Chippendale Pie Crust Table Tops Kaminski May Estate Auction

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Kaminski’s latest monthly estate auction, held May 5th, brought a diverse set of surprising and valuable items to the podium, including a very intriguing Chippendale table that fetched $12,870.

Kaminski’s latest monthly estate auction, held May 5th, brought a diverse set of surprising and valuable items to the podium.

The top lot of the sale was an eighteenth century Chippendale tilt top pie crust table. The finely carved table featured a beautiful spiral turned urn and shaft, carved knees, and sculptural ball and claw feet.

Tables of similar attributes and quality are listed among the “Better” and “Superior” examples in Albert Sack’s The New Finer Points of Furniture. The spiral turned and subtly tapered shaft, however, set this particular table apart from the more typical examples listed in the book. Despite recent market trends predicting the contrary, this elegant table performed well at the podium, bringing in an $11,000 hammer price.

A nineteenth century Victorian revival walnut cabinet of exceptional quality also found a receptive market at Kaminski. The cabinet was attributed to the maker Poitier and Stymus, one of the most famous American furniture makers in the 19th century. Offered as Lot 7129, the piece featured fine inlays, bronze oval panels, and an original circular hand painted central porcelain medallion. The quality piece met its high estimate, selling for $6,435.

Also a surprise to many bidders was an 1818 broadside reproduction of the Declaration of Independence, penned by Benjamin Owen Tyler, and engraved by Peter Maverick. The fine, accurate, and detailed penmanship along with Maverick’s skilled engraving made this a particularly desirable version of the 1818 copies of the Declaration of Independence from the years preceding the nation’s fiftieth anniversary. Originally expected to sell for between $1,000 and $2,000, the price of the broadside climbed to $9,000.

Of the many decorative paintings included in the sale, one watercolor best caught the attention of bidders. Many in the audience and online competed to own a scenic and sunlit watercolor of a wooded path signed W. M. T. Richards, 1868. The framed watercolor ultimately fetched $6,435.

From exceptional furniture to historic documents and paintings, the May Estate sale brought an impressive variety of items to the auctioneer’s podium at Kaminski. With the conclusion of the monthly estate sale, Kaminski now looks forward to its specialty sales: the May DéCoR and Photography evening auctions to be held on May 22nd and 23rd, as well as the upcoming Twentieth Century Decorative Arts and Design Auction, to be held on June 9th.

About Kaminski
Kaminski Auctions, located on the North Shore of Boston, has been serving the New England antiques market for over 25 years as a full service auction house and appraisal service for fine art, antiques and estates.

With two locations in Beverly, Massachusetts, including a new state of the art auction gallery located at 117 Elliott Street, and a historic 1850’s barn and office facility at 564 Cabot Street, Kaminski Auctions hosts 25 auctions a year.

In today’s highly competitive market of fine art and antiques, Kaminski Auctions provides its customers with bicoastal services and marketing with west coast offices in Beverly Hills and San Diego, California.

Kaminski Auctions offers specialty departments in Asian Art and Antiques, Silver, Glass and Lamps, Couture and Vintage Clothing, Photography and Modern Design . We have highly trained and knowledgeable appraisers on staff that will help you determine the true value of your antiques, or entire collections. Free Appraisal days are offered every Tuesday from 10:00am-4:30pm at our 564 Cabot Street location in Beverly, Massachusetts & by appointment at our 5171 Santa Fe Street location in San Diego, California. We welcome emailed photos of your items! Contact Harry Morgan - hmorgan(at)kaminskiauctions(dot)com

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