ATLANTA, Ga. – Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery will usher in the spring with a two-day estates auction March 21-22 that’s filled with more than 1,000 premier lots ranging from Asian objects to original works of art to fine estate jewelry to antique clocks. The auction will be held in Ahlers & Ogletree’s gallery, located at 715 Miami Circle (Suite 210) in Atlanta.
In addition to antiques and collectibles, the sale will also feature a prime land parcel of
around 24 acres in the desirable north Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs, with about a quarter mile of direct frontage along the Chattahoochee River. The property, nearly all of it pristine and undeveloped, is bordered by parklands and private homes. It will be sold on Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m. EST.
Start times both auction days will be 11 a.m. Eastern time. Expected highlights will include Japanese ceramics and scroll paintings from Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet and designer Soichi Furuta, period furniture, lamps and lighting, hand-made Persian rugs, mirrors, a collection of canes and more. The original works of art in the auction were rendered by noted, listed artists.
Asian objects will include a late 18th century Japanese Edo Period (1603-1868) six-piece tea set comprising a lidded “Kyusu” (teapot) with side handle and five matching “Chawan” (tea bowls), each item having a clear blue glaze; and a circa 10th century Japanese Heian Period framed fragment of a Hokke-kyo Sutra (or Lotus Sutra), a Buddhist scripture in calligraphic marks.
From ancient China is a circa 3500-2500 BC Hongshan (or Late Neolithic) Period carved turtle effigy or figurine of black jade with gold inclusions, depicting a turtle on four feet with a smooth shell. Fast forward to 2004, for an exquisite Mont Blanc limited-edition fountain pen (097/888), titled Hommage a J. Pierpoint Morgan, unused, made with 18kt gold and still in the original box.
The clocks category will feature a 19th century French figural parcel gilt bronze mantel clock, depicting the allegorical figures Chronos (time) and Amour (love), with black Roman numerals on the dial; and an 18th century English black lacquered and chinoiserie (elaborately decorated, showing a Chinese influence) tall (or longcase) clock, made by Timothy Mason (Gainsborough).
Another fine chinoiserie piece in the sale is an 18th century English red lacquered secretary, with scenes of figures, landscape, architecture and foliage. A Sotheby’s sticker is still on the back. Also sold will be a continental, 20th century Empire-style malachite, patinated and gilt bronze center table with circular top over an ormolu mounted apron on three Egyptian-style supports.
Fine works of art will be offered frequently throughout the auction. From France are an oil on canvas by Benjamin Constant (1845-1902), titled Woman at Masquerade Mask, showing a woman with her hair pulled up and wearing a black masquerade mask; and an oil on canvas by Amedee Baudit (1825-1890), titled At Low Tide, depicting a beach scene with ships and boats.
American works will feature a circa-1960s oil on canvas by the renowned Highwayman painter Albert Backus (1906-1991), titled View of Florida Coastline; an untitled abstract composition in yellow, blue, black and white by Tom Lieber (Calif., b. 1949); and an oil on canvas by Conrad Kiesel (Amer./Germ., 1846-1921), of birds and a woman, titled Manuela With Cockatoo Birds.
From Europe, an untitled 1970 acrylic on artist board modern abstract composition in orange hues with undulating forms by the Italian artist Alberto Burri (1915-1995) is diminutive, at just 7 ¼ inches by 6 ¾ inches. And an oil on artist’s board by Spanish painter Dario de Regoyos (1857-1913), titled Paisaje Con Casa (“Landscape With House) was likely done en plein air (outside).
A watercolor on paper depicting a view of Pisa, Italy by English artist Albert Goodwin (1845-1932), titled Pisa, shows the Piazza dei Miracoli adjacent to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, with grass and trees and a full moon. An 1860 oil on canvas by Swedish painter
Carl Plageman (1805-1868), titled Gilded Ewer, depicts a ewer (narrow neck jug) with animals, fruit and decorations.
A gilt bronze Art Nouveau sculpture by French artist Leon Delagrange (1872-1910), titled Loie Fuller, depicts the noted American dancer of that name (1862-1928), 16 ¾ inches tall, incised on an oblong base with the artist’s name. Also sold will be a matched pair of continental giltwood mirrors (probably English), with pierce carved cresting and depicting a winged sphinx and fruit.
From fine art and sculptures to engravings and sketches, the auction will also feature a rare and hand-colored double elephant copperplate engraving from Napoleon Bonaparte’s first edition of Description de l’Egypte, framed, 49 inches by 40 ¾ inches; and a hand-colored portrait sketch of the character Dopey from the classic Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, dated 1936.
Expected star lots from the estate jewelry category will include a ladies’ platinum and diamond engagement ring with center princess-cut diamond of just under one carat (color: I-J, clarity: VS2), with 82 natural accent diamonds; and a ladies’ 18kt white gold, sapphire and diamond link bracelet with 14 oval faceted natural prong set sapphires, with halos, and six oval diamonds.
Two English yew wood furniture pieces from the 18th century are certain to spark intense bidder interest. One is a Chippendale part-oak highboy with flat projecting cornice over a pair of short and three graduated doors, 69 ½ inches tall. The other is a Georgian chest on chest, the upper case with projecting cornice over two short and five long graduated drawers, 76 ¼ inches tall.
Previews will be held Wednesday thru Friday, March 18-20, from 10-6. An evening wine and cheese preview party will be held Thursday, March 19, until 9 p.m. Doors will open on auction days at 10 a.m., with the first gavel falling at 11 a.m. Phone and absentee bids will be accepted.
For more information, visit www.AandOAuctions.com or call 404-869-2478.