October 6, 2016

iGavel Interiors: Taking the Grand Tour Without Leaving Home


The romantic notion of taking the Grand Tour -- an extended shopping spree to the art and antique markets of Italy, France and England, and loading containers with treasures to ship home -- is just that, a romantic fantasy of a bygone era. The new reality has been re-imagined with iGavel Interiors curating on-line estate sales in cooperation with many of the country's leading independent auction houses allowing buyers to shop an international marketplace from the comfort of their own home. The concept behind iGavel Interiors on-line estate sales is to highlight each item in situ.  Photographs are taken in the living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms to feature each item in its proper place. Whether unique one-of-a-kind antiques, or 20th Century reproductions, the focus is on enabling buyers to participate in the sale by allowing them to imagine how any piece may look in their own home. The combined expertise of iGavel Interiors and the presenting auction houses provides assurances to the buyer of the integrity of each item with condition reports and low reserves adding to the credibility and ease of the shopping platform.   Highlighted in iGavel Interiors Sept. 8-15, 2016 sale, the Carol C. Brubaker Estate St. Simons Island, Georgia, Presented by Everard Auctions and Appraisals, Savannah, GA (everard.com)  -- was an Italian painted secretary, a French provincial armoire, an English Georgian-style breakfront, a reproduction Charleston, SC, inlaid mahogany sideboard, and a collection of Faberge eggs. A total of 158 antiques, reproductions and collectibles were featured in this sale. The sale closed with all of the lots being sold, with prices above estimates in most categories and the majority of lots exhibiting fierce bidding.


An interesting observation, that became clearly visible in this sale, is that the market prices for 18th and 19th Century pieces are comparable to the market for 20th Century reproductions of those 18th and 19th Century pieces. The highlights of the sale below are indicative of this trend. The Italian Painted Secretary in the Venetian Style, 19th Century, was photographed against a bold crimson-painted wall and adjacent to elegant, floor-to-ceiling drapes. There were 23 bids vying for ownership of this coveted piece by those who could envision it being in their bedroom, study or other featured placement in their home.


The Louis XV Style French Armoire, 18th/19th Century, received as many bids as the other larger antique casegood pieces and sold for its estimated value, which was on par with the reproduction pieces.


The George III Mahogany Secretary, 18th Century, is a piece that most buyers can see in their home, perhaps for its multi-functionality as well as its slim profile. The sale price was comparable to similar pieces sold at traditional auction houses this year adding to the allure and credibility of the iGavel Interiors online estate sales platform.


Buyers could easily imagine their own collectibles showcased in the English Georgian Style Walnut Breakfront Bookcase. This 20th Century reproduction looks nothing less than elegant photographed against cream-colored walls with chair rails and wainscoting, and a Persian rug on the floor.


There were over twenty bids on the four Faberge Eggs and 2 Picture Frames. These 20th Century reproductions make an elegant statement as decoratively assembled on the Baker Inlaid Mahogany Sideboard. The sideboard is included in Bakers Historic Charleston Collection 20th Century line. Here one can have it all antiques and collectibles, all within reach.


In cooperation with the presenting auction house, all items are shipped directly from the site (unless buyers are able to pick the item up themselves), thereby reducing the risk of damage in packing and shipping. iGavel Interiors is a convenient way to stage and execute a successful estate sale for both the seller and the buyer Antiques and reproductions are offered in situ, side-by-side. Buy what you like with the assurance from experts as to the quality and condition of each item.