Nadeau's auction results indicate the economy is improving The economy may have turned the corner and is headed in a positive direction, if recent sale results posted by Nadeauís Auction Gallery, Inc., based in Windsor, Conn., are an accurate barometer.
Mathurin Monroe (1822-1912), titled Psyche (est. $1,500-$2,500), rose to $7,762; a Tiffany sterling silver flatware set in the Hampton pattern (5,500-$7,500) made $11,212; and a Louis Vuitton file trunk (est. $5,000-$7,000) hit $14,950.
Also from the New Yearís Day auction: a sterling silver wine cooler with wine and grape motif (est. $1,500-$4,000) coasted to $4,025; a pair of nautical diaries by Charles G.C. Plummer (est. $1,500-$4,000) garnered $6,325; a Black Forest carved walnut music seat (est. $1,500-$2,500) sold for $9,200; and an Oriental bronze incense (est. $200-$400) realized $3,450.
Rounding out the dayís top lots: a Philip and Kevin Laverne (1908-1988) dining table (est. $6,000-$9,000) topped out at $16,100; a Tiffany Studios Favrile vase (est. $500-$1,000) gaveled for $6,900; and a brass telescope on a brass tripod (est. $600-$1,000) went for $4,140. Two weeks later, on Jan. 15, the records just set on New Yearís Day were themselves shattered.
Some top lots of the 400 that changed hands on Jan. 15: a set of eight wall sconces (est. 500-$800) fetched $4,025; six silver-plated double candelabras (est. $300-$500) hammered down for $6,612; a lot of eleven violin bows (est. $200-$300) went to a determined bidder for $3,335; and a silk Oriental throw rug (est. $200-$400) wowed the crowd by realizing $3,450.
At Nadeauís most recent sale, held Feb. 5, the upward pricing trend continued. This was helped by some great consignments that included over 100 pieces of Waterford crystal and several paintings sold to benefit the New Britain Museum of American Art. The tone of the auction was set with the third lot, a Heriz Oriental rug (est. $200-$400) that brought $4,715.
In other highlights: a Hummel nativity set crossed the block at $1,955; a Roche Bobois four-piece leather sofa set demanded $2,530; a Howard Rackliffe oil-on-canvas (est. $500-$800) finished at $1,035; four Herman Miller fiberglass chairs (est. $100-$200) went for $690; and a gorgeous mirror attributed to Tommi Parzinger (est. $250-$450) changed hands for $1,955.
Nadeauís Auction Gallery, Inc., is a family owned and operated business and one of the largest and fastest-growing full-service auction galleries in New England. The firm began in 1985, when Edwin Nadeau, Jr., first opened his ďbarn doorsĒ in Colchester, Conn. Since 1993, Nadeauís has been housed in a 12,000-square-foot showroom in Windsor, outside of Hartford.
Nadeauís is always accepting quality consignments for its bigger sales, held throughout the year, and its general auctions, held every three weeks. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (860) 246-2444 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Nadeauís Auction Gallery, log on to www.NadeausAuction.com.