ATLANTA – A handsome early 19th-century mahogany tall-case clock made by Jacob Eby of Manheim, Pa. (1776-1828) chimed on time for $10,620, and a colorful offset lithograph printed on wove paper by renowned pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997) titled Sunrise, fetched $7,080 at Ahlers & Ogletree’s Summer Collections & Estates Auction held August 27-28. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.
Just over 1,160 lots came up for bid, in a wide range of categories, mostly pulled from prominent local estates and collections. Including the 18 percent buyer’s premium, the auction grossed $710,000.
As with many of the firm’s previous auctions, most of the bidder action was Internet generated. Over 8,200 people in more than 16 countries registered to bid through LiveAuctioneers.com.
The Jacob Eby clock attracted bidders who were wowed by the 95-inch-tall case, hand-painted dial (signed “Jacob Eby Manheim”) and other outstanding features, all resting on bracket feet with a federal eagle inlaid roundel. The dial appeared under a moon phase, with Roman numerals showing within a chapter ring and fluted spandrels, atop a cove molded waist and flat panel base.
The 1965 Lichtenstein color litho, shown below, was artist-signed in pencil and was in an edition from an unknown print run. It was a modern work, depicting the sun rising above undulating hills in red, with highlighted borders in blue. The unframed sheet measured about 18¼ inches by 24½ inches. Lichtenstein, along with Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, helped define American pop art. Modern prints by Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg were also sold as part of the fine art category.
Following are additional highlights from the auction:
The runner-up lot of the auction was a late 19th/early 20th-century British School oil on canvas depiction of a naval battle scene from the Napoleonic Wars, titled Battle of Trafalgar, signed “G. Watters.” It sold for $10,030.
Also, a circa 1990 mixed media figural, neo-surrealistic painting on colored paper by Paul Pletka (Am., b. 1946), titled Yellow-Rumpted Cacique, artist signed, made $1,770.
A French 19th-century provincial style carved walnut secretary, featuring astragal glazed doors enclosed in an adjustable and shelved interior, above a slant front desk opening to four stepped drawers, 92½ inches tall, brought $7,080; while an unusual Louis XVI-style gilt bronze six-light chandelier, after a similar design by Pierre Gouthiere (French, 1732-1813), 38 inches tall, hit $3,245.
A ladies’ Art Deco platinum, diamond and sapphire necklace pendant of tapered form, boasting a one-carat central European cut diamond surrounded by sapphire accents, 17 inches in length, fetched $5,900.
Also, a polished chrome modern abstract sculpture, titled Double U, apparently unsigned but attributed to Mary Preminger (American, 1920-1997), 19¾ inches tall, rose to $2,950.
From the Asian category, a late 19th/early 20th-century Chinese finely potted porcelain bottle vase with cobalt blue underglaze clouds and underglaze red and green dragons, 23 inches tall, knocked down at $2,360; and a 19th-century Japanese katana sword of traditional form, with a long chagreen handle (or tsuka) and carved wood scabbard, 36½ inches long, sold for $1,298.
An exquisite and large Chinese School silk embroidery panel, shown below, Qing Dynasty (19th century or earlier), 79½ inches by 50 inches, went for $5,310; and a fine palace-size, hand-woven Persian Bakhtiari wool rug, made in Iran, with a full, floral design resting on a red field, 11 feet 7 inches by 15 feet 7 inches, hit $3,245.
Furniture lots included a pair of late-19th-century English Gothic Revival stained and carved oak cabinets, each with a square, beveled edge top above four paneled sides and with a central Gothic arch, each 46 inches tall, $2,655; and a pair of Marcel Breuer (Hungarian, 1902-1981) “Wassily” lounge chairs made for Knoll and designed in 1925, $1,416.
Ahlers & Ogletree’s next big sale will be a three-day Autumn Noteworthy Collections Auction, slated for the weekend of October 14-16, also also with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. There will be more than 1,200 lots of fine period antiques, art, decorative arts, mid-century modern, silver, estate jewelry, Asian art, lighting, textiles and more. The auction will be highlighted by a large collection of rare and fine American and Continental art glass and perfume bottles, a private collection of modern and mid-century modern furniture and decorative arts, and a large collection of modern art.
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