Cottone Auctions holds first sale of the season

GENESEO, N.Y. – Cottone Auctions held their first auction of the 2008 season on March 22 in Geneseo, N.Y.  A The large crowd was ready to bid and buy. Decorative items started with a bronze mantle clock, reaching a price of $68,200. Other decorative highlights included a pair of signed, hand painted and enameled Vienna Austria urns selling to an Internet bidder for $14,850. A pair of bronze and rock crystal candelabra, circa 1700s, sold in-house for $36,300.

Top painting lot was a signed Josef Israels, Peasant Warming her Hands at the Fire, in original condition which brought $22,000. Boat Ashore, a seascape by Charles Woodbury sold for $10,450.

Several oriental rugs were offered in the sale, the highlight of which was a palace-size Serapi, 17 feet 5 inches by 26 feet 9 inches selling for $82,250 to a phone bidder on the West Coast.

Americana had a good showing with a Federal Girandole mirror, circa 1800, selling to an in-house buyer for $19,800. A Duncan Phyfe side chair with lyre back sold for $10,725 while a Zedekiah Belknap portrait was hammered down at $10,450. A carved walnut hall tree, possibly by Thomas Brooks, in excellent original condition went for $10,450 while a Horner carved mahogany hall table in original finish brought $9,350. In the modern era, a Nakashima free-edge walnut table sold for $8,800 and six grass seated chairs brought $10,725.

A Civil War grouping of Monroe Brundage items including a  pistol, cane, sword mount, an ambro-type, two commission documents and several letters was hammered down for $13,750.  An American Indian collection of items was also sold with the top lots being a miniature cradle board for $8,800, a Chippewa beaded hood bringing $4,510, two beaded papoose carriers selling for $6,380 and $3,960, and a beaded knife sheath realizing $4,180.

For more information on this or future auctions, visit www.cottoneauctions.com. Prices include a 10 percent buyer’s premium.

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