Spectacular chinoiserie drew top prices at Andrew Jones sale
LOS ANGELES – Andrew Jones Auctions had great expectations going into Part 2 of the John Nelson Collection, held December 12. After all, Part 1, in October, more than doubled its presale estimate to total $1.6 million. Part 2 did not disappoint, as 18th-century European style from England to Italy led the 271-lot white glove auction to a $1.1 million gross.
The top lot of the day was a George I chinoiserie decorated cabinet on later stand that achieved $27,500, almost seven times its presale estimate.
Also, a pair of 20th-century Louis XVI style gilt bronze and cut glass 16-light chandeliers lit up the room for $23,750, while a monumental mid-18th-century Italian rococo giltwood mirror found a new home for $12,500.
Fine art was led by a set of four English chinoiserie panels that realized $17,500. Two large Italian Carrara marble busts of classical women made $22,500, while a pair of life-size Italian white painted models of seated lions hit $16,250.
Notable and unusual was a Continental Neoclassical style oak center table, with architectural lines conceived as an octastyle Doric temple. It sold for $20,000, 10 times its low estimate.
An Italian model of the Duomo di Milano realized $8,125, and a pair of lovely Louis XIV style gilt bronze mounted Chinese crackle glazed celadon porcelain cache pots left the room for $10,000.
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