Big Appetite for Howell and Howell Taste

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Over three hundred bidders registered for the onsite auction of Howell and Howell Antiques on Saturday 13 August starting at 2pm. An institution on Queen Street, Woollahra for over thirty four years, the three hundred fifty lot sale of 18th, 19th and 20th Century furniture, decorative arts and chandeliers sold briskly to buyers across Australia.

For three hours, five phone bidders moved through the tightly packed galleries of A list decorators and collectors to achieve a turnover exceeding $500,000 with eighty-percent clearance by lot, ninety percent by value.

Highlights included a pair of 18th Century Chinoiserie panels attributed to Pillement which sold to a private buyer for $26,400, a magnificent 18th Century Italian marble specimen table which realised $28,800, a pair of 17th Century Spanish demi-lune console tables brought $17,500. 19th Century Genoese painted candle prickets were in great demand exceeding there estimate of $800-1200 to sell for $3300 as were the fine selection of Venetian wall mirrors, the rarest design bring $11,500 with pale blue and pink floral decoration. Painted 18th Century furniture was chased throughout the sale with a classic armoire in original grey paint going for $10,200 and a Louis XV painted Bergere with beautiful needlepoint achieving $9000. A rare Italian twelve branch Murano chandelier designed by Gio Ponti was chased to $10,200 whilst an18th Century gilt wood and crystal chandelier sold for $9000.

No one wanted to walk away empty handed, everyone wanted something from the sale as a momento of Georgina and Frank Howell's brilliant style and taste. From small bronzes to large three section bookcases and even a stufffed komoda alligator ,estimates swiftly doubled at each fall of the hammer.

Complete list of prices realised now online.

For information about our forthcoming Traditional Decorative arts auction please call 02 9326 1588.