Bronze wins gold at Kaminski’s April auction


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A bronze sculpture by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth sold for $31,600. All photos courtesy Kaminski Auctions

BEVERLY, Mass. –  A joyful and exuberant bronze sculpture by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth stole the show at Kaminski Auctions’ spring fine art and estates auction, April 25-26.

The piece by Philadelphia-born sculptor, best known for her delicate depictions of the female form, captures two dancers mid-choreography, supporting each other with outstretched arms in a symmetrical pose. The detailed bronze, dated 1921, features a light patina and marble base. A back-and-forth bidding war culminated when the piece sold at $31,600 to a floor bidder.

 Also of note was a painting by Gloucester, Mass., artist Emile A. Gruppe (1896-1978). Best Birch – Underhill, Vermont, an oil on canvas measuring 30 inches by 36 inches, depicts a birch tree against a sweeping Vermont mountain range. A prime example of Gruppe’s Impressionistic style, the painting brought a final price of $16,675.

Among a diverse selection of rare estate jewelry was a 14-karat white gold diamond ring, which boasted a 3.35ct brilliant cut diamond, I color, SI2 clarity.  A floor bidder snagged this sparkling specimen at $10,350 after a volley of bidding.

Furniture highlights included an 18th century Salem Chippendale mahogany chest that realized a final price of $4,715. The serpentine front chest boasts a single-board molded top over four graduated drawers with original brass hardware. The piece stands 39 inches high and the top surface measures 42 inches wide. .

“I’m quite impressed with the turnout for our April auction,” commented Frank Kaminski, owner of Kaminski Auctions. “The energy in the room was remarkable and it made for an exciting event.”

For more information, visit www.KaminskiAuctions.com or call 978-927-2223.

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Emile A. Gruppe's painting, Best Birch - Underhill, Vermont reached a final price of $16,675.
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An 18th century Salem chest with serpentine front sold for $4,715.

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