Ivey-Selkirk shares 2008 auction highlights and surprises

After a period of economic turmoil in the world of fine art and antiques, Ivey-Selkirk is ready to turn the page to 2009. Ivey-Selkirk conducts quarterly gallery auctions, semi-annual Modernism auctions, and a monthly venue, the Jackson Rooms Auctions, at their gallery located at 7447 Forsyth in St. Louis, Missouri.

Auction results for 2008 including the 18 percent buyer’s premium totaled $8.9 million, and featured some of the following highlights.

Ivey-Selkirk’s Spring Gallery auction took place March 29-31. With strong influence from the Asian marketplace, Ivey-Selkirk experienced surprising results for a Chinese blue underglaze wine ewer that sold for $80,240 (estimate $400-$600) to a telephone bidder from Israel.

The Spring sale also included a wide selection of over twenty Old Master paintings attributed to Giovanni Ghisolfi, Follower of Andrea del Sarto, Circle of Pietro Libertino Liberi, After Allesandro di Christofano Allori and Manner of Andrea Vaccaro. A painting of a Nymph and Satyr, measuring 48 inches by 72 inches from the Circle of Tiziano Vecellio, Italian (1570-1650) sold for $82,600 (estimate $4,000-6,000).

Andy Warhol’s color screenprint MAO, 1972, 200/250, that was represented in the May Modernism Auction sold for $61,360 (estimate $30,000-$40,000), as well as an acrylic on canvas by Helen Frankenthaler, Return and Exit, 1974, for $475,500 (estimate $150,000-$200,000). An exceptional and rare oak desk for Gustav Stickley, circa 1903-04, designed by Harvey Ellis brought $112,100 (estimate $100,000-$125,000). A similar inlaid library table of the same design is in the Los Angeles Museum of Art, American Arts & Crafts.

The Dressing Table, an oil painting depicting a glamorously gowned lady looking in her hand mirror in pastel shades of yellow, orange and blue by the American artist Frederick Carl Frieseke, sold on Sep. 13, for $99,120 (estimate $70,000-$90,000). Frederick Carl Frieseke, born in Michigan in 1874, studied at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1893 to 1897 then went to France to further his education. He was among a group of American Impressionist artists who settled in the French village of Giverny and is believed to have rented a cottage that adjoined the property of Claude Monet.

The last Modernism auction of 2008 included some works of art sold for the benefit of the Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis on Nov. 15-16. The catalog cover featured an intriguing work by surrealist British artist Leonora A. Carrington, March Sunday, 1990, 36 inches by 24 inches, and was purchased by the owner from the Brewer Gallery in New York. Ivey-Selkirk sold the work for $145,000. Carrington was born in Lancaster, Lancashire, England, and after a life of turmoil, now resides and works in Mexico and New York.

Ivey-Selkirk is now inviting consignments for their 2009 Spring Gallery auction scheduled for March 28-30 that includes fine jewelry. The season kicks off with property from a distinguished Topeka, Kan., private collection. Fine art includes regional works as well as an exceptional harbor scene by American artist Fern Coppedge.

The Modernism auction is schedule for May 16-17, 2009. This auction includes 20th century furniture and decorative art. A gouache drawing by Alexander Calder and a 1970 color screenprint on aluminum cube sculpture by Victor Vasarely are being offered.

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