Published: August 28, 2001
PLAINVILLE, CONN. – On July 23, a standing-room-only crowd packed the Winter Associates, Inc. gallery. Highlights included a period French Regence beechwood fauteuil a la reine (armchair) with caned seat and back that sold for $1,540. (est $900/1,200) and a circa 1805 Massachusetts inlaid card table which sold for $3,025 against a $900/1,200 estimate.
The sale, which was particularly strong in period French and Georgian furniture, attracted many out-of-state buyers and phone bidders. The top lot among the French furnishings was an elaborately inlaid Louis XVI bonheur du jour, which went to a New York dealer bidding by phone for $10,450.
Also attracting attention was a pair of French rouge marble lamps fitted with swan and floral ormolu mounts, and after spirited bidding both on the floor and on the phones, the hammer fell at $2,200 with the pair selling to a Massachusetts buyer.
English furnishings included George III worktable selling for $1,540 and an Edwardian painted stand reaching $990 nearly twice the $250/500 estimate.
Fine art included a small unsigned Orientalist painting on board that solicited many inquiries from all over the country. When it was offered, it sold for $550 to a Florida buyer. The sale also featured a number of bronzes, with the top lot, a large Paul Wayland Bartlett figure of a Native American taming a bear cub, selling for $9,900 to a New York buyer.
All prices quoted include the 10 percent buyer’s premium.
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