DOUGLASS, Kans. – An original oil on board painting by the Swedish-born American painter Birger Sandzen (1871-1954) climbed to $39,000 and a seven-piece solid sterling silver tea set by the Loring Andrews Company (Cincinnati, Ohio) brought $14,000 at a two-day auction held Nov. 9-10 by Woody Auction, online and in the gallery at 130 East Third Street in Douglass, Kansas.
The auction required months of planning and included antiques and collectibles in many genres and categories. “We had a fantastic turnout at the auction hall both days,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction.
There were actually several artworks by Birger Sandzén in the auction, but none performed as well as the 22” by 28” oil on board titled In Boulder Canyon, Colorado, which took top lot honors with a final sale price of $39,000.
The painting, housed in a 29” by 35” frame, was signed and dated “1949” and was marked on back, “Belongs to M. Greenough,” referring to Birger Sandzén’s daughter.
Also from the Sandzén group was a rare untitled crayon drawing by the artist, describing a scene of Lone Pine featured along Mesa Rim, signed (“BS”) and dated “1913” ($4,000).
The 5” by 7” drawing was matted in a 15” by 12 1/2” frame. Sandzén, a landscape artist, produced most of his work as an art professor at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, where he taught from 1894-1946.
Loring Andrews sterling silver tea set
According to Jason Woody, the seven-piece sterling silver Loring Andrews tea set was the finest tea service the firm has sold.
The set included a rarely seen solid sterling tray measuring 29” across and weighing over seven pounds.
With a total weight of over 10,000 grams (or approximately 321 troy ounces), the circa 1910 tea service hammered for $14,000.
To learn more about Woody Auction and the firm’s upcoming auctions, visit www.woodyauction.com.
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