Aspire Auctions May 2009 Fine Art & Antiques Online Auction Cleveland, OH/Pittsburgh, PA: The May Fine Art & Antiques online auction by Aspire Auctions, Inc., starts Friday May 8th and 1200 lots close over a three day period May 14,15 and 16. Many of the fine
News-Antique.com - May 06,2009 - In the painting category is a rare oil on canvas by Abbott HandersonThayer. It is a profile portrait of Alice Rich circa 1917 with an estimate of $15,000.00-$20,000.00. A larger 3/4 version of Ms. Rich was sold by Sotheby's in 1995 for $107,000.00.
The sculpture category has a nice offering of Animalia bronzes by Bayre, Fremiet, Lecourtier, Sandoz and Laurence Isard. Two important American artists in this category include Edith Barretto Stevens Parsons pair of Nubian bookends and Edward Francis McCartan pair of figural candlesticks, both estimated $8,000.00-$12,000.00.
As always, Aspire has as many jewelry lots in this sale as some other's total auction; 363 lots to be exact and not including the 52 fine watches in their own category. There is a nice selection of French enameled pocket watches, vintage watches such as Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoutre, and fine time pieces by Patek Phillipe, Corum and Rolex.
The silver and porcelain highlights of the auction included a Buccellati sterling horse head walking stick, Georg Jensen, Tiffany, London and Russian silver items, Pablo Picasso Madoura plate, Claude Conover pottery, Dr. Wall porcelains, fine export Amorial porcelains, and a pair of Royal Worcester potpourri containers decorated by John Freeman.
All of the bidding is online and there is no live floor audience or third party companies to deal with. Last minute bidders tend to drive the prices up within seconds of the lots closing, so watch the excitement on the 14th, 15th and 16th.