Quinn’s Auction House, three years with Atlantique City

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Quinn’s Auction Galleries and Waverly Auctions is sponsoring the Atlantique City Antiques Show dealer bags for the third consecutive show, and continues its partnership with the show to bring in a broad and diverse group of buyers and dealers.

The Quinn Brothers, Matt and David, are part of a business opened in by David in partnership with father Paul, in 1995. The business grew exponentially, burgeoning into a player in the Washington, D.C., area auction market. In 2004 the house acquired Waverly Auctions, a nationally recognized marketplace for antique and rare books, maps, prints, autographs, which is also known nationally as one of the foremost auctioneers of Tasha Tudor original artwork.

In fact, Dale Sorenson, director of auctions and former owner of Waverly Auctions, will be one of Atlantique City’s celebrity appraisers. Dale will apply his years of experience in the appraisal of maps, books, prints and autograph to treasures brought by Atlantique City showgoers.

The Quinns are coming off one of the most successful auctions in the firm’s history; its Feb. 9 sale of Fine Art, Antiques and Decorative Arts, was headlined by a Tiffany Studios “Dragonfly” brass table lamp, dated 1899-1920, which sold for $90,675, inclusive of a 17% buyer’s premium.
A full room of bidders, joined by several hundred more via the Web, bid on a wide array of items, with icons moving particularly well.

Other highlights of the sale, also inclusive of the 17% buyer’s premium, were a Russian icon of Holy Hierarch Theodosius of Chernigov, a 19th century oil painting, which brought $18,720 at auction, and a Chinese “dreamstone” table screen, 19th century, which gaveled at $2,925.

Quinn’s has several sales coming up early next month, starting with a Wednesday, April 9 sale of toys, an April 10 sale of maps and atlases, and a Saturday, April 12 sale of fine and decorative arts.

Highlights of the sales include a Mason cast iron mechanical bank, Shepherd Hardware Co., estimated $1,500-$2,500; a composite atlas of 62 maps, circa 1700, estimated to fetch $20,000-$30,000; and a Yorktown battle plan, dated Philadelphia, 1782, engraved by R. Scot, estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

For more information, call 703-532-5632, or go online to www.quinnsauction.com.