Original oil painting of the 1914 Kentucky Derby, painted in 1963 by Haddon Sundblom.

(ATLANTA, Ga.) – An original oil painting by famed magazine and commercial illustrator Haddon “Sunny” Sundblom (Mich./Ill., 1899-1976), done in 1963, depicting the 1914 Kentucky Derby horse race , is the expected first lot at a Summer Estates auction scheduled for Sunday, August 4 by Ahlers & Ogletree, in the company’s gallery at 715 Miami Circle in Atlanta.

The painting, titled 1914 Kentucky Derby, shows the horse “Old Rosebud” winning the 1914 Derby by eight lengths, a record that stood for 17 years. The large work was commissioned by Robert Hensley and was unveiled at Churchill Downs just before the start of the 1963 Kentucky Derby. Sundblom is best known for his magazine renderings of Santa Claus, made for Coca-Cola.

This will only be the fifth auction for Ahlers & Ogletree, but the company is no newcomer to the greater Atlanta-area arts and antiques scene. It operates three established outlets in the area: 14th Street Antiques & Interiors in the upscale West Side design district, Peachtree Battle Antiques & Interiors in trendy Buckhead, and Black Bear Antiques in Ellijay, in the mountains of northern Georgia.

The August 4 auction promises to be Ahlers & Ogletree’s biggest and best auction to date. Over 500 fresh-to-market lots will be offered, sourced from three leading local estates and other shippers. Items will include fine art, American and Continental period furniture, antique clocks, lamps and lighting, art glass, estate jewelry, watches and decorative accessories.

One of Atlanta’s main areas will feature artifacts descended from Henry St. John, a nobleman whose roots in Georgia date back to mid-18th century Bolingbroke. Items on the estate include a Tiffany coffee pot, engraved with the St. John family monogram, and numerous Victorian rosewood pieces, such as a spectacular 19th-century four-poster bed, and other items.

“We are extremely excited about the August 4 auction, which is packed with quality items from three great areas,” said Robert Ahlers, President of Ahlers & Ogletree. “We believe this sale will position us as a major auction player in the South East. We value honesty and integrity, and we will continue to do business honestly and transparently.

Two other tables are expected to generate considerable interest among bidders. One is an oil on board a French ship, attributed to Antonio Jacobsen (Denm’k/NJ, 1850-1921). Jacobsen became one of the most prolific American painters of marine subjects. The other is an oil on board scene of a sharecropper’s hut by the famous genre painter William Aiken Walker (SC, 1838-1921).

Tiffany is a name that draws collectors like butterflies to a light, and this auction will feature over 20 lots bearing the Tiffany name. Speaking of light, a Tiffany Studios ten-light Lily lamp in mint condition should cost between $20,000 and $25,000. And a Tiffany & Company tall case clock with marquetry inlay and moon phase dial will no doubt stir the bidders’ paddles.

As beautiful as the Tiffany clock is, there’s another tall case clock on the sale that might even bring more: a monumental nine-tube Waltham grandfather clock that’s as rare as it is beautiful. Those who prefer their pocket-sized timepieces will be able to choose from several Rolex watches. Another standout lighting bundle is a Pairpoint Upside-Down Painted Garden Scene Lamp.

The many pieces of glass art will include examples from Tiffany, Daum Nancy, Galle and Steuben. A Galle Art Nouveau inlaid table will also be sold. Other pieces of furniture will include a pedestal 18th century Queen Anne chest, an English corner chair, a large painted armoire and a lemon wood display case (richly decorated display case) with Sèvres plaques and gilt bronze.

Additional furniture packages will include a beautiful inlaid sideboard, an Art Nouveau table with marquetry inlay and a modern Mastercraft console with Bernhard Rohne acid etched top. The auction will include plenty of English Queen Anne period furniture from a prominent Atlanta estate, as well as many Victorian pieces from the aforementioned St. John family.

Two batches of historical provenance should trigger bidding wars. The first is a rare Herter Brothers embroidered velvet panel made for the William Henry Vanderbilt mansion. The second is an embroidery made by the young daughter of John Van Alen, an influential New York politician of the early 19th century and friend of George Washington. The embroidery shows the tomb of Van Alen.

Also on sale on August 4 is an Orientalist bronze bust of French sculptor Henri Ple (1853-1922), dated 1883, Wavecrest boxes, a fine pair of French porcelain urns with gilt bronze and more. Miami Circle is Atlanta’s premier address for high-end interior designers and decorators. Ahlers & Ogletree Gallery is located in Suite 210 at 715 Miami Circle in Atlanta.

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. (EST) on Sunday morning, August 4. Previews will take place Monday through Saturday (July 29 through August 3) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on auction day, August 4, from 9 a.m. until the first hammer fell two hours later. Internet auctions will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Artfact.com. Telephone and correspondence bids will also be accepted.

Ahlers & Ogletree is a multi-faceted family business covering the antiques, estate, wholesale, liquidation, auction and related industries. The company is still accepting quality submissions for future auctions. To consign an item, estate, or collection, you can call them at (404) 869-2478; or, you can email them at [email protected]

For more on Ahlers & Ogletree and the upcoming Summer Estates auction on August 4, log on to www.AandOauctions.com.

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