Published: February 5, 2002
CEDAR FALLS, IOWA – The December 1 and 2 auction at Jackson’s International kicked off the winter auction season and saw widespread interest with total sales of over $1,108,000.
The two-day auction featured works and collections from a variety of consignors including an offering of Russian icons from the Vladimir Troynikov Estate in Munich, Germany, together with rdf_Descriptions from the Jacque and Collette Martin Collection in Paris, France, as well as rdf_Descriptions from the collection of Mr. David Helberg, St. Paul, Minn.
More than 650 bidders (including phone and Internet bidders) representing 42 states and 12 countries were registered. Each lot offered was illustrated in the 164-page full color catalog.
Day one featured paintings, European works, three-dimensional decorative arts and Russian icons. One highlight of day one was the fresh-to-the-market 20 by 12-inch oil on canvas unidentified landscape by Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830-1902). The painting attracted many bidders from coast to coast, and sold for an $78,200 (including premium), slightly over its high estimate.
The sale opened with American paintings beginning with many well-known artists such as the aforementioned Bierstadt, as well as a 16 by 24-inch abstract by Marvin Cone (1891-1950) entitled “Memorial #1” and dating to around 1950 selling for $15,500.
A small 6 by 8-inch oil on wood panel by Ralph Albert Blakelock (1845-1919), sold for $6,612. One oil on board, by a little known American artist, William Steene (1888-1965), “Railroad Station in Snow,” estimated at $1,750/$2,500 brought $7,475.
A 30 by 24 inch oil on canvas by Knute Heldner (1877-1952) depicting a harbor scene, originally purchased by the consignor at a Midwest house sale along with a mirror, went for $10. It did “slightly” better at Jackson’s International, bringing $4,600.
Other sales of American paintings include a 20 by 22-inch oil on canvas by Frank Virgil Dudley (1868-1957), “Autumn Dunes” sold for $4,025; a 22 by 18-inch oil on wood panel landscape by Abel George Warshawsky (1883-1962), $6,037; a 16 by 20-inch oil on panel by the Iowa artist Daniel Rhodes (1911-1989) $2,530; Jenne Magafan’s (1916-1952) “Autumn Wind” depicting cornstalks, $4,600; and “Curious Clouds” by the director of Corning Glass Works, Fredrick R. Carder (born 1864), brought $2,185.
European paintings saw strong interest with the highlight being an oil on canvas Venetian scene by Felix Ziem (1821-1911) measuring 25 by 38 inches selling for $16,100. A 26 by 33 inch oil on canvas depicting “Therese Matsch with Grapes” by her husband, Frans von Matsch (1861-1942), brought $7,475; a 61/2 by 51/4 inch painting of the Madonna and Child by Austrian artist Carl Froschl (1848-1934) in a hammered silver frame, $6,210; a 24 by 30 inch oil on canvas depicting a “Winter Wooded Landscape at Sunset” by Hungarian artist Laszlo NeoGrady (1900-1962) finished at $6,900; and a small Paris street scene by Antoine Blanchard (1910-1988) sold for $5,462.
An offering of three-dimensional sculpture and bronzes included a carved alabaster figure of Cupid by the Italian artist U. Biagini selling for $2,875; a bronze by Ary Jean Leon Bitter (French 1883-1973), depicting a woman with a deer and lamb, $2,070; a carved and polychrome wood figure of a seated Christ, catalogued as German, Nineteenth Century, $4,312; a Seventeenth Century French carved wood crucifixion, $3,737; and a carved Baroque bust of a bishop saint with some losses sold for $3,450.
European works included an unsigned French silvered and gilded 36 inch bronze figure of the Virgin and Child, Nineteenth Century, bringing $6,325; a silver and gilded bronze figural monstrance, $4,312; a small French carved ivory corpus Eighteenth Century, $2,530; a Russian silver and shaded enamel kovsh, $6,325; a smaller Russian shaded enamel kovsh, $2,070 and a silver Art Nouveau style footed kovsh sold for $2,300.
A Russian silver gilt and enamel tea set comprised of a sugar, creamer and tongs, sold for $9,200; a small Russian silver and enamel sugar bowl, dated 1895, $2,012; a small two-piece silver and enamel egg by Maria Semenova, $2,875; a Nineteenth Century Russian Samovar, $747 and a large Imperial Russian period lacquer box depicting a country girl on the lid realized $747. A buyer from Dallas, Texas, paid $1,265 for a Tsar Nicholas II coronation “blood cup,” and a 20 inch Russian/Georgian kinjal from the Nineteenth Century went to the phone for $1,495.
Russian icons from the Vladimir Troynokov estate in Munich, Germany, did well with an interesting set of Nineteenth Century Deisis Tier icons, selling for $16,100; a 24 by 30 inch icon of God the Father, $6,900; a Russian icon of the Hodigitria Mother of God, missing much of its gilding, $5,175; a Nineteenth Century Russian icon triptych measuring 26 by 25 inches, $6,612 and a 12 by 10 inch Russian icon of Saint John Climacus (of the ladder) finished at $5,520.
Day two featured glassware, porcelain, decorative arts and coins with the highlight being a cased Regina music box, circa 1898, that sold for $21,850 and a 90 by 261/2 inch Rock Island Railroad System reverse painted mother-of-pearl office depot sign also sold for $21,850 against an estimate of $15/18,000.
Cameo glass kicked off day two with a 51/4 inch Daum Nancy enameled and wheel carved glass handled bowl decorated with mushrooms selling for $6,037; an 18 inch Muller Fres and Chapelle blown out glass and wrought iron vase, $8,050; an Andre Delatte cameo glass vase measuring 101/2 inches, $1,380; a 151/2 inch, $1,380; a 151/2 inch Le Verre Francois “Décor Fougeres” cameo glass vase, $1,725; Daum Nancy wheel carved 5 inch vase with a design of flowering iris, $2,127; and a 51/4 inch English cameo perfume with silver mounts and carved design of wildflowers brought $2,415.
A decorated gray glass Daum Nancy vase measuring 53/4 inches sold for $2,185; a small Galle cameo glass and bronze table lamp with Art Nouveau base; $3,680; a Daum Nancy cameo glass table lamp in gray glass, $4,312; and a Daum Nancy glass plafonnoir with salmon and amber overlay that finished at $3,680.
Tiffany glass including a “Fleur de Lis” leaded glass and bronze table lamp, measuring 211/2 inches high, selling for $18,400 and a Tiffany Favrile glass vase with iridized finish $1,150. Other glassware sales include a collection of Labino glass; a 9 inch glass sculpture titled, “Emergence XVI” brought $6,325; a 61/2 inch “Harlequin” vase, $2,530.
A 12-piece collection of U.S. coin glass totaled $8,855 with the highlights being a metal lidded coin glass syrup selling for $1,092; a 51/2 inch coin glass stoppered cruet, $1,150; a coin glass bread plate, $1,150; a matching pair of banquet lamps in enameled cranberry glass, $4,025; and a 7 inch cranberry glass and sterling overlay trophy pitcher sold for $1,035.
Decorative arts included an Art Nouveau Jacques Gruber cameo glass front cabinet measuring 9’2″ in height, $20,700; a Louis Majorelle “Le Bles” sideboard and dining table, in need of TLC, $14,375; a small Art Nouveau leaded glass bookcase with gilt bronze decoration, $3,450; a American oak secretary bookcase; $3,450; a Nineteenth Century three-piece silver-plated table grouping consisting of two candelabra and centerpiece, $3,680; a 171/2 inch Mettlach wall plaque depicting a castle on a cliff, $1,035; and another 171/2 inch Mettlach wall plaque also finished at $1,035.
Other sales from day two featured a collection of 68 lots of U.S. gold coins, circa 1870-1910 that totaled $43,826; a 91/4 x 91/4 inch hand painted KPM plaque depicting a man lighting his pipe, $2,760; a 193/4 inch carved Chinese ivory figure of a maiden, $2,990; a collection of 37 pieces of Buffalo “Deldare” totaled $11,247, including a “Deldare” vase depicting three ladies in period costume selling for $977 and a three piece “Deldare” tea set bringing $805.
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