DALLAS – Multiple bidders pushed the final price for a bronze sculpture After Evgeny Alexandrovich Lanceray titled Cossack Herding Horses to $81,250 – five times its estimate – to claim top-lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ Fine & Decorative Arts Including Estates Auction Sept. 21-23. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers. A bidder utilized LiveAuctioneers’ online bidding platform to win a rare grand piano (above).
The final total for the auction was $1,743,525.
“This auction offered a wide variety of artwork for collectors of all tastes,” said Karen Rigdon, Heritage Auctions’ decorative art director. “Having a range of lots that includes Russian bronzes to an elaborate grand piano to an array of sculptures and paintings helped us expand our reach to collectors with a broad scope of artistic interests.”
Multiple collectors bid on a rare John Broadwood & Sons amboyna and giltwood grand piano, circa 1845, from a distinguished estate in Dallas before it closed at $27,500. The instrument, with applied carved gilt wood ornaments and three double scrolled carved giltwood legs crowned with winged spiral, had a cartouche above the keyboard inscribed “John Broadwood & Sons, London.”
A 14K vari-color gold, silver, diamond, guilloche enamel, and cabochon-mounted egg form clock in the manner of Fabergé, late 20th century, more than tripled its high estimate when it drew a final sale price of $21,250.
Surrealist Salvador Dalí’s Nobility of Time, 1984 elicited bids from more than a dozen collectors before selling for more than double its low estimate at $18,750. Inscribed “Dali / 226/350” and bearing foundry marks: “c JEMELTON 1984; CERA PERSA – PERSEO S.A, MENDRISIO,” the bronze with brown and greenish patina was conceived in 1977 and first cast in 1984.
Another work drawing bids from multiple collectors was Margaret Keane’s Prop Director, which more than tripled its high estimate when it closed at $18,750.
A Spanish Colonial painted, gilt, and iron-mounted walnut vargueño on taquillón base with fitted interior, late 17th-18th century, sold for $10,625.
Other top lots included:
– A Chinese carved coral figure on carved wooden stand $18,750.
– A pair of marble and onyx columnar pedestals with inset painted porcelain plaques and champlevé enamel and gilt bronze mounts, France, late 19th century $17,500.
– A large Meissen Schneeballen polychromed and gilt porcelain vase and cover with avian motif, Meissen, Germany, late 19th century $15,000.
– A three-piece French Orientalist partial gilt marble, slate, and bronze clock garniture in the Moorish taste, late 19th century $13,750.