Tool marks on antique furniture: where to find them and why

Close comparison of the spindles of this Empire/transitional chair reveals the variations produced by handwork in ‘identical’ turnings. Since we expect them to be identical they appear to be until inspected and measured.

 

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. – When field cut lumber, recently converted from timber, finally reached the 18th century cabinetmaker’s shop, his main tasks were to cut and shape the wood to his own design and to smooth the surface. He and his journeymen and apprentices accomplished these tasks with an amazingly small array of hand tools, some of which would be familiar to us today and some that many of us would have no idea how to employ.

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Gallery Report: January 2017

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s report:

 

Mardi Gras Rex ducal badges, $9,963, Crescent City Auction

A group of four Mardi Gras Rex ducal badges from 1888, 1894, 1907 and 1912 sold for $9,963 at an estates auction held Jan. 14-15 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans. Also, a 14K white gold dinner ring with a round 2.12-carat diamond went for $9,840; a French carved walnut bookcase, circa 1900, brought $3,444; and a Confederate Navy cutlass attributed to Thomas Griswold (New Orleans, circa 1861), with embossed eagle pommel, fetched $2,214. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

 

Three-stone diamond ring, $37,200, Nadeau’s Auction

A platinum three-stone diamond ring set with three emerald-cut diamonds, each one 1.8-1.9 carats, sold for $37,200 at a New Year’s Day auction conducted by Nadeau’s Auction Gallery in Windsor, Conn. Also, a Patek Philippe minute repeater chronometer in an 18K gold closed-face case changed hands for $32,500; an oil portrait painting by Thomas Prichard Rossiter (American, 1818-1871) brought $20,400; and a yellow 1966 Thunderbird with 51,659 original miles sped off for $15,600. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

 

 

 

Automaton musical clock, $998,250, Fontaine’s Auction

A rare 18th century English-made pagoda form automaton musical clock, produced for the Chinese Qing Imperial Court, sold for $998,250 at an Antique & Fine Arts Auction held Jan. 21 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. Also, a Joseph Jennens oak Horner 9-tube grandfather clock fetched $25,410; an E. Howard floor standing regulator clock realized $24,200; and a French industrial animated steam pump clock finished at $20,570. Prices include a 21 percent buyer’s premium.

 

 

1837 U.S. Treasury banknote, $28,800, Archives International

An 1837 interest-bearing $100 U.S. Treasury proof banknote sold for $28,800 at a two-session auction held Dec. 6 and 13 by Archives International Auctions in Fort Lee, N.J. Also, a U.S. Department of the Interior 1894 Federal related Cherokee Nation Bond, for the purchase of the Cherokee Outlet in Oklahoma Territory hit $1,620; a Central Bank of China, 1949 Gold Yuan issue essay specimen pair hit $1,440; and a 1925 Ningpo Commercial Bank, Shanghai issue rose to $2,400. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

 

 

1959 Chevrolet Corvette, $78,775, Stevens Auction

A red 1959 Chevrolet Corvette sports car with the original 283 cubic-inch engine and four-speed transmission, in like-new condition, roared away for $78,775 at an auction held Jan. 7 by Stevens Auction Co. in Aberdeen, Miss. Also, a circa-1860 pair of period rococo gold mirrors, 7 feet 4 inches tall, brought $23,000; a two-piece rosewood Victorian bedroom suite attributed to Pottier & Stymus fetched $19,550; and a 10-saw cotton gin made circa 1905 went for $17,250. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

 

 

Apulian red-figure amphora, $43,020, Artemis Gallery

An oversize Apulian (Magna Gaecia, southern Italy) red-figure amphora, 39 inches tall, sold for $43,020 at an auction of antiquities, Asian and ethnographic art held Jan. 18-19 by Artemis Gallery in Boulder, Colo. Also, a Romano-Egyptian plaster mummy bust of a young man, circa first century B.C. to first century, 15 3/4 inches tall, fetched $13,145; and a Chavin (northern coastal Peru) artwork replicating a jaguar’s paw, circa 1400-400 B.C., also hammered for $13,145. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

 

Diamond pendant necklace, $14,000, Cordier Auctions

A 10.6-carat total weight white and cognac diamond pendant necklace sold for $14,000 at a Fine Jewelry & Sterling Auction held Dec. 3 by Cordier Auctions & Appraisals in Harrisburg, Pa. Also, a 14K 2.27-carat diamond ring went for $7,000; a 14K Dudley Masonic pocket watch finished at $4,600; a 14K white gold and 3.48 carat total weight diamond bracelet made $4,000; and a 64-piece set of Stieff Rose repousse flatware was tops in the silver category, selling at $1,300. Prices are hammer, exclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

Fine Asian jade table screen, $100,300, Michaan’s Auctions

A fine Asian jade table screen crafted from a thick plaque of semi-translucent pale celadon jade and carved in high relief on both sides with landscape scenes sold for $100,300 at a Fine Asian Art Auction held Dec. 18 by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a richly colored tall Chinese cloisonné enamel vase, covered in stylized motifs and with a neck encircled by figures of smiling boys, also fetched $100,300; and a large huanghuali altar coffer hammered for $50,150. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.

 

 

Edward Seago painting, $106,250, Freeman’s

A painting by British artist Edward Seago (1910-1974), titled The John Biscoe in Pack Ice, sold for $106,250 at a sale of The Forbes Collections (Dec. 14) and The Brewster Collection (Dec. 15) at Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, a painting by the French painter Jules Achille Noel (1815-1881), titled Plage du Treport, rose to $106,250; and a painting by Eugene Louis Boudin (French, 1824-1898) made $87,500. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.

 

 

Experimental ’42 glass cent, $70,500, Heritage Auctions

The only known surviving intact experimental all-glass cent coin, manufactured in 1942 as an alternative to copper, which was urgently needed during World War II, sold for $70,500 at an auction held Jan. 6 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., by Heritage Auctions as part of the annual Florida United Numismatists convention. Made of tempered, yellow-amber transparent glass by the Blue Ridge Glass Co. (Kingsport, Tenn.), the coin is one of only two known. The other one is broken in half.

 

 

1598 map, Southeast Asia, $31,200, Swann Auction

A double-page map of Southeast Asia by Petrus Plancius, titled The Spice Map, London, 1598, sold for $31,200 at a Maps & Atlases Auction held Dec. 8 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, a map by Robert Laurie and James Whittle, titled The Complete East-India Pilot, or Oriental Navigator (London, 1797), sailed to $81,250; and a first state engraved chart by Joseph Frederick Wallet Des Barres, titled The Coast of New England, London, 1776, made $25,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.

 

 

Set of English delftware plates, $24,000, Cowan’s Auctions

A set of six English delftware Merryman plates sold for $24,000 at an Americana Auction held Dec. 10 by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati. Also, an Adirondack fall landscape scene by the Scottish-American artist James McDougal Hart (1828-1901) realized $19,200; a hunting scene by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tate (American, 1819-1905), titled Setters and Quail, fetched $22,800; a cigar store Indian figure went for $16,800; and a New England Federal sewing table brought $10,800. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

 

1966 Jaguar XKE coupe, $60,500, Hess Auction

A 1966 Jaguar XKE Series I two-door coupe with a 4.2-liter, 265-horsepower, dual overhead cam, inline 6-cylinder engine roared away for $60,500 at an Antiques & Americana Auction held Dec. 3 by Hess Auction Group in Mannheim, Pa. Also, an oil portrait of George Washington by Jacob Eichholtz, after Gilbert Stuart, commanded $37,760; a Lancaster, Pa., Chippendale walnut architectural schrank realized $15,730; and a marine watercolor of yachts by Montague Dawson made $9,440. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

 

James Buttersworth painting, $348,500, Doyle New York

A marine rendering by James Buttersworth (1817-1894), titled Yacht Racing Off Sandy Hook, sold for $348,500 at a sale of the Nelson Doubleday Jr. Collection held Jan. 11 by Doyle New York. Also, a pair of circa 1775 George II giltwood pier mirrors earned $75,000; a Chinese famille rose porcelain garden seat realized $7,500; and Doubleday’s National League Championship baseball ring, presented to him after New York’s Subway Series of 2000, hit $13,750. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

 

 

Tripod censer painting, $20,000, Clars Auction

A Chinese painting of a tripod censer sold for $20,000 at an auction held Jan. 14-15 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, a woodcut print in colors by Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), titled Before the Rain: Mono Lake, High Sierra, realized $10,890, a new auction record for the artist; an orotone by Edward Sherriff Curtis (American, 1868-1952), titled Out of the Darkness, finished at $10,710; and a collection of 37 works by Czech artist Jan Saudek (b. 1935) made $32,700. Prices include a 19 percent buyer’s premium.

 

Large famille rose dish, $118,750, Christie’s

A large Chinese famille rose dish from the Yongzheng Period (1723-1735) sold for $118,750 at a sale of Chinese Export Art held during Americana Week, Jan. 18-20, by Christie’s in New York City. Also that week, a painting by Richard Clague (1821-1873), titled North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain at Mandeville, went for $1.6 million (a new auction record of the artist); and an early 20th century 14K gold flatware service with the mark of Reed & Barton of Taunton, Mass., hit $189,900. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

 

Chinese ‘Lime Green’ vase, $87,500, Kaminski Auctions

A Chinese “Lime Green” vase of globular form, just 8 1/4 inches tall and on its original 18th century wood stand, sold for $87,500 at an auction held Jan. 15 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. Also, a Chinese Sang-de-Boeuf “Yuhuchun” vase with a pear-shape form and covered in a deep red glaze with the Qianlong mark on the vase’s base climbed to $18,750; and a mobile by the Argentinian artist Julio Le Parc, titled Continental Lumiere No. 23, 1968, went for $13,750. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

 

Important Paul Evans cabinet, $382,000, Rago Arts & Auction

An important cabinet by Paul Evans sold for $382,000 at a Design Auction held Jan. 21-22 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. It was a new auction record for the Delaware Valley Modernist. Also, a ribbon-handle vase by George Ohr went for $87,500; a sculptural metal wall-hanging cabinet by Paul Evans brought $112,500; a Murrine a Dama vase by Paolo Venini achieved $46,875; and a large Sonambient sculpture by Harry Bertoia finished at $56,250. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

 

1851 Humbert $50 gold coin, $61,687, Legend Rare Coin

An 1851 U.S. $50 gold coin, issued by Augustus Humbert as California assayer of gold, graded PCGS AU50, sold for $61,687 at Regency Auction XX held Jan. 26 by Legend Rare Coin Auction in Lincroft, N.J. Also, an 1864 U.S. $1 coin, graded PCGS PR66, finished at $47,000; an 1881-S U.S. $1 “Freckles” coin, graded PCGS MS66, brought $23,500, a new world auction record; and an 1885-O U.S. $1 “Screaming Wow” coin, graded PCGS MS66+, hit $19,387, also a record. Prices include a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium.

 

 

Chippendale tea table, $912,500, Sotheby’s

A Chippendale carved and figured mahogany scalloped-top tea table with open ball and talons sold for $912,500 at Americana Week, a series of auctions held Jan. 18-21 by Sotheby’s in New York. Also, a Queen Anne carved and figured mahogany block-and-shell kneehole bureau table topped out at $672,500; and a previously unrecorded autograph draft of Pacificus Essay No. VI by the founding father Alexander Hamilton, the subject of the hit Broadway musical, made $262,500. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

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By KEN HALL

 

Sorting furniture styles: pigeonhole with caution

Is this a Phyfe chair and a Hepplewhite chair? Or is it a pair of Federal chairs? Or is it two antique chairs? Or is it just two old chairs?

Is this a Phyfe chair and a Hepplewhite chair? Or is it a pair of Federal chairs? Or is it two antique chairs? Or is it just two old chairs?

 

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. – One of my jobs as a reporter when I cover an antiques show or sale naturally is to ask exhibitors for details of their merchandise, take photos and record comments. But I also sometimes have the opportunity to pester attendees who don’t know me and to whom I do not introduce myself.

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Gallery Report: December 2016

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s report:

 

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Marklin steam-powered liner, $59,000, Bertoia Auctions

A circa 1929-1930 Marklin ‘Amerika’ Series II steam-powered liner, exquisitely detailed, sold for $59,000 at an annual Fall Auction held Nov. 11-13 by Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, N.J. Also, a circa-1929 Marklin ‘Rheingold’ paddleboat, 30 inches long, sped off for $35,400; a Belsnickle candy container with glass icicle beard, mica “snow” on the coat and hood, and golden beads around the hood, 16 inches tall, realized $26,550; and a Gunthermann eight-man plus coxswain tinplate clockwork scull made $20,060. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

sir-isaac-newton-bookSir Isaac Newton book, $3.7 million, Christie’s

A copy of Sir Isaac Newton’s (1642-1727) Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica sold for $3.7 million at a Fine Books & Manuscripts Auction held Dec. 14 by Christie’s in New York. It was a new world auction record for a printed scientific book. Also, an autographed letter written from Mount Vernon, N.Y., and signed by George Washington, dated April 25/May 1, 1788, brought $307,500; and Walt Whitman’s personal copy of Leaves of Grass (N.Y., 1855) made $162,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

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Cartier Mystery Clock, $504,500, Sotheby’s

A platinum, yellow gold, rock crystal, onyx, mother-of-pearl and diamond-set Mystery Clock made in 1929 for Cartier, designed by Maurice Couet, sold for $504,500 at an Important Watches Auction held Dec. 7 by Sotheby’s in New York. Also, a massive open-face Patek Philippe grande and petite Sonnerie clock watch breezed to $468,500; and a fine and rare yellow gold Rolex chronograph wristwatch, the “Paul Newman” Daytona (Ref. 6241, No. 2084361), went for $275,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

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Giltwood figure of Amida Buddha, $22,800, John Moran Auctioneers

A handsomely carved Japanese giltwood figure of Amida Buddha, shown seated in a lotus position and clad in flowing robes, dating to the 1930s, sold for $22,800 at a Decorative Art Auction held Nov. 15 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, a color collotype after Pablo Picasso titled L’Arlequin et Campagne, made $11,400; and an art vase titled A Summer Queen, a fine example of Amphora’s Art Nouveau portrait pottery, hit $1,560. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Palace-size antique Heriz rug, $2,530, Direct Auction Galleries

A palace-size antique Oriental Heriz rug from a London Ritz-Carlton Hotel by way of a Ritz in St. Louis, reputed to be 130 years old, sold for $2,530 at an estates auction held Nov. 15 by Direct Auction Galleries in Chicago. Also, a 14K pendant with a 1.40-carat round diamond brought $2,185; an Omega Speedmaster chronograph watch with box and papers fetched $2,185; and a lithesome bronze mermaid figure, 33 inches long and 23 inches tall, went for $2,415. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Buster Brown comic strips, $47,700, Kaminski Auctions

A collection of six Buster Brown Sunday comic strip original artworks by the illustrator Richard F. Outcault (1863-1928) sold for a combined $47,700, with the top lot titled The Worm Turns Twice (shown, dated March 19, 1916, at a Thanksgiving sale held Nov. 27 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. Also, an 18th century French Louis XV basin, decorated with carved putti and figureheads, brought $14,000; and a signed Tiffany Studios Turtleback table lamp rose to $18,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Mickey Mantle rookie card, $183,750, Goldin Auctions

A 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle rookie card, graded PSA NM7, sold for $183,750 at a Holiday Auction that closed Dec. 3 by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, N.J. Also, Mike Trout’s 2014 MVP season game-used and signed glove soared to $31,850; the handcuffs used by officer Ray Hawkins to arrest Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas, in 1963 realized $110,250; and a baseball signed by both Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth went for $40,250. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

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29 carat Colombian emerald, $1.03 million, Rago Arts & Auction

An unenhanced, 29-carat Colombian emerald sold for $1.03 million at a Jewelry Auction held Dec. 4 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, a pear-shape diamond necklace of 28.67 carats finished at $850,000; a 7.70-carat unmounted pear-shaped diamond realized $68,750; a Tiffany & Co. ruby and diamond ring hit $62,500; and a predominantly natural pearl necklace rose to $56,250. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

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Isidor Kaufmann painting, $455,000, Shapiro Auctions

A painting by the Austrian-Hungarian artist Isidor Kaufmann (1853-1921), titled A Business Secret, sold for $455,000 at an auction held Dec. 10 by Shapiro Auctions in New York City. Also, a rendering of an outdoor garden by Henri Martin (French, 1860-1943) brought $350,000; a painting by Alexander Samohvalov (Russian, 1894-1971), titled Girl in an Interior (1940), rose to $131,000; and a 1927 colorful, stylized landscape by Jean Dufy (French, 1888-1964) gaveled for $149,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Alfred Mira street scene, $19,000, Carlsen Gallery

An oil on canvas New York City street scene signed by Alfred Mira (1900-1980), 25 inches by 30 inches, sold for $19,000 at an auction held Dec. 4 by Carlsen Gallery in Freehold, N.Y. Also, a pair of cast-iron urns on bases, 43 1/2 inches tall, realized $9,000; a trade sign for Iroquois Beer Co. brought $9,000; an Egyptian marble-top center table hit $6,000; a cast-iron recumbent dog fetched $4,250; and a pair of 19th century mahogany saber-leg armchairs hit $4,000. Prices are hammer, exclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

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Revolutionary War copy book, $35,966, Alderfer’s Auctioneers

A fragment of a Revolutionary War-era copy book belonging to Jonathan Williams (1751-1815), the first superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy and the grandnephew of Benjamin Franklin, sold for $35,966 at a Fine & Decorative Arts Auction held Dec. 8 by Alderfer’s Auctioneers & Appraisers in Hatfield, Pa. Also, a land indenture document signed by Benjamin Franklin in 1763 went for $8,061; and a document fragment signed by Sir Isaac Newton gaveled for $8,540. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Patek Philippe watch, $389,000, Antiquorum

A Patek Philippe 18K white gold minute-repeater retrograde perpetual calendar watch sold for $389,000 at an Important Watches & Jewelry Auction held Dec. 8 by Antiquorum in New York City. Also, a Patek Philippe minute-repeater watch with enamel dial in platinum rose to $245,000; a Chopard Imperiale Tourbillon watch with baguette diamonds in pink gold gaveled for $205,400; and a Graff diamond and gold necklace with matching bracelet realized $173,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Harry Bertoia sound sculpture, $24,000, Schwenke Auctioneers

A large, untitled Sonambient sound sculpture by Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978), made from beryllium copper and brass and standing 42 1/2 inches tall, sold for $24,000 at a Holiday Fine Estates Auction held Dec. 4 by Schwenke Auctioneers in Woodbury, Conn. Also, a Gorham sterling silver Aesthetic Movement square pitcher with elephant-head handles made $15,860; and a Chinese porcelain oxblood glazed bowl, bell form and bearing the Yongzheng seal mark, hit $5,700. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

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Edward Redfield painting, $200,000, Freeman’s Auction

A painting by Edward Willis Redfield titled Road to the River sold for $200,000 at an auction held Dec. 4 and 6 by Freeman’s Auction in Philadelphia. Also, Frederic Remington’s The Bronco Buster soared to $106,250; Winold Reiss’s triptych depicting members of the Black Foot tribe realized $125,000; an illustration by N.C. Wyeth titled The Departure of the Rose (The Mother of the Hero) fetched $112,500; and a Harry Bertoia sculpture titled Sea Anemone (Bush) made $137,500. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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English butcher shop diorama, $33,600, Pook & Pook/Noel Barrett

An elaborate English butcher shop diorama window display made from painted wood and embossed paper board, with 75 cuts of meat, two butchers and a delivery boy, sold for $33,600 at an inaugural toy auction co-held Dec. 2-3 by Pook & Pook Inc. and Noel Barrett. Also, a Gustave Dentzell carved and painted outside row standard carousel horse, circa 1905, went for $20,400; and a Knickerbocker Toy Co. Mickey Mouse toy, showing Mickey in his Sunday best, rose to $7,800. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

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Winchester model 1873 rifle, $529,000, Rock Island Auction

A special order John Ulrich-signed, relief engraved and monogrammed Winchester deluxe first model 1873 lever-action rifle sold for $529,000 at a Premiere Firearms Auction held Dec. 2-4 by Rock Island Auction Co. in Rock Island, Ill. Also, a Savage model 1899 lever-action rifle presented to Horace Dodge, co-founder of the Dodge Brothers Motor Co., rang out at $195,500; and a Colt Paterson No. 1 ring lever percussion revolving rifle hit the mark for $115,000. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Diamond and 18K 2-tone ring, $72,600, Clars Auction Gallery

A diamond and 18K two-tone ring centered by one round brilliant cut 6.30-carat diamond accented by 43 full diamonds sold for $72,600 at an auction held Dec. 10-11 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, a Verdura Spinel diamond and 18K white gold bracelet with 69 oval-shape and 14 pear-shape purplish spinels brought $48,400; a calligraphy by Yu Youren titled Wo yu tian shan realized $20,570; and a Chinese patinated bronze globular tripod censer made $45,375. Prices include a 19 percent buyer’s premium.

 

Fernando Cueto Amorsolo (Filipino 1892-1972), ‘Marikina,’ 1927. Sold for $112,100. Michaan’s Auction image

 

Fernando Amorsolo painting, $112,100, Michaan’s Auctions

A landscape painting by Filipino artist Fernando Amorsolo, titled Marikina (1927), of a lush countryside and fieldworkers at rest, sold for $112,100 at a Fine Art, Furniture, Decorative Arts & Jewelry Auction held Dec. 9 by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, Etienne Trouvelot’s portfolio of chromolithographs titled The Astronomical Drawings fetched $44,250; and Bernard Buffet’s striking mid-century French landscape titled Coastal Town with Lighthouse netted $31,860. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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1913 Type II buffalo nickel, $58,750, Legend Rare Coin

A 1913 Type II buffalo nickel, graded PCGS PR68 CAC, sold for $58,750 at a Regency Auction held Dec. 15 by Legend Rare Coin Auctions in Lincroft, N.J. Also, an 1892 $5 US gold coin, PR65, gaveled for $52,875; an 1893 U.S. 50-cent piece, MS66, fetched $45,825, an 1898-O U.S. 10-cent coin, MS67+, changed hands for $36,425; a 1914-D Lincoln head cent, MS66, rose to $30,550; a 1913 Type I buffalo nickel, MS68, realized $28,200; and an 1898-O silver dollar made $18,800. Prices include a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Give it a rest: American furniture design

This Mission style settle shows the economy of decoration of the style, relying on the look of strength and clean lines for its attractive look.

This Mission style settle shows the economy of decoration of the style, relying on the look of strength and clean lines for its attractive look.

 

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. – In classical music one of the most important notations in the score is the symbol for “rest.” It denotes the pause that refreshes, the golden silence. It tells the musician to take a break, catch a breath, skip a beat, just stop. It may be for just one beat or it may be for a few measures or for an entire passage. The composer uses the rest for many reasons, but primarily to emphasize a point or provide a space for a seamless transition of direction or tempo.

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Gallery Report: November 2016

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s report:

 

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Pegasus clockwork engine, $12,600, Philip Weiss Auctions

A Pegasus clockwork tin train engine made by Stevens & Brown and patented by E.C. Phelps in 1874, one of only a few known surviving examples, sold for $12,600 at an auction held Nov. 19 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, a Butting Ram mechanical bank, attributed to Wagner & Zwiebel Machine Shop in Wisconsin and patented in 1895, brought $4,320; and a circa-1876 nickel-plated cast-iron still bank (“Liberty Proclaimed July 4, 1776,” and “Birthplace of American Independence”) made $4,080. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

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Cincinnati Art Carved cabinet, $7,380, Great Gatsby’s

A Cincinnati Art Carved cabinet by William H. Fry sold for $7,380 at an estates auction held Oct. 14-16 by Great Gatsby’s Auction Gallery in Atlanta.  The cabinet was commissioned as a wedding present in 1876 and passed down through the original owner’s family. Remarkably, the buyer was Laura Fry of Tulsa, Oklahoma, a great-great granddaughter of William H. Fry, the cabinetmaker. The selling price includes a 23 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Chinese snuff bottle, $5,842, Crescent City Auction Gallery

A 19th century Chinese porcelain snuff bottle, 4 3/4 inches tall, sold for $5,842 at an estates auction held Nov. 12-13 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans. Also, a 13-piece 19th century Royal Vienna cobalt porcelain tea set rose to $4,920; a German World War II helmet, circa 1944, brought $4,305; an oil on canvas painting by Alexander J. Drysdale (New Orleans, 1870-1934), titled Moss Draped Oaks, garnered $4,612; and a 19th century American rococo mahogany full tester bed made $3,998. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

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Vintage Chinese table and chairs, $16,250, Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers

A vintage Chinese hardwood peach-form table and chairs set sold for $16,250 at an Antiques & Fine Art Auction held Oct. 29 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, Rhode Island. Also, a French bronze equestrian group of Louis XIV, after a model by Martin van den Bogaert (1637-1694), fetched $15,000; an Impressionist painting of a nude by Charles Hawthorne (1872-1930) knocked down at $9,375; and a landscape painting by Robert Van Boskerck (1855-1932), titled Lazy River, went for $2,500. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

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Pair of vintage comic books, $42,148, Hake’s Americana

A copy of All Star Comics #4 (left), from March/April 1941, featuring the first adventure for the Justice Society of America, near mint, sold for $21,275, and a copy of Incredible Hulk #1 (right), with the first appearance of Hulk, went for $20,873 at an auction held Nov. 15-17 buy Hake’s Americana in York, Pennsylvania. Also, the wool-collared leather jacket worn by actor Richard Boone as “Palladin” in the 1957-1963 hit TV series Have Gun, Will Travel finished at $14,421. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Tupac Shakur 4-page letter, $172,750, Goldin Auctions

A four-page letter, handwritten from a prison cell by the late rapper Tupac Shakur in 1995 to Nina Bhadreshwar of Deathrow Records, sold for $172,750 at an October Legends Auction held Oct. 29-30 by Goldin Auctions in Runnemede, N.J. Also, the glove worn by Bill Buckner of the Boston Red Sox in the 1986 World Series when he let Mookie Wilson’s grounder skip through his legs, allowing the Mets to win Game 6, brought $106,575; and a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle rookie baseball card hit $82,075. Prices include a 21 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Matteo Ricci derivative maps, $24,000, Kaminski Auctions

A pair of dark, ripped panels produced for the Korean market of Mateo Ricci’s derivative map of the world, the 1708 edition based on the 25 hand-printed color copies reportedly done between 1605 and 1608, sold for $24,000 at an auction held Oct. 1 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Massachusetts. Also, a 19th century Italian classical marble sculpture of a male torso, unsigned, fetched $14,400; and a large collection of drawings, paintings and correspondence pertaining to the Boston Symphony Orchestra made $7,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Meissen centerpiece, $49,450, Bunch Auctions

A Meissen two-part figural centerpiece depicting Neptune and Aphrodite sold for $49,450 at a Fall Decorative & Fine Arts Auction held Sept. 20 by Bunch Auctions in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Also, a pair of Minton Louis Solon decorated pate-sur-pate vases with covers made $31,625; a Native American carved polychrome kachina doll hit $2,760; an allegorical oil on wood painting by Gregory Gillespie, titled Insects, fetched $41,400; and an ink on paper work by Nancy Grossman, titled Two Heads, went for $19,550. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

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Julia M. Cameron albumen print, $106,250, Swann Auction Galleries

An albumen print from 1866 by Julia Margaret Cameron titled Portrait of Kate Keown, one of the first in Cameron’s series of life-size heads, sold for $106,250 at an auction titled Art & Storytelling: Photographs and Photobooks, held Oct. 25 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York. Also, a set of 14 first-editions by Ed Ruscha, some signed, gaveled for $45,000; and a portfolio with 15 silver prints by Yousuf Karsh, from 1941-1970 and printed in 1973, titled Karsh, Fifteen Portraits, sold for a record $87,500. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Gold and enamel snuff box, $62,500, Heritage Auctions

A Piguet & Capt three-compartment gold and enamel snuff box with concealed automaton and timepiece, made circa 1800, sold for $62,500 at a Watches & Fine Timepieces Auction held Oct. 27 by Heritage Auctions in New York City. Also, a Rolex Ref. 6263 Gold Oyster Superlative Chronometer with Sigma dial, circa 1980, fetched $46,250; a Cartier platinum Art Deco diamond, onyx and seed pearl watch, circa 1915, rose to $42,500; and a 1979 Rolex Steel Cosmograph Daytona hit $33,750. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

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Beethoven concerto, $452,400, Bonhams

The sketch-leaf for Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto in E Flat Major (Op. 73), the Emperor Concerto, one of the earliest sketch-leafs of this work and possibly containing Beethoven’s first draft of its famous themes, sold for $452,400 at an auction held Oct. 20 by Bonhams in London. The concerto was dedicated to Archduke Rudolf of Austria (1788-1831), brother of Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor and Beethoven’s friend, patron and pupil. It is one of only a handful of the sketch-leafs known. The price is inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

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Julian Stanczak artwork, $93,750, Rago Arts & Auction

An artwork by Julian Stanczak titled Walking Shadows sold for $93,750 at a Fine Arts Auction held Nov. 5 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey. Also, Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias’s Bathing in the River soared to $40,650; Lorraine Shemesh’s Exhale, from the Allan Stone Project, went for $46,875; an untitled sculpture by Ousmane Sow also realized $46,875; illustrations by author Chris Van Allsburg fetched $53,125 and $40,625; and M.C. Escher’s Castle in the Air finished at $36,250. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

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Albert Bierstadt painting, $660,000, John Moran

An early painting of Yosemite Valley by Albert Bierstadt (New York, 1830-1902), titled El Capitan, Yosemite (1866), sold for $660,000 at a California and American Fine Art Auction held Oct. 25 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, California. Also, an atmospheric scene of a shepherd leading his flock down a country lane by Granville Redmond (California, 1871-1935), titled Going Home, brought $114,000; and a traditional still life painting by Severin Roesen (Pennsylvania, 1815-1872) went to a determined bidder for $27,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Chinese imperial firearm, $2.46 million, Sotheby’s

The first Chinese firearm with an imperial reign mark ever to be offered at auction sold for $2.46 million at an auction held Nov. 9 by Sotheby’s in London. The gun, a brilliantly designed and exquisitely crafted musket, was created for the Qianlong Emperor (1711-1799) of the Qing Dynasty, arguably the greatest collector and patron of the arts in Chinese history. Incised on the breech of the barrel were Chinese characters denoting the musket’s peerless ranking: “Supreme Grade, Number One.” The price is inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

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Patek Philippe wristwatch, $276,000, Eldred’s Auction

A Patek Philippe 18K gold chronograph wristwatch sold for $276,000 at a Fine & Decorative Art Auction held Oct. 29 by Eldred’s Auction in East Dennis, Massachusetts. Also, a Black Forest carving of a stag on a wall mount went for $1,800; a lovely and colorful 19th century Baccarat paperweight gaveled for $2,640; a Tiffany Furnaces lamp in the Art Deco pattern, 14 1/2 inches tall, hammered for $1,200; and an unsigned Dutch oil on panel harbor scene measuring 7 ¼ inches by 9 1/4 inches (sight), finished at $2,160. All prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Ward Brothers pintail hen, $201,250, Guyette & Deeter

A Ward Brothers humpback-style pintail hen sold for $201,250 at a Fall Decoy & Sporting Art Auction held Nov. 10 by Guyette & Deeter of St. Michaels. It was a new world auction record for a Ward Brothers decoy. Also, a bufflehead drake by Elmer Crowell (Cape Cod, Massachusetts) soared to $143,750; a ruddy turnstone shorebird by Obediah Verity (Seaford, New York) made $57,500; and a canvasback hen by John English (Florence, New Jersey) rose to $51,750. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Willem de Kooning oil, $66.3 million, Christie’s

An oil on canvas painting by Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), Untitled XXV, painted in 1977, sold for $66.3 million at a Postwar and Contemporary Art Sale held Nov. 15 by Christie’s in New York City. Also, a 1961 oil on canvas by Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) titled Les Grandes Arteres finished at $23.8 million; an oil on canvas by Gerhard Richter (b. 1932), titled Abstraktes Bild (809-2), painted in 1994, brought $22.1 million; and a 1999 oil on canvas by John Currin (b. 1962), titled Nice ‘n Easy, rose to $12 million. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

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Bo Bartlett painting, Lifeboat, $296,000, Clars Auction Gallery

A painting by Bo Bartlett (American, b. 1955), titled Lifeboat sold for $296,000 at an auction held Nov. 12-13 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, California. It was a new auction record for a work by the artist. Also, three silkscreens from Andy Warhol’s Sunset series sold for a total of $111,925; and an 1874 painting by Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, 1823-1900) brought $84,700. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

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Shenandoah Valley valentine, $22,230, Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc.

A Shenandoah Valley of Virginia cut-work scherenschnitte valentine, dated 1856, sold for $22,230 at an Americana & Fine Antiques Auction held Nov. 12 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mount Crawford, Virginia. Also, a Shenandoah Valley embroidered show towel, dated 1854, commanded $12,870; a wineglass cooler from the Andrew Jackson-Franklin Pierce pattern White House service, knocked down for $14,040; and an 18th century American pipe tomahawk went to a determined bidder for $9,360. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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19th century furniture bent on revivals

How old is this Chippendale chair? (Answer: circa 1900).

How old is this Chippendale chair? (Answer: circa 1900).

 

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. – Once, as my teenage daughter started to leave the house on a chilly evening, I remarked that her attire might leave something to be desired. In fact, I told her she was going to be cold. She calmly looked me in the eye and replied, “You have to sacrifice something for the look.”

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Gallery Report: October 2016

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s report:

 

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Sapphire and diamond ring, $103,500, Cottone Auctions

A dazzling sapphire and diamond vintage ring in a gold and platinum setting sold for $103,500 at a fine art and antiques auction held Sept. 23-24 by Cottone Auctions in Geneseo, N.Y. Also, a Tiffany Studios leaded glass Geranium lamp with signed shade illuminated the room for $52,325; a two-piece Japanese painting on silk, 76 inches by 51 inches, climbed to $33,500; and a pair of majolica plaques, done in the manner of Benozzo Gozzoli (Italian, 1421-1497), 18 inches by 13 inches, made $42,550. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

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The Golden (Oak) Age of American furniture

In 1885 A. Harry Sherwood of Grand Rapids developed a method of rolling oak looking grain patterns onto cheaper secondary woods to simulate quartersawn oak. Photo courtesy of ‘Grand Rapids Furniture – The Story of America’s Furniture City’ by Christian Carron.

In 1885 A. Harry Sherwood of Grand Rapids, Mich., developed a method of rolling oak looking grain patterns onto cheaper secondary woods to simulate quartersawn oak. Photo courtesy of ‘Grand Rapids Furniture – The Story of America’s Furniture City’ by Christian Carron.

 

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. – The American style. Is there such a thing? Is there a style that is both typically American and that can be found primarily only in this country? Of course there are a number of candidates and many of them would nicely fill the requirements of the “American style” at first glance but take a closer look.

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Gallery Report: September 2016

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s report:

 

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Albert Bierstadt painting, $386,100, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

A luminist painting by Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830-1902), titled Sunrise, sold for $386,100 at an auction held Aug. 27-29 by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Thomaston, Maine. Also, a seascape work by Alfred Thompson Bricher (American, 1837-1908), titled Near Cape Elizabeth, Portland, Maine, realized $175,500; On the Hudson Near Tappan Zee by Francis Augusta Silva (New York, 1835-1886) brought $163,800; and Conanicut Island, Rhode Island by William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905) hit $117,000. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Flash Gordon original artwork, $60,375, Philip Weiss Auctions

Original Sunday page artwork for the Flash Gordon comic strip dated Jan. 24, 1937, drawn by noted illustrator Alex Raymond (1909-1956), sold for $60,375 at an auction held Sept. 8 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, a copy of the comic book Superman #1 (DC Comics, 1939) soared to $32,500; drawings of Hawkman and Hawkgirl by Joe Kubert (1926-2012) sold as one lot for $7,500; and a late 1940s French poster for the The Maltese Falcon starring Humphrey Bogart topped out at $23,000. Prices include the sliding scale buyer’s premium.

 

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Sioux beaded war shirt, $27,500, Allard Auctions

A late 1800s sinew-sewn Sioux war shirt with lazy stitched beaded geometrics sold for $27,500 at the Best of Santa Fe Auction held Aug. 12-14 by Allard Auctions of Saint Ignatius, Montana. Also, a circa 1900 traditionally made buckskin Sioux warrior’s shirt went for $22,500; a late 19th century Northern Plains buckskin war shirt realized $20,000; and a buckskin Sioux women’s dress, circa 1900, fetched $11,000. Prices are hammer, exclusive of a sliding scale buyer’s premium.

 

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Set of eight Tiffany windows, $356,950, Fontaine’s Auction Gallery

An exceptional set of eight multilayered glass windows, executed by Tiffany Studios in 1913 and depicting the Eight Beatitudes of Jesus (from Matthew 5: 3-10), sold for $356,950 at an antiques estate auction held Sept. 10 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. Also, a Tiffany Studios curtain border floor lamp with 24-inch domical shade brought $60,500; and a pair of Chinese teak and porcelain floor screens with a 31-inch diameter porcelain center panel, overall 68 inches by 47 inches, hit $54,450. Prices include a 21 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Antoine Blanchard painting, $7,380, Crescent City Auction Gallery

A 20th century signed oil on canvas painting by Antoine Blanchard (French, 1910-1988), titled L’Avenue de l’Opera, sold for $7,380 at an auction held Sept. 16-18 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans. Also, a 20th century Oriental School watercolor with calligraphic inscription, titled Landscape with Children with Firecrackers, knocked down at $14,760; and a pair of oils on board by Clementine Hunter (American, 1887-1988), titled African Headdress, painted circa 1970, sold as one lot for $7,380. Prices include a sliding scale buyer’s premium.

 

 

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Winchester Model 1866, $483,000, Rock Island Auction Co.

A German silver framed, exhibition quality, panel scene engraved Winchester Model 1866 rifle, with ties to trick shot Chevalier Ira Paine, sold for $483,000 at a firearms auction Sept. 9-11 held by Rock Island Auction Co. in Rock Island, Ill. Also, a gold and platinum handled blade hunting knife owned by President Theodore Roosevelt soared to a record $414,000; and a Model 1866 lever musket, nicknamed “The Three Graces,” also hit the mark for $414,000. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

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Henry Clay solid gold medal, $346,000, Heritage Auctions

An 1852 medal honoring Secretary of State Henry Clay, struck by the U.S. Mint in nearly 30 ounces of gold, sold for $346,000 at an auction of memorabilia relating to Abraham Lincoln held Sept. 17 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. Also, a signed 1862 carte-de-visite card image of a pensive Lincoln gaveled for $175,000; a love letter from Lincoln to his first fiancée, Mary Owens, hit $137,500; and Mary Todd Lincoln’s silk mourning dress ensemble rose to $100,000. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

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Big Chief Moon bank, $2,340, Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

A Big Chief Moon cast-iron mechanical bank sold for $2,340 at auction held Aug. 27 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, an Ohio Art Co. paint-decorated tin parade jack-o’-lantern changed hands for $2,223; a Roseville Della Robbia vase turned  $2,340; an 1887 Kalamazoo Bats Bobby Matthews baseball card hit $1,989; and a Christo Cherry glass syrup bottle knocked down at $1,404. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Song Dynasty tea bowl, $11.7 million, Christie’s

A Chinese ‘Oil Spot’ Jian tea bowl from the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) sold for $11.7 million at Asian Art Week, held Sept. 13-16 by Christie’s in New York City. It was a new world auction record for a Song Dynasty tea bowl. Also, a superbly enameled pair of yellow-ground famille rose vases with Jiaqing six-character seal marks, circa 1796-1820, brought $2.045 million; and a Chinese peach bloom-glazed “three-string” vase, Laifu Zun, circa 1662-1722, changed hands for $2.045 million. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

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Louis XIII cognac and decanter, $134,750, Sotheby’s

A crystal magnum decanter of special Louis XIII cognac, engraved with a map of the Americas, sold for $134,750 at a Wine Auction held Sept. 9-10 by Sotheby’s in New York City. Also, 10 bottles of 1985 Montrachet, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti made $46,550; 12 bottles of 1985 Clos de la Roche, Cuvee Vielles Vignes, went for $42,875; a 12-bottle assortment of 1999 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti fetched $42,875; and three bottles of 2003 Romanee Conti, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti hammered for $31,850. Prices include a 22.5 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Farahan Sarouk rug, $5,463, Direct Auction Galleries

A 9-by-12-foot red, blue and green Farahan Sarouk Persian rug made in western Iran (Arak) and boasting a beautiful center medallion, intricate floral patterns and a rich, tightly woven pile sold for $5,463 at an auction held Aug. 23 by Direct Auction Galleries in Chicago. Also, an 18K gold Piaget men’s automatic watch with an 18K band brought $3,450; a landscape painting with figures by German painter Ludwig Muninger (1929-1997) made $1,265; and a 19th century French bronze chandelier rose to $1,495. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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School of Rubens mural, $42,500, Litchfield County Auctions

A 17th century Old Master (School of Rubens) Biblical mural painting, offered in two sections and in as-found condition, sold for $42,500 at an art and antiques auction held June 29-30 by Litchfield County Auctions in Litchfield, Conn. Also, a woman’s head ceramic pitcher by Pablo Picasso, 1954, went for $32,500; a papier-mache terrestrial globe, London, circa 1842, hit $6,125; and a pair of large 19th century, bottle-shaped Chinese enamel decorated vases, repurposed as lamps, finished at $5,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Diamond platinum bracelet, $67,276, Kodner Galleries

A stunning diamond, platinum and 18K yellow gold bracelet, set with 21 cushion-cut diamonds (21.25 carats total weght) and 21 emerald-cut diamonds (6 carats total weight) sold for $67,276 at a fine art, antiques and jewelry sale held Aug. 31 by Kodner Galleries in Dania Beach, Fla. Also, a Van Cleef & Arpels-style bracelet rose to $16,093; a set of 10 Canadian 2009 Maple Leaf $50 gold coins finished at $16,819; and a gorgeous diamond and 18K white gold flower ring rang up $13,310. Prices include a 21 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Four Chinese wall panels, $269,000, Doyle New York

A group of four 20th century Chinese famille rose glazed porcelain wall panels, signed Liu Yuceng, sold for $269,000 at an Asian art auction held Sept. 12 by Doyle New York in New York City. Also, a scroll depicting a landscape by Chinese artist Guan Shanyue (1912-2000) sold for $461,000; a horse painting after Xu Beihong (Chinese, 1895-1953) hit $173,000; and a depiction of a boater on a mountain lake by Zhang Daqian (Chinese, 1899-1983) went for $149,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Chinese huanghuali bed, $1.39 million, Bonhams

A rare Chinese huanghuali four-poster bed from the Ming Dynasty sold for $1.39 million at a series of Asian art auctions held Sept. 12-16 by Bonhams in New York City. Also, a pair of Chinese 18th century white jade bird boxes knocked down at $305,000; a set of three porcelain plaques depicting birds and flowers by Liu Yucen (Chinese, 1904-1969) topped out at $245,000; and a painting by renowned Korean artist Park Sookeun (1914-1965), titled Gidalim (Waiting), soared to $605,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Silver and cloisonné vase, $38,750, Rago Arts & Auction Center

A Japanese silver and cloisonné vase sold for $38,750 at Coins + Currency and Great Estates Auctions held Sept. 9-10 by Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, a pair of Chinese Qianlong porcelain tea bowls realized $18,750; a Walter Meade Black Forest dog with three pups commanded $18,750; a Russian Imperial enameled silver tea set finished at $18,750; a George II mahogany serving table coasted to $16,250; and a 1795 Liberty Cap 1-cent coin made $12,050. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Picasso ceramic sculpture, $14,400, John Moran Auctioneers

A circa 1955 ceramic sculpture by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) for Madoura, titled Lampe Femme, sold for $14,400 at a decorative art Auction held Sept. 10 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, a 1909 orotone by Western photographer Edward Curtis (Calif., 1868-1948), titled Signal Fire to the Mountain God, hammered for $7,200; and a Danish modern “Papa Bear” chair and ottoman by designer Hans Wegner for AP Stolen made $7,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

 

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Leger pencil drawing, $125,000, Swann Auction Galleries

A pencil drawing by Fernand Leger, titled La Lecture, 1924, sold for $125,000 at a 19th and 20th century prints and drawings auction held Sept. 22 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, a pair of terre de faience ceramic vases depicting human faces by Pablo Picasso – one titled Laughing-Eyed Face (1969), the other Bearded Man (1953) – realized $42,000 and $25,000, respectively; and a richly inked drypoint work by Martin Lewis, titled Relics (Speakeasy Corner), went for $52,500. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

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Chinese Ge-type arrow vase, $63,000, Clars Auction Gallery

A Chinese Ge-type, hu-form arrow vase sold for $63,000 at an auction held Sept. 17-18 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, a rare and early oil on canvas painting by Gordon Onslow Ford (American/British 1912-2003), titled Escape (1939), took top lot honors by hitting $78,650; a set of four Yu Youren calligraphy, dedicated to his son Yu Wangde in 1951, went for $57,475; and an oil on canvas painting by Ennio Morlotti (Italian, 1910-1992), titled Studio per Bagnante, circa 1956, changed hands for $54,450. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

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By KEN HALL

 

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