|By Carole Deutsch
NOKOMIS, Fla. — A top quality auction of Asian antiques was hosted by Elder’s Fine Art and Antiques and presented online through igavelauctions.com beginning on Jan. 30 and ending on Feb. 13.
The sale offered an elite selection of 215 lots that featured Asian artifacts from the lifetime collection of a prominent Atlanta interior decorator and set designer.
Elder’s has been a presence in the fine antiques arena for 17 years and is known for its arduous documentation of the articles they present. Their online sales are accompanied by in-house previewing, but for those that cannot make it to the showroom they can bid online with confidence.
“We leave nothing to the imagination,” said Don Elder.”
A visit to Elder’s website tells all. Every item is shown in detail using full-screen-sized images with as many as 20 detailed photos of the item. In addition, condition reports list particulars important to making an informed bidding decision.
Several sculptures brought realized prices in excess of their estimated value. An early 20th century Japanese bronze portraying a Samurai archer aiming a drawn bow was signed in cartouche and mounted on a rosewood stand. The total height of the 21 pound figure was 23 1/2 inches, and it commanded a price of $6,420 against an estimate of $1,500 to $2,000.
Prices reflect a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Another Japanese work of art was that of a 13th century carved wood figure from the Kamakura period that stood 12 1/2 inches tall. It sold with appraisals and a certificate of authenticity for $3,720.
Important textiles were represented by a Chinese Qing Dynasty court robe depicting a dragon against a blue ground that was couched with gold metallic threads. It was catalogued as “very good clean condition with minor wear of liner in a few areas” and listed with a weight of 4 1/2 pounds. Estimated at $2,500 to $3,500, it achieved a realized price of $6,540.
Artifacts of note included a pair of 19th century Japanese polychrome painted carved ivory tusks that portrayed a stylized dramatization of a man and woman in classic Chinese attire. The tallest figure was 28 1/2 inches and the pair sold for $5,226. Three inscribed Chinese soapstone seals depicting a carp enveloped in waves with the largest being 3 3/4 inches tall, sold for $1,026.
The sum of $3,001 against an estimate of $400 to $600, was achieved for a 19th century Chinese white nephrite jade pebble form snuff bottle with a jade stopper.
The sale also included some items not related to Asian art and artifacts.
Chief among those was a patinated bronze of a lithe-footed Fallow Deer by David Wynne (British, born 1926). The 15 1/4 inch tall by 20 1/2 inch wide, artist-signed piece was sold with a letter from the gallery reserving the edition “No. 9” and realized the sum of $2,520. A large Teco matt green glaze art pottery vase that measured 11 3/4 inches was marked “Teco, Teco” on the base, and it sold in good condition for $2,760.
The sum of $2,016 was realized for a chromolithograph after John James Audubon, Bien Edition 1860, plate 364, No. 15-2, which portrayed a yellow crowned heron. It was framed and under glass, and it was this image that was chosen for the Elder catalog cover lot. A Spanish Colonial 17th century vargueno walnut box had a fall front with iron handles and latch. It had six drawers and a single, hinged door inlaid with ebony and ivory and achieved a price of $ 2,520.