BEACHWOOD, Ohio – A bronze coffee table by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, titled eternal forest, sold for $27,060, and a group of Soriana leather seats by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Cassina fetched $15,990 at an online auction of winter antiques and art held on February 19 by Neue Auctions. They were the top two winners of the more than 300 lots auctioned.
The LaVerne coffee table, 47 ½ inches in diameter, was cast with a silver patinated tree motif and had a brass and green patina. It was raised on a shaped base and signed by LaVerne, the Mid-Century Modern designers. The Scarpa for Cassina furniture group included two lounge chairs and two side chairs, in leather with stainless steel details.
“We held a fabulous auction of antiques and artwork, sourced from local estates and collections, and many new record prices were achieved throughout the day,” said Cynthia Maciejewski of New Auctions.
She added: “Our next major online auction will focus on English Georgian and Regency furniture, French Provincial furniture, rustic pewter and ceramic wares, Asian art including a selection of Chinese porcelain from of Chinese Trade Paintings, Paperweights, Paintings and Prints. two bronze sculptures by Frederick William MacMonnies. It will be Saturday, March 26.
Here are more highlights from the auction, which was hosted by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidsquare.com. All prices include a 23% buyer’s premium.
A pair of face-related lots each had a sale price of $12,300. One was a color serigraph by Tom Wesselmann (American, 1931-2004), titled Bedroom face with orange wallpaper (1987), 62 inches by 68 inches as framed and signed, dated and numbered. The other was a double-handled flask by RW Martin and Brothers (British, 1873-1914), made in 1901, depicting a smiling figure. The obverse was inscribed with a poem about a potter.
Two of the most visually dazzling items in the sale were a kinetic bronze sculpture by Bill Keating (American, b.1932), titled Dancer, 24 ½ inches high, signed and dated 1990, with original sales receipt and brochure ($11,685); and a spectacular Albany of England porcelain peacock, in bronze and enamel on a stand, 60 inches high, the bronze bird brightly enameled in turquoise, cobalt blue and lime green, and the tail spread with feathers. fully articulated feathers ($5,842).
In addition to the LaVerne coffee table and the Scarpa leather seating group, other furniture batches also performed well, including the following:
- A monumental display case in Art Nouveau, possibly Austrian marquetry, with a central unit and two side cabinets mounted as one, plus interior shelving throughout ($4,612).
- 19th or 20th century baroque style refractory table, the rectangular walnut top raised on an easel base carved in relief, with shield-shaped cartouches flanked by figures ($4,305).
- Two 18th or 19th century South German or Austrian Baroque style cabinets with rectangular shaped tops on a conforming case, with two frieze drawers on either side ($4,305).
The original oil paintings featured an oil on canvas painting by Mark Lancelot Symons (British, 1887-1935), titled Moving day (c. 1929-1930), artist signed lower right and housed in a 30 by 41 inch frame ($11,685); and an oil on canvas by Antoine Blanchard (French, 1910-1988), titled Paris, Pointe Saint-Martin18 inches by 21 ½ inches (canvas, less frame), artist signed and titled ($6,150).
World famous artists made an appearance on the day of the auction. An aquatint by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), titled Painter and model leaning on his elbow, signed in pencil and numbered (5/50) lower left, 15 ½ inches by 10 ¾ inches (at sight), matted and framed, gone for $6,765; while a lithograph on paper by Norman Rockwell (American, 1984-1978), titled Boy with Two Dogs (Raleigh Rockwell Travels), after the 1929 original, signed, framed and numbered, fetched $3,690.
Works of art of a more statuary variety included an intricately carved marble figure of a nude (Italian, late 19th/early 20th century), the figure carved in white Carrara marble, with hands clasped around her neck, on a green marble plinth, unsigned, 34 ½ inches high ($4,920); and a waist-length gilt-bronze bust of Loie Fuller by Charles Louchet (French, 19th/20th century), depicting the innovative dancer partially clothed, manipulating her flowing silk fabric around her body, 9 inches tall ($4,920 ).
The works of renowned Puerto Rican artist Angel Botello (1913-1986) featured a linocut on Japanese paper, depicting Anne Frank, signed lower right, titled, numbered (49/50) and matted and framed at a size of 31 inches by 22 ½ inches ($5,228); and a 1951 linocut titled Two characters at the beach, signed and dated lower right, numbered (5/12) and matted and framed ($4,305).
Several mythological oil paintings on canvas by John Hemming Fry (American, 1860-1946), all from the collection of the Canton (Ohio) Art Institute, were sold. The titles were Orpheus and Eurydice80 inches by 51 inches as framed ($4,920); The Elemental Drift, 26 inches by 42 ½ inches as framed ($3,567); and The Fates39 inches by 30 inches as framed ($3,075).
On Saturday, April 30, Neue Auctions will host an online-only Fine Interiors auction, also at 10 a.m. ET. Many antiques, beautiful paintings and decorative objects will be offered in addition to furniture from names such as Baker and Henredon, beautifully upholstered chairs, ottomans, side tables, lamps and coffee tables, light fixtures, mirrors and decorative items from some of the finest homes east of the Mississippi, from St. Claire Shores, Michigan and Pepper Pike, Ohio to Naples, Florida.
Then, on Saturday, May 28, at 10 a.m. EST, Neue Auctions will hold what has become an annual event: their May Modern auction. The company collects modern works of art such as fine prints, original paintings, pottery, sculptures and classic modern furniture from well-known designers. They are reviewing and accepting submissions for this auction at this time.
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