Chippendale desk hits $41,400 at Leland Little Auction A gorgeous late 18th century Pennsylvania Chippendale tiger maple desk sold for $41,400 at a multi-estate Historic Hillsborough Auction held Sept. 19 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd.
oil on canvas painting by Robert Harvey (b. 1924), titled Brother Home on Leave and signed and dated 1964 ($4,370, pre-ssale est. $1,000-$2,000); and an oil on canvas work by Jim Herbert (Ga., b. 1938), titled Oriental and housed in the original frame ($1,840).
A nice pair of clocks got paddles wagging. One was a French cloisonné mantel clock with two matching candlesticks, stamped to indicate the maker won a silver medal in 1855 ($5,520, pre-sale est. $400-$800); and a late 18th century English Chippendale tall case clock, mahogany, 89 inches tall ($3,220). Also, a Tiffany Studios counterbalance desk lamp with a bronze base and green damascene shade hammered for $8,050 (pre-sale est. $5,000-$8,000).
Intriguing offerings included a Turkoman Asmalyk (circa 1890), wool and silk with all-over decoration, woven edging and five-sided camel decoration for the wedding procession carrying the bride ($7,762, pre-sale est. $300-$600); a pair of vintage concrete foxes with bushy tails and attractive weathering ($2,415); and an antique toleware tray, 19th century, with a painted harbor scene depicting a Spanish galleon ($1,265).
A 163-piece sterling silver flatware service in the Pointed Antique pattern by Dominick & Haff and Reed & Barton climbed to $4,370 (pre-sale est. $1,500-$2,500), while a beautiful Southern coin silver ladle by Linebach of Salem, N.C., went for $3,680 (pre-sale est. $600-$900). In estate jewelry, a 1.15 carat round brilliant cut diamond stone brought $2,070 (pre-sale est. $1,000-$1,500), and a 1.09 carat emerald cut diamond stone garnered $2,070.
Returning to fine art, a signed oil on panel by Julian Onderdonck (Tex., 1882-1922), titled Rock Quarries, fetched $29,900; an oil on linen signed by French artist Adolphe Binet (1854-1897) and titled Les Alezans, breezed to $23,000; an acrylic on canvas by John McCracken (N.Y./Calif., b. 1934), titled Mandala IV, made $19,550; and a gilt bronze creation by Giorgio de Chirico (It., 1888-1978) hit $3,680.
A pair of works by Richard Anuskziewicz (N.J., b. 1930) got the attention of bidders. An acrylic on canvas, titled Soft Cover Vermilion, topped out at $25,300, while an untitled oil on pressed board realized $10,350. Also, two large French School murals, 18th century oil on canvas, each measuring 120 inches by 96 inches and depicting tranquil landscape scenes, sold for a respectable $18,400 and $14,950 (against pre-sale estimates of $3,000-$5,000 each).
Cellarets wowed the crowd. A George III example with mahogany veneer in the rare diminutive form, soared to $4,830, while an English wine cellaret (circa 1830), casket form on carved paw feet, hit $4,370. Also, a 19th century tortoise shell tea caddy, octagonal form with pagoda lid, rose to $1,725; and an Eero Saarinen for Knoll grasshopper chair (circa 1950s) with laminated wood frame garnered $1,265.
Vintage car enthusiasts weren’t disappointed. A bright red 1985 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole with just 49,013 miles sped off for $24,150. Also, a 1930s Jugtown Chinese blue Persian jar, rich red with a strong blue contrast, achieved $16,100 (pre-sale est. $3,000-$6,000); a rare group of six Baccarat “Czar” crystal-stem blown and cut glasses