Lichtenstein lithograph, Jacob Eby tall-case clock headline Ahlers & Ogletree's Aug. 27-28 auction A handsome early 19th century mahogany tall-case clock made by Jacob Eby of Mannheim, Pa., and a colorful offset lithograph printed on wove paper by Roy Lichtenstein both sold well at auction.
News-Antique.com - Sep 01,2016 - ATLANTA, Ga. - A handsome early 19th century mahogany tall-case clock made by Jacob Eby of Mannheim, Pa. (1776-1828) chimed on time for $10,620, and a colorful offset lithograph printed on wove paper by renowned pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (Am., 1923-1997) titled Sunrise, fetched $7,080 at a Summer Collections & Estates Auction held August 27th-28th by Ahlers & Ogletree.
The auction was held in Ahlers & Ogletree's gallery, at 715 Miami Circle (Suite 210) in Atlanta. Just over 1,160 lots came up for bid, in a wide range of categories, mostly pulled from prominent local estates and collections. There were 437 registered in-house and absentee bidders, and 645 absentee and phone bids were cast. Including the buyer's premium, the auction grossed $710,000.
As with many of the firm's previous auctions, most of the bidder action was internet-generated. Over 8,200 people registered to bid through LiveAuctioneers.com, representing more than 16 countries; another 2,769 bidders participated via Invaluable.com, from eight countries; and 91 people registered to bid on BidSquare.com. That's more than 11,000 people participating online.
The Jacob Eby clock attracted bidders who were wow'd by the 95-inch-tall case, hand-painted dial (signed “Jacob Eby Mannheim”) and other outstanding features, all resting on bracket feet with a federal eagle inlaid roundel. The dial appeared under a moon phase, with Roman numerals showing within a chapter ring and fluted spandrels, atop a cove molded waist and flat panel base.
The Lichtenstein color litho, from 1965, was artist-signed in pencil and was in an edition from an unknown print run. It was a modern work, depicting the sun rising above undulating hills in red, with highlighted borders in blue. The unframed sheet measured about 18 ¼ inches by 24 ½ inches. Lichtenstein, along with Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, helped define American pop art. Modern prints by Warhol and Robert Raushenberg were also sold as part of the fine art category.
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include an 18 percent buyer's premium.
The runner-up lot of the auction was a late 19th or early 20th century British School oil on canvas depiction of a naval battle scene from the Napoleonic Wars, titled Battle of Trafalgar, signed “G. Watters” ($10,030). Also, a circa 1990 mixed media figural neo-surrealistic painting on colored paper by Paul Pletka (Am., b. 1946), titled Yellow-Rumpted Cacique, artist signed, made $1,770.
A French 19th century provincial style carved walnut secretary, featuring astragal glazed doors enclosed in an adjustable and shelved interior, above a slant front desk opening to four stepped drawers, 92 ½ inches tall, brought $7,080; while an unusual Louis XVI-style gilt bronze six-light chandelier, after a similar design by Pierre Gouthiere (Fr., 1732-1813), 38 inches tall, hit $3,245.
A ladies’ Art Deco platinum, diamond and sapphire necklace pendant of tapered form, boasting a one-carat central European cut diamond surrounded by sapphire accents, 17 inches in length, fetched $5,900. Also, a polished chrome modern abstract sculpture, titled Double U, apparently unsigned but attributed to Mary Preminger