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					Southern Folk Art, Antique Indian Baskets and high end watches in January 4th John W.
Coker Sale

1865 Presidential pardon of Georgia man adds historical interest to well-rounded sale.

New Market, TN, December 23, 2013 -- An old Tennessee estate that includes collections
of important antique Indian baskets and Southern folk art serves as the centerpiece of
John W. Coker’s Jan. 4, 2014 New Year’s Auction. All forms of bidding will be
available, including live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.

“As we delved into the contents of this estate, it very quickly became evident to us
that the owner had the heart of a collector and the eye of a knowledgeable buyer. This is
by no means an average estate,” said auction company owner and principal auctioneer
John W. Coker.

More than 125 Cherokee Indian baskets display a pleasing variety of forms and intricate
patterns, some incorporating color. They are joined by a selection of beautiful Western
Indian baskets whose motifs feature human and deer figures. Still others are woven in
sophisticated abstract patterns. A particular highlight is a tightly woven 1880-1900 olla.

“It is highly unusual to encounter a collection of Indian baskets whose contents are of
such consistently high artistic quality and condition throughout,” Coker observed.
“This grouping comes from a well-known private collector of Indian baskets whom it
would be safe to say is ‘legendary’ in these parts. Their collection includes some
marvelous forms and designs. I think collectors are going to be very excited about the
opportunities here.”

An abundance of Southern folk art pottery and stoneware includes designs by M.P.
Harmon of Mohawk, Tennessee; and William Long of Crawford County, Georgia; as
well as rare Tennessee pots by W.W. McFarland and Hull Mohawk. Also to be auctioned
is a large collection of impressively sized, highly expressive Southern “ugly” face
jugs. Each is a well-detailed, distinctive work of art; some with craggy, applied teeth
visible from their smiling mouths.

An outstanding textile, an 1824 Pennsylvania Dutch bordered cross-stitch sampler by
Susanna Thomas, is richly hand-decorated with doves, flowers, trees, butterflies, bowls of
fruit, and many additional embellishments. Its motto reads: “This work in hand my
friends may have / When I am dead and in my grave / And when my work each time you
see / With fond remembrance think on me.” At the bottom it is hand-stitched
“Susanna Thomas’s Work made in the 17th year of her age 1824.” More than
60 pieces are included in a collection of early glass candy containers. Rare forms, some
with paint or metal components, include a handled handbag, red-suited Santa standing
next to a chimney, rocking horse, Chinese man, Charlie Chaplin, and a large rabbit
upright on its haunches. A well-detailed windmill retains its original red, white and blue
metal “pinwheel” topper with windmill blades and accessory piece marked
“Teddy.”
Two fine men’s gold Rolex watches will be offered, one of them an Oyster Perpetual
Date model. Joining them is an especially fine 18K gold Tiffany pocket watch.

The top ephemera lot is an 1865 document hand-signed by President Andrew Johnson in
which he pardons a man named Jerry Cowles of Macon, Georgia. It is presented in a
beveled dark-wood frame that may be the original.

A framed newspaper color panel cartoon from the Saturday, August 6, 1904 Evening
Chronicle (city not known) is titled “How the Coonville Ball Team Won Out.” Its
theme would interest collectors of either early baseball-related material or black
Americana.

An abstract artwork of note is an original 1934 nautical watercolor by Expressionist artist
Lyonel Feininger (German/American, 1871-1956). Depicting a ship at sea with all masts
facing the wind, the work is signed by Feininger at lower left. Feininger was a versatile
artist with a background as an illustrator and cartoonist. “Many who were not
previously aware of his work realized his importance as an artist when the Whitney
Museum of American Art hosted a major Feininger retrospective in 2011,” said
Coker.

Three large dovetailed blanket chests hold what appears to be an untapped trove of
antique and vintage toys and cruise ship mementos, Coker said. “These chests
belonged to a family that traveled extensively and always brought back toys from Europe.
We haven’t even begun to delve into the contents, but it all looks very intriguing,”
he said. The blanket chests will be auctioned separately from the goods they hold.

A final collection of note consists of late 19th and early 20th century decorative and
utilitarian objects from the rustic Glentonian Bar in Lock Haven, Pa. Located in north-
central Pennsylvania’s canal country, the Glentonian served a clientele that included
loggers, boatmen and others who traveled the West Branch Canal of the Susquehanna
River. Held in the same family for over a century, the collection runs the gamut from
pickle crocks to barware and signs.

John W. Coker’s January 4 auction will be held at the Coker gallery located at 1511
W. Route 11-E in New Market, Tennessee, outside Knoxville. The opening session will
commence at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. A 45-minute to 1-hour intermission will precede a 3
p.m. session devoted exclusively to the Indian basket collection.

Coker’s welcomes phone, absentee and Internet live bidding through
LiveAuctioneers. For information on any item in the sale or to arrange a phone line, call
865-475-5163 or email john@antiquesonline.com. Visit John W. Coker Auctions online
at www.antiquesonline.com.

View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at
www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
About John W. Coker: Established in 1971, John Coker, Ltd. is located in Eastern
Tennessee. John conducts appraisals of fine art and antiques, estate liquidations,
brokering, and auctions both on site and soon online. John keeps an open shop where
exciting finds are made. John works with individuals, museums, and dealers in building
interesting and unique collections. With regards to buying, selling or appraising, all
inquiries are welcome.

Contact: John W. Coker John Coker, Ltd 1511 W. Route 11-E New Market, TN 37820
865-475-5163 john@antiquesonline.com http://www.antiquesonline.com

				
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