Music was in the air at Cowan’s Cincinnati salesroom as the music boxes and instruments from the Musical Collection of the Late Irene and Theodore Leverett created robust bidding in Cowan’s Summer Fine & Decorative Art Auction. A record number of online bidders from around the globe competed with phone and floor bidders on pieces from the coveted collection as well as an excellent selection of silver, antique furniture, and Asian and European art.
“Irene and Theodore Leverett were titans in the music box collecting community and their collection was well known around the world,” said Sam Cowan, director of Fine & Decorative Art at Cowan’s. “You simply don’t see this complete of a collection come to auction and you could tell just how eager collectors were to get their hands on these pieces today.”
The top lot from the Leverett collection was a Paillard Vaucher Fils four-tune music box, which sold for $8,400 (including the 20% buyer’s premium). The Swiss-made box, 19th century, having a 15.125 inch cylinder and two steel combs, in a stained rosewood case with brass inlays on the face and lid, was sold with its original songsheet.
Outside of the Leverett collection, the hottest category of the day was silver. The top lot of the silver collection was an early 20th century sterling silver equestrian trophy that sold for $4,200. In the form of a classical urn and decorated with acanthus and vine motifs the Lebkuecher & Co.-made trophy is embossed with The Latonia Cup / Presented By / The Kentucky Jockey Club / Won At / Latonia / October 8th 1921 / Distance 2 1/4 Miles Time.
Although prices have yet to return to their early 2000s heights, the antique furniture market continued to show signs of life. The top furniture lot of the day was a Louis Vuitton steamer trunk that sold for $5,842.50. The 20th century French steamer trunk, with LV monogram canvas, leather trim, brass hardware, on wheels, having a fabric lined interior, original leather strap handles with embossed mark Paris / Louis Vuitton / London, features an exterior surface with numerous travel labels and an interior that retains its original orange label.
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