Holman auction sets record price for Sparks oil
Strong furniture prices continued as a set of twelve c.1840 American painted chairs sold over the phone at $4,950 and a grouping of five Queen Ann chairs soared to $3,850. An early trestle table made $2,200 and a Chippendale wing chair, in green leather, went absentee at $2,860. A pair of yewwood Windsors brought $1,980, and a handsome pair of c.1720 Queen Ann chairs reached $1,540.
Rounding out the furniture offering was a Cherry Chippendale chest at $1,705, a 17th Century French Provincial oak cabinet at $1,760, an Italian Provincial commode in original red paint at $2,530, and a 19th Century baker's rack at $1,925. A heavily carved, c.1920's walnut ten-piece dining set in original finish reached $4,950.
Kentucky artist William Faulkner's whimsical paintings continue to attract bidders. There was lively competition on the floor and by phone for five of his works. They fetched $2,530, $2,320, $1,375, $1,265 and $1,155. A watercolor by Rookwood artist Elizabeth Nourse made $1,650, and a Charles Meuer still life was hammered at $1,320. A folk drawing of a bird on a branch, d. 1823 and initialed "M.L.," sold for $1,870. Paintings by Haitian artists Moray and Seneca Obin went for $990 each.
Among the fine lamps sold, the standout at $5,390 was a Pairpoint reverse painted "Bird of Paradise." A 36" bronze Art Nouveau example in the form of a young woman was hammered at $1,760.
Holman sold a tall majolica walking stick stand, with ostrich, for $3,300. Among the fine porcelain sold was a Russian Imperial portrait mug with saucer at $880. An offering of 52 pieces of Tiffany sterling flatware in the English King pattern landed at $3,300. Two more Tiffany lots were sold: a bronze charger reached $385 and a lidded box in the Grapevine pattern was hammered at $440.
Holman's Spring Select auction also featured an outstanding offering of Oushak carpets. A room-sized carpet with a medallion center sold to a phone bidder for $8,250. Eight more Oushaks were sold, achieving prices from $385 to $3,575.
For more information about this or any upcoming auctions, contact Stuart Holman in Cincinnati at (513) 531-5100 or email@example.com. Complete listings and color photos on past and current auctions can be found at http://www.stuartholman.com.
This article originally appeared in Antique Week on June 3, 2002.