NEW HAMBURG, Ontario, Canada – A stunning pair of Handel Birds of Paradise table lamps lit up the room for $ 20,650 combined, two rare clocks by Canadian watchmaker Pequegnat made $ 12,165 and a forest scene at the oil on canvas by Canadian artist Homer Watson rose to $ 8,625 at an art, antiques and clocks sale on June 8 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.
The auction took place online and at the Miller & Miller’s Gallery located at 59 Webster Street in New Hamburg, Ontario. It was actually a two-day, two-session affair, held June 7-8, featuring over 700 lots of collectable art, clocks, pens, lamps, art glass and objects of historical interest from world-class makers. June 7 was dedicated only to rare and collector’s fountain pens.
The Saturday 8 June session was brought to life by a representative collection of clocks from the Arthur Pequegnat Clock Company, as well as many other quality offerings. The best-selling Pequegnat was an extremely rare “Nelson” tall case clock, one of the few known ($ 8,625). The clock, which stood at 81 inches tall, had a mahogany case, beveled glass door, and a proper “twin dolphin” door key.
Another Pequegnat clock – this one, a rare and vibrant “Black Grecian” shelf clock – featured fancy scrollwork in the case surrounding the dial and on the base, and had the “Pine Cone” bezel at the start. The clock, which brought in $ 3,540, had been partially restored, with the case painted black with columns and plinths painted in faux marble. The feet and bases have retained their original finishes.
The Handel “Birds of Paradise” table lamps were two featured lots at the auction, fetching $ 10,620 and $ 10,030. Both featured dome-shaped shades of ‘chipped’ and ‘sand-finished’ glass, and were decorated with two pairs each of exotic ‘birds of paradise’, one with blooming peonies, the another flowering branches. Both had striking colorful signed shades 17 ¾ inches in diameter.
Homer Ransford Watson’s (Canadian, 1855–1936) oil painting on canvas depicts a forest scene featuring a group of subjects gathered in a clearing. The 24 by 18 ½ inch artwork (view) was housed in the original frame and was signed “Homer Watson” lower left. The paint exhibited craqueleurs (fine cracks on the surface) typical of Watson’s “heavy” oil paintings.
“Overall, the auction went incredibly well,” said Ben Lennox of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. “It was a diversified offer covering a number of categories which can sometimes justify their own dedicated sale. We were fortunate to attract exceptional shipments. The auctions were lively on all fronts, with items sold on the ground, by phone and through the three online platforms.
Lennox added: “The majority of Pequegnat clocks fell within the ratings, while a few exceeded their high ratings. The prices realized for fountain pens on Friday were quite high. Market strength continues in the upper and middle market. We are delighted to be able to continue bringing sought-after antiques and collectibles to the market while still pleasing our shippers and buyers.
Here are more highlights from the auction, which grossed just under C $ 400,000. A total of 763 lots were put up for auction, including 151 lots from the Friday evening fountain pen sale. About 100 people attended the auction in person. Online auctions were conducted through LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and the Miller & Miller website – www.millerandmillerauctions.com. All prices are in Canadian dollars.
A quilted maple bookcase cabinet made in the Eastern Townships of Ontario in the 1880s or 1890s, of solid quilted maple with paneled sides and a sliding ironing board, cost $ 4,025; while a plaster horse statue cast by famed Woodstock, Ont. sculptor Ross Butler (1907-1995) for the Dawes Black Horse Ale, measuring 19 inches, went to a determined bidder for $ 4,888.
A National Model 3 cash register, the wood-encrusted model coveted by collectors, in its original undamaged condition as featured in the book The Incorruptible Cashier, made $ 5,310. Additionally, a compact Baccarat Millefiori paperweight, made in France and incorporating canes depicting various figures, to include a monkey, squirrel and birds, signed and dated (“B 1847”), fetched $ 3,000.
Other notable lots included a Victorian scallop arch with 72 ½ inch high brackets and 1,120 ½ inch wide arch, barley twisted columns with bases and capitals and the original finish ($ 4,500) ; an elaborate pair of 22 ¼ inch tall Victorian silver metal candelabra ($ 4,425); and a 39-inch tall Satsuma figure of a Chinese deity, made circa 1900, labeled “Not For Sale” ($ 2,655).
Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., has two major events scheduled for the fall: a “mantic” auction on Saturday, September 14; and a fishing lure auction, featuring the Rick Seymour collection, on Saturday, October 19. Both will take place online and in the gallery in New Hamburg, Ontario.
Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd. is a seller of high value collections between $ 200,000 and $ 3 million. Individual merit elements are always taken into consideration. It is the # 1 trusted place in Canada for collectors to buy and sell. The company always accepts quality merchandise for future auctions.
To consign a unique piece, estate or collection, you can call them at (519) 573-3710 or (519) 716-5606; or send an email to [email protected] To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd. and their next auctions, visit www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com.
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