Beverly, Massachusetts (PRWEB) July 30, 2014
The humid days of summer have not dampened the enthusiasm of collectors, as Kaminski Auctions saw strong sales in both of their July summer auctions taking place July 13th and July 27th at their Beverly, Massachusetts gallery.
The sale of Chinese porcelain, huanghuali wood furniture and jade continued to bring in top prices while Bohemian glass lots garnered considerable interest on the Internet and spirited bidding from European collectors, resulting in top prices as well.
The July 13th sale saw a twenty one inch bronze titled “Crest of the Wave” by American artist Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (American 1880-1980), of a nude woman, on a black marble base as the top lot selling for $31,200 along with a pair of Chinese huanghuali wood arm chairs that sold for $26,400.
Several pieces of jewelry thought to be from the Melvin Gutman Collection including a large 5 by 5 1/4 inch 20 carat gold Russian pendant, with a cloisonné image of Jesus, cabochons of ruby, and sapphires, and the reverse with rock crystal, sold for $17,400. Additionally, a twenty-two carat yellow gold pendant with an enameled crèche scene under rock crystal, and semi-precious stones, and lapis, from the same collection sold for $6,600.
The prices realized on three Bohemian cut glass covered candy dishes in the June sale, gave an indication that pieces of Bohemian glass made for the Islamic market are in great demand. The first covered candy dish conservatively estimated at $800-$1,600 sold for $8,400 and a second important Bohemian cut glass dish sold for $3,900.
The July 27th sale featured two pairs of outstanding Bohemian decanters both of uranium/Vaseline coloring. Lot #1247 featured an outstanding pair of opaque glass decanters with gilt decoration and the second pair, Lot #1248 of clear uranium/ Vaseline glass and featured the image of Zill al-Sultan ("Shadow of the King," the Qajar prince who ruled Isfahan, Iran's former capital, from 1874 to 1907) in gilt.
The decanters were featured in several of the top antique publications prior to the sale and five enthusiastic phone bidders as well as Internet bidders vied for the two pairs of decanters. The unusual opaque pair sold for $44,400 and the second pair with the image of Zill al-Sultan sold for $18,000 both to the same European collector.
Despite the remarkable prices for the Bohemian glass lots, Chinese antiques continued as the strongest category of the auction sales. A ten-inch high Sino-Tibetan bronze figure of Buddha was the top lot of the sale selling for $60,000. Strong Internet bidding drove the price from an opening bid of $1500 to the final hammer price of $50,00 selling to a determined buyer on the phone from China. A second six and a half inch Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze figure of Buddha sold to the same phone bidder for $10,800.
A Chinese blue and white porcelain plate from the Ming Dynasty estimated at $2000-$3000 sold for $25,200 while all of the huanghuali wood furniture in the sale commanded prices far above estimates ranging from $19,200 for a pair of armchairs to $13,200,for a huanghuali wood cabinet. Sales of Chinese zitan furniture were very as strong as well.
A thirteen inch high Chinese carved green jade plaque, with a view of mountains and white jade figures, in a zitan wood box, estimated at $5000-$8000 was finally hammered down at $21,600.
A last notable piece in the sale that was featured in the Antiques Trade Gazette in London, a rare 19th century French mirrored gilt bronze plateau suite measuring 78 inches long and in five sections, that would certainly dress up any dining table sold within estimate for $28,800.
All prices quoted include twenty percent buyer’s premium. Kaminski Auctions next summer estate sale is scheduled for August 24th at their auction gallery at 117 Elliott Street, Rt.62, Beverly, Massachusetts. Preview for this sale begins on Thursday-Friday August 21-23, 10:00am-5:00pm and 8:00 day of sale. For more information http://www.kaminskiauctions.com or call 978-927-2223.