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.
“We could not have had a more memorable way to end our lighting auction weekend on April 29 than with the Rushlight Club seminar and Sullivan lantern collection,” Mr. Evans said. “Phil Sullivan was a past president and active member of the club, and he and his wife Carolyn were friends with many of the club's New England constituents. All who participated in the auction commented on the breadth and fine quality of the Sullivan collection. Bidding was spirited throughout the auction.”
Winning bidders included two United States museums, private collectors and dealers from across North America and around the world. “Our lighting cataloger, Barbara Morris, was thrilled to have the opportunity to handle such an important and specialized collection,” Mr. Evans said. “It offered her a crash course on the history of the lantern within the overall narrative of historic lighting.”
The April 29 auction actually comprised just half of Phil Sullivan's 900-piece lantern collection. The second half will be sold by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates on Friday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m., in Mt. Crawford, Va. The final numbers for the April 29 auction were: 78 in-attendance bidders, 120 registered LiveAuctioneers.com bidders (placing 1,567 bids), 99 absentee and phone bidders (296 bids) and a final gross of $87,782.
Following are highlights from the April 29 auction. All prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
A pair of brass cold-blast tubular signal marine lanterns, ring-handled, one of them embossed with “Perkins 17 Mld No. 2 Anchor Fig. 61,” made circa 4th quarter 19th century and each standing 25 ¾ inches tall, brought $2,185; and a third quarter 19th century New England Glass Company pierced sheet iron whale oil lantern with bail handle and fixed colorless globe, 15 inches tall, fetched $1,380.
A pierced sheet iron “P.W.R.R.” whale oil lantern with traces of japanned decoration and a strap ring handle, having a fixed colorless globe and removable base with bayonet mechanism (circa mid19th century) reached $1,380; and a C.T. Ham sheet iron and brass “New York Central” conductor's railroad lantern with bail handle, vertical wire guards and removable base, circa late 19th century, made $1,150.
Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates' next big auction will be held on Saturday, June 23. Offered will be hundreds of examples of Americana and Fine Antiques. A preview will be held June 20-22, from 10-6, with a free appraisal day on Wednesday, June 20, from 1-4 p.m. As with all Jeffrey S. Evans auctions, this one will be held in the spacious Mt. Crawford, Va., gallery, at 2177 Green Valley Lane.
The full-service auction house conducts monthly catalogued auctions in a wide range of categories, all of which are available for in-house, absentee and live Internet bidding (facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com). Live telephone bidding is also available. Within two business days of each auction, the past-sale catalogue is available on the firm's website, with prices realized for each lot.