Published: December 28, 2004
Wallace Nutting furniture remained strong at Michael Ivankovich’s most recent auction.
The Saturday sale started with a mahogany lowboy, estimated at $2,5/5,000; this piece sold for a $7,700. But all eyes focused upon a rare Wallace Nutting mahogany Goddard block front chest. In excellent condition with three beautiful shell carvings, original brasses, and the somewhat unusual double block brand and paper label markings, this piece had it all. It sold for $18,700.
Other Wallace Nutting furniture included a New England pine dresser that sold at $5,500, a maple chest of drawers sold for $4,125, a mahogany two drawer stand went for $1,980, a Windsor tenon arm chair sold at $1,540 and an unusual carved spoon rack went for $935.
The best of Wallace Nutting pictures included “May in the Courtyard,” which sold for $2,750; “Venice’s Chief Glory,” which brought $1,045; and “Vico Esquine,” which made $990.
The Friday sale offered 350 lots of early Twentieth Century prints, pastels, works of art on paper were offered. About 15, mostly unframed, Eda Soest Doench prints were sold. Doench was an employee of Gutmann and Gutmann and her work is very much in the style of the more popular Bessie Pease Gutmann. Some of the Doench prices included: “The Night, the Moon, and You,” $715; “Drifting and Dreaming,” $468; and “Violet,” $468.
A Maxfield Parrish, “Pied Piper,” sold for $715; a William Henry Chandler still life pastel brought $660, a Bessie Pease Gutmann “Sweet Sixteen” fetched $550, and an original Boris O’Klein watercolor, “Naughty Hunter,” made $550.
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