Gallery Report: July 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:

Fernando Amorsolo portrait

Fernando Amorsolo portrait, $424,800, Michaan’s Auctions

An oil on board portrait painting by the renowned Filipino artist Fernando Cueto Amorsolo (1892-1972), titled Portrait of a Woman and depicting one of his daughters traditionally dressed and seated on a stoop, sold for $424,800 at an auction held June 13 by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, Calif. It was a new U.S. auction record for the artist. The painting’s provenance was a factor driving up the price; it was once featured at an exclusive U.S. exhibition of his work at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. The price includes the buyer’s premium.


Marklin toy oceanliner


Marklin toy ocean liner, $271,400, Bertoia Auctions

An early 1900s Marklin toy ocean liner, Amerika, made in Germany, all original and in excellent condition, 38 inches long, sold for $271,400 at a Spring Toy Auction held May 20-21 by Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, N.J. Also, a Martin Roller Skater, made in France in the early 1900s of hand-painted tin and wearing a cloth costume, went for $16,520; a papier-mache and composition nodding-head Santa on a wheeled platform, with a cloth robe and wicker basket on the back, brought $16,520; and a CK prewar Japanese race car with original box hit $11,800. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Military utility truck


Military utility truck, $14,950, Rock Island Auction Co.

An AM General Corp. Model AM151A2 4×4 U.S. military utility truck sold for $14,950 at a Regional Firearms Auction held June 24-26 by Rock Island Auction Co. in Rock Island, Ill. Also, an engraved Winchester 1866 rifle, one of 12 of the iconic lever guns in the sale, cracked $10,925; a U.S. Cavalry Colt single-action Army revolver, originally shipped in 1890, hit the mark for $7,475; and a DMW 1917 dated Model 1914 artillery Luger, plus its accessories, finished at $5,750. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


1889 specimen Chinese dollar


1889 specimen Chinese dollar, $150,000, Heritage Auctions

An elegantly preserved 1889 Chinese Kwangtung Empire specimen pattern dollar coin, graded SP64+ Brown PCGS, sold for $150,000 at a World & Ancient Coins and Currency Signature Auction held June 22-24 in Hong Kong, China by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. Also, a 1979 People’s Republic “Year of the Child” proof Piefort set, containing a 35 Yuan silver coin and a 450 Yuan gold coin, realized $43,400; and a 1907 high relief Double Eagle Chinese coin, MC66 NGC, went for $59,750. Prices include a 19.5 percent buyer’s premium.



1860 Lincoln parade flag


1860 Lincoln parade flag, $31,625, Hake’s Americana

An 1860 parade flag declaring “For President Abraham Lincoln, For Vice President Hannibal Hamlin” sold for $31,625 at Auction #218, an online auction that ended July 14 by Hake’s Americana & Collectibles Auction. Also, a “Free Gene Debs” floating head portrait button, circa 1918-1920, rose to $11,511; a Cartoon Adventures complete Buck Rogers strip card subset of 24 cards, #425-448, in NM-NM+ condition, realized $13,775; and a cardboard “Desi’s Conga Drum” from TV’s I Love Lucy hit $6,957. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


William McCloskey oil


William McCloskey oil, $216,000, Clars Auction

A rare oil on canvas painting by American trompe l’oeil artist William McCloskey (1859-1941), titled Wrapped Lemons on a Tabletop (1888), sold for $216,000 at an auction held July 16-17 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, a bronze figural creation by Canadian sculptor Sorel Ertog (1933-2014), titled The Couple, topped out at $27,830; an art glass group by Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941), brought $11,495; and a Chinese Ge-type censer blew past its $1,500 estimate to hammer for $8,400. Prices include a 19 percent buyer’s premium.



George Nakashima cabinet


George Nakashima cabinet, $30,500, Schwenke Auctioneers

A George Nakashima (American, 1905-1990) triple sliding door cabinet, circa 1973, with an American black walnut slab-form top, sold for $30,500 at an Americana & Fine Estates Auction held June 26 by Schwenke Auctioneers in Woodbury, Conn. Also, a New York Federal carved mahogany octagonal ladies’ worktable, made circa 1800-1810, attributed to Duncan Phyfe (New York) made $24,000; and an oil on canvas board painting by Emile Gruppe (American, 1896-1978), titled Seagulls (1975), went for $7,320. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


Olympic gold medal


Olympic gold medal, $55,831, RR Auction

A gold medal from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London sold for $55,831 in an online auction held July 14-21 by RR Auction, based in Boston. Also, an Innsbruck 1976 Winter Olympics torch hit $22,826; a London 1908 Summer Olympics gold medal changed hands for $19,232; a Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics torch and original box holder brought $15,784; and an Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics set of gold, silver and bronze medals made $11,026. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

Altar crucifix drawing


Altar crucifix drawing, $63,750, Jackson’s International

A preparatory drawing for an altar crucifix, attributed to Etienne Delaune, sold to a Paris phone bidder for $63,750 at a estates auction held May 24-25 by Jackson’s International in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Also, a seashore rendering by Hendrik Willem Mesdog went to a bidder from the Netherlands for $100,000; a 10-inch by 12-inch Russian icon of St. Alexei that was gifted in 1914 to the czarevitch brought $50,000; and a 1929 $5 Indian gold half-eagle U.S. coin went for $21,250. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Rolex Oyster Perpetual


Rolex Oyster Perpetual, $36,500, Jones & Horan

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss chronometer wristwatch (ref. #1019) sold for $36,500 at a clock aution held May 1 by Jones & Horan in Manchester, N.H. Also, a Lange & Sohne Langematik platinum perpetual calendar watch with moon phases went for $34,500; a Hamilton 23J hunting grade 947 pocket watch hammered for $14,500; a Heuer, Abercrombie & Fitch Seafarer chronometer fetched $18,000; and a rare Ball Howard, Order of Railway Conductors pocket watch made $7,400. Prices are hammer; there was no buyer’s premium.


Ross Moffett painting


Ross Moffett painting, $11,400, Bakker Auction

A painting by Ross Moffett titled Hurricane of 1938 sold for $11,400 at a Fine Arts Auction held June 4 by Bakker Auction in Provincetown, Mass. Also, Mary Hackett’s St. Augustine, View from the Plaza Hotel gaveled for $5,400; John Dowd’s Crisp knocked down at $6,600; Anne Packard’s The Lone Boat fetched $4,200; Bruce McKain’s oil painting titled Crocuses finished at $1,560; a view of a Provincetown dock by LaForce Bailey brought $1,800; and John Hare’s watercolor titled Red Trawler made $660. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


Houdin swinger clock

Houdin swinger clock, $15,525, R.O. Schmitt

A rare Houdin swinger clock sold for $15,525 at a Spring Clock & Watch Sale held May 13-15 by R.O. Schmitt Fine Arts in Manchester, N.H. Also, an E. Howard & Co. #8 regulator made $12,650; a tall clock with a case attributed to R.J. Horner and retailed by G.W. Russell of Philadelphia gaveled for $13,225; a clock by Walter Durfee with three-train chiming movement fetched $9,775; a coin-op Regina Hexaphone realized $4,830; and an astronomical regulator by Gabriel (London) nearly 6 feet tall, hit $6,038. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Chippendale armchair

Chippendale armchair, $120,000, Brunk Auctions

An important Chinese Chippendale mahogany armchair, made circa 1765-1775 in Charleston, S.C., sold for $120,000 at an auction held July 8-9 by Brunk Auctions in Asheville, N.C. Also, an architectural scene by North Carolina artist Claude Howell soared to $36,000; a pair of North Carolina (or Virginia) cellarets realized $60,000; a Cartier platinum, sapphire and aquamarine brooch clip, made circa 1940s, brought $64,800; and a painting by Alfred Hutty, titled Down Church Street, Charleston, hit $90,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


17th c Flemish tapestry


17th century Flemish tapestry, $1,438, Direct Auction

A 17th century Flemish tapestry in blue hues sold for $1,438 at an auction held June 14 by Direct Auction Galleries in Chicago, Ill. Also, a Persian Indo Bidjar rug, 11 feet 10 inches by 15 feet 4 inches, went for $1,150; a Dunbar buffet with a sliding door panel fetched $2,703; a pair of mobe pearl and diamond earrings with 1.40 total carat weight attained $1,093; a 1906-S Liberty head $20 gold coin and a 1924 Saint-Gaudens $20 gold coin each sold for $1,495; and a Madonna and Child painting with angels rose to $1,035. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Robert Henri portrait

Robert Henri portrait, $310,000, Freeman’s

A 1908 portrait painting by the Ashcan School artist Robert Henri, titled Manolita Marequis, sold for $310,000 at an American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists Auction held June 5 by Freeman’s Auction in Philadelphia. Also, N.C. Wyeth’s After the Day’s Work (Arriving Home) changed hands for $162,500; Edward Willis Redfield’s House in Point Pleasant commanded $112,500; Fern Isabel Coppedge’s Harbor Scene finished at $81,250; and George William Sotter’s The Neighbor’s House went for $50,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


By Ken Hall