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Porcelain wig stands return to China for $1,500

A pair of exquisitely-decorated porcelain drum-form wig stands fetched $1,500 during a diverse auction, featuring more than 350 lots, presented by Schwenke Auctioneers.

WOODBURY, Conn. – A few months back, Schwenke Auctioneers/Woodbury Auction set up shop under a tent in Ulster County, N.Y., for a one-day, single-owner auction of the lifetime collection of David L. Bronson. Broadcast over, the sale offered more than 350 lots of Asian and European

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Porcelain drum-form wig stands, $1,500. (All photos courtesy Woodbury Auctions.)

18th and 19th century porcelain and decorative arts, American 18th and 19th century formal and country furniture, English and Continental 18th and 19th century furniture and decorations, paintings, prints, banjo and tall clocks, silver and oriental carpets.

Asian porcelain and decorative arts included Chinese porcelain, Japanese porcelain, Asian furniture and Japanese woodblock prints. Among the featured Asian porcelain items were a fine 19th century Japanese Imari charger, measuring 12 inches in diameter; a pair of 19th century Chinese decorated porcelain lidded jars; a large Japanese blue and white porcelain bowl; and many other lots of Chinese domestic and export porcelain. The top lot from among the Chinese porcelain offerings was a pair of porcelain drum-form wig stands, selling to an Internet bidder in China for $1,500. Another notable lot was a fine 19th century Chinese Rose Mandarin gilded bowl, measuring 12 inches in diameter, which crossed the block to an Internet bidder at $1,250. An assembled six-piece Chinese blue and white garniture set also sold online, fetching $1,175.

Auction offerings included American formal and country furniture, as well as American clocks. The country items included a rare Hepplewhite inlaid cherry chest, possibly from Vermont, with the initials “R-C” inlaid in the top drawer, which sold to an Internet bidder for $840. A fine Chippendale blue painted blanket chest with two drawers and bracket feet was claimed by a bidder in the tent for $1,950.

Notable English furniture items included a George III carved mahogany chest on chest in the original finish and having a brushing slide, which sold to a bidder at the sale for $900.

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