Pook and Pook, Inc., Auctioneers and Appraisers in Downingtown, Pennsylvania has not slowed down one bit during our country’s current crisis. Our company applied for, and gratefully received received, an exemption waiver to continue to conduct auctions, while strictly adhering to state guidelines and mitigation practices. We were pleasantly surprised to see a huge surge in bidders new to Pook & Pook as well as customers from years past returning and registering for our online only auctions. We set a new record for most registered online participants in our last online decorative arts auction in April with over 2,600 bidders! That’s is an increase of over 1000 from our previous high mark of 1,600. The number of bidders correlated to high sales prices as the sale total was 15% over high estimate, with 99.57% selling. We are thrilled to have another online auction lined up for May 20th, 2020. There are 500 lots that need new homes. This decorative arts auction will have the usual diversity that has become a standard for Pook and Pook’s Auctions. There is artwork, glassware, and furniture, as well as a nice group of stoneware, spatterware and textiles. There seems to be something for everyone. It makes my job difficult and easy at the same time. Picking something as my pick of the week is easy as I have so many different options to choose from. The difficult part is narrowing it down to one! This auction has met the same criteria. Lots to choose from. I had narrowed it down to three. Of course, the painted Pennsylvania pieces have pulled me in, calling out “pick me – pick me!” It was hard to say no to a terrific yellow grained pine drysink. I also heard a folky bird on a White’s Utica stoneware jug squawking “Over here – Over here!” Again, I said no. I was going out of my comfort zone with a really cool looking lot. I chose lot 1193. Wait, what? Lot 1193? Have you lost your marbles? Why yes, I did and I want them back! Check at this terrific group of marbles, the largest is a sulphide with a lion measuring 2 1/2” in diameter. There are latticino, onionskins, clay China, Benningtons and even some fancy clay Benningtons. So, if you too have lost your marbles, now is your chance to get them back! Online bidding is underway on Bidsquare.com and Invaluable.com.
by: Jamie Shearer