Anton Horvat platinum, sapphire and diamond brooch soars to $108,000 at Nadeau's New Year's Day sale A stunning Anton Horvat platinum, sapphire and diamond brooch with a cushion-cut, 6-carat blue sapphire sailed past the pre-sale estimate of $4,000-$6,000 to gavel for $108,000 at Nadeau’s Auction.
The set of 25 volumes by Twain (American Publishing Co., Hartford, Conn., 1899) was numbered 391 of 521 sets. It was the autograph edition, signed as both “S.L. Clemens” and “Mark Twain”. It breezed to $18,000, easily beating the pre-sale estimate of $5,000-$10,000.
The Audubon prints were large – around 38 inches in height, the biggest made at the time and known in the trade as “double elephant” folio prints. Five of the nine were of large American birds; six still had their original Kennedy Gallery labels en verso, with Wahtman watermarks, very important to collectors. The prints were from the estate collection of Ms. Augusta Smith.
The four top achievers of the group were Brown Pelican ($24,000); Great American Cock Male ($36,000); Whooping Crane ($14,400); and Great American Hen and Young Vulgo ($24,000). All were printed around the 1820s or '30s, while Audubon was alive. Great American Cock Male (or Wild Turkey) sold within range, having been expected to realize $20,000-$40,000.
Two important etchings by the renowned Australian-born American artist and print maker Martin Lewis (1881-1962) also crossed the auction block. Both were drypoint and sandpaper ground etchings. One, titled Stoops in Snow (1930, Edition 115), showed figures walking in New York City’s snowy streets ($31,950). The other, titled Bay Windows (1929, Edition 104), also depicted a snowy Manhattan street scene ($20,400). Both were pencil signed, and both ended up topping the pre-sale estimates, which were $10,000-$20,000 for each one.
Other artworks included an oil on canvas by Edward Moran (Am., 1829-1901), titled Shad Fishing on the Hudson (1873), 13 ½ inches by 23 ½ inches, signed and dated ($28,800, against a pre-sale estimate of $6,000-$8,000); an oil on canvas by Guy Pene du Bois (Am., 1884-1958), titled Nude Woman (Artist’s Wife), 25 inches by 20 inches, artist signed ($18,000); and an oil on board rendering by Pieter Claesz (Dutch, 1597-1661), titled Morning Still Life, unsigned, 10 ¼ inches by 13 ¾ inches ($13,200, which bested the estimate of $5,000-$10,000).
A rare, late 19th century ivory design Sultanabad Oriental carpet, in overall excellent condition, measuring 11 feet 9 inches by 19 feet 9 inches, changed hands for $29,250, nearly tripling the high pre-sale estimate of $6,000-$10,000. Also, an Aesthetic Victorian mahogany table with silver inlaid spider web top and set on turned and squared legs ending in brass feet (N.Y., circa 1870-1880) gaveled for $10,800. the table was only expected to fetch $400-$800.
Returning to estate jewelry, a ruby necklace composed of three graduated strands of bead rubies ranging from 17-19 inches per strand, with 18kt yellow gold clasp set with three square-cut emeralds on either side of the clasp, made $18,000, more than tripling the $3,000-$5,000 pre-sale estimate; and a platinum three-stone diamond ring, with a center round brilliant cut diamond weighing 1.52 carats, with H-I color, hit $12,600, against a pre-sale estimate of $6,000-$10,000.
A platinum three-stone diamond ring with filigree undercarriage, all of the diamonds European cut, the center diamond weighing about 1.79 carats, size 7