News-Antique.com - Aug 07,2007 - 1851 Daguerreotype
In John McInnis Auctions’ Important July 3-Day Sale, held July 26-28, the bids came in on an 1851 daguerreotype of a woman identified as Lucretia Mott of Philadelphia. The 5-inch diameter image of the noted Quaker minister, abolitionist and early women’s rights advocate had been estimated at $300-$500 but soared to a final online selling price of $22,800.
McMasters Harris’ July 28 Premier Eclectic Doll Auction included a popular item among bidders: a Francie doll dressed in a velvet gown and jacket, with jet-black bubble-cut hair. Purported to be a Mattel prototype, the doll attracted 83 bids before rocketing to $5,880 – almost 20 times the high estimate.
Jackson’s International lived up to its global name with a July 17-18 auction of important European and American fine art. It was the Russian entries that garnered the greatest attention online. A circa-1900 silver-gilt and enamel kovsh (handled drinking vessel with a boat-shape body) made by Gustav Klingert, Moscow, exhibited all the fine touches that bring top dollar at auction. The body was decorated with florals and scrolling foliage, and featured shaded enamel on a stippled gilt ground. Complete with Cyrillic maker’s mark, the piece (estimated at $3,000-$5,000) realized $18,375 through LiveAuctioneers.
French Clock-and-Urns Garniture
Items of classical beauty and modern amusement made the list of notable lots sold through LiveAuctioneers last week. Online bidders claimed 24 percent of Freeman’s July 12 offering of fine silver and decorative arts, with the top Internet lot, a circa-1900 French clock-and-urns garniture, achieving more than four times its high estimate. The gilt-bronze, porcelain and champleve set consisted of an 18-inch clock with circular porcelain dial and Roman numerals, flanked by a pair of 16½-inch vertical porcelain plaques depicting flower girls. After 15 bids, the elegant mantel adornment chimed at $10,370 against an estimate of $1,500-$2,500.
Lalique statuette, circa 1925
A woman named “Suzanne” was one of the stars of Butterscotch Auctions’ July 15 Estate auction. The circa-1925, 9-inch statuette of opalescent amber glass was signed R. Lalique, both in block and script signatures. The quintessential depiction of an Art Deco nude adorned with a flowing drape handily outdistanced its $5,000-$7,000 estimate to settle online at $14,700.
1935 $1,000 Note
R.M. Smythe is New York’s oldest dealership specializing in coins, paper money and antique stocks and bonds. At the company’s July 5-7 Memphis International Paper Money Auction, a 1935 $1,000 note from the Bank of Canada, described as having the lowest serial number available and a “prize note for the Canadian collector,” proved the positive effect of inflation by selling to an online buyer for more than 26 times its face value: $26,400.
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