Published: May 20, 2003
Pook & Pook Sale Grosses $1.4 Million
DOWNINGTON, PENN. — A record number of absentee and telephone bids in conjunction with an overflow crowd contributed to a great sale at Pook & Pook on Saturday, May 17.
The auction grossed an impressive $1.4 million from the 600-plus lots offered. Leading the way was a Boston Chippendale cherry double serpentine chest of drawers, circa 1770, that soared past the $30/40,000 presale estimates and selling at $92,000, including premium.
Other top lots included a John F. Francis oil on canvas still life depicting a wine and cognac bottle with filled glasses and biscuits and cheese that hammered down at $43,125, an early uncataloged Indian pot brought $41,400, a Russian landscape by I. Tsirigoti went well over estimates at $25,875, and a Mahantongo Valley painted chest realized $25,300.
A painting by the recently deceased Pennsylvania folk artist David Ellinger shot past the $6/9,000 presale estimates when it sold for $31,625.
Prices include the 15 percent buyer’s premium.
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