A full page in the catalog was dedicated to this Fairfield Porter (1907-1975) oil on canvas, White Lilies, done in 1964. The 15Â½" x 14Â½" painting sold for $35,550 (est. $15,000/25,000). Selig collection.
Four Continental miniature watercolor-on-ivory female portraits realized $504 (est. $200/300). Gohn collection.
This New England Federal mahogany sofa, circa 1800, with reeded baluster-turned arms and tapered reeded legs, sold for $4266 (est. $1000/1500). Selig collection.
Pook & Pook Inc., Downingtown, Pennsylvania
by Karl H. Pass
Photos courtesy Pook & Pook
Pook & Pook held a two-day decorative arts sale featuring four collections on May 23 and 24. It brought a gross total of $838,327 (including buyers' premiums), which was over the presale estimate of $477,520/786,030. Over 1100 lots were sold during the sale, which moved at the typical Pook & Pook fast pace of around 120 lots an hour.
On Wednesday, lots one to 663 were from the collection of Russel and Eleanor Gohn of York, Pennsylvania. Having the largest number of items of all four collections, it was a varied assemblage of American and Continental furniture such as Chippendale chests of drawers, Hepplewhite chests of drawers and desks, tall-case clocks, and Centennial dining chairs. There were accessories such as Chinese export porcelain, Etruscan majolica, Continental miniature portrait watercolors, glassware, and sterling silver tableware. Over 100 lots of antique jewelry rounded out the grouping.
Thursday's session began with lots 664 through 752, which were from the estate of Virginia W. Thornton, also of York, Pennsylvania. A mix of Asian and English material, such as porcelain and bronze figures, dresser boxes, snuff bottles, and silver tableware, formed the core of the collection.
The collection of Charlene Sussel of Garrett Park, Maryland, was sold in lots 753 to 912. Pook & Pook has sold select items from this and the Thornton collection in prior catalog sales. This grouping of Sussel's collection consisted of Continental porcelain, including English Staffordshire, ironstone china, and art glass from Steuben, Lalique, and Erickson.
The estate of Tremayne Selig of Philadelphia ended day two with lots 913 to 1105. There was American furniture, including New England Federal dining chairs, a table, a sideboard, a candlestand, a Queen Anne highboy, a dressing table, a slant-front desk, and a Philadelphia Chippendale mahogany secretary desk. The sale also had a large sterling silver flatware service, quality American paintings from such artists as
Fairfield Porter (1907-1975) and Jane Peterson (1876-1965), an extensive grouping of Chinese jade and ivory carvings, Chinese porcelain figures, Russian porcelain, brass candlesticks, candelabra, and various prints.
What all four of these collections had in common was that they were assembled around the middle of the 20th century, a vastly different marketplace when certain restoration was viewed as more acceptable than it is today. All four collections had quality art and antiques from various periods.
The captions showcase what particular items or groups of items sold for from each collection but do not reference condition reports.
Pook & Pook will hold a two-day decorative arts sale on September 13 and 14; a period furniture, fine art, and accessories sale on October 5 and 6; and a single-owner sale for Bucks County, Pennsylvania, collectors Paul and Rita Flack on October 27. No strangers to M.A.D. readers, the Flacks are known for their taste in exceptional Pennsylvania German decorative arts. They have held sales at Pennypacker Auction Centre, Christie's, and Pook & Pook, the first being in 1976.
For more information, contact Pook & Pook at (610) 269-4040; Web site (www.pookandpook.com).
This Stevens and Williams Silveria and green thread vase sold for $1458 (est. $400/600). Sussel collection.
These 17 Coalport porcelain plates with gilt decoration on a red ground, 9" diameter, sold for $1094 (est. $200/300). Thornton collection.
This Pennsylvania Chippendale walnut chest-on-chest sold for $7898 (est. $1500/2500). Gohn collection.
This Chinese porcelain plaque, 15" x 10", surprised a number of people in the salesroom when it sold for $22,515 (est. $400/700). Gohn collection.
These five Chinese porcelain figures, the tallest measuring 25", sold as a group for $6683 (est. $500/1000). Selig collection.
This Antoine Barye (French, c. 1795-1875) bronze of a tiger attacking an antelope sold for $8295 (est. $1000/2000). Selig collection.
The pair of Meissen porcelain dressing mirrors with putti finials and surrounding raised floral decoration, 13" high x 10" wide, brought $1659 (est. $400/800). Gohn collection.