BEACHWOOD, Ohio – A gorgeous pair of Chippendale mahogany side chairs, crafted in Philadelphia in the 1700s, sold for $33,210 in an online-only Fine Estates Collection auction held April 10 by Neue Auctions. The sale featured 432 lots of fine merchandise from the homes of celebrated interior designers. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.
“It was an awesome sale from start to finish,” said Cynthia Maciejewski of Neue Auctions. “We offered personal collections of traditional furnishings and European antiques, and bidders took note. Sixty percent of participating bidders were first timers with us, and 90 percent of the items sold. A few lots did extremely well and it seems like furniture is finally making a comeback.”
The Chippendale side chairs were the top lot of the auction. They were centered by a carved foliate form, over a scrolled and pierced backsplat, with reeded side rails, an upholstered slip seat, cabriole legs carved at the knees with foliate forms and claw and ball feet.
Two oval paintings were expected to attract keen bidder interest and they did not disappoint. One was an 18th century French School oil on canvas portrait of a gentleman that sold for $4,305. The other was a 19th century Hudson River School oil painting of a mountainous river landscape that commanded $7,380. In addition, a pair of matted and framed engravings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, both of Hadrian’s Villa, sold for $4,920.
A realistically modeled life-size wood tack shop horse figure from the early 20th century sold for $5,842; while another equestrian-themed item, a late 19th century plaster sculpture titled Lady of the Belle Epoque on a Dappled Gray Horse found a new owner for $3,321.
Three of the top six lots in the auction were Queen Anne furniture pieces. They included a circa 1740 Massachusetts maple flat-top highboy, which sold for $7,995; a circa 1760 Massachusetts gateleg table, which sold for $6,765; and a pair of walnut side chairs made in the 1700s, which sold for $6,150.
Wedgwood is hugely popular with collectors. A circa 1978 Wedgwood black basalt canopic jar and cover went for $1,353, and a 19th century Wedgwood engine turned and caneware group commanded $1,845.
A circa-1800 Chinese wallpaper five-panel screen, hand-decorated with a flower and bamboo garden with birds and insects on a pale blue ground, closed at $6,150, while an early-20th-century Chinese polychrome glaze porcelain bowl hit $3,690.
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