Today I had the pleasure of attending Doyle Galleries of New York for their Charlotte Moss auction. Outside the gallery was the Marquee just like a Broadway theater.For those of you who don’t know about Charlotte please use this link http://charlottemoss.com/about-charlotte-moss/ and read about this very talented and philanthropic designer. She is such an asset to the design community as well as to the charities that she supports. Needless to say, when I saw the advertisement for this sale, I cleared my calender and was not going to miss it. (Even though a snowstorm was supposed to blanket the Metropolitan area last night but didn’t). Doyle is located at 175 E87th St. in Manhattan. For me, it is a very easy drive right over the George Washington Bridge. My good friend and Decorative Painter, Ericka, met me at my house and we had a traffic free ride to the gallery. I guess people didn’t want to come out in the weather because it was not crowded.
At Doyle, previews are held three days before the auction. If you want to inspect things closely, it is best to go because Doyle does not bring the items out that are up for bid. All items are shown by projection screen. Some items are in sight such as this assortment of fixtures that were hanging next to the seats.
Underneath these fixtures are people who are taking phone and internet bids. I have never been to a gallery that had so many phones and computers running at one time. That certainly explained the lack of audience. Usually when an auction is empty, it is a good sign because the pricing tends to be lower. Today was an exception! Whenever a famous name is attached to a sale, expect to pay more than usual. Today’s sale was the first time I have seen the purchase prices far exceed the estimated price.
This pair of Italian painted and Silver Gilt console tables brought in over $17,000.00
I also absolutely ADORED this pair of matching wall brackets with drawers. I could SO picture them in my guest room as night stands.
With an estimate of $600- $800, I thought they would be mine, but someone else brought them home for $2000. I was determined to hang in there because there were so many things I really liked and could make room for. I would have liked this trumeau, but already have too many.
This painting was so beautifully done in all grey tones. I’m kicking myself over it, because in my opinion it was a bargain for $800.This chandelier was hanging right over us. I thought maybe it was an omen! Again, for the quality, size and condition it was well priced at $2000.The most entertaining part of the auction were these metal planters. A bidding war began from phone to phone and the pair were sold for $1000. However….They are 2 1/2″ high…. I wonder if the buyer realized that?
Another favorite of mine was this child’s bed. I am sure whoever bought it is using it for some very spoiled dog!
A wrought iron piece that I will use as a window grill