Gorgeous pier table brings $9,605 at Valley Auctions

Published: Sat Apr 21 2007

A gorgeous pier table made in Baltimore by Edward Priestley (1778-1837) sold for $9,605 at a four-day catalog blow-out sale held April 12-15 by Valley Auctions, LLC. A pier table is a small table designed to be placed against a wall (pier) between two tall windows. The one sold was the sale's top lot. Prices quoted include a 10-13% buyer's premium (20% for online buyers).
“This auction was an absolute success,” said Robert Smith of Valley Auctions, LLC. “It's rare to have consignors, buyers and the auctioneer all happy at the same time. This is further evidence that we are an up-and-coming major player in the national market.” Mr. Smith said the sale attracted about 1,000 registered bidders. Over 400 people crammed the auction hall over the course of the sale.
The Internet bidding component was handled through eBay Live Auctions. Absentee and phone bids were also fielded. The sale was a bibliophile's dream, but also featured American furniture, art, time pieces, jewelry and glassware. The event took place in Valley Auctions' spacious showroom, at 5351 Wilderness Road in Dublin. “It was one of our biggest sales to date,” Mr. Smith remarked.
Winning bidders represented all corners of the globe, with Internet buyers aggressively participating from Spain, Italy, Japan, Canada, England, Germany, Russia, Cyprus, Malta, Romania and Egypt. The bidding from within the U.S. was brisk, too. Buyers were registered from Hawaii, California, North and South Dakota, Montana, Oregon, Washington State, Texas and much of the East.
The first session ??" held April 12th ??" featured more than 8,000 books, many still in shrink-wrap. Session two, the next day, featured over 2,500 volumes of earlier books, cataloged into 454 lots. The collection comprised a private library, owned by a gentleman who spoke 16 languages. It spanned American and world history, the arts, law and religion. Classics and rare first-editions were included.
The top lot of the books category was an 11-volume folio set published in 1723 and titled “Religious Ceremonies and Customs of All the People of the World, Depicted by Figures Hand-Drawn by Bernard Picard: With an Historical Explanation and Some Curious Dissertations.” It realized $3,164. All eleven volumes were bound in calf skin and represented one of Picard's most noted works.
Also, a book by the Italian Baroque architect Andrea Pozzo (1642-1709), published in 1702 and titled “Perspectiva Pictorum/Architectorum,” went for $1,680. The approximately 200+ full-page plates of architectural drawings focused on details such as columns, vaults and ceilings. It also gave sections of interiors and exteriors of classical buildings. The book had a detached cover and spine.
Also noteworthy was a three-volume edition of the six orders of the Mischna (a section of the Talmud giving early oral interpretations of the Hebrew scriptures). Titled “Mischna ??" Totius Hebraeorum juris” and published circa 1698-1703, the set hammered for $1,560. The ex-library copy featured full leather binding, the previous owner's bookplates, inscriptions and a library stamp.
Session three ??" held Saturday, April 14th ??" was dedicated mainly to 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century tools, to include blacksmith-making hinges and hardware. A highlight was the Stanley No. 45 combination plane that hammered for $282.50. Also, a stone dressing/meal stone hammer, expected to bring less than $100, went to a determined bidder for $210.
On the fourth and final day ??" Sunday, April 15th ??" the focus shifted mainly to American period furniture, time pieces and artwork. Clocks wowed the crowd, beginning with a magnificent North Carolina tall case clock that chimed on time at $4,802.50. Also, a French figural mantel clock commanded $4,400, and a Paul Garnier French figural mantel clock achieved $3,729.
A star of the furniture group was a handsome North Carolina corner cupboard that garnered $2,938. Decorative accessories did well. A Southern coin silver cup by W. Mitchell, Jr., made $1,210; a lovely rose medallion center bowl found a new owner for $960.50; a 19th century cherub statue, with a high estimate of just $200, fetched $791; and a hand-blown apothecary-style vase went for $770.
Valley Auctions, LLC, is a rising star in the auction world in the mid-Atlantic states. The firm is located in Dublin, Va., in the southwestern region of the state, not far from Roanoke and Danville. Dublin is easily accessible to Interstate 81. Take exit 98 and go south on Rt. 100 to Hance Road, turn left and then left again on Wilderness Road. Valley Auctions, LLC, will be on the left.
To learn more about Valley Auctions, LLC, you may call them directly at (540) 674-4771, or e-mail them at valleyauctions@comcast.net. The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. Call or e-mail for information on how to consign an item, estate or collection.

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