BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Two bronze statues by American sculptor Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937) sold for a combined $39,360, a monumental landscape painting by George Hetzel (French and American, 1826-1899) rose to $22,140, and a massive baluster-form vase cast with the face of a woman by Paul Francois Berthoud (French, 1870-1939) brought $13,530 in Neue Auctions’ English & Chinese Export Art & Antiques auction held March 26.
The MacMonnies bronzes were signed by the sculptor, exhibited a verdigris patina and carried the foundry mark for Jaboeuf & Rouard of Paris. The top lot, a cast titled Pioneer Mother, measured 15in tall and achieved $27,060. It was originally designed and cast in monumental form for the Pioneer Monument in Denver, Colorado, erected in 1911. The other, the classic MacMonnies beauty Diana, dated 1890, realized $12,300.
The oil on canvas by Hetzel, titled Scalp Level Landscape, Pennsylvania, 1887, was artist-signed and dated and depicted a river landscape in the noted Scalp Level area of Pennsylvania, home to the artists of the Scalp Level School in the 1860s.
The circa-1900 baluster-form Art Nouveau vase by Berthoud, titled Femme Libellule, was cast with the face of a woman with flowing hair supported by dragonfly wings and feathers.
Two other visually arresting lots in the sale were a gouache-on-paper map of the Black Sea, executed in 1779 by the Italian cartographer Giacomo Baseggio, which sold for $5,228; and a William and Mary quillwork picture signed and dated 1693. It earned $4,612.
A 19th-century English Regency oak jockey scale, the scale labeled ‘To Weigh 24 Stone,’ went for $9,840; while an English Regency table-top letterbox by Halstaff & Hannaford of London, taking an octagonal pillar form and set with a domed glass enclosing an enamel dial compass, hit $2,214.
China Trade, Chinese Export and Chinese School lots were plentiful and included a 19th-century China Trade painting titled The Bund at Shanghai that rose to $3,075. In addition, figural oil paintings included a 19th-century American or Continental School portrait titled Boy with Bird and Basket of Fruit, which realized $2,952; an 1864 oil on canvas by Ernest Gustave Girardot (French, 1840-1911), titled A Declaration of Love, which attained $1,968; and a circa-1890 oil on canvas by Henry John Yeend-King (British, 1855-1924) titled By the Riverside, which sold for $1,599.
Beautiful furniture pieces were plentiful and included a circa-1815 Regency inlaid satinwood and mahogany dressing cabinet, which earned $9,840; and an 18th-century Irish Georgian mahogany settee on heavily carved cabriole legs, which realized $3,998.
Decorative accessories were led by a 19th-century English Regency giltwood convex mirror in a circular mirror frame with gilt sphere pendants and an ebonized reeded border, which sold for $2,706; and a 19th-century electrified R. Gardiner crystal and bronze argand lamp with original acid etched glass hurricane shades, which rose to $2,583.
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