Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Temple On A Rock Sparkles At Skinner Sale

Vase And Cover Goes To The Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston, For $61,500

August 9, 2019

Skinner held an auction of European Furniture and Decorative Arts with ceramics and fine silver in Boston, Mass., on July 13. The sale saw active participation from bidders in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia competing for items online, by telephone, in the room, and via online platforms.
Wedgwood ceramics ruled the day, comprising seven of the top ten achieving lots. The highest-priced Wedgwood piece was a Fairyland Lustre Temple on a Rock vase and cover, which sold to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for $61,500. A John Northwood model of a Portland vase reached $18,450 to a private buyer in Australia. Many of the Wedgwood lots in the auction were from the Spak Collection of Wedgwood, with the sale proceeds going to Florida International University.
Items fresh to the market and with interesting provenance fared well, with many institutional deaccessions selling well beyond pre-auction estimate. A Japonisme gilt and silvered bronze figural gueridon sold for $23,370, attributed to Eugene Cornu and cast by G. Viot & Cie., the wonderfully modeled stand with shaped inset onyx supported by a phoenix bird, garnered heavy telephone competition from the U.S. and abroad. Another institutional deaccession, an elaborately decorated Japanned Cabinet on Stand realized $14,760.
A seven-piece Tiffany & Co. Sterling silver tea and coffee service sold for $8,610. Other silver highlights included an extensive Gorham “Paris” Pattern Sterling silver flatware service that sold for $6,765; a group of Shreve & Co. Sterling silver tableware that sold for $5,228; and a Victorian Sterling silver flatware service that brought $4,305.
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