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LITCHFIELD, Conn. – A mid-19th century Chinese carved jadeite Guanyin sold for $42,240 at Litchfield County Auctions’ Oct. 12, 2011 Modernism, Asian art and European antiques sale, continuing the firm’s success in selling Asian and Oriental art and antiques. The sale grossed more than $660,000, including a tag sale and buyer’s premium.
Following that, the top lots were a pair Chinese Famille Rose porcelain bottle vases, Hongxian mark and period, which sold for $21,000; two colored lithographs by Andy Warhol, 1965 “Flowers” and “S&H Green Stamps,” sold together in a lot for $14,400; and a partial service of Tiffany & Co. sterling silver flatware, in the “English King” pattern (patented 1885) sold for $9,905.
Objects in the Asian art section of the sale received a great deal of interest, including an 1874 painting of the “Mountain Spirit with Spotted Cat” by San Shin (Korean), estimated at $3,000 to $5,000, that closed at $9,900.
In addition to Asian arts, there was also a nice collection of ancient and ethnic items, including several lots of ancient Roman glass, selling for $3,120 and $1,880; a Micronesian argonite and calcite Rai stone that sold for $2,340; and a New Guinea “Moka Kuna” wealth object (Wahgi Valley, Western Highlands) that sold for $660 – more than doubling its low estimate.
The Modernism category had a great deal of artwork, furnishings and decorations. Highlights in this category included a 20th century brown leather sofa that earned $6,300. A pair of Modern brass and leather floor lamps sold for $5,412; and an Eames for Herman Miller black leather and rosewood chair and ottoman sold for $3,336.
As for artwork, “The Warrior” by Gerald Coarding sold for $5,160. LCA also handled two other works by Coarding in their April 2011 sale, in addition to handling a number of his works over the past several years. In addition, two works on paper by Joan Miro “L’Oiseau du Paradis, 1963,” and “Homage to Miro, 1973,” sold for $3,330 and $2,280, respectively.
Other artists represented in the sale include David Hockney, Alexander Calder, Doel Reed, Robert Rauschenberg, Salvador Dali, Robert Indiana, Vins Rouge, Cicero Dias, Niki de Saint-Phalle and Jean Tinguely, Fernand Leger, Pablo Picasso and others.
The top selling lot in the European antiques and decorations category was a Steinway & Sons mahogany grand piano, circa 1905, which sold for $5,043. Decorative items sold include clocks, mirrors, silver and lighting. An early 19th century George III Welsh mahogany and brass-mounted musical tall case clock sold for $4,147 on a presale estimate $1,400 to $1,800; and a William & Mary floral marquetry tall case clock, circa 1690 by John Shaw, sold for $3,900.
Litchfield County Auctions is also seeking items for its February 2012 auction, which will feature American furniture, folk art, decorations and paintings, European furniture, decorations and paintings.
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