Evolving as countless other businesses have in recent weeks, Clarke Auction Gallery has shifted to an online-only bidding model for its upcoming auction on Sunday, April 26, at 10 am. Some things remain the same though as the auction is jam-packed with quality merchandise ranging from fine paintings to Asian art, jewelry, silver and more. Online bidding is available through ClarkeNY.com, LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable, and Bidsquare.
“Because we already had a strong online footprint, we can continue to service our buyers and consignors and communicate with our audiences,” said owner and auctioneer Ronan Clarke. “People are already comfortable with online bidding and they enjoy being able to continue to participate in auctions.” The auction house is delivering and picking up items as normal and is also offering curbside pickups. Video chat appraisal services are also available via several online platforms.
Clarke noted the auction features fine art and decorative items from European paintings to contemporary bronzes. Expected to lead the sale is a Gerald Laing bronze titled “An American Girl” ($20/50,000) that is signed and #2 in an edition of three. The 1978 work came out of a Larchmont estate and measures 25½ by 26 by 31 inches. “An American Girl can be seen as the culmination of the Galina series of sculpture in which I worked through various formal and abstract figurations,” the artist said in 1999.
Rounding out the fine art category is a signed oil seascape by Daniel Hermann Anton Melbye ($8/12,000) and a portrait after Hippolyte Flandrin depicting Napoleon III in uniform of Major General at Tuileries, 1862 ($3/5,000).
René Lalique works figure prominently in this sale, including two large glass chandeliers estimated at $4/6,000 and $3/5,000). An (attributed) Vladimir Kagan Comete sofa suite ($3/5,000) would look striking underneath either.
Asian art offerings feature an Akio Takamori ceramic figure ($2/3,000), signed, 25½ by 18 inches, and a Kinkozan signed porcelain Satsuma vase ($600-900), 9½ inches tall.
When it comes to jewelry, it’s usually the three C’s (cut, color and clarity) that matter to buyers but here it’s the three D’s: designers, diamonds and diversity. Highlights include a Bvlgari Tubogas 18K yellow gold watch ($2/3,000) with a Favre-Leuba Swiss movement, from the familial estate of founder and longtime owner of the Buffalo Bills and a platinum and diamond bow form ring ($1,5/2,500) having a central round brilliant cut diamond flanked by tapered baguettes and single-cut diamonds. In the silver category, a shining star is an International sterling “Avalon” flatware service for 12 ($1,400-1,600) with serving pieces.
Rounding out the auction will be an antique Continental bronze mounted marble top console ($2/3,000) with carved and gilded griffins; an 18th Century Continental tapestry ($1/1,500), 8 feet 7 inches by 8 feet 1 inch, and a vintage life-size patinated bronze figural candelabra ($2/3,000), 20th Century.
Clarke Auction Gallery is at 2372 Boston Post Road. For information, www.clarkeny.com or 914-833-8336.
2372 Boston Post Road
Larchmont, New York
About Clarke Auction Gallery
Clarke Auction Gallery was started in Westchester, N.Y., in 1998. It is owned and operated by Ronan Clarke, an Irishman who started his career in Ireland and came to New York in 1988 via London. Since his arrival, Clarke has moved from being a picker to owning two retail Antique Stores and All Boro Estate Liquidators (As featured in NY Times, NewYorker, Cranes and Fox 5 News) to opening his own Clarke Auction Gallery which fast became Westchester's Premier Auction. Clarke Auction Gallery runs monthly to a packed house and is situated in the center of Larchmont, N.Y., just five minutes from the Metro North Station (30 mins from N.Y.C, 20 mins from Connecticut) and also on I-95 @ exit 17. Clarke Auction Gallery also serves a worldwide audience with its online gallery. For any information or personal help don’t hesitate to call us at (914) 833-8336 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.