WINDSOR, Conn. – Nadeau’s Auction Gallery‘s April 30 sale had a 94% sell-through rate, with strong results across all categories.
A Chinese bronze ding that had been estimated at $500-$1,000 achieved an astonishing $128,000. The four-footed rectangular ritual vessel sold to a client from Europe on Liveauctioneers. The ding had opposing loop handles and was decorated with a Taotie mask on its exterior and an archaic grass inscription in its interior.
A 19th-century tiger maple lift-top box with ties to the Morris family of Connecticut was estimated at $1,500-$2,500 and traded hands for $7,380. It was decorated on its top with a view of Bacon Academy of Colchester, Connecticut and a portrait of Emeline Whitman on its reverse. Whitman was the second wife of patriarch Myron Newton Morris.
A pair of clay female tomb dancer figures from the Tang dynasty (618-907), estimated at $1,000-$2,000, delivered $8,960. Both were displayed on custom wooden stands and came from the estate of Mary C. Rockefeller of Fifth Avenue in New York City.
Also performing well was a map of the Caribbean island of Antigua, which was estimated at $200-$300 and scored $7,040. The fold-out, color-highlighted example was printed in 1852 by Wm. Musgrave and measured 42 by 52in.
Lastly, an 18K gold Rolex Submariner watch estimated at $10,000-$14,000 earned $35,840. It measured 40 millimeters, had a Jubilee band, and was numbered #5860623. The watch was accompanied by its original brown leather Rolex box and 1980 warranty papers.
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