Pair of works by Herring bring $31,050 at Leland Little A pair of oil-on-canvas renderings of farmyard scenes by British painter John Herring, Jr. (1820-1907) brought $31,050 at a quarterly cataloged sale held Dec. 1 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales
News-Antique.com - Dec 11,2007 - PAIR OF FARMYARD PAINTINGS BY NOTED BRITISH ARTIST JOHN HERRING, JR.
(1820-1907), GAVEL FOR $31,050 AT SALE HELD DEC. 1 BY LELAND LITTLE AUCTION
(Hillsborough, N.C.) - A pair of oil-on-canvas renderings of farmyard scenes, showing horses, ducks, chickens and other animals in a farm setting by the noted British artist John Herring, Jr. (1820-1907), sold for $31,050 at a quarterly cataloged auction held December 1 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. The auction was held at the firm's spacious gallery, in Hillsborough, N.C.
“This was our highest grossing sale to date,” stated Leland Little, president and owner of the company. “By the end of the day the tally had reached $670,000, and nearly all the lots had been sold, many for more than their high estimates. We had more absentee and phone bidders than ever before, plus over 1,000 registered online bidders” (through LiveAuctioneers.com). “It was a great sale.”
Mr. Little attributed the sale's success to an abundance of quality merchandise, especially in the areas of fine art, Oriental objects, regional pottery, period furniture, jewelry, rugs and decorative accessories. “From all aspects, it comes down to the merchandise,” he observed. “If you have quality consignments, then people will turn out in great numbers to add those items to their collections.”
About 300 people – a standing room only crowd -- packed the showroom for a 9:30 a.m. start. The last lot crossed the block at 5:10 p.m. The Herring paintings represented the top lot of the day. Second place also went to a piece of art: an oil-on-cradled-panel illuminated woodland interior work, signed by the French artist Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la Pena (1808-1876), realized $16,675.
Following are additional highlights of the sale. All prices include a 15% buyer's premium.
One of the pleasant surprises of the day was a Roanoke River basin Chippendale side chair, crafted around 1780 and featuring a simple lobate pierced back splat with shaped crest rail and seat supports. The piece sailed past the high estimate of $2,000 to garner $13,800. Also, a nice Chippendale American ribbon back side chair, circa 18th century, probably made in Massachusetts, realized $1,670.
A rare Chinese five-colorware ovoid jar (Shun-Chich of K'ang-hsi, 10” x 13”), a vessel exhibiting a great deal of carefully thought out workmanship, soared to $9,200. A pair of flambé glazed Chinese “archers” vases incised with the marks of Chien Lung and both with a squared pear shape, fetched $5,635; and an early 19th century Chinese export porcelain Canton ewer made $2,185. Also, a pair of Japanese bronze and mixed metals vases (circa 19th century) changed hands for $1,150.
Regional pottery also did well. A North Carolina North State vase, first stamp (circa 1924-1925), salt glazed stoneware vase with cobalt “thumbprint” design above the middle ridge line, went for $1,495; and a North Carolina Jugtown Chinese blue Tang vase, with blue glaze (circa 1930s), achieved $1,095.
An antique Irish mahogany veneer tall case clock crafted in the early 18th century, with brass movement