Sale features steins and furniture


AUSTINBURG, Ohio – Chintz, sterling, lamps, fine furniture, artwork, Boehm birds and Mettlach steins all were featured at a DeFina Auctions’ two-day sale held in April in Austinburg, Ohio.

Saturday, April 13 offered a collection of Mettlach steins and a collection of more than 1,500 Royal Winton chintz and pieces by James Kent Longton and Crown Ducal, as well as sterling.

Steins. The top-selling Mettlach item of the day was stein number 2038, Town of Rodenstein with houses and tower inlay selling for $3,080. Prices include 10 percent buyer’s premium.

The Mettlach stein number 2394, Scenes from Siegried’s Youth, sold for $880. A Mettlach charger, number 2518, showing a town scene of Meissen brought $935.

Chintz. The collection of chintz from the estate of Richard Morchan included many forms and patterns. A Royal Winton chintz teapot and basket, Evesham, sold for $660 for the pair. A Lord Nelson chintz stacking teapot, Marina” also made $660 as did another Royal Winton teapot in Victorian Rose that sold with salt and pepper shakers and tray.

Six snack trays with cups in Florence by Royal Winton brought $412.50.

Of the sterling that was offered a sterling silver George Jensen fruit platter sold for $6,050, while approximately 76 pieces of Gorham Chantilly silverware made $1,320.

Sunday sales. With Sunday’s sale came buyers bidding for an array of early smalls and furniture.

The top lot of the furniture offered was the Dutch marquetry slant front writing desk that was heavily inlaid overall with florals, birds, butterflies and cornucopias. This two-section desk had hidden compartments and drawers in the upper section, scrolled columns on the side that rotated to reveal side drawers and massive claw and ball feet. Though the interior writing surface was warped and some molding and inlay were missing, this outstanding desk brought $10,450.

An American Empire Transitional mahogany poster bed, circa 1835 made $5,500.

A bid of $3,300 was needed to win a heavily pierced-carved bench with floral swags and scrolling on the back. Probably an early 19th century adaptation of architectural pieces, this bench still sold well despite missing its skirt and split arms.

A collection of 39 Boehm birds from The Cleveland Natural History Museum was offered during Saturday’s session of this two-day event. Boehm sugarbirds, red-legged honeycreeper with one broken but repaired flower and a chip on the wing brought $5,500.

Artwork. Artwork that sold this day included an oil on canvas seascape with ships signed “H. Herzog” reached $6,050. An oil on canvas work by William Thompson Russell Smith of a landscape with two figures fishing by a river brought $3,300.


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