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.
a bronze frame with wonderful patination, made $7,150; and four 19th-century antique mirrored candle wall sconces, from an opera house in Niagara Falls, N.Y., went for $2,200.
Fans of silver and pewter were not disappointed. A lovely Georg Jensen “Blossom” sterling tea service, including a coffee pot, tea pot, bonbonniere and creamer, and all bearing hallmarks indicating they were made between 1915-1932, came under the gavel for $7,150; and a pewter quart mug, made in the late 18th century by Joseph Danforth and with a tapered cylindrical form, hit $2,970.
Pottery lovers were in luck, too. A monumental 8-gallon storage jar, made by the renowned North Carolina potter Daniel Seagle (1805-1867), with a rich warm medium brown glaze and marked “DS” on one of the ear handles, soared to $9,350; and a 19th century, 2-gallon crock, inscribed “W.B. Kenner, Strasburg Va.,” salt glazed stoneware with cobalt floral decoration, changed hands for $2,310.
A magnificent Southern tall case clock, beautifully crafted in the first half of the 19th century and attributed to Rockbridge County, Va., and with walnut construction throughout, chimed right on time for $4,400; and a Swiss-made Patek Philippe solar clock with a Tiffany mark, made in the 1960s and featuring a footed brass case and applied brass hour markers on the dial, gaveled for $3,630.
Returning to fine art, a signed oil-on-canvas by William L. Sonntag (New York, 1822-1900), depicting a fisherman along the edge of a lake with the forested cliffs of the Adirondacks rising beneath a clear sky, brought $12,650; and an oil-on-canvas by William Frerichs (North Carolina, New York, 1829-1905), depicting a fisherman, a waterfall and a mountain landscape, went for $12,100.
An unsigned still life oil-on-canvas by Lennart Anderson (New York, born 1928), showing a loaf of bread on a bread board, lemon, nuts, a nutcracker and glass cruet all on a wooden table, rose to $12,100; and a color lithograph with gilt highlights on paper by Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939), signed and dated 1899 and titled “Dry Imperial” (showing Chandon & Moet) saw a final bid of $8,250.
A signed oil-on-canvas by Arthur Parton (New York, 1842-1914), depicting blossoming trees around a small pond where ducks have gathered, reached $8,250; an oil-on-canvas by Amaury-Duval (French 1808-1885), of a blonde-haired odalisque reclining on a tufted ottoman, hammered for $5,775; and a German ivory carving, circa 1800, two spheres with carved biblical scenes, made $2,750.
Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd., has been holding high-end sales and quarterly cataloged auctions in Hillsborough, N.C., since 1999. To learn more about the company, and its next quarterly sale (Dec. 1), click on www.LLauctions.com. The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, estate or collection, you may call them directly, at (919) 644-1243. The e-mail address is info@LLauctions.com.