The Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates October 12 & 13, 2018 Fall Antiques, Fine & Decorative Arts Auction was a highly successful event and produced robust prices in multiple categories. The two-day format consisted of 1,481 lots of high-quality material and generated record levels of participation for the firm, a strong indication of vigor in this segment of the marketplace. Bidding was intense throughout each day with over 5,000 registered bidders from over 40 countries participating in house and online.
Session I on Friday started the weekend off smoothly with most offerings meeting or exceeding expectations. The 561-lot session featured an excellent selection of miniature lighting from the collection of Barbara and Moe Tourison of Concord, MA, fine art glass from the collection of William A. Litle of Garden Grove, CA, and a large assortment of paperweights from institutional and private collections. The select grouping offered in the Friday session sparked significant presale interest and produced strong results overall. Top lot from Friday was a rare Mt. Washington Royal Flemish fish and shells art glass water pitcher, which garnered $9,560 (Lot 251 – all prices include 17% buyer’s premium). Other noteworthy results from the Friday session include a Plated Amberina water pitcher at $6,572 (Lot 226), a decorated cased satin glass miniature lamp at $5,377 (Lot 2), and a Tiffany Millefiori art glass vase at $3,346 (Lot 236).
Session II on Saturday consisted of the firm’s usual diverse selection of fine and decorative arts and produced strong results with numerous categories demonstrating signs of continued vigor. Featuring a broad range of fine timepieces, objects de vertu, and choice American art pottery from the collection of William A. Litle of Garden Grove, CA, Saturday’s 920-lot session produced consistently strong prices across a number of collecting categories. The weekend’s top lot at $15,210 (Lot 1330), was a Pierre Soulages (French, b. 1919) abstract etching. Fresh from a Virginia estate collection, the rare mid-century work generated numerous presale inquiries and ultimately went to an overseas buyer on the internet after heated bidding. Other noteworthy results from the Saturday session include an impressive Tiffany & Co. 18K gold chronometer pocket watch at $7,605 (Lot 1008); a rare Newcomb College art pottery vase decorated by Roberta Beverly Kennon, at $5,265 (Lot 1515), and – the surprise of the day – a group of six German porcelain demitasse cups and saucers that included Meissen and KPM examples and roared past its estimate to settle at $5,850 (Lot 1746).
After the auction, company president and auctioneer Jeffrey S. Evans commented, “This sale generated robust interest across the board, from bidders near and far. Levels of online participation in this auction continue to increase dramatically for us – a real indication that there is increased market demand for a diverse range of art and antiques. The overall excitement and strong sales results reflect the freshness and high quality of the merchandise offered. In addition, the auction was 99.9% unreserved, so the results are a true and honest gauge of the current market.” Evans added, “We already have several strong items in house for the next Fine & Decorative Arts Auction, including a selection of estate jewelry and an outstanding collection of rare Buffalo Pottery, so the spring 2019 sale should be another great event!”
The firm is currently accepting consignments for their next Fine & Decorative Arts Auction to be held in April 2019. For complete auction results, a schedule of upcoming sales, or more information, visit jeffreysevans.com, email email@example.com, or call 540.434.3939.