Heritage Decorative Arts auction exceeds estimates in Dallas.
The most recent Heritage Auctions sale of Fine & Decorative Arts saw top estimates tumble in Dallas.
The sale on September 12-13 offered an impressive selection of antiques, fine furniture and decorative objects, and realized a total of $1,730,094.
In many cases, intense interest saw pieces soar above their pre-sale estimates, with bids flying in from around the world.
“We are always delighted to bring our clients multiple bidders and the full strength of the decorative arts market,” said Karen Rigdon, Director of Silver and Decorative Arts at Heritage. “In many cases, lots saw heavy interest from American, European and Asian bidders.”
Two lots shared top honours in the sale: a Lemerle Charpentier & Cie Gilt Bronze Figural Mantle Clock & Thermometer, and a pair of Napoleon III Marble and Gilt Bronze Seven-Light Candelabra. Both lots served as stunning examples of French 19th century craftsmanship, and both surpassed expectations to realize matching prices of $25,000.
Elsewhere there were strong results for a Joseph Cremer Regence-Style Gilt Bronze Mounted Mahogany Credenza and a pair of Directoire Garden Sphinxes of Madame de Pompador and Madame du Barry. Both items originated from the esteemed collection Carolyn and Austin 'Starke' Taylor (1922-2014), and exceeded their estimates to sell for $23,750 and $11,250 respectively.
Further notable lots included a 15th century Venetian Bone and Inlaid Sarcophagus Wedding Casket which sold for $20,000; a Historical Tapestry depicting scenes from the Trojan War, produced in the Brussels workshop of Jacob Geubels in the late 16th century, which realized $18,750; and a fully-complete egg from the extinct Elephant Bird (Aepyornis maximus) which sold for $20,000.
The next Heritage decorative arts sale, which focuses on 20th and 21st century design, takes place in Dallas on October 10.
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