Ming bronze Buddha leads $1.7 million Gentleman Collector sale


DALLAS – A bronze and polychromed seated Buddha from China’s Ming Dynasty sold for $68,750 to lead a 1,700-lot offering of fine art, furnishings and collectibles at Heritage

Bronze seated buddha

This bronze and polychome seated Buddha, measuring 21-3/4 inches high, is from China’s Ming Dynasty. (Photo courtesy Heritage Auctions)

Auctions. The Oct.5-7 Estate & Gentleman Collection auctions surpassed its high estimate thanks to a crowded auction gallery and competitive online bidding.

“The diversity of our Estate and Gentleman Collector auctions remains appealing to collectors, treasure hunters, and interior decorators,” said Ed Beardsley, Vice President for Fine and Decorative Arts at Heritage. “Every category surpassed expectations and we are already anticipating another strong turnout for our next Estate auction in February.”

Fine furniture and decorative arts took top lot honors as a Dan Delander Georgian mahogany and parcel-gilt bracket clock, dated to the 18th century London, sold for $56,250 and a fine Baccarat glass, gilt and patinated bronze figural chandelier sold for $35,000. A commissioned George Nakashima Persian walnut and rosewood Minguren I coffee table, from Nakashima’s New Hope, PA, workshop, fetched $28,750.

A highly detailed and framed Italian pietra dura pictoral plaque, created circa 1900 and signed G. Montelatici, was eagerly pursued by 12 bidders before selling for $21,250 and an intricate, framed Italian Micromosaic of a Cavalier, circa 1880, sold for $16,250.

The auction’s selection of extraordinary paintings was led by Blue Sierra (Sierra Mountains on the River) by Rita Hoffman Shulak, which surpassed its high estimate to sell for $14,000+. A pair of Portraits of Young Women by Anton Ebert sold for $13,750.

An important pair of Royal Worcester porcelain Japanesque flask vases, circa 1873, sold for $13,750 and Gloria Victis, a patinated bronze figural group on a marble pedestal, cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne in France, circa 1875, realized $11,250.

George Nakashim Minguren coffee table

This Persian walnut and rosewood Minguren coffee table, a commission George Nakashima piece from the 1970s, is in excellent condition, measures 13 by 65 by 20-1/2 inches. (Photo courtesy Heritage Auctions)

The semi-annual Estate Auction is held in conjunction with Heritage’s Gentleman Collector Auction, which features a fine collection of luxury gentleman’s accessories. A group of items from the estate of Vincent Astor collectively realized nearly $40,000, led by three scrapbooks with photos and personal written accounts of ventures on the Astor yacht, Normahal, which sold for $6,875, and unique Gorham silver commemorative Galapagos Penguin, which sold for $6,250.

A sliced Ammonite matched pair brought $6,875, a French patinated bronze bust of Napoleon, originally retailed by Tiffany & Co. sold for $6,250 and a marble figural group titled Diana and Lion fetched $6,250.

One of the finest collections of vintage Meerschaum pipes to come to auction in recent memory collectively realized $30,727, led by a collection of three erotic pipes in their original cases which sold for $4,531. For more information and to see future auctions check www.ha.com.

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