They came swooping in from out of nowhere.
A colony of copper-red bats, painted upon two delicate Chinese bowls, squeaked a powerful sonar signal loud enough for human ears. Described as a 'Pair of Youngzheng Style Porcelain Loving Bowls,' in Rago's Remix: Contemporary + Classic on April 7th, the pair of unassuming vessels caught the attention of several Asian art collectors who continued to trade bids until a high estimate of $1,500 turned into a $102,400 bombshell. The winning bid, placed and secured through Bidsquare, was just one of many highlights seen from the platform that day.
Bidsquare captured over 23% of the total sales made during Rago's Remix auction - here are some of our favorite wins:
Forging another top result, this time out of silver, was Lot 2252, a Gorham Martele Silver Tea & Coffee Service. This stunning Art Nouveau design from Gorham, one of the most respected silver manufacturers and foundries in America, polished the silver category of over 100 items to perfection.
To infinity and beyond! These intergalactic tables blasted past their estimate of $1,200 - $1,600 and landed safely on our friendly, online auction planet. See how they were styled in our previous blog by Rago: (Re)Mixology: Mixing Up Décor Inspiration with Arlen Sam Brown.
The late 19th-century was an exciting time for the American silver industry, with large manufacturers like Gorham and Tiffany innovating and producing exceptional designs. At the same time, a small yet learned company by the name of Whiting also affixed themselves onto the silver scene. Lot 2262 is a pleasant set from Whiting with European features and a delicate grape and vine motif.
One of the greatest aspects about 'Remix' auctions is how, in between the early silver platters and romantic European sconces, you can still find wonderful examples of mid-century modern furnishings. This Danish, rosewood cabinet from the 1960s is a simple, classic and sturdy specimen.
Seen as a forgotten master, Eugene Biel's paintings lay within the same stature of many of the famous Austrian expressionist of the early 20th-century. His works have been exhibited at renowned museums such as the National Gallery of Berlin, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museo De Arte Contemporaneo in Madrid and the Belvedere in Vienna, amongst many others.
Another one of our Danish treats comes from none other than Hans Wegner. This model GE240, made with teak wood from the 1960s is a calm, cool and collectible piece! Click to view other fine furnishings purchased through the Bidsquare platform: Lot 2575, Lot 2231, Lot 2557, Lot 2611, Lot 2684 and Lot 2135.
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Jessica Helen Weinberg | Senior Content Editor at Bidsquare