Oil painting by Haddon "Sunny" Sundblom will headline Ahlers & Ogletree's Aug. 4 auction in Atlanta An original oil painting by Haddon Sundblom (1899-1976), done in 1963 and depicting the 1914 Kentucky Derby, is the expected top lot at a Summer Estates Auction planned for Aug. 4 by Ahlers & Ogletree
News-Antique.com - Jun 13,2013 - (ATLANTA, Ga.) – An original oil painting by the renowned magazine and commercial illustrator Haddon “Sunny” Sundblom (Mich./Ill., 1899-1976), done in 1963 and depicting the 1914 Kentucky Derby horse race, is the expected top lot at a Summer Estates Auction planned for Sunday, Aug. 4, by Ahlers & Ogletree, in the firm’s gallery at 715 Miami Circle in Atlanta.
The painting, titled 1914 Kentucky Derby, shows the horse “Old Rosebud” winning the 1914 Derby by eight lengths, a record that lasted 17 years. The large work was commissioned by Robert Hensley and was unveiled at Churchill Downs just before the start of the 1963 Kentucky Derby. Sundblom is best known for his magazine renderings of Santa Claus, done for Coca-Cola.
It will be just the fifth auction for Ahlers & Ogletree, but the firm is no newcomer to the greater Atlanta arts and antiques scene. It operates three established retail locations in the region: 14th Street Antiques & Interiors in the upscale West Side design district, Peachtree Battle Antiques & Interiors in fashionable Buckhead and Black Bear Antiques in Ellijay, in the north Georgia mountains.
The Aug. 4 auction promises to be Ahlers & Ogletree’s largest and best auction to date. Offered will be over 500 fresh-to-the-market lots, from three prominent local estates and other consignors. Items will include fine works of art, American and continental period furniture, antique clocks, lamps and lighting, art glass, estate jewelry, watches and decorative accessories.
One of the prominent Atlanta estates will feature items descended from Henry St. John, a nobleman with roots in Georgia that date back to the mid-18th century, in Bolingbroke. Items from the estate include a Tiffany coffee pot, engraved with the St. John family monogram, and many Victorian rosewood pieces like a spectacular 19th century half tester bed, plus other items.
“We’re extremely excited about the August 4th auction, which is packed with quality items from three great estates,” said Robert Ahlers, president of Ahlers & Ogletree. “We think that this sale will establish us as a major auction player in the Southeast. We place a premium on honesty and integrity, and we’ll continue to do business in an aboveboard and transparent way.”
Two other paintings are expected to generate considerable bidder interest. One is an oil on board of a French vessel, attributed to Antonio Jacobsen (Denm’k/N.J., 1850-1921). Jacobsen became one of America’s most prolific painters of marine subjects. The other is an oil on board sharecropper cabin scene by the noted genre painter William Aiken Walker (S.C., 1838-1921).
Tiffany is a name that attracts collectors like moths to a light, and this auction will feature over 20 lots carrying the Tiffany name. Speaking of light, a Tiffany Studios ten-light Lily lamp in mint condition is expected to gavel for $20,000-$25,000. And a Tiffany & Company tall case clock with marquetry inlay and moon phase dial will undoubtedly get bidder paddles wagging.
As nice as the Tiffany clock is, there is another tall case clock in the sale