Emile Galle table soars to $21,850

BEVERLY, Mass. — An 1878 Emile Gallé sewing stand featuring an extensive marquetry embellished with figural bronze details including florals, insects and turtles was a standout lot in Kaminski Auctions’ April estates auction, April 24, 2010.

Kaminski’s offered a premier selection of items from estates in Massachusetts and beyond. Strong sales and enthusiastic bidding throughout the auction made the event an unqualified success, with many items selling well above their original estimates. Prices realized reflect a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

The sewing table was accented with two bright gold-colored tassels adorning the table’s curved legs and a light patina accents the piece’s bronze elements. An inscription on the table’s locking mechanism reads “Souvenir de l’Exposition de 1878.”

The stand, signed by the renowned artist, measures 28 1/2 inches tall and is in fine condition. Bidders vied for a chance to own this finely crafted piece, driving its final price to $21,850.

Kaminski Auctions, headed by Frank Kaminski, specializes in appraising and auctioning fine art and antiques. For information, visit www.KaminskiAuctions.com or call 978-927-2223.

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