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