Gallery Report: May 2016

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:

 

Victorian giraffe piano

Victorian giraffe piano, $26,450, Stevens Auction

A late Victorian giraffe piano in art case harp form, mahogany with gold leaf, signed Frank Teupe, 8 feet 9 inches tall, one of only seven made, sold for $26,450 at an auction held April 9 by Stevens Auction Co. in Aberdeen, Miss. Also, a heavily carved full tester bed with canopy topped $10,350; a 1936 Ford sedan with all original interior, recent paint job and new tires sped off for $15,900; and a rosewood rococo parlor cabinet attributed to J. & J.W. Meeks, circa 1850, went for $2,185. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

 

Halloween Girl doorstop

Halloween Girl doorstop, $29,500, Bertoia Auctions

A Littco Halloween Girl cast-iron doorstop sold for $29,500 at a toys auction held March 12 by Bertoia Auction in Vineland, N.J. Also, a Carlisle & Finch Freight Shed, the only known reported example, rose to $23,600; a Buddy ‘L’ pressed-steel Tugboat, circa 1928, chugged off for $21,240; a Hubley cast-iron Giraffe Van circus wagon hammered for $16,520; a Hubley cast-iron Packard Straight 8 Sedan topped out at $15,340; and a J. & E. Stevens cast-iron Boy Scout Camp mechanical bank fetched $12,980. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

Franz Bischoff painting

Franz Bischoff painting, $180,000, John Moran

A large-scale composition by the Pasadena, Calif., artist Franz Bischoff (1864-1929), titled Sand Dunes and Pines, Monterey Coast, Calif., sold for $180,000 at a California and American fine art auction held March 22 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, Cheese Mold Standard with Olive by Los Angeles artist Edward Ruscha (b. 1937) realized $66,000; and Yellow Harbor, Deep by Paul Resika (New York , b. 1928) went for $33,000, a new auction record for the artist. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

 

Miniature swan lamp

Miniature swan lamp, $6,325, Jeffrey S. Evans

A rare swan figural miniature lamp with original shade, circa 1875, sold for $6,325 at an auction held March 12 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mount Crawford, Va. Also, one of only three known bisque elf figural miniature lamps sold for $4,600; a fine latticinio font stand lamp with period burner and chimney went for $1,725; a cased glass student lamp shade decorated in the manner of Thomas Webb brought $1,380; and a brass skater’s lantern with rare amethyst globe rose to $633. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

 

Marvel's Star Wars #1

Marvel’s ‘Star Wars No. 1,’ $7,200, PBA Galleries

A very fine copy of Marvel’s Star Wars No. 1 comic book from 1977, the rare 35-cent variant, sold for $7,200 at an auction of books and comic books held March 24 by PBA Galleries in San Francisco, Calif. Also, a pristine copy of the first printing of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles No. 1 brought $3,900; a copy of Dick Lupoff’s history of comics, All in Color for a Dime, signed by dozens of the comic industry’s legendary artists, hammered for $1,440; a nice copy of Giant Size X-Men No. 1 topped out at $1,080; and copies of Flash No. 101 and Flash No. 104 sold as one lot for $2,700. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

 

Lois Marilou Jones still life

Lois Marilou Jones still life, $3,600, Selkirk Auctioneers

An acrylic still life painting of a vase of flowers by Lois Marilou Jones, who was born in 1905 and is recognized as an icon of the Harlem Renaissance, sold for $3,600 at an auction held March 12 by Selkirk Auctioneers in St. Louis. Also, a bronze sculpture of a female figure seeming to levitate in a euphoric pose, 37½ inches tall, by French artist Maurice Joseph Constant, rose to $1,560; and a carved, full-body Baltic figure of Guan Yin, Goddess of Mercy, 13 inches tall, fetched $1,188. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

Tompkins Matteson work

Tompkins Matteson work, $149,000, Doyle New York

A painting by Tompkins Harrison Matteson (1813-1884), titled The Spirit of ’76, depicting a heroic young man taking leave of his family to volunteer for military service during the Revolutionary War, sold for $149,000 at an auction held April 6 by Doyle New York in New York City. Also, a New England Queen Anne figured maple high chest went for $13,750; and a group of Chinese export porcelain pieces in the Tobacco Leaf pattern changed hands for $18,750. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.

 

Jason Martin oil painting

Jason Martin oil painting, $56,640, Brunk Auctions

An oil on aluminum painting by British artist Jason Martin, titled Vulgaris, sold for $56,640 at an auction held April 7 by Brunk Auctions in Asheville, N.C. Also, an oil painting by German-born artist Wolf Kahn, titled Maple Silhouette, brought $33,040; a large-scale 2011 oil by Pat Steir gaveled for $29,500; Parabolic Verde by Fred Eversley of Los Angeles realized $20,060; Imbrogliare by studio glass master Toots Zynsky finished at $18,880; and an untitled ceramic work by Japanese artist Jun Kaneko hit $17,700. Prices include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.

 

Chinese porcelain vase

Chinese porcelain vase, $23,600, Michaan’s Auctions

A Chinese conjoined porcelain vase, believed to be from the Qianlong period and standing just 5 inches tall, sold for $23,600 at an estates auction held April 9 by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a pair of KPM Art Nouveau porcelain bud vases went to a German buyer for $6,490; a collection of American glassware changed hands for $2,950; a Knoll wire furniture brought $4,425; and an H. Tittensor Royal Doulton spook figure, dated to 1951, went for $2,124. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.

 

J. K. Rowling chair

J.K. Rowling chair, $394,000, Heritage

The chair used by author J.K. Rowling to write the first two Harry Potter books – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – sold for $394,000 at an auction held April 6 in New York City by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. The winning bidder wished to remain anonymous. Rowling used gold, rose and green paints to transform the chair into a piece of literary memorabilia. It previously sold at a benefit auction in 2002 for $21,000. The $394,000 price includes the buyer’s premium.

 

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Harlem Renaissance map, $100,000, Swann Galleries

A pen and brush map by the illustrator E. Simms Campbell, titled A Night-Club Map of Harlem (1932), featuring images of Harlem Renaissance hot spots and popular figures like Cab Calloway and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, sold for $100,000 at a sale titled “Printed & Manuscript African Americana” held March 31 by Swann Galleries in New York. Also, a 1796 almanac by Benjamin Banneker (Baltimore, 1795) brought $47,500; and a letter written and signed by abolitionist Frederick Douglass made $45,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.

 

Copy Beethoven opera Fidelio

Copy, Beethoven opera ‘Fidelio,’ $90,000, Butterscotch Auction

A first edition copy of Ludwig Von Beethoven’s only opera – Fidelio – from the estate of the conductor Arturo Toscanini, inscribed in pencil by Beethoven and with a dedication, sold for $90,000 at an auction held March 15 by Butterscotch Auction in Bedford, N.Y. Also, a 3.3-carat marquis diamond engagement ring sold for $38,400; a lot of three contemporary Chinese scroll paintings earned $36,000; and a lovely 18th century Chinese porcelain “Immortals” dish topped out at $11,400. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

 

Bouguereau oil painting

Bouguereau oil painting, $240,000, Stefek’s Auctions

A signed oil-on-canvas work by Willliam Adolphe Bouguereau (French, 1825-1905), titled L’invocation a la Vierge (Prayer to the Virgin), sold for $240,000 at an auction held March 24 by Stefek’s Auction in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. Also, a print by Ronare Bearden, titled Quilting Time, changed hands for $3,840; a print by Paul Jenkins went for $6,600; a print by James Rosenquist found a new owner for $1,800; and a print by Sam Francis crossed the finish line at $2,160. Prices include a 23 percent buyer’s premium.

 

Daingerfield painting

Daingerfield painting, $39,325, Clars Auction

A newly discovered painting by Elliot Daingerfield (American, 1859-1932), recently found concealed inside a mirror at Clars Auction Gallery, sold for $39,325 at Clars’ Auction on April 17 in Oakland, Calif. The price was well beyond the estimate of $6,000-$9,000. The painting was a landscape, depicting Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. Hidden behind a mirror for more than 40 years, it was in pristine condition. The price includes a 21 percent buyer’s premium.

 

1907 Peking banknote rarity

1907 Peking banknote rarity, $30,000, Archives International

A high-grade Deutsch-Asiatische Bank 1907 Peking issue banknote rarity sold for a record $30,000 at an auction held April 11-13 by Archives International Auctions in Fort Lee, N.J. Also, a circa 1918-1920 Torgsin Soviet Trading Fleet 3 Rubles scrip note realized $11,400; the same was paid for a 100,000 Cash 1858 Imperial Ch’ing Dynasty Chinese banknote; a Peiyang Tientsin Bank 3 Taels 1910 issue Chinese foreign banknote made $8,075; and a Society of Artisans Club, 1919 Harbin issue hit $6,300. Prices include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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In Memoriam: outdoors artist Terry Redlin, 78

Terry Redlin, 'Morning Solitude,' lithograph. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com archive and Lewis & Maese

Terry Redlin, ‘Morning Solitude,’ lithograph. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com archive and Lewis & Maese

 

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Outdoors artist Terry Redlin has died in South Dakota after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 78.

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Nipper the RCA dog still loyal to Albany

Nipper the RCA dog still sits atop the company’s former home in Albany, N.Y. Image by Geotek. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Nipper the RCA dog still sits atop the company’s former home in Albany, N.Y. Image by Geotek. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is pushing for federal and state officials to give a special designation to an Albany-area icon.

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Guernsey’s upbeat about offering Duke Ellington items May 18

Duke Ellington's baby grand piano, which has a starting bid of $12,000. Guernsey's image.

Duke Ellington’s baby grand piano, which has a starting bid of $12,000. Guernsey’s image.

 

NEW YORK – On May 18 at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Guernsey’s will present a wonderful array of personal belongings from the legendary Duke Ellington. Consigned directly by one of the late composer and bandleader’s close relatives, approximately 250 rarities will be sold at unreserved auction.

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Walton Foundation awards $10M grant to National Gallery of Art

John Wilmerding. Photo credit: Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University

John Wilmerding. Photo credit: Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University

 

WASHINGTON – The National Gallery of Art announced Friday a $10 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation to establish the John Wilmerding Fund for Education in American Art.

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1857 Laws of Base Ball documents drive home $3.3M at auction

Original 1857 'Laws of Baseball' documents. LLL Aucitons image

Original 1857 ‘Laws of Baseball’ document. SCP Auctions image

 

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. – A handwritten “Laws of Base Ball” document sold for $3.3 million at a sports memorabilia auction conducted by SCP Auctions on Sunday.

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Stephenson’s to auction art, jewelry, timepieces & Oceanic relics from Philadelphia estates, Apr. 29

Antique Stauffer et Fils calendar pocket watch with fusee verge movement

Maximilian Vanka (Yugoslavian, 1889-1963), oil-on-board still life with watermelon

 

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – Cindy Stephenson and her team of experts at Stephenson’s Auctioneers never have to venture very far to find fabulous estate antiques and jewelry. The gracious 18th and 19th-century homes on Philadelphia’s tree-lined suburban streets are a never-ending source of quality pieces that have been treasured and passed down through successive generations of Pennsylvania families. On Friday, April 29th, Stephenson’s will once again present a quality array of fine art, jewelry, furniture and decorative items from residences and collectors in the metro Philadelphia area, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com.

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Postwar, contemporary masters compose Heritage auction May 2

Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), 'East Hampton II,' 1968 Oil on paper laid on canvas 41 3/4 x 30 inches (106 x 76.2 cm) Estimate: $600,000-$8-00,000. Heritage Aucitons image

Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), ‘East Hampton II,’ 1968, oil on paper laid on canvas, 41 3/4 x 30 inches (106 x 76.2 cm) Estimate: $600,000-$8-00,000. Heritage Aucitons image

 

NEW YORK – East Hampton II, 1968, Willem de Kooning’s 1968 masterpiece is expected to sell for $600,000-$800,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Modern & Contemporary Art auction May 2 in New York.

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East Coast collections, estates make up Jeffrey Evans auction April 30

Rolex Oyster Perpetual President 18K gold wristwatches with diamond bead-set bezels. Jeffrey S. Evans image

Rolex Oyster Perpetual President 18K gold wristwatches with diamond bead-set bezels. Jeffrey S. Evans image

 

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will hold a cataloged auction of fine and decorative arts on Saturday, April 30, beginning at 9:30 a.m Eastern. The large auction consists of a diverse range of offerings and features Virginia, Mid-Atlantic and New England collections and estates. Strong categories include jewelry, watches, silver, glass, Oriental rugs, ceramics, and fine art, all fresh to the market and offered with conservative estimates, 99 percent without reserve.

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Masterpieces, discoveries pepper Slotin folk art auction April 30-May 1

Charles A.A. Dellschau, ‘Aero Rondo & Flanck Rondo,’ Dec. 21, 1919, double-sided, watercolor, paint, pencil and string on paper, 17in x 17in. Estimate: $10,000-15,000. Slotin Auction image

Charles A.A. Dellschau, ‘Aero Rondo & Flanck Rondo,’ Dec. 21, 1919, double-sided, watercolor, paint, pencil and string on paper, 17in x 17in. Estimate: $10,000-15,000. Slotin Auction image

 

BUFORD, Ga. – Slotin Auction, specializing in self-taught art, has scoured the country to bring the rare and unique items out for a folk art auction April 30-May 1.

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