Sarasota Estate Auction Sells Over $ 800,000
Review by Tom O’Hara, Additional Photos Courtesy of Sarasota Estate Auction
SARASOTA, FLA. – Andrew Ford and his team at Sarasota Estate Auction continued their success with their April 10-11 weekend sale of over 1,400 lots, featuring artwork from past centuries, art glass , antique furniture and accessories, silver and jewelry. Ford built his business on selling works of art, from Old Masters to the most popular artists of the 20th century, and this sale was an endorsement of his efforts, totaling over $ 800,000. Sarasota Estate Auction’s reputation grew rapidly due to the quality of its offerings and the success of shippers. In this sale, there were over 1,100 registered bidders.
The flagship lot of this sale was “Florida Palms” by German-American artist Hermann Herzog (1832-1932). The board, relined, reached the highest figure in this sale at $ 60,500. Another popular piece was an ethereal oil on canvas landscape with diffused light and gently defined forms by George Inness (American, 1825-1894). Inness was an important nineteenth-century American landscape painter who was influenced by the Old Masters and the Hudson River School. The job cost $ 12,100.
A colored lithograph by Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) in his signature primary colors, numbered 15/99 and signed “Calder” in the margin, quickly fetched $ 3,630. Although best known for his mobiles, the artist was also an avid engraver at the end of his career.
A mixed acrylic color lithograph by Peter Max on paper, signed and titled “Angel with Heart”, sold for $ 2,178. Three more of him ranged from $ 482 to $ 1,815.
Attributed to seventeenth-century Italian artist Alessandro Turchi, an oil on canvas titled “Lot and his Daughters” brought in $ 7,260. Turchi was mainly active in Verona, moving late in life to Rome.
The father and son of the furniture artists, Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, were again represented with an etching table and a circular patinated brass tray with arabesque design on a cylindrical pewter and wood base. Unmarked but circa 1960, a modernist design with no breakage or repair, it sold for $ 4,538.
Several 19th century sculptures in the classical style of Greece and Rome have been the subject of active auctions with final sale prices ranging from $ 2,780 to $ 5,750.
Important clocks changed hands over the weekend. A Winterhalder & Hofmeier tray clock from the Black Forest fetched $ 1,029. This was followed by an early French Empire bronze mantel clock with a variegated marble base, a bronze cupid supporting an arch. In working order and recently cleaned, it rang for $ 3,650.
Entitled “Calm Morning, Rockaway Inlet,” an oil on canvas painting by Fred W. Kost with a Diego Salazar gold leaf frame has sailed for $ 2,662.
“Petit Mari”, an oil on canvas, signed and dated by Graciela Rodo Boulanger (Bolivian, born in 1935), depicts stylized and joyful childhood scenes in a childish way. Her simple, graceful lines and lyrical colors made her compositions as rhythmic, rigorous, and spontaneous as the round child figures she paints, and this found a new home for $ 6,050. Another of his works, “Petite Femme”, oil on canvas, signed and dated, sold for $ 3,630.
Hendrik-Dirk Kruseman Van Elten’s, (1829-1904) “The Ausable River, American Adirondack,” an oil on canvas by the Hudson River School, showed a rocky stream in a forest setting and floated at $ 10,285.
Art glass, both Czech and American, sold well on both days. A molded, painted, cut and laminated glass piece signed by Pavel Hlava, titled “Bird” and dated 2002, fetched $ 6,050. Another piece by Hlava, signed and titled “Object”, 1997, weighing 20.6 pounds, sold for $ 2,299.
Ford had over 400 paintings, most of them artists listed in America and Europe. March Avery, daughter of Milton Avery, was represented by a large oil on canvas landscape painting. Paintings by CH Gifford, the New England artist best known for his marine scene oils, were among the offerings. Two Gifford oils sold for $ 2,510 and $ 4,235, each representing a small American scene. George Inness’s pastoral scene more than doubled the estimate to $ 12,100.
Several Erte bronzes were on the block. “Ecstasy”, numbered 90/500, sold for $ 2,420; “Madame Butterfly,” 2/500, was $ 2,510; and “The Mystic,” numbered 30/500, went for $ 3,328.
There were around 50 lots of Steuben, which sold very well. For example, a perfume carafe with an 18-karat gold stopper, originally sold and marketed by Tiffany & Co., cost $ 605; a ribbed art glass vase opened at $ 200 but quickly jumped high, ending at $ 1,573.
While there were a large number of notable pieces sold at this auction, Ford also had many great values for the careful buyer. For example, a Delaware Valley cherry corner cabinet, circa 1800, sold for $ 484; a Massachusetts Pembroke table, circa 1750, cost $ 121, and a similar drop-leaf table came in at $ 182. Many oil paintings on canvas sold for under $ 1,000 proving that the sale was not just for high-end buyers, but offered something for all buyers.
The prices indicated include the buyer’s premium as indicated by the auction house. Sarasota Estate Auction is now set to have a two-day sale every two months, with the next scheduled for June 12-13. For information, 941-359-8700 or www.sarasotaestateauction.com.