Auction Report: Edouard Cortes Painting of Paris Street Scene Gavels for $34,500

This original oil on canvas Paris street scene by renowned French artist Edouard Cortes led the two-session Fine & Decorative Arts Catalog Auction, held June 19, 2010 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd., sold for $34,500.

This original oil on canvas Paris street scene by renowned French artist Edouard Cortes led the two-session Fine & Decorative Arts Catalog Auction, held June 19, 2010 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd., sold for $34,500.

HILSBOROUGH, N.C. – An oil on canvas Paris street scene by the renowned French painter Edouard Cortes, titled “Boulevard des Capucines,” sold for $34,500 at a two-session Fine & Decorative Arts Catalog Auction held June 19, 2010 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd.

The painting was one of the top earners of the nearly 800 fresh-to-the-market lots that crossed the block. More than 200 lots alone were dedicated to the private collection of Daisy Wade Bridges, a collector of fine porcelain and North Carolina pottery. In addition, the entire second session was devoted entirely to fine and vintage wines, a burgeoning genre on the auction circuit.

From the wine category, 12 bottles of Pauillac Chateau Latour (1995) gaveled for $4,600; 10 bottles of the same wine, but from the 1994 vintage, realized $2,070; 12 bottles of Saint-Julien Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (1995) brought $1,380; Nine bottles of Pomerol Chateau L’Eglise-Clinet (1995) fetched $1,092; and nine bottles of Saint-Emilion Chateau Tertre Roteboeuf (1995) hit $805.

“There was as positive a response to this sale as we have seen in the past two years,” said Leland Little of Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. “We had 250 people—standing room only—in the gallery, to go with a heavy load of telephone, absentee and online bidding. We were very fortunate have acquired such strong merchandise, which bidders aggressively pursued.”

Online bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Following are additional highlights from the auction (all prices quoted include a 15-percent buyer’s premium):

This lot of 16 wonderful Asian jade articles crossed the block for $11,500.

This lot of 16 wonderful Asian jade articles crossed the block for $11,500.

The collection of Daisy Wade Bridges was “very well received,” according to Little. Tops among the North Carolina pieces were a jug made by Daniel Seagle (1805-1867) from the Catawba Valley region ($5,520); a wood-fired stoneware jar by Mark Hewitt ($3,430); and one lot of three B.B. Craig miniatures (a pitcher and two face jugs) that brought a record $2,530.

Also from the Bridges collection: one lot of 16 Asian jade articles ($11,500); an 18th century Portuguese blue and white tile plaque comprising 35 tiles affixed to a wooden frame board ($6,325); a portrait of sitter W. Boyce by Allan Ramsay (Br., 1713-1784), framed and unsigned ($4,830); and an early 20th-century Turkestan tribal carpet with wool base ($3,910).

Moving on to other consignments, the rare and vintage cars that came up for bid really fired up the crowd. A pair of overachievers were the 1990 Ferrari Testarossa two-door coupe, white with red interior and just 20,302 miles on the odometer ($44,725, making it the top lot of the sale); and a 1963 Ford Galaxie 500, red, with a 390 engine and only 36,180 miles ($11,500).

Continental silver commanded high prices, too. A nice William IV sterling figural wine centerpiece (London, 1833) fetched $16,100, while a Victorian sterling “Warwick” wine cooler rose to $13,225. In American silver, a Southern coin silver footed cup by Leinbach reached $4,830, and a “Federal Cotillion” sterling flatware set by Frank Smith commanded $4,140.

The top lot of the sale was this sleek 1990 Ferrari Testarossa 2-door coupe ($44,725).

The top lot of the sale was this sleek 1990 Ferrari Testarossa 2-door coupe ($44,725).

In American art, an oil on canvas by Francis Speight (NC/PA, 1896-1989), titled “Steamboat” (1819), coasted to $14,950; a mixed media work by Jane Peterson (1876-1965), titled “Breton Village,” brought $6,900; an oil painting by George L. Noyes (MA, 1864-1954), titled “Early Spring,” hit $2,760; and “Comet,” an oil painting by Thomas Van Zant (NY, 1814-1886), realized $2,990.

Decorative arts featured a pair of patinated bronze statues after Emile Picault (Fr., 1883-1915), depicting ancient Egyptians ($8,050); a pair of French 19th-century bronze and ormolu figural candelabra, three light form ($2,415); a figural bronze by Andre Hogommat (Fr., b. 1925, $1,495); and a bronze puma by Charles C. Rumsey (NY, 1873-1922), signed ($1,725).

Asian objects were offered in abundance. Top lots included a Chinese curio box with an objets d’art collection inside ($9,488); a pair of antique Chinese porcelain bowls ($5,060); a 7-inch Chinese vase with Qianlong mark, signed on underside ($3,910); two Asian soapstone Foo Lion bookends, male and female ($1,610); and a Chinese green jade Guanyin statuette ($1,725).

This diminutive French Empire abattant, mahogany with marble top over inlaid frieze, sold for $9,200.

This diminutive French Empire abattant, mahogany with marble top over inlaid frieze, sold for $9,200.

Continental furniture wowed the crowd. A diminutive French Empire abattant, mahogany with mahogany veneers and a verte marble top over a frieze inlaid with classical elements, went for $9,200; a circa 1830s William IV serving stand, mahogany with rectangular shelves, brought $2,990; and a pair of circa 1900 inlaid Belle Epoque side tables with oval marble top hit $2,185.

American furniture was a hit as well. A gorgeous Southern Chippendale chest of drawers (likely Western North Carolina), early 19th century, walnut with yellow pine secondary, fetched $13,800; a rare 18th century Queen Anne drop-leaf table (North Carolina), walnut and pine, sold for $3,680; and a 19th century Southern Moravian School sofa (Forsyth Cty., N.C.), made $3,450.

Estate jewelry dazzled bidders. Examples included a Breitling Colt chronometer Swiss-made wristwatch with original box ($1,725); a Mikimoto-designed fine Akoya cultured pearl necklace, with 99 cultured pearls ($1,610); a pair of Retro-style moonstone and sapphire earrings centering on a round sapphire ($1,035); and a simple setting 1-ct. diamond solitaire ring ($920).

Rounding out the day’s top lots: a 1985 prismatic Steuben Glass sculpture by Bernard X. Wolff, titled “Balloon Rally,” hit $6,900; an 1866 Currier & Ives Western lithograph titled “Life of a Trapper/A Sudden Halt” breezed to $4,830; a mid-18th-century stoneware salt-glazed teapot (Staffordshire) went for $3,105; and a group of Indo-Persian armor and weapons brought $3,105.

For more information about this auction, call 919.644.1243, e-mail to info@LLAuctions.com or visit the Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Web site.

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