An Italian painting by Angelo Dall'Oca Bianca sells for $42,000; A Chinese Jeweled Vase sells for $52,000, and two Russian Bronzes sell for $51,000 to a worldwide audience with over 600 bidders at Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. September 23rd, 2013 sale of a Palm Beach Estate at their gallery premises in West Palm Beach.
PRLog - Oct. 16, 2013 - PALM BEACH, Fla. -- September in South Florida is very warm, humid, and at the height of hurricane season. So when Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. held their Major Fine Art and Antique auction on September 23rd, at their gallery facilities in West Palm Beach, the bidding was expected to be hot, but it turned out to be electric. The auction featured several local estates including the Estate of Robert H. Murphy, a Palm Beach Gentleman with some very notable and desirable lots. In particular, the Russian bronzes, Ivory pieces, Chinese items, and the Fine Art, were raising the temperatures of the bidders in and out of the room. The auction drew over 600 bidders from all over the world.
Two very desirable Russian bronzes commanded interest from the floor, phones, and the on-line bidders. Lot 128 a work by Evgeni Alexandrovich Lanceray (1848-1886) of Prince Vyazemskii on Horseback with an estimate of $6000-8000 sold for $37,000.00 to a persistent floor bidder who beat out the phones, internet, and absentee bids. Mr. Brian Kogan, the gallery president, remarked “these pieces from the estate of Robert H. Murphy were expected to draw significant interest and sell well because the pieces were of excellent quality and the estimates were relatively low. “. A smaller bronze by Lanceray of an officer on horseback, Lot 106, stormed up to $14,400.00 to a New York phone collector who out bid the internet bidder.
Quality Chinese items were aggressively bid on by the phones and internet. In particular, Lot 291, a rare and unusual bronze ring handle vase with over 500 jeweled diamond, emerald, ruby, and sapphire paste stones, that was cataloged as a copy of an imperial Chien Lung vase, made in the late 1930’s to 40’s, with Shou symbols had a pre-auction estimate of $15,000-20,000 and stormed to $52,400.00 by an internet bidder on Liveauctioneers. The demand for European antiques made for the Chinese market is strong and lot 292 a three piece gilt bronze and cloisonee clock set, attributed to Lievre, and mounted with an ivory lohan went for $24,000.00 to a California phone bidder. Additionally, lot 290 a Chinese bronze of a Liao Guanyin (10th Century) sold to the phone bidder from England for $14,400.00 and Lot 215 an exceptional detailed cloisonee enamel snuff bottle with a Chien Lung mark which blew past the estimate of $3000-4000 and sold for $8,400.00 to a happy phone bidder.
Despite the current concerns over the foreseeable future of regulations on the sale of Ivory in the auction rooms, the ivory pieces from the Murphy estate did exceptionally well. Lot 268, a half tusk carved to death with the immortals battling dragons, 13” long, sold for $15,990.00 to an internet bidder who beat out the six phone bidders, and Lot 267 a heavily carved lidded dragon urn along with Lot 269 a pair of 29 ½” tall Quan-yin goddesses, were fiercely bid on by the phones and internet and ended up selling for $5500.00 and $7995.00 respectively to the internet.
The most surprising lot of the evening was lot 58 a painting by Italian artist Angelo Dall’Oca Bianca (1858-1942) of a Mother and Children waiting on a shore with fishing boats that sold for $42,000.00 to a collector from Verona where the artist established a home for the destitute in 1939. Bianca had a celebrated career as an artist exhibiting at the major expositions and as the painter for Queen Margherita (1851-1926). Bianca won the gold medal at the Universale Exposition in Paris in 1900. The painting was consigned by a local man who was trying to sell the work in a consignment shop for considerably less for about a year. After going unsold he decided to restore the painting and was referred to the gallery to sell it at auction. After the auction, the consignor was stunned by the results and shocked by the price.
Fine Art continues to rebound; in particular, the European paintings in the auction all brought competitive bidding from all the bidding platforms. The phones were all booked for lot 78 a port scene painting by Spanish artist Jose Amat Pages (1901-1991) that climbed to $6,600.00 and lot 273, a small Jean Dufy (1888-1964) oil on paper from his Circus series that went to a Beverly Hills phone bidder for $9,600.00. Lot 273 a Georges Croegaert (1848-1923) intimate Cardinal painting went for $5,250.00 to an internet bidder. Additionally, a David Burliuk (1882-1967) an interior peasant table scene sold to a phone bidder for $7,300.00 and lot 170 a Chaim Gross (1904-1991) lyrical bronze of three ballet dancers sold for $3,900.00.
While Furniture and Decorations are not faring very well in the market, a few of the lots from the Murphy estate brought solid results. Lot 142 an attractive pair of Louis XVI style Marquis Chairs lushly upholstered in royal blue velvet sold at $4,500; Lot 185, a pair of 18th/19th century French trumeaus missing their tops sold locally for $3,600.00; and lot 100 a LaVerne bronze table in the “Ming” pattern ended at $3,300.00 and lot 107 a French 19th century gilded bronze mantle clock won by the internet for $2,700.00.
Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. celebrated their 10th year in June at their 7,000 sq. foot gallery in West Palm Beach and over the past decade has developed a reputation for selling quality fine art, antiques, and heirloom consignments from South Florida and both coasts in Florida. The gallery holds 9 to 10 auctions a year and last year in June was thrilled to sell the 1991 Kentucky Derby 18kt. Gold Trophy for $137,000.00.
All prices reported include a 20% buyer’s premium.
The next auction will take place on Monday, October 28th at 6 pm. For additional information or consignments please contact Mr. Brian Kogan or Mr. Leslie Baker at 561-805-7115 or at www.AGOPB.com .
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October 16, 2013 at 12:47 PM EDT