DANIA BEACH, Fla. – Kodner Galleries’ Aug. 6 auction was dominated by strong Internet bidding. On-line bidders battled phone and gallery bidders over treasures from two large Palm Beach, Florida collections.
LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.
The first, a lovely old guard Palm Beach estate of fine 20th century artwork by well recognized French artists including the auction’s featured lot by Suzanne Valadon (French, 1865-1938), a circa 1920 oil on canvas titled Vase de Fleurs, which was quickly snapped up for $44,840.
The collection also contained a charming Louis Valtat (French, 1869-1952) oil on panel Pommes a la Draperie Bleu selling at $22,420, and Edouard Vuillard, (French, 1868-1940) pastel Portrait de jeune fille bringing $7,080. Treasures from this estate also included an early 19th century George III English silver covered tureen selling at $5,900, an 18th century George III English silver coffeepot at $1,880 and a large and good collection of English tea caddies and Continental boxes all finding ready buyers.
The second Palm Beach collection was composed of a large and varied selection of 20th century mostly American works. Included were John Ferren (American, 1905-1970) with a 1954 oil on canvas titled Mojave #1, which was estimated at $3,000-$5,000 and hammered down at $9,440; numerous works by Mary Spain (American, 1934-1983) including Lot 127, her oil on canvas titled First Prize Levitation Piece at $5,192 (a new auction record for this artist); and a collection of Karen Karnes (American, b. 1925) ceramics bringing a total of $6,800.
The auction’s largely fine art selection also featured a François Gall (French 1912-1987) oil on canvas, Au Café Flore, at $4,248, a Dietz Edzard (German 1893-1963) oil on canvas, Concert aux Sablettes, for $11,800; and a Suzanne Eisendieck, (French, 1908-1998) oil on canvas, Fete au Port, fetching $7,080. Also sold at the auction were an Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917) watercolor bringing $6,490, an Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984) mounted gelatin silver print at $7,080, and a Lang Shining (Giuseppe Castiglione) (Italian 1688-1766) trompe l’oeil on paper for $11,800.
Sculpture included a large Emile Louis Picault (French, 1833-1915) early 20th century bronze Egyptian Figure selling at $10,600 and two Erté (French, 1892-1990) bronzes totaling $7,552.
Estate and fine jewelry featured a pair of 4.47-carat fancy intense yellow diamond earrings selling for $13,570, an important 9.0-carat emerald and diamond ring at $30,680, a 15.0-carat diamond and sapphire necklace bringing $10,600, and a diamond, sapphire and white gold bracelet selling for $7,965.
(All prices quoted above include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.)
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