ATLANTA, Ga. – A vibrant and colorful four-panel oil on canvas painting by Nyoman Gunarsa (Indonesian, 1944-2017), titled Balinese dancers, impressive at a combined 106 ¼ inches by 107 inches, sold for $20,000 at a three-day Fine Estates & Collections auction held August 25-27 by Ahlers & Ogletree. The paint was the top performer of the three-day, 1,289-lot event.
Balinese dancers came to auction with a modest estimate of $500-$700, but bidders quickly blew that and more. The series of four panels depicted women in the foreground in different poses and a group of dancing women in the background. The unframed work was signed and dated by the artist on the lower right panel and was consigned from a private collection in Atlanta.
Session 1, Thursday, August 25, featured 362 lots of Asian and ethnographic arts. Session 2, the next day, contained 396 lots of modern and mid-century modern art and design, jewelry and silverware. The last session, August 27, had 529 lots of antiques and period artwork. By the time the last lot finally found a new home, bidding had totaled $1.39 million.
Here are more highlights from the auction. About 900 to 1,000 people bid on Ahlers & Ogletree’s auction platform, bid.AandOAuctions.com, as well as LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Telephone and correspondence offers were also taken. Live and in-person previews were held at Ahlers & Ogletree’s Atlanta gallery. All prices quoted include a 25% buyer’s premium.
Balinese dancers was perhaps the highlight lot of Session 1, but in its wake was a Tibetan polychrome painted wooden door depicting a guardian spirit with a tiger on a chain in a skyscape. The 58 ½ inch by 40 inch door was attached to a red painted wood frame with red metal hardware. Again, the estimate was modest ($200-$400), but the door sold for $17,500.
Slightly more was paid for the pair of Chinese blue and white porcelain phoenix tail vases, 17 inches tall, which ended up at $18,750 (compared to a pre-sale estimate of $1,000-2,000). $). The Fengweizun figural vases were each decorated with male figures and bats in a landscape and rested on wooden stands. One had a character ink stamp, but the pair were apparently unmarked.
A Japanese Satsuma vase from the Meiji period (1868-1912), about 23 inches high and beautifully decorated with enamels and gilding ($8,750), was also part of the Session 1 winner’s circle. featured a meticulously painted courtyard scene on one side and cherry blossoms and a lake in the background on the other side. The mark said: “Made by Ryuzan in the Satsuma Kingdom of Imperial Japan”.
Two Session 2 lots reached identical prices of $18,750. The first was a large pair of Aspen Art guardian lions, both 56 inches tall. The cast bronze garden sculptures were modeled as opposed seated lions and each had a pleasing patina. The lot easily topped the $4,000-$6,000 estimate.
The second was an untitled Sam Francis Paint Splatter (California, 1923-1994), one of two Sam Francis Paint Splatter paintings in the auction. Untitled SF 78 was an acrylic and mixed-media abstract monotype on laid paper, featuring geometric shapes and yellow stripes. The painting was signed by Francis in the lower right and housed in a frame measuring 37 ¾ inches by 32 ½ inches.
Two other Session 2 lots also posted high realized prices ($13,750). One was an untitled bronze sculpture by Frank Fleming (Ala., 1940-2018) of a turtle with a lizard on its back and holding an umbrella with a seated frog. The 10 ¼ inch tall sculpture has been signed in the mold on the underside.
The other was a pair of Versace double socket table lamps mounted in gilt bronze and green marble. Each had an artichoke finial, black gold “Barocco” hue, double arms and laurel bands on the bodies, and medusa heads and Greek key bands on the base.
Rounding out Session 2 is an 88-inch, unmarked 18-light iron and bronze chandelier by Naos Forge ($11,875). The bespoke “Verona” chandelier was in the style of the Renaissance, featuring a three-tiered scrollwork frame with applied foliate decoration.
Let’s move on to Session 3, where a bronze and marble bank table acquired by Amadeo P. Giannini, President of the Bank of Italy (now known as Bank of America) changed hands for $11,250. The table has resided in the lobby of the Bank of Italy in San Francisco for years.
A Civil War velum military commission, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, appointing William H. Walcott (American 1828/1830-1901), “First Lieutenant in the 17th Regiment of Infantry” on August 19, 1861 framed, went to a bidder for $9,375.
A Mid-Century Italian optical illusion secretary bookcase painted in the style of Eugene Berman and Fernand Renard, 73 inches by 39 ½ inches, depicting messy open shelving, a disorganized slanted front desk, and messy drawers with hanging papers, fetched $15,000.
An oil on canvas, half-length portrait by Nathaniel Hone the Elder (Irish/British, 1718-1784) of Lord Fielding, a gentleman in scarlet and blue military uniform with his hand on the hilt of a sword, 29 ½ inches by 23 inches (view, minus frame), hammer for $10,000.
An Upson oil on panel painting by one of the legendary Florida Highwaymen – Harold Newton (1934-1994) – of palm trees and pelicans on a beautiful day, signed by the artist lower right and measures 23 inches on 17 inches (view, minus frame), ordered $7,500.
A pair of 19th century oak needlepoint library chairs, probably English, unmarked and each having needlepoint floral upholstery, scrollwork cresting, barley twist detailing and rising legs front-turned with casters, fetched $6,875. Plus, a Tiffany Studios bronze floor lamp, 58 inches tall with an adjustable bell-shaped harp, the bell-shaped mosaic shade has an acorn pattern, the base signed “Tiffany Studios / NY / 423 H”, changed hands for $5,625.
Ahlers & Ogletree’s next big event will be a two-day Fall Fine Estates & Collections auction scheduled for the weekend of October 28-29. Watch the website for more details.
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