Published: April 2, 2002
CHESTER, N.Y. – William J. Jenack Auctioneers’ March 17 sale featured fine art, clocks, American period furniture, Orientalia, and decorative accessories.
The top lot of the day was a rare Gustav Stickley #510 trapezoidal bookcase with mitered mullions in original finish that an Orange County resident found in their home. The family searched everywhere, but the two-inch base was missing. What it might have brought with that detail is anyone’s guess. Even so, with five phone bidders and two on backup, the bookcase reached $60,500. Both the consignor and bidder left very pleased.
A pair of French Restoration ormolu mounted mahogany lit d’alcoves had a slow start, but once the audience got going, the bidding rose quickly to $2,820. A diminutive English Hepplewhite inlaid mahogany dressing table with brass stamp, S&H Jewel, brought $2,620. A New England Chippendale mahogany slant-front desk with carved ball and claw feet reached $2,310.
A Nineteenth Century French Louis XV-style carved & painted duchesse with down cushion reached $1,540. A Sheraton/North Shore Massachusetts carved mahogany game table was a real buy at $1,100. Other good buys included a Rhode Island carved mahogany tilting dish top stand at $1,045, and a New England Chippendale cherry low chest of drawers at $935.
Designer furniture is on the rise, as demonstrated by a set four Mark Hampton Victorian style faux bamboo chairs, which went to Madison Avenue for $1,650; a set of six Raymond Loewy carved and upholstered side chairs from the Elm Room, Tavern on the Green Restaurant , which went to upstate New York for $1,210; and a tubular aluminum/wicker chaise with footstool, a Mies Vanderrohe design, which sold for $467.
Jenack has been handling an increasing number of works of art with consignments from estates, private and dealer collections. This sale featured artwork from the private collections of Richard and Gloria Manney. The top lot of the day in the fine arts category was an oil on canvas, “Allegorical Landscape,” attributed to Victor DeGrailly, measuring 34 by 52 inches, reaching $5,830.
Anton Muller’s “Blind Man’s Bluff,” with old reline, still sold for $3,850. Two unsigned works included an oil on canvas (4 1/2 by 7 inches), “View Along the Delaware, Green Co N.Y.,” which sold for $1,210, and a Nineteenth Century trompe l’oeil oil on panel, “American Eagle,” which flew to $1,210.
Other works included a watercolor, “Sailboats Off the Coast,” M.F.H. deHass, which fetched $1,980; a watercolor, “Grand Banks,” monogrammed G.P. 1875 (Granville Perkins), which realized $1,210; a lithograph, “Design in Wires,” signed Louis Lozowick ’49, which sold for $1,210; and George Howell Gay’s watercolor “Peaceful Pond,” which brought $660.
A pair of French rouge marble/gilt bronze-mounted garnitures mounted as lamps sold for $4,400. There was a lot of interest in a bronze relief, “Striding Lion,” mounted on a carved green marble plaque, signed Barye, which garnered a roaring price of $4,130. A French bronze figure of Poseidon brought 1,980. There was no surprise at the final bid $1,760 for a French bronze/ivory figure of a cloaked woman, signed Susse Fres.
The sale featured more than 50 American and French clocks. A rare small size Howard oak #59 clock with 6-inch dial, in original condition, realized the high bid of $9,130. A large French swinger clock with six-inch ball, also in superior condition with original paint and patina, went home with a local Orange County buyer for $7,920. A Lenzkirch musical tall-case clock, with six 11-inch discs, played well to the tune of $5,140.
Other clocks that set off alarms were a Seth Thomas oak #17 jeweler’s regulator for $4,620; a Seth Thomas oak 30-day lobby clock for $2,310; a French three-piece white marble clock set for $2,090; a Seth Thomas #2 with oak case for $1,980; a French miniature skeleton timepiece with alarm for $1,320; and a French gilt shelf clock with silk thread suspension signed Linet Ferrer for $1,210.
In the antiques and decorative accessories category, two bidders fought it out over a Nineteenth Century Dublin gilt sterling repousse claret jug with lions head and fairies in relief. The 42.9 troy ounce jug was finally hammered to a telephone bidder in Florida for $5,500. Another rdf_Description inspiring competition was a Victorian carved carrara marble winged griffin pedestal base, which sold for $3,080.
A Ming Sansai glazed model of a Caparisoned horse stood proud at $3,300. An Italian Classical inlaid octagonal-shape table top/plaque was a surprise at $1,760. A pair of Nineteenth Century Chinese Sansai temple dogs found a good home in Connecticut for $1,320.
All prices quoted reflect the 10 percent buyer’s premium.
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