Art pottery draws buyers to J.K., Jan. 1

BOCA RATON, Fla. – J. K. Galleries of Boca Raton held its largest sale ever Dec. 30 and Jan. 1 with 850 lots of art pottery and fine art.

Auction owner Jay Kielstock said he had 300 bidders registered in-house and 900 registered to bid by phone, absentee and live online through for the Moorcroft2 AT 2-27.jpg850-lot inventory, 48 percent of which sold online.

This elegant silver overlaid tea set was top lot of the sale at $14,400.

Nearly half the lots, 48 percent, sold online, including the opening lot of the sale: a Moorcroft silver overlay tea set which also turned out to be the top lot of the sale. Each piece of the three-piece set was signed “W. Moorcroft” and had incised script reading “W. Moorcroft ship to San Francisco” followed by the black registration number 452777. The set had a sage green ground with pewter colored highlights featuring a cartouche of swirling leaf circled by heavy sterling overlay with handles, spouts and finals all encased in sterling. It closed with the top bid of $14,400 including buyer’s premium from an online bidder in England, well above the presale estimate of $3,000-$5,000.
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A nine-inch low bowl from Saturday Evening Girls sold online for $2,040, well above the $500 high estimate.

The next three lots fell right into line and pretty well set the tone for the remainder of the sale. A superb Roseville Tourist jardiniere in mint condition featuring a scene of a man in an open touring car passing a sign reading “Garage 10 miles” sold for $3,450.

It was followed by a Newcomb College vase, 5 inches by 6 inches, impressed with the initials of the artist, Sadie Irvin. The vase showed a swamp scene in various shades of blue with soft green at the sky and an ivory moon behind Spanish moss. Table2 AT 2-27.jpgIt closed over estimate at $4,025 followed by another Sadie Irvin Newcomb College vase at $3,795, also over estimate.

This Louis XV painted table went to a bidder in Europe for $11,500.

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