Time And Again Galleries Sees Bidders Vie For ‘Grand Dame’ Treasures

A rare Sevres jardinière with rams’ heads brought $7,200.

LINDEN, N.J. — Time and Again Galleries said it had a resoundingly successful two-day sale on April 24 and April 27, with feverish bidding from all sources, including Internet, phone and the large crowd that was present both days. There was quite a buzz about the sale of the estate of Chris Peckham, known as the Grand Dame of Monmouth County, N.J. Everyone knew her and the fabulous merchandise she sold in her various booths in Red Bank, Point Pleasant and Allenhurst.

More than 300 lots were sold from her estate in Rumson, N.J. Various buyers commented on items being offered at the auction that they had wanted to buy from Peckham for years. She was not bashful when it came to pricing her antiques. Her booths in the antiques centers were more of a museum than a place to sell. She loved antiquing and she loved buying; selling it afterwards was secondary. Her tastes spanned many different styles, periods and mediums. It ran the gamut from Nineteenth Century French bronze sculpture and marble to empire chandeliers, decorative Twentieth Century Italian, mid-century and modern furniture and artwork, costume jewelry, sterling silver, antiquities, lighting, Asian porcelain, jade and wood carvings.

Prices were strong across the board on everything being sold. Even Peckham’s garden furniture, which was in neglected condition and sold in the Discovery Sale, did exceedingly well.

Asian works did well. A Qing dynasty album brought $6,000. A pair of Chinese wood panels with jade inserts sold for $4,800. A giltwood Japanese folk lore figure sold for $1,920. Various porcelains and jades sold from about $500 to $700 each. Various clocks did well, with enamel and bronze clocks selling for $3,600 and $4,800, and an automaton clock featuring running water coming out of a dolphin’s mouth sold for $4,800, while an Orientalist bronze clock reached $7,200. A Royal Vienna porcelain clock sold for $2,400. A French enamel desk clock also sold for $2,400.

A multitude of French bronze candelabra sold for prices ranging from $1,800 to $4,800 a pair. A pair of rare empire oil lamps sold for $5,700. A pair of rock crystal sconces sold for $4,800.

French and German Nineteenth Century porcelain also did well. KPM soup tureens sold for $1,020. Two Royal Vienna plates signed by Wagner, one depicting “Hebe” and the other “Bianca” sold for $2,040 and $1,920, respectively. A rare Sevres jardinière with rams’ heads brought $7,200. A Carlsbad portrait charger sold for $1,920. A terracotta sculpture of two children beating a drum was feverishly bid to $3,300. Mirrors sold well, bringing $600 and up.

A La Verne coffee table hammered at $5,400. In the past, market prices on rugs and furniture have been relatively soft but not in this sale. A partial French bedroom sold for $900. A pair of French giltwood pedestals needed refinishing and sold for $5,400. A marble top-carved cherub pedestal brought $6,000. An 8-by-10-foot Sarouk rug sold for $1,200, and three Turkish kilims sold for $420. A 4-by-6-foot contemporary Oriental rug estimated $100/200 rose to $900. Fur coats did well also, bringing $1,080 to $1,440 for full length coats. In the Discovery Sale, a broken marble sculpture was heavily bid on. Two lawn jockeys offered “as is” brought close to $1,200 each.

Prices reported include the buyer’s premium.

Part Two of the Chris Peckham estate will be offered in the firm’s May 29 and June 1 sales, which will also highlight the Anita Stern estate.

For additional information, www.timeandagaingalleries.com or 908-862-0200.

A La Verne coffee table hammered at $5,400.

A pair of French gilt wood pedestals needed refinishing and sold for $5,400.

A terracotta sculpture of two children beating a drum was feverishly bid to $3,300.

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