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The April Sale at Kaminski Auctions kicks off on Saturday morning, with over 300 lots of Chinese porcelains, bronzes, and an important 4th century Gandhara Buddha. The sale includes a selection of furniture and furnishings from Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and other estates. Sunday will feature the estate of the late Christine Vining Smith, a longtime North Shore, resident, and respected dealer. Christine founded and ran the Peabody Essex Museum Antique Show for 37 years. 

After pursuing a career in the fine arts, she started her own antique business and exhibited at some of the most prominent antique shows in the country. The Crossman family were a renowned equestrian family from Danvers, Massachusetts and many of the items in the collection are of an equestrian or polo theme. 

Discriminating collectors of 18th and 19th-century antique sewing collectibles will not want to miss the collection of Ethel Shulam of Danvers, Massachusetts. A famous quiltmaker in her own right, Mrs. Shulam amassed an impressive array of exquisite sewing items.

Mrs. Shulam started sewing as a young girl.  Repairing her dolls as a child led to a passion for sewing and quilt making. Eighty-four years later, she just wrapped up a solo show of over 41 handcrafted quilts at the Musculoskeletal Center Art Gallery in Peabody, Massachusetts. Mrs. Shulam took classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Montserrat College of Art, and taught quilting classes across the North Shore for more than three decades.

Her collection includes boxes of carved bone, Anglo-Indian carvings, Chinese lacquer, and American Shaker boxes, as well as a circa 1875 Tunbridge ware rosewood box. Her collection also includes late 19th/early 20th century carved bone sewing items several with scrimshawed names. Rare needle cases, Georgian clamps, rare Lucets, Welsh Sheathes, Scottish Mauchline ware, pin cushions, thimbles and thimble cases, tape measures, darning eggs, thread and spool holders, thread holders, sterling implements, and more are on offer in this extensive collection. 

The auction also offers a large collection of vintage dolls to include French bisque head fashion dolls, German Armand Marseilles, Simon & Helbig, and Grace Storey Putnam dolls, as well as two dollhouses by Albert Eaton and an extensive collection of handmade dollhouse furniture. A Steiff carousel, Steiff animals, an old paddle wheel toy boat and two vintage fire trucks are just some of the toy collectibles on offer in this spring sale.

Days of the auctions are Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Kaminski Auctions Gallery, in Beverly, Massachusetts. Auction begins at 10:00 a.m. both days. For more information and to sign up to bid online with KaminskiLIVE go to

Kaminski Auctions Gallery, 117 Elliott Street, RT. 62, Beverly MA.