While there may have been no gasp-inducing surprises, the results of the dispersal of Dr. Bruce Wilson's collection of Fine French Furnishings at Christie's on October 24, 2012, may have exceeded the expectations by a bit. The final proceeds were $5,456,025.
As is often the case, bidding for some of the lots did not meet the reserve price and the items were not sold. Such is the case for Lot 133, a room of late 18th century Louis XVI panelling. Painted pine with a celadon ground and white detailing, there were plaster lunette overdoor panels emblematic of Music, Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture. A white marble chimneypiece was also included. The estimate was $50,000 to $100,000. Apparently Dr. Wilson had kept the boiserie in storage and never installed it.
The item that brought the highest price was Lot 76, a circa 1755 marquetry table a la Bourgogne that opened with a mechanism that revealed a desk. It realized $278,500.
To revisit The Devoted Classicist's earlier post on highlights of this collection, the estimates, and the prices realized, click here.