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George Nakashima table sells to German bidder for $19,200 at Alderfer’s
By Carole Deutsch

HATFIELD, Pa. — Period antiques, 20th Century Modern and some fancy cars brought strong prices June 5-6 at an Alderfer’s two-day auction event.

An impressive selection of vintage and contemporary cars drew keen interest. Chief among them was a Grabber Blue 2017 Ford LFP 727 Mustang GT. The two-door coupe passenger car had a V8, 5.0L supercharged engine, 6 speed manual transmission, and registered 165 miles. It sold for $39,600, surpassing the high estimate.

20th Century Modern was represented by some of the most renowned craftsmen of the era, including George Nakashima (1905-1990), who was known for selecting only the finest of exotic woods and not only preserved the free-form edges, the gnarls, and the knots, but made them the central theme of the design. Due to his reverence for the natural form of the material, none of his famous organic form tables are alike. The free-form coffee table that was presented in this auction was classic to Nakashima’s designs and generated global competition. It ultimately sold to a German phone bidder for $19,200, against a presale estimate of $6,000 to $9,000. The piece had a figural top created out of a single walnut slab that was mounted on one cut-out slab leg and two tapered legs. It was created in the Nakashima Studios, New Hope, Pa., measured 16 inches high by 99 inches wide and 36 inches deep, and included the original receipt.

A mid-century étagère, made by Paul McCobb for Lane, was a high standing wall piece crafted out of walnut with four shelves over four drawers over six drawers that were flanked by two doors. The unit stood on straight legs, was 78 inches high by 60 inches wide and 16 inches deep, and sold well past the mark for $9,150.

Among the traditional antiques was a fine selection of tall case clocks that was topped by a clock made by Thomas Roberts, Easton, Pa. The cherry wood case, which was 89 inches tall, had a bonnet with a broken arch pediment and urn finials and a shell carved door on a plinth base with turned feet. It had an 8-day works with a hand painted seascape dial and a second hand. The dial was signed, “Tho Roberts Easton,” and commanded a strong $9,922, against a $1,500 to $2,500 estimate.

A 19th century walnut cuckoo clock, by the American Cuckoo Clock Company, Philadelphia, was made in the Black Forest Hunter style with ornate carvings of tree leaves, game, and a pair of rifles situated beneath a crest that was centered by the head of a 12-point buck. It had a triple weight driven movement, was 53 inches high by 31 inches wide, and far surpassed the estimate of $600 to $900, selling for $2,106.

Among the Asian artifacts was a Chinese carved table screen with a hardwood panel that was carved in relief and depicted daily life in a village. The signed piece was 22 inches high by 14 inches wide and commanded a strong $12,000, shattering the $400 to $600 estimate.

The jewelry segment had some outstanding moments. Among them was the $22,800 sale of a 3.19 carat diamond solitaire ring with a round brilliant cut that was mounted in a 14K white sold setting. A gentlemen’s 18K yellow gold Rolex Day-Date Oyster Quartz wrist watch achieved $7,800.

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