Two Richard Mayhew landscapes together brought almost $600K at DuMouchelles

DETROIT — DuMouchelles‘ two-day November auction brought serious firepower from Michigan estates on November 16 and November 17, with big numbers registering for Richard Mayhew paintings and fine art objects. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

Born in 1924, Richard Mayhew is approaching his 100th birthday, and collector demand for his neon-infused landscapes continues to grow. DuMouchelles had two of his works on Day 2 of its sale, and both wildly overperformed. Southern Border from 1999 was estimated at a very respectable $40,000-$60,000, but furious competition between the floor and LiveAuctioneers online bidders sent the work to $230,000, or $296,700 with buyer’s premium.

An untitled 1999 oil on canvas by Mayhew drew similar attention from buyers. Estimated at just $6,000-$9,000, it started at $4,500 and eventually hammered for an astounding $220,000, or $283,800 with buyer’s premium.

Arts and Crafts pottery is still in high demand, as seen with the hammer price of $16,000 ($20,640 with buyer’s premium) for this squat lotus leaf vase by American ceramic legend Mary Chase Perry (1867-1961). Her Pewabic Pottery works in Detroit remains in operation to this day, employing the same ‘Revelation’ kiln technique developed by Perry more than 100 years ago. The piece carried an ink-stamped underglaze reading Revelation Pottery Detroit M.C.P. (Mary Chase Perry).

Looking like former inhabitants of one of Detroit’s Golden Age mansions, this pair of American Renaissance rosewood pedestals dated to circa 1870. Estimated at $4,000-$6,000, the pair hammered at $30,000 ($38,700 with buyer’s premium).

Carrara marble has been quarried in Italy since Roman times, and has remained a preferred medium for sculptors throughout the ages. Made from that very stone was this fine American Fourth of July-themed statue of a boy and girl lighting a miniature cannon in celebration, dating to the 1870-1890 period and featuring exquisite detail. It was estimated at $4,000-$6,000 but sold for $16,000 ($20,640 with buyer’s premium).

Kelmscott Press: the finest of Arts and Crafts fine presses

Kelmscott Press’s The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer attained £48,000 ($58,311) plus the buyer’s premium in February 2023. Image courtesy of Lyon & Turnbull and LiveAuctioneers.

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Kelmscott Press’s The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer attained £48,000 ($58,311) plus the buyer’s premium in February 2023. Image courtesy of Lyon & Turnbull and LiveAuctioneers.
Kelmscott Press’s The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer attained £48,000 ($58,311) plus the buyer’s premium in February 2023. Image courtesy of Lyon & Turnbull and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — In the publishing world, the Kelmscott Press was in operation for a mere blip’s worth of time, only publishing 50-some books between 1891-1898. Yet these elegantly appointed books with lavish pictorial decorations, typefaces and fine bindings have been collectors’ favorites ever since.

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Bid Smart: Grueby tiles exemplify the Arts & Crafts period

Detail of a rare Grueby ship tile frieze that achieved $17,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2019. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center and LiveAuctioneers.
This rare Grueby ship tile frieze achieved $17,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2019. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center and LiveAuctioneers.

This rare Grueby ship tile frieze achieved $17,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2019. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — One particular potter in New England was a standout during the Arts and Crafts era. The Grueby Faience Company was founded in 1894 in Revere, Mass., by Boston-born William Henry Grueby, who was both a potter and businessman. The firm employed many talented artists and its famous matte green hue — dubbed by some as Grueby green or “curdled green” — seen on its products became ubiquitous and instantly popular. Antique Grueby vases and lamps are relatively easy to find at auction, but locating Grueby’s elegantly decorated ceramic tiles in fine original condition is even more challenging.

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East meets West in Greene & Greene’s ‘crafty’ designs

This table lamp, designed for the Blacker House, attained $410,000 plus the buyer’s premium in October 2015. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center and LiveAuctioneers.
This table lamp, designed for the Blacker House, attained $410,000 plus the buyer’s premium in October 2015. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center and LiveAuctioneers.
This table lamp, designed for the Blacker House, achieved $410,000 plus the buyer’s premium in October 2015. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — Architect-designer brothers Charles Sumner Greene (1868–1957) and Henry Mather Greene (1870–1954) didn’t just exemplify the Arts and Crafts aesthetic but redefined it with their Japanese-influenced style that is still appealing a century later.

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Marblehead Pottery: American Arts and Crafts legend

 A circa-1910 Marblehead Pottery vase by Arthur Hennessey and Sarah Tutt sold at Rago Arts and Auction Center in June 2020 for $150,000 plus the buyer’s premium. Photo courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center and LiveAuctioneers.

A circa-1910 Marblehead Pottery vase by Arthur Hennessey and Sarah Tutt sold at Rago Arts and Auction Center in June 2020 for $150,000 plus the buyer’s premium. Photo courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — What began as a therapeutic pottery-making program for women diagnosed with nervous disorders grew into one of the great brands in American art pottery: Marblehead pottery.

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