CRANSTON, R.I. – A dynamic Cubist horse painting by the Indian artist Maqbool Fida Husain (1915-2011) sold for $43,750 in Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ Estate Fine Art & Antique Auction held September 30. The monotone composition of gray, black and white was the expected top lot of the auction and it did not disappoint, selling within estimate.
The painting depicted a rider on the back of a wild horse and came with a certificate of authenticity from Husain’s son, Shafat. “It was exciting for us to handle an oil on canvas by the artist and that the painting ended up in a local Rhode Island collection,” said Kevin Bruneau, the president of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers.
A Caille Brothers Eclipse 25-cent slot machine, manufactured in Chicago around 1904, went to a determined bidder for $18,750. It was an upright floor wheel model decorated with cherubs framed by Corinthian columns and ornate acanthus leaves. The machine was restored 15 years ago.
Lamps by Tiffany Studios are always a hit at auction, and this sale had a pair of fine ones. The first was an early 20th century leaded green glass table lamp, boasting a geometric shaped green marbled glass panel lampshade over an openwork bronze column, supported by a square base. It sold for $13,750.
Also, an early 20th century Tiffany Studios Bleeding Heart table lamp with an emerald green marbled glass grid lampshade with yellow leaf and vine belting lit up the room for $12,500. The lamp presented beautifully and was in good working order.
A chinoiserie porcelain sink set marked “Sherle Wagner Italy” on the sink basin and soap dish, found a new owner for $8,125. The frilled basin featured the original gilt faucet and handles adorned with porcelain over a shapely pedestal base decorated with butterflies, flowers and figures in ornate robes.
An O. D. Jennings Chief silver dollar slot machine (Chicago, 20th century),featuring a wood and metal cabinet painted with pale yellow and gold glitter and decorated with the side profile of a Native American man, rung up $6,875.
A gorgeous impressionist Venetian canal oil on canvas painting by Guy Dessapt (French, b. 1938-), housed in an equally beautiful gold gilt frame, realized $5,938. The work depicted a waterway reflecting colorful buildings lining the way, with one lone gondola drifting through.
Lastly, a bronze, enamel and hardstone Viennese dancer sculpture by the noted Austrian artist Gerda Iro Gerdago (1906-2004) bested its $1,800 high estimate to sell for $5,938.
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