Published: October 19, 2021
Auction highlights in our October 29, 2021 issue count through the styles of time and place. While a Shenandoah Valley pie safe wowed bidders at Trout Auctions, the more formal-minded may have sprung for the French Empire-style salon table with winged figure legs at Heritage. There was no denying the Turkish style, represented by a large Oushak carpet at Americana Auctions and a fine cameo ring of carved chalcedony and diamonds at Eldred’s. These high-flyers and more will help you determine the good stuff on your next hunt.
REHOBOTH, MASS. – Ed Tessier’s Americana Auctions hosted an October 10 estates auction that was in-person in Rehoboth and online via LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable and Bidsquare. “We sold an Oushak antique carpet for $13,750 to a dealer in the trade,” said the auctioneer. The rare antique Turkish Oushak rug was made from mohair, measured 14 feet 4 inches by 13 feet 5 inches and was in good overall condition with some fading. It had been estimated $5/8,000. For information, 508-771-1722, 508-223-9471 or www.americana-auction.com.
FREDERICK, MD. – Selling for the estate of James Cramer, Trout Auctions on October 6 presented an impressive collection of early primitive furniture and smalls, painted Southern furniture, early cloth dolls and more. Cramer, known as Jimmie, with his partner Dean took pride in furnishing their 1830 Keedysville, Md., home known as Seven Gates with antiques and accessories period to the home. A Shenandoah Valley white painted pie safe (shown) sold for $4,290, while an early cloth boy doll, 24¼ inches tall, brought $1,705. For information, 301-898-9899 or www.troutauctions.com.
GLEN COVE, N.Y. – Roland Auctions NY’s October 7 estates sale was packed with 700-plus lots of fine and decorative arts, Twentieth Century modern, antique and vintage furniture, Asian art and more. “We had a good sale,” said the firm’s Sal Trupiano, “and as often happens, a Chinese porcelain piece soared above our estimate. This lot, a large Chinese painted porcelain covered box was estimated $300/400 as it was heavily worn. It turned out to be an early piece.” From the estate of Roger Prigent – Malmaison, the 15-inch-high piece finished at $10,240. For more information, www.rolandauctions.com or 212-260-2000.
DANIA BEACH, FLA. – Bling is still the thing at Kodner’s, and at the firm’s October 13 sale that fact was borne out by an 85.0-carat fancy diamond and 18K pink gold wide bracelet that sold for $29,040. The multi-cut natural fancy color diamond was set in the center with an approximately 7.10-carat emerald cut fancy cognac diamond. Measuring 6¾ inches long by 1-3/8 inches wide, the bracelet’s condition was listed as very good. For information, 954-650-5030 or www.kodner.com.
EAST DENNIS, MASS. – An antique carved chalcedony and diamond Turk’s head cameo ring from an estate doubled its $2/3,000 estimate to finish at $4,063 in Eldred’s jewelry, antiques and accessories auction on October 14-15. Leah Kingman, head of the jewelry department, said it was a rare example of pre-Victorian European jewelry. It sold to a person in the audience. For more information, 508-385-3116 or www.eldreds.com.
DALLAS – A French Empire-style gilt-bronze mounted rectangular salon table was the top lot in Heritage Auctions’ October 14 Curated Home sale. Measuring 33 inches high by 63 inches long and 31½ inches deep, it had canted corners, legs in the form of winged figures and inlay of charoite and lapis lazuli. It realized $35,000 of a sale that totaled $964,935. For information, www.ha.com.
NEW YORK CITY – Auctions at Showplace presented fine art and design on October 10. Highlights included a rare Diego Giacometti table along with works by Raoul Dufy, Jean Dubuffet, Moïse Kisling, Joan Miro, Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso. The Giacometti table was top lot of the 145-lot sale, selling for $225,000. From a Park Avenue private collection, “Table Berceau,” seconde version, was a low table of patinated bronze and glass, designed circa 1965, stamped with the signature: “Diego” and approximately 14½ inches high, 46 inches long by 17¼ inches deep. For information, www.auctions.nyshowplace.com or 212-633-6063.
ALAMEDA, CALIF. – Michaan’s presented a special auction, “Theme and Variations: 200 Years of Decorative Arts” on October 15 featuring property from an Alameda estate, which included furniture and decorative arts from 1820 to today, in styles as diverse as Georgian, Art Deco and Art Nouveau. Attributed to Maison Guèret Fréres, Paris, a japonesque maple and bird’s-eye maple faux bamboo bedroom suite realized $10,200. The design of the circa 1873 suite is attributed to Herter Brothers, New York, one of America’s first interior design firms. Herter’s client was Milton Slocum Latham, second owner of a magnificent Menlo Park property; Latham’s name appears in pencil markings on various pieces. History aside, the furniture is amazing in its own right, with its fine carving in imitation of bamboo. The queen half-tester bed, marble top dresser with large mirror and end table are all crafted of maple with delicate marquetry and faux bamboo details. In the gallery auction on October 16, a Shiwan pottery figure of a scholar Chen Wei Yan with base sold for $22,800. For information, www.michaans.com or 510-740-0220.
SAUGERTIES, N.Y. – It may have looked somewhat unpleasant to be inside of – a rainy, gray day in the city in high heels – but buyers recognized the talent of Edouard Cortes’ “Porte Saint Denis” as they bid it to $9,375 in Donny Malone Auctions’ October 11-12 sale. The oil on canvas measured 18¼ by 21¾ inches and came in its original frame. For more information, www.donnymaloneauctions.com 845-663-3037.
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