ASHEVILLE, NC – On May 12-14, Brunk Auctions held a three day sale consisting of over a thousand lots of fine art, furniture, and decorative arts. The successful auction drew interest from across the globe culminating in strong results for the regional auction house.
A view of Vermont Hills by influential American artist, Rockwell Kent was the top painting in the auction. The oil on canvas, signed in the lower right, “Rockwell Kent 1923-27”, was met with heavy bidding on the phones and in the room. The Vermont painting sold for $141,600 to a phone bidder.
American paintings garnered considerable interest in the spring auction. The Garden Party by Martha Walter from the Zelle collection of Nashville, Tennessee and Gulf Stream, Florida sold for $42,480. A view of McCall’s Ferry by Hermann Herzog from the Thalhimer Estate of Richmond, Virginia sold for $35,400. Milton Avery’s White Horse from the Thalhimer Estate also sold for $35,400.
In addition to great paintings from the Thalhimer estate was a very fine 18th century Chippendale side chair from Boston, selling for $33,040 and an 1805 Simon Willard tall case clock selling for $35,400.
The top lot in the sale was a pair of very fine Millefiori Enameled porcelain cups with iron red Qianlong marks and highly incised decorations. They were consigned from a private Georgia collection. The pair of two-inch cups sold for $177,000.
The sale totaled in at $1.79 million over the three sessions. All results listed include buyers premium. Brunk Auctions will hold their next catalog auction on the weekend of July 9th.