Antiques – Fine Art – Oriental Carpets – Antique Toys & Dolls – Vintage Clothing – Antique Furniture – Mission Furniture (and all 20th Century Design items) – Antique Collectibles


By Ed Pfeiffer

Caddigan Auctioneers staged an estates auction on January 27 in Dedham, Massachusetts, bringing some 450 lots to the block. The largest consignment was from the estate of Jean and Lewis Mustard III, longtime antiques collectors who lived in Weston, Massachusetts, for 60 years. He was a vice president of Publishers Financial Bureau and president of Cummings Machine Works, Boston. She was an educator and charter member of the Weston Garden Club. Other consignments in the sale came from estates in Beacon Hill, Cohasset, and Duxbury, Massachusetts.

The Caddigan gallery was founded in1984 by Joan Caddigan. Her son, Jeremy, joined the firm about three years later when he was 19 years old and he received his auctioneer’s license in 1990. They specialize in antiques estates. Jeremy Caddigan says they do between 35 and 50 sales a years, many of them on-site events during the warmer months. Most of their customers are the larger antiques dealers and specialists and Caddigan has a mailing list of about 15,000 names.

The January auction was held in the Conference Center of the Holiday Inn in Dedham. The large meeting room provided space for the many rugs to be spread out on the floor and for plenty of room between the larger lots, especially furniture. Smaller items were displayed on five long tables. There were about 150 people in the room when the sale got underway, most of them trade buyers. Auctioneer Jeremy Caddigan moved the lots very quickly but also provided authoritative comments about them, especially the furniture pieces. He pointed out construction features, unusual inlaid decorations, special finishes, and other significant details. Joan Caddigan wielded the gavel for an hour or so during the early afternoon, also setting a fast pace.

The Dedham auction featured fine art, American and Continental furniture, vintage firearms, fine porcelains, glass, art pottery and oriental rugs. The strongest bidding of the day, and the highest price, went to a work of art, Crown Point and the Narrows, Lake Champlain, an oil on canvas signed by George Fisher Daniels, American (1821-1879). There was obvious interest in the painting among the people in the salesroom. Until the lot came up for bids, there had been one Caddigan staffer taking phone offers but five other cell phones also began fielding bids for the Daniels work It opened at $15,000 on an offer from one of the phone bidders. That touched off a long, intense series of bids until the competition narrowed to one would-be-buyer in the room and another on a phone being used by Joan Caddigan. The two bidders battled until the phone prevailed, taking the painting for $44,850, including a 15% commission. After the sale, Jeremy Caddigan reported that the successful bidder was an art collector from Nevada who, as a young man, had vacationed in the Lake Champlain area shown in the Daniels painting.

Furniture was an important part of the auction. One of the lots that seemed to be of special interest to the audience was a circa 1870 envelope game table of kingwood with ormolu mounts, made by Paul Sormani in Paris, $5750. Also stirring the bidders was a mahogany Federal carved and inlaid chest of drawers. It had turret corners, unique Lunette band inlaid edges, and four cock-beaded drawers with alternating light and dark cross banding. Jeremy Caddigan said it was early 19th c., from Boston, possibly by John Seymour. It sold for $4025. A circa 1800 Federal cherry tall chest with bracket feet left the block at $1725. Several unique lots stood out as they created strong bidding. One was a Louis Vuitton wardrobe trunk, fully fitted and complete down to the wooden clothes hangers marked “Made in Paris”. It was obviously well-travelled and was marked with labels from Greece, Paris, and Italy. A $3000 absentee offer got the bidding underway and it topped out at $5750 to a buyer on the phone. Another special lot touching off active bidding was an ornate bronze of Queen Elizabeth signed “M. Moreau, Sculptor”. It made $3910.

Caddigan Auctioneers is located in Hanover, Massachusetts. For information about their sales, call (781) 826-8648 or log on

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There were about 450 lots available for inspection during a preview on the day before the auction and for several hours on the morning of the auction.
Photo by Edward Pfeiffer.

There were about 150 people in the salesroom when the auction got underway
Photo by Edward Pfeiffer.

A bidder on the phone bought this mahogany Federal carved and inlaid chest of drawers for $4,025.
Photo by Edward Pfeiffer.

A Dresden type figural centerpiece with reticulated bowl brought $ 345.
Photo by Edward Pfeiffer.

Jeremy Caddigan demonstrates the foldout and rotating top on a Circa 1870 envelope game table of kingwood with ormolu mounts, made by Paul Sormani in Paris. It sold for $5,750.
Photo by Edward Pfeiffer.

Record breaking price for George Fisher Daniels, $44,800 (including BP).

Federal inlaid Mahogany turret corner chest of drawers brought $4,000
(including BP).

Louis Vuitton: Rare Louis Vuitton wardrobe turnk sold for $5,750 (including BP).

Caddigan Auctioneers, Inc.
1130 Washington St. Hanover, MA 02339
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