Early 16th century German Gothic tapestry panel realizes $48,380 at Ahlers & Ogletree's spring sale A rare early 16th century German Gothic tapestry panel climbed to $48,380 and a large 17th or 18th century Tibetan gilt bronze seated Buddha figure coasted to $42,480 at Ahlers & Ogletree's auction.
News-Antique.com - May 11,2016 - ATLANTA, Ga. – A rare early 16th century German Gothic tapestry panel climbed to $48,380 and a large 17th or 18th century Tibetan gilt bronze seated Buddha figure coasted to $42,480 at an estates auction held April 30th and May 1st by Ahlers & Ogletree, in the firm’s gallery located at 715 Miami Circle in Atlanta. Over 1,160 lots came up for bid in a sale that grossed $1.3 million.
The German Gothic figural tapestry panel was horizontally aligned and measured 39 ¼ inches by 72 inches. It depicted three scenes divided by ribbon banderoles, with German text inscriptions. The central scene was of a young woman in a gown (presumably a queen), walking in a forest and looking back at a man (possibly a king). The piece was last sold at auction in April 1968.
The finely cast gilt and polychrome bronze Buddha was imposing, at 28 ½ inches tall, with the sculpture affixed to a later veneered block pedestal. The Siddhartha Gautama Buddha figure was depicted seated on a lotus throne with closed meditative eyes, a third eye to the forehead, and the palm of one hand facing up, with the thumb touching the index finger in a classic Buddhist pose.
The two lots were the top earners in an auction that was officially titled The Atlanta Collection, a two-day sale featuring 17th-19th century furniture, important Asian arts, fine estate silver, period oil paintings, Modern art, medieval Ecclesiastical carvings and decorative accessories. Prominent estates included Dr. Woody and Mrs. Honor Cobbs, and Mr. Joseph Gilbert, both from Atlanta.
About 350 people registered to bid at the event in person, while the number of registered online bidders approached 10,000 (7,793 on LiveAuctioneers.com, 1,112 on Invaluable.com and 178 on BidSquare). Bidders could also access the Ahlers & Ogletree app, available for Android and the Apple iPhone. Over 762 phone bids were cast, and there were 280 registered absentee bidders.
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.
Two other of the auction's top lots also depicted Buddha figures. A 19th century Southeast Asian polychrome and parcel gilt bronze sculpture of Dhyani Buddha Amitabha seated on a throne, 21 ¼ inches tall, brought $29,500; and a circa 15th century Tibetan painting on thick, fibrous organic textile material, depicting the 13 Buddhist Guardians from the Epic of King Gesar, made $8,260.
An impressive English (or possibly Irish) George III mahogany library bookcase cabinet, dating to the third quarter 18th century, in two sections with the upper section in breakfront form and the piece overall standing tall at 119 inches, rose to $24,780; while an English late 15th or early 16th century carved oak misericord seat (a small projection on the underside of a hinged seat of a church stall), with a round carving in high relief depicting the Garden of Eden, fetched $16,520.
Three artworks by Denis Adeane Mitchell (Br., 1912-1993) came up for bid. One of them, an abstract polished bronze sculpture (#6