Wendt Painting Tops Multi-Estate Fine Art, Antiquities Sale

The top lot of the auction was William Wendt’s “Patriarchs of the Grove,” which made $299,000.

GENESEO, N.Y. — An original oil-on-canvas painting by renowned American artist William Wendt (1865-1946) titled “Patriarchs of the Grove” sold for $299,000 at a multi-estate auction held March 22 and 23 hosted by Cottone Auctions. The painting was the top lot of the 950 total offered.

According to Cottone, proceeds of the auction topped $2.9 million.

Wendt was born in Germany but immigrated to the United Stated and became one of California’s best-known landscape painters of the late 19th and early 20th century. His renderings were especially known for their rich greens and browns. Wendt was also a founder of the California Art Club.

Two other lots also topped the $100,000 mark. One, an original oil on canvas by Jonas Lie (1880-1940) titled “Manhattan,” realized $126,500. Norwegian-born Lie is best known for his colorful coastlines of New England and New York City scenes.

A finely carved 19th-century Chinese model of the Imperial Nine Dragon Wall sold for $29,900.

The other six-figure lot was a late 19th-century bronze group of a bogatyr by Russian artist Evgeni Lanceray (1848-1886). The bogatyr, a character in medieval East Slavic legend similar to a Western European knight-errant, was signed on the base and cast by Chopin. It showed a warrior wearing a helmet and chain mail carrying a banner, sword and bow, and its top bid was $115,000.

The multi-estate sale contained lots of fine arts and antiques in an array of categories. In addition to fine art, offerings included Asian objects, sterling silver, estate jewelry, period furniture and Native American objects.

Approximately 300 people per day attended the auction in person. In addition, 2,000 bidders registered to online via LiveAuctioneers.com, and several hundred phone and absentee bids were recorded.

Following are additional highlights from the sale. All prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer’s premium:

An Egyptian sarcophagus of Djeserkare Amenhotep, circa 1069-945 BC realized a bid of $31,050.

• A 19th-century Chinese ivory model of the Imperial Nine Dragon Wall, each side carved with nine heavy relief dragons and floral relief sold for $29,900, and a Chinese marble head of a bodhisattva tagged $27,600
• A rare Gustav Stickley oak corner cupboard, crafted circa 1905 and descended in the family of the original owners, topped out at $92,000. Also, an Egyptian sarcophagus for Djeserkare Amenhotep, ruler of Thebes, circa 1069-945 B.C., hit $31,050.
• A pottery snuff bottle as a round, flattened flask with landscape design sold for $8,625, and a cased-glass snuff bottle as an ovate flattened flask with birds and flowers realized $8,510.
• A Tiffany Pomegranate lamp with dichroic glass, stamped shade and stamped base lit up the room for $20,125, and a set of 12 Russian plates from the banquet service of the period of Alexander II sold as one lot for $13,225.
• An oil-on-canvas by Felix Schlesinger (1833-1910) showing children feeding rabbits, changed hands for $39,675, and an oil-on-canvas by Andrew Melrose (1830-1902) titled “Beach at Newport, R.I.,” with a 1951 purchase label price of $900, brought $24,150.

Cottone Auctions’ next auction is slated for Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. EST. The sale will feature vintage clocks, fine antiques and automobiles. More information can be found at Cottone Auction’s website.

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