Fine Art, Asian &
Fine and decorative art, historical artifacts and top-tier antiques were highly sought after during James D. Julia’s February 8 and 9 Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Auction. The sale, which achieved more than $3.3 million, was led by Fernando Botero’s A Lawyer that sold for $150,750 against a $125,000 to $175,000 presale estimate.
There was also success with Hayley Lever’s 1904 painting Fishing Boats – Sunrise that sold for $60,500.The work was signed and titled on a label from Clayton-liberatore Art Gallery. Morris Graves’ War Maddened Bird Following St. Elmo’s Fire, a tempera on paper painting, brought $81,675, a price that was four times its low presale estimate. A work attributed to Paul Émile Chabas of two children and bouquets of peonies, titled Happy New Year, was also of interest. It sold for $24,200, which was more than six times its low estimate.
Morris Graves (1910-2001), War Maddened Bird Following St. Elmo’s Fire, Tempera on paper, 24½ x 59 in., signed and dated lower right: ‘M Graves 44’; multiple exhibition labels verso. Courtesy James D. Julia. Estimate: $20/40,000 SOLD: $81,675