Gallery Report: October 2008

Late Navajo serape, $123,375, Cowan’s

A late classic Navajo serape (circa 1865), with lac and cochineal dyes, sold for $123,375 at a Fall American Indian Art Auction held Sept. 13 by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati. Also, a Delaware beaded bandolier bag (circa 1850), with a box inscribed Fort Gibson, Okla., hammered for $41,125; an early 20th century unsigned jar by Maria Martinez, with geometric hooks and frets interspersed with abstract florals, coasted to $18,000; and a photograph by Edward Curtis titled Oasis in the Badlands brought $8,812. Prices include a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium.

Peanuts Sunday page, $67,800, Philip Weiss

An original Peanuts Sunday page, rendered in pen and ink in May 1953 by Charles Schulz, sold for $67,800 at a multi-estate auction held Sept. 13-14 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Oceanside, N.Y. Also, two daily Peanuts strips went for $21,470 each; original cover art for Batman #173 (Aug. 1965), by Carmine Infantino, soared to $38,420; an original New York Yankees usher’s uniform from the 1940s or ’50s made $8,190; and an Ives Railway standard gauge lot (locomotive, tender and four cars) hit $7,625. Prices include a 13 percent buyer’s premium.

1700 figural painting, $14,375, Leland Little

An oil-on-canvas rendering of the Archangel Uriel, painted around 1700 by an unknown artist in the Spanish Colonial School, sold for $14,375 at a multi-estate sale held Sept. 13 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd., in Hillsborough, N.C. The top lot of the auction was a Regina automatic disc changer 27-inch music box (circa 1900), with 20 discs; it coasted to $18,400. Also, an oil-on-canvas painting of a forest interior by Jervis McEntee (N.Y., 1828-1891), signed and dated (1864), made $12,650. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

Rococo console table, $14,950, Grand View

An elaborate Rococo carved marble-top console table, made around 1850 and possibly New York in origin, sold for $14,950 at a multi-estate sale held Sept. 13 by Grand View Antiques & Auction in Roanoke, Ala. Also, an R.J. Horner Art Nouveau oak sideboard (circa 1890) also commanded $14,950; a mahogany Empire Revival china cabinet (circa 1890) with Corinthian columns on ball-and-claw feet rose to $8,337; and an 18th-century Queen Anne lowboy with sunburst carved shell gaveled for $7,935. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

American Ammunition box, $6,859,

An extremely rare American Ammunition Company Smokeless 12-gauge empty shell box, one of only a few examples known and in fine condition, sold for a new world record price of $6,859 in an Internet and catalog auction that went online Sept. 1 and concluded Sept. 27-28 by, based in Matthews. N.C. Also, a fully correct A.L. Hall (Seattle, Wash.) shell box soared to $8,294, also a new world record price; and a Luxus Beer “The Beer You Like” reverse-on-glass advertising frame rose to $6,215. Prices include a 13 percent buyer’s premium.

Just Andersen candlesticks, $15,600, Treadway-Toomey

A pair of fine and large Just Andersen candlesticks sold for $15,600 at a 20th Century Art & Design Auction held Sept. 14 by Treadway-Toomey Auctions, based in Cincinnati. The sale was held at the John Toomey Gallery in Oak Park, Ill., near Chicago. Also, an amphora vase titled Sovereign of the Night soared to $18,000; a Dirk Van Erp (American, 1860-1933) hammered copper coffee table reached $15,600; and a gouache on panel work by Jessie Hazel Arms Botke (American, 1883-1971) hit $15,600. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

Vampire killing kit, $14,850, Stevens

An authentic vampire killing kit from around 1800 – complete with stakes, mirrors, a gun with silver bullets, crosses, a Bible, holy water, candles and even garlic – sold for $14,850 at the estate sale of the late interior designer Jimmy Pippen held Oct. 3-4 at the recently opened Natchez Convention Center in Natchez, Miss., by Stevens Auction Company, based in Aberdeen, Miss. Also, a monumental rosewood Renaissance Victorian bedroom suite, made circa 1860 and attributed to John Jelliff, brought $33,000. Prices include a 10 percent buyer’s premium.

Herzog painting, $80,500, Nadeau’s

An oil on canvas painting of a Florida landscape with figures, painted by the German-born American artist Hermann Herzog (1832-1932), sold for $80,500 at a multi-estate sale held Oct. 11 by Nadeau’s Auction Gallery in Windsor, Conn. Also, a Chippendale mahogany upholstered wing chair, made circa 1780 in Newport, R.I., soared to $51,750; a fire screen with mounted wire mesh depicting two hounds (circa 1920) garnered $34,500; and an R. Wood (Philadelphia) iron outdoor stag rose to made $13,225. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

Harley toy bike, $57,500, Morphy’s

A Hubley 8-1/2-inch cast-iron Harley-Davidson bike with nickel wheels and near-perfect paint, a faithful representation of a 1930 Harley factory DAH Hill Climber with driver in a forward “uphill” pose, sold for $57,500 at a Fall Sale held Sept. 11-13 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a Chronometer cast-iron mechanical bank with an embossed image of a winged satyr-like character brought $20,700; and a near-mint Buddy ‘L’ Jr. pressed-steel dairy truck with six milk cans (circa 1930) rolled to $11,500. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

Painted Indian figure, $13,475, Skinner’s

A carved and polychrome painted wooden Indian Tobacconist figure, crafted in the late 19th century on an original wooden base and standing six feet tall, sold for $13,475 at a Discovery Auction held Aug. 12 by Skinner’s in Boston. Also, a Chippendale carved mahogany slant-lid desk, attributed to John Cogswell (42 inches wide), realized $6,517; and a pair of Empire red velvet upholstered partial gilt carved walnut and rosewood grained ottomans went for $5,628. Online bidding was facilitated by Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer’s premium.

Arturo Ricci painting, $172,500, Brunk Auctions

An original oil-on-canvas painting by Arturo Ricci (Italian, 1854-1919), titled Le Jeu du Coussin (The Game of Cushion – cushion was a game similar to musical chairs), sold for $172,500 at an auction held Sept. 6-7 by Brunk Auctions in Asheville, N.C. Also, a 19-inch Salto ovoid vessel with budded surface and a glossy, runny brown and green glaze with marks for Royal Copenhagen brought $55,200; and a Salto 21-inch vessel with three tapered spouts over a budded circular base made $50,600. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

Horner figural set, $80,500, Burchard

A “Man of the Mountain” 12-piece oak figural dining room set by American cabinetmaker and carver R. J. Horner of New York sold for $80,500 at a multi-estate sale held Aug. 24 by Burchard Galleries in St. Petersburg, Fla. Also, an oil on Masonite work of a woman in a green velvet dress with embroidered brocade drape by portrait and surrealist painter Raymond A. Whyte (American, 1923-2002) hammered for $4,500; and a Zsolnay Hungarian pottery loving cup, 8-1/4 inches tall, made $4,500. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

Cortes document, $40,612, R&R

A rare 1527 financial document signed by conquistador Hernando Cortes, discoverer of California and conqueror of Mexico, sold for $40,612 in an online Autograph Auction that concluded Sept. 17 by R&R Auction (, based in Amherst, N.H. Also, a letter from Albert Einstein to Edouard Guillaume, a persistent and longtime rival, realized $36,101; and John Wilkes Booth’s personal copy of an 1853 book titled Rifles and Rifle Practice, signed by him in 1860, brought $30,512. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

Norman Lewis work, $312,000, Swann

An untitled oil on canvas painting by Norman Lewis (circa 1960-64) sold for $312,000 at an African-American Fine Art Sale held October 7 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, a pen and ink over pencil on illustration board by Charles White, titled Frederick Douglass Lives Again (1949), went for $204,000; an untitled acrylic on shaped canvas by Alvin D. Long, Jr. (circa 1967-69) fetched $156,000; and an oil on canvas by Hale Wooduff, titled The Land of Many Moons (1957) made $108,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

1876 Winchester rifle, $494,500, Rock Island

A “1 of 1,000” Winchester 1876 lever action rifle, with deluxe gold trim and in excellent condition, sold for $494,500 at an auction held Sept. 6-8 by Rock Island Auction Company in Moline, Ill. Also, a Colt Model 1874 “Camel” Gatling gun, with original carrying crate, cover and accessories, hit the mark at $230,000; a deluxe, factory-engraved, gold-plated Henry lever-action rifle brought $241,500; a Colt Third Model Dragoon fetched $253,000; and a Colt Texas Paterson revolver gaveled for $172,500. Prices include a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium.

Oscar Rabin painting, $146,750, Weschler’s

An oil on canvas painting of a Russian cityscape with two moons by Russian artist Oscar B. Rabin (b. 1928) sold for $146,750 at an American & European Fine Art Auction held September 13 by Weschler’s in Washington, D.C. Also, a charcoal drawing by Vasily Sitnikov (1915-1987), titled Two Standing Nudes, realized $24,675; an oil on panel work by Irish artist Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957), titled Street in Shadow, fetched $91,750; and a Venetian scene by French artist Marc Aldine sailed to $24,675. Prices include a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium.

Tiffany floor lamp, $114,000, Rago Arts

A Tiffany Studios floor lamp sold for $114,000 at an Early 20th Century Design Auction held Sept. 27-28 by Rago Arts & Auction Ctr. in Lambertville, N.J. Also, a Karl Kipp/Roycroft presentation stein hammered for $66,000; a Gustav Stickley drop-front desk achieved $42,000; a George Ohr vase with ribbon handles reached $36,000; a marblehead vase painted by Arthur Baggs went for $27,600; a Rene Lalique perfume bottle (Ambre de Siam) brought $25,200; and a Stickley director’s dining chair hit $22,800. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

Williamson oil, $80,500, Carlsen

An original oil-on-canvas painting by John Williamson (N.Y., 1826-1885), titled Sunset Along the Hudson, sold for $80,500 at an Autumn Antiques Auction held Sept. 28 by Carlsen Galleries in Freehold, N.Y. Also, a gilded harp by Lyon & Healey (#1305) crossed the block at $10,925; an oil-on-canvas painting by Lodolfs Leibert titled Paris Street Scene went for $9,602; a palace-sized Bijar carpet coasted to $8,050; and an oil on canvas painting by Howard Hill titled What Now changed hands for $8,050. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

Ken HallKen Hall is a former business writer now based in Atlanta, where he is with Star Printing & Publishing, parent company of Southeastern Antiquing & Collecting magazine. In 2002 Ken began syndicating three antiques and collecting-related columns: Ken’s Korner, The Celebrity Collector, and Gavels ‘n’ Paddles. His collecting interests include coins, records, autographs and art.