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.
$2,233, while a single pale green jade snuff with incised phoenix on both sides made $1,763. A group of reverse painted glass snuff bottles garnered a price of $4,994 since two examples featuring children and a herd of horses were signed.
From the 18th century through the 20th century, Garth’s offered it all during the auction weekend. A late 19th century, hand painted floral Rookwood vase with impressed mark "OCP", the date 1896, and silver overlay all helped it sell for $1,988. A 10 ½” x 7 ¼” tempera painting by Oskar Kokoschka (Austria, 1886-1980) was a study for a postcard for the Wiener Stadhalle. Unframed, the colorful and unusual work from the artist sold for $4,348. A beautiful landscape by Henry Pember Smith more than tripled its estimate selling for $8,225. A walnut veneer, 3-piece Danish bedroom suite in the style of George Nelson’s “Thin Edge” line sold for $1,410 and a quantity of good Kittinger pieces sold including a Federal-style breakfront cabinet ($1,763), a Chippendale-style tester bed ($2,938), and a pair of Chippendale-style wing chairs ($3,055). Alternately, a Victorian Rococo-Revival figured walnut dresser, 19th century, with a carved and turned detail bust of bearded man in the crest sold for $2,585.
Many folks stayed for the Saturday session after attending the Eclectic sale held the previous day. Longtime customer, Ann Grayson, was only one of many customers in the audience observed watching the auction on her iPad. Grayson exclaimed, “It’s fantastic! I can see the items in detail by blowing up the pictures. It makes everything so much easier, so technology at auctions is the way to go!”
If Grayson was paying close attention, she watched a fine piano lamp light up the crowd at the start of the online portion of the sale. With a hand-painted shade, openwork metal font, rope-twist column, marble insert and openwork base with lower shelf, the lamp sold for an outstanding $2,468. Another highly sought after lot was the nine-piece Tiffany desk set in the Abalone pattern. Comprised of bookends, ink blotter and well, a calendar with assorted other pieces, each with mother-of-pearl inlay on gilt brass, the set sold for $3,173.
Several lots of jewelry on Saturday were offered including lot 303, a retro gold and diamond combination bracelet/watch, which sold for $3,290 to an absentee bidder, but the jewelry sold during the Eclectic sale was strong throughout. A gold cased medallion depicting a bearded man on one side, "Suid-Afrika-South Africa" and a stag, "Krugerrand 1974 Fyngoud 1OZ Fine Gold" on the reverse sold for $1,600. A diamond and gold brooch in the form of a lion's head with green stone eyes sold for $1,400. Client J.C. Rice attended the auction with three generations of her family in tow! Her mother, Mrs. Crucs, started bringing her daughter J.C. to Garth’s over 30 years ago. Now, J.C. attends as her two children play on the floor next to her. “They are learning to collect and are mostly into minerals and shiny things.