Briggs Auction Holiday Gift Guide

No matter who you’re shopping for this holiday season, Briggs Auction has you covered!
Curl up with the November 22nd Fine Estates Catalog and bid on unique pieces for the loved ones in your life. 


For the Entertainer:
Lot 5 – Marquetry Inlaid Mahogany Oval Service Tray
Lot 38 – R. Lalique William Cocktail Glasses
Lot 129 – Wedgwood China Service
Lot 350 – Gilt Decorated Venetian Stemware
Lot 393 – Modern Extension Dining Table

For the Design Lover:
Lot 53 – Italian Giltwood Mirrors
Lot 59 – French Bagues-style Rock Crystal Sconces
Lot 71 – Edward Wormley for Dunbar Janus Coffee Table
Lot 112 – Chippendale Four Drawer Chest 
Lot 271 – Porcelain Exotic Bird Figures

For the Glitz & Glam:
Lot 219 – Cartier Necklace
Lot 234 – Diamond Engagement Ring
Lot 241 – Silver & Turquoise Necklace
Lot 293 – Hermès Scarf 

For the Art Collector:
Lot 130 – Edith Parsons Bronze Fountain Sculpture, Turtle Baby
Lot 257 – James Walsham Baldock Oil on Canvas, Equestrian Landscape
Lot 275 – H. Clay Dahlberg Bronze Sculpture, A Mother’s Wrath
Lot 332 – John O’Neill Watercolor with Acrylic, View From A Window
Lot 533 – Miles G. Batt Oil on Canvas, Often Shiny Offy


Don’t forget to download the Briggs Auction app on your Smartphone device!
Bidding on the go means you never have to leave the comfort of your home.
We can even refer you to our preferred shippers so that it can be delivered straight to your door! 

Happy Holidays, from all of us at Briggs Auction. X

Modern Design Sale Featuring The Adelman Collection

Briggs Auction Inc. is excited to announce a Modern Design Auction featuring the Adelman collection of Hockessin, Del., on Friday, Sept. 13. The residence was entirely furnished with quality studio and Danish furniture, decorative and fine arts, and more. Most pieces retain the original receipts and are in excellent condition. 

Shirley Adelman, a native Philadelphian, was a 1949 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She developed a keen sense of modern design and aesthetic in school and later worked for one of the first design studios in Philadelphia. She eventually obtained her interior decorating license and had lifelong love of contemporary design. 
Among the featured items of the Adelman collection to be sold will be a selection of George Nakashima studio furniture, such as a Claro walnut Odakyu end table, a double pedestal desk, and two special room divider cabinets.

A rare set of six Finn Juhl BO 116 teak dining chairs and a Larry and Nancy Buechley studio crafted walnut sofa will also be offered. A Jorgen Hansen and Jens Thuesen for Romweber Futura bar cabinet, and a Zahara Schatz table lamp with decorated plexiglass shade are also in the sale. High-end custom-made post-modern furnishings and decorative arts from other estates round out the auction.

“The Adelmans had an excellent eye for design, and we are honored to sell this collection in its entirety,” said Stephen Turner, Briggs Auction’s business development manager.

A preview will take place Wednesday, Sept. 11, from noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 12, from noon to 7 p.m.; and Friday, Sept. 13, starting at 9 a.m. The sale will start at 3 p.m.

Briggs Auction Inc. is a four-generation family-owned and operated auction house offering comprehensive estate management and downsizing solutions, including weekly estate variety auctions, periodic cataloged fine estate auctions, estate appraisals, real estate auction sales, and cleanout services.

Pablo Picasso Wood Owl Vase to be Sold at Briggs Auction


Briggs Auction, Inc. is pleased to announce its Friday, September 14th auction featuring a curated collection of fine furnishings and decorative arts, including a Pablo Picasso Madoura “Wood Owl” vase, circa 1968.

The vase is made of glazed earthenware clay with a wood owl decoration on a light black patina ground. It is numbered 57/500 and marked “Edition Picasso 57/500 R-146 Madoura”, “Edition Picasso”, and “Madoura Plein Feu”.

Picasso’s association with Suzanne and Georges Ramié would span over 25 years but first began with a trip to the Madoura pottery workshop in 1946. Located in Vallauris, France, the Ramiés allowed Picasso full use of the studio where he used the opportunity to work with clay as a break from painting. The Ramiés went on to produce Picasso’s ceramic works for years to come.

“The entire catalog is strong and well-comprised, but it’s been an absolute pleasure to catalog the wood owl,” says Stephen Turner, Director of Business Development.

Purchased during a trip to Europe, the wood owl vase comes from a private Philadelphia collection. It is estimated to bring $10,000 – $15,000 USD.

Briggs Auction Inc. is a four-generation family-owned and operated auction house offering comprehensive estate management and downsizing solutions, including weekly estate variety auctions, periodic cataloged fine estate auctions, estate appraisals, real estate auction sales, and cleanout services. They are based in Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania. They hold frequent, public estate variety auctions on Fridays and feature a wide array of antique, modern decorator, and quality reproduction furnishings; fine and decorative arts; country antiques and primitives; fine and vintage costume jewelry; silver; fine porcelains, china, glassware, and pottery; collectibles; coins; toys; books; electronics; and discovery lots.The upcoming September 14th auction will begin at 1 p.m. Bidding is available online through Live Auctioneers and Invaluable. Live bidding will also be available in the showroom. For extensive photos, details, and exhibition times, please visit

Paul Shaub: Artistic Sensibility & Modern Design

Briggs Auction, Inc. is pleased and proud to offer at auction items from the impressive collection of furnishings, fine and decorative arts, and more amassed by Paul Shaub and his wife, artist Josephine Shaub over their lifetime. The Shaubs collected high end modern design furnishings and decorative arts in the 1960s and settled in historic New Castle, Delaware.

Shaub’s life is a rich tapestry of prestigious endeavors. He won multiple prizes in the 1950s from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Baltimore Museum of Fine Arts, Philadelphia Art Alliance and more. He has art represented in many museums including the Smithsonian Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts and The Library of Congress. Shaub co-authored the children’s book Squeaky the Mechanical Whale with Josephine. He was the co-proprietor the The Packet Press and was a member of the American Color Print Society, The Society of American Graphic Artists and the Philadelphia Art Alliance, where he served as chairman of the Print Committee. Shaub was also a designer of exhibits and graphics at the Hagley Museum, a Professor and Director of Professional Studies at the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, proprietor the Studio 52 in historic New Castle and a free-lance designer.

Known for his wood block prints, the Collection will include original art by by both Paul and Josephine Shaub. Paul focused on seascapes and nautical themed paintings, while Josephine painted horses, birds, and the occasional still life. Other collections cultivated by the Shaubs include a large collection of corkscrews, Native American and African art, vintage tin toys, and more.

A fine collection of original Shaub woodblock prints and Josephine Shaub’s original paintings will be sold Friday, September 22nd. The Shaub Collection also featured prominently in our recent September 15th Modern Design & Decorative Arts Auction.