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:
Pair of Georgian tazzas, $30,000, John Moran
A handsome pair of Georgian tazzas by the London maker Edward Farrell sold for $30,000 at a decorative arts auction held Jan. 19 by John Moran Antique & Fine Art Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, an artwork titled Growing 4 by Keith Haring realized $27,000; an Art Nouveau marquetry table by Emile Galle, dating to the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, hit $15,000; and an automated motion display, one of two in the auction by Baranger Studios, South Pasadena, Calif., hammered for $13,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
H.O. Tanner painting, $84,000, Nadeau’s Auction
An original oil on artist board painting by one of America’s first internationally renowned African-American artists, H.O. Tanner (American/French 1859-1937), titled Flight Into Egypt, sold for $84,000 at a New Year’s Day auction held Jan. 1 by Nadeau’s Auction Gallery in Windsor, Conn. Also, an oil on panel rendering of Diamond Cove on Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, by Frank Chamberlin (American, 1873-1961), realized $27,600; and a Steinway & Sons East Indian rosewood grand piano, Model L, changed hands for $24,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Republic of Mexico bond, $8,555, Archives International
An 1865 bond of the Republic of Mexico, signed by Gen. Gaspar Sanchez Ochoa, who was dispatched to the U.S. by Mexico as a secret agent after that country’s invasion by France in the 1860s, sold for $8,555 at an auction held Oct. 24 and Oct. 29 by Archives International Auctions, based in Fort Lee. Also, an 1867 Western Union stock ticker rang up $5,605; and a First Liberty Loan converted, 4 1/4 percent gold bond (1932-1947) brought $5,310. Prices include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.
Abdur Chughtai painting, $70,800, Ahlers & Ogletree
An untitled watercolor on paper of a young woman with a flower by the renowned Pakistani artist Abdur Rahman Chughtai (1897-1975) sold for $70,800 at an auction held Jan. 2-3 by Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta. Also, a 1976 oil on canvas seascape by Andre Hambourg (French, 1909-1999), titled Fetes des Marins, Honfleur, soared to $41,200; an artist’s proof depiction of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol went for $22,420; and a 1980 etching, aquatint and engraving by Roy Lichtenstein rose to $7,080. Prices include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.
Women’s Rolex watch, $2,583, Crescent City Auction Gallery
A women’s stainless steel Rolex Datejust Oyster Perpetual wristwatch with a diamond bezel, mother of pearl dial and diamond chapter marks sold for $2,583 at an auction held Jan. 16 by Crescent City Auction Exchange, a division of Crescent City Auction Gallery, in New Orleans. Also, a 14K yellow gold link necklace with 43 links having pave diamonds and rubies fetched $3,998; and a 14K yellow gold link bracelet with 23 oval links having emeralds and small round diamonds topped out at $2,583. Prices include a 23 percent buyer’s premium.
1894-S U.S. Barber dime, $1.99 million, Heritage/FUN
An 1894-S U.S. Barber dime, Branch Mint PR66 PCGS, sold for $1.99 million at an auction held Jan. 7 by Heritage Auctions at the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention in Tampa, Fla. Only 24 Barber dimes were struck in 1894 at the San Francisco Mint, apparently to balance a bullion account. No more than nine of the dimes – and possibly just eight – are known to exist today. The one sold at the FUN Convention is the finest survivor certified. The price includes a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium.
Revolutionary War chart, $141,600, Brunk Auctions
A 1782 Revolutionary War chart of Yorktown from the time of Cornwallis’s surrender to Washington, sold for $141,600 at an auction held Nov. 6-8 by Brunk Auctions in Asheville, N.C. The chart was deaccessioned by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Also, a preliminary sketch for Lincoln the Railsplitter, done in 1965 by Norman Rockwell, went for $56,640; John James Audubon’s Carolina Parrot climbed to $44,840; and a gilt bronze seated Buddha bodhisattva changed hands for $88,500. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Two famille rose dishes, $100,300, Michaan’s Auctions
A pair of diminutive 19th century famille rose dishes, just 6 3/4 inches tall each, sold for $100,300 at an auction held Jan. 9 by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a lot of three wood netsuke brought $9,440; a Republic period famille rose vase realized $7,080; a lot of five jade carvings went for $5,015; a Native American feast bowl rose to $3,245; and a pair of Napoleon III gilt bronze mounted boulle tables du nuit gaveled for $4,425. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.
Charles Edenshaw totem, $120,000, Fairfield Auction
A Haida argillite totem attributed to Charles Edenshaw, a master crafter of the Haida tribe, sold for $120,000 at an estate auction held Nov. 15 by Fairfield Auction in Monroe, Conn. Also, an attic find of 13 early 20th century M116 Sporting Life baseball cards, featuring stars such as Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner, soared to $17,700; a Victorian-era Gabriel weather vane fetched $10,200; and a first-edition copy of James Joyce’s book Haveth Childers Everywhere, signed in pencil by Joyce, made $4,320. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Richard Clague painting, $177,625, Neal Auction
A circa 1870 oil on canvas painting by Richard Clague (1816-1878), titled Streetcar Tracks, sold for $177,625 at a Louisiana Purchase Auction held Nov. 21-22 by Neal Auction Co. in New Orleans. Also, a painting by William H. Buck (1840-1888), titled Cattle Grazing Beside a Cabin Among Live Oak Trees, breezed to $118,750; a Blue Dog work by George Rodrigue (1944-2013) titled Between My Mentor, fetched $75,000; and a Louisiana Creole inlaid cherry wood and cypress armoire hit $73,500. Prices include a 22 percent buyer’s premium.
David Burliuk painting, $27,600, Cordier’s
An original painting by Russian-American artist David Burliuk (1882-1967), titled Winter’s Tale, sold for $27,600 at an Antiques & Fine Art Auction held Nov. 14-15 by Cordier’s in Harrisburg, Pa. Also, a portrait of Gen. Grigory Gagarin (1810-1893) coasted to $16,100; an 8.24-carat weight diamond pendant climbed to $8,750; a painting by French artist Louis Valtat (1769-1952) garnered $7,475; three Chinese famille rose porcelain plaques brought $5,175; and a Gothic tall case clock rose to $4,715. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Tononi violoncello, $209,000, Freeman’s
An Italian violoncello, crafted in Italy circa 1690 by Joannes Tononi of Bologna (1640-1713), sold for $209,000 at a musical instruments sale held Nov. 20 by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, a Martin 0-40 guitar, built circa 1880 by C.F. Martin & Co. in Nazareth, Pa., and played by folk singer Joan Baez in performances and recordings from 1966-1968, commanded $12,500; a French viola by J.B. Vuillaume, Paris, 1842, fetched $149,000; and an Italian violin by Michael Deconet, circa 1760, made $43,750. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
American pewter collection, $282,800, Pook & Pook Inc.
A collection of American pewter from Jeanne and Bernard Hillman, grouped into 145 lots and including a pair of circa 1780 fine Philadelphia tankards attributed to William Will that made $28,800 and $19,200 (one shown), sold for a combined $282,800 at an Americana Auction held Jan. 15-16 by Pook & Pook Inc., in Downingtown, Pa. Also, a watercolor coastal scene by William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905) fetched $28,800; and a painted, double-sided game board, made around 1900, went for $19,680. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Musgo Gasoline sign, $164,700, Morphy’s
A Musgo Gasoline sign featuring an Indian in full headdress graphics sold for $164,700 at a Premier Automobilia and Petroliana Auction held Jan. 9-10 by Morphy’s in Denver, Pa. Also, a Smith-o-Lene Aviation Brand gasoline sign with airplane graphics soared to $134,200; a Beacon Ethyl gasoline sign topped out at $85,400; a Texaco Gas Oil internally lighted can sign reached $80,520; an Oilzum Motor Oils sign changed hands for $75,640; and a Mohawk Gasoline porcelain sign gaveled for $46,360. Prices include a 22 percent buyer’s premium.
Robsjohn-Gibbings sofa, $5,313, Selkirk Auctioneers
A T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings sofa, model No. 1727, with the original upholstery still on the back and seat, sold for $5,313 at an auction held Nov. 7 by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers in St. Louis. Also, a 1902 oil painting of an imported German coach stallion, titled Heist 2043, by the early 20th century artist J.F. Stephens, went for $6,120; a late 19th century American appliqué quilt that placed fourth in a 1934 Sears quilt show fetched $2,400; and a 3 1/2-foot stern wheel steamboat model by A.C. Payne hit $3,720. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Tiffany Favrile punch set, $4,140, Hap Moore Auctions
A Tiffany & Co. Favrile glass iridescent punch bowl and 10 matching goblets set sold for $4,140 at a sale held Nov. 20-21 by Hap Moore Antiques Auctions in York, Maine. Also, a gorgeous antique rug hammered for $3,220; a Civil War presentation sword that once belonged to Capt. Andrew J. Stimson changed hands for $1,380; a small 18th century Queen Anne period mirror knocked down at $920; and a portrait of a gentleman by New Hampshire artist Ulysses D. Tenney hammered for $633. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Sterling silver teapot, $18,000, Kaminski
A hand-wrought modern teapot made by the 20th century silversmiths Michael and Maureen Banner of Monterey, Mass., crafted of sterling silver and enamel, standing just over 16 inches tall and weighing about 26 troy ounces, sold for $18,000 at an auction held Jan. 17 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. Also, a porcelain teapot by Ralph Bacerra (American, 1938-2008), signed and on a stand, realized $10,200; and a 19th century Russian porcelain figure of Bacchus went for $26,400. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Pair of Venetian mirrors, $38,750, Leslie Hindman
A pair of Venetian glass mirrors sold for $38,750 at a sale of furniture and decorative arts from the Kennedy “Winter White House” in Palm Beach, Fla., held Jan. 23 by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago. Also, a pair of Venetian-style walnut twin beds achieved $20,000; a set of 14 Spanish Baroque-style walnut dining chairs brought $17,500; a Louis XV provincial-style mahogany banquet table breezed to $16,250; and a coromandel eight-panel floor screen gaveled for $16,250. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Hadley chest-with-drawers, $1.025 million, Christie’s
A circa 1715 joined oak and pine polychrome Hadley chest-with-drawers that hadn’t been documented for 300 years sold for $1.025 million at Americana Week, held late January by Christie’s in New York. Also, a sculpture titled Boxer, circa 1936, by William Edmondson (American, 1874-1951), fetched $785,000; a Chippendale carved mahogany card table, Philadelphia, circa 1769-1770, rose to $509,000; and a silver serving plate with the mark of Jeremiah Dummer, Boston, circa 1688-1700, hit $149,000. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Angel Gabriel weather vane, $1.3 million, Sotheby’s
A three-dimensional weather vane with excellent patina, depicting the Angel Gabriel, sold for $1.33 million at Americana Week, held in late January by Sotheby’s in New York City. Also, a 1770 Chippendale carved and figured mahogany bombe bonnet-to-chest-on-chest, probably made in Salem, Mass., found a new owner for $970,000; a cigar store figure of Lord Dundreary by Samuel Anderson Robb realized $322,000; and a bronze-painted cast zinc and cast-iron American elk by J. W. Fiske made $225,000. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
George II sterling tureen, $112,500, Doyle New York
A George II sterling silver covered soup tureen by the 18th century English silversmith Paul de Lamerie sold for $112,500 at an auction held Jan. 27 by Doyle New York in New York City. Also, a Louis XV kingwood and marquetry commode, possibly made in Germany, rose to $100,000; a fine bracket clock made by Samuel Watson, circa 1635-1710, sold for $31,250; a 16th century altar panel realized $30,000; and a view of A Newly Elected Doge in Venice, Italy, by a follower of Canaletto hit $22,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
By KEN HALL