June 2017 Summer Estates Auction | Post-Auction Report & Prices Realized
ATLANTA, Ga. – A fine array of art, decorative arts, and furniture led the charge at Ahlers & Ogletree’s June 10 & 11 Summer Estates Auction, as a Theodor Karner Malachowski Blanc de Chine Hussar Figurine soared to $25,000, a Louis XV Style Red Marble Top Console Table sold for $9,500, a Mexican Renaissance oil on canvas work by Jorge Gonzalez Camarena hammered for $15,000, and a pair of works by Athos Menaboni on Nakora wood finished at $9,500. Overall the auction grossed around $700,000.
Bidding was strong at the two-day weekend sale with the total of in-house, phone, and absentee bidders numbering over 500, LiveAuctioneers.com registrations nearing 10,000, and three other online platforms registering more than 3,000 bidders.
Theodor Karner’s blanc de chine Hussar figurine designed for the Allach Porcelain Factory was the leading runner surpassing its pre-auction estimate of $1,000-$2,000 and selling to a phone bidder for $25,000 plus buyer’s premium. The glossy white figural porcelain sculpture measured about 16” wide and depicted a German Hussar figure on horseback. Noted condition issues to the work contributed to the conservative estimate, but the object’s scarcity and collectibility drove bidding high in the end. The work came from the Private Collection of Susan Knowles, Atlanta, GA, whose collection also furnished several other top lots of the sale.
Another leading lot for the sale was a modern oil on canvas work by Mexican Renaissance artist Jorge Gonzalez Camarena (1908-1980) entitled “Muchachas Celebrando un Rito Magico” which brought special interest from bidders around the country and world. The modern figural painting, possibly a preparatory work, depicted a mystical scene with abstracted nudes in rich earth tones. After vigorous bidding, the painting eventually sold to an in-house bidder for $15,000 plus buyer’s premium.
Finally, a pair of works by Italian-American artist Athos Menaboni (1895-1990), lotted separately, painted on panels of the now extinct Japanese Nakora wood and depicting birds amid flora, brought a collective $9,500 plus buyer’s premium. The works came from the Estate of Mr. Herbert and Mrs. Patricia Matthews, Atlanta, GA and sold to an online bidder.
Other notable lots include a pair of sterling silver 3-light candelabrum by Buccellati selling for $3,250 plus premium, four bronze works by Vermont artist Jud Hartmann depicting Native American figures selling for a total of $11,700 plus premium, a superb Tiffany & Co. sterling silver tea set circa 1860 finishing at $4,750 plus premium, an ink on paperboard work by Russian artist Pavel Tchelitchew (1898-1957) selling within range for $3,000 plus premium, and a southern stoneware storage jar attributed to Dave Drake (aka Dave the Slave) selling for $2,250 plus premium.
Ahlers & Ogletree’s next auction is scheduled for August 5 & 6 and will present a range of items from various estates and collections. Details will be made public in the coming weeks and the auction is expected to be available for online bidding the week of July 17th.
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