Archive for September, 2011

Sotheby’s – Modern & Post-War British Art

September 28th, 2011 by

Following on from our record-breaking and best-ever season of sales in May and June, including the Evill/Frost Collection, Sotheby’s is pleased to announce its first ever Evening Auction of Modern and Post-War British Art on 15th November, with a Day Auction to follow on the 16th November.

Season highlights include works by Edward Burra, Sir Stanley Spencer, Lynn Chadwick, Paul Nash, Henry Moore and Peter Lanyon, as well as works from The Dartington Hall Trust Collection, sold to support the Trust’s work in the Arts, Social Justice, and Sustainability, including works by Ben Nicholson, Christopher Wood and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska.

Sotheby’s – Photographs

September 28th, 2011 by

Sotheby’s October 5th Photographs auction in New York features a varied range of material from the 19th to 21st centuries.  Two landmark documents in the history of photographic literature will be offered—an early copy of Gardner’s Sketchbook of the War, and a complete set of Alfred Stieglitz’s photographic quarterly, Camera Work.  Modernist innovator Pierre Dubreuil’s mastery of the medium is evident in two of his best-known images: Spectacles and The First Round.  A dramatic, twice-signed mural of Ansel Adams’s famed Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, and a mural of Leaves, Mt. Rainier National Park are featured, along with other Adams photographs.  A rare lifetime print of Diane Arbus’s Viva, the Warhol superstar, was originally illustrated in an early issue of New York, nearly causing the magazine’s demise.  A massive print of Peter Beard’s Maureen Gallagher and Late-Night Feeder presents a dazzling array of color drawing and collage elements.

Sotheby’s – Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints

September 28th, 2011 by

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Sotheby’s – Arts Décoratifs du XXe siècle & Design Contemporain

September 28th, 2011 by

This 20th Century Design auction contains a series of pre-war masterpieces that have not appeared on the market — in recent times, or ever — showing the strength of this collecting area at Sotheby’s. An inventory of the sale reads like a celebration of the greatest names in this period: a unique bar by Eckart Muthesius, together with a rare black lacquer and brown leather Eileen Gray armchair, both created for the Maharaja of Indore, a copper and tubular metal occasional table given by Eileen Gray to the mother of the current owner, a Marcel Coard cabinet bought 30 years ago, a unique Eugène Printz dining table, and a whole room lacquered boiserie by Jean Dunand.

The post-war section is similarly important with many European movements represented, including pieces by Josef Hoffmann, Grete Jalk, Franco Albini, and Franz von Stuck. There is particular emphasis on the French decorative arts, with works by Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, Guy de Rougemont, Jean Dunand, Maria Pergay, Line Vautrin, and Francois Xavier Lalanne.

Sotheby’s New York – Important Russian Art

September 23rd, 2011 by

The Important Russian Art auction on 1 November features a selection of exceptional works by some of the most influential artists in Russian history. Highlights include two monumental masterpieces from important American institutions: Nicolai Fechin’s Bearing Away the Bride, 1908, from the collection of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, and Vasili Vasilievich Vereshchagin’s Pearl Mosque at Delhi, 1876-79, from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Other highlights include Boris Kustodiev’s Fireworks. Bronze Horseman, executed circa 1918 to commemorate the first anniversary of the October Revolution; Aristarkh Lentulov’s Faces of a Generation from his exceedingly rare Industrial Period; Ivan Shishkin’s dramatic and innovative Sandy Coastline; Natalia Goncharova’s early and pivotal A Street in Moscow; and twenty other masterworks by such masters as Ilya Repin, Konstantin Korovin, Mikhail Larionov, Alexander Iacovleff and Boris Grigoriev.


San Rafael Auction Gallery – Fine Art, Furniture & Chinese Antiques Auction

September 23rd, 2011 by

Featuring the Property from the Estate of
William Sproule, San Francisco,
President of Southern Pacific Rairoad from 1911-1928.

Catalog now online

Sotheby’s London – Old Master, Modern & Contemporary Prints

September 23rd, 2011 by

This sale will draw together some of the finest exponents of printmaking across five centuries, encompassing a variety of styles and techniques.

Highlights from the Old Master section include Albrecht Dürer’s engraving Saint Jerome in his Study. Together with Melencolia, also in the sale, this engraving represents the pinnacle of Dürer’s achievement in this medium. Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn is featured by a very fine and atmospheric impression of the first state of Faust.

The Modern section comprises an interesting group of works by Pablo Picasso including a series of etchings from his early period in Paris, known as La Suite des Saltimbanques.

The printed work of Joan Miró is represented by a number of rare artist’s proofs which illustrate his collaboration with the printer Mourlot. These were acquired by the present owner directly from the famous French printer who became a reference point for important 20th Century artists.

Eminent artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, as well as Keith Haring, Richard Hamilton and Damien Hirst feature in the Pop and Contemporary section.

Dan Ripley’s Antique Helper – Fourth Tuesday Express Auction

September 23rd, 2011 by

Second Consecutive Million Dollar Sale for Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd.

September 23rd, 2011 by

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. is proud to announce their second consecutive million dollar sale.  As with all LLAES, Ltd. catalogued auctions, this sale garnered an international audience and a packed house.  Over 1200 absentee and phone bids were executed on sale day, with an additional 800 bidders registered through Live Auctioneers.  More than 200 bidders energized the house with traditional floor bidding.

Important French Parcel Gilt & Gem Set Jewel Casket, Sold $69,000

This auction was held at LLAES, Ltd’s auction gallery in Hillsborough, North Carolina, which is currently being expanded by 5,500 square feet, bringing their overall square footage to 15,500 square feet.  This expansion will offer 2000 square feet of additional gallery space, a state of the art walk in wine cooler, and ample storage space for consignors.  Construction is expected to be complete by December of 2011.

This landmark auction was led by the catalogue cover lot, a 19th century French Parcel Gilt & Gem Set Jewel Casket, which brought top honors selling for $69,000 (prices include the 15% buyers premium).  Despite strong international interest, this casket will remain in the United States.  Another top lot was a bronze by Janet Scudder (Am., 1869-1940) which breezed past its estimate to achieve $52,900.

The remainder of the 700 lot Catalogue Auction saw strength and consistency

Confederate North Carolina Contract Forage Cap, Sold $14,375

from start to finish.  An outstanding Confederate and militaria collection opened the bidding on sale day.  A Confederate North Carolina Contract Forage Cap more than doubled its estimate, hammering for $14,375.  With fervent bidding between phone and floor bidders a rare Mendenhall, Jones & Gardner Confederate Rifle rose to $17,250.  Another top lot was a McElroy Confederate Foot Officer’s Sword, which sold for $10,350.


This sale offered an impressive collection of North Carolina and southern pottery, the quality of which was reflected by bidding activity on sale day.  An Alamance County Redware plate, circa 1880, North Carolina, which was a property deaccession from the Museum of Southern Decorative Arts to benefit their acquisitions fund, sailed past its estimate to achieve $13,225.  Other top sellers include a NC Slip Decorated Redware Plate which sold for $5,750 and a NC Slip Decorated Redware Pitcher which hammered for $4,370.


Southern Federal Inlaid Serpentine Sideboard, Sold $21,850

American Furniture brought solid and strong bidding throughout the sale.  Top lots include a Southern Federal Inlaid Serpentine Sideboard which achieved $21,850 and an outstanding American Classical Secretary Bookcase which rose to $7,475.


Estate Jewelry was led by an Edwardian Platinum & Aquamarine Pendant, which blew past its estimate with heated bidding between phone bidders and brought

Amethyst, Turquoise, Diamond, and Pearl Choker, Sold $6,900

$13,800.   Other lots of note include a 44-carat Amethyst, Turquoise, Diamond, and Pearl Choker, which brought $6,900 and a Platinum and Three Stone Diamond Ring which hammered for $6,612.50.


Carved Soapstone Buddha, Sold $17,825

Asian lots elicited much excitement from both floor and telephone bidders.  Two exciting lots to watch were a Carved Soapstone Buddha, which exploded to $17,825 and a Large Chinese Porcelain Jardiniere which rallied to $17,250 and left with a floor bidder.


Fine Arts offerings were diverse and of top quality.  Lots of note include an oil on canvas by Lendall Pitts (1875-1938) entitled, “Source of Romanche” which sold for $4,600; a woodcut on wove paper by Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), “The Annunciation,” which hammered for $3,910; an etching by Adriaen van Ostade (Dutch, 1610-1685), “The Gossips,” which brought $2,300; a pencil signed screen print on paper by Andy Warhol (Am. 1928-1987) which brought $3,910; and an untitled Alexander Calder (Am. 1898-1976) which sold for $2,185.


The Decorative Category was led by the sale of an outstanding Ormolu & Cut Glass Chandelier, 19th century, which

Janet Scudder (American, 1869-1940) “Bird Fountain,” Sold $52,900

between phone and floor bidding rose to $8,050 and a Northwest Coast Polychrome Bentwood Box which soared past its estimate and brought $20,700.  Another lot of note was a Swedish Gilt Bronze Garniture Set, 19th century, which hammered for $4,600.


The Fine Wine session, which was held Friday, September 16th at 6PM, was energized by a magnum bottle of La Tache, vintage 2005, which hammered for $8,912.50.  Other top achievers include:  four bottles of Chateau Margaux, vintage 1985, which sold for $1,380 and two lots of Chateau Lafite Rothschild, vintage 1981 and 1985, which both sailed past their $300-$400 estimates to achieve $977.50 and $920 respectively.  The next Fine Wine Auction is scheduled for Friday, December 2nd at 5:30PM.  To discuss buying or selling fine wines contact Mark Solomon, Fine Wine Director, at


Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd.’s Two Day Winter Catalogue Auction will be held on December 2nd and 3rd, 2011.  LLAES, Ltd. is always seeking quality consignments, whether it be an entire estate or a significant item. If you would like to discuss selling please call the gallery at 919-644-1243 or email at  To learn more about Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. please visit their website at

Phillips de Pury – Under the Influence

September 22nd, 2011 by