Published: October 9, 2001
Violin Plays to the Tune of $38,000 in Detroit
DETROIT, MICH. – DuMouchelles Art Gallery Company auctioned an array of antiques, fine art and collectibles from across Michigan during its September auction.
Friday and Saturday’s sales featured various pieces of Victorian and American country furniture, glassware and antique toys from the Thayer Anderson Farm of northern Michigan.
Highlights from this extensive collection included an American cherry corner cupboard, circa 1850, which reached a high bid of $1,000, and a circa 1880 American Victorian silver plate and Vaseline glass cruet stand, which sold for $550. In addition, a large ivory collection reached bids ranging from $75 for a two-inch netsuke to $4,000 for a carved ivory tusk.
Saturday’s sale also featured an extensive Art Deco assortment from the estate of James Clock, comprising both decorative and functional rdf_Descriptions ranging from sculptures to barware. Highlights included a 1930s chrome and cobalt glass airplane-adorned smoking stand selling for $1,400 and a 1930s 141/2-inch Sparton “Bluebird” mirrored blue glass table radio, which reached bid of $2,000.
Sunday afternoon’s auction presented select collections of both Lalique crystal and Eighteenth Century Dr Wall porcelain. Results ranged from $50 to a Lalique pin tray to $5,000 for a 121/2-inch square Lalique plaque and from $75 for a Dr Wall teacup to $400 for a porcelain basket.
Other sales highlights included the September catalog cover rdf_Description, an Eighteenth Century American cherry secretary desk, measuring 88 inches in height and 38 inches in width. It sold for $16,000. An Andrea Guameri of Cremona violin, circa 1690, reached a high bid of $38,000, and a 46-inch Walter H. Durfee wall clock sold for $4,500. A pair of Dresden porcelain urns were purchased for $3,750.
All prices quoted are hammer prices.
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