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- Session 1 : Lots 1000-1645
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August Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Auction Is a Grand Slam at $3.6 Million!
James D. Julia’s late summer sale truly hit it out of the ballpark, captivating bidders from all over the world with extraordinary selections of fine temptations from the most desirable and prestigious collecting categories. After the hammer fell for the last time, 60 lots made $10K or above. In addition, 16 lots realized $25K or more, and 3 lots broke the $50K mark!
The first day of this sale offered a full range of carefully curated paintings and fine art. Lot 1159A, Jiro Takamatsu’s Shadow of Two Keys (Skeleton & Church Key) “NO. 211,” was estimated at $30,000-50,000 but locked up $69,575. This work is signed and dated by the artist and retains its label from the Tokyo Gallery. It descended through the family of Robert H. Chase of Greenwich Village, NY, and was discovered hanging in the kitchen of a Maine home. Lot 1392, a thoughtful painting attributed to Narcisse-Virgil Diaz de la Peña called “Figure Beside Woodland Pool Looking Across to Pasture” soared to over ten times its low estimate to realize $60,500. This piece was from the Webster Family Trust and descended from the Rockefeller/Dodge Family. And lot 1340, Heywood Hardy’s “The First of November” featuring sportsmen on their horses and dozens of eager hounds and came from a Woodstock, VT collection with fabulous provenance was another best in show, making $48,000. This sale also featured two other Hardy works, “Preparing for The Hunt” and “The Meet with Riders & Hounds,” which also sold above their low estimates.
The second day of this sale presented finely curated collections of European decorative arts and American historical rarities. Lot 2075, The Book Les Roses, authored by Roudoute and Thory and published in Paris by Firmin Didot (1817-1824), was the day’s best seller, realizing $65,340 on a $10,000-20,000 estimate. This attic find is from the estate of Louise A. Livingston of Oyster Bay, Long Island. Bidders battled over two important militaria highlights on day two of this sale. They included lot 2011, a Nantucket Presentation Sword given to Mexican War Hero Major Moses Barnard for “Planting the 1st American Flag on Parapet at Storming of Chapultepec, September 13, 1847” and lot 2004, a 1st Battalion marked Revolutionary War Charleville musket. When the smoke finally cleared, these items realized $41,140 and $36,300 respectively. And lot 2133, a Queen Anne Transitional Walnut Ball and Claw foot corner chair more than doubled its low estimate to realize $30,250.
The final day of the sale featured a stunning array of outstanding Asian arts and American decorative arts. Two tables with great provenance served up outstanding results. The first, lot 3569, was a Qing Dynasty Huanghuali and hardwood side table which made $33,880. This table was purchased in 1923 in Peking and has remained with the original owners, the Hobart family, ever since. Items from the Hobart collection established the benchmark for the Chinese antiquities market in the United States at two famous sales conducted at Sotheby’s in New York. And the second, lot 3597, a 19th century Anglo-Indian marble topped carved rosewood side table realized $27,225 on its $4,000-6,000 estimate. This table descended from the family of William G. Pierce who sailed from New York to Hong Kong, arriving June 15th, 1849. And lot 3523, Tsuguharu Foujita’s charmingly illustrated A Book of Cats: Being 20 Drawings, more than doubled its low estimate to make $21,175.
Those are just a few of the leading highlights from this comprehensive sale, but they certainly don’t tell the entire story of this incredibly successful auction. For a full recap, click here.
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