Southern wares warm Brunk Winter sale

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Bidders at Brunk Auctions Jan. 5 winter sale drove the prices of a 1790-1800 North Carolina cellaret, estimated at $15,000-$30,000, to more than three times the high estimate. The walnut piece, with a hinged top, fitted interior and dovetailed drawer with original bale handles, attributed to notable Roanoke River Basin cabinetmaker “WH,” topped out at $97,750, including buyer’s premium.

An Art Deco diamond and platinum bracelet led the sale’s second day. Five large round full-cut diamonds, 156 smaller round full-cuts and 70 baguette-cut diamonds helped push the bracelet to $97,461. 90 2-6.jpgThe maker’s mark appeared to be “CDH” with a French patent mark “Brevete S.D.G.D.”

A 36?-inch by 20-inch by 15?-inch cellaret attributed to the “WH” cabinetmaker of Roanoke River Basin, N.C., sold for what may be a record price of $97,750 (est. $15,000-$30,000).

Other highlights included the bare bones of a yellow pine and poplar 18th century Chippendale easy chair from Virginia, or Coastal South Carolina, which started low with an opening bid of $3,000, and quickly exceeded its $6,000 estimate to gavel at $18,400.

Robert Brunk described a strand of 36 near-white South Sea pearls from the estate of the late William C. Ingrsoll of Asheville, N.C., as “big as marbles.” Absentees vied for the strand with a 14 kt. white gold ball clasp, but a phone bidder prevailed at $16,100.

The next catalog sale at Brunk Auctions is Saturday March 1.

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979 2-6.jpgDuring preview, many women modeled this vintage Art Deco diamond and platinum bracelet. It soared past its $25,000 reserve to sell for $52,900 (est. $30,000-$60,000).