CINCINNATI — Cowan’s Auctions Inc. live salesroom two-day Winter Fine and Decorative Art Auction on Feb. 14-15, 2014, totaled $811,000 in sales. The auction featured a diverse and eclectic array of American and Continental furniture, fine art, works on paper, glass, silver, sculptures, portraiture and more. Many fine collections were offered in the sale, including the Clarence and Mildred Long collection of Indiana artists, property from the
collections of St. Ann Convent in Melbourne, Ky., and property of the Convergys Corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Paintings by well-known artists exceeded expectations. An oil on canvas depicting a match race at Newmarket by Francis Sartorius I realized $22,800; a painting by Paul Sawyier, titled “Off the Rocks at Camp Nelson,” sold for $14,400; a work titled “Apple Pickers in Pennsylvania” by Charles Wysocki realized $10,800; and portraits of George and Martha Washington attributed to Gilbert Stuart hammered down at $9,000.
Fine furniture did well in the sale, as the market for this material seems to be on the rise. A Bembe and Kimbel U.S. House of Representatives chair, circa 1857, sold for $18,000; a Secretary Bookcase with an M.E.S.D.A. label brought five times its low estimate of $2,500-$5,000 and sold for $12,000; a Georgian style Secretary bookcase realized $7,200; and a Walnut marble-top console table estimated at $200-$300 sold to a bidder on the phone for $4,800.
A number of silver pieces also sold well above their pre-auction estimates. A Samuel Kirk Coin Silver Pitcher, estimated at $600-$800, ended up going to a bidder on the phone for $10,455; a Gorham Silver Presentation Pitcher from Miles Greenwood realized $9,000; and a Tiffany & Co. Sterling Chased Cocktail Shaker brought $4,613.
Fine bronzes brought competitive bidding in the auction. An Austrian Bronze Indian Camp Scene by Bergman realized $5,228, a Russian Bronze Troika Scene after Vassily Gratchev hammered down at $4,800 and a Bronze Nude by P. Braecke dated 1914 sold for $2,706.
Additional notable items in the sale included an Andrew Clemens sand bottle that brought $19,800, a paint decorated Noah’s Ark toy with animals estimated at $800-$1,000 sold for $9,225, a set of Louis C. Tiffany Pastel Favrile Glass Tablewares brought $7,200 and a set of salesman’s samples of Sterling cane and parasol handles realized $3,998.
For more information about the February 14-15 Fine and Decorative Art Auction, visit cowans.com or contact 513-871-1670.