Turkey Creek Auction
Keeps on Rolling

As seen in The Antique Shoppe Newspaper, July, 2004

By Fred Taylor

This pair of Georg Jensen bowls reached $1,750.

The winter visitors may be gone but Turkey Creek Auction in Citra rolls right along without them. Auction owner Charles David Glynn started the summer season on May 15 with an eclectic offering of art, silver, toys and furniture for the 200 or so bidders who showed up in the big white tent. They seemed to be a dedicated lot since many of them stayed to the midnight end of the 625 lot sale.

Top lot of the sale was a landscape by Philadelphia born Thomas B. Griffin (1858-1918) who was closely associated with both the Hudson River and Tonalist Schools of American Art. His favorite subjects were the Susquehanna and Delaware Rivers and the O/C at the sale could have been either. It brought a winning bid of $2,200 plus the 10 percent buyer's premium. An early 19th century framed and glazed Theorum basket of fruit signed by Augusta Bartlett, 1830, sold for $1,400.

A Steuben Blue Aurene vase sold for $1,200.

Works by the famous Danish silversmith Georg Jensen continue to attract  favorable attention. A pair of Jensen silver baskets rising on an open framework over stepped pedestals brought $1,750 and the matching tongs snagged $125. A Georgian silver egg caddy, ca 1806, possibly from Godbetter & Wigan of London gathered a  winner at $1150 and a pair of small Tiffany sterling bowls made $500.

Crisp carving like this accounted for the $1,500 price on a Jelliff style sofa.

Some good furniture went for reasonable prices. An early corner cabinet, ca 1840, with blue overpaint, two glazed doors over a long drawer over two blind panel doors, reached $1,500. A Jelliff style sofa from the late 19th century with crisp carvings did very well at the same price. A mahogany claw foot china cabinet from the turn of the century was a bargain at $800 but an oak claw foot cabinet was an even better one at $450. A  walnut Davenport desk made $600 and a stacking barrister bookcase with a desk unit by Globe-Wernicke saw $1,000.

The French piano man from the late 1800s played out at $700.

An eight inch Steuben Blue Aurene vase, made between 1904 and 1933, was sold  for $1,200 and a late 19th century French tin toy of a man sitting at a piano, in working condition, brought $700.

Glynn noted that while prices overall were good, he did see some softness in the  lower end of the sale and rugs were especially weak. Turkey Creek will continue its regular monthly sales  through the summer and end the warm season with a large sale in September. For more information visit the website at http://antiqueauctionsfl.com or call  (800) 648-7523.


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