The Lone Star State takes center stage at Heritage’s Texas Art sale Dec. 2

Bob Schrope "Daddy-O" Wade, Hood Ropin', $6,000-$8,000 at Heritage.

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DALLAS — Heritage Auctions goes regional on its home turf with Texas Art, a round-up of Texas-based artists and their works documenting the Lone Star State on Saturday, December 2. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Bastrop’s own and one of the first Mexican Americans to gain fame in the art world, Porfirio Salinas (1910-1973) devoted his artistic life to capturing the natural beauty of Texas. Seven of his original works are in the sale, led by Texas Fall, a verdant landscape of Texas Hill Country. Consigned from a private San Antonio collection, the work is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

Bob Schrope ‘Daddy-O’ Wade (1943-2019) was a renowned sculptor and installation artist known as a pioneer of the Texas Cosmic Cowboy counterculture. With comical installations such as San Antonio’s World’s Largest Cowboy Boots, Wade brought audacity and a distinctive style to all his works. Hood Ropin’ from 2003 is an acrylic over a digital canvas print and is estimated at $6,000-$8,000.

Dallas-based artist David Bates (b. 1952-) announced his retirement in 2021. Demand for his works have continued to rise, particularly items from The Katrina Collection series. The top lot in the sale is Tennessee Street II, a 2007 oil on canvas in which Bates captures the pathos of lives shattered in the aftermath of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans in 2005. As Heritage Auctions notes, “Bates already had a long history of painting the Gulf Coast — swamps, bayous, communities, fishermen, wildlife — and this series hit hard and made an impression on even the most critical audience. ” It carries an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.

Though not Texan, Julian Onderdonk (1882-1922) is represented in the sale with three works. Interestingly, the large 30 by 37in oil-on-canvas Early Morning from 1904 is signed Chas. Turner, his pseudonym for works sold through his art dealer Charles Tunison. Doing so ensured Tunison would control Onderdonk’s sales and prohibit buyers from interacting directly with the artist. It comes framed by Onderdonk himself, and is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

Art historian and Onderdonk expert James Graham Baker described Early Morning for Heritage: “…a rising sun viewed from the highlands of Arrochar looking southeast out to the Lower Bay of New York and on to the Atlantic. It is dated 1904, during the time Julian and Guy du Bois had opened the Onderdonk School of Art at the old Barrett Mansion in Arrochar, when Julian had begun to roam the Staten Island landscape, painting scenes that captured his visual interests.”
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Porfirio Salinas, ‘Texas Fall,’ estimated at $20,000-$30,000 at Heritage.
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Bob Schrope ‘Daddy-O’ Wade, ‘Hood Ropin”, estimated at $6,000-$8,000 at Heritage.
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David Bates, ‘Tennessee Street II,’ estimated at $30,000-$50,000 at Heritage.
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Julian Onderdonk, ‘Early Morning,’ estimated at $20,000-$30,000 at Heritage.
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José Vives-Atsara, ‘Spanish Country-side,’ estimated at $8,000-$12,000 at Heritage.
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Gallery Report: Maud Lewis work was a showstopper at Miller & Miller

ATLANTA – At the start of every month, ACN columnist Ken Hall compiles the most notable auction highlights from across the United States and also the world. The May 2023 edition of Ken’s Gallery Report showcases a bumper crop of standout results. All prices quoted include the buyer’s premium, except where noted.

Maud Lewis painting, CA$91,450, Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.

An oil-on-board painting by Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis (1903-1970), titled Traffic Jam, sold for $91,450 in an online-only Canadiana & Decorative Arts auction held March 25 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., in New Hamburg, Canada. Also, a circa-1820s Georgian period Canadian breakfast table in mahogany, attributed to Thomas Nisbet, rose to $16,520; and a circa-1820s Montreal key hole wall clock by Martin Cheney earned $20,060. Prices are in Canadian dollars.

Art Deco-style jardiniere, $26,620, Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery

An Art Deco-style bronze jardiniere, after a vase by Pierre Lenoir (French 1879-1953) and Marcel Guillard (French 1896-1932), for Etling, Paris, sold for $26,620 at an Estates & Collections auction held April 20-22 by Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery in Atlanta. Also, Study of a Brown Bay Horse by Rosa Bonheur (French, 1822-1899) brought $15,730; and a 1970 Modern Head Relief by Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997) hit $14,520.

Ludwig van Beethoven letter, $99,000, RR Auction

A handwritten letter by composer Ludwig van Beethoven sold for $99,000 in an online auction that ended April 12 at RR Auction in Boston. The one-page letter, penned sometime in September 1823, was written in German and signed “Beethoven.” It concerned sending his work Missa Solemnis (Latin for “Solemn Mass”) to London and was addressed to Franz Christian Kirchhoffer. In the letter, Beethoven invites Kirchhoffer and his nephew Karl to lunch at his flat on Sunday.

Cartier Coussin watch, $34,650, Hindman

A Cartier 18K gold Bamboo Coussin watch sold for $34,650 at a Watches Auction held in April by Hindman in Chicago. Also, a Cartier 18K gold Tank watch rang up $16,380; a Cartier 18K gold dual-time Tonneau watch realized $8,820; a Roger Dubuis perpetual calendar chronograph Hommage watch commanded $28,350; an Alfred Dunhill lighter with a clock went for $7,560; and an 18K gold Jaeger-Lecoultre watch garnered $21,420.

Toshiko Takaezu ceramic, Moon$541,800, Rago/Wright/LAMA

Toshiko Takaezu’s (American, 1922-2011) ceramic creation titled Moon sold for $541,800 at a Post-War Ceramics Auction held April 13 by Rago/Wright/LAMA in Lambertville, New Jersey. It was a new world auction record for the artist. Also, John Mason’s Untitled (Vertical Sculpture) went for $258,300, setting a new world auction record for the artist; Betty Woodman’s Pillow Pitcher finished at $69,300; Peter Voulkos’s Untitled (Stack) changed hands for $44,100; and Viola Frey’s Bubble Man achieved $27,720.

Negro Motorist Green Book, $50,000, Swann Auction Galleries

A 1949 copy of the Negro Motorist Green Book sold for $50,000, breaking the previous record of $27,500, in a Printed & Manuscript African Americana auction held March 30 by Swann Galleries in New York. Also, an inscribed carte de visite by the early photographer James Presley Ball achieved $125,000; a Civil War-era photograph of Black Union recruits at Camp William Penn brought $52,500; and a copy of the Harlem Renaissance-era literary magazine Fire! went for $32,500.

Late Georgian tea caddy, $2,375, Roland Auctions

An English late Georgian shell-inlaid tea caddy of sarcophagus form sold for $2,375 at a Multi-Estates Auction held April 1 at Roland Auctions in Glen Cove, New York. Also, an 18th-century American Chippendale mahogany and marble table settled at $18,750; a GIA-certified 3.34-carat diamond in a platinum ring slipped onto a new finger for $34,375; a set of 12 Chinese paintings mounted in a fold-out book brought $50,000; and a Neoclassical-style gilt bronze chandelier made $5,000.

Qing dynasty Manchu empress’s robe, $100,000, Lark Mason Associates

A Qing dynasty Manchu empress’s 12-symbol embroidered yellow gauze robe, or jifu, sold for $100,000 in an online Asia Week auction that closed March 30 at Lark Mason Associates in New York City. Also, a Qing dynasty Chinese amber figure of Shoulao realized $26,250; and a large 20th-century Nine Peach and Blossoms vase went to a determined bidder for $22,500.

Alphonse Mucha’s The Stars$114,000, Poster Auctions International

Alphonse Mucha’s (Czech, 1860-1939) decorative panel poster from 1902, titled The Stars, sold for $114,000 at Rare Posters Auction #89 held March 26 by Poster Auctions International in New York City. Also, Geo Ham’s Monaco Grand Prix 1933 realized $20,400; Leonetto Cappiello’s 1903 Absinthe Gempp Pernod finished at $26,400; Ludwig Hohlwein’s Besuchet den Tiergarten from 1912 earned $13,200; and Charles Loupot’s 1929 Cafe Preccia: Maquette attained $18,000.

1859 Comstock Lode mining document, $16,875, Holabird Western Americana Collections

An 1859 document dating to the very beginning of the Comstock Lode silver rush in the U.S. sold for $16,875 at a Big Bonanza auction held March 30-April 2 by Holabird Western Americana Collections in Reno, Nevada. Also, a U.S. $10,000 gold certificate, cancelled and not redeemable, printed in Washington, D.C. and dated May 3, 1917, achieved $2,875; and a collection of six antique Oklahoma I. T. (Indian Territory) crown top bottles brought $3,000.

Warhol Mick Jagger print, $131,250, Heritage Auctions

Artist Andy Warhol’s 1975 screenprint portrait titled Mick Jagger, signed by the Rolling Stones front man, sold for $131,250 at a Prints & Multiples auction held April 18 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas. Also, a 1989 set of four lithographs by Keith Haring, titled Pop Shop III, realized $125,000; Joan Mitchell’s large lithograph diptych titled Sunflowers brought $93,750; and Pablo Picasso’s linocut from 1962 titled Grande Tete Femme earned $62,500.

Majolica dish and cover, $62,225, Doyle

A Mintons majolica hare and duck head game-pie dish and cover attributed to Paul Comolera sold for $62,225 at Part 2 of the sale of the Joan Stacke Graham Majolica Collection, held April 4 by Doyle in New York City. Also, a circa-1875 T.C. Brown Westhead, Moore & Co. Egyptian Revival Majolica garden seat realized $50,400; and a circa-1875 Mintons majolica Japanese boat spill vase designed by Johann (John) Hasselmann Henk brought $28,350.

Wasatch Gasoline sign, $324,000, Dan Morphy Auctions

A Wasatch Gasoline 48in-diameter porcelain service station sign sold for $324,000 at an Automobilia, Petroliana & Railroadiana Auction held March 21-23 by Dan Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania. Also, a Polly Gasoline porcelain neon service station sign with a parrot mascot flew to $78,000; a Mohawk Gasoline porcelain service station sign with a Native American down feather graphic earned $312,000; and an Idaho Chief Gasoline service station sign made $138,000.

Tiffany Arabian lamp, $7,200, Treasureseeker Auctions

A Tiffany Studios Arabian lamp with a signed Favrile shade and a signed brass base sold for $7,200 in an online-only Spring into Treasures: Fine Art & Collectibles sale held April 16 by Treasureseeker Auctions in Pasadena, California. Also, a Meiji-era silver and enamel floral box went for $3,840; a cat painting by Jules Leroy finished at $3,520; a 19th-century malachite and bronze clock decorated with a cherub and a rooster reached $3,300; and a Japanese silver and enamel vase settled at $2,560.

Saturday Night Fever suit, $260,000, Julien’s Auctions

The iconic white suit John Travolta wore when playing the character Tony Manero in the movie Saturday Night Fever sold for $260,000 at a Hollywood: Classic and Contemporary auction held April 22 by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. Also, Bela Lugosi’s vampire mirror cigarette box from the 1931 film Dracula achieved $130,000; a coat and hat worn by Warren Beatty in the movie Dick Tracy made $91,000; and a hoverboard from Back to the Future II floated to $91,000.

Porfirio Salinas painting, $47,200, Amero Auctions

An untitled Texas landscape with bluebonnets by Porfirio Salinas sold for $47,200 at a Spring 2023 Spectacular Sale held March 26 by Amero Auctions in Sarasota, Florida. Also, a pair of Spring Festival pattern elongated hexagonal tables by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne earned $18,880; a pair of Egyptian-style bronze figures by Emile Louis Picault brought $10,620; and an equestrian-themed painting by Alfred Wierusz-Kowalski, titled Morning Ride, galloped off with $44,250.

Tiffany & Co. bird brooch, $17,500, John Moran Auctioneers, Inc.

A Tiffany & Co. mother-of-pearl, diamond, yellow sapphire and onyx bird brooch sold for $17,500 at an auction titled Jewelry from the Estate of Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, held March 29 by John Moran Auctioneers, Inc. in Los Angeles. Also, a pear-shape 26-carat diamond ring realized $979,000; a Zambian emerald and diamond ring brought $21,250; and a David Webb 18K gold rock crystal and lapis lazuli bracelet changed hands for $28,125.

Pair of Chinese bowls, $94,500, Freeman’s

A pair of Chinese famille rose-decorated Balsam-Pear bowls with a Jiaqing six-character seal mark and of the period sold for $94,500 at an Asian Arts auction held April 18 at Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, a pair of Chinese yellow-glazed bowls with the Kangxi mark and of the period rose to $81,900; a Chinese carved beige jade table screen left the room for $75,600; and a Chinese blue and white porcelain figural plaque from the Kangxi period earned $44,100.

 

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Fine art achieved strong results at Dallas Auction Gallery’s May 25 sale

Porfirio Salinas, ‘Bluebonnets,’ $46,875
Porfirio Salinas, ‘Bluebonnets,’ $46,875
Porfirio Salinas, ‘Bluebonnets,’ $46,875

DALLAS — Dallas Auction Gallery enjoyed strong results in fine art, watches and Chinese antiques in its May 25 Fine and Decorative Art Auction. The sale featured a selection of Texas, European and Contemporary art from various estates, as well as Chinese antiques and estate jewelry.

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Sophisticated art choices await at Dallas Auction Gallery, May 25

Paul Augustin Aizpiri, ‘Sainte Maxime,’ est. $25,000-$35,000
Paul Augustin Aizpiri, ‘Sainte Maxime,’ est. $25,000-$35,000
Paul Augustin Aizpiri, ‘Sainte Maxime,’ est. $25,000-$35,000

DALLAS — Dallas Auction Gallery will hold its next sale on Saturday, May 25, featuring a wide selection of Texas, European and contemporary art as well as a significant collection of Venetian glass, sterling silver, estate jewelry and Chinese antiques. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Everard to auction fine art from distinguished Savannah citizens, June 1-2

Style of Porfirio Salinas (Texas, 1910-1973), ‘Blue Bonnets,’ oil on canvas. Estimate $2,500-$3,500; starting bid $1,500

SAVANNAH, Ga. – On June 1-2, 2022, Everard Auctions will present a diverse selection of fine and decorative art, featuring property from the Estate of Murray C. Perlman of Savannah, Georgia. Perlman was a prominent Savannah resident who supported numerous organizations dedicated to local historic preservation, including the Historic Savannah Foundation. He was also an owner and partner of Savannah Galleries in historic downtown Savannah, which started selling fine American, English, and French antique furniture in 1968. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Texas art blooms like bluebonnets at Vogt, May 14

G. (Gerald Harvey Jones) Harvey, ‘Hill country bluebonnets,’ est. $10,000-$12,000
G. (Gerald Harvey Jones) Harvey, ‘Hill country bluebonnets,’ est. $10,000-$12,000
G. (Gerald Harvey Jones) Harvey, ‘Hill country bluebonnets,’ est. $10,000-$12,000

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Vogt Auction Galleries will present an auction of artwork, sculpture and pottery that pays homage to the legacy of Texas and the American West on Saturday, May 14, starting at 1 pm Central time. It will feature masterpieces by distinguished artists such as Jose Vives-Atsara, G. Harvey, Porfiro Salinas, John Nieto, Dawson Dawson-Watson and Helen Hunter. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Vogt’s Oct. 16 Texas art auction will feature NFTs

Bradley Settles, ‘Bandera,’ offered along with a non-fungible token (NFT) of same, est. $900-$1,200
Bradley Settles, ‘Bandera,’ offered along with a non-fungible token (NFT) of same, est. $900-$1,200

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Another landmark auction of fine fresh to the market Texas and Western artworks, sculpture, and pottery will be held at Vogt Auction on Saturday, October 16 at 1pm Central time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Texas artists triumph at Dallas Auction Gallery Sept. 8

Porfirio Salinas, ‘Bluebonnets with Fence and Gate,’ $56,250
Porfirio Salinas, ‘Bluebonnets with Fence and Gate,’ $56,250

DALLAS — Dallas Auction Gallery achieved strong results in Texas and Western art in their September 8 Fine and Decorative Art Auction. The sale featured a large selection of important fine art from Texas estates, including that of a premier Austin homebuilder and art collector, Bill Milburn; Dallas art collectors Sam and Helga Feldman; and the estate of art collector Walter Stein, a cousin of Gertrude Stein.Continue reading