Moorish bronze jeweled fire screen attributed to Tiffany Studios brings $60,000 at S & S Auction A Moorish bronze jeweled fire screen, attributed to Tiffany Studios and featuring rope twisted brass with insert art glass and stones, sold for $60,000 at an auction held May 18-19 by S & S Auction.
News-Antique.com - Jun 04,2014 - REPAUPO, N.J. – A beautiful Moorish bronze jeweled fire screen, attributed to Tiffany Studios and featuring rope twisted brass with insert art glass and stones, sold for $60,000 at a Sunday-Monday estates sale held May 18-19 by S & S Auction, Inc., in the firm’s gallery at 62 Repaupo Station Road. The fire screen, 27 ½ inches tall by 35 ½ inches wide, was the top lot of the sale.
The May 18 session consisted of 430 lots of antiques, artwork and decorative accessories. May 19 featured 460 lots of 19th and 20th century Modern and Design pieces. The Tiffany fire screen sold on May 18, to a Baltimore collector, who was perhaps impressed with the lot’s provenance (it was descended from a Baltimore family with ties to Hecht’s, the Baltimore department store).
Overall, the auction grossed a little more than $800,000, which pleased Glenn Sweeney of S & S Auction, Inc. “We expected the Saturday session to do well because of the quality that had been consigned,” he said. “Sunday was a nice surprise and showed me that better examples of antique furniture are still in demand. We had a wide variety of pieces, in many of the styles and periods.”
About 400 people attended the event live over the course of the two days (no small feat in this internet age). Online bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, attracting 562 registered bidders on May 18th and 442 registered bidders on May 19th. Phone bidding was very brisk both days and absentee bids were also recorded. About 2,500 uncataloged lots also came up for bid.
Following are additional highlights from the May 18 session. All prices quoted include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
A pair of lots posted identical selling prices of $15,600. The first was a monumental pair of 19th century gilt French mirrors, fashioned from carved wood and gesso and standing 97 inches tall by 53 inches wide. The second was an 18th century Dutch burl walnut tall case clock, marked Gerrit Knip & Zoon of Amsterdam and in very good condition, impressive at 102 inches tall.
A Jansen French commode, ebonized with bronze boulle and gilt bronze mounts, in very good condition and an example of the finest quality, rose to $8,400; while an unsigned and unframed (but visually arresting) oil on board painting of a woman seated at a piano with a child, titled The Piano Lesson, 16 ½ inches tall by 12 inches wide, went to a determined bidder for $8,100.
A patinated and gilt bronze French figural clock, signed “A. Calmels” by the French sculptor Celestin Anatole Calmels (1822-1906), went for $6,900; and a gorgeous French gilt wood panel featuring a 12-inch Sevres porcelain plaque with a hand-painted portrait of the Duchess of Devonshire (signed “Ullman”), with 12 surrounding 3-inch Sevres porcelains, made $4,800.
Following are additional highlights from the May 19 session. All prices quoted include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
A Danish rosewood tambour (sliding shutter) door sideboard, 31 ¾ inches tall