CHICAGO – Bidders fishing for fine items found them in a Direct Auction Galleries August 12 sale in Chicago. In the sea of some 800 auction treasures, displayed on the auction house walls were a colorful array of fish trophies. They came in a variety of sizes that sold for a variety of prices. The taxidermy art included salmon, sailfish, tuna and long fish trophies, a nurse shark, terpin, bull dolphin and rock bass, red snapper, barracuda and more. A large marlin was reeled in for $259, a smaller one for $173.
Other trophies included a pair of Texas longhorns that sold for $173 and a mounted ram’s head trophy taking $184. In fine art, a 19th-century 38-by-31-inch oil on canvas formal portrait of an upper class woman garbed in finery sold for $575. That price also held for a painting signed by Eliot (Candee) Clark (1883-1980). The 15 1/2-by-11 1/2-inch oil on board was titled on the reverse side, “Plains of Acuma, Mexico. c. 1930.”
Clark, the son of an artist associated with the Tonalist movement, was a child prodigy and had a prolific career. The New York born, well-traveled painter had a spiritual, communing with nature, expansiveness quality in his work and that’s evidenced.
A small oil on wood panel with the figure of a prosperous and well-fed-looking man framed in an arch design measured 6-by-6 1/2 inches and was signed C. Detti (1847-1914) fetched $690. The Italian artist was known for his costumed subjects of another era.
A 14K pendant with 27½ carat Colombian emerald realized $3,163, while an antique platinum ring with a 1.68 carat emerald sold for $920. A bakelite purse and bracelets realized $351. Various other purse lots of beaded and mesh purses sold for $403 and $374.
John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson did not put in an appearance but pulp fiction was
well represented. One lot of pulp fiction books and magazines realized $690. Another lot of pulp fiction magazines, detective tales and more realized a price of $317, and a lot featuring the iconic Doc Savage and other pulp fiction magazines took $288.
In other activity, a working antique 8-tune cylinder music box played out to $575. A Henredon curved front three-drawer, 42-inch wide low chest sold for the same price, as did a Henredon curved front three-drawer cabinet. A Baker curved front banded mahogany console table and a Pacific Northwest totem pole also sold for $575 each.
Going for $920 was a Chippendale-style banded dining room suite by White of Mebane. It consisted of a table with two leaves, six chairs and a buffet.
Other results: A 44-inch tall large bronze on a marble base of a woman holding a bird and flower sold for $661. An ornate 11½-inch tall Ansonia porcelain mantel clock with floral designs struck a final price of $460. A barrister bookcase with two small side sections sold for the same price. A pair of Scandinavian speakers by Respons crafted in Sweden made $1,093. A Frederick Remington reproduction “Bronco Buster” bronze rode out for $345.
All prices reported are stated with the buyer’s premium. For more information call 773-465-3300, or for complete results, visit www.directauction.com.