Published: February 6, 2007
Total sales of $1.7 million was the end result of Jackson’s International December 6–7 auction featuring American and European fine art and antiques. The two-day sale included more than 720 registered bidders representing 30 countries worldwide.
The auction opened with American paintings beginning with a diminutive 12-by-18-inch still life of raspberries by Levi Prentice (1851–1935). The painting was fresh-to-the-market having recently been acquired by the consignor at a garage sale for only $10. Seven phone lines and three in-house bidders competed for the charming little oil that carried a preauction estimate of $15/22,000. When bidding finally ceased, the hammer fell at $52,800.
Next up was a typical Frederick J. Waugh (1861–1940) seascape, 28 by 36 inches; with a few areas of restoration the painting still managed a very respectable $19,300. A mountainous landscape by Charles Partridge Adams (1858–1942) measuring 16 by 24 inches sold to a collector from Montana for $14,600 and a wildlife painting of elephants by contemporary artist Gary R. Swanson sold to a buyer from Oklahoma for $10,500.
European paintings saw wide interest when an attractive interior genre painting of a mother with newborn baby by Italian artist Carlo Facchinetti (1870–1955) established a new world record auction price by selling for $24,675. That was followed by a 23-by-31-inch oil by Austrian artist Hans Zatzka (1859–1945) which sold for $23,500. A Venetian Grand Canal scene by French artist Felix Ziem (1821–1911) sold for $15,275. A 13-by-18-inch Paris street scene by Antoine Blanchard (1910–1988) brought a good price at $14,100.
A lovely oil on panel painting of the “Coronation of the Virgin” in the manner of Bernhard Strigel sold to a buyer from the United Kingdom for $15,275. Russian works including icons sold next, with one of many highlights being a circa 1900 icon of the virgin and child, measuring 10 by 12 inches and overlaid with a silver and enamel riza, it sold to a New York buyer for $35,250 against a presale estimate of $6/8,000.
A Seventeenth Century icon of Christ, measuring 12 by 8 inches sold to a collector in Seoul, South Korea, for $9,900. A small 7-by-10-inch oil on canvas of a village church by Russian artist Vasili V. Vereshchagin (1842–1904) sold for $28,200. A bronze of a charging Cossack by Evgeny A. Lansere (1848–1886) sold for $18,200.
A good number of European and ecclesiastical works sold next, including a late Nineteenth Century French gilt bronze reliquary measuring 17 inches high that sold for $10,575. An Eighteenth or Nineteenth Century French carved ivory figure of St John the Baptist measuring 161/2 inches sold to a buyer from Germany for $9,200. A pair of matching French gilt bronze tower-form reliquaries sold to a buyer from Pittsburgh for $7,600. A Nineteenth Century French silver-gilt and Limoges enamel monstrance sold to a New Orleans buyer for $5,600.
Day one concluded with an offering of art bronzes including “Genie de la Danse,” by French sculpture Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827–1875) that sold to a buyer from Boston for $7,000. A bronze bust of a young boy by Italian American artist Atillio Piccirilli (1866–1945) sold for $5,400.
Day two opened with glassware and decorative arts beginning with a 9-inch cameo vase by Burgun and Schverer, with minor flaking, that sold to a California buyer for $12,900. An unmarked 14-inch Tiffany hall lamp sold for $17,600, while a large French wrought iron chandelier with Muller Fres shades sold to a buyer in New York for $10,000. An interesting wrought iron decorative gate sold for $5,600. A French gilt bronze figural centerpiece sold for $6,400.
Furniture was sold last with a set of 12 Jacobean Revival-style side chairs from the early Twentieth Century selling for $5,100. A Steinway parlor grand piano, circa 1898, with cracked soundboard, managed a respectable winning bid of $11,000. Nineteenth Century American bird’s-eye maple was strong including a drop leaf table for $1,000 and a small worktable for $1,500. Other furnishings of note included a rococo-style walnut parlor table that sold well even with a cracked marble top bringing $5,100 from a local collector, and an Art Deco iron patio set sold to a collector in New Hampshire for $2,300.
All prices given include the buyer’s premium.
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