Big time, big money cross paths at J.K. Galleries

June 29, 2007

( BOCA RATON, Fla.) - J.K. Galleries staged a massive three-day, 1,200-lot sale that took place over May 27, May 28 and June 10. The sale attracted 180 registered bidders in the gallery and 890 registered bidders on, which provided live online and absentee bidding for the sale. Before the sale, auction owner Jay Kielstock said that he had assembled probably the best inventory in the Galleries’ history. The results bore him out.

The top lot of the sale was a white gold Chopard Imperial lady’s diamond watch with baguette and round diamonds, of f- color and vvs quality, and weighing approximately 30 carats. The Chopard line of elegant watches was introduced early in the 20th century by Swiss watchmaker Louis Ulys Chopard. Many consider these watches to be the most stylish in the world. This one styled its way to top lot of the sale, bringing the winning bid of $69,000 including buyer’s premium. Another fine timepiece, while not quite in the same league as the Chopard, still kept a spot at the top of the dial. A Patek Phillippe 18 karat yellow gold men’s Calatrava Model 5107.1J-001, with an 18 karat deployment band, 30 jewel signed movement, original box and all papers in like new condition, sold for $23,000.

Three lamps sold at unexpectedly high prices during the auction. A Handel Black Parrot lamp, #7023, with 17.5-inch shade brought $11,500 and another Handel with a shade signed “Handel #5664” earned $8,050. A Pairpoint lamp with a signed shade featuring ship scenes sold for $4,830.

J.K. Galleries is well-known for its sales in the art pottery category, especially with Roseville, and this sale was no exception. The top Roseville lot was a Rozane portrait vase, 21 inches high, featuring a portrait of a dog in collar. In standard glaze with large loop handles, man’s best friend went to a new best friend on the west coast of Florida for $2,990. The same buyer was the successful bidder for a Rozane 12-inch vase with a portrait of a horse. It sold for $1,610. Roseville’s Futura line is always popular among bidders. An 8-inch Milk Carton vase in tan and bluish green brought $2,070; a Futura green fan vase, standing 9 inches tall in Shape 407, glossy lime green shading to dark emerald at the base, sold for $1,840; and a Futura balloon vase, also standing 9 inches tall with a green body closed at $1,499.

Pottery was not the only pretty show at the sale. Glass also made a strong appearance. A Daum Cameo Pillow vase, featuring a 7.5-inch flattened ovoid body with textured ground and mottled interior and an excellent winter landscape scene, sold for $8,625. A 4.5-inch Daum Nancy cabinet vase with winter scene brought in $4,830. A Quezal gold Jack in the Box vase, measuring 13 inches tall by 7.5 inches in diameter at the top, sold online for $6,000. Finally, a signed D’Argental glass center bowl, measuring 5.5 inches high by 13 inches in diameter, with large wild roses and leaves on thorny stems, sold for $3,105.

A bit of Tiffany added a glamor in the form of an opalescent cabinet vase, standing 6.5 inches tall, with long neck and flared lemon yellow and opal rim. It sold for $4,830 as did a Tiffany decorated, pulled feather vase with swirled feathers in blue and greens, measuring 3.5 inches tall by 6 inches wide and signed “LCT K 1033.” A 17-inch Tiffany favrile with gold favrile stem, a 5-inch flared rim and bronze base brought $3,795. The fourth Tiffany item was a 10-by-14-inch watercolor of a North African scene bearing the initials L.C.T. in the lower right corner. It sold for $6,325.

The biggest surprise of the three-day sale was a trio of cups and saucers. One set bearing a Dresden mark from the 1890s, estimated at $300 to $400 sold for $1,610 to a bidder in South Carolina. The same bidder won a Royal Vienna cup and saucer, also estimated at $300 to $400 for $2,990. But the real surprise was a Royal Vienna, 3-inch cup and 4-inch saucer, with Germany marks, gold scrolls and figural bird handle with a portrait of a beautiful brunette, estimated at $300 to $400. It brought a new record for J.K. Galleries, earning 59 bids the most ever at the auction house. It also brought a showdown between a phone bidder in Canada and a bidder online. The online bidder won at $5,280.

One pair of lots, two black memorabilia prints for 1914 of hands in a cotton field, produced a poignant surprise for one bidder. A prospective bidder perusing the online catalog called Kielstock to say that his great- grandfather had taken those photos and he had been looking for them for decades. He won them with an online bid of $120 each.

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