CARRIAGE CLOCK TELLS TIME AND STORY
Stuart Holman's annual Fall Select Auction was held on November 3 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The mix of eBay Live, active phone and absentee bidding, and a capacity crowd at the Starlite Ballroom resulted in strong sales.
With eleven phone bidders competing, the top selling item in the sale was a French carriage clock, striking and repeating with alarm, at $12,650 (prices include a 10% buyer's premium). The gilt-brass case with reeded columns enclosed three hand- decorated porcelain panels. The front panel showed a landscape with temple, and the sides had portraits of a man and a woman, both in garden settings and dressed in heavy Eastern style robes.
Over the years, Holman has sold numerous paintings by Kentucky artist, Henry Faulkner (1924-1981), and this sale included his finest so far: a whimsical scene featuring the artist's pet goat, Alice. The 17 by 24in oil on board fetched $8,800. Another lot with Kentucky connections was a mid 19th century coin silver julep set from the Lexington silversmith shop of Thomas G Calvert. The eight cups, sugar bowl, and pourer, sold for $8,250.
In a previous Select Auction, Holman sold a painting by John Joseph Enneking (1841-1916) with exhibition labels from Vose Gallery in Enneking's hometown of Boston. In this sale, Holman sold an Enneking with information from Vose carved into the back of the frame: $8,250 was the price paid for the 10 by 14in oil on board. Other paintings of note in the sale were an oil on canvas portrait of two spaniels by J.A. Wheeler (1821-1903) for $7,150; an Old Master Nativity painting, 62 by 48in oil on canvas in an early frame, for $5,500; and a 24 by 30in oil on canvas by Paul Chidlaw (1900-1989) of Cincinnati, that brought $4,400.
A Rookwood scenic vellum glaze vase, decorated by Fred Rothenbusch in 1928, uncrazed and in mint condition, reached $6,325. A French marble top two-door cabinet with boullé and gilt metal decoration, landed at $4,400.
Holman reports that the highest level of pre-auction inquiry was focused on a cedar and canvas Old Town canoe. This early 20th century beauty, fully restored in the 1930s, and never in the water since, paddled along for $3,190. Considerable interest also centered on an Ansonia mantle clock topped by two cherubs, 24in high, ending at $4,125.
A carved wooden bear humidor in the Black Forest-style and with glass eyes made $2,970. A massive carved oak console, with hound heads and open quatrefoils, brought $2,640. A miniature liquor cabinet, burled with boullé and mother of pearl inlays, rose to $2,310. A tonalist oil on canvas landscape by National Academy member Charlotte Buell Coman (1833-1925), 12 by 14in, was hammered at $2,860.
Holman's recent Select Sales have included oriental decorative arts. This year's offering included a fully carved ivory tusk of the Buddhist goddess, Quan Yin, reclining against a separate carved ivory pillow atop a rosewood sofa, selling for $2,310. Two woodblock prints by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) made $1,320 and $990.
French gilt-brass and porcelain carriage clock, striking and repeating with alarm: $12,650
Henry Faulkner, O/B, 17x24: $8,800
Coin silver mint julep set from the 19th century Lexington silversmith shop of Thomas G. Calvert: $8,250
J.J. Enneking, O/B, 10x14: $8,250
J.A. Wheeler, O/C, 16x24: $7,150