Published: September 18, 2001
Family Curiosity Brings $36,000 at Fairfield
NEWTOWN, CONN. – Fairfield Auction held its most recent sale Sunday, September 9. The highlight of the day was a Native American ball club consigned by a Newtown family who had held onto it for decades without any knowledge of its significance. It was brought into the gallery for evaluation along with a group of Victorian objects.
According to Fairfield Auction’s Jack DeStories, “We were very excited with the club and once our full scope of marketing was unleashed, collectors, dealers and institutions from a dozen states were calling with interest.”
When it came to the block, seven telephone bidders stood ready and bidding began at $17,000 (due to competing absentee bids). In short order the bid rose to a final selling price of $36,000 and was pronounced sold by auctioneer Rosie DeStories, bringing a thunderous applause from all in attendance.
Other rdf_Descriptions of interest among the more than 300 lots sold include a mid-Nineteenth Century Scottish tall clock at $3,250, an early painted cupboard at $2,100, a French secretaire a abattant at $1,900 and a Victorian walnut library table at $2,500.
A western landscape by Paul Mersereau measuring 24 by 30 inches earned its low estimate of $2,000 while a parasol with a carved ivory bull dog tip sold for $475.
A Roseville “Baneda” pattern ten inch vase sold to the trade at $850, a French poster for Moulin Rouge by Cheret brought $500 and late addition 1920s Gendron “Liberty” pedal car sold for $600.
Areas of special interest included Mission oak. An early Gustav Stickley desk, model number 550, sold at $3,000, a Roycroft book stand also sold at $3,000 while a Limbert center table earned $550 and a small Roycroft vase brought $425.
A large grouping of estate jewelry comprised more than 20 lots and included an emerald and diamond ring at $1,750 and a platinum lady’s wrist watch signed Tiffany & Co. that brought $600.
A Colt “Root” pistol hammered at $2,400 while a group of clocks were lead by a French bronze cartel clock signed Raingo, which sold for $650.
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