Sept. Arts, Antiques and Collectibles Auctions

The Pook and Pook Picks

Pook and Pook , one of our partner auction houses located in Downingtown, Pa., is having its Variety Auction September 4-5. This sale is inclusive and presents a buyer’s delight and value-for-money opportunity with more than 1,400 lots.

Check out the selection of clocks. Lot 20 is a small, 13-inch, English 19th-century neoclassical mantel clock made by Barraud and Lunds with a “ take me home” estimate of $200-$400. Lot 71 is an E. Terry and Sons, Federal-shaped, mahogany pillar and scroll-topped clock with a good reverse painted-glass panel. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. If the tone and energy of the sale is good, this piece will exceed its estimate. E. Terry and Son crafted excellent clocks and have never gone out of favor with collectors.

There’s a good, and not often seen, collection of cast-iron garden chairs, urns, lighting and fountains, mostly 19th and 20th century, in Lots 369-383 with estimates of $100-$1,500. Look particularly at Lot 371, a collection of 15 grape-decorated cast-iron chairs. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. They are uncomfortable but stately in appearance and to get 15 is unusual.

Militaria gem

For the military collector who specializes in Napoleonic collectibles, pay close attention to Lot 1,317, a rare cased set of 10 Napoleon medallions, designed by Andrieu. Condition looks good, and so is the estimate at $800-$1,000. But don’t let that fool you. Serious militaria collectors already know this is in the sale and will bid whatever they must to get this little gem of a collection.

Furniture is well represented with step-back cupboards, jelly cupboards, corner cabinets, worktables and candle stands. All with surprisingly low estimates, they are not particularly dazzling, instead are rather honest pieces.

There is, however, an interesting lady’s Art Deco writing desk, Lot 729, and accompanying chair that looks good. I would say continental, and although there is no mention of it, I would guess that there is probably a maker’s mark on it somewhere. Estimate: $200-$400. Why buy? Most baby boomers who collect furniture will be attracted to this piece because of its decoration and its rather high-tech—well, high tech for the time—the-first-30-years-of-the-20th-century style. Good, well-designed, not mass-produced Deco pieces will continue to incrementally increase in value.

by Christopher Kent
Director of Evaluations, WorthPoint
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