CRAWFORD, Va, — The Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates April 22-24 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction was the firm’s strongest decorative arts sale to date. The three-day auction consisted of 1,683 lots and competition was intense, with nearly 5,000 registered bidders from more than 40 countries participating.
April 22 featured part one of the paperweight and art glass collection of Carl Carter of Austin, Texas. Extremely heavy bidding from start to finish ensured that most lots in the Carter Collection met or exceeded expectations. Top lot for the day, and also for the weekend, was a fine Tiffany Studios linenfold table lamp with patinated turtleback base in exceptional condition. No less than seven phone bidders fought for the object, but ultimately, an East Coast dealer on the phone who prevailed, pushing the final price to $21,060.
Other highlights from the Carter Collection included a Paul Stankard botanical assemblage lampwork studio art glass paperweight sculpture, which sold for $9,360; a Paul Stankard damselfly and bouquet lampwork studio art glass paperweight, which reached $5,265; a David Graeber fancy-cut series Gladiolus floral garland lampwork studio art glass magnum paperweight sculpture, which rose to $5,265; and a unique Mike Hunter millefiori, murine, and lampwork studio art glass vase, which sold for $5,850.
The April 23 session showcased the miniature lamp collection of the late Rosemary Bennett of North Port, Florida; part one of the open salt collection of Fred and Lorraine Ayers of Layton, New Jersey; property from the Lonnie Knickerbocker estate, Dansville, N.Y.; the estate of Marjorie Poole Britton, Kensington, Maryland; plus others. The top lot of the day, which came from the estate of Ann Worischek Harman, was a Tiffany Favrile daffodil art glass paperweight vase that garnered $9,360. Other noteworthy results include a figural bisque Native American Chief / Indian miniature lamp, which sold for $7,020; a colorless figural glass swan miniature lamp, which sold for $5,850; and a Viennese enameled open pedestal salt, attributed to Rudolf Linke, which rose to $3,510.
The third and final session, on April 24, consisted of a broad range of jewelry, fine art, furniture, clocks and watches, Oriental rugs, Asian material of all types, African tribal art, music boxes, and mid-century modern material, and produced strong prices across a number of collecting categories. The top lot was an extensive Baltimore, Maryland sterling silver repousse flatware and drinking service, retaining its original fitted case on stand, which hit $9,360 after capturing the attention of two determined bidders. Other noteworthy results from the Saturday session included a large Samuel Kirk repousse coin silver serving tray with ornate engraved decoration, which sold for $7,020; a vintage Jabel platinum and 1.84-carat diamond, which garnered $6,435; an Emilio Grau Sala landscape painting, which sold for $5,265; and an outstanding Oceanic carved figure with provenance, which sold for $4,680.
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