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.
of Temple University) in 1935. The artwork included wood sculptures by Blai including a female nude torso ($2,300) and a portrait of Mrs. Lessing Rosenwald ($1,200). Also offered were paintings by Franklin C. Watkins (American, 1894-1972) including a portrait of opera singer Miriam Gurewitz, first wife of Blai, submitted to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 121st Annual Exhibition that realized $1,600.
Also of note in art was a portrait painting by the artist John Henry Byrd (1805-1884). Emigrating from Ireland to Arkansas, he became the state's most prolific antebellum artist, painting many of the prominent families and people of the day. Estimated at $200 to $400, the painting sold to a great-granddaughter of the artist for $1,500.
Sunday’s auction concluded with clocks and lighting. Seven tall case clocks were offered with all selling at or above estimate. The top lot of the sale was a profusely carved 19th century Tiffany & Co. nine tube tall case that sold just under low estimate at $17,000. Highlights among lighting included a large Middle Eastern table lamp ($700), a Victorian brass piano lamp ($600) and a Sevres ormolu and porcelain clock garniture ($700).
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