Pook & Pook, Inc. is off to a strong start in 2018, with their second auction this month, this time featuring a selection of Americana and International items. On Saturday the 27th, the Downingtown auction house entertained a large crowd with three hundred and fifty participating in-house and over the phone and five hundred and fifty bidders registered online. To whet bidder’s appetites, the morning began with a breakfast reception of mimosas and pastries. This well-attended auction kept up a steady stream of generous prices with realized total sale prices reaching a lofty $657,127, and over 95% of items sold. The collection of nearly four hundred and fifty lots featured a number of Jennings Co. slot machines, American paintings, and a mix of Chinese Canton porcelain alongside stoneware pitchers, redware plates, and Chippendale furniture.
The bidding commenced with group of over forty slot machines, with final sale prices on the array of machines reaching a combined total of $43,000. A rare Jennings 5-cent Peacock slot machine, a survivor of the Depression Era, fetched $3,172. A selection of landscape paintings followed in sale with a McClellan industrial scene reaching $4,148, an 1858 rendition of Penn’s Treaty with the Indians realizing $6,710, and an unexpected performance by an Arthur Weindorf winter scene selling for $4,636. Additionally, a watercolor by local Chester County artist Peter Sculthorpe sold for $3,172 while a scene by sporting artist Henry Koehler fetched $2,440.
Two panels of early 20th century stained glass stole the show mid Saturday morning. The featured lot of two stained glass panels were recently removed from a home in Johnstown, Pennsylvania where they were originally installed in 1912. Selling at a remarkable price of $46,360, with the original auction estimate of only $4,000-$6,000, these panels invigorated the mid-morning bidding with a lively volley between phone, online, and in-house bidders.
Saturday morning’s auction saw high prices for Pennsylvania-made furniture, with featured lots including the museum-worthy Philadelphia Chippendale high-chest, ca. 1770, selling for $21,960. Two other 18th century items, including a Chippendale walnut tea table brought $2,928 and a Chippendale walnut chest of drawers realized $4,636. Other Pennsylvania made furniture included a painted pine dower chest selling at an impressive $19,520 and a Lancaster county Chippendale dressing table reaching $4,392.
A particularly rare item featured in the sale included a Johann Antes cello, billed as possibly the earliest American-made cello in existence. The final block price on this early example of American craftsmanship brought $20,740, more than doubling its high estimate. A mid-19th century English musical skeleton clock also doubled its $4,000 high estimate bringing in $9,150. Another extraordinary musical item, the Patek Phillipe singing bird music box, featuring a tortoiseshell and gold enamel cover, realized $19,520 on the block.
Silver buyers were out and bidding on items including a Samuel Kirk marked Baltimore silver tureen, ca. 1828, selling at $8,540 and a lot of ninety pieces of Georg Jensen sterling silver flatware reaching $3,660. Other early American items include an 1805 pewter tankard bearing the mark of Philadelphia maker Parks Boyd, realizing $6,710 on the auction block.
There were other highlights of the sale in various categories. Many bidders vied for a collection of sixteen cutout and drawn silhouettes from the mid-19th century, with a final sale price more than doubling the high estimate at $2,318. A Tiffany and Co. Studios bronze desk lamp with a handsome patina sold for $5,612. A fine selection of clocks includes a dwarf Lancaster County mahogany and cherry clock, signed George Eby Mainheim, reaching an exciting $24,400 while a George II pearwood bracket clock brought in $3,660. Weathervanes appear to still be in high demand, as evidenced in Pook & Pook’s sale earlier this month featuring items from the collection of Roland and Marilyn Kemble. A copper cockerel example sold on Saturday for $7,930. A Schimmel carved and painted rooster figurine went for a total of $10,980 while a performance from an early American trade sign proves that Americana items still have a strong market, with an egg-shaped hand-painted trade sign bringing $7,320 on the block. The final items in the sale, a collection of over sixty oriental rugs, reached a combined total of more than $42,000.
By Pook & Pook, Inc
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