July’s top lots from LiveAuctioneers.com

Tommaso Aleni detto Il Fadino (attr.) painting

An early 16th-century painting depicting the Adoration of the Christ Child, attributed to Tommaso Aleni detto il Fadino, was a highlight of the July 5-6 sale held by Venetian auction company San Marco Casa d’Aste. Measuring 11 1/2 inches by 12 3/4 inches, the painting of Joseph, Mary and the Infant Jesus in a stable, with a single star visible in the sky, was presented in what appeared to be the original Italian gold-leaf frame. It sold to an online bidder for $19,600.

A rare Edwardian oak, leather and painted cast iron
jockey scale armchair, circa 1900

Neal Auction’s July 12-13 Summer Estate Auction contained one of the most unusual items we have seen in quite some time – an Edwardian jockey armchair. Dating to around 1900 and labeled W. & T. Avery, London & Birmingham, the substantially crafted oak, leather and painted cast-iron chair featured a seat suspended above a frame with a balance mechanism for the weighing-in of horseracing jockeys. Estimated at $5,500-$7,500, it drew 25 bids and crossed the finish line at $12,250, claimed by a LiveAuctioneers bidder.

A Russian silver samovar, Moscow, circa 1880

LiveAuctioneers recorded more than 50,000 visitors and well over 78,000 hits to Jackson’s International’s electronic catalog for their July 15-16 European, American and Russian works sale. In all, 136 lots sold online, including a large and impressive (20 1/2-inch by 51-inch) 19th-century iconostasis. Comprised of five rows with 15 arched gilt panels featuring religious paintings of Eastern European style, the coveted artwork surpassed its estimate to sell for $15,925.

Russian Klingert silver and
enamel part tea service

A late 19th- or early 20th-century Russian silver and enamel partial tea service with a Moscow mark topped the Internet prices realized in John Moran’s July 22 Antiques & Fine Furnishings sale. Forty-three bids were lodged for the 15-piece service of Moscow standard silver with cloisonné embellishment that included a sugar pot, cream jug, sugar tongs and 12 spoons. Bearing the mark of Gustav Klingert, the ensemble drew 43 bids before selling through LiveAuctioneers for $15,925 against a presale estimate of $2,000-$3,000.

Vincent Van Gogh (Manner of)
(Dutch, 1853-1890), oil on canvas

An intriguing oil-on-canvas painting in the manner of Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890) titled Tree by the River was a highlight of Trinity International Auctions’ July 20 sale. The artwork was accompanied by a letter from Professor Henry A. DePhillips stating that an analysis of the pigments revealed they were consistent with those of the palette of van Gogh. The 17-inch by 20-inch painting estimated at $12,000-$15,000 attracted 26 bids, eventually selling online for $49,000.