Gallery Report: April 2012

A Yuan Dynasty bowl from the 14th century and with a provenance from the T.T. Tsui Museum of Art sold for $128,100 at an annual Asian Week Auction held March 22 by I.M. Chait, based in Beverly Hills, Calif. The auction was held at the historic Fuller Building in New York City. Also, a Qianlong Famille Rose porcelain vase, 13 inches tall, achieved $70,150; a 16th century Chinese Ming Dynasty Wanli round box with domed cover made $54,900; and a Ming Dynasty Buddha, 16 inches tall, hit $54,900. Prices include a 22 percent buyer’s premium.


R.S. Duncanson painting, $26,840, Leslie Hindman

An original painting by Robert Scott Duncanson, titled The Apennines, Italy, sold for $26,840 at a sale of Works by African-American Artists held March 1 by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago. Also, Alan Thomas’ Abstract Composition brought $21,960; Hughie Lee-Smith’s Acropolis II went for $23,180; and a painting by Charles McGee titled Ring Around the Rosy attained $18,300, against a presale estimate of $1,500-$2,500. It was a new auction record for the artist, the previous record being $3,750. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.



1931 ‘Dracula’ poster, $143,400, Heritage

A rare 1931 style F one-sheet poster for the movie Dracula sold for $143,400 at an auction of the Berwick Discovery of Lost Movie Posters held March 23-24 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. Also, a scarce poster for the 1931 film Cimarron, the first Western to win the Best Picture Academy Award, brought $101,575; a style B poster for the 1931 movie The Public Enemy starring James Cagney sailed to $59,750; and a one-sheet poster for the 1939 United Artists film Stagecoach topped out at $56,763. Prices include a 19.5 percent buyer’s premium.



Pair of Tiffany bowls, $134,400, Morphy Auctions

A pair of circa-1882 Tiffany sterling center bowls with wavy rims and footed, domed bases sold for $134,000 at a sale of Antiques, Art & Vintage Collectibles held Feb. 24-25 by Morphy Auctions in Denver. Pa. Also, a pair of Tiffany nine-arm candelabra garnered $111,600; a Leonard Reedy Kentucky rifle made in the first or second quarter of the 19th century, untouched and all original, made $76,800; a Colt Lightning Model 1877 gun with original papers hit $24,000; and a 14-inch-long 1768 powder horn brought $21,600. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.



R.J. Horner bookcase, $22,425, Stevens Auction

A spectacular, all-original three-door mahogany bookcase, beautifully crafted around 1890 by the renowned American furniture maker R.J. Horner, sold for $22,425 at a sale of the living estate of Brenda McCarthy, held March 17 by Stevens Auction Co. in Aberdeen, Miss. Also, a Horner mahogany full-standing griffin sofa with carved back breezed to $21,850; a four-piece burl walnut half tester Aesthetic Movement bedroom suite made $17,250; and an antique pillar-and-scroll clock fetched $1,265. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.



Winchester model 1873 rifle, $316,250, James D. Julia Inc.

A Winchester model 1873 “1 of 100” lever-action rifle sold for $316,250 at a Spring Firearms Auction held March 12-13 by James D. Julia Inc. in Fairfield, Maine. Also, a relief engraved, gold and nickel Winchester model 1866 lever-action rifle rang out at $300,900; a Colt Sheriff’s model SAA revolver believed to be the finest example extant achieved $281,750; a crate of 10 unissued Winchester model 94 saddle ring carbines made $218,500; and an Ainsworth inspected Colt Cavalry SAA revolver hit $201,250. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.



Kashmir moon shawl, $59,250, Skinner Inc.

An early 19th century, north Indian Kashmir moon shawl, purchased by the consignor on a whim at a yard sale 30 years ago and kept in his basement ever since, sold for $59,250 at an antique rugs sale held Feb. 11 by Skinner Inc. in Boston. Also, a 19th century “Pinwheel” Kazak rug (southwest Caucasus) knocked down at $41,475; a late 19th century northwest Persian Serapi carpet made $20,825; a West Persian Fereghan-Sarouk carpet realized $14,700; and a 19th century West Persian Mahal carpet hit $14,220. Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer’s premium.



Chinese bronze cannon, $362,500, Doyle New York

An important Chinese bronze cannon commissioned by the Emperor Kangxi and dating to 1695 sold for $362,500 at an Asian Works of Art Auction held March 19 by Doyle New York in New York City. Also, a finely carved 19th century white jade boat carrying three diminutive passengers sailed off for $122,500; an 18th century black and white jade toggle from the Honorable Judge Edgar Bromberger Collection achieved $98,500; and a Chinese red lacquer box and stand from the Qianlong Period went for $110,500. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.



Mickey Mantle jersey, $114,000, Grey Flannel

A 1958 Mickey Mantle New York Yankees game-used flannel road jersey, attributed to the World Series of that year, sold for $114,000 at a Winter Classic Auction held Feb. 11 by Grey Flannel Auctions in Westhampton, N.Y. Also, a historical archive of material pertaining to legendary basketball player Wilt Chamberlain’s famous 100-point game of March 2, 1962, soared to $108,000; and George “The Iceman” Garvin’s 2005 San Antonio Spurs NBA championship ring with original box made $54,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.



Marble jardinière, $32,400, John Moran

A large Brocatelle Violette du Jura marble jardinière, featuring exquisite gilt bronze mounts made by the Maison Millet firm of Paris, sold for $32,400 at an Antiques & Fine Art Auction held March 6 by John Moran Auctioneers in Pasadena, Calif. Also, a Galle cameo glass boudoir lamp achieved $13,600; a pair of Japanese woodwind instruments (sho) garnered $7,200; a large Chinese cloisonné enamel and bronze brazier brought $5,400; and a 19th century armillary sphere hammered for $5,100. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.



Jimmy Carter painting, $250,000, Carter Center

An original painting by former President Jimmy Carter, titled Live Oak at Sunrise, sold for $250,000 at a Winter Weekend Auction held March 10 by The Carter Center (of Atlanta) in San Diego, which raised over $1.3 million, which will go to benefit the Carter Center’ initiatives to advance peace and health worldwide. Also, a fly fishing fantasy vacation brought $100,000; a Nobel Peace Prize books collection went for $100,000; and an Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty signing collection hit $25,000. Prices are hammer. There was no buyer’s premium.


Vinyl appliqué banner, $15,990, Woodbury Auction

A vinyl appliqué banner by Tom Wesselmann (American, 1931-2004), titled Nude Banner (circa 1968-69), a framed pop art conception of a reclining nude (1 of 20), sold for $15,990 at a Decorative Arts Auction held Feb. 26 by Woodbury Auction in Woodbury, Conn. Also, a Tiffany & Co. six-piece silver tea service in the Hampton pattern realized $5,227; a set of eight Erte crystal Majestique champagne flutes rose to $1,045; and a still life painting by Henk Bos (Dutch, 1901-1970) fetched $1,698. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.



Early stoneware pitcher, $63,250, Crocker Farm

An early bulbous stoneware pitcher, made circa 1835 and attributed to Samuel Bell in either Winchester or Strasburg, Va., sold for $63,250 at a sale of Antique American Stoneware & Redware held March 3 by Crocker Farm in Sparks, Md. The 12-inch-tall pitcher boasted a tooled rim and spout with cobalt foliate decoration and applied facial features on the vessel. These consisted of a large forehead, applied eyes, nose, ears, lips and a pronounced chin. The back of the pitcher was cobalt decorated. The price includes a 15 percent buyer’s premium.



Punch cigar figure, $37,290, Philip Weiss

A rare Punch cigar store advertising figure, cast in zinc around 1885 and made by William Demuth & Co., New York, sold for $37,290 at an estate sale held March 1-3 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Oceanside, N.Y. Also, a two-page letter typed on White Star Line stationery by Charles Herbert Lightoller, an officer aboard the Titanic who survived the disaster, hammered for $15,820; a first-class deck plan of the Titanic brought $4,294; and a Charles Schulz Peanuts Sunday page from 1964 hit $24,860. Prices include a 13 percent buyer’s premium.