BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions saw strong sales in two late summer auctions , with Chinese porcelain, huanghuali wood furniture and jade bringing in top prices.
The sale saw a 21-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.
Pieces of Bohemian glass made for the Islamic market are in great demand. A 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 sale featured two pairs of outstanding Bohemian decanters both of uranium/Vaseline coloring. One featured an outstanding pair of opaque glass decanters with gilt decoration and the second pair, 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 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.
Chinese antiques continued as the strongest category of the auction sales. A 10-inch
high Sino-Tibetan bronze figure of Buddha was the top lot of the sale, selling for $60,000. A second 6-1/2-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 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.
A final notable piece in the sale was a rare 19th century French mirrored gilt bronze plateau suite measuring 78 inches long and in five sections. It brought $28,800. For more information, visit www.kaminskiauctions.com or call 978-927-2223.