RARE RUSSIAN BOOK HIGHLIGHTS GROGAN & COMPANY'S FEBRUARY AUCTION A rare Russian book was the highly contested lot at Grogan & Company's recent February 13th auction, drawing the attention of bidders around the world.
News-Antique.com - Feb 25,2011 - On Sunday, February 13th, Grogan and Company, Fine Art Auctioneers and Appraisers, conducted their first auction of the 2011 season to a standing room only crowd. The 1.4 million dollar sale included a wide variety of American and European Paintings, Prints and Sculpture, 18th and 19th century Furniture and Decorative Works of Art, Silver, Jewelry and Oriental Rugs and Carpets.
The top lot of the auction, a rare 19th century Russian Book on Byzantine Art, drew competitive bidding between phone lines and the internet, finally selling to a Russian bidder on the phone for $83,375. The book was the highlight of a collection of Near East Decorative Arts, Prints, Books and Maps assembled by Cambridge born Harvard graduate, Theron Damon, and is one of the most rare and coveted book on Russian art. Other noteworthy items from the Damon collection included Arthur Popeís A Survey of Persian Art, published by Oxford University Press in 1938 in 9 volumes, which brought $10,350; and Caspard Fossatiís Aya Sofia, a collection of color lithograph plates depicting the restoration of the Hagia Sophia Mosque in Constantinople, which sold for $10,350. Two Antique Maps of Rome by Giovvanni Battista Nolli and Giovani Battista Piranesi, sold well above their $1,000-1,500 estimate, achieving $9,200 and Five Turkish Brass Candleholders with Persian inscriptions, estimated at $1,000-1,500, surprised the audience, when a floor bidder was successful against eight phone lines and the internet to win the lot for a respectable $13,800. A fine Tabriz Carpet, Persia, late 19th century, measuring 13 feet 8 inches x 11 feet 6 inches and estimated at $10,000-15,000 sold for $17,250 and Four Mid Eastern Hand Mirrors, estimated at $300-500, sold for $6,490.
The Fine Art offerings including Young Girl in Profile, a diminutive oil on canvas, by French Impressionist Pierre Auguste Renoir. Acquired in 1952 at Parke Bernet, the painting was once in the collection of Ambrose Vollard, one of the most influential art dealers of the early 20th century. Bidders in the room competed against fifteen phone lines and the internet before it was finally sold over the phone for $54,625. Other fine art highlights included Guy Wiggins Winter on Wall Street, an 8 x 11 inch oil on board, which brought $26,450 against a $12,000-20,000 estimate and an Italian Harbor View by J. Linton Chapman sold for $16,100 against a $2,000-4,000 estimate. Print selections featured The Race, by Thomas Hart Benton, which sold for $8,050 against a $4,000-6,000 estimate and Out of the Canyon by Carl Rungius brought $4,887 against a $2,000-4,000 pre-sale estimate.
The highlight of the Chinese decorative works of art was a Gilt Bronze Figure of a Seated Diety. The golden figure, thought to be from the 15th century, soared beyond itís $500-1,000 estimate to sell for $57,500. Massachusetts Furniture offerings faired well, with a Concord Cherry Chest on Chest, attributed to Joseph Hosmer, selling for $10,637, against a $5,000-7,000 presale estimate and a Rare Classical Carved Mahogany McIntire Sofa, achieved $7,670 (pre-sale estimate: $500-800). A Steinway Grand