Arts and Crafts Collections from Asheville and North Carolina Up For Bid At Brunks

by Kate Nixon


A book signed by Elbert Hubbard, a number of Rookwood vases, Gorham silver and other works from Asheville, North Carolina collections will be up for bid in an online auction this weekend from Asheville auctioneers Brunk Auctions.

Brunk Auctions will hold their Emporium auction, a three-day auction online from April 8th through the 10th showing 985 lots. While the auction highlights Louis-Léopold Boilly, an Oscar Heyman Sapphire and Diamond Necklace, Milton Avery, Walt Francis Kuhn, John Durand, An Important Cypriot Limestone Figure of Herakles, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, an Important Swisegood North Carolina Corner Cupboard, there is a selection of decorative arts lots to consider. Works of Gorham silver, Rookwood vases, Pisgah Forest Pottery, Stickley furniture, and more will be offered in a chance to purchase works from North Carolina collections.

Bidding is offered by telephone, absentee bid, or the Brunk Auctions platform or Please see the schedule below for more information.


Emporium Auction – April 8, 2021  – Lots 1 to 313

Auction Begins  |  9:00AM EST

Decorative Arts, Asian Art, Furniture, Art Pottery, Photography, Sterling and Silver Plate, Art Glass & Pottery, British Furniture and Accessories, Folk Art, Fine Art, Books, Rugs


Premier Auction – Session I – April 9, 2021 – Lots 314 to 660

Auction Begins  |  9:00AM EST

Asian; Collection of Items from Papua New Guinea and South Pacific; Historic Firearms; British Fine Art, Furniture and Decorative Arts; Property from the Collection of Dudley and Constance Godfrey; Silver; Coins & Currency; Fine Jewelry


Premier Auction – Session II – April 10, 2021 – Lots 661 to 985

Auction Begins  |  9:00AM EST

British Fine Art, Furniture and Decorative Arts; Craft and Modern Art; Photography; American and Southern Fine Art, Decorative Accessories, and Furniture; Southern Pottery


Click here to see the entire catalog of the Emporium Auction.


Here are a number of items that we are keeping our eyes on. All descriptions below courtesy of Brunk Auctions’ website:



Lot 777: Modern Stickley Arts and Crafts Style Cherry Sofa

late 20th century, branded mark and metal tag for Stickley, cherry frame with spindle back and arms, black leather upholstery and loose cushions, 30 x 84-1/2 x 37-1/2 in.

Provenance: Private Collection, Black Mountain, North Carolina

Condition: frame with surface stains and sun fading, light scratches, cracks, and wear to leather

Starting Price: $400
Estimate: $800 – $1,200

Lot 103: Pisgah Forest Center Bowl

(Arden, North Carolina, 1926-1961) green and robins egg blue glazed bowl form, pink glazed interior, cameo scene depicting “Westward Ho” scene and “Tee Pee” scene, potter at wheel stamp on base dated “1942” and signed “W.B. Stephen”, 3 x 11 in.

Provenance: From the Estate of the Late Jim VanStory, Weaverville, North Carolina

Condition: glaze voids and anomalies as made, some kaolin drips, some minor abrasions to surface with 2 in. area of abrasion above cameo at belly of bowl, some dirt to exterior surface, convex base will not allow bowl to sit flat

Starting Price: $100
Estimate: $200 – $400

Lot 895: [Song of Myself] by Walt Whitman, Signed by Elbert Hubbard

(American, 1819-1892), Song of Myself, New York: The Roycrofters, 1904, bound in three quarter leather over marbled boards, with five raised bands, gilt decorated spine, TEG, #61 out of a limited edition of 100 numbered copies printed on Japan Vellum, signed in Elbert Hubbard’s name on the limitation page

Provenance: Private Collection, Asheville, North Carolina

Condition: small stains and abrasions to extremities, inscribed preliminary page

Starting Price: $250
Estimate: $500 – $700

Lot 770: Margaret McDonald Rookwood Vellum Vase

American, circa 1929, tall cylindrical vase with grape vine decoration on mauve ground, impressed Rookwood mark over “2785” with incised artist initial and “X” mark, 13-1/2 in.

Provenance: From the Estate of the Late Jim VanStory, Weaverville, North Carolina

Condition: small flake or depression near vase, possibly as made

Starting Price: $250
Estimate: $500 – $700

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