Published: September 27, 2022
STAMFORD, CONN. – After years of selling mixed category auctions, Sam Pizzichillo at 5th Avenue Auctions tried his hand at a fine art only auction, which took place both live and online on September 17. Advertised as the firm’s “first strictly painting and artwork auction,” the sale featured 110 lots – many without reserves – sourced from a variety of homes and clients in New York City, Connecticut and New Jersey.
“I thought it did very, very well. I was very pleased with how it did,” Pizzichillo said.
Exceeding expectations and earning the top price of the day at $3,500 was an oil painting by Juan Archuleta (American, b 1948) that depicted a garden with iron gates. Measuring 29 ½ by 24 inches without its carved giltwood frame, the painting had come from the Northern New Jersey collection of Nancy Lipka. It sold to an online buyer against an estimate of $2/3,000.
Also, beating its estimate and finishing in second place at an even $1,000 was a mixed media figural study titled “The Voice and Spirit.” Signed “Rice Pereira,” it was the work of Irene Rice Pereira (American Spanish, 1902-1971).
Animal pictures rounded the leaderboard. Carlton Wiggins’ (American, 1848-1932) 1870 etching of cows came home for $750 and an oil on board of horses in a stable, without an artist’s attribution, rode to $688.
Prices quoted include the buyer’s premium as reported by the auction house. For more information, www.5thavenueny.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-247-1097.
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