Gallery Report: March 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:

 

 

Marc Chagall figural drawing, $16,250, The Woodshed Gallery

A sanguine drawing on white paper by the Russian-born French artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985), titled Village Berger Descending, aka Dream of the Dance, sold for $16,250 in an Internet-only fine art auction held Feb. 22 by The Woodshed Gallery in Franklin, Mass. Another drawing by Chagall, titled Violinist and Family, fetched $9,600. Also, an ink drawing on tan paper by Man Ray, titled Female Figure (1951), brought $9,375; and Jean Cocteau’s Mermaids hit $720. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.

 

 

Lou Gehrig-signed card, $49,450, Weiss Auctions

A 1934 Goudey baseball card for Lou Gehrig, signed by the Yankees’ slugger and with a JSA certificate, sold for $49,450 (a record for that year and card) at an auction held March 4 by Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, a 1933 Gehrig card, also signed by the “Iron Horse,” hit $37,950 (also a record); a copy of Action Comics #7, just the second cover featuring Superman, restored, made $19,550; and cover art for Hawkman Showcase #101 (June 1978) by Joe Kubert rose to $17,250. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

Tiffany 18K gold dresser set, $21,250, Rago Arts & Auction

A Tiffany & Co. 18K gold dresser set once owned by pop art icon Andy Warhol sold for $21,250 at a Great Estates Auction held March 17-18 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, five very fine Mintons pate-sur-pate plaques by Louis Solon went for a combined $67,500; a Tiffany English King sterling silver flatware set fetched $13,750; a marble sculpture of Cupid and Psyche went for $18,750; and a pair of Chinese cloisonné elephants rose to $11,250. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

 

Qiu Ying Chinese painting, $112,500, Ahlers & Ogletree

A classical painting attributed to Ming painter Qiu Ying (Chinese, 1494-1552), of a palace courtyard and monumental at 6 feet 7 inches tall by 21 feet 3 inches wide, sold for $112,500 at a Spring Salon Auction held March 25-26 by Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta, Ga. Also, a pair of Chinese huanghuali hardwood side tables made in the first half of the 20th century brought $26,550; and an 18K yellow gold and diamond women’s Rolex wristwatch went for $7,865. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

 

Andy Warhol screenprint, $52,000, Bruneau & Co.

An original screenprint depiction of 1930s movie star Greta Garbo as legendary spy Mata Hari by the iconic pop artist Andy Warhol sold for $52,000 at a Spring Antiques & Fine Arts Auction held March 25th by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, R.I. Also, a fine pastel and oil on paper by Miguel Martinez (Mexican, b. 1951), titled Woman from Velarde, New Mexico went for $8,125; and a limited lithograph (91/200) by Pablo Picasso, signed and dated “21.4.60” rose to $4,065. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.

 

 

Ovchinnikov sculpture, $8,610, Crescent City

A sculpture by Russian artist Pavel Akimov Ovchinnokov titled Russian Silver Knight on Horseback (1893), 10 inches tall on a tan marble base, sold for $8,610 at an estates auction held March 11-12 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans, La. Also, a bronze sculpture by Demetre Chiparus (French, 1886-1947), titled Dourga (ca. 1925), 23 1/2 inches tall on a carved onyx plinth, realized $6,150; and a 14K rose gold link necklace, with diamonds totaling 12.25 carats, made $5,535. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

 

Gilbert Atomic Energy Lab, $8,696; Hake’s Americana

A Gilbert Nuclear Physics U-238 Atomic Energy Lab children’s boxed set from 1952 sold for 8,696 at Auction #220, held March 13-17 by Hake’s Americana in York, Pa. Also, an Adventures of Superman syndicated promotional kit brought $4,283; a Mickey Mouse Book No. 1 softcover book (1931) also hit $4,283; a Universal Monsters Wolf Man Standard Plastic Products wall plaque (Vacuform, 1963) rose to $4,130; and a 1942 Walt Disney Studios Christmas card made $3,069. Prices include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.

 

 

Martin Johnson Heade oil, $359,000, James D. Julia

An oil painting by Martin Johnson Heade, titled Florida Pastoral, sold for $359,000 at a Winter Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Auction held Feb. 9-10 by James D. Julia Inc. in Fairfield, Maine. Also, Montague Dawson’s The Chariot of Fame, Sunsails Pulling garnered $78,650; Thomas Hoyne’s Eliza Adams fetched $54,450; Thomas Moran’s A Hillside Village at Sunset knocked down for $51,425; and a pair of celestial and terrestrial globes by John Senex finished at $51,425. Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer’s premium.

 

 

19th century toy fire pumper, $33,000, Cordier Auctions

A 19th century tinplate and wood toy fire pumper sold for $33,000 at a Winter Antique & Fine Art Auction held Feb. 11 by Cordier Auctions & Appraisals in Harrisburg, Pa. Also, a cast bronze signed by Isidore-Jules Bonheur (French, 1827-1901), bearing the Hippolyte Peyrol foundry mark, went for $23,000; a life-size portrait of 18th century royal Marie Leszczynska finished at $10,000; and a Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co., London, 204 troy ounce sterling silver tray hit $7,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

 

15th century choir book page fragment, $18,000, John Moran Auctioneers

A 15th century Italian antiphonal choir book illuminated page fragment, in excellent condition for its age, sold for $18,000 at a Decorative Art Auction held Feb. 21 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, a 24-piece set of Gorham sterling silver dinner and bread plates achieved $11,400; a painting by Alan Lowndes (British, 1921-1978), titled An Actor (Charles Laughton), realized $10,200; and a tripodal Louis XVI-style fern stand by Francois Linke went for $9,600. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

 

 

George V casket, $68,750, Bonhams

An important George V 18K yellow gold London Freedom Casket by Mappin & Webb, Sheffield, sold for $68,750 at an Elegant Home Auction held Feb. 27-28 at Bonhams in Los Angeles. Also, a magnificent German Baroque walnut secretary from the first half of the 18th century sold for $45,000; a pair of French gilt bronze-mounted champlevé enamel and porcelain vases reached $31,250; and a whimsical Coney Island carousel horse by Charles Loof galloped off for $23,750. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

 

Holland & Holland shotgun, $43,050, Morphy Auctions

A cased Holland & Holland Royal Grade two-barrel shotgun hit the mark for $43,050 at a Firearms Auction held Feb. 24-26 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a rare Winchester Model 1886 “Big 50” smooth-bore lever-action rifle sold for $36,900; a John Rigby & Co. .470 caliber double hammerless sporting rifle sold for $27,060; a Colt U.S. Model 1873 Cavalry revolver brought $20,910; and a U.S. Springfield Air Service Model 1903 bolt-action rifle went for $17,220. Prices include a 23 percent buyer’s premium.

 

 

1937 Bugatti Type 57S car, $7.7 million, RM/Sotheby’s

A 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Cabriolet automobile, one of only three examples boasting rare coachworks by Vanvooren of Paris, sped off for $7.7 million at the 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance sale held March 11 by RM Auctions and Sotheby’s in Amelia Island, Fla. Also, a 1995 Ferrari F50 brought $2.64 million; a 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Coupe Series III went for $2.365 million; and a 1936 Lancia Astura Cabriolet Series III “Tipo Bocca” changed hands for $2.145 million. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

 

Carved minstrel figure, $157,950, Thomaston Place

A circa-1870 American carved polychrome wooden minstrel figure of “Jim Crow,” or “Daddy Rice,” sold for $157,950 at a Winter Feature Sale held Feb. 11-12 by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Thomaston, Maine. Also, a 19th century weather vane in the form of an American fire engine steam pumper drawn by two horses rose to $55,575; and a rare, child-size red painted Queen Anne period highboy from the Delaware Valley region changed hands for $38,610. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.

 

 

Indian black stone figure, $24.66 million, Christie’s

A large black stone figure of Lokanatha Avalokiteshvara, made in northeastern India in the Pala Period (12th century), sold for $24.66 million at Asian Art Week, a series of auctions held the week of March 13th by Christie’s in New York. Also, a painting by the Chinese artist Ni Zan (1301-1374), titled Landscape – A Gift to Ban Yun, changed hands for $667,500; and an inscribed white jade snuff bottle made in the Imperial Palace Workshops of Beijing (1770-1799) hit $40,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

 

Diamond solitaire ring, $15,000, Carlsen Gallery

A 2.0-carat diamond solitaire ring in platinum, with GIA certificate, sold for $15,000 at an auction held March 5 by Carlsen Gallery in Freehold, N.Y. Also, a Philadelphia Chippendale tea table brought $9,500; a set of 19 fancy chairs in rosewood graining fetched $6,000; a Hepplewhite serpentine-front Baltimore sideboard breezed to $4,000; a rare, circa 1900 Bidjar pictorial carpet went for $3,750; and a bowed-end Pembroke table with exceptional inlay rose to $3,750. Prices are hammer, exclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

 

Auguste Toulmouche painting, $9,200, Direct Auction Galleries

A 25-by-17-inch oil on canvas painting by Auguste Toulmouche (French, 1829-1890), titled The Letter, sold for $9,200 at an auction held Feb. 7 by Direct Auction Galleries in Chicago. Also, a Victrola Lamp phonograph with Statue of Liberty figure brought $1,495; an American Flyer Hamiltonian train set with the original box chugged off for $2,185; an American Flyer train set with original boxes made $1,995; and a tandem bicycle made by Lozier Manufacturing in Ohio hit $978. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

 

1877 Indian Head penny, $9,350, Legend Rare Coin

An 1877 U.S. Indian Head 1-cent coin, graded PCGS MS64 BN CAC, sold for $9,350 at a Premier Session Internet Auction held March 3-16 by Legend Rare Coin Auctions, based in Lincroft, N.J. Also, an 1842-O U.S. large date 25-cent coin brought $1,760; a 1911 U.S. 25-cent coin fetched $3,740; an 1814 U.S. 50-cent coin changed hands for $6,325; an 1834 small date, small letters U.S. 50-cent coin coasted to $3,630; and an 1878-CC (Carson City) U.S. $1 coin made $2,310. Prices include a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium.

 

 

 

15th century Gutenberg Bible leaf, $52,500, Swann Galleries

A leaf of the Gutenberg Bible from a copy of Newton’s A Noble Fragment (Maintz, 1455), sold for $52,500 at a sale of Early Printed Medical, Scientific & Travel Books held March 9 by Swann Galleries in New York City. Also, a first edition of the Geneva Bible, in English (1560), realized $22,500; a first-edition copy of John Milton’s Paradise Lost (London, 1668) rose to $22,500; and a copy of Sir Philip Sidney’s The Contessa of Pembrokes Arcadia (London, 1598) hit $16,250. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

 

Wayne Thiebaud still-life, $78,650, Clars Auction

A still-life painting by Wayne Thiebaud (American, b. 1920), titled Watermelon Slice (1958), sold for $78,650 at an auction held Feb. 18-19 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, Thiebaud’s Skyline, New York City (1956) hit $48,400; a watercolor by Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), titled Monterey Cypress on the Cliffs of Pebble Beach (1948) breezed to $33,275; and a 17th century Italian refractory table deaccessioned from the Metropolitan Museum of Art made $42,350. Prices include a 19 percent buyer’s premium.

 

 

 

Pattern molded sugar bowl, $10,530, Norman C. Heckler

A pattern molded covered sugar bowl, manufactured by Stiegel’s American Flint Glass Manufactory (Pa., circa 1763-1774), sold for $10,530 at a Premier Absentee Auction held March 6-15 by Norman C. Heckler & Co. in Woodstock, Conn. Also, a rare, early pattern molded pocket bottle, also made by Stiegel’s at around the same time, realized $9,360; and a “Freiot’s Renovator” medicine bottle, probably made by Albany Glass Works (N.Y.), circa 1847-1850, hit $9,945. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.

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By KEN HALL

 

Understanding vintage furniture’s shifting values

This coffee table was one of the few pieces of furniture my wife’s grandmother bought new in the early 1930s. Since inheriting the table it has lived everywhere she has, including college housing. Is it valuable? You better believe it is to her.

 

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. – A while back I presented the second most often asked question regarding older and antique furniture. That question: “Will I destroy the value if I refinish it?” I chipped in my two cents on this subject at that time, trying to soften the Antiques Roadshow hard-line attitude about original finishes by applying what we called in the 1980s “situational ethics.”

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Furniture makers’ uncharted routes to success

The Mersman triangle mark, or a close relative, was imprinted on 30 million American tables.

 

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. – Few of us are probably doing what we thought we would be doing 30 years ago. Things happen along the way and unforeseen turns make life interesting if not always predictable. Sometimes one of the things that can make an older or antique piece of furniture more interesting is the value added by a little bit of eccentric knowledge about where the piece came from and how it came to exist.

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Gallery Report: February 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:

 

Paul Flato pendant necklace, $72,600, Kodner Galleries

A circa 1960s Paul Flato 104.5-carat emerald, sapphire, ruby, diamond, pearl and 18K yellow gold pendant necklace sold for $72,600 at an auction held Dec. 14 by Kodner Galleries in Dania Beach, Fla. Also, a 100-carat diamond and platinum necklace, bracelet and earring set rose to $108,900; a 35-carat diamond, 22-carat Burma ruby, platinum and 18K yellow gold bracelet fetched $41,140; and a Patek Philippe power reserve Moonphase 5085/1A stainless steel watch hit $16,940. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

Picasso pottery vase, $37,200, Weiss Auctions

A white earthenware vase by Pablo Picasso, made in 1952 as one in an edition of 400, sold for $37,200 at an auction held Jan. 29 by Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, a lithograph from 1916 by George Bellows, titled Splinter Beach, signed and numbered (9/70) realized $11,100; a Martin Brothers salt-glazed tobacco jar, a dog model dated 1895, went for $18,080; and a KPM plaque, circa 1880, with artwork after a painting by Peter Paul Reubens, made $8,050. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

R.J. Horner hall bench, $28,320, Ahlers & Ogletree

A monumental R.J. Horner figural hall bench sold for $28,320 at a Signature Estates Auction held Jan. 14-16 by Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta. Also, a GIA-certified 6.77-carat champagne diamond ring sold for $31,000; a French carved oak barley-twist tray on stand climbed to $2,596; a 126-piece Christolfe flatware service for 12, Perles pattern, brought $9,920; and a ladies’ Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust wristwatch with diamonds made $8,260. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

Harry Bertoia sculpture, $58,420, Palm Beach Modern Auctions

A sculpture by Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978), titled Somnambient and made from beryllium, copper and brass, 55 inches tall, sold for $58,420 at an auction held Feb. 4-5 by Palm Beach Modern Auctions in West Palm Beach, Fla. Also, a signed Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990) artist’s proof titled Three Lithographs: One Plate went for $50,800; and a bronze sculpture by Angel Botello (Puerto Rican, 1914-1986), titled Girl Dancing (circa 1965), turned $35,560. Prices include a 27 percent buyer’s premium.

 

Mickey Mantle rookie card, $134,750, Goldin Auctions

Mickey Mantle’s 1952 Topps #311 rookie card, graded SGC 86 NM+ 7.5, sold for $134,750 at a Winter Auction that closed the weekend of Jan. 28-29 at Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, N.J. Also, a 1997-98 Michael Jordan game-used Chicago Bulls road uniform went for $73,200; a 1984-87 Walter Payton game-used Chicago Bears road uniform made $50,400; and a Hillerich & Bradsby bat used by Ty Cobb during the final eight years (1920s) of his baseball career hit $47,775. Prices include a 21 percent buyer’s premium.

 

Henry lever action rifle, $23,000, Rock Island Auction Co.

An engraved New Haven Arms Co. Henry lever-action rifle sold for $23,000 at a Regional Firearms Auction held Feb. 16-19 by Rock Island Auction Co. in Rock Island, Ill. Also, a Gustloff-Werke “bcd/4” code model 98 bolt-action sniper rifle in “long rail” configuration reached $13,800; an AMC Auto Mag semi-automatic pistol hit the mark for $8,050; and a scarce Colt model 1855 artillery-style revolving percussion carbine sold for $10,350. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

William Edmondson sculpture, $129,800, Case Antiques Auctions

A carved limestone sculpture by William Edmondson (Ameerican, 1874-1951), titled Nursing Supervisor, sold for $129,800 at an auction held Jan. 21 by Case Antiques Auctions & Appraisals in Knoxville, Tenn. Also, a Virginia Federal Pembroke table with unusual “guttae” feet rose to $27,140; a 1980s acrylic on canvas by Carroll Cloar (American, 1913-1993), titled The Watering Detail, brought $22,420; and an abstract oil by Louis Le Brocquy (Irish, 1916-2012), hit $16,520. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

 

 

Alphonse Mucha panels, $35,000, Swann Auction

A set of four decorative panels on silk by Alphonse Mucha, titled The Seasons (1900), sold for $35,000 at a sale of the Harry C. Meyerhoff Collection held Jan. 26 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, a complete set of five volumes published in Paris, 1896-1900, titled Les Maitres de l’Affiche, gaveled for $47,500; Confetti by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1894) climbed to $35,000; and Adolfo Hohenstein’s Elixir de “Kempenaar” (circa 1900) went for $18,750. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

Bulgari 18K and diamond choker, $8,740, Direct Auction Galleries

An exquisite Marina B. (Bulgari) 18K and diamond choker sold for $8,740 at an auction held Jan. 10 by Direct Auction Galleries in Chicago. Also, a Seaman Schepps 18K and pearl seahorse pin breezed to $4,025; seven pieces of Chinese carved jade, some of it white, sold as one lot for $1,840; a large abstract painting signed by the Mexican muralist Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) brought $2,300; and a lithograph by Keith Haring from 1989, signed and numbered, rose to $2,185. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

 

Joseph DeCamp portrait, $12,200, John Moran Auctioneers

A portrait painting by Boston artist Joseph DeCamp (1858-1923) titled Lady in a Black Hat made $12,200 at a Studio Art Auction held Jan. 24 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, a work by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), titled Viva la Paix, made $10,980; a San Jacinto desert landscape by Santa Barbara painter Peter Ellenshaw went for $4,270; Mt. Eccles, Cordova, Alaska by Jules B. Dahlager (American, 1884-1952) hit $3,050; and Study by Elmer Greene fetched $4,880. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

 

13th century Tibetan sculpture, $6.35 million, Bonhams

A monumental 13th century brass alloy Tibetan figure of Canada Vajrapani sold for $6.35 million at an Images of Devotion Auction held Nov. 29 by Bonhams in Hong Kong, China. Also, a copper composite figure of Vajrapani and Kubera by the Tenth Karmapa Choying Dorje (1604-1674) soared to $1.94 million; a large gilt copper figure of Avalokiteshvara (Nepal, 10th century) realized $2.02 million; and a gilt copper alloy shrine to Vajrabhairava (Tibet, 18th century) sold for $520,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

 

English shooting trophy, $21,800, Fairfield Auction

An English parcel-gilt sterling shooting trophy sold for $21,800 in an online auction held Nov. 11-16 by Fairfield Auction in Monroe, Conn. Also, a pastel on silk landscape painting by Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, measuring 14 inches by 18 inches, changed hands for $10,200; a Sioux beaded and quilled pipe bag coasted to $3,600; a Connecticut bonnet-top highboy with carved fan and pinwheel earned $3,840; and a Rolex Submariner men’s watch went for $10,200. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

Langenhan spring corkscrew, $25,500, CollectorCorkscrews.com

A well-marked Langenhan spring corkscrew, made in 1878 by Valentin Langenhan (a Thurungian manufacturer), in near-mint condition, sold for $25,500 in an online-only auction held Nov. 4-20 by CollectorCorkscrews.com. Also, a tri-color half-stocking German figural “ladies legs” corkscrew made $4,790; a figural shape corkscrew advertising Old Crow Kentucky whiskey brought $1,650; and a decorative French tool with multiple knives and a corkscrew rose to $1,600. Prices are hammer, exclusive of a buyer’s premium.

 

 

 

Toulouse-Lautrec lithograph, $300,000, Poster Auctions International

The first lithograph from Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, titled Moulin Rouge / La Goulue (1891), sold for $300,000 at an auction held Oct. 30 by Poster Auctions International in New York City. Also, Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen’s billboard for his printer Verneau, titled La Rue (1896), brought $102,000; Mucha’s Four Arts went to a determined bidder for $48,000; Cheret’s Loie Fuller finished at $8,400; and Charles Loupot’s Philipposian & Co. (1920) brought $16,800. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

1785 Immune Columbia coin, $129,250, Heritage Auctions

A silver 1785 Immune Columbia U.S. coin with a Nova Constellatio reverse, made prior to the beginning of the U.S. Mint and graded AU53 by NGC, sold for $129,250 at an auction of U.S. coins held Feb. 16-19 in Long Beach, Calif., by Heritage Auctions. Also, a 1652 Pine Tree shilling, graded MS65 by NGC, coasted to $111,625; a 1785 Inimica Tyrannis Americana piece realized $105,750; and a New Jersey Copper, Running Fox “before legend” went for $99,875. Prices include a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium.

 

John Dilley yellowlegs decoy, $40,250, Guyette & Deeter Inc.

The only known turned-head yellowlegs decoy by John Dilley sold for $40,250 at a Sporting Art Auction held Feb. 18 by Guyette & Deeter Inc. in Charleston, S.C., in partnership with the Southern Wildlife Exposition. Also, a rare pre-brand widgeon made in the 1890s by the renowned Massachusetts carver Elmer Crowell flew to $37,375; and a pinched breasted pintail drake by the equally noted Ward Brothers hit $20,125. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

 

Patek Philippe watch, $227,000, Antiquorum

A Patek Philippe Ref. 5971 perpetual calendar men’s wristwatch with baguette diamond bezel sold for $227,000 at a sale of Important Watches & Jewelry held Feb. 23 by Antiquorum in New York City. Also, a Franck Muller Calibre 97 minute repeater perpetual calendar watch in platinum and diamonds made $221,000; and a Chopard Ref. 4250 Imperiale Tourbillon baguette diamonds watch with matching ring, cufflinks and ballpoint pen went for $197,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

Battle Axe Cigar glass sign, $73,800, Morphy Auctions

A Battle Axe Cigar reverse glass advertising sign sold for $73,800 at a Gold Rush & Native American Sale held Jan. 19 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a pocket watch with accessories in gold quartz gaveled for $45,510; a Philadelphia Bowie knife by Shively finished at $43,050; a California’s Golden Jubilee advertisement brought $41,820; a silver mounted Bowie knife by Samuel Bell changed hands for $39,975; and an early Howard & Davis gold scale went for $36,900. Prices include a 23 percent buyer’s premium.

 

1909 Russo-Chinese banknote, $17,400, Archives International

A 1909 Russo-Chinese banknote for 3 Kuping Taels sold for $17,400 at an auction held Feb. 7-8 by Archives International Auctions in Fort Lee, N.J. Also, an 1855 issue Chinese Ch’ing Dynasty Year 5 banknote fetched $4,800; three 1907-1908 Sin Chun Bank of China private notes brought $15,000; and a 1913-1917 Russo-Asiatic Bank “Kuld’sha, Chuguchak & Kashgar” rarity made $12,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

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By KEN HALL

 

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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