Hunting and Gathering 6-24

It’s an interesting week for antiques and collectibles as many auction houses are taking the week off and regrouping. But if you need a bargain-hunting fix, take a look at my Summer Blow Out Sales.

June20-25: American and English Paintings, Furniture, Silver and Decorations

Summer introduces some hot sales this week especially with the premier online auction-house sale at iGavel. Their current sale, American and English Paintings, Furniture, Silver and Decorations, features more than 400 items and includes select pieces from the collections of Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer, and the property of Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Mar-A-Lago estate.

If you are like me, you’ll enjoy just looking at the extraordinary collection of American furniture, especially Lot #1062361, a Pennsylvania Maple Tall Chest, with a bid of $1,200. Prediction—if this is a Lancaster or a Berks county piece with even a sketchy provenance as to the maker, that bid is going to be blown out of the water and finish up in the five-figure range.

You can find some great examples of 19th-century “honest” American furniture in Lot #1062379-Lot #1062383. I found a sweetheart of a piece in Lot #1062390, an American Lift-Top Chest with original red paint, probably from Pennsylvania. These are run-don’t-walk pieces up for sale if you want to start a collection of American furniture.

Also check out Fresh@igavel. This service offers continuous auctions with new listings posted every day that include something for everyone from beginning collector to the most elite—everything from Mohair Teddy Bears, Lot #1074869, to a Persian Terracotta Equestrian Figure, Lot #1073877, circa 400 to 1200 B.C.

Related WorthPoint videos with Lark Mason:
(Mason is the owner and founder of and an expert in Asian arts.)
Lark Mason on Chinese Jade

June 25-26: Jackson Rooms June Sale

If you have a passion for collectibles, this is the auction for you as it includes porcelain, jade, ivory, vintage records, Nippon, Lenox, Reed and Barton, 1970s vintage entertainment centers and everything in between. With more than 1,300 items for sale, it’s also a great way to do some cross-comparison shopping.

Look at the estimates for Lot #504, Hummel collectibles; Lots #505-525, Royal Doulton collectibles—character jugs and figurines; and Lots #490-501 of Lladro figurines. Get to know what your items may be worth by comparing these starting estimates.

And if you want to start your collection of contemporary Americana furniture, look at Lot #993A, a table designed, signed, titled and dated by Rick Bachek. It’s a great example of 20th-century design that shows a circular table with an abstract, acrylic, lacquered, painted top on a metal columnar base going up with an estimate of $500-$750.

June 26-29: C. Downing Warehouse Clearance Sale
C. Downing
4 Taft Street, Norwalk, Connecticut – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

C. Downing Auctions is holding an on-site warehouse sale. It is an extravaganza We’re packed to the brim sale of furniture, porcelain, artwork, silver and other items. Christine Downing provides a full-service auction company that features quality antiques and collectibles, all handled with a personal touch. C. Downing specializes in auction consignment at competitive prices, outright purchases, complete liquidation, on-site auctions, consultation and appraisal services, and charity auctions.

By Christopher Kent
Director of Evaluations, WorthPoint

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