Sotheby's sale of The Collection of Roy and Ruth Nutt: Important Americana & Decorative Arts brought a strong total of $1,873,120, well within pre-sale expectations. The Important Capen Family Chippendale Carved and Figured Mahogany Bombé Slant-Front Desk, circa 1785, led the sale, selling for $635,000. Other highlights included a Rare Chinese Export Porcelain American Market Punch Jug, which sold for nearly six times its high estimate at $118,750 and a Rare Chinese Export Porcelain Famille-Rose 'Tree-Shrew' Sauce Tureen and Cover, which sold for $68,750.
Sotheby’s is proud to offer the Americana collection of Roy and Ruth Nutt. Mr. Nutt, a computer pioneer and one of the developers of the FORTRAN programing language, and his wife Ruth celebrated American history through their collection of important American furniture, Folk Art, paintings, and Chinese Export porcelain, which will offered on Friday, January 23rd. After his death, his wife continued to purchase, building the most important collection of Early American Silver in private hands. Ranging from great masterpieces to rare regional items and intriguing smalls such as school prizes and Masonic medals, almost half of the Silver offering is estimated at less than $5,000, and will be offered Saturday, January 24th.