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Cleveland Hts: former Cle. Orchestra - Steinway, Sailboat, ART, MUSIC, Mid-Cent furn, books, MORE

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Nov 04
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Nov 05
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Nov 06
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aerostate presents

A beautiful old Cleveland Heights home

Former Cleveland Orchestra member; musical, artistic, and world traveling family

 Friday November 4 - Saturday November 5 - Sunday November 6


(many more and better pictures are coming, in the meantime, this is just some of what you'll find ... )


It'll be sunny (we hope)! Temp 358.

:: Featured Items ::

  • Steinway Model S grand piano - in high-gloss dark mahogany, 75 years young. This very rare find has spent more than a half century being pampered in the climate controlled music room of this Cleveland Orchestra member's home. Outstanding in every way, and with documented history graciously provided by Steinway & Sons. This piano has accompanied many, many practice sessions for Cleveland Orchestra members and ensembles of all types.

A very rare find, this beautiful dark mahogany gloss lacquer finish Model S (what Steinway calls a "New York Grand") is serial #306436. Built and delivered in early 1941, it has matured to a spectacular sound. This piano is accompanied by a documented history provided by Steinway & Sons (copy attached) and has been in the same climate controlled music room of this Cleveland Orchestra member's home for many decades. It has been regularly tuned (again a few weeks ago), and has been serviced only with Steinway parts. The most recent major parts service needed was to replace the bass dampers in 1998. It was properly restrung many years ago. The pin block is solid and original, the oversize tuning pegs are in excellent condition, it has excellent tuning stability, and the ivories are nearly perfect (there is a small nick to the very last key [C, or key 88, if you're counting]). If you look closely, there is very light surface scratching (none through to the wood) in a few places. This is a valuable instrument in the home of professional musicians, and has always been treated as such.

Included is the rarely-seen original matching Steinway bench delivered with this piano, also in dark mahogany. The bench still has the original delivery customer's name underneath as chalked there by the Steinway factory 75 years ago. 

This spectacular Steinway piano literally needs nothing more than a new home.

  • Sailboat - "Mirror" dinghy (UK) - mahogany

This issue - November 2016 Yachting World magazine cover story, "50 Yachts That Changed the Way We Sail" honors the Mirror as 7th on the list (alongside a 1911 25 foot racer, the Castorama trimaran, and 1934's Endeavor; all worth many millions). Since its introduction at the London Boat Show in 1963, over 70,000 have been built worldwide. Friendly to beginning and experienced sailors alike, the Mirror is still somewhat uncommon in the United States. This wood kit was imported from England and (meticulously) built right here by the owner in 1974. Always garage-kept and covered. This legendary London Daily Mirror boat, here in mahogany marine ply, includes a proper JTI trailer, and is all in excellent, seaworthy condition. This boat has been in the water recently, has a 2015 tag, and sails beautifully. For more information about this groundbreaking sailboat, see articles about the Mirror dingy on, Wikipedia, and is one home of the competitive side. Like the Steinway, this Mirror is an example of world-class design, craftsmanship and quality. It needs only a little car with a trailer hitch and new home.

  • Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen (Denmark) staved teak ice bucket with original tongs

This spectacular staved teak ice bucket is a rare and definitive mid-century Henning Koppel design, with three circles -- lid and sides -- unifying the piece. It is lined with waterproof and insulating black plastic, which is unmarked. Also includes the original, rarely seen, ice tongs. Made in Denmark. 10.5" high, 8.5" diameter. Marked clearly Georg Jensen, Henning Koppel, and Made in Denmark. Probably the nicest Henning Koppel ice bucket available, and truly a museum-quality collector's piece.

  • Hermes 3000 typewriter (Paillard, Switzerland)

Why are we featuring a... typewriter? Because the Hermes 3000 is a Unicorn; the mythical perfect typewriter. With production beginning in 1958, the Swiss-built Hermes 3000 has long been considered nothing less than the finest portable typewriter ever made. It is also one of the most sophisticated typewriters ever made. Jack Kerouac used one, and so do many writers even today. This is a clean, outstanding example of this rare, legendary Swiss-made typewriter - in excellent operating condition, with an excellent original case. This would be the centerpiece of any typewriter collection. Even today, many of the world's great writers and screenwriters stand by their Hermes 3000's : Stephen Fry, Tom Hanks, Larry McMurtry (who thanked his Hermes 3000 at the Golden Globes), Sylvia Plath, and many others. Now you know.


:: Artwork, Antiques, Collectibles, and ... ::

  • Curtis Jere (aka Freiler [-2013] and Fels [-2008]) - very large brass and copper landscape wall sculpture - signed.  These large statement pieces by Jere define mid-century metal wall sculpture. The best pieces, and this is certainly one, are being used by the most exclusive decorators and properties worldwide. Featured in Elle, Architectural Digest, WSJ, the New York Times, and other publications. Most Jere pieces are fairly simplistic in their design and execution, but this landscape work features trees, mountains, waterfalls and pools, all spectacularly three-dimensional. It is intricately designed, dimensionally very detailed, and attention-getting. We haven't disturbed it's patina, but it can be cleaned if you desire. Purchased new by the owners. This piece is quite heavy and easily damaged, please bring assistance.
  • Auguste Louis Lepere (France, 1849-1919) - two woodcut prints, signed and numbered by the artist, with provenance from Tregoning. Son of renowned sculptor Francois Lepere, Auguste began working for Burn Smeeton when he was just 13 years old. By the mid 1870's, Lepere was considered Europe's finest printmaker, leading the revival of wood engraving in Europe. He is credited with innovations such as combining etching and engraving on the same print, and was one of the first artists to experiment with colored paper, often having his own paper made (as in the case of these prints). In later years, he produced almost exclusively wood engravings, supplying designs and cuts for French, English and American magazines: Le Monde Illustrée, La Revue Illustrée, Black and White, Harper’s and Scribner's. Lepere's works are found in every major collection worldwide -- our Cleveland Museum of Art owns a catalog of over 300!
    • Quai St. Martin (undated) - etching on antique laid paper, pencil signed, stamped RWH Cardiff, appraised as "an excellent impression"; approx. 6"x10" 
    • Le Mendant (1895) - woodcut on Japon paper, pencil signed & numbered 29 of 30, impression approx. 9"x11"
  • Jorge L. Sicre (1958-) - two works, signed - A well-known Cuban-American painter with works in collections worldwide, Sicre was born in Havana and grew up in Cleveland.
    • Sabal Palm Horse [Unicorn] (1981) - serigraph, signed and numbered; signed and titled again on the reverse
    • Untitled cubist nude (1980) - etching, signed and labeled "proof"; slight outer edge stain from mounting tape 
  • Antique Ansonia "Don Juan" figural mantle clock - (ca. 1894-1895) 8-day key-wound mechanism, open escapement, double sunk porcelain dial with very small chip at bottom right; half hour and hourly chime strike, Don Juan figure is complete with sword; clock is missing back door, includes key; runs and chimes but needs the proper pendulum to keep time properly, and could stand a cleaning, light service, and cosmetic detailing; 22" high, 19.5" wide. Extremely heavy.
  • Hiroshige Ando (1797-1858) - The Fifty-Three Stages of the Tokaido, large woodblock folio set, 1950's serigraph print set in cloth bound presentation box. The leading landscape artist of his day, Ando's classic 53 stages of the Tokaido Highway was done in 1834. This high quality complete unbound sheet folio was purchased by the owner in Japan approximately 60 years ago; the first time it was opened was for these photos.
  • Albrecht Durer (1471-1858) - The Life of the Virgin - 20 plates - heavy brown board loose leaf folio, published by the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1959 - small quarto facimilie prints from woodcuts in the Museum's collection; this folio has never been opened except for these pictures; very clean - no edge wear, no tears, no staining or foxing
  • The Seven Holy Sacraments - large print, European, late 1800's, superb color with hand-painted gold leaf highlights; titled in French, German, English, Spanish; beautifully mounted, matted and framed; slight age chipping at bottom edge  
  • Eiichi Kotozuka (Japan, 1906-1982) - Cherry Blossoms - woodblock print, signed, still in protective Uchida Art gallery box with gallery and artist paperwork, purchased in Kyoto in the 1960's, unframed, crisp, clean and beautiful
  • Melissa Johnson - Abstract - signed original - oil, cold wax and copper on card - approx 4"x4", unframed
  • Lucille Edel (d. approx. 1990) - two large watercolor floral scenes - Lucille Edel was the wife of famous cellist Oliver Edel
  • Virginia Anderson - batik, stretched, mounted and framed
  • Antique Japanese porcelain kabuki doll, kept protected in clear lucite box
  • Moira knife by KJ Ericcson - beautiful vintage, classic Scandinavian-style birch-handled dagger point fixed blade hunting knife made in Sweden, with steel blade guard and original stamped leather belt sheath; beautiful condition, no stains or marks, this piece is more art than knife, so it's in this section
  • Osugiwarbe Cedar Dolls - Akita cedar folk handicraft dolls, set of three, new, in original box
  • Esterbrook fountain pen - mid-century fountain pen and base set in pale jade green, excellent condition
  • Many, many more pieces of art and accessories, many are from Japan, this musician's favorite destination


:: Music and instruments and musician stuff, and more ... ::

  • Original "large Advent" loudspeakers - USA made, walnut enclosures - considered Henry Kloss' masterpiece. Advents have been part of the music scene, from rock to classical, ever since. One tweeter dome was dented many years ago when the protective mesh came loose, and should be replaced. All work great. Although they are close in serial numbers, one cabinet has a notably lighter walnut finish than we usually see with Large Advents.
  • Lafayette Criterion 50A loudspeakers - vintage 11x19x9 acoustic suspension - no crossover : 8" Alnico driver, 3-1/2" dome tweeter w/lo-cut cap, 55-19kHz - USA made, cabinets in nice condition - terrific vintage large bookshelf speakers, the unbeatable Alnico drivers work full-range, aided by tweeters. One cabinet is missing edge trim from the grillcloth.
  • Tandberg 6X tape deck - reel-to-reel 4-head half-track stereo tape deck in teak case with manuals (Denmark; approx. 1966).This is the same tape deck owned and favored by Louis Armstrong, the White House Oval Office, and many others. With this deck, Tandberg introduced the cross-field head, which produced a much wider frequency response than previously possible. The 6X with its classic Danish Modern style, has also won several design awards. Made in Denmark.
  • Zenith Model S40191 vintage wood case tube radio - approx. 1954, AM/FM table radio, classic smooth styling, works extremely well. With one full-range speaker and two electrostatic tweeters with tone control, this is by far one of Zenith's better table radios, and a great sounding radio even today. Switchable phono input in rear. 15"x10"x8".
  • Greco Model 122 Guitar - 6-string nylon string classical guitar in perfect condition, by Goya, with soft shell case. A rare early 1970's guitar, serial #18172. Honey colored spruce top, rosewood back and sides, marquetry inlaid rosewood headpiece and bridge, rosewood fingerboard, bound top and back, gold plated engraved machine heads with white rollers. No country of origin, but these better Grecos were usually made in Japan.
  • Franz metronome - professional electric metronome, art deco design in brown bakelite, model LM-4, works great
  • Violin cases - two professional traveling violin cases, one with an additional outer cover
  • Violin string cases - two professional string cases
  • Viola case - very large, very heavy professional traveling viola case
  • Many, many music stands - (1) a large, heavy metal Hamilton professional performance music stand, with light; (2) a lightweight teak and plastic tripod stand from Sweden; (3) a large, antique wooden music stand, with heavy brass extension hardware - unique lyre-shaped back, hand-painted designs; (4) many, many more collapsible portable music stands, lamps and accessories


:: Silverware, flatware, glassware, dishware, kitchenware, serving pieces ::

  • Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen - see featured description above - staved teak ice bucket, collector quality
  • Pierre Forsell - mid-century 18/8 conical stainless steel salt and pepper shakers
  • Ultima Thule cordial glasses - Iittala, made in Finland - set of six, new, in original presentation box -- Ultima Thule is the best known design by Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985), inspired by the melting ice he saw in Lapland
  • Rainbow - shaped teak round 10" nut bowl with nutcracker and picks, Sweden
  • Holmes & Edwards "Romance" pattern - flatware (1952-1959) - service for 8 - NEW, beautiful, unused, 76-piece inlaid silver plate flatware set - mid-century design wood and leather trimmed side table box
  • Dansk Variation V pattern - JHQ/Korea 18/8 (chrome/nickel) high quality stainless flatware - service for 8 - new, unused - designed by Jens H. Quistgaard for Dansk, this beautiful brushed stainless steel flatware set is complete, new and unused - each setting includes 3-tine salad and dinner forks, knife, spoon and soup spoon - in original presentation box
  • Oneida "Community" pattern - stainless flatware, beautiful, unused, 8 complete place settings with serving pieces in original multi-tier drawer box
  • Peter Hewitt - beautiful "ribbon vase", created for New York's Museum of Modern Art
  • Solid brass - mortar and pestil, tall mideastern pepper corn grinde
  • National Bread Bakery breadmaker    


:: Furniture, lamps, etc., - MUCH MID-CENTURY ::

  • Sideboard with extending wing top - mid-century style maple server sidebar, open sides, center door
  • Hanging kitchen lamp - mid-century brass and glass pull-down extending, hanging lamp
  • Desk lamps and task lamps - many mid-century style desk lamps; Hi-Lite Model 340 gooseneck lamp, bronze brown texture paint; large Flexo flourescent desk lamp; many others 
  • Black leather sleeper couch
  • Elna Transforma sewing machine - vintage portable sewing machine, made in Switzerland, absolutely complete with all rare accessories; clean, in original metal case with original paperwork and manuals; works great
  • Steamer trunk - wood, complete, with all hardware
  • Solid Dark Oak Kneehole Desk - vintage 6-drawer, 2-pullout desk in excellent condition, finished all around
  • Automex - atomic clock
  • Dining table set - maple table with 2 leaves, 5 upholstered cane back chairs
  • Bedroom Set - queen size pedestal bed from In House, with drawers and headboard storage
  • Bedroom Set - beautiful rock maple, pair of twin beds, dresser, bureau, mirror - very clean, mid-century design
  • Low Sideboard - antique, with 3 center drawers and side door storage
  • Metal 3-tier shelf - mid-century high style hi-fi table with ends turned up for holding records or magazines
  • 5-bulb floor lamp - the only 5-bulb lamp we've ever seen! Useful when lighting a professional string ensemble.
  • Many, many, many more floor lamps, table lamps, etc.
  • Refrigerator - Frigidaire apartment-sized refrigerator - clean, works fine
  • Chest freezer - White-Westinghouse 5 cubic feet - empty and clean, works fine
  • Filing Cabinets - five two-drawer metal filing cabinets
  • Sleep Mate - white noise generator model 950
  • Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers and Air Conditioners - of every type and description - as you might expect in a home filled with professional musical instruments, there were multiple units for virtually every room in the house


:: Trains, planes, toys and games, and miscellaneous ... ::

  • Complete 4'x6' HO model railroad - fully complete, operational layout with many structures (separate, all lighted, all included with the layout) and wonderfully detailed; doesn't include the locomotives and cars
  • HO model railroad locomotives and cars - most are meticulously packed away in their original boxes with original assembly instructions - freight and passenger train. Mostly Athearn. See pictures for details.
  • Tim Mee Laser Ray #1150 Pistol - new in box, sight tear to box
  • Meade reflector telescope - 1000mm f/11 lens; D=90mm F=1000mm; serial 905870; the telescope and accessories are still in the original flight case, used only a few times; in excellent condition
  • Playboy Magazine - January 1987, new in wrapper - special Holiday Anniversary Issue, Jane Seymour, Marilyn Monroe
  • Ping-pong Table - an old school, full size table - very heavy, straight and true composite board table on heavy aluminum legs; a 2 piece table, but it does not fold, must be lightly disassembled for transport
  • Camping Equipment - much camping equipment, Coleman butane stove (new) with cannisters, fishing rods and reels, Coleman lanterns, many other camping tools and lots of equipment
  • Bushnell binoculars - Sportview 7x35, coated optics, wide angle, 500' at 1000 yards; great all-around, with original case
  • Cross-Country skis and poles - two complete sets: Trak nowax 190cm


:: Tools and such ::

  • DeWalt 7730 powershop radial arm saw - built into table with dust collector
  • Power Tools, Hand Tools - Scroll saw, 1/2" drive Craftsman drill, many other power tools and hand tool
  • MANY other hand tools, power tools, workbenches with drawers, hardware and storage cubbies

Japanese brocade scrolls

Much kitchen and small appliances

Much Japanese art, Kabuki dolls, ceremonial warrior headdress, more

Office equipment from filing cabinets to staples

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