Purchase Story

Chinese Bowl, Estimated at $1000/2000, Brings $200,000

A Chinese green-glazed footed porcelain bowl, estimated at $1000/2000, brought $200,000 (includes buyer’s premium) at Nye & Company Auctioneers on January 31 in Bloomfield, New Jersey. “I would have to judge this sale a huge success, with strong bidding across all categories, led by the Chinese porcelain bowl, the true definition of a sleeper lot,” said John Nye of Nye & Company Auctioneers. The sale brought a total of just under $1,000,000.

Neoclassical parcel-gilt mahogany recamier, made in New York City between 1815 and 1825, partly ebonized and measuring 7' long, $25,000.

Near pair of Chippendale mahogany side chairs, attributed to Thomas Tufft, Philadelphia, circa 1770, one with three new knee blocks and a mismatched seat and frame, the other with all returns replaced, refinished, $18,750.

Chinese green-glazed footed porcelain bowl, 2½" x 8½" x 6½", $200,000.

“On the heels of Americana Week in New York, Classical American furniture showed strong resilience and was buoyed by a recamier that sold for $25,000,” said director of business development Andrew Holter. A figured cherrywood bedstead, signed and dated 1994 by Mira Nakashima, daughter of George Nakashima, made for a king-size mattress, brought $11,250. A Federal Massachusetts figured mahogany desk-and-bookcase, 1800-20, shown on page 1337 of Volume V of American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, ex-Charles K. Davis, sold for $10,000. A near pair of Chippendale mahogany side chairs, refinished and restored, attributed to Thomas Tufft of Philadelphia, circa 1770, finished at $18,750.

John La Farge (1835-1910) watercolor, Figure with Wreath, 7 3/4" square, $15,000.

A watercolor painting by John La Farge (1835-1910), Figure with Wreath, framed and measuring 7¾" square, realized $15,000. A pair of oil on canvas riverscapes by Thomas Doughty (1793-1856), one depicting a waterfall with figures, the other of a sailboat and figure, sold as one lot for $12,500. Another painting attributed to Doughty, an oil on board titled Gilpin’s Mill on the Brandywine, 7¾" x 11¾", changed hands for $10,625. An oil on board of two figures by William Aiken Walker (1839-1921), Field, hit $11,250. Two oil on canvas paintings posted identical selling prices of $9375: Birch Trees by Robert Strong Woodward (1885-1957), 26½" x 30", and Piccadilly Sceneby Fernand Lungren (1857-1932), signed lower left and pencil-inscribed 1899 on the stretcher.

For more information, check the Nye & Company Auctioneers website (www.nyeandcompany.com).


Originally published in the March 2018 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2018 Maine Antique Digest

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