Sotheby’s auction of Important Americana saw strong prices across all categories of the genre, including silver, carpets, Audubon prints, Chinese export porcelain, furniture and folk art with a sale total of $3.5 million. Leading the sale was a Bronze-Painted Cast Zinc and Cast Iron American Elk by J.W. Fiske, circa 1892, which sold for $225,000 - more than double its high estimate of $100,000. Bidders also battled for a wooden bust of Benjamin Franklin, driving its price to $175,000, over five times its high estimate of $30,000.
Details: Featured in our January sale is a wonderful selection of American fine and decorative arts including silver, carpets, Audubon prints, Chinese export porcelain, furniture and folk art. A number of these pieces hail from prominent collections including the Collection of Mary Blair Sams, the Collection of Roy and Ruth Nutt, and the Howland Collection of early American scrimshaw. Join us in our New York galleries from Wednesday, January 13th to Friday, January 22nd to see a Rare and Important New Orleans Voodoo Clock and many more fascinating pieces of early American artistry.