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Shannon’s First Online Fine Art Auction of 2022, Open for Bidding Now Through January 20

Milford, CT, USA, January 15, 2022 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Online bidding is open now through January 20th at 2 pm Eastern time for 228 lots of fine art from the 19th century through the present in Shannon’s Internet-only fine art auction featuring paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. To view the full catalog, condition reports and to bid live online, visit www.shannons.com.

American art leads the auction with an original painting by Alfred T. Bricher from his early period, titled View Near Hudson, estimated at $15,000-$20,000; a large, impressively framed view of The Coast of Cornwall, England by William T. Richards, estimated at $8,000-$12,000; and a tonalist evening view by Dwight W. Tryon, titled November, estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

Shannon’s will also offer a large, 52 inch by 77 inch painting of safari animals by celebrated French artist Henri Maik, estimated at $10,000-$15,000. Other French paintings in the sale include works by Adrien de Boucherville, Jacqueline Marval, Antoine Bouvard, Henri Jules Gunier, Raoul DeLongpre and Jules Rene Herve.

A rare Laura Woodward landscape from a private collection in New England will surely attract interest at an attractive $3,000-$5,000 estimate. There are three works by Jane Peterson, with copies of original receipts from the sale of her estate at O. Rundle Gilbert. Other female artists in the auction include Martha Walter, Olive Parker Black, Juanita Marbrook Guccione and others.

American Impressionism is represented by oils and works on paper by Eric Sloane, two oil paintings by Johann Berthelsen, as well as works by William Chadwick, William Lester Stevens, Thomas Alexander Harrison, Emile Gruppe, Wilson Irvine and many others.

Bronzes by Irish sculptor Patrick O’Reilly, depicting teddy bears as humans in fantastical settings, will lead the sculpture category. There are four O’Reilly bronzes in the auction, each estimated at between $3,000-$7,000. A Jeff Koons Balloon Dog will be offered at $1,000-$2,000 along with other contemporary sculptures by Chaim Gross, Seymour Meyer and Anthony Scott.

Prints featured in the sale include four works by Robert Motherwell including America – La France, Variations IV, V, and VII, each estimated between $2,000-$3,500. More contemporary prints by Helen Frankenthaler, Emily Mason, Ellsworth Kelly, Jim Dine, Larry Rivers, Henry Moore and Alexander Calder will be offered at attractive estimates.

Previews will be held by appointment, January 13-19th, weekdays from 11 am to 5 pm Eastern time. Virtual previews and additional photos are available by request. Bidding is available on-line through shannons.com. A live-stream of the auction will be broadcast on shannons.com at 2 pm Eastern on Thursday, January 20th.

To learn more, please visit www.shannons.com.

Part 2 of The John Nelson Collection, Sold December 12th, Grosses $1.1 million at Andrew Jones Auctions in Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles, CA, USA, December 16, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Andrew Jones Auctions had great expectations going into Part 2 of the John Nelson Collection, held December 12th. After all, Part 1, in October, more than doubled its presale estimate to total $1.6 million. Part 2 did not disappoint, as 18th century European style from England to Italy led the 271-lot white glove auction to a $1.1 million gross.

“We welcomed many new faces to our gallery for the busy auction preview for Part II of the John Nelson Collection,” said Andrew Jones, president and CEO of Andrew Jones Auctions. “The word was spreading about the rare and unique works being offered, and collectors didn’t want to miss out. It was like turning back the clock to the halcyon days of antique auctions.”

Following are highlights from the auction. All prices quoted here include the buyer’s premium.

The top lot of the day was an elegant George I chinoiserie decorated cabinet on later stand that fetched $27,500, almost seven times its presale estimate. Also, an impressive pair of 20th century Louis XVI style gilt bronze and cut glass 16-light chandeliers lit up the room for $23,750, while a monumental mid-18th century Italian rococo giltwood mirror found a new home for $12,500.

Fine art was led by a set of four English chinoiserie panels that realized $17,500 and six Italian School oils depicting the battle of Vaslui, where Stephen III of Moldavia defeated the Ottoman commander Hadım Suleiman Pasha. Two large Italian Carrara marble busts of classical women made $22,500, while a pair of life-size Italian white painted models of seated lions hit $16,250.

Notable and unusual was a Continental Neoclassical style oak center table, with architectural lines conceived as an octastyle Doric temple. It sold for $20,000, ten times its low estimate. An Italian model of the Duomo di Milano fetched $8,125, and a pair of lovely Louis XIV style gilt bronze mounted Chinese crackle glazed celadon porcelain cache pots left the room for $10,000.

The future series of sales for The John Nelson collection will be a celebration of the unerring eye of a more than 50-year Los Angeles design and antiques institution – and the man behind John Nelson Antiques. The collection features Chinese porcelain, paintings, French decorative arts, sculpture, antiquities, Grand Tour objects, European furniture, mirrors, chandeliers and more.

Andrew Jones Auctions’ next event will be DTLA Collections & Estates to be held Wednesday, January 12th, 2022. The sale will consist of 350 lots of antiques, design, Chinese works of art, accessories and more. Part 3 of the John Nelson Collection will be held on February 20th, 2022.

To learn more about Andrew Jones Auctions and the DTLA Collections & Estates auction, as well as Part III of the John Nelson Collection, slated for January 12 and February 20, respectively, visit www.AndrewJonesAuctions.com. Updates are posted often. Andrew Jones Auctions can be reached by telephone at (213) 748-8008, or via email at info@andrewjonesauctions.com.

About Andrew Jones Auctions:
Opened in the summer of 2018, Andrew Jones Auctions is a full-service fine art and antiques auction house specializing in the liquidation of estates and collections featuring fine art, antiques and collectibles. The firm understands market trends and has foresight for the 21st century. The highly experienced staff has a wealth of knowledge with international savvy, having worked for many years at major international auction houses in North America and Europe, sourcing property from all corners of the United States. Andrew Jones Auctions’ sales are diverse and eclectic, and feature fine diamonds to contemporary art, spanning from antiquity to today. To learn more about Andrew Jones Auctions, please visit www.AndrewJonesAuctions.com.

Andrew Jones Auctions can be reached by telephone at (213) 748-8008, or via email at info@andrewjonesauctions.com.

Cubist Horse Painting by Indian Artist Maqbool Fida Husain (1915-2011) Knocks Down for $43,750 in Bruneau & Co. Auction

Cranston, RI, USA, October 19, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- A dynamic oil on canvas Cubist horse painting by the Indian artist Maqbool Fida Husain (1915-2011) sold for $43,750 in Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ Estate Fine Art & Antique Auction held Thursday, September 30th. The monotone composition of gray, black and white was the expected top lot of the auction and it did not disappoint, selling within estimate.

The painting depicted a rider on the back of a wild horse. Impressive at 46 inches by 24 inches (sight, less frame), the work came with a certificate of authenticity from Husain’s son, Shafat. “It was exciting for us to handle an oil on canvas by the artist and that the painting ended up in a local Rhode Island collection,” said Kevin Bruneau, the president of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers.

The online-only auction – 333 lots in all – was highlighted by a single-owner collection of antiques and collectibles. Internet bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Bidsquare.com, bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com and the Bruneau mobile app. Following are more highlights from the auction. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.

An exceptional 19th century Chinese embroidered silk textile, a large polychromatic embroidered silk example of the finest stitching of gold thread, 68 inches by 32 inches (sight, less frame), rose to $25,000. The textile, which utilized forbidden stitch, depicted men, women and peacocks in a garden over white silk. It had previously been in the collection of a prominent Cranston estate.

A Caille Brothers Eclipse 25-cent slot machine, manufactured in Chicago around 1904, went to a determined bidder for $18,750. It was a 63-inch-tall upright floor wheel model having an oak cabinet with a glass front and decorated with cherubs framed by Corinthian columns and ornate acanthus leaves and fine figural metal work throughout. The machine was restored 15 years ago.

“It was great to see the action happening on the single-owner section with the surprises of the textile along with the slot machines,” said Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. auctioneer and the firm’s Director of Pop Culture. “It was a perfect night, thanks to our great online bidding staff.”

Lamps by Tiffany Studios (N.Y.) are always a hit at auction, and this sale had a pair of fine ones. The first was an early 20th century leaded green glass table lamp, boasting a geometric shaped green marbled glass panel lampshade over an openwork bronze column, supported by a square base. The overall 22-inch-tall lamp was marked “Tiffany Studios” on the base and hit $13,750.

Also, an early 20th century Tiffany Studios ‘Bleeding Heart’ table lamp, 22 inches tall overall, having an emerald green marbled glass grid lampshade with yellow leaf and vine belting over a thin, shapely column and supported by a round base, lit up the room for $12,500. The lamp presented beautifully and was in good working order. The lampshade was 16 inches in diameter.

A chinoiserie porcelain sink set marked “Sherle Wagner Italy” on the sink basin and soap dish, found a new owner for $8,125. The frilled basin featured the original gilt faucet and handles adorned with porcelain over a shapely pedestal base decorated with butterflies, flowers and figures in ornate robes. Included were a soap dish and hold, towel ring and toilet paper hold.

An O. D. Jennings Chief silver dollar slot machine (Chicago, 20th century), about 26 inches tall, featuring a wood and metal cabinet painted with pale yellow and gold glitter and decorated with the side profile of a Native American man, came out of a Cranston collection to ring up $6,875.

A gorgeous impressionist Venetian canal oil on canvas painting by Guy Dessapt (France, b. 1938), housed in an equally beautiful gold gilt frame measuring 34 ¼ inches by 38 ¼ inches, realized $5,938. The work depicted a waterway reflecting colorful buildings lining the way, with one lone gondola drifting through. Guy Dessapt studied at the Art Decoratifs School in Paris.

A bronze, enamel and hardstone Viennese dancer sculpture by the noted Austrian artist Gerda Iro Gerdago (1906-2004), 14 ¼ inches in height, bested its $1,800 high estimate to sell for $5,938. The sculpture depicted a woman in a dynamic pose, while dressed in a costume of navy blue and lavender enamel over gilded bronze. It was signed “Gerdago” on the hem of the dancer’s skirt.

Bruneau & Co. has a full slate of auctions lined up for the remainder of 2021, to include:

  • Oct. 27 – Comic Books & TCG (Trading Card Games) at 6 pm Eastern.
  • Nov. 6-7 – Video Games (at the Retro World Expo in Hartford, Conn.)
  • Nov. 15 – Estates Fine Art & Antiques, at 6 pm Eastern.
  • Nov. 20 – Historic Arms & Militaria catalog auction, at 10 am Eastern.
  • Dec. 11 – Comic, TCG, Toy & Sports Memorabilia catalog auction, 10 am Eastern

To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the firm’s calendar of upcoming events, please visit www.bruneauandco.com. Updates are posted frequently.

About Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers:
Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions, with commissions as low as zero percent. Now would be a perfect time to clean out your attic. To contact Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, you may send an e-mail to info@bruneauandco.com. Or, you can phone them at 401-533-9980. For more info, visit www.bruneauandco.com.

Andrew Jones Auctions will Offer Two Important Collections in Online-Only Auctions Slated for October 10th and 24th

Downtown Los Angeles, CA, USA, September 8, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Andrew Jones Auctions will burst into autumn with a pair of outstanding online-only auctions: the collection of Lady Victoria White of Beverly Hills, best described as English country house meets California chic, on Sunday, October 10th; then, Part 1 in a series of auctions dedicated to the John Nelson collection on Sunday, October 24th.

The string of sales for the John Nelson collection will be a celebration of the unerring eye of a more than 50-year Los Angeles design and antiques institution, the man behind the eponymous John Nelson Antiques. The collection features Chinese porcelain, paintings, French decorative arts, sculpture, antiquities, Grand Tour objects, European furniture, mirrors and chandeliers.

“We are incredibly honored to have been entrusted with these two incomparable collections,” said Andrew Jones, President and CEO of Andrew Jones Auctions. “The collection of Lady Victoria White tells a story that is elegant and personal, with a range of genres and quality that rarely comes to market. John Nelson was not only a client, but a close personal friend for years.”

Mr. Jones said he’s very much familiar with the story behind the chase and acquisition of most of the pieces in Mr. Nelson’s collection. “I only wish the auction were not happening for many more years,” he said. “I will certainly miss John sitting at the back of the auction room on sale days, bidding passionately and enjoying the cut and thrust of battling it out with other bidders.”

Lady White’s lifelong love of horses is reflected in a number of equestrian paintings, including two by the celebrated equestrian Impressionist artist Sir Alfred Munnings, highlighted by The Kilkenny Horse Fair (estimate: $200,000-$300,000); and Making a Polo Ground at Princemere (estimate: $100,000-$150,000). Also by Munnings is Lark III, an Irish Setter (estimate: $25,000-$35,000); and a landscape evocative of country life in Munnings’ home village of Dedham titled Winter at Flatford Mill (estimate: $15,000-$25,000).

British Impressionism is blended with Modernism including four lithographs by California Pop Art innovator Ed Ruscha that feature a lot of two works titled Two People Temporarily Separated and Two Happy People (estimate: $8,000-$12,000) and a unique screen print by Andy Warhol, $(1) (estimate: $30,000-$50,000) and a of range pieces by Jules Cavailles, Charles Van den Eycken, Paul Gustav Fischer, Ormond Gigli, Robert Longo, Richard Serra and Kiki Smith.

Lady White’s international life of exploration and glamor are reflected in the pieces chosen to create her home sanctuary. Furniture and decorative arts include an international selection of fine silver, porcelain, a Régence gilt bronze mounted kingwood commode en tombeau (estimate: $20,000-$30,000), gorgeous Chinese and Delft blue and white porcelain pieces and rare books. The extensive library includes her husband Robert Evans’s copy of the screenplay for Chinatown (1983) (estimate: $1,500-$2,000).

Her items also feature bronzes, jewelry and garden sets by Michael Taylor and Rose Tarlow. The layers of connoisseurship in this collection reveal a deep appreciation for the breadth of fine and decorative arts, punctuated with touches of whimsey.

John Nelson, while a student of art history, went with classmates on a trip to Europe. This would begin a lifetime of travel and art appreciation that saw him return to Europe over 70 times in the following 65 years. John and his partner, Robert Rounds, created a life that blended business and pleasure that afforded them the riches of friends around the world, whether it was dinner parties in London with Princess Margaret or drinking with waiters after hours at Café de Flore in Paris.

Part 1 of the John Nelson collection will include a magnificent pair of Italian carved marble life size dogs (estimate: $20,000-$30,00) that will greet clients at the front door during the preview, guarding over a treasure trove of art and antiques, including a monumental pair of Irish George II giltwood mirrors formerly in the collection of William Myron Keck (estimate: $10,000-$15,000).

Also sold will be a Louis XV style gilt bronze parquetry bureau plat (estimate: $7,000-$9,000), an 18th century German Baroque marquetry bureau cabinet (estimate: $8,000-$12,000), a 19th century Continental scagliola inset gilt bronze mounted mahogany center table (estimate: $2,000-$4,000), and Grand Tour bronze figures, an athlete and Spinario (each estimate: $4,000-$6,000).

A favorite of John’s is an elegant Baltic gilt bronze and cut-glass chandelier (estimate: $15,000-$20,000) and a charming Louis XV style gilt bronze boar form mantel clock (estimate: $3,000-$5,000). Fine art will be led by a captivating scene of the preparation of Noah’s Ark, featuring many exotic beasts done in the manner of Jakob Bogdani (1658-1724) (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

A spokesperson for John Nelson Antiques commented, “The choice of which auction house to handle John’s estate was relatively easy. We have worked with Andrew Jones for nearly twenty years and his professionalism, knowledge and attention to detail have been invaluable to our business. He has been a trusted colleague and a good friend. We are delighted to be working with Andrew in bringing the nearly sixty years of John Nelson’s life’s work to the auction world.”

Internet bidding for both online-only auctions will be facilitated by AndrewJonesAuctions.com, Invaluable.com and LiveAuctioneers.com. Safe, physically distanced previews will be held by appointment only at the Andrew Jones Auctions gallery prior to each auction. Plans may change in accordance with Los Angeles County Department of health Covid-19 restrictions. Contact the gallery for details. The gallery is located at 2221 South Main Street in downtown Los Angeles. Absentee bids will also be accepted. To schedule a preview appointment, call (213) 748-8008.

To learn more about Andrew Jones Auctions and the two auctions planned for October 10th and October 24th, please visit www.andrewjonesauctions.com. Updates are posted frequently. They can be reached by phone at (213) 748-8008, or via email at info@andrewjonesauctions.com.

Andrew Jones Auctions’ Online-Only Design for The Home and Garden Auction, July 25th, will Feature Over 200 Quality Lots

Downtown Los Angeles, CA, USA, July 12, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Andrew Jones Auctions will offer a strong selection of fine art along with antiques and design from antiquity through the 21st century in an online-only signature Design for the Home and Garden auction scheduled for Sunday, July 25th, beginning promptly at 11 am Pacific time. More than 200 quality lots will be offered to the highest bidder.

The collection of Los Angeles tastemaker Keith McCoy of Keith H. McCoy & Associates evokes the English country house, highlighted by an Irish George II mahogany side table (estimate: $1,500-$2,000), a George III mahogany bachelor’s chest of drawers (estimate: $1,000-$1,500), a George III mahogany breakfront bookcase (estimate: $4,000-$6,000), and luxurious Fortuny upholstered seat furniture, including a George III blind fret carved mahogany armchair (estimate: $1,000-$1,500).

The collection also features animalier and sporting paintings, including The Meet by Joseph Francis Walker (estimate: $8,000-$12,000), Henry Barraud’s Sheep, cattle, stags and a pony in a wooded landscape (estimate: $4,000-$6,000), as well as works by Léon Eugène Auguste Abry, John E. Ferneley, Edward Benjamin Herberte, John Frederick Herring, Jr., Gustave Mardoche Neymark, William H. Robinson, John Francis Sartorius, George Wright and other noted artists.

In keeping with the animalier theme, from other private sources there are artworks such as Marie H. Guise Newcomb’s A Good Point (estimate: $1,500-$2,000), as well as bronzes, including the near life-size Panthère dévorant un lièvre after the model by Antoine Louis Bayre, produced at the Susse Frères foundry (estimate: $10,000-$20,000) from the collection of Daniel Hornbeck, as well as a model of a standing bull after Auguste Nicolas Cain (estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

Additional European works in bronze feature the Neapolitan Dancer after Albert Ernest Carriere Belleuse (estimate: $1,500-$2,000), an abstract screen by Hubert Dalwood (estimate: $4,000-$6,000), as well as an allegorical work of l’Histoire after the model by Georges Bareau (estimate: $2,000-$3,000) and pieces by Ferdinand Barbedienne and after Albert Henry Atkins, Alfred Boucher, Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, Henri Chapu, Renzo Colombo, Etienne-Henri Dumaige Jean-Leon Gérôme, François-Raoul Larche and René de Saint-Marceaux.

The painting offerings run the gamut from works after Italian masters like Feast in the House of Levi after Paolo Veronese Caliari (estimate: $6,000-$8,000), Austrian court painter to Ferdinand I, Jakob Seisenegger’s Portrait of a Young Man (estimate: $4,000-$6,000) and School of Peter Lely 1st Duchess of Cleveland (estimate: $4,000-$6,000) to European landscapists like Albert Kappis’s Unloading the Day’s Catch (estimate: $4,000-$6,000) and Alexis Podchernikoff’s large oil on canvas View through the eucalyptus (estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

American plein air modernist master Armin Hansen’s Steam schooner coming to dock, Monterey (estimate: 4,000-$6,000) is abstracted yet evocative of the gritty fishing port. Bernard Lorjou’s bold expressionist works are Still life with duck and sunflower (estimate: $2,000-$3,000), French Marching Band (Fanfare) (estimate: $1,000-$1,500) and Barge on the Loire River (estimate: $800-$1,200).

The collection of Daniel Hornbeck features unusual and varied pieces, including a 1769 Danish Neoclassical stained pine clavichord by Otto Joachim Tiefenbrun (estimate: $2,000-$4,000), reputedly a gift of Edvard Grieg to his musical colleague Anton Louis Hornbeck. Also from the collection is a pair of Italian Baroque white marble models of cherubs (estimate: $3,000-$5,000), a pair of Dresden porcelain covered vases (estimate: $1,000-$1,500), an Italian Rococo polychrome decorated tall case clock, Padua, 1760 (estimate: $1,000-$1,500), an 18th century Dutch marquetry bureau (estimate: $1,000-$1,500), a 17th century Spanish Baroque table cabinet, as well as carpets and more.

Additional various owners highlights include a French gilt bronze mounted lacquer inset mahogany side cabinet by François Linke (estimate: $5,000-$7,000), a Spanish walnut monument maquette attributed to Felipe Vigarny de Borgona, probably first half 16th century (estimate: $8,000-$12,000), a George III mahogany architect’s desk by Gillows of Lancaster, circa 1800 (estimate: $4,000-$6,000), and an Italian gilt bronze mounted fruitwood bureau cabinet, 17th century, branded with a ducal coronet and with elaborately engraved lockplate (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Also offered will be a pair of Irish George III inlaid satinwood card tables, circa 1790 (estimate: $4,000-$6,000), a wonderful pair of Italian Baroque scaliola trompe l’oeil panels by Tarsilla Vittoria Seyter, Rome, 18th century (estimate: $8,000-$12,000), a set of twelve Berlin (K.P.M.) porcelain armorial soup bowls decorated with the arms of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, circa 1832-1837 (estimate: $3,000-$5,000), an Anthony Redmile ostrich egg faux snuff mull (estimate: $700-$900), and an R. Lalique frosted amber glass Courlis vase (estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

The auction also includes antiquities, early works of art, fine silver, porcelain and garden accessories, sculpture, including a pair of lead models of sphinxes, and furniture, featuring designs by Brown Jordan and Michael Taylor. A standout lot is a unique scrapbook of autographed notes, caricatures, photographic portraits, lithographs and sketches by Paul Verlaine, compiled by Emile Loubet and Edouard Champion, 1896 (estimate: $50,000-$70,000) from a private Malibu collection. From the same source is a collection of five watercolors by Paul Signac (each estimated at $3,000-$5,000).

Online bidding will be facilitated by AndrewJonesAuctions.com, Invaluable.com and LiveAuctioneers.com. Absentee bids will also be accepted. Safe, physically distanced live previews will be held by appointment only at the Andrew Jones Auctions gallery prior to the auction. Plans may change in accordance with Los Angeles County Department of health Covid-19 restrictions. Contact the gallery for details. The gallery is located at 2221 South Main Street in downtown Los Angeles. Absentee bids will also be accepted. To schedule a preview appointment, call (213) 748-8008.

For more information about Andrew Jones Auctions and the Design for the Home and Garden auction on Sunday, July 25th, at 11 am Pacific time, please visit www.andrewjonesauctions.com.

About Andrew Jones Auctions:
Opened in the summer of 2018, Andrew Jones Auctions is a full-service fine art and antiques auction house specializing in the liquidation of estates and collections featuring fine art, antiques and collectibles. The firm understands market trends and has foresight for the 21st century. The highly experienced staff has a wealth of knowledge with international savvy, having worked for many years at major international auction houses in North America and Europe, sourcing property from all corners of the United States. Andrew Jones Auctions’ sales are diverse and eclectic, and feature fine diamonds to contemporary art, spanning from the antiquity to today. For more information about Andrew Jones Auctions, please visit www.andrewjonesauctions.com.

Important and Beautiful Dining Table Custom Designed by Wendell Castle (1932-2018) Gavels for $70,110 at Neue Auctions

Beachwood, OH, USA, June 3, 2021 /ExPressRelease/ — An important and beautiful dining table custom designed by Wendell Castle (American, 1932-2018) soared to $70,110, and vibrant still-life oil paintings by Lê Phổ (Vietnamese/French, 1907-2001) and Claude Venard (French, 1913-1999) sold for $20,910 and $15,990, respectively, in Neue Auctions’ online-only Modernism auction held on May 15th.

The auction was packed with 424 lots gathered from regional estates and longtime collectors, including selections from the late Cleveland concert promoter Mike Belkin and his wife Annie. Items covered a wide range of mediums and categories, to include paintings, sculpture, works on paper, furniture, art glass, ceramics, enamel work and jewelry, plus many undiscovered finds.

The Wendell Castle dining table sailed past its pre-sale estimate of $30,000-$50,000 to earn top lot honors. It featured an oval top in holly veneer, inlaid with purpleheart triangles and inlaid dots spelling “The Check’s in the Mail” (the table’s title). It had a leather covered edge with a purpleheart substructure supporting six gold plated brass rings.

Mr. Castle created a similar table for his own residence titled Never Complain, Never Explain, in 1981. It’s pictured on the cover of the book Furniture by Wendell Castle (Hudson Hills Press, NY, 1989). The Check’s in the Mail (1988) was 120 inches long and 59 inches wide and signed and dated. It came from the Mike and Annie Belkin collection.

The oil on canvas still-life by Lê Phổ, titled Fleurs (Flowers), was artist signed lower right with a chop mark and measured 13 inches by 9 inches (sight, less frame). It blew past its $6,000-$9,000 estimate. Lê Phổ was born in Hanoi, but he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris (where he later taught) and called Paris his home from 1937 until his death.

The oil on canvas Still Life with Sculpture on Table by Claude Venard, boldly executed with heavy impasto, was signed and nicely housed in a 28 inch by 28 inch frame. Claude Venard was a French post-Cubist and still-life painter. Known for working in a distinct angular style, he accentuated the chromatic qualities of his palette through thickly applied impasto paint.

Modern furniture pieces were led by a mid-century (circa 1950-1960) wingback chair by Arturo Pani (Mexican, 1915-1981), upholstered in horsehair fabric with a split crest rail and extreme scroll wings, raised on cabriole legs ($9,225); and a circa 1960s Odyssey coffee table by the American design team of Philip Laverne (1908-1988) and Kelvin Laverne (b. 1936). The etched, patinated, polychromed bronze and pewter coffee table went to a determined bidder for $7,380.

A standing sculpture of a nude woman by Marc Sijan (American, b. 1946), titled Standing Barefoot and made from polyester resin and oil paint with Leotard, signed and dated 1990, numbered 2/5, 68 inches tall including pedestal base, achieved $7,995. Also, a bronze statue of a nude woman depicted from the waist up, hands outstretched and holding a turquoise bracelet, by R. C. Gorman (American, 1932-2005), titled Cocheta (1980), on a wood base, rose to $2,829.

Several diminutive boxes by American craftsman Kenneth Francis Bates (1904-1994) came up for bid, including an enamel over gold leaf box titled Peacock Box (1930), signed and dated to the base, the four-sided tapering form colorfully decorated with peacock feathers ($3,998); and Salome’s Comforter (1977), an enamel box with cover, artist signed and dated to the base, the circular form in translucent enamel on 24 karat gold paillons; it found a new owner for $3,690.

A tall, rounded cylindrical form stoneware vessel by the noted Cleveland School artist Claude Conover (1907-1994), 22 inches tall, signed and titled to the base, knocked down for $5,228. Also, jewelry pieces from Bernd Munsteiner featured a fancy cut tourmaline on a 14kt textured yellow gold hinged bangle bracelet with bezel set accent diamond, marked 14kt on the clasp, with the bracelet made by another maker, garnered $3,198.

There were three color woodblocks printed on Japan paper by Milton Avery (American, 1885-1965), titled Rooster, Hen and Lamb. Hen, an artist’s proof, was signed lower right and dated 1954; it fetched $2,091. Also, a screenprint on cream wove paper of Robert Indiana’s (American, 1928-2018) iconic LOVE image, titled Golden Love (1973), signed and numbered (92/50) in pencil, and with a sheet size of 35 inches square, made $4,305.

Three of the top seven lots in the entire sale were artworks by Toko Shinoda (Japanese, 1913-2021). They included an untitled monotype on Arches paper, signed lower right ($7,380); a lithograph with silver metallic ink titled Whisper of the Glass, signed, titled and numbered (33/45) ($4,920); and a lithograph with silver metallic ink on paper, titled Anthology, signed, titled and numbered (34/45) ($4,612). A fourth work sold for $2,337.

Internet bidding was facilitated by Liveauctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidsquare.com. Phone and absentee bids were also accepted. Neue Auctions’ next big event will be a Summer Estates auction slated for Saturday, July 17th, at 3 pm Eastern time. In addition to Internet and phone/absentee bidding, there may be live gallery bidding, if the corona virus is under control.

Neue Auctions is accepting consignments for future sales. For purchases or inquiries about consigning, please call 216-245-6707; or send an email to cynthia@neueauctions.com. Neue Auctions invites everyone to be added to its email list to receive notifications and information regarding all current and future sales. For info, visit www.neueauctions.com