GARNET VALLEY, Pa. – Briggs Auction’s Fine Estates Auction held on July 30 featured a fine selection of antique and modern furnishings, fine art, fine porcelains, decorative arts and more. “This was a well-received auction with a wide variety of items that appealed to a broad range of bidders,” said Stephen Turner, the president of Briggs Auction, Inc. “Strong prices were a good indication the industry is thriving.”
The highlight of the auction was a lovely Chinese covered porcelain bowl, beautifully decorated with an enamel dragon design and a double-ring Yongzheng mark, paired with a small famille rose covered teapot with a calligraphy mark. Estimated at $200-$300, the bowl sold for $200,000. It was part of a collection from a direct descendant of Thomas Alexander Scott (Pennsylvania, 1823-1881).
“It was very exciting and gratifying to see this rare piece of Chinese decorative arts be so competitively fought over by bidders across the globe,” Turner said. “The intense interest this small bowl generated almost from the day the auction was posted online showed us that we had an incredibly special piece on our hands. We’re very happy not only for the consignor’s family, and for the bowl’s new owner as well.”
Other items from the same collection included two early 20th-century Louis Vuitton monogram steamer trunks, which realized $12,250 and $6,875, respectively; a grouping of 10 Sevres porcelain cabinet plates with central floral medallions and various maker marks, which achieved $9,375; a grouping of 15 Mintons Aesthetic Movement porcelain plates, each decorated for the Japanese market with raised gold and silver ikebana designs, which sold for $6,000; and a German horizontal table clock of hexagonal form, circa early 18th century and signed for Peter Krenckel, who worked as an assistant to Wilhelm Koberle in Eichstatt, Germany. It realized $6,250.
The Scott descendant collection also featured a fine assortment of antique sterling silver decorative items, including a Scandinavian silver peg tankard with an inset Danish Coronation of Queen Caroline Mathilde medal and a JJE hallmark, which sold for $10,625; an English sterling silver kettle on stand with a 1751 date mark, which realized $4,560; and an English sterling silver epergne with an 1818 date mark, which rose to $4,500.
Mid-Century Modern furniture and decorative arts continue to see strong prices, as evidenced by a George Nakashima end table with an unusual triangular-form free-edge top on a Minguren I base, which changed hands for $8,750. Also, a pair of Modern design floor-standing metal sound sculptures in the style of Harry Bertoia’s Sonambient sold for $5,000.
Fine art covered a variety of genres and periods, with many pieces achieving great prices, including a James Webb oil on panel genre scene harbor landscape that realized $8,750; a painting attributed to Thomas Chambers Hudson River School oil on canvas depicting a view of West Point, which garnered $6,875; a Harry Leith Ross oil on board illustration titled Soda Fountain, which sold for $5,280; a Joan Miro etching with aquatint titled Demi-Mondaine a Sa Fenetre, which settled at $5,250; and a large Itzchak Tarkay acrylic on canvas of three women at a cafe table, which sold for $4,320.
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