RESULTS: Christie's New York Sale of The Connoisseur's Eye Totals $6,504,375

New York

The Connoisseur’s Eye

 New York, 7 June 2013, Sale #2711

[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]

246 lots sold

Total: $6,504,375/£4,179,711/€4,918,608

    70% sold by lot

350 lots offered

£0.64= $1 / € 0.76=$1

 83% sold by value



Estimate ($)

Price Realized



A George III Giltwood And Gilt-Lacquered-Brass-Banded Blue-John Side Table, in the manner of Robert Adam, circa 1770 

300,000 - 500,000




UK Trade


A Matched Pair Of Bronze Busts Of The Emperor Hadrian And The Capitoline Venus, Italian, 19th Century 

12,000 - 18,000




UK Trade


A Pair Of Louis XV Ormolu-Mounted Bois Satine, Amaranth And Marquetry Commodes, by Nicolas Petit, circa 1760-1765

300,000 - 500,000




European Trade


A White Marble Group Of The Triumph Of Truth Over Calumny, by Agostino Fasolato, Italy, circa 1725

200,000 - 300,000






A George III Yewwood, Ebonized And Marquetry Commode, attributed To Mayhew And Ince, circa 1765 

120,000 - 180,000




UK Advisor


A Pair Of George II Mahogany Hall Settees, circa 1740-50

100,000 - 150,000




US Private


A George II Brass-Mounted Pietra Dura, Pietra Paesina, Mahogany And Walnut Collector's Cabinet
Circa 1750, The Pietra Dura And Pietra Paesina Panels, Florentine, 17th Century

100,000 - 150,000




European Trade


A Royal Copenhagen Porcelain 'Flora Danica' Part Dinner Service, Modern, Blue Wave And Green Printed Marks, Pattern No. 20 

50,000 - 70,000




US Private


A Flemish Medallion Millefleurs Tapestry, Bruges, Mid-16th Century

100,000 - 150,000






A Bronze Figure Of St. John the Baptist, attributed to Fernando Tacca (1619-1686) 

100,000 - 150,000




US Private

Elisabeth Parker, Sale Co-Head, commented: “We are delighted with the strong results achieved by the inaugural New York sale of The Connoisseurs Eye, which featured a carefully curated selection of rare and precious examples of European Decorative Arts from the 16th, 17th and 18th century as well as Oriental Carpets.  The sale saw competitive international participation from both private collectors and the trade, reflecting the continued popularity of these collecting categories within the global market place.”


Anne Igelbrink, Sale Co-Head, also remarked: “The sale was led by an extraordinary furniture discovery, the George III table with blue-john top, a unique piece completely new to the market which was pursued by three bidders and finally selling for $519,750. A pair of Italian bronze busts of the Emperor Hadrian and the Capitoline Venus offered by the Huntington Library, sold for $387,750.  Of the porcelain included in the sale, both Meissen and Sèvres performed well.  A highlight was the selection of Meissen figures and birds from the estate of Eugenie Fromer.  Embellished with period gilt bronze mounts, these candlesticks, ink stands and table decorations proved particularly popular, with selling prices exceeding expectation.  The success of the sale  speaks to the passion of the collector base for this category, which is driven by superlative examples with excellent provenance.  In combination with the 6 June sale of Important French Furniture from an Important Private Collection, the sales totaled $7,540,375.”

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Next Sale: New York, 26 September 2013, Private & Iconic

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Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

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