Chippendale Desk Soars Above Estimate at Bonhams Skinner Sale

Boston – A fine and rare Chippendale walnut desk and bookcase, circa 1760-1780 was the star of Bonhams Skinner's American Furniture & Decorative Arts on May 9 when it sold for $278,000 – more than 46 times its estimate. Additionally, the sale presented an Andrew Clemens' (1857-1894) sand art bottle, circa 1881 which sold for $189,000. Featuring the railroad builder James N. Carlile's horse "Eagle Bird" and a locomotive, the bottle is one of only a small number of Clemens' fragile artworks known to have survived over the past 150 years.

The sale overall achieved $689,000 with 81% sold by lot and 98% sold by value.

J.N. Carlile's Eagle Bird Sand Art Bottle, Andrew Clemens, McGregor, Iowa, c. 1881.

Additional sale highlights include:

• A rare and important inlaid mahogany marble-top sideboard, circa 1798-1810 and attributed to the Boston father and son furniture makers John and Thomas Seymour, sold for $82,000.

• A remarkably detailed and fully functioning late 19th century model of the hand-drawn and hand-pump fire engine Red Jacket sold for $20,000.

• A Miniature Portrait of Eliza Southgate Bowne (1783-1809) by Edward Greene Malbone (American, 1777-1809) in 1803 sold above its estimate at $10,000.


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