Visual arts

Diversity at all levels at the Roland’s Estate auction

Auction at Glen Cove, NY

GLEN COVE, NY — There was something for everyone at the July 16 Roland NY estate sale, evidenced by the event’s two best-selling lots, each ending at $11,875. One was a set consisting of two carved Chinese jade ornaments – a figure of a man holding a censer, 2 inches high, and a carved green and orange jade leaf ornament, 1 ½ inches high. From the estate of Florence and Herbert Irving, the jades had been estimated at $150/250 but bidders clearly saw a higher value. Also exceeding its low estimate, in this case $300/500, was the graphite drawing “Jupiter and Antigone” by Claude F. Devosge III (French, 1697-1777) of an allegorical scene with a sleeping Antigone visited by a fauna with cupids above. Inscribed in ink lower right “F. Devosge Invenit et Fecit”, the reverse of the drawing bore a label from the Swiss Gallery G. Lador, Geneva.

Also smoking his estimate was a large antique bronze censer. Probably 19th century in the 17th/18th century style, the planter/bomb shaped vessel with lion head handles and Chinese character inscription fetched over $2.5/3,500 to settle at $8,750 . Very heavy, it measured 10 by 20 by 17 inches. Also, an archaic Chinese jade bracelet and an ancient belt hook in a display box found a buyer for over $5,312. The brown and celadon jade bracelet, 2 by 3 inches, and the pale green jade belt hook, 4 inches long, were also from the estate of Florence and Herbert Irving.

The sale included hundreds of lots of fine art, decorative arts, 20th century modern, antique and vintage furniture, textiles, silver, gold and silver jewelry, rugs and more. Many other items from the collection of Palm Beach socialite June Hirsch Jones, a former Upper East Side gallery owner who sold high-end post-war art, Chinese art and antiques , as well as objects from other domains, were presented.

In the furniture category, a pair of flamed mahogany and koa wood Hawaiian bookcases beat the $1.5/2,000 estimate and fetched $8,125. The two-piece arched-top bookcases, 104 by 44 by 26 inches, were signed and dated “Mike Riley 2001”. According to the catalog, Mike Riley moved to Volcano, Hawaii, in 1972 and is a self-taught carpenter. His knowledge of local woods is the result of practical experience gained over the past 25 years. He designs many of the pieces he builds, starting from a three-dimensional sketch to working out ideas with the client. He runs a one-man shop, which means every piece is built, sanded and finished by him.

For the mid-century modern crowd, there was rattan furniture, namely a sofa from Henry Olko’s ‘Rib’ series and two matching club chairs, each set selling for $3,750. The sofa had a cream colored frame with loose beige colored cushions; ditto the club chairs. The couch was 27 x 85 x 36 inches and each of the club chairs were 27 inches high.

The fine arts in this sale were also diverse. An Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Cow poster, estimated at $100/$300, sold for $6,875. Pink on purple with the Andy Warhol stamp from the Modern Art Pavilion, Seattle Center, from November 18, 1976, to January 9, 1977, it was copyrighted by AWF.

At the other end of the spectrum was an oil on canvas cataloged after Caravaggio (1571-1610), which depicted John the Baptist. Bringing in $5,312, the mid-18th century painting, 52 by 40 inches, was mounted in a giltwood frame by Lowy. The original is in the Capitoline Museum in Rome.

An Old Master painting attributed to Pieter de Hooch (Dutch, 1629-1684) depicted a court scene of a festive gathering around a table with figures enjoying music and seafood. Catalog notes stated that ‘It came from Galerie G. Paffrath, Düsseldorf, Germany, and the attribution was made by William Reinhold Valentiner (1880-1958), who was a German-speaking art historian, art critic and museum administrator -American. He was educated and trained in Europe, working first at the Mauritshuis in The Hague and in museums in Berlin. In 1907, he moved to the United States to become the first curator of the Department of Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. It sold for $4,375.

A pair of abstract gouaches by Joseph M. Glasco (1925-1996), each 20 by 26 inches, ended at more than ten times the low estimate at $4,062, while another abstract painting by Vladislovas Zilius, a modern painter of the Soviet school, was a mixture of colors, geometric and morphic shapes and was bid at $3,520.

Decorative arts highlights included a framed Chinese embroidered textile, a section of a Chinese children’s garment, embroidered with floral designs, which left the gallery at $5,937, more than ten times its high estimate, a pair of Buccellati silver water pitchers with bamboo handles bringing the same price and an Art Deco Georg Jensen sterling silver serving tray with carved faux ivory handles and ¾-inch gallery taking $5,000.

Finally, a Mallon Simon Mahogany Tall Case Clock rounded out the highlights, earning $4,688. It had a domed top and solid column sides, a painted moon dial under a mixed metal face, with Westminster and other chimes, with 13 tubes, three weights and a lyre pendulum. It was 90 inches tall.

The prices shown include the buyer’s commission as quoted by the auction house. For more information, 212-260-2000 or www.rolandantiques.com.

From the estate of Florence and Herbert Irving came two archaic Chinese objects – a jade bracelet and an ancient belt hook in a presentation box. They found a buyer at $5,312 above the estimate.

716_Pair of Hawaiian bookcases in mahogany and koa wood

This pair of flamed mahogany and koa wood Hawaiian bookcases by Mike Riley, a self-taught carpenter who moved to Volcano, Hawaii, in 1972, was estimated at $1.5/2,000, but did much better, fetching $8,125 $. The two-piece arched-top bookcases, 104 by 44 by 26 inches, were signed and dated “Mike Riley 2001”.

680_Joseph M

The pair of abstract gouaches by Joseph M. Glasco (1925-1996) combined for a sale price of $4,062, well above their estimate of $300/500.

199_Andy Warhol Cow Poster

The diversity of art in this sale was highlighted by this pink-on-purple cow poster by Andy Warhol (1928-1987) estimated at $100/300 and sold for $6,875.

266_Claude F

The graphite drawing “Jupiter and Antigone” by Claude F. Devosge III (French, 1697-1777) depicting an allegorical scene with a sleeping Antigone visited by a faun with Cupids above, contended for top lot status, se selling for $11,875.

808_ Large antique bronze censer, probably 19th century in the style of the 17th and 18th centuries, as a planter

Very heavy, bulky and likely 19th century in the 17th/18th century style, this planter/bomb shaped incense burner with lion head handles and Chinese character inscription was over $2.5/3,500 to establish at $8,750.

150A_Pair of Henry Olko Rib Series club chairs sold for $3,750

A sofa from Henry Olko’s “Rib” series and two matching club chairs, each sold for $3,750. They featured cream-colored frames with loose tan cushions.

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Sold for $2,750, well above its estimate of $100/200, this abstract painting by Vladislovas Zilius, a modern painter of the Soviet school, was a mixture of colors, geometric and morphic forms.

482_Two Chinese carved jade ornaments

Bidders loved these two Chinese carved jade ornaments – a figure of a man holding a censer, 2 inches high, and a green and orange jade carved leaf ornament, 1 ½ inches high, making them pass from an estimate of $150/250 to a final price of $11,875.

223_Georg Jensen Danish tray in sterling silver

Also highlighting the silver in the sale, this Georg Jensen Danish Art Deco sterling silver tray sold for $5,000.

150_Henry Olko Rib series sofa

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487_Chinese embroidered textile framed

Decorative arts highlights included a framed Chinese embroidery textile, a section of a Chinese children’s garment, embroidered with floral designs, which left the gallery at $5,937, more than ten times its high estimate.

186_Mallon Simon High mahogany clock

At 90 inches tall, a Mallon Simon Mahogany Tall Case Clock fetched $4,688. It had a domed top and solid column sides, a painted moon dial under a mixed metal face, with Westminster and other chimes.

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This old master painting attributed to Pieter de Hooch (Dutch, 1629-1684), a court scene of a festive gathering around a table with figures enjoying music and seafood, sold for 4,375 $.

After Caravaggio (1571-1610), John the Baptist

An oil on canvas cataloged after Caravaggio (1571-1610) and depicting John the Baptist, was listed at $5,312, the mid-18th century painting, 52 by 40 inches, was mounted in a giltwood frame.

Pair of Buccellati silver water pitchers, Italian sterling silver water pitchers by Buccellati, with bamboo handles

The money in the sale included this pair of Buccellati silver water pitchers with bamboo handles that fetched $5,937.