Success was written all over the Thursday, June 9 auction at Dan Ripley�s Antique Helper in Indianapolis, Indiana. This Art and Antiques auction was cut from the finest mold, featuring items for nearly every kind of collector and art and antique dealer. From antique quilts and sewing collectibles to silver and Tiffany, as well as a fine selection of semi-antique Persian rugs, the selection was varied and sales were strong. But the greatest contribution to this Thursday auction is attributed to a large consignment from the Farber Gallery in Indianapolis, Indiana, including an impressive variety of American and European paintings, prints and drawings as well as a notable selection of bronzes. Due to an aggressive advertising campaign, this auction garnered national attention as telephone, eBay and absentee bidders prepared for the auction days in advance, and floor bidders, many of whom previewed the sale on Wednesday, arrived early to take part in an active and exciting sale. All prices noted include a 10% buyer�s premium for floor bidders and a 15% buyer�s premium for telephone, absentee and eBay bidders.
FINE SEWING FINDS
The auction, called by Antique Helper Auctioneer DeWayne Butler, opened with a collection of more than 60 antique sewing items, including thimbles, tatting tools, pin cushions and an array of sterling silver chatelaines. An antique cast iron Victorian sewing bird clamp with pin cushion sold for $161. One antique silver linked multi-figural chatelaine with a dolphin fish charm sold for $165, while another chatelaine, with Birmingham 1864 hallmarks on back, including a cased writing pencil, aide memo with two sheets bone or ivory and a pin cushion sold for $218.50.
Also offered in this portion of the sale were four vintage 1930s quilts, all selling within estimate. An unlaundered appliqu� �Sun Bonnet Baby� quilt sold for $345, while a lovely pink and green unlaundered appliqu� floral basket quilt more than doubled high estimate, selling for $603.75.
Sterling silver lots included offerings by Tiffany & Co., Mexican Sterling, as well as plenty of English sterling. Of special note was a Black, Starr & Frost sterling figural jointed teddy bear with attached posy vase, which sold for $488.75, to an absentee bidder, and a William Spratling Mexican sterling silver cuff bracelet, selling for $920. Two Tapio Wirkkala offerings included a water pitcher with teak handle, designed for Kultakeskus Oy, of rare copper cylindrical form with sliver plated interior, which sold for $496.25, and a rare coffee or tea set with teak handle and finial, also designed for Kultakeskus Oy, which sold for $891.25. Two more Scandinavian pieces by Tapio Wirkkala, this time in glass, also fared extremely well. A rare Iceberg Scandinavian art glass vase sold for $1437.50, and an Iceberg cut glass low vase sold for $747.50. A Tiffany Furnaces enameled gold Dore bronze trumpet vase, circa early 20th century brought a comfortable $575, while a Tiffany Studios Chinese pattern bronze inkwell with colorless glass liner sold for $488.75.
A few larger furnishing pieces were offered, bringing great prices. A Stickley Brothers Mission oak stand of quatersawn oak sold for $661.25, and an amazing Victorian converted brass floor oil lamp with tri-Griffon form feet sold for $2,070. Following the Victorian route, a heavily carved French antique Louis XVI style bed, circa 1880, is finding a new home in Las Vegas, selling for $2,415. A hand carved Synagogue relic arm chair with inlaid Star of David panel back and scrolled cornice sold for $488.75.
Consigned from the Farber Gallery of Art were a total of 37 bronze sculptures, including works by Antoine-Louis Barye, Moreau, T. Cartier, Fremiet, Carier-Belleuse, Epple and the Barbedienne Foundry. Sales were strong overall in this area; �Troika in Wait,� a bronze group by Ievgueni (Lansere) Lanceray (Russian, 1848-1886) sold for $6,325, while �Walking Tiger,� a bronze by Antioine-Louis Bayre sold for $7,475. A Valsuani cire perdue bronze head of a boy, in the style of Edgar Degas, mounted on a marble base, sold for $3,737.50. Two different versions of Jean D�Arc by Emmanuel Fremiet (French, 1824-1910) brought different results. The first, of bronze, brought $5,750, while the other, of gilt bronze, realized $2,415. Other impressive sellers included a French Bronze Allegory of History, �Histoire,� by Emmanuelle Villanis (wk. 1880-1920), which closed at $2,640, and a draped nude bronze by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (French, 1824-1887), which sold for $1,725.
THE FINEST FINE ART
Bronzes aside, it was the strong representation of fine art, mostly gleaned from the Farber Art Gallery, that made this auction truly shine. With well-known names like Charles Lapique, Rauol Dufy, Jacques Villon, DeWitt Clinton Boutelle, with the addition of offerings by William Merritt Chase and Pablo Picasso.
It was a 1969 color lithograph by Pablo Picasso that got things rolling. �Imaginary Portrait,� a color lithograph, signed and dated 6-4-69, closed at $632.50. Meanwhile, a color print by fellow Spaniard Salvador Dali (1904-1989), �Dove-like Eyes of the Bride,� closed at $460. But this was only the beginning. �Lake Leuake,� 1879 oil on canvas by self-taught 19th century painter DeWitt Clinton Boutelle (American, 1817-1884) sold for $2,875, while another Boutelle, an 1879 lake landscape with gazebo sold for $1,670.
The first of several offerings by French artist Jacques Villon (1875-1963), a signed oil on canvas portrait sold for $1,322.50, while a signed watercolor horse drawn wagon scene, closed at $2,875. A watercolor study, also by Villon, closed at $805, and an oil on board depicting a statue closed at $3,737.50. The final trio of works by Villon demonstrated the potential range in price for art by the same artist. The first, a studio portrait in ink wash and gouache on paper sold for $431.25, while a 1960 portrait of a girl, executed in oil and ink on canvas board saw $4,312.50; �Portrait of a Man,� a 1928 study in oil on board sold for an impressive $4,600.
More French artists made the ranks, including Raoul Dufy (1877-1953), whose �La Baie des Anges a Nice,� a shoreline serigraph print, sold for for $275, while a pen and ink figure study by Georges Roualt (1871-1958) brought $1,782.50.
There was plenty of other fine art to be had, including a still life by Hoosier Salon painter Isabel White, which sold for $287.50 and a 1950 ink on paper village scene by Maurice de Vlaminck (French, 1876-1956) closing at $660. Among a trio of paintings by Jean Fous (French, 1901-1971) was �La Parade de Cirque,� an oil on canvas, selling for $412.50. A large 19th century portrait of a Saint Bernard Dog by English painter Marie E. Hilton brought a loyal $467.50 and a harbor watercolor by pre 1940s landscape/coastal painter L. Edmund Klotz sold for $825.
Contemporary Kentucky folk artist Steve L. Cull was represented in three lots, selling between $575 and $603.75, and a still life, oil on canvas by New Jersey painter Marion D. Harris (b. 1904) sold for $1,667.50. Meanwhile, a late 19th century landscape by Daniel Charles Grose (American, 1864-1890), nicely presented in a gilded frame with a corn cob outer border, sold for $546.25; better still, �Sunset Marine� by American artist Dey DeRibcowsky (American, 1880-1936) brought $920, and a beautiful oil on canvas by John Zwara (American, 1880-1951), �Golden Gate, San Francisco, Cal.,� dated 1945, realized $852.50. Ending the auction was a stunning Mountain landscape in the manner of California artist William Wendt (American 1865-1946), selling for $4,600.
Among the more impressive portraits offered in this auction was a portrait of a lady by Sir Peter Lely (British, 1618-1680), or possibly a collaboration from his studio. Reportedly a depiction of Anne Hyde, Duchess of York, this very large piece sold for $2,300 to a California collector. A few centuries newer, but encouraging livelier bidding was �Portrait of Mr. Drindel,� an oil on canvas by William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916), painted during his studies at the Royal Munich Academy 1870s. Another consignment from the Farber Gallery of Art, this painting sold for an impressive $8,050.
But it was French artist, Charles Lepicque (1898-1988), whose work truly stole the show. Starting quietly with a signed serigraph which sold for $192.50, the momentum swiftly started to increase. A 1961 oil on canvas, �Chasse Au Tigre,� exceeded high estimate, selling for $10,350, and a simple ink sketch on paper brought $690, but, most impressively, �Tennis Party,� a large 1965 oil on canvas, sold for a solid $12,075.
Antique Helper�s next auction, including Americana, Native American and Military artifacts, will take place on Sunday, June 26th at 1 PM. Consignments are still being accepted for July auctions that include a Discovery auction scheduled for Thursday, July 14th at 10 AM and an Art and Antiques auction scheduled on July 24th at 1:00 PM. Fall sales include a September Jewelry auction, Mission and Modern in October, as well as monthly Art and Antiques auctions.