Published: November 21, 2006
Tradewinds Antiques held its semiannual all-cane live auction at the Salem Waterfront Hotel on September 30. It was the 29th such event for America’s premier cane auction house, and it was preceded by a private preview the night before with an illustrated lecture by Karina H. Corrigan, associate curator of Asian art at Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum. Her topic was “The Chinese Influence on American Decorative Arts” and the audience enjoyed a wonderful presentation.
The leader of the sale was an ivory Anglo Indian piqué cane that brought $10,360. An unusual English 1691 ivory piqué fetched $8,960, while a Remington large doghead curio made $8,400.
A Remington small doghead curio brought $7,840 and a Prince George ivory coaching cane fetched $7,280. An all-whalebone cane with a handshake motif, an ivory full leopard and a circa 1690 English ivory piqué each achieved $6,720.
A great whale ivory square knot on carved whalebone made $6,160, an Eighteenth Century gold and malacca brought $5,880, while a fist on narwhal fetched $5,600. Other quality examples sold in the $5,000, $4,000, $3,000 and $2,000 levels and there were fine offerings in all price ranges.
The sale grossed $351,092; all prices quoted include a 12 percent buyer’s premium.
Tradewinds’ calendar of future events includes its annual holiday online auction beginning on December 13, and a midwinter online auction in early February. Tradewinds’ next live auction at the Salem Waterfront Hotel will be on April 21, with a special cocktail reception preview the night before, with an illustrated presentation and lecture.
For more information, 978-526-4085 or www.tradewindsantiques.com.
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