Published: February 26, 2002
Cottone Reports $1.2 Million Auction as ‘Best to Date’
MOUNT MORRIS, N.Y. – Cottone’s first auction of 2002 was its best to date, grossing $1.2 million with the sale of 700 lots. Despite a winter storm that left much of the area powerless, determined buyers filled the hall, and numerous phone bidders kept the prices strong.
The top lot of the sale was a rare Tiffany lamp, consigned from a Southern estate, that sold to a collector for $90,750. Other lamps included a Handel reverse painted lamp with butterflies that sold to a phone bidder for $11,550, and a Pairpoint Butterfly & Rose example that brought $9,625.
An eight-piece Kirk sterling tea set, with repousse work, sold to a buyer in the hall for $25,850. Paintings also fared well at the auction. A Charles Nahl, 40- by 31-inch oil on canvas, consigned from a private estate in East Aurora, N.Y., sold for $57,200.
A painting by Frank Penfold, who was born in Lockport, N.Y., was consigned from a Buffalo estate. The 40- by 52-inch oil on canvas, depicting children, sold to a phone bidder for $23,100. A miniature folk portrait of a gentleman, found in a local home, brought $29,700. Another interesting piece of Americana, a scrimshaw tooth depicting a woman holding an American flag, sold for $3,960.
There was also much interest in the furniture offered, with a classical New York sideboard, having some repairs, selling for $19,800. A New York Chippendale armchair, once belonging to Governor Clinton, the first Governor of New York, sold to a phone bidder for $11,000.
A Massachusetts inlaid Hepplewhite secretary, with old restoration, brought $15,400, as did a cherry and maple Connecticut highboy. A tiger maple candlestand brought $3,960, while a New York curly maple and mahogany sewing stand realized $3,740.
A period Massachusetts four-poster bed was hammered down at $7,480. Victorian furnishings also did well, with a rosewood etagere selling to a phone bidder for $8,250.
Several clocks and music boxes found new homes, with an Ives triple decker, having some restoration, bringing $3,525; a bracket clock by John Miller selling for $3,200; and a Mira music box bringing $6,400.
Decorative rdf_Descriptions included a blue Aurene Steuben vase that sold for $6,050, a majolica shell that brought $9,075, and a three-piece French porcelain clock set that realized $8,250.
Highlighting the Arts and Crafts category was a Teco vase, 12 inches in diameter, that sold for $15,950. Several estate Oriental rugs were sold, the top lot being a room-size Serapi that brought $7,260.
An Edward Curtis gold tone photograph titled “Vanishing Race” sold to a phone bidder for $17,600, while a Curtis platinum photo titled “Oasis in the Badlands” brought $5,225. An Acoma pot sold for $8,250, and a Pima basket brought $1,100.
Top lot of the collectible rdf_Descriptions was a rare red Spartan radio, which sold for $11,330 to a phone bidder from New York.
All prices quoted include a 10 percent buyer’s premium.
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