Alexander Calder tapestry ‘The Star’ leads our five auction highlights

The Star, a tapestry after Alexander Calder, which hammered for $30,000 and sold for $38,400 with buyer’s premium at Roland New York.

Alexander Calder Tapestry, The Star, $38,400 The Star, a tapestry after Alexander Calder, which hammered for $30,000 and sold for $38,400 with buyer’s premium at Roland New York. GLEN COVE, N.Y. – Alexander Calder (1898-1976) first produced designs for tapestries made at the Aubusson factory in the early 1960s. However, most that come to auction […]

Saturday Evening Post cover art tops $103K at Case auction

Detail of George E. Hughes summer beach scene, created as the cover illustration for the Aug. 2, 1952 ‘Saturday Evening Post,’ $103,700

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A cheerful bird’s-eye view of beachgoers by illustration artist George E. Hughes was the top seller at Case’s Summer Auction, held July 8-9, soaring to $103,700 against an $18,000-$22,000 estimate. Hughes, who lived from 1907-1990, was second only to Norman Rockwell as the most prolific artist for the Saturday Evening Post, and […]

Antique carved American furniture: A cut above the rest

A pair of Philadelphia Queen Anne side chairs earned $46,000 plus the buyer’s premium in February 2020 at Westport Auction. Image courtesy of Westport Auction and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — While heavily carved furniture is not in vogue today, carved embellishments on American furniture of the 18th and 19th centuries elevated mundane household fittings to fine art. Their motifs can range from simple carved cabriole legs and relatively plain ornamentation to enthusiastic carving on nearly every inch of the available wood surface. […]

Michaan’s reviews 200 Years of Decorative Arts in Oct. 15-16 auction series

Undated James Lovera vase, est. $1,000-$1,500

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s October auction calendar will meet the high demand for fine art and Asian art, estate furnishings and decorations, and fine jewelry. The auction house will hold a special event on October 15, dubbed Theme and Variations: 200 Years of Decorative Arts featuring Property from a Distinguished Alameda Estate. On October 16, […]