Leland Little Auction Grosses Over 2.25 Million

Circa 1820 Ormolu-Mounted Marble Top Bookcase, Stamped "E. Levasseur," Sells For $224,200

April 13, 2018

Leland Little Auctions' Important Spring Auction on March 3, featuring fine art, jewelry, furniture, silver, fine wine, cars, coins, and other objects, achieved over 2.25 million with active bidding across all platforms.
This auction featured major estates and collections, including the Charleston, S.C., estate of Tony and Linda Bakker, whose collection included antique furniture, fine art, and weaponry. The highlight from this collection was a Georgian display case with a model of York Minster Cathedral, which achieved $17,110 (all prices reported include a buyer's premium). York Minster is the second largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe.
Another collection of note was the North Carolina art from Jonathan P. Alcott. This collection was devoted entirely to North Carolina work, all of which were part of "Scent of Pine, You Know How I feel: North Carolina Art from the Jonathan P. Alcott Collection," an exhibition that was mounted at the North Carolina Museum of History in 2016. The top achiever, "Farm Pond - Snow Ending," an acrylic-on-canvas by Maud Gatewood, achieved $37,760, an auction record for the artist.
The overall top lot of the auction was an ormolu-mounted marble top inlaid bibliotheque basse (bookcase) by Pierre Levasseur or his son Pierre-Francois Henri Levasseur, circa 1820, and stamped "E. Levasseur." It sold for $224,200. This bibliotheque was from a private North Carolina collection. A matching example was sold by Christie’s. The only difference in the two pieces is that the pietra dura birds faced opposite directions.
Another collection of interest was a single-owner collection of four vehicles, including a rare and original 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad, which rose to $43,700, and a 1957 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier 3124, which achieved $55,200.
Other top lots were an 18-carat white gold and diamond ring by Jewelsmith, which brought $47,200; a Symphonion Eroica three-disc music box selling for $28,320; and "Il Redentore, Venice," an oil-on-mahogany panel by Martin Rico y Ortega (1833-1908), which rose to $16,520. An oil-on-canvas, "Easter Sunday, Lincolnville, St. Augustine, Florida," by Anthony Thieme (1888-1954), sold for $23,600, and an Aubusson tapestry depicting "The Triumph of Alexander" after Charles le Brun sold for $27,140.
Leland Little Auctions Ltd. is based in Hillsborough, N.C.
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