News-Antique.com - Sep 08,2009 - (Boston, MA) – Artfact’s staff highlights auction results on Artfact Live! from August 2009. Online bidding volumes continued to grow in August thanks to quality sales and strong online demand. Individual auction results were extremely positive throughout the month with Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, James D. Julia and Dargate Auction Galleries all hosting extremely successful multi-day sales.
Swann Auction Galleries, “Vintage Posters” –August 5, 2009
Anonymous. “I’m Glad To Work with That Man.” 1924.
Price Realized: $2,400
With its bright blue background and bold lettering, this 1924 poster was guaranteed to attract attention. Produced by Mather & Company, I’m Glad To Work with That Man was one of a series of “work incentive” posters displayed by companies to encourage employees to work hard. Notable for their bold designs and catchy phrases, the posters were produced between 1923 and 1929. I’m Glad to Work with That Man was one of several Mather & Company posters offered in the Swann sale. Doubling its low estimate, the poster ultimately sold to an Artfact Live! bidder for $2,400 (including buyer’s premium).
Eldred’s, “Annual Summer Americana Auction Day 3” –August 7, 2009
Rare Steiff Clown Bear
Price Realized: $4,025
Eldred’s kicked off its August auction schedule with a three-day Americana sale. Amidst the folk art paintings and Queen Anne Highboys, it was a rare Steiff Clown Bear circa 1925 that caught the attention of several Artfact Live! bidders. Selling for $4,025 (including buyer’s premium) this adorable mohair bear came complete with a clown hat, ruffled bib and original padding.
Barridoff Galleries, “Fine American and European Art” –August 7, 2009
Price Realized: $9,600
Purchased directly from the artist circa 1953, "Sitzender Knobe mit Schalmei" was one of two works by German sculptor Renee Sintenis offered by Barridoff Galleries on August 7th. Although her early work was dominated by animal figures, by the mid-1920’s Sintenis had turned to human forms. The surfaces of her castings also became rougher, evoking the vitality of the figures she depicted. Selling to an Artfact Live! bidder for $9,600 (including buyer’s premium) this bronze seated figure with horn came complete with an artist signature and foundry mark.
Dargate Auction Galleries, “Dargate Summer Auction Day III: lots 2001-3000” –August 9, 2009
Antique Feraghan Sarouk Rug
Price Realized: $4,500
Dating to the early 20th century, this Feraghan Sarouk rug generated considerable interest among Artfact Live! bidders. Part of a broader group of Arak rugs, these carpets were attributed to the village of Feraghan but were also made in a number of other villages in Arak (modern day Iran). Bidding for the rug, which consists of a central diamond shape medallion on an ivory ground surrounded by scrolled floral and foliate decoration, quickly exceeded it’s pre-auction price estimate of $400-$600 as absentee, floor and online bidders competed against one another. Ultimately, it was an Artfact Live! bidder who took home the prize for $4,500 –more than ten times the low estimate.
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, “2009 Summer Feature fine