Christie’s Important Americana Totals $4,535,244

A large and varied sale of Important Americana, ranging from folk portraits to fine furniture, to silver, Chinese Porcelain and more, attracted enthusiastic bidding from private clients and institutions alike, totalling $4,535,244, 107% of the low estimate. The top lot was an early 19th Century American School Portrait of Two Girls that achieved $945,000, or 19 times its low estimate with competition from bidders across the United States and beyond.

Other highlights include Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of George Washington, painted from life in 1796; a Chippendale Figured Maple Child’s Slant-Front Desk, attributed to John Chipman of Salem, Massachusetts; a classical ebonized mahogany and ormolu-mounted “Lighthouse” Timepiece Clock; and a silver and mixed-metal Tiffany Water Pitcher, circa 1879.

“Today’s sale was evidence of the continuing strength of this market. We brought together an important group of pieces in a wide range of categories, and the excellent results we saw were a testament to the quality of works offered and robust competition from collectors. We were especially pleased to see vigorous bidding from institutions across the United States, which are clearly interested in expanding their Americana holdings.”

Cara Zimmerman, Head of Americana and Outsider Art
Christie's Important Americana Totals $4,535,244
A CLASSICAL EBONIZED MAHOGANY AND ORMOLU-MOUNTED “LIGHTHOUSE” TIMEPIECE CLOCK
The Dial Signed By Simon Willard And Son (W. 1823-1828), Roxbury, Massachusetts, 1823-1828
29 1/2 in. high, 9 1/4 in. diameter
Price Realized: $302,000
Christie's Important Americana Totals $4,535,244
A CHIPPENDALE FIGURED MAPLE CHILD’S SLANT-FRONT DESK
ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN CHIPMAN (1746-1819), SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, 1770-1790
22 3/4 in. high, 20 1/4 in. wide, 12 3/4 in. deep
Price Realized: $126,000
Christie's Important Americana Totals $4,535,244
AN AMERICAN SILVER AND MIXED-METAL WATER PITCHER
MARK OF TIFFANY & CO., NEW YORK, CIRCA 1879
9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm.) high
Price Realized: $50,400
Christie's Important Americana Totals $4,535,244
AMERICAN SCHOOL (EARLY 19TH CENTURY)
A Portrait of Two Girls
oil on canvas
24 x 20 in.
Price Realized: $945,000
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Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had auction sales in the first half of 2019 that totalled £2.2 billion / $2.8 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectables, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.