This year’s Art, Antique and Rare Book Auction will offer a nice variety of artwork, collectibles, out of print books and historic artifacts at its July sale. Included are eighteen pieces by George Ford Morris, eleven of those being original works. A total of twenty-five different artists are represented in the 65 lots dating from the 1800s to present day. Interested parties will find some beautiful trophies and memorabilia with historic significance, 18 lots of vintage advertising, photographs and collectibles, several equine antiques, 1 stunning fountain, 7 lots of out-of-print books, 5 sculptures, artwork that is both historically and artistically significant, and artwork that is whimsical, decorative or that makes a statement.
“Each year we are amazed at the variety and quality of offerings that are presented” says Tolley Graves, the event’s coordinator. “The subject matter has been broadened this year and I think many people will be surprised at the nature and quality of the pieces that are being offered.”
Some of the interesting items that will go up on the block are a vintage Cole Bros. Circus lithograph featuring a Saddlebred; a magnificent bronze sculpture of the legendary Rex McDonald; a vintage TV lamp featuring a Saddlebred as a circus horse; a gorgeous pair of antique andirons made from horse shoes and brass harness hames; paintings and sculptures by 11 gifted contemporary artists, 6 of whom are first-time consignors; 11 original pieces by George Ford Morris, including oils, a watercolor and several charcoals. We even have an unused Lilly Pulitzer bag in Carson Kressley’s Grandstand design – signed by Carson!
The auction will be held on Saturday July 11, 2015 at the Museum’s Showplace for Saddlebreds (at the Kentucky Horse Park) at 12:00 Noon – the week of the Lexington Jr. League show. Items can be previewed on Friday from 9 am – 6 pm, and on Saturday morning prior to the auction. The Horse Park is an easy 15 minute drive from the show grounds. Anyone needing directions is urged to call the Museum.
Hard-copy catalogs will be available by June 1st. If you wish to receive one, please call or email the museum (859-259-2746 ext. 305 or [email protected]). If you cannot be present but wish to bid on an item, telephone bids can be made with advance arrangements. The auction will also be accessible online this year through liveauctioneers.com. Those who are interested in bidding online are urged to sign up at least 48 hours in advance of the auction For more information, contact Tolley Graves at the number or email above.
Bits & Pieces of Saddlebred History: Recent Donations & Special Selections
The American Saddlebred Museum’s 2015 exhibit, Bits & Pieces of Saddlebred History: Recent Donations & Special Selections opened on Friday April 10, 2015 following an open house and the Museum’s Annual Meeting of Members. The exhibit features new acquisitions to the Museum’s permanent collection along with loans of unusual items from several collectors of Saddlebred memorabilia. By showcasing recent gifts to the collection and loans of relevant pieces, the exhibit is both a thank you to our donors and a way to expose the public to some unique bits of Saddlebred history that are not yet a part of our collection. Highlights of the exhibit include a bronze of WC sire WC I’m First by Alexa King, an oil of the early winners of the Kansas City Star Challenge Trophy by Marna Haff, a Patricia Crane bronze of recently deceased WC CHCallaway’s Criterion, a banner from the original Pin Oak Horse Show grounds, and a vintage Saddlebred chandelier. Come out to the Museum to see these, and many other unique items, as quite a few of the pieces will be returned to their owners at exhibit end. Bits & Pieces of Saddlebred History will run through January 31, 2016.