OCTOBER 2013 HIGHLIGHTS
Lot 18: Jan Van Goyen oil on panel
sold for $96,000
Lot 175: Cartier Emerald, Diamond
& Onyx Ring, sold for $43,200
L0t 347: Silver and Lapis Box,
sold for $30,000
Lot 667: Pair of Chinese Vases,
sold for $36,000
Lot 542: Aaron Willard Tall Case Clock,
sold for $19,200
25th Anniversary Highlights
Lot 133: Marvin Cone, Sold $51,000
Lot 316: Louis XVI Table Des Muses,
Lot 269: Roy Lichtenstein,
Lot 725: American Silver Aztec Vase,
The Elli Buk Collection
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Top Lot 1956: Mangel's Shooting Gallery
Lot 1805: Martin Wong Four Sign Language
Paintings, Sold $51,000
Lot 1053: Pages Double Beam Axial Engine
Lot 750: Original RMS Queen
Mary Plans and Ephemera
January Rug Highlights
Lots 22: Serapi Carpet
Lot 223: Fine Silk and Wool
Recent 2012 Auction Highlights:
Alexander Calder brooches,
Lot 175: Alighiero Boetti,
Lot 5o: Josef Albers
Lot 510A: Kuba Rug,
Lot 660: Emile Munier
Girl with Kitten
Sold for $70,800
Imperial Russian Plates sold for $76,700,
Russian Bowl sold for $7,080
TWO DAY OCTOBER AUCTION NETS OVER TWO MILLION
October 13 & 14, 2013 - Grogan and Company’s October auction was a resounding success, netting $2.1 million for the more than 900 lots of paintings, jewelry, furniture, and decorations. The two day auction, held over Columbus Day weekend, was well attended with more than 700 bidders participating directly with Grogan and Company and another 1,500 bidders participating via the internet.
The top three lots of the two day auction were paintings sold during Session One on Sunday, October 13th. A 17th century oil on panel, The Cunera Tower, Rhenen by Dutch master Jan Van Goyen sold in the first half hour of Session One for $96,000 over the phone to a European dealer. The painting, which was first only attributed to the artist, was deemed authentic once the signature and date of 1627 were revealed in the lower right corner of the panel. Two of four works offered by Alexander Calder from a Cambridge collection brought the next highest prices of the sale. An untitled gouache of spirals and moons, created in 1949, sold to a bidder in the room for $87,000 against a $20,000-30,000 estimate. The other untitled gouache inscribed Eastham soared to $72,000, selling to a European gallery over the phone. American offerings included a Vermont snow scene, circa 1930, by venerated Cape Ann School painter, Aldro Thompson Hibbard. The 17 x 20 inch oil sold to an online bidder for $20,400 against a $5,000-8,000 estimate. Contemporary works were well represented by a collection of eight paintings by 20th century Chinese-American painter John Way. The top lot of the group, Untitled #1, a 50 x 25 ? inch oil sold to a Chinese collector for $7,800. A selection of fine prints included three works by American etcher Martin Lewis, which sold exceptionally well. Glow of the City brought $14,400; Down to the Sea at Night brought $15,600; and Morning on the River brought $11,400.
The jewelry offerings included 198 lots comprised of an impressive selection of rings, brooches, and bracelets from several prominent collections. The highlight of the jewelry offerings was an Emerald, Diamond, and Onyx Ring that sparked competitive bidding on the phone before finally selling to the trade for $43,200. Although the ring was not marked, it was thought to be by Cartier, a likely conclusion given the result. The next highest jewelry price was achieved by a Black Starr & Frost Platinum, Diamond, and Fancy Yellow Diamond Ring from the collection of Adelaide Downey Hastings. The ring, estimated at $10,000-15,000, sold for $31,200 over the phone; while Hastings’ Platinum, Diamond, and Sapphire Bracelet brought $20,400 against an $8,000-12,000 estimate.
The jewelry alone netted a half million with a sell through rate of 96%.
“It was gratifying to have such a successful first auction with my family’s business,” commented Lucy P. Grogan, daughter of founders, Michael and Nancy Grogan, and the company’s new Jewelry and Paintings Specialist, “While Grogan and Company’s painting sales have always been strong, I was thrilled with the results of the jewelry and look forward to continued growth in that department.”
Sunday’s session ended with a selection of fine silver, including a Cartier Silver and Lapis Presentation Box, inscribed The Westminster-Biltmore Steeple Chase Association 1929, which far surpassed its $1,000-2,000 estimate, selling for $30,000 to a bidder in the room. A 19th century Engraved and Enameled Silver Singing Bird Music Box with a $500-1,000 presale estimate drew significant attention during preview and sparked competitive bidding over the phone before finally selling for $20,400 to a West Coast bidder. A rare Georg Jensen Silver Swan Bonbonniere designed by Johan Rohde sold for $9,600, against a $1,500-2,500 presale estimate.
Monday’s Session Two of Furniture, Decorative Work of Art, and Oriental Rugs included 468 lots, featuring a large pair of early 19th century Chinese Famille Verte Vases. The 36 inch vases with foo lion handles and applied serpents bore a presale estimate of $3,000-5,000 and quickly soared to $36,000 via an absentee bid left by a Chinese collector. One of the sleepers of the auction, a Pair of Asian Yellow Ground Jardineres on Stands, were estimated at $500-700, yet competitive bidding between the internet, phones, and the room drove the price to $16,200.
The two Aaron Willard clocks offered were a circa 1790 Tall Case Clock standing at 93 inches with Nantucket provenance and an 85 inch early 19th century example with a painted moon face dial. The taller example sold to a New York collector for $19,200, while the smaller example sold over the phone to the trade for $18,000. An historic 1794 shipping document bearing the original signature of our first President George Washington, as well as his Secretary of State Edmund Randolph, sold to a New England Institution for $6,600; while an impressive set of ninety-six pieces of Harcourt Empire Pattern Baccarat Crystal Stemware sold for $12,000.
All prices include a buyer’s premium.
THE 25th ANNIVERSARY AUCTION
Michael Grogan addresses his guests at the 25th Anniversary Reception
June 16, 2013: Grogan and Company recently celebrated a milestone: our twenty-fifth anniversary serving New England's art and antique community. An impressive 1.7 million dollar sale and a cocktail reception was held to commemorate the occasion. The auction included over 700 lots comprised of Fine Art, Furniture and Decorative Works of Art, Silver, Jewelry, and Oriental Rugs. "It was gratifying to commemorate our 25th anniversary with such a successful auction," noted Michael B. Grogan, "The gallery looked splendid and the results were terrific."
The highlight of the auction was Old Iowa Barn, a13 x 15 inch oil on board by 20th century American painter Marvin Cone. The painting belonged to a local family and sold to a private Iowonian collector over the phone for $51,000. Roy Lichtenstein’s Forms in Space, a color serigraph depiction of the American flag, sold for $48,000 to a local collector in the room against a $25,000-35,000 pre sale estimate. An Australian phone bidder won Sir Sidney Nolan's Leda and the Swan, a circa 1960 ripolin on board, for $46,800, against a $30,000-50,000 pre-sale estimate. A collection of Contemporary works sold to benefit the Hasbro Children's Fund was highlighted by a set of twenty-two prints by English graphic artist Patrick Caufield. The set, titled Poems of Jules LaForge, sold over the phone to a dealer in the UK for $26,400.
A Chinese collector was the winner of a fine circa 1870 Louis XVI Marquetry Inlaid Ormolu Mounted Table des Muses, in the manner of Alfred-Emmanuel-Louis Beurdeley. The table, estimated at $5,000-8,000, sold for $33,825 via the internet. A pair of Chinoiserie Copper Relief Architectural Panels, originally created for Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island, sold over the phone to a private collector for $36,000, while a fine Louis XV style Ormolu Mounted Rouge Marble Three Piece Garniture sold over the phone to a dealer on the west coast for $21,600.
Silver offerings included a 20 inch American Silver Vase bearing the engraving "Aztec", which soared well beyond its $2,000-3,000 estimate to sell to a New England dealer for $45,000. The jewelry offerings included a Cartier 14 karat Yellow and White Gold Ruby and Diamond Bracelet, which sold for $18,000 against a $2,000-3,000 estimate.
All prices include a buyer's premium.
THE ELLI BUK COLLECTION
April 25-28, 2013: Elli Buk was legendary in the world of collectors who knew him as a self-made, prolific collector, curator and expert. E. Buk Antiques, located on Spring Stret in SoHo, New York, was a treasure trove for those who visited. Whether spending time engaged in a conversation with Elli, studying a single object or taking in the enormous breadth of his collection, a visit to E. Buk Antiques was an experience that left a lifelong impression and often inspired new collectors.
For eight days, April 20-28, 2013, collectors and historians flocked to Dedham for a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the famed Elli Buk Collection. It took Buk forty years to amass his impressive collection of over 2000 objects spanning two centuries and over 30 collecting categories. "This was the first time anyone, including Elli's closest friends and family, had ever seen the collection in its entirety," stated auctioneer, Michael Grogan. "The collector response to the exhibition and auction was a combination of awe and enthusiasm."
The highlight of the sale, a rare Mangels Cast Iron Shooting Gallery, comprised of over 150 targets, including rabbits, birds, lions, elephants, bears, ships, and submarines, sold to a phone bidder for $60,000 after competitive bidding. William F. Mangels, a German immigrant, ran a small machine shop in Coney Island in the late 19th century, where he specialized in making cast iron targets for shooting galleries and earned the title "Wizard of Eight Street". Intact shooting galleries such as this are rare due to so many being sold for scrap metal over the years.
The discovery of the auction was an Edison Electric Light Two Wire Meter System, sold with a Thompson Watt Hour Meter, which together brought for $30,000 against a $200-300 pre-sale estimate. The elated collector who won the lot was bidding in the room and told the auctioneer that he had been searching for this Edison item for thirty years. A Pages Horizontal Double Beam Axial Engine, soared well beyond its $500-700 estimate to sell to a European phone bidder for $25,200. One of Buk's prized possessions, an observatory size Henry Fitz Telescope, c. 1850, sold to a Telescope expert for $19,200; in addition, a Howard & Co. Gold Bullion Scale sold to a gentleman in the room for $19,200.
An important assemblage of Architectural drawings, blueprints, and plans for the R.M.S. Queen Mary, sold for $20,910; while the Brass and Wood Toilet, with Blue and White Porcelain Basin, salvaged from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's Yacht, 'The Victoria and Albert II', went for $20, 910.
The collection included a large number of items relating to the history of photography and cinema, including magic lantern projectors, box cameras, and movie cameras. The highlight was a rare set of Eadweard Muybridge zoetrope strips, titled "Attitudes of Animals in Motion". Copy written in 1882, the set brought $14,760 against a $5,000-15,000 estimate.
An impressive selection of 19th century microscopes featured a Large Hugh Powell Microscope, circa 1841, which brought $10,500, while a Violin Vibrophone, a rare medical quack device used to cure Tinnitus, sold for $3,300. Many laboratory teaching devices, medical instruments, x-ray tubes, and light bulbs were sprinkled throughout the collection.
Elli's art collection was diverse and included many SoHo artists, including David Hare, Ernest Rosenberg, and Mike Leaf; however, it was a series of four sign language paintings by Martin Wong, "the Human Instamatic", that brought the second highest price of the four-day auction. Silence, Voices, Money, and Danger, sparked competitive bidding from several phone bidders before it finally hammered down for $51,0000 against a $12,000-15,000 estimate. 'Dean', an eight foot, scrap metal, folk art tin man created in the 1950's by George Dean, a tinsmith from Terre Haute, Indiana sold for $4,500 to a New Hampshire dealer with eclectic taste.
The auction grossed over 1.9 million dollars and attracted bidders from over fifteen countries.
(All prices include buyer's premium).
FINE ORIENTAL RUGS & CARPETS
Michael Grogan and James Opie in front of Lot: 78, Opie's Impressive
Kampseh Rug, which sold for $18,880
January 20, 2013: Grogan and Company Fine Art Auctioneers conducted their long anticipated Fine Oriental Rugs and Carpets Auction, to a standing room only crowd including dealers, discriminating collectors and private home owners, all looking to take home a prized rug. The auction, which included over 300 rugs and carpets achieved three quarters of a million dollars and attracted a veritable "Who's Who" of the rug world to Dedham.
The highlight of the six-day exhibition was Saturday afternoon's Gallery Talk with James Opie, rug scholar and author of Tribal Rugs: A Complete Guide to Nomadic and Village Carpets. A large contingency from the New England Rug Society was in attendance, as well as many other local rug collectors and home owners. "We work hard to attract new collectors to the rug market through raising awareness and appreciation of the beauty and artistry of antique rugs and textiles," noted Michael Grogan, rug expert and President of Grogan and Company, "and the turn out for the Opie lecture was gratifying."
The top lot of the auction was a Rare 19th century Chinese RKO Rug generated a bevy of bids from the phone, internet and the floor, before it finally sold over the phone to a European bidder for $23,600, against a $10,000-20,000 pre-sale estimate. In 1967, Charles Grant Ellis first referred to the design of these rugs as "RKO" based on how they reminded him of the sound wave pattern found in the logo of the RKO motion picture company.
Other highlights included a late 19th century Serapi Carpet, from the collection of Aram Jerrehian, that sold to an internet bidder for $20,570 and a Rare Khampseh "Bird" Carpet from the collection of James Opie, which sold over the phone to a private collector for $18,880. The auction room was filled with collectors and dealers alike who also found successes, such as a Lavar Kirman Palace Signature Carpet, circa 1900 which sold to a New York client for $17,700; while a Fine Silk and Wool Tehran Carpet sold for $16,250 to a Chicago client, also in the room. "Prices were strong," commented auctioneer Michael Grogan, continuing, "however, the breadth of participation was impressive with those in attendance, and on the phone, bidding against internet and left bidders."
Prices include buyers premium.
December 2, 2012: Grogan and Company conducted an auction of over 500 lots of Fine Art, Furniture, Decorative Works of Art, Silver, Jewelry and Oriental Rugs from various estates and collections, achieved over $800,000.
The sale began with a selection of fine art, including four works by Alexander Calder that brought the highest prices of the day and sold over the phone to the same bidder. Red, Blue and Yellow Man and Skeleton Drinking Wine, two gouaches created in 1973 by Calder, were gifts to his neighbors, William and Virginia Chess of Connecticut. The Man, inscribed "To Virginia", sold for 36,580, while the Skeleton, inscribed "to Wm Chess", sold for $35,400. A Calder hand hammered silver initial brooch brought $11,800, while a heart shaped brooch, brought $10,030. Calder, an American modernist, best known as the inventor of the mobile, was a prolific artist creating sculptures, paintings, prints and over 1,800 pieces of jewelry. The same collection also included a Molded Copper Weathervane in the form of a Grasshopper made by Cushing and White of Waltham, Massachusetts in the late 19th century. The 40 inch three dimensional Grasshopper, which was acquired by Mrs. Chess in the 1930's at an Antique shop in Boston for a small sum, sold for $6,195 to an expert on Cushing and White Weathervanes.
Other highlights included Russian artist Jaroslav Vesin's Winter Trail, an oil on canvas which was bought by a European collector over the phone for $16,520 against a $5,000-10,000 presale estimate; while a 17th century portrait of Venus by Dutch Renaissance painter Gortzius Geldorp sold to a local collector over the phone for $9,400 (presale: $10,000-20,000). Phone bidders continued to enjoy success when French artist, Edouard Cortes' oil on canvas of the Boulevard de la Madeliene, sold over the phone to a bidder in the UK for $14,160 against a $10,000-15,000 estimate; while Still Life of Sweet Peas, Zinnias and Marigolds, by American pastelist Laura Coombs Hills, sold to a New York collector for $8,850. A local collector made a discovery at a small auction house in Great Britain when he acquired what was listed as an unidentified modernist gouache from the estate of a Lady in Middlesex, London. The 12 x 9 inch Geometric Composition, turned out to be the work of French artist Auguste Herbin. Created in 1951, the lot sold for $8,260 against a $10,000-15,000 presale estimate.
An important 19th century American School View of Daniel Webster’s Homestead in Marshfield, Massachusetts, generated a bevy of inquiries, due to it's rare view of Webster's home before it burned to the ground on February 14, 1878. Peter Williams of Museum Services was the first to recognize the house while working on the painting, however, Barbara Carney of the Daniel Webster Estate & Heritage Center confirmed the finding and provided a detailed history of the estate from the time it was built in 1774 through Webster's occupation from 1837-1852 and it's burning in 1878. The 22 x 27 inch oil on canvas sold to a gentleman in the room for $3,835 against an estimate of $2,000-3,000.
"This auction we witnessed an increase in participation from private clients acquiring decorative property for their homes," stated Michael Grogan, President and Chief Auctioneer of Grogan and Company, "It appears the auction market has withstood the downturn of the economy and continues to be the preferred place for buyers and sellers to acquire as well as liquidate their fine art and antiques."
Furniture highlights included an Aesthetic Movement Carved Walnut Marquetry Inlaid Bedroom Suite, attributed to Herter Brothers, which included a bed, two chairs, a side table, and a bureau with mirror. The elaborately carved and inlaid suite sold to a private New York collector over the phone for $22,420 (presale estimate $10,000-20,000); while an Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Tall Chest of Drawers, designed by Harvey Ellis, brought $6,490 against a $3,000-5,000. A Pair of 19th century Tiffany Studios Gilt Bronze Picture Frames soared beyond their $800-1,200 estimate to sell for $9,375; and a Pair of circa 1919 Caldwell and Company Champlevé Panels sparked competitive bidding, finally selling for $9,440 against a $1,000-2,000 estimate.
Highlights of the Jewelry and Silver offerings included a Twin Old Mine Cut Diamond Ring in a Platinum setting, with a total approximately diamond weight of 3 carats, far exceeded expectations when two bidders in the room aggressively competed, driving the price to $8,260. It finally hammered down to a gentleman who bought it as a surprise for a very lucky woman, his mother. Seven U.S. Gold Coins, with face value totalling $102, sold to a coin dealer for an impressive $11,210; while a circa 1879 Fine Kennard & Jenks Mixed Metal ‘Japanesque’ Bowl, hammered down for $3,835.