Pook & Pook
Pook & Pook is a US auction house located in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Founded in 1984 by Ronald and Debra Pook, the company has its roots in the Pook’s antiques business, which had been established in the 1970s. The company is a real family business, with no less than six Pooks on the payroll. This has enabled the company to deliver a high continuity of service.
Pook & Pook's first auction in 1984 achieved $125,000. This sale set the company on the path to success and its popularity grew during the coming years.
The company’s William Koch sale garnered $4.3 million in 1999. It was the largest single day on-site auction ever seen in the US.
Renovations were completed to the 1761 building that is home to the company’s offices in 2001, in addition to work on the adjacent auction house.
The 2009 sale of the Master family’s estate achieved $2.4 million.
Departments and expertise
Pook & Pook has a variety of departments, including:
- American and European furniture
- American and European decorative arts
- Native American arts
- Manuscripts and ephemera,
- Ceramics and glass, coins and currency
- Quilts, samplers and other textiles
- European and US fine art
- Firearms, edged weapons and militaria
- Oriental carpets and tapestries
- Silver and other metals
- Toys and dolls
Auctions & Services
Pook & Pook holds up to 12 auctions each year, covering a range of the company’s departments.
In addition, the company offers an extensive appraisal service. Its knowledge has been sought by banks, law firms, museums and insurance companies.
A Philadelphia piecrust tea table achieved $1.4 million in 1999.
In 2011 a volume of 18th century depictions of Philadelphia by William Birch made $118,500, well above the $70,000-$90,000 estimate.
News & Events
Upcoming auction dates
- March 20 - Decorative Arts sale
- April 19/20 - Period Furniture, Fine Art & Accessories sale
- June 11/12 - Decorative Arts sale
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