Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Opulent Eye Christie's New York April 2015

Another wonderful viewing at Christie's in Rockefeller Center when I visited in April. The items showcased here are really something to see, such grandeur all in one place! I love popping in and not knowing what they are showing to be surprised. This one did not disappoint! 
AN ORMOLU-MOUNTED SEVRES STYLE IRIDESCENT-GREEN GROUND CLOCK GARNITURE
LATE 19TH/20TH CENTURY, SPURIOUS GREEN LP, IRON-RED CHATEAU AND BLUE SCRIPT L'S MARKS, SIGNED EUG.(ENE) POITEVIN
These sold for $13,750 US Dollars which was in between their estimated value 
The detail on these items is just amazing. I think it's so cool we have these incredible items to enjoy, whether to just view or purchase, in the year 2015. 

A ROYAL WORCESTER MAJOLICA GLAZED TEA KETTLE AND COVER AND TWO WEDGWOOD TEA WARES, CIRCA 1875 

They were estimated between $5,000-$7,000 and sold for $5,000 US Dollars 
I would be afraid to use them and possibly chip one, they were just too spectacular!!
Another gorgeous tea set from 1873, the set to the left are all together and sold for $7,500 US Dollars. The tea pot to the right is from a separate set, but still very wonderful! 
I really enjoyed viewing this tea sets. They are in such amazing condition, and when you consider their age, it is really quite a feat. I can image having high tea with one of these sets! 
How amazing are these? I was really overwhelmed by the breathtaking enamel selections in this sale. 
A FRENCH GILTWOOD SETTEE
LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
The pierced back with scrolling foliage centered by a putto playing a mandolin, the armrests with putti, one holding a mask, the other lighting an urn, on fluted tapering legs
The estimate was between $6,000-$8,000 US Dollars and sold for $17,500 US Dollars 
It was really superb and I could understand why it sold for over double the estimate value! 
A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD, BOIS SATINÉ AND FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY PIANO À QUEUE
BY FRANÇOIS LINKE, RETAILED BY MERCIER FRERES, THE MOVEMENT BY ERARD, SERIAL NUMBER 97453, PARIS, CIRCA 1910
Estimate was between $200,000-$300,00 and it sold for $233,000 US Dollars 
An absolute wonderful item to view in person, feels like I was going back in time! 
A FRENCH ORMOLU AND CHAMPLEVE ENAMEL ENCRIER
BY FERDINAND BARBEDIENNE, PARIS, LATE 19TH CENTURY
The estimate was $1500-$2500 and it sold for $1625.00 US Dollars 
I just am in love with anything with enamel ! 
Not every item sells in an auction. If the seller has a set amount they wish to receive, and that is not realized, the item does not get sold. I couldn't find this beauty in the list of sold items, so I am assuming that is what happened. It was a lovely piece, so I was kind of surprised. 
This gorgeous clock sold for $7,500 US Dollars and it was so fabulous in person! 



I just LOVED this clock from Vienna! I was kind of shocked it sold for $50,000 US Dollars, as I thought many would want this beauty. The workmanship is just out of this world! 


A FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, KINGWOOD, SIMULATED HORN AND PARQUETRY COMMODE A VANTAUX
AFTER THE MODEL DESIGNED BY THE SLODTZ BROTHERS AND EXECUTED BY ANTOINE GAUDREAUX, FIRST QUARTER 20TH CENTURY
Look at that detail! Just so so fabulous! This estimate was $20-$30,000 but sold for $43,750 US Dollars. What an amazing piece, I was thrilled to see it in person! 
This was another piece that did not seem to sell. You can check out all the items in this auction on Christie's website HERE with photos and more information. 

Have you ever stopped in Christie's to see what they were auctioning off? It is really a museum that we get the pleasure of viewing before the items go to private ownership. Some items may be purchased by museums, but in many cases, private owners are more prominent. I find I educate myself when I visit, and then I go home and look up what I just saw in person! I love the idea of seeing things in person rather than just reading about in a book. 


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