HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – A watercolor on Bainbridge board street scene, by the renowned South Carolina painter Alfred Hutty (1877-1954), sold for $34,500 to take top lot honors at a Fine and Decorative Arts Cataloged Antique Auction held March 15 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. The multi-estate sale was held at the firm’s spacious gallery, at 246 Nash Street in Hillsborough.
By day’s end, nearly 550 lots had changed hands. The standing-room only crowd of about 250 bidders packed the gallery, but the sale also saw an online sell-through of close to 25 percent (via eBay Live / LiveAuctioneers.com). Bids poured in from such diverse places as China, India, Taiwan, the Philippines, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, England and France. Phone bidding was spirited, too.
The top lot of the sale was this Charleston street scene by South Carolina painter Alfred Hutty (1877-1954). It sold for $34,500.
The Hutty painting was the anticipated top lot, and it didn’t disappoint. Titled Calhoun Street, the charming street scene of Charleston, with figures, is one of the artist’s finest watercolors, illustrating a deep reverence for the people and architecture of his adoptive city. Hutty was a founding member of the Charleston Etchers’ Club. His work was influential during the Charleston Renaissance.
Taking runner-up honors was an intriguing untitled oil painting by the Indian artist Laxman Shreshtha (born 1939). The bold abstract work, housed in a wooden frame, was signed and dated by the artist and soared to a final hammer price of $24,150. The painting had previously been in the collection of a Duke University professor, who purchased it at the North Carolina Museum of Art back in 1979.
Additional highlights follow. Prices include a 15% buyer’s premium (20% for online sales).
Lovely French silk embroidered bed cover (circa 1910), tambour work on gold silk and with a central tree form ($5,750).
A transitional French marquetry commode, made in the late 19th century in the manner of Pierre Antoine Foullet, rose to a respectable $18,400. The two-drawer commode featured a molded and shaped marble top supported by a conforming case; ormolu mounts throughout; light and dark kingwood inlays; and mahogany veneers. The piece, from a private collection, was 35.5” x 56” 24.5”.
An unsigned Boston School oil painting titled Lady and Servant (circa 1910), an intimate interior scene showing two ladies – one white, one African-American – seated at a small table set with irises, in a gilt wood frame, went for $8,625. Also, an oil-on-canvas work by Spanish artist Jose Rico y Cejudo (1864-1939), titled Dance Hall and showing a dance hall scene with figures, achieved $6,250.
Bold, abstract oil painting by the Indian artist Laxman Shreshtha (b. 1939), untitled ($24,150).
A lovely French silk embroidered bed cover (circa 1910), tambour work on gold colored silk and depicting a central tree form with outstretched branches in black and ribbon-like motifs encircling the base, sold for $5,750; and a Moore County, N.C., chest of drawers (circa 1800), walnut with yellow pine secondary and three-over-three graduated and flush-mounted drawers, made $4,830.
Between now and the end of the year, Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd., has three more quarterly cataloged auctions planned – for June 14, September 13 and December 6.
For more information, call 919-644-1243, or go online to www.llauctions.com.