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Danish Settee Tops Maine Auction

Jackie Sideli | August 24th, 2013

The top lot of the Keating sale was a Niels Vodder/Finn Juhl settee that sold for $15,525. The modern pieces at the sale came from a Cape Elizabeth, Maine, home, that was furnished on one floor with traditional antique furniture and on the other floor with Modernist designer furniture. The settee was sold to a buyer bidding by phone from Copenhagen.

There was lots of interest in these rare 4½" Paul Revere silver spoons that brought $5290. Keating photo.

JJ Keating Auctioneers, Kennebunk, Maine

The August 24 sale held by JJ Keating Auctioneers in Kennebunk, Maine, was full of interesting contrasts.

“The house where most of this material was found, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, was one-half early fine period furniture and fine art and the other half Modernist Danish furniture and accessories on the big floor, like two separate houses, really,” said Richard Keating a few days before his sale.

The top lot was a scarce signed Niels Vodder and Finn Juhl settee, Copenhagen, Denmark, circa 1952. It sold for $15,525 (includes buyer’s premium) and “is heading back to Denmark,” according to Keating.

The sale included two American Federal period artillery officer swords, one of which sold for $2990, and the other brought $3565. A Gorham sterling sherbet set, from a local estate, achieved $2185. An ornate carved and inlaid European two-part cupboard brought $3105. A 53" tall statue of Hygieia, the daughter of the god of medicine in both Greek and Roman mythology, sold for $4140. Among the jewelry lots was an 18k necklace and bracelet that achieved $2645.

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Among the Modernist designs offered was this classic Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair. Wegner (1914-2007) was an important Danish designer in the mid-century period. After some intense bidding, the chair brought $5750. Keating photo.

A number of bronze sculptures by Barbara Hult Lekberg (b. 1925) were offered at this sale. Lekberg’s sculptures have been described as sensuous and simple. This energetic bronze on a base is part of her “Lazarus”series. Standing 59" tall and signed on the base “Lazarus,” it brought $2300.

This Scottish 19th-century mahogany and inlaid tall clock was made by William Richardson of Paisley, and it sold for $1380.

Among the formal and traditional pieces sold was this rare inlaid tall-case clock by Samuel Ranlet of Monmouth, Maine. It was one of the highlights of the sale, bringing $4600. Keating photo.

A high seller was this bronze plaque by Augustus Saint-Gaudens that depicted Francis Davis Millet (1848-1912), an American painter, sculptor, writer, and a personal friend of Saint-Gaudens. Millet died in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. This striking bronze plaque brought $5750.

This Classical marble statue of Hygieia was 53" tall. Hygieia was the daughter of the god of medicine in Greek and Roman mythology. The statue, from a local estate, sold for $4140. Keating photo.

Originally published in the December 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest

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