Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates concludes 2011 with three successful auctions Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates concluded 2011 on a high note, recording back-to-back-to-back successful auctions in October, November and December, at their gallery facility in Mt. Crawford, Va.
News-Antique.com - Jan 19,2012 - (MT. CRAWFORD, Va.) – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates concluded 2011 on a high note, recording back-to-back-to-back successful auctions in October, November and December, and looks forward to continued success in 2012. The firm will conduct auctions at the rate of one per month, in its gallery at 2177 Green Valley Lane in Mt. Crawford. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates specializes in 18th - 20th century glass and lighting, Virginia and Southern decorative arts, and all types of Americana, antiques and fine art.
“The year ended on a very positive note,” Jeffrey Evans, president of the firm that bears his name, said of the fourth quarter 2011 auctions. “Prices have stabilized, and the number of bidders and interest overall continues to increase. Collectors are recognizing the great values that are available in today’s market, and that certainly bodes well as we push forward into the future.”
Mr. Evans said 2012 “promises to be a record year for us,” adding, “We already have three important lighting collections in house – possibly the best we’ve ever handled – plus we have some fabulous Americana lined up for the summer and enough early American glass to fill most of the year. On top of all that we will be hosting three national and two regional seminars.”
Mr. Evans observed that regional material, especially Southern, continues to draw strong interest and high prices. “Collectors are looking for objects that are relevant and have a story to tell, and are part of a larger narrative within their region,” he said, adding that high-end art glass, American free-blown glass, early bottles, firearms, coins and vintage comic books were all hot.
Following are some highlights from the October, November and December auctions. All prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
The Oct. 29 auction was a catalogued sale of 18th and 19th century lighting and glass. “The first half of the Meyer collection of early kerosene lighting was enthusiastically received,” Mr. Evans said (the second half will be sold in the April 12 lighting auction). “The Meyers were very particular about having each lamp set up with the proper burner, chimney and lamp shade.”
A cut overlay bear paw stand lamp, opaque with cut to cranberry pyriform font with white spiraling threads and a burner marked “Holmes, Booth & Haydens patented January 24, 1860,” went for $9,200 (Lot 1); and a mid-19th century tulip and star stand lamp in a fiery opalescent and cobalt blue font with a fiery opalescent No. 40 variant base, patented in June 1862, made $5,462 (Lot 9).
A Reed pyriform font stand lamp, opal cased colorless with cobalt blue spiraling threads and a brass stem, sporting a No. 1 fine line collar and fitted with an E. Miller No. 1 hinged lip burner, rose to $4,600 (Lot 5); while a porcelain lithophane American Views lamp shade, cone form and displaying eight panels (four with cartouche patterns and four depicting genres) also hit $4,600 (Lot 139).