QUALITY AND RARITY LEAD THE WAY IN WEST PALM BEACH

Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches put two Fall art and antiques sales back to back with outstanding results.

(West Palm Beach, FL) A pair of carved export ivory tusks and a city Winter scene by Guy Wiggins (American 1883-1962) were the highlights of the September 22 and October 27 sales at Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, FL. Auction owner Brian Kogan assembled an inventory of over 550 lots of art and antiques from estates in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach for the two events, attracting nearly 1,000 bidders between online registrations and inhouse bidders.

tusks.jpgThe top lot of the two sales was a pair of late 19th century Chinese export carved ivory tusks bearing a British coat of arms in the October sale. Each tusk was profusely carved with scenes of village life depicting pagodas, figures and animals all under the canopies of pine tress. The 50½in high tusks were supported by a massive carved teak base. The presale estimate was $15,000/$20,000. When bidding opened for these museum quality pieces it quickly turned into a three way contest among a phone bidder, an internet bidder and a local collector. The local collector won the lot with a bid of $70,200 including the 17 percent buyer’s premium. Kogan commented that the tusks were “The highlight of the year.”

The highlight of the September sale was an oil on canvas by Guy Wiggins 16 by 20in, entitled “Public Library in Winter.” Estimated at $20,000/$30,000, it too went to a local bidder who offered the winning bid of $36,270.

A late 19th century micro-mosaic Italian table top featuring a view of the Coliseum, surrounded by specimen marbles and lapis lazuli, supported on a later carved base, 34in diameter, sold over estimate in the room at $17,550 while a chess set brought a winner of $9652 from an absentee bidder. The chess set was a rare French/German carved bone “Dieppe” style figural set, some with leather hats. Two Minton Majolica lots were well received. A superb “Heron” jug, English with a date mark for 1868, modeled by Hugues Protat, impressed factory marks and molded signature, sold for $6,100 while a pair of wall chargers, date mark for 1876, oval shape, each molded with a muse and enclosed by a dish and mask border sold for $3,510.

But these two sales were primarily art sales. “Still Life” by Wilhelm Kohlhoff (German 1893-1971) brought $8,540 online while “Pointe de Paris” by Constantine Kluge (French 1912-2003) sold for $8,139 on the phone. “Seated Nude” a watercolor and pencil by Henry LeBasque (French 1865-1937) brought $7605 in the room and “Harbor at St. Tropez” oil on canvas by Gabriel Deschamps (French Born 1919) was worth $7,020 to a bidder on the phone from England.

Other significant works of art included an oil on canvas by Suzanne Eisendieck (German born 1908), 15 by 24in, entitled “Place du Cros de Cagnes” that sold for $7,605, “Mother and Child” tempera on card by Jamini Roy (Indian 1887-1972) $5,265 and “Nude in Rocking Chair” sepia on paper, 1975, by Philip Pearlstein (American Born 1924) $3,510.

For more information about these sales and upcoming sales call (561) 805-7115, email [email protected] or visit the website at www.agopb.com. The Gallery is located at 1609 South Dixie Hwy, Suite 5, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401.

Written by:
Fred Taylor
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Tusks – This pair of carved ivory tusks carried the day with a winning bid of $70,200.

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