Artfact Live! Auction Roundup: Important Sale Results from the Artfact Staff Artfact had one of its strongest months yet with over 130 sales hosted on its Artfact Live! and Invaluable Live! online bidding platforms. Infinite Bidding™, Artfact’s privately branded live bidding p
News-Antique.com - Nov 10,2009 - Artfact highlights key auction results from October 2009. Artfact had one of its strongest months yet with over 130 sales hosted on its Artfact Live! and Invaluable Live! online bidding platforms. Infinite Bidding™, Artfact’s privately branded live bidding platform developed exclusively for auction house partners, helped drive demand for many of Artfact’s partners throughout the month.
Artfact continues to build momentum in the live auction arena, signing eleven new auction houses partners to exclusive live auction agreements since mid-July. Hailing from six different countries across four continents, Artfact’s newest partners further cement Artfact’s position as the leading global live auction marketplace.
Grogan & Company “Important Collectible & Decorative Asian Works”—October 4, 2009
Two Chinese Blue and White Square Bottles, Transitional Period (17th century)
Price Realized: $10,500
Sales of Asian Decorative and Fine Arts have remained strong despite the downturn in the economy and Grogan & Company’s October 4th sale was no exception. Among the higher grossing items was a pair of 17th century Blue and White Transitional Period Square Bottles. Produced after the fall of the Ming Dynasty but before the Qing Dynasty had gained control over the Imperial Porcelain factory in Jingdezhen, the pair were estimated at $2,000 to $3,000. However, thanks to strong online demand both before and during the sale, the bottles more than tripled their pre-auction estimate— selling online for $10,500.
James D. Julia “Firearms Auction Extraordinaire! Day 2”—October 7, 2009
Superb Award Winning Contemporary Flintlock Rifle by Will Sater
Price Realized: $17,700
This contemporary flintlock rifle, which according to the catalog entry remains in new, unfired condition, was made by Will Sater. Apprenticed to master gunsmith Keith Castle, this example of Sater’s work was the Professional Class Winner at the 1988 Dixon’s Gunmaker’s Fair. The gun features a curly maple stock from muzzle to butt and silver furniture consisting of a nosecap, three ramrod thimbles, ornate trigger guard, ornate buttplate, ornate floorplate, sideplate, inlay on cheekrest, back of breech and escutcheon with script "H." When the hammer finally came down, this one of a kind piece it had already doubled its low estimate of $7,500— selling online for $17,700 (including buyers premium).
Rossini Maison de Ventes aux Enchčres, “19th-20thC Drawings, Paintings and Sculptures”— October 8, 2009
Orientalist painting…Oil on canvas by Germain Fabius Brest.
Price Realized: €16,000
French artist Germain Fabius Brest (1823-1900) used loose brush strokes to create a street scene with a view of the minarets and dome of Hagia Sophia in this oil on canvas view of Constantinople. With it’s bright hints of red and soft yet imposing view of the Imperial Church turned Mosque, it’s no wonder that this work exceeded its pre-auction price estimate of €12,000 to €15,000— selling online for €16,000.
Weschler’s, “Fine Furniture & Decorations” – October 17, 2009
Turkish Silver Bottle Circa 1900
Price Realized: $10,000
Listed as circa 1900, this turn of the century Turkish silver bottle generated considerable interest from in-house and online bidders. Standing 12.5” high, the bottle is chased an