Leland Little Auctions’ spring sales top $2.25M

Georgian display case containing a model of York Minster Cathedral. Price realized: $17,110. Leland Little Auctions image

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – Leland Little Auctions’ Important Spring Auction week, featuring fine art, jewelry, furniture, silver, fine wine, cars, coins and wine, achieved over $2.25 million. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

This significant auction featured major estates and collections, including the Charleston, S.C., estate of Tony and Linda Bakker, whose collection included antique furniture, fine art and weaponry, all of outstanding quality and beauty.  The highlight from this collection was Lot 311, a Georgian display case with a model of York Minster Cathedral (above), which achieved $17,110 (all prices include the buyer’s premium). York Minster is the second largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe.

Another collection of note is a defining collection of North Carolina art from Jonathan P. Alcott.  This single-owner collection is devoted entirely to North Carolina works, all of which were part of “Scent of Pine, You Know How I Feel: North Carolina Art from the Jonathan P. Alcott Collection,” an exhibition that was mounted at the North Carolina Museum of History in 2016.  The top achiever from this collection was Lot 120, Farm Pond – Snow Ending (below), an acrylic on canvas by Maud Gatewood which achieved $37,760 – an auction record for that artist.

Maud Gatewood’s ‘Farm Pond – Snow Ending,’ an acrylic on canvas. Price realized: $37,760.
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The overall top lot of the auction was Lot 241, a Restauration ormolu-mounted marble top, inlaid bibliotheque basse by Pierre Levasseur or his son Pierre-Francois Henri Levasseur, circa 1820 and stamped “E. Levasseur,” which soared to $224,200.  This bibliotheque was from a private North Carolina collection and was purchased by the collector in the mid-20th century.  It was once a matched pair. Its counterpart had sold at Christie’s. The only difference in the two pieces is that the pietra dura birds on the front face opposite directions.

Restauration bibliotheque basse by Pierre Levasseur or his son Pierre-Francois Henri Levasseur, circa 1820. Price realized: $224,200. Leland Little Auctions image

Another collection of interest is a single-owner fleet of four vehicles, including Lot 87, a rare and original 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad which rose to $43,700 and Lot 88, a rare and original 1957 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier pickup 3124 which achieved $55,200. The collector and his wife lovingly and painstakingly worked together during their many years of marriage to restore these vehicles to their original state.

Rare and original 1957 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier 3124. Price realized: $55,200. Leland Little Auctions image

Other top lots include:  Lot 37, an 18K white gold and diamond ring by Jewelsmith, which brought $47,200; Lot 211, a Symphonion Eroica three-disc music box which achieved $28,320; Lot 279, Il Redentore, Venice, an oil on mahogany panel by Martin Rico y Ortega (1833-1908) which rose to $16,520; Lot 379, Easter Sunday, Lincolnville, St. Augustine, Florida (below), an oil on canvas by Anthony Thieme (Massachusetts/California, 1888-1954) which achieved $23,600; and Lot 434 an Aubusson Tapestry depicting The Triumph of Alexander, after Charles le Brun which sailed to $27,140.

Anthony Thieme, ‘Easter Sunday, Lincolnville, St. Augustine, Florida,’ oil on canvas. Price realized: $23,600. Leland Little Auctions image

Rounding out this important week was a rare and fine wine auction, featuring several collections of highest quality fine wine, such as that of Jim Clement.  This collection featured fine wines such as Gevrey Chambertin – vintage 2012, Romanee St. Vivant – vintage 2011, Chateau Margaux – vintage 1990, Harlan – vintage 2012, Chateau Lynch-Bages – vintage 2010, and Barolo – vintage 2008.  The Rare and Fine Wine Auction achieved a quarter of a million dollars in active bidding.

Leland Little Auctions Ltd. has been providing collectors and families with comprehensive auction services for over 20 years.  To discuss selling call the gallery at 919-644-1243 or email at info@LelandLittle.com.