Pennsylvania folk art collectors and major dealers were out in force this past Saturday, April 3, at Conestoga Auction for a sale featuring the collection of Eugene and Dorothy Elgin.
A prime selection of Pennsylvania/German smalls of the highest quality had everyone salivating, especially those dealers looking to stock up for the rapidly approaching prestigious Philadelphia Antiques Show. While the dealers made out well throughout the day, it was the private collectors that walked off with the best of the lots.
The next increment was $15,000, which was a long time coming, but once it did the action became quickly paced, bouncing around the room to $55,000. At this point Robisonia, Penn., dealer Greg Kramer, who would underbid the lot, cut the bid to $2,500 increments and it was back to high-speed competition, with the box eventually hammering down at $82,500.
Other top lots included a redware figure of a dog with basket in its mouth that sold to Kramer for $44,000, and a red painted tole gooseneck coffee pot at $55,000.
A complete review will appear in a future issue.