Adam A. Weschler & Son's three-day catalogue auction, largely art and furnishings from the estate of Edith Thomspon Sorenson, grossed more than $600,000 last weekend.
A 19th-century painting, "Devotees on the Ganges River at Varanse," by Edwin Lord Weeks, sold for $11,000, more than double the pre-sale estimate. A Camille Corot painting brought $3,000; another by Leon Augustin Lhermittee, $4,000.
Mrs. Soreson was married to Charles Sorenson, a vice-president of the Ford Motor Company and "right-hand man" to Henry Ford Sr. In her collection were Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton furniture; Oriental artifacts, and paintings by 19th-century French artists.
Weschler's also auctioned the remaining portion of the estate of Owen H. Ramsburg, an architect of the Capitol. Among Ramsburg's varied interests were cameras and clocks. A gruop of 67 early cameras, stereoscopes and viewers, mostly English and German, sold for $18,000.
A few items, such as a New Hampshire Queen Anne curly maple boonnet-top highboy, from the Samuel Dunlap school, circa 1780,sold for somewhat less than expected. The highboy brought $11,500. William Weschler said passions for Persian rugs appear to be cooling off.
An album of 80 hollowcut silhouettes of prominent Maryland families, cut by the Peal familiy of artists in the late 18th and early 19th century, are included in the C.G. Slogan & Co. catalog auction Thursday through Sunday. The album is among the furniture and art from "Grove Hill," the Brinklow, Md. home of Mary Randolph Hopkins, a descendant of John Hopkins.
The sale also offers several notable paintings including a "porthole" portrait of George Washington by Rembrandt Peale, "Shinnecock Hills" by William Merritt Chase, a scene from the Spanish-American War by Frederick Remington, and a pastoral landscape by Jasper Francis Crospey.
The 2,100 lot sale includes as well 200 lots of oriental objects and 18th American and English furniture from Myrtle Gascoigne, a Maine antique dealer.
Exhibition is today and tomorrow from 10 a.m to 6 p.m.