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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.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

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 .

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


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.

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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
 
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