Published: May 9, 2023
Fine and decorative arts showed their colors in this past week’s top lots. Doyle set a world record for Alex Katz prints, Copake boosted a Carlos Botelho cityscape past its estimate and Freedom sold a Florida landscape. Meanwhile, two lamps and a sofa with designer makers brightened up the block. Read on for more fabulous finds.
MEDWAY, MASS. — A signed Handel lamp with butterflies set bidders’ hearts aflutter at Coyle Auction’s two-session sale on April 25. Session I was devoted to rugs and curiosities, while Session II was the firm’s main estates auction. The Handel lamp, signed HB 5933 “Henry Bedigie” with a bronze base, was bid to $3,565. Bedigie was at the Handel Company for a long time. He was one of the lead designers and artists. His signature can also appear as HB or H.B., as it was on this lamp. For information, www.coylesauction.com or 508-733-6868.
COPAKE, N.Y. — Copake Auction’s April 29 sale featured Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century estate furniture, artwork, folk art, period accessories, china, glass, stoneware, primitives and more. And it was artwork that caught the eye of bidders who took a painting by Carlos Botelho (1899-1982) past its $7,000 high estimate to the final price of $11,400, making it the top lot in the auction. The untitled oil on canvas depicting a village scene was signed in the lower right corner and measured 28 by 36 inches overall. Botelho was a Portuguese Modernist painter, illustrator, comics artist, political cartoonist, satirist and caricaturist. For information, 518-329-1142 or www.copakeauction.com.
NEW YORK CITY — Doyle conducted a sweeping auction of Prints and Multiples on April 25. In all, the sale established 15 new world auction records for prints by Vija Celmins, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Glenn Ligon, Joan Miro, James Rizzi, Eduard Wiiralt and Zao Wou-ki. Three world auction records were achieved for prints by Alex Katz (b 1927), including “Ada with Flowers” from the Flower family collection that soared past its estimate of $8/12,000 to realize a record $31,500. The 1980 color screen print depicted the artist’s wife Ada with a large bouquet of colorful daisies and a blue delphinium. For information, 212-427-2730 or www.doyle.com.
CHEVY CHASE, MD. — Sloans & Kenyon conducted its monthly Estate Catalogue Auction on April 27 with more than 560 lots of fine art, antique cars, furniture and more. However, the top sale was one of only six jewelry lots, a man’s 18K golf Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona wristwatch from 2007. The watch was in new condition with its original tag, inner and outer packaging, as well as all its literature and certificates. It was bid with a $25/35,000 estimate to $33,020. For information, www.sloansandkenyon.com or 301-634-2330.
BEVERLY, MASS. — Kaminski’s Late April Estates Auction took place over two days on April 29 and 30, offering over 700 lots altogether. Chinese art and decorative arts led both sales, excluding jewelry lots on the second day’s sale. April 29 was led by a Chinese red-glaze vase from a private Georgia collection, showing a Kangxi mark on the base, that multiplied its $500/800 estimate to $5,313. This was followed in price by a lidded porcelain box decorated with peaches and blossoms, with a Qianlong base mark, that sold to the floor for $4,200 ($1,6/2,000). April 30 brought a reclining Chinese carved jade Buddha, also surpassing its $300/400 estimate at $5,700, and a John Robinson (British, 1935-2007) bronze titled “Leap Frog” that jumped to $5,700 ($4/6,000). Both of these came from the Boston estate of Dr Marcelle Willock and sold to bidders on the floor. For information, 978-927-2223 or www.kaminskiauctions.com.
LITCHFIELD, CONN. — Of the 341 lots of fine art and antiques offered by Litchfield Auctions on April 28, one of the biggest surprises of the day — and the top price to boot — was the $40,300 realized for a 21¾-inch-tall Iznik pottery lamp that was sold together with a framed Iznik tile, the size of which was not given in the online catalog. Estimated at $100/150, both were from the estate of a Princeton, N.J., archaeologist and scholar and sold to a private collector on the East Coast who told the auction house they were most interested in the tile, which was rare for its large size. For information, 860-567-4661 or www.litchfieldcountyauctions.com.
SARASOTA, FLA. — Freedom Auction Company offered 875 lots in its vintage poster, fine art, modern and objects auction on April 30. Climbing to the apex of the sale just 100 lots into the day was an oil on canvas titled “Scene at Stafford Island, Florida” by Hermann O. Herzog (German American, 1832-1932), measuring 24½ by 29 inches in a gilt Newcomb Macklin frame. Estimated at $50/70,000, the view, which had provenance to the Frank S. Schwarz & Son gallery of Philadelphia and an estate on Anna Maria, Island, Fla., rose to $99,375 and was purchased by a Florida collector. For information, 941-725-2166 or www.freedomauctions.com.
HUDSON, N.Y. — A Midcentury Modern sofa, the design of the frame attributed to Harvey Probber, and upholstered with a colorful fabric by Jack Lenor Larsen, made a colorful statement in Public Sale Auction House’s “After Dark & Clean Lines” sale on April 30. Bringing $4,500 against an estimate of $1,5/2,000, it was the highest price achieved in the 967-lot sale which also featured the photo archive of William Como, editor of After Dark and Dance Magazine. For information, 518-966-7253 or www.publicsale.com.
THOMASTON, MAINE — The Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Simple Pleasures discovery auction on May 3 brought several surprises to the block. Foremost among these was a 1876 broadside advertising an address by American abolitionist Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) and Israel Washburn Jr (1813-1883) at an upcoming Republican rally in Wiscasset, Maine. Washburn was the 29th governor of Maine (1861-63) and a two-time state representative (1851-53, 1861-63), and the town of Washburn is named in his honor. The unframed broadside showed a loss in the upper right hand corner, soiling and bends, yet still sold for more than 100 times its low estimate at $10,000 ($100/200). For information, 207-354-8141 or www.thomastonauction.com.
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