● “New York opened doors for us,” said Dino Tomasso of London and Leeds. “The fair strengthened our museum contacts,” added his brother Raffaello. Among their sales to collectors was a pair of bronze oval medallions portraying Neptune and Venus with Cupid by Lodovico Pogliaghi (1857-1950), priced in the region of $175,000, and a bronze Farnese Hercules by Pietro Cipriani (1680-1745) for around $200,000.
● Galerie Delalande from Paris sold a rare standing mechanical universal equinoctial ring dial c.1760 to a European museum. The dial is engraved with the latitude of more than 100 cities all over the world and is signed Heath and Wing, Strand London. The price was €230,000.
● Arlie Sulka of Lillian Nassau sold a pair of Art Deco lounge chairs with an ottoman by Paul Poiret (1870-1944) that the late Lillian Nassau used in her bedroom. Galerie Perrin France sold a pair of armchairs from the Louis XVI period stamped by the menusier Jean- Baptiste Boulard (c.1725-89).
● Kunstammer George Laue, Germany, sold an exceptional Fortuna cabinet, c.1620, made of ebonised pearwood and fire gilt copper, to a European collector for over $100,000. When the panel doors are opened, it reveals drawer façades decorated with miniature paintings on copper by Hans Panzer with scenes from mythology and the bible all pointing to luck or lack of it in love affairs.
● Among the Chinese works sold over the six days, Vanderven from the Netherlands sent a nearly life-size Northern Qi (459-577) earthenware figure of a Chinese civil official out on approval.
● Early sales for Peter Finer, the London arms and armour dealer, included a 16th century south German wooden tournament shield, painted red with leather ornaments ($135,000). Later in the fair one collector bought a number of swords and more from Finer.
● Koopman Rare Art London sold to regular clients and new ones. Major sales included a pair of Victorian dessert bowls modelled as clams pulled by tritons, made by Paul Storr and John Samuel Hunt and engraved with the crest of John Jervis Tollemache. The pair was priced at £245,000. Another collector bought a monumental Garrard centrepiece made in 1877 for the Worshipful Company of Grocers.
“New York opened doors for us
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