Monday, February 8, 2016

Embroidered Pictures at the Schorsch Auction - Sotheby's

Why am I continuing to bring up the Schorsch auction at Sotheby's? 

Because it was one of your very few chances in recent years to take a long and detailed look at decorative antiques. Mostly American (also called "Americana"), but some other pieces thrown in. Even the American pieces, like these embroidered pictures, show some European influence -- particularly that of Britain. 
    In general considering their size and condition, these sold well. Mostly.


This one, Lot #765, went for $1250.



Lot #767, shown below, sold for  $750.  Both pictures' pre-estimates valued considerably more than that. Didn't matter -- all the items at this auction sold for what they'd bring. No reserve.



This piece, Lot #769, a mourning picture to the memory of George Washington, went for $10,000.

RARE SILK EMBROIDERED MOURNING PICTURE: ‘WASHINGTON, FIRST IN WAR, FIRST IN PEACE, FIRST IN FAME, FIRST IN VIRTUE’, PROBABLY PENNSYLVANIA, EARLY 19TH CENTURY


Other mourning pieces about George did well -- but ironically, some prints, paintings and such connected with him while alive didn't always sell that well.

Moral of the story: Buy George - but make sure he's dead to get the best price.

This one did okay -- but it was stitched after his death.  Lot #827, it sold for $16,000.

PAINTED AND EMBROIDERED: WASHINGTON AND HIS FAMILY, MARY FOLLANSBE, NEWBURYPORT, MASSACHUSETTS OR BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS (DOGGETT SCHOOL), DATED 1812

Estimate 10,000 - 20,000 USD




Even a handful of George Washington curtain tiebacks before it went for $4,000.


The Schorsches had several children -- perhaps that's why they appreciated these family pictures so much.




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