Published: May 1, 2007
Four bronzes by Eugene Lanceray, the prodigiously talented Russian sculptor, painter, illustrator and maker of mosaics, commanded top money at the Grand View March 24, 2007, auction. A bronze of a rider aboard a horse roping a wild horse sold for $40,700. Another example with a hunter aboard a stallion with game realized $16,500, and a Cossack aboard a horse sold for $14,850. They all went to the same Florida collector. A fourth Lanceray bronze, a Cossack on a horse who is drinking water, went to a New York collector for $23,100. All four came from the same collection.
Grand View proprietor Jim Sloan said he had lots of phone activity and some Internet bidding, although a respectable number of bidders was present in the gallery. Roanoke is a town of some 7,000 souls, 2½ hours from Atlanta, and 2½ hours from Birmingham, Ala.
A rare Symphonion musical disc hall clock by Symphonion Musikwerke of Leipzig was a robust $24,200. It had a carved walnut case with Lenzkirch clock movements and was in good working order. The lot included 24 discs that can be played independently of the clock.
A late Nineteenth Century French Empire-style satinwood bureau plat with ornate gilt mounts sold for $15,400. The desk had an end-mounted cartonnier for storage.
Bedroom furniture was especially solid. An American walnut renaissance revival bed and dresser signed by Mitchell and Rammelsberg of Cincinnati sold for $7,975. Both pieces had Gothic arched panels and carved crests. The dresser had a marble top drop center.
A 99-inch Empire revival mahogany canopy bed with acanthus carving made in about 1880 sold for $3,850.
A handsome empire mahogany canopy bed signed by Dutreuil Barjon of New Orleans sold for $7,700 to a Mobile dealer. Barjon was a free man of color who arrived in New Orleans from Santo Domingo in 1813 and his work is prized.
An R.J. Horner mahogany bed, dresser and dressing table with serpentine fronts and carved with acanthus leaves and griffin heads from about 1890 drew $7,150 from a Las Vegas buyer.
An exceptional R.J. Horner cheval mirror in faux bamboo sold for $7,425. A quarter-sawn oak three-door bookcase had acanthus carving with later gilt embellishment and was attributed to Horner; it brought $4,675. An R.J. Horner mahogany desk carved with substantial griffins realized $6,050.
A 70-inch pair of circa 1850 matching rosewood bookcases attributed to J&JW Meeks of New York realized $4,950.
A circa 1870 renaissance revival walnut credenza with a floral inlaid door had ebonized and incised gold trim fetched $3,740, and a renaissance revival walnut and burl walnut hall tree had a marble shelf and sold for $3,190.
An American quarter-sawn oak desk chair with animal carved arms and feet in fine condition was a healthy $2,750.
A circa 1770 flame mahogany bonnet top highboy with shell carving, flame finials and rosettes and ball and claw feet sold for $9,900, while a Chippendale mahogany gaming table made in about 1780 with turret corners and ball and claw feet was $5,225.
A 67-inch Queen Anne burl walnut curio cabinet on stand with a double arch top above two doors and with a chinoiserie painted decoration from about 1730 drew $3,410.
A Tennessee cherry sugar chest that arrived in the gallery two days before the sale sold for $5,500.
An extensive, 108-piece, and very pretty Chinese Export armorial porcelain service in a blue floral design with gilt was exceptional and sold for $9,350. It comprised 19 10½-inch plates, 28 9½-inch bowls, 12 5½-inch bowls, one 6¼-inch bowl, 19 saucers, a creamer, a sugar, a teapot and a coffee pot.
A Handel lamp with a leaded glass shade with red flowers and whose signed base is illustrated in the literature sold for $5,500.
A pair of classical empire bronze argand lamps from about 1850 was $1,485.
A signed Victorian astral lamp with a cut glass shade by Philadelphia maker Cornelius and Co., was electrified and realized $770.
A circa 1810 American Hepplewhite cherry tall case clock with a shell carved door with a bull’s-eye went for $3,410 to the Birmingham trade. A circa 1820 French empire pillar clock was ebonized and had bronze mounts and an ornate pendulum. It realized $770.
A Nineteenth Century English rosewood barometer with inlay was signed “Joseph Curtis, Bristol” and realized $4,675. Also, a circa 1750 Welsh cupboard with an open hutch top above a two-door base on bracket feet sold for $2,970. An Empire dining table supported by a six-column pedestal had gadrooning and imposing claw feet and sold for $2,970, while a circa 1870 English Victorian walnut buffet carved with griffins, lions and a grotesque base attracted $2,300.
All prices quoted reflect the ten percent buyer’s premium. For information, 334-863-6040 or www.grandviewauction.com .
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