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Exotic Ivory, Fine Art and a Great Big Rock Sell in West Palm Beach

by WorthPoint Staff (08/04/09).

This ivory concentric ball (Chinese, circa 1850) with chrysanthemums containing approximately twelve inner loose balls with pierced trellis design, supported by the stand with a standing boy holding a peach, sold for $2,150.

This ivory concentric ball (Chinese, circa 1850) with chrysanthemums containing approximately twelve inner loose balls with pierced trellis design, supported by the stand with a standing boy holding a peach, sold for $2,150.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A large ivory collection from a Miami doctor, the result of a 30-year collecting effort, provided the backbone of sales at Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches earlier this summer here West Palm Beach, Fla., which also featured fine art and a great big diamond earning nice prices as well.

Brian Kogan, who owns the Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches, reported brisk sales to numerous Asian collectors with significant online results through Artfact.com.

The Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches’ sixth anniversary sale, held on June 1, saw a 5 ⅝-inch tall Chinese ivory pot brush carved in high relief, with elders and attendants climbing rockery with plants and a giant tree, sell for $1,400, easily surpassing the $800 to $1,000 estimate. That was followed by a well carved large ivory Rat Zodiac, Chinese, 20th-century, signed. The central seated large rat was surrounded by the rest of the figures of the zodiac in high relief. The 4⅛-inch tall figure, estimated to bring $600 to $700, brought a pleasant closing bid of $1,600, and a group of four carved-ivory figures, Chinese, depicting three boys and an elder, all wearing tunics and pants, mounted on wood bases sold for $1,500 (the estimate was $400-$500).

Other items from the same collection were sold on July 13, where a fine pair of carved ivory birds, Chinese, late 19th century, with other well-detailed birds perched on a pine tree branch, (7 ⅝ inches tall) on a carved-wood stands brought $2,880; an ivory figure of Shan Lao, Chinese, 19th century, the immortal with elongated head and flowing beard, wearing a long robe, holding a gnarled staff and a peach, flanked by a crane, made $2,150; and a fine ivory concentric ball and stand, Chinese circa 1850, containing approximately 12 inner loose balls with pierced trellis design, supported by the stand with a standing boy holding a peach below, also sold for $2,150.

In the art category the big lot of the sale was a pair of works by Joseph Groupy (French, 1689-1769)—the “Sacrifice of Lystra” and “The Charge to Saint Peter”—after Raphael’s Tapestry Cartoons, gouache on vellum laid down, each measuring 8¼ by 12¾in, framed. Estimated at $1,000 to $1,500, the pair sold for $4,750. In the June sale the top art lot was a Royal Berlin (KPM) porcelain plaque, German, late 19th Century, impressed KPM, scepter mark and “H,” of a young beauty in an interior wearing a red dress feeding birds perched on a rod. The 19 inch by 11½ inch plaque in a gilt frame sold for $12,000 to a dealer from Dade County, FL. It was followed by a pair of oil-on-board works called “Venetian Views,” by Edward Pritchett (English, 1828-1864), each measuring 7 by 8½ inches. The pair brought $8,500. The July 13 event boasted an abstract work by Earl Reiback (American, 1948-2006) called “Looking Glass,” a 33¾ inch circular infinity mirror originally acquired directly from the artist. Estimated at $600 to $800, it sold for a surprising bid of $3,600.

This pear shaped 12.4-carat diamond in a platinum ring with baguettes sold for $75,000.

This pear shaped 12.4-carat diamond in a platinum ring with baguettes sold for $75,000.

But the big hitter of all three sales resulted from a cold-call to the Gallery prior to the April sale. A lady wanted to be sure she had the right opinion on her diamond ring. Kogan invited the caller to visit the gallery and meet with a gemologist who identified it as a pear-shaped diamond in a platinum ring weighing approximately 12.40 carats, J-K color, SI 1 clarity, flanked by two baguettes weighing approximately 1.30 carats of G-H color and VS clarity. Satisfied, the woman consigned the ring for sale in the April auction. On sales day, a local phone bidder outlasted three other phone bidders and two gallery bidders with the winning bid of $75,000, within the original estimate.

“Big stone with a big price in hard times,” said Kogan, “go figure.”

For information about these sales and upcoming sales call (561) 805-7115, email info@agopb.com or visit the website. The Gallery is located at 1609 South Dixie Hwy, Suite 5, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401.

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