ATLANTA, Georgia – A 1923 oil on canvas by famous American landscape painter John Fulton Folinsbee (1892-1972), titled New Hope River, sold for $ 165,200, and a significant 18-karat gold, emerald and diamond pendant necklace found a new owner for $ 35,400 at the Ahlers & Ogletree Gallery’s annual Signature Estates New Year’s auction, which s ‘is held from January 6 to 7.
The two-day event, typically one of the biggest auctions on Ahlers & Ogletree’s calendar, took place in the company’s gallery at 715 Miami Circle in Atlanta. Over 1,000 quality lots, mostly from prominent local estates and collections, were offered in a sale that grossed approximately $ 1.17 million. A whopping 460 people attended the auction in person, despite the cold winter weather.
John Fulton Folinsbee was a member of the New Hope, Pennsylvania Art Colony. He is best known for his Impressionist scenes in New Hope (the painting sold was an example) and Lambertville, NJ New Hope River measured 31½ inches by 37½ inches in frame and was accompanied by a letter from Folinsbee to Hugh Richardson, the Atlanta collector who acquired the painting in 1924.
A determined telephone bidder has claimed the pendant of the necklace in gold, emerald and diamonds, crafted in 18k white gold (25 grams) and set with 18 modern round brilliant-cut diamonds (total weight of 1.29 carats), plus one cut diamond rose and six fancy-shaped diamonds. The pendant also featured 19 cabochon emeralds (22.99 carats in total) and one large, oval faceted emerald (11.17 carats in total).
Here are additional highlights from the auction. Internet auctions were facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com (over 5,000 registered bidders, 1,027 auctions placed); Invaluable.com (over 4,000 registered bidders, 1,314 bids placed); and bid.AandOAuctions.com (247 registered bidders, 312 bids placed). The 95 telephone and absent bidders combined to place 371 bids.
Session 1, Saturday January 6, focused on American art, furniture, decorative arts, modern design, contemporary art and a large collection of black and white photographs. Session 2 the next day featured English and Continental art, period antique furniture, antique lighting and textiles, and fine pieces of sterling silver. All prices shown include the buyer’s premium.
The collection of black and white photographs included works signed by such luminaries as Robert Mapplethorpe, Joel-Peter Wiltkin, John Coplans, Jimmy de Sana, George Platt Lynes and others. A gelatin silver print signed by famous photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (Am., 1946-1989), titled Patrice (1977), dated and numbered (3 of 5) in ink, hammered for $ 14,880.
One lot combined photography with works of art. It was a mixed media self-portrait in charcoal on a photograph by Arnulf Rainer (Austrian, born 1929), titled Stupid prayers for forgiveness (1976). The 25 ¾ inch by 30 ¾ inch artwork (in frame) has been signed, dated and inscribed and has previously been on display at the Emory University Museum of Art & Archeology in Atlanta. It brought in $ 13,640.
A collage of acrylic and charcoal on paper by Juliao Sarmento (Portuguese, born 1948), titled Arena (1985), apparently unsigned and impressive at 69 ¼ inches by 59 ½ inches (inset), went for $ 19,360; and a late 19th century oil on canvas mounted on panel by William Picknell (Am., 1853-1897), titled French coast, artist signed and 42 ¾ inches by 54 ½ inches, is $ 14,160.
A rare set of hand painted French porcelain “Black Shoulder” designed by Van Day Truex (Am., 1904-1979) for Tiffany & Co., with the 103 pieces from the private stock set inscribed by Tiffany on the base , with Marques Atelier Le Talec, realized $ 12,400; while a large set of sterling silver cutlery from Tiffany & Company in the Chrysanthemum motif sold for exactly the same amount.
In the furniture category, an English Arts & Crafts Mahogany Inlaid Wingback Chair, made in the 20th century from the estate of historical and architectural author William R. Mitchell, Jr., fetched $ 8,470; and an unmarked 19th-century French Louis XV-style parquet-inlaid serpentine-fronted chest of drawers in satinwood, gilded metal and marble, unmarked, changed hands for $ 6,050.
Rounding out the top auction winners, a magnificent Chinese Qing Dynasty porcelain vase, measuring 15 inches high, cost $ 3,025. The hand-painted tianqiuping bottle vase decorated with famille rose enamel featured a pattern of peaches, birds, flower vases, ruyi scepters and other precious objects. Made in the 19th century or a little earlier, the vase was marked on the underside with double cobalt rings.
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