Sunday, April 25, 2010

A DC May Auction at Weschlers

Weschlers Auction House here in DC is having a nice sale this May 15th. I've picked a few pieces for your pleasure and the full catalogue is here.

I know my posts have been rare as of late and I hope that will change but life has been very busy and well, my colleagues, you know how much time this takes.Enough said.

I think there are some great buys here. Lets take a look. Cheers, Homer.

Lot 47
Kazutoshi Sugiura (Japanese b. 1938)
Iris No. 24
Woodblock print with gold metallic embellishments, 1980-1981, signed K. Sugiura and dated in pencil l.r.; also titled in Kanji and numbered 39/95 in pencil l.l. Framed.*
23-1/4 x 16-1/2 in (591 x 419 mm)
Estimate $500-700

Lot 86
American Silver Three-Piece Tea Service
Canfield Bro. & Co., Baltimore, Circa 1850
Consisting of a teapot, covered sugar bowl and a cream jug; each having an octagonal form engraved with scrolling floral sprays enclosing a shaped reserve with an arm and sword crest, the reverse with a blank reserve. Each impressed CANFIELD BRO. & CO, 2 and with a Gothic M within an oval reserve. Each with removed monogram or crest.
Height of teapot: 7-3/4 in (19.7 cm)
Total gross weight: 56.7 oz
Estimate $800-1,200

Lot 91
Set of Seven English Silver Plate 'Fox' Stirrup Cups
20th Century
Each of typical form; six engraved with monogram D.F.M., the seventh engraved BRIAR PATCH/ '49. Unmarked.
Height: 5 in (12.7 cm)
Estimate $400-600

Lot 181
Pair of French Art Deco Style Faux Ivory Inlaid Palisander Wood Nightstands
Post 1950
Each having an open niche and chrome-plated knob pulls; the first with two drawers, the second with a panel door. Each with minor abrasions to top; pulls with wear to plated surface.
Height: 24 in (61 cm); Width: 17-3/4 in (45.1 cm); Depth: 17-3/4 in (45.1 cm)
Estimate $500-700

Lot 195
Dutch Neoclassical Style Marquetry and Rosewood Crossbanded Satinwood Demilune Side Table
Early 20th Century
Having two marquetry tambour doors opening to view a divided storage compartment. Some losses to veneer; repairs to openwork skirt.
Height: 30-1/2 in (77.5 cm); Width: 30-1/2 in (77.5 cm); Depth: 16 in (40.6 cm)
Estimate $500-700

Lot 214
Italian Baroque Walnut Armadio
Composed of 17th-18th Century Elements
The two raised panel doors enclosing a divided interior each with five beige cloth-covered shelves.
Height: 92-1/2 in (235 cm); Width: 89-1/2 in (227.3 cm); Depth: 18 in (45.7 cm)
Estimate $10,000-20,000

Lot 220
Pair of Deruta Maiolica Blue and White Pictorial Chargers
20th Century
Each depicting deer within a scrolling foliate ground continuing to a flowerhead border within a scalloped edge. Verso of each inscribed in underglaze blue Deruta. One with repaired chip to rim; each with some chips and wear to glaze at rims.
Diameter: 15-1/4 in (38.7 cm)
Estimate $1,000-1,500

Pair of Herend 'Rothschild Bird' Table Lamps
Each with overall molded basketweave pattern.
Height of porcelain: 11 in (27.9 cm)
Estimate $500-700

Lot 255
George III Walnut High Chair
Circa 1760-1780
Having a screw-off arm rail over a beige and rose bird brocade silk upholstered slip seat and an adjustable foot rest. Repairs.
Height: 38 in (96.5 cm)
Estimate $700-900

Lot 268
George III Style Ebonized Wood Inlaid Mahogany Sideboard
Last Half 19th Century
Having a mahogany crossbanded top above a central crossbanded drawer flanked by a bipartite partial lead-lined bottle drawer and a panel door. Scattered repairs and losses to crossbanding and veneer.
Height: 28 in (71.1 cm); Width: 72 in (182.9 cm); Depth: 25-1/4 in (64.1 cm)
Estimate $1,500-2,500

Lot 271
George III Style Satinwood Inlaid Mahogany Bachelor's Chest of Drawers
Last Half 19th Century
Scattered repairs and losses to veneer; brasses replaced; pull-out sleeve lacking one pull.
Height: 35-1/2 in (90.2 cm); Width: 36-1/2 in (92.7 cm); Depth: 19 in (48.3 cm)
Estimate $700-900

Lot 277
George III Style Marquetry Satinwood Tambour Writing Desk
Late 19th Century
Having a frieze drawer pulling out to activate the tambour top enclosing an arrangement of three pigeonholes over three pen and ink bottle wells; the fold-out lid with marquetry musical motif.

Regency Style Yewwood Library Step
Circa 1900
Each tread inset with gilt-tooled greenish-brown leather. Top tread with one end cracked; repairs to post.
Height: 66 in (167.6 cm); Width: 20 in (50.8 cm); Depth: 27 in (68.6 cm)
Estimate $500-700

American Stained Maple and Pine Tavern Table
Pennsylvania, Late 18th-Early 19th Century
Interior of drawers painted salmon. Brasses replaced.
Height: 31 in (78.7 cm); Width: 60 in (152.4 cm); Depth: 32-3/4 in (83.2 cm)
Estimate $600-800

Federal Figured Maple Chest of Drawers
Pennsylvania, Circa 1820
Case possibly modified in size; some cracks to top; brasses replaced.
Height: 38-1/4 in (97.2 cm); Width: 30 in (76.2 cm); Depth: 20-3/4 in (52.7 cm)
Estimate $1,000-1,500

Maison Baguès Style Brass and Glass End Table
Circa 1950s
Having a round, black glass top raised on three bamboo-molded legs.
Height: 19 in (48.3 cm); Diameter: 15 in (38.1 cm)
Estimate $300-500

Monday, April 12, 2010

A Few April Auctions

Mid April auctions abound and I've looked through three catalogues to find a few nice pieces for your perusal. Lets start with Doyle's auction tommorrow.

Lot 16
Richard Hayley Lever
American, 1876-1958
High Tide at Dieppe, 1902
Signed Hayley Lever (lr)
Oil on canvas
10 1/4 x 12 1/8 inches

Born in Adelaide, Australia, Hayley Lever demonstrated artistic ability at an early age. Traveling to England in 1893 to study art, in 1900 he moved to the artists' colony of St. Ives, in Cornwall, studying painting with Julius Olsson and Algernon Talmage, and painting impressionistic views of the town and harbor that established his reputation in England. Over the next decade, he also made excursions to coastal locales in France, such as Dieppe, Honfleur and Concarneau, painting marine subjects such as the present work.

Invited to exhibit at the Carnegie International Exposition in Pittsburgh in 1910, Lever submitted a St. Ives subject. Critics praised his sense of design, and his ability to evoke a sense of place. Around 1912, at the suggestion of American artists including Gardner Symons and Ernest Lawson, Lever traveled to New York; he spent the remainder of his career in America.
Estimate $1,500-2,500

Inscribed on the lining at reverse, High Tide, Dieppe, France, 1902. Lined. Areas of inpaint at upper right and left corners. Some pigments fluoresce under UV examination, including the signature.

Lot 385
Chinese Export Porcelain Covered Sauce Tureen and Stand
Circa 1830
Painted with brown floral sprays, heightened in gilt. Length of stand 8 1/2 inches.

The Elinor Gordon Gallery Collection

Estimate $600-900

Lot 370
Chinese Export Famille Rose Porcelain Wine Cooler
Painted with figures in an interior. Height 8 inches.

The Elinor Gordon Gallery Collection

Estimate $600-900

One side is broken into multiple large pieces and restored with re-painting starting with the tree on the left side down through the man in gray to the man in the yellow pants continuing through the lady in pink and through the shoulder and face of the woman and blue up to the top rim. One side pink panel restored from top to bottom and the handle.

Lot 207
Georgian Style Mahogany Upholstered Settee
Early 20th century
Raised on square tapering legs ending in spade feet. Length 7 feet.

Estate of Sara K. Greene

Estimate $700-1,000

Lot 192
English Green Painted and Gilt Decorated Tole Display Canister
With a glass insert front, inscribed 21-22 Bristol. Height 16 inches; Together with a Brass Chamberstick.

Estate of Sara K. Greene

Estimate $100-200

Classical Mahogany Sideboard
19th Century
The bow front center surmounted by a backsplash and flanked by two pedestals, above three frieze drawers, over two cupboard doors and two deep drawers, each pedestal enclosing a single drawer and a long cupboard door, raised on turned legs. Height 50 1/2 inches, width 6 feet 6 1/2 inches, depth 20 1/4 inches.
Estimate $1,500-2,500

Legs probably replaced.