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