The auction on Saturday, January 3rd at Dan Ripley’s Antique Helper in Indianapolis,
Indiana may not have been as jam packed with fabulous finds as previous auctions,
but the goods to be had were rare and wonderful, proving that it is more often
the quality of the items offered than the quantity that makes for a memorable
sale. As with every auction at Dan Ripley’s Antique Helper, the final price of
an item does not include the buyer’s premium,10% for floor bidders and 15% for
internet, added to all lots.
From rough antique farming implements to elegant silver tea sets, there was
something to whet the appetite of every collector. A collection of vintage cookie
jars by McCoy and Shawnee added a whimsical note alongside more high end art
glass pieces by Tiffany and Galle. Proving that there’s fun in whimsy, the cookie
jars, most from the 1940s and 50s brought between $80 and $400, the art glass
tipped the scales with a Galle’ cameo art glass vase closing right on the estimated
mark at $4,100 to a telephone bidder and a Tiffany Favrile iridescent glass
vase closing at $425, just above its low estimate of $400.
As with every sale at Dan Ripley’s Antique Helper, there was plenty of art
to go around. From a fine selection of 19th century bronze busts and figures
to more than 70 prints and paintings, art enthusiasts had an exciting opportunity
to bid on works that included four paintings by W.A. Eyden, selling between
$250-$325; one work by Clifton Wheeler, bringing $475; a piece by John Zwara
ending at $500; and African American artist J.W. Hardwick whose work brought
between $2,000-$3,000. Among these two dimensional works was an 1860 signed
Whistler etching, selling below the estimated $3,000-$4,000 at $1,150 to an
eBay bidder. But, perhaps most intriguing was a pen and ink drawing by Pablo
Picasso. Coming from the estate of a wealthy global traveler whose family had
a relationship with the artist. This drawing was discovered in a box of antique
picture frames, purchased at an estate sale in 1984. Hidden between a cardboard
tray, face down in the bottom of the box, this is a treasure that could have
been lost forever. Finding its way to Dan Ripley’s Antique Helper, the 4 3/8"
x 3 3/8" pen and ink drawing sold just above its low estimate at $3,500,
plus 15% buyer’s premium to an eBay bidder. This item was sold with an extended
return policy, allowing the purchaser time to have the piece authenticated.
The sale was filled with plenty of other exciting moments, including the sale
of a Tiffany gold Dore harp style table lamp base stamped "Tiffany Studios
613." Slightly out of shape, missing its screw cap at top and rewired,
the lamp, guaranteed to authenticity and sold condition as-is and expected to
bring between $300 and $600, surprised everyone when the bidding closed at $1,150
to an eBay bidder.
But the applause provoking moment of the day came with the sale of an Oscar
Bach signed deco bronze table lamp, with mica shade, circa 1925. With some wear
and roughness to the original patina, this fine example of Art Deco craftsmanship
and design sparked the interest of bidders nationally, finally closing at $7,750,
plus 15% buyer’s premium, far exceeding the expected $1,500-$3,000.
Certainly a sale worth talking about, virtually no one went home empty handed,
many bidders even scooping up some less conspicuous uncatalogued items that
included a fine depression era pen and ink drawing of a pair of Scottie dogs
selling for $45, an Old Hickory side chair selling for $225 and an assortment
of pottery and glass.