A pair of carved export ivory tusks and a city winter scene by Guy Wiggins were the highlights of the Sept. 22 and Oct. 27 sales at Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fla. Auction owner Brian Kogan assembled an inventory of more than 550 lots of art and antiques from estates in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach for the two events, attracting nearly 1,000 bidders between online registrations and in-house bidders.
The top lot of the two sales was a pair of late 19th century Chinese export carved ivory tusks bearing a British coat of arms in the October sale.
Each tusk was profusely carved with scenes of village life depicting pagodas, figures and animals all under the canopies of pine tress. The 50 1/2-inch-high tusks were supported by a massive carved teak base. The presale estimate was $15,000-$20,000. Bidding quickly turned into a three-way contest among a phone bidder, an Internet bidder and a local collector. The local collector won the lot with a bid of $70,200 including the 17 percent buyer’s premium. Kogan commented that the tusks were the highlight of the year.
The highlight of the September sale was Public Library in Winter, an oil on canvas by Guy Wiggins, 16 inches by 20 inches. Estimated at $20,000-$30,000, it went to a local bidder for $36,270.
A late 19th century micro-mosaic Italian table top featuring a view of the coliseum, surrounded by specimen marbles and lapis lazuli, supported on a later carved base, 34 inches in diameter, sold over estimate in the room for $17,550. A rare French/German carved bone Dieppe-style chess set brought $9,653 from an absentee bidder. A superb English Heron jug, with a date mark for 1868, modeled by Hugues Protat, with impressed factory marks and molded signature, sold for $6,100.
Still Life, a painting by Wilhelm Kohlhoff brought $8,540 online while Pointe de Paris by Constantine Kluge sold for $8,139 on the phone. Harbor at St. Tropez, an oil on canvas by Gabriel Deschamps,was worth $7,020 to a bidder on the phone from England. Other works of art included Place du Cros de Cagnes, an oil on canvas by Suzanne Eisendieck, 15 inches by 24 inches, that sold for $7,605; Mother and Child tempera on card by Jamini Roy made $5,265; and Nude in Rocking Chair, sepia on paper, 1975, by Philip Pearlstein sold for $3,510.
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