HOUSTON – A Tibetan thangka of Amitabha Buddha, late 18th/early 19th century sold for more than $191,000 at Simpson Galleries Fine Art and Antiques auction held Nov. 7 and 8.
Interest in the piece was so great that “we had to bring in additional manpower to handle the phones,” said Ray Simpson Jr., part owner and manger of the gallery.
Featuring a private collection of fine Georgian furniture and timepieces, the two-day sale prompted more than 6,000 online bidders to register online through LiveAuctioneers.com.
One of the finest timepieces offered was a Queen Anne ebonized wood and oyster veneered bracket clock (below), by Langley Bradley, London, early 18th century, fetching nearly $7,500.
A French polished and gilt brass carriage clock by Rollin (below), Paris, numbered 111, fourth quarter 19th century, sold to an Internet bidder utilizing LiveAuctioneers for $3,037, more than double the estimate.
Highly sought after was this pair of George III mahogany Hepplewhite period wheel-back open armchairs, circa 1785. After a spirited exchange, and much to the disappointment of the floor, the lot ultimately sold for $6,575 to a telephone bidder.
English games tables also fared exceptionally well. An exceptional George III mahogany games table, mid 18th century (below), and a George III mahogany concertina action games table, circa 1760, realized $4,175 and $3,875 respectively, selling to a dealer on the East Coast.
Also in the spotlight were Asian antiques. Exceeding all expectation a Japanese gilt bronze elephant-form censer, Meiji Period (1868-1912) sold for $3,735, and a vintage Chinese Famille Rose porcelain plaque mounted hardwood table screen (below), possibly Republic Period (1912-1949), skyrocketed to an amazing $26,730 selling to yet another Internet bidder through LiveAuctioneers.com.
All prices inclusive of buyer’s premium.
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