Neal Auction’s latest sale is this weekend and it appears that the consignors with 19th Century furniture by famous Philadelphia makers will do better selling them in Louisiana than in Philadelphia area auctions. I can’t blame them since Neal does such a great job.
I’m excited about this sale. It is the first of the new year and I feel I need a new gauge of how the market is doing. Secondly, and most importantly, there is some mega-cool furniture in this sale (yes mega-cool is a technical Decorative Arts term that real curators and book authors use behind the scenes).
Daniel Pabst is in the (auction) house.
A MATCHING PAIR of Daniel Pabst pedestals. You will never see this again until this same pair is resold again.
The cut-through veneer panels that show through to a darker layer of wood is a signature technique for Pabst. The vine tendrils with the same treatment encircle the four columns on each pedestal. The final piece de resistance is the rotating table tops. You can put your favorite matching statues up for display and turn them to admire from any angle. Regardless of what these go for, this is an important set.
You know I must be taken by the Pabst pedestals if I’m writing about them first rather than the works of one of my most favorite makers: Allen & Brother. I see at least 3 attributed Allen & Brother pieces in this sale and possibly others where they held back on the attribution. It seems an Allen & Brother collector is letting loose some (all?) of their collection. The cabinet below will be one of the main events. If only I had a spare $20k lying around to spend on a space-filling cabinet …
Here are some Victorian furniture highlights from the sale with many more not profiled here: