American tall case clock chimes to $70,850; Russian silver soars at Weschler’s two-day auction

European and American furniture and decorations and Asian works of art including rugs, carpets and tapestries performed well at Weschler’s two-day auction on Oct. 10-11, despite concerns over the troubled economy. The sale offered nearly 700 lots, with 76 percent of the property selling and totaling more than $831,000.

The highlight of the two-day auction came late Saturday afternoon when a Chippendale walnut tall case clock, dial signed James Kinkead, Christiana Bridge, Delaware, circa 1780, went on the auction block. Garnering a tremendous amount of attention prior to the sale, the bidding quickly soared past its pre-sale estimate of $3,000-$5,000 and sold to a phone bidder for $70,850.

Other American furniture highlights included a Queen Anne walnut chest-on-frame from Piedmont N.C., probably Randolph or Rowan Co., 1800-1830, which sold within estimate at $4,700; a set of three Chippendale mahogany side chairs from Coastal North Carolina, probably Perquimans Co., circa 1760-1790, brought $3,760; and a Victorian Rococo Revival carved and pierced laminated rosewood side chair attributed to John Henry Belter sold for $1,645.

Showcasing the silver offerings was a selection of Russian works including a gilt and enamel sherbet cup and stand that sold for $34,075 and a Faberge silver pendant icon of St. Nicholas, which realized $18,800.

Porcelain standouts included Meissen, mostly selling to Internet bidders, with prices ranging within their estimates of $400-$3,000. A group of three 17th century Montelupo pictorial plates realized $4,935 and a Haviland Limoges ‘Bengalis’ dinner service sold over its estimate for $6,462.50.

European furniture highlights included a black forest walnut ‘bear and cub’ hall stand, which climbed to $8,225; a Louis XVI style parcel gilt and ebonized six-piece salon group brought $3,995; and a George III library armchair selling for $5,405.

Standouts in European decorations included an 18th century George III Irish traveling alarm clock, $3,760 and a mid-18th century George II-III mahogany stick barometer, $4,230. A 14th-15th century Middle Eastern gold inlaid bronze mortar exceeded its estimate and sold to an Internet bidder for $6,125.

Fine art highlights included three 18th-19th century Spanish Colonial School works. The first, The Annunciation, realized $1,292.50; the second, an oil on canvas portrait of an 18th century viceroy of New Spain, Joachin de Montserrat, Marques de Cruillas, brought a surprising $8,812.50; and the third, a pair of oil on copper works of The Agony in the Garden and Portrait of St. Anthony of Padua sold for $3,995.

Highlighting Asian works of art was a Chinese Wucai wedding jar and cover, Transitional Period, mid-17th century, $5,145; an Egyptian gesso-wood and bronze ibis, $3,995; and a large Chinese Kesi-woven textile panel of an official and dignitaries observing battle games sold to an Internet bidder for $3,920.

Standouts among the 34 rugs and tapestries offered included a first quarter 20th century Senna rug, which sold for $4,935 and, selling slightly under estimate, were a pair of Flemish historical tapestries which brought $18,800.

All prices include buyer’s premium of 17.5 percent up to and including $50,000 and 10 percent over $50,000. Internet buyer’s premium was 22.5 percent up to and including $50,000, and 15 percent over $50,000.

Weschler’s next auction of European and American furniture and decorations including Asian works of art will be Feb. 7, 2009. For more information, call 202-628-1281 or visit