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Chinese screen sells for $121,000 at Elite Decorative Arts

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Monday, 07 April 2014 13:05

This large 19th century Chinese porcelain screen with four famille rose panels sold for $121,000. Elite Decorative Arts image.

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – An important 19th century Chinese porcelain screen consisting of four large panels mounted in a carved wooden frame and depicting mountain scenes with elders soared to $121,000 at a Fine Artwork, Porcelain & Decorative Arts Auction held March 29th by Elite Decorative Arts.

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The screen was by far the top lot of the sale and the final hammer price caught the Elite team, which had assigned it a modest presale estimate of just $1,400-$1,800, a little by surprise. “But it only proves what we’ve been seeing recently,” said Scott Cieckiewicz of Elite Decorative Arts. “Chinese porcelain plaques and screens have become extremely popular and bring high dollars.”

Case in point: a set of four Chinese famille rose porcelain plaques depicting the four seasons and housed in hardwood frames, with inscriptions, was offered recently by the British auction firm Charterhouse, with a presale estimate of $300-$500. By the time the final gavel fell, the set had reached a stratospheric $630,000. Undeniably, the market for certain Chinese antiques is red hot.

“Obviously we are seeking these items for consignment,” Cieckiewicz said, “not just porcelain plaques and screens, but other antiquities, too, like red coral carvings, jade carvings, porcelain, bronze and more.” At the firm’s March 15 auction, he noted, a palatial-size Chinese porcelain antique famille rose fish bowl (or planter), expected to realize $3,000-$5,000, reached $27,830.

The antique Chinese porcelain screen that topped the March 29 sale was a gorgeous example, and substantial, too, with an overall size of 38 1/2 inches by 46 3/4 inches. All four of the panels were famille rose. The sale, which grossed just over $250,000, attracted 80 in-house bidders, 21 phone bidders and 1,727 online bidders.

Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include either an 18 percent buyer’s premium for in-house and phone bidders or a 21 percent premium for Internet bidders.

A blue and white Chinese footed wash cup from the Ching-Lung dynasty (circa 1736-1796), measuring 5 inches in height and signed to the base, changed hands for $10,030. This lot was intriguing because it became lost some years ago and again resurfaced just after World War II.

A large oil on canvas painting by Lithuanian-born American artist Max Band (1900-1974), titled Butcher Boy and imposing in size at 24 1/2 inches by 39 inches, garnered $8,260. The work is artist signed lower left and framed. Band studied at the Berlin Academy, authored the book History of Contemporary Art (1935) and lived a good portion of his life in Hollywood, Calif.

A bronze sculpture depicting a beautiful, partially nude woman by the French artist Jean-Baptiste Clesigner (1814-1883), 29 inches tall, fetched $5,082. The 1857 work was highly detailed, with the woman’s hair bound to the back with grape leaves. Clesinger was also known as Auguste. He learned from his father, a sculptor and stone mason, and maintained studios in Paris and Rome.

Another bronze – a limited-edition and large (92 inches tall) sculpture by the Israeli-Egyptian artist Itzik Asher (b. 1946), titled Virgin Bathing, signed and dated (1995), breezed to $7,965. Also, a 19th century 18K yellow gold micromosaic bangle bracelet with one side featuring a mural based on a fresco painted by Guido Reni, circa 1612, in Rome, Italy, reached $5,900.

Chinese carved red coral sculptures are hugely popular with collectors, and this auction had several. Examples included a grouping depicting a Quan Yin standing atop a floral decorated dragon boat ($5,082); a Shou Lou surrounded by seashells ($4,477); a peddler boy holding a bird, staff and jug ($3,025); and a Quan Yin holding a basket of flowers ($4,602).

For more information contact Elite Decorative Arts at 561-200-0893 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog for this sale, complete with prices realized.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

This large 19th century Chinese porcelain screen with four famille rose panels sold for $121,000. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Blue and white Chinese footed wash cup from the Ching-Lung dynasty (1736-1796), 5 inches tall. Price realized: $10,030. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Large oil on canvas painting by Lithuanian-born American artist Max Band (1900-1974), titled ‘Butcher Boy.’ Price realized: $8,260. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Mid-to-late 19th century Chinese carved red coral sculpture of Shou Lou with surrounded by seashells. Price realized: $4,477. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Bronze bust sculpture by French artist Jean-Baptiste Clesinger (1814-1883) of a partially nude woman. Price realized: $5,082. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Antique 18K yellow gold micromosaic bangle bracelet with intricate wire work and beading. Price realized: 5,900. Elite Decorative Arts image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 13:15
 

Navajo silver, jewelry excel at Allard Auction, March 8-9

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Friday, 04 April 2014 15:48
Oversized turquoise and silver squash blossom Navajo necklace by Yellow Bird. Price realized: $3,163. Allard Auctions Inc. image.

MESA, Ariz. – An outstanding collection of 40 hand-wrought, Navajo-made silver pill, jewelry and trinket boxes, many with turquoise stones and made between the 1930s and the 1980s, sold for $9,200 at Allard Auctions’ Big Spring Phoenix Auction, held March 8-9. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

The silver box collection was the top lot of the sale and contained 48 pieces overall. In addition to the boxes, the lot also featured two great canteens (one with coral), a small dish and five non-Indian pieces. The boxes came in various sizes and most boasted great patina. All had lids or covers. The largest two were signed by noted silversmiths “L. James” and “Suzie James.”

Over 800 lots of Native American art and artifacts came up for bid in an auction that grossed about $322,000. Between 100 and 125 people packed the house in person, while online bidding accounted for more than 500 registered bidders. Phone and absentee bids were also taken. In all there were about 300 successful bidders.

“There was a great deal of interest and excitement surrounding this sale way in advance of the actual event, and that told me it would be a huge success, which it was,” said Steve Allard of Allard Auctions. “It was one of our better auctions in the last two or three years. Just about all the major categories did well – jewelry, fine weave rugs, baskets, beadwork and unique items.”

Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

Many items sailed past estimates to bring high dollars – the hallmark of a successful auction. The silver box collection was expected to fetch only $2,000-$5,000. Also, a spectacular graduated green turquoise heshi strand necklace with fetish birds, bears and tear-drop extensions of turquoise and spiny oyster (est. $275-$550) ended up bringing $2,875.

Other overachievers included a large polychrome Acoma pottery jar by L. Concho, with classic floral motif in excellent condition, made circa 1978 (est. $400-$800) gaveled for $2,588; and an oversize Navajo turquoise and silver squash blossom Yellow Bird necklace set with about 200 carats of Morenci turquoise, beautifully crafted circa 1970s (est. $800-$1,600) garnered $2,750.

An early 20th century fully beaded ceremonial drumstick (Assiniboine/Gros Ventre), with a triangular drop and American flags in the design, in very good condition, made $1,840 against an estimate of $300-$600. Also a fine Navajo new wave storm pot, made circa 1990s by the renowned McKelvey Sisters, estimated at $500-$1,000), went for $1,955.

Hopi pottery jars, in particular, did well. A late 20th century Hopi olla by Hisi Nampeyo, with a flared rim and opposed polychrome parrot figures reached $1,035; while another Hisi Nampeyo example – a fine polychrome seed jar with four-way avian symbols, in very good condition and probably made around 1972, rose to $748.

A fine black-on-buff egg-shape Hopi pottery jar with bug and floral motif by the legendary Featherwoman (Silvia Naha), crafted in the late 20th century and in very good condition, breezed to $863, and another Naha creation, a fine polychrome-on-buff seed jar with a lizard figure and cornstalk on the shoulder, also in very good condition and made in the late 1900s, made $748.

An exceptional San Ildefonso blackware pottery plate by Maria & Santana, made circa 1960s, with feather designs and in superb condition, 10 inches in diameter, sold for $2,588. Also, a signed original pen and ink on paper work by Charles F. Lovato (1937-1987), depicting pottery and a stylized animal, circa 1972, 17 inches by 22 inches framed, made $805.

Rounding out just some of the auction’s top lots, a vintage flat beaded pictorial belt for a woman with sheep, a cow, horses and goat figures, made circa 1920 and measuring 6 inches by 36 inches, in very good condition, achieved $1,840; and a Navajo Two Gray Hills rug or weaving by Sadie Begay, done in beautiful earth tones and measuring 31 inches by 54 inches, gaveled for $1,725.

Allard Auctions Inc., which maintains its home office location on the Flathead Indian Reservation in St. Ignatius, Mont., has been selling exclusively American Indian artifacts and art at auction since 1968. The firm is always accepting quality merchandise for future auctions. To inquire about consigning phone 406-745-0500 or toll-free: 888-314-0343; or, email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Oversized turquoise and silver squash blossom Navajo necklace by Yellow Bird. Price realized: $3,163. Allard Auctions Inc. image. Graduated green turquoise heshi strand fetish necklace with figures, made circa 1960s. Price realized: $2,875. Allard Auctions Inc. image. Outstanding large polychrome Acoma pottery jar by L. Concho, with floral motif. Price realized: $2,588. Allard Auctions Inc. image. Fully beaded ceremonial drumstick with triangular drop and American flags. Price realized: $1,840. Allard Auctions Inc. image. Navajo Two Gray Hills rug or weaving by Sadie Begay, 31 inches by 54 inches. Price realized: $1,725. Allard Auctions Inc. image. San Ildefonso blackware pottery plate by Maria & Santana, made circa 1960s. Price realized: $2,588. Allard Auctions Inc. image. The top lot of the auction was a collection of 40 silver boxes, plus eight other items, which sold for $9,200. Allard Auctions Inc. image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 15:15
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury sells Henry Moore prints for top prices

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Friday, 04 April 2014 14:26

Watercolor and charcoal design that was the basis Henry Moore's 'Highwire Walkers.' Price realized: £14,880 ($24,671). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – A collection of previously unseen Henry Moore (1898-1986) working proof prints stole the show at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale of modern and contemporary prints on March 27.

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From the collection of Moore’s master printer Michael Rand, the original work from the late 1970s and early 1980s included the watercolor and charcoal design that was the basis of the etching Highwire Walkers (1975).

Moore’s love of the circus is well documented in his notebooks, and resulted in a series of drawings of tightrope walkers and acrobats that are unlike the drawings relating to his sculpture. Likened to the work of Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec, the work records his interest in the physical form required for these two lively activities, and are markedly different from his life drawings, where the human figure is more commonly represented in a reclining pose. This animated design, sold together with an impression from the third state, to a private collector of important 20th century works on paper for £14,880 [Lot 172].

“We are very pleased with the result achieved for Highwire Walkers,” said Alexander Hayter, international head of contemporary art at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions. “It was an absolute pleasure to handle this collection where every variant plate gave us a wonderful insight in to the level of preparatory work that made Moore such an expert printmaker.”

A second work by Moore, Head of a Girl Sectional, was sold together with the original acetate transfer, the “Bon a Tirer” impression, signed and inscribed by the artist before the plate was trimmed, and four progressive proofs of the plate, one inscribed “State 2” in pencil, and an impression from an abandoned plate previously unrecorded by Patrick Cramer in his catalog of Henry Moore's graphic work. The lot sold for an impressive £8,060 [Lot 147].

Elsewhere in the sale, a selection of work by British abstract artist and printmaker Sir Gordon Howard Eliot Hodgkin CH, CBE (b.1932) sold well. The first, a signed and dated colored lithograph titled For Bernard Jacobson, was printed and hand-colored by Alan Cox and Don Bessant at Sky Editions, London, published by Bernard Jacobson Ltd., London. Dedicated to the art dealer and publisher, Bernard Jacobson, the print was one of the first to be produced on the same scale as the artist’s paintings. Portraying the view of India at night from a balcony, the print is said to be one of Hodgkin’s most complex prints as each sheet of paper was hand-dyed and then interleaved with layers of printing. It sold for £5,580 [Lot 417]. The second of the two works, In an Empty Room, sold for £7,440 [Lot 418].

Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog for this sale, complete with prices realized.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Watercolor and charcoal design that was the basis Henry Moore's 'Highwire Walkers.' Price realized: £14,880 ($24,671). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Sir Gordon Howard Eliot Hodgkin (b.1932) signed and dated colored lithograph titled 'For Bernard Jacobson,' printed and hand-colored by Alan Cox and Don Bessant at Sky Editions, London, published by Bernard Jacobson Ltd., London. Price realized: £5,580 ($9,251).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 15:16
 

Success defines John Moran auction of Calif. art March 25

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Friday, 04 April 2014 13:33

One of two works by California master Guy Rose offered in this sale, ‘Winter Haystacks at Crecy-en-Brie’ found a new home for $120,000 (estimate: $100,000 - $150,000). John Moran Auctioneers image.

PASADENA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers continues to lead the field in California and American Fine Art. Amassing over $1.7 million in sales, Moran’s first California and American Fine Art Auction of 2014, conducted on March 25, was a decided success.

Internet live bidding was provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Attracted by an exceptionally and consistently strong selection of works by top-tier artists, including two works by top California Impressionist Guy Rose, bidders from all over California filled the saleroom at the Pasadena Convention Center to capacity. A number of works sold above their high estimates, and several artists’ world records were broken within the span of an hour.

The first work by Guy Rose (1867-1925) to go on the block was Windswept Trees, Laguna, aptly described in a note in Moran’s catalog by well-known California art expert Will South as “by every measure, a signature example of his mature aesthetic, an aesthetic that defines the highest cultural achievement of his time and place.’’ Rose painted the 40-by-30-inch oil-on-linen “en plein air” in 1917, and was so pleased with the result that he kept it in his private collection, and reproduced it in a larger studio version which now belongs to the Irvine Museum. Purchased from Stendahl Galleries at the Guy Rose Memorial Exhibition by members of the same family who consigned it to Moran’s, this important work made its reappearance on the market with aplomb, realizing $480,000 (estimate: $500,000 - $700,000).

The second work by Rose, Winter Haystacks at Crecy-en-Brie, France, was painted earlier, in 1890, when Rose was a student in Paris. Possessing an authority and presence that belies its diminutive size, the delicately shaded oil was purchased by a determined floor bidder for a final price of $120,000 (estimate: $100,000 - $150,000). Two more works by Guy Rose are slated for sale at John Moran Auctioneers’ October California and American Fine Art Auction.

One of the standout record-breaking paintings was a large and unusually dramatic oil by Paul Grimm (1891-1974), California Clouds. Hailing from a private Orange County collection, the canvas went up on the block with a conservative estimate of $7,000 - $9,000. Competing floor and a full bank of telephone bidders quickly drove the asking price much higher, however, to a final bid of $30,000.

Sweeping Southern California landscapes in general performed quite well at Moran’s. A bidding war broke out for a massive canvas (40 inches by 60 inches) by Hanson Duval Puthuff (1875-1972) depicting a wide view of Big Tujunga Canyon (estimate: $60,000 - $80,000). Puthuff’s impressive work renders the California scenery in true-to-life hues of yellow, brown and green, skillfully capturing the arid-meets-verdant landscape. Bidding did not top out until the price reached the $96,000 mark. John Frost’s (1890-1937) electrically colored oil on canvas, San Jacinto, Palm Springs, executed in a feathery, painterly hand, earned an impressive $85,750, well over the expected $50,000 - $70,000.

The Beautiful Bay of Avalon by Joe Duncan Gleason (1881-1959) also performed beyond expectations. The work serves as a fascinating architectural and geographical record of the popular resort town on Catalina Island. Painted from a similar vantage point as the current record-holder for the artist, a larger work that Moran’s sold for $161,000 in February, 2007, it takes its title from a poem by Jennie L.H. Giddings, whose family home, Holly Hill House, is the structure on the right of the canvas, facing the Sugar Loaf Casino on the other side of the bay. Gleason created the painting as a gift to the family upon their purchase of the property, and it remained in the family until the present day. Expected to bring $20,000 - $25,000, the modestly sized painting realized $36,000.

Also serving as an intriguing architectural time capsule of sorts is a watercolor by Emil Kosa Jr. (1903-1968) of downtown Los Angeles and City Hall. A somewhat moody composition, with dark clouds breaking apart to reveal bright blue Los Angeles skies, this work was estimated at $6,000 - $8,000, but ultimately went to a floor bidder to the tune of $13,200. Another city scene, capturing the picturesque Chinatown, San Francisco by Jules Pages (1867-1946), earned $16,800 at the block (estimate: $10,000 - $15,000).

Some new records were set by stunning works by lesser-known but immensely talented California artists. A muted oil by Ted Christensen (1911-1998) titled Tiburon captures the hamlet on a foggy day, showing a road winding down through buildings to the distant bay covered in haze. Bidders responded enthusiastically to the sketchy, almost abstract, scene, bidding well beyond the estimate of $1,000 - $1,500, to a purchase price of $4,287.50. Shortly thereafter, a sunny watercolor by Sacramento artist John Britton Matthew (1896-1980), Divers Cove, Laguna Beach – From Life, broke the artist’s record with a selling price of $3,900, well over the estimated $1,000 - $1,500.

Other results of note include George K. Brandriff’s (1890-1936) A Gathering Storm, Mono Lake, Calif., which was expected to find a buyer for $2,000 - $3,000, but earned an impressive $6,000 in the end. Late Afternoon – La Crescenta by Los Angeles artist Walter Farrington Moses (1874-1947), a skillfully composed composition depicting distant mountains revealed by a divided clutch of stately eucalyptus trees to the mid ground, was initially estimated to earn $800-$1,200. Wooing bidders with a cool and calming palette replete with purples, blues and greens, the piece fetched $4,200. A bright and bold composition by John Wesley Cotton (1868-1931), titled Gnarled Veterans in reference to the massive sycamore trees that serve as the painting’s subject, incited a number of bidders to compete for ownership. In the end, the work realized $8,400 (estimate: $3,000 - $5,000).

Additional highlights include:

– Massachusetts artist John Whorf’s oil on canvas, Southern Cruiser, is a stunningly dramatic maritime nocturne, looking over the bow of a ship and beyond to a view of crushing waves. Perhaps made all the more captivating with the inclusion of a solitary figure on deck, illuminated by an interior light, the work earned $30,000 (estimate $15,000 - $20,000).

– A pair of complementary works by Pasadena artist Marion Kavanagh Wachtel, initially given a conservative $1,500 - $2,000 estimate for the pair, sold at $6,000.

– A charming, feathery still life of lilacs by Clair H. Ruby made quite an impression when auction attendees viewed it in person, inciting a number of bidders to leave absentee bids. One such absentee bidder was indeed successful, buying the work for $2,400 (estimate: $1,000 - $1,500).

John Moran Auctioneers’ next California and American Fine Art Auction is scheduled for October 21st, and consignment inquiries are now invited. Call the offices directly for more information: 626-793-1833.

Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog for this sale, complete with prices realized.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

One of two works by California master Guy Rose offered in this sale, ‘Winter Haystacks at Crecy-en-Brie’ found a new home for $120,000 (estimate: $100,000 - $150,000). John Moran Auctioneers image. 

This work by Paul Grimm titled ‘California Clouds,’ broke the artist’s auction record with a price realized of $30,000 (estimate: $7,000 - $9,000). John Moran Auctioneers image.

John Frost’s work, ‘San Jacinto, Palm Springs,’ incited a bidding frenzy, selling for $85,750 (estimate: $50,000 - $70,000). John Moran Auctioneers image.

Jules Pages’ ‘Chinatown, San Francisco,’ was given an estimate of $10,000 - $15,000, and found a buyer for $16,800. John Moran Auctioneers image.

‘Tiburon,’ a charming portrait of the California coastal town, earned $4,287.50, setting the record for Ted Christensen’s work at auction. John Moran Auctioneers image.

This work by Massachusetts artist John Whorf titled ‘Southern Cruiser’ was expected to fetch $15,000 - $20,000 at Moran’s March 25 auction, but bidding topped out at $30,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 14:14
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury reports brilliant jewelry results

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Thursday, 03 April 2014 13:46

Sapphire and diamond ring by Bulgari, a gift to the consignor from Italian filmmaker Mario Monicelli. Price realized: £15,500 ($25,712). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – Proving that period Bugari is one of the most sought after jewelers in the international market, a stunning 1960s sapphire and diamond ring by Bulgari highlighted Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ March 26 auction of fine jewelry, which saw a plethora of jaw-dropping gems go under the hammer at the firms Donnignton Priory saleroom. Selling for £15,500 ($25,712), the stunning ring took the total for the sale to a fantastic £400,000 ($663,453).

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

Italian jewelry and luxury goods retailer, Bulgari, is known for dressing the Hollywood glitterati, and the diamond and sapphire ring was a gift to the previous owner from the famous Italian filmmaker Mario Monicelli. The Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter Monicelli was dubbed the “father of Italian comedy” for such films as the 1975 hit Amici Mei (My Friends).” The gifted sapphire and diamond Bulgari ring sold well above its estimate of £6,000–£8,000 [Lot 401].

Much of the jewelry in the sale was sourced from private collections and estates across Europe. Fresh to the British market the items have been consigned through Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ office in Rome, where they hold regular jewelry valuation days. Key jewelry ateliers including Cartier, Pomellato and Bulgari have been discovered on these occasions, and a sleek and stylish Italian agate and sapphire bowl by Alfredo Ravasco, circa 1940–1965, was once the most interesting finds.

The son of a Genoese goldsmith, Ravasco became famous during the 1920s for his exuberant precious stone boxes and objects, which encompassed his signature style, a perfect balance of the extravagant and the minimalist. His list of prestigious clients included the Royal House of Savoy, and he is known to have created presentation brooches for the Princess of Piedmont, later Queen Maria José of Italy. He was one of only a few Italian jewelers to have exhibited at the 1925 International Exposition of Decorative Arts in Paris, and later went on to exhibit in New York in 1928 and Athens in 1931. The bowl sold to an Italian bidder on the Internet for £5,208 ($8,639).

Good quality antique and period jewelry is still the most highly sought after at auction, and a Victorian diamond set hinged snake bangle, circa 1860, generated a great deal of excitement among bidders. The naturalistic coiled gold snake with applied rope-twist scales, rose cut diamond accented spine and a pear- shape diamond set head, sold for £3,200 ($5,308), against an estimate of £1,800–£2,200 [Lot 200].

Elsewhere in the sale, a spectacular 13.68-carat Bulgari single-stone diamond ring sold for £97,960 ($162,485). The signature Bulgari style can be seen in architecture of the brilliant cut diamond, claw set above baguette cut diamond single stone shoulders. A bold statement, the striking diamond setting is signed by Bulgari [Lot 408].

“The outcome of today’s auction is testament to the strength of Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ position in the fine jewelry market. We are working hard to source the finest material for our international client base, and the results speak for themselves,” said James Nicholson, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ deputy chairman and international head of jewelry, silver and watches.

Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog for this sale, complete with prices realized.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Sapphire and diamond ring by Bulgari, a gift to the consignor from Italian filmmaker Mario Monicelli. Price realized: £15,500 ($25,712). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Victorian diamond set hinged snake bangle, circa 1860. Price realized: £3,200 ($5,308). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 14:23
 

Tiffany glass vase soars to $60,000 at Woody Auction

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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 15:28

Monumental signed Tiffany decorated art glass vase with aqua green background. Price realized: $39,000. Woody Auction image.

WICHITA, Kan. – A museum-quality Louis Comfort Tiffany art glass vase, pastel white and green with finely engraved calla lily décor and numerous beetle and spider highlights, soared to $60,000 on at Part 1 of a planned five-part series by Woody Auction to sell the lifetime collection of mostly porcelain and fine art glass collected by the late Dr. Ernest Rieger and his wife, Karin.

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The vase – 8 inches tall and signed by the maker “LCT #X1175” – was the top lot of the March 20 auction that grossed $1.3 million and was described by auctioneer Jason Woody of Woody Auction as “by far the finest art glass auction ever held in Kansas,” adding, “Part 2 (scheduled for Thursday, May 29) promises to be just as exciting.”

Exactly 400 lots came up for bid, at the Doubletree Airport Hilton in Wichita. More than 100 bidder numbers were issued to the in-person crowd, while another 955 people registered to bid online, via LiveAuctioneers.com. Also, 35 bidders participated via absentee bid.

The Riegers were discerning, serious collectors, seeking out only the finest names in porcelain and glass, such as Tiffany, Galle, Meissen, Webb, Daum Nancy, KPM and others. The couple also collected period antique furniture, which they used and displayed in their Wichita home. The furniture will be sold in the later auctions. The May 29 event will be followed by a two-day auction, Aug. 1-2.

Following are additional highlights from the recent auction. All prices quoted are hammer. There is no buyer’s premium at a Woody Auction.

The runner-up for top lot was a set of four Meissen pedestal handled ewers, all about 25 inches tall and representing earth, wind, fire and water. The set sold as one lot for $57,500. Each piece had the traditional Meissen blue crossed swords mark. Earth was Diana the huntress with Pan, wind was cherubs playing bagpipes, fire was a woman tending a flame and water was Neptune.

In third place, breezing to an impressive $44,000, was a 20-inch signed Tiffany art glass gladioli paperweight vase, boasting a green and lavender background with white blossom décor. It was signed “Louis C. Tiffany Favrile #3280P.” This vase – or one identical to it – was pictured sitting on a mantel in the Tiffany home in Robert Koch’s book titled Louis C. Tiffany Art Glass.

While Tiffany dominated the day, other names did well, too. A signed Daum Nancy French cameo art glass boudoir lamp in the highly desirable Rain Scene décor, 13 1/2 inches tall, fetched $38,000, while a beautiful signed “Thomas Webb & Sons Gem Cameo” three-color vase in soft blue, pink and white with finely detailed depictions of trees, flowers and birds, made $35,000.

An 8 1/2-inch French art glass vase, signed “Cristallerie de Emile Galle Nancy,” having a dark cranberry, green, yellow and clear background with a carved seaweed décor and applied sand dollar cabochon, realized $21,000; and a signed 8 1/2-inch Galle French cameo art glass vase with a frosted smoke lavender background, red mottled interior and crab and fish design, hit $17,000.

An 11-inch signed Daum Nancy French cameo art glass pedestal vase with a spring season lake décor went for $14,000. Also, a beautiful Verrerie d’Art French cameo art glass vase signed “Verrerie d’Art de Lorraine B&S Co.,” with B&S standing for Burgun & Schverer, with a watermelon background and carved cameo orchid design, rose to $10,000.

Bidders seemed powerless to resist anything that carried the Tiffany name. A monumental and signed Tiffany decorated art glass vase having an iridescent aqua green background with pulled feather design, 15 1/2 inches tall, brought $39,000; and a 4 inch by 4 inch signed Tiffany art glass vase with an iridescent bronze body with 10 “windows” around the middle garnered $36,000.

A rare 12 1/2-inch signed Tiffany gold iridescent Cypriote pattern vase with green iridescent interior, boasting Cypriote patches overlaid with an iridescent layer, finished at $35,000. Also, an equally scarce and outstanding signed Tiffany Lava art glass vase, 8 1/2 inches in height, having a Cypriote background with gold iridescent leaf-shaped decorated petals topped out at $30,000.

A 4 1/4 inch signed Tiffany Favrile decorated art glass Lava vase with bright red “dripping” trim over a dark and silvery iridescent body, complemented by a fine red interior, went for $28,000; and a 9 3/4-inch signed Tiffany Favrile pedestal art glass vase displaying a beautiful bronze iridescence with silver iridized frames and having a beautiful textured design fetched $18,000.

For details phone Woody Auction in Douglass, Kan., at 316-747-2694 or e-mail them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Monumental signed Tiffany decorated art glass vase with aqua green background. Price realized: $39,000. Woody Auction image.

Eight-inch signed Tiffany art glass vase, pastel white and green with fine calla lily décor. Price realized: $60,000. Woody Auction image.

20-inch signed Tiffany art glass gladiola paperweight vase with white blossom décor. Price realized: $44,000. Woody Auction image.

Signed Thomas Webb & Sons gem cameo three-color vase with three panel scenes. Price realized: $35,000. Woody Auction image.

Rare signed Daum Nancy French cameo art glass boudoir lamp with rain scene décor. Price realized: $38,000. Woody Auction image.

Set of four 25-inch Meissen pedestal handled ewers representing the four elements. Price realized: $57,500. Woody Auction image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 13:51
 

I.M. Chait March 23 Post-Asia Week Auction realizes $2.3M

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Friday, 28 March 2014 14:27

15th century early Ming Dynasty gilt-bronze Bodhisattva, 9-7/8 inches, the auction’s top lot, sold online for $350,000. I.M. Chait image

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – While traditional Asian art categories held on to their most-favored status at I.M. Chait’s March 23, 2014 Post-Asia Week Auction, other buying trends were noted at the $2.36 million sale that would indicate collectors are exploring new avenues. All prices quoted are inclusive of a 22% buyer’s premium; LiveAuctioneers provided the Internet live-bidding services.

“Clearly, Asian art collectors are expanding their horizons beyond the antique ceramics, jade and bronze that have been so highly prized over the years,” said Joshua Chait, operations manager at I.M. Chait. “A prime example is the 16-piece carved ruby matrix tea set that was entered in our auction with a $160,000-$180,000 estimate. It was not just a tea set; it was a flawless artwork, and collectors recognized it as such. It sold for $219,600.”

Embellished with gilt mountings and accents, the set included a covered teapot with a carved dragon inside, a chocolate/water pot, creamer, four claw-foot shallow dishes, four dragon-form teacups, serving accessories and a carved dragon centerpiece. A thick ruby zoisite freeform slab served as the tray.

The top lot of the sale was a superb 15th century early Ming Dynasty Xuande Mark and Period gilt-bronze Bodhisattva. The 9 7/8-inch figure elaborately decorated with cast “jewelry,” headdress and other adornments was chosen as the cover image for Chait’s printed catalog. It reached the high end of its estimate range, selling to an online buyer for $350,000.

Another category that showed strength was Chinese calligraphic scrolls and art. A striking ink-on-paper calligraphy by Wu Changshuo (1844-1927), signed with four seals of the artist and one collector’s seal of Chongsog (Pyong-U-Min), was bid to $73,200 against an estimate of $15,000-$20,000. Also having provenance from the prestigious Songwon Collection, a Chinese calligraphic couplet by Zhang Daqian, signed and dated July 1978, with two seals of the artist, soared past its $15,000-$20,000 estimate to reach $67,100.

A serene Chinese landscape painting on silk by Pu Ru (1896-1963), ex Songwon Collection, depicted craggy mountains, trees and a figure navigating a boat. It more than doubled its high estimate to achieve $48,800.

“It was a very busy sale with a lot of action from all sources,” said Chait. “There was a good mix of nationalities among bidders, but most who prevailed on the higher-priced lots were from Asia. We were very pleased that so many people in the room had flown in specifically for the sale. Some had attended Asia Week in New York and made a special stop en route home just to attend. We anticipated this would be the case and left no stone unturned in producing an auction that would meet, if not surpass, their expectations.”

This is the second year in which I.M. Chait has chosen to conduct its Asia Week Auction from their West Coast gallery, rather than at a Manhattan venue. “It has worked extremely well for us, and our clients have responded very favorably. We plan to continue this new policy going forward,” Chait said.

I.M. Chait’s next auction is slated for April 13 and will feature Asian art, antiques and estate items. The firm’s Asian & International Fine Arts Auction will take place on May 18. For additional information, visit the Chait website at www.chait.com or call 1-800-775-5020 or 310-285-0182; email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

View the fully illustrated catalog from I.M. Chait's March 23 Post-Asia Week auction, complete with prices realized, online at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

15th century early Ming Dynasty gilt-bronze Bodhisattva, 9-7/8 inches, the auction’s top lot, sold online for $350,000. I.M. Chait image

Exquisite 16-piece carved ruby matrix dragon tea set with gilt mountings and accents, $219,600. I.M. Chait image

Chinese ink-on-paper calligraphy by Wu Changshuo (1844-1927), signed with four seals of the artist and one collector’s seal of Chongsog (Pyong-U-Min), $73,200. I.M. Chait image

Chinese calligraphic couplet by Zhang Daqian, signed and dated July 1978, with two seals of the artist, $67,100.

Chinese ink and color on silk landscape painting by Pu Ru. Provenance: The Songwon Collection, from Young-Ig Min and Pyong-U Min family, $48,800. I.M. Chait image

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 15:33
 

Rago's Great Estates Auction tops high estimate at $1.3M

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Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:17
KPM porcelain plaque, ‘Solitude.’ Price realized: $20,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image. LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago Arts and Auction Center's Great Estates auction on March 22 edged past its high estimate with a total of $1,339,063 in sales.

Internet bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

"This was a classic estate auction with exceptional property from private homes, estates and collections, priced reasonably,” said Tom Martin, who directed the sale. “That's a formula for success. It's also clear to me that more buyers than ever before look to Rago for beautiful traditional furnishings, carpets, silver, American, Continental, and Asian fine and decorative art. We have top-notch property in house already for the next auction in September and we are looking for more.”

Almost all categories performed well in the March 22 auction save for a somewhat disappointing showing by coins. Some of the strongest results in the auction were achieved by Asian lots, the hammer exceeding the high estimate by 37 percent overall. The top lot of the auction was Asian: a Chinese nephrite jade four-panel screen for $58,750.

Russian pieces brought spirited bidding. As a result, a Russian Imperial Porcelain Factory military plate sold at $35,000 and a Russian Imperial Glass Factory (attr.) amethyst glass beaker at $3,625.

Fine art did well overall, with several paintings and sculptures significantly exceeding their high estimates. Lot 132, a bronze and ivory sculpture of a young woman attributed to Demetre Chiparus, sold for $18,750.

The selling prices of porcelain plaques were stellar. Most hammered at or above high estimate, notably lot 71, a KPM porcelain plaque titled Solitude, which sold for $20,000. Lot 90, a pair of Meissen pate sur pate covered urns, also sold very well at $16,250.

Traditional furnishings finished close to high estimate, with several outstanding pieces, such as lot 196, a Chippendale chest of drawers for $16,250, and lot 243, a Chippendale walnut corner cabinet for $21,250.

Rugs and tapestries were also successful, finishing at high estimate. Noteworthy ephemera includes lot 615, a presidential autograph album at $27,500, and lot 616, a signed H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds first edition for $15,000, sought after by museums, bookstores and private collectors.

Rago Auctions will hold the next Great Estates Auction on Sept. 14. Consignments are now being accepted for all auctions: phone 609-397-9374 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog for this sale, complete with prices realized.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
KPM porcelain plaque, ‘Solitude.’ Price realized: $20,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image. Chinese nephrite jade four-panel screen. Price realized: $68,750. Rago Arts and Auction Center image. Russian Imperial Porcelain Factory military plate. Price realized: $35,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image. Presidential autograph album, includes signatures of George Washington, James Madison and James Monroe. Price realized: $27,500. Rago Arts and Auction Center image. Chinese altar table. Price realized: $20,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image. Demetre Chiparus (attr.), bronze and ivory sculpture of a young woman. Price realized: $18,750. Rago Arts and Auction Center image. Pair of Meissen pate sur pate covered urns. Price realized: $16,250. Rago Arts and Auction Center image. Mario Joseph Korbel bronze sculpture of a draped nude. Price realized: $13,750. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:58
 

World views in high demand at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury

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Monday, 24 March 2014 15:06

The Rev. George Newenham, 'China, in a Series of Views …,' four volumes. in two, engraved titles, 124 engraved plates, 1843. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

LONDON – Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ March 13 Bibliophile sale saw a group of 59 tinted lithographs of France, Italy and Sicily sell for £2,108 alongside antiquarian books and manuscripts covering subjects from architecture to zoology.

LiveAucitoneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

The fascinating lithographs, from the late 19th century [Lot 101], were succeeded by a series of views of China produced by Irish-born writer the Rev. George Newenham Wright. The plates, engraved by English architect and artist Thomas Allom, included scenes depicting Chinese workers “loading tea-junks at Tseen-tang” and “China Opium Smokers” among others. The four volumes bound in two sold for £854 [Lot 100].

Another travel and topographical work to attract much interest was The World displayed; or a Curious Collection of Voyages and Travels by Christopher Smart, Oliver Goldsmith and Samuel Johnson. The 20 volumes in 10 mixed editions included folding maps of the Americas, plans of Quebec and details of the first voyage of Christopher Columbus to America. It sold for £585 [Lot 36].

A section of works on the subjects of art and architecture included Baroque painter and architect Andrea Pozzo’s work on perspective, Perspectivae Pictorum atque Architectorum…, which sold for £463 [Lot 62], and John Piper’s Stowe by artist John Piper and architectural writer Mark Girouard achieved £488. The out-of-series copy was from an edition limited to 300 that was signed by both the artist and the writer. [Lot 301].

Elsewhere in the sale The Whole Works of Homer, translated by George Chapman, a 16th century dramatist famous for his translations of Homer, received fierce bidding selling for £1,586 [Lot 332] and Updike’s magnum opus, The Book of Common Prayer, doubled its estimate selling for £671. The work was one of the most beautifully designed American books of the 20th century and took two years to produce. [Lot 303].

The auction was held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Godalming saleroom in Surrey.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

The Rev. George Newenham, 'China, in a Series of Views …,' four volumes. in two, engraved titles, 124 engraved plates, 1843. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

A selection of books featuring fine bindings was bid to £1,100 pounds, exclusive of the buyer's premium. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:21
 
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