CRANSTON, RI – An original still life painting by French artist Roger Mühl (1929-2008) has fetched $9,375 and an interior genre painting by John Carlin (NY/Pa., 1813-1891) has fetched $7 $500 in real estate fine online only Art and antiques auction held February 21 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. More than 350 lots, from estates and collections across New England, were auctioned.
Mühl’s work depicted pale pink and red tulips in a celadon-colored vase on polychromatic color spots. Measuring 19 ½ inches by 20 ½ inches (canvas, minus frame), the abstract painting has been signed lower right and titled red tulips on the back side. Mühl studied at the National School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg and his paintings have been exhibited around the world.
Carlin’s painting showed a young boy kneeling on a cane chair, his elbows on the table, staring at a central bowl filled with apples. The work, 12 inches by 10 inches (canvas, less the frame), was signed “J. Carlin” at the bottom right. Carlin, who was born deaf and was also an accomplished poet, studied art in Philadelphia as well as in London and France.
“We had a great auction with strong results all around, and it was nice to see 19th century New England artists performing so well in today’s market,” said Travis Landry. , auctioneer of Bruneau & Co. and director of pop culture for the company.
Company President Kevin Bruneau, also an auctioneer, added: “Overall there was an excellent display from online bidders, with a large portion of the Fall River painting collection having placed with collectors in New England. As always, there was great interest in Asian textiles.
Here are more highlights from the auction. Internet auctions were facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Bidsquare.com, bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com and the “Bruneau & Co.” on iTunes or Google Play. All prices include buyer’s premium.
Two Asian textiles performed particularly well. One was a beautiful Chinese silk gold thread dragon robe from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). The beautiful, high-quality antique dress, 29 inches long and 22 inches wide at the shoulders, was decorated with raised golden thread five-toed dragons flying among the clouds with bats and cranes, and with lower surf border ($3,438).
The other was an early 20th century Chinese Army 3rd rank leopard badge, depicting a leopard facing right towards a red sun, surrounded by bats, flames and crashing water ($3,750). Each panel measured 10 ½ inches by 11 ¼ inches and the badge had an overall size of 10 ½ inches by 22 ½ inches. Leopards were embroidered on separate patches and attached to the main textile.
A still life by Herbert Cash (Massachusetts, 1864-1914), depicting a plum, pear, and apple nestled among red and green grapes on a shiny table, fetched $4,062. Cash, one of the aforementioned Fall River artists, studied with Robert Spear Dunning and Franklin Miller, and at the Art Students League in New York and England with Edward Ertz.
A pair of Mid-Century Modern floating sofas by Milo Baughman (Utah, 1923-2003), with an angular wooden frame on a floating wooden base, with beige suede cushions, found a new owner for $4,062. The sofas, each measuring 25 ½ inches high by 89 ½ inches wide, were from the collection of a gentleman in Westport, Mass. They had some wear from use.
Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers is still accepting quality submissions for future auctions, with commissions as low as zero percent. This would be the perfect time to clean out your attic. To contact Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers regarding the consignment of a single piece or an entire collection, you can email [email protected]. Or, you can call them at 401-533-9980.
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