July 24th, 2005 - Art & Antiques Auction Wrap-Up
(Indianapolis, Indiana, July 27, 2005) Stifling heat did nothing to deter buyers from packing the showroom at the Sunday July 24 Art and Antiques auction Dan Ripley's Antique Helper. Braving the heat to bask in air conditioned comfort, collectors and dealers arrived early to prepare for a day of bidding on a diverse selection of offerings, including Asian antiques, glass and Indiana Art, as well as a selection of discovery items selling directly to the floor. All prices reported reflect a 10% buyer's premium for floor bidders and a 15% buyer's premium for telephone, absentee and eBay bidders. Starting promptly at 1:00 PM Central time, House Auctioneer DeWayne Butler wasted no time in setting the day's pace. The third lot in the sale, a pair of Chinese porcelain jardini-res, decorated in a bat motif, circa 1900, swiftly managed to fly past their high estimate of $120, selling for an impressive $2,415, to an eBay bidder. Also surpassing expectations, a pair of Chinese carved brown rosewood game tables, circa 1900, closed at $718.75, and a Chinese cabinet, also of carved brown rosewood, closed at $1,006.25, both selling to eBay bidders. Among the pottery offered in this sale was a large Roseville Rozane vase, decorated with a hunting dog, impressed Rozane 931 RpCo.3.0 and signed by artist Fred Steele. Despite heavy crazing to the glaze throughout and significant loss to base, this 17- piece managed to more than quadruple high estimate when it sold for $718.75. Among the dozen vintage and antique clocks offered was an Advertising Regulator Coca Cola Drugstore clock, deaccessioned from the Hook's Drug Museum in Indianapolis. Sold as-is, this clock surpassed high estimate of $200, selling for $373.75, to an eBay bidder. Bringing in the same price, dollar for dollar was a 1984 Collector's Edition Set of four Steiff Margaret Strong teddy bears, offered in their original box, also going to an eBay bidder. The last portion of the sale was dedicated to more than 50 works of art, including more consignments from the estates of Hoosier Salon artists Isabel White and Gladys A. Denney. Also bringing much attention were half a dozen seascapes and nautical works by J.K. Lilly Jr.(1893-1966), son of JK Lilly Sr. and the grandson of Colonel Eli Lilly who was founder of the well known pharmaceutical company. Junior also acted as president of Eli Lilly and Co. These items from his estate were purchased locally from the former house keeper, who was gifted the paintings and objects by Josiah K. Lilly Jr., all exceeded high estimates of $200, with prices ranging from $155-$650, and all selling to the same absentee bidder. Among other notable artwork sold at this auction was a large, 47" x 37" oil on canvas, depicting Zebras, by Pascal Pierre (Date Unknown), which sold for $495 to a floor bidder. Works by Hoosier Salon painter Isabelle White typically sold within estimated $50-$150, as did those by fellow Hoosier Salon artist, Gladys A. Denney (est. $100-$200). Antique Helper is now gearing up for a busy autumn. Consignments are still being accepted for the fall Bakelite, Costume and Estate Jewelry Auction, scheduled for Sunday, September 18th, as well as a special Baseball Auction taking place on Saturday, October 8th and an Art and Antique Auction featuring Mission to Modern Design on Sunday October 16th at 1pm. Auctions in the nearer future include "Killer" Collectibles on Sunday August 14th and an Art and Antiques auction on Sunday, August 28th. For more information about these or past auctions, please call 317-251-5635, or visit our website at www.antiquehelper.com.