Equestrian painting brings $23,100 at Leland Little sale An oil painting of a saddlebred horse and dalmatian by George Ford Morris (New York, 1873-1960) sold for $23,100 at a sale held Sept. 15 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales in Hillsborough, N.C.
News-Antique.com - Sep 28,2007 - EQUESTRIAN PAINTING BY THE NEW YORK ARTIST GEORGE FORD MORRIS (1873-1960) BRINGS $23,100 AT SALE HELD SEPT. 15 BY LELAND LITTLE AUCTION & ESTATE SALES
(Hillsborough, N.C.) - A signed, dated oil-on-canvas rendering of a saddlebred horse and dalmatian in a landscape by the New York artist George Ford Morris (1873-1960) sold for $23,100 at a multi-estate sale held September 15 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales. Over 500 lots changed hands at the quarterly cataloged sale, which grossed $530,000. Prices include a 10% buyer's premium.
“The day went very well, with a standing room only crowd of about 250 people, and very active Internet, absentee and phone bidding components,” said Leland Little. “The results prove that the market for fine art and high-end collectibles continues to be strong.” Mr. Little added he was quite impressed with eBay LiveAuctioneers.com's real-time audio-visual feature, only recently introduced.
The sale was held at Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales' gallery facility in Hillsborough, N.C., near Raleigh-Durham and convenient to Interstates 40 and 85. Hillsborough is also accessible to Atlanta, Charleston and Washington, D.C. The firm's biggest auctions are typically the quarterly cataloged sales. The next one is scheduled for Dec. 1. Watch the website for details: LLauctions.com.
In other highlights from the September 15 sale:
Fine art led the way, as it does at many of the company's auctions. The George Ford Morris equestrian painting was the top lot of the sale. Close behind was an oil-on-board depiction of a New York City winter street scene by Guy Carleton Wiggins (1883-1962). Showing a view down Wall Street toward Trinity Church, as figures scurried through the blowing snow, the work brought $19,250.
An idyllic summer landscape of a woman holding a parasol and standing beside a woodland pond, executed by the New York and North Carolina painter Elliott Daingerfield (1859-1932), realized $18,700; and a watercolor and gouache on paper by the Italian painter Francesco Ballesio (1860-1923), depicting a carpet merchant showing his wares to a reclining beauty, went for a respectable $17,600.
Period furniture was in abundance. An important pair of Federal inlaid card tables, made in Boston around 1810 of mahogany and mahogany veneer, Sheraton form, hammered for $15,950; a Southern slab mahogany sideboard, made in Tennessee around 1825 and attributed to James Kemper, brought $14,300; and a dish-top tilt-top tea table, made in Norfolk, Va., in the 18th century, hit $11,000.
A gorgeous mahogany sleigh bed, made in the mid-19th century by Thomas Day for the Irvine family of Milton, N.C., crossed the block at $10,450; a Randolph County, N.C., pie safe, made in the second half of the 19th century with original surface over Southern yellow pine, reached $6,050; and an antique cast-iron coffee mill, made circa 1900 by the Nat'l Specialty Mfg. Co., realized $3,850.
In decorative accessories, a diminutive bull's-eye mirror, made around 1810 and standing 34” tall, sold for $10,450; a Tiffany Favrile panel lamp shade, made in 1936 and made to resemble pleated silk, set in