LARCHMONT, N.Y. – Evolving as countless other businesses have in recent weeks, Clarke Auction Gallery has shifted to an online-only bidding model for its upcoming auction on Sunday, April 26, at 10 a.m. Some things remain the same though as the auction is packed with high-quality merchandise ranging from fine paintings to Asian art, jewelry and silver. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
“Because we already had a strong online footprint, we can continue to service our buyers and consignors and communicate with our audiences,” said owner and auctioneer Ronan Clarke. “People are already comfortable with online bidding and they enjoy being able to continue to participate in auctions.” The auction house is delivering and picking up items as normal and is also offering curbside pickups.
Clarke noted the auction features fine art and decorative items from European paintings to contemporary bronzes. Expected to lead the sale is a Gerald Laing bronze titled An American Girl ($20,000-$50,000) that is signed and No. 2 in an edition of three. The 1978 work (above) came out of a Larchmont estate and measures 25½ by 26 by 31 inches. “An American Girl can be seen as the culmination of the Galina series of sculpture in which I worked through various formal and abstract figurations,” the artist said in 1999.
Rounding out the fine art category is a signed oil seascape by Daniel Hermann Anton Melbye ($8,000-$12,000) and a portrait after Hippolyte Flandrin depicting Napoleon III in the uniform of Major General at Tuileries, 1862 ($3,000-$5,000).
René Lalique works figure prominently in this sale, including two large glass chandeliers estimated at $4,000-$6,000 and $3,000-$5,000. An attributed Vladimir Kagan Comete sofa suite has a $3,000-$5,000 estimate.
Asian art offerings feature a 2-foot-tall Akio Takamori ceramic figure ($2,000-$3,000) and a Kinkozan signed porcelain Satsuma vase ($600-$900), 9½ inches tall.
When it comes to jewelry, it’s usually the three C’s (cut, color and clarity) that matter to buyers but here it’s the three D’s: designers, diamonds and diversity. Highlights include a Bulgari Tubogas 18K yellow gold watch ($2,000-$3,000) with a Favre-Leuba Swiss movement, from the familial estate of Ralph Cookery Wilson Jr., the founder and longtime owner of the Buffalo Bills, and a platinum and diamond bow form ring ($1,500-$2,500) having a central round brilliant cut diamond flanked by tapered baguettes and single-cut 4diamonds. In the silver category, a shining star is an International sterling “Avalon” flatware service for 12 ($1,400-$1,600) with serving pieces.
Rounding out the auction will be an antique Continental bronze mounted marble top console ($2,000-$3,000) with carved and gilded griffins; an 18th century Continental tapestry ($1,000-$1,500), 8 feet 7 inches by 8 feet 1 inch, and a 20th century life-size patinated bronze figural candelabra ($2,000-$3,000).
For details contact Clarke Auction Gallery at 914-833-8336.
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