Rummy on the Board - That is what we call it when a item is coming up for auction that either has been mis-described or the
auction house has note yet discovered its significance. This is a common enough occurrence, even at major
houses such as Christies, but typically other collectors discover the item and recognize its true value before the auction.
Some examples -
GIROUX SIDEBOARD? A very nice Restauration sideboard
is being auctioned at Tremont Auction on November 19, 2017. This desk may be attributed to Alphonse Giroux and
was probably made in the late 1830's. Most notibly, the desk shares the same decorative woodwork behind the winged lion
mounts as known Giroux tables. The mounts themselves are not dispositive as they have been used by other makers
such as Denard. Above are photos of the Tremont Desk, a similar Giroux table, and the Denard desk. The
similar table/desks are illustrated in "French Furniture of the 19th Century" by Ledoux Lebard.
|Rare Empire desk Auctoned at Alex Cooper
BEST DEAL OF 2016? The desk
below was offered by Alex Cooper Auction House in December 2016. While it was in rough condition, it is of a very rare
form. I know of only two other examples coming up at auction. One, with ebonized lion monopodia, sold at Southey's
in 2002 for $83,000.00. The other, which had dual ebonized monopodia, sold at Artcurial in Paris for approximately $50,000.00.
Alex Cooper believes their desk was a late 19th century copy with many replacements. I was unable to inspect it in person
to confirm the period of construction. If it had been of the period, the Baltimore desk for $4,250.00 would
have been the deal of the year!
|Desk sold for $83,000 at Sothebys
These beautiful candlesticks were sold at Roland's Auction (New
York) on December 3rd. They were in excellent condition with a pre-sale estimate of $400- $600.00 USD. They sold for $550.
Most bidders were probably not aware that an identical set is in the collection at Fontainebleau. That pair was delivered
in 1810 and they are attributed to Galle. The Roland lot should have been valued at $2,000 to $3,000
|Pair Empire Gilt Bronze Candlesticks
TUILERIES CHAIR? The pairs
of chair below were offered by Freemans Auction House September 2016. An identical chair was sold at Christies
approximately 16 years ago (estimate $5000). That example had the Tuileries Palace stamp. The Freeman chairs
were covered on the bottom, so no marks were visible. Where they also stamped? If so, they were a great bargain
at $1500 the pair.