Nearly 750 lots to be sold at massive estate sale Dec. 5 Nearly 750 quality lots will be sold at a Fine & Decorative Arts Cataloged Auction slated for Saturday, Dec. 5, by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. in Hillsborough, N.C. , starting at 9 a.m.
News-Antique.com - Nov 13,2009 - (HILLSBOROUGH, N.C.) – Nearly 750 lots – most of them quality, fresh to the market items from prominent local estates – will be sold at a Fine & Decorative Arts Cataloged Auction scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, at 9 a.m., by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. The auction will be conducted in the firm’s new state-of-the-art showroom facility, located at 620 Cornerstone Court in Hillsborough.
A wide array of categories will be represented, to include Classical American period and period American furniture; Continental furniture; American portraits and traditional American art; European art; bronzes and statuary; Southern pottery; estate jewelry and watches; vintage lamps and art glass; Americana; vintage musical instruments; first-edition books; over 70 lots of Asian art; and gold and silver coins.
On Friday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m., a special lecture will be presented by June Lucas, the director of research at Old Salem Museums and Gardens in Winston-Salem, N.C. Ms. Lucas’ talk will be titled Wood as Canvas: the Paint-Decorated Furniture of Piedmont, N.C. It will center on the late 18th- and 19th-century furniture makers in the piedmont region of North Carolina and their use of paint decoration.
The auction will be preceded by previews, on Saturday, Nov. 28 (from 10-3); Thursday, Dec. 3 (from 10-6); and Friday, Dec. 4 (from 10-6). An evening reception will be held Thursday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. Bidding may be done in-house, over the phone, through absentee bidding or via the Internet, at LiveAuctioneers.com. An online catalog has been posted. To view, click on www.LLAuctions.com.
Furniture will abound at the sale. Examples of period American furniture include a Southern Chippendale walnut stepback cupboard (circa 1800-1820), made in western North Carolina; a walnut early 19th century Southern chest on frame (Rowan County, N.C.); an early 19th century mahogany New York Federal tilt-top candlestand; and a circa 1800 fine Southern mahogany Hepplewhite inlaid cellaret.
Classical American furniture will feature a nice diminutive pier table (circa 1830), mahogany and mahogany veneers, with a marble top, Corinthian columns and mirrored base on carved paw feet; a carved sofa (Philadelphia or New York), dated on the back in chalk (1827), mahogany over white pine; and a recamier in the Baltimore manner (circa early 19th century), mahogany and mahogany veneers.
Not to be outdone by their American counterparts, the Continental furniture pieces will include a Renaissance Revival dressing table (circa 1860), fruitwood and wood veneers with light and dark inlay; a Belle Epoque French escritoire, Louis XV style, mahogany with ormolu mounts; and a lovely Irish late 19th century Chippendale-style triple-back settee, mahogany, with a shaped crest in a carved eagle motif.
Traditional American art will include a still life oil on canvas of fruit by Paul Lacroix (NJ/NY, 1827-1869), signed lower left and housed in the original gilt wood frame; and an oil on canvas rendering titled Moonlit Snow, by Aldro T. Hibbard (MA/VT, 1886-1972), framed and signed. A nice selection of European art will feature an oil on canvas work by Patrick