Alderfer Auction posts $1M in trio of December auctions

Jack Butler Yeats (Irish, 1871-1967), ‘Sea and Lake,’ oil on board. Price realized: $49,725. Alderfer Auction image

HATFIELD, Pa. – Alderfer Auction showcased its Fine & Decorative Arts, Collector’s and Firearm Auctions during its three-auction series Dec. 11-17, which hit the $1 million mark. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

The Fine & Decorative Arts Auction featured a historic Revolutionary War letter about the Battle of Germantown; diamond, gold and platinum jewelry, and many timepieces including Patek Philippe pocket and wristwatches; art glass; silver; Asian arts; a Tiffany Studio “Acorn” lamp; fine artworks from the estates of Wayne Forbes, Joseph Greenberg, Ben Marcune and others; bronze sculptures and Persian carpets.

The Fine & Decorative Arts Auction started by selling a 14K gold solitaire ring featuring a 3.19-carat brilliant cut diamond for $25,740. The Joseph Greenberg gilt with undertone and gesso scrolled frame mirror struck a bidder’s fancy at $3,100. Local and international artists gleamed, starting with two prolific Irish artists. The first, Jack Butler Yeats oil on board painting, Sea and Lake (above), realized $49,725.

Paul Henry’s painting, titled Lough Derg (below) sold for an appreciative amount of $45,750. As Irish bidders were on the phone and online, the art gallery that sold the piece in the 1980s, Oriel Gallery in Dublin, won the bid and brought the painting “back home.”

Paul Henry (Irish, 1876-1958), ‘Lough Derg,’ oil on panel. Sold for $45,750. Alderfer Auction image

Alderfer Auction broke another record, in-fact its own record, for a Jean Halter winterscape painting selling at $26,325. A Bucks County collector and real estate developer, who was enamored by the workings of the “Grandma Moses of New Hope,” purchased the piece. Many appreciate Hatler’s early renditions of life in New Hope along the Delaware River in Bucks County.

Jean Halter (American, 1916-1981), oil on canvas, 1957. Sold for $26,325. Alderfer Auction image

Fine curations from the Collector’s Auction included the artist John Hultberg, titled Outerspace, that sold for $7,930. An oil-on-Masonite painting, Streamside, by Evelyn Faherty popped at $5,850. A blue decorated stoneware pitcher sold for $2,223. A pair of Percival Lafer Brazilian rosewood lounge chairs sold for $2,440 and a unique Chinese Art Deco rug sold for $1,952.

The Firearms Auction was the final piece to the trio of auctions. Side-by-side shotguns shone the brightest on Dec. 17. The first piece was a Winchester Model 21 Shotgun that sold for $5,265. It was closely followed by another gun of the exact same make and model which sold for $4,680. Rounding out the trio was an L.C. Smith Skeet Special shotgun that made $4,095.

For details contact Alderfer Auction at 215-393-3000.