Sorry for the delay in posting the results from Weschler's Auction. Homer's ancient age caught up with him. I threw out my back over the weekend and am just able to sit kinda up with the laptop to see how things went. Many nice pieces did not find buyers, "officially," but some great deals were had by some lucky folks. Take a look below. Ouch!!!
Finally an auction to talk about here at home. On May 16th, Weschler's Auction House in Washington DC, is having their major spring sale of Fine Furniture and Decorations. Here is the opportunity where I get to go and see up close what is on the market for us hounds in the nation's capital. As of this posting I've yet to see the goods in person and am working from the catalogue. Work, work and life aside, I'll do my best to get up close and personal and will re-edit my choices.
Village folk and internet friends ask me how I pick pieces to profile. First and foremost I pick selfishly. I pick things I would love to have. In the blogosphere, I believe you have to create an identity and a brand, for better words, that establish a sense of style and a commitment to what one considers quality.
On the other hand, my dear friends..I spend the greater part of my daily life as a salesman, watching for, even in these turbulent economic times, WHAT PEOPLE WANT.
I look for pieces that will bring to a living room, a great room, a kitchen, a hallway, a dining room...that one piece that says,"I know what am doing." That piece should say," I'm the investment." Even if you got it at a great price it says,"everything flows from here."
You can view the lots at Weschlers all week long before the sale. Again, don't forget the premium and sales tax when taking into account what you are willing to spend. With those thoughts aside, lets take a look at some of the pieces up for auction on the 16th. Take note of the pedestal dining table it goes from 60" to 105" diameter with multiple leaves. Can you imagine the great dinner party if you had the room the extend it to its full diameter? Starting estimate $1,000.00, incredible!!
Continental Neoclassical Satinwood Inlaid Walnut Cylinder Bureau
South German or Northern Italian, Late 18th Century
The green baize-lined writing panel pulling out to mechanically open the cylinder enclosing a central niche surrounded by four drawers. Repairs, restorations and losses.
Height: 44-1/2 in (113 cm); Width: 49 in (124.5 cm); Depth: 32 in (81.3 cm)
DID NOT SELL- That was a pretty piece.
American Cherry Plantation Desk
Possibly Shaker, Ohio or Kentucky Communities, 1820-1840
In two parts; the upper section, having three stacked long drawers beside a panel door enclosing one shelf; the lower section, having two aligned frieze drawers with divided interiors. Pulls replaced.
Height: 51-1/2 in (130.8 cm); Width: 53-3/4 in (136.5 cm); Depth: 35-3/4 in (90.8 cm)
SOLD FOR $700.00. Such an interesting piece and what a great buy!
American Parcel Teal Blue and Red-Washed Poplar Cupboard
Probably Shenandoah Valley or Pennsylvania, 19th Century
In two parts; the upper section, having a pair of six-light panel doors, with lower raised-tombstone blind panels, opening to view three shelves within a reeded surround; the lower section, having an applied, reeded concave mid-molding and legs enclosing a pair of scratch-beaded raised panel doors enclosing one shelf. The cornice and brasses replaced.
Height: 83-1/2 in (212.1 cm); Width: 52-1/4 in (132.7 cm); Depth: 18-1/4 in (46.4 cm)
DID NOT SELL
Federal Satinwood Inlaid Mahogany Serpentine Sideboard
New York, Circa 1800
Top with several small cracks and repairs; some losses and repairs to veneer and inlay; brasses replaced.
Height: 38-1/4 in (97.2 cm); Width: 72 in (182.9 cm); Depth: 26 in (66 cm)
SOLD FOR $2,000.00. Someone made a nice buy.
George III Style Mahogany Circular Pedestal Extension Dining Table
Early 20th Century
Together with seven leaves.
Height: 30 in (76.2 cm); Diameter: 60 in (152.4 cm); Diameter when fully extended: 105 in (266.7 cm)
SOLD FOR $700.00. This was that huge table. For $700.00!!
George III Style Mahogany What-Not
Last Half 19th Century
Height: 61-1/2 in (156.2 cm); Width: 16 in (40.6 cm); Depth: 14 in (35.6 cm)
SOLD FOR $800.00. A great deal and will look so great in a nice library.
Regency Rosewood Canterbury
Some losses and repairs to the dividers; drawer lacking cockbeading on right side; brasses replaced.
Height: 22 in (55.9 cm); Width: 21 in (53.3 cm); Depth: 16-1/4 in (41.3 cm)
SOLD FOR $1,900.00. It must have had a few fans.
Pair of Regency Parcel-Gilt Grain Painted Beechwood Caned Side Chairs
Each with lemon-yellow and champagne silk striped tufted loose cushions. Each lacquered; some wear and losses to painted surface.
SOLD FOR $600.00. A bit of buffing and you have two very pretty chairs for next o nothing.
George III Black Chinoiserie Tall Case Clock
Walter Brodhurst, Lichfield, Mid-18th Century
Having a rectangular brass face with applied spandrels, signed Walt Brodhurst Lichfield, the two-train movement with date aperture and seconds subsidiary. Cracks to front of base; repairs to pediment; redecorated and with cracks and losses to painted surface.
Height: 84 in (213.4 cm)
DID NOT SELL
George III Oak Crossbanded Mahogany Bow-Front Sideboard
Top reset and with some cracks; some losses and buckling of crossbanding; brasses replaced.
Height: 36 in (91.4 cm); Width: 65-1/2 in (166.4 cm); Depth: 28-1/2 in (72.4 cm)
DID NOT SELL.
George II Walnut Porringer-Top Folding Games Table
The hinged top opening to view the green baize-lined surface with corner candle stands, over a frieze drawer. Repairs and some losses to veneer particularly to the frieze; right rear leg repaired where it joins the frieze.
Height: 29 in (73.7 cm); Width: 33-1/2 in (85.1 cm); Depth: 16-1/2 in (41.9 cm)
SOLD FOR $2,200.00. A great deal for a real antique.
English Brass-Mounted and Black Painted Beechwood Pond Yacht
With movable rudder and anchor; together with a wood stand.
Height: 54-1/2 in (138.4 cm); Length: 45 in (114.3 cm)
SOLD FOR $1,300.00. You know a guy bought that...lucky bas...
Four Pairs of English Brass Candlesticks
One pair having push-up levers.
Heights from: 6 to 9-1/2 in (15.2 to 24.1 cm)
SOLD FOR $850.00. There are always buyers for good brass candlesticks. Americans love them.
Pair of Japanese Earthenware Vases
Each Signed in Gold Seizan, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Together with baroque style giltwood stands. Each vase with minor wear to gilding.
Height of vases: 23-1/2 in (59.7 cm);
Height of stands: 22 in (55.9 cm)
SOLD FOR $10,000.00. A good appraiser.
Three Khmer-Type Bronze Figures of Divinities
The first two, figures of Uma, with verdigris brown patina; and the third, figure of Shiva, with brown patina.
Height of each approximately: 16 in (40.6 cm)
SOLD FOR $300.00. I would have loved to have had them.
Biedermeier Parcel Ebonized Oak Armoire
Height: 87-1/2 in (222.3 cm); Width: 57 in (144.8 cm); Depth: 26-1/2 in (67.3 cm)
SOLD FOR $500.00. The market doesn't like Beidermier. I think everyone should own one piece of it. I love it.
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