Date: Fri 23-Apr-1999
Dargate Sale Totals $500,000
By Rita Easton
PITTSBURGH, PENN. -- An important estate sale took place at Dargate Auction
Galleries in two sessions, March 13 and 14, following three viewing sessions.
Despite an impending blizzard, the large audience attracted many new buyers
and specialty interest groups competing for items in the featured art and
antique collection from a Pittsburgh family with Russian and European
ancestors, according to Lori Framiglio of the gallery. Fifteen hundred ninety
two lots crossed the block, generating a gross of $500,000.
An oil on canvas depicting well-fed farm animals taking their ease in a
pastoral setting, painted by E.J. Verboeckhoven (Belgian, 1799-1881), with
dimensions of 23 by 28« inches, escalated to $31,000, the top bid of the
event, going over the phone to a Dutch gallery on behalf of a Belgian client.
A finely carved oak cylinder music box, an Ideal Sublime Harmonie Piccolo,
with interchangeable cylinders, a large 46 inches in length, sold at $25,000.
A 22 inch high monumental Daum Nancy vase made $9,200, and a 4« inch high Daum
Nancy example with cottage scene realized $3,500; a rare Russian coronation
book on Alexander III, with Cyrillic print, 27 inches high, went to a Russian
buyer in New York at $9,500; and a Nineteenth Century Russian leatherbound
volume in Cyrillic, with hundreds of color illustrations and text, showing
various coats of arms from the Russian empire, went to an Internet buyer for
An example of Russian art by Soudeikine, an oil on canvas depicting a kneeling
couple, fetched $7,000 from a New York City buyer; a fabulous Russian silver
Cossack belt with turquoise stone set in the center, circa 1900, went to a
buyer with a 30 inch waist at $550; an oil on canvas by N. Obolensky,
depicting a moonlit scene, achieved $3,300; a canvas of a mountainous
landscape partially covered in snow, painted by Ivan Choultse was purchased at
$3,250; and a watercolor by I. Bilibine, the work having an affixed label
giving provenance of a Russian architect who was formerly a president of the
Royal Academy, 84 years of age and in exile, generated lively competition
between the floor and an Internet bidder, as won on cyberspace for $2,000.
Silver, bronze, and gilt boxes brought in fresh bidders, with a Nineteenth
Century cylindrical sterling silver box with the Russian Imperial warrant mark
by maker K.L.B.M. Nikov of Moscow fetching $1,600; a presentation silver
casket, inscribed by the Russian Count Arenoss to Bishop Erenicus, selling for
$1,550; and a large Russian silver kvosch with semi-precious stones and
Cyrillic inscription going to a New York City buyer for $2,300.
A Russian enamel Nineteenth Century berry spoon by maker S. T. Bogadanov
reached $1,100; a sterling silver and enamel icon made in the early Twentieth
Century, went out at $1,200; a 14« inch high Tiffany Zodiac lamp with unusual
bronze shade brought $3,900; a fine Tiffany counterbalance lamp, 14« inches
high by seven inches in diameter realized $7,000; and a Tiffany ten-piece desk
set with red inlay sold at $6,000.
Prices quoted above do not reflect a required 15 percent buyers premium.