Eldred’s Nets New Auction Record

For Payzant

EAST DENNIS, MASS. – Eldred’s Memorial Day Weekend auction on May 27 was memorable for many reasons, not least of which was the new world record the firm set for a work by Twentieth Century Massachusetts artist, Claude Louis Payzant. According to Joshua Eldred, president of the firm, the 30-by-36-inch moody scene titled “Setting the Nets” was “subtly evocative of Winslow Homer’s seascapes.” Estimated at $400/600 and sourced from a New England seller, the work sailed to $2,625 from a New England buyer bidding online. For information, www.eldreds.com or 508-385-3116.

Fantin-Latour Still Life Blooms

At Heritage

DALLAS – Henri Fantin-Latour’s “Fleurs: camomille et dahlias,” 1871, sold for $225,000 on June 4 to lead Heritage Auctions’ European Art Auction. The painting was first owned by the artist’s British friend and dealer Edwin Edwards who, together with his wife Elizabeth, nearly single-handedly created the British market for Fantin-Latour. The painting is executed with extraordinarily sensitive brushwork and the restricted palette for which the artist is known. It was being sold by a New York collector and will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné on the artist. For information, www.ha.com.

Nye Gets Shapely Price

For Shapleigh Landscape

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – A painting of Florida’s Fort Matanza by Frank Shapleigh (American, 1842-1906) scored a “10” in the eyes of serious collectors for its quality, condition, rarity and provenance and led Nye and Company’s June 2 Estate Treasure auction. Estimated at $20/30,000, it saw competitive interest and sold for $141,000 to a private collector in Florida bidding online. The work had been given to Montclair, N.J., banker Charles S. Shultz by the artist in 1889, provenance that was further confirmed by a letter tucked inside the painting. The painting was deaccessioned from the Charles Shultz House to benefit the collections fund of Montclair History Center, Montclair, N.J., in accordance with the museum’s collection policy. For information, 973-984-6900 or www.nyeandcompany.com.

Eldred Wheeler Secretary Stands Tall

At Kaminski

BEVERLY, MASS. – A handcrafted tiger maple bonnet-top desk and bookcase made by – and bearing the original maker’s label for – Eldred Wheeler outperformed expectations at Kaminski Auctions’ June 5 Estates Auction. More than half of the 343 lot sale came from the Groton, Mass., estate of David J. Bryan, MD and the Wheeler piece was one of several pieces of vintage colonial reproductions in the sale. It sold to a buyer bidding online for $7,500, handily beating its $3/5,000 estimate. For information, 978-927-2223 or www.kaminskiauctions.com.

Chippendale Chest Of Drawers

Scrolls Up At Keno

NEW YORK CITY – A Chippendale cherrywood chest of drawers bearing a plaque for Eighteenth Century Connecticut native Jonathan Hunt sold for $24,600 at Keno Auctions’ June 2 sale. The chest was made in New London County circa the 1770s. “The elaborately scrolled apron, consisting of 12 outward facing scrolls, relates to cabinetwork found on several pieces associated with Norwich, Conn.,” Keno wrote. The auctioneer said that the chest may have been a wedding gift when Hunt married Lavinia Swan in 1779. After the couple moved to Vermont, Hunt would become a sheriff, judge and later the second Lieutenant Governor of the state of Vermont from 1794 to 1796. For information, 212-734-2381 or www.kenoauctions.com.

Duffner and Kimberly

Gives Light To Nadeau

WINDSOR, CONN. – Measuring 34 inches high, a Duffner and Kimberly bronze double student lamp sold for $11,070 at Nadeau’s Auction Gallery’s June 5 sale. Each lantern featured six panels of caramel slag glass under a pierced bronze design with shield decorations. Duffner & Kimberly, a New York City company, introduced its first lamps in 1906. Both Frank Duffner and Oliver Kimberly had prior experience with established lighting producers, Duffner with Bradley & Hubbard and the Phoenix Glass Company, Kimberly with Tiffany, where he worked in the lamp department. For information, www.nadeausauction.com or 860-246-2444.

Plaque By Wang Bu Flows Fast

At Helmuth Stone

SARASOTA, FLA. – A painted porcelain plaque took 25 bids on its quest to $23,800 at Helmuth Stone Gallery’s June 6 auction. The work featured a seated scholar in a vibrant red robe and measured 16¼ by 10 inches. It was signed upper left and lower right for Wang Bu, known as “the king of blue & white.” Bu was a second-generation porcelain artist who apprenticed in the craft from the age of 9 years old. He began brush painting in the late 1920s. For information, www.helmuthstone.com or 941-260-9703.

Carved Peacock Struts Across State Line

CANAAN, CONN. – Why did the peacock cross the state line? If it was a 27-inch carved wooden example offered on June 6 by State Line Auctions & Estate Services, it was likely because it was being chased by bidders. The bird was depicted with stylized crest or crown feathers and a flat tail and standing on a carved and painted book base. Estimated at $75-125, it received the most bids of 560 lots in the sale and flew from an opening bid of $50 to a closing bid of $3,894. For more information, 860-453-4370 or www.statelineauctionsandestateservices.com.

Gutenburg Bible Gives Heritage

Book Sale Heavenly Assist

DALLAS – A circa 1450-55 folio leaf from the Gutenberg Bible rode a surge of competitive bidding after passing its estimate of $30,000 en route to a final total of $162,500, one of the highlights of Heritage Auctions’ June 9-10 sale. The “Noble Fragment” from the imperfect copy was purchased at auction in 1920 by Joseph Sabin and sold to bookseller Gabriel Wells, who then issued a leaf book with single leaves of the “42-line” bible, along with A. Edward Newton’s essay. The sale realized $2.7 million in total sales, the most ever at a Heritage Book auction, which previously had a record total of $2.25 million, set in October 2020. For information, www.ha.com.

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