Styrofoam showers of packing peanuts and blankets of bubblewrap are currently safeguarding hundreds of antiques as they travel to the new homes whose bids beckoned them there. With every new provenance, exceptional items can continue to cruise through the centuries, adding intriguing stories and admiration to their lives as objects of desire.
We've selected five of the highest selling lots on Bidsquare from Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts, Day 1 (07/17) and Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts, Day 2 (07/18) for you to enjoy as they embark on their destinations to be displayed, decorated and polished by new owners.
Marvelous malachite! These powerful urns immediately stand out due to their bright colored bodies and gilt bronzed details. Malachite is a green banded and crystalized mineral that has been mined for over 3,000 years to be smelted into cooper, as well as formed into ornamental objects and gemstones.
Effortless twists of foliage, centered shells and detailed claw feet make these hardwood, mahogany tables appear as delicate as the tropical breezes that sway through their tree form branches. Whether placed on either end of a hallway or by ones bedside, these classic George II console tables will elegantly elevate anything that adorns it.
The French craftsmen for which this cabinet was named, André-Charles Boulle, beautifully represents the refined technique of inlaid marquetry. This particular example is of the time period when the highest level of marquetry, a specific decorative skill, was mastered. Just imagine the romanic figurines, silver candlesticks or bone white dinnerwares that might be waiting to rest within the frame of these epic shelves.
Slicing right through its high estimate, this extensive set of silver flatware would make a charming debut around a celebratory dinner table. The complete line up is as follows: 12 dinner knives, 12 luncheon knives, 12 fruit knives, 12 dinner forks, 11 fruit forks, 12 table spoons, 12 teaspoons, 12 demitasse spoons - that's 95 items in total!
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the highest selling lot of them all? This mirror, of course! A giltwood, rectangular shape is anchored by foliage and crowned with swan neck pediment and centered by a cartouche formed of foliate scrolls. Being the highest item to sell to a Bidsquare user during Leslie Hindmans sale, we hope it proudly reflects and flatters whom ever stands before it.
Curious about the rest of the sale results?
Click here to view Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts, Day 1 (07/17) post-sale catalog; Click here to view Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts, Day 2 (07/18) post-sale catalog.