May 28,2015 – SOUTHPORT, Fla. – Hundreds of antiques, collectibles, furniture pieces and other items from the estate of Earldine Ankiewicz, 93, a longtime Florida resident and collector in a wide range of categories, plus items from other prominent local estates and collections, will be sold on-site Saturday, June 27th, at Mrs. Ankiewicz’s residence near Deer Point Lake in Southport, a suburb of Panama City (zip: 32409).
The auction will start at 8 a.m. Central time, with online bidding via LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. It will be conducted by The Specialists of the South, Inc., based in Panama City. “Earldine liked anything old and had no particular passion, but she had a sharp eye and what she did collect is highly sought after today,” said Logan Adams of The Specialists of the South, Inc.
Sold will be Flow Blue and Mulberry china patterns, primitives, Ironstone pitchers, Wedgwood (blue and white and green and white) and quality reproduction furniture, made correctly with pride and attention to detail. Also sold will be items from Ms. Ankiewicz’s daughter, now deceased, who collected Orientalia (netsukes, Satsuma, a snuff bottle, cloisonné) and rugs.
Ms. Ankiewicz was an accomplished artist, having studied under Mariette Paine Slayton, the author of Early American Decorating Techniques, for 15 years. She produced beautiful theorems done on cotton velveteen, quilts, coverlets (knit and crochet), trunk painting and decoupage and tole painting on trays worked in gold, silver and bronze leaf.
Related to her penchant for arts and crafts, items of note will include a handsome spool chest with six labeled drawers, each indicating what was inside, and advertising on the back (the side that would face the customer) for J & P Coats, with a graphic of a spool of thread; and a Singer portable sewing machine dating to the early 20th century, operational and in pristine condition.
One item certain to attract attention is a signed and dated (1929) ink and wash on paper drawing of a cat by the noted Asian artist Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968). The work measures 7 ¼ inches by 10 ¼ inches, sight (15 inches by 18 ½ inches framed). A cat drawing by Foujita, also from 1929, recently sold at William A. Bunch Auctioneers for $1,331 (including the buyer’s premium).
Collectors will be dazzled by the wide array of offerings, to include antique brass candlesticks (with push-up), an antique wall candle holder, a tea caddy and writing box with mother-of-pearl inlay, Mulberry Ironstone transfer ware, white Ironstone pitchers and serving pieces, woven and glass baskets, hand-painted tole trays, dated hand-painted trunks and 10 hand-made quilts.
Four quilt racks will also be sold, the nicest one with barley twist. The list continues with about 13 pieces of cloisonné, a wonderful collection of pigs (to include Lladro, Belleek and Bing & Grondahl), Fenton, blue glass, Baccarat, a Waterford sea horse, Stuart crystal, glass fruit and flowers, decanters, Indiana glass (to include a circa 1970-1984 blue glass Jolly Mountaineer liquor decanter), paperweights, glassware and bone carvings.