Auctioneer Press Release Pook & Pook Inc.

May 6th 2019 - Online Only Decorative Arts Auction at Pook

Apr 16,2019 | 15:00 EDT By Kaitlyn Julian

Pook & Pook, Inc. is pleased to present their latest Online Only Decorative Arts auction. The sale will be held on Monday, May 6th, directly following their May 4th Americana and International auction. Online bidding for this sale begins at 9am and will be held exclusively on Comprised of over 800 lots, Pook’s latest auction presents a number of unique and colorful collections from consignments across the North East. Early American furniture, colorful folk art, and International decorative arts will cross the block alongside various textiles, fine jewelry, fine art and sculpture. A large portion of May’s sale is comprised of exceptional items from single-owner collections. These collections are grouped together in the sale and the result is an impressive selection of specialized items, revealing the fruits of a lifetime spent collecting.

One distinctive collection that will cross the block in this sale is a group of ladies boudoir items from a Main Line collector. This unique addition to the sale includes more than thirty over-sized glass store display factice perfume bottles, a group of painted composition flapper doll hat stands, many ladies vanity and couture items, a collection of vintage purses and evening bags, French and German figural porcelain powder puff holders, and a selection of miniature hair art. 

Lot 1708, Large Gray's Pottery Sunderland luster pitcher; Estimate $100-$200

From a Maryland collector comes an assortment of nautical items including ship models, Currier and Ives steamship lithographs, whaling ephemera, maritime oil paintings, half-hull models, and a United States Lighthouse Establishment mahogany regulator clock ($600-$800).

Next in sale are an offering of Native American Indian artifacts and accessories. Among the many items assembled for this sale are bows and arrows, masks, painted drums, weavings, coiled baskets, and Navajo sterling silver and turquoise bear paw belt buckles. One item of special note is the Native American Northern Plains buffalo hide medicine shield, ca. 1890, possibly Crow, adorned with turkey feathers and featuring two symbolic bear figures representing a successful hunt ($800-$1,200).

An assortment of Scandinavian furniture and decorative arts will also feature in this sale, including a Scandinavian painted stepback cupboard, dated 1807 ($400-$700), a Norwegian painted pine charger dated 1876 ($120-$160), alongside various Norwegian painted buckets, chip carved boxes, and figural tape looms.

Lot 1755, 18K gold open-face pocket watch; Estimate $300-$500

Nearly one hundred lots of fine jewelry compliment the end of the sale, including fine antique and contemporary examples, alongside various costume lots, gold pocket watches, mourning jewelry, and diamond and gemstone brooches. One item of incredible luxury is the opulent 14K gold J. G. Durham, Philadelphia ladies mesh purse, with sapphire cabochons and seed pearl detailing ($2,800-$3,200). Another fine addition to the end of the sale is a Rolex Tiffany & Co. stainless steel Datejust watch ($1,000-$1,500) and an antique double-sided micromosaic pendant ($200-$400).

Oriental decorative arts are always quite popular with Pook & Pook buyers, and those interested can expect to see Chinese bronze vases, Chinese terra cotta figures, Chinese pottery, jade bowls, famille rose porcelain, snuff bottles, two Chinese painted pottery figures of a horse ($500-$1000), Japanese carved ivory figures and netsuke, dozens of oriental rugs, and a nest of Chinese black lacquer tables, ca. 1840 ($200-$300).

As is typical with Pook & Pook sales, May’s Decorative Arts sale will also include fine 18th century Pennsylvania and New England furniture, distinctive folk arts including samplers, wooden decoys, colorfully painted boxes, charming chalkware animals, hooked rugs, and a vast assortment of oil paintings and bronze sculptures. Other important items worthy of mention include a collection of early radios, including a Fada Bakelite bullet radio ($300-$500), nearly a dozen lots of paisley shawls, and a large grouping of collectible figural knives.

By Pook & Pook Inc.