One of Great Britain’s oldest auction firms, established in Manchester, England in 1874 opened a showroom in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 2010. In less than half a decade the company became one of the fastest growing auction houses in Los Angeles. Artingstall specializes in rare Imperial and Export Chinese ceramics and art, fine Japanese works of art and European decorative arts and antiques from the 16th to 20th Century.
The Dec. 7 auction drew international attention for its large array of specialty fine arts and antiques, with bidders participating from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.
The predominant piece bringing vast amounts of attention was Lot 299, a pair of unique 19th century imperial yellow cut glass Bohemian bonbonnieres. The opaline glass, originally made for Persian and Turkish markets, was a truly distinguished feature. Its vibrant yellow color and enamel flowers painted on the lid, body and tray were exquisite. The lids were surmounted with French cast bronze clusters of grapes. It was a beautiful piece that deserved the soaring bids from across the globe. With aggressive phone bidders and online bidders the item sold at $190,000 hammer price.
Several other featured items brought a lot of attention and stellar prices. One was Lot 337, a bronze archaic–style gu vessel decorated with raised geometric patterns and marks on the interior. It sold for $110,000 hammer price.
In addition, Lot 1 was greatly admired by all. The antique bronze hexagonal handmade desk clock. The intricate details of the mechanics were visible through glass panels on each side of the body with the bottom opening up to show the magnificent cast bronze scrollwork. It sold for $5,500 hammer price.
This has been a remarkable year for Artingstall & Hind Auctioneers, especially given the expansion to furniture, jewelry and decorative arts. They are currently prepping for an even more successful year in 2015. To consign your fine arts and antiques with Artingstall & Hind, contact email@example.com or call 310-424-5288.
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