Public Library to defray the costs of construction for the facility’s expansion which more than quadrupled their high estimate, selling for $229,000 (lot 307, est. $35/50,000). A charming scene of the Patrick Homestead, Homer Patrick, Proprietor by Fritz Vogt was sought after by several collectors, finally selling to a bidder in the room for $145,000, more than double a high estimate of $60,000 (lot 236, est. $40/60,000). Additional highlights included an Historic Ship’s Figurehead from the Prow of the Clipper Nightingale, depicting the famed Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind (1820-1887), sold for $121,000 to a bidder on the telephone (lot, 197, est. $100/150,000), and a Fine and Rare Pair of Hen and Drake Pintail Decoys, Mid-Western, circa 1920, with elongated necks and superb original paint, which brought $169,000 (lot 316, est. $50/70,000).
Silver, Prints & Ceramics
Leading off the sale of Important Americana was an offering of Silver, Prints and Ceramics. The top lot of the opening session was an Important Tiffany Silver Centerpiece and Plateau, owned by Mary Francis Hopkins, widow of California Railroad King Mark Hopkins, and her much younger second husband, Herter Brothers decorator Edward Searles, which achieved a price of $301,000 (lot 43, est. $250/350,000). Other silver highlights included a Massive American Silver Punch Bowl, Gorham MFG. Co., Providence, RI, Martelé, .950 Standard, 1902, which fetched $121,000 (lot 21, est. $70/90,000) and an American Silver
“Bacchus” Punch Bowl, the design attributed to Eugene J. Soligny, Tiffany & Co., New York, circa 1873, which sold for $121,000 (lot 55, est. $70/100,000).
A selection of prints was highlighted by The Bloody Massacre (Brigham, Plate 14) by Paul Revere, achieving a price of $301,000 (lot 123, est. $150/200,000), a record for the print at auction. This engraving with hand-coloring from 1770 is of historic importance and boasts an exceptional provenance. John James Audubon prints were also highly sought after, with Snowy Owl (Plate CXXI) selling for $115,000 (lot 131, est. $50/70,000) and a record being set for Virginia Partridge (Plate 76), fetching $97,000 (lot 130, est. $40/60,000).
Mary Bartow, Head of Print Department, and Courtney Booth, Assistant Vice President, commented, “We are pleased with the strong results of the prints in the Americana sale, and particularly with the record price of $301,000 achieved for Paul Revere's exceptionally rare The Bloody Massacre. The market for Audubon prints proved strong prices, with competitive bidding for the prints offered, which are in wonderful condition.”
Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. George Fenimore Johnson
The offering of property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. George Fenimore Johnson brought a total of $3,470,253 (est. $1.5/3.8 million) and was highlighted by a an Important Chippendale Carved Mahogany Easy Chair, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1770, which sold for $505,000 (lot 14, est. $200/800,000). One of the most exciting moments of the morning session came with the sale of lot 111, a Chippendale Carved Mahogany Easy Chair, which sparked intense competition finally selling for $265,000 (est. $5/10,000). Other highlights included an Important Chippendale Carved and