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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.

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"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 .

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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.

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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
 

Clars gets repeat high performance from Chinese furniture

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Thursday, 20 March 2014 15:30

Coming from the Gerber estate, this pair of Chinese hardwood and huanghuali compound cabinets realized an astonishing $299,500. Clars Auction Gallery image.

OAKLAND, Calif. – On the heels of Clars’ February 2014 sale, their fine art, jewelry and decoratives sale March 15 and 16 once again saw the Asian category soar to over $1.5 million, fueling the $2.3 million realized for the entire auction, the third-largest grossing sale in the firm’s history.

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Bidders, once again, converged in force to bid by phone, Internet and from the saleroom floor. Due to the increasingly large quantity of property being consigned, Clars has extended their sales from two days to three days, with Monday being an offline (not open to Internet bidding) sale. Just three months into the 2014 calendar year, Clars has achieved both its highest sale and third-highest sale in their history. For the calendar year, and the first half of their fiscal year, sales are up 62 percent from the prior year.

Perhaps the most important factor has been the huge collection coming from the Gerber Estate in Reno, Nev., which has performed beyond expecation, particularly in the Asian offerings which are going out the door for over-the-top prices.

On Sunday, March 16, the top seller of the three-day event was a pair of Chinese hardwood and huanghuali compound cabinets that realized an astonishing $299,500 against their high estimate of $50,000. Taking second place selling for $189,500, was a huanghuali round table and stools, executed in the drum form. Another pair of Chinese hardwood huanghuali rounded corner cabinets, also from the Gerber estate, soared past its $40,000 high estimate selling for $167,000. A single Chinese hardwood and huanghuali rounded corner cabinet and a hardwood and huanghuali side table sold for $96,000 each. Overall, in the Asian category, the just over 150 lots offered earned well over $1.5 million with the huanghuali furniture accounting for over $1.3 million.

The top seller in the fine art category was a signed etching and aquatint by Marcel Duchamp (French 1887-1968) titled Nine Malic Moulds. Expected to achieve a high of $6,000, this work sold for more than three times high estimate going out at $19,000.

Several offerings of the photography from the renowned Ruttenberg Collection once again brought worldwide bidder interest to the sale. By Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009) the gelatin silver print titled Harlem Boy with a Black Cat, sold for $9,000, followed by the gelatin silver print Odalisque I, by Horst P. Horst (American/German, 1906-1999), which surpassed its estimate going for $8,000. Two more works by Horst, Lobster Salvador and Birthday Gloves, also sold strongly, achieving $7,000 and $5,000 respectively.

A 19th century Gold Rush-era Bowie knife by Will and Finck, San Francisco, sold for over estimate as serious collectors drove the final sale price to $6,500. The second offering of note achieved twice its high estimate. Selling for $13,000 was a 19th century Continental Renaissance-style figural clock executed in patinated metal with the figure of Atlas supporting the clock.

A stunning jadeite, diamond and 18K white gold ring ring centered by one oval jadeite cabachon surrounded full cut diamonds sold for $19,000. A platinum and princess cut diamond ring, 2.51 carats, sold for $10,000.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 

Coming from the Gerber estate, this pair of Chinese hardwood and huanghuali compound cabinets realized an astonishing $299,500. Clars Auction Gallery image.

 

Taking second place in the Asian category and selling for $189,500, was this set of hardwood huanghuali round table and stools, executed in the drum form. Clars Auction Gallery image.

From the Ruttenberg Collection, by Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009) this gelatin silver print titled ‘Harlem Boy with a Black Cat,’ sold for $9,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This 19th century Gold Rush-era Bowie knife by Will and Finck, San Francisco, sold over estimate as serious collectors drove the final sale price to $6,500. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Selling for $13,000, this 19th century Continental Renaissance-style figural clock was executed in patinated metal with the figure of Atlas supporting the clock. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This stunning jadeite ring, which was centered by one marquise jadeite cabachon surrounded by 18 old European cut diamonds, sold for $19,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 10:29
 

Rare clock strikes £286,800 at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014 17:04

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions sold this rare architectural eight-day longcase clock by Joseph Knibb for £542,000 ($899,341). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

LONDON – A rare architectural eight-day longcase clock by Joseph Knibb doubled its estimate at auction March 11 in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions sale of Fine Clocks, Barometers, Scientific Instruments & Horological Books in Donnington Priory. The clock sold for an impressive £286,800 ($475,882), bringing the sale total to £542,000 ($899,341).

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“We and the vendor are delighted to with this exceptional result which befits the importance of the clock,” said Leighton Gillibrand, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions head of clocks, barometers and scientific instruments.

Possibly the earliest of Joseph Knibb’s work, the clock was produced during his time in Oxford and is dated as circa 1665-7. Only three other examples are documented from his time in Oxford, all of which are significantly different from each other, suggesting Knibb was undertaking a period of experimentation while there in his early career.

He later moved to London where he became known for his experimentation with alternative striking, as well as long duration clocks. Conforming much more to his London contemporaries, the example that sold at Dreweatts and Bloomsbury arguably predates his more innovative clocks from that time, suggesting this could be the earliest surviving clock made by Knibb, and a rare example of an early architectural longcase made in Oxford [Lot 143].

Elsewhere in the sale, a fierce bidding battle saw a silver mounted gilt brass petit sonnerie carriage clock sell on the phone for £32,240. The clock by Le Roy and Fils, Paris, circa 1885, included a perpetual calendar, moonphase, alarm and push-button quarter repeat [Lot 76].

Also exceeding its estimate was a fine Victorian gilt brass mounted giant carriage clock with push-button hour repeat by Dent London. It sold for £27,280 [Lot 78].

Bidders in the room, online and on the phone snapped up the Horological books that opened the sale of Fine Clocks, Barometers, Scientific Instruments & Horological Books, with a number sailing past the estimates. John Blagrave’s The Mathematical Jewel doubled its estimate, selling for £1,612 [Lot 7].

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ADDITIONAL LOT OF NOTE

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions sold this rare architectural eight-day longcase clock by Joseph Knibb for £542,000 ($899,341). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 15:32
 

Asian works spark fierce bidding in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury sale

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014 12:16

A Chinese bronze censer, a vessel created for burning incense, was the highlight of the sale, selling for £8,060 ($13,362). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

LONDON – As the art market was preparing to indulge in Asia Week New York, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions celebrated Asian works of art in their March 12 Interiors sale. The sale saw unwavering bidders pushing prices high, suggesting there is no remission in the booming Asian art market.

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A Chinese bronze censer, a vessel created for burning incense, was the highlight of the sale, selling for £8,060. From the former residence of Rob Walker of Formula One’s successful Rob Walker Racing team and the heir of whisky mogul Johnnie Walker, the censer, with its excellent provenance, was sold in the room to a UK bidder [Lot 12].

A collection of paintings opened the Asian works of art section. A fine group of eight, framed and glazed, 19th century Chinese paintings, in inks and colors on silk, attracted fierce bidding before selling for £5,952. The paintings were all of a natural theme, depicting traditional-style floral scenes, and bird and flower subjects [Lot 7]. Other highly desired paintings included an Indian miniature depicting Maharana Jagar Singh II riding an elephant in procession which sold for £2,976 [Lot 80] and an Indian miniature depicting Maharana Sangram Singh hunting a boar [Lot 79], which sold for £1,612.

Asian ceramics also achieved top prices with a 19th century jar and cover, ornately decorated with a landscape scene, on a carved wooden stand achieving £3,968 [Lot 61] and a large Chinese blue and white dish doubling its estimate and selling for £2,300 [Lot 53].

A red and gold lacquered wood figure of a Chinese general excited bidders in the room. Despite lacking his hands, the finely carved sculpture, wearing scale armour beneath elaborate robes, sold for £6,200 [Lot 15].

The later part of the Interiors sale offered works of art and furniture from British and Continental makers. A grand pair of Continental carved giltwood Blackamoor torcheres, in 18th century Venetian style, measured 86 inches tall and doubled their estimate selling for £5,952 [Lot 121]. Proving that fine British mahogany furniture is still in demand, a William IV mahogany extending dining table, circa 1835, sold for £4,960 [Lot 129].

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

A Chinese bronze censer, a vessel created for burning incense, was the highlight of the sale, selling for £8,060 ($13,362). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Indian miniature painting depicting Maharana Jagar Singh II riding an elephant in a procession, circa 1740, which sold for £2,976 ($4,933.). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 17:02
 

US silver coins bolstered Jeffrey S. Evans variety auction

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 16:22

1932 Winter Olympics bronze medal, issued for the Olympics held at Lake Placid, N.Y., stamped 'Robbins Co. / Attelboro' on top edge, 1932. Price Realized: $4,312.50. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – Variety auctions at Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates offer diverse material, as the auction title implies. The Feb. 22 sale’s top lot was of five United States silver half dollar coins, featuring the bust of Liberty with flowing hair and a draped bust. The coins in the group dated to 1795; 1801; 1802; 1803 (with the large 3) and 1804. Formerly in the collection of Wayne Anderson of Winchester Va., and sold from the coin collection of the late John Palmer, Purcellville, Va., the coins realized $4312.50 against an estimate of $800-$1,200 (lot 1).

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Other coins did almost as well in the auction. A complete set of 24 silver Peace Dollar coins, dated from 1921 to 1935, housed in a Littleton Custom album, sold for $2,990, (estimate: $400-$600) (lot 19); and a lot of six U.S. silver half-dollar coins, with the draped bust, dated 1803 (large and small 3); 1805 and 1807, sold for $2,300 (estimate: $300-$500) (lot 2). A lot of assorted ancient coins, sold for $2,300, exceeding its $100-$200 estimate.

The auction also included an interesting array of medals. A bronze medal awarded at the 1932 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, the first Olympics held in the United States, sold for $4,312.50 (estimate: $200-$300). The medal was stamped Robbins Co./Attleboro. Eighteen bronze medals issued by the Society of Medalists, sold for $1,840, far in excess of the $200-$400 estimate (Lots 40 and Lot 41).

A group of Chinese ceramics, including a fine Yongzheng period oxblood red dish, circa 1723-1735, sold for $4,312.50 (estimate: $80-120), and a Japanese woodblock print by Kiyosho Saito (1907-1997), Autumn in Saga, Kyoto, sold for $805 against a $400-$600 estimate (Lots 443 and 422, respectively).

A rare “Hootch Owl” figural cast-brass combination corkscrew/bottle/opener/nut cracker, stamped Pat. D-98968 for Robert Smythe’s design, patented March 7, 1936, sold for $1,725, against an estimate of $300-$500 (Lot 124).

Of local interest, four maps of Rockingham County, Va., taken from Lake’s Atlas of Rockingham County, sold for $1,495. The maps were used in Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film, Lincoln, circa 1885, a provenance that clearly influenced their selling price (Lot 69).

The 805-lot auction realized $192,343 with 2,426 registered bidders from 34 countries.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

1932 Winter Olympics bronze medal, issued for the Olympics held at Lake Placid, N.Y., stamped 'Robbins Co. / Attelboro' on top edge, 1932. Price Realized: $4,312.50. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

U.S silver Flowing Hair and Draped Bust half dollar coins, lot of five, 1795, 1801, 1802, 1803 (large 3) and 1805, sold for $4,312.50. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Lot of four Rockingham County, Virginia maps, from ‘Lake's Atlas of Rockingham Coounty,’ in modern frames and mats, circa 1885. Price realized: $1,495. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

‘Hootch-Owl’ figural cast-brass combinationcorkscrew / bottle opener / nut cracker, shaft stamped ‘PAT. D-98968’ for Robert Smythe's design patent of March 7, 1936. Price realized: $1,725. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Assorted Asian porcelain articles, lot of three, including a Chinese Oxblood low bowl with white rim and blue markings, mid 18th century, 8 inches in diameter, sold for $4,312.50. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 12:27
 

Fine silver had shining moments at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:26

Chinese Export Silver pair of late 18th century Qianlong filigree vases and covers, attributed to the Canton silversmith Pao Ying. Price realized: £23,560. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

LONDON – Fine English, Continental and Chinese Export Silver was in high demand at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale of Fine Silver and Objects of Vertu, held Feb. 26, with many pieces eclipsing their presale estimates.

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The closing section of Chinese Export Silver ended the sale on a high, with a pair of late 18th century Qianlong filigree vases and covers, attributed to the Canton silversmith Pao Ying, selling for £23,560 [Lot 801] .

James Nicholson, deputy chairman of Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the result from today’s auction, particularly in relation to the 13 Chinese export silver items. Chinese export silver has remained one of the most globally buoyant antique silver categories throughout the economic downturn, and Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are making bold in-roads into the Chinese market, most recently through the addition of Adrien von Ferscht as consultant in Chinese Export Silver to our already established Silver Department. Adrien has given us new expertise in this highly complex silver category.”

Other Chinese Export Silver that achieved top prices in the sale included a pair of late 18th century Qianlong gilt filigree pedestal cases and covers which sold to a Hong Kong buyer for £21,080 [Lot 800] and a silver teapot by the Canton and Shanghai retail silversmith Wo Shing selling to a Chinese buyer in Australia for £4,960 [Lot 812].

Despite the impressive prices achieved for the Chinese Export Silver, it was an English William IV silver dinner service that achieved the top sale price, selling for £26,040. The dinner service, with the maker’s mark “RG,” possibly Robert Gainsford, Sheffield in 1832, was engraved “Presented to Peter Greenall Esquire by the Inhabitants of St Helens and Neighbourhood As a token of their Esteem for his private worth and of Gratitude for his public service.” The service was impressive for two reasons: in that it had stayed together over so many generations and for its size, comprising a soup tureen and cover, a set of four entree dishes, covers and handles, a set of four sauce tureens and covers, a pair of shaped oval serving dishes and a pair of salvers, selling to the London trade for £26,040 [Lot 734].

Bidders online and on the phone competed to take home a very collectable Victorian “castle-top” card case by Nathaniel Mills, decorated with the Dublin International Industrial Exhibition Building, it sold to an English buyer in the room for £10,540 [Lot 757].

Fashionable in the 19th century, castle-top card cases were stamped or engraved with local landmarks and sold to the thriving tourist market as souvenirs. The most collectible pieces in the current market are for unusual landmarks and destinations similar to the Dublin International Industrial Building, which although the most extravagate and expensive event of 19th century Ireland, was only open from May to October 1853.

Another fine British piece to achieve a top price in the sale was an extensive late Victorian electro-plated tea service by Barker Brothers, which sold for £5,580 to a Middle East buyer. The finely decorated tea service was given by the King of Morocco, Hassan II to the Italian gynaecologist Professor Pietro Marziale, on the safe delivery of his son Crown Prince Sidi Mohammed born on Aug. 21, 1963. It was sold along with a photograph of the Crown Prince aged 6 years old and a newspaper reporting the news of the royal birth [Lot 701].

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Chinese Export Silver pair of late 18th century Qianlong filigree vases and covers, attributed to the Canton silversmith Pao Ying. Price realized: £23,560. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Another Chinese Export Silver lot that achieved a hefty price in the sale was this pair of late 18th century Qianlong gilt filigree pedestal vases and covers, which sold for £21,080. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Extensive late Victorian electro-plated tea service by Barker Brothers. Price realized: £5,580. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Victorian ‘castle-top’ card case by Nathaniel Mills, decorated with the Dublin International Industrial Exhibition Building. Price realized: £10,540. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

An extensive English William IV silver dinner service achieved the top sale price, selling for £26,040. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:39
 

Martin Bros. triple bird jar hits $111,750 at Rago auction

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Friday, 07 March 2014 16:50

Martin Brothers triple bird tobacco jar, $111,750. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago Arts and Auction Center’s 20th Century Decorative Arts and Design Auction on March 1-2 generated total sales of $5.63 million March 1 and 2. Leading the way was a Martin Brothers triple bird tobacco jar that sold for $111,750.

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“Both auctions, all four sessions, were fairly solid across the board. We sold over 80 percent of the lots and hammered well into the estimate range,” said David Rago. “This is probably our strongest March sale ever. The Martin ware performed unusually well, as did some of the American art pottery. The Modern ceramics sale did similarly well, with most pieces selling in the estimate range and the occasional fireworks, this time from the rare Schreckengost charger at $93,750.”

Early 20th C. Decorative Arts Highlighted Lots:

  • 18 – Martin Brothers triple bird tobacco jar, $111,750
  • 100 – Mary Sheerer/Newcomb College oil lamp, $93,750
  • 17 – Martin Brothers frog tobacco jar, $87,500
  • 435 – Tiffany Studios Favrile glass Jack-in-the-Pulpit vase, $62,500
  • 1 - John Dee Wareham / Rookwood Black Iris vase, $31,250
  • 42 – University City glazed porcelain gourd vase, $26,250
  • 443 – Tiffany Studios fine desk lamp with turtleback shade, $26,250
  • 139 – John Bennett vase painted with clematis, $23,750
  • 167 – Gustav Stickley early trapezoidal grandfather clock, $20,000
  • 346 – Roseville Della Robbia vase with daisies, $20,000

Modern Ceramics Highlighted Lots:

  • 500 – Viktor Schreckengost charger, Lady Godiva, $93,750
  • 509 – Otto and Gertrud Natzler bottle-shaped vase, $17,500
  • 516 – Peter Voulkos stoneware rice jar, $16,250
  • 604 – Claude Conover vessel with engobe decoration, Hogzah, $10,000
  • 600 – Wayne Higby raku-fired covered vessel, $8,125

The Modern design session had an exemplary selection of Nakashima, Evans, and other studio modernists. “Prices were consistently in or above estimate range for nearly every lot. There was more competition than usual for this session, perhaps because we intentionally kept the number of lots close to 500, raising the bar to focus on pieces mostly at $2,000 or above,” said Rago.

Modern Design Highlighted Lots

  • 980 – Albert Paley dining table, $59,375
  • 719 – Paul Evans / directional deep relief cabinet, $53,125
  • 711 – George Nakashima wall hanging cabinet, $50,000
  • 971 – Harry Bertoia stainless steel willow sculpture, $46,875
  • 728 – Wharton Esherick sculpture, Cat with Snake, $45,000
  • 722 – Paul Evans important steel patchwork sculpture , $43,750
  • 709 – George Nakashima, six rare laurel conoid chairs, $37,500
  • 718 – Paul Evans, pair of lounge chairs, $37,500
  • 700 – George Nakashima rosewood double pedestal desk, $36,250
  • 969 – Phil Powell floor to ceiling headboard/panel, $23,750

For details contact Rago auctions: 609-397-9374 or 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

Martin Brothers triple bird tobacco jar, $111,750. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Albert Paley dining table, $59,375. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Viktor Schreckengost Charger, 'Lady Godiva,' $93,750. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Mary Sheerer/Newcomb College oil lamp, $93,750. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Tiffany Studios Favrile glass Jack-in-the-Pulpit vase, $62,500. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 14:09
 
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