Published: January 9, 2001
POTOMAC, MD. – Cabin John VFW Hall was the site of an Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century furniture and decorations estates auction conducted recently by Hantman’s. Following three days of previews, 700 lots were offered to a medium-sized audience as the auction house was competing with an antiques show in town for attendance.
The starring lot was an oil on canvas by Edouard Cortes (French, 1882-1969), “Paris Street Scene,” signed on the lower left, measuring approximately 23 by 18 inches, which brought $46,000 from a member of the trade.
An Edmund Darch Lewis (American, 1835-1910), “The Old Oak Tree and Figures with Hay Wagon,” 35 by 42 inches, signed on the lower left and dated 1871, brought $5,175 for the unframed oil on canvas, going to the trade; an antique Tabriz rug, 10’4″ by 7’4″, having an allover pattern, garnered $1,495; and a semi-antique Heriz rug, 10’4″ by 7’10”, with center medallion, also reached $1,495. Both rugs were purchased by the trade.
Three German Victorian tooled cork castle scenes, finely done, having color for highlights, each measuring approximately 12 by 12 inches, fetched $1,725; a French finely cast patinated bronze clock, signed “Rango Freres, Paris,” circa 1870, the figural lot featuring knights in combat with military trophies and emblems in relief, 26 inches high, achieved $3,162; and a five-piece American tea service made $2,587, excluding tray.
A George III style chinoiserie gilt pagoda crest and phoenix mirror, Nineteenth or Twentieth Century, 461/2 by 34 inches, was purchased at $800, an unusually good buy; a Louis XV style ormolu mounted mahogany one-drawer table garnered $3,162; and a pair of Japanese Imari vases, Meiji period, each 33 inches high, realized $1,955.
A collection of Lalique crystal sold in the $200 to $400 range, and a collection of early southeast Asian carved stone figures, the tallest being 22 inches high, sold in the $750 to $900 range. A large collection of art glass included a Daum Nancy fern vase, some 17 inches high, which went out at $1,495, and a Schneider vase, 14 inches high, which reached $1,150. A Louis XVI style Nineteenth Century trumeau sold over estimate at $1,840.
Prices quoted reflect a 15 percent buyers premium charged.
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