Gallery Report: July 2010

A free-blown and lily-pad decorated tall pitcher, blue-green (circa 1850-1890) sold for $14,950 at a sale of Important Early American Glass & Lighting held May 22 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mount Crawford, Va. Also, a pair of pressed Boston & Sandwich Glass Co. tulip vases, brilliant deep teal (circa 1845-1865) went for $14,950; a New York State free-blown and threaded vase or jar, deep blue green (circa 1845-1865), brought $8,625; and a pair of Loop/Leaf lamps in medium golden amber made $6,900. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Syed Raza painting, $51,850, Rago Arts


An acrylic on canvas painting by the Indian artist Syed Haider Raza (b. 1922), titled La Nuit (The Night) sold for $51,850 at an estate auction held June 19 by Rago Arts & Auction of Lambertville, N.J. Also, a late 19th century Steinway grand piano went for $12,200; a Royal Worcester Majolica urn by Josiah Rushton peaked at $9,760; a 19th century electrified Victorian gas chandelier made $8,540; and an American League baseball, signed by Babe Ruth and inscribed “To Billy from Babe Ruth,” hit $6,710. Prices include a 22 percent buyer’s premium.


Edouard Cortes work, $34,500, Leland Little


An oil on canvas Paris street scene by renowned French painter Edouard Cortes (1882-1969) sold for $34,500 at a Fine & Decorative Arts Catalog Auction held June 19 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd., in Hillsborough, N.C. Also, a 1990 Ferrari Testarossa two-door coupe, white, sped off for $44,725; a William IV sterling figural wine centerpiece (London, 1833) brought $16,100; and a 19th century Southern Chippendale chest of drawers (likely western North Carolina) crossed the block for $13,800. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Chinese jade vase, $578,000, Skinner


A large Chinese jade vase in the shape of a double gourd sold for $578,000 at a sale of Asian Works of Art held June 25-26 by Skinner, Inc., in Boston. Also, another large Chinese jade vase, this one of flattened hu form, coasted to $501,000; a Huanghuali cabinet from the late Ming/early Qing dynasty went for $292,000; and a hand scroll inscribed with “Si ji shang wan tu” (“Appreciating the four seasons”) brought $106,650. In all, around 1,700 lots were offered in a sale that grossed $4.82 million. Prices include a 10 percent buyer’s premium.


“Famous Bitters” bottle, $64,960, American Bottle


A Powell & Stutenroth “Famous Bitters” vintage bottle, one of only a few known and graded 9.7 out of 10 for condition, sold for $64,950 at the 50th Internet and catalog auction ever held by American Bottle Auctions of Sacramento, Calif. ( The auction went online May 24 and ended June 1. Also, a Bryant’s Stomach Bitters (B-242) cone bottle climbed to $40,320; a W&B Shasta Superior Mineral Water bottle made $15,680; and a Washington/Bridgeton (N.J.) bottle gaveled for $9,520. Prices include a 12 percent buyer’s premium.


Simon Willard clock, $57,500, Converse


A fine and beautifully crafted tall case clock by the celebrated U.S. clockmaker Simon Willard (Mass., 1753-1848) sold for $57,500 at a sale of antique clocks and related horology items held June 18 by Gordon S. Converse & Co., based in Strafford, Pa. The auction was held at the Yorktowne Hotel in York, Pa. Also, a set of twin clocks telling the world time and perpetual calendar by the Swiss firm Gubelin soared to $16,100 for the pair; and a monumental clock depicting the Reims Cathedral went for $8,050. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Tiffany Dragonfly lamp, $109,250, James D. Julia


A spectacular 22-inch Tiffany Dragonfly leaded table lamp with a border consisting of nine beautiful dragonflies finished with green cabochon eyes sold for $109,250 at a Fine Glass & Lamp Auction held June 22-23 by James D. Julia, Inc., in Fairfield, Maine. Also, a Tiffany geranium design lamp featuring multi-hued floral blossoms and broad green leaves on an intense blue background brought $63,250; and a massive Tiffany Studios decorated Senior floor lamp with Art Nouveau styling hit $47,150. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Cigar Store Indian, $203,150, Heritage


A colorful and well-preserved American hand-carved Cigar Store Indian sold for a world record price of $203,150 at a Political & Americana Auction held May 22 by Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas, Tex. Also, a 1950s Sands Casino gambling chip, featuring the classic “cowgirl leaning on an hourglass” design, fetched $26,290; a rare “Pony Express Bible” went for $20,315; a ¾ plate tinted daguerreotype of a Shakespearean actor made $13,145; and a Charleston slave hire badge dated 1800 hit $14,340. Prices include a 19.5 percent buyer’s premium.


Hemingway book, $21,600, Swann


A copy of the first (and only) edition of Ernest Hemingway’s Three Stories & Ten Poems (Paris, 1923) sold for $21,600 at a sale of Rare Books and Atlases held June 17 by Swann Galleries in New York. A featured atlas was the complete copy of Richard Blome’s A Geographical Description of the Four Parts of the World, with 25 engraved maps (London, 1670). It went to a determined bidder for $19,200. Also, a first-edition copy of Emily Dickinson’s first book, Poems, First Series (Boston, 1890), made $7,800. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


Tobacco proof strip, $316,250, SCP Auctions


The unique surviving T-206 Honus Wagner tobacco proof strip, which includes Wagner’s card plus four others (Mordecai Brown, Frank Bowerman, Cy Young and Johnny Kling) sold for $316,250 at a Major League Baseball All-Star Auction held in July by SCP Auctions of Laguna Niguel, Calif. Three of the players (Wagner, Brown and Young) are members of baseball’s Hall of Fame. The legacy of the T-206 Honus Wagner card dates to its creation and release by the American Tobacco Company in 1909. The price includes a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


Apache hide dress, $13,200, Hesse Galleries


An Apache hide dress and mantle decorated with tin jangles, rows of long fringe, bead work and painted designs sold for $13,200 at an Artifacts Auction held May 8 by Hesse Galleries in Otego, N.Y. Also, a Hopewell platform pipe (Hardin Cty., Ohio) breezed to $3,960; a quill decorated knife sheath with knife earned $2,530; a military officer’s fitted sword box made of mahogany, minus the sword but with a sheath, commanded $3,520; and a red-colored Clovis point went to a determined bidder for $1,980. Prices include a 10 percent buyer’s premium.


Lever-action pistol, $74,750, Rock Island


A factory cased and engraved Volcanic lever-action Navy pistol sold for $74,750 at a Premiere Sale held Apr. 30-May 2 by Rock Island Auction in Moline, Ill. Also, a rare A.M. Sterling marked solid sterling silver Colt 2nd model derringer pistol rang out at $69,000; a Gustave Young factory engraved, J.P. Lower shipped Colt model 1878 sheriff model double-action revolver hit the mark at $46,000; and a U.S. Army First Lieutenant Colt model 1900 automatic pistol, serial # 93, with holster, topped out at $43,125. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Chinese porcelain bowl, $73,160, Northeast Auctions


A Chinese porcelain bowl with an interior underglaze blue decorated with rocks, waves and ribbons and bearing the Daoguang mark sold for $73,160 at an auction held May 29-30 by Northeast Auctions in Portsmouth, N.H. Also, a 29-inch bronze sculpture of a nymph holding a lily, by Bessie Potter Vonnoh, coasted to $47,200; a pair of blue and white Chinese porcelain vases fetched $42,480; and a 25 ½ inch Chinese porcelain charger (circa 1750), with underglaze red decoration of a dragon, made $42,480. Prices include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.


Von Menzel work, $32,200, Grogan


A pencil and charcoal study of a woman by German artist Adolf Friedrich von Menzel, done in 1892, sold for $32,200 at an auction held June 6 by Grogan & Company in Dedham, Mass. Also, a French astrological mantel clock with dials for the phases of the moon, the astrological signs, days of the week and months and sunrise and sunset brought $28,750; and a bronze work by French artist Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, titled Enlevement d’Hippodamie (“The Rape of the Hippodamia”) hit $26,450. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Hopkins portrait, $17,625, Garth’s


An 1842 portrait of brothers Alfred and James Hopkins by Milton W. Hopkins sold for $17,625 at an Americana Auction held May 29 by Garth’s Auctions in Delaware, Ohio. Also, a rare Winchester Cartridges advertising board was a hit for $17,625; a poplar Soap Hollow chest, dated 1864 and marked for Jeremiah Stahl, coasted to $14,100; a figured cherry Sheraton sideboard, dated 1822 and possibly from Cincinnati, realized $9,400; and a still life of fruit by the artist Albert Francis King commanded $7,638. Prices include a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium.


Phillips landscape, $28,800, Alderfer


A Delaware River landscape by S. George Phillips, 25 inches by 30 inches and depicting an autumn scene with trees lining the river, sold for $28,800 at a Fine & Decorative Arts Auction held June 10-11 by Sanford Alderfer Auction & Appraisal in Hatfield, Pa. Also, two 14 inch by 20 inch works by Kenneth R. Nunamaker, depicting a winter landscape and a field autumn, each hit $21,060; and a 20 inch by 24 inch Gloucester Harbor scene by Fern I. Coppedge went to a determined bidder for $19,890. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.


Model 1876 Gatling Gun, $282,000, Greg Martin


A rare model 1876 Gatling Gun on a wheeled carriage, extensively marked (including “S. Colt,” “N.J.”), 14 feet long and over 4 feet tall, sold for $282,000 at a sale of Rare and Historic Arms and Militaria held June 26-27 by Greg Martin Auctions in Irvine, Calif. Also, a massive English 8-bore hammer double rifle by Charles Boswell commanded $35,250; a Pederson .30 caliber device (model 1918-Mark I) brought $32,313; and a lot of two historic Confederate Civil War naval signal pennants hit $19,975. Prices include a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium.


Panini painting, $27,025, Weschler’s


An unsigned oil on canvas painting in the manner of Giovanni Paolo Panini (It., 1692-1765), titled A Capriccio of Classical Ruins, sold for $27,025 at a sale of European and American Furniture & Decorations held May 15 by Weschler’s in Washington, D.C. Also, a silver and gilt cloisonné enamel icon of Christ the Pantocrator, by Pavel Ovchinnikov, (Russian, 1896-1908) breezed to $16,450; and a late 19th century Berlin plaque of The Little Beggars, after Bouguereau and signed Schinzel, topped out at $15,665. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.