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American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts

Wed, Dec 09, 2020 at 10am EST |
New York
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Paintings by Antonio Jacobsen and Samuel Colman Tied for Top Lot at $53,125!


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  • Auction of American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10am
  • Paintings by Antonio Jacobsen and Samuel Colman Tied for Top Lot at $53,125!
  • Group of Chinese Export Porcelain Lotus Wares Totals $50,685.

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle held a successful auction of American Furniture, Silver and Decorative Arts on December 9, 2020. Showcased were fine American furniture and decorative arts, including silver, ceramics, mirrors, folk art, quilts and samplers, in addition to Chinese Export porcelain and rugs.

This sale category is Doyle's premier venue for American paintings of the 19th and 20th centuries, including fine examples of portraiture; Hudson River, Western and regional landscapes; marine paintings and still lifes, in addition to Audubon, Currier & Ives and topographical prints.

With competitive bidding, the sale totaled a strong $847,969, within the pre-sale estimate of $664,600-1,014,200 with an exceptional 89% sold by lot and 100% by value.

Two paintings tied for the top lot of the sale. The 1885 America's Cup yacht race between the defender 'Puritan' of the New York Yacht Club and the challenger 'Genesta' of the Royal Yacht Squadron was captured in a masterful view by the legendary maritime artist Antonio Jacobsen (1850-1921). Determined bidders sent the painting sailing past its estimate of $8,000-12,000 to achieve an impressive $53,125.

Realizing the identical price was an 1856 view of Mount Washington from the Saco River by Hudson River School painter Samuel Colman (1832-1920), more than doubling its estimate of $15,000-25,000.

Multicolored enameled Chinese porcelain appealed to the tastes of the Western market. The pink lotus petal decoration became popular in the 18th century with the development of the famille rose palette, with shades of pink, iron-red, and gilding. In Chinese culture, the lotus flower represents purity, harmony, and fertility, making it a popular motif of decoration. The selection of decorative arts featured a large collection of Chinese export porcelain Lotus wares from a private collection, that attracted fierce competition, sending the total for the group to an exceptional $50,685.


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