Meiji tea service brings $7,050 at auction


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Above, this Meiji-period coffee and tea service set in an Iris pattern sold for $7,050. Photos courtesy Weschler's

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Weschler’s May 15 auction of European & American Furniture and Decorations including 20th Century Design and Asian Works of Art ended the season with sales totaling more than $460,000.

The silver offerings achieved exceptional results and were highlighted by a Japanese embossed silver ‘Iris’ pattern seven-piece coffee and tea service from the Meiji period (1868-1912), which fetched $7,050 and an early 20th century Chinese export embossed silver ‘Dragon’ pattern footed tray from the workshop of Qiu Ji, retailed by Wang Hing & Co. brought $7,637. Additionally, an S. Kirk & Son, Co. Baltimore repoussé five-piece coffee and tea service realized $5,405 and an S. Kirk & Son, Co. repoussé sterling pitcher sold to an Internet bidder for $2,410.

Highlighting the European offerings was a George III silver soup tureen with a maker’s mark J?, London, 1816, which sold for $7,637; a Sheffield plate supper dish on hot water stand ($3,290); and a Victorian silver mounted intaglio cut glass claret jug by George Fox, London, 1875 (1,997).

Russian works featured a selection of icons including a silver gilt and cloisonné enamel icon of Christ the Pantocrator. The icon, 1896-1908, by Pavel Ovchinnikov, Moscow, sold above estimate at $16,450. Also on the auction block was a silver teapot by F. Lonnqvist, assay master Mikhail Karpinsky, St. Petersburg, 1830, which realized $2,169 to an Internet bidder.

Standouts among the decorative arts were a selection of porcelain plaques including a late 19th century Berlin plaque of the Little Beggars. The plaque, after Bouguereau, and signed Schinzel, brought $15,665 against a $4,000 to $6,000 presale estimate. Also, a French guilloche enamel, champlevé and ‘jeweled’ brass mantel clock by Japy Frères sold to an Internet bidder for $5,543; two Lyon & Healy parcel gilt and figured maple harps sold for $9,037 and $17,625 respectively; and a Japanese lacquer incense chest (Kodansu), Meiji period, 19th century, sold for $3,995.

Topping the American furniture offerings in the sale was a Massachusetts Chippendale feather crossbanded and mahogany veneered reverse serpentine chest of drawers, circa 1750-1770, which caught many collectors’ eyes during exhibit and realized above estimate at $9,400 and a New England Queen Anne cherry highboy, probably Connecticut, circa 1760-1780 brought $7,637.

Other notable pieces of furniture included a Pennsylvania Chippendale cherry step-back cupboard, circa 1790-1810, selling for $5,170; a Connecticut Chippendale cherry chest of drawers, Hartford or Colchester Area, circa 1780, brought an above estimate price of $3,995; a Victorian mahogany tall case regulator realized $5,170; an Italian Rococo walnut bureau-bookcase composed of 18th century elements brought $4,230; and selling under estimate was a carved 17th century Northern Italian walnut bamboccio commode, which sold for $11,750.

Weschler’s next auction of European & American Furniture and Decorations will be Oct. 23, with a consignment deadline of Sep. 3.

For more information, please contact Weschler’s at 202-628-1281 or info@weschlers.com. ?

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This rectangular plaque depicts two young girls. Signed Schinzel l.r. Verso impressed K.P.M. below a scepter, incised 330-200 and with paper label inscribed in German. Set within a giltwood frame and stained wood shadow box, the 13 1/4-inch by 7 3/4-inch plaque sold for $13,000 at Weschler's May 15 auction.
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This icon (1896-1908), by Pavel Ovchinnikov of Moscow, sold above its estimate at $16,450.
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This Massachusetts Chippendale feather crossbanded and mahogany veneered reverse serpentine chest of drawers sold for $5,170.
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This unsigned oil on canvas in the circle of Italian artist Giovanni Paolo Panini (1692-1765) titled A Capriccio of Classical Ruins, garnered international attention prior to the sale. Once bidding began the work quickly brought an astonishing $27,025.

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