Published: September 25, 2001
PLAINVILLE, CONN. – Collectors and dealers alike attended Winter Associate’s September 10 sale featuring a large single owner collection of Belleek as well as a fine collection of Arthur Rackham illustrated books.
Bidders from as far away as Ireland participated in the bidding on the Belleek. Early in the sale a Belleek Henshall basket sold for $1,760 (est $1 /2,000). Audience members competed with phones and absentee bidders for two rare early Belleek vases, which eventually sold to the audience for $1,540 each. A second black mark Neptune tea set sold for $1,980 after spirited bidding.
Many of the Rackham-illustrated books sold for more than $1,000 exceeding their pre-sale estimate. The top lot in the collection was a signed and numbered copy of Little Brother and Little Sister that sold for $3,025.
Also commanding a premium was a Guy Wiggins oil of a New York snow scene, complete with an American flag. The painting, which generated interest from all over the country, sold for $23,100 to an audience member who battled live, phone and absentee bidders to get the 10 by 8-inch painting.
Another painting, a Clark Voorhees landscape, also attracted many bidders and it sold to a Connecticut buyer for $12,000.
The sale also featured a selection of Continental furniture. The top lot was a Baroque style giltwood marble top table, which commanded $3,025 (est $700/900). Other top selling lots included a three-piece Baroque style suite upholstered with early tapestry that sold for $2,530 and a small Baroque style cabinet, that realized $1,430.
All prices quoted include a ten percent buyer’s premium.
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