Warehouse Auction a Decorators Heaven

At the Leonard Joel Graham Geddes Warehouse Auction on Sunday 18th March 2012 it was clear that professional and home decorators were out in force for an auction that provided a truly diverse array of furnishings, objects, architectural features and unusual items of utility which extended to no less than an antique Indian wedding carriage! These warehouse-style auctions also provide clients an opportunity to acquire both period and more modern pieces at a fraction of retail prices.

This was exemplified by the sale of lot 20, an elegant bureau plat in the manner of Paul Sormani (illustrated) which realised $7320 (IBP). Of the more unusual lots that sold, lot 180, a Fallow antler chair realised $2280 (IBP). The highest price for the auction was paid for a most impressive pair of Indian brass and iron teak doors that realised $7930 (IBP) and confirmed the demand for interesting architectural pieces from clients that are interested in “hands on” decorating and placement of rather complex pieces.6

The auction realised $144,000 against a low estimate of lots sold of $162,000, or 88% by value of lots sold. The Classic Furniture & Objects department is now seeking entries for valuable single items or entire collections for its early June 2012 auction.

Guy Cairnduff
Head of The Specialist Collector
Tel: +61 (3) 8825 5611

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Lot No. 20
A Fine Quality Gilt Metal Mounted Kingwood and Onyx Bureau Plat in the Manner of Paul Sormani
Estimate $7,500-$8,500
Hammer Price: $6,000
Price IBP: $7,200