Bids were flying thick and fast in Downingtown, PA last Saturday when Pook & Pook held their sale of International Furniture, Fine Arts, and Accessories. With lots covering a vast range of categories and price points up for grabs, most bidders found ample opportunity to satisfy their needs.
Auctioneer James Pook felt the sale was strong, particularly in the areas of European and Asian art and furniture. “We are very happy with the results, he said.
Two lots shared the honor of topping the sale, the final bid on both pieces coming at $26,400. The first, Lot 1389, an exquisite Chinese Hardwood Writing Table (above right) dating from the 19th Century, the other (above left), Lot 1165, an oil on canvas by French painter Louis Valtat, titled Femme au Châle and completed in 1912.
Another highlight of the sale was Lot 1365, a stunning Chinese throne chair. Recently featured in Architectural Digest, the chair, dating from the Qing Dynasty, sold on Bidsquare for $20,910 – a sale that brought the auctioneer particular satisfaction. “Several buyers competed for this impressive example of Chinese craftsmanship,” he reflected. “It’s a delightful piece composed of beautiful rich zitan and dramatic cloisonné panels of landscapes.”
For Pook & Pook the sale was a strong consolidation on an extremely positive start to 2015. Founded in 1984, they have expanded their customer and consignor base to over 30,000 individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations. Their auctions cover a broad range of catergories including Native American and Asian items, books and manuscripts, contemporary art, currency, fine art, furniture, glass, jewelry, silver, textiles, weapons and wine.