Bakewell sugar bowl and cover brings $8,625 at Jeffrey S. Evans A pattern-molded and engraved sugar bowl and cover, attributed to Bakewell, Page & Bakewell and made circa 1820-1835, soared to $8,625 at an auction held May 19 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.
an ill-defined center star only, made by an unknown United States glass house (circa 1840-1860), standing seven inches tall, coasted to $4,888; and a colorless lead glass pressed Horn of Plenty rectangular undertray, one of only two known, made to accompany an extremely rare rectangular covered casket/dish and made circa 1845-1855, topped out at $3,738.
An extravagant, blue to colorless cut overlay chalice, a deep bowl cut with tiny stars and upright ferns, probably made in France by Saint-Louis or Baccarat, circa 1880-1900, 12 ¼ inches tall, 5 inches in diameter, topped out at $3,220; and an advertising ironstone covered dish, octagonal footed form, for Sweeny & Son in Wheeling, Va. (now West Virginia), circa mid-19th century, 7 inches tall, wowed the crowd for $3,105.
As stated, the star of the April 28 18th and 19th century lighting auction was the second half of the Meyer collection. A large number of the lamps in the first Meyers auction were purchased by a new museum being formed in the western U.S., while most lamps in this auction were captured by private collectors throughout North America. The appeal of the collection was the complete nature of each lamp (including the period burner, chimney and shade).
“The Western museum found these features especially attractive, considering the difficulty of acquiring complete period set-ups in today's market,” Mr. Evans observed. “The Meyers spent more than 30 years carefully assembling their collection, piece by piece, and their efforts were rewarded, both monetarily and in terms of historical significance. This was truly a museum-quality collection.”
About 76 people were bidding live, at the gallery, for the April 28 event, while 81 registered absentee and phone bidders submitted 812 bids. The 139 bidders who were approved to bid through Live Auctioneers placed a total of 1,746 alternate bids. All 497 of the lots that came up for bid changed hands. There were zero passes. When the receipts were tallied, the auction grossed $162,455.
Following are highlights from the April 28 auction. All prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
A wood and glass candle lantern with square soft-wood frame and worn red paint and three full glass panels with a hinged door fitted with a small glass window with guards (circa 19th century), 15 ½ inches tall, rose to $3,335; and a swirled marbrie loop stand lamp, ruby with opal pulled and swirling loops, its thumbwheel marked “E. F. Jones, Boston” (circa third quarter 19th century) realized $2,760.
A Blackberry stand lamp with brilliant teal green font and alabaster/clambroth Baroque base, made circa 1870, achieved $2,300; and a cut overlay star and quatrefoil stand lamp, with a white cut to starch blue pyriform font, earned $2,185.
A 19th century sheet iron Rumford type stand lamp having the original green paint with traces of yellow pinstriping, and with a square weighted base and hinged refill cap and sleeve for a detachable shade, climbed to $2,070; and an opaque pale green Coolidge Drape stand lamp with matching patterned chimney-shade