Auction action at Woodbury, Conn.
WOODBURY, CONN. – Schwenke Auctioneers returned to its original location at 50 Main Street North for an estate auction on October 18. The sale of 448 lots was a live streaming online sale offering live, absentee and phone bids in-house. The wide selection of antiques and decorative arts was consigned by 42 different estates and consignors. And as a testament to the wide range of categories presented, the Top Lot title was shared by three different items, each with a final price of $12,500.
An online buyer in China competing with several other internet bidders was the winner of a Chinese silk embroidered landscape scroll submitted at a low estimate of $100/$200. The scroll was owned by a Connecticut estate and measured 70 by 27½ inches. At a similarly low estimate of $400/$600, an early portrait miniature of a model identified as Sir Francis Drake changed hands from a New York collector to a New England telephone bidder who won another telephone bidder and the internet. Dated Anno Domini 1588 aged 49, it was painted on copper or pewter and presented in a later coved frame. Furniture also found favor when an estate in Greenwich, Conn., contributed an intricately carved mahogany china table attributed to Gillows and to a design by Thomas Chippendale, mid-18th century, with carved stretchers and a pierced gallery. It was sold to an internet bidder.
Attributed to Gillows, a later cabinet matching the earlier 18th-19th century cabinet. 19th century pair of carved Chippendale mahogany cabinets from the same Greenwich estate sold for $3,800. They were extensively carved with intricately pierced and carved crests and intricately carved legs. Each was 81.5 inches high, 47.4 inches wide, and 15.4 inches deep.
A late 18th century inlaid Georgian mahogany lady’s desk by Gillows exceeded its estimate of $1/1,500 and sold for $3,250. In richly striped mahogany, two-piece with a detachable top with three small drawers and carrying handle, decorated throughout with ebony and lightwood inlays. It was also fitted with bone drawer knobs and featured a fold-down writing tablet with extendable slide rails. It was stamped ‘Gillows – Lancaster’ on the top edge of the bottom drawer.
A pair of Chinese porcelain baluster vases with carved lids were offered for a final price of $8,900 versus the lot’s estimate of $800-$1,200. The vases were property of the Greenwich Estate, bore the Kangxi mark and were 13 inches high, 19 inches total with stands.
Matthijs Maris (1839-1917) was a Dutch painter, etcher and lithographer. He was represented at this auction with an impressionist oil painting scene depicting a couple resting with their cat on the banks of a river. Estimated at $200/400, the framed painting, measuring 7 x 9 inches and owned by a New Jersey collector, fared much better, ending at $7,100.
An American furniture highlight – a New England Sheraton inlaid mahogany work table – made short work of its estimate of $200/300 and left the gallery for $3,300. And that’s despite the fact that the 28 x 18 x 16 1/8 inch table was missing the fabric basket.
The prices shown include the buyer’s premium specified by the auction house. The next auction is planned for mid-January. Information at 203-266-0323 or www.woodburyauction.com.
This pair of Chinese porcelain baluster vases with carved lids fetched $8,900. The vases were property of the Greenwich estate, bore the Kangxi mark and were 13¼ inches high.
Attributed to Gillows, a near-pair of carved Chippendale mahogany cabinets sold for $3,800.
An oil-on-board Impressionist scene of a couple with their cat resting on the banks of a river, by the Dutch painter Matthijs Maris (1839-1917), was estimated at $200/400 and completed at $7,100.
Estimated $400/600, an early portrait miniature of a sitter identified as Sir Francis Drake sold for $12,500 to a telephone bidder who won another telephone bidder and the internet. Dated Anno Domini 1588 aged 49, it was painted on copper or pewter and presented in a later coved frame.
A late 18th-century Georgian inlaid mahogany lady’s desk by Gillows exceeded its estimate of $1/1,500 and sold for $3,250.
A New England Sheraton inlaid mahogany work table made short work of its $200/$300 estimate and left the gallery for $3,300.
From an estate in Greenwich, Connecticut came an intricately carved mahogany porcelain table attributed to Gillows and pierced to a design by Thomas Chippendale in the mid-18th century. It was sold to an internet bidder.
The title “Spitzenlos” was shared by three different items, each fetching a final price of US$12,500. One of these was this landscape scroll embroidered in Chinese silk, which had been submitted with a low estimate of $100/$200. An online buyer in China competing with several other internet bidders was the winner.