Farmyard paintings gavel at $30k+ in Leland’s December sale

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – A pair of oil-on-canvas renderings of farmyard scenes, showing horses, ducks, chickens and other animals in a farm setting by the noted British artist John Herring, Jr. (1820-1907), sold for $31,050 at a Dec. 1 Leland Little Auction.

Highlights from the sale, including the 15% buyer’s premium, included a Roanoke River basin Chippendale side chair, crafted around 1780. The piece garnered $13,800. Chippendale chair.jpgA Chippendale American ribbonback side chair, circa 18th century, probably made in Massachusetts, realized $1,670.

This Roanoke River basin Chippendale side chair, crafted around 1780, sailed past its high estimate of $2,000 to realize $13,800.

Regional pottery also did well at the sale with a North Carolina North State vase, first stamp (circa 1924-1925), salt glazed stoneware vase with cobalt “thumbprint” design above the middle ridge line, going for $1,495 and a North Carolina Jugtown Chinese blue Tang vase, with blue glaze, circa 1930, bringing $1,095.

A Southern black walnut and poplar North Carolina Piedmont two-over-three chest of drawers (Jesse Needham School, Randolph County, early 19th century) commanded $9,775, to lead the field in the period furniture category.

A still-life oil-on-canvas painting of fruits, vegetables, eggs and a pewter dish by the Dutch artist Jan Strube (1892-1985) saw a high bid of $12,075.

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd.’s next sale is scheduled for Saturday, March 1. It will be an on-site auction for a single-owner estate. Featured will be period furniture, fine art, Oriental rugs, silver, books, china and more.

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The top lot of the sale was this pair of oil-on-canvas farmyard renderings by noted British artist John Herring, Jr. They brought $31,050.