Million dollar sale of art and antiques at Clars



2015-06-26 10:40:39

Million dollar sale of art and antiques at Clars

Clars’ June 16th and 17th Fine Art and Antiques sale totalled almost $1 million. Asian antiques were the favourites, accounting for a third of the overall sales.

A small and unassuming Chinese Guan-type arrow vase shot to success and the highest price realised at an impressive $104,950.

Next came a beautiful Chinese screen with four embroidered panels, mother-of-pearl inlaid wood, from the late Qing/Republic period. This sold for $65,175.

A framed Chinese painting of an autumn landscape typical of the work of modern master Huang Junbi (1898-1991) achieved $50,363. An uncomfortable-looking but detailed Chinese wooden day bed, of Vietnamese huanghuali, fetched $13,035, and a bronze Thai figure of Buddha, Autthaya period, fetched $11,850.

These high achievers of Oriental antiques were closely followed by some stunners in the Fine Art category. American Elizabeth Catlett’s bronze head sculpture Naima outstripped its $12,000 high estimate to sell for $18,960. A watercolour by Belgian artist Leon Spilliaert entitled Le port d’Ostende avec vue sur le Premier quai de Commerce et la Gare Maritime (1926) also did well, realising $15,405. An oil painting by American Aloysius C. O’Kelly (1853-1920) entitled Two Young Girls Playing in the Poppy Fields, an idyllic summer scene, achieved $10,665.

A musical interlude among this register of top sellers, sterling examples of Asian antiques and Western art, was presented by a classic Steinway and Sons grand piano, circa 1924. This piece of musical history doubled its estimate to sell for $14,220. Playing for a top spot another Steinway doubled its estimate, a 1915 parlour grand piano with ebony finish, selling for $8,295.


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