Published: August 5, 2003
– Antiques Week in New Hampshire got off to a bang this past weekend, August 1-3, as Northeast Auctions staged three days of sales at the Center of New Hampshire.
Auctioneer Ron Bourgeault, shown top right with specialist Carl Crossman to his left, offered nearly 2,200 lots from dozens of estates and collections.
The top rdf_Description, sold on Saturday as part of the various owners’ auction, was a circa 1710-30 William and Mary dressing table from Salem, Mass. In a remarkable state of preservation, the rare rdf_Description went to New York dealer Leigh Keno for $464,500 including premium.
The catalog’s cover lot, the William Greenleaf Chippendale mahogany bombe desk and bookcase, consigned by the New Bedford Whaling Museum-Old Dartmouth Historical Society, generated only one bid against the reserve and passed at $675,000 ($800,000/1.2 million).
Look for a full report on Northeast’s August sale, including Sunday’s auction of the Benjamin and Cora Ginsburg collection, in a future issue.
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