Published: July 18, 2017
A pair of gilt Modernist andirons recently went sky high at auction, along with a Black Forest mirror, a Wurlitzer jukebox and Chinese porcelain as we present a varied list of notable lots recently sold at auction around the United States.
ALAMEDA, CALIF. – A standout in Michaan’s July 8 auction was a pair of Italian Modernist gilt-bronze andirons, after Diego Giacometti (1902-1985), that attained $11,400. The circa 1978 andirons, retailed by Horchow, measure 13½ by 11 inches. For information, www.michaans.com, 510-740-0220 or 800-380-9822.
CHESTER, N.Y. – The top lot of William Jenack’s July 9 auction was a vintage Wurlitzer Model 1015 jukebox in working order, 60 by 32 inches, that went to an online bidder for $5,120. For information, www.jenack.com or 845-469-9095.
NEW YORK CITY – An oil on board by Paul Alphonse Viry depicting a seated young lady amid an opulent Renaissance Revival interior shearing the stem of an orchid and accompanied by an exotic bird and a pair of spaniels sold July 9 at Roland Auctions NY for $10,000. For information, www.rolandauctions.com or 212-260-2000.
ONLINE – A 1952 Willie Mays rookie card by Topps, graded 30 good 2 by SCG, opened at $5 at Alderfer’s online sports auction that ended on July 6. With an estimate of just $10/30, it was jumped on by the first bidder with a knockout bid of $400, which jumped immediately to $425. The final price for this rarity was $510. For information, www.alderferauction.com or 215- 393-3000.
BELLPORT, N.Y. – Thos. Cornell Galleries assembled a trove of Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century French, English and American furniture, decorations and accessories for its two-day summer estate auction on July 7 and 8. The angels – and there were many in this sale – were with a carved Black Forest violin-shaped mirror that fetched $2,875. For information, www.thoscornellauctions.com or 631-289-9505.
PLAINFIELD, N.H. – Choice items from many area homes and estates presented a unique holiday event at William Smith as its July 7 sale offered everything from a Kubota tractor to collections of porcelain, glass and china. Topping that category were eight pieces of orange Fitzhugh Chinese export (American market) with great seal motif and comprising six plates, 7¾-inch diameter, along with two covered pots. They left the auction gallery at $19,550. For information, www.smithauction.com or 603-675-2549.
PLAINVILLE, CONN. – A Dante Marioni (American, b 1964) “Black and Red Reticello Leaf,” 2009, blown glass vase brought $6,480 at Winter Associates July 10 auction. Realizing the same amount was an oil on canvas painting titled “Pasture in Lyme” by George M. Bruestle (American, 1871-1939), depicting a fall landscape under bright blue sky with scattered clouds, a cluster of trees with leaves beginning to change in a field with scattered rocks. For information, www.auctionsappraisers.com or 860-793-0288.
PHILADELPHIA – Freeman’s conducted its Estates at 1808 auction on July 12, offering more than 150 lots from the estate of a prominent Palm Beach collector. The top lot, selling for $8,125, was a pair of large Chinese Rose Mandarin jars and covers with copper alloy mounts, circa 1825-40, each 24 inches high. The jars were decorated with elaborate figural scenes against dense borders of flowers and butterflies. For information, www.freemansauction.com or 267-414-1225.
WINDSOR, CONN. – A pair of Louis XVI-style custom chairs in green paint realized $3,625 at Nadeau’s Auction Gallery’s sale of custom mahogany, contemporary art and decorative accessories on July 15. Each measured 32 inches high by 34 inches wide. For information, www.nadeausauction.com, 860-246-244 or 860-524-8666.
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