Leading the May 5 auction.
With Material Culture’s Inaugural Auctions, the same kind of unique items of exceptional artistry and craft that have formed the backbone of the company for years have launched it boldly into the international auction market. The Inaugural Sale, “New World Orders,” on May 5, and the Inaugural Specialty Sale, “Antique Carpets, Textiles and Ethnographic Arts,” on May 26, grossed approximately $750,000, with all prices including the buyers’ premium. Notably, both auctions saw over 90% of the lots sold. The sales garnered international interest, attracting bidders from 38 and 29 different countries, respectively. Domestic interest was also high, demonstrating a local desire for exotic artifacts, bridging continents through shared appreciation of art of all origins.
The May 5 Auction, “New World Orders,” provided an eclectic mix of antiques, collectables and decorative arts, a collection that sought to transcend the borders of the art world along with those of the countries represented. The top lot, an original nineteenth-century Cigar Store Indian, attributed to Samuel Anderson Robb (1851-1928) sold for $35,400. A finely carved marble relief from northern India, dating all the way back to the 12th century, achieved $6,600, while a Russian Icon with a silver oklad far surpassed its estimate of $800 – $1,200 by fetching $6,800. A long walnut coffee table by American woodworker George Nakashima (1905-1990) sold for $6,300.