Rare bronze brings $40,000


CLEVELAND – The ewolf’s December fine art and fine decorations online auction brought sales prices at or above the estimated value for several of the items being auctioned.

A large and rare bronze by Herbert Adams, “Girl With Water Lilies,” estimated at $20,000 to $40,000, was the highest priced item, going for $34,500. The 1928 statue in the Florentine Renaissance style is inscribed by Adams and with the foundry mark of The Gorham Company Founders.

A bronze figural group depicting hounds attacking a stag by Antoine Louis Barye realized $10,063. Also in the bronze and ceramic dogs category, Jules B. Gelibert’s bronze figure of a hound sold for $5,175. The sculpture was of “Druid,” the bloodhound of Imperial Prince Napoleon.

A large Dresden porcelain figure of a late 19th century pug dog in blanc de chine glaze sold for $644. its estimated value was $200 to $400. And a cast iron doorstop modeled as a seated Boston Terrier was estimated at $100 to $200, but sold for $374.

Among paintings at auction, Jonas Lie’s 1917 “High Noon” had the highest sale price, going for $18,975. A fine 19th century copy of Raphael’s “Madonna of the Goldfinch,” estimated at $5,000 to $8,000, was sold for $5,750.

In decorations, a monumental micro mosaic Venetian mirror (c. 1900) brought $14,373. The elaborately designed mirror featured architectural elements of columns and arches covered in flowers and vines with bouquets of roses and poppies and birds.