News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - San Rafael Auction
Northern California’s San Rafael Auction held a Feb. 3 sale of the Wilke-Dalziel Antiques Estate, with 21% sold through LiveAuctioneers. Among the 145 items purchased online was a pair of 19th-century standing pottery figures made to serve as roof tiles. Both of the 27-inch-tall figures were elaborately “dressed,” with a blue and turquoise glaze, and represented the moon goddess and sun god. Estimated at $1,500-$2,500, the pair garnered 28 bids and sold for $11,400.
As usual, LiveAuctioneers’ search engine played a big role in connecting bidders with objects of interest. A perfect example would be lot 78 in Cheffin’s Feb. 9 auction of Ceramics, Glass, Silver, Jewelry & 20th Century Design. Twenty-three percent of those who viewed the lot – a 14½ inch Chinese transitional blue-and-white double-gourd vase – located it by searching for the word “Chinese,” through LiveAuctioneers’ aggregate search function. This feature, available to all who visit the LiveAuctioneers Web site, scours all active auction catalogs in one step. The vase at Cheffin’s, which we tipped for success in last week’s newsletter, stormed past its $2,000-$3,000 estimate to sell online for $23,000.
Sloans & Kenyon
Sloans & Kenyon’s big Feb. 9-11 Estate Catalog Auction was a smash, with 329 lots selling through LiveAuctioneers for more than $350,000. Bidding ran hot for a Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) owl-form, hand-painted ceramic vase. Standing 11¾ inches tall and decorated in appealing shades of aqua and russet on a brown and white body, the figural vessel was inscribed under the base: Edition Picasso, 97/500 Madoura Plein Feu, R.146. Forty-six percent of those who viewed the catalog page searched for the word “Picasso,” and to our surprise, we learned that there must be a large contingent of owl collectors, since 33 percent of the page viewers had searched for the word “owl.” We can’t be sure whether it was a Picasso fan, a pottery collector or an owl enthusiast who bought the vase online, but we can confirm that it flew away for an above-estimate price of $6,655. In the same sale, a Stanislaw Zukowski (Russian, 1873-1944) signed oil-on-board painting titled Forest in the Springtime dashed its $4,000-$6,000 estimate to sell to an Internet bidder for $14,520.
The name Orrin Augustine White (American, 1883-1969) is one to watch. In 333 Auctions’ Feb. 10 sale of 19th and 20th Century American & European Art, an untitled but artist-signed 19 7/8 by 24 inch oil-on-board landscape by White achieved $19,600 online against a presale estimate of $8,500-$12,500. Its Internet catalog page was a busy one, with 50 percent of the visitors searching for the name “Orrin” and 45 percent searching for “White.” Another artwork that surpassed expectations was an untitled, but signed and dated, 1949 oil and collage on canvas by Lloyd Raymond Ney (American, 1893-1965). From a Philadelphia private collection and measuring 29¾ inches by 36 inches, the painting was purchased by a LiveAuctioneers bidder for $14,700 against an estimate of $3,000-$5,000.