Galleries' auction on September 21, 2002 at the Elks Lodge in Hudson,
NY contained the contents of a Riverdale, NY home; the estate of a noted
Manhattan collector; property from the Elizabeth Arden corporate collection
and another corporate collection; property from a Greenwich, CT collector;
furniture and decoration from St. Mary's Convent, Peekskill, NY and
property from a Brightwaters, Long Island estate. The sale was well
attended despite the large number of sales taking place on the same
day. Over 120 bidders registered in the room, 90 absentee bidders registered
and 50 customers participated by telephone.
Mary's Convent consigned a wonderfully eclectic group of property. Faring
particularly well was a group of southwest Indian pottery vessels which
made $3100 against a $400 - 600 estimate, a Renaissance Revival carved
walnut hall tree estimated at $400 - 600 that sold for $4100 and a Renaissance
Revival Wellington chest which made $3500, more than a thousand dollars
over its high estimate.
the large selection of good French furniture and decorations from several
estates, a superb Louis XVI-style ormolu-mounted Blue John jardinière
(est. $1000 - 1500) made $2000 and a set of six Louis XVI-style carved
walnut chaises a la reine upholstered in old leather fetched $4000.
A sophisticated painted and parcel gilt George III-style console table
made $9000 and a terrific George III mahogany and inlaid long case clock
with a rocking ship movement signed Peter Keir, Falkirk, the dial decorated
with portraits of Admirals Nelson, Jervies, Howe and Duncan, made $4750.
fine Federal settee sold within estimate for $3800 and a Federal inlaid
mahogany card table sold just over estimate at $2000. An American silkwork
mourning picture sold over its $800 -1200 bringing $5900. American paintings
fared well, with a depiction of fishing boats by Maria Liszt making
$850, a Charles Cahoon Cape Cod street scene fetching $1700 and a petite
George Inness selling for $3400.
most stunning surprise of the sale was a pair of similar Chinese blue
and white vases with Regence-style gilt bronze mounts and covers that
soared over their estimate to $1200 - 1400 and sold for $30,000. Of
the 400+ lots offered, 96% sold.