Dudley Browne, head of James D. Julia’s glass and lamp department, had a sneaking suspicion the firm’s Dec. 1-2 sale would break new ground. He noted a number of pre-auction cues, such as inquiries from new blood collectors and dealers as well as from veterans who perhaps hadn’t been as active in recent years. His suspicions were confirmed when the auction closed at a very strong $1.9 million in gross sales. The top lot is a spectacular Tiffany peony border floor lamp on a decorated senior base, which sold for $172,500.
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It’s fantasy, found objects and sci-fi all fused into one. “Steampunk design marries the best parts of a bygone era with modern comforts and technology,” explain Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum of Mod Vic (Modern Victorian) who will mount an extraordinary exhibit of Steampunk furniture and objects at the upcoming Boston Antiques & Design Show & Sale, Jan. 15-16 at the Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass.
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A gorgeous 19th century Chinese pagoda form wood and ivory display cabinet breezed to $34,500 at a Dec. 3-4 auction held in a new, state-of-the-art gallery in Hillsborough, N.C. The first day of the two-day sale was devoted entirely to wines, resulting in six bottles of Chateau Lafite Rothschild (French, 2000), with the original tissue, selling for $12,880.
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A pair of carved, early Continental alabaster and marble statues of Cleopatra and Judith sold for $132,250 at a Nov. 13 sale, moving a Massachusetts auctioneer to believe the antiques market is showing strong signs of picking up again. Read More +
A magnificent Lenzkirch grandfather clock crafted circa 1860, 8 feet 2 inches tall and featuring a music box that plays 15 1/2 inch discs, soared to $39,200 at an on-site auction held Nov. 6. Read More +
CAMP HILL, Pa. — Cordier Antiques & Auctions’ Spring antique and fine art sale, May 22-23, offered a series of diverse collections ranging from military to autographs to unusual furniture. The 780-lot sale was held over two days in Camp Hill, Pa., across the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg. Read More +
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – The contents of the Conewago Manor Inn – a historic structure dating back to an original 1742 grant from the William Penn family, founders of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – will be sold without reserve (everything goes, regardless of price) in an on-site auction Oct. 23, at the inn itself in Elizabethtown, Pa. Read More +
STAMFORD, Conn. – Items from the estate of Tommy Hilfiger – the international fashion designer and founder of the brand that bears his name – will be sold without reserve at an auction slated for Sept. 26 Read More +
MARIANNA, Fla. — A major on-site auction featuring over 150 items from the estate of the late Floye E. Brewton — former owner of The 1840 House antique shop — will be held Aug. 28 by The Specialists of the South, Inc. Read More +
MIDDLEBORO, Mass. — On Aug. 29, 2010, White’s Auctions will offer some exciting pieces from artists and designers of the American crafts and studio artist movements. These artists and craftsmen worked with traditional materials, such as woods, metals and glass, in unconventional ways to produce functional, creative pieces. Read More +