Published: May 14, 2002
By Rita Easton
TOWSON, MD. – An auction in three sessions was held at Alex Cooper’s on May 5 at 10 am, and May 6 at 10 am and 4 pm, hosting an audience holding approximately 600 bidding numbers. A total of 2,200 lots crossed the block, from several consignors, including the Hollywood, Fla., estate of Donald Rogers who was formerly of Baltimore.
The event was preceded by three viewing sessions exhibiting the American and Continental furniture and decorations; pate-sur-pate, Meissen, Sèvres and other fine porcelain; glass American and European paintings; American silver; jewelry; and Oriental rugs.
Garnering the highest bid of the auction was a pair of Meissen pate sur pate rose-ground parcel-gilt porcelain snake-handled covered urns, Nineteenth Century, 14½ inches high, bringing $33,000 from a dealer/collector.
An oil on panel by Andre Henri Dargelas (French, 1828-1906), “Time for Bed,” signed on the lower right, framed, 16 by 121/2 inches, sold to a London dealer for $30,250; an Arthur Parton (American, 1842-1914) oil on canvas in rough condition, “Niagara Falls,” signed and dated on the lower right, 111/2 by 161/2 inches, went to a New York dealer for $24,750; and a pair of Christofle silver plated and silver gilt figural candlesticks, third quarter of the Nineteenth Century, 81/2 inches high, made $10,450.
A Steinway & Sons ebonized mahogany grand piano, Model M, circa 1927, together with an added on midi piano disk player and a bench, reached $14,300, after having played pop and show tunes throughout the preauction exhibition; an American school silhouette portrait of a prosperous family, Nineteenth Century, framed, 151/2 by 21 inches, went out at $4,400; and an American needlework picture depicting Moses among the bulrushes, attributed to Elizabeth W. Duhurst of Baltimore, circa 1830, framed, 161/2 by 23 inches, $3,575.
A selection of Minton pate- sur-pate porcelain vases, late Nineteenth Century, ranged from $7,000 to $10,000; a French gilt bronze mounted painted parcel gilt porcelain dome clock, early Twentieth Century, 19 inches high, did $5,500; a Franz Bergmann cold painted bronze lamp in the form of a sailing vessel, signed “Namgreb,” early Twentieth Century, 21 inches high, achieved $4,125, going to a Baltimore collector; and silver was sought after, with an American silver oval two-handled tea tray in the “Repousse” pattern by S. Kirk & Son Co., first quarter of the Twentieth Century, weighing 201.15 troy ounces, realized $13,200; while a Continental silver four-piece tea and coffee service, with matching undertray, was purchased for $9,900, both silver lots going to local buyers.
Prices quoted reflect a required 12 percent buyer’s premium, or 10 percent buyer’s premium on payment by cash or certified check.
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