Fairyland Vase Brings $61,500 at Skinner European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction

Jul 24,2019 | 11:00 EDT By Skinner Auctions

Skinner held an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, with ceramics and fine silver in Boston on July 13, 2019. The sale saw active participation from bidders in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia competing for items online, by telephone, in the room, and via partner platforms. Lot 373, Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Temple on a Rock Vase and Cover, England, c. 1920; Sold for $61,500 Wedgwood ceramics ruled the day, comprising seven of the top ten achieving lots. The highest-priced Wedgwood piece was a Fairyland Lustre Temple on a Rock (Lot 373) vase which sold to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for $61,500. A John Northwood model of a Portland vase (Lot 351) reached $18,450 to a private buyer in Australia. Many of the Wedgwood lots in the auction were from the Spak Collection of Wedgwood with the sale proceeds go...Read More

European Furniture Sold to Benefit Museums | July 13 at Skinner

Jul 10,2019 | 11:00 EDT By Skinner

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will hold an auction on July 13, 2019, of European Furniture & Decorative Arts. With over 500 lots in the sale encompassing fine silver, ceramics as well as furniture and decorative arts there is an item for both discerning collectors and novice buyers. Styles range from classic Georgian silver and early oak furnishings to elegant Belle Epoque tables and mantel clocks. Explore works from the 17th to the 20th century and see how you can mix periods and styles to create individual design-schemes in your own home. The Furniture of Paul Sormani Regarded as one of the most elite Parisian ébenistes of the 19th century, Sormani was born in 1817 in the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venice. Inspired by the work of the Royal maitres menuisiers et bronziers of the 18th century, he is best known for his pieces in the Louis XV and XVI...Read More

Top Lots Sold Online on Bidsquare Showcase Strong Art + Modern Design

Jul 03,2019 | 11:00 EDT By Bidsquare

NEW YORK, NY - Spring auction season is proving to be strong online, as bidders turn to Bidsquare for art and design finds. Modern design, 20th Century and fine art lead sale results in May and early June on Bidsquare. Highlights include a Lino Tagliapietra wall sculpture; a George Nakashima Pedestal Desk; a Sonia Delaunay on paper and more. Lino Tagliapietra, Twenty-Piece Masai Wall Sculpture; Sold for $113,400 on Bidsquare in Hindman's Modern Design auction May 9, 2019 A standout piece by glass maestro Lino Tagliapietra was the highlight of Hindman's May Modern Design auction, realizing a final price of $113,400 from a Bidsquare bidder - two times the original estimate. Hudson Berry, Specialist, Modern Design at Hindman, stated: “It’s no surprise the Lino Tagliapietra surpassed the presale estimate in the way it did. The work truly h...Read More

Stunning Chinese Porcelain at Stunning Arts Gallery

Jun 14,2019 | 12:00 EDT By Anthony Wu, Asian Specialist

Stunning Arts Gallery and Auction from Toronto, Canada will be featuring almost 300 lots of Chinese art during their auction on June 19th. This sale will take place during the Toronto Asian Art Week from the 17th to 21st of June. Most Chinese art categories are represented including jade carvings, furniture, jewelry and paintings. However, the strength is really with works of art and porcelain, with many of these objects having solid provenances.   Lot 106, Xu Yanzhou, Oil Painting; Estimate CAD $15,000- CAD $25,000 One of the highlights of the Stunning Arts Auction is lot 106, an oil painting of a young girl by Xu Yanzhou 徐彥洲 (1961-  ). Xu is one of the leading ‘realist’ modernist painters in China, and has extensively showcased his artworks in the international art scene. Implementing a Western-style of painting, he is best known fo...Read More

Beuys, Koons, Miro and More at Stair!

May 31,2019 | 10:00 EDT By Jessica Helen Weinberg

On the weekend of June 7-8, Stair in Hudson, NY will host a series of auctions offering an emphasis in 20th century, modern and contemporary art. Highlighted as a sale of its own, with several works finding their way into the other Stair catalogs, is a significant bounty of prints, photographs and sculptures by German avant-garde artist Joseph Beuys. A titan of conceptual art, Joseph Beuys is admired for his intimate contributions to movements such as Fluxus and Neo-Dadaism. Stair represents his breadth of work like a comprehensive syllabus where mixed media assemblages such as lot 409a, a lemon attached to a yellow light bulb and ready-mades like lot 16, a 'Noiseless Blackboard Eraser,' exist in the fascinating, deadpan posture that blurs art and daily life, for which Beuys is keenly appreciated.  Other influential artists to be featured ...Read More

A Charmed Life: Eugenio Praga and Paganini

May 30,2019 | 13:30 EDT By Adam Tober Director of Fine Musical Instruments at Skinner

Four centuries of music-making tradition cross the auction block at Skinner, with works of Hendrik Jacobs, Giovanni Battista Gabrielli, Charles François Gand, and Eugenio Praga. With approximately 360 lots on offer, including a broad selection of violins, violas, violoncellos, and their bows, the June 2nd auction will also feature a collection of contemporary classical and flamenco guitars, in addition to vintage fretted instruments by Gibson and C.F. Martin. Lot 104, an Italian Violin and Bow by Eugenio Praga, Genoa, 1892; Estimate $30,000-$50,000 The son of a wealthy engineer and educated as an engineer himself, Eugenio Praga’s apparently charmed life afforded him the luxury of pursuing a career in lutherie out of intellectual curiosity rather than financial necessity. All of which circumstances allowing the 19th-century Italian violi...Read More

Fit For an Emperor

May 28,2019 | 16:00 EDT By Rago

On June 9, Rago Auctions will offer for sale a rose-cut diamond button ring, the central diamond of which once belonged to the last Emperor of Mexico, Maximilian I. Lot 1037, Georgian Rose-Cut Diamond Button Ring; Estimate $45,000-$65,000 This rose-cut diamond was among a set of diamond buttons (the exact number of which is unknown) owned by Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico, who was installed as the ruler of Mexico by Napoleon III in 1864 only to be overthrown and executed three years later in 1867. Pictured: Édouard Manet's oil on canvas "The Execution of Emperor Maximilian" Twelve of these buttons were later acquired by Col. Edward H. R. Green, son of the brilliant and miserly financier Hetty Green, the richest woman of the Gilded Age. When this voracious collector of coins, stamps and jewelry died in 1936, his collections were sold...Read More

Get Outta Town This Weekend for Field + Supply and Design Hudson

May 23,2019 | 09:40 EDT By Jessica Helen Weinberg

There is something particularly gratifying about sitting on a northbound train, dropping the hatch of that little grey seat tray and watching the New York skyline grow smaller and smaller. Every city slicker should take advantage of the ease and liberation that comes with leaving behind Manhattan's minutia to seek out the fresh country air that's waiting right around the bend. A three-day weekend is upon us! It's time to get outta town and head for the peaceful pastures along the Hudson River. If you haven't decided what to do this Memorial Day, we suggest you either call a friend with a set of wheels or purchase an Amtrak or Metro-North Railroad ticket to attend the regions leading high-end craft fair and take a tour of historical architecture and distinguished interior designs.  FIELD + SUPPLY - KINGSTON, NY              You've never ...Read More

Bidsquare Picks: Almost Swimming Season!

May 16,2019 | 10:00 EDT By Jessica Helen Weinberg

Watching scattered webs of light crisscrossing through themselves in the aqua blue waters of a backyard swimming pool can be both a mindless meditation and an endlessly delightful exercise - one well suited for the lazy days of summer. However, abstracting the shape of ones hands with a simple submersion or chasing shimmering shadows is not as simplistic as it appears; it is a wonderfully complex subject matter that has the mutable ability to be immeasurably observed and infinitely illustrated. This week, we're drawing inspiration from the almost swimming season month of May and beginning our picks with an artist very will acquainted with the deep end of things.  Lot 409, David Hockney, Paper Pools, series "Pool Made with Paper and Blue Ink," Lithograph, ed. 66/1000; 1980; Estimate $8,000-$12,000 Coming up in Palm Beach Modern Auctions...Read More

Salle Sells for $96,000 on Bidsquare in Fine Art Weekend at Rago

May 08,2019 | 13:00 EDT By Jessica Helen Weinberg

One thing is for sure, when Bidsquare bidders have their eye on the prize, they don't give up so easily. On the weekend of May 4th, Rago hosted their much anticipated fine art auctions, 'Post War + Contemporary Art' and 'American + European Art' sales. Both catalogs collectively represented pivotal artists whom, in their respective movements, ranged in styles and periods like German Expressionism and American Pop Art. Monumental works such as Milton Avery's "Girl by Harbour" brought in the highest price ever for a piece of flat art sold at Rago Auctions, selling for $564,500 and contributing towards the $3,631,406 combined total that was achieved that weekend. Online, Bidsquare bidders clicked into action securing splendid artworks in enthusiastic bidding wars, some lasting 35 turns, generating one of the strongest fine art weekends ever se...Read More