ASHEVILLE, N.C. – An elaborately enameled Russian silver triptych sold for $195,500 at the Sept. 8-9 sale conducted by Brunk Auctions. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
Measuring approximately 13 inches by 10 inches, the triptych was made by the firm of Khlebnikov, Moscow (active 1870-1918). The entire silver frame surrounding five hand-painted saints was covered with decorative blue, red and white enamel leaves, triangles and corner pieces. A Cyrillic inscription and the years 1885 X 1895 appear on the reverse of the center section. It had been estimated at $10,000-$20,000.
Louis Valtat’s Portrait de famille Valtat, estimated at $10,000-$20,000, sold for $71,300. Valtat (1869-1952) was one of the pre-eminent painters of the Post-Impressionist period. His style was heavily influenced by van Gogh, as opposed to the more decorative style of Bonnard and Matisse. His early Fauvist coastal scenes are considered his greatest achievements.
Jean Dufy’s L’ecuyere, estimate $15,000-$25,000, reached $46,000. Edouard Leon Cortes’ L’Arc de Triophe, estimate $15,000-$30,000, brought $39,100, and Andre Henri Dargelas’ painting of a boy and girl at play in a park, estimated at $6,000-$12,000, sold for $8,625.
The Southern furniture lots lead off with a circa-1800 Northern Shenandoah Valley or Piedmont, Md., walnut corner cupboard standing 7 feet 5 inches tall. The two arched doors, each with ten lights, were framed by arched and inlaid cove molding. Estimated at $15,000-$20,000, it reached $29,900.
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