LITCHFIELD, Conn. – Litchfield County Auctions’ summer sale are designed to offer an eclectic mix of traditional antiques and fine art to fit every budget from $50 to $15,000. This year’s sale, offered June 27-July 13, 2012, was different. Bidders were eager for fine art, American antiques and 20th century design and motivated by strong hammer prices, pushing the sale to reach the high-end of its estimate.
There were highlights in the sale across the board, especially among lots of antique furniture and decorations, which featured several top lots. The highest selling item in the sale was a Regency parcel gilt ebonized marble-top gueridon (English, 1810-1820), which sold for $17,400, more than tripling its high estimate of $5,000. Other highlights included:
- a Biedermeier Secretaire a Abattant that sold for $8,700 after receiving 20 bids
- a 17th C. Chinese Blue and White Vase Lamp which sold for $8,100
- a Pair of Chinese Famille Rose Vase Lamps sold for nearly $6,000
- a Copper Alloy Bartolomeo Colleoni Equestrian Statue After Andrea de Verrocchio sold for $4,920
- a Sino-Tibetan Bronze Immortal Group sold for $4,850, and
- a Pair of Large Antique Cast Iron Garden Urns sold for $4,300.
The sale featured several fine Old Master paintings with a “Still Life of Fruits, Flower & Animals” that was attributed to Jakob Bogdani, which sold for $15,600; a 17th century oil of ornamental birds in a landscape from the circle of Melchoir Hondecoeter, sold for $14,600; and a pen/wash drawing by Jean-Baptiste LePrince sold for $4,560.
Other original works in demand were two works by Paul Madeline, selling respectively at $9,300 and $2,460, both surpassing their high estimates. Works from the 20th century included a bronze by Rudolph Carl Gorman selling for $1,750 and ‘Runnin’ Wild,’ a 1960 painting by Giuseppe Napoli that sold for $1,900.
American antiques strongly influenced the sale range from an 18th century New England tavern table that sold for $5,160 after a bidding war of 22 bids; an 18th century William & Mary highboy (Boston) which sold for $5,460; a theorem with a bowl of fruit sold for $3,200; and a full-bodied gilt copper and zinc cow weathervane sold for nearly $3,500.
Other highlights included a group of 12 porcelain occupational shaving mugs that sold for $2,640 after receiving 14 strong bids; 32 Chinese export porcelain items in the ‘Fitzhugh’ pattern sold for $2,660; and a Pair of 19th century Chinese tobacco platters sold for $2,600.
Selections of 20th century art and design also received fair billing in this sale with a group of three blown glass vessels by Dale Chihuly bringing $4,260; two pairs of Buccellati sterling silver mushroom-form table articles sold for $3,900; a Vacheron Constantin work depicting potted lilies of the valley made of 18 karat gold, rock crystal, jade and enamel sold for $3,480; a Joyeria Milton Mexican sterling silver tea/coffee set sold for $2,360; a set of 36 Cartier porcelain plates and bowls sold for $2,161; and two Steuben dark blue jade glass vases sold for $2,100. A sterling silver weighted model of a race horse and jockey sold for $1,560; a pair of 1930’s Arte Moderne brown leather and caned hardwood lounge chairs sold for $1,340; and an art pottery vase by Karen Karnes sold for $1,170.
Overall, the sale achieved a sell-through rate of more than 80 percent, selling 835 of the 1,020 lots in the auction. Lots sold had a presale estimate of $370,000-615,000 and reached a sales total close to the high estimate at nearly $600,000, which includes auction sales and items sold in the tag sale. There were 3,271 bids entered in the online sale and items sold to more than 368 winning bidders who hailed from 32 different states and several foreign countries.
Litchfield County Auction’s next sale will feature 20th Century modern art and design, Asian arts and antiquities together with European antiques. The catalog will will be online Sept. 26 – Oct. 10, 2012. The firm’s 4th annual Holiday Jewelry & Couture Auction takes place in November.
For more details, visit Litchfield County Auctions.