Lark Mason Associates sale of Old Master, Modern, and Contemporary Art, which closed on November 19 on the iGavelauctions.com platform, returned strong results for affordable middle-market works, with a total of $159,393 including buyers premium for the forty works sold out of 59 offered.
Spirited bidding accompanied many of the lots with the most interest for Guy Wiggins’s Snow Storn, 42nd Street, from the estate of Flora Crichton, the noted San Antonio philanthropist and collector, which hammered down at $23,125. Bidders also flocked to the 15th century Italian carved marble relief sculpture of the Virgin and Child, Tuscan School, which realized $13,750. Though significantly damaged, it had a provenance that dated back to a Parke-Bernet sale in April 1946 and the “Soviet Art Treasures” exhibition in Berlin in 1928.Additional sales included The Arrival in Saint Anne in the Port of Antwerp, an oil-on- canvas by Van Helmont and Van Minderhout, dated 1662, which realized $37,500; Bridge over Owl Kil by Anna Mary Robertson, Grandma Moses, an oil-on-panel, for $16,943 and Donald Judd’s Untitled, a set of three aquatints, which fetched $9,687.
Says Charlene Wang, the expert in charge of the sale, “We are pleased with the sale results and gratified to see that our sale attracted both seasoned and beginning collectors.”
About Lark Mason
With locations in New Braunfels, Texas and New York City, Lark Mason Associates, the eponymous, auction house specializing in Asian, ethnographic, and ancient works of art, was founded by Lark Mason after many years as an expert at Sotheby's New York.
Mason served as a General Appraiser from 1979 until 1985, and as a Senior Vice President and specialist in Chinese art with Sotheby's Chinese Works of Art Department from 1985-2003. From 2000-2003 he concurrently was a Director of Online Auctions for Sothebys.com. He also served as a consulting curator at the Trammel and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas from 2003-2009. He is a generalist in American and European works of art and paintings, as well as an expert in the field of Chinese art and has valued and advised many private collectors and institutions.
Lark Mason Associates regularly hosts auctions on the iGavel Auctions platform and has an established history of record sales of Chinese and other works of art and holds the record for the highest price achieved for any work of art in an online sale, for a painting sold in May 2014 that realized close to $4.2m. Mason, the owner and CEO of iGavel Auctions, is noted for his regular appearances on "The Antiques Road Show."