Furniture results show signs of market rebound during two-day Conn. sale

Ithaca Gun Company field grade shotgun, 410 gage, with side-by-side 26-inch barrels ($9,440). (Photo courtesy Nadeau’s Auction Gallery)

WINDSOR, Conn. – A Federal mahogany Pembroke drop-leaf table, probably made in New York circa 1790-1810, sold for $36,800 at a two-day, two-session sale held Oct. 20-21 by Nadeau’s Auction Gallery, making it the top earner in the sale.

The Oct. 20 session featured American antiques, custom mahogany, silver, pewter, redware, stoneware, fine art, prints, decorative accessories and Oriental rugs. The Sunday, Oct. 21 session was dedicated to firearms and fishing reels (including fin noir), with the firearms featuring long guns, shotguns, pistols, modern ammunition, gunpowder and gun scopes.

“In the American antiques auction, there was strong interest in our best pieces and even substantial interest in furniture, which surprised us because that category has been soft recently,” said Ed Nadeau of Nadeau’s Auction Gallery. “But we did very well with furniture, with strong bidding throughout the day. I’d say this was our strongest American antiques sale in three to five years.”

This Federal mahogany Pembroke drop-leaf table, circa 1790-1810, was the top lot ($36,800) at auction recently. (Photo courtesy Nadeau’s Auction Gallery)

The Federal mahogany Pembroke drop-leaf table was all original and had been found in an unassuming home in West Haven, Conn. It had a conservative presale estimate of $3,000 to $5,000; it opened at $5,000 and quickly escalated to the hammer price of $36,800 (including the buyer’s premium).

The second top lot was also a nice piece of period furniture: a cherry four-drawer chest with an exaggerated serpentine front, probably made in Norwich, Conn., circa 1800 ($25,300). The chest, 36 inches tall by 39 inches wide with pine as a secondary wood, featured flat block corners over a conforming case on cutout bracket feet, and drawers with the original brass pulls.

Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.

A Federal cherry tall case clock with painted porcelain dial marked Benjamin Hanks (Litchfield, Conn.), with moon phases, calendar and brass works, 90 inches tall, chimed on time for $10,350; and an 18th century poplar and oak primitive blanket chest with original paint decoration, marked “Lisabeth Rit Tern (1786),” topped out at $10,030.

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A maple chest on frame (probably New Hampshire, circa 1750-1760), with a cornice molded top and original Chippendale brasses, made $9,200; a Serapi Oriental carpet measuring 10 feet 2 inches by 12 feet 5 inches, rose to $5,175; and a large brass yacht binnacle (a stand for housing a compass), marked “Ritchie Boston” and patented Aug. 17, 1875, commanded $4,888.

From the fine art category, an oil on canvas by Nelson Augustus Moore (1824-1902), titled “Snowscape With Stream,” signed, 13 inches by 16 inches, rose to $4,830; an 18th century Windsor chair with fan back and writing arm with drawer set on bold turned legs hit $4,600; and a pair of circa-1830 table globes marked Donaldson Terrestrial and Celestial went for $4,313.

Oil on canvas by Nelson Augustus Moore (1824-1902), titled Snowscape With Stream ($4,830). (Photo courtesy Nadeau’s Auction Gallery)

A pair of 18th century petal base candlesticks marked E. Durnall, 9 inches tall, changed hands for $3,220 and a Gorham 148-piece sterling silver flatware service for 12, weighing 117.5 troy ounces, fetched $3,220.

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