Auction Report: Meissen Urns Take Top Lot at Cottone Fall Fine Art Sale

The top lot of the auction was this spectacular pair of antique Meissen armorial covered urns, which sold for $201,250.

GENESEO, N.Y. — A spectacular pair of antique Meissen armorial covered urns sailed past their pre-sale high estimate of $15,000 to gavel for $201,250 at a Fall Fine Art & Antiques Auction held Oct. 4 and 5 by Cottone Auctions.

The urns were the top lot in an auction that grossed $2.2 million.

The Meissen pieces were made to commemorate a member of the Saxon royal house, with a portrait and coat of arms that probably represented Carola von Vasa (1833-1907), the Princess of Sweden and Queen of Saxony. She and her husband, King Albert (1828-1902) often gave Meissen objects as diplomatic presents.

Meissen, enormously popular with collectors, was Europe’s first porcelain factory, founded in 1708. Costly to produce, Meissen was originally made solely for the very wealthy.

A 1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith James Young Sports Saloon car with just 39,000 miles on the odometer sold for $48,300.

Approximately 200 people per day packed Cottone’s showroom, while another 3,000 registered to bid online via and Phone bidding was brisk, with 16 phone lines ringing at once for some items. Hundreds of absentee bids were also recorded.

Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

A Chinese Kylin standing temple censor, cast bronze with cloisonné and gilt highlights, went to a new owner for $50,600.

• A Chinese Kylin standing temple censor, cast bronze with cloisonné and gilt highlights, sold for $50,600; a 19th-century Chinese red lacquer cinnabar scroll case gaveled $39,100 and a carved jade plaque with trees and foliage tabbed $39,100.
• A Frederick Carder clear and cobalt blue intarsia bowl from the Strong Museum, signed by Carder, sold for $8,050 to benefit the Strong’s collections fund. Frederick Carder (1863-1963) was a renowned British glassmaker who founded the Steuben Glassworks in New York in 1903. He served as the firm’s art director and designer for 50 years.
• A 1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith James Young Sports Saloon with six-cylinder engine and in excellent running condition sped off for $48,300. The vehicle, with an all-aluminum body and just 39,000 miles on the odometer, came with pedigree and provenance: its first owner was Wykeham Stanley, England’s Second Baron of Cornwallis. Other features of the black and silver car included right-hand drive, rear division window, a bar, tan interior and burl walnut trim work.
• A pair of mixed media works by the Brazilian artist Arthur Luis Piza (b. 1928) went for $46,000 and $48,000. The artworks, framed and in original condition, were both signed lower right by Piza, who today lives and works in Paris, where he moved to in 1955. There, he became expert in the techniques of etching and aquatint. Later on he devoted himself to burin engraving.
• Rounding out the auction’s top lots, a marble Roman torso from the 2nd century AD, pulled from the private collection of John Ritter, who bought it in the 1960s, garnered $86,250; and an early Delft (tin glazed Dutch earthenware) charger with polychrome rooster decoration, changed hands for $25,875.

Cottone Auctions’ next big auction is slated for Nov. 15 and 16. The Nov. 15 session will feature antique clocks, while Nov. 16 will be a mixed merchandise session packed with fine art, period furniture, art glass, advertising items and collectibles. For more information, visit the Cottone Auctions website.

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