A selection of paintings paved the way to success at Bonhams Period Art & Design auction, January 29, 2012 in San Francisco, which realised a sales total of $578,981.
Leading the auction was A portrait of a young lady in pink, an oil on canvas by Tadé Styka, depicting a brunette woman in a sleeveless, eye-catching, pink gown sitting outside against a grey-blue sky. The piece, signed by Polish-born, portrait painter Styka (1889-1954), more than doubled its pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$4,000, bringing $9,375.
Top sales of paintings in the auction continued with that of Fruit, 2008, an oil on board affixed to panel by John Gibson (American, born 1958), signed by Gibson and featuring red and white striped spheres above their respective reflections against a light blue background, which more than doubled its pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$3,000, selling for $6,250.
A pair of Italian School, oil on canvas' works of The Doge of Venice on the Bucintoro, at San Nicolò di Lido on Ascension Day; A view of the Bacino di San Marco also saw success in the sale, drawing in $7,500, and falling well-within its pre-sale estimate of $6,000-$8,000. The first of the pair is a copy of the painting by Francesco Guardi (1712-1793) in the collection of the Louvre.
Of the auction, Christine Skinner, Director of Period Art & Design auctions at Bonhams in San Francisco, said, "The January Period Art & Design auction boasted a wonderful selection of quality property and our buyers were certainly savvy to take notice."
Other paintings, considered star lots of the auction, included The full-rigged 'James Ray,' an oil on canvas by Joseph Heard (British, 1799-1859), signed and dated, depicting a ship sailing blue green waters against a beige sky, which brought $4,750 (est. $3,000-$5,000) and Pouring the first wine, an oil on canvas by Désiré François Laugée (French, 1823-1896), signed and featuring a woman pouring wine into a jug held by a young girl, which realised $4,750 (est. $1,500-$2,000).
Decorative arts, outside the realm of paintings that excelled in the auction, included a late 19th/early 20th century, French champlevé and gilt bronze three piece portico clock garniture that sold for $7,500 (est. $700-900); a 20th century, five-piece famille rose enamelled porcelain garniture set painted with flowers, birds and insects that brought $6,250 (est. $2,500-$4,000); a group of Asian metal decorations that claimed $6,000 (est. $300-$500); and an Isphahan carpet, approx. 13ft. 6in. x 22ft., that took in $5,000 (est. $5,000-$6,000).
Last, but not least, top furniture lots included a George I walnut secretary bookcase from the first quarter of the 18th century, that achieved $5,000 (est. $2,500-$3,500) and a pair of mid 20th century, Louis XV style giltwood fauteuil a la reine by Quatrain that fetched $4,000 (est. $3,000-$5,000). The pair features arched backs centering a foliate garland above a fluted frame over outset padded arms, ending in foliate terminals and a generous seat raised on leaf carved cabriole legs.
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