BEACHWOOD, Ohio – An oil painting by Japanese-American artist Kikuo Saito (1939-2016), a colorful Parisian street scene by Constantin Kluge (French, 1912-2003) and a large stoneware vessel by Claude Conover (American, 1907–1994) all finished well above their high estimates at the Neue Auctions online art and antiques auction on Saturday, October 30.
The Saito painting, titled Summer ghost (1997) was the top lot of the sale, finishing at $ 14,760 against an estimate of $ 7,000 to $ 10,000. The work, 50 inches by 57 ¾ inches (at sight, minus the frame), was signed, titled and dated. Saito was an abstract painter linked to the Color Field movement and lyrical abstraction. His paintings infused colorful landscapes saturated with delicately drawn lines.
There were two Kluge oils on offer. The Parisian urban landscape, titled Place de la Madeleine, signed and 40 inches by 46 inches, as framed, went for $ 9,840 against an estimate of $ 5,000 to $ 8,000; while the aptly titled Village on a river, artist signed lower right and with a canvas size of 28 ½ inches by 36 inches, changed hands for $ 3,444, which was in the estimate of $ 2,000 to $ 4,000.
Claude Conover’s very large, ovoid-shaped, shouldered stoneware vessel with a circular mouth and signed at the base, measuring 23 inches high, exceeded its estimate of $ 4,000 to $ 6,000 to bring in 8,610 $. The large size of this structure is reminiscent of how Conover pushes the limits of the ceramic structure here. Conover was educated locally at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
The auction contained a total of 334 lots of works of art, antiques, jewelry, rugs, furniture and decorative arts. “Neue Auctions consistently achieves the highest market prices for fine art across a wide range of collection categories,” said Cynthia Maciejewski of Neue Auctions. “The October 30 auction had a wide variety of art and antiques for everyone.”
Here are additional highlights from the auction. Internet auctions have been facilitated by Liveauctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidsquare.com. All prices listed include a 23 percent purchase premium.
Many things exceeded expectations including a pair of Chinese painted panels, each painted in ink and color on silk with immortals with various accessories, 60 inches by 32 inches, which cost $ 7,380 against an estimate of $ 500 to $ 1,000; and a color woodcut on paper by Max Pechstein (German, 1881-1995), entitled Sweaters (1912), signed lower right and inscribed lower left, 7 ½ inches by 12 inches (image). It grossed $ 5,227, easily beating the estimate of $ 300 to $ 500.
A 19th-century Khotan hand-woven woolen rug, made in East Turkestan, ended up being the third best lot in the auction, selling for $ 9,840, more than the ship Conover and exceeding its presale estimate. from $ 3,000 to $ 5,000. The 22-foot-by-11-foot-1 rug had a vase and pomegranate pattern on a bright blue field, with the borders having patterns of floral scrolls, medallions, and clouds.
The sterling silver category was led by a large monteith Tiffany & Company, circa 1966, oval shaped with a raised scallop edge on baroque style scroll legs, weighing 109.37 oz. Troy ($ 4,305); and an international sterling silver cutlery set in the Royal Danish pattern, monogrammed and in vintage condition with normal wear and tear from use, weighing approximately 159.82 oz. Troy ($ 3,705).
Other silver bundles included a simplified mid-century Japanese 950 silver tea set featuring a teapot, coffee maker, creamer, and covered sugar with imprinted markings, weighing 67.48 oz. Troy ($ 1,476); and a fine Gorham sterling silver cutlery set for twelve, with all coins monogrammed on the handles and properly marked, weighing approximately 145.83 troy ounces. ($ 2,952).
The sale featured a fine collection of American curly maple furniture, including a pretty 19th century curly maple dining table with an intricately figured rectangular single-plank top and two single-plank leaves ($ 2,337); and a beautifully figured 19th century wavy maple two-drawer rack finished on all sides and raised on turned legs, 30 inches high ($ 1,722).
Additional American furniture included an 18th-century Chippendale mahogany chest of drawers with a rectangular top over four long graduated drawers with flanking quarter reed columns ($ 3,690); and a small 18th century mahogany Queen Anne door-legged table having a circular top with two drooping leaves and raised on cabriole legs ending in padded legs, 25 inches high ($ 1,722).
The original oil paintings featured an oil on canvas marine with ships by John Bentham-Dinsdale (British, 1927–2008), titled The Frolic and Wasp Off Bermuda (1722); a group of four framed oils on canvas by André Michel (French, born 1945), all Parisian street scenes ($ 1,353); and a Continental School oil on canvas, Venus on a Dolphin with Cupids, beautifully framed ($ 1,353).
The Asian lots were led by a Chinese peach blossom glaze vase with an applied dragon, a shoulder shape with a long neck surrounded by a dragon from edge to shoulder, 9 ½ inches tall, with the mark six-character Qing Kangxi in underglaze blue ($ 2,460); and a Kangxi-style, hexagonal-shaped family green tea tin decorated with an allover design with creatures ($ 1,169).
Two of the most visually appealing lots on sale were a pair of 75-inch-high brass and Lucite Ionic column flares, with shades of brass on an Ionic scroll on rectangular Lucite column shapes and square bases in brass ($ 3,690); and a late 19th century mold-blown opalescent coin bottle in ruby glass with a swirl pattern shoulder and base. Despite the lack of a cap, it sold for $ 1,169.
Neue Auctions has become renowned for bringing wild and wonderful items to its sales, and this one is no exception. Here are some of the more eclectic offers on offer:
- An oil on canvas from the 18th century French school Portrait of an actress, the subject was probably a man disguised as a woman (as women were systematically refused acting activities at the time) ($ 800).
- A Chief Lelooska (Nez Pearce, died 1996) painted an eagle mask (1967), made from carved polychrome wood, copper, hair, feathers and raffia, 23 inches tall ( $ 861).
- A large and spectacular Chinese scholar’s boulder made from steep C-shaped curved stone with holes in the beige colored stone, in a four-legged carved wooden stand, 16 inches high ($ 615).
- Unique and colored bench in blown glass, cut and assembled and painted aluminum made circa 2004 by Therman Statom (Florida, born 1953), approximately 65 inches long ($ 1,230).
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