DeFina fall auction brings hefty bids


AUSTINBURG, Ohio – DeFina Auctions was filled to the brim Sept. 23-24 when the company hosted its fall fine art, furniture, decorations and Americana sale.

Of particular importance and interest to the would-be-buyers was the sizable consignment of deaccessioned items from the Western Reserve Historical Society of Cleveland. Several other collections and items from the estate of Norma N. Chapman of Geauga County rounded out the sale.

Saturday’s offerings were comprised of fine art and jewelry. An oil on panel work by Emma Ciardi (Italian 1879-1933), showing outdoor festivities, signed and dated 1915 sold for $13,200.

Prices include a 10 percent buyer’s premium.

The Portrait of George Morrillo Bartol by Susannah Paine (American 1792-1862) garnered a winning bid of $27,500. This pastel on paper, 1827, signed and titled work measured 25-by-20.

Of the jewelry offered, an Art Deco platinum diamond and sapphire bracelet with 86 .03 point diamonds and five diamonds at .30 carats each, as well as three carats worth of sapphires, sold for $6600. The bracelet’s gems were Sl clarity and J color.

A diamond ring comprised of one large 2.25 carat stone with a smaller .50 carat diamond on each side and having a platinum filigree mounting, sold for $9900.

The Western Reserve Historical Society items that created the greatest stir were the rugs presented for bids. A painted, palace-size Mohtashem Kashan Oriental rug from Persia, circa 1910 decorated in a design of scrolling vines, flowers and palmettes on a mauve field, commanded $74,250.

The main border on this rug consisted of large palmettes and leaves on a yellow field. And though the selvage had been reovercast and there was slight wear to the center, the rug was wonderful.

More Oriental rugs. Another Oriental from Persia, circa 1920, this being a Kashan, made $38,500. This rug’s design consisted of a centralized ivory medallion on a midnight blue field with a turtle main border. The field was filled with an expanded herati.

A Tabriz with a design consisting of trees, cypress trees, birds, flowers and vines on an ivory field, came in at $15,400. This rug wore colors of tan, royal blue and sky blue.

Also from the WRHS was a Chinese Oriental rug, Peking ca. 1920. Having a circular floral medallion on a beige field with the field also containing stylized vases, teapots, flowers, vines and small floral grouped in royal blue, tan and light blue, this rug brought $9900.

The Western Reserve Historical Society also contributed some quality furniture. A J. & J. Meeks four-piece parlor set of laminated rosewood (including a sofa and three side chairs) sold for $19,800.

This set was an early Hawkins pattern and had been reupholstered in rose-colored velvet around 1850.

A Chippendale mahogany bookcase-secretary standing over 8 feet high and being in two parts (both thought to be probably by association) came in at $13,200. The top section had a swan’s neck pendant above two paneled doors, which opened to a shelved interior.

The bottom desk section with a slant lid, opened to a compartmented interior. With its four full drawers below, ball and claw front feet and ogee bracket rear feet, this circa 1760 to 1780 piece was very attractive.

For more information on the next DeFina event or to consign items to an upcoming DeFina sale, contact DeFina Auctions at 440-275-6674; fax 440-275-2028, or email to

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