Published: August 22, 2000
Mission and French Creations Attract Bidder Attention at Braswell
NORWALK, CONN. – Braswell Galleries was the site of a recent Sunday estate auction that culminated in the sale of a large quantity of Mission oak furniture. With more than 600 registered bidders – some flying in especially for the event from as far away as England and California – expectations ran high for the afternoon’s portion of the auction.
Highlights among the rdf_Descriptions offered were a Nineteenth Century Louis XVI style commode cabinet, with elaborate gilt bronze medallions and classical plaques, selling above the high estimate for $16,500. A Nineteenth Century French bracket clock and barometer set sold slightly below the low estimate for $11,500. A silvered bronze Nineteenth Century humidor by E.F. Caldwell & Co., N.Y. went above its high estimate for $3,600.
Also generating bidding interest were two Japanese vases, one antique – possibly old Satsuma – from the potter Hozan, selling high for $2,600, the other a large Satsuma vase mounted as a lamp also going high at $2,000.
More than 120 lots of Mission oak furniture was eagerly sought after by telephone, audience and write-in bidders with equal zeal. Directly from the corporate offices of The Bright Sun Group in New York City, the varied collection included the names Gustav Stickley, L.&J.G., Stickley Bros., Sheboygan and Harden.
There were standouts among the many, such as a Limbert turtle top table with a blind drawer selling for double the high estimate at $6,000. A Gustav Stickley sideboard model #819 sold at its high estimate of $5,000. Several settles were offered, two of them L.& J.G. model #232 hammered right on the anticipated money for $3,000.
A Gustav Stickley three drawer library table model #619 sold slightly above estimate for $5,000. A Gustav Stickley drop front desk was sold slightly above its low estimate for $2,200.
Prices listed above do not reflect a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
5 Church Hill Road / Newtown, CT 06470
Mon - Fri / 8:00 am - 5:01 pm