Auction Fever!

One of the top auction houses in the United States is a ten minute drive from my home. This is both good and bad. Good as there are always quality antiques available at auction only a ten minute drive from my home. Bad as there are always quality antiques available...need I continue?

The auction house of Pook and Pook, established in 1984, resides in a historic stone inn not far from Philadelphia. From its inception it has attracted serious collectors, major museums and estate representatives. In 1999, Pook and Pook held the largest on-site single day auction ever conducted in the United States. Henceforth, the distinguished auction house has gone on to repeatedly break sales records and continues to attract consignors of the finest quality of antiques for auction.  Read more on Pook and Pook here.

This recent auction of a large collection of Flow Blue was estimated at $300-$500 with a realized price of $237.00! I am crushed I missed this incredible sale because I love Flow Blue (see my post here) and this was a real steal!

 This lot of 19th c flow blue plates and bowls was estimated at $150-$250 with a realized price of $178.00! You snooze, you lose!  Well, I must have been in hibernation!

On the other hand, this 19th c French giltwood bergere estimated at $800-$1200 sold for $1638.00. Go figure.

This early 20th c French giltwood vitrine realized $1337.00 but was only estimated at $400-$700!  Vitrine's are certainly at a value price as there are several others listed that also sold at very reasonable prices.

 This circa 1800 French toile panel (see more on toile here) was estimated at $150-$200 and realized $237.00

This horse head trade sign realized $385.00- close to the estimated $200-$400.

This French provincial pine cupboard was estimated at $400-$700 and sold at $273.00!

Do you remember Joni's post here on the divine Carol Glasser including her incredible pine dresser?  The cupboard sold at auction isn't quite the same but would go far in achieving a similar effect.

This pair of darling French 20th c cane seat chairs estimated at $100-$200 realized $119.00.

This pair with no estimate also sold at $119.00.

 A very charming pair of late 19th c French terracotta figural table lamps estimated at $300-$500 sold at $668.00.

 Four beautiful marble and alabaster lamps estimated at $200-$400 realized $213.00. The quality today is just not comparable.

A painted metal figure of a woman and child atop a tole decorated pedestal. It sold along with a three-piece marble pedestal and realized $59.00 with a pre-auction estimate of $200-$300.

Some of these prices are 2011 and 2012 but obviously many bargains can still be found at auction.   Here are a few of the items I am interested in that are coming up for auction soon.

 19th c pewter trays estimated at $200-$400

 I adore this kitchen and have been on the hunt for pewter plates ever since I first saw this arrangement !

19th c classical carved and painted column with an estimate of $100-$200

Jardiniere used as a table base. The column is similar- I would love to try this.

French Victorian iron table with marble top, estimate $200-$400

Designed by Marjorie Wollan  

19th c Staffordshire transferware estimated at $100-$200

London home of Malcom Kutner

Two olive demijohns estimated at $200-$400

 Designer Elizabeth Tyler-Kennedy

French tabletop globe by J. Lebegue & Cie, estimate $150-$250

 Joni's globe collection

19th c French bee skep estimated at $200-$400

This beautiful image from Trouvais features a bee skep.

20th c leather club chairs, estimate $50-$100

These would be perfect in my library in the making- although they are a bit bulky, I love the patina on the leather.

 Giannetti Home

A 19th c Chinese garden stool, estimate $200-$400

Design by J. Tribble 

Well, at this auction I will be found front and center. With any luck, everyone else will be home snoozing.

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