Little boasts highest grossing wine auction in firm’s history

The Two Day Spring Catalogue Auction has provided a strong start to the year for Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd..  Over 1,700 bidders registered for this auction, more than 200 of which were on the auction floor, leaving standing room only.  The remainder of bidders were telephone, absentee, and live online bidders, which was facilitated through  “For the first time in a while,” principal Leland Little remarked, “we saw consistent strength across the sale, with the majority of lots falling within or above their pre-sale estimate.” 

The fine and decorative arts session, held March 19,  was lively and exciting.  Lots of note include a Berlin (KPM) painting on porcelain plaque selling for $7,250; a Philip & Kelvin LaVerne “Chan” cocktail table, which sold for $6,000; a Dutch Delft figural Bobbejak, although unsigned, brought $4,400; and an oil on canvas by Edouard Cortes, titled “The Pantheon,” hammered for $25,000. Prices do not include the 15 percent buyer’s premium.

Estate jewelry, was led by a large natural fancy color diamond ring pendant, which sold for $9,750; a diamond and sapphire ring, brought $4,400, and a rare Mexican sterling and amethyst necklace by Fred Davis sold for $3,600. Other lots of note include a wide diamond band, Cartier, which brought $2,300 and a gentleman’s tank wristwatch, Le Must de Cartier, which brought just under $1000. 

Fine art was steady and strong, led by the sale of the Cortes painting.  Other strong and distinguished lots include two Elliott Daingerfield oil on canvases, “Allegory” and “Blowing Rock,” which sold for $11,000 and $12,000 respectively; Eugene Thomason’s, “Still Fishing,” which brought $4,200; and Elizabeth Verner’s pastel on silk portrait, entitled, “Flower Vendor,” which hammered for $4,500.

Asian art generated much interest and active bidding with top lots including a Chinese flambe-glazed Meiping vase, which hammered for $4,600; a Chinese rose mandarin large punch bowl, rising to $4,000; two similar Chinese porcelain floor vases, Gangxu period, which brought $3,200; and two Chinese silver overlay miniatures, which sold for $2,000.

Top silver lots include a George III Irish sterling silver jug, from Dublin, selling for $1,800; an Art Deco silver cocktail shaker, Russian in origin, which brought $2,500; and a set of twelve American sterling silver julep cups by Manchester Silver Co., which hammered for $2,800. 

American furniture lots were highlighted by a North Carolina Federal semi-tall chest of drawers, which brought $4,400 and an important North Carolina inlaid corner cupboard, which sold for $14,000.

North Carolina silhouettes performed strongly with two lots of note, one a “Silhouette of a Lady, N.C.,” which sold for $1,700, and the other, A pair of North Carolina silhouettes, cut by Isaac Todd, sold for $2,000.

A highlight of note includes the highly animated bidding of a grouping of four family items. These items included three oil on canvas portraits (mother, father, and daughter) and the gold-filled and enamel locket that was depicted in the portrait of the young girl.  All items went to a single collector.

The Fine wine session, March 18, was the highest grossing wine auction for Little to date. Top achievers include: 11 bottles of 1969 Richebourg, which sold for $8,500; two bottles of Chateau Lafite Rothschild, which sold for $3,000; and 12 bottles of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, which sold for $2,700.

To learn more about Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. call at 919-644-1243 or email the gallery.

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