Weschler’s kicks off its fall season with stellar results

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Weschler’s Auctioneers & Appraisers began its 2009/2010 auction season Sept. 25 with heavy bidding attributable to property consigned by one of D.C.’s most exclusive neighborhoods: Kalorama.

On day two, a selection of jewelry and fine art on the auction block advanced Weschler’s total sales to more than $1.2 million for the weekend.

The property from the Kalorama residence gained attention during exhibition due to its provenance. The collection was acquired from the estate of a prominent Washingtonian and was originally purchased in the late 1980s from fine galleries in New York, London and Paris.

The Friday session boasted an array of chandeliers, porcelain, bronzes, garden sculptures and Asian works of art, including a Louis XV-style ormolu, cut glass and rock crystal 15-light chandelier, which tripled its presale estimate, selling for $22,325. An Italian marble figure of Hebe, after a model by Danish artist Bertel Thorvaldsen (1768-1844), sold for $15,275; a late-19th-century, Sevres-type, ormolu-mounted, three-piece garniture brought $21,150; a bronze sculpture by French artist Hippolyte-Francois Moreau (1832-1927), Spring, realized $6,462; and a 19th-century pair of Chinese Export ‘Famille Rose’-covered urns fetched $15,275 against a $2,000-$3,000 presale estimate.

A strong furniture market was shown by a pair of George II walnut side chairs selling for $42,300 amid a sea of telephone bidders; a Queen Anne green Japanned secretaire cabinet sold for $22,325; a Bosendorfer ebonized baby grand piano sold for $30,550; a pair of Italian Neoclassical parcel gilt and light-green painted demilune console tables sold for $14,100; a set of 10 Regency parcel gilt and dark-green painted caned armchairs sold for $21,150; and a Regency parcel gilt and specimen marble-inlaid rosewood center table, which sold above estimate at $8,812.

The second day began with a selection of jewelry from the estate of Mary Morris Leighton. Highlighting the selection was a Cartier 18-karat yellow-gold, white-gold, ruby, blue sapphire and diamond ‘duckling’ brooch, which doubled its estimate and sold for $16,450; a pair of 18-karat yellow gold, blue sapphire and diamond ear clips brought $1,997; and a 14-karat yellow gold and diamond tennis bracelet realized $4,700. Also faring well were a ‘Lion’s Head’ 18-karat yellow-gold necklace by David Webb ($12,925); a Mikimoto cultured-pearl and diamond necklace sold for $3,760; and a lady’s 18-karat yellow-gold and diamond quartz wristwatch by Baume & Mercier sold for $5,405.

A collection of works from the Kalorama residence highlighted the fine-art session, which included a pair of 18th-century Italian oils by Bellotti D. Canaletti of classical ruins. The pair carried a pre-sale estimate of $5,000-$10,000, which was quickly surpassed among an array of telephone bidders to sell for $30,550. Other highlights from the collection included an unsigned oil of Cumaean Sibyl after 18th century Italian artist Domenico Zampieri, which brought $9,400; a colorful oil by Edmond-Marie Petitjean (French 1844-1925), Le Bassin a Honfleur, sold for $8,225; View of Utrecht by Dutch artist Jan Hendrik Verheyen (1778-1846) realized $18,800; and a pleasing oil by Evert Pieters (Dutch 1856-1932), Tea in the Garden, fetched an above-estimate $28,200. In addition, a bronze, aluminum and fabricated stainless steel sculpture titled Allow Me by American artist J. Seward Johnson Jr. (b. 1930) sold within estimate for $12,925. Highlights from other consignors included a pair of portraits of a man and woman by artist Fernando Cueto Amorsolo (1892-1972) sold for $25,850; a landscape by Ernest Lawson (American 1873-1939), Abandoned Gold Mine, Cripple Creek sold for $18,800; View of Penobscot Bay by Hermann Ottomar Herzog (German/American 1831-1932) sold for $10,575; and a vivid landscape by American artist Carl Wuermer (1900-1982), Winter Silence (First Snow), sold above estimate at $14,100.

For more information on this and upcoming Weschler auctions, visit www.weschlers.com, or call 202-628-1281.