they are featured in Michaan’s February 11 sale, each with a stand. The menagerie includes a giraffe ($800 – $1,000) sea horse ($2,000 – $4,000) and black cat ($800 – $1,000) as well as several handsome carousel horses.

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KnockerBall Bubble Soccer Continues Massive Expansion in Texas

The largest bubble soccer company, KnockerBall sees a growth spike in Texas, adding 4 new locations this month.

HOUSTON, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, January 28, 2019 / — Everything really is bigger in Texas, including bubble soccer. Knockerball bubble soccer has just added four new Texas locations, bringing the total up to eleven in Texas. The four locations will be in Hondo, Houston, McKinney, and Spring.

These Texas Knockerball affiliates are ready to bring such an exciting an growing sport to their area. Nicco Martinez, Knockerball's Spring, TX affiliate said, "I am excited about all the different ways Knockerball can be used and who it can be used by. This sport is for everybody and not limited to one group or only for young people. It is safe
to play and people of all ages can play it. Because of that I think more people can get involved in a physical activity without having to worry about injury or competition. Every day the Knockerball is being used in creative ways and not stuck to the traditional way of playing it. I am excited to see the enjoyment it will bring to our area."

Adil Surani, Knockerball's new Houston affiliate is ready to use his entrepreneurial mindset and diverse background in retail, energy, and consulting industries to bring more excitement to his area. Adil said, "it has always been my
goal to one day be an owner and not an employee. Knockerball has allowed me to do exactly that and to use my entrepreneurial mindset to grow the business to new heights."

These new locations are all mobile, meaning they bring the fun to wherever you want to play. Many participants will book events at a park, school, church, their own home, or facility suitable for the sport.

Interested in playing Knockerball in these Texas areas? Here is their information:

Knockerball Alamo
Location: Hondo, TX
Affiliate: Lee Martinez
Opening Date: Beginning of February

Knockerball The Woodlands
Location: Spring, TX
Affiliate: Nicco Martinez
Opening Date: Beginning of February

Knockerball HTX
Location: Houston, TX
Affiliate: Adil Surani
Opening Date: Open now
Website: Coming soon

Knockerball Mckinney
Location: McKinney, TX
Affiliate: Kevin Johnson
Opening Date: No date yet
Website: Coming soon

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La Cornue Grand Palais custom range brings $25,000 at Andrew Jones' DTLA Collections & Estates Auction, January 20th

La Cornue Grand Palais Château Series custom eight burner range ($25,000).

Greek red figure askos, South Italy, Apulian, circa 4th century BCE ($3,250).

Garton ‘Kidillac’ child’s pedal car ($1,125).

Whimsical seven-piece suite of sunflower carved garden furniture ($312).

Six-piece group of Chinese blue and white tableware ($13,750).

The range was the top lot in an auction held online and in Andrew Jones Auctions' spacious gallery at 2221 South Main Street in downtown Los Angeles.

We continue to welcome regular clients as well as brand new buyers for each auction. Collectors, decorators, young families and influencers are enjoying the fun of auction and buying pieces they love.”

— Andrew Jones

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, January 28, 2019 / — DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A spectacular La Cornue Grand Palais Château Series custom range, complete with a teppanyaki grill, found a new home for $25,000 at Andrew Jones Auctions’ first DTLA Collections & Estates Auction of the New Year, held January 20th, online and in the firm’s spacious gallery located at 2221 South Main Street in downtown Los Angeles.

The sale featured a vast selection of over 500 lots of market fresh furnishings, decorations and accessories, including fine art, antiques, modern design, Asian works of art, estate jewelry, fine silver and Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities, all pulled from several local collections and estates. Bidders found it a fun and sustainable way to shop for fine furnishings and accessories.

“We continue to welcome regular clients as well as brand new buyers for each auction,” said company president Andrew Jones. “Collectors, decorators, young families and influencers are enjoying the fun of auction and buying pieces they love.” The La Cornue range was the sale’s top lot, while another home décor item – an elegant copper double slipper bathtub – hit $3,750.

Approximately 65 people attended the auction in person, while another 1,479 people registered to bid online, via and, where they placed a combined 1,125 bids. In addition, 100 telephone bids and 123 absentee bids were recorded. What follows are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a sliding scale buyer’s premium.

Asian works of art, encompassing jades and hardstones, ceramics and metal wares from a private collection, performed well. Most notably, a group of Chinese blue and white porcelain fetched $13,750. Antiquities also generated global interest, particularly a Greek red figure askos from the 4th century BCE that sold for $3,250.

A vintage Garton ‘Kidillac’ pink open-top pedal car accelerated to $1,125, while one of the more whimsical (and incredibly affordable) lots of the day – an adorable suite of sunflower form garden furniture – went to a happy bidder for $312.

The DTLA (Downtown Los Angeles) Collections & Estates Auction offered something for every taste and pocketbook, in a beautifully presented preview hosted by friendly staff. The day even included refreshments, snacks and a box lunch. It offered a great way to browse, learn and buy.

Andrew Jones Auctions’ next big event will be a Design for the Home & Garden Auction on Sunday, March 3rd. Featured will be exquisite antique furniture, fine jewelry and silver, as well as fine art and decorations. The preview begins on Thursday, February 28th.

Andrew Jones Auctions opened in summer 2018 and is the only full-service fine art and antiques auction house in downtown Los Angeles. The staff has a wealth of knowledge and international experience, having worked for many years at major auction houses in America and Europe, scouring property from across North America. The firm’s auctions are diverse and eclectic and feature fine items in many collecting categories spanning the 16th through the 21st centuries.
For more information about Andrew Jones Auctions and the firm’s calendar of upcoming events, please visit Updates are posted frequently.
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Aileen Ward
Andrew Jones Auctions
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Miller & Miller's Canadiana & Historic Objects Auction on Feb. 9 is packed with 499 lots of mostly Canadian collectibles

Significant Morton & Company water cooler from the early 1850s, made by Justus Morton in Brantford, Ontario, elaborately decorated with applied figures (est. CA$15,000-$18,000).

Circa 1890 “sample model” miniature canoe attributed to John Stephenson (Peterborough, Ontario), known as the “grandfather of the Peterborough canoe” (est. CA$9,000-$12,000).

Practice mask allegedly worn by Montreal Canadians hockey legend Jacques Plante, salvaged from the trash in 1963 by teammate John “Fergie” Ferguson, Sr. (est. CA$9,000-$12,000).

Tulip-inlaid masterpiece schrank made in Upper Canada (Hanover or Gray County) in the second half of the 19th century and attributed to John Klempp (est. CA$9,000-$12,000).

Egmondville clay master stein, one of the few advertising objects to surface in early Canadian pottery, 11 ¾ inches tall and reading, “Mfg by H. Krafft Berlin Ont” (est. $14,000-$16,000).

A significant Morton & Company water cooler from the early 1850s, a practice mask said to have been worn by hockey legend Jacques Plante are expected top lots.

This is the most exciting part of what we do – seeing history untouched and in place. Needless to say, this sale captures the fresh, seen-for-the-first-time spirit of the Hergott estate.”

— Ethan Miller

NEW HAMBURG, ONTARIO, CANADA, January 28, 2019 / — NEW HAMBURG, Ontario, Canada – A significant Morton & Company water cooler from the early 1850s, a practice mask said to have been worn by hockey legend Jacques Plante and a circa 1890 “sample model” canoe attributed to John Stephenson are just a few of the items up for bid in Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s 499-lot Canadiana & Historic Objects Auction now online.

The live auction begins Saturday, February 9th, at 10 am Eastern time, in the Miller & Miller Auctions gallery located at 59 Webster Street in New Hamburg, Ontario. Online bidding is open now, on and, as well as the Miller & Miller website, at Phone (519-662-4800) and absentee bids will be accepted.

The auction is a treasure trove of Canadian history and includes signs and advertising, historical photographs and ephemera, clocks, folk art, decoys and primitives, early pottery, fruit jars and stoneware, sports memorabilia, paintings, heirloom furniture and more. Much, but not all, that’s in the sale is specific to Canada, hence the title Canadiana & Historic Objects Auction.

The nucleus of the sale, and the inspiration for it, were the items pulled from the estate of Joseph Hergott. “We were called in to view a nearly two-century-old estate that retained its settler-era furniture. It was astonishing,” said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. “It included the family schrank that effectively served as a three-dimensional journal spanning generations.”

Mr. Miller added, “This is the most exciting part of what we do – seeing history untouched and in place. Needless to say, this sale captures the fresh, seen-for-the-first-time spirit of the Hergott estate. People viewing the catalog will feel the same thrill we felt when opening the cellar door at the Hergott farm. Now, those never-before-seen treasures will all be sold to the highest bidder.”

Schrank is a Pennsylvania Dutch term for a two-door clothes cabinet, one side having drawers and shelves, the other side an open space for hanging clothes. Examples in the auction include one tulip-inlaid masterpiece made in Upper Canada (Hanover or Gray County) in the second half of the 19th century and attributed to John Klempp (est. $9,000-$12,000); and one made in the 1860s in Waterloo County, Canada (est. 2,000-$3,000), for Joseph Hergott. (all prices quoted are in Canadian dollars).

The early 1850s Morton & Company water cooler, made by Justus Morton in Brantford, Ontario, is elaborately decorated with applied figures including a man wrestling with lions with fish-like heads, a man smoking a pipe, a woman taking snuff and others with Greek, Roman or biblical origins, unusual for utilitarian pottery. Morton left Lyons New York in 1849 to found Canada’s first stoneware factory. The 12-inch-tall water cooler should hit $15,000-$18,000.

The circa 1960 practice mask allegedly used in practice by Jacques Plante was never used in an actual NHL game. In a 1963 legend confirmed by Boston Bruins’ John Ferguson, Jr., Plante, upon hearing the news he’d been traded from the Montreal Canadians to the New York Rangers, emptied the contents of his locker in the trash. Teammate John “Fergie” Ferguson, Sr. salvaged the trash, including the mask (est. $9,000-$12,000).

The miniature canoe, made around 1890 and attributed to John Stephenson (Peterborough, Ontario), is one of only four known “sample models” attributed to Stephenson, known as the “grandfather of the Peterborough canoe”. His groundbreaking experimentation with canvas, textile and bark veneer coverings was decades ahead of his time. The canoe is expected to hammer for $9,000-$12,000.

A candidate for top lot of the auction is an Egmondville master stein, one of the few advertising objects to surface in early Canadian pottery. The 11 ¾-inch-tall clay stein reads, “Smoke Daisy Cigar, Kraffts Special, Berlin Choice” and beneath, “Mfg by H. Krafft Berlin Ont” (est. $14,000-$16,000).

A spectacular, early Canadian architectural open dish cupboard, made in the 1840s or 1850s by Lunenburg (Nova Scotia), 84 ½ inches in height, borrowing elements of the Germanic tradition, having three drawers/two doors, has an estimate of $6,000-$9,000. Also, an honest, elegant and well-formed early Markham County dish dresser manufactured around 1850, having early lap drawers above two thick doors and the excellent original surface, should garner $4,000-$6,000.

A monumental, English tall case clock with moonphase dial signed “Ryrie Birks, Toronto”, 104 inches tall, complete and functioning, with correct eight-bell, three-weight-driven movement, is estimated to bring $4,000-$6,000.

A pair of advertising lots have identical estimates of $2,000-$3,000. One is a rare early Canadian railroad poster signed “Toronto Lithographing Co” and titled “The Globe Special Train, Passing Dundas”. The other is a 1912 horse racing carts advertising banner (saying “Baden-Rodney and Houghton-Sulky / Greatest Money Winners / 1912”), signed “J.F. Harvey / Amsterdam, N.Y.” Also, a rare, Canadian-made 1930s-era Schneider’s porcelain sign boasting an early version of the iconic ‘Dutch Girl’ graphic and with superb color and gloss, 22 ½ inches by 46 ½ inches, should hit $3,000-$5,000.

Collectors love old Canadian license plates. The auction boasts an intact run of early Ontario license plates, including two lots with $3,000-$5,000 estimates. One is for a pair of 1910 rubber Ontario plates, with serial number “9215”, each one 11 ¾ inches by 7 ¼ inches, with no cracks. The other is a pair of Ontario temporary plates from 1916, rare and made from cloth-bound cardboard because of the metal shortages of World War I.

Previews will be held on Friday, February 8th, at 6 pm Eastern time, and on Saturday, the date of auction, February 9th, from 8:30 am until the first gavel falls at 10 am Eastern. People can pre-bid live right now online at the Miller & Miller website:

Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. is a seller of high-value collections between $200,000 and $3 million. Individual items of merit are always considered. It is Canada’s #1 trusted place for collectors to buy and sell. The firm is always accepting quality merchandise for future auctions.

To consign a single piece, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (519) 573-3710 or (519) 716-5606; or, you can send an e-mail to To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and the Feb. 9 auction, visit

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Ethan Miller
Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.
+1 519-573-3710
email us here

Source: EIN Presswire