This antique workplough could push to 'Champion' status at Cowan's sale
The 364-lot sale, to be held at Cowan's salesroom, will offer fine and decorative art items from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Internet live bidding will also be provided. The sale will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern.

The auction features American folk art, furniture, decorative arts and paintings, as well as Asian and Continental works. Highlights include a Regina music box, and a fine exhibition model Champion work plow.

"This sale underscores the great diversity in things American, and things Americans kept and treasured. It is also, to me, an indication of sellers coming back to auction with great items, so they must feel some confidence in buyers as well," said Diane Wachs, director of Fine and Decorative Art.

A fine exhibition model Champion work plough is estimated to sell for $20,000/$30,000. The plow was made in Springfield, Ohio, by the Champion Machine Co. A three-quarter model of carved rosewood, the plough was intended to extol the advancements of the Champion Co's chilled plough.

Fine exhibition model Champion workplough. Estimate: $20,000/$30,000

A seven-volume set by John James Audubon's The Birds of America is expected to bring anywhere from $15,000/$20,000. This set contains drawings made in the United States and its territories. It also includes 500 lithographic plates with tissue covers.

A painting by Elizabeth Nourse is expected to sell for $20,000/$30,000. Titled French Cathedral, the painting is signed and dated with the artist's name and her title on verso. Elizabeth Nourse was a portrait and a landscape painter born in Cincinnati in 1859.

Some of her works can be seen at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

"It's going to be a great sale for American decorative arts," noted Fine and Decorative Art Senior Specialist Janet Rogers.

"We have a great collection of silver, lamps, and early furniture, including an ornate Mitchell Rammelsberg hall stand. We also have a nice selection of Regina music boxes, as well as some rare Rookwood, art glass and metalware by Tiffany."


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