Garths January Auction and the Economy of a New Market: Variety. Variety, Variety! Most folks agree that in today's economy, auction is a good measure of the overall health of the trade; and illustrates market trends in the antiques and arts community. It seems more and more bidders
Palma Il Giovane, Jacob Schmutzer, Antonio Gionima; other drawings by Sir Joshua Reynolds and Joseph Eissner; a Pennsylvania landscape by Arthur Meltzer ($2,000-$4,000); a Dutch farm scene by Jan Walraven ($1,500-$2,500); prints by James A.M. Whistler, George Wesley Bellows, and John Sloan; other works by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Bolton Brown, Michael Falanga, Vladislav Chimielinski, Alfred Pollentine, and many others—in total over 100 paintings and prints will be offered.
In the sculptural category, bidders from both continents will pause to consider life-size, carved wooden figures of a knight on horseback (probably Italian, 15th Century) purchased in 1960 from French & Co., New York and now sold to benefit the Columbus Museum of Art; it is estimated at $2,000-$4,000. Elegant bronzes by Harriett Frishmuth are a hot item for fans of the Art Deco period; interested bidders will find Desha and The Vine, both estimated $2,000 - $4,000.
Garth’s has established a solid record for estate and fine jewelry sales, and this auction proves no different. Among the colorful assortment of precious stones, a striking yellow sapphire cocktail ring is sure to ring a bell with some lucky bidder. With an impressive 14.65 center stone surrounded by 2.4 cts of diamonds, the dazzler is estimated at $5,500-$7,500. Those with a penchant for pink will be pleased to find a platinum ring set with three stones, including a fancy purple-pink diamond. Estimated at $11,250 - $15,000, the rare stone is anticipated to make a nice buy for someone. Additional offerings include a wonderful mask pendant in gold, set with precious and semi-precious stones, estimated to bring $900 - $1,200, a fine 19th century Itialian micromosaic pendant ($300-$600), and a wonderful Art Deco platinum ring with an 18 ct aquamarine held by intertwined serpents (estimate, $1,500-$2,500).
Rounding out the auction is a huge assortment of decorative accessories, including Asian ivory, porcelain, and bronze work; Gustavsberg Argenta art pottery; American and European silver, including an extensive Gorham table service; a selection of Austrian bronze lamps; Boehm birds, clocks, porcelains, and a good selection of antiques reference books.
An online catalog for this auction is available at www.garths.com. For more information, contact Garth’s Auctions at 740-362-4771.