Courtesy Citybizlist – A rare Federal desk and bookcase, presumed to be Baltimore 1800 – 1810, was estimated to sell for $150,000 to $300,000 at Christie’s Important American Furniture sale on September 25th.  In fact, the satinwood-inlaid, Verre Eglomise (reverse-painted glass) mahogany cylinder desk realized $567,750.

The Federal desk and bookcase, which was discovered to have been in Argentina for years, is from the Westervelt collection, a curation assembled by Jack Westervelt Warner of Alabama and composed of both furniture and paintings from the early 19th c. He purchased most of the collection in the 1990s with his own money and more from Gulf States Paper Corp., now known as the Westervelt Corporation. His collection is memorialized in a glossy coffee table book, “An American Odyssey, The Warner Collection of American Fine and Decorative Arts“.

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