May 31st, 2016
Summer Auction Season Starts With a Bang at Jackson's
The summer auction season started off with a bang at Jackson’s International’s auction of May 24th and May 25th, 2016. The multiple estate and collections auction featured treasures from around the world and attracted over 1,000 international bidders totaling $1.5 million in sales.
The auction opened with a small offering of paintings, works on paper, and bronzes featuring a typical seashore scene by Hendrik Willem Mesdag (Dutch 1831-1915) which came from a collection in Minnesota and sold to a phone bidder from the Netherlands for $100,000. That was followed by an interesting preparatory drawing for an altar crucifix attributed to Etienne Delaune (French 1518-1595) which sold to a Parisian phone bidder for $63,750. A charming painting by Frederick Soulacroix (French 1858-1933) depicting a young woman making a curtain call, sold for $20,000 and an oil on canvas painting depicting the Holy Family by Michael Rieser (Austrian 1828-1905) sold for $14,375. A pair of religious painting attributed to Luis Berruaco (Mexican 18th century) went to a buyer in France for $9,375 and a 17th century Dutch portrait of a gentleman sold to a buyer in the Netherlands for $8,125.
Some European works worthy of note include a petite (14 inches) carved oak figure of the Virgin and Child sold to a buyer in Belgium for $7,500. A small (7 inches) carved ivory figure of St. Anthony with losses sold for $4,250 and a Gustav Dore bronze of the Madonna and Child finished at $5,500.
The next session featured Russian works, beginning with a 10 inch x 12 inch icon of St. Alexei which was gifted in 1914 to the Tsarevich. It sold for $50,000. That was followed by an icon of the Mother of God Joy to All Who Sorrow, exhibiting an oklad by Ivan Tarabrov, circa 1900 which sold for $21,250. A small icon of Christ, 9 inches x 7 inches, with silver and enamel halo (also circa 1900) sold to a buyer in Moscow for $15,000. A petite sized pendant icon or panagia, measuring 6 inches in diameter, also sold to a Moscow buyer for $8,750 and a Russian icon of the Tenderness Mother of God sold to a Russian buyer for $10,000.
In the Russian decorative arts category, the highlight was an enameled Easter egg measuring 2.7 inches in height (7 cm) produced in the workshop of Feodor Ruckert, which sold for $23,750. A silver and cloisonné enamel kovsh made $11,875 and a silver and turquoise blue enameled three-piece tea set sold to a buyer in Russia for $5,250. Probably one of the most unique items of Russian works was a collection of hand modeled and painted dymkovo toys, collected by Laurence A. Steinhardt (1892-1950) while he was serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1939-1942). The charming, colorful clay-fired toys representing village women, whimsical animals, and some modeled as whistles totaled $11,000.
Other items of note in the first session include a bronze figural grouping “Eagles in Combat” by Maximilien Louis Fiot (French 1886-1953) which did $3,750, a German pistol sword did $3,250, a carved wood Napoleonic coat of arms made $2,500 and a 1970 lithograph “The Street” by Phillip Guston (American 1913-1980) finished at $3,750.
The second session featured a wide variety of items, including antique ivory, porcelain, glassware, silver, and coins. The session opened with a pair of old sporty trophy elephant tusks, harvested around 1915 which sold for $16,250. That was followed by a pair of antique Chinese carved ivory Phoenix birds, which came in at $5,000 and after that, an interesting Japanese shibayama ivory and mother of pearl lidded box which sold for $5,250. A Japanese carved ivory and enameled gilt metal figure of Kannon finished at $5,250 and a group of Chinese carved ivory immortals crossed the block at $4,500.
European glassware and porcelain followed featuring a handful of hand painted porcelain plaques including a lovely, albeit very small, KPM plaque depicting Eve in the Garden and measuring 6 inches x 9 inches. It sold for $9,375. That was followed by another KPM plaque depicting the Expulsion of Hagar which did $6,250 and a small plaque depicting Romeo and Juliet did $4,000.
Other decorative arts worth mentioning include an interesting Tiffany bronze Moorish table lamp, without the glass prisms, which sold for $5,500, a charming 4 inch Daum Nancy cameo glass dresser jar decorated with kittens which sold for $4,500, a partial set of Georg Jensen “Acorn” sterling silver flatware did $3,250, an Italian alabaster table lamp did $3,500, and a pair of Navajo rugs did $4,250.
The sale concluded with 154 lots of primarily US coins, consisting for the most part of silver, but including some gold such as a US 1929 $5 Indian gold half eagle which sold for $21,250 followed by a 1909-O $5 Indian gold half eagle which did $13,750. The remaining 152 lots comprising two estate collections totaled $181,774.00.