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Auction Report: Sloans & Kenyon Spring Estate Sale

by Christopher Kent (04/18/09).

Sloans & Kenyon Auctioneers and Appraisers hails spring with a 300-plus lot estate sale in its Chevy Chase, Md., salesroom. All bases are covered from fine art, furniture, silver, decorative arts and porcelain. Low estimates reflect the current financial market more than the quality of the items, making this a real buyers’ market sale. It weighs in heavily with Asian works of porcelain, art and furniture along with a good collection of silver, jewelry, furniture and objects d’art from a variety of periods.

Of the hundreds of pieces of Asian porcelain, three stand out.

Lot 80 is a copper-red and blue porcelain “beaker” vase, a fine example from possibly the K’ang Hsi Dynasty. The vase bears no maker’s mark, stands 17-2/3 inches high and has an estimate of $800 to $1,000. It is conceivable that this piece is late-18th century.

K'ang Hsi Dynasty "beaker' vase

"Beaker" vase

Lot 95, a Ch’ing Dynasty (1644-1912), blue-and-white porcelain “bottle” vase. An estimate of $1,500 to $2,000 positions this piece in the higher end of estimates and reflects the quality of decoration, shape and possible timeline of the late-18th century.

Ch'ing Dynasty porcelain "bottle" vase

Ch'ing Dynasty porcelain "bottle" vase

Lot 129 may be considered the crowning pieces of the porcelain collection. These two armorial hexagonal chargers from the Yongzheng period, circa 1723, bear the arms of Charles Townshend, 3rd Viscount Townshend of Raynham Hall, Hertfordshire. His son went on to become chancellor of the exchequer during the reign of George III. Condition of the two pieces is remarkably good and has an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000.

Chinese armorial chargers

Chinese armorial chargers

Lot 1231A, “Portrait of a Woman with Her Three Children” was painted by Ruth Garnett (English, late-19th-, early 20th-century) and appears, stylistically to be similar to her teacher, John Singer Sargent. The painting, oil on canvas, with no condition issues, measuring 88 inches by 54 inches, has an estimate of $2,000 to $3,000.

"Portrait of a Woman with Three Children"

"Portrait of a Woman with Three Children"

The furniture in this particular sale is considered across the board with more stylistic attributions than period pieces. Two pieces that are of note are:

Lot 1152, an interesting English papier-mâché and ebonized tilt-top table. The 19th-century piece has a columnar pedestal with a square tapering down swept tripod base. It has a Victorian street scene that was possibly painted on at a later time. The estimate is $700 to $900.

19th-century tilt-top table

19th-century tilt-top table

Lot 1117 is a fine example of a New England, Queen Anne mahogany desk-on-frame made mid-18th century. The desk, 41 inches by 33 ½ inches by 18 inches with a low estimate of $1,200 to $1,500, is designed in two parts. The slant-front upper case with hinged molded-edge lid and breadboard ends opens to a writing surface and fitted interior. Delicate cabriole legs support the frame, with a single long drawer, shaped apron, carved rosettes with scroll carved returns and terminating in spoon feet.

18th-century Queen Anne desk

18th-century Queen Anne desk

The silver runs the gamut of Tiffany, Birmingham, sterling to plate, but Lot 397A is an interesting offering. The sterling-silver, coffee-and-tea service is Japanese made possibly for the European or American market and has an elegance of neoclassical design that sets it apart from the more usual offerings. This lot is a steal with a $1,500 to $2,000 estimate.

Japanese coffee-and-tea service

Japanese coffee-and-tea service

– By Christopher Kent, 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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