BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Silver ruled the roost in Neue Auctions’ online-only Summer Estates auction held July 20, as five of the top ten lots were silver. The top seller was a Whiting sterling flatware service in the Lily pattern, totaling 112 pieces, with various monograms on most pieces and no monograms on 16 pieces, weighing a total of 129.90 oz. troy. The service brought $9,225.
It was an eclectic sale, with items ranging from a 2.5-carat solitaire diamond ring prong set in 14K white gold that sold for $8,610; to an Okkintok squared oval form stoneware vessel with cylindrical neck by Claude Conover, which realized $5,228; to a circa-1800 Chinese hand-painted five-panel wallpaper screen that achieved $4,920.
The other four silver lots that made the top ten are a Reed and Barton sterling silver tea service, pattern 910, with a matching sterling silver tray, which sold for $6,765; a circa-1905 Tiffany & Co. George Paulding Farnham-designed Aztec pepper mill, which garnered $3,321; a Gorham sterling silver tea service in pear-shaped form with gadrooned rims and urn finials, weighing a total 138.3768 oz. troy, which hit $3,075; and an 1847 English Victorian silver tea service by John Angell II & George Angell with foliate cartouches, totaling 82.23 oz. troy, which rose to $2,829.
Strong performances were not limited to silver. Several Bernhard Rohne for Mastercraft mid-century modern furniture pieces appealed to bidders, who rang up $5,228 for a bronze etched credenza and $1,722 for an etched brass chest of drawers.
Lamps and lighting standouts included a Tiffany Studios desk lamp with a gilt bronze harp form base and a (cracked) Tiffany favrile glass damascened shade in gold, which realized $4,612, and a Handel boudoir lamp with a reverse-painted scenic landscape shade, which achieved $2,337.
Glass offerings included a George Bucquet cast glass sculpture with wide heavy bowl form on opalescent lavender glass, and a Stefano Toso Murano blown glass sculpture in the form of a cube balancing on a clear glass pyramidal base. Both sold for $1,968.
Persian carpets were plentiful and included a thick plush wool on cotton weft Kermin palace runner, which finished at $1,845, and a handwoven wool antique Sarouk carpet that sold for an identical sum.
One of the more visually arresting lots in the sale was a carved marble bust of Apollo Belvedere, unsigned and raised on a small marble socle, which realized $2,091. In addition, an Art Deco patinated metal figure of a girl balancing balls atop an agate orb lamp on a square metal base sold for $1,353.
Notable clocks on offer included a Louis XV style bouille and ormolu mounted shelf clock with blue and white porcelain hour and second markers, which sold for $1,722, and a Rene Lalique Moineaux clock that rose to $1,353.
A set of 10 Royal Crown Derby Old Imari soup bowls went to a determined bidder for $2,460, while a three-piece set of Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica, comprising two dinner plates and a covered pot de creme on a stand, with the plates depicting Potentilla Aridentata and Geranium Pusillum and the pot de creme graced with a Veronica Verna image hit $1,845.
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