Selkirk Eclectic Auction Promises Variety and Quality Continuing the tradition that was revitalized with their Inaugural Auction, Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers presents its first Eclectic Auction in the St. Louis market on Saturday, November 7th.
News-Antique.com - Oct 16,2015 - Continuing the tradition that was revitalized with their Inaugural Auction, Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers presents its first Eclectic Auction in the St. Louis market on Saturday, November 7th. The autumn auction begins at 11:00 a.m. Central and will focus on the delight of discovering varied items ranging from an impressive example of 19th century American quilts to sought-after 20th century furniture by design pioneer T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings.
The elegance of the 18th century is evoked by a Queen Anne-style walnut secretary and bookcase with molded double bonnet top over two chamfered doors opens to a shelved and fitted interior. The fall front writing surface opens to a fitted interior above two drawers over a kneehole cabinet door flanked by three drawers raised on bracket feet. The estimated sales price of this early 20th century American piece is $800-1,200.
Seated there, the lady of the house might have addressed holiday cards by the light of the Handel table lamp, its shade painted with bare trees and brush in a winter landscape on a yellow-orange ground. The patinated bronze base features a foliage covered standard raised on a shaped circular foot. Signed "Handel 5624," the lamp is expected to bring $800-1,200.
These and other traditional pieces contrast with the strong lines and complementary birch and walnut accents featured in the German, mid 20th century modern breakfront By Karl Brand for Mobelfabrik. The glass center cabinet is flanked by double doored shelving, atop individual drawers to lend both utility and modernist style. The estimated pre-sale price is $500-700.
Interest is growing in T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings who was the principal designer for Widdicomb Furniture from the mid-1940s through mid-1950s. His work is well represented by the walnut frame, strap chair joined by linen webbing, as well as by a sofa, model 1727, with original upholstery on back and seat. Both are raised on brass circular tapering legs. The presale estimates are $1,000-2,000 and $2,000-4,000, respectively.
Recalling our nation’s roots, four eagles proudly adorn the American applique quilt from the third quarter of the 19th century. The hand sewn, cotton quilt features stars surrounding a central maple leaf and crescent moon medallion with vining maple leaf border. Memorabilia offered with the quilt include a 4th place trophy from the Sears and Roebuck and Co. 1934 Quilt Show and a small glass etched "Mrs. M. W. Fox” purportedly from the 1904 World's Fair. (Estimate $1,000-2,000). Also from the period, a rare stern wheel steamboat model by A. C. Payne will intrigue historians and collectors. Typical in form, the model is painted white with red steam pipes and black paddle wheel, with intricate string rigging throughout. Examples of similar models can be found in the collection of the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, which could push the sales price to $2,500-3,500.
The majestic imported German coach stallion, HEIST 2043, is the subject of an oil painting on artist board. Renowned early 20th century painter J. F. Stephens was an itinerant artist working in Missouri and Illinois. Similar examples have