Stair 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.


St. 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.


Among 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.


A 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.


The 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.


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