Jackson’s International Auctioneers and Appraisers, headquartered in Cedar Falls, Iowa, hosted another spectacular World Treasures auction on November 29 and 30, 2016 with over 2,000 registered bidders representing nearly 70 countries and sales totaling close to three million dollars over the two day period.
The sale featured a number of important estate collections fresh to the market, including the estate of the late Jerry Pabst (1937-2016), Omaha, Nebraska; the late Mrs. Nell Rankin of New York; the estate of Jerome and Caroline Ash, Detroit, Michigan; items from the U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, Laurence Adolf Steinhardt (1892-1950); and the Thomas Moreland collection.
Covering a multitude of interest groups in the two session sale, the first session started off strongly with American paintings. Highlights included a beautiful Italian Landscape, circa 1857, by Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) that measured 28 inches x 37.5 inches. The oil on canvas finished at $125,000 after a spirited phone bidding battle. A small oil on canvas board painting of a Red Barn by Iowa artist Marvin Cone (1891-1965) crossed the block at $81,250 while a Surrealistic Assemblage of Figures by modern artist Walter Quirt (1902-1968) sold to a buyer in North Carolina for $52,500. Another sale of note in the modern realm was the lithograph titled Le Permissionnaire by Joan Miro (Spanish 1893-1983) which sold for $31,250.
The second session also saw the sale of a selection of Russian items, including a beautiful icon with enameled riza of the Vladimir-Volokolmskaya Mother of God, which finished at $16,250 selling to a private collector amongst much bidding.
One of the more interesting paintings on the sale was a fresh to the market oil by Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin (Russian 1832-1898) of a Sunlit Landscape with Train. The painting had provenance which traced back to a Russian émigré family’s collection where it had been held since circa 1890, coming to the States in 1959, and being sold by the great great grandson of the original owner. The phone lines were booked solid for this painting, which ended up selling for $137,500.
Russian porcelain was also represented with a small but important offering, including a rare figure of a Stepan (Stenka) Razin by the State Porcelain Factory, circa late 1920s-1930s. Crafted after a model by B. Savitskii, it was modeled as a Cossack and eventually sold for $17,500.
European decorative arts were also included in the first session. One example was a bronze sculpture of a Nude Male Athlete, by German artist Rudolf Maison (1854-1904). This model measured 31.75 inches (80.2 cm) and will be returning to Germany after selling for $7,500.
Session one was where much of the impressive ecclesiastical collection of Thomas Moreland was offered. A few highlights included the sale of a large and impressive French gilded silver, gem set and champlevé enamel monstrance. Crafted by Poussielgue-Rusand Fils, of Paris, circa 1889, this beautiful monstrance sold to a Chicago buyer for $20,000. Another interesting piece was a fine silver-gilt and gem set crosier of the Bishop of Limoges, France, Trioullier Freres, Paris, circa 1888. This beautiful example measured 75.5 inches when assembled and crossed the block at $22,500.
Day one concluded with an impressive collection of Indo-Persian edged weapons from a private Midwestern collection. The group totaled nearly $135,000 in sales with a massive and exceptional muhgal tegha sword, circa 1800 selling for $18,750.
Day two saw just as much activity and bidding as the first session, starting with an impressive collection of American and European glassware and porcelain. One highlight from that group was a rare Umberto Bellotto for Barovier blown glass and wrought iron mounted flask, Italy, circa 1922. Heated phone bidding saw buyers competing aggressively for this piece, with it eventually finishing at $143,750.
A beautiful pair of large and impressive Meissen “Schneeballen” (Snowball) German porcelain lidded urns from the late 18th century sold well above their estimate finishing at $50,000. The pair was modeled after the original by J.J. Kaendler, 1731 and featured figural birds in flight.
A small sampling of American decorative arts were sold in the second session, including a fine Aaron Willard Jr. mahogany tall case clock, circa 1800. Measuring 93 inches, the clock finished at $22,500.
Closing out the second session was a large collection of Asian decorative arts including carved ivory, jades, and hardstone pieces, Japanese decorative arts, and porcelain. A few highlights include a pair of Chinese jade and hardstone carved specimen panels, Qing dynasty, which sold for $32,500. Also a diminutive (1.87 inches) Chinese Yixing redware wine cup, which sold to a buyer in the United Kingdom for $26,250 and a small Namikawa Yasuyuki workshop Japanese cloisonné enameled silver vase which eventually finished at $21,250.
Jackson’s now turns their attention to their upcoming auction, scheduled for late March, which will feature the important collection of Americana antiques from the estate of Robert and ‘Jake’ Hockridge of Bettendorf, Iowa. The sale will include a large sampling of American silver and pewter, important primitives, as well as artwork, decorative arts, coins, stamps, and much more. For more information regarding this sale, please visit Jackson’s website at jacksonsauction.com. If you have items you would like to sell at auction, please contact our Client Services department via our website.