HOWARD CHANDLER CHRISTY, TOULOUSE LAUTREC AND ROSEVILLE FUTURA UNITE IN BOCA RATON J.K.Galleries in Boca Raton mixed Impressionist art, an early 20th century illustration and exotic American art pottery at the pre Labor Day sale September 2.
News-Antique.com - Sep 13,2007 - (Boca Raton, FL) – J. K. Galleries in Boca Raton, FL has established a solid reputation for presenting an outstanding inventory of American art pottery since the move to Boca Raton in October 2006. The pre Labor Day sale on September 2 certainly bolstered that reputation but the sale was not totally dependent on art pottery. In fact the top lot of the sale was an Impressionist lithograph by Toulouse Lautrec (French 1864-1901).
The 10 by 13in professionally framed lithograph was signed by Lautrec in the upper left of the plate with his characteristic medallion like stroke, tagged on the reverse “From Lillian Heidenberg Gallery in New York City. Toulouse Lautrec Mlle. Marcelle Lender En Buste 1895.” Lender was a performer in the operetta Chilpéric who fascinated Lautrec. The lithograph was first published in the standard edition of 1100 in the German periodical, Pan in September 1895. It was said to be one of the highest achievements of the lithographer's art, a masterpiece of nineteenth century French printmaking. It sold on the phone to a bidder from the West Coast of Florida for $32,200 including the buyer’s premium to exceed the estimate of $20,000/$30,000.
A piece of twentieth century art also featuring attractive women garnered some keen attention. The 12 by 15in oil on board of two nudes at the beach in secluded grassy dunes shaded by large beach umbrellas bore the full signature of American illustrator Howard Chandler Christy (1873-1915). There was a framing tag on reverse from Nelson Declark, New York City. Perhaps the scene reminded a bidder of Florida beaches. A phone bidder from Jacksonville, FL won it for $16,100.
While coins were a little soft, a 1922 gold St Gauden $20 piece brought $863 and a $50 Gold Eagle 2007 coin went for $1,035. Select jewelry made as strong appearance. A lady’s 18KT white gold signed and numbered Cartier wide diamond bracelet set with 8.00CT bezel set diamonds, measuring 6in long by 1in wide, brought $18,000 and a man’s Patek Phillpe 18KT yellow gold square dress watch with original band, circa 1970, sold for $6,325.
But the real star of the sale was the pottery inventory. Auction owner Jay Kielstock reported selling 229 of the 234 pottery lots. Roseville Futura led the way with a very attractive 8in Winged Futura vase, shape 426 with lovely soft blended colors. Estimated at $1,200/1,500 it closed at $2,645. Futura continued with a 10in Elephant Foot vase with flared rim and concentric rings around the body and bulbous base. The color shaded from soft mottled blue into darker blue with tinges of purple. Estimated at $880/1,200 it sold for $2,300.
A Futura 10in Stepped Urn Vase, shape number 395, with graduated stepped rings around the neck highlighted with bright green over the tan body sold over estimate at $1,380 and a 15in Futura Thistle pattern floor vase, soft tan and beige with large green thistle blooms sold online to a bidder though LiveAuctioneeers.com for $1,320. Non-Roseville pottery included two Weller