Christies posts record numbers for Americana Week sales

NEW YORK CITY – The Stevenson Family Chippendale mahogany scalloped-top tea table, attributed to Nicholas Bernard and Martin Jugiez, Philadelphia, circa 1770, led all lots at Christies Jan. 17-18 sale, anchoring the firm’s Americana Week sales.

The table, which many experts had appraised as the finest of its kind to ever come to auction, was estimated to bring between $1.5 million and $2.5 million when it came on the block. The enthusiasm over the piece, and
a pair of determined bidders drove the price of the table to $5,417,000 (including buyer’s premium) establishing a world price record for and American table.

Christies tablebw AT 2-13.jpgThe total prices on all 618 lots sold in the sale exceeded $18 million, demonstrating the continued strength in the high-end of the market.

The following pieces rounded out the top 10 lots of the Sotheby’s sale:
The Andrew family Chippendale mahogany high chest of drawers sold for $1,049,000; a Chippendale mahogany serpentine-front chest-of-drawers, Boston, 1760-1780, brought $481,000; a hollow carved Canada goose, attributed to Nathan Cobb, Jr., circa 1870, brought a world record price for the carver at $457,000; the Willing family Chippendale mahogany desk-and-bookcase, Philadelphia, 1740-1755, gaveled at $409,000; a Federal inlaid cherrywood tilt-top candlestand, attributed to Nathan Lombard, southern Worcester County, possibly Sutton, Mass., dated
1800, brought $385,000; a carved and painted steamboat weathervane, made by William C. Manchester, Bristol, R.I., dated Oct., 1858, sold for $313,000; a Chippendale mahogany block-front chest-of-drawers, Boston, circa 1765 reached a price of $289,000; the Devotion family Queen Anne carved maple dressing table, eastern Connecticut, 1750-1770, sold for $241,000; a large red-painted burlwood open-handled bowl set a world price record for a burlwood bowl when it brought $181,000 against an estimate of $25,000-$35,000.

“We were honored to have been asked by Dietrich Foundation to sell their magnificent Stevenson family Chippendale tea table, which realized the second highest price paid for Philadelphia furniture at $5.4 million,” said Martha Willoughby, senior specialist, American furniture and decorative
arts. “Its success is a testament to the discerning eye and connoisseurship of Richard Dietrich, and its proceeds will benefit the Dietrich American Foundation.”

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