Published: October 12, 2004
A three-session auction conducted over the course of two days at Pook & Pook posted hefty prices, including a believed record, for a wide selection of artwork and furnishings.
Leading the October 8-9 sale was a Severin Roesen oil on canvas still life depicting a large basket of fruit and champagne flute on a marble slab. Estimated at $70/90,000, the piece left the auction block after active bidding at $115,000.
Furniture from the session included a Delaware Valley tiger maple highboy selling at $59,800 and a painted Hilltown, Penn., tall case clock that tripled estimates at $57,500.
The auction got off to a brisk start with a special session of 139 lots of frakturs and related works on paper from the collection of Dr and Mrs Donald Shelley. The collection was well received, with the top lot coming as a Sussel-Washington fraktur drawing depicting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, which sold for $97,750. A Samuel or Martin Gottschall Mennonite hand-drawn watercolor and ink illuminated drawing depicting angels and a bird realized $86,250.
A complete review will appear in a future issue.
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