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


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

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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
 

Mid-century design made presence felt at Kamelot sale Feb. 22

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Friday, 28 February 2014 17:24

Lot 286. Kamelot Auctions image.

PHILADELHIA – Kamelot Auctions' annual Mid-Century and Design sale was held on Saturday, Feb. 22, in Philadelphia, attracting a large bidding contingent that included designers, craftsmen, and private collectors. The sale offered a range of property including furniture, lighting, and sculpture from the Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, Modernist and Contemporary movements.

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Interest in mid-century modern remains high across the board, particularly for iconic designs. The auction featured a selection of classic Gio Ponti-style designs, including a pair of commodes, each having six parchment front drawers supported on tapering bronze legs, which sold for $7,400 (lot 311). Similarly was lot 253, a mid-century modern parchment-covered dresser, circa 1960, sold for $1,680 against an estimate of $500-$700. Other stunners included an Ico Parisi-style mahogany desk having three floating drawers, circa 1960, which sold for $2,040 (lot 295); a Karl Springer-style chrome octagonal-form mirror, which brought $2,400 (lot 286); and a pair of labeled Knoll Eero Saarinen tulip tables having composite white top supported on metal base, circa 1960, which brought $1,320 (lot 458). Lot 296, a James Mont-style credenza having Asian inspired fretwork painted doors raised on a Greek key platform base, circa 1960, earned $2,280. Likewise, lot 295A, a James Mont-style painted wood and glass dining table, circa 1970, earned $1,920. Grossing over $14,000, a set of four mid-century modern Italian club chairs proved to be one of the auction’s top (lots 288 and 208), along with lot 94, a cerused oak sideboard, circa 1950, which  grossed over $7,000.

The top lot of the day was a pair of Art Deco-style macassar demilune one-drawer console tables in the manner of Ruhlmann resting on tapered legs. The pair of tables far exceeded their estimate of $2,000-$3,000 and earned a final $10,200 (lot 221). Bidders responded with enthusiasm to the sale’s selection of Art Deco, and the category brought successful results across the board. Lot 207, a pair of ebonized Art Deco-style console tables having inset mirrored top supported on U-form base raised on silver trimmed plinth earned a whopping $4,560. Among other prized Art Deco pieces was a French sideboard having two diamond parquetry decorated doors that earned $3,120, a matched set of four macassar tapered pedestals that earned $1,560 (lot 204) and a good and unusual pair of carved Art Deco club chairs, circa 1930, that earned $1,800 (lot 199).

Lighting was another category that brought rewarding results. Leading the selection and with keen presale interest was a rare collection of 20 matching Murano glass shell-form sconces having gold fleck scroll decoration, circa 1970, (Lots 402, 403, 404, 405). The sconces brought a total of over $10,000. Lot 269, a substantial pair of George Kovacs mid-century modern Lucite table lamps earned $1,680, well above the projected estimate of $300-$500. Other highlights included a pair of bronze Jansen palm tree table lamps, circa 1950, which brought $1,920 (lot 166); a similar pair of Baques brass faux bamboo standing floor lamps, circa 1960, which brought $1,920 (lot 179); and a pair of stylish parchment covered floor lamps with bronze plated decoration, which brought $2,640 (lot 355).

Kamelot’s next sale will be the annual garden and architectural antiques auction to be held Saturday, April 12. For more information call 215-438-6990.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Lot 286. Kamelot Auctions image.

The top lot of the day was a pair of Art Deco-style one-drawer console tables in the manner of Ruhlmann. Estimated at $2,000-$3,000, the pair achieved $10,200. Kamelot Auctions image.

Lot 207.  Kamelot Auctions image.

Lot 278. Kamelot Auctions image.

Lot 288. Kamelot Auctions image.

Lot 311. Kamelot Auctions image.

Lot 401. Kamelot Auctions image.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 16:56
 

Huanghuali furniture tops $1.1M at Clars auction Feb. 15-16

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Monday, 24 February 2014 14:17

This table and four chairs sold for $179,000 and was one of the 14 lots offered in this collection that realized over $1.1 million. Clars Auction Gallery image.

OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars’ Feb. 15-16 fine art, antiques and estates auction will go down in their history as the largest sale to date, realizing almost $3.3 million with over $1.3 million realized on the property offered from the important Gerber estate from Reno, Nev.

After the two-day sale, President Redge Martin commented, “It was also one of our longest sales due to the huge crowds in the saleroom, very strong Internet interest and so much bidding.” The presale interest in this sale was very notable as 3,000 people attended the previews and 47,000 viewed the catalog online. During the two-day sale, 900 live bidders were registered and 4,500 signed up online to participate.

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Asian category

While all of the categories performed beyond expectation, it was the Asian category that stunned both staff and crowd. Coming from the Gerber estate, were 14 lots of Chinese hardwood Vietnamese huanghuali furniture ranging from tables, to chairs, screens and cabinets. Overall, the lots offered in this collection carried estimates of $1,000 to $8,000 but those were left in the dust once the furious bidding began. The top seller in this collection and the sale overall was a pair of huanghuali and mixed wood cabinets that achieved the astonishing price of $245,000. The second highest in this collection was a table and four chairs that sold for $179,000 followed by a pair of cabinets that sold for $131,000, and a table, the top inset with floating panels, which brought $101,000. In total, this 14-piece collection achieved $1,156,000. A second offering of the huanghuali furniture from this estate will be offered at Clars on March 16.

Fine art

The fine art category had a record-setting day achieving the highest U.S. price to date on a work by Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (Australia, 1932-2002) titled Possum Dreaming, achieving an impressive $131,000.

Coming from the Ruttenberg Collection of Chicago, three works by sculptor Richard Howard Hunt (American, b. 1935) all flew past high estimate with the highest selling for $27,000. Furthering the sculpture offerings, Sphère-trame from 1962 by Francois Morrelet, also commanded an above-estimate price of $18,000.

The painting of the famous Blue Dog seated atop an unmarked grave by George Rodrigue (American, 1944-2013) went well past it's high estimate to settle at $48,000. Theodoros Stamos’ (American/Greek, 1922-1997), Petroglyph (1947), achieved the strong price of $39,000, in the 20th century American paintings category.

Early California paintings proved strong as well with Estuary Home, by William Henry Clapp (American, 1879-1954), leading the pack achieving $20,000. Maynard Dixon’s (American, 1875-1946), Little Home, 1937, realized an impressive $18,000.

After being held in a private collection for almost five decades, a dynamic work by Adolf Schreyer (German, 1828-1899) titled The Imperial Courier, achieved a price of $17,000, indicating that quality 19th century paintings remain a good investment.

Decorative arts & furnishings

The main event in this category was the exceptional art glass, most of which came from the Gerber estate and included a host of works from artists and studios including Lundberg, Orient & Flume, David Lindsay, Michael Nourot, Steve Smyers, Zellique and Lee Hudin. More than 180 lots of paperweights, vases, bowls, chargers, stemware, and American Brilliant cut crystal realized $71,000. From another estate, was a Dante Marioni (American b. 1964) monumental art glass group that sold for $13,000.

The sterling offered had a 99 percent sell through, which included over 10 lots of Burmese silver from the Gerber estate. This collection of bowls, boxes and hanging plaques realized a total of $16,000. An American Neo-Renaissance Gorham coin silver five-piece hot beverage service, by John William Tucker, San Francisco, 1850-1886, and a Tiffany & Co. Victorian style sterling silver tea kettle on stand, both achieved $6,000. A late 19th century Japanese sterling silver teapot fetched $6,500.

The market showed appreciation for an R. Williamson leaded glass and patinated bronze floor lamp, Chicago, circa 1900, that sold for $14,000; an antique Persian Bidjar carpet, circa 1900, 17 feet 11 inches by 11 feet 8 inches, $12,000; and a French Louis XV-style bronze mounted bureau à rognon, 19th century, $10,000.

The showstopper in this category however, was certainly the 2001 Ferrari 360 Modena Spider. Sporting the deepest and richest blue and having only 10,500 original miles, this marvel of motordom zoomed off for a smooth $95,000

Peggy Fleming Collection

Significant pieces of Olympic and skating memorabilia from Peggy Fleming’s personal collection were offered and achieved winning results. Her Rolex Datejust President 18K yellow gold wristwatch achieved $11,000 and a pair of her custom-made ice skates by Harlick of California sold for $3,000. In all, these select offerings skated away for over $15,000.

Antique and estate fine jewelry

An oval cut diamond and 14K white gold ring sporting one oval cut diamond weighing 3.80 carats sold for $18,000. A 2.27-carat cushion cut diamond and platinum ring also sold for $18,000 followed by a 4.01-carat marquise cut diamond and platinum ring that sold very nicely for $14,000.

For more information for Clars’ Feb. 15-16 sale email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 510-480-0100.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

This table and four chairs sold for $179,000 and was one of the 14 lots offered in this collection that realized over $1.1 million. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Coming from the Gerber estate, this a huanghuali and mixed wood cabinet (lot 1 of 2) achieved the astonishing price of $245,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Clars Auction Gallery achieved the price of $131,000 for ‘Possum Dreaming’ by Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (1932-2002), making this the highest auction price ever for the artist in the United States and sixth-highest price overall for this artist. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This welded metal sculpture, one of three offered, by Richard Howard Hunt (American, b. 1935) achieved over 10 times its high estimate selling for $27,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This painting of the famous Blue Dog by New Orleans artist, George Rodrigue (1944-2013) sold for well past its high estimate, achieving $47,600. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This Dante Marioni (American b. 1964) monumental art glass group sold for $13,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This fine Louis XV-style gilt bronze mounted bureau rognon surmounted with a bronze figural sculpture of putti sold for $10,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This 2001 Ferrari 360 Modena Spider zoomed away for $95,000. Clars Auction Gallery image. Clars Auction Gallery image.

This oval cut diamond and 14K white gold ring sporting one oval cut diamond weighing 3.80 carats sold for $18,000. Clars Auction Gallery image.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 17:15
 

Flying Spaceman motorcycle toy lands in top slot at Morphy’s Feb. 15 sale

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 15:24

Top lot of the sale: Bandai Flying Spaceman, tin litho, friction, original box, $55,200. Morphy Auctions image.

DENVER, Pa. – An exceptional boxed example of a Bandai 12-inch “Flying Spaceman” took a wild ride on February 15th at Morphy’s before settling at $55,200 – more than three times its high estimate. Described in the Toy Auction catalog as being “possibly the best known example,” the crisp and colorful Japanese tin-litho motorcycle toy features a vinyl-caped hard-rubber “Superman” rider with a large tin “S” insignia on its chest.

“This particular toy was new/old stock with its original box and was found in a toy store in Japan. It’s very uncommon to find a Flying Spaceman in such nice condition, especially with the Superman shield still intact,” said Morphy Auctions’ owner, Dan Morphy. “There was a lot of interest in the toy prior to our sale, and it didn’t surprise me that it went for as much money as it did.”

Robots and space toys were strong across the board, Morphy said, with interest from around the world. “I’ve never seen online bidding as active as it was for this sale. From start to finish, there were at least 300 bidders on the Internet at any given time.” The auction grossed $996,000 (all prices quoted in this report are inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium). LiveAuctioneers provided the Internet live-bidding services for the sale.

Although only 8 inches in height, a beautiful Kanto tin wind-up “Television Robot” was the object of fierce bidding competition and commanded a price that one might expect of a rare and imposing Gang of Five robot. Together with its richly illustrated factory box, the near-mint extraterrestrial had been entered in the sale with a $15,000-$25,000 estimate. Collectors chased the fine example to $32,400.

Other robot highlights included a boxed tin-litho “Inter Planet Space Captain,” $19,800 against an estimate of $2,000-$4,000; and two boxed robots that each made $8,400: a Masudaya “Mighty 8 Robot,” and a Yonezawa tin-litho and painted-tin crank-wind “Astro Scout.” Space guns, which have their own dedicated following amongst sci fi collectors, were led by a boxed Hiller “Atomic Ray Gun,” $3,000 (est. $400-$600) and a boxed Yonezawa battery-operated “Electro Ray-Gun,” $2,280 (est. $100-$300).

A 6-inch Ohio Art sand pail charmed bidders with its early, colorful lithographed image of Minnie Mouse paddling a canoe, along with companions Mickey Mouse and Pluto. Estimated at a modest $200-$400, it outperformed all other Disney toys in reaching a final bid of $4,200.

Cast-iron mechanical banks were in high demand, with a near-mint-plus example of an Artillery Target bank, complete with cannonballs, at the forefront. Although the manufacturer of this particular bank is not known, its designer was Samuel Clark of Brooklyn, New York, and its patent dates to 1877. Against an estimate of $18,000-$25,000, it hit the bull’s-eye at $51,600.

Following closely behind was an 1878 J. & E. Stevens Patronize the Blind Man and His Dog bank. One of the nicest of all known examples, it more than doubled its high estimate to realize $50,400.

Other banks in the day’s top 10 included: an 1891 J. & E. Stevens Cat and Mouse, $26,400; an 1884 Kyser & Rex Mammy & Child (rare color variation), $19,200; and an 1878 Pelican with Rabbit made by Trenton Lock and Hardware Co., $15,600.

“I was very pleased with the results,” said Morphy’s owner, Dan Morphy. “There was an atmosphere of enthusiasm throughout the sale, and many new bidders took part from around the world. Ask any auctioneer and they’ll tell you there’s nothing like new blood to liven up a market. If this sale is any indication of what’s to come, 2014 is going to be a very exciting year for us and for the toy hobby.”

To contact Morphy Auctions, tel. 717-335-3435 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Online: www.morphyauctions.com.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Top lot of the sale: Bandai Flying Spaceman, tin litho, friction, original box, $55,200. Morphy Auctions image.

 Yonezawa Astro Scout, tin litho and painted tin, crank-wind action, original box, $8,400. Morphy Auctions image.

Kanto Television Robot, tin litho, wind-up, original box, $32,400. Morphy Auctions image. 

Aoshin Shoten Inter Planet Space Captain, tin litho, wind-up, original box, $19,800. Morphy Auctions image. 

Hiller Atomic Ray Gun, original box, $3,000. Morphy Auctions image. 

J. & E. Stevens cast-iron mechanical bank ‘Cat and Mouse,’ patented 1891, $26,400. Morphy Auctions image. 

Cast-iron mechanical bank ‘Artillery Target,’ with cannonballs, manufacturer unknown, patented 1877, $51,600. Morphy Auctions image. 

J. & E. Stevens cast-iron mechanical bank ‘Patronize the Blind Man and His Dog,’ patented 1878, $50,400. Morphy Auctions image. 

Trenton Lock and Hardware Company cast-iron mechanical bank ‘Pelican with Rabbit,’ patented 1878, $15,600. Morphy Auctions image. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 15:57
 
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