Dan Ripley’s Antique Helper Starts 2006 On the Right Foot

(Indianapolis, Indiana) Dan Ripley’s Antique Helper started the year right with three consecutive months of solidly successful auctions. From a solid Art and Antiques auction in January, to a strong February sale featuring Asian Antiques in February, to the popular Fishing Lures and Collectibles auction and Art and Antiques featuring Mission to Modern, the house was t typically filled to capacity, with even more bidders registered to participate via telephone, internet or absentee bidding. All prices listed herein include a 12.5% buyer’s premium for floor bidders, 17.5% for telephone and absentee bidders and 22.5% for all eBay bidders.

JANUARY

The year’s premier auction on Sunday, January 29th was the very definition of a Fine Arts and Antiques Auction. It was standing room only at this 2006 premier auction, the showroom packed to capacity with a crowd freshly roused from brief winter hibernation, eager to feather their nests with choice items carefully gathered by the Antique Helper Staff through the early weeks of the New Year. Opening the catalogued portion of the sale was a vintage Louis Vuitton Trunk, equipped with a pedigree and linage all its own. Found in New York, this trunk garnered much pre-sale attention, not only for the obvious desirability of such an item, but also for the famous name stenciled to its side: HEARST. Adding to the derivation, the base of the trunk retained several old shipping labels showing origination at Pleasanton, CA, which is the locale of Hacienda del Pozo de Verona, home of Phoebe Hearst, mother of American publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst. Estimated between $2,500 and $5,000, the trunk sold just over high estimate at $6,462.50 to a London-based telephone bidder.

Quadrupling high estimate was an important pair of Cantagalli Italian Majolica mythological faience candlesticks, depicting Ganymede and Zeus with a blue Cockerel mark, from Firenze, Italy. Despite some damage and repairs, this fine pair (est. $500-$800) realized a fantastic $4593.75, going to an eBay bidder.

Two fine bronzes were offered in this sale. The first, "Jeune Pecheur Dansant" (Happy Young Fisherman), was a 19th Century cast from a model by Francisque-Joseph Duret (French, 1804-1865), bringing $3,407.05 from a telephone bidder. Going to the same bidder was an unmarked, 32” high antique mythological bronze of Ganymede with eagle, in the style of Francois Rude, which more than doubled high estimate of $2,000, selling for $4,993.75.

Art glass made a strong showing, including a signed, 12 ¾” Auguste Jean European art glass vase in the Japanese style of the Aesthetic Victorian movement. Crafted of blue glass with amethyst glass applications and enamel decor of butterflies and snails, this lovely piece sold to an absentee bidder for $1,292.50. Later, a Mount Washington Royal Flemish art glass Roman Coin biscuit jar, 7 1/2" tall with a quadraplate top and crafted in stained glass appeal with gold accents sold within estimate at $1,837.50, to an eBay bidder.

But the true show-stopper of the day was “Along the Creek,” a signed painting depicting a landscape in Lyme, Connecticut by Wilson Irvine (American, 1869-1936). Receiving much pre-auction attention, this 24” x 27” oil on canvas more than doubled high estimate of $8,000, selling for $22,662.50, to an eBay bidder.

Following in the steps of such a phenomenal sale, February’s art and antiques auction was nothing to shake a stick at. Featuring a strong emphasis on Asian art and antiques gleaned from several collections, there was a strong representation of collectors taking part in the sale.

Also offered in this sale was a fine representation of glass, including several lots by R. Lalique. Of special note was a 10 ½” R. Lalique Coupe Nemours green stained bowl, created 1929 having a motif of graduating rows of flower heads with green enameled centers. Embossed mark, ‘R. Lalique France’, in block letters in basin, it sold for ($1250).