Some interesting results at Skinner’s 20th Century Design auction, December 5, 2015

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Skinner Boston held their 20th Century Design auction this past Saturday, December 5, 2015. The sale wasn’t one of their best, with a weak selection of offerings, but there were still some interesting results. A fair number of items did not sell, while too many others sold for less than $1,000.

Rookwood plaque, Skinner lot #250

Rookwood plaque, Skinner lot #250

One of the best results was lot # 250, a large Rookwood scenic vellum plaque, 10″ x 14″ + frame. The good result was especially interesting as the market for Rookwood has been soft for years. The subject was a nighttime seascape, painted by Sturgis Lawrence in 1902. The pre-sale estimate was low at $1,500 – $2,500, but the result was still a surprise — $14,760, including buyer’s premium.

Dedham pottery vase, Skinner lot #276

Dedham pottery vase, Skinner lot #276

18 lots of Dedham pottery were offered. The vases did well, while the plates floundered. The best of the group was lot #76, a 9″ Art Nouveau vase decorated with a nude. It sold well beyond its high estimate of $2,500, realizing $10,455, including buyer’s premium.

Tiffany Studios 22" Daffodil table lamp, Skinner lot #318

Tiffany Studios 22″ Daffodil table lamp, Skinner lot #318

The best Tiffany Studios lamp in the sale, lot #318, a 22″ diameter Daffodil, did not sell, probably because the estimate was too aggressive at $100,000 – $150,000. $60,000 – $90,000 would have been more appropriate and probably would have resulted in a sale. Auction houses continually struggle with consignors to lower their estimates and reserves, but often the consignors win the battle, but lose the war, when their items don’t sell.

For the complete results of the sale click here.


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