Kaminski Auctions October Antiques, Art and Fine Estates Auction, held October 26 in Pasadena, California, offered a dazzling selection of consignments to bidders from the West Coast and beyond. Fine art, antiques and collectibles hailed from estates spanning Massachusetts to California. The auction also drew a large number of live online bidders, many from the region of Kaminski’s flagship location in Beverly, Massachusetts, as well as overseas. (All prices reflect a 15% buyers premium)
Headlining the sale was an important painting by Austrian artist Hans Zatzka. The painting, Maidens with Cherub in Tree, is signed by the artist and is housed in an ornate museum-quality frame. Zatzka’s work is highly sought-after and this painting was no exception, realizing a final price of $57,500, a record price for the artist.
A stamped Tiffany Studios jardinière also garnered attention. The piece sports an intricate favrile glass mosaic design with gilt bronze floral features and an original copper liner. The jardinière reached $39,100 after a volley of bids, well exceeding its original estimate of $15,000-$25,000.
American artist Albert Bierstadt also sold well at the auction. Three paintings, each a different view of the Sierra Mountains, sold for $9,200, $14,375 and $21,625 respectively. Bierstadt, who began his career as a Hudson River School painter, is widely known for his unique landscapes of the western United States.
Bidders also displayed a penchant for French urns at this exciting auction. A pair of 30-inch 19th Century Sevres urns brought $10,350, breaking an original high estimate of $9,000. Additionally, two 19th Century French garniture sets, one by Bertrand and another boasting a fine bronze enamel, each sold for $8,625.
Additional decorative arts buys included a bevy of dining room accents. A 19th Century ormolu bronze chandelier realized $5,750, an impressive service of 20th Century vermeil gold plated dinner and bread plates reached $5,460 and a 19th Century French Sevres centerpiece sold for $8,050.
“It’s always a thrill to produce auctions for our enthusiastic West Coast audience,” comments Frank Kaminski. “As a bi-coastal auction house, we’re able to offer a unique perspective in the fine art and antiques auction and appraisal industry.”
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