Copake Sells Adorable Pig Weathervane (Of Course) and More in Estate Auction


Auction in Copake, NY

COPAKE, NY – More than 800 lots of real estate items crossed the block on February 12 at Copake Auction with a four-part Chinese screen with ceramic panels topping its $300/400 estimate and landing at $9,440. The screen had two end panels measuring 16 x 72 inches, plus two middle sections measuring 16 x 73 inches. It went to a new buyer for the company, a Canadian bidding on Invaluable against four phones and other online competitors, according to Seth Fallon. “We were super excited about it,” he said.

The unreserved online real estate auction included 823 lots of furniture, artwork, folk art, political artifacts, period accessories, china, glass, stoneware, primitives 18th and 19th centuries, etc. It totaled $250,000 with only 16 of the lots remaining unsold. “We don’t have any reservations,” Fallon explained. “We were offered a lot of real estate equipment and it was a bit like the good old days, taking reserves. Everything changed.

Prior to the auction, Copake had 3,600 bids and there were 419 successful buyers out of a universe of 10,000 registered bidders across four online platforms plus the gallery listing.

The sale also included the second session of the Myron and Carolyn Neugeboren collection featuring contemporary folk art, period furniture and accessories. This well-known collection has been featured in yankee magazine and the Litchfield County Time. According to Mike Fallon, “They had a strong sense of modern folk art and brought together some of the finest artists in the genre, including names such as Gil Russell, Larry Koosed, Don Cadoret, Bruce Murphy, Walter and June Gotshall, Barbara Strawser, Gina Hosfeld, Bill and Phyllis Duffy, William Kautz and many more.

It wouldn’t be a typical real estate auction in Copake without at least one choice weathervane making a notable appearance. Antique weathervanes are a staple at Copake sales, and this was no exception as a hog weathervane, the porcine shape on a stand, 28 by 16 inches, uprooted a final price of $2,950. “It sold to a collector,” Fallon said.

From the Neugeboren estate came an Amish woolen quilt circa 1900-15 made by Emma Stoltzfus, 88 by 88 inches. In generally good shape, he ignored a $500/700 estimate to make $2,360.

Low estimates were in fact all but demolished throughout this sale, and a large number of various folk art soft sculptures, dolls, ceramics, etc., also from the Neugeboren collection, were put at $3,304 vs. an estimate of only $50 to $75. Names included Eve Thew, Gail Wilson Duggan and Richard Palan. “It surprised me,” Fallon said. “I thought it was phenomenal.”

Likewise, at an expectation of $300/500, a watercolor landscape with figures and boats by Martin Rico y Ortega (1833-1908) outperformed, fetching $3,304 on the phone, and is going to a gallery in Spain. Signed in the lower left corner, the painting measured 20 inches by 14 inches. Ortega’s works are part of institutional collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1862, after receiving a prize from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid, he traveled to Paris to develop his talent for landscape painting, eventually choosing to study with Charles-François Daubigny. He is known for his smooth brushwork and precise realism.

Considered by Copake to be “heavy for shipping” at 40-50 pounds, an early brass with a wooden carry signal barrel, estimated $200/300, soared to $3,068, going to a buyer on the phone. It was marked “Man.F By / Strong Fire Arms / Co. / Pat Jan 9 83. / Jun 19 83. / New Haven Conn. USA” and measured 16 inches long by 8 inches high.

A furniture highlight was a pair of decorative upholstered chairs that fetched nearly 20 times the high estimate at $3,835. With raised legs on casters and a seat height of 19 inches, the chairs were 38 inches tall.

The same price was posted for a lot including six boxes of miscellaneous postcards, while a Tiffany Garland dining set, including ten 10-inch plates and eight cups, estimated at $50-$100, surprised at $3 $068. The postcard collection included holiday themes and was an organized lot that had been assembled by a collector. “They were a really good band, but that surprised me,” Fallon said.

The prices shown include the buyer’s commission as quoted by the auction house. Copake’s next online sale will take place on March 19 and will feature the third part of the Neugeboren collection, with approximately 150 additional items. For information, 518-329-1142 or

This four-part Chinese screen with ceramic panels led the sale, beating its $300/400 estimate and landing at $9,440.


An old brass signal gun with wooden carriage patented in January 1883 and manufactured by Strong Fire Arms Co., New Haven, Connecticut, cost $3,068.


A Tiffany Garland set including ten 10½-inch plates and eight mugs fetched $3,068.


From the Neugeboren estate came an Amish woolen quilt circa 1900-15 made by Emma Stoltzfus, 88 by 88 inches. In generally good shape, he made $2,360.


Martin Rico y Ortega (1833-1908), watercolor landscape with figures and boats, signed lower left, 20½ by 14½ inches, was bid $3,304.


A large lot of various folk art soft sculptures from the estate of Myron and Carolyn Neugeboren fetched $3,304.


Fetching $3,835 was a prize consisting of six boxes of various postcards.


This pair of decorative upholstered chairs fetched an estimate nearly 20 times high at $3,835.


Some pigs! The porcine shape of the weather vane was mounted on a 28-inch by 16¾-inch stand. It sold for $2,950.


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