Estate of Jack In the Box Founder Robert O. Peterson for December Auction

Kaminski Auctions, one of Massachusetts’ premier auction houses, announces its December Estates Auction, featuring fine art and antiques from the San Diego estate of Robert O. Peterson, noted patron of the arts and founder of the Jack in the Box restaurant chain. The auction takes place Monday December 28 and Tuesday, December 29 at Woodman’s Function Hall, Rt. 133 Main Street, Essex, MA. Bidding commences at 4pm each day. Auction previews are scheduled Sunday, December 27 from 10am-5pm and on the day of the auction from 11am-4pm. Live online bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers. Visit for information.

Peterson opened the first Jack in the Box in 1951 in San Diego. A life-long collector and philanthropist, he also served as Chairman of the American Craft Council. During his tenure there, Peterson worked diligently to foster the idea of crafts as art, furthering the careers of emerging artists and increasing public awareness on the issue. Peterson housed his massive collection in his Russell Forester-designed San Diego residence. With operations in both San Diego and the Boston area, Kaminski Auctions will bring the collection to the East Coast for the sale, with live online bidding available globally.

Featured items from the Peterson estate include a teakwood rocking chair (Est. $20,000-$30,000) by renowned furniture designer and woodworker Sam Maloof (American, 1916-2009). The chair, which stands 45 inches in height, is signed “No. 5, 1982, Sam Maloof” on its base. Maloof’s work is held in the collections of several major art institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Notable owners of Maloof rockers include Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

Among a spectacular selection of fine art from the Peterson estate is a painting by French artist Louis Valtat (1869-1952). Completed in 1902, Jeune Femmes Sur Les Rochers (Est. $30,000-$50,000) is an oil on canvas measuring 11 x 13.75 inches. A visionary artist, Valtat is considered to be one of the leaders of the Fauvist movement. In addition to his paintings, Valtat is also known for his 1894 collaboration with Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Albert Andre to create the décor for the Paris theatre “L’Oeuvre”.

Also offered are two sculptures by renowned American artist Donal Hord (1902-1966). Both pieces are sculpted in lignum vitae, a rare hardwood known for its uncommonly high density. Descending Sun (Est. $20,000-$30,000) and Summer Rain (Est. $20,000-$30,000) are each initialed on their bases.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer such rare and beautiful items from this important estate,” comments Frank Kaminski, owner of Kaminski Auctions. “Mr. Peterson was a discerning collector with an eye for important fine and decorative art, and we are certain this sale will generate a lot of interest nationally and internationally.”