DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. – Pook & Pook Inc. entertained a large crowd at their February Decorative Arts Sale on Feb. 24-25. The more than 1,550 lots featured items from several Pennsylvania educational institutions, the New Jersey estates of Theodore M. Long and Wesley Peterson, the Pennsylvania estates of Joan B. Maloney and Margaret M. Peters, the Alan H. Rider Trust of Maryland and others. The sale reached an impressive total of $908,872 with 97 percent sold, well over the high estimate and breaking the previous record for a Pook & Pook Decorative Arts Sale.
Noteworthy Asian art was sold on both sale days. A large Chinese carved ivory chess set sold for $2,607, a jade figure of two boys on a goat did well at $3,792 and a carved jade bowl for $2,607. Other highlights include a group of carved ivory and stone figures for $2,844, a pair of Chinese cloisonné and jade potted flowers, circa 1900, at $5,451, and Chinese scrolls for $1,896 and $2,187.
Russian porcelain and enamelware tempted many buyers. A large silver enamel kovsh bearing marks for Ovchinnikov achieved $10,072. A 63-piece porcelain service by Kornilow Brothers sold for $1,093, a silver, jade and champlevé letter opener sailed to $4,503 and a pair of silver gilt glass holders went for $1,540.
The over 200 lots of gold coins included four Wells Fargo 1908 $20 gold pieces, each bringing $7110. A group of 58 Swiss gold 20 franc coins brought $14,220. The Saint-Gaudens and Standing Liberty $20 gold coins all brought between $1,422 and $1,701. A 1912 $5 gold Indian Head coin topped its high estimate at $2,844. and a 1926 $10 gold Indian head coin brought $2,014.
Silver buyers were out and bidding. A Birmingham sterling silver tea service, circa 1937, fared well at $3,555 as well as a Rogers Old Charleston flatware service for $3,081.
The estate of Wesley Peterson together with others featured a variety of clocks and music boxes. Tall clocks included an early 19th-century Pennsylvania walnut clock by D.H. Solliday for $770, a mahogany clock retailed by J.E. Caldwell & Co. for $4,860 and a Victorian example inscribed Bailey, Banks & Biddle at $1,304. A number of mantel clocks were offered. A Mark Leavenworth Federal pillar and scroll clock brought $474, a Sessions banjo clock for $356, Ansonia examples for $148 to $504, and an English brass lantern clock did well at $1,540.
Two Steinway grand pianos, circa 1923 and 1927, offered in the Friday session did very well at $11,850 and $9,112 respectively.
The more than 200 lots of fine art and printed material consisted of many listed artists. Three unusual contemporary works by Harold Weston, an American artist and estimated between $100-200, soared to $3,888, $5,346 and $7,897. A gouache by Jean Cocteau fetched $592, a Tom Bostelle collage brought $1,944, and a watercolor by Mildred Kratz did $533. Local works by Victor Shearer brought $243 and $325.
There were other highlights of the sale in various catagories. Many bidders vied for the Lalique frosted glass swans on a lake group which ended up at $6,075. Three enameled glass Pokals brought many times the high estimate at $4,503 as well as a pair of bronze figural garnitures, estimated at $400-$700, which went to $11,257. A pair of massive wrought iron andirons with dragon terminals interested many and brought $2,916. A spelter figural floor lamp sold for $1,896.
There were lots of quilts and coverlets to pick from. Amish examples in various appliqué patterns ranged from $178 to $3,081. Early samplers sold for as much as $1,659.
A massive burl bowl brought $5,451. For the table, an impressive collection of Flow Blue Chapoo pattern china was a good choice at $1,458, and a Dresden dinner service with approximately 134 pieces brought $1,701.
A Kittinger two-pedestal mahogany dining table brought $1,067. A set of 10 Baker Chippendale-style mahogany dining chairs sold for $1,185. Three fan-back Windsor chairs by W. Cox achieved $2,607.
For more information about this sale go to www.pookandpook.com or call 610-269-4040.
ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE