Inspired by Rodin – Sold at Garth’s: Ossip Zadkine Sculpture brings $14,100 during Summer Auction In two short days just over 1500 lots crossed the block of Garth’s Auctions’ August 5th Eclectic and August 6th Asian, European and American Decorative Arts sales with standing room only crowds.
News-Antique.com - Sep 01,2011 - In two short days just over 1500 lots crossed the block of Garth’s Auctions’ August 5th Eclectic and August 6th Asian, European and American Decorative Arts sales. With standing room only crowds and many new bidders from out of town, the summer heat only seemed to excite the attendees in the galleries. Despite the frenzy in the rooms, one of the top lots, a small, 12” high bronze of a “Seated Woman” from an edition of eight by Russian/French artist Ossip Zadkine(1890-1967), sold quickly to an absentee bidder for $14,100. According to the Zadkine Foundation, Ossip Zadkine, who was influenced by the work of 19th century sculptor, Auguste Rodin, and was a friend of Pablo Picasso, produced “over four hundred sculptures and several thousand drawings, watercolors, engravings, gouaches, and tapestry cartoons”. This sculpture just missed being the top price of the weekend as a lot comprised of a white jade archer's ring and small scenic jade carving caused a commotion with bidders on the floor and on the phone before selling to an internet bidder for $14,460.
The Asian items sold throughout the event were as hot as the weekend itself with a Chinese carved ivory vase, which was believed to be Qianlong period (1736-1795), achieving a strong price of $10,575 thanks to the delicately carved scenic mountain views adorning the vessel. A pair of carved ivory wrist rests sold for $4,994 to someone in the audience after heavy competition from the phones, while an ivory covered urn with carved dragons and figural handles made $3,525 and an ivory figure of Bodhisattva with flaming halo seated on a lotus throne realized $4,700. A large group of 20th century carved ivory Asian items including necklaces, a small plaque, a brooch, a donkey and set of eight horses, 2"h, as well as a few bronze, stone and jade chop marks sold for $5,640 to a phone bidder against an estimate of $300-600.
A set of eight 18th-19th century Chinese scrolls - impressive at 6’4” high and 12’ wide – found a new home for $9,988. Estimated at $2000-4000, the gouache on paper scrolls depicted a continuous image of courtiers and soldiers traveling on a road bringing tribute to an Emperor’s palace. A 15 ½” high Chinese porcelain vase with hand painted decoration of bats with gilt accents displayed the Guangxu red mark on the underside and sold for $4,519. An 8 ¼” dia. export bowl with elaborately colored phoenix and a blue Guangxu mark reached a final bid of $2,350 from the floor after intensive from the floor & the phones.
Several lots of snuff bottles also commanded top dollar. A large 3” snuff with mythical battle scene and red Sunzhi mark sold together with a snuff with horse motif and red Daoguang mark on the bottom sold for $3,408. A single Chinese bottle, reputedly a green and black jade snuff of the Suzhou school, ca. 1790s, was carved with clouds, text, and a three-line mark on the underside. It sold for