Numerous items from the Mary Griggs Burke Collection of the Minnesota Historical Society were among top results of the July 17 – 18 Fine Furniture, Decorative Arts and Silver auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, including a 16th century Turkish rug. Over 95% of lots from the Historical Society sold, including six of the sale’s top ten lots.
Two of the top results of sale from the Mary Griggs Burke Collection were important rugs, including a 19th century Agra rug that sold for $53,750 to a London buyer. A smaller rug, initially catalogued as Caucasian, was determined to be a Turkish “Lotto” rug named for carpet designs featured in works by the Venetian painter Lorenzo Lotto (1480-1557) and dating to the 16th century. The Lotto rug sold for $50,000 to a New York buyer. Also among the top ten prices realized was a Venetian painted commode that sold for $32,500.
Other property from the Minnesota Historical Society included a Flemish wool tapestry that sold for $25,000 to a buyer in the saleroom (estimated at $5,000 – 7,000), a Continental alabaster plaque that sold for $20,000 to a U.K. buyer (estimated at $800 – 1,200) and an Italian School painting from the 17th century titled Titian-Haired Lady, Richly Attired, with Young Attendant, which sold to a Belgian buyer for $15,000 against a $6,000 – 8,000 presale estimate.