Artfact Live! February Auction Results Roundup

Highlights include James D. Julia’s Winter Antiques & Fine Art Auction with over 600 online bidders from 17 countries; Doyle New York’s sale of the Estate of Lena Horne with more than a thousand online bids and National Book Auctions’ February 27th auction with over 73% of the lots sold online.

Gorringes, “Fine Art, Antiques & Collectibles” – February 9, 2011
Extensive Collection of 18th Century and Later Lace Bobbins
Price Realized: £7,400 ($11,936)
Though they only cost a few pennies to produce, this extensive collection of 18th and 19th century bobbins was one of the top selling lots in Gorringes’ February 9th auction. Starting in the mid-16th century, “bobbin lace” was produced extensively in the UK. 18th century bobbins were turned from bone, usually Ox or Sheep, while 19th century examples are often made of wood. The collection sold at Gorringes contained both wood and bone examples, including some inscribed with names. Estimated at £800 – £1,200 ($1,290 – $1,935), the collection sold online for £7,400 ($11,936) – more than six times the high estimate.

Freeman’s, “Winter Estate: Paintings, Prints & Sculpture” – February 14, 2011
Salvador Dali (1904-1989), Debris D’Une Donnant Naissance A Un Cheval Aveugle Mordant Un Telephone
Price Realized: $8,960
Starting in 1965, the French firm Daum commissioned several well-known artists to create limited-edition crystal sculptures for their company. In 1968, Salvador Dali (1904-1989) produced his first sculpture for Daum in pâte de verre – a paste of glass that is applied to the surface of a mold and then fired. Dali was so enthralled by the translucence that could be achieved using pâte de verre, that he produced another 21 pieces for Daum including Debris D’Une Donnant Naissance A Un Cheval Aveugle Mordant Un Telephone. Based on an1938 oil on canvas, this 1988 limited-edition sculpture reproduces Dali’s surrealist take on industrialization in pâte de verre and bronze. Freeman’s example, which came from a private collection in Texas, sold online for $8,960 (including buyers premium).

John Moran Auctioneers, “California & American Fine Art Auction” – February 15, 2011
Jan Matulka (1890-1972), Still Life with Violin
Price Realized: $12,500
Czech-American painter and printmaker Jan Matulka (1890 – 1972) captured the dynamism of American Art in the 1920s and 1930s with a style that could alternate between realism, cubism and abstract impressionism, sometimes in the same day. Along with painters like Arshile Gorky and Stuart Davis, Matulka was one of the most important and vibrant voices in the early days of American Modernism. Though undated, Matulka’s Still Life with Violin incorporates the cubistic influences that were to become a staple of his work after a 1919 trip to Paris. Estimated at $2,500 to $3,500, Still Life with Violin sold to an online bidder for $12,500 (including buyers premium).

I.M. Chait, “Antiques & Estates Special Two-Session Auction” – February 20, 2011
Chinese Enameled Porcelain Tile
Price Realized: $18,000
One of the foremost authorities on Asian art and antiques, Beverly Hills based I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers is renowned for offering high-quality works ranging from antique Chinese porcelain to Contemporary Asian Art. Estimated at just $400 – $500, this boldly painted Chinese enamel porcelain tile was the surprise sale of their February 20th auction. Depicting a tiger walking through tall grasses, the tile sold online for $18,000 – more than thirty-six times its high estimate.

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