Published: September 27, 2011
Keno Auctions conducted its fall auction of important paintings, furniture, decorative arts and jewelry on Saturday, September 24, with active bidding resulting in an impressive gross sales total of $1,250,000.
“Today’s results reflect a recovering market on an upward trend for the very best pieces. It was encouraging to see a number of new, younger collectors from around the world actively bidding, and some long-term buyers returning to the market,” said Leigh Keno, president of the auction house.
Several of the objects from the estate of Hans Christensen, the Danish American Twentieth Century master silversmith, attracted attention from numerous bidders in several countries. Among the items that exceeded their estimates was his iconic sterling silver teapot with rosewood handle and base †his journeyman’s piece executed while at Georg Jensen in 1944 †that fetched a record price paid at auction of $32,240.
Found by the consignor in an old garage was a circa 1955 “swivel chair Model 30” by the Danish designer Hans Wegner, which also fetched a record price paid at auction of $32,240.
Another star of the auction was a Dragonfly leaded-glass fluid lamp from Tiffany Studios that reached $142,600 after a heated battle between a dozen telephone bidders.
Among the paintings that garnered attention significant prices were ” The Active off Castle Garden” and “The Active off Sandy Hook,” a pair of maritime oils by the American painter James Buttersworth that elicited lively competition; the pair sold for $158,750.
Keno Auctions’ next sale of Americana, paintings, furniture and decorative arts will take place on January 17. Consignments are currently being accepted. For further information, 212-734-2381, or www.kenoauctions.com .
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