Successful Auction of American Furniture, Silver & Decorative Arts on May 2, 2023
Centennial Sand Art Bottle by Andrew Clemens achieves $113,400
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NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle held a successful auction of American Furniture, Silver, Decorative Arts, and Folk Art on May 2, 2023. The sale showcased fine American furniture spanning nearly 150 years, folk art and American country furniture from several collections, an array of American silver and decorative arts, and a selection of Chinese export porcelain.
Highlighting the auction was a Sand Art Bottle made and labeled by Andrew Clemens of McGregor, Iowa, that soared past its estimate of $20,000-40,000 to achieve a stunning $113.400. It was completed in 1876 to mark the American Centennial for Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Boardman. H.J. Boardman appears to be Halsey Boardman, a railroad businessman and politician based in Boston whose dealings may have taken him through McGregor, Iowa, in the mid-1870s. This is an early bottle by the renowned artist whose work, as it has become better studied, has gained tremendously in popularity over the last 10 to 15 years. It exhibits motifs that became Clemens’s signatures throughout the 1880s – a spread-wing eagle and patriotic motifs, complex geometry, and a high degree of personalization.
Furniture in the sale featured a Renaissance Revival center table by Pottier & Stymus of New York that realized $31,500, many times its estimate of $4,000-6,000. Made around 1870, the highly embellished table was property of a New York Family.
Topping the silver section of the sale was a late 19th century Chinese Export silver tea caddy that more than tripled its $3,000-5,000 estimate, selling for $18,900. Made by Lee Ching of Hong Kong, Canton & Shanghai, the tea caddy featured an engraved heraldic crest and bore the artisan's mark of Quan. Quan was a silversmith working in Canton between 1860-1900 and is regarded as the finest maker of silver boxes and tea caddies. Double tea caddies of this size are rare and this piece may have been a bespoke order.
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