|By Carole Deutsch
FLAT ROCK, N.C. — On March 22-23, Richard D. Hatch and Associates hosted an auction of 1,643 lots that comprised nearly every conceivable collecting category.
Fine art by listed artists, prints, lithographs and engravings, period furniture from America and abroad, Asian and Russian artifacts, porcelains and pottery, art glass, silver, jewelry, coins and currency, toys, vintage clothing, quilts, rugs and collectibles from the early Colonial period through 20th century modern were all present and in depth. Major makers, signature artists and leading houses were well represented in all genres.
“It was a fun auction with a lot of diversity. I was especially pleased with the attendance of 240 in-house and 1,400 online bidders,” said Richard Hatch, who has been at the helm of Hatch Auctions for 33 years. “Furniture was the bargain of the sale, which has been true of the last few years, and pottery sold stronger than anticipated due to the quality of this particular collection.”
He was pleased with the positive feedback on the amount of photos used for each lot, which gave bidders a greater sense of security in bidding online.
From a selection of fine glassware that included Tiffany, Lalique, Baccarat, Steuben, Moser, Waterford and H.C. Fry, came a cut glass oval ice cream tray from the brilliant period that was attributed to Libbey. This pattern displayed starbursts in center medallions, was 10 1/2 inches by 17 1/2 inches and in excellent condition. It realized $3,500. A Steuben crystal figural trout with a fly in its mouth was 16 inches long, in excellent condition and signed. It sold for $1,100.
Prices listed are hammer prices and do not reflect a buyer’s premium.
A price of $1,700 was paid for a pair of signed Baccarat crystal Hurricane lamps with medallion design bases, acid etched globes, and cut prisms. A presentational French-style centerpiece oval crystal bowl with bronze supports had a floral trim, stood 12 inches tall and 15 inches wide, circa 1900, and brought $1,500.
Asian artifact highlights included a pair of Chinese porcelain wig stands that stood 10 1/2 inches high in a hexagon form and were hand-painted in finely detailed landscapes and achieved the sum of $3,000. A large 18 inch by 26 inch, hand-painted Chinese porcelain plaque that depicted a flowering tree sold for $5,500.
Among the decorative arts was a pair of European Majolica floor urns that stood 48 inches tall. This desirable lot from the late 19th century featured figural court jesters and realized $1,900. A Swiss cylinder music box with several bells had a 6 inch cylinder, 42 teeth, and played eight tunes. It was made in the 1890s and was in working condition. It commanded $2,000. The sum of $1,000 was paid for a figural peacock lamp that had a brass body and an elaborate beadwork shade in the form of the peacock’s tail. It stood 16 1/2 inches tall and was marked “Austria.”
Among the many works of art was an oil painting of Malcolm Brush that was painted by his wife. Brush was an Irishman who retired in Tryon, N.C. and is remembered in the art community for the treasure trove of Irish art that was found in his storage closet and sold for more than $1 million. This interesting work sold for a sum of $2,500.
Coins and currency were offered including an 1879-S U.S. $20 Liberty Head gold coin, rated extra fine plus, that achieved $1,700. A price of $1,600 was realized for an 1880-S U.S. $20 Liberty Head gold coin in extra fine condition.
A Gorham Rondo sterling silver flatware service for 12 had 100 pieces that included many extra servers and it reached the price of $2,500.
Jewelry items of interest included a diamond ring with a 2.40 carat pear shape center stone set in platinum with baguettes on each side that totaled .5 carat and sold for $6,000.
A circa 1991 Rolex gentleman’s watch, with a two-toned stainless steel and gold case, datejust, and gold dial, was sold with the original box and papers for $3,000.