Published: April 16, 2002
WINDSOR, CONN. -There was standing room only at Nadeau’s annual spring auction, as well as a record-breaking amount of phone and absentee bids coming from throughout the US and Europe.
One of the top lots was the famous Russian Lady sculpture, which was mounted atop of the downtown Hartford bar The Russian Lady Cafe for more than 20 years sold at Nadeau’s Auction Gallery on March 23 for $52,900.
The statue originally stood atop the Rossia Insurance Company in Hartford, Conn. until the 1970s. It is signed “Edmund Schulte Beckum, sculptor, February 8, 1914-1915, Bronxville N.Y.”
One of the many stars of the auction came to the block at the beginning of the auction, when jewelry was sold. A 3.03-carat diamond ring in a platinum setting realized $28,750.
Furniture did very well. Highlights included a Federal inlaid mahogany sideboard, circa 1790, which reached $19,550. Other furniture included a set of six Margolis Chippendale-style chairs that totaled $9,660; a Federal mahogany three part banquet table, circa 1810, that sold for $5,750; and a circa 1765 George III mahogany bachelor’s chest of drawers which realized $ 7,187.50.
Historically important, a collection of Civil War letters, mostly written by Sergeant Charles W. Grannis of Company A of the 10th Regiment of Connecticut, was offered. Describing particulars about slaves, soldiers, and battles, along with a hand-drawn sketch of the Battle of Roanoke Island, the group brought in $14,950.
The strongest point of the auction were works of art, including a framed oil painting on canvas, New England seascape, signed lower left by Connecticut artist D.W. Tryon, 1873, for $57,500; a framed oil painting on canvas, impressionistic California landscape scene, signed Maurice Braun, 14 by 18 inches, for $21,850; a framed needlework sampler depicting two cats, marked Eliza Bar Work, for $ 1,850; and a framed oil painting on canvas still life, signed twice by C.E. Porter, for $20,700.
There were also many illustrator works. A framed oil painting on artist’s board, a study of young woman in black evening dress, signed lower right, Frahm, circa 1945, sold for $3,105, and a framed oil painting on mounted paper, featuring a blond woman in a red robe, signed lower right, Buell, circa 194, sold for $2,645.
Decorative accessories included a Louis XV revival gilt bronze table clock, dial inscribed Toms & Luscombe, Paris, measuring 42 inches tall, for $24,150; a Chinese export blue and white bowl for $862.50; a brass cage with two singing birds marked France for $1,782.50; a Handel desk lamp for $1,610; a bronze frog fountain marked Gorham Founders, artist signed J.A. Gwachtman, for $1,897.50; and two English earthenware mocha mugs, both “as is,” circa 1820, for $2,530.
Total revenue for the auction was $670,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
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