ATLANTA – Vivid and colorful oil on canvas paintings by Syd Solomon (American, 1917-2004) and Henri Hecht Maik (French, 1922-1993) each brought $20,000, while a classical early 20th-century Continental School marble sculpture of a woman finished at $21,250 in Ahlers & Ogletree’s two-day, two-session Spring Estates & Collections auction, held April 9 and 10.
The semi-nude marble sculpture was the auction’s overall top lot in a sale that grossed a little more than $1.2 million. The statue had a partially obscured signature (“G. La … ”) and was probably created between 1902-1909.
Syd Solomon’s painting, titled Untitled Abstract and done in celadon, peach, rust and cobalt, was signed at the lower center. The Maik painting, titled Le Reveille du Hibou (The Awakening of the Owl), was artist-signed, dated at the lower right and titled on the verso.
The auction contained more than 1,000 lots in all. Session 1, held on Saturday, April 9, featured Asian arts, Modern and Mid-Century art and design, silver and estate jewelry. The Solomon and Maik paintings were sold on Day 1. Other star lots in that session included a monumental pair of Chinese male and female Sancai glaze ceramic seated Buddhist lion figures on stands, which earned $5,938; and a pair of Chinese ceramic blanc de chine male and female seated Buddhist guardian lions, which went for $3,438.
Two Day 2 items reached five figures. One was a late 18th- or early 19th-century William and Mary parcel gilt and black lacquer Japanned cabinet on a stand. The rectangular cabinet was decorated with a riverscape, foliage and birds, and had two doors mounted with pierced hinges and a lock plate, with the doors concealing 10 variously-sized drawers. It achieved $10,625.
A few other lots flirted with the $10,000 mark, just falling shy. One was an English or American 19th-century pair of Federal or Regency giltwood convex two-light girandole mirrors that realized $9,375.
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