Gallery Report: Joan Mitchell drawing tops $1.2M at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s Gallery Report (prices include the buyer’s premium unless stated otherwise):

Joan Mitchell drawing, $1.2 million, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

A large, double sheet Untitled (Pastel) drawing from 1991 by Joan Mitchell sold more than $1.2 million at a Postwar and Contemporary Art Auction held Oct. 2 by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago. It was the highest price realized for a work on paper by the artist at auction. Also, Brazilian Light by Kenneth Noland brought $187,500; 2 Slaves #2 and White Dog 2 by Jonas Wood fetched $131,250; and Black Jack by Gene Davis changed hands for $68,000.

Tlingit Chilkat blanket, $45,600, Cowan’s Auctions

A Tlingit Chilkat blanket, woven in the early 1900s of mountain goat wool in several colors and depicting a man surrounded by totemic imagery, sold for $45,600 at an American Indian & Western: Premier Auction held Sept. 21 by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, Ohio. Also, a Pueblo painted buffalo hide shield with cover earned $38,400; a Crow beaded buffalo hide rifle scabbard finished at $19,200; and an acrylic on canvas by John Nieto (American, b. 1936) hit $15,600.

Tiffany Dogwood lamp, $118,800, Bruneau & Co.

A Tiffany Studios Dogwood floor lamp, circa 1910, 63½ inches tall with a 22-inch diameter shade, sold for $118,800 at an Estate Antiques & Fine Art Auction held Sept. 22 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, Rhode Island. Also, a blown glass Tiffany Studios table lamp, circa 1910, with a 20-inch diameter Poppy shade, brought $112,800; and a hand-colored etching, Ivory-Billed Woodpeckers, by John James Audubon (1785-1851), for Birds of America, hit $46,250.

Ink and watercolor fraktur, $39,040, Pook & Pook Inc.

An Oley Township Artist ink and watercolor fraktur, showing birds, winged angels and trumpets, plus two curious-looking mermaids, sold for $39,040 at the sale of the collection of Paul and Rita Flack (Part 6) held Oct. 13 by Pook & Pook Inc., in Downingtown, Pa. Also, a Conrad Gilbert ink and watercolor full-page drawing of a gentleman in a red coat also went for $39,040; and a Charles Hoffman watercolor landscape of the Northampton County also gaveled for $39,040.

Chippewa spinner fishing lure, $7,660, Miller & Miller

A Chippewa spinner fishing lure with green back spotted sides, made around 1910 by the Immell Bait & Tackle Co., sold for CA$10,030/US$7,660 at a hunting and fishing collectibles auction held Oct. 19-20 by Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd., in New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada. Also, a Lurette No. 2 lure, made by Canada Needle & Fishing Tackle, fetched CA$4,425/US$3,381; and a Vaughn’s cardboard lure box – no lure, just the box – made by Henry J. Lewis Co., 1930s, made CA$2,124/US$1,622.

Michael Taylor furniture suite, $4,500, Andrew Jones Auctions

A large suite of Michael Taylor’s Montecito garden furniture sold for $4,500 at a DTLA Collections and Estates Auction held Oct. 21 by Andrew Jones Auctions in Los Angeles, Calif. Also, a German Expressionist painting of factory workers by Anton “Toni” Wolter (1879-1929) changed hands for $1,060; an Art Deco-style patinated metal ceiling fixture in the manner of Edgard Brandt realized $1,060; and an Art Nouveau pictorial marquetry tray by Emile Galle rose to $800.

Fine French hunting musket, $102,000, Morphy Auctions

A fine French fusil de chasse, a hunting musket, with wampum bead decoration, dated 1759, sold for $102,000 at the sale of the 70-year Walter J. O’Connor historical Americana collection held Sept. 26 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, an engraved road map powder horn belonging to John Cox of Fort Pitt, Pa., dated 1764, realized $84,000; and a Francis Pfister folding map of the Hudson River Corridor, dated 1758, with the original map case, went for $84,000.

1958 Franklin half dollar, $129,500, Legend Rare Coins

A beautifully toned 1958 Franklin half dollar U.S. coin, graded PCGS MS67+, sold for $129,500 at the 28th Regency Auction held Sept. 26-27 by Legend Rare Coins in Las Vegas, Nev., as part of the PCGS Members Only Show. Also, an 1807 Capped Bust Half Dollar U.S. coin, MS65 CAC, realized $188,000; a 1921-S Walking Liberty half dollar U.S. coin, PCGS MS 65, fetched $117,500; and a 1923-S 10-cent dime U.S. coin, PCGS MS66, went for $105,750.

Portrait of a beardless Lincoln, $40,000, Swann Auction Galleries

An oil on board portrait of a beardless Abraham Lincoln by John C. Wolfe, circa 1860s, sold for $40,000 at a Printed & Manuscript Americana Auction held Sept. 27 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, Francis W. de Winton’s notes on powwows with Indians went for $65,000; The Aitken Bible, the first printing of the complete Bible in English in America (Philadelphia, 1781) fetched $45,000; and Thomas Paine’s The American Crisis (1776) made $40,000.

Karl Hofer oil painting, $180,000, Brunk Auctions

An oil painting portrait by German artist Karl Hofer, titled Woman in Green, sold for $180,000 at a Premier Catalog Sale held Sept. 14-15 by Brunk Auctions in Asheville, N.C. Also, Mere et l’enfant by French-Vietnamese painter Le Pho (1907-2001) brought $162,000; a Tiffany & Co. platinum diamond ring with a 2.7-carat center stone made $55,200; and a pair of late 19th-century Aesthetic Movement chairs, French but with a Chinese influence, achieved $72,000.

‘A Playland for All’ mural, $21,600, Michaan’s Auctions

A Playland for All, a mural by Dan Fontes and Ed Cassell, with a painted wooden sign, sold for $21,600 at a Playland-Not-At-The-Beach Auction held Sept. 15 by Michaan’s Auctions in El Cerrito, Calif. Also, an original Laughing Sal, with a Jim Smith authentication, made in Ohio, rose to $18,000; a Dark Ride car from the Dark Mystery ride, possibly from Playland at the Beach (Pretzel Mfg. Co.) reached $9,000; and a Williams Monster Mash pinball machine hit $9,600.

Richards painting, $143,750, Doyle

A 1904 painting by William Trost Richards (American, 1883-1905), titled Stormy Seas with Whitecaps, sold for $143,750 at an American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction held Oct. 3 by Doyle in New York City. Also, a circa 1820 Brown Fitzhugh armorial platter from the Manigault service topped out at $31,250; a Federal grain-painted corner cupboard went for $28,125; and a Federal mahogany brass mounted tall case clock by Levi and Abel Hutchins (New Hampshire) hit $6,875.

 

Pair of gilt bronze chandeliers $51,425, Fontaine’s Auction

A pair of gilt bronze 15-light chandeliers with three figural maidens sold for $51,425 at an Antiques & Fine Art Auction held Sept. 22 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. Also, a carved Carrara marble sculpture titled Sogno D’Amore (Cupid Dreaming), 56½ inches tall, knocked down for $36,300; a Regina-style 35-disc changer music box in a mahogany bow- front case earned $30,250; and a Tiffany Studios lamp with 16-inch Apple Blossom shade rose to $26,015.

Ed. Fey gambling machine, $40,800, Potter & Potter

An Ed. Fey one-cent Finger Striker gambling machine, circa 1910, sold for $40,800 at a Coin-Op & Advertising Sale held Sept. 29 by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago. Also, a Mills 10-cent panorama floor model movie machine changed hands for $7,500; an animated 5-cent fortune telling machine achieved $6,600; a Bryans automatic machine works disappearing disc went for $5,760; and a Pull the Tiger By the Tail one-cent strength machine made $5,520.

Bottle of Macallan 1926, $843,200, Sotheby’s

A bottle of Macallan 1936 60 Years Old (Sir Peter Blake label) whisky sold for $843,200 at wine auctions held Oct. 13-14 by Sotheby’s in New York City. It was the highest price for any spirit ever sold at auction in North America. Also, two bottles of Romanee Conti 1945 brought $558,000 and $496,000; three bottles of Romanee Conti 1937 sold for $310,000 each (a world auction record for a magnum); and three bottles of La Tache 1945 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti hit $297,600.

Swiss tall case clock, $16,250, John Moran

A Swiss carved linden wood tall case clock sold for $16,250 at a Traditional Collector Auction held Oct. 2 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, an oil on panel church scene with women waiting for devotion, rendered in 1868 by Juliaan de Vriendt (Belgian, 1842-1935), realized $11,250; a George III sterling silver soup tureen by Paul Storr, London, 1812, brought $10,000; and a pair of Russian Imperial porcelain vases changed hands for $8,125.

Pierre Soulages etching, $15,210, Jeffrey S. Evans

An abstract etching by Pierre Soulages (French, b. 1919) sold for $15,210 at a Fall Fine & Decorative Arts Auction held Oct. 12-13 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mount Crawford, Va. Also, a Mount Washington Royal Flemish art glass water pitcher changed hands for $9,560; a Tiffany & Co. 18K gold pocket watch knocked down for $7,605; and a Newcomb College art pottery vase finished at $5,265.

Tiffany flatware service, $37,500, Freeman’s

A Tiffany & Co. sterling silver 23 flatware service for 18, circa 1900, sold for $37,500 at a British & European Furniture, Decorative Arts & Paintings sale held Oct. 16 by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, a 17th-century Italian School painting titled The Three Graces realized $28,600; a painting by Peter Van Lint (Flemish, 1609-1690), titled Virgin and Child, brought $27,300; and a palatial 16th-century Italian Renaissance carved marble and walnut doorway made $21,250.

12-pound moon rock, $612,500, RR Auction

A rare 12-pound lunar meteorite, discovered in the desert of Northwest Africa in 2017, sold for $612,500 in an online auction held Oct. 18 by RR Auction in Boston. Also, astronaut Dave Scott’s flown Apollo 15 Lunar Landmark Maps book, which he carried to the moon, soared to $74,182; a Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin letter written three weeks before the launch of Apollo 11 fetched $30,318; and Gordon Cooper’s Mercury-era journal made $28,658.

Russian bronze sculpture, $81,250, Heritage Auctions

A Russian bronze sculpture after Evgeny Alexandrovich Lanceray titled Cossack Herding Horses, circa 1920, sold for $81,250 at a Fine & Decorative Arts Auction held Sept. 21-23 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas. Also, a John Broadwood & Sons (London) amboyna and giltwood grand piano, circa 1845, went for $27,500; a 14K egg-form clock in the manner of Faberge, late 20th century, made $21,250; and Nobility of Time (1984) by Salvador Dali gaveled for $18,750.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallery Report: Ming porcelain bowl sells for $1.5M

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s Gallery Report (prices include the buyer’s premium unless stated otherwise):

Early Ming bowl, $1.5 million, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

The Stanley Field Early Ming Bowl – a blue and white porcelain hexafoil bowl from the Chinese Xuande emperor’s reign (1426-1435) and once belonging to Stanley Field of the iconic Field family – sold for $1.5 million at an Asian Works of Art Auction held Sept. 17 by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago. Also, a Chinese zitan throne chair fetched $93,750; a Chinese Tielimu scroll table went for $87,50; and a Chinese huanghuali scroll table earned $68,750.

Davy Crockett’s Bowie knife, $64,625, Cowan’s Auctions

A Bowie knife presented to Davy Crockett sold for $64,625 at the sale of the Historic Firearms & Militaria Collection of Peter Wainwright held Sept. 12 by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati. Also, a Ferguson officer’s breech-loading carbine hit the mark for $62,275; a British Nock 2nd Model naval volley gun mustered $37,600; a cased pair of Joseph Manton tube-lock dueling pistols realized $22,325; and a cased J. Lang double-barrel carriage pistol made $19,975.

Tiffany Studios Dragonfly lamp, $200,000, Andrew Jones Auctions

A Tiffany Studios drop-head Dragonfly lamp, circa 1910, sold for $200,000 at the inaugural sale of Andrew Jones Auctions, held Sept. 15 in Los Angeles. Also, a silvered, gilt bronze and marble figure after a model by Louis-Ernest Barrias (French 1841-1905), titled Nature Revealing Herself Before Science, brought $36,250; a pair of cast-iron models of dogs by J.J. Ducel, Paris, rose to $27,500; and a pair of French jardinieres on stands, 52 inches tall, hit $26,250.

1950 Plymouth woody wagon, CA$35,400, Miller & Miller

A 1950 Plymouth Special Deluxe woody station wagon, all-original, nicely restored and with 86,013 actual miles, sold for $35,400 Canadian ($27,258US) at a Mantiques: Gentleman’s Collection auction held Sept. 15 by Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd., in New Hamburg, Ontario. Also, a Goodrich Tires Canadian Mountie porcelain sign from the 1930s went for CA$20,060; and an Art Deco bronze statue by McClelland Barclay (American, 1891-1943), titled Spirit of Speed, gaveled for CA$16,520.

 

Rothchild & Sons 1935 silver ingot, $23,500, Holabird Western Americana

A Rothchild & Sons silver ingot from 1935, .966 fine and weighing 1,098.3 troy ounces, sold for $23,500 at an Americana Auction held Aug. 24-26 by Holabird Western Americana Collections in Reno, Nevada. Also, a 1-ounce Chinese gold unicorn coin garnered $3,375; a World War II Confederate Air Force set of 14 silver coins, each one commemorating a famous WWII airplane, fetched $2,125; and a vintage squash blossom necklace with turquoise stones made $8,125.

Wave Crest pipe holder plaque, $13,000, Woody Auction

A Wave Crest Native American-themed pipe holder plaque sold for $13,000 at the sale of the lifetime glass collection of Don and the late Carrol Lyle held Sept. 7-8 by Woody Auction in Douglass, Kansas. Also, three rare American Brilliant Cut Glass countertop bells went for a combined $9,750; a Nakara marked dresser box with a Gibson girl portrait rose to $6,500; and an unmarked Wave Crest wall plaque with Queen Louisa scenic décor gaveled for $8,000. All prices quoted are hammer.

Wang Dafan table screens, $150,000, Heritage Auctions

A pair of Wang Dafan porcelain and hardwood table screens (Republic Period, circa 1912-1949), sold for $150,000 at an Asian Art Auction held Sept. 11 by Heritage Auctions in New York City. Also, a pair of Chinese carved cinnabar lacquer court chairs with peony and landscape motifs (Qing Dynasty, Jianqing-Daoguang Period) fetched $93,750; and an 18th-century Mandala thangka with Abbot lineage rose to $81,250.

Howard Thurston litho, $22,800, Potter & Potter

A 1916 three-sheet color litho featuring magician Howard Thurston, assisted by imps and shown levitating his assistant, sold for $22,800 at a Magic Memorabilia Sale held Aug. 25 by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago. Also, Bob Swadling’s Magic Kettle, a mechanically complex vessel used by Paul Daniels on British TV in 1979, finished at $21,600; and a Chicago Magic Roundtable scrapbook from 1946, featuring the autographs of over 500 magicians, went for $19,200.

Paul Cadmus painting, $30,000, Alderfer Auction

A painting signed by Paul Cadmus, titled Male Nude TS12 (1956), measuring 17¾ inches by 11½ inches, sold for $30,000 at an auction held Aug. 23 by Alderfer Auction in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. Also, a Martin Schreiner (Lancaster, Pa.) walnut tall-case clock chimed on time for $10,200; a trompe-l’oeil painting by David Adel titled Sirocco achieved $8,400; and a bronze sculpture by Louis-Albert Lefeuvre, titled Les Fondeurs du Moyen Age, changed hands for $6,000. 

Chinese Guanyin figure, $760,500, Thomaston Place

A 17th-century Chinese Qing dynasty blanc de chine porcelain seated figure depicting Guanyin, the goddess of compassion, with the seal of potter He Chaozong, sold for $760,500 at a Summer Auction held Aug. 25-26 by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Thomaston, Maine. Also, a Chinese bronze kylin set with semiprecious stones, from the Qing dynasty, gaveled for $643,500; Jamie Wyeth’s oil on linen painting Fog fetched $199,500; and a Jasper Cropsey work realized $175,500.

Native American weaving, $25,740, Jeffrey S. Evans

A fine Native American rug or blanket weaving, probably Navajo, sold for $25,740 at a Summer Americana & Variety Auction held Aug. 24-25 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, a bisque figural skeleton miniature lamp lit up the room for $11,115; a Native American woven-coil basket changed hands for $7,605; a Rene Lalique perfume bottle went for $5,557; and a Pennsylvania tole chamberstick knocked down for $4,095.

Circa 1820 classical worktable, $25,400, Schwenke Auctioneers

A circa 1820 bronze mounted rosewood classical worktable attributed to Duncan Phyfe or Charles Honore Lannuier sold for $25,400 at a Fine Estates Auction held Aug. 14 by Schwenke Auctioneers in Woodbury, Conn. Also, a Chippendale applewood tall-clock signed “John Guild” (New Jersey, 1749-1825) chimed on time for $12,200; a George III inlaid mahogany breakfront with rosette, floral and vine inlays hit $4,800; and a Connecticut Chippendale linen press made $2,400.

Diminutive tall case clock, $5,000, John Moran Auctioneers

An American diminutive tall case clock sold for $5,000 at a Studio Auction held Aug. 22 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, California. Also, a painting by Ben Abril (California, 1923-1995), titled San Francisco, climbed to $5,312; a painting by Paul Emile Pissarro (French, 1884-1972), titled Le Pont de Cantepie (The Bridge of Cantepie), realized $3,125; and a still life of a bowl of fruit by Archie Forrest (Scottish, b. 1950) brought $4,062.

1940 V-16 Cadillac, $77,000, Stanton’s

A 1940 Cadillac car with V-16 engine roared off for $77,000 at an auction held Aug. 10-11 by Stanton’s Auctioneers in Vermontville, Michigan. Also, a fully restored 1948 Midget racer sped away for $16,500; a 1937 Packard 12 Series sedan went for $45,100; a 1903 Holley Motorette Runabout realized $46,750; an amphibious (land and water) Amphicar knocked down for $49,500; and a 1946 Lincoln Continental two-door convertible changed hands for $33,000.

Chinese porcelain vase, $420,500, Doyle

A Chinese Qing Dynasty enameled porcelain vase, 19¾ inches tall, with the Qianlong seal mark on the base, sold for $420,500 at an Asian Works of Art Auction held Sept. 10 by Doyle in New York City. Also, a Chinese 19th-century blue and white glazed porcelain vase decorated with nine slithering snakes coasted to $68,750; a pair of 19th-century Chinese famille rose glazed porcelain lanterns brought $106,250; and a yoke-back Chinese huanghuali chair made $34,375.

Pilgrim Century chest, $27,500, Pook & Pook

An early 18th-century Connecticut Pilgrim Century joined oak sunflower chest, a handsome example of Colonial craftsmanship, sold for $27,500 at an Americana & International Auction held Sept. 14-15 by Pook & Pook Inc., in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Also, a slender Southern Hepplewhite mahogany cellarette went for $18,750; a walnut semi-tall Chippendale-style chest achieved $10,000; and a selection of fraktur, with a Pennsylvania ink and watercolor vorschrift, made $12,500.

Early Tang Dynasty figure, $3.3 million, Christie’s

A gray limestone figure of Maha Sthamaprapta from the early Tang Dynasty, eighth century, sold for $3.3 million at auctions held during Asian Art Week, held in September by Christie’s in New York City. Also, a 1975 oil on canvas by Tyeb Mehta (1925-2009), titled Diagonal XV, realized $1.4 million; an early Tang Dynasty gray limestone figure of Avalokiteshvara, eighth century, coasted to $1.99 million; and a painting by Akbar Padamsee (b. 1928), titled Rooftops, fetched $912,500.

Norman Rockwell artwork, $242,000, Clars Auction Gallery

An artwork on paper by Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978), titled Study, Crestwood Commuter Station, done for the Nov. 16, 1946 cover of the Saturday Evening Post, sold for $242,000 at an auction held Sept. 15-16 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, California. Also, an oil on canvas by Gregory Kondos (American, b. 1923), titled Greek Fishing Boat (1992), changed hands for $67,650; and a large linocut by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), titled Femme au Collier (1959) made $58,425.

Untitled David Hammonds, $880,000, Phillips

An untitled 2017 artwork by David Hammonds sold for $880,000 at an Art for One Drop benefit auction held Sept. 21 by Phillips in New York City. Also, Tracey Emin’s I Listen to the Ocean and All I Hear is You (2018) realized $495,000; Gabriel Orozco’s Samurai Tree (Invariant 23Q) (2018) brought $429,000; Nicolas Party’s Sunset (2018) fetched $330,000 (a new auction record for the artist); and Sterling Ruby’s WIWD. HIGH-VIZ (2018) also gaveled for $330,000.

Pablo Picasso linoleum cut, $70,000, Swann Auction

A brown and black linoleum cut by Pablo Picasso titled Grand nu Dansant (1962) sold for $70,000 at a sale of 19th and 20th Century Prints & Drawings held Sept. 20 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, an etching by James A.M. Whistler, titled San Biagio (1879-1880), brought $47,500; a lithograph by Marc Chagall, titled Femme du Peintre (1971), made $47,500; and A Book of Cats, a portfolio of collotypes by Tsuguharu Foujita (1930), went for $39,000.

 

Gallery Report: Grandma Moses’ ‘Halloween’ scares up $100K

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s Gallery Report (prices include the buyer’s premium unless stated otherwise):

Grandma Moses painting, $100,000, I.M. Chait Gallery

An oil on Masonite painting by Anna Mary Robertson (American, 1860-1961), aka Grandma Moses, titled Halloween, sold for $100,000 at an International Fine Arts Auction held May 20 by I.M. Chait Gallery & Auctioneers in Beverly Hills, California. Also, an Egyptian 19th Dynasty serpentine ushabti went for $36,600; an oil painting by Vietnamese-French artist Le Pho (1907-2001) brought $56,250; and an oil on panel work by Paul Seignac (French, 1826-1904), Christmas Morning, made $20,000.

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Gallery Report: July 2018

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s Gallery Report (prices include the buyer’s premium unless stated otherwise):

Horner grandfather clock, $90,750, Kennedy Auction

An R.J. Horner mahogany grandfather clock with J.J. Elliott nine-tube works, heavily carved and 118½ inches tall, sold for $90,750 at a sale of the Carl Smith estate of Memphis held June 2 by Kennedy Auction Service in Selmer, Tenn. Also, an R.J. Horner figural maiden carved mahogany china cabinet, circa 1890, brought $42,650; a Moravian pottery flask in the form of a woman, circa 1811, rose to $28,600; and a Tiffany Studios Tulip lamp shade with 16-inch diameter hit $24,860.

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Gallery Report: June 2018

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s Gallery Report (prices include the buyer’s premium unless stated otherwise):

R.S. Prussia marked bowl, $15,000, Woody Auction

An R.S. Prussia marked fall season bowl, 9¾ inches in diameter with poppy highlights, sold for $15,000 at the Part 1 sale of the lifetime collection of R.S. Prussia antique porcelain from the late John and Lavaun Headlee, with nearly all the pieces rare cobalt blue, held May 26 by Woody Auction in Douglass, Kansas. Also, from the same set, the summer bowl fetched $11,000 and the winter bowl realized $7,000; also, an unmarked chocolate set, cobalt blue with a stylized carnation décor, hit $10,000. Prices quoted are hammer.

‘The Federalist first edition, $223,500, PBA Galleries

A rare first-edition copy of The Federalist, 1788, one of only 500 printed and considered the most important book in the political history of the U.S., sold for $223,500 at an auction held May 31 by PBA Galleries in San Francisco. Also, a presentation copy of Jonathan Mayhew’s book A Discourse, bearing the signature of John Adams, brought $10,800; and a typed letter signed by J. Edgar Hoover in 1942, written to FDR adviser Harry Hopkins on FBI stationery, rose to $10,200.

Watling slot machine, $3,250, Holabird Western Americana

A mid-1930s Watling three-reel 5-cent slot machine sold for $3,250 at an Americana, Railroad, Mining & More Auction held May 7-10 by Holabird Western Americana Collections in Reno, Nevada. Also, an 1871 general and business directory for the residents of four counties in Nevada brought $2,875; a circa 1870s silver chalice from Virginia City, Nevada, stamped “M.M. Frederick” hammered for $2,125; and a group of 10 vintage Hamilton open-face pocket watches made $1,125.

Knight’s Cross Certificate, $9,000, Milestone Auctions

A leather-cased Nazi German Knight’s Cross Certificate awarded to Helmut Naumann, dated June 2, 1941 and signed by Adolf Hitler, sold for $9,000 at a Premier Firearms & Militaria Auction held May 26 by Milestone Auctions in Willoughby, Ohio. Also, an early World War II German Gewehr G41 sniper rifle brought $5,520; and a rare model 1819 J. Hall breech-loading flintlock rifle, second production type dated 1826, made by Harper’s Ferry Armory, hit $4,560.

Butterfield horse sculpture, $70,400, Palm Beach Modern

A metal horse sculpture by Deborah Kay Butterfield (American, b. 1949), 39½ inches tall, sold for $70,400 at a Spring Modern Art & Design Sale held June 2 by Palm Beach Modern Auctions in West Palm Beach, Florida. Also, a Directional set of eight dining chairs by Paul Evans (American, 1931-1987), upholstery over bronzed resin/steel, fetched $48,640; a pair of Max Ingrand for Arte Fontana floor lamps hit $30,720; and a bronze sculpture by Lynn Chadwick (British, 1914-2003) made $30,720.

Secor mechanical bank, $132,000, Bertoia Auctions

A Jerome B. Secor “Freedman’s” mechanical bank, circa 1880, made in America and one of fewer than 10 known examples, sold for $132,000 at a Spring Signature Sale held April 27-28 by Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, N.J. Also, a Citroen hand-painted clockwork tin “Au Louvre” delivery van sped away for $48,000; a classic French Bru bebe doll with original kid body and blue paperweight eyes fetched $19,200; and a Gendron pressed-steel Buick pedal car roared off for $14,400.

Chinese carved objects, $35,000, Freeman’s

A Chinese carved bamboo pomegranate and a pine water cup from the Qing Dynasty sold as one lot for $35,000 at an auction held May 22-23 by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, a Louis XV ormolu-mounted kingwood barometer by Lange de Bourbon (French, active 1750-1775) realized $26,250; a Louis XV Vincennes hand-painted porcelain rouet de salon fetched $26,250; and a large Meissen porcelain figural group titled The Triumph of Amphitrite (1815-1860) went for $26,250.

Howard No. 57 wall regulator, $145,200, Fontaine’s Auction

An E. Howard & Co. (Boston) No. 57 wall regulator clock, retaining its original 14-inch signed silvered dial, sold for a record $145,200 at an auction held May 19 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. Also, a 14K gold ring with three prong-set diamonds totaling over 9 carats brought $63,525; and a Tiffany Studios landscape window showing a single-etched star in the sunset sky with purple mountains gaveled for $57,475.

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, $12,000, Cordier Auctions

A 1973 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow with just 42,000 miles on the odometer sped off for $12,000 at a Spring Antique & Fine Art Auction held May 19-20 by Cordier Auctions in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Also, an 18K diamond cigarette case brought $4,920; an antique 18K gold cameo bracelet in a Tiffany case fetched $4,560; a pair of early Delft tobacco jars made $3,720; a Southern hunt board hit $3,720; and 60 pieces of Waterford Collen crystal stemware gaveled for $3,480. 

Hockney photo portfolio, $75,000, Millea Brothers

A David Hockney 1976 photo portfolio from the collection of Ileana Sonnabend sold for $75,000 at a Spring Select Auction held May 17-19 by Millea Brothers in Boonton, New Jersey. Also, a 17th or 18th century Italian specimen marble top on table base made $43,750; a Chinese blue and white floral vase, Qing dynasty, 19 inches tall, having a blue underglaze and Imperial Qianlong mark, realized $27,500; and a 1974 oil painting by Dimitri Krasnopevtsev, titled Still Life II, rose to $21,250.

3.22-carat diamond ring, $39,040, Pook & Pook

A 3.22-carat pear-shaped diamond in a platinum setting sold for $39,040 at a Fine Jewelry Auction held May 11 by Pook & Pook Inc. (and Stuart Kensington Jewelers) in Greenville, Delaware. Also, an 18K gold diamond, emerald, sapphire and ruby cuff went for $3,660; a 14K gold opal ring changed hands for $2,318; a Goosens coral, quartz and shell necklace coasted to $3,904; and an unmounted 4.44 carat brilliant cut round diamond hammered for $29,280.

Trumble’s ‘Faro Exposed,’ $24,000, Potter & Potter

Alfred Trumble’s antique gambling book titled Faro Exposed, or, The Gambler and His Prey, 1882, sold for $24,000 at a Gambling Memorabilia Auction held May 19 by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago. Also, F.R. Ritter’s 1905 book Advantage Card Playing and Draw Poker commanded $14,400; a Will & Finck circa 1880 Jacob’s ladder-style brass sleeve holdout cheating device brought $12,000; and a gambler’s palm pistol with pearl grips changed hands for $9,600.

Jean Royere table, $591,000, Phillips

A Flaque low table made in 1955 by the French artist Jean Royere sold for $591,000 at a Design Auction held June 6 by Phillips in New York. It was a new world auction record for a Flaque table by Royere. Also, Piero Fornasetti’s La Stanza Metafisica (Metaphyasical Room) from 1958 brought $507,000, a new world auction record for the deigner; Wendell Castle’s Unique “Student” Chair, 1961, realized $262,500; and Zaha Hadid’s Bench, 2006, commanded $125,000.

Edward Steichen photo, $20,000, Doyle

A 1926 photograph by Edward Steichen (French, 1879-1973), titled Brancusi’s Endless Column (in Steichen’s garden at Voulagis, France) sold for $20,000 at a Photographs Auction held June 14 by Doyle in New York City. Also, Consuelo Kanaga’s (American,  1894-1978) She is the Tree of Life to them, Florida, 1950, realized $17,500; Hiroshi Sugimoto’s (Japan, b. 1948) U.A. Playhouse, Great Neck, New York, 1978, made $13,750; and a 1962 photo by Ansel Adams hit $12,500.

Chinese huanghuali low table, $51,425, Clars Auction Gallery

A Chinese huanghuali low table inset with three floating panels sold for $51,425 at a Fine Art, Decorative Arts and Furnishings & Timepieces Auction held June 16-17 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, an ink and color on paper Chinese scroll attributed to Zhang Daqian (Chinese, 1899-1983), titled Lotus, breezed to $24,200; a Himalyan painted thangka knocked down for $7,865; and a Chinese underglaze blue celadon ground vase changed hands for $11,495.

Emerald and diamond ring, $20,400, John Moran Auctioneers

A carved emerald and diamond ring, Van Cleef & Arpels, sold for $20,400 at a Jewelry Auction held May 21 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, an Art Deco diamond and sapphire ring brought $13,200; an antique gold musical fob realized $5,938; a group of four Cartier keys coasted to $3,900; and an American Watch Co. hunter’s case pocket watch knocked down for $2,700.

Harry Bertoia sculpture, $275,000, Rago Arts and Auction Center

A large Bush sculpture from midcentury modern designer Harry Bertoia sold for $275,000 at Design Auctions held May 19 and 20 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, Masai (Twelve Elements) by glass artist Lino Tagliapietra gaveled for $118,750; a bench with back by George Nakashima went for $62,500; a Mesa table by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings topped out at $62,500; and a bronze coffee table by Ingrid Donat finished at $59,375.

Fernando Botero painting, $275,000, Heritage Auctions

A painting by Fernando Botero titled Seated Man, 2000, sold for $275,000 at a Modern & Contemporary Art Auction held May 24 by Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif. Also Hans Hofmann’s Holocaust, 1953, realized $250,000; Richard Lin’s Welsh Summer, 1971, brought $225,000; Gunther Uecker’s Poesie der Derstruktion, 1984, hit $181,250; and Carlos Cruz-Diez’s Signos y ritmos vegetales,1956, went to a determined bidder for $137,500.

1907 $20 U.S. gold coin, $28,000, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

A 1907 U.S. Saint-Gaudens high relief-wire edge $20 gold coin sold for $28,000 at a sale of numismatics from the estate of Scott E. Strahan held May 21 by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago. Also, a U.S. 1858-O Liberty Head $20 gold coin realized $26,400; a U.S. 1885-CC Liberty Head $20 gold coin breezed to $21,600; a U.S. 1850-O Liberty Head $20 gold coin rose to $16,800; and, in an online sale, a group of 20 U.S. 1879-S Morgan silver dollars gaveled for $1,440.

John Marin painting, $206,250, Bonhams

A painting by the Modernist artist John Marin (1870-1953), titled Sea in Red, Version II, 1948, sold for $206,250 at an American Art Auction held May 23 by Bonhams in New York City. Also, Charles Green Shaw’s Untitled (Atomic Flight) earned $93,750, a new auction record for the artist; a painting executed in 1954 by Charles Sheeler (1883-1965), titled Architectural Cadences, brought $162,500; and Beach Scene in Fort George Island, Fla., by Thomas Moran made $162,500.

Nancy Drew cover illustration, $35,000, Swann Auction Galleries

The watercolor, ink and gouache cover art for the 1944 book The Secret in the Old Attic, for Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #21 by Carolyn Keene, by illustrator Russell H. Tandy, sold for $35,000 at an Illustration Art Auction held June 5 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York. Also, Al Hirschfeld’s ink and correction fluid illustration titled Cabin in the Sky, for The Herald Tribune, 1940, achieved $32,500; and a Charles Addams watercolor cover for The New Yorker,  1977, hit $30,000.

 

 

 

Gallery Report: May 2018

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s Gallery Report (prices include the buyer’s premium unless stated otherwise):

Francis N. Souza painting, $235,000, Weiss Auctions

A large oil painting by the Indian-American artist Francis Newton Souza (1924-2002), titled Head in a Landscape, sold for $235,000 at an auction held May 17 by Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, three artworks by Russian artist Mihail Chemiakin (b. 1943) – a painting and two sculptures – brought a combined $44,800; and a lithograph and screenprint in colors by Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925-2008), titled People for the American Way (1992) hammered for $24,600.

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Gallery Report: April 2018

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s Gallery Report (all prices quoted include the buyer’s premium unless stated otherwise):

 Tiffany Bamboo floor lamp, $241,900, Cottone Auctions

A Tiffany Studios bronze floor lamp having a Bamboo design leaded glass sold for $241,900 and a vintage Tiffany & Co. 5.25-carat diamond ring realized $182,900 at Cottone Auctions’ Spring Fine Art & Antiques Auction held March 23-24 in Geneseo, N.Y. Also, a watercolor, India ink and pastel painting on paper by Joan Miro (Spanish, 1893-1983), brought $64,000; and an oil on canvas painting by William Aiken Walker (South Carolina., 1838-1921), titled Cotton Picker (1886), made $22,420.

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Gallery Report: March 2018

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s Gallery Report (all prices quoted include the buyer’s premium unless stated otherwise):

 Russian gold snuffbox, $18,750, John Moran Auctioneers

A Russian enameled 18K yellow gold snuffbox sold for $18,750 at a Traditional Collector auction held Feb. 20 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, a Buccellati .800 silver bird-form centerpiece basket also brought $18,750; a group of eight Chinese carved jade items realized $19,200; an oil on canvas by Antoine Blanchard (French, 1910-1988), titled Et le Café de la Paix, rose to $6,600; and a Louis XV-style armoire by Linke made $10,000.

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Gallery Report: February 2018

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s report:

Elmer Crowell wood drake, $59,000, Guyette & Deeter Inc.
A full-size decorative standing wood duck drake by Elmer Crowell sold for $59,000 at the sixth annual Decoy & Sporting Art Auction held Feb. 17 by Guyette & Deeter Inc. in Charleston, S.C., in partnership with the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. Also, a bluebill decoy by Lee Dudley gaveled for $30,680; a canvasback drake by Lee Dudley flew away for $23,600; and a bluewing teal hen by James Holly made $21,830.

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Gallery Report: January 2018

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s report:

Chinese porcelain stand, $100,000, Millea Brothers
An Imperial Chinese Qing dynasty porcelain reticulated stand sold for $100,000 at an auction held Dec. 7-9 by Millea Brothers in Boonton, N.J. Also, a gold-mounted violin bow, attributed to Dominique Peccatte, circa 1845, realized $90,625; a Chinese Qing dynasty carved red lacquer chest breezed to $38,750; and a pale celadon jade moon flask carved with low relief scenes of blossoming trees gaveled for $32,500. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.

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