Last Saturday, while many of you headed west to Dundas, Ontario, for the Christie Antique Show, I was driving east to Cobourg for an auction at the newest Waddington’s outpost. I reckoned that most of the dealers would be at Christie so I might get an especially good price on a rug that caught my eye the previous week when I stopped in to pick up some items won with absentee bids at an earlier sale.
My current carpet is a loaner that I’ve been reluctant to really embrace since I know it’s just here temporarily. The one that captured my imagination (above) is extremely vivid and contains some yellows, which is rare. It’s in excellent condition although it’s Turkish, rather than Persian, so it’s not of the highest quality, and it’s an odd size (10′ x 5’2″). Auctioneer Paul Needham predicted the rug would sell in the $300 neighbourhood but I was hoping to get it for even less at what I imagined would be a quiet sale.
As it turned out the room was nearly full. Even so, there were deals galore to be had so I recommend you keep your eye on the Wadd’s Cobourg webpage, which is updated with new image galleries (but no additional information) weekly. If something catches your eye, the auction team is good about providing info on size, condition and ballpark estimates.
Among the great buys I witnessed Saturday was full dinner service of Lotte plates (200-plus pieces), which sold for just $95, and a mid-century coffee table, albeit with some finish issues, that sold for $20. The very large, early 20th century charcoal portrait, below, went for just $55. All sales include a 10 per cent buyer’s premium, plus HST.
As for my rug, I was competing with a phone bidder — D’oh! — who went up to $300 then withdrew: I was able to take the carpet for $325 ($403.98 with premium and taxes). A good price, no question, but more than I’d hoped to pay. The new chair, below left, is a score from last weekend’s Cabbagetown Festival (yard sales galore!) and was just $45 (if anyone can identify the maker please do tell).
Cobourg auctioneer Needham has been steathily setting aside the best pieces for a catalogue sale set for Sunday, November 20 . . .
. . . items include a massive Rosewood dining room/boardroom table, some handsome Louis-style armchairs, exceptional carpets and the gilt, chinoiserie mirror and set of eight, spiderweb caned dining chairs (dig the crazy, faux-leopard spots).