A Chippendale Carved Mahogany Scallop-Top Tea Table, probably the shop of Benjamin Randolph (1737-1791), with carving possibly by Richard Butts, Philadelphia, circa 1770. Estimate: $800,000-1,200,000. Sold for: $905,000 £552,050 €660,650. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2014.
NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s Americana Week 2014 sales totaled $10,189,025, which included the sales of Important American Silver (January 23), Important American Furniture, Folk Art and Prints (January 24), and Chinese Export Art (January 27).
Chinese Export Art? Total: $3,034,750/ £1,820,850/ €2,215,368
Top Lot: Lot 328:
A Rare Set Of Four Large Chinese Export Porcelain Nodding Head Figures, Qianlong Period. Sold for: $173,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2014.
Becky MacGuire, Head of Chinese Export Art, commented, “The continued vitality of this classic collecting area was affirmed by the success of today’s sale. It is exciting to see bidders from around the globe compete for goods that left China centuries ago on sailing ships – and fascinating to see a growing number of lots return to China. Especially gratifying was the enthusiastic response to the top lot of the sale, the elegant set of four nodding head figures that brought $173,000. Two carefully-formed private collections of famille verte were also keenly appreciated by bidders here and abroad, with many lots exceeding their estimates.”
Important American Furniture, Folk Art & Decorative Arts. Total: $5,416,400/£3,304,004/€3,953,972
Top Lot: Lot 125:
A Chippendale Carved Mahogany Scallop-Top Tea Table, probably the shop of Benjamin Randolph (1737-1791), with carving possibly by Richard Butts, Philadelphia, circa 1770. Price realized: $905,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2014.
Andrew Holter, Head of American Furniture and Decorative Arts, said, “Today’s solid results underscore collectors’ continued appetite for works of exceptional provenance and quality. The sale witnessed particularly competitive bidding for the works from the sale’s private collections, highlighted by Property from the Estate of Eric Martin Wunsch, which realized $2.2 million, including the sale’s top lot, a Chippendale Carved Mahogany Scallop-Top Tea Table which realized $908,000. Favorites from the Collection of Kristina Barbara Johnson, also performed well, totaling $855,375. Chippendale furniture fetched strong prices throughout the sale, comprising seven of the top ten lots. We look forward to the conclusion of Americana Week on January 27, with the sale of Chinese Export Art.”
Important American Silver. Total: $1,737,875/£1,042,725/€1,268,649
Top Lot: Lot 59:
An important silver Brandywine bowl, mark of Cornelius Vander Burch, New York, circa 1690. Price realized: $317,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2014.
Jennifer Pitman, Head of Sale, Silver, remarked: “We are very pleased with the excellent results achieved by the Important American Silver sale. The tremendous sell through rates attained by the auction are indicative of the renewed interest within the market for American colonial silver, demonstrated by the sweeping success of The Wunsch Collection. With estimates ranging from $500 to $150,000, every lot within The Wunsch Collection found a buyer among an audience of both new and seasoned collectors. We now look forward to continuing Americana week with the sale of American Furniture and Folk Art.”