Napoleonic Fever at Auction

On Sunday June 3rd 2012 Leonard Joel offered almost 400 lots of classic furniture, objects and design. Within the collection was an elegant 19th century teapot with panels depicting French soldiers at rest. The teapot carried a rather modest estimate of $800 – $1,200 but with phone bidders registered from around the world all eyes were on lot 291 (illustrated).

12After intense and protracted bidding it was finally sold for $15,860 (IBP) to a Paris buyer, realising almost twenty times its low estimate. Other exceptional results were realised for both international and Australian items. The local highlight was undoubtedly the never-before-seen-at-auction long case clock by Robert Prenzel (lot 113) that realised  $42,944 (IBP) and the international bronze by Franz von Stuck (lot 140) titled Amazon that realised $23,180 (IBP).

From the Modern era a rather rare Grant Featherston rocking chair and ottoman (lot 50) realised $6,100. Single items and single-owner collections are now invited for our forthcoming calendar of auctions in the second half of 2012.

Guy Cairnduff – Head of Classic Furniture, Objects & Design
Tel: +61 (0)3 8825 5611
Email: Guy Cairnduff