CHICAGO — Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Jan. 24-25 Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts auction was a great success. A George II red lacquered secretary consigned by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta sold for an astounding $207,400. The secretary, decorated with a pierced carved crest and Chinoiserie figures and motifs, was donated to the High Museum in 1961. After heated bidding, the successful live bidder received a round of applause.
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Also de-accessioned from the High Museum was an important 19th century silver and marble garniture that brought $134,200. Each of its parts depicts an allegory of the four seasons, over marble bases decorated with dolphins, mask fountains and aquatic birds. The garniture sold to a European buyer, one of 20 phone bidders competing against bidders in the saleroom and on the Internet.
Other highlights of the sale were a Faberge gold, jade and diamond cigarette case, which sold for $36,600 and a Louis XVI style bronze and porcelain clock that fetched $31,720 against its estimate of $6,000 to $8,000. A celadon jade brush pot, carved with mountainous scenes, was consigned by a private Midwest collector of Asian art, and an anonymous phone bidder paid $34,160.
In total the sale realized $1.92 million. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ next auction of Fine Furniture and Decorative arts will be May 2-3, 2010.
For more information on this and other Leslie Hindman auctions, visit www.lesliehindman.com.
Photos courtesy Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.
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