Cortes Painting Hits $34,500 at Leland Little

An oil on canvas Paris street scene by the renowned French painter Edouard Cortes (1882-1969), titled Boulevard des Capucines, sold for $34,500 at a two-session Fine & Decorative Arts Catalog Auction held June 19 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales.

The painting was one of the top earners of the nearly 800 fresh-to-the-market lots that crossed the block. Over 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.

“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.”

Also from Ms. Bridges’ collection: one lot of 16 wonderful 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).

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 byFrank Smith commanded $4,140.

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.

Estimated at $1,500-$3,000, this Southern Chippendale chest of drawers brought $12,000 plus premium.

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).

As for furniture, 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.

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.

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