News-Antique.com - Jan 11,2010 - (Boston, MA) – Artfact Live's inaugural year closed on a high note with over 150 sales in December 2009. Highlights include Charlton Hall's three-day Museum Vaults sale, which drew over 500 registered bidders from 34 countries; Apple Tree Auction Center's December 5th Model Train sale with 393 lots selling to online bidders; and Antique Helper's December 19th sale of the Estate of William D. Ansley which generated 1,700 absentee and live Internet bids.
Artfact is also proud to announce the signing of exclusive live auction partnerships with Keno Auctions in New York and Bruun Rasmussen in Denmark. Artfact's newest partners bring experience and a reputation for excellence; further cementing Artfact's position as the leading global live auction marketplace.
Eldred's "Fall Asian Art at Auction Day II"—December 3, 2009
Unusually Large White Jade Covered Vase
Price Realized: $24,150
Listed with a pre-auction estimate of $15,000 to $20,000, this late 19th century jade vase was cataloged as "unusually large" at 14 ¼" tall. The pear-shaped vase is decorated with a crane and pine tree landscape on one side and a deer in pine tree landscape on the reverse. Topped with a domed cover and lion final, this exceptional jade vase sold online for $24,150 (including buyers premium) and was the second highest selling lot in Eldred's December 3rd auction.
Freeman's "Fine American & European Paintings & Sculpture"—December 6, 2009
John (Jack) Frost (American, 1890-1937), "A Huntsman and His Dog"
Price Realized: $19,000
In a sale that included the second installment of the Lehman Brothers' collection, this oil on canvas by American artist John Frost (1890-1937) drew considerable interest from online bidders. Born in Philadelphia, Frost was the son of early American illustrator A. B. Frost. The younger Frost studied at the Académie Julian in Paris and worked as an illustrator in New York before finally settling in Pasadena, CA. Painted in 1934, "A Huntsman and His Dog" features a hunter with gun raised while his dog stands among the marsh and reeds. Estimated at $15,000 to $25,000 the painting, which was listed in excellent original condition, sold online for $19,000.
Winter Associates "Antiques & Arts"—December 7, 2009
Jan Lebenstein (Polish/French 1930-1999) "Figure Axiale"
Price Realized: $41,000
As the top selling lot in Winter Associates December 7th auction, Jan Lebenstein's "Figure Axiale 52" piqued the interest of several online bidders. An acrylic on canvas, the work is an example Lebenstein's Axial Figure series (1956-1960) whose dark palate and abstract shapes resemble insectile skeletons created by thick layers of paint and mixed media. Estimated at $6,000 to $12,000, the lot exceeded expectations by selling online for $41,000.
Alderfer Auction & Appraisal "Ephemera, Decorative Access., Fine Furniture & Rugs Auction"—December 17, 2009
John Adams Inlaid Tall Case Clock
Price Realized: $16,000
Over 380 bidders signed up to participate in Alderfer Auction & Appraisal's December 17th sale. Among the top selling lots was a tall case clock with a broken arch pediment by 19th century clockmaker John Adams. The clock, which houses a