News-Antique.com - Apr 24,2013 - BOSTON, Mass. – April 24, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. today announced that its European Furniture and Decorative Arts auction grossed $1,572,219.00, exceeding the pre-sale estimate high. Held on Saturday, April 6th, the results demonstrate strong demand for quality pieces and were bolstered by record levels of participation on the new SkinnerLive! online bidding platform.
“The chemistry in this sale was unbelievable,” offered Stuart Slavid, Director of the European Furniture and Decorative Arts department at Skinner, Inc. “The success of the The Fletcher Collection of Imperial Russia, high-end silver, and sculpture proved that there is a healthy market for a wide variety of items.”
The high-end silver market remains strong with many pieces realizing excellent prices at the April sale. The auction’s top lot, a pair of Victorian gilded silver herd trophies, exceeded its pre-sale estimate high of $5,000, bringing $42,000. An impressive silver trophy from the Victorian Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot made by Hancock & Co. brought $34,800. A seven-piece Tiffany & Co. sterling silver tea and coffee service more than doubled its pre-sale estimate high of $9,000, selling for $20,400 and a Buccellati sterling silver shell-form centerpiece sold for $14,760.
The Fletcher Collection of Imperial Russia
With 2013 marking the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the Romanov Dynasty, collectors bid on highly sought-after antiques and artifacts relating to the Romanovs presented in the The Fletcher Collection of Imperial Russia. John Fletcher always had an intense interest in Nicholas II and his family. The collection was unlike others focused on imperial Russia, and reflected Fletcher’s unique perspective on the Romanovs, providing glimpses into the personal and domestic lives of the ill-fated Tsar and his family.
A Russian icon depicting Our Lady of Kazan brought more than ten times its pre-sale estimate high of $1,500, selling for $15,990. A pair of Fabergé gilded silver and enamel napkin rings brought $15,600 and an Imperial Porcelain Factory Easter egg sold for $11,400.
Sculpture & Paintings
A wide variety of sculpture from the collection of a Midwest gentleman was presented at the sale. Outstanding examples include an Art Deco bronze and ivory enamel-decorated figure of a dancer cast after a model by Gerda Iro Gerdago which brought $13,200, and a sculpture depicting Nature Revealing Herself to Science after Louis Ernest Barrias which sold for $12,000. A painting by Modesto Texidor y Torres depicting boys sailing toy boats in a tide pool bested its pre-sale estimate high to sell for $15,600.
The success of the recent sale demonstrates the effectiveness of the upgraded SkinnerLive! online bidding platform. The April 6th European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction witnessed the largest number of online participants in a Skinner auction to date. Hundreds of registered bidders took part in the sale, while thousands watched the auction unfold live online.
With the new SkinnerLive! platform, Skinner saw extremely strong increases in the percentage of lots sold, total hammer, and average hammer price for lots sold through the online platform. A large number of bidders from Russia