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Schwenke’s Woodbury Auction sells jade panel for $392,000

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013 15:16

One side of the Chinese carved jade panel, which sold for $392,000. Woodbury Auction image.

WOODBURY, Conn. – A Chinese carved two-sided jade panel sold for an astonishing $392,000 at Schwenke’s Woodbury Auction Fall Fine Estates Auction on Sept. 29.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

Seven phone bidders, multiple Internet bidders and three bidders in the room competed for the carved jade landscape panel. Auctioneer Tom Schwenke commented that the lot had drawn tremendous interest during the three weeks prior to the auction. Immediately the lot opened with an Internet starting bid of $90,000 and within just a few moments Schwenke had knocked the lot down for $330,000 hammer to a bidder present in the room, acting as agent for an absent buyer from China.

After selling the jade panel Schwenke related that it had been discovered in the drawer of a chest sold at one of the firm’s Opportunity Auctions in August. The panel, roughly 6 inches high and 8 inches wide, had a carved mountain landscape scene on one side and a carved scene of boaters on a lake on the other.

Silver-related lots fared well in the sale, also attracting international interest, with a sterling silver mounted boar’s tusk cigar clipper from a local Southbury estate hammering down to a West Coast phone bidder for $7,200 against a presale estimate of $700-$900. Two silver fire trumpets from a local consignor, estimated at $2,000-3,000, also went to a phone bidder for a $4,320 bid.

Jewelry lots saw active competition, with a vintage diamond encrusted brooch being claimed for $3,480 by a phone bidder, and other jewelry lots also selling well. A cameo glass vase was won by an Internet bidder for $3,130, and the Internet also succeeded on a rare pair of Royal Vienna steins fetching $2,875, with an estimate of $700-$900.

Two other lots featured were a William Van Zandt oil on canvas painting of a sulky and rider, signed and dated 1897 and remaining in the original frame, which was claimed by an Internet bidder for $6,875. The driver of the sulky had been identified as Walter Harrison Cornell of upstate New York, and three related portraits of family members were offered but failed to find buyers. A sideboard attributed to Thomas Seymour, from the same estate as the Van Zandt, went for $4,500 to an Internet bidder.

A rare pair of American folk art portraits were claimed by a phone bidder for $3,120. The portraits were signed and dated “Martin E. Clark, Ridgefield Connecticut – 1847” and were still in their original frames.

The auction included several mid-century modern lots. The feature lot was an Italian modernist satellite-form brass chandelier, made by Artfluce, which was knocked down for $6,000 to a bidder in the room. Other items from the estate of Ada Louise Huxtable, noted New York architectural critic, also fared well. The top lot of several art glass groupings was a group of six signed Louis C. Tiffany Favrile glass shades, which sold for $6,000.

The sale included over 200 lots of framed and unframed artworks. A framed etching by Paul Cadmus “Two Boys On Beach, No. 2” was a late addition to the sale but claimed top price among the artworks, selling for over $4,000 to an Internet bidder in Seattle, Washington. The work had been inherited by the private consignor from ancestors who purchased it from the Albany Institute of Art in the 1930s.

There was a large assortment of Oriental rugs in the sale, and the top rug lot was a room-size Persian garden design rug that went to an Internet bidder in Texas for $2,900.

Prices quoted include the buyer’s premium.

Woodbury Auction’s next sale is the annual Holiday Fine Estates Auction, scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m. Consignments are still being accepted for that sale, with the consignment deadline set for Monday, Nov. 19. Contact the gallery at 203-266-0323 to discuss consigning to that sale, or email photos to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 17:14
 

Hindman 20th century decorative arts sale realizes $1.23M

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013 10:29

The top lot of the sale, an Art Deco painted glass panel attributed to the S.S. Normandie, sailed to $80,500. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

CHICAGO – Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ 20th Century Decorative Arts auction on Oct. 23 realized $1.23 million. The top lot of the sale, an Art Deco painted glass panel attributed to the S.S. Normandie, sold for $80,500 to a buyer in Paris. The panel was likely part of a mural designed by Jean Dupas for the ocean liner, whose lavish interiors were masterpieces of the Art Deco period.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

A collection of rare cameo glass from the estate of Adrienne Krumhorn led the first hour of the sale.

A Gallé Crocus glass vase from Krumhorn’s collection sold for $17,500, estimated at $7,000-$9,000, a Gallé mold blown vase sold for $15,000, estimated at $4,000-$6,000 and a René Lalique Penthievre vase sold for $27,500, estimated at $10,000-$20,000. A majority of the Adrienne Krumhorn collection realized prices beyond the high estimate. Other examples of Daum, Gallé, René Lalique and Gabriel Argy-Rousseau works brought three and four times their presale estimates.

“Glass collections like these do not come to the market very often and when they do, we see fantastic results like we saw on Wednesday,” said Mike Intihar, a senior specialist with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

Bidding was lively throughout the auction in all categories. A Daum cameo glass lamp, which had been in storage and descended through family ownership, sold for $47,500. A René Lalique Suzanne figure sold for $25,000, and a Tiffany Studios Nautilus lamp sold for $25,000. These three lots drew bidders from France, Japan, England and New York, but all three sold to buyers in the Midwest, demonstrating the buoyancy of the market in Chicago for 20th century works.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ next 20th Century Decorative Arts auction is scheduled for April 15. Consignments are invited through Feb. 14. For details phone 312-280-1212.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

The top lot of the sale, an Art Deco painted glass panel attributed to the S.S. Normandie, sailed to $80,500. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

Tiffany Studios Nautilus lamp sold for $25,000. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

Daum cameo glass lamp realized $47,500. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

Gallé mold blown vase sold for $15,000. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

Gallé Crocus glass vase sold for $17,500. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 12:33
 

Michaan’s conducts Arthur Mathews music cabinet to $212,400 finish

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013 14:59

Lot 3079: Arthur Matthews music cabinet. Sold for $212,400. Michaan's Auctions image.

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s first auction dedicated to the Arts and Crafts Movement was held on Oct. 11. An Arthur Mathews music sheet cabinet was the star lot of the auction, garnering worldwide attention and selling for $212,400. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

The rare furniture piece was from the prominent estate of Francis Marion Smith, known for discovering and marketing borax. Smith’s luxurious Oakland estate was featured in the book The Art of Arthur and Lucia Mathews, where the music cabinet was documented in the drawing room. The cabinet realized a price fell squarely within its estimated auction value of $180,000-220,000 (lot 3079).

Lee Jester, Michaan’s Arts and Crafts specialist, was honored to present the piece at auction, saying, “The cabinet is undoubtedly remarkable. The provenance combined with the genius of Arthur Mathews solidified the piece as a coveted work of art in the marketplace.”

Handsome figures were also achieved by the auction’s offered decorative objects. Artisan pieces exceeded projected values, including a 22-inch Grueby floor vase selling for $12,980 (lot 3133, $9,000-$12,000). Also successful was a Van Erp brush pot featuring an oak tree cutout design (lot 3093, $1,400-$1,800) sold for $3,540, and a pair of Stickley no. 205 copper hanging sconces (lot 3067, $1,000-$1,500) sold for $2,655.

Furniture lots saw a range of items surpass estimates as well. An L. & J.G. Stickley Shaker-influenced five-drawer chest (lot 3034, $2,500-$3,000) sold for $5,310, a large three-door bookcase (lot 3039, $400-$600) more than doubled projections selling at $1,652, and a pair of Van Erp bookends with oak tree cutout motifs (lot 3087, $400-$600) also more than doubled the estimate going for $1,416).

Works of art also produced honorable mentions in the auction. Bertha Lum’s circa 1912 print Children in the Snow (lot 3099, $300-$400) nearly tripled the high estimate, selling for $1,180, and Harold Doolittle’s aquatint Redwood Giants (lot 3101, $200-$300) managed to more than triple estimates, selling for $944.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Lot 3079: Arthur Matthews music cabinet. Sold for $212,400. Michaan's Auctions image.  

Lot 3133: Grueby 22-inch floor vase. Sold for $12,980. Michaan's Auctions image. 

Lot 3093: Van Erp brush pot with oak tree cutout. Sold for $3,540. Michaan's Auctions image.  

Lot 3034: L. & J.G. Stickley five-drawer chest. Sold for $5,310. Michaan's Auctions image.  

 Lot 3087: Van Erp bookends with oak tree cutout. Sold for $1,416. Michaan's Auctions image.

Lot 3099: Bertha Lum, 1912, 'Children in the Snow.' Sold for $1,180. Michaan's Auctions image. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 15:42
 

Hindman’s strong results demonstrate demand across the board

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013 13:54

Lot 34: George II walnut bracket clock, sold for $146,500. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

CHICAGO – Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Oct. 14–15 Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts auction realized over $1.79 million. The sale saw competitive bidding across all categories, from clocks to furniture, on the telephones, online and in the saleroom.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

A George II walnut bracket clock by Henry Jones sold for $146,500 on Monday with nine international phone bidders competing from England, Germany, France and Canada. The clock finally sold to a New York bidder in the saleroom.

The auction saw extraordinary prices throughout the two-day sale and attracted bidding in every category from around the world. A marble bust, which was reputed to have come from a Chicago institution, sold for $98,500 to a European buyer who came to Chicago to bid in person. The bust had been in private hands for approximately 50 years, having been passed to the present owner by family descent; bidders from Massachusetts, New York, Belgium, England, France and Italy were on the telephones.

Demonstrating a strong demand for the finest quality objects, a lacquered commode sold for $42,500 to a buyer in Luxembourg, and a Mohtashem Kashan rug sold for $37,500 to a buyer in Germany.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is accepting consignments through Dec. 20 for the Feb. 10 Continental Furniture and Decorative Arts auction, and the Feb. 12 English and American Furniture and Decorative Arts. For more information contact Corbin Horn at 312-280-1212.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Lot 34: George II walnut bracket clock, sold for $146,500. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

Lot 781: Italian carved marble bust, after the antique, sold for $98,500. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

Lot 522: Louis XV-style gilt bronze mounted lacquered commode, sold for $42,500. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

Lot 1160: Kashan wool rug, sold for $37,500. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 10:29
 

Circa-1880 Bru bebe commands $18K at Morphy's doll auction

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013 13:50
23in French circle dot Bru bébé, $18,000. Morphy Auctions image. DENVER, Pa. – As expected, the top lot in Morphy’s September 21 doll auction was a magnificent 23-inch French circle dot Bru bébé (Lot #262) made in 1880. An impressive representation of the golden age of French doll manufacture, the bisque beauty with amber-threaded, deep-brown eyes sold for $18,000. All prices quoted in this report are inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium.

Another French highlight was a very rare circa-1877 Fernande Sustrac all-bisque mignonnette (Lot # 130) with ball-jointed elbows. A delightful package, just 5½ inches tall, she was dressed in a blue silk and lace original factory costume, including ribbon-wrapped feet to simulate boots. Her new owner paid $4,200. A 25in Phénix Bébé (Lot #532) wearing an antique cream wool dress with black velvet trim was purchased for $5,400.

The German bisque category was brimming with desirable Hertel, Schwab & Co.; Kley & Hahn, Gebr. Heubach, and Kammer & Reinhart characters. Top honors went to a splendid 21-inch K & R 114 doll (Lot #289) with rare glass eyes, pouty mouth and crisp modeling, which sold for $9,000. A rare 16-inch Heubach 7746 character (Lot #163) with a cheeky grin was ready to entertain in an antique gold and black clown suit for a $6,600 price. Also by Heubach, an 11in candy container doll on a sled with pouty bisque head went to a new home for $2,160. Other notable dolls were a 20-inch H.S. & Co. 141 (Lot #435) with painted eyes and closed mouth ,$4,200; and a rare variant of the same mold (Lot #288) with glass eyes and open mouth, $2,700.

Lady dolls were quite popular. A 24in Simon & Halbig 1159 (Lot #291) in original red and white striped nurse’s uniform sold for $2,280. A dainty 14in painted bisque Armand Marseille 402 doll with slender lady face and body sold for $1,560. A 17in French lady doll (Lot #131) with wistful face and desirable kid-over-wood body with bisque lower arms and legs brought $5,700, even though one arm was repaired.

Other items of interest included a 15in Neapolitan crèche figure of an elderly lady (Lot #205) with wonderful character face, $3,600; an early Moravian cloth doll “Polly Heckewelder” (Lot #600), $3,200; a boxed H. Handwerck child doll with original clothing (Lot #167), $1,560; and a boxed DEP Jumeau (Lot #260), $2040. A Kathe Kruse 1931 “Hampelchen” (Lot #352), all original with label, brought $2,700; while a desirable Door of Hope small boy in silk (Lot #587) went for $1,920.

In addition to antique dolls, the 623-lot auction featured compositions, hard plastics, Sashas, R. John Wright and other high-end artist dolls; antique and vintage teddy bears, antique doll clothing and shoes; accessories and period furniture.

Morphy’s next cataloged doll sale is scheduled for March 22, 2014. Consignments will be accepted through December 2013. For more information, contact Morphy’s doll specialist Jan Foulke at 717-335-3435 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

View the fully illustrated catalog from the Sept. 21 auction, complete with prices realized, at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
23in French circle dot Bru bébé, $18,000. Morphy Auctions image. 5½in French Fernand Sustrac mignonnette, $4,200. Morphy Auctions image. 21in K & R 114 character doll with rare glass eyes, $9,000. Morphy Auctions image. 16in Gebr. Heubach 7746 character doll, $6,600. Morphy Auctions image.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 15:24
 

UK architect’s furniture, art collection sell for nearly £1M

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Friday, 18 October 2013 14:13

Dame Elizabeth Frink's maquette of Atlas sold for £27,000 ($43,659). Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

ESSEX COUNTY, UK – Almost 1,000 lots from the one of the most complete house content sales to be sold in East Anglia this century went under the hammer Oct. 15-16 for a total of £936,000. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers conducted the auction, which was titled “An Architect’s Eye, a Collector’s Passion.” LiveAuctoneers.com provided Intenet live bidding.

The collection of art and furniture had been gathered over the last 50 years by Bobby Chapman and his wife, Virginia, and kept at their former northwest Essex home, Debden Manor. Following their move from the manor, the couple put their collection of paintings, sculpture and ceramics up for sale with Sworders. The two-day sale featuring displays recreating the layout of Debden Manor, was held this week at Sworders’ Essex auction rooms in Stansted Mountfitchet.

Bobby Chapman was a founding partner of the international architectural practice Chapman Taylor Partners, whose work included New Scotland Yard, Lakeside Shopping Centre and the refurbishment of London’s St Pancras Station. His professional work with sculptors such as Dame Elisabeth Frink and Bill Pye was reflected with their work featuring in the sale.

“It was standing room only in the auction room on both days of this unique event. It has taken almost a year to put everything together and our layout of the lots in re-creations of their original room settings made an atmospheric backdrop to the auction,” said Guy Schooling, Sworders’ managing director.

Highlights of the auction included a maquette by Dame Elisabeth Frink of her bronze Atlas, which sold for £27,000 alongside her pencil sketch of the piece, which made £8,000. The full-size original now stands in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield. A George II mahogany hall seat, c.1758, similar to those at Houghton Hall, Norfolk, which were designed by William Kent, sold for £37,000. And a Chinese ox-blood brush pot, measuring just under 13 centimeters high with a simple glaze described as “mark and period” from the mid 19th century which had a guide price of £1,000 to £1,500, sold to a Chinese buyer for £13,500.

Schooling added: “We have great links with the growing antique market in China, so it was very satisfying to see bids fly from overseas and in the UK for the Chinese brush pot. In all, we had registered buyers from 37 different countries.”

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Dame Elizabeth Frink's maquette of Atlas sold for £27,000 ($43,659). Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

The George II mahogany bench brought £37,000 ($59,828). Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

Chinese ox-blood brush pot, nearly 5 1/4 inches high, fetched £13,500 ($21,828). Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 13:54
 

Local collector’s estate propels bidding at AGOPB sale Sept. 23

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Friday, 18 October 2013 08:47

Image courtesy of Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – September in South Florida is typically very warm, humid and at the height of hurricane season. So when Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. held their Major Fine Art and Antique auction on Sept. 23, the bidding was expected to be hot, but it turned out to be electric. The auction drew over 600 bidders from all over the world. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

The auction featured several local estates including the estate of Robert H. Murphy, a Palm Beach resident who had some notable and desirable lots. In particular, the Russian bronzes, ivory pieces, Chinese items and fine art were raising the temperatures of the bidders in and out of the saleroom.

Two desirable Russian bronzes commanded interest from the floor, phones and Internet. Lot 128 a work by Evgeni Alexandrovich Lanceray (1848-1886) of Prince Vyazemskii on Horseback with an estimate of $6,000-$8,000 sold for $37,000 to a persistent floor bidder. Brian Kogan, gallery president, remarked, “these pieces from the estate of Robert H. Murphy were expected to draw significant interest and sell well because the pieces were of excellent quality and the estimates were relatively low.” A smaller bronze by Lanceray of an officer on horseback, Lot 106, stormed to $14,400.

Quality Chinese items were aggressively bid on by the phones and Internet. In particular, Lot 291, a rare and unusual bronze ring handle vase with over 500 jeweled diamond, emerald, ruby and sapphire paste stones, that was cataloged as a copy of an imperial Chien Lung vase, made in the late 1930s to ’40s, with Shou symbols had an estimate of $15,000-$20,000 and stormed to $52,400 by an internet bidder on LiveAuctioneers.com.

Demand for European antiques made for the Chinese market is strong and lot 292 a three-piece gilt bronze and cloisonné clock set, attributed to Lievre, and mounted with an ivory lohan, went for $24,000 to a bidder from California. Additionally, lot 290, a Chinese bronze of a Liao Guanyin, 10th century, sold to the phone bidder from England for $14,400, and Lot 215, an exceptional detailed cloisonné enamel snuff bottle with a Chien Lung mark, which blew past the estimate of $3,000-$4,000 and sold for $8,400.

Ivory pieces from the Murphy estate did exceptionally well. Lot 268, a half tusk heavily carved with the immortals battling dragons, 13 inches long, sold for $15,990 to an Internet bidder, and Lot 267, a heavily carved lidded dragon urn along with Lot 269, a pair of 29 1/2-inch-tall Quan-yin goddesses, were fiercely contested and ended up selling for $5,500 and $7,995 respectively to the Internet.

The most surprising lot of the evening was lot 58, a painting by Italian artist Angelo Dall’Oca Bianca (1858-1942) of a mother and children on a shore with fishing boats, which sold for $42,000 to a collector from Verona, Italy, where the artist established a home for the destitute in 1939. Bianca had a celebrated career as an artist exhibiting at the major expositions and as the painter for Queen Margherita (1851-1926). Bianca won the gold medal at the Universale Exposition in Paris in 1900. The painting was consigned by a local man who was trying to sell the work in a consignment shop for considerably less for about a year. After going unsold he decided to restore the painting and was referred to the gallery to sell it at auction. After the auction, the consignor was stunned by the results.

Fine art continues to rebound; in particular, the European paintings in the auction all brought competitive bidding from all the bidding platforms. The phones were all booked for lot 78, a port scene painting by Spanish artist Jose Amat Pages (1901-1991) that climbed to $6,600, and lot 273, a small Jean Dufy (1888-1964) oil on paper from his Circus series, which went to a Beverly Hills phone bidder for $9,600. Lot 273, a Georges Croegaert (1848-1923) intimate cardinal painting, went for $5,250 to an Internet bidder. Additionally, a David Burliuk (1882-1967) interior peasant table scene sold for $7,300 and lot 170, a Chaim Gross (1904-1991) lyrical bronze of three ballet dancers, sold for $3,900.

While furniture and decorations are not faring very well in the market, a few of the lots from the Murphy estate brought solid results. Lot 142, an attractive pair of Louis XVI-style marquis chairs lushly upholstered in royal blue velvet, sold at $4,500; Lot 185, a pair of 18th/19th century French trumeaus missing their tops, sold locally for $3,600; and lot 100, a LaVerne bronze table in the Ming pattern, ended at $3,300. Lot 107, a French 19th century gilded bronze mantel clock, was won by an Internet bidder for $2,700.

Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. celebrated their 10th year in June at their 7,000-square-foot gallery in West Palm Beach and over the past decade has developed a reputation for selling quality fine art, antiques and heirloom consignments from South Florida and both coasts in Florida. The gallery holds nine to 10 auctions a year and last year in June was honored to sell the 1991 Kentucky Derby 18K gold trophy for $137,000.

All prices reported include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

For additional information or consignments contact Brian Kogan or Leslie Baker at 561-805-7115.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 Image courtesy of Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches.

Image courtesy of Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches. 

Image courtesy of Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches. 

Image courtesy of Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches. 

Image courtesy of Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches. 

Image courtesy of Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches. 

Image courtesy of Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches. 

Image courtesy of Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches. 

Last Updated on Friday, 18 October 2013 09:06
 

Jewelry, jades topped Michaan’s Oct. 6 auction

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Tuesday, 15 October 2013 13:11

Collection of two carved coral bead, cultured pearl, 14K gold necklaces. Sold for: $16,520. Michaan’s Auctions image.

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s estate auction of Oct. 6 saw a sales stunner in jewelry lot 318. Two carved coral bead, cultured pearl and 14K gold necklaces were sold to benefit the Lace Museum in Sunnyvale, Calif., and the pieces certainly did not disappoint. Selling for over 23 times the high estimate of $700, the pair of necklaces realized a price of $16,520.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

Rhonda Harness, Michaan’s jewelry department director, was thrilled, noting, “I was absolutely wowed. Although coral is a hot item at auction, this could not have been predicted. Perhaps its link to charity helped push the selling price upwards; in any event, I am extremely pleased.”

The Lace Museum and Guild is a nonprofit organization that relies heavily on volunteers and donations. It is one of two museums devoted primarily to lace in the western United States, showcasing an extensive collection of lace and tools.

Jewelry continued to impress throughout the day, with hefty numbers evidenced by jade pieces. The second highest selling lot of the auction was No. 315, a jade, diamond and yellow gold ring that realized a price of $15,340 (est. $15,000-$20,000). A pair of jade, diamond and white gold earrings were also quite successful,  surpassing the high estimate at a final selling price of $10,620 (lot 316, est. $6,000-$8,000).

A carved coral suite (lot 330) sold for $3,245, over six times the high estimate. A coral bead necklace more than quadrupled estimates (lot 328, $300-$400) selling at $1,652. A jade bangle (lot 293) offered at $300-$400 realized $1,416. An unmounted emerald-cut diamond (lot 603) of approximately 1.25 carats more than doubled its high estimate, selling for $1,534.

Fine art realized solid numbers. Peter Ellenshaw’s oil painting titled Dunmore Head (lot 116) sold just shy of six times the high estimate at $3,540.

Also noteworthy were two Asian lots. An agate brush washer (lot 422, $400-600, $1,652) and a pair of blue and white dishes (lot 437, $400-$600, $1,416) both more than doubled high estimates.

For general information 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 .

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Collection of two carved coral bead, cultured pearl, 14K gold necklaces. Sold for: $16,520. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Jade, diamond, 14K white gold ring. Sold for $15,340. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Peter Ellenshaw (British 1913-2007) ‘Dunmore Head,’ oil on canvas, 29 x 47 inches. Sold for $3,540. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Gregory Kurasov (Russian Federation b. 1958), ‘American Beauty, No 177,’ oil on canvas. Sold for $3,540. Michaan’s Auctions image.

Duilio Bamabe, two contemporary Italian abstract floral reverse paintings on glass, signed ‘Dube Fontana Arte.’ Sold for $2,950. Michaan’s Auctions image.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 12:42
 

British Colonial coins exceed expectations at Baldwin's auction

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Monday, 14 October 2013 16:55

This British West Africa George V brass 2-shilling, thought to be one of only two still in existence, sold for £12,000. Baldwin’s image.

LONDON – Sept. 26 was the final official Coinex auction and the start of a new adventure by Baldwin’s with the first part of the Arielle Collection of British Colonial Coins going under the hammer. This first sale featured the most comprehensive collection of coins of British Africa to have been offered for many years.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

In Randy Weir’s introduction to the catalog he suggested that, “The price you pay is quickly forgotten when you win the ‘must have’ coin that you have been chasing for years.” A roomful of eager bidders that had flown in from all over the world to witness this remarkable event, obviously had this in mind, resulting in a ‘white glove’ auction with all 818 lots selling for a total of £505,092.

Lots were offered in geographical order and the auction opened with coins from British West Africa. Although the area has not been extensively studied, lots sold well, achieving solid prices across the board. Lot 3202, however, set the bidders alight. This remarkable George V, brass 2-shilling survived the economic hardship of 1929 when 22 million of these coins were melted down. Thought to be one of only two still in existence, it is clear why this semi-prooflike coin ultimately sold for an outstanding £12,000.

The last section of the sale focused on the coinage of Zanzibar, a country that has a very limited history of coinage prior to 1882 when Sultan Barghash began to issue coins. The only gold coin in the section; Lot 3694 a very fine Sultan Barghash idb Sa’id, gold 5-riyals attracted a lot of attention selling for £19,200, double the estimate. Struck in Belgium at the Brussels mint, the 5-ryials was the largest denomination minted under Sultan Barghash, the second Sultan of Zanzibar and one of only two gold coins. During this period the Sultan controlled much of the East Coast of Africa and trading routes, but was targeted by the British and German powers from 1886 onwards for control of the area. Inscribed in Arabic this gold 5-riyals is not just a coin of beauty, but a rare survival from Zanzibar that achieved a worthy and superb price.

Two additional noteworthy lots were a George V farthing, 1928, South Africa (H S7), which sold for £3,600, and a Rhodesia silver proof set, 1939, consisting of a 3-pence, 6-pence, shilling, 2-shillings and half-crown (KM PS3), which brought £7,200.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

 This British West Africa George V brass 2-shilling, thought to be one of only two still in existence, sold for £12,000. Baldwin’s image.

 Rare South Africa George V trail/pattern silver florin, dated 1921. Price realized £13,200. Baldwin’s image.

British West Africa George V, brass pattern 3-pence, 1920KN. Price realized: £3,600. Baldwin’s image. 

Sierra Leone silver proof dollar, 1791, official mintage of only 40. Price realized: £7,200. Baldwin’s image. 

 Gold Cost silver pattern 1⁄2-ackey, 1818, head of George III on reverse. Price realized: £2,880. Baldwin’s image.

Gold Cost silver proof ackey, 1818. Price realized: £5,280. Baldwin’s image. 

South Africa, Orange free state nickel-plated pattern penny, 1888V, estimated mintage of only 20. Price realized: £5,760. Baldwin’s image. 

East Africa George V silver 50-cents/shilling, 1920A, struck in very limited quantities. Price realized: £4,320. Baldwin’s image. 

 

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