Belter bed soars to $201,250 at Hal Hunt's Feb. 21 sale A rare and magnificent pierce-carved laminated rosewood bed, crafted by J.H. Belter and one of only two known, soared to $201,250 at an auction held Feb. 21 by Hal Hunt Auctions in Northport, Alabama.
a rosewood secretary desk with maple interior topped out at $17,250. Also, an 11-piece Horner Brothers carved oak dining room set realized $34,500.
Fine art was offered. An unsigned 19th-century French scene with figures, attributed to Boucher, soared to $6,900; a signed oil painting by William Anderson Coffin earned $5,175; and a framed figural rendering by Giovanni Grignaschi gaveled for $3,738. In bronzes, a 40-inch statue of double figures, signed by Faure de Brousse, made $5,175; and a bust of Napoleon, signed by Columbo, brought $3,450.
A nice collection of antique music boxes came under the gavel. An oak Regina changer with pierce-carved griffins with gallery top, in original condition, climbed to $31,625; a Regina mahogany curved glass changer went for $18,400; a mahogany Edison “Opera” with wood horn hit $7,763; a Stella mahogany music box with drawer made $5,750; and an oak Regina music box with table rose to $5,175.
Oil lamps, electric lamps and gasolier chandeliers were offered in abundance. A rare matched pair of gasoliers hammered for $14,375 each; a crystal prismed gasolier attributed to Cornelius & Baker lit up the room for $10,925; and other gasoliers fetched $5,000-$10,000 each. A cobalt solar lamp, 30 inches tall, made $5,750; and a collection of oil lamps went for hammer prices of $1,000-$4,000 each.
A handsome alabaster floor lamp illuminated the crowd for $5,750; a gorgeous panel lamp with Art Nouveau ladies, 20 inches tall, realized $4,025; a rare panel lamp with four graces overlay also hit $4,025; a panel lamp with eagles drew a top bid of $3,278; a 10-inch signed Pairpoint lamp shined bright at $2,875; and a pair of Wilkinson leaded glass lamps with junk jewels brought $2,990 each.
The star lot in a collection of antique Victorian art glass bride’s baskets was a satin glass example with birds that flew away for $6,325. An example with cherubs brought $1,840, while other pieces in the group made $350-$1,000 each. Also, a sterling silver service by Sir Christopher Wallace commanded $5,750, while services in the Love Disarmed and Butter Cup patterns brought $6,325 each.
Vintage clocks chimed right on time. A rare oak hall seat with clock, in the original finish, fetched $14,375; a superior inlaid case 9-tube grandfather clock, 103 inches tall, rang out at $9,775; a fabulous 19th-century large cherub figural dore bronze clock with porcelain plaques earned $8,050; and a three-piece Vernie Martin decorated clock set, signed Tiffany & Company, changed hands for $4,025.
Rounding out the top lots, a Sevres porcelain vase with matching pedestal, plus a Sevres porcelain urn, sold for $14,375; an extraordinary English sterling silver tureen topped out at $12,650; a signed Tiffany & Company sterling top water pitcher brought $3,680; a large over-the-mantel gold leaf trumeau mirror, 89 inches tall, garnered $9,775, and a 12-foot-tall gold leaf rococo mirror made $9,775.
Hal Hunt Auctions’ next big sale will be held Sunday, May 3, beginning at 12:30 p.m. A preview is planned for Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.