Auction Result – Christie’s, 8th June, 2021

Following the conclusion of Christie’s Julians Park and Six Private Collections live auction, the early mahogany hall chair (lot 171) realised GBP3,750 (AUD6,857; USD5,309).

Jack Plane

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Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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5 Responses to Auction Result – Christie’s, 8th June, 2021

  1. Guido says:

    Hi Jack
    In my opinion the prices that some American furniture sells for does not make any sense.
    I feel they like to hype up there pieces.
    Because they are American.
    Why would it sell for thousands of dollars more than similar English ones ?
    Guido.

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    • Jack Plane says:

      This is an English chair that was sold by Christie’s in London (UK, not Ohio, USA) and made less than its mid estimate!

      JP

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      • james conrad says:

        Indeed, it sold in NYC in 2007 for 10k USD so, quite a price drop.
        There is a depression in early American furniture as well these days, that’s not all bad, it allows “new blood” to enter the market.
        One of the reasons early American furniture sells for more generally speaking is, our population was so much smaller than the UK in the 17th-18th century. USA population in 1700 was 250k people, in the UK it was 8 million so American furniture is much rarer.

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  2. Roger Bunce says:

    Re your commentary in your previous post, this chair does seem to be way too comfortable to be a hall chair compared to the other examples. On the other hand there does seem to be a marked contrast between the finish of the legs compared to that of the seat and back. Could this be to do with the legs being abraded by boots, mud etc in a hall?

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    • Jack Plane says:

      This chair is considerably older than the nineteenth-century chairs in the previous post, which would account for the condition of the front legs.
      Undoubtedly, a proportion of the wear around the bottom of the front legs would have been caused by footwear. The loss and damage to the polish may be due to sitters’ wet coats/cloaks. Who knows.

      JP

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