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ATLANTA, Ga. – A 1923 oil on canvas painting by the noted American landscape artist John Fulton Folinsbee, titled "River at New Hope," knocked down for $165,200, and an important 18kt gold, emerald and diamond necklace pendant found a new owner for $35,400 at Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery’s annual New Year’s Signature Estates Auction held January 6 and 7, 2018.

The two-day event, typically one of the firm’s bigger auctions on Ahlers & Ogletree’s calendar, was held in the firm’s gallery at 715 Miami Circle in Atlanta. More than 1,000 quality lots, mostly pulled from prominent local estates and collections, came up for bid in a sale that grossed around $1.17 million. A stout 460 people attended the auction in person, despite the cold winter weather.

The first session, held on Saturday, January 6, focused on American art, furniture, decorative arts, modern design, contemporary art and an important collection of black and white photography. The following day the auction featured English and continental art, period antique furniture, antique lighting and textiles, and fine pieces of sterling silver. All prices quoted include the buyer’s premium.

The collection of black and white photographs included signed works by such luminaries as Robert Mapplethorpe, Joel-Peter Wiltkin, John Coplans, Jimmy de Sana, George Platt Lynes and others. A gelatin silver print signed by the renowned American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, titled Patrice, dated and numbered in ink, hammered for $14,880.

A scarce set of “Black Shoulder” hand-painted French china designed by Van Day Truex for Tiffany & Company, with all 103 pieces in the private stock set inscribed by Tiffany on the base, along with Atelier Le Talec marks, realized $12,400 while a large set of sterling silver flatware by Tiffany & Company in the Chrysanthemum pattern sold for the exact same amount.

In the furniture category, an English Arts & Crafts mahogany inlaid wing arm chair, made in the 20th century and from the estate of the historical and architectural author William R. Mitchell, Jr., breezed to $8,470, and a 19th-century French Louis XV-style parquetry inlaid serpentine front commode made from satinwood, gilt metal and marble, unmarked, changed hands for $6,050.

Rounding out the auction’s primary achievers, a gorgeous Chinese Qing dynasty porcelain vase, 15 inches tall, fetched $3,025. The hand-painted famille rose enamel decorated tianqiuping bottle vase boasted a motif of peaches, birds, flowering vases, ruyi scepters and other precious objects. Made 19th century or a bit earlier, the vase was marked to the underside with double cobalt rings.

Ahlers & Ogletree is a multi-faceted, family-owned business that spans the antiques, estate sale, wholesale, liquidation, auction and related industries. Ahlers & Ogletree is always seeking quality consignments for future auctions.

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