Published: July 10, 2001
Rare Tiffany Lantern, Grant Wood Drawing Bump Jackson’s Latest Total to $1.12 Million
CEDAR FALLS, IOWA – The June 23 and 24 auction at Jackson’s International saw widespread interest, with total sales of $1,121,348. The auction featured works and collections from a variety of consignors, including rdf_Descriptions deaccessioned from Grinnell College and works from the estate of William Windsor. Over 600 bidders (including Internet participants) representing 41 states and 15 countries were registered. Each lot offered was illustrated in the 200-page full color catalog.
Day one featured paintings, European works and Russian icons with the highlight a recently discovered unsigned drawing by Iowa native artist Grant Wood (1891-1942). The 15 by 10-inch charcoal and pastel drawing, depicting an interior scene with five figures, was recently acquired by the consignor at a small Midwest auction for only $25 and brought $40, 250.
The sale opened with Old Master and European paintings, beginning with oil on panel cataloged as studio of Veronese and sold for $16,100 (prices include buyer’s premium). A 26 by 19-inch oil on panel depicting a portrait of a young man and listed as “circle of Jacob W. Delft” (Flemish Eighteenth Century) went for $9,487. A 21 by 11-inch painting of the Madonna and Child, cataloged as studio of Francesco Pier (Italian Fifteenth Century), brought $10,925.
An oil on canvas landscape by British artist William Mellor (1851-1931) sold for $4,025. A 13 by 18-inch oil on canvas depicting a Paris street scene by French artist Edouard Cortes (1882-1969) finished at $32,200. A genre painting by German artist Carl Von Bergen (1853-1933) depicting a child resting, measuring 23 by 31-inches, sold for $4,312. A 16 by 12-inch painting of an Orange Seller by British artist Haynes John King (1831-1904) finished at $2,185.
American paintings saw strong interest, highlighted by the Grant Wood drawing that did $40,250. Other sales worthy of note include an oil on canvas regionalist-style painting by American artist Vernon Etler (1910-1992). The painting depicted an “Allegory of Agriculture,” circa 1938, and brought $8,625. (est $800-1,200.) A 30 by 25-inch oil by American artist Benjamin Foster (1852-1926) sold for $8,625.
A 20 by 12-inch oil depicting a European scene by American artist Edwin Deakin (1838-1923) sold for $7,187. An oil on canvas depicting a woman in a sundress by American artist Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872-1930), measuring 26 by 22 inches, realized $6,900. A 14 by 18-inch oil on paper by Conger Metcalf (American 1914-1998) made $4,600; and a 30 by 25-inch oil on canvas landscape by Robert S. Woodward (American 1885-1957) sold for $4,025.
Among the European works was a 15-inch fragment of a carved marble male figure, missing the head and cataloged as Greek, circa 250 A.D, bringing $8,625. A similar female nude torso, also in carved marble and also 15-inches high, brought $7,475. A buyer paid $4,312 for a large French carved wood panel depicting three hearts and two angels, and $4,717 was realized for a 16-inch carved reliquary.
A Nineteenth Century gilt-silver figural French monstrance, measuring 29 inches, sold for $3,335; a polychrome stucco tondo relief listed as Fifteenth/Sixteenth Century Florentine, measuring 22 inches in diameter, $3,162; and a Sixteenth Century Spanish carved wood reliquary, $4,312. A 39-inch carved and gilt figure of the Madonna and child, $3,162. A pair of South German Baroque altar angels measuring 36 inches, $2,875, and a 17-inch carved and painted figure of the Virgin and Child, circa 1700, brought $1,840.
Russian icons, as usual, did well. A rare pair of Nineteenth Century icons depicting the subjects Let All That Breath Praise The Lord and The Terrible Judgment sold for $17,250; an 11 by 17-inch Russian icon triptych of the Virgin and Child, dated 1852, $6,612; and a Seventeenth Century icon of St. Makariy of Unzhensk, measuring 13 by 11-inches, $6,440. A 3-inch Russian two-color gold card case, circa 1899-1908, with retailer’s mark of Marshak; brought $2,990; a 4-inch Russian silver-gilt and enamel vase by Nikolaev Alekseev, $2,587; a 15 by 9-inch silver and enamel Russian altar cross, dated 1821 with minor losses, $4,140; a 17-inch Russian samovar, circa 1890, $862; and a Tsar Nicholas II Khodynka Field Cup in average condition sold for $1,150.
Day two featured glassware, porcelain and decorative arts, highlighted by a 15-inch Tiffany favrile glass and bronze turtleback tile hall lantern. The lamp, recently discovered by a Jackson’s staff member to the estate of a former Iowa resident, was found hanging outdoors where it had survived numerous Iowa winters with no apparent harm. Estimated at $18/24,000, the lantern received wide attention prior to the auction. Though it was unmarked, it nevertheless sold to an East Coast collector for $32,300.
Cameo glass kicked off day two, with a 5 1/2-inch Daum Nancy enameled and wheel carved vase decorated with mushrooms selling for $7,475; a 9-inch Muller cameo vase with large poppy blossoms and leaves, $4,025; a 6-inch Daum Nancy covered box, $3,737; a Daum enameled cameo scenic vase measuring 9 inches, $3,450.00; a 5-inch Daum enameled bowl, $2,070; and a 15-inch Muller Cameo vase sold for $2,300.
Tiffany glassware sold well, with active bidding on each lot. A dainty Tiffany favrile glass six-light chandelier, consisting of a simple bronze bracket decorated with 8-inch iridescent gold and opalescent prisms, sold for 19,550; a 6-inch Tiffany favrile vase in pale green decorated with green leaves and vines, $6,900; a 9-inch Tiffany Favrile flower-form footed vase, $4,830; and a Tiffany favrile vase in amber iridized glass with padded green hearts, knopped stem and footed base measuring 9 inches sold for $3,450.
Other sales included a Teco pottery Roman salad bowl in matt green glaze, measuring 12 inches in diameter, selling for $6,037. A 12-inch wrought iron crescent moon shape table lamp (missing shade) sold for $1,150. A pair of Makazu Kozan 12-inch matching stoneware vases also finished at $1,150; a 6-inch French carved ivory figure of a lady feeding birds, $1,610; a 5-inch French carved ivory bust of Joan of Arc, $1,150.00; and a Nineteenth Century, 20-inch Chinese carved ivory figure of a woman sold for $2,415.
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