The November 14 auction featuring the O’Meara Benedict Collection of Dollhouse Miniatures included over 550 lots sold in Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Chicago saleroom and online. While many of the top lots sold to active floor bidders, the majority of lots sold to online bidders, due in part to the diversity of the collection.
The top lot sold was a group of four Arts and Crafts style furniture articles, which sold for $6,875 against a pre-sale estimate of $200-300. Another highlight was a Dutch style marquetry secretary bookcase by John Davenport, which sold for $2,750 against a pre-sale estimate of $600-800.
Property offered in the sale came from Maison des Maisons, or “House of Houses,” founded in 1977 by Betty “Bets” O’Meara and her daughter Sharon O. Carter in Denver, Colorado. Bets’ daughter Marilyn and her husband Andy Benedict joined the business in 1997 and helped to expand the breadth of the collection to include the work of numerous Native American and Southwestern artisans.
“The O’Meara Benedict Collection is perhaps the most diverse collection of miniatures our firm has offered,” said Head of Sale, Genevieve King.
The collection comprised numerous fine examples of early 20th century design, several of which were among the top lots of the sale. The iconic designs of Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh were well represented in the sale and attracted competitive bidding for items such as a group of eight Arts and Crafts style furniture articles that sold for $3,250 against a pre-sale estimate of $300-500.
Other top selling lots included an American room box that sold for $2,500 (estimated at $800-1,200), four Persian style silk and wool blend needlepoint rugs that sold for $1,625 (estimated at $400-600) and a William and Mary style burlwood lowboy by John J. Hodgson that sold for $1,625 (estimated at $500-700).
In 2014 Leslie Hindman Auctioneers conducted the Cookie Ziemba and Eunice Gold Miniatures auction and in 2013 The Adell Venus Collection of Miniatures auction. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is pleased to have continued the tradition of offering distinct collections of miniatures at auction.