Auction Report: December 3, 2008

Since 1984, Pook and Pook Auctions in Downingtown, Pa., has conducted some of the most credible sales of antiques, collectibles and memorabilia. Ronald and Debra Pook, a husband-and-wife team, have committed themselves to a level of credibility second to none. The company, located 45 minutes northwest of Philadelphia, became famous nationwide in 1999 for holding the largest on-site, single-day sale, which grossed more than $4.3 million.

The Variety sale on the Dec. 4 and 5 is simply that, a cross section of more than 1,500 lots that include the good, the honest and the collectible. Furniture, china, glass, jewelry, decorative arts and paintings. With Christmas just around the corner or if you’re newly married, recently divorced or just an avid collector, this sale, to use a hackneyed expression, has it all.

The furniture being offered is a collection that includes primarily American, English and a few Continental pieces thrown in.

Lot 29 is a New England stained-pine blanket chest, which is provincially simple and conforms to the design that translated throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic states. The estimate for this piece, as is the case for most of the furniture throughout the sale, is low at $200 to $400.

Blanket chest

Lot 43, a small New England mid- to late-19th-century dome-lid painted box, dimensions 11½-by-25½ inches, appears to have its original hardware. Size and condition play an important part in making this a good item to purchase. You can e-mail Pook and Pook for a condition report. Estimate: $200-$400.

Dome-lid painted box

Lot 54 is a really handsome inlayed mid-Atlantic Federal mahogany chest of drawers, circa 1810. With six drawers and possibly its original hardware, this 48¾-by-43¾ piece has the size, style and integrity to move it well beyond its estimate of $400 to $600.

Federal mahogany chest

Lot 334 is listed as a miscellaneous collection of 19th-century porcelain. The central-figured teapot with rosebud decoration is the draw for this collection. What we call a good, honest piece of Staffordshire. Estimate for the collection: $100-$200.

19th-century Staffordshire porcelain

Lot 805 is more Staffordshire porcelain. This offering has an important piece of transferware depicting Lafayette at the tomb of Benjamin Franklin. Pictorial transferware has an excellent track record and has consistently held its value. Estimate $300-$500.

Staffordshire transferware

– 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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