Sunday, December 6, 2009

Weschler's December Auction

There were some nice deals had at today's auction. Almost everything I picked sold for less then their estimates. It makes me think that the economy is still in the tank despite the media and administration saying we are coming out of these dark days. Results below.

There are some nice pieces for sale at Weschlers' Auction House here in Washington DC on their December 5th sale. With Santa on his way I personally prefer a gift from an auction house, since it requires just a small bit more effort to acquire. I also don't mind if that gift doesn't fit under the tree. Actually I prefer if it doesn't! I have thrown a few pieces of jewelry into my choices, for that hidden small box underneath the tree. Diamonds and pearls simply look silly on me!! Wait, I forgot about cufflinks.I might have to take another look. Anyway, lets take a look at a few items up for auction. The full catalogue can be seen here. I'll report back on what they sold for.

Lot 731
Otis Pierce Cook, Jr. (American 1900-1980)
Rockport Street Scene, Summer
Signed Otis Cook l.r.
Oil on canvas
20 x 24 in (50.8 x 61 cm)
Estimate $2,000-3,000
SOLD FOR $1,400.00. A Nice buy. I liked it.

Lot 672
Willy Brandes (German 1876-1956)
Bringing in the Cows
Signed W Brandes l.r.
Oil on panel
13-1/4 x 19-1/4 in (33.7 x 48.9 cm)
Estimate $800-1,200
SOLD FOR $500.00. Another nice buy.

Lot 631
Norwegian Rosewood Mobile Drinks Table
Rasmus & Solberg, Circa 1962
Having a circular half-hinged top opening to view a revolving gray plastic insert with twelve glass slots and two removable pie-shaped trays centering a cylindrical ice well. The interior with an applied gold foil label inscribed 1st PRIZE NORWEGIAN DESIGN/ COMPETITION 1962/ DES. RASTAD OG RELLING/ PROD. RASMUS SOLBERG.
Height: 18-1/2 in (47 cm); Diameter: 23-1/2 in (59.7 cm)
Estimate $500-700
SOLD FOR $300.00. I didn't see it to inspect it but thought it a fun piece. Hope the buyer loves it.

Lot 611
French Art Deco Chrome-Mounted Ébène-de-Macassar Two-Pedestal Desk
Circa 1930s
The right side with a pull-out leaf; each drawer fitted with a chrome-plated ball pull. Some repairs and cracking to veneer.
Height: 31 in (78.7 cm); Width: 55 in (139.7 cm); Depth: 31-1/4 in (79.4 cm)
Estimate $2,000-3,000
SOLD FOR $1,600.00. Again sold on the cheap. I think some deals were had.

Lot 602
Pair of Art Deco Style Bone Inlaid Ébène-de-Macassar Serpentine Consoles
Circa 1950s
Minor chips and restorations to veneer.
Height: 36 in (91.4 cm); Width: 36 in (91.4 cm); Depth: 15-1/4 in (38.7 cm)
Estimate $2,000-4,000
SOLD FOR $4,800.00. Great looking pieces for the right spot.

Lot 596
Pair of Belgian Art Deco Brass Mounted Ebonized Wood Nightstands
Design by De Coene Frères, Circa 1940s
En suite with preceding lot. Each panel door opening to view a birchwood veneered interior. One stamped on underside with encircled G.R. mark. Each with minor abrasions to the top.
Height: 21-3/4 in (55.2 cm); Width: 20 in (50.8 cm); Depth: 14 in (35.6 cm)
Estimate $800-1,200
SOLD FOR $1,100.00. A fair price.

Lot 593
French Art Deco Style Brass-Mounted Figured Walnut Escritoire
Circa 1960s
The slightly slanting, hinged writing lid opening to view a gilt and tooled tan leather writing surface beneath an arrangement of four pigeonholes, two stacked drawers and a small panel door with chrome-plated brass knob pulls above a single frieze drawer. The underside of case with applied brass tag impressed L III/ 5 88. Minor chips and abrasion to veneer.
Height: 39 in (99 cm); Width: 29 in (73.7 cm); Depth: 16 in (40.6 cm)
Estimate $800-1,200

Lot 575
Antoine Vriens (Belgian 1902-1987)
Signed Vriens and dated 1937
Bronze sculpture with dark brown patina
Height: 23 in (58.4 cm)
Estimate $2,000-3,000
SOLD FOR $1,800.00

Lot 574
Arthur Dupagne (Belgian 1895-1961)
Man on a Pirogue
Bronze sculpture with dark brown patina raised on a green and black rectangular marble base
Height of sculpture: 14-1/4 in (36.2 cm)
Estimate $5,000-7,000

Lot 547
Daum Ormolu Mounted Mottled Glass Plafonnier
First Quarter 20th Century
Having a domed, circular form composed of blue and green mottled glass fitted with three ormolu ram's head mounts. Unsigned.
Diameter: 22-1/2 in (57.2 cm)
Estimate $500-1,000
SOLD FOR $1,700.00. Loved that piece.

Lot 527
Murano Glass Vase
Signed Toso, Circa 1950s
Having a tapering clear glass form with controlled bubble decoration and applied vertical ribs. Inscribed TOSO/ MURANO.
Height: 13-1/4 in (33.7 cm)
Estimate $500-700
SOLD FOR $950.00

Lot 99
Platinum, Diamond and Emerald Floral Brooch
Set with twenty round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing approximately 2.70 carats, sixty-nine straight baguette-cut diamonds weighing approximately 3.25 carats, and thirteen pear-shaped graduated emeralds weighing approximately 3.25 carats.
Total weight of diamonds: 5.95 carats
Gross weight: 13.7 dwt.
Length: 2 inches (5.1 cm)
Width: 1-1/4 inches (3.2 cm)
Estimate $3,000-4,000
SOLD FOR $2,600.00

Lot 60
18-Karat Yellow-Gold, White-Gold, Diamond, Ruby and Black Enamel 'Panther' Pendant
The eyes set with two round faceted rubies weighing approximately .06 carats, the whiskers set with two round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing approximately .02 carats, and the bail set with four round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing approximately .05 carats.
Total weight of diamonds: .07 carats
Gross weight: 15 dwt.
Length: 2 inches (5.1 cm)
Width: 1-1/4 inches (3.2 cm)
Estimate $600-800
SOLD FOR $550.00

1 comment:

columnist said...

How intelligent to have the night stands with doors opening in the opposite direction. The catalogue photo should have perhaps shown them in reverse, (the left on the right and vice-versa), so that the person(s) in the bed in between can open them without getting out of bed. Very elegant.