Renowned Florida historian consigns 400+ lots of Floridiana

On January 11th, 2020 at 2pm, you can expect a carefully curated sale of Florida art and antiques from Alfred R. Frankel, MD at Blackwell Auctions.

Dr. Frankel is a retired physician, a well-known scholar, and a faithful collector. His books, including Artists of Old Florida and Old Florida Pottery, feature many of the items that you’ll see in this auction.
Highlights of the sale include an exceedingly rare salt-glazed pitcher – one of only two known to exist – by Knox Hill potter Turnley & Odom, made in 1859, the only year the company was operational. The other example is owned by the state of Florida. Other scarce items in the 401-lot sale include a St. Petersburg CityHall stained glass window, a vintage Seaboard Railway neon sign, a letter by Henry Flagler to one of his hotel managers, a Babe Ruth stereoview card (picturing him in Florida during Spring Training), several very rare original photographs, a huge selection of Florida art pottery, and much more.

“Florida artists left us a great treasure,” Dr. Frankel remarks, standing among the vintage hotel ware, Seminole dolls, and rare souvenirs that will round out the sale. “It brings joy to my heart to see it cherished.” 

“There’s something for everyone who appreciates Florida in this sale, including just the right amount of kitsch,” Edwin Bailey (Blackwell’s owner) said. “You likely won’t see these items again for a long time, if ever.” 

All forms of bidding will be available for the Saturday, January 11, 2020 sale, including absentee, phone and live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable, Bidsquare and the Blackwell app (Apple or Android). Start time: 2 p.m. Eastern Time. 

Gallery preview: Friday, January 10 from 2-6 p.m., and 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, auction day.