Bidders ignore $3,000 estimate and pay $54,050 for George III Irish mahogany drop-leaf table

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A last quarter 18th century George III Irish mahogany drop-leaf table, despite condition issues, sailed past its presale estimate of $2,000 to $3,000 and sold to an overseas phone bidder for $54,050.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Weschler’s May 14, 2011 auction of European & American Furniture and Decorations including Asian Works of Art ended the season on a high note with a full house of bidders in their Washington, D.C. gallery; the total auction take was more than $700,000, with 85 percent selling by lot.

The auction began with a selection of 19th to 20th century rugs that were highlighted by a second quarter 20th century Indian rug, consigned by a corporate collection. The Indian rug more than doubled its presale estimate and sold for $15,275.

 Tiffany Timepieces

Silver, once again, showcased the market’s strength and performed well-above expectations. Highlights from the offerings included a Tiffany & Co. sterling “Audubon Pattern” flat table service, which soared to realize $10,575; a Schofield Co., Inc. Baltimore repoussé sterling “Castle” pattern five-piece coffee and tea service, first quarter 20th century, realized $7,050; and a selection of Christofle silver-plate flatware realized prices from $764 to $5,405.

Highlighting the European and American furniture offerings was a sought-after last quarter 18th century George III Irish mahogany drop-leaf table. The exquisitely carved table, despite condition issues, sailed past its presale estimate of $2,000 to $3,000 and sold to an overseas phone bidder for $54,050.

Other furniture standouts included a pair of Regency parcel gilt and ebonized wood torchères ($2,585); a William IV mahogany and olive green tufted leather upholstered curule bench ($4,935); a George III style mahogany two-pedestal partner’s desk ($7,050); and an unusual Victorian steer and stag horn mounted settee, arm chair and mirror which realized $3,055.

The decorative arts section featured a selection of bronzes, with Piqueur au Relais, after French artist Hippolyte Moreau (1832-1927) highlighting the selection and realizing an above-estimate $3,760. Other decorative standouts included a pair of Royal Worcester gilt decorated moon flasks, dated 1877 ($3,760); and a pair of 19th century Paris porcelain gilt decorated fruit coolers, which more than doubled its presale estimate, selling for $8,813.

In the Asian category were two 18th-19th century jade ritual cups and a group of 11 18th-19th century Japanese Tsubas of various types from the Edo Period both realized $2,115; and a Chinese Export parcel gilt “Blue Fitzhugh” part tea service from the Jiaqing Period (1796-1820) sailed past its presale estimate of $1,500 to $2,500, selling for $5,405.

For more information, contact Weschler’s.

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