Chadds Ford, PA, October 04, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- William Bunch Auctions presented its annual Fall Fine & Decorative Arts sale with 1000 plus lots spread over two days on September 28th-29th. In addition to over 400 floor and phone bidders, there were frequent interjections by active bidding on three online platforms—LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable, and BidSquare. All prices reported are hammer, without commission.
Monday’s session featured 200 lots of fine art. The highest grossing painting of the day was a Walter Mason Oddie landscape at $4,000 which shortly followed an early Walter Baum painting, selling to a telephone bidder for $3,250 (est. 2000/4000).
Despite an early start time of 10 AM, the second sale day opened to a lively crowd of collectors and dealers in anticipation of the balance of the Raccoon Creek Antiques collection. While 114 lots of baskets from the personal collection of Gordon Wyckoff stimulated even competition amongst the bidders, the grouping was highlighted by painted and miniature baskets, including $650 for a 3” h blue painted miniature buttocks, $800 for a miniature exaggerated buttocks basket, and topped by a blue painted splint basket for $2,000. Demand for surface, form, and color continued with heated bidding for a miniature butter churn finished in a muted green paint for $1,100 and followed by an astounding $2,300 for a 9-hook cherry peg rack in its untouched, original state.
Buyers eagerly awaited 53 lots of the well-known holiday collection of Wyckoff, which included pieces that are rarely seen in such fine condition. Opening the seasonal decorations was a lot of 12 cotton animal figural decorations, selling to an online bidder for $4,500, a sign of the action to come. Other glass and cotton ornaments were similarly lotted and typically brought $25-50 per piece which was capped by a lot of 20 bringing $2,200. The final surprise of Christmas collectibles was a 21” tall German Santa Claus with real hair which was hammered down at $9,000. The Raccoon Creek Antiques portion of the sale finished with several lots of primitive furniture, highlighted by a paint decorated poplar and pine apothecary for $6,500.
American furniture had several strong selling lots, including a Mahogany bookcase breakfront, selling to an online participant for $3,750, more than double its high estimate of $800/1600. Other pieces, such as an early 18th Century case clock by Jacob Craft ($6,500 hammer) and a Federal sewing stand ($2,700 hammer,) demonstrated that unique period furnishings are still desirable to collectors. Silver was highlighted by a small private collection of Philadelphia and Baltimore repoussé tea sets and serving pieces. Most sold well above their silver content, bringing from $20-40 an ounce.
Transitioning from American Decorative Arts, Continental porcelain proved to be another strong category of the sale, with many pieces far exceeding their presale estimates. Notable results include a Royal Vienna Teaset that sold for $1,900 (est. 800/1200) and a monumental Sevres-style palace vase which sold for $9,500 to a collector (est. 6000/9000). Three lots of exquisite Parisian platinum ground enameled and hand painted pieces decorated by N. Vivien sold to a collector, including a pair of vases for $1,900 (est. 1000/2000). A bejeweled and agate-mounted French carriage clock generated strong competition and finally brought $3,500 (est. 400/800).
The final category of the day was Asian Decorative Arts, which is always subject to heated bidding and unpredictable results. Early highlights included a pair of Japanese cloisonné moon vases which brought $2,800 and a gilt bronze Buddha for $3,000. Within the last 40 lots of the sale, there were two surprise sales fueled by strong in-house and online bidding. A shocked audience watched a Japanese Samurai fur helmet bring $5,500 (est. 100/200) and finally a Chinese cloisonné censer hammered for $21,000, well above its 8,000/10,000 pre-sale estimation.
A complete illustrated catalog with sales results is available at williambunchauctions.com.