Chinese Antiques tilt the scales at Antique Helper
Indianapolis, Indiana (March 23, 2011) Chinese Antiques were front and center at Antique Helper’s March 19 Art and Antiques Auction Featuring Asian Antiques. New market prices were set as lot after lot managed to bring prices far beyond expectations.
The action started in full-swing early in the sale, when the second lot offered, a Chinese Cloisonné footed hexagonal planter brought nearly 20 times expected high estimate. The bidding ended at a head-spinning $16,000.
Chinese Cloisonne footed hexagonal planter: $16,000
Strong bidding continued as bidders watched a blue and white Chinese Kangxi porcelain beaker vase (est. $3,000-$5,000) sail past high estimate as well, bringing an amazing hammer price of $23,000.
Chinese Kangxi porcelain beaker vase: $23,000
Strong sales continued throughout this session. Among a selection of Chinese Sang De Boeuf (Oxblood) glazed porcelain was a pair of late 18th-early 19th Century storage jars (est. $500-$900). They easily managed to surpass high estimate, with a price of $1,200. Bringing an even more impressive price was a Chinese Oxblood vase mounted as a lamp (est. 150-$300). After heavy telephone and Internet bidding, the hammer dropped at $4,000.
Chinese Oxblood porcelain vase mounted as a lamp: $4,000
A wonderful collection of Chinese and Japanese bronze censees received much pre-sale attention. These items sold consistently well, with several exceeding expectations. Among the superstars of this session was a Chinese Ming Dynasty gold splash bronze Xuande tripod censor (est. $1,000-$2,000), which brought $2,300.
Another Ming Dynasty Xuande censer / incense burner (est. $500-$800) fared even better, brining a winning bid of $4,000.
It was a Ming Dynasty Xuande tripod censer with a Xuande Nian Zhi cast mark that ultimately stole the show. Equipped with a reasonable estimate of $2,000-$4,000, this desirable piece sold to a Internet bidder for $10,000.
Chinese Ming Dynasty bronze Xuande Nian Zhi tripod censer and base: $10,000.
A set of Persian Ottoman Empire style onlaid armor, including khula kud (helmet), chain mail and shield received much pre-sale attention. It sold within estimate, going to an Artfact bidder for $5,000.
Middle Eastern (Persian) onlaid armor: $5,000
This was a great auction for traditional art and antiques as well. A pair of tall Victorian Eastlake style display cabinets (est. $400-$700) brought a hammer price of $1,150 from a floor bidder. Going the same way was an Eastlake style dresser, which sold within estimate at $550.
Pair of tall Victorian Eastlake style display cabinets: $1,150
Fans of Victorian painting had the opportunity to bid on an exceptional British school landscape, signed L. Kubler. This bucolic scene, featuring grazing sheep and cattle, sold within estimate at $1,000.
Among a group of New York City related maps and prints was an 1856 Currier and Ives large format chromolithograph, “The City of New York.” Expected to bring between $600 and $900, it brought $1,600. An early map of the Americas (est. $100-$200), from a 1631 imprint also exceeded expectations, with a hammer price of $1,050.
Currier & Ives "The City of New York," 1856. (Estimate: 600-$900) Realized: $1,600
An impressive Quezal heart and vine iridescent art glass lamp and shade received much pre-sale attention. While it was noted that this lamp had some restoration to its foot, it had no trouble surpassing its high estimate of $2,500, bringing a winning bid of $3,500 from an Internet bidder.
Quezal heart and vine art glass lamp and shade. (Estimate $1,500-$2,500) Realized: $3,500.
Antique Helper is no stranger to the works of Italian Sculptor, Edgardo Simone (1890-1958). After making its mark with an historic auction from this early 20th Century artist’s estate in December of 2005, the company has had additional opportunities to sell Simone works at subsequent auctions.
The most recent bronze statue to find its way to an Antique Helper auction catalog was an art deco depiction Diana the Huntress. Expected to bring between $2,000 and $3,000, this bronze beauty hit the mark at $3,750, selling to an Art Fact bidder.
Edgardo Simone Diana the Huntress (Estimate $2,000-$3,000) Realized: $3,750
There was plenty of room for whimsy in this auction. A session that included antique dolls, skateboards, pedal cars and other toys garnered the attention of collectors and generated a great deal of online attention on Antique Helper’s Facebook page.
The undisputed champion in this area was, without a doubt a Schwinn Grey Ghost Stingray bicycle. Proving that nothing speaks more loudly to a collector than memories, this Holy Grail of childhood transportation sparked a lively and nostalgic dialog among Antique Helper fans. It sold just below estimate, at $500, to a very happy floor bidder.
Another, more grown-up plaything presented itself in the form of a vintage Jennings five cent Sun Chief slot machine. It sold within estimate for $2,000 to a lucky floor bidder.
Vintage Jennings five cent Sun Chief slot machine. (Estimate: $1,800-$2,000) Realized: $2,000.
Aside from the gold jewelry and rings that were offered in this auction, there was a single piece of sterling jewelry that shone brighter than the rest: A vintage Spratling silver Aztec sunburst bracelet sold nicely within estimate at $1,250.