Fine art and vintage jewelery leading top antiques auction results

BOSTON – Artfact Live! closed out 2010 on a high note thanks outstanding auctions from several of Artfact’s auction house members.

Fine Tiffany & Co. Sapphire and Diamond Ring
Price Realized: $22,000
Charlton Hall, “Francis D. Skeeter McNairy Estate, Day III” – Dec. 4, 2010
A prominent Savannah, Ga., antiques dealer, Francis D. “Skeeter” McNairy, amassed an exceptional collection of American Classical pieces over more than 30 years. A Dec. 3-5 auction of the late dealer’s collection was a bittersweet one for Charlton Hall where he was both an active client and friend. The sale, which attracted more than 650 online bidders, included 1,400 lots from the McNairy’s estate and several other Southern collections. Hailing from a private collection in South Carolina, one Tiffany & Co. sapphire and diamond ring caught the eye of several online bidders. Set in a platinum mounting, the 8.0ct sapphire ring sold online for $22,000 – more than $10,000 above its pre-auction estimate.

John Fulton Folinsbee (1892 – 1972), “Rabbit Run Bridge”
Price Realized: $50,200
Freeman’s, “Fine American & European Paintings” – Dec. 5, 2010
American landscape painter and member of the New Hope Art Colony, John Fulton Folinsbee (1892 – 1972) is perhaps best known for his impressionist landscape scenes. Painted in the early 1930s, “Rabbit Run Ridge” hints at the artist’s later style with its longer, looser brush strokes and dramatic contrasts of light and dark. After viewing the work at Phillips Mill in 1932, critic Dorothy Grafly noted that “Among the artists whose names have made the New Hope Art Colony, the strongest exhibitor by far is John Folinsbee…Adroit, handled with nice economy of composition and stroke, these [works] show the power of the artist.” Selling online for $50,200 (including buyer’s premium), “Rabbit Run Ridge” was among the highlights of Freeman’s Dec. 5 sale.

A Good 19th Century Cantonese Carved Ivory Jewellery Casket
Price Realized: £16,500
Gorringes, “Fine Art, Antiques & Collectibles” – Dec. 8, 2010
Estimated at just £1,000 – £1,500, this 19th century Cantonese Jewellery Casket was the surprise sale of Gorringes’ Dec. 8th Fine Art, Antiques & Collectibles auction. With decorated panels depicting a royal procession, the carved ivory casket toppled estimates when it sold to an online bidder for £16,500.

White Jade Miniature Basin, Qing Dynasty, 18th Century
Price Realized CAD 27,060
Waddington’s, “Asian Art Auction” – Dec. 13, 2010
Following their highly successful LCBO Vintages auction in November, Waddington’s focused on another hot market for their Dec. 13 sale – Asian Art. Traditionally the province of Western collectors, the market has recently seen an upsurge in the number of Asian buyers who have enthusiastically adopted online bidding platforms like Artfact Live! Estimated at CAD1,500 to CAD2,000, one 18th century white jade basin proved especially popular with online bidders. Selling for CAD27,060, the basin was one of many successful sales in a auction that generated over 2.7 million in online demand.

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