BEACHWOOD, Ohio – A dazzling Baignoire de Cartier 18K gold and diamond ladies’ watch slipped onto a new wrist for $9,225; a 19th-century French tole painted daybed realized $4,612; and a pair of Chinese turquoise glaze terracotta foo dogs on stands brought $5,842 in an online-only Fine Interiors, Art & Antiques auction held April 30 by Neue Auctions. The auction featured 381 lots in all.
With an estimate of $6,000-$8,000, the Baignoire de Cartier ladies’ watch was the sale’s expected top lot, and it did not disappoint. The watch, which had a gold link bracelet with a double clasp closure, featured a diamond pave bezel surrounding an ellipse shaped dial with a silver matte finish and gold Roman numerals, a diamond winder and quartz movement. The Chinese foo dogs on stands, depicting a female with a cub and a male with a ball, each seated and baring their teeth, were the auction’s runner-up top lot.
While the Baignoire de Cartier was the star of the watches and jewelry category, other lots also did well. A ladies’ 18K gold Patek Philippe watch with a blue dial and a Patek Philippe stamp to the clasp went for $3,198; and a Konstantino 18K gold and diamond Roman coin necklace, its faux Roman coin surrounded with pave accent diamonds, found a new owner for $4,612.
Tole painting is the folk art of decorative painting on tin and wooden utensils, objects and furniture. A 19th-century French tole painted daybed in the campaign style, with the tole frame in yellow with black transfer decoration depicting various Napoleonic scenes, achieved $4,612; while a rustic antique tole painted grape harvesting basket decorated with an armorial and sporting rust and dents that only added to its appeal, hit $1,476.
Chairs did well in pairs, exhibit A being a set of circa-1980s Art Deco-style lacquered wood and upholstered club chairs that rang up $3,567, while a pair of Georgian-style wing back chairs earned $1,722.
The English silver category was led by a 1783 London sterling silver serving tray in rococo handled form with foliate scroll border, a maker’s mark (“WC”), and weighing a total of 167.7 troy ounces, which attained $4,612. Sterling flatware sets were also a big hit. A Gorham service in the Old Sovereign pattern, weighing 161.85 troy ounces, sold for $3,321, and a Wallace sterling flatware partial service for 10, weighing 87.5 troy ounces, made $1,968.
Decorative accessories included a large Lalique Luxembourg high-sided center bowl on clear frosted glass, which sold for $1,968, and a Lalique Champs-Elysees crystal center bowl achieved $1,353.
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