Morris wins by a nose and a nose and a nose

Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches was riding high on June 30 with the sale of three equine paintings by George Ford Morris (American 1873-1960).

Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fla., celebrated its fifth anniversary with a highly successful sporting and fine arts summer sale, with 312 lots, many from the estate of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Quinn, Shrewsbury, New Jersey/Palm Beach and Claredda Farms, Long Island, N.Y. The sale was carried live online though LiveAuctioneers.com who registered more than 300 bidders for the sale to compete with the 75 on the floor.

The top lot of the sale was the 1936 oil on canvas entitled Leila on Pony by George Ford Morris (American 1873-1960), signed and dated on lower left. Estimated to sell at $10,000-$15,000, it was taken by an English dealer in sporting pictures with the winning 17th bid at $25,740 including the buyer’s premium. Morris specialized in painting famous horses, their riders and their owners.

Another of Morris’ works, Lord Erin also from 1936, sold over estimate. Estimated presale at $7,000-$10/000, a total of 20 bids pushed the final count up to $16,380. Two other Morris pieces, Woodfellow and Prince Charming II each estimated at $7,000-$10,000 sold for $7,020 and $7,313 respectively. It was generally a good day for oil on canvas. A work by Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen (American 1850-1921) of a ship on a turbulent sea entitled Thingvalla from 1880, 22 inches by 36 inches, estimated at $14,000-$18,000 sold for $16,700 and Ponte de Paris by Constantine Kluge (French 1912-2003) closed at $5,850.

It was a good day on the furniture side of the house too. A pair of 64 1/2-inch-tall elaborately carved 19th century George III mirrors sold for $9,067 against the estimate of $4,000-$6,000 and a pair of 42-inch by 32-inch George III console tables composed of 18th and 19th century elements with rectangular mahogany tops closed at $5,850 against the $1,500-$2,500 estimate. Another pair of George III inlaid console tables on reeded legs, circa 1810, brought $5,616 against an estimate of $3,000-$4,000 and pair of English Regency chiffoniers with open step back shelves above grille doors sold online at $5,795 (est. $2,000-$3,000).

Things that glittered were well received, especially if it had to do with horses. From a Palm Beach estate came a George IV sterling silver and gilt “John Peel Champion Hunter” trophy made in London in 1823 by Emes & Barnard. The 14 3/4-inch-high trophy topped by a magnificent horse figure, had inscriptions of former winners from 1925, 1935 and 1936. This 128-ounce treasure was acquired in the room with a winning bid of $12,870. A 255-piece Tiffany & Co sterling part flatware set, American, 1909-1938 also twinkled in bidders’ eyes. In the St. Dunstan pattern and engraved with the initials C.S.M., the seventh bid was the winner at $11,700.

Ready to share the time as well as glitter was a brass Grande Sonnerie carriage clock, French 19th century, with a rectangular base, 2-inch enamel dial, Arabic numerals and an alarm subsidiary below. With the handle down the clock was 6 1/4 inches tall. Twelve bids pushed the close to $2,691 while a Cartier rose quartz timepiece with eight-day movement in a circular case on a rectangular base, with original Cartier travel case, sold for $2,574 against the estimate of $1,000-$1,500.

For information about this sale and upcoming sales call 561-805-7115, email info@agopb.com or visit www.agopb.com. The Gallery is located at 1609 South Dixie Hwy, Suite 5, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

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