LOS ANGELES – Andrew Jones Auctions’ first Design for the Home and Garden auction of the New Year, on Sunday, March 3, featured about 400 lots of market fresh fine furniture, art, jewelry, silver, ceramics, decorative arts, carpets and design from prominent local collections and estates. The sale achieved a 95 percent sell-through, grossing $1.1 million. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
“I really enjoyed our busy preview and discussing the whole range of property we offered, beautifully displayed, with experienced collectors, old friends and curious, ‘new-to-auction’ buyers,” said company president and CEO Andrew Jones, adding, “It’s truly a joy to share what you love and see others gain appreciation, and having a spin on the rostrum wasn’t bad either.”
A 42-lot run of an extensive Herend Rothschild Bird pattern porcelain dinner service from the collection of Fima Ruchman totaled $50,750, while a scarce, hand-painted Spode botanical porcelain dinner service from the collection of tastemaker Tom Buckley realized $4,000. An exquisite set of gilt and enameled Venetian glassware garnered much interest and made $5,000.
Fine jewelry by quintessential American innovator and jeweler David Webb produced sparkling results. A diamond, platinum and 18K gold bracelet shone to $37,500; a pair of matching diamond, blue enamel and gold bracelets that convert to a necklace realized $20,000; and a gorgeous sculptural diamond, platinum and 18K gold foliate brooch finished at $18,750.
The decorative arts portion of the catalog included a Tiffany & Co. Wave edge pattern part silver flatware service for 12, which topped its estimate to fetch $6,250; a 36-piece King’s Husk pattern silver flatware set by Paul Storr dating to 1820 hit $4,250; and a German silver jardinière from J.D. Schleissner Söhne sold for $4,000.
Antique and modern furniture alike generated much buzz. A fine Louis XV-style gilt bronze mounted vitrine cabinet from a Malibu collector garnered $27,500; a pair of French gilt bronze and parquetry bedside tables bearing the mark of Paul Sormani soared to $20,000; an unusual Art Nouveau carved and painted floor screen far surpassed its estimate and achieved $8,125; and a Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Art Deco five-piece bedroom suite made $5,000.
A dramatic Italian Baroque six-panel floor screen painting with a depiction of the Chariot of Poseidon earned $15,000. The top lot from a collection of British Modernist works from a Santa Barbara collector was a screen print by Howard Hodgkin, titled Indian Room (below). It achieved $7,500. Czech Modernist Hugo Boettinger’s Nudes with Parrot (1912-17) commanded $5,250.
Fine sculptures achieved consistently robust prices with a range of artists, media and styles. The star lot was a late 19th century Italian Carrara marble model of a Young Columbus by Giulio Monteverde (below), which found a new home for $35,000. An unusual pair of Regency painted terra-cotta vestal figures, with fittings for gas flames from the collection of Tom Buckley, made $18,750.
A lovely carved marble bust of Madame Recamier, after the Chinard model, realized $4,000. A small contemporary bronze from the acclaimed Mexican-American life sculptor Robert Graham, entitled Gabrielle, modeled on volleyball champion Gabrielle Reece, changed hands for $5,500.
The most unusual find of the day was an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus lid, previously in the collection of actor Larry Hagman. It far surpassed its estimate to sell for $5,750.