Hindman furniture and decorative arts auction a huge success despite shaky economy

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Furniture and Decorative Arts auction Feb. 1-2 kicked the New Year off with a strong start despite the shaky economy. The sale total was $1,215,000, exceeding the high estimate of $1,113,540 for the 83% of the lots sold. The auction included English, American and Continental furniture and decorative arts; silver; 19th and 20th century glass and decorative arts; rugs and carpets; antiquities; and Asian works of art.

Highlights included a Qinglong Pale Celadon Jade Vase that sold to a Hong Kong dealer for $96,400, far surpassing its pre-sale estimate of $15,000-$20,000. Bidders competing for the vase included international phone bidders, collectors and dealers in the salesroom as well as Internet bidders from all over the globe.

Other highlights from the Asian Works of Art session included a Near White Jade Lidded Koro, which sold for $31,200.

The Furniture and Decorative Arts session was especially exciting with a French Porcelain Mounted Gilt Bronze Singing Bird Automaton Mantel Clock attracting nearly twenty bidders and selling for for $27,600. Other notable lots included a Daum Cameo Glass Crocus Vase which brought $18,300 against its pre-sale estimate of $8,000-$12,000; a Louis XVI Style Gilt Metal Mounted Vitrine, which nearly doubled its estimate of $4,000-$6,000, selling for $10,370, and a Continental Parquetry Commode, which sold for $9,150 against its estimate of $2,000-$4,000. English silver also fetched strong prices, with nearly every lot selling for over the pre-sale estimate.

The next Furniture and Decorative Arts auction will take place May 5 and 6. Visit www.lesliehindman.com for more information.

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