Published: September 25, 2007
On July 28, Michael and Seth Fallon of Copake Auction conducted an unreserved cataloged estate sale. The sale featured the unreserved contents of a Tarrytown, N.Y., estate as well as several local estates. “This was a very interesting sale covering all sorts of collecting fields. The gentleman we got the items from had a good, eclectic eye,” said manager Seth Fallon. The sale included a collection of country, Modern, Victorian and custom furniture and accessories, folk art, artwork, textiles, war posters, weathervanes, toys and more.
“We weren’t sure how the Modern items would do in this sale; the results were marvelous. Everything exceeded our expectations,” Mike Fallon commented.
Highlights include a walnut slab coffee table, which sold for $3,740; a circa 1970 Eero Saarinen designed table by Knoll that went to $1,000; and a set of four labeled Plycraft chairs, which realized $2,310.
Other furniture highlights from the sale included a set of six Danish walnut side chairs, stamped “Made In Denmark by Carl Hansen & Son Designer Hans J. Wegner” selling for $1,925; a Nineteenth Century carved and gilt marble top console, $2,970; and a Nineteenth Century carved and gilt rococo-style mirror, $4,510, both items selling to a phone bidder from Beverly Hills, Calif.
A few real “steals” of the night included an Eighteenth Century Chippendale bracket base five-drawer blanket chest with snipe hinges for $440, a circa 1825 Sheraton two-over-four-drawer chest with mahogany veneer at $275, and a set of eight Nineteenth Century paint decorated rush seat Sheraton chairs for $330.
Lots of wonderful old toys sold, with prices ranging from $25 to $770. Some highlights include a cast iron Owl Turns Head mechanical bank by J&E Stevens Co., patented September 21 & 28, 1880, for $400; a Cabin cast iron mechanical bank by J&E Stevens Co., $385; a cast iron Uncle Remus mechanical bank by Kyser & Rex Co., $770; Toonerville Trolley tin litho clockwork toy, copyright 1922 by Fontaine Fox, $550; Li’l Abner Band toy, lithographed tin windup by Unique Art, $170; Marx Co. tin litho motorcycle cop with sidecar, $154; lot of two tin litho Streamline Railway cars with wooden wheels, Wolverine Supply & Mfg Co., Pittsburgh, $275.
Other miscellaneous highlights include landscape paintings by Louise M. Kamp, a Woodstock, N.Y., artist, which brought $522 and $577; a cod weathervane that sold for $4,250 and a cast metal Uncle Sam whirligig that sold for a reasonable $220. “With more than 400 left bids and a capacity crowd, we feel like this quirky sale was a real success,” Seth Fallon said.
Prices reported include the buyer’s premium.
Copake Auction’s next sale will be an Americana auction on Saturday, October 13, at 5 pm, followed by its 8th annual Roe Jan Area Charity Auction. For information, 518-329-1142, email@example.com or www.copakeauction.com .
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