Dallas Auction Gallery
Dallas Auction Gallery’s Jan. 24 Fine Art, Furniture, Porcelain and Dolls sale was a smash, taking in almost $300,000 in Internet sales – a full 25 percent of the gross. Among the 130 items was a Chinese Ch’ien Lung period (1735-1796) carved celadon-jade bowl with lid known as a koro. The 4-inch bowl was carved to replicate a lotus flower, and its intricately pierced and chased cover featured three loop hangers and a mushroom-form finial. Estimated at $3,000-$5,000, it attracted 53 bids before selling to a LiveAuctioneers bidder for a staggering $49,000.
• Antique Chinese carved white jade rouge box - $11,000: http://liveauctioneers.com/item/2997418
• Antique Chinese bas-relief carved jade slab - $14,000: http://liveauctioneers.com/item/2997745
• Antique Chinese white jade libation cup - $13,000: http://liveauctioneers.com/item/2997687
• Steinway and Sons Model A grand piano - $13,000: http://liveauctioneers.com/item/2997641
Among those who led the pack in the first week of 2007 was Garth’s, who sold 144 items online, for a total of $118,200, in their Jan. 5-6 Fine Paintings, Antiques and Decorative Arts auction. Bidders were out in full force for a large Continental tapestry of wool with silk highlights and a “Death of the Stag” hunting scene as its central motif. The 99½ inch by 64 inch tapestry dating to the 17th or 18th century was estimated at $1,500-$3,000, but it garnered tremendous interest and 26 bids before selling to a LiveAuctioneers bidder for $16,800. In the same sale, another popular entry to change hands online was the William Pierce Stubbs (Maine/Mass., 1842-1909) oil-on-canvas painting depicting the schooner Edward W. Young in full sail off the New England Coast. Presented in a beautiful gilt frame, the 22 inch by 33½ inch artwork was bid to $5,100.
• Large Continental Tapestry. Wool with silk highlights - $14,000http://liveauctioneers.com/item/2940394
At Brunk’s Jan. 6 sale of 18th and 19th Century Antiques & Decorative Arts, an 86¼ inch tall inlaid, figured-cherry desk/bookcase, probably of Kentucky origin and with provenance through the Cogar collection, sold online for $7,800 – the midpoint of its estimate range. The top fine-art lot to sell via LiveAuctioneers was a 42½ inch by 32 3/8 inch Italian school oil on canvas titled Susannah and the Elders. From a Canadian estate, the 18th or 19th century painting had been estimated at $1,000-$2,000, but a flurry of bids – 32 in all – carried the painting to a final online selling price of $12,000.
• Italian School - $10,000: http://liveauctioneers.com/item/2958533
On Jan. 20, Livingston’s held an Estate Coin Collection sale that took in $52,205 online. Cyberbidders were all over a 1907 double-eagle $20 St. Gaudens gold coin. Estimated at $8,000-$15,000, it attracted 69 bids before landing at $16,703.75.
• 1907 Gold US St. Gaudens Roman Numeral flat rim - $14,525: http://liveauctioneers.com/item/3001956
Matsa For Public Auctions
For months, the chatter in Israel’s fine art community has been about the Jan. 28 International Fine Art Sale planned by Tel Aviv’s well-respected gallery Matsa for Public