Howard Booher Sr. Estate Leads Cottone Auctions 200 Lot Fine Art & Antiques Auction totaling over 2.7 Million

The Fine Art & Antiques auction featured items from the estate of Howard D. Booher, Sr. of Atwater, OH; the Tiffany lamp collection of Rich and Pat Garthoeffner of Lititz, PA., the estate of Al Turner, Bonita Springs, FL.; and fine items from private institutions, estates and individuals. 

Fine & Rare Duffner & Kimberly Italian Renaissance Table Lamp
Tiffany Studios, New York “Peony” Table Lamp

The fine collection of 20th Century lighting and leaded glass by Tiffany Studios, New York, and Duffner & Kimberly, presented in Friday’s auction brought a grand total of over 1.3 million. Standouts from the collection included a fine and rare Duffner & Kimberly Italian Renaissance table lamp with a 24-inch shade from the Booher Sr. Estate, achieving a record setting $96,000. Another highlight from the estate; a Tiffany Studios Leaded Glass Window of Boy David Holding a Harp which sold for $84,000.

Tiffany Studios lamps were highlighted by a Jeweled Dragonfly lamp from a PA collection with a 14-inch shade, which achieved a total of $163,200. Other highlights included a Tiffany Peony lamp with an 18-inch shade which brought $103,200; and a Poinsettia lamp with 18-inch shade that sold for $60,000.

 Tiffany Studios Leaded Glass Romanesque Ornamental Window

Finishing off Tiffany Studios was a magnificent documented leaded glass Romanesque ornamental window, circa 1890, from a private Chicago, IL collection, at 8 feet 5 inches by 4 feet 9 inches selling at $117,000; and three Moorish filigree screens, attributed to Louis C. Tiffany Company, Associated Artists (N.Y., 1881-1883) that brought $90,000. 

The auctions top lot was a rare Chinese Ming-style blue and white ewer, with the mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795), hand painted porcelain with outstanding provenance. The rare ewer brought competitive international bidding, reaching a total of $282,000, and selling to a bidder on the phone. The ewer was gifted by the Dowager Empress Cixi (1835-1908) to the Honorable Edwin H. Conger (1843-1907) and Mrs. Sarah (Pike) Conger, American Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to China. It has remained in the family ever since.

The 20th century design, paintings and prints featured an Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) gouache on paper titled The Beams, from Perls Galleries New York, acquired by a private collection in New York in 1966 which sold for $90,000; and a Wendell Castle (American, 1932-2018) cloud form stacked and laminated walnut sideboard made in 1979, from the estate of Esther Germanow in Pittsford, New York, that brought $38,400.

Gorham Sterling Silver Art Nouveau Candelabras, from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair

Silver featured a fine and rare pair of Gorham sterling silver Art Nouveau candelabras from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, selling for $84,000. Estate jewelry was led by an 18K Gold and Diamond Ring with 46 encrusted old mine cut diamonds, approximately 6 cts total from a Buffalo, NY collection, which brought $44,400; and a 5.66 ct Emerald cut diamond ring that sold for $44,400. 

The Americana and rare books category was led by Thomas McKenney and James Hall’s History of the Indian Tribes of North America, Vol. 1 & 2, Philadelphia, published by Edward C. Biddle, 23 Minor Street, 1836, large folio, which sold for $36,000; and George Washington’s Columbia’s Legacy, Philadelphia: printed by H. Sweitzer & J. Ormrod, December 10th, 1796, that brought $20,400. Another highlight was a 19th Century Folk Art Painting of Cat in Rocker, an oil on artist board, which achieved a total of $16,800. 

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