CINCINNATI, Ohio – Cowan’s Auctions’ July 13-14 Fine and Decorative Art Auction realized $1.13 million. With a packed salesroom of more than 100 people, and more than 2,000 bidders online from more than 20 different countries, the auction saw competitive bids between the floor, absentee, online and phone bidders throughout the day. Regional paintings and European works achieved high prices in the auction.
“Our two-day auction was a smashing success. I was particularly pleased with the results of the works by Henry Faulkner. Our exhibit brought many people in the door, and the paintings themselves sold tremendously,” notes Graydon Sikes, director of Paintings and Prints.
The sale’s second highest selling lot was a painting by Ivan Choultse, titled “Coucher De
Soleil Sur La Mer,” which sold for $50,400. An original receipt of purchase from New York accompanied the painting, noting that it was sold in 1932 for $700.
A collection of more than 25 Civil War carved soldiers pipes from the estate of Jan Sorgenfrei of Old Barn Auction in Findlay, Ohio, garnered high prices. A Reuben T. Woodward 21st Massachusetts pipe trounced its estimate of $1,000 to $1,500 and sold for $15,600. A patriotic Lady Liberty carved pipe realized $10,800, and a Liberty or Death patriotic carved pipe sold for $9,000.
American furniture brought competitive bidding in the sale. A Charles Tinges inlaid Baltimore Federal tall case clock sold to a phone bidder for $18,000, a Rococo Revival bed hammered down at $6,600, a Rococo Revival dresser and commode stand for $5,700 and a Rococo Revival etagere realized $4,920.
Silver continues to garner bids. A Kentucky coin silver cup by well-known early maker Asa Blanchard earned $4,800. A Gorham classical style urn realized $4,500; a set of Tiffany & Co. sterling trays sold for $3,360; a Chinese export urn form incense burner ha
mmered at $7,995; and a Chinese export silver presentation bowl with dragons realized $5,400.
Other notable lots included an Andrew Clemens sand bottle, which, after a two-bidder battle, eventually sold for $22,800. A set of John J. Audubon bound octavo “Birds of America” books realized $27,600.
Cowan’s Auctions’ upcoming Fall Fine and Decorative Art: Live Salesroom Auction will be held October 12, 2013. For more information about Cowan’s and the firm’s upcoming events, visit www.cowans.com or call 513-871-1670.