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Art, Antiques and Collectibles Auctions—9/12

by Sandra Lee Stuart (09/12/08).

Sloans & Kenyon, D.C.’s premier auction house, is back from summer hiatus with an exciting three-day sale of fine art, antiques and collectibles. The sale goes up the 12th runs through the 14th of September.

Starting from the top, there is a good collection of Asian antiques, particularly bronzes. Look particularly at Lot 433 and Lot 434, two fine examples of Tibetan gilt-bronze statues of a monk and a figure of Buddha. Estimates range from $4,000 to $6,000 for Lot 433 and $6,000 to $8,000 for Lot 434. And, if you are into Chinese calligraphy, look at Lot 425, a really fine example of 18th-century calligraphy attributed to Huang Shen.

Porcelain has all the usual suspects with a nice showing of continental porcelain. For you Majolica collectors, look at Lot 637, a pair of Wilhelm Schiller, late-19th-century Majolica urns done in traditional tones of brown, yellow, pink and green. These 12-inch urns are decorated with satyr masques and delicate swag work. Estimate: $900-$1,200.

Exuberant Victorian foyer stand

Furniture makes a good showing with a variety of American and continental pieces. Look at the really fantastic Victorian brass, marble and glass foyer stand, Lot 1446. This over-the–top example of Victorian exuberance has it all—super structure with anthemion and mask crest; mirrored back plate and various shaped slab top; a breakfronted lower case with arching open work; turned columns; mirrored back plates; glass shelves and scrolled feet—this piece is unsigned with no attribution and has an estimate of $1,200 $1,500. Why buy? Because it’s one of the better pieces of Victorian furniture that I’ve seen come up for sale in a long time.

For the collector of period clothing, check out Lot 1074. This ball gown made by Jennings and Co., New York, New York, and worn by Jane Cleveland to a reception at the Waldorf-Astoria in 1916 in honor of the crown prince of Russia, Grand Duke Alexei, consists of skirt and bodice of floral silk with trim in black velvet and lace and has a low estimate of $250 to $400.

To wrap up, take a look at the decorative-arts collection. One item in particular is especially fine, Lot 1519 an apple-shaped George III tea caddy, original finish and in mint condition. The estimate may seem high, $2,500 to $3,500, but it’s worth it.

– Christopher Kent is a member of the WorthPoint board of advisers and director of evaluations for WorthPoint. He is also an antiques and collectibles generalist, fine-arts broker and president of CTK Design.

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