Gallery Report: December 2008

E. Howard #61 clock, $189,750, Fontaine’s

An E. Howard & Co. #61 astronomical floor regulator clock sold for $189,750 at a Fall Clock Auction held Nov. 8 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. The second top lot was also an E. Howard clock, a #60 astronomical hanging regulator that soared to $46,000. A rare U.S. Clock Co. astronomical floor clock with regulator went for $37,375, a 30-day period Biedermeier lantern clock made $25,875, and a Brocot French figural three-piece clock set changed hands for $20,700. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

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Gallery Report: November 2008

Iacovleff painting, $61,688, Cowan’s

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A sanguine chalk drawing by Russian artist Alexandre Iacovleff, titled Le Pecheur, Capri, sold for $61,688 at a Fall Fine & Decorative Arts Auction held Oct. 17-19 by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati. Also, a painting by American artist Howard Chandler Christy, titled Patriotic Civil War Memorial and showcasing both Union and Confederate troops along with Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant, hammered for $38,775; and a fine Faberge cigarette case made by Michael Perchin brought $17,625. Prices include a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium.

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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.

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Gallery Report: September 2008

Laminated Belter bed, $33,350, Grand View

A laminated rosewood bed, made around 1850 by John Henry Belter and with the original finish, sold for $33,350 at an estate sale held June 21 by Grand View Antiques & Auction in Roanoke, Ala. Also, an American Renaissance Revival walnut bookcase, circa 1870, with raised burl panels and architectural carved detail, earned $14,375; a pair of Victorian gilt-carved, over the mantel mirrors, circa 1860, coasted to $13,800; and a French bronze annular clock, signed L. Auricoste of Paris, went for $9,775. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

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Gallery Report: August 2008

Oriel china cabinet, $24,150, Cowan’s

 
 

A late 19th-century Oriel Cabinet Company oak china cabinet, adorned with full-bodied Norman soldiers and a carved crest featuring cherub figures and grotesques, sold for $24,150 at a Summer Fine & Decorative Art Auction held June 21 by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, Oh. Also, five lots of stoneware pig flasks made in Anna, Ill., went for a combined $53,47; the top lot of the group was a railroad pig marked “Cincinnati the Pork City” that soared to $14,950. Also, a watercolor painting by Italian artist Marie Martinetti changed hands for $12,075.

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Gallery Report: July 2008

1825 Tanner Atlas, $42,500, Cowan’s

 
 

An 1825 copy of the Tanner New American Atlas, containing maps of several states of the North American Union, prepared and drawn on a uniform scale (Henry S. Tanner, Philadelphia), sold for $42,500 at a Spring Western and Historic Americana Auction held June 5 by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati. Also, a reverse glass panorama painting of the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, 100” x 27.5”, mounted in the original frame, achieved $35,650; and a ghost dance shirt, dated 1891, worn by the Sioux Indians in the Dakotas and Montana, made $16,100. 

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