KENNEBUNK, MAINE — J.J. Keating Auctioneers conducted an antiques auction on August 24 that blended a diverse selection of European, early American, Oriental and Midcentury Modern material throughout the day. The auction featured period formal and country pieces, including a rare Samuel Ranlet, Monmouth, Maine, inlaid case tall clock, but it was signed Danish Modern furniture that brought top prices.
The sale was led by a Niels Vodder/Finn Juhl settee that took $15,525. It was followed by a Hens Wegner Papa Bear chair that settled at $5,750. Richard Keating, co-principal of the firm, observed that furniture from the 1950s–60s resonates with today’s younger buyers more than “the traditional items.” The Modern pieces came from a Cape Elizabeth home, he said, the first floor of which ironically was furnished with ornate antique furniture. The settee went to a designer in Copenhagen bidding by phone.
The same price of $5,750 was achieved by a bronze plaque by Augustus Saint-Gaudens depicting Francis Davis Millet (1848–1912), an American painter, sculptor and writer who was a close friend of Saint-Gaudens and who died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912.
Fetching $5,290 was a pair of 4½-inch Paul Revere spoons.
Highlighting fine art crossing the block was a colorful Karl A. Buehr oil on canvas landscape centered by an apple tree orchard in full blossom, which realized $5,175.
A classical stance was captured by a 53-inch marble figure of Hygieia, daughter of the god of medicine in Greek and Roman mythology, which finished at $4,140.
Additional highlights included two American Federal period artillery officer’s swords, one of which, fitted with an eagle hilt, hit $2,990, the other realizing $3,565.
Inlay and carving decorated a European two-part court cupboard, which garnered $3,105.
A collection of more than 20 Barbara Lekberg sculptures was offered, the most notable in the sale being one titled “Lazarus,” which rose to $2,300.
Rounding out the sale’s top ten lots was an 18K necklace and bracelet at $2,645 and a Gorham sterling sherbet set for $2,185.
“It was strong across the board,” said Keating of the sale.
J.J. Keating’s next auction is October 5, with most of the items being sourced from quality local estates.
Prices reported include the buyer’s premium. For information, www.jjkeating.com or 207-985-2097.