Published: March 22, 2022
Auction Action In Beverly, Mass.
BEVERLY, MASS. – Kaminski Auction’s late February sale concluded with the fine arts category taking the two top lots of the auction, and contemporary art leading the way. A Banksy dog stencil, pencil edition, signed and dated, purchased initially by the consignor at Art Basel in 2012, took the top prize with a price of $25,125, Similarly, a Keith Haring print of “Liberty,” marker on paper sold for $21,250. Both pieces were sold through the Kaminski Auctions bidding platform KaminskiLIVE.
Several bids from Europe and the United Kingdom came in on a rare English Flight Barr and Barr Worcester porcelain two-handled vase, circa 1810-1820. The urn may be the work of Thomas Baxter (1782-1821), who was one of the greatest ceramic artists of his time. Baxter was born in Worcester, England, and trained and worked at his father’s decorating studios in London. Though unsigned, the 9-by-7-inch cobalt blue and gilt urn was in good condition and hailed from a Peabody, Mass., estate. It ultimately sold to a floor bidder for $13,200.
An antique suit of armor removed from Taymouth Castle in Scotland, along with a collection of Japanese swords and daggers from a South Hamilton, Mass., collection, also sold very well. The suit of armor lit up the internet and was finally hammered down by a LiveAuctioneers bidder at $10,200, while most of the swords sold in the $2,500-$3,500 range. A collection of Chinese printed photos, currency and a photo book from the Chin dynasty was purchased by a successful floor bidder at $5,400, while a German World War II wool police jacket brought $4,800.
Silver and jewelry in the sale did well. A Georg Jensen Royal Danish pattern sterling silver flatware set sold for $3,625, while a South Sea pearl double strand necklace brought $2,250.
An extensive set of English Spode dinnerware in the “Ship Recovery of Salem” pattern from a Palm Beach estate brought $3,000.
Prices given include the buyer’s premium as stated by the auction house.
Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, are the dates of Kaminski’s next estate auction. The sale features a selection of art, furniture and furnishings from Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and local New England estates.
The Kaminski gallery is at 117 Elliott Street, Route 62. Preview hours are Monday to Friday, March 21-25, 10 am to 5 pm and the days of the sale begin at 8 am. The preview is open while the auction is live. For additional information, www.kaminskiauctions.com.
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