October 15, 2010

Chatsworth Follow-Up

Back from my very quick trip across the pond and the Chatsworth Attic Sale was a huge success: raising over ten million dollars, the sale brought in three times what was expected.  Monies from the sale will be used by the current Duke of Devonshire to provide improvements to the estate, a site which attracts over 600,000 visitors a year.

One of the biggest thrills for me (other than bidding when possible) is to track some of my favorite lots and see how the final sale compares to the initial estimate.

The following items captured my attention... as it did many others by the final hammer price!

Enjoy the weekend!

Lot 96: a George II white marble chimneypiece circa 1735 with the design being attributed to William Kent.  Estimate: 200,000- 300,000 GBP.  Hammer Price: 256,250 GBP.

Lot 367, a Regency ebonized beechwood and caned bergere circa 1810.  Estimate: 500-800 GBP.  Hammer Price: 750 GBP.

My personal favorite!  Lot 371, a pair of late George III ebonized and parcel gilt klismos chairs circa 1805.  Estimate: 2,000- 3,000 GBP.  Hammer Price: 13,750 GBP.

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