The Bonhams Fine American and European Furniture and Decorative Arts sale highlights New York's Americana week

Fine American and European Furniture and Decorative Arts
19 Jan 2012
New York

Bonhams held a January 19 auction of Fine American and European Furniture and Decorative Arts which proved to be a highlight of Americana Week in New York. The sale witnessed strong participation and success across all collecting categories— Silver, American, English and Continental furniture—selling the top lots and having strong interest in all fine pieces. Bonhams was a top destination for the most serious collectors who travelled to New York to view some of the finest pieces of Americana on exhibition all over the New York City.

Karl Green, Director of Fine and Decorative Arts in New York, states about the sale, "We at Bonhams are pleased to witness some of the field's most serious collectors fill our galleries during the week and ultimately the auction room. There was competitive bidding across all collecting fields making our Bonhams sale one of the highlights of Americana week."

Leading the sale in the English furniture category was a William IV mahogany circular extension dining table c. 1830. This massive table that can expand by inserting 8 pie-shaped leaves sold for $80,500 (pre-sale est. $30,000-50,000). Other top English furniture highlights include an 18th century George III carved mahogany breakfront bookcase selling for $62,500 (pre-sale est. $80,000-120,000); an impressive pair of 19th century Irish George II style carved mahogany consoles selling for $41,250 (pre-sale est. $30,000-50,000); and a fine and impressive pair of George III style inlaid mahogany serpentine chests selling for $35,000 (pre-sale est. $25,000-35,000).

Silver also performed admirably, taking two of the top ten lots of the sale. A Danish Georg Jensen sterling silver soup tureen with a lid decorated with a grape cluster and curled leaf finial and a body raised on double pine-cone and leaf feet sold for $74.500 (pre-sale est. $25,000-40,000) and a pair of Jensen sterling silver five-light candelabras sold for $56,250 (pre-sale est. $30,000-50,000).

Another highlight to the sale from the Americana category was a newly discovered and uncommon Moravian owl bottle from the Salem area of North Carolina. This rare example sold for $50,000 (pre-sale est. $60,000-80,000). Also in the Americana section of the auction was a great selection of works by John James Audubon which all found places among the top ten lots. Snowy Owl from the Havell edition of The Birds of America sold for $60,000 (pre-sale est. $60,000-80,000), followed by Iceland or Jer Falcon selling for $50,000 (pre-sale est. $50,000-70,000).

The illustrated auction catalogue and other auction results are available online for review at

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