Published: January 21, 2003
Christie’s Hits $11.8 Million in Three Days of Sales
NEW YORK CITY — Christie’s elegant galleries at Rockefeller Plaza told the story. Well-heeled collectors from around the country previewed in one room; folk art dealers in town for various antiques shows previewed in another; and then there was the throng of viewers who had clearly come for just one thing — decoys.
In all, Christie’s three Americana Week sales — Important Americana, Pennsylvania German Folk Art from Collection of Rose Anna and John Kolar, and the Russell B. Aitken Collection of Wild Fowl Decoys, conducted jointly with Guyette & Schmidt — generated $11,770,931 on nearly 1,400 lots offered.
The January 16-17 sale of Important American Furniture, Silver, Prints, Scrimshaw and Folk Art, which garnered $8.1 million on 523 lots, revealed both the strengths and weakness in the current market. Bids of $647,500 for a Sheldon Peck double portrait and $339,500 for a Van der Spiegel silver tankard could have been even higher, experts said.
The single-owner sale of Pennsylvania German Folk Art from the collection of Rose Anna and John Kohlar on January 17 grossed $857,000. Top examples of painted furniture — including a dower chest from southeastern Pennsylvania, $45,410, and a York County blanket chest, $41,825 — led the day, along with a Faber birth and baptismal record that soared to $53,775.
Look for a complete report on Christie’s Americana Week sales in a future issue.
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