THIS Irish brass banded mahogany peat bucket made 25,000 at Sotheby’s two-day auction of The Collection of Patricia Kluge at Albemarle House, Charlottesville, Virginia on Tuesday June 8. It had been estimated at 10,000-15,000 US dollars.
An Irish parcel gilt library armchair failed to sell, an Irish mahogany billiard table which had been estimated at 15,000-20,000 made 27,500 dollars and an 18th century inlaid oak octagonal centre table catalogued as possibly Irish made 17,500.
The first on-site house sale conducted by Sotheby’s in North America in over 20 years drew collectors, interior designers, and dealers from all over the globe. It brought in $15,158,227, exceeding pre-sale expectations of $9/14 million.
The top selling lot was this Imperial Chinese table clock, Guangzhou Workshops, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, which made $3,778,500, more than three times the high estimate of $1 million and the third highest price achieved for a clock of its type .