There are a couple of hot, hot auctions slated for July with a noteworthy selection of items for sale. Don’t let the summer doldrums keep you from what’s really important—collecting.
Saturday & Sunday, July 12-13: French Library Cabinet
Neal Auction, Summer Estates Auction
New Orleans-based Neal Auction Co., the South’s pre-eminent auction house, is not feeling the summer’s heat. Instead, it is raising the temperature with its Summer Estate Auction. Estate collections from New Orleans, Natchez and San Francisco make this particular sale a connoisseur collector’s dream come true.
Take a look at Lot 62. Going in with an $8,000-$12,000 estimate, and believe me that estimate will be blown out of the water within minutes, this period Louis XIV, carved, ebonized, inlaid and paint-decorated library cabinet is definitely one of a kind. Strongly architectural with a variety of exotic inlaid woods, interior compartments, panels paint-decorated with saints Mary Magdalene, Catherine, Barbara and Faith, in pristine condition, this is the investment piece to buy. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000.
Keep your eye on the movement of this interesting piece in Lot 357, an 1885 American aesthetic-brass and mixed-metal pedestal jewel casket made by Charles Parker in Meriden, Conn. This fascinating piece of American design is similar to one in the Dallas Museum of Art and to one that sold at the Doyle New York February 7, 2007, sale for $15,600. These two facts alone, plus the uniqueness of the piece, will influence the hammer price. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000.
Lot 475 offers an excellent opportunity to purchase a late-17th-century reprint of English mapmaker John Speeds’ version of the most famous parts of the world. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000.
Friday, July 11: Porcelain Figurines
Freeman’s Fridays: Furniture & Decorative Arts
Freemans’ Furniture and Decorative Art Sale is something of a mixed bag collection but is well represented in silver, porcelain figurines, retro collectibles, paintings and furniture. For you Royal Doulton figurine and figural group collectors, there’s a nice collection with good estimates in Lots 65-67 that you should consider. Estimate: $200-$350.
The estimates for Boehm porcelain birds, Lots 68-73, seem, in comparison to sales results of Boehm from other auction houses, to be showing a slowing trend. It will be interesting to see what these do. Estimate: $150-$350.
If you’re into retro collectibles or if you are intrigued by this form of collecting, I’d say jump on Lot 88, a Danish Modern light fixture. Estimate: $300-$500.
My particular favorite is Lot 90, a 1970s chrome, Weeping Willow table lamp. Why buy? These are our next generation antiques. Estimate: $100-$150.
A more serious antique contender is Lot 215, an American School, 19th-century portrait titled, “Child in a Red Dress,” artist unknown but inscribed S F Campbell, done in oil on canvas in what appears to be its original frame. Why buy? There is a finite number of American 19th-century portraits out there, and there will always be a market for them.
Twentieth-century modern is nicely represented in the furniture line with Lot 313, a Tobia Scarpa Bastiano lounge chair, just one, not a pair, going up with a low estimate. Scarpa was an important 20th-century Italian designer, so add this one to your cart. Estimate: $200-$400.
Last but not least, is Lot 25, a fine example of an early 19th-century, classical, mahogany serpentine-front card table, made in Philadelphia, with a “lure you in” estimate. Estimate: $400-$600.
h3> JULY AUCTIONS
July 11: Cowan’s Auctions —Historic Americana
July 11: Freeman’s —Freeman’s Fridays: Furniture & Decorative Arts
July 12: Kaminski —Antiques & Collectibles Auction
July 12-13: Neal Auction —Summer Estates Auction
July 14-18: Coach’s Corner —Monthly Sale
July 18: Harlowe-Powell — Modern Design Auction
July 19: Cowan’s Auctions —Cowan’s Discovery Auction
July 19: Harlowe-Powell — Gallery Auction
July 19: Ivey-Selkirk —July Jackson Rooms Auction
July 31-Aug. 2: Mebane Auction
by Christopher Kent
Director of Evaluations, WorthPoint
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