Beefy bidding shatters artist record at Alderfer Auction

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Peter Sculthorpe, ‘Winter in Berks County,’ watercolor, framed 41in. x 71, sold for a record $33,000. Alderfer Auction image

HATFIELD, Pa. – Alderfer Auction shattered the auction records for the Chester County artist Peter Sculthorpe (b. 1948) at their March 20 auction. Of his eight works in the auction, three depicted herds of Galloway beef cattle. Leading Sculthorpe’s Galloways was his signed watercolor Winter in Berks County that sold for $33,000, a record for the artist. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

Sculthorpe, well-known for his wintery landscapes, continued with record-breaking prices with Belted Galloway and The Smell of Snow selling for $15,600 and $14,400 respectively.

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Peter Sculthorpe, ‘Belted Galloway,’ watercolor, framed 45in. x 73in. Price realized: $15,600.
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Also, a local worthy mention is the signed and dated 1886 Edmund Darch Lewis painting that retains its Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Label. This fine work sported a $22,800 sales tag.

As this single-owner Main Line auction attracted a hyper-local audience, it also brought international attention with the monumental sale of a Kashan hand-knotted rug for $40,800. Alderfer Auction fielded bids on the rug from all around the world including Germany, France, India, Thailand, Australia, Canada and others.

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Kashan hand-knotted room-size rug. Price realized: $40,800. Alderfer Auction image

The excitement continued as a Bijar hand-knotted rug sold for $33,000; a Persian Rug sold for $24,000; and a 14’3”w x 23’4”l Bijar hand-knotted palace carpet sold for $19,200.

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Edmund Darch Lewis (1835-1910), oil on canvas, 1886, framed 49.5in. high x 72in. wide. Price realized: $22,800. Alderfer Auction image

The single-owner collection of stately artwork, antiques, architectural and garden objects included the sale of a cast-iron J.W. Fiske garden urn that sold for $5,700.

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Cast-iron J.W. Fiske garden urn, dragon motif handles with a foliate turned pedestal base, 46in. high x 28in. diameter. Price realized: $5,700. Alderfer Auction image

Decorative accessories made their mark with the Hermes collection of Attelage crystal tumblers that sold for $840 and a “Nil” porcelain place-setting sold for $3,600. The monumental Meissen baluster vase with gilt edging sold for $10,200. An early 20th century German belsnickle candy container sold for $2,400.

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Meissen baluster vase, chrysanthemum decoration with gilt edging, 38in. high x 18in diameter. Price realized: $10,200. Alderfer Auction image

For more information contact Alderfer Auction at 215-393-3000.