One Ting to Rule Them All: Clarke Auction Jan. 5th Post Sale Highlights

  • LARCHMONT, New York
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  • January 13, 2014

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The large Wallasse Ting entitled "Floating Flowers" sold for $158,600.
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Asian objects and fine art fueled a record January sale at Clarke Auction this past Sunday the 5th.  With nearly 1,200 active bidders on the phones, online, and in the hall,  items in all auction categories were propelled to impressive highs.

In the fine art selection, a large Walasse Ting acrylic abstract on canvas entitled “Floating Flowers” tripled its estimate of $40,000/$60,000 with a realized price of $158,600. The painting was hammered to a bidder in-house after an aggressive phone bidder pushed the bids well beyond the high estimate. The pre-sale interest in the piece, both nationally and internationally, was enough to anticipate competitive bidding of all forms, but the final result was still a pleasant surprise.

Another work in the fine art selection, an abstract gouache entitled “Minneapolis Suite #10” by Emil Schumacher, realized $31,720 against a $15,000/$25,000 estimate. The presale interest in the piece was considerably lower than the Ting, but it still excelled above its estimate.

Also in the art selections, highlights included a signed Pablo Picasso “Wood-Owl” Madura vase which realized $19,520, fine Josef Scharl 1942 oil on canvas modernist portrait that sold for $7,930, and a beautiful 20th century oil on masonite of nudes by Ettore Caser that brought $5,612. Also, one of several Wesley Webber oil paintings from a Connecticut estate sold for $3,050. 

An impressive antique Chinese Opium Bed sold for $36,600.
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Lithographs and Lithograph posters were wildly popular on January 5th including several lots of French lithograph posters that took off from their low estimates with vigor. The best overall print in the selection, however, was a Kees Van Dongen Lithograph entitled “Girl with Lowered Eyes” that brought an exceptional $10,980.  Some of the most popular prints included two French Job cigarette posters which sold at $5,368, and a Michel Bouchard poster for $4,392. Two hand signed Marc Chagall 1966 Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center lithograph posters also did well at $3,904 for the pair.

By far, the most exciting and best selling lots were of the Chinese and Asian selection. The late arrival of several groups of Asian item bidders in the hall created an atmosphere filled with energy, enthusiasm, and intense competition. The shouts and cheers in-house nearly drowned out the auctioneer who played it well and never missed a beat while keeping up with the unpredictable increment jumps.

The most successful object in the selection sold for 30 times its estimate for $36,600. The antique Chinese opium bed with marble and mother of pearl inlay was most impressive and a bidder in-house beat out almost a dozen other bidders to come away with the winning bid well above its predicted price. A Chinese carved Celadon bottle-form vase brought in an exciting $35,380, an Asian porcelain fish bowl was won at $26,840, and an antique Chinese carved hardwood altar table realized $20,740.

A Chinese carved celadon vase brought $35,380.
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The Chinese and Asian porcelain lots continued to soar throughout the category, including two large Rose Mandarin floor vases which brought $18,300 each. Four separate lots of Chinese porcelain plaques, decorated jardinières, a fish bowl, and two additional plaques with landscapes all realized $14,640 each as individual lots.  A third fish bowl brought $9,760; two more plaques brought $9,150, and the results of almost two thirds of the remaining Asian lots were of similar merit and price. Overall the Asian objects selections, especially the antique Chinese porcelains were the combined winners of the sale.

Jewelry also contributed to the near record sale, including a Patek Phillipe Ladies Gondolo watch that realized a bargain price of $21,960, an 18kt yellow gold graduated diamond necklace that sold for $6,100, a Wallace Grand Baroque flatware set that brought $5,490, and a ladies 18kt Rolex Datejust watch that came in at a final price of $4,880.

Decorative arts and furniture lots also mixed in with the high sellers, especially a Mauthin Moreau “Danseuse a la Lyre” figural bronze that brought $10,980, a highly carved and ornate parlor sofa by John Henry Belter that realized $6,710, a midcentury Herman Miller Thin Edge credenza that sold for $3,172, and a pair of Victorian rosewood laminated armchairs that were impressive at $5,368.

Clarke Auction has already begun to build another important sale to be held January 26th, 2014. The late January sale will include more items from the same Connecticut estate where the impressive Chinese porcelain collection was acquired.  

Consignments in all selections are still being accepted by the gallery for the next sale on January 26th. Clarke Auction may be reached directly at (914) 833- 8336 or via email at for consignment, sale, or bidding information.  

Keane Ryan
Clarke Auction
(914) 833 - 8336

Clarke Auction
2372 Boston Post Road
Larchmont, New York

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