Auction of the Week: Morphy Auctions Dolph Gotelli Holiday Auction
This week's featured auction is the Dolph Gotelli Holiday Auction, which takes place at Morphy Auctions on October 24-25. The sale offers a treasure trove of antique and modern holiday decorations from the collection of Gotelli, a world-renowned expert on Christmas traditions. Here are ten of our favourite lots on offer...
Wind-Up Santa Roller Skating Toy
Estimate: $200 - $400
This vintage 20th century Santa Claus toy was manufactured in Japan, and features a wind-up mechanism which powers Santa around the room on oversized rollerskates.
Rare Victorian Christmas tree king lantern and mask
Estimate: $600 - $900
This pair of rare Victorian Christmas tree decorations comprises a three-dimensional king's head lantern and a hanging clown face mask, which would have been placed in front of a burning Christmas candle.
Antique skiing Santa Claus decoration
Estimate: $400 - $800
This rare (and possibly unique) skiing Santa Claus figure is thought to date from the 1890s, and features an unusual expression – possibly because his ski poles are missing!
Halloween witch riding in a shoe by Scott Smith
Estimate: $250 - $400
This charming modern Halloween decoration, featuring a witch riding in a three-wheeled shoe, is the work of American folk artist Scott Smith who produces unique holiday decorations at his Rucus Studio in Michigan.
Kriss Kringle Bean Bag Toss Game
Estimate: $600 - $900
This highly rare game of skill, in which player would toss beanbags through Santa's gaping mouth, was produced in the late 19th century by the J. Ottmann Lithography Company of New York City.
Large paper mache Santa face
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
This beautiful paper mache Santa Claus face is dated circa 1895, and is believed to have originally been created as a store display.
Gotelli later used the decoration as a tree topper, as part of a commission to create a large rotating tree display at Macy’s San Francisco Union Square.
German witch Halloween mask
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
This vintage hand-painted Halloween helmet mask was manufactured in Germany, and stands at an impressive 15" tall.
The Visit Of Santa Claus game
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
This Visit Of Santa Claus board game is based on the famous 1823 poem 'A Visit from St Nicholas', and was first published by New York toy company McLoughlin Brothers in 1901.
Halloween puppet show by artist Jack Roads
Estimate: $800 - $1,500
This large Halloween puppet show is the work of contemporary American folk artist Jack Roads, who creates paper mache toys and decorations inspired by traditional German examples from the late 19th/early 20th century.
19th century Schoenhut Christmas clockwork picture
Estimate: $2,000 - $6,000
This wonderful early clockwork Christmas scene was produced in the 1880s by the Schoenhut Co. in Philadelphia.
When the mechanism is activated with a key, Santa Claus appears from inside the chimney and the two surprised sisters pop up in bed, before laying back down to sleep.
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