News-Antique.com - Aug 11,2009 - (Boston, MA) – Artfact’s staff highlights auction results on Artfact Live! from July 2009. While July is traditionally a slow period, Artfact saw online bidding volumes continue to grow. Individual auction results were extremely positive throughout the month, thanks to quality sales and strong online demand. Notable sales include decoy and Sporting Art auctions from Guyette & Schmidt and Copley Fine Art as well as the Estate of Psychic Jeane Dixon hosted by Sloans & Kenyon on July 26, 2009.
Michaan’s Auctions, “July 5th Estate Auction,” –July 5, 2009
Cultured Pearl , 14K Yellow Gold Necklace
Price Realized: $7,020
A stunning pearl necklace was the 2nd highest selling lot in Michaan’s Auctions “July 5th Estate Auction.” The necklace, which consists of a 35 cultured pearls, ends in an intricate open paisley 14K gold fish hook ball clasp. Selling to an Artfact Live! bidder for $7,020 (including buyer’s premium), this 18” necklace exceeded the low estimate of $6,000.
Crocker Farm, “Antique American Stoneware and Redware –Summer 2009” –July 11, 2009
T.F. Field/Utica Stoneware Jug with Incised Woodpecker Decoration
Price Realized: $8,750
An extremely rare example, this ovoid stoneware jug c. 1820-30 is one of a small number of known pieces with a woodpecker design. The design includes both incised and cobalt decoration along with a rare maker’s mark. Generating considerable interest from both floor and online bidders, this near-mint piece of Americana exceeded expectations when it sold to an Artfact Live! bidder for $8,750.
Copley Fine Art, “Day 2- The 2009 Sporting Sale” – July 16, 2009
“Black Ducks,” 1935
Price Realized: $9,200
A work by the renowned sporting artist Richard Evett Bishop (1887-1975) sold to an Artfact Live! bidder for $9,200 (including buyers premium). Trained as an engineer, Bishop turned to printmaking the in 1920’s and was awarded the Charles M. Lea prize by the Philadelphia Print Club for his “Canada Geese” in 1924. “Black Ducks,” an oil on canvas c. 1935, was part of Copley Fine Art’s annual Sporting Sale, which also featured works by A. Elmer Crowell and Frank W. Benson.
Sloans & Kenyon, “Estate of Psychic Jeane Dixon” –July 26, 2009
Impressive Victorian Silver Plated Centerbowl
Price Realized: $2,600
This late 19th century silver plated centerbowl was among several items owned by the late Jeane Dixon. A psychic and astrologer, Dixon was best known for allegedly predicting the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in a 1956 issue of Parade magazine. The oval shaped bowl is raised on four figural mounts in the shape of crouching neo-classical male figures. Fetching well over double its pre-auction price estimate, this highly decorated bowl sold to an Artfact Live! bidder for $2,600.
John Moran, “Antique and Fine Furnishing Auction” –July 28, 2009
Georg Jenson Sterling ‘Acorn’ flatware Service
Price Realized: $5121
Designed by John Rohde c. 1915, this impressive sterling flatware service included 152 pieces produced between 1930 and post 1945. In a recent Artfact Newsletter, Jonathan Fairbanks, Artfact’s Vice President of Research, noted that the