Collectors and dealers were not intimidated by winter storm warnings for the weekend of Hesse Galleries’ February 7 auction of the James and Roberta Frazier stoneware collection. The auction gallery was filled to capacity with standing room only, and total sales were just under a quarter of a million dollars.
The first piece of stoneware sold was a marked David Morgan New York ovoid jug with incised pheasant. After serious competitive bids both from the floor and the telephone, the Morgan sold to a prominent collector for $38,500.
Also featured in the sale was a dated 1883 F. Gailliard painting depicting a busy Antwerp, Belgium, street scene. Bidders from Monaco, Brussels, London, Milan and the United States were active via both telephone and written absentee bids, plus there were bidders from the floor. After vigorous bidding from all quarters, the painting sold for $26,400.
Overall the sale consisted of a wide range of categories, which included early lighting, folk art, paintings, prints, stoneware, redware, woodenware, wildlife carvings and textiles.
A good selection of slip and tobacco decorated redware brought strong prices: a 101/2-inch pie plate sold for $1,320; a covered dish with ramshorn handles brought $1,815; a pitcher with tobacco splashed decoration sold at $1,155; and a two-color slip bowl with cover sold for a high bid of $1,980.
All prices quoted include the ten percent buyer’s premium.