Post-Auction Press Release and Prices Realized – May 16-18, 2019 AUCTION


Consigned from an important Southern Collection, WILLIAM AIKEN WALKER’S Man Holding Possum SOLD FOR $52,500

ANTONIO NICOLO GASPARO JACOBSEN’S Paddlewheel Steamship, St. Johns, SOLD FOR $24,000, offered on behalf of an Important South Carolina Estate.  The estate was 98% sold and totaled $515,550


OBJECTS FROM HISTORIC BREMO PLANTATION, Fluvanna County, Virginia, generated spirited bidding with 15 HORSE BREEDING BROADSIDES and SOLD FOR a total of $34,400

FINE JEWELRY AND WATCHES ACHIEVED HIGHEST POST-AUCTION CATEGORY TOTAL AT $437,580, and included special offerings from the Estate of Dr. Colleen Conway-Welch

SILVER INGOT FROM THE NUESTRA SEÑORA DE ATOCHA SHIPWRECK, CA.1621, 85 troy pounds, finished at $43,200

A LIFELONG COLLECTION OF LALIQUE (OVER 160 ITEMS) SOLD FOR A TOTAL OF $154,380, offered from the Collection of Dr. Phillip George, Memphis, Tennessee

FLOOR BIDDERS FOLLOWED BY PHONE BIDDERS accounted for the largest bidding action

BRUNK AUCTIONS CHARITABLE INITIATIVE FOR THE JULY SALE RAISED $3,500 to support the Asheville Area Arts Council Veterans Program


Asheville, North Carolina, 31 May 2019 — A wide variety of fine jewelry from the Estate of Dr. Colleen Conway-Welch surpassed its estimate of $120,700 – $178,650, selling at an impressive $225,350. Featured was an 18kt. Gold and Gemstone Necklace which sold for $19,200 –toppling its $3,000-$5,000 estimate.

A rare Virginia Chippendale Walnut Dressing Table, ca. 1760-1780, was among the fine selection of American furnishings offered. It finished as the top lot in the American Furniture category, garnering an impressive $55,200. A rare 1795 Federal Inlaid Mahogany Architect’s Table from New York drew significant attention, selling at $15,600.

We’re still enamored of keeping time as the Federal Aaron Willard Tall Case Clock, ca.1800-1810, encouraged lively bidding, finishing at $31,200. The Massachusetts signed “Aaron Willard/Boston,” tall case clock descended through the Reid and Settle families of Reidsville, North Carolina.

Collectors responded enthusiastically to the offerings from the historic Bremo Plantation of Fluvanna County, Virginia. The illustrated Bremo Horse Broadsides realized a collective $34,400, while the Robert E. Lee memorabilia sold for $14,400. Other successful highlights from the plantation included the 19th Century Federal Reserve Proof Notes which sold for $15,600, and a set of 14 Gothic Revival Mahogany Dining Chairs which finished at $14,400.

Seven Charleston Renaissance works by artists Alfred Hutty, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner and Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, together realized $103,500.

Additional successful sale highlights included a Chinese, Six Panel Porcelain Table Top Screen which well-exceeded its $800- $1200 estimate, selling at $32,500. The strong and enthusiastic bidding for this Brunk auction closed with the sale of a Monumental Boehm Golden Eagle which exceeded its $800 – 1200 estimate, selling at $12,500.


Property from a Southern Institution – Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Gabriels – An Important Southern Collection – Estate of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Fleischer – Property from an Important Private South Carolina Estate – By Descent in the family of Governor Manning, South Carolina – Private Collection, Highlands, North Carolina – Collection of Clint Paul and Lois B. Herring, Post, Texas – Private Collection, Williamsburg, Virginia – Collection of Marion and Theodore Gore, Williamsburg, Virginia – Private Southern Collection – Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Proceeds to Benefit the Acquisitions Fund – Estate of Alice Carter Middendorf – Private Collection, Winston-Salem, North Carolina – Private Collection, Charlotte, Vermont – Estate of Dr. Phillip George, Memphis, Tennessee – Private Collection, Wilmington, North Carolina – From the Collection of Salem Academy and College,

Winston-Salem, North Carolina – Historic Bremo Plantation, Bremo, Virginia – Private Collection, Cary, North Carolina – Private Collection, Nashville, Tennessee – Private New England Collection – Property from a Southern Institution – Property from the Estate of Dr. Colleen Conway-Welch – Willard R. Sparks Estate, Memphis, Tennessee – Private Collection, Fearrington, North Carolina – Collection of James B. MacNeill, North Carolina


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July 17 / Connoisseur’s Circle Preview

July 19-20 / Emporium & Premier Auction

September 12-13-14 / Emporium & Premier Auction



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