Gallery Report: April 2013


George Rodrigue painting, $98,400, New Orleans Auction Galleries


A large oil on canvas painting by George Rodrigue, featuring his classic “Blue Dog” and titled My Yellow Oak, sold for $98,400 at a Southern Experience Auction held Feb. 23-24 by New Orleans Auction Galleries. Also, an oil on canvas by Marie Madeleine Seebold Molinary, titled Chrysanthemums, went for $61,500, a world auction record for the artist; two 19th century automaton music boxes realized $36,900; and a provincial Louis XV-style fruitwood settee hammered for $11,992. Prices include a 23 percent buyer’s premium.


Beacon die-cut sign, $55,000, Matthews


A Beacon Security Gasoline single-sided porcelain die-cut sign, rated 9.5/10 for condition and measuring 48 inches by 30 inches, sold for $55,000 at an auction held Feb. 28-March 1 in Peotone, Ill., by Matthews Auctions LLC of Nokomis, Ill. Also, a Harbor Petroleum Products single-sided porcelain die-cut sign with seaplane graphics soared to $40,700; a 1933 Cadillac and La Salle double-sided porcelain sign fetched $36,300; and a Peerless Stages Bus Depot double-sided porcelain sign hit $17,050. Prices include a 10 percent buyer’s premium.


J. Hoare claret jug, $75,000, Woody Auction


A magnificent 16-inch-tall American Brilliant Cut Glass turquoise cut to clear claret jug attributed to J. Hoare sold for $75,000 at an auction held March 2 in St. Charles, Mo., by Woody Auction of Douglass, Kan. The auction was held at the St. Charles Convention Center Also, a signed Libbey punch bowl set in the rare Aztec pattern brought $35,000; an original four-drawer stemware chest with 69 rock crystal stems made $25,000; and a Tuthill round tray in the Rex pattern hit $23,000. Prices are hammer, exclusive of a commission.


Constitution Bitters, $7,840, American Bottle


A museum-quality, mid-19th century Constitution Bitters bottle, possibly the earliest figural bitters bottle ever blown in America, sold for $7,840 in an Internet and catalog auction (#57) ended Feb. 22 and held by American Bottle Auctions (, based in Sacramento, Calif. Also, a Wynkoop & Company Tonic Mixture medicine bottle, graded 10 out of 10 for condition, also went for $7,840; and a Nixon & Co. (Seattle, Washington Territory, circa 1883-1885) western whiskey fifth hit $7,280. Prices include a 12 percent buyer’s premium.


William Wendt painting, $299,000, Cottone Auctions


An original oil on canvas painting by American landscape artist William Wendt (1865-1946), titled Patriarchs of the Grove, 1920, sold for $299,000 at an estates auction held March 22-23 by Cottone Auctions in Geneseo, N.Y. Also, an oil on canvas by Jonas Lie (American, 1880-1940), titled Manhattan, soared to $126,500; a late 19th century bronze group of a bogatyr by Evgeni Lanceray (Russian, 1848-1886) garnered $115,000; and a Gustav Stickley oak corner cupboard, circa 1905, went for $92,000. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Yuan Dynasty porcelain jar, $1.3 million, I.M. Chait


A magnificent 14th century Yuan Dynasty blue and white ovoid porcelain jar, with narrative scene from the Yuan zaju drama The Savior Yuchi Gong, sold for $1.32 million at an Asia Week Sale held March 17 by I.M. Chait in Beverly Hills, Calif. Also, an early 15th century Ming Dynasty gilt bronze bodhisattva of Manjushri, with six-character Yongle mark under the base, made $274,500; and a large spinach jade brushpot with a continuous landscape scene of sages in a courtyard, 7 3/4 inches tall, hit $122,000. Prices include a 22 percent buyer’s premium.


Paul Sawyier painting, $89,450, Cowan’s Auctions


An original painting by Kentucky artist Paul Sawyier, titled The Kentucky Arsenal, sold for $89,450 at a Fine and Decorative Arts Auction held March 9 by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati. Also, a Newport Chippendale drop-leaf table commanded $45,000; a Regina standing music box realized $36,000; a Tiffany & Co. sterling marquise flatware set hammered down at $7,000; an early Western County (Ohio) sampler brought $11,400; and a Woolworth & Co. carved eagle trade sign hit $9,600. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


Lou Gehrig jersey, $717,000, Heritage


New York Yankees slugger Lou Gehrig’s 1927-1928 game-worn jersey sold for $717,000 at a Platinum Night Sports Auction held Feb. 23 in New York City by Heritage Auctions, based in Dallas. Also, Mickey Mantle’s signed and endorsed 1949 Yankees signing bonus check realized $286,800; the jersey worn by team captain Mike Eruzione in the 1980 U.S. Men’s Olympic Hockey Team victory over the Soviet Union went for $657,250; and the stick Eruzione used to score the game-winning goal made $262,900. Prices include a 19.5 percent buyer’s premium.


Richardt oil painting, $37,200, Morphy Auctions


An oil on canvas painting by Ferdinand Richardt (Danish, 1819-1895), titled View of Niagara Falls, 33 inches by 43 inches, sold for $37,200 at an auction held Feb. 8-9 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa., in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Treasury Bureau of Unclaimed Property. Also, a platinum engagement ring with a 4.25-carat European-cut diamond and two flanking baguettes coasted to $19,800; and a monumental 18 1/2-inch Amphora Daughter of the Rhine vase with applied jewels went for $18,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


Noguchi stools, table, $124,200, John Moran


Aset of four Isamu Noguchi “Rudder” Model IN-22 stools, plus a Noguchi Model IN-20 table, sold collectively for $124,200 at a Decorative and Fine Art Auction held Feb. 5 by John Moran Auctioneers in Pasadena, Calif. Also, a copper and mica lamp by the Seattle shop of Albert Berry realized $11,400; a lithograph by Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo, titled Dog Barking at Moon, rose to $5,819; a Navajo pictorial rug from the 1920s hit $5,100; and a Southern Plains beaded umbilical fetish made $2,280. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


Fritz Albert vase, $212,500, Rago Arts


A massive vase with iris blossoms by Fritz Albert (Teco) sold for $212,500 at a 20th Century Design Auction held March 2-3 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, a tile panel with fish by Frederick H. Rhead at his Santa Barbara pottery fetched $118,750; a cherry sideboard by Wharton Esherick realized $118,750; a bird tobacco jar by the Martin brothers went for $93,750; a collaborative cabinet by Phil Powell and Paul Evans rose to $68,750; and a 1960s deep relief cabinet by Paul Evans made $56,250. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.


Jimmy Carter stool, $300,000, Carter Center


A stool handmade by former President Jimmy Carter sold for $300,000 at a Winter Weekend Auction held Feb. 22-23 in San Diego by the Carter Center. Also, a fly fishing fantasy vacation hammered for $140,000; a signed Argo movie poster went for $13,000; and a Kenny Rogers photograph of President Carter realized $22,000. In all, the auction raised more than $1.6 million, to benefit the not-for-profit Center’s initiatives to advance peace and health worldwide. Prices are hammer; there was no buyer’s premium.


Ammi Phillips portrait, $880,000, Skinner, Inc.


A double portrait of the Ten Broeck twins by Ammi Phillips sold for $880,000 at a sale of items from singer Andy Williams’ estate held March 3 by Skinner Inc., in Boston. Also, a 19th century still life painting of a basket of fruit with flowers brought $480,000; a carved and polychrome-painted race-track trout tobacconist figure by Charles Parker Dowler made $390,000; a pair of Ward brothers wigeon decoys went for $132,000; and James Bard’s portrait of the side-wheeler steamboat Neversink hit $108,000. All prices quoted include a buyer’s premium.


Zitan wooden throne, $29,000, Kaminski


An antique zitan wooden throne featuring elaborate carved designs sold for $29,000 at a Fine Asian Art & Antiques Sale held Jan. 26 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. Also, an elegant, gold-embellished 19th century green jadeite bangle made $5,500; an 18th century ivory box from the Mughal Empire of India, labeled “Spink & Son #11,” rose to $4,000; a famille rose candleholder with Jia Qing mark on the base coasted to $3,250; and a set of three early 19th century export rose Mandarin platters hit $3,250. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.


Faro dealing box, $20,230, Clars Auction


A Gold Rush-era gambling device – a Hugh McConnell and Frederick Adolph Will (1837-1912) faro dealing box – created in San Francisco and complete with leather case, sold for $20,230 at a Fine Art & Antiques Sale held March 16-17 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, an 18th century Italian giltwood carved chandelier, electrified, hit $21,420; a Hamilton platinum and diamond covered wristwatch realized $21,420; and a Meissen Armorial plate from the Swan service (circa 1737-1741) made $17,850. Prices include a 19 percent buyer’s premium.


Chinese porcelain vase, $362,500, Doyle New York


A Chinese yellow glazed porcelain vase with the Jiajing six-character mark and of the period sold for $362,500 at an Asian Works of Art Auction held March 18 by Doyle New York. Interest in the 5-inch-tall vase was intense and was sparked by its unusual form and yellow glaze. The winning bidder was from Hong Kong. The auction offered nearly 500 lots showcasing the arts of China, Japan and Southeast Asia, from the Neolithic Period through the 20th century. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.


Barkley Hendricks work, $132,000, Swann Auction


A1970 oil and DayGlo on canvas painting by Barkley L. Hendricks, titled The Hawk, Blah, Blah, Blah, depicting a disc jockey friend in Philadelphia, sold for $132,000 at a sale of African-American Fine Art held Feb. 14 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, a large abstract acrylic on canvas from 1971 by William T. Williams, titled Up Balls, garnered $120,000 (tying an auction record for the artist); and a 1954 oil on Masonite by Hughie Lee-Smith, titled Poet #4, went for $120,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


1796/5 half dime (MS64+), $92,000, Legend-Morphy


A1796/5 U.S. half dime PCGS-graded MS64+ and boasting fully struck details, pristine surfaces, light semiproof-like mirrors and strong luster, sold for $92,000 at a Regency Auction held Feb. 28 by Legend-Morphy Rare Coins in Las Vegas. Also a 1909-D $20 U.S. gold coin, PCGS-graded secure MS66, brought $80,500; a 1798 small eagle bust dollar with 15 stars, PCGS-graded secure AU55+, realized $51,750; and a 1909-VDB penny, graded PR64, made $27,600. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.