Published: August 28, 2007
Copake Auction held its seventh annual textile auction June 30. The sale is generally held every winter but this year’s sale was postponed leaving auction organizer Seth Fallon slightly anxious.
To everyone’s delight the auction received good attendance and the sale exceeded everyone’s expectations. “It didn’t hurt that our textile auction coincided with the Vermont Quilt Festival, which brought in some traffic either leaving or traveling to the festival,” Fallon said.
This sale featured more than 300 lots including 200 quilts, lace, linens, hooked rugs, swatch books and more. The items come from all over the country and are selected throughout the year for this annual event.
Copake Auction’s regular Americana auctions consistently include textiles but this sale features a variety of quilts of all ages and patterns in every price range. According to Fallon, the sale “has something for everyone from the beginning collector to the seasoned collector.”
Highlights included a Nineteenth Century quilt, Tumbling Blocks crazy with “Mother” in center panel and dated 1880, which realized $1,320; a rare Nineteenth Century needlepoint sampler hooked rug having multifloral blocks found in Pennsylvania at $1,980; a mid-Nineteenth Century historic Montgomery County, Penn., “single rolling stone” signature quilt, signed in India ink in every block with family names at $2,750.
Other offerings included a circa 1850 Maryland album quilt in unused condition that brought $7,150; a circa 1880 quilt, pieced Schoolhouse for $1,265; a New York State album quilt, signed Mary Simonson, Greenpoint, 1855, at $1,210; and a circa 1940 quilt, Hawaiian salmon on white, for $1,072.
Hooked rugs were offered including a rare pair of dated 1918 sampler hooked runners with a variety of motifs that sold for $1,100 each. The sale also featured a collection of swatch books, vintage clothes and lots of interesting and diverse fabrics and linens with prices ranging from $35 to $600.
Overall, father and son team Michael and Seth Fallon were very pleased and are taking consignments for next year’s sale. Complete post sale results can be viewed at their website along with upcoming previews. Copake Auction’s next sale will be a cataloged Americana auction Saturday, July 28, at 5 pm.
For more information, www.copakeauction.com or 518-329-1142.
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