Thursday, September 13, 2007


September 13, 2007

Sale August 13, 2007
West Palm Beach, FL

Lots from the sale will be shipped to India, Sweden and England and all across the United States.

West Palm Beach, FL - Sometimes an auction in the middle of the summer in South Florida can be received with the enthusiasm of an outdoor cookout in New England in the middle of winter. But Brian Kogan, owner of Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches, continues to assemble inventories that are deep enough, eclectic enough and intriguing enough to interest both local bidders and national and international treasure seekers.

The sale on August 13 in West Palm Beach was the third installment of the sale of the estate of local artist, gallery owner and collector Tanya Brooks mixed with a wide assortment of art and antiques from a variety of sources.

This was the third sale a consignor offered a work by Indian born artist Avanash Chandra, (1931-1991). Works by Chandra had been well received in the past and this time was no exception. The work was "Pahar Hill", oil on canvas, signed and dated "85" lower right. Measuring 50in by 80in, verso bears the artist’s name with the title and date, "1985, London, U.K." A phone bidder battled it out with an internet bidder through Bidding opened at $30,000 and proceeded in $1,000 increments to the winning bid of $46,360 including the buyer’s premium. The winning bidder was in India and that’s where the paining will be shipped but there was an indication that it may wind up in New York.

Another lot headed overseas was actually acquired in the room but will proceed to Sweden. It was a J. W. Fiske cast iron architectural garden aquarium, circa 1901 New York. The firm of J. W. Fiske and Company was one of the preeminent makers and retailers of ornamental iron and zinc objects in New York City in the second half of the nineteenth century, producing a wide range of garden fountains, statues, urns, and furniture. The hexagonal top of the aquarium with glass panels is supported by three water birds with snakes or worms in the beaks. The birds stand among large leaves and cattails. Painted white, measuring 49in high by 39in wide, the aquarium sold for $5,290. It will reside in an aquarium museum in Sweden.

A large bronze by Eugene Antoine Aizelin, French, (1821-1902), 34in high by 16½in wide by 20in deep, entitled "Shepherd Boy and Dog" rose above its estimate of $2,000/2.500. The bronze, signed at the right side of boy "E Aizlin", sold in the room to a local dealer for $4,313.

The Brooks estate still had over twenty paintings by Russian artist Vladamir (Volodia) Lazarev, Russian (b 1904) in the inventory after selling sixteen of them in the June sale. The paintings ranged in price from $500 to $1,000 being won by large variety of floor and online bidders. Three works by Noel Harry Leaver, A.R A. C., British (1889-1951), attracted some tightly focused attention from the English trade. Two of the paintings, "A City Gate," watercolor on paper, signed lower left, sight 9¾in high by 14in wide with verso label "J Assenheim & Son, importers of etchings....etc., 37 New Street, New York. Established 1870" mounted under glass and overall 17⅜in by 21½in and "A Street in Jerusalem," watercolor on paper, signed lower left, with same dimensions and labels, sold to a single buyer for $1,840 while third by Leaver, "'An Arabian Mosque," watercolor on paper, went to the same buyer for $1,495.

Three lots of Steuben sold within or above estimate. A large double etched vase with Chinese Pattern in double gourd shape has exterior plum color, acid cut to rose, with intricate Chinese etching, finely ground top and base with factory ground pontil, 13⅛in high, sold within estimate for $3,220. Blue Aurene Fan Vase with applied threading and stylized hearts, incised "Steuben Aurene 6297" on the bottom, with some stress crazing to the top of the fan, 9in high by 7½in wide, rose above estimate to $2,530 and a large cased glass vase with three sides, custard coloration top changing to off-white lower with random air bubbles through out, applied clear glass rim top is factory ground and polished, 10⅜in high with acid stamp Steuben fleur-de-lis mark on base and multiple scratched surface base with ground and polished pontil, sold within estimate at $2,070.

Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches has a three day on site sale scheduled in September, October and November. For more information about this sale and upcoming sales call (561) 805-7115, email or visit the website at The Gallery is located at 1609 South Dixie Hwy. Suite 5, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401.

Written by: Fred & Gail Taylor


Top lot of the sale was this oil on canvas by Avanash Chandra. It sold online for $46,360.

A large bronze by Eugene Antoine Aizelin went for $4,313.

This aquarium by J. W. Fiske will go to a museum in Sweden for $5,290.

This little 20in high mug of a bronze chimp brought $863.

This Steuben Blue Aurene Fan vase closed at $2,530.

"A City Gate" by Noel Harry Leaver sold for $1,840.

A French iron and marble pastry table went for $1,380.


September 12, 2007

Boca Raton, FL
September 2, 2007

J.K.Galleries in Boca Raton mixed Impressionist art, an early 20th century illustration and exotic American art pottery at the pre Labor Day sale September 2.

Boca Raton, FL – J. K. Galleries in Boca Raton, FL has established a solid reputation for presenting an outstanding inventory of American art pottery since the move to Boca Raton in October 2006. The pre Labor Day sale on September 2 certainly bolstered that reputation but the sale was not totally dependent on art pottery. In fact the top lot of the sale was an Impressionist lithograph by Toulouse Lautrec (French 1864-1901).

The 10 by 13in professionally framed lithograph was signed by Lautrec in the upper left of the plate with his characteristic medallion like stroke, tagged on the reverse "From Lillian Heidenberg Gallery in New York City. Toulouse Lautrec Mlle. Marcelle Lender En Buste 1895." Lender was a performer in the operetta ChilpĂ©ric who fascinated Lautrec. The lithograph was first published in the standard edition of 1100 in the German periodical, Pan in September 1895. It was said to be one of the highest achievements of the lithographer's art, a masterpiece of nineteenth century French printmaking. It sold on the phone to a bidder from the West Coast of Florida for $32,200 including the buyer’s premium to exceed the estimate of $20,000/$30,000.

A piece of twentieth century art also featuring attractive women garnered some keen attention. The 12 by 15in oil on board of two nudes at the beach in secluded grassy dunes shaded by large beach umbrellas bore the full signature of American illustrator Howard Chandler Christy (1873-1915). There was a framing tag on reverse from Nelson Declark, New York City. Perhaps the scene reminded a bidder of Florida beaches. A phone bidder from Jacksonville, FL won it for $16,100.

While coins were a little soft, a 1922 gold St Gauden $20 piece brought $863 and a $50 Gold Eagle 2007 coin went for $1,035. Select jewelry made as strong appearance. A lady’s 18KT white gold signed and numbered Cartier wide diamond bracelet set with 8.00CT bezel set diamonds, measuring 6in long by 1in wide, brought $18,000 and a man’s Patek Phillpe 18KT yellow gold square dress watch with original band, circa 1970, sold for $6,325.

But the real star of the sale was the pottery inventory. Auction owner Jay Kielstock reported selling 229 of the 234 pottery lots. Roseville Futura led the way with a very attractive 8in Winged Futura vase, shape 426 with lovely soft blended colors. Estimated at $1,200/1,500 it closed at $2,645. Futura continued with a 10in Elephant Foot vase with flared rim and concentric rings around the body and bulbous base. The color shaded from soft mottled blue into darker blue with tinges of purple. Estimated at $880/1,200 it sold for $2,300.

A Futura 10in Stepped Urn Vase, shape number 395, with graduated stepped rings around the neck highlighted with bright green over the tan body sold over estimate at $1,380 and a 15in Futura Thistle pattern floor vase, soft tan and beige with large green thistle blooms sold online to a bidder though for $1,320. Non-Roseville pottery included two Weller lots. A 15in tall bulbous example from the turn of the century, artist signed by "L. Blake," listed as Elizabeth/Liz Blake, one of the top dog artists of the period, featured a portrait of a Schitzu with his tongue hanging out. It sold for $1,840. Another Weller piece featuring a pair of Muskota hunting dogs brought $1,265.

Several notable non-pottery lots included a signed Handel lamp with 18in dome signed "HB" for Henry Bedegie and "Handel Number 6821." The reverse painted dome showed a moon scene with pale pink sky over a continuos woodland scene. The 20in tall base was also signed. It went for $9,000 to an online bidder. An online bidder in England simply had to have a 16in long hallmarked silver spoon weighing approximately 11 ounces. Its hallmarks included a key with the letters IDS, the letter F and the standing figure of a man. Estimated at $300/400 it sold online for $2,280.

For more information call Jay Kielstock at (954) 421-2800, email at or visit the website at J.K. Galleries is located at 8221 W. Glades Road, Suite # 13, Boca Raton, FL 33434.

Written by: Fred & Gail Taylor


This 1895 lithograph by Toulouse Lautrec was top lot of the sale at $32,200.

The Roseville Futura Winged Vase took flight at $2,645.

A reverse painted signed Handel lamp with 18in dome sold for $9,000.

This beach scene by Howard Chandler Christy remained in Florida for $16,100.
8.00CT of bezel set diamonds in 18KT gold brought $18,000.

This Roseville Futura Milk Carton vase brought $805.

This turn of the century dog portrait vase by Weller closed at $1,840.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


September 11, 2007

Sale September 29, October 27, November 3, 2007
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches has been retained to auction the majority of the inventory of a major Fort Lauderdale antique and architectural store.

West Palm Beach, FL – Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches owner Brian Kogan has announced that his Gallery has been retained to auction the bulk of the inventory of Eastside Antique Market & Architectural Depot in Fort Lauderdale as part of an insurance settlement.

The 10,000 square foot shop on SW 14th Street in Fort Lauderdale will provide the venue for a massive three day sales event that will be held on three different dates, each with a different theme, September 29, October 27 and November 3. Each sale will consist of 400 to 500 lots. Kogan has divided each segment of the sale into in-person and eBay Live sections. The early sessions of each sale, 10:00AM to 1:00PM will have no online presence. The second portion, 2:00PM to 5:00Pm will be online. The September section of the sale will focus on Antiques, Decorations and Collectibles, the October segment on Antiques, Stained Glass and Huge Quantity of Lighting Fixtures and the November portion will offer Antique Architectural and Garden Statuary.

The inventory will include hundreds of hand-picked treasures from around the world, a unique, unusual and eclectic collection that includes antique furniture, buffets, dressers, sideboards, tables, garden statuary, benches and chairs, architectural elements in stone and wood, a large selection of wrought iron, including columns, massive gates and doors, corbels, fountains and planters, cast iron, a quantity of enormous museum frames, curio cabinets, beautiful stained glass, porcelain and china, brass beds and cribs, coach lights, mantels, nautical pieces, costumes, shabby chic, primitive tribal sculpture, costume jewelry, Florida Folk Art. Old Florida garden pottery, pedestals, religious items, sconces, mirrors, chandeliers, a large quantity of outdoor lighting, marble top tables and geological artifacts. If you need it, inside or out for home, business or restaurant, it probably will cross the block in the three days of the sale.

Previews for the onsite September sale will begin Saturday September 22 and will available each day until auction time on the 29th. Previews for the other dates will be announced. Previews and sales will be conducted at Eastside Antique Market & Architectural Depot, 99 SW 14th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Directions to the sale can be obtained from the Auction Gallery or from Eastside at (954) 523-3202.

Phone bids and absentee bids will be accepted through Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches but reserved seating will not be offered for the 100 spaces available at each sale.

Some of the inventory will be displayed for previewing on the Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches website at . For more information contact the Gallery at (561) 805-7115 or email at

written by:

Fred & Gail Taylor



This is a glimpse of the vast selection of wrought iron in the sale.

Antique furniture and accessories will complement the sale.

Some of the garden statuary.

Statuary, wrought iron, antiques, lighting and more.