Gallery Report: March 2014



Cut crystal gasoliers, $17,080, Crescent City


A pair of cut crystal gasoliers made circa 1900, possibly by Baccarat and now electrified, sold for $17,080 at an auction Feb. 15-16 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans. Also, an early 20th century oil on canvas painting signed by Alexander J. Drysdale (1870-1934) titled Moss Draped Oak and Cypress soared to $12,200; an oil on board by Clementine Hunter (1887-1988) titled Watermelon Picnic brought $7,930; and a Russian Imperial porcelain plate with a scalloped gilt rim made $3,172. Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer’s premium.


Thomas Webb vase, $96,000, A.B. Levy’s


A Thomas Webb & Sons pink, white and blue cameo vase, stamped Tiffany & Company from the Paris Exhibition of 1889, sold for $96,000 at an Antiques, Fine Art & Jewels Auction held Feb. 23-24 by A.B. Levy’s in West Palm Beach, Fla. Also, a pair of Meissen porcelain pate-sur-pate rose-pink and teal ground vases with covers also hammered for $96,000; and oil on canvas painting by the British artist Montague Dawson (1895-1973) titled Sea Beauty the Flying Cloud, artist signed, went for $75,600. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


Bandai Flying Spaceman, $55,200, Morphy Auctions


A Flying Spaceman tin litho friction toy by Bandai in the original box sold for $55,200 at an auction held Feb. 15 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a cast-iron mechanical bank known as Artillery Target, with cannonballs, maker unknown, patented 1877, changed hands for $51,600; a J. & E. Stevens cast-iron mechanical bank titled “Patronize the Blind Man and His Dog,” patented 1878, realized $50,400; and a Kanto Television Robot tin litho windup toy in the original box hammered for $32,400. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


Pair of cloisonné censers, $248,850, James D. Julia


A pair of cloisonné censers with detailed decoration of lotus leaves, marvelous supports in the form of three cranes and repousse gilt dragon handles, sold for $248,850 at an Antiques, Fine Art & Asian Auction held Feb. 4-7 by James D. Julia Inc. in Fairfield, Maine. Also, an archive of Civil War-era letters, medals and other military effects of Capt. Luis F. Emilio of the 54th Massachusetts hit $207,375; and a hand scroll attributed to Xu Beihong, showing a pack of horses against a rolling landscape, went for $154,050. Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer’s premium.


Peyton Manning jersey, $33,000, Hunt Auctions


A 2013 Peyton Manning game-worn Denver Broncos jersey sold for $33,000 at a Super Bowl Live Auction held Feb. 1 by Hunt Auctions (based in Exton, Pa.) in New York City. Also, a circa-1940s Sammy Baugh Washington Redskins professional model jersey made $46,000; a 1958 Baltimore Colts NFL World Championship ring achieved $40,250; a circa 1962-1965 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns jersey brought $34,500; and a Colin Kaepernick game-worn San Francisco 49ers jersey hammered for $13,225. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Lady Yule Visalia saddle,$141,600, High Noon


A Lady Yule Visalia saddle from Gleannloch Farms, made in the 1930s with tooled leather from the Visalia Stock Saddle Co. and featuring engraved silver by Schaezlin of San Francisco, sold for $141,600 at a High Noon Western Americana Auction held Jan. 25-26 in Mesa, Ariz. Also, a pair of 1920s Jesus Tapia spurs soared to $153,400; the Colt .45 used by James Arness as Sheriff Matt Dillon on TV’s Gunsmoke fetched $59,000; and Larry Hagman’s Edward H. Bohlin hand-tooled briefcase rose to $20,060. Prices include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.


Bruce Lee’s jumpsuit, $100,500, Spink Auction


The yellow jumpsuit worn by the late martial arts legend Bruce Lee during the filming of his last movie, Game of Death (1978), sold for $100,500 at an auction of items pertaining to Lee held Dec. 5 by Spink Auction House in Hong Kong. Also, wooden nunchuks used in the central fighting sequence in Game of Death brought $69,000; a green bamboo whip from the same movie rose to $12,000; a jade pendant consigned by Lee’s brother Robert fetched $20,000; and a sketch by Lee of a Chinese master monk made $8,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Academy Award medal, $45,049, RR Auction


An Academy Award medal for still photography, issued in 1947 to Earnest Bachrach for his work in the movies Crossfire and The Farmer’s Daughter, sold for $45,049 at an auction held Jan. 22 by RR Auction in Amherst, N.H. Also, an autographed photo of Marilyn Monroe achieved $32,525; Paul Newman’s working script for the Academy Award-winning film The Sting went for $21,013; and Dean Cain’s Superman costume from the TV show Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman hit $18,940. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


Monnoyer floral still life, $62,500, Doyle New York


A large scale floral still life painting by the French artist Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer (1636-1699) sold for $62,500 at an auction held Jan. 29 by Doyle New York in New York City. Also, a lovely view of Figures in the Piazza del Popolo (Rome) by the Dutch painter Johannes Lingelbach (1622-1674), rose to $53,125; a Swedish Neoclassical gilt-bronze mounted tulipwood and kingwood parquetry side cabinet made $17,500; and a set of five late 18th century English porcelain dishes, probably Chelsea, brought $16,250. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.


Folk art hooked rug, $28,750, Carlsen Gallery


A folk art hooked rug sold for $28,750 at an auction held Feb. 2 by Carlsen Gallery in Freehold, N.Y. Also, an Albany County paint-decorated blanket box commanded $19,550; a double portrait of children by A.S. Howland went for $14,950; a diamond solitaire of about 1.19 carats fetched $5,463; an oil on board by G.L. Clough, titled Hudson Valley Scene, achieved $5,175; a set of nine mahogany classical saber-leg chairs fetched $4,888; and a still life oil on board, Roses and Fern, by H.D. Murphy made $4,600. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Huanghuali cabinet, $245,000, Clars Auction


A huanghuali and mixed wood cabinet sold for $245,000 at a Fine Art, Antiques & Estate Auction held Feb. 15-16 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, a huanghuali table and four chairs gaveled for $179,000; a painting by Clifford “Possum” Tjapaltjarri (1932-2002), titled Possum Dreaming, breezed to $131,000; a 2001 Ferrari 360 Moderna Spider sports car zoomed off for $95,000; and a haunting painting of the famous Blue Dog by New Orleans artist George Rodrigue (1944-2013) hit $47,600. Prices include a 19 percent buyer’s premium.


Ali’s boxing gloves, $836,500, Heritage


The boxing gloves that Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) wore into the ring against Sonny Liston in their first fight, on Feb. 25, 1964, when he won his first heavyweight championship bout, sold for $836,500 at a Sports Auction held Feb. 22 by Heritage Auctions (based in Dallas) in New York City. Also, “Shoeless Joe” Jackson’s game-used bat from his 1911 rookie season brought $956,000; and the watch presented to Babe Ruth in 1923 for helping the New York Yankees win the World Series made $717,000. Prices include a 19.5 percent buyer’s premium.


Russian candlesticks, $39,975, Skinner Inc.


A pair of figural .875 silver candlesticks, Moscow, circa 1893, made by the renowned Russian silversmith and engraver Ovchinnikov, sold for $39,975 at an auction held Jan. 11 by Skinner Inc. in Boston. Also, a Russian .875 silver traveling tea service, St. Petersburg, circa 1908, with the “Cyrillic VK” maker’s mark, rose to $15,600; a Wedgwood Fairyland Luster vase, circa 1920, realized $20,400; and a Doulton Chang glazed figural lamp, circa 1930, hammered for $11,400. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


Alphonse Mucha panels, $50,000, Swann Auction


A set of four decorative panels, rendered in 1899 by Alphonse Mucha and titled Times of the Day, sold for $50,000 at a vintage posters auction held Feb. 25 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, Mucha’s Eveil du Matin (1899) realized $35,840; Mucha’s Documents Decoratifs, a 1902 portfolio with 72 plates, went for $27,500; Mucha’s Reverie du Soir (1899) achieved $23,750; Mucha’s Zob (1896) breezed to $22,500; and Mucha’s Zodiac (1896) went for $20,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.


Motherwell serigraph, $2,950, Michaan’s


A serigraph from the modern master Robert Motherwell (1915-1991), number 6 in the series and titled African Suite, sold for $2,950 at an estates auction held Feb. 2 by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, an oil on board painting by Italico Brass (1870-1943), titled Venecia, changed hands for $1,062; a pair of Venetian-style painted bombe commodes commanded $2,655; a Shreve & Co. Patek Philippe pendant watch brought $2,124; and three rings, including one by Shreve, made $1,888. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.


Eye and scale candlestick, $9,775, Jeffrey S. Evans


A pressed eye and scale hand candlestick, or chamberstick, made circa 1830-1850 by Boston & Sandwich Co. and colored a brilliant deep peacock-blue, sold for $9,775 at a glass auction held Jan. 18 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mount Crawford, Va. Also, a pair of pressed loop/leaf stand lamps, circa 1840-1860, also by Boston & Sandwich, fetched $9,775; and a swastika water pitcher of cranberry opalescent glass, globular form, by Dugan Glass Co., circa 1904, 9 inches tall, rose to $6,900. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.