Two Strong Sales in Two Weeks for Garth's Auctions Garth's Auctions of Delaware, Ohio held two strong sales within two weeks: the Saturday, July 25th auction of Fine & Contemporary Art and Decorative Arts and the Friday, August 7th Eclectic auction.
Garth's Auctions of Delaware, Ohio held two strong sales within two weeks during late July and early August. The Saturday, July 25th auction of Fine & Contemporary Art and Decorative Arts featured Garth's usual offerings of antique furniture, artwork, pottery, glass and sculpture, but it was clear that furniture stole the show.
Leading off the day as well as the illustrated catalog, an oak Rococo Revival Hall Clock labeled for the A.B. Closson Company, Cincinnati, Ohio, set the tone for the sale from the start. The early 20th century clock was adorned with a scrollwork pediment, fluted columns, and bold paw feet. The clock retained its original finish with only minor imperfections, so while it carried a conservative pre-auction estimate of $2,5/$3,500, it brought $8,225.00. Closson's has been a staple of the Cincinnati retail scene since the late 19th century. The clock sold was likely retailed by Closson just after the turn of the 20th century and was actually made by the firm of Francis Bawo and Charles Dotter of New York. Bawo and Dotter were initially importers of glass and china, but hired Charles A. Jacques in 1895 to oversee the sale of hall clocks. Initially Jacques used Elliot movements, but began, in 1898, using German Elite movements as the tubes on the clock sold were marked.
A Regency-Style cherry Table and Chairs from Baker Furniture Company of Kohler, Wisconsin dating to the late 20th century attracted the interest of many bidders as well. The Palladian style pedestal table with two 22" leaf extensions and Palladian side chairs and two armchairs reached an outstanding $5,640 against a pre-sale estimate of $1,000-$1,600. A Regency style sideboard by Baker was a matching piece to the lot of table and chairs. With its crossbanded top, three drawers over three flat panel doors, and bold half turned columns with brass capitals and bases, the sideboard sold for $2,468. A pair Of Fauteuil Armchairs that held a pre-auction estimate of $300-$600 sold for $1,528. The open armchairs, probably European and early 20th century, were walnut with exposed framework, carved leaf motif, and needlework upholstery. An Italian Renaissance-Style Cassone from the 19th century was a standout due to the dentil molded lift top with carved mermaid caryatids flanking a heraldic cartouche, the iron handles on sides, and the recumbent lions supports which all contributed to a sale price of $1,880.
Among the decorative arts sold during the July 25th Saturday session, a three-piece Regency Argand brass and gilt bronze lamp set, attributed to Messenger
and Sons, London and retailed by J & I Cox, New York, brought $3,408. Of the two sculptures offered by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth( New York, 1880-1980), a bronze titled Desha, which was signed, dated “1927 C“, and marked by the Gorham Foundry, went to a new home for a wining bid of $5,405. The other, equally appealing Frishmuth bronze sold for $4,994. Two bronze, standing floor lamp bases, each marked for “Tiffany Studios, New