Monday, March 7, 2011

Chippendale cabinet sold for $5 million at Christie's

The Smart Collector: Figurines are still collected but have lost value:
"The 18th-century mahogany bureau table sold for $5 million at Christie's recently is one of the highest-priced pieces of furniture ever sold at auction.

Known as the Catherine Goddard Chippendale Block-and-Shell Carved and Figured Mahogany Bureau Table, the piece is attributed to Newport, R.I., cabinetmaker John Goddard. A prime example of his work, the bureau is carved in classic Newport block-and-shell style. A handwritten label indicates the carver made the bureau in 1765 as a wedding gift for his daughter. It remained in her family until 1900."

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