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Ken Hall | Gallery Report

Gallery Report: April 2014

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Written by KEN HALL   
Monday, 31 March 2014 13:21
WICHITA, Kan. –

Tiffany art glass vase, $60,000, Woody Auction



A museum-quality Louis Comfort Tiffany art glass vase, pastel white and green with finely engraved calla lily décor and numerous beetle and spider highlights, sold for $60,000 at Part 1 of the lifetime porcelain and fine art glass collection of the late Dr. Ernest Rieger and his wife Karin, held March 20 by Woody Auction, Douglass, Kan., in Part 2 will be held May 29 in Wichita. Also, a set of four Meissen pedestal handled ewers, representing earth, wind, fire and water, hit $57,500. Both figures quoted are hammer prices.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 14:22
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Gallery Report: March 2014

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Written by KEN HALL   
Friday, 28 February 2014 15:20
NEW ORLEANS –

Cut crystal gasoliers, $17,080, Crescent City



A pair of cut crystal gasoliers made circa 1900, possibly by Baccarat and now electrified, sold for $17,080 at an auction Feb. 15-16 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans. Also, an early 20th century oil on canvas painting signed by Alexander J. Drysdale (1870-1934) titled Moss Draped Oak and Cypress soared to $12,200; an oil on board by Clementine Hunter (1887-1988) titled Watermelon Picnic brought $7,930; and a Russian Imperial porcelain plate with a scalloped gilt rim made $3,172. Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer's premium.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 13:44
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Gallery Report: February 2014

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Written by KEN HALL   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 13:56
NEW ORLEANS –

Russian icon of Jesus, $19,520, Crescent City



A circa-1910 Russian icon of Jesus by Khlebnikov, with enameled silver riza and the imperial double-headed eagle mark for Moscow, 5 1/4 inches by 4 1/4 inches, sold for $19,520 at an auction held Dec. 7-8 by Crescent City Auction Gallery. Also, three Mardi Gras Rex Ducal badges (1881, 1927 and 1886) fetched $12,078; a French provincial carved oak Louis XV-style “wedding” armoire, mid-19th century, made $4,270; and an American Gothic Revival carved oak half tester bed brought $6,100. Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer's premium.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 15:24
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News & Views: February 2014

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Written by KEN HALL   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 14:38

2013 a noteworthy year for Norman Rockwell



This past year was a busy one for Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), the iconic artist whose heartwarming depictions of everyday American life graced the cover of The Saturday Evening Post more than 300 times. First came the news that Rockwell's 1951 painting Saying Grace had sold at Sotheby's for a staggering $46 million. It was the most ever paid for a work by the artist. Two other Rockwells also did well in the auction: The Gossips, done in 1948 ($8.45 million) and Walking to Church, from 1953 ($3.245 million).

But another piece of news wasn't so celebratory. In November, a biography of Rockwell, written by Deborah Solomon and titled American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell, was released. In the book, Solomon suggested that Rockwell was lonely, moody, depressed and a closeted homosexual. In a retaliatory statement, the Rockwell Family Agency said it had found at least 96 factual errors in the book. But the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., the artist's hometown, officially endorsed the book.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 15:53
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News & Views: January 2014

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Monday, 30 December 2013 17:05

Charger estimated at $900 hits $1.1 million



Arare Chinese charger (large flat plate) estimated by the auction house to hammer for between $600 and $900 ended up realizing more than $1.1 million. Jeffrey Walker, president of Walker’s Fine Arts & Estate Auctions in Toronto, Canada, admitted he wasn’t up on his late Yuan/early Ming Dynasty chargers prior to the auction, so he assigned the plate a modest pre-sale estimate even after several people told him it was quite rare. No kidding. Produced in an imperial kiln, only a few examples are known to exist.

The glazed pottery, featuring a three-clawed dragon, is between 300 and 500 years old. The seller was the George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto. It acquired it as a gift from Mrs. Waltraud Ellis, the widow of John Ellis, a former member of the Canadian Parliament. Upon her passing in June, she donated the plate to the museum. It was believed to have been passed down by her Austrian grandparents. The museum decided to sell it to invest in Canadian pottery and ceramics. The buyer was not identified.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 15:02
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