My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday. Doyle New York held its Belle Epoque 19th & 20th Century Decorative Arts sale on June 4, 2014 with unremarkable results. Every auction house is dependent on what it gets offered to sell. This time around, Doyle was unable to obtain any exceptional merchandise, which showed in the results.
Only one item exceeded $15,000 — lot #85, a polychromed and gilded wood sculpture entitled The Temptress of the King, which sold for $21,250, against a pre-sale estimate of $3,000 – $5,000. Personally I wouldn’t have bought it for any price, but luckily for the consignor, my opinion does not count.
Only a handful of items exceeded $10,000, with many selling for under $2,000. I was able to scoop up one of the bargains of the sale, a gorgeous Handel reverse-painted Bird lamp on a black background. It sold for $8,125, against a pre-sale estimate of $5,000 – $7,000.
The inside cover lot, #430, was a beautiful 14½” Amphora portrait vase, decorated by Reissner, Stellmacher & Kessel. It sold for the low estimate of $6,000 ($7,500 with buyer’s premium). I suspect the big chip on the foot rim was responsible for the relatively low price. For the complete results of the sale, click here.
It’s spring, so there are no shows, but we’re still very much in business. Click here to view my new website and look around. We always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on our website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps.