Rare grand piano sells through LiveAuctioneers for $27,500

This John Broadwood & Sons amboyna and giltwood grand piano, circa 1845, sold through LiveAuctioneers for $27,500. Heritage Auctions image

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.”

After Evgeny Alexandrovich Lanceray (Russian), ‘Cossack Herding Horses,’ circa 1920. Price realized: $81,250. Heritage Auctions image

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.

Vari-color gold, silver, diamond, guilloche enamel, and cabochon-mounted egg form clock in the manner of Faberge, late 20th century, 10¾in high. Price realized: $21,250. Heritage Auctions image

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.

Salvador Dali, (Spanish, 1904-1989), ‘Nobility of Time,’ bronze, 1984, 23 3/8in high. Price realized: $18,750. Heritage Auctions image

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.

Margaret Keane (American, b. 1927), ‘Prop Director,’ oil on canvas. Price realized: $18,750. Heritage Auctions image

A Spanish Colonial painted, gilt, and iron-mounted walnut vargueño on taquillón base with fitted interior, late 17th-18th century, sold for $10,625.

Spanish Colonial painted, gilt, and iron-mounted walnut vargueño on taquillón base, late 17th-18th century. Price realized: $10,625. Heritage Auctions image

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.