CALDERS LEAD DECEMBER AUCTION On December 2nd, Grogan and Company, conducted their annual December auction to a standing room only crowd. The over 500 lots of Fine Art, Furniture, Decorative Works of Art, Silver, Jewelry and Orie
and Chief Auctioneer of Grogan and Company, "It appears the auction market has withstood the downturn of the economy and continues to be the preferred place for buyers and sellers to acquire as well as liquidate their fine art and antiques."
Furniture highlights included an Aesthetic Movement Carved Walnut Marquetry Inlaid Bedroom Suite, attributed to Herter Brothers, which included a bed, two chairs, a side table, and a bureau with mirror. The elaborately carved and inlaid suite sold to a private New York collector over the phone for $22,420 (presale estimate $10,000-20,000); while an Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Tall Chest of Drawers, designed by Harvey Ellis, brought $6,490 against a $3,000-5,000. A Pair of 19th century Tiffany Studios Gilt Bronze Picture Frames soared beyond their $800-1,200 estimate to sell for $9,375; and a Pair of circa 1919 Caldwell and Company Champlevé Panels sparked competitive bidding, finally selling for $9,440 against a $1,000-2,000 estimate.
Highlights of the Jewelry and Silver offerings included a Twin Old Mine Cut Diamond Ring in a Platinum setting, with a total approximately diamond weight of 3 carats, far exceeded expectations when two bidders in the room aggressively competed, driving the price to $8,260. It finally hammered down to a gentleman who bought it as a surprise for a very lucky woman, his mother. Seven U.S. Gold Coins, with face value totalling $102, sold to a coin dealer for an impressive $11,210; while a circa 1879 Fine Kennard & Jenks Mixed Metal ‘Japanesque’ Bowl, hammered down for $3,835.
The auction concluded with a selection of over 50 Oriental Rugs, Textiles and Carpets from various estates and collections. A fully illustrated catalogue with results can be found online at www.groganco.com. All prices include a buyer's premium. Grogan and Company's next auction will be held on January 20th and will include Fine Oriental Rugs and Carpets from prominent collections around the world. For more information regarding upcoming auctions, consigning or appraisal services, please call Grogan and Company at 781-461-9500.