SARASOTA, Fla. – A Tiffany Nautilus desk lamp, an Italian 18K gold Omega necklace and fine art from William Alexander Coulter and Frederick McDuff realized exceptional prices at Sarasota Estate Auction on June 12 and June 13. The colossal two day sale featured the second part of a large Steuben glass collection and the third part of the estate of Adrienne and Gigi Vittadini.
Andrew Ford, owner and auctioneer, attracted strong bids on a Qing dynasty porcelain tile and numerous paintings, many of which climbed well above the high estimates.
An oil on board by the Irish-born self-taught San Francisco-based artist William Alexander Coulter sold for $6,800. The work, titled Golden Gate – San Francisco Bay and painted in 1890, was subsequently used by the United States Postal Service to create a 20-cent stamp in 1923. In addition, an untitled cheerful beach scene by Frederick McDuff, signed but undated, sold for $3,700.
Another notably strong result was seen for a Tiffany Studios Nautilus desk lamp, which sold for $7,400. The round foot of its base is set with 16 mother-of-pearl cabochons, and the lamp appeared to be almost completely in original condition.
Additional realized prices include an Italian 18K gold Omega necklace, which sold for $4,300; a Qing dynasty porcelain tile, signed ‘Fu Chen,’ which realized $2,500; and a Harry McCormick canvas of the interior of a restaurant bar, which sold for $3,700.
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