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Miniatures earn full-scale interest at Hindman auction

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Tuesday, 23 July 2013 11:26

Not quite 3 inches high, this pair of Louis XV-style occasional tables by Denis E.W. Hillman sold for $22,500. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

CHICAGO – Leslie Hindman Auctioneers offered a single-owner auction of property from the estate of Adell Venus on July 17. The auction realized nearly $750,000 and all 767 lots sold.

The collection encompassed a diverse selection of miniatures, dolls and accessories, ranging from antiques to modern day miniaturists’ works. Venus’ passion for collecting led to five decades of accumulating tens of thousands of items and was undoubtedly one of the largest and most profound private collections of its kind.

Interest prior to the sale suggested this area of the market had a strong following. Over 30 countries were signed up to bid in the sale in hopes to acquire something from Adell’s collection. The sale lasted 10 1/2 hours, with active participation in the room, on the phone and online. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

Spirited and competitive bidding continued throughout the entire auction, setting record prices. William (Bill) R. Robertson’s works were in high demand with a drafting set selling for $18,750, a rodent trap and a bird cage each achieved an astounding $13,750, while a fly rod set sold for $3,000.

A collection of miniature books published by Barbara Raheb at the Pennyweight Press was the top lot, realizing $23,750. Other highlights included: a pair of Louis XV-style occasional tables, not even 3 inches tall, by Denis E.W. Hillman, $22,500; a Queen Anne-style lady’s writing desk by Paul A. Runyon, $10,625; a George II-style secretaire bookcase by John J. Hodgson, $10,000; and a Federal-style slant-front desk by Ernie Levy, $10,000.

The sale was organized by John P. Walcher and Caroline McCarthy, both in the Hindman’s fine furniture and decorative arts department. “A new standard has been set in the miniature world for quality works of art,” said Walcher.

For more information about the auction, please contact Leslie Hindman Auctioneers at 312-280-1212.

 

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

 



ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Not quite 3 inches high, this pair of Louis XV-style occasional tables by Denis E.W. Hillman sold for $22,500. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

A walnut cased drafting set by William R. Robertson sold for $18,750. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

Acclaimed Miniaturist William R. Robertson built a better mousetrap. This tiny rodent trap of walnut, maple and ebonized wood captured $13,750 at the auction. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

A complete 12-volume set of Saints Calendars, 19th century, box 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches. Price realized: $11,250. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

An 18K gold punch set, after English examples, by Peter Acquisto, diameter of tray 1 7/8 inches. Price realized: $6,250. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 August 2013 16:11
 

Aircraft art, pilot’s archive lands $13,200 at Mohawk Arms

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Monday, 22 July 2013 14:55

Capt. Paul Green of the French Escardille 131-Bomber Group 4 World War I aircraft insignia. Price realized: $13,200. Mohawk Arms Inc. image.

BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – A World War I squadron insignia and archive pertaining to American pilot Capt. Paul Green soared to $13,200 at auction held June 8-9 by Mohawk Arms. The insignia and archive were the sale’s top lot. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

Green was assigned to the French Escardille 131, Bomber Group 4. His bomber bore the insignia of a gargoyle clutching a bomb. Originally printed and hand-colored, the 26 1/2-inch by 41-inch insignia, with background and border painted in red, was applied to the very fabric of Lt. Green’s plane. It was signed by the printer (L. Braun, Paris) and the artist (Gudin Faucher).

The artwork was in remarkable condition, considering it had bullet hole damage from when Green was forced to crash land his airplane. The archive contained 50 documents including Green’s flight log for missions flown, the 1919 published history of all the members of his squadron, and a framed portrait of Green in uniform, with gargoyle insignia.

The sale was billed as Militaria Auction No. 69 for Mohawk Arms, a company that has become synonymous with quality militaria auctions. It conduct only two auctions per year, but they are generally packed with a wide array of items spanning multiple conflicts and generations. This auction was no exception, as around 900 lots that collectors found desirable went to new owners.

“We were pleased with the results of this sale overall, and it once again proved that there will always be a market for the better, high-end items,” said Raymond Zyla, owner of Mohawk Arms. “Any good medals, badges and military orders found eager bidders, and we discovered that American World War II items documented or related to specific individuals did quite well.”

Areas of the market that are somewhat soft now, Zyla observed, include uniforms from the European Imperial period, Civil War pieces such as leather goods, photography and average condition muskets (excluding Confederate firearms) and some lower-grade Colt weapons.

“But quality sells, no matter what,” he said. “The market is healthy at the high end, always has been.”

Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a sliding scale buyer’s premium, which ranged from 10-17.5 percent.

The auction featured many items pertaining to the Third Reich, Nazi items, Adolf Hitler and even Hitler’s mistress, Eva Braun. One lot that did particularly well was a rare Nazi SS officer’s dress sword with wire-wrapped black wood grip bearing a three-quarter-inch diameter nickeled disc holding relief “SS” runes, and a stylized two-tiered pommel cap. The sword fetched $7,931.

A German Panzer “75” bronze assault badge with a squared-off wreath/eagle and a solid back, with the number “75” shown in the panel at the base of the wreath, garnered $2,530. Also, a 1937 Christmas greeting card signed in ink by Adolf Hitler, with a handwritten ink addition reading “sent to you with highest regards,” with an embossed eagle/swastika, brought $2,473.

Other Nazi items included a book from Hitler’s personal library, titled Ja-Sagen Zum Judentum (“Say Yes to Judaism”). The book, a rare, 1933 publication of a Berlin radio station, dealt with the plight of the German Jews and contained numerous pencil notations by Hitler. It brought $1,821. Also, an 11-inch by 9-inch matted and framed ink-signed photo portrait of Herman Goring wearing his decorations and holding his Nazi field marshal baton, made $881.

A Japanese (Manchuko) breast star of the Grand Cordon award, claimed by a G.I. during World War II and one of only 144 breast stars awarded, having a multicolored enamel octagonal center on a red enameled cross set with pearls, rose to $2,056. An original Mexican War musket (Springfield M1816), converted to percussion, with a sword bayonet that was probably issued and used by one of the Germanic militia units in the Mexican War, topped out at $1,762.

Three lots realized identical selling prices of $705. The first was a commemorative period medal, honoring the cavalry leader Gen. George A. Custer, who fell at the legendary Battle of Little Big Horn. The medal showed a profile of Custer in uniform, with crossed sabers and side flags. The second was a World War II Army Nurse Corps “Flying Nurses” shoulder patch, worn by nurses assigned to the China-Burma-India area of operations. It’s hand-embroidered and rare. The third was a coconut carved by a U.S. Marine into an uncomplimentary caricature of a Japanese soldier. Decorated coconuts were used by the Marines on Okinawa for target practice. This one showed a seated figure, wearing glasses and a helmet and sporting buck teeth and a painted Japanese flag. Rounding out a list of just some of the sale’s top lots, a circa-1850 South Indian sword with a straight 31-inch broad blade that widens toward the tip commanded $529.

Mohawk Arms Inc., is always accepting high-quality consignments. To consign a single item, a collection or an entire estate, call them at 315-893-7888 or e-mail 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

Capt. Paul Green of the French Escardille 131-Bomber Group 4 World War I aircraft insignia. Price realized: $13,200. Mohawk Arms Inc. image.

Mexican War-period German-imported musket with rare M1835 Horstmann sword bayonet. Price realized: $1,762. Mohawk Arms Inc. image.

Japanese (Manchuko) breast star of the Grand Cordon, one of only 144 awarded during World War II. Price realized: $2,056. Mohawk Arms Inc. image.

Nazi SS officer's dress sword with wire-wrapped wood grip and original SS officer's silver bullion portopee. Price realized: $7,931. Mohawk Arms Inc. image.

Christmas greeting card from 1937 signed by Adolf Hitler, with embossed eagle/swastika. Price realized: $2,473. Mohawk Arms Inc. image.

Coconut carved into a caricature of a Japanese soldier by a U.S. Marine on Okinawa in World War II. Price realized: $705. Mohawk Arms Inc. image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 10:40
 

Russian icon, Old Masters excel at Kaminski auction

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Friday, 19 July 2013 09:03
Circle of Trevisani, ‘Madonna with Child and St. John the Baptist,’ oil on canvas. Kaminski image. BEVERLY, Mass. – Notable Russian antiques and European fine art performed well at Kaminski’s July 13 Summer Continental Estate Auction. Among the top lots of the day Russian silver items, several Old Master paintings and one exceptional Russian icon. LiveAuctioneers.com provide Internet live bidding.

At $19,800, Lot 3205, an 18th century Russian icon of the Vladimir Mother of God took the top spot in the auction. It arrived at Kaminski as one of a number of pieces belonging to Peter Denisevich, who grew his collection while stationed as a U.S. military attache in Moscow in 1946. The Vladimir Mother of God icon was the oldest piece in Denisevich’s collection, which included two newer, though still beautiful, icons as well. A gilded silver oklad covers the icon, chased with foliage that surrounds the ornately arranged pearls embellishing both the garments of Mother and Child. The beauty and age captured the interest of numerous online and phone bidders who drove the final price well above the original estimate of $5,000- $8,000.

The success of the icon carried over onto the other Russian items in the auction, including a green guilloche enameled card case. The small sterling case was originally made in St. Petersburg between 1908 and 1917, and was marked with the Kokoshnik mark. Kaminski appraisers estimated the case at $2,000-$4,000. It ultimately sold for $6,600.

Denisevich’s collection also included an interesting adjustable candlestick, with two lights arranged to backlight a lithophane of a St. Petersburg scene. The decorative candlestick sold above estimate for $4,560.

Veritable and impressive age was a theme among the highest selling lots of the day. A suite of Old Master paintings spiked many bidders’ interest. The two highest grossing of the collection where Jan Josef Horemans the Younger’s Abraham and the Three Angels and Madonna and Child with Saint John the Baptist, from the circle of Trevisani, or Francesco de Mura. Both elegant paintings sold for $4,305.

John Mogford’s Shipwreck, proved the best selling painting of the sale. The painting showcases Mogford’s signature soft light that illuminates the vast cliffs and small wrecked ship pictured in the painting. Originally estimated at $3,000-$5,000, the Mogford painted was finally hammered down at $7,800. Paul Renard’s Paris Street Scene, also attracted bidding interest. The painting met its high estimate and sold for $3,600.

A photograph by Annie Leibovitz of the Olympic diver Greg Louganis sold for above its original estimate for $2,400. Also much anticipated was a sterling silver and ivory golf trophy that also sold above estimate for $1,353.

A selection of Continental decorative pieces and paintings rounded out the sale. Among the highlights were a set of two Bohemian decanters and 12 glasses, with exquisitely painted gold surface decoration and ruby colored glass inserts. A phone bidder took home the lot for $3,960, above the $1,800-$2,500 estimate.

Also popular was a 17th or 18th century Turkish Iznik charger, originally estimated at only $300 to $500. Iznik was renowned from the 15th to the 17th centuries for its distinctive decorated pottery. The charger presented at Kaminski exhibited the colors and designs that characterized Iznik pottery at the end of the production era, and fetched $2,829.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Circle of Trevisani, ‘Madonna with Child and St. John the Baptist,’ oil on canvas. Kaminski image. Russian guilloche enameled card case. Kaminski image. Mogford, ‘Shipwreck,’ oil on canvas. Kaminski image. Bronze candlestick with lithophane. Kaminski image. Pair of 19th century Bohemian decanters with 12 glasses. Kaminski image. Horemans the Younger, ‘Abraham and the Three Angels,’ oil on canvas. Kaminski image.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 14:53
 

Jade chariot rolls up $40K at Elite Decorative Arts sale July 13

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Thursday, 18 July 2013 13:11
Chinese hand-carved white jade sculpture depicting a chariot with horses and riders. Price realized: $40,120. Elite Decorative Arts image. BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A beautiful Chinese hand-carved white jade sculpture depicting a chariot with horses and riders galloped past its estimate of $300-$500 to sell for $40,120 at a sale of Chinese works and fine decorative arts held July 13 by Elite Decorative Arts. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

“The auction was successful in all categories across the board, but jade in particular did extremely well,” said Scott Cieckiewicz of Elite Decorative Arts. “We expected the jade to hold its own, but I don’t think anyone in the company was prepared for the results we achieved. We were helped by exceptional jade consignments that were bid on aggressively by some strong jade buyers. This is obviously a great time to buy and sell jade, as the market appears to be red hot.”

The sculpture exhibited a stunning, even-toned white jade color throughout, with some translucence. Included was a fitted wooden base and presentation box. Overall, the piece was 10 inches tall by 25 inches wide. It was the top lot in a sale that saw 242 lots change hands, mostly to phone bidders who numbered around 30. Approximately 100 people attended the event live.

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

Close behind the jade chariot sculpture, as the sale’s second top lot, was a Chinese hand-carved celadon green jade moon flask vase, depicting a coastal scene to one side and a landscape scene with two men to the other. Featuring a silver inlay fitted wooden base and a silk fitted presentation box, the moon flask vase, 6 1/4 inches tall, went to a determined bidder for $37,760.

Two other lots cracked the $30,000 mark. One was an antique Chinese Qing Dynasty period (circa 1796-1820) hand-carved celadon jade figural mountain carving showing two children at play and a frog nearby, which sold for 31,860. The other was a large and heavy solid red coral sculpture depicting a maiden with children, 10 1/4 inches tall, with fitted wooden base, which went for $30,250.

Breaking the $20,000 mark was a pair of hand-carved Chinese jadeite Guan Yin sculptures, each having beautiful white mottled jadeite color with apple green infusions and both standing about 11 1/4 inches tall ($29,500); and a pair of large spinach jade vase form reticulated lantern urns, each having relief palace scenes throughout the body, 16 1/2 inches tall ($22,420).

A large hand-carved Chinese white and apple green jadeite Guan Yin sculpture, showing her in a standing position, with a crane to the right holding stalks with lotus blossoms, 22 1/4 inches tall, coasted to $18,880; while a stunning Chinese relief carved white jadeite lidded vessel having scrolled archaic designs to the back and front of the body, 8 3/4 inches tall, made $11,800.

A large Chinese hanging urn having a finely carved and textured high relief archaic design to the body, showing a chih lung dragon and phoenix arms with rings, 26 1/2 inches tall, realized $10,620; and a gorgeous Chinese lavender and green jadeite archaic design vase having a diamond form, with four foo lion handles with rings to the rim, 13 1/2 inches tall, rose to $9,440.

A Chinese square-form scholar’s desk brush pot showing calligraphy poems throughout the exterior and the bottom holding a blue six-character zhuanshu Qianliong reign mark, circa 1736-1795, fetched $6,665; and a late Qing dynasty period, 19th century, Chinese hand-carved white and apple green jadeite figure of a recumbent stag with child holding a flower hit $6,490.

A breathtaking pair of Chinese icy white jade covered bird boxes, each having an even-toned bright and translucent white color with some russet hints, with fitted wooden silver inlay bases and a fitted, silk-lined presentation box, garnered $5,900; and a Chinese hand-carved white jade moving sculpture depicting two Meirens on a swinging platform, 5 inches tall, made $4,720.

Elite Decorative Arts is always accepting quality consignments. To inquire about consigning call them at 561-200-0893, or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

View the fully illustrated catalog of the July 13 auction at Elite Decorative Arts, complete with prices realized, at LiveAuctioneers.com.

 


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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Chinese hand-carved celadon green jade moon flask vase with base, 6 1/4 inches tall. Price realized: $37,760. Elite Decorative Arts image. Chinese Qing Dynasty period hand-carved celadon jade figural mountain carving. Price realized:  $31,860. Elite Decorative Arts image.   Pair of hand-carved Chinese jadeite Guan Yin sculptures, each one 11 1/4 inches tall. Price realized: $29,500. Elite Decorative Arts image. Pair of large spinach jade vase-form reticulated lantern urns, 16 1/2 inches high. Price realized: $22,420. Elite Decorative Arts image.   Large and heavy Chinese solid red coral sculpture depicting a maiden with children. Price realized: $30,250. Elite Decorative Arts image.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 08:53
 

Jackson's 'World Treasures' 2-day sale tops $2.5M

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Monday, 15 July 2013 16:22
One of a group of Russian lacquerware items (circa 1825-1945) and forming a collection comprising about 100 lots that totaled $110,000. Jackson’s image.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – In an aptly named “World Treasures” sale, buyers from over 50 countries descended on this Midwest hamlet for a two-day auction totaling over $2.5 million in sales. Jackson’s International played host to buyers from around the world on June 11 and 12 as they sold over 1,000 lots featuring treasures from Russia, Asia, Europe and America. LiveAuctioneers.co provided Internet live bidding.

The sale started out with a small but interesting collection of European artwork selling, including a charming genre scene painting of Apple Pickers by Cesar Pattein (French 1850-1931) that sold for $13,750 to a collector in Nebraska. An oil on board by Ludolf Liberts (1895-1959) depicting the Boulevard Haussman at Night sold to a Latvian buyer for $16,250.

Jackson’s once again offered a unique selection of Russian treasures to choose from. Highlights of this section of the sale include a small (measuring 6.6 inches) Russian silver and enamel shaded lidded box by the 11th Artel, which crossed the block at $18,125.00 going to a buyer in New York. An interesting, diminutive (height 3.75 inches) Russian silver card case engraved with maps, coats of arms, figures, views and statistics sold to a buyer in Moscow for $18,750. A watercolor of Prince Vladimir by Ivan Ivakovlevich Bilibin (Russian 1876-1942) sold for $23,750. An interesting group of Russian watercolors by satirical Russian/American artist Vladimir Fedorovich Kadulin was offered in this sale featuring scenes of social realities that still resonate with those who grew up in the Soviet system and reflect the attitudes of many Russians who were violently suppressed by the early communist government. Although an unknown artist, together the group sold for nearly $70,000.

Another interesting Russian lot was a grouping of 29 original handwritten manuscripts and artworks by Russian modernist writer Alexei Mikhailovich Remizov (Russian 1877-1957). The grouping comprised of 29 original manuscripts or abstract compositions signed or monogramed by Remizov. This grouping sold to a Russian buyer for $30,000 against a conservative $3,000-$5,000 estimate. Another interesting Soviet period piece to sell was a painted plastic cigarette case presented to the Soviet military commander Vasily Gregoryevich Terentiev (1899-1957), dated 1942. The small case, 4.25 inches, went to a New York collector for $7,500.

This sale also featured a life collection of Russian lacquer boxes and other lacquer objects. The Russian lacquerware items were acquired by the consignor from the exhibition “Russian Lacquer Art from Two Centuries” held at the Museum for Lacquer Arts in Munster, Germany, May 11, 1995 through Jan. 4, 1996. Most were published and illustrated in the exhibition catalog. Together, this grouping totaled $110,000.

One area of expertise Jackson’s, and particularly President and CEO James Jackson, is well-known for is the realm of Russian Icons. As such, a Jackson’s auction would not be an auction without icons. Some highlights include a Russian presentation icon of St. Nestor the Chronicler, Moscow, 1896. This icon headed back to Russia at over $56,000 against a $20,000-$30,000 estimate. The next lot to sell was a Russian icon of the Kazan Mother of God, with marker’s marks for Feodor Ruckert, Moscow, 1899-1908. This slight icon (3.6 inches x 2.7 inches) from the Dr. John Sinsky collection sold to a Moscow buyer for $52,500. Other highlights include a 17th century Kazan Mother of God icon selling for $37,500; a Russian icon of St. Nicholas, Moscow, circa 1900 selling for $27,500; and a large icon of St. Michael Metropolitan of Kiev, Moscow, circa 1892 finished at $20,000 to a St. Petersburg buyer who outbid several other phone bidders.

One of the many interesting lots in American art was a small sketch by American impressionist Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874-1939) depicting a woman with a pink parasol. The painting will be included in the upcoming catalog raisonne on the artist being compiled by his grandson, Nicholas Kilmer. The winning buyer was a private collector on the phone who acquired the sketch for $37,500.

Another interesting lot offered was a cache of photograph negatives by noted American photographer, Arnold Genthe (1869-1942). Typically recognized for his work after the San Francisco earthquake, Genthe was also a pioneer in the world of modern dance photography. Some of the negatives found in this collection featured named models and dancers in a variety of poses and settings. The archive of over 450 negatives, in various states of condition, sold to a Midwest gallery for $5,500.

This sale also featured a small mix of Old Master and European paintings. Some examples include a 17th century Italian school painting of St. John the Baptist and St. Claire of Assisi Presenting a Monstrance to the Infant Christ and the Virgin Mary, which sold for $10,000 against a $6,000-$9,000 estimate. An oil on panel painting by German artist Ignatz Alois Frey (1752-1835) depicting a church interior and dated 1792 brought $5,000 and will return to its native Germany. A large oil on canvas by Jan Styka (Polish 1858-1925) depicting the Sacred Heart of Christ was purchased by a private institution, crossing the block at $12,500, and bringing almost double the conservative $5,000-$7,000 estimate. A lovely Madonna and Child painting by German artist Franz Ittenbach (1813-1879), measuring 19 inches x 10 inches sold for $20,000.

European artwork gave way to decorative arts, with a variety of objects being offered including a Rene Lalique French art glass Moineaux amber opalescent table clock, selling to a private collector for $4,250 and a fine Loetz Austrian Federzeichnung mother of pearl art glass vase surpassing expectations bringing $11,250, selling to a private Arizona collector. A large Meissen polychrome and gilt-decorated porcelain “Elements” ewer from the 19th century fetched $13,750 after heated bidding. And a large KPM plaque, artist signed by Carl Meinelt after the original painting by August Riedel depicting Judith with the head of Holofernes sold to a California buyer for $31,250.

Other European works to sell included an interesting and attractive Louis XVI-style mineralogical cabinet after George Haupt that was presented by Gustave III of Sweden to Prince de Conde in 1774. The early 20th century example sold to an Italian buyer after much bidding, finishing at $32,500. Bronzes also fared well with some highlights being a beautiful gilt-bronze lamp by Raoul Larche (French 1860-1912) titled Loie Fuller, which sold for $18,750 to an East Coast buyer. A Cupid bronze by French artist Louis Alexander Bottee (1852-1940) sold to an Arizona buyer, finishing at $6,875, and a Louis Chalon (French 1866-1940) bronze depicting sea sprites, circa 1895, sold to a Canadian private collector for $21,250. Other sales of note from decorative arts include a Viennese-style enameled silver-gilt and jeweled animated bird and musical box selling to an Egyptian buyer for $6,250 and a nice pair of silver and ivory jousting knights, probably German, which finished at $13,750, going to a Californian.

The sale concluded with a variety of Asian works including a Japanese silver and shibayama cabinet from the Meiji period selling for $21,250 against a $6,000-$9,000 estimate and an exceptional Japanese carved ivory okimono from the Meiji period fully carved in the round of a well modeled young standing samurai in full attire finishing at $17,500. Asian art also did quite well, especially an oil on canvas of Two Florists by Vietnamese artist Le Pho (1907-2001), which finished at $35,000 after having a spirited battle on the phone lines. A pretty painting depicting a Canton singer by Chinese artist Guan Zeju (b. 1941) sold above its $1,500-$2,000 estimate, finishing at $6,250. Asian decorative arts continue to draw wide interest including a Chinese carved white jade brush pot and cover, selling to a Beijing buyer for $16,250, and a Chinese carved jade boulder, height 7.5 inches, crossing the block at $6,250 against a $3,000-$5,000 estimate.

For information about consigning works to Jackson’s call 800-665-6743.

View the fully illustrated catalog of Jackson’s June 11-12 World Treasures auction, complete with prices realized, at LiveAuctioneers.com.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
One of a group of Russian lacquerware items (circa 1825-1945) and forming a collection comprising about 100 lots that totaled $110,000. Jackson’s image. While only 6.5 inches in length, the Russian silver and enamel box by the 11th Artel, circa 1900, sold for $18,125. Jackson’s image. The diminutive Russian icon of the Kazan Virgin measuring just slightly over 3.5 inches and made by the firm of Feodor Ruckert, Moscow, circa 1899-1908, sold to a buyer from Moscow for $52,500. Jackson’s image. This 8.5-inch Loetz Austrian mother of pearl art glass vase brought $11,250. Jackson’s image. This bronze by French artist Louis Chalon (1866-1940) titled ‘Sea Sprites’ sold for $21,250. Jackson’s image. Measuring only 9.25 inches high, this Japanese silver and shibayama cabinet from the late 19th century sold for $21,250. Jackson’s image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 10:41
 

Regional, Continental works drive Cowan’s auction over $1.1M

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Monday, 15 July 2013 14:17
‘Friends Forever’ by Russian artist Demetre Chiparus, realized $60,000. Cowan’s Auctions Inc. image. CINCINNATI – Cowan's Auctions two day Fine and Decorative Art Auction realized $1,130,000 in the July 13-14 sale. With a packed salesroom of more than 100 people and over 2,000 bidders online from over 20 different countries, the auction saw competitive bids between the floor, absentee, online and phone bidders throughout the day. Regional paintings and European works achieved high prices in the auction. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

The sale’s highest selling lot attracted considerable attention from both phone and Internet bidders. The work, a sculpture titled Friends Forever by Russian artist, Demetre Chiparus, realized $60,000.

“Our two-day auction was a smashing success. I was particularly pleased with the results of the works by Henry Faulkner. Our exhibit brought many people in the door and the painting’s themselves sold tremendously,” said Graydon Sikes, director of paintings and prints. “Material from the Yost estate in Pennsylvania had a great deal of interest, especially the Choultse painting and Chiparus bronze. Other estates in the auction, some of which remained anonymous, sold very well because they were buried in collections for decades.”

The sale’s second highest selling lot was a painting by Ivan Choultse, titled Coucher De Soleil Sur La Mer, which sold for $50,400. An original receipt of purchase from New York accompanied the painting, noting that it was sold in 1932 for $700.

A collection of over 25 Civil War carved soldiers pipes from the estate of Jan Sorgenfrei of Old Barn Auction in Findlay, Ohio, garnered high prices in the sale. Heated bidding between the floor and phones drove the selling prices up considerably. A Reuben T. Woodward 21st Massachusetts Pipe trounced its estimate of $1,000-1,500 and sold for $15,600. A patriotic Lady Liberty carved pipe realized $10,800, and a Liberty or Death poatriotic carved pipe sold for $9,000. Cowan’s also offered Sorgenfrei’s collection of antique toys in the sale. A George Brown “Excelsior” clockwork locomotive sold for $5,535 and a Hubley cast-iron transitional ladder truck brought $3,600.

Works by Midwest regional artists, including Henry Faulkner, Paul Sawyier and Elizabeth Nourse did particularly well in the auction. A painting by Faulkner, titled The Cellist, sold for $11,400, and Faulkner’s Staircase in Taormina realized $10,224. A watercolor of a girl by Cincinnati native, Elizabeth Nourse, brought $11,600, and a river scene by Kentucky artist, Paul Sawyier, sold for $15,600.

American furniture brought competitive bidding in the sale. A Charles Tinges inlaid Baltimore federal tall-case clock sold to a phone bidder for $18,000, a Rococo Revival bed hammered down at $6,600, a Rococo Revival dresser and commode stand for $5,700 and a Rococo Revival etagere realized $4,920.

Silver attracted bidders on the floor, phone and Internet. Cowan’s offered Kentucky coin, Gorham, Tiffany and Chinese export silver in the auction. A Kentucky coin silver cup by well-known early maker Asa Blanchard started the auction off with a bang, selling for $4,800. A Gorham Classical-style urn realized $4,500; a set of Tiffany & Co. sterling trays sold for $3,360, a Chinese export urn form incense burner hammered at $7,995, and a Chinese export silver presentation bowl with dragons realized $5,400.

Other notable lots in the July 13-14 auction included an Andrew Clemens sand bottle. Two bidders on the floor battled back and forth for the Clemens bottle, which eventually sold for $22,800. A set of John J. Audubon bound octavo Birds of America books realized $27,600, a Fuse Box pinup by Harry Ekman brought $19,200, a folk art painting by Charles Wysocki, titled Lilac Square, sold for $10,800, and a sculpture by Ferdinand Preiss, titled Archer, hammered down at $15,600.

For more information call Cowan’s at 513-871-1670.

View the fully illustrated catalog of Cowan’s Auctions’ Fine and Decorative Art Auction July 13-14, complete with prices realized, at LiveAuctioneers.com.

 

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
‘Friends Forever’ by Russian artist Demetre Chiparus, realized $60,000. Cowan’s Auctions Inc. image. ‘Coucher De Soleil Sur La Mer’ by Ivan Choultse sold for $50,400. Cowan’s Auctions Inc. image. An Andrew Clemens sand bottle sold for $22,800. Cowan’s Auctions Inc. image. A Charles Tinges inlaid Baltimore federal tall-case clock sold for $18,000. Cowan’s Auctions Inc. image. A set of John J. Audubon bound octavo Birds of America books realized $27,600. Cowan’s Auctions Inc. image.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 13:16
 

John Moran achieves strong prices for Asian art June 18

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Friday, 12 July 2013 13:04
Dating to the 17th-18th centuries, this gilt-splashed bronze incense burner sent bidders into a frenzy, selling for $54,000 (estimate: $3,000-$5,000). John Moran Auctioneers image. PASADENA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers’ June 18 Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction featured quality American and European furnishings, decorative arts, and fine art, as well as a vast selection of Native American textiles, baskets, beadwork and pottery. International bidding activity via online bidding platforms including LiveAuctioneers.com was especially busy. Nearly a third of all successful bidders bought online.

Asian works of art, particularly Chinese, did especially well. Almost every one of the carefully selected items in this category outperformed its high estimate. The most contested lot was a Chinese gilt-splashed bronze incense burner, dated to the late 17th-early 18th century. Tying up every available phone line and pulling in numerous international bidders via online platforms, the censer realized $54,000, leaps and bounds over the conservative estimate of $3,000 to $5,000.

A pair of impressively carved Chinese carved spinach jade covered urns followed, realizing $12,300 (estimate: $1,000-$1,500). Though restored, a Chinese red coral figural carving depicting two figures atop a phoenix bird achieved $6,765 (estimate: $800-$1,200). A massive Chinese export Canton famille rose punchbowl, a find at one of John Moran’s monthly walk-in “What’s It Worth?” appraisal clinics, was estimated to bring between $2,000-$3,500, and found a buyer for $5,400. Also causing quite a stir online among international buyers was a Ming Dynasty celadon-glazed warming bowl. It earned $13,200 at the block (estimate: $3,000-$4,000).

Among the 70 Native American objects, Navajo textiles appeared in abundance. A room-size Navajo regional weaving in red, black, cream and gray on a natural brown ground earned just over the estimated $4,000-$6,000, selling for $6737.50. A striking pictorial rug, featuring stylized frogs, lizards, and human figures on a red ground, estimated to bring $3,000-$5,000, brought $6,600 after some serious competition between telephone bidders. A finely woven Navajo Third Phase woman’s wearing blanket, woven of aniline-dyed red, indigo-dyed blue, and natural brown, grey and cream wool exceeded expectations with a final price tag of $8,400 (estimate: $5,000-$6,500).

Prices were also strong among a variety of other types of Native American art. An exceptionally rare Sioux beaded hide horse mask, a parade piece decorated with American flags, was in excellent condition for its 100 years. Originally conservatively estimated to find a new owner for between $12,000 and $16,000, it inspired a battle between floor bidders who duked it out until at last the dust settled at an impressive $27,000.

Numerous absentee buyers bid on a Southern Plains Indian hairpipe breastplate, dating to the late 19th century, driving it to a final selling price of $3,600 (estimate: $800-$1,200). A striking Tlingit carved wood clan helmet, dating to the late 19th or early 20th centuries, realized $6,000 (estimate: $3,000-$6,000). Featuring effigies of a killer whale, a raven, a frog and a bear, the helmet hailed from a private collection in the Northwest. A collection in Los Angeles yielded a number of great baskets, including a California Mission Cahuilla polychrome basket with a design of two snakes circling a central eagle. In very good condition and dated to the first quarter of the 20th century, it sold for $6,600 at the block (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Continental decorative arts, a mainstay at Moran’s, also found buyers at competitive prices. A rare Rene Lalique Jeunesse perfume bottle with a dauber modeled as a standing cherub realized $3,382.50 (estimate: $800-$1,200), while a pair of Georg Jensen sterling silver candlesticks designed by Alphonse La Paglia brought $2,400 (estimate: $1,000-$1,500). A pair of Georgian walnut dining room urns on pedestals drove bidders wild, fomenting intense interest both online and via telephone. At the end of the tussle, the urns sold for $21,600 (estimate: $2,500-$3,500).

In the category of fine art, a festive oil-on-canvas titled The Wedding, by Pjotr Stajanow, realized $3,600, well over the estimated $800-$1,200, and setting a record for the Russian artist’s works at auction. Shortly following, a charming oil-on-panel by Dutch artist Anton Mauve depicting cows in a pastoral Dutch landscape found a buyer at $3,600 (estimate: $2,000-$3,000). An oil by Western genre specialist Percy Van Eman Ivory titled Striking Oil earned its place as a standout with a selling price of $4,200, exceeding the estimated $1,200-$1,800. Offered shortly after was a lot of 11 vintage American sports paintings, estimated at $3,000-$5,000 due to various condition issues. A compelling slice of Americana and collegiate history, the group went for a respectable $4,287.50. Late in the auction, a languid scene by master Southern California engraver Paul Landacre titled Forest Girl realized $2,700 (estimate: $600-$800).

Select highlights also include:

– A 1958 Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone, in excellent original condition, attracted bids both domestic and international, eventually going to an online buyer for $10,040 (estimate: $4,000-$6,000);

– A set of lithographs by Mexican artist Rufino Taymayo (eight works of the “90th Anniversary Series”), brought $18,375 at the block (estimate: $10,000-$15,000);

– A circa 1740 map of the South Seas engraved by Dutch cartographers Andries & Hendrik de Leth found a new home with a phone bidder for $7,200 (estimate: $3,000-$5,000):

– A 1926 Steinway Model O grand piano with a carved Louis XV-style case, consigned from a San Marino, Calif., estate, realized $11,295 (estimate: $6,000-$8,000).

Consignment inquiries are always welcome at John Moran Auctioneers. Interested sellers should contact the office directly via email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or via phone at: 626-793-1833.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Dating to the 17th-18th centuries, this gilt-splashed bronze incense burner sent bidders into a frenzy, selling for $54,000 (estimate: $3,000-$5,000). John Moran Auctioneers image. A pair of carved spinach jade covered urns on gilt metal bases, marked with a Qianlong chop mark, earned a $12,3000 sale price, well over the estimated $1,000-$1,500. John Moran Auctioneers image. This Third Phase woman’s wearing blanket carried an estimate of $5,000-$6,500. It realized $8,400 on the block. John Moran Auctioneers image. This intricately beaded Sioux horse mask was in excellent condition for its age, earning a price of $27,000 (estimate: $12,000-$16,000). John Moran Auctioneers image. These George III walnut dining room urns are a furniture type described in George Hepplewhite’s late 18th century treatise ‘The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Guide.’ The pair found a new home for $21,600 (estimate: $2,500-$3,500). John Moran Auctioneers image. ‘Striking Oil,’ by Sacramento-born Western artist Percy Van Eman Ivory, hammered at $4,200 (estimate: $1,200-$1,800). John Moran Auctioneers image.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 14:10
 

Cast-iron banks dominated at Morphy’s June 22 Toy Auction

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Wednesday, 10 July 2013 15:17

Atlas cast-iron mechanical bank, $12,000. Morphy Auctions image.

DENVER, Pa. – There were no bank “bailouts” required at Morphy’s June 22 antique toy auction, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. Collectors eagerly stepped up to the plate to stake their claims on an excellent assortment of cast-iron mechanical and still banks – a category that ended up leading all others in the $502,000 event. Prices quoted in this report are inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium.

Seven of the top 10 lots were banks made during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among them was a figural cast-iron bank depicting the muscular Greek god Atlas with the world hoisted onto his back. Complete and in near-mint condition, the coveted moneybox swept past its $6,000-$8,000 estimate to settle at $12,000.

Another strong entry within the mechanicals was a Lighthouse bank with realistically detailed red brick tower. The 10½-inch cast-iron piece surpassed expectations, garnering a winning bid of $10,800.

Other mechanical banks in the top 10 included three J. & E. Stevens productions. They included a Magic bank, pistachio green with red version, with a front door that opens to reveal a smartly dressed cashier, $8,400; and a near-mint-plus Owl Turns Head bank, which more than doubled its high estimate at $4,500. A Stevens Perfection registering mechanical bank pocketed $10,800.

A beautiful, all-original example of a beady-eyed Pelican still bank was a crowd favorite. The near-mint-plus sea bird flew past its $6,000-$8,000 estimate to land at $11,400. Another popular non-mechanical bank was a Stevens circa-1880 “General Butler,” which was offered together with a framed picture of its namesake, Civil War general Benjamin Franklin Butler. Estimated at $3,000-$4,000, it took in a tidy $8,400.

The 595-lot sale had opened with more than 140 antique occupational shaving mugs from the Ray and Theresa Jones collection. Each mug from the barber-shop era of more than a century ago was an individual expression of its owner, typically emblazoned with a depiction of the person’s occupation and his name in gold. A colorful mug with an eye-catching image of a red and white lighthouse by the sea sailed past its $800-$1,200 estimate to close at $3,900.

Not far behind was a mug depicting a very different type of lighting source. The well-detailed image was of a worker, with rolled-up shirtsleeves, seated at a workbench and handcrafting light bulbs. With expectations of making $700-$900, it illuminated the auction gallery as it hammered $3,000.

“Shaving mug collectors really go for the unusual occupations,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy. “We knew this mug was rare, but when it comes right down to it, it’s always the collectors who call the shots on value. Obviously there were at least two bidders who were determined to take this particular mug home – that’s all it takes for an estimate to be left in the dust.”

Three early barber poles were included alongside the selection of shaving mugs. An aggressive bid of $5,700 clinched a handsome 44-inch red and gold striped pole with a three dimensional eagle on its finial.

Other auction highlights included a boxed Linemar Disney friction fire engine toy, $3,300; and an extremely rare “Moving Pictures” kaleidoscope candy container made by West Bros. & Co. of Grapeville, Pa. Constructed of metal with an applied red paper label, the candy container even retained its original box. It was bid to the upper reaches of its presale estimate, realizing a very sweet $7,200.

To discuss consigning to a future toy and bank sale at Morphy’s, call 717-335-3435 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To view the entire online catalog from Morphy’s June 22 Toy Auction, complete with prices realized, log on to www.liveauctioneers.com.

 

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Atlas cast-iron mechanical bank, $12,000. Morphy Auctions image.

Antique occupational shaving mug depicting a lighthouse, $3,900. Morphy Auctions image.

Early 44-inch red and gold striped pole with a three dimensional eagle on finial, $5,700. Morphy Auctions image.

J. & E. Stevens Magic cast-iron mechanical bank, pistachio green with red version, $8,400. Morphy Auctions image.

Lighthouse cast-iron mechanical bank with realistically detailed red brick tower, $10,800. Morphy Auctions image.

Pelican cast-iron still bank, $11,400. Morphy Auctions image.

Linemar lithographed-tin friction fire engine with Disney characters, accompanied by original box, $3,300. Morphy Auctions image.

Moving Pictures kaleidoscope candy container made by West Bros. & Co. of Grapeville, Pa., accompanied by original box, $7,200. Morphy Auctions image.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 14:14
 

Jeffrey S. Evans sells Va. stoneware pot for record $86,250

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Tuesday, 09 July 2013 16:33

Signed ‘Emanuel Suter,’ Rockingham Co., Shenandoah Valley of Virginia salt-glazed stoneware honey or sugar pot, circa 1851. The 5-inch pot sold for $86,250, a new record price for Virginia pottery. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – A rare stoneware honey or sugar pot by Emanuel Suter sold for a record-breaking price of $ 86,250 at Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ auction of Americana & Fine Antiques on June 22.

Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

The pot, from the collection of Rudolph Evers, is important because it bears a stenciled mark, “Emanuel Suter,” which is known on this and only two other examples. Emanuel Suter (1833-1902) is widely recognized as the preeminent Mennonite potter of the American South during the second half of the 19th century.

For more information on Suter see A Great Deal of Stone & Earthen Ware – The Rockingham County, Virginia School of Folk Pottery by Jeffrey S. Evans and Scott Hamilton Suter. The pot broke the previous record of $82,250 for Virginia pottery, held by an Anthony Bacher earthenware figure of a goat sold in 1995 as part of the Dr. Henry Deyerle collection. The Suter pot was purchased by private collectors from Maryland who have ties to the Shenandoah Valley.

There were many other strong prices achieved during the auction. An important Wythe County, Valley of Virginia paint-decorated blanket chest, sold for $34,500 to private collectors in the area. The blanket chest, lot 603, had a presale estimate of $20,000-$30,000.

A rare coin silver covered fruit bowl with elaborate Rococo Revival repousse decoration, marked for retailers Mitchell & Tyler of Richmond, Va., and maker Peter L. Krider of Philadelphia, that descended in the Dooley family of Richmond, sold to a Virginia institution for $31,050 against an estimate of $5,000-$8,000. [Lot 880].

Purchases by the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley included an extremely rare Frederick County, Va., fraktur, one of only six known by the same hand. This example featured a spread-wing eagle and two heart-form leaves above "MARY E. / JONES / Died July 29th 1849 Aged 49.y 4m. 20d." executed in gold leaf, watercolor and ink. Estimated at $10,000-15,000, the fraktur sold for $29,900, against strong bidding. [Lot 527]. The catalog entry for the lot included a possible identification of the artist of this group based on research conducted by Jeffrey S. Evans and William McGuffin.

A rare pair of circa 1775 Southside Virginia Chippendale black walnut side chairs [Lot 607] was also hotly contested, realizing $26,450 against an estimate of $8,000-12,000. They are identical to an example in the Colonial Williamsburg collection that is illustrated on p. 108, fig. 24.1 of Southern Furniture 1680-1830 by Ron Hurst and Jonathan Prown and carried a Milly McGehee provenance.

Among the fine art sold at the auction, a Southern genre painting by William Aiken Walker, also from the Evers estate, sold for $17,250 against an estimate of $10,000-15,000. The estate collection of Betty and Richard Robertson of Waynesboro, Va., yielded two miniature portraits signed by members of the famous Peale family of artists. A Raphaelle Peale portrait of a gentleman, realized $9,200, while a James Peale portrait of a woman, realized $8,625.00. [Lots 815 and 816]. Both had estimates of $2,000-4,000.

The mammoth 1,010-lot auction realized slightly more than $870,000. All prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium. Bidders from over 23 countries participated in the sale and the auction house received thousands of online and left bids.

“The demand for well documented, fresh Southern material continues to be strong,” said Jeffrey S. Evans. “Institutional interest in this auction was tremendous with several museums successfully adding important objects to their collections of Southern decorative arts.

“As for the antiques market as a whole, we are seeing a significant increase in the number of bidders and bids, which is resulting in an uptick in prices. Buyers are recognizing the great values available in the current market and are taking advantage of some great deals,” added Evans

For further details email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call 917-302-1757, or call Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates, 540-434-3939.

 

View the fully illustrated catalog of Jeffrey S. Evans’ June 22 Americana & Fine Antiques Auction, complete with prices realized, at LiveAuctioneers.com.

 



ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Signed ‘Emanuel Suter,’ Rockingham Co., Shenandoah Valley of Virginia salt-glazed stoneware honey or sugar pot, circa 1851. The 5-inch pot sold for $86,250, a new record price for Virginia pottery. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Extremely rare Frederick Co., Shenandoah Valley of Virginia fraktur, watercolor, ink and gold leaf on paper, a death record for Mary E. Jones, circa 1849. 9 3/4 inches x 7 3/4 inches sight. Price: $29,990. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Important Wythe Co., Va., paint-decorated poplar blanket chest dated 1802. Price: $34,500. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

An important pair of Southside Virginia Chippendale black walnut side chairs, probably Southampton or Greensville Co., circa 1765-1785. Price: $26,450. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Rare Richmond, Va., retailed coin silver fruit bowl with cover, stamped for the firm of Samuel P. Mitchell and John H. Tyler Sr. (1845-1866) of Richmond and Peter L. Krider (1845-1860) of Philadelphia, circa 1845. Price: $31,050. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

 

 

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