WASHINGTON, D.C. — Weschler’s Feb. 13 auction of European and American Furniture and Decorations was highlighted by an elaborate 18th century George III silver epergne by Thomas Pitts, London. The epergne, consigned by an Upperville, Va., estate, drew collectors and private buyers from around the world with its exquisite detail and its conservative estimate of $15,000-$20,000, which was quickly surpassed once the bidding began, to sell for $71,950. The sale offered nearly 500 lots, totaling over $695,000 in sales and an almost 90 percent sell rate.
Another notable lot of the day was a needlework sampler worked by Rebecc(a) Suter, Alexandria, District of Columbia, and dated April 30, 1819, which was estimated to bring $3,000 to $5,000. The sampler, garnering a great deal of attention during exhibition, quickly soared past its estimate and sold for an astonishing $32,900.
Also on the auction block was a Chippendale walnut tall case clock, with the dial signed James Kinkead, Christiana Bridge, Del., circa 1780, which chimed to $23,500.
Georgian silver standouts included a pair of George I Britannia candlesticks ($7,050); a George II salver by Samuel Herbert & Co. ($2,585); a George III cake basket by Charles Alridge and Henry Green ($3,055); and a selection of tea caddy spoons from the Elizabeth W. Dunn estate, selling from $381 to $1,057 respectively. The American offerings included a Tiffany & Co. parcel gilt sterling three-handled presentation loving cup, New York, 1891-1902, which sold for $10,242 and a Gorham parcel gilt sterling ‘Nest’ pattern server brought $1,997.
Highlighting the porcelain and ceramic offerings was a Meissen ‘Cris de Paris’ figure of a poultry cook, circa 1755, modeled by Peter Reinicke. The figure, consigned by a local estate, fetched $8,435 against a $4,000 to $6,000 estimate. In addition, an English Delft polychrome punch bowl realized $3,290; a large collection of Royal Copenhagen ‘Flora Danica’ sold for prices ranging from $705 to $8,225; and three Staffordshire Whieldon-type teapots, also from the Dunn estate, sold for $1,527.
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A selection of 18th-19th century English tea caddies, which carried estimates from $500 to $5,000, highlighted the European decorations, with a George IV tortoiseshell ‘Gothic’ tea caddy realizing $4,230. Also on the auction block was a 19th century George III style ebonized wood repeating bracket clock, the backplate signed Mainadie, London, which more than tripled its estimate, selling for $5,640 and a Louis XVI style ormolu mounted marble three-piece clock garniture by Samuel Marti realizing $6,462. In addition, two Native American coiled baskets, probably Pima, sold to an Internet bidder for $3,856.
Furniture highlights included a George III mahogany metamorphic library bench/steps ($2,350); a Louis XVI style giltwood marble-top center table ($4,230); an Italian baroque walnut credenza ($5,405); an Italian baroque inlaid figured walnut serpentine slant-front bureau sold above its estimate for $7,050; a Baltimore Federal satinwood and colored wood inlaid mahogany pembroke table ($2,585); and a Pennsylvania Chippendale cherry corner cupboard realized above estimate at $5,640.
One notable lot among the Asian works of art offerings was a pair of large 20th century Chinese nephrite jade screens in hardwood stands. The pair, each carved with travelers approaching a mountain pavilion, sold within estimate for $5,875.
Another pleasant surprise during the sale was when a first quarter 20th century Tabriz rug came on the auction block and fetched $18,800 against a $5,000 to $10,000 presale estimate.
Weschler’s next auction of European and American Furniture and decorations including Asian Works of art will be May 15, with a consignment deadline of March 26. For more information, call 202-628-1281 or visit www.weschlers.com.
Photos courtesy Weschler’s Auctions.
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