Victorian rosewood half tester bed attributed to Prudent Mallard brings $24,780 at Ahlers & Ogletree A Victorian rosewood half tester bed, attributed to the renowned 19th century American furniture maker Prudent Mallard, sold for $24,780 at a Summer Estates Auction held Aug. 4th by Ahlers & Ogletree.
News-Antique.com - Sep 06,2013 - (ATLANTA, Ga.) – A magnificent Victorian rosewood half tester bed, attributed to the renowned 19th century American furniture maker Prudent Mallard, sold for $24,780 at a Summer Estates Auction held Aug. 4 by Ahlers & Ogletree, in the firm’s gallery located at 715 Miami Circle in Atlanta. The bed was the top achiever of the 650 or so lots that came under the gavel.
“There was a lot of positive energy in the room and everybody had a good time,” said Robert Ahlers, president of Ahlers & Ogletree of just the young firm’s fifth auction. “Many lots sold for more than what we expected, which was a nice surprise, and others brought about what we estimated them for. Overall it was an exciting event. We got lots of positive feedback.”
About 150 people attended the auction live, in person, while 850 others registered to bid online, through Artfact.com and LiveAuctioneers.com. Absentee and phone bids were also taken. Ahlers & Ogletree is fast becoming a rising star in the region's auction industry, having already established itself as a premier player in the Southeastern states after just a handful of auctions.
The Aug. 4 auction featured fresh-to-the-market merchandise from three prominent local estates, plus other consignors. Items included fine works of art, American and continental period furniture, antique clocks, lamps and lighting, art glass, estate jewelry, watches and decorative accessories. Already plans are underway for a Fall Estates Auction, scheduled for October 6th. The firm is also handling the liquidation sale on Sept. 21 of Dante's Down the Hatch in Atlanta.
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.
Lamps and lighting ignited the crowd and illuminated the room. A Tiffany Studios ten-light lily lamp, marked on the gilt bronze lily plant base and having ten “stems” holding ten gold iridescent favrile glass “lily” shades, realized $21,240; and an early 20th century Duffner & Kimberly table lamp with stained and leaded glass shade on a polished bronze base hit $3,835.
The sale’s number three top lot was an original oil painting by the noted magazine and commercial illustrator Haddon “Sunny” Sundblom (Mich./Ill., 1899-1976). Done in 1963, the painting, titled 1914 Kentucky Derby, showed the horse “Old Rosebud” winning the 1914 Kentucky Derby by eight lengths, a record that lasted 17 years. The work gaveled for $17,700.
Other artwork featured an oil on board painting by William Aiken Walker (S.C., 1838-1921). The 8 ¾ inch by 14 ¾ inch work depicted a sharecropper cabin scene in a pine and gesso molding frame. It fetched $12,980. Also, a mid-19th century unsigned oil on canvas showing the story of Moses, attributed to Constantin Flavitsky (Russ., 1830-1866), hammered for $4,130.
Bronzes and statuary were also offered. A late 19th century bronze bust of an Oriental beauty with red stone drop earrings, singed en verso by French sculptor Henri Ple (1853-1922), 24 inches tall, fetched $11,800. Also, a lifesize garden statue of the mythical creature Pan playing the flute,