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F.A. Bridgman painting boosts Kodner Galleries auction to $1.2M

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014 14:13
Russ Kodner auctions off the Frederick Arthur Bridgman painting titled ‘Reception of an Ambassador’ for $160,000. Kodner Galleries image

DANIA, Fla. – Kodner Galleries sold a Frederick Arthur Bridgman (American, 1847-1928) oil on canvas painting titled Reception of an Ambassador (Palace of Constantine) for $160,000, ending the 2014 auction year with two-day event yielding sales of $1.2 million. The recently rediscovered circa 1880 Bridgman work, probably first purchased in 1902, had only two previous owners, both in South Florida. The fine orientalist work was in exceptional original condition and garnered attention from dealers and collectors from California, New York, London, Paris and South Florida. In the end it was hammered down to an enthusiastic European phone bidder.

Internet live bidding was provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

The first of the year-end two day auction event was held Dec. 10 and in addition to the Bridgman featured a huge and varied collection of 19th-20th century Continental painted porcelain plaques, plates and furniture and included fine examples of KPM, Royal Vienna, Sevres, Doulton-Lambeth and Meissen. The Florida collection was consigned to Kodner Galleries following two years of negotiation. The collection, possibly the largest of its kind still in private hands was eagerly anticipated by Kodner Galleries’ regulars and nearly 1,000 new internet, phone and absentee bidders worldwide. Bidders scooped up nearly 90 percent of the auction lots offered.

The numerous porcelain highlights include Lot 61, a fine late 19th century French gilt bronze mounted onyx pedestal guéridon, the top mounted with Sevres porcelain portrait plaques depicting Louis XV and ladies of his court, selling for $17,700; Lot 67, circa 1875 KPM painted porcelain plaque, "Christ u. der reiche Fungling," at $7,670; Lot 102, a fine late 19th century Continental carved and giltwood cabinet on stand mounted with 27 Vienna enamel plaques and Meissen porcelain, $11,800; Lot 133, a circa 1900 English Doulton-Lambeth painted porcelain plaque Picking Flowers, $7,670; Lots 63 and 64, two 19th-20th century Royal Vienna painted porcelain chargers Urtheil de Paris (Judgment of Paris) and Grazien U. Schlaftender Amor bringing a total of $16,520; and Lot 105, a late 19th century German KPM painted porcelain plaque Hercules and Admirers for $5,900. The porcelain collection brought in excess of $200,000.

Additional standout lots of the Dec. 10 auction included Lot 113, Anthony Redmile, (British, 20th century) monumental white metal mounted tortoise shell, fetching $10,030; Lot 110, a circa 1880s Karl Springer, (American, 1931-1981) chromed steel bench selling for $4,838; and Lot 96a, George Baxter, (British, 1804-1867) circa 1865 oil on canvas Two Sisters bringing $14,750.

Fine jewelry offerings included Lot 81a, an Art Deco diamond and platinum bracelet of approximately 12.0 carats of round, brilliant-cut diamonds bringing $8,850, and Lot 81f, a David Webb cabochon sapphire, ruby, emerald and diamond, 18K gold and platinum ring at $7,080.

The second of the two-day end of year auction was held Dec. 17 and was billed as a Holiday Jewelry and Gift sale. This sale has become a much anticipated event on the Kodner Galleries’ auction calendar and was preceded by a champagne preview party. This year’s sale included gold coins, silver bars, exceptional estate jewelry, Judith Leiber and Louis Vuitton purses, Cartier pens and watches, and much more. Fine offerings included Lot 51, a Patek Philippe Aquanaut stainless steel watch bringing $12,980; Lot 27, a fine quality Italian Bulgari-style handmade heavy 18K yellow gold, diamond, tourmaline and peridot necklace and ear clip suite commanding $24,780; and Lot 150a, a vintage 77.60 carat double cabochon sapphire and diamond ring selling for $23,600. Highlighting this sale was Lot 54, an EGL certified 6.05-carat fancy intense yellow diamond and platinum ring selling for $59,000.

The December two-day event ended a very upbeat 2014 for Kodner Galleries. The auction gallery founded in 1906 is optimistic about 2015 with 20 auctions currently scheduled starting Jan. 14 and running three weeks apart.

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Russ Kodner auctions off the Frederick Arthur Bridgman painting titled ‘Reception of an Ambassador’ for $160,000. Kodner Galleries image Patek Philippe Aquanaut stainless steel watch. Price realized: $12,980. Kodner Galleries image. Platinum ring with fancy intense yellow diamond, 6.05 carats. Price realized: $59,000. Kodner Galleries image. Late 19th century French gilt bronze mounted onyx pedestal guéridon, the top mounted with Sevres porcelain portrait plaques depicting Louis XV and ladies of his court. Price realized: $17,700. Kodner Galleries image. Circa 1875 KPM painted porcelain plaque, ‘Christ u. der reiche Fungling.’ Price realized: $7,670. Kodner Galleries image. Circa 1900 English Doulton-Lambeth painted porcelain plaque, ‘Picking Flowers.’ Price realized: $7,670. Kodner Galleries image. Lots 63 and 64, two 19th-20th century Royal Vienna porcelain chargers, ‘Urtheil de Paris’ (Judgment of Paris) and ‘Grazien U. Schlaftender Amor,’ totaled $16,520. Kodner Galleries image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 15:20
 

Daum ‘Birth of Venus’ breakout star of Michaan’s auction

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014 13:28
A top lot was a bronze titled the 'Birth of Venus' which realized of $24,780. The unusual and striking work depicted a Daum glass female deity emerging from a deconstructed, four-piece bronze shell of her likeness. Michaan's image  ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s auction event Dec. 8, encompassing fine art, furnishings, decorative arts and jewelry, held some of the most outstanding property seen on their auction room floor all year. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

A top lot from the sale was seen in an astonishing bronze titled the Birth of Venus (lot 3284, est. $5,000-$7,000). The unusual and striking work depicted a Daum glass female deity emerging from a deconstructed, four-piece bronze shell of her likeness. A San Francisco collector, who attended the auction live, was the high bidder paying $24,780, well over three times the high estimate.

Elizabeth Dalton, Michaan's department specialist, said, “Of the 12 Daum Nancy lots in the fine auction, this piece was undoubtedly the pinnacle of the collection. It is both timeless and modern in its artistic value; a wonderful piece that I was honored to have in my portion of the sale.”

Additional successes from the furnishing and decorative arts category were an Aaron Willard Federal mahogany tall case clock (lot 3124, est. $20,000-$30,000, sold for $23,600), a Russian icon of Saint George and the Dragon (lot 3102, $1,000-$1,500, sold for $14,160) and a Evgeni Alexandrovich Lanceray bronze group of oxen pulling a cart (lot 3157, $4,000-$6,000, realized $10,030).

Jewelry lots sparkled at auction, with a top seller evidenced in a circa 1940s House of Boucheron ruby and gold brick link bracelet (lot 3340, $2,500-5,000). Forty-two square cut rubies of a total weight of approximately 10 carats were cleverly mounted into the 18K gold piece, appearing as three-dimensional steps laying fluidly upon the wrist. A New York-based bidder battled it out for the bracelet, eventually securing it for $23,600. Rounding out jewelry’s top three lots were a diamond and platinum wedding ring set (lot 3383, $13,000-$18,000, sold for $21,240) and an Art Deco diamond and sapphire ring from a French aristocratic estate (lot 3360, $6,000-$9,000, sold for $10,030).

Honorable mentions were seen in highly anticipated fine art lots as well. Exceeding high estimates were a considerable oil painting by Mel Ramos titled Greek Architecture (lot 3059, $10,000-$12,000, sold for $15,340) and collectible woodblock prints by Gustave Baumann (lot 3028, $8,000-$10,000, sold for $12,980 and lot 3029, $6,000-$9,000, sold for $10,620).

For general information please call Michaan’s Auctions at 510-740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd St., Alameda, CA 94501.

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
A top lot was a bronze titled the 'Birth of Venus' which realized of $24,780. The unusual and striking work depicted a Daum glass female deity emerging from a deconstructed, four-piece bronze shell of her likeness. Michaan's image Estimated at $13,000-18,000, this diamond and platinum wedding ring set sold for $21,240. Michaan's image This woodblock print by Gustave Baumann sold for $12,980. Michaan's image
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 14:00
 

Evans ‘Cityscape’ pieces soar at Palm Beach Modern auction

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Friday, 26 December 2014 14:16
Monumental ‘Sputnik’/starburst chandelier with illuminating glass spikes, $19,520. PBMA image WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Modern Auctions’ (PBMA) autumn-themed Nov. 22 sale included the most expensive grouping of furniture ever to be offered by the company. Buyers signaled their approval of the carefully curated selection with bids that set records for many specific designers and resulted in an 85 percent sell-through rate (by lot). The 400-lot auction grossed $850,000, inclusive of 22 percent buyer’s premium.

Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAucitoneers.com.

“As we prepare for each auction, we analyze the market and study recent buying trends,” said PBMA auctioneer and co-owner Rico Baca. “We do not use a preset formula in selecting what to include in our sales. Instead, we try to identify what collectors currently want, then pick pieces that are the best possible representations from categories that are trending positively. Based on the results we’re seeing with some consistency, I’d say this method is working quite effectively.”

Furniture and lighting designs by Paul Evans (American, 1931-1987) – whose star continues to soar within the auction marketplace – attracted broad geographic interest on Nov. 22. Ten of the 11 Evans “Cityscape” pieces entered in the sale were sold, with several garnering record prices for their respective forms. Among them was a mixed-metal cabinet/dry bar that reached $48,800 (est. $20,000-$30,000), a record for a design exhibiting Evans’ distinctive patchwork technique.

Lighting was popular across the board and lit up the auction room as Baca hammered one record price after another, either for an artist’s general classification or specific form. Among the top lots that landed in record territory were a pair of rare Tommi Parzinger floor lamps, $7,930; a pair of Karl Springer floor lamps, $9,760; and a Sergio Rodrigues (Brazilian, 1927-2014) “Sergio Augusto” floor lamp, $5,185.

“Sergio Rodrigues is a name to watch. American, French and Italian midcentury design is well established in the secondary market, but Brazilian midcentury is still a relatively new category and one that we enthusiastically support,” said Baca. “Rodrigues was the acknowledged father of modern Brazilian furniture design, and in terms of quality, his pieces are top tier. His furnishings are also comfortable and utilitarian, so they meet the three criteria that place them in a very desirable league.”

Italian lighting was in particularly strong demand. A pair of large, five-arm Stilnovo sconces commanded a record $20,740 (est. $10,000-$15,000), while a monumental Italian “Sputnik”/starburst chandelier with illuminating glass spikes followed an upward flight path before settling at $19,520.

Italian furniture enjoyed an equally impressive level of success, led by an Alberto Rosselli “Confidential” sectional sofa and chair, which knocked down a record price of $15,860. A pair of rare and early Marco Zanuso “Milord” lounge chairs settled in at $11,590.

Two pairs of chic slipper chairs designed by American William “Billy” Haines were offered as consecutive lots, each having an estimate of $4,000-$6,000. The first pair realized $6,710, while the second pair took it bit farther at $7,320. Both results exceeded the previous record for the form. A Philip and Kelvin LaVerne “Spring Festival” occasional table estimated at $2,000-$4,000 rose to $7,930 – “not a record but still a noteworthy sale,” Baca said. All of the Donald Deskey “Micarta” furniture offered, and almost all of the Walter Lamb California-style outdoor furniture, found new owners.

Bidding was active on the more-expensive items, whether they met their reserves or not. “We always encourage consignors to think carefully about their reserves,” Baca said. “We offered a pair of fine Gio Ponti chairs that would have sold to an online bidder for $16,000 or $17,000, had the reserve been just a bit lower. The chairs were of a type that previously sold in the $10,000-$15,000 range. After the sale, the consignor told us he would have accepted the top bid placed on the chairs, but we had to follow the instructions we had been given. They didn’t reach their reserve, so they didn’t sell.”

An upbeat event, the Nov. 22 auction drew 125 people to the venue and another 560 online through LiveAuctioneers. Phone and absentee bidders represented no fewer than 13 countries on four continents. Baca said in-house bidders were enthusiastic and applauded whenever high prices were achieved. They also were treated to a complimentary catered buffet of autumn soups, savory sweet potato pies, ham sliders, turkey sandwiches and a choice of fall-harvest desserts.

Baca said he is confident that the buoyant prices paid at the November sale will encourage consignors to part with even higher-end pieces than before.

“Consignors like to test the waters,” he said. “They’ll give you a piece to sell the first time around, but not their most expensive piece. If you do well with it, then they’ll entrust you with their top-end items. With each sale, we’re seeing more consignments of ten-, twenty- and thirty-thousand-dollar pieces.”

Palm Beach Modern Auctions will conduct a Modern Design & Art Auction on Jan. 17 featuring dress designs and correspondence between Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her designer; and 50 lots of luxury goods. The latter grouping includes a coveted Hermes Birkin and Kelly bags, and one of five exclusive backpacks created by Louis Vuitton.

To contact PBMA, tel. 561-586-5500 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit the company online at www.modernauctions.com.

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

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Monumental ‘Sputnik’/starburst chandelier with illuminating glass spikes, $19,520. PBMA image One of two pairs of William ‘Billy’ Haines slipper chairs offered consecutively. The pairs sold for $6,710 and $7,320, respectively. PBMA image Large Emil Stejnar chandelier, $7,625. PBMA image Tommi Parzinger floor lamps with pierced brass shades, $7,930. PBMA image Rene-Jean Caillette cabinet with bi-fold doors revealing two interior shelves, $6,710. PBMA image Stilnovo five-arm sconces or ceiling lights, $20,740. PBMA image Marco Zanuso ‘Milord’ lounge chairs, $11,590 the pair. PBMA image Paul Evans mixed-metal cabinet/dry bar, $48,800. PBMA image Sergio Rodrigues ‘Sergio Augusto’ floor lamp, $5,185. PBMA image
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 13:33
 

Black Forest hall tree reaches $19,600 at S&S Auctions

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Monday, 22 December 2014 16:49

Fine and rare antique Black Forest carved hall rack with life-size, 30-inch dog. Sold for $19,600. S & S Auctions Inc. image

REPAUPO, N.J. – An antique Black Forest hall rack, rare and highly collectible mainly for its finely carved, life-size dog, 30 inches tall, sold for $19,600 at an estates auction held Nov. 16-17 by S & S Auctions Inc. The hall tree was the top achiever of the 783 lots offered in an auction that grossed $857,500. LiveAuctioneers.com provide Internet live bidding.

Black Forest ware – 19th century Swiss carvings of forest animals, trees, branches and leaves – are highly coveted as collectibles. That this example featured a dog – a life-size dog at that – only increased its cache and market value, even taking into account some repaired seams. The hall tree, overall 84 inches tall and 32 inches wide, was magnificent and in very good condition.

“We were very pleased that this auction featured several large collections of a high quality caliber,” said Glenn Sweeney of S & S Auctions Inc. “We had great examples of French items, sculptures and furniture, among other categories. It was a successful and heavily attended sale, in person and online.” Internet bidding was provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com.

The action kicked off on Sunday, Nov. 16, with 319 cataloged lots. Then, on Monday morning, a discovery sale featuring around 2,000 uncataloged lots was held, followed by the second session of the catalog auction at 1 p.m., with 464 lots. Headlining the sale was the estate of a prominent, deceased physician Ventnor, N.J., and items from a retired auctioneer from northern New Jersey.

Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 22.5 percent buyer’s premium.

The biggest surprise of the sale (and the second top lot of the auction) was an Emile Galle etched art glass vase, just 3¼ inches tall and etched with a goddess riding a dolphin with two maidens. The vase was signed Emile Galle for Nancy and was clear glass with blue and green veins. Galle is desired as a collectible, but this example roared past its high estimate of $3,000 to hit $14,700.

An antique gilt carved center table with pietra dura top fetched $11,025. Pietra dura (Italian for “hardstone”) is a decorative technique in which precious or semi-precious stones are inlaid into the marble or other soft stone. Also, a 19th century French parquetry bureau-plat, a flat-top writing table with drawers to the frieze, having finely cast bronze mounts, in good condition, hit $4,900.

Items from France dominated the list of top lots. A French Chronos & Amour gilt and patinated figural bronze clock on a bronzed mounted marble base, 20½ inches tall and in good condition, went for $13,475; and a pair of 19th century French gilt bronze cherub candelabra with marble bases, rewired as lamps and having very fine casting, 37¼ inches tall, lit up the room for $6,738.

A pair of exceptionally fine, antique French bronze mounted stands with inlaid tops and bronze mounts, in very good condition except for some minor damage to one drawer, changed hands for $7,669. Also, a pair of antique 27-inch French gilt bronze mounted cobalt vases with finely cast gilt bronze mounts and porcelain inserts, 18½ inches tall and, in good condition, rose to $4,900.

A 19th century French gilt carved marble-top vitrine painted over gold gilt, mirror backed, with glass shelves, 58¼ inches tall, in very good condition, sold for $3,675; and a Baker Collector’s Edition Louis XV-style tooled leather-top bureau-plat desk with bronze mounts and feet, 30 inches tall and 66 inches wide, found a new owner for $3,369.

Bronze pieces did exceptionally well. A patinated and gilt bronze sculpture, signed “A. Mercie” and “F. Barbedienne,” 37 inches tall and with fine casting, garnered $11,638. A pair of French Empire-style gilt and patinated bronze classical masks and claw feet brought $3,062, and a pair of finely cast antique bronze showcases with glass tops, 39 inches tall, achieved $15,925.

Schmieg & Kotzian was a furniture maker that began in London in 1899 and relocated to New York City in 1907. Examples in the auction included a 20-foot banded top dining table with inlay and claw foot pedestals, which sold for $11,638; a set of 14 English-style Georgian mahogany dining chairs, $9,188; and a mahogany breakfront with bow glass center doors, 90½ inches tall, $5,512.

Rounding out some more of the sale’s top lots, an antique oak slot machine with cast metal art nouveau panels on the front, in working condition but in need of adjustment realized $7,962; and an antique 52 inch by 44½ inch Oriental rug, in fair condition with minor fraying, made $6,431.

S&S Auction Inc., established in 1972, is always accepting quality consignments. Call them at 856-467-3778, or send them an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Fine and rare antique Black Forest carved hall rack with life-size, 30-inch dog. Sold for $19,600. S & S Auctions Inc. image

Rare Emile Galle etched art glass vase signed for Nancy, just 3¼ inches tall. Sold for $14,700. S & S Auctions Inc. image

Lovely antique gilt carved center table with pietra dura stone-inlaid marble top. Sold for $11,025. S & S Auctions Inc. image

Triple pedestal dining room table by Schmieg & Kotzian, with 20-foot-long banded top. Sold for $11,638. S & S Auctions Inc. image

Exceptional pair of finely cast bronze antique showcases with glass tops, 6 feet tall. Sold for $15,925. S & S Auctions Inc. image

French Chronos & Amour gilt and patinated figural bronze clock on a marble base ($13,475. S & S Auctions Inc. image

French patinated and gilt bronze sculpture, signed ‘A. Mercie’ and ‘F. Barbedienne.’ Sold for $11,638. S & S Auctions Inc. image

Antique slot machine with cast metal Art Nouveau panels on front, in working condition. Sold for $7,962. S & S Auctions Inc. image

Last Updated on Monday, 29 December 2014 14:19
 

Babe Ruth’s 1934 Japan tour baseball cap sells for $303,277

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Monday, 22 December 2014 13:40

Babe Ruth cap game-used during the historic 1934 US All-Star Tour of Japan, $303,277. Grey Flannel Auctions image

WESTHAMPTON, N.Y. – A new chapter was added to the legend of Babe Ruth during the early morning hours of Dec. 18. Grey Flannel Auctions sold the baseball cap the immortal slugger wore during the historic 1934 US All-Star Tour of Japan for $303,277.

The game-used navy blue cap emblazoned “US” was acquired from the Ruth family more than 30 years ago and had remained in private hands from that day forward. It is the only known Ruth cap from the American team’s barnstorming tour of 18 Japanese cities.

“Nearly half a million Japanese fans lined the streets of Tokyo to view the team motorcade and welcome Babe Ruth, who rode through the Ginza district in an open-top limousine. The tour was a major news event and received press coverage worldwide,” said Richard E. Russek, president of Grey Flannel Auctions.

The Ruth cap opened for bidding in late November, at $50,000, but competition really heated up during the final 24 hours of the Dec. 17 absentee, phone and Internet auction. The winning bid of $303,277 was placed at 12:52 Eastern Time on the morning of Dec. 18 by a private collector who wishes to remain anonymous.

Another high-profile cap, game-worn by Joe DiMaggio, dated to around 1937, when the great Yankee Clipper was still a rookie. Rare and in beautiful, all-original condition, the cap opened for bidding at $25,000 and eventually reached $151,652.

From the same general era, a 1932 baseball signed by the New York Yankees – with 23 signatures, including those of Ruth, Lou Gehrig and seven other Hall of Famers – was a high flier at $115,242.

Other auction highlights included a 1950s Brooklyn Dodgers heavyweight satin jacket that was owned and worn by Roy Campanella, $71,554; and a circa-1980s Philadelphia 76ers road uniform game-worn by Julius “Dr. J” Erving, $44,428.

In total, Grey Flannel’s Holiday Auction 2014 grossed $2,051,073, inclusive of a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

Visit Grey Flannel Auctions online at www.greyflannelauctions.com. To contact Grey Flannel call 631-288-7800, ext. 223; or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Babe Ruth cap game-used during the historic 1934 US All-Star Tour of Japan, $303,277. Grey Flannel Auctions image

Baseball signed by 23 of the 1932 New York Yankees, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and other Hall of Famers, $115,242. Grey Flannel Auctions image

Circa 1980s Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving Philadelphia 76ers game-worn uniform, $44,428. Grey Flannel Auctions image

1950s Los Angeles Dodgers satin jacket owned and worn by Roy Campanella, $71,554. Grey Flannel Auctions image

Joe DiMaggio game-used circa-1937 rookie-era Yankees cap with stitching inside sweatband that says ‘7 J. DiMaggio,’ $151,652. Grey Flannel Auctions image

Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 16:54
 

Sapphire ring tops Dreweatts & Bloomsbury luxury auction

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Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:29

Designed by French jeweler Jean Schlumberger, this 30-carat sapphire and diamond ring soared to £117,800 ($184,978). Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions achieved exceptional results in a day of luxury sales Nov. 27 at their London saleroom, with prices totaling over £1 million. Fierce International bidding saw stunning and iconic jewels by the master jewelers and high jewelry ateliers of the 20th century including Bulgari, Graff and Jean Schlumberger, steal the show and attain the top prices.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

An impressive 30-carat sapphire and diamond ring by French jeweler Jean Schlumberger brought a stunning end to the marathon sale. The last lot of the day flew past its estimate, eventually selling for £117,800 ($184,978).

Schlumberger’s jewels are regarded as some of the finest postwar jewelry design and, as proved with this sale, continue to be immensely popular with jewelry collectors today.

A turquoise and white enamel Serpenti watch by Bulgari was another highly desirable piece with 12 telephone bidders competing against the Internet and collectors in the room. The iconic watch, a favorite of actress Elizabeth Taylor, sold for £84,320 ($132,405).

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Designed by French jeweler Jean Schlumberger, this 30-carat sapphire and diamond ring soared to £117,800 ($184,978). Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions image.

This turquoise and white enamel Serpenti watch by Bulgari sold for £84,320 ($132,405). Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 16:55
 

Imperial cinnabar lacquer box leads Roseberys auction at $47K

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Monday, 15 December 2014 14:48

Rare 18th century Chinese red cinnabar lacquer quatrefoil box and cover that sold for £30,600 ($47,118). Roseberys image.

LONDON – Roseberys’ Dec. 10 fine art auction saw a rare and impressive 18th century cinnabar lacquer quatrefoil box and cover sell for an exceptional £30,600 ($47,118). LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

“We knew the quality of the materials and high level of craftsmanship used to create this stunning example would suggest that it was created for an emperor, but the price achieved for this piece confirms it must have been made for the imperial court,” said Roseberys Asian Art specialist Peter Greenway. It is extremely rare to see a piece of cinnabar of this size and quality from the Qinglong period, and the realized price exceeded any other UK record that we are aware of.”

The highly decorative box measures 27.2cm (10.9 inches) diameter and is decorated on the lid with figures in a landscape, seated and on looking figures all enclosed within floral panels. The base panels are decorated with deer, herons and other auspicious animals, all enclosed within continuous geometric pattern. Inside the box a gold four-character mark read “Precious Music Box” and on the base it had a six character Qinglong mark.

From a Dorset manor house the box had been unseen since the 1920s and had remained the property of a family with strong diplomatic connections. Four telephone lines and strong absentee bidding saw the box ultimately sell on the telephone to an oversees buyer [Lot 1577].

From the same manor house a rare cloisonné hat box with zitan hardwood stand and cover sold to a different international buyer for £20,400 ($38,322). A beautifully decorated and attractive example of some exceptional cloisonné work, the box is decorated with a central flower enclosed within bands of stylized scrolling foliage, bats and clouds. As with many other examples of Chinese artwork from the period bats are included to symbolize happiness, joy and good fortune, and the clouds are an auspicious symbol meaning longevity in good fortune.

A strong Asian Arts selection complemented by good results for both works of art and fine furniture where a pair of late 19th French Empire revival ormolu four light candelabra sold for £12,000 [lot 885] and a large and impressive French bronze model of Minerva driving a chariot by the sculptor Emmanuel Fremiet sold for £8,400. Fremiet is best known for his large-scale sculptures of animals, and was the leading sculptor of animals in his day. Many of his sculptures are displayed in public places France and include the first equestrian statue of Joan of Arc, erected in the Place des Pyramides, Paris in 1874, and “Jeune éléphant pris au piège” situated outside the Musée d'Orsay, also in Paris [Lot 870].

A 1920s Steinway mahogany grand piano trumped the furniture section of the sale. Founded in 1853 in New York City, Steinway & Sons pianos are an iconic brand, known for making high quality musical instruments. Built in 1924 at the peak of Steinway’s production the piano sold for £6,720. [Lot 1170]

A large and impressive Queen Anne Japanned trunk was also a strong contender, selling for £4,800. English copies of Japanese furniture first became popular in the late 17th century to fuel demand for Oriental furniture. The Dutch India Company began importing furniture and other works of art from Asian during the first half of the 17th century. Through these works the Orient was imagined to be a place of peace, tranquility and great beauty, and a growing fascination with art from the Far East fueled Western material desires.

Most popular with European consumer were objects with a glossy red or black lacquer that had been decorated with gilded scenes of Oriental life. European craftsman didn’t have access to lacquers from the East so they made use of the resins and pigments available to them, and adapted Western techniques such as gesso to replicate the fine gilt decoration. The term “japanned” relates only to furniture made in Europe in the style of Japanese lacquer work, of which this trunk is a fine example [Lot 1167].

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Rare 18th century Chinese red cinnabar lacquer quatrefoil box and cover that sold for £30,600 ($47,118). Roseberys image.

Imperial cloisonné enamel hatbox, 18th century. Price realized: £20,400 ($38,322). Roseberys image

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:39
 

Large diamonds boost Moran jewelry auction past $1.2M

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These branch-perched birds by Van Cleef & Arpels had hearts aflutter with their adorable styling and quality of craftsmanship, the brooch soared to a final selling price of $26,400 (estimate: $5,000- $7,000). John Moran Auctioneers image

ALTADENA, Calif. – In their final auction event of 2014, John Moran Auctioneers offered over 250 lots of fresh-to-the-market jewelry and luxury items to buyers on Dec. 9. With every piece carefully culled from private collection and estates, the majority of which were Southern California-based, the sale featured pieces with approachable price points of a few hundred dollars up through a fancy yellow diamond estimated to earn a quarter of a million dollars at the high estimate.

The sale was well-attended, with nearly every available chair at John Moran’s headquarters occupied by eager bidders. Online bidding was provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

The aforementioned gold, enamel and micro-mosaic pendants, for example, were estimated to earn $600 to $800, but flew to a final price of $6,000 due in no small part to voracious online underbidding. Overall, big earners for the evening were designer pieces and diamonds of all shapes and sizes, as well as a few unexpected crowd favorites.

A number of high-karat gold pieces were on offer at Tuesday’s auction, including a number of Indian necklaces and bracelets. A high-karat gold and flat fan single-row Kasu mala necklace marked “Jaya Bangalore Luckshmi” was diligently sought by a floor bidder who had to compete with a number of online bidders to take the piece home. The selling price was $10,200, including the 20 percent buyer’s premium (estimate: $6,500 to $7,500). A different floor bidder snapped up the following lot, consisting of two Indian 22K gold serpentine chains and a matching bracelet, beating out multiple absentee bids in the process. The lot sold for an impressive $19,200, within the $15,000-$20,000 estimate.

Jade and coral pieces also appeared to be in high demand as the sale progressed. A multistrand tubular coral beaded torsade necklace, set with Indian 18K gold beads throughout, was estimated to earn $1,500-$2,000 at the block. The vibrantly colored piece caused a stir among online bidders, shooting to a selling price of $2,700 in mere moments after the auctioneer opened the lot. Shortly after, a graduated bead necklace of translucent mottled green jadeite jade, expected to bring between $3,000 and $5,000, jumped to $7,200 after an enamored telephone bidder jumped into the fray. An intriguing jadeite toggle, finely hand-carved with a parrot clutching a peanut in its claws and a string of beads in its beak was assigned an estimate of $5,000-$7,000, and performed respectably with a final selling price of $6,000.

Somewhat surprisingly, given the relatively soft market for pearls over recent years, a few lots featuring natural pearls did quite well at Moran’s Dec. 9 sale. Late in the catalog, a group of cultured and natural pearl jewelry assigned a conservative $800-$1,200 estimate found a new home for twice the expected high, while a strand of slightly graduated natural pearls earned an impressive $11,400 (estimate: $1,200 to $1,800).

Less surprisingly, diamonds of all shapes and sizes sparkled throughout the catalog, achieving competitive prices. One of the most highly anticipated lots, a natural fancy yellow diamond of 12.83 carats within a marquise- and full-cut diamond-studded platinum setting carried an estimate of $200,000-$250,000, with a floor bidder becoming the successful high bidder for a price square within that bracket: $228,000. A diamond and platinum ring centering an emerald-cut 3.05 carat diamond by celebrated designer Michael Beaudry, accompanied by a framed watercolor concept rendering, earned $36,000, after another floor bidder outbid a large number of absentee bids submitted prior to the auction (estimate: $18,000-$25,000). Carrying an estimate of $90,000-$120,000, a pear-shape diamond measuring 6.23 carats and mounted in platinum also exceeded expectations, selling for $180,000. A platinum and old European-cut diamond ring, a lot combining two Moran auction crowd favorites: diamonds and the Art Deco taste, did well, finding a buyer for $13,200 (estimate: $6,000-$8,000).

Silverhorn was a big name in the auction offerings. Pieces by the Santa Barbara maker attracted a lot of interest with sleek modern design and interesting stones. A large turquoise ring in a pierced 18K yellow gold setting was assigned an estimate of $1,000-$1,500, and the piece sold for $2,040. Shortly thereafter, a triangular Mexican fire opal cabochon ring in 18K hammered gold, estimated to earn $1,000-$1500, sold for $1,440. The big-ticket win for Silverhorn jewelry, however, went to an online buyer who had to compete with multiple parties bidding from the sales floor for a sleek coral cabochon in an 18K gold ring setting; the bids came through in rapid succession, landing on a $4,000 selling price (estimate: $1,000-$1,500).

Always a popular maker, pieces from Tiffany & Co. also inspired competitive bidding. During previews, a number of bidders were seen eyeing a Tiffany enamel and diamond stag beetle brooch. The realistically modeled statement piece earned a respectable $3,900 price tag, just over the $2,000-$3,000 estimate. On offer for those with tastes skewing more towards the botanical than the entomological, a signed hammered hand-made 20K gold rose-form brooch set with six full-cut diamonds carried an estimate of $1,200-$1,800, selling for $5,700. Shortly thereafter, a sterling silver box inset to the cover with a mesmerizing rectangular swath of iridescent blue art glass found a buyer for $1,800.

A large number of luxury men’s watches found new homes at Moran’s Dec. 9 sale, including pieces by Patek Philippe, Rolex, Corum, Baume & Mercier and Le Coultre. Early in the auction, a Patek Philippe 18K yellow gold rectangular case wristwatch went up at the block with a $6,000-$9,000 estimate, and came away with a price of $14,400, thanks to online bidder activity. An interesting Corum 1904 wristwatch with an American gold $20 Liberty coin as its face also sold for $3,900 (estimate: $1,500-$2,000). Late in the auction, an early Rolex covered-dial wristwatch with a .935 silver case and lid perked up buyers with its undeniable character. The watch earned $1,800 at the auction block (estimate: $1,000-$1,500).

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

These branch-perched birds by Van Cleef & Arpels had hearts aflutter with their adorable styling and quality of craftsmanship, the brooch soared to a final selling price of $26,400 (estimate: $5,000- $7,000). John Moran Auctioneers image

With an estimate of $6,500-$7,500, this high-karat gold Indian Kasu mala necklace offered at Moran’s Dec. 9 Auction exceeded expectations, realizing $19,200. John Moran Auctioneers image

Selling for $228,000, within the $200,000 to $250,000 estimate, this platinum ring centering a 12.82 natural fancy yellow rectangular step-cut diamond was purchased by a floor bidder who had to compete with a number of hopeful absentee bidders. John Moran Auctioneers image

This hand-hammered rose brooch by iconic maker Tiffany & Co. was initially estimated to earn $1,200 to $1,800, but outgrew its estimate with a $5,700 selling price. John Moran Auctioneers image

Inset with a rectangular swath of iridescent blue art glass, this elegant sterling silver Tiffany & Co. box performed within the estimated $1,500 to $2,000 range, realizing $1,800. John Moran Auctioneers image

Featuring an 18K yellow gold case and movement by Patek Philippe, this men’s wristwatch earned $14,400 (estimate: $6,000-$9,000). John Moran Auctioneers image

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:28
 

Gardner Civil War sketchbook captures $144,000 at Cowan’s

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Fine quarter plate daguerreotype of Nathaniel Miller, a California pioneer. Price realized: $15,600. Cowan's Auctions Inc. image CINCINNATI – Cowan’s Auctions Inc. American History: Live Salesroom Auction on Nov. 21 was a success, with sales totaling over $800,000. The 302-lot auction was held in Cowan’s salesroom and featured scarce daguerreotypes, photographs of the American West, 19th century photography, manuscripts, books, maps, political campaign ephemera and flags.

The highest selling lot in the auction was one of the most important photograph sketchbooks of the Civil War. Alexander Gardner’s Photographic Sketchbook of the War by Philp & Solomons, 1865-1866, sold for $144,000.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

"Although small in size, Cowan's Nov. 21 American History Auction commanded a tremendous amount of interest and enthusiastic bidding,” said Katie Horstman, director, American History Department, “We are delighted with the strong prices that were achieved and couldn't be happier to end our 2014 auction year on a high note."

Exceptional documents and archives were also offered in the auction. An important Revolutionary War Naval document detailing the official record of the court martial of Captain Whipple, signed by John Paul Jones and other Naval and Marine Corps officers realized $51,600. A J.E.B. Stuart ALS, a handwritten and signed letter, sold for $14,400. A Thomas Stonewall Jackson endorsement on Kenton Harper ALS realized $15,990, and an archive of Col. Orland Smith, including war diaries, sword and escutcheon brought $18,000.

Fine books and manuscripts were highlighted in the Nov. 21 sale. An edition of Zebulon Pike’s Expeditions to the Sources of the Mississippi, dated to 1805-1807, realized $9,600, and a book detailing mathematical collections and translations by Thomas Salusbury sold for $20,400.

Photography displayed a strong performance in the auction. A scarce whole plate ambrotype of Capt. John Wilson of the 8th Kentucky Infantry sold for $9,000, a quarter plate daguerreotype of California pioneer Nathaniel Miller, realized $15,600, and a fine Annie Oakley cabinet card hammered down at $4,800.

Additional notable lots in Cowan’s Nov.21 American History Auction included an exceptionally rare Confederate cipher disc, which brought $18,000, and a rare William Henry Harrison campaign band box realized $5,700.

For more information about the auction call Katie Horstman at 513-871-1670 ext. 246.

View the fully illustrated catalog, complete with prices realized, online at LiveAuctioneers.com.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Fine quarter plate daguerreotype of Nathaniel Miller, a California pioneer. Price realized: $15,600. Cowan's Auctions Inc. image This rare Confederate cipher disk turned up $18,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc. image 'Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War' sold for $144,000. Cowan's Auctions Inc. image
Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 14:26
 
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