Published: October 12, 2010
Applebrook Auctions gathered a collection of folk art, carnival fare and Midcentury furnishings for its September 24 sale, offering the Gary and Christi Manne collection. Auctioneer Mitchell Borenstein sprinkled in some additions, such as Asian treasures and consignments from various other estates, and showcased them inside the banquet hall of the Southbury Firehouse.
Borenstein characterized the sale as good, with solid attendance and phone and absentee interest augmenting the in-house bidders.
Even before the sale, a Nineteenth Century oil on canvas painting of six cows †three white and three brown †grazing near a watering hole in an open field was getting a lot of interest, he said. The painting was in an ornate gilded frame and signed T. Owens. It was the top lot of the sale, attaining $2,300.
Another art lot to do well was a large Nineteenth Century oil on canvas painting depicting a classical genre scene and signed Heva Coomans, daughter of Pierre Oliver Joseph Coomans (1816‱889), a Belgian artist. Despite some obvious condition issues, such as a tear in the painting’s upper right corner, the large artwork drew a winning bid of $1,898.
Ten retro metal stacking chairs from the 1970s were getting appreciative nods during the sale’s preview. Assembled into two separate lots †a set of four chairs and a set of six †the chairs collectively sold for $1,524.
Sterling silver did quite well, according to Borenstein, including a heavy Mexican fish platter that went out at $863 and another platter that realized $1,035.
Colorful folk art sculptures punctuated the preview landscape, including a wooden likeness of General George Washington that was probably from New Jersey, circa 1930s, according to the auctioneer. General Washington commanded $950.
A Marcel Breuer Midcentury Modern Wassily chair sold for $690, and a carnival wheel that Borenstein believed to be from the 1930s changed hands at $720.
Rounding out the auction highlights were a confectionary pink vintage Chiclet sofa and chair, designed by Ray Wilkes for Herman Miller that sold $460, a pair of Midcentury “space” lamps that fetched $518 and a vintage Art Deco Orangina poster that finished at $890.
All prices reported include the 15 percent buyer’s premium. Applebrook’s next sale is set for November 5. For more information, www.applebrookauctions.com or 203-740-0944.
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