Pair of 17th century portraits of English nobility sells for $14,160 at Ahlers & Ogletree, March 5-6 Two 17th century portraits of British nobility painted by English artist John Hayls realized $14,160 at a Spring Estates Auction held March 5th and 6th by Ahlers & Ogletree, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia.
News-Antique.com - Mar 15,2016 - ATLANTA, Ga. – Two 17th century portraits of British nobility painted by English artist John Hayls realized $14,160, a pair of palatial European 20th century Bohemian-style dore bronze mounted crystal floor urns fetched $12,980, and a large hand-blown Murano glass sculptural charger (or disc) by Lino Tagliapietra (It., b. 1934), done circa 1987, brought $7,670 at auction.
They were just a few of the nearly 900 lots that came up for bid on March 5th and 6th at a Spring Estates Auction held by Ahlers & Ogletree, in the firm’s gallery located at 715 Miami Circle in Atlanta. Quality merchandise from prominent local estates and collections came under the gavel in a sale that grossed about $580,000. The portraits John Hayls were the sale’s top-achieving lot.
One depicted “Michael Warton Esq., Son in Law of John first Lord Poulett,” the other “Susanna daughter of John first Lord Poulett and Wife of Michael Warton Esq. of Beverly in Yorkshire.” Both were formal paintings, of British nobility from the period. Each was housed in a fine carved and gilt wood frame and measured 53 inches by 42 ½ inches. John Hayls lived from 1600-1679.
The Bohemian-style dore bronze mounted cobalt cut to clear crystal floor urns were truly palatial – each one standing a majestic 63 inches tall – with a dome-shaped panel cut finial over a berried laurel dore bronze neck mounted to each side with foliate scrolling and Greek key handles. Both featured lovely “Deer in the Woods” engraved scenes that were signed by the artist, but illegibly.
The hand-blown Murano glass sculptural charger by Lino Tagliapietra, entitled Saturno, was #23 out of a limited-edition of 100 made. It measured 25 inches tall by 23 ½ inches wide and was internally decorated, having a concentric form with white and black conforming spirals on colorless glass. It was raised on an enameled iron stand and was signed, dated and numbered.
The two-day auction was packed with original artwork, antiques, furniture, lighting, mirrors, fine estate jewelry pieces, hand-woven rugs and carpets, collectibles, art glass and crystal, sculpture, Russian silver and enamel, Georg Jensen sterling silver, porcelain, Japanese woodblock prints, Chinese porcelain, pottery and other decorative arts, modern and contemporary art and design.
About 300 people attended the sale in person over the course of the two days. Online bidding featured 7,436 bidders on LiveAuctioneers.com, 1,830 bidders on Invaluable.com, 138 bidders on BidSquare.com and 180 bidders on the Ahlers & Ogletree website and mobile app. Also, just over 450 absentee and phone bids were made on behalf of 60 bidders over the two-day period.
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.
A patinated and partially polished bronze artwork by the Spanish surrealist master Salvador Dali (1904-1989), titled Nobility of Time, #81 of 350, 23 ¼ inches tall, showing a melting clock atop a tree trunk with an angel and a female nude, fetched $6,785. The Asian category was led by a pair of 20th