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Warhol portfolio, decorative items impress buyers at Capo auction

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Tuesday, 05 August 2014 12:44

Marked ‘EP’ for Emile Puiforcat, this French silver tankard with domed cover sold for $5,600. Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques image.

NEW YORK – A Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques’ mid-summer auction in Long Island City on Saturday, July 26, featured some wonderful art and decorative items from multiple estates. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

Among the top sellers was an after Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) The Myths Portfolio (including The Star, Superman, Santa Claus, The Shadow, Mammy, Mickey Mouse, Uncle Sam, The Witch, Dracula and Howdy Doody). Published by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Inc. in 1981, the lithographs in color, 1981, were ach signed in marker (front), title, date, subject and publisher (verso). Each sheet measured 7 x 7 inches. In an envelope and unframed, the portfolio sold for $6,300.

A more traditional piece was the Royal Vienna porcelain charger titled Rape of the Sabine Women. The 22-inch charger, which was signed “H. Stadler” on the lower left sold for $5,700, while a French silver tankard, marked “EP” for Emile Puiforcat, having a domed cover surmounted by a figure of a putto and a cylindrical body, all around decoration of classical females and a scroll handle, sold for $5,600. The tankard weighed 150 grams and stood 11 1/2 inches tall.

Other decorative items included the blue/green slag glass lamp with pink flower border, standing 21 1/2 inches high, which sold for $1,975 and the carved marble figure of a female nude, modeled reclining. This large carved marble measured 26 inches high, 51 inches wide and 16 inches in depth. It too sold for $1,975.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Marked ‘EP’ for Emile Puiforcat, this French silver tankard with domed cover sold for $5,600. Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques image.

After Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) ‘The Myths Portfolio’ lithographs in color, 1981, published by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Inc., sold for $6,300. Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques image.

Royal Vienna porcelain charger called ‘Rape of the Sabine Women,’ signed ‘H. Stadler,’ sold for $5,700. Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques image.

Blue-green slag glass lamp with pink flower border, standing 21 1/2 inches high, sold for $1,975. Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques image.

This carved marble figure of a female nude sold for $1,975. Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 12:58
 

Case record-breaking Summer Auction a ringing success

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Monday, 04 August 2014 16:49

This rare Tennessee ring jug is the most elaborately decorated Southern example of the form found to date, and was made by Civil War era potter Christopher Haun. It sold for $30,680 and will soon go on display at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. Case Antiques Auction image.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A rare piece of Southern pottery and an exceptionally large diamond were the star lots at the Summer Case Antiques Auction, held July 19 at the company’s gallery in Knoxville. The sale attracted more than 3,200 registered bidders from over 60 countries, bidding in person, by Internet, by phone and by absentee (left) bids – a record for participation in a Case summer auction. It was also the company’s highest-grossing Summer sale to date.

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The auction’s prize pottery piece is headed to the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) in Winston-Salem, N.C.: a 19th century copper oxide and lead-glazed earthenware bottle made in the shape of a ring, which sold for $30,680 (all prices include the buyer’s premium). Although a utilitarian form, company president John Case said it was the most elaborately decorated Southern ring bottle discovered to date, and the only such known form by Tennessee potter Christopher Haun. Haun is remembered not only as an excellent potter, but also for his role in Civil War history: He was part of a group of Union sympathizers executed for burning the Confederate-controlled Lick Creek Bridge in Greene County, Tenn., in 1861.

The bottle was purchased on behalf of MESDA's new William C. and Susan S. Mariner Southern Ceramics Gallery and will go on exhibit there in October 2015. A 6-gallon William Grindstaff stoneware jar with double handles and glaze drips hammered for $4,248 (est. $1,200-1,400), setting a new auction record for that East Tennessee potter, and a 6 1/2-inch tall Mid-Atlantic cobalt stenciled stoneware preserving jar with elaborate vase of flowers decoration and script “Ham Easters Clay” competed to $2,596. A rare stamped Maryville Pottery stoneware/redware transitional jug delivered $1,770, and a Blount County, Tenn., stoneware jug by D.L. Smith reached $1,534.

The auction’s highest grossing lot overall was a 5.06-carat diamond ring flanked by channel-set diamonds totaling an additional carat, all set in an 18K yellow gold mounting. A GIA report confirming the diamond’s S12 clarity and I color was included and helped propel the ring to $54,450 (est. $30,000-$40,000).

Jewelry was a hot category overall. A 2.45-carat natural sapphire, flanked by two oval brilliant diamonds in platinum prongs on an 18K yellow gold ring shank earned $6,372 (est. $4,000-$5,000), while an Art Deco ring with 1.65 carat diamond encircled by sapphires in an octagonal platinum setting brought $4,598. A Patek Philippe pocketwatch ticked to $2,832.

One of the top-selling paintings was a sleeper: an impressionistic landscape with barns by Alabama painter John Kelly Fitzpatrick (1888-1953). Fitzpatrick’s work is relatively scarce, and multiple phone, Internet and floor bidders chased it to $15,730 – 10 times its low estimate – despite some condition problems. A marine seascape by Albert Pinkham Ryder (American, 1847-1917) sold for $18,150, while a New England village landscape with windmill by Charles Wysocki (American, 1929-2002) blew past its $3,000-5,000 estimate to $13,570, and a Southern genre landscape depicting an African American family and their cabin by William Aiken Walker (South Carolina, 1838-1921) earned $12,390. A drawing of an African American couple in a wagon by Alfred Hutty (South Carolina, 1877-1954) brought $3,776, and a watercolor autumn landscape by Lloyd Branson (Tennessee, 1861-1925) sold for $2,832. A posthumous oil portrait by Cornelius Hankins (Tennessee, 1863-1946) depicting Robert E. Lee, believed to have been commissioned by the daughter of a soldier who fought with Lee, rallied to $3,872. An oil on canvas of a child with her doll by Edmund Adler Rode (Austria, 1876-1965), charmed its way to $6,136, while a mid- 20th century Paris street scene signed Antoine Blanchard brought $3,146.

It was a banner day for Nashville surrealist painter Werner Wildner (1925-2004). Wildner’s painting of a patched-up Humpty Dumpty sitting atop a wall cracked the artist’s previous world auction record by reaching $5,664, but a second Wildner painting in the sale – a trompe l’oeil style “Punch and Judy” scene – outmatched it when it hit $12,390. Both were from a collection of 20th century art consigned by Nashvillians Stephen and Lisa Steiner Small. The Smalls’ collection also included a painting of a circus train by Kentucky memory painter Helen LaFrance (b. 1919) which steamed to $3,509 (est. $800-1000), and a surrealist oil on canvas by self-taught artist Paul Lancaster (Tennessee, b. 1930), titled Eve in the Garden, which elicited $2,242. A colorful abstract mixed media painting by Henry Faulkner (Kentucky, 1924-1981) brought $2,420. A mixed media serigraph, Back-Out, by Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925-2008), signed and numbered 38/100, realized $2,124, while an Andy Warhol (1928-1987) screenprint depicting Kimiko Powers brought $1,815, and a Joan Miro (Spanish, 1893-1983) signed lithograph, Maravillas con variaciones acrosticas en el jardin de Miro, 1975, yielded $1,815.

The sale featured several sculptures. Top seller was a bronze by Harriet Frishmuth (American, 1880-1980) at $8,496. A sculpture of a partially nude woman, Odaliske, by Eugene Barillot (French, 1841-1900) sold for $6,292, while a patinated bronze depiction of a woman and girl at a well, after Emile Joseph Nestor Carlier (French, 1849-1927), drew $5,808. A Salvador Dali gold sculpture, St. John of the Cross, edition G-7/500, 1981, registered in the Dali archives, doubled its low estimate at $3,304.

Folk art highlights included a carved and painted cigar store “Indian Princess” with feathered headdress, which soared to $12,980 (est. $3,500-$4,500), and two carved and painted African American ventriloquist dolls, which descended in the family of a Tennessee minstrel show performer. The female brought $2,242 and the male, $1,888. A brightly colored East Tennessee Princess Feather pattern quilt wrapped up $1,180 and a tree of life textile collage by Kate Clayton “Granny” Donaldson of North Carolina (1864-1960) flourished at $1,062. A rare mid-19th century Middle Tennessee house sampler stitched up $5,664.

Civil War-era firearms were in demand, led by a brass frame .36 caliber six-shot revolver, likely made by Samuel Griswold of Georgia, which hit $17,770. A Smith and Wesson .32 caliber No. 2 Army Revolver with holster, formerly belonging to a member of the Hancock Guards (which occupied Nashville during the Civil War) reached $3,304, and a Sharps Model 1859 Carbine, circa 1859-1866, brought $1,888.

An 1844 map of the world by T. & E.H. Ensign with early depiction of the Republic of Texas reached $2,360. An 1827 land grant signed by Tennessee governor Sam Houston two days before he actually took office, doubled expectations at $3,776.

For the first time in company history, the top-selling piece of furniture in the auction was crafted during the 20th century: a George Nakashima cherry “Frenchman’s Cove” #2 Dining Table, circa 1968, which sold for $14,750. There were three bronze and pewter tables by Phillip and Kelvin Laverne, all of which sold within or above estimates: a “Lo-Ta” cube table, $5,428; a coffee table decorated with Roman figures, $5,566; and a circular “Chan” coffee table, $3,872.

The Nakashima table narrowly beat out a beloved 19th century Southern furniture form: a cherry sugar chest from the Middle Tennessee plantation known as Mooreland, which brought a strong $11,800.

“It’s been awhile since we saw a sugar chest crack the $10,000 mark,” noted company president John Case. “The market for brown furniture isn’t entirely dead – it’s just highly selective.”

A circa 1830 cherry china press with glazed doors and East Tennessee provenance brought near the top of its estimate, $9,676, and a Greene County, Tennessee Chippendale chest of drawers with ogee bracket feet doubled its high estimate at $2,242.

There was avid competition for a Federal tea service by Alexandria, Va., silversmith Charles Alexander Burnett (1769-1849), formerly owned by noted East Tennessee collector Richard Doughty. It sold to a private collector for $11,800. Other tea related items in the sale included a six-piece mid-20th century Mexican sterling tea service, $4,427; a Wood and Hughes Aesthetic Movement five-piece silver tea service, $2,541, and an unmarked American Federal period coin silver teapot, $1,062.

Tennessee’s Milligan College selected Case to sell several deaccessioned Chinese items, including a Qing official’s winter wool and silk skull hat with various accessories, $4,114 (est. $500-700), a Qing civil official’s blue silk surcoat with dragon badge and leggings, $3,872 ($700-1,000), and a Qing silk robe with undergarments, $2,541 ($600-900). A Chinese Export hardwood settee adorned with carved rats, monkeys, cranes and other birds led the Asian category overall at $21,780. A turquoise glazed 6-inch diameter bowl with incised dragons commanded $4,356 (est. $300-400).

The sale featured a sizeable collection of European porcelain, led by a KPM-style porcelain plaque of a partially nude woman embracing a lion, which doubled its estimate to earn $7,502. A pair of large bronze-mounted French cobalt porcelain urns rallied to $6,050 (est. $1,400-1600), while another pair of bronze mounted urns with white porcelain and courting scenes realized $4,356. A scarce Rene Lalique blue Canarina perfume bottle with original box competed to $2,596.

A large consignment of model trains was led by a mechanical scale model of the wood-burning DeWitt Clinton steam engine locomotive and three passenger coaches (the Dewitt Clinton was the first American passenger train). It steamed to just over its high estimate, $1,815.

Other highlights included an oak Reginaphone “Lion’s Head” Model 240 music box and phonograph without tone arm or turntable, $10,148 and a small Continental silver-cased bird automaton music box, $3,068. A framed Chattanooga Brewing Company advertising poster circa 1901 depicting the profile of a young beauty bubbled well past its $800-1000 estimate to earn $4,114.

Case is currently preparing for its September online Asian Arts Auction featuring the contents of the Dragon Dreams Museum, a privately owned Chattanooga museum devoted to dragon-themed decorative arts, whose founder died earlier this year. The company is accepting consignments for its next live Fine and Decorative Arts auction, set for Jan. 24.

For more information, call the gallery in Knoxville at 865-558-3033 or the company’s Nashville office at 615-812-6096 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.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

This rare Tennessee ring jug is the most elaborately decorated Southern example of the form found to date, and was made by Civil War era potter Christopher Haun. It sold for $30,680 and will soon go on display at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. Case Antiques Auction image.

A farm landscape by Alabama painter John Kelly Fitzpatrick yielded a strong $15,730. Case Antiques Auction image.

A George Nakashima 'Frenchman’s Cove #2' cherry dining table was the day’s top-selling furniture piece at $14,750. Case Antiques Auction image.

A six-piece Federal coin silver tea service by Charles Burnett of the Washington, D.C., area served up $11,800. Case Antiques Auction image.

Jewelry had a strong showing, led by this 5.06 carat diamond and 18K gold ring at $54,450. Case Antiques Auction image.

Punch and Judy set a new auction record for Tennessee artist Werner Wildner, hitting $12,390. Case Antiques Auction image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 12:44
 

Benjamin West artworks sell for £138,880 at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014 13:23

Benjamin West, 'St. John the Baptist.' Sold for £73,160. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – In the wake of Old Masters Week, two original chalk studies for lost paintings by Benjamin West were in high demand at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ July 24 sale of Watercolors, Drawings & Prints, selling for a combined total of £138,880 ($235,845).

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Richard Carroll of the Pictures Department at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions said: "When the West drawings arrived at Bloomsbury House we anticipated a considerable amount of presale interest and it was with great pleasure that we watched six telephone bidders and a collector in the room battle for these exceptional works. The final selling prices not only reflect the exceptional scale and quality of the two drawings, but also their importance in expanding our understanding of the artistic output of Benjamin West.”

American-born Benjamin West was a pioneer of historical painting, an Old Master who produced work for nobility and royalty, acting as residence historical painter for the court of King George III.

These works date from a period when West explored religious themes and appeared to be preparatory studies of larger scale works which are now lost. The lost works later served as the basis for the engraved illustration in Thomas Macklin’s Bible, published circa 1793, but it is these chalk drawings that provide the first real insight into how West’s lost paintings may have originally appeared.

In The Paintings of Benjamin West, Von Erffa and Stanley suggest that the two lost paintings may have formed the outer wings of a triptych around West’s The Resurrection, now held in St George’s Parish Church, Barbados.

Additional highlights:

Thomas Carwitham (fl. 1713-1733) – A sheet of studies, showing figures grappling, mythical gods and pyramids, pen and brown ink, bears signature verso and dated 1713-14 , on laid paper watermarked with fleur-de-lis armorial device, 26 x 40.5 cm. (10 1/4 x 16 inches), unframed. Carwitham is primarily known for his drawings held by Tate bought from the Oppé Collection, and also for the numerous mythological sketches he executed depicting scenes from Ovid's Metamorphoses. It is thought that Carwitham was at one point the pupil of Sir James Thornhill. Sold for £7,440 [Lot 16].

Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827) – Two sportsmen, one possibly Rowlandson, out shooting in Hengar Woods, watercolor, pen and ink, over pencil, inscribed in brown ink verso Hengar Wood, W. Camelford, Cornwall, circa 1795, 21 x 27 cm. (8 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches). Provenance: Private collection, UK. Sold for £6,200 [Lot 78].

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) – Prisoners on projecting platform, pl.X, from: Carceri d'Invenzione, etching, circa 1749-1751, on thick laid paper, Hind's first state before number, [Hind 10.I; F.32; Robinson 36], unframed, 410 x 540 mm. (16 1/8 x 21 1/4 inches). Sold for £3,720 [Lot 186].

Robert Nanteuil (1623-1678) – Large group of portraits, including French aristocrats, religious figures, military men and scholars, comprising over 120 engravings, on various papers, 17th century, all unframed, various sizes, largest 375 x 470 mm (14 3/4 x 18 1/2 inches). Sold for £3,224 [Lot 221].

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Benjamin West, 'St. John the Baptist.' Sold for £73,160. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Benjamin West, 'Moses Showing the Brazen Serpent.' Sold for £65,720. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Thomas Carwitham (fl. 1713-1733), sheet of studies, showing figures grappling, mythical gods and pyramids. Sold for £7,440. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827), two sportsmen, one possibly Rowlandson, shooting in Hengar Woods, watercolor, pen and ink, over pencil. Sold for £6,200. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778), prisoners on projecting platform, from Carceri d'Invenzione, etching, circa 1749-1751. Sold for £3,720. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Robert Nanteuil (1623-1678), large group of portraits, over 120 engravings. Sold for £3,224. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 17:10
 

Aboriginal shields shoot to $23,000 each at Clars Auction Gallery

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014 12:49

These two rare, possibly 19th century Aboriginal Northern Australia shields, were estimated to sell for $400 to $600 each, but soared to $23,000 each. Clars Auction Gallery image.

OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery’s monthly fine art, jewelry and decorative art auction on July 12-14 resulted in the largest July auction in the firm’s history, realizing just over $1 million. The success of the sale was fueled by both exceptional estate property and Clars’ global marketing.

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The excitement began on Saturday when two Aboriginal shields from northern Australia came up for sale. The shields came to auction as part of the ethnographic collection from a prominent San Francisco estate. They were both made of fig tree wood, had carved handles and carved bosses to the front. They measured 34 1/2 inches high by 14 1/2 inches wide. Prior to the sale, because of the difficulty of putting an age on the shields, they were conservatively projected to likely be post-World War II by Clars and another major auction house. Based on this assumption, they were both assigned presale estimates of $400 to $600.

The bidding opened on the first shield at $400 but quickly became a heated phone battle between two Australian collectors, skyrocketing the final sale price to $23,000. It was a repeat performance for the second shield, which also earned the same amount. Both shields were bought by the same Australian collector. After the sale, Deric Torres, vice president and director of Furniture and Decorative Art for Clars Auction Gallery, commented that, after further evaluation, these shields were likely 19th century.

Australian fine art and decorative art have made for several exciting sales at Clars. In February Possum Dreaming by contemporary aboriginal artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (1932-2002) achieved the highest price ever for this artist in the United States selling for $131,000.

The decorative arts and furniture category continued to have exceptional results throughout the next two days. Almost tying the world record price for its form, a Murano glass “Pulcini” bird by Alessandro Pianon for Vistosi, circa 1963, sold for $4,000, solidly surpassing its high estimate of $2,500. Also surpassing high estimate was a pair of Meissen covered urns, which garnered an impressive $9,000. Selling for solidly within estimate were a pair of Napoleon III boulle-style commodes, which earned $7,500, and a pair of Empire ormolu and patinated bronze ewers fetched $10,000. Rounding out this category, a slick 2012 Nissan 370 Z touring coupe sped off for $22,500.

Fine Art

Two new world auction records were set during this sale. The first, an oil on board painting by Douglas Hofmann (American, b. 1945), titled Madam Derriere, soared past its high estimate of $2,000 achieving the new record price for the artist of $11,900. The second was a colorful, majestic oil on canvas by Tarmo Pasto (American, 1906-1986). Titled California Foothills, this work sold for $2,300, more than doubling the artist’s previous record of $1,080.

Another high achiever was the large and dramatic bronze sculpture by Bob Grieves (b. 1986) titled Shanandoah Farewell, which amazed the crowd when it achieved $15,470, well above its $8,000-$12,000 estimate. Works by Peter Max continued to be strong with a vibrant acrylic on canvas titled Better World landing well past its $4,000-$6,000 estimate selling for $11,900.

Jewelry

Once again, it was a spectacular jewelry offering that took top lot of the sale. A fancy light brownish pink unmounted diamond weighing 1.51 carats sold for $24,000. A Rolex Submariner stainless steel wristwatch, circa 1971, and retailed by Tiffany stunned the crowd earning well over twice its high estimate selling for $15,500.

Asian Art

Typical for Clars, the Asian art section had a high sell through rate and was a well-rounded sale with items from various categories performing well. The category had a great start with the first lot, a painting in the manner of Fu Baoshi (Chinese, 1904-1965), Scholars Playing Chess, experiencing competitive bidding bringing the final price to eight times its high estimate selling for $9,250. In the jades offered, a celadon nephrite carving intricately sculpted with a cricket perched on a bitter melon achieved $5,300. The Himalayan offerings performed above their estimates including one thangka of Penden Lhamo, which sold for $3,300.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

These two rare, possibly 19th century Aboriginal Northern Australia shields, were estimated to sell for $400 to $600 each, but soared to $23,000 each. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Almost equaling the world record price for its form, this Murano glass ‘Pulcini’ bird by Alessandro Pianon for Vistosi, circa 1963, sold for $4,000, surpassing its high estimate of $2,500. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This oil on board painting by Douglas Hofmann (American, b. 1945), titled ‘Madam Derriere,’ soared past its high estimate of $2,000, achieving the new record price for the artist of $11,900. Clars Auction Gallery image.

A new world record was set with this majestic oil on canvas by Tarmo Pasto (American, 1906-1986) titled ‘California Foothills.’ It sold for $2,300, more than doubling the previous record of $1,080. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This large and dramatic bronze sculpture by Bob Grieves (b. 1986) titled ‘Shanandoah Farewell’ reached $15,470, well above its $8,000 to $12,000 estimate. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This fancy light brownish pink unmounted diamond weighing 1.51 carats was the top seller of Clars’ July auction earning $24,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Competitive bidding on this painting, in the manner of Fu Baoshi (Chinese, 1904-1965), drove the final sale price to $9,200, over eight times its high estimate. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 13:23
 

Busy preview foretells success for Morphy’s July 19 Firearms sale

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Monday, 28 July 2014 11:16
Top lot of the sale, a pair of 1857 Colt Walker Type 3 Dragoons with consecutive serial numbers, $54,000. Morphy Auctions image DENVER, Pa. – Staff members assisting previewers the day before Morphy’s July 19 Firearms Auction were all in agreement – they had never before seen the gallery so full or so continuously busy throughout the day. There was strong interest in the rare antique weapons entered in the sale, and a queue of eager gun collectors was waiting outside even before the doors opened at 9 a.m.

The Saturday auction session, which was available to online bidders through LiveAuctioneers, contained 1,038 lots. As the hammer fell on the final item offered, the sale’s total was confirmed at $744,000. All prices quoted in this report include a 20% buyer’s premium.

“We had every expectation that there would be a great response. There were some very desirable Colts in the sale, especially the 1857 Colt Walker Type 3 Dragoons, which sold within estimate for $54,000,” said Dan Morphy, president and founder of Morphy Auctions. “The guns were special because they had consecutive serial numbers and were purchased in the same order directly from Colt. It’s very unusual to encounter guns of that type that were bought together and remained that way over such a long period of time.” The original owner was a Pennsylvania man named Lambert Wolfe, who went on to serve in the Union Army during the Civil War.

Another Colt lot consisted of two .357 caliber “Snake Eyes” pistols that were new and unfired. One of the guns was stainless, while the other was blued. Both retained their original boxes and were in near-mint condition. They sold for $13,200, around the midpoint of their estimate.

Many rifles were offered in the sale, including a Winchester Model 1886 .50 Express. Manufactured in 1906, it swept past its $1,500-$3,000 estimate to settle at $11,400. Another Winchester production, a Model 1886 Takedown .45-.90 caliber rifle, more than tripled its high estimate in realizing $7,800. A rare Smith & Wesson 320 Revolving Rifle manufactured in 1871 also had a good day at auction, ringing the register at $7,200 against a $3,500-$4,500 estimate.

Among the shotguns, the top-finishing lot was a Beretta Model S687EELL 16 gauge designed for pigeon shooting. Together with an extra barrel and its box, case and accessories, the gun reached $4,800 against an estimate of $2,000-$3,000. Finishing closely behind the Beretta was a Winchester Model 42 .410 gauge shotgun, which nearly tripled its high estimate at $4,500.

The top pistol in the sale was a Colt Model 1902 .38 caliber Standard Military Automatic in fine condition. Together with its original box, it was bid to $5,100, surpassing its high estimate by 60 percent. Another Colt, a .22 caliber revolver made in 1931 and known as a “Banker’s Special,” was offered together with a Colt factory letter and sold for $4,200.

“The Firearms department is growing very rapidly, and there’s a logical reason for that,” said Morphy. “Some of the finest antique and vintage guns in today’s marketplace are sourced right here in south-central Pennsylvania. On top of that, many of the leading collectors live in this region and know they can trust our operation. Especially now that Dave Bushing – a nationally renowned expert on firearms – has joined our team, we’re well positioned to serve both gun consignors and buyers. I see tremendous growth ahead for us in this category.”

Morphy Auctions’ next Firearms auction is slated for December 20, 2014. Consignments will be accepted until October 13th. To contact Morphy’s about consigning a firearm, call Dave Bushing at 630-235-3345 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To contact the gallery, call 717-335-3435.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Top lot of the sale, a pair of 1857 Colt Walker Type 3 Dragoons with consecutive serial numbers, $54,000. Morphy Auctions image Pair of Colt .357 caliber pistols known as ‘Snake Eyes, new with original boxes, $13,200. Morphy Auctions image Winchester Model 1886 .50 Express Rifle, $11,400. Morphy Auctions image Winchester Model 1886 Takedown .45-.90 caliber rifle, $7,800. Morphy Auctions image 1871 Smith & Wesson 320 Revolving Rifle, $7,200. Morphy Auctions image
Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 11:51
 

Internet bidding credited for strong results at Kodner Galleries

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Thursday, 24 July 2014 13:00

Auctioneer Russ Kodner standing beside the highlighted item of the auction, David Davidovich Burliuk’s ‘Paris Rue St. Rock,’ oil on canvas, which sold for $53,100. Kodner Galleries image.

DANIA BEACH, Fla. – Mid-Summer in south Florida is hot and steamy but it was a large selection of 20th century art that created the heat at Kodner Galleries’ July 16 auction. The highlighted offering of the evening was a large and vibrant David Davidovich Burliuk, American/Ukrainian (1882-1967) oil on canvas Paris Rue St. Rock selling strong at $53,100. LiveAucionteers.com provided Internet live bidding.

The auction featured works from several large prominent collections representing well-recognized 20th century artists including a John Koch Still Life with Cat, whcih hammered down at $11,800.

Additional highlights were a Chaim Gross bronze selling for $5,664, two Vicente Viudes oils bringing a total of $10,266, a Moses Soyer Ballerinas for $10,620 and several works by Jorge Sanchez totaling $8,024.

The sale also included works by Henry Moore, Karel Appel , Leonardo Nierman and others.

Also sold was Portrait of a Lady attributed to John Michael Wright, Scottish (born circa 1617-1694) for $11,800.

The auction also included a fine Russian Grachev Bros. champleve enamel and crystal cordial set selling for $21,240, an Edouard Ernie silver and horn fish set at $1,550, a Karl Greisbaum enamel singing bird box hammered down at $7,670 and a Faberge letter opener for $2,140.

As with every Kodner Galleries sale the auction included a selection of fine jewelry including a Mughal style 10.30-carat emerald ring that sold for $16,520, a 3.5-carat emerald and diamond ring for $5,425, a Ulysse Nardin chronograph for $4,484 among other quality items.

Thanks to very strong Internet activity, summer is not the slow season for Kodner Galleries’ auctions.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Auctioneer Russ Kodner standing beside the highlighted item of the auction, David Davidovich Burliuk’s ‘Paris Rue St. Rock,’ oil on canvas, which sold for $53,100. Kodner Galleries image.

Early 20th century Russian Grachev Bros. silver, champlevé enamel and etched and cut crystal eight-piece cordial set. Price realized: $21,240. Kodner Galleries image.

Antique enamel singing bird box automaton by Karl Greisbaum. Price realized: $7,670. Kodner Galleries image.

Moses Soyer (American, 1899-1974, ‘Ballerinas,’ oil on canvas. Price realized: $10,620. Kodner Galleries image.

Chaim Gross (American, 1904-1991) ‘Two on a Unicycle,’ bronze sculpture on onyx base. Price realized: $5,664. Kodner Galleries image.

John Koch (American, 1909-1978) ‘Still Life with Cat,’ oil on canvas. Price realized: $11,800. Kodner Galleries image.

Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Chronograph, Model: 353-66/314. Price realized: $4,484. Kodner Galleries image.

Mughal-style bezel set, approximately 10.30-carat emerald with carved Arabic inscription set in 22K yellow gold ring. Price realized: $16,520. Kodner Galleries image.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 15:02
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury manuscripts auction strong from the start

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:38

Gino Servini’s ‘Fleurs et Masques’ sold for £9,920. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – Top prices were achieved across a number of specialist disciplines in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Printed Books, Maps and Manuscripts auction on July 17-18, including manuscripts, art and mathematics.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

Bidding soared for the opening lot of the sale with an almost complete collection of the books issued by Bird & Bull Press from the property of the late Mel Kavin of Kater-Craft Bookbinders which sold for £12,400 [Lot 1].

Doubling its presale estimate and selling for £9,920 was Gino Severini’s Fleurs et Masques, featuring 17 superb pochoir color plates highlighted with gold that depict Cubist still lives, harlequins musicians, and the masks and theatrics of the Commedia dell’Arte [Lot 144a].

Also attracting attention under the art topic was a fine series of classic racing prints from John Frederick Herring’s two series of St. Leger and derby winners that sold for £8,060 [Lot 569].

The first edition of the “Geneva version” English Bible, the earliest printed in roman type and with verse divisions, led the English Literature and history section, selling for £9,920 [Lot 317].

Another Bible in the sale to achieve an exceptional price was Jenson’s second edition of the Vulgate Bible, initialled in red and with decorations in blue and white, it sold for £6,200 [Lot 283].

English and Continental manuscripts attracted attention with a detailed and elaborately decorated collection of notes and pedigrees on Lincolnshire selling for £7,440 [Lot 210].

An unusual collection of mathematical books were in high demand with many achieving prices on or above top estimate. Bernoulli’s foundation work on the science of probability, Ars Conjectandi, Opus Posthumum sold for £9,300 [Lot 430] and a collection of 12 mathematical papers by Carl Fridrich Gauss achieved £8,680 [Lot 458]. An excellent copy of Lagrange’s masterpiece, Mechanique Analitique, one of the most important mechanical treatise ever published, also sold over estimate for £7,440 [Lot 467].

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Gino Servini’s ‘Fleurs et Masques’ sold for £9,920. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

 John Frederick Herring, ‘Portraits of the Winning Horses of the Great St. Leger Stakes, at Doncaster.’ Sold for £8,060. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Jenson’s second edition of the Vulgate Bible sold for £6,200. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.   

The first edition of the 'Geneva version' English Bible. Sold for £9,920. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

An antiquary’s collection of notes and pedigrees on Lincolnshire families. Sold for £7,440. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

Jakob Bernoulli ‘Ars Conjectandi, Opus Posthumum.’ Sold for £9,300. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image. 

Carl Friedrich Gauss collection of 12 mathematical papers. Sold for £8,680. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.   

Joseph-Louis Lagrange, ‘Mechanique Analitique.’ Sold for £7,440. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.   

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:10
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury achieves high prices for silver, jewelry

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Friday, 18 July 2014 15:06

Court pattern silver table service by Gerald Benney. Price realized: £10,540. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

LONDON – Jewelry and silver from the second half of the 20th century stole the hearts of bidders at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions on July 9, proving the huge international demand for works of this type in the current market. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

A comprehensive collection of Gerald Benney, silver led the fine silver auction that opened the bidding in a day of luxury sales. The whole collection, which included wine coolers, mustard dishes and candleholders, among other items, was commissioned by the owner after he moved back to the UK to settle in a Georgian village house in Berkshire, from which he and his wife wanted to entertain guests with a modern, yet elegant dining room service. The classically stylish pieces appealed to a wide range of collectors, with the opening lot of a silver Court pattern table service for 12 achieving £10,540 [Lot 22].

Pieces by the contemporary gold and silversmith, Stuart Devlin, continued to demonstrate their lasting value. He was renowned for the limited edition works he produced in the ’70s and ’80s after moving to his workshop in London. All such pieces in the auction exceeded their presale estimates with a Churchill centenary cigar box, dated London 1974, selling for £3,472 [Lot 39] and a silver parcel gilt Royal Silver Wedding anniversary surprise sphere achieving £496 [Lot 42].

Collectors of 20th century artists’ jewelry fought for pieces by revolutionary Italian jeweler Mario Masenza and Anglo-Italian designer Andrew Grima. The international markets were particularly receptive and drove prices beyond estimate for a gem set clip brooch by Italian painter Afro Basadella for Masenza, which sold for £5,580 [Lot 600] and another by Sicilian sculptor Franco Cannilla, also for Masenza, that achieved £4,340 [Lot 599].

A highly desirable and stylish 1960s amethyst ring by Andrew Grima doubled its estimate selling for £2,356 [Lot 589].

Bidding soared for the 1913 Ascot gold vase, a silver gilt trophy cup and cover by R. & S. Garrard & Co., which sold for £22,320, far exceeding its top estimate. The trophy was purchased on behalf of a private client. [Lot 64]

The sale also saw the demand for Russian silver continue on an upward trend with all pieces selling above estimate to Russian buyers. Of particular note was a Russian silver and enamel spoon by Ivan Petrovich Khlebnikov, which sold for £4,960 [Lot 128]

Prices for works by the doyen of Arts and Crafts silverware, Omar Ramsden, were also in high demand, with a hammered silver shaped oval tray selling for £8,060 [Lot 52] and a silver long navette twin-handled dish selling for £3,472 [Lot 53]. Both were engraved with his trademark “Omar Ramsden Me Fecit,” Latin for “Omar Ramsden made me,” reminiscent of the signatures on classical vases and pottery from Ancient Greece.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Court pattern silver table service by Gerald Benney. Price realized: £10,540. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image. 

 Amethyst ring by Andrew Grima, 1960s. Price realized: £2,356. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

 Gem set brooch by Afro Basadella for Masenza. Price realized: £5,580. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Russian silver and enamel spoon by Ivan Petrovich Khlebnikov. Price realized: £4,960. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image. 

Arts & Crafts hammered silver tray by Omar Ramsden. Price realized: £8,060. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Ascot gold vase, 1931. Price realized: £22,320. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury image.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 15:47
 

Famille rose plaques achieve $463,000 at Michaan’s

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Monday, 14 July 2014 15:45

Two famille rose porcelain plaques sold for $463,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s Fine Asian Works of Art auction on June 23 was a resounding success, raking in over $2.4 million. Over 400 lots of fine Asian antiquities were presented to the world market with a variety of Chinese ceramic plaques doing exceedingly well.

LiveAuctioneers.com facilitated Internet live bidding.

The star of the day was lot 7435 consisting of two famille rose porcelain plaques. The Republic period pieces by Wang Qi (1884-1937) were a rare find, resulting in a rapid succession of phone and live bids that pushed the final sale to an amazing result: $463,000. The pair was estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

The plaques reflected the overall success of the ceramics offered.

Some noteworthy ceramic lots included a folding screen inset with porcelain plaques that sold for $59,000 (lot 7431, est. $20,000-$30,000), four miniature Republic period plaques (lot 7430, $2,000-3,000) that sold for $35,400, and a highly anticipated Yixing molded dragon bowl that realized $38,350 (lot 7395, $30,000-$50,000).

Huanghuali furniture also dazzled bidders, with multiple sales pushing past the $50,000 mark. A pair of horseshoe back armchairs accompanied by a side table sold for $100,300 (lot 7291, $50,000-$70,000), along with a comparable furniture grouping that realized $64,900 (lot 7290, $50,000-$70,000). Yet another pair of huanghuali horseshoe back chairs sped past estimates, selling for $64,900 (lot 7289, $5,000-$7,000). Also of note was an armchair that attained $53,100 (lot 7292, $30,000-$40,000).

Works of art performed well. A prestigious landscape hanging scroll by Shanghai artist and scholar Wu Hufan (1894-1968) also carried a provenance from the Thunig Collection (lot 7342, $50,000-$70,000). The painting sold for $59,000, as did another landscape scroll attributed to artist Tang Yin (1470-1523) listed as lot 7317 at an estimate of $50,000-$70,000. Rounding out sales from the section was an album of 12 fan paintings by Dai Xi (1801-1860) that sold for $26,550 (lot 7328, $6,000-$8,000), an album of 40 albumen silver prints that sold for $26,550 (lot 7354, $8,000-$12,000) and an imperial edict of the Daoguang period (1821-1850) that for $17,700 (lot 7353, $3,000-$5,000).

Categorically, Asian works of art saw a wide variety of top sellers at auction. The top five of the section included a cinnabar lacquer scroll form box (lot 7277, $3,000-$5,000) that sold for $38,350, a pair of cloisonné enamel gourd motif vases (lot 7250, $10,000-$15,000) that sold for $38,350, a gilt splashed bronze vase (lot 7220, $15,000-$20,000) that sold for $35,400, a similar gilt splashed bronze censer (lot 7221, $20,000-$30,000) that sold for $32,450, and a collection of three amber carvings (lot 7253, $5,000-$7,000) that sold for $26,550.

Three lots of carved jades more than tripled estimates. In their order of performance a rare spinach jade double gourd-form wall vase sold for $23,600 (lot 7082, $4,000-$6,000), four Qing dynasty carved pendants made $21,240 (lot 7050, $5,000-$7,000), and a group of three carvings realized $16,520 (lot 7041, $3,000-$5,000).

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Two famille rose porcelain plaques sold for $463,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Four small famille rose porcelain plaques sold for $35,400. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Set of 16 famille rose porcelain plaques sold for $59,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Pair of huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs and a side table sold for $100,300. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Wu Hufan (1894-1968) landscape sold for $59,000. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Cinnabar lacquer scroll-form box, Qing Dynasty, sold for $38,350. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Four jade pendants sold for $21,240. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:38
 
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