[Washington, D.C.] Weschler's Capital Collections Estate Auction held Friday, March 30, showcased an impressive selection of American and European fine art and Asian Works of Art, enticing many determined bidders in the gallery and from around the world. The sale offered 384 lots, with over 81% of the property selling and totaling $995,022.
The top lot of the day was a Chinese gilt-bronze enamel and celadon hardstone mounted cloisonné vase. The vase exceeded its estimate of $1,500-$2,500 amongst a sea of competitive phone and floor bidding and was hammered down at $81,850. Other notable Chinese works were a pair of 18th Century yellow cameo glass vases which fetched $44,650 and a 19th Century blue and white 'Pilgrim Flask' which sold for $35,250.
The selection of American and European fine art included a classic Italian School, Late 16th-Early 17th Century Figural Study of David, and was the object of much speculation during the exhibition. Quickly passing its pre-sale estimate of $700-$900, the sepia crayon on paper sold for $71,950. Also selling above estimate was an oil on panel by Andreas Schelfhout (Dutch 1787-1870), Winter Estuary Scene, Sunset, fetching $42,300. Vendor, an oil on canvas by American artist Robert Gwathmey, sold within estimate for $35,250, and The Making of an Actress, by American realist, John French Sloan, realized $12,925.
The silver offerings featured a cased set of twelve Shreve, Crump & Low Co. sterling dessert plates. These 19th-20th century 'Rococo' style monogramed plates fetched $6,462.50 and a cased Gorham sterling flat table service, Cromwell pattern, went for $5,640. Furniture and decoration highlights included a Gorham sterling mounted carved ivory humidor depicting Native Americans introducing tobacco to Sir Walter Raleigh, which sold within estimate at $14,100; a Continental bronze equestrian group sculpture depicting two Napoleonic soldiers and four horses, signed illegibly on base St. Acolma, sold above estimate for $7,832.50; a Queen Anne feather inlaid figured walnut slant-front bureau, circa 1700-1710 hammered down at $5,405; and among the American highlights was a Federal walnut step-back cupboard, realizing $3,995.
The jewelry, coins & watches session was highlighted by an Art Deco choker length, tested platinum diamond and synthetic green spinel pendant necklace selling within estimate for $12,925 and a pair of Victorian-style 10-Karat yellow-gold and diamond earrings fetching $5,875.
Consignments are currently being accepted for Weschler's Fall Capital Collections Estate Auction scheduled for September 14, 2012. We invite you to contact us for an auction-value estimate. Our specialists are always available to discuss the sale of a single item or an entire collection. For more information, please contact Weschler's at 202.628.1281 or visit www.weschlers.com.
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About Weschler's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Capital Collections Estate Auctions are held approximately 6 times a year and combine American & European furniture & decorations, Asian works of art, jewelry, coins & watches, paintings, prints, drawings & sculpture and 20th century decorative arts. The auctions are held on Fridays and are available for exhibit the Saturday prior to the sale through Thursday. An illustrated catalogue accompanies each sale and is available for purchase and online viewing.