Bronzes, Asian art triumph at Roland’s Aug. 7 auction
GLEN COVE, N.Y. – Outdoor bronze statues and a finely curated selection of Asian decorative items took the lead on August 7 at Roland Auctions NY online-only sale of the collection of Congressman Lester L. Wolff.
The auction featured a unique collection of Asian art, decorative items and bronzes, amassed during many years by the renowned American Statesman, diplomat, civil rights proponent, businessman, and philanthropist. Lester L.Wolff served as a vocal member of the United States House of Representatives from Long Island from 1965 until 1981, where he distinguished himself as an expert in Asian affairs. He proudly displayed his collection in his home in East Norwich, New York.
Online bidding soared quickly, with many sought after items selling high. These included a Carrara marble double pedestal console table, featuring a beveled top bearing a finely carved foliate apron over double column supports with floral relief designs on a plinth, which realized $6,250.
A pair of circa-1970s bronze Hippocanthus – naturalistically rendered mythological beasts – depicted face to face in an opposing rearing composition, sold for $5,625.
A bronze outdoor statue of a girl on a boy’s shoulders achieved $3,438, and a pair of large antique Kutani Chinese vases fitted with dragon mounts sold for $3,125.
The momentum continued with an early Chinese porcelain tile that went for $3,438; a bronze outdoor statue of a large tiger, depicting the pensive predator on the hunt, which sold for $2,812; a monumental outdoor bronze garden fountain, signed S Keliam and featuring a classical putti boy with three mythological dolphin figures, which sold for $3,438.
Also performing well were a Chinese porcelain blue and white dragon charger, which rose to $2,000; a pair of large vintage Chinese cloisonne enamel horses, each with bright enamels, which sold for $2,375; and a monumental outdoor Asian bronze warrior on horseback, which went for $2,812.
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