Oil on canvas painting by William Wendt knocks down for $299,000 at Cottone Auctions, Mar. 22-23 An oil on canvas painting by renowned American artist William Wendt (1865-1946), titled Patriarchs of the Grove (1920), sold for $299,000 at a multi-estate auction held Mar. 22-23 by Cottone Auctions.
News-Antique.com - Mar 29,2013 - (GENESEO, N.Y.) – An original oil on canvas painting by the renowned American artist William Wendt (1865-1946), titled Patriarchs of the Grove (1920), sold for $299,000 at a multi-estate auction held Mar. 22-23 by Cottone Auctions, in the firm’s gallery located at 120 Court Street in Geneseo, in upstate New York. The painting was the top lot of the 950 total lots offered.
Wendt signed the painting in the lower left, on a painting that measured 40 inches by 50 inches. Wendt was born in Germany but immigrated to the United Stated and became one of California’s best-known landscape painters of the late 19th and early 20th century. His renderings were especially known for their rich greens and browns. Wendt founded the California Art Club.
Two other lots topped the $100,000 mark in an auction that grossed around $2.9 million. One was an original oil on canvas by Jonas Lie (Am., 1880-1940), titled Manhattan. The work, signed lower right, realized $126,500. Lie was born in Norway. He’s best known for his colorful coastlines of New England and New York City scenes.
The other was a late 19th century bronze group of a bogatyr (character in medieval East Slavic legend, similar to a Western European knight-errant) by Evgeni Lanceray (Russ., 1848-1886). The bogatyr, Ilya Muromets, was signed on the base (1885) and cast by Chopin. It showed a warrior wearing a helmet and chain mail carrying a banner, sword and bow ($115,000).
The multi-estate sale boasted hundreds of quality lots of fine arts and antiques in an array of categories. In addition to fine art, offerings included Asian objects (to include jade, ivory and snuff bottles), sterling silver, estate jewelry, period furniture, Native American objects and more. Between 250-300 people per day attended the auction in person, a great turnout by any yardstick.
In addition, 2,000 people registered to bid online (via LiveAuctioneers.com) and several hundred phone and absentee bids were recorded. “This auction did well because so much of the merchandise was new to the market,” said Matt Cottone of Cottone Auctions. “All the top lots were first-time offerings. Some of the artwork had been painted for the family of the consignor.”
Following are additional highlights from the sale. All prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
Asian objects included a 19th century Chinese ivory model of the Imperial Nine Dragon Wall, each side carved with nine heavy relief dragons and floral relief ($29,900); a Chinese marble head of a bodhisattva (in Buddhism, an enlightened being), 9 inches tall ($27,600); and a Chinese spinach jade censor with carved dragons and foo dogs on a teakwood stand ($18,400).
The auction featured an outstanding collection of late 19th/early 20th century snuff bottles. A few of the top sellers included a pottery snuff bottle as a round, flattened flask with landscape design ($8,625); a cased glass snuff bottle as an ovate flattened flask with birds and flowers ($8,510); and a Chinese porcelain figural snuff bottle ($8,050).