Curating A Lifestyle: Hot off the Block
Just as winter brings cooler temperatures, the auction world heats up for the busiest season of the year. Check out these recent prices - hot off the auction block.
Collectors are drawn to the organic shapes and vibrant colors of Dale Chihuly’s work. This small, Seaform bowl and nesting ball crossed the auction block at $3,250.
The sophisticated but simple lines of this chair (by noted designer T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb) appeal to today’s lifestyle, resulting in an auction price of $2,760.
In a bygone era, news stands were adorned with artwork by such renowned illustrator artists as Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth. This painting by George Hughes graced the cover of a 1961 issue of The Saturday Evening Post and elicited spirited bidding when it sold for $44,400 this fall.
An unassuming, small painted box from the early 19th Century surprised many in the saleroom when it soared to $63,000. From Somerset County, Pennsylvania, the box is part of a very rare group by the same, unknown, maker.
This Rolex President model from the 1980s is the epitome of timeless style, the design having changed very little since President Eisenhower donned one while in the White House. It sold for $21,000 at auction.
The market for vintage wines and spirits is hot right now, as evidenced by this early case of Booth’s Finest Dry Gin. Distilled in London and imported into Canada decades ago, the case of 12 bottles commanded $4,500 at auction in December.
A vintage Swiss travel clock in silver with mother of pearl dial is adorned with Masonic iconography, sold $7,500.
A graduated set of six wonderful silver plated food domes and trays by Gorham nest in a lovely fitted trunk, lined with blue velvet. Dated 1891 and monogrammed “E.B.” the set fetched $2,640.