Queen Anne highboy, made in America circa 1730-1750, realizes $32,500 at Ahlers & Ogletree, June 6-8 A mahogany carved and figured Queen Anne highboy, likely originating from Massachusetts and dating between 1730 and 1750, sold for $32,500 at an estate auction held June 6th-8th by Ahlers & Ogletree.
News-Antique.com - Jun 23,2014 - ATLANTA, Ga. – A mahogany carved and figured Queen Anne highboy (high chest of drawers raised on cabriole legs), likely originating from Massachusetts and dating between 1730 and 1750, sold for $32,500 at a huge, high-end, multi-estate auction held June 6-8 by Ahlers & Ogletree, in the firm’s gallery located at 715 Miami Circle (Suite 210) in Atlanta. The highboy was one of the auction's highlights as it was the strongest pieces in the private collection of Dorothy Edwards of Atlanta and proved to be the top lot of the auction.
Close behind was an English, mid-18th century George II mahogany wood tilt-top table with a round top having a floral carved border raised on a beaded and gadrooned shaft on a tripod base with acanthus leaf motif; and an early 19th century ebonized and gilt carved Empire table with white square marble top, made by noted cabinetmaker and craftsman Charles-Honore Lannuier (Fr./Am., 1779-1819) of New York City. Both tables brought hammer prices of $30,000 each.
“Period furniture did particularly well in this auction, a category that has been somewhat soft in past years, and I attribute the success of our sale to strong British participation, both among phone bidders and online bidders,” said Robert Ahlers of Ahlers & Ogletree. “However, we had strong bidding in other categories which did perform well, too. These included fine sterling silver, Art Nouveau furniture and decorative art, musical devices and even Greek pottery.”
The auction was originally planned as a two day event, but so much great merchandise poured in during the days leading up to the sale, there was no choice but to add a third day (June 6th). Just over 1,100 lots of fresh estate items came up for bid in all, including a large number of Asian objects and artifacts, estate jewelry, fine artwork, Persian rugs, mirrors, antique clocks and more.
The auction attracted a number of bidders in-house, online and on the phones. Between 250 and 300 people attended the auction in person, while online participation was very strong (LiveAuctioneers.com averaged 1,184 approved bidders per day, while Invaluable.com attracted 762 approved bidders per day). The phone banks were busy all weekend, with over 400 phone bids, and quite a few left (absentee) bids were also recorded. After all the excitement had died down and the last lot had sold, the weekend's auction had hammered $1.135 million.
The following are additional highlights from Ahlers & Ogletree's June auction. All prices quoted below and noted above are hammer prices, exclusive of a sliding scale buyer's premium.
Of the clocks in the sale, the top performer was a Federal eagle-inlaid and figured mahogany tall case clock, attributed to the New Jersey clock maker Matthew Egerton (active 1785-1837), 97 ˝ inches tall, with an upper portion showing a hand-painted hot air balloon (possibly documenting the first hot air balloon flight in the States), rose to $23,500; and a 19th century French Aiguilles brass carriage clock with beveled glass paneled sides and maker-inscribed movement,