Bronze wins gold at Kaminski’s April auction

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.”

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