Friday, April 27, 2007


April 27, 2007

Sale April 16, 2007
West Palm Beach, FL

Works by Jean Jensem and Alfred Hutty provide the fuel for a high powered sale April 16 at Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, FL.

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Brian Kogan, owner of Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches, said of his April 16 sale, "It was a very satisfying way to close out the Winter season." Part of his satisfaction came from the fact that he had the estate of New York City resident Selma Smith to entice local and internet bidders through The heir to the estate, a local resident, indicated to Kogan that he would rather have the sale handled in West Palm Beach than have to parcel it out to several New York auctions and Kogan was happy to make the trip to take a look. He liked what he saw. The 520 lot sale started at 5:00PM April 16 and was host to 125 visitors with 70 registered in-house bidders, 75 phone bidders and 240 registered bidders online. Kogan said they came to buy.

Art was the main attraction and the top lot was an oil on canvas by Jean Jansem, Fr, (b.1920). Jamsen was born in 1920 in Seuleuze, the former Armenian part of Turkey, and spent his early childhood in Greece before his family settled in Paris when he was ten. He was educated in Paris and his work was most influenced by Picasso. This work titled "Woman by Table," 45¾ by 35in, was estimated pre sale at $6/$8,000. It sold on the phone to a dealer in New Jersey for $14,950 including the buyer’s premium.

Two works by Alfred Hutty (1877-1954) offered a Southern point of view. Hutty, born in Michigan, arrived in Charleston, SC before the start of World War I and was a leading figure in the Charleston Renaissance group of artists active between 1915 and 1940. Hutty also worked for Tiffany Studios. His watercolor "Cypress Swamp" was signed lower right in pencil. The unframed work, 19 by 14in, sold online for $7,320 after a fierce battle with a floor bidder. The work will be heading back home to South Carolina. The same online bidder won the following lot, also by Hutty, "Old Church with Spanish Moss," 15 by 19½in, watercolor signed lower right, for $10,370.

Other significant works of art included an oil on canvas circa 1730 attributed to John van der Banck, British (1694-1739). The 78 by 65in work depicted the "Duke and Duchess of Marlborough" in a massive gilt-gesso frame. The painting appeared to have been touched up in places. It brought a winner of $6,900 followed by a painting after Edourard Manet but with an indistinguishable signature, a 46 by 30in oil on canvas, estimated at $1,200/$1,500, which sold in the room at $4,600. A KPM hand painted oval porcelain plaque, 19th century, of a "Lady in a White Dress" was a pleasant surprise. Estimated at $1,000/$2000, the 7 by 5in oval with KPM mark, mounted in an gilt gesso decorative frame, closed in the room at $3,450.

Other types of decorative arts also found a warm reception including a three piece enamel and bronze French garniture clock set. The clock had a footed brass frame with beveled glass side panels and two hand painted porcelain figural panels with accented cloisonné embellishments. The time and strike movement was stamped "Medaille D'Argent 1889". Accompanying the clock was a pair of footed hand painted figural and pictorial porcelain and bronze urns with cloisonné and gilt accents, each measuring 5in wide at the handles by 11in high. It closed at $7475. A 12 by 20ft Sarouk sold for $4,600. But the best music was made by a 1930 Steinway walnut Model M Grand Piano with the original Aoelian Duo-Art Player Piano Mechanism that operated and played beautifully. With 150 music rolls it sold for $12,000.

At this sale even the "brown goods" did well. An English mahogany three part breakfront/secretary with a scrolled mullion vitrine top with shelves, measuring 110in wide by 23½in deep by 99 inches high, marked with a plaque reading "Kenidge Furnishers, Hailsham & Heathfield," earned $11,500 and an English Georgian inlaid sideboard with serpentine front, 71 W by 24½ D by 36½in H with some minor repairs sold for $2,990.

The next sale at Auction Gallery of the Palm beaches is scheduled for May 21 featuring fine art and antiques from two local estates. For more information call Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches at (561) 805-7115, email to or visit the website at

Written by:
Fred and Gail Taylor
(800) 387-6377

Sale April 16, 2007

Top lot of the sale was "Woman by Table" by Jean Jansem at $14,950.

This French garniture clock set made time at $7,475.

This lovely KPM porcelain plaque, 5 by 7in oval, closed at $3,450.

An Exquisite Italian Pietra Dura inlaid plaque depicting a still-life
centerpiece, 18in diameter, sold for $3,910.

A 1930 Steinway with Aoelian Duo-Art Player Piano Mechanism and 150 music rolls went for $12,000.

"Marine Scene" oil on canvas by William Richardson Tyler, American 1825- 1896, in original frame, brought $5,750.

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