Published: July 5, 2022
NEW YORK CITY — A pair of Chinese elm folding step stools, part of the Asian arts session of the private collection of Joseph Rondina sold by Capsule Auctions on June 29, left the $400/600 estimate on the ground, climbing to $50,700 with buyer’s premium included. Featuring friezes with carved details, the footrest hardware had raised bosses and scrolling patterns. Possibly used for equestrian mounting, the stools were 19¼ by 22¼ by 19½ inches. Rondina was an internationally renowned antiques dealer who built a distinguished private collection of antique furniture, objet d’art, fine art and Asian art. A more extensive review of this collection reflecting Rondina’s impeccable taste and discriminating eye will follow.
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