George Jensen Silver Soars at Kaminski's Thanksgiving Auction

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Kaminski Auctions Thanksgiving auction featured an outstanding collection of George Jensen silver from a Chicago estate that brought out Jensen and silver collectors from all over the globe. A Mediterranean coastal view painting by the French Impressionist artist Armand Guillaumin (February 1841 – June 1927) sold for $42,000, while a French winter scene by Jacques Martin-Ferrieres (1893-1972) titled "Le Pont-Marie Sous La Neige, Le Soir" sold ten times above estimate for $25,000.

The breadth and quality of this Jensen silver collection are rarely seen at auction and it brought out bidders from all over the globe.

Kaminski Auctions held its Annual Thanksgiving sale over the holiday weekend of November 25, and 26, 2017. The auction featured an outstanding collection of George Jensen silver from a Chicago estate that brought out Jensen and silver collectors from all over the globe.

Saturday, Day One featured a selection of European, American and modern artists with many paintings selling far above their high estimates. The top lot of the day was a Mediterranean coastal view painting by the French Impressionist artist Armand Guillaumin (February 1841 – June 1927) This attractive painting sold to the audience for $42,000. A French winter scene by Jacques Martin-Ferrieres (1893-1972) titled "Le Pont-Marie Sous La Neige, Le Soir" sold ten times above estimate to an Internet bidder for $25,000.

Contemporary artists fared equally as well with a Louise Nevelson work titled "The Dark Ellipse", with a 1974 Pace edition label verso selling for $31,200 to the audience against a determined phone bidder. A signed F. Leger abstract oil on masonite, monogrammed and dated "FL 55 sold for $15,000 well above it’s $2,000-$4,000 estimate.

An entry from the American artist Eliot Candee Clark (American, 1883-1900), titled "Under the Trees" was a sleeper lot. An oil on canvas painting signed L/R, and marked "Third Hallgarten Prize 1912" on an attached plaque was estimated at $500-$800 and eventually sold for $8750.

Italian art in the sale included a capriccio of classical ruins featuring the Maison Carree at Nimes, the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli and the Borghese vase by the “vedutisti” or view painter, Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691 - 1765). It sold to the audience for $18,200.

Two 19th century Italian marble sculptures stirred up quite a bidding war with a 19th-century Italian anatomic sculpture of a man, eighteen inches high with the initials A.F. selling for $27,500 and a 19th-century Italian marble sculpture of a horned demon standing 24 inches high sold for $7,500.

Day Two saw many more bidders in the audience for the Jensen collection and there was spirited bidding on all lots, with most selling for 25% above expectations. The Internet lit up for the featured lot, a silver “Blossom” tea set featuring a sterling silver six-piece No.2 set designed by Georg Jensen in 1908. With lightly hammered finish and approximately 141.2 troy oz. of silver, this exquisite tea set sold for $16,250. A set of twelve Jensen silver chargers sold for $15,000 while a pair of sterling silver two-light candelabra No. 244, designed by Georg Jensen in 1918, with openwork stems of leaves and berries and approximately 96.0 troy oz. of silver brought $12,500.

An attractive “Grape” pattern sterling silver footed bowl with raised foliate bottom No. 197A, circa 1926-1932 sold for $11,875 while a pair of Baccarat preserve pots in cut crystal, with Georg Jensen "Blossom" sterling silver No. 2A covers in his signature lightly hammered finish sold for $5300. A sterling silver kettle on stand No. 49, designed in 1914 and marked 1919 sold for $6250 while a “Grape “ pattern sterling silver pitcher with a lightly hammered finish, No. 407A, designed in 1925 sold for $7,500.

Jensen flatware did equally as well with a “Cactus” pattern flatware set selling to the audience for $10,200.

As always, all things Tiffany bring a premium. A rare early Tiffany & Co. 18k gold round brooch with various precious stones was hotly contested on the phones and Internet and was eventually hammered down at $18,000. A Tiffany gold champagne ring sold well above estimate for $6,500.

Modern art, art glass, and sculpture in Day Two did not disappoint with a Dali signed bronze sculpture titled “Screaming Face” selling for $13,800, a Venini glass bowl of coral, yellow and black murrine glass by Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978), circa 1950 to 1960 sold for $10,000, a Norman Rockwell painting of a boy brought $7,200 and a pair of circa 1950’s hand painted celluloid originals by Walt Disney of Minnie and Mickey Mouse, signed by Walt Disney sold for $6875 to the Internet.

All prices quoted include buyer’s premium. For a full list of prices realized see our website at http://www.kaminskiauctions.com.

Next up is the Kaminski Auctions Annual New Year’s sale to be held Friday, December 29th starting at 4:00 pm EST and Saturday, December 30, 2017, at 10:00 am EST prior to the New Years Eve holiday. For more information go to http://www.kaminskiauctions.com

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