Tuesday, March 11, 2008


March 10, 2008

Sale February 25, 2008
West Palm Beach, FL

The painting by American Guy Wiggins was the top lot at Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches at $28,080.

A Vero Beach estate provided plenty of action for the 555 registered bidders who participated in the February 25 sale at Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, FL. The sale attracted an unusually high amount of online activity through LiveAuctioneers.com because of the quality and volume of the inventory according to Auction owner Brian Kogan. The 100 inhouse registered bidders were joined by 455 who signed up though LiveAuctioneers.com along with 80 phone and absentee bidders. Overall 25 percent of the 372 lot inventory was won by online bidders.

Art led the way to the top lot in the form of an oil on canvas board, 16 by 20in, from American painter Guy Carleton Wiggins (1883-1962). His Impressionist painting of an urban snow scene entitled “Fifth Ave” sold to a local collector in the room for $28,080 including the buyer’s premium (est $20,000/$30,000). Following close behind was an original painting in acrylic and ink by Joan Miro (Spanish 1893-1983) which was included in the book “MIRO LITHOGRAPHS II,” preface by Raymond Gueneau, Leon Amiel publisher, New York 1975. The signed work and the copy of the book sold in the room for $24,750. A 17½in diameter disk, bronze with verdigris patina, signed by Alexander Archipenko (American 1881-1964) featuring Russian peasant figures was a protest work inscribed with a Ukranian poem referring to Stalin. Estimated at $10,000/$15,000, it sold on the floor for $23,400.

Other works of art included an oil on canvas in the manner of Jean Marc Nattier (French 1685-1766). “Mother and Child with Dog” was a 49¼ by 38in 19th century paining in a gilded frame. Estimated at $2,000/$3,000, it closed at $8,482 and a Spanish School oil on canvas, “Portrait of an Officer,” circa 1800, estimated at $1,000-$1,500, it was hammered down to an Internet bidder for $6,710.

Both period and reproduction furniture was strong. A set of four walnut George III Irish Chippendale chairs had some old restorations but generally were in very good condition. They found a new home with a floor bidder for $16,380 (est $6,000/$8,000). Need a table for those chairs? Along came a George III mahogany triple pedestal dining table with a satinwood crossbanded top, oval ends and vase shape standards raised on downswept reeded legs ending in brass caps and castors, circa 1800. The 89in by 41in table with two 20¾in extension leaves closed at $8,190 (est $4,000/$6,000). A George III style mahogany tall case clock, American circa 1880 with a movement stamped twice “Walter Durfee, Providence R .I.,” a hood with broken pediment and a dial signed by Henry A. Turner & Co, Boston, estimated at $5,000/$8,000, sold for $9,360.

Louis XVI 20th century reproductions were popular. A French Louis XVI style bureau plat with gilt bronze mounts and frieze brought $2,808, well above the $1,200/$1,600 estimate. A French Louis XVI chest, circa 1900, with four long drawers raised on short circular legs sold for $2,574 (est $500/$700) and a French Louis XVI gilt bronze mounted mahogany game table, circa 1910, 44½ by 25¼in, went for $2,223 (est $800/$1,200).

Fancy lighting was in heavy demand. A pair of Empire style gilt and patinated bronze figural six light candelabra, French 19th century, each cast as a semi-nude Grecian female holding aloft a vase issuing candle arms, 39¾in high, raised on a gilt marble mounted plinth, estimated at $3,000/$5,000, had extremely heavy phone bidding but sold in the room for $11,700. A rare pair of George III cut glass two light sconces, English circa 1775, with a provenance from Shreve, Crump & Low of Boston, roared over the estimate of $500/$800 to close at $4,914.

For more information about this sale and upcoming sales including the Chess Collectors International chess sale in May call (561) 805-7115, email
info@agopb.com or visit the website at http://www.agopb.com. The Gallery is located at 1609 South Dixie Hwy, Suite 5, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401.

Written by:
Fred Taylor


This 16 by 20in oil on canvas board by Guy C. Wiggins was top lot at

This bronze disk entitled “Ukraine 1931” was signed by Alexander
Archipneko. It closed above estimate at $23,400.

An acrylic and ink work by Joan Miro brought $24,750.

A pair of George III walnut Iris Chippendale chairs in good condition doubled
the $6,000/$8,000 estimate to close at $16,380.

This magnificent pair of 19th century French Empire style candelabra
soared over estimate closing at $11,300.

This fine pair of William IV English Sheffield coasters was made by K.G. &
Co in 1834. Estimated at $800/$1,200, they sold online for $2,928.

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