Jules Gustave Leroy Holiday Painting Brings $16,000 at Cordier Auctions A Jules Gustave Leroy painting entitled “The Christmas Present” sold for $16,000 while a Tiffany tall case clock realized $17,000 at Cordier Auctions’ Fall Auction on November 9 and 10.
$1,300 Watch highlights included an Illinois Bunn Special 60 hour pocket watch at $450, an 18K James Perret pocket watch at $650 and a 1950’s Gallet 3 reg chronograph wristwatch at $475.
Saturday’s session concluded with decorative arts, porcelain and glass. Highlights included a Karl Ens Deco Penthesilea sculpture by Josef Kopp at $1,400, a 17th century French silver thread purse at $350 and an ivory scrimshaw lighthouse at $500.
Sunday's session began with musical instruments followed by furniture and rugs, Asian and fine art, clocks, and lighting. The highlight among instruments was an RCA Story & Clark Storytone Deco electric piano. Estimated at $3,000 to $6,000, the piano was built in 1939 as a joint venture between Story & Clark and RCA. One of only 150 made, it was the first electric piano and debuted at the1939 World's Fair. The internet came through with the winning bid of $2,700.
Over 70 lots of furniture were offered including a rare three shell carved Lancaster County Chippendale highboy circa 1780 to 1790. Estimated at $10,000 to $15,000, the piece sold to a local collector in the room for just under low estimate at $8,500. Two pieces of Chinese Qing Dynasty furniture were pleasant surprises in Sunday’s session and included at tea table at $3,900 (estimate $200 to $400) and a stand at $850 (estimate $150 to $300). Nineteen lots of rugs were offered and saw prices consistently within or above estimate including an antique Caucasian Kazar rug at $2,000 (estimate $600 to $800).
Over 100 lots of ethnographic and Asian arts were included in Sunday’s session, among them a Chinese famille verte table screen. Estimated $1,500 to $3,000, the piece sold to the room at $2,000. The room was also successful on two Japanese Meiji period Satsuma vases with frogs which both sold for $500. Ethnographic arts featured over twenty lots of Inuit sculpture and prints with most selling within estimate. An early 20th century Northwest Coast Tlingit raven dagger did far better than expected, selling to the internet at $1,700 on a $200 to $400 estimate.
Sunday’s session offered over 100 lots of fine art including paintings, bronzes, and prints as well as the biggest surprise of the auction – a painting by the artist Jules Gustave Leroy (French, 1856-1921). Known for his works of kittens and other animals, the painting portrayed a poodle holding a holly decorated basket of kittens and was aptly entitled “Holiday Gift”. Bidding opened online within estimate at $1,600 and quickly escalated between multiple phone bidders before coming down to a single phone bidder and a bidder in the room, both determined to take this particular present home for the holidays. The room was silent as bidding climbed to $10,000 then $15,000 before the floor bidder came away the winner at $16,000 to a well-deserved round of applause.
Cordier Auctions also offered artwork from the Estate of Boris Blai (American, 1893-1985), noted sculpture and founder of the Stella Elkins Tyler School of Art (a campus