ATLANTA, Ga. – A color lithograph on paper by the acclaimed British artist David Hockney (b. 1937-), titled Bora Bora, climbed to $47,795, and original artworks by American artists Thomas Wilmer Dewing and William Worcester Churchill posted identical prices of $39,325 in three days of auctions held June 15-17 by Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery. The auctions featured items from the collection of a North Carolina gentleman on Thursday, June 15; then a Summer Fine Estates & Collections auction was conducted on Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17. Nearly 1,000 lots came up for bid in a sale that grossed $1.2 million. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated through LiveAuctioneers.
The color lithograph on paper by David Hockney was the overall top lot of the three days. Bora Bora depicted a colorful tropical scene and was pencil-signed and dated. It also had a Tyler Graphics bind stamp to the lower right and was numbered 74/100. Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century, and his artworks are highly prized by collectors.
The 1909 pastel on medium light brown paper by Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938), titled Study in Orange and Rose, was signed to the lower center as “T.W. Dewing.” The work had been exhibited during the 1990s at the Brooklyn Museum, the National Museum of American Art, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. It also toured.
The 1910 painting by William Worcester Churchill (American, 1858-1926), titled Portrait of Lady with Pitcher, depicted a seated blonde woman holding a small ceramic pitcher and was signed and dated at the upper left. Churchill was a painter of figure studies, portraits, female nudes and landscapes, done in oil and pastel.
Following are additional highlights from the auction. Session 1, which took place on June 15, featured items from the North Carolina estate designed by the noted architect William Roy Wallace for the Millis family of High Point. It included a thoughtfully curated array of designer furniture, decorative arts, rugs, clocks and books. More than 200 lots were pulled from the halls of this important home, spanning more than 6,800 square feet, and bidders responded enthusiastically.
A pair of exquisitely carved gilt-wood fauteuils, or armchairs in the Louis XVI taste, attributed to Georges Jacobs (French, 1749-1814) and sporting modern blue and cream upholstery and accent pillows, earned $10,890; while a pair of Kindel Irish Georgian Collection camelback sofas, each one having Schumacher Chinoiserie Royale upholstery in the Jonquil colorway and rising on straight legs with ball and claw feet, plus five accent pillows and down-filled seat cushions, rose to $12,100.
Session 2, conducted on June 16, was packed with 373 lots of Modern Art & Design, Asian arts and South African art. Session 3, which covered June 17, contained 429 lots of period art and antiques from Europe, the United Kingdom and the U.S.
A bronze sculpture on a black marble base by Henry Moore (British, 1898-1986), titled Two Torsos and depicting two torsos in movement, was from an original 1960 plaster cast and stood 6 ¾in tall. It was signed to the top of the base and showed an H. Noack Berlin impressed foundry mark to the right side. Moore is best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures, which are located around the world as public works of art. Two Torsos went to a determined bidder for $24,200.
An 1888 etching on paper by the noted marine artist Winslow Homer (American-English, 1836-1910), titled Mending the Tears, earned $10,285. It depicted two girls reweaving a fishing net and was pencil-signed at the lower left and signed in plate at the lower right. Also, an untitled abstract oil on canvas by Tom Lieber (American, b. 1949-), depicting splashes and lines of color and signed on the verso, went for $9,075.
A circa-1935 Charles Robinson Sykes Spirit of Ecstasy silvered and gilded cast bronze dealership sculpture of the legendary Rolls-Royce hood mascot, 27in tall, signed in mold to the right side of base with “SP 1” to the back and presented on a steel and marble plinth, motored to $22,990. The hood mascot was designed in 1911 and was possibly modeled after Eleanor Velasco Thornton (English, 1880-1915).
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