Katz collection hops to strong result at Ahlers & Ogletree
ATLANTA – A Lalique Anemones Grand vase and pedestal sold for $24,200, an artist proof’s bronze sculpture on a brass base by German-Israeli artist Tolla Inbar brought $20,570, and a painting by Robert Jessup (American, b. 1952-) realized $18,150 at a sale of items from Atlanta entertainment attorney Joel A. Katz held January 12 by Ahlers & Ogletree.
The 560-lot auction, conducted online and live in Ahlers & Ogletree’s Atlanta showroom, featured fine art, estate jewelry and watches, designer furniture, art glass, objets d’art, memorabilia and guitars. Katz is an icon in the entertainment field; he was named one of the music industry’s most powerful attorneys by Variety magazine in 2021.
The limited-edition Lalique Anemones Grand ovoid-form vase and pedestal, executed in midnight blue crystal with white enamel accents, was covered in high relief anemone blossoms, marked to the bottom “Lalique France,” and numbered 03/188. It rested on a custom circular lighted pedestal with a remote control.
The artist’s proof bronze sculpture on a brass base by Tolla Inbar (b. 1958-) was titled Sky is the Limit and depicted figures marching into the sky in a spiral formation. The sculpture, #8 of 8, rested on a square patinated brass base and was marked to the side of the single foot on the ground with “Tolla A.P.”
The oil on canvas by Robert Jessup, titled Rabbit Lecturing to a Hare, portrayed a rabbit dressed as a human with a hare sitting on a tree stump alongside. Large at 64 by 60 ¼in unframed, the painting was signed at the lower left. Jessup has created abstract works since 2011 but painted figurative art for most of his career, particularly as large triptychs.
A 1971 oil on canvas by Jean de Botton (French, 1898-1978), called Les Quatre Cavaliers de L’Apocalypse, an abstracted and horizontally oriented scene of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the Book of Revelations, signed and dated at the lower left, trotted to $6,050.
Katz’s collection also included sculptures, among them a pair of monumental, modern polychrome painted bottle-form sculptures with long, slim necks by Paul Tamanian (American, active 20th-21st century), apparently unsigned. The pair realized $10,285.
Also selling well was African Rider, a 2017 creation by Ardmore Studios in South Africa. It depicted a Zulu warrior wearing traditional clothes, holding a monkey and seated on a stool atop a cream-colored elephant. It was marked with the names of the artists who made it and it went for $7,260.
Other remarkable objects on offer included a Gibson Brand, Inc. one-of-a-kind Les Paul custom model LPSPSC electric guitar, featuring the classic Les Paul electric form with a Zamaitis style (or possible collaboration) steel sound board, which earned $7,865. The guitar came with its original case, stand and a card addressed to Katz from Henry and Dave at Gibson. The 1-of-1 serial # was JK 001.
Completing the highlights is a 1994 Data East pinball machine themed after The Who’s Tommy on Broadway. It had a painted wooden case, a backbox with a dot matrix display and solid-state electronic components, and it finished at $4,538.
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